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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Board of Selectmen shall establish and appoint a committee to be known as the
Capital Improvement Planning Committee, composed of one member or representative
each from the board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, the planning Board, the Board
of Assessors. The Town Treasurer and the Town Accountant shall be ex-officio
members. The Board of Selectmen shall also appoint two at-large members to the
committee, to increase the total voting members to seven. The Committee shall
choose its own officers, determine the length of terms and procedure for filling vacancies.
The Committee shall study proposed capital outlays, projects, and improvements
involving major non-recurring tangible assets and projects which; 1) are purchased or
undertaken at intervals of not less than five years; 2) have a useful life of at least five
years; 3) cost over $25,000. All officers, boards and committees, including the selectmen
and the School Committee shall, by a date to be set by the Committee, each year give to
the Committee on forms prepared by it, information concerning all anticipated project
requiring Town Meeting action during the ensuing six years. The committee shall
consider the relative need, impact, timing and cost of these expenditures and the effect
each will have on the financial position of the Town. No appropriation shall be voted for
the capital improvement requested by a department, board, or commission unless the
proposed capital improvement is considered in the Committee’s report, or the Committee
shall first have submitted a report to the Board of Selectmen explaining the omission.
The committee shall prepare an annual report recommending a Capital Improvement
Budget for the next fiscal year and a Capital Improvement Program including
recommended capital improvements for the following five years. The report shall be
submitted to the Board of Selectmen for its consideration and approval. The Board of
selectmen shall submit the approved Capital Budget to the Annual Town Meeting for
adoption by the town.
Such Capital Improvement Program, after adoption, shall permit the expenditure on
projects included therein of sums from departmental budgets for surveys, architectural or
engineering advice, options or appraisals; but no such expenditure shall be incurred on
projects which have not been approved by the town through the appropriation of sums in
the current year or in prior years, or for preliminary planning for projects to be
undertaken more than five years in the future.
Notes on approvals and amendments:
The Committee’s report and the Selectmen’s recommended Capital Budget shall be
published and made available in a manner consistent with the distribution of the Finance
Committee’s report. The Committee shall deposit its original report with the Town
The Committee may amend, add to, or delete from any Capital Budget recommendation
previously adopted by the Town, if it finds reasonable cause why such information was
not submitted for consideration at the Annual Town Meeting, and must be acted upon
before the next Annual Town Meeting. Any such amendment, addition or deletion must
be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for its consideration and approval and reported to
the next Special Town Meeting for adoption.
- STM 1st December 1987 – Book 4 pg. 663
- Approved again by the Attorney General January 31, 1995
- Second bold sentence in Section 1 added/approved at 6/5/2007 STM.
- Bold amount in Section 2 changed from $10,000 at4/13/2010 ATM
- First bold sentence in Section 1 changed from “The Town Treasurer shall also be
a committee member; the Town Accountant shall be an ex-officio committee staff
member without the right to vote.” at 4/8/2014 ATM
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Capital Improvements Planning Committee by-law by replacing the following existing sentence in Section 1: "The Town Treasurer shall also be a committee member, the Town Accountant shall be an ex-officio committee staff member without the right to vote." in its entirety with the following revised sentence: "The Town Treasurer and the Town Accountant shall be ex-officio committee members."
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