SELECTMEN’S MEETING

APRIL 8, 2002

 

Because this was the first meeting after the election held on April 6, 2002 the Board needed to reorganize.

The Board’s Secretary called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. She asked for recommendations for Chairman.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To appoint Wayne C. Perkins as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen

Unanimous Vote.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To appoint James W. Wiksten as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle thanked everyone for their support in the election. She also thanked her campaign committee.

Chairman Perkins thanked everyone for their confidence and the opportunity to serve for another three (3) years. He also thanked the Board for allowing him to be Chairman once again. He said the upcoming year would be difficult, but a year that will "make things happen."

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of April 1, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Request for Road Layout Acceptance – Hemland Realty Trust – Taylor Way

Chairman Perkins read the following: "The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA on Monday, April 8, 2002 at 7:05 PM to accept the layout of Taylor Way, located off of Montello Street in Middleborough, MA, on such terms as the Selectmen shall determine for the purposes of a Town way, such property being shown on a plan entitled "Layout Plan of Land "Michael’s Landing" Taylor Way in Middleboro Massachusetts", dated September 26, 2000, revised through June 6, 2001, drawn by Outback Engineering, Inc. which plan is on file with the Town Clerk’s Office." Chairman Perkins declared the hearing opened.

Brian Striar was present to represent Hemland Realty Trust. He presented the green cards.

There were no questions regarding the request. Hearing no further discussion, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To accept the layout of Taylor Way as shown on a plan entitled "Layout Plan of Land "Michael’s Landing" Taylor Way in Middleboro Massachusetts", dated September 26, 2000, revised through June 6, 2001, drawn by Outback Engineering, Inc.

Unanimous Vote.

An Article will be placed on the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Extend Earth Removal Permit #99-6 – Korpinen Cranberries, Inc.

The Board received a request from Outback Engineering, on behalf of Korpinen Cranberries, Inc., to extend their current Earth Removal Permit for one year.

Mr. Healey noted that the project had originally been approved for two (2) years as opposed to the usual three (3). He said the project is close to 85% complete, and recommended favorable action.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To extend the expiration date for Earth Removal Permit #99-6, in the name of Korpinen Cranberries, Inc., for one year.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Relocate Facilities on Nemasket Street – Verizon

The Board received a request from Verizon to temporarily relocate two Poles #8 and #10 on Nemasket Street.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To grant the petition to Verizon to allow the temporary relocation of Poles #8 and #10 on Nemasket Street to allow for the bridge reconstruction project.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Joan Ellis

The Board received a request from Joan Ellis to rent the Town Hall Auditorium for the purpose of holding an Eagle Court of Honor. She is also asking that the fees be waived.

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Rogers, the Board

VOTED: To approve the rental of the Town Hall Auditorium to Joan Ellis, for Thursday, June 13, 2002 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for the purpose of holding an Eagle Court of Honor, and to waive the fees.

Unanimous Vote.

The Board noted that the request is for a Thursday night, which is a typical meeting night for a Board. Selectman Wiksten, Chairman Perkins and Mr. Healey all said they could be available should a meeting not be held on that night.

Request for One Day Liquor License – A+ Bartending Services

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve a One Day Liquor License to A+ Bartending Services, LLC for an event to be held at the COA, 558 Plymouth Street, on April 20, 2002 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 Midnight.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for Personal Day – Board’s Secretary

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board

VOTED: To approve a Personal Day for the Board’s Secretary for Friday, April 12, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

The Board received correspondence from the Fire Chief asking for direction regarding the spill that occurred at the Central Fuel Depot.

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board

VOTED: To authorize the Fire Chief to meet with the Town Manager to further investigate remediation regarding the fuel spill at the Central Depot.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey said the Town is waiting for a permit from DEP. The Finance Committee has authorized funding for the initial work. He said the clean-up should be completed by the end of this fiscal year.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey said he is waiting for the permit for the scale at the landfill. Chairman Perkins asked how long it would take once this is received. Mr. Healey said the project is ready to go.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked for an idea of what the costs was at this point. She said we needed to see what needs to be adjusted to try to recover our costs.

Mr. Healey said he will give the Board a full report.

Selectman Rogers also noted that the Capital Planning Committee will meet with Mr. Healey to make more recommendations.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested the water workshop should consider a discussion about waiving fees for Town buildings to held with the financial crisis.

