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May 9, 2015 Annual Town Meeting Warramt

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 Glenwood Elementary School in said Rutland on Saturday, the Ninth day of May 2015, at 7:00 o’clock in the evening there and then to vote on the following articles:


ARTICLE 1:
To hear the Annual Reports of the Town Officers and Committees.

ARTICLE 2:  
To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries or compensation of elected Town Officers for the fiscal year beginning  July 1, 2015, in accordance with Section 108, Chapter 41, of the General Laws as amended; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 3:
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, 2015 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 4:
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, 2015 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 Operations Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; thereto and to determine whether said appropriation, or any portion there-of, shall be contingent upon passage of a  Proposition Two and One-half (2 ½ ) ballot/referendum question; 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 Transportation Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 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 Debt Service Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 General Government for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 Public Safety for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 10:
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, 2015 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 Human Services for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 Culture and Recreation for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 Debt Service for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 Miscellaneous Expenses for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 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 and appropriate a sum of money to operate the Water Department for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015; 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 Sewer Department for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 17:                                                             
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate all funds which become available in the Fiscal Year 2016 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 18:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the following FY 2016 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

$45,000.


Planning Board

Planning Board

Filing and other fees

Administrative services, costs and fees

$75,000.
Recreation
Committee
Recreation
Committee
Fees paid by
Participants
Recreational
Activities

$123,000.

Animal Control
Department

Animal Control
Officer

ACO Kennel
User fees
Supplies for operation of
Regional ACO Kennel

   $5,500.
Or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 19: (Fire)
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Fire Chief to declare a 1980 Maxim Fire Truck VIN871064 as surplus property and to dispose of such truck at a public/online auction; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 20: (BOS)
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen or other committee or board to negotiate and/or enter into a Tax Agreement for payments- in- lieu -of -taxes (PILOT) pursuant to MGL Chapter 59, Section 38H (b), and Chapter 164, Section 1, or any other enabling authority for both real property and personal property associated with a solar photovoltaic facility, upon terms and conditions as said authorized Board or committee shall deem to be in the best interest of the Town, and to take all action necessary to implement such agreement;  or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 21:                                                                     
To see if the Town will vote to reduce the requisite age of eligibility from 75 to 65 years for MGL Chapter 59, § 5, Clause 41C exemptions, and to increase the amount of the exemption from $750 to $1,000 effective Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015); or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 22:
To see if the Town will vote to establish the following described area an Economic Opportunity Area (EOA) as provided for under MGL, Chapter 23A, sections 3A-H to be called “Rutland Heights EOA” for a term of not more than 20 years, the land shown as Lot A3 on the Town Assessors’ Map 41, and further described and recorded in Book 48808, page 312 at the Worcester Registry of Deeds; and further subject to Town Meeting approval, the granting of Special Assessments for Tax Increment Financing packages for qualified economic development projects undertaken within the Economic Opportunity Area; and to take all action to effectuate the same; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 23: (Town Clerk)
To see if the town will vote to amend that portion of the Town of Rutland General Bylaws entitled “Town Meetings” by deleting Sections 1 and 3 and replacing it with the following:
  • DATE OF MEETING
Section 1:  “The Annual Town Meeting shall be held on the Saturday preceding the second Monday of May each year.”
  • BUSINESS OF MEETING
Section 3: “All business of the Annual Town Meeting except for the election of officers and the determination of such matters as are required by law to be elected or determined by ballot, shall be considered on the Saturday preceding the second Monday of May each year; the election of town officials and all other matters to be determined by ballot shall take place on the second Monday of May each year.”

ARTICLE 24: (Town Clerk)
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland General Bylaws by deleting the  section entitled “Animal Control Bylaw” (Sections 1-9) adopted at the November 13, 2012 Special Town Meeting and inserting in its place, a new section entitled “Animal Control Bylaw; or take any action in relation thereto. (Copies of the document are available at the office of the Town Clerk,)

ARTICLE 25: (Town Clerk)
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland General Bylaws “Non-Criminal Disposition, Chart Section, entitled “Description of Bylaw, Rule or Regulation” by deleting “Failure to license your dog after April 1 of any given year” and replacing it with “Failure to license your dog by March 31 of any given year”; or take any action in relation thereto.


Bylaw, rule or regulation
Description of bylaw, rule or regulation
Primary enforcement officer
Penalty
Rutland Animal Control Bylaw Section 2.A
Failure to license your dog by March 31 of any given year
Animal Control Officer
Each Offense-$25.00
                                                                        
ARTICLE 26:
To see if the town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland General Bylaws by adding a new, sequentially numbered section entitled “Door to Door Solicitation and Canvassing”; or take any action in relation thereto. (A copy of the proposed bylaw is available at the office of the Town Clerk.)

ARTICLE 27:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland General Bylaws by adding a new, sequentially numbered section entitled “Fingerprint-Based Criminal Record Background Check Bylaw”; or take any action in relation thereto. (A copy of the proposed bylaw is available at the office of the Town Clerk.)

ARTICLE 28: (Moderator)
To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees

And in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby further required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Rutland, qualified to vote in elections and in Town affairs to meet at the following locations

  • 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 eleventh day of May 2015, at 10:00 o’clock in the FORENOON, to 8:00 o’clock in the EVENING and there to vote on the following:
Moderator for one year
Board of Assessors for three years
Town Clerk for three years
Board of Health for three years
Planning Board for five years
Board of Selectmen two for three years
Library Trustee two for three years
Library Trustee one for one year
Wachusett Regional School District School Committee two for three years
Southern Worcester County Reg. Voc. Sch. District School Committee one for three years
Southern Worcester County Reg. Voc. Sch. District School Committee one for one year

Also to vote yes or no on the following questions:

  • 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 balance of the bonds issued as voted at the Special Town Meeting of March 12, 1996 (Article 1) for the purpose of constructing, equipping and furnishing Central Tree Middle School?
YES_______              NO_________

  • Shall the Town of Rutland be allowed to assess an additional $735,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the Wachusett Regional School District Operations Assessment for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015?
YES _______             NO _______





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 Thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN.

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__________________________________}             Selectmen of Rutland

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A true copy. Attest:


_________________________} Constable    Date _____________

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.



______________________________          ________________________
Constable of Rutland                            Date








 
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