SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MARCH 7, 2005

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of February 28, 2005.

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Bond abstained)

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of February 28, 2005.

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Bond abstained)

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Meeting with Veterans’ Agent

 

Paul Provencher was present to remind the Board that a Veterans’ Candidate Forum will be held on Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 PM in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Town Hall.  All candidates have been invited.

 

Mr. Provencher also told the Board that tickets are available for a ‘Spring Fling’ Dinner Dance at the Elks on March 26th to benefit the Veterans’ Memorial Park.

 

World Series Trophy

 

Selectman Bond told the Board that the World Series Trophy, which was expected to come to town on March 14th, will probably come in May.  He explained that he is working with Sen. Pacheco’s office to have Middleboro be the “last stop”.  This would allow more time flexibility.

 

Selectman Bond also mentioned several residents who had also contacted the Red Sox organization asking that the trophy be brought to Middleborough.

 

Hearing – Request for WRPD Special Permit – AZOR Land Sciences, Inc. – 97 Old Centre Street

 

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 Monday, March 7, 2005 at 7:05 PM, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by AZOR Land Sciences, Inc., for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow the installation of underground utility lines within the 25’ buffer and wetlands themselves for a proposed dwelling to be located at 97 Old Centre Street.  The property is shown as Assessors Map 028 Lots 3719 & 2967, zoned Residential “A”, 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.

 

Darren Michaelis, AZOR Land Sciences, was present.  He returned the green cards.

 

Mr. Michaelis said he has requested the WRPD Permit on behalf of his client, James Albert.  A single family dwelling is being built behind the parent’s existing dwelling.  There is a manmade pond in between.

 

Mr. Michaelis said he has already been to the DEP and the ConCom for local approval.  He said the foundation has been approved for location, and is already in.  He was made aware, by the Building Commissioner, that he should file for a WRPD Permit because he was going through the wetlands.

 

Mr. Michaelis said an existing dirt road crosses the wetlands.  A utility trench will be put down the road for water and electricity.  Mr. Michaelis said the dirt road will not be utilized for the new home, but an easement will be given to access the home through the parent’s property.

 

Chairman Perkins noted correspondence from the Building Department and the ConCom.  The Building Commissioner supports the request.

 

The ConCom Agent suggested the Order of Conditions should be attached to the application.  Mr. Michaelis presented a copy to the Board.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request made by AZOR Land Sciences, Inc., for a Special Permit under the Water Resource Protection District By-law, to allow the installation of underground utility lines within the 25’ buffer and wetlands themselves for a proposed dwelling to be located at 97 Old Centre Street, shown as Assessors Map 028 Lots 3719 & 2967, zoned Residential “A”, W.R.P.D. “Z4”, as shown on the plan entitled “Sewage Disposal System Design - Located at 97 Old Centre Street”, prepared by AZOR Land Sciences, Inc. on May 12, 2004 revised August 9, 2004, July 9, 2004, and July 26, 2004.  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.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Hearing – Request for Transfer of Liquor License – TJ’s Convenience Store

 

Chairman Perkins read the following:  “A hearing will be held by the Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 7, 2005, at 7:45 PM, in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, located at 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA, for the purpose of discussing the request made by William J. Griswold  d/b/a B.G., for a Transfer of an Annual Wine & Malt Package Store License for property located at 45 Everett Street, Middleboro, MA shown as Assessors Map 50J Lot 4346.  Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.”  The hearing was opened.

 

Carol Bump, the building manager, was present.  She explained that Mr. Griswold wants to re-open the store, and is in the process of getting a management team together to manage and run it.

 

The Board had questions regarding a previous violation.

 

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

VOTED:  To continue the hearing to March 28th

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Griswold will be asked to be present at the continued hearing.

 

Hearing – Violation of Class II License – Runwell, Inc. d/b/a J&S Automotive Sales

 

This hearing was held because the Board received notice that the required $25,000 Bond for J&S Automotive Sales has been revoked.

 

The Board received a letter from John Vacca, Jr. who operates the business.  Mr. Vacca told the Board that he is no longer in business.

 

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

VOTED:  To terminate the Class II License for Runwell, Inc. d/b/a J&S Automotive Sales located at 51 East Main Street.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Meeting with Rep. Thomas O’Brien, Rep. Stephen Canessa & Rep. William Straus – RE:  FY’06 Budget

 

Representatives O’Brien, Canessa, and Straus were present.

 

Chairman Perkins explained that the Board had requested the meeting to gain insight into what’s going on at the State level, and to “plead our case”.

 

Chairman Perkins noted that, in 1980, Proposition 2 ½ was passed which limits what a town can raise by taxation.  At that time, the State was going to pick up the difference.  This has not always been the case.  A further problem for Middleborough came in 1993 with Ed Reform.  Foundation budgets were created, and the State gave quite a bit of money to get to needed levels. 

 

Chairman Perkins said the last few years have been difficult for budgets on both the State and local levels.  He said the town no longer generates enough capital to pay the bills, and other sources of income are reaching an end.  He said the Board has been creative, including increasing fees, cutting expenses, and selling Town-owned land.  He said the Town needs the support from the people on Beacon Hill in the form of Chapter 70 aid.  He also noted that money from the lottery is not given back to the Town as it previously was.

 

Rep. O’Brien thanked the Board for inviting him in and noted the importance of dialogue.  He presented a Bulletin from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, explaining that this is a non-partisan group that reviews, analyzes, and reports.

 

Rep. O’Brien said that recovery has been slow, noting that the stock market is slowly improving, and revenue projections are being reached.  He said the expectation is that things are turning around.  He said the reality is different.  Massachusetts is the only state to lose population, and revenues are down.  Since February of 2001, 196,700 jobs have been lost.  He also noted that increased cost of health care.

 

Rep. O’Brien said the challenge will be what the government does to produce increases.  He noted the recent ‘Hancock Decision’ which said that the legislature has met its obligation in funding education in Massachusetts.  He noted the reality is that more than $7 billion was cut in Ed Reform.

 

Rep. O’Brien said that the Governor has proposed a tight budget, with less than a 1% increase over last year.  He said the problem is that there will only be a modest increase in local aid, which is not enough.  He said the budget is predicated on issues, including a reduction in the income tax from 5.3% to 5%.  He said now is not the time to take away revenues, which will result in cuts in local aid.

 

The Governor is also proposing $170 million in new corporate taxes.  Rep. O’Brien said this is not the time to increase taxes on struggling businesses.

 

Another proposal of the Governor is to fund Medicaid for 11 months and 1 week of this fiscal year, shifting the last three (3) weeks to the next fiscal years.  This would be approximately $450 million.  Rep. O’Brien said these gimmicks don’t work.  He said there is a $677 million structural deficit which has to be made up in the budget.  He said he hoped local communities would join in resisting the reduction in the income tax rate.

 

Rep. O’Brien said the real answer is to continue level spending, which results in cuts.  He said components of the budget, such as Medicaid and Local Aid, need to be protected.

 

Rep. O’Brien said recovery costs for the Blizzard of 2005 will be coming in the next few weeks.  Lottery aid has also increased, and will be restored to 100% over the next three (3) years.

 

Rep. O’Brien explained why the Line Item for the School Building Authority is “0”.  He said that legislation has been passed for a new authority to oversee this.  An audit is being conducted to make a determination if Towns are receiving the rate they need to.  He said Middleborough will receive funding for the Nichols Middle School through 2020.

 

Rep. O’Brien said he is hopeful that projects on the School Building list, including the MJHS, will be funded.

 

Rep. O’Brien said that the priorities are Chapter 70, Lottery, and School Building Assistance.  He said the reality is that the scenario doesn’t look like it will change over the next two (2) years.

 

Rep. Straus said that the most pressing thing right now is Ed Reform.  He said this has historically been funded by the local property taxpayers, which is unfair.  As a result, communities end up providing different levels of service.  He said the Ed Reform formula is very complicated.

 

Rep. Straus said that conservative revenue projections for FY05 show that the State has met, and exceeded projections.  He said this does not mean we’re “out of the woods yet”. 

 

Rep. Straus said he will do his best to get us through the next several weeks.  He said he is thankful that there was a $2 billion “rainy day fund” in 2001, but noted that we are ending those reserves.  He said there is an over reliance on property taxes.  He said he will continue to look for every way possible to increase school funding.

 

Rep. Canessa told the Board that he had previously been a member of the School Committee in Lakeville.  He said he recently had the opportunity to speak to the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee regarding Chapter 70 and Lottery Aid.  He said he specifically mentioned Middleborough.  He said the problem is that the Aid is determined by a formula.  If an increase is made for one community, 350 others will also get an increase. 

 

Rep. Canessa said he also cannot support the Governor’s request to reduce the Income Tax at this time.  He said this will put a burden on cities and towns.

 

Chairman Perkins said he did not agree that the Income Tax could be decreased.  He said the legislators need to find ways of getting new revenue and cutting expenses.  He said towns can only do so much before having to lay off.  He said no one has ever been able to explain how the foundation budget for Chapter 70 is created and how the formula works.  He said Middleborough is a “blue collar” town and yet the foundation budget keeps increasing.

 

Rep. Canessa asked, if Chairman Perkins was not in favor of cuts, but minimizing the tax rate, what he would suggest.

 

Chairman Perkins said he would like a legitimate answer as to how the foundation budget works.  He said he did not feel the community is being treated property.  He suggested the formula may need to change, noting that the town is not getting enough funding to maintain services expected under the law.

 

Rep. O’Brien said it is not possible to have cuts and increased spending.  He said the Ed Formula was created in 1993 because the Supreme Court determined that not enough money was being spent on education.  He said it is figured, disproportionately, to the wealth of a community.  This is based on housing prices, and earning capacity and based on this Middleborough is considered a more affluent community.  He said it is a 38 step formula which is based on what was being spent n 1993.

 

Rep. O’Brien cautioned against changing the formula, noting that any changes that have ever been presented would result in a cuts to Middleborough.

 

Selectman Andrews said that although Middleborough is considered an affluent community based on the increase in housing costs and valuations, income has not increased.

 

Selectman Bond said the legislators are supposed to come up with solutions.  He said he wanted to hear what the State is going to do about the deficit, and not ask what the Towns would have them do.

 

Rep. Straus said that solutions come by meeting with the people.  He said he wouldn’t pretend to know the solution.  He said one thing the Town can do is to say that now is the wrong time to cut taxes.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that Rep. O’Brien had indicated that the State is losing population, and asked what is being done to stop companies from moving out.

 

Rep. O’Brien said he had proposed a $100 million economic stimulus package two (2) years ago.  He said we need to continue to focus on efforts for long term sustainable job growth, and tackle the high cost of housing.

 

Rep. Straus agreed, and noted now is not the time to increase business taxes as the Governor is proposing.

 

Selectman Andrews noted the new challenges communities are facing because of 40B.

 

Rep. O’Brien said he shares the frustration, and said that he had filed legislation for changes.

 

Chairman Perkins thanked the Representatives for meeting with the Board and asked that they bring relief in any form.  He suggested filing legislation to change the mandate if it can’t be funded.  This could be done for a term of 6 months or a year, to help communities get out of the fiscal mess.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request for Extension of Earth Removal Permit #01-2 – Robert Backlund

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from Robert Backlund asking for an extension to May 1st of this year for additional clean up.  The property is in the process of being sold.

 

Mr. Healey said he will be doing inspections next week.  He agreed that the remaining work needed is to clean up.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted the original Permit was issued for three (3) years in November of 2001.  The request for an extension is allowable.

 

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

VOTED:  To approve an extension for Earth Removal Permit #01-2 to May 1, 2005.  

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for ‘Certificate of Completion’ – Sam White & Sons

 

Selectman Andrews stepped down for this discussion.

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from Lawrence Silva, Silva Engineering Associates, asking for a ‘Certificate of Completion’ for Earth Removal Permit #01-1.

 

Mr. Healey said he will do a final inspection next week.  The project had been substantially completed at the last inspection three (3) months ago.  He supported the request.

 

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

            VOTED:  To issue a Certificate of Completion for Earth Removal Permit #01-1.

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Andrews abstained)

 

 

 

Request for Common Victualer License – ‘Stef’s Eatery’

 

This item was tabled at the request of the Health Department.

 

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Armanetti

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request made by Linda Armanetti to rent the Town Hall Auditorium for a piano recital on Sunday, May 22, 2005 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Declare Surplus Property – Fire Chief

 

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

VOTED:  To approve the request of the Fire Chief to declare the following items as surplus property:

1.                  1975 Maxim Pumper

2.                  1987 Chevy Pickup Truck 2 wheel drive

3.                  1972 16’ Boat with Mercury motor

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

 

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

VOTED:  To ask the starting bid for the 1975 Maxim Pumper be $5,000.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

There was no ‘Old Business’ discussed tonight.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Landfill Update

 

Mr. Healey told the Board that the WMAC has not met since January 20th.  He said there are only a few outstanding issues to be negotiated, but the Committee needs to meet.

 

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

VOTED:  To authorize the Board’s Secretary to send a letter to the WMAC asking that they continue to meet a minimum of once per month and keep the Board of Selectmen informed and updated to keep the process moving forward.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey noted the Authorization to Operate must be issued by the D.E.P.  Language regarding this will have to be negotiated into the Contract.

 

Town Manager’s Evaluation

 

Chairman Perkins asked that members provide their evaluations to him as soon as possible.

 

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

VOTED:  To have Selectman Bond meet with the Chairman to review the evaluations and do a composite.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey provided a copy of the current list of Goals & Objectives. 

 

Selectman Andrews noted that any goals set for next year would not be judged next year because of Mr. Healey’s retirement.

 

Mr. Healey explained that the new Evaluation Instrument which was approved in 2003 does not include an analysis of the completion of the goals in the scoring of the evaluation.  Goals & Objectives that had previously been set were done jointly.

 

Selectman Bond noted that the Charter says that the Town Manager will be under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen who will direct and supervise. 

 

Rabies Press Release

 

Mr. Healey informed the Board that Jeanne Spalding had provided him with a press release regarding rabid animals recently found in the Town of Middleborough.  He read the Release and reminded residents to license their dogs.

 

Appointment of Study Committee on Waste and Wastewater Departments and/or Health Department

 

Mr. Healey suggested that the water and wastewater functions be transferred to the Middleborough G&E Department, and the Selectmen remain the Board of Health.

 

Selectman Andrews agreed that there should not be a separate Board of Health.  He said it would be unnecessary to increase the size of town government.

 

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

            VOTED:  Not to make consideration for a separate Board of Health.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle agreed, saying that the Water and Wastewater functions should be separate because they are enterprise funds.

 

Neil Rosenthal agreed, noting the Selectmen act as the Board of Health according to the Charter.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she still would like to see a Committee formed to study the feasibility of recommending the pros and cons of establishing an elected Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners.  She felt it should be broken out from the Selectmen because of the number of issues going on in those areas.  She noted this could coincide with the Town Manager’s retirement.

 

Chairman Perkins said there would be three (3) choices:  Leave it as is, establish a new Commission, or place it under the G&E Department.

 

Selectman Bond said he had concerns with a “goal” for the Committee, noting it may be prejudiced towards the Selectmen’s opinions.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that setting a goal is part of the Committee Formation Bylaw. 

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint a committee of seven (7) members, residents of Middleborough, for a one-year term, with vacancies to be filled by the Board of Selectmen, to study the feasibility of separating the Water and Wastewater functions from the Board of Selectmen and to report back to the Board of Selectmen.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Bond opposed)

 

Selectman Bond opposed saying it did not agree with a prior vote that had been taken regarding the committee.

 

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

VOTED:  To rescind action taken several weeks ago regarding the establishment of a Study Committee.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Bond opposed)

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted any previous vote did not contain all the requirements of the Bylaw.

 

Selectman Wiksten said he had a “problem handing it the G&E”, but had concerns of whether or not there would be enough to keep a Committee busy.  He suggested a sub-committee of two (2) Selectmen to review the need with department heads and bring the information back to the full Board.  He said the Committee was a recommendation of a citizen and has merits, but tended to agree that the Committee needs to be specifically directed.  He said any members would have to have knowledge of these fields.  He felt it was up to the Board to determine if it is too much work, and to give reasons.  He said it was the Board’s fault for taking too long to do a Rate Study, and not having Department Heads prepare a 5-year plan for expansion.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that a lot of the work is done by the Town Manager.  She felt there could be more oversight if someone was devoted strictly to that.

 

Selectman Andrews said he felt the Board was “making more of a problem than it is”, noting the Committee could meet three (3) times and then come before the Board with a presentation.  He said a decision could be made by July.

 

Chairman Perkins suggested the term of one year stand.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that would be the maximum term.

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint 7 members at-large, with the Highway Superintendent, Water Superintendent, Wastewater Superintendent, Town Manager, and Board of Selectmen as ex officio members.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Bond opposed)

 

Selectman Bond said he did not want the Committee being “bent” in a particular decision.

 

Mr. Healey said the ex officio members would be advisory only.

 

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

VOTED:  To appoint the following individuals as members of the Water and Wastewater Feasibility Study Committee:

Tracie Craig, Jack Hamm, Harold Isham, Jr., Kevin Murphy, Richard Rebell, Patrick Rogers, and Tom White.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Meeting with Housing Authority

 

Mr. Healey said he understood there may be a proposed “land swap” with the Housing Authority.  He suggested that any high density housing should be in the water and sewer service area.  The only site that the Town owns in this category would be the Washburn Mill site.

 

Departmental Budgets

 

The Board was advised that not all departments have submitted their FY’06 budget.

 

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

VOTED:  To ask any Department Head who has not submitted a budget within the next coming week to meet with the Board to explain why they have not.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

 

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

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by SEMASS Partnership in the amount of $9,933.52.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by B&D Conciliation & Arbitration in the amount of $300.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C. in the amount of $880.00.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To pay five (5) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $5.35, $5.35, $53.51, $660.20, and $201.49, totaling $925.90.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

OTHER

 

Discussion – Status of Community Development Plan

 

Selectman Bond said he had attended a B&I meeting a couple weeks ago at which Bruce Arons was present. 

 

Selectman Bond said he thought the Board had “dealt with” the Community Development Plan after having a discussion with Larry Koff.  He said he was corrected by Mr. Arons who told him there is still more to do to get the plan in place.  There are beneficial economic consequences for the Town if the plan is in place.  He suggested setting up a time to meet with Mr. Arons and Ruth Geoffroy.

 

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

VOTED:  To invite Bruce Arons and Ruth Geoffroy to meet with the Board on March 21st to discuss details of the plan and establish a viable time table for getting a consensus and getting the plan to its final stages.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Review Applications for Water, Wastewater & Health Department Committee

 

See ‘Town Manager’s Report’.

 

Reduced Tax Liability for Volunteer Services

 

Selectwoman Brunelle told the Board that a questionnaire had been sent to Department Heads in regards to volunteer services for reduced tax liability.  Several departments have expressed an interest.  She told the Board that Barbara Erickson provided her with information from other communities who have adopted the program.

 

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

VOTED:  To place an article on the Town Meeting Warrant to accept Chapter 59 Section 5K.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Seniors can receive up to $750 in tax credit towards real estate taxes by volunteering. 

 

Resident, Kathleen Arruda, told the Board that this issue had been taken up several years ago.  At that time it was determined to be illegal to give anyone a tax break for work for the Town.

 

Ms. Arruda said the people who will suffer will be single parents with children, and other taxpayers who will have to pay for the program. 

 

Chairman Perkins noted the program won’t happen unless it is approved at Town Meeting.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that new legislation has been passed.  Volunteers will not be considered Town employees.  The program will be income sensitive, and only a certain number of positions would be available.  She said there are a lot of different guidelines.  She also noted that there are various methods to financing it.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

‘Correspondence’ was held for next week.

 

 

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

VOTED:  To enter into Executive Session at 10:05 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss two (2) Grievances, Litigation, and Contract Negotiations.

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

            VOTE 5 – 0

 

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN