WARRANT COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

BERKSHIRE SS.

TO: Rosemary E. Besancon, Constable of the Town of Egremont, Greetings: In the name of the Commonwealth aforesaid, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Egremont qualified to vote in elections and Town affairs, to meet at the North Egremont Fire Station in North Egremont, on Tuesday, the 13th day of May, 2014, at 10:00 o'clock in the forenoon, and then and there to bring their ballots to the election officers for the election of the following Town and District Officers: One One One One One One One One One One Moderator for one year, Town Clerk for one year, Selectman for three years, Library Trustee for three years, Cemetery Commissioner for three years, member of the Planning Board for five years, Associate member of the Planning Board for two years, Tree Warden for one year, Assessor for three years, Water Commissioner for three years.

and to choose such other officers as towns are required by law or have a right to choose. All of the above named officers will be voted upon an ballot to be furnished at the polling place by the officers. The following question will be voted upon an ballot to be furnished at the polling place by the officers. official election official election

“Shall the Town of Egremont cease assessing the excise imposed under General Laws Chapter 59, Section 8A on certain animals, machinery and equipment owned by individuals and non-corporate entities principally engaged in agriculture?”
The polls will open at 10:00 A.M., and shall close at 7:00 P.M. You are also required to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town qualified to vote in Town affairs to meet at the Mount Everett Regional High School Cafeteria, Sheffield MA, on Tuesday, the 6th day of May, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. and then and there to act upon the following articles:

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 ARTICLE 1: committees.

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To hear the reports of any officers, committee or

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, monies, or any other amounts, to defray charges and expenses to the Town, to set the salaries of elected officials, including salaries of certain Town officers and employees, debt and interest, and to provide for a reserve fund, all beginning July 1, 2014 for the ensuing twelve months. VOTED 2013-2014 $ 342,748.00 SELECTBOARD 2014-2015 $ 351,779.00 500.00 14,850.00 400.00 5,937.00 28,400.00 3,525.00 4,725.00 4,725.00 4,725.00 100.00 5,000.00 23,963.00 4,422.00 10,000.00 730.00 26,418.00 1,500.00 475.00 545.00 600.00 3,000.00 9,738.00 3,150.00 400.00 54,633.00 13,863.00 5,390.00 4,901.00 4,901.00 6,150.00 ** 500.00 ** FINANCE COMM. 2014-2015 $ 351,779.00 500.00 14,850.00 400.00 5,937.00 28,400.00 3,525.00 4,725.00 4,725.00 4,725.00 100.00 5,000.00 23,963.00 4,422.00 10,000.00 730.00 26,418.00 1,500.00 475.00 545.00 600.00 3,000.00 9,738.00 3,150.00 400.00 54,633.00 13,863.00 5,390.00 4,901.00 4,901.00 6,150.00 500.00

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OFFICIALS AND BOARDS A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P. Q. R. S. T. U. V. W. X. Y. Z. AA. BB. CC. DD. EE.

Accounting Officer Expense 500.00 Accounting Officer 14,488.00 Agricultural Commission 400.00 Assessors Clerical 5,792.00 Assessor’s Consulting 27,500.00 Assessor’s Expense 3,325.00 Assessor #1 Salary 4,725.00 Assessor #2 Salary 4,725.00 Assessor #3 Salary 4,725.00 Board of Appeals Expense 100.00 Board of Health Expense 5,000.00 Board of Health Director 23,379.00 Bd. of Health Agent Wages 4,314.00 Public Health Services 10,000.00 Bd. Of Health Food Inspector 712.00 Building Inspector Salary 25,774.00 Asst. Building Inspector 1,500.00 Conservation Comm. Expense 475.00 Constable’s Salary 545.00 Finance Committee Expense 600.00 Inspectors’ Expenses 3,000.00 Personnel Director 9,500.00 Planning Board Expense 2,600.00 Planning Board Wages 400.00 Sel. Office Administrator 53,300.00 Selectmen Office Expense 13,600.00 Selectman #1 Salary 5,390.00 Selectman #2 Salary 4,901.00 Selectman #3 Salary 4,901.00 Sustainability Coordinator 6,000.00 Sustainability Coord expenses New

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 VOTED 2013-2014 FF. GG. HH. II. JJ. KK. 2. Town Clerk Expense Town Clerk Salary Town Hall Office Clerk Treasurer/Collector Expense Treasurer/Collector Salary Treasurer/Collector Clerk 2,650.00 8,378.00 21,828.00 9,620.00 50,592.00 7,509.00 SELECTBOARD 2014-2015 2,800.00 8,378.00 22,374.00 10,695.00 51,857.00 7,509.00 $ 248,349.00 2,492.00 1,900.00 7,370.00 50.00 81,475.00 20,230.00 4,300.00 50,555.00 360.00 3,180.00 4,700.00 675.00 3,600.00 3,997.00 2,214.00 1,800.00 500.00 500.00 12,000.00 20,000.00 224.00 1,879.00 5,448.00 250.00 5,000.00 500.00 3,300.00 8,000.00 1,350.00 500.00

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FINANCE COMM. 2014-2015 2,800.00 8,378.00 22,374.00 10,695.00 51,857.00 7,509.00 $ 248,349.00 2,492.00 1,900.00 7,370.00 50.00 81,475.00 20,230.00 4,300.00 50,555.00 360.00 3,180.00 4,700.00 675.00 3,600.00 3,997.00 2,214.00 1,800.00 500.00 500.00 12,000.00 20,000.00 224.00 1,879.00 5,448.00 250.00 5,000.00 500.00 3,300.00 8,000.00 1,350.00 500.00

TOWN EXPENSES A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P. Q. R. S. T. U. V. W. X. Y. Z. AA. BB. CC. DD.

$ 209,697.00

Animal Control Officer 2,492.00 Animal Control Expenses 1,900.00 Audit 7,370.00 Board of Registrars Salary 50.00 Compactor Operation 78,470.00 Compactor Operator Salary 19,737.00 Compactor Substitute Wages 4,300.00 Computer Expenses 32,220.00 Drug and Alcohol Tests 360.00 Egremont Newsletter 3,180.00 Election Wages 1,800.00 Group Purchasing 675.00 Geographic Information System 3,600.00 High Speed Internet 5,275.00 Email Archiving/back-up 1,700.00 Historical Commission Expense 1,800.00 Inspector of Animals 500.00 Legal Expenses 500.00 Legal Fees 7,950.00 Litigation 5,000.00 Moderator 224.00 School Committee 1,879.00 School Crossing Guard 5,315.00 So. Berk. Chamber Commerce 250.00 Town Engineer 5,000.00 Town Report 500.00 Town Telephone 2,400.00 Veteran’s Benefits 14,000.00 WiredWest 750.00 Zoning Bylaws Printing 500.00

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 VOTED 2013-2014 $ 167,025.00 13,810.00 39,211.00 11,537.00 45,000.00 100.00 5,231.00 1,000.00 4,036.00 10,882.00 4,000.00 4,819.00 5,000.00 16,500.00 5,899.00 $ 469,806.00 5,000.00 202,500.00 40,340.00 37,636.00 35,749.00 53,581.00 70,000.00 25,000.00 $ 29,193.00 8,925.00 19,164.00 1,104.00 $ 319,811.00 2,700.00 64,082.00 203,397.00 10,899.00 17,021.00 21,712.00 SELECTBOARD 2014-2015 $ 189,084.00 14,278.00 39,758.00 11,825.00 47,000.00 100.00 5,231.00 1,000.00 4,137.00 11,154.00 4,200.00 17,177.00 8,825.00 18,500.00 5,899.00 $ 468,243.00 5,000.00 202,500.00 39,527.00 36,650.00 34,645.00 54,921.00 70,000.00 25,000.00 $ 33,972.00 13,225.00 19,643.00 1,104.00 $ 335,741.00 4,000.00 70,000.00 222,658.00 6,000.00 17,083.00 16,000.00 $

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TOWN MAINTENANCE A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. Bldg Maint. General Exp. Bldg Maint. Utility Exp. Building Maintenance Wages Maintenance Superintendent Cemetery Maintenance French Park Maintenance French Park Trails French Park Overtime Wages French Park Wages Public Lighting Building Improvements Police Building Expenses Tree Work Tree Warden

FINANCE COMM. 2014-2015 $ 189,084.00 14,278.00 39,758.00 11,825.00 47,000.00 100.00 5,231.00 1,000.00 4,137.00 11,154.00 4,200.00 17,177.00 8,825.00 18,500.00 5,899.00 $ 468,243.00 5,000.00 202,500.00 39,527.00 36,650.00 34,645.00 54,921.00 70,000.00 25,000.00 33,972.00 13,225.00 19,643.00 1,104.00 $ 335,741.00 4,000.00 70,000.00 222,658.00 6,000.00 17,083.00 16,000.00

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HIGHWAYS A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. Const. & Maint. Wages Construction & Maintenance Personnel Member Foreman Personnel Member B Personnel Member C Superintendent Salary Snow & Ice Removal Snow & Ice Removal Wages

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LIBRARY A. B. C. Expenses Librarian’s Salary Library Substitute Wages

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POLICE A. B. C. D. E. F. Chief Expenses Chief Salary Collective Bargaining Department Expenses Police Wages-Secretary Vehicle Expenses

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 VOTED 2013-2014 $ 114,590.00 9,440.00 3,700.00 2,500.00 45,000.00 5,000.00 20,000.00 25,000.00 1,000.00 200.00 2,250.00 500.00 $ 64,671.00 1.00 34,320.00 30,650.00 0.00 $ 23,875.00 1,950.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 400.00 2,150.00 1,000.00 200.00 500.00 1,500.00 250.00 750.00 4,000.00 1,500.00 6,275.00 400.00 SELECTBOARD 2014-2015 $ 103,090.00 9,440.00 3,200.00 2,500.00 47,500.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 26,500.00 1,000.00 200.00 2,250.00 500.00 $ 134,311.00 1.00 33,660.00 34,800.00 65,850.00 $ 25,628.00 2,203.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 400.00 3,150.00 1,000.00 200.00 500.00 1,500.00 250.00 750.00 4,000.00 1,500.00 6,275.00 400.00 $

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FIRE AND EMERGENCY A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. Dispatch Facilities Emergency Management Emergency Management Wages Fire Department Expense Draft Hydrants Draft Hydrants - capital Firefighters Stipend Forest Fires Street Number 911 Blackboard Connect alert So Berk Reg Emergency Plan

FINANCE COMM. 2014-2015 $ 103,090.00 9,440.00 3,200.00 2,500.00 47,500.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 26,500.00 1,000.00 200.00 2,250.00 500.00 $ 134,311.00 1.00 33,660.00 34,800.00 65,850.00 25,628.00 2,203.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 400.00 3,150.00 1,000.00 200.00 500.00 1,500.00 250.00 750.00 4,000.00 1,500.00 6,275.00 400.00

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DEBT AND INTEREST A. B. C. D. Interest Short Term Debt Highway Truck Police Facility Fire Truck

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HUMAN SERVICES A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P.

Brien Center/Mental Health Berk South Community Center Community Health Programs Berk. Comm. Action Council Construct, Inc. Council on Aging Eagle Fund Egremont Garden Club Elizabeth Freeman Center Fairview Hospital Housatonic Valley Assoc Hospice Care Public Health Services Railroad Street Youth Project So. Berk. Elderly Transport So. Berk. Literacy Network

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 VOTED 2013-2014 $ 442,803.00 202,554.00 119,749.00 99,100.00 12,800.00 8,600.00 0.00 $ 25,000.00 $ SELECTBOARD 2014-2015 $ 458,515.00 202,554.00 124,774.00 100,637.00 14,000.00 13,800.00 2,750.00 25,000.00 $

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10. A. B. C. D. E. F. 11. 12. A. B.

INSURANCE Health/Dental Pension Property & Casualty Social Security/Medicare Unemployment Longevity Pay(new) RESERVE FUND SCHOOLS Operating & Transport Capital Costs

FINANCE COMM. 2014-2015 $ 458,515.00 202,554.00 124,774.00 100,637.00 14,000.00 13,800.00 2,750.00 25,000.00

$1,383,703.00 1,334,273.00 49,430.00

$1,392,219.00 1,345,717.00 46,502.00 $3,765,931.00

$1,392,219.00 1,345,717.00 46,502.00 $3,765,931.00

TOTAL LINE ITEM BUDGET $3,592,922.00 ** Transfer from Recycling Proceeds

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to have all of the taxpayers of the Town of Egremont pay the debt service for the Egremont Water Department, in the amount of $110,050.00, or any other amount, and to vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer the necessary funds, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends disapproval 4 against, 1 absent.) ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to operate the Egremont Water Department, said sums to be expended under the direction of the Water Commissioners, or take any other action thereto. That the following sums be appropriated for/to the Water Enterprise Fund: WATER DEPARTMENT BUDGET VOTED WATER DEPT REQUEST FINANCE COMM 2013-2014 2014-2015 2014-2015 A. Water Debt 117,000.00 110,050.00 117,000.00 B. Water Operating Exp 24,600.00 24,600.00 24,600.00 C. Salaries/Wages 56,649.00 57,000.00 54,000.00 D. Utilities 11,300.00 14,500.00 14,500.00 E. Office Expenses 1,000.00 1,200.00 1,200.00 F. Water System Maint., 25,000.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 Repair, Replacement, Upgrade

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT Town of Egremont May 6,2014 G. H. Audit 3,630.00 3,630.00 Insurance 16,929.00 17,000.00 TOTAL $256,108.00 $252,980.00 and that the necessary funds be raised as follows: 2013-2014 2014-2105 Water Department Revenues $ 186,000.00 $180,000.00 Transfer from Water Free Cash Tax Levy subsidy 70,108.00 72,980.00
(Finance Committee recommends approval 4 in favor, 1 absent.)

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3,630.00 14,000.00 $246,980.00 2014-2015 $180,000.00 932.00 66,048.00

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to operate the Egremont Water Department, said sums to be expended under the direction of the Water Commissioners, or take any other action thereto. That the following sums be appropriated for/to the Water Enterprise Fund: WATER DEPARTMENT BUDGET VOTED WATER DEPT REQUEST FINANCE COMM. 2013-2014 2014-2015 2014-2015 A. Water Debt 117,000.00 B. Water Operating Exp 24,600.00 24,600.00 24,600.00 C. Salaries/Wages 56,649.00 57,000.00 54,000.00 D. Utilities 11,300.00 14,500.00 14,500.00 E. Office Expenses 1,000.00 1,200.00 1,200.00 F. Water System Maint., 25,000.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 Repair, Replacement, Upgrade G. Audit 3,630.00 3,630.00 2,630.00 H. Insurance 16,929.00 17,000.00 14,000.00 TOTAL $256,108.00 $142,930.00 $136,930.00 and that the necessary funds be raised as follows: 2013-2014 2014-2105 Water Department Revenues $ 186,000.00 $180,000.00 $180,000.00 Transfer from Water Free Cash 932.00 Tax Levy Subsidy 70,108.00 (Finance Committee recommends disapproval 4 against 1 absent.) ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town of Egremont will accept Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including (1) the acquisition, preservation or restoration of historic properties and sites including historic parks, municipal buildings, artifacts or documents, sites or grounds; (2) the acquisition, creation or preservation of land for parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, aquifers and public drinking water, wetlands, beaches, marshes,

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forests, wildlife reserves, pastures, and agricultural lands; and (3) the acquisition, creation or support of local housing needs for families, seniors and veterans. That the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be 3% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2016; and that the Town hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: (1) property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the Town, as defined in Section 2 of said Act; and (2) $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, or take any other action relative there. (Finance Committee recommends approval 3 in favor, 1 against, 1 absent.) ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, the sum of $60,000.00, or any other amount, for repair of the access road to the Hillside Cemetery, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval, 5-0.) ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, the sum of $30,000.00, or any other amount, to convert a surplus Fire Truck into a large dump truck for use by the Highway Department, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval, 5-0.) ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, and/or authorize the Town Treasurer to borrow the sum of $128,000.00, or any other amount, to purchase a new Backhoe for the Highway Department, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval, 5-0.) ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds the sum of $15,000.00, or any other amount, to the special GASB 45 stabilization fund (for future retiree benefits other than pension), or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval, 5-0.) ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, the sum of $12,000.00, or any other amount, for repair and maintenance projects at town cemeteries, or to take any other action relative thereto.

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(Finance Committee recommends approval, 5-0.) ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds the sum of $5,000.00, or any other amount to pay to the Friends of Prospect Lake to help with the costs of weed control at Prospect Lake, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval, 4 in favor 1 abstention.) ARTICLE 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds and/or accept grants totaling $41,000.00, or any other amount to install Solar Power at the Egremont Water Plant, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval subject to receipt of grant 4 in favor, 1 absent.) ARTICLE 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds the sum of $8,593.45, or any other amount, to finish off the basement of the Egremont Police Facility, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval 4 in favor 1 absent.) ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to accept funds being provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, to pay for such costs as allowed by appropriate legislation in connection with the maintenance, repair, and construction of Town ways and bridges, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval 4 in favor 1 absent.) ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the use of revolving funds for the following programs and purposes: a. French Park ($2,000.00) b. Home Composting Bins ($500.00) c. Zoning Board of Appeals ($1,000.00) d. Dog Fund ($1,000.00) e. Inspector Wages ($15,000.00) (exceptions: Building Inspector and Health Inspector) f. Compostable materials ($500.00) which revolving funds together shall not exceed the sum of $20,000.00, which shall be under the control of the Town Treasurer, which shall be accounted for separately and to which shall be credited only the departmental receipts received in connection with the programs supported by

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each revolving fund; further to authorize the Town Treasurer to expend from such funds in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 53E1/2 as amended by Section 72 and 73 of the Acts of 1994 of the Massachusetts General Laws, provided however that said expenditures for all revolving funds shall not exceed the receipts for such funds, or to take any other action relative thereto. (Finance Committee recommends approval 4 in favor 1 absent.) And you are requested to warn said meeting by posting copies of this Warrant in four or more public places in said Town, fourteen days at least, before the time of holding same. Hereof, fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your doings thereon at or before the time of holding said meeting. Given under our hands this 17th day of April, Two Thousand and fourteen. Selectmen: Bruce C. Turner , Chairman Charles B. Flynn, Vice-Chairman Mary A. Brazie

A TRUE COPY ATTEST:

Rosemary E. Besancon, Constable, Town of Egremont DATE: _________________

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