NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 15, 2013

Newbury voters to decide on 33 articles

BY JENNIFER SOLIS
CORRESPONDENT

---- — NEWBURY — A quorum of 40 is needed to take up the town’s business at the Annual Town Meeting next week.

Voters gather on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Newbury Elementary School on Hanover Street to consider 29 requests on the annual warrant and another four articles on a Special Town Meeting warrant. The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee reviewed the two warrants at a joint meeting earlier this month.

The annual warrant includes:

ARTICLE 1. To act on the reports of town boards and committees

ARTICLE 2. Salaries and compensation of the following elective offices:

Town Moderator $200

Board of Selectmen (per member) $3,000

Board of Assessors chair $3,500

Member $2,500

Town clerk $52,209

Tree warden $ 3,000

Fish commissioner (per member) $1,300

ARTICLE 3. $16,774,311 for the Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget with $627,261 also taken from the Special Assessment Fund

ARTICLE 4. $250,000 for the Stabilization Fund

ARTICLE 5. $25,000 to fund Other Post Employment Benefits

ARTICLE 6. $16,000 for structural firefighter gear

ARTICLE 7. $50,000 to make repairs to the Newbury Elementary School

ARTICLE 8. $411,715 in Chapter 90 funds for use by the Department of Public Works for street and road repair work

ARTICLE 9. $35,000 to repair the Town Library

ARTICLE 10. $30,000 to insulate and sheetrock the DPW 2-bay garage

ARTICLE 11. $51,000 to purchase a one-ton dump truck with a plow for the DPW

ARTICLE 12. To reauthorize the revolving account entitled “Recreation Revolving Fund” for field maintenance in an amount not to exceed $60,000. The account is funded by fee rentals.

ARTICLE 13. To reauthorize the revolving account entitled “Municipal Waterways Improvement and Maintenance Fund” in an amount not to exceed $70,000 for the purposes of paying the part-time seasonal wages and expenses of the Harbormaster Department and improving and maintaining the waterways within the town. The account is funded by waterways excise taxes and other related fees and fines.

ARTICLE 14. To adopt comprehensive Street Opening Requirements and fines as Chapter 89 of the Code of the Town of Newbury.

ARTICLE 15. To adopt Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32, Section 4 (2)(b) regarding creditable services governed by retirement system and pensions.

ARTICLE 16. To authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court to enact legislation that will allow the Board of Assessors to grant tax abatements to certain Plum Island properties impacted by storms this past winter.

ARTICLE 17. To authorize selectmen to enter into a contract with the state for the construction and maintenance of public highways for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 18. To assume liability for any damages incurred by work done for the improvement, development, maintenance and protection of tidal and non-tidal rivers and streams, harbors, tidewaters, foreshores and shores along a public beach.

ARTICLE 19. To adopt an amendment to the Acts of 2009 and to amend Section 5K of Chapter 59 of the General Laws, by replacing the figure “$750” with “$1,000.”

ARTICLE 20. To amend a section of the town’s bylaw governing Dogs and Other Animals as follows: “All dogs 6 months old or over must be licensed and tagged. Licensing will be done through the Town Clerk’s office. The license period shall run from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year, both dates inclusive. The owner or keeper of an unlicensed dog after February 1st will be fined $10.00 in addition to the license fee.”

ARTICLE 21. To amend a section of the town’s bylaw governing Dogs and Other Animals as follows: “Licensing fees shall be $10 per spayed or neutered dog and $15 for intact dogs. Kennel fees are as follows: 4 dogs or less $40, 5 to 10 dogs $75, more than 10 dogs $125. The fee for a commercial kennel including an animal day-care facility is $125 The license period shall run from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year, both dates inclusive. New kennel licenses may be issued pending an informational meeting, inspection and approval from the Animal Control Officer.”

ARTICLE 22. To amend a section of the town’s bylaw governing Dogs and Other Animals as follows: “Anyone maintaining such a kennel shall be subject to a $100 fine. Each day shall constitute a violation.”

ARTICLE 23. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws to modify the boundaries of the Business and Light Industrial District (BLI).

ARTICLE 24. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws to modify the boundaries of the portion of the Commercial Highway District (CH) located along Central Street on the easterly side of the Route I-95 right-of-way.

ARTICLE 25. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws to modify the boundaries of the Byfield Village Business District (BVB).

ARTICLE 26. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws to modify certain portions of the Table of Use Regulations.

ARTICLE 27. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws regulating accessory apartments.

ARTICLE 28. To amend Newbury Zoning By-Laws by adding provisions for Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations.

ARTICLE 29. To authorize Selectmen to petition the General Court for the enactment of a special law creating a new regional veterans’ services district, including the Town of Merrimac and one or more of its neighboring communities, which may include Newburyport, Newbury, Salisbury, and/or Amesbury.

Requests appearing on the Special Town Warrant include:

ARTICLE 1. $106,795 from Free Cash to fund the Snow and Ice deficit

ARTICLE 2. $20,620 from the Sale of Land Fund to purchase 2 Lawn Mowers for the Public Works Department.

ARTICLE 3. $38,880 from Free Cash to pay for a weir at Middle Road.

ARTICLE 4. $6,068.50 from Free Cash to pay for various expenses of the Historic Commission