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2008-10-20 Special Town Meeting Warrant

Written by Michael (admin)   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 20:54

The warrant for the Special Town Meeting to be held on October 20, 2008.

I've reformatted it with each article listed in an "Article Index" -- a sort of table of contents -- so you may directly jump to items of interest.  If you wish to show the warrant in entirety, click the "all pages" link at the bottom of the index, which displays on the right-hand side.

This is taken from the original PDF document as posted on the Town web site at http://www.town.westborough.ma.us/Public_Documents/WestboroughMA_BBoard/0215040A-000F8513, accessed 01 Oct 2008.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2008 16:56
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Did you vote? State Primary Information - September 2008

Written by Michael (admin)   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008 09:00
TUES., SEPT. 16, 2008
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
If you are not sure where you vote, call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-366-3020. Town Clerk’s Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 8 am – 5 pm, Tues: 8 am – 8 pm; Fri: 7:30 – noon.
P.S. You may also use this form (www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php) hosted by the Elections Division of the Commonwealth, to find out where to vote, PLUS, review the candidates on your paticular ballot. 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 13:55

Coyotes in Westborough - Preventing Conflicts

Written by Michael (admin)   
Sunday, 10 August 2008 23:08

Eastern Coyote picture from MassWildlifeWe received an inquiry regarding coyotes from a resident on O'Neil Drive.  They've seen a coyote twice this summer, and their neighbor saw one today.  Did we have any information on the site for dealing with coyotes and how not to encourage them?

Below is an excerpt on Preventing Conflicts With Coyotes from MassWildlife's article on Living With Coyotes.  Please visit the above link for more comprehensive information about coyotes in Massachusetts.  MassWildlife is the informal name for The Division of Fisheries & Wildlife of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We will also follow up with John Keefe, the town's Animal Control Administrative Officer.  Stay tuned!

P.S. If YOU have seen a coyote in Westborough, please let us know when and where, and we can start to build a "sightings map".  Thanks!

Preventing Conflicts With Coyotes

Coyotes are currently well established throughout the state from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. They thrive in suburban and urban areas close to people. Coyotes eat many different foods, including small animals, fruits, vegetables, garbage, and pet food. Remember everything a coyote does is related to a potential meal. Here are a few suggestions to make your property less attractive to coyotes.

  • Don't let coyotes intimidate you! Don't hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises and bright lights. Don't hesitate to pick up small objects, such as a tennis ball, and throw them at the coyote. If a water hose is close at hand, spray the coyote with water in the face. Let the coyote know it is unwelcome in your area.
  • Secure your garbage! Coyotes will raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight fitting lids and keep in secure buildings when possible. Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night. Keep compost piles in containers designed to contain but vent the material.
  • Don't feed or try to pet coyotes! Keep wild things wild! Feeding, whether direct or indirect, can cause coyotes to act tame and over time may lead to bold behavior. Coyotes that rely on natural food items remain wild and wary of humans.
  • Keep your pets safe! Although free roaming pets are more likely to be killed by automobiles than by wild animals, coyotes do view cats and small dogs as potential food and larger dogs as competition. For the safety of your pets, keep them restrained at all times.
  • Feed pets indoors! Outdoor feeding attracts many wild animals to your door!
  • Keep bird feeding areas clean! Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground as the seed attracts many small mammals that coyotes prey upon. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.
  • Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds! Coyotes use such areas for resting and raising young.
  • Cut back brushy edges in your yard! These areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
  • Protect livestock and produce! Coyotes will prey upon livestock. Techniques, such as fencing, will protect livestock from predation. Clear fallen fruit from around fruit trees.
  • Educate your neighbors! Pass this information along since your efforts will be futile if neighbors are providing food or shelter for coyotes.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 09:54

Explorer Post 85 Can Drive Fund Raiser (Aug 2008)

Written by Admin Eric   
Saturday, 02 August 2008 20:29

Explorer Post 85 Saturday, August 09, 2008

TIME: 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.  
LOCATION: Behind the Westborough Police Station

Can drive fund raiser for Westborough's Explorer Post 85 Emergency Service Squad.  You may drop cans off on this day, or any time before the 9th.  If you drop cans off before the 9th, please leave them in front of our "can trailer".  This is a tractor trailer box located just to the rear of our wooden service garage.  Leave the cans outside the trailer, and we'll take care of them.

Do you know about our Westborough's Explorer Post?  These folks are an amazing resource for our town and the area.  Here's a bit about them:

Explorer Post 85 Emergency Service Squad is the youth auxiliary to the Westborough Fire Department. Since our inception in 1967, Post 85 has been responding to emergency calls ranging from water removal to major salvage operations beyond the time frame of the fire scene and from providing air, power and light at structure fires to rescue operations at high angles. Selected members are also certified divers and have assisted in the recovery of individuals involved in water accidents...

Please continue reading at the Who We Are link on their web site, www.explorerpost85.com.


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MIS/GIS Job Description

Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:24

Position Title: MIS/GIS Director Department: Selectmen/Coordinator
Date: October 1, 1999 Grade: S-22


Works under the general direction of the Town Coordinator, responsible for achieving operational efficiencies through the use and development of computers in the workplace. Performs highly technical and responsible duties requiring extensive judgment and initiative in planning for, managing, maintaining and supporting the use of information technology throughout the Town and various Town offices.


  • Responsible for the implementation and continual maintenance of the Town’s Information System including network and GIS information technology.
  • Oversees and participates in the conversion of all electronic and paper-based records onto the Information System.
  • Maintains regular, daily contact with personnel and offices throughout the Town as time and schedule permits, answering questions, solving problems, providing training, implementing and supporting applications from vendors; and developing, implementing and supporting applications utilized by the Town’s staff.
  • Evaluates needs for information technology on an ongoing basis and designs or implements uses of information technology in response to the needs of users in various offices throughout the Town; coordinates all services throughout the Town related to information technology.
  • Consults with users throughout the Town to determine how to improve the efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness of the Town’s use of information technology; maintains standards for hardware, software and communications throughout the Town.
  • Provides major input into the Town’s information technology procurement; creates policies with the Town Coordinator directly relating to the use of the Information System and updates/revises as necessary.
  • Provides training to employees in basic and advanced computer application and usage.
  • Has principal responsibility for the implementation and support of all packaged applications licensed from vendors.  
  • Establishes and supervises the maintenance of security on all computer systems; coordinates the implementation of new security procedures as needed.
  • Carries out system operations such as backups, hot and cold starts, loading of software packages and updates, installation of hardware and coordination of hardware and software maintenance with vendors.
  • Resolves any errors that could result in damage to or loss of information, damage to hardware or software or telecommunications, delay in or loss of service, possible monetary loss or legal consequences adverse to the Town.


  • Assures that all daily, weekly and other production schedules are met in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Authorized to prepare and administer the department’s operating and capital budgets; performs long range planning for information technology; meets with representatives of vendors to stay abreast of technologies and discuss options for the Town.
  • Troubleshoots and supports systems and telecommunications on an enterprise-wide basis. Performs other related duties as assigned or as situation dictates.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in information systems, computer science or related field; as least five (5) years of experience in information services management involving system planning, management and operations, training programming or related skill, of which three (3) years should be in a municipal setting. Knowledge of and experience in municipality based Geographic Information Systems including implementation and ongoing maintenance.
  • Thorough knowledge of contemporary information technology; clear understanding of business systems techniques and consultative skills. Knowledge of mid-range server and PC based systems for municipalities. Thorough knowledge of programming methods and techniques. Knowledge of enterprise-wide telecommunications.
  • Ability to learn and use the latest generation language for application development.
  • Ability to provide training to employees on a wide variety of computer software and hardware.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication, both oral and written, with all classes of employees, public officials, vendors and others inside and outside Town government as required.
  • Knowledge of MUNIS Operating System.



  • Performs work under typical office conditions with some minimal physical effort required; frequent moderate effort required for tasks such as moving and installing computer hardware and related office equipment. Position requires the ability to operate a keyboard and view computer screens for extended period of time. Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Position requires the ability to access all Town offices on a regular basis; including traversing flights of stairs in various buildings.
  • Position requires fully correctable close vision, color vision and depth perception.
  • Work is performed under typical office conditions with exposure to noise from printers, bursters, decollators, mailing machines and other computer related equipment.
  • As needed, hours of work may vary from time to time to accommodate system installation, upgrades, backup functions and emergencies.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
*The essential functions or duties listed are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

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