SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 21, 2005

 

 

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

 

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

 

Selectman Wiksten entered the meeting at 7:04 PM.

Selectman Andrews left the meeting at 7:35 PM, and returned at 8:45 PM.

 

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of March 14, 2005.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of March 14, 2005.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Meeting with Veterans’ Agent – RE:  Surplus Property

 

Paul Provencher met with the Board to ask that the 30’ flagpole that had been in front of the Town Hall be declared surplus property and donated to the Veterans’ Outreach Center.

 

Selectman Bond abstained from this discussion.

 

Mr. Provencher said he has been made aware that the flagpole was donated by the Peirce Trustees.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if there were any rules for donations from the Peirce Trustees.

 

Mr. Healey said once the Town receives the donation, it belongs to the Town, and can be disposed of by the Board.  He said there are rules under the Procurement Act regarding the disposition of Town-owned property.  He recommended seeking Town Counsel’s advice on the legality of disposing the property to a non-Town entity.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she normally wouldn’t have a problem with the donation, but noted that there are other new buildings being anticipated, including a Police Station, DPW, and the MJHS.  She noted that the Board normally sends a letter to all Town departments to see if anyone would have use for the item.

 

Selectman Wiksten agreed, noting that if a Department is going to purchase a flagpole, it shouldn’t be given away.

 

Mr. Provencher noted that there are currently flagpoles on the Police Station and MJHS.

 

Chairman Perkins said his tendency is to go along with the request.

 

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

VOTED:  To ask Town Counsel if the property, which was a gift from the Peirce Trustees, can be disposed of, and to ask any Town Departments if they have an interest in it, donating it to the Veterans’ Outreach Center if no one is interested.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Hearing – Tobacco Sales Violations – Louco Inc./Mutual Gas

 

Jeanne Spalding was present.  She explained that the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department had conducted a compliance check, and found five (5) area businesses had sold tobacco products to minors.

 

Ms. Spalding noted that the 8-Town Tobacco Coalition, of which Middleboro was a part, no longer exists.  No compliance checks have been done in the last two (2) years.

 

Ms. Spalding said her department tries to do routine signage checks and display checks during regular routine inspections. 

 

Ms. Spalding said that the Inspector went to the five (5) businesses that were cited today.  They are generally in compliance with signage, but none had the required form signed by the employees that says they have read and complied with the Regulations.  All were in compliance with no smoking on the premises, and one didn’t have the appropriate signage on the doors.

 

Ms. Spalding noted that, when a business applies for a tobacco permit, it is given a brochure which explains everything.  There is also the form for any employees to sign.  She said the Health Department assumes this is used thereon out.

 

Chairman Perkins asked how the operation was conducted by the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department.

 

Ms. Spalding said a youth purchases the tobacco product, and it is “bagged and tagged”.  Ms. Spalding was then contacted by Jeffrey Dinger, Director of the Barnstable Sheriff’s Office/Tobacco Education Coalition, as to what businesses failed, and a hearing was scheduled.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if, as in the past, someone immediately notified the store owner of the violation.

 

Ms. Spalding said that depends on what group is doing the compliance checks.  It is not standard.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked if Ms. Spalding had copies of the reports of the stings, and if she was aware that they were going to conduct the sting.

 

Ms. Spalding said she was not aware.  She said she could try to get more information from the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department.

 

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

VOTED:  To continue the five (5) hearings for tobacco violations until further information is obtained from the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Bond noted that the businesses were still in violation of the section requiring a signature that the employee has read the regulations.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the Board viewed the letter from the Sheriff’s Department as a “complaint in writing to our agent”, did we follow the regulations and do a compliance check after that?

 

Ms. Spalding said she doesn’t have the funds to do compliance checks.

 

Chairman Perkins said he doesn’t have a problem with doing the compliance checks, but had a problem with an outside entity doing it without notification to the Health Officer.

 

Ms. Spalding said she welcomes any help she can get.  She noted that the State also does inspections without notifying her.

 

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

VOTED:  To ask the five (5) businesses to provide the signed affidavit of the employees who sold, or sell cigarettes, and to include that employee’s date of hire.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Andrews said there needs to be a level of consistency with the violations, as there is with the alcohol violations.

 

Selectman Wiksten said the Town needs to conduct its own stings.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said other towns, and the State, would do them anyways.

 

Ms. Spalding suggested the Board consider holding a public hearing to increase the fee for the Tobacco Permit from $5 to $10.

 

Hearing – Tobacco Sales Violations – Middleboro Mini Mart

 

This Hearing was continued.

 

Hearing – Tobacco Sales Violations – Gas Depot

 

This Hearing was continued.

 

Hearing – Tobacco Sales Violations – The Convenience Center

 

This Hearing was continued.

 

Hearing – Tobacco Sales Violations – United Petroleum

 

This Hearing was continued.

 

Meeting with Taunton River Wild & Scenic Study Committee – RE:  Article

 

Bill Napolitano and other members of the Taunton River Wild & Scenic Committee were present.

 

Mr. Napolitano told the Board that the Committee has met for almost four (4) years, and has completed lots of research on the Taunton River and major tributaries.  He said he is asking for the Town’s support to request that Congress designate the river as a Federal Wild & Scenic River to preserve it.  An article was provided for Town Meeting.

 

Mr. Napolitano said there would be no cost to the Town for the designation.  Grants would be obtained to conduct scientific studies.  He also noted that local regulations would prevail.

 

Selectman Bond suggested monies should be obtained to get rid of the high level of grass.

 

Mr. Napolitano noted that the information kiosk at Oliver Mill was obtained through grant money.

 

Chairman Perkins noted that a sizeable package of material had been given to the Board tonight.  He said he would like the opportunity to review it before taking a vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To hold this item for one (1) week.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Bond asked what the current water quality is for the Taunton River.

 

Mr. Napolitano said, in general, it has improved, but there are still problems with pollution from upstream wastewater treatment plants.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if there would be any reason to involve ‘Trout Unlimited’.

 

Mr. Napolitano said they could be involved if there was a project they liked.

 

Meeting with Bruce Arons & Ruth Geoffroy – RE:  Community Development Plan

 

Bruce Arons and Ruth Geoffroy were present.

 

Mr. Arons told the Board that he and Ms. Geoffroy had spent some time together developing a consensus of comments to present to the Board.

 

Ms. Geoffroy told the Board that there are three (3) planning programs which the Town must address immediately or be penalized by the State with respect to local control of projects or monetary grant funds.  Additionally, economic development opportunities are being lost or squandered without planning for targeted zoning and infrastructure investment and development.  She said there has been confusion as to whose responsibility it is to coordinate these tasks.  She noted there are monies available for planning the activities for projects administered and implemented by the Planning Board.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said the three (3) planning programs are as follows:

 

EO 418 Community Development Plan (CDP)

 

Ms. Geoffroy explained that the Board had retained Larry Koff to prepare this plan last year with funding through SRPEDD.  The plan was completed in 2004, but no further actions have occurred to adopt and implement the recommendations.

 

Affordable Housing Plan

 

Ms. Geoffroy told the Board that the state mandated Affordable Housing Plan is different from the CDP Housing Plan in that the CDP Housing Plan is designed to produce housing for individuals whose income is up to 150% of the median income.  The Affordable Housing Plan is for Chapter 40B and is designed for individuals whose income is 80% or less than the median income.  The Town must implement the CDP Housing Plan while developing the Affordable Housing Plan and waiting its approval.

 

Commonwealth Capital Fund

 

Ms. Geoffroy said the State has grouped all municipal grants for infrastructure, community development, open space protection, etc. under a new program entitled Community Capitol Fund.  If the Town has not submitted an application under this fund, it will be penalized 20% on scoring for grant funding.  181 Towns out of 351 have submitted applications to date.  Middleborough has not.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said there needs to be a delegation of responsibilities of who’s going to take on what. 

 

Selectman Bond said he had no issue with control dates, but felt there was not enough time for the Selectmen to do this alone.  He suggested a Committee be formed with members from each Board.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said she did not know if that would be effective.  She suggested the Planning Board hold workshops regarding the planning piece, with Selectmen attending if they wish to.

 

Mr. Healey asked if the Planning Board was committed to holding a series of workshops on the Community Development Plan.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said she believed it would be.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Planning Board doesn’t get the chance to do a lot of planning, but rather “monitors subdivisions”.  He suggested a joint venture.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said significant zoning proposals are being brought forward.  She said it is important that more chief elected officials be involved.  She suggested the “core” be the Planning Board and Selectmen, with input from the Police and Fire Departments, and the ConCom when needed.

 

Discussion ensued on the zoning of the area across from Stop & Shop, including Rte. 44 to Old Centre Street.  The Town of Middleborough owns the only frontage on the commercial road.  It was recommended to plan the zoning around what type of business the Town wants there.  There were concerns that the land could be residentially developed.

 

Ms. Geoffroy suggested an engineering company be hired to develop a preliminary layout and conceptual plan designed in scale.

