A Message from our Town Moderator: Guidance for a Fair and Orderly Town Meeting
TOWN OF CANTON
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - OCTOBER 26, 2016
REFERENDUM - NOVEMBER 8, 2016
A special town meeting of the electors and citizens qualified to vote in town meetings of the Town of Canton, Connecticut, will be held at the Canton High School Auditorium, 76 Simonds Avenue, in Canton, Connecticut, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for the following purposes:
1. To consider a resolution,
(a) to appropriate $3,825,000 for costs in connection with the design, construction and equipping of a new Canton Public Works Facility to be located on the site of the current facility at 50 Old River Road in Canton, and related work, improvements, equipment and appurtenances, including but not limited to demolition of portions of the existing facilities on the site, rebuilding and lowering the adjacent ball field to provide flood plain mitigation offsetting fill in connection with the construction project and, to the extent of available funds, site access improvement including but not limited to modification of Old River Road to its intersection with State Route 179 to provide an independent bicycle/walking path; and for costs related to the financing thereof. It is contemplated that the project will be completed substantially in accordance with the Concept Design drawings prepared by Svigals+Partners (building and salt storage shed) and by Fuss & O’Neill (improvements) designated, respectively, “Town of Canton Public Works Facility, Concept Design, Svigals Project Number: 1633.00, Issue Date: 08/09/2016” and “Public Works Facility, Canton, CT., Schematic Site Plan, 8/10/2016,” copies of which are on file in the office of the Canton Town Clerk. The appropriation may be spent for design and construction costs, demolition and site improvements, appurtenances, equipment, materials, testing and inspection costs, surveying, engineering and other consultant fees, legal fees, net temporary interest and other financing costs, and other expenses related to the project or its financing. Subject to final approval of the Board of Selectmen, the Permanent Municipal Building Committee shall determine the scope and particulars of the project, and may reduce or modify the scope of the project, including the deletion of components thereof; and the entire appropriation may be spent on the reduced or modified project;
(b) to authorize the issue of bonds or notes of the Town in an amount not to exceed $3,825,000 to finance the appropriation for the project, and to authorize the issue of temporary notes of the Town in an amount not to exceed $3,825,000 in anticipation of such bonds or notes and the receipt of grants; to authorize the First Selectman and the Treasurer of the Town to determine the amounts, dates, interest rates, maturities, redemption provisions, form and other details of the bonds or notes and temporary notes, and to perform all other acts which are necessary or appropriate to issue the bonds or notes and temporary notes; to take such action to allow temporary advances of available funds which the Town reasonably expects will be reimbursed from the proceeds of borrowings; and to authorize the First Selectman and the Treasurer to bind the Town pursuant to such representations and covenants as they deem necessary or advisable in order to maintain the continued exemption from federal income taxation of interest on the bonds or notes and temporary notes authorized by the resolution if issued on a tax-exempt basis, including covenants to pay rebates of investment earnings to the United States in future years and to make representations and enter into written agreements for the benefit of holders of the bonds or notes to provide secondary market disclosure information, which agreements may include such terms as they deem advisable or appropriate in order to comply with applicable laws or rules pertaining to the sale or purchase of such bonds or notes and temporary notes; and
(c) to authorize the Board of Selectmen, the First Selectman, the Treasurer, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, and other proper officers and officials of the Town to take all other action which is necessary or desirable to construct and complete the project and to issue bonds, notes or temporary notes to finance the aforesaid appropriation.
2. Pursuant to Sections 7-7, 9-369 and 9-369d of the General Statutes to adjourn said town meeting at its conclusion and to submit the resolution to be presented under item 1 of this Notice to referendum vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M., in conjunction with the election to be held on that date. Application for absentee ballots should be made to the Town Clerk’s office. Electors shall vote on the question at the following polling place: Cafeteria Room, Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, Connecticut. Persons qualified to vote in town meetings who are not electors shall vote on the question at the following polling place: Room #208, Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, Connecticut.
The aforesaid resolution will be placed on the ballots under the following heading:
“SHALL THE TOWN OF CANTON APPROPRIATE $3,825,000 FOR DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF A NEW CANTON PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY TO BE LOCATED ON THE SITE OF THE CURRENT FACILITY AT 50 OLD RIVER ROAD IN CANTON; AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUE OF BONDS AND NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE THE APPROPRIATION?”
Voters approving the resolution will vote “Yes” and those opposing the resolution will vote “No.”
THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION TO BE PRESENTED UNDER ITEM 1 OF THIS NOTICE IS ON FILE AND AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS.
Dated at Canton, Connecticut, this 14th day of October, 2016.
Board of Selectmen