2015 Westborough Annual Town Meeting Results

UNOFFICIAL & Informal Results
Westborough 2015 Annual Town Meeting

Held Saturday March 14, 1:00 PM
Westborough High School Auditorium

Original AFC booklet here:  AFC RecBooklet Mar14.pdf

Article 1: Annual Town Election (Board of Selectmen) – as voted by the Town electorate

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 1: Annual Town Election (receive reports). PASSES w/majority vote.

Article 2: Town Reports (Advisory Finance Committee) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 2: Town Reports (receive reports) [correction to prior tweet]. PASSES w/majority vote.

Article 3: Prior Years Bills (Town Manager) – transfer from Free Cash $71,644

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 3: Prior Years Bills. Motion carries Y=167, N=28

Article 4: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Transfers (Town Manager) – so vote according to recommendations shown in this report under Article 4

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 4: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Transfers. Motion carries Y=193, N=8

Article 5: Amend Classification Plan (Assistant Town Manager) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 5: Amend Classification Plan. Motion carries Y=177, N=26

Article 6: Amend Wage and Salary Schedule (Personnel Board) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 6: Amend Wage and Salary Schedule. Motion carries Y=176, N=22

Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budgets (Advisory Finance Committee) – so vote according to recommendations shown in this report under Article 7

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budgets. Non-questioned budget items pass Y=202, N=9

Questioned items

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year2016 Operating Budget (Legal Budget) 176=Y, 46=N.

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Communications 210=Y, 4=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Buildings & Grounds 204=Y, 8=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Fire & Ambulance 203=Y, 10=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Street Light Expenses 201=Y, 8=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Council on Aging . 195=Y 12=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Rec Dept 198=Y, 8=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting –  Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – Economic Development Committee 184=Y, 20=N

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 7: Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget – School District PASS [went for cookie; missed count]

Article 8. Regularly Recurring Articles (Town Manager)

8A Revolving Funds– so vote
8B Tax Exemptions – so vote
8C (Advisory Finance Committee) – transfer from Free Cash $250,000 for Advisory Finance Committee General Reserve Fund, transfer $50,000 from Water Retained Earnings, transfer $50,000 from Sewer Retained Earnings, and transfer $20,000 from Country Club Retained Earnings
8D July 4th Celebration – raise and appropriate $2,500
8E Chapter 90 – transfer from available funds $1,164,172
8F Healthcare Reimbursement Account –raise and appropriate $8,000

2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 8: Regularly Recurring Articles 8A,B,D,E,F PASS [still no count; cookie was delicious!]

Questioned 8C. Others passed

8C – amend to xfr from free cash  108=Y, 88=N.  Main motion is AMENDED.

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 8: Regularly Recurring Articles 8C AMENDED to xfr from free cash & PASSED. 161=Y 36=N.

Article 9: FY2015 Chapter 90 Increase (DPW) – transfer from available funds $388,057

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 9: FY2015 Chapter 90 Increase (DPW) – PASS 194=Y 4=N [happy for the coffee, too!]

Article 10: Gibbons School Building Renovation (School Committee) – so vote according to recommendations shown in this report under Article 10

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article  Article 10: Gibbons School Building Renovation (School Committee) PASSES.

…TOWN MEETING RECONVENES at 7:45 PM

Article 11: Mechanical Sweeper Debt Authorization (DPW Manager) – borrow $200,000

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 11: Mechanical Sweeper Debt Authorization. Motion CARRIES. 72=Y, 4=N.

Article 12: Capital Improvement Plan, Items A-K.

12A (DPW) Dump Truck Replacement – transfer $72,000 from Free Cash

12B (DPW) Replacement of Surveillance Cameras – transfer $31,220 from Free Cash
12C (DPW) Mechanical Sweeper– transfer $46,000 from Free Cash
12D (DPW) Utility Crane– transfer $100,000 from Sewer Retained Earnings
12E (DPW) Service Van for Water– transfer $30,000 from Water Retained Earnings
12F (Fire) Radio Replacement– transfer $35,000 from Free Cash

12G (Library Trustees) Carpet Library Lower Level – transfer $33,700 from Free Cash

12H (MIS/GIS and DPW Engineering) GPS System – transfer $27,500 from Free Cash

12I (Police) Police Cruisers– transfer $139,348 from Free Cash

12J (Schools) HS Hot Water Heating System –transfer $145,000 from Free Cash

12K (Schools) Upgrade Building Controls– transfer $55,000 from Free Cash

12L (Town Manager) Capital Stabilization Fund – transfer $120,000 from Free Cash

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 12: Capital Improvement Plan, Items A-K.  Motion Carries 87=Y, 5=N

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 12: Capital Improvement Plan, Item L.  Motion Carries 88=Y, 5=N

Article 13: Triennial Revaluation (Town Assessor) – transfer $25,000 from Free Cash

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 13: Triennial Revaluation. Motion Carries 91=Y,  5=N

Article 14: Improvements to Country Club (CC OperatingCommittee) – transfer $51,000 from Country Club Retained Earnings

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting -Article 14: Improvements to Country Club. Motion Carries 97=Y, 2=N

Article 15: Toll Brothers Mitigation Receipts Reserve Account (Town Manager) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting -Article 15: Toll Brothers Mitigation Receipts Reserve Account.  Motion carries 95=Y, 3=N

Article 16: CSX Mitigation Receipts Reserve Account (Town Manager) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 16: CSX Mitigation Receipts Reserve Account (& beaver removal! 🙂 Motion carries 105=Y, 1=N

Article 17: Westborough State Re-Use Hospital Committee Clerical (W.S.H. Committee) – so vote

Yay w/commitment to post minutes online!

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting Article 17 Westborough State Hospital Ctte Clerical 101=Y, 8=N (w/commitment to post minutes online!)

Article 18: Town Water System (DPW Manager) – transfer $280,000 from Water Retained Earnings

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting Article 18:Town Water System 109=Y, 1=N
Article 19: Town Water Main and Water System Debt Issuance (DPW Manager) – borrow $2,100,000

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting Article 18:Town Water Main and Water System Debt Issuance. Motion carries 106= Y, 4=N

why so much $? this water needs to be filtered and coagulated….

Article 20: Town Sewer System (DPW Manager) – transfer $1,400,000 from Sewer Retained Earnings.

debt service paid by sewer rate payers

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 20: Town Sewer System. Motion carries 107=Y, 1=N

Article 21: Kennel Licensing (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

tweet: Annual Town Meeting – Article 21: Kennel Licensing, and amendment to require “bordetella” vaccination fails (23=Y, 91=N)

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 21: Kennel Licensing. Amended motion (more than 4 dogs) carries 99=Y, 8=N

Article 22: Municipal Electric Load Aggregation (BOS / Asst. Town Manager) – so vote

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 22: Municipal Electric Load Aggregation.  PASSES. 104=Y, 4=N

Article 23: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 59, Section 5K – Senior Tax Work Off Amendment (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Seniors.  Next is for veterans. – Has been in place for 11yrs

State statue requires town to accept these programs, move cap to 125 hrs.  60.

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 23: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 59, Section 5K – Senior Tax Work Off Amendment, PASSES 105=Y, 1=N

Article 24: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 59, Section 5N – Veterans Tax Work Off Amendment (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

tweet: 2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 24: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 59, Section 5N – Veterans Tax Work Off Amendment PASSES 103=Y, 3=N

1st town in state to have the veterans program

Article 25: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 60, Section 15B Establishing of Tax Title Revolving Fund (Treasurer/Collector) – so vote

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 25: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 60, Section 15B Establishing of Tax Title Revolving Fund. PASSES.

(didn’t catch votes)

Article 26: Request for Special Legislation Validating Voting Equipment and Elections (Town Clerk) – so vote

103=Y 0=N unopposed — first unanimous vote!!!

tweet:2015 Annual Town Meeting – Article 26: Request for Special Legislation Validating Voting Equipment and Elections. UNANIMOUS Y!

Article 27: Spurr House (Citizens Petition) – defeat

tweet:  Annual Town Meeting – Article 27: Spurr House. PASSES 65=Y, 42=N

(oops should have been 64 Y, I think…)


 

tweet:  ANNUAL TOWN MEETING IS DISSOLVED! Hurray to all, no extension needed 🙂

see y’all next meeting!!!

what say you?