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Rochester Annual Town Meeting

May 20, 2013

For a complete text of the Special Town Meeting Articles click here for the PDF of the Meetng Warrant

For a complete text of the Annual Town Meeting Articles click here for the PDF of the Meetng Warrant


ARTICLE 1: ANNUAL REPORT OF TOWN OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
To see if the Town will accept the annual report of all town officers and committees,
or take any other action thereon.
PASSED

ARTICLE 2: ELECTED OFFICIALS SALARIES
To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries of the elected officials of the Town for the Fiscal Year 2014 as follows or take any other action thereon.
PASSED

ARTICLE 3: PERSONNEL BY-LAW AMENDMENT - CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION PLAN
To see if the Town will vote to amend Part IV, Classification and Compensation Plan or take any other action thereon.
PASSED

ARTICLE 4: LONGEVITY PAY
To see if the Town will vote to amend PART Vi-Rate increases of the Town Personnel By-laws by adding the following as the second paragraph:
"Regular, non-union, employees are entitled to receive longevity incentive pay at the completion of 10, 20 and 25 years of service as a benefitted employee. Longevity incentive pay
shall be paid out at the following rate increase schedule. The percentage increase reflects a percentage of the employee's base pay for each longevity step increase.
10 years 20 years 25 years
2% 1% 1%
Employees shall receive the pay increases reflected above be- ginning the next fiscal year after they reach the required length of service."
Or take any other action thereto.
PASSED

ARTICLE 5: TOWN OF ROCHESTER FY 2014 OPERATING BUDGET
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to defray Town charges and expenses for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014, or take any other action thereon.
PASSED

ARTICLE 6: DEPARTMENTAL REVOLVING FUNDS AUTHORIZATION
To see if the Town will vote to authorize revolving funds for certain Town departments under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44 Section 53E 1/2 for the Fiscal Year 2014 or take any other action thereon.
PASSED

ARTICLE 7: NATURAL RESOURCE EXPENSES
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds a sufficient sum of money to fund the following recurring Environmental and Natural Resources Expenses or take any other action thereon.
FUND 2014 NATURAL RESOURCE EXPENSES DEPARTMENT ITEM/PROJECT
Selectmen Planting of Shellfish (Marion) $300
TOTAL ASSESSMENT $300.
PASSED

ARTICLE 8: CHAPTER 90 FUNDS APPROPRIATION
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum a of money from the proceeds due to the Town under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90; for the purposes of repair, construction, maintenance and preservation of the Town roads and bridges and other related costs which qualify under the State Aid Highway Guidelines adopted by the Massachusetts Highway Authority.
PASSED

ARTICLE 9: SEMI-ANNUAL PRELIMINARY TAX PAY- MENT SYSTEM
To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 57C of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws and establish a semi-annual preliminary tax payment system, said system to be implemented beginning Fiscal Year 2015; or take any other action thereon.
TABLED

ARTICLE 10: HEALTH DISTRICT WITHDRAWAL
To see if the Town will vote, consistent with Article II - Membership of the Marion Rochester Regional Health District By- laws establishing a Regional Health District, and pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 111, Section 27A of the Massachusetts General Laws, to withdraw the Town of Rochester from participation in the Marion Rochester Regional Health District; said withdrawal to take effect on the last day of Fiscal Year 2014 and further, to approve and to authorize any necessary action
by the Rochester Board of Selectmen and/or Rochester Board of Health to effectuate this withdrawal, or take any other action relative thereto.
FAILED

ARTICLE 11: FINGERPRINTING BY-LAW
To see if the Town will vote, as authorized by Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010, and incorporated into the Massachusetts General Laws as Chapter 6, Section 172 B 1/2, to create a by-law enabling the Police Department to conduct State and Federal Fingerprint Based Criminal History checks for individuals applying for the following licenses:
Hawking and Peddling or other Door-to-Door Salespeople, Owner or Operator of Public Conveyance,
Dealer of Second-hand Articles,
Pawn Dealers,
Hackney Drivers, and, Ice Cream Truck Vendors
and to adopt appropriate policies and procedures to effectuate the purposes of this by-law, or take any other action relative thereto.
PASSED

ARTICLE 12: RESCINDING OF PREVIOUS BORROW- ING AUTHORIZATIONS
to see if the Town will vote to rescind the following previously approved borrowing authorizations as approved by previous Town Meeting or take any other action thereto.
ROCHESTER MEMORIAL SCHOOL RENOVATION/ADDITION
Article 1 - STM - 10/26/09 - Unissued Amount - $14,812,000
RMS FEASIBILITY AND SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE Article 6 - STM - 10/20/08 - Unissued Amount - $211,481
CARR FAMILY BOGS LAND PRESERVATION PROJECT Article 13 - ATM - 05/17/10 - Unissued Amount - $300,000
PASSED

ARTICLE 13: OLD COLONY REGIONAL VOCATION- AL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT "STABILIZATION FUND"
To see if the Town will approve the establishment by the Old Colony Vocational Technical High School District of a so-called "Stabilization Fund consistent with G.L. Chapter 71, Section 16G1/2 and as previously approved by the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District or take any other action thereto.
PASSED

ARTICLE 14: APPROPRIATE FOR OPEB LIABILITIES
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the total sum of $5,000 to meet the Town's obligations under the Government Accounting Standards Boards (GASB) Statement 45 to fund the Town's future obligations for the cost of other post employ- ment benefits identified by GASB 45 Report; and as funding therefore, to raise $5,000 from the Tax Levy, or take any action relative thereto.
PASSED

ARTICLE 15: STABILIZATION FUND
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to be added to the Stabilization Fund, or take any other action thereon.
PASSED