TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS

MAY 21, 2019

CONSENT AGENDA

Warrant articles on a Consent Agenda are exceptions to the general process of Town Meeting. The Chairs of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee, Moderator, Town Clerk, Treasurer and Town Manager identified, for Town Meeting consideration, those articles that they believe should generate no controversy and can be properly voted without debate. These articles are put on the Consent Agenda to allow motions under these articles to be acted upon as one unit and be passed without debate. At the call of the Consent Agenda, the Moderator will read out the numbers of the articles, one by one. If one or more voters object to any particular article being included in the Consent Agenda, they say “hold” in a loud voice when the number is called. The article will be removed automatically from the Consent Agenda and restored to its original place in the Warrant, to be debated and voted under the usual manner. After the calling of the individual items in the Consent Agenda, the Moderator will ask for a motion that the voters pass all items remaining as a unit on one vote. Use of the Consent Agenda process makes the Town Meeting more efficient by speeding up the handling of non-controversial items.

The Consent Agenda will be taken up as the third order of business at the commencement of the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, after the election of town officers and reports of town committees (Articles 2 and 3).

CONSENT AGENDA SET #1

Please review the list of articles and motions proposed for each Consent Item which follows.

This set of articles includes all items related to the Town and School budgets as well as the Town’s Enterprise Funds (Water, Sewer, Transfer Station).  The cumulative impact of the proposed budgets as well as the use of free cash, anticipated increasing revenues and new property tax base growth yields an estimated tax increase of less than 2.45%.

MOTION  (MADE BY ADAM)    Moved that the Town take Articles 3 through 11 and 15 through 19 out of order and that they be “Passed by Consent” in accordance with the Motions shown on the Consent Agenda distributed this evening.

CONSENT AGENDA SET #2

Please review the list of articles and motions proposed for each Consent Item which follows:

MOTION  (MADE BY ADAM)    Moved that the Town take Articles 20 through 29 out of order and that they be “Passed by Consent” in accordance with the Motions shown on the Consent Agenda distributed this evening.

SINGLE EXCEPTION WILL REMOVE ARTICLE FROM CONSENT AGENDA

TO APPLY UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE TO REDUCE THE TAX RATE

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to transfer and appropriate the sum of $518,487 from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance to reduce the tax rate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to transfer and appropriate the sum of $518,487 from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance to reduce the tax rate.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Town customarily applies excess receipts and unused appropriations of the previous fiscal year (Unreserved Fund Balance a/k/a “Free Cash”) to reduce the tax rate; for this year, that amount is $400,000. The remainder of $118,487 is a one time supplement to cover the equivalent of non-recurring expenses proposed by the School District.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $ 518,487 from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance to be used to reduce the tax rate.  Article 3 considered and approved under the Consent Agenda.

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APPROPRIATION FOR DEBT SERVICE

Article 4.  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $719,488 or any other sum, to pay interest and maturing debt, or take any other action in relation thereto.


Purpose

Year
Borrowed

Years
Left

Initial
Principal

Balance end of FY2019

FY2020 Principal and Interest

Landfill Closure

2005

1                

$ 150,000                  

$10,300

   $10,300

Elementary School

2005

6

$4,200,000

$1,292,450

   $236,850

Police Station

2018

19

$4,835,000

$6,496,896

$344,738

Cable Mills

2015

6

$1,102,961    

$717,200

   $127,600

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $247,150 from taxation, $127,600 be appropriated from the Community Preservation Fund and $344,738 be appropriated from the Unreserved Fund balance.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Selectboard unanimously recommends  the adoption of this article.

Each of the above items is a bond issue the Town has committed to repay over the number of years remaining as indicated.  The entirely of Cable Mills debt is paid through the Community Preservation Fund and the entirety of this year’s Police Station debt is paid through “free cash.”

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $247,150 from taxation, $127,600 be appropriated from the Community Preservation Fund and $344,738 be appropriated from the Unreserved Fund balance  to pay interest and maturing debt.

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GENERAL GOVERNMENT

Article 5.  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $8,161,754 or any other sum, to pay interest and maturing debt, and for charges, expenses and outlays of the several Town Departments, namely:

Department

Fiscal Year 2019

Fiscal Year 2020

Executive

       $291,569

    $289,323

Administration and Finance                                          

$3,032,482

$3,183,706

Community Development

$407,837

$420,359

Public Safety

$1,325,263

$1,419,394

Public Works

$1,958,454

$2,029,801

Human Services

$809,465

$819,171

Total

$7,825,069

$8,161,754

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate $7,947,454 from taxation; that $117,081 be appropriated from Estimated Water Receipts; that $82,219 be appropriated from Estimated Sewer Receipts; that $9,000 be appropriated from Cemetery Perpetual Care Trust Fund; and that $6,000 be appropriated from the Sherman Burbank Memorial Trust.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The General Government appropriation is a 4.3% increase over the current year. Notable changes being this increase include wholly absorbing into the Town’s budget (from the School budget) the cost of Elementary School retirees (as a result of Regionalization), as well as increased costs associated with staffing changes in various Town departments. A further increase is associated with improvements to internet and telecommunications operating systems. Unlike many previous years, there is no increase in the annual health insurance premium paid by the Town.  Approximately 80% of the total town expense increase will be offset by increased non-property tax revenues as well as new revenues associated with new growth in the tax base. In addition, included articles include reductions to both the water and sewer rates.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate $7,947,454 from taxation; that $117,081 be appropriated from Estimated Water Receipts; that $82,219 be appropriated from Estimated Sewer Receipts; that $9,000 be appropriated from Cemetery Perpetual Care Trust Fund; and that $6,000 be appropriated from the Sherman Burbank Memorial Trust.

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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE VOCATIONAL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $323,311 or any other sum, being Williamstown’s share of the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District FY20 budget, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $323,311 from taxation.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

Note: This is an Omnibus Budget, i.e. Town Meeting may vote only a total amount.

FY2019

FY2020

Minimum Contribution/Assessment

$225,294

$303,813

Transportation Assessment

$5,571

$7,425

Capital Assessment

$9,615

$12,073

Total

$240,480

$323,311

The Williamstown assessment is a 34.4% increase from FY19. The source of the increase is expanded Williamstown enrollment at 20 students out of a total enrollment of 499 as compared to 15 of 498 students last year.  

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $323,311 from taxation to pay Williamstown’s share of the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District 2019-2020 budget.

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MOUNT GREYLOCK REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $12,113,764 or any other sum, being Williamstown’s share of the Mount Greylock Regional School District FY20 budget, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Note: This is an Omnibus Budget, i.e. Town Meeting may vote only a total amount.

   FY2019

FY2020

Minimum Contribution

$9,943,729

$10,259,079

Transportation Assessment

$523,592

$491,031

Capital Assessment

$1,341,754

$1,363,654

Total Assessment

$11,809,075

$12,113,764

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,113,764 from taxation.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article. 

The Williamstown assessment is a combined budget of the Elementary School and Mt. Greylock High School due to regionalization. It reflects a 2.6% increase compared to FY19.  The capital assessment includes $1,363,654 for debt repayment for the high school renovation as approved in March 2016, and excluded from the levy limit. This bond was for a term of 30 years and in FY20, Williamstown is responsible for 68.87% of annual payment.  The largest driver of the change in expense is adjustment to the state’s calculation of minimum contribution to be made by Williamstown rather than programmatic changes. As with the Town, health insurance premiums did not increase.        

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,113,764 from taxation, being Williamstown’s share of the Mount Greylock Regional School District 2019-2020 fiscal budget.

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Article 8.To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $863,000 or any other sum, for the following capital expenditures, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Item

Department

Amount

Luce Rd.- drainage/reclaim/overlay

Highway

$82,000

Cluett - drain replacement        

Highway

$110,000

Candlewood & Holly -reclaim/overlay

Highway

$121,000

Elm St. - reclaim/overlay

Highway

$33,500

Hall St. - reclaim/overlay        

Highway

$27,500

Maple St. - reclaim/overlay

Highway

$28,500

Linden St. - reclaim/overlay

Highway

$33,500

Mechanic’s Bay updates (60%)

Highway

$21,000

Backhoe

Parks

$125,000

Resurface Linear Park Tennis Court

Parks

$8,000

Pickleball Court - Linear Park

Parks

$35,000

Subtotal

$625,000

Cold Spring Rd pump station upgrades

Sewer

$40,000

Mechanic’s Bay updates

Sewer

$7,000

South St. sewer replacement

Sewer

$84,000

Subtotal

$131,000

Hoxsey/Main water main replacement

Water

$100,000

Mechanic’s Bay updates

Water

$7,000

Subtotal

$107,000

Total Capital

$863,000

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $625,000 from taxation, that $131,000 be transferred from Estimated Sewer Receipts and that $107,000 be transferred from Estimated Water Receipts.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

Highway Department,Parks and Director of Public Works items are funded by the property tax. Sewer and Water Department items are funded by user fees.        

 

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $625,000 from taxation, that $131,000 be raised and appropriated from Estimated Sewer Receipts, and that $107,000 be raised and appropriated from Estimated Water Receipts.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE RESERVE FUND

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $75,000 for the Finance Committee Reserve Fund, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $75,000 for the Finance Committee Reserve Fund.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Reserve Fund is established under G.L. c. 40 § 6 to provide for extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures authorized by the Finance Committee.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $75,000 for the Finance Committee Reserve Fund.

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TO FUND OTHER POST EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of $50,000 to the Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, established under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 32B, Section 20, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to transfer the sum of $50,000 from Unreserved Fund Balance to the OPEB Trust Fund.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

Last Year’s appropriation of $55,000 continued the process to put the Town on a pay-as-you-go basis for Other Post-Employment Benefits, primarily health insurance for retirees. This funding is important to maintain the Town’s Aa1 bond rating.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to transfer the sum of $50,000 from Unreserved Fund Balance to the OPEB Trust Fund.

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APPROPRIATION TO COMPENSATED BALANCES RESERVE FUND

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of $195,000 to the Compensated Balances Reserve Fund, established under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 13D, or take any other action in relation thereto.

Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to transfer the sum of $195,000 from Unreserved Fund Balance to Compensated Balances Reserve Fund.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

This appropriation sets aside funds to meet our legal obligation to pay accrued employee benefits upon separation from the Town’s employment. As in previous years, this appropriation is offset by the use of “free cash,” rather than new property taxation.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to transfer the sum of $195,000 from Unreserved Fund Balance to Compensated Balances Reserve Fund.

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SEWER DEPARTMENT

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Estimated Sewer Receipts the sum of $1,178,462 or any other sum, to pay interest and maturing debt, and for charges, expenses and outlays of the Sewer Department, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $1,128,462 from Estimated Sewer Receipts and the sum of $50,000 from Sewer Fund Unreserved Fund Balance.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The sewer rate will decrease $0.10. The Sewer Department is an Enterprise Fund. All expenses related to the operation of the department are paid by user fees rather than general taxation.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $1,128,462 from Estimated Sewer Receipts and the sum of $50,000 from Sewer Fund Unreserved Fund Balance.

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WATER DEPARTMENT

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Estimated Water Receipts the sum of $1,032,313 or any other sum, to pay interest and maturing debt, and for charges, expenses and outlays of the Water Department, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $988,313 from Estimated Water Receipts and the sum of $44,000 from Water Fund Unreserved Fund Balance.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The water rate will decrease $0.15. The Water Department is an Enterprise Fund. All expenses of the Department are paid by user fees rather than general taxation.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $988,313 from Estimated Water Receipts and the sum of $44,000 from Water Fund Unreserved Fund Balance.

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WATER RATE

Article 17.  To see if the Town will, in accordance with § 7, Chapter 606 of the Acts and Resolves of 1941, vote to approve a municipal water rate of $3.70 per 100 cubic feet of water as fixed by the Select Board at their meeting of April 8, 2019 to be effective July 1, 2019, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to approve a municipal water rate of $3.70 per 100 cubic feet.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

This is  a $0.15 decrease from the previous year.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to approve a municipal water rate of $3.70 per 100 cubic feet.

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TRANSFER STATION DEPARTMENT

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Estimated Transfer Station Receipts or other available funds the sum of $202,008 or any other sum, to pay interest and maturing debt, and for charges, expenses and outlays of the Transfer Station Department, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $201,805 from Estimated Transfer Station Receipts and $203 from Transfer Station Unreserved Fund Balance.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Transfer Station Department is an Enterprise Fund. All expenses of the Department are paid by user fees rather than general taxation.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $201,805 from Estimated Transfer Station Receipts and $203 from Transfer Station Unreserved Fund Balance.

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CHAPTER 90 HIGHWAY FUNDS

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from Chapter 90 funds that are, or may become, available to the Town during the fiscal year for Capital Projects, and to authorize the Treasurer to borrow such amounts in anticipation of reimbursement by the Commonwealth, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

Chapter 90 funds are distributed by the State for approved highway projects. The Town is required to spend the money before being reimbursed by the state. Since the Town cannot spend money it does not have, this article authorizes the Treasurer to borrow money in anticipation of receiving the Chapter 90 reimbursement from the Commonwealth.

MOTION: Moved that the Town vote to adopt this article.

--End Set #1--


   SINGLE EXCEPTION WILL REMOVE ARTICLE FROM CONSENT AGENDA

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – COMMITTEE EXPENSES

Article 20.  To see if the Town will vote to hear and act on the report of the Community Preservation Committee on the Fiscal Year 2019 Community Preservation budget, and to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues the sum of $5,000 to meet the administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee for Fiscal Year 2020 or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article. 

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

Motion: Moved that the Town vote to hear and act on the report of the Community Preservation Committee on the Fiscal Year 2019 Community Preservation budget, and to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues the sum of $5,000 to meet the administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee for Fiscal Year 2020.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $75,000 to fund a grant to the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust in unrestricted funds for initiatives and programs related to furthering affordable housing in Williamstown and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 4 - 0 - 1.

This continues the practice of providing funds to the Affordable Housing Trust for programs to support access to and development of affordable housing.

Motion:  Moved that the Town vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $75,000 to fund a grant to the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust in unrestricted funds for initiatives and programs related to furthering affordable housing in Williamstown and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $200,000 which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2022, to fund a grant to the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation for development of affordable housing at 330 Cole Avenue, Williamstown, such funds only to be expended one hundred and eighty days after construction has commenced on said project and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

This provides funding toward the development of housing at 330 Cole Avenue (the former Photec site.) This is part of a larger funding package from other non-Town sources for a total of over $16 million to  develop 41 units of affordable housing at the site.

Motion: Moved that the Town  vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $200,000 which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2022, to fund a grant to the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation for development of affordable housing at 330 Cole Avenue, Williamstown, such funds only to be expended one hundred and eighty days after construction has commenced on said project and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $70,000 which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2021, to fund a grant to the Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity for development of two single family affordable housing units at the intersection of Maple and Cole Avenues, Williamstown, and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Finance Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 7-0-1.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 3 - 0 - 2.

This provides support for Northern Habitat for Humanity’s plan to develop two single family houses and represents a portion of the estimated $270,000 construction cost.

Motion:  Moved that the Town vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for affordable housing purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $70,000 which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2021, to fund a grant to the Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity for development of two single family affordable housing units at the intersection of Maple and Cole Avenues, Williamstown, and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION - HISTORIC RESOURCES

Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $3,980, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Williamstown Historical Museum for the preservation of historically valuable documents, in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of  7 - 0 - 1.

The Finance Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of

7 - 0 - 1.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 4 - 1 - 0.

This will conserve an 18th century agricultural ledger and represents a portion of the estimated $4,980 project cost.

Motion: Moved that the  Town vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $3,980, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Williamstown Historical Museum for the preservation of historically valuable documents, in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION- HISTORIC RESOURCES

Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $9,815, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the 1753 House Committee for replacement of the roof of the 1953 replica of a 1753 regulation house at Field Park in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of  7 - 1 - 0.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 4 - 0 - 1.

This will replace the roof at the 1753 House.

Motion:  Moved that the  Town vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $9,815, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the 1753 House Committee for replacement of the roof of the 1953 replica of a 1753 regulation house at Field Park in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION- HISTORIC RESOURCES

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $7,325, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Town of Williamstown for restoration of a 1920 architectural rendering of the proposed Memorial Community Building in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate, or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of  7 - 0 - 1.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 3 - 2 - 0.

This will restore a historic rendering of a proposed Community Building for Southworth Street. The restored document will be displayed at Town Hall.

Motion: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate  from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for historic resources purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $7,325, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Town of Williamstown for restoration of a 1920 architectural rendering of the proposed Memorial Community Building in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – RECREATION

Article 27.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $34,800, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to Sand Springs Recreational Center for creating ADA accessibility to the second floor community room in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee,  and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

The Community Preservation Committee recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of  4 - 3 - 1.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board recommends the adoption of this article by a vote of 4 - 0 - 1.

This will provide for installation of a lift at the Sand Springs Recreational Center and represents a portion of the estimated $58,000 project cost.

Motion: Moved that  the Town vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $34,800, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to Sand Springs Recreational Center for creating ADA accessibility to the second floor community room in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee,  and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate,

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – RECREATION

Article 28.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $80,000, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Friends of Linear Park for the partial costs of purchase and installation of playground equipment at Linear Park, in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate or take any other action in relation thereto.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

This will provide for replacement and installation of playground equipment at Linear Park and represents a portion of the estimated $200,000 project cost.

Motion: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $80,000, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2020, to fund a grant to the Friends of Linear Park for the partial costs of purchase and installation of playground equipment at Linear Park, in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION – RECREATION

Article 29.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $20,176, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2021, to fund a grant to the Hoosic River Watershed Association for the construction of Linear Park Link Trail along the Green River in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

The Community Preservation Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Finance Committee unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

The Select Board unanimously recommends the adoption of this article.

This will provide for the construction of a new trail along the Green River from Linear Park (Water Street) to Main Street. This represents a portion of the estimated project cost of $25,176.

Motion: Moved that the Town vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund FY 2020 estimated annual revenues, for recreation purposes, under the Community Preservation Act, the sum of $20,176, which funds shall revert to the CPA fund if not expended by June 30, 2021, to fund a grant to the Hoosic River Watershed Association for the construction of Linear Park Link Trail along the Green River in accordance with the application submitted to and recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the organization upon such terms and conditions as may be appropriate and to authorize the Select Board to accept property interests as may be appropriate.

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