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Summary of Town Meeting Actions

Here is a summary of actions taken by Town Meeting Members at the May 22 Annual Town Meeting:

• Article 1: Hear the interim report from the Town Meeting Working Group. Hear resolution to remember the late Dominic Morte, Jr.

• Article 2: Adopt the Personnel Board's "Classification and Compensation Study" by approving a new Wage and Salary Schedule for non-union salaried and hourly paid employees in Fiscal Year 2018 – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 3: Give the Highway Surveyor and Town Clerk a 2.0 percent raise and all other elected town officials a 2.0 percent increase in salary for Fiscal Year 2018 – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 4: Set the operating budget for the town for Fiscal Year 2018 at $98,954,326 – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 5: Authorize the Town Treasurer to borrow money in anticipation of revenue during Fiscal Year 2018 – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 6: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to take charge of all legal proceedings for or against the town – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 7: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to expend funds from parking violations during Fiscal Year 2018 to pay the costs and expenses of collecting those fines – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 8: Authorize the Town Treasurer and/or Tax Collector to enter into compensating balance agreements during Fiscal Year 2018 – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 9: To authorize town departments to use amounts received from insurance companies or other third parties as damages or payments for damages to any town-owned property to repair or replace such property – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 10: Authorize all persons, boards nor agencies of the town authorized to contract for or on behalf of the town to enter into contracts for up to five years or real estate contracts for up to 10 years – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 11: Authorize the Town Treasurer to accept deeds in lieu of foreclosure – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 12: Transfer $7,348.85 raised from vending machines in the schools from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account to be spent under the jurisdiction of the School Committee on non-funded student activities – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 13: Authorize revolving funds during Fiscal Year 2018 for town departments previously authorized to have revolving funds – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 14: Amend Article 26 of the General By-laws entitled, Tax Payments as License etc. Condition" to allow the town to deny a liquor license to a person who is delinquent in payment of taxes – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 15: Accept the provisions of Section 193 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016 allowing the town to reduce the statutory speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour on any town-owned roadways within a thickly settled or business district – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 16: Accept the provisions of Section 194 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016 allowing the town to reduce the statutory speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour ion Safety Zones on any town-owned roadways within a thickly settled or business district – passed by a majority voice vote.

• Article 17: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Curt for special legislation to allow the Town Administrator and Finance Director to become at-large Town Meeting Members – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 18: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to seek proposals for the sale or lease of the former Middle School East building – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 19: Transfer $18,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account for the Industrial Development Commission to hire a consultant to analyze its role and effectiveness – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 20: Accept the provisions of Section 108P of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, allowing the Town Treasurer and Tax Collector to receive up to $1,000 per year additional compensation if they become certified by the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 21: Amend the Zoning By-laws to not allow chickens in the General Residential (RA) zone – defeated by a 59-110 vote (two-thirds' majority required).

• Article 22: Amend the Zoning By-laws to allow four hens or chicks by right in any zoning district – defeated by an 81-83 vote (two-thirds' majority required).

• Article 23: Transfer $125,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account to complete the engineering design drawings, plans and specifications for the Route 16 rebuilding project from Water Street to the Hopedale town line –approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 24: Transfer $400,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account to hire consultants and other expert services to evaluate the purchase of the Milford Water Company and accomplish any final agreement to transfer its assets to the town – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 25: Discontinue 43 square feet of Park Terrace as a public way to resolve a title issue – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 26: To see if the town will raise or appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to replace bronze markers at the Vernon Grove Cemetery – passed over (no action taken) by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 27: Raise and appropriate $135,000 through taxes to pay for the operating costs, maintenance and repairs of the Middle School East building – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 28: Accept clause 22G of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the General Laws regarding property in trust for veterans' exemptions and reducing residency requirements from five years to one year – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 29: Allow any balance in an account for the upkeep of a town facility at the end of a fiscal year to remain in that account to be spent for the upkeep and maintenance of that facility – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 30: Amend the Zoning By-laws regarding signs to allow one portable sign per lot – defeated by a 76-79 vote (two-thirds' majority required).

• Article 31: Authorize spending $150,000 in the Comcast Verizon PEG access account – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 32: Establish a Special Stabilization Fund to reserve funds to pay special education-related expenses – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 33: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for special legislation to approve an All-Alcoholic Beverages liquor license for the proposed Trattoria GiGi restaurant at 198 East Main Street (Route 16) – approved by a unanimous cote.

• Article 34: Amend the Zoning By-laws relating to marijuana establishments – amended by majority voice vote to place the same restrictions on recreational marijuana retail locations as are on medical marijuana treatment centers and approved by a 139-15 vote (two-thirds' majority required).

• Article 35: Revoke the town's acceptance of the Massachusetts general Laws placing the Police Department under Civil Service Law – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 36: Authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for special legislation to appoint a three-member Board of Water Commissioners, if the town acquires the Milford Water Company, to serve until the next election – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 37: Transfer $385,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account for the School Committee to purchase Chromebooks for every student in grades six through nine – approved by a majority voice vote.

• Article 38: Transfer $200,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account to replenish the Compensated Absences Fund to pay for unused sick time owed to retiring police officers and firefighters– approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 39: Rescind the authorized and un-issued debt of $1.1 million approved in 2015 for the Godfrey Brook Congress Terrace/Main Street Project – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 40: Raise and appropriate $315,000 through taxes to redeem the town's remaining school remodeling bonds and save $79,000 in interest costs – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 41: Amend the Zoning By-laws to (a) allow roof/building mounted large-scale solar energy system to be installed on town-owned buildings within all zoning districts except the downtown CA Central Commercial zone and (b) to no longer require site plan approval for large-scale roof/building mounted solar energy systems – approved by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 42: Transfer $374,000 from the Excess and Deficiencies (Free Cash) account to offset the Fiscal Year 2017 deficit in the snow and ice removal account – passed by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 43: Close out 16 previously approved Special Article accounts and transfer their $169,596.72 unspent balance to the General Funds of the town – passed by a unanimous voice vote.

• Article 44: Transfer $25,570 from four various budget line item funds to four other line items within the same departments within the current Fiscal Year 2017 budget – passed by a unanimous voice vote.




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