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Orange special town meeting tonight


Thursday, December 06, 2018

ORANGE — There are 15 articles on the Special Town Meeting Warrant to be taken up in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium (Orange Town Hall), 6 Prospect St. tonight at 7 o’clock. Articles to be considered include:

ARTICLE 1: FUNDING UNDER-FUNDED BUDGETS — The sum of $116,644 is requested from free cash to fund the following Under-Funded town accounts: Town Counsel $5,000; General Office Expenses $2,483; Town Hall Maintenance $11,200; Armory Maintenance $13,100; Police Expenses $5,730; Fire/EMS Expenses $13,800; HPC Expenses $13,778; Sanitation Expenses $13,000; Library Expenses $13,553; Reserve Fund $25,000.

ARTICLE 2: the transfer of $100,000 from Free Cash to Stabilization is sought.

ARTICLE 3: CEMETERY SALE OF LOTS — payment of $425 from Cemetery Sale of Lots Account, to Richard A. and Deborah A. Gauvin, 28 Royalston Rd., Orange, to buy back their lot 259, Space 4 at Tully Cemetery.

ARTICLE 4: CEMETERY SALE OF LOTS — payment of $900 from Cemetery Sale of Lots Account to Joseph Jr. and Patricia Cummings, 8 New Boston Rd., South Royalston, to buy back their lots at Tully Cemetery.

ARTICLE 5: POLICE CHIEF WAGES TRANSFER — the sum of $11,500 from Administrative Coordinators Wages Account and the sum of $1,722 from Town Administrator Wages Account for a total  of $13,222 for the Police Chief Wages Account.

ARTICLE 6: PY LEGAL — from Free Cash the sum of $1,634 to pay a prior year bill to Mirick O’Connell in accordance with MGL Chapter 44, Section 64 – Appropriation to pay Certain Unpaid Bills of Previous Years.

ARTICLE 7: GRANT WRITING TRANSFER — the sum of $15,000 from CD Directors Salary to CD Expenses – Grant Writing.

ARTICLE 8: HIGHWAY, PARKS, & CEMETERY — to see if the Town will vote to enter into a 5 year lease for a sum of $127,554; for the purchase of a Boom Mower for the Highway, Parks & Cemetery Dept.

ARTICLE 9: HIGHWAY PARKS & CEMETERY LEASE PAYMENT ON BOOM MOWER— the sum of $28,675.30 for the 1st year payment on a 5 year lease for the Boom Mower.

ARTICLE 10: CAPITAL PLAN FY19 — transfer from free cash, the sum of $122,011; for the following capital Projects: Tree Removal: $10,000; Airport Vehicle Repair: $17,721; Vision Software: $37,790; Armory Boiler: $28,000; OSHA Equipment: $25,500; FEMA Mitigation Plan Match: $3,000;

ARTICLE 11: WATER DEPARTMENT TRANSFER — transfer of $57,700 from the Water Department Retained Earnings for the replacement of the Water Department service vehicle #3 Utility Truck in accordance with its FY2019 Capital Improvement Plan.

ARTICLE 12: AIRPORT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TRANSFER — $6,750 from the Airport Revolving Fund to fund the local share of a $135,000 state and federal grant for an Environmental Assessment to purchase a tract of land on Walnut Hill in Orange, MA for the purpose of installing a hazard beacon for aircraft flight safety reasons.

ARTICLE 13: EXISTING LIFT STATION WARRANT — Asks if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant to PINE CREST RHF HOUSING, INC., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, and KING JAMES COURT RHF HOUSING, INC., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, hereinafter referred to collectively as Grantees, a permanent easement on Town property located at 229 East River Street, more particularly described as the Existing Lift Station Easement Area, in the approximate location shown on a draft easement plan available for review at the Town Administrator’s office and Wastewater Treatment Plant, for the purpose of utilizing said easement for maintenance, repair, alteration, construction and replacement of a sewage system lift station (the “Existing Lift Station”) and further allowing for access over town property adjacent to said Existing Lift Station Easement Area by Grantees’ contractors, engineers, and other invitees by foot, motor vehicle and heavy equipment as may from time to time be necessary or convenient in order for Grantees to exercise Grantees’ rights pursuant to the easement, which easement shall by its terms automatically terminate when a replacement lift station to be installed by Grantees on Town property located at 226 East River Street is placed into operation, at which time Grantees shall remove so much of the Existing Lift Station and restore so much of the Existing Lift Statement Easement Area as is agreed to by the Town.

ARTICLE 14: REPLACEMENT LIFT STATION WARRANT — To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant to PINE CREST RHF HOUSING, INC., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, and KING JAMES COURT RHF HOUSING, INC., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, hereinafter referred to collectively as Grantees, a permanent easement on Town property located at 226 East River Street, more particularly described as the Replacement Lift Station Easement Area, in the approximate location shown on a draft easement plan available for review at the Town Administrator’s office and Wastewater Treatment Plant, for the purpose of utilizing said easement for installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, construction and replacement of a sewage system lift station (the “Replacement Lift Station”) and further allowing for access over town property adjacent to said Replacement Lift Station Easement Area by Grantees’ contractors, engineers, and other invitees by foot, motor vehicle and heavy equipment as may from time to time be necessary or convenient in order for Grantees to exercise Grantees’ rights pursuant to the easement.

ARTICLE 15: PROPOSED GENERAL BY LAW CHANGE — To see if the Town will vote to change the General Bylaws as follows: In accordance with G.L. c.94G,s.3, the number of Marijuana Retailers permitted in the Town of Orange shall be limited to twenty percent (20%) of the number of licenses issued within the Town for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on the premises where sold under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 138, Section 15. In the event that 20% of said licenses is not a whole number, the limit shall be rounded up to the next whole number. And further that nonsubstantive changes to the numbering of this bylaw be permitted in order that it be in compliance with the numbering format for the Code of Orange.

 

 

 


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