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10/20/2020 - Special Town Meeting Oct 20th
TOWN OF CANTON
NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - OCTOBER 20, 2020
REFERENDUM - NOVEMBER 3, 2020

A special town meeting of the electors and citizens qualified to vote in town meetings of the Town of Canton, Connecticut, will be held at the High School Auditorium, 76 Simonds Avenue, in Canton, Connecticut, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the following purposes:
1. To consider a resolution,
(a) to appropriate $4,885,000 for costs in connection with the reconstruction of Washburn Road Bridge over Jim Brook, West Road Bridge over Cherry Brook, and Old Canton Road Bridge over Rattlesnake Brook, contemplated to include testing and analysis, demolition of the existing bridges, access improvements and other related work and improvements; and to authorize the application for, the acceptance of, and the expenditure of the grants to partially fund the appropriation.  The appropriation may be spent for design and construction costs, demolition and site improvements, appurtenances, equipment, materials, testing and inspection costs, surveying, engineering and other consultant fees, legal fees, net temporary interest and other financing costs, and other expenses related to the project or it’s financing.  The Board of Selectmen shall determine the scope and particulars of the project, and may reduce or modify the scope of the project, including the deletion of components thereof; and the entire appropriation may be spent on the reduced or modified project.  A portion of the appropriation shall be applied to reimburse the Town’s undesignated General Fund balance for advances in an amount not to exceed $771,221.50 in connection with costs of reconstruction of the West Road Bridge over Cherry Brook as approved by the Board of Finance at meeting held June 24, 2020.  The Town anticipates receiving grants in the estimated amount of approximately $2,409,000 to defray in part the appropriation for the project from the State of Connecticut pursuant to the Local Bridge Program (Chapter 240, Part IIb of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Revision of 1958, as amended), for an estimated net project cost of approximately $2,476,000;  
(b) to authorize the issue of bonds or notes of the Town in an amount not to exceed $4,885,000 to finance the appropriation for the project, and to authorize the issue of temporary notes of the Town in an amount not to exceed $4,885,000 in anticipation of such bonds or notes and the receipt of grants; to provide that the amount of bond and notes authorized to be issued shall be reduced by the amount of grants received by the Town for the project; to authorize the First Selectman and the Treasurer of the Town to determine the amounts, dates, interest rates, maturities, redemption provisions, form and other details of the bonds or notes and temporary notes, and to perform all other acts which are necessary or appropriate to issue the bonds or notes and temporary notes; to take such action to allow temporary advances of available funds which the Town reasonably expects will be reimbursed from the proceeds of borrowings; and to authorize the First Selectman and the Treasurer to bind the Town pursuant to such representations and covenants as they deem necessary or advisable in order to maintain the continued exemption from federal income taxation of interest on the bonds or notes and temporary notes authorized by the resolution if issued on a tax-exempt basis, including covenants to pay rebates of investment earnings to the United States in future years and to make representations and enter into written agreements for the benefit of holders of the bonds or notes to provide secondary market disclosure information, which agreements may include such terms as they deem advisable or appropriate in order to comply with applicable laws or rules pertaining to the sale or purchase of such bonds or notes and temporary notes; 
(c) to authorize the First Selectman, the Chief Administrative Officer, or other proper officers or officials of the Town to apply for and accept grants and loans to finance the appropriation for the project, and to enter into any grant or loan agreement prescribed by the State of Connecticut or any other grantor or lender, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen, the First Selectman, the Treasurer, the Chief Administrative Officer, and other proper officers and officials of the Town to take any other actions necessary to obtain such grants or loans, including without limitation grants or loans pursuant to the State of Connecticut Local Bridge Program; and
(d) to authorize the Board of Selectmen, the First Selectman, the Treasurer, the Chief Administrative Officer, and other proper officers and officials of the Town to take all other action which is necessary or desirable to construct and complete the project and to issue bonds, notes or temporary notes to finance the aforesaid appropriation.
2. Pursuant to Sections 7-7, 9-369 and 9-369d of the General Statutes to adjourn said town meeting at its conclusion and to submit the resolution to be presented under item 1 of this Notice to referendum vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M., in conjunction with the election to be held on that date.  Application for absentee ballots should be made to the Town Clerk’s office.  Electors shall vote on the question at the following polling place:  Cafeteria Room, Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, Connecticut.   Persons qualified to vote in town meetings who are not electors shall vote on the question at the following polling place: Room #208 at Canton High School.        
The aforesaid resolution will be placed on the ballots under the following heading:
“SHALL THE TOWN OF CANTON APPROPRIATE $4,885,000 FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF WASHBURN ROAD BRIDGE OVER JIM BROOK, WEST ROAD BRIDGE OVER CHERRY BROOK, AND OLD CANTON ROAD BRIDGE OVER RATTLESNAKE BROOK; AND AUTHORIZE THE ISSUE OF BONDS AND NOTES TO FINANCE THE PORTION OF THE APPROPRIATION NOT FUNDED FROM GRANTS (ESTIMATED NET PROJECT COST OF APPROXIMATELY $2,476,000)?”
Voters approving the resolution will vote “Yes” and those opposing the resolution will vote “No.”  
THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION TO BE PRESENTED UNDER ITEM 1 OF THIS NOTICE IS ON FILE AND AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS, OR, WHEN REQUESTED, WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE BY MAIL.

Dated at Canton, Connecticut, this 13th day of October, 2020.
Board of Selectmen