Town Meetings

In an unusually brief meeting Tuesday night, Oak Bluffs selectmen approved a laundry list of permits and reappointments and discussed improvements to the town fishing pier and possible changes to the town waste disposal methods.

Permits were unanimously approved for two outdoor concerts at the Oak Bluffs library; a one-day beer and wine permit was approved for the MV Sound music festival to be held at Waban park on July 12; and a retail business permit was approved for Made MV, a local artists emporium on Circuit Ave., to be run by Oak Bluffs resident Holly Lawyer. “This is just what we’ve been talking about, getting more diversity on Circuit Avenue,” selectman Gail Barmakian said, to the agreement of the board. “I hope it succeeds.”

The board unanimously voted to reappoint Ann Ross to the library board of trustees, E. Jacqueline Hunt to the Council on Aging board, and Alison Shaw to the historical committee and to the community preservation act commission.

Town administrator Robert Whritenour told selectmen he has had productive meetings with Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande and Steamship Authority (SSA) manager Wayne Lamson about creating more cost-effective solid waste disposal for the two down-Island towns. Mr. Whritenour also said efforts were being made to obtain grant money to purchase organic composting equipment for the town. Selectmen unanimously agreed that curbside recycling collection, which is done in Tisbury, should also be a goal for Oak Bluffs.

The Department of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has suggested improvements to the new fishing pier, which include nets for fish retrieval, improved signage, bait cutting stations and a salt water hand pump wash-down station, Mr. Whritenour said, adding that he hoped the addition of the last two items would cut down on fetid fish entrails being left on the benches. He will work with the DMF to lobby the state to fund the improvements.

The board will meet on July 15 to discuss year-end expenditures and will not meet on July 22 as previously scheduled.

The West Tisbury State Road cemetery fence is in need of repair. — Photo by Michael Cummo

West Tisbury town administrator Jennifer Rand told selectmen at their Wednesday meeting last week that she has received only one bid to replace the State Road cemetery fence with a new and longer enclosure. Ms. Rand said the bid, from an off-Island company, was just under $100,000. Voters approved $75,000 for the work in a close vote at town meeting in April.

Selectman Richard Knabel raised the question of whether the front fence could be rebuilt for a portion of the $75,000. Ms. Rand said she thought the front fence work would cost about $60,000 but that they were limited by the town vote and could not change the conditions of the town meeting warrant article to do the entire job.

Chairman Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter said that he considered maintaining the fence to be part of the perpetual care agreement made when lots are sold. He suggested, and the other selectmen agreed, that the town should search for more bids.

In other business, selectmen were brought up to speed on a dispute between a Coffins Field residents’ group and Animal Health Care Associates (AHC). Neighbors have complained that dogs boarded by veterinarian Stephen Atwood make too much noise. The issue was brought before the selectmen last August and both sides agreed to work together to find a solution.

The Coffins Field spokesperson, Elaine Friedman, said proposals from Animal Health Care to either install a soundproof curtain and or other sound dampening panels and a four-foot high wall around the kennel would not reduce the noise to acceptable levels. She proposed a 12-foot wall near the edge of the AHC property made of sound dampening material. AHC attorney Rosemary Haigazian said that the wall would be too expensive. Selectmen asked that more detailed proposals be presented at the next meeting.

Also Wednesday, selectmen voted to renew the lease for the West Tisbury School for $1 per year after discussion sparked by the retirement of the school construction bond. The Up-Island Regional School District paid rent equal to the bond payments. Mr. Manter, chairman of the committee, suggested that if the town were to rent the building back to the school district for a substantial sum the town would make money from the towns of Chilmark and Aquinnah, pointing out that the West Tisbury payment would be a wash, essentially a payment of town money back to the town.

Neither selectmen Cynthia Mitchell nor Mr. Knabel supported Mr. Manter’s proposal. Selectmen voted for the $1 lease.

In "Waking Sleeping Beauty," Star (Molly Menton), Autumn (Chloe Combra), Brook (Charlotte Packer) and Summer (Alyssa Strelecki) mistakenly select an evil prince (Eric Lehmberg) to awaken the princess from her spell. — Photo by Meg Higgins

Are you ready for the holidays? Get in shape now. Grace Preschool will hold their annual Turkey Run on Saturday. It begins at 9 am in front of Bunch of Grapes and ends at Owen Park. There is a $5 entry fee for anyone to join — call 508-693-0332. There will be oranges, water, and medals at the end.

Fall is the best time for reading. Get your books for travel and for gifts at the Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. That’s on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. You know, the library book bags make nice gift wrap, too. The proceeds benefit the children’s programs.

Our own Louisa Gould has traveled to over 100 countries and territories. This talented photographer will take you around the world, sharing amazing images, some never before seen, on Sunday at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Featured countries include Burma, Cambodia, Morocco, Bali, India, Fiji, New Zealand, Egypt, and Cuba.

You can see more of her work at the Louisa Gould Gallery at 54 Main Street and at www.louisagould.com. Many of her maritime, portrait, and travel photos have also been published. Louisa especially loves taking her camera on far-flung adventures to meet people where they live and work. Join Louisa and your neighbors at Sunday with Friends at the library.

Next Tuesday at 7 pm meet Philip Weinstein, Aquinnah summer resident and Professor of English at Swarthmore College. He will lead a talk on Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral.” Copies of the collected short stories are available through CLAMS.

The Bradford pear trees are in glorious color. I don’t know how they kept their lovely leaves even surviving the northeaster.

If you plan to sleep in next Sunday, the West Tisbury School class of 2014 invites you to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and silent auction. Enjoy special toppings and a roaring fire from 9 am to 12:30 at the Ag Hall to benefit the class trip to England.

Many of you will want to take part in the memorial service for Tom Hale at the Whaling Church on Saturday the 24th at 1 pm.

Two weeks from today, on the 29th, the Federated Church offers the Festival of Wreaths from 5:30 to 8 pm at 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. See 75 original natural wreaths for sale at $45 each. $10 admission to the event includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the 1832 Mayhew Parsonage. For more, call 508-627-4421.

