Annual Town Meeting

Friday May 4, 2018



The meeting was called to order by Moderator Donna L. Forgea at 7:00 p.m. at the Community House on Main St. with over the required town quorum. Present total was 74 registered voters, 1 unregistered resident and 7 non-residents. 


After the Pledge of Allegiance, Moderator Donna L Forgea read the Dedication of the 2017 Annual Town Report to Mike Robbins and the Memory of Arlin “Stub” Stevens. The writings can be found on the inside of the front cover.


ARTICLE 1:  Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to fix the salaries and compensation of all Elected Officials of the Town for Fiscal 2019, 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 11,000.00 

Tax Collector 11,000.00

Town Clerk   8,000.00

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:           $40,820.00  

Constables $17.00/hr.

           Mileage reimbursement for Town Officials                 50 cents/mile

ARTICLE 2:  Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate for the following General Government Accounts:


           Official Salaries       $40,820.00

           Administration General           5,000.00

           Administration Various Officials               800.00

           Town Counsel         10,000.00

           Administration Selectboard         14,400.00

           Administration Finance Committee               150.00

           Accountant Salary         11,000.00

           Administration Accountant           4,600.00                                           Administration Assessors           4,500.00

           Assessors Clerk         10,600.00                                      Assessors Consultant           6,500.00

           Assessors Tax Maps           2,400.00

           Administration Treasurer           6,310.00

           Administration Tax Collector           7,284.00

           Tax Title Expense           6,000.00

           Administration Town Clerk           1,500.00

           Election and Registration           2,508.00

           Conservation Commission               250.00

           Planning Board Expense           1,600.00

           Zoning Board of Appeals               500.00

           Total General Government Accounts:      $136,722.00


ARTICLE 3:          After being put on hold to express a compliment 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   1,000.00

           Highway General           100,000.00

           Highway Tool and Machinery             70,000.00

           Highway Vac., Hol., Sick & Personal             29,484.00

           Highway Salaries           169,890.00

           Highway Overtime 18,526.00

           Winter Roads             80,000.00

           Lease Brush Tractor/Mower               3,747.00
          Total Highway Department         $485,147.00




ARTICLE 4: 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     $   4,937.00

           CBRSD Transportation         17,524.00

           Vocational Tuition       140,448.00

           Vocational Transportation         42,345.00

           Bryant Library Operating           7,660.00

           Total School and Library       $212,914.00


Motion carried.


CBRSD Operating Expense       $756,424.00


After being put on hold a discussion ensued and after hearing from the CBRSD Superintendent, the Motion carried (Yes=22, No=26) against funding the CBRSD Operating Expense. 


ARTICLE 5:            Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to raise and appropriate the sum of $29,952.00 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           $13,000.00

           Police Department Salaries             19,400.00

           F.D. and Forest Warden             21,171.00

           Building Inspector               9,270.00

           Building Inspector Administration                 500.00

           Public Safety Complex Operating             17,414.00

           Emergency Management               1,876.00

          Animal Control Expenses               3,500.00

          Tree Account               6,000.00

          Total Protection of Persons and Property               $92,131.00


ARTICLE 7:               Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously transfer $65,000.00 from Water Receipts for Water Operating and to raise and appropriate $116,162.00 for the following amounts to Health and Sanitation Accounts: 


           Water Operating           $65,000.00

           Hydrant Assessments   9,500.00

           Board of Health             63,500.00

           Highland Ambulance             43,162.00

           Total Health and Sanitation         $181,162.00




ARTICLE 8:               Motion was made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash $65,000.00 for BAN pay down and to raise and appropriate $115,015.00 for the following amounts to the Debt and Interest Accounts:


             Interest on Loans   $ 9,600.00

             Safety Complex loan Interest   45,481.00

             Highway Truck Loan Interest       3,840.00

             Safety Complex Loan     32,094.00

             Highway Truck Loan     24,000.00

             BAN pay down     65,000.00

Total Debt and Interest $180,015.00


ARTICLE 9:               After being put on hold a discussion ensued about the Medical Insurance, and Municipal Light Plant, which then 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       5,500.00

            Community House     15,808.00

            Phone/Internet Various Depts.     19,000.00

            Town Reports       3,400.00

            Council on Aging       4,400.00   

            Recreation Committee       3,500.00

            Contributory Retirement     57,291.00

            Council of Governments           496.00

            Unemployment Compensation       1,800.00

            Medical Insurance     42,372.00

            Social Security/Medicare     15,000.00

            Audit       8,000.00

            Lower Pioneer Valley Planning Com                        141.00

            Reserve Fund       6,000.00

            Municipal Light Plant       1,000.00

            Berkshire Trail School Building                           47,000.00

            Animal Inspector           500.00 

            Total Unclassified Accounts   $277,208.00


ARTICLE 10:          Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to set a cap of $3,000.00 for the Community House Revolving Account and a $12,000.00 for the Inspectors Revolving Account.


ARTICLE 11:         Motion made, seconded and voted unanimously to take this article up at a special town meeting in the future to allow time for the residents of Cummington to read and look over the Annual 2017 Town Report for any corrections. 


ARTICLE 12:       Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $10,000.00 for Cemetery Capital (tombstone restoration).

             

ARTICLE 13:        Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $26,000.00 for Board of Health Capital (for a new compactor).  


ARTICLE 14:       Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $8,000.00 for Police Department Capital.


ARTICLE 15: Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $6,122.00 for Highway Capital (fire alarm system new highway building).


ARTICLE 16: Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $21,000.00 for Highway Capital (body).


ARTICLE 17: Motion made, seconded, and voted unanimously to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $4,000.00 for Fire Department Capital (turnout gear).


ARTICLE 18: Motion made, 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 19: Motion made, 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 $18.00 per hour 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 20: Motion made, 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. 


ARTICLE 21: After Marty Schotz read this resolution a Motion was made, seconded, with 72 Yes, and 2 No votes it carried to adopt the following non-binding resolution.

 

We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first; 

ending the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack;

taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert; 

cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons;

actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear          arsenals

The Town Clerk is directed to send copies of this resolution to the two Massachusetts U.S. Senators, and to the U.S. Representative for this district and to the President and Secretary of State of the United States.




Meeting was dissolved at 8:45 p.m.


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


Attest:





Donna C. Jordan 

Cummington Town Clerk

May 22, 2018