Discussion ensued on the best time to have the workshops. Mr. Healey suggested the Water Workshop be put off a little further. He noted that improvements are being scheduled for the 5 year plan. He said it will take some time to put this together.

The Board decided to schedule the Health Department Programs and Fees discussion and discussion of the Veteran’s Agent on April 22, 2002. After this date, the landfill discussion will be scheduled, and finally the water discussion.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Hathaway Publishing in the amount of $166.50.

Unanimous Vote.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To pay three bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $86.10, $280.24, $37.31 totaling $403.65.

Unanimous Vote.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills submitted by Gale Associates, Inc. in the amounts of $2563.25 and $5170.18, totaling $7733.43, for work related to the Gasoline Release at the Central Fuel Depot.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Update on Bylaws – Selectman Rogers

Selectman Rogers told the Board that the Building Commissioner had brought to his attention the fact that the references in Cluster Zoning do not match because of the passing of the revised WRPD Bylaw at last year’s Town Meeting. Revisions will be made to correct this, and articles will be placed on the Town Meeting Warrant.

Chairman Perkins asked at what stage the Charter Study Committee is at.

Mr. Healey explained that the acting Chairman, Nancy Thomas, has not called a meeting. He said he had spoken to Bob Silva, another member, and Ms. Thomas had delivered suggestions for articles to him. He will present these to the Board’s Secretary before the end of this week.

Chairman Perkins said that residents have approached him regarding adding a seventh member to the School Committee.

Guidoboni/Soule Farm Request for Proposals

Selectman Wiksten noted that a newsletter from the Soule Homestead mentions a public hearing to discuss the RFPs. He would like to make it clear that this is not a public hearing. He also noted that he will be on vacation, and will not received the RFPs until he returns. He suggested that the Board extend the discussion to the following week to give everyone an opportunity to study them.

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Rogers, the Board

VOTED: To postpone the discussion of the Guidoboni/Soule Farm RFPs to their meeting to be held on April 29th.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey asked for permission to notify the three (3) interested parties.

Selectman Wiksten said the Board also needs to discuss how the RFPs will be reviewed.

Mr. Healey said that there is evaluation criteria in the RFP. He suggested that this will be a basis for the Board to make a judgement that best meets the criteria. He suggested the Board review all criteria and proposals in relationship to the criteria, noting which best meets the criteria. Then the Board should be prepared to share their views on April 29th. After this, a vote should be taken.

Selectman Rogers suggested coming up with points for each individual criteria. Discussion ensued. Mr. Healey said this was problematic because the criteria has been supplied to applicants without any point weighting on the criteria. He said the Board has discretion in regards to the weights that are put on the criteria.

Selectman Rogers said he disagreed. He suggested that point values should be given before the proposals are seen. Mr. Healey said this would have to be done tonight.

Selectman Eayrs said he did not disagree with the point assignment, but felt that it was problematic and confusing. He said the Board is capable of reading the proposals and making a decision as to which comes closest to fulfilling their expectations. He also noted that this would be a Board discussion and decision. He noted that the Board has received hundreds of letters. The intent is to limit discussion, not to limit public involvement.

Selectman Wiksten agreed. He said there was no time to put a point system in place. He suggested each Selectman could assign points and put them in order, individually.

Chairman Perkins said that establishing a point system could create a legal problem. He suggested that each member needs to apply their own criteria, and speak how they feel. He noted that the Board is not going to "please everyone".

CORRESPONDENCE

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the correspondence stated that the money is for educational and municipal cable access for Middleborough’s Educational and Cable Technology Access Programming.

Chairman Perkins asked Mr. Healey to check with Judy MacDonald, Paul Falce, and the AT&T Contract.

Mr. Healey will follow-up on this and see if it has already been offered to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

VOTED: To forward a letter from Attorney Murray, responding to questions regarding Capeway Rovers, to Christopher Bradstreet.

Unanimous Vote.

Jane Lopes suggested that Mr. Healey ask about the requirement of a full-time curator to watch over any items loaned to the Town.

 

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 8:05 PM, not to return to Open Session, for the purpose of discussion criminal misconduct and potential filing of criminal complaints of an appointed official.

A poll vote was taken. Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman Eayrs and Chairman Perkins approved.

VOTE 5 – 0

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN