Saturday, February 24, 2018

So, the Town needs to change it's election date so there is no dissension on the stage with regards to the budget. Why then, does this board of selectmen think it has to change Town Counsel before the election? Why not discuss any changes after the election? After all, anyone elected to the select board will have to work with the Town Counsel and would it not make sense for all five to have a say in this most important subject?  If Town Counsel is to be called upon to defend your position (s), shouldn't you have a say in who Town Counsel is to be? If it needs to be that way for the budget, why not legal counsel as well?

Perhaps Towns people should be aware that no one from the board of selectmen's office talked to present Town Counsel about a change. No one from the board of selectmen's office told present Town Counsel about the issuance of a RFP, they never received an acknowledgement that they responded to the RFP, no one from the board of selectmen's office asked any questions about their response, no references were ever checked, no screening committee ever contacted them (was there a screening committee?), present Town Counsel is unsure if the BOS even knows that they re applied. It is even possible the application from present Town Counsel was tossed into the trash. (my opinion)

Just another reason, in my opinion, why it is hard to trust the current board of selectmen on anything.




So, does Templeton have a full time Town Administrator, a part time Town Administrator or an interim Town Administrator?

I seem to recall the Templeton board of selectmen voting to make Carter Terenzini the Town Administrator. I seem to recall an article in the Gardner News of that item. So here is the point of this post; do the Templeton selectmen know what they vote on? Do they read and understand it/ Do they remember what they vote and act on?

In a written, posted and published request for proposals for legal services (Town Counsel), the selectmen include in that posting; any questions concerning this invitation should be directed to Carter Terenzini, interim Town Administrator. However, in the first paragraph of the RFP, it had submit responses to Mr. Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator. Perhaps it is a lack of proof reading, but what ever the reason, this is a reflection on the selectmen and the continuation of a lack of consistency with regards to policies, procedures and every day business of the selectmen. (in my opinion) Perhaps that is one of the reasons for a lack of participation of the citizens of Templeton when it comes to the board of selectmen and their meetings?

This RFP was, according to the document, advertised in the Gardner News on December 19, 2017, on COMMBUYS on December 14, 2017 and Goods & Services bulletin on December 25, 2017.



Meeting packet information for the Monday, February 26, 2018 selectmen meeting is now on the Town website under the meeting calendar, simply find the selectmen meeting for Monday and scroll down until you see the link.

It states it was added or created on February 23, 2018. Strange how town business is done on days when Town Hall is not open.

Friday, February 23, 2018

TO:           Board of Selectmen
FROM:     Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
RE:            Administrator's weekly report
DATE:       February 22, 2018
CC:            All Departments

Important Notices

Now accepting applications for one full-time police officer position.

Business meeting or workshop: The following is intended to supplement agenda items where a full memorandum may not have been required or updates are needed.

5. a. We had four submissions and the top two rated firms were invited to interview with you. They provide an interesting contrast of the sole practitioner and a team of two larger firms. Pricing is discussed after you determine which firm you like better


5. b. We are seeking your approval to proceed to negotiate a contract with the top ranked firm.


The entire administrator weekly report can be read on the Town's website.




Hello all,

Thank you to those that were able to participate in the Doodle.com survey. The date of Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30pm was determined to be the date that worked best for the majority of the group. The meeting will be held in the Narragansett Regional High School, and the agenda will be posted on the District website. 

Thank you.
Would any provision or new by-law to prevent hemp Agriculture or farming be considered a conflicting by-law? Does the Attorney General look at all of the other Town by-laws when considering any new by-laws sent to the attorney general for legal consideration?

I believe if you check, the answer is no, which probably, in part, is the reason for the many conflicting by-law issues in Templeton already. I also believe that anyone making statements such as "I can't believe the state was stupid enough to legalize pot" is basically calling voters stupid, which is most likely not a smart thing to do, especially if you are elected. Since some in Templeton once thought it was a good idea financially to have the Town be a dumping ground for trash, material, some of which was sure to be hazardous material, and the like, perhaps farming or growing pot rather than dispensing it by way of retail establishments should be something the Town considers in a logical fashion rather than on an emotional level? Would that be a good re-use of say the old Temple Stuart property. Keep in mind, before we get all hysterical one way or another, there has been a reported shortage of ending entities to provide start up money for any pot facilities. Apparently there is concern within the banking industry about possible federal interference concerning the conflict with passed state laws and the continued federal opinion/law about pot being illegal at the federal level. Apparently, the federal government has a hard time accepting the will of the people.
Since there have been some comments about pot, the effects of and possible sales tax revenue on this issue, I found some information that may be of interest to those who posted said comments.

I found this on the Massachusetts Municipal Association web site;

Look under Resource Library - Annual Labor Law update/ Mirick O'Connell 2018.


3. Marijuana Law -
On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question legalizing marijuana for recreational and commercial use, Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016 (the "Marijuana Law"). This past July, however, the Marijuana Law underwent a fairly significant re-write via Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017, known as "An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana." As revised, the Marijuana Law includes several key points relative to municipalities:

(a) Prohibiting/ Regulating Marijuana Establishments:
• Communities that voted 'Yes' on Question 4 in November of2016 may prohibit one or all types of recreational marijuana establishments by local referendum.
• Communities that voted 'No' on Question 4 may prohibit one or all types of recreational marijuana establishments by town meeting or city council vote only, up until December 31, 2019.
• In lieu of a full or partial ban, communities may still adopt bylaws or ordinances imposing reasonable regulations on the time, place and manner of marijuana establishment operations.
• The new Marijuana Act clarifies that zoning provisions may not prevent a medical marijuana establishment licensed as of July 1, 2017 from converting to a recreational facility.
(b) Local Referenda:
• The Marijuana Law now provides a form of ballot question for the local referendum seeking to prohibit recreational marijuana establishments, and provides authorization to place such a question on a regular or special election ballot.
• Municipal acts regulating or prohibiting recreational or medical marijuana establishments prior to July 1, 2017 are not affected by the new Marijuana Law.

(c) Host Agreements:
• Recreational and medical marijuana establishments must enter a Host Community Agreement with the municipality.
• Impact fees under a Host Community Agreement are capped at 3% of the facility's gross sales and are effective for no longer than 5 years. (d) Local Sales Tax:
• Municipalities may, by local option, adopt a local sales tax on recreational marijuana establishments of up to 3 % of sales (increased from 2%)

(e) Cannabis Control Commission:
• The Cannabis Control Commission expands to a 5-member body, with consolidated regulatory powers over both recreational and medical marijuana establishments.

On December 28, 2017, the state's Cannabis Control Commission released draft regulations. Once finalized, the regulations will govern the Ii censure of recreational marijuana established in Massachusetts, a process intended to start this spring. The draft regulations do not provide much in the way of additional guidance on the local regulation of recreational marijuana, beyond the limitations set forth in the statute approved by voters in November of2016 and amended by the Legislature in July of 2017.

Under the draft regulations, marijuana operators would need to hold "community outreach hearings" before submitting a license application to the Cannabis Control Commission. In addition, the draft regulations provide that upon written request from the Cannabis Control Commission, municipalities have 60 days to certify that a proposed marijuana establishment complies with local zoning provisions. The draft regulations also provide that if a municipality has no local siting requirements, recreational marijuana establishments may not be sited within 500 feet of a public or private school, daycare center, or any facility in which children commonly congregate.

The final regulations are due by March 15, 2018. The Cannabis Control Commission will hold public hearings on the draft regulations in February
On Feb. 16, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget bill for fiscal 2018 that includes $15 million for school districts hosting students displaced by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands last October.
 
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is charged with developing guidelines and application procedures for the education grants. Grant amounts will be allocated consistent with the method for calculating Chapter 70 education aid.
 
According to DESE, about 85 percent of the roughly 2,400 displaced students now enrolled in Massachusetts public schools are in 12 districts: Boston, Chicopee, Fall River, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, New Bedford, Southbridge, Springfield and Worcester.
 
The supplemental budget act (Chapter 24) includes $1.1 million to defray local costs of implementing the early voting law for the 2016 state election. State Auditor Suzanne Bump determined that the law, enacted in 2014, constitutes an unfunded mandate, and the state is obligated to reimburse cities and towns. The amounts to be reimbursed to individual cities and towns are the certified amounts prepared by the state auditor.
 
The governor filed an additional supplemental budget bill last month totaling $160 million to cover expected funding shortfalls this year in a range of state budget accounts, including $45 million for human service programs and $42 million in funding for sheriffs. The bill includes a number of technical corrections to the so-called Municipal Modernization Act that became law in 2016 and new ways that the state can finance Chapter 40R housing production incentive payments.
 
A number of legislators raised the issue of the shortfall this year in the special education “circuit breaker” program, and the MMA is supporting a supplemental appropriation for this important account for school districts across the Commonwealth.
 
The two supplemental budget bills come at a welcome moment of relative fiscal stability for state government. The forecast for state tax collections this year was revised upward in January by $157 million to $26.7 billion. Collections through the end of January were $810 million above the target for the seven-month mark.
 
Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding warned, however, that the above-benchmark numbers in December and January resulted mainly from estimated personal income tax payments and that actual collections by the end of the year will likely settle back toward the January estimate.
 
Federal tax law changes have had an impact on taxpayer behavior, making it more difficult to forecast state tax collections this year.
 
A federal item that could have effects on Templeton.
from the Massachusetts Municipal Association website:

On Jan. 22, President Donald Trump signed a short-term federal spending bill that included another two-year delay of the “Cadillac tax” on employer-sponsored health plans.
 
The excise tax, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, was originally due to take effect in 2018, but has been delayed twice, now until 2022.
 
Despite a further delay of its implementation and talk of possibly repealing the tax, municipal employers are advised to continue to factor the tax into health plan design decisions.
 
The tax was intended as a health cost-control mechanism that would discourage employers from offering high-cost health plans. The Cadillac tax will assess a 40 percent annual excise on individual health plans that cost more than $10,200 per year and family plans that cost more than $27,500.
 
Massachusetts municipal employers are likely to reach these thresholds in greater numbers than employers in other regions of the country, due to the higher cost of health care here, the use of benefit plans to attract and retain top-notch employees, and the plans that municipal labor unions have negotiated through collective bargaining. The tax thresholds will rise more slowly than health care inflation, meaning that more plans will be subject to the tax over time.
 
In an effort to manage health insurance costs and avoid the Cadillac tax, municipal employers may pursue higher copays and deductibles, the initiation of co-insurance, the elimination of high-cost plans, a phase-out of flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts, and the adoption of lower-cost limited network plans.
 
There is bipartisan support in Congress for repealing the Cadillac tax, but there is no consensus yet on how to replace the revenue that would be lost from a repeal.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

TO:           Board of Selectmen
FROM:     Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
RE:            Administrator's weekly report
DATE:       February 15, 2018
CC:            All Departments



Weekly Report: in part, states as of 12/11 we have roughly $10k left in snow & ice accounts so I have authorized deficit spending of $30k. So far this season the equipment has been out of service for a little over 300 collective hours during storms.

This can be read in entirety on Templeton Town website under Town administrator weekly reports.

An allocated summary - expenditure ledger document provided to advisory committee on July 30, 2018 shows an allocation of $132,500.00 with $37,059.07 spent with an ending balance of $95,440.93. These dates and dollar figures do not seem to match up.

Is that a typo that should read 2/11? Is there that big of a disconnect in Town Hall? Is that a keying error? Is this where we should hold people in government to a higher standard and accountable?

Are our financial reports to be trusted?


Hi Attached is the budget VS Actual as of Dec 2017.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kelli Pontbriand
Accountant
Town of Templeton
978-894-2765
from Town Meeting vote in Ashburnham, MA - May, 2016 for fiscal year 2017 appropriations.

Notice this article is requested by the municipal light department of Ashburnham and is covered under MGL chapter 164! If only Templeton had some light commissioners like those in Ashburnham. FY2017 Town budget for Ashburnham was in 15 million dollar range.

$66,000.00 with no new tax, no tax rate impact, what a concept, no demands from the light commissioners either. Templeton needs new light commissioners.




ARTICLE 2:

To see if the Town will vote to authorize a PILOT payment based on the annual kilowatt sales of the Light Department multiplied by a per kilowatt value. from the Municipal Light Plant Funds, to the town treasury, as authorized by its Light Board in accordance with Chapter 164 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, or act in relation thereto.
(Requested by the Municipal Light Department)
SELECTMEN RECOMMEND: YES
CAPITAL PLAN. COMM. RECOMMEND: N/A
ADVISORY BD. RECOMMEND: YES
TAX RATE IMPACT: N/A

Brief Explanation:
The PILOT agreement is tied to the Pilot payment in the annual kilowatt sales of the light department multiplied by a per kilowatt value. This was put in place for FY13 to ease the calculation and establish a standard process for future years. In FY17 it is estimated we will receive $66,000.

Hubbardston, MA fiscal year 2018 budget requests;

Accountant Services -      $35,000.00
Accountant expense -      $     200.00
Municipal finance Clerk - $ 6,000.00

Audit expense -                $18,500.00

Total:                                $59,700.00       
Place your bets on new town counsel - LK/P anyone?

 Templeton Board of Selectmen
 Town Hall, 160 Patriots Road, East Templeton
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Agenda
1. Call the Meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Public Comment

4. a. Meeting Minutes~ none
b. Executive Session Minutes~ none

5. New Business: 
a. Action RE: Appointments & Introductions
b. Action RE: Law Firm Interviews~ Firm A & Firm B
c. Action RE: OPM RE: Police Station Project
d. Presentation RE: Capital Planning Report FY’19 and beyond
e. Presentation RE: FY’19 Budget
f. Referral to Workshop: none

6. Old Business:

7. Board & Staff Member Comments & Reports 

8. Request for Executive Session per M.G.L. Ch.30, Sec. 21.3-Union Negotiations & Litigation
9. Adjournment

The listing of Agenda items is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent it is permitted by law.
THIS AGENDA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

So why would the agricultural commission meet at JK Crossroads? A restaurant rather than at Town Hall. On the Templeton Town website, Christof Chartier is listed as chairman. Mr. Chartier is also listed as a member of the Templeton Planning Board. One can either go to those respective places on the Templeton Town web site and email them or go to one of those meetings ( I think Planning Board may be the easiest one to attend and ask on camera) ask why the agricultural commission meets in a restaurant rather than Town Hall. Perhaps go to a selectmen meeting and ask them as well.

I also believe if you attend or watch a meeting (s) of the Templeton Advisory Committee, you will not see nor hear of any discussion on government conspiracy theories relating to 911, sandy hook or any other event. Advisory does discuss financial reporting, actions or lack there of by the board of selectmen and we have also pointed out from time to time that the agricultural commission meets at JK Crossroads. Perhaps more people should show for a selectmen meeting or the all committee meetings and ask why so many committees meet at places other than Town Hall.

Remember, selectmen have no real say so over other elected boards such as cemetery, sewer, planning, assessors, health etc.


Town:Templeton, MA 
Board:Agricultural Commission
Time:Monday January 29, 2018 6:30 PM EST
Location:Agricultural Commission
119 Patriots Rd., JK Crossroads, East Templeton, MA
Agenda:
1. Review minutes
2. Old Business
3. Discuss Sign project
4. Upcoming meetings
5. Discuss recent Farm Bureau agenda
6. New Business
7. Miscellaneous
8. Schedule next meeting
Again, I try to keep this bog on local Templeton issues as well as state and federal things that may have a direct effect on Templeton. I am not naive enough to know there are many possibilities and situations to be created and to happen. There are many examples out there and it is not required for the "government" as a whole to be involved. Can any one say water gate? 

That being said, the main focus of this bog is to provide information that is relevant to Templeton. Watching the Templeton board of selectmen state they cannot put forth a budget as early as say February because all of the numbers are not available and that is one reason why we need to change our election date and the date of our town meeting, when there has been one town (as reported in the Worcester Telegram) that has managed to put together and present a Town budget in February. If other towns can do that, why is it not possible for Templeton to do the same thing?

Since Templeton has created (or is trying to put together) an economic development entity, perhaps our representatives could follow the wishes of town voters (check vote results of the state election ballot question concerning pot) and this economic development could pursue or at least inquire if there are outside interests in Templeton being a location for a growing facility.

So we do not put the cart before the horse, let us watch and see if the selectmen put forth any Town Meeting warrant article (s) before the voters on this subject. Or will Templeton once again cry that we need business to help the tax base, then turn away all comers when the business interest show up?
from the Genera by-laws of Templeton:

Article VIII – Records and Reports

Section 1. All officers, boards, and committees of the town, shall cause records of their doings and accounts to be kept in suitable books. Said books shall be kept in their respective places in the town offices, and shall not be removed therefrom. Said books shall, unless otherwise provided by law, be open to public inspection at any reasonable time, but shall remain during such inspection under supervision of the officer, board, or committee having custody thereof.

Section 2. All officers, boards, standing committees, and special committees of the town having charge of the expenditure of town money shall annually report thereon in writing in such manner as to give the citizens a fair and full understanding of the objects and methods of such expenditures, referring, however, to the report of the Town Accountant for statements in detail of receipts and payments, and may make therein such recommendations as they deem proper. Such reports shall be submitted to the Selectmen for inclusion in the Annual Town Report on or before the thirty-first (31) day of January of each year.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Templeton Committee openings;

Capital Planning Committee1 Vacancy1 year Appointment
Conservation Commission2 Vacancies3 year Appointment
Open Space Committee5 Vacancies1 year Appointment
Zoning Board of Appeals2 Vacancies5 year (Associate Member) Appointment
Veterans Oversight Board1 Vacancy1 year Appointment
Economic Development & Industrial Corporation6 Vacancies1 year Appointment
Baldwinville Elementary School Disposal Advisory Committee7 Vacancies1 year Appointment
With a tax rate on the higher side in the state, Ashburnham is on the move to possibly cut expenses of the Town:

The Town of Ashburnham invites bids for Accounting Services. Documents are available starting at 11AM on TUE, FEB 20, 2018. Bids will be received until 4:00 P.M., THU, MAR 8, 2018 by mail or delivered to the Town of Ashburnham, Town Administrator, 32 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430, with the designation “BID #FY18-04 Accounting Services” on the envelope. The Town of Ashburnham reserves the right to reject any and all bids. For questions, information, or bid documents contact the Town Administrator/CPO, (978) 827-4100 x 0, hbudrewicz@ashburnham-ma.gov.
feb20-1t
From: OpenMeeting (AGO) <openmeeting@state.ma.us>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:24:40 PM
To: jeff bennett
Subject: RE: posting a meeting

Mr. Bennett,

A district school committee must post notice of its meetings either (1) in each city or town within the district in the manner in which each city/town posts notice; or (2) to the district website.  If it chooses the website as the official method, a description of the posting location, including the website, should be posted by each city/town clerk office.

Regards,


Hanne Rush
Assistant Attorney General
Division of Open Government
Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
Tel. (617) 963-2820

From: jeff bennett [mailto:j_bennett506@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 8:01 AM
To: OpenMeeting (AGO) <OpenMeeting@MassMail.State.MA.US>
Subject: posting a meeting

Good day;

Here is my question/confusion; How is a school district suppose to post a meeting of the school committee or other entity involving the school district?

Is the school district suppose to post the meeting (s) with the Towns within the district. I wish to know and have clarification involving the school district concerning the Town I live in. District is made up of two towns, so when there is to be a meeting of the school committee, is that committee (school district) suppose to post that meeting with the two towns as well as on the district's website, for example. Templeton has voted by Town Meeting to post all public meetings on Town web site, so when there is to be a public meeting of the school committee or any other district entity, such as budget sub-committee or reorganization advisory committee, do those meetings need (required) to be posted on the Templeton Town website as well? Does a link on the Town website directing one to the district web site cover any such requirement. I am looking for clarification on the October 2017 open meeting law updates regarding to how open public meetings must be posted. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

respectfully;
Jeffrey Bennett
Templeton, MA

from CIS; citizen's guide to Town Meeting

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Annual and Special Town Meetings

What’s the difference between annual and special meetings?
Each town must hold an annual Town Meeting. Additional Town Meetings are called special meetings. They may be called as many times during the year as necessary.
When are Town Meetings?
Annual Town Meetings, unless otherwise provided by special law or charter, must be held in February, March, April or May. The Board of Selectman may delay the annual meeting, but it must be completed by June 30th.

Massachusetts General Law - chapter 39:

Section 9: Annual meeting; other meetings; election of officers; times; adjournment; holidays

Section 9. Except as otherwise provided by special law or a charter adopted or revised or amended under Sections two, three, or four of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth which may provide for a different time for the election of town officials and other matters to be determined by ballot, the annual meeting of each town shall be held in February, March, April, May or June; and other meetings may be held at such times as the selectmen may order or the charter or by-law prescribe; provided, however, that, notwithstanding the provisions of this section or of any other law, by-law, or charter to the contrary, a town, by the vote of its board of selectmen or town council may delay the annual town meeting; and provided, further, that such a delayed annual town meeting shall complete its business on or before June thirtieth. Town meetings shall be held within the geographic limits of the town unless a special law, charter or by-law provides otherwise; provided, however, that any meeting for the election by ballot of federal, state or other officers or the determination of other matters that are to be determined by ballot at an election shall be held within the geographic limits of the town. Meetings may be adjourned from time to time and meet and adjourn to any place authorized by law provided that officers shall be elected, and matters required by law to be elected or determined by ballot, shall be so elected or determined during the hours during which polls shall remain open as hereinafter provided. If the day set for a town meeting by by-law or otherwise falls on a legal holiday, such meetings shall be held on the day following. A town may by by-law designate the hour at which the annual town meeting shall be called and subject to section sixty-four of chapter fifty-four by vote or by-law designate the hours during which polls shall remain open in meetings for the election of officers and the determination of other matters that are required by law to be determined by ballot.
Insurance advisory committee make up - Massachusetts General Law:



Section 3 - in part:

Said committee shall consist of eight members as follows: seven persons to be duly elected or appointed to membership on such committee by organizations of the employees affected, and one person who shall be a retiree of a governmental unit who shall be duly appointed to membership on said committee by the appropriate public authority.

Simply put, this committee meets when the participants can get paid while meeting, apparently not wishing to "volunteer" their time and meet after hours so taxpayers, if they wish, could attend.


Town:Templeton, MA 
Board:Insurance Advisory Committee
Time:Wednesday February 21, 2018 10:30 AM EST
Location:Town Hall
160 Patriots Rd., East Templeton, MA 01438
Conference Room
Agenda:
Insurance Advisory Committee
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
160 Patriots Road, East Templeton, MA
Conference Room


1.) Call to Order 
2.) FY '19 Insurance Rates
3.) Options to Control Insurance Rates
4.) Vote on rates & plans for FY'19
5.) Adjourn 
The listing of Agenda items is those reasonably anticipated which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent it is permitted by law.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association officers for 2018

President: Jim Lovejoy, Mount Washington

First vice president: Paul DeRensis, Sherborn
Second vice president: Ellen Allen, Norwell
 Secretary; Andrew Hogeland, Williamstown
District 1: John O'Rourke, Conway
District 2; Vacant
District 3: Vacant
District 4: Alan Slavin, Wareham
District 5: Mary Krumsiek, Milbury

 


 
 




 
District 1: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties
District 2: Essex and Middlesex counties
District 3: Bristol, Norfolk and Suffolk counties
District 4: Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth counties
District 5: Worcester County

Don't worry, no one reads his bog anyway.

UPDATE:

The following meeting has been updated:

Town(s): Templeton, MA;
Board: Templeton Elementary School Building Committee
Time: Tuesday February 27, 2018 7 PM EST
Location: Town Hall

Agenda:
1. Call to order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approve minutes
4. Approve Invoices
5. OPM Update
6. New Business
7. Other

** You can manage your email notifications at

email update for this meeting was received today and now people know where to show up for this meeting.

So this meeting magically disappeared from Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and now is on February 27, 2018 as if it were never scheduled. The magic of everything electronic - poof - it is just gone, it was not cancelled, it just never was.
Templeton Meals tax; can you say Dunkin Donuts and Cumberland Farms?

Store sales

Sales of food and beverages by the stores listed above are subject to the tax if the items are sold in a way that it could be considered a meal. The following items sold in stores are taxable:
  • Beverages: Poured beverages, such as a cup of coffee or a fountain soda.
  • Unpackaged baked goods: Unpackaged baked goods or other snacks are generally taxable unless sold in units of 6 or more to be taken out. Baked goods in units of 6 or more include any variety of items totaling 6 or more servings. For example: 2 bagels, 3 muffins and 1 danish; or a whole pie, cake, loaf of bread, etc. However, a bakery may sell any amount of unpackaged baked goods tax-free if it sells only baked goods, or if it keeps its restaurant sales separate as required by DOR regulation.
Meals Tax:

Local option meals excise: A city or town may impose a local sales tax on restaurant meal sales that come from the city or town by a vendor. The rate is .75% of the vendor's gross receipts from restaurant meal sales. This local excise, which is imposed along with the state sales tax on meals, takes effect on the first day of the calendar quarter following 30 days after acceptance by the city or town on the first day of a later calendar quarter that the city or town may designate.


Massachusetts imposes a sales tax on meals sold by or bought from restaurants or any part of a store. The tax is 6.25% of the sales price of the meal. (Before August 1, 2009, the tax rate was 5%.)

Meal: A meal is any food and/or beverage that has been prepared for immediate human consumption and provided by a restaurant or restaurant part of a store. A meal includes food or beverages sold as "take out" or "to go," whether they're packaged or wrapped or not, and whether they're taken from the premises of the restaurant or not.
Restaurant: A restaurant is any eating or drinking establishment (stationary or mobile, temporary or permanent) that is primarily engaged in the business of selling meals for a price. These include but are not limited to:
  • Cafes
  • Cafeterias
  • Canteen trucks or wagons
  • Catering businesses
  • Cocktail lounges and bars
  • Coffee shops
  • Diners
  • Dining rooms, including hotel and motel dining rooms
  • Ice cream or other food product stands
  • Lunch counters
  • Private or social clubs
  • Salad bars
  • Snack bars, including theatre snack bars
  • Street wagons or carts
  • Taverns
  • Vending machines or "honor snack trays" that sell snacks or candy with a sales price of $3.50 or more. Honor snack trays are open trays in which employees (in an establishment that normally doesn't sell food) can pay for snacks and candy on the honor system.
  • Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Nomination papers are now available for the May 7, 2018 Annual Town Election. 
    Thursday, March 15th is the last day to obtain blank nomination papers from the Town Clerk's Office.
    Monday, March 19th is the last day to submit completed nomination papers to the Town Clerk's Office.
    below is what I received as an email alert for this meeting:



    The following meeting has been updated:

    Town(s): Templeton, MA;
    Board: Templeton Elementary School Building Committee
    Time: Tuesday February 20, 2018 6 PM EST
    Location: Town Hall Central Office - NRSD

    Agenda:
    1. Call to order
    2. Pledge of Allegiance
    3. Approve minutes
    4. Approve Invoices
    5. OPM Update
    6. New Business
    7. Other



    This is what is posted on the Town web site as of right now - 3:31 P.M. / 2/18/2018.
    Remember, two selectmen serve on this committee. So, who is on first base and I don't know is pitching.

    My home country of Templeton, yeah buddy!



    Town:Templeton, MA 
    Board:Templeton Elementary School Building Committee
    Time:Tuesday February 20, 2018 6 PM EST
    Location:Town Hall
    160 Patriots Rd., East Templeton, MA 01438
    Central Office - NRSD
    Agenda:
    1. Call to order 
    2. Pledge of Allegiance 
    3. Approve minutes
    4. Approve Invoices
    5. OPM Update
    6. New Business
    7. Other