BOS - March 1, 2011

BOS - March 1, 2011

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:29 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
March 1, 2011


7:00 pm
• Call to Order

• Chairman’s Announcements

• Citizen’s Forum

1. State Representative Kevin Kuros

2. American Pro Wind Update

3. Approve and Sign Special Election Ballot – April 5, 2011

4. Open Warrant – May 2, 2011 ATM & STM

5. Minutes: Feb. 8, 2011; Feb. 8, 2011 Exec. Session; Feb. 15, 2011

6. Administrator’s Report

7. Old/New Business

8. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining Strategy

9. Adjournment
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Future Agenda’s

March 15th: Stretch Code Presentation

April 5th: Green Communities Act Action Plan Presentation

TBD: Policies; Fire Study; EDC Update; Update Master Plan; Housing
Plan/Housing Authority; Sign Bylaw; Anonymous Letter Policy;
Webster BOS; Appointment – ZBA Alternate
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 1, 2011
Approved March 15, 2011

• Call to Order
Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDENCE:
Board: Michael Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Paula Brouillette, Jeffrey LaPorte, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
Absent: Mitch Cohen.
Other Staff and Citizens: State Representative Kevin Kuros and Chief of Staff Manager Carl Copeland.

• Chairman’s Announcements
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum
No citizens came forward.

1. State Representative Kevin Kuros
Representative Kuros joined the meeting. He noted he does have an office at the State House and a District Office at 142 Main Street, Webster. Information regarding office hours and phone numbers was distributed. He introduced Chief of Staff Carl Copeland. He discussed the committees he has been appointed to and some of the things they will be reviewing. Mr. Guzinski noted it would be helpful to know the figure for local aid as soon as possible. Representative Kuros indicated that any information he receives would get out as soon as possible. He noted a Department of Conservation and Recreation Partnership Matching Funds Program for a 2011 project to restore a one-mile stretch of trail between the Southern New England Trunkline Tail and Southwest Main Street, Douglas. This is a 2 to 1 matching grant done with the Bay State Trail Riders Association. He encourages Park and Recreation Facilities to look for needs. Mr. Bonin inquired about the Census Revenue. Representative Kuros indicated it is tracking ahead of the earlier number. He pledges not to support any budget that cuts local aid. Ms. Brouillette discussed Economic Development and indicated a huge infrastructure deficit along the Route 146 corridor. She notes the need to partner Regional Economic Development with the State. She also noted the plans for another 11 Town Regional Economic Development Meeting.

2. American Pro Wind Update
Mr. Guzinski noted he received a call from the representatives of American Pro Wind. They have asked to put this off, as they do not have a lot of new information to present at this time. This item was therefore postponed.

3. Approve and Sign Special Election Ballot – April 5, 2011
In the agenda is the Warrant for Special Town Meeting.
Mr. Guzinski indicated that the Town Clerk has put together language for the Special Town Election Warrant for question one, the School Building Project. This was included in the packet for the Board’s review, approval and signature. Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve and sign the Special Election Ballot for April 5, 2011. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.

4. Open Warrant – May 2, 2011 ATM & STM
Ms. Brouillette made a motion to open the Warrant for the Annual and Special Town Meetings on May 2, 2011 and to close the Warrant on March 25, 2011. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

5. Minutes: Feb. 8, 2011; Feb 8, 2011 Exec. Session; Feb. 15, 2011
February 8, 2011: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the Board of Selectmen minutes of February 8, 2011. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All – Aye.
February 8, 2011 Executive Session: Mr. LaPorte made a motion to approve the Executive Session minutes of February 8, 2011 releasing all. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.
February 15, 2011: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the February 15, 2011 Board of Selectmen Meeting minutes. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.

6. Administrator’s Repot
Mr. Guzinski noted that he, along with the Finance Director, have put together a first draft of the Revenue Estimate for 2012. This will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. He noted that the Finance Committee plans to meet to make recommendations on the Special Town Meeting Warrant Article on March 8, 2011.
Mr. Guzinski thanked Cub Scout Troup 134 for coming to visit the Town Hall.

7. Old/New Business
OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Bonin indicated he would like to have a discussion regarding taxes at some point. This will be put on as a future agenda item.
NEW BUSINESS
Ms. Brouillette distributed a report titled Town of Douglas Indebtedness. This also will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. Some discussion held.
OLD BUSINESS (Continued)
Mr. Bonin questioned the process moving forward with regard to the Special Town Meeting. Mr. Guzinski noted that the Finance Committee will be making recommendations on March 8, 2011on the Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles. The Finance Committee Chair will then put together the Flyer that will go out to the community. The School Building Committee is planning an informational meeting for later in the month for the community.

8. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining Strategy
Mr. Bonin made a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:45 PM for the purpose of collective bargaining strategy and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Michael Hughes – aye, Tim Bonin – aye, Paula Brouillette – aye, Jeffrey LaPorte - aye.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:29 PM and return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – aye, Paula Brouillette – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, Jeffrey LaPorte - aye.

9. Adjournment
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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