BOS - October 30, 2012

BOS - October 30, 2012

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:51 pm

Board of Selectmen
October 30, 2012

7:00 PM

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

7:05 PM
1. STM Update w/Town Moderator and Town Clerk

7:15 PM
2. Hearing: FY13 Tax Classification

3. Assign Motions for STM

4. Vote to Declare Old Grammar School as Surplus Property

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Adjournment

Future Agenda Items

Dec. 4th:
License Renewals - Liquor

Dec. 18th: License Renewals – All Others

TBD: Government Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority;
October 30, 2012
Approved November 20, 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: Rich Bowen (Town Counsel), Police Chief Patrick Foley, Fire Chief Kent Vinson, John Furno (Highway Superintendent), Chris Furno (Clerk), Paula Brouillette, Keith Menard (Moderator), Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director), Beth MacKay (Principal Assessor), Jack Blatchford (Assessor), Scott Meizen (Assessor).

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:09)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:28)
Mr. Bonin thanked the residents who attended the last “Talk with Tim” which was held on October 24, 2012 at the Senior Center.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:48)
Chief Foley, Chief Vinson and John Furno joined the meeting and gave an update on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the town. Chief Foley stated that the town experienced 5 hours of power outages and there are still some sporadic outages. Fallen trees struck 10 homes. There were no major damages except for the roof of a barn on South Street. Chief Foley will be meeting with the National Grid liaison tomorrow at 8:00 AM.

1. 7:05 PM Special Town Meeting (STM) Update with Town Moderator and Town Clerk (11:54)
In the packet is the Special Town Meeting warrant.
Ms. Lovett, Mr. Menard and Ms. Furno joined the meeting. Mr. Menard asked for clarifications on the following articles:
Article 1: Ms. Lovett explained that the town refinanced the refunding of the high school construction project.
Article 4: Ms. Lovett explained that this article is needed because of the flood damage in the middle school. Mr. Guzinski explained that if the town collects over $20,000 in insurance proceeds, the proceeds cannot be utilized for anything until there is an appropriation voted at town meeting.
Article 7: Mr. Guzinski stated that the bylaw regarding trailers currently prohibits any type of trailer in a non-commercial zone. This amendment provides guidelines to allow certain trailers in certain areas. The Planning Board public hearing on this bylaw is still open.
Article 5: Mr. Guzinski explained that this Article seeks to transfer care, custody and control of the Old Grammar School to the Board of Selectmen for the purposes of disposal for sale or lease. Atty. Bowen explained the process and there was a discussion.
Mr. Menard spoke about the success of Octoberfest.
He stated that he is looking for two new board members for the Finance Committee. He would like to fill those positions on a meeting basis. He would be happy to contact any interested applicants.
Ms. Furno is preparing for the election on November 6, 2012.

2. 7:32 PM Hearing: FY13 Tax Classification (27:35)
In the packet are a notice for the public hearing, a handout entitled “FY13 Interim Year Adjustments” and related materials.
Mr. Davis made a motion to open the public hearing: FY13 Tax Classification. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Beth MacKay, Scott Meizen, and Jack Blatchford joined the meeting. Mr. Blatchford stated that all figures are estimates, as of today. He reviewed the FY13 interim year adjustments. He stated that the Board of Assessors is recommending a single tax rate for all classes of property.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to close the public hearing: FY13 Tax Classification at 7:36 PM. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Davis made a motion to adopt a single tax rate for all classes of property. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Assign Motions for STM (32:23)
In the packet are the motions for the Special Town Meeting.
Article 1. Mr. LaPorte.
Article 3. Mr. Hughes.
Article 5. Mr. Davis
Article 6. Mr. Brown.
Water/Sewer will be responsible for Article 2, the School Building Committee will do Article 4, and the Planning Board will do Article 7.

4. Vote to Declare Old Grammar School as Surplus Property (34:07)
In the packet is an email from Atty. Rich Bowen, dated October 25, 2012.
Mr. Guzinski stated that there are two pieces of property involved in the article. The piece of property that the Old Grammar School sits on is in the care, custody and control of the Board of Selectmen, however the portion of the other parcel that is contemplated in the article is under the care, custody and control of the School Committee. Mr. Guzinski asked that the board move forward with the parcel that is under the care of the Board of Selectmen and then seek the transfer from the School Committee, now or at a later time. Atty. Bowen spoke about the legal aspects of the process. He suggested the motion to be made for the first parcel. Regarding the second parcel (map 164, parcel 113) the Board would need to go to the School Committee to get their participation in a vote. That property may have to be subdivided. He does not recommend they go to Town Meeting on that second parcel, unless they have a precise, legal description and the School Committee decides to vote to declare that part of it surplus. A discussion was held.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to declare the Old Grammar
School property, shown on Assessor’s map 163, parcel 110 to be surplus to current Board requirements and to transfer care, custody, and control to the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes and for purposes of disposal by sale or lease, subject to Town Meeting approval of such transfer. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.

Mr. Davis asked Atty. Bowen for a brief memo on the public bidding process.

5. Administrator’s Report
Mr. Guzinski reported that they are trying to update the town website with storm updates. The Town will continue to work closely with National Grid to have everyone’s power restored by the end of tonight.

6. Old/New Business (48:39)
Old Business: Mr. Davis asked if there had been any progress with the ABCC on the old liquor license for The Black Lab. Ms. Kane reported that it was done. They are now working on the new application.
New Business: Mr. LaPorte stated that the sign for the library, which was accepted as a gift at a previous town meeting, is now complete and ready to be installed. Mr. Guzinski did speak with the Library Director in regards to that.

7. Adjournment (53:35)
Mr. LaPorte made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 PM. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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