SELECTMEN’S MEETING

NOVEMBER 3, 2003

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.

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

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of October 27, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of October 27, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Meeting with Health Officer – RE: Public/Semi-Public Pool Plan Review Fees &

Pool/Spa Permit Fees

Jeanne Spalding met with the Board to discuss public/semi-public pool plan review fees and pool/spa permit fees.

Ms. Spalding told the Board that the proposal is for commercial, semi-public and public pools. She explained that a lot of time is spent on inspections. Additionally, the inspectors are required to be Certified Pool Operators.

Ms. Spalding has suggested a $100 fee, per pool. If there is a second facility, it would be an additional $50 - $75.

Chairman Perkins asked how many pools in Town would be effected. Ms. Spalding said there are over one (1) dozen.

Selectman Eayrs clarified that the request has nothing to do with private, residential swimming pools.

Ms. Spalding said that residential pools would not be included, but it would include condo units.

Chairman Perkins asked if the procedure is done every year.

Ms. Spalding said that a Plan Review is completed for a new pool, but inspections are done every year when the pool opens. She said pools are inspected twice a year for seasonal pools, and 3 – 4 times for year-round.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the Plan Review could be incorporated into the Building Department Permits.

Ms. Spalding said that this falls under the State Department Health Code.

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

VOTED: To approve the following Health Department fees:

Public/Semi-Public

Swimming Pool Plan Review Fee $75.00 per facility

Public/Semi-Public

Pool Permit Fee $100.00 - $50.00 each additional unit

Public/Semi-Public

Spa Permit Fee $100.00

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with Veterans’ Memorial Committee – RE: Veteran’s Memorial

Paul Provencher, Veterans’ Services Officer, and several veterans met with the Board to discuss the conceptual plan of a Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Mr. Provencher told the Board that the Historical Commission has voted to support the project.

A copy of the conceptual plan was presented to the Board. It showed a circular area 50’ across, filled with bricks and granite inlay. The proposal is to sell the bricks as a fundraiser, for the memory of veterans.

Mr. Provencher said the project would take about two (2) years and cost about $150,000 - $200,000. The current Committee is made up of 15 – 18 people. Sub-Committees are being formed, for fundraising and monument selection.

Mr. Provencher said other fundraisers, such a commemorative coins, are being considered. He also noted that there will be donations from companies and engineers that will cut down the cost significantly.

Ed Beaulieu, from the Oak Point Veterans Organization, gave further details. The Wayne Caron Memorial will become part of this Memorial. There will also be a memorial for Patrick Regan. The Veteran’s Memorial currently in front of the Memorial Junior High School will be moved to the Town Hall. Shrubs would be planted, leaving plenty of room to allow expansion in the years to come.

Selectman Eayrs asked about the names on the bricks. Mr. Beaulieu explained that families could purchase a brick, which would be inscribed with the name of someone that they knew.

Mr. Provencher explained that the Veterans still hope for a display in the hallways of the Town Hall which would include all Veteran’s names.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked about handicapped access.

Mr. Provencher said that, once they have the services of a landscape architect, they will have a better idea. He noted that there are rules and regulations dealing with handicapped access.

Mr. Provencher said there will also be a walkway from South Main Street, wide enough to accommodate a color guard. A flag pole will be in the center of the Memorial, and future Memorial Services would be held there.

Mr. Healey questioned how many monuments there would be.

Mr. Provencher said a Committee will be formed to make this selection. The plan shows four (4) memorials. There will be others.

Mr. Provencher explained that this is an initial presentation, and the final plan has not yet been drafted.

Bob Lessard told the Board that this will be the second year that the Veterans will display memorabilia in the Town Hall Auditorium following the Veterans’ Day Parade. He invited the teachers in Town to let their students know of the importance of the memorabilia.

Mr. Beaulieu said that the Oak Point Veterans’ Association will retire their first flag a ceremony to be held in their Clubhouse. There will be a total of approximately 6,000 flags retired. The Board, along with other Veteran’s Associations, are invited to attend.

Mr. Healey asked who people should call if they have a flag that needs to be retired.

Mr. Beaulieu said any Veteran’s Association, or the Town’s Veterans’ Officer.

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

VOTED: To endorse the concept of the Veteran’s Memorial Park as presented this evening, and to review future plans are they are completed.

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – Healthcare of Southeastern Mass

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

VOTED: To rent the Town Hall Auditorium for a fundraiser for Woman’s Place Crisis Center on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 from 7PM to 11PM and Friday, February 27, 2004 from 4PM to 11PM.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Rent Town Hall Auditorium – First Unitarian Universalist Society

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by Jeff Stevens, for the First Unitarian Universality Society, to rent the Town Hall Auditorium on January 11, 2004 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for a square dance and to waive the requirement for a custodian.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she would open the building on that evening.

Request for Permission to hold Tag Day – Middleboro Y.M.C.A. Sea Devil Swim Team

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by the Middleboro Y.M.C.A. Sea Devil Swim Team to hold a tag day on the weekend of November 14th through November 16th.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Prohibit Tractor Trailer Units on Lovell Street – Police Chief

The Board received a recommendation from the Police Chief to restrict tractor-trailer traffic on Lovell Street. This comes after complaints from the residents of Lovell Street regarding tractor-trailer trucks going to the Gerson Company.

Selectman Wiksten suggested sending a letter to the Gerson Company asking that they keep traffic entering and exiting their facility off of Lovell Street.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that the problem with this would be, if it’s not posted, the tractor-trailers won’t be aware.

Selectman Wiksten said the company could be asked to notify their drivers.

Selectman Wiksten said he would rather do this than to ban tractor-trailer traffic altogether.

Mr. Healey asked what would happen in the situation of a tractor-trailer being used to help someone move on Lovell Street.

Selectman Eayrs said, obviously, this would be allowed. He said, if trucks are not prohibited, they will continue to use it.

Mr. Healey said that, only a tractor-trailer truck that "missed Lane Street", would use Lovell Street. He agreed with Selectman Wiksten.

Chairman Perkins said he did not disagree with asking Gersons. He suggested that they also post a sign on Lovell Street directed them to Lane Street.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested trying this for three (3) months. If it continues to be a problem, tractor-trailer trucks could be prohibited. She also suggested that residents be notified.

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

VOTED: To send a letter to the Gerson Company asking to help alleviate the problem of tractor-trailers on Lovell Street, to monitor the situation for three (3) months, and to ask residents to contact the Selectmen’s Office with any further problems.

VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Eayrs opposed)

Request to Auction Property on Beach Street – Treasurer/Collector

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

VOTED: To approve the request made by the Treasurer/Collector to auction a parcel of land on Beach Street (Assessors Map 104 Lot 2966) previously assessed to Robert and Diane Sylvia Perry.

Unanimous Vote.

Mr. Healey did not know the assessed value of the property, but noted that over $125,000 is owed in taxes. There are cranberry bogs on the property.

Request for Permission to hold Road Race and 5 Mile Walk – "Friends of Coleen" Committee

Chairman Perkins read a letter from the "Friends of Coleen" Committee. They wrote about Coleen Twig, who died of cancer on October 24, 2003. They are requesting hold the 1st Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Twigg family.

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

VOTED: To allow the 1st Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk to be held on Sunday, December 7, 2003 starting at 12:00 at the Tiger Nichols School parking lot.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested an alternate date be chosen in case of inclement weather.

OLD BUSINESS

Request to Approve & Sign Agreement – Consultants to Management, Inc.

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

VOTED: To approve and sign the Agreement with Consultants to Management, Inc. to prepare the initial infrastructure fixed asset accounting system based on GASB Statement No. 34.

Unanimous Vote.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Healey publicly thanked Bruce Arons for his work in helping to negotiate the Lease.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the lease payments were in keeping with the current rate per square foot.

Mr. Healey said it is comparable to other rents in the downtown area.

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

VOTED: To approve the Lease with the Plymouth Savings Bank subject to Town Counsel preparing the actual Lease document for submission for the Board’s approval.

Unanimous Vote.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay two (2) bills issued by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $5.35 and $5.35, totaling $10.70.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

Mr. Healey explained that Mr. Roache’s rationale for providing water to a proposed hotel and not this location, is that the hotel site had previously been served by Taunton water.

Mr. Healey said there is Taunton water and hydrants on the site being discussed. He said he would like permission to contact John Souza and Mr. Roache to explore the possibility of providing water, or find another way to help Mr. Souza move forward.

Selectman Rogers said we may want to offer Taunton something. He suggested asking if they would like the Town of Middleborough to take over the Lakeville Corporate Park.

Selectman Rogers and Selectman Wiksten said they would be available to talk to Mr. Roache and Mr. Souza to work out an agreement.

CORRESPONDENCE

Town Counsel does not believe that the nominal consideration, $1.00, meets with the direction of Town Meeting to "sell the property".

Also, there is a question if there is a violation to the Anti-Aid Amendment under the Constitution. This prohibits the use of public money, or property, to aid charitable organizations.

Mr. Healey said that the SMPA is a non-profit organization. Eileen Gates has researched Town Reports and Minutes over the 1800 period, and finds nothing to indicate that the $40 expenditure came from taxpayers money. He said further research is being done.

Jane Lopes suggested that the proposed improvements could be looked at as a type of payment for the building. She said Town Meeting vote knew it was basically going to be given tot he SMPA.

Chairman Perkins said he has made the same argument to Town Counsel.

Ms. Lopes reminded the Board that the Grain Mill had been given to Costello Dismantling. Selectman Eayrs said that building was not acquired with Town Meeting money.

Selectman Eayrs said the Board would do its best to be sure this doesn’t turn into the "Plymouth Street School" because of Dan’s opinion.

 

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

VOTED: To adjourn at 8:25 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN