Town Meeting, June 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

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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 Monday, June 8, 2015 at 7:00 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, 2015 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 2016 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, 2015, 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 $2,175,965 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 appropriate the sum of $1,920,000 for the Town's share of the costs of the construction, installation and start-up of a regional high-speed broadband network, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto, such project to be carried out by the Town's Municipal Light Plant, which may do so acting as a member of a cooperative of such Plants formed under Chapter 164, Section 47C of the General Laws; to determine whether this appropriation shall be raised by borrowing or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $75,842 from the Stabilization Fund to pay the fiscal year 2016 debt service on the following loans, or take any action thereon:
Town Building Construction Projects $65,789
($18,114 principle, $47,676 interest)
Mahar Construction $10,053

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 $5,000 for the Stabilization Fund, or take any action thereon.

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

ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $15,000 from the Stabilization Fund for the Unemployment Compensation Fund, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $15,000 from the Stabilization Fund 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 $5,000 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 or transfer from available funds the sum of $25,000 for Group Health Insurance, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $40,000 from the Stabilization Fund to purchase a Fire Department cascade system, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $2,850 from the Stabilization Fund for a Fire Department wellness program, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $35,000 from the Stabilization Fund to purchase and install a ventilation system in the Fire Department/Highway Garage, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $39,609 from the Stabilization Fund for Fire Department turnout gear, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $65,000 from the Stabilization Fund for Fire Department Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) tanks, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,600 from the Stabilization Fund to pay for Wendell's share of capital projects at Swift River School, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $40,152 from the Stabilization Fund for the purchase of a new Police Department Cruiser, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to enter into a five-year contract with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Waste Management Recycle America, LLC for recycling services at the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility, or take any action relative thereto.

ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote to establish a $2.00 fee for the replacement of dog tags, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to re-authorize a revolving account in accordance with the provisions of General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53E ½ to account for fees and donations collected for the Recreation Commission, such fund to be under the authority of the Recreation Commission, or take any action thereon. Monies from the fund may be used for Recreation Commission expenses, and expenditures shall not exceed the amount of $5,000 in Fiscal Year 2016.

ARTICLE 25: 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, Public Safety Grants, Massachusetts Public Library Construction Funds, etc., or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 26: 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 action thereon.

ARTICLE 27: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $23,862 to cover the Snow and Ice Account Deficit for FY15, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $298,052 from Free Cash to the Stabilization Account, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to make the elected office of Town Treasurer an appointed office, to be filled by appointment of the Selectboard, in accordance with General Laws Chapter 41, Section 1B, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 30: To see if the Town will vote to make the elected office of Tax Collector an appointed office, to be filled by appointment of the Selectboard, in accordance with General Laws Chapter 41, Section 1B, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 31: To see if the Town will vote to make the elected office of Town Clerk an appointed office, to be filled by appointment of the Selectboard, in accordance with General Laws Chapter 41, Section 1B, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 32: To see if the Town will vote to make the elected office of Board of Assessors an appointed office, to be filled by appointment of the Selectboard, in accordance with General Laws Chapter 41, Section 1B, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 33: 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 copy 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 20th day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen.
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A true copy. Attest: ________________________________________, Constable