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Tornado watch issued for our area (Wed June 1 2011)

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From the National Weather Service for Westborough, MA link:

Tornado Watch
Special Weather Statement
Hazardous Weather Outlook

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1051 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>021-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>007-012100-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-
EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...
ORANGE...BARRE...FITCHBURG...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
GLOUCESTER...CHESTERFIELD...BLANDFORD...AMHERST...NORTHAMPTON...
SPRINGFIELD...MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...
CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...PLYMOUTH...
FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...AYER...JAFFREY...
KEENE...MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...WEARE...FOSTER...
SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...
NARRAGANSETT...WESTERLY...NEWPORT
1051 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

...THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING

A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM NEW YORK STATE THIS AFTERNOON. THERE
WILL BE A LOW PROBABILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING
ACROSS THE REGION EXCEPT FOR CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS.
THUNDERSTORMS WILL APPROACH SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS BY 1 TO 2 PM...THEN WILL PUSH EASTWARD THROUGH THE
REST OF THE AFTERNOON...REACHING THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR
BY 4 TO 5 PM.

THE MAIN THREATS FROM ANY POSSIBLE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE
DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE
REQUESTED TO WATCH OUT FOR CONDITIONS THAT REACH REPORTABLE
CRITERIA AND CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

EVT








Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 411
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
100 PM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

TORNADO WATCH 411 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

MAC009-011-013-015-017-021-025-027-020000-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0411.110601T1700Z-110602T0000Z/

MA
. MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ESSEX FRANKLIN HAMPDEN
HAMPSHIRE MIDDLESEX NORFOLK
SUFFOLK WORCESTER
$$




Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
410 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-020815-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
410 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT...CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS...EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE...NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THERE IS A LOW PROBABILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING. THE MAIN THREATS ARE STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS AND
LARGE HAIL. THE BEST CHANCE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE ACROSS
INTERIOR SECTIONS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER EXPECTED.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

$$

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2011 Spring Town Meeting Warrant

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[This summary from "Report and Recommendations of the Advisory Finance Committee to the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING MAY 14, 2011 (FY2012)", fetched 5/13/2011 from this document on the town site. Additional highlights are mine, to identify differences from "so vote" recommendations. -- webmaster ]

Town of Westborough
Recommendations of the Advisory Finance Committee
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
May 14, 2011

ARTICLE 1: Annual Town Election (Board of Selectmen)

To bring in their votes for:

One (1) Moderator (3 years)

One (1) Selectman (3 years)

One (1) Planning Board member (5 years)

Two (2) School Committee members (3 years)

Three (3) Trustees of Public Library (3 years)

Two (2) Westborough Housing Authority Members (5 years)

Polls will be open from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. in the following places:

Precinct l - Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 2 - Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 East Main Street

Precinct 3 - Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 4 - Mill Pond Intermediate School Gym, 6 Olde Hickory Path

Precinct 5 - Mill Pond Intermediate School Gym, 6 Olde Hickory Path

And to act on the following articles at the adjourned session of said meeting on May 14, 2011, at

1:00 P.M. in the Westborough High School Auditorium and Gymnasium on West Main Street.

Article 1: As voted by the electorate.

ARTICLE 2: Rule of the Meeting (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to adopt a Rule of the Meeting, applicable to this Town Meeting

only, such that after all other votes and reconsideration from the floor are complete, and if the

size of the appropriations voted appear to make necessary a ballot override vote (either levy,

capital outlay or debt exclusion) under MGL Ch 59 s. 21C (“Proposition 2½”), then the

conditions for reconsideration shall be deemed to have been met, and the moderator shall accept

motions for reconsideration on any appropriation but from the Advisory Finance Committee

only, for the purpose of reducing certain appropriations or all appropriations to meet the limits of

Proposition 2½, or for the purpose of making certain appropriations contingent upon an override

vote, or to take any other action thereon.

Article 2: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)6

6 In this Report and Recommendations, votes are shown in the format (x-y-z) where x is the number of votes in

support of the stated recommendation, y is the number of votes opposed to the recommendation, and z is the number

of members abstaining from the vote.

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The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

ARTICLE 3: Town Reports (Advisory Finance Committee)

To see if the Town will vote to hear the reports of the several town officers and committees, and

to dissolve any committees established by Town Meeting that have fulfilled their mission, or to

take any other action thereon.

Article 3: We recommend the Town vote to receive the reports of the various officers and

committees and that the report of the Advisory Finance Committee be acted upon item by

item under the various articles of the warrant. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

ARTICLE 4: Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Transfers (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of

money to fund contract settlements with certain town employee groups and any other FY2011

operating budget transfers, or take any other action thereon.

Article 4: We recommend the Town vote to transfer from Free Cash $49,113 and transfer

$5,643 from Water Retained Earnings and transfer $9,100 from Sewer Retained Earnings

for the purpose of this article. (7-0-1)

The funds transferred in this article are noted in the ‘Art. #4 2011 ATM Transfer’ column (H)

shown in the budget table that accompanies Article 6 to identify where the funds are being

applied to the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would fund the contracts with the Public Works

($30,954) and Clerical Unions ($20,862) whose contracts expired on June 30, 2010 as well as

any other transfers ($3,090 DPW Manager and $10,000 for street lights).

ARTICLE 5: Amend Wage and Salary Schedule (Personnel Board)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Salary Administration Plan by replacing the current

plan, Section 1-A; 1-B (Wage and Salary Schedule, Non-Union and Section V (Special Rate

Section) with the following new schedules effective July 1, 2011:

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Grade 1-A SALARY RATE FY2012 NON-UNION

S-30 1788 1879 1972 2068 2173 2281 2396

S-26 1471 1544 1621 1703 1788 1879 1972

S-25 1400 1471 1544 1621 1703 1788 1879

S-24 1333 1400 1471 1544 1621 1703 1788

S-23 1272 1333 1400 1471 1544 1621 1703

S-22 1210 1272 1333 1400 1471 1544 1621

S-21 1150 1210 1272 1333 1400 1471 1544

S-20 1099 1150 1210 1272 1333 1400 1471

S-19 1044 1099 1150 1210 1272 1333 1400

S-18 995 1044 1099 1150 1210 1272 1333

S-17 949 995 1044 1099 1150 1210 1272

S-16 903 949 995 1044 1099 1150 1210

S-15 860 903 949 995 1044 1099 1150

S-14 819 860 903 949 995 1044 1099

S-13 781 819 860 903 949 995 1044

S-12 743 781 819 860 903 949 995

S-11 708 743 781 819 860 903 949

Grade 1-B HOURLY RATE FY2012 NON-UNION

H-10 17.62 18.48 19.42 20.42 21.39 22.50 23.57

H-9 16.77 17.62 18.48 19.42 20.42 21.39 22.50

H-8 15.96 16.77 17.62 18.48 19.42 20.42 21.39

H-7 15.19 15.96 16.77 17.62 18.48 19.42 20.42

H-6 14.49 15.19 15.96 16.77 17.62 18.48 19.42

H-5 13.77 14.49 15.19 15.96 16.77 17.62 18.48

H-4 13.14 13.77 14.49 15.19 15.96 16.77 17.62

H-3 12.51 13.14 13.77 14.49 15.19 15.96 16.77

H-2 11.93 12.51 13.14 13.77 14.49 15.19 15.96

H-1 11.38 11.93 12.51 13.14 13.77 14.49 15.19

Veterans Agent / Director of Veterans Services $ 15,837

Asst Veterans Agent / Director of Veterans Services $ 1,000

SPECIAL RATE SCHEDULE - FY2012

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 5: We recommend the Town so vote. (5-1-0)

This article adds 1% to each item in the current non-union salary/wage table and results in the

new table shown above. This 1% increase to the amounts in the table is in line with recently

negotiated union contracts.

The Personnel Board has provided us with the following information:

  • • This non-union salary/wage table covers 54 employees.

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  • • Of those 54 employees, 29 are full-time employees and 25 are part-time employees.
  • • 33 of the 54 employees are at the ‘Max’ step: 24 full-time and 9 part-time.
  • • The cost of this change for FY2012 is $25,700 and is already reflected in Article 6

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would fund a 1.0% Cost of Living Adjustment for nonunion

town staff. In the current fiscal year, non-union town staff received no Cost of Living

Adjustment.

ARTICLE 6: Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budgets (Advisory Finance Committee)

To see what sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds for

the support of the several offices, departments, boards and commissions of the Town of

Westborough for Fiscal Year 2012 beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012, or to take

any other action thereon.

Article 6: We recommend the Town vote the following budget items according to the

motion made at Town Meeting:

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FY2012 Budget End Notes

The operating budget reflects an increase for FY2012 of 4.8%. Remarks are footnoted by Department below.

1. Elected Salaries for Selectmen, Town Clerk, & Elections & Registration: Massachusetts General Laws require a separate vote to appropriate

funds for the salaries of elected officials.

2. The following contracted salaries are included in this budget: Town Manager ($131,300, plus performance bonus $5,000), Fire Chief ($128,217),

Police Chief ($127,742) and the DPW Manager ($107,182). The DPW Manager’s salary is paid from three budgets: 34% from DPW; 33% from

Water Enterprise; 33% from Sewer Enterprise. These contracts are approved by the Board of Selectmen.

3. Selectmen’s Wage & Salary Budget reflects a replacement hire for the Assistant Town Manager position at a lower step and salary (S-21

$62,058).

4. Selectmen’s Expense Budget reflects a reduction in advertising costs by electronic posting of advertisements and a reduction in association

memberships from 7 to 5.

5. Salary & Wage budgets for ALL departments include a step increase for employees who are not at maximum, plus a 1% increase for non-union

personnel if Article 5 is approved by Town Meeting, or the increases agreed to by existing contracts with union employees.

6. Reduction of $16,500 in the Treasurer/ Collector’s expense budget reflects a savings in the change from weekly to bi-weekly payroll.

7. Legal Budget: The department has been reducing the use of outside legal services. (At the end of FY10, there was just over $10,000 unused in

that account; as of April 28, 2011, only $9,008 has been used in FY11.) The Town Manager requested an increase of $385 for account 5243,

which the Committee has supported. The Selectmen voted to recommend an additional $1,200 for the legal expense budget, which the

Committee instead believes can be accommodated in our recommendation. In making its recommendation, the Committee contemplates that

funds can be appropriated as follows:

5219A Legal Services (outside counsel) $ 43,185

5243 Miscellaneous (books, travel, conference) 5,515

$ 48,700

8. Personnel Board: An annual cash grant to a disabled former employee has been discontinued due to his death.

9. MIS/GIS: Increase reflects the cost of an AmbuPro EMS software license for the Fire/Ambulance Department ($12,500).

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10. Communications: Reflects an increase of $5,600 in equipment lease and maintenance and a reduction of $10,000 for Verizon telephone, wireless

via state bid.

11. Central Purchasing: Town Manager moved account Sanitary Supplies ($4,000) to Buildings & Grounds; raised Postage & Courier by $7,000;

reduced Repair/Maintenance of Vehicles by over $11,000; and will be looking to upgrade vehicles through Capital Planning.

12. Elections & Registration: FY2010 increase was for additional election (U.S. Senate seat). Fewer elections are expected in FY2012.

13. Conservation Commission: Clerical Wages for Administrative Assistant reduced to 19 hours. (Notice of Intent and advertising fee revenue

estimated at $4,850.)

14. Planning Department: Includes Assistant Planner/Conservation Officer (N18).

15. Insurance. The insurance budget for FY10 was $10,597,631 with expenditures of $9,413,592. After renegotiating the Group Health Care plans

in 2010, savings of approximately $900,000 was anticipated, and the FY11 budget amount was reduced to $9,634,386. As of April 28th,

$7,859,861 has been expended, and a balance of $1,774,524 remained. The Town Manager's FY12 budget reflects a net increase of $680,714: an

increase of $928,932 in the Group Medical Insurance account; a decrease of $70,000 in Unemployment Insurance; and a reduction of $181,218

in Liability/Workers Compensation. The Committee will continue to monitor this budget, and may recommend a reduction at the Special Town

Meeting.

16. Police Department Salaries/Wages are (generally) budgeted according to existing union contract, which includes requirements for overtime

coverage ($52,575), shift differential ($33,000); fitness ($20,250); training ($20,500) and comp time coverage ($13,300). Budget reflects

nominal increases for court time and comp time.

17. Fire/Ambulance Dept. Salaries/Wages are (generally) budgeted according to existing union contract, which includes 10 hrs pay for holidays,

coverage for training ($42,557) and stipends ($125,500), which includes fitness and education degree. In addition, Westborough’s EMT’s are

state certified and they obtain recertification per state OEMS.

18. Fire/Ambulance Expenses: Nominal increase for building & ground maintenance ($5,250). Budget includes expenses for training, recertification,

medical screening & testing, billings, and inspections. (Revenues from Ambulance services go to the General Fund, and are estimated by the

dept to be $858,670 in FY12.)

19. Animal Control: Roadway cleanup is now performed by the DPW.

20. Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School: Reduction in Westborough's student enrollment (49 to 44 students) reduced Westborough's

share of the assessment. The school is updating its curriculum for computer technology, biotechnology and health care related fields.

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21. Department of Public Works Salaries/Wages: Includes the DPW (34%) portion of the DPW Manager salary; 1/3 of salary/wages for some

employees (split between DPW, Water & Sewer budgets); Administrative Assistant hired to replace former at a reduced wage; and union

contractual increases. Operations Wages increase 4.0% from $1,007,772 in FY11 to $1,048,286 in FY12.

22. Department of Public Works Expenses: Fuel oil & heating cost reduced by $3,500 per changes made after energy audit.

23. Snow & Ice Budget: Salary/wages is for overtime pay at $142,396. Per state law, towns are not forced to raise and appropriate (tax) the

maximum amount for the worst winter. Instead, the annual appropriation is based on averages and can be deficit spent with approval of a town’s

selectmen or manager and its finance committee. Year end transfer of funds can be made from the General Reserve Fund or surplus from other

accounts to cover the deficit. FY11 deficit spending for Snow & Ice (as of April 16, 2011) was $221,836.

24. Street Lights: The FY12 budget is based on the final FY10 cost carried forward under the same KwH contract with Constellation New Energy.

25. Sanitary Landfill budget includes $630,112 for trash removal and $113,700 for recycling for a 1.2% reduced total of $743,812. It also includes

$14,000 for Hazardous Waste Day, which was previously presented as a Warrant Article. (Approximately $120,000 in local receipt revenue is

estimated from the sale of dump stickers.)

26. Health Dept.: FY12 Budget includes $5,500 for mosquito control that was previously presented as a Warrant Article.

27. Council on Aging Salaries/Wages: Two 19 hour Outreach positions were previously approved by Town Meeting; only one has been funded at 19

hours. The Council initially requested an increase from 19 hours to 35 hours for the one Outreach employee, which was not recommended in the

Town Manager’s initial budget. The Council met with the Advisory Finance Committee, explained its reasons, and proposed a smaller increase

from 19 hours to 25 hours. The Committee is sympathetic to the department’s need, and to its position that one employee at 35 hours is

preferable to two part-time employees. However, Town Meeting has not approved a 25 hour or a 35 hour position and there is no Article on the

Warrant to authorize this change. Such change would require the addition of benefits. It is unclear how many additional net hours the town

would receive in additional service after accounting for holidays and vacations. The Selectmen voted (4-0) to support a higher amount in the

Wages - Clerical account.

28. Council on Aging Expense: budget reflects an increase of $300 for repair and maintenance. The Council also requested an increase for

Homemaker contract services, from 14 hours, at $9,464 to 18 hours at $12,168. The Town Manager recommended $9,464. The Committee voted

(6-0-0) to recommend the expense budget without the increase. The Selectmen voted 4-0 to recommend the increase.

29. Youth and Family Services: Hot Summer Nights Program is now fully supported by fees and donations from community groups.

30. Library: Salary & wages include union contract increases, and step and 1% increase (if Article 5 is approved) for non-union employees. Library

Trustees requested an increase in expenses to $251,785. The Committee recommends the Town Manager’s budget amount of $247,461.

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31. Recreation Dept Expenses are fully paid from fees for recreation programs.

32. Debt: Includes the cost of borrowing for the Treatment Plant upgrade project. The Town is working with the Water Pollution Abatement Trust on

final borrowing amounts so this budget includes estimated numbers that may be lowered at the Special Town Meeting in the fall. The costs will

be partially offset by reimbursement from other communities that share in the cost of the treatment plant. (See note 34 below.)

33. Sewer Operations: This is an Enterprise Fund account. Sewer Enterprise salary & wage account includes 1/3 of the DPW Manager's salary and

some other employees. The increase in debt reflects the borrowing for sewer projects approved at the 2010 Town Meetings.

34. Wastewater Treatment Plant: Increases reflect an estimate of the operating costs of the treatment plant once the upgrades are completed, and an

increase in contractual services based on projected CPI and PPI in September. The Committee has asked the WWTP Board to review its estimate

in the fall when the numbers are more certain, and to revise its budget if appropriate for the Special Town Meeting. Based on the current budget

estimate, reimbursement receipts from Shrewsbury (60.2%) and Hopkinton (5.2%) are estimated at $2,797,111.

35. Water Operations: This is an Enterprise Fund account. Water Enterprise salary & wage account includes 1/3 of the DPW Manager's salary and

1/3 of the wage and salary of some other employees. Water Enterprise expenses budget includes a 2.9% increase in the Contractual Services

account from $1,279,527 to $1,317, 034. The increase in debt reflects the borrowing for water projects approved at the 2010 Town Meetings.

36. The school budget increase reflects the reduction in state and federal grants partially offset through maintaining a 0% increase in the expense line

items for the 3rd year in a row, the elimination of a bus from the transportation budget, energy conservation initiatives and ongoing Special

Education restructuring. Of the $700,518 increase (approximately 1.8%) from last year’s school budget, $536,095 is for salaries and wages and

$194,409 is for contractual services. (See Chart B in the AFC Report earlier in this booklet for more information.)

A note about the ‘Earnings’ listed at the back of the Town Report: For some classifications of employees, this money includes earnings derived from

duty and detail work paid for by third parties (e.g., Verizon, National Grid). These additional earnings are over and above the employee’s salary and/or

wages and are not considered part of the salary or wages for the purpose of pension calculation.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article as per the Selectmen’s recommended budget. (4-0-0)

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ARTICLE 7: Regularly Recurring Articles (Town Manager)

To see what action the Town may take on the following items, A through G, which may be voted

as a block, or singly, or in any combination, but however voted, will be treated for accounting

purposes as if each item were voted as a separate article:

A. (Fire Department) To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize a revolving fund, pursuant to

MGL, Chapter 44, Section 53E ½, for the purpose of receiving and expending funds for public

CPR and First Aid Training by the Fire Department. Receipts from materials, fees and tuition

shall be deposited into this revolving fund, and expenditures not to exceed the sum of One

Thousand Dollars ($1,000) for fiscal year 2012 may be made by the Fire Department,

Article 7A: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article provides an off-budget source to provide CPR training

programs through charging fees and depositing the fees directly into a revolving fund to pay

ongoing expenses for the program.

B. (Youth and Family Services) To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize a revolving fund

pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53E ½ of the Massachusetts General Laws for the purpose of

receiving and expending funds for youth activities by the Youth and Family Services

Department. Receipts from deposits for youth activities will be deposited into this account, and

expenditures not to exceed the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) for the fiscal year

2012 may be made by the Youth and Family Services Department,

Article 7B: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article provides funding for youth programs such as Hot

Summer Nights and Red Cross Baby Sitter Training and allows for revenues from each

participant to offset costs of the program.

C. (Board of Assessors) To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 4 of

Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986 as amended by Chapter 126 of the Acts of 1988 granting

increased real estate tax exemptions to certain qualified persons,

Article 7C: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)

The real estate tax exemptions in these provisions are available to residents who are over 70

years old, who are blind, and/or who are veterans.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement - This article incorporates all of the real estate property exemptions

to provide a uniform method of exemptions and requires annual adoption.

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D. (Advisory Finance Committee) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or

transfer from available funds the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000), or such

other amount as the Town Meeting may approve, for the Finance Committee General Reserve

Fund, transfer Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting

may approve, from Water retained earnings for the Water Enterprise Reserve Fund, transfer Fifty

Thousand Dollars ($50,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may approve, from

Sewer retained earnings for the Sewer Enterprise Reserve Fund, and transfer Twenty Thousand

Dollars ($20,000) from Country Club retained earnings for the Country Club Enterprise Reserve

Fund, or such other amounts as the Town Meeting may approve, in accordance with Section 6 of

Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws,

Article 7D: We recommend the Town vote to transfer $300,000 from Free Cash to the

Finance Committee General Reserve Fund, transfer $50,000 from Water Retained

Earnings to the Water Enterprise Reserve Fund, transfer $50,000 from Sewer Retained

Earnings to the Sewer Enterprise Reserve Fund, and transfer $20,000 from Country Club

Retained Earnings to the Country Club Enterprise Reserve Fund for the purpose of this

article. (7-0-0)

The Advisory Finance Committee recognizes the importance of funding the Finance Committee

General Reserve Fund so funds can be available for emergency and unexpected needs facing the

Town during the year. Although it is important for money to be available for these

circumstances, it is always hoped that this money will not be needed.

Any funds in the Finance Committee General Reserve Fund that are not used by the end of the

current fiscal year are returned to the Town’s available funds and become Free Cash for the next

year.

In past years, the funding for this Reserve Fund has been raised and appropriated (i.e., taken

from real estate taxes paid to the Town). This year, the Advisory Finance Committee is

recommending that the source of the $300,000 for the Finance Committee General Reserve Fund

be transferred from Free Cash. This results in $300,000 that does not need to be raised from the

real estate tax levy.

The majority of the Committee feels that this transfer from Free Cash is appropriate and prudent

for the following reasons: (a) any unspent monies in the Fund revert to Free Cash if not used

during the Fiscal Year, (b) the current financial approach to funding capital and other expenses

that typically qualify for the unforeseen, emergency uses would use Free Cash as the funding

source if the purpose came before Town Meeting, and (c) the Town’s taxpayers are better served

by reducing the tax levy since the balance of Free Cash available at the end of this Town

Meeting will be greater than it was at the end of last year’s Town Meeting even if these funds are

transferred from Free Cash.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support the Article as recommended by the Town Manager. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – These accounts provide funding for unforeseen expenses during

the year through various reserve funds.

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E. (Recreation Department) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer

from available funds the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500), or such other

amount as the Town Meeting may approve, for the annual July 4th celebration to be expended by

the Westborough July 4th Committee under the direction of the Board of Selectmen,

Article 7E: We recommend the Town vote to raise and appropriate $2,500 for the purpose

of this article. (6-0-2)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article pays part of the cost for the annual July 4th

celebration.

F. (Local Emergency Planning Committee) To see if the Town will vote to reauthorize

a revolving fund, pursuant to MGL Chapter 44, Section 53 E ½, for the purpose of receiving and

expending funds as a result of reimbursable incidents allowed under MGL Chapter 21E

involving hazardous materials releases. Receipts generated shall be deposited into this revolving

fund and expenditures, not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) for the fiscal

year 2012 may be made by the Local Emergency Planning Committee to the respective

responding departments,

Article 7F: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article provides a revolving fund for the purpose of

reimbursing the Town for personnel costs, vehicle usage, and replacing consumable goods used

in the stabilization of hazardous materials releases. This allows for the Town to maintain

resources when there are emergencies. Due to their complex nature, Town resources such as

fire, police, emergency medical services, public works, and health may be needed for an

extended time. Also, many hazardous materials handlers are insured whereby funds are

available to reimburse these departments for their expenses.

G. Reconstruction and Improvement of Town Roads (Chapter 90) (DPW)

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds the sum of Six Hundred Thirty Two

Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty Four ($632,884) or such other amount as the Town Meeting

may approve, to construct, reconstruct, or improve the town roads, and further, to authorize the

Board of Selectmen to apply for and accept a grant in this full amount, more or less, which is to

be the State’s contribution and/or reimbursement under Section 34 (2A) of chapter 90 of the

Massachusetts Laws for work done under this article, or to take any other action thereon.

Article 7G: We recommend the Town vote to transfer from available funds the sum of

$812,143 for the purposes of this article. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

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Town Manager’s Statement – This article provides the local authorization to expend Chapter 90

funds from Mass DOT for the purpose of repairing town roads.

ARTICLE 8: Capital Improvement Plan (Town Manager/Capital Expenditure Planning

Committee)

To see what action the Town may take on the following items, A through G, which may be voted

as a block, or singly, or in any combination, but however voted, will be treated for accounting

purposes as if each item were voted as a separate article:

A. Defibrillator/Monitor Purchase (Fire Department) To see if the Town will vote to raise

and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds, the

sum of Thirty-Thousand Dollars ($30,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may

approve, to purchase one 12 lead defibrillator/monitor and related equipment for the fire

department, or to take any other action relative thereto

Article 8A: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $30,000 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would replace one of the two defibrillators in the Fire

Department.

B. Thermal Imaging Camera Purchase (Fire Department) To see if the Town will vote to

raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds,

the sum of Forty-Thousand Dollars ($40,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may

approve, to purchase two thermal imaging cameras and related equipment for the fire

department, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Article 8B: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $40,000 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would replace the two 11-year old thermal imaging

cameras ($20,000 apiece). These cameras are used to locate victims and firefighters trapped in

smoke.

C. Four Wheel Drive Vehicle Purchase (Fire Department) To see if the Town will vote to

raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds,

the sum of Forty-Thousand Dollars ($40,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may

approve, to purchase a four wheel drive vehicle and related equipment for the fire department, or

to take any other action relative thereto.

Article 8C: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $40,000 from Free Cash

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for the purpose of this article and that the size of the Town’s vehicle fleet will not increase

because of this purchase. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would replace the 1999 Chevy Tahoe used by the

department used for multiple purposes in the department.

D. Police Cruisers (2) (Police Department) To see if the Town will vote to raise and

appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds the sum

of Seventy-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Dollars ($79,730), or such other amount as the

Town Meeting may approve, to purchase two police vehicles and related equipment; the Town’s

vehicle fleet will not increase because of this purchase, or to take any other action relative

thereto.

Article 8D: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $79,730 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article and that the size of the Town’s vehicle fleet will not increase

because of this purchase. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – The Town is on a regular schedule of replacing police cruisers to

maintain the fleet in good condition and for FY12, the recommended replacement is two

cruisers.

E. Permit Tracking Software Purchase (Building Department) To see if the Town will vote

to raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available

funds, the sum of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting

may approve, to purchase a permit tracking software for the Building, Planning, Conservation,

Board of Health, Fire, Selectmen, Treasurer, Public Works and other departments to improve

communications and permitting, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Article 8E: We will make a recommendation at Town Meeting.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – The building department currently issues hard copy building

permits with no tracking mechanism for other related departments. This software would

integrate the departments listed above.

F. Forbes Municipal Building (Buildings and Grounds) – To see if the Town will vote to

raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds,

the sum of Three Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($330,000), or such other amount as the

Town Meeting may approve, for repairing and replacing the roof at the Forbes Municipal

Building, including all costs incidental or related thereto; to determine whether this appropriation

shall be raised by borrowing or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto.

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Article 8F: We recommend the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to borrow

and appropriate the sum of $330,000 for the purpose of this article. (6-0-0)

During its review of this article, the Committee was informed that the roof work on the Forbes

Building proposed in this article is necessary regardless of the outcome of the current

consolidation study and/or study of a Public Safety Complex.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would replace the roof at the Forbes Municipal

Building which is beyond its useful life and is failing. Due to cost, it is recommended that this

article be approved as a borrowing article.

G. Library Building (Library Board of Trustees) – To see if the Town will vote to raise and

appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute or transfer from available funds, the sum

of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may approve,

for studying and developing a plan for replacing the HVAC system at the Town Library, or to

take any other action relative thereto.

Article 8G: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $15,000 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would fund hiring an HVAC consultant to review

replacing the 30 year old Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System in the Library.

ARTICLE 9: Improvements to the Country Club Golf Course (Country Club Operating

Committee)

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Country Club retained earnings the sum of

Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) or such other amount as Town Meeting may approve, for

drainage work and improvements at the Westborough Country Club, and that any unexpended

balance be returned to said account, or take any other action thereon.

Article 9: We recommend the Town so vote. (6-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: This article would provide funding for the Country Club

Committee to make cart path and drainage improvements on the 3rd hole along and near the 2nd

3rd and 5th holes.

ARTICLE 10: Senior Center Parking Lot Expansion (Buildings and Grounds)

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow

pursuant to any applicable statute the sum of Forty One Thousand Six Hundred Forty Six Dollars

($41,646), or such other amount that the Town Meeting may approve for all costs associated

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with the completion of the parking lot expansion at the Senior Center and walkway replacement,

including but not limited to the purchasing of materials such as asphalt, stone, piping and any

other costs associated with the project, or to take any other action thereon.

Article 10: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $41,646 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article. (8-0-0)

We concur with the Town Manager’s statement.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – For many of the events held at the Senior Center, the current

parking lot is too small and seniors have to park remotely and walk down the road to use the

facility during these events. The Town, through its DPW has done most of the base work inhouse

to expand the parking lot. This article seeks to fund the costs for materials.

ARTICLE 11: Water & Sewer – Capital Equipment & Projects (DPW Manager)

To see what action the Town may take on the following items A and B, which may be voted as a

block or singly or in any combination, but however voted, will be treated for accounting purposes as

if each item were voted as a separate article:

A. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Twenty

Thousand Dollars ($420,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may

approve, for the purpose of reconditioning its water tanks including but not

limited to the Ruggles Street Water Tank and access driveway, drainage,

engineering, and incidental and related costs associated therewith; to determine

whether this appropriation shall be raised by borrowing or otherwise; or to take

any other action relative thereto,

Article 11A: We recommend the Town vote to transfer and appropriate the sum of

$420,000 from Water Retained Earnings for the purposes of this article. (7-1-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would provide funding through the use of retained

earnings. The current balance is $1,006,000. Using $420,000 leaves a balance of

approximately $640,000 or 14.5% of the Water Fund Operating Budget.

B. To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote of the Town passed under Article

10F of the warrant for the May 15, 2010 annual town meeting to read as follows:

That the sum of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) is hereby appropriated of

which (i) Seven Hundred Seventy-Six Thousand ($776,000) may be used to pay

the costs of engineering, installing, upgrading and/or replacing water mains and

(ii) Two Hundred Twenty-Four Thousand ($224,000) may be used to pay the

costs of engineering, installing, upgrading and/or replacing the municipal sewer

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system, including all costs incidental and related thereto, in the areas of Town

which includes, but is not limited to Whitney Street, Weld Street, Irving Street,

Folly Lane, Belknap Street, Hopkinton Road, Maynard Street, Mohawk Circle,

Mohawk Drive, and Adams Street, and that to meet this appropriation, the

Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen is authorized to borrow said

amounts under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 of the General Laws,

or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the

Town therefore, or to take any other action thereon.

Article 11B: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article is to modify the original vote for this completed

project that the Town was able to obtain better funding through the Water Pollution Abatement

Trust and the wording of the article needs to be re-phrased for it to qualify.

ARTICLE 12: Energy Audit (Board of Selectmen/Green Technology Advisory Committee)

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow

pursuant to any applicable statute the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000), or such other

amount that the Town Meeting may approve for all costs associated with conducting an energy

audit of town and school buildings for the purpose of developing a plan to cost effectively reduce

the Town’s energy consumption by 20% over five years, or to take any other action thereon.

Article 12: We recommend this article be defeated. (4-3-1)

The funding level requested by this article supports energy audits of 2 or 3 town buildings.

The Committee understands and supports the concept and theory of energy audits intended to

propose further actions that will reduce energy costs. However, at this time, the majority of the

Committee is not convinced that the funded approach (initial audits of 2 or 3 buildings) will

provide an adequate return on investment on those buildings. Furthermore, the majority of the

Committee believes that energy audits of more than 2 or 3 buildings will be necessary before the

Town can develop a plan to reduce its energy consumption by 20% over 5 years.

Some members of the Committee feel that starting with an audit of a single building and

measuring the results of that investment would be a better starting point. Those members who

voted against the recommendation to defeat this article are in favor of the funding level and

approach described in the article.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: One part of the application process for Westborough to be

approved as a Green Community is for the Town to conduct an energy audit and to develop a

plan to address energy efficiency issues. These studies can be funded by the state, but there is

currently a long waiting period (3-5 years) to have an energy audit funded by the state.

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Article 13: Hastings School Project (School Committee)

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow

pursuant to any application statute the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars

($250,000), or such other amount as the Town Meeting may approve, for the purpose of

replacing pipes and removal of asbestos from the Hastings School, or take any other action

thereon.

Article 13: We recommend the Town vote to transfer the sum of $250,000 from Free Cash

for the purpose of this article. (7-0-0)

The Committee fully supports that this work be performed at the Hastings School. However, the

Advisory Finance Committee is recommending that this work be funded by a transfer from Free

Cash rather than a borrowing.

The Committee views this work as a capital expense that can be paid for out of Free Cash just as

other capital expenses are being funded from Free Cash at this Town Meeting. Although the size

of the request is at a level that has, in the past, led to a recommendation of a borrowing rather

than a one-time transfer, the Committee believe that: (a) the use of Free Cash is appropriate for

this work, (b) that the Town’s Free Cash surplus is not harmed by a transfer since such a transfer

would still leave the Free Cash balance at the end of this Town Meeting higher than the Free

Cash balance was at the end of last year’s Town Meeting, and (c) the taxpayers are better served

by paying for this work with a one-time transfer from Free Cash than by increasing the Town’s

debt which would likely increase taxes in the future.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support the Article as recommended by the Town Manager. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: The design of the heating/HVAC system at the Hastings School has

led to corrosion in some pipes that carry water to the point where there are now leaks that need

to be repaired and corrected. In order to access this area, there is asbestos ceiling tiles and

asbestos on the pipes that will need to be removed. The School Department has received an

estimate to have the work completed and it would be preferred to have the work completed over

the Summer months when school is not is session.

ARTICLE 14: Tax Increment Financing Plan (TIF) (Board of Selectmen)

To see if the Town will vote to (a) approve a TIF Plan and Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Agreement between 2 Tech Works and the Town of Westborough, both on file with the Board of

Selectmen and Town Clerk and incorporated herein by reference for a period of five years which

term shall begin on July 1, 2011, or such later time pending approval from the relevant agencies

of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for property located at 2 Technology Drive (Block 28,

Lot 63), including designation of a TIF Zone as described in the TIF Plan, with exemption

percentages as follows: Year 1, 50%; Year 2, 40%; Year 3, 30%; Year 4, 20%; Year 5, 10%; (b)

authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement, and any documents relating

thereto, and to take such other actions as are necessary or appropriate to implement those

documents pursuant to the provisions of MGL Ch. 40, § 59; (c) authorize the Board of Selectmen

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to submit all such necessary or required documents to the Economic Assistance Coordinating

Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for approval and designation of the 2

Technology Drive Economic Opportunity Area, TIF Zone, TIF Plan and Certified Project; (d)

take such other and further action as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of

this vote; or take any other action thereon.

Article 14: We recommend the Town so vote. (7-1-0)

The Committee notes that eClinicalWorks committed to and began work on their expansion plan

without final Town Meeting approval, which demonstrated a show of good faith in their plan to

keep jobs in Westborough. The Committee also learned from the Board of Selectmen and Town

Manager that the company is required to meet the requirements of this plan and that there are

consequences if the company does not meet its obligations.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager Statement – This article authorizes the Board of Selectmen to create an

Economic Opportunity Area at 2 Technology Drive and to offer and execute a Tax Increment

Financing Plan/Agreement to 2 Tech Works (d.b.a. eClinicalWorks) at 2 Technology Drive. The

company employs approximately 650 people in Westborough and was considering moving out of

Town when the Town became involved and negotiated an agreement to keep them in Town where

they moved to a larger building and undertook substantial renovations. The Tax Increment

Financing arrangement only applies to the incremental increase in value of the property, so

there is no tax loss, only a temporary reduction in how much of a tax increase would be applied

to the increase in value of the property. The Town’s involvement also allows for opportunity for

state tax benefits to 2 Tech Works (d.b.a. eClinicalWorks).

2 Technology Drive FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16

Real Estate TIF % n/a 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

Personal Property TIF % n/a 25% 20% 15% 10% 5%

Property Taxes without the Project 144,023 144,023 144,023 144,023 144,023 144,023

Property Taxes with the Project 144,023 259,246 297,080 320,744 346,032 373,033

Increase in Property Taxes n/a 115,223 153,057 176,721 202,009 229,010

Property Tax Savings to ECW n/a 57,748 52,769 41,437 28,916 15,131

ARTICLE 15: Charter Corrections (Town Counsel)

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the Legislature for

special legislation to amend the Charter as follows:

in Section 3-2(d) – delete the third clause reading, “members of the town boards, commissions or

committees for which the boards has explicitly designated as the appointing authority in said

section 5-2,” and replace it with the words, “town boards, commissions, or committees for which

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section 5-2 of this charter has designated the selectmen as appointing authority.” And

in Section 3-2(f) – delete the second sentence reading, “An employee holding the office of

Selectman in the Town of Westborough on the effective date of this act may serve the remaining

period of his term, but shall be ineligible for re-election while so employed.” And

delete Section 3-3(c) and replace it with the following: “Section 3-3(c) Powers and Duties – The

Moderator shall have the powers and duties provided for that office by statute, by the Charter, by

Bylaw and by other vote of the Town Meeting.” And

delete Section 3-3(d) and replace it with the following: “Section 3-3(d) Appointments – The

Moderator shall appoint for fixed overlapping terms: all members of the advisory finance

committee, two members of the capital expenditure planning committee and members of such

other committees special or standing as may from time to time be established by Town Meeting

designating the Moderator as the appointing authority. These appointments shall be made such

that the terms of office of as nearly an equal number of members shall expire each year.” And

delete Section 4-2(a)(ii) and replace it with the following: “(ii) Members of other Town boards,

commissions, or committees and other personnel for which the Board of Selectmen, Town By-

Law, or Town Meeting action has directed the Town Manager to act as appointing authority as

long as that appointing authority does not contradict an appointing authority designated in this

charter, and”. And

in Section 5-2(a) delete the words, “Walkup Robinson Fund” and replace it with the following,

“Representative to the Walkup Robinson Fund”. And

in Section 5-3(e) – delete the words, “Filling Vacancies on Boards, Commissions or Committees.

Notwithstanding any contrary special or general or special law to the contrary, a vacancy, on a

board, commission or committee for a permanent temporary position shall be filled in the same

manner as prescribed for the initial appointment,” and replace them with the words, “All

vacancies on any board, commission or committee shall be filled in the same manner as the

initial appointment.”

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 15: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would correct changes made to the Town Charter by

the Legislature that were different from the changes Town Meeting previously approved. This is

an attempt to have the Charter read as the Town intended.

ARTICLE 16: Charter Addition (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the Legislature for

special legislation to amend the Charter as follows:

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Add a new Article 8 to read:

ARTICLE 8

Department of Public Works

There shall be a Department of Public Works which shall have all the powers and duties now or

from time to time vested by law in the following boards, departments or offices: Highway

Superintendent, Water Commissioners, Sewer Commissioners and Tree Warden. The

Department of Public Works shall in all respects be the lawful successor of the aforementioned

boards, departments, and offices.

The Department shall furnish engineering services, provide for the maintenance and repair of the

Town buildings and property, and performance of such duties of any other boards, departments,

and offices of the Town as may be reasonably related to the duties and responsibilities of this

Department, and as the Town may, from time to time under this Charter require, any other

provisions of law to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Department shall be headed by a manager who shall be appointed according to the

provisions of Section 3-2(d). He shall be responsible for the efficient exercise and performance

of all powers, rights, and duties of the Department. He shall be especially fitted by education,

training, and experience to perform the duties of said office, and may or may not be a resident of

the Town at the time of his appointment. During his tenure, the manager of the Department of

Public Works shall not hold elective office, nor engage in any other business or occupation

unless the other business or occupation is approved in advance by the Board of Selectmen. He

shall keep full and complete records of his office and render to the Town as often as it may

require a full report of all operations under his control during the period reported upon; and from

time to time as required by the Selectmen he shall make a synopsis of such reports for

publication. He shall keep the Selectmen fully advised as to the needs of the Town within the

scope of his duties. He shall be bonded by a surety company and the cost of said bond shall be

borne by the Town.

The Board of Selectmen shall be responsible for the overall supervision of the Department of

Public Works and for the establishment of policies to guide the Manager of Public Works.

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 16: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – The Charter originally included a section entitled, “Transitional

Provisions” which was removed in 2008. This section included the above transition combining

all of the various offices into a Department of Public Works. Most notably, this included the

assumption of the duties and responsibilities of the Water and Sewer Commission by the DPW

Manager. When this section was removed from the Charter (since the transition had occurred)

it removed this very important provision of oversight of the Water and Sewer Departments.

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ARTICLE 17: Open Space Article 38 2002 Amendment (Board of Selectmen)

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action under Article 38 of the 2002 Annual Town

meeting regarding the Open Space Preservation Committee, to reduce the number of at-large

appointments from five to four, to eliminate the Board of Selectmen representative on the

Committee, and to assign a purpose to the Committee, so that the language authorizing the

Committee shall read:

There shall be a committee known as the Open Space Preservation Committee consisting

of seven members of whom four shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and one

each by the Conservation Commission, Planning Board and Recreation Commission.

The appointing bodies may appoint individuals from among their membership or from

the community at large. Current members of the Open Space Preservation Committee

shall serve out their remaining terms, and thereafter appointees shall serve one year terms

so that the number of members shall be reduced from nine to seven through attrition. The

Open Space Preservation Committee shall be charged with encouraging and promoting

the preservation and acquisition of open space in the town. From time to time, the

Committee shall update and revise the text of the Open Space Plan for approval in

accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws. The Committee shall identify land

that may be acquired for conservation, open space, recreation and related purposes, and

shall periodically work to create an inventory of open space parcels in the community.

The Committee shall advise the Board of Selectmen regarding the exercise of any right of

first refusal under Chapter 61A of the General Laws.

or take any other action thereon

Article 17: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article updates the Open Space Preservation Committee from

the vote at the 2002 Annual Town Meeting by reducing its members and stating the purpose of

the Committee.

ARTICLE 18: Zoning Article Amendment (Building Commissioner)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Westborough Zoning Bylaws, Article 3,

Dimensional Regulations, Section 3300, Sign Regulations by deleting Subsection 3332, Item b

and replacing it with a new Subsection 3332, Item b as follows:

By deleting:

b. Each commercial or industrial enterprise may only have one (1) Ground Sign and one

(1) Roof or Wall Sign.

And by inserting in its place the following:

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b. Each commercial or industrial enterprise may only have one (1) Ground Sign and one (1)

Roof or two (2) Wall Signs.

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 18: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Planning Board held a public hearing regarding this article on April 19, 2011 and

unanimously voted to support this article.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would allow two building signs to be placed on the

walls of buildings.

ARTICLE 19: Change in Building Inspector Title to Building Commissioner (Town

Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Westborough Zoning Bylaws, Article 1,

Administration and Procedures, Section 1200, Administration, Subsections 1210, Building

Inspector; Subsection 1220, Permits Required; Subsection 1243, Submission of Plans;

Subsection 1245, Design Review for Downtown Westborough, Item C, Applicability and

Authority; Subsection 1260, Enforcement; Article 2, District Regulations, Subsection 2410, Preexisting

Non-conforming Uses or Structures; Article 4, Special Regulations, Subsection 4760,

Violations as follows:

By deleting all references to “Building Inspector”

And by replacing and inserting in place thereof the words “Building Commissioner

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 19: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Planning Board held a public hearing regarding this article on April 19, 2011 and

unanimously voted to support this article.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This article would correct the references to correspond to the

position title in the Town Charter.

ARTICLE 20: Site Plan Correction (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Westborough, Article 1,

Administration and Procedure, Section 1200, Administration, Subsection 1240, Site Plan

Review, Findings – Procedures, and Subsection 1241, Design Requirements as follows:

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By deleting the following language from Section 1200, Administration, Subsection 1240:

“The Board of Selectmen shall review site plans for development prior to approval of application

for Building Permits for all uses specified in Section 2200, Use Regulations, and which involve

six (6) or more parking spaces; to make findings and determinations in regard to such cases in

conformity with Section 1241 of this Bylaw”

And by inserting in its place the following:

“The Board of Selectmen shall review site plans for development prior to approval of application

for Building Permits for all uses specified in Section 2300, Use Regulations Schedule, and

which involve six (6) or more parking spaces; to make findings and determinations in regard to

such cases in conformity with Section 1241 of this Bylaw”

And by deleting the following language from Section 1200, Administration, Subsection 1241,

Design Requirements:

“The Board of Selectmen shall approve a site plan only upon their determination of the

following”:

And by inserting in its place therefore the following:

“The Board of Selectmen shall only approve a site plan upon a determination that the

following have been satisfied”:

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 20: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Planning Board held a public hearing regarding this article on April 19, 2011 and

unanimously voted to support this article.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – This Article would correct the reference to the Use Schedule in

Section 2300 (the current bylaw states 2200) and would further clarify that a list of items that

follow this sentence in the bylaw must be satisfied for the Selectmen to approve a site plan.

ARTICLE 21: Site Plan Change (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Westborough, Article 1,

Administration and Procedure, Section 1200, Administration, Subsection 1244, Procedures of

the Board of Selectmen, the following wording in the second paragraph:

By deleting the following language from Section 1200, Administration, Subsection 1244:

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“The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing within sixty-five (65) days of receiving the

application and shall take final action within thirty (30) days of the hearing, it nonetheless being

the intention of this Bylaw that the Board of Selectmen shall act as expeditiously as is practical

on such application.”

And by inserting in its place the following:

“The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing within sixty-five (65) days of the

Building Commissioner accepting a completed application which meets all of the criteria

required by the Zoning Bylaws, including the payment of any fees, established by the

Board of Selectmen, and shall take action within thirty (30) days of the hearing, it

nonetheless being the intention of this Bylaw that the Board of Selectmen shall act as

expeditiously as is practical on such application.”

Or taken any other action thereon.

Article 21: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Planning Board held a public hearing regarding this article on April 19, 2011 and

unanimously voted to support this article.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Summary – The current bylaw requires the Selectmen to hold a public hearing

within 65 days of receiving a site plan application, whether it’s complete or not. This has led to

multiple extensions of the deadline to allow applicants the time to complete their applications. If

the 65 days expires without action by the Board of Selectmen, site plans may be considered

constructively approved without going through the process and receiving actual approval or the

Selectmen are placed in a position of denying applications. This change would change the day

the clock starts ticking to the day a completed application is accepted by the Building

Commissioner.

ARTICLE 22: Corporate Cafeteria Sewer Privilege Fee (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the Legislature for

special legislation to amend Article 17 of the General Bylaws, Section 3 (a)(5) to add “open to

the public” after the word “cafeteria” and further to add a new section under Article 17, Section

3 (b)(3) that would read:

3. For corporate cafeterias, open only to the employees of a private company, the

calculation for any additional sewer connection fee for said cafeteria would be to apply

the formula in Section 3(b)(2) for the overall building connection fee and add the

difference between this fee and the fee for a cafeteria open to the public found in Section

3(a)(5) of this Article. If the calculation for Section 3(a)(5) is less than Section 3(b)(2)

no additional amount shall be due above that calculated using Section 3(b)(2).

Or take any other action thereon.

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Article 22: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – During the past two years, this issue has arisen where companies

are looking at including a private corporate cafeteria for their employees only generally serving

lunch. Under the current bylaw, there is a calculation for the overall building size for office or

industrial buildings and then an additional calculation for cafeterias, restaurants, etc, which in

some cases is larger than the fee for the entire building. This proposal would take the

calculation for the building size and add to it only the difference between this calculation and

the calculation for a large cafeteria. Additionally, in the case of smaller cafeterias where the

calculation was less than for the entire building, no additional fee would be due.

ARTICLE 23: Water Use Restriction Bylaw (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws, Article 40, Section 4 “Declaration of

a State of Water Supply Conservation” to change the first sentence of this section from:

“The Town, through its Board of Selectmen, may declare a State of Water Supply Conservation

upon a determination by a majority vote of the Board that a shortage of water exists and

conservation measures are appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water to all water

consumers.”

To:

“The Town, through its Town Manager or by a majority vote of its Board of Selectmen may

declare a State of Water Supply Conservation upon a determination by the DPW Manager that a

shortage of water exists and conservation measures are appropriate to ensure an adequate supply

of water to all water consumers;” or take any other action thereon.”

Article 23: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – During the drought this past summer, the Town has had to institute

two levels of water restrictions and in both instances it would have required the Selectmen to

hold an emergency meeting. Water restrictions are triggered by water levels as determined in

the Town’s Water Management Act Permit and is an administrative matter. During the summer

months while the Selectmen are on a once per month meeting schedule is the most likely time

that a water restriction will need to be placed and as demonstrated this summer, these did not

occur on the date of a Selectmen’s meeting. This article would allow the Town Manager to

declare the water supply restriction.

ARTICLE 24: Use of Insurance Proceeds in Excess of $20,000 (WWTP Board)

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money as the Town Meeting may approve,

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for the use of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Board for the replacement of a clarifier cover that

collapsed under the weight of snow, the money so appropriated to be transferred from the

account “Receipts Reserved for Appropriation, Insurance Reimbursement in Excess of $20,000.”

or take any other action relative thereto.

Article 24: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The insurance payment for the repair of the winter storm damage at the Wastewater Treatment

Plant is expected to be $1,000,000. The Town Meeting needs to authorize the appropriation of

this settlement money which is expected to fully cover the cost of the repair.

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement – During early February, a cover on one of the clarifiers at the

Wastewater Treatment Plant collapsed under the weight of snow. A claim has been filed with

the Town’s Insurer and the cost exceeds $20,000. MGL Ch. 44, §53(2) requires a Town Meeting

vote to use insurance proceeds that exceed $20,000.

ARTICLE 25: Release of a Deed Restriction from Article 24 of 1954 Annual Town

Meeting (Foreign Wars Post No. 9013) - Citizen’s Petition

To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to release a restriction adopted under

Article 24 of the 1954 Annual Town Meeting which restriction was incorporated into the 1955

deed from the Town to VFW Post 9013. The restriction states “In the event said post shall ever

liquidate or disband or move to another location so that said post does not require said premises,

the same will automatically revert back to the Town of Westborough”,

Or take any other action thereon.

Article 25: The Committee will make a recommendation at Town Meeting.

The Committee supports the VFW Post and their efforts to improve their facilities and expand

their membership. However, there are a number of open questions that need to be answered

before the Committee can make a specific recommendation. The Committee would like to

understand if there are ways the Town can preserve some right to the property and building

should the Post move or disband while still allowing the Post to secure the funding they need for

their plans.

The Board of Selectmen recommendation to be provided at Town Meeting.

Town Manager’s Statement – The article seeks to delete the deed restriction that would revert

ownership of the VFW to the Town should the VFW abandon the property. The VFW is seeking

to make improvements and needs to have a clear title without this restriction to obtain financing.

ARTICLE 26: Correction of Prior Town Meeting Vote (Town Manager)

To see if the Town will vote to amend its action under Article 29 of the 2010 Annual Town

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Meeting to re-number the approved General Bylaw “Article 47” or take any other action thereon.

Article 26: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: At last year’s Annual Town Meeting, the Town approved a statutory

acceptance and related bylaw related to providing incentives to cleaning up contaminated

property. The bylaw that was approved was inserted as Article 45. There already is an Article

45 so the next article in progression is Article 47.

ARTICLE 27: Libbey Property Transfer to Conservation Commission (Town Counsel)

To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care and custody of parcel 3-7, as it appears on the

Assessor’s Map, from the Board of Selectmen to the Conservation Commission, to be held in

perpetuity as conservation land, or take any other action thereon.

Article 27: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: This parcel was obtained by the Town for the purposes of

conservation, but has not been transferred to the Conservation Commission as per the original

intent. This article transfers the control of the property to the Conservation Commission. This

is a 110 acre parcel off Adams Street that the Town obtained in 1995.

ARTICLE 28: Westborough Community Land Trust Gift Acceptance (Town Counsel)

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Conservation Commission to accept, as a gift from

the Westborough Community Land Trust, parcel 8-170A as it appears on the Assessor’s Map, to

be held in perpetuity as Conservation Land, or take any other action thereon.

Article 28: We recommend the Town so vote. (8-0-0)

The Board of Selectmen voted to support this Article. (4-0-0)

Town Manager’s Statement: This parcel is a 2.5 acre parcel off Adams Street that borders the

above parcel and is being donated to the Conservation Commission by the Westborough

Community Land Trust.

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2011 Spring Election Results

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 19:38

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE "UNOFFICIAL" RESULTS.  Write-ins and ballots requiring hand-counting have not yet been tallied. Preliminary numbers show 1,549 out of 11,180 elegible voters participated, a turnout of 14%

Congrats to our incumbents and newly elected  in town elections today!

Contested Races

Board of Selectmen, three year term
  • Ian P. Johnson, 1070 votes

defeating challenger Gary P. Wells,  342 votes

School Committee, three year term

  • Ilyse Levine-Kanji (incumbent), 1079 votes
  • Josephine S. Hensley, 1097 votes
defeating challenger Michael Cashman, 499 votes
 

Housing Authority, five year term

  • Jeanne F. Kamyck (incumbent), 644 votes
defeating challenger Charles E. Naples, 552 votes

Uncontested races

Moderator, three year term:
  • Joseph Harrington (incumbent), 1320 votes
Planning Board, five year term
  • Trevor S. Beauregard (incumbent), 1194 votes
Town Clerk, three year term:
  • Nancy J. Yendriga (incumbent), 1327 votes
Trustees of the Public Library, three year term:
  • Patricia J. Fontes (incumbent), 1204 votes
  • Lisa M. Freeman (incumbent), 1196 votes
  • Dorothy S. Mello (incumbent), 1220 votes

Non-Binding Referendum Questions

Question 1: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires proof of legal residence in Massachusetts from the applicant before providing taxpayer-funded state benefits?

  • YES, 1099
  • No, 410
  • Blanks, 40

Question 2: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires proof of U.S. citizenship and legal residence in Massachusetts before a person is allowed to register to vote in all elections?

  • YES, 1123
  • No, 393
  • Blanks, 33

Question 3: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires Massachusetts election officials to require a picture ID before a person is allowed to vote in any elections?

  • YES, 958
  • No, 554
  • Blanks, 37
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Town elections are IN A WEEK!

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:23

Holy cow, Town Elections are a week away.   Do you know who you're voting for?! And where?

Here's a SPECIMEN BALLOT. 

TUES., MAY 3, 2011 From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Election in the following polling places:

Precinct 1:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 2:    Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 E. Main Street

Precinct 3:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 4:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

Precinct 5:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

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