May 2, 2016 Special Town Meeting

FY16 Special Town Meeting

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Date/Time:

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Location:

Charles Forbes Kaye Gymnasium, Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street, Littleton, MA 01460

Warrant:

Special Town Meeting - posted March 22, 2016

Town Meeting Report:

Town Meeting Report - w/motions, recommendations, explanations

Town Meeting Results:

  1. Bills of Prior Years [9/10ths vote]
  2. FY 2016 Line Item Transfers
  3. Use of Insurance Proceeds Over $20,000
  4. FY 2016 Capital Plan Amendments
    • Facility Needs Assessment Study Recommendations – transfer $12,952
    • Zoning By-law Consulting Services - $25,000
    • Fire Station design - $530,000
    • Alumni Field Renovation Design - $234,593
  5. FY 2016 Appropriations into Blended CPA Fund
  6. Mill Pond Restoration Project Feasibility Study - $67,500
  7. Trust Fund Grants

Town Meeting Results

ARTICLE 1 - Board of Selectmen - Bills of Prior Years [9/10ths vote required]

To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum or sums of money from available funds to pay unpaid bills from prior fiscal years, or to take any other action in relation thereto. 

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer from Undesignated Fund Balance the sum of $603.54 to pay a FY 2015 bill owed by the Fire Department to the Littleton Electric Light Department.

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 1.

Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 2 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2016 Operating Budget Line Item Transfers

To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2016 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 4, 2015 Annual Town Meeting and amended by Article 4 of the November 2, 2015 Special Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to amend the FY 2016 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 4, 2015 Annual Town Meeting and amended by Article 4 of the November 2, 2015 Special Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items as follows:

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 2.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 3 - School Committee - Use of Insurance Proceeds Over $20,000

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of performing repairs and replacing equipment that was damaged as a result of a pipe burst at the High School, the money so appropriated to be transferred from the account “Receipts Reserved for Appropriation, Insurance Reimbursement in Excess of $20,000” or to take any other action in relation thereto. 

Motion: Moved and seconded by the School Committee that the Town vote to transfer the sum of $80,000 from the account “Receipts Reserved for Appropriation, Insurance Reimbursement in Excess of $20,000” for the purposes set forth in Article 3.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and School Committee support Article 3.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 4 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2016 Capital Improvements Plan Adjustments

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds a sum or sums of money to be expended for the capital projects and purchases itemized and described; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

  1. Facility Needs Assessment Study Recommendations - To amend the vote under May 4, 2015 Annual Town Meeting Article 7, FY 2016 Capital Items from Available Funds, Item V-A, Facility Needs Assessment Study Recommendation, by transferring $12,952 as follows:
    1.     iii) Police Headquarters, reduce from $18,847 to $5,895
    2.     vi) Town Office & Library, increase from $106,293 to $119,245
  2. Zoning By-Law Consulting Services - $25,000 to engage professional consultant services to assist the Town by preparation of proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law, including inclusionary zoning and over-55 housing developments; and review of the sign by-law.
  3. Fire Station Facility Expansion Design - $530,000 to be expended by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for the development of design documents and bid services for the Fire Station Expansion project at the 20 Foster Street facility.

    Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer from the Undesignated Fund Balance the sum of $555,000 and transfer from the funds specified herein the sum of $12,952 for a total of $567,952 for capital and one time projects itemized and described in Article 4 as Items A, B, and C, as printed in the warrant.

    Motion passed by a majority vote. So voted.
  4. Alumni Field renovation design - $234,593 to be expended by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for the development of design documents and bid services for renovations to Alumni Field.

    Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer from the Undesignated Fund Balance the sum of $234,593 for the capital project described in Article 4, Item D, Alumni Field renovation design, as printed in the warrant. The design committee shall consider both natural and synthetic turf options.

    In favor: 380; Opposed: 165. Motion passes by a majority vote.

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee support A, B, C, D. Permanent Municipal Building Committee supports A. Planning Board supports B. School Committee supports D.

ARTICLE 5 - Board of Selectmen / Community Preservation Committee - FY 2016 Appropriations into Blended Community Preservation Act Fund

To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to MGL C.44B,§3b½, to appropriate/transfer to the Community Preservation Fund additional municipal revenues totaling $484,434, or any other sum, which also increases the base for CPA state matching funds; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote, pursuant to MGL C.44B,§3b½, to appropriate/transfer to the Community Preservation Fund the following additional municipal revenues totaling $484,434: 

  1. $266,439 (55%) to the CPA Open Space Reserve for conservation and passive recreation purposes, of which $78,606 is from the Conservation Land Acquisition Funds established by Article 1 of the June 15, 2000 Special Town Meeting for cell tower leases at Newtown Hill and $187,833 is from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation; 
  2. $72,665 (15%) to the CPA Community Housing Reserve, of which $23,800 is from the Reed Meadow Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation and $48,865 is from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation; 
  3. $72,665 (15%) to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation; and 
  4. $72,665 (15%) to the CPA Recreation Reserve, of which $15,942 is from overlay surplus and $56,723 is from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation.

Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Community Preservation Committee support Article 5. 

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 6 - Board of Selectmen / Clean Lakes Committee - Mill Pond Restoration Project Feasibility Study

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Spectacle Pond Cell Tower Clean Lakes Fund established by Article 6 of the May 8, 2000 Special Town Meeting the sum of $67,500 to be expended under the direction of the Clean Lakes Committee for completion of a feasibility study for an aquatic ecosystem restoration project at Mill Pond, to be undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) pursuant to a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) to be executed between the Corps and the Board of Selectmen; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 6 as printed in the warrant.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Clean Lakes Committee support Article 6.

Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 7 - Board of Selectmen/ Trust Fund Commissioners - Trust Fund Grants

To see if the Town will vote to transfer $79,000 in Trust Funds for the following purposes and costs related thereto; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

  1. LHS Innovation Center - $75,000 to the Littleton School Department for the furniture, fixtures, equipment, and construction costs related to the creation of the Littleton High School Innovation Center, from the following Trust Funds:
    • M.H. Kimball Fund    $34,400
    • J. Goldsmith Fund     $2,400
    • C. Hildreth Fund        $29,500
    • L. Johnson Fund        $3,900
    • L.H. Zappy Fund        $4,800
    • Total                           $75,000
  2. DEHS Animal Assistance Care Program - $4,000 to the Elder and Human Services Department for creation of an animal care assistance program from the Bradford Sampson Relief of Animals Fund, 

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to approve Article 7 as printed in the warrant.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, Trust Fund Commissioners, and School Committee support Article 7.

Declared passed by a unanimous vote. So voted.