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Annual Town Meeting Warrant - May 17, 2014
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts    
Worcester, ss.

To either of the Constables of the Town of Rutland in the County of Worcester.
In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town, qualified to vote in elections and in Town affairs, to meet at the
Precinct 1 - NAQUAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
Precinct 2 - RUTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY – lower level
Precinct 3 -    NAQUAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
in said Rutland on Monday, the twelfth day of MAY, 2014,
at 10:00 o’clock in the FORENOON,
then and there to act on the following articles:---



ARTICLE 1:
To bring in and deposit their ballots for a Moderator for one year; two members of the Board of Selectmen for three years; Town Clerk for one year; one member of the Board of Assessors for three years; one member of the Board of Health for three years; one member of the Planning Board for five years; two Library Trustees for three years.  Each to specify the person voted for by placing a mark against the name.  
And to vote yes or no on the following question:

Shall the Town of Rutland be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition Two and One-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase and equip a new ambulance?

                        YES _______                     NO _______

The polls will be opened at 10 o’clock in the forenoon and closed at 8 o’clock p.m.


ARTICLE 2:
To hear the Annual Reports of the Town Officers and Committees.


ARTICLE 3:  
To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries or compensation of elected Town Officers for the fiscal year beginning  July 1, 2014, in accordance with Section 108, Chapter 41, of the General Laws as amended; or take any action in relation thereto.







ARTICLE 4:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School Assessment for
Fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 5:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Minimum Local Contribution for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 6:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Operations Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds and to determine whether said appropriation, or any portion there-of, shall be contingent upon an election approval for a Proposition Two and One-half (2 ½ ) Override; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 7:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Transportation Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 8:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Wachusett Regional School District Debt Service Assessment for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 9:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the General Government for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 10:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Public Safety for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds and to determine whether said appropriation, or any portion there-of,  shall be contingent upon an election approval for a Proposition Two and One-half (2 ½)  Override; or take any action in relation thereto.



ARTICLE 11:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Department of Public Works for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 12:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Human Services for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 13:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Culture and Recreation for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 14:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the expenses of Debt Service for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 15:
To see if the Town will vote to raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the Miscellaneous expenses for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and to determine whether the Town will appropriate money therefore, to be provided by taxation or by appropriation from available funds; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 16:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to operate the Water Department for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 17:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to operate the Sewer Department for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 18:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the following FY 2015 Revolving Funds in accordance with MGL Chapter 44, § 53E ½, to be expended under the authority and direction of the following agencies or officials, to be credited with receipts from the following revenue sources, to be expended for the following stated purposes, not to exceed the following spending limits respectively:

Sponsor: Board of Selectmen










Revolving Fund
Authorized to
Expend
Revenue
Source
Use of Fund
Spending
Limit

Recreation
Committee

Recreation
Committee

Fees paid by
Participants
School year programs including but not limited to the Safe Place Programs

$350,000.

Board of Health

Board of Health

Inspection Fees

Inspectional services, costs and expenses

$41,000.


Planning Board

Planning Board

Filing and other fees

Administrative services, costs and fees

$75,000.
Recreation
Committee
Recreation
Committee
Fees paid by
Participants
Recreational
Activities

$123,000.

Animal Control
Department

Animal Control
Officer

ACO Kennel
User fees
Supplies for operation of
Regional ACO Kennel

   $5,500.

Or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 19:                                                             
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate all funds which become available in the Fiscal Year 2015 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Highways, Chapter 90 Bond Issue proceeds, to be used by the DPW for the repair and maintenance of town roads in conformance with Massachusetts General Laws and further that the Town vote to raise said appropriation by borrowing and authorize the Town Treasurer, with approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore, in anticipation of the receipt of said State Aid; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 20:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town to borrow a sum of money for up to five (5) years, contingent upon passage of a Proposition 2 ½ Debt Exclusion to purchase a Front-end Loader with plow equipment to replace the existing Front-end Loader and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of the existing Front-end Loader by trade-in or otherwise; or take any action in relation thereto.       
                                                                                
ARTICLE 21:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town to borrow a sum of money for up to five (5) years, contingent upon passage of a Proposition 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion, to purchase and fully equip a New Ambulance, or take any action in relation thereto.                         





ARTICLE 22:
To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 2(A) of the Non-Criminal Disposition bylaw as voted at the November 13, 2012 Special Town Meeting by deleting the second sentence and replacing it with the following:

Where no other penalty is prescribed in a bylaw, rule or regulation violations shall be punishable by a fine of twenty five ($25.00) dollars for the first offense and fifty ($50.00) dollars for a second or subsequent offense; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 23: (Resident Petition)
To see if the town will vote to amend that portion of the Town of Rutland Bylaws entitled “Town Meetings: by deleting Sections 1 and 3 and replacing it with the following:

DATE OF MEETING
Section 1:  “The Annual Town Meeting shall be held on the second Saturday of May each year.”

BUSINESS OF MEETING
Section 3: “All business of the Annual Tow Meeting except for the election of officers and the determination of such matters as are required by law to be elected or determined by ballot, shall be considered on the second Saturday of May each year; the election of town officials and all other matters to be determined by ballot shall take place on the Monday after the second Saturday of May each year.”

ARTICLE 24: (Resident Petition)
To see if the Town will raise and appropriate, and/or vote to transfer from Available Funds (Free Cash) or the Stabilization Fund a sum of money to fund the position of Town Administrator for Fiscal Year 2015; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 25:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Rutland Bylaws by adding a section entitled “FEES” - in accordance with Mass General Laws Chapter 40, section 21(13) requiring all town officers to pay all fees received by them by virtue of their office into the town treasury; or take any action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE 26: (Resident Petition)
To see if the Town will vote to restore Constitutional Governance by resolution or take any action in relation thereto.
                                                                                        
ARTICLE 27:
To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees.

ALL BUSINESS CONTAINED IN THE WARRANT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ARTICLE 1 WILL BE CONSIDERED AT AN ADJOURNED MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, SATURDAY EVENING MAY 17, 2014 AT SIX O’CLOCK P.M. (6:00 PM) IN ACCORDANCE WITH TOWN BY-LAWS.



 
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