Anual Town Meeting June 3, 2013

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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 3, 2013 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, 2013 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 2014 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, 2013, 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 $2,034,337 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 $105,456 to pay the fiscal year 2014 debt service on following loans, or take any action
thereon.
Town Building Projects Construction
$65,789
($16.667.10 principle, $49,121.90 interest)
Fiske Pond Purchase
$13,176
(12,000 principle, $1,176 interest)
Property at 9 Morse Village Road
$16,425
(15,000 principle, $1,425 interest)
Mahar Construction
$10,066
ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $70,000 from Stabilization to make
an additional payment in FY14 on the U.S.D.A. Loan (Town Building Projects Construction), such
payment to be applied to the principle of the loan, 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.
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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 $15,000 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 $15,000 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 transfer from available funds the sum of $2729.59 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 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds
the sum of $5,000 to purchase a safe for the Town Treasurer, 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 $13,000 to fund a preliminary study to explore options of pre-k—6 education with the current
member towns of Erving School Union 28, 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 $2,000 for the winterization of the plumbing supply in the Town Hall kitchen, 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 $14,100 to pay for purchase and installation of equipment for the Town Hall kitchen, or
take any action thereon.
ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds
the sum of $3,500 for construction costs associated with remodeling the Town Hall kitchen, or take any
action thereon.
ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to establish a committee to study and design a ramp for the
Town Hall, such committee to consist of three members and two associate members, appointed by the
Selectboard for a period of one year, or take any action thereon.

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ARTICLE 21: 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 installation of high speed internet to Town
Buildings, including the Library, Senior Center, Police Station, Highway Garage, Town Hall, and Town
Office Building, 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 $484.00 to cover a bill of prior year for Swift River School transportation, or take any
action thereon.
ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote to approve an amendment, effective in FY015, to the
Articles of Agreement of the New Salem/Wendell Union School District, in Article V, Financial
Support and Obligations, which replaces the current language regarding each member town’s share of
annual operating costs (the second sentence of the second paragraph) with the following language, or
take any action thereon:
“Each member Town’s share of the total operating costs of the District for any fiscal year shall be
determined on a per pupil basis, by multiplying the total budgeted operating costs by a fraction, the
numerator of which shall be each Town’s average pupil enrollment for all grades in the District on the
first day of October of the five (5) fiscal years preceding the fiscal year for which the apportionment is
made, and the denominator of which shall be the average of the total pupil enrollment from the
member towns in the District on these same dates.”
ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following non-binding resolution or take any
action thereon:
WHEREAS, our Open Meeting form of governance relies on voter attendance;
WHEREAS, in order to preserve this long standing tradition, it is in the Town’s best interest to attract
as many voters as possible across a wide range of ages and with varying points of view;
WHEREAS, in recent years a number of voters have indicated attendance at weeknight meetings is
difficult;
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the 2014 Annual Town Meeting will be held on a Saturday
beginning at 10 am.
ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following bylaw, or take any action thereon:
The deadline for submission of all articles for Town Meetings shall be 35 days before the date of the
meeting. No articles shall be placed on the warrant after said date without approval of the Selectboard.
ARTICLE 26: 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 27: 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.
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ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds the sum of $484.00 to pay
a bill of prior year for Swift River School special school transportation, or take any action thereon.
ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds
the sum of $27,851.23 to cover an FY13 deficit in the 2009 Allowance for Abatements account of
$24,704.51 and an FY13 deficit in the temporary interest account of 3,146.72.
ARTICLE 30: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds
the sum of $15,979.81 to cover the Snow and Ice Account deficit for FY13, or take any action thereon.
ARTICLE 31: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $199,867 from Free Cash to the
Stabilization Account, or take any action thereon.
ARTICLE 32: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following resolution or take any action
thereon:
An Article In Support of Medical Marijuana
WHEREAS, by vote at the state election on November 6, 2012, the voters of the Commonwealth
approved a referendum question that created a law regulating the cultivation, distribution, possession
and use of marijuana for medical purposes;
WHEREAS, the law became effective on January 1, 2013;
WHEREAS, the establishment of regional medical marijuana production and dispensary facilities are a
critical element in the successful implementation of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana program;
WHEREAS, the medicalization of marijuana in other states has led to the rise of large, energy
intensive cultivation practices that rely on artificial light, synthetic nutrients, pesticides, and
fungicides;
WHEREAS, the medicalization of marijuana in other states has tended to economically favor large,
corporate structures rather than smaller, local, worker-owned cooperatives;
WHEREAS, the Town of Wendell has a long history as a nexus of holistic health and healing, spiritual
enlightenment and social awareness, and a passion for agriculture and gardening;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Town of Wendell hereby declares itself a medical marijuana
friendly community, in support of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana program, and encourages
individuals and organizations interested in siting an organic cultivation or distribution facility in the
Town of Wendell to engage citizens and town officials in discussions around ways to retain local
control, create local jobs, and ensure that zoning, planning, health, and safety issues would be properly
addressed.
ARTICLE 33: To see if the Town will vote to make the following changes to Wendell’s Zoning
Bylaws, or take any action thereon:
Remove Article V, Section A, #6 This removes the requirement that the primary dwelling be in
existence for 10 years in order to add a secondary dwelling.
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ARTICLE 34: To see if the Town will vote to make the following changes to Wendell’s Zoning
Bylaws, or take any action thereon:
Remove Article VI, Section J, item a. This will remove the restriction to two persons.
ARTICLE 35: To see if the Town will vote to make the following changes to Wendell’s Zoning
Bylaws, or take any action thereon:
Amend ARTICLE I, PURPOSE AND DISTRICT DESIGNATION, BY ADDING A NEW
SECTION C AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION C.
IN ADDITION, THERE SHALL BE A FLOODPLAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT AS DEFINED
HEREIN IN ARTICLE XV
ARTICLE 36: To see if the Town will vote to make the following changes to Wendell’s Zoning
Bylaws, or take any action thereon:
Add to ARTICLE III, DEFINITIONS:
Base Flood: The flood having a one percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given
year (also known as the “one-hundred-year flood”).
Base Flood Elevation (BFE): The elevation of the flood that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in
a given year. Also known as the 1 percent annual chance flood or the 100 year flood.
Development: Means any manmade change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but
not limited to building or other structure, mining, dredging, filling, grading, pacing, excavation or
drilling operations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): The federal agency that administers the
National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA provides a nationwide flood hazard area mapping study
program for communities as well as regulatory standards for development in the flood hazard
areas.
Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM): An official map of a community issued by FEMA where
the boundaries of the flood and related erosion areas having special hazards have been designated
as Zone A.
Floodway: The channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be
reserved in order to discharge the base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface
elevation.
One-Hundred-Year Flood: See Base Flood.
Regulatory Floodway: See Floodway.
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ARTICLE 37: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following petitioned resolution, or take any
action thereon:
Whereas, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield is the only hospital in Franklin County, the
most rural county in Massachusetts; and,
Whereas, local access to a full-service community hospital is essential to the health and well being of
the residents of Franklin County; and,
Whereas, some important services previously available at Franklin Medical Center are now only
available at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield; and,
Whereas, the lack of public transportation and the long distance between parts of Franklin County and
Springfield presents a challenge for many residents; and,
Whereas, it is critical for the health of Franklin County residents that they have access to the broadest
range of quality health care services in Franklin County,
Therefore be it resolved that the Town of Wendell, calls upon Baystate Health System to commit all
necessary resources to ensure the provision of all needed services and to commit to the long-term
viability of a full-service community hospital at Baystate Franklin Medical Center which will meet the
health care needs of the residents of Franklin County; and,
Be it further resolved that the Town Clerk be directed to send copies of this resolution to Mark Tolosky,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Baystate Health System, and to Chuck Gijanto, President of
Baystate Regional Markets.
ARTICLE 38: 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, 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 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen.
___________________________________ { SELECTBOARD
___________________________________ { OF
___________________________________ { WENDELL
A true copy. Attest: _____________________________________, Constable.
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