November 9, 2009 Special Town Meeting

FY10 Special Town Meeting

Return to Town Meetings Main page.

Voters approved all eight articles on the warrant for the Special Town Meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2009. The principal purpose of the town meeting was to amend the FY 2010 operating budget to reflect some $306,735 in budget balancing cuts-- $197,487 on the Town side and $109,248 on the School side-- necessitated by the reductions in Local Aid in the FY 2010 state budget passed after the May 2009 Annual Town Meeting.

Date/Time:

Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Location:

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

Reports:

TOWN MEETING BOOKLET - Articles, Motions, Recommendations

Resources:

FY 2010 Operating Budget cuts
 Special Town Meeting warrant

Town Meeting Votes

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 FY 2010 Operating Budget Line 193, General Insurance, as adopted pursuant to Article 4 of the May 4, 2009 Annual Town Meeting, the sum of $2,046.44 to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years, as listed below:

VendorDept.AmountFiscal Year

SimplexGrinnell

Public Buildings$ 937.00FY 2009

SimplexGrinnell

Public Buildings158.40FY 2009

Littleton Water Dept

Public Buildings90.20FY 2009

Waste Management

Public Buildings84.44FY 2009

Gatehouse Media

PMBC60.00FY 2009

The Lowell Publishing Co

PMBC246.40FY 2009

Associated Elevator

Public Buildings470.00FY 2009
Total $2,046.44 

Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen support Article 1.

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

ARTICLE 2 - Board of Selectmen - FY 2010 Budget Amendments 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the FY 2010 Operating Budget, as adopted pursuant to Article 4 of the May 4, 2009 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 FY 2010 Operating Budget, as adopted pursuant to Article 4 of the May 4, 2009 Annual Town Meeting, by transferring the sum of $31,725.00 from the following old article balances: $16,725 from 5/5/07 STM article 8F, Athletic Field Maintenance, and $15,000 from 5/5/07 ATM article 27, High Density File Storage, and further by adjusting budget line items as follows:

BudgetLine ItemFY 2010 BudgetAdjustmentFY 2010 Budget  Adjusted

Selectmen Expenses

122$13,070$(1,000)$12,070

Accountant Expenses

1357,000(2,000)5,000

Assessors Expenses

1413,005(500)2,505

Tax Collector Expenses

14513,800(1,500)12,300

Treasurer Expenses

14710,900(2,500)8,400

Information Systems Personal Services

15564,500(9,325)55,175

Information Systems Expenses

15579,350(12,000)67,350

Elections Expenses

1629,700(1,000)8,700

Building Maintenance Personal Services

19162,282(19,300)42,982

Police Department Personal Services

2101,211,670(67,000)1,144,670

Fire Department Expenses

22024,948(3,000)21,948

School Department

30014,537,921(109,248)14,428,673

Highway Personal Services

420714,581(46,365)668,216

Short Term Debt

720301,390(272)301,118

Total Appropriated Budget

 $30,526,655$(275,010)$30,251,645

Transfer from 5/5/07 STM Art. 8F

  (16,725) 

Transfer from 5/5/07 STM Art. 27

  (15,000) 
Total Raise & Appropriate $ 29,795,982$(306,735)$29,489,247

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, and School Committee support Article 2.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 3 - Community Preservation Committee - Community Housing - Pine Tree Park

To see if the Town will vote to hear and act on the report of the Community Preservation Committee and appropriate the sum of $48,000 for support of the Littleton Housing Authority and its Pine Tree Park facility, by transferring $46,773.15 from Community Preservation Fund Community Housing Reserve and $1,226.85 from Community Preservation Fund Budgeted Reserve; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Community Preservation Committee that the Town vote to hear and act on the report of the Community Preservation Committee and appropriate the sum of $48,000 for support of the Littleton Housing Authority and its Pine Tree Park facility, by transferring $46,773.15 from Community Preservation Fund Community Housing Reserve and $1,226.85 from Community Preservation Fund Budgeted Reserve.

Community Preservation Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Selectmen support Article 3.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 4 - Board of Selectmen/School Committee/Trust Fund Commissioners - School Grant Funds  

To see if the Town will vote to transfer $12,000 from a grant from the M.H. Kimball Trust to the Littleton School Department for the purpose of funding a new engineering program at the Littleton High School, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer $12,000 from a grant from the M.H. Kimball Trust to the Littleton School Department for the purpose of funding a new engineering program at the Littleton High School.

Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Trust Fund Commissioners support Article 4.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 5 - Board of Selectmen - Easement: Bulkeley Road 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept the grant of a drainage easement for property on Bulkeley Road as shown on a plan entitled, “Plan of Easement in Littleton, Mass. prepared for the Town of Littleton” dated May, 2009 by David E. Ross Associates, Inc.; 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 accept the grant of a drainage easement for property on Bulkeley Road as shown on a plan entitled, “Plan of Easement in Littleton, Mass. prepared for the Town of Littleton” dated May, 2009 by David E. Ross Associates, Inc.

Board of Selectmen supports Article 5.

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

ARTICLE 6 - Board of Water Commissioners - Capital Improvements 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $300,000 for the purpose of funding capital improvements to the production facilities and distribution system 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 and 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 relative thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Water Commissioners that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $300,000 for the purpose of funding capital improvements to the production facilities and distribution system 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 and 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.

Finance Committee, Board of Water Commissioners, and Board of Selectmen support Article 6.

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

ARTICLE 7 - Board of Electric Light Commissioners - Lease at 39 Ayer Road 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Littleton Electric Light Department (“LELD”) to lease to the winner of a competitive bid selected pursuant to Chapter 30B of the General Laws, for a term not to exceed twenty years, a portion of the property located at 39 Ayer Road and all or a portion of the building to be constructed thereon; or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Electric Light Commissioners that the Town vote to authorize the Littleton Electric Light Department (“LELD”) to lease to the winner of a competitive bid selected pursuant to Chapter 30B of the General Laws, for a term not to exceed twenty years, a portion of the property located at 39 Ayer Road and all or a portion of the building to be constructed thereon.

Finance Committee, Board of Electric Light Commissioners, and Board of Selectmen support Article 7.

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.

ARTICLE 8 - Board of Selectmen - Road Acceptance: Sleigh Ride Lane 

To see if the Town will vote to accept, as a Town way, the layout by the Board of Selectmen of the private way known as “Sleigh Ride Lane,” and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, the land, rights and easements for drainage, utility, or other purposes, all as shown on a plan entitled “Roadway As Built Plan Hobby Horse Hill Definitive Subdivision Littleton, Massachusetts, dated December 30, 2008, last revised 9/10/09 by Acton Survey & Engineering, Inc. Prepared for Hobbyhorse LLC of Dracut, MA, said street having been constructed to the satisfaction of the Planning Board, and to name said street “Sleigh Ride Lane”; or take any other action in relation thereto.

Motion: Moved and seconded by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to accept, as a Town way, the layout by the Board of Selectmen of the private way known as “Sleigh Ride Lane,” and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, the land, rights and easements for drainage, utility, or other purposes, all as shown on a plan entitled “Roadway As Built Plan Hobby Horse Hill Definitive Subdivision Littleton, Massachusetts, dated December 30, 2008, last revised 9/10/09 by Acton Survey & Engineering, Inc. Prepared for Hobbyhorse LLC of Dracut, MA, said street having been constructed to the satisfaction of the Planning Board, and to name said street “Sleigh Ride Lane;” all as described in Article 8 as printed in the warrant.

Board of Selectmen and Planning Board support Article 8. 

Declared passed by a majority vote. So voted.