2019 Annual Town Meeting

TOWN OF WORTHINGTON

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

May 4, 2019 – 9:30 AM

Download a PDF of the 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

The R.H. Conwell Parent Teachers Organization will have snacks and coffee available and donations are welcomed. Childcare for the Town Meeting will be provided in the kindergarten room.

Hampshire ss:

To either of the Constables of the Town of Worthington in the County of Hampshire.

GREETINGS: 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 election and in Town affairs to meet at the RH Conwell Elementary School in said Worthington on Saturday the Fourth of May, 2019 at 9:30 AM, then and there to act on the following articles:

ARTICLE ONE:  To Choose all other Town officers as are not required by law to be elected by ballot.

            Almoners of the Whiting Street Fund

                        Bruce Barshefsky, Catherine Whitcomb, Diane Meehan

            Field Drivers and Fence Viewers

                        Bart Niswonger, Kevin Porter, Darlene Millman

            Surveyors of Wood and Timber

                        Keith Manley, Christopher Powell, Clarence Witter

ARTICLE TWO: To Act upon the reports of the Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Selectboard, Almoners of the Whiting Street Fund and other elected or appointed officers or committees of the Town.

ARTICLE THREE:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer from the General Stabilization Fund the sum of $179,015.63 to fund the additional construction by Comcast of its Cable/Broadband Build Project to reach the additional premises that are currently listed as not to be served on the following roads: Bashan Hill Road, Fisk Road, Parish Road, Rida Road, River Road and Sam Hill Road, or take any action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended                Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE FOUR:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $1,091,204.25 for the total Worthington School District Budget for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, or take any other action in relation thereto:

Worthington School District Appropriation FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Elementary $742,837.35 $798,204.25 Recommended Recommended
Secondary   335,250.00 293,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Total $1,078,087.35 $1,091,204.25    

ARTICLE FIVE:To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $25,000.00 to the Pre-School revolving fund to help mitigate the timing of receipts to expenditures and for any shortfall that may exist between receipts and expenditures, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended                Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE SIX:To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $224,300.00 for Vocational Education, or take any other action in relation thereto:

Vocational Education FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
  $192,933.00 $224,300.00 Recommended Recommended

ARTICLE SEVEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $77,108.00 to be paid to Gateway Regional School District for Capital and MSBA payback costs, or take any other action in relation thereto:

Gateway School District Payback FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Bonded Projects $63,011.00 $55, 820.00 Recommended Recommended
MSBA Payback 21,288.00 21,288.00 Recommended Recommended
Total $84,299.00 $77,108.00    

ARTICLE EIGHT:  To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries or compensation of all elected officers of the Town, as provided by MGL Chapter 41, Section 108 as amended, and to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $49,476.00 for these salaries and compensation to be as of July 1, 2019 as follows, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Selectboard, Chair $2,307.00 $2,307.00 Recommended Recommended
Selectboard, Clerk .00 2,027.00 Recommended Recommended
Selectboard, Member 2,027.00 2,027.00 Recommended Recommended
Bd. of Health, Chair 1,806.00 1,829.00 Recommended Recommended
Bd. of Health, Clerk 1,806.00 1,829.00 Recommended       Recommended
Bd. of Health, Mem. 1,806.00 1,829.00 Recommended Recommended
Moderator 100.00 100.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Clerk 10,235.00 10,368.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors, Chair 6,121.00 6,201.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors, Clerk 13,133.00 13,304.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors, Member 5,557.00 5,629.00 Recommended Recommended
Tree Warden 2,0000 2,026.00 Recommended Recommended
Total $46,898.00 $49,476.00    

ARTICLE NINE:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $398,210.00 for the following Town charges, or take any other action in relation thereto:               

GENERAL GOVERNMENT:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Selectboard Expenses $3,000.00 $3,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors’ Expenses 1,750.00 1,750.00 Recommended Recommended
Classified Advertising 2,000.00 2,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Map Maintenance 1,400.00 1,600.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors’ Software Support 7,840.00 8,200.00 Recommended Recommended
Assessors’ Revaluation 1,800.00 3,900.00 Recommended Recommended
Online Tax Maps 2,400.00 2,400.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Clerk’s Expenses 700.00 700.00 Recommended Recommended
Election Expenses 3,435.00 2,180.00 Recommended Recommended
Registrars’ Expense 50.00 50.00 Recommended Recommended
Tree Warden’s Expenses 20,000.00 10,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Collector 16,640.00 17,198.00 Recommended Recommended
Asst Tax Cltr/Asst Treasurer 7,575.00 7,825.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Collector’s Expenses 4,100.00 4,100.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Collector’s Software 5,094.00 5,094.00 Recommended Recommended
Accounting Services 30,000.00 30,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Accounting Software 3,434.00 3,606.00 Recommended Recommended
Treasurer 16,640.00 17,198.00 Recommended Recommended
Treasurer’s Expenses 4,500.00 4,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Treasurer’s Software 1,529.00 1,287.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Payroll Service 2,500.00 2,700.00 Recommended Recommended
Executive Assistant 50,711.00 52,416.00 Recommended Recommended
Assistant Secretary 750.00 750.00 Recommended Recommended
Recording Secretary 10,000.00 8,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Bd. of Appeals Expense 500.00 500.00 Recommended Recommended
Conservation Comm. Exp. 600.00 600.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Off. Maint. & Sup. 3,200.00 3,200.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Hall Maintenance 4,500.00 4,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Hall Custodian 2,668.00 2,634.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Telephone Exp. 8,160.00 8,800.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Building Heating 23,000.00 23,000.00 Recommended Recommended
War Memorial & Town Bldgs 250.00 250.00 Recommended Recommended
Conwell Bldg. Expenses 102,500.00 102,500.00 Recommended Recommended
IT/Comptr. Replenishmt plan 4,000.00 4,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Comptr. Maint. & Supplies 700.00 700.00 Recommended Recommended
Computer Maint. Labor 3,200.00 3,200.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Web Site 2,500.00 1,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Planning Board Expenses 300.00 300.00 Recommended Recommended
P.V.P.C. 187.00 192.00 Recommended Recommended
Recreation Comm. Exp. 1,600.00 1,600.00 Recommended Recommended
Finance Comm. Expense 140.00 140.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Reports 1,250.00 1,250.00 Recommended Recommended
Law Account Expense 12,000.00 12,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Taking-Collector 1,200.00 1,200.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Title Foreclosure Treas. 2,500.00 2,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Tax Title Foreclosure Maint. 2,000.00 2,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Audit Expenses 12,500.00 12,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Council on Aging 7,486.00 8,490.00 Recommended Recommended
COA Building Lease 15,000.00 10,700.00 Recommended Recommended
Total $410,489.00 $398,210.00    

ARTICLE TEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $440,935.00 for the following Town charges, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Hampshire Cty Retirement $113,996.00 $143,665.00 Recommended Recommended
Group Insurance 201,566.25 218,315.00 Recommended Recommended
Unemployment Comp. 1,200.00 1,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Workers Compensation 15,000.00 10,137.00 Recommended Recommended
Insurance and Bonds 48,656.00 46,818.00 Recommended Recommended
Medicare 20,500.00 20,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Total: $374,352.00 $440,935.00    

ARTICLE ELEVEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $19,845.00 for the Worthington Library, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Worthington Library $18,900.00 $19,845.00 Recommended Recommended

ARTICLE TWELVE:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $9,351.00 and transfer from the Rolland North Cemetery Fund the sum of $8,544.00 for a total of $21,295.00 for the following Town charges, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Center Cemetery Maint. $4,460.00 $4,434.00 Recommended Recommended
North Cemetery Maint. 8,594.00 8,544.00 Recommended Recommended
Ringville Cemetery Maint. 4,018.00 3,995.00 Recommended Recommended
Historical Cemetery Maint. 928.00 922.00 Recommended Recommended
Grave Openings 3,400.00 3,400.00 Recommended Recommended
Total: $21,400.00 $21,295.00    

ARTICLE THIRTEEN:  To see if Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $280,216.01 for the following Town charges, or take any other action in relation thereto:

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Emergency Mgmt. Salary $962.00 $975.00 Recommended Recommended
Emergency Mgmt. Expenses 600.00 600.00 Recommended Recommended
CivicReady 1,110.00 1,110.00 Recommended Recommended
Animal Control Officer Salary 1,579.00 1,600.00 Recommended Recommended
Animal Control Officer. Exp. 300.00 300.00 Recommended Recommended
Police Department Expenses 11,000.00 16,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Police Department Wages 37,382.00 41,382.00 Recommended Recommended
Police Wages Clerical 9,360.00 9,672.00 Recommended Recommended
Police IMC Software Maint.  *NEW* 900.00 Recommended Recommended
Regional Lockup Assessment 1,098.00 1,098.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Dept. Operating Expenses 22,795.00 22,795.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Department Fuel 2,500.00 2,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Dept. Wages, Clerical 4,680.00 4,836.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Chief 5,200.00 5,375.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Dept. Grant Writer 1,191.00 1,206.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Dept. Code Insp. Comp. 1,500.00 1,500.00 Recommended Recommended
Fire Dept. Call Comp. 13,000.00 13,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Hilltown Comm. Ambulance 24,568.00 28,360.01 Recommended Recommended
Town Constable 100.00 100.00 Recommended Recommended
Animal Inspector 659.00 668.00 Recommended Recommended
Building Commissioner 10,046.00 14,841.00 Recommended Recommended
Building Inspector Alternate 200.00 203.00 Recommended Recommended
Building Inspector’s Expenses 400.00 1,375.00 Recommended Recommended
Plumbing Inspector 1,431.00 1,450.00 Recommended Recommended
Plumbing Inspector’s Expense 400.00 400.00 Recommended Recommended
Wiring Inspector 3,235.00 3,277.00 Recommended Recommended
Wiring Inspector’s Expense 120.00 120.00 Recommended Recommended
Assist. Wiring Insp. Expense 300.00 300.00 Recommended Recommended
Gas Inspector 1,125.00 1,140.00 Recommended Recommended
Board of Health Expenses 200.00 200.00 Recommended Recommended
Board of Health Agent 4,900.00 3,900.00 Recommended Recommended
Ctrl. Hamp. Veterans’ Service 5,033.00 5,227.00 Recommended Recommended
Veteran’s Aid 36,000.00 30,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Disposal Works 45,000.00 45,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Disposal Attendant 10,500.00 10,800.00 Recommended Recommended
Hilltown Resource Mgt. Coop. 6,546.00 6,220.00 Recommended Recommended
Street Lights 750.00 800.00 Recommended Recommended
Hampshire Cnty Emer Comm Sys 486.00 486.00 Recommended Recommended
Total: $266,256.00 $280,216.01    

ARTICLE FOURTEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $630.20 from the Town Radio Upgrade Account and the sum of $9,280.00 from the Thermal Imaging Account to fund a new Fire Department Radio Upgrade Account, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE FIFTEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $40,223.00 from the General Stabilization Fund to purchase a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Cruiser to replace the current 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Cruiser or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE SIXTEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to enter into a ten (10) year contract with the option for a five (5) year extension, commencing on July 1, 2020 with the qualified vendor selected by MassDEP through a competitive bid process for recycling processing services for the Town, subject to the Selectboard’s determination that the contract is in the best interests of the Town and subject to Town Meeting approval in the Spring 2020 for funding for these services or take any other action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE SEVENTEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $34,983.50 for Principal and Interest on the Fire Truck Debt, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
Fire Pumper Truck                    $35,731.00 $34,983.50 Recommended Recommended

ARTICLE EIGHTEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $546,286.00 for the following Town charges, or take any other action in relation thereto:

  FY2019 Adopted FY2020 Proposed Selectboard Action Finance Comm. Action
General Highway Maint. $50,000.00 $50,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Road Sweeping 6,000.00 6,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Town Mowing 8,000.00 10,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Winter Highway Maint. 95,000.00 110,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Wtr. HWY Overtime Wages 11,853.00 11,853.00 Recommended Recommended
Highway Dept. Wages 111,842.00 148,963.00 Recommended Recommended
Highway Wages Clerical 4,680.00 4,836.00 Recommended Recommended
Highway Superintendent 67,247.00 69,555.00 Recommended Recommended
Hwy.Supt. Add’l Wtr. Comp. 2,479.00 2,479.00 Recommended Recommended
Garage Maintenance 14,000.00 14,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Machinery Maintenance 30,000.00 30,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Highway/Police Fuel 27,000.00 27,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Superintendent’s Expense 700.00 1,600.00 Recommended Recommended
Secondary Rd. Improvemts. 60,000.00 60,000.00 Recommended Recommended
Total: $488,801.00 $546,286.00    

ARTICLE NINETEEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $44,000.00 from the General Stabilization Fund to purchase a 2019 Ford F350 Flatbed Pick-up Truck (includes Trade-in and Plow Package), to replace the current 2010 Ford F350 Pick-up, or take any action relative thereto. 

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $3,500.00 from the General Stabilization Fund to Contract Services to Paint the East Exterior Side of Town Hall, or take any action relative thereto. 

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-ONE:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $5,000.00 from the General Stabilization Fund to the Route 143 Land Easement Acquisition Account, or take any action relative thereto. 

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-TWO:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $3,500.00 for expenses associated with a Founder’s Day Event to be held on June 29, 2019, or take any action relative thereto. 

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-THREE:  To see if the Town will vote to Raise and Appropriate the sum of $10,000.00 to establish a Reserve Fund to provide for extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures, as provided by M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 6, as amended, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-FOUR:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate as available funds the total sum of $234,479.00 from Chapter 90 funds or any other amounts from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for highway construction and/or maintenance, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended               Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-FIVE:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $302,112.00 from Free Cash to the General Stabilization Fund, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended        Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-SIX:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $18,080.00 from the FY 2019 Vocation Education Account to the Conwell Stabilization Fund, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended                Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

ARTICLE TWENTY-SEVEN:  To see if the Town will vote to Authorize the Selectboard to enter into contracts with the Massachusetts Highway Department for construction and/or maintenance of public highways for the Fiscal Year 2020, and further to authorize the Selectboard on behalf of the Town to accept any money from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for highway construction and/or maintenance, or to take any other action in relation thereto.

ARTICLE TWENTY-EIGHT:  To see if the Town will vote to Authorize the Selectboard to apply for Massachusetts State or Federal grant programs and to further Authorize the Selectboard to expend monies received through such programs following a public hearing, or take any other action in relation thereto.

ARTICLES FOR FY 2019

ARTICLE TWENTY-NINE:  To see if the Town will vote to Appropriate and Transfer the sum of $33,591.63 from the General Stabilization Fund to fund deficit spending in the Winter Highway Maintenance Account, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Selectboard Action: Recommended              Finance Comm. Action: Recommended

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And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting attested copies thereof at the Town Hall and Post Office seven days at least before the time of 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 April 27, 2019            I have served this warrant as directed.

                                                                                   Date of Posting:                                   

                                                           Constable

Selectboard 

ATTEST

GLOSSARY

APPROPRIATION: An authorization granted by a Town Meeting to make expenditures and to incur obligations for specific purposes.  A “specific” appropriation is carried forward year to year until spent for the designated purpose or transferred by Town Meeting vote to another account.

AVAILABLE FUNDS: Free Cash, reserves and unexpended balances available for appropriation.

ESTIMATED RECEIPTS: Estimate of money to be received by the Town from various sources, such as licenses, state reimbursements, etc.  The estimate is deducted by the Assessors from the gross amount to be raised by taxes when the tax rate is set.

FISCAL YEAR: A twelve-month period commencing July l, to which the annual budget applies and at the end of which a Town determines its financial position and the results of its operations.

FREE CASH: Certified each July l by the Director of Accounts.  This is the surplus revenue account (also called “excess and deficiency”), less any uncollected taxes of prior years.  It is available for appropriation upon certification.  By action of a Special Town Meeting after certification and before setting the tax rate, part or all of any unexpected “free cash” may be applied to reduce the tax rate of the current year.  “Free Cash” is also referred to as “Available Funds”.

OVERLAY: Is an amount of money raised by Assessors for the purpose of creating a fund to cover abatements and uncollectible taxes.

OVERLAY SURPLUS: Unused, accumulated amount of the Overlay for various years, which may be voted for extraordinary or unforeseen purposes.

RESERVE FUND: An amount appropriated for unforeseen or emergency purposes. An amount can be transferred from the Overlay Surplus Account to this fund, and it is controlled exclusively by the Finance Committee.

STABILIZATION: A special account created to provide for capital expenditures which are invested until used.

SURPLUS REVENUE: The amount by which the cash, accounts receivable and other assets exceed the liabilities and reserves.

TOWN MEETING WARRANT: A written order calling an Annual or Special Town Meeting and containing a list of items to be acted upon. Warrants are posted at the official posting places (Town Hall and Post Office).

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