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Clarified ballot questions

Evelyn circulated this clarifying vote this afternoon for this evening’s meeting, that will make the June 11 ballot questions somewhat clearer  –

BoS

VOTE CLARIFYING AND RATIFYING MAY 3, 2018
VOTE, RE; PROPOSITION 2 1/2 BALLOT QUESTIONS

WHEREAS, voters at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting held on April 30 and May
1 voted to approve five (5) articles: Articles #43, 45, 16, 14 and 13, each subject to
passage of an override question pursuant to one or another paragraph of G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21 C, so-called Proposition 2 1/2, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen held a meeting on May 3, 2018 and voted
to place the five Proposition 2 1/2 override questions on a ballot and to hold a special election on June 11, 2018, and

WHEREAS, Proposition 2 1/2 mandates the form of each ballot question and
limits the information which can be contained therein, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen desires to provide guidance to future
members of its Board, as well as other Town officials involved with managing the Town’s finances,

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Selectmen does hereby clarify and ratify its
May 3, 2018 vote placing five (5) override questions on the ballot for a special election to be held on June 11, 2018 as follows:

Ballot Question #1 relates to vote on 2018 ATM Article #43 and constitutes a dedicated permanent operational override to fund a capital stabilization fund specified in the article, as provided on G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21C, Par. g.

Ballot Question #2 relates to vote on 2018 ATM Article #45 and constitutes a
permanent operational override to increase school and departmental operating
budgets specified in the article, as provided in G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21 C, Par. g.

Ballot Question #3 relates to vote on 2018 Article #16 and constitutes a permanent operational override to provide funding for the provision of Advanced Life Support (ALS) services, as specified in the article, as provided in G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21 C, Par. g.

Ballot Question #4 relates to vote on 2018 ATM Article #14 and constitutes a one-year capital outlay override to fund a feasibility study for a new park and recreation facility, as specified in the article, as provided in G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21 C, Par. i 1/2.

Ballot Question #5 relates to vote on 2018 ATM Article #13 and constitutes a one-year capital outlay override to fund the preparation of a town wide master plan, as specified in the article, as provided in G.L. Ch. 59, Section 21C, par. i 1/2.

So-Voted this 8th day of May, 2018.

Medfield Board of Selectmen
Michael T. Marcucci, Chair
Gustave Murby, Clerk
Osler L. Peterson, Member
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BoS minutes for 5/3, draft ballot for 6/11

The Board of Selectmen met three times last week, as we had meetings at 6:30PM before each of the annual town meeting (ATM) evenings, and then a meeting Thursday to vote to set the override election for June 11.  Below are the minutes from the Thursday meeting and below that the draft ballot.  I do not have a copy of what we voted on Thursday, but the draft below from Wednesday is close, if not the final version.

Unfortunately, the statutory requirements with respect to the ballot wordings makes the June 11 election questions less than totally intuitive, and the town and its officials are also limited in what can be done to explain.

BoS

Board of Selectmen

Thursday, May 03, 2018

7:00PM

Minutes

 

Present: Selectmen Michael Marcucci, Selectmen Gustave Murby, Selectmen Osler Peterson, Kristine Trierweiler, Mark Cerel, Carol Mayer

 

Meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Chairman Marcucci who reminded the audience that the meeting was being video recorded.

 

Selectmen held a moment of silence for those serving around the world.

 

Board of Selectmen had one item on the agenda to discuss and that was to call a Special Election for June 11, 2018 for the Proposition 2 ½ questions due to the votes that were taken at the Annual Town Meeting on April 30 and May 1, 2018.

 

Town Clerk Carol Mayer has prepared a ballot with five (5) over ride questions. Selectmen discussed the order of the questions as well as the information from the Secretary of State’s Election Division that the questions cannot state if they are an operating override, debt exclusion, or capital override.

 

Mark Cerel informed the Board they can prepare information informing the public about the overrides and explanations of the over rides. Kristine will work with Mark on a fact sheet for distribution.

 

Vote: Selectmen Murby made a motion to sign the Warrant for the Special Town Election to be held on June 11, 2018 and to include five (5) override questions as presented on the warrant by the Town Clerk, seconded by Selectmen Peterson and the vote was unanimous.

 

 

Board of Selectmen signed seven (7) copies of the Special Town Meeting Warrant.

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Selectmen Murby, seconded by Selectmen Peterson and the vote was unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:15PM.

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DRAFT (5/2/18)

 

June 11, 2018 Special Election

Potential Proposition 2 ½ override questions

 

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One-Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the Municipal Buildings Stabilization Fund created pursuant to GL Chapter 40, Section 5B for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two-thousand and eighteen?

YES_________                                NO__________

 

 

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One-Million Six-Hundred Sixty-Three Thousand One-Hundred Three Dollars ($1,663,103) In real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose  of increasing school and town departmental operating budgets for the fiscal year beginning July first, two- thousand and eighteen?

YES_________                                NO__________

 

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional Two-Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) services for the fiscal year beginning July first, two-thousand and eighteen?

YES_________                                NO__________

 

 

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One-Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of preparing a Feasibility Study for a new park and recreation facility for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two-thousand and eighteen?

YES_________                                NO__________

 

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One-Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of preparing a Town-wide master plan, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two-thousand and eighteen?

 

YES __________                            NO­­­___________

ATM official results

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Town Clerk, Carol Mayer, today posted the official results of the votes of the annual town meeting (ATM), complete with the actual motions (click on link below to open).

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Override election is June 11

This was the start of night two of the annual town meeting (ATM) – more residents did show up, but it was still a much smaller crowd than night one.  I ballparked the attendance on night one at about 900.

  • YES
    • ALS – $250K per year
    • Municipal Stabilization Fund to maintain town buildings – $1m. per year
    • Dale Street School feasibility study for MSBA – $1m. (funded from the above monies)
    • Medfield Park & Recreation Commission site planning – $150K
    • Medfield Cultural Alliance matching grant for Cultural Center at former Medfield State Hospital site – $25K
  • NO
    • Council on Aging expansion money – $150K

Given all the votes, taxes will be up about 10%.

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This posted by the Carol Mayer, Town Clerk –

Town Clerk

Posted on: May 2, 2018

SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION 6/11/2018

If not already registered, the deadline is Tuesday, May 22nd. The Town Clerk’s office will be open 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. You can check your registration status on line at
http://www.sec.state.ma.us >ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Town meeting continues tonight at 7:30 pm

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About 800 people attended the first night of the annual town meeting (ATM) last night. These were the controversial items decided last night:

  • schools were funded at 6.61%, versus the 4% recommended by the Warrant Committee and the Board of Selectmen
  • lease from the MBTA of land for the Bay Colony Rail Trail was supported
  • $75,000 of consultant money for the Medfield State Hospital development was defeated
  • Senior Housing Committee’s article suggesting that the Board of Selectmen consider senior housing for lot 3 on Ice House Road defeated

The ATM continues this evening at 7:30pm, with still to get decided:

  • ALS ($250K/year)
  • Medfield Park & Recreation Commission money ($150K) to survey for a site for a new building
  • Council on Aging money ($150K) to plan an addition
  • $25K for matching state grant for cultural uses at the former Medfield State Hospital site
  • establishing a municipal building stabilization fund and funding it with $1m. which will be used to do the Dale Street feasibility study for the MSBA

Warrant Committee positions on town meeting articles, to date

This list below from Warrant Committee chair, Tom Marie today on the Warrant Committee positions on the various warrant articles for the annual town meeting (ATM).  Here is my annotated list of those warrant articles – 20180306-warrant articles

Warrant Articles (including votes taken) ·      Articles 1-10 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 15 DISMISSED (9-0)

·      Article 24 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 25 DISMISSED (8-1)

·      Article 30 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 31 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 32 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 33 RECOMMENDED at $400K (9-0)

·      Article 34 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 35 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 36 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 39 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 42 DISMISSED (9-0)

·         Article 26 – West St/Rt 27 – dismissed (9,0)

·         Article 27 –Pre-disaster plan – recommend  (9,0)

·         Article 38 – Dog Control  – recommend (9,0)

·         Article 19,20,21,22 – dismissed (9,0)

·         Article 23 – MSH more affordable housing – recommend (7,2)

·         Article 14 – MPR building – recommend (5,4)

  • Article 16 – in house ALS – dismissed ( 6,3)

 

 

Chris Allan recognized for his volunteer work

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Chris Allan nominated for the Medfield Foundation volunteer lifetime achievement award

I would like to nominate Christopher Allan for the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work with the Annual Town Meeting. An Audio Engineer by profession, Chris has volunteered his time, expertise and personal equipment to outfit each town meeting with the best possible audio quality available. He is currently spending the month in PyeongChang, South Korea, as the lead Audio mixer for Figure Skating & Short Track Speed Skating events televised via NBC from the Gangneung Ice Arena. Although his work takes him away from Medfield for weeks, even months, at a time, he always finds time in his travel schedule to be home for the town meeting. He handles the microphone and speaker setup, interfacing with the school system when possible, and mixes the output to ensure that Medfield residents have the best chance to understand the Warrant Committe’s recommendation as well as make their voices heard during the meeting.

In the past, he also sat on the board of Medfield.TV (“Cable 8”) and worked on the broadcasts for residents that could not make the town meeting in person. He had also worked the Cable 8 Thanksgiving Day High School football game broadcast as well as the Graduation Ceremonies for years.

 

The public is invited to the reception to honor all the nominated volunteers at 3PM on Sunday April 8 at The Center. The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

 

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