May 4, 2015 Special Town Meeting

FY15 Special Town Meeting

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Date/Time:

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Location:

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

Warrant:

Special Town Meeting - posted March 24, 2015

Town Meeting Report:

Town Meeting Report - w/ motions, recommendations, explanations

Town Meetings Results:

  1. Bills of Prior Years [9/10ths vote]
  2. FY 2015 Line Item Transfers
  3. Snow & Ice Supplemental Appropriation
  4. FY 2015 Capital Improvements Plan Adjustments
  5. FY 2015 Water Enterprise Fund Transfers - requested by Board of Water Commissioners
  6. Borrowing: Cedar Hill Water Tank [2/3rds vote] - withdrawn by Board of Water Commissioners
  7. Roadway Improvement Plan – Supplemental Borrowing [2/3rds vote]
  8. FY 2015 Appropriations into Blended Community Preservation Act Fund

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. 

No affirmative action taken under Article 1.

ARTICLE 2 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2015 Line Item Transfers 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2015 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 5, 2014 Annual Town Meeting and amended by Article 2 of the November 12, 2014 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 2015 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 5, 2014 Annual Town Meeting and amended by the Article 2 of the November 12, 2014 Special Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items as follows:

Budget

Line Item

FY15 Budget

Adjustment

FY15 Adjusted

Legal - Expenses

151

$175,000

$63,000

$238,000

Wastewater/Stormwater

420

70,800

10,000

80,800

Assessment – SANS program

510

5,000

7,000

12,000

General Insurance

193

340,000

(10,000)

330,000

Employee Retiree Benefits – Unemp Exp

194

5,726,479

(50,000)

5,676,479

Minuteman Tech

301

40,000

(20,000)

20,000

Total Budget Appropriated

 

$35,902,206

$0

$35,902,206

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 2. 

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 3 - Board of Selectmen - Snow & Ice Supplemental Appropriation

To see what sum the Town will vote to transfer from Undesignated Fund Balance for snow and ice removal, 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 $40,000 for snow and ice removal.

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 3.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 4 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2015 Capital Improvements Plan Adjustments

To see if the Town will vote to amend its vote under Article 7 of the May 5, 2014 Annual Town Meeting, FY 2015 Capital Items from Available Funds, by adjusting certain sums in Section V, FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, Item A, Facility Needs Assessment Study Recommendation, to be expended by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee to implement recommendations of the Facility Needs Assessment Study, as follows:

ii) Littleton Middle School site, from $1,680 to $0;
iii) Russell Street School and bus parking lot, from $4,400 to $0;
iv) Shaker Lane School, from $224,553 to $230,633;

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 4 as printed in the warrant.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen and Permanent Municipal Building Committee support Article 4.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 5 - Board of Water Commissioners - FY 2015 Water Enterprise Fund Transfers

To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2015 Water Enterprise Fund Budget, as adopted under Article 5 of the May 5, 2014 Annual Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items as follows, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Budget Line ItemFY 2015 BudgetAdjustmentFY 2015 Adjusted

Capital Outlay - Improvements

$0+100,000$100,000

Expenses

954,500+60,6881,015,188

Budgeted Surplus

160,688-160,6880

Total Costs Appropriated for Enterprise Fund

 $0 

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Water Commissioners that the Town vote to approve Article 5 as printed in the warrant.

Board of Water Commissioners, Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 5.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 6 - Board of Water Commissioners - Borrowing: Cedar Hill Water Tank [2/3rds vote required]

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $700,000 for the purpose of funding capital improvements to Cedar Hill water tank of the Town of Littleton Water Department, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 8(5), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, and further, that although the borrowing authorized by this vote must constitute a general obligation of the Town pursuant to Chapter 44 of the General Laws, it is the intention of the Town that the repayment of any borrowing authorized hereunder shall, in the first instance, be made from water system revenues; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Article withdrawn by Board of Water Commissioners. No affirmative action taken by Town Meeting.

ARTICLE 7 - Board of Selectmen - Roadway Improvement Plan / Supplemental Borrowing [2/3rds vote required]

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $1,000,000 for the purpose of undertaking roadway improvements, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(6), of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, 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 7 as printed in the warrant.

Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee support Article 7. 

Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3rds vote required). So voted.

ARTICLE 8 - Board of Selectmen / Community Preservation Committee - FY 2015 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 the following additional municipal revenues totaling $254,968, which also increases the base for CPA state matching funds: 

  1. $46,186 to the CPA Community Housing Reserve from the Reed Meadow Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, said sum having been donated by the developer of the Village at Reed Meadow Over-55 Housing Development as an alternative arrangement with the Planning Board for promoting and providing for affordable housing;
  2. $143,682 to the CPA Open Space Reserve from the Conservation Land Acquisition Funds established by Articles 37 and 45 of the May 5, 1997 Annual Town Meeting, Article 1 of the June 15, 2000 Special Town Meeting, Article 6 of May 6, 2002 Special Town Meeting, and Article 8 of the November 14, 2012 Special Town Meeting, for the proceeds of cell tower leases at the Water Department’s standpipes at Oak Hill and Newtown Hill; and
  3. $65,100 to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, said sum having been donated by the developer of the Village Green development at 15 Great Road; 

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 $254,968: 

  1. $46,186 to the CPA Community Housing Reserve for community housing purposes from the Reed Meadow Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation; 
  2. $143,682 to the CPA Open Space Reserve for conservation and passive recreation purposes 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 
  3. $65,100 to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve for historic resources purposes from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen and Community Preservation Committee recommend Article 8.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.