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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT FOR 5-16-16
       ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

TOWN OF RAYNHAM

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

5- 16 -2016



BRISTOL, ss

To either of the Constables of the Town of Raynham in the County of Bristol, GREETING.

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 Raynham Middle School’s Joseph A. Bettencourt Auditorium in said Raynham on Monday the 16th day of May at 7:00 in the evening, then and there to act on the following Articles.

ARTICLE 1.  To choose by nomination all minor Town Officers-fence viewers and field drivers, surveyor of lumber and measurer of wood; or take any action relative thereto.

ARTICLE 2.  To see if the Town will vote to accept the report of the Town Officers; or take any action relative thereto.

ARTICLE 3.  To raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray Town charges and make appropriations for same; or take any action relative thereto.                               
                                                                
ARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer the sum of $400 for quarters for the American Legion, Post #405; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)                                                                                                                                                         
ARTICLE 5.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue for the financial year beginning July 1, 2016, in accordance with the provisions of the Gen. Law, Chap. 44, Sec. 4, and to issue note(s) therefore, payable within one year, and to renew any note (s) as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Gen. Law, Chap. 44, Sec. 17; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Treasurer/Collector)                                                                                             
ARTICLE 6.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sign contracts on behalf of the Town of Raynham upon such terms and conditions as they deem appropriate for any matter which requires a signed contract by the Board of Selectmen; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)                                   
        
ARTICLE 7.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and enter into contracts for the expenditure of any funds allotted or to be allotted by the Commonwealth and/or County for construction, reconstruction and improvements of the Town infrastructure, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to borrow in anticipation of reimbursements of funds; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)            
        
ARTICLE 8.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize an offset receipts account under MGL, Ch. 44, sec. 53E to fund the operation of the Before and After School Day Care, run by the Parks and Recreation Department, and to authorize expenditures of $216,400 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016  as follows:

Salaries/Wages  $136,000
Benefits                $ 27,000
Expenses                $ 53,400
Total                   $216,400

The offset receipts account is to be credited with all fees and charges received during FY 17 from persons using these services; or take any action relative thereto.                                                                                                                                    
ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize a revolving fund pursuant to MGL Chapter 44 Section 53E ½ for the purpose of receiving and expending funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 as a result of reimbursable incidents allowed under MGL Chapter 21E involving hazardous materials releases.  Receipts generated shall be deposited into this revolving fund and expenditures, not to exceed $100,000, may be expended by the Fire Chief without further appropriation; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Fire Department)                                                                             
ARTICLE 10.  To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize the Fire Alarm Revolving Fund under MGL Chapter 44 Section 53E ½ for the purpose of receiving and expending funds for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. Receipts generated from fire alarm permits, inspections and details shall be deposited into this revolving fund and expenditures including but not limited to vehicle maintenance, detail pay, overtime coverage for replacement of Fire Inspector, any all equipment related to radio controlled boxes, not to exceed $60,000, which may be expended by the Fire Chief without further appropriation; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Fire Department)                                                                                                           
ARTICLE 11.  To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize the Council on Aging Activities Revolving Fund under MGL, Ch.44, sec. 53E ½ for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.   The Council on Aging Activities Revolving Fund is to be credited with all fees and charges received in association with programs and activities of which a user fee is charged.  Said receipts shall be deposited into this revolving fund and expenditures, not to exceed $20,000, may be expended by the Council on Aging without further appropriation; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen on behalf of the Council on Aging).                                                                                                                                             
ARTICLE 12.   To see if the Town will vote to transfer $315,698 as detailed below from the ambulance receipts account to operate the ambulance service for the first half of FY2017; any  unused funds at the end of Fiscal Year 2017 to be returned to the ambulance receipts account; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Fire Department)                                                                                          
                Personnel Expenses              $220,471
                Expenses                        $ 95,227
                                                $315,698
                                                                        
ARTICLE 13. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $2,673,031 as categorized below to operate the sewer enterprise fund:

Note: The Finance Committee recommends that the following sums be appropriated to operate the sewer enterprise:


                Salaries and Wages                              555,418
                Expenses                                         1,299,000
Health Insurance                                110,437
Retirement                                       77,169
Sewer Maintenance Facility Debt          58,464
Sewer Construction Debt                    572,813
Total                                          $2,673,031

And that $2,100,488 be raised from sewer enterprise revenues and $572,813 from Sewer Retained Earnings for sewer construction debt; or take any other action relative thereto.

Supplemental Information Note: Finance Committee recommends the following for full operation of the sewer enterprise:


                Salaries and Wages                              555,418         
                Expenses                                         1,299,000                               
Health Insurance                                110,437
Retirement                                        77,169
Indirect Costs                                    85,323
Sewer Maintenance Facility Debt           58,464
Sewer Construction Debt                $2,291,252
Total                                          $4,477,063

$2,100,488 to be raised from sewer enterprise revenues, $85,323 for indirect costs already appropriated in the general fund and funded from retained earnings, $1,718,439 for debt already appropriated in the general fund from the tax levy, and $572,813 from Sewer Retained Earnings for sewer construction debt. (Submitted by the Sewer Commission)                                                               

ARTICLE 14.  To see if the Town will vote to create the position of Pumping Station Operator for the Sewer Department; or take any action relative thereto.
Note: This position will be funded by sewer user charges.       
ARTICLE 15.  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,284,723 for the purpose of paying the debt service on the outstanding bonds and notes for the Raynham Middle School, the renovation projects for LaLiberte Elementary School and the Merrill School and for the regional High School; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)                                                                                        
ARTICLE 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $80,000 for the purpose of providing professional services, stormwater management expenses, land acquisition, materials and construction contract obligations in order to make improvements to Town infrastructure; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Highway Department)                                             
ARTICLE 17.  To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000 for the employee health insurance mitigation fund; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)                                                      

ARTICLE 18.  To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $60,000 for the Sewer Betterment Fund; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Board of Selectmen)                                                                                         
ARTICLE 19. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Bond Premiums account the sum of $13,692 for payment of FY 17 Debt Service as described below; or take any action relative thereto.

$10,270   General Fund (75%)
$  3,422   Sewer Fund (25%)
$13,692

These are funds amortized over the life of the $9 million phase 6 sewer borrowing to be used to offset both the excluded and non-excluded portion of the borrowing.  The amount to be amortized is $187,286.    (Submitted by Accounting Department)

ARTICLE 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 to carry out State-mandated Re-certification/Interim Adjustments of all real and personal property valuations, and Maintenance Services for FY2018; or take any action relative thereto.
Note: This will be year three of a three year contract.
                                                                                        
ARTICLE 21.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Receipts Reserved for Appropriation account number 220-650 Borden Colony the amount of $26,000 to the General Fund to offset the associated Borden Colony expenditures of the general operating budget, any unused funds at the end of Fiscal Year 2017 to be returned to the Borden Colony Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Account; or take any action relative thereto. (Submitted by the Park & Recreation Commission)

ARTICLE 22.   To see if the Town will vote to amend the first paragraph of Section 1/3.8 Town Treasurer/Town Collector of the Town’s General By-Laws by deleting the strikethrough language and substituting the bolded language; or take any action relative thereto:

1/3.8  Town Treasurer/Town Collector

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Town Treasurer/Town Collector beginning April 27, 2013 until June 30, 2013 and thereafter for a term of three years; provided that, if the current elected Town Treasurer/Town Collector vacates the office before April 27, 2013, a successor shall be appointed until June 30, 2013 and thereafter for a term of three years.

The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Town Treasurer/Town Collector to a term up to three years on or about July 1 of an expiring term.

ARTICLE 23.  To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to M.G.L. c.40, §59, and M.G.L. c.23A, §3E and §3F, to:~
  • approve a Tax Increment Financing Agreement between the Town and OMNI life science, Inc. and CPI 480 Paramount, LLC for property located on 480 Paramount Street (the “TIF Agreement”), which TIF Agreement provides for real estate tax exemptions at the exemption rate schedule set forth therein and approve a Local Incentives Only Project submission to the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (the “EACC”);
  • authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement, and approve submission to the EACC of the TIF Agreement and the Local Incentive-Only Application, all relating to the project as described in the TIF Agreement, and any necessary documents relating thereto, and to take such other actions as are necessary or appropriate to obtain approval of the TIF Agreement and Local Incentive-Only Application, and related submissions and to take such other actions as necessary or appropriate to implement those documents; or take any other action relative thereto.
   And you are directed to serve this Warrant, by posting up attested copies thereof at the six (6) places directed by vote of the Town, in said Town, seven (7) days before the time of holding said meeting.

HEREOF FAIL NOT, and make due return of this Warrant, with your doings thereon to the Town Clerk, at the time and place of meeting, as aforesaid.
Given under our hands this 12th day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and sixteen.

________________________________
MARIE A. SMITH

________________________________
JOSEPH R. PACHECO

________________________________
KAREN ROBERTS   
SELECTMEN OF RAYNHAM

A true copy.  Attest:

________________________
James Donovan, Constable                                                        
                                                                
April 12, 2016

Bristol, ss

PURSUANT TO THE WITHIN WARRANT, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of the Town of Raynham by posting up attested copies of the same at six (6) places directed by vote of the Town, seven days before the date of the meeting, as within directed.

                                                ________________________________
James Donovan, Constable of Raynham


 
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