May 5, 2008 Special Town Meeting

FY08 Special Town Meeting

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Date/Time:

Monday, May 5, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Location:

Charles Forbes Kaye Gymnasium, Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street, Littleton, MA 01460
Warrant:Special Town Meeting

Booklet:

Town Meeting Booklet
  1. Bills of Prior Years - Approved
  2. FY 2008 Line Item Transfers - Approved
  3. Roadway Improvements [$1,000,000] - Approved
  4. Subsurface Disposal for Town-owned Properties at 20 Foster St, 4 Rogers St [$300,000] - Not approved
  5. New Police Station Design [$300,000] - Approved*
  6. Russell Street School Repairs – Feasibility/Design - Approved*

*  debt exclusion ballot questions both approved at 5/10/08 Annual Town Election


Town Moderator TImothy Goddard called the meeting to order.

Preliminary motion made and seconded that the Town vote that on all matters to come before the May 5, 2008 Special Town Meeting requiring a two-thirds vote by statute, a count need not be taken unless the vote so declared by the Moderator is immediately questioned by seven or more registered voters. Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

Article 1 - Board of Selectmen - Bills of Prior Years

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 Overlay Surplus the sum of $670.84 to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years, as listed below:

VendorDept.AmountFiscal Year

Baker & Taylor

Library30.00FY 2005

Baker & Taylor

Library93.36FY 2006

Baker & Taylor

Library501.41FY 2007

Donelan’s Supermarket

Elections & Registrations46.07FY 2007
Total $670.84 

Finance Committee supports Article 1. Board of Selectmen supports Article 1.

Declared passed by a unanimous vote (9/10th required). So voted.

Article 2 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2008 Line Item Transfers

To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2008 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 5, 2007 Annual 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 FY2008 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 5, 2007 Annual Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items as follows:

BudgetLine ItemFY08 BudgetAdjustmentFY08 Budget Adjusted

Accountant Audit -Expenses

12$22,4507,000$29,450

Town Counsel - Expense

24100,00037,000137,000

Public Building - Expenses

44232,30060,000292,300

Littleton School Department

7713,610,48932,60713,643,096

Cemetery Division - Wages

8795,3075,000100,307

Cemetery Division - Expenses

8827,700-5,00022,700

Insurance Expense

142316,250-52,607263,643

Group Health & Life Insurance

1472,335,268-84,0002,251,628

Total Budget Appropriated

162$27,983,9640.00$27,983,964
Total Raise and Appropriate183$27,255,0830.00$27,255,083

Finance Committee supports Article 2. Board of Selectmen supports Article 2.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

Article 3 - Board of Selectmen - Roadway Improvements

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds and/or borrow a sum or sums of money for the purpose of undertaking roadway improvements, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town 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 and any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor.

Finance Committee supports Article 3 for $1,000,000. Board of Selectmen supports Article 3.

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

Article 4 - Board of Selectmen - Subsurface Disposal for Town-owned Properties at 20 Foster Street, 4 Rogers Street

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds and/or borrow a sum or sums of money to connect the Police and Fire Stations at 20 Foster Street and the Houghton Memorial Building at 4 Rogers Street to (a) the on-site sewerage treatment system at the High School or (b) an on-site system to be constructed at Town-owned property at 300 King Street; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $300,000.00 to connect the Police and Fire Stations at 20 Foster Street and the Houghton Memorial Building at 4 Rogers Street to the on-site sewerage treatment system at the High School, 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(3A), of the General Laws, or pursuant to and any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor.

Finance Committee supports Article 4 for $300,000. Board of Selectmen supports Article 4.

Amendment: Moved and seconded that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $150,000.00 to connect the Police and Fire Stations at 20 Foster Street and the Houghton Memorial Building at 4 Rogers Street to an on-site system to be constructed at Town-owned property at 300 King Street, 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(3A), of the General Laws, or pursuant to and any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor. Amendment does not pass.

Main Motion: In favor: 126, opposed: 75. Article does not pass (2/3rds vote required).

Article 5 - Board of Selectmen - New Police Station Design

To see if the Town will vote to borrow a sum or sums of money for the purpose of completing design plans for a new police station to be located on Town-owned property at 500 Great Road, provided that such amount shall be contingent upon successful passage of a debt exclusion referendum pertaining thereto on a Town Ballot, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $300,000 for the purpose of completing design plans for a new police station to be located on Town-owned property at 500 Great Road, 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(21), of the General Laws, or pursuant to and any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, provided that such amount shall be contingent upon successful passage of a debt exclusion referendum pertaining thereto on a Town Ballot.

Finance Committee supports Article 5 for $300,000. Board of Selectmen supports Article 5.

In favor: 166, opposed: 9. Article passes by required 2/3rds vote. 

Article 6 - Board of Selectmen - Russell Street School Feasibility/Design

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds, a sum of money to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee for the development of plans and specifications related to the making of repairs to the Russell Street School, located at 55 Russell Street, Littleton, Massachusetts, for which feasibility study the Town may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any costs the Town incurs in connection with the feasibility study in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the Town. Said sum shall be contingent upon successful passage of a debt exclusion referendum pertaining thereto on a Town Ballot, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: That the Town appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Thousand ($500,000) Dollars for the development of plans and specifications related to the making of repairs to the Russell Street School, located at 55 Russell Street, Littleton, Massachusetts, said sum to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee, and to meet said appropriation authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow said sum under M.G.L. Chapter 44, or any other enabling authority, provided that the Town acknowledges that the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (“MSBA”) grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any costs the Town incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the Town, and further provided that the appropriation hereunder shall be subject to and contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Town to exempt the amounts required for the payment of interest and principal on said borrowing from the limitations on taxes imposed by M.G.L. 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2½), and further provided that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this motion shall be reduced by any amounts received or expected to be received from the MSBA.

Finance Committee supports Article 6 for $500,000. School Committee supports Article 6.Board of Selectmen supports Article 6.

Declared passed by a unanimous vote (2/3's required).

Special Town Meeting dissolved at 10:35 PM