SELECTMEN’S MEETING

DECEMBER 11, 2006

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:12 PM.

 

Selectman Andrews, Selectman Spataro, and Selectwoman Brunelle were present.

Selectman Bond was absent.

 

Chairman Perkins apologized for the late start explaining that the Board had had a previous meeting.

 

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of December 4, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Spataro and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of December 4, 2006.

            VOTE 3 – 0 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained)

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Meeting with Rep. Tom O’Brien

 

Rep. Tom O’Brien met with the Board as part of his transition to the office of Plymouth County Treasurer as of January 1, 2007.  Thomas Caulter will take Rep. O’Brien’s place as Representative.  He said his colleagues will continue to provide the services needed.

 

Rep. O’Brien told the Board that he has enjoyed representing the Town of Middleborough for the past 10 years.  He said the elected officials of the town do a great job and work very hard at the volunteer level.  Rep. O’Brien said he has always felt welcome in Middleborough.

 

Rep. O’Brien also acknowledged Mr. Healey, noting how “the month would not completed if not asked where the money was before the budget cycle was over”.

 

It was also noted that Rep. O’Brien has not missed a vote on Beacon Hill, having 3,800 consecutive votes.

 

Rep. O’Brien said he looks forward to the opportunity to continue to provide services as the Plymouth County Treasurer.

 

Each member of the Board expressed their gratitude to Rep. O’Brien.

 

Selectman Spataro asked Rep. O’Brien if the Town could expect more local aid from the State.

 

Rep. O’Brien predicted a 5% - 7% State increase.  He said, however, he could not predict how that would break down between education and general government.

 

Selectman Spataro asked about unfunded State mandates.

 

Rep. O’Brien said this has been a frustrating situation with “unintended consequences” over the last 3 – 4 years.  He said if there is a particular unfunded mandate it should be brought to the attention of the State Reps and Senator.

 

Selectman Spataro asked about implementing impact fees.

 

Rep. O’Brien said Plymouth had tried to do this and it was not well received on Beacon Hill.  He suggested this should not be done on a town-by-town basis.  He noted that the Governor-elect’s ideas are good and there will be transition team meetings to look at possible sources of relief.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if there was anything on the “horizon” to assist towns with the high cost of health care.

 

Rep. O’Brien said some research has been done which shows that people are living longer with the improvements in technology.  Costs then grow.  He said one problem is uninsured individuals who don’t get preventative or educational care.  He said the Federal Government needs to make an effort to help with this.

 

The Board set a tentative date of March 5, 2007 to meet with Rep. O’Brien in his capacity as Treasurer.

 

Meeting with Gary Darmon, Saxon Partners

 

Gary Darmon and Don Smith, Saxon Partners, met with the Board.

 

Mr. Darmon explained that he is interested in retail development in the Town of Middleborough.  He has a current agreement to purchase the Southpointe Site which is 2255 acres just west of the rotary on Rte. 44.

 

Mr. Darmon said he wished to make a formal announcement to give an idea of the main plan.  He said the project will be similar to one he has done in Plymouth which may exceed 1 million square feet in retail.  He said he envisioned the same for Middleboro.

 

Mr. Darmon said the project may take some rezoning and would be built in phases.  He will need master plan approval as the infrastructure commitment is enormous.  He said he looked forward to the opportunity to have a great cooperative effort with the town.

 

Mr. Darmon said he would “play the role of the middle man”, working on getting approvals and approaching retailers.  He said he would work in a way to establish credibility to move forward with retailers. 

 

Mr. Darmon explained that, as a developer, he “likes to go the little extra” creating an atmosphere that the shopper will enjoy.  He said this is tough to do when “someone comes next door and does a better job”.  He said this would add a tremendous tax revenue for the Town of Middleborough.

 

Chairman Perkins said he was familiar with the Plymouth project and thanked Mr. Darmon for the “best Christmas present”.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that commercial development is needed to help with the residential development.

 

Mr. Healey said the land has been tied up.  He said it is the last major piece of industrial/commercial property.   He said the Town “needs to get behind this fast”.

 

Selectman Andrews agreed saying the property has languished for over 15 years. He noted Saxon Partners had rooted itself as part of the community with the development of Oak Point.

 

Order of Conditions – ER Permit #06-6 – 691 Wareham Street Realty Trust

 

Tony Esposito, Outback Engineering, and Carl Tucci, the applicant, were present.

 

The Board reviewed the standard Order of Conditions making adjustments for this project.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Order of Conditions for ER Permit #06-6 as amended.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request to Declare Surplus Property – Fire Department

 

Upon motion by Selectman Andrews and seconded by Selectman Spataro, the Board

            VOTED:  To declare the vehicle that was believed to have been donated by Scott         Hyman d/b/a Extreme Cycles as surplus property to be auctioned at the next   surplus auction.

            VOTE 3 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle opposed)

 

Selectwoman Brunelle opposed saying that it was believed that the donation had been made by someone else.  Further information has come to the attention of the Board.  The vehicle has been used for the past 2 years.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Board had done the right thing.  He said it was a shame that money was spent on it, but the Board was “trying to right a wrong”.

 

Request to Renew Liquor Licenses for 2007

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the 2007 Liquor Licenses as follows:

R.P.'s Stage Stop, Inc.

407 West Grove Street, P.O. Box 266

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Fireside Grille

Rtes 18 & 44

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Justin's Chicken House

450 Wareham Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Lisa's USA Pizza

547 West Grove Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant

384 West Grove Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

The Central Café

254 Center Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

The Hideaway Restaurant

9 Station Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Tikki Buddha

10 Merchant's Way

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Courtyard Restaurant

360 Wareham Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

The Cabin, Inc.

114 East Grove Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Center Ave Café

160 Center Ave

Common Victualer - All Kinds

The Tuscan House

58 East Grove Street

Common Victualer - All Kinds

Dave's Diner

390 West Grove Street

Common Victualer - Wine & Malt

Apazidis Family Restaurant

194 East Grove Street

Common Victualer - Wine & Malt

Farrars Flat Iron Café

444 Centre Street

Common Victualer - Wine & Malt

Middleborough Liquors

554 West Grove Street

Retail Package - All Kinds

Deep, Inc. d/b/a Kurt's Corner

355 Wareham Street

Retail Package - All Kinds

Savas Liquors

167 Center Street

Retail Package - All Kinds

Seven Star Liquors

3 East Grove Street

Retail Package - All Kinds

The Bottle Shop

438 West Grove Street

Retail Package - All Kinds

Cirelli Foods

30 Commerce Blvd.

Retail Package - All Kinds

Bourne Food Mart

414 West Grove Street

Retail Package - Wine & Malt

Capeway Convenience Store, Inc.

578 Wareham Street

Retail Package - Wine & Malt

The Middle Store

758 Center Street

Retail Package - Wine & Malt

Village Market

206 Wareham Street

Retail Package - Wine & Malt

Christopher Building Association

262 West Grove Street

Club License - All Kinds

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club

110 Pine Street/P.O. Box 307

Club License - All Kinds

Middleborough Lodge of Elks

24 High Street

Club License - All Kinds

Mitchell Memorial Club

West Grove Street

Club License - All Kinds

VFW

30 Station Street

Club License - All Kinds

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for 2AM Licenses

 

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

VOTED:  To approve 2AM Liquor Licenses for New Years Eve for those establishments requesting it.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve Waivers – Cultural Council

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the request for Waivers for Cultural Council members     Maryann Abren, Barbara Chadwick and Derel Lee Twombley.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

12 Highland Street (waiting for decision)

 

Downtown Parking

 

Lakeville IMA

 

Workshop – Personnel Board

 

A workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 7:00 PM.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Meeting with Superintendent of Schools

 

Mr. Healey said he had met with Supt. Sullivan this week to discuss the Budget and potential override situation.  The School Department will need an additional $1,400,000 to maintain current service levels and has a list of additional staff necessary to improve areas of need that would add another million dollars.

 

Chairman Perkins said the School Committee has already started negotiations with Unions.  He suggested a letter be sent indicating that, anything other than 0%-0%-0% or a 0% for at least 1 year, would result in support of a net school spending figure rather than any increase. 

 

Selectman Spataro said he would support that if there was a meeting with the School Committee.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle agreed.  She suggested they be invited to next week’s meeting.  She said the CLG is reviewing budget requests for next year.  Most requests from General Government have been to restore hours that have been cut or personnel that has been cut, including 4 firefighters.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said some budgets are still missing, as well as information in the unclassified area.  She said the biggest thing that is missing is the Cherry Sheet figures.  She said the CLG would provide different scenarios for level funding, and basing on Rep. O’Brien’s estimate of a 5% - 7% State aid increase.

 

Selectman Andrews suggested if town employees “want to get together to contribute more to the health plan” it would increase his support for an Override.  He said a 10% co-pay is “not enough”.  He suggested the school system sets the tone for the rest of the town.

 

Discussion ensued on when to have the School Committee meet with the Board. 

 

Upon motion by Selectman Spataro and seconded by Selectman Andrews, the Board

            VOTED:  To send a letter expressing the concerns of the Board and schedule a             meeting for January 8, 2007 at 8 PM.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey noted that some Union negotiations have already been concluded.

 

Downtown Business Raffle

 

Mr. Healey explained that Middleborough on the Move (MOM) is sponsoring a raffle in Middleborough.  All participating stores have a yellow flyer in the window.  For every purchase of $10, a raffle ticket will be entered.  One “gift basket” filled with prizes valued over $1800 will be given away.  The prize is displayed in the Eastern Savings Bank window.

 

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

            VOTED:  To allow MOM to use the Town Hall Auditorium from 2 PM to 4 PM           on New Year’s Day to hold the drawing.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey said he would be present to provide security for the building.

 

Jane Lopes noted that, in addition to Santa, the Burt Wood School will provide carolers this Saturday from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Town Hall.  Live sheep will also be provided by Soule Homestead for the nativity scene.

 

Ms. Lopes acknowledged Mr. Healey, his wife Diane, and son, Lionel, for working on Sunday to get the holiday display completed on the front lawn of the Town Hall.

 

No Place for Hate

 

Mr. Healey provided information for becoming a “no place for hate community” as a follow-up to a rally that was previously held.

 

Selectman Spataro said a rally and proclamation had already been done in Middleborough.  He said all of the Selectmen had expounded on the deplorable letter that had been sent to the Rev. Hailani Chan-Williams of the Methodist Church.  He said he didn’t want to “get into a forced program”.

 

Chairman Perkins noted that Middleboro hasn’t had these kinds of problems and was astounded over the recent incident.  He said signing onto this program may be “looking for a problem that we don’t have”.

 

Mr. Healey noted that some of the events that would be a result of entering into the program are things that are being done anyways.  He said Middleboro Youth Advocates (MYA) is a coalition of youth serving agencies that do events such as inner faith retreats and pot luck dinners.  He said education is always effective on adults and kids.

 

Chairman Perkins said just because we don’t join a group doesn’t mean we can’t do the activities.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said the program puts a lot of onerous on the school system.  She said it needs to be discussed more.

 

Chairman Perkins noted only 50 communities have signed on at this time.

 

Selectman Andrews asked the community to provide feedback to the Board as to whether or not residents feel there is a substantial problem of hate within the community.

 

Selectman Spataro suggested tabling the request at this time.

 

Mr. Healey said he would refer it to the School Committee to review.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

 

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

            VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Southcoast Media Group in the amount of          $3,152.43.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To pay three (3) bills submitted by Middleborough Gas & Electric     Department in the amounts of $37.68, $286.73 & $47.31, totaling $371.72.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

OTHER

 

There was no ‘Other’ Business discussed tonight.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

v     Jayson Tracy, Animal Control Officer, gave the Board information on violations and procedures for animal complaints.

 

      Mr. Healey said the procedures can be addressed in the previously proposed Non- Criminal Disposition Bylaw.

           

      Selectman Andrews asked the Board’s Secretary to research how many dog           complaints have been made over the last 3 years.

 

      Mr. Healey said he would provide copies of the Bylaw to the Board for their review.

 

      Selectwoman Brunelle asked that he also get copies from other towns.

 

v     The Board will invite all candidates interested in being appointed the Personnel Board to next week’s meeting.

 

v     Correspondence from Atty. Donald Correa, attorney for Vince DiRusso, was given to the Board. 

 

      The Board’s Secretary said she is still waiting for a response from the RMV in         regards to whether or not a Class II License holder can close for 3 months per year.

 

v     Mr. Healey said the Water Department is dealing with an abatement request from Rober Rashid.

 

v     Correspondence from Robert Malcolm, a resident of Edgeway, will be forwarded to Town Counsel to determine if the Board needs to take any action.

 

v     The ZBA will be asked to respond to correspondence from Mass Housing soliciting comments for the project Pine Rock Estates.

 

 

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

            VOTED:  To enter into Executive Session at 9:10 PM, not to return to Open     Session, to discuss Contract Negotiations.

            A poll vote was taken.  Selectman Andrews, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman             Spataro, and Chairman Perkins approved.

            VOTE 4 - 0

 

 

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN