SELECTMEN’S MEETING

MAY 31, 2005

 

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM.

 

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

 

 

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Review Town Meeting Warrants & Budget

 

Selectwoman Brunelle presented a proposal as to where the money would come from to fund the articles for Town Meeting.  She said she is still missing information from three (3) departments regarding the retroactive pay increases.

 

The Board reviewed each Article and voted whether or not to support it.

 

Selectman Andrews suggested that articles that are reimburseable should be listed as such for the public.

 

Mr. Healey will work on explanations for all of the articles.

 

Special Town Meeting

 

Article 1

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 1.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 2

 

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

            VOTED:  To table Article 2.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 3

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 3.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Article 4

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 4.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 5

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 5.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 6

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 6.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 7

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 7.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 8

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 8.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 9

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 9.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 10

 

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Chairman Perkins, the Board

            VOTED:  To support Article 10.

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

 

Article 11

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 11.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 12

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 12.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 13

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 13.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 14

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 14.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 15

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 15.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 16

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 16, subject to required corrections of dollar amounts.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 17

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 17.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 18

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 18.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

Article 19

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 19.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 20

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 20, for $2,600.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 21

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 21.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 22

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 22.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 23

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 23.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 24

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 24.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 25

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 25.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 26

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 26.

            VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten abstained)

 

Article 27

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 27.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 28

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 28.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 29

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 29.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 30

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 30.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 31

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 31.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 32

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 32.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 37

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 33.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

Article 34

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 34 for the amount of $25,800.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 35

 

Mr. Healey said that there is not yet a cost on the acquisition of an easement on property on Cross Street.  Therefore, the article could be tabled.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 35 subject to a determination of cost.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 35

 

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

            VOTED:  To recommend  tabling Article 35 if the figures aren’t known.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 36

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 36.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 37

 

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

            VOTED:  To recommend tabling of Article 37.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

 

Article 1

 

Discussion ensued on the FY’06 Budget.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she had attended the FinCom’s meeting on Saturday.  She said she was concerned with the assumptions and estimates that they made.  She said the FinCom is assuming approximately $600,000 in free cash.  The figure is more likely to be $300,000 - $400,000.

 

Any layoffs or reductions will require unemployment costs which have not been figured in. 

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said some budgets were figured on 52 weeks, and others on 53.  She said the Board had recommended using 52 weeks, and utilizing free cash for the 53rd week.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said the Board needs to develop a strategy going forward.  Would it support the FinCom’s budget recommendations or go a different route?

 

Chairman Perkins said the job of the FinCom is to prepare a budget to present at Town Meeting, and they have accomplished this.  He said he also did not agree with their assumptions, but gave credit for what they have done.

 

Discussion ensued on proposed trash fees and underfunding the health insurance.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she also had issues with the FinCom’s recommendation, under the personal services account, to recommend each item as a ledger item instead of a line item.  This will be especially difficult for larger departments.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was concerned with what would happen if the retroactive salary increases passed.  She said this would further impact what monies are available.

 

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

VOTED:  To postpone action on the FY’06 budget for two (2) weeks if the raises pass at the Special Town Meeting, to regroup and decide what to do.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To hold a public hearing on June 13th to discuss trash fees, and invite Town Counsel to be present.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said if the raises don’t go through, the 5% budget reductions along with a trash fee could balance the FY’06 budget.

 

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Chairman Perkins, the Board

VOTED:  To be prepared to have amendments or alternative recommendations for Town Meeting.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Wiksten asked what would happen if some budgets passed and others didn’t. 

 

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

VOTED:  To postpone action for two (2) weeks if any raises pass.

Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To direct their Secretary to contact the Secretary of the FinCom to obtain a copy of the Budget Recommendation Book by email.         

Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 2

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 2.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 3

 

No action was taken on Article 3.

 

Article 4

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 4.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 5

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 5.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Articles 6 through 11

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Articles 6 through 11.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 12

 

Selectwoman Brunelle asked Harry Pickering if this article would create a self-supporting Park operation.

 

Mr. Pickering said this would not fully fund his department.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 12.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Articles 13 through 16

 

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

            VOTED:  To table Articles 13 through 16.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 17

 

It was the consensus of the Board that the Assessors should move Articles 17 and 18 and provide a full explanation.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 17.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Andrews opposed)

 

Article 18

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 18.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Andrews opposed)

 

Article 19

 

Chairman Perkins said he would oppose this article because it is not reimbursed. 

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 19.

            VOTE 3 – 2 (Selectman Andrews and Chairman Perkins opposed)

 

Article 20

 

Selectman Bond suggested that preserving the current police station should be part of the charge of the Committee.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 20.

            VOTE 3 – 2 (Selectman Andrews and Selectman Bond opposed)

 

Article 21

 

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

            VOTED:  To recommend to table Article 21.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten opposed)

 

Article 22

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 22.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 23

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 23.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 24

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 24.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 25

 

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

            VOTED:  To table Article 25.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 26

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 26.

            VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten opposed)

 

Articles 27 through 29

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Articles 27 through 29.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 30

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 30.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Article 31

 

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

            VOTED:  To support Article 31.

VOTE 2 – 3 (Selectman Andrews, Selectwoman Brunelle, and Chairman Perkins opposed ) Motion did not carry.

 

 

 

Article 32

 

No action was taken on Article 32.

 

Meeting with Park Commissioners – RE:  Appointment to Fill Vacancy on Park Commission

 

Harry Pickering told the Board that the Park Commission supports the appointment of Cheryl Leonard to the Park Commissioners to fill the vacancy of James Farley until the next election.

 

Mr. Pickering reminded the Board that Ms. Leonard had taken out a sticker campaign at the last election and received almost 400 votes.

 

Upon motion by Selectman Bond and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board of Selectmen and the Park Commissioners:

VOTED:  To appoint Cheryl Leonard to the Park Commissioners to fill the vacancy of James Farley until the next election.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request for One Day Liquor License – Bradford S. Leonard

 

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

VOTED:  To issue a One Day Liquor License to Bradford S. Leonard for an event to be held at 51 S. Main Street on June 12, 2005 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for One Day Liquor License – Professional Bartending Service

 

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

VOTED:  To issue a One Day Liquor License to Professional Bartending Service for an event to be held at 46 S. Main Street on June 4, 2005 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve MS 150 Bike Tour – National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 

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

VOTED:  To grant permission to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to pass through Middleboro in the MS 150 Bike Tour on June 26, 2005.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

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

VOTED:  To adjourn at 8:20 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN