BOS - April 19, 2005

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BOS - April 19, 2005

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Board of Selectmen
Agenda
April 19, 2005



6:00 pm
• Executive Administrators Evaluation
• Informational Workshop

7:00 pm
1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Citizen’s Forum

7:10 pm
4. GBI

5. Roadways - William Cundiff

7:45 pm
6. Change Hearing – Bailey’s Liquor License

7. Proposed Personnel Policies

8. FY06 Budget Recommendation

9. Town Use: VFW – Birthday party; Library - Yard Sale; VFW – Yard Sale

10. Minutes: March 15, 2005, March 15, 2005 – Executive Session

11. Administrators Report

12. Old / New Business

13. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 19, 2005
Approved June 21, 2005


Call to order:

Madame Chairmen Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston (6:30 pm), David Furno, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Michael Guzinski went over the following information:
 Bridge Sections from ‘Big Dig’ project
 Resignation Letter from Jay O’Conner – Animal Control
 Mass Electric Easement for Water/Sewer: Shirley Mosczynski read the agreement and the Board signed the easement.
 Quick Claim Deed for Lot 5. The Board signed the Deed and Settlement Statement.
 Warrants for STM and ATM.
 Budget. Board will meet on Tuesday, April 26th for a workshop to go over budget, and Executive Administrators evaluation.

The Board of Selectmen moved their meeting to the Resource Room.

1. Call to Order:
Madame Chairman Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:17 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, David Furno, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Other staff and citizens: Police Chief Foley, William Pybas, Louis Tusino, Michael Boothby, Debra Dunleavy, Anthony Hayes, Kathleen Hayes, Mitch Cohen, Town Accountant Rich Mathieu, Paul Kane, Tribune reported Tom Mattson, and T&G reported Steve Foskett.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
 Boston Marathon:
Shirley Mosczynski announced that there were several Douglas citizens who ran in the Boston Marathon. She congratulated them for finishing the race.
 Fireman’s Ball: Shirley Mosczynski announced the Fireman’s Ball will be Saturday, April 23rd at the Pines, North Smithfield, RI.
 Earth Day: Shirley Mosczynski announced that April 22nd is Earth Day. She encourages citizens to clean their community.
 Blackstone Expedition ‘05: Shirley Mosczynski announced the Blackstone Expedition ’05 is scheduled for June 15 through the 18th.
 Resignation: Shirley Mosczynski read a letter from Florendo J. Colonero, dated April 12, 2005. Mr. Colonero resigned from his position of Assistant Plumbing Inspector for the Town. Mr. Colonero held that position since 1982. Shirley Mosczynski thanked Florendo Colonero for his many years of service.

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

4. GBI:
In the agenda is a Division of Land Plan, A.M. 285, Lot 1, Winter Street, Douglas MA, January 2005 – revised February 16, 2005. Shirley Mosczynski stated that William Pybas and Louis Tusino of GBI, Inc. came before the Board at their last meeting and were asked to come back tonight. William Pybas handed out a plan entitled, “Winter Street, Douglas, MA Abutting Property map – January 2005, prepared by Lunar Mapping Unlimited. Louis Tusino stated what they are looking for is to clean up and gravel Winter Street up to their lots. Also anything that needs to be done will be done. He stated he is sure the Board will have the Town Engineer overlook the project. Mr. Tusino stated they did the same thing on Walnut Street years ago. Shirley Mosczynski referring to Walnut Street stated they cleaned it up and put gravel down but didn’t pave it. Louis Tusino stated they put drainage in and used re-grind. William Pybus stated GBI, Inc. would work with Town Engineer William Cundiff as they move along. Shirley Mosczynski stated it was suggested at the last meeting that they meet with William Cundiff to come up with a plan. William Pybas stated they did meet with William Cundiff but they don’t know what they are going to find. Rich Preston questioned the status of the street – is it a Town Road or a Public Way. Louis Tusino stated it was voted in 1976 as a Town Road. Shirley Mosczynski stated she did not remember that vote. Louis Tusino stated that he has been paying taxes on this land for 15 years; it’s a Town Road, his tax bill says “Winter Street”. He stated it comes down to either he fixes the street or the Town fixes the street, it needs to be fixed. Rich Preston clarified that Winter Street is an unused Town Road and Mr. Tusino is proposing to make improvements to make it suitable for an 81P lot under the guise of the Town Engineer. Louis Tusino concurred. Rich Preston asked if the Town Engineer was going to set up criteria in writing. William Pybas and Louis Tusino stated they would be working with him as they go. William Pybas stated they don’t know where drains will go. Louis Tusino stated there are nice stone walls on either side of the street that they wouldn’t want to touch. Rich Preston asked what he proposes stating if GBI, Inc. and the Town Engineer agree on the criteria they should put it in writing. Paula Brouillette stated she would also like a written document about the plan that the Board can review before they authorize GBI, Inc. to go ahead. William Pybas stated they can’t do that – how will they know what is going to be needed until they get in there. His understanding of what William Cundiff said was it was an existing road and they would develop a plan as they went along. Rich Preston stated they are saying the same thing – what they handed out is their version of the plan. He stated that all Paula Brouillette is asking is that they sit down with the Town Engineer and see that he is satisfied with it – they talk a little more about the details and construction and put it in writing with their plan and then they will have a definitive plan. Then they will know in advance before they spend their money. Shirley Mosczynski confirmed – GBI, Inc. will meet with William Cundiff to develop a plan then come back to the Board. William Pybas and Louis Tusino agreed.

5. Roadways – William Cundiff:
In the agenda is a memo to William Cundiff, from Assistant Assessor Ida Ouillette, dated March 15, 2005, re: Acceptance of Public Ways; a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from William Cundiff, dated March 16, 2005, re: Acceptance of Public Ways; and a memo to William Cundiff, from Town Counsel, dated March 11, 2005, re: Laurel Heights – Tucker Landing. Michael Guzinski reported that he spoke with William Cundiff and Ida Ouillette. Town Counsel feels that in accepting streets the Town should acquire easements. William Cundiff and Ida Ouillette feel the better way to go is to take the street by “Fee Interest”. It’s more realistic and takes care of problems like control of the street. Michael Guzinski stated that what ever the route they should be consistent. Rich Preston stated that he feels there are still questions if Town Counsel makes an extensive argument against fee interest. He stated he would like Town Counsel along with William Cundiff to come in. Michael Guzinski stated he will have Town Counsel come in. There is a street up for acceptance at Town Meeting – he could try to have him in before then. Shirley Mosczynski stated there was some mention about the Department of Revenue at the last meeting with William Cundiff you couldn’t get that information in writing and it would be great if you could. The Board of Assessors would also be pleased if they could. Shirley Mosczynski asked if the Board wanted Town Counsel to come in. Rich Preston stated that he doesn’t want to spend more money on this but he doesn’t like to make decisions when he still has questions. They have dealt with these things in the past and it’s important to really think through their decisions – once they decide it will be going on for decades. He feels it would be money well worth spending to have Town Counsel speak on this. Rich Preston would also like to see examples from Town Counsel from surrounding Towns. Consensus to have Town Counsel come on April 26th.

6. Change Hearing – Bailey’s Liquor License:
In the agenda is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Counsel, dated April 15, 2005, re: Bailey’s Liquor License; MGL Chapter 138, § 15A; MGL Chapter 138, § 26; a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated April 12, 2005, re: Bailey’s; Matrix of Liquor License Transactions; ABCC Blue Book instructions for Change of Manager, Transfer or Issuance of Stock, and New Officers/Directors; Form 43 from MBTH, Inc., dated April 1, 2005; Form A from MBTH, Inc., Form 997 from MBTH, Inc.; Application for Alcoholic Beverages License for Retail Sale; a Certificate of Change of Directors or Officers of Domestic Business Corporations for MBTH, Inc.; Form 983 for MBTH, Inc.; a letter to ABCC, from Anthony Hayes, dated April 4, 2005; Stock Purchase Agreement, re: MBTH, Inc. d/b/a Bailey’s Restaurant; an Affidavit of Michael A. Boothby, dated April 12, 2005, re: MBTH, Inc. d/b/a Bailey’s Restaurant; Articles of Organization for MBTH, Inc.; MBTH, Inc. Summary Screen from State website; Legal Notice; copy of check to ABCC from MBTH, Inc.; 204 CMR; 2.01 – Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission; License and Permits; 950 CMR; 113.17 – Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth; Changes to Supplemental Information Contained in Article VIII in the Articles of Organization; Bailey’s Timeline as of March 25, 2005; draft minutes from Board of Selectmen April 5, 2005 meeting; and a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated April 4, 2005, re: Bailey’s. Shirley Mosczynski opened the Change Hearing at 7:45 pm by reading the Notice of Hearing from the news paper. She then read the Liquor Violation Hearing Procedures. Shirley Mosczynski asked all parties who would be testifying to come forward and be sworn in. Suzanne Kane, Anthony Hayes, Michael Boothby, and Attorney Debra Dunleavy were sworn in. Suzanne Kane went over the background: She testified that she had learned Michael Boothby was no longer a part of MBTH, Inc. She told Anthony Hayes that he would have to turn in paperwork for a Change of Managers. Suzanne Kane testified that Mr. Hayes told her that it was being handled by his lawyers and the paperwork would not be ready until February. She sent Mr. Hayes a certified letter giving him a deadline to return paperwork to her by the end of February. Suzanne Kane testified that she ran into Mr. Hayes as she was leaving the building for a Doctors appointment. He stated he would not have the paperwork for her and he would call her the next day. Suzanne Kane testified that Mr. Hayes did not call her so she called him. He stated the Bank is holding the paperwork up. Suzanne Kane testified that she told him she would be calling ABCC. Suzanne Kane testified that she called ABCC; they said it was not up to the Town to worry about Mr. Hayes, it was up to Mr. Hayes to work with his lawyers and get the paperwork in, he was in violation and the Board should bring him in for a hearing. Suzanne Kane testified that the Board did bring Mr. Hayes in for a hearing. A couple of days before the hearing he did bring in most of the paperwork. Suzanne Kane testified that he did not bring in the Purchase and Sales or the newspaper notice because he did not feel they applied to him. He stated Michael Boothby’s stock was turned back into the business and unattached. Suzanne Kane testified that with Mr. Hayes present she called ABCC and spoke to Keith Keady an ABCC Investigator. Mr. Keady asked some questions of Mr. Hayes. He then stated Mr. Boothby should provide a signed affidavit stating he was not forced from the business and that he was not receiving any financial consideration. Mr. Hayes had Mr. Boothby’s lawyer, Debra Dunleavy fax over a Stock Purchase Agreement which he felt qualified for the affidavit. Suzanne Kane testified that Debra Dunleavy also left a voice message stating this agreement was not complete along with a note at the bottom of the document stating the “Sale is contingent upon removal of Mr. Boothby’s name from all shares issued to him”. Suzanne Kane testified that thinking this WAS a sale and not as Mr. Hayes stated, “stock turned back into the business and unattached”, she called Debra Dunleavy. Suzanne Kane testified that Debra Dunleavy stated that Mr. Boothby is still a partner and owner of his share of stock. Mr. Hayes is supposed to refinance and remove Mr. Boothby from his obligation. Suzanne Kane testified that she asked Debra Dunleavy to provide an affidavit from Mr. Boothby stating the truth about his relationship in the business which is in the agenda. Suzanne Kane testified that she has called ABCC and Town Counsel as to recommendation for the Board which are in their packets. Shirley Mosczynski asked Mr. Hayes if he concurred to the facts as stated by Suzanne Kane. Mr. Hayes stated, “Sounds pretty good”. Shirley Mosczynski asked Michael Boothby and his attorney Debra Dunleavy if they had any comments. Debra Dunleavy testified that she has been in contact with Suzanne Kane and Anthony Hayes. Michael Boothby’s position is he wants to be done with MBTH, Inc. and has been trying to get out of MBTH, Inc. for over a year now but he and Mr. Hayes can not reach an agreement. Ms. Dunleavy testified that they would like to see MBTH, Inc. continue under Mr. Hayes’ control. Mr. Boothby is not looking to go back into the corporation or back into business – he just wants to get out. Ms. Dunleavy testified that to that end they do not want to jeopardize the liquor license. She testified that it has come to their attention recently that the problem is Michael Boothby is still named as the President – she wondered what they can do to resolve it to the Boards satisfaction. Anthony Hayes testified that what he has been working on is to refinance his business with his bank to remove Michael Boothby from any debts they entered into when they started the business a couple of years ago. Mr. Hayes testified that due to financial restraints he has been unable to do that. He testified he has tried diligently to work what ever angles he can possibly work but it hasn’t happened. Rich Preston asked about the criteria Town Counsel sent and has Mr. Hayes met the criteria. Suzanne Kane went over some points. Suzanne Kane reported that under 950 CMR – 113.17: “Changes to Supplemental Information Contained in Article VIII in the Articles of Organization” under (3)(c) Mr. Hayes had 30 days to file a statement of change following any change. Suzanne Kane reported under MGL c138, §15A it states that Mr. Hayes must obtain permission from the Board of Selectmen and Commission before making any changes to the stock in his organization and that wasn’t done. Mr. Hayes stated that no changes were made – he is trying to get the bank to refinance so he can make those changes. Mr. Hayes stated that he feels the only thing he is in violation of is the Change of Managers – as far as the corporation goes it is still the same way it was over 2 ½ years ago. Mr. Hayes stated that after talking to Ms. Dunleavy they want to continue doing business as usual and change the Manager since the Manager they had originally hired has left and moved out of the state. Rich Preston stated he has made no changes but in reality Mr. Boothby does not want to be a part of the organization. Mr. Hayes concurred – he is working to resolve that. He has to either sell the business or refinance to get his name off any loans that they took out under the corporate name. Mr. Hayes stated that has yet to be done. Suzanne Kane testified that part of the confusion is that Mr. Hayes had said Michael Boothby was no longer a part of this. She stated she ended up calling ABCC with Mr. Hayes standing right there saying that Mr. Boothby is no longer a share holder, he is no longer part of the company which caused ABCC to say, “OK you need X, Y, Z”. But as the paperwork started coming in Suzanne Kane stated that didn’t seem right to her and after investigating she found the paperwork was not accurate. The way Mr. Hayes has the paperwork filled out is how he wants the organization to be, not the way it actually is. Mr. Hayes stated that is his mistake. Shirley Mosczynski reminded Mr. Hayes that he told them that Mr. Boothby was no longer involved. Mr. Hayes stated that on a day to day basis he is not. Shirley Mosczynski corrected Mr. Hayes by reminding him that he said Mr. Boothby was no longer involved in the business at all. Mr. Hayes stated that technically he is and technically he isn’t. On paper he is still part of the corporation but he has nothing to do with the operations. Shirley Mosczynski again reminded him that he told the Board that Michael Boothby was no longer a part of the corporation, and when the paperwork came in it is filled out as if he is not a part of the corporation and Mr. Boothby states he is but wants out. Mr. Hayes stated that he also made a statement that he is trying to work toward that but he can not get him out until he can get him off the loan. Shirley Mosczynski stated that is not what they were told. Mr. Hayes stated that he believes that is what he told them, that he is trying to refinance, if he didn’t he spoke in error. Rich Preston asked Mr. Hayes if it is his intention to secure financing and do what ever it is he needs to do to remove Mr. Boothby as a legal entity and then reorganize his corporation. Mr. Hayes stated yes, or sell it, which ever comes first. David Furno asked if it was a financial consideration for Mr. Boothby to be gone just off the loan to which Mr. Hayes stated correct. Shirley Mosczynski referred to the minutes from April 5, 2005 in which Mr. Hayes stated Mr. Boothby’s stock was turned back into the company and unattached. Mr. Hayes stated that fact was based on him removing Mr. Boothby from the loan. Shirley Mosczynski stated she has a problem when she is told one thing and then finds out that isn’t so. Rich Preston asked Michael Boothby if ideally he wants to continue with the status quo to which Mr. Boothby stated yes. Rich Preston asked Mr. Hayes what kind of a time line he could propose to them to rectify these issues in terms of financing and reorganization of the corporation. Mr. Hayes stated he currently has a buyer who is interested in the business. He was supposed to meet with him Thursday but they have not been able to catch up with each other. He stated he would like to get it done in two to three months. Rich Preston asked Debra Dunleavy what her opinion was on that. She stated that two or three months was better than what they’ve been dealing with; it been over a year. She stated she knows Mr. Hayes has been trying to refinance and has been unable to – they just do not want to jeopardize the license because if he does try to sell it to rectify the situation he has nothing to sell. She stated she suggested to Mr. Hayes today that if he wasn’t interested in running the business anymore perhaps Mr. Boothby could take over where they can not work together; the comfort level is not there. Rich Preston stated that it seem their choices, because of these issues, would be to suspend / revoke or maintain the status quo. He asked Mr. Hayes if his argument is to keep status quo for at least 60 days. Mr. Hayes asked if he could bring the Board “up to speed” then recounted the events stating he had intended to close the business at the end of March; the weather this past winter hurt his cash flow significantly. A gentleman came in and was interested in the business; he stayed open because of that, to make it easier for the new buyer. Michael Guzinski asked Suzanne Kane if she feels she has all the information she needs so the Board can make a decision on the Change of Managers. Suzanne Kane stated if he is just going for the Change of Manager she has all the paperwork but he may have to redo some of it because it could be filled out wrong; it would have to be filled out as his corporation is now and just change the manager. Then he would have to remove Michael Boothby from his obligation and then submit the rest of the changes. Shirley Mosczynski stated this is the second hearing they have held for Mr. Hayes. They have another hearing still going on. She stated Suzanne Kane has been putting a lot of time into this – it’s been going on and off since December. She stated she does not like being told one thing and finding something else out. Michael Guzinski recommended the Board continue this hearing to the same day as the violation hearing, scheduling it before the violation hearing. Shirley Mosczynski asked if another notice needed to be placed in the paper. Michael Guzinski stated no, a continuation does not require re-advertising. Rich Preston requested that copies of all paperwork be given to Michael Boothby’s lawyer. At 8:10 pm Rich Preston made a motion to continue the Change Hearing for MBTH, Inc. to May 3, 2005. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye. Suzanne Kane told Anthony Hayes to come to her office tomorrow.

7. Proposed Personnel Policies:
In the agenda is a “Suggested Meal Expense Reimbursement Policy”; and a copy of the Douglas Personnel Board minutes of April 4, 2005. Michael Guzinski reported that the Personnel Board voted to accept a Meal Expense Reimbursement Policy to present to the Board for approval. Michael Guzinski stated the meal allowance is $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner. Rich Preston asked what the current meal allowance is. Michael Guzinski reported the current allowance is $10/meal. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Suggested Meal Expense Reimbursement Policy as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. Edward Therrien – abstained, all other members – aye.

8. FY06 Budget Recommendation:
In the agenda is a memo to the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee, from Michael Guzinski and Rich Mathieu, dated April 14, 2005, re: FY06 Budget – Draft as of 4/14/05; Draft Special Town Meeting Articles for May 16, 2005; and Draft Annual Town Meeting Articles for May 16, 2005. Town Accountant Rich Mathieu came before the Board. Michael Guzinski reported that he is presenting to the Board his FY06 budget recommendation. It is a balanced budget and very tight this year; difficult decisions had to be made. He reported that the Finance Committee Hearing is on May 2nd. He is giving the information to the Board for their review so they can vote at their Workshop on April 26th and then make their recommendation to the Finance Committee. Shirley Mosczynski noted the change in Chapter 70 and asked Michael Guzinski to explain. Michael Guzinski stated that the original House 1 budget for Chapter 70 School Aid was $6,761,884. House 1 now shows a reduction of approximately $161,000. The School budget recommendation was cut by the same amount as the reduction in Chapter 70 aid. Michael Guzinski stated that they applied the same amount of Free Cash to the budget as last year which is $804,000. He stated the remaining Free Cash of $285,000 he has recommended to go into Capital items. The Capital Improvement Committee approved $415,000 at their last meeting for Capital Items; $285,000 to be funded by Free Cash with the remainder $130,000 to be funded from Stabilization. Michael Guzinski went over the Capital Items which included the Old Town Hall, a ladder truck, a multi function tractor, Martin Road Plan, etc. Shirley Mosczynski pointed out that Recreation has $30,000 available so is only asking for $5,000. Shirley Mosczynski asked the Board to review the budget so they could vote on it April 26th. Rich Preston asked how much was coming from Stabilization for the Capital Items to which Michael Guzinski answered approximately $130,000. Rich Preston stated he understands it’s a tight budget year and it’s been years since they funded Capital Items so it’s good to see they are being addressed. He stated he is a little disappointed in regards to the Martin Road project; he had hoped more would have been available for that then asked if they are definitive numbers as far as applications. Michael Guzinski stated that Capital did conclude disbursements. He stated that originally they had looked to have a larger budget for Martin Road but after further discussions with the Town Engineer and Recreation it was decided that the first step would be engineering and planning – holding off on construction until at least this fall so they don’t repeat work. Michael Guzinski stated there is a plan to put grater greater funds into the field. The funds appropriated now are all they can use in the short term. Shirley Mosczynski asked if the Board wanted to review the articles for Town Meeting but the Board was comfortable with them. Shirley Mosczynski asked Michael Guzinski if they will have information in May as to how they will fund the Yacino settlement to which Michael Guzinski answered yes.

9. Town Use: VFW – Birthday party; Library – Yard Sale; VFW – Yard Sale:
In the agenda is an Application for Use of Town Property from Cheryl Wentworth to use the VFW on May 20, 2005 from 5-9 for a birthday party; an Application for Use of Town Property from the Girl Scouts to use the Library yard on June 18, 2005 from 9am – 4pm for a yard sale; a letter from Library Director Ann Carlsson; an Application for Use of Town Property from the Douglas Democratic Town Committee to use the VFW grounds for their annual yard sale on April 23, 2005 from 9am – 2pm.
VFW – Birthday Party: Shirley Mosczynski read the Application for Town Use with Conditions/Restrictions. Rich Preston approved the Application for Use of Town Property from Cheryl Wentworth to use the VFW on May 20, 2005 from 5-9 for a birthday party as presented with conditions/restrictions. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.
 Library – Yard Sale: Shirley Mosczynski read the application for Town Use with Conditions/Restrictions. Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the Application for Use of Town Property from the Girl Scouts to use the Library yard on June 18, 2005 from 9am – 4pm for a yard sale as presented with conditions/restrictions. David Furno seconded the motion. All –aye.
 VFW – Yard Sale: Shirley Mosczynski read the application for Town Use with Conditions/Restrictions. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Application for Use of Town Property from the Douglas Democratic Town Committee to use the VFW grounds for their annual yard sale on April 23, 2005 from 9am – 2pm as presented with conditions/restrictions. David Furno seconded the motion. Shirley Mosczynski and Paula Brouillette abstained. All other members – aye.

10. Minutes:
 March 15, 2005:
Rich Preston made a motion to approve the minutes of March 15, 2005 as presented. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.
 March 15, 2005 – Executive Session: Rich Preston made a motion to approve the minutes of March 15, 2005 – Executive Session and not release. David Furno seconded the motion. All – aye.

11. Administrators Report:
 Close and sign Warrants: Michael Guzinski reported that the Board needed to vote to close and sign the warrants for the Special Town Meeting. He stated that the Annual Town Meeting Warrant was already closed but they need to sign it. Rich Preston asked for clarification. Michael Guzinski stated they already closed the Annual Town Meeting; the Board needs to close the Special Town meeting and then vote to sign the Warrants. Paula Brouillette made a motion to close the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting for May 16, 2005 as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye. Rich Preston made a motion to sign the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting for May 15, 2005. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.
 Animal Control Resignation: Michael Guzinski read a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Animal Control Officers Jay and Maura O’Connor, received April 19, 2005 stating Jay O’Connor and his wife would be resigning as of May 26, 2005. Michael Guzinski thanked them for their years of service and reported that if the Board wished he will be advertising the position immediately. Consensus of the Board to have Michael Guzinski advertise the Animal Control position.
 Chapter 90 Aid: Michael Guzinski read from a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Office of the Governor, dated March 29, 2005 concerning Chapter 90 aid being released. The Town of Douglas’ Chapter 90 appropriation is $216,925.
 Letter from Spencer: Michael Guzinski read a letter to Fire Chief Gonynor, from the Town of Spencer, dated April 14, 2005 in which he thanked Chief Gonynor for his help in choosing a Fire Captain for Spencer’s Engine 4.

12. Old / New Business:
Old:
 Link for Website:
Rich Preston asked about the progress on the Town Website and a link for the Selectmen. Michael Guzinski stated that he knows Suzanne Kane has been working closely with William Cundiff and Rich Mathieu to move that forward. Hopefully this summer it will be ready. Michael Guzinski stated a lot of Town’s hire outside consultants; Douglas’ is being done by staff who have limited time to spend on this project.
New:
 4 Town Group:
Paula Brouillette reported the 4 Town Group will be meeting April 21st at 7:00 pm at the Northbridge Town Hall. Stated Representatives have been invited.
 Letter from Kathy Guertin: Shirley Mosczynski reported that the Board received a letter from Kathy Guertin, dated April 12, 2005 in response to concerns with the Early Childhood programs. Shirley Mosczynski stated the letter had some good information. What concerns her is that there seems to be people who think the Board of Selectmen are against these programs. Shirley Mosczynski stated that she does not know where this is coming from. The only thing she has to rely on is that they received a letter from the Finance Committee informing the Board that they have questions regarding the funding of these programs. Their letter is not saying to get rid of these programs, they are just asking for information. She stated she would also like to know this information. Shirley Mosczynski asked the Boards permission to have Michael Guzinski respond to Kathy Guertin’s letter. Consensus of the Board to have Michael Guzinski respond to Kathy Guertin’s letter.

13. Adjournment:
David Furno made a motion to adjourn at 8:37 pm. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted,



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