SELECTMEN’S MEETING

APRIL 28, 2003

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

Selectman Eayrs, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman Rogers, and Selectman Wiksten were present.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of April 14, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of April 14, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Presentation to the Board – Marjorie Judd

Marjorie Judd presented pins to the Board in honor of the Library’s Centennial.

Ms. Judd told the Board of upcoming events to celebrate the Centennial.

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

VOTED: To grant a parade permit to the Middleborough Public Library for May 31, 2003 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM for a parade route from Jackson Street, left on North Main Street, right on Center Street, left on Union Street and left on Nickerson Avenue to the Town Hall lawn.

Unanimous Vote.

Public Hearing – Rte. 28/Rte. 105 – Intersection Improvements

Chairman Perkins read the following: "The Town of Middleborough will hold a public hearing in the Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough at 7:05 PM on Monday, April 28, 2003, on the proposed intersection improvements at Route 28 and Route 105. The improvements include roadway widening, signal equipment upgrades, new signing and pavement markings. Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated." The hearing was opened.

Mr. Healey told the Board that a 25% Design Plan was been completed. Once it is acceptable to the Town and to Mass Highway, it will be taken to 100% design and be constructed.

Mr. Healey acknowledged Chuck Sterling, Mass Highway, for helping to "broker" the agreement between the Town and the State. Mr. Sterling is right-hand to Thomas Broderick, a Middleboro resident, who is the Chief of Mass Highway.

Vollmer Associates, LLP produced the 25% Design Plan. It has been submitted to the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen. The Plan has been accepted by both.

Mr. Healey explained one more requirement, a public hearing, to give the public an opportunity to comment.

John Hannigan, Principal, and Kerrie Pike, of Vollmer Associates, made a presentation to the Board.

Ms. Pike told the Board that any comments or concerns will be taken into consideration for the final design.

Ms. Pike told the Board that there are five (5) primary goals:

    1. Improve Vehicular Safety
    2. Pedestrian Safety
    3. Intersection Capacity
    4. Minimize Impacts on Businesses
    5. Maintain Character of Gateway to Middleborough Town Center

Ms. Pike explained that the scope of the work will include overhead signals, providing left turn phasing, and lane assignments. She said the expected life expectancy of the improvements was 2011. The improvements will accommodate an additional 550 vehicles per hour.

Ms. Pike also spoke of new pedestrian pushbuttons and wheelchair ramps.

Staggered stop lines for trucks will give trucks more room for turning. This also does not require the intersection to be as wide.

Neil Rosenthal asked how many cars go through the intersection at peak time now. Ms. Pike said 2,000 vehicles per hour at the morning peak, and 2,800 at the afternoon peak.

Resident, Norman Diegoli, asked if consideration had been given to eliminate right turns on red. Ms. Pike said this will be considered.

Selectman Eayrs asked if any of the surrounding land would be disturbed.

Mr. Hannigan said it is their intent to work within the existing right of way. The final design has not been completed yet. He said there may be some "slivers" that need to be taken.

Chairman Perkins asked what the timeline would be.

Mr. Hannigan said they will start on the design in the next few weeks. It will take 3 – 5 months to complete. The State will then review and approve this. He said how long the project takes depends on the State, as it is funded by them.

Chuck Sterling said the advertising date is scheduled for 2005, but felt that this date would probably be moved up with the backing of the legislators.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if there would be any disturbance on the roadway on South Main Street. Mr. Hannigan said this is considered the "gateway", and any changes would be made at the corners.

Bob Luckraft asked if there had been any consideration given to people taking a left off of Rte. 28 to get into the plaza. Ms. Pike said they could look at this.

Discussion ensued on the entrance to Dunkin’ Donuts on Rte. 105. If there is only one southbound lane, traffic will back up while people wait to turn into the plaza.

Ms. Pike said the curb cut did not who on the plan, and said she would need to look at this further.

Selectman Wiksten agreed that this is an ongoing problem. He suggested asking the Police Chief to look at this. He also suggested consideration to changing the curb cut, and using Prospect Street to enter the drive-thru. He suggested this could be worked out with the owner.

Mr. Hannigan said they are trying to make improvements without major takings.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

A form is available for anyone who has questions or concerns that they wish to be reviewed.

Hearing – Request for Title V Variance – 300 Centre Street

Chairman Perkins opened the hearing.

Mr. Healey said he was representing the Health Department. He said the request is for a simple variance to allow a sieve analysis. This is acceptable under Title V with local approval.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To grant the Title V Variance to allow a sieve analysis in place of a perc analysis for 300 Centre Street as outlined in a letter to the Board from Outback Engineering dated April 16, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Hearing – Request for Title V Variance – 120 Miller Street

Chairman Perkins opened the hearing.

Mr. Healey explained that this request was the same as the last hearing. It is to upgrade a failed system.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To grant the Title V Variance to allow a sieve analysis in place of a perc analysis for 120 Miller Street.

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with Superior Taxi – RE: Cab Fares

Maurice DeLongchamps, owner of Superior Taxi, was present.

Chairman Perkins explained that the Board had received notice that fees had been increased. Under the ‘Town of Middleborough Regulations for the Operation of Taxi Cabs’, a request must be made to the Board before this can be done.

Mr. DeLongchamps explained that he had moved his business from the ‘four-corners’ to Everett Square "in a hurry". Because of the increase in gasoline, he increased his prices by $.50. He explained that his drivers have not gotten an increase for a long time.

Mr. DeLongchamps said that he had called local taxies in the area, and found that his rates are lower than any others. Mr. DeLongchamps is asking for additional increases. He said this would cover him for 2 – 3 years.

Chairman Perkins said he is not opposed to the increases, but noted that he had been surprised to hear that the rates had already increased without coming before the Board.

Mr. DeLongchamps apologized, but said he needed the increase immediately. He said most of his customers understand and have gone along.

It was noted that Superior Taxi is presently the only cab company in Town.

Mr. DeLongchamps told the Board that he is also requesting two (2) designated parking spaces in front of the taxi office. He said he currently has six (6) cabs and no parking in front of his stand. He noted that this is causing problems with the new owner of the ‘Farrars" building.

Mr. DeLongchamps said that, while he was at the four corners, businesses allowed him to park on their property.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the Board does have the right to designate spaced.

Selectman Rogers suggested asking the Safety Officer to make a recommendation.

Chairman Perkins suggested Mr. DeLongchamps first approach businesses in the area to see if they will allow parking. If not, the Safety Officer could be consulted.

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

VOTED: To approve the following fees and rates:

1st mile - $3.00

Additional miles - $2.00

Delivery - $1.00 plus fare

Waiting Time - $20.00 per hour

Unanimous Vote.

Set Order of Conditions for Earth Removal Permit – Makepeace – Rocky Meadow Street

A "draft" set of Conditions was completed by Selectman Rogers for the Board to review. Selectman Rogers noted that the Conservation Commission has reviewed the project and issued an Order of Conditions.

Selectman Rogers reminded the Board that the biggest issue had been the time frame for the project. The residents had asked that the project be "slowed down". The Order allows the maximum, three years.

Mr. Healey asked about a condition for the direction of travel. Selectman Rogers said he had deleted this because Town Counsel had said that the Board cannot determine this. Mr. Healey suggested that a "preferred direction" would be Rocky Meadow to Purchase Street, then either direction.

Selectman Wiksten said if they are going to Carver, they’ll use Wall Street.

Mr. Healey suggested wording for the preferred direction to attempt to reduce traffic.

Selectman Wiksten noted that 300’ of paving needs to be added as a condition.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the contractor had been determined. He reminded the Board that they had wanted to know who the contractor was before completing the Order. He noted that it would make a difference if the contractor was experienced in this town.

George Rogers, VP of Makepeace, was present. He said the company cannot get a contractor until they know what the Order of Conditions are.

Selectman Wiksten suggested giving a "generic" idea of the conditions, and finalizing them once the contractor was hired.

Discussion ensued on limiting the number of trucks per day.

Selectman Wiksten said he did not want to do this, because it would impact the quality of the contractor. He noted that, if there are any problems, the Board can address them at that time. He also said there would be no way to police this.

Chairman Perkins noted that extending the time on the permit would lessen the truck loads per day.