 

Selectman Wiksten noted the difficulty in doing this because no one knows what the reconfiguration of Rte. 44 will be or when it will be completed.

 

Ms. Geoffroy also told the Board that she has asked for a ½ time person in her office to handle the accounting.  She said more time needs to be freed up for planning.

 

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

VOTED:  To create a sub-committee to consist of Selectman Bond and Selectman Andrews, to work with the Planning Board and Town Planner on the three (3) primary planning programs.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To instruct their Secretary to work with the Town Planner and Planning Board to set up a date for the sub-committee to meet, no later than one (1) week from Tuesday.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Hearing – Request for WRPD Special permit – Cullinan Engineering – 30 Murdock Street

 

This was a continued hearing from March 14, 2005.

 

Selectman Bond abstained from the hearing.

 

Daniel Mulloy, Cullinan Engineering, was present.  He returned the green cards.

 

Mr. Mulloy explained that the applicant, Stephen Forcier, is proposing to restore an area of disturbed wetlands within the wetland boundary, and relocate an existing driveway outside of the 25-foot buffer zone.  The applicant has been before the Conservation Commission, and has been issued an Order of Conditions.

 

Mr. Mulloy said the wetlands had previously been filled in for dirt bike trails.  The applicant will remove the fill and restore the wetland to its natural condition. 

 

Mr. Mulloy said the applicant will construct a single family dwelling which will not be within the 25-foot buffer zone.

 

Selectman Andrews noted that the request is possible because of last year’s acceptance of “retreat lots” at Town Meeting.  He said people need to recognize that there will be many more requests such as this.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request made by Cullinan Engineering, on behalf of Stephen P. Forcier, for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to restore an area of disturbed wetlands within an existing wetland boundary and relocating an existing driveway outside of the 25-foot buffer zone for property located at 30 Murdock Street and shown as Assessors Map 021 Lots 3174, 3144, and 2935, zoned Residential “A”, W.R.P.D. “Z4”, as shown on the plan entitled “Site Plan – Murdock Street – Lot 1 – Middleborough, Massachusetts” dated January 5, 2005, prepared for Stephen P. Forcier by Cullinan Engineering. The Board further found that the project is

a.       Is in harmony with the purpose and intent of the WRPD By-law and will promote the purposes of the Water Resource Protection Districts.

b.      Is appropriate to the natural topography, soil, and other characteristics of the site to be developed.

c.       Will not, during construction or thereafter, have an adverse environmental impact on the aquifer or recharge areas, and

d.      Will not adversely affect any existing or potential water supply.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Bond abstained)

 

Hearing – Request for WRPD Special Permit – Cullinan Engineering – 21 Smith Street

 

This hearing was continued from March 14, 2005.

 

Daniel Mulloy, Cullinan Engineering, was present.  He returned the green cards.

 

Mr. Mulloy explained that this is a ‘new project’.  The proposed activities consist of constructing a portion of a propose site access driveway and associated utilities within the 25-foot buffer zone of a bordering vegetated wetland.  The driveway is proposed in the only location available to access the buildable area of the property and is situated as far from the wetland areas as possible. 

 

Mr. Mulloy said the wetland resource area has been reviewed and approved by the Conservation Commission.  An Order of Conditions has not been issued yet.

 

Mr. Mulloy said a condominium development will be constructed in the rear of the property.  A small corner of the roadway will be located 8’ feet into the 25’ buffer zone.

 

John Lynch, 31 Smith Street, said he owns rental property which abuts the project.  He said he wants to make sure his property was protected for site and noise, suggesting a fence be required.

 

Chairman Perkins explained that this hearing was only in regards to water protection. 

 

Mr. Mulloy said the project is also before the ZBA, and protecting the abutters has been discussed.

 

Mr. Lynch asked how the water supply might be effected.

 

Chairman Perkins said the site is Z2 and Z3, getting close to the Town’s well sites.  He said he didn’t have any concerns with a serious impact on surrounding wells because there would be no digging.

 

Selectman Andrews questioned how the Board knows that the project is in keeping with the WRPD Bylaw and its intent. 

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Bylaw spells out what can or cannot be built within the different designations. 

 

Selectman Andrews said if this project was before the Planning Board, it would be reviewed by an engineer.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Bylaw is specific, and a checklist is completed and signed by the engineer.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked where the Board “draws the line”, noting the project encroaches into the 25-foot buffer zone.  He said he thought the 25-foot would be a “no touch” zone with no exceptions.

 

Discussion ensued on whether the project encroached into the wetlands or the buffer.

 

Mr. Mulloy noted there is a list of exceptions for the buffer zone.

 

Ruth Geoffroy said the WRPD specifically states what you can allow in the 25’ buffer zone.  She noted that, if the sidewalk and driveway were moved, the project would be in compliance.

 

Selectman Bond asked why Ms. Geoffroy had not responded to a memo sent by the Board seeking comments on the request.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said reviewing the proposal takes a lot of time, and the Board ignores the comments that are made.  She said she no longer reviews the proposals.

 

Selectman Andrews noted that, when he had been Chairman of the Planning Board, he had instructed Ms. Geoffroy not to review the proposals.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she had a problem with this, noting that the Board looks to paid people within Town Departments for guidance because it cannot afford to hire an engineer.

 

Ms. Geoffroy said she had submitted comments in the past, and the Permits were still granted.

 

Chairman Perkins said he took exception to what was being discussed.  He said he remembered one (1) instance when the Board went against the comments from the Planning Board, and that had been a “gray area”.  He said to stop getting comments because of this is wrong.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked why no one come to the Board.

 

Selectman Andrews said there is an inherent lack of communication between Town Boards, and said understaffing also contributes to the problem.

 

Chairman Perkins suggested the hearing be continued, asking for guidance from the Planning Board.

 

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

VOTED:  To continue the hearing to April 4th, to allow the applicant to meet with the Planning Department to review the proposal.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To send a letter to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Health Department, and Building Commissioner, explaining the importance of their comments when these applications come before the Board.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Mulloy suggested the Board consider asking another Board to be the approving authority.

 

Chairman Perkins said the Board of Selectmen acts as another “check and balance”.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

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

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request of Marie Nelson’s Piano School to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 9AM to 5PM for a piano recital.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Karen Otico

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request of Karen Otico to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, June 18, 2005 from 2PM to 6PM for a piano recital.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Resident

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request of a resident to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, May 7, 2005.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Appoint Special Police Officers – Middleborough Police Department

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint the following individuals as Special Officers for the 2005 appointment year:

 

SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS

John Bettencourt                       George Chace                           Wilfred Forcier

George Murphy                         Paul Rose                                 Clyde Swift

Gerald Thayer                           Thomas Turnbull

 

 

George Andrade                        Richard Benoit                          Christopher Bowlen

Pedro Brache                            Mike D. Bradley                       Roger Bryant

Henry Bump                             John Carbone                            David M. Chretien

Michael Colp                             Douglas Cunningham                 Ronald Hayes

Wayne Hittle                             Anthony Keaney Sr.                  Christopher Kidney

Adam Leblanc                          Wayne Lee                               Charles Lemieux

John Lynde                               Keith McDonald                        Emil Ann Mello

John Mercer                             John G. Mills                             Joseph A. Mills

Michael R. Mills                        Patrick R. Mills                         Daniel F. Newton

Robert Nordahl                         Roger R. Poineau                      Barry Poudrier

Scott Rebell                              Frank Sampson                         Gene Turney

Kurt Vanderzeyde                     Steve Vecere                            Christopher Villandry

David Wood

NON QUALIFIED SPECIAL OFFICERS

Sandra Bearse                          Jeffrey Cornell                          Ray Delano

Alfred Mackiewicz                    Louis Mattie                              Peter Sgro

Robert Whitaker

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Appoint Auxiliary Police Officers – Middleborough Police Department

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint the following individuals as Auxiliary Police Officers for the 2005 appointment year:

            Jason A. Badger                       Ronald Hayes                           Michael A. Mills

Richard M. Benoit                     Wayne Hittle                             Patrick R. Mills

Christopher R. Bowlen              Michael Johnson                        Daniel Newton

Pedro Brache                            Anthony Keaney Sr.                  Robert Nordahl

Michael D. Bradley                   Christopher Kidney                    Roger R. Poineau

Henry Bump                             Adam Leblanc                          Barry Poudrier

John Carbone                            Wayne Lee                               Scott Rebell

David M. Chretien                     Charles Lemieux                       Frank Sampson

Michael Colp                             Keith A. McDonald                   Kurt Vanderzeyde

Douglas Cunningham                 Emil-Ann Mello             Steve Vecere

Anthony R. DiCarlo                   John Mercer                             Christopher Villandry

Matthew D. Foye                      John G. Mills                             David Wood

Keith Hanson                            Joseph A. Mills                        

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve Standard Mileage rate – Town Accountant

 

The Board received a request from the Town Accountant to approve the IRS mileage rate of 40.5 cents per mile effective April 1, 2005 for Town of Middleborough employees.

 

Selectman Bond asked if the Board had the option to keep it where it currently is (37.5 cents per mile).

 

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

VOTED:  To table the request until the new budget year, and ask the FinCom to review and determine what the budgetary impact would be.

            VOTE 3 – 0 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained)

 

Request to Appoint Members – Permanent Cable Committee

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint Dr. Robert Sullivan to fill the vacancy of Ruth Brown, and Mark Mobley to fill the vacancy of John Hilsabeck on the Permanent Cable Advisory Committee.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Appoint Member – Middleborough Agricultural Commission

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint Doug Kirk as a full Agricultural Commissioner for a three (3) year term, and to advertise the vacancies for a full Commissioner and two (2) alternate commissioners.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for Letter of Recommendation for Shoe Shop Place, LLC – Stephen Dixon

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from Stephen Dixon asking for the Board’s consideration to write a letter of recommendation to the Zoning Board for the above-referenced project.

 

Bob Carter a partner with Mr. Dixon, was present to answer any questions the Board had.

 

Mr. Carter said the Board had previously written a letter of support when they had applied for site eligibility for the project.

 

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

VOTED:  To write a letter of recommendation to the Zoning Board for Shoe Shop Place, LLC.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve & Sign Warrant for Annual Town Election – Town Clerk

 

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

            VOTED: To approve and sign the Warrant for the Annual Town Election.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Request to Sign Proclamation – Director, Middleborough Public Library

 

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

            VOTED:  To issue a Proclamation for Peg Atkins.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve Refinance – Johnson – 11 Anderson Avenue

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the refinance of property located at 11 Anderson Avenue.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Approval for refinancing is needed by the Board because of a betterment on the affordable housing property.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

There was no ‘Old Business’ discussed tonight.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Custodial RFP

 

Mr. Healey told the Board that several firms have come in to look at the Bank Building and Town Hall in regards to providing custodial services.  He said he has received numerous concerns from Department Heads regarding things that might not be done if the services are contracted out.  This includes maintenance activities, including HVAC, and various errands.  Mr. Healey will provide a summary of these concerns to the Board.

 

Memos to Police Chief

 

Mr. Healey provided copies of memos to the Police Chief regarding payment of animal disposal, and clarification of other bills.

 

Audit Firms

 

A meeting with financial officers was held regarding “special projects” that the Town could ask of the prospective audit firms to quote on performing.

 

Water/Wastewater Study Committee

 

An organizational meeting was held tonight.  Tom White has been elected Chairman.

 

Supervisory Training

 

Mr. Healey will proceed to arrange Supervisory Training through the EAP Network.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

 

There were no bills to be paid tonight.

 

OTHER

 

There was ‘Other Business’ to discuss tonight.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

v     A meeting will be scheduled in regards to the Public Safety Radio System grant application.

 

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

 

VOTED:  To move forward with the sale of the mobile home on the Morgan property, allowing an extension of the time to remove the Mobile Home on the Morgan Property to June 30, 2005, with payment to be received no later than April 1, 2005, and directing Town Counsel to provide an Indemnification Agreement for the Town recognizing that the Town will not be responsible for the trailer once payment has been received.

Unanimous Vote.

 

v     Discussion ensued on correspondence from Bruce Arons regarding the annual TIF Review results.

 

It was noted that 10% of Middleboro residents are employees of those companies with TIF Agreements.  Mr. Healey said the TIFs allow preference to be given to Middleboro residents with equal qualifications.  He said 10% is not a violation of the TIF.

 

Chairman Perkins said he’s not convinced that the companies are trying to recruit residents.  He also noted that the Town receives vehicle excise taxes from these companies.

 

v     Mr. Healey will ask for clarification on the Town’s actual assessment for BP.

 

v     Selectman Andrews told the Board he has been in contact with Town Counsel regarding a disclosure that could be perceived as a conflict of interest with Weston & Sampson.  He noted that W&S is acting as engineering on behalf of the City of Boston, and the city uses Selectman Andrews’s product.

 

v     Selectman Andrews received a call from Kevin Solomon as a concerned citizen.  Mr. Solomon works in the IT Department of a large company, and suggested that he is willing to attend a meeting with Mr. Brunelle in regards to the Town’s IT Department.

 

v     Town Counsel is preparing an Article regarding a TIF payment from Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

 

 

 

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

VOTED:  To enter into Executive Session at 10:00 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss Litigation and Contract Negotiations.

A poll vote was taken.  Selectman Bond, Selectman Wiksten, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman Andrews, and Chairman Perkins approved.

            VOTE 5 - 0

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN