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April 5, 2013

Rockport Annual Town Meeting Warrant


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Articles appearing on Saturday’s Rockport’s Annual Town Meeting warrant:

1. To choose an agent for the various trust funds of the Town and to choose all other necessary town officers.

2. To see if the Town will vote to rescind any one or more of the authorizations previously given to borrow funds for municipal purposes.

3. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to pay unpaid bills of previous years.

4. To see if the Town will vote to amend or revise certain compensation schedules as set forth by the Rockport Personnel Board.

5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or transfer from available funds, sums of money for any or all Town expenses and purposes.

5A. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or transfer from available funds, sums of money for any and all Town expenses and purposes including the Town’s Water Enterprise.

5B. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or transfer from available funds, sums of money for any and all Town expenses and purposes including the Town’s Sewer Enterprise.

6. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate for Capital Outlay Items.

6A. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate for Capital Outlay Items for the Water Enterprise fund.

6B. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate for Capital Outlay Items for the Sewer Enterprise fund.

ARTICLES: Lottery System

A. To see if the Town will vote to expend a sum of money allocated to the Town under the provisions of Section 34(2)(a) of M.G.L. c.90, so-called Chapter 90 monies.

B. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate and transfer from Free Cash the sum of $3,000 or any other sum, for Action, Inc.

C. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate and transfer from Free Cash the sum of $3,000 or any other sum, for Healing Abuse Working for Change.

D. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate and transfer from Free Cash the sum of $3,000 or any other sum, for SeniorCare, Inc.

E. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate and transfer from Free Cash the sum of $3,000 or any other sum, for The Open Door.

F. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $100,000 to pay for state mandated real and personal property revaluations.

G. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $175,200 to the Capital Reserve Stabilization fund.

H. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $185,113 to the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) trust fund created under Article N of the April 3, 2010 Annual Town Meeting.

I. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $60,000 to a capital project account to pay for feasibility studies, design, engineering, permitting, construction and other capital improvement costs associated with Millbrook Meadow and Mill Pond.

J. To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote taken on Article 6 of the April 9, 2012 Annual Town Meeting, which appropriated $30,000 for bathroom repairs to T-Wharf and Back Beach, to include bathroom repairs at Front Beach; or act on anything relative thereto.

K. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate by transfer from Free Cash the sum of $75,000 to pay for a Sediment Transport Study to understand the erosion issues and the impacts of rising sea levels at Long Beach.

L. To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of M.G.L.c.59, §5, clause Fifty-fourth, exempting personal property from taxation if not in excess of $10,000 of value, and further, by establishing such minimum value of personal property subject to taxation at $2,000 of value, beginning with fiscal year 2014.

M. To see if the Town will vote to adjust the income eligibility factor for the so-called senior tax exemption, pursuant to M.G.L. c.59, §5, clause Forty-first C, from $12,000 for single individuals and $15,000 for married couples to $20,000 for single individuals and to $30,000 for married couples.

N. To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 13 of the Code of Bylaws, entitled, “Commerce and Trade” to include a new Section B(2), “Criminal History Check Authorization”.

O. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Chapter 13 of the Code of Bylaws, entitled “Commerce and Trade”, Section A(2), “Signs.”

P. To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 2 of the Code of Bylaws, entitled “TOWN MEETINGS”, by revising Section 2(b), “Meeting Dates.”

Q. To see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 3 of the Code of Bylaws, entitled, “ELECTED OFFICERS”, Section 1, “Annual Town Elections”, by deleting the word “fifth” and replacing it with the word “sixth”; or act on anything relative thereto.

R. To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote taken under Article 16 of the March 3, 1908 Annual Town Meeting, which authorized the Board of Selectmen to lease Long Beach for a term of up to ten years.

S. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to lease, for a term of no more than fifty-one (51) years, the property located at 4 Broadway and shown on Assessors Map 18 as Parcel 513, for the purpose of low and/or moderate income housing.

T. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by purchase, gift, and/ or eminent domain, the fee to or a lesser interest in property owned by 90 Pleasant Street Condominium owned by Sheilacres Inc., shown on Assessors Map 19 as Lot 93, for the purpose of access to the Bedrock Well site and/or for watershed protection purposes.

U. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section IX of the Zoning

By-Laws, “Site Plan Review”.

V. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section I.D. of the Zoning By-Laws, “Non-Conforming Buildings and Uses”.

W. To see if the Town will hear, receive and act upon the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Town Water Supply appointed pursuant to the vote of the 1980 Annual Town Meeting.

X. To see if the Town will vote to accept the reports of its officers, boards, departments, committees and commissions, as printed in the 2012 Annual Town Report or as otherwise submitted to Town Meeting; or act on anything relative thereto.