Town Meeting Warrant Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7 PM
Commonwealth ofÂ Massachusetts
To theÂ ConstableÂ of theÂ Town of WendellÂ in theÂ County of Franklin,
In theÂ nameÂ of theÂ Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you areÂ hereby directed to notify and warn theÂ
inhabitantsÂ of said Town, qualified to voteÂ in electionsÂ and in Town affairs, to meetÂ in theÂ Town HallÂ in saidÂ
Town onÂ Tuesday, JuneÂ 5, 2018 at 7 PM, then and thereÂ to actÂ on theÂ following articles:
ARTICLE 1:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to acceptÂ theÂ reportsÂ of Town OfficialsÂ asÂ printed in theÂ TownÂ
Report, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 2:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to authorizeÂ theÂ Town Treasurer, with theÂ approvalÂ of theÂ
Selectboard, to borrowÂ money fromÂ timeÂ to timeÂ in anticipation of theÂ revenueÂ of theÂ fiscalÂ year beginningÂ
July 1, 2018 in accordanceÂ with theÂ provisionsÂ of theÂ MGLÂ ChapterÂ 44, Section 4, and to issueÂ aÂ noteÂ orÂ
notesÂ asÂ may beÂ given for aÂ period of lessÂ than oneÂ year in accordanceÂ with MGLÂ Chapter 44, Section 17, orÂ
takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 3: Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to authorizeÂ theÂ Town Treasurer to enter into compensatingÂ
balanceÂ agreementsÂ during fiscalÂ year 2019 asÂ permitted by MGLÂ Chapter 44, Section 53F, or takeÂ anyÂ
ARTICLE 4:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to fix theÂ salary, compensation, and expensesÂ of allÂ elected andÂ
appointed officialsÂ of theÂ Town for theÂ fiscalÂ year beginning July 1, 2018, asÂ provided in MGLÂ Chapter 41,Â
asÂ amended, and to seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ theÂ sumÂ of $2,649,601 fromÂ taxation orÂ
such other sumÂ of money asÂ deemed necessary to defray such salariesÂ and expensesÂ for thatÂ period, or takeÂ
any action thereon.
ARTICLE 5:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ theÂ sumÂ of Â $65,789 to pay theÂ fiscalÂ year
2019 debtÂ serviceÂ on theÂ Town Building Construction loan, or takeÂ any action thereon:
ARTICLE 6:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sumÂ
ofÂ $12,099 to pay theÂ fiscalÂ year 2019 debtÂ serviceÂ on theÂ Mahar Construction loan, or takeÂ any actionÂ
ARTICLE 7: Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sumÂ
ofÂ $15,000 for theÂ ReserveÂ Fund, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 8:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sumÂ
ofÂ $6,000 for theÂ IndependentÂ AuditÂ expenses, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 9:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sumÂ
ofÂ $34,522 for Group Health Insurance, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 10: Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ
sumÂ of $2,000 for Tax TitleÂ Expense, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 11:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sum
ofÂ $5,000 to pay for FireÂ DepartmentÂ turn-outÂ gear, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 12:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ sum
ofÂ $32,000 fromÂ theÂ Stabilization Fund to pay theÂ 2019 debtÂ on theÂ Highway DepartmentÂ dump/sander/plowÂ
truck or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 13: Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to raiseÂ and appropriateÂ or transfer fromÂ availableÂ fundsÂ theÂ
sumÂ of $8,000 to pay for Wendellâ€™sÂ shareÂ of capitalÂ projectsÂ atÂ SwiftÂ River School, or takeÂ any actionÂ
ARTICLE 14:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer fromÂ Stabilization theÂ sumÂ of $35,000 to reduceÂ theÂ
tax rate, or takeÂ any action thereon.Â
ARTICLE 15:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to apply for, accept, and expend any Federal, State, and privateÂ
monies, such asÂ Community DevelopmentÂ Block Grants, PublicÂ Safety Grants, MassachusettsÂ PublicÂ Library
Construction Funds, etc., or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 16:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer theÂ sumÂ of $108,643 fromÂ FreeÂ Cash to theÂ
Stabilization Fund, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 17:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to authorizeÂ theÂ Selectboard to declareÂ certain itemsÂ asÂ surplus,Â
and to tradeÂ in or sellÂ surplusÂ equipment, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 18:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer theÂ sumÂ of $15,200 fromÂ theÂ Rehab Loan PaybackÂ
AccountÂ to completeÂ repairsÂ to theÂ Town HallÂ crawlspace, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 19:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer theÂ sumÂ of $20,000 fromÂ theÂ Rehab Loan PaybackÂ
AccountÂ to cover theÂ costÂ of purchasing and installing solar panelsÂ on theÂ Town OfficeÂ Building, or takeÂ anyÂ
ARTICLE 20:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer theÂ sumÂ of $2,600 fromÂ theÂ Rehab Loan PaybackÂ
AccountÂ to pay for theÂ replacementÂ of threeÂ windowsÂ on theÂ south sideÂ ofÂ theÂ Senior Center/CommunityÂ
Center, or takeÂ any action thereon.
