COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

 

   Monday; May 1, 2006

7:30 p.m.

 

WARRANT

 

 

HAMPSHIRE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS, ss:

 

TO EITHER OF THE CONSTABLES OF THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, IN SAID HAMPSHIRE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS, GREETING:

 

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 elections and in Town affairs, to meet at Stanton Hall in said Huntington, on Monday; May 1, 2006 at 7:30 p.m., then and there to act on the following articles:

 

ARTICLE 2:              To empower the Selectboard to choose such Town Officers as are not required by law or vote of the Town to be chosen by ballot; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 3:              To accept the reports of the Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Selectboard, Library Trustees, Trustees of the Whiting Street Fund, Finance Committee, Trustees of the Alphonse P. Pettis Fund, Assessor of Taxes, Town Accountant, and any other Town Officers or Committees to report and act thereon; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 4:              To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to prosecute and defend matters in which the Town has an interest, or to appear in favor or opposed to matters involving the Town’s interest and employ counsel; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 5:              To see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to sell and convey by public auction in accordance with Section 77B of Chapter 60 of the General Laws, all parcels of real estate which the Town has acquired or may acquire, either by foreclosure of Tax Title in Land Court or by the procedure under Section 80 of Chapter 60 of the General Laws pertaining to lands of low value; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 6:              To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to apply for Massachusetts Small Cities Program or other federal or state monies and to expend any monies received as set forth in the appropriate grant application following public hearing;

or take any other action relative thereto. 

 

ARTICLE 7:              To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into contracts with the Massachusetts Highway Department for construction and/or maintenance of public highways for the Fiscal Year 2007, and further authorize the Board of Selectmen, on behalf of the Town, to accept any money from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for highway construction and/or maintenance; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 8:              To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash to the Treasurer Software Support account (#015138-005) the sum of $16,000.00 to purchase new software for the Treasurer and Tax Collector; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 9:              To see if the Town will vote to continue membership in the Hampshire Council of Governments for the Fiscal Year 2007 through Fiscal Year 2010 with a 75% reduction in annual dues from $8,176.00 to $2,044.00; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 10:            To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $100,000.00 from Free Cash to reduce the tax rate; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 11:            To see if the Town will vote to replace The Highway Department’s 1987 Coleman Sander by purchasing a new dump truck with a wing, not to exceed $140,000.00 by transferring $25,000.00 from Free Cash and borrowing up to $115,000.00; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 12:            To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash to the

                                    Police & Fire Group Accident Insurance Account

                                    (#015914-006) the sum of $2,597.00; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 13:            To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash to the Highway Building & Equipment Account (#015422-004) the sum of $14,000.00 for unanticipated repairs; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 14:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds such sums of money as may be necessary to defray expenses estimated for the ensuing fiscal year commencing July 1, 2006.  Voters will designate line items to be voted separately; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 15:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury, the sum of $1,063,928.00 for Huntington’s minimum contribution, as determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the Gateway Regional School District for the period of

July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 or accept a lesser amount than $1,063,928.00 as certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 16:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury, the sum of $358,673.00 for Huntington’s share of the transportation and debt services expenses for the Gateway Regional School District for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 17:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury, the sum of $402,136.00 and transfer from FY2006 over minimum account (015300-200) the sum of $75,373.00 for a total of $477,509.00 for Huntington’s share of the over-minimum contribution to the budget for Gateway Regional School District for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 or accept a lesser amount than $477,509.00 as certified by the Gateway Regional School District; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 18:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury, the sum of $324,702.00 for Huntington’s costs for Vocational Tuition for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 19:            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury, the sum of $55,000.00 for Huntington’s costs for Vocational Transportation for the period of July 1, 2006 through

June 30, 2007; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 20:                To see if the Town will vote to amend the Huntington General By-Law, Section 1 as follows:

 

                                  The Annual Election of Town Officers shall be held on the Third Saturday in May of each year with officials being elected taking office as of July 1, and the Annual Town Meeting for the transaction of other business shall be held on the First Monday in June, commencing at 7:30 p.m.”; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 21:            To see if the Town will vote to amend Section IF: DEFINITIONS of the Zoning Bylaw, by replacing the current definition for street frontage with the following:

 

                                  “Street frontage:  The continuous length (in feet) of a property line which abuts a road or street that has either been accepted as a town way or approved as a subdivision road (whether public or private).  All corner lots must have sufficient frontage on one road to satisfy zoning requirements.  Frontage for a single use on two or more lots shall be the sum of the individual lot frontages.”; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

                                     Note:  Italicized language is either new or modified from the current language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 22:            To see if the Town will vote to amend Section IF: DEFINITIONS of the Zoning Bylaw, by inserting:             “140, section in the definition for Manufactured Home    (a.k.a. Mobile Home), as follows, “ - with the definition as per M.G.L. Chapter 140, Section 32Q”; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

                                    Note:  Italicized language is either new or modified from the current language.

 

ARTICLE 23:            To see if the Town will vote to amend Section IV D:        NON-RESIDENTIAL USES ON LOTS NOT ALSO USED FOR RESIDENCE of the Zoning Bylaw by substituting the following paragraph for the current first paragraph:

 

                                  “For the four following categories, if there are three (3) or less full-time (or equivalent part-time) employees, special permit is required in residential districts and the use is permitted without special permit in all other districts.  A special permit is required in all districts if there are four (4) or more full-time (or equivalent part-time) employees.  See Section IV H for        off-street parking requirements and Section IV I for permitted signs.”; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

                                    Note:  Italicized language is either new or modified from the current language.

 

ARTICLE 24:            To see if the Town will vote to transfer from free cash $1,800.00 to undertake a feasibility study, under the direction of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Public Library, to examine the options for expanding and renovating its current library building, or building a new facility and to report to the Town the results of such study; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 25:            To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of      M.G.L. c.32B, §9A to pay one-half of the amount of the premium to be paid by a retired employee for group life insurance and for group general or blanket hospital, surgical medical, dental and other health insurance; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 26:            To see if the Town will give the Huntington Food Pantry at Pioneer Valley Assembly of God $5,000.00 from free cash toward operating expenses at the pantry.

 

 

 

And you are directed to serve this warrant, by posting up attested copies thereof at

the Post Office, Moltenbrey’s Market, Knightville Package Store, Norwich Fire

Station and Town Hall, in said Town, seven (7) days at least before the time of

holding said meeting.

 

HEREOF, fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your doing thereon, to the Town Clerk, at the time and place of meeting aforesaid.

 

 

 

Given unto our hands this 14th day of April, in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Six:

 

 

 

HUNTINGTON SELECTBOARD:                             Posted as within directed:

 

 

________________________________                    _________________________

Albert LaFrance, Chair                                                 Earl G. Heath, Constable

                                   

 

________________________________                    __________________________

James Watkins, Member                                              Date

                                               

 

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Robert Heath, Member