County Retirement: The Finance Committee recommends a balanced budget appropriation of $660,453 for this budget item.
Long Term Debt Service
ARTICLES 8 & 20
Long Term Debt
Long Term Debt: The Finance Committee recommends a balanced budget appropriation of $901,160 for this budget item with the passage of transfer funds under Articles 8 and 24. ARTICLE 12 – Capital Equipment: To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute for various capital purposes, or provide by any combination of these methods, or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/LONG TERM CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS COMMITTEE)
Long Term Capital Requirements
Hot Water Heater (Corey)
Auditorium Seat Refurb (Phase 1)
Radio System Upgrade
Misc. Maintenance Projects
Repave Parking Lot
Combined Finance Committee and Long Term Capital Requirements Committee Recommendations: Both Committees recommend approval of the preceding amounts for the items described under Article 12 for $250,000. ARTICLE 13 – Closeout of Unexpended Warrant Articles: To see if the Town will vote to close out the following accounts and to transfer the remaining unexpended appropriated funds to the General Fund:
Acct. No.DescriptionRemaining Balance
, or to take any other action related thereto. . (BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
ARTICLE 14 – Capital Expenditure – DPW Sander/Dump Truck: To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute for the Board of Selectmen to expend to purchase a DPW Sander/Dump Truck, or provide by any combination of these methods, provided however, that such borrowing shall be contingent upon passage of a ballot question debt exclusion override of the limits on taxation pursuant to G. L. Chapter 59, section 21C(k) ("Proposition Two and One Half" so called) or take any other action related thereto. . (BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
Finance Committee Recommendation: On 3/14/11 the Finance Committee recommended approval of Debt Exclusion in the amount of $120,000 for a new Sander/Dump Truck for the Department of Public Works. New information has become available indicating that the cost of the sander will be approximately $134,000. The Finance Committee will re-vote its recommendation and present it at Town Meeting. This Debt Exclusion is contingent upon passage of Ballot Question 1. ARTICLE 15 – Authorization of OPEB Trust: To see if the town will vote to accept Chapter 32B section 20 of the General Laws in order to establish separate fund, to be known as an Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund and a funding schedule for the fund, or to take any other action related thereto, which statute provides:
Section 20. A city, town, district, county or municipal lighting plant that accepts this section, may establish a separate fund, to be known as an Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, and a funding schedule for the fund. The schedule and any future updates shall be designed, consistent with standards issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, to reduce the unfunded actuarial liability of health care and other post-employment benefits to zero as of an actuarially acceptable period of years and to meet the normal cost of all such future benefits for which the governmental unit is obligated. The schedule and any future updates shall be: (i) developed by an actuary retained by a municipal lighting plant or any other governmental unit and triennially reviewed by the board for a municipal lighting plant or by the chief executive officer of a governmental unit; and (ii) reviewed and approved by the actuary in the public employee retirement administration commission.
The board of a municipal lighting plant or the legislative body of any other governmental unit may appropriate amounts recommended by the schedule to be credited to the fund. Any interest or other income generated by the fund shall be added to and become part of the fund. Amounts that a governmental unit receives as a sponsor of a qualified retiree prescription drug plan under 42 U.S.C. 1395w-132 may be added to and become part of the fund.
The custodian of the fund shall be: (i) a designee appointed by the board of a municipal lighting plant; or (ii) the treasurer of any other governmental unit. Funds shall be invested and reinvested by the custodian consistent with the prudent investor rule set forth in chapter 203C.
This section may be accepted in a city having a Plan D or Plan E charter by vote of the city council; in any other city by vote of the city council and approval of the mayor; in a town by vote of the town at a town meeting; in a district by vote of the governing board; in a municipal lighting plant by vote of the board; and in a county by vote of the county commissioners. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 15. ARTICLE 16 – Rescind Authorized and Unissued Debt: To see if the Town will vote to rescind any amounts of authorized and unissued debt or to take any other action related thereto.
(BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 16. ARTICLE 17 – CCRSD Technology Stabilization Fund: To determine whether the Town will vote to authorize the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District treasurer to transfer the sum of $37,587, or any other sum, from available funds encumbered by the District at June 30, 2010 for technology purposes, said sum to be transferred into the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Technology Stabilization Fund authorized by vote under Article 15 of the 2010 Annual Town Meeting, or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/CONCORD-CARLISLE REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 17 for the transfer of $37,587 to the CCRSD Technology Stabilization Fund. ARTICLE 18 – Professional Services - Council on Aging: To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute to be spent by the Board of Selectmen upon the recommendation of the Council on Aging for the purpose of Council on Aging professional services to aid the residents of Carlisle, or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 18 for $3,500 for the Council of Aging for professional services. ARTICLE 19 – Professional Services - Planning Board: To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute to be spent by the Planning Board in consultation with the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of professional planning, architectural and engineering services, or to take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 19 for $5,000 for the Planning Board for professional services. ARTICLE 20 - Fiscal Year 2012 Stabilization Account Transfer: To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Account a sum of money to be applied to the payment of principal and interest on Debt Service or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/FINANCE COMMITTEE)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 20 to transfer from the Stabilization Fund a sum of $14,945 to be used to repay the principal and interest on a portion of the debt service, resulting in the FY 2012 long-term debt service appropriation to $901,160. ARTICLE 21 – Fiscal Year 2012 Free Cash Transfer: To see what sum the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the Town to increase the Stabilization Account or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/FINANCE COMMITTEE)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends the transfer of $75,000 from Free Cash to the Stabilization Fund. ARTICLE 22 – Fiscal Year 2012Transfer Free Cash: To see what sum the Town will vote to transfer from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the Town to meet the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2011 or to authorize the Assessors to use in establishing the tax rate, or take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/FINANCE COMMITTEE)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends the transfer of $222,852 from Free Cash to be used to support the FY12 Town Operating Budget. ARTICLE 23–Mannis Land Survey: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum or sums of money to be spent by the Town Administrator with the approval of the Conservation Commission to pay for the costs of land surveying and related services to the survey of the Mannis Conservation Land, an approximately 27.88 acre parcel of land acquired by the Town as a gift in 1982 and located on Rutland Street; or to take any other action related thereto. (CONSERVATION COMMISSION)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee recommends approval of Article 23 for $6,000 for the Conservation Commission for land surveying services. ARTICLE 24 – CPA Annual Authorization: To see if the town will vote to act on the report of the Community Preservation Committee and to appropriate or reserve for later appropriation monies from the Community Preservation Fund annual revenues or available funds and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to convey, or accept as the case may be, appropriate historic preservation restrictions for historic resources, open space restriction to be in compliance with the requirements of Chapter 44B,section 12 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, and to take any other action related thereto. (BOARD OF SELECTMEN/COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee will make its recommendation at Town Meeting. ARTICLE 25 –Solar Bylaw: To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Carlisle Zoning Bylaws for the purpose of establishing a solar photovoltaic facilities overlay district as follows:
Add a new Section 5.8 as follows:
5.8 - SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC FACILITY OVERLAY DISTRICT
5.8.1 The purpose of this Section 5.8 is to promote the creation of new large-scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facilities by: establishing a Solar Photovoltaic Facility Overlay District for construction of a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility; providing standards for the placement, design, construction, operation, monitoring, modification and removal of such facilities, which standards address public safety and minimize impacts on scenic, natural and historic resources; and providing adequate financial assurance for the eventual decommissioning of such facilities.
5.8.2 Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility or “Facility”– A solar photovoltaic system and all associated equipment and structures which has a minimum nameplate capacity of 250 kW DC that is structurally mounted on the ground, not larger than 1.5 acres in aggregate and is not roof-mounted, unless it is located on the roof of a structure that is not designed for human occupancy.
5.8.3 Modifications. All provisions of this Section also pertain to physical modifications that materially alter the type, configuration, or size of a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility.
5.8.4 Location. The Solar Photovoltaic Facility Overlay District shall consist of an area of approximately 7 acres comprised of Assessor's Map 21 Parcel 10 & 11 and a 200 ft x 200 ft portion of Map 20 Parcel 1 along its boundaries with Map 21 Parcel 10 & 9, which shall be shown on a map, entitled “Property Maps, Carlisle, Massachusetts.” The location of renewable energy generation facilities in the form of a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be permitted as of right in this district.
5.8.5 Site Plan Review. No building permit shall be issued for a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility and no modifications as described in Section 5.8.3 above shall be allowed without prior approval by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to the Site Plan Review process set forth in Section 7.6 of these Bylaws, Notwithstanding Section 7.6.2 of these Bylaws, (1) the Board of Selectmen shall not take final action on an application for a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility until it has received a report and recommendation from the Planning Board and (2) a Site Plan shall be deemed constructively approved if not acted upon within one year after submission of complete plans and other materials required by Section 7.6 of these Bylaws.
22.214.171.124 Applications for Site Plan Review shall include evidence that the utility company that operates the electrical grid where the Facility is to be located has been informed and consents to the Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility owner’s or operator’s plan to connect to the electrical grid. Off-grid systems are exempt from this requirement.
5.8.6 Compliance with Laws. The construction and operation of a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be consistent with all applicable local, state, and federal requirements, including but not limited to all applicable safety, construction, electrical, and communications requirements. All buildings and fixtures forming part of or associated with a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be constructed in accordance with the State Building Code.
5.8.7 Dimensional and Other Requirements. The height of all structures comprising a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall not exceed 20 feet above the pre-existing natural grade or, if mounted on a structure, shall be no higher than 7 feet above the roof of the structure. For a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility, all setbacks from lots lines shall be at least 40 feet. As part of Site Plan Review, the Board of Selectmen may require larger setbacks if appropriate for screening, provided, however, that such larger setbacks shall not have the effect of rendering a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility infeasible.
126.96.36.199 All structures included within a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be subject to reasonable regulations concerning the bulk and height of structures, lot area, setbacks, open space, parking, and building coverage requirements. All such structures, including but not limited to equipment shelters, storage facilities, transformers, and substations shall be architecturally compatible with each other. Whenever reasonable, structures should be screened from view by vegetation and/or joined or clustered to minimize adverse visual impacts.
188.8.131.52 All utility connections to the Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be via underground lines. Electrical transformers for utility interconnections may be above ground if required by the utility provider; however, they shall be screened from view.
184.108.40.206 Lighting of a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall be consistent with local, state, and federal law. Lighting of other parts of the Facility, such as appurtenant structures, shall be limited to that required for safety and operational purposes, and shall be reasonably shielded from abutting properties. Where feasible, lighting of the Facility shall be directed downward and away from residential structures and shall incorporate full cut-off fixtures to reduce light pollution.
220.127.116.11 A sign at the Facility shall be required to identify the owner and operator of the Facility and provide a 24-hour emergency contact phone number. The Facility shall not be used for displaying any advertising except for reasonable identification of the manufacturer or operator of the Facility.
18.104.22.168 The Facility owner or operator shall provide a copy of the project summary, electrical schematic, and site plan to the Carlisle Fire Department. Upon request, the owner or operator shall cooperate with local emergency services in developing an emergency response plan. All means of shutting down the Facility shall be clearly marked. The owner or operator shall identify and provide the Town with contact information for a responsible person for public inquiries throughout the life of the Facility.
22.214.171.124 Clearing of natural vegetation shall be limited to what is necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility, or otherwise prescribed by applicable laws, regulations, and bylaws.
5.8.8 Maintenance. The owner, operator, successors, and assigns of the Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility shall maintain the Facility in good condition. Maintenance shall include, but not be limited to, painting, structural repairs, and ensuring the integrity of security measures, and otherwise shall be maintained as set forth in any Operations and Maintenance Plan approved pursuant to Site Plan Review. Site access shall be maintained by the owner or operator of the Facility at its sole cost, unless any access road(s) are accepted as a public way.
5.8.9 Abandonment or Decommissioning 126.96.36.199. Removal Requirements: Any Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Facility that has reached the end of its useful life or has been abandoned consistent with sub-section 188.8.131.52 of this section shall be removed. The owner or operator shall physically remove the Facility no more than 180 days after the date of discontinued operations. The owner or operator shall notify the Building Commissioner by certified mail of the proposed date of discontinued operations and plans for removal. Decommissioning of the Facility shall consist of:
Physical removal of the Facility and all associated structures, equipment, security barriers, and transmission lines from the site;
Disposal of all solid and hazardous waste in accordance with local, state, and federal waste disposal regulations; and
Stabilization or re-vegetation of the site as necessary to minimize erosion. With prior written authorization from the Board of Selectmen, the owner or operator of the Facility may leave landscaping or designated below-grade foundations in order to minimize erosion and disruption to vegetation.
184.108.40.206 Abandonment: Absent notice of a proposed date of decommissioning or written notice of extenuating circumstances, the Facility shall be considered abandoned when it fails to operate for more than one year without the written consent of the Board of Selectmen. If the owner or operator of the Facility fails to remove the Facility in accordance with the requirements of this section within 180 days of abandonment or the proposed date of decommissioning, the Town may enter the property and physically remove the Facility.
220.127.116.11 Financial Surety: The owner or operator of the Facility shall provide a form of surety acceptable to the Board of Selectmen, either through escrow account, bond or otherwise, to cover the cost of removal in the event the Town must remove the Facility and restore the landscape, in an amount and form determined to be reasonable by the Board of Selectmen, but in no event to exceed more than 125 percent of the cost of removal and compliance with the additional requirements set forth herein. Such surety will not be required for a municipally- or state-owned Facility. The project owner or operator shall submit a fully inclusive estimate of the costs associated with removal of the Facility, prepared by a qualified engineer. The amount shall include a mechanism for calculating increased removal costs due to inflation.
II. Amend Section 2.1, Types of Districts, by adding a new subsection 2.1.7 as follows:
III. Amend Section 2.2, Location of Districts, by deleting the first sentence thereof and replacing it with the following:
“All districts except the Wetland/Flood Hazard District and the Solar Photovoltaic Facility Overlay District are located and bounded as shown on a map entitled “Zoning District Map of Carlisle, Mass.”, dated March 1962 (as revised to date), signed by the Planning Board, and filed with the Town Clerk, together with any and all amendments thereto subsequently adopted by the Town.”
And by adding the following new paragraph three:
“The Solar Photovoltaic Facility Overlay District is shown on sheets 20 and 21 of a map entitled “Property Maps, Carlisle, Massachusetts,” consisting of an index map and 36 sheets together with all amendments thereto, subsequently adopted by the Town on file with the Town Clerk, the District being depicted as “Solar Photovoltaic Facility Overlay District, adopted May __, 2011,” which are hereby made a part of the Zoning District Map of the Town of Carlisle.”
(BOARD OF SELECTMEN)
ARTICLE 26 –Terminate Highland Building Preservation Activities: To see if the Town will vote to permanently terminate all preservation activities and expenditures voted under Article 22 (part3) of the 2009 Annual Town Meeting, which appropriated $455,000 from the Community Preservation Historic Fund and the Community Preservation undesignated fund for the Selectmen to expend for the preservation of the Highland Building by the installation and upgrading of fire safety, plumbing and heating systems, and by repairing the exterior façade of the building, including roof, chimney, siding windows, and front porch and stairs, and to return any unspent funds to appropriate Community Preservation Funds, or take any action relative thereto. (CITIZENS’ PETITION)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee takes no position regarding Article 26. ARTICLE 27 – Appropriate Funds to Demolish Highland Building:
To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, to be spent by the Board of Selectmen to pay for the demolition of the Highland Building, or take any action relative thereto. (CITIZENS’ PETITION)
Finance Committee Recommendation: The Finance Committee does not support Article 27.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – May 9, 2011
The Annual Town meeting was convened May 9, 2011, at the Corey Building. A quorum of 150 voters was reached, and the meeting called to order by Moderator Wayne Davis at 7:17 PM. There were a total of 198 voters present. The meeting was adjourned at 11:12 PM on May 9, 2011.
Before the warrant was opened, the Moderator explained how the meeting would be conducted, noted the Fire Escapes, and announced that if needed due to emergency, the meeting would reconvene tomorrow, May 10, 2011, at 7 PM.
Moderator Wayne Davis then described the Consent Agenda, and also described other rules of Town Meeting and explained the declared 2/3 vote method.
Article 1: - Consent Agenda
On motion of John Williams, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Articles 2 through 9, be considered in one motion, and that the motions for Articles 2 through 9 be hereby adopted as printed in the Motions Handout at Town Meeting, and as indicated by a double asterisk (**), and recommended by the Finance Committee, be adopted as follows: at the call of the Consent Agenda, the Moderator shall call out the numbers of the Articles, one by one. If one or more voters objects to any particular Article being included in the Consent Agenda, they should say the word “Hold” in a loud voice when the Article number is called, at which point the Articles will then be removed automatically from the Consent Agenda and restored to its original place in the Warrant, to be debated and voted upon in the usual manner; after the calling of the individual Articles, the Moderator will they ask that all Articles for which no Hold was place be passed as a unit with a single vote by the voters.
Article 2: Town Reports:
At the call of the Consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that the reports of the Town Officers, Boards, Committees, Commissioners and Trustees as published in the Town Report for the Year 2010 be accepted and placed in the permanent records of the Town, it being understood that such acceptance does not constitute a ratification of the contents of those reports.
Article 3:- Salaries of Elected Officials:
At the call of the Consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that the town vote to fix the salaries of the elected officers of the town as provided by Chapter 41, Section 108 of the General Laws, as amended, for the Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2011, as follows:
Article 4: - Revaluation:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) be raised and appropriated from the FY 2012 tax levy and other general revenues of the Town to be spent by the Board of Assessors for the purpose of professional services in connection with revaluation of real estate and personal property in the Town.
Article 5: - Actual Valuation of Post-Employment Benefits:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000) be raised and appropriated from the FY 2012 tax levy and other general revenues of the Town to be spent by the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of professional services in connection with GASB 45 actuarial valuation of post employment benefits obligations for the Town.
Article 6: - Department Revolving Funds Authorization:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that that the revolving funds for School Buses, Board of Health Inspections, Hazardous Wastes, Trails Committee, Conservation Wetlands, Conservation Foss Farm, Conservation Building Maintenance, Historical Commission, Youth Commission, Building Inspector, and Council on Aging be authorized or reauthorized, as the case may be, for FY 2012 pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53 E1/2 with the revenue source, authority to spend, use of fund, and spending limit as designated below with the understanding that such Revolving Funds be credited with the balance remaining in such Revolving Fund at the end of FY 2011 as follows:
Use of Fund
To provide transportation for 7th and 8th grade students
Board of Health
Specific expert engineering and consulting services
to review septic and well installations and repairs,
sanitary inspections and other appropriate
Collection and disposal of household hazardous
User Fees &
Sale of Trails in
Building, maintaining and enhancing recreation trails.
Specific expert engineering and consulting services
Expenses related to review of filings/applications.
To provide for dances and other events sponsored
by the Youth Commission.
To cover inspectional services and administrative expenses.
To provide for events
sponsored by the Council on Aging
Article 7: - Real Estate Tax Exemption:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that G.L. Chapter 59, Section 5 (clause 41C) be hereby accepted to grant an additional real estate tax exemptions of up to one hundred (100%) percent for the elderly.
Article 8: - Fiscal Year 2012 Reserve for Debt Services – MSBA Transfer:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Forty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Seven Dollars ($46,807) be hereby transferred from Reserve for Debt Services – MSBA to add to the line item entitled “Long Term Debt” as it may be voted in the motion pursuant to Article 11 of this Warrant, which sum so transferred to be used to pay for principal and interest on a portion of the debt service of the town.
Article 9: - FT2012 Chapter 90 Authorization:
At the call of the consent Agenda, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that the Treasurer of the Town, with the approval of the Selectmen, be authorized to borrow Two Hundred Sixty One Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-Two Dollars ($261,922) to be expended by the Board of Selectmen for the reconstruction and improvement of public ways in the town as provided for pursuant to the provisions of Section 34(2)(a) of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, such borrowing to be in anticipation of reimbursement by the Commonwealth pursuant to said Chapter 90.
Article 10: - Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Transfers:
On motion of Douglas A.G. Stevenson, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) be hereby transferred from the amount voted for “Insurance & Benefits” under Article 10 of the May 10, 2010 Annual Town Meeting to the line item “Reserve Fund”.
Article 11: - Operating Budget
On motion of David Guarino, it was voted by a declared unanimous vote that Twenty Three Million Five Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand Sixty-Five Dollars ($23,585,065) be raised and appropriated from the FY 2012 tax levy and other general revenues of the town to defray departmental and incidental expenses of the Town for FY 2012 as set forth in column entitled “Article 11 & 22” of the chart accompanying this motion.