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Special Town Meeting, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 7 PM

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A Special Town Meeting will be held in the Wendell Town Hall on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 7:00 pm.  Click below to read the full text of the Warrant.

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Special Town Meeting June 16, 2010

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T0WN WARRANT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

FRANKLIN, ss.

To the Constable of the Town of Wendell in the County of Franklin.
Greetings:

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town, qualified to vote in elections and in Town affairs, to meet at the Town Hall in said Town on Wednesday June 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM, then and there to act on the following articles:


ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $40,000 from Free Cash into the Pension Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $20,000 from Free Cash into the Unemployment Compensation Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $20,000 from Free Cash into the Insurance Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $9,000 from Free Cash to pay for the replacement of the oil tanks in Town Hall, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $6000 from Free Cash to pay for the painting of the interior of Town Hall, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $10,000 from Free Cash to pay for the painting of the exterior of the Police Station, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to transfer $260,760 from free Cash into the Stabilization Account, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 8: To transact any other legal business that may come before said meeting, or take any action thereon.

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting up attested copies thereof at the Wendell Country Store, Wendell Town Hall, Wendell Town Office Building, Wendell Library, and Wendell Depot Store 14 days at least prior to the time of holding said meeting.

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant with your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and place of meeting, as aforesaid

Given under our hands this 26th day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten.

___________________________________ {     SELECTBOARD

___________________________________ { OF

___________________________________ { WENDELL


A true copy. Attest: _____________________________________, Constable.

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Annual Town Meeting June 16, 2010

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T0WN WARRANT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

FRANKLIN, ss.

To the Constable of the Town of Wendell in the County of Franklin.
Greetings:

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town, qualified to vote in elections and in Town affairs, to meet at the Town Hall in said Town on Wednesday June 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM, then and there to act on the following articles:


ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to hear the report of Town Officials as printed in the Town Report, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectboard, to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010 in accordance with the provisions of the MGL Chapter 44, Section 4, and to issue a note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with MGL Chapter 44, Section 17, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer to enter into compensating balance agreements during fiscal year 2011 as permitted by MGL Chapter 44, Section 53F, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to fix the salary, compensation, and expenses of all elected and appointed officials of the Town for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, as provided in MGL Chapter 41, as amended, and to see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or to transfer from available funds, or a combination thereof, the sum of $1,790,859 from taxation or such other sum of money as deemed necessary to defray such salaries and expenses for that period, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $32,025 ($30,000 principal and $2025 interest) to pay the fiscal year 2011 debt service on the Fire Truck Note, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $65,789 ($19,501.68 principal and $46,287.32 interest) to pay the fiscal year 2011 debt service on the Town Building Projects Construction Note, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $14,940 ($12,000 principal and $2,940 interest) to pay for the FY 2011 debt service on the purchase of the Fiske Pond Property, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $18,562.50 ($15,000 principal and $3562.50 interest) to pay for the FY 2011 debt service on the purchase of the property located at 9 Morse Village Road, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,340 for the FY 2011 Mahar Construction Expenses, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 for the Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 for the Capital Stabilization Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $ 6,000 for the Insurance Reserve Fund or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $5000 for the Unemployment Compensation Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $15,000 for the Pension Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $5000 for the Town Treasurer to utilize for tax title expense, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $11,000 for the Independent Audit expenses, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500 for the Mediation Account, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,550 for Wendell’s share of the Swift River School Capital Projects, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to enter into immediate discussions with other Western Massachusetts municipalities with the intent of entering an inter-municipal agreement, by and through the Selectboard, pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 4A of the Massachusetts General Laws, for the purpose of establishing a universal, open access, financially self- sustaining communications system for the provision of broadband service, including high-speed internet access, telephone and cable television to the residents, businesses and institutions of these municipalities, or act in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to add the Town of Leverett as a member of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District (“District”) and therefore amend Article 1, Paragraph 4 of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District Agreement pursuant to Article 7 of said Agreement by adding “Leverett” to the list of District member municipalities, subject to the following terms:

The Town of Leverett shall be admitted as a member of the District, effective July 1, 2010, by paying a one-time membership fee to the District of $4,550 plus an annual assessment of $4,624 for Fiscal Year 2011 and all future assessments based upon the same assessment formula applied to all other District member municipalities and shall comply with all other provisions of the District Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to grant permission to the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District to incur debt for the purpose of removing the dam on the Mahar property, or take any action thereon. Said amount is not to exceed $200,000 in total costs. This amount shall be reduced by any grant that might be received that can be used to reduce the principle.

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to apply for, accept and expend any federal, state and private monies, such as EOCD Small Cities Block Grant Community Development Fund, Municipal Incentive Grant, Ready Resource Fund, Mass Releaf, Public Safety Grant, Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Funds, etc., or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to declare certain items as surplus, and to trade in or sell surplus equipment, or take any thereon.

ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Stabilization Fund pursuant to MGL Chapter 40 Section 5B for the purpose of investing sick leave pay, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $62025.00 from the Stabilization Fund to pay off the Fire Truck note, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 26: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $78562.50 from the Stabilization Fund to pay off the Meltzer Property note, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $62940.00 from the Stabilization Fund to pay off the Fiske Pond note, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $500,000.00 from the Stabilization Fund to pay off a portion of the Building Construction Bond, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to accept the report of the Wendell Energy Task force, as requested in a resolution of the July 19, 2009 Town Meeting, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 30: To see if the Town will vote to establish an Energy Committee of five members, and ask the Selectboard to appoint the members, initially for one-, two-, and three-year terms, to coordinate efforts toward energy reduction/energy security in Wendell in both the public and private sectors, including projects such as the Green Community initiative, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 31: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following resolution:

Whereas the greatest part of Wendell’s food supply comes from outside the Northeast, and the average supermarket food item in New England has traveled roughly 1,500 miles;
Whereas food transportation depends largely on oil, for which there is no known, qualitative or quantitative substitute;
Whereas, in modern agricultural practice, 10 calories of fuel energy are used to produce and distribute one calorie of food energy;
Whereas fossil hydrocarbons have proven unsuitable as fuels because their residues stay in Earth’s atmosphere and disrupt the climate system;
Whereas oil shortages are likely in the near future due to a phenomenon called “peak oil”—a convergence of many factors, among them a permanent decline of oil production, and the fact that the energy industry now uses roughly ten times as much energy to extract a barrel of oil as it did in the early Twentieth Century,
Be it therefore resolved: The voters of Wendell, recognizing their responsibility to protect the planet’s life functions and their vulnerability to a disrupted food supply, desire the powers of Town government to be directed toward building Wendell’s food-growing capacities, ultimately toward full food self-sufficiency, and hereby request the Energy Committee to present a proposal to the next (special) Town meeting for a Town Food Production and Gardening Coordinator, specifying full job description, supervision and compensation.

 

ARTICLE 32: To transact any other legal business that may come before said meeting, or take any action thereon.

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting up attested copies thereof at the Wendell Country Store, Wendell Town Hall, Wendell Town Office Building, Wendell Library, and Wendell Depot Store 7 days at least prior to the time of holding said meeting.

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant with your doings thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and place of meeting, as aforesaid

Given under our hands this 8th day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten.

___________________________________ {     SELECTBOARD

___________________________________ {              OF

___________________________________ {     WENDELL


A true copy.  Attest: _____________________________________, Constable.

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