SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JUNE 3, 2002

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 6:34 PM.

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten, Selectman Eayrs and Selectwoman Brunelle were present.

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Meeting with the Treasurer/Collector

Judy MacDonald met with the Board to ask for their support of an additional $5,868.00 more than what the Finance Committee is recommending. Ms. MacDonald explained that the Finance Committee had given her a salary increase to $75,533.00 and then rescinded it one week later.

Ms. MacDonald said she has received COLA increases of 3%. She has not had a salary adjustment since 1992.

Ms. MacDonald said her request is based upon her responsibilities, past performance and a salary survey.

Ms. MacDonald told the Board that her responsibilities are significant. These include responsibility for a budget in excess of $13 million dollars; payroll for over 850 employees; and reporting requirements to the IRS;

In addition, the Treasurer is responsible for administering all Trust funds, Scholarship funds and study activity funds in the Town’s custody; being the custodian of tax foreclosed property; and collection of over $20 million per year in taxes.

Ms. MacDonald also explained her success in up grading the Town’s bond rating from A3 to A2.

Ms. MacDonald told the Board that when she took office in April 1990, the records in her Department were a mess. This past year, the Auditors of an independent accounting firm reported the records were in excellent shape.

Ms. MacDonald presented the Board with a salary survey for Treasurer/Collectors in towns with similar populations and operating budgets. These included Bourne, East Bridgewater, Easton, Duxbury, Pembroke, Reading, Sandwich, Sharon and Wareham.

Selectman Eayrs asked why the FinCom had reneged on the salary increase. Ms. MacDonald said the salary survey that the FinCom was using was not updated.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if Ms. MacDonald’s salary had been adjusted as part of the last review done by the MMA Study. Ms. MacDonald said it had not.

At this point, the FinCom was invited into the meeting and asked why they had taken the action they did.

Lisa Dufresne said that her Committee had met on the last night that they could take a vote. In retrospect, her Committee was not given enough information. She said she had looked at the history of the position, reviewing past annual Town Meeting reports, and had asked the Personnel Board to supply a salary survey for surrounding towns. She said that this showed that Ms. MacDonald’s salary was on the ‘high end’. She said her Committee had felt pressured to make a decision, and felt they had made a mistake.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked what the recommended increase was from the FinCom. It was 3 ˝ %.

Selectwoman Brunelle said Ms. MacDonald’s position does require a lot of work and responsibility. However, she felt it would be unfair to the rest of the Non-Union group to give a salary adjustment beyond the 3 ˝ % at this time. She suggested further adjustments could be made after the Personnel Board completes a study.

Ms. MacDonald told the Board that she had been taken out of the Non-Union group, and that is why she had gone forward with the request for an adjustment.

Selectwoman Brunelle said it was her understanding that the Treasurer/Collector would be part of a Bylaw to be completed by the Personnel Board.

The Board did not disagree with the request for a salary adjustment, but said that they could not recommend it at tonight’s meeting.

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

VOTED: To support a 3 ˝% COLA increase for the Treasurer/Collector with the intention of recommending a salary adjustment to be completed by the Fall Town Meeting.

Unanimous Vote.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Request to use Four-Inch Water Main – Water Superintendent

The Board received a letter from Richard Tinkham requesting permission for a system connection for two (2) new homes being built off of Plympton Street. The homes are 300 linear feet away from the system.

The request is to install four-inch ductile iron water main from the system to the end of the road, with a blow off for flushing, and take the two (2) domestic services off the four inch main.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the home owners would be responsible for the shared line. Mr. Tinkham said they would, and this has been explained to them.

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

VOTED: To allow a system connection for two (2) new homes being built off of Plympton Street by allowing the installation of a four-inch ductile iron water main from the system to the end of the road, with a blow off for flushing, and take the two (2) domestic services off the four inch main.

Unanimous Vote.

Request for One Day Liquor License – A+ Bartending Service

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

VOTED: To grant a one day liquor license to A+ Bartending Service for an event to be held at 43 Fuller Street on June 9, 2002 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Discussion of Articles that were previously held

The Board discussed Articles that had been held for further information.

Article 9

Favorable action on this Article will authorize the question of acceptance of a three percent surcharge on real property annually to create a fund for the purchase, preservation, or restoration of open space or recreational land, historic resource and community housing as permitted by the Community Preservation Act to be placed on the ballot at the next election. If approved by a majority vote at Town Meeting and by Ballot vote, a 3% surcharge will be added to each real estate tax bill. A $100,000 exemption will apply to Residential Property.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested that a date should be given in the motion for the implementation of this. Mr. Healey suggested July 1, 2004.

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

VOTED: To support Article 9.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Articles 11 & 12

Favorable action on these Articles will authorize the Selectmen to sell landlocked property within the Rocky Gutter Reservation to the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife for the sum of $12,000 each. Article 12 was originally going to be tabled, but the bidder has indicated that he will forfeit his $5000 deposit and renege on the transaction.

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

VOTED: To support Articles 11 & 12.

Unanimous Vote.

Articles 18, 19 and 22 will be tabled.

Article 24

This Article removes a clause in the Open Space Bylaw relating to sewage discharge, lot size and other WRPD requirements which were added in the WRPD Bylaw change voted under Article 23.

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

VOTED: To support Article 24.

Unanimous Vote.

Discussion ensued on Articles 26, 27, 28 and 33. These are proposed changes to the Town Charter.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she had a lot of questions on these Articles, and felt that some went beyond what the General Laws allow. She suggested these be held to the Fall Town Meeting.

Nancy Thomas, Chairman of the Charter Study Committee, was present. She said she would answer any questions that the Board had.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that the suggested changes, along with the old wording, should have been provided to the Townspeople. She also suggested that the public hearing that had been held should’ve been held at a time when the public could attend, not 10:00 AM.

Ms. Thomas reminded the Board that the Committee had been formed in 2000. They had worked for one (1) year, and had given a report at the last Annual Town Meeting. A vote was made to take them off the warrant of the Fall Town Meeting and bring it to the Annual Town Meeting. She said the term of the Committee ends at this Annual Town Meeting.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that a vote can be made to extend the Committee to the Fall Town Meeting.

Ms. Thomas told the Board that Town Counsel had reviewed the submitted Articles.

Selectman Eayrs said that the Board did not have time to debate the Articles at this meeting.

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

VOTED: To postpone all Charter Committee Articles (26, 27, 28 & 33) until the Fall Town Meeting, and to vote to extend the Committee to the Conclusion of the next Town Meeting.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten noted that public hearings had been held, and said he did not want to discourage the Committee.

Selectwoman Brunelle said this was not her intent.

Mr. Healey, a member of the Charter Committee, said he was not opposed to the postponing of the Articles.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the following bills:

Unanimous Vote.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

There was no discussion of ‘Correspondence’.

 

 

 

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn to Town Meeting at 7:20 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN