SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 22, 2004

 

Because Chairman Perkins was absent, Vice-Chairman Wiksten acted as Chairman for the meeting.

Chairman Wiksten called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

 

Selectman Eayrs and Selectwoman Brunelle were present.

Selectman Rogers was absent.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of March 15, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Hearing – Request for WRPD Permit – O’Brien – 498 Wareham Street

Selectman Wiksten read the following: "The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA on March, 22, 2004 at 7:05 PM, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by Outback Engineering, Inc. on behalf of Edmund O’Brien, proprietor of O’Brien Automotive, Co., for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow construction of a 50’x60’ building to be used as a vehicle maintenance shop with outdoor parking on a site presently used as a single family residence. The property is located at 498 Wareham Street and is shown as Assessors Map 094 Lot 1078, zoned General Use X, W.R.P.D. "Z3". Anyone wishing to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated." The hearing was opened.

Selectman Wiksten explained that, because there were only three (3) members of the Board present, the hearing could not be held tonight.

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

VOTED: To continue the Hearing to March 29, 2004 at 7:30 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget – FY’05

Mr. Healey told the Board that the Collaborative Leadership Group had met again and reviewed critical needs budgets, and talked at length about the M.J.H.S. He said Judy MacDonald was also present and reviewed debt service, fringe benefits, and unclassified accounts.

Mr. Healey said he and Ms. MacDonald are working on projecting local receipts for the next meeting.

Request to Use Town Hall Front Lawn – Mullein Hill Baptist Church

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

VOTED: To allow Mullein Hill Baptist Church to use the Town Hall front lawn on Sunday, April 25, 2004 to have the West Chester Marching Band perform.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey noted that the Church should be informed that nothing can be installed on the front lawn because of the sprinkler system.

Request to Accept Payment for Parcels – Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Mr. Healey said payment for the two (2) parcels that were purchased by the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife has been received.

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

VOTED: To accept the $8,000 check from the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife for payment of two landlocked parcels in the Rocky Gutter WMA – Map 74 Lots 3897 and 4644.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Appoint Election Officers – Town Clerk

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

VOTED: To appoint the following individuals as Election Officers for 2004:

Precinct 1

Arthur Turcotte Gaynel Bradford

Laurette Turcotte Eileen Casey

Anne Cordeiro Linda Eatherton

Barbara Landolfi Mary Jigerjian

Meredythe Salvucci Joan Ayube

Precinct 2

Beverley L. Moquin Jeanne Turney

Donna Steward Lillian C. Cassidy

Elizabeth Wainwright Janet Walker

Florence Cadillic

Precinct 3

Deborah Ginn Christine W. Parks

Patricia McManus Carol Piccolo

Louise Wright Judith Clark

Carolyn Gendron James Cheney

Precinct 4

Judithann McCabe Peter Sgro

Corinne Sylvia Kathleen Stanley

Mary Ann Cunningham Muriel Duphily

Kathleen Zakarian Audrey Sgro

Alfred Mackiewicz Ann Kulian

Precinct 5

Karen Nice Judith A. Donahue

Albert B. Dube Dorothy A. Thomas

Linda C. Gordon Cheryl A. Reimels

Corinne M. Trulson Kathleen M. Foye

Precinct 6

Lois A. Hawks Frederick W. Timms

Shelly R. Murphy Alma Packer

Shirley Trinque Stanley Churchill

Marjorie Bragg

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Appoint Member to Board of Registrars – Town Clerk

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

VOTED: To appoint Charles Armanetti, Sr. to the Board of Registrars for a term of three years.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Declare Surplus Property – Fire Chief

Selectman Wiksten read a letter from the Fire Chief asking for property from the old Central Fire Station to be declared surplus.

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

VOTED: To approve the request of the Fire Chief to declare items from the old Central Fire Station as surplus property, as listed in a letter to the Board dated March 15, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey was instructed by the Board to check for any items that may be used at the Town Hall.

Town Departments will be notified of the items prior to any sale.

Request for Common Victualer License – Ellie’s Coffee-n-Donuts – 10 Merchant’s Way

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Violetta Erwin d/b/a ‘Ellie’s Coffee-n-Donuts’ for a Common Victualer’s License for property located at 10 Merchant’s Way.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten noted that the business has been inspected by the Health Inspector, who approves of the request.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no ‘Old Business’ discussed tonight.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey said the survey has shown that the school is partially on the fire station lot. A reassignment of the square footage will need to be done before the School can be transferred to the South Middleborough Protective Association. The proposal for this work is $5,200. Mr. Healey said an article will be put on the Town Meeting Warrant for this.

Mr. Healey said that there is $8,000 in the Wastewater budget and $3,500 in the Water Department budget that can be used for this purpose. Mr. Gardner has agreed to do both studies for $11,500.

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

VOTED: To approve and sign a Contract with Consultants to Management to provide a water and sewer rate study for $11,500.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey said Neil Rosenthal has some thoughts for additional changes. He suggested postponing the meeting with the Lakeville Board of Selectmen scheduled for next week.

Selectman Eayrs said it is important that the Board have a written draft that’s been reviewed and agreed upon prior to meeting with Lakeville.

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

VOTED: To postpone the meeting with the Lakeville Board of Selectmen that had been scheduled for March 29th.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten suggested that the Board discuss the draft on April 26th, and make arrangements to meet with Lakeville after that. He suggested that, in the interim, negotiations begin with the City of Taunton.

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

VOTED: To authorize the Town Manager to contact Taunton authorities to initiate negotiations for an IMA.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten said he would like to continue to be on the sub-committee that negotiates this. Selectman Rogers, who was the other member, will have to be replaced.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Cullinan Engineering for work at the South Middleboro School

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Selectwoman Brunelle announced that a fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 27th at the Nichols Middle School Auditorium. A performance of ‘Godspell’ will be held with all proceeds benefiting two (2) Middleborough police officers. Tickets are $15.00 at the door.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested this should be a bylaw, not just a policy.

Selectman Wiksten said a lot of the recommendations were common sense.

Selectman Eayrs said banning signs from public property makes sense, but he questioned if the Town had the power to regulate the size and placement of signs on private property.

Mr. Healey explained that, last year, he had sent some suggestions to the Board of Registrars for consideration. They were not taken up at that time. He said the memo, with his suggestions, has been handed out to candidates in the meantime, as if it was something that was adopted. He said he did not know if the opinion of the Board of Registrars was legal.

Selectwoman Brunelle said other towns should be checked for bylaws that regulate political campaign signs, for a possible Warrant Article in the Fall.

Mr. Healey told the Board that he had commented on this in his report. He said he will be doing his March inspections tomorrow, and will check the complaint.

 

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 8:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN