BOS - August 21, 2012

BOS - August 21, 2012

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:06 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
August 21, 2012


7:00 pm

• Call to Order
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Chairman’s Announcements
• Citizen’s Forum

7:05 pm
1. Order of Taking Hearing: Brookside Drive; Colonial Road; Shady Knoll Estate (Downs Rd, Manzi Way, Crescent Lane, & Essex Street); Spring Meadow Estates
(Pond St., Spring St. & Towle Court).

2. Town Website Update

3. School Building Project Update / Request for SBC Appointment

4. Old Grammar School – Letter of Interest

5. Tellstone Bus Parking - License Renewal

6. Discussion – Structure of ZBA

7. Minutes: July 24, 2012; July 24, 2012 Exec Session

8. Administrator’s Report

9. Old/New Business

10. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Sept. 4th :
Meeting with DCR - Wallum Lake State Park, Compost Agreement w/Uxbridge;
Skate Park Committee Update

TBD: Gov’t Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
August 21, 2012
Approved September 18, 2012


Call to Order
Mr. Bonin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Tim Bonin, Keith Brown, Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Jeffrey LaPorte, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Fire Chief Kent Vinson, Atty. Rich Bowen, Steve Zisk (Community Development), Mitch Cohen (School Building Committee), Robert Werme, Jr. (Planning Board), Adam Silva (Blackstone Valley Tribune).

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:11)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:40)
In the packet are a photo and a certificate from August 19, 2012.
Mr. Bonin presented the “Best in Show” award in the Fire Fighting Apparatus class received at the August 19, 2012 Emergency Services Appreciation Day. The award was given by the Committee to Elect Donald Bourque, which held a political event with the Douglas ladder truck as a backdrop. This is not allowed under Mass. General Law.
Chief Vinson was under the impression that it was a community event. He stated that he takes full responsibility and apologized for the fire trucks being at the event. He also stated that the Town of Douglas Fire Department does not support any political candidate.
Mr. Bonin suggested the Board send a letter to Mr. Bourque stating their disapproval of the campaign tactic. Mr. Bonin explained the investigation that was done. A discussion was held.
Mr. Davis made a motion to send a letter to the Committee to Elect Donald Bourque informing them of their improper action/use of Douglas property. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Ms. Kane will notify the Board when the letter is ready and have it available for the Board of Selectmen to sign.

• Citizen’s Forum (17:09)
No citizens came forward.

1. Order of Taking Hearing: Brookside Drive, Colonial Road, Shady Knoll Estates (Downs Road, Manzi Way, Crescent Lane & Essex Street); Spring Meadow Estates (Pond Street, Spring Street & Towle Court) (17:22)
In the packet is an Order of Taking for the above and a memo from Atty. Richard Bowen dated August 21, 2012.
Mr. Bonin opened the hearing at 7:18 PM by reading the notice. Mr. Steve Zisk joined the meeting. He presented the layout plans that were voted on at Town Meeting.
Mr. Allen Riley of 229 Main Street has property that abuts Brookside Drive. He is concerned as to how the access point to his property was handled. It is still unclear as to how he will be able to access his land. Mr. Zisk described the property and what was discussed with Mr. Riley and the Town Engineer. He explained that the taking is not associated with the strip of land that can access that back land. The access will remain with whomever owns it now. Mr. Zisk presented the maps and a discussion was held. Mr. Cundiff and Atty. Bowen added clarification.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to adopt the Order of Taking for all streets listed in the public notice and to adopt the form of the Order found in the Selectmen’s packet. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Bonin asked for a vote on each of the streets: Brookside Drive, All-Aye, Colonial Road, All-Aye, Shady Knoll Estates including Downs Road, Manzi Way, Crescent Lane & Essex Street, All-Aye, Spring Meadow Estates, including Pond Street, Spring Street & Towle Court, All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to award no damages in connection to the above referenced takings. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to close the Order of Taking Hearing: Brookside Drive, Colonial Road, Shady Knoll Estate (Downs Road, Manzi Way, Crescent Lane & Essex Street); Spring Meadow Estates (Pond Street, Spring Street & Towle Court). Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Town Website Update (34:23)
In the packet is a memo from Michael Guzinski dated August 16, 2012.
Mr. Cohen joined the meeting and demonstrated the new Town website. The website was launched at 5:00 PM this afternoon. A discussion was held regarding having pay for fee services on the website. Mr. Guzinski thanked Mr. Cohen and Ms. Kane for their work on this project.

3. School Building Project Update/Request for School Building Committee (SBC) Appointment (48:07)
In the packet is a memo from Mitch Cohen dated August 16, 2012.
Mr. Cohen gave an update on the project. He stated that the middle school roof tape leaked during a major rainstorm resulting in a significant amount of standing water in the building. The response team was swift and insurance took ownership of the situation. The gym floor will have to be replaced. The replacement will take 6-8 weeks. A discussion was held regarding where daily recess would be held.
The SBC is talking about having a Topping Off Ceremony when the last piece of steel is due to go up. The last piece would be available for the community to sign.
Mr. Cohen gave an update on the water loop extension. CTA was chosen to complete the water loop. They are unable to do the work this summer. There was a discussion as to how many bids were required for this project. Atty. Bowen replied that all was done properly.
Mr. Cohen requested that the Board of Selectmen appoint Cortney Keegan as a non-voting member of the SBC to replace Dean Iacobucci.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to appoint Cortney Keegan as a non-voting member to the School Building Committee for the duration of the project. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Old Grammar School-Letter of Interest (64:54)
In the packet is a letter of interest from JNJUHL & Associates, LLC and related documents.
Mr. Guzinski stated that one interested party submitted a letter of interest in response to the ad in The Real Estate Journal. He, Mr. Cundiff and the facilities manager met the representative and walked through the building. The interested party wants to develop 24 two-bedroom units of mixed income housing. A discussion was held as to the impact on the Town.
Mr. Davis made a motion to invite JNJUHL & Associates, LLC to a meeting in September for a discussion. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Tellstone Bus Parking-License Renewal (76:15)
In the packet is a license agreement for Tellstone & Son, Inc. and a memo dated August 16, 2012.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the three-year period of the license with Tellstone expires at the end of the month, and the owner of the license would like the license renewed. He recommends that the Board approve the license, which can be cancelled at will by the Town.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to approve the amended license for Tellstone & Son, Inc. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

6. Discussion-Structure of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) (79:03)
In the packet is a memo from Michael Guzinski dated August 16, 2012 and a memo from Atty. Jonathan Eichman dated October 2, 2009.
Mr. Guzinski presented the question of increasing the membership of the ZBA from three to five members. He stated that this had been looked at by the Board in the Fall of 2009. He spoke with Atty. Jay Talerman who stated that there is about an even split among towns that have three members and towns that have five members on their ZBAs. A discussion was held. The Board was in support of increasing the membership to five, and it was decided to put this item on the draft warrant for the fall Town Meeting.

7. Approval of the Minutes (84:48)
July 24, 2012: Mr. LaPorte made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 24, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting as amended. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. All–Aye.
July 24, 2012, Executive Session: Mr. LaPorte made a motion to approve and hold the minutes of the July 24, 2012 Executive Session Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. All–Aye.

8. Administrator’s Report (86:14)
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Municipal Center roof project is complete.
He also stated that National Grid has been clearing problematic trees in Town. Mr. Bonin will prepare a Thank You letter for everyone to sign

9. Old/New Business (90:17)
Old Business
Regarding the status of the Axmen Soccer lease agreement, Mr. Guzinski has spoken with the president of Axmen Soccer. The Association is in the process of working out their financing. The Safety Committee is working on addressing the safety concerns.
New Business
There was no new business.

10. Adjournment (92:33)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 PM. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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