TOWN OF CUMMINGTON ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

Friday May 6, 2016


The meeting was called to order by Moderator Donna L. Forgea at 7:00 p.m. at the Community House on Main St with the required town quorum (62 registered voters were present). Such is the Action taken under the Warrant. 

 

Article 1: Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to fix the salaries and compensation of all Elected Officials of the Town for Fiscal 2017, as provided in Section 108 of Chapter 41 of the Massachusetts General Laws:


Selectboard, Chair           $ 1,500.00

Selectman 2   1,300.00

Selectman 3   1,300.00

Assessor, Chair   1,200.00

Assessor 2   1,100.00

Assessor 3   1,100.00

Treasurer 10,000.00 

Tax Collector 10,000.00

Town Clerk   5,000.00

Moderator     100.00

Tree Warden       50.00

Board of Health, Chair   1,000.00

Board of Health 2     500.00

Board of Health 3     500.00

Vocational School, Chair       40.00

Vocational School 2       15.00

Vocational School 3       15.00

Water Commission, Chair     500.00

Water Commission 2     300.00

Water Commission 3     300.00

Total:           $35,820.00  

             

Constables $15.00/hr.

           Mileage reimbursement for Town Officials                 50 cents/mile


Article 2: Motion made, seconded and voted to separate the CBRSD Operating Expense from the School and Library account. Motion made and seconded to raise and appropriate the following amounts for the School and Library Accounts:


           CBRSD Capital Expense     $   8,813.00

           CBRSD Transportation         33,502.00

           Vocational Tuition       175,560.00

           Vocational Transportation         41,540.00

           Bryant Library Operating           7,440.00

           Total School and Library       $266,855.00


Motion carried.


CBRSD Operating Expense $769,248.00


After being put on hold a discussion ensued and after hearing from the Superintendent, the Motion carried against funding the CBRSD Operating Expense. 


Article 3:  After a hold on Admin Tax Collectors new software a Motion was made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate for the following General Government Accounts:


           Official Salaries       $35,820.00

           Administration General           4.971.00

           Administration Various Officials               800.00

           Town Counsel         10,000.00

           Administration Selectboard         13,181.00

           Administration Finance Committee               130.00

           Accountant Salary         10,000.00

           Administrative Accountant           4,000.00                                           Administrative Assessors           4,500.00

           Assessors Clerk           8,500.00                                      Assessors Consultant           6,900.00

           Assessors Tax Maps           1,900.00

           Administration Treasurer           5,720.00

           Administration Tax Collector           7,535.00

           Tax Title Expense           5,000.00

           Administrative Town Clerk           1,000.00

           Election and Registration           2,257.00

           Conservation Commission               150.00

           Planning Board Expense           1,600.00

           Zoning Board of Appeals               500.00

           Total General Government Accounts:      $124,464.00


 


Article 4:          After a hold on the lease brush tractor/mower a Motion was made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the following amounts to the Highway Department Accounts:



           Highway Garage         $ 12,500.00

           Highway Administration       595.00

           Highway General             70,000.00

           Highway Tool and Machinery             67,000.00

           Highway Vac., Hol., Sick & Personal             19,548.00

           Highway Salaries           129,832.00

           Highway Overtime   18,930.00

           Winter Roads             60,000.00

           Lease Brush Tractor/Mower               3,747.00
          Total Highway Department         $382,152.00


Article 5:                Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,363.00 to the Veterans Account.


Article 6:               Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the following amounts to the Protection of Persons and Property Accounts.


           Police Department           $12,500.00

           Police Department Salaries             19,400.00

           F.D. and Forest Warden             21,411.00

           Building Inspector             12,000.00

           Building Inspector Administrative                 300.00

           Public Safety Complex Operating             17,529.00

           Emergency Management               7,705.00

          Animal Control Expenses               3,000.00

          Tree Account               6,000.00

          Total Protection of Persons and Property               $99,845.00


Article 7:               Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the following amounts to Health and Sanitation: 


           Water Operating           $61,000.00

            Board of Health             63,500.00

           Highland Ambulance             29,336.00

           Total Health and Sanitation         $153,836.00






Article 8:               After a hold on the safety complex loan a Motion was made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the following amounts to the Debt and Interest Accounts:


             Interest on Loans   $ 5,000.00

             Safety Complex loan   77,574.00

             Total Debt and Interest    $82,574.00


Article 9:          After a hold on the insurance and bonds, and phone/internet various depts., a Motion was made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the following amounts to the Unclassified Accounts: 


           Insurance and Bonds   $43,000.00                      and take from Historical Commission       3,000.00                                           Lawn Mowing       4,495.00

            Community House     15,584.00

            Phone/Internet Various Depts.     16,000.00

            Town Reports       3,400.00

            Council on Aging       4,400.00                                Recreation Committee       3,500.00

            Contributory Retirement     40,114.00

            Council of Governments           496.00

            Unemployment Compensation       1,000.00

            Medical Insurance       5,000.00

            Social Security/Medicare     13,000.00

            Audit       8,000.00

            Lower Pioneer Valley Planning Com                        130.00

            Reserve Fund       6,000.00

            Berkshire Trail School Building                           55,750.00

            Compensated Absence        2,000.00

            Animal Inspector           500.00

            Total Unclassified Accounts   $225,369.00


Article 10:          Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to set a cap of $10,000.00 for the Community House Revolving Account and a $4,000.00 for the Inspectors Revolving Account.


Article 11:         Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to accept the Annual 2015 Town Report as printed. 


Article 12:         Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to borrow $500,000.00 under Chapter 44, Section 7 3a for the repair/replacement of the roof at 2 Main Street building (formerly Berkshire Trail Elementary School) contingent upon the ballot question passage where voters agree by their vote to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by G.L.C59s21C or take any other action in relation thereto.


Article 13:         Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash a sum of $15,130.00 for Fire Department Capital.

             

Article 14:        Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash a sum of $10,000.00 for Cemetery Capital (tombstone restoration).  


Article 15:        Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash a sum of $3,500.00 for Board of Health Capital. 


Article 16:        Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to authorize the Board of Selectman to apply for any Federal, State or other grants that may be available and to expend any money received. 


Article 17:        Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41, Section 4A of the General Laws to authorize the employment of the members of the Board of Selectmen by the Selectmen, Selectmen by the Highway Department, the members of the Board of Health by the Health Department, the Water Commissioners by the Water Department, the Assessors by the Board of Assessors, the Historical Commission members by the Historical Commission, and to fix the rate of $16.50 as compensation for such employment; and voted to pay the Highway Department employees hired by the Water Commissioners at their Highway Department rate of pay from the Water Department Account.


Article 18:       Motion, seconded, and voted unanimously to accept any available funds relating to highways including, without limitations, so-called Chapter 90 type construction monies and further vote to authorize the Selectmen to enter into contracts for the expenditure of the monies received.


Meeting was dissolved at 8:49 p.m.


A true record of this meeting to the best of my knowledge.



Attest:





Donna C. Jordan 

Town Clerk of Cummington

May 22, 2016