SELECTMEN’S MEETING

DECEMBER 30, 2002

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten and Selectman Eayrs were present.

Selectwoman Brunelle was absent.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of December 16, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of December 16, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Presentation to the Board – Marjorie Judd

Marjorie Judd met with the Board. She explained that 2003 is the beginning of the Library’s centennial.

A "centennial kit" was given to each Board member. The kit included a book, "The Color of Water", a button, a calendar, and a list of upcoming events.

Ms. Judd explained that the book will be part of the first event – "One Book, One Middleborough". The entire community is asked to read the same book at the same time. There will be formal discussions held to discuss the book. The button is worn so that other people may know that you are also reading the same book.

Ms. Judd reviewed the list of events for the year to come.

The Board presented two (2) proclamations: One for the centennial, and the other for "One Book, One Middleborough".

Hearing – Request for ‘Pledge of Liquor License’ – Courtyard Restaurant

Attorney Barry Smith, representing Louis and Denise Teceno, told the Board that the application was to pledge the license. He explained that this is required as part of the Teceno’s financing of the building, which they have recently purchased.

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

VOTED: To approve the application submitted by L.D.T. Corporation, d/b/a "Courtyard Restaurant", to pledge their liquor license.

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with Veterans’ Organization Representatives – RE: Roll of Honor

Chairman Perkins read a letter from Paul Provencher, Veterans’ Service Officer, requesting the meeting with the Board to discuss the WWI Roll of Honor.

Mr. Provencher was present. He told the Board that he is requesting to have the WWI Veterans Roll of Honor remounted in the Town Hall and rededicated. He explained the request is made, not just for veterans, but for all citizens.

Selectman Rogers asked for clarification. He said the last time this had been discussed, the Veterans group had been asked to provide a conceptual drawing for a memorial to honor all veterans. Selectman Rogers said he envisioned this to be displayed in front of the Town Hall.

Mr. Provencher said the veterans agree to this, but in addition would like the Roll of Honor put back in the Town Hall. He explained that this had hung in the Town Hall for 85 years.

Kevin Cook addressed the Board. He said his brother has volunteered to provide a conceptual drawing. He said this had initially be "derailed" by the first Agent leaving the job. He also said that this area, by virtue of the location, would require approval by the Historical Commission. An outdoor memorial will be discussed with the Historical Commission at their meeting scheduled for January 21st. Right now, they are asking for the Roll of Honor to be restored, and rededicated on Memorial Day 2003.

An audience member from Lakeville told the Board that it was important to keep the plaques. He explained that his community had spent up to $60,000 to repair stone plaques honoring the veterans.

Bob Lessard told the Board of a man from Princeton, MA, who is writing a book about how each Massachusetts town honors their vets. He said the man had visited the Town Hall a couple months ago.

Selectman Eayrs explained that there have been many wars and conflicts since WWI. He said a memorial should be erected to honor all veterans. He felt that the names should dominate the corridors of the building. He said he was not opposed to saving and reinstalling the plaques, but noted that the problem was with the size.

Selectman Wiksten said he did not favor one plan over another, but said he would like to see an illustration of what Selectman Eayrs is proposing. He said it is the names being honored, not the plaques.

Mr. Provencher said he understood what Selectman Eayrs was saying, but said the Roll of Honor was created for the WWI veterans, and should be put back in its place of prominence.

Mr. Healey noted that the display, when originally placed in the Town Hall, was to be a "temporary" display. A permanent display was to be created at the Memorial High School, which was under construction. This was never done.

Mr. Healey explained the physical problems with putting the plaques back in the original place. He said there is an air exchange in the place where the eagle would sit. An HVAC worker had looked at it today and said that anything hung in front of the air exchange would not work. He also said the chandelier would have to be moved. Mr. Healey suggested that the plaques be left in the auditorium where they are currently located.

Mr. Provencher said moving the air exchange needed to be explored.

Chairman Perkins suggested tabling the discussion to allow conceptual drawings to be provided by Selectman Eayrs, and an estimate of the cost of moving the lighting and duct work.

Mr. Provencher said that he was sure a significant amount of the cost could be absorbed from a collection.

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

VOTED: To continue the discussion in three (3) weeks to see conceptual drawings and cost estimates.

Unanimous Vote.

Discussion ensued on the Wayne Caron memorabilia. Mr. Lessard suggested they items, which are currently stored at the wastewater plant, be displayed in the Veterans Office. The Board agreed to this as a "temporary" solution. The consensus was to make these items part of a permanent display at the Town Hall.

Jane Lopes suggested putting the items in the auditorium, creating a "museum" of sorts. She also wanted to clear up the idea that the plaques had been "kicked to the basement" and left there. She said the Building Committee had met with the Vets Council when the restoration began. At that time, it had been agreed to put them in the Memorial Junior High School, which was going to be renovated as a community center.

Mr. Provencher noted that alcohol is sometimes served in the auditorium, and worried that items might be defaced.

Donald Foye said that the discussion had been well covered. He said the vets were in accord with Selectman Eayrs and his idea of other vets being honored. However, the process should begin with the plaques.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Waive Quarterly Inspection – W.L. Byrne, Inc.

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by William Byrne asking that the quarter inspection and fees be waived for his Earth Removal Project, as no work will be done during the next quarter.

Unanimous Vote.

Recognition of Kramer Park Sponsor

Chairman Perkins acknowledged the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department as a sponsor of Kramer Park.

Request to Renew Common Victualer’s Licenses for 2003 – Health Officer

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

VOTED: To approve the following establishments for Common Victualer Licenses, subject to a re-inspection by the Health Officer:

Andrew’s Restaurant 469 Center Street

Apazidis Family Restaurant 194 East Grove Street

Binky’s Place 217 Bedford Street

Brookfield Engineering 11 Commerce Boulevard

Burger King #5173 460 West Grove Street

The Cabin 114 East Grove Street

Capeway Convenience Store 578 Wareham Street

Central Café 254 Center Street

Courtyard Restaurant 360 Wareham Street

D’Angelo Sandwich Shop 411 West Grove Street

Dave’s Diner 390 West Grove Street

East Grove Street Donuts 3 East Grove Street

Fireside Grille 30 Bedford Street

Friendly’s 40 Bedford Street

Golden Roll 547 West Grove Street

Hell’s Blazes Tavern 699 Wareham Street

Hideaway Restaurant 9 Station Street

Knights of Columbus 262 West Grove Street

Lindo’s Pizza 2 Wareham Street

Lisa’s USA Pizza 547 West Grove Street

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant 500 West Grove Street

McDonald’s Restaurant 14 East Grove Street

Middleboro Auction 262 West Grove Street

Middleboro BPO Elks #1274 24 High Street

Middleboro House of Pizza 29 North Main Street

Middleboro Lion’s Club Housing Authority – Benton Street

Mitchell Memorial Club 29 Elm Street

N&L Donuts d/b/a Dunkin Donuts 565 West Grove Street

R.P.’s Stage Stop 407 West Grove Street

Sisson’s Diner 561 Wareham Street

Stela’s Pizza 337 West Grove Street

Subway Sandwich Shop 10 Merchant’s Way

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club 92 Pine Street

Streetside Café 111 Centre Street

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Review Class II License Vote – Town Manager

Mr. Healey told the Board that he had sent letters to those Class II License holders who need to get down to a required number of vehicles. These included Sports LTD, Tom Auto, Exit 3 and Gratuity Motors. Mr. Healey said he is waiting to hear from the owners as to when they will need a re-inspection.

Colin Costa has passed away, and therefore his license is not outstanding. The action is nulled.

Austin Zipp d/b/a Kasara Auto Sales, was not approved.

Mr. Healey told the Board that Norm’s Repair Shop is not in violation of the Class II License. He said the problem is with housekeeping. He suggested the Board issue the License.

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

VOTED: To reissue the Class II License for Norm’s Repair Shop.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten said he would like Mr. Healey to continue reminding Mr. Chisholm about the junk cars and junk parts. He said this is a sensitive area, with the proximity of the Cross Street Well.

Request for Vacation Carry-Over – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To approve the request of the Fire Chief to carry over five (5) vacation days to the new year.

VOTE 3 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request to Appoint "Right to Know" Coordinator – Fire Chief

Selectman Rogers asked if the position needed to be posted. It does not. A small stipend is given for the position.

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

VOTED: To appoint Joel Pickering as the "Right to Know" Coordinator.

VOTE 3 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request to Accept Peirce Trustees Donation – Information Technology

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

VOTED: To accept, with thanks, the donation of $12,000 from the Peirce Trustees for a DP Processing Card.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Thompson Street Intersection Change

Mr. Healey provided further information regarding this request. The Board had asked for further clarification from the Police Chief and Highway Superintendent.

Selectman Rogers suggested the changes be submitted to Mass Highway and the Plymouth County Commissioners, as it is a State highway.

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

VOTED: To approve the following changes to the Thompson Street intersection, and to forward the information to Mass Highway and the Plymouth County Commissioners for their input:

    1. Eliminate the "No Left Turn" sign (R3-2)
    2. Replace the "Stop" sign with a "Yield sign (R1-2)

Unanimous Vote.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey also submitted an article regarding the Landfill’s Active Gas Recovery System. Mr. Healey explained this may soon be a requirement by the DEP.

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

VOTED: To waive the dump fees for Dan Costello, for the disposal of paper records.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey will arrange for Mr. Costello to notify Donnie Boucher when they’re ready to dump.

Mr. Costello also submitted further information on the proposed demolition. Jane Lopes said the Historical Commission has already held a hearing on this, and has agreed to the demolition of the concrete section and the section to the right of the main building.

Chairman Perkins suggested this item be reviewed next week after members have had a chance to review his proposal.

Chairman Perkins asked if the legislators should be brought into this. Mr. Healey said he will first try to convince them.

Chairman Perkins asked if money had been appropriated for the Wood Street light. Mr. Healey said it had, and he did not know why there has not been any movement with the project.

Selectman Rogers noted that, at the financial meeting held with the School Department, a one (1) year cost projection had been presented. He suggested a 5-year "snapshot" be provided. He said he would like to see the 5 year projection for this years budget plan, and any improvements to be made in years 2 – 5.

Chairman Perkins said he would be opposed to an override at this time for operational budgets. He said the project $4 million shortfall would cost the average homeowner an increase of $500+/year.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the shortfall is the School Department’s request for programs. He asked about General Government Departments "wish lists".

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay three (3) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $115.34, $5.35 and $5.35, totaling $126.04.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills submitted by Verizon in the amounts of $20.96, $20.95, totaling $41.91.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, for November1 – December 15, 2002 in the amount of $3,675.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by American Arbitration Association in the amount of $175.00.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

There was no ‘Other’ Business to discuss tonight.

CORRESPONDENCE

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

VOTED: To dedicate this years Annual Town Report to Raymond Seamons, Jr. and Dominick Deleo.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

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

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 9:00 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss litigation and negotiations.

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

VOTE 4 – 0

 

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN