Skip Navigation
Welcome to the official website for Harwich, MA
This table is used for column layout.
Harwich Town Seal
  • About Harwich
  • Town Departments
  • Town Calendars
  • Board of Selectmen
  • Boards & Committees
  • Agendas & Minutes
  • Reports, Data, Documents & Maps
  • Permits & Licensing
  • Community Links
  • Online Payments
  • Channel 18
  • Assessor's Searchable Database
  • Opportunities
  • Send Us Comments
  • Subscribe to News
  • Home Page

Minutes - February 5, 2009 pre Town Meeting

6:00 PM
SELECTMEN PRESENT:~~~~ Cole, Wilkins, La Mantia, McManus, Marsland
OTHERS PRESENT:~~~~~~~~~Town Administrator James Merriam, Asst. Town Administrator Nan Balmer, Finance Director David Ryan
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER at 6:05 PM by Chairman Wilkins
Special Town Meeting Article 1: Reserve Fund
Mr. Merriam discussed with the Board adding $50,000 to the Reserve Fund. The current Reserve Fund balance is $88,562. There are unanticipated costs for over time in the Fire Department and a snow and ice deficit of $175,000. There may be unexpected engineering costs to be eligible for federal stimulus package grants. Any unexpended funds in the Reserve Fund revert to free cash on July 1st and are available for expenditure when certified by the Department of Revenue on about October 1st.

On a motion by Mr. McManus, seconded by Dr. Cole, the Board voted to support Article 1 at a level of $50,000. The vote was 5-0-0.

Article 25: Sell Parcel for Affordable Housing
Mr. Merriam advised the Board that on the advice of Town Counsel, the following language would be deleted from Article 25: “and provided further that said conveyance shall be subject to the terms of the existing leases on the property”.

Article 16: Special Legislation / Meals Tax
The Board discussed possible confusion among the public about Article 16 asking the Legislature for special legislation to enact Section 29 of the proposed Governor’s Partnership Act to provide a local option meals tax up to 2%. The Governor’s more recent proposed Municipal Partnership Act proposed a new version of the meals tax, the proceeds of which would be re-distributed through the state lottery formula giving minimal benefit to the town. The Board discussed asking Town Meeting to petition the legislature to allow the Board the ability to impose a local meals tax, the proceeds of which would flow directly to the Town.  

There was a discussion on whether it was necessary or appropriate to make opening remarks about the relationship of the proposed local options taxes to the FY 10 budget. The Chairman decided that each individual Selectman could make comments but that there would be no opening statement.

On a motion by Mr. McManus seconded by Mr. LaMantia the Board voted to adjourn at 6:30 PM. The vote was 5-0-0.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Respectfully Submitted,
Nan Balmer, Assistant Town Administrator

Virtual Towns & Schools Website