Town of Belchertown, MA
Hampshire County
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The following is a list of key votes by the Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown:

§ A302-1 List of votes.

1873
VOTED to grant control of Town Common to the Belchertown Park Association, in concurrence with the Selectmen.
1883
VOTED to establish elected Trustees of Calvin Bridgman Funds.
1888
VOTED to accept a gift of $2,000 for the support of a public library from Miss Amarilla Bascom.
1888
(April 9) VOTED $2,000 to break out the roads after the late snowstorm.
1888
VOTED to require the County Commissioners to establish one or more truant schools as provided in Public Statutes Chapter 48, Section 14.
1889
VOTED to pass over an article that would have established a regional school superintendent with Enfield and Granby.
1891
VOTED that after this date the number of constables appointed by the town shall be five.
1891
VOTED to choose hereafter annually its Surveyors of Lumber, Measures of Wood and Bark, Fence Viewers, Field Drivers, Almoners of Whiting Street Fund, Trustees of Calvin Bridgman Fund and Commissioners of Burial Grounds by nomination instead of by ballot.
1892
VOTED to instruct Selectmen to petition the Legislature to rescind the vote (on the Australian ballot) and to return (the town) to its former manner of electing said officers.
1893
VOTED to elect a committee of five to enforce the liquor law.
1893
VOTED that the Chair appoint a committee to investigate what needs to be done about better fire protection.
1894
VOTED to pass over an acceptance of Chapter 431 of the Acts of 1888, relating to the employment of a Superintendent of Schools.
1894
VOTED to pass over an article which would have empowered Selectmen to act as Overseers of the Poor.
1894
VOTED to dig a well on the high school ground.
1895
(Ballot question) "Is it expedient that the municipal suffrage be granted to women?" Yes-96; No-111; Blank-50.
1896
VOTED to adopt first major bylaw.
1896
VOTED to pass over an article designed to provide a single, elected Highway Surveyor.
1896
VOTED to grant a franchise to the Belchertown Water Company.
1896
VOTED $500 for the purposes of establishing sewers.
1897
VOTED to accept the bequest provided under Chapter 507 of the Acts of 1897.
1897
VOTED to build a tramp house at an expense not to exceed $100.
1898
VOTED to rescind vote of March 5, 1883, establishing a Board of Trustees of Calvin Bridgman Funds.
1898
VOTED to appoint the Board of Selectmen and their successors in office as a Board of Trustees for the Calvin Bridgman Fund.
1898
VOTED that the Chair of the School Committee and the Town Treasurer, and their successors in office, be designated as ex officio members of the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Bridgman Fund.
1899
VOTED to fix a salary ($125 per annum) of the Tax Collector.
1899
VOTED to purchase fire equipment and to build a building to store it (marks beginning of Fire Department).
1900
VOTED to indefinitely postpone an article that would have established "a precinct district and polling place in the south part of the town."
1900
VOTED to indefinitely postpone accepting provision of Section 72 of Chapter 423 of the Acts of 1890, relative to establishing voting precincts.
1901
VOTED not to authorize division of the town into voting precincts.
1901
VOTED to indefinitely postpone an article that would have established a voting precinct in the south part of town to be used only at the fall election.
1901
VOTED to indefinitely postpone an article relating to the acceptance of Chapter 482 of the Acts of 1901, authorizing a three-year term for the Town Clerk.
1903
VOTED to indefinitely postpone an article instructing the School Committee to form a union (with other towns) and employ a Superintendent of Schools, as required by an act of the Legislature of 1900.
1903
VOTED the free use of hearse and town team for persons dying in Belchertown, even though they are buried in an adjoining town.
1904
VOTED to instruct the School Committee to form a union with the School Committee of Enfield for the purpose of employing a Superintendent of Schools.
1904
VOTED to pay the School Committee.
1905
Board of Selectmen designated the "residential part of the town to the Tree Warden," in accordance with MGL c. 53, § 13. (This presumably defined the scope of the Tree Warden's responsibilities.)
1905
VOTED to rescind the vote passed at a former meeting whereby a Highway Surveyor was to be elected by ballot, thus leaving it incumbent upon the Selectmen to appoint a Superintendent of Streets. (The action referred to the acceptance of Section 336 of Chapter 11 of the Revised Laws, which had taken place in 1903.)
1906
VOTED to choose a committee of three, to be known as the Committee on Appropriations. (Origin of Finance Committee. The article stated its responsibilities as follows: "who shall carefully investigate and report to the next Annual Town Meeting the amounts needed in the several departments to be expended the year ensuing.")
1908
VOTED to close fiscal year on February 1 instead of 15.
1908
VOTED to guarantee the payment of bonds not to exceed $30,000, to be used to defray the expenses of building a water supply system in the fire district.
1909
VOTED to authorize the town clerk to have the doings on the town warrant printed in the town reports for all times.
1911
VOTED $100 to aid in the suppression of the brown tail moth, as required by Chapter 381 of the Acts of 1905.
1913
VOTED to empower the Selectmen to act as an Investment Committee. (The duties included "to safety invest all funds now held.")
1913
VOTED to rename three town ponds as follows: Lake Metacomet, Lake Arcadia and Holland Lake.
1914
VOTED to change the date of the Annual Town Meeting from the first Monday in March to the first Monday in February.
1914
(Ballot question) VOTED against an act which would have provided vacations for (town) laborers.
1915
VOTED to indefinitely postpone an article designed to increase the term of Selectmen to three years.
1915
VOTED to make every field driver's premises a public pound in accordance with MGL c. 33, § 28.
1915
VOTED that the Selectmen be asked to open the polls at 7:00 a.m. for annual and state elections.
1915
(Ballot question) A constitutional amendment relating to the granting of the suffrage to women. Yes-88; No-221; Blank-54.
1916
VOTED to petition for an audit to prepare a correct statement of the financial condition of the town.
1917
VOTED to instruct the Selectmen to keep a flag on the flagpole in the park.
1918
At this time the practice developed of naming the Chairman of the Selectmen, the Chairman of the School Committee and the Superintendent of Streets as the Committee on Appropriations.
1919
VOTED to hire a district nurse to superintend the health of the community.
1921
VOTED to henceforth give perpetual care to the cemetery lot of any person, on payment of $50 to the Town Treasurer for that purpose, paid money to be invested with the cemetery funds, the Cemetery Commissioners to report annually, and the report of each bequest to be kept by itself. (The article had proposed $100 rather than $50.)
1921
VOTED to raise and appropriate $15 for work in connection with the establishment of a "public dumping ground."
1921
VOTED to instruct town officials to itemize their accounts in each division, the same to be printed in the town report each year.
1921
VOTED "by a large majority, to continue the use of standard time."
1921
VOTED to rescind the vote, taken in 1919, accepting the provisions of MGL c. 11, § 336, relating to the election of the Highway Surveyor.
1922
VOTED to petition the Legislature for a special act to authorize the town to exceed the statutory limit on indebtedness.
1922
VOTED to create a committee on establishing a town forest.
1922
VOTED that hereafter, one copy of warrants shall be posted on the Bridgman Brick block instead of on Community Hall.
1922
Name of Committee on Appropriations was changed to Finance Committee, and Moderator began making appointments.
1923
VOTED to direct the Selectmen to prepare a division of the town into two voting precincts. (In December 1923 the Selectmen filed their report, submitted it to the town and it was rejected. In 1924 the Board was instructed to draw up new precincts, which were finally adopted in May 1924.)
1924
At the annual meeting several ballot questions were submitted. All dealt with the power of the Selectmen.
VOTED to empower Selectmen to act as Overseers of the Poor.
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to appoint a Chief of Police.
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to appoint a Chief of the Fire Department.
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to appoint a Tree Warden.
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to appoint a Superintendent of Streets.
1924
VOTED to accept the report of the Selectmen regarding the division of the town into two voting precincts.
1924
VOTED to establish a committee to draft such bylaws as may be necessary for regulating municipal affairs.
1924
VOTED a committee of three (none of them to be heads of departments) to be known as a Finance Committee or Committee on Appropriations). (The article had called for a committee of 10 members.)
1924
VOTED to accept a report on renaming of cemeteries.
1924
VOTED to rescind actions taken on 1924 ballot questions (which had dealt with the appointive powers of the Board of Selectmen).
1924
VOTED not to increase power of Appropriations (Finance) Committee.
1924
Selectmen prepared a major report on naming of streets.
1925
VOTED that the date for holding the subsequent meeting provided for by MGL c. 39, § 20, as amended, shall be held one week later than the town election; the hour of holding the same to be named by the Selectmen. (This established the practice of holding the "elections" and "action" part of the Annual Town Meeting on different days.)
1925
VOTED to accept bylaw report, submitted by committee. (Most of the bylaws adopted in 1925 are still in force today. The 1925 code gave the Selectmen the power to appoint the Finance Committee.)
1928
VOTED to sell to the commonwealth, for $8,000, a tract of land with buildings thereon, known as the "Poor Farm."
1929
Town experienced first difficulties with quorum, which bylaws had established at 50.
1931
VOTED to elect Moderator annually by ballot, as provided by MGL c. 39, § 14.
1932
VOTED to give preference in its employment of school teachers to those applicants who are graduates of the Belchertown High School, as far as possible.
1933
VOTED to indefinitely postpone motion that would have given Selectmen a three-year term.
1934
VOTED "to accept with thanks the contributions made in 1933 by the teachers, bus drivers, School Committee and Superintendent to reduce the tax levy."
1934
VOTED $75 to immunize the children of the town against diphtheria.
1936
VOTED to indefinitely postpone a motion that would have authorized construction of toilets at Franklin School.
1938
VOTED to accept as a gift a tract of land for recreational purposes given by Mrs. Marion P. Spencer in memory of her father, Lawrence S. Parsons.
1938
VOTED to use Franklin School as a voting precinct.
1939
VOTED a sum of money to publish the bylaws. Town Clerk was instructed to make them "legally enforceable." (Town Clerk subsequently published bylaws three different times in Belchertown Sentinel.)
1939
VOTED, in accordance with general law, to adopt a system of sewerage and sewage disposal plant for the town and authorize the Selectmen to make necessary applications, agreements and contracts with the City of Springfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Works Program Administration and other agencies of the United States of America necessary or proper to carry into completion such system of sewerage and sewage disposal plant.
1939
VOTED to authorize and instruct the Selectmen to take general charge of constructing, maintaining and operating the sewerage system and plant, until such time as Sewer Commissioners are elected.
1940
VOTED two major "takings" for sewer purposes.
1941
VOTED to appoint a committee to look into establishment of a citizens' caucus, for the purpose of nominating candidates for various town offices without regard to political affiliation.
1941
VOTED against increasing term of Selectmen to three years.
1942
VOTED an appropriation of $2,500 for civil defense, under the direction of the Selectmen, according to Chapter 487 of the Special Acts of 1941.
1942
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell property taken under tax title procedure, providing the sale is advertised and a notice of 14 days is given. Selectmen may reject any bid they deem inadequate.
1943
VOTED to authorize Cemetery Commissioners to employ themselves. (The hourly rate, in 1943, was $0.55 per hour.)
1944
VOTED to reduce quorum in bylaw from 50 to 25. (Changed to 75, 5-13-1986.)
1945
VOTED to establish a committee to revise bylaws and to recommend a code of building regulations.
1945
VOTED to authorize one member of the Board of Selectmen to sell gravel to the town.
1945
VOTED to elect the Tax Collector for a period of three years (beginning in 1946).
1946
VOTED to petition Legislature to be allowed to borrow $100,000 to build a new school building.
1947
VOTED to allow residents of the town to water trap.
1948
VOTED to rescind the action taken under Article 3 of a Town Meeting held September 29, 1873, whereby the Belchertown Park Association was granted control of the Common in concurrence with the Selectmen.
1948
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to execute a lease in the name of the town for the use of Clapp Memorial Library for school purposes. (Lease was to run for 25 years.)
1949
VOTED that the town provide that the Collector of Taxes shall collect, under the title of Tax Collector, all accounts due to the town.
1949
VOTED that the Moderator appoint a Regional School District Planning Board of three members, one of whom shall be a member of the School Committee.
1949
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to appoint an Inspector of Wires as required under Chapter 529, Acts of 1949.
1950
VOTED to establish a committee to investigate the desirability of a Planning Board.
1952
VOTED to establish a public welfare district with the Town of Granby.
1951
Planning Board apparently established.
1953
VOTED to establish the term of office of the Board of Selectmen at three years.
1953
VOTED to indefinitely postpone proposed zoning.
1955
VOTED to establish an appointed Town History Committee.
1956
VOTED to establish a Town Government Study Committee.
1956
Rules and regulations of Board of Health published in Sentinel.
1957
VOTED to establish the term of office of the Town Treasurer to be a three-year elected term, under the provisions of MGL c. 41, § 1, beginning in 1958.
1957
VOTED to establish an elected Board of Health of five members, each to be elected for a three-year term, beginning in 1958. (Changed to five members 3-11-1996.)
1957
VOTED to accept Zoning Bylaw.
1958
VOTED to authorize Selectmen to make bylaws designed to control boating on all waters within the limits of the town.
1958
VOTED not to suspend operation of trapping law.
1959
VOTED to authorize the printing of a pamphlet of bylaws. (As far as can be ascertained, this is the only time bylaws have been printed. The booklet, now obsolete, has long been out of print.)
1959
Board of Health issued rules and regulations on piggeries.
1959
VOTED to adopt a bylaw regulating boating (STM 7-27-1959).
1960
Initial discussion of Town Manager form of government.
1961
VOTED a Zoning Bylaw amendment requiring building permits.
1961
VOTED not to accept provisions of MGL c. 41, § 97. (The acceptance would have formally established a Police Department, under a "weak-chief" provision.)
1961
VOTED to enlarge membership of the School Committee from three to five members, all to serve for terms of three years.
1963
VOTED to enlarge the Board of Selectmen from three to five members, and thereafter all shall be elected for a term of three years.
1964
VOTED not to reduce Board of Selectmen to three members.
1966
VOTED to adopt bylaw on unregistered automobiles and trucks.
1967
VOTED to establish a committee to investigate feasibility of appointing a Town Manager or Executive Secretary.
1967
VOTED to authorize Board of Selectmen to appoint a Parks and Recreation Committee of five members.
1967
VOTED to appoint constables for three-year terms and abolish practice of electing them.
1967
VOTED to extend the scope and authority of the War Memorial Committee, to include the keeping of suitable data on persons serving in combat zones since the Korean conflict.
1968
VOTED to organize and establish the Belchertown Housing Authority under the provisions of MGL c. 121, § 26K and acts in amendments thereof and in addition thereto.
1968
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a five-member committee to investigate the sewer and water facilities in South Belchertown.
1969
VOTED to join the Lower Pioneer Valley Regional Planning District.
1970
VOTED to take no action on establishment of Citizens' Caucus, as provided under MGL c. 53, § 121.
1971
VOTED no action on MGL c. 41, § 97.
1971
VOTED to establish nonpartisan caucus (see General Law acceptance).
1972
VOTED to establish Police Department under strong-chief provision.
1972
VOTED to accept bylaw on conduct of town caucuses.
1972
VOTED to establish a Master Plan.
VOTED to establish a Master Plan Advisory Committee.
VOTED to establish a Select Committee on Goals.
1972
VOTED to accept a moratorium bylaw on mobile home construction.
1974
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to institute a forestry management plan in the sanitary landfill area. Sale of wood to third parties was authorized, the proceeds to go to the town treasury.
1975
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to submit the necessary procedural documentation which will qualify the town for eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program.
1976
VOTED to accept Personnel Bylaw.
1977
VOTED to authorize the Board of Health of the Town of Belchertown to join the Quaboag Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., as a full-fledged member.
1978
VOTED to authorize a survey of needs to provide more low-rent elderly housing, under Chapter 667 of the Acts of 1954.
1978
VOTED to change the term of the Tree Warden from one year to three years, to begin in 1979.
1979
VOTED to establish a committee of five (to review and revise the town bylaws).
