2004 Town Meeting

Scheduling


Concord's 2004 Annual Town Meeting began on Monday, April 26 and continued on Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and concluded on Monday, May 3. Here are the final results of the four sessions.

Attendance


There were 1,141 registered voters in attendance on the 26th; 462 in attendance on the 27th; 1,330 on the 28th; and 591 on the 3rd. During the course of the 4 nights of Town Meeting, 1,977 different voters were in attendance.
Article Date Subject Result
1 April 26 Choose Town Officers Passed
2 April 26 Hear Reports and Portions of Consent Calendar Passed Unanimously
3 April 26 Meeting Procedure (Rule of the Meeting governing requirements on motions and amendments made under Articles concerned with expenditures) Passed
4 April 26 Secret Ballot Voting Procedure (minimum of 100 voters required) Passed
5 April 26 Ratify Personnel Board Classification Actions Passed
6 April 26 Classification and Compensation Plan for Administrative/Clerical/Library and Laboring Employees (2% across-the-board increase to ranges) Passed
7 April 26 Classification and Compensation Plan for Managerial and Professional Employees (2% across-the-board increase to ranges) Passed
8 April 26 Personnel Bylaw Amendment - Bereavement Leave Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar


 Article Date Subject Result
9 April 26 Town Budget ($23,537,888, with $474,000 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval on June 8) Passed
10 April 26 Public School Budget ($23,049,709, with $875,709 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval on June 8) Passed (Motion to amend the amount to an appropriation of $23,396,808 and an override amount of $1,222,808 (increase of $347,099) was defeated on a vote of 488 in favor and 539 opposed)
11 April 26 Regional School Budgets:  Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Budget ($10,747,515, with $508,451 of this amount contingent on Proposition 2½ override approval on June 8)  Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District Assessment ($369,890) Both Passed (Motion to amend the amount for CCHS to an appropriation of $10,918,682 and an override amount of $679,618 (increase of $171,167) was defeated on a vote of 354 in favor and 562 opposed)
12 April 27 FY04 Supplemental Appropriation - Town ($146,500 transfer from other Town Government accounts) Passed
13 April 27 FY04 Supplemental Appropriation - Concord Public Schools ( 120-000-from Free Cash) Passed
14 April 27 FY04 Supplemental Appropriation - Concord-Carlisle Regional School District ( 142-980-from Free Cash) Passed


Article Date Subject Result
15 April 27 Free Cash Use ($459,000 to reduce the tax levy for FY05) Passed
16 April 27 Unpaid Bills No Motion Made
17 April 26 Property Tax Exemption Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar
18 April 27 Light Plant Payment in Lieu of Taxes ($340,000) Passed
19 April 26 Light Plant Expenditures Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar
20 April 26 Road Repair Revolving Fund Expenditures Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar
21 April 26 Solid Waste Disposal Fund Expenditures Passed under Article 2 Consent Calendar


Article Date Subject Result
22 April 26 Sewer System Expenditures Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
23 April 26 Sewer Improvement Fund Expenditures Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
24 April 26 Water System Expenditures Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
25 April 27 2004 Road Program ($650,000 appropriation from borrowing) Passed unanimously
26 April 27 Public School Building Renovations ($500,000 appropriation from borrowing) Passed by 2/3 majority
27 April 28 New Thoreau School ($16,800,000 appropriation from borrowing, contingent on a debt exclusion vote on June 8) Passed by 2/3 majority
28 April 27 Concord-Carlisle High School Improvements ($535,000) Passed, Subject to Proposition 2½ debt exclusion approval on June 8)
29 April 27 Zoning Bylaw Amendment-Personal Wireless Communications Facility - two motions 29A (amendment to Section 7.8.2) and 29B (amendment to Wireless Communication Facility Overlay District map) Both Motions passed by 2/3 majority
30 April 27 Town Meeting Posting Bylaw Passed
31 April 27 Long-Term Lease Agreement for Wireless Facilities Passed by 2/3 majority
32 April 27 Authorization Long-Term Agricultural Leases Passed


Article Date Subject Result
33 April 27 1586 Main Street - Transfer of Property to Albert Lawrence as settlement for ongoing litigation Passed by 2/3 majority
34 April 27 Authorization for Light Plant to Provide Telecommunications Services Passed by 2/3 majority
35 April 26 Adopt Provisions for Agreements for Mutual Police Aid Programs Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
36 April 28 Renovation of Police/Fire Station ($1,850,000 appropriation from borrowing) Passed by 2/3 majority
37 April 28 Community Preservation Act (1½% surcharge on the annual real property tax levy, with exemptions for the first $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel, and for property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for low-income housing) Passed, Subject to approval on the ballot at the November 2004 general election
38 April 28 Community Preservation Committee Passed
39 May 3 Property Tax Relief for Older Citizens of Concord (An Act to provide for additional senior property tax exemption-Subject to approval of the State Legislature) Passed


Article Date Subject Result
40 May 3 Request for Appropriation from Land Fund No Motion Made
41 May 3 An Act Establishing The Concord Housing Development Corporation (Subject to approval of the State Legislature) Passed
42 May 3 Home Rule Petition-Authorization to Establish a Post-Retirement Group Health Insurance Trust Fund (Subject to approval of the State Legislature) Passed
43 April 26 Acceptance of Statute Regarding Retirement Service Credit for Call Firefighters and Reserve/Intermittent Police Officers Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
44 May 3 Accept Local Option Statute-Group Insurance for Military Personnel Passed
45 May 3 Accept Local Option-Make Up Pay for Armed Forces Reservists/National Guards who are Called to Active Duty No Motion Made
46 May 3 Resolution to Protect the Civil Liberties of Concordians (Patriot Act) Passed
47 May 3 Zoning Bylaw Amendment-Neighborhood Conservation Districts No Motion Made


Article Date Subject Result
48 May 3 Construction of Sewer System Extensions-note changes (contingent on debt exclusion approval on June 8) Passed by 2/3 majority; amendment to change funding allocation also passed, with 284 voting in favor and 232 opposed (50% from betterment; 38% from general fund taxation; and 12% from sewer user fees)
49 April 26 Amendment to Non-Criminal Disposition Bylaw - Sealer of Weights and Measures Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
50 May 3 Septic Betterment Loan Program Passed Unanimously
51 May 3 Water Distribution System Improvements No Motion Made
52 May 3 Water Supply System Improvements Passed by 2/3 majority
53 May 3 Warner's Pond Dam Engineering and Design Passed by 2/3 majority
54 April 26 Street Acceptance - Quail Run Drive Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar
55 April 26 Modification of Street Acceptance - Baker Avenue Passed Under Article 2 Consent Calendar