SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 9, 2002

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

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

Selectman Wiksten entered the meeting at 8:15 PM.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

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

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of August 26, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of August 26, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Meeting with Finance Committee – Appointment of New Member

FinCom Vice-Chairman Lisa Clough told the Board that the Finance Committee was present to recommend the appointment of Stephen Studley. Judith Lynch has resigned from the Committee because she has accepted a job with the School Department.

Mr. Studley told the Board that he has been attending the FinCom meetings and understands the process.

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

VOTED: To appoint Stephen Studley to fill the vacant position left by Judith Lynch until the next election.

Unanimous Vote.

This was a joint appointment with the FinCom.

Hearing – Request for W.R.P.D. Permit – R&W Associates – Cushman Street

Chairman Perkins read a letter sent by Kevin Walker, Outback Engineering, Inc. Mr. Walker requested a continuance of this hearing to September 16th.

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

VOTED: To continue the hearing for a request for a W.R.P.D. Permit by R&W Associates, to September 16, 2002.

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with the Non-Union Ad Hoc Committee & Personnel Board – RE: Presentation of Personnel Wage & Classification Plan

Selectman Wiksten was not present for this meeting. Selectwoman Brunelle left the room.

Four members of the Ad Hoc Committee were present: Ruth Geoffroy, Barbara Erickson, Jeanne Spalding and Marjorie Judd.

Steve Callahan, Chairman, and Nancy Thomas were present from the Personnel Board.

Ms. Geoffroy told the Board that they were meeting tonight because this was the last meeting before the September 15th deadline that had been imposed by the Board. She said that the Committee has worked for six (6) weeks. The goal is to develop a fair, consistent and standardized basis for classifying and compensating positions in the Town’s non union workforce based on equity within the Town’s workforce and parity to peer communities. The Plan was not done to benefit or provide "equity adjustments" to any individual incumbent employees.

The Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association’s (MMPA) "Classification Guide for Massachusetts Cities and Towns" was the primary resource document used. The MMPA’s "Benchmark Titles Salary Survey" for Fiscal 2001, updated with 3% increases, was also used. Mark Morse of MMA Associates, who performed the Town’s last personnel study in 1997, was contacted and he provided a copy of the Job Rating Manual which was used by MMA in that study. Job Descriptions were obtained from the Selectmen’s Office. These descriptions were updated by all departments in the summer of 2000. Department Heads provided descriptions for those positions that were newly added to the Town since that time.

The Committee went through all job descriptions and rated the positions. It was noted that many of the job descriptions do not portray the jobs. No subjective assumptions were used. The final point assessment was good enough to develop broad categories, but not fine tune cuts. The categories broke down as follows: Department Heads, Technical Services, Administrative Services and Support Services. Ms. Geoffroy said the Committee learned a lot of the fallibility’s of the job descriptions.

Pay scales were put to each group based on external communities. The bottom ceiling started at the top Senior Clerk Pay ($18.99). This was so that a Administrative Assistant did not make less than someone they might be supervising. Department Heads started higher than the last step of the Administrative Assistants.

The grid was broken down into nine (9) steps. There was a 27% shift from step 1 to step 9. Employees were put into the closest step to their current salaries. People whose salary was not on the grid will begin at Step 2. This is so that someone starting new would not be paid the same as someone already in the position.

Mr. Callahan said this was the first time the Personnel Board had seen the Plan, but would be meeting this Wednesday to discuss it. They will have a recommendation for the Board by their next meeting.

Chairman Perkins thanked all members for getting this together. He said he would not comment on the Plan, as he had not had time to review the entire document.

Selectman Eayrs said that the Committee had done a lot of work. He said the Plan was "long overdue", and gives substance to concerns that have been voiced. He said he looked forward to the Personnel Board’s point of view.

Selectman Rogers said he was also encouraged by the Plan. He said that the previous grid has been expanded and clarified. He suggested the possibility of wording that would allow a 1.3% increase above the Senior Clerks.

Chairman Perkins noted that he had also received a petition that was signed by 47 of the 52 Non-Union employees. It read as follows: "Honorable Board – The undersigned members of the Non-Union Bargaining Group support the Draft Personnel Wage & Classification Plan developed by the Non-Union Ad-hoc Personnel Classification Study Committee. We feel that this is the beginning of a fair, consistent and standardized basis for classifying and compensating positions in the Town’s non-union workforce based on equity within the Town and parity to peer communities. Our Group is committed to this."

Barbara Erickson noted that the Administrative Services and Technical Services salaries have been pretty much set by the Town based on hiring within the past year.

Jane Lopes asked if the Plan would be approved for Special Town Meeting. Chairman Perkins said it depended on the recommendation of the Personnel Board.

Ms. Lopes asked what the cost of the Plan would be. In its current form, the cost would be $94,000 – $98,000.

Ms. Erickson noted that the Committee is not asking to go back to July 1, 2002. They are asking for it to be effective January 1, 2003. This would cut the cost in half.

Harry Pickering noted that it was most important that the salaries be set for new employees. Chairman Perkins agreed.

Selectman Eayrs concurred, noting that the Plan addresses inequities that need to be dealt with. He also commended the Committee’s willingness to forego the implementation of the Plan until the first year. He said that the Non-Union is "the one link that has not received any attention, the Unions gets theirs."

Ms. Lopes asked if the appropriation would have to be done at the upcoming Special Town Meeting. Chairman Perkins said not necessarily, that another Special Town Meeting could be scheduled.

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

VOTED: To accept the Presentation of Personnel Wage & Classification Plan as presented, and forward it to the Personnel Board for their recommendation.

Unanimous Vote.

The Personnel Board will make their recommendation to the Board at next week’s meeting.

Hearing – Request for Earth Removal Permit – Hannula – Wood Street

Chairman Perkins read the following: "A hearing will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA on Monday, September 9, 2002, at 7:35 PM, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by Glenn D. Amaral, G.A.F. Engineering, Inc. on behalf of Oiva Hannula & Sons, for an Earth Removal Permit for property located on Wood Street, Middleborough, MA, Assessors Map 065 Lot 5726 & Map 071 Lot 213. The reason for this request is for construction and expansion of an existing agricultural activity (cranberry cultivation). Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated." The hearing was declared open.

Glenn Amaral, G.A.F. Engineering, Inc., was present to represent the applicant. He returned the green cards.

Mr. Amaral told the Board the property is located off of Wood Street, west of the Ocean Spray freezer plant.

The applicant is proposing to construct a dike and canal within the confines of existing bog. This would include the construction of a 2.85-acre tailwater/reservoir recovery pond and approximately 13 acres of cranberry bogs. The project will be done in three (3) phases. The creation of the tail water recovery pond would be the first phase. Once the Board issues a Certificate of Completion, the applicant would apply for a Permit to continue.

Chairman Perkins asked if the culverts would be large enough to handle what is being proposed. Mr. Amaral said they were.

Mr. Healey asked about the quality of the material. Mr. Amaral said that the front portion is very "siltey", but the back has more reasonable material, a lot more gravel.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the existing tree line and buffer area would be disturbed. Mr. Amaral said they are trying to keep 100’ away from the bordering vegetative wetlands.

Selectman Rogers asked what the time frame would be for the project. Mr. Amaral said three (3) years to complete the reservoir. He estimated 10 years to complete the project.

Selectman Rogers noted that Project Plans should be submitted so that the Inspector knows what’s going on.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To approve the request for an Earth Removal Permit for Oiva Hannula & Sons, for property located on Wood Street, Middleborough, MA, Assessors Map 065 Lot 5726 & Map 071 Lot 213, as shown on a plan entitled "Plan to Accompany Notice of Intent, prepared by G.A.F. Engineering, Inc., dated July 25, 2002, for Phase I of the construction and expansion of an existing agricultural activity (cranberry cultivation).

Unanimous Vote.

The Orders of Conditions will be set at the September 30th meeting.

Water Workshop Items – Liens, Premium Rate & Prioritizing Projects

Water Superintendent, Richard Tinkham, was present.

Lien List

The Board discussed what could be done to encourage earlier water bill payments on some accounts. Because of technical difficulties, a lien list was not available for the Board tonight.

Mr. Healey explained that 700 owe water bills totaling about $500,000. After Demand Notices are sent, the number is reduced to 100 owing about $100,000. Mr. Healey said that the Demand Charge was $10.00, but was lowered to $5.00 by a previous Board. Mr. Healey recommended an increase to $15.00 per quarter. The Town can also charge up to 14% interest.

Chairman Perkins asked, if an interest rate was imposed, could hardship cases be waived. Mr. Healey said this could be done.

Selectwoman Brunelle agreed. She felt that $5.00 is much too low. It encourages them not to pay the bill. She said she would like to see an interest rate assessed after a certain period of time, but had concerns regarding software and what it would cost to make the adjustments. Charging a flat rate would not be as bad as doing computation.

Discussion ensued on the process for out-of-town collections. The Town cannot lien these properties. Mr. Healey said threatening to go to small claims Court is the only recourse, absent an Agreement. He noted that the Town of Carver pays the water bills, and can lien.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if there was any procedures in place to send shut off notices before lien notices go out.

Mr. Tinkham said there is no current policy in place for shut off for non-payment. The Board would need to adopt this. A shut off procedure is in place for failure to give access to a meter. There are Massachusetts General Laws that address this. Currently, a customer is given written notice to shut off at a specific date and time. The customer is sent two (2) notices. The shut off takes place if a response is not made after the first notice. Restrictions are the same as other utility shut-offs, excluding infants and illness.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked who does the follow-up. Mr. Tinkham said that the clerical staff would do notifications, most likely a form notification.

Selectman Eayrs said he questioned a "shut-off policy". He did not feel this would benefit the Town.

Selectman Rogers said he had no issue with the Demand Charge, but suggested a progressive type of Charge. He noted that interest can be added as well as a Demand Charge.

Jane Lopes asked when the interest would be assessed. Chairman Perkins said it would go on the tax bill once it has gone to lien.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the last lien list contained about $250,000 in past due revenue. She noted that this accounts for about 25% of the total revenue for one (1) year. She said the list needs to be cut down.

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

VOTED: To increase the Demand Charge to $15.00 per quarter.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she liked the idea of a progressive charge. Mr. Healey noted this is progressive in the sense that the first quarter would be $15.00, then $30.00, etc. A customer will pay $60.00 instead of $20.00 for the year. This is about 10% of an average bill.

Selectman Rogers noted that the Board had previously been informed that a developer owned about $8,600. Houses were built and the people were concerned that the water would be shut off. He suggested a policy with new development, which would include updating what is owed before occupancy permits would be issued.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if a deposit could be taken from the developer for the service. Mr. Tinkham said this has been done in other communities. Selectwoman Brunelle asked Mr. Healey to check with other communities regarding this.

Selectman Wiksten also noted that the Planning Board receives a bond when a new development is being created. He asked if the water deposit could be incorporated into that bond. Mr. Healey will check this.

Premium Rate for Out-of-Town Customers

Mr. Healey told the Board that the only Town charging a premium rate is New Bedford, at 29.4%. Selectman Wiksten asked that he check with the City of Taunton. Mr. Tinkham said he would talk to them tomorrow.

Selectman Eayrs said that a premium rate makes sense. He noted the recent application of the Simeone family. He asked if a premium rate should be for residential as opposed to commercial. He also questioned whether customers would be "back charged".

Selectman Eayrs asked if the Board had received Carver’s "As-built Plan". Chairman Perkins said they had not. He also told the Board that the Simeones were in front of the Carver Board tonight. The Board should be receiving information for them to make a decision.

Chairman Perkins also suggested that he and Selectwoman Brunelle should meet again with Carver.

Selectman Eayrs noted that a new Agreement needs to be structured with Carver. Water hook-ups should be completed through the Town of Carver.

Chairman Perkins noted the Simeone’s offers to enhance our Town’s water system. He felt this should be over and above the Agreement with the Town. Selectman Eayrs asked if there would be legal implications with having a side agreement. Chairman Perkins said this would need to be addressed with Town Counsel and the Town of Carver.

The Board’s consensus was that a premium rate made sense. They asked Mr. Healey and Mr. Tinkham to come up with a fair premium – not just the amount, but the rationale behind what it charged.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that additional extensions to Carver have to be approved by Town Meeting.

Selectman Wiksten agreed that the Simeone request should be separate from an Agreement with Carver. He said he was in favor of commercial extensions, provided conditions were placed, such as finding 125% of the water, as Simeone has suggested. He did not want to "open doors for industry wanting to go into Carver".

Selectman Wiksten also said he was not opposed to a premium, but noted that the residents who have connections now do so because of contaminated wells.

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the Board had a lot of different ideas, and she was not ready to make a final decision. She suggested getting answers from other communities, and grandfathering existing customers.

Selectman Wiksten said there should not be a distinction between bulk or piped for outside use.

Bob Lessard noted a report from the Water Superintendent with the gallonage used by Carver since 1996. It was noted that the amount has almost doubled. Mr. Healey said this was all billable water, and was not inconsistent with Town-wide use.

Mr. Lessard also questioned whether there was a method for enforcing water bans in other communities. Mr. Healey said they are given notices, and the same enforcement action is taken as is in our Town.

Discussion ensued on the hydrants that are in the neighborhoods where we are supplying water. Mr. Healey noted that the Agreement states that the hydrants do not provide sufficient fire flows, and should not be depended on.

The Board agreed to further discuss the Premium rates in two (2) weeks.

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

VOTED: To authorize Chairman Perkins and Selectwoman Brunelle to go back to Carver to renegotiate the water Agreement.

Unanimous Vote.

It was the Board’s consensus that additional water tie-ins would not be allowed for residential properties.

Mr. Tinkham told the Board that he had researched the "As-built Plan", and Carver does not have this. He suggested having our own engineer, at Carver’s expense, prepare the As-built.

Selectwoman Brunelle also reminded the Board that there had been discussion regarding a municipal rate for the Town. Mr. Tinkham said he did not have the usage, or dollar amount, used by Town Departments, but could get this information.

Discussion ensued on whether or not a municipal rate should be in place temporarily, or permanently. Selectman Rogers felt that a permanent municipal rate would increase water usage.

Selectman Wiksten asked if all water being used by Town is being metered. Mr. Tinkham said, with the exception of some of the Park Department’s, it is. This is also being addressed.

Jane Lopes asked if establishing a different rate for municipal use would result in tax payers subsidizing the Water Department.

Prioritizing Projects

The Board was given information regarding Water System Improvements that would be made over time. Dan Murray has recommended that the motion on Article 12 of the upcoming Special Town Meeting include specific projects.

There is a list of over $24 million in projects. Time needs to be spent prioritizing with an engineer on what should be done first to make improvements to the system. Loops need to be made, dead ends need to be looped through, mains need to be upsized, mains need to be replaced, and the system needs to be cleaned. Water filtration improvements also need to be done on both East Main Street Wells and the Tispaquin Wells.

Selectman Rogers has suggested incorporating a list with all needs into the motion.

Upon motion by Selectman Rogers and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board unanimously voted to develop a list for inclusion in the Article 12 motion for the September 23rd Special Town Meeting which would include the following:

Proposed project plan shall include the following streets for water distribution system improvements.

Description of Street Length Size

(in inches)

1. Spruce/Benson to Cushman/Wareham St. 14,500 12 inch

2. Nemasket (monies approved ATM) x x

3. Fairview (E. Grove to Wareham) 2,850 C&L12

4. Wareham (Acorn to Lincoln) 3,800 C&L12

5. Lincoln and Jackson (Wareham to Pierce) 2,050 C&L12

6. South Main Street (No. Main/Wareham to

W.Grove/E. Grove) 3,250 C&L10

7. Pierce Street (No. Main to Oak) 1,850 C&L12

8. Center Street (a) (NMain/SMain to Everett) 2,100 C&L10

9. North Main (Wareham/S.Main to North) 2,050 12

10. West Grove (a) (Anderson/Taunton to Clay) 5,400 16

11. Summer (Plain to Plymouth0 400 12

12. Everett (Frank to North) 3,450 12

13. Center Street (Anderson to Cross) 2,600 12

14. Frank (Oak to Cambridge) 1,750 C&L

15. Cambridge (Frank to End) 600 C&L

16. Oak (Pierce to North) 1,900 12

17. Center Street (b) (Everett to Lovell) 2,000 12

18. Old Center (Cross to Commerce Way)NEW 9,500 12

19. Clay (Old Center to Southpointe Devep)NEW6,900 12

20. West Grove (b) (Susan Lane to Fairview) 700 12

21. Everett Street (Frank to North) 5,000 12

and make water works improvements to the Tispaquin Wells and further well development at the Cross Street Well, including installation of new 16 inch water mains on Old Center Street. 9,500 lineal feet and Clay Street 6,800 lineal feet of 12 inch watermain; and further

The following projects could be approved by the Water Commissioners as part of system improvements.

Work would include new source approval and in Vaughan Street's case, a detailed environmental assessment may be required due to proximity of Outstanding Resource Waters and MEPA requirements.

a. Wilber Street Well and 16 inch Watermains $ 750,000

Walnut (Walnut from Cherry- 7,300 lineal feet) 913,000

Cherry (From Walnut to East Grove - 8,900 lineal feet 1,013,000

b. Vaughan Street Well 1,000,000 1. Environmental Impact Report 300,000

c. Vaughan Street Watermains (new) 250,000 Wood Street Watermains (new) 831,000

d. Cross Street Well Improvements and Watermains 1,500,000

Old Center Street (Cross to Commerce Way - 9500 l.ft.) 665,000

Clay (Old Center to Southpointe Development - 6800 lft.) 480,000

TOTAL (d) 2,645,000

Cross Street Well Improvements and Watermains recommended action for

$ 2,645,000.

TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS FOR PHASE 5 - WATER WORKS IMPROVEMENTS

AT CROSS STREET $ 2,645,000.00

Water Filtration

Work includes construction of a water treatment facility

a. East Main Street Wells 1,500,000

b. Tispaquin Street Wells WTF Construction 1,500,000 2005

Engineering Design 400,000 2003

TOTAL (B) $ 1,900,000

It is recommended that Tispaquin Wells water treatment facility be designed and constructed.

TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS FOR PHASE 6 WATER WORKS IMPROVEMENTS AT TISPAQUIN WELLS $ 1,900,000

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if there was a policy as to who is authorized to make adjustments on bills, waiving or adjusting for leaks.

Mr. Tinkham explained if a customer questions a bill, the meter is checked. If there is a problem, the customer is informed. If the customer repairs a definite leak, showing a good faith effort, an adjustment will be made on the bill. A bill will not be abated unless there’s concrete evidence that there is a problem.

Mr. Healey further explained that the Water Superintendent reports to him, and he signs the final abatement authorization.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked for copies of these abatements on a monthly basis.

Hearing – Request for Road Layout Acceptance – Charmark Circle

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, September 9, 2002 at 9:00 PM to accept the layout of Charmark Circle, located off of Highland Street in Middleborough, MA, on such terms as the Selectmen shall determine for the purposes of a Town way, such property being shown on a plan entitled "Street Acceptance/Layout Plan – Charmark Circle – Phase III – "The Highlands of Middleborough" in Middleborough, Massachusetts", dated January 17, 2002, revised through April 4, 2002, drawn by Alpha Landsurveying & Engineering Associates, which plan is on file with the Town Clerk’s Office." The hearing was opened.

Peter Mulhern, developer of the project, was present. He presented the green cards.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

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

VOTED: To accept the layout of Charmark Circle as referenced in the plan entitled, "Street Acceptance/Layout Plan – Charmark Circle – Phase III – "The Highlands of Middleborough" in Middleborough, Massachusetts", dated January 17, 2002, revised through April 4, 2002, drawn by Alpha Landsurveying & Engineering Associates."

Unanimous Vote.

NEW BUSINESS

Review New Constable Application

Chairman Perkins noted that the Board has been looking for a more detailed application for Constables.

The Board’s Secretary explained that this application had been forwarded by Police Chief Russell. It is used by the Town of Plymouth.

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

VOTED: To approve the new Constable Application Form, and to change any Town references to the Town of Middleborough.

Unanimous Vote.

The Board will contact Chief Russell.

Town’s Option to Purchase Chapterland – Wilbur – Marion Road

The Board received notice that George E. Wilbur, 90 Marion Road, has signed a Purchase & Sale Agreement for the property located off of Marion Road, Assessors Map 079 Lot 4228. This property contains approximately 12 acres and is classified as 61B.

Mr. Healey noted that the property is on the opposite side of the road from the Wilbur Well site. It is not an essential property for acquiring in association to the well.

The Board received correspondence from the Assessors that they have no objection to the sale.

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

VOTED: To waive the Town’s option to purchase Chapter 61B property located off of Marion Road, Assessors Map 079 Lot 4228, containing approximately 12 acres.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve Septic Betterment Agreement – Spano – 20 Katie Drive

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

VOTED: To approve a septic betterment agreement for property located at 20 Katie Drive, owned by Francis and Nancy Spano, in the amount of $11,650.00.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Award Bids – Treasurer/Collector

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Chairman Perkins, the Board

VOTED: To award a bid for renewal of Oliver Mill money ($288,350.00) and new money to purchase land ($1,000,000.00), totaling $1,288,350.00 to State Street with an interest rate of 1.6899%.

VOTE 4 –0-1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained)

Request to Approve the Issuance of Bonds – Treasurer/Collector

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

VOTED: That the Town shall issue a bond or bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $200,000 (the "Bonds") pursuant to Chapters 29C and 111 of the General Laws and a vote of the Town passed June 3, 2002 (Article 17), for a community septic management loan program (the "Project");

    1. That in anticipation of the issuance of the Bonds the Treasurer is authorized to issue an interim loan note or notes (the "Notes") from time to time in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $200,000;
    2. That each Bond shall be issued as a single registered security, and sold to the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (the "Trust") at a price determined pursuant to the Loan Agreement;
    3. That the Treasurer is authorized to determine the date, the form, the maximum interest rate and the principal maturities of the Bond, and to execute a Loan Agreement with the Trust with respect to the sale of the Bonds, such date, form and maturities and the specific interest rate or rates of the Bonds to be approved by a majority of the Board of Selectmen and the Treasurer and evidenced by their execution of the Bonds;
    4. That all action taken to date by the Town and its officers and agents to carry out the Project and its financing, including the execution of any loan commitment or agreement by the Treasurer, are hereby ratified, approved and confirmed; and
    5. That the Treasurer and the other appropriate Town officials are each hereby authorized to take any and all actions necessary and convenient to carry out the provisions of this vote, including execution and delivery of the Loan Agreement and the Project Approval Certificate and Regulatory Agreement relating to the Project.

Unanimous Vote.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no Old Business discussed tonight.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

The Town Manager’s Report included items discussed under the Water Workshop.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by Hathaway Publishing in the amount of $61.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay the bill submitted by New England Real Estate Journal for the Land Sale at W. Grove Street, in the amount of $295.00.

Unanimous Vote.

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

VOTED: To pay seven (7) bills submitted by the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department in the amounts of $5.35, $5.35, $5.35, $10.26, $25.99, $7.44, and $40.76, totaling $100.50.

Unanimous Vote.

OTHER

The Board will hold the Tax Classification Hearing at their meeting scheduled for Monday, September 30th.

CORRESPONDENCE

VOTED: To authorize the Town Manager to contact Karen J. Cook, 32 East Main Street, concerning a letter sent regarding designing the Town’s website.

Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED: To enter into Executive Session at 9:20 PM, not to return to Open Session, to discuss Litigation.

A poll vote was taken. Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten, Selectwoman Brunelle, Selectman Eayrs and Chairman Perkins approved.

VOTE 5 – 0

 

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN