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April 20152015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] Use this area to offer a short preview of your email's content.View this email in your browser 2015 Annual Town Meeting Special Edition Newsletter Libby Gibson - Town Manager The 2015 ATM begins on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Mary P. Walker Auditorium at the Nantucket High School. Usually, the Town Meeting lasts between one and three nights. On the first night after the “opening ceremonies”, the meeting starts off with some remarks from the Moderator. There are usually “Technical Amendments” that need to be handled – these are minor corrections or edits that were brought forward after the warrant booklet went to print; or motions that need to be modified because of information that became available after the warrant went to print. In addition to the warrant booklet, which contains the articles with Motions from the Finance Committee and Planning Board, additional resources are available to help you at the Town Meeting: Voter's Guide to the Articles 2015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] The Voter’s Guide was developed for the first time for the 2014 ATM. The Guide is meant to explain the warrant articles and motions in “layman’s terms”. It was prepared by Town Administration with guidance and assistance from several interested citizens, including for the 2015 ATM: Lee Saperstein, Peter Morrison, Charlie Stott, Charley Walters and Leslie Forbes – thank you helpers! We are very appreciative of their help. Town Meeting Traditions and Procedures 2011 revision 2015 ATM Maps Notable Town-Sponsored Warrant Articles New Fire Station (Article 11) 2015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] The design shown above was taken from the 2007 proposed Public Safety Facility. The new fire station, if approved, may be different than pictured. The Town is seeking to move the Fire Department from its undersized building and property at 131 Pleasant Street in a densely built up area, to a less congested area at 4 Fairgrounds Road. As the needs of the island community grow, it is important to make sure any new facility is designed and built to sustain the Department’s necessary levels of staffing as well as provide for critical programs, such as Advanced Life Support for the ambulance service, improved wildland firefighting capability, improved fire protection for the out-of-hydrant districts that have no municipal water supply, and adequate space for training. If funding for the project is approved at the ATM, additional voter approval is required at the April 14, 2015 Annual Town Election. If voters approve the funding at the election, assuming a conservative borrowing rate of 5.5% for 20 years, a property with assessed value of $1,000,000 would have an increase in its tax bill of approximately $60.00 in the first year the funds are borrowed (likely to be FY 2019) (this estimated amount does not include a residential exemption). New School (Article 12) 2015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] The School is handling the information regarding its project and will have a handout at Town Meeting. If funding for the project is approved at the ATM, additional voter approval is required at the April 14, 2015 Annual Town Election. If voters approve the funding at the election, assuming a conservative borrowing rate of 5.5% for 20 years, a property with assessed value of $1,000,000 would have an increase in its tax bill of approximately $170.00 in the first year the funds are borrowed (likely to be FY 2019) (this estimated amount does not include a residential exemption). Nantucket Public School Building Project Real Estate/Conveyance for Bulk Fuel Storage (Article 98) A 2013 ATM vote authorized the Board of Selectmen to lease this Town-owned property on Shadbush Road (near the Airport). Subsequently, a study of relocating the (privately-owned) downtown bulk fuel storage facility was conducted and a 2015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] Request for Proposals issued in 2014 by the Board for a long-term lease or an outright sale of the property (subject to Town Meeting approval). An outright sale of the property has been recommended. Article 98 seeks to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell the property. The Board’s intent would be to sell the property for the purposes of relocating the downtown fuel tank farm to this location and to restrict future use of the property to that purpose. Real Estate/Long Term Lease for Housing at 4 Fairgrounds Site (Article 99) This Board of Selectmen-sponsored article authorizes the Board to convey or lease the Town-owned parcels listed for housing purposes. The intent behind the article is to use these properties for various types of housing: municipal seasonal, municipal year-round (possibly), community year-round, community affordable. The Board is seeking the authorization so it can move forward with a specific plan, to be developed after Town Meeting through a process open to the public. 2015 ATM Special Edition Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=982e4523cc&e=f8a8ad0ecc[12/7/2015 4:37:00 PM] Copyright © 2015 Town of Nantucket, All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences