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TOWN OF CHELMSFORD  FINANCE COMMITTEEReport, Recommendations and Copy of the     Warrant for the Fall Session of         A...
Table of ContentsFinance Committee Report ………..………………………………........…....................................1Article 1 Hear Re...
September 30, 2011To the Citizens of Chelmsford:The Finance Committee has reviewed the warrant in preparation for Fall Tow...
Going forward, following Fall Town Meeting we will continue to monitor the financial affairs ofthe town. Recently we have ...
TOWN OF CHELMSFORD                                  WARRANT FOR THE                                     FALL 2011         ...
FINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL                                                                                  __...
ARTICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote to transfer a certain sum of money from SpecialRevenue to the School Department, s...
FINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDATION AT TOWN MEETING                                                                         ...
ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management andcontrol of the Town-owned parcels of...
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This Article would transfer 30 parcels of Town-owned Land to the Conservation Commission.SUBMITTED BY:                 Tow...
This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leasethe Swain Road Landfill for use a...
certain sum of money to fund the reconstruction of the Department of Public Works buildinglocated at 9 Alpha Road;or act i...
This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of the DPW build...
This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of the Town-owne...
This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of Town-owned pr...
Book 24205, Page 165; Book 24525, Page 42; and Book 24525, Page 49; or act in relationthereto.                            ...
This Article would rezone 5 parcels of land at the new DPW location at Alpha Road and TracyRoad from “IA” Limited to “P” P...
SUBMITTED BY:                   Town Manager                                Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMEND...
63-243-1; 63-243-2;63-256-2; 63-256-3,as shown on the following Map:                                 20
ExplanationThis article is in accordance with recommendation # 15 of the 2010 Master Plan. This article seeks to addressth...
dwellings. This article proposes to re-zone the existing residential properties from Neighborhood Commercial toGeneral Res...
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ExplanationThis article is in accordance with recommendation # 16 of the 2010 Master Plan. This article seeks to addressth...
segment experiencing a significant amount of truck and vehicular traffic. Based upon the above factors, thisneighborhood h...
RC Zoning CenterThis Article would amend the dimensional regulations of stories and height from 4 stories and45 feet to 3 ...
ARTICLE 21. To see if the Town will vote to amend The Town Code, Chapter 195, “ZoningBylaw”, Article XIX, “Administration ...
ARTICLE 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from availablefunds a sum of money to undert...
ARTICLE 23. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management andcontrol of The Town-owned parcel of ...
TOWN MEETING PROCEDURESTo comply with the Town’s General By-Laws where they specifically pertain to TownMeeting actions, e...
4.11 - END OF SESSION – No warrant article may be introduced for consideration after 11:00p.m. without a majority vote of ...
REPRESENTATIVE TOWN MEETING PROCEDURESThe Representative Town Meeting is the legislative branch for our town government. T...
be debatable, may or may not be amended and may or may not be reconsidered. All procedural characteristics of themotions a...
MODERATORS RULES OF DEBATE AND DECORUM1. Meetings will start promptly at the time posted with the recitation of the Pledge...
ELECTRONIC VOTING GUIDELINES                                 Richard E. DeFreitas, Town ModeratorELECTRONIC ROLL CALL... M...
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  1. 1. TOWN OF CHELMSFORD FINANCE COMMITTEEReport, Recommendations and Copy of the Warrant for the Fall Session of Annual Town Meeting Monday, October 17, 2011 At 7:30 PM Chelmsford Senior Center 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford
  2. 2. Table of ContentsFinance Committee Report ………..………………………………........…....................................1Article 1 Hear Reports.....................................................................................................................3Article 2 Stabilization Fund…………………………………………………………………..…...3Article 3 Sewer Construction Stabilization Fund............................................................................4Article 4 Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust .......................................................….4Article 5 E-Rate Reimbursement……….....................................................……………………....5Article 6 FY2012 Budget Amendments..........................................................................................5Article 7 Employee Contract Agreements…...................................................................................5Article 8 Chelmsford Country Club Enterprise Fund……………………..………………..……..6Article 9 CPC – FY2012 Debt Service …………...........................................................................6Article 10 Land Transfer – Conservation Commission – 30 Parcels...............................................7Article 11 Stop & Shop Easement…………………….................................................................11Article 12 Land Lease – Swain Road Landfill...............................................................................11Article 13 Land Lease – DPW Roof………………………………..............................................12Article 14 Land Lease – Robin Hill Road/Acton Road.................................................................14Article 15 Land Lease – Wotton Street……………......................................................................15Article 16 Rezoning – Alpha Road/Tracy Road………................................................................16Article 17 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Public Works ……................................................................19Article 18 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Chelmsford Street Parcels……….........................................19Article 19 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Groton Road Parcels………….............................................22Article 20 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Dimensional Regulations......................................................25Article 21 Amend Zoning Bylaw – Site Plan Review……….......................................................27Article 22 Planning Study – Oak Hill Road………………...........................................................28Article 23 Land Transfer – Conservation Commission - Oak Hill Road……..............................29Town Meeting Procedures……………………….........................................................................30Representative Town Meeting Procedures……………………………........................................32Moderator’s Rules of Debate and Decorum……………………………………………………..34Electronic Voting Guidelines…………………………...……………………………………….35Order of Precedence of Motions…………………………………………………………………36
  3. 3. September 30, 2011To the Citizens of Chelmsford:The Finance Committee has reviewed the warrant in preparation for Fall Town Meeting thatbegins on October 17, 2011. We have met with the Town Manager and other town officials andreviewed town financial data in considering the articles.The warrant articles this year are almost evenly divided between financial and non-financialbusiness. Many of the non-financial articles propose zoning or by-law changes that wererecommended in the new Master Plan. Since the Finance Committee is not required to speak onnon-financial matters, we have decided to make no recommendation on six articles. When we didnot have sufficient information prior to the publishing of this warrant book, we voted to make arecommendation at Town Meeting (Articles 7 and 22). We recommend all other articles for yourapprovalArticle 2 would allocate Free Cash to the Stabilization Fund. This proposed transfer of almost$4M will bring the Stabilization Fund balance to approximately 7.4% of the town’s operatingbudget, well within the town’s goal of 5 -10%. This helps the town maintain a high bond ratingand it provides a buffer for any adverse economic events.Article 3 proposes the establishment of a Sewer Construction Stabilization Fund. This accountwould be used for interest earned by sewer betterment and sewer capital construction funds toinsure that these funds are available for the repayment of sewer construction bonds. Article 4proposes the establishment of a Liability Trust Fund for Other Post Employment Benefits.Article 5 is a standard article to transfer E-rate reimbursements to the School Department; Article6 makes adjustments to the FY2012 operating budget; and Article 7 funds collective bargainingagreements. Article 8 would establish an enterprise fund for the operation of the ChelmsfordCountry Club and Article 9 requests funds to pay Community Preservation Fund FY2012 debtservice.Articles 12 -15 would authorize the town to lease town-owned land for solar energy farms oragricultural use for periods of 10-20 years. The remaining warrant articles encompass zoningarticles, changes to the town code, and land transactions. You will hear detailed presentations atTown Meeting. 1
  4. 4. Going forward, following Fall Town Meeting we will continue to monitor the financial affairs ofthe town. Recently we have focused on reviewing accounts that finance sewer construction anddebt service. Finance Committee FY2013 budget hearings will begin in January. Meeting datesare posted at Town Hall and listed on the meeting calendar on the town’s website; we invite thepublic to attend and meetings are now televised by Chelmsford Telemedia.As always we are grateful to our clerk, Pam Morrison, for her hard work that supports ourefforts. We thank Dave Turocy, Vincent Villano and Donald Van Dyne for their years of serviceon the Finance Committee and welcome new members Sasha Bonakdar and Stratos Dukakis.With a current vacancy we encourage anyone interested in serving on the Finance Committee tocontact Town Moderator, Richard DeFreitas who appoints members.Mary Frantz, ChairmanRoy Treible, Vice-ChairmanSasha BonakdarStratos DukakisDwight HaywardTimothy McIlvenna 2
  5. 5. TOWN OF CHELMSFORD WARRANT FOR THE FALL 2011 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING OCTOBER 17, 2011MIDDLESEX, SS.To the Constable, or any other suitable person of the Town of Chelmsford:Greeting:In the name of the Commonwealth aforesaid, you are hereby requested to notify and warn theTown Meeting Representatives of said Chelmsford to meet at the Senior Center, 75 GrotonRoad, North Chelmsford on Monday, the seventeenth of October in the year two-thousand andeleven at 7:30 p.m. in the evening and there to act upon the following articles, VIZ:ARTICLE 1. To hear reports of the Town Officers and Committees; or act in relation thereto.SUBMITTED BY: Board of SelectmenARTICLE 2. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash a certain sum of money tothe General Stabilization Fund; or act in relation thereto.The Stabilization Fund is used as the Town’s savings account and can be accessed only by a2/3 vote of town meeting. A healthy Stabilization Fund results in more favorable interest rateswhen bonding for capital projects. This Article would transfer $3,957,862 from Free Cash tothe Stabilization Fund.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds Vote 3
  6. 6. FINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to establish a Sewer Construction Stabilization Fundto assist the Town in funding debt service obligations for the Town’s sewer system and totransfer from Free Cash a certain sum of money to said Sewer Construction Stabilization Fund;or act in relation thereto.This Article would establish a Sewer Construction Stabilization Fund to be used towardsfunding the sewer debt obligations and would transfer $359,723 from Free Cash to saidStabilization Fund.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts GeneralLaws Chapter 32B, Section 20, as amended, to establish an Other Post Employment BenefitsLiability Trust Fund and to transfer from available funds a certain sum of money to said trustfund; or act in relation thereto.This Article would establish an Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund as astep towards meeting the unfunded pension liability and would transfer $280,890 to the TrustFund.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 4
  7. 7. ARTICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote to transfer a certain sum of money from SpecialRevenue to the School Department, said funding coming from E-Rate reimbursements; or act inrelation thereto.This Article allows for the transfer $29,900 in E-Rate grant funds to the School Department.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Fiscal Year 2012 operating budgetvoted under Article 3 of the Annual Town Meeting held on April 25, 2011 and to see if the Townwill raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to defray Towncharges for the fiscal year period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012; or act in relation thereto.This Article seeks to revise the FY2012 operating budget.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or transfer from availablefunds a certain sum of money to be used to fund employee contract agreements between theTown and its collective bargaining units; or act in relation thereto.This Article would appropriate funds for collective bargaining agreements.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager 5
  8. 8. FINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDATION AT TOWN MEETING ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will accept the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 53F½ of theMassachusetts General Laws to establish a separate account classified as an “Enterprise Fund”for the Chelmsford Country Club golf course and its operation effective at the beginning ofFiscal Year 2013, or act in relation thereto.This Article would establish an Enterprise Fund to provide a funding source for future capitalreinvestment in the golf course.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a certain sum of money from theCommunity Preservation Fund Annual Revenues or Available Funds for the payment of FiscalYear 2012 debt service; or act in relation thereto.This Article would appropriate money from the Community Preservation Fund to pay FY2012debt service.SUBMITTED BY: Community Preservation CommitteeFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 6
  9. 9. ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management andcontrol of the Town-owned parcels of land described below from the Board of Selectmen and/orany other board or officer for the purposes for which they are presently held to the ConservationCommission for conservation and open space purposes under G.L. c. 40, § 8C: Deed Approx. Address Map-Block-Lot Reference Acreage Meadowbrook Road 24-98-10 6523/150 5.85 Meadowbrook Road 23-99-6 3452/256 1.06 Meadowbrook Road 23-99-7 3452/257 1.05 Orleans Street 64-275-2 24525/64 0.60 Riverneck Road 64-275-1 17552/133 6.00 Orleans Street 64-275-3 24525/64 2.04 Riverneck Road 63-275-3 24525/64 3.25 Golden Cove Road 63-275-13 24525/64 5.51 Orleans Street 63-275-14 1448/40 0.16 Orleans Street 63-275-15 1620/95 0.38 Riverneck Road 63-275-16 24525/64 16.00 Orleans Street 63-275-17 2224/376 0.09 Orleans Street 63-275-18 2153/302 0.11 Orleans Street 63-275-20 6523/151 0.15 Orleans Street 63-275-21 2153/302 0.41 Orleans Street 63-275-22 2153/303 0.15 Orleans Street 63-275-23 1620/94 0.30 Orleans Street 64-275-10 1620/89 0.10 Orleans Street 64-275-12 1620/96 0.10 Orleans Street 64-275-13 1620/111 0.12 Orleans Street 64-275-14 2457/347,348 0.15 Orleans Street 64-275-15 1448/46 0.17 Kevin Road 103-386-4 4046/334 0.64 Kevin Road 103-386-6 4046/333 0.64 Kevin Road 103-386-7 4046/332 0.70 Kevin Road 103-386-9 4046/331 0.84 Kevin Road 103-386-13 2959/158 0.70 Brian Road 103-399-2 4046/335 0.37 Brian Road 103-399-3 4590/356 0.35 Brian Road 103-399-5 18114/81 0.38; or act in relation thereto. 7
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  13. 13. This Article would transfer 30 parcels of Town-owned Land to the Conservation Commission.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Conservation Commission Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 11. To see if the Town will vote to accept the layout as a public footway the parcelof land shown as “Proposed Easement Area = 2,766 S.F. = 0.0635 Ac.” on a plan of land entitled“Plan of Land in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Showing Proposed Easement to be Conveyed to theTown of Chelmsford Prepared for Pinnacle Partners,” dated April 30, 2010, prepared byMerrimack Engineering Services, on file with the Town Clerk, and further to authorize the Boardof Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, or eminent domain a sidewalk easement on said parceland any related easements; or act in relation thereto.This Article would accept sidewalk and bike path parking layout at the Stop & Shop locationon Chelmsford Street and would convey ownership of the sidewalk easement to the Town.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 12. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Manager, with the approvalof the Board of Selectmen, to lease all or a portion of the Town-owned land containing 16.76acres, more or less, located off of Swain Road, commonly referred to as the Swain Road landfill,identified by the Board of Assessors as Map 11, Block 4, Lot 5, for use as a solar energy farm fora period not to exceed 20 years; or act in relation thereto. 11
  14. 14. This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leasethe Swain Road Landfill for use as a solar energy farm for a period of up to 20 years.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 13. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Manager, with the approvalof the Board of Selectmen, to lease all or a portion of the 93,081 square-foot, more or less, roofarea, of the Town-owned Department of Public Works building located at 9 Alpha Road,identified by the Board of Assessors as Map 86, Block 328, Lot 16, for use as a solar energyfarm for a period not to exceed 20 years;and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow pursuant toMassachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 7 or 8, or any other enabling authority, a 12
  15. 15. certain sum of money to fund the reconstruction of the Department of Public Works buildinglocated at 9 Alpha Road;or act in relation thereto. 13
  16. 16. This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of the DPW building roof on Alpha Road for use as a solar energy farm for aperiod of up to 20 years.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO ACTION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 14. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Manager, with the approvalof the Board of Selectmen, to lease all or a portion of the following parcels of Town-owned land,identified by the Board of Assessors as Map 109, Block 421, Lots 32 and 36, containing a totalof 22.5 acres, more or less, commonly referred to as Sunny Meadow Farm or the Lewis property: (a) The parcel of land located on Robin Hill Road, Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA, and shown as “Lot 4” on a plan of land entitled “Compiled Plan of Land in Chelmsford, Mass.”, scale 1” = 100’, dated March 7, 1997, surveyed by Ludwig Surveying Assoc., Inc., 378 Littleton Road, Westford, Mass., which plan is recorded with Middlesex North District Registry of Deeds at Plan Book 197, Plan 104, and described in a deed to Grantor recorded with said Deeds in Book 22255, Page 37; and (b) The parcel of land located on the northerly side of Acton Road, Chelmsford, Middlesex County, MA, and shown as Lot 5A (which is a combination of Lot A and Lot 5) on a Plan of Land entitled, “Compiled Plan of Land in Chelmsford, Massachusetts,” scale 1” = 50’, dated October 4, 2000, surveyed by Ludwig Surveying Assoc., Inc., 378 Littleton Road, Westford, Mass., which plan is recorded with said Deeds at Plan Book 204, Plan 51, and described in a deed to Grantor recorded with said Deeds in Book 22255, Page 45.;Said parcels shall be leased for agricultural purposes for a period not to exceed 10 years; or act inrelation thereto. 14
  17. 17. This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of the Town-owned property known as Sunny Meadow Farm for agriculturaluse for a period of up to 10 years.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 15. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Manager, with the approvalof the Board of Selectmen, to lease all or a portion of the Town-owned land containing a total of10.80 acres, more or less, located off of Wotton Street, identified by the Board of Assessors asMap 9, Block 12, Lot 4, for agricultural purposes for a period not to exceed 10 years; or act inrelation thereto. 15
  18. 18. This Article would authorize the Town Manager, with Board of Selectmen approval, to leaseall or a portion of Town-owned property off Wotton Street for agricultural use for a period ofup to 10 years.SUBMITTED BY: Town ManagerFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 16. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 195-3 of the Chelmsford ZoningBylaw by rezoning from a “IA” Limited to “P” Public, five parcels of land, containing a total of17.15 acres, more or less, located off of Alpha Road and Tracy Road in Chelmsford, whichparcels are shown as Lots 7, 12, 16, 17, and 18 on Assessors’ Map 86, Block 328 and constitutethe entire premises described in deeds recorded in the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in 16
  19. 19. Book 24205, Page 165; Book 24525, Page 42; and Book 24525, Page 49; or act in relationthereto. 17
  20. 20. This Article would rezone 5 parcels of land at the new DPW location at Alpha Road and TracyRoad from “IA” Limited to “P” Public. 18
  21. 21. SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 17. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 195-73of the Chelmsford ZoningBylaw by amending the Table of Use Regulations Within the Aquifer Protection DistrictPrincipal or Accessory Use 2 by inserting the words “public works” after the words “provision ofpublic water,” so that the paragraph reads as follows:2. Generation, treatment, disposal or storage of toxic or hazardous materials or waste, except for thefollowing: municipal uses associated with the provision of public water, public works, and sanitary sewerservices; very small quantity generators, as defined by 310 CMR 30.00; waste oil retention facilitiesrequired by MGL c. 21, § 52A; treatment works approved by the Department of Environmental Protectiondesigned in accordance with 314 CMR 5.00 for the treatment of contaminated groundwater or surfacewater; and household hazardous waste collection centers or events operated pursuant to 310 CMR30.390This Article would insert the words “public works” into the Table of Use Regulations withinthe Chelmsford Zoning Bylaw to allow for DPW operations.SUBMITTED BY: Town Manager Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 18. To see if the Town will vote to amend The Town Code, Chapter 195, “ZoningBylaw”, Article II “Districts”, sub-section, § 195-3, “Official Zoning Map” to change from CANeighborhood Commercial to RC General Residence the following parcels:52-203-11; 52-203-14; 52-203-16; 52-203-17; 52-203-18;52-243-4; 52-243-5; 52-243-7; 52-243-9; 52-243-10; 52-243-11; 52-243-12; 52-243-13; 52-243-14;52-243-15; 52-243-16; 52-243-17; 52-243-18; 52-243-19; 52-243-20; 52-243-21; 52-243-2252-256-2; 52-256-4; 52-256-6; 52-256-7 19
  22. 22. 63-243-1; 63-243-2;63-256-2; 63-256-3,as shown on the following Map: 20
  23. 23. ExplanationThis article is in accordance with recommendation # 15 of the 2010 Master Plan. This article seeks to addressthe existing zoning conflicts that exist in this neighborhood. Specifically, this neighborhood is currently zonedNeighborhood Commercial, however, most of the parcels are occupied by either single or two family residential 21
  24. 24. dwellings. This article proposes to re-zone the existing residential properties from Neighborhood Commercial toGeneral Residence for purposes of preservation and protection. The existing commercial properties locatedalong Chelmsford Street would remain commercially zoned.or act in relation thereto.This Article would rezone parcels of land on Chelmsford Street from CA NeighborhoodCommercial to RC General Residence.SUBMITTED BY: Planning Board Two-Thirds voteFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDS APPROVAL ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 19. To see if the Town will vote to amend The Town Code, Chapter 195, “ZoningBylaw”, Article II “Districts”, sub-section, § 195-3, “Official Zoning Map” to change from RBSingle Residence to RC General Residence, the following parcels:16-22-1; 16-22-2;17-22-3; 17-22-4; 17-22-5; 17-22-6;17-84-1; 17-84-2; 17-84-3; 17-84-4; 17-84-5; 17-84-6;22-92-1; 22-92-2;23-92-1; 23-92-2; 23-92-3; 23-92-4; 23-92-5; 23-92-6; 23-92-7; 23-92-8; 23-92-9; 23-92-51;as shown on the following Map: 22
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  26. 26. ExplanationThis article is in accordance with recommendation # 16 of the 2010 Master Plan. This article seeks to addressthe existing land use conflicts that exist in this neighborhood. Specifically, this segment of Groton Road isoccupied primarily by single family dwellings to the south and a mix of single family dwellings and industrialuses to the north. The adjacent and surrounding industrial uses and the proximity to Rt. 3, result in this roadway 24
  27. 27. segment experiencing a significant amount of truck and vehicular traffic. Based upon the above factors, thisneighborhood has been identified as a good candidate for “transitional zoning”. This article proposes to re-zone the existing residential frontage lots from single family (RB) to two family (RC)zoning thereby resulting in an improved transition between adjacent industrial uses and busy roadway.or act in relation thereto.This Article would rezone parcels of land on Groton Road from RB Single Residence to RCGeneral Residence.SUBMITTED BY: Planning Board Two-Thirds voteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ NoARTICLE 20. To see if the Town will vote to amend The Town Code, Chapter 195, “ZoningBylaw”, Article IV, “Dimensional Regulations”, sub-section § 195-9, “Conformity Required” torevise the Table of Dimensional Requirements by reducing the number of “stories” and the“height” in the RC district from 4 stories and 45 ft in height to 3 stories and 35 ft in height.ExplanationThis article is in accordance with recommendation # 30 of the 2010 Master Plan. This article seeks to addressthe zoning conflicts that exist in the General Residence (RC) zoning district. Specifically, this zoning districtpermits structures up to 4 stories with a maximum height of 45 ft. However, most, if not all, of the existingstructures in this zoning district are no more than 3 stories with a maximum height of 35 ft.or act in relation thereto. RC Zoning North 25
  28. 28. RC Zoning CenterThis Article would amend the dimensional regulations of stories and height from 4 stories and45 feet to 3 stories and 35 feet.SUBMITTED BY: Planning Board Two-Thirds voteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 26
  29. 29. ARTICLE 21. To see if the Town will vote to amend The Town Code, Chapter 195, “ZoningBylaw”, Article XIX, “Administration and Enforcement”, section § 195-104, “Site PlanReview”, sub-section A. “Applicability”, by adding a new paragraph, paragraph (5) as follows{shown as underlined text}:(1) Construction, exterior alteration or exterior expansion of, ….(remainder not included forbrevity)(2) Construction or expansion of a parking lot/area …..(remainder not included for brevity)(3) Grading or clearing more than 10% of a lot, ….(remainder not included for brevity)(4) Construction or exterior expansion of a single- or two-family…remainder not included forbrevity)(5) Establishment of any commercial or industrial use that that is not located principally within apermanent structure, regardless of size, and which is operated for a duration greater than eight(8) Consecutive weeks. This provision shall not be applicable to temporary on-site structures,such as a trailer, that are incidental to the construction of an approved development and /orpublic works project.ExplanationThis article serves to strengthen the zoning bylaw by expanding the jurisdiction of Site Plan Review for certaintypes of commercial or industrial uses that currently do not trigger any regulatory review and public hearings.Specifically, currently it is possible for a commercial or industrial use to be established without being located in apermanent structure and without any of the other common site improvements such as properly paved parkinglots, landscaping, drainage, lighting, etc.Essentially, these businesses are operating from a temporary structure, such as a trailer, and are located on landthat has been previously cleared of vegetation and graded. Common examples of these types of businessesinclude contractor yards, landscape material supply yards and used vehicle sales lots.This article proposes to close this existing regulatory loophole by requiring these types of uses to apply to thePlanning Board for Site Plan Review which will provide for abutter notification of a public hearing and anopportunity to verify compliance with all applicable zoning provisions to ensure proper protection of the abuttingneighborhood.This Article would amend Zoning Bylaw by expanding the jurisdiction of the Site PlanReview.SUBMITTED BY: Planning Board Two-Thirds voteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 27
  30. 30. ARTICLE 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from availablefunds a sum of money to undertake a planning study on the potential future municipal uses forthe Town-owned parcel of land, commonly referred to as “Oak Hill”, containing 66.37 acres,more or less, located off of Swain Road, identified by the Board of Assessors as Map 11, Block4, Lot 1 and recorded at the Middlesex Registry of Deeds in Book 9111, Page 130, or act inrelation thereto.This Article would appropriate funds to undertake a planning study on potential futuremunicipal use of the Town-owned land known as “Oak Hill”.SUBMITTED BY: Board of SelectmenFINANCE COMMITTEE: RECOMMENDATION AT TOWN MEETING ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 28
  31. 31. ARTICLE 23. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management andcontrol of The Town-owned parcel of land, containing 66.37 acres, more or less, located off ofSwain Road, identified by the Board of Assessors as Map 11, Block 4, Lot 1 and recorded at theMiddlesex Registry of Deeds in Book 9111, Page 130 from the Board of Selectmen and/or anyother board or officer for the purposes for which they Are presently held to the ConservationCommission; or act in relation thereto.This Article would transfer the Town-owned land known as “Oak Hill” to the ConservationCommission.SUBMITTED BY: Citizen Petition Conservation Commission Two-Thirds VoteFINANCE COMMITTEE: NO RECOMMENDATION ___ Yes TOWN MEETING ACTION ___ No 29
  32. 32. TOWN MEETING PROCEDURESTo comply with the Town’s General By-Laws where they specifically pertain to TownMeeting actions, excerpts from Section II are preprinted for informational purposes.ARTICLE II, SECTION 4, PROCEDURES, TOWN MEETING4.2 - RECONSIDERATION – A motion at any adjourned Town Meeting for reconsideration orrescinding of any action taken at a previous session of the adjourned Town Meeting shall not beentertained or allowed by the Town Moderator.4.3 - AMENDMENTS – Any article appearing in the warrant and considered at any TownMeeting may be amended and any portion thereof may be deleted or added to by a vote of theTown Meeting Members provided, however, that in said notice the words “or act in relationthereto” or “do anything pertaining thereto” or words of similar import appear at the end of saidarticle. An amended amendment cannot be amended and no motion or proposition of a subjectdifferent from that under consideration shall be entertained under color of an amendment.4.4 - AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS – Town By-Laws may be amended or rescinded by amajority vote of those present and voting at any Town Meeting provided that the proposed actionwas published in the warrant of that Town Meeting and further, provided that any suchamendment is in compliance with the Charter.4.5 - REPORTS – When the report of a committee is placed in the hands of the TownModerator, it shall be deemed to be received and a vote to accept the report shall dischargecommittee unless the report is one of progress and not final; in which case the committeecontinues to serve unless the Town Meeting Members vote to discharge same.All reports, resolutions, motions or amendments submitted to the Town Meeting forconsideration involving the expenditure of money shall be presented in writing to the TownModerator.4.6 - APPROPRIATIONS – No money shall be transferred at a Special Town Meeting exceptby a majority vote of those present and voting.All motions on articles involving bond or note issues shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote ofthose present and voting.4.7 - APPROPIATIONS AT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING – No money shall be appropriatedat a Special Town Meeting except by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.4.8 - ATTORNEYS SPEAKING – Any person who is employed as an attorney by anotherinterest in any matter under discussion at a Town Meeting shall disclose the fact of hisemployment before speaking thereof.4.9 - TOWN COUNSEL – The Board of Selectmen shall assure that the guidance of the TownCounsel be available both to the Town Moderator and to the body at all Town Meetingswhenever practical.4.10 - NOTICE – Dates and times proposed for continuance of the town meeting shall beannounced when the warrant is posted. 30
  33. 33. 4.11 - END OF SESSION – No warrant article may be introduced for consideration after 11:00p.m. without a majority vote of town meeting representatives present and voting to allow suchconsideration.4.12 - LOBBYING – Distribution of material and lobbying on warrant articles or issues notrelated to warrant articles being considered at that town meeting will be prohibited within an areaof 100 feet outside the entrance to the building housing the meeting. An area will be establishedinside the building but outside the meeting place where one individual from each groupsupporting or opposing an issue may distribute material or discuss the issue. Hand out materialshould be dated and signed by the organization or individuals preparing the material.4.13 - VOTING – Voice votes will not be used. Votes will taken by either Electronic Roll Callor Electronic Tally. If seven or more members of town meeting question the vote, the moderatorshall count the vote. The physical count will prevail; however, the electronic vote will berecorded and noted as overturned by the hand count. The same applies to matters requiring atwo-thirds (2/3) vote.4.14 - PRESENTATIONa) When town property or assets are to be purchased or sold, the name of the purchase or seller,if known, must be disclosed by the sponsor.b) The sponsor of any warrant article shall speak initially to explain the article.c) Zoning By-Law presentations by the sponsor must show a map denoting the existing zoningand the proposed changed zoning, including definitions of zones and explanations of changes.d) All sponsors of By-Law changes must show the language of the existing By-Law and thelanguage of the change and an explanation of the change in the presentation.e) All recurring operating budget articles regularly presented at the Spring Annual TownMeeting to defray town expenses for the upcoming fiscal year must be presented showing thefollowing: dollars budgeted and expended for the last two years and for the current year;proposed budget dollars; and the revenue generated by the department requesting the budget.f) Visual aids used in any presentation must be large enough to be viewed from the back of thehall or handouts shall be distributed.g) The Moderator shall allow a question-and-answer period of the sponsor of an article to gatherfactual information or understanding of the article. Debate of the article is not allowed duringthis time. The Moderator may place limits on this period.4.15 - RECOMMENDATIONS – The Board of Selectman and/or the Finance Committee shallhave an opportunity to state their position on each article and are encouraged to state theirreasons for their position. The Finance Committee is not required to speak on a non-financialarticle.4.16 - RULES OF DECORUM – The Moderator may distribute additional rules of debate ordecorum not controverting any By-Law or statute to help guide debate of issues before the TownMeeting.4.17 - ROLL CALL BALLOT – A main motion on any article shall be voted upon by roll callballot if forty (40) town meeting representatives so vote at the end of debate of the main motionand before a motion under the next article. 31
  34. 34. REPRESENTATIVE TOWN MEETING PROCEDURESThe Representative Town Meeting is the legislative branch for our town government. The Representativesperform the same function on the town level that the State Legislature or the Congress performs on the state orfederal level.Issues are framed or presented for the Representatives in the form of warrant articles published in the Warrantfor that meeting. The warrant articles provide the outline the Representatives must follow to transact the yearsbusiness or that meetings business. The Warrant also limits the discussion to be permitted by the meeting. Eacharticle must be activated by a motion to act on the business proposed by the warrant article.The primary motion is called a "main motion" and may be positive or negative; that is, one might move to approveor dismiss the article. Only Town Meeting Representatives and Department Heads, including the Town Manager,may make motions, amendments and vote, although any resident of town may attend the sessions and speak at themeeting.The Warrant is assembled by the Selectmen. The Articles on the Warrant have been selected from proposals fromthe Selectmen, the Town Manager, the various town boards, department heads or citizens signing a petition. TheSelectmen place it before the Town Meeting Representatives for a hearing and a vote. Citizens can place an articleon the Warrant by obtaining ten signatures required by our bylaws in favor of adding the article to the warrant.The proponent of each article has the opportunity to explain the article before discussion by the Town MeetingRepresentatives. After the proponent of the article explains the article, a question and answer period follows tohelp the Representatives understand the article. No procedural motions are allowed during this time except thosewhich may interrupt the speaker.The Finance Committee usually makes a recommendation to the Representatives, having reviewed the issues and thebudget. The Selectmen may make a recommendation, as well. The School Committee may also make arecommendation on school budget related issues during consideration of the annual budget.Discussion, or debate, will follow in an orderly manner. Each speaker is required to give his or her name andprecinct (if a representative) or name and address (if a resident) before speaking. Board or Committee membersshould state their board or committee designation prior to speaking, as well. (There may be one or two microphonesfor speakers waiting to speak. If there are two microphones being used, the Moderator will try to be fair to thosewho are first in line but may alternate between microphones to provide a fair sequence for the speakers).All questions and answers should be addressed through the Moderator.All people present should be silent at the request of the Moderator.Discussion should be brief and to the point. Representatives and/or residents should listen carefully to previousspeakers to avoid repetitive questions and debate.The Moderator has the authority to curtail discussions.The main motion may be amended. Any motions shall be made in writing and presented to the Moderator. TownCounsel is available to assist Representatives in this drafting of motions or amendments. Even if a motion to amendis on the floor, a second motion to amend the first motion to amend may be entertained by the Moderator and votedto change the first motion to amend on the floor. A separate motion to amend the main motion would not beentertained until both motions to amend have been voted. Votes on the amendments are taken in reverse order.First the second motion to amend is decided, then the first motion to amend is decided, and then the main motion isvoted, unless a separate motion to amend is made.Between introduction of a main motion and final vote on the main motion, the main motion and/or the meeting canbe further affected by several subsidiary motions. These motions affect the manner in which the issues are debatedand the meeting is conducted. These motions are displayed in the warrant book for your information.The most privileged motion is the motion to adjourn; the least privileged motion is the main motion itself.A speaker may be interrupted for a point of order, information or privilege which insures that the person speakingis authorized to do so, or that the matter being considered is proper, or that the voter understands the motion. Thatmotion is called by "rising to a point of order" (or "of information" or "of privilege"). Other motions may or may not 32
  35. 35. be debatable, may or may not be amended and may or may not be reconsidered. All procedural characteristics of themotions are in the warrant book. The required quantum of vote for each motion is also set forth in the warrant book,as well.Briefly, the Motion to Commit or Refer to a Committee permits the Representative Town Meeting to obtainfurther information through a committee for investigation or extra control by referral to the committee to monitor orcarry out action already voted.The Motion to Postpone enables the meeting to delay action on an article to a later time. It would be better phrasedif it postponed action until after a specific article number. It may be postponed to a specific time; however, there is adanger that the Town Meeting may have dissolved or finished its business by that time.The Motion to Limit or Extend Debate permits the Representatives to limit the time that each member or residentmay talk on a particular motion to a certain number of minutes or to limit the time to be spent on each article. Theselimits may be extended by a motion to extend debate. (requires a two-thirds majority vote)Motion to Move the Previous Question permits the Representatives to end the debate on the motion beingdiscussed and move to a vote. This motion is not debatable and the Moderator must take the vote on the motion tomove the question without further debate. This motion will not be accepted from a speaker who has just debated themotion under consideration. (requires a two-thirds majority vote)The Motion to Lay on the Table permits the Representatives to delay consideration on a particular warrant articlewhile continuing with the other articles. A tabled article must be brought back from the table by a separate motion inorder to be voted. If not taken from the table before the Town Meeting ends, the article will die on the table.The Motion to Reconsider is a means to re-examine votes made that night. The Representative Town Meeting mayhave had time to reflect on the votes made or there may have been additional evidence presented by other actiontaken by the Town Meeting. This motion should not be used repetitively without reason and may be regarded asmanipulative. Any vote may be reconsidered during the pendency of that nights session. Once that session has beenadjourned, the votes taken in that session are final. A Motion to Reconsider a vote of an earlier session is notpermitted. The Charter permits referendum review of the Town Meeting votes after the adjournment of the meeting.The Motion to Take Out of Order permits the Representatives to consider an article in a different order thanproposed by the warrant. There may be a reason to consider two articles in sequence or to delay one until a laterarticle is decided.We have adopted a by-law which permits a roll call ballot. This motion must be made after debate on an article butbefore a main motion is brought under the next article. Forty Representatives must vote in favor of a roll callballot. The Town Clerk calls every name in each precinct and the Representative would register a yea or a nay.We have also adopted Moderators Rules of Decorum to help manage debate and we have also adopted ElectronicVoting Guidelines to facilitate the use of electronic voting.Finally, a Motion to Recess provides the meeting with a means to rest or stop the meeting temporarily for variouspurposes and may be called by the Moderator without motion.The Motion to Adjourn to a Time Certain is a means of postponing the meeting to another date in time should thebusiness not be concluded at the first or subsequent meetings.The Motion to Adjourn (unqualified) ends the meeting without further session. 33
  36. 36. MODERATORS RULES OF DEBATE AND DECORUM1. Meetings will start promptly at the time posted with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.2. Selectmen, Town manager, Town Financial Director, Town Counsel, Finance Committee and other expertsneeded by those individuals in the administrative branch of government shall sit together at the head of the hall. AtSpring Annual Town Meeting, the School Committee shall also sit at the head of the hall to provide information onthe budget.3. Town Meeting Representatives shall sit in the area designated for debate and voting. Only duly elected TownMeeting Representatives are allowed in this area; all others must sit at the back of the hall.4. A section of the hall will be made available for the press.5. The podium and microphone at the head of the hall shall be reserved for sponsors and speakers on a warrantarticle.6. All debate shall emanate from the microphone(s) facing the Moderator in the center of the hall. Board orCommittee members, other town officials, or department heads may use other microphones to answer questions orprovide information to the meeting.7. All electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers and PDA’s must be silenced.8. Video and print media shall not interfere with the town meeting process and shall not interfere with speakersaddressing any issues.9. A Question and Answer period will be allowed as follows: Each person in line will be allowed to ask up to two questions, with a possible follow up to each question, when given permission to do by the Moderator. After which, you will have to go to the end of the line and re-queue. You should prioritize your questions so that you do not unfairly monopolize the time allowed for the Q&A period. The Moderator reserves the right to terminate the Q&A period and proceed directly to Debate.10. During debate, speakers are encouraged to be brief and non-redundant. Repetitive support or opposition for anissue is discouraged.11. A person should not speak a second time until everyone in line has had an opportunity to speak unless theprevious speaker wishes to correct or dispute a statement of fact made by the previous speaker.12. Intentional slander against any individual or group will not be tolerated.13. Discussion of pending litigation will not be permitted unless specifically included in the warrant article beingdebated.14. Roll call votes will be made in sequential order by precinct and alphabetically within the precinct. The TownClerk shall read the name of the town meeting representative. The town meeting representative shall answer “Yea”,“Nay” or “Present”. All responses or lack of a response will be recorded. The Town Clerk shall read back the nameand vote. At the conclusion of said vote, the Town Moderator shall ask if anyone wishes to vote who did not voteand if anyone wishes to change a vote. The inquiry is made in order by precinct. 34
  37. 37. ELECTRONIC VOTING GUIDELINES Richard E. DeFreitas, Town ModeratorELECTRONIC ROLL CALL... Motions and Amendments require full disclosure. Names and Voteswill be displayed and recorded as part of the voting process.ELECTRONIC TALLY... Procedural Votes only require a tally. Names need not be displayed. Only thetotal count will be recorded... unless the Moderator decides the vote requires full disclosure.One or more large screen displays will be used to display Electronic Roll Call votes. Both Electronic RollCall and Electronic Tally results will be fed to a separate display for the Town Moderator and TownClerk.The Electronic Roll Call votes shown on the large screen(s) will show both the individual rep votes byprecinct and the tally by precinct and the totals. The Electronic Tally will only show the totals.System will calculate 2/3 vote requirements for both Electronic Roll Call and Electronic Tally based onthe "yea" and "nay" votes. Moderator and the Clerk will verify the result. Electronic Roll Call will require up to 30 seconds Electronic Tally will only require up to 15 seconds. Moderator will start and stop the voting process.System will allow a quorum count at the start of Town Meeting and any time a "point of order" is raisedfor a quorum count.System will allow for, and record the following... "Yea" - in favor of motion or amendment "Nay" - opposed to motion or amendment "Present" or "Abstain" - not voting and not a part of 2/3 vote.If no selection is made, it will be recorded as not voting.Any challenge to the electronic vote must be made before the next article is read... Seven (7) Reps can request a hand count. Forty (40) Reps can request a roll call vote.If the challenge count varies from the electronic count, the physical count will prevail. The electronic voteresults will still be posted and noted as overturned by the challenge. Both physical and electronic countswill be recorded.The results of each vote taken will be posted on the Towns web site for all to see and will be saved inperpetuity. 35
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