SELECTMEN’S MEETING

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

 

Selectman Spataro, Selectman Bond, and Selectman Andrews were present.

Selectman Andrews left the meeting at 7:17 PM.

Selectwoman Brunelle entered the meeting at 7:23 PM.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of August 14, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of August 14, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of August 21, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of August 29, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of August 29, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Minutes of September 11, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the Executive Minutes of September 11, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

 

Meeting with Middleborough Farmer’s Market

 

Darlene Anastas, Chairman of the Agricultural Commission, and Mike Nash, Market Master, were present.

 

Mr. Nash read a statement to the Board explaining that the purpose of the Farmer’s Market is to give the opportunity to showcase and sell a product.  He said it is a community event that must follow Federal Guidelines.  He said vendors have State, Local, and Government Permits and all guidelines are met.

 

Ms. Anastas said one of the goals of the Agricultural Commission has been to improve the Farmer’s Market.  She said she has received only positive reviews from citizens since the Market moved to the Town Hall lawn.  She said people who didn’t have the ability to attend at Pratt Farm now are able to be there.  She noted that many people are also using local businesses.

 

Selectman Andrews said that, after making initial comments at the August 21st meeting, he went to Pratt Farm and had a conversation with Mr. Nash.  He said he found Mr. Nash to be genuine and the Town is fortunate to have his services. 

 

Selectman Andrews said he attended the Market at the Town Hall this weekend and found that all of his concerns have been addressed.  He said he had nothing but positive comments at this point.

 

Selectman Bond agreed saying it was good to see a number of activities on the weekend.

 

Selectman Spataro asked the Board’s Secretary if any local vendors have expressed concern regarding the Market.

 

The Board’s Secretary said she has only received positive comments.

 

Ms. Anastas said that the Farmer’s Market will recognize and work with anyone with a serious concern.

 

The Market is held on the Town Hall lawn every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM until October 28th.

 

Selectman Andrews suggested scheduling a meeting on November 6th for approval for next year’s market.

 

Selectman Andrews extended apologizes to the public that he was unable to stay for tonight’s meeting because of personal reasons. 

 

Selectman Andrews left the meeting at 7:17 PM.

 

Hearing – Request for Class II License – Gas Depot & Service – 5 Station Street

 

Chairman Perkins read the following:  “The Middleborough Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 7:30 PM in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by SAM Ghani, Inc. d/b/a Gas Depot & Service, for a Class II License for the premises located at 5 Station Street, Middleboro, MA (Assessors Map 50N Lot 5916).  Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.”  The hearing was opened.

 

There was no one present representing the applicant.

 

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

            VOTED:  To continue the hearing for 1 week.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said that the applicant should be notified that failure to show next week would result in a denial.

 

Mr. Healey asked that the applicant be requested to submit a sketched plan showing the proposed placement of vehicles on the lot.

 

Chairman Perkins noted that there are already a lot of parking problems in that area.

 

Hearing – Request for Class II License – Topham Automotive, Inc. – 85 East Grove Street

 

Chairman Perkins read the following:  “The Middleborough Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 7:45 PM in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, for the purpose of discussing an application filed by Topham Automotive, Inc., for a Class II License for the premises located at 85 East Grove Street, Middleboro, MA (Assessors Map 065 Lot 288).  Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated.”  The hearing was opened.

 

Brian and Kendra Topham were present.  The green cards were returned.

 

Mr. Topham said that the request is to place about a half dozen vehicles in the front of the lot where he currently does general repairs.

 

Chairman Perkins noted the location, next to Cumberland Farms on Rte. 28, and said he was concerned was the number of vehicles already in front of the fence.

 

Mr. Topham said that the customer’s cars can be put out back.

 

Chairman Perkins said he was also concerned with getting in and out of the location.

 

Mr. Topham said vehicles can enter the property from behind Cumberland Farms.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle noted that the property previously sold travel trailers.

 

It was noted that an excise tax that has not been paid was for the previous owner.

 

The Building Commissioner supports the request.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the request of Topham Automotive, Inc., for a Class II License for the premises located at 85 East Grove Street, subject to verification that the outstanding tax is a personal excise tax for the previous owner, with the following conditions:

v     Not to exceed 6 vehicles

v     Hours   Monday – Friday – 8AM to 5PM

                                    Saturday – 9AM to 2PM

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Meeting with COA Director – RE:  GATRA

 

Chairman Perkins read a letter from Ted Lang proposing a new in-Town bus route.

 

Mr. Lang, and Frank Gay, Administrator of GATRA, were present.

 

Mr. Lang told the Board that he is requesting the Board’s support for an article to fund drivers.  He noted that, along with GATRA, SRPEDD has been instrumental in putting the route and timing together.

 

Mr. Lang said the proposed bus route would be from the corner of Wood Street/Rte. 28, stopping at Hannaford’s, north to the intersection of Rte. 105/Rte.28, right towards Town, right onto Webster Street, to Benton Street and the Riverview Apartments, and then north to Stop & Shop and the medical building on West Grove Street.  It would then turn around and come back.  Residents would also be able to flag down the bus along the route.

 

Mr. Lang said the buses would run early and late morning, and mid-afternoon. 

 

 

The hours of operation would be Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.  The cost will be $1/passenger/ride; 50 cents for seniors, disabled, and children up to high school age.  Passengers will be required to have the exact fair as the drivers will not make change.

 

Mr. Gay said this would be a pilot basis, and is flexible if a better idea is made.  He said he is willing to work with the Town to make this successful.

 

Chairman Perkins said he has received positive feedback for allowing the bus to be flagged down, noting it is difficult for seniors to get to prescribed stops.  He suggested the route expand to Plymouth Street and South Middleboro if it is successful.

 

Mr. Lang said it would be better to start on the proposed route.  It could be modified.  He said signs would be erected designated the GATRA route.  2 part-time drivers would be hired, and some of the regular drivers would also do the route.  They would be made aware to look for people calling for service from the sidewalk.

 

Chairman Perkins asked how this would impact Dial-a-Ride.

 

Mr. Lang said there would be no effect.

 

Mr. Gay explained that the Town is a member of the MBTA district and pays an annual assessment of about $150,000 for the train service.  There is a provision in the legislation to subtract what is paid if a local service is provided.

 

Chairman Perkins explained that it would not cost taxpayers anything as it is money already committed to paying.

 

Mr. Lang said funds will come from the COA Trust Fund, not the Town, for money paid toward drivers, receptionists, etc.  This will be reimbursed 100% by GATRA.

 

Mr. Healey noted that the Middleboro Youth Advocates held a forum 3 years ago and asked middle-school children what was needed in town.  One of the suggestions was public transportation. 

 

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested a designated stop could be the parking lot behind Benny’s.  She said there is already a stop on South Main Street.

 

Selectman Spataro asked if the assessment for MBTA would go up next year.

 

Mr. Healey said it couldn’t because of the way it is structured.

 

Selectman Spataro asked if the Police Chief had been consulted regarding public safety.

 

Mr. Lang said he has not conferred with the Chief yet.  He wanted to first see if the Board supported bringing the Article to Town Meeting.

 

Selectman Spataro asked if any profit would come back to the Town.

 

Mr. Lang said any monies would go to the COA Trust Fund.  He noted his makes the COA less supportive on the Town budget.

 

Chairman Perkins asked for an anticipated start time.

 

Mr. Lang said as soon after Town Meeting as possible, probably the second week of November.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle asked if the transportation would be available during bad weather.

 

Mr. Lang said that will be a judgment call.  Currently, if schools are cancelled, the COA doesn’t provide transportation.  However, this may not be the same as streets and commercial sites would be cleared.

 

Chairman Perkins asked if additional buses would be used.

 

Mr. Lang said that GATRA will provide the buses to run this service.

 

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

            VOTED:  To support an Article on the upcoming Special Town Meeting Warrant          to fund a new In-Town Bus Route.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Hearing – Veterans’ Services Agent – Response to Allegations of Misconduct

 

Paul Provencher was present.

 

Don Triner asked the Board if he could speak.

 

Chairman Perkins agreed.

 

Mr. Triner said that Mr. Provencher has done a great job for the Veterans.  He said if there is a question of an employee, it should be brought to the employee.  He asked for a motion to stop further discussion on this.

 

Chairman Perkins asked for the pleasure of the Board.  He said Mr. Triner’s suggestion would drop the issue completely without holding a hearing.

 

Selectman Spataro said he echoes the concerns of the people who were present.  He said there is no question about the work that Mr. Provencher has done.  He said, unbeknownst to himself, Mr. Provencher did something wrong.  He said the Board is dealing with Department Heads who have no contracts.  He said we are “losing people” and Department Heads are taking up further responsibilities.  He said he felt the Board was “fast on the draw” to formalize things that go to a permanent record.  He said there could be a discussion through the Minutes saying “that’s the wrong way to do it, don’t let it happen again”.

 

Selectman Spataro made a motion seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, that the activities concerning the Veterans’ Agent be done, having had correspondence of questions, noting it should be verbal communications versus formal written communications.

 

Discussion ensued on the motion.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she agreed with going that route.  She said she has seen a path taken by this Board that if some employees do something it ends up in a discussion, right or wrong.  She said the Board has a responsibility to let new Department Heads, or employees, know the right operational procedure for municipal government.  She said recently some things have been in the open while others have not.  She said this is an instance where a Department Head was trying to do something for his clients, not realizing he went about it the wrong way.  She said she didn’t know if he had violated anything, noting he was misinformed or uninformed, but it is the Board’s responsibility to make sure employees and Department Heads know proper procedures through policy making or proper education.  She said continuing with this hearing serves no useful purpose.  She said Mr. Provencher has done an excellent job and has been made aware of what needs to be changed.  She said she didn’t anticipate it would happen again.

 

Selectman Bond said this was a “defining moment” and the will of the Board.  He said he is only one person who lays out what he sees.  He said the details of this incident bothered him, as well as certain aspects of what is on paper.  He said he wasn’t sure how anyone could be “unaware” of what the problem is, which is the taking of personal checks in one’s name as a Town employee, cashing them through a personal accountant, and then putting them in a cash box, for a good purpose.  He said the Board needs to think about the actions having been beyond the scrutiny of the Board and the Town.  He said he was trying to put the issue back into focus to decide whether or not an investigation or action should be taken.  He said he wrote the memo to bring the issue to the forefront to deal with it.  He said prior to writing the memo he had spoken to Town Counsel, Mr. Provencher, Chairman Perkins, and Mr. Healey to try to “deal with it quietly”.  He said there are ultimately three (3) major issues sitting there. One is the accounting issue.  He said, as he had previously, if the Board wanted to vote to end it, he would abstain and allow the other three (3) members to vote in regards to Mr. Triner’s motion.

 

A vote was taken.

3 – 0 – 1 (Selectman Bond abstained).

 

Chairman Perkins said the issue is done.

 

The Board took a 5-minute recess.

 

-----RECONVENE----

 

Selectman Spataro said the intention of his motion was that no written correspondence be put in Mr. Provencher’s file, but he wanted to verbally speak with Mr. Provencher to make sure that he understood what the auditors said and that it wouldn’t happen again.

 

Mr. Provencher said, since meeting with the auditors, the Town Accountant, and the Treasurer, systems have been put in place to account for monies.  He said they are now put in an appropriate account with receipt logs made out and kept.  He said he will come up with a policy, working with the Town Manager, on dispersing money and making it known that the monies exist.

 

Selectman Spataro asked if Mr. Provencher would no longer accept checks in his name.

 

Mr. Provencher said they would be signed over to the proper account.

 

Selectman Spataro asked if that would be satisfactory to the auditors.

 

Mr. Provencher said checks were still coming addressed to him when the issue came to the attention of the auditors.  He spoke to Judy MacDonald who said he could endorse them and put them in the proper account.  He has been doing this since June.

 

Mr. Healey agreed.

 

Selectman Bond asked about the liability issue for the Veterans transport.

 

Mr. Provencher said the COA had the same issue.  He has met with the Town’s insurance representative, Brian Murphy, who will provide a response with a rider.

 

Selectman Bond asked about the confidentiality such as HIPPA and CORI checks.

 

Mr. Provencher said he is working on that with Ted Lang.  Mr. Lang will be the CORI check person. 

 

Selectman Bond asked if the cash aid would be disclosed to everyone in a formatted fashion.

 

Mr. Provencher said correspondence will be provided through his office as to what’s available.

 

Selectman Bond asked if there was a procedure for standardizing the basis of distribution.

 

Mr. Provencher said yes.

 

Selectman Bond asked if it was Mr. Provencher’s intention to bring the policies back to the Board.

 

Mr. Provencher said that was the Board’s discretion.

 

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

            VOTED:  To ask the Veterans’ Services Agent to provide policies, in writing, for          the Board’s endorsement.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Bond suggested they should also go through Town Counsel.

 

Mr. Provencher asked what policies the Board was referring to.

 

Selectman Bond said the most significant would be the policy of applying for and distribution of emergency cash aid beyond Section 115.

 

Mr. Provencher asked Selectman Bond if he would be willing to work on this with him.

 

Selectman Bond said yes.

 

Selectman Spataro suggested the policies should be written so that someone filling in for Mr. Provencher would know what to do.

 

Mr. Provencher said that when he is on vacation, or out sick, he provides a letter to Mr. Healey as to who’s covering for him.  He said it is usually Bridgewater or Taunton.

 

Selectman Spataro said the policies will also be helpful for people who want to make donations.

 

Mr. Provencher said a ‘Department Heads Handbook’ would alleviate a lot of problems.  He wasn’t sure how this would be done.

 

Selectman Spataro asked the Library Director if she thought such an item would be helpful.

 

Ms. Bowker said the jobs are unique, but it would help with the aspect of accounting, or the procedure for meeting with the Board.

 

The Board thanked Mr. Provencher for meeting with them.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request to Accept Peirce Trustees Donation – Assessors’ Office

 

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

            VOTED:  To accept the Peirce Trustee’s donation of $11,529.00 for a copier for         the Assessor’s Office, with thanks.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Approve New Street Names – E911 Database Coordinator

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the name ‘Christina Way’ as a new street name for a       subdivision to be built off Sachem Street.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the name ‘Thrush Hollow Lane’ as a new street name for a         subdivision to be built off Wood Street.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Reappoint Members – Frederick Weston Memorial Forest Committee

 

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

            VOTED:  To reappoint the following members of the Weston Forest Committee,           for a term of one (1) year:

                        Anita Cole                                Edward Parks

Harry Pickering                        Tim Reed

Robert Lessard             Scott Nelson

Nellie Campbell                        Nancy Kitchen, Alternate

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Sign Dog Officer Warrant – Town Clerk

 

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

            VOTED:  To sign the Dog Officer Warrant.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Adjust Salary – Library Board of Trustees

 

The Board received a request from James Okolita, President of the Library Board of Trustees, to adjust the salary of Danielle Bowker to $60,826.00 retroactive to July 1, 2006.

 

Mr. Okolita explained that Town Meeting approve this amount.

 

Chairman Perkins said he has asked Labor Counsel for his opinion.  He explained that this position has been covered under the GMEG group until this time.  He said there is a question as to whether or not there is a legal and binding agreement.  He has not received an answer from Attorney Peloquin as of tonight.

 

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

            VOTED:  To postpone this item for one week.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Ms. Bowker told the Board that it is the desire of the Board of Trustees to fill their responsibilities to provide a contract for the Library Director.

 

Chairman Perkins said he was embarrassed by this situation. 

 

 

 

Request to Approve Homecoming Parade – MHS Student Council

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the request of the MHS Student Council to host a small   parade on the morning of Saturday, September 30th that would proceed from the     High School, down Fairview St., up Wareham St. and turn onto Benton St. to         reach Battis Field where the Homecoming Game will be played.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request to Use Town Vehicle Out-of State – Veterans’ Services Officer

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the request of the Veterans’ Services Officer for permission        to use your Town vehicle to transport veterans to Compensation and Pension           examination appointments at the VA Hospital in Providence, RI. 

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Request for Veterans’ Day Activities – Veterans’ Services Officer

 

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

            VOTED:  To approve the request of the Veterans’ Council for permission to hold          the annual Veterans’ Day parade on Saturday, November 11, 2006 to begin at 10           AM., stepping off from the Town Hall, holding Veterans’ Day Services at the new            Middleborough Veterans’ Memorial Park on the Town Hall lawn upon the        completion of the parade at 11 AM, using the Town Hall Auditorium for the            Veterans’ Day weekend, and to hold the annual poppy drive commencing          Thursday, November 2, 2006 and running through Saturday, November 4, 2006.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Provencher also asked the Board to make him the liaison to the Memorial Park Committee.  He noted this had been previously discussed, but never formalized.

 

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

            VOTED:  To make Paul Provencher the liaison between the Board of Selectmen           and the Middleborough Veteran’s Memorial Park Committee.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Selectman Bond asked what this meant.

 

Mr. Provencher said it would allow him to work with the Memorial Park Committee.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

12 Highland Street (waiting for decision)

 

The Board is still waiting for the decision from the Taunton Courts.

 

Bob Fitzgerald told the Board that another box trailer has been brought to the property.  He said it appears that the tenant is clearing space to make room for more stuff.

 

Mr. Healey noted that DEP will do a follow-up inspection this week.

 

Downtown Parking

 

Mr. Healey said he and Selectman Bond will meet with Don Boucher and the Police Chief to address the different timing needs.

 

Lakeville IMA

 

Mr. Healey has reviewed the draft IMA.  Selectman Bond will incorporate his comments and then give it to Selectman Andrews, Mr. Healey, and Town Counsel, and then to the Board.

 

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Town Meeting Articles

 

Mr. Healey told the Board of several articles that will be needed for Town Meeting:

 

1.                  Town Counsel has drafted the necessary Articles for the sale of gravel on the Plympton Street sited.  Mr. Healey has begun preparation of the RFP.

2.                  An Article for the transfer of the FAM money to the General Fund.  An Article for the proposed GTRA in-town bus route.

3.                  A potential land swap article

4.                  Rezoning articles for St. Luke’s and the Stop & Shop property

 

Edgeway

 

Correspondence from John Dwyer, Edgeway, was discussed.

 

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

            VOTED:  To send a copy of the correspondence to Town Counsel.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Mr. Healey suggested copies also be sent to Mr. William’s new attorney.

 

Rockland Industries

 

Bob Lessard asked for an update on the scheduling of a meeting with DEP regarding the property at 255 Plymouth Street.  The contamination will now be covered up.

 

Mr. Healey said an update was given last week in a letter from the DEP to Mr. Lessard.

 

Mr. Lessard said that was not an update.  He said trees are being stripped and grinded. He questioned where the contaminated mulch was going. 

 

Chairman Perkins said the Board had previously asked Mr. Healey to follow up and schedule a meeting with DEP.

 

Mr. Healey asked what Mr. Lessard would like to happen.

 

Mr. Lessard said the State should be communicating with the Board.  He asked what the DEP was going for the town.

 

Chairman Perkins suggested a couple of members meet with DEP and bring back the information to the Board.

 

Mr. Healey said he has had contact with DEP who has kept the Board informed of the steps they are taking.  He said the actions are consistent with what they said they would do.

 

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

            VOTED:  To request a public meeting with DEP to give a better explanation of what they’re doing and where they’re going on the property.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

 

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

            VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C. in the           amount of $8,160.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by SEMASS Partnership in the amount of $11,840.21.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

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

VOTED:  To pay the bill submitted by Melanson Heath & Co. in the amount of $7,000.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER

 

Dog Hearings – Orders to Animal Control Officer

 

The Board received letters back from Jayson Tracy in regards to the hearings that were held last week.  He had several issues with what was ordered last week.

 

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

            VOTED:  To send the correspondence to Town Counsel asking that he review Mr.       Tracy’s concerns, and draft the proper procedure and wording of the dog    complaint orders that need to be issued.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

Chairman Perkins asked Mr. Healey to follow-up with Attorney Murray so that this could be put back on next week’s agenda.

 

Job Description – Town Accountant

 

The Board received comments from Labor Counsel in regards to the Job Description for the Town Accountant’s position.

 

Selectwoman Brunelle said she also recalled the advertisement that went out also needs to be corrected.

 

It was the consensus of the Board to have the previous Town Accountant, Sandra Bernier, review the Job Description to make sure it is complete.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

v     The Board received a Thank You from resident Mary (Dutra) Donahue regarding a proclamation for her 90th birthday.

 

      Selectwoman Brunelle suggested that congratulatory certificates should regularly be sent to residents who turn 100.

 

      Selectman Bond said this could also be done on the occasion of a 50th wedding       anniversary.

 

v     The Board discussed correspondence from Robert Malcolm, Edgeway, asking for an inspection of his property.

 

      Mr. Healey said the Building Inspector has already been to the property.  He said    the quotes provided by Mr. Malcolm are from contractors, not engineers.

 

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

            VOTED:  To send correspondence from Robert Malcolm regarding Edgeway to                                   Town Counsel.

            Unanimous Vote.

 

v     Correspondence from Ronald Parsons, who is stationed in Iraq, was read in support of Paul Provencher.

 

v     A public announcement was made concerning affordable housing rental units at 153 Centre Street.

 

 

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

VOTED:  To enter into Executive Session at 9:20 PM, not to return to Open Session, for the purpose of discussing Contract Negotiations and a Personnel Issue.

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

            VOTE 4 - 0

 

 

                                                           

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN