Town Meeting Motions - 2019

Listed below are the motions that will be used for the Articles in the Warrant (see ActonWarrant2019).

The Warrant provides a general description of each Article, the vote of Town Meeting is on the motion as read by the Moderator. In some cases, a motion simply refers to the wording of the Article as printed in the Warrant, but a motion can also show some differences, for example in the amount of an appropriation that was updated after the Warrant was printed. A motion can be different from the Warrant description as long as it is “within the scope of the Article”. Motions can also be amended by a vote of Town Meeting; this list shows the “original” motions.

Town Meeting vote is on the wording of the motion, check the list below for the Articles that interest you to see what the actual vote will be.

Motions for the Acton Annual Town Meeting starting Monday, 1 April 2019 :

1 Choose Town Officers (Majority vote)

Mr. Benson moves that the Town fix the compensation for elected officers as shown in the Article.

Mr. Benson nominates Jo-Ann M. Berry for the position of Temporary Moderator, term to expire 2020.

Melissa Loporto, Trustee of the West Acton Citizens Library, nominates Tara J. Lueci of 4 Wingate Lane, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the West Acton Citizens Library, term to expire 2022.

Andrea S. Miller, Trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund, nominates Jo-Ann Berry, of 2 Heron View Road, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund, term to expire 2022.

Robert Smith, Trustee of the Acton Firefighters’ Relief Fund, nominates Robert Vanderhoof of 125 Willow Street, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the Acton Firefighters’ Relief Fund, term to expire 2022.

Robert Vanderhoof, Trustee of the Acton Firefighters’ Relief Fund, nominates Thomas Matthews of 17 Herget Drive, Pepperell, for the position of Trustee of the Acton Firefighters’ Relief Fund, term to expire 2020.

Thomas Khols, Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, nominates Todd Fenniman of 29 McKinley Road, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, term to expire 2020.

Todd Fenniman, Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, nominates Thomas Ryder of 14 Prescott Road, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, term to expire 2021.

Todd Fenniman, Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, nominates Allison Hammer of 21 Willow Street, Acton, for the position of Trustee of the Charlotte Goodnow Fund, term to expire 2022.

2 Hear and Accept Reports (Majority vote)

Ms. Gardner moves that the Town accept the reports of the various Town Officers and Boards as set forth in the 2018 Town Report and that the Moderator call for any other reports.

3 Budget Transfer (Majority vote)

Ms. Green moves that the Town take no action.

4 Town Operating Budget (Majority vote)
Ms. Green moves that the Town raise and appropriate $34,746,539 to be expended by the Town Manager to fund the fiscal year 2020 municipal budget,

And that the Town authorize the Town Manager to lease on such terms and conditions as he may determine vehicles and equipment for a period not to exceed five years, and to sell, trade or otherwise dispose of vehicles and equipment being replaced and to expend any proceeds so received.

5 Town Capital - Kelley’s Corner Infrastructure Improvement Project (Majority vote)

Mr. Benson moves that the Town transfer from Free Cash and appropriate $525,000 to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes set forth in the Article, including costs incidental and related thereto.

6 Town Capital – Sidewalks and Traffic Calming (Majority vote)

Ms. Green moves that the Town transfer from Free Cash and appropriate $150,000 to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes set forth in the Article, including costs incidental and related thereto.

7 Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Assessment (Majority vote)

Ms. Baum moves that the Town appropriate $61,235,254 to be expended by the Superintendent of Schools to fund the fiscal year 2020 operating assessment of $58,508,858 and capital assessment of $2,726,396 of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and to meet this appropriation, raise $60,557,785 from general revenues, and transfer $677,469 from Free Cash.

8 Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Capital Improvement Plan (Two-thirds vote)

Ms. Baum moves that the Town of Acton approve the debt to be authorized by the Regional School District in the amount of $7,500,000 for the purpose of paying construction, installation and all other associated costs of providing capital improvements identified hereof on the Regional School District’s Capital Improvement Plan.

9 Acton-Boxborough Regional School District – Authorize Regional Stabilization Fund (Majority vote)

Ms. Baum moves that the Town of Acton approve the establishment of a Stabilization Fund by the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 16G½ of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, for the purpose of providing funding for the District’s future capital needs in conjunction with its Capital Improvement Plan.

10 Minuteman Regional School District Assessment (Majority vote)

Mrs. Nourse moves that the Town raise $1,106,994 from general revenues, transfer $348,688 from Free Cash and appropriate $1,455,682 to fund the fiscal year 2020 assessment of the Minuteman Regional School District.

11 Community Preservation Program – Direct Appropriations from Fund Balances (Majority vote)

Mr. Yacouby moves that the Town:
1) Transfer to and from the Community Preservation Fund and appropriate, re-appropriate, or set aside for current or later appropriation $1,770,753.95, all as set forth in the article, and
2) Authorize the Town Manager to expend or set aside amounts as set forth in the article, and in compliance with conditions to be noted in the Community Preservation Committee's award letters.
12 Transfer Real Property – 53 River Street (Two-thirds vote)

Mr. Berry moves that the Town authorize the transfer of the real property as set forth in the Article from the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes to the Board of Selectmen for open space, historic preservation or recreation purposes.

13 Disposition of Real Property – 348-364 Main Street (Two-thirds vote)

Ms. Green moves that the Town authorize the transfer of the real property as set forth in the Article from the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of conveyance, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of all or any portion of such real property for affordable housing purposes on such terms and conditions as the Selectmen may determine.

14 Land Acquisition or Lease – 19 & 21 Maple Street (Two-thirds vote)

Mr. Benson moves that the Town:
1) Authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase, gift, eminent domain or otherwise the real property as set forth in the Article on such terms and conditions as the Selectmen may determine;
2) Appropriate $1,100,000 to be expended by the Town Manager to fund said acquisition and, to meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow $1,100,000 under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7, as amended, and further, that any premium received upon the sale of the bonds, less the cost of preparing, issuing and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds may be applied to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount;
3) Appropriate and transfer $33,000 from the Commuter Lot Parking Fees Fund to fund the first year of debt service on such borrowing; and
4) Authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of a portion of the real property as set forth in the Article by lease back to the current owner on such terms and conditions as the Selectmen may determine.
15 # Land Acquisition – 257 Central Street, Northern Subdivided Parcel (Majority vote)
Annette Lochrie moves that the Town take no action.

16 Fund Collective Bargaining Agreements (Majority vote)

Mr. Berry moves that the Town authorize the first year cost items contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Town and the:
A. Acton Police Patrol Officers Association
B. Acton Police Superior Officers (Massachusetts Coalition of Police Local 380)
C. Public Safety Dispatchers (International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25)
D. Highway, Municipal Properties and Cemetery (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1703)

Financial Consent (Majority vote)
Ms. Green moves that the Town take up the eight articles in the Consent Calendar on pages 54 through 60 of the Warrant: Articles 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

17 * Demand Fees for Late Payments (Majority vote)
Ms. Adachi moves that the Town authorize the Tax Collector to charge a $15 fee for each written demand issued as set forth in the Article.

18 * Commuter Lot & Station Maintenance (Majority vote)
Mr. Benson moves that the Town raise from department receipts and appropriate $76,900 for the purposes set forth in the Article.

19 * Septage Disposal Enterprise Budget (Majority vote)
Ms. Gardner moves that the Town raise $137,677 from department receipts, transfer $20,000 from retained earnings and appropriate $157,677 to operate the septage waste disposal program.

20 * Transfer Station and Recycling Enterprise Budget (Majority vote)
Ms. Green moves that the Town raise from department receipts and appropriate $618,800 for the purpose of solid waste disposal and recycling, and that the Town authorize the Town Manager to lease on such terms and conditions as he may determine vehicles and equipment for a period not to exceed five years, and to sell, trade or otherwise dispose of vehicles and equipment being replaced and to expend any proceeds so received. 21 * Sewer Enterprise Budget (Majority vote)
Ms. Adachi moves that the Town raise $1,788,330 from department receipts, transfer $341,840 from retained earnings and appropriate $2,130,170 for the purpose of operating the sewer system.

22 * Ambulance Enterprise Budget (Majority vote)
Mr. Berry moves that the Town raise $1,030,941 from department receipts, raise $180,000 from general revenues, transfer $77,650 from retained earnings and appropriate $1,288,591 for the purpose of operating the ambulance service.

23 * Transportation Enterprise Budget (Majority vote)
Ms. Gardner moves that the Town raise $261,400 from department receipts, raise $260,000 from general revenues, transfer $121,000 from commuter lot parking fees fund balance and appropriate $642,400 for the purpose of operating the transportation service.

24 * Revolving Fund Budgets (Majority vote)
Mr. Benson moves that all revolving funds be authorized and continued in the amounts, for the purposes, and with the limits on the total amount that may be expended as set forth in the Article.

25 Accept Legislation - Agricultural Commission (Majority vote)
Ms. Adachi moves that the Town accept Chapter 40, Section 8L of the Massachusetts General Laws and authorize the Board of Selectmen to create an Agricultural Commission consisting of five (5) members.

26 Amend General Bylaws – Right to Farm (Majority vote)
Ms. Adachi moves that the Town adopt the General Bylaws amendment as set forth in the Article.

27 Amend General Bylaws – Chapter N, Demolition Delay (Majority vote)
Ms. Green moves that the Town adopt the General Bylaws amendment as set forth in the Article.

28 Amend General Bylaws – Public Way Permits (Majority vote)
Ms. Gardner moves that the Town adopt the General Bylaws amendment as set forth in the Article.

29 Amend Town Charter – Planning Board Membership (Two-thirds vote)
Ms. Gardner moves that the Town amend the Town Charter as set forth in the Article.

30 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Detached Accessory Apartments (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Yacouby moves that the Town adopt the Zoning Bylaw amendments as set forth in the Article.

If Article 30 Passes:
31 # Amend Zoning Bylaw – Accessory Apartments (Majority vote)

Franny Osman moves that the Town take no action.

If Article 30 Fails:
31 # Amend Zoning Bylaw – Accessory Apartments (Two-thirds vote)

Franny Osman moves that the Town adopt the Zoning Bylaw amendments as set forth in the Article.
Franny Osman moves to amend the main motion:
1) In new paragraph m), replace "Zoning Board of Appeals" with "Planning Board"
2) In new paragraph n) replace “2,000 square feet” with “500 square feet”
3) In new paragraph q), remove the words, "special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals."

32 # Amend General Bylaws – Plastic Bag Reduction (Majority vote)
Carolyn Platt moves that the Town amend the General Bylaws by inserting Chapter AB, Plastic Bag Reduction, as set forth in the Article.

33 # Non-Binding Resolution – Building Moratorium (Majority vote)
Terra Friedrichs moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

34 # Non-Binding Resolution – Development Rate Limitation Bylaw (Majority vote)
Terra Friedrichs moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

35 # Non-Binding Resolution – Land Clearing Limits (Majority vote)
Terra Friedrichs moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

36 # Non-Binding Resolution – Limit Size of New Single Family Houses (Majority vote)
Terra Friedrichs moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

37 # Non-Binding Resolution – Do Not Add Turning Lanes at Route 111 and Route 27 (Majority vote)
Terra Friedrichs moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

38 # Non-Binding Resolution – Register Intent to Purchase the KMart Parcels (Majority vote)
Shauna Wilkinson moves that the Town adopt the non-binding resolution as set forth in the Article.

General Consent (Two-thirds vote)
Ms. Green moves that the Town take up the thirteen articles in the Consent Calendar on pages 81 through 96 of the Warrant: Articles 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51.

39 * Amend General Bylaws – Stormwater Management Revisions (Majority vote)
Ms. Adachi moves that the Town adopt the General Bylaws amendments as set forth in the Article.

40 * Amend Zoning Bylaw – Stormwater (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Yacouby moves that the Town adopt the Zoning Bylaw amendments as set forth in the Article.

41 * Amend Zoning Map – 16 Knox Trail and 585 Main Street (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Yacouby moves that the Town adopt the Zoning Bylaw Map amendments as set forth in the Article.

42 * Amend Zoning Bylaw – Housekeeping Corrections (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Yacouby moves that the Town adopt the Zoning Bylaw amendments as set forth in the Article.

43 * Accept Street – Brabrook Road (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Berry moves that the Town accept as a public way the extension of Brabrook Road, and authorize the acquisition, transfer or taking of the fee or easement interest of Parcel 1D-2 for roadway layout and associated easement interests, all as described in the article.

44 * Accept Land Gift – 49 Piper Road (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Benson moves that the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen on such terms and conditions as it may determine to acquire for general municipal purposes and accept fee interests in the parcel as set forth in the Article.

45 * Authorize Easements (Two-thirds vote)
Mr. Berry moves that the Town authorize the grant, termination or acquisition of easements as set forth in the article.

46 * Highway Reimbursement Program (Chapter 90) (Majority vote)
Mr. Benson moves that the Town authorize the Town Manager to accept Highway funds from all sources and that such funds are hereby appropriated for highway purposes.

47 * Insurance Proceeds (Majority vote)
Ms. Gardner moves that the Town Manager is authorized to accept insurance proceeds of any name and nature whatsoever from all sources and such funds are hereby appropriated.

48 * Gifts or Grants (Majority vote)
Mr. Benson moves that the proceeds of any gifts or grants from any source accepted pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 53A, and any interest thereon, are hereby appropriated for the stated purposes of the gifts or grants, and may be expended with the approval of the Board of Selectmen or otherwise as stated in Section 53A.

49 * Federal and State Reimbursement Aid (Majority vote)
Mr. Berry moves that the Town Manager is authorized to accept Federal and State reimbursement funds from all sources and that such funds are hereby appropriated for the purposes outlined by such reimbursement.

50 * Performance Bonds (Majority vote)
Mr. Berry moves that the Town appropriate the proceeds of any performance bonds, for the purposes stated in said bonds, available as a result of any default, non-performance or other covered conditions.

51 * Sale of Foreclosed Properties (Two-thirds vote)
Ms. Adachi moves in the words of the Article.

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