SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 18, 2002

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

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

 

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of March 11, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of March 11, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Hearing (cont.) – Request for WRPD Permit – D.R. Peck – 167 East Grove Street

Selectman Rogers informed the Board that he had spoken to Mr. Peck. Because a revised plan has been submitted, a two (2) week continuance is suggested to allow Board’s to review and make comments. Another checklist will also be submitted.

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

VOTED: To continue the hearing for a WRPD Permit for D.R. Peck to April 1, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Pledge License – Gregory Buchanan d/b/a Clark’s Convenient Store

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

VOTED: To approve the request for a Pledge of License for Gregory Buchanan d/b/a Clark’s Convenient Store.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Marie Nelson’s Piano Students

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Marie Nelson to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on June 2, 2002 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for a piano recital.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Relocate Facilities on Bedford Street – Verizon

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Verizon to relocate Pole #87 on Bedford Street in a northerly direction by 37 feet to allow for the entrance to the new fire station.

Unanimous Vote.

Approve & Sign Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract for Chapter 90 Monies

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if an Article is needed for this. Mr. Healey said this is a standard article on the warrant.

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

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to sign the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract for Chapter 90 Monies for the amount of $204,411.46.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Extend Time for Sale of Plymouth Street School

The Board received a letter from Attorney Daniel Murray asking that they extend the time for closing on the Plymouth Street School to June 30, 2002.

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

VOTED: To approve the extension for the closing of the sale of Plymouth Street School to June 30, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Review Selectmen’s Budget

The Board reviewed their FY ’03 budget. Approximately $20,000 had already been cut from this years budget. In keeping with the 10% reduction, the Board reviewed the budget to make further cuts in the amount of $4,000.

Discussion ensued on what areas to make cuts. Selectwoman Brunelle suggested cutting the Town Committee Account in the amount of $2500, and putting a freeze on hiring of any committee secretaries for the upcoming year. It was the Board’s consensus that something should be left in this line item.

Jane Lopes asked the Board to make any cuts to the Town Committee account subject to approval of individual budgets by the FinCom.

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

VOTED: To make the following cuts to the FY ’03 Budget:

$2,500 from Labor Counsel

$1,000 from Town Committees

$ 500 from In-state Travel, for a total of $4,000.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested this could be further aligned once the Board knows that the FinCom are funding the Committees.

The Board clarified that if Committees are given their own budgets, they cannot draw from the Board’s account.

Request to Purchase Land – Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Mr. Healey apologized to the Board for "blanking out" at last Monday’s meeting regarding this subject. Mr. Healey clarified the request from Fisheries & Wildlife.

He suggested the Board should vote to sell parcels 074-3897 and 4644 to the Fisheries and Wildlife division. Neither of these lots are in the sale for the Town-Owned property. These parcels are landlocked and will become part of the Rocky Gutter Reservation. Fish and Wildlife are offering to pay $4,000 for each parcel.

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

VOTED: To sell parcels 074-3897 and 4644 to Fish and Wildlife for $4,000 each.

Unanimous Vote.

Town Meeting had authorized the sale of 94-2913, but it was taken off the list when a letter of interest was received from Fish & Wildlife. The parcel is 22 acres. Fish and Wildlife are offering $15,000. Mr. Healey told the Board that this parcel can be put back on for future sale or sell it to the Fish and Wildlife. Another option, because it is a tax possession, is to ask Judy MacDonald to add it to the list of properties to be auctioned, and start the bidding at $16,000.

Mr. Healey told the Board that this parcel as 50 feet of frontage on Rte. 28, and appears to be developable.

Selectman Eayrs asked why Fish and Wildlife wants this parcel. Mr. Healey explained that when Rte 495 was developed, it cut through their property. As a result, they own a parcel at the rear of this site, and across the highway.

Chairman Perkins noted that it would give access to land that they currently own. He suggested this should be put on the list of parcels to be sold at auction, with a use restriction on it, starting bid being $16,000.

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

VOTED: To put parcel 094-2913 back on the list of parcels to be auctioned, with a starting bid of $16,000 with a use restriction, to be sold to Fish and Wildlife if it does not sell at auction.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To put an article on the Town Meeting Warrant to authorize the sale of 081-1014.

Unanimous Vote.

Fish & Wildlife is offering $12,000 for this parcel.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey asked that the Board consider the following articles:

  1. An Article to authorize the sale of the Washburn Mill Property (Special Town Meeting Article.
  2. An Article to approve an easement to the abutters (one easement action by Town Meeting for all neighbors).
  3. $6,500 to pay the D.E.P. Administrative Fee for the Gurney Site Cleanup.
  4. A sum of money (not yet known) to upsize and install a new water main in Nemasket Street.
  5. A sum of money (not yet known) to replace the water main in Wilder Street.

Discussion ensued on #3. Mr. Healey told the Board that a bill had been received from August of 1997 and each subsequent year for administrative fees of $1300 each year. He said that he had tried to get D.E.P. to waive these, but they would not do this. He suggested further political action. If the bill is not paid, the Town will be subject to penalties.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if this would go on the Special Town Meeting Warrant as an unpaid bill. Chairman Perkins said it would, but suggested trying to get it waived or reduced.

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

VOTED: To authorize the Town Manager to appeal to legislators, on behalf of the Town, to waive the D.E.P. fees in light of the budget crisis.

Unanimous Vote.

The Water Department Articles were also discussed. Mr. Healey said that the water main on Wilder Street is a tenuous situation, noting that there has been one major break, and the pipe is very porous. It needs to be replaced as soon as possible. He told the Board that this is the only remaining concrete pipe that is covered with asbestos.

Selectman Rogers asked if this should be paid for a force account in the Water Department. Mr. Healey said that the force account is not used for major projects like this. In the future, our crews will be asked to do this.

Selectman Rogers noted that the Hydraulic Study will be done soon. He suggested another article to cover potential engineer or design costs if this goes forward.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the website had been updated. Selectwoman Brunelle said that the Data Processing Department has sent out requests to all departments asking what information they would like on the website. They have not received any responses.

Selectman Wiksten suggested our website is underused. By having more information, it would lessen the burden on Town employees. He also suggested that the Minutes of the Selectmen’s Meetings should be posted once they are accepted.

The Board’s Secretary will send a letter to the M.I.S. Director asking that the Earth Removal information be put on the website.

Chairman Perkins suggested that Data Processing also put out another request to Town Departments for information for the website.

 

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by New England Real Estate Journal in the amount of $320.00 for advertising for the Washburn Mill RFP.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

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

VOTED: To ratify the Library Contract.

Unanimous Vote.

Chairman Perkins reminded the Board that the review for the Town Manager should be submitted to him and that he and Selectman Eayrs can sit down to do the semi-annual review.

CORRESPONDENCE

 

 

Members of Boy Scout Troop 8 were present for tonight’s meeting. They are required to attend a meeting to acquire their Citizenship Merit Badge. A thank-you note, signed by all troop members, was given to the Board.

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 7:45 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN