Spring 2017 Annual Town Meeting

Town Meeting is 7 pm Monday, May 15 at Salisbury Elementary School.
The meeting is divided up into two parts:  
The Special Town Meeting, which occurs first.  The Annual Town Meeting, which occurs second.

Below/right is the text of each warrant article in the Annual Town Meeting.  Below/left is a link to video discussions from meetings on those warrants.  For some articles, there are two videos. Click on the thumbnail images or titles at left to watch any video on your computer through SCTV Video on Demand, or tune in to Comcast Channel 12 for 24/7 coverage of the warrant article meetings.

Videos: Articles 1 - 8

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 1

FY 2017 Annual Operating Budget

To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote taken under Article 3 of the May 16, 2016 Annual Town Meeting by decreasing the total amount to be raised and appropriated from $23,782,025.00 to $23,487,025.00 to fund the FY2017 annual operating budget of the Town, which includes $10,510,569.00 to pay the Town’s anticipated share of the Triton Regional School District’s operating budget for FY2017, calculated in accordance with Mass. General Law Chapter 70, Section 6, and in accordance with the attached departmental breakdown of the budget; or to take any other action relative thereto.  On PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER 

 
 2

Collective Bargaining Agreements

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $290,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0910.5199 (Insurance and Benefits – Personnel Salary Reserve) for the purpose of funding the FY2017 General Fund costs of collective bargaining agreements between the Town and: (1) AFSCME Local 939 (DPW) covering the period from FY2017 through FY2019; (2) AFSCME Local 939 (Emergency Telecommunications Dispatchers) covering the period from FY2017 through FY2019; (3) Teamsters Local 170 (Department Heads) covering the period from FY2017 through FY2019; (4) Teamsters Local 170 (Administrative Professionals) covering the period from FY2017 through FY2019; and (5) IAFF/PFFM Local 4694 (Firefighters) covering the period from FY2017 through FY2019 and FY2016; or to take any other action relative thereto. ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 
 3

Computer Software Purchase, Upgrade & Installation

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $50,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0124.5810 (Central Services – Equipment) for the purchase, upgrade and installation of computer software and related equipment and licenses related to the Town’s GIS system, and to complete fiber optic network connectivity among Town-owned buildings, including any costs incidental or related thereto; or to take any other action relative thereto. ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 
 4
Sewer Enterprise Free Cash Transfer

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $38,000.00 from Sewer Enterprise Free Cash to FY2017 sewer enterprise fund budget line item number 6000.0440.5240 (Purchase of Services – Building Repair and Maintenance) for the purpose of installing a fiber optic network and related equipment at the Town’s wastewater treatment plant; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MAN

 
 5
 Consultant for Redesign of Broadway Mall

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $50,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0123.5305 (Town Manager – Consulting Fees) for the purpose of hiring a consultant to assist the Town in redesigning the Broadway Mall at Salisbury Beach; or to take any other action relative thereto. ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 
 6

Fire Department Administrative Assistant

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $10,000.00 from FY 2017 budget line item number 0100.0220.5120 (Fire Department – Administrative Assistant) to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0123.5305 (Town Manager – Consulting Fees) for the purpose of funding the cost of a search process for a new fire chief; or to take any other action relative thereto. ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 
 7
Fire Department Roof Repair

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $11,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0220.5240 (Fire Department – Building Repair and Maintenance) for the purpose of repairing a section of the roof at the fire station on Lafayette Road; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 
 8
Police Additional Dispatching Services

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $40,000.00 from Free Cash to FY2017 budget line item number 0100.0210.5118 (Police Department – Dispatchers) for the purpose of funding the cost of additional dispatching services at the new police station through the remainder of the fiscal year; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 




Videos: Articles 9 - 14

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 9
Replacing Snow Plow

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $9,000.00 from Free Cash to FY17 budget line item number 0100.0413.5850 (DPW – Vehicles) for the purpose of replacing an existing power reversible snow plow, including all costs incidental or related thereto, for the Department of Public Works; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER


 10
Amend Code of Town of Salisbury  

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Salisbury, as recommended by the Bylaw Review Committee in the document entitled “2016 Proposed Revisions to Code of the Town of Salisbury” by inserting the bold underlined text and deleting the strikethrough text as shown therein, which document will be on file with the Town Clerk’s office and available on the Town’s official website at http://www.salisburyma.gov.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

Read the full text of this warrant article here:

Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant 

 11
Authorize Selectmen To Acquire Parcel

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, for access and/or rail/trail purposes and by purchase, gift, and/or eminent domain, easements on a portion or portions of the parcel of land located at 114 Bridge Road, which is adjacent to the Old Eastern Marsh Rail Trail, shown on Assessors Map 14 as Parcel 10, and described in a deed recorded with the Essex South Registry of Deeds in Book 31727, Page 437; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER


 12
Vote to Transfer Parcels

To see if the Town will vote to (1) transfer the care, custody and control of the parcels of land shown on Assessors Map 22 as Parcels 20 & 21, excluding therefrom the portion of such parcels on which the library is situated, from the board or officer having custody thereof for the purposes for which such parcels are currently held to the Parks and Recreation Commission for park purposes, .... to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow the sum of $225,000 for the purpose of rehabilitating, improving, and/or restoring said park land and the structures and facilities thereof...ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

Read the full text of this warrant article here:

Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant 

 13
Membership of Affordable Housing Trust Fund

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s General Bylaws by amending Article 13, as adopted by the May 16, 2005 Annual Town Meeting, by changing the membership of the Salisbury Affordable Housing Trust Fund as follows:

Amend paragraph A by deleting the first sentence in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:

 “There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Salisbury Affordable Housing Trust Fund established under Article 13 of the 2005 Annual Town Meeting, in this section called the Board, which shall consist of seven (7) trustees, including two members of the Board of Selectmen, appointed by the Board of Selectmen.”; or to take any other action relative thereto.  ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

 14
Beach Overlay District


To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by deleting the existing Article XII and substituting in its place the following new Article XII:

Article XII. Salisbury Beach Overlay District

ON PETITION OF THE PLANNING BOARD


Read the full text of this warrant article here:   Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant


Editor's Note:


Warrant articles 14, 16, and 17 are all potentially "competing" articles addressing the re-zoning of the Salisbury Beach Overlay District.  Fourteen was filed by the Planning Board.  Sixteen was filed by the Town Manager, and Seventeen was filed by a citizens' group under the leadership of Wayne Capalupo.  


In recent meetings, both the Planning Board and the Warrant Advisory Board informally addressed all three articles in the same session.  SCTV has grouped the discussions of these articles together into two videos:  one at the planning Board meeting; one at the Warrant Advisory Board.  You can click to watch each of them at left. On SCTV Channel 12, we are pairing the two so they always play one after the other.  


The positive news from this past week is that the Planning Board, the Town Manager/Planning Department, and the citizen's group have worked out several compromises on key issues that separated the sides.  The various representatives are much closer to a consensus.


The detailed final language is being drafted for the end of the week, and will be presented according to the final rules and schedule:  These articles cannot come before Town Meeting on Monday, October 24 without the prior action of the Planning Board.  The Board has expressed its desire to bring one and only one proposal to Town Meeting.  They will not hold their final hearing and take a vote until the special Planning Board Meeting to be held at 6:00 pm at the Salisbury Elementary School right before Town Meeting.  And the Warrant Advisory Board will also not vote until Monday night AFTER the Planning Board makes its decision but BEFORE the Town Meeting.


To listen to the final discussions and watch as the issues were described and actions undertaken, click on the links the left.  To watch many of the workshops and meetings that led up to these final sessions, click on here to open an SCTV Featured Content page. 

Read. Watch. Come to Town Meeting. Vote.






2 videos for Art. 15; 2 for 18

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15
Inclusionary Housing Requirements

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by deleting the existing Article XIII and substituting in its place the following new Article XIII

ON PETITION OF THE SALISBURY AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST

Read the full text of this warrant article here:

Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant

Caution:  There are two videos at left for Article 15, but they are not in numerical order.

 16
 Beach Overlay District

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by deleting the existing Article XII and substituting in its place the following new Article XII:

Article XII. Salisbury Beach Overlay District 

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

Read the full text of this warrant article here:  Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant


See editor's note and videos above under Article 14

 17
Beach Overlay District

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw in accordance with the changes attached hereto with regard to Ch. 300, Article XII, Salisbury Beach Overlay District, and Ch. 300, Article XIII, Inclusionary Housing Requirements:

 S 300-62. Boundaries; Subdistricts.

ON PETITION OF WAYNE CAPOLUPO ET AL.

Read the full text of this warrant article here:  Annual Fall Town Meeting Warrant

See editor's note and videos above under Article 14

 18
Sewer User Fees

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 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 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 (currently Pennichuck) Water Services Company using the Town’s annual EQR dollar rate in the billing formula.  This water usage data shall be used to determine each user’s first quarterly user bill and shall continue to be calculated in the same manner, based upon the water user’s proportionate share of the actual fiscal 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 one (1) EQR minimum charge; or take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF GRACEMARIE TOMASELLI ET AL

Caution:  There are two videos at left for Article 18, but they are not in numerical order.

Editor's Note.  There is a legal question about this article awaiting a ruling by the Town's attorney. By statute,  only the Town's Water and Sewer Commissioners (in Salisbury, these are the Selectmen), have the authority to act on the matters proposed in this Warrant Article.  Therefore, it may be ruled legally out of order even for consideration by Town Meeting. Watch the Warrant Advisory Committee video to see this discussion and also learn of recent ideas to look at these issues through the Sewer and Water Commission.