BOS - December 20, 2005

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BOS - December 20, 2005

Postby Suzanne Kane » Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:21 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
December 20, 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. Water / Sewer Update – Beta Engineering

5. Class II License Renewals

6. Common Victuallers License Renewals

7. Automatic Entertainment License Renewals

8. Disposition of Highway’s former Catch Basin Truck

9. Permanent Building Steering Committee

10. Request to support reforming Chapter 40B laws

11. Request to support MTBE litigation

12. Minutes: July 12, 2005, August 9, 2005

13. Administrators Report

14. Old / New Business

15. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items
Jan. 3rd: 7:15 pm – Pole Petition
Jan. 17th: 7:15 pm – NPDES
TBD: Audit/School, Library 5 year plan, Traffic Issues,
EDC (after Holidays), TIP & Fire Inspection Policy (after Holidays)
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Douglas Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 20, 2005
Approved July 11, 2006


• Informational Workshop:
Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the workshop meeting to order at 6:33 pm in the Municipal Center.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, David Furno, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane. Absent - Rich Preston.
Town Engineer – William Cundiff and Tribune reporter -Tom Mattson

Mike Guzinski discussed the following at the workshop:
- Library Future (handouts) 17th
- Forestview Estates & 40’B’ (consensus to support ZBA)
- Mike Daley (Interim Town Accountant) Still Needed
- Blackstone-Letter on 40 ‘B’ (handout-email from Bill Cundiff)
- MTBE (handout from Mark Reich-Kopelman & Paige-Town Counsel)
- Meeting with FEMA
- Mike’s Certification fro CPO
- Permanent Building Committee (handout)
- Executive Session - Litigation
- Sokol Club (handout-Business Certificate)

1. Call to Order:
Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, David Furno, Rich Preston, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Others present: Town Engineer – William Cundiff, Mitch Cohen, Water/Sewer Systems Manager – Dennis Croteau, Water/Sewer Committee Members – Joe Saster & Bob Josey,
Beta Engineering Representatives – Joe Dalieso & Joe Diplato
T&G Reporter - Steve Foskett, Tribune Reporter -Tom Mattson

2. Chair Announcements: -CMRPC Meeting: January 24, 2006 at 7 pm in the Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., Blackstone.
- Voc School & the Monies Correction: $89, 376 will be coming back to the Town on or about December 31, 2005, a second check $89,376 on or about June 30, 2006 and a final check up to $43,834 after the remaining State reimbursement for the Valley Tech Project is received and all short term borrowing costs finalized. This goes into a special reserve account that we can not spend on anything else and during the next fiscal year it will be credited back to the taxpayers.

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

4. Water / Sewer Update – Beta Engineering: Joe Saster – appreciated the chance to enlighten everybody about the status on the treatment plant. He introduced Joe Dalieso and Joe Diplato-Beta representatives: On December 9th at 2 in the morning we switched the flow over from the old to the new to get the new process going, that was Phase I, now we have to button up the old plant. A layout of the buildings along with an explanation of equipment and operation of the plant was given. There is now standby power in case of a power failure. Joe D – We anticipate when the window opens up in the springtime for paving we should be set for completion of Phase II.
Rich – Thanked the Engineers, Superintendent and Water/Sewer Commission for doing a good job with a very daunting task. Happy to have this new plant on line in Town and being able to tie in. Shirley – Thanked all for the update.
Dennis – suggested having an open house in the spring when completed.

5. Class II License Renewals:
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Class II License for Douglas Auto & Truck Sales with the condition of receiving a Certificate of Continuation for the $25,000 Bond. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Class II License for T.J. Lapan Company as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Class II License for Dan’s Auto Repair as presented. Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Class II License for Douglas Equipment Corporation contingent upon receiving emergency contact infomation. Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Class II License for K2 Automotive as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.

6. Common Victualler’s License Renewals:
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Douglas Flea Market Place contingent upon receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Douglas House of Pizza conditional upon receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Family Convenience Center Inc. contingent upon receiving a Business Certificate. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for The Goodness Store conditional upon receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Gregory’s Pizza & Restaurant conditional upon receiving a Business Certificate. Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Harry’s Famous Pizza as presented. Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for The Little Coffee Bean with the condition of requiring a Business Certificate.
Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for The Picket Fence Restaurant as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Slovak Catholic Sokol Gymnastic Club as presented.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for The East Douglas Xtra Mart with the condition of receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for the Douglas School Cafeteria as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
(This includes all three schools)
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Breezy Picnic Gounds with the condition of requesting a Business Certificate.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Children’s Haven Inc. as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Douglas Youth Baseball as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Common Victualler’s License for Dunkin Donuts with the condition of receiving a Worker’s Compensation Certificate of Insurance. Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
Rich – commented that the Common Victualler’s Licenses are obviously renewed every year and seems archaic. Suzanne - It is State Law.

