SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JUNE 7, 2004

 

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 5:34 PM.

 

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

Selectman Wiksten was absent.

 

 

The Board reviewed the Town Meeting Warrants for tonight’s Special & Annual Town Meetings.

 

Discussion of Town Meeting Warrant Articles

 

Special Town Meeting Warrant

 

Article 1

 

This article, to supplement budgets, will be moved by the FinCom.  Mr. Healey said this item will be split from the Stabilization Fund and Interdepartmental transfers.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 1.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 2

 

The amount for this article, unpaid bills, was unknown.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 2.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 3

 

This article, for sick leave buy-back, will be tabled by the FinCom, and will be dealt with within the budget.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she had suggested taking this item out of the operation budget.  She said a policy has to be set for future Town Meetings.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 3.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 4

 

The FinCom will table Article 4.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support the tabling of Article 4.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 5

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 5.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 6

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 6.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 7

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 7.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 8

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 8.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 9

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 9.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 10

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 10.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Articles 11 & 13

 

Discussion ensued on forming study committees for the Police Station and DPW.  Selectwoman Brunelle said she didn’t anticipate spending of any money, and thought the articles should be revised to show this.

 

Chairman Perkins said he was in favor of funding at this time.

 

Selectman Bond suggested waiting until the Fall before authorizing any expenditures.  Authorization to form the committees could be approved tonight.

 

Wording to “prepare conceptual design drawings and project budgets”….was left out of the article.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Articles 11 & 13 as amended.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Articles 12 & 14

 

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

VOTED:  To postpone action on Articles 12 & 14 until the Fall Special Town Meeting.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 15

 

This article will be tabled by the Memorial Junior High School Reuse Committee.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support the tabling of Article 15.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 16

 

The FinCom has voted not to support this article.

 

Roger Brunelle will meet with the FinCom prior to tonight’s Town Meetings.

 

Mr. Brunelle told the Board that the request is for $95,000 to purchase computer equipment and software.  This will include 60 PCs, 4 printers, and upgrades of software for the AS 400, which is 7 years old.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 16.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Annual Town Meeting Warrant

 

Article 1

 

Mr. Healey told the Board that no General Government Departments will ask for holds on the budgets. 

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the budget still reflects at least a $1.6 million structural deficit which will have to be addressed at the Fall Special Town Meeting.

 

Mr. Healey said the FinCom has recommended approval of four (4) new firefighters, which is reflected in the budget.  They have also recommended the Health Department’s budget which includes sick-leave buyback and an Animal Health Inspector.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle asked why Ms. Spalding or Mr. Wyatt could not be appointed as the Animal Health Inspector.

 

Mr. Healey said they cannot perform this work because they don’t have the time.  He said everyone is in agreement that this position should be part of the Health Department.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she is also totally opposed to doing inspections in Lakeville.

 

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

VOTED:  To recommend the Personnel Board make a recommendation, and provide a Job Description for any new positions going forward.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Notification will be sent to the Personnel Board and all Departments.

 

Discussion ensued on the School Department Budget.  Selectman Bond asked if the budget approved by the FinCom is a “non layoff budget”. 

 

Mr. Healey said it could be.  He said they had listed 20 positions to be laid off if they didn’t get additional money.  They School could ask for an additional $476,000.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Board should support the position of the FinCom, and argue against any additional money at this time.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said people should know that the proposed budget is not a balanced budget.  This will have to be balanced in the Fall.

 

Chairman Perkins said he did not support adding four (4) new firefighter positions.  The cost is $177,464.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said a revenue stream is needed to support this.  It will also increase the structural deficit.  She said she had no problem supporting the request if a revenue stream could be identified.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said, if private management of the Landfill is approved, it would free up $135,000 on an ongoing basis.

 

Selectman Bond said he was concerned with insufficient staffing because the Town is growing.  He noted that additional police officers have been added.

 

Chairman Perkins said there are no grants for firefighters, as there has been with the police.

 

Selectman Andrews asked how much of the overtime would be offset with hiring new firefighters.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said no spreadsheets have been done on this.  She suggested waiting until the Fall to see if there are additional revenues from the Landfill.

 

Selectman Bond said he would not agree to waiting until the Fall.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said Article 1 would have to be amended to exclude the amount for the firefighters.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve Article 1 as amended.

            VOTE 3 – 1 (Selectman Andrews against)

 

Bob Silva entered the meeting.  He said the FinCom has supported the request for additional firefighters.  He asked if the Police Department would also not be allowed to hire new officers.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said that the firefighters would be new positions.  The Police Department is not adding any new officers, but maintaining current staffing.  Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board will not support any new personnel.

 

Article 2

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 2 if there are any unpaid bills.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 3

 

Article 3 will be moved by the FinCom.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 3.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 4

 

This article will be tabled by the FinCom.

 

Article 5

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 5.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 6

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 6.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Articles 7 through 12

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Articles 7 through 12.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 13

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 13.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 14

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 14.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 15

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 15.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Articles 16 through 21

 

Discussion ensued on Articles 16 through 21, which are spending articles.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the Board had previously voted to postpone any new borrowing articles until the Fall Town Meeting.

 

Articles 22 through 25

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Articles 22 through 25.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 26

 

Article 26 would rescind a prior appropriation for costs associated with improvements to the Middleborough High School, and the H.B. Burkland School.

 

The consensus of the Board was to support Article 26.

 

Articles 27 – 32

 

Motion was made by Selectman Andrews, and seconded by Selectman Bond to support Articles 27 through 32.  Selectwoman Brunelle and Chairman Perkins opposed.  The vote did not carry.

 

No position was taken on Articles 27 – 32.

 

Article 33

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 33.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 34

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 34.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 35

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 35.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 36

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 36.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 37

 

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

            VOTED:  To recommend disapproval of Article 37.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To table Article 37 in the absence of a motion.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

The Board adjourn to the Special Town Meeting at 6:55 PM.

 

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN