2017 Spring Annual Town Meeting

Town Meeting is 7 pm Monday, May 15 at Salisbury Elementary School.
The meeting is divided up into two parts:  
1. The Special Town Meeting, which occurs first.  (Click link to left to go there.)
2. The Annual Town Meeting, which occurs second.  That is the subject of this page.

Below/right is the text of each warrant article in the Annual Town Meeting.  Below/left is a thumbnail image/link to video discussions from meetings on those warrants.  Click on the thumbnail images to watch any video on your computer through SCTV Video on Demand, or tune in to Comcast Channel 12.


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Thumbnail image from Video. Click on image below to watch through SCTV Video on Demand  Summary headline and full text
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Election of Officers — Tuesday, May 9, 2017  One Selectman for a Three-Year Term  Three Triton Regional School Committee Members (Three-year terms, one member from  each town)  

 
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To hear reports of the Boards, Committees and Commissions as may be presented.  

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FY2018 annual operating budget

To hear the report of the Warrant Advisory Committee and to raise and appropriate  $25,135,074.00, including appropriating:


$283,595.00 from Fund Balance Reserved for  Amortized Bonding Premiums,

to fund the FY2018 annual operating budget of the Town, which includes $11,050,927.00 to pay the Town’s anticipated share of the Triton  Regional School District’s operating budget for FY2018, calculated in accordance with  Mass. General Law Chapter 70, Section 6, and in accordance with the attached departmental breakdown of the budget;

[Editor's note: We do not see or have an attached departmental breakdown of the budget.]

to appropriate $2,452,370.00 to fund the  FY2018 Sewer Enterprise Fund budget;


to appropriate $2,586,320.00 to fund the  FY2018 Water Enterprise Fund budget;


to transfer the sums of $404,429.00 from the  FY2018 Sewer Enterprise Fund budget and $157,885.00 from the FY2018 Water  Enterprise Fund budget to the General Fund;


and to transfer the sums of $15,000.00  from the Municipal Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund and $45,295.00  from the Waterways Permit Fees Fund to the General Fund; or to take any other action relative thereto.

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5126-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-04-Establish-Revolving-High-v1.mp4

Establish Revolving Funds

To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c.44, §53E1/2, as most  recently amended, to (1) establish revolving funds for FY2018 and spending limits.


[Editor's note: This is a long article. To read the full text, please go to Town's Web site by clicking here:


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Transfer $500,000 from Free Cash to Capital Projects for new police station

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $500,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0910.5964 (Capital Projects – Transfer Out) for the purpose of reducing the amount of money to be borrowed, pursuant to the vote taken under Article  10 of the October 28, 2013 Annual Fall Town Meeting and the vote taken under Article 19 of the October 27, 2014 Annual Fall Town Meeting for the cost of the schematic design phase and design development and construction documents phases of the Town’s new police station; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5128-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-06-Borrow-2-000-000-f-High-v1.mp4

Borrow $2,000,000 for upgrades at Wastewater Treatment Facility

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow the sum of $2,000,000.00 in accordance with General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7 or any other enabling authority, for the purpose of funding engineering, permitting and construction costs, including all incidental and related costs, for an outfall diffuser and plant upgrades at the Town’s wastewater treatment facility; and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend any grants available for said purposes; and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute any instruments and take any other action necessary to effectuate the vote taken hereunder; and further, that any premium received by the Town upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with G. L. c. 44, §20, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5129-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-07-Borrow-250-000-for-High-v1.mp4

 

Borrow $250,000 for Construction of Well #8

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of  Selectmen, to borrow the sum of $250,000.00 in accordance with General Laws  Chapter 44, Section 7 or any other enabling authority, for the purpose of funding the  construction of Well #8, including all costs incidental or related thereto, said funds to  supplement the sum of $2,500,000.00 previously authorized by Town Meeting for this  purpose, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute any instruments and take  any other action necessary to effectuate the vote taken hereunder; and that any  premium received by the Town upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this  vote, less any premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds  or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance  with G. L. c. 44, §20, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay  such costs by a like amount; and, further, that the amount authorized to be borrowed  hereunder shall be reduced by the amount of any grant funds received from the U.S.  Department of Agriculture and/or any other source for this project; or to take any other  action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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Appropriate $103,000 for Library costs

