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APR- -2009 



ANNUAL REPORT 

of the 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
of the FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 

of the 

TOWN OF COHASSET 

Reports of the School Committee 

and the 
Reports of Other Town Officers 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING 
December 31, 2008 



Paul Pratt Memorial Library 

35 Ripley Road 

Cohasset, MA 02025 






TOWN OF COHASSET 

Incorporated 1770 

Population January 2008 — 7,617 

President of the United States of America 
George W. Bush 

Massachusetts Senators 

Edward M. Kennedy 

John F. Kerry 

Tenth Congressional District 
Representative William D. Delahunt 

Norfolk and Plymouth Senatorial District 
Senator Robert L. Hedlund 

Third Plymouth Representational District 
Representative Garrett Bradley 

Annual Town Meeting 
Date Set by Board of Selectmen 

Election of Officers 
Within 35 days of the Annual Town Meeting 



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• -2009 



IN MEMORIAM 

Betty Lou Pearce - February 15, 2008 
Election Worker 

Ariene E. Orr - March 5, 2008 
Assistant Treasurer 

Janet L Figueiredo - March 16, 2008 
School Bus Driver 

Helen W. King - March 21, 2008 
Election Worker 

Katherine F. Stanton - May 3, 2008 

School Committee 

Council on Elder Affairs 

Library Volunteer 

Volunteer for Joseph Osgood School 

Jean J. Thompson - June 3, 2008 

School Nurse 

Council on Elder Affairs 

Election Worker 

William T. Litchfield - August 22, 2008 
Firefighter 

Frank Allan MacDonald - September 8, 2008 

School Teacher 

Recycling Committee 

Mary Jane McArthur - September 21, 2008 

School Teacher 

Selectmen 

Advisory Committee 

Conservation Commission 

Historical Commission 

Cohasset Historical Society 

Government Island Study Committee 

Director - Cohasset Bicentennial 

Peter C. Murray - October 14, 2008 
School Teacher 



ELECTED OFFICIALS - TOWN OF COHASSET 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN - 3 YEAR TERM TERM EXPIRES 

Edwin G. Carr 2009 

Ralph Dormitzer 2010 

Paul E. Carlson 2010 

Frederick Koed 2011 

Karen M. Quigley 2011 

MODERATOR - 3 YEAR TERM 

Daniel S. Evans 2011 
TOWN CLERK - 3 YEAR TERM 

Marion L. Douglas 2011 

ASSESSOR - 3 YEAR TERM 

Michael C. Patrolia 2009 

Elsa Miller 2010 

Mary E. Granville 2011 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE - 3 YEAR TERM 

Richard F. Flynn 2009 

Steven R. Fusco 2010 

Lucia Flibotte 2010 

Adrienne MacCarthy 2010 

Alfred Slanetz 2011 

TRUSTEES PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY - 3 YEAR TERM 

Agnes McCann 2009 

Patience G. Towie 2009 

Elizabeth B. Baker 2009 

Sarah R. Pease 2010 

Barbara Power 2010 

Stacey V. Weaver 2010 

Sheila Evans 2011 

Rodney M. Hobson 2011 

Marylou Lawrence 2011 



BOARD OF HEALTH - 3 YEAR TERM TERM EXPIRES 

Margaret S. Chapman 2009 

Stephen N. Bobo 2010 

Robin M. Lawrence 2011 

COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY - 5 YEAR TERM 

Helen C. Nothnagle (appointed by Governor) 

Ann Barrett 2009 

Christopher M.Allen 2010 

Susan L Sardina 2011 

Ralph Perroncello 2012 

PLANNING BOARD - 5 YEAR TERM 

Michael R. Westcott 2009 

Stuart W. Ivimey 2010 

Clark H. Brewer 2011 

Alfred S. Moore 2012 

Charles A. Samuelson 2013 

RECREATION COMMISSION- 5 YEAR TERM 

Anthony J. Carbone 2009 

Abigail Alves 2010 

Lisa L. Lojacono 2011 

Lillian Murray Curley 2012 

James Richardson 2012 

Daniel J. Martin, Sr. 2012 

Roseanne M. McMorris 2013 

SEWER COMMISSIONERS - 3 YEAR TERM 

John W. Beck 2009 

Sean Cunning 2010 

Wayne Sawchuk 2011 

WATER COMMISSIONERS - 3 YEAR TERM 

John McNabb 2009 

Nathaniel Palmer 2010 

Glenn A. Pratt 2011 



TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Town Manager/Chief Procurement Officer 

William Griffin 

Town Counsel 

Paul R. DeRensis 

TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY TOWN MANAGER 

ADA Coordinator 

Robert M. Egan 2011 

Animal Control Officer 

Paul Murphy 2011 

Assessor/Appraiser 

Mary E. Quill 

Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 

Robert M. Egan 2011 

Constable 

Maria Plante 2009 

D.P.W. Superintendent 

Carl A. Sestito 

Director of Finance/Town Accountant 

J. Michael Buckley, Jr. 

Elder Affairs Director 

Linda A. Elworthy 



Fire Chief 

Robert D. Silvia 



Fire Department under Civil Service 



Randy Belanger 
PaulT. Bilodeau 
Daniel J. Cunningham 
James F. Curley 
John J. Dockray 
Kevin D. Donovan 
Kevin J. Durette 
James E. Fiori 
Robert F. Forde 
John W. Haley 
James E. Hall 
John M. Hernan 
Jonathan M. Hickey 
Frances X. Mahoney, Jr. 
Robert R. Martin II 
Laura C. Morrison 
Robert A. Nadeau 
Joseph M. Pergola 
Robert F. Protulis 
Randall W. Rosano 
James P. Runey 
Daniel N. Smith 
MarkH.Trask 
Eric Wenzlow 



Firefighter/EMT-P 

Captain/EMT-B 

FirefighterEMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-B 

Lieutenant/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Captain/EMT-B 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Lieutenant/EMT-B 

Firefighter/EMT-B 

Captain 

Firefighter/EMT-P 

Captain 

Lieutenant/EMT-B 



(Retired 6/30/08) 



(Appointed 5/19/08) 
(Appointed 9/15/08) 

(Retired 7/1/08) 



Call Firefighters 

Kathleen Adams 
William Brooke 
John MacNeill 
Jordan MacNeill 
Steven Maynard 
Thomas McKay 
Joseph Migliaccio 
Bruce Pratt 



Lieutenant 
Lieutenant 



Lieutenant 



Forest Warden 

Robert D. Silvia 



Harbormaster 

Lorren S. Gibbons 

Shellfish Deputy 

Paul L. Pattison, (Constable) 



Chief of Police 



James M. Hussey 

Lieutenants of Police under Civil Service 

Gregory J. Lennon 
William P. Quigley 

Sergeants of Police under Civil Service 

David C. Cogill (Retired Dec. 31, 2008) 

John C. Conte 

Shellee L Peters (Retired July 2008) 

Jefferey R. Treanor (Promoted Oct. 2008) 

Patrolmen under Civil Service 

Edward P. Bagley (Transferred to Quincy July 2008) 

Garrett A. Hunt 

Patrick Kenney 

Lisa M. Matos 

James P. McLean 

Brian M. Peebles (Part-Time Permanent Intermittent) 

Patrick W. Reardon (Appointed April 2008) 

John H. Small 

Regen E. Steverman 

Christy J. Tarantino 

Daniel Williams (Appointed July 2008) 

Paul M. Wilson 

Francis P. Yannuzzi, Jr. 



Plumbing and Gas inspector 

Recreation Director 

John M. Worley 2008 (Retired 4/30/08) 

JamesE. Carroll, Jr. 2011 

Sealer of Weiglits and Measures 2009 

Robert M. Egan 

Town Archivist 

David H. Wadsworth 2009 

Treasurer-Collector 

Linda Litchfield 



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BOARDS. COMMISSIONS. COMMITTEES and REPRESENTATIVES 
APPOINTED by the BOARD of SELECTMEN 



Cable Advisory Committee 

Paul Carlson 2009 

Patricia Martin 2009 

James Morrison 2009 

Michael Zotos 2009 

Call Firefighters Committee 

Bruce W. Pratt 
Robert D. Silvia 
Ian R. Fitzpatrick 
Richard Bonanno 

Cohasset Common Historic District Commission 

Gail Parks (District Resident) 2009 

Janice Crowley (Realtor) 2009 

Sarah H. Gomez, (District Resident) 2010 

Victor Lanzillotti 2010 

Virginia Norman (Historical Society Rep) 2010 

Can Tiryaki 2010 

William A. Hurley (District Resident). 2011 

Peter J. Wood 2011 

Cohasset Cultural Council 

Diane Kennedy 2009 

D. AlexAdkins 2009 

Betts H. Murray 2009 

Selene Carlo-Eymer 2010 

Sarah Torrey 2010 

Community Preservation Committee 

Alfred Moore, Planning Board 

James G. Dedes, Conservation Committee 

Vacant, Open Space 

Ralph Dormitzer, Selectmen 

Helen Nothnagle, Senior Housing 

Sarah E. Charron 2009 

Margaret Charles 2011 

Stuart Ivimey 2011 

Jeffrey Waal 2011 



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Conservation Commission 

David H. Farrag 

Edward Graham 

Veneta Roebuck 

Douglas Wilson 

Sarah E. Charron 

Deborah S. Cook 

Richard M. Karoff 

Jonathan R. Creighton (associate member) 

Richard Perkinson (associate member) 



2009 
2010 
2010 
2010 
2011 
2011 
2011 
2009 
2009 



Economic Development Committee 

Michael R. Milanoski 
Timothy J. O'Brien 
Timothy Chamberlain 
Alain Pinel 
Peter L. Brown 
Darilynn Evans 



2009 
2009 
2010 
2010 
2011 
2011 



Elder Affairs, Council On 

Marjorie Murphy 
Joseph Nedrow 
John W. Campbell 
Anna A. Abbruzzese 
Nancy Barrett 
James F. Kearney 
Edward T. Mulvey 
Karen Oronte 
June Hubbard 
Dolores A. Roy 



2009 
2009 
2009 
2010 
2010 
2010 
2010 
2010 
2011 
2011 



(resigned 5/14/08) 



Emergency Management 

Arthur H. Lehr, Director 
Glenn A. Pratt, Deputy Director 



Fence Viewers 
Kearin A. Dunn 
Glenn A. Pratt 



2011 
2011 



Government Island Advisorv Committee 

Constance M. Afshar 
Hamilton T. Tewksbury 



2009 
2011 



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Growth and Development Task Force 

Clark H. Brewer N/A 

Richard W. Swanborg, Jr. N/A 

Michael R. Westcott N/A 

Harbor Committee 

Lorren S. Gibbons, (ex-officio) 

John F. Bertolami 2009 

Adam Donovan, (Commercial Fisherman) 2009 

Gail Parks 2009 

Charles Peterson 2009 

Mark Rattenbury 2009 

Harald Gundersen (Yacht Club Designee) 2010 

Lillian Murray Curley (Recreation Designee) 2010 

Peter J. Wood 2010 

Harbor Health Committee 

Noel Collins 
Christopher Evans 
Paul Figueirdo 
Paul Pattison 
Karen Quigiey 

Harbormaster - Assistant 

Robert A. Johnson 2009 

Ryan MacDonald 2009 

Thomas J. O'Malley 2009 

Historical Commission 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur 2009 

Marilyn M. Morrison 2009 

Hamilton T. Tev*/ksbury 2010 

David Wadsworth 2010 

Nathaniel Palmer 2011 

Housing Partnership Committee 

Thomas Callahan 2009 

Debra Cammer Hines 2009 

Stephen Lucitt 2009 

Helen (Taffy) Nothnagle 2009 

Margaret Charles 2010 

James Lagrotteria 2010 

Clark Brevi/er 2011 

Mary E. Grayden 2011 

James Hamilton 2011 



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Keeper of the Lockup 

John C. Conte 2009 

Keeper of the Town Clock 

(1) Vacancy 

MBTA Representative 

MarkD. Brennan 2011 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 

Frederick R. Koed 2011 

Norfolk County Advisory Board 

Frederick R. Koed 2009 

Open Space Committee 

Sandra Durant 2011 

James (Ted) Carroll 2011 

Recycling Committee 

F.Allan MacDonald N/A 

John K. McNabb, Jr. N/A 

Sharyn K. Studley N/A 

Jean White N/A 

Registrars of Voters 

Marion L Douglas, Clerk 

Margaret R. Charles 2009 

Judith Volungis 2010 

Edythe Ford 2011 

South Shore Recycling Cooperative Committee 

Merle S. Brown 

Arthur L Lehr, Jr. 2011 

South Shore Regional School District Representative 

Kenneth Thayer 2011 

Stormwater Management Committee 

Stephen Bobo, Board of Health 2008 

James Drysdale, Citizen 2008 

Sarah Charron, Conservation Comm 2008 

James Kinch, Water Resources Protection Comm 2008 

Martin Nee, Citizen 2008 
Lawry Reid, President Straits Pond Watershed Ass., Non-Voting 2008 



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Town Hall Restoration and Renovation Committee 

David Farrag 
Werner Diekman 
Donna McGee 
Lisa Pratt 
David Wadsvi/orth 



2009 
2009 
2009 
2009 
2009 



Town History Committee 

Harold E. Coughlin 
Louis R. Eaton, Jr. 
Nancy Garrison 
Julia H. Gleason 
James W. Hamilton 
Margot Cheel 
Jacqueline M. Dormitzer 
Ann Pompeo 
Ernest Grassey 



2009 
2009 
2009 
2009 
2009 
2010 
2010 
2010 
2011 



Veteran Services - Director of 

Robert Jackson 



(Resigned 12/31/08) 



Wastewater Committee 

John C. Cavanaro 

Paul Davis 

James G. Dedes 

Joseph R. Godzik (Board of Health) 

Jeffrey F. Moy 

Raymond Kasperowicz 

Stephen N. Bobo, (Board of Health) 

Vicky C. Neaves 

Weir River Estuary Park Committee 

Vincent P. Dunn 
Richard J. Avery 



Zoning Board of Appeals 

Benjamin H. Lacy 
Barbara M. Power 
Susan Kent 
Charles Higginson 
S. Woodworth Chittick 
Peter L. Goedecke 
Kathleen Hunter 



2009 

2010 (resigned July 8, 2008) 

2010 (to fill unexpired term) 

2010 

2011 

2011 

2011 



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BOARDS. COMMITTEES. COMMISSIONS. REPRESENTATIVES 
APPOINTED by the TROIKA 

Advisory Committee 

Vivien A. Bobo 2009 

Roger Q. Hill 2009 

Edward Lappen 2009 

Merles. Brown 2010 

Thomas J. Glavin 2010 

Patrick Waters 2010 

Chartis Langmaid Tebbetts 2011 

Thomas Reardon 2001 

Samuel Wakeman 2011 

Alternatlye Energy Committee 

Sally Ayers 2009 

Michael Bliss 2009 

Marie Caristi-McDonald 2009 

Rodney Hobson 2009 

Mary White 2009 

Andrew Willard 2009 

By-Law Committee 

Jacqueline Dormitzer 

Louis F. Eaton 

Agnes McCann 

Marion L. Douglas, CLERK (ex-officio) 

Paul R. DeRensis, ESQ. - TOWN COUNSEL (ex-officio) 

Capital Budget Committee 

Peter DeCapricio 2009 

John Keniley III 2009 

Mark Baker 2010 

David Bergers 2010 

Steve Gaumer 2011 

Design Review Board 

Robert Egan, Building Inspector, ex-officio 
Four Vacancies 



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2008 REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGISTRARS 



The following elections and town meetings were held: 

Presidential Primary, February 5, 2008 

Annual Town Meeting, March 29, 2008 

Annual Town Election, April 5, 2008 

State Primary, September 16, 2008 

State (Presidential) Election, November 4, 2008 

Special Town Meeting, November 17, 2008 

The Annual Listing of Persons seventeen years of age and older as per General Laws, Chapter 
51, Section 4 was conducted by mail during January. Any citizen of the United States who Is a 
Massachusetts resident and who will be 18 years old on or before a town meeting or Election 
Day may register to vote. There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote, if you 
move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home. Registration is 
closed for a brief period before town meeting and election to allow election officials time to 
prepare the voting lists. If you register during a "closed" period, you will be eligible to vote only 
in later town meeting or elections. You must be registered twenty days before all primaries and 
elections, and ten days before a special town meeting. 

Respectfully submitted. 



Margaret Charles, Chairwoman 
Marion Douglas, Clerk 
Edythe Ford 
Judith P. Volungis 



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TOWN MANAGER'S 
2008 ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

I am pleased to submit the Town Manager's annual town report for the year 2008. Town finances once 
again were a central issue over the past year. I was pleased to inform the 2008 annual town meeting 
that a balanced budget was being presented that did not require an override. By doing so, we were able 
to maintain level services for town departments and the school system without seeking additional tax 
levy capacity from the taxpayers. 

At the 2008 annual town meeting, two important measures were approved to strengthen the long term 
financial condition of the Town. A new Capital Stabilization Fund was created to provide a consistent 
source of money for capital improvement projects and equipment, and a Post-Retirement Health 
Insurance Liability Stabilization Fund was created to allow the town to put aside funds to offset heath 
insurance premiums to be paid for retired employees. 

During the course of 2008, the significant decline in the federal, state and local economy resulted in a 
mid-year reduction in state aid to the community. It was thus necessary to curb non-essential spending 
and closely monitor whether any vacant positions needed to be filled. 

On a more positive note, through the efforts of our Finance Director Michael Buckley, the town 
refinanced bonds issued in 1998 for school construction that will save the taxpayers over $245,000 over 
the next several fiscal years. 

During the past year, the Town saw the retirement of long time Recreation Director Jack Worley. Jack 
was honored at the annual town meeting for his outstanding service to the community and its residents, 
and he will be sorely missed. I was pleased to announce that local resident Ted Carroll was appointed to 
replace Jack and I am confident that Ted will also serve his community in an outstanding manner. 

On a professional level, I was pleased to announce during the past year that I had been elected to serve 
on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Health Benefits Trust 
and the Property and Casualty Group. 

I wish to remind town residents that the town maintains its official web site at 
www.townofcohasset.org . I encourage town residents to visit our web site to learn more about town 
government, check to see meetings to be held, download numerous town forms, and keep posted on 
important developments in town government. 

In closing, I wish to sincerely thank the Board of Selectmen for its support and guidance during the past 
year. I would like to express my thanks to the many town employees who day in and day out provide 
excellent services to our citizens. I would also like to thank the many volunteers who serve on our many 
boards, commissions and committees. It is through the combined efforts of our elected officials, town 
employees and volunteers that we serve the interests of our residents and businesses. 

William R. Griffin 
Town Manager 



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2008 REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 



Dear Residents of Cohasset: 

During this past year, the Board of Selectman addressed may diverse issues. One of the most important 
issues is the impact of the downturn in the economy upon the town of Cohasset. With the help of our 
town manager Bill Griffin and our town Finance Director Mike Buckley, we have developed and 
implemented a plan that responds to the recession, making tough decisions about funding and 
spending. Each department has cut back on expenditures, and been forced to do more with less, while 
continuing to serve the community. Today we present a balanced budget. We thank the hard work of 
all town employees at this critical time. 

To counteract the budget cuts, we asked each town department to apply for and actively pursue every 
grant opportunity available to the town. We have pursued public-private partnerships where available, 
including the turf field project and the Town Hall restoration project to allow us to continue to maintain 
and grow appropriately. 

In addition, the Board of Selectman charged various departments and organizations in Cohasset to 
prepare a summary of "shovel-ready" projects to be considered for funding under President Obama's 
Federal Stimulus Bill. The town submitted 16 projects totaling 21 million dollars for consideration. The 
range of these projects was wide and diverse, including desperately needed flooding mitigation and 
culvert, road, and bridge infrastructure investments. We proposed water and sewer upgrades, 
renewable and innovative energy opportunities, and school building upgrades. 

The federal stimulus bill that passed in February will make possible moneys available for these projects 
soon. While we do not expect that all of these projects may be funded, the town showcased the 
resourcefulness of our people, pulling together information and details under tight deadlines to present 
the projects in a compelling way 

This past year, the Board welcomed Karen Quigley. Karen brings to the Board a wide range of talents 
and interests, raging from a passion for protecting our environment to helping the board stay focused 
on priorities. Her participation has been a welcome addition to the team. 

During this town meeting, residents will be asked to make some very tough decisions about the finances 
of the town, priorities, and issues that face us every day. The diversity of the members of our town 
means that there will be disagreements. But, the Board hopes that these disagreements will be 
tempered with respectful discourse and thorough discussion. 

Aside from the issues to be discussed during this Town Meeting, the Board and the members of this 
Town worked together to address the following: 



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Presentation of RTF Brochure by Eagle Scout Candidate Graham Sinclair - Eagle Scout Sinclair's project 
goal was to increase recycling in Town. The brochure provides a step-by-step for how individuals can 
help to accomplish this goal. 

Fees for the Municipal Facility Stickers - The level for fees related to connmercial licenses was revisited. 

Capital Request for Information Technology Master Plan - We addressed whether the town should 
fund the preparation of an information technology master plan for all town departments and the school 
department. 

Senior Center Property - The Council on Elder Affairs has been working to locate a parcel of land upon 
which a future Senior Center could be built. 

Committee on Town History - Mr. Jim Hamilton and Mrs. Jacqueline Dormitzer distributed copies of 
their newest book, "Exploring Historic Cohasset" - a must read about Cohasset's rich history. 

Stormwater Management Committee (SMC) -The Stormwater Management Committee's charge was 

finalized. 

Discussion on Treat's Pond - The debate and resolution about wetland replication and flooding in the 
area of Treats pond remain a high priority. 

Federal Stimulus Package - For several weeks, Chairman Carr and Mr. Griffin worked closely with town 
groups to develop proposals for consideration for funding under the Federal Stimulus bill. 

Affordable Housing Trust Membership - The Housing Partnership Committee recommended 
membership for the Affordable Housing Trust. They suggested that one member be a Selectman with 
an additional six members that come from the Housing Partnership Committee. Presently, the 
partnership is a nine member committee with seven active members. 

Open Space Committee - Ms. Deborah Shadd and Mr. Richard Avery joined the Open Space Committee 

40B Proposal for 25 Ripley Road - This issue has come before the Board on several occasions and 

continues to be discussed. 

Trust for Public Lands - Morrissey Property - The Open Space Committee reviewed the benefits of the 
Morrissey property, which is 12 acres of land located behind Town Hall. The Committee is very much in 
favor of this land being acquired by the Town as they feel it will link together many other protected 
parcels and offer great trails and recreation. After careful consideration due to financial concerns, the 
Board chose not to purchase the Morrissey property. 

Goal Setting Session - The Board of Selectman scheduled a session for reviewing the goals of the Board 
in order to ensure accountability and focus. 



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Liquor Hearing for All Alcoholic Restaurant License for Blue Restaurant. Inc. at 156 King Street - Mr. 

Kevin D. Kelley, Sr. applied for and received a liquor and restaurant license for tfie commercial property 
most recently operated as Pacini's. 

Proposed Regional Public Safety Dispatch Center - The towns of Cohasset, Hingham, Hull and Norv^ell 
began to meet to discuss the possibility of creating a regional dispatch center for police, fire and 
emergency services. 

Introduction of New Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Treanor - Police Chief James Hussey introduced newly 
appointed Jeffrey Treanor to the Board and reviewed the Lieutenant's background. Lieutenant Treanor 
thanked the Board, the Chief, fellow officers from Cohasset, Hingham and Scituate, as well as his wife 
and children. His daughter then pinned him with the Lieutenant pin. 

Special Town Meeting Article Review - Citizen's Petition - Turf Field - Mr. George McGoidrick provided 
the background of Cohasset Sports Partnership which spearheaded the petition for funding a turf field. 
The Fall Town meeting voted to proceed with the public-private partnership. 

Ron Ford - Cross Country Meets at Wheelwright Park - Mr. Ford came before the Board to indicate 
that Cohasset now has a cooperative cross-country team with Hull High School. It was his hope to use 
the park for training purposes on a regular basis, as well as for around four specific dates for meets. 

Departmental Review 

The Board of Selectman reviewed every department in the town for purpose and budget, and 
encouraged the use and pursuit of grants to help control costs. 

Cohasset Day Update - Mr. Peter Brown and Ms. Darilynn Evans of the Economic Development 
Committee (EDC) approached the Board with a request for another Cohasset Day following the 
resounding success of this year's inaugural event. A second event is planned for next year. 

In closing, the Board of Selectmen look forward to an upturn in the economy and our continued work to 
keep Cohasset the beautifully charming, quintessential New England town that we love. The Board 
thanks the citizens of Cohasset for your participation at town meeting and for your ongoing 
participation in town activities. It is the people of Cohasset that make this town the special place we call 
home. 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the entire Board of Selectman, Ralph Dormitzer, Paul Carlson, Karen 
Quigley, and Fred Koed 

Edwin G. (Ted) Carr 
Chairman 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

REPORT OF TOWN COUNSEL 

2008 

This year was a very active and successful year for the Law Department: 

1. Advice & Legal Documents . Numerous advisory opinions were rendered throughout the year to 
various Town officials and Boards relating to a wide variety of issues and subjects. Frequent and 
ongoing attention was given to reviewing and/or drafting Bylaws, numerous contract documents and 
agreements, easements, procurement documents, public road documents, Warrants for Town meetings 
(both special and annual town meetings), compliance with State Ethics Act, Open Meeting Law, public 
records requests, various Town rules and regulations (including new/revised Storm Water Management 
regulations and Village District Design Guidelines), subdivision control issues for proposed 
developments, and other legal documents. 

2. Administrative Agency Proceedings . The Town was involved with a number of state or federal 
administrative agencies, including issues before Department of Environmental Protection, Alcohol 
Beverage Control Commission, Attorney General of the Commonwealth and the Army Corps of 
Engineers. 

3. Projects . We assisted with issues related to Wind Energy, storm water management and flood 
control issues, the Community Preservation Act, various road issues. Little Harbor/Atlantic Avenue 
sewer expansion project issues, the Avalon, Village Business and T.O.D. proposals, the Cook Estate 
project. Central Cohasset Sewer Treatment Plant Expansion Project issues, licensing issues, the MBTA 
Greenbush line, 40B Comprehensive Permit issues, various regulatory environmental issues involving Cat 
dam. Treats Pond, and Jacobs Meadow, affordable housing issues, enforcement procedures for various 
town agencies, and acquisition of watershed properties to protect the town's water supply. 

4. Labor Issues . We assisted the Town in general employee matters and in connection with 
employee grievances, labor arbitrations and retirement issues. We also provided advice from time to 
time during the year regarding the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements 
and the processing of grievances. In addition, several non-union personnel issues, including possible 
disciplinary proceedings, occurred during this year. 

5. Litigation . As of December 31, 2008, the number of claims and lawsuits in which the Town is a 
party total 23 as follows: 

3 Matters involving the Board of Selectmen/Town Manager: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Town of Cohasset, Suffolk Superior Court, C.A. No. 

38652. 
DeWolfe v. Town of Cohasset. Norfolk Superior Court, C.A. No. 04-01061. 
JER Trust #2, Polly Dean Trustee v. Town of Cohasset, Norfolk Superior Court C.A. No. 
2008-00868 
7 Matters involving the Board of Appeals: 

Chief Justice Cushing Highway Corporation v. Board of Appeals, Mass. Land Court No. 
243862. 



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Ledgewood Estates, Inc. v. Board of Appeals, Mass. Land Court No. 302403. 

Morrlsseyv. Board of Appeals, Mass. Land Court No. 263788. 

Kuolas V. Board of Appeals, et al.. Land Court No. 334159. 

Susan Tehranian v. Ross, Steven A. Trustee of GMR Nominee Trust and Board of 

Appeals; Land Court Misc. No. 344297. 
Schramm v. Board of Appeals Peter A. Cundall and Ann C. Stenbeck, Norfolk Superior 

Court C.A. No. 2007-01700. 
Schramm v. Board of Appeals, Peter A. Cundall and Ann C. Stenbeck, Norfolk Superior 

Court, C.A. No. 2008-00031. 

Matter involving the Planning Board: 

Campedelli, Noreen v. Cohasset Planning Board, Building Commissioner ERan and 
Lawrence P. Aherne, Jr. and Karen Aherne, Land Court Misc. No. 330226. 

Matter Involving the Board of Health 

Paul R. Buckley and Patricia M. Buckley, Albert P. Buckley and Joan F. Buckley v. Board of 
Health and Wilmarc Charles: Norfolk Superior Court C.A. No. 2008-01289. 

Matters Involving the Police Department 

Local 66, New England Police Benevolent Association and the Town of Cohasset, JLMC- 

0918P . 
Cohasset Police Association-NEPBA, Local 66 and Town of Cohasset, American Arbitration 

Association No. 11 390 01971 08 . 
Cohasset Police Association-NEPBA. Local 66 and Town of Cohasset. AAA No. 11 390 01292 

08. 
Cohasset Police Association-NEPBA. Local 66 and Town of Cohasset. AAA No. 11 390 01972 

08. 
Cohasset Police Association-NEPBA, Local 66 and Town of Cohasset . 
Shellee Peters - Application for Accidental Disability Retirement - Norfolk County Retirement 

Board . 

Matter involving the Fire Department 

Local 2804, International Association of Firefighters and Town of Cohasset, JLMC-08-24F 

Claims pending: 

Arthur Roberts v. Town of Cohasset (Police Department). 
Kathleen Crosby and William Bell (Sewer Commission) . 
Barrow v. Town of Cohasset . 
Silva V. Town of Cohasset (DPW). 



Respectfully submitted, 
Paul R. DeRensis 
TOWN COUNSEL 



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METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL 

ANNUAL REPORT 

2008 

Created by an act of the Legislature in 1963, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) promotes 
inter-local cooperation and advocates for smart growth by working closely with cities and towns, state 
and federal agencies, non-profit institutions, and community-based organizations in the 101 cities and 
towns of Metropolitan Boston. MAPC strives to provide leadership on emerging issues of regional 
significance by conducting research, building coalitions, advocating for public policies, and acting as a 
regional forum for action. 

MAPC provides technical assistance and specialized services in land use planning, water resources 
management, transportation, housing, resource protection, economic development, public safety, 
geographic information systems (GIS), collective purchasing, data analysis and research, legislative and 
regulatory policy, and the facilitation and support of inter-local partnerships. More information is 
available at www.mapc.org . 

MAPC is governed by 101 municipal government appointees, 21 gubernatorial appointees, and 13 
appointees of state and City of Boston agencies. An Executive Committee comprising 25 elected 
members oversees agency operations. The agency employs approximately 40 professional staff under 
the leadership of an executive director. Funding for MAPC activities is derived from governmental 
contracts and foundation grants, and a per-capita assessment on member municipalities. 

To better serve the people who live and work in Metro Boston, MAPC has divided the region into eight 
subregions. Each subregion is overseen by a council of local leaders and stakeholders, and a staff 
coordinator provides organizational and technical staff support. 

Advancing Smart Growth 

MAPC is directed by statute to adopt, from time to time, a comprehensive regional plan. Our current 
plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, was adopted by the Council on December 2, 2008. 
This initiative, which has engaged over 5,000 individual and organizations throughout the region, will 
guide Metro Boston's growth and development, as well as the preservation of critical resources, through 
the year 2030. At the December 2 meeting. Council members and MetroFuture friends and supporters 
voted to move the project from planning into advocacy and action, and participants helped to set 
priorities among a series of implementation strategies designed to move MetroFuture into this dynamic 
next stage. MetroFuture is uniting the efforts of MAPC, partner organizations, and the thousands of 
"plan-builders" in an effort to alter regional priorities and growth patterns consistent with the new plan. 

As a member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, MAPC helped to form the Transportation 
Investment Coalition last year. This year, the group of business, environmental, public interest, and 
planning organizations changed its name to Our Transportation Future, and has actively advocated for 
savings, efficiencies, and new revenues to address the state transportation finance deficit. 



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MAPC has continued its participation on a zoning reform task force chaired by Undersecretary for 
Economic Development Gregory Blaleckl. The "Land Use Partnership Act," developed through the task 
force, would establish a framework for municipalities to designate growth and preservation areas, and 
to develop consistency between master plans and zoning. The bill would significantly modernize the 
state's outdated zoning and subdivision laws, providing a menu of reforms to all municipalities, and 
additional relief to those who choose to opt into the bill's planning and smart growth requirements. 
Passing legislation to reform zoning and planning in the Commonwealth will remain a key area of focus 
at MAPC throughout 2009. 

Collaboration for Excellence in Local Government 

Subregional councils continued to communicate with MAPC's eight regions and to gather citizen input 
this year. Most of the subregional coordinators hosted legislative breakfasts this year, where 
participants could prioritize legislative goals and ideas with their delegation. 

Through its Metro Mayors Coalition, MAPC helped 21 communities secure more than $2 million in 
Shannon Grant funding over the past three years to implement multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary 
strategies to combat youth violence, gang violence, and substance abuse. Our North Shore Coalition has 
grown and flourished during 2008, working on issues as diverse as transportation planning, anti-gang 
programs, and consolidation of services. 

Collaboration for Public Safety 

MAPC performs fiduciary, planning, and project management duties for the Northeast Homeland 
Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), a network of 85 cities and towns north and west of Boston. 
In 2008, MAPC helped to develop evacuation and sheltering plan templates across the region, and 
created three regional caches of emergency response equipment that can be loaned out to 
municipalities for drill exercises or emergencies. 

MAPC completed Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans for 46 cities and towns this year, on top of the 29 
plans already completed in recent years. Each plan recommends strategies to mitigate the impacts of 
natural disasters before they occur, along with a GIS map series depicting areas subject to various 
natural hazards. 

Collaboration for Municipal Savings 

MAPC's Regional Services Consortia administered procurements for more than 50 cities and towns, 
saving communities up to 20% on purchases such as office supplies, paving services, and road 
maintenance. In 2008, MAPC performed multiple procurements for five consortia: North Shore, South 
Shore, Metrowest, Northwest and Merrimack Valley (the last in collaboration with the Merrimack Valley 
Planning Commission). MAPC also entered the vehicle fuels market in 2008, procuring a contract for 
several South Shore towns. 



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Reliable Data, Available to All 

MAPC, along with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation, continued this year to provide 
municipalities with Pictometry Oblique Aerial Imagery Technology free of charge to cities and towns. 
The Pictometry Oblique Aerial Innagerv Technology allows users to display features such as buildings, 
land areas and hydrology, which may be viewed from several directions and at different scales. 

In April 2008, Pictometry International once again conducted a flyover of the entire state that provides 
five-way aerial imagery for all public sector agencies statewide. The five-way imagery consists of four 
oblique views (north, south, east and west) and one straight down view that may be viewed through 
Pictometry's Electronic Field Study software version 2.7, which is also available at no cost to 
municipalities. 

MAPC also continued expanding the MetroBostonDataCommon.org Web site, which provides on-line 
mapping and chart-generating tools for users. This year, the Massachusetts School Building Authority 
contracted with MAPC for analysis and consulting services, including analysis of the impact of new 
schools on enrollment patterns. The Data Center also began distributing a monthly e-mail newsletter 
highlighting new datasets and resources for constituents. 

MAPC's data center is partnering with the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts to 
encourage more accurate counts on the 2010 Federal Census. MAPC is helping municipalities prepare 
for the Census in many ways, including advocating for the formation of Complete Count Committees 
that can target hard-to-count population groups such as recent immigrants and renters in each city and 
town. 

Getting Around the Region 

MAPC continued its popular Regional Bike Parking Program, negotiating discount group purchasing 
contracts with three leading vendors of bicycle parking equipment. This allows MAPC communities, the 
MBTA, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to purchase discounted equipment. The 
Boston Region MPO, the Executive Office of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration 
have provided generous funding to support 100% reimbursement of the cost of eligible bike parking 
equipment bought through this program. Communities around the region have used the program to put 
new racks at schools, libraries, parks, and shopping areas. A total of 788 racks holding 2472 bicycles 
have been installed at 25 communities throughout the region. 

MAPC continued its work on the Regional Pedestrian Plan, administering a survey this year to nearly 
2,000 people. The plan will identify policies to make walking more convenient, safe and practical. 



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On Beacon Hill 

• Municipal Health Insurance: 

MAPC continued encouraging municipalities to join the Massachusetts Group Insurance 
Commission (GIC), which can help connmunities save millions of dollars each year by taking 
advantage of lower insurance rates available through the GIC. To date, 27 municipalities have 
joined the GIC. 

• Shannon Community Safety Initiative: 

Over the last three years, MAPC's advocacy and grant development services have helped more 
than two dozen communities to secure funding for interdisciplinary programs that focus on 
youth violence, drugs, and enforcement against gangs. The program was funded at $13 million 
in Fiscal 2009. 

• Statewide Population Estimates Program: 

A $600,000 line item in the 2008 budget provided the State Estimates Program with more 
resources to prepare for the 2010 Census. This program will help correct the deficiencies of 
recent population estimates and to prevent similar deficiencies from occurring in 2010. 
Conservative estimates suggest Massachusetts stands to gain between $2.5 million and $5 
million per year in federal funding, or between $7.5 million and $15 million between 2007 and 
the 2010 Census as a direct result of the program's efforts. 

• Surplus Land: 

MAPC continues to advocate for passage of a new policy on the disposition of surplus state land. 
Specifically, we continue to build support for our proposal that encourages smart growth 
development on surplus land while giving municipalities a meaningful role in the disposition 
process, a discounted right of first refusal, and financial participation in the proceeds. 

• Community Preservation Act: 

CPA has been very popular throughout the region, but recently the state matching fund has 
declined precipitously. Legislation filed by Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) and 
Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) would secure adequate funding over the long 
term for the state's CPA matching fund, and encourage even more communities to join. 

• District Local Technical Assistance 

The planning assistance offered through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund (DLTA) was 
funded at $2 million for Fiscal 2009. It enables the state's 13 Regional Planning Agencies, 
including MAPC, to provide municipalities with technical assistance in two key areas: achieving 
smart growth land use objectives, and consolidating procurement, services and planning across 
city and town lines. 



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South Shore Coalition (SSC) 

Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, 

Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth 



The South Shore Coalition comprises representatives or appointees from the Planning Board and Board 
of Selectmen or City Council from each of the member municipalities. The Coalition is staffed by MAPC 
and the Chairman is Holbrook Town Administrator Michael Yunits. The Coalition meets monthly to 
discuss issues of mutual interest and to learn about MAPC activities and products. 

The year 2008 began with a highly successful South Shore Forum in January, on the topic of New Parking 
Strategies for Town and Village Centers. Over 60 residents and municipal officials attended the forum to 
hear from parking experts and to discuss application of innovative parking concepts on the South Shore. 
Since the forum, many cities and towns in the subregion have conducted studies or revised their 
development controls to try out new concepts. 

At subsequent meetings in 2008, participants discussed a variety of topics, including the Patrick 
Administration's Zoning Reform proposals; best practices for streamlined permitting; the regional 
Suburban Mobility Program; transportation funding priorities; and recommendations for MetroFuture, 
MAPC's long-range regional plan. Coalition staff also provided occasional technical assistance to city 
and town planners and facilitated the preparation and submittal of two letters of interest for the 
region's Suburban Mobility program. 

MAPC Annual Report prepared and submitted by Marc D. Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area 
Planning Council. 



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2008 REPORT OF THE TOWN CLERK 



As the year 2008 comes to a close, I respectfully submit my seventeenth report as Town Clerk. It has 
been a very active year. Unexpectedly the Presidential Primary's date changed from March 4, 2008 to 
February 5, 2008. This was followed by the Annual Town Meeting, March 29, 2008, Annual Town 
Election, April 5, 2008, State Primary on September 16, 2008, State (Presidential) Election on November 
4, 2008 and the Special Town Meeting, November 17, 2008. The AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal is in 
place to mark the ballot selections of voters who are visually impaired, have a disability, or who are 
more comfortable using an alternative language. 

More of our books are out being preserved and restored with funds we received from the Community 
Preservation Committee. Among these are the originals of the Document of Incorporation by the 
Legislature, a 1657 document entitled the Three Score Acres, Early Land Division - 1895, Selectmen 
Minutes 1882-1900. Many of these documents were hand written and were in desperate need of 
restoration. 

As always, I would like to thank town officials, department heads, town employees, election workers, 
committees, citizens of Cohasset and to my assistant for their support and assistance during the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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Presidential Primary - February 5. 2008 

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.nn. 

Percent voted - 53.5% 

Absentees - Pre. 1 - D - 67, R - 115; Pre. 2 - D - 48, R - 34. 



Election officers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion Douglas, at 6:45 a.m. were as follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 
Grace Tuckerman 
Kathleen Rhodes 
Katherine Whitley 
Michael Patrolia 
Sandra Murray 
Abigail Alves 
James Contis 



Debra Krupczak 
Jody Doyle 
Katherine Lincoln 
Roger Whitley 
James Carroll 
Patricia Ranney 
Gail Collins 



Democratic Party - 1510 



Pres. Pref. 


Pre. 1 
6 


Pre. 2 

8 


Total 


John R. Edwards 


14 


Hilary Clinton 


323 


376 


699 


Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 


4 


2 


6 


Christopher J. Dodd 


1 





1 


Mike Gravel 











Barack Obama 


409 


367 


776 


Dennis J. Kucinich 





2 


2 


Bill Richardson 


2 





2 


No Preference 


2 


3 


5 


Write-ins/Scattering 





2 


2 


Blanks 


2 


1 


3 


Total 


749 


761 


1510 


State Committee Man 








Gregory M. Shanahan 


440 


467 


907 


Write-ins/Scattering 


4 





4 


Blanks 


305 


294 


599 


Total 


749 


761 


1510 



30 



State Com Woman Pre. 1 Pre. 2 Total 



Karen F. DeTellis 


443 


456 


899 


Write-ins/Scattering 


1 


1 


2 


Blanks 


305 


304 


609 


Total 


749 


761 


1510 



Democratic Party - Town Committee 



Town Committee Group 286 

Agnes McCann 335 

Thomas J. Callahan 355 

Susan Kent 326 

Gail J. Collins 332 

Kevin McCarthy 317 

Edwin H. Tebbetts 357 

Patricia A. Laugelle 341 

Sally L Sisson 345 

Chartis L Tebbetts 387 

PeterJ. Pescatore 330 

Edwin G. Carr 333 

Judith Chute 320 

Donna J. McGee 348 

Roseanne M. McMorris 370 

David J. McMorris 340 

Margaret R. Charles 357 

Frederick R. Koed 373 

Carol A. Barrett 328 

Ronald Goodwin 390 

HelenA. Lieb 331 

Edward Lappen 347 

Pamela A. Miles 325 

Betsy W. Connolly 344 

Edward J. Connolly 327 

Coleman F. Nee 325 

Write-ins 7 

Blanks/Scattering 17.625 

Total 26,501 



324 


610 


388 


723 


408 


763 


364 


690 


376 


708 


366 


683 


374 


731 


407 


748 


378 


723 


405 


792 


359 


689 


368 


701 


354 


674 


403 


751 


424 


794 


392 


732 


394 


751 


441 


814 


367 


695 


449 


839 


357 


688 


366 


713 


353 


678 


392 


736 


386 


713 


373 


698 


5 


12 


16,986 


34,611 


26,959 


53,460 



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Republican Party - 1260 



Pres. Pref. 


Pre. 1 
317 


Pre. 2 

271 


Total 


John McCain 


588 


Fred Thompson 


2 





2 


Tom Tancredo 











Duncan Hunter 











Mike Huckabee 


9 


8 


17 


Mitt Romney 


368 


259 


627 


Ron Paul 


7 


10 


17 


Rudy Guiliani 











No Preference 





2 


2 


Write-ins/Scattering 


3 


2 


5 


Blanks 


1 


1 


2 


Total 


707 


553 


1260 


State Committee Man 








John P. Cafferty 


449 


355 


804 


Write-ins/Scattering 


3 


4 


7 


Blanks 


255 


194 


449 


Total 


707 


553 


1260 


State Committee Woman 








Paula E. Logan 


492 


386 


878 


Write-ins/Scattering 


11 


3 


14 


Blanks 


204 


164 


368 


Total 


707 


553 


1260 




Republican 


Party - Town Committee 


Town Committee Group 


243 


214 


457 


Lisa A. Creighton 


273 


234 


507 


Terese D'Urso 


302 


252 


554 


Daniel S. Evans 


348 


267 


615 


David Farrag 


298 


252 


550 


F. Roy Fitzsimmons 


304 


279 


583 


Edythe B. Ford 


294 


238 


532 


Thomas A. Fogarty 


283 


242 


525 


Martha K. Gjesteby 


327 


265 


592 


Juliette D. Guild 


345 


266 


611 


Louis S. Harvey 


318 


273 


591 


Bruce A. Herzfelder 


333 


244 


577 



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Republican Party -Town Committee (Continued) 



Town Committee Group (continued) 



Stuart Ivimey 
Leonora C. Jenkins 
Raymond Kasperowicz 
Alexander C. Koines 
Paula E. Logan 
Beth E. Marsden-Gilman 
Jean M. Muir 
Kevin F. O'Donnell, Sr. 
Paul M. Ognibene 
Nathaniel G. Palmer 
Karen M. Quigley 
Kenneth J. Roth 
Peter Richardson 
Alfred Slanetz 
Catherine B. Taylor 
Judith P. Volungis 
George B. Watts, Jr. 
Jamie G. Williams 
Edward F. Woods 
Grace R. Tuckerman 
R. Murray Campbell 
Write-ins 
Blanks/Scattering 
Total 



Pres Pref. 

Jared Ball 
Ralph Nader 
Elaine Brown 
Kat Swift 

Cynthia McKinney 
Kent Mesplay 
No Preference 
Write-ins/Scattering 
Blanks 
Total 



296 


249 


545 


327 


280 


607 


317 


260 


577 


280 


231 


511 


391 


299 


690 


311 


240 


551 


301 


256 


557 


300 


281 


581 


267 


226 


493 


307 


242 


549 


326 


264 


590 


278 


243 


521 


273 


229 


502 


303 


239 


542 


265 


226 


491 


301 


251 


552 


312 


241 


553 


304 


251 


555 


320 


256 


576 


209 


259 


468 


340 


274 


614 


15 


5 


19 


463 


11,240 


11,703 


10,473 


19,568 
Green Rainbow -3 


30,041 


Pre. 1 


Pre. 2 


Total 














1 


1 























1 


1 









































2 


2 



33 



state Committee Man Pre. 1 



Pre. 2 



Total 



Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 

















State Committee Woman 








Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 

















Town Committee 








Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 







1 



1 


1 



1 



Pres Pref. 



Working Families - 



No Preference 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 








































State Committee Man 



Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 































state Committee Woman 



Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 































34 































Town Committee 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Polls closed at 8 p.m. and the results were declared at 9:10 p.m. 
A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L Douglas, Town Clerk 



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INDEX ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - MARCH 29, 2008 



Article # Description of Article 

1 Accept annual town report. Unanimous 

2 Report of committees. Unanimous. 

3 Operating budget. Unanimous. 

4 Union contracts and other salary adjustments. Indefinitely postponed. 

5 Fund Capital Improvements. Unanimous. 

6 Community Preservation Committee. Unanimous. 

7 Unpaid bills from previous fiscal years. Indefinitely postponed. 

8 Supplemental appropriations for FY2008. Adopted. 

9 Capital Stabilization Fund. Unanimous. 

10 Post retirement health insurance liability stabilization fund. Unanimous. 

11 Personnel classification & compensation bylaw. Unanimous. 

12 Smoking bylaw amendment. Unanimous. 

13 So Shore Recycling Cooperative- agreement. Unanimous. 

14 Zoning bylaw- Wind Energy Conversion Facility Bylaw. Unanimous. 

15 Zoning bylaw - Permitted uses -Table of use regulations. Unanimous. 

16 Zoning bylaw- Amendments to Section 8. Unanimous. 

17 Photovoltaic array system - Paul Pratt Memorial Library. Indefinitely 

postponed. 

18 Sewer Betterment. Unanimous. 

19 Affordable Housing Trust Bylaw. Adopted. 

20 Zoning Bylaw- Inclusionary Zoning. Indefinitely postponed. 

21 Harbor Study Funding. Indefinitely postponed. 

22 Treat's Pond restoration project funding. Amendment of a proclamation. 

Proclamation adopted. 

23 Repurchase of cemetery Lot funding. Unanimous. 

24 Stormwater Management Bylaw. Adopted. 

25 Citizens Petition -Operation of leaf blower's bylaw. Defeated. 



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Annual Town Meeting -- March 29, 2008 

At the Annual Town Meeting held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Cohasset High School Sullivan 
Gymnasium the following articles were contained in the warrant and acted upon as follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 8:30 a.m. were Carol St. Pierre, Debra 
Krupczak, Alison Krupczak, James Carroll, Ellen Warner and Abigail Alves. Tellers were appointed and 
sworn in by the Moderator, Daniel Evans. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 9:25 a.m. and a quorum of 100 was present at that time. 
The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled for Precinct 1 - 192 and Precinct 2 - 101 for a 
grand total of 293. 

Members of the meeting called the pledge of allegiance. A moment of silence was observed for citizens 
listed in the memoriam of the town report. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Return of Service having 
been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. 



Article 1: 

To act upon the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual Town Report for 2007. 

Moved that the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual Town Report for 2007 be 
accepted, and filed with the permanent records of the Town. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 2: 

To hear the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen and act thereon. 

Moved that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 3: 

To see if the Town will vote to fix salaries and compensation of Elected Officers, and to see what sums 
the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the 
salaries and compensation, expenses, equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of the several 
Town Departments, for the ensuing fiscal year. 



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MOVED that $36,374,463 be appropriated for the Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Town Budget to be allotted 
as follows: $74,206 for salaries of elected Town Officials consisting of the Town Clerk $63,689; Clerk, 
Board of Registrars $329.00; Moderator, $1.00; Selectmen, Chairman, $1,500.00; Members (4) at 
$1,000.00, $4,000.00; Board of Assessors, Chairman, $1,300.00; Members (2); at $1,200.00, $2,400.00; 
and the remaining $36,300,257 for Personal Services, Expenses and Capital Outlays, interest on 
Maturing Debt and other charges for various departments as recommended for purposes set forth in 
Appendix A as attached to these Town Manager's Recommended Motions for the 2008 Annual Town 
Meeting and Appendix B of the Warrant for the 2008 Annual Town Warrant, a copy of which Appendices 
are incorporated here by reference, and to meet the appropriation, the following transfers are made: 

$3,438,543 from Water Revenue 

$1,021,448 from Sewer Revenue 

$ 250,000 from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) 

$ 75,000 from Overlay Surplus 

$ 60,894 from School Construction Surplus Fund 

$ 160,000 from Sewer Stabilization Fund 

$ 60,000 from Pension Reserve 

$ 11,645 from Waterways Fund 

$ 5,000 from Wetlands Fund 

And $31,291,933 is raised from taxation and other general revenues of the Town; and further that the 
Salary Rate and Schedule as printed in the Warrant and shown in Appendix B be adopted. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



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APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 



' 




FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














ADMINISTRATION 
























Moderator 












Personal Services 


573 


573 


573 


573 


573 


Total 


$573 


$573 


$573 


$573 


$573 














Selectmen 












Personal Services 


5,500 


5,500 


5,500 


5,500 


5,500 


General Expenses 


58,800 


58,800 


64,050 


64,050 


61,450 


Total 


$64,300 


$64,300 


$69,550 


$69,550 


$66,950 














Town Manager 












Personal Services 


115,000 


120,000 


125,000 


125,000 


125,000 


Town Hall Clerical 


400,147 


420,664 


427,031 


399,417 


389,554 


General Expenses 


6,550 


35,050 


39,150 


44,900 


39,900 


Total 


$521,697 


$575,714 


$591,181 


$569,317 


$554,454 














Advisory Committee 












General Expenses 


345 


345 


345 


345 


345 


Reserve Fund 


234,000 


100,000 


100,000 


100,000 


100,000 


Total 


$234,345 


$100,345 


$100,345 


$100,345 


$100,345 














Director of Finance 












Personal Expenses 


92,639 


96,323 


99,396 


99,396 


99,396 


General Expenses 


28,968 


28,948 


46,850 


33,193 


29,193 


Total 


$121,607 


$125,271 


$146,246 


$132,589 


$128,589 














Board of Assessors 












Personal Expenses 


65,830 


69,355 


71,675 


72,025 


72,025 


General Expenses 


26,855 


27,655 


35,355 


35,980 


33,780 


Total 


$92,685 


$97,010 


$107,030 


$108,005 


$105,805 














Treasurer/Collector 












Personal Expenses 


60,002 


62,550 


64,605 


64,605 


64,605 


General Expenses 


40,450 


41,486 


40,985 


40,985 


38,865 


Total 


$100,452 


$104,036 


$105,590 


$105,590 


$103,470 














Legal Services 












Town Counsel Services 


190,000 


260,420 


150,000 


150,000 


150,000 


Total 


$190,000 


$260,420 


$150,000 


$150,000 


$150,000 


Town Clerk 












Personal Services - Elected 


57,119 


59,863 


62,689 


65,600 


63,689 


Personal Services 


11,307 


18,153 


17,687 


16,427 


16,427 


General Expenses 


8,735 


11,125 


10,010 


10,338 


8,890 


Total 


$77,161 


$89,141 


$90,386 


$92,365 


$89,006 







































39 



APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 





FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














Conservation Commission 












General Expenses 


37,400 


37,374 


31,910 


31,910 


31,260 


Total 


$37,400 


$37,374 


$31,910 


$31,910 


$31,260 














Planning Board 












Personal Services 


10,300 








54,542 


54,542 


General Expenses 


4,400 


14,450 


15,050 


15,050 


14,750 


Total 


$14,700 


$14,450 


$15,050 


$69,592 


$69,292 














Zoning Board of Appeals 












General Expenses 


4,385 


3,025 


2.560 


2,560 


2,260 


Total 


$4,385 


$3,025 


$2,560 


$2,560 


$2,260 














Town Reports 












General Expenses 


15,000 


15,000 


15,000 


15,000 


13,000 


Total 


$15,000 


$15,000 


$15,000 


$15,000 


$13,000 














Parking Clerk 












General Expenses 


2,000 


1,800 


1,200 


1,200 


1,200 


Total 


$2,000 


$1,800 


$1,200 


$1,200 


$1,200 














Unclassified 












Audit of Accounts 


8,500 


12,000 


12,000 


12,000 


12,000 


S.S. Coalition 


4,000 


4,000 


4,000 


4,000 


4,000 


Water Purchase 


50,000 


30,000 


30,000 


30,000 


30,000 


Total 


$62,500 


$46,000 


$46,000 


$46,000 


$46,000 














ADMINISTRATIVE TOTAL 


$1,538,805 


$1,534,459 


$1,472,621 


$1,494,596 


$1,462,204 


PUBLIC SAFETY 
























Police Department 












Personal Services 


1,740,415 


1,682,451 


1,724,267 


1.835,378 


1,734,996 


General Expenses 


101,450 


112.738 


108,950 


121,500 


105,200 


Total 


$1,841,865 


$1,795,189 


$1,833,217 


$1,956,878 


$1,840,196 














Fire Department 












Personal Services 


1,607,642 


1,617,808 


1,668,279 


1,695,703 


1,644,344 


General Expenses 


147,345 


165,295 


193,095 


203,785 


195,710 


Hydrant Services 


67,414 


87,120 


17,120 


17,120 


17,120 


Total 


$1,822,401 


$1,870,223 


$1,878,494 


$1,916,608 


$1,857,174 














Building Commissioner 












Personal Services 


67,700 


71,209 


72,778 


73,278 


71,778 


General Expenses 


5,400 


5,250 


5,250 


5,250 


4,700 


Total 


$73,100 


$76,459 


$78,028 


$78,528 


$76,478 














Gas & Plumbing Inspector 












General Expenses 


8,000 


10,000 


10,000 


10,000 


9,500 


Total 


$8,000 


$10,000 


$10,000 


$10,000 


$9,500 



40 



APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 





FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














Weights & Measures 












Personal Services 


2,600 


2,678 


2,678 


2,678 


2,678 


General Expenses 


450 


450 





450 





Total 


$3,050 


$3,128 


$2,678 


$3,128 


$2,678 














Wiring Inspector 












General Expenses 


17,500 


17,500 


17,950 


19,164 


17,550 


Total 


$17,500 


$17,500 


$17,950 


$19,164 


$17,550 














Civil Defense 












Salaries & Expenses 


5,350 


5,350 


7,850 


7,850 


5,350 


Total 


$5,350 


$5,350 


$7,850 


$7,850 


$5,350 














Harbormaster 












Personal Services 


62,589 


61,623 


64,435 


64,435 


64,435 


General Expenses 


5,100 


8,050 


9,400 


9,400 


7,900 


Total 


$67,689 


$69,673 


$73,835 


$73,835 


$72,335 


Shellfish 












Personal Services 


500 


500 


500 


500 


500 


Total 


$500 


$500 


$500 


$500 


$500 














PUBLIC SAFETY TOTAL 


$3,839,455 


$3,848,022 


$3,902,552 


$4,066,491 


$3,881,761 














EDUCATION 
























Cohasset Schools 












Salaries & Expenses 


12,248,612 


12,914,714 


13,686,400 


14,358,893 


14,316,397 


Total 


$12,248,612 


$12,914,714 


$13,686,400 


$14,358,893 


$14,316,397 














South Shore VocTech 












Vocational Assessment 


95,770 


105,910 


144,752 


133,028 


133,028 


Total 


$95,770 


$105,910 


$144,752 


$133,028 


$133,028 














EDUCATION SERVICES TOTAL 


$12,344,382 


$13,020,624 


$13,831,152 


$14,491,921 


$14,449,425 














PUBLIC WORKS/FACILITIES 
























Department of Public Works 












Personal Services 


700,327 


718,166 


736,299 


743,812 


743,812 


General Expenses 


161,715 


185,395 


194,400 


204,050 


197,590 


Other Appropriations 


390,036 


427,473 


425,110 


425,110 


433,110 


Total 


$1,252,078 


$1,331,034 


$1,355,809 


$1,372,972 


$1,374,512 














Snow & Ice 












General Expenses 


51,156 


51,437 


76,000 


76,000 


76,000 


Total 


$51,156 


$51,437 


$76,000 


$76,000 


$76,000 







































41 



APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 





FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














Street Lighting 












General Expenses 


58.000 


62,000 


62,000 


70,000 


70,000 


Total 


$58,000 


$62,000 


$62,000 


$70,000 


$70,000 














Building Maintenance 












Personal Services 


220,791 


224,694 


230,896 


361,739 


243,532 


General Expenses 


273,265 


301,718 


391,000 


373,800 


357,300 


Total 


$494,056 


$526,412 


$621,896 


$735,539 


$600,832 














PUBLIC WORKS/FACILITIES TOTAL 


$1,855,290 


$1,970,883 


$2,115,705 


$2,254,511 


$2,121,344 


HEALTH & WELFARE 
























Board of Health 












Personal Sen/ices 


123,527 


123,102 


126,785 


126,785 


126,785 


General Expenses 


12,100 


8,350 


8,350 


8,350 


6,150 


Total 


$135,627 


$131,452 


$135,135 


$135,135 


$132,935 














Elder Affairs 












Personal Services 


126.972 


138,829 


154,578 


156,972 


154,226 


General Expenses 


31,160 


42,510 


39,400 


39,400 


38,400 


Total 


$158,132 


$181,339 


$193,978 


$196,372 


$192,626 














Veterans Services 












Personal Services 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 


General Expenses 


425 


225 


100 


100 


100 


Total 


$2,025 


$1,825 


$1,700 


$1,700 


$1,700 














Commission on Disabilities 












General Expenses 


100 


100 











Total 


$100 


$100 


$0 


$0 


$0 














HEALTH & WELFARE TOTAL 


$295,884 


$314,716 


$330,813 


$333,207 


$327,261 














CULTURE & RECREATION 
























Library Services 












Personal Services 


355.683 


361 .450 


377.776 


403,583 


384,515 


General Expenses 


100,211 


110.085 


108.118 


110,304 


98.104 


Total 


$455,894 


$471,535 


$485,894 


$513,887 


$482,619 














Recreation 












Personal Services 


118,425 


121,946 


127,601 


124,905 


124,775 


General Expenses 


6,380 


6,380 


6,680 


6,680 


5,905 


Total 


$124,805 


$128,326 


$134,281 


$131,585 


$130,680 














Common Historical Commission 












General Expenses 


200 


100 


100 


100 


100 


Total 


$200 


$100 


$100 


$100 


$100 















42 



APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 





FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














Historical Preservation 












Personal Services 


800 


800 


800 


800 


800 


General Expenses 


200 


200 


100 


100 


100 


Total 


$1,000 


$1,000 


$900 


$900 


$900 














Celebrations 












General Expenses 


2,500 


5,000 


5,000 


5,000 


5,000 


Total 


$2,500 


$5,000 


$5,000 


$5,000 


$5,000 














CULTURAL & REC. TOTAL 


$584,399 


$605,961 


$626,175 


$651,472 


$619,299 














DEBT SERVICE 
























Non-Excluded Principle 


1,152,935 


1,195,005 


1,327,727 


1,208,413 


1,208,413 


Non-Excluded Interest 


418,085 


415,323 


425,844 


558,132 


558,132 


Excluded Principle 


1,494,160 


1,543,826 


1,871,830 


1,885,920 


1,885,920 


Excluded Interest 


1,722,110 


1,388,817 


1,171,128 


1,114,548 


1,114,548 














DEBT SERVICE TOTAL 


$4,787,290 


$4,542,971 


$4,796,529 


$4,767,013 


K767,013 














BENEFITS & INSURANCE 
























Pensions 












County Assessment 


983,173 


1,105,000 


1,126,111 


1,123,165 


1,123,165 


Total 


$983,173 


$1,105,000 


$1,126,111 


$1,123,165 


$1,123,165 














Worker's Compensation 












General Expenses 


70,000 


80,000 


92,000 


92,000 


92,000 


Total 


$70,000 


$80,000 


$92,000 


$92,000 


$92,000 














Unemployment 












General Expenses 


35,000 


30,109 


20,000 


20,000 


20,000 


Total 


$35,000 


$30,109 


$20,000 


$20,000 


$20,000 














Health Insurance 












General Expenses 


1,966,000 


2,157,500 


2,500,000 


2,580,000 


2,580,000 


Total 


$1,966,000 


$2,157,500 


$2,500,000 


$2,580,000 


$2,580,000 














Life Insurance 












General Expenses 


8,000 


9,000 


11,000 


9,000 


9,000 


Total 


$8,000 


$9,000 


$11,000 


$9,000 


$9,000 



























43 



APPENDIX A 

FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 

SUMMARY 





FISCAL 2006 


FISCAL 2007 


FISCAL 2008 


FISCAL 2009 


FISCAL 2009 


DEPARTMENT 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


BUDGETED 


REQUESTED 


RECOMM'D 














Medicare 












General Expenses 


190,000 


200,000 


206,000 


226,000 


226,000 


Total 


$190,000 


$200,000 


$206,000 


$226,000 


$226,000 


Property & Liability Insurance 












General Expenses 


202.500 


218,000 


236,200 


236,000 


236,000 


Total 


$202,500 


$218,000 


$236,200 


$236,000 


$236,000 














BENEFITS & INSURANCE TOTAL 


$3,454,673 


$3,799,609 


$4,191,311 


$4,286,165 


$4,286,165 














ENTERPRISE FUNDS 
























Central Cohasset Sewer 












General Expenses 


499,166 


538,706 


624,897 


624.467 


624,467 


Depreciation/Capital 


57,292 


82,292 


144,253 


30,000 


30,000 


Indirect Expenses 


52,730 


54,312 


22,536 


32,818 


32,818 


Debt Service 


47,420 


58,550 


60,137 


60,137 


60,137 


Total 


$656,608 


$733,860 


$851,823 


$747,422 


$747,422 














North Cohasset Sewer 












General Expenses 


143,874 


155,490 


179,210 


165,078 


165,078 


Depreciation/Capital 


54,333 


52,750 


71,362 


97,419 


97,419 


Indirect Expenses 


19,500 


20,085 


20,688 


11,529 


11,529 


Total 


$217,707 


$228,325 


$271,260 


$274,026 


$274,026 














Water Enterprise Fund 












General Expenses 


1,269,000 


1.188,600 


1,207,600 


1,236,100 


1,236,100 


Capital Outlay 

















Town Hall Services 


31.296 


32,000 


32,000 


32,000 


32,000 


Debt Service - Principle 


708,531 


777.159 


857,070 


1 .022.443 


1,022,443 


Debt Service - Interest 


446,331 


695,391 


898,930 


1,148,000 


1,148,000 


Total 


$2,455,158 


$2,693,150 


$2,995,600 


$3,438,543 


$3,438,543 














ENTERPRISE FUNDS TOTAL 


$3,329,473 


$3,655,335 


$4,118,683 


$4,459,991 


$4,459,991 


























GRAND TOTAL 


$32,029,651 


$33,292,580 


$35,385,541 


$36,805,367 


$36,374,463 





44 



APPENDIX B- COMPENSATION & CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULES 









Fiscal Year 


2009 










Grade 


Step 


1st 


2nd 


3rd 


4th 


5th 


6th 


7th 


A 


Hourly 


10.46 


11.05 


11.65 


12.25 


12.84 


13.45 


14.06 




35 Hrs. 


366.10 


386.75 


407.75 


428.75 


449.40 


470.75 


492.10 




40 Hrs. 


418.40 


442.00 


466.00 


490.00 


51360 


538.00 


562.40 


B 


Hourly 


11.30 


11.95 


12.60 


13.24 


13.84 


14.49 


15.15 




35 Hrs. 


395.50 


418.25 


441.00 


463.40 


484.40 


507.15 


530.25 




40 Hrs. 


452.00 


478.00 


504.00 


529.60 


553.60 


579.60 


606.00 


C 


Hourly 


12.24 


12.89 


13.57 


14.24 


14.96 


15.69 


16.39 




35 Hrs. 


428.40 


451.15 


474.95 


498.40 


523.60 


549.15 


573.65 




40 Hrs. 


489.60 


515.60 


542.80 


569.60 


598.40 


627.60 


655.60 


D 


Hourly 


13.18 


13.96 


14.67 


15.44 


16.20 


16.94 


17.71 




35 Hrs. 


461.30 


488.60 


513.45 


540.40 


567.00 


592.90 


619.85 




40 Hrs. 


527.20 


558.40 


586.80 


617.60 


648.00 


677.60 


708.40 


E 


Hourly 


14.22 


15.07 


15.84 


16.66 


17.47 


18.30 


19.12 




35 Hrs. 


497.70 


527.45 


554.40 


583.10 


611.45 


640.50 


669.20 




40 Hrs. 


568.80 


602.80 


633.60 


666.40 


698.80 


732.00 


764.80 


F 


Hourly 


15.36 


16.25 


17.10 


17.94 


18.86 


19.75 


20.63 




35 Hrs. 


537.60 


568.75 


598.50 


627.90 


660.10 


691.25 


722.05 




40 Hrs. 


614,40 


650.00 


684.00 


717.60 


754.40 


790.00 


825.20 


G 


Hourly 


16.61 


17.53 


18.49 


19.43 


20.37 


21.27 


22.24 




35 Hrs. 


581.35 


613.55 


647.15 


680.05 


712.95 


744.45 


778.40 




40 Hrs. 


664.40 


701.20 


739.60 


777.20 


814.80 


850.80 


889.60 


H 


Hourly 


17.92 


18.94 


19.96 


21.00 


21.99 


23.00 


24.04 




35 Hrs. 


627.20 


662.90 


698.60 


735.00 


769.65 


805.00 


841.40 




40 Hrs. 


716.80 


757.60 


798.40 


840.00 


879.60 


920.00 


961.60 


1 


Hourly 


19.37 


20.45 


21.56 


22.65 


23.75 


24.85 


25.97 




35 Hrs. 


677.95 


715.75 


754.60 


792.75 


831.25 


869.75 


908.95 




40 Hrs. 


774.80 


818.00 


862.40 


906.00 


950.00 


994.00 


1,038 80 


J 


Hourly 


20.90 


22.06 


23.26 


24.42 


25.68 


26.86 


28.07 




35 Hrs. 


731.50 


772.10 


814.10 


854.70 


898.80 


940.10 


982.45 




40 Hrs. 


836.00 


882.40 


930.40 


976.80 


1,027.20 


1,074.40 


1,122.80 


K 


Hourly 


22.59 


23.83 


25.16 


26.42 


27.70 


28.99 


30.30 




35 Hrs. 


790.65 


834.05 


880.60 


924.70 


969.50 


1,014.65 


1,060.50 




40 Hrs. 


903.60 


953.20 


1,006.40 


1,056.80 


1,108.00 


1,159.60 


1,212.00 


L 


Hourly 


24.40 


25.80 


27.19 


28.58 


29.95 


31.31 


32.70 




35 Hrs. 


854.00 


903.00 


951.65 


1,000.30 


1,048.25 


1,095.85 


1,144.50 




40 Hrs. 


976.00 


1,032.00 


1,087.60 


1,143.20 


1,198.00 


1,252.40 


1,308.00 


M 


Hourly 


26.38 


27.82 


29.32 


30.83 


32.33 


33.84 


35.36 




35 Hrs. 


923.30 


973.70 


1,026.20 


1,079.05 


1,131.55 


1,184.40 


1,237.60 




40 Hrs. 


1,055.20 


1,112.80 


1,172.80 


1,233.20 


1,293.20 


1,353.60 


1,414.40 


N 


Hourly 


28.44 


30.06 


31.68 


33.26 


34.90 


36.51 


38.16 




35 Hrs. 


995.40 


1,052.10 


1,108.80 


1,164.10 


1,221.50 


1,277.85 


1,335.60 




40 Hrs. 


1,137.60 


1,202.40 


1,267.20 


1,330.40 


1,396.00 


1,460.40 


1,526.40 





Hourly 


30.74 


32.47 


34.24 


36.00 


37.73 


39.46 


41.23 




35 Hrs. 


1,075.90 


1,136.45 


1,198.40 


1,260.00 


1,320 55 


1,381.10 


1,443.05 




40 Hrs. 


1 ,229.60 


1,298.80 


1,369.60 


1,440.00 


1,509.20 


1,578.40 


1,649.20 



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APPENDIX B - COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULES 



PAY 
GROUP 



POSITIONS 
AUTHORIZED 



HOURS 



Schedule 1 - Regular Employees 

Board of Assessors 

Deputy Assessor/Appraiser 
Assistant Assessor 
Administrative Assistant 

Building Department 

Building Commissioner/Zoning Officer 
Clerk 

Civilian Dispatch 

Communications Supervisor 
Lead Dispatcher 
Dispatcher (FT) 
Dispatcher (PT) 
Dispatcher (PT) 

Elder Affairs 
Director 
Elder Advocate 
Volunteer Coordinator 
Clerk 

Van Driver 
Van Driver 

Facilities 
Director 

Maintenance Worker 
Custodial Worker 
Custodial Worker 

Fire Department 
Fire Chief 
Captain 
Lieutenant 
Firefighter - Paramedic 

Harbor Department 
Harbormaster 

Board of Health 
Health Agent 
Administrator 



Contract 


1 


40 


H 


1 


35 


G 


1 


35 


Contract 


1 


40 


F 


1 


20 


H 


1 


40 


G 


1 


40 


F 


3 


40 


F 


1 


24 


F 


1 


16 


Contract 


1 


40 


1 


1 


28 


G 


1 


19 


G 


1 


18 


F 


1 


19 


F 


2 


4 


Contract 


1 


40 


G 


2 


40 


F 


1 


40 


F 


1 


19 


Contract 


1 


40 


FS-13 


4 


42 


FS-12 


4 


42 


FS-11 


15 


42 


Contract 


1 


40 


Contract 


1 


12 


Contract 


1 


40 



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APPENDIX B - COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULES 

PAY POSITIONS 

GROUP AUTHORIZED HOURS 



Library 

Chief Librarian 
Staff Librarian 
Staff Librarian 
Library Assistant 
Library Assistant 
Library Technician 
Library Technician 
Library Technician 
Library Technician 
Administrative Assistant 



Contract 




40 






35 






31 






37.5 






35 






29 






22 




2 


21 




2 


20 




1 


9 



Planning Board 
Administrator 



Contract 



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Police Department 
Police Chief 
Lieutenant 
Sergeant 
Patrolman 
Secretary 

Department of Public Works 
Superintendent 
General Foreman 
Working Foreman 
Heavy Equipment Operator 
Skilled Utility Worker 
Tree Climber 

Skilled Utility Worker - Cemetery 
Clerk 

Recreation 
Director 

Board of Selectmen 

Administrative Assistant 
Secretary/Receptionist 

Director of Finance/Town Accountant 
Director of Finance/Town Accountant 
Assistant Town Accountant 



Contract 


1 


40 


PS -11 


2 


37.5 


PS -11 


3 


37.5 


PS -09 


13 


37.5 


G 


1 


40 


Contract 


1 


40 


K 


1 


40 


1 


3 


40 


G 


4 


40 


F 


3 


40 


F 


1 


40 


F 


1 


40 


G 


1 


35 


Contract 


1 


40 


1 


1 


40 


F 


1 


27 


Contract 


1 


40 


G 


1 


25 



Town Clerk 

Assistant Town Clerk 



40 



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APPENDIX B - COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULES 



PAY 
GROUP 



POSITIONS 
AUTHORIZED 



HOURS 



Town Manager 
Town Manager 

Treasurer/Collector 
Treasurer/Collector 
Assistant Treasurer/Collector 
Assistant to Treasurer 



Contract 



Contract 
H 
G 



40 



40 
40 
35 



Schedule 1a - Elected Employees 

Town Clerk 

Clerk, Board of Registrars 

Moderator 

Board of Selectmen: 

Chair 

Members (4) at $1,000 
Board of Assessors 

Chair 

Members (2) at $1,200 



$63,689 
$329 

$1 

$1,500 
$4,000 

$1,300 
$2,400 



Schedule 2a - Part Time Positions Annual 

Veterans' Agent $1,600 

Member, Board of Registrars $326 

Sealer of Weights and Measurers $2,600 

Town Archivist $600 

Director of Emergency Management $350 

Assistant Director of Emergency Management $100 

Shellfish Constable $500 

Animal Control Officer $16,808 

Keeper of the Town Clock $ 1 00 

Keeper of the Town Pump $100 



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APPENDIX B - COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULES 



Schedule 2b - Part Time Positions Hourly 

Assistant Harbor Master 

Casual Labor 

Election Officers 

Election Clerk 

Election Warden 

Summer Patrolman 

Police Matron 

Deputy Building Inspector (H-Min) 

Library Pages 

Recording Secretary 



PAY 


POSITIONS 


GROUP 


AUTHORIZED 


$13 




$8 




$12 




$12 




$12 




$14 




$13 




$18 




$8 




$13 





HOURS 



Schedule 3 - Part Time Positions 
Constable - Per Notice 



$20 



Exempt Positions - Per the Fair Labor Standards Act 

Deputy Assessor/Appraiser Health Agent 

Building Commissioner Chief Librarian 

Director of Finance/Town Accountant Police Chief 

Director of Facilities Recreation Director 

Elder Affairs Director Superintendent of Public Works 

Fire Chief Town Manager 

Harbormaster Treasurer/Collector 

Health Administrator Town Planner 



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APPENDIX C - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 


FY 2009 TO FY 2012 














2009 


2010 


2011 


2012 


Department/Description 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 












FACILITIES MANAGEMENT 




















Library 










Library Gutters and Downspouts 


572,500 








Library East Parapet Wall Repair 


511,000 








Library EPDM repairs 




544,000 






Security System (cameras) 






550,000 




Schools 










Trash Truck 


545,000 








Osgood Pavement (new back turn around / walkway) 


550,000 








Osgood Playground Replacement/Repair 


575,000 








Middle High Science Classroom Exhaust Fans 


S25.000 








Osgood Kitchen Upgrade 




540,000 






Osgood Emergency Generator 




5160,000 






High School Fitness Center Air Conditioning 






522,000 




Alumni Field Bleachers 




585,000 






Alumni Field Turf/Track Replacement 








51,500,000 


Town Hall 










Town Hall Chiller Replacement 


345,000 








Town Hall Windows. Electrical, Restroom, Auditorium Upgrades 




560,000 






Town Hall Sill Replacement 




525,000 






Town Hall Security System (camera and burglar) 






530,000 




Town Hall Basement Air Conditioning 








515,000 


Town Hall Emergency Generator 








530,000 


Police/Fire 










Emergency Generator 


5130,000 








Other 










Town Wide BAS (building automation) System 


580,000 








Maintenance Vehicle ( if new maintenance staff hired) 


535,000 








Dark Fiber Install (schools, police, library, town hall) 


530,000 








DPW Security System (camera and burglar) 






530,000 




Sub-Total 


$598,500 


$414,000 


$132,000 


$1,545,000 












TOWN MANAGER 










West Corner Culvert Replacement Design 


550,000 








Sub-Total 


$50,000 


















BOARD OF SELECTMEN 










Lightkeepers Sewer Connection Project 


550,000 









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APPENDIX C - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 


FY 2009 TO FY 2012 














2009 


2010 


2011 


2012 


Department/Description 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Flood Control Projects 


$400,000 


$2,000,000 


$2,000,000 




Sub-Total 


$450,000 


$2,000,000 


$2,000,000 


$0 






















PUBLIC WORKS 










1985 CAT 950 Loader (refurbishment) 


$30,000 








Bucket Truck (replacement) 


$70,000 








Tractor (replace 1989 Peterbilt) 


$120,000 








Mowing Machine 


$30,000 








Replace Sander 


$10,000 








Cheverolet C-30 (replace 1990) 




$45,000 






Loader/Backhoe (replace 1988 Ford) 






$90,000 




Replace 1986 Ford Dump Truck 








$85,000 


Sub-Total 


$260,000 


$45,000 


$90,000 


$85,000 












INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 










Equipment Purchase & Replacement 


$10,000 


$10,000 


$10,000 




Sub-Total 


$10,000 


$10,000 


$10,000 


$0 












SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 










Technology Replacement 


$100,000 


$100,000 


$100,000 


$100,000 


Transportation Busses / vans 


$80,000 


$45,000 


$80,000 


$80,000 


Sub-Total 


$180,000 


$145,000 


$180,000 


$180,000 












LIBRARY 










Replace 15 Public Computers & 2 notebook computers 


$28,200 




$28,200 




Replace 1 1 staff computers 








$18,700 


Replace 6 children's room computers & 5 PAC's 




$18,700 






Install Self-Check out Kiosk 


$14,000 








Finish Staff Work Room 


$5,000 








Replace Carpet 


$2,400 








Replace worn Upholstery 




$5,000 






Sub-Total 


$49,600 


$23,700 


$28,200 


$18,700 













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APPENDIX C - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 


FY 2009 TO FY 2012 














2009 


2010 


2011 


2012 


Department/Description 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 


Proposed 


POLICE DEPARTMENT 










Vehicle Replacement (marked) 


$58,000 


558,000 


$29,000 


$60,000 


Vehicle Replacement (marked) 










Sever & Workstation Replacement 


59,000 


55,000 


$5,000 


$5,000 


Vehicle Replacement (unmarked) 


538,000 




$20,000 




Special Vehicle (4X4) 






$30,000 




Mobile Radios 








$50,000 


Portable Radios 




590,000 






Dispatch/911 Consoles Replacement 


5150,000 








Police Repeater Update/Refurbish 




530,000 






Firearms - Handguns 






$12,500 




Firearms - Long Guns 






$3,500 




New Police Station 




54,500,000 






Sub-Total 


$255,000 


$4,683,000 


$100,000 


$115,000 












FIRE DEPARTMENT 










Chiefs Vehicle Replacement 


535,000 








Ambulance Replacement 


5165,000 








Engine Two Replacement 


5450,000 








Forest Fire Truck Replacement 








$150,000 


Air Compressor/Self Contained Breathing App. Filling Station 




550,000 






Special Hazards Equipment Trailer 




525,000 






Jaws of Life - Gas Powered (replacement) 


520,000 








Jaws of Life - Electric Powered (replacement) 






$23,000 




Thermal Imaging Camera Replacement (2) 




$27,000 






Desktop & Notebook Computr Replacement 






$10,000 




Heart Monitor/Defibrillator - 12 Lead (replacement) 


525.000 






$28,000 


Hose Replacement 


$15,000 








Second Fire Station Feasibility Study 


525,000 








Heavy Rescue Tools 










Sub-Total 


$735,000 


$102,000 


$33,000 


$178,000 












GRAND TOTAL 


$2,588,100 


$7,422,700 


$2,573,200 


$2,121,700 









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Article 4 : Union Contracts & Other Salary Adjustments 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, 
and/or transfer from available funds, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to fund the FY09 cost items of a collective bargaining agreement between the Town, 
represented by the Board of Selectmen, and the Fire Department employees represented by 
Local 2804, Cohasset Permanent Firefighters, Police Department employees represented by the 
New England Police Benevolent Association, Inc. Local 9000, the Library employees represented 
by SEIU Local 888, Clerical employees represented by SEIU Local 888, and Public Safety Dispatch 
employees represented by Teamsters Local Union No. 25in accordance with Chapter 150E of the 
General laws, and to fund salary adjustments for non-union and employees with individual 
employment contracts, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 5: Capital Improvements Budget 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum of money to fund various capital improvements, 
capital projects and/or capital equipment for the various departments, boards, commissions and 
agencies of the town, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) be transferred from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) 
to be expended by the Town Manager for purpose of funding engineering design services for the 
West Corner Culvert Replacement Project. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 6: Community Preservation Committee 

To see if the Town will vote to adopt and approve the recommendations of the Community 
Preservation Committee for Fiscal Year 2009, and to see if the Town will vote to implement such 
recommendations by appropriating a sum or sums of money from the Community Preservation 
Fund established pursuant to Chapter 44B of the General Laws, and by authorizing the Board of 
Selectmen, with the approval of the Community Preservation Committee to acquire, by 
purchase, gift or eminent domain such real property interests in the name of the Town, or 
enforceable by the Town, including real property interests in the form of permanent affordable 
housing restrictions and historical preservation restrictions that will meet the requirements of 
Chapter 184 of the General Laws, as may be necessary or proper to carry out the foregoing, or 
to take any action related thereto. 2 



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Recommendation A: Sub Account Allocations 

That Fiscal Year 2009 revenues to the Community Preservation Fund be divided to the following 
sub accounts to be administered by the Community Preservation Committee as follows: 

Historical Resources Sub Account (10%) $50,000 

Open Space Sub Account (10% $ 50,000 

Community Housing Sub Account (10%) $ 50.000 

Total Budget $150,000 

Recommendation B. Town Hall Restoration 

That Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) be transferred from the Community 
Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account with the intention that these funds be available in 
FY 2008 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purposes 
of rehabilitation and preservation to the exterior of the antique portion of Town Hall, including 
but not limited the restoration of the windows, gutters, downspouts, clapboard chimney, 
acquisition of storm windows, and other related work. All work must comply with the 
requirements of the Community Preservation Act (G.L. ch. 44B, section 2 "rehabilitation" or any 
other applicable law). 

Recommendation C. Stormwater Management 

That Eighty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($88,500) be transferred from the Community 
Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account with the intention that these funds be available in 
FY 2008 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purposes 
of designing, installing and constructing of Stormwater Best Management Practice controls 
within the James Brook watershed that are needed to reduce the impacts of stormwater 
pollution affecting James Brook, Jacobs Meadow, Cohasset Cove and Cohasset Harbor including, 
but not limited to, ten locations within a quarter mile radius of Jacobs Meadow on Elm Street, 
Pleasant Street & Cushing Road, Norfolk Road & Cushing Road, South Main Street, North Main 
Street & Robert Jason Road, Oak Street & Cushing Road, Cove Road, Pond Street & Cushing 
Road, Ash Street & Cushing Road, Ripley Road, near Pratt Court and other related work. This 
project is necessary to preserve James, Brook, Jacobs Meadow, Cohasset Cove, and Cohasset 
Harbor from destruction. 

Recommendation D. Housing Perc Tests 

That Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund 
Housing Resources Sub Account with the intention that these funds be available in FY 2008 and 
thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes of 
performing percolation tests and other related engineering work/studies to determine whether 
land owned by the Town situated off Smith Place and Pleasant Lane is suitable for development. 



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Recommendation E. Historical Society 

That Fifty One Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($51,700) be transferred from the Community 
Preservation Fund Historical Resources Sub Account v^/ith the intention that these funds be 
available in FY 2008 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager, for 
the purposes of rehabilitation and restoration of the Cohasset Historical Society's (former) Paul 
Pratt Memorial Library to rehabilitate the cupola windows, Front door and loggia, and Rotunda 
glass dome, installation of ultra-violet filtered Plexiglas inserts at each window of the Cohasset 
historical Society's Wilson House and Cohasset Historical Society's Maritime Museum, and the 
acquisition and installation of textile storage racks for the purpose of preserving the Cohasset 
Historical Society's archives including textiles and other artifacts all other related work, 
provided, however, that the Board of Selectmen be hereby authorized to acquire in return for 
such sum a historic preservation restriction in compliance with Chapter 184 of the General Laws 
and the specific work items be performed with the prior approval of the Community 
Preservation Committee before performing any of the work and/or contracting for services. All 
work to (former) Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Wilson House and Maritime Museum must 
comply with the requirements of the Community Preservation Act (G.L. ch. 44B, section 2 
"rehabilitation" or any other applicable law). 

Recommendation F. Water Department 

That Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation 
Fund Open Space Account and One Hundred Fifty Thousand )$150,000) Dollars from the 
Community Preservation Discretionary Sub Account, for a total of One Hundred Seventy-Five 
Thousand ($175,000) Dollars, with the intention that these funds be available In FY 2008 and 
thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager to acquire by purchase, gift or 
eminent domain the following parcel of land found on Assessor's Map Parcel 66-7 (20.43 acres) 
(described by deed recorded in Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Book 5244 at Page 104. Said 
property is to be acquired in fee simple title for watershed, open space and recreation purposes. 
The parcel is the last of 15 parcels authorized by the Annual Town Meeting March 27, 2004, 
Article 13. The assemblage of land for open space and watershed protection came to be known 
as the Brass Kettle Brook Conservation Area. The town is authorized to grant a conservation 
restriction to the Trustees of Reservations requiring that this land be used only for watershed, 
open space and recreation purposes. 

Recommendation G. Town Clerk 

That Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund 
Historical Resources Sub Account and Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) transferred from the 
Community Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account for a total of Fifty Thousand Dollars 
($50,000) with the intention that these funds be available in FY 2008 and thereafter, which 
funds are to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purposes of preserving and making 
various restorative improvements to the Town Clerk's ancient records and vital statistics. 



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Recommendation H. Harbor Health Committee 

That Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation 
Fund Discretionary Sub Account v^/ith the intention that these funds be available in Fiscal 2008 
and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes of 
constructing/restoring the culvert running between the Gulf River and Cohasset Harbor and 
other related costs, which project is necessary to preserve the Cohasset Harbor, Cohasset Cove 
and the Gulf River from destruction. Notwithstanding the above, the Harbor Health Committee 
and or the Conservation Commission must, prior to December 31, 2009, demonstrate to the 
Town Manager's satisfaction, that it has raised all additional money necessary for completing 
this project. If the Harbor Health Committee and/or the Conservation Commission fail to receive 
the Town Manager's endorsement that all such funds are in place by that date, then this 
appropriation shall expire and the money appropriated herein will return to the Community 
Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account. 

Recommendation I. American Legion 

That Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund 
Discretionary Sub Account with the intention that these funds be available in Fiscal 2008 and 
thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes of installing 
a fire sprinkler system, and other related work to the American Legion George H. Mealy Post 
118, which is a historical built circa 1850 known as the "Guild Building" or "Legion Hall" and 
which formerly housed the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service for the Port of Cohasset 
during the 1800's. Notwithstanding the above, the American Legion must, prior to December 
31, 2009, demonstrate to the Town Manager's satisfaction, that it has raised all additional 
money necessary for completing the this project before any work may commence on this 
project. If the American Legion fails to receive the Town Manager's endorsement that all such 
funds are in place by that date, then this appropriation shall expire and the money appropriated 
herein will return to the Community Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account. The project 
will be supervised by the Town Manager. The American Legion must receive the Town 
Manager's pre-approval before performing any work item and/or entering into any contract(s) 
for the work. Invoices for all work performed shall be submitted to the Town Manager for his 
approval and subject to his inspection (or that of his agents) of the work performed. All 
payment shall be made by the Town directly to the vendor. 

Recommendation J. Harbor Study 

That Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund 
Discretionary Sub Account with the intention that these funds be available in Fiscal 2008 and 
thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purposes paying a 
portion of the costs for retaining a municipal planner to prepare a concept plan for the future 
uses of Cohasset Harbor and the land surrounding it. The plan will focus on opportunities for 
open space, public access to the harbor, community housing, historical preservation, economic 
viability and include a build out analysis and recommendations for potential zoning changes. 



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Recommendation K. Debt Service Payment 

That Thirty-Eight Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Nine Dollars ($38,479) be transferred from 
the Community Preservation Fund Discretionary Sub Account to be expended by the Town 
Manager for payment of debt service for the project approved under Article 12 
(Recommendation E) of the 2004 annual town meeting (open space land acquisition). 

Moved to vote the appropriation as recommended by the Community Preservation Committee 
as set forth In Appendix D of the warrant shown as recommendations A through I, and K. 
Recommendation J was withdrawn. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 7: Unpaid Bills from Previous Years 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or 
borrow, pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years, or to take any other action 
related thereto. 

MOVED that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 8; Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal 2008 



To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute 
and/or transfer from available funds, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, needed by various departmental budgets and appropriations to complete the fiscal 
year ending June 30, 2008, or to take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that One Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($175,000), be hereby appropriated 
to the Fiscal 2008 budgetary items set forth below amending the amounts appropriated by the 
Town pursuant to Article 3 of the 2006 Annual Town Meeting (which appropriations may have 
been amended at the November 13, 2007 Special Town Meeting), which funds after transfer are 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to supplement certain departmental budgets and 
appropriations set forth below to complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, as follows. 



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Transfer Funds to: 

Legal Services Budget 
Planning Board General Expenses 
Police Department Salaries 
Facilities Maintenance Salaries 



$ 75,000 
$ 10,000 
$ 80,000 
$ 10,000 



Legal Services 

Zoning Bylaw Recodification 

Overtime 

Overtime 



TOTAL AMOUNT TRANSFERRED 



$ 175,000 



And to fund this appropriation, One Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($175,000) be 
transferred from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue). 

Motion adopted. 



Article 9: 



Capital Stabilization Fund 



To see if the Town will vote to create a Capital Stabilization Fund pursuant to Chapter 40, 
Section SB of the General Laws for the purpose of funding various capital improvements, capital 
projects and/or capital equipment for the various departments, boards, commissions and 
agencies of the town; and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be deposited into said Capital Stabilization 
Fund, any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that a Capital Stabilization Fund be hereby established in the treasury of the town 
pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 5B of the General Laws beginning July 1, 2008 and continuing 
thereafter, for the purpose of funding various capital improvements, capital projects and/or 
capital equipment for the various departments, boards, commissions and agencies of the town; 
and further that the sum of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) be hereby 
appropriated for deposit into the Capital Stabilization Fund; and to meet this appropriation. One 
Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($125,000) be raised and appropriated from taxation 
and other general revenues of the Town and One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars 
($125,000) be transferred from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the town. 

A 2/3 vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 10: Post-Retirement Health Insurance Liability Stabilization Fund 

To see if the Town will vote to create a Post-Retirement Health Insurance Liability Stabilization 
Fund pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 5B of the General Laws for the purpose of funding health 
insurance expenses for future retired town employees, and to raise and appropriate, transfer 
from available funds and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be 
deposited into said Post-Retirement Health Insurance Liability Stabilization Fund, or take any 
other action related thereto. 



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MOVED that a Post-Retirement Health Insurance Liability Stabilization Fund be hereby 
established in the treasury of the town pursuant to Chapter 40, Section SB of the General Laws 
beginning July 1, 2008 and continuing thereafter for the purpose of funding health insurance 
expenses for future retired town employees, and that the sum of One Hundred Thousand 
Dollars ($100,000) be hereby appropriated for deposit into the Post-Retirement Health 
Insurance Liability Stabilization Fund; and to meet this appropriation, the sum of One Hundred 
Thousand Dollars ($100,000) be transferred from the Health Insurance budget approved for 
Fiscal 2008 as appropriated under Article 3 of the 2007 Annual Town Meeting. 

A 2/3 vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 11: Amendments to Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan Bylaw 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article XI (Personnel Classification and Compensation 
Plan), Section 6 (Fringe Benefits), said amendments on file in the Office of the Board of 
Selectmen, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that General Bylaws, Article XI, Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan be 
hereby amended as follows: 

Section 6(a) Vacation Leave is hereby amended by deleting the words "Upon completion of ten 
(10) years of service - four (4) weeks/year" and adding the following at the end of the first 
paragraph: "From ten (10) years to nineteen (19) years of service - four (4) weeks/year. Upon 
completion of twenty (20) years of service - five (5) weeks/year. 

Section 6 (c) is hereby amended by substituting the words "two (2) days" for the words "one (1) 
da/' in the first sentence. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 12: Amendment to Smoking Bylaw 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws, Article VII, Safety and Public Order, 
Section 33, Smoking Bylaw, as follows, by amending Section 33.(b)v. by inserting in the fifth line 
after "libraries;" the following: "membership association;" 

and by inserting the following new Section 33.(b)v. and renumbering existing Sections 33.(b)v. 
through xii. accordingly: 

V. Membership Association", a not-for-profit entity that has been established and 

operates, for a charitable, philanthropic, civic, social, benevolent, educational, religious, athletic, 
recreation or similar purpose, and is comprised of members who collectively belong to: 



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(1) a society, organization or association of a fraternal nature that operates under 
the lodge system, and having 1 or nnore affiliated chapters or branches incorporated in any 
state; or 

(2) a corporation organized under chapter 180 ; or 

(3) an established religious place of worship or instruction in the commonwealth 
whose real or personal property is exempt from taxation; or 

(4) a veterans' organization incorporated or chartered by the Congress of the 
United States, or otherwise, having 1 or more affiliated chapters or branches incorporated in 
any state. 

(5) Except for a religious place of worship or instruction, an entity shall not be a 
membership association for the purposes of this definition, unless individual membership is 
required for all members of the association for a period of not less than 90 days, or take any 
other action related thereto. 

MOVED that this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 13: South Shore Recycling Cooperative Memorandum of Agreement 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five year 
extension of the Intermunicipal Agreement relative to the South Shore Recycling Cooperative, 
effective July 1, 2008, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the Town the Board of Selectmen be hereby authorized to enter into a five year 
extension of the Intermunicipal Agreement relative to the South Shore Recycling Cooperative, 
effective July 1, 2008. thereto. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Commendation offered by Ralph Dormitzer for Gary Vanderweil 



COMMENDATION 



WHEREAS, Gary Vanderweil previously served 18 years as a member of the Cohasset Sewer 
Commission, including 5 years as Chairman; and 

WHEREAS, Gary Vanderweil was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2005 and has served with 
honor and distinction over the past three years, including the past year as Chairman of the 
Board; and 

WHEREAS, as a member of the Board of Selectmen, Gary Vanderweil has brought great wisdom 
to the many issues that face our community; and 

WHEREAS, as Chairman of the Board of Selectman, Gary Vanderweil has helped the Board 
discharge its responsibilities in a very effective and efficient manner; and 

WHEREAS, such dedication and service to the Town can not come without great sacrifice to 
personal matters and family life; 

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen now recommends this Unanimous IVlotion for 
Commendation to Gary Vanderweil: 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset, assembled at Annual Town 
Meeting hereby acknowledge and affirm their appreciation to Selectman Gary Vanderweil for 
his many years of dedicated service to the Town of Cohasset. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET on this twenty ninth day of 
March in the year Two Thousand Eight. 

Commendation adopted unanimously. 

Article 14: Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Wind Energy Conversion Facilitv Bylaw 

To see if the town will vote to amend the zoning bylaws by adding a new Section 19: Town of 
Cohasset Wind Energy Conversion Facility Bylaw to read as follows: 

19.1 Purpose and Intent 

It is the express purpose of this bylaw to accommodate large distributed generation, wind 
energy conversion facilities, hereinafter referred to as a wind turbine(s), in appropriate 
locations, while minimizing any adverse visual, safety and environmental impacts of the 
facilities. The bylaw enables the review of wind turbines by the town's Planning Board in 
keeping with the Town's existing bylaws. This bylaw is intended to be used in conjunction 



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with other regulations adopted by the Town, including historic district regulations, site plan 
review and other local bylaws designed to encourage appropriate land use, environmental 
protection, and provision of adequate infrastructure development in Cohasset. 

19.2. Definitions 

Height: The height of a turbine(s) is measured to the highest point reached by the blades. 
The height of the tower will be measured to the top of the nacelle. 

Nacelle: The frame and housing at the top of the tower that encloses the gearbox and 
generators and protects them from the weather. 

Rotor: The blades and hub of the wind turbine(s) that rotate during turbine operation. 

Set Back: The base of the tower to the nearest lot line. 

Size: Only wind turbines greater than 500 kilowatts are covered by this Bylaw 

Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA): Board designated by zoning ordinance or 
bylaw with the authority to issue permits. 

Wind energy conversion facility: All equipment, machinery and structures utilized in 
connection with the conversion of wind to electricity. This includes, but is not limited to, all 
transmission, storage, collection and supply equipment, substations, transformers, site 
access, service roads and machinery associated with the use. A wind energy conversion 
facility may consist of one or more wind turbines. 

Wind Turbine Flickering: The blinking effect while the rotor is in motion. Attention will be 
paid to siting the wind turbine(s) to reduce significant flickering. 

Wind Monitoring or Meteorological ("test" or "met ") Towers: Tower used for supporting 
anemometer, wind vane and other equipment to assess the wind resource at a 
predetermined height above the ground. 

Wind turbine: A device that converts kinetic energy of the wind into rotational energy to 
turn an electrical generator shaft. A wind turbine typically consists of a rotor, nacelle and 
supporting tower. 

19.3 District Regulations 

19.3.1 Use Regulations: 

19.3.1 Wind Turbine 

The construction of any wind turbine under this Bylaw shall be permitted in all zoning 
districts, subject to issuance of a Special Permit and provided the proposed use complies 
with all Dimensional and Special Permit Requirements set forth in Sections 19.3 and 19.4 of 
this bylaw. 



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19.3.1.2. Wind Monitoring or Meteorological Towers 

Temporary erection of Wind Monitoring or Meteorological Towers shall be permitted in all 
zoning districts subject to the issuance of a building permit for a temporary structure for 
not more than eighteen months. 

19.3.2 Site Control 

The applicant shall submit with the application documentation of the applicant's legal right 
to install and use the proposed facility at the subject property. Documentation should also 
include proof of control over the setback areas. 

19.3.3 Dimensional Requirements 

All wind turbines shall comply with the requirements set forth in this Section 19.3.3. 

19.3.3.1 Height 

Wind turbines shall have a maximum height of 350-feet, as measured from the Pre- 
Construction Grade to the highest point reached by the nacelle. The SPGA may allow this 
height to be exceeded as part of the special permit process if the project proponent can 
demonstrate that the additional height is needed and that the additional benefits of the 
higher tower outweigh any adverse impacts. Monopole towers are the preferred type of 
support for wind turbines. 

19.3.3.2 Setback 

a) Each wind energy conversion facility and its associated equipment shall comply with 
the 

building setback provisions of the zoning district in which the facility is located. 

b) In addition, the following setbacks shall be observed: 

1. In order to ensure public safety and to protect the interest of neighboring 
property owners, the minimum distance from the base of any wind turbine 
tower to any property line in a residential district, shall be equal to the total 
height of the turbine to the highest point. 

19.4 Special Permit Criteria 

The SPGA may grant a Special Permit only if it finds that the proposal complies with the 
provisions of this bylaw and is consistent with the applicable criteria for granting Special 
Permits. 

19.4.1 General 

Proposed wind turbine(s) shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal 
requirements, including but not limited to all applicable electrical, construction, noise, 
safety, environmental and communications requirements. 



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19.4.1.1 Visual Impact 

The proponent shall demonstrate through project siting and proposed mitigation that the 
wind turbine minimizes any impact on the visual character of surrounding neighborhoods 
and the community; this may include, without limitation, information regarding site 
selection, turbine design, buffering, lighting and cable layout. 

19.4.1.2. Color 

Wind turbine(s) shall be painted a non-reflective color. 

19.4.1.3. Lighting and Signage 

Wind turbine(s) shall be lighted only if required by the Federal Aviation Administration 

(FAA). 

The proponent shall provide a copy of the FAA's determination to establish the required 

marking 

and /or lights for the structure. 

a) Lighting of equipment structures and any other facilities on site (except lighting) 
required by the FAA shall be shielded from abutting properties. 

b) Signs on the facility shall be limited to: 

1. those needed to identify the property and the owner and warn of any danger; 

and, 

2. educational signs providing information on the technology and renewable energy 
usage. 

c) All signs shall comply with the requirements of the Town's sign regulations unless 

relief is 
granted by the S.P.G.A. 

19.4.2.1 Land Clearing/Open Space/Rare Species 

Wind turbines shall be designed to minimize land clearing and fragmentation of open space 
areas and shall avoid permanently protected open space when feasible. Wind turbines 
should be sited to make use of previously developed areas wherever possible. Wind 
turbines facilities shall also be located in a manner that does not have significant negative 
impacts on rare species in the vicinity {particularly avian species, bats, etc.) as may be 
applicable law. 

19.4.2.2. Storm water 

Storm water run-off and erosion control shall be managed in a manner consistent with all 
applicable state and local law. 



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19.4.2.3 Noise 

The wind turbine and associated equipment shall conform with Massachusetts noise 
regulations (310 CMR 7.10). An analysis prepared by a qualified engineer shall be presented 
to demonstrate compliance with these noise standards and shall be consistent with 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection guidance for noise measurement. 

19.4.2.4. Shadowing/Flicker 

Wind turbines shall be sited in a manner that does not result in significant shadowing or 
flicker impacts. Applicant must demonstrate that this effect does not have significant 
adverse impact on adjacent uses through siting. 

19.5 Uses by Telecommunications Carriers 

Wind turbines may be used to locate telecommunications antennas, subject to applicable 
law governing such uses and structures, and subject to the following additional 
requirements: 

a) All ground-mounted telecommunications equipment shall be located in either a 
shelter, within the wind turbine tower or otherwise screened from view year- 
round(either through effective landscaping or existing natural vegetated buffers); 

b) Antennas shall be flush-mounted to be in keeping with the design of the wind turbine 
tower; and; 

c) All cabling associated with the personal wireless facility shall be contained within the 
tower structure or enclosed within a conduit painted to match the turbine mount. 

19.6 IVIonitoring and Maintenance 

19.6.1 After the wind turbine is operational, the applicant shall submit to the SPGA at annual 
intervals from the date of issuance of the Special Permit, a report detailing operating 
data for the facility (including but not limited to days of operation, energy production 
in accordance with the special permit conditions) 

19.6.2 The applicant shall maintain the wind energy conversion facility in good condition. 
Such maintenance shall include, without limitations, painting, structural integrity of the 
foundation and support structure and security barrier (if applicable), and maintenance 
of the buffer areas and landscaping if present. 

19.6.3 Notice shall be provided to the SPGA of any change in ownership of the facility. 



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19.7 Abandonment or Discontinuation of Use 

19.7.1 Within six months that a wind turbine(s) is scheduled to be discontinued, the applicant 
will notify the SPGA by certified U.S. mail of the proposed date of abandonment or 
discontinuance of operations. In the event that an applicant fails to give such notice, 
the facility shall be considered abandoned or discontinued if the facility is inoperable for 
190 days. In the case of a multi-turbine facility, the SPGA shall determine in its decision 
what proportion of the facility would be inoperable for the facility to be considered 
abandoned. 

19.7.2 Upon abandonment or discontinuation of use, the owner shall physically remove the 
wind turbine(s) within 90 days from the date of abandonment or discontinuation of use. 
This period may be extended at the request of the owner and at the discretion of the 
SPGA." Physically remove" shall include, but not be limited to: 

a) Removal of the wind turbine(s) and tower{s), all machinery, equipment, equipment 
shelters, security barriers and all appurtenant structures from the subject property. 

b) Proper disposal of all solid or hazardous materials and wastes from the site in 
accordance with local and state solid waste disposal regulations, 

c)Restoration of the location of the wind turbine(s) to its natural condition, except that 
any landscaping, grading or below grade foundation may remain in the after- 
condition. 

19.7.3 If an applicant fails to remove a wind turbine in accordance with this section of this 
bylaw, the Town shall have the authority to enter the subject property and physically 
remove the facility. The SPGA may in its decision provide a form of surety (i.e. post a 
bond, letter of credit or establish an escrow account or other) at the SPGA's election to 
cover costs of removal in the event the town must remove the facility. The amount of 
such surety shall be equal to 150 percent of the cost of removal of the facility as 
determined by a qualified engineer. The amount shall include a mechanism for a Cost 
of Living Adjustment after 10 and 15 years. 

19.8 Terms of Special Permit 

A Special Permit issued for any wind turbine(s) facility shall be valid for 25 years unless 
extended or renewed. At the end of that time period, the wind turbine(s) shall be 
removed by the applicant. 

19.9 Application Procedures 

19.9.1 Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA) 

The SPGA for wind energy conversion facilities, also referred to as Wind Turbine(s) is 
this bylaw shall be the Planning Board. 

Or, take any other action related thereto. 



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MOVED that the town vote to amend the zoning bylaws by adding a new Section 19: Town of 
Cohasset Wind Energy Conversion Facility Bylaw to read as follows: 

19.1 Purpose and Intent 

It is the express purpose of this bylaw to accommodate large distributed generation, wind 
energy conversion facilities, hereinafter referred to as a wind turbine(s), in appropriate 
locations, while minimizing any adverse visual, safety and environmental impacts of the 
facilities. The bylaw enables the review of wind turbines by the town's Planning Board in 
keeping with the Town's existing bylaws. This bylaw is intended to be used in conjunction 
with other regulations adopted by the Town, including historic district regulations, site plan 
review and other local bylaws designed to encourage appropriate land use, environmental 
protection, and provision of adequate infrastructure development in Cohasset. 

19.2. Definitions 

Height: The height of a turbine(s) is measured to the highest point reached by the blades. 
The height of the tower will be measured to the top of the nacelle. 

Nacelle: The frame and housing at the top of the tower that encloses the gearbox and 
generators and protects them from the weather. 

Rotor: The blades and hub of the wind turbine(s) that rotate during turbine operation. 

Set Back: The base of the tower to the nearest lot line. 

Size: Only wind turbines greater than 500 kilowatts are covered by this Bylaw 

Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA): Board designated by zoning ordinance or 
bylaw with the authority to issue permits. 

Wind energy conversion facility: All equipment, machinery and structures utilized in 
connection with the conversion of wind to electricity. This includes, but is not limited to, all 
transmission, storage, collection and supply equipment, substations, transformers, site 
access, service roads and machinery associated with the use. A wind energy conversion 
facility may consist of one or more wind turbines. 

Wind Turbine Flickering: The blinking effect while the rotor is in motion. Attention will be 
paid to siting the wind turbine(s) to reduce significant flickering. 

Wind Monitoring or Meteorological ("test" or "met ") Towers: Tower used for supporting 
anemometer, wind vane and other equipment to assess the wind resource at a 
predetermined height above the ground. 



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Wind turbine: A device that converts kinetic energy of the wind into rotational energy to 
turn an electrical generator shaft. A wind turbine typically consists of a rotor, nacelle and 
supporting tower. 

19.3 District Regulations 

19.3.1 Use Regulations: 

19.3.1 Wind Turbine 

The construction of any wind turbine under this Bylaw shall be permitted in all zoning 
districts, subject to issuance of a Special Pernnit and provided the proposed use complies 
with all Dimensional and Special Permit Requirements set forth in Sections 19.3 and 19.4 of 
this bylaw. 

19.3.1.2. Wind Monitoring or Meteorological Towers 

Temporary erection of Wind Monitoring or Meteorological Towers shall be permitted in all 
zoning districts subject to the issuance of a building permit for a temporary structure for 
not more than eighteen months. 

19.3.2 Site Control 

The applicant shall submit with the application documentation of the applicant's legal right 
to install and use the proposed facility at the subject property. Documentation should also 
include proof of control over the setback areas. 

19.3.3 Dimensional Requirements 

All wind turbines shall comply with the requirements set forth in this Section 19.3.3. 

19.3.3.1 Height 

Wind turbines shall have a maximum height of 350-feet, as measured from the Pre- 
Construction Grade to the highest point reached by the nacelle. The SPGA may allow this 
height to be exceeded as part of the special permit process if the project proponent can 
demonstrate that the additional height is needed and that the additional benefits of the 
higher tower outweigh any adverse impacts. Monopole towers are the preferred type of 
support for wind turbines. 

19.3.3.2 Setback 

a) Each wind energy conversion facility and its associated equipment shall comply with 
the 

building setback provisions of the zoning district in which the facility is located. 

b) In addition, the following setbacks shall be observed: 

1. In order to ensure public safety and to protect the interest of neighboring 
property owners, the minimum distance from the base of any wind turbine 
tower to any property line in a residential district, shall be equal to the total 
height of the turbine to the highest point. 



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19.4 Special Permit Criteria 

The SPGA may grant a Special Permit only if it finds that the proposal complies with the 
provisions of this bylaw and is consistent with the applicable criteria for granting Special 
Permits. 

19.4.1 General 

Proposed wind turbine(s) shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal 
requirements, including but not limited to all applicable electrical, construction, noise, 
safety, environmental and communications requirements. 

19.4.1.1 Visuallmpact 

The proponent shall demonstrate through project siting and proposed mitigation that the 
wind turbine minimizes any impact on the visual character of surrounding neighborhoods 
and the community; this may include, without limitation, information regarding site 
selection, turbine design, buffering, lighting and cable layout. 

19.4.1.2. Color 

Wind turbine(s) shall be painted a non-reflective color. 

19.4.1.3. Lighting and Signage 

Wind turbine(s) shall be lighted only if required by the Federal Aviation Administration 

(FAA). 

The proponent shall provide a copy of the FAA's determination to establish the required 

marking 

and /or lights for the structure. 

d) Lighting of equipment structures and any other facilities on site (except lighting) 
required by the FAA shall be shielded from abutting properties. 

e) Signs on the facility shall be limited to: 

1. those needed to identify the property and the owner and warn of any danger; 
and, 

2. educational signs providing information on the technology and renewable energy 
usage. 

f) All signs shall comply with the requirements of the Town's sign regulations unless 

relief is 
granted by the S.P.G.A. 

19.4.2.1 Land Clearing/Open Space/Rare Species 

Wind turbines shall be designed to minimize land clearing and fragmentation of open space 
areas and shall avoid permanently protected open space when feasible. Wind turbines 
should be sited to make use of previously developed areas wherever possible. Wind 
turbines facilities shall also be located in a manner that does not have significant negative 



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impacts on rare species in the vicinity (particularly avian species, bats, etc.) as may be 
applicable law. 

19.4.2.2. Storm water 

Storm water run-off and erosion control shall be managed in a manner consistent with all 
applicable state and local law. 

19.4.2.3 Noise 

The wind turbine and associated equipment shall conform with Massachusetts noise 
regulations (310 CMR 7.10). An analysis prepared by a qualified engineer shall be presented 
to demonstrate compliance with these noise standards and shall be consistent with 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection guidance for noise measurement. 

19.4.2.4. Shadowing/Flicker 

Wind turbines shall be sited in a manner that does not result in significant shadowing or 
flicker impacts. Applicant must demonstrate that this effect does not have significant 
adverse impact on adjacent uses through siting. 

19.5 Uses by Telecommunications Carriers 

Wind turbines may be used to locate telecommunications antennas, subject to applicable 
law governing such uses and structures, and subject to the following additional 
requirements: 

d) All ground-mounted telecommunications equipment shall be located in either a 
shelter, within the wind turbine tower or otherwise screened from view year- 
round(either through effective landscaping or existing natural vegetated buffers); 

e) Antennas shall be flush-mounted to be in keeping with the design of the wind turbine 
tower; and; 

f) All cabling associated with the personal wireless facility shall be contained within the 
tower structure or enclosed within a conduit painted to match the turbine mount. 

19.6 Monitoring and Maintenance 

19.6.1 After the wind turbine is operational, the applicant shall submit to the SPGA at annual 
intervals from the date of issuance of the Special Permit, a report detailing operating 
data for the facility (including but not limited to days of operation, energy production 
in accordance with the special permit conditions) 

19.6.2 The applicant shall maintain the wind energy conversion facility in good condition. 
Such maintenance shall include, without limitations, painting, structural integrity of the 
foundation and support structure and security barrier (if applicable), and maintenance 
of the buffer areas and landscaping if present. 

19.6.3 Notice shall be provided to the SPGA of any change in ownership of the facility. 



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19.7 Abandonment or Discontinuation of Use 

19.7.1 Within six months that a wind turbine(s) is scheduled to be discontinued, the applicant 
will notify the SPGA by certified U.S. mail of the proposed date of abandonment or 
discontinuance of operations. In the event that an applicant fails to give such notice, 
the facility shall be considered abandoned or discontinued if the facility is inoperable for 
190 days. In the case of a multi-turbine facility, the SPGA shall determine in its decision 
what proportion of the facility would be inoperable for the facility to be considered 
abandoned. 

19.7.2 Upon abandonment or discontinuation of use, the owner shall physically remove the 
wind turbine(s) within 90 days from the date of abandonment or discontinuation of use. 
This period may be extended at the request of the owner and at the discretion of the 
SPGA." Physically remove" shall include, but not be limited to: 

d) Removal of the wind turbine(s) and tower(s), all machinery, equipment, equipment 
shelters, security barriers and all appurtenant structures from the subject property. 

e) Proper disposal of all solid or hazardous materials and wastes from the site in 
accordance with local and state solid waste disposal regulations, 

f) Restoration of the location of the wind turbine(s) to its natural condition, except that 

any landscaping, grading or below grade foundation may remain in the after- 
condition. 

19.7.3 If an applicant fails to remove a wind turbine in accordance with this section of this 
bylaw, the Town shall have the authority to enter the subject property and physically 
remove the facility. The SPGA may in its decision provide a form of surety (i.e. post a 
bond, letter of credit or establish an escrow account or other) at the SPGA's election to 
cover costs of removal in the event the town must remove the facility. The amount of 
such surety shall be equal to 150 percent of the cost of removal of the facility as 
determined by a qualified engineer. The amount shall include a mechanism for a Cost 
of Living Adjustment after 10 and 15 years. 

19.8 Terms of Special Permit 

A Special Permit issued for any wind turbine(s) facility shall be valid for 25 years unless 
extended or renewed. At the end of that time period, the wind turbine(s) shall be 
removed by the applicant. 

19.9 Application Procedures 

19.9.1 Special Permit Granting Autliority (SPGA) 

The SPGA for wind energy conversion facilities, also referred to as Wind Turbine(s) is 
this bylaw shall be the Planning Board. 

Planning Board recommends passage of this article. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Article 15: 
Regulations 



Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Section 4.2 Permitted Uses - Table of Use 



To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 4.2, "Permitted Uses, Table of Use Regulations", 
of the Zoning Bylaws to indicate that Wind Energy Conversion Facilities are allowed in all zoning 
districts by special permit issued by the Planning Board (SPP) by inserting the following after 
"Helicopter landing area and commercial communication towers" under the heading "Retail & 
Service:" 



USE 



R-A 



Residential 
R-B R-C 



DB 



Non-Residential 
WB HB TB 



LI 



Office & Open 

Space District 

OS 



Wind energy 
conversion facility 



SPP 



SPP 



SPP 



SPP SPP SPP SPP SPP 



SPP 



Or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the Town vote to amend Section 4.2, "Permitted Uses, Table of Use Regulations", 
of the Zoning Bylaws to indicate that Wind Energy Conversion Facilities are allowed in all zoning 
districts by special permit issued by the Planning Board (SPP) by inserting the following after 
"Helicopter landing area and commercial communication towers" under the heading "Retail & 
Service:" 



USE 



Residential 
R-A R-B R-C 



DB 



Non-Residential 
WB HB TB 



LI 



Office & Open 

Space District 

OS 



Wind energy SPP 

conversion facility 



SPP 



SPP 



SPP SPP SPP SPP SPP 



SPP 



Planning Board recommends passage of this article. 
A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Commendation offered by Robin Lawrence, member of the Board of Health. 



COMMENDATION 



WHEREAS, Judy Fitzsimmons has served as Cohasset's Public Health Nurse for the past twenty- 
two years, fifteen years as a contract employee with the Social Service League and the past 
seven years as a town employee; and 

WHEREAS, Judy Fitzsimmons has now retired from her position as Public Health Nurse after 
many years of dedicated and professional service; and 

WHEREAS, during Judy Fitzsimmons' tenure as Public Health Nurse, she ran the important 
vaccine distribution program, diligently pursued communicable disease surveillance and 
epidemiological follow up while always maintaining patient privacy; and 

WHEREAS, Judy Fitzsimmons initiated Medicare reimbursement for vaccine administration, 
making Cohasset one of the first communities in the Commonwealth to receive such 
reimbursement; and 

WHEREAS, as Public Health Nurse, Judy Fitzsimmons has been influential in developing the 
Pandemic Flu Response Plan and other emergency plans; and 

WHEREAS, Judy Fitzsimmons will be sorely missed by her clients to whom she provided 
outstanding personalized care; and 

WHEREAS, the Board of Health now recommends this Unanimous Motion for Commendation to 
Judy Fitzsimmons: 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset, assembled at the Annual 
Town Meeting hereby acknowledge and affirm their appreciation to Judy Fitzsimmons for her 
many years of dedicated service to the Town of Cohasset. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET on this twenty ninth day of 
March in the year Two Thousand Eight. 

Commendation adopted unanimously. 



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Article 16: Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Amendment to Section 8 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 8 of the Zoning Bylaw by: 

(a) adding to the end of subsection 8.1 the sentence: 

The planning board shall be the special permit granting authority under this section in the 
VB district and the board of appeals shall be the special permit granting authority under this 
section in all other districts; and, 

(b) replacing the words "board of appeals" where they appear in subsections 8.7, 8.8 and 
8.10 with the words "special permit granting authority". 

MOVED that the Town vote to amend Section 8 of the Zoning Bylaw by: 

(a) adding to the end of subsection 8.1 the sentence: 

The planning board shall be the special permit granting authority under this section in the 
VB district and the board of appeals shall be the special permit granting authority under this 
section in all other districts; and, 

(b) replacing the words "board of appeals" where they appear in subsections 8.7, 8.8 and 8.10 
with the words "special permit granting authority". 

Planning Board recommends passage of this article. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 17: Photovoltaic Array System at Paul Pratt Memorial Library 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be expended by the Town Manager to 
install a photovoltaic array at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library, or take any other action related 
thereto. 

MOVED that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



At this time the Girls Basketball Team was introduced and recognized for winning the State 
Championship. 



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Article 18: Sewer Betterment Abatement 

To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise 
provide the sum of $6066.99 for the purpose of returning the sewer betterment assessed and 
paid for the property located at Map 32 Plot 55, or take any other action relative thereto. 

MOVED that Six Thousand Sixty Six Dollars and Ninety Nine Cents ($6,066.99) be appropriated 
for the purpose of returning the sewer betterment assessed and paid for the property located at 
Map 32 Plot 55; and to meet this appropriation, the sum of Six Thousand Sixty Six Dollars and 
Ninety Nine Cents ($6,066.99) be transferred from Free Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury 
of the town. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

Commendation offered by Gary Vanderweil for Raymond Kasperowicz. 

COMMENDATION 

WHEREAS, Raymond Kasperowicz previously served three years as a member of the Advisory 
Committee; and 

WHEREAS, Raymond Kasperowicz previously served three years as a member of the Personnel 
Committee; and 

WHEREAS, Raymond Kasperowicz has served nine years as a member of the Cohasset Sewer 
Commission, including several years as its Chairman; and 

WHEREAS, as a member of the Cohasset Sewer Commission, Raymond Kasperowicz discharge 
his responsibilities with great wisdom, judgment during a period of time where sewer system 
expansion was debated; and 

WHEREAS, Raymond Kasperowicz applied his financial experience and qualifications to 
decision-making that was always in the interest of the citizens of Cohasset; and 

WHEREAS, such dedication and service to the Town can not come without great sacrifice to 
personal matters and family life; 

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen now recommends this Unanimous Motion for 
Commendation to Raymond Kasperowicz. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset, assembled at Annual Town 
Meeting hereby acknowledge and affirm their appreciation to Raymond Kasperowicz for his 
many years of dedicated service to the Town of Cohasset. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET on this twenty ninth day of 
March in the year Two Thousand Eight. 

Commendation adopted unanimously. 



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Commendation offered by Sam Wakeman for James Gilman. 

WHEREAS, since James H. Gilman has lived in Cohasset, he has had a strong ongoing interest in 
the public affairs of the Town; and 

WHEREAS, James H Gilman was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2002 and has been a 
dedicated member for the past six years; and 

WHEREAS, such dedication and service to the Town can not come without great sacrifice to 
personal matters and family life; and 

WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee now recommends this Unanimous Motion for 
Commendation to James H Gilman. 

NOW THEREFOR BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset, assembled at Annual Town 
Meeting hereby acknowledge and affirm their appreciation to James H Gilman for his many 
years of service to the Town of Cohasset. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the Town of Cohasset on this twenty-ninth day of 
March in the year Two Thousand Eight. 

Commendation adopted unanimously. 



Article 19: Affordable Housing Trust Bylaw 

To see if the Town will accept Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 55C so as to 
create an affordable housing trust, and amend the General By-Laws of the Town by adding new 
Article V, Section 21 as follows, or take any other action relative thereto: 

COHASSET AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST 

SECTION 1 

A. There shall be in the Town of Cohasset a Cohasset Affordable Housing Trust Fund 
(hereinafter referred to as "the trust"). The purpose of the trust is to provide for the 
creation and preservation of affordable housing in the Town of Cohasset for low- and 
moderate-income households. 

B. There shall be a board of trustees which shall include seven (7) trustees. The trustees 
shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall include one (1) member of the Board 
of Selectmen and are designated as public agents for purposes of the constitution of the 
Commonwealth. The initial terms of the trustees shall be staggered as one (1) or two (2) 
year terms. All terms thereafter shall be for two (2) years. 



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SECTION 2 

A. The powers of the board of trustees shall include the following: 

1. to accept and receive real property, personal property or money, by gift, grant, 
contribution, devise or transfer from any person, firm, corporation or other public or 
private entity, including but not limited to money, grants of funds or other property 
tendered to the trust in connection with the provisions of the Cohasset Zoning By-Law 
or General By-laws, or any general or special law or any other source, or money from 
the Community Preservation Act, G.L Chapter 44B; 

2. to accept and receive municipal, school or other public property, subject to a majority 
vote of Town Meeting to transfer said property to the trust, for the purposes of the 
trust; 

3. to purchase and retain real or personal property for the purposes of the trust, including 
without restriction investments that yield a high rate of income or no income, and to 
hold all or part of the trust property uninvested for such purposes and for such time as 
the board may deem appropriate; 

4. to manage or improve real property; 

5. to sell, lease, exchange, transfer or convey any real property for such consideration and 
on such terms as to credit or otherwise, and to make such contracts and enter into such 
undertakings relative to trust property as the board deems advisable, notwithstanding 
the length of any such lease or contract; 

6. to execute, acknowledge and deliver deeds, assignments, transfers, pledges, leases, 
covenants, contracts, promissory notes, releases and other instruments sealed or 
unsealed, necessary, proper or incident to any transaction in which the board engages 
for the accomplishment of the purposes of the trust; 

7. to employ and pay reasonable compensation to advisors and agents, such as 
accountants, appraisers and lawyers as the board deems necessary. 

8. to apportion receipts and charges between income and principal as the board deems 
advisable, to amortize premiums and establish sinking funds for such purpose, and to 
create reserves for depreciation, depletion or otherwise; 

9. to carry property for accounting purposes at other than acquisition date values; 

10. to borrow money on such terms and conditions and from such sources as the trustees 
deem advisable, to mortgage and pledge trust assets as collateral, subject to approval 
by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen. (Any debt issued by the Trust shall not be 
deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the Town of Cohasset or a pledge of the faith 
and credit of the Town, but shall be payable solely from the revenues, funds and/or 
assets of the Trust. Any debt instrument executed by the Trust shall contain on the face 
thereof a statement to the effect that the Town of Cohasset is not obligated to pay the 
same or the interest thereof except from revenues, funds and/or assets of the Trust and 
that neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the Town of Cohasset is 
pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such debt. The issuance of 
debt by the Trust shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the Town of 
Cohasset to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefore or to make any 
appropriation for their payment); 

11. to make distributions or divisions of principal in kind; 



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12. to defend, enforce, release, settle or otherwise adjust claims in favor or against the 
trust, including claims for taxes, and to accept any property, either in total or partial 
satisfaction of any indebtedness or other obligation, and subject to the provisions of this 
Article, to continue to hold the same for such period of time as the board may deem 
appropriate; 

13. to extend the time for payment of any obligation to the trust; 

14. to provide grants or loans to assist low- or moderate-income homebuyers to purchase 
or rehabilitate a dwelling unit in the Town of Cohasset; 

15. to convey, through sale, lease or transfer, real property purchased under this act, to any 
for-profit or non-profit developer or any public agency to provide low- or moderate- 
income housing, subject to an affordable housing restriction under Section 26 or 
Sections 31-33 of Chapter 184 of the General Laws; 

16. Expenditures for the acquisition or disposition of real property shall be subject to 
approval by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen; and 

17. in each fiscal year, expenditures from the fund shall be in accordance with an allocation 
plan approved by the Town at the Annual Town Meeting and upon the recommendation 
of the trustees, for purposes consistent with this by-law. The allocation plan shall be a 
general plan for the use of funds during the fiscal year to which the plan applies, and 
may provide for moneys to be held in reserve for expenditure in later years. The plan 
may be amended at a Town Meeting upon favorable recommendation of the board of 
trustees. 



SECTION 3 



A. As a means of providing available assets for the trust, all moneys received by the Town 
through the following means shall be paid directly into the trust and need not be 
appropriated or accepted and approved Into the trust: 

1. cash payments made by developers to the Town for purposes of creating or preserving 
affordable housing, under any development agreements or development approvals 
pursuant to the Cohasset Zoning By-Law; 

2. gifts, grants, donations, contributions or other cash payments to the trust for the 
purpose of providing low- or moderate-income housing; 

B. General revenues appropriated into the trust become trust property, and to be expended 
these funds need not be further appropriated; 

C. All moneys remaining in the trust at the end of any fiscal year, whether or not expended 
by the board of trustees within one year of the date they were appropriated into the trust, 
shall remain trust property; 

D. The trust is exempt from G.L. Chapters 59 and 62, and from any other provisions 
concerning payment of taxes based upon or measured by property or income imposed by 
the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof; and 

E. The books and records of the trust shall be reviewed annually by an independent auditor 
in accordance with accepted accounting practices. 



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SECTION 4 

As used in this act, ttie term "low or moderate income housing" shall mean "low income 
housing" or "moderate income housing" as defined in Section 2 of Chapter 44B of the General 
Laws. 

SECTION 5 

The Town Treasurer shall be the custodian of the trust's funds. Any income or proceeds 
received from the investment of funds shall be credited to and become part of the fund. 

SECTION 6 

A. The trust is a governmental body for purposes of Sections 23A, 23B and 23C of Chapter 
39 of the General Laws. 

B. The trust is a board of the Town for purposes of Chapter 30B and Section ISA of Chapter 
40; but agreements and conveyances between the trust and agencies, boards, commissions, 
authorities, department and public instrumentalities of the Town shall be exempt from 
Chapter 30B. 

C. The trust is a public employer and the members of the board are public employees for 
purposes of Chapter 258. 

D. The trust shall be deemed a public agency and trustees as special municipal employees 
for purposes of Chapter 268A. 

E. All projects for new construction of affordable housing or conversion of existing units into 
affordable housing that are proposed to be funded or subsidized by the trust shall be so 
constructed or converted through the Local Initiative or Local Access Programs as governed 
by the then-applicable regulations of the Department of Housing and Community 
Development, or its successor, 

F. At any time after the expiration of five years after the date on which this trust is created 
by the Town, it may be terminated in the same manner as it was created, except that it shall 
remain in existence to complete any pending undertakings or obligations. During such 
winding down, the then-membership of the Board of Selectmen shall serve as the trustees. 
The balance of any funds held by the trust after winding down shall pass to the Town's 
Community Preservation Fund or some other substitute affordable housing fund created by 
the Town. Non-monetary assets of the trust shall pass to the Town under the control of the 
Board of Selectmen under such restrictions as applicable law may require or as may have 
been prior imposed upon such assets. 

MOVED that the Town accept Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 55C so as to 
create an affordable housing trust, and amend the General By-Laws of the Town by adding new 
Article V, Section 21 as follows: 



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COHASSET AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST 
SECTION 1 

A. There shall be in the Town of Cohasset a Cohasset Affordable Housing Trust Fund 
(hereinafter referred to as "the trust"). The purpose of the trust is to provide for the 
creation and preservation of affordable housing in the Town of Cohasset for low- and 
moderate-income households. 

B. There shall be a board of trustees which shall include seven (7) trustees. The trustees 
shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall include one (1) member of the Board 
of Selectmen and are designated as public agents for purposes of the constitution of the 
Commonwealth. The initial terms of the trustees shall be staggered as one (1) or two (2) 
year terms. All terms thereafter shall be for two (2) years. 

SECTION 2 

A. The powers of the board of trustees shall include the following: 

1. to accept and receive real property, personal property or money, by gift, grant, 
contribution, devise or transfer from any person, firm, corporation or other public or 
private entity, including but not limited to money, grants of funds or other property 
tendered to the trust in connection with the provisions of the Cohasset Zoning By-Law 
or General By-laws, or any general or special law or any other source, or money from 
the Community Preservation Act, G.L. Chapter 44B; 

2 to accept and receive municipal, school or other public property, subject to a majority 
vote of Town Meeting to transfer said property to the trust, for the purposes of the 
trust; 

3. to purchase and retain real or personal property for the purposes of the trust, including 
without restriction investments that yield a high rate of income or no income, and to 
hold all or part of the trust property uninvested for such purposes and for such time as 
the board may deem appropriate; 

4. to manage or improve real property; 

5. to sell, lease, exchange, transfer or convey any real property for such consideration and 
on such terms as to credit or otherwise, and to make such contracts and enter into such 
undertakings relative to trust property as the board deems advisable, notwithstanding 
the length of any such lease or contract; 

6. to execute, acknowledge and deliver deeds, assignments, transfers, pledges, leases, 
covenants, contracts, promissory notes, releases and other instruments sealed or 
unsealed, necessary, proper or incident to any transaction in which the board engages 
for the accomplishment of the purposes of the trust; 

7. to employ and pay reasonable compensation to advisors and agents, such as 
accountants, appraisers and lawyers as the board deems necessary. 

8. to apportion receipts and charges between income and principal as the board deems 
advisable, to amortize premiums and establish sinking funds for such purpose, and to 
create reserves for depreciation, depletion or otherwise; 

9. to carry property for accounting purposes at other than acquisition date values; 



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10. to borrow money on such terms and conditions and from such sources as the trustees 
deem advisable, to mortgage and pledge trust assets as collateral, subject to approval 
by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen .(Any debt issued by the Trust shall not be 
deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the Town of Cohasset or a pledge of the faith 
and credit of the Town, but shall be payable solely from the revenues, funds and/or 
assets of the Trust. Any debt instrument executed by the Trust shall contain on the face 
thereof a statement to the effect that the Town of Cohasset is not obligated to pay the 
same or the interest thereof except from revenues, funds and/or assets of the Trust and 
that neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the Town of Cohasset is 
pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such debt. The issuance of 
debt by the Trust shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the Town of 
Cohasset to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefore or to make any 
appropriation for their payment); 

11. to make distributions or divisions of principal in kind; 

12. to defend, enforce, release, settle or otherwise adjust claims in favor or against the 
trust, including claims for taxes, and to accept any property, either in total or partial 
satisfaction of any indebtedness or other obligation, and subject to the provisions of this 
Article, to continue to hold the same for such period of time as the board may deem 
appropriate; 

13. to extend the time for payment of any obligation to the trust; 

14. to provide grants or loans to assist low- or moderate-income homebuyers to purchase 
or rehabilitate a dwelling unit in the Town of Cohasset; 

15. to convey, through sale, lease or transfer, real property purchased under this act, to any 
for-profit or non-profit developer or any public agency to provide low- or moderate- 
income housing, subject to an affordable housing restriction under Section 26 or 
Sections 31-33 of Chapter 184 of the General Laws; 

16. Expenditures for the acquisition or disposition of real property shall be subject to 
approval by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen; and 

17. in each fiscal year, expenditures from the fund shall be in accordance with an allocation 
plan approved by the Town at the Annual Town Meeting and upon the recommendation 
of the trustees, for purposes consistent with this by-law. The allocation plan shall be a 
general plan for the use of funds during the fiscal year to which the plan applies, and 
may provide for moneys to be held in reserve for expenditure in later years. The plan 
may be amended at a Town Meeting upon favorable recommendation of the board of 
trustees. 



SECTION 3 



A. As a means of providing available assets for the trust, all moneys received by the Town 
through the following means shall be paid directly into the trust and need not be 
appropriated or accepted and approved into the trust: 

1 cash payments made by developers to the Town for purposes of creating or preserving 
affordable housing, under any development agreements or development approvals 
pursuant to the Cohasset Zoning By-Law; 

2 gifts, grants, donations, contributions or other cash payments to the trust for the 
purpose of providing low- or moderate-income housing; 



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B. General revenues appropriated into the trust become trust property, and to be expended 
these funds need not be further appropriated; 

C. All moneys remaining in the trust at the end of any fiscal year, whether or not expended 
by the board of trustees within one year of the date they were appropriated into the trust, 
shall remain trust property; 

D. The trust is exempt from G.L Chapters 59 and 62, and from any other provisions 
concerning payment of taxes based upon or measured by property or income imposed by 
the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof; and 

E. The books and records of the trust shall be reviewed annually by an independent auditor 
in accordance with accepted accounting practices. 

SECTION 4 

As used in this act, the term "low or moderate income housing" shall mean "low income 
housing" or "moderate income housing" as defined in Section 2 of Chapter 44B of the General 
Laws. 

SECTION 5 

The Town Treasurer shall be the custodian of the trust's funds. Any income or proceeds 
received from the investment of funds shall be credited to and become part of the fund. 

SECTION 6 

A. The trust is a governmental body for purposes of Sections 23A, 23B and 23C of Chapter 
39 of the General Laws. 

B. The trust is a board of the Town for purposes of Chapter 30B and Section ISA of Chapter 
40; but agreements and conveyances between the trust and agencies, boards, commissions, 
authorities, department and public instrumentalities of the Town shall be exempt from 
Chapter 30B. 

C. The trust is a public employer and the members of the board are public employees for 
purposes of Chapter 258. 

D. The trust shall be deemed a public agency and trustees as special municipal employees 
for purposes of Chapter 268A. 

E. All projects for new construction of affordable housing or conversion of existing units into 
affordable housing that are proposed to be funded or subsidized by the trust shall be so 
constructed or converted through the Local Initiative or Local Access Programs as governed 
by the then-applicable regulations of the Department of Housing and Community 
Development, or Its successor. 

F. At any time after the expiration of five years after the date on which this trust is created 
by the Town, it may be terminated in the same manner as it was created, except that it shall 
remain in existence to complete any pending undertakings or obligations. During such 
winding down, the then-membership of the Board of Selectmen shall serve as the trustees. 
The balance of any funds held by the trust after winding down shall pass to the Town's 
Community Preservation Fund or some other substitute affordable housing fund created by 



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the Town. Non-monetary assets of the trust shall pass to the Town under the control of the 
Board of Selectnnen under such restrictions as applicable law may require or as may have 
been prior imposed upon such assets. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 20: Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Inclusionarv Zoning 

To see if the Town will amend the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw by striking Subsection 14 of 
Section 4.3 and Section 17.8 and replacing them with the following new Section 20, in order to 
better encourage and facilitate the development of affordable housing: 
SECTION 20 - Inclusionary Zoning 

1. Definitions . In addition to the definitions found in Section 2, the following definitions shall 
apply for purposes of implementation of this Section. 

Affordable unit : housing or housing units constituting Low or Moderate Income Housing as 
such terms are defined by M.G.L. c 40B, Sections 20 through 23, as amended, or successor 
law, and its implementing regulations in 760 CMR 30.00 et seq. and 31.00 et seq. or 
successor regulations. 

2. Purpose and Intent 

a. To recognize the affordable housing need in Cohasset; 

b. To require applicants for development projects having a significant impact on the Town 
to contribute toward this need; 

c. To encourage the expansion and upgrade of the Town's affordable housing in order to 
provide for a full range of housing choices for households of all families, ages and sizes; 

d. To prevent the displacement of low to moderate income Cohasset residents; 

e. To increase the production of affordable housing units; 

f. To meet the requirements of the Local Initiative Program; and 

g. To qualify housing for inclusion on the Subsidized Housing Inventory. 

3. Applicability 

a. The provisions of this Section shall apply to all projects requiring approval as any and all 
commercial, residential or mixed-use projects requiring Site Plan Review, to single 
family residential subdivisions on sites having a development potential under current 
zoning of five or more lots, and to the construction of "multiple unit" developments of 
five (5) or more dwelling units in accordance with any Section of the Zoning Bylaw, 
whether on one or more contiguous parcels, and including, but not limited to, any 
characterization of units, such as "multifamily", "apartments, "condominiums", 
"cooperatives" and any other development governed by a common scheme, restrictions 
or covenants, and without regard to how many dwelling units exist per building in the 
development. 



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b. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any project undertaken by the Town for 
any municipal purposes. 

c. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any project undertaken pursuant to MGL 
c. 40B. 

4. Mandatory Provision of Affordable Units 

The Planning Board or Board of Appeals or any other authority giving pernnission for 
construction of dwelling units, shall, as a condition of approval of any development referred 
to in Subsections 3 above, require that the applicant for site plan review, subdivision, special 
permit or building permit approval comply with the obligation to provide affordable housing 
pursuant to this Bylaw and more fully described in Subsection 5 below. 

5. Provision of Affordable Units 

a. Residential-Only Development . To facilitate the provision of affordable housing in an all 
residential-only development, the number of units that are required to be affordable 
shall be ten percent (10%) of the number of units that could be developed "as of right" 
(AOR), rounded up to the nearest whole number. The number of affordable units 
required shall not subtract from the number of AOR units, but instead shall be added to 
the AOR units as a density bonus. Thus, a proposal that would have 5 AOR units would 
include those 5 plus 1 affordable unit. If the number of affordable units plus the AOR 
units yields a result where the number of affordable units is less than 10% of the total 
number of units being provided with the density bonus, then an additional affordable 
unit shall be added to bring overall percentage at or above 10%. 

b. Commercial-Only Development . In a commercial development, affordable units are not 
expected to be provided on-site unless "mixed-use" zoning is available. Nevertheless, 
such development should also and is compelled to contribute to the need for affordable 
housing by a fee-in-lieu-of-construction payment, per subsection (e) and Section 11 
below. The required number of affordable units shall be calculated as follows: .02 
affordable housing units per each 2,000 square feet of floor area in the development. 

c. Mixed-Use Development . In the VB and TOD districts, and in any other location where 
"mixed use" development is permitted, both the calculations of required affordable 
units set forth in subsections (a) and (b) above shall be made, and the one yielding the 
larger number of affordable units shall be applied. 

In the VB district, if there is a conflict between (i) the density allowed under this 
subsection (c) (referenced in terms of number of units) and the number of units this 
Section 5 requires of a development in the VB district and (ii) the density allowed under 
Section 18(1) (referenced in terms of Floor Area Ratio and allowable apartment sizes) 
and the number of units such density bonus would yield, the density limits and 
affordable unit number results of Section 18.1 will control. 

d. An applicant may offer, and the Planning Board or Board of Appeals, in concert with the 
Board of Selectmen, may accept a parcel of land in fee simple, on or off-site, that the 
Planning Board or Board of Appeals determines are suitable for the construction of 



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affordable housing units. The value of donated land shall be equal to or greater than the 
value of the construction or set-aside of the affordable units. The Planning Board or 
Board of Appeals may require, prior to accepting land as satisfaction of the 
requirements of this Section, that the applicant submit appraisals of the land in 
question, as well as other data relevant to the determination of equivalent value; 

e. In substitution for providing affordable housing units, a cash payment to the Cohasset 
Housing Trust Fund (or similar affordable housing fund) may be made subject to 
Subsection 11 below. 

f. The applicant may offer, and the Planning Board or Board of Appeals may accept, any 
combination of the above requirements provided that in no event shall the total 
number of units or land area provided be less than the equivalent number or value of 
affordable units required by this Section. 

6. Provisions Applicable to Affordable Housing Units On-and Off-Site 

a. Siting of affordable units - All affordable units constructed or rehabilitated under this 
Section shall be situated within the development so as not to be in less desirable 
locations than market-rate units in the development and shall, on average, be no less 
accessible to public amenities, such as open space, as the market-rate units. 

b. Minimum design and construction standards for affordable units - Affordable 

housing units within market rate developments shall be integrated with the rest of the 
development and shall be compatible in design, appearance, construction and quality of 
materials with other units, and built in accordance with the following ratios: 

Market Rate Unit % Affordable Housing Unit % 

Up to 30% None required 

30% + 1 unit At least 10% 

Up to 50% At least 30% 

Up to 75% At least 50% 

75% + 1 unit At least 70% 

Up to 90% 100% 

Fractions of units shall not be counted. 

7. Marketing Plan for Affordable Units 

Applicants under this Bylaw shall submit a marketing plan or other method, prepared with the 
assistance of and approved by, the Cohasset Housing Partnership approved by to the Planning 
Board or Board of Appeals for approval, which describes how the affordable units will be 
marketed to potential homebuyers. This plan shall include a description of the lottery or other 
process to be used for selecting buyers. The marketing plan must describe how the applicant will 
accommodate local preference requirements, if any, established by the Board of Selectmen, in a 
manner that complies with the nondiscrimination in tenant or buyer selection guidelines of the 
Local Initiative Program. 



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8. Provision of Affordable Housing Units Off-Site 

As an alternative to the requirements of Subsection 5(a), (b) and (c) above, an applicant subject 
to this Section may develop, construct or otherv»/ise provide affordable units equivalent to those 
required by Subsection 5 off-site. All requirements of this Section that apply to on-site provision 
of affordable units, shall apply to provision of off-site affordable units. In addition, the location 
of the off-site units to be provided shall be approved by the Planning Board or Board of Appeals 
as an integral element of the review and approval process for the permit requested.. 

9. Maximum Incomes and Selling Prices: Initial Sale 

a. The developer of the housing units or his/her agent shall verify prior to transferring title 
or executing a lease that each prospective purchaser or renter of an affordable housing 
unit created under this Section is a household of low or moderate income, as defined by 
the Commonwealth's Local Initiative Program (LIP). Toward this end: 

(1) the developer shall engage a qualified certifying agent acceptable to the 
Planning Board or to the Board of Appeals to receive purchase or rental 
applications, obtain and review documentation concerning sources and 
amounts of household income, and certify to the Town that all purchasers or 
renters approved for an affordable unit meet LIP income eligibility requirements 
(which certifying agent may be the Town's Housing Partnership, Housing 
Authority or consultant(s) thereto). 

(2) The developer is responsible for making arrangements acceptable to the 
Planning Board or to the Board of Appeals to provide annual certifications to the 
Town as may be required to place and maintain the affordable units on the 
Commonwealth's Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory. 

b. The maximum allowable purchase price or maximum allowable rent for affordable units 
created under this Bylaw shall comply with the regulations and guidelines of the Local 
Initiative Program (LIP). 

10. Preservation of Affordability; Restrictions on Resale 

a. Each affordable unit created in accordance with this Section shall have the following 
limitations governing its resale. The purpose of these limitations is to preserve the long- 
term affordability of the unit and to ensure its continued availability to qualified 
purchasers in the future. The resale controls shall be established through a deed rider or 
an affordable housing restriction as defined by M.G.L. c.184, Section 31, recorded at the 
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds or the Land Court, and shall be in force for as long a 
period as is lawful. The affordable housing use restriction shall meet the requirements 
of the Local Initiative Program. 



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b. Resale price -Sales beyond the initial sale to a qualified affordable income purchaser 
shall include the initial discount rate between the sale price and the unit's appraised 
value at the time of resale. This percentage shall be recorded as part of the restriction 
on the property noted in this Subsection 10. For example, If a unit appraised for 
$300,000 is sold for $225,000 as a result of this Section, it has sold for 75% of its 
appraised value. If, several years later, the appraised value of the unit at the time of 
proposed resale is $325,000, the unit may be sold for no more than $243,750, or 75% of 
the appraised value of $325,000. 

c. Right of first refusal to purchase -The purchaser of an affordable housing unit developed 
as a result of this Section shall agree to execute a deed rider prepared by the Town, 
granting, among other things, the Town's right of first refusal for a period not less than 
the maximum period allowable under guidelines set by the Department of Housing and 
Community Development for Local Initiative Units as defined by the Local Initiative 
Program, to purchase the property or assignment thereof, in the event that, despite 
diligent efforts to sell the property, a subsequent qualified purchaser cannot be located. 

d. The Planning Board or Board of Appeals shall require, as a condition for subdivision, 
special permit or building permit approval under this Section, that the deeds to the 
affordable housing units contain a restriction against renting or leasing said unit during 
the period for which the housing unit contains a restriction on affordability. 

e. The Planning Board or Board of Appeals shall require, as a condition for special permit 
approval under this Bylaw, that the applicant comply with the mandatory set- asides 
and accompanying restrictions on affordability, including the execution of the deed rider 
noted in this Subsection 10. The Zoning Enforcement Officer shall not issue an 
occupancy permit for any affordable unit until the deed restriction is recorded at the 
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds or the Land Court. 

f. Affordability restrictions as set forth herein shall be in perpetuity. 

11. Fees in Lieu of Affordable Housing Units 

As a further alternative to Subsection 5 above, an applicant may contribute a cash payment to 
the Cohasset Housing Trust Fund (or if none exists to the Cohasset Community Preservation 
Fund), to be used for the development of affordable housing by the Town or its designees, in 
lieu of constructing and offering affordable units within the locus of the proposed development 
or off-site. 

a. Calculation of fees-in-lieu of units . The applicant for development subject to this Section 
may pay a fee in lieu of the construction of affordable units. For each affordable unit not 
constructed or provided through one or a combination of the methods specified in 
Subsection 5 above, the fee shall be an amount equal to the difference between the 
median sale price for new single-family homes built in Cohasset during the preceding 
three fiscal years, as determined and reported by the Board of Assessors, and the 



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purchase price of a similar home that is affordable to a qualified purchaser. For 
developments of multi-family condominiums, the Planning Board or Zoning Board of 
Appeals may substitute the median sale price for new condominiums built in Cohasset 
during the preceding three fiscal years for the median sale price of new single-family 
homes. 

b. The methodology used to determine an affordable purchase price shall comply with 
Local Initiative Program guidelines in effect at the time of application for a special 
permit. 

c. The assumptions used to determine an affordable purchase price, including but not 
limited to minimum down payment, mortgage interest rate, term, closing and other 
costs shall be consistent with first-time homebuyer mortgage products available from 
commercial lending institutions located in or serving Cohasset at the time of application 
for a special permit, all in accordance with the Inclusionary Housing Submission 
Requirements and Procedures Manual adopted by the Planning Board and filed with the 
Town Clerk. 

d. Upon adoption of this Section by town meeting, the Planning Board shall prepare and 
adopt an Inclusionary Housing Submission Requirements and Procedures Manual after 
holding a public hearing on the same. This will be used by Zoning Board of Appeals 
where it is the permit granting authority. Or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 21: Harbor Study Funding 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum of money in order to retain a professional 
consulting/planning firm overseen by the Planning Board acting under its powers and duties of 
the General Laws of the Commonwealth and the General and Zoning Bylaws of the Town, to 
assist the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen in the development of bylaws which enhance 
the vitality of the Waterfront Business District (WB), the Harbor portion of the Downtown 
Business District (DB), the Harbor portion of the Light Industry District (LI), the Harbor portion of 
the Official and Open Space District and the all other properties abutting the Harbor around its 
perimeter, while maintaining its general. 

MOVED that the article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Commendation offered by Frederick Koed, member of the Board of Selectmen for Jack 
Worley. 

COMMENDATION 



WHEREAS, Jack Worley was appointed as Recreation Director for the Town of Cohasset In 
November of 1976; and 

WHEREAS, Jack Worley will soon retire after serving the Town of Cohasset for over 31 years in a 

highly professional, dedicated manner; and 

WHEREAS, during Jack Worley's tenure as Recreation Director, he has introduced many 
recreation programs and activities that have been the source of great fun and education for 
children and adults of all ages in the Town of Cohasset; and 

WHEREAS, Jack Worley in his capacity of Recreation Director has put his heart and soul into his 
responsibilities, including always working from early morning to late at night and on weekends 
to serve the needs of this community; and 

WHEREAS, during his tenure as Recreation Director, Jack Worley has always served this 
community with a smile on his face and a good word for everyone; and 

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen now recommends this Unanimous Motion for 
Commendation to Jack Worley: 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset, assembled at the Annual 
Town Meeting hereby acknowledge and affirm their appreciation to Jack Worley for his many 
years of dedicated service to the Town of Cohasset. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET on this twenty ninth day of 
March in the year Two Thousand Eight. 

Commendation voted unanimously. 

Article 22: Treat's Pond Restoration Project Funding 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum of money to be expended by the Town Manager in 
combination with other federal and/or state funds for engineering and design professional 
services for the designing and permitting, construction supervision and related services in 
connection with the Treat's Pond ecosystem restoration project, and for the construction of 
such project and all related construction expenses, including, an independent engineering and 
environmental assessment, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by 
purchase, gift or eminent domain such easements or other property interests as may be 
advisable to carry out this project, or take any other action related thereto. 



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MOVED that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) be appropriated, with the intention 
that these funds be available in FY 2008 and, thereafter, to be expended by the Town Manager 
in combination with other federal and/or state funds for engineering and design professional 
services for the designing and permitting, construction, supervision and related services in 
connection with the Treat's Pond ecosystem restoration project, and for the construction of 
such project and all related construction expenses, including, an independent engineering and 
environmental assessment, and that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval 
of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Three Hundred Thousand Dollars 
($300,000), under and pursuant to Chapter 44, of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, as 
amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore, 
and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to accept, as gifts, grants of deeds, easements or 
other instruments of transfer of all or portions of Treat's Pond located on the parcels known as 
Assessor Map 31, Parcel 021F and 021G. 

Amendment offered by Ralph Dormitzer, member of the Board of Selectmen who recluses 
himself from deliberations on Article 22 and who is speaking as a private citizen. 

Moved that the motion under Article 22 be amended by substituting the following language in 
its entirety: 

That Forty Five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) be appropriated with the intention that these funds 
be available in FY 2008 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager in 
addition to and in combination with any other available Federal and/or State grant funds, as s 
supplement thereto, for the purpose of funding professional services to conduct an independent 
review of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Treat's Pond ecosystem restoration project 
and to meet this appropriation. Forty Five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) be transferred from Free 
Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the town. 

Amendment offered by Peter Brown. 

That Forty Five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) be appropriated with the intention that these funds 
be available in FY 2008 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager in 
addition to and in combination with any other available Federal and/or State grant funds, as s 
supplement thereto, for the purpose of funding professional services to conduct an independent 
review of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Treat's Pond ecosystem restoration project 
and to meet this appropriation, Forty Five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) be transferred from Free 
Cash (Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the town. 

The scope of which review shall be determined by a committee appointed by the Board of 
Selectmen, comprised of a member of the Cohasset Conservation Commission, the special 
engineering assistant to the Town Manager for special project, and a citizen of the town with 
extensive environmental expertise. 

Amendment offered by Peter Brown is defeated . 

Amendment offered by Ralph Dormitzer is defeated. 



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Amendment offered by Frederick Koed, member of the Board of Selectmen in the form of a 
proclamation. 



PROCLAMATION 



Resolved, 



1 That the Town of Cohasset recognizes both the serious nature of the 
environmental health of Treat's Pond and flooding issues in its surrounding 
area; 

2 That the Town of Cohasset wishes to pursue solutions to these problems and 
does not wish to foreclose the possibility of Federal Funds to support possible 
solutions; 

3 That the Town of Cohasset, however, needs to further study the issues and 
proposals that have been made to solve them, owing to the relatively little time 
they have been public; 

4 That the Town of Cohasset is undertaking to comprehensively study town wide 
flooding issues, the report on which is due in 2008. 

Therefore, the town requests the Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Delahunt 
provide additional time to the town until the fall town meeting to address the issue at 
Treat's Pond. 

Proclamation adopted. 

This amendment of a proclamation is now the main motion. Motion adopted. 

Article 23: Repurchase of Cemetery Lots Funding 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise 
provide a sum of money to be expended by the Town Manager for the repurchase of cemetery 
lots at Town cemeteries, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that Eleven Thousand Dollars ($11,000), be appropriated to be expended by the Town 
Manager for the repurchase of cemetery lots at Town cemeteries, and to meet this 
appropriation, the sum of Eleven Thousand Dollars ($11,000) be transferred from Free Cash 
(Surplus Revenue) in the treasury of the town. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Article 24: Stormwater Management Bylaw 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws by adding the following new Article 
XV, or take any other action related thereto: 

COHASSET STORMWATER MANAGEMENT BYLAW 

1. Authority 

This Bylaw is adopted under authority granted by the Home Rule Amendment of the 
Massachusetts Constitution, the Home Rule statutes, and pursuant to the federal Clean 
Water Act, 33 U. S. C. §§ 1251-1386 (the "Act") and regulations issued pursuant to the Act 
which are found at 40 CFR 122.34. 

2. Purpose 

A. The purpose of this Bylaw is to: 

1. Prevent and reduce existing and future flooding. 

2. Protect water quality. 

3. Increase groundwater recharge. 

4. Reduce erosion and sedimentation. 

5. Promote environmentally sensitive site design practices. 

6. Ensure long-term maintenance of stormwater controls. 

7. Help the Town of Cohasset meet federal requirements under Phase II of the 
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. 

8. Establish the legal authority by which the Town of Cohasset can enforce the 
provisions of this Bylaw and accompanying regulations. 

3. Definitions 

A. The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and implementation of this 
Bylaw. The term "alter" shall include, without limitation, the following activities: 

1. Changing of pre-existing drainage characteristics, adding impervious area or 
changing type of land cover, or changing sedimentation patterns, flow patterns or 
flood retention characteristics; 

2. Dumping, discharging or filling with any material, or removal of material, which 
would alter elevations or change drainage patterns or degrade water quality; 

3. Driving of piles, erection, or expansion of buildings or structures of any kind; 

4. Destruction of plant life, including clearing of trees; 

5. Any activities, changes or work which may cause or tend to contribute to pollution 
of any body of water or groundwater. 

4. Regulated Activities 

A. Regulated Activities Requiring a Stormwater Permit . The following activities, 
developments or redevelopments require the issuance of a full Stormwater Permit by 
the Conservation Commission (the "Commission") after the filing by the Applicant of a 
full application and full review by the Commission through a public hearing: 
1. Any activity that will alter 5,000 square feet or more of land. 



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2. Any construction or development activity on an undeveloped parcel of any size that 
will increase the impervious surface area, or increase the amount or rate of runoff 
from the parcel. 

3. Any development or redevelopment of Land Uses with Higher Potential Pollutant 
Loads as defined in the Massachusetts Stormwater Management Policy, which 
include, for example: 

a. auto salvage yards (auto recycler facilities) 

b. auto fueling facilities (gas stations) 

c. exterior fleet storage areas (cars, buses, trucks, public works equipment) 

d. exterior vehicle service, maintenance and equipment cleaning areas 

e. commercial parking lots 

f. road salt storage and loading areas 

g. commercial nurseries 

h. outdoor storage and loading/unloading of hazardous substances 
i. marinas (service, painting and hull maintenance areas) 

B. Regulated Activities Requiring Administrative Approval . The following activities, which 
are smaller than activities requiring a full Stormwater Permit, shall require approval 
under an Administrative Approval process by the Commission or its Stormwater Agent: 

1. Any activity that will result in a net increase in impervious surface area of more than 
500 square feet of land but which will alter less than 5,000 square feet of land. 

2. Any replacement of an existing building with a new building of more than 500 
square feet. 

C. Regulated Activities Completed in Phases Requiring a Stormwater Permit or 
Administrative Approval: 

1. Activities that are completed in phases, such as subdivision developments and 
phased commercial developments which could be reasonably expected to alter 
more than the thresholds in 4.A and 4.B shall require a Stormwater Permit or 
Administrative Approval prior to beginning construction, even if the planned 
alteration is conducted over separate phases and/or by separate owners. 

5. Exempt Activities 

A. This Bylaw shall not apply to the following activities: 

1. Normal use, maintenance and improvement of land in agricultural use. 

2. Maintenance of existing landscaping. 

3. Repair or modification of a building that remains within its existing footprint. 

4. Construction of a fence that will not alter existing terrain or drainage patterns. 

5. Repairs or alterations to any stormwater management facility or practice that poses 
a threat to public health, safety, or the environment. 

6. Emergency work associated with accidents, spills or releases of oil or hazardous 
wastes, or natural disasters. 

7. Repair or maintenance of a sewage disposal system when required by the Board of 
Health for protection of public health, provided the post-repair condition drainage is 
similar or more effective than the pre-repair condition. 

8. Any work or projects for which all necessary approvals and permits have been 
issued before the effective date of this Bylaw. 



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6. Conservation Commission Authority 

A. The Commission shall be responsible for issuing a Stormwater Permit. 

B. The Commission may appoint a Licensed Professional Engineer with expertise in 
stormwater management as its Stormwater Agent to assist the Commission. This 
position shall be funded from application and review fees charged to applicants during 
the Stormwater Permit and Administrative Approval process. 

C. The Commission shall review Stormwater Permit applications, conduct necessary site 
inspections and investigations, issue final permits, and monitor and enforce permit 
conditions. For Administrative Approval of projects regulated under Section 4.B of this 
Stormwater Management Bylaw, the Stormwater Agent may represent the Commission 
by conducting site inspections as necessary, issuing a decision based on review, and 
monitoring conditions stated in the Administrative Approval. 

D. The Commission shall establish (1) Application Fees and (2) Review Fees which are 
sufficient to recover the cost for application review including assistance from the 
Stormwater Agent. Separate application and review fees shall be established for the 
Stormwater Permit process and for the Administrative Approval process which requires 
no public hearing. Said fees and charges shall be established by regulations issued by 
the Commission. 

7. Rules and Regulations 

A. The Commission shall adopt and amend Rules and Regulations related to the submittal 
requirements and performance standards required to obtain a Stormwater Permit or 
Administrative Approval conducted pursuant to this Bylaw. Rules and Regulations shall 
be adopted and amended after a public hearing and public comment period. The public 
hearing shall be advertised in a newspaper of general local circulation at least seven 
days before the hearing date. 

B. Other boards, commissions, and departments are encouraged to adopt those Rules and 
Regulations by reference. 

C. Failure to promulgate such Rules and Regulations shall not have the effect of suspending 
or invalidating this Bylaw. 

8. Performance Standards 

A. The purpose of the Stormwater Permit and Administrative Approval Program shall be to 
maintain the post-development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total volume 
of runoff, and water quality of the runoff) for development and redevelopment projects 
as equal to or less than the pre-development runoff characteristics. 

B. Performance standards for site design, erosion control, stormwater management, 
materials, vegetation, and other aspects of developments shall be outlined in the Rules 
and Regulations. Performance standards shall include (but are not limited to) standards 
for the following: 

1. Peak discharge rates and runoff volumes (flooding protection and channel 
protection). 

2. Recharge volume. 

3. Pretreatment and water quality. 

4. Erosion control and property damage. 

5. Vegetation, site design, and site restoration. 

6. Integrity of stream channels, surface water, and aquatic habitats. 



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7. Application of Low-Impact Development measures to facilitate the maximum 
possible infiltration of precipitation on-site. 
C. Applicants shall meet these performance standards and those of the Massachusetts 
Stormwater Management Policy (as may be amended), whichever are more stringent. 

Submittal Requirements 

A. Submittal requirements for a Stormwater Permit, or for Administrative Approval, shall 
be as required below and as further defined in the Rules and Regulations. 

B. Submittal requirements for a Stormwater Permit shall include (but may not be limited 
to) the following: 

1. Stormwater management plan stamped by a Professional Engineer certifying post- 
development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total volume of runoff, and 
water quality of the runoff) for development and redevelopment projects as equal 
to or less than the pre-development runoff characteristics. The plan shall show 
proposed grading, description of stormwater management system with map of pre- 
and post-development drainage, existing and proposed vegetation, recharge 
analysis, hydrologic calculations, and estimated seasonal high groundwater. 

2. Abutters list. 

3. Erosion control plan. 

4. Operations and maintenance plan listing responsible parties, maintenance 
agreements, maintenance schedule, and estimated annual budget (including 
anticipated sources of funding) for operations and maintenance. 

5. Record(s) of stormwater easements. 

6. For subdivision applications, a plan showing the building envelope within each 
house lot and proposed grading, drainage, and stormwater disposal for each lot. 

7. Application and review fees. 

C. Submittal requirements for an Administrative Approval shall include (but may not be 
limited to) the following: 

1. A stormwater management plan stamped by a Professional Engineer describing the 
proposed alteration activities and the mitigation measures and best management 
practices to be employed to manage stormwater generated by the alteration, and 
certifying post-development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total 
volume of runoff, and water quality of the runoff) for development and 
redevelopment projects as equal to or less than the pre-development runoff 
characteristics. The following additional submittals may be required, but only if 
determined necessary by the Commission or their Stormwater Agent to support the 
engineer's stormwater Management plan and certification: Plan of proposed 
grading, more detailed description and/or drawings of proposed stormwater 
management system with map of pre- and post-development drainage, existing and 
proposed vegetation, recharge analysis, hydrologic calculations, estimated seasonal 
high groundwater, and erosion control plan. 

2. Abutters list. 

3. Application and review fees. 



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10. Application Review 

A. Pre-Application Meeting . If a Stormwater Permit or Administrative Approval is required 
under Section 4 of this bylaw, then applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a 
pre-application meeting with the Commission and/or its Stormwater Agent to review 
the proposed development plans at the earliest feasible time. 

B. Review and Comment by Town Boards and Departments . Following receipt of a 
completed application for Stormwater Permit or for Administrative Approval, the 
Commission shall provide the opportunity for review and comments from the Planning 
Board, Board of Health, Sewer Commission, Water Commission, Building Inspector and 
Department of Public Works. Failure by these other Town Boards or Departments to 
make recommendations within fourteen days of receipt shall be deemed lack of 
opposition. 

C. Stormwater Permit . If a Stormwater Permit application is filed, then the review process 
shall include a public hearing held by the Commission in conjunction with public 
hearings held for other aspects of the project when practicable. The Commission shall 
hold a separate hearing for the stormwater permit application if necessary. If a 
separate hearing is required, then written notice shall be given, at the expense of the 
applicant, in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least seven (7) working 
days prior to the hearing; and the Commission shall also give written notice of the 
hearing to all abutters, as that term may be defined by the Commission, also at least 
seven (7) working days prior to the hearing. Such notice shall be given in the form and 
manner that the Commission shall prescribe. 

1. The Commission shall commence the public hearing within twenty-one (21) 
calendar days from the receipt of a complete application and shall issue its permit, 
denial or determination in writing within twenty-one (21) calendar days after the 
close of said public hearing. The Commission shall have the authority to continue 
any hearing to a date certain announced at the hearing, for reasons stated at the 
hearing, which may include receipt of additional information offered by the 
applicant or others, information and plans required of the applicant deemed 
necessary by the Commission in its discretion, or comments and recommendations 
of other Town boards and officials. 

2. After review of the Stormwater Permit application, circulation to other boards, and 
public hearing, the Commission may take one of the following actions within 
twenty-one days after closing the public hearing: 

a. Approve the application and issue a Stormwater Permit if it finds that the 
proposed plan will protect water resources and meets the objectives and 
requirements of this Bylaw. 

b. Approve the application and issue a Stormwater Permit with conditions, 
modifications, or restrictions as necessary to ensure protection of water 
resources or to meet the objectives of this Bylaw. 

c. Disapprove the application and deny a permit if it finds the proposed plan will 
not protect water resources or fails to meet the objectives of this Bylaw; or if it 
finds that the applicant has not submitted information sufficient for the 
Commission to make such a determination. 

3. A decision by the Commission shall be final. Appeal should be to a court of 
competent jurisdiction pursuant to applicable law. The remedies listed in this Bylaw 



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are not exclusive of other remedies available under applicable federal, state, or local 

law. 
D. Administrative Approval . The Administrative Approval process shall require notification 
of abutters, as that term may be defined by the Commission, but \n\\\ not require a 
public hearing and may be conducted by the Stormv^/ater Agent acting on behalf of the 
Commission. After completing a review and after circulating the application to other 
boards, the Commission or its Stormwater Agent may take one of the following actions 
within twenty-one (21) calendar days of receiving a complete application: 

1. Approve the application if it finds that the proposed plan will protect water 
resources and meets the objectives and requirements of this Bylaw. 

2. Approve the application with conditions, modifications, or restrictions as necessary 
to ensure protection of water resources or to meet the objectives of this Bylaw. 

3. Disapprove the application and require submission of a Stormwater Permit to the 
Commission. 

4. Disapprove the application if it finds the proposed plan will not protect water 
resources or fails to meet the objectives of this Bylaw; or if it finds that the applicant 
has not submitted information sufficient for the Commission or its Stormwater 
Agent to make such a determination. 

5. A decision by the Commission or its Stormwater Agent shall be final. A decision by 
the Stormwater Agent made under this Bylaw shall be reviewable by the 
Commission if an appeal of the decision is filed with the Town Clerk within twenty 
days thereof, and if the applicant files with such appeal a complete application for a 
Stormwater Permit. 

11. Site Inspection 

Submittal of the Stormwater Permit or Administrative Approval application shall grant the 
Commission and its agents with permission to enter the site for inspection. 

12. Surety 

For projects requiring a Stormwater Permit under 4.A, the Commission may require the posting 
of a surety bond until work is completed. 

13. Enforcement 

A. The Commission shall enforce this Bylaw with violation notices, administrative orders 
and enforcement orders, and may pursue all civil and criminal remedies for such 
violations. Mechanisms and procedures for enforcement shall be detailed in Rules and 
Regulations adopted by the Commission pursuant to this Bylaw. 

B. Any person who violates any provision of this Article, regulations thereunder, or permits 
issued thereunder, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred ($100) dollars. Each day 
or portion thereof during which a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense, 
and each provision of the bylaw, regulations or permit violated shall constitute a 
separate offense. 

C. Non-criminal disposition. As an alternative to criminal prosecution or civil action, the 
Commission may elect to utilize the non-criminal disposition procedure set forth in 
M.G.L Ch. 40, § 21D and Section 1(h) of the Town's General Bylaws. The penalty for 
violation shall be $100. Each day or part thereof that such violation occurs or continues 
shall constitute a separate offence. 



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14. Severability 

If any provision, paragraph, sentence, or clause of this Bylaw shall be held invalid for any reason, 
all other provisions shall continue in full force and effect. 

MOVED that the Tov\/n amend the General Bylaws by adding the following new Article XV: 

COHASSET STORMWATER MANAGEMENT BYLAW 

1. Authority 

This Bylaw is adopted under authority granted by the Home Rule Amendment of the 
Massachusetts Constitution, the Home Rule statutes, and pursuant to the federal Clean Water 
Act, 33 U. S. C. §§ 1251-1386 (the "Act") and regulations issued pursuant to the Act which are 
found at 40 CFR 122.34. 

2. Purpose 

The purpose of this Bylaw is to: 

1. Prevent and reduce existing and future flooding. 

2. Protect water quality. 

3. Increase groundwater recharge. 

4. Reduce erosion and sedimentation. 

5. Promote environmentally sensitive site design practices. 

6. Ensure long-term maintenance of stormwater controls. 

7. Help the Town of Cohasset meet federal requirements under Phase II of the National 
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. 

8. Establish the legal authority by which the Town of Cohasset can enforce the provisions of 
this Bylaw and accompanying regulations. 

3. Definitions 

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and implementation of this Bylaw. The 
term "alter" shall include, without limitation, the following activities: 

1. Changing of pre-existing drainage characteristics, adding impervious area or changing 
type of land cover, or changing sedimentation patterns, flow patterns or flood retention 
characteristics; 

2. Dumping, discharging or filling with any material, or removal of material, which would 
alter elevations or change drainage patterns or degrade water quality; 

3. Driving of piles, erection, or expansion of buildings or structures of any kind; 



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4. Destruction of plant life, including clearing of trees; 

5. Any activities, changes or work which may cause or tend to contribute to pollution of any 
body of water or groundwater. 

4. Regulated Activities 

A. Regulated Activities RequirinR a Stormwater Permit . The following activities, developments 
or redevelopments require the issuance of a full Stormwater Permit by the Conservation 
Commission (the "Commission") after the filing by the Applicant of a full application and full 
review by the Commission through a public hearing: 

1. Any activity that will alter 5,000 square feet or more of land. 

2. Any construction or development activity on an undeveloped parcel of any size that will 
increase the impervious surface area, or increase the amount or rate of runoff from the 
parcel. 

3. Any development or redevelopment of Land Uses with Higher Potential Pollutant Loads as 
defined in the IVIassachusetts Stormwater Management Policy, which include, for 
example: 

a. auto salvage yards (auto recycler facilities) 

b. auto fueling facilities (gas stations) 

c. exterior fleet storage areas (cars, buses, trucks, public works equipment) 

d. exterior vehicle service, maintenance and equipment cleaning areas 

e. commercial parking lots 

f. road salt storage and loading areas 

g. commercial nurseries 

h. outdoor storage and loading/unloading of hazardous substances 
i. marinas (service, painting and hull maintenance areas) 

B. Regulated Activities Requiring Administrative Approval . The following activities, which are 
smaller than activities requiring a full Stormwater Permit, shall require approval under an 
Administrative Approval process by the Commission or its Stormwater Agent: 

1. Any activity that will result in a net increase in impervious surface area of more than 500 
square feet of land but which will alter less than 5,000 square feet of land. 

2. Any replacement of an existing building with a new building of more than 500 square feet. 



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C. Regulated Activities Completed in Phases Requiring a Stormwater Permit or Administrative 
Approval : 

1. Activities that are completed in phases, such as subdivision developments and phased 
commercial developments which could be reasonably expected to alter more than the 
thresholds in 4.A and 4.B shall require a Stormwater Permit or Administrative Approval prior 
to beginning construction, even if the planned alteration is conducted over separate phases 
and/or by separate owners. 

5. Exempt Activities 

A. This Bylaw shall not apply to the following activities: 

1. Normal use, maintenance and improvement of land in agricultural use. 

2. Maintenance of existing landscaping. 

3. Repair or modification of a building that remains within its existing footprint. 

4. Construction of a fence that will not alter existing terrain or drainage patterns. 

5. Repairs or alterations to any stormwater management facility or practice that poses a 
threat to public health, safety, or the environment. 

6. Emergency work associated with accidents, spills or releases of oil or hazardous wastes, or 
natural disasters. 

7. Repair or maintenance of a sewage disposal system when required by the Board of Health 
for protection of public health, provided the post-repair condition drainage is similar or 
more effective than the pre-repair condition. 

8. Any work or projects for which all necessary approvals and permits have been issued 
before the effective date of this Bylaw. 

6. Conservation Commission Authority 

A. The Commission shall be responsible for issuing a Stormwater Permit. 

B. The Commission may appoint a Licensed Professional Engineer with expertise in stormwater 
management as its Stormwater Agent to assist the Commission. This position shall be funded 
from application and review fees charged to applicants during the Stormwater Permit and 
Administrative Approval process. 

C. The Commission shall review Stormwater Permit applications, conduct necessary site 
inspections and investigations, issue final permits, and monitor and enforce permit conditions. 
For Administrative Approval of projects regulated under Section 4.B of this Stormwater 
Management Bylaw, the Stormwater Agent may represent the Commission by conducting site 
inspections as necessary, issuing a decision based on review, and monitoring conditions stated 
in the Administrative Approval. 



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D. The Commission shall establish (1) Application Fees and (2) Review Fees which are sufficient 
to recover the cost for application review including assistance from the Stormwater Agent. 
Separate application and review fees shall be established for the Stormwater Permit process 
and for the Administrative Approval process which requires no public hearing. Said fees and 
charges shall be established by regulations issued by the Commission. 

7. Rules and Regulations 

A. The Commission shall adopt and amend Rules and Regulations related to the submittal 
requirements and performance standards required to obtain a Stormwater Permit or 
Administrative Approval conducted pursuant to this Bylaw. Rules and Regulations shall be 
adopted and amended after a public hearing and public comment period. The public hearing 
shall be advertised in a newspaper of general local circulation at least seven days before the 
hearing date. 

B. Other boards, commissions, and departments are encouraged to adopt those Rules and 
Regulations by reference. 

C. Failure to promulgate such Rules and Regulations shall not have the effect of suspending 
or invalidating this Bylaw. 

8. Performance Standards 

A. The purpose of the Stormwater Permit and Administrative Approval Program shall be to 
maintain the post-development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total volume of 
runoff, and water quality of the runoff) for development and redevelopment projects as equal 
to or less than the pre-development runoff characteristics. 

B. Performance standards for site design, erosion control, stormwater management, 
materials, vegetation, and other aspects of developments shall be outlined in the Rules and 
Regulations. Performance standards shall include (but are not limited to) standards for the 
following: 

1. Peak discharge rates and runoff volumes (flooding protection and channel protection). 

2. Recharge volume. 

3. Pretreatment and water quality. 

4. Erosion control and property damage. 

5. Vegetation, site design, and site restoration. 

6. Integrity of stream channels, surface water, and aquatic habitats. 

7. Application of Low-Impact Development measures to facilitate the maximum possible 
infiltration of precipitation on-site. 



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C. Applicants shall meet these performance standards and those of the Massachusetts 

Stormwater Management Policy (as may be amended), whichever are more stringent. 

9. Submittal Requirements 

A. Submittal requirements for a Stormwater Permit, or for Administrative Approval, shall be 
as required below and as further defined in the Rules and Regulations. 

B. Submittal requirements for a Stormwater Permit shall include (but may not be limited to) 
the following: 

1. Stormwater management plan stamped by a Professional Engineer certifying post- 
development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total volume of runoff, and water 
quality of the runoff) for development and redevelopment projects as equal to or less 
than the pre-development runoff characteristics. The plan shall show proposed grading, 
description of stormwater management system with map of pre- and post-development 
drainage, existing and proposed vegetation, recharge analysis, hydrologic calculations, and 
estimated seasonal high groundwater. 

2. Abutters list. 

3. Erosion control plan. 

4. Operations and maintenance plan listing responsible parties, maintenance agreements, 
maintenance schedule, and estimated annual budget (including anticipated sources of 
funding) for operations and maintenance. 

5. Record(s) of stormwater easements. 

6. For subdivision applications, a plan showing the building envelope within each house lot 
and proposed grading, drainage, and stormwater disposal for each lot. 

7. Application and review fees. 

C. Submittal requirements for an Administrative Approval shall include (but may not be 
limited to) the following: 

1. A stormwater management plan stamped by a Professional Engineer describing the 

proposed alteration activities and the mitigation measures and best management 
practices to be employed to manage stormwater generated by the alteration, and 
certifying post-development runoff characteristics (including peak flow, total volume of 
runoff, and water quality of the runoff) for development and redevelopment projects as 
equal to or less than the pre-development runoff characteristics. The following additional 
submittals may be required, but only if determined necessary by the Commission or their 
Stormwater Agent to support the engineer's stormwater Management plan and 
certification: Plan of proposed grading, more detailed description and/or drawings of 
proposed stormwater management system with map of pre- and post-development 
drainage, existing and proposed vegetation, recharge analysis, hydrologic calculations, 
estimated seasonal high groundwater, and erosion control plan. 



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2. Abutters list. 

3. Application and review fees. 
10. Application Review 

A. Pre-Application Meeting. If a Stormwater Permit or Administrative Approval is required 
under Section 4 of this bylaw, then applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre- 
application meeting with the Commission and/or its Stormwater Agent to review the proposed 
development plans at the earliest feasible time. 

B. Review and Comment by Town Boards and Departments. Following receipt of a 
completed application for Stormwater Permit or for Administrative Approval, the Commission 
shall provide the opportunity for review and comments from the Planning Board, Board of 
Health, Sewer Commission, Water Commission, Building Inspector and Department of Public 
Works. Failure by these other Town Boards or Departments to make recommendations within 
fourteen days of receipt shall be deemed lack of opposition. 

C. Stormwater Permit. If a Stormwater Permit application is filed, then the review process 
shall include a public hearing held by the Commission in conjunction with public hearings held 
for other aspects of the project when practicable. The Commission shall hold a separate hearing 
for the stormwater permit application if necessary. If a separate hearing is required, then 
written notice shall be given, at the expense of the applicant, in a newspaper of general 
circulation in the Town at least seven (7) working days prior to the hearing; and the Commission 
shall also give written notice of the hearing to all abutters, as that term may be defined by the 
Commission, also at least seven (7) working days prior to the hearing. Such notice shall be given 
in the form and manner that the Commission shall prescribe. 

1. The Commission shall commence the public hearing within twenty-one (21) calendar days 
from the receipt of a complete application and shall issue its permit, denial or 
determination in writing within twenty-one (21) calendar days after the close of said 
public hearing. The Commission shall have the authority to continue any hearing to a date 
certain announced at the hearing, for reasons stated at the hearing, which may include 
receipt of additional information offered by the applicant or others, information and plans 
required of the applicant deemed necessary by the Commission in its discretion, or 
comments and recommendations of other Town boards and officials. 

2. After review of the Stormwater Permit application, circulation to other boards, and public 
hearing, the Commission may take one of the following actions within twenty-one days 
after closing the public hearing: 

a. Approve the application and issue a Stormwater Permit if it finds that the proposed plan 
will protect water resources and meets the objectives and requirements of this Bylaw. 

b. Approve the application and issue a Stormwater Permit with conditions, modifications, 
or restrictions as necessary to ensure protection of water resources or to meet the 
objectives of this Bylaw. 



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c. Disapprove the application and deny a permit if it finds the proposed plan will not 
protect water resources or fails to meet the objectives of this Bylaw; or if it finds that 
the applicant has not submitted information sufficient for the Commission to make such 
a determination. 

3. A decision by the Commission shall be final. Appeal should be to a court of competent 

jurisdiction pursuant to applicable law. The remedies listed in this Bylaw are not exclusive 
of other remedies available under applicable federal, state, or local law. 

D. Administrative Approval. The Administrative Approval process shall require notification 

of abutters, as that term may be defined by the Commission, but will not require a public 
hearing and may be conducted by the Stormwater Agent acting on behalf of the Commission. 
After completing a review and after circulating the application to other boards, the Commission 
or its Stormwater Agent may take one of the following actions within twenty-one (21) calendar 
days of receiving a complete application: 

1. Approve the application if it finds that the proposed plan will protect water resources and 
meets the objectives and requirements of this Bylaw. 

2. Approve the application with conditions, modifications, or restrictions as necessary to 
ensure protection of water resources or to meet the objectives of this Bylaw. 

3. Disapprove the application and require submission of a Stormwater Permit application to 
the Commission. 

4. Disapprove the application if it finds the proposed plan will not protect water resources or 
fails to meet the objectives of this Bylaw; or if it finds that the applicant has not submitted 
information sufficient for the Commission or its Stormwater Agent to make such a 
determination. 

5. A decision by the Commission or its Stormwater Agent shall be final. A decision by the 
Stormwater Agent made under this Bylaw shall be reviewable by the Commission if an 
appeal of the decision is filed with the Town Clerk within twenty days thereof, and if the 
applicant files with such appeal a complete application for a Stormwater Permit. 

11. Site Inspection 

Submittal of the Stormwater Permit or Administrative Approval application shall grant the 
Commission and its agents with permission to enter the site for inspection. 

12. Surety 

For projects requiring a Stormwater Permit under 4.A, the Commission may require the posting 
of a surety bond until work is completed. 

13. Enforcement 

A. The Commission shall enforce this Bylaw with violation notices, administrative orders and 
enforcement orders, and may pursue all civil and criminal remedies for such violations. 



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Mechanisms and procedures for enforcement shall be detailed in Rules and Regulations adopted 
by the Commission pursuant to this Bylaw. 

B. Any person who violates any provision of this Article, regulations thereunder, or permits 
issued thereunder, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred ($100) dollars. Each day or 
portion thereof during which a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense, and each 
provision of the bylaw, regulations or permit violated shall constitute a separate offense. 

C. Non-criminal disposition. As an alternative to criminal prosecution or civil action, the 
Commission may elect to utilize the non-criminal disposition procedure set forth in M.G.L Ch. 
40, § 21D and Section 1(h) of the Town's General Bylaws. The penalty for violation shall be $100. 
Each day or part thereof that such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate 
offence. 

14. Severability 

If any provision, paragraph, sentence, or clause of this Bylaw shall be held invalid for any reason, 
all other provisions shall continue in full force and effect. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 25; Citizens Petition - Operation of Leaf Blowers Bylaw 

Proposed Bylaw: To limit gas and gas-generated electric leaf-blower usage to the following 
hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm. Violation of this ordinance will result in the assessment 
of a two hundred fine upon the offending property owner 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

Doris Mandeville 25 Oak St. Walter Ross 159 So. Main St 

Kristin Norton 320 No. Main St. Lorraine Cunningham 11 Oak St. 

S. Woodworth Chittick 98 So. Main St. Davenport Crocker 79 Spring St. 

James Porter 1 94 So. Main St. George MacCleave 9 James Ln. 

Robert Sweeney 15 James Ln. Mary Louise Clark Slotnick 190 So. Main St 

MOVED, that the following bylaw be inserted into the General Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset 
as section 42, "Noise from Leaf Blowers" of Article VII ("Safety and Public Order", as follows: 

Section 42, Noise from Leaf Blowers 

(a) No property owner shall operate, nor allow others to operate on his or her property. Gas - 
Powered, and Gas or Diesel - Generated Electric Leaf Blowers, as defined hereinafter, other than 
during the following hours: weekly, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

(b) Definitions 

'Gas - Powered Leaf Blowers' are defined as portable power equipment that is powered by a self 
- contained fuel combustion engine and used in any landscape, maintenance, construction, 
property repair, or property maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing, redistributing 
dust, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs, or other debris. 



105 



'Gas or Diesel - Generated Electric Leaf Blowers' are defined as portable power equipment that 
is powered by any free - standing, exterior generator that converts gas or diesel fuel into 
electricity, and used in any landscape, maintenance, construction, property repair, or property 
maintenance for the purpose of blowing, dispersing, or redistributing dust, dirt, leaves, grass 
clippings, cuttings and trimmings from trees and shrubs, or other debris. 

(c) Notice 

of the provisions of this bylaw, including penalties for violations of such provisions and the 
effective date thereof, shall be posted in all stores selling leaf blowers of any kind, and in all 
businesses selling landscape, maintenance, construction, property repair or maintenance tools 
or material. Notice of this bylaw shall also be conspicuously displayed at the Town Hall, and at 
the Cohasset Public Library. 

(d) Violations 

Each instance in which a property owner operates or allows the operation of a Gas - Powered, or 
Gas or Diesel - Generated Electric Leaf Blower as defined in this bylaw, upon his or her property 
shall constitute a separate violation of this ordinance. 

(e) Effective date 

The provisions of this bylaw shall become effective on and after January 1, 2009. 

(f) Enforcement 

The provisions of this bylaw shall be enforced by the town of Cohasset police, who may utilize 
non criminal ticketing for the violation of this bylaw pursuant to Cohasset General Bylaws 
Article I General Provisions, section 1(h). 

(g) Penalties 

First offense: warning to the owner and/or operator. 

Second and subsequent offenses: $200 penalty, to be levied upon the property owner. 

Motion defeated. 

It was moved and seconded at 4 p.m. that this meeting stand adjourned to Saturday, April 5, 
2008 for the election of town officers. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 
Marion L Douglas, Town Clerk 



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ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION - TOWN OF COHASSET 
APRIL 5, 2008 

The polls opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. 

Total Voters — 873 ; Per Cent - 17. Absentee Voters - Pre. 1 - 19; Pre. 2 - 18 . 

Total of absentees was 37. 

Election officers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:45 a.m. were as follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 
Kathleen Rhodes 
Debra Krupczak 
Katharine Lincoln 
Grace Tuckerman 
Michael Patrolia 
Ellen Warner 



Nancy Barrett 
Roger Whitley 
James Contis 
Alison Krupczak 
Katherine Whitley 
Jody Doyle 



Selectmen for Three Years (2) 



Frederick R. Koed 

Karen M. Quigley 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Pre. 1 



Pre. 2 



Total 



330 


318 


648 


333 


304 


637 


10 


12 


22 


217 


222 


439 


890 


856 


1746 



Moderator for Three Years (1) 



Daniel S. Evans 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



375 


315 


690 


1 


1 


2 


69 


112 


181 


445 


428 


873 



Town Clerk for Three Years (1) 



Marion L. Douglas 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



371 


355 


726 





1 


1 


24 


22 


146 


445 


428 


873 



School Committee for Three Years (1) 



Alfred Slanetz 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Pre. 1 



Pre. 2 



Total 



329 


261 


590 


5 


10 


15 


111 


157 


268 


445 


428 


873 



107 



Trustees Paul Pratt Memorial Library for Three Years (3) 



Sheila S. Evans 

Rodney M. Hobson 

MaryLou Lawrence 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Assessor for Three Years (1) 

Mary E. Granville 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Board of Health for Three Years (1) 

Robin M. Lawrence 
Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 
Total 



Planning Board for Five Years (1) 

Charles A. Samuelson 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Planning Board for Three Years 
to fill an unexpired term (1) 

Clark H. Brewer 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



344 


297 


641 


343 


308 


651 


328 


289 


617 


1 


1 


2 


319 


389 


708 


1335 


1284 


2619 



325 


292 


617 


2 





2 


120 


135 


255 


445 


428 


873 



341 


308 


649 


2 





2 


102 


120 


222 


445 


428 


873 



315 


275 


590 





1 


1 


130 


152 


282 


445 


428 


873 



317 


277 


594 











128 


151 


279 


445 


428 


873 



108 



Recreation Commission for Five Years (1) 

Roseanne M. McMorris 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Recreation Commission for Two Years 
to fill an unexpired term (1) 

Write-ins 
Abigail Alves 
Susan Kent 
Blanks 
Total 



Sewer Commission for Three Years (1) 

James A. Dow 

Wayne Sawchuk 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Water Commission for Three Years (1) 

Glenn A. Pratt 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



The polls closed at 6 p.m. and the results were declared at 7:00 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L Douglas 
Town Clerk 



278 


270 


548 


31 


24 


55 


136 


134 


270 


445 


428 


873 



89 


72 


161 


37 


26 


63 


319 


330 


649 


445 


428 


873 



202 


200 


402 


223 


219 


442 





1 


1 


465 


436 


901 


890 


856 


1746 



346 


333 


679 


6 


1 


7 


93 


94 


187 


445 


428 


873 



109 



STATE PRIMARY - SEPTEMBER 16. 2008 



Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. 

Total Voters -. Democrats - 344; Republicans - 64. 

Percent voted - 8. 

Absentees - Pre. 1 - D - 7, R - 4; Pre. 2 - D - 13, R - 4. 

Election officers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion Douglas, at 6:45 a.m. were as follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 
Grace Tuckerman 
Nancy Barrett 
Katherine Lincoln 
Katherine Whitley 
Michael Patrolia 



Debra Krupczak 
Jody Doyle 
Kathleen Rhodes 
James Contis 
Roger Whitley 



Democratic Party 



Senator in Congress 



Pre. 1 



Pre. 2 



Total 



John F. Kerry 
Edward J. O'Reilly 
Blanks 

Write-ins/Scattering 
Total 



96 

61 

2 



159 



115 

69 

1 



185 



211 

130 





344 



Representative in Congress 



William D. Delahunt 
Blanks 

Write-ins/Scattering 
Total 



111 

46 

2 

159 



135 

49 

1 

185 



246 

95 

3 

344 



110 



Councillor (1) 


Pre. 1 


Christopher A. lannella, Jr. 


57 


Stephen F. Flynn 


49 


Robert L. Toomey, Jr. 


10 


Blank 


42 


Write-ins/Scattering 


1 


Total 


159 



Pre. 2 Total 

69 126 

64 113 

16 26 

36 78 

1 

185 344 



Senator in General Court 

Blanks 135 160 295 

Write-ins/Scattering M 25 49 

Total 159 185 344 

Representative in General Court 

Garrett J. Bradley 113 153 266 

Blanks 45 32 77 

Write-ins/Scattering 3 3 

Total 159 185 344 

Register of Probate 

Patrick W. McDermott 87 113 200 

Blanks 69 72 141 

Write-ins/Scattering 3 3 

Total 159 185 344 

County Treasurer 

Joseph A. Connolly 94 116 210 

Blanks 65 69 134 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Total 159 185 344 



111 



County Commissioner 

John M. Gillis 82 108 190 

Francis W. O'Brien 73 96 169 

Blanks 163 166 329 

Write-ins/Scattering Q 

Total 318 370 688 



Republican Party Pre. 1 Pre. 2 Total 

Senator in Congress 

Jeffrey K. Beatty 27 30 57 

Blanks 4 3 7 

Write-ins/Scattering 1 

Total 31 33 66 

Representative in Congress 



Blanks 28 26 54 

Write-ins/Scattering 3 7 10 

Total 31 33 66 

Councillor (1) 

Write-ins/Scattering 2 4 6 

Blanks 29 29 58 

Total 31 33 66 



Senator in General Court 

Robert L Hedlund, Jr. 30 33 63 

Blanks 10 1 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Total 31 33 66 



112 



Representative in General Court 



Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 



Pre. 1 

3 
28 
31 



Pre. 2 

7 
26 
33 



Total 



10 
54 
66 



Register of Probate 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 

County Treasurer 

Write-ins/Scattering 

Blanks 

Total 

County Commissioner 

Thomas E. Gorman 
Blanks 

Write-ins/Scattering 
Total 



3 
28 
31 



3 
28 
31 



27 

34 

1 

31 



6 

ZZ 
33 



8 
25 
33 



26 

38 

2 

33 



The Green Rainbow Party did not receive any votes or any v^/rite-ins. 
The Working Families Party did not receive any votes or any write-ins. 
The polls closed at 8 p.m. and the results were declared at 8:30 p.m. 
A True Copy, Attest: 
Marion Douglas, Town Clerk 



9 
55 
66 



11 
53 
66 



53 

72 

3 

66 



113 



November 4. 2008 -- State Election 



Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. The total number of registered voters was 5381. 
The total number that actually voted was 4629. The total absentee voters were 526 for Pre. 1 - 
269 and for Pre. 2-257. 

Election officers sworn in by Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 6:45 a.m. were as follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 

Katherine Lincoln 
Kathleen Rhodes 
Gail Collins 
Grace Tuckerman 
Jody Doyle 
James Contis 
Roger Whitley 
Susan Loring 



Nancy Barrett 
James Carroll 
Debra Krupczak 
Sandra Murray 
Patricia Ranney 
James Carroll 
Carolyn Contis 
Katherine Whitley 
Michael Patrolia 



Electors of President/Vice President 
(Vote for One) 

Baldwin & Castle 
Barr & Root 
McCain & Palin 
McKinney & Clemente 
Nader & Gonzalez 
Obama & Biden 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



Prel 



Pre 2 



Total 






2 





11 


10 


21 


1109 


1047 


2156 


2 


2 


4 


9 


13 


22 


1221 


1162 


2383 


9 


12 


21 


8 


12 


20 


2369 


2260 


4629 



Senator in Congress 



John F. Kerry 
Jeffrey K. Beatty 
Robert J. Underwood 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1257 


1203 


2460 


1010 


950 


1960 


35 


51 


86 





5 


5 


62 


51 


118 


2369 


2260 


4629 



114 



Representative in Congress 



William Delahunt 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1648 

40 

681 

2369 



1637 

41 

582 

2260 



3285 

81 

1263 

4629 



Councillor 



Christopher A. lanella, Jr. 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1421 

26 

922 

2369 



1454 

20 

786 

2260 



2875 

46 

1708 

4629 



Senator in General Court 



Robert L Hedlund 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1777 

26 

566 

2369 



1753 

24 

483 

2260 



3530 

50 

1049 

4629 



Representative in General Court 

Garrett J. Bradley 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1689 

24 

656 

2369 



1710 

25 

525 

2260 



3300 

49 

1181 

4629 



Register of Probate 



Patrick W. McDermott 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1417 
14 
927 
2369 



1423 
22 
815 
2260 



2840 
37 
1752 
4629 



County Treasurer 



Joseph A. Connolly 
Scattering (write-ins) 
Blanks 
Total 



1413 
16 
940 
2369 



1419 
17 
824 
2269 



2832 
33 
1764 
4629 



115 



810 


856 


1666 


668 


753 


1421 


862 


768 


1630 


531 


488 


1019 


2 


5 


7 


1865 


1650 


3515 



County Commissioner 

John M. Gillis 

Francis W. O'Brien 

Thomas E. Gorman 

Michael F.Walsh 

Scattering (write-ins) 

Blanks 

Total 4738 4520 9258 

QUESTION 1: LAW PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION 

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the 
House of Representatives before May 6, 2008? 

SUMMARY 

This proposed law would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65% for all 
categories of taxable income for the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, and would 
eliminate the tax for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010. 

The personal income tax applies to income received or gain realized by individuals and 
married couples, by estates of deceased persons, by certain trustees and other fiduciaries, by 
persons who are partners in and receive income from partnerships, by corporate trusts, and by 
persons who receive income as shareholders of "S corporations" as defined under federal tax 
law. The proposed law would not affect the tax due on income or gain realized in a tax year 
beginning before January 1, 2009. 

The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts 
would stay in effect. 

A VfS yOJE would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65% for the tax year beginning 
on January 1, 2009, and would eliminate the tax for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 
2010. 
A NO VOTE \AJOu\d make no change in state income tax laws. 

YES 
NO 

Blanks 
Total 



953 


892 


1845 


1369 


1314 


2683 


42 


54 


101 


2369 


2260 


4629 



116 



QUESTION 2: LAW PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION 

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the 
House of Representatives before May S, 2008? 

SUMMARY 

This proposed law would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or 
less of marijuana with a new system of civil penalties, to be enforced by issuing citations, and 
would exclude information regarding this civil offense from the state's criminal record 
information system. Offenders age 18 or older would be subject to forfeiture of the marijuana 
plus a civil penalty of $100. Offenders under the age of 18 would be subject to the same 
forfeiture and, if they complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense, the 
same $100 penalty. 

Offenders under 18 and their parents or legal guardian would be notified of the offense 
and the option for the offender to complete a drug awareness program developed by the state 
Department of Youth Services. Such programs would include ten hours of community service 
and at least four hours of instruction or group discussion concerning the use and abuse of 
marijuana and other drugs and emphasizing early detection and prevention of substance abuse. 

The penalty for offenders under 18 who fail to complete such a program within one year 
could be increased to as much as $1,000, unless the offender showed an inability to pay, an 
inability to participate in such a program, or the unavailability of such a program. Such an 
offender's parents could also be held liable for the increased penalty. Failure by an offender 
under 17 to complete such a program could also be a basis for a delinquency proceeding. 

The proposed law would define possession of one ounce or less of marijuana as 
Including possession of one ounce or less of tetrahydrocannibinol ("THC"), or having 
metabolized products of marijuana or THC in one's body. 

Under the proposed law, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana could not be grounds 
for state or local government entities imposing any other penalty, sanction, or disqualification, 
such as denying student financial aid, public housing, public financial assistance including 
unemployment benefits, the right to operate a motor vehicle, or the opportunity to serve as a 
foster or adoptive parent. The proposed law would allow local ordinances or bylaws that 
prohibit the public use of marijuana, and would not affect existing laws, practices, or policies 
concerning operating a motor vehicle or taking other actions while under the influence of 
marijuana, unlawful possession of prescription forms of marijuana, or selling, manufacturing, or 
trafficking in marijuana. 

The money received from the new civil penalties would go to the city or town where the 
offense occurred. 

A YES VOTE would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of 

marijuana with a new system of civil penalties. 

A NO l/OTf would make no change in state criminal laws concerning possession of marijuana. 

YES 

NO 

Blanks 
Total 



1494 


1492 


2986 


856 


727 


1572 


30 


41 


21 


2369 


2260 


4629 



117 



QUESTION 3: LAW PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION 

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the 
House of Representatives before May 6, 2008? 

SUMMARY 

This proposed law would prohibit any dog racing or racing meeting in Massachusetts 
where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs. 
The State Racing Commission would be prohibited from accepting or approving any application 
or request for racing dates for dog racing. 

Any person violating the proposed law could be required to pay a civil penalty of not 
less than $20,000 to the Commission. The penalty would be used for the Commission's 
administrative purposes, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature. All existing parts of 
the chapter of the state's General Laws concerning dog and horse racing meetings would be 
interpreted as if they did not refer to dogs. 

These changes would take effect January 1, 2010. The proposed law states that if any of 
its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect. 

A YES VOTE would prohibit dog races on which betting or wagering occurs, effective January 1, 
2010. 
A NO \/OTf would make no change in the laws governing dog racing. 

YES 
NO 

Blanks 
Total 



QUESTION 4: THIS QUESTION IS NOT BINDING 

Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that 
would support the development of Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and other possible future 
onshore and offshore wind power developments in Massachusetts? 

YES 
NO 

Blanks 
Total 

Polls closed at 8 p.m. and the results were declared at 9:15 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



1396 


1206 


2602 


910 


976 


1886 


63 


23. 


141 


2369 


2260 


4629 



1816 


1736 


3552 


353 


326 


679 


200 


198 


398 


2369 


2260 


4629 



118 



INDEX SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - NOVEMBER 17, 2008 



Article # Description of Article 

1 Amendments to Fy09 Budget. Unanimous 

2 Union contracts & other salary adjustments. Unanimous 

3 Capital improvements budget. Unanimous 

4 Community Preservation Committee - Open Space & recreation 

plan. Unanimous. 

5 Release of easements & right of way. Unanimous. 

6 Conservation restrictions for open space. Unanimous. 

7 Jerusalem Road Wall & Roadv\/ay. Unanimous. 

8 Town Hall restoration project. Unanimous. 

9 Fundingfor alternative energy options. Unanimous. 

10 Zoning bylaw reconciliation. Unanimous. 

11 Grant of easement for gas line - parcel 89 on assessor map 27. 

Unanimous. 

12 Jacobs Meadow culvert repair & upgrade. Unanimous. 

13 Turf field & track at Clark Chatterton Athletic Complex. Adopted by 

required 2/3's. 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008 



At the Special Town Meeting held on Monday, November 17, 2008 at the Cohasset High School 
Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were contained in the warrant and acted upon as 
follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 6:30 p.m. were Carol St. Pierre, 
Sandra Murray, Abigail Alves, Debra Krupczak and James Carroll. Tellers were appointed and 
sworn in by the Moderator, Daniel Evans. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:18 p.m. and a quorum of 100 was present at 
that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled for Precinct 1 - 174; and 
Precinct 2 - 104 for a total of 278 voters. 

It was voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Return of 
Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. Citizens recited the 
pledge of allegiance. 



ARTICLE 1: 



AMENDMENTS TO FISCAL 2009 OPERATING BUDGET 



To see what additional action the Town will vote to amend, modify, increase or decrease, or 
otherwise, to balance the Fiscal Year 2009 Operating Budget as voted in Article 3 of the March 
29, 2008 Annual Town Meeting, including proposed revised appropriations and any additional 
sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, or 
transfer from available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the salaries and compensation, 
expenses, equipment, and outlays, capital and otherwise, of the several Town departments, for 
the current fiscal year, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) be hereby appropriated to add to and increase 
the amounts voted pursuant to Article 3 of the March 29, 2008 Annual Town Meeting as 
adjusted as set forth below, and to fund such appropriation the amount of Twenty Thousand 
Dollars ($20,000) be raised from taxation and other general revenues of the Town: 



Appropriation/Account 



Original 
Appropriation 



Proposed 
Appropriation 



Revised 
Increase 



Unemployment 
General Expenses 



$20,000 



$40,000 



$20,000 



And further that the amounts appropriated pursuant to Article 3 of the March 29, 2008 Annual 
Town Meeting be reduced by the amount of Five Hundred Six Thousand One Hundred Eighty 
Seven Dollars ($506,187) as a result of the decreases listed below. 



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Original Proposed Revised 

Appropriation/Account Appropriation Appropriation ( Decrease) 

Debt Service -Excluded Principal $1,885,920 $1,609,820 ($276,100) 

Debt Service -Excluded Interest $1,114,548 $ 884,461 ($230,087) 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 2: UNION CONTRACTS & OTHER SALARY ADJUSTMENTS 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, 
and/or transfer from available funds, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to fund the FY09 cost items of a collective bargaining agreement between the Town, 
represented by the Board of Selectmen, and the Fire Department employees represented by 
Local 2804, Cohasset Permanent Firefighters, the Police Department employees represented by 
the New England Police Benevolent Association, AFL-CIO, the civilian dispatch employees 
represented by Teamsters Local Union No. 25, the Library employees represented by SEIU Local 
888, Clerical employees represented by SEIU Local 888, in accordance with Chapter 150E of the 
General laws, and to fund salary adjustments for non-union and employees with individual 
employment contracts, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the sum of Ninety Six Thousand Dollars ($96,000) be appropriated to fund the FY 
09 cost items of certain collective bargaining agreements in accordance with Chapter 150E of 
the General Laws, and to fund salary adjustments for non union employees and employees with 
individual employment contracts, as follows: 

Civilian Dispatchers represented by Teamsters Local Union No. 25 $6,500 

Library employees represented by SEIU Local 888 $11,500 

Clerical employees represented by SEIU Local 888 $13,000 

Salary adjustments for non-union and employees with individual employment contracts as set 

forth in a schedule on file with the office of the Town Clerk $65,000 

And to fund this appropriation. Ninety Six Thousand Dollars ($96,000) be raised from the FY 09 
tax levy and other general revenues of the Town. 

And further that the sum of One Hundred Four Thousand Dollars ($104,000) be appropriated to 
the Town Manager's Personal Services budget to add to and increase the amounts voted 
pursuant to Article 3 of the March 29, 2008 Annual Town Meeting to a new total of $229,000, 
for the purpose of future funding of currently unresolved collective bargaining agreements for 
FY09; and to fund this appropriation, One Hundred Four Thousand Dollars ($104,000) be raised 
from the FY 09 tax levy and other general revenues of the Town. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 3: CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS BUDGET 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, lease or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum of money to fund various capital 
improvements, capital projects and/or capital equipment for the various departments, boards, 
commissions and agencies of the town, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED 

That One Hundred Sixty Thousand ($160,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the 
intention that these funds be available in FY 09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town 
Manager for the acquisition of an ambulance and for the Fire Department, and to fund this 
appropriation, either of two alternative methods may be employed: (i) the Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow One Hundred Sixty Thousand 
($160,000) Dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General 
Laws, as amended, and to issue bonds an notes of the Town, therefore, such borrowing to be a 
general obligation of the Town, or (ii) the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen is authorized to enter into a lease/purchase agreement for said ambulance for a 
period not to exceed five years; and 

That Thirty Thousand ($30,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the intention that these 
funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town Manager for the acquisition 
of a command vehicle for the Fire Department; and that to fund this appropriation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Thirty 
Thousand ($30,000) Dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts 
General Laws, as amended, and to issue bonds and notes of the Town, therefore, such 
borrowing to be a general obligation of the Town, or (ii) the Town Manager, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen is authorized to enter into a lease/purchase agreement for said 
command vehicle for a period not to exceed three years; and 

That Twenty Nine Thousand ($29,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town Manager for the 
acquisition of a police cruiser for the Police Department; and that to fund this appropriation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Twenty 
Nine Thousand ($29,000) Dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, and to issue bonds an notes of the Town, therefore, 
such borrowing to be a general obligation of the Town, or (ii) the Town Manager, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen is authorized to enter into a lease/purchase agreement for 
said police cruiser for a period not to exceed three years; and 

That Twenty Five Thousand ($25,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town Manager for the 
acquisition of a heart monitor/defibrillator for the Fire Department; and that to fund this 
appropriation, the sum of Twenty Five Thousand ($25,000) Dollars be transferred from the 
Capital Stabilization Fund; and 



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That Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the intention that these 
funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town Manager for the acquisition 
of a Jaws of Life for the Fire Departnnent; and that to fund this appropriation, the sum of Ten 
Thousand ($10,000) Dollars be transferred from the Capital Stabilization Fund; and 

That Ten Thousand ($10,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the intention that these 
funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town Manager for the acquisition 
of public computers for the Library; and that to fund this appropriation, the sum of Ten 
Thousand ($10,000) Dollars be transferred from the Capital Stabilization Fund. 

A 2/3's vote required. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 4: COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COIVIIVIITTEE 

To see what action the Town will take with respect to the recommendations of the Community 
Preservation Committee for Fiscal Year 2009, and to see if the Town will vote to implement any 
such recommendation by appropriating a sum or sums of money from the Community 
Preservation Fund established pursuant to Chapter 44B of the General Laws, and from any other 
source, by raising and appropriating, transferring from available funds, borrowing pursuant to 
any applicable statute or borrowing pursuant to any applicable statute for this purpose, and 
further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain, or 
alternatively to convey, sell or dispose of, such real property interests as may be required by the 
Community Preservation Act to implement any such expenditure of community preservation 
funds, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED 

Recommendation A: 

Applicant has withdrawn application for funding of Item A, so no motion will be offered; and 
That Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000), be hereby appropriated with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY 2009 and thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town 
Manager, for the purposes of preparing a new and required Open Space and Recreation Plan for 
the Town of Cohasset, which shall include the retention of qualified consultant(s) and expert(s) 
necessary for the completion of this task, and to meet this appropriation Twelve Thousand 
Dollars ($12,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund Open Space Sub 
Account and Thirteen Thousand Dollars ($13,000) be transferred from the Community 
Preservation Fund Discretionary Account; and That Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) be 
hereby appropriated with the intention that these funds be available in Fiscal 2009 and 
thereafter, which funds are to be expended by the Town Manager for the purposes of 
conducting the necessary engineering studies and preparing the engineering drawings for the 
restoration of the pond located on Cohasset Common, and to meet this appropriation Fifteen 
Thousand Dollars ($15,000) be transferred from the Community Preservation Fund Historical 
Resources Sub Account. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 5: RELEASE OF EASEMENTS AND RIGHT OF WAY 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell, convey, release or 
otherwise dispose of all or any portions of the following property and interests formerly held by 
the Town's Board of Water Commissioners for the purposes of conveying water throughout the 
Town, subject to Massachusetts G.L. 30B: 

the 12-foot wide easement located off Nichols Road, granted by Charles O. Smith and Marjorie 
M. Smith to the Town pursuant to that certain grant of easement dated May 3, 1955 and 
recorded at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Book 3365, Page 515, and 

the 30-foot wide right of way located off 100 Pleasant Street, acquired by the Town pursuant to 
that certain instrument of taking dated August 18, 1886 and recorded at the Norfolk County 
Registry of Deeds in Book 581, Page 360, 

MOVED that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to sell, convey, release or otherwise dispose 
of all or any portions of the following property and interests formerly held by the Town's Board 
of Water Commissioners for the purposes of conveying water throughout the Town, subject to 
Massachusetts G. L. 30B: the 12-foot wide easement located off Nichols Road, granted by 
Charles 0. Smith and Marjorie M. Smith to the Town pursuant to that certain grant of easement 
dated May 3, 1955 and recorded at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Book 3365, Page 
515. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 6: CONSERVATION RESTRICTIONS FOR OPEN SPACE 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen and Board of Water 
Commissioners to sell, grant or convey or otherwise dispose to the Trustees of Reservations or 
to a governmental body of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or a non-profit organization 
whose mission is to conserve our natural resources a conservation restriction on, easements 
over and other lesser interests in the parcels listed below and shown on that certain plan 
entitled "Brass Kettle Brook Conservation Area, Cohasset, Massachusetts," dated September 22, 
2008, and on file with the Board of Water Commissioners; to grant and reserve to National Grid 
(USA), Inc. easements for use of portions of such parcels for the purposes of maintaining poles, 
wires, conduits and other facilities and improvements necessary for the transmission of 
electricity and intelligence, as shown on that certain plan entitled "Compiled Plan of Land off 
King Street, Cohasset, MA," dated October 3, 2007 and on file with the Board of Water 
Commissioners; and further to petition the General Court for enactment of a Home Rule special 
act set forth below and to request the Town's representatives to the General Court to introduce 
a Special Act set forth below, and further to authorize the General Court, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Water Commissioners, to make constructive changes 
in language as may be necessary or advisable towards perfecting the intent of this legislation in 
order to secure passage. 



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AN ACT APPROVING THE TOWN OF COHASSET TO 

GRANT, SELL, CONVEY OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF CERTAIN INTERESTS IN 

LAND SITUATED IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET ACQUIRED FOR CONSERVATION, 

OPEN SPACE AND WATER PROTECTION PURPOSES 

Section 1. Pursuant to Article XCVII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, and notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the 
Town of Cohasset, acting by and through its Board of Selectmen and Board of V\/ater Commissioners, is 
hereby authorized to grant to the Trustees of Reservations or to a governmental body of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts or a non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve our natural 
resources, a conservation restriction on, easements over and other lesser interests in the parcels listed 
below and shown on that certain plan entitled "Brass Kettle Brook Conservation Area, Cohasset, 
Massachusetts," dated September 22, 2008, and on file with the Board of Water Commissioners or any 
portions thereof, for conservation, open space and water protection purposes; to grant and reserve to 
National Grid (USA), Inc. easements for use of portions of such parcels for the purposes of maintaining 
poles, wires, conduits and other facilities and improvements necessary for the transmission of electricity 
and intelligence, as shown on that certain plan entitled "Compiled Plan of Land off King Street, Cohasset, 
MA," dated October 3, 2007 and on file with the Board of Water Commissioners, or to take any other 
action related thereto. 



MAP 

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PARCEL LOCATION MAP PARCEL 

19 Off Riverview Drive 60 13 

24 Off Riverview Drive 65 1 
27 Off Riverview Drive 65 2 

25 Off Riverview Drive 65 3 
33 Off Riverview Drive 65 4 
12 Off King Street 65 5 

14 Off Doane Street 65 6 

15 Off Doane Street 65 SB 

16 Off Doane Street 65 7 
16A Off Doane Street 65 8 
52 Off Doane Street 65 9 

11 Off King Street 65 10 

12 Off King Street 65 18 

13 Off King Street 65 19 



LOCATION 
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60 


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65 


19 


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60 


2 


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65 


35 


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60 


3 


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66 


1 


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60 


4 


Off King Street 


66 


2 


Off King Street 


60 


5 


Off King Street 


66 


3 


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60 


6 


Off King Street 


66 


4 


Off King Street 


60 


7 


Off King Street 


66 


5 


Off King Street 


60 


8 


Off King Street 


66 


6 


Off King Street 


60 


9 


Off King Street 


66 


7 


Off King Street 


60 


10 


Off King Street 


72 


1 


Off Howes Lane 


60 


11 


Off King Street 


72 


2 


Off Howes Lane 


60 


12 


Off King Street 


72 


3 


Off Howes Lane 



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Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

MOVED that the Board of Selectmen and/or the Board of Water Commissioners be authorized 
to sell, grant or convey or otherwise dispose to the Trustees of Reservations or to a 
governmental body of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or a non-profit organization whose 
mission is to conserve our natural resources a conservation restriction on, easements over and 
other lesser interests in the parcels listed below and shown on that certain plan entitled "Brass 
Kettle Brook Conservation Area, Cohasset, Massachusetts," dated September 22, 2008, and on 
file with the Board of Water Commissioners; to grant to and reserve for National Grid (USA), Inc. 
easements for use of portions of such parcels for the purposes of maintaining poles, wires, 
conduits and other facilities and improvements necessary for the transmission of electricity and 
intelligence, as shown on that certain plan entitled "Compiled Plan of Land off King Street, 
Cohasset, MA," dated October 3, 2007 and on file with the Board of Water Commissioners; and 
further to petition the General Court for enactment of a Home Rule special act set forth below 
and to request the Town's representatives to the General Court to introduce a Special Act set 
forth below, and further to authorize the General Court, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen and the Board of Water Commissioners, to make constructive changes in language as 
may be necessary or advisable towards perfecting the intent of this legislation in order to 
secure its passage. 

AN ACT APPROVING THE TOWN OF COHASSET TO 

GRANT, SELL, CONVEY OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF CERTAIN INTERESTS IN 

LAND SITUATED IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET ACQUIRED FOR CONSERVATION, 

OPEN SPACE AND WATER PROTECTION PURPOSES 

Section 1. Pursuant to Article XCVII of the Amendments to the Constitution of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special 
law to the contrary, the Town of Cohasset, acting by and through its Board of Selectmen and 
Board of Water Commissioners, is hereby authorized to grant to the Trustees of Reservations or 
to a governmental body of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or a non-profit organization 
whose mission is to conserve our natural resources, a conservation restriction on, easements 
over and other lesser interests in the parcels listed below and shown on that certain plan 
entitled "Brass Kettle Brook Conservation Area, Cohasset, Massachusetts," dated September 22, 
2008, and on file with the Board of Water Commissioners or any portions thereof, for 
conservation, open space and water protection purposes; to grant and reserve to National Grid 
(USA), Inc. easements for use of portions of such parcels for the purposes of maintaining poles, 
wires, conduits and other facilities and improvements necessary for the transmission of 
electricity and intelligence, as shown on that certain plan entitled "Compiled Plan of Land off 
King Street, Cohasset, MA," dated Octobers, 2007 and on file with the Board of Water 
Commissioners. 



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MAP PARCEL LOCATION MAP PARCEL 

54 19 Off Riverview Drive 60 13 

54 24 Off Riverview Drive 65 1 

54 27 Off Riverview Drive 65 2 

54 25 Off Riverview Drive 65 3 

54 33 Off Riverview Drive 65 4 

56 12 Off King Street 65 5 

56 14 Off Doane Street 65 6 

56 15 Off Doane Street 65 6B 

56 16 Off Doane Street 65 7 

56 16A Off Doane Street 65 8 

56 52 Off Doane Street 65 9 

59 11 Off King Street 65 10 

59 12 Off King Street 65 18 

59 13 Off King Street 65 19 



LOCATION 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 
Off King Street 



60 


1 


Off King Street 


65 


19 


Off King Street 


60 


2 


Off King Street 


65 


35 


Off King Street 


60 


3 


Off King Street 


66 


1 


Off King Street 


60 


4 


Off King Street 


66 


2 


Off King Street 


60 


5 


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66 


3 


Off King Street 


60 


6 


Off King Street 


66 


4 


Off King Street 


60 


7 


Off King Street 


66 


5 


Off King Street 


60 


8 


Off King Street 


66 


6 


Off King Street 


60 


9 


Off King Street 


66 


7 


Off King Street 


60 


10 


Off King Street 


72 


1 


Off Howes Lane 


60 


11 


Off King Street 


72 


2 


Off Howes Lane 


60 


12 


Off King Street 


72 


3 


Off Howes Lane 



Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 
A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Proclamation offered by Ted Carr, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for Stephen Bowen. 

PROCLAMATION 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN STEPHEN G. BOWEN was born and raised in Cohasset and is a 1982 
graduate of Colnasset High scliooi where he was a star student and athlete; and 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN BOWEN is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a 
Degree of Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN BOWEN serves in the United States Navy with a specialty in nuclear 
submarines, and in May of 2000 became the first Executive Officer of the first of the new 
VIRGINIA Class submarines; and 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN BOWEN was selected by NASA in July of 2000 as the first Submarine Officer 
to ever serve as a member of the crew of a space shuttle mission; and 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN BOWEN is currently a member of the six person crew of the Space Shuttle 
Endeavor which launched from the Kennedy Space Center on November 14'^ for a sixteen day 
mission to help double the living quarters of the International Space Station; and 

WHEREAS CAPTAIN BOWEN will be making a total of three spacewalks during the course of the 
space shuttle mission, during which he will spend close to twenty hours undertaking highly 
technical work in support of the International Space Station. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that on behalf of all the citizens of Cohasset, the Board of 
Selectmen and the November 17, 2008 Cohasset Town Meeting hereby hail the 
accomplishments and bravery of CAPTAIN STEPHEN G. BOWEN both for his highly decorated 
service in the United States Navy and as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and 
call upon the citizens of Cohasset to recognize and honor the incredible service of this 
Cohasset native son and wish both he and the entire Space Shuttle Crew a safe journey home. 

Given under our hands and the seal of the Town of Cohasset on this seventeenth day of 
November in the year Two Thousand and Eight. 

Proclamation adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 7: REINFORCEMENT TO CURRENT DESIGN STANDARDS OF JERUSALEM ROAD WALL 
AND ROADWAY 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or 
borrow, pursuant to any applicable statue, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, to reinforce and/or otherwise bring up to current design standards the roadway 
and deficient retaining wall system currently located on the easterly side of Jerusalem Road 
between Bow Street and Steep Rocks Way, so as to ensure sufficient stability to support the 
intended vehicle loads, to acquire by purchase, gift, eminent domain, or otherwise, temporary 
and permanent real estate easements, leases or other interests in private ways and lands for the 
purpose of implementing said improvements, to determine whether this appropriation shall be 



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raised by borrowing from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or to take any 
action related thereto. 

MOVED that Two Hundred Seventy Thousand ($270,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with 
the intention that these funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town 
Manager to reinforce and/or otherwise bring up to current design standards the roadway and 
deficient retaining wall system currently located on the easterly side of Jerusalem Road between 
Bow Street and Steep Rocks Way; and that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Two Hundred Seventy 
($270,000) Dollars pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as 
amended, and to issue bonds an notes of the Town, therefore, such borrowing to be a general 
obligation of the Town. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 8: TOWN HALL RESTORATION PROJECT 

To see if the Town of Cohasset will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept grants, 
gifts, tax credits, and monies for the purposes of restoring and renovating the Cohasset Town 
Hall, or take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the Board of Selectmen be hereby authorized to accept grants, gifts, tax credits, 
and monies for the purposes of restoring and renovating the Cohasset Town Hall. 

The following resolution would replace the motion. 

RESOLUTION 

MOVED that the Board of Selectmen be hereby authorized and encouraged to pursue grants, 
gifts, tax credits, and monies for the purposes of restoring and renovating the Cohasset Town 
Hall. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 9: FUNDING FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COMMITTEE 

To see if the Town will vote to raise, appropriate or transfer from a available funds, or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be expended by the Town Manager with 
the approval of the Alternative Energy Committee, to continue to engage consulting services to 
assist the Committee to investigate alternative energy options for the Town, pursue grant 
funding, promote clean energy alternatives within the community, and related duties, or take 
any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) be appropriated to be expended by the 
Town Manager with the approval of the Alternative Energy Committee, to engage consulting 
services to assist the Committee to investigate alternative energy options for the Town, pursue 
grant funding, promote clean energy alternatives within the community, and related duties; and 



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to fund this appropriation, Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) be raised from the FY 09 tax levy and 
other general revenues of the Town. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 10: ZONING BYLAW RECONCILIATION 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Cohasset Zoning Bylaws, as follows: 

That Section 7.1 in the column entitled "Number of Parking Spaces Required Per Unit" for Use 
"L" be amended in line 6 by changing the word "on" to "of" so that said Section 7.1, Use L as 
amended shall read as follows: "One space per unit unless the apartments are proposed within 
that portion of a building existing on 1/5/55 or unless a reduced number is specifically 
authorized within the final action of the special permit granting authority upon a finding that 
one space per unit is not necessary for public safety and convenience, that the creation of on- 
site parking spaces is incompatible with approved design guidelines or that adequate provision 
for parking has otherwise been proposed." 

That Section 17.3.2, second sub-section "f" reading as follows: "Any other information required 
by the Planning Board in the rules and regulations adopted by it with respect to such special 
permit process." be amended to be re-labeled as sub-section "g". 

That Section 17.4.1, sub-section "g" reading as follows: "Buildings and uses accessory to the 
above, including, without limitation, parking garages that are accessory to dwelling units and 
cafeterias." be amended to be re-labeled as sub-section "f". 

That Section 17.9.3, be amended in line 1 by changing "Rules are Regulations consistent ..." to 
read "Rules and Regulations consistent ..." so that Section 17.9.3 as amended shall read as 
follows: "The Planning Board shall adopt, and from time to time amend, Rules and Regulations 
consistent with the provisions of this Zoning Bylaw, Chapter 40A of General Laws and other 
applicable provisions of the General Laws and shall file a copy of said rules and regulations with 
the Town Clerk. Such rules and regulations shall, subject to provisions of this Section 17, 
prescribe as minimum the size, contents, form, style and number of plans and specifications, the 
Town boards or Departments from which the Planning Board will request written reports and 
the procedure for submission and approval of a Special Permit under the provisions of this 
section. The Planning Board shall also specify the fees to be paid in connection with application 
for a TOD Overlay Development, bonding requirements to satisfy conditions of approval, and 
reporting requirements to satisfy compliance with the affordability restrictions. Other 
specifications as deemed necessary by the Planning Board shall be included in the Rules and 
Regulations. Failure to adopt such Rules and Regulations shall not affect the validity of this 
Section 17." 

That Section 19.4.1.3.C, be amended by changing "S.P.G.A." to read "SPGA" as is used 
throughout the rest of the document, so that Section 19.4.1. 3. c as amended shall read as 
follows: "c) All signs shall comply with the requirements of the Town's sign regulations unless 
relief is granted by the SPGA." 



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That Section 19.7.2, line 3, be amended to correct the first quotation mark by changing 
"Physically remove" to read "Physically remove", so that Section 19.7.2 as amended shall read 
as follows: " Upon abandonment or discontinuation of use, the owner shall physically remove 
the wind turbine(s) within 90 days from the date of abandonment or discontinuation of use. 
This period may be extended at the request of the owner and at the discretion of the SPGA. 
"Physically remove" shall include, but not be limited to:" 

That Section 19.9.1. Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA), line 1, be amended by changing 
"Wind Turbine(s) is ..." to read "Wind Turbine(s) in ...", so that Section 19.9.1. Special Permit 
Granting Authority (SPGA) as amended shall read as follows: "The SPGA for wind energy 
conversion facilities, also referred to as Wind Turbine(s) in this bylaw shall be the Planning 
Board." 

MOVED that the Town's Zoning Bylaws be amended as follows: 

That Section 7.1 in the column entitled "Number of Parking Spaces Required Per Unit" for Use 
"I" be amended in line 6 by changing the word "on" to "of" so that said Section 7.1, Use L as 
amended shall read as follows: "One space per unit unless the apartments are proposed within 
that portion of a building existing on 1/5/55 or unless a reduced number is specifically 
authorized within the final action of the special permit granting authority upon a finding that 
one space per unit is not necessary for public safety and convenience, that the creation of on- 
site parking spaces is incompatible with approved design guidelines or that adequate provision 
for parking has otherwise been proposed." 

That Section 17.3.2, second sub-section "f" reading as follows: "Any other information required 
by the Planning Board in the rules and regulations adopted by it with respect to such special 
permit process." be amended to be re-labeled as sub-section "g". 

That Section 17.4.1, sub-section "g" reading as follows: "Buildings and uses accessory to the 
above, including, without limitation, parking garages that are accessory to dwelling units and 
cafeterias." be amended to be re-labeled as sub-section "f". 

That Section 17.9.3, be amended in line 1 by changing "Rules are Regulations consistent ..." to 
read "Rules and Regulations consistent ..." so that Section 17.9.3 as amended shall read as 
follows: "The Planning Board shall adopt, and from time to time amend. Rules and Regulations 
consistent with the provisions of this Zoning Bylaw, Chapter 40A of General Laws and other 
applicable provisions of the General Laws and shall file a copy of said rules and regulations with 
the Town Clerk. Such rules and regulations shall, subject to provisions of this Section 17, 
prescribe as minimum the size, contents, form, style and number of plans and specifications, the 
Town boards or Departments from which the Planning Board will request written reports and 
the procedure for submission and approval of a Special Permit under the provisions of this 
section. The Planning Board shall also specify the fees to be paid in connection with application 
for a TOD Overlay Development, bonding requirements to satisfy conditions of approval, and 
reporting requirements to satisfy compliance with the affordability restrictions. Other 
specifications as deemed necessary by the Planning Board shall be included in the Rules and 
Regulations. Failure to adopt such Rules and Regulations shall not affect the validity of this 
Section 17." 



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That Section 19. 4.1. 3. c, be amended by changing "S.P.G.A." to read "SPGA" as is used 
throughout the rest of the document, so that Section 19.4.1. 3. c as amended shall read as 
follows: "c) All signs shall comply with the requirements of the Town's sign regulations unless 
relief is granted by the SPGA." 

That Section 19.7.2, line 3, be amended to correct the first quotation mark by changing 
"Physically remove" to read "Physically remove", so that Section 19.7.2 as amended shall read 
as follows: " Upon abandonment or discontinuation of use, the owner shall physically remove 
the wind turbine(s) within 90 days from the date of abandonment or discontinuation of use. 
This period may be extended at the request of the owner and at the discretion of the SPGA. 
"Physically remove" shall include, but not be limited to:" 

That Section 19. 9.1. Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA), line 1, be amended by changing 
"Wind Turbine(s) is ..." to read "Wind Turbine(s) in ...", so that Section 19.9.1. Special Permit 
Granting Authority (SPGA) as amended shall read as follows: "The SPGA for wind energy 
conversion facilities, also referred to as Wind Turbine(s) in this bylaw shall be the Planning 
Board." 

Report of Planning Board given by Alfred Moore. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 11: GRANT OF EASEMENT FOR GAS LINE 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant a permanent easement 
or lesser title interest in under that portion of Town-owned property, commonly known as Town 
Hall, identified as Parcel 89 on Assessor Map No. 27 and numbered 41 Highland Avenue, as 
shown on that certain plan entitled "Easement Drawing, 29 & 41 Highland Avenue, Cohasset, 
MA," a copy of which plan is on file with the Town Manager's Office, for the purposes of 
providing gas service to property owned by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church located at 29 
Highland Avenue, or to take any other action related thereto. 

MOVED that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to grant a permanent easement or lesser 
title interest in, over, or under that portion of Town-owned property, commonly known as Town 
Hall, identified as Parcel 89 on Assessor Map No. 27 and numbered 41 Highland Avenue, as 
shown on that certain plan entitled "Easement Drawing, 29 & 41 Highland Avenue, Cohasset, 
MA," a copy of which plan is on file with the Town Manager's Office, for the purposes of 
providing gas service to property owned by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church located at 29 
Highland Avenue in Cohasset 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 12: JACOBS MEADOW CULVERT REPAIR AND UPGRADE 

To see if the Town of Cohasset will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, 
or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be expended by the Town 
Manager for the purpose of reconstruction and upgrading the open culvert and tide gates at the 
Jacobs Meadow culvert at the American Legion Post, and that the town be authorized to accept 
grants, gifts, tax credits, and monies for that intended purpose, to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain permanent easements or lesser title 
interests in all or any portions of the following parcels located off Summer Street and Elm Street 
for drainage purposes, or to take any other action related thereto. 



Map Parcel Location 



Map Parcel Location 



27 
27 
27 
27 



85 Elm Street 
87 Elm Street 
95 Elm Street 
97 Elm Street 



32 


24 


32 


23 


32 


22 



80 Summer Street 
84 Summer Street 
88 Summer Street 



MOVED that Four Hundred Fifty Thousand ($450,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, with the 
intention that these funds be available in FY09 and beyond, to be expended by the Town 
Manager to reconstruct and upgrade the open culvert and tide gates at the Jacobs Meadow 
culvert at the American Legion; and that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Four Hundred Fifty 
Thousand ($450,000) Dollars pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General 
Laws, as amended, and to issue bonds and notes of the Town, therefore, such borrowing to be a 
general obligation of the Town. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 13: CITIZENS' PETITION -TURF FIELD 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum of money to be expended by the Town Manager for 
the creation of new recreational opportunities by the construction of a synthetic turf field and 
track at the Clark Chatterton Athletic Complex, or take any other action related thereto. 
NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 



Ellen Maher 
Chris Haggerty 
SallyAnn Chatterton 
Wayne Sawchuk 
Joseph Fitzgerald 



63 Old Pasture Road Glenn Pratt 

10 Sankey Road George McGoldrick 

9 Red Gate Lane Richard Evans 

432 Beechwood Street Ralph Froio 

516 GC Way. Gary Vanderweil 



482 King Street 
744 Jerusalem Road 
24 Lantern Lane 
327 Forest Ave. 
500 Jerusalem Road 



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MOVED that One Million Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,050,000) Dollars be hereby appropriated, 
with the intention that these funds be available in FY 09 and beyond, to be expended by the 
Town Manager to design, permit and construct a synthetic turf field and track at the Clark 
Chatterton Athletic Complex; and that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Five Hundred Thousand 
Dollars ($500,000) pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as 
amended, and to issue bonds and notes of the Town therefore, such borrowing to be a general 
obligation of the Town; and Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($550,000) to come from 
donations to be received by the Town as gifts, provided however, that no money shall be 
borrowed under this vote unless the following condition is met: that the Cohasset Sports 
Partnership will have raised a sum of at least Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($550,000), 
and delivered same to the Town Manager, by December 31, 2010 it being the understanding of 
the Town that said Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars($550,000) shall be given to the Town by 
the Cohasset Sports Partnership for this purpose. 

A 2/3's vote required. Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

It was moved and seconded that this Special Town Meeting be dissolved at 9:15 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 



Marlon L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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VITAL STATISTICS - 2008 

Record of birth, marriage and death records in the Town of Cohasset for 2008 are as follows: 

BIRTHS 

The numbers of births recorded were thirty-nine males and twenty-seven females. 

MARRIAGES 

The total of marriages was thirty-three. Twenty-two of those were solemnized in Cohasset 
during the current year. 

DEATHS 

The total number of deaths was eighty-three including residents of Cohasset who died 
elsewhere and non-residents who died in Cohasset. 



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PROSPECTIVE JUROR LIST 

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 234A, Section 15, the Prospective Juror List Is 
available in the Tov\/n Clerk's office with the names of those residents who may be summoned 
for juror service. 

This information is available for public inspection during normal office hours. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

Submitted herewith is my annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008. This 
report includes the following: 

GENERAL FUND 

1. Historical Data 

2. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

3. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

4. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

5. Statement of Revenues, Budget vs. Actual 

6. Statement of State and County Assessments 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
Town Special Revenue Funds 

3. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
School Special Revenue Funds 

SEWER FUNDS - NORTH AND CENTRAL COHASSET 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
WATER FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Retained Earnings 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
TRUST FUNDS 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
LONG TERM DEBT GROUP OF ACCOUNTS 

1. Statement of Long Term Debt 

2. Statement of Debt Authorized and Unissued 
OTHER REPORTS 

1. Schedule of Reserve Fund Transfers 

2. Community Preservation Fund 

Respectfully Submitted, 
J. Michael Buckley 



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SUMMARY OF HISTORICAL FINANCIAL DATA 



TAX RATE 



2003 


11.99 


2004 


11.89 


2005 


10.44 


2006 


10.84 


2007 


10.50 


2008 


10.60 


2009 


10.78 




TAX LEVY 



TOWN VALUATION 

1,602,813,423 
1,730,261,119 
2,086,149,189 
2,173,147,423 
2,324,029,983 
2,403,120,204 
2,455,174,229 

OPERATING BUDGET 



2003 
2004 
2005 
2006 
2007 
2008 
2009 



19,217,733 
20,572,805 
22,779,398 
23,556,917 
24,402,315 
25,473,074 
26,466,778 



26,954,203 
28,112,193 
29,784,963 
31,724,742 
33,174,703 
35,340,212 
36,374,463 



AVERAGE 
SINGLE FAMILY TAX BILL 



STATE AID * 



2003 
2004 
2005 
2006 
2007 
2008 
2009 



6,909 
7,396 
7,804 
8,442 
8,664 
8,988 
9,346 



1,491,660 

915,942 

927,721 

910,613 

1,117,164 

1,284,155 

1,423,127 



FREE CASH 



STABILIZATION FUND* 



2003 
2004 
2005 
2006 
2007 
2008 



937,302 
346,818 
737,226 
1,007,767 
956,971 
359,773 



921,309 
492,660 
38,962 
42,781 
562,792 
590,953 



* Unrestricted Net 



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STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES 
AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 
GENERAL FUND 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 



Revenue: 

Property Taxes 
State Aid 
Excise Taxes 
Other Local Receipts 

Total Revenue 

Less: 

Expenditures: 

General Government 

Public Safety 

Schools 

Public Works 

Public Health 

Human Services 

Culture & Recreation 

Debt Service 

Employee Benefits & Insurance 

State and County Assessments 

Total Expenditures 

Encumbrances: 
Encumbrances 
Encumbrances-Prior Year 

Total Encumbrances 

Other Financing Sources (Uses)) 
Operating Transfers In 
Operating Transfers Out 
Overlay Surplus Release 
Appropriation Deficits (net) 
Miscellaneous Adjustments 

Total Financing Sources (Uses)) 

Excess of Revenues Over Expenditures 

Unreserved Fund Balance July 1, 2007 

Unreserved Fund Balance June 30, 2008 



25,150,399 
2,854,620 
1,284,858 
2,441,734 



1,558,411 

3,957,409 

13,877,311 

2,247,331 

133,745 

184,621 

632,596 

4,659.982 

4,027,657 

1,079,456 



571,813 
(689,639) 



311,480 

(405,896) 





1,183 



31,731,611 



32,358,519 



(117,826) 



(93,233) 
(602,315) 
1,235.340 



$633,025 



140 







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BUDGET vs^ 


ACTUAL 










FISCAL YEAR 2008 
















% 






Budaet 


Actual 


Uncollected 


Collected 














TAX LEVY 
























Real Estate 


25,310,920 


24,907,341 


(403,579) 


98.4% 




Personal Property 


162,154 


161,184 


(970) 


99.4% 




Tax Liens 


- 


81,874 


81,874 


- 




Rollback Tax 


- 




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Deferred Tax 


- 




- 


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Total Tax Levy 


25,473,074 


25,150,399 


(322,675) 


98.7% 






















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1,696,971 


1,696,971 


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100.0% 




School Construction 


485,000 


485,300 


300 


100.1% 




Additional Assistance 


166,099 


166,099 


- 


100.0% 




Lottery 


474,221 


474,221 


- 


100.0% 




Veterans' Exemptions 


15,063 


11,844 


(3,219) 


78.6% 




Elderly Exemptions 


10,040 


10,040 




100.0% 




Charter School Reimb. 


10,795 


5,094 


(5,701) 


47.2% 




Miscellaneous 


- 


5,051 


5,051 


















Total State Aid 


2,858,189 


2,854,620 


(3,569) 


99.9% 














LOCAL RECEIPTS 
























Motor Vehicle Excise 


1,209,381 


1,276,148 


66,767 


105.5% 




Boat Excise 


7,500 


8,710 


1,210 


116.1% 




Betterments - Sewer 


485,000 


471,394 


(13,606) 


97.2% 




Betterments - Drainage 


15,000 


22,622 


7,622 


- 




Penalty & interest on Taxes - 










Committed Interest 


56,000 


51,219 


(4,781) 


91.5% 




Property Taxes 


45,000 


68,093 


23,093 


151.3% 




Liens 


4,000 


40,482 


36,482 


1012.1% 




Excise 


5,000 


6,189 


1,189 


123.8% 




Facility Stickers 


140,000 


145,465 


5,465 


103.9% 




Trash Bags 


120,000 


152,692 


32,692 


127.2% 




Fees - 












Board Of Selectmen 


4,000 


3,232 


(768) 


80.8% 




Town Clerk 


6,000 


6,285 


285 


104.8% 




Treasurer/Collector 


27,000 


17,819 


(9,181) 


66.0% 




Assessors 


2,000 


3,933 


1,933 


196.7% 




ZBA 


3,000 


4,155 


1,155 


138.5% 




Planning Board 


6,000 


19,450 


13,450 


324.2% 




Conservation Commission 


8,000 


7,485 


(515) 


93.6% 




Police Dept 


25,000 


27,216 


2,216 


108.9% 




Ambulance 


350,000 


371,544 


21,544 


106.2% 




Fire Department Other 


6,000 


5,988 


(12) 


99.8% 















141 







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FISCAL YE 


AR 2008 




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Budget 


Actual 


Uncollected 


Collected 
















Weights & Measures 


3,000 


4,300 


1,300 


143.3% 




Recycling 


26,000 


46,045 


20,045 


177.1% 




Transfer Station Fees 


24,000 


19,457 


(4,543) 


81.1% 




School 


- 


12,086 


12,086 


- 




Library Fees 


14,000 


14,228 


228 


101.6% 




Cemetery Fees 


15,000 


13,125 


(1,875) 


87.5% 




Recreation Fees 


75,000 


97,584 


22,584 


130.1% 




Town Rentals 


15,000 


5.100 


(9,900) 


34.0% 




In Lieu of Tax 


- 


1,264 


1,264 


- 




Licenses & Permits - 












Board Of Health 


28,000 


29,086 


1,086 


103.9% 




Building 


233,000 


230,040 


(2,960) 


98.7% 




Plumbing 


9,000 


10,608 


1,608 


117.9% 




Gas 


5,000 


6,356 


1,356 


127.1% 




Electrical 


24,000 


28,175 


4,175 


117.4% 




Dog 


5,000 


6,221 


1,221 


124.4% 




Alcoholic Beverage 


20,000 


21,475 


1,475 


107.4% 




Selectmen Other 


5,000 


6,126 


1,126 


122.5% 




Selectmen Road Openings 


1,000 


5,023 


4,023 


502.3% 




Unclassified 


- 


10,563 


10,563 


- 




Fines & Forfeits - 












Parking 


36,000 


25,130 


(10,870) 


69.8% 




Court Fines 


6,000 


5,115 


(885) 


85.3% 




Registry Fines 


13,000 


8,010 


(4,990) 


61.6% 




Tailings 


- 


3,945 


3,945 


- 




Conservation 


- 


6,000 


6,000 


- 




Investment Income 


250,000 


273,607 


23.607 


109.4% 




Harbor Fees 


103,000 


127,802 


24,802 


124.1% 




Indirect Costs 


60,000 




(60,000) 


0.0% 
















Total Local Receipts 


3,493,881 


3,726,592 


232,711 


106.7% 




























GRAND TOTAL 


31,825,144 


31,731,611 


(93,533) 


99.7% 
















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STATE AND COUNTY ASSESSMENTS 

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL 

FISCAL YEAR 2008 





ESTIMATED 


ACTUAL 


ASSESSMENT 


CHARGES 


CHARGES 


County Tax 


94,621 


94,621 


Retired Teachers Health Insurance 


730,256 


730,256 


Mosquito Control Project 


29,857 


29,831 


Air Pollution Control 


3,171 


3,171 


Metro Area Planning Council 


2,091 


2,091 


Registry Non Renewals 


3,680 


5,400 


Mass Bay Transit Authority 


145,404 


145,404 


Special Education 







Charter Schools 


79,954 


68,682 


Totals 


SI, 089,034 


$1,079,456 



148 



ENTERPRISE FUNDS 
STATEMENT OF REVENUE, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 

FISCAL YEAR 2008 



User Charges 
User Charges-Hlngham 
Connection Fees 
Fees & Services 
Penalties & Interest 
State Aid 

Total Revenue 

General Expenses 
Encumbrances 
Depreciation Expense 
Debt Service 
Indirect Costs 

Total Expenditures 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Retained Earnings July 1, 2007 

Retained Earnings June 30, 2008 



Central 


Straits 






Sewer 


Sewer 


Water 


Totals 


714,901 


288,191 


2,743,222 


3,746,314 






322,119 


322,119 


108,743 




8,520 


117,263 







33,609 


33,609 


543 


1,861 


33,571 


35,975 


17,669 






17,669 


841,856 


290,052 


3,141,041 


4,272,949 


737,495 


153,003 


1,093,073 


1,983,571 








18,929 


18,929 





71,364 





71,364 


56,474 





1,911,676 


1,968,150 


22,536 


20,688 


33,290 


76,514 


816,505 


245,055 


3,056,968 


4,118,528 


25,351 


44,997 


84,073 


154,421 


34,799 


65,426 


81,420 


181,645 


60,150 


110,423 


165,493 


336,066 



149 



COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUND 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 

Revenue:* 



Surcharge Revenue 2008 
Surcharge Revenue 2007 
Surcharge Revenue 2006 
Penalties & Interest 
Investment Income 
State Distribution 

Total Revenue 



325,734 

2,793 

226 

747 

17,292 

317,103 



663,895 



Expenditures 

Encumbrances - Prior Year 
Encumbrances 

Total Expenditures &. Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Undesignated Fund Balance July 1 , 2007 

Less: Prior Year Accrual 

Undesignated Fund Balance June 30, 2008 



*Cash Basis 



1,063,281 
(704,175) 
371,075 



(730,181) 
(66,286) 
134,181 

67,895 



150 



DEBT STATEMENT 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 





































07/01/07 










06/30/08 


FY08 


Project 


Amount 


□ate of 




Interest 


Outstanding 


Principal 


Principal 


State 


Principal 


Outstanding 


Interest 




of Issue 


Issue 


Term 


Rate 


Balance 


Additions Payment Assistance Paydovims Balance ' 1 Payment j 














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Hagerty Property (Refi) 


495,91 1 


10/01/04 


7 yrs. 


2.00-3.25 


163,785 




30,521 






133.264 


4,366 


























Athletic Fields Supplement (Refi) 


34,453 


10/01/04 


6 yrs. 


2.00-3.00 


26,674 




7.120 






19,554 


646 


























Athletic Fields (Refi) 


232,367 


10/01/04 


5 yrs. 


2.00-2.87 


170.064 




58.007 






112,057 


3.841 


























Public Works Garage (Refi) 




10/01/04 


7 yrs. 


2.00-3.25 


284,479 




49.352 






235.127 


7.632 


























Sewer 1 & 1 (Refi) 


26,145 


10/01/04 


12 yrs. 


2.00-3.60 


25,408 




3.961 






21,447 


754 


























Landfill Capping (Refi) 


700,531 


10/01/04 


12 yrs. 


2.00-3.60 


681,455 




78.792 






602.663 1 ! 20.611 
























New Elementary School 


10,140,000 


10/15/98 


19 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


7,055,000 


2,776,000 


495.000 


3.974.952 


2.585,048 


2,776.000 1 i 309.973 
























Public Works Garage Water Main 


60,000 


10/15/98 


10 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


12,000 


14,700 


6,000 




6,000 


14.700 


1,000 


























Public Works Garage Supplement 


230,000 


10/15/98 


18 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


124,000 


115.100 


13,000 




1 1 1 ,000 


115.100 


5.324 


























Harbor Dredging 


75,000 


10/15/98 


12 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


24,000 ' 18,700 


6,000 




18,000 


18,700 


972 


























School Technology 


100,000 


10/15/98 


9 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


10,000 




10,000 









390 


























Sewer 1 & 1 MWPAT 96-37 


188,649 


10/06/99 20yrs. 




132,117 




6,599 


2.208 




123.310 


1,792 




















1 


New Elementary School Completion 2 


244,500 


12/01/99 1 15yrs. 


3.75-5.25 


120,000 




15,000 






105.000 1 ! 5.584 






















Flood Control 


260,000 


12/01/99 


15 yrs. 


3.75-5.25 


120,000 




15,000 






105.000 


5,584 


























Hartior Moorings 


90,000 


12/01/99 


9 yrs. 


3.75-5.25 


20,000 


10.000 






10.000 


723 


























Fire Trucks 


360,000 


12/01/00 


8 yrs. 


4.30-6.00 


90,000 




45,000 




1 45,000 


2,959 
























Harbor Improvements 


109,500 


12/01/00 


9 yrs. 


4.30-6.00 


30.000 




10,000 






20.000 


: 1,103 
























1 


Sewer 1 & 1 


80,000 


01/15/02 


15 yrs. 


2.25-4.60 


30,000 




10,000 






20.000 


1,005 
























Hagerty Property 


255,000 


01/15/02 


10 yrs. 


2.25-4.10 1 105,000 




25,000 






80.000 


3,735 


























Cemetery Construction 


750,000 


01/15/02 


9 yrs. 


2.25-4.10 


300,000 




75,000 






225.000 


10.575 


























School Planning 


156,000 


06/15/04 


20 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 


125,000 




10,000 






115.000 


5.425 
























School Construction ] 16,720,000 


06/15/04 


20 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 15,050,000 


890,000 1 




14,160.000 


679.413 


j 




















Little League Fields 184,600 


06/15/04 


13 yrs. 1 3.00-5.00 


135.000 




15,000 






120,000 


5.550 
















1 




Departmental Equipment 


793,000 


06/15/04 ' lOyrs. : 3.00-4.00 


470.000 




105,000 






365,000 


18.275 






! i 












Library 


650,000 


06/15/04 17yrs. 


3.00-5.00 


570.000 




40,000 






530,000 


20.930 






















1 




Police & Fire Station 


950,000 


06/15/04 


14 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 


790.000 




80,000 






710,000 


27.525 


























Centra! Sewer Plant 


98,288 


06/14/04 1 20 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 


80.000 




5,000 






75,000 


3.588 


























Hammond Ave Drainage 


190,000 


06/15/04 


3 yrs. 


3.00-3.50 


180,000 


10,000 






170,000 


7,047 


























Nevrtonville 


54,000 


08/11/05 


19 yrs. 


3.50^.75 


50,000 




4,000 






46,000 


1.920 








1 
















James Brook Flooding 


96,400 ! 08/11/05 


19 yrs. 3.50-4.75 


90,000 




5,000 






85,000 


3.521 








j 










Newtonville Drainage 


100,000 


08/11/05 


18 yrs. 


3.50^.75 


90,000 i 1 10,000 






80,000 


3.428 












1 












Library Roof 


25,000 


08/11/05 


4 yrs. 


3.50-4.75 


15,000 1 


5,000 






10.000 


469 












1 












Departmental Equipment 


373,000 


08/11/05 




3.50^.75 


255,000 ' 


110,000 






145.000 


7,688 












1 












Little Harbor Engineering 


100,000 


08/11/05 


3yrs 


3.50-4.75 


85,000 ' 


35,000 






30.000 


1.881 












1 


1 








King Street Land 


400,000 


08/11/05 


17 yrs. 


3.50^.75 


375,000 




25,000 1 




350.000 


14.510 














1 








West Comer Culvert 


25,000 


08/11/05 ( 3 yrs. 


3.50-4.75 


15.000 1 


10.000 ! 




5.000 


413 






1 






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============ 


TOTALS - TAX LEVY FUNDED 




1 




27,878,982 


2,924,500 


2,328,352 


3,977,160 


2,720,048 


21,777,922 


1,190,149 



















































































































































151 



DEBT STATEMENT 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 





































07/01/07 










06/30/08 


FY08 


Project 


Amount 


Date of 




Interest 


Outstanding 


Principal 


Principal 


State 


Principal 


Outstanding 


Interes 




of Issue 


Issue 


Term 


Rate 


Balance 


Additions 


Payment 


Assistance 


Paydowns 


Balance 


Paymer 


























' Betterment and Tax Lew Obligabons - 
































































































Straits Pond Sewer 


325,000 


10/15/98 


15 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 


165,000 


150,500 


20,000 




145,000 


150,500 


7 


























Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-33 


1.930.900 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 




1.252,000 




33,250 


60,350 




1,158,400 


18 


























Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-34 


1 ,660,400 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 




1.099,100 




61,196 


21,004 




1,016,900 


15 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 97-38 


840.500 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 




544,900 




29,965 


10,735 




504,200 


7 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 98-45 


187.400 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 




121,500 




6,706 


2,394 




112,400 


1 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 98-55 


261.700 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 




169,700 




4,523 


8,177 




157,000 


2 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 98-105 


1.630.000 


10/06/99 


20 yrs. 




1,152,793 




54,772 


19,249 




1,078,772 


16 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 98-106 


1.625.000 


10/06/99 


20 yrs. 




1.147,791 




21.517 


52,504 




1,073,770 


16 


























Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT %-33A 


1.866.327 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




1,405,069 




25.544 


57,495 




1,322,030 


18 


























Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-34A 


2,072.061 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




1,452,314 




82,323 


29,425 




1,340,566 


20 


























Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-34A 


506.247 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




454,060 




4,737 


4,661 




444,662 


4 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 99-10 


2.291.772 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




1,724,504 




77,775 


24,370 




1,622,359 


22 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 99-11 


2,301,583 


11/01/00 ' 20yrs. 




1,731.500 




31,682 


70,951 




1,628.867 


22 
























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 00-03 


237,043 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




178,706 




8,003 


2,509 




168,194 


2 


























Downtown Sewer MWPAT 00-04 ! 4.379.345 


11/01/00 


20 yrs. 




3.295.744 




60,145 


134,948 




3,100,651 


42 


























Downtown Sewer 


1.104,500 


12A)1/00 


20 yrs. 4.30-6.00 I 757.126 




56,950 






700,176 


34 








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Straits Pond Sewer ' 538.000 , 12/01/00 


20 yrs. 4.30-6.00 


367.874 




28,050 






339,824 


17 


1 1 




1 
















i Downtown Sewer 600.000 


01/15/02 


15 yrs. ' 2.25-4 60 


400.000 




40,000 






360,000 


16 


1 






1 
















Sewer 1 & 1 (Refi) 


137.264 


10/01/04 12yrs. 


2 00-3 60 


133.394 




20,793 






112,601 


3 


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TOTALS - BETTERMENTS & TAX LEVY FUNDED 






17,553,075 


150,500 


667,931 


498,772 


145,000 


16,391,872 


290 


1 
































































































Water Treatment Plant 


2.500.000 


01/01/78 


34 yrs. j 


5.00 


365,000 




73,000 






292,000 


18 


I 
























System Repairs 1995-6 (Refi) 


2.450.000 


10/01/04 


13yrs 


2.00-3.60 


1,274,743 




141,453 






1,133,290 


38 


























Distribution System 


900.000 


10/15«8 


19 yrs 3.90-5 75 


500,000 


460,000 


50,000 




450,000 


460,000 


21 


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System ImpnDvements 


1.430.500 


12A)1/99 


15 yrs. 3.75-5.25 


740,000 




100.000 






640,000 


34 


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iSystem Improvements 


2.410,000 


12A)1/00 


20 yrs. 


4.30-6.00 


1,680,000 




120.000 






1,560,000 


77 


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IWotf PH 


150.000 


01/15A)2 


15 yrs. 


2.25-4.60 


100,000 




10.000 






90,000 


4 










I 














System Improvements 


2.617.000 


08/1 2A)4 


20 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 [ 2,450.000 




190.000 






2,260,000 


97 


























"System Improvements (Hammond) 


(190.000) 


08/1 2A)4 


20 yrs. 


3.00-5.00 


(180,000) 




(10.000) 






(170,000) 


(7 


























ISystem Improvements 


2.400,000 


08/01/05 


20 yrs. 


3.50-4.75 


2.290.000 




55.000 






2,235,000 


92 


























System Improvements (Newtonville) 


(54,000) 


08/01/05 20 yrs. 


3.50-4.75 


(50.000) 




(4.000) 






(46,000) 


(1 
























System Improvements 


3,000,000 


08/01/05 


20 yrs 


3.50-4.75 


2.840.000 




60.000 






2,780,000 


114 


j 
























i State Revolving Fund 04-07 


1,371,260 


02A)1/07 


20yts. 


2.00 


1.371.260 




54,081 






1,317,179 


29 


1 
























State Revolving Fund 04-17 


64.285 


02AJ1/07 


20 yrs 


2.00 


64,285 




2,535 






61,750 


1 
















==========: 


======================= 






TOTALS - WATER REVENUE FUNDED 










13,445,288 


460,000 


842,069 





450,000 


12,613,219 


520 


























GRAND TOTAL 










58,877,345 


3,535,000 


3,838,352 


4,475,932 


3,315,048 


50,783,013 


2,000 






















50,783,013 












































































iTemoorarv Notes 

























152 



DEBT STATEMENT 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 





































07/01/07 










06/30/08 


FY08 


Project 


Amount 


Date of 




Interest 


Outstanding 


Principal 


Principal 


State 


Principal 


Outstanding 


Interest 




of Issue 


Issue 


Term 


Rate 


Balance 


Additions 


Payment 


Assistance 


Paydovms 


Balance 


Payment 


















































Chapter 90 (SAN) 










618,993 


2,237.986 


2,756,979 






100,000 


29,806 


Harbor Seawall (SAN) 










466,750 


71,007 


537,757 











PWED (SAN) 










310,000 


670,000 


930,000 






50,000 




























Satellite Sewer Plant Study 


Sewer 








100,000 


100,000 


100,000 






100.000 


4.487 


Little Hartor Sewer 


Sewer 








300,000 


300,000 


300,000 






300.000 


8,975 


Little Harbor Sewer - SRF 


Sewer 











3,396,243 








3.396,243 




Deep Run & Rust Way 


Sewer 








100,000 


100,000 


100,000 






100,000 


4,488 


Sewer 1 & 1 


Sewer 








40,000 


200,000 


40,000 






200,000 


1 
























( 


Cook Property 


General 








300,000 


184,310 


300,000 






184,310 


6.386 \ 


James Lane Easement 


General 








64,200 


57,000 


64.200 






57,000 


1,367 


Harbor Seawall 


General 








600,000 


600,010 


600,000 






600,010 


5.336 


Beechwood Sidewalk 


General 








10,000 


100,000 


10,000 






100,000 




Drainage 


General 








100,000 


100,000 


100,000 






100.000 




Drainage - SRF 


General 











65,993 








65,993 




























Water System 


Water 








4,000,000 


3,910,000 


4,000,000 






3,910,000 


129,411 


Water System 


Water 








2,000,000 


1,915,000 


2,000.000 






1,915,000 


74,170 


Water System 


Water 








7,700,000 


7,700,000 


7.700,000 






7,700,000 


237.659 


Water System 


Water 











2,515,000 









2,515,000 


- 


Water System 


Water 











1,000,000 









1,000.000 


- 


Water System - SRF 


Water 











4,146,125 









4,146,125 


- 







































TOTALS - TEMPORARY NOTES 










16,709,943 


29,368,674 


19,538,936 








26,539.681 


502,085 


















































AMOUNTS AUTHORIZED AND UNISSUED 
















































Auth. 


Auth. 




















Project 


Date 


Amount 












































MBTA Wetlands 


11/05/01 


1.200.000 




















MBTA Wells 


11/05/01 


250,000 




















Water System Improvements 


11/05/01 


23.752 




















Water System Improvements 


03/30/02 


28.248 




















Sewer Planning 


03/30/02 


81,000 




















Streetscape 


11/18/02 


800,000 




















Cook Property 


11/17/03 


4,500.000 




















Water System Improvements 


03/27/04 


21,682,190 




















James Lane Easement 


03/27/04 


64,200 




















Seawall Repairs 


12/06/04 


600,000 




















Water System Improvements 


12/06/04 


2,000,000 




















Little Harbor Sewer 


04/02/05 


12,000,000 




















Water System Improvements 


04/02/05 


4,000,000 




















Deep Run Sewer 


04/02/05 


1,200,000 




















Sewer Planning 


04/02/05 


100,000 




















Beectiwood Street Sidewalk 


12/05/05 


100,000 




















Sewer 1 & 1 


11/13/06 


1,000,000 




















Little Harbor Sewer 


03/31/07 


2,000,000 




















Drainage 


03/31/07 


1,000,000 












































Authorized & Unissued 




$52,629,390 





















153 



TRUST FUNDS 
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 







Balance 


Donations & 


Withdrawals 


Investment 


Due Fronn/ 


Balance 






July 1 


Receipts 




Income 


Transfers (To) 


June 30 


PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 














Billings Paf1< Fund 


001 


2,12691 






(184.98) 




1.941.93 


Billings Common Fund 


002 


1.874.95 






(163.10) 




1.711.85 


H W Wadleigh Park Fund 


003 


9.947 89 






(865.32) 




9.082.57 


Wheelwright Parte Fund 


004 


17.24905 






(1.500 40) 




15.748 65 


Edith M. Bates Fund 


005 


12.099 64 






(1,052.48) 




11.047.16 


CEMETERIES 
















Perpetual Care-Woodside Cemetery 


006 


208.082 12 


2.652 00 


13,396.66 


(17,099.51) 


500.00 


180,737.95 


Perpetual Care-Woodside Cemetery 


006 


52.503 59 






(6,928.48) 




45.575 11 


Perpetual Care-Beechwood Cemetery 


007 


17.430 93 


4.000 00 




(2.060.66) 




19,370.27 


Beechwood Cemetery Association 


008 


6.83651 






(594 70) 




6,241.81 


Estate of Hary E Wilbur (Woodside) 


009 


11.721.31 






(1.019.56) 




10,701.75 


C. L. Bell Memonal Fund (Greengate) 


010 


51.663 08 






(4.493 84) 




47.16924 


Isadora B Newey Fund 


Oil 


41.468 08 






(3,607.06) 




37,861.02 


Cedar Street Cemetery 


012 


5.43275 






(47254) 




4,960.21 


SCHOOLS 
















Ripley Fund 


020 


9.490 09 






(82548) 




8.664.61 


James W Nichols Scholarship Fund 


022 


3.766 54 




150 00 


(311 09) 




3,305.45 


Major William Arthur Scholarship Fund 


024 


9.671 06 




300 00 


(82367) 




8,547.39 


Alice and Walter Shuebruk Scholarship Fun 023 


148.911 45 




3.500 00 


(12.59308) 




132,818.37 


William Ripley Jr.. Athletic Fund 


025 


23.721 37 






(2.063 40) 




21.657.97 


John F Creamer Scholarship Fund 


027 


1.71354 






(14904) 




1.564.50 


Margaret M Hardy Scholarship Fund 


021 


293.302 40 




14.000.00 


(24.267 54) 




255,034 86 


Helen & Malcolm Stevens Scholarship Fund 026 


225.622 04 


1 .000 00 


5.000 00 


(19.469 57) 




202,15247 


Noel Ripley Scholarship 


042 


67.32289 


100 00 


250 00 


(5.760 85) 




61,41204 


Langham Scholarship 


029 


15.852 05 


1.000 00 


850.00 


(1,43817) 




14,563.88 


Staunton Scholarship 


041 


1.696 39 






(147.54) 




1.548.85 


CHS Alumni Scholarship 


045 


3.659 87 




3,729.72 


69 85 


3,729.72 


3.729.72 


Gritzan Scholarship 


060 


21,300 60 


57500 


2.000 00 


(1.81432) 




18,061.28 


Class of 1958 Scholarship 


045 


00 


4.950 00 


850 00 


15 09 




4,115.09 


VOLUNTARY CHECKOFF FUNDS 
















Scholarship Fund 


102 


3.337 91 






(290.33) 


5.02 


3.052.60 


Education Fund 


104 


4.67987 


71889 




(504.91) 


65.00 


4,958.85 


Senior Fund 


106 


39774 


780 09 




(140.78) 


21000 


1,247.05 


OTHER 
















Stabilization Fund 


031 


44,32274 






699 15 




45.021.89 


Stabilization Fund 


031 


518.468 82 






27.46274 




545.931 56 


Stabilization Fund-Sewer 


031 


505.97486 




17.500 00 


26.892 93 




515.367 79 


Stabilization Fund-OPEB 


035 




100,000.00 




81774 




100.81774 


Conservation Fund 


030 


39.596 18 






624.60 


(40.000.00) 


22078 


Beechwood Improvement Association 


032 


11.71742 




625.00 


209.14 




11,301,56 


Beechwood Ball Parte Fund 


040 


24.915 08 




25.41725 


50217 




0.00 


Pension Reserve Fund 


038 


442.48374 




80.000 00 


20.755 43 


(60,000.00) 


323,239.17 


Pension Reserve Fund 


038 


114.266 08 






1,802.51 




116,068.59 


Town Pump Maintenance 


033 


2.421 58 






38.19 




2.459.77 


Reed Comer Trust Fund 


034 


168 73 






2 67 




171.40 


Cultural Council Fund 


043 


5.135 83 




3.47500 


21613 


97500 


2,851 96 


Captains' Walk Fund 


044 


9.744 16 






153 74 




9,897.90 


Hagerty Trust 


046 


932 80 






14.73 


(947.53) 


0.00 


Elder Affairs Trust Rockland 


850 


-8.874 18 






00 


8.874 18 


0.00 


Elder Affairs Trvist Hingham 


850 


33.896 22 






1.214 09 


(8.874 18) 


26,236.13 


Elder Affairs Trust Pilgnm South Shore 


036 


00 


5,000.00 




1.75 




5,001 75 


PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBF?ARY 
















Alliance Bernstein Global Real Estate 


037 


000 


50.000 00 




(5.460 19) 




44,53981 


Dodge & Cox International Fund 


037 


39.248 07 






(5,165.44) 


4,035.00 


38.117 63 


T Rowe Pnce Emerging Martlets Fund 


037 


23.58574 






1,020.45 




24.606.19 


T Rowe Price New Era Fund 


037 


26.383 12 






8.56635 




34,949.47 


Loomis Sayles Global Bond Fund 


037 


00 






412.66 


5,000.00 


5,412.66 


Vanguard Money Marteet Fund 


037 


934 87 




115.00 


15201 




971.88 


Vanguard International Growth Fund 


037 


25.869 29 






(1,91583) 




23,953.46 


Vanguard Star Fund 


037 


419.567 83 


34.363 00 




(28,740 21) 


(46.997.35) 


378.19327 


Vanguard Star Fund (Building Fund) 


037 


169.31983 






(7,839 41) 




161,480,42 


Vanguard Wellesley Fund 


037 


431.195 83 




125.000 00 


(3,78439) 


(9.000 00) 


293,411 44 


TRUST FUND TOTALS 


$4,154.157 26 


$205,138.98 


$296,158 63 


($71,903.75) 


$3500 ($142,460.14) 


$3,848,808.72 



154 



SCHEDULE OF RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 
FISCAL YEAR 2008 



Appropriation 07/01/07 Annual Town Meeting 100,000 



Police 06/30/08 Vehicle Maintenance (3,055) 

DPW 06/30/08 Snow & Ice (74,862) 

Street Lights 06/30/08 Electricity (7,801) 

Medicare Tax 06/30/08 Assessment (14,249) 



Total Transfers (99,967) 

Surplus - (To Free Cash) $33 



155 





Beginning 






Ending 


Fund 


Balance 


Receipts 


Expenses 


Balance 


School Lunch 


-1,355 


317,212 


314,510 


1,347 


School Committee Gifts 


64,067 


131,173 


126,973 


68,267 


Musical Fund 


11.385 





1,200 


10,185 


Summer Institute Program 


2,232 






2,232 


Insurance Fund 


4,657 


40,366 


40,630 


4,393 


Athletic Revolving 


95,630 


152,510 


162,651 


85,489 


Preschool Revolving 


3,764 


16,475 


17,940 


2,298 


Medicaid Revolving 


110,058 


77,909 


5,838 


182,129 


Enrichment Revolving 


20,324 


162,493 


157,459 


25,358 


Kindergarten Revolving 


122,635 


203,417 


194,814 


131,238 


Transportation Revolving 


39,838 


104,323 


125,395 


18,766 


Use of Facilities 


6,159 


26.389 


21,777 


10,771 


Middle School Intramurals 


2,868 


9,150 


8,648 


3,370 


Community Service Program 


1.922 






1,922 


Summer Sports Camp 


13,111 


17,219 


13,434 


16,895 


Lost Book Fund 


2.460 


3,529 


2,803 


3,186 


Improving Educator Quality Grant 


415 


15,293 


17,973 


-2,265 


Technology Grant 


424 


470 


894 





SPED IDEA Grant 


6.332 


285,433 


291,765 





Program Review Grant 


1.125 




1,125 





SPED Early Childhood Grant 


314 


9,719 


10,033 





Program Improvement Grant 


7.026 


4,812 


11,060 


778 


Title Five Grant 





904 


904 





Title One Grant 





20,094 


19,521 


573 


METCO Grant 


1,181 


288,080 


286,635 


2,626 


Drug Free Schools Grant 


1,393 


3,245 


4,632 


6 


Circuit Breaker Grant 


310.121 


354,970 


310,734 


354,356 


Professional Dev. Grant 





7,373 


7,373 





Academic Support Grant 





2,108 


890 


1,218 


Foundation Reserve Grant 


93.376 




6,339 


87,037 


Kindergarten Grant 





56,788 


56,788 





Totals 


$921,462 


$2,311,454 


$2,220,740 


$1,012,176 



156 



STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 

TOWN SPECIAL REVENUE 



Beginning 
Balance 



Receipts 



Expenses 



Transfers 



Ending 
Balance 



Revolving Funds 



Lighthouse Keepers Gift Fund 

Adopt a Street Gift Fund 

Beechwood Ball Park Fund 

Cat Dam Gift Fund 

Mary Babaian Fund 

Selectmen Gifts 

Drug & Alcohol Gift Fund 

Little Harbor Insurance 

Selectmen Insurance 

Linden Drive Gift Fund 

Waterways Fund 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund 

Bond Premiums 

Conservation Deposits 

Conservation Bonds 

Wetlands Fund 

Planning Deposits 

Zoning Board Deposits 

Police Insurance 

Police Gift Fund 

Police Bicycle Gift Fund 

Fire Gift Fund 

Fire Defibrillator Gift Fund 

Harbor Insurance Fund 

Harbor Gift Fund 

DPW Insurance Fund 

DPW Gift Fund 

Health Gift Fund 

Health Deposits 

Elder Affairs MAP Gifts 

Elder Affairs Gifts 

Elder Affairs Outreach Gifts 

Elder Affairs Coblentz Gifts 

Disabilities Fine Fund 

Library Gift Fund 

Library Trust Income Fund 

Library Music Circus Gift Fund 

Recreation Revolving 

Captains Walk Fund 

Historical Book Fund 



738 


510 






1,248 





500 


142 




358 





70,004 


61,225 




8,779 





25,138 


25,138 







4,690 








4,690 


2,294 


6,059 


5,521 




2,833 


4,121 








4,121 





8,565 


8,565 







1,781 


2,251 


4,032 







242 








242 


38,128 


8,828 




-11,645 


35,310 





40,000 




-40,000 





49,965 


59,949 


100,251 




9,663 


18,533 


41,346 


37,823 




22,056 


23,000 








23,000 


12,260 


1 1 ,890 





-10,000 


14,150 


53,513 


53,765 


55,153 




52,125 


3,639 








3,639 


7,790 




8,987 




-1,197 


525 








525 


288 








288 


2,061 








2,061 


7,138 


2,112 


3,070 




6,180 


232 


-232 









3,000 




3,000 







3,500 


3,943 


7,443 







1,130 








1,130 


6,014 


1,599 


3,833 




3,781 





1,590 


1,590 







962 








962 


12,460 


15,074 


9,307 




18,226 


2,456 




276 




2,180 


2,587 




1,221 




1,366 


6,820 


1,000 


3,664 




4,156 


16,071 


5,838 


4,384 




17,525 


-22,187 


55,209 


23,461 




9,561 


10,000 


10,000 






20,000 


66,839 


31,310 


28,791 




69,357 


1,680 


495 


581 




1,594 


23,141 


1,192 






24,333 



Revolving Totals 



$365,411 



$457,935 



$397,457 



-$61,645 



$364,244 



157 



STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 

TOWN SPECIAL REVENUE 



Beginning 
Balance 



Receipts 



Expenses 



Transfers 



Ending 
Balance 



Grants 



Downtown Master Plan Grant 





25,000 


25,000 





Non Point Pollution Grant 


13,850 




12,835 


1,016 


TOD Grant 





116.320 


116.320 





Downtown Parking Lot Grant 





110.000 


1.220 


108,780 


BMP Grant 





15.963 


15.963 





Polling Hours Grant 


2,241 


608 




2.849 


Planning Grants 


4,349 






4.349 


Child Passenger Safety Grant 


-707 


707 







Law Enforcement Fund 


29.065 




3,108 


25.957 


Vest Program Grant 


5,601 


2,355 




7.956 


Community Policing Grant 


9,989 


1 1 .299 


13,496 


7,793 


Police Block Grant 


36 






36 


Police Equipment Grant 


3,000 






3,000 


Police Traffic Safety Grant 


663 


-207 




456 


Police SETB Grant 


5,000 






5,000 


Fire Safety Grant 


1,318 






1.318 


Fire Ambulance Grant 


2,000 






2.000 


Fire Equipment Grant 


6,050 




1,798 


4.252 


Fire SAFE Grant 


6,933 


7,513 


281 


14,165 


Fire Equipment Grant 


3 






3 


Fire Emergency Prepare Grant 


146 






146 


Harbor Pumpout Grant 


14,934 


8,500 


17,739 


5,695 


DPW Recycling Grant 


4,848 






4.848 


Emergency Preparedness Grant 





7,250 


2,711 


4,539 


Medicare Reimbursements 


24,288 


15,160 


6,198 


33,250 


Elder Affairs Caregiver Grant 


66 


2,252 


1,616 


702 


Elder Affairs Formula Grant 





9,171 


9,171 





Elder Affairs Outreach Grant 


1.237 




80 


1,157 


Elder Affairs Triad Grant 


340 






340 


Library SEMLS Grant 


7.505 


8,282 




15.788 


Library State Aid Grant 


296 


10,666 


4,964 


5.999 


Library Public Grant 


2.111 


699 




2,810 


Library on the Same Page Grant 





7,500 


6.788 


712 


Grant Totals 


$145,163 


$359,038 


$239,286 


$0 $264,914 


Grand Totals 


$510,574 


$816,972 


$636,743 -$61,645 $629,158 



158 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary Deoartment 


Gross Pay 










QUILL 


MARYE 


Board of Assessors 


70,064 


KRUPCZAK 


DEBRAJ. 


Board of Assessors 


49,112 


WARNER 


ELLEN 


Board of Assessors 


37,278 


GRANVILLE 


MARY E. 


Board of Assessors 


1,300 


MILLER 


ELSA J. 


Board of Assessors 


1,200 


PATROLIA 


MICHAEL C. 


Board of Assessors 


1,200 














Department Total 


$160,154 










TRADD 


TARA 


Board of Health 


60,008 


GOODWIN 


MARY C. 


Board of Health 


32,085 


GODZIK 


JOSEPH R 


Board of Health 


24,039 


FITZSIMMONS 


JUDITH E. 


Board of Health 


14,222 


CAHILL 


CORINNEH. 


Board of Health 


399 














Department Total 


$130,752 










EGAN 


ROBERT M. 


Building/Land Use 


80,379 


PILCZAK 


JOANN 


Building/Land Use 


47,563 


HINDLEY 


DIANE M. 


Building/Land Use 


19,602 


NOONAN 


NANCY ANN 


Building/Land Use 


42,834 














Department Total 


$190,378 










SESTITO 


CARL A 


Dept. of Public Works 


76,350 


SESTITO 


ANTHONY C 


Dept. of Public Works 


75,093 


LIVINGSTON 


BOYD J 


Dept. of Public Works 


66,584 


SWAN SON 


ANDREW W. 


Dept. of Public Wori<s 


62,931 


GUARENTE 


CHARLES E. 


Dept. of Public Works 


57,126 


EKBOM 


LEO A. 


Dept. of Public Works 


55,865 


BUTMAN 


KENNETH BARR 


Dept. of Public Works 


55,236 


THAYER JR 


KENNETH E. 


Dept. of Public Works 


53,535 


PIEPENBRINK 


ROBERT 


Dept. of Public Works 


52,235 


EDGETT 


PHILIP L. 


Dept. of Public Works 


48,937 


BAKER JR 


GRANVILLE C 


Dept. of Public Works 


48,448 


MARSH 


HERBERT L 


Dept. of Public Works 


46,385 


MURRAY 


CHRISTOPHER 


Dept. of Public Works 


46,264 


SNOW 


MARY L. 


Dept. of Public Works 


39,641 


BROWN 


HERBERT L 


Dept. of Public Works 


7,686 


LANZILLOTTI 


AUSTEN K 


Dept. of Public Works 


6,515 


MCCORMACK 


ANDREW J 


Dept. of Public Works 


5,201 


MACDONALD 


FRANK A 


Dept. of Public Works 


385 


ZYRKOWSKI 


BRIAN 


Dept. of Public Works 


289 














Department Total 


$804,705 










ELWORTHY 


LINDA A 


Elder Affairs 


63,073 


BARRETT 


CAROL A. 


Elder Affairs 


39,865 


HORSEFIELD 


MARTHA R 


Elder Affairs 


22,736 


SALERNO 


GERTRUDE 


Elder Affairs 


19,710 


BUCKLEY 


JOHN 


Elder Affairs 


18,349 














Department Total 


$163,733 










ADAMS 


BRIAN 


Facilities 


73,211 


KELLY 


MARK H. 


Facilities 


65,527 


LINCOLN 


DEREK A. 


Facilities 


61,607 


EMANUELLO 


ANTHONY P. 


Facilities 


45,620 


MACE 


RICHARD 


Facilities 


10,328 


RATTENBURY 


HENRY A 


Facilities 


3,852 


SULLIVAN 


DANIEL 


Facilities 


3,404 














Department Total 


$263,549 










TRASK 


MARK H. 


Fire Department 


112,837 


BILODEAU 


PAUL T. 


Fire Department 


110,722 


SILVIA 


ROBERT D. 


Fire Department 


103,105 


MAHONEY JR. 


FRANCIS X. 


Fire Department 


101,158 


RUNEY 


JAMES P. 


Fire Department 


100,657 



159 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Pnmarv Department 


Gross Pav 










CURLEY 


JAMES F. 


Fire Department 


95,626 


PROTULIS 


ROBERT F. 


Fire Department 


95,458 


HERNAN 


JOHN M. 


Fire Department 


81,094 


FORDE 


ROBERT 


Fire Department 


79,643 


DOCKRAY 


JOHN J. 


Fire Department 


79,319 


SMITH 


DANIEL 


Fire Department 


79,211 


MARTIN 


ROBERT 


Fire Department 


78,745 


HALL 


JAMES 


Fire Department 


75,925 


DURETTE 


KEVIN J. 


Fire Department 


75,311 


CUNNINGHAM 


DANIEL 


Fire Department 


72,315 


BELANGER 


RANDY P. 


Fire Department 


69,738 


WENZLOW 


ERIC W. 


Fire Department 


69.541 


HICKEY 


JONATHAN M 


Fire Department 


65,507 


MORRISON 


LAURA CHRIS 


Fire Department 


61,109 


FIORI 


JAMES E. 


Fire Department 


59.701 


ROSANO 


RANDALL W 


Fire Department 


59,215 


DONOVAN 


KEVIN D 


Fire Department 


56.829 


HALEY 


JOHNW 


Fire Department 


55,958 


NADEAU 


ROBERT A 


Fire Department 


34,622 


PERGOLA 


JOSEPH M 


Fire Department 


15,989 


MAYNARD 


STEVEN L. 


Fire Department 


3,000 


MCKAY 


THOMAS 


Fire Department 


1,333 


BROOKE 


WILLIAM A. 


Fire Department 


333 


MENDES 


DANIEL 1 


Fire Department 


262 


NORLIN 


ERICM 


Fire Department 


245 


DONOVAN 


MARK A 


Fire Department 


159 


HEALY 


JAMES 


Fire Department 


96 


1 




1 


Department Total 


$1,894,763 








GIBBONS 


LORREN S. 


Harbormaster 


50,490 


MACDONALD 


RYAN J 


Harbormaster 


8,333 


O'MALLEY III 


THOMAS J 


Harbormaster 


8.196 


JOHNSON 


ROBERT A. 


Harbormaster 


4,835 














Department Total 


$71,854 








RAFFERTY 


JACQUELINE S 


Library 


71,141 


MOODY 


SHARON 


Library 


55,293 


COUGHLIN 


MARY E. 


Library 


47,207 


WALSH 


GAYLE 


Library 


44.648 


GAILUNAS 


PAUL J. 


Library 


42.845 


DWYER 


JANET 


Library 


34.395 


NORTON 


KRISTIN 


Library 


27.209 


WALSH 


LAURIE L. 


Library 


22.470 


OHRENBERGER 


MARJORIE 


Library 


22.289 


LONDERGAN 


MARY E. 


Library 


8,626 


LENGYEL 


BRIGID 


Library 


5.099 


NELSON 


BRONWYN 


Library 


3,872 


ISIHARA 


IKUKO 


Library 


3,268 


LAAS 


ALEXANDRA 


Library 


1,612 


FEGREUS 


ELIZABETH 


Library 


1,503 


HILLMAN 


KATHRYN M 


Library 


772 


JENKS 


KAREN A 


Library 


221 


REEL 


MICHAEL C 


Library 


208 


BURGESS 


MATTHEEW C 


Library 


117 


KLEINZ 


JACQUELINE M 


Library 


96 














Department Total 


$392,891 










COGILL 


DAVID C. 


Police Department 


196,546 


SMALL 


JOHN H. 


Police Department 


150,533 


HUSSEY 


JAMES 


Police Department 


128,090 


MCLEAN 


JAMES P. 


Police Department 


126,783 


TREANOR 


JEFFREY 


Police Department 


125,080 


QUIGLEY 


WILLIAM P. 


Police Department 


114,544 


CONTE 


JOHN C. 


Police Department 


101,017 


STEVERMAN 


REGEN 


Police Department 


91,363 


LENNON 


GREGORY J. 


Police Department 


82,171 



160 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary Deoartment 


Gross Pav 










YANNIZZI 


FRANCIS P. 


Police Department 


81,103 


WILSON 


PAUL M. 


Police Department 


80,456 


HUNT 


GARRET A. 


Police Department 


75,803 


REARDON 


PATRICK 


Police Department 


71,064 


KENNEY 


PATRICK 


Police Department 


70,711 


MATOS 


LISA M. 


Police Department 


63,437 


TARANTINO 


CHRISTY J. 


Police Department 


60,904 


GRANT 


CHRISTOPHER 


Police Department 


59,065 


WIGMORE 


THOMAS W. 


Police Department 


55,352 


BAGLEY 


EDWARD 


Police Department 


54,792 


LOWERY 


PATRICIA A. 


Police Department 


52,410 


MCCARTHY 


KELLI 


Police Department 


50,017 


WILLIAMS 


DANIEL 


Police Department 


49,180 


DOUGLAS 


PATRICIA A. 


Police Department 


48,799 


DOYLE 


JENIFER J. 


Police Department 


48,612 


NOONAN 


BRIAN W. 


Police Department 


40,029 


FORD 


ANDREW J. 


Police Department 


39,963 


BROOKS 


COREY 


Police Department 


32,798 


PEEBLES 


BRIAN M. 


Police Department 


27,860 


BRIGHAM 


PAULB 


Police Department 


25,508 


COSTA 


LOUIS C. 


Police Department 


22,886 


MALOUF 


FREDERICK G 


Police Department 


21,550 


AHLSTEDT 


RICHARD 


Police Department 


20,536 


SHEA 


GREGORY M. 


Police Department 


19,149 


SAUNDERS 


SCOTT 


Police Department 


18,793 


PETERS 


SHELLEE L. 


Police Department 


18,489 


CASAGRANDE 


ROBERT C. 


Police Department 


18,113 


MURPHY 


PAUL W. 


Police Department 


17,283 


LUCAS 


MATTHEW J 


Police Department 


16,769 


MCLAUGHLIN 


JAMES 


Police Department 


16,602 


MAHONEY 


JONF, 


Police Department 


16,199 


FARINA 


COREY M. 


Police Department 


16,185 


WHITTIER 


WILLIAM F 


Police Department 


15,439 


REARDON 


TIMOTHY P 


Police Department 


15,376 


CONNEELY 


SEAN 


Police Department 


14,822 


FIDROCKI 


WILLIAM 


Police Department 


13,754 


FICARRA 


SCOTT 


Police Department 


13,733 


GOYETTE 


TIMOTHY J 


Police Department 


12,983 


MCGEE 


NANCY 


Police Department 


12,614 


O'ROURKE 


JOHN 


Police Department 


12,587 


PERAINO 


MICHAEL J. 


Police Department 


12,109 


ACHILLE 


ROBERT 


Police Department 


12,087 


HARTNETT 


GREGG T 


Police Department 


12,007 


SWEENEY 


ANDREW J 


Police Department 


11,623 


FAHEY 


SEANM 


Police Department 


10,552 


MCKENNA 


RICHARD J. 


Police Department 


10,168 


HANCOCK 


EDWARD 


Police Department 


8,087 


FALL 


GREGORY 


Police Department 


7,804 


NORRIS 


JOHN 


Police Department 


7,297 


CAVANAUGH 


SEANT. 


Police Department 


6,173 


PIERCE 


CHARLES J 


Police Department 


6,143 


RICE 


ROBERT 


Police Department 


5,918 


MCADAMS 


DARREN 


Police Department 


5,914 


CADIGAN 


THOMAS M. 


Police Department 


5,417 


ADAMS 


KATHLEEN M. 


Police Department 


5,391 


SALITURI 


JOELE 


Police Department 


5,241 


HENVEY 


CAROL 


Police Department 


4,457 


GILMARTIN 


JAMES A. 


Police Department 


4,043 


CHRISTIE 


JAMES J 


Police Department 


3,661 


FLANAGAN 


JAMES P 


Police Department 


3,588 


AIGUIER 


BRIAN E. 


Police Department 


3,167 


GREELEY 


THOMAS P. 


Police Department 


3,091 


TRACEY 


PHILIP E. 


Police Department 


2,937 


SHALNO 


STEVEN 


Police Department 


2,826 


STEVERMAN 


ERIKO. 


Police Department 


2,667 


SUTHERLAND 


JAMES E. 


Police Department 


2,245 


NOGUEIRA 


FRANK 


Police Department 


2,212 


HAMACKER 


MARK 


Police Department 


2,163 


RAPPOLD 


ROBERT 


Police Department 


2,087 



161 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primarv Deoartment 


Gross Pav 










DUNN 


DANIEL A 


Police Department 


1,794 


LOWRANCE 


RAWSON R. 


Police Department 


1,623 


HARRISON 


JEFF 


Police Department 


1,608 


O'HARA 


MICHAEL 


Police Department 


1,508 


CANNY 


DAVID 


Police Department 


1,439 


SULLIVAN 


ROBERT 


Police Department 


1,360 


MCCRACKEN 


JOSEPH H. 


Police Department 


1,261 


BULMAN 


JAMES 


Police Department 


1,244 


BOWEN 


JAMES 


Police Department 


1,168 


CARINAS JR 


ARTHUR P 


Police Department 


1,113 


BEST 


MICHAEL A 


Police Department 


1,107 


RICE 


TAMI 


Police Department 


1,063 


CHURCH 


DANNY D 


Police Department 


1,008 


OSHEA 


AMANDA L 


Police Department 


992 


TALBOT 


KEVIN 


Police Department 


832 


FARRELL 


THOMAS 


Police Department 


798 


BAILEY 


DOUGLAS 


Police Department 


731 


CURRAN 


JAMES P 


Police Department 


704 


CORSON III 


KENNETH R. 


Police Department 


687 


MARCELLA 


ANTHONY G 


Police Department 


687 


GAETA SR 


THOMAS P 


Police Department 


672 


WYMAN 


CHRISTOPHER 


Police Department 


504 


COLETTI 


DAVID F 


Police Department 


462 


GUARENTE 


DANIEL 


Police Department 


462 


MCISAAC 


JOHNF 


Police Department 


462 


SWEETLAND 


ROBERT T 


Police Department 


462 


MCCUE 


FRANIS X 


Police Department 


451 


CONNOLLY 


GERALD 


Police Department 


399 


ALLISON 


DONALD F 


Police Department 


368 


ELMES 


STEPHEN R 


Police Department 


368 


SCHROUT 


ERIC 


Police Department 


368 


WALETKUS 


ALAN 


Police Department 


368 


SMITH 


WILLIAM H 


Police Department 


359 


SWEENEY 


RONALD E. 


Police Department 


359 


WYMAN JR 


JOHNR 


Police Department 


359 


MCINNIS 


GERALD 


Police Department 


357 


BUONAUGURIO 


PATRICK 


Police Department 


336 


GLENNON 


SEANM 


Police Department 


336 


GREENWOOD 


DONALD H 


Police Department 


336 


KENNEDY 


MARKP 


Police Department 


336 


RAYNE 


STEPHEN T 


Police Department 


336 


RYAN 


EDWARD T 


Police Department 


336 


WOOD 


KENNETH F 


Police Department 


336 


BRENNAN 


MICHAEL 


Police Department 


328 


DURANT 


KENNETH 


Police Department 


328 


FELTRUP 


MARKT 


Police Department 


328 


COYLE 


ALFRED 


Police Department 


168 


MACDONALD 


RICHARD 


Police Department 


168 


O'REILLY 


JOSEPH 


Police Department 


168 


RYAN 


JOHN 


Police Department 


168 


BRENNAN 


MARKF 


Police Department 


164 


MURRAY 


MICHAEL S 


Police Department 


164 


WEEKS 


DAVID 


Police Department 


151 














Department Total 


$2,742,906 










CARROLL 


JAMES 


Recreation 


46,159 


WORLEY 


JOHN M. 


Recreation 


43,602 


BARF(A 


MICHAEL J 


Recreation 


13,412 


EQUI 


MARTHA A. 


Recreation 


7,600 


STEVENSON 


JEREMIAH 


Recreation 


4,416 


MCDONALD 


LINDSEY L. 


Recreation 


3,666 


BONNER 


KIMBERLY 


Recreation 


3,282 


CURTIN 


MICHAEL E 


Recreation 


3,105 


ST. PIERRE 


PAUL 


Recreation 


2,660 


CORCORAN 


BLAIR 


Recreation 


2,369 


MCDONALD 


PAULINA A 


Recreation 


2,286 


LOVALLO 


ANDREW 


Recreation 


2,279 


OCONNELL 


MATT 


Recreation 


2.216 



162 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary Department 


Gross Pav 










WISE 


ELLEN 


Recreation 


2,193 


BIAGINI 


ANDREA L 


Recreation 


2,187 


CONWAY 


COLIN 


Recreation 


2,170 


MCLELLAN 


RYAN 


Recreation 


2,120 


GALLAGHER 


MOLLY K 


Recreation 


2,110 


KRUPCZAK 


JARED P 


Recreation 


1,541 


BATES-MCARTHUR 


REBECCA M. 


Recreation 


1,530 


ANDERSON 


GARYK 


Recreation 


1,470 


SMITH 


GORDON R 


Recreation 


1,361 


LAN DON 


ELIZABETH 


Recreation 


1,314 


LONDON 


CHARLOTTE D 


Recreation 


1,310 


HUNT 


NATALIE T 


Recreation 


1,232 


BONNER 


KAREN C. 


Recreation 


1,218 


CLOUGHERTY 


FLORENCE 


Recreation 


1,208 


MCDONALD 


SARAH E. 


Recreation 


1,146 


RICHARDSON 


EVAN J 


Recreation 


1,060 


CARBONE 


WILLIAM C. 


Recreation 


972 


CLOUGHERTY 


GRACE H 


Recreation 


703 


WALSH 


ALLISON K. 


Recreation 


648 


ETHIER 


PATRICIA 


Recreation 


534 














Department Total 


$165,076 










WALSH 


DENISE 


School Department 


154,042 


CISNEROS 


KENNETH R. 


School Department 


114,944 


ANTOLINI 


JOEL 


School Department 


110,105 


GILL 


MICHAEL PATR 


School Department 


101,438 


GILL 


LINDA 


School Department 


100,066 


GALLOTTA 


ALANR. 


School Department 


99,240 


DEGENNARO 


DAVID 


School Department 


96,663 


WANDS 


JOHN 


School Department 


94,295 


SHEEHAN 


JANET 


School Department 


94,166 


DECHIARA 


JENNIFER 


School Department 


93,380 


MRZYGLOD 


NANCY 


School Department 


93,234 


PORTER 


ANNE LESLIE 


School Department 


93,016 


HORIGAN 


SUSAN M. 


School Department 


90,717 


SWEENEY 


TORIN 


School Department 


90,342 


DUFFY 


MAUREEN M 


School Department 


89,392 


GORDON 


CYNTHIA B. 


School Department 


88,396 


THOMAE 


ANNM. 


School Department 


87,189 


KURKER 


KIMM 


School Department 


87,053 


LEE 


MARGARET 


School Department 


86,742 


FORD 


RONALD J. 


School Department 


85,360 


KENNY 


LYNNE 


School Department 


85,016 


MCGRAIL 


PATRICIA 


School Department 


84,608 


CONROY 


THERESA 


School Department 


84,370 


HENRY 


DEBORAH A. 


School Department 


84,370 


WOMERSLEY 


KATHLEEN 


School Department 


83,774 


CISNEROS 


ELIZABETH A. 


School Department 


82,421 


CORKHUM 


SUZI Y. 


School Department 


81,912 


WELCH 


MICHAEL R. 


School Department 


81,863 


SANDLER 


KERRI L 


School Department 


81,400 


GIBSON 


BARBARA A 


School Department 


80,798 


YESS 


DENISE ANNE 


School Department 


80,679 


DYKAS 


KEVIN P. 


School Department 


80,460 


BUCKLEY JR 


JOHNC 


School Department 


80,390 


SULLIVAN 


VICTORIA 


School Department 


79,746 


BRINDLEY 


PENELOPE A. 


School Department 


79,526 


MARKS 


BRYAN E 


School Department 


78,657 


JORDAN 


KATHLEEN A. 


School Department 


78,239 


JORDAN 


MARGARET 


School Department 


77,793 


COOK 


LAUREN M. 


School Department 


77,786 


BARBIERI 


DIANE M 


School Department 


77,557 


AFANASIW 


PETER 


School Department 


76,984 


LAFOUNTAIN 


ALLEN W. 


School Department 


75,809 


CRIMMINS 


CAROLYN L. 


School Department 


75,349 


GIBSON 


COLLEEN E. 


School Department 


75,205 


BEAL 


DEBORAH G. 


School Department 


74,941 


RITTS 


JUDITH A 


School Department 


74,779 



163 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Pnmarv Deoartment 


Gross Pav 


1 






MAGNUSSEN 


DAVID R 


School Department 


73,639 


WOOLEY 


STEPHANIE E. 


School Department 


73,297 


BIERMAN 


CAROLE L. 


School Department 


73,119 


JONES 


DANIEL C. 


School Department 


72,840 


BERRY 


MAUREEN M. 


School Department 


72,840 


OWENS-RIGBY 


ELIZABETH R 


School Department 


72,840 


BIAGINI 


STEVEN 


School Department 


72,467 


MCGRATH 


ELIZABETH M. 


School Department 


72,440 


WINTER 


LAUREN M 


School Department 


72,291 


BERKOWITZ 


NINAB. 


School Department 


71,898 


MORRISSEY 


PATRICIA A 


School Department 


71,687 


SWARTZ 


LAURA C. 


School Department 


71,605 


DIMINNIE 


LESLIE 


School Department 


70,718 


HIGGINS 


JOYL 


School Department 


70,040 


WILLIS 


JAMES 


School Department 


69,861 


HANSON 


JEANNE B. 


School Department 


69,316 


MCNAMARA 


PAMELA J. 


School Department 


68,778 


KEATING 


LAURA R. 


School Department 


68,557 


WEYDT 


MICHAEL 


School Department 


67,715 


SULLIVAN 


ALLISON B. 


School Department 


67,133 


TUSCHER 


ROBERT 


School Department 


66,870 


ROHRER 


EILEEN 


School Department 


66,715 


JOHNSTON 


KARIN 


School Department 


66,651 


TRITTO 


STEPHANIE T. 


School Department 


66,611 


LEVY 


ROBERT 


School Department 


65.564 


THOMAS 


JANEV 


School Department 


65,096 


BLIDNER 


ARON 


School Department 


64,356 


DUGAN 


MARY P. 


School Department 


63,955 


BERMAN 


ANN 


School Department 


63,185 


DEWAAL 


JULIA P. 


School Department 


63,038 


LEONARD JR. 


EDWARD J. 


School Department 


62,863 


GIULIANO 


LAURA 


School Department 


62,525 


CLARK 


JENNIFER A. 


School Department 


60,686 


FOLEY 


KERRI ANN 


School Department 


60.525 


PALMIERI 


VINCENT 


School Department 


60,378 


MCTIGUE 


JOAN 


School Department 


60.140 


MONTEIRO 


JENNIFER 


School Department 


59.965 


FISH 


WILLIAM 


School Department 


59,961 


NELLIGAN 


CATHERINE 


School Department 


59,556 


BLUESTEIN 


NANCY A 


School Department 


58.240 


PARRELL 


ERICA K 


School Department 


57.589 


CAPOBIANCO 


KRISTIE E 


School Department 


56.999 


HOGAN 


MICHAEL 


School Department 


56.421 


WHALEN 


MEREDITH 


School Department 


56,187 


ERLANDSEN 


ROBERT J. 


School Department 


55.999 


MORIARTY 


STEPHANIE C. 


School Department 


55,733 


GIBBONS 


EMILY F. 


School Department 


55,017 


CASSIANI 


JOAN M. 


School Department 


54,969 


BERMAN 


CHRISTINE J. 


School Department 


54,835 


CALLAHAN 


JEANL. 


School Department 


54,627 


DISABATINO 


JENNIFER A 


School Department 


54,461 


LEWIS 


ARNA 


School Department 


54,367 


GOLDSTEIN 


CHERIEA 


School Department 


54,109 


BEAU DRY 


KAYNE M. 


School Department 


54,104 


OGDEN 


ELIZABETH A. 


School Department 


53,718 


MAGNUSSEN 


NANCY 


School Department 


53,482 


FORTIN 


JONATHAN T. 


School Department 


53,172 


WELCH 


SUSAN N 


School Department 


53,125 


BOTTI 


CHRISTINA A 


School Department 


53,106 


HATHAWAY 


DEBORAH M 


School Department 


53,056 


MCALARNEY 


KATE 


School Department 


52,529 


O'HARA 


MEGHAN 


School Department 


52,460 


GITTENS-CARLE 


ALEISA M. 


School Department 


52,124 


LECOUNT JR. 


ROBERT A. 


School Department 


52,108 


NOBLE 


STEPHANIE 


School Department 


51,921 


MCCABE 


JASON D 


School Department 


51,729 


LUCKI 


ROSALIE L 


School Department 


50,619 


GIBBS 


KAREN 


School Department 


50,476 


CLAASSEN 


MICHELLE 


School Department 


49,336 



164 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary Department 


Gross Pav 










FLAHERPi' 


STEPHEN M 


School Department 


48.834 


JONES 


THOMAS W. 


School Department 


48,185 


SULLIVAN-SANGE 


KATHLEEN 


School Department 


47,905 


HOLLAND 


THEODORE L 


School Department 


47,350 


PESCATORE 


JANE 


School Department 


47,165 


HANNON 


PETER H 


School Department 


47,069 


QUEENAN 


CAROLYN E. 


School Department 


46,626 


KING JR 


JOSEPH W 


School Department 


45,806 


MOSHER 


MICHELES 


School Department 


44,696 


SMITH 


MARGARET L. 


School Department 


44,696 


DANIELSON 


JOHN 


School Department 


44,400 


KOTTER 


JEFFREY 


School Department 


44,362 


GROSSMAN 


CHRISTINA 


School Department 


44,228 


HOLLAND 


MARGARET 


School Department 


44,228 


GALLAGHER 


ASA 


School Department 


43,714 


MURPHY 


KAREN 


School Department 


42,854 


MCINNIS 


KAREN E 


School Department 


42,658 


HATHON 


ROSEM 


School Department 


42,431 


LEWIS 


MICHAEL A 


School Department 


41,929 


MCPHILLIPS 


JENNIFER A 


School Department 


41,620 


DAVIS 


JOSEPH G 


School Department 


41,412 


LEAHY 


DENISEM. 


School Department 


41,252 


COLLINS 


JUDITH 


School Department 


40,718 


O'BRIEN 


CASSANDRA G. 


School Department 


40,305 


DICKSON 


KELLY B. 


School Department 


40,062 


LEWIS 


MARGARET 


School Department 


39,700 


FIGUEIREDO 


JUDITH A 


School Department 


39,011 


COSMAN 


SUSAN 


School Department 


38,351 


DONOGHUE 


DONNA M 


School Department 


36,707 


JOYCE 


MICHELLE 


School Department 


36,624 


TRASK 


AMY 


School Department 


35,927 


MEADE 


JONI 


School Department 


35,780 


WILEY 


MEG 


School Department 


35,250 


YOUNG 


DAVID 


School Department 


35,121 


WOLLAM 


RACHEL N. 


School Department 


34,753 


MARAT 


MARY 


School Department 


34,131 


RIOUX 


CASSANDRA 


School Department 


33,466 


DUNCAN 


NATHANIEL 


School Department 


33,011 


MCGOWAN 


ERINC 


School Department 


31,918 


LAUZON 


ELIZABETH L. 


School Department 


31,814 


HILL 


CHARLOTTE 


School Department 


31,353 


MONTGOMERY 


JENNY M. 


School Department 


31,143 


GREGORY 


JANE E. 


School Department 


31,106 


DOW 


DAMA E. 


School Department 


30,680 


CROUGH 


SANDRA 


School Department 


29,515 


SIMMONS 


LISA 


School Department 


29,042 


MINGELS 


BRADLEY T 


School Department 


28,929 


PERKINS 


DANIEL S 


School Department 


28,429 


SULC 


JENNIFER W 


School Department 


27,792 


FOLEY 


JOSEPH 


School Department 


27,602 


NUTTING 


JONATHAN 


School Department 


27,421 


MARTIN 


APRIL A. 


School Department 


26,364 


CANZATER 


BEATRICE 


School Department 


26,081 


SANFORD 


WILLIAM E 


School Department 


25,924 


ZAPPOLO 


SANDRA L. 


School Department 


25,107 


SABO 


JEAN 


School Department 


24,863 


BROOKS 


KATHRYN A 


School Department 


24,455 


R.-GRIFFITHS 


GRACE M. 


School Department 


24,448 


ALBANESE 


PAULA M 


School Department 


23,725 


CLAY 


VIRGINIA E. 


School Department 


22,213 


FABIAN 


KATHERINE 


School Department 


21,695 


SADLER 


SUSAN M. 


School Department 


21,687 


KURTZ 


JACQUELINE 


School Department 


20,266 


SUGRUE 


LISAV 


School Department 


19,644 


CREIGHTON 


NANCY F. 


School Department 


19,564 


RIPATRAZONE 


JOANNE M, 


School Department 


19,561 


ANDRUS 


JOAN B. 


School Department 


19,411 


LEHR 


JOANNE 


School Department 


19,411 


SMITH 


PEARL F 


School Department 


19,411 



165 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary DeDartment 


Gross Pav 










WILD 


LINDA S. 


School Department 


19,411 


AVER 


ALISON G. 


School Department 


19,411 


CLIFFORD 


DIANE 


School Department 


19,411 


SALERNO 


HEIDI C. 


School Department 


19,411 


SEPPALA 


LIANE L. 


School Department 


19,411 


SHANNON 


DEBORAH M. 


School Department 


19.411 


BARRY 


MARGARITA 


School Department 


19,390 


MCDAVITT 


KAREN E 


School Department 


18,951 


DAVIS 


AMY 


School Department 


18,882 


GRADY 


BETHS 


School Department 


18,859 


REGAN 


BRENDAW. 


School Department 


18,755 


KELLEY 


JILLL 


School Department 


18,268 


BAUM 


ROBERT W. 


School Department 


18,138 


YUROF 


KELLI 


School Department 


17,948 


STROINEY RUSSE 


SALLY 


School Department 


17,746 


PENWELL 


KATHRYN R 


School Department 


17,691 


AMERO 


ERICF 


School Department 


17,400 


SMITH 


RACHEL W 


School Department 


17,060 


GRANDE 


LUCIA G. 


School Department 


16.736 


MCELHINNEY 


COLLETTE 


School Department 


16,675 


STRUZZIERY 


LAURA A 


School Department 


16,650 


DEGENNARO 


ALLISON 


School Department 


16,570 


DONATO 


MARIA 1. 


School Department 


16,544 


HENEGHAN 


BETH A 


School Department 


15,909 


ONEILIII 


THOMAS J 


School Department 


15,739 


FARRELL 


CAROLYN 


School Department 


15,594 


KENNY 


BRANDON P 


School Department 


15,384 


DALTON 


BLAKE 


School Department 


14,942 


LILLE 


REBECCA A 


School Department 


14,895 


WILKINSON 


MOLLY E 


School Department 


14,895 


MURPHY 


JUSTINE C 


School Department 


13,802 


BORDONARO 


SARAH A 


School Department 


13,742 


RHODES 


KATHLEEN E. 


School Department 


12.749 


SHERIDAN 


M. ELIZABETH 


School Department 


11.950 


ROSS 


ANITA 


School Department 


11,646 


BRYANT 


DORIAN 


School Department 


11,569 


MALONE 


EMILY 


School Department 


11,057 


MONACO 


LYNN B. 


School Department 


10,928 


SCHWANTNER 


DERRY 


School Department 


10,655 


CALABRIA 


MARIA 


School Department 


10,624 


D'ELIA 


JOANNE 


School Department 


10,544 


RIDGE 


EILEEN 


School Department 


10,533 


MARASCIO 


JOSEPHINE 


School Department 


10,374 


RYAN 


SUSAN M. 


School Department 


10,314 


SNOW 


DOROTHY B. 


School Department 


10,269 


JACOBUCCI 


EILEEN C. 


School Department 


10,157 


VINTON 


DAVID S 


School Department 


10,076 


TRUGLIA 


SILVANA 


School Department 


9,569 


POLLARD 


KIMBERLY N 


School Department 


9,430 


HALEY 


VALERIE A. 


School Department 


9,392 


SPADEA 


MARIA 


School Department 


9,144 


O'BRIEN 


TAYLOR L 


School Department 


9,066 


RAY 


THOMAS P 


School Department 


8,961 


MAGNER 


ROMINA V 


School Department 


8,727 


LEARY 


EDWARD J. 


School Department 


8,625 


MARKS 


LAURA 


School Department 


8,498 


BROWN 


PETER A 


School Department 


8.292 


STILLMAN 


MARGARET M 


School Department 


8.063 


WILFAND 


WENDY 


School Department 


7.990 


QUINLAN-MARCEL 


ERIN J 


School Department 


7.907 


MALOUF 


THERESA A 


School Department 


7.705 


OUELLhTTE 


ANNE 


School Department 


7,229 


BANAHAN 


JEAN A 


School Department 


6,806 


ASTINO 


JEANNE 


School Department 


6,800 


PORRO 


COSMO 


School Department 


6,767 


MORDE 


MATTHEW R 


School Department 


6,693 


MCELGUNN 


MAUREEN G 


School Department 


6,550 


GRAVES 


JOHN 


School Department 


6,051 


CASONI 


LOURDEEN 


School Department 


6,000 



166 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Pnmarv Deoartment 


Gross Pav 










LEVANGIE 


JOHN A. 


School Department 


5,992 


LEMANSKI 


ALLISON M 


School Department 


5,626 


MADGE 


TRAGI L. 


School Department 


5,377 


BENNETT 


PAMELA M. 


School Department 


5,334 


O'CONNELL 


BERNADETTE 


School Department 


5,310 


WALSH 


ROBERT 


School Department 


5,244 


OFFERMAN 


LISA 


School Department 


4,910 


NEDROW 


RUTH 


School Department 


4,830 


COAKLEY 


ABIGAIL 


School Department 


4,818 


DAVIS 


CRAIG 


School Department 


4,700 


CURRAN 


CHARLES 


School Department 


4,696 


JAFFE 


CHARLES A 


School Department 


4,696 


SPOFFORD 


ROBERT B 


School Department 


4,696 


WEINTRAUB 


JANEB 


School Department 


4,630 


MAHONEY 


PHILIP 


School Department 


4,583 


PATTISON 


BRIAN J. 


School Department 


4,583 


VENTRESCA 


THOMAS 


School Department 


4,583 


MAREE 


AMY 


School Department 


4,496 


BARNARD 


CLAIR J 


School Department 


3,885 


KIDDER 


IAN 


School Department 


3,760 


LEWIS 


MATTHEW 


School Department 


3,745 


ROWAN 


MEGHAN K. 


School Department 


3,630 


CZAJAK 


PATRICIA 


School Department 


3,590 


KAMP 


SUSAN 


School Department 


3,455 


SCHMITT 


JUDITH 


School Department 


3,268 


BUCKLEY 


PETER 


School Department 


3,255 


MEEHAN 


SARAG. 


School Department 


3,212 


TOWER 


CHRISTINE 


School Department 


3,209 


DUGGAN 


JOHNF 


School Department 


3,183 


TAGGART 


CHRISTINE 


School Department 


3,183 


MCMILLAN 


MATTHEW 


School Department 


3,090 


PALMER 


JENNIFER 


School Department 


3,090 


ROMAN 


ANTHONY 


School Department 


3,090 


MORGAN 


DONNA 


School Department 


3,050 


LOMBARDI 


JOHNG 


School Department 


3,027 


LAMPI 


ANDREA R 


School Department 


3,025 


DELANEY 


DARLENE M. 


School Department 


3,025 


FLYNN 


LISA 


School Department 


2,825 


RACCUIA 


KAREN A 


School Department 


2,760 


PELLETIER 


ELIZABETH 


School Department 


2,552 


CICIOTTE 


CAROL 


School Department 


2,545 


THOMS 


NORMAN 


School Department 


2,520 


ELY 


FLORENCE 


School Department 


2,375 


JOHNSTON 


HEATHER 


School Department 


2,150 


HERNBERG 


KATHLEEN 


School Department 


2,080 


WOOD 


JO-ELLEN S 


School Department 


2,037 


RUGGIERO 


BO 


School Department 


2,037 


WALSH 


ROBERT 


School Department 


2,007 


EDWARD 


WILLIAM K 


School Department 


1,800 


SAPOSNIK 


SCOTT A 


School Department 


1,733 


MCMANUS 


ERIN 


School Department 


1,650 


COX 


JUDITH L 


School Department 


1,613 


CARROLL 


PAUL 


School Department 


1,606 


HILL 


BRIAN 


School Department 


1,606 


TARPEY 


LORRAINE C 


School Department 


1,570 


GREELEY-PICKAR 


EVA MARIA 


School Department 


1,545 


FEGREUS 


JANE M. 


School Department 


1,238 


KILPATRICK 


BONNIE 


School Department 


1,160 


O'KANE 


MARGARET M 


School Department 


1,150 


DEVIN 


MAUFiAM 


School Department 


1,090 


F^AYMOND 


JENNIFERS 


School Department 


1,050 


BEARY 


KAREN M 


School Department 


990 


KING 


DONE 


School Department 


990 


GILDEA 


KELLI A 


School Department 


870 


GERBIS 


JENNIFER F 


School Department 


830 


BECKER 


LAURE 


School Department 


720 


BLACKINTON 


MARY 


School Department 


680 


FEENEY 


JOHNM 


School Department 


600 


O'DELL 


DANIEL S 


School Department 


600 



167 



WAGES SALARIES PAID 
CALENDER YEAR 2008 



Last Name 


First Name 


Primary Department 


Gross Pav 










GILL 


KELLY 


School Department 


525 


BINDA 


EUGENE 


School Department 


515 


MULLEN 


DOROTHY 


School Department 


460 


WATTS 


KRISTEN 


School Department 


413 


DEWAAL 


JOHN 


School Department 


375 


MEEHAN MATTHEW 


JENNIFERS 


School Department 


300 


NOTTAGE 


SARAH E 


School Department 


300 


CROWELL 


JODY BETH 


School Department 


239 


GAYER 


MICHELLE 


School Department 


225 


DEYESO 


MICHAEL 


School Department 


225 


GENELLO 


LAURAS 


School Department 


225 


GRIP 


LEAH 


School Department 


225 


REPLOGLE 


STEWART 


School Department 


225 


HICKEY 


IAN 


School Department 


150 


HOWARD 


KRISTIN 


School Department 


150 


MASTROMARINO 


MARY E. 


School Department 


150 


MCNAMEE 


FRANCIS C. 


School Department 


150 


NOBLE 


SARAH 


School Department 


150 


PAGE 


EILEEN 


School Department 


150 


PINKUS 


DANIELLE 


School Department 


150 


DOOLEY 


LISA ANN 


School Department 


75 


MORIN 


PATRICIA A. 


School Department 


75 


MULLEN 


ANN 


School Department 


75 














Department Total 


$11,725,178 










GRIFFIN 


WILLIAM 


Selectmen's Office 


132.496 


ORAM 


JENNIFER B 


Selectmen's Office 


58.749 


CARISTI-MACDON 


MARIE F 


Selectmen's Office 


18.824 


JACKSON 


ROBERT W. 


Selectmen's Office 


1.600 


CARR 


EDWIN 


Selectmen's Office 


1.375 


CARLSON 


PAUL 


Selectmen's Office 


1.000 


DORMITZER 


RALPH 


Selectmen's Office 


1.000 


KOED 


FRED 


Selectmen's Office 


1.000 


QUIGLEY 


KAREN M 


Selectmen's Office 


667 


WADSWORTH 


DAVID H 


Selectmen's Office 


600 


PATTISON 


PAUL 


Selectmen's Office 


500 


VANDERWEIL 


R. GARY 


Selectmen's Office 


375 


LEHR JR 


ARTHUR L 


Selectmen's Office 


350 














Department Total 


$218,535 










BUCKLEY JR. 


J. MICHAEL 


Town Accountant 


102.427 


HENDERSON 


JANE E. 


Town Accountant 


30.453 












Department Total 


$132,880 




1 




DOUGLAS 


MARION L. 


Town Clerk 


65,430 


ST.PIERRE 


CAROL L. 


Town Clerk 


50,352 


FORD 


EDYTHE 


Town Clerk 


326 


CHARLES 


MARGARET R. 


Town Clerk 


326 


VOLUNGIS 


JUDITH P. 


Town Clerk 


326 














Department Total 


$116,760 










LITCHFIELD 


LINDA M. 


Treasurer/Collector 


66,560 


MCCARTHY 


KATHLEEN E 


Treasurer/Collector 


54,537 


PARNELL 


SANDRA E 


Treasurer/Collector 


44,234 




1 






Department Total 


$165,330 



168 



REPORT OF THE TOWN TREASURER/ COLLECTOR 



The following is the Annual Report for the Office of Treasurer/Collector. It contains 
a Reconciliation of Town Cash Accounts, Report of the Tax Collector and a listing of 
wages and salaries paid for calendar year 2008. 

In Fiscal Year 2008, the Office processed approximately 11,976 Real Estate tax bills, 
575 Personal Property tax bills, 9,442 Motor Vehicle Excise tax bills, 409 Boat 
Excise tax bills and 10,568 Water and Sewer bills. 

In addition, the Office is responsible for processing payroll for all Town employees, 
issuing all accounts payable checks and maintaining custody of all Town receipts. 

I would like to thank the residents of Cohasset for the opportunity to serve the Towi 
and thank Sandy Parnell for her efforts. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Kathleen E. McCarthy 

Acting Treasurer/Collector 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN CASH ACCOUNTS 
June 30, 2008 



Balance in Treasury July 1, 2007 $13,515,675 

Receipts 85,398,989 

Disbursements (87,312,107) 

Balance in Town Treasury June 30, 2008 $11,602,557 

Cash on Hand 15 

Bank of America 174,806 

Eastern Bank 57,269 

Hingham Institute For Savings 2,4 3 9,015 

Hingham Institute For Savings - Trust Funds 254,203 

Massachusetts Municipal Depository Trust 791,140 

Mellon Bank 508,427 

Pilgrim Bank 2,327,992 

Pilgrim Bank - Trust Funds 1,554,473 

Rockland Trust 1,312,488 

Rockland Trust - Trust Funds 1,0 84,385 

Vanguard Group - Trust Funds 1,098,209 



Total Funds in Town Custody $11,602,557 



169 



























REPORT OF THE TAX COLLECTOR 
















FISCAL YEAR 2008 






















































Balance 










Uened/ 


Ending 








Forward 


Committed 


Abated 


Refunds 


Receipts 


Adjusted 


Balance 


























Real Estate Taxes - 




















Levy of 2008 





25,310.920 


126.343 


44.297 


24.686.957 


-90.690 


451,227 




451.227 


Levy of 2007 


329.588 




7.225 


14.048 


255.271 


-81.140 









Levy of 2006 


48.227 




569 


569 


24.409 


-23,818 







- 


Levy of 2005 


(342) 






342 











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Total Real Estate Taxes 


$377,473 


$25,310,920 


$134,137 


$59,256 


$24,966,637 


-$195,648 


$451,227 


























Personal Property Taxes - 




















Levy of 2008 





162.154 


487 


1,454 


159,843 




3,278 




3,278 


Levy of 2007 


627 








324 




303 




303 


Levy of 2006 


954 












954 


954 1 


Levy of 2005 


542 






5 






547 




547 


Levy of 2004 


566 













586 




586 


Levy of 2003 


682 








18 




664 




664 


Levy of 2002 


781 








101 




680 




680 


Levy of 2001 


916 








71 




845 




845 


Levy of 2000 


2.651 








1.145 




1,506 




1,506 


Levy of 1999 


2.374 








1.135 




1,239 




1,239 






















Total Personal Property Taxes 


$10,113 


$162,154 


$487 


$1,459 


$162,637 


$0 


$10,602 


























Other Property Taxes - 




















Deferred Property Taxes 


473.527 


90.901 










564.428 




564.428 


Tax Liens / Tax Title 


141.149 


147.045 




1,410 


83.284 




206.320 




206.320 


Tax Foreclosures / Possessions 


87.317 












87.317 




87,317 


Community Preservation Surcharge 


4.061 


335.180 


3.906 


412 


329,018 




6,729 




6,729 






















Total Other Property Taxes 


$706,054 


$573,126 


$3,906 


$1,822 


$412,302 


$0 


$864,794 














































Excise Taxes - 




















Motor Vehicle 2008 





1.123.175 


20.131 


10.413 


1.050,872 




62,585 




62,585 


Motor Vehicle 2007 


52.225 


201.472 


19.950 


16.022 


228,617 




21,152 




21,151 


Motor Vehicle 2006 


14.810 


11.729 


1.890 


1.471 


18,864 




7,256 




7.255 


Motor Vehicle 2005 


6.185 


1.966 


1.336 


561 


3.271 




4,125 




4.125 


Motor Vehicle 2004 


4.658 




2.439 




1,409 




810 




810 


Motor Vehicle 2003 


4.334 








511 




3,823 




3.823 


Motor Vehicle 2002 


2.885 








88 




2,797 




2.797 


Motor Vehicle 2001 


3.915 








566 




3,349 




3,349 


Motor Vehicle 2000 


2.533 








165 




2,368 




2.369 


Motor Vehicle 1999 


5.362 








155 




5,207 




5.208 


Boat Excise (All Years) 


9.377 


19.174 


1.424 


236 


17,654 




9,709 




9.709 






















Total Excise Taxes 


$106,284 


$1,357,536 


$47,170 


$28,703 


$1,322,172 


$0 


$123,181 














































Departmental Charges - 




















Water Use Charges 


306.980 


2.864.227 


146.989 


1.579 


2.689.980 


-71,403 


264,414 




264.414 


Water Liens 


8.220 


72,400 


910 




63.365 


■10,436 


5.909 




5,908 


Sewer - Central Dotnct 


111.402 


717.600 


6.190 


342 


703.197 


-34,070 


85.887 




85,887 


Sewer - North Distnct 


25.905 


292.860 


3.629 




285.172 


-8,387 


21.577 




21,577 


Sewer Liens 


8,432 


36.654 






41.544 


-1,520 


2,022 




2.022 


Moonngs Fees 


207 


52.992 






53,199 









. 


Ambulance Fees 


356.673 


404.347 


1.636 


3.342 


374,886 




387.840 




387,840 


Drainage Betterments 


88.889 








22,622 




66.267 




66,267 


Unappomoned Bettemionts 


5.147.325 








54,622 


-394,517 


4,698.186 




4,698,186 


Apportioned Betterments 


9.107 


418.887 


5.138 




416,433 




6.423 




6,423 


Committed Interest 


2.779 


52.715 






51,662 




3.832 




3.832 






















Total Departmental Charges 


$6,065,919 


$4,912,682 


$164,492 


$5,263 


$4,756,682 


-$520,333 


$5,542,357 


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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 



The property tax levy is the revenue a community can raise through real and personal property taxes. 
The property tax levy is the largest source of revenue for the Town of Cohasset. The property tax levy 
for Fiscal Year 2008 was $25,473,074.16 representing 66% of the $37,676,319.16 budget. The 
residential share of the levy is 93%, while commercial, industrial, and personal property account for 
7%. 

It is the responsibility of the Assessors' Office to establish fair market value for all properties in the 
Town of Cohasset. During Fiscal Year 2008, the Assessors' Office conducted a full revaluation of the 
town. The staff conducted an analysis of all arms-length sales that occurred in the town during 
calendar year 2006, reported sales trends in the real estate market, and completely adjusted the land 
valuation tables, in preparation for certification. The Department of Revenue required land valuation 
methodology in accordance with newly adopted guidelines. After extensive review by the 
Department of Revenue the values were certified for Fiscal Year 2008. The total valuation of the 
town was $2,403,120,204 with a tax rate of $10.60 per thousand dollars of assessment. 

In addition to the revaluation of real estate, the Assessors' Office is responsible for the assessment 
and commitment of motor vehicle excise and boat excise, betterment assessments, and the 
collection of new growth based on building construction. During 2008, the staff conducted field 
inspections or review of all building permits in the Town of Cohasset. 

The Board of Assessors would like to thank David Wadsworth, Town Historian, for volunteering to 
collect property photos for the Assessors' database. David's efforts have produced several hundred 
digital images that were downloaded to the assessment database throughout the year. Also, the 
Board would like to acknowledge Deputy Assessor, Mary Quill, Assistant Assessor, Debra Krupczak 
and Administrative Assistant, Ellen Warner for their professionalism throughout the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mary E. Granville, Chairperson 
Michael C. Patrolia, Clerk 
Elsa J. Miller, Member 



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2008 BOARD OF HEALTH ANNUAL REPORT 

The Board re-organized in April of 2008. Peggy S. Chapman, RN remained as Chairperson, with 
Stephen N. Bobo assuming the Clerk position and Robin M. Lawrence, DDS as member. Joseph R. 
Godzik, VMD remains the Health Agent on a part-time basis and Tara N. Tradd, Health 
Inspector/Office Manager. Judy Fitzsimmons retired as public health nurse and now assists Mary 
Goodwin, RN, who serves as the Town's Public Health Nurse. 

Stephen N. Bobo continued to work with other town partners resulting in the approval of the 
Stormwater Committee's Stormwater By-Law which was approved at the Annual Town Meeting. 
Stephen N. Bobo has been working tirelessly to achieve this and has been instrumental in having the 
By-law written. 



Stephen N. Bobo also instituted the Brain Fitness Program. Brain plasticity is a new field of 
neuroscience. The software program offers services to improve everything from reading skills to 
improved driving for elders. The Paul Pratt Library, through a grant has installed the computerized 
brain fitness exercise software on the library's many laptops for anyone's use. 

Students at the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR) continued to monitor water quality in 
Cohasset Harbor and the surrounding area. Enterococci bacteria levels continue to be high especially 
in the area of the so-called "Parker Avenue Cut". The US Environmental Protection Agency concluded 
their water quality investigation of Cohasset Harbor and rendered a report which is available in the 
Board of Health Office. 

The Board continues to monitor water quality at the beaches around town and in Cohasset Harbor. 
Samples are collected weekly from mid-June to Labor Day at Bassing Beach, Cohasset Harbor at the 
Yacht Club, Sandy Cove, Sandy Beach, Black Rock Beach and Little Harbor near Cunningham Bridge. 
This year Health Inspector Tradd was assisted by CSCR Student Marcus Charles. Marcus ran split lab 
samples of the Beach waters all season long. Marcus's lab results were outstanding in comparison to 
G&L Laboratory's results. Marcus's beach water quality project report is available at the Board of 
Health office. A big thank you to Marcus for helping protect the Public Health. Bassing's Beach was 
closed for one day on three separate occasions due to high bacterial counts. All other beaches 
remained opened all season long. 

Emergency Preparedness continued to be high on the Board's agenda. Pandemic influenza planning 
continues. This year's focus is on Communication the Board of Health is surveying and upgrading 
their communication needs to ensure continuity in a time of an emergency. The Emergency 
Dispensing Site (EDS) Plan is completed and is in the process of being reviewed and updated. The 
Board also hosted an Emergency Preparedness Starts at Home training session in May for the Medical 
Reserve Corps (MRC) members in Region 4B there were many who participated. The Board continues 
to recruit for the MRC. Persons who have no medical training are needed for support roles. 
Applications for both medical and support staff are available at the Board of Health Office or the 
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The annual Health Fair was held at the Second Congregational Church on Septennber 16, 2008. Over 
100 residents participated. Free screenings for cholesterol (total and HDL) blood glucose, bone 
density, oral cancer, glaucoma, skin cancer were offered as well as nutrition, mental health 
evaluations and bike and car seat safety promotions. New this year was PSA testing for prostate 
cancer with 22 people screened. 

Two Flu clinics for senior citizens and high risk adults were held at the Town Hall, as well as a town 
wide flu clinic including children over the age of nine. Clinics were also held at Harborview Housing 
and Sunrise Assisted Living Center. 840 doses of flu vaccine were administered. Many volunteers 
assisted with the paperwork, flow and administration of vaccine at the flu clinics. 

The Board supported Jim Hamilton and the many students of Cohasset High who organized and 
volunteered for the annul Earth Day Cleanup. The turnout was huge success. Tara Tradd is the 
coordinator of the Adopt of a Street Program. Seven areas in town have been adopted by various 
groups. This new environmental program is a partnership between the Town of Cohasset and 
community minded businesses, organizations and citizens. By working together we can continue to 
provide a beautiful environment for all of us. This program will also educate and encourage people to 
stop littering and take pride in their community. To become part of this new and exciting program 
contact Tara Tradd at: tarat@townofcohasset.org . 

The Board will be presenting in 2009 a revision to the Drinking and Irrigation Well Regulation; 
changes include more sampling and monitoring requirements. 

The Board will continue to be responsive to issues of public health, like the windmill installation to 
assure that compliance with environmental and public health regulations are being met. Water 
quality will be the principle focus. 

The Board thanks all its volunteers who assist with programs and clinics. Much is accomplished 
through your continuous efforts. 

The Board is grateful to all who assist with programs and clinics through volunteer efforts and 
monetary donations throughout the year. 

Nursing Services Provided in 2008 



Keep Well Clinics 


169 


Adult Immunization 


900+ 


Diabetic / Cholesterol Screening 


62 


Health Fair Participants 


102+ 


PSA Testing 


22 


Communicable Disease Follow Up 


16 


Home Nursing Visits 


192 


Office Nursing Visits 


1031 


Total Nursing Visits 


1223 



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The Board received the following revenue during 2008: 

Licenses and Permits: $14,210.00 

Witnessing Percolation Testing: $5,722.50 

Disposal System Construction Permit: $4,325.00 

Other: $10,527.00 
PHN Gift Account: $1,997.50 

Medicare Reimbursement: $11,169.63 

Respectfully Submitted: 

Peggy S. Chapman, RN, CS, Chairperson 
Stephen N. Bobo, Clerk 
Robin M. Lavy/rence, DDS, MPH 



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2008 REPORT OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT 

The Commissioners of the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project are pleased to submit the 
following report of our activities during 2008. 

The Project is a special district created by the State Legislature in 1957, and is now composed of all 
Plymouth County towns, the City of Brockton, and the Town of Cohasset in Norfolk County. The Project is a 
regional response to a regional problem, and provides a way of organizing specialized equipment, specially 
trained employees, and mosquito control professionals into a single agency with a broad geographical area of 
responsibility. 

The 2008 season began dry with a low water table which increased into the summer season. Efforts 
were directed at larval mosquitoes starting with the spring brood. Ground and aerial larviciding was 
accomplished using B.t.i., an environmentally selective bacterial agent. Upon emergence of the spring brood 
of mosquitoes, ultra-low volume adulticiding began on May 27, 2008 and ended on September 26, 2008. The 
Project responded to 14,346 requests for service from residents. 

In response to the continued threat of mosquito borne diseases in the district, we continued our 
surveillance trapping, aerial and ground larviciding, and adult spray in areas of concern to protect public 
health. 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis was first isolated from Culiseta melanura, a bird biting species, by the 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Carver on August 14, 2008. Of the season's total of thirteen EEE 
isolates, two were from Plymouth County as follows: Carver -8/14, Halifax-9/14. 

Based on guidelines defined by the "Vector Control Plan to Prevent EEE" in Massachusetts, one 
Plymouth County town, Lakeville, was elevated from "Low Level" to "Moderate Level" of EEE Risk" effective 
Oct 4, 2008. All other towns in Plymouth County Mosquito Project remained in the "Low Level Risk" category. 
We are pleased to report that in 2008 there were no human or horse EEE cases in Plymouth County. 

West Nile Virus was also found within the district. A total of 6 birds tested positive for WNV in the 
following six towns: Halifax, Hingham, Scituate, Kingston, Whitman and Plymouth. Approximately fifteen birds 
were handled through this Project as a dead bird repository. A total of seven isolations of WNV in mosquitoes 
were found in the following towns: Abington - 7/29, Brockton - 8/12, Kingston - 9/5, Mattapoisett - 8/7 and 
Whitman - 8/26, 9/3. We are also pleased to report that in 2008 that there were no human or horse West Nile 
Virus cases in Plymouth County. As part of our West Nile Virus control strategy a total of 59,047 catch basins 
were treated with larvicide in all of our towns to prevent WNV. 

The remaining problem of EEE and WNV continues to ensure cooperation between the Plymouth 
County Mosquito Control Project, local Boards of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
In an effort to keep the public informed, EEE and WNV activity updates are regularly posted on Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health website at www.state.ma.us/dph/wnv/wnvl.htm . 

The figures specific to the Cohasset are given below. While mosquitoes do not respect town lines the 
information given below does provide a tally of the activities which have had the greatest impact on the health 
and comfort of Cohasset residents. 

Insecticide Application. 1,049 acres were treated using truck mounted sprayers for control of adult 
mosquitoes. More than one application was made to the same site if mosquitoes reinvaded the area. The first 
treatments were made in May and the last in September. 

During the summer 1,150 catch basins were treated to prevent the emergence of Culex pipiens, a 
known mosquito vector in West Nile Virus transmission. 

Our greatest effort has been targeted at mosquitoes in the larval stage, which can be found in 
woodland pools, swamps, marshes and other standing water areas. Inspectors 



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The figures specific to the Cohasset are given below. While mosquitoes do not respect town lines the 
information given below does provide a tally of the activities which have had the greatest impact on the health 
and comfort of Cohasset residents. 

Insecticide Application. 1,049 acres were treated using truck mounted sprayers for control of adult 
mosquitoes. More than one application was made to the same site if mosquitoes reinvaded the area. The first 
treatments were made in May and the last in September. 

During the summer 1,150 catch basins were treated to prevent the emergence of Culex pipiens, a 
known mosquito vector in West Nile Virus transmission. 

Our greatest effort has been targeted at mosquitoes in the larval stage, which can be found in 
woodland pools, swamps, marshes and other standing water areas. Inspectors 

continually gather data on these sites and treat with highly specific larvicides when immature mosquitoes are 
present. 

Finally, we have been tracking response time, which is the time between notice of a mosquito problem 
and response by one of our inspectors. The complaint response time in the Town of Cohasset was less than 
two days with more than 119 complaints answered. 

Mosquito Survey. A systematic sampling for the mosquitoes in Cohasset indicates that Ae. vexans was 
the most abundant species. Other important species collected include Cx. species and Cq. perturbans. 

We encourage citizens or municipal officials to visit our website at www.plvmouthmosquito.com or 
call our office for information about mosquitoes, mosquito-borne diseases, control practices, or any other 
matters of concern. 

Anthony Texeira 
Superintendent 

Commissioners: 

Carolyn Brennan, Chairman 

Leighton F. Peck, Vice-Chairman/Secretary 

Kimberly King 

William J. Mara 

John Kenney 



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2008 COHASSET ELDER AFFAIRS ANNUAL REPORT 



Director's Report 
December 30, 2008 

The Mission of Cohasset Elder Affairs is to offer outstanding 
Programs and Services that provide for the physical, social and 
emotional needs of our older adults by assisting them to lead 
independent, stimulating and self-reliant lives as members of 
the Town of Cohasset. 

The Goals of Cohasset Elder Affairs: 

1. To provide Educational Programs for older adults and families on critical 
current senior issues. 

2. To provide Outreach Assistance for seniors unable to come to the Senior Center. 

3. To provide Transportation Services, (utilizing paid and volunteer drivers), that will 
assist seniors to get to medical appointments, food shopping and other essential 
places that will assist the senior to "age in place". 

4. To provide programs that promote healthy life style choices, stimulate the mind, 
and increase laughter. 

5. To foster intergenerational programs (with other Community Agencies) that will 
enrich the lives of older adults, families and children. 

Revised by CEA Board of Directors 10/16/2006 

The guiding force of Cohasset Elder Affairs is its Board of Directors whose 
challenge is to assure that the Mission is being carried out in a fiscally 
responsible manner by the Director of Elder Affairs and the Senior Center 
Staff. 

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED THOUGH CEA FY 2008 

TRANSPORTATION: 

The greatest growth in service requests in 2008 were for Medical Transportation 
and for Escort Food Shopping Transportation. FY 2008 we provided 4721 units 
of transportation service. 34 percent of all trips were for Medical Appointments 
and Escort Food Shopping. The Escort Food Shopping Program is a great one and 
two devoted drivers go with 10-12 seniors each week to local markets. The 
drivers assist people with poor vision to pick out foods, they lift bundles from 
the van into the home and also assist the senior to put away groceries. 



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OUTREACH/ADVOCACY: 

Our Outreach Worker/Shine Councilor, Carol Barrett, provided 4012 units of service 

to Cohasset's seniors. These services include assisting seniors to choose the Medicare 

D Plan that best fits their needs, individual counseling, home visits to the frailer 

senior, assisting with applications for fuel assistance and other programs. Carol also 

assigns the Respite Care providers, the Friendly Visitors and monitors the Telephone Reassurance program. 

Carol also has vjorked closely with other providers to offer 

a Lunch-time Lecture series on Wednesdays that keeps seniors aware of Health, 

Insurance, Medication, Housing options and other pertinent topics. 



VOLUNTEER COORDINATION: 

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Martha Horsefield, recruited, trained and placed 20 

new volunteers, so that we have 157volunteers who donate between 40 hours-150 hours per year. An 

additional 100 volunteers took part in the Cohasset PTO Annual 

"Make A Difference Day". Thanks to these wonderful volunteers, (from 

toddlers to grand-parents), 24 senior homes had leaves raked and homes winterized. 

. The Volunteers donated 7304.5 hours of service at an estimated value 

(using Points of Light Foundation recommended numbers) that exceeds 

$112,197.00. 

FY 2008 Cohasset Elder Affairs also hosted many fun social activities including the End 
of Year Summer Picnic, a Valentine's Tea, Mother's Day Brunch. The Cohasset Patrolmen's Association also 
sponsored the Second Annual Father's Day Cookout and the 
Roy Family, Joe Campbell, the Staff of Atlantica Restaurant and volunteers served a 
Delicious Thanksgiving Feast to 150 seniors. FY 2008 CEA was involved in some 

wonderful intergenerational programs including the Thanksgiving Feast at Atlantica where all were entertained 
by the High School Jazz Quintet and some of the members of the West Side Story. Halloween with the pre- 
school classes at SSCC, "One Town One Book Poetry Bash" with the fourth grade students at the Deer Hill 
School which was 
followed up by "Lets Fly A Kite Day" and a picnic on the Common 



Our exercise programs continue to grow and this year thanks to the owners and 
therapists from Nantasket Therapeutic Massage we offer, once a month. Reflexology 
and Chair Massage for seniors at the Senior Center., as well as Tai Chi, Senior Aerobics, 
Line Dancing, a monthly Health Clinic with the Town Nurse and bi-monthly Podiatry. 



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FISCAL 2008 OPERATING BUDGET DETAIL 

Municipal $ 193,978 (154,578 Salaries, 39,400 Operating) 

State F. Grant $ 9172.00 (Used to partially fund Coordinator of Volunteer Services) 

Title III E. $ 2395.00 (Respite Care Giver Program Grant) 

In-Kind Donations: Use of Church Halls and Custodial Services, Cohasset 
Sailing Club, Atlantica Restaurant, Gourmet Club Meals and Volunteer 
Services and Elder Affair Gift Donations = $ 150,000.00 

CONCLUSION: 

FYI 2008, the Social Service League of Cohasset presented 

CEA with a check for $5000.00 which was used to begin a NEW SENIOR 

CENTER BUILDING FUND, two additional families donated another 

$2000.00 to the Fund. Currently there are 1640 residents in Cohasset 60 

years of age and older out of a total population of 7705 residents. The seniors 

deserve their own dedicated space with adequate and safe parking. Currently CEA is 

renting a small amount of space from the South Shore Community Center that 

does not allow us to expand Programs and Services to meet current and future needs. 

I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the CEA Board of Directors, 
the Board of Selectman, The Town Manager, and Finance Director, the 
Advisory Committee, the Friends of the CEA, the CEA Staff and Volunteers, 
And all of the Community Agencies who have been so supportive of the 
programs and services we offer to Cohasset's seniors. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Linda Elworthy 

Director of Cohasset Elder Affairs 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 



The Cohasset Housing Authority is a public agency with a five member Board of Commissioners, four of whom 
stand for town election and the Governor appoints the remaining Commissioner. 

Commissioner Term Expires 

Helen C. Nothnagle, Chairman Governor's Appointee 

Christopher Allen, Vice Chairman 2010 

Ann C. Barrett, Treasurer 2009 

Ralph Perroncello, Asst. Treasurer 2012 

Susan Sardina 2011 

The Cohasset Housing Authority has a staff of two: 

Catherine M. Luna, Execu-Tech Consultant 
Jill Rosano, Maintenance Supervisor 

According to their bylaws, the Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month and 
holds its annual meeting in June. 

Cohasset's subsidized housing inventory includes 64 state units of Chapter 667 Elderly/Disabled housing 
located at Harborview, 60 Elm Street and 12 units of Chapter 689 Special Needs housing located at 72, 74 and 
76 Elm Street. The Department of Housing and Community Development subsidizes these 76 state units. Our 
annual subsidies are granted upon successful annual, semi-annual, and quarterly reviews of management and 
regulatory compliance. 

Eligibility standards for Harborview include a maximum allowable income of $46,300 for one person and the 
age for admission is 60. At the present time there is a waiting list of 109 people, many of whom are Cohasset 
residents. Local residents under state law have a preference on our Wait List. "Local Preference" as defined by 
state law is "any applicant living and/or working in the Town". The Board of Commissioners recommends that 
application for subsidized housing at Harborview be made before the need becomes critical. There is 
approximately a one-year wait for an apartment for a local resident and longer for a non-resident. 

Modernization grants for capital improvements are awarded by our funding source, the Department of 
Housing & Community Development. A bond issue is expected to be introduced by the Department to fund 
projects in the pipeline. 

In past years, the Community Preservation Committee has given unprecedented consideration to the capital 
improvement needs of the Cohasset Housing Authority. Money from the CPC has funded new 
intercom/secure door system, refrigerators, stoves, lever door handles, water- saver commodes, water-saver 
showerheads and a number of water heaters, and three washers and dryers for use of the residents. 

In 2005 we requested funds for the replacement of the building envelope and upon the recommendation of 
the CPC; we were awarded $400,000 in CPC funds towards this project. Our deepest gratitude to the CPC for 
their thoughtful and generous consideration of our needs; to the Selectmen and the Advisory Committee for 
their encouraging support in placing this issue on the Town Meeting warrant; and to the citizens attending 
Town Meeting. Their support in approving the requests honors our senior citizens and enhances their quality 
of life here at Harborview. 



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In 2006 we submitted a Condition Assessnnent Report (our primary vehicle for grants awarded for Capital 

Improvements) requesting siding, windows and doors for the building envelope and it was approved. At that 

time it was also discovered that we needed new roofs and gutters. The Department of Housing and 

Community Development 

approved the funding of $ 1,000,000.+ for these improvements along with the $400,000 in CPC funds awarded 

the Authority. This work is complete and we are eternally grateful to DHCD and the CPC for a practically new 

development. 

In 2007 we were awarded funding from the DHCD to improve the drainage, walkways, roadway and parking in 
the amount of $548,384.00. This work will be complete in the fall of 2009. 

The State's budget this year allowed for a 0% increase. We continue to request emergency funding for our 
complex, as weather and time take their toll. 

Our continued gratitude to the Norfolk County Sheriffs Department for always being there when we need 
assistance. To the Public Works, Police and Fire Departments for their continued generosity, insuring the safety 
of our residents; to the students from Notre Dame Academy, the Girl Scout Troup 4870 for always 
remembering us. We thank you. 

The Board of Commissioners continues to pursue its mandate of providing affordable, safe, and secure housing 
and of reviewing and updating regulatory policies/procedures. It remains diligent in the research of 
opportunities to create affordable housing for those with the greatest need. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Helen Nothnagle, Chairman 
Susan Sardina, Vice-Chairman 
Ann C. Barrett, Treasurer 
Ralph Perroncello, Member 
Christopher Allen, Member 



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BUILDING DEPARTMENT ~~ 2008 ANNUAL REPORT 

In 2008, the Building Department issued 335 building permits for $26,976,963 worth of construction value. 

3 permits were issued for 3 new residential structures on previously undeveloped land. 1 permit was issued 
for a new transit-oriented development mixed-use structure with commercial use on the first level and 16 
apartments on the second level. In addition, 7 permits were issued for the demolition and reconstruction of 
existing homes. Hundreds more were Issued for repairs, additions and substantial renovations. 

In addition to permitting, inspections and zoning enforcement, the Building Commissioner inspects and 
certifies the safety of all public buildings and places of assembly and seals all measuring devices as the Sealer 
of Weights and Measures. 

Building Department Issuances & Activity for 2008 



Issuances/ Activity 


Number 


Fees Collected 


Total Construction 
Value 


Building Permits 


335 


$271,117 


$ 26,976,963 


Certificates of Inspection 


47 


$ 1,475 


- 


Certificates of Occupancy 


14 


$ 355 


- 


Plumbing Permits 


220 


$ 12,957 


- 


Gas Permits 


174 


$ 7,122 


- 


Weights & Measures Sealing 


22 


$ 3,380 


- 


Totals 


812 


$ 296,406 


$26,976,963 



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As always, I would like to thank all departments, boards and commissions for their continued assistance, 
cooperation and support. 

Respectfully submitted. 



Robert M. Egan 
Building Commissioner 
Zoning Enforcement Officer 
Sealer of Weights and Measures 



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PLANNING BOARD ~~ 2008 ANNUAL REPORT 

The Cohasset Planning Board, under the authority granted by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 41, Section 
81A-GG (Planning and Subdivision Control Law), and Chapter 40A (the Zoning Act) is charged with the review 
of large homes, subdivisions and site plan review of various developnnent projects, in addition to these duties 
the Board completed a number of additional planning tasks in 2008. 

The Board conducted public hearings on a number of Zoning Bylaw Amendment articles: 

• For the March 29, 2008 Annual Town Meeting, the Planning Board conducted public 
hearings for four (4) zoning bylaws amendment warrant articles: 

Article 14: Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Wind Energy Conversion Facility Bylaw 

Article 15: Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Section 4.2 Permitted Uses - Table of Use 

Regulations 

Article 16: Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Amendment to Section 8 

Article 20: Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Inclusionary Zoning 

(This article was withdrawn by the Housing Partnership Committee.) 

• For the November 17, 2008 Special Town Meeting, the Planning Board conducted public hearings for one 
(1) zoning bylaws amendment warrant articles: 

Article 10: Zoning Bylaw Reconciliation 

The Planning Board oversaw the updating of the Cohasset Zoning Bylaws (last updated in March, 2004). 
Printed and available for sale, the newly updated bylaws were also posted on the Town's webpage. 

A significant accomplishment of the Planning Board in 2008 was the establishment of draft "Village Design 
Guidelines" for the new Section 18 of the Zoning Bylaws: "Special Permits in the Village Business (VB) District" 
which was adopted at the November, 2007 STM. Spearheading this effort, the Planning Board worked closely 
with Concord Square Development consultants to create an enforceable regulatory document to be used in 
the permitting process for the basis of conditional approval or denial of an application for a special permit in 
the Village Business District. The purpose of the Design Guidelines is to provide: guiding principles that are 
vision statements of public policy objectives such as sustainability, affordability etc. in the Village Business 
District; guideline subsections based on geographical location within the Village recognizing that there are 
sections of the Village that are not the same and should be treated more specifically; and, principles that are 
more significant regulatory components relating to building design and site design in the Village. These 
guidelines will remain in draft form for the first few Village Business District site plan review and special permit 
applications expected in early 2009 before being voted on for full adoption by the Planning Board. 

Additional attention was focused on the Village Business District in terms of parking and pedestrian circulation. 
Concord Square Development, the Planning Board and owners of businesses in the Village met several times to 
review, discuss and design parking management in the Village and the municipal parking lots. In addition, 
discussion focused on a unified sidewalk layout on the Parkingway for continuous pedestrian circulation via 
sidewalk from Depot Court, through the Parkingway, to South Main Street. The goal is to provide not only a 
safe, continuous pedestrian passage through the Parkingway but to encourage and enhance a strolling circuit 
through the existing Village shops and future shops that are expected to be developed on the Parkingway (rear 
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The Board reviewed and approved with conditions two (2) Site Plan Review Applications for the following 
locations: 

• 166 King Street: This application was for the construction of a new 20' X 52', one story building to be used 
for indoor boat repair/winter storage building. The proposed building, located behind the existing 166 
King Street commercial building, would replace an existing 18' x 45' canvas on metal frame structure. 

• 20 Parkingway (Rear of 55 So. Main St.): This application was for the construction of a new 2,000 SF, one 
story medical office building. 

The Board also reviewed two (2) Definitive Residential Subdivision Plans: 

• Quonahassit Trail: 3 residential lots with buildings at 209, 217 and 219 No. Main St. on 5.5+ acres are to be 
combined into one subdivision of land with seven proposed lots. The existing structures at 217 and 219 are 
to be razed or relocated. The structure at 209 is to remain intact and occupy one lot of the proposed 
subdivision. Six new residences are to be built on the remaining proposed six lots. The Planning Board 
approved this Subdivision Application with conditions. 

• 29 Cedar St./Forest Ave.: This filing involved an approx. 6.27 parcel of land owned by the applicant. The 
applicant proposed to subdivide the lot into two lots - of 1.828 acres and 4.455 acres. The applicant's 
existing home is on this 4.455 acre lot, with frontage and access off Cedar Street. The second newly 
created lot would have frontage on Forest Avenue. The only way to access the new lot was to build a 
subdivision road from Forest Avenue. This application was withdrawn by the applicant when Conservation 
Commission review revealed that a vernal pool existed where the proposed subdivision road was to have 
been located thereby prohibiting construction of the road. 

Two Large Home Review applications were filed and reviewed: 

• 449 Jerusalem Road: This application was for the demolition of an existing 6,477 SF residential structure 
and the construction of a new 6,086 SF single family residential structure. After thorough review of the 
plans, the Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend the issuance of building permits for this 
construction. 

• 26 Deep Run: This application was for the demolition of an existing 2,200 SF single family residential 
structure and the construction of a new 4,069 SF single family residential structure. After thorough review 
of the plans, the Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend the issuance of building permits for this 
construction. 

A significant amount of review was focused on one large Special Permit and Site Plan Review filing for two 
proposed wind turbines at 215 GC Hwy, the site of the former Cohasset Landfill. Since the filing in August of 
this year, several public hearings were conducted and countless hours spent on painstaking review of data and 
documents relative to this specific filing and to wind turbine technology in general. Public hearing and review 
of this application will continue into 2009. 

Substantial attention was focused on the continued review of the status of conditions and progress of projects 
approved in the previous year(s) including: Cedarmere, Joseph's Hardware new construction. Manor Way 
Circle Subdivision, the Old Colony Square Transit Oriented Development and, 16-22 Depot Court. Many 
informal discussions were held at Planning Board Meetings for upcoming applications including residential 
and/or mixed use construction at 8 James Lane and 2 Smith Place as well as potential renovations at the 
Templar House on Jerusalem Road. The Planning Board also interacted with other Committees, Boards and 
Departments on issues of mutual interest and/or concern including the Economic Development Committee, 
the Housing Partnership, the Community Preservation Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the 
Stormwater Committee, the Fire Department and the Alternative Energy Committee. 



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In this very busy year, the Board also conducted the following regular business: 

• Held 22 meetings 

• Reviewed fourteen (14) Subdivision Approval Not Required (ANR) applications or 

"Form A - Approval Not Required." After thorough review, all of the ANR applications were endorsed. 

• The Planning Board regularly reviews applications filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals. After review 
and discussion, the Planning Board offers a recommendation to the ZBA to either approve or deny an 
application as well as the reason(s) for the recommendation. In 2008, the Planning Board reviewed and 
offered recommendations on twelve (12) ZBA special permit or variance applications. 

After a combined 45+ years of service, veteran Planning Board Members Robert Sturdy and Bill Good, did not 
seek re-election and retired from the Board. The Board welcomed newly elected members Clark Brewer and 
Charles Samuelson. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr., Chairperson 
Stuart W. Ivimey, Vice Chairperson 
Charles A. Samuelson, Clerk 
Michael R. Westcott 
Clark H. Brewer 



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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds 

2008 Annual Report to the Town of Cohasset 

William P. O'Donnell, Register 

649 High Street, Dedham, Massachusetts 

The Registry of Deeds is the principal office for real property records in Norfolk County. The Registry receives 
and records hundreds of thousands of documents each year, and is a basic resource for title examiners, 
mortgage lenders, municipalities, homeowners, and others with a need for land record information. The 
Registry of Deeds has been a vital component of Norfolk County government since 1793, the year Governor 
John Hancock signed legislation creating Norfolk County, also known as the County of Presidents - the home or 
birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush. The Registry operates 
under the supervision of the elected Register, William P. O'Donnell. In over two hundred years of continuous 
operation, the Registry has progressed from the days of scriveners with quill pens to computers, scanned 
documents and off-site access. However, in all that time our objectives have remained the same: accuracy, 
reliability and accessibility for the residents of the twenty eight communities that comprise Norfolk County. 

Improved technology and management of records and increased levels of customer service remain 
areas of major focus for the Registry of Deeds. Initiatives include: 

• A community outreach office hours program that brought Register Bill O'Donnell and the mobile 
Registry of Deeds to Cohasset on June 18, 2008. 

• Free public viewing access for every document including land plans recorded by the Registry since its 
inception in 1793 via the internet at www.norfolkdeeds.org . The Registry regularly updates and 
enhances the site to include recent news, trends, press information, and answers to frequently asked 
questions. 

• An ability for those who such as attorneys, title examiners, realtors, lenders, surveyors and civil 
engineers who establish an account with the Registry to print documents directly from their offices 
for $1.00 per page. 

• A continuing technology fund investment in computer hardware in the Registry itself to insure that 
anyone wanting to access the records can do so. 

• The expansion of the internet accessible indexing system back to 1955. 

• A full service telephone and walk-in customer service center and the addition of closing rooms and 
tables to encourage the citizens of Norfolk County to feel comfortable in using their Registry. 

Cohasset was typical of the rest of Norfolk County showing decreased real estate activity in 2008 recording a 
total of 213 deeds, 22% fewer than in 2007. The average price of a Cohasset real estate sale (greater than 
$1,000 - residential and commercial properties combined) fell 10.8% and at the end of 2008 stood at $810,988. 
The ongoing desirability of Cohasset real estate continues to contrast favorably with the rest of Norfolk County 
where the average price was $537,913. The total dollar volume of real estate sales in Cohasset for 2008 settled 
at $103 million, a 33% decrease from 2007. There were 525 mortgages recorded in Cohasset in 2008 which 
translates to 16.8% fewer than in 2007. March was the busiest 2008 month for Cohasset real estate activity 
accounting for 11.1% of the town's total recordings. 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

The Cohasset Conservation Commission's bi-montlily meetings were generally scheduled to capacity to review 
a number of applications, including 49 Notices of Intent (NOI) and 18 Requests for Determination of 
Applicability (RDA) and 2 Stormwater Permits. The Cohasset Conservation Commission also conducted a large 
number of site visits throughout the town. 

In addition to our regular proceedings, several members attended multiple meetings regarding the ongoing 
issues of Treat's Pond, the Harbor Health Committee and the Stormwater Management Committee. 

Last year, the Commission received a $20,000 grant from the Community Preservation Act for design of the 
culvert at Border Street which had collapsed. Those designs were completed and went through the 
environmental permitting process in 2008. With the assistance of the Conservation Law Foundation, Coastal 
Zone Management (CZM), National Atmospheric and Oceanographic (NOAA), and the Massachusetts 
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) we leveraged various grants to fund the construction of that 
project. However, the bid went out and came in higher than the available funds from the grants. Minor 
changes were made and the bid will be resubmitted in 2009 for construction. 

The Commission also applied for Grants through CZM for Rain Gardens in the downtown village area. These 
rain gardens were designed and implemented in various locations. Their purpose is to reduce if not eliminate 
containments and pollution that make its way into the stormwater system and eventually empty into Cohasset 
Harbor. Additionally, a few years ago the Cohasset Water Commission re-opened one of the areas for the 
town's water supply. By implementing these rain gardens the town is protecting the harbor and water supply 
from pollution that would otherwise flow through these areas. 

As Town Meeting passed the Stormwater Management Bylaw, the Commission held public hearings and 
meetings organizing and creating the regulations to that By-law. A Stormwater Agent was also selected from 
an RFP process. (5) Five different Engineering Firms applied. All submitted packages for review and were 
interviewed by the Commission. After said process, Norfolk Ram Engineers of Plymouth, MA were selected as 
the town's first Stormwater Agent. 

Stormwater is rainwater and snowmelt that runs off lawns and streets and picks up bacteria, fertilizers, 
pesticides, oil and grease and other pollutants on the way to our brooks, rivers, ponds, meadows, harbors and 
beaches. Cohasset has a significant stormwater problem with flooding throughout town and contaminated 
water bodies impaired from stormwater pollution. While the bylaw does not necessarily have to prevent 
future development but rather ensures stormwater controls are designed for each project to prevent 
additional stormwater flooding and pollution leaving each site. 

Projects increasing net impervious area by 500 sf will require Administrative Approval and projects altering 
5,000 sf will require a Stormwater Permit from the Conservation Commission. Application and Review fees 
cover the cost of the Stormwater Agent. 



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Additionally, the Commission has been involved v\/ith requiring that (BMP's) Best Management Practices were 
employed on the Little Harbor Project to assist in alleviating flooding and contamination v^/here possible. 

The Commission also appropriated funds toward the Cohasset Water Commission's purchase of land for the 
purposes of protecting the towns watershed. 

We would like to thank Alix White for her service to the Commission and congratulate Doug Wilson on 
becoming a voting member and Jack Creighton on becoming an Associate Member. 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, we may reached at 781-383-4119 and have handouts 
regarding all bylaws and regulations of the Commission. 

We would also like to thank our agent Paul Shea our Administrative Assistant Nancy Noonan for all their 
guidance during this busy year. We feel very privileged to have their knowledge and support. 

David H. Farrag, Chairman 

Richard M. Karoff, Vice-Chairman 

Deborah S. Cook 

Venata P. Roebuck 

Sarah E. Charron 

Edward S. Graham, Jr. 

Douglas B. Wilson 

Richard C. Perkinson (Associate) 

Jack Creighton (Associate) 



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SOUTH SHORE 
RECYCLING 

COOPERATIVE 

ssrc.info 

The South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) is a voluntary association of sixteen South Shore tov^/ns 
established by Intermunicipal Agreement and Special Legislation in 1998. It v^/as established to help member 
towns improve their recycling programs, and reduce the amount, toxicity and cost of disposal. 

Members of the SSRC are: Abington, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, 
Kingston, Marshfield, Norweil, Plymouth, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth, and Whitman. Representatives 
from each member tovjn are appointed by the chief Elected Official(s) (list attached). 

Since its inception ten years ago, disposed tons of trash-per-household has dropped by nearly 25%, and the 
recycling rate for paper, cardboard, bottles and cans has risen from 16% to 22%. 

In FY09, the SSRC raised its annual dues for the first time in ten years, from $4,000 to $4,500 per town. In 
2008, the SSRC raised $72,000 through these fees, and $6,000 in outreach sponsorships from Covanta SEMASS. 
Those funds pay for the services of the Executive Director and for waste reduction and recycling activities that 
benefit member towns. The SSRC estimates that in 2008 these activities saved Member Tow^ns at least 
$151,000 (Not all figures are in at the time of publication. Highlighted numbers are from 2007). 

MATERIALS MANAGEMENT 

Household Hazardous Product Collections 

The SSRC extended its contract for the collection and disposal of household hazardous products with Clean 
Harbors. By using the SSRC contract. Member Towns avoided a setup fee, paid about 12% less than the per- 
car State contract rates, saving our towns about $38,000. They also avoided the administrative time to bid, 
schedule and publicize them. 

2,661 residents attended the fifteen collections held in 2008. The contract also enabled 125 residents and 
businesses to attend other Member Towns' collections using the reciprocal arrangement. 

The SSRC advertised the events with several thousand flyers delivered to town halls and libraries, and ongoing 
press releases in all local papers and cable TV. The Executive Director helped run twelve of the collections, 
handed out relevant information, provided signs, calculated the proper billing for the vendor to ensure that 
discounts and allowances were credited and visitors billed properly, and assisted with billing issues. 

Construction and Bulky Waste 

Through an arrangement facilitated by the SSRC with the Bourne ISWMF, Member Towns enjoyed a disposal 
rate of $75/ton for construction and bulky waste, which is $12.50/ton less than the gate fee. With 
generation of 4,799 tons, eight Member Towns saved $60,000. 

Cohasset, Hanover, Kingston and Scituate save on mattress recycling by using an SSRC arranged program with 
Miller Recycling in Plainville to store, transport and process mattresses for $14/each. This saved the 
participating towns approximately $14,600 on the 2,091 mattresses they collected. 

Compost and Brush 

The SSRC extended the contracts with no pricing increases for brush grinding and compost screening, which 
had been awarded to Letourneau Corp. and Lion's Head Organics. The grinding contract was used by three of 
our towns for 9 days. Data on screening contract usage was unavailable. 



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Mercury Bearing Waste 

The SSRC helped its Member towns, even Hull and Marshfield, which don't contract with SEMASS for disposal, 
to maximize their benefits from the Material Separation Plan (MSP), including the provision by SEMASS of 
digital thermometers and thermostats for exchange, reimbursement for mercury disposal costs, and a 
Universal Waste Shed for Abington. 

Paper 

The SSRC has facilitated the siting of dozens of Abitibi Paper Retriever containers in all of our communities. In 
2008, they captured an additional 1,013 tons of paper from the waste stream, and returned over $6,000 to the 
municipalities and local organizations. 

Textiles 

The SSRC introduced Bay State Textiles, which pays $50/ton for used clothing and textiles, to the managers. 
2008 figures are not yet available, but in 2007, eight towns recycled 280 tons of material through them, for 
which they were paid $14,017. 

Books 

The SSRC introduced GotBooks, which pays $100/ton for used books and other media, to SSRC members. 2008 
figures are not yet available, but in 2007, thirteen SSRC towns set up twenty book collection sites through 
them, and repurposed 218.3 tons of material, earning $19,421. 

PUBLIC OUTREACH: 

Mass Recycles Paper 

This statewide Campaign grew out of a 2006 SSRC pilot project. It is run by MassRecycle, and chaired by the 
SSRC Executive Director. The goal is to recover an additional million tons of paper each year from the Mass. 
trash. The Campaign has broad support from MassDEP, US EPA and the recycling industry. 

Most of our towns, and half across the State, have signed the Mass Recycles Paper resolution and receive 
supporting outreach materials, including thousands of bill inserts. SSRC communities stand to gain about 
$500K/year in avoided disposal cost and revenue from the sale of waste paper. 

Press Contacts 

The SSRC releases articles and is a resource to the local press about waste reduction, recycling, and the proper 
disposal of hazardous waste. The following articles and op-eds were released to and published by the local 
and regional newspapers in 2008: 

Don't trash your recycling efforts Dec. 19 

SSRC to host 10'^ Anniversary "Shredabrations" November 

South Shore towns recycling more, wasting less August 26 

Hull Re-joins the SSRC August 13 

Al Gore commends SSRC efforts. Earth Day Celebration April 17 

Legislators talk trash with Municipal Managers; Rep. Hynes receives award April 1 

A real paper chase: Too good for the trash Patriot Ledger, Jan. 31 

Resident Contacts 

The Executive Director fielded 129 calls and emails from Member Towns' residents in CY08 to answer 
questions, mostly about hazardous and difficult to manage product disposal. 



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Website 

ssrc.info provides town-specific recycling information, household hazardous product collection information, 
SSRC meeting minutes and annual reports, press releases, a quarterly newsletter, and links to other sites. It 
was overhauled this past fall, and logged 3,745 visitors in 2008. 

Marshfield Fair Recycling 

With assistance from MassDEP and the Town of Marshfield, the SSRC supported recycling at the Marshfield 
Fair for the fifth year. While public education was the main benefit, seven tons of material was also recycled 
and composted. 

Recycling containers from a previous grant were loaned out for use at Hanover Day, and are available for 
other area events. 

ADVICE, ASSISTANCE AND NETWORKING. 

The Executive Director's help is frequently sought by the solid waste managers. She maintains regular contact 
with them, updates them on current trends, and advises on specific needs each town has. 

A sample of the assistance she provided and problems she helped solve in 2008 included: 

- evaluation of Covanta SEMASS' extension proposal and alternatives for our four Tier One towns 

- collaborating with Cape Cod communities on a regional disposal contract negotiation 

- attendance at Board/ committee meetings in Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Plymouth and Weymouth 

- evaluation of electronics and scrap metal processors' pricing and practices 

- identifying and correcting errors on Data Sheets submitted to MassDEP 
-collection, evaluation and sharing of recycling and disposal cost and tonnage data 

- guidance on PAYT bag vendors 

- research on outlets for expanded polystyrene for Marshfield 

- sharing State Contract information on bins and carts upon request by Plymouth and Scituate 

- provision of recycling stickers for barrels and bins 

- delivery of free rechargeable battery collection boxes to municipal collection locations 

- publicity for Marshfield & Weymouth recycling contests and Abington's Universal Waste Shed 

- distribution of a ten page directory of service providers. 

Paper pricing 

The SSRC subscribes to Official Board Markets on which most towns' paper rebates are based, calculates 
rebates that should be paid to the municipalities by their recyclers and updates the managers each month. 

Quarterly Newsletter 

The SSRC publishes a quarterly newsletter filled with information of immediate interest to the South Shore 
solid waste community. The newsletter is circulated to over 350 town officials, legislators, regulators and 
volunteers, and is posted online at http://ssrc.info/newsletters/newsletters.htm . 

Monthly Meetings 

The SSRC provides networking opportunities and information sharing at our well-attended monthly meetings. 
Each meeting features a guest speaker. Solid waste collection, disposal, recycling service, outreach, pricing and 
proposed laws and regulations are discussed. 



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ADVOCACY 

The Executive Director attends policy meetings, forums and conferences hosted by MassDEP, Solid Waste 
Association of North America, the Council of SEMASS Communities, MassRecycle, and the Northeast Resource 
Recovery Association. She shares v^/hat she learns with the Managers, and relays the Managers' concerns to 
the professional and State organizations and regulators. 

The SSRC held a Legislative Breal<fast in May at which Rep. Frank Hynes (D-Marshfield) was recognized with 
our "Recycling Hero" award for his sponsorship and support of bills and budget items that promote waste 
reduction. Sen. Robert Creedon also spoke at the event. 

The SSRC exists to serve its member towns by facilitating their solid waste disposal and recycling functions. It 
always welcomes suggestions on how it can better serve its Members. 



Respectfully submitted. 




Claire Sullivan, Executive Director, South Shore Recycling Cooperative 



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2008 REPORT OF THE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE 



The Cohasset Housing Partnership had an active 2008 working towards the goal of providing more affordable 
housing options for Cohasset. With the much appreciated support of the Board of Selectmen and Town 
Meeting, a Housing Trust was created that will eventually assume the duties of the partnership and will 
provide a vehicle through which funds for affordable housing development can be raised and distributed. The 
Partnership also continued to investigate a number of other possibilities of creating affordable options from 
existing housing stock. We are grateful for the support of our efforts by the Board of Selectmen and the 
community at large. 

Clark Brewer, co-chair Tom Callahan, co-chair 

Margy Charles Jim Hamilton 

Jim Lagroterria Taffy Nothnagle 

Steve Lucitt MaryGrayken 
Judi Barrett, consultant 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FIRE, RESCUE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT 

I hereby submit the Annual Report for the year ending December 31, 2008 

The Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Department responded to 2515 calls for service this year. 

The Department responded to 1548 fire related Incidents: 

Building /Structure Fires 48 

Outdoor Fires/ Illegal Burning 27 

Motor Vehicle Crashes 97 

Motor Vehicle Fires 3 

Hazardous Materials Responses 14 

Automatic Fire Alarm Responses 208 

Investigations 273 

Inspections 387 

Downed Power Lines 39 

Lockout / Lock-in 24 

Assistance 30 

Mutual Aid Fire Responses 26 

Miscellaneous Responses 372 

The Department responded to 967 medical emergencies and transported 766 patients to hospitals. 

Basic Life Support (BLS) Transports 250 

Advanced Life Support (ALS) Transports 424 

Mutual Aid Ambulance BLS Transports 37 

Mutual Aid Ambulance ALS Transports 51 

Med Flight Helicopter Transports 3 

The following fees were returned to the General Fund: 

Ambulance Transport Fees $366,500.00 

lOA Permit Fees $4,559.00 

Burning Permit Fees $1,210.00 

TOTAL $372,269.00 



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APPARATUS 

The Fire Department is currently operating with the following apparatus: 

Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce - 1,750 Gallons per Minute (G.P.M.) Pumping Engine 

Engine 2 - 1987 Pierce - 1,250 G.P.M. Pumping Engine 

Engine 3 - 2001 HME/Central States - 1,250 G.P.M. Pumping Engine 

Ladder 1 - 2004 Pierce - 105 Foot Aerial Ladder Truck 

Squad 1 - 2000 Ford - 4 wheel drive - 500 G.P.M. pump 

Rescue 3 - 2001 Ford - E-450 - Ambulance 

Car 20 - 1995 Ford - 4 wheel drive - Incident Command Vehicle 

Rescue Craft - 1993 Avon - 14ft, Inflatable Boat with Trailer 

In the past year two members of the Department retired. 

Acting Lieutenant Randall W. Rosano was appointed on August 11, 1977 and retired on July 1, 2008. Acting 
Lieutenant Rosano served the Cohasset Fire Department and the citizens of Cohasset with honor and 
dedication for over thirty years. 

Firefighter James E. Fiori was appointed on August 11, 1977 and retired on June 30, 2008. Firefighter Fiori 
served the Cohasset Fire Department and the citizens of Cohasset with honor and dedication for over thirty 
years. 

In conclusion, I would like to extend to the Citizens of Cohasset, Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, 
Department Heads, Members of Town Departments and all Town Committees my gratitude and appreciation 
for their support and assistance. 

To the Officers and Firefighters of the Cohasset Fire Department my sincere thanks for your dedication and 
consummate professionalism while serving the Town of Cohasset. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Robert D. Silvia 
Chief of Department 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 



UNIFORM CRIME REPORT 



2008 STATISTICS 



Offense 



Reported 



Robbery 




1 




Assaults 




26 




Breaking and Entering 




63 




Larceny 




70 




Larceny of Motor Vehicle 




2 




Vandalism 




56 




Criminal Complaints Sought 




93 




Motor Vehicle Accidents Investigated 




133 




Motor Vehicle Citations Issued 




768 




Parking Tickets Issued 




680 




Residential & Business Alarms answered 




444 




Stolen Motor Vehicles Recovered 




6 




Emergency and other calls for service 




12,928 




Department Vehicle Mileage 




201,481 




Special Details 




2,533 




Domestic Violence Cases Investigated 




25 




FID Cards Issued 




15 




LTC Issued/Renewed 




38 




RECORD OF ARRESTS 2008 








Offense 


Male 


Female 


Juvenile 


Robbery 


2 




1 


Burglary 


1 






Breaking and Entering 


5 




1 


Assault and Battery 


7 


4 




Assault to Murder 


1 






Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 




1 




Operating Under the Influence of Liquor 


8 


9 




Violation of Drug Laws 


16 


2 


1 


Warrants 


14 


1 




Larceny 


2 






Larceny of Motor Vehicle 


1 






Minor in Possession of Alcohol 


10 


2 




Sell/Deliver Alcohol to Minors 




1 




Receiving Stolen Property 






1 


Motor Vehicle Violation 


7 






Protective Custody 


23 


5 


1 


Malicious Destruction of Property 


2 






Violation of Protective Order 


1 






Courtesy Booking 


1 


1 




Disorderly Conduct 


2 


1 




Record of Arrests 2008 Continued 


Male 


Female 


Juvenile 



196 



utter False Checks/Note 2 

Trespass 1 

Trespass on Railroad 2 

Resist Arrest 1 

Chins Runaway 

Failure to Stop for Police 1 

Public Drinking 1 

110 28 

TOTAL 144 

FEES RETURNED TO GENERAL FUND 

Court Fines & Assessments $3,200.00 

Parking Violations $18,435.00 

Paid Detail Surcharge $21,914.86 

License Fees $950.00 

Request for Police Reports $871.00 

False Alarms/Billing $400.00 



TOTAL $45,770.86 



Respectfully submitted, 

James M. Hussey, Chief of Police 



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2008 REPORT OFTHE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

During 2008 the Office of Emergency Management continued to enhance Cohasset's ability to respond and 
deal with various situations, threats and disasters. 

Here are some of our accomplishments: 

• The Board of Health continued to train and expand their Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. 

• Our Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) met quarterly to assess, develop and refine 
Emergency Response plans and procedures. 

• We continued to develop plans for continuance of government operations should a disaster take Town 
Hall out of service. 

• In conjunction with the School Departments Safety Plan, we have put Public Safety Radios in the 
schools. 

• An Incident Support Trailer was added to the Fire Department fleet. 

• In conjunction with MEMA we began to develop plans for a Training Exercise to be held in 2009. 

We appreciate your support of our work and would like to thank all the Town Departments for their 
participation with us during the year. 

Respectfully Submitted, 



Arthur L. Lehr, Director of Emergency Management 

Glenn A. Pratt, Deputy Director 

James M. Hussey, Police Chief 

Robert D. Silva, Fire Chief 

Dr. Joseph Godzik, Health Agent 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT 
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 



GENERAL: 

The Department of Public Works is a town service organization responsible for providing essential services for 
the citizens of Cohasset. Services provided by this department include construction, maintenance and repair of 
streets, sidewalks and storm drainage systems; maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment; 
maintenance of parks, cemeteries, athletic fields and off-street parking facilities; the transfer of public refuse 
and recyclables; snow removal and ice control; maintenance and/or removal of town owned trees; filling and 
maintenance of the fuel tanks. 

In addition to providing routine maintenance throughout the year, the following projects were completed by 
or under the direction of the DPW during the last year: 

Rebuilt or repaired 15 catch basins. 

Cleaned 440 catch basins with the truck basin cleaner and another 44 by hand. 

Dug out the flapper on Atlantic Avenue 21 times to alleviate flooding. 

Rebuilt or replaced 300' of fences. 

Replaced or repaired 44 traffic and street signs and devices. 

In an effort to control algae in Little Harbor, we opened and closed the cat dam gates each month from April to 
December. 

Transferred 1,621 tons of solid waste and 708 tons of C&D. Recycled 733 tons of mixed paper products, 133 
tons of scrap metals and cans, 64 tons of plastics, 142 tons of glass and 1,675 gallons of waste oil. Over 300 ton 
of leaves and brush were processed. The amount of solid waste that is transported to the Semass Facility 
decreased by 134 ton from the previous year and saved the town approximately $11,000.00 Most recyclable 
totals increased with the exceptions of metal and paper products. Overall the town's recycling rate is among 
the highest in the state. This is something all residents can be proud of due to their recycling habits. 

Cleaned and adjusted the self-regulating tidal gate twice a year as required. 

Plowed and/or sanded 62 times. 

Removed various dead or diseased trees and planted new trees and shrubs throughout the town. 

Resurfaced 270 feet of sidewalk at various locations. 



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Oversaw construction of 120' of sidewalk on Border Street. 

Conducted and recorded 31 internnnents at the various town owned cemeteries. 

Held 7 brush days for residential brush chipping. 

Rebuilt the benches at the Duck Pond. 

Installed benches at the Beechwood Ballpark. 

Prepared $1,404 million Annual Operating Budget and $110,000 Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 
2010. 



The Department of Public Works would like to extend our appreciation to all town employees, boards and 
committees for their continued assistance and support during the past year. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Carl A. Sestito 

D.P.W. Superintendent 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 

In 2008, The Water Department had many significant accomplishments, including: 

• Substantially completed the 1.97 miles of water main replacements in the Little Harbor area, in the 
cooperative project with the Sewer Department. 

• Won the national PISCES Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for our raingarden project, 
which preliminary testing showed is dramatically effective in removing nutrients and pollutants from 
stormwater going into Lily Pond, and constructed an additional 4 rain gardens in the Lily Pond Watershed. 

• Town Meeting voted to designate 313 acres of land now owned for a conservation restriction, completing 
the Water Commissions aggressive 5-year land acquisition program in the Lily Pond watershed. 

WATER COMMISSIONERS. At the April 5, 2008 Town Election, Water Commissioner Glenn Pratt was 
reelected to another 3-year term. At the Board's reorganization meeting. Commissioner Pratt was re-elected 
as Chairman, Commissioner Nathaniel Palmer was elected Vice-Chairman, and Commissioner John McNabb 
was elected Clerk. 

THE COHASSET WATER DEPARTMENT provides water for domestic consumption and fire protection to 
about 90% of the Town of Cohasset. Our service area does not include the North Cohasset area, which is 
serviced by the Aquarion Water Company of Massachusetts (formerly known as the Hingham Mass-American 
Water Company). The Cohasset Water Department system encompasses about 36 miles of water mains, 2,431 
service connections, and 376 fire hydrants, and 564 valves. The American Water Company, under contract to 
the Board of Water Commissioners, operates and maintains the Water Department under the control of the 
Water Commission. 

During 2008, a total of 305,991,942 gallons of water were produced and pumped to the distribution 
system from the Lily Pond Treatment Plant and the Ellms Meadow Wellfield. The minimum demand for the 
year was 483,850 gallons on February 27, 2008, and the maximum demand was 1,963,980 gallons pumped on 
July 16, 2008. An additional 35,016,056 gallons was pumped to Hingham and sold to Linden Ponds. 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. The Water Department is entirely self-supporting (as an Enterprise Fund) 
from user fees and other fees and charges (which does not impact non-customers living in North Cohasset who 
are served by the Aquarion Water Company in Hingham). We do not receive any property tax revenue from 
the Town of Cohasset. In 2008, we received over $240,000 from the sale of 35,016,056 gallons of water to the 
Linden Ponds development in Hingham, which commenced on November 17, 2005 when the Route 3A pump 
station went online. 

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS. In the 14 years since the water emergency in 1994, caused 
because of deferred maintenance in the distribution system, we have replaced or rehabilitated about 20.5 
miles or about 57% of the 36 miles of water mains in the distribution, which has improved water service 
throughout Cohasset and has resulted in major measurable improvements in public safety by increasing fire 
flows in fire hydrants. 

In 2008, continuing our long range water distribution system capital improvements plan first prepared 
by Tutela Engineering in 1996, we installed a total of 10,400 feet (1.97 miles) of water mains, many in a the 
Little Harbor Project conducted joint with the Sewer Department: 

• Nichols Road, Smalzel Way, Carvel Cove and Orchard Cove- 4,040 feet to replace undersized water mains 
and new services 

• Highland Avenue and North Main Street- 3,310 feet to replace undersized 120 year old water mains and 
new services to improve water quality and supply 

• Jerusalem Road- 1,100 feet of new water main from Atlantic Avenue to Jerusalem Road Drive to replace 
100+year old pipe and to allow for the planned drainage improvements, also provide new water services 

• Keene Way - 890 feet (off of Beach St) to replace undersized water mains and new services. 



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Little Harbor Road - 820 feet to replace undersized water mains and new services. 

Rust Way - 270 feet to replace undersized water mains and new service in coordination with new sewer 

line. 

Steeps Rocks Way and Jerusalem Road - upgraded water mains and valve configuration at the 

intersection to improve separation with sewer and other utilities 

Golf Course Road - 1,400 feet of new water main as part of a master planning effort to eliminate the dead 

and create a Cedar Street water main loop. 

Stanton Road- 750 feet of new main to replace the old main that was prone to breaks (3 breaks/leaks in 

the previous year) 

Construction oversight on various private developments such as Manor Way, Old Colony Development on 

Route 3A, and the Scituate Hill Industrial site project. 

LITTLE HARBOR PROJECT. The Little Harbor Project is one of the largest public works projects ever 
conducted by the Town of Cohasset. The expansion of the sewer collection system was required by a 
regulatory administration consent order and took several years of planning and design. The Water 
Department, during this period, adjusted the scheduling of planned improvements to replace water mains in 
streets in the Little Harbor area. This scheduling was done to limit the planned water and sewer line 
construction in the streets to only one disruption to the residents. The Water and Sewer Commission met 
prior to the selection of a contractor to assess the advantages and disadvantages of conducting the work as 
two separate projects or as one joint project between the two Commissions. A joint project was determined 
to be the best approach for the Town. 

The contractors' bids were received at the end of June 2007, and construction began in September 
2007 with a completion date of August 2009. The Water Department is furnishing the material for the project 
and the contractor (L.M. Holdings, LLC) is installing the water mains, gate valves, hydrants and service 
connections (from the main to the property line). While all streets in the Little Harbor area will have a new 
low pressure sewer installed, only select streets are having water main improvements. Based on master 
planning, as well as operation conditions, water main improvements were made on Deep Run, Keene Way, 
Little Harbor Road, Nichols Road, Orchard Cove, Smalzel Way, Caravel Cove, North Main Street (Green St. to 
Depot Court), Highland Avenue (North Main to Robert Jason), White Head Road, Jerusalem Road (Atlantic to 
Jerusalem Road Drive). This represents approximately 14,700 linear feet of new main, and 150 new service 
connections. In addition to these planned water improvements, several services and pipes were repaired 
during the construction of the sewer mains. 

Conducting such a large scale project has included input from several Town Departments. The Police 
and Fire departments have been involved in traffic related issues. The Special Assistants to the Town Manager 
have been involved in coordinating and mitigating the construction related impacts on various activities 
associated with the Little Harbor area and the Town Common such as the weekly Farmers Market, Senior 
Center events, nursery school activities and various charity events/road races. The Special Assistants have also 
supported the Department of Public Works involvement in the project. The Department of Public Works is 
involved in matters related to paving and drainage. Having all the various departments involved in the project 
has allowed decisions to be made that are best for the Town. Such decisions have included traffic 
management, repairs to the existing drainage system as encountered during construction, and repairs to the 
Jerusalem Road retaining wall after the sewer main was constructed. Decisions were also made based on 
input from residents. Input from residents was received at the staging, by telephone and at "neighborhood 
meetings." The neighborhood meetings were held before construction began in certain areas to explain the 
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By the end of 2008, the majority of the water improvements have been completed and approximately 
30-40% of the streets remain to be sewered. The majority of the Water Department's work expected to be 
conducted in 2009 is related to restoration of roadway shoulders and pavement. The Water and Sewer 
Departments utilized pavement pricing and services available to the Department of Public Works through the 
South Shore Consortium (provided by the Metro Area Planning Council) to control the paving work and costs. 
Note: The contractor is still responsible for patching the trench while the Town is responsible for preparing 
and overlaying the street with either the binder (bottom) or finish (top) course of pavement. 

WATER MAIN BREAKS. In 2008 the Water Department responded to and repaired over 60 water main 
breaks. Many were the result of work being conducted to install sewer in the Little Harbor are, while others 
included leaks in service lines, broken services, and breaks for other reasons. 

LEAD TESTING. In June the required tests of water sampled at the tap resulted in 5 sites out of 40 over 
the "Action Level" of 15 parts per billion which, because more than 90% of sampled sites exceeded that level, 
required the Water Department to issue public notices to customers and residents. The required public 
education materials were mailed to residents on October 15, 2008. In November we conducted another round 
of testing which resulted in only 4 sites out of 40 exceeding the Action Level, so no further public education 
efforts were required. In 2008 the Water Department offered free lead tests to customers; 46 residents 
requested testing and out of those 46 only 4 exceeded the action level. 

LILY POND WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS. In 2008, the Water Commission: repaired 
the concrete base structure in the Sludge Lagoons, installed an underdrain system in Lagoons, installed a filter 
air scour system, installed new Rapid Mix Tank motors and propellers, and replaced the Raw Water flow meter 
with new Magnetic Meter. 

WATER STORAGE TANKS. The Bear Hill tank was drained, about 2" of sludge was removed. The tank 
inspector was called in and the tank was inspected and then refilled. Both of the tanks have RFP's for the 
installation of antennas for cell phones. Scituate Hill tank is in the process of being evaluated for a different 
access to it due to Avalon project. Scituate Hill is due to be cleaned and inspected spring of 2009. Both of the 
tank mixers appear to be doing a very good job. 

GATE EXERCISING. In 2008, the department performed its Gate Exercising program. Every gate in the 
distribution system, with the exception of streets that were under construction from the Little Harbor 
Water/Sewer project, were located in the GPS (Geographic Positioning System), cleaned out, and exercised. 
An inventory list of all gates was developed from this program. This process was performed systematically, 
street by street. The total number of gates exercised was 523. There are a 8 gates that need to be repaired, 
which will be scheduled to be completed in the next few years. 

WATER METER & AUTOMATIC METER READING SYSTEM. In 2008 we evaluated various options to 
replace the individual water meters installed at each of our customers throughout our service area. We last 
replaced meters on a town wide basis in 1995. Industry standards suggest meters be replaced about every 7 - 
15 years to assist in equitably distributing the cost of providing water to all customers. In 2008 we solicited 
bids to supply (1) residential water meters and (2) a fixed network automatic meter reading system. We are 
presently evaluating this issue. 

FIRE HYDRANTS & VALVES. In 2007 we replaced 27 fire hydrants and installed 10 new hydrants. We 
have also replaced 20 gate valves and installed 4 new gate valves as part of the Little Harbor water-sewer 
project. All fire hydrants and gate valves have been identified and listed in a database that is used to track 
their condition and maintenance. 

WELLFIELDS. The Sohier Street Wells have been abandoned because of the proximity to the 
Greenbush right of way. With mitigation funding from the MBTA, we have conducted exploratory well work by 
drilling a 4-inch exploratory bedrock to depth of 400 vertical feet well to investigate the water quantity and 
quality at potential new sources located near Mill Lane. Unfortunately the investigation has only encountered 
a 30-35 gpm supply source. Due to the limited quantity of water this location was abandoned as a source of 
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The Ellms Meadow Wells produced 4,748,140 gallons before they went off-line on August 12th. They 
were taken off-line because testing showed 9 colonies of total coliform in the raw water, but zero colonies in 
the finished water. Further testing weeks later confirmed the presence of coliform in raw water but at a much 
smaller level. There was zero algae or e-coli. We kept it off line for the rest of the year to do more testing and 
confirm that that there was no threat to the water quality. 

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS). During 2008 the Water Department continued their 
ongoing program of developing their Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities and mapping. In the 
first phases of this effort all of the available mapping for the Town was compiled into a comprehensive, Town- 
wide map. Over the last year the Water Department acquired Geographic Positioning System (GPS) equipment 
and collected location data on various features of our water infrastructure including pipes, valves and 
hydrants. Using this data, a new atlas of the water system was prepared by Environmental Partners Group 
that is current and accurate. This atlas is available to the staff as a hard-copy map and can also be accessed 
electronically through the web via the internet. 

Because the Water Department staff continues to actively use this GPS equipment, the water atlas will 
be able to be easily updated as modifications or expansions to the system are made. In addition, this GIS 
information and GPS equipment can be used by the Water Department staff to field locate a valve, hydrant or 
other piece of the water system that needs repair or maintenance. 

The Water Department has also integrated their GIS mapping with information on each service 
account using a new program called WaterTracker. This program allows the Department to catalogue and 
readily access information for each property such as their water service (tie card) information, water meter 
information and billing histories. 

WATERSHED PROTECTION. The Water Commission employs Norfolk Ram Group to conduct 
watershed protection work for the Water Department. In 2008 this work included: 

• Review of Watershed Threats. This work has included ongoing review of activities at the former Norfolk 
Conveyor, which is a state 21E hazardous waste site, and near the site of the Avalon development. The 
adequacy, completeness and progress of the site assessment and proposed waste site clean-up at Norfolk 
Conveyor continues to be reviewed, and our consultants have provided additional comments to DEP and 
the property owner concerning the 21E submittals of record (site assessments and remediation plans). In 
addition, because this site is proposed for residential redevelopment with an on-site wastewater 
treatment plant, our consultants have been reviewing the project application for a Groundwater Discharge 
Permit (a GWDP), which is required from DEP prior to discharge of treated wastewater). The Water 
Commission had appealed the GWDP which was issued by the DEP July 20, 2007, but in 2008 withdrew the 
appeal as part of a settlement with Avalon which allows the development to go forward. 

• Surface Water Supply Protection Plan (SWSPP) update - as part of on-going watershed management, 
which is based on the SWSPP, Norfolk Ram Group continued to consult with the Water Commission on the 
status of progress in implementing the SWSPP, and assisted with planning of future issues. Stormwater 
treatment (Rain Garden Projects) and Land Acquisition (via grant applications), have been the two most 
important proactive elements of the SWSPP that are currently underway. 

• Stream Gauging -Monitoring continued for the four stream gauge locations that track hydrologic 
conditions and tributary flow contributions within the watershed. Norfolk Ram Group has coordinated 
with American Water to visit all of the monitoring gauges on a monthly basis to download stream depth 
and temperature data that is collected hourly by the automated field devices. Norfolk Ram Group has 
been compiling and interpreting this watershed data, and data is shared and stored on American Water 
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LAND ACQUISITION and Open Space Designation. In 2008 the Commission continued with land 
acquisitions, culminating in Town Meeting action to designate 313 acres of land under a conservation 
restriction. The acquired land that has been funded through numerous grant applications under the Drinking 
Water Supply Protection Grant / Land Purchase Grant Program that has provided 50% EOEEA grant funds for 
land purchases application require a conservation restriction as a condition of the grant. 

NOVEMBER 13 SPECIAL TOWN MEETING. At the Special Town Meeting, the Town adopted two articles 
proposed by the Water Commissioners: 

Article 5. RELEASE OF EASEMENTS. Passage of this Article allows the Water Department to abandon 
two easements for Water Department access on Nichols Road and Pleasant Street which are no longer 
needed. The easement on Nichols Road is no longer needed because the water main has already been 
relocated from private property to a roadway during the Little Harbor area water and sewer improvements 
program. The easement located off 100 Pleasant Street now is used for both a water main from the Bear Hill 
tank to Pleasant Street and for vehicular access from Pleasant Street to the tank. That easement is being 
moved because of the development for two house lots adjacent to the easement which would result in putting 
the easement very close to two front yards. The water main connecting the Bear Hill Tank to Pleasant Street 
will be relocated, at the developers expense, to connect the Tank to Bancroft Road, which will improve the 
water flow in the Hillside Area. The vehicular access will be moved to an already existing Water Department 
easement from the tank which connects the tank to Reservoir Road above the top of Pleasant Street. 

Article 6 .CONSERVATION RESTRICTIONS FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION. Passage of this Article 
starts the process to place a Conservation Restriction on 313 acres of land, in the "Brass Kettle Brook 
Conservation Area," which is land owned by the Water Commission and the Town located in the Lily Pond 
Watershed. This land acquisition program, and this final step of placing the Conservation Restriction, is a 
significant accomplishment of the Water Commission and the Town in their ongoing program for protection of 
the Town's public drinking water supply. Studies show that acquisition of watershed land, especially in large 
contiguous parcels such as been done here, is a proven means to protect drinking water quality from 
contamination and to reduce treatment plant costs. 

Passage of the Article authorized the Board of Selectmen and Board of Water Commissioners to 
petition the Legislature to pass a Special Act authorizing them to impose a Conservation Restriction on this 
land restricting its use to conservation, open space, and water protection purposes. Once the Special Act has 
been passed by the Legislature, the Board of Selectmen and Board of Water Commissioners will be able to 
grant the Conservation Restriction to the Trustees of Reservations. 

Of the total 313 acres, 191 acres have been acquired over the last five years by the Board of Water 
Commissioners for a total of about $3,000,000 with funds from the Water Department, the Cohasset 
Community Preservation Fund , the Cohasset Conservation Trust, the Massachusetts Executive Office of 
Environmental Affairs Land Acquisition Grants, the Cohasset Conservation Commission, Trustees of 
Reservations, and private donations. The state grants require the placement of a Conservation Restriction as a 
condition of receiving the grants. The other 122 acres is land already owned by the Town or the Water 
Department in the area. 

PISCES AWARD FOR THE RAIN GARDEN PROJECT. The Town of Cohasset has been awarded the 
prestigious PISCES award by the Environmental Protection Agency for the raingarden project, because of the 
innovative funding method that was used for the project. 

In calendar year 2008 a total of 4 additional rain gardens were constructed. In addition to the 
completed work, also during this year, 7 other rain gardens were completed with plantings along Route 3A. 
There are 2 rain gardens being planned for construction in 2009. These proposed gardens along with those 
already competed, result in a total of 35 rain gardens along with 2 bioretention swales and the Rte 3A 
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The Board of Water Commissioners continues to implement a program of improving water quality in 
the Town. A key piece of this initiative is to treat the pollution at its source. In order to accomplish this goal, 
rain gardens are being installed within the Town's right-of-ways, drainage easements and on Town property. 
Rain gardens are depressed planting beds, constructed with special soil mix and plantings, which collect "first 
flush" stormwater flowing along the edge of roads and allow it to infiltrate into the soil, where natural 
biological and chemical processes reduce the level of pollutants and nutrients in the run-off. Stormwater 
which has passed through the rain gardens is returned to the existing drainage ways. Norfolk Ram Group, on 
behalf of the Water Commission, worked closely with the Cohasset Garden Club to determine appropriate 
plantings. 

This stormwater improvement project was extended one year and is entering its final year (completion 
and close-out due in June 2009), utilizing funds from our Section 319 Grant ($255,000) and the 2% low interest 
loans ($497,500) from the Clean Water SRF (CWSRF) program. Over the first half of calendar year 2009 we will 
continue to implement both structural and non-structural solutions for eliminating and/or reducing nonpoint 
source pollution in the watershed for Lily Pond and the Aaron River Watershed. The s.319 grant was awarded 
in 2003; we submitted the formal loan application for the CWSRF loans on October 15, 2004. 

Thirty-two (32) rain gardens have been constructed to date in areas that are tributary to Peppermint 
Brook and Lily Pond, such as areas around the Clay Spring Road development, Pond Street, Route 3A, and King 
Street; and areas tributary to Aaron River Reservoir. There is also a demonstration rain garden at the Lily Pond 
Water Treatment Plant and a bio-swale constructed along the Plant's driveway, which were the first 
constructed in Town. 

In the summer of 2008 we completed construction under the final two contracts for the construction 
of 4 additional rain gardens; and 7 other rain gardens were completed with plantings along Route 3A. Only 
two (2) remain to be constructed in the Spring of 2009. When fully completed, a total of thirty six (36) 
stormwater capture locations will be addressed. This Project utilizes structural best management practice 
(BMP) solutions and incorporates low impact development (LID) strategies wherever possible to contain and 
minimize off-site flows and pollutant loading in these areas. Structural BMPs being implemented include 
hooded catch basins, bioretention facilities (a.k.a. rain gardens), roadside swales with biofilters and spill 
containment oil/water separator facilities. 

NHESP Surface Water Monitoring Program- In May, July and October 2008, biological surface water 
sampling was conducted as part of the Lily Pond Attenuated Bluet Monitoring Plan required by the Natural 
Heritage and Endangered Species Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Fisheries & 
Wildlife. This trophic state monitoring program included sample collection at three locations within Lily Pond 
to enable NHESP to assess potential impacts from the installation of the in-Pond aeration system. 

RAIN GARDENS AT ELLMS MEADOW. In calendar year 2008 the Water Department cooperated with 
the Town on an additional stormwater improvement project that benefits the Ellms Meadow Wellfield. The 
Town completed installation of one (1) rain garden and two (2) constructed wetlands at the intersection of 
Norfolk and Cushing Roads. The one rain garden will intercept and treat stormwater at a final catch basin in 
Norfolk Road near the intersection with Cushing Road; and the two constructed wetlands, located on the north 
side of Cushing Road at this intersection, will intercept "first flush" stormwater from two (one 10-inch and one 
12-inch diameter) drainage outfall pipes that exist in that area and that discharge toward the Zone 1 for the 
wellfield. These new stormwater BMPs were part of a larger project that was designed by Norfolk Ram and 
funded in part by a state CZM grant plus Cohasset matching funds which included Cohasset Preservation 
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LILY POND AERATION SYSTEM. The in-pond aeration system consists of a pilot-program of five 
aeration disks that have been installed in the deeper sections of Lily Pond. These low-disturbance aeration 
disks will help to increase the dissolved oxygen levels in the deeper sections of Lily Pond, helping to prevent 
manganese from being solubilized and entering the treatment plant. The heavy vegetation in Lily Pond may 
limit the aeration system's ability to disperse dissolved oxygen. The pilot program for the operation of the in- 
pond aeration system went into operation at the end of December 2007 and ran until December 2008. 

In December the Water Commission voted to allow skating on Lily Pond and turn the aeration system 
off for the Winter. The aeration system has not shown conclusive results one way or the other as to its 
effectiveness. There are too many seasonal variable to know if the changes in raw water quality are due to the 
aeration system or normal seasonal fluctuation. 

To be clear, with these matters (such as the specific impact of the aeration system) there is no 
empirical measurement since that would require eliminating everything else in effect and just measuring the 
impact of aeration within a controlled environment. It does appear there has been a positive effect on 
manganese removal due to the aeration system, and indeed there are many other benefits to the pond in 
water quality and its overall ecosystem. 

The greatest impact on manganese removal comes from optimized plant operations. The team at the 
plant has done an extraordinary job at manganese removal, which is measurable in testing and visible in the 
distribution system. This is a function of both the treatment process and externalities such as aeration. Last 
year, in its first year of operation, we needed to run the aeration system continuously for a period of time 
which overlapped with Winter. It would not have been possible to measure any result had we not run it 
continuously, nor would the necessary cumulative affect been possible if we had started then stopped. 

Now that we are beyond the initial start-up phase and the aeration system has been in operation for 
over a year, we are able to shut it down for a limited period of time. The Water Commission voted 
unanimously to shut it down for the winter in the hopes of allowing skating on the pond this year. We take to 
heart 
to desire to have recreational access to the pond and do everything we can to help accommodate this. 

MANGANESE REMOVAL. The Water Commissions on-going plant process optimization has resulted in 
major improvements in the removal of manganese from raw water, which reduces the incidences of discolored 
water experienced by customers. These improvements included: switching from Potassium Permanganate to 
Sodium Permanganate, dosing Sodium Permanganate based on the residual in the flocculation basins, 
increased air flow from the aeration system compressor, and a variety of dosing changes for pH and 
Permanganate based on changes in raw water conditions - to more finely tune the chemical additions to 
reduce manganese and improve water quality. 

NEWWA CONFERENCES. At the September 26 Fall Conference of the New England Water Works 
Association (NEWWA), Commissioner McNabb presented a paper, "Analysis of the Massachusetts Drinking 
Water Infrastructure." In the paper, McNabb described the $8.5 billion shortfall in funding needed over the 
next 20 years to adequately maintain and upgrade the Massachusetts drinking water infrastructure. The 
presentation was based on a report that Commissioner McNabb prepared for Clean Water Action, was 
released in January, 2008, received extensive press coverage, and helped promote a bill at the State House to 
create a Massachusetts Special Commission on Water Infrastructure Funding. 

Commissioner McNabb has also been selected to present a paper at the American Water Works 
(AWWA) April 8-10, 2009 national Water Security Congress in Washington, DC on a potential security 
vulnerability in the national drinking water infrastructure, and to present a paper on the Cohasset Water 
Departments successful watershed protection program at the NEWWA Annual Meeting April 1-2, 2009 in 
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SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT & PROTECTION (SWAP) REPORT. On January 16, 2004 the 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the final SWAP Report for the Cohasset 
Water Department. The SWAP report identifies the sources of Cohasset public drinking water supply, the 
protection areas around those supplies, inventories the potential sources of contamination, and makes a 
number of recommendations to improve protection of our water supplies. The Cohasset Water Commission, in 
its ongoing watershed protection program, following the 2002 Surface Water Supply Protection Plan, is 
planning on implementing the recommendations of the SWAP along with the many other water supply 
protection measures already underway. A copy of the SWAP Report is available at the Lily Pond Water 
Treatment Plant and on the Water Department web site, www.cohassetwater.org. 

ENERGY SAVINGS. The Water Department has taken the following steps in 2008 and in the previous 
two years to increase energy efficiency and reduce electrical use: 

• Installed new doors with R-value of 40 on garage. Old doors had no insulation 6-06 

• Ten motors replaced to new high efficiency plus VFD rated motors. Savings 12 to 15%. 

• Edison ISKV transformer replaced. New one has no PCB's and is 10% more efficient. 

• Replaced 480/120-208 volt dry transformer to a high efficiency one. 35% savings. 

• Replaced old boiler. The new boilers are 33% more efficient than old boiler. 

• Replaced eight fan coil unit heaters. Old ones were plugged. New ones estimated 50% more efficient. 

• All plant lighting was replaced with new ballast and bulbs. 8% more efficient. 

• Replaced meter readers truck with new small efficient 5 cylinder vehicle. The motor is 50% more 
efficient. 

• Implemented a new method of cleaning sludge lagoons. 50% more efficient. 

• Replaced of de-humidifier. 60% more efficient. 

• Currently looking into MASS HEFA contract for non-profits, savings on electric, gas contracts. 

COOPERATION WITH OTHER TOWN DEPARTMENTS: The Cohasset Water Department cooperated 
with many other Town of Cohasset departments during 2007 including: 

The water department provided significant improvements to Town roadways, working cooperatively with 

the DPW and Sewer Commission as part of the Little Harbor Project. 

Provided a water supply for the veterans memorial and other parks at Lyons Memorial Park (North Main 

St and Joy Place) and various location along the Town Common. 

Assistance was provided to the DPW for a sidewalk/drainage improvement project on Forest Ave. 

Assisted DPW in locating buried pipes and manholes of a 90+ year old drainage system located on 

Jerusalem Road. 

The Water Department does billing for the Sewer Department. 

Quarterly Collaboration with Sewer Department for Billing 

Worked with DPW on multiple paving jobs, including South Main Street, Beechwood Street, Church 

Street, and Doane Street 

Assisted DPW in obtaining video camera equipment to inspect and document drainage pipe conditions 

Coordinated construction activities with various parties regarding road races, walks and other charity 

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CONCLUSION: The strength and successes of today's Water Department have been possible because 
of the vision and extraordinary efforts of the Water Commission and staff in the 1970's, to conceptualize, 
design, permit, and build the Aaron River Reservoir and the Lily Pond Treatment Plant which turned Cohasset 
from a v*/ater-poor town to a water-rich town. 

During 2008, the Cohasset Water Commission has implemented many major infrastructure 
investments, operational initiatives, land acquisition and landscaping projects which significantly enhance our 
ability to protect our water supply, treat, pump and deliver excellent drinking water and reliable water service 
for domestic and firefighting use for our customers - our ratepayers in Cohasset. We have accomplished these 
important achievements within our current rate structure, since our financial position remains excellent. 

The Board of Water Commissioners and the Water Department would like to thank all the Town 
officials, boards, citizens, and committees who have supported and assisted us throughout 2008. We will 
continue to improve the water system in the coming years for the benefit of all customers and the Town of 
Cohasset. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 

Glenn A. Pratt, Chairman 
Nathaniel Palmer, Vice-Chairman 
JohnK.McNabb, Jr., Clerk 



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2008 SEWER COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 

2008 was a busy year for the Sewer Commission. The expansion of the town sewers to the Little 
Harbor/ Atlantic Avenue area and expansion of the treatment plant by 50% to accommodate the additional 
flow from the new services. Work on these two construction projects was active throughout the year in 
combination with drainage and water system improvements. The treatment plant modifications were 90% 
complete by years end and the sewer collection system about 65% complete. The Deep Run/Rust Way portion 
of the North Cohasset Sewer District expansion was about 95% complete. 

It is anticipated that the North Cohasset expansion will consume the remaining capacity allowed in the Town's 
Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with the Town of Hull. The remaining work in North Cohasset is the 
construction of a flow metering manhole to better measure flows. It is anticipated that this expansion area will 
be given authorization to activate their services in early 2009. Information packages will be mailed to home 
owners describing connection procedures. 

The portion of the collection system expansion which will flow to the Central Treatment Plant has progressed 
on or ahead of schedule and a concerted effort has been made to work around special Town events and to not 
significantly compromise traffic in the area. It is anticipated that connections to this system will be authorized 
during the summer of 2009 after a few additional months of operation with the new Wastewater Treatment 
Plant membranes. 

The Sewer Commission has been preparing a Grinder Pump Solicitation which will maximize warranty, quality 
and performance, while reducing initial and long term costs for residents using the new low pressure sewer 
system. To further simplify the sewer connection process, the Commission has recently proposed the use of a 
Project-Wide Conservation Commission filing for sewer connections. This process will integrate the local 
regulatory responsibilities of the Sewer Commission, the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission to 
facilitate and expedite the connection process. It will also reduce user costs and insure local regulation 
compliance. Specifics regarding the integrated process should be finalized in early 2009. 

The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) upgrades and expansion continued throughout the year while still 
ensuring suitable operation of the existing processes to allow full compliance with all permits. Among other 
upgrades, new membranes were installed to allow the expansion of the plant's capacity from 300,000 to 
450,000 gallons per day. The new membranes have been performing quite well and operational processes and 
procedures are being thoroughly tested prior to the connection of the new districts. The system will be 
operational for at least six months prior to connection authorization. 

In past years peak flows (caused by severe rain fall and groundwater leakage into the old collection system 
piping) at the treatment plant had occasionally resulted in tank overflows. One of the steps taken to prevent or 
mitigate overflows is an extreme flow handling system. This system was installed at the facility and is in place 
to help prevent these occurrences in the future. Since the new membranes have been in place, at least two 
severe storm events, which resulted in very high flows, have been accommodated without any threat of 
overflow. The extreme flow handling system has not been called into play, but is available should it ever be 
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An objection was raised about the location of the Little Harbor/Atlantic Avenue Sewer expansion project 
staging area on Jerusalenn Road. This objection resulted in an appeal to the ZBA of a decision by the Town's 
Building Inspector which allowed the location of the staging area. The appeal was denied by the ZBA. The 
project staging area was screened and site trailers were painted to nnake the temporary structure less 
obtrusive. The central location of the staging area has provided significant benefit to the project and to 
expediting construction work. 

Inflow and infiltration (I/I) flow monitoring work in prior years was expanded upon during 2008. Evidence of 
peak flows to the treatment plant during 2007 flood events in Jacob's Meadow provided direct evidence of 
freshwater influences to the proximate sewer system. Since prior mainline sewer restoration work has 
enhanced pipe integrity, service rehabilitation was targeted as the next step to help reduce I/I influences. The 
Commission has worked with Town Counsel to formulate a temporary license procedure to allow the Town to 
upgrade such services which are on private property. The Commission anticipates working with a few select 
sites in this area to act as service upgrade demonstration projects. These demonstration sites are anticipated 
to be implemented in early 2009 with wide-spread upgrade procedures being applied there-after. Other flood 
prone areas will be addressed after the Jacob's Meadow area is complete. 

At the direction of the Sewer Commission, an analysis of historical flows and loadings by the consulting 
engineer, Coughlin Environmental Services, concluded in December that capacity existed for an additional 56 
EDU's (Equivalent Dwelling Units) to be connected to the Central Sewer District. The Commission had been 
maintaining a "waiting list" for additional connections and will be contacting listed entities in early 2009 for 
allocation of these additional EDU's. Many of these additional EDU's are anticipated to help enhance re- 
development and new development activities within the Town Center. 



John Beck, Chairman 

Sean Cunning, Vice Chairman 

Wayne Sawchuk, Clerk 



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2008 REPORT OF THE COHASSET HISTORICAL COMMISSION 



The Cohasset Historical Commission submits with pleasure the annual report of projects worked on during 
2008 for the Town of Cohasset. 

According to the by-laws of the Commonwealth, "Local Historical Commissions are an important part of 
municipal government in Massachusetts. They are responsible for community-wide historic preservation 
planning. Historical Commissions advise elected officials and other boards on historic preservation issues, 
including zoning changes, the re-use of municipally owned historic buildings, and master planning or 
preservations of historic landscapes." (Taken from Massachusetts Historical Commission summary sheet) 

Inventory Forms - Over 2000 historical properties in Cohasset have been inventoried and forms placed on file 
with the Massachusetts Historical Commission. All inventory listings can be accessed on-line by going to the 
Massachusetts Historical Commission website and going to "Search the MACRIS Database." Copies of the 
inventory forms are also available at the Paul Pratt Library and at the Historical Society's Pratt Building. This 
past year, MHC developed the policy that the photos for the inventory can be digitally transmitted to the 
State. This has helped to cut our expenses. Also, as a result of this change, we have been able to help the 
Assessor's office update their computerized property file. 

National Register of Historic Places - The following properties and districts in Cohasset are listed on the 
National Register of Historic Places. 

Caleb Lothrop House, Summer Street (1976) 

Government Island Historic District, Lighthouse Lane (1994) 

Cohasset Common Historic District (1978, 1996) 

Josephine M Hagerty House, Atlantic Avenue (1997) 

Central Cemetery, Joy Place (2003) 

Bates Ship Chandlery/Maritime Museum, Elm Street (2003) 

Captain John Wilson House, Elm Street (2003) 

Pratt Building, South Main Street (2006) 

Many other properties in town are eligible to be listed on the National Register. There was an inquiry about 
the historical significance of Woodside Cemetery. Upon further research, it was determined not to be eligible. 

"State or federally involved" projects - We received communication concerning a marine archaeological survey 
for the Hull Offshore Wind Power Project in Hull. We also received communication on the documentation to 
be submitted to MHC to be used to determine the possible historical impact of the installation of the wind 
turbines at Crocker Lane. 



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2008 Report of the Cohasset Historical Commission Continued 

Local Involvement - 

1. Government Island National Register site. The Historical Commission has a vested interest in this 
site and wants to keep this property historically correct. Thanks to the DPW, the area is cleared of v^/eeds and 
mov^/ed. We are v^/orking on the final phase at the Minot's Ledge Light Replica, v^/hich includes signage. In 
January, the New England Lighthouse Lovers (NELL) visited the site. People from all over New England 
were able to tour the Replica and visit the Light Keeper's House. We all learned more about the workings of 
the lighthouse from Doug Bingham of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Next year (2010) celebrates the 
150^^ anniversary of the lighting of Minot's Ledge Lighthouse. 

2. A member of the Historical Commission has been serving on the Town Hall Restoration Committee. 
David Farrag, chairman of the Town Hall Committee, presented the various plans for the Town Hall at our 
September meeting. We voted to send a letter of support to the MHC concerning funding through the 
Massachusetts Historic Tax Credit Project. 

3. We were advised of the plans for the 40B housing project at 25 Ripley Road. This property is on the 
State inventory listing. 

4. In conjunction with the Cohasset Historical Society, we reviewed Cohasset's 
connection to Abraham Lincoln with a representative from the Boston Globe in preparation for Lincoln's 200^'^ 
birthday celebration in 2009. 

5. During the Cohasset Art Festival, we sold "1-4-3" Minot Light T-shirts, sweatshirts, license plates and 
tote bags. We have inventory in both youth and adult sizes. The proceeds from these sales are used towards 
work on the Replica. 

As the town goes forward, Cohasset Historical Commission feels strongly that we need to be involved with the 
long-range planning of our very historic and picturesque town. In order to look and plan for the future it is 
necessary to study the past. 

We thank the various town departments and committees that have helped and supported our goals. The 
Commission meets each month except during July and August. Meeting schedules are posted on at Town 
Clerk's office at Town Hall. 



Respectfully Submitted, 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur, Chairman 

David Wadsworth, Secretary 

Marilyn Morrison 

Nathaniel Palmer 

Hamilton Tewksbury 



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2008 REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN HISTORY 



This December just in time for Christmas sales, Cohasset's sixth history book was published, Exploring Historic 
Cohasset by Jacqueline Dormitzer. It is an eighty-page guidebook, printed four-color process throughout on 
coated paper with a mechanical wire-o binding which allows the book to lie flat for easy reference. It features 
ten walking and driving tours around Cohasset with brief descriptions about the historical sites on the tours. 
There is a brief Cohasset history at the end of the book. Kimberlee Alemian designed the guide. The price is an 
affordable $15. 

All funding was provided by our book account. Sales outlets are primarily Buttonwood Books and the 
Cohasset Historical Society with books available from the Town Clerk's Office. 

The Cohasset Mariner, as in the past, helped in promoting this new publication by running several articles 
about the new publication including a retrospective of the Town's history publications produced by the 
Committee on Town History. All the history books produced by the committee with the Town of Cohasset as 
publisher are the three companion narratives by E. Victor Bigelow, Bert Pratt and Jackie Dormitzer and the two 
anthologies edited by Jackie Dormitzer. All these books are registered with the Library of Congress and have 
been assigned ISBN numbers so that they can be identified on the web. The books have been designed so that 
they make a compatible set on a bookshelf. 

The Committee on Town History will continue to remain active helping with the marketing of our books at 
the Village Fair and Art Show. There has been some discussion about publishing a history of the Native 
Americans in Cohasset. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jim Hamilton, Chairman 



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2008 ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

The use of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library continued to grow and change with the times in FY2008. Checkouts 
of books, DVDs, new audio book formats and other materials increased by 7% from FY2007. We have 
expanded our resources to include more access to electronic sources, many of which are available from our 
web site. Our public computer terminals are more popular than ever, and the hits on our website 
(cohassetlibrary.org) reached 1.57 million, up 43% in the past year. The website is constantly being enriched, 
and a committee of staff and trustees succeeded in making it even more user-friendly than before. 

The Children's Program, under the leadership of Children's Librarian Sharon Moody, continues to attract large 
numbers of children and their parents; attendance at the 135 story hours, summer programs and reading 
groups was up 18% from last year. For adults, we sponsored 69 events, administered by Reference Librarian 
Gayle Walsh, including films, author talks and book discussion groups. The Friends of the Cohasset Library 
funded and assisted in staffing most of these efforts. Our second town wide reading program, "Cohasset 
Reads Together," also was sponsored and funded by The Friends, and a third program is in the works for 
FY2009. The Friends, collaborating with the staff, expanded the outreach effort, with Melody Maurer joining 
Marjie Murphy to read and deliver books at Sunrise and Golden Living. Carolyn Coffey was elected the new 
chair of the Friends when Gail Flynn chose to step down after many years of service. 

The Cohasset Library Trust, Inc., established in 2006 to manage and help grow the library's endowment, 
received a $100,000 gift from the South Shore Music Circus. To honor this generous donation, the Trust will 
invite an eminent author to lecture for the benefit of the entire Town. This year, endowment income 
contributed $32,748 to the operating budget. 

The library was pleased to receive three more grants this year. The Net Lender grant was one again awarded 
to our library, because we loaned more materials than we borrowed. A second South Shore Music Circus grant 
of $10,000 helped us buy a self-checkout station to let patrons check out materials independently, and a 
$2500 grant from the LSTA is funding a preservation survey of our historic materials. 

We chose to install a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system for all our library materials that will 
automate both check-out and inventory, saving valuable staff time and providing security as our circulation, 
services and number of visitors expand. 

Our Director and our staff continue to provide an environment that promotes reading, learning and 
community activities seven days a week. We thank the town government and our loyal patrons for their 
support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Stacey Weaver, Chair Rodney Hobson Sarah Pease 

Elizabeth Baker Marylou Lawrence Barbara Power 

Sheila Evans Agnes McCann Patience Towie 



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2008 REPORT OF THE RECREATION COMMISSION 

It gives us great pleasure to report to residents, the activities of their Recreation Commission for 2008. 

2008 marked a major transition for the Recreation Department. John (Jack) M. Worley retired after 32 years 
as Cohasset's first Recreation Director. 

To put Into words what Jack has meant to the town for over 32 years would not do him justice. His work 
started In a tiny office In the old wing of Town Hall in 1976 taking over a few programs that were run by 
volunteers to where it stands today as a model of efficiency admired by other communities. 

His work attributes are too numerous to mention although his dedication and his kindness to others are 
unsurpassed. His fight to keep this 'non-essential' service alive in Cohasset through tough fiscal times inspired 
all those who knew him and worked for him. He has left his mark on all the programs he had his hand on from 
the summer program to the youth soccer and basketball programs. 

His insight and input were invaluable over the years on all aspects of recreation in Cohasset. He championed 
the efforts to transform the old highway garage into a teen center for middle school students. 

It is to this extent that not only Cohasset is indebted to his lifelong passion but the entire recreation world 
should applaud him for his efforts. If a man's life can be measured by the number of people he has an 
influence on, then Jack has no equal. 

It is also with distinct pleasure that we are able to report that James (Ted) E. Carroll, Jr. was engaged May 1, 
2008 as Director of Recreation. 

Ted has been associated with the Cohasset, Hingham and Hanover Recreation Departments during the past 26 
years. As a resident of Cohasset, Ted began working for Cohasset Recreation part time, while still in High 
School. Ted's involvement with the Cohasset Recreation has ranged from Sports Coordinator, Summer 
Playground Director, to elected Commissioner. 

Having spent 13 years with Hingham Recreation Department, he most recently was the Recreation 
Administrator for the town of Hanover. As our newly appointed Director, Ted brings with him years of 
experience in other communities, coupled with a firm grasps and understanding of Cohasset's Recreation 
operations. 

Several new initiatives the Department has taken on include a new website www.cohassetrec.com . This 
website and the online registration tool will make us more efficient and streamline registrations. 

During the past few months we have also increased our efforts to transform the Teen Center/Garage into a full 
time Recreation Center. With this endeavor, will be our ability to offer a variety of programs and services at 
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During the year, approximately 4,000 individuals of all ages participated in a variety of structured programs, 
activities and events. While budget restrictions persist, our latitude of use of the Revolving Account Fund for 
100% Self-Supporting Programs are continuing under this financial mechanism causing no impact upon 
taxpayers. In fact, via the Recreation Commission's policy to charge an Administrative Service Fee charge to all 
R.A.F. sponsored programs, taxpayers are reimbursed for the cost of the recreation budget. That is, revenues 
produced via Administrative Service Fee's, coupled with budget sponsored program fees, service fees and 
charges helps reimburse taxpayers for the budget of their Recreation Commission. Only revenue on deposit in 
the General Fund can be considered recapitalization revenue. 

During Fiscal Year 2008, ending June 30, 2008 the Recreation Commission produced for the General Fund 
$98,385.62. Over $5,000.00 v^/as produced for use by the Commission via grants and matching grant funds and 
donations. Concurrently, $31,926.96 was transacted via Revolving Account Funds for 100% Self-Supporting 
programs via fees charged participants for a variety of services. Approximately another $300,000.00 was 
transacted via other and direct self-supporting financial systems during F.Y. 2008, manifesting over 
$435,000.00 of recreational services to residents. These figures do not include the thousands of man-hours 
that are annually donated by hundreds of residents, in support of a variety of program operations. 

Due to the financial difficulties town government faces during Fiscal Year 2008/2009, the Recreation 
Commission continues to stay about 75% self-supporting via revenue dedicated to the General Fund of the 
Town only. Via fee charges and administrative service fees to contractors to the Commission our intent will be 
to recapitulate about 75% of our budget costs back to taxpayers. It is our intent to do this with as little financial 
impact upon users of our services as possible. 

Municipal recreation is for the benefit of all residents and we continue to direct our efforts towards assurance 
of equal access and opportunity to the entire community. To this end, a specific and calculated portion of 
revenue was not collected this year from residents who were temporarily unable to pay full fee charges for 
services. In many instances time was volunteered in lieu of full fee payments, benefiting the department and 
participants of programs. 

We continue our effort to increase the number and types of programs offered. Many of the programs will be 
made available via contracted services thru our Revolving Account Fund for 100% Self -Supporting Services. 
Via this method, the per capita fee collected will be collectively utilized to operate the programs financially, 
while 15% of the gross revenue collected will be deposited back to the General Fund of the Town, hence, back 
to tax payers. 

Programming represents only one aspect of the responsibilities, duties, and functions as prescribed and 
conferred upon the Recreation Commission by both Massachusetts General Laws and By-Laws of the Town. 
Continuing efforts are focused upon upgrading and renovating existing outdoor recreational facilities under 
jurisdiction of the Commission. Often times these undertakings are coordinated via a lending of both public 
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Numerous town departments and officials have continued to support our effort in this area for which we 
remain enormously grateful. Further, we remain indebted to many private and civic groups for their 
magnanimous efforts and resources. Via the efforts of the Cohasset Basketball Boosters Club and Cohasset 
Soccer Club, the community is well served beyond the operations of sports programs only. 

The seven member, elected board of the Recreation Commissioner's, volunteer their services to the Town and 
department meeting regularly in order to discuss a wide-spectrum of topics relative to the leisure needs and 
pursuits of all residents. Further, the Commissioner's establish policy, and provide departmental direction, 
support, and assistance. Each meeting is publicly posted at least one week prior to date and residents are 
cordially invited to attend and participate in any meeting. Essential to our proper function, and absolutely vital 
towards success, is the ability to remain responsive to the dynamic Community needs. We consider your input 
and feedback our most important source of guidance. 

Degree of community interest and support for recreational and leisure-time services can directly be measured 
by two essential factors. First and most logically, interest is measured by the level of participation by residents 
in various services. Secondly and perhaps as important, interest and support is readily recognizable by the 
extraordinary numbers of volunteers who donate their time, effort and expertise in conduct with a number of 
our programs, events and activities. Cohasset is indeed very fortunate to have many extremely talented 
residents willing to lend a hand and share their particular expertise. 

The Recreation Commission wishes to acknowledge gratitude to the many individuals, civic and business 
organizations, school and sport's groups. Town boards, committees and departments who have lent their 
support and assistance in our efforts to best serve the recreational and leisure needs of residents of all ages. 
While too numerous to mention each by name, none are forgotten and all are sincerely appreciated and 
thanked. 

Respectfully yours, 

James H. Richardson, Chairman 
Lillian M. Curley, Vice-Chairperson 
Lisa L. Lojacono, Secretary 
Abigail H. Alves 
Anthony J. Carbone 
Daniel J. Martin 
Roseanne M. McMorris 

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GOVERNMENT ISLAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE - 2008 ANNUAL REPORT 

The Island's 62"'' birthday - 2008. The Town through the Board of Selectmen bought the Island - 7.4 acres - 
from the Government for $29,000.00 or about, $3,900.00 per acre. The area consists of ledge woods, 
shoreline and graded areas to be used by the fisherman, sailing club members, townspeople (YOU) and visitors 
to the Town. 

Our activities throughout the year call for sporadic meetings to discuss/solve a current question. This meeting 
schedule may change. 

The normal maintenance of the Island goes on with good cooperation between Carl Sestito, DPW 
Superintendant, his crew and the GIAC. 

Please, as we have said many times, take some time to visit the area with your family. Enjoy it, absorb it, and 
drink in some history that is right here in your harbor - your backyard. 

Respectively submitted, 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury, Chairman 
Constance M. Ashfar 
Lorren 5. Gibbons, Harbormaster 
Rebecca Bates-McArthur 



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2008 COHASSETTOWN HALL RESTORATION AND RENOVATION COMMITTEE 

The committee had a busy year in 2008. The committee completed and presented the feasibility study that 
was procured by the town with funds from the Community Preservation Committee. The feasibility study 
included a historic, building code, electrical, structural analysis of the old portion of the town hall. The 
committee also sent out a questionnaire to the town hall employees who work in the old section. After 
interviews and investigations, plans were created to update, restore, and renovate the town hall. The current 
hall suffers from extreme distress due to deferred maintenance. Bathrooms are not functional, windows are 
broken, most all systems are past their useful life, the hall has no sprinkler system, and there is little use of the 
auditorium which used to be used for banquets, meetings, and other uses in the past. 

The committee with the assistance of the Architect Carr, Lynch and Sandell created two different plans for 
design to restore and renovate the town hall. Plan A was to keep the hall generally the same but due to the 
current configuration. Due to the tresses on the 2""^ floor the it severely limited functionality of space and does 
not solve handicap access issues. Plan B was to put the town offices on the 1^* floor and Auditorium on the 2"'^ 
floor. This would allow for increased and functional office space, bathrooms the addition of a much needed 
meeting room. The auditorium would be easier to install cable television cameras and a studio. A small 
kitchen would be placed in the basement and an extra room for town hall record storage would be created. 
Copies and plans of the feasibility study are available in the Library, Town Clerk's Office, Selectman's office and 
the Cohasset Historical Society for the public to review. The Town Hall Restoration and Renovation Committee 
voted unanimously for Plan B. The Selectman also voted 4-0 with one abstention for Plan B as well. 

The Committee in the Spring of 2008 applied and received $300,000 in funds from the Community 
Preservation Committee to begin restoration and renovation for the outside of the Hall. This is subject but not 
limited to the windows, gutters, chimney, pilasters and drainage. These were immediate needs that will not 
interfere with any future construction inside the hall. It was learned through the feasibility process that the 
gutters were undersized (they were residential size being used for commercial) and emptied pushing water 
into the foundation and the basement when flooding occurs. Plans for these restorations were created 
especially for the windows in which a full restoration will occur. Due to their historic nature, the windows 
were schematically designed so that the winning bidder would have a specific set of plans for restoration that 
would be performance based (meaning the windows will be able to last for decades). A set of those plans are 
at the Selectman's office and the Cohasset Historical Society (for future generations when updating needs to 
occur). The winning bidder for this project was Campbell Construction which had previously completed 
historic renovation projects on the Martha's Vineyard Edgartown Lighthouse as well as other historic 
properties. 

As a part of this process, history regarding the hall has been uncovered. All the windows have been dated as 
to their installation. All are either the originals from 1857 or from the 1928 renovation. Additionally, different 
architectural features were discovered as well as a digested report from the town hall reports for every which 
is listed in the historical section of the study. 



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In the Special Town Meeting in November, a resolution was presented to allow the Selectman to accept grants, 
tax credits and monies for the furtherance of this project. The resolution was passed unanimously. While only 
a resolution it was important to get approval from the town for the grant process. While the financial world 
has changed due to the world economic crisis in the Fall, there are still funding authorities that the committee 
will continue to apply to in 2009. 

For 2009 the committee will see through the restoration and renovation of the outside which is continuing 
through Spring of 2009 and will file the necessary paperwork with Federal, Commonwealth and Non-Profits for 
grants, tax credits and monies to see the project through. 

David H. Farrag, Chairman 
Werner Diekman 
Donna McGee 
Lisa Pratt 
David Wadsorth 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
2008 COHASSET TOWN REPORT 

On Wednesday, September 4*^ 2008, Charles D. Homer began his first full year as Superintendent-Director, 
welcoming 587 students including 165 for the class of 2012. South Shore continues to offer quality vocational 
technical education to the Towns of Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hanson, Hanover, Whitman, Rockland and 
Abington for the past four decades. 

This year South Shore had 27 seniors qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships for scoring in the top 
25% of their class. As educational demands continue to soar, so do the program offerings to keep in line with 
economic trends. South Shore students continue to excel in meeting state and national vocational and 
academic standards before them. As technology continues to change, so must the technical offerings in order 
to better prepare students to become successful in their communities. 

Extracurricular activities continue to expand each year. Approximately 50% of the student population 
participates in an athletic or extracurricular activity each year. Our Drama Club continues to offer a Dinner 
Theater presentation each spring with sellout seating. As well, out athletic teams continue to compete at state 
level competitions in various sports each season. 

The Commonwealth's School Building Assistance is continuing to work with us in order to replace our roof and 
windows. The estimated cost of this project is projected to be $2.5 million dollars for a building that opened in 
1962. As we become more involved in this construction project, we will be meeting with local officials in or 
eight member communities. 

The South Shore School District is represented by eight appointed School Committee members from each 
town's Selectmen's Office: 



Robert Heywood, Chairman - Hanover 
Gerald Blake, Vice Chairman - Rockland 
John Manning- Scituate 
Daniel Salvucci - Whitman 



Robert Molla - Norwell 
James Rodick - Hanson 
Kenneth Thayer - Cohasset 
Lenwood Thompson - Abington 



Currently 2 students from the Town of Cohasset will graduate this June 5* : 
John Emanuello 
Nicholas Silvia 

South Shore would like to thank our eight member towns for their continued support over the years. Our goal 
will be to continue to train students to be life-long career technical students who in turn will be successful back 
in their own communities. We understand the importance of fiscal responsibility in our district, especially in 
tough economic times and we will work with our member communities and continue to offer the best 
vocational opportunities possible. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kenneth E. Thayer 

Town Representative 

South Shore Regional School District Committee 



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ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

2008 

COHASSET PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

"Where the mission is to continue the commitment to excellence" 



Teaching and learning are what great schools are all about. The focus of the Cohasset Public Schools 
continues to be on the classroom and maximizing student performance. The goal is to maintain the overall 
strength of the school system while recognizing continued local and general economic challenges. 

Despite these difficult fiscal times, our students are doing very well by a wide variety of quantitative 
measures. Indicators of progress this past year include: 

SAT (mean increases) over 1 year 
Verbal scores from 549 to 557 
Math scores from 562 to 581 
Writing scores from 560 to 566 

- District AYP ELA 

From 94.4 (2007) to 94.3 (2008) 

District AYP MATH 

From 89.8 (2007) to 90.5 (2008) 

We are very proud of all of our students and their outstanding academic accomplishments. We 
appreciate a hard working student body, supportive parents, a dedicated faculty and staff and a School 
Committee committed to maintaining high standards. Together we can: 

Challenge all students to Proficiency and Beyond 
Close Achievement Gaps Where They Exist and 
Function as a Professional Learning Community 

In the Fall, many members of the class of 2008 found themselves heading to some of the most 
prestigious colleges and universities in the country. They are a credit to the Cohasset community. 

The school department is most appreciative of the continued fiscal support of the Cohasset 
community. The community support is needed more than ever if we are to reduce class size, remain current in 
the curriculum, and prepare students with 2l" century skills. A special note of thanks to the Cohasset 
Education Foundation, the Parent Student Organization and the various Booster clubs, who supported our 
budget in so many ways this past year. You provided the support and the resources that enabled us to meet or 
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We recognize this year a number of retirees from the Cohasset Public Schools who have moved on to 
the next phase of their lives. Retiring after 35 years of service in education, with 6 years to the children of 
Cohasset, as an English teacher and Spinnaker Advisor is Ms. Christine Berman. Also retiring after 24 years of 
service as a guidance counselor at the elementary and high school level is Mr. Edward Leonard. After 26 years 
of service as a High School Science teacher and Department Head is Mr. David Magnussen. Joining him in 
retirement after 19 years of service as an English Language Arts teacher at the Deer Hill and Middle Schools is 
Mrs. Nancy Magnussen. And finally, after 37 years of service at Deer Hill is Joan Cassiani. We congratulate 
them all and wish them well. 

Our children are the future of our community. We hope to continue to partner with the Cohasset 
community to meet the educational needs of all of our children as together we accomplish our mission to 
"continue the commitment to excellence." 

Respectfully submitted 
Denise M.Walsh, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

Individual building reports for 2008 will follow from the principal of Osgood, Deer Hill, and Cohasset Middle- 
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ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

2008 

DEER HILL SCHOOL 

As the year 2009 begins, the Deer Hill School Community looks forward to continuing toward 
achievement of our goals in the Cohasset Public Schools 2004-2009 Strategic Plan. The spring and fall of 2008 
were very exciting times for us at Deer Hill. As of October 1, 2008, enrollment at Deer Hill School was 356 
students, an increase of 6 students from the same date In the previous year. Class sizes ranged from 19 to 25 
in sixteen classrooms, grades three, four, and five. Teaching and support staff remained consistent with the 
prior year with two notable exceptions: Mrs. Joan Cassiani retired in June, 2008 after thirty-seven years of 
dedicated service and Mrs. Katherine Penwell joined our fifth grade team. Mrs. Kathryn Brooks was hired for 
the role of Math Specialist for both Deer Hill and Osgood Schools. 

We join the district in promoting our commitment to excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning. 
Our faculty has enjoyed extensive professional development in inquiry-based science education, writing 
instruction, elementary level mathematics instruction, and interactive white board ("Promethean Board") 
technology. We have strengthened our literacy program by organizing all resources available to our students 
and teachers in one central location under the supervision of our Literacy Specialist. Materials are now 
available to fit a number of literacy functions in an easily accessed format, and our collection of mentor texts 
and leveled classroom sets continues to grow. 

In the spring of 2008 Deer Hill School was a recipient of a competitive grant from the Massachusetts 
Department of Education to promote instruction for students who are Gifted and Talented. We were able to 
send a team of teachers and one administrator to the University of Massachusetts in Boston to study Gifted 
and Talented Education in a graduate level course. One outcome of that training was a plan for an objective, 
multi-facted system of identification of students who would benefit from specialized instruction. Another 
outcome was the expansion of our schoolwide enrichment program, EMC^, to promote pedagogy consistent 
with Gifted and Talented Education. Many new programs have been designed to continue from fall to spring, 
allowing students the opportunity to delve deeply into an area of strong interest. Our enrichment programs 
fall within three broad areas of learning standards from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Science, 
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Humanities (including literature and visual arts), and Civics 
and Government (including Student Leadership and Community Service). Favorites from prior years, such as 
Great Books and Studio Art, are still available. Others, including Chemical Reactions, School Newspaper, and 
Drama, have become new student favorites. 

We continue to enjoy tremendous support from the Deer Hill School community and the Cohasset 
community at large. In the spring we received extensive funding from the Cohasset Education Foundation for 
a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab. This exciting learning environment - 
complete with laboratory furniture, inquiry based science kits, scientific equipment, and state of the art 
technology - has kindled a passion for science in our students that textbook-based instruction can't match. 
Our teachers enjoy using the digital presenters purchased for us by the CEF every day in a wide variety of ways. 
Our generous PSO has sponsored outstanding enrichment programs for our students, including multicultural 
musical presentations, scientific exploration, and historical re-enactments. We are continuously grateful to 
our Deer Hill PSO for their sponsorship of so many enrichment programs, fundraising, teacher grants, 
volunteer coordination, and staff recognition. Our parents and guardians have come out in droves to support 
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In order to inform our instructional practices and programming decisions, we continue to implement a 
comprehensive assessment system. We assess our students in major subject areas using formal and informal 
measures regularly throughout the year in order to be current in our understanding of student learning needs. 
We also participate with districts across the state in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS). In 2008, Deer Hill MCAS scores were once again above the state average in all three grade levels in all 
subject areas and the district once again made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by the Department 
of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE, formerly DOE). In grade three, 2008 scores reported 75% in 
Above Proficient or Proficient in Reading and in Mathematics, 68% were either Above Proficient or Proficient. 
In grade four, 73% of students scored in the Advanced or Proficient category in English Language Arts (ELA) and 
65% of the students scored in either Advanced or Proficient in Mathematics. In grade five, 80% of students 
scored in the Advanced or Proficient category in ELA, 77% in mathematics, and 80% in Science and Technology. 
Overall, these scores represent the steady progress Deer Hill students are making as they achieve the rigorous 
learning standards of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks. 

As we move forward, we are mindful of our responsibility to promote in our students those skills 
necessary for success in the twenty-first century. Among the most important of these are communication, 
creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, self-direction, and information skills. We look forward to a 
renewal of our History and Social Sciences Curriculum and the examination of updated textbooks. We will 
revise our report card to reflect the performance criteria and learning standards that form the heart of our 
instruction. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are reframing our academic program planning to 
reflect levels of rigor and relevance found in world-class elementary level programs. Our students and staff 
will continue to work together in an environment that exemplifies respect for one another in a professional 
learning community. Under the leadership of our Superintendent and School Committee, and with the strong 
support of our Curriculum and Instruction Director, Student Services Director, Business Manager, Facilities 
Director, Technology Coordinator and our parent and community groups, we will continue our commitment to 
excellence at the Deer Hill School. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Jennifer deChiara, Ph.D. 
Principal, Deer Hill School 



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ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

2008 
JOSEPH OSGOOD SCHOOL 

The Joseph Osgood School celebrated the 10**^ anniversary of its opening in September! A festive Open 
House for parents was planned with a video of 420 children singing and celebrating in their party hats! We 
have much to celebrate at the Osgood— a beautiful facility, up-to-date curriculum and instructional materials, 
a highly qualified staff, and supportive parents. 

Our school community successfully worked together in 2008 to achieve the goals of our School 
Improvement Plan. Efforts to improve communication led to an increased number of informational programs 
for parents in the areas of curriculum and assessment, student behavior, and district policies. In collaboration 
with the Deer Hill School, our reading specialist and members of the faculty presented a program to inform 
parents about assessments and how they are used to plan instruction. District school psychologists presented 
a program for parents to promote positive student behaviors, and adjustment counselors planned an 
additional evening event with the Character Education Committee to discuss the new district Bullying Policy. 
Parent forums and coffees on other topics of interest were also held during the school year to discuss 
curriculum and student support services. 

Our goal to promote high expectations for all was met through initiatives to meet the individual needs 
of students. An assessment plan was implemented that assisted in identifying needs and in planning programs 
to challenge each student to work according to his/her potential. Osgood faculty enthusiastically implemented 
a revised Everyday Math program and new science and social studies curricula. Teachers also participated in 
professional development activities that supported new programs, writing, and technology. Additional 
professional development activities included a focus on how to prepare students for the 21^' century. 

The importance of 21^* century skills will continue to be our focus as Massachusetts looks at new 
education reform strategies in a plan developed by educators, business leaders, and civic leaders to prepare 
students for a world economy and global society. We are working to provide STEM (Science, Technology, 
Engineering, Math) opportunities in the early years that will create excitement and interest for future 
generations. Achieve Now is a new interactive technology tool that is being utilized to create that excitement 
and interest. It is a hand-held, mobile instructional program that provides enrichment and extends learning. 
The generosity of the Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF) has assisted us in providing additional learning 
opportunities. Osgood students and staff are greatly benefiting from the donation of a new computer lab and 
LCD monitors for classroom computers. We are also enjoying the benefits of curriculum enrichment and 
supplemental instructional materials provided through Parent School Organization (PSO) donations. 

Progress towards school and district safety goals were met in 2008 with the continued support of the 
Cohasset Police in the practice of safety drills. The Department assisted us in planning and following guidelines 
for preparedness in the School Safety Plan. Playground safety and student supervision were additional focus 
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Our goal to meet present and future needs identified by our School Council presented many challenges 
as we developed a school budget to maintain services. Tuition funding along with state grant funding have 
allowed us to continue to provide a high quality full-day kindergarten program with optimal class size and 
excellent instructional materials. Our integrated preschool program for three and four-year-olds continues to 
be a great success, and we have developed a Primary Learning Center program for our Cohasset children with 
severe special needs. Another program about which we are very excited is the COMPASS Program. We have 
reorganized our before and after school program and have increased learning opportunities for participating 
children through integrated thematic activities and technology. 

We are very proud of our accomplishments and thankful for the support of the community as we 
celebrate the first decade in the "new" Osgood School. The Osgood faculty and staff look forward to preparing 
our children for the revolutionary changes that will occur in the next decade! 



Respectfully submitted 
Janet Sheehan, Principal 
Joseph Osgood School 



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ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

2008 

COHASSET MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL 

The year 2008 was a year of reflection on essential needs for student success for the Cohasset Middle-High 
School community, with a "Breaking Ranks H" focus on Middle and High School reform by all staff, a focus on 
operational efficiencies and on curriculum review and renewal. In the process, the school saw a number of 
accomplishments in 2008, including more academic success for our students, restructuring of the Middle 
School, and continued high levels of participation and achievement in co-curricular activities. 

The Class of 2008 produced 79 graduates, 100% of whom earned competency determinations according to 
Department of Education standards. Eighteen members of the class were recognized as members of the 
National Honor Society, twenty-three graduates earned eligibility for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship 
Award. Sixty-five students also earned Stanley Z. Koplik Certificates of Mastery by the Massachusetts 
Department of Education for scoring advanced on at least one of their grade 10 MCAS tests and at least 
proficient in the other. Further, 91% of the graduating class enrolled in various public and private four-year 
colleges and another 4% plan to attend two-year college or preparatory school for a total of 95% of the Class 
of 2008 continuing to further their education in some capacity. 

Cohasset High School continues to exceed expectations for adequate yearly progress, as defined by the 
Massachusetts Department of Education and the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Our SAT scores 
remain highly competitive when compared to surrounding communities, showing gains in overall scores from 
previous years. The school offers credit in nine different Advanced Placement electives with our total student 
enrollment up 21% from the previous year of 194 students enrolled to 235. Results on AP exams demonstrate 
the preparation and success of the 118 students who participated in 194 exams, on which 148 (approximately 
76%) were graded to be eligible for college credit. Four students received National Merit Scholarship 
commendations in recognition of their performance on the PSAT. 

Our students distinguish themselves as they participate in a number of our extra-curricular and co-curricular 
activities as well, including athletics, band, chorus, drama, journalism, student council, and community service. 
Our programs continue to excel because of the commitment, dedication, and hard work of our students and 
staff. Some examples of this include Luke Brewer's participation in the Massachusetts Art All-State program, 
Sarah Trahon's participation in the South Shore Arts Festival, and numerous pieces of student art from both 
the middle and high school for consideration in the prestigious Boston Globe Scholastic Art awards program. 
The 7th Annual "Eat Your Art" exhibit was a giant success featuring edible art from grades K-12, and adults 
from the community. On the musical side of the arts William Choi was selected for Senior District and SEMSBA 
Orchestra along with Lauren Mack and Elizabeth Crawford for SEMSBA Chorus. The band and chorus also 
received top honors at the Creative Arts Workshop (CAWS) in New York. The student body, under the 
direction of Bryan Marks and Stephanie Moriarty, performed "West Side Story" in the fall, featuring Jennifer 
Magruder, Ian Porter, Ellie Baumgarten, August Oddleifson, and Andrew Bell. Additionally, both the Cohasset 
Middle School and High School participated in the Massachusetts Theater Guild's one act play competitions for 
middle and high schools throughout Massachusetts. The Middle School performed "The Ever After" by Nathan 
Hartswick, and earned a silver medal. Individual outstanding performance awards were awarded to Trevor 
Schramm, Isabelle Robinson, and Robert Nahill. The high school's production of Alan Haehnel's "A Whole New 
You" earned State Semi-finalist status with three awards for excellence in acting to Sally Meehan, Ellie 
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Athletically, Cohasset High School ice hockey and girl's basketball teams qualified for post season tournament 
play. The wrestling and swim teams had a number of individuals qualify for state tournament action with 
wrestler Steve Hurlbut earning South Sectional finalist and Jack Murphy winning a South Sectional 
championship. The boys swim and dive team won the Patriot League. The winter season was highlighted by 
the girl's basketball team winning the South Shore League, South Sectional, and State Championship. Captain 
Sammi Lehr was recognized by Fox 25 News as Player of the Year, and Coach John Levangie earned Coach of 
the Year recognition from the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. In the spring, Cohasset High 
School's lacrosse teams qualified for the state tournament, with the boy's team advancing to state finalists. 
The team received numerous individual awards and two young men, Charles Czerkawski and Mark Flibbotte 
earned High School All-American honors from USA Lacrosse. The boy's baseball team won the South Shore 
League title for the first time in 49 years. In addition, the boy's and girl's tennis teams qualified for post season 
play, with the girl's team winning the South Sectional title and coach Gigi Meehan being recognized as the 
Boston Globe Coach of the Year. 

This past fall, the Cohasset High School girl's soccer team qualified for the state tournament and enjoyed its 
best postseason ever, as they finished as Division 3 South Sectional champions. Coach Deb Beal was 
recognized as the Boston Globe Division II Coach of the Year, and Maggie McGoldrick earned Boston Globe and 
Boston Herald All-Scholastic recognition. Maggie, along with Sarah Coggins and Torey Hart were recognized as 
Eastern Massachusetts All-Stars. Throughout the year a number of students earned league all-star recognition 
and others were recognized as Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic (4 this past fall alone) for their sport. The Athletic 
Program distinguished itself by finishing 7th in the Boston Globe All Scholastics Award for Division 4 with a 60% 
overall winning percentage in all of our varsity sports. 

The school bell rang for the last time for science department head and teacher Dave Magnussen, middle 
school English teacher Nancy Magnussen, high school English teacher Christine Berman, and high school 
guidance counselor Ed Leonard, who after many years of distinguished service to the Cohasset community, 
chose to retire. We wish them well and appreciate their service. A number of staffing changes were made 
throughout the summer in preparation for the new school year. We welcomed in 2008, 5 new teachers at the 
middle school as well as 3 new teachers and a guidance counselor at the high school who come to us with 
outstanding skills. These new staff members join a faculty that numbers 69 to serve the student population at 
the Middle-High School where there are currently 310 students in the Middle School and 382 at Cohasset High 
School. 

Staff members have taken on initiatives for school improvement such as curriculum review and renewal, 
differentiated instruction, bully prevention education, and student performance analysis. Dr. John Wands, 
joins Ms. Stephanie Wooley by volunteering to assist in the development of future MCAS English Language Arts 
and Mathematics tests by the Massachusetts Department of Education, while another staff member, Mrs. Peg 
Jordan continues to serve, along with Dr. Wands, as a reader for the AP Spanish and AP English tests 
respectively. The school community has further benefited from additional financial support provided by the 
Parent School Organization and the Cohasset Education Foundation, whose efforts have enabled the purchase 
and expansion of the middle school technology with ActivBoard and ActivStudio hardware and software for a 
number of classrooms and continued opportunities for distance learning through Virtual High School. These 
initiatives, coupled with the dedicated staff and motivated student body have combined to better prepare our 
students with the 21'' century skills they will need after they graduate from Cohasset High School. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Joel Antolini, Principal 
Cohasset Middle-High School 

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INDEX Page 

In Memoham 4 

Elected Officials 5-6 

Town Officers Appointed By Selectmen 7 

Town Officers Appointed by Town Manager 7-10 
Boards, Commissions, Committees and Representatives 

Appointed by Selectmen 11-15 

Appointed by TROIKA 16 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Board of Registrars 17 

Town Manager's Report 18 

Board of Selectmen 19-21 

Town Counsel 22-23 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 24-28 

Town Clerk's Report 29 

Presidential Primary - February 5, 2008 30-35 

Index, Annual Town Meeting 36 

Annual Town Meeting, March 29, 2008 37-106 

Annual Town Election, April 5, 2008 107-109 

State Primary, September 16, 2008 110-113 

State Election, November 4, 2008 114-118 

Index, Special Town Meeting 119 

Special Town Meeting, November 17, 2008 120-134 

Vital Statistics 135 

Prospective Juror List 136 

FINANCIAL REPORTS 

Town Accountant 137-168 

Treasurer/Collector 169-170 

Board of Assessors 171 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 

Board of Health 172-174 

Plymouth County Mosquito 175-176 

Cohasset Elder Affairs 177-179 

Cohasset Housing Authority 180-181 

LAND USE CONTROL 

Building Department 182 

Planning Board 183-185 

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds 186 

Conservation Commission 187-188 



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LAND USE CONTROL Continued 

South Shore Recycling Cooperative 189-192 

Housing Partnership Connmittee 193 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Fire Department 194-195 

Police Department 196-197 

Emergency Management 198 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Departmentof Public Works 199-200 

Water Commission 201-209 

Sewer Commission 210-211 

GENERAL SERVICES 

Historical Commission 212-213 

Committee on Town History 214 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library 215 

RECREATION 

Recreation Commission 216-218 

Government Island Advisory Committee 219 
Cohasset Town Hall Restoration and Renovation Committee 220-221 

EDUCATION 

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical School District 222 

Superintendent of Schools 223-224 

Deer Hill School 225-226 

Joseph Osgood School 227-228 

Cohasset Middle-High School 229-230 

INDEX 231-232 



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