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Milton 2012 Town Meeting: Day Four Roundup

A recap of the final day of Annual Town Meeting.

Milton Town Meeting voted on six articles during the fourth and final night of Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 14.

Below are the articles, the Warrant Committee's recommendation and how Town Meeting voted.

ARTICLE 36- the Warrant Committee recommends that the sum of $25,000 be appropriated for the purpose set forth in this article and that to meet said appropriation the sum of $25,000 be raised from the tax levy; and that the Board of Selectmen be and hereby is authorized to accept and expend in addition to the foregoing appropriation one or more grants or gifts from any other public or private funding source.

Town Meeting supported the Warrant Committee's recommendation with some members opposed.

ARTICLE 37- the Warrant Committee recommends that the Town vote to amend Section IV C Flood Plain District Regulations of the General Bylaws, known as the Zoning Bylaws, by changing and updating the wording.

Town Meeting supported the Warrant Committee's recommendation with some members opposed.

ARTICLE 38- To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 10 of the General Bylaws, known as the Zoning Bylaws, by adding the following subsection N “Historical Preservation Planned Unit Development” to Section VI. 

The Warrant Committee recommends that the Town send the article back to the Planning Board for further study.

Town Meeting unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Warrant Committee.

ARTICLE 39- the Warrant Committee recommends  that the Town vote to increase the gross receipts that seniors may have in the prior calendar year to be eligible to defer property taxes under M.G.L. Chapter 59 Section 5 Clause 41A from $40,000 to the amount established annually by the Commissioner of Revenue as the income limit for single seniors who are not heads of households to qualify for the “circuit breaker” state income tax credit for the preceding state tax year, with such increase to be effective for deferrals granted for taxes assessed for the 2013 fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2013. The maximum for the 2013 fiscal year to be $52,000.

Town Meeting unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Warrant Committee.

ARTICLE 40- To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to convey to ECO Coastal Homes, Inc. or its successor in interest a parcel of land owned by the Town of Milton and reserved for future use of the Milton Cemetery. Said parcel contains twenty thousand one hundred forty-six (20,146) square feet, more or less, is located at the end of Gordon Road, is a portion of the land shown on Town of Milton Assessors’ Maps as Map I, Block 32, Lot 11, and is shown on a plan, a copy of which is on file in the office of the Milton Board of Selectmen; and, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen, in consideration for said conveyance, to accept a deed from ECO Coastal Homes, Inc. or its successor in interest to the Town of Milton of a parcel of land containing ninety two thousand six hundred seventy (92,670) square feet, more or less. Said parcel is located off Pleasant Street, abuts Milton Cemetery property, is shown on the Town of Milton Assessors’ Maps as Map I, Block 34, Lot 3, and is shown on a plan, a copy of which is on file in the office of the Milton Board of Selectmen. Said parcel shall be used for cemetery purposes; and to act on anything relating thereto.

The Warrant Committee recommends that the article be sent back to the Cemetery Trustees for further study.

Town Meeting unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Warrant Committee.

ARTICLE 41- The Warrant Committee recommends that the Town vote to authorize the Town Moderator to appoint a Redistricting Committee to advise and assist the Board of Selectmen in fulfilling their statutory obligation under the Massachusetts constitution and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 54, to redraw precinct lines every ten years based on the new census. The Redistricting Committee shall include the Town Clerk and one registered voter from each of Milton’s existing precincts as appointed by the Moderator. The Committee will be re-appointed every ten years following the release of the decennial census and will serve until the changes are approved by the Board of Selectmen and submitted to the State.

Town Meeting unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Warrant Committee.

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