ARTICLE 21:Â Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to transfer sumÂ of $65,368 fromÂ theÂ Rehab Loan PaybackÂ
AccountÂ to establish aÂ newÂ Energy Repair ProgramÂ Account, aÂ revolving loan fund for citizen rehab andÂ
conservation loansÂ on their houses, or takeÂ any action thereon. TheseÂ loansÂ willÂ notÂ accrueÂ interestÂ and willÂ
notÂ haveÂ to beÂ paid back untilÂ theÂ homeowner getsÂ aÂ newÂ loan on their property or untilÂ theÂ property isÂ sold.Â
TheÂ loan willÂ createÂ aÂ lien in favor of theÂ Town on theÂ property.
ARTICLE 22:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to adoptÂ theÂ following resolution or takeÂ any action thereon:
WeÂ callÂ on theÂ United StatesÂ to lead aÂ globalÂ effortÂ to preventÂ nuclear war by:
*Â Renouncing theÂ option of using nuclear weaponsÂ first
*Â Ending theÂ presidentâ€™sÂ sole, unchecked authority to launch aÂ nuclear attack
*Â Taking USÂ nuclear weaponsÂ off hair-trigger alert
*Â Cancelling theÂ plan to replaceÂ itsÂ entireÂ arsenalÂ with enhanced weapons
*Â Actively pursuing aÂ verifiableÂ agreementÂ among nuclear armed statesÂ to eliminateÂ their nuclearÂ
TheÂ Town Clerk isÂ directed to send copiesÂ of thisÂ resolution to theÂ two MassachusettsÂ USÂ SenatorsÂ and to the
U.S. RepresentativeÂ for thisÂ district, and to theÂ PresidentÂ and Secretary of StateÂ ofÂ theÂ United States.
ARTICLE 23:Â To seeÂ if theÂ Town willÂ voteÂ to adoptÂ theÂ following resolution or takeÂ any action thereon:
Resolution in SupportÂ of Changing theÂ StateÂ Flag and SealÂ of Massachusetts
WhereasÂ theÂ historyÂ ofÂ theÂ StateÂ ofÂ MassachusettsÂ isÂ repleteÂ withÂ instancesÂ ofÂ conflictÂ betweenÂ theÂ European
ColonistsÂ andÂ theÂ NativeÂ NationsÂ ofÂ theÂ region,Â whoÂ firstÂ extendedÂ theÂ handÂ ofÂ friendshipÂ toÂ theÂ ColonistsÂ onÂ theirÂ
shoresÂ inÂ 1620,Â andÂ helpedÂ themÂ toÂ surviveÂ starvationÂ duringÂ theÂ settlers'Â firstÂ wintersÂ onÂ theirÂ land;
WhereasÂ membersÂ ofÂ theÂ NativeÂ NationÂ forÂ whomÂ theÂ StateÂ ofÂ MassachusettsÂ isÂ namedÂ wereÂ ambushedÂ andÂ killedÂ byÂ
MylesÂ Standish,Â firstÂ commanderÂ ofÂ theÂ PlymouthÂ Colony,Â inÂ AprilÂ ofÂ 1623,Â barelyÂ twoÂ yearsÂ afterÂ theÂ PilgrimsÂ arrivedÂ
onÂ theirÂ shores;
WhereasÂ theÂ nakedÂ ColonialÂ broadswordÂ brandishedÂ aboveÂ theÂ headÂ ofÂ theÂ NativeÂ manÂ onÂ theÂ MassachusettsÂ StateÂ Flag
andÂ SealÂ isÂ copiedÂ fromÂ MylesÂ Standish'sÂ ownÂ broadsword,Â borrowedÂ fromÂ theÂ PilgrimÂ HallÂ inÂ PlymouthÂ byÂ theÂ
illustratorÂ EdmundÂ GarrettÂ inÂ 1884;
WhereasÂ theÂ beltÂ bindingÂ theÂ Native'sÂ cloakÂ onÂ theÂ FlagÂ andÂ SealÂ isÂ modeledÂ afterÂ aÂ beltÂ wornÂ byÂ Metacomet,Â knownÂ toÂ
theÂ EnglishÂ asÂ KingÂ Philip,Â whoÂ wasÂ amongÂ theÂ WampanoagÂ leadersÂ whoÂ resortedÂ toÂ aÂ mutuallyÂ destructiveÂ warÂ inÂ
1675-76Â inÂ defenseÂ ofÂ NativeÂ landsÂ againstÂ Euro-ColonialÂ encroachment;
WhereasÂ theÂ proportionsÂ ofÂ theÂ bodyÂ ofÂ theÂ NativeÂ manÂ inÂ theÂ FlagÂ andÂ SealÂ wereÂ takenÂ fromÂ aÂ NativeÂ skeletonÂ keptÂ inÂ
Winthrop,Â theÂ bowÂ modeledÂ afterÂ aÂ bowÂ takenÂ fromÂ aÂ NativeÂ manÂ shotÂ andÂ killedÂ byÂ aÂ colonistÂ inÂ SudburyÂ inÂ 1665,Â and
hisÂ featuresÂ takenÂ fromÂ aÂ photographÂ ofÂ anÂ OjibweÂ chiefÂ fromÂ GreatÂ Falls,Â Montana,Â consideredÂ byÂ theÂ illustratorÂ toÂ beÂ
aÂ â€œfineÂ specimenÂ ofÂ anÂ Indian,â€Â thoughÂ notÂ fromÂ Massachusetts;
WhereasÂ theÂ historyÂ ofÂ relationsÂ betweenÂ MassachusettsÂ sinceÂ ColonialÂ timesÂ andÂ theÂ NativeÂ NationsÂ whoÂ continueÂ toÂ
liveÂ withinÂ itsÂ bordersÂ includesÂ theÂ forcedÂ internmentÂ ofÂ thousandsÂ ofÂ so-calledÂ â€œprayingÂ Indiansâ€Â onÂ DeerÂ Island,Â inÂ
BostonÂ Harbor,Â whereÂ theyÂ diedÂ byÂ theÂ hundredsÂ ofÂ exposureÂ inÂ 1675,Â theirÂ subsequentÂ enslavementÂ inÂ Boston,Â
Bermuda,Â andÂ theÂ CaribbeanÂ Islands,Â theÂ offeringÂ ofÂ 40Â poundsÂ sterlingÂ asÂ bountyÂ forÂ theÂ scalpsÂ ofÂ NativeÂ men,Â women
andÂ childrenÂ inÂ MassachusettsÂ beginningÂ inÂ 1686,Â increasedÂ toÂ 100Â poundsÂ sterlingÂ forÂ theÂ scalpsÂ ofÂ NativeÂ adultÂ malesÂ
byÂ 1722,Â halfÂ thatÂ amountÂ forÂ NativeÂ womenÂ andÂ children;
WhereasÂ NativeÂ NationsÂ withinÂ theÂ boundariesÂ ofÂ MassachusettsÂ wereÂ keptÂ inÂ aÂ stateÂ ofÂ serfdom,Â andÂ theirÂ membersÂ
legallyÂ consideredÂ incompetentÂ wardsÂ ofÂ theÂ stateÂ untilÂ theÂ nonviolentÂ actionÂ ofÂ theÂ so-calledÂ MashpeeÂ RebellionÂ ofÂ
1833Â ledÂ toÂ theÂ grantingÂ ofÂ NativeÂ selfÂ ruleÂ byÂ theÂ MassachusettsÂ legislatureÂ inÂ 1834,Â asÂ ifÂ theÂ sovereignÂ rightÂ ofÂ NativeÂ
self-governmentÂ wasÂ theÂ MassachusettsÂ legislature'sÂ toÂ confer;
WhereasÂ NativeÂ AmericansÂ wereÂ legallyÂ prohibitedÂ fromÂ evenÂ steppingÂ footÂ intoÂ BostonÂ fromÂ 1675Â untilÂ 2004,Â whenÂ
thatÂ lawÂ wasÂ finallyÂ repealed;
WhereasÂ theÂ 400thÂ anniversaryÂ ofÂ theÂ landingÂ ofÂ theÂ Euro-ColonistsÂ atÂ PlymouthÂ Plantation,Â whichÂ gaveÂ riseÂ toÂ theÂ longÂ
chainÂ ofÂ genocidalÂ warsÂ andÂ deliberateÂ policiesÂ ofÂ culturalÂ destructionÂ againstÂ NativeÂ NationsÂ ofÂ thisÂ continent,Â isÂ
approachingÂ inÂ theÂ yearÂ 2020,Â affordingÂ everyÂ citizenÂ ofÂ theÂ CommonwealthÂ aÂ chanceÂ toÂ reflectÂ uponÂ thisÂ historyÂ andÂ
comeÂ toÂ aÂ newÂ awarenessÂ ofÂ aÂ betterÂ relationshipÂ betweenÂ theÂ descendantsÂ ofÂ theÂ Euro-ColonialÂ immigrantsÂ andÂ theÂ
NativeÂ NationsÂ ofÂ theseÂ shores;
AndÂ whereasÂ NativeÂ AmericansÂ haveÂ longÂ sufferedÂ theÂ manyÂ abusesÂ ofÂ racism,Â theÂ appropriationÂ ofÂ theirÂ symbolsÂ forÂ
publicÂ schoolsÂ andÂ sportsÂ teams,Â theÂ diminutionÂ andÂ pollutionÂ ofÂ theirÂ ancestralÂ landsÂ andÂ theÂ encroachmentÂ ofÂ theirÂ
ThereforeÂ we,Â theÂ votersÂ ofÂ theÂ TownÂ ofÂ Wendell,Â supportÂ theÂ billÂ introducedÂ byÂ StateÂ RepresentativeÂ ByronÂ Rushing,Â
(D-Suffolk)Â H-1707Â callingÂ forÂ anÂ investigationÂ byÂ aÂ specialÂ commission,Â includingÂ membersÂ ofÂ theÂ legislatureÂ andÂ
representativesÂ ofÂ NativeÂ NationsÂ ofÂ Massachusetts,Â toÂ recommendÂ changesÂ toÂ theÂ StateÂ FlagÂ andÂ SealÂ ofÂ theÂ
BeÂ itÂ furtherÂ resolvedÂ thatÂ withinÂ fiveÂ daysÂ ofÂ theÂ dissolutionÂ ofÂ thisÂ townÂ meeting,Â theÂ townÂ clerkÂ shallÂ forwardÂ copiesÂ
ofÂ thisÂ resolutionÂ toÂ RepresentativeÂ SusannahÂ Whipps,Â toÂ theÂ SenatorÂ whoÂ isÂ electedÂ toÂ replaceÂ StanleyÂ Rosenberg,Â toÂ
theÂ chairpersonsÂ andÂ membersÂ ofÂ theÂ MassachusettsÂ HouseÂ WaysÂ andÂ MeansÂ Committee,Â toÂ whichÂ H-1707Â wasÂ
reportedÂ withÂ anÂ â€œoughtÂ toÂ passâ€Â recommendationÂ byÂ theÂ HouseÂ RulesÂ CommitteeÂ onÂ FebruaryÂ 22nd,Â 2018,Â andÂ toÂ
ExecutiveÂ DirectorÂ GeoffreyÂ BeckwithÂ ofÂ theÂ MassachusettsÂ MunicipalÂ Association.
ARTICLE 24:Â To transactÂ any other legalÂ businessÂ thatÂ may comeÂ beforeÂ said meeting, or takeÂ any actionÂ
And you areÂ directed to serveÂ thisÂ WarrantÂ by posting up attested copy thereof atÂ theÂ WendellÂ Town OfficeÂ
Building,Â 7 daysÂ atÂ leastÂ prior to theÂ timeÂ of holding said meeting.
Hereof failÂ not, and makeÂ dueÂ return of thisÂ WarrantÂ with your doingsÂ thereon, to theÂ Town Clerk, atÂ theÂ time
and placeÂ of meeting, asÂ aforesaid.
Given under our handsÂ thisÂ 22ndÂ day of MayÂ in theÂ year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen
Â Â Â WENDELL
AÂ trueÂ copy. Â Attest:Â ________________________________________, Constable