BOS - December 13, 2005 - Workshop

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BOS - December 13, 2005 - Workshop

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:41 pm

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Agenda
December 13, 2005
6:30 pm

1. Discuss Request for Increasing Rates for Snowplowing and Seasonal Employees.

2. Discuss Joining Blackstone in CH40B Legislative changes.

3. Discuss Joining Class Action Lawsuit in connection with MTBE contamination. (Copy on Selectmen’s Table)

4. Town Use – Girl Scouts to sell cookies at Library

5. Town Use – Douglas Friends of Preschool & Kindergarten to place and decorate winter solstice tree in front of Municipal Building.

6. Discuss Charter Process and examples of DPW Special Acts.

7. Other Business

8. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Workshop Minutes
December 13, 2005
Approved January, 17, 2006


• Call to Order:

Madame Chairman Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 6:37 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane. David Furno and Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski were absent.

Other citizens and staff: Tribune Reporter Tom Mattson.

• Boston Post Cane: Suzanne Kane explained that the Boston Post Cane was ready to be passed on again. The family of Theresa P. Fougere of 11 Wixtead Court called her to express their desire to expedite the process as they were not sure how much time she had. At Suzanne Kane’s recommendation they decided to forgo receipt of the cane. She sent the letter of notification and prepared the Certificate for the Board to sign. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the signing of the Certificate for Theresa P. Fougere being recognized as the Eldest Citizen of Douglas. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.

1. Discuss Request for Increasing Rates for Snowplowing and Seasonal Employees: In the agenda is a letter to Michael Guzinski, from Interim Highway Superintendent John Furno, dated November 21, 2005, and a letter to Michael Guzinski, from Interim Highway Superintendent John Furno, dated November 28, 2005. • In his letter John Furno asked for approval to raise their snowplowing rates. He asked to raise the rates for Pickup to $55/hour, 6 Wheel Truck to $62/hour, Tri-Axle Truck to $71/hour, and Seasonal Employees to $16/hour. Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the increase of snowplowing and seasonal employees as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

2. Discuss Joining Blackstone in Ch40B Legislative changes: In the agenda is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Town of Blackstone, dated November 26, 2005, and General Points of Agreement – Reform of Chapter 40-B Proposed Legislation, December 2005. The Town of Blackstone is asking for support in reforming Chapter 40B laws. Consensus of the Board to put this item on the next agenda and get input from the Planning Board.

3. Discuss Joining Class Action Lawsuit in connection with MTBE contamination: In the agenda is a letter to Michael Guzinski, from Attorneys Rodman Rodman & Sandman, dated November 10, 2005, re: MTBE in Massachusetts Public Water Wells. A review of Department of Environmental Protection documents revealed that MTBE was discovered in the Douglas public water supply. The levels were documented as 0.5 ug/L from the Glen Street well on June 18, 2003, 0.6 ug/L from the Glen Street well on June 6, 2005, and 1.0 ug/L from the Glen Street well # 3 on May 10, 2004. Attorney Richard Sandman is working with Attorney Scott Summy, a shareholder at Baron & Budd in Dallas, Texas, and Attorney Robert Gordon, a partner at Weitz & Luxenberg in New York City, in a lawsuit on behalf of public water providers in Massachusetts who are experiencing MTBE contamination. They feel Douglas’ participation in the case would be in the best interest of the ratepayers. In his letter Richard Sandman explained that the focus of the lawsuits is to shift all damages that can be claimed by a public water provider, including the costs of treatment, from the ratepayers to those responsible for causing the MTBE contamination – the oil companies that chose to add this chemical to their gasoline knowing of the risks. Currently their case includes approximately 60 public water providers. They give no guarantees but believe that if the rulings continue to be positive for the plaintiffs, there is the potential for cash compensation and remediation for all public water providers that have participated in the action. They are handling this on a contingency fee basis and are advancing all costs of litigation. They feel this puts the risk of proceeding on the shoulders of the plaintiff’s law firms. Rich Preston asked if Town Counsel had given an opinion on this item. Shirley Mosczynski stated Michael Guzinski had put a call in. Suzanne Kane stated she had not seen any documentation from Town Counsel. Consensus of the Board to put this item on the next agenda and get an opinion from Town Counsel and Michael Guzinski.

4. Town Use – Girl Scouts to sell cookies at Library:
In the agenda is an Application for Use of Town Property, from Girl Scout Troop 120, to use the front of the Library, on Saturday, December 17, 2005, from 9:00 am to 12 noon, to sell cookies. • Shirley Mosczynski read the Application for Use of Town Property with conditions/restrictions from Fire Chief Gonynor and Police Chief Foley. Suzanne Kane suggested the Board approve the application contingent upon receiving approval from the Library Director. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Application for Use of Town Property, from Girl Scout Troop 120, to use the front of the Library, on Saturday, December 17, 2005, from 9:00 am to 12 noon, to sell cookies as presented and contingent upon receiving approval from the Library Director. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.

5. Town Use – Douglas Friends of Preschool & Kindergarten (FOPK):
In the agenda is an Application for Use of Town Property from the FOPK to use the Municipal Center lawn, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at 6:00 pm, to place and decorate a Winter Solstice Tree in front of the building. • Shirley Mosczynski read the Application for Use of Town Property with conditions/restrictions from Fire Chief Gonynor and Police Chief Foley. Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Application for Use of Town Property from the FOPK to use the Municipal Center lawn, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at 6:00 pm, to place and decorate a Winter Solstice Tree in front of the building as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. Discuss Charter Process and examples of DPW Special Acts:
There was discussion about a Charter and DPW – should they be separate projects or done together? The Charter should be a grass roots project – there needs to be a buy in from the residents. Do the voters know there is a need – General Bylaws need to be reviewed and recodified and there was a recommendation from DOR. Even if they don’t go forward with a Charter they need to look at the General Bylaws. Concerning a DPW – have Michael Guzinski put together a document showing what Douglas has compared to a full blown DPW and how do they get there. Consensus of the Board to hold a Workshop for just the DPW topic on January 10th at 6:30 pm with additional information from Michael Guzinski.

7. Adjournment:
Paula Brouillette made a motion to adjourn at 7:51 pm. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

Respectfully submitted;


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