THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 7, 2019 Page 21 TOWN MEETING | from page 3 Saugus hereby petition the Saugus Board of Selectmen to call a Special Town Meeting and to insert the following article: A Resolution Opposing the Privatization of Saugus School Maintenance and Custodians Whereas the Representatives in Town Meeting, here assembled, are the appropriating body in Saugus Town Government and are ultimately responsible for the expenditures of taxpayers monies; Whereas the Saugus School Committee is considering the privatization of custodial services in Saugus Public Schools and such an action would remove tax payer control and governmental accountability over the cleaning and maintenance of the town’s school buildings; Whereas eliminating the current custodial positions and replacing them with a private company would make our schools more susceptible to theft, reduce the quality of services delivered to our students, and replace loyal, hardworking, and dedicated employees with transient workers being paid at the poverty level; Whereas seventeen of the aforementioned custodians, currently working in Saugus Public Schools, are residents of the town of Saugus and the average term of service of the custodial staff is equal to or greater than 17 years and; Whereas there is overwhelming public support for the custodians from parents, community leaders, school KITCHEN CABINETSStrip & Refinish STRIP & FINISH To Look Like New 508-840-0501 FURNITURE personnel, taxpayers, and residents; now, therefore, be it Resolved, the Representatives in Town Meeting, here assembled, encourage the members of the Saugus School Committee to reject the idea of privatization of the custodial services in Saugus Public Schools and negotiate with our custodial staff with a fair contract that is in the best interest of the students and taxpayers of Saugus. PETITION TO ADOPT A BYLAW We the undersigned registered voters of the Town of Saugus hereby petition the Saugus Board of Selectmen to insert the following bylaw proposal into the next Special Town Meeting: To add a new section 214.00 to the Town of Saugus Bylaws in subcategory 200 of “Government of Town Meeting” that will be titled ‘Resolutions.” Any Town Meeting member may propose a non-binding resolution, with 48 hours written or electronic notice to the Saugus Town Clerk not counting weekends and holidays. The Saugus Town Clerk will promptly notify the Moderator upon receipt of said resolution and forward said resolution to Town Meeting Members. Resolutions may not seek to appropriate funds, propose zoning or general bylaw changes or have any binding effect on the operation of town government. Resolutions will not be considered as actions of the Town Meeting as defined by MGL Ch. 39 S10 but rather statements of opinion in accordance with past practice. 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