Special Town Meeting Minutes October 17, 2018

A quorum of 36 being present, Moderator Kevin O’Connor called the meeting to order at 7pm. The following articles were then acted upon:

ARTICLE ONE: It was voted unanimously to reduce by $5,576.00 the amount voted from the FY2018 Vocational Education Account to the Conwell Stabilization Fund in article twenty-six at the FY2019 Annual Town Meeting.

ARTICLE TWO: It was voted unanimously to Raise and Appropriate the additional sum of $26,566.25 to fund the Group Insurance Account.

ARTICLE THREE: It was voted unanimously to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $4,000.00 from the General Stabilization Account to the Paper Compactor Account (#70433.90) to fund the concrete site work at the Transfer Station, any unused balance to revert back to the General Stabilization Fund.

ARTICLE FOUR: It was voted unanimously to Transfer the balance of $6,357.27 from the North Cemetery Roads Account to the Sale of Lots Account.

ARTICLE FIVE: It was voted unanimously to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $172,325.00 from the General Stabilization Account to augment the Small Bridge Grant for the replacement of the Adams Road Bridge; any unused balance to revert back to the General Stabilization Account.

ARTICLE SIX: It was voted 33-3 to Appropriate and Transfer from the Stabilization Account the sum of $76,500.00 to augment the Route 143 Engineering and Design Project, any unused balance to revert back to the General Stabilization Account.

ARTICLE SEVEN: It was voted 34-3 to:

  • Authorize the Selectboard to acquire by purchase, gift,eminent domain or otherwise, the fee to and/or permanent and/or temporary  easements for  public way purposes,including without limitation, for the construction, alteration, installation,maintenance, improvement, repair, replacement and/or relocation of rights of way, sidewalks,drainage, utilities, driveways, guardrails, slopes, grading, rounding,landscaping, and other appurtenances and/or facilities, in  order  to enable the Town to undertake the Route 143Road Project and for any and all purposes incidental or related thereto, in, onand under  certain  parcels of  land and land adjacent to andwithin 200 feet of said parcels, said parcels located on Route 143 and shownmore particularly on plans entitled “Massachusetts Department ofTransportation Highway Division  Plan andProfile of  Route 143 in the Town ofWorthington Hampshire County” dated  September 21,  2018, prepared by CHA TechServices LLC, said plan on file with the Town Clerk, as said plans may beamended and/or incorporated into an easementplan;
  • Dedicate and/or transfer to the Selectboard for thepurpose of dedicatio n, for the foregoing purposes, thoseportions of the Town-owned parcels of land shown on said plans,which parcels will otherwisecontinue be held by the boards and/or officers currently having custodythereof for the purposes for which they are held;
  • Appropriate and Transfer from the General Stabilization Account the sum of

$40,000.00 to fund the foregoing and any and all costs incidental or related thereto including, without limitation, the cost of any land/easement acquisitions; any unused balance to revert back to the General Stabilization Account and , further

  • Authorize the Selectboard to enter into all agreements and take any and all actions as may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate the foregoing purposes.

ARTICLE EIGHT: It was voted unanimously to disband and dissolve the existing Municipal Light Board and to amend the General By- Law Section II – Elected Town Boards & Officers by deleting the words “A Municipal Light Board of three members for overlapping three year terms”.

ARTICLE NINE : It was voted unanimously but one to amend the General By-Laws by adding Chapter XV, Stretch Energy Code, for the purpose of regulating the design and construction of certain buildings for the effective use of  energy, effective July 1, 2019, as follows:

Chapter XV – Stretch Energy Code

  1. Purpose . The Stretch Energy Code is codified by the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards as Appendix 115.AA to 780 CMR, the Massachusetts Building Cod e. The Stretch Energy Code is based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model building energy code cr eated by the International Code Council , with Massachusetts amendments. The IECC has been adopted by many state and municipal governments in the United States  to establish minimum design and construction requirement s for energy  effi ciency, and is updated on a three-year cycle.
  2. Applicability. The Stretch Energy Code applies to new residential and commercial buildings.
  3. Terms of Code. The Stretch Energy Code, 780 CMR Appendix 115.AA, including any future editions or amendments is incorporated by reference herein.

Dissolved at 8pm Respectfully submitted, Katrin Kaminsky

Town Clerk

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