1979
VOTED that any person or firm engaging services of Tree Warden and Moth Superintendent in their official capacity to pay for such services at $6.50 an hour, in accordance with MGL c. 44, § 53C.
1980
VOTED to establish a committee on the adequacy of the present form of town government.
1980
VOTED to raise salary of Chairman of Board of Selectmen to $10,000 (for the ensuing year).
1980
VOTED to exceed the levy limit established by Chapter 151 of the Acts of 1979.
1981
VOTED to establish an Energy Resources Commission, as provided under MGL c. 40, § 81.
1981
VOTED to adopt executive secretary bylaw.
1981
VOTED to establish a Personnel Board.
1981
VOTED to amend bylaws to provide for appointment of Finance Committee by Moderator. (Hitherto, Committee had been appointed by Selectmen.)
1982
VOTED an appropriation to institute a capital improvement and budgeting program.
1982
VOTED to direct the Selectmen to petition for a special act "providing for the establishment and administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in mobile home park accommodations in the Town of Belchertown."
1983
VOTED to limit the number of flower pots and/or arrangements at each grave site to two.
1983
VOTED to adopt mobile home bylaw.
1983
VOTED to authorize the town to borrow moneys under the provisions of Chapter 645 of the Acts of 1948, as amended, for the construction of a new middle school and municipal swimming pool.
1984
VOTED to adopt the aquifer protection district amendments to Zoning Bylaw.
1984
VOTED to take no action on the five-year open-space plan, submitted by Conservation Commission.
1985
VOTED to adopt "A Compendium of the Bylaws, Special Acts and General Law Acceptances of the Town of Belchertown," as prepared for the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Belchertown by David A. Booth Research Associates of Amherst, Massachusetts.
1987
VOTED to implement a newly organized Belchertown Emergency Ambulance Service. (Art. 12)
1988
VOTED to increase the cost of a cemetery grave. (Art. 12)
1989
VOTED to adopt a new fee schedule for Town Clerk's fees in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 262, § 34, cls. 1 to 79. (Art. 15)
1991
VOTED to establish a Landfill Enterprise Fund pursuant to MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2, as amended. (Art. 16)
1992
VOTED to establish a revolving fund for the transportation of pupils in grades 7 to 12. (Art. 21)
1992
VOTED to approve the solid waste management plan of the Eastern Hampshire Regional Refuse District. (Art. 22)
1993
VOTED to petition the General Court for special acts to provide for the appointment of the Town Clerk and Treasurer. (Arts. 8 and 9)
1993
VOTED to withdraw from the Eastern Hampshire Regional Refuse District. (Art. 27)
1994
VOTED to establish a new elementary school. (Art. 1)
1995
New optical scan voting system (LHS Association); first machines; see 6-28-1982 Art. 8. (Art. 2)
1995
VOTED to increase the cost of a cemetery grave. (Art. 9)
1995
VOTED to purchase parcel of land at the corner of Maple and Main Streets. (Art. 14)
1995
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into an agreement with the Water District for use of Daigle Well Supply and Pumping Facilities. (Art. 25)
1997
VOTED to accept the User Charge System for Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sanitary Sewer Extensions. (Art. 7)
1997
VOTED to construct sewer facilities for Pine Valley Plantation. (Art. 8)
1997
VOTED to allow the Moderator of a Town Meeting to take all votes requiring a two-thirds majority in the same manner in which a vote is taken when a majority vote is required. (5-12-1997 ATM, Art. 16)
1997
VOTED to appropriate $10,000 to codify the town bylaws. (Art. 22)
1997
VOTED to upgrade and expand the wastewater treatment facility. (Art. 27)
1998
VOTED to transfer part of the fire station to the Board of Selectmen to sell to the Belchertown Firefighters Association for $1. (Art. 1)
1998
VOTED to acquire land near Hamilton Road Sanitary Landfill from W. and J. Tolpa. (Art. 2)
1998
VOTED to elect rather than appoint the Town Clerk. (Art. 19)
1998
VOTED to allow the leave of town owned property. (Art. 29)
1998
VOTED that Town Meetings may be held outside of town. (Art. 33)
1998
VOTED to accept and approve the codification of the bylaws of the Town of Belchertown. (Art. 4)
1999
VOTED on new high school. (Art. 2)
1999
VOTED on collection of R.E. taxes on new structures built between January 2 and June 30. (Art. 20)
1999
VOTED on reconsideration of articles at Town Meeting. (Art. 23)
1999
VOTED to amend bylaws by adding Brownfields Tax Abatement Agreements. (Art. 5)
1999
VOTED to acquire Topping Farm property for conservation use. (Art. 11)
2000
VOTED to give the Board of Selectmen certain authority over easements. (Art. 17)
2000
VOTED to give the Board of Selectmen certain authority over land acquisitions. (Art. 22)
2000
VOTED to extend the town's sewerage system along Springfield Road and throughout Pine Valley Plantation. (Art. 8)
2001
VOTED to establish rules and regulations for Town cemeteries. (See Ch. 208, Cemeteries.) (2-12-2007, Art. 27)
2001
VOTED to expand the membership of the Parks and Recreation Committee from 5 to 7 members. (2-12-2001 STM, Art. 28)
2001
VOTED to appropriate funds to pay for the cost of extending public sanitary sewer service to the Tri-Lakes area. (5-14-2001 ATM, Art. 16)
2001
VOTED to establish a yearly ambulance subscription fee program. (5-14-2001 ATM, Art. 31)
2001
VOTED to acquire the Reed Property. (5-14-2001 STM, Art. 16)
2002
VOTED to amend Art. 17 of 5-8-2000 ATM to authorize Board of Selectmen to accept gifts of land and easements with certain provisions (5-13-2002 ATM, Art. 17)
2002
VOTED to allow the appointment of Inspector of Buildings, Building Commissioner or local inspector so employed by the Town to be appointed for a minimum term of three years. (5-13-2002 ATM, Art. 20)
2002
VOTED to amend the vote taken under Article 16 of the May 14, 2001 Special Town Meeting, the acquisition of the Reed Property, by inserting the following language after the word "domain" in the first line of the vote: "a fee simple interest, subject to a perpetual conservation restriction held by the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission and to accept donations toward this purchase." (1-28-2002 STM, Art. 5)
2002
VOTED to transfer the care, custody, management and control of land owned by the Town from the inhabitants to the Board of Selectmen for the purpose of conveyance and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell said land to the Mill Valley Corp. in exchange for the conveyance of land of the Mill Valley Corp. to the Town (5-13-2002 ATM, Art. 19)
2002
VOTED to designate property of National Fiber, a division of MacGregor Bay Corporation, as an Economic Opportunity Area (5-12-2003 ATM, Art. 22)
2002
VOTED to designate property of Universal Forest Products, Inc. as an Economic Opportunity Area (5-12-2003 ATM, Art. 24)
2003
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept deeds in lieu of foreclosure on parcels known as "Clearwater Ridge, Barton Avenue, Belchertown" (12-2-2003 STM, Art. 21)
2003
VOTED to enact a temporary tax amnesty program (12-2-2003 STM, Art. 22)
2004
VOTED to establish a Recreation Commission (5-10-2004 ATM, Art. 30)
2005
VOTED to approve a Tax Incremental Finance Agreement for MJK Group, LLC, and designate their expansion a "certified project" (1-18-2005 STM, Art. 5)
2005
VOTED to change the Town Moderator's term from one year to three years (1-18-2005 STM, Art. 6)
2005
VOTED to purchase the Topping Farm (1-18-2005 STM, Art. 10)
2005
VOTED to appropriate money for the purpose of acquiring by purchase property located at Lot 6, Jensen Road, Belchertown (5-9-2005 STM, Art. 18)
2005
VOTED to approve the preliminary design for the Clapp Memorial Library Renovation and Expansion Project and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend state grants (5-9-2005 ATM, Art. 3)
2005
VOTED to establish an Agricultural Commission (12-5-2005 STM, Art. 7)
2006
VOTED to appropriate money for the replacement of the BSS/Jackson Street Sewer Interceptor and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor (5-8-2006 ATM, Art. 24)
2006
VOTED to borrow money for the purpose of acquiring the property located at 10 Everett Avenue (5-8-2006 ATM, Art. 28)
2006
VOTED to discontinue Moore Road. (5-8-2006 ATM, Art. 29)
2006
VOTED to continue membership in the Hampshire Council of Governments for fiscal year 2007 through fiscal year 2010 with 75% reduction in annual dues. (5-8-2006 ATM, Art. 31)
2006
VOTED to designate as an invested revenue development district to be eligible for district improvement financing the land known as “Proposed Belchertown Town Center & Resort Invested Revenue District” (10-4-2006 STM, Art. 2)
2007
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire property now or formerly owned by The Kestrel Trust (1-22-2007 STM, Art. 1)
2007
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire a parcel of land on Emily Lane now or formerly owned by Partyka Partners Limited Partnership (1-22-2007 STM, Art. 2)
2007
VOTED to accept a section of Barton Avenue (5-14-2007 ATM, Art. 27)
2007
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for special legislation authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management to convey to the Town a sewer easement (5-14-2007 ATM, Art. 28)
2008
VOTED to appropriate money and to authorize the Conservation Commission, with Board of Selectmen approval, to acquire property formerly owned by Trexlar Topping (1-14-2008 STM, Art. 1)
2008
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell any properties acquired by the Town through a deed in lieu of foreclosure (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 13)
2008
VOTED to amend the personal property value to $3,000 (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 14)
2008
VOTED to accept Emily Lane (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 21)
2008
VOTED to accept Pheasant Run (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 22)
2008
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to designate the board or officer to issue permits for creating a trench (5-12-2008 ATM, Art. 23)
2009
VOTED to accept the amended Economic Development & Industrial Corporation’s Economic Development Plan. (5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 19)
2009
VOTED to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire land or rights in land parcels for the purpose of obtaining a secure and public right-of-way to allow for construction and roadway safety improvements. (5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 24)
2009
VOTED to accept Whitlock Way and Berkshire Avenue. (5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 25)
2010
VOTED, pursuant to MGL c. 64L, §2, to impose a local sales tax upon the sale of restaurant meals originating within the Town by a vendor at a rate of .75% of the gross receipts of the vendor from the sale of restaurant meals. (5-10-2010 ATM, Art. 13)
2010
VOTED to approve a Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) Agreement for Bridge Street Enterprises, LLC, 35 Bridge Street, Belchertown, MA, and designate their expansion at that location a “certified project.” (5-10-2010 ATM, Art. 23)
2012
VOTED to appropriate $1,250,000 to pay costs of designing, constructing, purchasing materials, supplies, and related costs of developing a roadway from a point known as STA. 8 + 50 on Business Technology Drive East to an approximate point to be determined or to be established as STA. 17 + 50 on Business Technology Drive East. (5-14-2012 ATM, Art. 12)
2013
VOTED to repeal the establishment of a Recreation Commission which took place at the Annual Town Meeting of May 10, 2004, Article 30, and to further reestablish the Parks and Recreation Committee, as voted at a Special Town Meeting on March 6, 1967, Article 20, and amended by a vote at a Special Town Meeting on February 12, 2001, Article 28, which increased the Committee’s membership from five members to seven members. Upon passage of this, all current Recreation Commission members’ terms will expire June 30, 2013. The Board of Selectmen, acting as appointing authority, shall appoint seven members to the newly constituted Recreation Committee for terms beginning July 1, 2013, for three year terms with the exception of the first membership appointment which will be for terms expiring June 30 but so arranged that expiration dates will be staggered: two members for a one year term (2014), three members for two year terms (2015), and two members for three year terms (2016). (5-13-2013 ATM, Art. 15)
2013
VOTED to approve and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sign an Agreement for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) pursuant to MGL c. 59, § 38H(b), or any other enabling authority, for the anticipated annual sum of $13,400 per megawatt, more or less, escalating by 2% each year, and for a term of up to 25 years for personal property taxes relating to a solar renewable energy facility of approximately 1.532 megawatts, more or less, to be installed on land located at Ware Road, and shown on Assessors Map 244, Parcel 156.281. (5-13-2013 STM, Art. 1)