SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JUNE 23, 2003

 

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

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten and Selectman Eayrs were present.

Selectwoman Brunelle entered the meeting at 6:35 PM.

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of June 16, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Annual Town Meeting (cont.)

Selectman Rogers told the Board that he was disappointed with the impending layoffs, noting that no change was made to the IT Department. He questioned who is in charge of the IT Department, and suggested it should be the Town Manager.

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

VOTED: To place the IT Department under the direct control and supervision of the Town Manager as authorized under the Town Charter.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten said this had already been previously voted. He said a request had also been made for a contingency plan for consultants to be contacted if the IT Director and Assistant were not available.

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Selectman Rogers suggested asking the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department to put the water & sewer bills with the monthly G&E bills. He said this would save money.

Selectman Eayrs said the did not like the idea, saying it would cause confusion. He also did not think the G&E would be willing to do this. If problems occurred with water meters, people would complain to the G&E.

Selectman Wiksten asked for clarification on whether the bills would be separate.

Selectman Rogers said they would be. He said the G&E billing system is more efficient.

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Selectman Wiksten noted that the Highway Department will be down by 6 positions. He suggested the custodial job at the Town Hall be part-time. Currently, one of the DPW workers is filling in for Jack Howard, is on sick leave. This would give the Highway Department back a ½ day employee. He asked that the Board discuss this at the next meeting.

Chairman Perkins suggested that the Town Manager should handle this as it is a management issue.

Selectman Wiksten noted the Town Manager will be away for three (3) weeks.

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Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the Board was taking a position for tonight’s Town Meeting.

Selectman Eayrs noted that there are items "up for discussion". He referenced the Simeone money.

Selectman Eayrs noted that, if the School Department were successful in amending their budget for another $622,000, it would put the Town further in the hole. He said this was Town Meeting to decide. He noted that something could be done with local receipts, and maximizing local fees. He said the budget would not be balanced until the Fall.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was confused by the contingent budget, as to whether it was "level funded" or had already been subject to cuts. She said the Board needs to meet with Department Heads quickly to get a better idea.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the Board would make the motion to provide for funding for budget amendments. It was the consensus of the Board not to make this motion.

It was noted that there areas of fees to review, such as the ‘Weights & Measures’.

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board needed to decide a "plan of attack" for the next 30 day period, noting that the holding of layoffs cannot go beyond that. She said revenues would have to be increased, or budgets cut.

Chairman Perkins asked what the Board’s stance would be in regards to the School Department.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she would like answers. She said she is not arguing the merit of the request, but the funding.

Chairman Perkins asked how the Board could justify 10 general government lay-offs, and give the School Department $622,000 which would include hiring two (2) new teachers.

Alice Elwell asked about a memo from the Town Manager regarding Department Heads asking for their contingent budgets. The Board said it would "chaos" if this was to happen.

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

VOTED: To go along with the Finance Committee budget recommendations, making a commitment to Department Heads to work as quickly as possible to resolve budget issues.

Unanimous Vote.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Request for One Day Liquor License – Sacred Heart Church

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

VOTED: To approve a one day liquor license for the Parish Chicken Barbecue to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2003 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Parish Hall on Oak Street.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Sign Mutual Aid Agreement – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To approve the request of the Fire Chief to sign the Fire Chief’s Association of Plymouth County Mutual Aid Agreement.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request to Renew Basic Life Service License – Fire Chief

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

VOTED: To authorize Chief Silva to renew the Basic Life Service License for the Fire Department, with the cost of $1,000 coming from the Fire Department’s FY’03 Budget.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

Request for Parade Permit – North Middleborough 4th of July Committee

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

VOTED: To approve the request of the North Middleborough Fourth of July Committee for permission to hold the annual Fourth of July parade on Friday, July 4th, at 10:00 AM, and to allow the sale of annual parade tags/stickers.

Unanimous Vote.

Town’s Option to Purchase Chapterland – DiBurgo – Purchase Street

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

VOTED: Not to exercise the Town’s option to purchase 61A Chapterland owned by James J. & Francoise D. DiBurgo located on Rocky Meadow Street, being a portion of the property shown as Map 63, Lot 2825 on the Assessor’s Map, consisting of 306 square feet.

Unanimous Vote.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C. in the amount of $1,912.50.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Vollmer Associates, LLP in the amount of $3,000.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills submitted SEMASS Partnership in the amounts of $3,232.95 and $12,241.87, totaling $15,474.82.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

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

VOTED: To memorialize the will of the people on the hunting issue at the Fred Weston Memorial.

Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn to Town Meeting at 7:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN