SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 15, 2004

 

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

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

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of March 1, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of March 8, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Meeting with Joseph Disantis – RE: 40B Project – 98 Plain Street

This meeting was cancelled at the request of the applicant.

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

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 7:05 PM for the purpose of discussing a Grievance, to return to Open Session.

A poll vote was taken. Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten, Selectman Eayrs, Selectwoman Brunelle and Chairman Perkins approved.

VOTE 5 – 0

 

----RECONVENED TO OPEN SESSION----

 

Meeting with Brian Sullivan, T-Mobile – Re: Lease for Town Hall Cupola

Brian Sullivan, T-Mobile, was present. He explained that the request was similar to that of last week with AT&T. He said there were minor changes made to the Lease regarding collateral assignment. He said the equipment is financed. This is the only difference from the lease signed with AT&T.

Chairman Perkins said he was not concerned with the changes because Town Counsel had approved it.

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

VOTED: To sign the Lease with T-Mobile.

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget – FY’05

Selectman Eayrs said that he and Selectwoman Brunelle had attended the Collaborative Meeting on Thursday. He said they reviewed the critical needs list from the School Department. He said the General Government’s critical needs list will be reviewed next Thursday. He noted it was important to have everything before the Committee to have a "uniform picture".

Mr. Healey said the Treasurer/Collector is putting together information regarding debt service, indirect costs, fringe benefits, and unclassified items.

Mr. Healey noted that there has been some difficulty getting Department Heads to create a critical needs budget that reflects minimum achievement. He said Department Heads have been used to providing level funding budgets over the past few years.

Request to Use Town Hall Front Lawn & Parking Area – Antiques, Etc.

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

VOTED: To allow Antiques, Etc. to use the Town Hall front lawn on Saturday, September 18, 2004 for an outdoor antiques show and sale.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Use Town Hall Front Lawn – Pamela Painter

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

VOTED: To allow Pamela Painter to use the Town Hall front lawn from an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 3, 2004 to raise funds to spay and neuter local feral and stray cats.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Nemasket River Productions

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

VOTED: To allow Nemasket River Productions to rent the Town Hall Auditorium for the production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), as requested in their letter dated March 11, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the request of Nemasket River Productions for One Day Liquor Licenses for April 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and May 1.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Accept Donation from Peirce Trustees

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

VOTED: To accept the donation of the Peirce Trustees in the amount of

$19,883.00 for a computer upgrade in the Building Department.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Town Accountant Position

Chairman Perkins informed the Board that he had received a phone call from Steven Dooney stating that he would not be accepting the position of Town Accountant.

Selectman Eayrs noted that there were two (2) candidates with strong credentials.

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

VOTED: To offer the Town Accountant position to Lisa Higgins.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to contact Ms. Higgins to offer the position at the stated salary.

Unanimous Vote.

Request from Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department

Chairman Perkins said he had met with the Sheriff’s Department, Police Chief, and Fire Chief to discuss the request from the Sheriff’s Department to place an antenna on the water tower.

Chairman Perkins said the Sheriff’s Department has agreed to pay the service contract for the generator system. He also said there was discussion regarding the replacement of the radio building roof, and the probability that the Sheriff’s Department would supply the labor.

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department to place an antenna on the Town’s water tower.

Unanimous Vote.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey described the paint peeling from the Town Hall. Chairman Perkins asked if there was a moisture problem. Mr. Healey said there is not.

Selectman Eayrs suggested not lumping together all the capital outlay articles so that they could be voted on their merit.

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

VOTED: To include separate Articles on the Town Meeting Warrant regarding the Administrative Town Building Repairs.

Unanimous Vote.

Tracy Moquin asked if money from the leases signed with AT&T and T-Mobile could be put in a fund for this purpose.

Selectman Eayrs said the Board has been previously told by the Town Clerk and Town Counsel that the money has to go to the General Fund.

Mr. Healey will prepare the Articles.

Mr. Healey said that GATRA serves the Town by providing transportation services through the COA for the elderly. The MBTA also assess the Town each year for part of their deficit. He said, to the extend that the Town pays GATRA, this can be deducted from the MBTA assessment.

Mr. Healey suggested getting the youth to participate in a process to identify bus routes through the Town and the destinations of interest to them, such as the YMCA and Teen Center.

Chairman Perkins said he did not have a problem with this, but didn’t want Mr. Healey to "lose track of the elderly that could also use this service".

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested the possibility of getting seniors to the train.

Mr. Healey said the facility is not being managed properly, and suggested it be closed down.

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

VOTED: To inform the owners of Peterson Motel of the Board’s intention to have a hearing to address health and other violations, to include the consideration of closing the facility.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten suggested Town Counsel be present for the hearing.

Mr. Healey asked that he be allowed to gather further information before setting a hearing date.

VOTED: To ratify the reappointment of Edward Parks to the Historical Commission.

Unanimous Vote.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by SEMASS Partnership for February 2004 in the amount of $9,328.46.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Selectman Eayrs noted that the Board had given Mr. Costello two (2) weeks to respond, and suggested the Board wait one (1) week.

 

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

WMAC recommended assessing a fee of $7.00 per hundred pounds; and

Authorizing the Highway Superintendent to evaluate and assess a charge for unique HTH materials.

Mr. Healey said he did not know if the Superintendent could, or should, be given this responsibility. He said he would rather see loads of that nature rejected.

It was the consensus of the Board to have Mr. Boucher review the recommendations, and set up a meeting on April 12th to further discuss it.

Mr. Healey said that the Highway Superintendent has expressed concern regarding the huge gap between the Planning Board’s final approval of a development, and the petition for road acceptance.

Mr. Healey noted that Ms. Geoffroy has said the Planning Board has no jurisdiction or role to play in petitioning for layout approval. He said there is nothing to prevent the Planning Board from adopting a policy to notify the Selectmen once they have signed off.

Mr. Healey also suggested that the number of Stop Signs and No Parking Signs could be included in the notification. He said the Board must accept these signs for them to be legal.

Discussion ensued.

Mr. Healey explained that, if a subdivision is certified complete by the Planning Board, and doesn’t become an accepted Town road, the Town cannot make necessary repairs to the road when the Contractor walks away from it.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the developer still owns the roadway. He asked why the Town would be plowing these roads.

Mr. Healey said there is a policy that, if there is a hazard for public safety vehicles, the Town will maintain the road.

Selectman Wiksten suggested releasing the Surety to the Board once the Planning Board has certified it complete, or require another one.

Selectman Wiksten suggested that Mr. Healey ask the Planning Board for any input or ideas they may have to help the process.

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 8:52 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN