Annual Town Meeting Warrant
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts    
Worcester, ss.

To either of the Constables of the Town of Rutland in the County of Worcester.
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 at the
Precinct 1 - NAQUAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
Precinct 2 - RUTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY – lower level
Precinct 3 -    NAQUAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
in said Rutland on Monday, the thirteenth day of MAY, 2013,
at 10:00 o’clock in the FORENOON,
then and there to act on the following articles:---

ARTICLE 1:
To bring in and deposit their ballots for a Moderator for one year; one member of the Board of Selectmen for three years; one Assessor for three years and one Assessor for two years; one member of the Board of Health for three years and one member of the Board of Health for one year; one member of the Planning Board for five years; two Library Trustees for three years; two members of the Wachusett Regional School District Committee for three years; and one member of the Southern Worcester County Vocational School District Committee for three years.  Each to specify the person voted for by placing a mark against the name.  Also to vote yes or no on the following questions:

Shall the Town of Rutland vote to have its elected Treasurer/Collector become an appointed Treasurer/Collector of the Town?

                        YES _______                     NO _______      

Shall the Town of Rutland be allowed to assess an additional $38,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of purchasing and equipping one (1) Ford Police Interceptor vehicle for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013?

                        YES _______                     NO _______

Shall the Town of Rutland be allowed to assess an additional $30,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of purchasing firefighter turnout/bunker gear and to purchase new communication equipment for the Public Safety and Regional Dispatch Centers for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013?

                        YES _______                     NO _______

Shall the Town of Rutland be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition Two and One-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase and equip a new ambulance?

                        YES _______                     NO _______


The polls will be opened at 10 o’clock in the forenoon and closed at 8 o’clock p.m.

ARTICLE 2:
To hear the Annual Reports of the Town Officers and Committees.

ARTICLE 3:  
To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries or compensation of elected Town Officers for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, in accordance with Section 108, Chapter 41, of the General Laws as amended; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 4:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 5:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Minimum Local Contribution for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 6:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Operations Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds and to determine whether said appropriation shall be contingent upon an election approval for a Proposition Two and One-half (2 ½ ) Override; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 7:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Transportation Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 8:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Debt Service Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.





ARTICLE 9:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the General Government for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds and to determine whether such said appropriation shall be contingent upon an election approval for a Proposition Two and One-half (2 ½)  Override; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 10:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Public Safety for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 11:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Department of Public Works for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 12:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Human Services for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 13 :
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Culture and Recreation for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 14:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Debt Service for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 15:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the Miscellaneous expenses for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 16:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to operate the Water Department for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013; or take any action in relation thereto.



ARTICLE 17:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to operate the Sewer Department for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLES 18/19 & 20:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the following FY 14 Revolving Funds in accordance with MGL Chapter 44, § 53E ½ ,to be expended under the authority and direction of the following agencies or officials, to be credited with receipts from the following revenue sources, to be expended for the following stated purposes, not to exceed the following spending limits respectively:

Sponsor: Board of Selectmen


Revolving Fund
Authorized to
Expend
Revenue
Source
Use of Fund
Spending
Limit

Recreation
Committee

Recreation
Committee

Fees paid by
Participants
School year programs including but not limited to the Safe Place Programs

$350,000.

Board of Health

Board of Health

Inspection Fees

Inspectional services, costs and expenses

$41,000.


Planning Board

Planning Board

Filing and other fees

Administrative services, costs and fees

$75,000.


Or take any action in relation thereto.


ARTICLE 21:                                                             
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate all funds which become available in the Fiscal Year 2014 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Highways, Chapter 90 Bond Issue proceeds, to be used by the DPW for the repair and maintenance of town roads in conformance with Massachusetts General Laws and further that the Town vote to raise said appropriation by borrowing and authorize the Town Treasurer, with approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore, in anticipation of the receipt of said State Aid; or take any action in relation thereto.


ARTICLE 22:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland Zoning bylaws by adding a new section titled “Wind Turbine” pages 1 through 8 inclusive; or take any action in relation thereto.
A copy of the proposed amendment is available at the office of the Town Clerk.

ARTICLE 23:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from Available Funds (Free Cash) a sum of money to provide the five percent (5%) match for the Assistance to the Firefighters’ Grant Award; or take any action in relation thereto.           

ARTICLE 24:
To see if the Town will vote to approve the Amendment of Section 1 of the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement, as approved and recommended by vote of the Wachusett Regional District School Committee on March 18, 2013.  The proposed amendment reduces the size of the elected Wachusett Regional District School Committee from twenty-two (22) members to twelve (12) members, with the town of Holden having four (4) members; the town of Paxton having two (2) members; the Town of Princeton having two (2) members; the Town of Rutland having two (2) members and the Town of Sterling having two (2) members.  The amendment establishes a weighted voting method based upon the populations of the Member Towns.  The Committee would remain constant at twelve (12) members with an annual recalculation of the weighted voting of each member and Town based upon the annual town census.
A copy of the proposed Amendment is on file with the office of the Town Clerk; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 25:
To see if the Town will vote to approve the Amendment of Section 9, Annual Report, of the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement, as approved and recommended by vote of the Wachusett Regional District School  Committee on March 18, 2013, by adding the following sentence:  “When requested by a representative of Member Town’s government, an electronic version of budget documents will be furnished at no charge.” so that Section 9 reads as follows:  The District shall submit to each of the Member Towns an annual report containing a detailed financial statement and a statement showing the methods by which the annual charges assessed against each town were computed, together with such additional information relating to the operation and maintenance of such schools as may be deemed necessary by the Committee or by the Selectboard of any Member Town.  When requested by a representative of Member Town’s government, an electronic version of budget documents will be furnished at no charge.
A copy of the proposed Amendment is on file with the office of the Town Clerk, or take any action in relation thereto.



ARTICLE 26:
To see if the Town will vote to approve the Amendment of Section 14.1. of Section 14, Amendments, of the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement, as approved and recommended by vote of the Wachusett Regional District School Committee on March 18, 2013, as follows:  Amend Section 14.1 by deleting the number “five (5)” and inserting the number “three (3)” so that the Section reads as follows:  The Wachusett Regional School District Agreement shall be reviewed every three (3) years by the Committee.  The Committee shall hold a public hearing to receive comment and proposed changes from the citizens of the Member Towns.  The Committee shall prepare and submit a written report to the Selectboards of the Member Towns.  A copy of the proposed Amendment is on file with the office of the Town Clerk; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 27:
To see if the Town will vote to approve the Amendment of Section 14.2. of Section 14, Amendments, of the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement, as approved and recommended by vote of the Wachusett Regional District School Committee on March 18, 2013, by deleting the name “Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education: in Section 14.2. and inserting the name “Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: so that Section 14.2 reads as follows:  This Agreement may be amended by recommendation of the Committee and approval of Member Towns of the District by majority vote at an annual or special town meeting provided that not more than one Member Town disagrees and subject to the approval by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  No such amendment shall be made which shall substantially impair the rights of the holders of any bonds or notes of the District then outstanding or the rights of the District to procure the means for payment thereof; provided, that this provision shall not prevent the admission of new towns to the District and the reapportionment accordingly of that part of the cost of construction represented by bonds or notes of the District then outstanding and of interest thereon (Chapter 116 of the Acts of 1951).  A copy of the proposed Amendment is on file with the office of the Town Clerk, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 28:
To see if the Town will vote to approve the Amendment of Section 17. Lease of Schools of the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement, as approved and recommended by vote of the Wachusett Regional District School Committee on March 18, 2013, by adding a new Section 17.7 which reads as follows:  17.7. Each maintenance agreement shall have a provision for the emergency use of school buildings and an annual maintenance audit; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTILCE 29:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town to borrow a sum of money for up to five (5) years, contingent upon passage of a Proposition 2/12 Debt Exclusion, to purchase and equip a new ambulance, or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 30:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Available Funds (Free Cash) a sum of money to perform a transitional audit of the Treasurer/Collector’s office; or take any action in relation thereto.
                                                                                
ARTICLE 31:
To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Available Funds (Free Cash) a sum of money to the Reserve Fund Account  (132-5700)for Fiscal Year 2013; or take any action in relation thereto.
                                                                                        
ARTICLE 32:
To see if the Town will vote to accept M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 22F relative to license fees and service charges; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 33:
To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Available Funds (Free Cash) or the Stabilization Fund a sum of money to the Police Wage Account ( 210-5120) for Fiscal Year 2013; or take any action in relation thereto. 

ARTICLE 34:
To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees.



ALL BUSINESS CONTAINED IN THE WARRANT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ARTICLE 1 WILL BE CONSIDERED AT AN ADJOURNED MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY EVENING MAY 18, 2013 AT SIX O’CLOCK P.M. (6:00 PM) IN ACCORDANCE WITH TOWN BY-LAWS.















And you are directed to serve this warrant, by posting up attested copies thereof at five (5) places in said Town, fourteen (14) days at least before 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 Sixteenth day of APRIL in the year of our Lord TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN.

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A true copy. Attest:


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Worcester, SS.
PURSUANT TO THE WITHIN WARRANT, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of the Town of Rutland by posting up attested copies of the same at 5 public places.

14 days before the date hereof, as within directed.



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Constable of Rutland                            Date