Town of Wendell, Massachusetts

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Home Town Government Town Meeting Special Town Meeting Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7 pm

Special Town Meeting Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7 pm

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TOWN 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 in the Town Hall in said 
Town on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7 pm, then and there to act on the following articles: 
 
ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds, an 
amount of money to be expended under the direction of the Swift River School Building Committee for 
Schematic Design Study for the replacement of the windows and doors on the Swift River School located at 
201 Wendell Rd, New Salem, MA 01355, 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.  
 
ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum 
of $733.39 to fund the Stabilization Account established 6/16/2010 pursuant to MGL Chapter 40, Section 5B 
for the purpose of investing sick leave pay for FY2018. 
 
ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote pursuant to the provisions of General Laws c.44, §53E½, as most 
recently amended, to (1) establish the following revolving fund and fiscal year spending limits as set forth 
below, and further (2) to amend the General Bylaws by inserting a new bylaw establishing this revolving 
fund, specifying the departmental receipts to be credited to each fund, the departmental purposes or programs 
for which each fund may be expended, and the entity authorized to expend each fund, such bylaw to provide 
as follows: 
 
Departmental Revolving Fund: 
 
Section 1.  There is hereby established in the Town of Wendell pursuant to the provisions of G.L. 
c.44, §53E½, the following Revolving Fund, from which the specified department head, board, 
committee, or officer may incur liabilities against and spend monies from without appropriation in 
accordance with the limitations set forth in this by-law. 
 
Section 2.  No liability shall be incurred in excess of the available balance of the fund. 
 
Section 3.  The total amount spent during a fiscal year shall not exceed the amount authorized by 
Annual Town Meeting or any increase therein as may later be authorized  by the Board of Selectmen 
and Finance Committee in accordance with G.L. c.44, §53E½.  
 
Section 4.  Interest earned on monies credited to a revolving fund established by this by-law shall be 
credited to the General Fund. 
 
Section 5.  Authorized Revolving Funds 
 

 
REVOLVING FUND PROGRAM OR 
DEPARTMENT 
ENTITY 
PURPOSE 
RECEIPTS TO BE 
AUTHORIZED 
CREDITED TO FUND 
TO SPEND 
Town Hall Kitchen  
Fees and donations for use 
Town Hall Kitchen 
of Town Hall Kitchen 
Committee 
 
Section 6.  Procedures and Reports. Except as provided in General Laws Chapter 44, §53E½ and this 
by-law, all applicable state and local laws and regulations that govern the receipt, custody, 
expenditure and payment of town funds shall apply to the use of the revolving fund established and 
authorized by this by-law. 
 
And, further, to establish the following fiscal year spending limit for such funds: 
 
Authorized Revolving Funds 
Fiscal Year 
Expenditure Limit 

Town Hall Kitchen 
$  10,000 
 
And, further, to amend the Fiscal Year Expenditure Limit for the Wiring Inspector and Pluming/Gas 
Inspector Revolving Funds, as established at the June 10, 2017 Town Meeting, as follows: 
 
Authorized Revolving Funds 
Fiscal Year 
Expenditure Limit 

Wiring Inspector 
$  10,000 
Plumbing/Gas Inspector 
$  10,000 
 
; Or take any action in relation thereto.  
 
ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $1150.00 from the Stabilization Account to 
pay the Highland Press bill of prior year for printing the 2017 Annual Report, or take any action thereon. 
 
ARTICLE 5: 
To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $48.99 from the Stabilization Account to 
pay a Conservation Commission bill of prior year, or take any action thereon. 
 
ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $142.66 from the Stabilization Account to 
pay a Board of Health bill of prior year, or take any action thereon. 
 
ARTICLE 7: 
To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to  M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41A, to (1) 
increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount (income allowance) for persons applying for a 
property tax deferral under said clause from the current limit of $20,000, as follows: $30,000 for a single 
individual who is not the head of household, $35,000 for a head of household, and $40,000 for married 
couples filing a joint income tax return; and (2) decrease the interest rate on taxes deferred under said clause 
from the statutory rate of 8% to such rate as is 1% below the Wall Street Journal’s published “Prime Rate” as 
of July 1 of the fiscal year for which the taxes have been deferred, or such other lower rate as Town Meeting 
may determine; or take any action thereon. 
 
ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $180,000 for the purchase of a front end loader for 
the Highway Department, and to meet this appropriation by transferring the sum of $30,000 from the 
Stabilization Fund and by authorizing the Treasurer, with approval of the Selectboard, to borrow up to 
$150,000 for the balance of the appropriation pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, section 7 
(1), or any other enabling authority, or take any action thereon. 
 

 
 
ARTICLE 9: 
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 Town Office 
Building, 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 11th day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen.  
 
_________________________________ 

SELECTBOARD 
 
_________________________________ 

 
OF 
 
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     WENDELL 
 
 
A true copy.  Attest: ________________________________________, Constable 
 

 

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