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate, in accordance with G. L. c. 44, §20,  $103,000.00 of the net premium received by the Town upon the sale of the Town's  $12,630,000 General Obligation Municipal Purpose Loan of 2016 Bonds, dated  September 15, 2016, to pay for costs of the $7,500,000 library project authorized under  G.L. c. 44, §7(1) and a vote taken under Article 25 of May 20, 2013 Annual Town  Meeting, and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for such library project by  a like amount; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

 

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Borrow money for bond issue premiums

To see if the Town will vote to supplement each prior vote of the Town that authorizes  the borrowing of money to pay costs of capital projects to provide that, in accordance  with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, the premium received by the Town  upon the sale of any bonds or notes thereunder, less any such premium applied to the  payment of the costs of issuance of such bond or notes, may be applied to pay project  costs and the amount authorized to be borrowed for each such project shall be reduced  5        by the amount of any such premium so applied; or to take any other action relative  thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5132-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-10-Establish-Reserve-F-High-v1.mp4

Establish Reserve Fund for future payment of accrued liabilities

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Mass. General Laws Chapter 40,  Section 13D and establish a reserve fund for future payment of accrued liabilities for  compensated absences due to employees or full-time officers of the Town upon  termination of employment; and, further, to transfer the sum of $100,000.00 from Free  Cash and $25,000.00 from Sewer Enterprise Fund Retained Earnings to said fund and  designate the Town Manager to authorize payments from this fund; or to take any other  action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5133-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-11-Property-Tax-Bills-High-v1.mp4

Small Property Tax Bills payable in single installment

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Mass. General Laws Chapter 59,  Section 57A, allowing for property tax bills not in excess of $100.00 to be made due and  payable in a single installment, beginning in Fiscal Year 2018; or to take any other  action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  ARTICLE TWELVE  To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 132 of the Town’s General Bylaws  (Licenses and Permits) in Section 132-2 by adding the words “and may periodically”  after the word “annually” in the first line, and by deleting the words “for not less than a  twelve-month period" after the words “municipal charges"; or to take any other action  relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5134-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-12-Amendment-to-bylaws-High-v1.mp4

Amendment to bylaws regarding Licenses and Permits

To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 132 of the Town’s General Bylaws (Licenses and Permits) in Section 132-2 by adding the words “and may periodically” after the word “annually” in the first line, and by deleting the words “for not less than a twelve-month period” after the words “municipal charges”;n or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5135-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-13-Disposal-of-propert-High-v1.mp4

Disposal of property acquired through foreclosure

To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote approved under Article 22 of the  December 12, 2005 Special Town Meeting, allowing the Board of Selectmen to dispose  of real property acquired through foreclosure or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, by  increasing the fair market value threshold from $25,000.00 to $35,000.00; or to take any  other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5136-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-14-Transfer-29-058-fr-High-v1.mp4

Transfer $29,058 from Water Enterprise Fund to pay Pennichuck Water

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $29,058.00 from Water Enterprise  Fund Retained Earnings to FY2017 budget line item number 7000.0450.5278  (Purchase of Service - Town Incremental Costs) for the purpose of paying an unpaid  bill from Pennichuck Water Services Co. from FY2016; or to take any other action  relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  6      

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5137-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-15-Enter-into-5-year-c-High-v1.mp4

5 year contract for town water supply and distribution

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Manager and the Board of  Selectmen, acting in its capacity as the Board of Water Commissioners, to enter into a  five (5) year contract for the operation and maintenance of the Town of Salisbury water  supply and distribution system, such contract to commence on July 1, 2017, and, at the  option of the Town, to extend such contract an additional five (5) years upon such terms  as the Board of Selectmen may deem favorable to the Town; or to take any other action  relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5124-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Special-Art-16-Transfer-9-200-to-High-v1.mp4

Amend and reorganize By Law Article 102- “Harbor Regulations”

To see if the Town will vote to amend and reorganize Article 102 of the General Bylaw,  entitled “Harbor Regulations," which amendments are on file with the Town Clerk’s  Office, with the text added to said Article 102 shown in bold and deletions shown in  strike-through; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5139-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-17-Acquire-long-term-l-High-v1.mp4

Authorize Selectmen to acquire leases and easements for recreational trails

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase,  gift and/or eminent domain, for recreational trail purposes, the fee, long-term leases,  permanent recreational trail easements and/or temporary or permanent construction,  drainage, utility and related easements as may be necessary or appropriate to construct  and use a recreational trail in, on and under the parcels of land identified as X-‘l-T, X-D-  1, X-TE-'l, X-TE-2, X-2-T, X-TE-3, X-TE-4, X-1, X-TE-5, X-TE-6, X-TE-7, X-E-1, and X-  TE-8 and land adjacent or near to said parcels, all as shown on a plan of land entitled  "Plan and Profile of Border to Boston Trail in the Town of Salisbury Essex County  Preliminary Right of Way” prepared for the Massachusetts Department of  Transportation Highway Division, dated March 6, 2015, a copy of which is on file with  the Town Clerk, as said plan may be amended, and on the parcels of land shown as  Parcels 23-88 and 23-90 on the Town Assessor's maps; and, further, to transfer and/or  dedicate a portion or portions of the Town-owned property located at 100 Lafayette  Road, which portion is shown on said plan, for access and other trail-related purposes;  and, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into all agreements and  execute any and all instruments as may be necessary or convenient to effectuate the  foregoing purposes; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5144-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-18-Amend-Zoning-By-law-High-v1.mp4

Amend Zoning By-law Chapter 300, §300-111(8):  7

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by making the following  amendment to Chapter 300, §300-111(8):  7        In the second sentence, after the word “filed,” insert the following words: “or, in the case  of a project that does not require a building permit, the submission of a detailed plan of  the proposed project to the Building Inspector,"; or to take any other action relative  thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5140-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-21-Transfer-parcel-at-High-v1.mp4
 Transfer parcel at 52 Beach Rd

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody and control of a parcel of the  Town-owned land located at 52 Beach Road, which land is shown on Assessors Map 4  as Lot 120, containing 750 square feet, more or less, and is a portion of the premises  described in a deed recorded with the Essex South District Registry of Deeds in Book  17706, Page 448, from the Board of Selectman, in its capacity as the Board of Water  Commissioners, for water supply purposes, to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose  of conveyance, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to convey said parcel on such  terms and conditions and for such consideration, which may be nominal consideration,  as the Board deems appropriate; and, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to  acquire, for general municipal purposes, by purchase, gift and/or eminent domain, as  consideration for the conveyance of the aforementioned Town-owned land or otherwise,  a parcel of land located on Seabrook Road (rear), shown on Assessors Map 23 as Lot  69, containing 29 acres, more or less, and described in a deed recorded with said  Registry of Deeds in Book 32264, Page 449; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER  

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5141-OABSWA-Spr-2017-Annual-Art-22-Sewer-User-Charges-High-v1.mp4

Sewer User Charges

To see if the Town will vote to (establish a bylaw, amend the Town of Salisbury’s  general/zoning) by: reinstating the original voted sewer user charge system based on  the “actual water use method” - resulting in each user shall be charged a sewer user  fee in a “fair and equitable" manner to cover sewer system services operating costs in  proportion to each user's use of the sewer system in accordance with MGL Ch. 83  section 16 and recommended by U.S. Clean Water Act and the U.S. EPA 1985 sewer  grant condition to Salisbury. Each sewer user's charge shall be determined by using  their actual metered water and using the Town‘s formula to convert the actual water  consumed to EQR’s see http://www.saIisburvma.qov/wastewater-department/pages/sewer-user-fee-policy. Note that the Town uses the actual water  method formula for certain sewer users, such as commercial sewer users.  The Town shall take in the same money needed to operate the system but each user’s  charges are imposed in a fair and equitable manner. (The current flat fee EQR method  is n_ot fair or equitable.)  To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 19 of the May 19, 2008 Annual Town  Meeting to read that “The Town will vote to amend Article 6 of the April 9, 1990 Special  Town Meeting as amended by Article 20 of the October 26, 1992 Annual Fall Town  Meeting" and replace, adopt and enact the following: “All sewer users, including  seasonal residents and properties that are not using water as evidenced by their  8        individual water metering, shall be charged sewer user fees strictly based upon their  actual metered water usage and not by EQR (Equivalent Residential Dwelling Unit) flat  fee charge method commencing with each individual user's first water bill, calculated  and determined by the fully metered water data history available from Salisbury's  (currently Pennichuck) Water Sen/ices Company using the Town's annual EQR dollar  rate in the billing formula (rate is determined by the Sewer Commission rate setting  authority). This water usage data shall be used to determine each user's first quarterly  sewer user bill and shall continue to be calculated in the same manner, based upon the  water user's proportionate share of the actual annual year costs for operation and  maintenance of the sewer treatment works-plant, based upon the individual user's  proportionate contribution to the total treated wastewater that is obtained from all  combined users. Adoption of this Article shall eliminate the (1) EQR minimum charge;  or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF GRACEMARIE TOMASELLI ET AL.