BOS - September 4, 2012

BOS - September 4, 2012

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:20 am

Board of Selectmen
September 4, 2012

7:00 pm

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

1. Wallum Lake Update w/DCR Commissioner Lambert, Sr. Moore, and Rep. Fattman

7:20 pm
2. New Liquor License Application – The Grille On Main

3. Appointment – Cultural Council

4. Approve & Sign National Grid Easement – School Project

5. Approve Compost Agreement w/Uxbridge

6. Vote to send Section 9.2.1 Zoning Bylaw Change to the Planning Board

7. Administrator’s Report

8. Old/New Business

9. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Sept. 18th: 7:05 pm Briarwood Cir. Taking; Town Administrator’s Goals; BOS Goals;
Old Grammar School – JNJUHL & Associates, LLC

TBD: Gov’t Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
September 4, 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.

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), Senator Richard Moore, Commissioner Lambert (DCR), Police Chief Patrick Foley, Officer McLaughlin, Cary VandenAkker (Park Supervisor, Douglas State Park) Nora Werme, Robert Werme, Jr. (Planning Board), Mike Greco (Planning Board), Adam Silva (Blackstone Valley Tribune).

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:14)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:34)
In the packet is an invitation to the Topping Off Ceremony.
Mr. Bonin announced the Topping Off Ceremony, which will be held at the elementary school at 10:00am, September 7, 2012 at the new elementary school. The last beam will be available for signing before it is placed as the last piece of steel to be erected. All the public is invited.

• Citizen’s Forum (1:20)
No citizens came forward.

1. Wallum Lake Update with DCR Commissioner Lambert, Sr. Moore and Rep. Fattman (01:31)
In the packet is a memo dated August 29, 2012.
Senator Moore, Commissioner Ed Lambert, State Park Supervisor Cary VandenAkker, Chief Patrick Foley and Officer Aaron McLaughlin joined the meeting. Commissioner Lambert thanked the Board for its leadership on the park issues. He stated that significant progress has been made and a much better summer was had, which portends well for continued progress. He spoke about some of the changes that were made, i.e. closing the park when it reaches capacity, maintaining adequate staffing levels and signage. Sen. Moore spoke about raising out-of-state fees. Mr. Bonin thanked the Commissioner and the Senator. The Commissioner will produce a final report of the proposed changes for next year.

2. 7:20 PM New Liquor License Application-The Grille on Main (17:16)
In the packet are a memo dated August 29, 2012, a notice of Public Hearing, the licensing procedure from the ABCC and related materials.
Atty. Henry Lane and Cindy LaFrance from the Grille on Main joined the meeting. Ms. Kane stated that the location already has a license. The Black Lab’s lease has expired, however that has no bearing on the license. She outlined the Board’s three choices: 1) deny the license, 2) ask the applicant to withdraw their application, or 3) have the applicant agree to keep the hearing open until it can be acted upon. The Board has to give the Black Lab until September 20, 2012 to come up with a plan for that license. A discussion was held.
Mr. Davis made a motion to continue the Public Hearing, New Liquor License Application-The Grille on Main until October 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Ms. Kane will ask the Black Lab to come in on October 2nd for a status report.

3. Appointment-Cultural Council (35:15)
In the packet is an application from Nora Werme and related materials.
Nora Werme joined the meeting.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to appoint Nora Werme as a member of the Cultural Council for the term ending June 30, 2015. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Approve and Sign National Grid Easement-School Project (37:34)
In the packet is a memo from Bill Cundiff dated August 28, 2012 and the easement documents.
Mr. Guzinski joined the meeting and stated that the Board had approved the easement in the spring. There was a problem with the recording at the Registry and the timeframe had lapsed.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the National Grid Easement-School Project. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Approve Compost Agreement with Uxbridge (38:42)
In the packet is an ”Agreement between the Town of Uxbridge and the Town of Douglas” and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski presented the agreement, which would allow Douglas residents to buy stickers for the Uxbridge composting center. The Board of Health voted to support and recommend the agreement. The Board of Health is not in favor of a truck transporting compost from Douglas to Uxbridge.
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to authorize Mr. Guzinski to approve the Compost Agreement with Uxbridge. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

6. Vote to send Section 9.2.1 Zoning Bylaw Change to the Planning Board (40:56)
In the packet is the proposed Zoning Bylaw Change, an email from Atty. Eichman dated October 2, 2009 and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the proposal is to change the membership of the Zoning Board of Appeals from three members to five members.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to send the Section 9.2.1 Zoning Bylaw Change to the Planning Board for their review and recommendation for the Fall Town Meeting. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.

7. Administrator’s Report (43:17)
Mr. Guzinski stated that Atty. Richard Bowen is leaving Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead. His leaving should not change any services to the town nor change their retainer fee. He asked that this item be placed on the agenda for the next meeting in order to vote to add Richard Bowen to Town Counsel, in addition to Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead.

8. Old/New Business (47:21)
Old Business: Mr. LaPorte presented the response to a letter to that was sent to Ray Bourque. The response was that Mr. Bourque would not respond to the letter from the Board of Selectmen
Mr. Bonin stated that the Strategic Budget Committee has asked the Board of Selectmen to define what their end goal should be. Mr. LaPorte asked for a business-draw oriented plan. Mr. Davis gave input. A discussion was held. The new auditing rules for pension liabilities were discussed.
New Business: Mr. Bonin congratulated the Douglas Police Department for receiving the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Award, 2012 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Challenge Award of Excellence, Gold Category on August 24, 2012.

9. Adjournment (61;00)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 PM. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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