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Open Town Meeting is the form of democratic governing practiced in Tyngsborough, used for over 250 years.

The Annual Town Meeting takes place in May of each year at the Tyngsborough Elementary School (205 Westford Rd).

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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – MAY 15th, 2018, 7:00PM

Outlined below is the annual town meeting schedule voted by the Board of Selectmen.


Documents

Votes at Town Meeting will be updated live in the following table:

Annual Town Meeting Articles

Article NumberSummaryVotesTown Meeting in favor?*
1ReportsBOS: 0-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
2Comp. of Elected OfficialsBOS: 4-0-1
FinCom: 4-0-1
Yes
3FY19 Operating BudgetBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 4-1-0
Yes
4Transfer of FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
Citizen motion to take articles 28, 29 and 30 out of ordern/aNo
5Transfer of Funds (Free Cash)BOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
6PEG FundingBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
7Capital ImprovementsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 3-2-0
CAMC: 4-1-0
Yes
8Capital ImprovementsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 3-2-0
CAMC: 4-1-0
Yes
9Amb. Enter. FundBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
10Sewer Enterprise FundBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
11Sewer - Phase 2 WestBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
12Road EasementsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
13Contracts in Excess of 3 YrsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
14Accept Ch 90 FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
15Revolving FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
16Excess Bond ProceedsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
17Transfer Debt FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
18Appropriation: CPCBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
CPC: 5-0-0
Yes
19Appropriation: CPCBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
20Zoning ChangeBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
PB: 5-0-0
Yes
21Disposition of Aband. FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
22Special Ed. FundBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
23Special Ed. FundBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
24Special Ed. FundBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Motion to take no action passes
25Street Acceptance: Ava LnBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
PB: 5-0-0
Yes
Motion to amend Art. 26n/aMotion to amend fails (Changing buffer and requiring standalone building for retail establishments)
26Zoning ChangeBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 4-0-1
PB: 3-0-0
No
27Marijuana TaxBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 4-0-1
Yes
28Citizen Petition: MarijuanaBOS: No Action
FinCom: No Action
PB: NOT Recommended 4-0-0
No
29Citizen Petition: Single Use Plastic Bag BanBOS: No Action
FinCom: No Action
Yes
30Citizen Petition: Zoning ChangeBOS: No Action
FinCom: No Action
PB: 3-0-0
Yes
Motion to reconsider Article 26n/aYes
Reconsideration of Article 26n/aYes

Special Town Meeting Articles

Article NumberSummarySupporting DocumentsVotesTown Meeting in favor?*
1Prior Year BillsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
2Transfer of FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
3Transfer of FundsBOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes
4Return Capital Approp.BOS: 5-0-0
FinCom: 5-0-0
Yes

*All votes listed on this page are preliminary. Final votes will be released by the Town Clerk following the meeting once it has been accepted by the state.


2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles

Article 1: Reports of the Town Officers and Committees

To see if the Town will vote to accept the reports of the Town Officers and Committees as printed, or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 2: Compensation of Elected Officials

To see if the Town will vote to fix the salary and compensation of elective officers of the Town as provided by Section 108 of Chapter 41 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, for the Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019), or take any other action relative thereto.

Salaries of the Elected Officials are included in the Department Appropriations to be submitted within Article 3.

[See the proposed amounts in the warrant.]

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 3: Appropriation – General Fund for Fiscal Year 2019

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds such sums of money as may be necessary to fund town expenses for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019), or take any other action relative thereto.

[See the proposed budget in the warrant.]

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee

Article 4: Transfer of Funds

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer the following amounts, or take any other action relative thereto.

From: Billboard Stabilization Fund
Amount: $20,000
To: Stabilize the tax rate for FY19 by funding recreational, public safety, or other public purposes

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 5: Transfer of Funds from Free Cash

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer the sum of $132,070.00 from free cash for the following purposes in FY19, or take any other action relative thereto.

Amount: $38,853.00
To: Stabilize the tax rate and increase excess levy capacity

Amount: $60,000.00
To: Engineering costs associated with street acceptances, to be expended by the Board of Selectmen

Amount: $33,217.00
To: Transfer to Other Post Employee Benefits Stabilization Fund

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 6: Transfer of Funds from PEG Fund

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer the sum of $187,209.00 from the PEG Fund to the general fund for the following purposes, or take any other action relative thereto.

Amount: $162,209.00
To: Support PEG Operating Budget for public, educational, and governmental television access

Amount: $25,000.00
To: Tyngsborough High School Live Meeting Room Capital Improvement Project

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 7: Appropriation – Capital Improvements for Fiscal Year 2019

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $299,882.00, and that the Town be authorized to accept any available grant dollars, for the purposes shown in Appendix A, or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen and Capital Asset Management Committee

Article 8: Borrowing – Capital Improvements for Fiscal Year 2019

To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money to pay costs of various capital items and projects described below; to determine whether this amount should be raised by taxation, transfer from available funds, borrowing or otherwise provided, or to take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

Department

 

Description

 

Useful Life

 

Cost

 

 

School

Multi Function School Activity Bus

10

$60,000.00

 

BORROWING

Highway

Paving Equipment

10

$75,000.00

 

BORROWING

Highway

Bobcat with snowblower & roadside mowing attach

10

$88,000.00

 

BORROWING

Selectmen/TA

Winslow School lead/asbestos removal

10

$120,000.00

 

BORROWING

Finance

CIP – Munis Software

10

$294,255.00

 

BORROWING

Highway

Replace 2007 6 wh dt with plow

10

$170,000.00

 

BORROWING

Fire

Replace Engine 3 (1999)

10

$600,000.00

 

BORROWING

School/Town

Turf Field Replacement

12

$505,000.00

 

BORROWING

                                                                      Total        $1,912,255.00

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen and Capital Asset Management Committee

Article 9: Appropriation – Ambulance Enterprise Fund for Fiscal Year 2019

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to be expended by the Board of Selectmen to operate the Ambulance Enterprise for Fiscal Year 2019 as follows:

Salaries $ 421,242.00
Expenses $ 49,200.00
Capital Outlay $ 58,000
Subtotal $ 528,442.00
Indirect Costs to the General Fund $ 61,568.00

TOTAL $ 590,010.00

That $590,010.00 to be raised through Department Receipts

Estimated Department Receipts $ 616,000.00

Estimated Surplus $ 25,990.00

That $61,568.00 to be included in appropriations from the General Fund for indirect costs and to be allocated to the Ambulance Enterprise for funding, or take any other action relative thereto.

 

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 10: Appropriation – Sewer Enterprise Fund for Fiscal Year 2019

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to be expended by the Sewer Commission to operate the Sewer Enterprise for Fiscal Year 2019 as follows:

That the following sums be appropriated:

Salaries & Stipends $ 212,513.00
Expenses $ 933,539.00
Capital Outlay $ 743,750.00
Debt $ 67,043.00
Subtotal $ 1,956,845.00
Transfer Indirect Costs to General Fund $ 151,829.00

Total $ 2,108,674.00

From the following funding sources:

Department receipts $ 1,297,342.00
Retained Earnings $ 811,332.00

Total $ 2,108,674.00

or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Sewer Commissioners

Article 11: Phase 2 West: Middlesex Road up to Nashua, NH border

To see what sums the Town will vote to appropriate, and also to raise or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds to pay costs of professional services for legal, permitting, engineering, construction supervision, and other related professional services for construction, installation and equipping of the extension of municipal sewer lines and associated infrastructure to areas established in the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan, approved January 2009, and described as Phase 2 Sewer, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and acquisition of any interests in land as may be necessary or appropriate and all associated infrastructure; to determine whether this appropriation shall be raised by borrowing from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust or otherwise; and to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Sewer Commissioners

Article 12: Flint Road and Flint Pond Road Easement

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money regarding the Phase I West Sewer Project to authorize the Selectmen to acquire any fee, easement, or other interest in land by purchase, gift, eminent domain, or otherwise, necessary for the Sewer Project as shown on a plan of land entitled: Plan of Land in Tyngsborough, MA Showing Proposed Sewer Easement at Flint Road and Flint Pond Road Tyngsborough, MA, dated November 2, 2015, prepared by Millennium Engineering, Inc., and further to authorize the Selectmen to abandon the easement as shown on such plan and convey the easement to Verizon New England, Inc., and the Barcelos Family Limited Partnership, as shown on the plan, or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Sewer Commissioners

Article 13: Authorization of the Board of Selectmen Regarding Contracts in Excess of Three Years

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into Lease/Purchase Agreements up to five years to purchase equipment for Town Departments. Said contracts shall be subject to annual appropriations, or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 14: Authorization to Accept Chapter 90 Funds

To see if the Town will vote to accept the State Grant of Chapter 90 Highway Funds and authorize the Board of Selectmen to expend said funds for Highway purposes in accordance with the terms of said grants; or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 15: Continue and Approve Revolving Funds

To see if the Town will vote to authorize pursuant to the authority granted under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53E½ the following revolving funds for the purpose of receiving fees and making disbursements in connection with the duties of the following town entities or as so specified below, and that any surplus revenue accumulated in prior fiscal years shall remain in the revolving accounts for each of the following town entities:

Fund

Programs and Purposes

Departmental Receipts

Authorization to Expend Funds

Max. Annual Expenditure

Fire Department

Fire programs and materials

Hazmat fees

Board of Fire Engineers

$10,000.00

Recreation & Parks Committee

Recreational programs and activities

Fees collected from participants

Recreation Committee

$120,000.00

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall operation and maintenance

Fees

Board of Selectmen

$25,000.00

Field Use Committee

Field maintenance

Field use fees

Field Use Committee

$50,000.00

Recycling Committee

Recycling programs and materials

Fees collected from participants

Board of Health

$7,000.00

Board of Health

Collection and disposal of bulky items and appliances

Fees collected from participants

Board of Health

$35,000.00

Board of Health

Reimbursement program for Medicare Plan members

Medicare reimbursements

Board of Health

$6,000.00

Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission activities

Fees from local Wetland Protection By-law

Conservation Commission

$10,000.00

Sealer of Weights

and Measures

Inspection activities

Fees collected from participants

Board of Selectmen

$3,000.00

Police Details

Police Traffic Details

Citations

Board of Selectmen

$30,000.00

or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Town Entities as shown

To see if the Town will vote in accordance with MGL Ch. 44 S. 20, $81,367.27 in surplus bond proceeds from Phase II of the Early Childhood Center Roof Repair to appropriate for the replacement of the turf field; or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 17: Transfer Funds from Dept Stabilization to Dept Principal and Interest

To see if the Town will vote to transfer an amount in FY19 from Stabilization Fund for Debt & Debt Assessment and said funds be used by the Treasurer-Collector towards the payment of debt principal and interest for the Early Childhood Center (ECC) Roof, 135 Coburn Road, and the Greater Lowell Technical High School for Debt Assessment; or to take any other action relative thereto.

Transfer from: Stabilization Fund for Debt & Debt Assessment $105,856.00

To pay debt and interest: ECC Roof and GLTHS Debt Assessment $105,856.00

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 18: Appropriation – Community Preservation Committee Fund

To see if the Town will vote $200,000 to be appropriated or reserved from open space/recreation reserve account of the Community Preservation Fund for the fiscal year 2019, for the purpose of Pierce turf field replacement allowable costs in accordance with M.G.L. Ch44B § 5B(2), or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Community Preservation Committee

Article 19: Appropriation – Community Preservation Committee Fund

To see if the Town will vote a sum of money to be appropriated or reserved from estimated annual revenues of the Community Preservation Fund for the fiscal year 2019, with each item to be considered a separate appropriation, for the payment of administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee, debt service, community preservation projects, and all other necessary and proper expenses,

Description                                            Amount                Fund Category     

Administrative Expenses                          $25,000.00            Administrative

Lake Mascuppic Weed Control Program      $7,000.00              Open Space/Rec

Lake Massapoag Weed Control Program     $25,000.00            Open Space/Rec

Debt Service Old Town Hall year 2 of 10     $136,877.00           Historic

Debt Service Old Town Hall year 2 of 10     $60,292.00            FY19 Receipts

Debt Service First Parish interest only        $42,500.00            Historic

Total CPC Appropriations                         $296,669.00

 

Reserve for Historic Preservation               $68,698.00

Reserve for Affordable Housing                  $68,698.00

Reserve for Open Space                            $68,698.00

FY 2019 Budgeted Reserve                       $360,595.00

 

or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Community Preservation Committee

Article 20: Zoning Bylaw Change, Section 2.12.30 Lot Perimeter

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town’s Zoning Bylaw Section 2.12.30 Lot Perimeter, by replacing it in its entirety with the following language, or take any action relative thereto.

2.12.30 Lot Perimeter – Lots with a minimum lot area of 30,000 square feet or greater shall have no more than one foot of perimeter for every 40 square feet. Lots with a minimum lot area of less than 30,000 square feet shall have no more than one foot of perimeter for every 30 square feet of lot area. In no instance shall a lot have less than 50 feet in width in any location within the lot except in a portion of the lot where two lot lines meet at a point. Any lot created before adoption of this By-law and conforming to then applicable requirements shall be considered a conforming lot for purposes of this zoning By-law.

Submitted by: Planning Board

 

To vote to see if the Town will adopt Massachusetts General Law Chapter 200A, Section 9A relative to the disposition of abandoned funds by the Town of Tyngsborough, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Office of the Treasurer Collector

Article 22: Creation of Special Education Stabilization Fund

To see if the Town will vote to establish a Special Education Stabilization Fund in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40, § 5B, for the purpose of funding unanticipated or unbudgeted costs of special education, out-of-district tuition, or transportation or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: School Committee and Board of Selectmen

Article 23: Fund Special Education Stabilization Fund

To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate $75,000 in FY19, as shown in Article 3, for the Special Education Stabilization Fund, for the purpose of funding unanticipated or unbudgeted costs of special education, out-of-district tuition, or transportation or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: School Committee and Board of Selectmen

Article 24: Special Education Stabilization Fund for FY 2019

To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to expend up to $75,000 from the Special Education Stabilization Fund for the purpose of funding unanticipated or unbudgeted costs of special education, out-of-district tuition, or transportation costs submitted by the School Committee, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: School Committee and Board of Selectmen

To see if the Town will accept the layout of a certain town way below described, made by the Board of Selectmen under the provisions of M.G.L. c.79, §.21 through 24, and any other enabling statute, filed in the Office of the Town Clerk with the plans there mentioned and are referred to for more particular description, and raise and appropriate any money that may be necessary, and determine how such money shall be expended for the payment of any damages, if any, and the layout being substantially as follows:

Ava Lane, Tyngsborough, Mass. Shown on a plan entitled “Definitive Plan, Ava Lane, Tyngsboro, Mass. Dated: July 31, 2014 Rev: Dec. 1, 2014, Scale: 1”=40’ by Andover Consultants Inc”. Being sheet 2 of 5 recorded with the Middlesex North District Registry of Deeds at Plan Book 239, Plan 9.

Submitted by: Planning Board and Board of Selectmen

Article 26: Zoning By-law Change, Section 5.00.00

To replace in its entirety, Section 5.00.00 of the Town’s Zoning By-laws with the following:

[Full text available in the warrant]

Article 27: Local Option Recreational Marijuana Excise Tax

To see if the Town will vote to accept M.G.L. c. 64N, s. 3, and impose a local sales tax upon the sale of recreational marijuana originating within the Town by a vendor at a rate of 3% of the gross receipts of the vendor from the sale of recreational marijuana, marijuana products, and marijuana edibles, said excise to take effect on the first day of the calendar quarter commencing at least thirty days after such vote of Town meeting, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

To see if the Town will vote to Amend the Zoning Bylaw by amending section 211-44 Business Uses to add a definition entitled "Marijuana Establishments" to read as follows: Marijuana Establishments: A marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer, or any other marijuana related business, but not to include Registered Marijuana Dispensaries And also to see if the Town will vote to amend Zoning By-laws by amending section 2.11.30 of the Use Regulations Schedule thereof to provide in relation to Marijuana Establishments as follows:

Principal Use R-1 R-2 R-3 B-1 B-2 B-3 B-4 I-1
Marijuana
Establishments
 O  O  O  O  O  O  O  O

Or take any action related thereto.

Submitted by: Citizen Petition

Tyngsborough Single-Use Plastic Bag Reduction

Purpose and Intent

The use and disposition of single-use plastic bags, including bags made of high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, "biodegradable," "compostable" or "oxo-biodegradable" materials, have significant impacts on the environment of all communities, including but not limited to:

[Full text available in the warrant.]

PETITION TO CHANGE ZONING FROM INDUSTRIAL 1 LIGHT (11) TO BUSINESS 3 GENERAL SHOPPING (B3)

(Assessors' Map 21 as Lots 23-2C-1, 23-2C-2and 23-2C-3)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the zoning map from Industrial 1 Light (11) to Business 3 General shopping (B3) with respect to a certain portion of land situated in Tyngsborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts known as and located off of Technology Drive and which parcel is shown on Assessors' Map 21 as Lots 23-2C-1, 23-2C-2 and 23-2C-3 and being shows on a plan dated September 15, 2016 prepared by Land Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. containing the following meets and bounds:

[Full text available in the warrant.]


2018 Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles

Article 1: Approve Payment of Prior Year Unpaid Bills.

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer from Fiscal Year 2018 departmental appropriations the following amounts to pay prior years’ bills, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Prior Year Invoices / Vendor Amount / Department

FY17 / WB Mason / $80.72 / Treasurer Department
FY17 / Gone Green Electric, LLC / $82.00 / Public Buildings

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 2: Transfer of Funds

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $201,282.00 to supplement the Tyngsborough School Budget for fiscal year 2018 to be expended by the School Committee. Said amount represents reimbursements made through June 30, 2017 from the Municipal Medicaid Program for school services provided to eligible residents, or take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen and School Committee

Article 3: Expenditure of Surplus Overlay

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate by transfer the sum of $220,000.00 from surplus overlay to fund Capital Improvement projects for FY19, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen

Article 4: Return Capital Appropriation

To see if the Town will vote to close the sum of $15,000.00 in unspent appropriation from FY17 STM Article 4, streetlight purchase, back to free cash, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Submitted by: Board of Selectmen