SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 8, 2004

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

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

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

There were no Minutes to approve tonight.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Meeting with Tighe & Bond – RE: Proposals for Engineering Services

Omer Dumais and Antonio da Cruz, of Tighe & Bond, were present.

Mr. Dumais told the Board that they would talk about two (2) projects: A South Middleborough Water Tank and a proposal to do engineering services around a centralized treatment plant involving the South Middleborough wells.

Mr. da Cruz showed the Board a map with potential tank sites in South Middleborough. Potential sites have been identified along Highland Street, Thomas Street, Plympton Street, and Purchase Street.

Mr. da Cruz said there are two (2) existing elevated tanks: Barden Hill and Indian Hill.

Mr. da Cruz said there is an existing NET communications site on Highland Street with quite a bit of land around it within the elevation needed for a new tank.

Mr. da Cruz explained the proposed Scope of Engineering Services:

  1. Review available data
  2. Identify and characterize available land parcels using GIS
  3. Evaluate parcels and select 3 top sites
  4. Evaluate new tank construction details for each top ranked site
  5. Develop cost comparison estimate for the top 3 ranked sites
  6. Prepare draft report and meet with Town Officials
  7. Prepare final report and implementation plan

The Budget Estimate is $14,500 for 161 hours of work.

Mr. Dumais explained the proposal for a centralized treatment plant to tie in five (5) wells that are in one area: Two (2) at Tispaquin Pond, Miller Street and Rocks #1 and 2 wells.

Mr. Dumais explained that the wells have concentrations of iron and manganese that warrant consideration of additional treatment. Centralizing the treatment will be practical and economical.

Mr. Dumais explained the Scope of Engineering Services:

  1. Visit the pumping stations, treatment facilities and pipe routes
  2. Evaluate pipe routing alternatives
  1. Evaluate piping hydraulics
  2. Evaluate pumping station and consolidated treatment alternatives
  3. Prepare conceptual cost estimates
  4. Provide technical memorandum report with conclusions and recommendations
  5. Meet with Town Officials

The Budget Estimate is $8,000 for 90 hours.

Selectman Rogers said he was in favor of the treatment plant. He noted that there has been debate regarding the tank on Indian Hill and whether or not it should be repainted or taken down. He suggested this be part of the evaluation.

Mr. Dumais said he did not know enough about the other tanks at this time.

Selectman Rogers suggested that East Middleborough also be looked at in the evaluation.

Mr. Healey noted that the Hydraulic Study had indicated a need for storage in the east and the south. He said discussions with Carver are ongoing, and may include a storage tank.

Chairman Perkins said if the Indian Hill tank needs to be taken down, the question should be asked if it should be rebuilt with more volume. It currently holds 500,000 gallons. Maybe it be increased to 2 – 3 million, and tied into the existing system.

Mr. Dumais said this would have to be evaluated. He also cautioned that circulation is necessary in these tanks to maintain the quality of the water.

Chairman Perkins also noted that there are a lot of people in Middleborough who are not served by the system.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the Town owns the potential sites being discussed.

Mr. Healey said only the Fuller Street/Plympton Street property. The others are private sites.

Mr. Healey said articles will be needed at the next Town Meeting.

Hearing – Request for WRPD Permit – "Walnut Hill Estates"

Chairman Perkins 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, 8, 2004 at 7:30 PM, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by GAF Engineering, Inc. on behalf of Walnut Hill Realty Trust, for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow construction of a drainage outfall pipe, headwall, rip-rap, associated grading and modification to an existing outlet structure, within the 25-feet of cranberry bog reservoir. The property, Walnut Hill Estates, is located on Marion Road and is shown as Assessors Map 092 Lot 1039, zoned Residential Rural, W.R.P.D. "Z4". Anyone wishing to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated. " The hearing was opened.

John DeSousa, GAF Engineering, Inc., was present. He returned the green cards.

Mr. DeSousa told the Board that permission is being asked to construct a drainage outfall pipe within 25 feet of a cranberry bog reservoir.

Mr. DeSousa explained that there are currently problems with the drainage. The proposed project will alleviate on-going drainage problems associated with the subdivision, and eliminate large pools of water on top of Marion Road.

Mr. DeSousa said the Planning Board is in agreement with the drainage calculations. It will reduce the flow by ½ of what it normally flows. The TSS Removal Rate is 82%.

Construction will include a berm to contain the water and incorporate into the stormwater management control structure to the manholes, then piped to the reservoir. That work will be within the 25’ of wetlands (cranberry bog).

Mr. DeSousa said the Conservation Commission also approved the plan on Thursday night.

Chairman Perkins noted that no objections were made by any departments.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the problems were caused by the original subdivision.

Mr. DeSousa said the drainage did not work as originally contemplated.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by GAF Engineering, Inc. on behalf of Walnut Hill Realty Trust, for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow construction of a drainage outfall pipe, headwall, rip-rap, associated grading and modification to an existing outlet structure, within the 25-feet of cranberry bog reservoir for property known as Walnut Hill Estates, located on Marion Road, shown as Assessors Map 092 Lot 1039, zoned Residential Rural, W.R.P.D. "Z4". The Board further found that the project is

    1. Is in harmony with the purpose and intent of the WRPD By-law and will promote the purposes of the Water Resource Protection Districts.
    2. Is appropriate to the natural topography, soil, and other characteristics of the site to be developed.
    3. Will not, during construction or thereafter, have an adverse environmental impact on the aquifer or recharge areas, and
    4. Will not adversely affect any existing or potential water supply.

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with Richard Detch, AT&T Wireless Services – RE: Lease for Town Hall Cupola

Mr. Healey explained that, after several meetings, the lease for the Town Hall cupola is in its final form.

