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2006 Annual Town Meeting Summary Results
5/3/2006  

Concord  ’s 2006 Annual Town Meeting began on Monday, April 24 and continued on Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April 26, Monday, May 1st and concluded on Tuesday, May 2nd.     Here are the final results of all five sessions.  

  




ARTICLE  




DATE   




SUBJECT  




RESULT  




1  




4/24  




Choose Town Officers  




Passed  




2  




4/24  




Hear Reports & Consent Calendar (See Below)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




3  




4/24  




Meeting Procedure (Rule of the Meeting governing requirements on motions and amendments made under articles concerned with expenditures)  




Passed  




4  




4/24  




Secret Ballot Voting Procedure (minimum of 100 voters required).  Proposed amendment to change “100 voters” to “10% of those present” failed to pass.  




Passed  




5  




4/24  




Ratify Personnel Board Classification Actions  




Passed  




6  




4/24  




Classification & Compensation Plan for Administrative/Clerical/Library and Laboring Employees (2.75% across-the-board increase to ranges)  




Passed  




7  




4/24  




Classification & Compensation Plan for Managerial and Professional Employees (2.75% across-the-board increase to ranges)  




Passed  




8  




4/24  




Town Budget ($27,056,091 with $213,051 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval)  




Passed  




9  




4/24  




Public School Budget ($25,460,285, with $240,468 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval)  




Passed  




10  




4/24  




Regional School Budgets:  

·          Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Budget ($12,336,746, with $204,019 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval)  

·          Non-Binding Resolution to increase the CCHS budget by $2.00 for the benefit of Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Program passed, with the understanding that the total appropriation will not be increased  

·          Proposed amendment to decrease CCHS appropriation by $200,000 failed to pass   

·          Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District Assessment ($502,317)  




Passed   




11  




4/25  




Annual Schools Operating Overview (by Petition)  




Passed – 206 voting in favor, and 193 opposed  




12  




4/25  




Free Cash Use ($500,000 to reduce the tax levy)  




Passed  




13  




4/25  




Unpaid Bills  




No Motion  




14  




4/24  




Property Tax Exemption  




Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




15  




4/25  




Property Tax Deferral Interest Rate (reduce rate on accrued property taxes from 8% to 4% for eligible seniors)  




Passed  




16  




4/25  




Tax Relief Options  




No Motion  




17  




4/25  




Tax Relief for Senior Citizens (by Petition)  




No Motion  




18  




4/25  




Retirement Board, Local Option Acceptance, Ch. 157 of the Acts of 2005, Disability Retirement Benefits for Veterans  




Passed  



 

  




19  




4/24  




Light Plant Payment in Lieu of Taxes ($340,000)  




Passed under Article 2  

Consent Calendar  




20  




4/24  




Light Plant Expenditures  




Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




21  




4/24  




Road Repair Revolving Fund Expenditures (not to exceed $100,000)  




Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




22  




4/24  




Solid Waste Disposal Fund Expenditures  




Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




23  




4/24  




Sewer System Expenditures  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




24  




4/24  




Sewer Improvement Fund Expenditures  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




25  




4/24  




Water System Expenditures  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




26  




4/25  




2006 Road Program ($700,000)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




27  




4/25  




Community Pool Enterprise Fund—FY2007 Budget Enactment (appropriate $2,218,210 from estimated revenues of the Pool Enterprise Fund)  




Passed  




28  




4/25  




Community Preservation Committee Expenditure Recommendations ($1,665,000 appropriation).  Proposed amendment to eliminate allocation to Item C (Concord Housing Trust) was defeated, with 224 voting in favor of amendment and 261 opposed.  Proposed amendments to reduce or eliminate allocation to Item J (Bruce Freeman Rail Trail) were also defeated.  




Passed as recommended by CPA Committee  




29  




4/26  




Warner’s Pond Dam Rehabilitation ($250,000 from borrowing)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




30  




4/26  




Town House Sprinkler System ($116,000 from borrowing)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




31  




4/26  




Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Lot Sales to Former Concord Residents  




Passed  




32  




4/26  




Burke Land Financing Plan—Sale of School Land on Strawberry Hill Road; Amendment #1 Passed, requiring the development of the Strawberry Hill Rd site to have a maximum of 20 units, with a minimum of 25% affordable (253 voting in favor; 168 opposed); Amendment #2 limiting the development of the site to 8 single-family units and preserving the ridge and wetlands failed to pass; Amendment #3 recommending a study committee, which would delay any sale until after the 2008 or 2009 Annual Town Meetings failed to pass  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote as Amended (252 voting in favor; 97 opposed)  




33  




5/1  




Easement at 11A Old Bedford Road for Concord Housing Trust  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




34  




5/1  




Zoning Bylaw Amendment—Define Affordable Housing  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




35  




5/1  




Zoning Bylaw Amendment—Require Affordable Housing in Combined Business/Residence Use  

Amendment to require 20% of units to be affordable passed (143 voting in favor and 125 opposed)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote, as amended  




36  




5/1  




Zoning Bylaw Amendment—Require Affordable Housing in Combined Industrial/Business/Residence Use  

Amendment to require 20% of units to be affordable passed (158 voting in favor and 109 opposed)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote, as amended  




37  




5/1  




Alcott School Conversion to Senior Citizens’ Housing (by Petition)  




Failed to Pass  




38  




5/1  




Zoning Bylaw Amendment—Land Between Old Stow Road and Pond Lane (by Petition)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




39  




5/1  




Mill Dam Culvert Rehabilitation  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




40  




5/1  




Additional Debt Authorization for Air Conditioning at Thoreau School ($350,000 appropriation from borrowing—debt exclusion previously passed)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




41  




5/1  




Concord Public Schools Renovations ($800,000 from borrowing)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




42  




4/26  




Design Funds for New Willard School ($1,840,000 from borrowing; debt exclusion approved at March 28 ballot)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




43  




5/1  




Willard School Renovations  




No Motion  




44  




5/1  




FY2006 Supplemental Appropriation Concord Public Schools  




No Motion  




45  




5/1  




Concord-Carlisle High School Building Improvements ($1,200,000 appropriation and approval of debt authorized by the Regional School Committee, subject to debt exclusion vote at June 2006 override election)   




Passed  




46  




5/1  




FY2006 Supplemental Assessment Concord-Carlisle Regional School District    




No Motion  




47  




5/1  




FY2006 Supplemental Appropriation form Land Fund  




No Motion  




48  




5/1  




Moratorium on Installation of Surveillance Cameras by Public School, Regional School, and Town Departments (by Petition)  




Failed to Pass  




49  




5/1  




Removal of Surveillance Cameras and Equipment at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (by Petition)  




Failed to Pass  




50  




5/2  




Televising All Concord School Committee Meetings (by Petition)  




No Motion  




51  




5/2  




Walden Street Police/Fire Station Renovations Design ($200,000 from borrowing)  




Passed by 2/3 Majority Vote  




52  




4/24  




Fire Engine #8 Replacement ($420,000 from borrowing)  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




53  




4/24  




Hunt Gymnasium Roof Replacement ($75,000 from borrowing)  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




54  




5/2  




Cousins Field Improvements Design ($75,000 from borrowing)  




Failed to Pass (106 voting in favor; 67 opposed—2/3 vote needed to pass)  




55  




5/2  




Railroad Grade Crossing Improvements  




No Motion  




56  




5/2  




Railroad Crossing Improvements (by Petition); Substitute Motion to form a 5-year task force  




Both Main Motion and Substitute Motion failed to Pass  




57  




5/2  




Division of the Anne B. Chamberlin Park Trust Fund  




No Motion  




58  




4/24  




Debt Rescission  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




59  




5/2  




Neighborhood Conservation District Bylaw for Concord (by Petition); Amendment #1 requiring 2/3 of property owners in the proposed district to agree in writing to the NCD passed; Amendment #2 requiring a minimum of 7 houses in a NCD failed to pass  




Main Motion as amended failed to pass (59 voting in favor; 205 opposed)  




60  




5/2  




Neighborhood Conservation District Bylaw—Guidelines for the Revolutionary Ridge (by Petition)  




No Motion  




61  




5/2  




Designation of Virginia Road, Concord, MA as a Scenic Byway (by Petition)  




No Motion  




62  




4/24  




Rescission of Bicycle and Town Audit Bylaws  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




63  




4/24  




Amendments to Trash Pickup Bylaw and Regulation of Vehicles Bylaw  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  




64  




4/24  




Amendments to Make Town Bylaws Conform to Non-Criminal Disposition of Violations Bylaw  




Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar  


 
 
 
 
 


   

Attendance:   392 registered voters on April 24th; 599 on April 25th; 888 on April 26th; 365 on May 1st; and 293 on 5/2.  The unduplicated count was 1,297 voters (i.e., the # of different individuals who attended at least one session of this year’s Annual Town Meeting).  

 



 



 
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