Make your reservations now for the Annual Appraisal Day at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. From 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 1, experts from Skinner will evaluate your prized objects and collectibles. If you wish to sell, Skinner may consign items with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations are required and will be accepted through November 30 or until appointments are full. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441, ext. 117, or email jbarker@mvmuseum.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Hector Asselin and Rebecca Gonsalves tomorrow. Wish the best on Sunday to Yvonne Ponte. Monday belongs to island artist Nancy Furino. Happy birthday greeting to Noreen Flanders and Craig Dripps on Tuesday. On Wednesday wish the best to Tracy Matthiessen, MJ Munafo, and Marion Burke. Thanksgiving Day includes candles on the cake for Dan Cabot and Alexander Ray.

Heard on Main Street: Have a happy Thanksgiving — preferably eating one of the Island turkeys.

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Ray and Carol Pearson and their seven-year-old grandson, Gabriel Elisha Hastings, are visiting Carol’s father and Gabriel’s great-grandfather Elisha Smith and his wife, Denise, this week. Gabriel is excited to be returning to visit Grampa Great and Grammy Denise and to help out at the farm. The Pearsons live in Hart, Mich., and Gabe lives with his mom Jodi in South Lyon, Michigan.

Kudos to the Steamship Authority: The new ferry schedule is smaller so that it fits nicely in your wallet. The green one lists the three spring schedules including boats into Oak Bluffs from May 23 through June 22. Thank you, SSA!

I love the basketball excitement in March, but I dread the beginning of the games. Usually the singer isn’t at all sure what the national anthem is and never comes near to the tune. This time it was a real pleasure to hear Yolanda Adams sing at the beginning of the men’s Final Four. She sang beautifully and deserved all the cheering she received from the crowd. It was a pretty good game, too.

Don’t forget to go to town meeting on Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Tisbury School.

On Wednesday the libraries on Martha’s Vineyard will join libraries across the nation to provide a snapshot of what happens in a day in the life of a library. How many books are checked out? How many people get help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, the library will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries, showing that libraries are busier than ever.

Everyone can participate in National Library Snapshot Day just by doing their regular library business, using the Internet, checking out books, doing research, or attending a program. Director Amy Ryan says that programs next Wednesday at the Vineyard Haven Library include a movie for children ages 6 and up at 1 pm, Wii games for “Tweens” (ages 8-11) at 3 pm. A lecture about Island artist Captain John J. Ivory has been postponed until April 20.

Busy days are the norm at libraries across our state, where libraries have experienced a dramatic rise in usage. The Commonwealth has reduced library support by 39 percent although libraries are seeing a 50 percent increase in library use.

As you know our library sells those wonderful bags good for books or groceries. These are bags for people who care. Did you ever stop to think why this is a good thing for our world? Just 14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive a car a mile. Americans throw away about 380 billion plastic bags a year. In manufacturing, paper bags emit 50 percent more global warming gases than plastic bags. Paper bags do not biodegrade in landfills. Save the world one bag at a time. See www.1bagatatime.com

Ever notice that the bags sold at Trader Joe’s have a tag that says, “I used to be a plastic bottle.”

A few people on the ferry were discussing the dimensions of the ideal front porch. Suddenly one man declared, “That’s why we don’t know our neighbors. People used to sit on their porches. TV is part of the problem. But the real reason is that no one sits out on the front porch anymore.”

Meet artists in business on the Island this Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Featherstone. Today’s world demands artists use business tools to be successful. A panel discussion with four successful artists will talk about having mastered these tools. The panelists are Nancy Shaw Cramer, Elizabeth Whelan, Jennifer McCurdy, and Patrick Phillips. You must register ahead at www.mvwomensnetwork.org

Happy anniversary on Sunday to Donna and Ed Herczeg.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Tuesday to Jerry Tilton. Wednesday is a special day for Debbie Eggers and Allan M. Davey.

Heard on Main Street: Remember when cars had hood ornaments?

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WARRANT FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

County of Dukes County, ss

To either of the Constables in the Town of Oak Bluffs, Greetings:

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to warn the inhabitants of the Town of Oak Bluffs who are qualified to vote in Town Affairs and Elections, to assemble at the Martha’s Vineyard High School Performing Arts Center, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the evening, then and there to act upon the following articles:

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Sale of Cemetery Lots Account (15-3303), the amount of $25,000 to pay for the restoration and conservation of cemetery records and the surveying and mapping of the Oak Grove Cemetery, or take any other action relative thereto.

Cemetery Commission and Highway Department

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody and control of Town owned property located on Hudson Avenue, and more specifically identified on Assessor’s Map 21, Lot 13, consisting of approximately 10,890 square feet, from Resident Homesite to the Board of Selectmen and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell such property at auction for no less than the appraised value of the land, or take any action relative thereto.

Board of Selectmen

Executive Summary: This article authorizes the sale at public auction of a Resident Homesite lot. The lot has title problems which the Affordable Housing Committee has decided are not worth spending Town money to cure. The money raised by the sale goes to the Resident Homesite Fund and can be used by Town Meeting vote at a later date.

Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization account the sum of $50,000 to pay for the repair work to the Library HVAC system, or take any action relative thereto.

Board of Selectmen

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Account the sum of $65,558 to supplement the following line items for FY2011, or take any action relative thereto:

1. Veterans 1543 $24,000

2. Accounting Services 1135 $31,000

3. Tax Collector Personnel 1146 $5,558

4. Building Office Personnel 1241 $5,000

Board of Selectmen

Executive Summary: This article provides funds several shortfalls in the FY2011 budget. It also provides additional funds to complete the Town’s yearly submissions to the Department of Revenue.

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization account the sum of $20,000 to pay Lawrence Lynch for removal of contaminated soils as part of the Lake Avenue Pedestrian Safety project, or take any action relative thereto.

Highway Department

Executive Summary: This article pays for the required removal of contaminated soils in the area of Circuit Avenue Extension that were excavated as part of the Lake Avenue Pedestrian Safety Project. Town Counsel has been instructed to pursue a claim against the responsible parties for this amount as well as amounts spent during various other road projects in the area.

HEREIN FAIL NOT AND GIVE PUBLIC NOTICE BY CAUSING THIS NOTICE TO BE POSTED IN TWO(2) OR MORE PLACES IN THE TOWN AT LEAST FOURTEEN (14) DAYS BEFORE THE TIME OF SAID MEETING AND MAKE DUE RETURN OF THIS WARRANT WITH YOUR DOINGS TO THE TOWN CLERK AT THE TIME AND PLACE SPECIFIED.

GIVEN UNDER OUR HANDS THIS 22nd DAY OF MARCH, 2011

Duncan Ross, Chairman

Gail Barmakian

Kathleen Burton

Gregory A. Coogan

Ronald L. DiOrio

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Aquinnah:

Annual meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm.

Town election: Wednesday, May 11, noon–7 pm, town hall.

Chilmark:

Annual meeting: Monday, April 25, 7:30 pm, Chilmark Community Center.

Town election: Wednesday, April 27, noon–8 pm. Chilmark Community Center.

Edgartown:

Annual meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm. Old Whaling Church (Begins with special town meeting).

Town election: Thursday, April 14, 10 am–7 pm. Town Hall selectmen’s meeting room.

Oak Bluffs:

Annual meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm. (Preceded by Water District Meeting at 6:30 pm). MVRHS Performing Arts Center.

Town election: Thursday, April 14, 10 am–7 pm. Oak Bluffs Library meeting room.Tisbury:

Annual meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm. Tisbury School gymnasium.

Town election: Tuesday, April 26, 12–8 pm. American Legion Hall.West Tisbury:

Annual meeting: Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm. West Tisbury School gymnasium.

Town election: Thursday, April 14, 12–8 pm. Public Safety Building.

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WARRANT FOR

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

April 12, 2011

County of Dukes County, ss:

To either of the Constables in the Town of Edgartown in the County of Dukes County,GREETINGS:

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town, qualified to vote in elections and Town affairs, to meet in the Old Whaling Church (Methodist Church) on Main Street in said Edgartown on Tuesday, the twelfth day of April, Two Thousand Eleven at seven o’clock in the evening, then and there to act on the Articles in this Warrant:

ARTICLE 1. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $37,456.00 to be added to the Fire Department Salary Account, said sum to provide needed coverage for two employees that have been unable to perform their duties since July 1, 2010.

Submitted by the Fire Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 2. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $28,715.00 to repair and upgrade the ladder truck for recertification.

Submitted by the Fire Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $2,500.00 to fund Fire Department Salaries for Inspectors for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011.

Submitted by Fire Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to increase the following permit fees: for the installation of an underground tank from $50.00 to $150.00, for removal/transport of a residential underground tank from $50.00 to $100.00, and removal/transport of a commercial underground tank from $50.00 to $100.00.

Submitted by Fire Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $40,000.00 to purchase and equip one new police cruiser; and further, to authorize the Chief of Police and the Board of Selectmen to dispose of one cruiser in the best interest of the Town.

Submitted by the Police Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $8,987.66 for retro payments to one Traffic Officer and four Special Officers whose pay rate has been incorrect since the Annual Town Meeting in 2007, when their positions were upgraded.

Submitted by the Police Chief

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 7. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $10,361.07 to be added to the Assistant’s Salary to cover the time when the Animal Control Officer was unable to work due to an injury.

Submitted by Animal Control Officer

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $8,525.00 to fund the Town’s share of the Sengekontacket Estuaries study that has been completed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Submitted by Shellfish Committee

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $4,985.62 to fund the Chief Operator Wastewater salary line item for back pay owed in Fiscal Year 2009 and fiscal year 2010.

Submitted by Personnel Board

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 21 from the Annual Town Meeting held on April 13, 2010 to read: “To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Fiscal Year 2010 Community Preservation Historic Preservation Fund $25,000 and from the Fiscal Year 2010 Community Preservation Budgeted Reserve Fund $25,000 for a total of $50,000 to be paid to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust for restoration of the “Town Bell” in the Whaling Church. The Whaling Church is in the Historic District and on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Submitted by Board of Selectmen

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $2,381.60 to pay the following Fiscal Year 2010 unpaid bills:

Bizzarro Waste Disposal 80.00Alpha Systems (Tim Toomey) 1667.00Brennan & Company LLC 225.00Mass. General Hospital 266.43James Klingensmith 143.17

9/10 VOTE REQUIRED

RECOMMENDED BY FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by publishing an attested copy thereof in one newspaper having general circulation in said Edgartown, fourteen days, at least, before the time of holding said meeting or by posting it in six or more conspicuous places in Town at least fourteen days before the time of said meeting.

HEREOF FAIL NOT, and make due return of the Warrant with your doings thereon to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting as aforesaid.

Given under our hands this 14th day of March in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Eleven.

________________________

Margaret E. Serpa, Chairman

________________________

Arthur Smadbeck

_________________________

Michael J. Donaroma

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Town of Edgartown

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CHERRY SHEET: Printed on cherry pink paper, this annual statement from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue lists estimated state receipts to the town for the coming fiscal year and estimated county and state charges payable by the town. The figures are used by town assessors in setting the tax levy.

FINANCE COMMITTEE: This elected body reviews all budget requests and gives recommendations on warrant articles. It is the sole entity that transfers from the reserve fund. The power of its recommendations rests on members’ ability to make a persuasive argument on the town meeting floor.

FINANCIAL BUDGET: The annual warrant always calls for approval of the town’s OPERATING (DEPARTMENTAL) BUDGET for the coming fiscal year. It includes line-item budgets for every town department. It may be amended from the floor by majority vote.

FREE CASH: “It’s the amount you have in your checkbook after you’ve paid your bills,” says one selectman. Once referred to as AVAILABLE FUNDS, free cash is the balance remaining after the town has satisfied its debts. It does not include the amount of unpaid property taxes even if these are due. The amount is certified to the town by the state director of accounts, effective July 1 of each year. Free cash can be appropriated out by a majority town meeting vote.

GENERAL FUND: Comprises money from operating budget and warrant articles. Town also has a SPECIAL REVENUE FUND for income from grants, gifts, and other sources; TRUST FUND includes bequests and income to stabilization fund; AGENCY FUND includes money held but not to be used by the town such as escrow deposits.

LEVY LIMIT: Amount the town is entitled to raise and appropriate in a given fiscal year not relying on a proposition 2.5 override.

MEETING THE COSTS: The town has three ways to obtain funds to cover expenditures (1) RAISE AND APPROPRIATE articles on the town meeting warrant that take money raised by taxation and put it toward a specific expense. Requires a majority vote; (2) FREE CASH TRANSFER by majority vote; (3) BORROWING through a bond issue or notes, usually used for a capital expenditure such as construction project or equipment purchase. A warrant article asks voters to appropriate the sum and authorize treasurer, with approval of board of selectmen, to borrow. Requires a two-thirds majority vote.

PROPOSITION 2.5: Enacted by the Massachusetts legislature in 1981, this measure stipulates that towns can increase their budgets by only 2.5 percent over the preceding year.

PROPOSITION 2.5 OVERRIDE: In instances when a town calculates all its income and expenditures and finds the bottom line shows an increase larger than 2.5 percent, a ballot vote is required for approval.

GENERAL OVERRIDE Seeks approval for going beyond the 2.5-percent spending limit for the budget as a whole. The increase becomes a permanent part of the base on which the budget is calculated.Some towns have instituted a MENU OVERRIDE system, in which voters can pick and choose which capital expenditures they would approve beyond the spending cap.Voters are sometimes asked to EXEMPT certain expenditures, such as long-term capital projects, from the 2.5 limit. Known as a CAPITAL EXCLUSION or DEBT EXCLUSION, this allows the town to assess taxes in excess of the levy limit. The amount does not become a permanent part of the levy limit base. It allows the town to assess taxes for a specific period of time to pay for capital expenditures or service debt payments. Island towns routinely exempt school construction projects from the 2.5 cap.

RESERVE FUND: An account to be used for transfers for “extraordinary or unforeseen” expenditures by town departments. The amount is appropriated by voters at annual town meeting. Departments request an appropriation from the finance committee, which controls the fund.

SCHOOL BUDGETS: Each town must approve its share of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School budget which appears as a line item in each town’s budget. Approval by at least four towns is required. In addition, three up-Island towns act on the Up-Island Regional School District budget; Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Tisbury vote on their own individual school budgets.

STABILIZATION FUND: A “rainy day” savings account, a trust fund, sometimes used to hold appropriations toward future expenditures. Balance may not be more than 10 percent of the previous year’s budget. Earned interest is added to the account. Funds from this account may be used for any lawful municipal purpose and may be appropriated at town meeting by a two-thirds majority vote.

TAX RATE: Town’s net expenditures minus estimated receipts divided by total valuation of the town as determined by the assessors.

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TOWN OF TISBURY

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

WARRANT

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

County of Dukes, ss.

To either of the Constables of the Town of Tisbury,

Greetings:

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Tisbury who are qualified to vote in elections to assemble at the General George W. Goethals American Legion Post #257 at 47 Martin Road, in said Town of Tisbury, on the twenty-sixth day of April in the year Two Thousand and Eleven between the hours of twelve noon and eight o’clock in the evening, then and there to give their votes, under the system as adopted by the Town, viz.:

One Moderator for Three Years

One Town Clerk for Three Years

One Member of the Board of Selectmen for Three Years

One Member of the Board of Assessors for Three Years

One Member of the Board of Health for Three Years

One Member of the School Committee for Three Years

One Member of the Water Commission for Three Years

One Member of the Planning Board for Five Years

One Member of the Planning Board for One Year

Three Members of the Board of Library Trustees for Three Years

One Member of the Board of Library Trustees for One Year

Two Members of the Board of Public Works Commissioners for Three Years

Four Members of the Finance and Advisory Committee for Three Years

One Member of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission for Three Years

Also, to answer yes or no to the following ballot questions:

Question #1:

Shall the Town of Tisbury be allowed to assess an additional $85,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding anticipated collective bargaining and employee wage and contract agreements for the fiscal year beginning July first two thousand and eleven?

Yes: ________ No: ________

Question #2:

Shall the Town of Tisbury be allowed to assess an additional $100,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding a portion of the cost of the Town of Tisbury’s “other post employment benefits (OPEB)” for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as determined by an actuarial valuation, for the fiscal year beginning July first two thousand and eleven?

Yes: ________ No: ________

And you are further directed to notify the inhabitants of the Town of Tisbury who are qualified to vote in elections and Town affairs to assemble at the Tisbury School Gymnasium-Auditorium, Vineyard Haven, in said Town of Tisbury, on the twelfth day of April in the year Two Thousand and Eleven at seven o’clock in the evening, then and there to act on the following articles in this warrant:

ARTICLE 1 TO HEAR OR RECEIVE REPORTS

To see if the Town will vote to hear or receive the reports of the Selectmen and other Town boards, commissions, committees, and officials, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 2 TO PAY BILLS OF PRIOR YEARS – FISCAL YEAR 2010

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from designated sources Seven Thousand Thirty Dollars and Sixty-nine Cents ($7,030.69) to be expended by the departments listed below for the payment of bills incurred in a prior fiscal year, or take any action relative thereto.

