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					                              The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MIDDLESEX SS.

To either of the Constables of the Town of Townsend in the County of Middlesex. GREETINGS:


IN THE NAME OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, you are hereby directed to


Notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town, qualified to vote in elections and in Town affairs, to


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meet at the MEMORIAL HALL, 272 MAIN STREET for the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING in


said TOWNSEND on TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007, next at 7:00 O’CLOCK in the EVENING for

then and there to act on the following articles:

ARTICLE 1:
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint all Town Officers unless
other provisions are made by M.G.L., by Town Charter, or by vote of the Town, or take any other action
in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Town Clerk

ARTICLE 2:
To see if the Town will vote to hear reports of any Committees, Boards, Commissions, etc., or take any
other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen

ARTICLE 3:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Comcast Government Access Account
the sum of $14,000.00 to supplement the FY 08 Management Information Systems (Computer) Expense
Account, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen

ARTICLE 4:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Ambulance Receipts Reserved for
Appropriation Account the sum of $250,000.00 to supplement the FY 08 Fire/EMS Department
operating budget, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Fire/EMS Department




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ARTICLE 5:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the West Townsend Reading Room
Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Account the sum of $6,206.00 to supplement the FY 08 West
Townsend Reading Room Expense Account, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        West Townsend Reading Room Committee

ARTICLE 6:
To see if the Town will vote to continue the Board of Health Revolving Account in accordance with
M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 53E½, to which will be credited revenues collected from recyclable items,
which shall be expended for general operating cost and capital expenditures for the FY 08 Recycling
Center operating budget, FY 08 Landfill operating Budget, and the FY 08 Curbside Pickup & Disposal
operating budget to be authorized by the Board of Health, of which expenditures shall not exceed
$30,000.00, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        Board of Health

ARTICLE 7:
To see if the Town will vote to continue the Recreation   Revolving Account in accordance with M.G.L.
Chapter 44, Section 53E½, to which will be credited       revenues collected from recreation programs,
which shall be expended for general operating cost and    capital expenditures for recreation programs to
be authorized by the Recreation Commission, of which      expenditures shall not exceed $_______ in FY
08, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        Recreation Commissioners

ARTICLE 8:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer from the Cemetery Sale of Lot Fund the amount
of $_______ into the Cemetery Improvement Fund, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        Cemetery & Parks Commissioners

ARTICLE 9:
 To see if the Town will vote to continue the Cemetery Cost of Internment Revolving Account in
accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 53E½, to which will be credited revenues collected from
burials, which shall be used for general operating cost and capital expenditures for the Cemetery
Department to be authorized by the Cemetery and Parks Commissioners, of which expenditures shall not
exceed $20,000.00, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        Cemetery & Parks Commissioners

ARTICLE 10:
To see if the Town will vote to choose a committee of three (3) West Townsend Village residents to
serve as members of the James H. Tucker Fund in accordance with the bequest, for the sole purpose to
keep the curbing, grave stones, and monuments in good order, or take any other action in relation
thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:        Cemetery & Parks Commissioners




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ARTICLE 11:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer $18,171.00 from the Title V FB Receipts
Reserved for Appropriation Account to the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT)
Debt Service Account for the purpose of paying back the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement
Trust Septic Loan, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Treasurer

ARTICLE 12:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds in the
treasury the sum of $6,000.00 for the purpose of funding the Assessors' Periodic Inspection and Property
Verification Program as mandated by the Department of Revenue, Bureau of Local Assessments, or take
any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY: Board of Assessors

ARTICLE 13:
To see if the Town will vote to raise or appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds the sum of
$_________ for the purpose of funding a cost-of-living adjustment and/or any other pay adjustment for
non-union employees not otherwise receiving a pay adjustment, or take any other action thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen

ARTICLE 14:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds in the
treasury, such sums that may be necessary to defray the charges and expenses of the Town for the
ensuing fiscal year pursuant to a detailed budget totaling $___________, or take any other action in
relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen & Finance Committee

ARTICLE 15:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $________ to supplement the
appropriation made under Article 14 for the North Middlesex Regional School District budget, with said
appropriation contingent upon the passage of a Proposition two and one-half override vote pursuant to
the provisions of Section 21C of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws at a special election to
be held no later than ninety (90) days after the date of appropriation, or take any other action in relation
thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen & Finance Committee

ARTICLE 16:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $_________ to operate the Water Department for
the ensuing fiscal year and that $_________of this sum come from enterprise revenues and, in order to
fund the cost of intermunicipal expenses, that $_________of this sum be appropriated in the general fund
and funded from enterprise revenues, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Water Department & Finance Committee




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ARTICLE 17:
To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries and compensation of all elected Officers of the Town as
provided by M.G.L. Section 108, Chapter 41, as amended, and as appropriated in this warrant, or take
any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:         Board of Selectmen & Finance Committee

ARTICLE 18:
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or transfer from available funds in the
treasury, the sum of $130,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing and equipping a 6 wheel dump/plow
truck, with said appropriation having been passed as a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion referendum
question pursuant to the provisions of Section 21C of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws at
the Annual Town Election of April 23, 2007, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:         Highway Department

ARTICLE 19:
To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $______ from the appropriations made for the design
and installation of a final cap over the Town’s existing landfill under Article 25 of the May 2, 2000,
Annual Town Meeting and Article 3 of the October 1, 2003, Special Town Meeting, for the upgrade of
the Recycling Center and the acquisition by purchase or taking of all or any portion of the land and other
assets of the Witch’s Brook Water Company, a description of which land is on file with the Town Clerk,
including all costs incidental or related thereto, or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:         Board of Health

ARTICLE 20:
To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 1-1 of the Town Bylaws by inserting a new subsection E,
Dogs – Section 28-5, which shall provide as follows:

       (1)     Enforcing Officers
               (a) Townsend Police
               (b) Animal Control Officer
               (c) Dog Officer

       (2)     Fine Schedule
               (a) Each offense - $25.00

SUBMITTED BY:         Board of Selectmen




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ARTICLE 21:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the General By-Laws of the Town of Townsend by adding a new
section entitled “Right to Farm By-Law”:

   Section 1 Legislative Purpose and Intent
   The purpose and intent of this By-law is to state with emphasis the Right to Farm accorded to all
   citizens of the Commonwealth under Article 97, of the Constitution, and all state statutes and
   regulations thereunder including but not limited to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A,
   Section 3, Paragraph I; Chapter 90, Section 9, Chapter III, Section 125A and Chapter 128 Section
   IA. We the citizens of Townsend restate and republish these rights pursuant to the Town's authority
   conferred by Article 89 of the Articles of Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution, ("Home
   Rule Amendment").

   This General By-law encourages the pursuit of agriculture, promotes agriculture-based economic
   opportunities, and protects farmlands within the Town of Townsend by allowing agricultural uses
   and related activities to function with minimal conflict with abutters and Town agencies. This By-
   law shall apply to all jurisdictional areas within the Town.

   Section 2 Definitions
   The word "farm" shall include any parcel or contiguous parcels of land, or water bodies used for the
   primary purpose of commercial agriculture, or accessory thereto.

   The words "farming" or "agriculture" or their derivatives shall include, but not be limited to the
   following:
   • farming in all its branches and the cultivation and tillage of the soil;
   • dairying;
   • production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any agricultural, aquacultural, floricultural,
       viticultural, or horticultural commodities;
   • growing and harvesting of forest products upon forest land, and any other forestry or lumbering
       operations;
   • raising of livestock including horses;
   • keeping of horses as a commercial enterprise; and
   • keeping and raising of poultry, swine, cattle, ratites (such as emus, ostriches and rheas) and
       camelids (such as llamas and camels), and other domesticated animals for food and other
       agricultural purposes, including bees and fur-bearing animals.

   "Farming" shall encompass activities including, but not limited to, the following:
   • operation and transportation of slow-moving farm equipment over roads within the Town;
      control of pests, including, but not limited to, insects, weeds, predators and disease organism of
      plants and animals;
   • application of manure, fertilizers and pesticides;
   • conducting agriculture-related educational and farm-based recreational activities, including agri-
      tourism, provided that the activities are related to marketing the agricultural output or services of
      the farm;
   • processing and packaging of the agricultural output of the farm and the operation of a farmer's
      market or farm stand including signage thereto;
   • maintenance, repair, or storage of seasonal equipment, or apparatus owned or leased by the farm
      owner or manager used expressly for the purpose of propagation, processing, management, or
      sale of the agricultural products; and
   • on-farm relocation of earth and the clearing of ground for farming operations.

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   Section 3 Right To Farm Declaration
   The Right to Farm is hereby recognized to exist within the Town of Townsend. The above-described
   agricultural activities may occur on holidays, weekdays, and weekends by night or day and shall
   include the attendant incidental noise, odors, dust, and fumes associated with normally accepted
   agricultural practices. It is hereby determined that whatever impact may be caused to others through
   the normal practice of agriculture is more than offset by the benefits of farming to the neighborhood,
   community, and society in general. The benefits and protections of this By-law are intended to apply
   exclusively to those commercial agricultural and farming operations and activities conducted in
   accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices. Moreover, nothing in this Right To Farm
   By-law shall be deemed as acquiring any interest in land, or as imposing any land use regulation,
   which is properly the subject of state statute, regulation, or local zoning law.

   Section 4 Disclosure Notification
   A copy of the following disclosure notification shall be posted by the Town to residents and property
   owners each fiscal year in one or more of the following forms: official town website, library, annual
   report, or by mail in the town census.

       “It is the policy of the Town of Townsend to conserve, protect and encourage the maintenance
       and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food, and other agricultural products,
       an also for its natural and ecological value. This disclosure notification is to inform property
       owners that their property lies within a town where farming activities occur. Such farming
       activities may include, but are not limited to, activities that cause noise, dust and odors. Owners,
       buyers or occupants are also informed that the location of property within the Town may be
       impacted by commercial agricultural operations including the ability to access water services for
       such property under certain circumstances.”

   Section 5. Resolution of Disputes
   Any person having a complaint about a farm or farming activity or practice is encouraged to seek an
   amicable solution through resolution directly with the owner or operator of the farm at issue. Such
   person may also, notwithstanding the pursuit of other available remedies, file such complaint with
   the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen may, at its sole discretion and to the extent the
   Board believes resolution of the matter may be facilitated by involvement of the Town, forward the
   complaint to the Agricultural Commission, if such Commission is ever created by the Town, or other
   appropriate board or officer, and request that recommendations for resolution be provided within an
   agreed upon timeframe. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, however, the Board of
   Selectmen shall not be required to forward a complaint filed with the Board in accordance with this
   section or to take any other action whatsoever with regard thereto.

   Section 6 Severability Clause
   If any part of this By-law is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall
   not affect the remainder of this By-law. The Town of Townsend hereby declares the provisions of
   this By-law to be severable.

or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:          Board of Selectmen




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ARTICLE 22:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the vote taken under Article 25 of the May 2, 2006, Annual Town
Meeting appropriating $10,000 for COA Senior Center Building-Design to authorize such sum to also
be expended for the development of a Master Plan for the Town-owned Atwood Acres parcel, or take
any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:            Council on Aging

ARTICLE 23:
To see if the Town will vote to rename that section of Old City Road joining New Fitchburg Road
and Vinton Pond Road to Wares Road in commemoration of the family living there in revolutionary
times who sent three sons to the war, or take any action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:            Board of Selectmen

ARTICLE 24:
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Zoning Map to Enlarge the Outlying Commercial
District Zone from 30 Main Street (Map 33, Block 59, Lot 0) to include Adjacent Properties located 32
Main ST, (Map 33, Block 60, Lot 0), 34 Main St. (Map 33, Block 61, Lot 0), 36 Main St (Map 33,
Block 62, Lot 0) and 38 Main St. (Map 33, Block 63, Lot 0) as shown on an attached copy of assessors
Map 33 or take any other action in relation thereto.

SUBMITTED BY:            Petition

ARTICLE 25:
To see if the Town will vote to change zoning by-law, section 145-27. B. DCD permitted uses,
by adding thereto;

(8) Storage and parking of goods and equipment

and to change zoning by-law, section 145-27. C. DCD uses allowed by special permit from the Board of
Appeals (see Article XI)

by deleting therefrom;

(4) storage and parking of goods and equipment

and by renumbering section 145-27. C.(5) to 145-27. C.(4)

Sections 145-27. B and 145-27.C presently read as follows:

145-27. Downtown Commercial District (DCD). [Added 1-17-1989 STM by Art. 30]

B. DCD permitted uses:

(1) All municipal purposes, including the administration of government, fire, and police stations.

(2) Educational and religious uses.

(3) Detached single (one) family dwellings.

(4) Retail sale and rental of goods, merchandise and equipment.
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(5) Office, clerical, professional, research, and services not primarily related to goods or merchandise
    [Amended 12-16-2003 STM by Art. I].

(6) Restaurants, or other places serving food or beverage.

(7) Such accessory uses as are customarily incidental to any of the above uses.

C. DCD uses allowed by special permit from the Board of Appeals (see Article XI):


(1)`Bed and breakfast.

(2) One to six dwelling units within a structure existing on the lot or for which a building permit has
    been issued as of January 1989, provided sufficient off-street parking is available on site.

(3)`Mixed use (residential/commercial).

(4) Storage and parking of goods and equipment.

(5) Sales facility for boats, camper-trailers, farm equipment or construction equipment.
    [Amended 5-7-2002 STM by Art. 18].

Sections 145-27B and 145-27C, if amended, will read as follows:

145-27. Downtown Commercial District (DCD). [Added 1-17-1989 STM by Art. 30]

B. DCD permitted uses:

(1) All municipal purposes, including the administration of government, fire, and police stations.

(2) Educational and religious uses.

(3) Detached single (one) family dwellings.

(4) Retail sale and rental of goods, merchandise and equipment.

(5) Office, clerical, professional, research, and services not primarily related to goods or merchandise
    [Amended 12-16-2003 STM by Art. 1].

(6) Restaurants, or other places serving food or beverage.

(7) Such accessory uses as are customarily incidental to any of the above uses.

(8) Storage and parking of goods and equipment

C. DCD uses allowed by special permit from the Board of Appeals (see Article XI):

(1) Bed and breakfast.

(2) One to six dwelling units within a structure existing on the lot or for which a building permit has
    been issued as of January 1989, provided sufficient off-street parking is available on site.
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(3) Mixed use (residential/commercial).

(4) Sales facility for boats, camper-trailers, farm equipment or construction equipment. [Amended 5-7-
      2002 STM by Art. 18].
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 (This amendment, if approved, will allow the storage and parking of goods and equipment as of
right in the downtown commercial district.)

SUBMITTED BY:           Petition




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And you are directed to serve this Warrant, by posting up attested copies thereof at MEMORIAL
HALL, 272 MAIN STREET at the Center, WEST TOWNSEND FIRE STATION, 460 MAIN
STREET in West Townsend, THE POLICE/COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, 70 BROOKLINE
ROAD and NORTH MIDDLESEX REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, 19 MAIN STREET in said
Town, SEVEN (7) days at least before the time of holding said meeting.



      HEREOF FAIL NOT, and make due return of this Warrant, with your doings thereon, to the
Town Clerk, at the time and place of the meeting, as aforesaid.

       Given under our hands this ____day of APRIL in the year TWO THOUSAND SEVEN.


                                 SELECTMEN OF TOWNSEND


                            _____________________________________
                                   Robert Plamondon, Chairman


                            ______________________________________
                                Maureen A. Denig, Vice Chairman


                           ______________________________________
                                    David R. Chenelle, Clerk




A true copy. ATTEST:


_____________________________ CONSTABLE




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MIDDLESEX, SS.


PURSUANT TO THE WITHIN WARRANT, I have notified and warned the inhabitants
of the Town of TOWNSEND by posting up attested copies of the same at: MEMORIAL
HALL, 272 MAIN STREET AT THE CENTER, THE WEST TOWNSEND FIRE
STATION,       460 MAIN     STREET       IN     WEST        TOWNSEND,      THE
POLICE/COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, 70 BROOKLINE ROAD and NORTH
MIDDLESEX REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, 19 MAIN STREET AT LEAST SEVEN
(7) DAYS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING, AS WITHIN DIRECTED.

                                                        Constable of TOWNSEND


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       SIGNATURE


 LOCATION                         TIME          MONTH           DAY            YEAR

 MEMORIAL HALL                   ___________    ____________    ___________    ______


WEST TOWNSEND FIRE STATION      ___________    ____________    ___________    _______


NORTH MIDDLESEX REGIONAL
HIGH SCHOOL                     ___________    ____________    ___________    _______


POLICE/COMMUNICATIONS CENTER     ___________    ____________    ___________    ______




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