Officials Sign Off on Fall Town Warrant

The Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Michael Gagne finalized on Thursday the warrant for Fall Town Meeting.

The document is substantial, with close to $2 million in appropriations and budget transfers slated to come before voters on November 18 at the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium.

The Town Hall will ask Mattapoisett to approve a transfer of $232,668 from various accounts “to be added to the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriation as voted by the Annual Town Meeting of May 13, 0213, for salaries and wages of contract employees, personnel by-law employees, unionized employees, and other miscellaneous employees,” according to Article 13 in the warrant. The item proposes an additional $10,844 for the Selectmen; $12,077 for the Accountant/Auditor; $27,649 for Police; $28,608 for Fire; $30,180 for Highway; $24,068 for Library; and $30,121 for Water, among others. It would require a simple majority.

Elsewhere on the warrant, in articles 18 and 19, officials seek appropriations in the amounts of $387,500 and $481,000 “to pay costs of purchasing the fee simple interest” for parcels of land on Brandt Island Road and Acushnet Road for the Nasketucket and Aquifer land grants, respectively. These would require a 2/3 vote.

The following, meanwhile, would require a simple majority:

Article 5 asks for $125,000 for road improvements.

Article 10 asks for $20,000 for recreation improvements, ostensibly to include the town’s tennis courts at Center School.

Article 15 asks for $59,000 to fund the “equipping of a Town-owned boat for deployment as a rescue boat.

Article 16 asks for $80,000 to “pay costs of purchasing a new Boat Pump Out Vessel under the Mattapoisett Clean Vessel Act.”

To see the full Mattapoisett Fall Town Meeting warrant, click here.

By Shawn Badgley



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