Richard Detch, AT&T Wireless Services, was present. He said he had spoken earlier to T-Mobile, who will also sign a lease with the Town. He said they are "tweaking" some final language, and expect to have theirs in final form in 1 – 2 weeks.

Mr. Detch explained that there were many meetings held with the Town Manager, Building Inspector, and Wiring Inspector.

Chairman Perkins noted that Town Counsel has approved the Lease in its final form.

Selectman Rogers asked about any potential water damage where the antenna is being installed.

Mr. Detch said there is some in the room where the equipment will be, and they are making repairs.

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

VOTED: To sign the Lease with AT&T Wireless Services.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Infiltration and Inflow Policy & New Sewer Rates and Charges

Chairman Perkins reminded everyone that the hearing for this item had been closed last week. Modifications had been made, and it is up to the Board to adopt or change the policy.

Selectman Rogers thanked Joe Ciaglo and Mr. Healey for working on this.

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

VOTED: To adopt the Infiltration Inflow Policy and New Sewer Rates and Charges as presented.

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget FY’05

There was no update tonight.

Request to Accept Donations – Peirce Trustees

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

VOTED: To accept two (2) checks from the Peirce Trustees in the amounts of $2,499 for a copier for the Veterans’ Department, and $6,657.00 for a DPW cross over conveyor.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Install Antenna – Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department

The Board received a request from James Muscato, Director of Filed Service for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, to install an antenna on the Town’s water tower.

Chairman Perkins said he had spoken to the Water Superintendent, who informed him that Plymouth County already has an antenna, and they do not contribute towards expenses.

Mr. Tinkham spoke of expenses which included replacement of the propane heater in the radio control room at a cost of $1,108.45; service calls for repairs on the engine-generator including materials, cost a total of $518.93, totaling $1,627.38.

Future expenses will include upgrading the engine-generator system at a cost of $775.00; replacing the radio building roof, and upgrading to a modern keypad system at an estimate of $500.00. There is a proposal for a service contract in the amount of $680.00 annually.

Mr. Tinkham said the tower is used by the Middleborough DPW, Fire Department, Police Department, G&E Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, Lakeville Police and Fire Departments, and the FBI. No rental fees have ever been assessed. The Middleborough Police Department pays for the propane.

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

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to enter into discussions with Plymouth County in an effort to recoup some of the money spent on the tower.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Wiksten cautioned that this is a must-needed service and system. He suggested they might help with the labor of redoing the roof, or rebuilding the building. He said he did not want to make their request contingent on payment.

Request to Approve 5 Mile Walk/Run – "Friends of Coleen" Committee

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

VOTED: To authorize the "Friends of Coleen" Committee to change the date of the 5 mile walk/run to Sunday, March 28th.

Unanimous Vote.

Appoint Interim Town Accountant

Chairman Perkins told the Board that the Moderator had sworn in Eileen Gates as the new Town Clerk this morning. He said the subject of who would sign warrants came up.

Chairman Perkins said he had met with Steven Dooney last week, and he will begin April 12th.

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

VOTED: To appoint Eileen Gates as the Interim Town Accountant until April 12, 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no ‘Old Business’ discussed tonight.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Hathaway Publishing in the amount of $39.75.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay three (3) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $172.49, $454.62, and $63.58, totaling $690.69.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Chairman Perkins asked members to complete the Employee Performance Appraisal for Mr. Healey no later than next Monday night.

Edgeway Mobile Home Park

The Board received a letter from Catharine Hassett updating the clean-up at Edgeway. Pictures of debris were attached.

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

VOTED: To ask Town Counsel to send a letter to Mr. Williams’ attorney asking to remove the debris immediately.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that Town Counsel should be advised that it was represented that the material would be removed immediately.

CORRESPONDENCE

Mr. Healey said that the letter has been referred to Jeanne Spalding who is currently on vacation. This will be a priority when she returns. He said something has to be done in the next budget cycle, if not before, to fill the position. Otherwise, the Town will be fined by the State.

Selectman Eayrs noted that this will be an enormous job because of the number of animals in Middleborough.

Mr. Healey said it is an estimated 30 hours/week position.

Chairman Perkins suggested Mr. Healey contact Ms. Parlin-Gage to acknowledge her letter.

Mr. Healey told the Board that this is a civil matter between the developer and the owner. He said the flooding is from properties abutting Walnut Street. There have been problems since the homes were built.

Mr. Healey said there was an attempt by the developer to negotiate a resolution. Engineering plans were prepared at his expense, and he approached the Town in regards to driving culverts under the road. There has been a disagreement in regards to the owner and the developer signing an agreement, and the developer has turned this over to his insurance company.

Mr. Healey said the Town stands ready to allow the culvert under the road to allow water to pass, should an agreement be reached. Other than that, there is no involvement on the part of the town.

Selectman Wiksten noted that there have been a number of complaints in that area over the years. He asked if this had to do with the paving of the road.

Mr. Healey said it is because of the construction of the houses, and changing the drainage pattern. He said it is very difficult soil that doesn’t perc, and the water stays on the surface and trickles downhill.

Selectman Wiksten asked if pits should’ve been put in.

Mr. Healey said there is a berm along the side.

Jane Lopes asked who the developer was.

Chairman Perkins said CMG Development – Elliot Schnieder.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the Town could acquire this for a nominal fee.

Selectman Rogers said the State would charge market value.

Mr. Healey said the State has been asked about the parcel in the past. He said it abuts Oak Point. There had been hazardous materials on the property, but they have been cleaned-up. He said he did not know what the status was as far as 21E. The Town has never heard back from DCAM. He suggested asking legislators to find a way to put the parcel in the Town’s hands, rather than being auctioned off.

Selectman Wiksten suggested asking Oak Point to purchase the property to give to the Town for future needs.

Mr. Healey will explore this.

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 8:38 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN