BOS - June 21, 2005

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BOS - June 21, 2005

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:45 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
June 21, 2005



6:30 pm
Informational Workshop

7:00 pm
1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Citizen’s Forum

7:15 pm
4. Mass Electric Update – Mike Peterson

7:30 pm
5. Pole Petition – P05-37 Northwest Main Street

7:45 pm
6. Old Elementary School – Future Use

8:15 pm
7. Annual Appointments

8. Property & Liability Insurance – Award bid

9. Minutes: April 19, 2005, May 11, 2005, and May 16, 2005

10. Administrators Report

11. Old / New Business

12. Executive Session – Contract Negotiations

13. Adjournment

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Future Agenda Items
To be determined:
Audit with School Committee
Executive Session Minutes
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 21, 2005
Approved November 15, 2005



• Informational Meeting:
Madame Chairman Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 6:36 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, David Furno, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Michael Guzinski went over the following items:
Police Report of Power Outages
Property/Liability & Workers Compensation Insurance Bids
Intermunicipal Agreement with Uxbridge
Rt. 16 Project
Full Time Officer Appointment
Ladder Truck
Executive Session
Appointment for Inspection Officer
Letter from Conservation Commission
Road Acceptance Policy
Winter Street Issue
Senior Center Bus
Goals Review

The Board moved their meeting to the Resource Room.

1. Call to Order:
Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, David Furno, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Other staff and citizens: Conservation Chair Marylynn Dube, Shirley Cooney, from Mass Electric: Account Manager Michael Peterson, Manager Distribution Design Roger Cox, Manager of Overhead Lines Paul Sibley, Sr. OTR Roger Martinsen and Tribune Reporter Tom Mattson.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
• Website Bulletin Board: Shirley Mosczynski announced that the Town’s Website now has a bulletin board and calendar where people can access announcements, legal notices, agenda, and minutes.
• Board of Selectmen and School Committee Meeting in Oxford: Shirley Mosczynski announced that there is a meeting in Oxford regarding local aid and school funding with local legislators, Wednesday July 13th.
• National Incident Management System Workshop: Shirley Mosczynski announced that she and Michael Guzinski went to a National Incident Management System Workshop on June 9th at the Fire Station. There will be another session and she urges all member to attend. David Furno stated he did attend one in Webster but it was a round table that only Webster was involved in. Shirley Mosczynski suggested the next one should be held in the evening so more people can attend.
• Senior Center Van: Shirley Mosczynski announced that she and Paula Brouillette attended an event at the Sutton Senior Center. The Mobility Assistant Grant for $35,650 was awarded to Sutton and Douglas Seniors to help purchase a van. The grant was secured by State Representative Jennifer Callahan, Representative Paul Frost, and Representative Paul Kujawski.

3. Citizen’s Forum:
No citizens came forward.

4. Mass Electric Update – Mike Peterson:
In the agenda is the Douglas Police Department’s Call Log for power outages from January 1, 2003 through June 14, 2005; and a letter to the Board of Selectmen from Barb Grimes-Smith, dated June 13, 2005. Michael Peterson, Roger Cox and Paul Sibley came before the Board. Michael Peterson stated that last Monday they completed a $2,000,000 project that has been in the works the past 7 or 8 months. A new electric line has been brought into Douglas. The original lines came from the Northbridge area and one from Uxbridge. The third line, which they call the W-4 feeder, also comes from the Uxbridge area but takes a path North of Rt. 16. It not only brings new electricity to Douglas, but now that they have three lines instead of two there are more options in routing the electricity. This is step one in a project that they have been working on for the past year. The electric growth rate is typically 1% to 2%. Douglas’ electric growth rate is sometimes in the vicinity of 10%. The line is in and operational. There was an outage in Douglas Friday night that affected some of the residents. Without that third electric line they would have seen an outage that would have affected around 2,000 residents. But because the new line was in there was only around 170 customers without service. They haven’t stopped there. They have 4 control devices on order that they will be installing in the greater area. Each device when installed carries a value of around $50,000 – this is an additional $200,000 that will be coming into Town. They have the ability to be remote controlled. Once they are installed, late summer, early fall; they will have the opportunity once an outage happens to move the electricity around in less than an hour. They are also looking at upgrading about half a mile of electrical line – putting in larger wires to carry more electricity. This investment will be around $100,000 and will be completed in late summer, early fall. The last couple of summers seems like a lot of lightening has hit Douglas. The new equipment will give them the opportunity to minimize the number of people in Town that have that type of outage. Michael Peterson listed a couple of things that are in the planning process. They are engineering a process that will end up investing from their company somewhere in excess of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000 to upgrade some of the substations in the Blackstone Valley. They will be able to bring a fourth distribution line into Douglas. They plan about half that money by next summer – have the substation reinforced and operational by the summer of 2006. They will then bring in the fourth line in 2007. Douglas should see an increase in taxes to the community because of the infrastructure increase and a doubling of the electric capacity in Town. Those are the long term things they are doing. Right now they are hiring additional crews from the contractor world. They are doing maintenance, reconstruction and upgrading. Shirley Mosczynski asked Suzanne Kane to give Michael Peterson a copy of the material from their agenda packet. She stated that doesn’t begin to compare to the calls she gets at home. How does Douglas compare with his community and the power outages? Michael Peterson stated that Douglas definitely has had a higher than normal share of outages. They would not be spending the money that they are spending in Town if it wasn’t for the unusually high rate of outages over the last few years. When there are outages he tries to provide information to Michael Guzinski by email. There are other reasons for outages – one of the outages was due to a dump truck that backed into a pole and knocked it to the ground. It is hard to prevent things like that. Animal contact is another one. They are spending more money over the last few years in this community because of this to improve the reliability. Shirley Mosczynski asked why it is taking so long. Michael Peterson stated that one of the contributing factors is the housing growth. Upgrading substations that cost millions of dollars is not something that is done over night. Permitting is a chore. They are already two years into the process of upgrading the substations. They have been doing things – a lot is behind the scenes and not visible to the public. It takes 5 years to upgrade a substation. Shirley Mosczynski referring to the flash light on the desk in front of her stated it was not there to be funny. At their last meeting she had to get it from her car so they could finish what they had to do when the lights went out. She’s not sure when it will happen again. Rich Preston stated he sent an email to Michael Peterson through the Town Administrator regarding an outage that he believes was due to a tree branch. He lives on Main Street; adjacent to him is West Street. A neighbor had asked him why one street over had power and Main Street didn’t. Are there any redundant systems planed or anything that would remedy that situations. Michael Peterson stated the additions of the W-4 Feeder will not only bring more capacity to the community but it will also provide the redundancy. Rich Preston asked if there is a maintenance schedule – are they replacing equipment prior to it failing. Michael Peterson stated generally yes – equipment is built to last about 50 years. However weather, tree limbs, etc. affect them. They do a lot of maintenance – they look at poles once per year. Roger Cox stated that their budget is much larger this year. They have stepped up their replacement of fuses on poles from 900 last year to about 2,000 this year. They replaced around 200 poles last year and about 600 this year. Rich Preston stated that hearing the problems they have with weather, animals, tree limbs, etc.; wouldn’t it be to their advantage to have underground utilities. When they spoke to Mass Electric about going underground downtown, they learned the burden is on the Town. It is set up right now so that it is very difficult for municipalities to get underground utilities. If they had underground utilities they would eliminate a lot of the possibilities for the majority of these outages. Why are they not more supportive? Michael Peterson stated its money – the cost of abandoning a system that is in place and going to an underground system is very expensive. It’s easier, faster and better to maintain the system that they have. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created legislation to help communities to put utilities underground. There are pro’s and con’s. It’s easier to locate and fix a problem above ground. Underground it’s hidden and repair time is 4 – 6 time longer. Underground you still do not get away from Mother Nature – it’s not the savior of all saviors. It really comes down to money. Rich Preston referring to Michael Petersons reason as expense; at this point the municipality is bearing the entire expense. There is no expense on the part of the utilities – he is hoping in the future that maybe the State would support a cost sharing program. They have been hanging wires from poles for over 100 years – it seems a little archaic. Paula Brouillette had a question on the two year project – does it take an old system up to some standard and then they will be behind again immediately or is this a proactive look at what the needs are going to be in this community looking forward. Michael Peterson stated this is a proactive project. The plan doubles the capacity – it is a system that will last and will be well ahead of the growth rate of the Town. Paula Brouillette referring the four town area stated they are just starting to explore the thousand acres there that at some point will be developed commercially – the need for utilities and infrastructure is there. Referring to underground utilities – she understands there is an expense with the underground. Some of the frustrations they had in Douglas was knowing that most of the cost is digging the trenches and getting the piping underground they had pursued doing it at that time when they were digging up the road. They would like to work cooperatively with Mass Electric to get that done. That opportunity will not come again for some time. Her feeling is that if the town has a willingness and is providing the infrastructure; they would like support from Mass Electric. Paul Sibley stated the average repair time to underground is about 8 hours. It’s not just the money – it’s the repair time. Typically cities have underground with clusters of substations around the city that all feed into the underground area. It’s difficult to build an underground area with a substation in Uxbridge or Northbridge feeding into Douglas. At some point the underground would go to the overhead, it would not go completely underground to Uxbridge. If a tree limb brings the power down it’s extensive in testing and finding out where the problem is. If it’s in between manholes they have to pull out long sections of cable – it’s time intensive. Paula Brouillette agreed – everything is a balance. It’s a trade off dealing with above ground or underground. The repair time is an issue, but the incidents of problems are much less. When it happens it’s harder to locate, but the chances of it happening are much less. Paul Sibley stated the life expectancy of underground cable is much less due to water in man holes that freezes, frost heaves, contractors digging and they go through the duct line – the life expectancy of underground wire is 3 or 4 times less than overhead wire. Rich Preston thinks they would be making equipment to be more impervious to the elements. Paul Sibley stated the old cable they used to put underground was lead extruded with a lead jacket around it and had a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years. The new cable they put underground now has a life expectancy of 20 to 40 years. It’s made more environmentally safe and last about 1/3 the time of the old cable. The cable now is extruded aluminum or copper with a polyethylene cover. Shirley Mosczynski asked about the economic development they hope will happen off Rt. 146 – is the system adequate for that area or is it too difficult to project at this time. Michael Peterson stated it is too difficult to project. Electric use is so varied in industry. It would depend on what the economic development brings to the community. If it is typical, what they see along the 146 corridor, they should be ok. They are planning for the future of the Valley. He would like the Board to keep him informed on development so he can pass the information down. Shirley Mosczynski opened question up to the audience. Shirley Cooney of 262 Main Street stated she has an oil lamp in every room of her 10 room house. She was in the audience two or three years ago when Michael Peterson was before the Board. He seemed no to be alarmed by much. They said everything was going to be ok and now they are planning on spending about 7 million on the system. She asked if there will be more poles and more wires. When the pole outside her house gets hit by trucks, it rips the wires right out of her house and she loses her phone and electricity. She is in a very vulnerable location in town. Unibank has uninterrupted service. She feels they should send her a letter saying that because she lives in this danger zone they should buy her a generator. If they really cared about the people they need more than candles and oil lamps. Douglas is unusual – they lose power a lot. Michael Peterson stated that is why they are here tonight, why they have a plan and why they will invest in the community to improve the situation. Marylynne Dube of 472 Cook Street asked what the difference is between Northbridge and Douglas putting downtown utilities underground. Michael Peterson stated that Northbridge was lucky enough to get a significant amount of money from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Marylynne Dube asked if Douglas came up with that funding, would Mass Electric be agreeable to put underground utilities in. Michael Peterson stated that from an electric company perspective they are neutral on the subject – if a town gets the funds; they will do the work. The only thing they are gaining by bringing utilities underground down Main Street is esthetics. The actual improvement in reliability would be minimal. Marylynne Dube stated that all subdivisions are going in with underground utilities – if they could do Main Street could they extend it further once funds are available. Michael Peterson concurred – if the Town wants to make that investment. Shirley Mosczynski stated what she thinks they should do is get the information out and take a second look at it in regards to underground and the cost. She hopes the work Mass Electric is doing is moving forward and they don’t get bogged down. Michael Peterson stated they heard her loud and clear.

5. Pole Petition – P05-37 Northwest Main Street:
In the agenda is a Pole Petition (P05-37) Northwest Main Street; Notice to Abutters, dated June 7, 2005; Town of Douglas Pole & Wire Locations Petition form, received June 6, 2005; an email to Jane Brule, from Adelle Reynolds, dated June 8, 2005, re: Pole Petition; a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Chief Foley, dated June 7, 2005, re: Pole Petition; a memo to Jane Brule, from Edward Therrien; and a memo to Jane Brule, from Leon Mosczynski. • Shirley Mosczynski opened the Pole Petition hearing at 8:20 pm by reading the Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Locations – P05-37. Roger Martinsen stated that two poles are needed to serve primary overhead service to three houses with a common driveway. They are staying within property lines. Shirley Mosczynski noted that everyone has signed off. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Pole Petition (P05-37), Northwest Main Street as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. Old Elementary School – Future Use:
In the agenda is a memo to the Board of Selectmen from Suzanne Kane, dated June 16, 2005, re: Item 6 – Old Elementary School; and handed out prior to the meeting is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Rich Preston, dated June 21, 2005, re: Old Elementary School, Mixed Municipal Use Proposal. • Rich Preston asked for this agenda item. He read his memo which outlined the history of the need to address abandoned and unused municipal spaces and the need of additional municipal office space. His memo stated his proposal for the Old Elementary School to be renovated and retrofitted as a mixed-use municipal center, including a library annex, community meeting rooms, and additional municipal office space. His memo asked for a consensus that his proposal is worthy of exploring and he suggested they discuss and explore this with the Library Trustees and Library Building Committee. Discuss and explore this with the Town Administrator and department heads. Discuss and explore the potential costs of such a renovation. Develop a policy addressing the vacating of municipal buildings and schedule a definitive date that the Board could discuss their findings and if approved seek funds to develop an architectural preliminary plan. Rich Preston stated that the building has sat empty for 25 years and they have been discussing it for about 5 years. There have been a number of possibilities discussed. What precipitated this was that there were a handful of people at different times after the Town Meeting who said that if the Old Elementary School was used for the library they would have supported it. He asked the Board for a consensus to explore the idea and then come back if it has any merit. David Furno asked if he had spoken to the Library Trustees. Rich Preston stated no – he wanted a consensus from the Board first. If there is either he or the Board collectively will sit down with the Library Trustees to see if they have any interest in this. The Library Trustees had discussion early on in their project to use that site. They didn’t because they wanted to retain the building that they have. What Rich Preston is proposing is that they don’t abandoned the current library site, but develop an annex to be used with the library. Paula Brouillette stated she thinks it’s time to move on this. She also recommended they use the Capital Committee – one of the things they are looking at is funding for Prop. 2 ½ projects. She would also like to look at the current post office. The current lease expires in 2016. They should have a discussion with the post office to see if they plan to stay in that building. They may say they are not going to decided for another 10 years. But if they leave they have two buildings next to each other that are empty. At least see if it’s something they should be discussing now or put it on the back burner until they decided what they are going to do. Shirley Mosczynski agreed they should involve the Capital Committee but they are also supposed to be setting up a permanent building committee study. They have a couple of people who are willing to be on the committee but they need one or two more – they need to follow up on that too. Rich Preston stated what he would like to do if the Board does not have an objection and they have a consensus; it to at least explore the idea – come up with a reasonable date that would give them a target to come back with the information; possibly 30 or 60 days down the road. Michael Guzinski recommended a 60 day time frame. Rich Preston stated he would like to meet with the appropriate committees; Capital, Library Trustees, and the Library Building Committee. They had a good relationship with the architect who designed the library; his hope is that they could get a free consult from him just to give them an idea of the possibility of using the Old Elementary School as an annex. There was a consensus of the Board to have Rich Preston sit down and talk to the Library Trustees, Library Building Committee, Capital, and the architect for the possibility of using the Old Elementary School as an annex for the Library. Paula Brouillette stated they also need to discuss the repairs to the Library. Rich Preston asked to set a date to discuss his findings. Michael Guzinski stated they could put it on the agenda for August 16th. Consensus of the Board.

7. Annual Appointments:
In the agenda is the 2005 Annual Appointments; an Application for Boards/Commissions, from Wilfred Fontaine, dated May 18, 2005, for Cable; a response from the Cable Advisory Committee; an Application for Boards/Commissions from John Snay, dated June 5, 2005, for Octoberfest; an Application for Board/Commission from Natalie Snay, dated June 5, 2005, for Octoberfest; an email to Suzanne Kane, from Octoberfest Committee, dated June 6, 2005, re: Octoberfest; an Application for Board/Committee from Rita Edwards, received June 14, 2005, for Council on Aging; and handed out prior to the meeting is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Council on Aging, dated June 14, 2005; an Application for Boards/Commissions, from Wilfred Fontaine, dated June 21, 2005, for Open Space Committee. • Suzanne Kane stated she received a last minute application for Open Space from Wilfred Fontaine. Chairwoman Lisa Mosczynski stated Jennifer Garber would also be submitting an application for Open Space. The Board can either wait on her appointment or appoint her contingent upon receiving her application. She explained that she is setting terms for Open Space to get the appointments staggered. Housing Partnership, the Committee put together in order to get a grant, had two members ask not to be reappointed. Shirley Mosczynski stated Mr. Colonero had resigned as an alternate inspector. She spoke to Michael Guzinski about this and she recommends they take a second look at that to fill that position to see where they are at as far as all the inspectors. It is her understanding that if they don’t appoint them tonight they stay on until there is an appointment. Michael Guzinski stated that was correct – any appointment that the board does not act on, those individuals remain in the position until the Board takes action on them. Definitely after June 30th until the Board takes action. Rich Preston asked if that was policy. Michael Guzinski stated it is state law. Rich Preston asking for clarification – the terms don’t expire if they don’t act on them? Michael Guzinski explained that the terms are set for these positions, but by State Law if the Board does not act on a position then the individual in that position carries on until the Board takes an action to either re-appoint or fill the position with someone else. Shirley Mosczynski stated there is also a problem with the Animal Control position, they had two people resign and Michael Guzinski is working on it. Michael Guzinski stated they have a temporary appointment. He is working with Chief Foley to put together a proposal for the Board. They need someone who can handle all aspects of the job, including the kenneling of dogs. David Furno stated that under LEPC, John Furno should be appointed instead of Edward Therrien. Edward Therrien concurred. Suzanne Kane stated the list was given to her by Pauline Labrecque but she would make the change. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the 2005 Annual Appointments as amended, except for the Building Inspectors; which they will act on later and the appointment for Open Space contingent upon receiving an application. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.

8. Property & Liability Insurance – Award Bid:
In the agenda is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Michael Guzinski, dated June 14, 2005, re: Insurance Quotes; a proposal to Suzanne Kane, from MIIA, dated June 9, 2005, re: Insurance Proposal Effective 7/1/2005 to 7/1/2006; and a proposal from Metrogard of Massamont Insurance Agency, Inc. • Michael Guzinski reported that 6 or 7 weeks ago they went out to bid for Property/Liability insurance. Currently the Property/Liability Insurance is through Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA). MIIA and Metrogard are the two main insurers for Municipalities. He was approached by a representative of Metrogard through Massamont Insurance Agency to request he go out to bid. He felt it was a good idea. The Board gave him approval to go out to bid and on Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 pm they opened the bids. The bids came in as follows: MIIA came in at $124,521 and Metrogard at $138,207. He recommends the Board vote to award the bid to MIIA for FY06 in the amount of $124,521. Based on the current agreement with MIIA the insurance would have gone up 2% next year. That amount would have been $145,658, an increase of $21,137. Going out to bid the community saved $21,137. Paula Brouillette made a motion to award the Property and Casualty bid to MIIA for FY06 in the amount of $124,521. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.

9. Minutes:
• April 19, 2005: Rich Preston made a motion to approve the minutes of April 19, 2005 as amended. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.
• May 11, 2005: Rich Preston made a motion to approve the minutes of May 11, 2005 as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.
• May 16, 2005: Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the minutes of May 16, 2005 as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.

10. Administrators Report:
• Chief Foley: Michael Guzinski reported that Police Chief Foley attended the European Conference of the International Association Of Chiefs Of Police. That was about three weeks ago. It was their 22nd annual meeting. It was attended by 35 countries, mostly from European, African, and South American Police. He was there representing the Board of Officers as the Parliamentarian. It was a 5 day conference dealing with worldwide terrorism.

11. Old / New Business:
Old:
• Road Acceptance: Shirley Mosczynski
referring to the information from Town Counsel regarding road acceptance. Michael Guzinski will be looking into that. Michael Guzinski concurred. Shirley Mosczynski stated they also need to look into Jepherson Drive to make sure that it is up to spec’s before they do the final acceptance.
New:
• FY07 Budget: Paula Brouillette stated they need to start the FY07 budgeting process. She would like to get some recommendation as how to start as far as having a joint meeting between the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and the Finance Committee. The most important part they should start with is to look at the revenues that will be available and communicate that to the Schools so they can have a process sooner rather than later in the budget process. The Board concurred. Paula Brouillette asked that Michael Guzinski set up a meeting with the three Boards, and then they could set up a working committee if that’s what the three Boards want. Shirley Mosczynski stated Michael Guzinski could guide them as to when the information on the revenues will be available and when he thinks it would be a good time to set up a meeting. No later than the 1st week in August. Rich Preston agrees and feels it’s a good idea. He wouldn’t mind getting together once a month. Paula Brouillette stated one of the goals they should have out of the initial meeting is how they want to operate, like having a working committee, and what the goals are. Put a project plan together with milestones they need to meet the budget. Look at the revenues and what they can use for revenues. So they are all on the same page. Shirley Mosczynski asked if the legislature is finalized. Michael Guzinski stated he is not 100% sure, he doesn’t think the Governor is ready to sign the budget.
• Goals: Shirley Mosczynski stated the Board should consider holding a meeting on June 28th as a Workshop to review their goals and not have a meeting on July 5th. David Furno and Edward Therrien would not be available for June 28th. Michael Guzinski stated they could hold it on the 12th. Consensus to hold the Workshop on the 12th at 6:00 pm. Paula Brouillette asked to have what goals were from last year and the previous goals. Shirley Mosczynski went over future agenda items.

12. Executive Session – Contract Negotiations:
David Furno made a motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations and to discuss purchase, exchange, taking, or lease of real property and to return to Regular Session for the purpose of adjourning. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, David Furno – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

David Furno made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:24 pm and return to Regular Session for the purpose of adjourning. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, David Furno – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

13. Adjournment:
David Furno made a motion to adjourn at 9:25 pm. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted;


Suzanne Kane
Administrative Assistant
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Board of Selectmen
Executive Session
Meeting Minutes
June 21, 2005
Approved and Released November 15, 2005


1. Call to Order:

Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, David Furno, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

12. Executive Session – Contract Negotiations:
David Furno made a motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations and to discuss purchase, exchange, taking, or lease of real property and to return to Regular Session for the purpose of adjourning. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, David Furno – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

• Land Issue: Michael Guzinski reported that last Monday Joel Smith came to him – he is interested in selling a 30 acres lot with a pond on Martin Road. He has not had it appraised. The figure he has in mind is $500,000 but is willing to discuss it. He wants to know if there is any interest from the Town before he puts it out on the open market. He wants to sell it in the next year to year and a half. He would like to know in the next month or two if the Board is interested in talking to him about it. Shirley Mosczynski stated they need to get information from the Board of Assessors. Michael Guzinski stated he will pull together information. He and Town Engineer William Cundiff can walk the land. Joel Smith indicated that the Board can also take a look at the land. Shirley Mosczynski stated they would be amiss if they didn’t at least look at the plot get the information from the Assessors and William Cundiff. Rich Preston stated they never followed up on the property on Main Street adjacent to the Library. Michael Guzinski stated they gave the property owners an appraisal and asked them what they thought of it. He got back a letter that they wanted to hold off – they decided they did not want to pay for an appraiser on their own. He will pursue it if the Board wants. The last communication he received from them was overly positive. That was before the first vote of the Library. He has not heard from them since. Shirley Mosczynski asked if he left it open. Michael Guzinski stated it is still open – they didn’t close any doors on the Towns end. The other party let the issue rest. Rich Preston stated the reason he brought it up was because the Towns resources are very limited in this regard. The consensus is they are positive about land banking. They need to prioritize. They don’t want to let a good thing by – they just need to know where they are going if they are going to dedicate resources to these purchases. Shirley Mosczynski stated one of the things they need to do is set up a separate account with money from the land they have already sold so if a parcel like this comes up they have something to start with. Paula Brouillette stated that there is a four acre parcel for sale next to the High School. It has frontage on Rt. 16. It’s the only piece that the Town doesn’t own in that area. She was going if see if the Board could have Michael Guzinski find out what it is going for. Shirley Mosczynski stated that Michael Guzinski would get back to them with more information.
• Contract: In the agenda is the Addendum FY2006, 2007, 2008 – Employment Contract, Lieutenant Glenn G. Gilbert, received June 6, 2005. • Michael Guzinski reported that when he originally sat down with Lt. Gilbert he had about 8 items. They reduced it down to core issues for discussion. The last proposal had some rather large increases in the annual salary – about 7 to 8%. After meeting with the Board about a month ago and meeting with the Lieutenant after that he came back with a counter proposal of 5% a year with 2 personal days. The only change – he had career incentive language for $2,000 per year which is equivalent to the Associates Degree on the current Police Union Contract. A Bachelor’s Degree is $4,000 per year. He is requesting $3,000 per year which if rolled into the percentage would be about 5.6 to 5.7% instead of the 5%. Lt. Gilbert indicated that it was a little less than what he had hoped for but he understands the Town’s financial situation. The career incentive Michael Guzinski considers as special – most new officers have Bachelor’s Degrees or early Associate Degrees. Lt. Gilbert told Michael Guzinski that this will be his last contract – he may not work out the full end of this contract. Rich Preston asked what Michael Guzinski’s feelings are. Michael Guzinski stated that compared to where he started he has come down a long way. If he was someone that was going to be here 10 or 20 years, they may be concerned that the percentage will blossom out and it will cost them more in the long run. Considering the amount of time Lt. Gilbert has worked for the town and that this will not be a contract that is renewed; it does not concern him. It’s not wildly out of line; it’s fair. He feels the aspect of the career incentive is good. As far as a precedent setting item – it’s difficult to transfer to other items. It’s a special case because of his years of service. Times are changing – they wouldn’t now find Chief’s and Lieutenant’s that don’t have Bachelor Degrees. Rich Preston asked Michael Guzinski if he supports the contract as presented. Michael Guzinski stated he does. Consensus of the Board in support of the contract. Paula Brouillette stated they need to have a hard look at salary increases. They are building into the budget and at some point they will not have the revenues. They will have to curtail other things to fund salaries. Michael Guzinski stated the Personnel Board has committed to look at the compensation scale. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Addendum FY2006, 2007, 2008 – Employment Contract, Lieutenant Glenn G. Gilbert as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, David Furno – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.
David Furno made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:24 pm and return to Regular Session for the purpose of adjourning. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, David Furno – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

13. Adjournment:
David Furno made a motion to adjourn at 9:25 pm. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

Respectfully submitted;

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