SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MAY 12, 2005

 

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM.

 

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

Selectman Wiksten was absent.

 

The Board agreed to limit the meeting to 1 ½ hours. 

 

Chairman Perkins said these “workshops” were important because of Mr. Healey’s impending retirement.

 

Creating a Package for Prospective Businesses on How to Locate in Middleborough

 

Chairman Perkins said that jobs are leaving Massachusetts because businesses are choosing to locate in other states due to lengthy permitting processes.  Middleboro needs to define our local process and assist businesses by creating a handbook on local permitting steps.

 

Selectman Bond noted that some communities have time limitations on local boards tighter than State requirements in order to keep the process moving.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she recalled a previous discussion and/or minutes on streamlining the process.  She will look for the relevant information.

 

Selectman Andrews suggested wording it as “defining the process” as opposed to “streamlining”.

 

Chairman Perkins suggested pulling together existing groups (MOM, OECD, and B&I) that deal with this.  He noted that Middleborough is a very marketable town.  He further noted that the highway system is both an asset and a problem (highway upgrades need to be conducive to Middleborough’s growth).

 

Selectman Bond suggested looking to other successful towns, such as Raynham, Wrentham, Wareham, and Plymouth.  He suggested a better website that would truly market the town.

 

The rest of the Board agreed.

 

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

            VOTED:  To direct Mr. Healey to inquire about other towns’ formats.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey said he would probably start with SRPEDD.  The Board approved.

 

Committee Articles on STM and TM Warrants Requiring Funding

 

The Board discussed eliminating articles that require funding.

 

Chairman Perkins suggested talking to the committees rather than just eliminating.  The Board agreed.

 

Mr. Healey and Selectman Bond left the meeting at this time for the TIF meeting.

 

Discussion ensued on the MJHS project and the ability to bond.  It was suggested that it should be placed on a ballot making it subject to an override, or placed as a ballot question as opposed to Town Meeting.

 

The Board recognized that it is the duty of the committees and departments to advocate for their departments.

 

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

VOTED:  To authorize Mr. Healey to ask committee making monetary requests if they would be willing to table their respective articles until the Fall Town Meeting.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Prior to, and after the return of Mr. Healey and Selectman Bond, there is a lengthy discussion of articles relating to supplemental budgets and retroactive pay.  Recording Secretary pro tem Andrews was unable to both record and concentrate on the matter.  He elected to not record for the sole purpose of understanding the question.

 

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

VOTED:  To separate articles and have one group relating to retroactive pay and another set of articles requesting other supplemental funding.

            VOTE 3 – 1 (Chairman Perkins opposed)

 

 

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

VOTED:  To adjourn at 8:38 PM.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN