TA Blog: 2017-03-27 BOS

Below is the TA's summary of what transpired at the Board of Selectmen's meeting of March 27, 2017. Questions or comments? Contact the Town AdministratorOfficial meeting minutes will be posted when approved by the Board. Read the meeting packet.  

March 27, 2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Summary

1. Organization / Read Mail
- MAPC first mile / last mile forum with Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack convened by MAPC president 
- FEMA Region I has completed its review of the Littleton, MA Hazard Mitigation Plan and found it approvable pending adoption - to be scheduled for Selectmen's 4/10/17 meeting.

2. State Legislative Update: Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Jim Arciero - The Board reviewed the Town’s list of State-related issues with our legislative delegation
- MBTA Littleton /495 commuter rail station - need for additional parking – 200 more spaces
- Support for first mile / last mile transit to link transportation hubs with employment
- Stormwater - delegation of MS4 permit from US EPA to MassDEP
- Support for increased in Local Aid, Chapter 70, Chapter 90 aid for cities and towns
- Increase state matching funds for Community Preservation Act (you both are co-sponsors of the bill - thanks!)
- Littleton Common Sewer- help in finding/getting state grants
- Support for Littleton’s current applications for State grants:
-- Green Communities Year 2 grant application- $250,000
-- LCWF grant application for Joyce Williams property acquisition - $300,000
-- Community Compact IT grant application (forthcoming)
- Rt. 2A/110 Ayer / Willow / Bruce St intersection - MassDOT to make permanent improvements
- Future road projects (which we’ve entered at MassDOT's capital investments plan)
-- Foster Street – future project for TIP
-- King Street, Great Road - Complete Streets-type projects on state roads in Littleton - update legislators
- Home rule petition for two additional all alcohol package store licenses anywhere in town – 5/1/17 ATM
Thanks for support of Littleton’s many efforts with state government, including our successful grant applications last year for Complete Streets: Tier 2 - $43,222.94; and Tier 3 - $394,970

3. Public Input / Members’ Updates / Selectmen Goal Updates

4. Master Plan Update – Joint meeting w/Master Plan Update Steering Committee, Planning Board - The Board heard an update on progress with the Littleton Master Plan 2030. Planning Board holds public hearing on Thursday, April 6, 2017, with plan adoption scheduled for Thursday, April 20th. The May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting will be asked to vote under ATM-2, Annual Reports, “to receive the ‘Littleton Master Plan 2030’ as adopted by the Planning Board.“

5. Treasurer: Insurance Advisory Committee Recommendations on Group Health Insurance Plan Design Changes - The Board of Selectmen voted to adopt the recommendation of the Insurance Advisory Committee, unanimously adopted on March 22, 2017 as follows: effective July 1, 2017, that the Town adopt the HMO Blue New England Options Deductible v.5 and the Preferred Blue PPO Options Deductible II v.5 plans from MIIA; said changes projected to result in a total annual savings of $334,375 in FY2018. Further, in keeping with the spirit of Health Care Reform Section 21-22, that 25% of the actual first year savings be returned to current subscribers of the health care plan in the way of a premium holiday to help offset increased out of pocket expenses; and that memoranda of agreement with the several unions be executed in accordance therewith.

6. Public Hearing: Common Victullaer License: Ronobir Mallick, Manager, The Bay State Yogurt Company d/b/a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 504 Constitution Ave, Littleton, MA - The Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to MGL C.140,§6, to approve the application of The Bay State Yogurt Company d/b/a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Ronobir Mallick, Manager, for a common victualler license for premises at 504 Constitution Avenue, “The Point”, Littleton, MA.

7A. May 1, 2017 Annual & Special Town Meetings - Determine order in which articles appear on the warrants - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the order in which articles appear on the warrants for the May 1, 2017 Annual and Special Town Meetings as presented, and to direct that the constable post said warrants forthwith.  Read more.

7B. Refer zoning articles to Planning Board - The Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to MGL C. 40A,§5, to refer to the Planning Board for public hearings a the following proposed zoning amendment requested by the Planning Board for the May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting: (1) Senior Residential Development; (2) Accessory Apartments; and (3) Temporary Moratorium on Marijuana Establishments.
- The Planning Board will hold its required public hearings on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:15 PM.

7C. Adopt town meeting article recommendations; article assignments - The Board of Selectmen voted to support the following articles in the May 1, 2017 Annual and Special Town Meeting warrants and direct the preparation of motions to be moved and seconded by said board:
1. Bills of Prior Years [9/10ths vote]
3. FY 2017 Appropriations into Blended Community Preservation Act Fund
5. FY 2017 Capital Plan Amendments
6. Amend Source of Funding for Acquisition of 34 Cedar Road - Water Commissioners
1. Town Officers
2. Annual Reports 
4. FY 2018 Operating Budget
5. FY 2018 Revolving Funds
6. FY 2018 Water Enterprise Fund Operating Budget
7. FY 2018 Park, Recreation & Community Education Enterprise Fund Operating Budget
8. FY 2018 Capital Items from Available Funds
9. FY 2018 Community Preservation Budget
10. Personnel By-law Amendments
11. Stabilization Fund
12. Capital Stabilization Fund
13. Debt Exclusion Stabilization Fund
14. Trust Fund Grant
15. Senior Citizens and Veterans Tax Work-off Abatement Programs
16. Use of MassDOT Chapter 90 Funds
20. Acquire Land at Parcel U39-4-14 for Mill Pond Restoration Project [2/3rds vote]
21. Acquire Land at 31 Boxborough Road [Joyce Williams] for Conservation Purposes [2/3rds vote]
22. Town By-law Amendment: Town Meeting Procedures
23. Town By-law Amendment: Departmental Revolving Funds
27. Borrowing Authorization
28. Supplemental Prior Borrowing Votes to Permit Application of Sale Premium to Pay Project Costs
29. Compensating Balance Agreement
30. FY 2018 Personal Exemption Amounts

7D. FY 2018 Operating & Capital Budget updates - no changes since last meeting.

8A. Town Clerk: Dedication of 2016 Annual Town Report - The Board of Selectmen voted to dedicate the 2016 Annual Town Report to the ongoing service of volunteer citizens who contribute to all aspects of maintaining the community of Littleton, whose service has been critical in retaining our small town character and spirit, and include the list of whom we lost since the last report who served the Town in some official capacity, including Peter M. Cassinari, Booth Jackson, Frank Matheson, and Isabelle Ursch.

8B. Community Compact Cabinet - Information Technology grant application - The Board of Selectmen voted to authorize submission of an application to the Massachusetts Community Compact Cabinet under its Information Technology Grant Program for $41,465 to upgrade network security and switching infrastructure for Littleton Police Department Headquarters.

8C. The Virginia F. Sprong Trust - 1981 / Donations to Town departments $120,000 - The Board of Selectmen voted to accept donations totaling $120,000 from “The Virginia F. Sprong Trust – 1981” for the following Town agencies: $50,000 for the Police Department, $50,000 for the Fire Department, $10,000 for the Council on Aging; $5,000 for the Highway Department, and $5,000 for the Department of Water and Light; and further to vote, pursuant to MGL C.44,§53A, to deposit said sums in special gift funds the proceeds of which shall be used without further appropriation by the respective agencies, subject to approval of the Board of Selectmen.

9A. Minutes Approval - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the meeting minutes of March 13, 2017.