DEPARTMENT/BUDGET

FUNDING SOURCE

VENDOR

AMOUNT

Police

Unreserved Fund Balance

NAPA

$3.22

Tisbury School

Unreserved Fund Balance

Tisbury Printer

11.25

DPW

Unreserved Fund Balance

Associated Elevator

3,028.68

DPW

Unreserved Fund Balance

H. N. Hinckley

855.60

Tisbury School

Unreserved Fund Balance

Verizon

75.60

Wm. St. Historic District Commission

Unreserved Fund Balance

Betsy Shands

109.15

Ambulance

Unreserved Fund Balance

M.V. Hospital

13.03

Wastewater

Wastewater Enterprise Fund

Acme Excavation

2,880.48

Wastewater

Wastewater Enterprise Fund

Verizon

53.68

TOTALS

$7,030.69

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty Million Two Hundred Seventy-six Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-six Dollars ($20,276,676) and to transfer from Reserve for Betterments the sum of One Hundred Seventy-five Thousand Dollars ($175,000) for a total FY2012 operating budget of Twenty Million Four Hundred Fifty-one Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-six Dollars ($20,451,676) to defray Town charges as set out in Appendix A of this warrant for the fiscal year July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 (FY2012), or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Boards, Commissions, Committees, Officials, and Departments listed. The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 4 CAPITAL appropriations and other new equipment

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow under chapter 44, section 7 or 8, or section 21A of the General Laws, or any other enabling legislation, the sums of money listed below, to be expended by the indicated Departments for the purposes listed and deemed to be capital expenditures:

a) To appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Seven Thousand Dollars ($7,000) to be expended by the Vineyard Haven Public Library Board of Trustees for the purchase of 3 new computers, software and related equipment for public use, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (5-0-1)

b) To appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Seventy- Two Thousand Dollars ($72,000), to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners in FY2011, for the purpose of partially funding the purchase and replacement of an existing refuse truck and any peripheral equipment, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

c) To appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Forty-five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners in FY2011, for the purpose of replacing an existing small dump truck and any peripheral equipment, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

d) To appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners for the purpose of relocating the DPW mechanic shop to the existing temporary fire truck facility located at 115 High Point Lane, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

e) To appropriate and transfer from the Waterways Fund the sum of Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000) for the Harbormaster to install new dinghy docks at Owen Park, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

f) To appropriate and transfer from the Waterways Fund the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) for the Harbormaster to purchase Aids to Navigation for the Lagoon and Lake Tashmoo, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

g) To appropriate and transfer from the Waterways Fund the sum of Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000) for the Harbormaster to design and construct a deck at the Harbormaster’s Owen Park Office, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

h) To borrow the sum of One Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($125,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners to replace an existing 1991 Front End Loader and any peripheral equipment, and to authorize the Board of Public Works Commissioners to sell the 1991 Front End Loader in trade for the new loader, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (5-0)

ARTICLE 5 to fund Share of dukes county regional housing authority FY2012 administrative expenses

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Forty-five Thousand Four Hundred Seven Dollars ($45,407) for the purpose of funding the Town of Tisbury’s share of FY2012 administrative expenses of the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority (DCRHA), or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 6 TO TRANSFER FROM UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE TO REDUCE THE TAX RATE

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer the sum of Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($800,000) from Unreserved Fund Balance to meet the limitations of Chapter 59 of the General Laws (Proposition Two and One-Half, so called), as amended, or to reduce the tax rate, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 7 TO TRANSFER RESERVE for APPROPRIATION TO refuse operations FOR FY2011

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer the sum of Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners for the operation of the local area drop-off and ancillary residential curbside recycling and refuse service and residential hazardous waste disposal for fiscal year 2011 from the reserve for appropriation for the sanitary landfill as provided for in Article 19 of the Special Town Meeting of November 2, 1993, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Public Works Commissioners The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

ARTICLE 8 TO TRANSFER RESERVE for APPROPRIATION TO refuse operations for FY2012

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners for the operation of the local area drop-off and ancillary residential curbside recycling and refuse service and residential hazardous waste disposal for fiscal year 2012 from the reserve for appropriation for the sanitary landfill as provided for in Article 19 of the Special Town Meeting of November 2, 1993, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Public Works Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

article 9 TO hire, train and equip police officers to fill vacancies

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) to hire, equip and train police officers for the Tisbury Police Department, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Police Chief The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0)

article 10 To Re-Classify the full-time position of EMT to paramedic status

To see if the Town will vote to upgrade the full-time position of EMT in the Ambulance Service to EMT-Paramedic status, to change the classification of this position From Grade 9 to Grade 13 in the Town ‘s personnel classification system, and to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Seven Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-four Dollars and Fifty-six Cents ($7,294.56), to fund the compensation costs for such upgrade and classification change, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Ambulance Coordinator

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-2)

article 11 To adopt FY2012 sewer Enterprise Fund Budget

To see if the Town will vote to approve the proposed Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY2012, a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk, and as shown below, to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners, to operate and maintain the Tisbury Wastewater Collection and Treatment System for FY2012, as provided for under Article 15 of the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of April 25, 2000, and raise and appropriate and appropriate from user fees the following sums therefor, or take any action relative thereto.

Sewer Enterprise Fund Estimate FY2012

Budget Line Item Estimated Expenses Funding Source

Labor (full time employees) 71,000 User Fees

Overtime 5,000 User Fees

Electricity 38,000 User Fees

Propane 6,200 Tax Levy

Telephone 1,500 User Fees

Sludge Removal 40,000 User Fees

Water Testing 12,000 User Fees

Chemical Treatment 11,000 User Fees

Professional Services 98,000 User Fees

Building Maintenance 2,000 User Fees

Vehicle Repair 600 User Fees

Equipment Repair 19,000 User Fees

Computer Support 1,000 User Fees

Training 2,300 User Fees

Supplies 5,000 User Fees

Postage 500 User Fees

Medical 500 User Fees

Subtotal Direct Expenses $313,600

Health Insurance 6,525 Tax Levy

Workers Compensation 3,362 Tax Levy

Retirement 6,080 Tax Levy

Building/Auto Insurance 5,500 Tax Levy

Subtotal Indirect Expenses $21,467

TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES $335,067

Estimated Revenues

Sewer User Fees (38,800 gpd @ $0.02/gal.) $277,400

Septage Fees (2,800 gal/week @ $0.20 gal.) 30,000

Tax Levy 27,667

TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES $335,067

Total Estimated Revenues: $335,067

Total Estimated Expenses: $335,067

Submitted: Board of Public Works Commissioners The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

article 12 to FUND the triennial certification of all real and personal property

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Overlay Surplus from prior years the sum of Thirty-five Thousand Dollars ($35,000) to be expended by the Board of Assessors for the triennial certification of all real and personal property in the Town as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 56, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Assessors The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

article 13 to Provide additional funds for the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) for the purpose of supplementing State funds to grant awards for support of local artists, Island schools, and funding for the arts, sciences and the humanities, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council/Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 14 TO Establish A Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Account for Parks Receipts

To see if the Town will vote to establish a receipts reserved for appropriation account for operation and maintenance of Tisbury parks, to which all revenues collected from use of park facilities and operations would be deposited and reserved for appropriation to be voted at a Town Meeting to defray the cost of park maintenance, such fund to be established beginning in FY2012, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Public Works Commissioners The Finance and Advisory Committee Does Not Recommends Passage of This Article. (9-0-1)

ARTICLE 15 TO FUND fy2012 Administrative expenses of the community preservation committee

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Act Fund the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) for FY2012 administrative expenses of the Community Preservation Committee, including coalition dues, wages, and advertising, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen/Community Preservation Committee

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

article 16 EMBARKATION FUND EXPENDITURES

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the total sum of Two Hundred Thirty-nine Thousand Three Hundred Forty-three Dollars ($239,343) from the passenger ferry embarkation fee receipts, said funds to be expended by the Departments listed below in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 46, Section 129 of the Acts of 2003, as amended, for the specific purposes set forth below, each expenditure to be considered a separate appropriation:

a) Thirteen Thousand Sixty-eight Dollars ($13,068) to be expended by the Ambulance Department for Physio Control / Medtronic Automatic CPR Device, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Ambulance Department

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

b) Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000) to be expended by the Ambulance Department for the purchase of two (2) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing devices and associated breathing masks, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Ambulance Department

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

c) Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) to be expended by the Harbormaster to have professional plans drawn up for site improvements at Owen Park, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Harbormaster

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

d) Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) to be expended by the Harbormaster to design and construct a dormer on the Harbormaster’s Office at Owen Park, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Harbormaster

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

e) Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to be expended by the Police Department to fund the wages of four or more traffic officers for the summer season, and to upgrade training, equipment and uniforms for all seasonal employees, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Police Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

f) Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) to be expended by the Police Department to train and equip the Island-wide Tactical Response team, such appropriation to be paid to the Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council as the Tisbury Police Department’s share of the Island-wide program in FY2012, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Police Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

g) Thirty-one Thousand Dollars ($31,000) to be expended by the Police Department to purchase and equip one new police vehicle, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Police Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

h) Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000) to be expended by the Police Department to lease a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Police Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

i) One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) to be expended by the Police Department for purchase of High Visibility Crosswalk Signs, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Police Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

j) Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) to be expended by the Board of Selectmen for beautification of the downtown area, including Main Street, Union Street, Water Street and surrounding areas, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Board of Selectmen

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

k) Seventeen Thousand One Hundred Forty-eight Dollars ($17,148) to be expended by the Fire/EMS Departments for the purchase and installation of two (2) Diesel Exhaust Removal Systems, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Fire Chief/Ambulance Coordinator

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

l) Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) to be expended by the Fire Department to partially fund the replacement cost of the Utility/Rescue Truck (the balance to be requested in FY2013), or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Fire Chief

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

m) Twenty-three Thousand One Hundred Twenty-seven Dollars ($23,127) to be expended by the Shellfish Constable to purchase and equip a new four-wheel drive vehicle for the Shellfish Department, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Shellfish Constable

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

n) Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners toward the purchase of a new refuse truck for the Department of Public Works, , including any peripheral equipment, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted : Board of Public Works Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

ARTICLE 17 TO acquire property at the Vineyard haven Post Office

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), from the remaining unexpended funds appropriated under Article 23(i) of the April 1, 2009 Annual Town Meeting, to be expended by the Board of Public Works Commissioners and the Board of Selectmen, to acquire two parcels of land owned by the Postal Service at the Vineyard Haven Post Office on Lagoon Pond Road, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Public Works Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 18 To fund various community preservation act projects

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from FY2010 reserved and unreserved Community Preservation Fund revenues, unless otherwise specified, the following sums to be expended in FY2012 for the following purposes, each project to be considered a separate appropriation:

a) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Reserve Fund for Open Space the sum of Nine Thousand Dollars ($9,000), for restoration of the Lake Tashmoo Herring Run, including testing, volunteer training, education, etc., or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

b) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Reserve Fund for Open Space the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000), for design and permitting services related to the dredging of Tashmoo Spring Pond in preparation for the restoration of the Lake Tashmoo Herring Run, including permits to dredge the area adjacent to the Lake Tashmoo Herring Run, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

c) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Reserve Fund for Open Space the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000), for removal of invasive meadow species, including Japanese knotweed and black locust, at the Tisbury Water Works Department property at 245 West Spring Street, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #39-A-7, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

d) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to continue the exterior restoration and clapboarding, according to historic preservation consultant recommendations, at the Vineyard Playhouse building at 24 Church Street, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #7-G-2, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

e) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Reserve Fund for Historic Preservation the sum of Forty-two Thousand Seven Hundred One Dollars and Thirty-two Cents ($42,701.32) and to appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Seven Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-eight Dollars and Sixty-eight Cents ($7,298.68) for the purpose of continuing the rehabilitation, preservation and restoration of the Tashmoo Spring Building dating from 1887, as outlined in the project manual prepared by Structures North Consulting Engineers, Inc. in conjunction with Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering, P.C., a copy of which is on file in the office of the Town Clerk, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (4-0-1)

f) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) to fund the remaining restoration and repair of the historic stained glass windows in the First Baptist Church located at 43 Spring Street, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #7-M-3, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

g) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) to repair and restore the leaded glass windows of the historic Christ United Methodist Church building, a/k/a the “Stone Church” located at 89 William Street, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #7-C-11, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

h) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) to repair the retaining wall at the Old Village Cemetery, included in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the William Street Historic District and located at 60 Center Street, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #7-M-1, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

i) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) for the preservation of historic Town Hall permanent records, including those of the Town Clerk and the Board of Selectmen, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

j) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000) to fund the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority’s Rental Assistance Subsidy Program, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

k) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Reserve Fund for Community Housing the sum of Forty-two Thousand Seven Hundred One Dollars and Thirty-two Cents ($42,701.32) and to appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of One Hundred Eighty-two Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-eight Dollars and Sixty-eight Cents ($182,298.68), to partially fund the Island Housing Trust’s development and construction costs of four (4) affordable housing units at Lake Street, on the property shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #25-E-25, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (4-0-1)

l) To appropriate and transfer from the Community Preservation Unreserved Fund the sum of Twenty Thousand Three Hundred Dollars ($20,300) to construct an access road to property located on Marion’s Way, shown on Tisbury Assessors’ Maps as Parcel #16-A-23.2, donated for affordable housing purposes to Habitat for Humanity, or take any action relative thereto.

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (7-0)

Submitted: Community Preservation Committee

ARTICLE 19 TO Fund collective bargaining and employee wage and contract agreements for FY2012

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eighty-five Thousand Dollars ($85,000) to be expended by the Board of Selectmen to fund FY2012 anticipated collective bargaining, employee wage and contract agreements, provided however that no sums shall be appropriated or expended hereunder unless the Town shall have voted by ballot at the Town Election on April 26, 2011, in accordance with Proposition 2 ½; so-called, to assess such additional amount in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 20 TO participate in Dukes County Pest Control Program

To see if the Town will vote to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with the County of Dukes County to provide an Integrated Pest Management Program (including rodent control), under which, in FY2012, the County of Dukes County will pay 20% ($9,742.80) of the total cost of the program ($73,714.00, less projected revenue of $25,000, for a net cost of $48,714.00), and each town will pay its proportionate share of the 80% balance of the cost, the Town of Tisbury’s share being Five Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-one Dollars and Twelve Cents ($5,791.12), based on the equalized valuation as computed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and to see if the Town will vote to transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance Tisbury’s share of the cost of participation in the Integrated Pest Management Program, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Dukes County Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 21 TO participate in Dukes County Health care access program

To see if the Town will vote to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with the County of Dukes County to provide a Vineyard Health Care Access Program, under which, in FY2012, the County of Dukes County will pay 20% ($18,217.20) of the total cost of the program ($91,086.00), and each Town will pay its proportionate share of the 80% balance of the cost, the Town of Tisbury’s share being Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty-eight Dollars and Thirty Cents ($10,828.30), based on the equalized valuation as computed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and to see if the Town will vote to transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance Tisbury’s share of the cost of participation in the Health Care Access Program, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Dukes County Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 22 TO maintain health care access funding at current level of service

To see if the Town will vote to transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Fifteen Thousand One Hundred Sixty-two Dollars and Ninety-two Cents ($15,162.92), as the Town of Tisbury’s proportionate share (19.87%) of the total cost of Fifty-eight-Thousand Nine Hundred Fourteen Dollars ($58,914.00), to continue the Vineyard Health Care Access program at the current level of service, based on a 50-50 formula, which combines 50% of the cost based on equalized valuation of property values as computed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue and 50% based on the Town’s population as documented in the US Census, such funds to be administered by the County of Dukes County, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Dukes County Health Care Access Program

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 23 TO Establish Community Preservation Committee Fy2012 Budget reserve accountS

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund established pursuant to Chapter 44B of Massachusetts General Laws and set aside for later expenditure the following amounts to the following reserve funds:

FY2012 Community Preservation Committee Budget Reserve Account:

$45,794.23 to the Community Preservation Open Space Reserve Fund;

$45,794.23 to the Community Preservation Community Housing Reserve Fund;

$45,794.23 to the Community Preservation Historic Reserve Fund;

$320,559.59 to the Community Preservation Budget Reserve Account,

or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Community Preservation Committee

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 24 TO Fund solar panels from Appropriation for the Emergency Services Facility

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the appropriation for the construction of the Emergency Services Facility voted under Article 1 of the November 17, 2009 Special Town Meeting the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) to purchase and install solar panels and any ancillary equipment on the new Emergency Services Facility building, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Emergency Services Facility Building Committee

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 25 TO fund Estuaries Study of Lake Tashmoo

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Sixty-four Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($64,750) to be expended by the Selectmen to fund the Town’s portion of the total cost of One Hundred and Twenty-nine Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($129,500) for a two-year study to perform water quality sampling and analysis, tidal cycle data collection and assessment of the health of shellfish, as well as establishing computer models specific to Lake Tashmoo and its watershed to determine nitrogen loading, tidal flushing action and water quality, under an agreement with the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, said funding to serve as a match for the purpose of allowing the Town to participate in the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) to complete said study of Lake Tashmoo to identify the sources of nitrogen contamination, to determine the nitrogen loading limit specific to Lake Tashmoo and identify methods and actions for the Town to initiate to protect the area, such as a nitrogen reduction plan including a possible expansion of the Town’s wastewater collection system and circulation improvements, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 26 TO Fund OPEB Costs beginning in FY2012

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) for the purpose of funding a portion of the cost of the Town of Tisbury’s other post employment benefits” (OPEB) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, as determined by an actuarial valuation, provided however that no sums shall be appropriated or expended hereunder unless the Town shall have voted by ballot at the Town Election on April 26, 2011, in accordance with Proposition Two and One-half, so-called, to assess such additional amount in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Finance & Advisory Committee

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 27 TO FUND various water department projects

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Water Available Surplus the sum of Seventy-one Thousand Dollars ($71,000), to be expended by the Board of Water Commissioners in FY2011, for the following purposes: septic system design and installation to serve the Water Department Office and the Tashmoo Springs Building: Thirty-one Thousand Dollars ($31,000); Chemical Feed System Modifications: Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000); and Utility Billing Software Update: Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000), or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Water Commissioners The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 28 TO FUND Water Distribution upgrades

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow under Chapter 44, Section 7 or 8, or Section 21A of the General Laws or any other enabling legislation the sum of Five Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars ($540,000) to be expended by the Board of Water Commissioners to upgrade water system distribution, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Water Commissioners The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 29 TO approve the Water Works Department FY2012 Budget

To see if the Town will vote to approve the proposed Water Works Department Enterprise Fund Budget for FY2012, a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk, and as shown below, to be expended by the Board of Water Commissioners to operate the Tisbury Water Works Department in FY2012, and to appropriate and transfer the sum of One Hundred Ninety-two Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Dollars and Twenty-seven Cents ($192,420.27) from Water Available Surplus to be used together with estimated revenues therefor, or take any action relative thereto.

