SELECTMEN’S MEETING

DECEMBER 15, 2003

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten and Selectwoman Brunelle were present.

Selectman Eayrs entered the meeting at 7:10 PM.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of December 8, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Hearing – Request for WRPD Permit – AGS Development, Inc. – Pine Street

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, December 15, 2003 at 7:05 PM, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by Leeann Bradley, Outback Engineering, Inc. on behalf of AGS Development Corp., for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow a 476 s.f. wetland crossing in order to access the upland portion of Lot 10, Pine Street, Assessors Map 96, Lot 6265, zoned Residence R (Rural), WRPD District "Z4". Anyone wishing to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated." Chairman Perkins opened the hearing.

Leeann Bradley, Outback Engineering, was present to represent the applicant. She returned the green cards.

A copy of the plan had been provided to the Board.

Ms. Bradley told the Board that the proposed project involves the construction of a driveway crossing in order to gain access to an upland buildable portion of land. The area is 476s.f.

Also, a 921 s.f. wetland replication area will also be constructed. The project has been approved by the Conservation Commission.

Ms. Bradley noted that the disturbance is at the very beginning of the land, where this is an existing cut path off of the street. She said there are no trees or vegetation, and the area is not thickly vegetated.

Correspondence from the Building Commissioner raised no issues with the project.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To approve the application filed by filed by Leeann Bradley, Outback Engineering, Inc. on behalf of AGS Development Corp., for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow a 476 s.f. wetland crossing in order to access the upland portion of Lot 10, Pine Street, Assessors Map 96, Lot 6265, zoned Residence R (Rural), WRPD District "Z4". The Board further found that the project is

    1. Is in harmony with the purpose and intent of the WRPD By-law and will promote the purposes of the Water Resource Protection Districts.
    2. Is appropriate to the natural topography, soil, and other characteristics of the site to be developed.
    3. Will not, during construction or thereafter, have an adverse environmental impact on the aquifer or recharge areas, and
    4. Will not adversely affect any existing or potential water supply.

Unanimous Vote. 4 – 0

Meeting with Ed Whitworth – RE: Earth Removal Permit – Certificate of Completion

Mr. Healey told the Board that he had included a report on Earth Removal inspections in his report of November 13th.

He had advised the Board that the Stone Cranberry Earth Removal Permit had expired and needed to be "reapproved". Mr. Healey said the project was complete as to the Earth Removal, but needs to be re-seeded and also needs some grades checked and may need more loam in spots. The applicant planned bogs on the site, but has not taken steps to plant the bog areas because of the market conditions. The Bond of $50,000 has been renewed and is current. Two inspections ago, Mr. Healey reported that the applicant planned to sell the property and was, as part of a completion agreement, willing to deed restrict the property to a single house lot and agricultural land. The site is 43 acres in size and is now being marketed. Mr. Healey told the Board that the applicant knows he cannot sell the property until the Board issues a Certificate of Completion, and the Certificate is filed with the Registry of Deeds.

Mr. Whitworth was present.

Selectman Wiksten said he would have liked to have received this information prior to tonight’s meeting. He said an as-built should be provided to show what has gone on there. He said a full hearing is required to get the permit, with notice to abutters. If there is going to be a deviation from the plan, another hearing should be required. He noted that the Board needs to be careful of how this situation is handled. There are a number of Earth Removals with bogs, that could also mine the dirt and then say they didn’t want to put the bogs in.

Mr. Whitworth said an as-built is not necessary. He said the intention, in 1996, was for bogs. He gave the Board a written history of the project, including the fact that it took three (3) years to obtain the Permit.

Mr. Whitworth said he has posted three (3) bonds: $50,000 to insure completion, $50,000 to correct problems with any wells on Stone Street, and $25,000 to insure loam and seeding.

Mr. Whitworth said he had every intention of doing the project, but noted that the cranberry business has gone down, and it would not be economically feasible to complete. He said a lot of the material hauled remains at Route 44 Sand & Gravel because of the lack of quality. He said 90% of the project is done.

Mr. Whitworth said an area of approximately 1 ½ acres has been seeded three (3) times, but continues to be washed away with the recent wet weather. He said the area cannot be viewed from any houses. He also noted that none of his trucks travel a Middleboro road.

Mr. Whitworth said he has "met the spirit of the completion". He said engineers are working on a couple slopes checking the 3:1. He said the area is probably 50 – 60’ long.

Mr. Whitworth said his bank has informed him that they are not in support of restricting what can be done with the property. They have asked him to do "whatever he can to sell the property".

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the restrictions were ever filed. Mr. Healey said they were.

Mr. Whitworth said the restriction filed was to restrict usage of frontage for truck traffic on Stone Street.

Selectman Wiksten asked what the property is currently being marketed for.

Mr. Whitworth said house lots. He has a potential buyer, who was given 60 days to do research. There is also a "back-up customer" interested in building one (1) house.

Selectman Eayrs asked about the proposed seeding for the Spring.

Mr. Whitworth said it is very little, and suggested it is within the Board’s power to issue a Completion now.

Selectman Eayrs asked Mr. Whitworth if he was asking the Board to set aside the previous requirement for bogs, and allow development of a residential subdivision.

Mr. Whitworth said he is asking for a Certificate of Completion, because the project has reached a state of completion.

Selectman Eayrs said the Board’s desire to issue a Certificate of Completion depends on what Mr. Whitworth plans on doing with the property.

Mr. Whitworth said his attorney, Robert Mather, could not be present tonight. He said he did not know if he could tell the Board what he would do with the property after the Certificate is issued.

Selectman Eayrs said the Permit was issued because of an agricultural use (bogs). He said the idea of selling it with one (1) house and an agricultural restriction was no problem. He said the Board has some right to know what the intention is.

Mr. Whitworth said the situation is not that he did not want to build the bog.

Selectman Wiksten said he would have a difficult time issuing a Certificate on a project that isn’t complete.

Mr. Whitworth said he believed the Board had previously issued a Certificate of Completion on a project that was not finished.

Selectman Wiksten said that the Board had done this once. He said it was a different situation because there was no potential for building. The Permittee was also required to slope and seed.

Selectman Wiksten noted that Permits are usually given in phases to insure that work is done before continuing.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she did not remember seeing anything in the Earth Removal Bylaw that would allow the Board not to issue a Certificate if the project doesn’t go forward. She said this is a legal question. She asked if there was any recourse within the Bylaw if a project is not completed.

Chairman Perkins suggested a continuance.

Linda Vintro, Real Estate Agent for Mr. Whitworth, said that attempts have been made to sell the property for agricultural purposes. She said this is not economically feasible because of the price.

It was the consensus of the Board to continue this discussion to January 12th.

Mr. Whitworth asked the Board to consider reducing the $50,000 Bond. He said there is about $2,000 to $3,000 worth of work left.

Selectman Rogers asked if the Bond could be reduced.

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

VOTED: To authorize Selectman Rogers and Selectman Wiksten to do a site visit of the property to make a determination in regards to reducing the Bond.

Unanimous Vote.

The Board will discuss this next week.

Hearing – Request for Title V Variance – 34 Vernon Street

Catharine Hassett, Assistant Health Inspector, told the Board that she was in favor of the request. She said the site is limited, and the owners will be purchasing abutting land which will make the system able to fit more easily.

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

VOTED: To approve the request for a Title V Variance for property located at 34 Vernon Street, Middleboro, MA as follows:

    1. Use of sieve analysis in lieu of perc test per 310 CMR Section 15.105
    2. Reduction of the separation to the water table from 4 feet to 3 feet (30 min/in perc rate) per Section 310 CMR 15.105(I)(i).

Unanimous Vote.

Hearing – Renewal of Class II License – Exit 3 Truck Center

Mr. Healey told the Board that Alfred Colarusso (d/b/a Exit 3 Truck Center) is found in violation of his Class II License each year because he exceeds the allowed number of vehicles. He said there is plenty of room on the property, and has suggested that the applicant apply for additional vehicles on his license. He asked the Board to entertain this positively.

Attorney Doris Muirhead was present to represent the applicant. She said a proposal is being made to expand the lot. The proposal would allow 21 vehicles along Wareham Street, 21 along a diagonal section of the back of the property, and approximately 20 service vehicles to be placed at the rear of property, out of site. In addition, a type of asphalt would also be put down. The only visible vehicles would be the ones for sale.

Mr. Healey told the Board that Mr. Colarusso’s current limit is 25. The proposal would increase the number of vehicles for sale to 42.

Mr. Healey said right now there are two (2) lines in the front that are cluttered and tight. He said the proposed arrangement would open up the site, and easily identify the location and number of vehicles for sale.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the expansion would trigger any permits with the Planning Board. He suggested there may be problems with drainage.

Selectman Wiksten said he was also concerned because there are a lot of heavy trucks. He said this is a sensitive area for wells. He was concerned with leaks from the vehicles.

Mr. Healey said he would check with the Conservation Commission and the Town Planner.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she had a problem with the request because it has been out of compliance a number of times over the years. Now there is a request to increase the limit on the permit. She said she would rather see the applicant come into compliance with the existing permit and then come back with the request once improvements have been made to the land. She said Mr. Colarusso has not been made to comply with the existing permit.

Chairman Perkins said he was familiar with the site, and noted that the request could be accommodated. He said he would ask Mr. Colarusso to go through the permitting process prior to asking the Board for the increase.

Attorney Muirhead said the area is currently congested because of the limit. She said some of the vehicles are there for repairs.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked how many vehicles are there for repairs. Mr. Colarusso said 5 or 6.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked what happens if the owners don’t pick up the vehicles.

Mr. Colarusso said he has to wait. He noted that deposits are usually put on vehicles, and then people "don’t’ come back".

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the permit is only for the resale vehicles, and doesn’t include repair or service vehicles. She suggested the vehicles for sale be recognizable.

Mr. Healey said he has suggested to the Board, for some time, that spaces be required to be laid out in the lot. He encouraged Mr. Colarusso to put only the for sale vehicles in the front of the property, and to put everything else near the rear.

Selectman Wiksten said that there has to be some sort of intention on Mr. Colarusso’s part to organize and neaten the lot. He said he was not comfortable increasing the limit now.

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

VOTED: To grant the renewal of the Class II License for property located at 448 Wareham Street, subject to the same previous conditions.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested that Mr. Healey re-inspect the property in 30 days, and report back to the Board.

Hearing – Request for Liquor License – Cirelli’s

A hearing will be held by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, December 15, 2003, at 8:00 PM, in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, located at 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA, for the purpose of discussing the request made by Cirelli Foods Inc., d/b/a Cirelli Marketplace for an Annual All Alcohol Package Store License. The property is located at 30 Commerce Blvd, Middleboro, MA Assessors Map 039 Lot 4335. Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.

Chairman Perkins opened the hearing.

It was explained that this request was for a liquor license for Cirelli’s. Legislation has been approved to increase the Town’s quota by one license.

Hearing no comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Cirelli Foods Inc., d/b/a Cirelli Marketplace for an Annual All Alcohol Package Store License for property located at 30 Commerce Blvd, Middleboro, MA Assessors Map 039 Lot 4335.

Unanimous Vote.

Representatives of Cirelli’s told the Board they plan on opening on January 26th.

Hearing – Mobile Home Park Code Violations – Edgeway Park

The Board met with Assistant Health Officer Catharine Hassett and Wayne Williams, who was represented by Attorney Richard Driscoll, to discuss mobile home park code violations at Edgeway Park.

Ms. Hassett told the Board that the Health Department had been made aware of the violations in June of 2003. An owner called to say that water had pooled under his unit, causing by poor drainage. This was made worse by a plastic sheeting under the unit that acting as a vapor barrier. With the grading as it is, the water settles under some of the units.

Ms. Hassett said Mr. Williams was contacted, and agreed to remove the plastic, which he did.

The next complaint came in August of 2003. It was the same complaint as the previous. An inspection was done. Mr. Williams was present and ordered Ms. Hassett off the property. She explained she had a right to be there, and a verbal agreement was made to remove the plastic sheeting within a month. This did not happen.

Ms. Hassett said she has tried to contact Mr. Williams. In the meantime, other property owners have sent letters regarding the plastic sheeting. She also provided pictures.

Ms. Hassett said this is a violation of 105 CMR 410.602 Maintenance of Land. The Board of Selectmen is the issuing authority, and can revoke the license.

Chairman Perkins asked what Ms. Hassett’s recommendation was.

Ms. Hassett said that she would request an engineered grading plan for review and approval by all concerned Town Departments. In the short term, the plastic should be removed. The ground would also have to be sloped, crowned and graded to shed water. Then the plastic could be put underneath.

Ms. Hassett said there are also issues with other Town Departments, including the Planning Department and Building Department.

Mr. Healey said there is an issue of Earth Removal without a permit. He suggested the reissuing of the permit should be pending.

Attorney Driscoll told the Board that he understood there was an issue with one (1) unit. He believed the problem was caused by cuts in the plastic that does not hold water. The complainant Roland Crowley, requested a driveway on the other side of his mobile home, from the direction that the water was coming. This caused a barrier. Mr. Williams believes that a culvert on the side of the mobile home opposite the driveway would divert the water. This is his proposal.

Selectman Eayrs said the Board wants the problem taken care of in a timely fashion. Mr. Williams has not done this.

Attorney Driscoll suggested he would met with the Health Agent and Mr. Senna, his engineer, next week.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested reporting back in 60 days because of the winter season.

Chairman Perkins suggested a report in a couple of weeks.

Mr. Healey concurred. He said an engineer’s plan is needed to show that the grading will be done in a proper way and replace the plastic and/or skirts for property ventilation under the code.

Mr. Healey noted that venting is a requirement for an Occupancy Permit. The mounding had "supposedly" been created properly, but is not working. Unless the Board takes a different position, the license will reissue on January 1st. Mr. Williams’ obligations under the Mobile Home Act continue, whether or not he is licensed. During the period he is not licensed, he cannot take action to put additional homes in place on the site.

The Building Inspector is withholding Building and Occupancy Permits at this time because of zoning violations.. Mr. Healey said the License should not be issued on January 1st, pending resolution of all matters.

Selectwoman Brunelle said it would be good to have a plan in the next two (2) weeks, but questioned what the resolve would be and when it would be completed. She suggested a time frame be submitted with the plan.

Attorney Driscoll said he did not know if Mr. Senna could commit to final plans in two (2) weeks. He said they could come in with a proposal for a solution.

Chairman Perkins suggested a continuance of the hearing to December 29th.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested the Board look at withholding the License until all repairs are made. She was concerned that once the License was issued, there would be no "incentive" for the repairs to be made.

Attorney Driscoll suggested issuing the License with a certain date for repairs to be made or it would be revoked.

Jeanne Spalding told the Board that there were other options available. There could also be a temporary suspension of the License. She suggested that the Attorney General’s Office be notified of any action taken by the Board.

Frank Sullivan, a resident of the Park, told the Board that he was advised by the Attorney General to notify the State Department of Public Health. He also told the Board that the Health Inspector had "taken a lot of abuse" from Mr. Williams when she came to inspect the property.

Roland Crowley also told the Board that the addition of his driveway has nothing to do with the water problem.

Penny Farco, Manager of the Park, said she was aware of a problem only with one (1) house. She said she and Mr. Williams do not have complaints from other people. She noted that some people want the plastic sheeting under the unit. She said Mr. Williams believes some type of drainage is needed to eliminate the problem.

Chairman Perkins noted that the Health Officer has asked for an engineer to prepare a solution.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked Ms. Hassett to forward all of the information to Mr. Williams.

Another resident of the Park noted that she had sent a certified letter to Mr. Williams regarding the problem with the plastic at her home. He had reassured her it would be removed by the second week of October. This has not happened.

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

VOTED: To continue the hearing to December 29, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey told the Board that a remediation plan had been approved by the Planning Board on May 13, 2003. It identifies areas of buffer around the park which are not to be touched. It also requires the restoration of a retaining wall. These were to be completed by November 1st. None were done.

Mr. Healey said there has also been a great deal of earth removal without a permit, and intrusions into the buffer area.

Attorney Driscoll suggested the Board review a letter from Town Counsel dated March 18, 2003 in regards to the buffer zone before reacting.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested a site visit for Saturday, December 27th at 9AM. The Board will meet at the Town Hall. The meeting will be posted.

NEW BUSINESS

Set Order of Conditions for Earth Removal Permit – Doyle – Plympton Street

The Board reviewed the Order of Conditions. Changes made from the previous permit include the hours (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM), a $50,000 bond, and a two (2) year period.

Selectman Rogers asked if a Farm Plan had been submitted. This is mentioned in the Order.

Bob Lessard asked the Board what the specified route would be.

Selectman Wiksten said that a specific route wasn’t included. He said the Board can suggest a route, but not require it.

Mr. Lessard disagreed, saying the Permit is a Contract with the Town. He suggested four (4) additional requirements for the Order of Conditions:

  1. Require a posted sign depicting the proper agreed upon route for trucks.
  2. Require each truck driver to sign an acknowledgement sheet concerning the proper route to and from the site. The sheet would be kept on site by the owner/operator for review.
  3. Truck drivers and their companies who violate the agreements would be barred from the site.
  4. Owner/operator of the earth removal site would forfeit their bond and right to work the site if truckers and their companies deviate from the route by choice.

The Board suggested Town Counsel review the suggestions for incorporation into future permits.

Selectman Eayrs said it was a good idea to have a posted route if this is possible.

Selectman Wiksten suggested a recommendation that the route exiting the property would be left to Plympton Street to Rte. 44, or right to Plympton Street to Rte. 58.

Mr. Lessard noted that the previous Order of Conditions for Doyle gave the route and the Permit subject to a cease and desist if it was deviated.

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

VOTED: To amend the Order of Conditions to incorporate a suggested route to and from the property either to Plympton by way of Rte. 44 or Rte. 58.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Order of Conditions for Earth Removal Permit #03-3 with the proposed amendments.

Unanimous Vote.

The Orders are subject to the submittal of a Farm Plan.

Renew Class II Licenses

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested that, in the future, inspections be done in October.

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

VOTED: To continue the request to next week’s meeting, obtaining more information on the requirement of a $25,000 Bond.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign License Agreement – S.M.P.A.

Mr. Healey told the Board that Town Counsel has suggested a License and Indemnification Agreement for the South Middleborough Protective Association, to authorize them to enter for the purpose of carrying out repairs to the roof, and other repairs necessary to secure the building.

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

VOTED: To approve and sign the License Agreement with the S.M.P.A.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request to Approve & Sign Notes – Treasurer/Collector

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

VOTED: To award a bid for the school roof money in the amount of $37,401 to UniBank at an interest rate of 1.49%,the bid for Chapter 90 Highway money in the amount of $436,066 to Eastern at an interest rate of 1.40%, and the bid for school roof money in the amount of $66,423 to UniBank at an interest rate of 1.49%.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained

Request to Approve Street Names within Oak Point Development – E911 Database Coordinator

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

VOTED: To approve the following names for future access paths within the Oak Point Development: Lantern Lane, Hastings Road, Branch Street and Waverly Road.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Request to Fund Projects under Water Improvement Program – Water Superintendent

This request had been continued from last week.

Richard Tinkham was present. He told the Board that he had also submitted a cost breakdown showing the impact of his request for two (2) additional capital projects.

Selectman Rogers said the appropriation from Town Meeting cannot be used for these projects because they were not listed in the specific projects. He said an Article can be placed on the next Town Meeting Warrant to add the projects.

Mr. Healey said the coke filter piping replacement, estimated at $26,000, should be done within the frame work of the budget.

Mr. Tinkham said he is looking at alternatives, possibly using different materials. He has spoken to engineers and believes he can "shave the cost considerably".

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

 

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

VOTED: To authorize the Town Manager to proceed with the survey.

Unanimous Vote.

Town Counsel responded that if Tibbets was paid by the Town, instead of Allen & Majors, the conflict would be resolved.

Selectman Eayrs made a motion, seconded by Selectman Rogers, to authorize payment through the Town.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked where the money would come from. She said there would not be enough in the Selectmen’s Engineering Account.

Mr. Healey said an additional appropriation would have to be made, or an adjustment in the payments to the Town. He said the same issues have been discussed in regards to the police detail.

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board could not authorize the payment without an appropriation.

Mr. Healey said he would find a way to deal with the cost.

Selectman Eayrs withdrew his motion, Selectman Rogers withdrew the second.

Chairman Perkins suggested that a tree, which has fallen on the Purchase Street side of the property, be removed.

 

 

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by the MMA for advertising in The Beacon, in the amount of $185.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by W.B. Mason Company, Inc. in the amount of $47.28.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To reimburse Roger Brunelle $89.88 for video tapes for the Selectmen’s Meetings.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained)

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by SEMASS Partnership in the amount of $10,214.81.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Recyclable Pick-up

Selectman Rogers said he has received several calls regarding recyclables not being picked up the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Selectman Rogers was reminded that the Board had previously voted not to have recyclable pick-ups on Saturdays after holidays.

Discussion ensued.

Selectman Rogers asked how much of a savings this was.

Mr. Healey said it was to free up employees to work in other areas.

Selectman Wiksten asked about the status of the custodian’s position at the Town Hall. Mr. Healey said that he is in the process of getting disability retirement.

Selectman Wiksten suggested "freeing up" the person who is acting in that position, so that the DPW could use him. He told Mr. Healey that the Board would look at this position at that time it becomes vacant.

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board needs a better understanding of the custodian’s duties.

Chairman Perkins suggested that the discussion regarding recyclable pick-up be postponed for two (2) weeks to find out what the cost would be.

Bi-weekly Paychecks

Selectman Rogers said the Board had met with some Unions regarding this. They have not met with the Clerical/COA, the DPW, or the Library Unions. He asked that they be contacted to set up meetings.

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board needs a better understanding of what it will take to implement this.

Selectman Rogers said that the "treasurer said she’s ready to go".

Day after Christmas

Selectman Rogers said the Board received notice that the Clerk’s Office will close on December 26th.

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

VOTED: To require all Town Offices to remain open on December 26th with a skeleton crew.

Unanimous Vote.

Email from Thomas Murphy

The Board received email from Tom Murphy regarding a request for payment for hours of taping for the cable company.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was at the Cable Committee meeting when this was discussed. She said that taping is required for the G&E, School Department and the Selectmen. The cable company should be providing this service.

Selectwoman Brunelle said the questions should be referred to the Cable Committee. She said payment would be the responsibility of the cable company.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the previous person who taped the meetings was paid.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted it was by Comcast.

Selectman Wiksten said he was glad this was brought to the attention of the Board. HE said the Cable Committee hasn’t look at anything "in a real hurry". He said he would like to see them move aggressively to see what the Contract states.

Mr. Healey will follow-up and report back to the Board next week.

Town Manager’s Review

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

VOTED: To conduct a mid-year review for the Town Manager at their meeting on December 29th.

Unanimous Vote.

Annual Report

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

VOTED: To contact the Assistant to the Town Manager to dedicate the Annual Town Report to former Town Counsel George Decas.

Unanimous Vote.

The Board further suggested that a picture of the new Fire Station be on the cover.

CORRESPONDENCE

Mr. Healey said that impact fees are not legal in Massachusetts.

Selectman Wiksten asked if a "Town roadway development fee" could be implemented.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested seeing if legislation could be proposed.

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 10:35 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN