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2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

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 on the Common outside Town Hall, on Center Street in said Town on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10 am 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, 2020 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 2021 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, 2020, as provided in MGL Chapter 41, as amended, and to see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,990,416 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.

Budget documents available for download: Wendell 2021 budget details FINAL.pdf, 2021 Wendell Budget Brief.pdf, and FY2021 budget sumary.pdf


ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to authorized revolving fund annual expenditure amounts for Fiscal Year 2021 as shown in the table below, or take any action relative thereto:

Fund

Annual Expenditure Limit

Wiring Inspector

$10,000

Plumbing/Gas Inspector

$10,000

Town Hall Kitchen

$10,000

Recreation Commission

$ 5,000

Recycling

$10,000



ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $403,345 for the MLP Enterprise Fund beginning July 1, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c.44, sec 53 F ½, amount to be funded from the following sources; or take any action relative thereto.


Total Revenues

User Fees (Subscriptions)

Estimate in year one is 350 total subscribers with an MLP fee of $60.00 per month, monthly ISP/NOC fee of $39.99 for internet, and $20 for VOIP phone, Static IP of $12.95, service estimated to begin for some subscribers in July 2020.


MLP Enterprise Budget



Estimated Revenues



User Fees


$403,345

Total


$403,345




Budget




Direct





ISP/NOC Internet+Phone


$117,578

ISP/NOC Internet


$53,027

ISP/NOC Phone Only


$285

Static IP


$659

Payment Processing


$5,354

Routine maintenance


$78,666

Insurance


$6,439

General Admin


$6,000

Backhaul


$14,400

Bond fee for poles


$6,000

Pole rental


$20,201

POP electricity


$3,000

Electronic Depreciation


$27,349

Trucks on Retainer


$8,000

Lifeline Annual Cost


$3,000

CAF-2 Administration Fee

$222

LifeLine Subscriber costs


$1,560

Digsafe Administration


$2,640

PURMA dues


$1,300

Budgeted Surplus


$40,165

Direct Cost SUBTOTAL


$395,845





Indirect


Auditor


$4,000

Legal


$3,500

Total


$7,500




Grand Total


$403,345




$403,345 from enterprise revenues.


ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $65,790 ($21,396 principal and $44,394 interest) to pay the fiscal year 2021 debt service on the Town Building Construction loan, or take any action thereon:


ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,504 to pay the FY21 debt service on the Mahar Construction loan, or take any action thereon.

ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $15,000 from Stabilization for the Reserve Fund, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $6,000 from Stabilization for the Independent Audit expenses, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $52,866 from Stabilization for Group Health Insurance, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $12,000 from Stabilization for Tax Title Expense, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 13: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,000 from Stabilization to pay for Fire Department turn-out gear, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $31,590 to pay the FY21 debt service on the Highway Department dump/sander/plow truck or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $28,053 to pay the FY21 debt service on the Broadband Project, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $23,016 to pay the FY21 debt service on the Front End Loader, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $10,000 from Stabilization for Town Building Repairs, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $10,000 from Stabilization for financial advisory services associated with borrowing money, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $255,452 from Free Cash to the Stabilization Fund, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Stabilization the sum of $100,000 to reduce the tax rate, or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 21 To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Stabilization the sum of $820 to fund the Sick Bank Stabilization Fund 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 22: To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41A, to (1) increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount (income allowance) for persons applying for a property tax deferral under said clause from the current limit of $20,000, as follows: $29,000 for a single individual who is not the head of household, $36,000 for a head of household, and $43,000 for married couples filing a joint income tax return; and (2) decrease the interest rate on taxes deferred under said clause from the statutory rate of 8% to 4.5%, such limits and interest rate to be effective for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2020; or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 23: 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 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, Public Safety Grants, Massachusetts Public Library Construction Funds, etc., or take any action thereon.


ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to make the following changes to the Zoning Bylaws, or take any action thereon.

Add to Article V, Section F, #4

The Town of Wendell will have a moratorium on commercial marijuana growing, processing, and selling until one year from the date of this meeting. During the period of the moratorium, the Town shall undertake a planning process to address the potential impacts of commercial marijuana installations in Wendell, their impact on health, safety, and welfare of Wendell’s citizenry, to determine how the Town shall reasonably regulate marijuana installations and, thus be able to add a new Article XV Marijuana Installations which will codify these regulations.


ARTICLE 26: 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 18th day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty.


_________________________________ { SELECTBOARD


_________________________________ { OF


_________________________________ { WENDELL



A true copy. Attest: ________________________________________, Constable

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