Salaries and Wages $400,432.00

Benefits/Fixed Expenses 212,198.97

Operating Expenses 359,925.00

Debt/Interest 248,787.50

TOTAL BUDGET $1,221,343.47

Total Estimated Revenue to Offset Expenses $1,026,000.00

Transfer from Water Available Surplus $195,343.47

Submitted: Water Commissioners

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 30 TO Fund feasibility Study for replacement of Superintendent’s Office

To see if the Town will vote appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of Two Thousand Three Hundred Ninety-seven Dollars ($2,397) to be expended by the Martha’s Vineyard Superintendency to fund the Town’s share of the cost for a feasibility study for the replacement of the Superintendent’s office, to include a review of the space needs for the office, an examination of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School property to determine a possible site and develop a rough estimate of the cost for a building on that site, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Superintended to Schools/All Island School Committee The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 31 TO ESTABLISH THE NEW POSITION OF YOUNG ADULT LIBRARIAN AT THE VINEYARD HAVEN PUBLIC LIBRARY

To see if the Town will vote to upgrade one existing Library Assistant II position to the new position of Young Adult Librarian and to change the classification of this position From Grade 5 to Grade 10 in the Town ‘s personnel classification system, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Library Trustees

The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (5-0)

arTICLE 32 TO amend the classification plan for Managerial and professional employees

To see if the Town will vote to approve the following amendment to the Classification and Compensation Plan for Full-time Managerial and Professional Employees, effective July 1, 2011, or take any action relative thereto.

Full-time Managerial and Professional Employees

(Numbers Rounded to Whole Dollars and Based on a 52.2 Week Year)

POSITION

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

M-1

No Positions Assigned

38,503

40,466

42,408

44,350

46,291

48,296

50,196

M-2

No Positions Assigned

44,308

46,542

48,776

51,031

53,224

55,458

57,734

M-3

No Positions Assigned

45,874

48,171

50,467

52,785

55,124

57,400

59,759

M-4

Shellfish Constable

47,022

49,403

51,762

54,080

56,481

58,819

61,242

M-5

Ambulance Coordinator Asst. to Town Administrator

Building Inspector/ ZEO Harbormaster Health Agent Town Accountant

57,588

60,490

63,392

66,274

69,176

72,120

74,981

M-6

No Positions Assigned

61,617

64,749

67,819

70,951

74,020

77,152

80,242

M-7

Library Director

Asst. Water Superintendent

65,919

69,218

72,579

75,920

79,219

82,518

85,859

M-8

Lieutenant

Water Superintendent

70,533

74,104

77,653

81,245

84,773

88,344

91,831

M-9

Finance Director Public Works Director

75,461

79,282

83,124

86,903

90,724

94,462

98,282

M-10

Police Chief

80,764

84,857

88,908

92,958

97,009

101,122

105,173

M-11

Town Administrator

86,402

90,808

95,130

99,494

103,774

108,201

112,544

Longevity: 10 years or more employment as of July 1 $2,000 annually

15 years or more employment as of July 1 $3,000 annually

20 years or more employment as of July 1 $4,000 annually

Submitted: Personnel Board The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of This Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 33 Petition to Terminate overseas military operations

To see if the Town will vote to direct our President, our Congressional Representative, and our Senators to take productive actions to (a) terminate existing occupation and military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, (b) reduce U.S. military spending by 25%, as proposed by Congressman Barney Frank, William Delahunt, and others, and (c) to approve funding of the rapid and safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the mentioned countries.

Or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: By Petition The Finance and Advisory Committee Took No Action on This Article. (5-1)

ARTICLE 34 Wastewater Study

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from available funds remaining in the appropriation for the construction of the Wastewater Plant, under Article #18 of the April 13, 1993 Annual Town Meeting Warrant the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) to be expended by the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of funding costs incurred by the Wastewater Planning Committee for independent engineering services to find the most effective means of dealing with wastewater management and nitrogen removal, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 35 EARLY RETIREment Option – Accept section 66 of CH. 188 of the Acts of 2010 – The municipal relief act

To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 66 of Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2010, The Municipal Relief Act, which will authorize the Tisbury Board of Selectmen to offer qualified employees early retirement packages for the purpose of further decreasing Town budgets, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (6-0)

ARTICLE 36 replenish Unemployment insurance trust fund

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from Unreserved Fund Balance in FY2011 the sum of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Finance Director The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (8-0)

ARTICLE 37 To Authorize the Selectmen to acquire property for Aquifer protection Purposes

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to be expended by the Board of Selectmen for the acquisition, by purchase, gift, eminent domain or otherwise, for aquifer protection purposes, of all or a portion of the land shown as lying between Assessors’ Map Parcel 49-A-2 (to the West) and Assessors’ Map Parcels 42-A-31 and 48-A-6 (to the East) on a plan entitled “Sketch of Land in Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury, Massachusetts, drawn for the Town of Tisbury” dated July 27, 1993 by Vineyard Land Surveying, and also known as Assessors’ Map Parcels 49-A-3.1 and 49-A-4, such acquisition having been previously approved under Article 11 of the May 7, 1991 Annual Town Meeting, or take any action relative thereto.

Submitted: Board of Selectmen The Finance and Advisory Committee Recommends Passage of this Article. (8-0)

And you are hereby directed to serve this Warrant by posting attested copies thereof at five public places in said Town, seven days at least before the time of holding said Meeting.

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant, with your doings therein, to the Town Clerk at the time and place of meeting as aforesaid.

Given under our hands this twenty-second day of March in the year Two Thousand and Eleven

Tisbury Board of Selectmen

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Jeffrey C. Kristal

Geoghan E. Coogan

Tristan R. Israel

Posted at: Tisbury Town Hall March 23, 2011 Tisbury New Town Hall Annex Tisbury Senior Center Vineyard Haven Public Library _______________________________ Tisbury Police Department Tisbury Constable

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