Sunday, November 11, 2018

The subject that no one seems to want to talk about:

Tax over ride for the school district. The district has said it will seek a tax override but so far, no amount or reason (s) have been given. The school supporting selectmen all of a sudden want answers about this, as if they seem upset, surprised or both. This subject has been talked about multiple times, especially this past budget season.  Get ready for an interesting time and remember, you have already voted on and approved three tax increases since May of 2018. In case you forgot, override for ambulance service, meals tax and the new animal control by-law that increased the cost of dog licenses and fines for any violations. It has been stated the tax increase will be significant. Then there will be the tax increase to pay for the building itself. Remember, you voted on that back in 2015, so enjoy all of the tax hikes you voted for and remember to break out the check book.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Countdown to 2020 Town Meeting

Checkpoint                                                                                  Day                          Date
Town Election                                                                             Monday                    May 20, 2019
Town Meeting                                                                             Wednesday               May 15, 2019
Advisory Committee Drop Dead to Issue Report                        Monday                    May 13, 2019(1)
Annual Town Report in Town Clerk’s Office                                Monday                    May 13, 2019(2)
Target Date for Voter’s Guide to be Available to Public              Wednesday                May 8, 2019
Drop Dead for Warrant & Advert to be Posted/Published           Wednesday               May 8, 2019(3)
Drop Dead for BoS to Submit Warrant to
Constable & Advert to Newspaper                                               Wednesday               May 1, 2019
BoS Takes Final Vote on Warrant                                                Wednesday               April 24, 2019
Advisory Committee Public Hearing on Budget TBD TBD Advisory Committee(4)
Drop Dead for Ballot Questions for Annual Town Election           Wednesday               April 17, 2019
BoS Drop Dead to Transmit ATM Warrant & Budget
Recommendations to Advisory Committee                                  Monday                     April 8, 2019(5)
Last Day to return nomination papers Monday April 1, 2019
BoS Adopts Budget & Warrant Recommendations                      Wednesday               March 27, 2019
BoS Budget Workshop (Answers to Q’s) SNOWDATE                 Monday                    March 25, 2019
BoS Budget Workshop                                                                  Thursday                  March 21, 2019
Desired Date for NRSD to Adopt OPEX budget                            Monday                   March 18, 2019
BoS Budget Workshop Presentations SNOWDATE                      Saturday                  March 16, 2019
BoS Budget Workshop – Presentations                                         Saturday                  March 9, 2019
ATM Warrant “Closes”                                                                     Monday                  March 4, 2019(6)
TA Presents Budget & Warrant Package                                        Wednesday             February 27, 2019
Nomination Papers Available at Town Clerk                                    Monday                  February 25, 2019
Drop Dead TA Concludes 2nd Review                                           Tuesday                   February 19, 2019
BoS “Opens” ATM Warrant to Citizen Petitions                              Wednesday              February 13, 2019(7)
Drop Dead TA Concludes 1st Review                                             Wednesday              February 6, 2019
Request to BoS for Suggestions of Cover & Dedication                 Thursday                  January 31, 2019(8)
Budget Estimate from WRRS                                                          Thursday                 January 31, 2019
House 1 w/Cherry Sheets Released                                                Wednesday             January 23, 2019(9)
TA 1 on 1 DH Reviews (Week of)                                                     Monday                   January 21, 2019
BoS Meeting w/Legislative Delegation for Session Review              Wednesday            January 9, 2019
Capital Improvements Committee Submits Proposed CIP                Wednesday           January 9, 2019
DH’s Submit all Budget & Warrant Materials to TA                            Wednesday           January 2, 2019
TA Sends “Budget Guidance” Memo out to all                                  Thursday                November 29, 2018
BoS Adopts Revenue Estimates                                                        Wednesday           November 28, 2018
Convention of the Committees                                                           Monday                 November 26, 2018(10)
Drop Dead for Monty Tech to apportion OPEX budget                      Friday                    November 16, 2018
BoS Finalizes Goals & Objectives                                                     Wednesday            November 14, 2018
BoS Holds Goal Setting Retreat                                                         Done
TO: Board of Selectmen
FROM: Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
RE: Administrator’s Weekly Report
DATE: November 8, 2018
CC: All Departments

Important Notice to All Departments 
Open Positions 
On-Call Plow Operators - DPW 
Driver/Operator/Laborer – DPW 
Clerk – Treasurer/Collectors Office 
Accepting Applications for Hired Equipment for Plow Operations 

(Better tell dave smart Town is hiring big bad contractors)

Business Meeting or Workshop: This is to expand upon items where the attached memos may need some expansion or where a full memo was not required.

5. b. This is required to determine if you will have a single or split tax rate. Once you make this decision, we can finalize our submission to DOR of the so-called recap sheet and set the tax rate.

5. f. This is from your workshop of 11/07 with a few minor changes as discussed. Please notify us of any further changes you might like by CoB 11/13 that we can have them prepared for your final action on 11/14. 5. h. We had six great submissions which I narrowed down to three for interviews by me, Adam L. and Bob S. After presentations and interviews we narrowed our interest to the firm of Milone and MacBroom at which time we opened the fee proposal. Thankfully, upon opening the fee proposal, we found that they were within budget (As we told you the fees ranged from $35k to $143k. I’m not sure why the others were so high - and we had no clue which fee was tied to which vendor as I had the AA open them, so we knew only the range – but I will tell you it was a concern for a bit. Fortunately, their fee proposal allows us some room for change orders to develop the information required by various grant agencies.

5. i. This is to rollover the current BANs on the School and PD together with an additional tranche of $9m for the school. At this time, it appears we will have our credit rating in time to take a portion of the BANs to permanent financing in February. The balance will go to Bond about12 to 18 months later. This will mean there will be a full payment on those Bonds in the FY 20 budget and we can phase the tax rate impact in over a couple of years.

5. j. This is for the Board to discuss what type of presentation it will be making and what it hopes to gain from the All Boards Meeting.

Weekly Report: We had a meeting/tel con with representatives of FEMA, MEMA and Rich Curtis our EMD concerning emergency funding we are eligible for relating to the March 13-15 storm. We have completed a draft damage inventory and have a 60-day window to finalize it. We can get 75% of cost items which are above $3k resulting in a potential reimbursement to us of $17.5k+/- at this time. We filmed another Talk of the Town, completed another evaluation and prepared adverts for the several open positions and contract opportunities as well as finalizing Draft contacts for Stone Bridge and hired equipment.
 Interesting reading:

Today's Bible Lesson ... 
In today ’s world with President Trump getting hit daily, I decided a little Bible Lesson might be appropriate.
Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33). 
Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat. He did and filled the boat with fish. 
John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish." 
Origin of Left & Right… I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left". 
By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.    Thus, sayeth the Lord.    Amen! 
It surely can't get any simpler than that. 
Spelling Lesson: The last four letters in American... I Can 
The last four letters in Republican........ I Can 
The last four letters in Democrats....... Rats 

Monday, November 5, 2018

from the finance committee handbook - just so you know.
chapter 3, page 3.3

The format found in the law addresses itself to budgetary
basics. Almost all towns and cities in the Commonwealth go
well beyond this in their annual budget presentation package
(see Chapter 2). DOR has also ruled that only a town
meeting — not the finance committee or selectmen — may
determine the exact budget format to be used (see In Our
Opinion, 92-145). As a practical matter, town meeting
would have to vote to reject the present format and request a
new one for the following year.

following is a link so you can check for yourself.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

On the Massachusetts division of local services, it shows Templeton receiving meals tax distribution of $4,384 in September, the next distribution at the end of the 2nd quarter in December. We better catch up quick!

from the voters guide for annual town meeting in May of 2018:
The local option meals tax was created by the state in the fall of 2009. Since then a little over 60% of the state’s municipalities have adopted it. The local option tax adds 38 cents on a $50 meal. The DOR estimated Templeton would have receive almost $50,000 in revenues if it had adopted the local option meals tax for 2016. (We await the 2017 report). The state’s revenue estimates for this tax have proven to be very reliable over the years since they are based upon actual state receipts. The vendor pays the local sales tax imposed under this section to the Commissioner at the same time and in the same manner as the sales tax due to the Commonwealth. Shortly after the end of every quarter in the Fiscal Year, the state then sends Town its share of the collections. If adopted, the Board of Selectmen intend to use this as a funding source to meet the Town’s many needs with respect to replacing its rolling stock (i.e. cars, trucks, and the like).

ARTICLE 28 Authorize Lease of Capital Items – Police & DPW
Submitted by the Board of Selectmen
2/3 Vote Require

 I move, contingent upon the adoption of the Local Option Meals Tax, so called, will vote to (a) raise and appropriate the sum of Forty Two Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($42,000.00) to pay for the first year of a three year lease for a fully equipped police cruiser and a one-ton pick-up with dump body, wing and plow with said lease not to exceed One Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($126,000.00) in total, and have a so called escape clause for lack of appropriation in addition to provisions for an early pay-off, without penalty, and a One Dollar ($1.00) buy-out upon the conclusion of all regularly schedule lease payments and (b) appropriate the sum of Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500.00) to write down the purchase price of said items such that they may be leased within the foregoing limits set in this article and to meet said appropriation by a transfer of said sum from certified free cash. Or take any other action related thereto.

Summary: This article seeks the necessary appropriations and authority to purchase a new police cruiser (replacing a 2011 which is expected to have 150,000 miles on it by the time of replacement and currently has numerous transmission, drive train, and electrical problems) and a fully outfitted one-ton pick-up for the DPW (replacing a 2001 vehicle we have had to recently take out of service due to the numerous repairs needed that would that far exceed its value). It solidifies the intent of the Selectmen to use the Local Option Meals Tax for exactly the purposes articulated above. If carried forward this will support one cruiser every three years. It will also support our intended complement of four one-ton pick-ups, each of which we hope to get twelve years of service from.
Still think the selectmen are working for you:
Read the agenda for the next sewer commissioners meeting

Sewer Commissioners are elected by you to over see the operation including funding of the Templeton sewer department.
Operation expenses, including pay raises voted on by you, the voter/taxpayer and still it seems the selectmen are ignoring your vote! Time to let the selectmen know how you feel about this.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018 4:30 P.M.



1. Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator withholding all Sewer Department Non-Union Employee raises. These raises were budgeted, approved by the Board of Sewer Commission and Voter approved at Annual Town Meeting.

2. Admin. Asst. Correct Pay Rate still being withheld by Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen.

3. Joe F./Town of Royalston Sludge

4. Capital Planning Update

1. Sundstrom Abatement

1. Budget to Actuals
2. Marie M. Abatement
1. Pleasant Street Update – USDA Closing
2. Flusher Truck repair bid solicitation advertised
3. Draft Sewer Lien list
4. Plant Road Roof
5. Engineer Contract Amendment