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Annual Town Meeting Warrant 2012

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T 0 W N  W A R R A N T

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 Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7 pm, then and there to act on the following articles:


ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to accept the reports 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, 2012 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 2013 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, 2012, 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 $1,960,277 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 $108,932.50 to pay the fiscal year 2013 debt service on following loans, or take any action thereon.

Town Building Projects Construction $65,789 ($15,987.63 principal, $49,801.37 interest)
Fiske Pond Purchase $13,764 (12,000 principal, $1764 interest)
Property at 9 Morse Village Road $17,137.50 (15,000 principal, $2137.50 interest)
Mahar Construction $12,242

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $65,789 from Stabilization to make an additional payment in FY13 on the U.S.D.A. Loan (Town Building Projects Construction), or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 for the Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 8: 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 9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $ 3,000 for the Insurance Reserve Fund or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $5,000 for the Unemployment Compensation Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 11: 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 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $10,000 for the Town Treasurer to utilize for tax title expense, 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 $6,000 for the Independent Audit expenses, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 14: 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 15: To see if the Town will raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $2650.12 to fund the Stabilization Account established 06/16/2010 pursuant to MGL Chapter 40, Section 5B for the purpose of investing sick leave pay, 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 $1,500 to pay for costs associated with refinishing floors in the Library’s Meeting Room and Adult Stacks, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $10,000 to pay for costs associated with the FY12 repairs to the Fiske Pond Dam, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $6,000 to pay for costs associated with the purchase of a new copier for the Town Offices, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds an additional sum of $40,000 for the new DPW dump truck, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $20,000 to pay for upgrades to the Highway Department parking lot, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $3,000 to pay for costs associated with the preparation and paving of the area in front of the Library Playground on Wendell Depot Road, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $12,500 to pay for costs associated with Town Hall repairs, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote that beginning in Fiscal Year 2014, all fees collected by the Town Clerk and Tax Collector will be turned over by these officers to the Treasurer to be put in the General Fund, and that for FY13, these officers will continue to retain their fees in addition to their appropriated salaries, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to apply for, accept and expend any federal, state and private monies, such as Community Development Block Grants, Municipal Incentive Grant, Ready Resource Fund, Public Safety Grant, Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Funds, etc., or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 25: 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 26: To see if the town will vote to adopt the following resolution or take any action there on:

We, the citizens of Wendell offer this RESOLUTION to see if the Town will direct the Town Clerk to relay to Representative Kulik and Senator Rosenberg that the citizens of Wendell have voted in support of their sponsoring legislation calling for a state convention to support the amendment of the United States Constitution (according to Article 5 of the Constitution) as follows:

          SECTION 1. The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons and do not extend to for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, or other private entities established for business purposes or to promote business interests under the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state.

          SECTION 2. Such corporate and other private entities established under law are subject to regulation by the people through the legislative process so long as such regulations are consistent with the powers of Congress and the States and do not limit the freedom of the press.

          SECTION 3. Such corporate and other private entities shall be prohibited from making
contributions or expenditures in any election of any candidate for public office or the vote upon any ballot measure submitted to the people.

          SECTION 4. Congress and the States shall have the power to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own spending, and to authorize the establishment of political committees to receive, spend, and publicly disclose the sources of those contributions and expenditures.’’

And to furthermore direct the Town Clerk to relay to Senators Kerry and Brown that the citizens of Wendell have voted in support of their proposing the above article to the states for ratification to amend the United States Constitution.

ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following resolution or take any action
thereon:

Whereas the March 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima resulted in a mandatory evacuation of a 12 mile radius around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site, a recommended evacuation of an 18-mile radius, and actual evacuation of villages 25 miles away to the northwest of Fukushima Daiichi;

Whereas the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident resulted in creation of a permanent 18-mile exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear site and actual evacuation of villages 100 miles and
more away;

Whereas the March 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima resulted in numerous documented instances of interdiction of contaminated food and livestock 100 miles and more from the Fukushima Daiichi site and widespread contamination of crops and other vegetation;

Whereas the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident resulted in interdiction of contaminated food and livestock hundreds of miles from the Chernobyl site (including continued interdiction of contaminated livestock in Wales—approximately 1,000 miles away) and widespread contamination of crops and other vegetation;

Whereas current U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations establish a 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone for evacuations around U.S. nuclear reactors and a 50-mile Ingestion Pathway Zone to monitor and potentially interdict contaminated food, water, milk and livestock;

Whereas, based on the real-world experience of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear accidents, the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone and 50 mile Ingestion Pathway zones are inadequate and
outdated;

Whereas the Fukushima nuclear accident was caused by an earthquake and ensuing tsunami, which knocked out critical offsite and onsite power sources, demonstrating that natural disasters can initiate severe nuclear accidents;

Whereas the August 2011 mid-Atlantic earthquake resulted in a ground speed motion double that which the nearby North Anna nuclear complex was designed to withstand, and knocked out offsite power to the site;

Whereas tornadoes, hurricanes and floods during 2011 caused loss of offsite power and other damage to several nuclear reactor sites across the U.S., including Browns Ferry in Alabama, Surry in Virginia, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska, demonstrating that natural disasters can challenge nuclear safety systems;

Whereas current Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations do not require bi-annual emergency
exercises to include scenarios of regionally-appropriate initiating or concurrent natural disasters;
Whereas the citizens of THE TOWN OF WENDELL deserve the greatest possible protection from
nuclear power accidents and the greatest possible preparation to mitigate the effects of nuclear accidents;

Whereas current Nuclear Regulatory Commission emergency planning regulations are inadequate to provide a sufficient level of protection for the citizens of THE TOWN OF WENDELL;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE TOWN OF WENDELL

Supports the expansion of current Emergency Planning zones from 10 to 25 miles around U.S.
nuclear reactor sites;

Supports the creation of a new Emergency Response Zone of 25 to 50 miles around U.S. nuclear reactor sites that would require nuclear power utilities to identify evacuation routes and provide this information to the public within this zone;

Supports the expansion of the Ingestion Pathway Zone from 50 miles to 100 miles around U.S.
nuclear reactor sites;

Supports emergency evacuation exercises that practice response to situations involving regionallyappropriate initiating or concurrent natural disasters;

Supports the Petition for Rulemaking submitted by 38 organizations across the United States on
February 15, 2012, since endorsed by more than 2700 organizations and individuals, and docketed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as PRM-50-104, which would make the necessary changes to emergency regulations detailed above;

Be it further resolved that THE TOWN OF WENDELL will send a copy of this approved resolution to our state and federal elected officials and call on them to also support PRM-50-104. In addition, THE TOWN OF WENDELL will inform the Secretary of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the appointed Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners of its support for PRM-50-104.

ARTICLE 28: 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 24th day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and twelve.

___________________________________ { SELECTBOARD
___________________________________ { OF
___________________________________ { WENDELL

A true copy. Attest: _____________________________________, Constable
 

 

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