7. Automatic Entertainment License Renewals:
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Automatic Entertainment License Breezy Picnic Grounds with the condition of receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Automatic Entertainment License for The Goodness Store with the condition of receiving a Business Certificate.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.

8. Disposal of Highway’s former Catch Basin Truck: Mike – There is a request from the acting Highway Superintendent to dispose of a1968 Dodge 1-ton truck, in very poor condition, not running at this time and the value is less than $500.
-Motion – Rich Preston made a motion to approve as presented.
Seconded – Paula Brouillette. All others – aye. Abstain - David Furno.

9. Permanent Building Steering Committee: (Handout) Mike – working with Paula on putting together a list of individuals to serve on a Steering Committee to set up a bylaw for a Permanent Building Committee. Mike read a draft charge of the committee and requested the Board approve the names listed.
-Motion – Rich Preston made a motion to approve as presented.
Seconded – David Furno. All others – aye. Abstain - Paula Brouillette.
Mike – thanked Mitch Cohen for using some of his terminology putting the charge together.

10. Request to Support Reforming Chapter 40B Laws: (Handout) Mike – received a request from the Town Administrator of Blackstone, they have tried to get a movement going with area communities to make a change in the Affordable Legislation. They put together some draft legislation with their attorney-Kopelman & Paige. Mike would like the Board to consider the possibility of joining them and sending a letter of support to Senator Moore by mid-January. Senator Moore has agreed to file the legislation that was put together by Counsel. The first hearing expected on this legislation would be in late January.
Shirley – read the summary of the goal of the legislation and asked the Board to consider taking action.
-Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve or support the efforts of the Legislation that’s being presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.

11. Request to Support MTBE Litigation: Mike – received a packet of information over a month ago from the law firm of Rodman, Rodman and Sandman in regards to a class action suit they are filing by the end of the week on behalf of over 70 municipalities in the Commonwealth in regards to MTBE contamination in different water supplies. Ours is quit low, however, the attorneys indicated we did qualify for monies from a settlement should they be able to win a case they’re bringing against the petroleum companies. They would like the Town to consider joining this class action suit and would like to be notified by the end of the day tomorrow. Recommendation from our attorneys indicated there really is no risk in moving ahead and joining. The Town can withdraw at any time with no penalties and the firm will be carrying the risk of all costs associated. Rich – Thanked Mike and stated he had a major concern entering into a major class action lawsuit without advice of counsel and any repercussions down the road. Mike – I certainly believe having no real drawback in going forward with it. I’m in full support of moving ahead and having the Town join this class action suit. In the end it may not be successful but there’s no real risk to the community or threat to the water supply.
Motion – Paula Brouillette made a motion that the Town of Douglas join the litigation regarding Class Action Lawsuit on MTBE Contamination as presented.
Seconded – Rich Preston. All – aye.

12. Minutes:
- July 12, 2005 - Motion - Paula Brouillette
made a motion to approve the meeting minutes as presented. Seconded - Rich Preston. All – aye. Abstain - David Furno.
- August 9, 2005 – Board of Selectmen and School Committee Workshop: Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the workshop minutes as presented. Seconded - Rich Preston. All – aye.

13. Administrators Report:
NONE

14. Old / New Business: OLD-NONE
NEW-Traffic Issues:Rich Preston – Renew discussion regarding speed signs, posted speed, further review of roads and traffic pressures on the agenda for the first meeting in January, 2006. Next Safety Committee meeting is in the second week of January.
Requested the Police Chief (Safety Committee member) attend this meeting.


15. Executive Session:
Shirley – I would like to entertain a motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of Litigation at 7:55 pm and to come out of Executive Session for the purpose of adjournment. Rich Preston – so moved. Seconded - Paula Brouillette.
Roll call vote - Paula Brouillette-aye, Richard Preston-aye, Shirley Mosczynski-aye, David Furno-aye,

Adjournment – Motion - David Furno made a motion to adjourn at 8:19 pm.
Seconded - Paula Brouillette. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted,


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