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Mattapoisett Election and Meeting Results

Town of Mattapoisett
Annual Town Meeting
May 14, 15, and 16, 2007


ARTICLE 1: ELECTED OFFICERS' COMPENSATION: To see if the town will
vote to fix the salaries of elected officers of the town for Fiscal Year
2008.
Article 1 PASSED, 160 to 2.

ARTICLE 2: GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET: To determine the sums of money
(total $18.909 million) the Town will vote to defray general operating
expenses of the Town for Fiscal Year 2008, including debt and interest, the
money to be raised by taxation, borrowing, or transfer from available funds.
Article 2 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 3: CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: To see if the Town will vote to
approve the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan as presented by the Capital
Planning Committee.
Article 3 PASSED, 148 to 2.

ARTICLE 4: CAPITAL PLAN - REPLACE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT: To see if the
Town will vote to appropriate the following sums of money for the purpose of
replacing aging and obsolete vehicles and equipment as described below, the
money to be provided by borrowing, taxation, transfer from available funds
as follows: Police Department Replace two (2) Police Cruisers ($58,000);
Highway Department Multi-purpose Truck ($145,000); Highway Department
Commercial Grounds Maintenance Equipment ($24,000); Water/Sewer Department
Utility Vehicle ($35,000); Fire Department Breathing Apparatus ($50,000);
Police Department Service weapons ($29,600); Public Safety Radio
Communications Repeater ($15,000).
Article 4 PASSED, 170 to 6.

ARTICLE 5: CAPITAL PLAN - DESIGN WATER STORAGE FACILITY: To see if the
Town will vote to appropriate One Hundred Seventy-five thousand dollars
($175,000) for design of a new water storage facility, the money to be
provided by borrowing, taxation, transfer from available funds.
Article 5 PASSED, 173 to 3.

ARTICLE 6: CAPITAL PLAN - REPAIR/REPLACE ROOF - EEL POND PUMPING
STATION:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $16,000 for maintenance
and repair of the roof of the Eel Pond Sewer Pumping Station, the money to
be provided by transfer from available funds.
Article 6 PASSED, 176 to 0.

ARTICLE 7: CAPITAL PLAN - REPLACE TOWN WHARF BUILDING: To see if the
Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available
funds a sum of money for the purpose of renovating and expanding the Town
Wharf Building.
Article 7 was WITHDRAWN.

ARTICLE 8: CAPITAL PLAN - REPLACE FIRE STATION: To see if the Town
will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds
($4.25 million) for the purpose of building a new fire station, or take any
other action relating thereto.
Article 8 PASSED, 128 to 54.

ARTICLE 9: FY 2008 RESERVE FUND: To see if the Town will vote to raise
and appropriate or transfer from available funds $20,000 for appropriation
to the FY 2008 Reserve Fund.
Article 9 PASSED, 159 to 1.

ARTICLE 10: STABILIZATION FUND: To see if the Town will vote to raise
and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money for
appropriation to the Stabilization Fund.
Article 10 PASSED, 160 to 0.

ARTICLE 11: CAPITAL STABILIZATION FUND: To see if the Town will vote to
raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money for
appropriation to the Capital Stabilization Fund.
Article 11 PASSED, 160 to 0.

ARTICLE 12: BICYCLE PATH - ACCEPTANCE OF EASEMENT: To see if the Town
will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift or
otherwise and to accept from NSTAR Electric and Gas Company a perpetual
easement for the purposes of constructing and maintaining a Bike Path from
the Fairhaven town line to Mattapoisett Neck Road on a portion of the parcel
conveyed to NSTAR Electric and Gas Company by deed from Everett C. Stetson
to New Bedford Gas & Edison Light Co. dated November 30, 1914 and recorded
with Plymouth County Registry of Deeds in Book 1201, Page 391, said property
to be held under the care, custody, control, and management of the Board of
Selectmen, and, as funding therefore, to raise and appropriate or transfer
from available funds the sum of $1.00, and further, to authorize the Board
of Selectmen to enter into all agreements and execute any and all
instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to effect said
acquisition.
Article 12 PASSED, 155 to 5.

ARTICLE 13: ACCEPTANCE OF EASEMENT: LIBRARY PROJECT: To see if the Town
will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift or
otherwise and to accept from The Waterville Family, LLC a perpetual easement
for the purpose of constructing and maintaining the grounds of the
Mattapoisett Free Public Library and Memorial Park, and for access to the
parking lot located at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library located on
Barstow Street, together with the attendant customary uses, including but
not limited to the right of the public to pass and repass, and the
construction, operation and maintenance of the roadway as shown on the below
referenced plan, in, over, under, through, across, upon and along a portion
of the land of the GRANTOR shown as "Easement A" on plan entitled "Roadway
Easement Plan, On Land Of Town of Mattapoisett, 7 Barstow Street and
Waterville Family, LLC, 13 Water Street, Mattapoisett, MA, Prepared For
Mattapoisett Free Public Library" dated December 15, 2006 and prepared by N.
Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc., containing 2,297 sq. ft. of land, more
or less, said property to be held under the care, custody, control, and
management of the Board of Selectmen, and as funding therefore, to raise and
appropriate or transfer from available funds the sum of $1.00, and further,
to authorize the Board of Selectmen and to enter into all agreements and
execute any and all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to
effect said acquisition.
Article 13 PASSED, 193 to 0.

ARTICLE 14: GRANT OF EASEMENT: LIBRARY PROJECT: To see if the Town will
vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant to The Waterville Family,
LLC a perpetual easement for the purposes of access to the parking lot
located at 13 Water Street, together with the attendant customary uses,
including but not limited to the right to pass and repass, and the
construction, operation and maintenance of the roadway as shown on the below
referenced plan, in, over, under, through, across, upon and along a portion
of the land of the Town shown as "Easement B" on plan entitled "Roadway
Easement Plan, On Land Of Town of Mattapoisett, 7 Barstow Street and
Waterville Family, LLC, 13 Water Street, Mattapoisett, MA, Prepared For
Mattapoisett Free Public Library" dated December 15, 2006 and prepared by N.
Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc., and containing 407 sq. ft. of land,
more or less, upon such terms and conditions and for such consideration,
which may be nominal, as the Board of Selectmen deems appropriate, and to
enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be
necessary on behalf of the Town to effect said acquisition.
Article 14 PASSED, 194 to 0.

ARTICLE 15: ESTABLISH DEPARTMENTAL RESERVE- WATER ENTERPRISE: To see if
the Town will vote to transfer the sum of Ten thousand dollars ($10,000)
from Water Enterprise Retained Earnings to the FY 2008 Water Enterprise
Reserve Fund.
Article 15 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 16: ESTABLISH DEPARTMENTAL RESERVE - SEWER ENTERPRISE: To see if
the Town will vote to transfer the sum of Ten thousand dollars ($10,000)
from Sewer Enterprise Retained Earnings to the FY 2008 Sewer Enterprise
Reserve Fund.
Article 16 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 17: ESTABLISH REVOLVING FUND - TRANSFER STATION: To see if the
Town will vote to establish a Wood Waste Recycling Revolving Account
pursuant to MGL c44 S53 1/2 entitled "Wood Waste Recycling" for the purpose of
receiving payments of tipping fees generated from wood waste, with a Thirty
thousand dollar ($30,000) spending limit, said funds to be expended by the
Board of Health to cover the cost of contractual services related to wood
waste recycling.
Article 17 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 18: RESERVE FOR FUTURE APPROPRIATION - SALARIES AND WAGES: To
see if the Town will vote to appropriate $110,000 as a reserve for future
appropriation for salaries and wages, the money to be provided by borrowing,
taxation, transfer from available funds.
Article 18 PASSED, 144 to 6.

ARTICLE 19: WHARF MAINTENANCE: To see if the Town will vote to
appropriate $50,000 for maintenance and repair of the wharves, floats, and
equipment the money to be provided by transfer from available funds.
Article 19 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 20: WATER AND SEWER BETTERMENTS: To see if the Town will vote,
pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L.c.80 S13 to elect to assess betterments
at a rate of interest of two percent (2 percent) above the rate of interest
chargeable to said Town for the betterment project to which said assessment
would relate.
Article 20 was WITHDRAWN.

ARTICLE 21: HOME RULE: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the
Board of Selectmen to file a home rule petition with the General Court in
the form set forth below; provided, however, that the General Court may make
clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Board of
Selectmen approves amendments to the bill before enactment by the General
Court; and further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to approve
amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives
of the petition.
Article 21 PASSED, 150 to 0.

ARTICLE 22: AMEND ZONING BY-LAW - BY PETITION: Amend ARTICLE 6, Section
6.3.3 of the Zoning By-law to read "... Height shall be measured from the
original topography, i.e. before fill is added."
Article 22 was WITHDRAWN.

ARTICLE 23: AMEND ZONING BY-LAW - BY PETITION: Amend ARTICLE 3 of the
Zoning By-law as follows:
3.1.2 Change from "Board of Appeals" to "Planning Board"
3.1.2.2 Add the following: "(3) Said alteration is harmonious
architecturally and compatible with the surrounding existing structures and
neighborhood with respect to scale, proportion, and shapes."
Article 23 was WITHDRAWN.

ARTICLE 24: DEMOLITION DELAY BY-LAW - BY PETITION.
Article 24 FAILED, 40 to 68.