COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Town of Huntington

 

Special Town Meeting

 

Wednesday; July 12, 2006  

 

WARRANT

 

HAMPSHIRE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS, ss:

 

TO EITHER OF THE CONSTABLES OF THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON IN, SAID COUNTY OF 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 Wednesday; July 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., then and there to act on the following articles:

 

 

ARTICLE 1:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $200,000.00 for the demolition, debris removal and site restoration of the Murrayfield Elementary School, including repaving the library parking lot and driveway;  or take any other action relative thereto.

 

ARTICLE 2:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $25,000.00 for the restoration of the Stanton Hall steeple; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

                                    Explanation:  The scope of work includes the repair of the steeple base, spire, finial and weathervane; two coats of paint, a primer and latex.  The total cost is estimated at $50,000.00  An existing account (245534-000) of $27,386.23 reserved for Stanton Hall use will be applied.

 

ARTICLE 3:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Stabilization Fund to the Building and Property Maintenance Account (015192-006) the sum of (To Be Determined) to

re-roof the Town Hall, cupola and four (4) porticos; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

Explanation:            The current roof is 27 years old and in need of replacement.

 

ARTICLE 4:              To see if the Town will raise and appropriate or transfer from unappropriated funds in the Treasury the sum of $3,161.00 for Firefighter Training Wages (015220-003); or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 5:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from available funds the sum of $41,900.00 for the following Operational Accounts; or take any other action relative thereto:

 

                                    015138-002            Treasurer’s Expenses                           $     500.00

                                    015138-004     Treasurer Tax Title Expenses                $  7,000.00

                                    015139-002     Town Collector’s Expenses                  $     500.00

                                    015139-003     Town Collector Tax Taking Exps.         $     700.00

                                    015151-000     Legal Expenses                         $10,000.00

                                    015192-002     Town Hall Utilities/Phone                      $  3,000.00

                                    015192-004     Stanton Hall Utilities                              $  1,000.00

                                    015196-000     Town Reports                                      $  1,000.00

                                    015220-008     Fire Truck Maintenance                        $  1,700.00

                                    015422-003     Highway Utilities                                   $  5,000.00

                                    015422-004     Highway Building/Equip. Maint.            $  1,000.00

                                    015422-006     Highway Gas & Diesel              $  6,000.00

                                    015610-002     Library Maint/Rep/Supplies                  $  4,000.00

                                    015610-007     Library Software Tech. Support            $     500.00

 

ARTICLE 6:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Water/Sewer Reserves the sum of $5,000.00 for the following Salary Accounts; or take any other action relative thereto:

 

                                    015440-001     Sewer Wages                                       $  4,000.00

                                    015450-001     Water Wages                                       $  1,000.00

 

ARTICLE 7:              To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Water/Sewer Reserves the sum of $24,000.00 for the following Operational Accounts; or take any other action relative thereto:

 

                                    015440-009     Sewer Building/Equipment Maint.          $  8,000.00

                                    015440-016     Sewer Improvements                            $  9,000.00

                                    015450-006     Water Utilities                                       $  3,500.00

                                    015450-008     Water Analysis Tests                            $     500.00

                                    015450-015     Water Materials/Equipment                   $  3,000.00

 

ARTICLE 8:              To see if the Town will vote to establish an Agricultural Commission to represent the Huntington farming and agricultural community, as well as other farming and forestry activities; or take any other action relative thereto.

 

“ The purpose of the Agricultural Commission will be to support commercial agriculture and other farming activities in the Town of Huntington.  The Commission’s duties shall include but will not be limited to the following:  serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuits of agriculture in Huntington; promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; act as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; work for the preservation of agricultural lands; advise the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Historical Commission, Board of Assessors, and the Open Space Committee, or any other appropriate Town Boards, on issues involving agriculture; and shall pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.

 

The Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen, of which the majority of the membership shall be substantially engaged in the pursuit of agriculture.  All members of the Commission must either be residents of the Town, or owners and farmers of agricultural property within the Town.

 

There may be one or two alternates appointed to the Commission by the Selectmen and will fill any vacancies at a meeting of the Commission.

 

In making its appointments, the Board of Selectmen is asked specifically to consider the intent of the Commission to represent the agricultural interests of the Town.

 

The terms will be as follows:  Two members for a term of three years; two members for a term of two years and three thereafter; and one member for a term of one year and three years thereafter.

 

The Board of Selectmen shall fill a vacancy based on the unexpired term of the vacancy in order to maintain the cycle of appointments, based upon the recommendations of the Commission.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you are hereby 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, fourteen (14) 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 23rd day of June, in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Six.    

 

 

Huntington Selectboard:                                         Posted as within directed:

 

 

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Albert LaFrance, Chair                                        Earl G. Heath, Jr.

 

 

______________________________                        ____________________________

Robert Heath, Member                                               Date

 

 

                                                           

Aimee Burnham, Member