Selectwoman Brunelle said if the residents had any problems they could contact the Town Manager, who acts as the Agent for the Board. Chairman Perkins noted that quarterly inspections are also done.

11 Purchase Street, said he was concerned with the route that would be taken because Purchase Street is "falling apart".

Selectman Rogers asked if the road was on the Highway Department’s list to be paved.

Mr. Healey said it was last paved 17 years ago. He said it is "almost time".

Makepeace will contact the Board once they have selected a contractor.

Meeting with Fire Chief – RE: Increased Fire Department Permits & Updated Staffing Plan

Selectman Wiksten left the room for this meeting.

Increase Fire Department Permits

Robert Silva, Fire Chief, met with the Board. He told them that he had researched the ability of the Fire Department to raise its permit fees. Because the Town had voted to accept MGL Chapter 40 section 22F and section 123 of Chapter 138 of the Acts of 1991, the Department can increase the fees.

Chief Silva presented a revised fee schedule based on the present fee cost, along with the cost for the person doing the inspection (1/2 hour of average hourly rate). Twenty-eight of the thirty-two fees will increase.

Chairman Perkins asked what the additional revenue would be.

Chief Silva said it would be minimal.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked when the fees were last raised. Chief Silva said he has been with the Department for 27 years, and there has never been an increase in that time.

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

VOTED: To adopt the revised fees of the Fire Department as outlined in a letter to the Board from Chief Silva dated April 16, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Updated Staffing Plan

Chief Silva told the Board that, after the last meeting with the Board, he had met with the Union to develop a staffing plan.

The four-year program that was discussed with the Union is as follows:

Year Station Staffing

FY’04 till 12/03 5 North & 2 South

FY’04 – 1/4/ to 6/30 5C/1N/1S

FY’05 3C/2N/2S w/dispatchers

FY’06 3C/2N/2S w/dispatchers

FY’07 4C/2N/2S w/dispatchers

Provide Town 1 ALS

Ambulance and 1 BLS

Ambulance backup

Chairman Perkins asked why $200,000 would be spent in overtime for FY’04. He suggested adding 1 or 2 firefighters.

Chief Silva said that hiring would be a better situation, but there is language in the Contract that would have to be addressed. He said hiring new personnel would not eliminate overtime as it would still be needed for vacation time. The amount of overtime would be reduced to approximately $50,000.

Selectman Eayrs said he had concerns with stations being manned by 1 person.

Chief Silva said he understands the concerns, but more overtime would be needed to place more.

Selectman Eayrs said there has to be a way to split the difference. He felt that there should be two (2) people in each station. He said if the Union is a problem, then the Board would have to deal with them.

Chief Silva said the Union would also prefer two (2) people in each station. He said it would be a contractual problem that would have to be discussed in that context.

Tim Reed presented the Union’s proposal for staffing to the Board.

Chairman Perkins asked if the plans had been submitted to the Finance Committee. Chief Silva said they had not yet.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked what the current policy is for station coverage when firefighters on duty go on a call.

Chief Silva said that once they arrive on scene, they determine how long they will need to be there, and call back to the station. A duty squad is brought in if necessary. This would include two (2) firefighters and one (1) officer.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was pleased that a conscious effort was being made to eliminate unnecessary overtime or callback.

Tim Reed said that this can be a problem when they receive a call far from the station.

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget – FY’04

Mr. Healey told the Board that the House Budget and some Local Aid figures were released on Wednesday. The Chapter 70 and Lottery figures are not the 15 – 20 % reduction and level funded Net School Spending that was being discussed a week ago. Overall, the House budget appears to be slightly less damaging to the Town than the Governor’s.

Chapter 70 is increased by $1,130,196. The figures for the Town’s Local Contribution obligation have not been released yet.

The Lottery figure is reduced by the House budget by $379,939 or 6.23%.

The P.I.L.O.T. was cut 20% and the Police Career Incentive (Quinn Bill) aid was cut by 15%.

Once all the figures are received, Mr. Healey will report to the Board.

Mr. Healey said the Board cannot delay decisions regarding the upcoming budget. He said, by next week, the Board should be talking about how to deal with the massive shortfall.

Chairman Perkins said the Senate’s budget has not yet been presented.

Selectman Eayrs brought up the issue of privatizing the landfill.

He said the Board had received RFPs, and had preliminary discussions last week. He said it is important to carefully plot the course. He said reactions to the proposals went from interesting to amazing.

Selectman Eayrs said he wanted to reassure the public that the Board will proceed carefully and with public input on the issue. He said he did not want to see the landfill depleted at any time soon, noting that this would probably be the final one.

Selectman Eayrs asked what the implications on the future would be with SEMASS if the landfill is leased. He asked what the cost would be to dispose of things. He said all of these issues need to be weighed.

Chairman Perkins said there is no intent to do anything without public input. He said the Board is on a "fact finding mission".

On Saturday, the two (2) companies that answered the RFP will give a verbal presentation to the Board.

Selectman Eayrs noted that another applicant, MacDonald Industries, had been disqualified as being unresponsive. He said he believe MacDonald’s proposal was the most viable. He suggested that the Board may want to go out for an additional RFP if they go in a different direction.

Selectman Rogers said MacDonald’s proposal would have the Town continue to receive all revenues from the Landfill and pay the costs of building and closing cells and paying all costs while hiring professionals to operate the landfill and pay them an administrative fee and/or "royalty". He said there are fiscal issues associated with the landfill right now.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the proposals were received from businesses who are interested because they feel they can run the landfill at a profit. She asked why the Town could not do this.

Chairman Perkins said the Town does not put enough volume into the landfill.

Selectman Rogers said volume is the issue. He said there is also sophistication regarding the landfill that the Town cannot handle. He noted that loads brought to the landfill will have to be picked clean of recyclables. DEP will force this on the Town this year.

Neil Rosenthal said that Selectman Rogers paints a dire picture. He said the Town can also hire "expertise" to run the landfill.

Mr. Rosenthal said the Board has "jumped to conclusion" without doing necessary steps. He said the first thing the Board needs to do is figure out what the landfill is worth. Also, what the total cost would be without the landfill.

Chairman Perkins said there is an Advisory Committee working on this. It will report back to the Board.

Mr. Healey noted that the questions could be given to the two (2) companies when the Board meets with them on Saturday.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the landfill is only worth what a company is willing to pay for it.

Selectman Eayrs said there must be a way to get this figure based on tonnage and capacity.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that Weston & Sampson had previously done a full cost analysis. The gas system had not been included at that time. She said that the need to increase tonnage had been pointed out at that time.

Selectman Wiksten said the problem is that we are not getting the minimum tonnage now.

Mr. Healey said the Town is currently permitted to 37 tons/day from DEP. This should be increased to 60. The increases would move toward full cost recovery.

Mr. Healey also noted that there is an acid gas control problem that is adding to the cost. It is expected to cost $1 million more on top of the expected $2 million.

Mr. Healey said by calendar 04 regulations that will be put in place will require additional equipment. He said it is getting more complicated than in the past.

Mr. Healey said closing the landfill does not make sense, and would be a waste of the resource. Outsourcing it is a better option. He noted that cost to close the landfill would bankrupt the Town.

Selectman Eayrs asked how the applicants will get permitted for an increase in tonnage. Mr. Healey said that big companies have clout, as it is their business. DEP knows that the companies can pay if something goes wrong.

Jane Lopes asked what the expected amount of revenue was that the Town would receive over 20 years.

Mr. Healey said $80 million is one of the numbers in the proposals. He said this is money saved in averted costs and actual money. The actual cost is approximately $10 million.

Request to Change Name on License for Storage of Combustible Flammable Liquids – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To approve the change of name on the License for storage of combustible and flammable liquids for property located at 5 Station Street to Naji Khouri.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Waive Minimum (8-inch) Main Requirement – Water Superintendent

This item was tabled until next week.

Request for Water Main Extension – "The Village at Cherry Street" – Water Superintendent

This item was tabled until next week.

Request to Appoint Agents for Liquor Establishments for 2003 – Police Chief

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

VOTED: To appoint the following individuals as Agents for Liquor Establishments for the year 2003:

Gary J. Russell Bruce D. Gates Clyde N. Swift, Jr.

David M. Mackiewicz Peter J. Andrade Benjamin J. Mackiewicz, Jr.

Mark A. Pontes Stephen J. Verhaegen Deborah A. Batista

Carey P. Mills Charles W. Robichau Paul Rose

David A. Shanks John T. Bettencourt Bruce D. Whitman

Clifford E. Hall Lorin Motta, Sr. Ronald J. Costa

Bernard E. Storms Steven M. Schofield George P. Murphy

John R. Guenard, Jr. Dennis F. Amaral Louis N. Avitabile, Jr.

Timothy J. Needham Robert B. Rullo, Jr. Robert W. Lake

Ian A. MacDonald Stephen R. Nelson Joseph M. Perkins

Earl J. Johnson Jerry J. Donahue Robert D. Ferreira, Jr.

David A. Beals Simonne M. Lincoln Adam Levesque

Angelo Lapanna Robert Silvia, Jr. John H. Graham

Richard Harvey, Jr. Todd Bazarewsky

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Appoint Special Officers for 2003 – Police Chief

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

VOTED: To appoint the following individuals as Special Officers for the 2003 appointment year:

Special Qualified Officers

Sgt. Jeffrey Cornell Sgt. Wilfred Forcier Thomas Turnbull

George Chase Gerald Thayer Eugene Turney

Sandra Bearse Douglas Cunningham John Carbone

Frank Sampson Mike Bradley Christopher Bowlen

David Chertien David Enos Anthony Keaney

Wayne Hittle Wayne Lee Adam LeBlanc

Keith MacDonald John Mills Michael Mills

Scott Rebell Kurt Vanderzeyde Steve Vecere

Lorne Estabrooks Roger Bryant Robert Jones

Jeffrey Merritt David Wood Henry Bump

John Lynde Peter Sgro George Andrade

Special Non-Qualified Police Officers

Ray Delano Alfred Mackiewicz

Louis Mattie Robert Whitaker

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Appoint Auxiliary Police Officers for 2003 – Police Chief

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

VOTED: To appoint the following individuals as Auxiliary Police Officers for the 2003-2004 appointment year:

Douglas Cunningham, Captain John Carbone, Lt. Frank Sampson, Sgt.

Henry Bump, Captain Richard Benoit Christopher Bowlen

Mike Bradley Jeffrey Brouilette Thomas Cady

David Chretien David Enos Linda Gudmundsson

Wayne Hittle Anthony Keaney Christopher Kidney

Joseph Latimer Adam Leblanc Wayne Lee

Charles Lemieux Keith McDonald John Mercer

John Mills Joseph Mils Michael Mills

Patrick Mills Roger Poineau Barry Poudrier

Scott Rebell Kurt Vanderzeyde Steve Vecere

Jon Verhaegen David Wood

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Appoint Library Board of Trustees – Marjorie L. Judd

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

VOTED: To reappoint the following individuals to the Middleborough Public Library Board of Trustees for a period of three years: Bettyjane Renfrew, Diane Maddigan and Maryanna Abren.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for License for Public Entertainment on Sunday – 438 Plymouth Street

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by W&K, Inc. d/b/a Boston South/Middleboro/Plymouth KOA for a Public Entertainment on Sunday License for six (6) video machines.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for One Day Liquor License – Sacred Heart Church

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Sacred Heart Church for a one day liquor license for the Annual Parish Worker’s Appreciation Dinner to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Meet on Town Hall Lawn – First Congregational Church at the Green

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by the First Congregational Church at the Green to use the Town Hall front law for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1, 2003 or the inside of the Town Hall in the case of rain.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Parking on Long Point Road

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

VOTED: To table this discussion.

Unanimous Vote.

Chairman Perkins asked Mr. Healey to check with the Police Chief regarding the layout plan. Mr. Healey said he is not sure there is one.

Dick Chamberlin told the Board that, on Sunday, there were 29 cars parked on the road. He said the parking issue should be expedited.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

There was no further discussion of the Town Manager’s Report

OTHER

Nemasket Street Interceptor Project

Selectman Rogers told the Board that he is requesting that the Chairman sign a letter to the DEP, putting them on notice that the Town intends to seek funding for the Nemasket Street Interceptor Project at the June 2003 Annual Town Meeting, and is requesting to be moved up on the Intended Use Projects List (IUP) for funding for this fiscal year.

Mr. Healey said he objected the request. He said the project is ready to go to bid, and if the letter is sent it would be delayed until the Fall. If this is done, the bid environment would be lost.

Mr. Healey also told the Board that the Treasurer/Collector is not pleased with the amount of work that her office has had to do under the existing SRP projects. He said this causes additional work and cost associated with bond counsel, as well as additional record keeping. Requirements of MBWB could add4% to the cost of the project.

Mr. Healey told the Board that sewer overflows where children plan on the lower softball fields. He said the Board has an obligation to move this forward as soon as possible.

Mr. Healey said he does not have a problem asking to be moved up on the IUP list as long as the eligibility would be for this year. He said the project should not be left to the Fall.

Selectman Rogers said the purpose of the letter is to maintain eligibility. He said the amount of time to complete the project is not know. The project could be bid in July and ready in September, where it would be right on schedule.

Selectman Rogers noted that there are two (2) major water main projects that will be completed. As a result, roads will be ripped up or closed. He said all of the projects are scheduled for Summer.

Dick Chamberlin said that he had reviewed the plans. Only 20% will require actual roadway construction.

Selectman Wiksten said he did not see this as a big delay. He questioned how it could go out to bid before Town Meeting.

Mr. Healey said April 30th is the target date. The bids won’t be awarded until Town Meeting authorization is given.

Mr. Healey said the Board needs to make a decision whether or not to stay in this construction season. Selectman Rogers said he would like an engineer’s letter as to what the construction season is.

Selectman Wiksten said the construction window is there. He is not opposed to sending the letter.

Selectman Wiksten asked if there was any way to send the letter and continue the bidding process.

Mr. Healey said this could be done if the letter was modified not to make a commitment that the Town won’t bid before DEP responds.

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

VOTED: To table this discussion until next the next meeting, asking that the Town Manager and Selectman Rogers resolve some of their issues.

Unanimous Vote.

Ambulance Agreement

Robert Walker, Alert Ambulance, told the Board that his company was interested in bidding on the Ambulance Contract. He said he is familiar with Middleboro and had previously worked with Norfolk/Bristol and Hayward ambulances. He said that he could competitively bid. He wanted the Board to know that there is no just "one show in Town".

Selectman Wiksten asked if Mr. Walker was aware of the Town’s requirements, and asked if he could conform with the time frames for back up ambulances.

Mr. Walker said he could.

Selectman Eayrs asked how this proposal fits in with the negotiations with AMR.

Mr. Healey said it doesn’t. He said the Agreement has been negotiated to a conclusion. A final draft has been presented for consideration. He said it would be unfair to AMR to make this the basis of an RFP to compete against someone else.

Mr. Healey told the Board that Mr. Walker had also be a "late entry" the last time the Contract was bid, and came in with a considerably higher proposal. He said the request is not fair.

Selectman Wiksten said the last time was different, as it included three (3) towns. He said a competitive bid is best for the Town.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that, when the Board began discussing this, the option was to go out to bid or continue with AMR. If AMR has been chosen, that is would not be fair.

Selectman Eayrs said it is not beneficial to negotiate with one company. He asked how you can get the best price.

Selectman Rogers said he agreed with the Town Manager. He said the Ambulance Committee has one more meeting scheduled for Friday morning, and the contract is finished.

Selectman Eayrs suggested the request be left up to the Committee.

Selectman Wiksten noted that, during contract time, ARM has not missed a call, or made the Town wait. However, in the years between negotiations he has been least impressed with the service and the excuses that the Town gets. He said the Town does not owe AMR anything, noting that they had no problem charging the Town extra money with two (2) other Towns bailed out of the Agreement.

Selectman Rogers said he did not disagree, but wishes he had known of the competition before the "11th hour".

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

VOTED: To give the information to the EMS Committee for their meeting on Friday, and ask that a recommendation be made to the Board.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the Ambulance Committee is an advisory Board. Selectman Wiksten said he would also like to check into the legalities of the request.

The Board will discuss this at their meeting scheduled for May 12th.

Mr. Healey noted that the Agreement start date is July 1st.

 

 

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

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 10:20 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss Negotiations and Litigation.

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

VOTE 5 – 0

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN