SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JANUARY 7, 2002

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.

Selectman Rogers, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman Eayrs 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 December 17, 2001.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of December 17, 2001.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of December 21, 2001.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

A Special Town Meeting was held at 7:00 PM. Two (2) Articles are on the Warrant.

Article 1

This is a petitioned article that reads as follows: "To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One million, two-hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000.00) by borrowing under the General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 8 to purchase a parcel of land on Fuller Street containing one hundred five (105) acres of land, more or less, said parcel being shown on Assessors Tax Map 24 as Lot 5695 and described in a deed recorded in Plymouth County Registry of Deeds in Book 4584, page 408, and a parcel of land off Plympton Street containing 13,068 square feet of land, more or less, said parcel being shown on Assessors Tax Map 34 as lot 3363 and described in a deed recorded in Plymouth County Registry of Deeds in Book 4584, page 408, and, to meet this appropriation, to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow the sum of $1,200,000.00 under the General Laws Chapter 44, Section 8, to provide that the debt shall be paid from the Water Department’s Fund Balance for Water Development, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase the parcels on such terms and conditions as the Board determines, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to make a confirmatory order of taking of the parcels by Eminent Domain, or act anything thereon."

Chairman Perkins asked if the Board wanted to take a position on this Article.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested the Board’s role should be to offer guidance.

Selectman Rogers noted that the Article was brought to the Board by petitioners, and should be voted as such. He felt there was insufficient information regarding the potential well site and water stand on the site. He did not feel that 95 acres was necessary for this. He also noted that $12 – 14,000. has already been spent on this project, and about $30,000 more would be needed to further evaluate the site.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was not opposed to obtaining the land, but felt that purchasing the land from Water Department Funds was "disingenuous at best". She felt that if the people voted to approve this, the money should come from the taxpayers, not the rate payers.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that the Town should further explore the Community Preservation Act. She suggested an override may be necessary.

Selectman Wiksten agreed with Selectwoman Brunelle. He said he was "on the fence". He said he was not opposed to looking further at the site.

Selectman Eayrs said he understood the concerns that were presented, but said that if favorable action was not taken, it would be a mute point. He said the Town needs to be proactive in where Chapter 40B will be. Because of the flaw in the presentation to the Town, more time is being allowed to explore this. He said this is an area where there is no well. He approves of the funding, and supports the Article.

Selectman Eayrs said he questioned the value on the site. He noted that the Town could purchase it for one purpose, and sell it to another Department if necessary.

Chairman Perkins said he agrees with Selectman Eayrs. He noted that the motion would allow more time for the Board to study the property. He noted that the Board seemed to be split on whether or not to support the Article. He asked if they should present it this way.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked what would happen to water rates if this passed. Chairman Perkins said it would have no impact, as there is enough money in the reserve funds.

Mr. Healey noted that the Water Reserve Fund is increased by about $500,000 per year. He and the Water Superintendent suggest that the Board might increase the rates by 1% each year to avoid a larger increase. He said that there is a lot of work to be done in the system, but was confident that there is enough money to do both.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was "astounded" that there is a $500,000 surplus each year. She questioned whether or not rates needed to be increased.

Selectman Eayrs noted that other communities have problems each year with water. He said we were "lucky" not to have this problem, but suggested we needed to safeguard as much land as we can.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the question should be placed on a ballot for a possible override. She noted that the site is a low-yield well site, and questioned whether or not the Board could sell it later. She also noted that the property would be landlocked.

Selectman Eayrs suggested the property could be purchased, and then an override could be done. He noted that the original Notice was for the entire property.

Mr. Healey noted that the Town only has the first right of refusal on the backland property, which is under Chapterland. He noted that the developer has divided the property up by value, and said there is room for argument on this. He suggested talking to an Attorney and possibly going to Land Court.

Motion was made by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Chairman Perkins to support Article 1. The Vote was 2 –2 –1, with Selectman Eayrs and Chairman Perkins for, Selectwoman Brunelle and Selectman Wiksten against, and Selectman Rogers abstaining.

Chairman Perkins said he would make the motion to accept Article 2 which is as follows: "To see if the Town will vote to transfer to the Board of Selectmen the care, custody, management and control of the following parcel of land as shown on the Assessor’s Maps as follows for the purpose of sale of all or a portion of the parcel and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell and convey all or a portion of said parcel on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen may determine, or act anything thereon."

Map # Parcel # Location Land Area

048 3042 West Grove Street 4.00

 

OLD BUSINESS

Town’s Option to Purchase Chapterland – Barnhart – Fuller Street

Because the Board was given a new Notice of Intent to Sell Chapterland, a Decision did not have to be made tonight on the Town’s Option to Purchase.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

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

VOTED: To authorize the Town Manager to budget an estimated $6000.00 for two (2) catalytic converters on the Landfill Equipment due to the increase in the tonnage.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Eayrs asked if the converters are a requirement. Mr. Healey said they are not, but they are "encouraged" by the State.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay five (5) bills submitted by the Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $118.48, $5.67, $5.35, $12.67 and $66.77 totaling $208.94.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Hathaway Publishing in the amount of $196.31.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay four (4) bills submitted by Verizon in the amounts of $21.85, $21.92, $21.84, and $21.84 totaling $65.61.

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 $19.28.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Martha Dupuis, Secretary for the Historical Commission in the amount of 96.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Thevenin, O’Grady & Co., LLP in the amount of $1500.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay five the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C. for November 1st through December 14th in the amount of $5075.00.

Unanimous Vote.

 

OTHER

Selectman Rogers suggested that the Board discuss this further at another meeting.

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 7:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN