2018 Annual Town Meeting - Spring

Town Meeting is 
7 pm Monday, May 14 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 8, 2018

Two Selectmen for Three-Year Terms (vote for two)

Three Triton Regional School Committee Members (Three-year terms, one member from each town)

Shall the Town of Salisbury be allowed to assess an additional $800,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the operating budget of the Triton Regional School District, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018? 

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

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5711-Spring-Annual-WA3-2018-High-v1.mp4

FY2019 annual operating budget

To hear the report of the Warrant Advisory Committee and to raise and appropriate

$15, 123,928.00, to fund the FY2019 annual operating budget of the Town, 


in accordance with the attached departmental breakdown of the budget; to 


appropriate

$2,461, 111.00 to fund the  FY2019 Sewer  Enterprise  Fund budget; to appropriate

$2,614,591.00 to fund the FY2019 Water Enterprise Fund budget; to transfer the sums of $406,316.00 from the FY2019 Sewer Enterprise Fund budget and $158,696.00 from the FY2019 Water Enterprise Fund budget to the General Fund; and to transfer the sums of $18,000.00 from the Municipal Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund and $42,545.00 from the Waterways Permit Fees Fund to the General Fund; and to transfer the sum of $16,511.00 from the Conservation Commission Trust Fund to the General Fund; or to take any other action relative thereto.

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5712-Spring-Annual-WA4-2018-High-v1.mp4

Triton Budget

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $11, 129,154.00 to pay the Town's anticipated share of the Triton Regional School District's operating budget for FY2019, calculated in accordance with Mass. General Law Chapter 70, Section 6; or to take any other action relative thereto.


ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5713-Spring-Annual-WA5-2018-High-v1.mp4

Recreational trail and/or access easements

To see if the Town will vote to dedicate and designate for recreational purposes and/or authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant a permanent recreational trail and/or access easements in, on and under, the portion or portions of the Town-owned property located at 100 Lafayette Road and approximately shown on a plan of land entitled "Plan and Profile of Salisbury-Multi-Use Trail Extension (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 16, 2018, a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk, as said plan may be amended; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by purchase, gift and/or eminent domain, for recreational trail, access, and/or utility purposes, the fee, long-term leases, permanent recreational trail leases 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 on Sheet No. 20 of said plan and land adjacent or near to said parcels, all as approximately shown on said plan, and the parcels of land shown as parcels 17-192, 23-88 and 23-90 on the Town Assessor's maps; 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/5722-Spring-Annual-WA6-2018-High-v1.mp4

Sewer Extension

To  see  if  the  Town  will  vote  to  authorize  the  Treasurer  to  borrow  the  sum  of $26,650,000.00 in accordance with General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7, or any other enabling authority, for the purpose of extending sewer and constructing a sewerage system and related work to Lafayette Road (from School House Lane to the New Hampshire border), Toll Road, High Street, Pike Street, Collins Street, Main Street, and several other streets connected thereto, as shown on a plan entitled "Town of Salisbury 

To read the entire article, please visit SalisburyMA.gov


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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5721-Spring-Annual-WA7-2018-High-v1.mp4

 

Town Common Restoration


To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer to borrow the sum of $85,000.00 in accordance with General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7, or any other enabling authority, for the purpose of funding the rehabilitation, improvement and/or restoration of the Town Common and the structures and facilities thereon, including the payment of costs incidental or related thereto, said funds to supplement the sum of $225,000.00 previously authorized for this purpose under Article 12 of the October 24, 2016 Annual Fall Town Meeting; 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 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 Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, 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/5723-Spring-Annual-WA8-2018-High-v1.mp4

Unemployment Compensation Fund


To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Mass. General Laws Chapter 40, Section 5E, and establish an Unemployment Compensation Fund to provide for unanticipated costs of funding reimbursements to the Commonwealth for unemployment compensation benefits under the provisions of MGL Chapter 151A; and, further, to transfer the sum of $25,000.00 from Free Cash to said fund and designate the Town Manager to authorize payments from this fund to satisfy liabilities of the Town in accordance with the unemployment security law of the Commonwealth; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER 

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5724-Spring-Annual-WA9-2018-High-v1.mp4
 
Excise Tax Rate

To see if the Town will vote to amend its vote under Article 4 of the December 14, 1987 Special Town Meeting and increase its local option room occupancy excise tax rate under MGL Chapter 64G, §3A, to the rate of 6.00%, such rate to take effect on July 1, 2018; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER
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Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Recreational Marijuana Overlay District

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town's Zoning Bylaw by adding a new section entitled "Recreational Marijuana Overlay District," to be numbered as appropriate in the Zoning Bylaw, and that would provide as follows, and further to amend the Table of Contents to add "Recreational Marijuana Overlay District." And to amend the Town of Salisbury Official Zoning Map to include the new Recreational Marijuana Overlay District.
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Change Zoning of Lot 38, Map 6


To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Salisbury Official Zoning Map by changing the existing zoning of Lot 38 on Assessor's Map 6 from Medium Density Residential (R-2) and Commercial (C) Districts to Village Center District (VC); and to amend the Zoning Bylaw, Article II (Zoning Districts), § 300-7 (Zoning Map) by adding a new sub-section stating that Lot 38 on Assessor's Map 6 is included in the Village Center District (VC); or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER
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Modify Zoning Map


To see if the Town will vote to modify the Town of Salisbury Official Zoning Map to reflect the new zoning amendments as well as to update the zoning as it currently exists; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER
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Amend General Bylaws- Building Permits


To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws Chapter 49 (Building Construction), Article I (Building Permits), §49-1 (Approval of certain Town agencies required), as follows:
a. Delete the existing text and insert in place thereof the following:

§49-1 Approval of certain Town boards, departments and commissions required.

The Sewer Commission/Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, Fire Department, Conservation Commission and Assessing Department shall approve all building permits that involve land alteration or the construction, alteration or demolition of a structure by having the Chairman/Department Head or his/her designee sign and date the application. The applicant shall be responsible for securing the signatures of the boards, departments and commissions mentioned above; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER
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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5716-Spring-Annual-WA14-2018-High-v1.mp4
 

Rail Trail Connection


To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow the sum of $40,819.00 in accordance with General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7, or any other enabling authority, for the purpose of funding the upfront costs of constructing a trail connection between the northern end of the planned extension of the Salisbury Rail Trail to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line and Seabrook, New Hampshire, including any incidental or related costs, the cost of which may be reimbursed by a Recreational Trails Program grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, provided that expenditure of such funds shall be contingent upon the Town being awarded such grant, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute any instruments and take any other action necessary to effectuate the vote taken hereunder; or to take any other action relative thereto. 

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5717-Spring-Annual-WA15-2018-High-v1.mp4

Spending Limits for Revolving Funds

To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to G.L. c. 44, §53E %, as most recently amended, to establish spending limits as set forth below for the revolving funds listed in Section 1 of General Bylaw entitled "Revolving Funds" approved under Article 4 of the May 15, 2017 Annual Town Meeting, with such limits to be applicable from fiscal year to fiscal year until revised at Town Meeting prior to July 1 for the ensuing fiscal year..

To read the entire article, please visit www.salisburyMA.gov

2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles

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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5718-Spring-Annual-WA16-2018-High-v1.mp4

Transfer of Parcels


To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody and control of the parcels of land located at 17 Cable Avenue (Assessors Map 32, Parcel 56), 18 Railroad Avenue (Assessors May 32, Parcel 62) and 24 Railroad Avenue (Assessors Map 32, Parcel 57) from the Board of Selectmen for the purposes for which they are held to the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes and for the purpose of conveyance, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to convey such parcels on such terms and conditions, and for such consideration, which may be in consideration for the exchange of other property, preferably located closer to Salisbury Beach Center, as the Board deems appropriate, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire said property by gift, purchase, and/or eminent domain for general municipal purposes, including, without limitation, for use as a visitors center and/or other public amenities; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to submit a cy pres petition, if applicable, authorizing the foregoing conveyances; 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/5719-Spring-Annual-WA17-2018-High-v1.mp4

Parking Violations


To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws, Chapter 170, Section 22 (Parking Violations), paragraph A, as follows:

Delete the words "fifteen-dollar fine" and insert in place thereof the words "twenty-five dollar fine"; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER

To read the entire article, please visit www.salisburyMA.gov
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http://trms.sctvmc.org/VOD/5720-Spring-Annual-WA18-2018-High-v1.mp4

Acquire Parcel of land by Gift


To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by gift, for general municipal purposes, a parcel of land located at 28 Toll Road, shown on Assessors Map 19 as Lot 61, containing 3.5 acres, more or less, and described in a deed recorded with Essex South Registry of Deeds in Book 34677 Page 485 and Book 34046 Page 321; or to take any other action relative thereto.

ON PETITION OF THE TOWN MANAGER
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Any Other Action

To take any other action that may be lawfully taken at this meeting. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this Warrant by posting attested copies in at least ten (10) public places in Town over two consecutive Sundays before the time of 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 said meeting.