SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JULY 28, 2003

 

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

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten and Selectman Eayrs were present.

Selectwoman Brunelle entered the meeting at 8:12 PM.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

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

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of July 21, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Discussion of Building Department Fees

Mr. Healey said the Building Commissioner could not attend tonight’s meeting because of another commitment. He reminded the Board that the proposed increase in fees had been discussed in March. He recommended positive action.

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

VOTED: To approve the increase in Building Department fees as outlined in a February 10, 2003 memo from the Building Commissioner to the Town Manager.

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget FY’04

Mr. Healey advised the Board that the Town Clerk & Accountant has returned from vacation and is finalizing the closing of the books. He said he would have additional information for the Board at the end of the week.

Request for Water Main Extension – Maple Road – Schneider

The Board received a request from Elliot Schneider for a water main extension on maple Road.

Mr. Schneider and Paul Redlon were present.

Mr. Schneider submitted a plan to the Board. He explained that the request is for a 500’ water main extension on Maple Road, from Old Centre Street, to service two (2) lots on the plan. There will be a hydrant at the end.

Mr. Schneider said that he had spoken to the Water Superintendent, who supports the request.

Selectman Rogers suggested the service should extend to the end of the road. Mr. Elliot said the next lot is already served by a 1" main. The extension would serve no other purpose than additional expense. He said the Water Superintendent did not have a problem with the proposal.

Selectman Wiksten asked if there was water service to any of the homes in that area. Mr. Healey said there was not.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the proposed 8" main would service the rest of the customers if it was ever extended. Mr. Healey said it would.

Selectman Rogers suggested the service be extended to Lot 3. This would require an extension of approximately 605’. He said this would be a benefit to the Town and an advantage for fire service.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the existing dwelling was serviced by water to Old Centre Street. Mr. Healey said it was.

Chairman Perkins noted that the plan needed to be amended to read 8" water line depth, instead of 6".

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Elliot Schneider for a water main extension on Maple Road, with a hydrant at the end, for an 8" main to extend from the intersection of Old Center Street and Maple Road to the northeast corner of Lot 3 as shown on the plan entitled, "Maple Road Waterline Extension in Middleborough Massachusetts" drawn by Outback Engineering, Inc., dated June 24, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for Waiver of Use of Flowable Fill

Mr. Healey told the Board that Elliot Schneider has requested a waiver for the use of flowable fill in connection with the above-mentioned project. He said that he told Mr. Schneider that the Board has not issued a waiver since establishing this policy.

Mr. Schneider said that he recognized the intention of flowable fill to be to prevent the road from sagging or collapsing. His request is limited to a portion of the road where there will be a utility trench. He said he would be willing to post a bond to be sure repairs would be done if necessary.

Selectman Rogers asked what the cost savings would be. Paul Redlon said flowable fill would cost $14,000, while compacted gravel would cost $2,700.

Selectman Wiksten said he would like to see a reasonable length up Maple Road to encompass the intersection from the opening of Old Centre Street.

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

VOTED: To require flowable fill to be used for approximately 75’ from the opening of Old Centre Street, allowing compacted gravel for the utility trench, and posting a $10,000 bond for two (2) years.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for One-Day Liquor License – Middleboro/Lakeville Rotary Club

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

VOTED: To approve the request from the Middleboro/Lakeville Rotary Club for two (2) one-day beer and wine licenses for Crazy Days, August 1st and August 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Award Bid for 2003 Water Main Cleaning & Lining Project

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

VOTED: To award the bid for the 2003 Water Main Cleaning & Lining Project to W. Walsh Company, Inc. for the amount of $1,276,613.60.

Unanimous Vote.

Chairman Perkins noted that there was a $1 million difference in the bids.

Appointment of Members to Weston Forest Committee

The Board discussed the applications that were filed for two (2) additional positions on the Weston Forest Committee.

Bob Luckraft spoke in favor of Nellie Campbell, explaining that she is a Tispaquin Street resident who has put a lot of time and effort into the property over the years. Ms. Campbell is also a science teacher with over 30 years of experience.

Applications were received from Nellie Campbell, Lezlie Diggins, and Nancy Kitchen, who is currently the alternate on the Committee.

The Board’s Secretary noted that no one from the Committee has notified the Office that they did not wish to be reappointed.

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

VOTED: To appoint Nellie Campbell and Lezlie Diggins to the Weston Memorial Committee, leaving Nancy Kitchen as an alternate to be appointed with the next vacancy.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Grant Authorization to Sign Grant – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To give signatory authority to Robert W. Silva, Fire Chief, with regards to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Grant named Citizen Corp Grant Program.

VOTE 3 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request to Use Town Hall Auditorium – Nemasket River Productions

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

VOTED: To grant permission to Nemasket River Productions to use the Town Hall Auditorium on August 25th and 26th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM for auditions.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign Septic Betterment – Watson – 289 Thompson Street

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

VOTED: To approve and sign a septic betterment for property located at 289 Thompson Street, owned by Louis and Larrine Watson, in the amount of $12,045.00.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign Letter to Representatives – RE: Regional Municipal Water Needs

Chairman Perkins explained that a letter to the congressional representatives had been proposed by the Carver/Middleborough Sub-Committee in reference to water issues. The letter would solicit assistance in federal money to achieve joint goals.

Selectman Wiksten said he had a problem with a reference in the letter as "regional". He questioned if a joint grant was obtained, would it make Carver a partner with Middleborough in the water system.

He said the proposal remotely benefits our rate payers. He also was under the impression that Carver would take some major steps, such as constructing a water tower.

Chairman Perkins said the Carver water tower has been discussed. He said he could see a "partnering of some sort".

Chairman Perkins explained that Carver does not have a water system. Middleborough supplies water to some residents and commercial ventures. He said Carver would like to improve their position and create their own water system. He said it would benefit both towns.

Chairman Perkins said Carver has defined a potential well location and is in the process of purchasing it. Test wells are being done for capacity and quality.

Selectman Wiksten felt that the proposal was tailored more to benefit Carver than us. He said Middleborough needs to be aggressive in extending water mains. He said we could loop our own system without going into other borders. He said we are in the business to sell water, and anything named "regional" concerned him.

Selectman Eayrs noted that Middleborough owns the wells and ships the water to Carver. A regional project would not change that. He said a Carver water system was years away. He said he did not see the proposal as a potential threat.

Selectman Wiksten said he did not have a problem soliciting for grant money with the intention of extending water mains to Carver and to increase service to East Middleborough residents. He was concerned with accepting grant money and whether or not Middleborough would be able to still charge premium rates.

Selectman Eayrs felt we could, unless an agreement was signed that prohibited this. He also noted that the Town could apply for money, but would not have to accept it.

Mr. Healey said it has been made clear to Carver that Middleborough intends to remain the purveyor of water. He said the proposal is regional in nature, but not a regional water system. He said Middleborough sets the rates and there would be no sharing of authority.

Selectman Rogers said that Selectman Wiksten’s comments were reasonable. He said the purpose of the money has not been identified. He noted that "regionalizing" would require State Legislation.

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

VOTED: To approve and sign the letter, deleting "Regional Municipal Water Needs" and adding "…attempting to find grant funding sources for additional planning and engineering design services."

Unanimous Vote.

Set Summer Schedule

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

VOTED: To meet on August 11th and 25th, and not meet on August 4th and 18th and September 1st.

Unanimous Vote.

Set Date for Fall Town Meeting

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

VOTED: To hold the Fall Special Town Meeting on Monday, September 29th at 7:00 PM, to open the Warrant and set a closing date of August 25th.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign "Notice of Intent" – Weston & Sampson

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

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to sign a Notice of Intent for the Stormwater Management Plan.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign Abatement Form – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to sign and submit the Abatement Form in regards to the spill at the Central Fire Station.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no "Old Business" to discuss tonight.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

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

VOTED: To place the $250,000 Simeone payment into the Water Enterprise Fund.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey noted that the Assessor’s records have been found to be inaccurate, and the Fire Station property is much larger that originally thought to be.

Selectman Rogers noted that the Board had decided to stop and evaluate the painting of the interior of the Indian Hill water tower.

Mr. Healey said the recommendation to paint this was made by Tom Payeur.

Selectman Rogers said he did not see the need, and said the location of a 1 million gallon tank should be addressed in the fall.

Mr. Healey said painting the interior of the tank would buy time to further explore a Carver tank.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $5.35 and $5.35, totaling $10.70.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills submitted by the Verizon in the amounts of $21.06 and $20.99, totaling $42.05.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To table payment in the amount of $2,478.00 to the MMA for FY’04 Membership Dues until after Town Meeting.

Unanimous Vote.

 

OTHER

Discussion – Motorized Scooters on Downtown Sidewalks

Chairman Perkins said that he has received recent complaints in regards to motorized scooters and skate boards being used on downtown sidewalks. He suggested a plan should be devised to deal with this.

Selectman Eayrs questioned how anything could be enforced, noting that a license plate is not required.

Selectman Wiksten noted that some kids are respectful when operating these.

Chairman Perkins suggested Mr. Healey contact the Police Chief and Safety Officer for their recommendations.

Comcast Plans

Mr. Healey noted that the Board had been given copies of plans for proposed water service at the Comcast location.

Selectman Wiksten said a 1" water service, for the distance required, is inadequate for anything more than a toilet and a sink. He said the Board needs to work to "straighten this out" and put water main and services in.

Mr. Healey said he did not know what leverage the Board has.

Selectman Wiksten said a policy needs to be set, not allowing 1" service going 500 – 600 feet, especially for commercial property.

It was noted that David Peck’s property runs more than 200’ from East Grove Street. The policy is not to extend beyond 200’. It was noted that Mr. Peck had offered to install a well.

Selectman Rogers asked that the Water Superintendent provide draft policies to the Board. Mr. Healey said he would ask him.

Selectman Rogers asked that a meeting to discuss water policies be scheduled soon.

Selectman Wiksten noted the need for a policy regarding curb to mains.

CORRESPONDENCE

VOTED: To appoint the Police Chief as the point person for 2003 State Homeland Security (SHS) Grant Program.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey noted that he had signed some forms today at the request of Lt. Armanetti because of a deadline.

 

 

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

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 8:20 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss Contract Negotiations.

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