May 7, 2018 Special Town Meeting

FY 2018 Special Town Meeting

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Date/Time:

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Location:

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

Warrant:

Special Town Meeting - posted March 27, 2018

Town Meeting Report:

Town Meeting Report - w/ motions, recommendations, explanations
 Town Meeting Report Updates - w/ revised motions, list of articles withdrawn

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.
Article 1 withdrawn. No affirmative action to be taken under this article.

ARTICLE 2 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2018 Operating Budget Line Item Transfers
To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2018 Operating Budget, as adopted under Article 4 of the May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting and amended by Article 2 of the October 30, 2017 Special Town Meeting, by adjusting budget line items, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Article 2 withdrawn. No affirmative action to be taken under this article.

ARTICLE 3 - Board of Selectmen - Appropriation of Bond Anticipation Note Premiums
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate all or a portion of (a) $1,005.67, representing the net premium paid to the Town upon the sale of the Town’s $5,959,000 General Obligation Bond Anticipation Note dated June 9, 2017, and (b) $546.86, representing the net premium paid to the Town upon the sale of the Town’s $6,832,000 General Obligation Bond dated March 29, 2018,  to pay costs of the fire station construction project authorized by the vote of the Town passed by Article 6 of the November 16, 2016 Special Town Meeting, and to reduce the amount appropriated from the Capital Stabilization Account for such project by a like amount, 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 3 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 3.
[Call of the Articles: approved by declared 2/3rds vote]

ARTICLE 4 - Board of Selectmen - Stabilization Fund
To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds a sum of money for the Stabilization Fund in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 5B of the General Laws, or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town to transfer from the Undesignated Fund Balance the sum of $647,755 for Article 4 as printed in the warrant.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 4.
[Call of the Articles: approved by declared 2/3rds vote]

ARTICLE 5 - Board of Selectmen / Community Preservation Committee - FY 2018 Appropriations, Stabilization Fund into Blended Community Preservation Act Fund [2/3rs vote required]
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 $523,514 or any other sum, which also increases the base for CPA state matching funds, as follows:
(1) $209,405 (40%) to the CPA Open Space Reserve for conservation and passive recreation purposes, of which $52,880 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 $47,667 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $108,858 is from the Stabilization Fund;
(2) $104,703 (20%) to the CPA Community Housing Reserve, of which $23,790 is from the Reed Meadow Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $26,484 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $54,429 is from the Stabilization Fund; 
(3) $104,703 (20%) to the CPA Recreation Reserve, of which $6,698 is from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $43,576 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $54,429 is from the Stabilization Fund;
(4) $78,527 (15%) to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve, of which $37,705 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $40,822 is from the Stabilization Fund; and
(5) $26,176 (5%) to CPA Undesignated Reserve, of which $12,568 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $13,608 is from the Stabilization Fund;
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 additional municipal revenues totaling $549,123, which also increases the base for CPA state matching funds, as follows:
(1) $219,649 (40%) to the CPA Open Space Reserve for conservation and passive recreation purposes, of which $52,880 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 $47,667 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $119,102 is from the Stabilization Fund;
(2) $109,825 (20%) to the CPA Community Housing Reserve, of which $23,790 is from the Reed Meadow Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $26,484 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $59,551 is from the Stabilization Fund;
(3) $109,825 (20%) to the CPA Recreation Reserve, of which $6,698 is from the Fifteen Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, $43,576 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $59,551 is from the Stabilization Fund;
(4) $82,368 (15%) to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve, of which $37,705 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $44,663 is from the Stabilization Fund; and
(5) $27,456 (5%) to CPA Undesignated Reserve, of which $12,568 is from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation, and $14,888 is from the Stabilization Fund;
Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Community Preservation Committee support Article 5.[Call of the Articles: approved by declared 2/3rds vote]

ARTICLE 6 - Board of Selectmen - Establish Special Injury Leave Indemnity Fund for Payment of Police Officer, Firefighter Compensation, Medical Bills; Fund from Stabilization Fund [2/3rds vote required]
To see if the Town will vote to accept the fourth paragraph of section 111F of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, added by the Municipal Modernization Act of 2016, and establish pursuant thereto a special injury leave indemnity fund for payment of police officer and firefighter compensation and medical bills; and further to transfer a sum or sums into said special injury leave indemnity fund from the Stabilization Fund; or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to accept the fourth paragraph of section 111F of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, added by the Municipal Modernization Act of 2016, and establish pursuant thereto a special injury leave indemnity fund for payment of police officer and firefighter compensation and medical bills; and further to transfer the sum of $350,000 into said special injury leave indemnity fund from the Stabilization Fund.
Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 6.
Declared passed by unanimous vote.

ARTICLE 7 - Board of Selectmen - Home Rule Petition
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for a special act authorizing the payment of certain retirement, health insurance, and/or other benefits to Fire Fighter Scott Holt; provided, however, that the General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Board of Selectmen approve amendments to the bill before enactment by the General Court; and, provided further that the Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized to approve amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition; or to take any other action in relation thereto.
Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for special legislation as set forth below; and to authorize the General Court to make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Board of Selectmen approve amendments to the bill before enactment by the General Court; and, provided further that the Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized to approve amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition:
AN ACT GRANTING CERTAIN RETIREMENT BENEFITS TO FIRE FIGHTER SCOTT HOLT
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule to the contrary, the Middlesex retirement board shall increase the accidental disability retirement allowance payable to Scott Holt, a retired fire fighter of the Town of Littleton, who, as a result of injuries sustained by him while in the performance of his duties, is totally and permanently disabled from further service as a fire fighter. Fire Fighter Scott Holt shall be granted through this Special Act accidental disability retirement benefits without the need for further application or any examination or reexamination(s) by a medical panel pursuant to section 8 of chapter 32 of the General Laws or any other applicable law or regulation. The annual amount of accidental disability retirement allowance payable to Scott Holt shall be fixed at an amount equal to the regular rate of compensation which he would have received had he continued in service as a fire fighter in the Town of Littleton at the rank and grade held by him at the time of his retirement, which will be the effective date of this Act, and the annual amount of accidental disability retirement he would receive under Option A of the retirement allowances provided for in section 12 of chapter 32 of the General Laws regardless of which retirement allowance option he chooses under section 12. This increased accidental disability retirement allowance shall end on April 3, 2033, when he turns sixty-five (65) years old, at which time his accidental disability retirement allowance shall revert to an amount equal to what he would be eligible to receive under section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. If the death of Scott Holt occurs prior to April 3, 2033, his surviving spouse will continue to receive the increased accidental disability retirement allowance until April 3, 2033, at which time she would be eligible to receive the retirement allowance amount provided for a surviving spouse pursuant to the provisions of chapter 32 of the General Laws. The accidental disability retirement allowance shall not be subject to sections 91 and 91A of chapter 32 of the General Laws and the limitations set forth therein.
SECTION 2: The Town agrees to annually reimburse Scott Holt for the remainder of his life for his own Out of Pocket Medical and Drug costs up to a maximum annual amount of $6,450, adjusted for any applicable increases to the maximum annual amount that are provided for by the Town’s health insurance plans.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 7.
Declared passed by unanimous vote.