BOS - November 20, 2012

BOS - November 20, 2012

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:53 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
November 20, 2012


7:00 pm

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

1. Discuss Appointments to Expanded Zoning Board of Appeals

2. Discuss Formation of a Re-Use & Development Committee

3. Discuss the Implementation of Changes in Health Insurance Benefits Under
M.G.L. c 32B, Sections 21 through 23

4. CORI Policy Amendment – 1st Reading

5. Minutes: October 16, 2012; October 30, 2012; November 13, 2012

6. Administrator’s Report

7. Old/New Business

8. Executive Session – Transfer of Real Property

9. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items

Dec. 4th:
License Renewals – Liquor; Audit Exit Conference

Dec. 18th: License Renewals – All Others; Health Insurance

TBD: Government Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority;
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
November 20, 2012
Approved December 4, 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: Paula Brouillette

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:10)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:26)
Mr. Bonin announced that earlier today, he, Mr. Guzinski, Chief Foley and Officer Yannino went to a AAA Awards ceremony. The Police Department was awarded a silver award for Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in Traffic Safety. Ofiicer Yannino received the Traffic Safety Hero of the Year Award. The Police Department also received a Pedestrian Safety Commendation in recognition of Fifteen Years with No Pedestrian Fatalities.
Mr. Bonin wished everyone at home and in the audience a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

• Citizen’s Forum (01:24)
No citizens came forward.

1. Discuss Appointments to Expanded Zoning Board of Appeals
(01:32)
In the packet is a memo from Michael Guzinski dated November 16, 2012 and letter from the current members of the ZBA dated October 4, 2012.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Article 6 at the Special Town Meeting on November 13, 2012 increased the membership of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) from three to five members. He stated that the Attorney General has up to 90 days to approve the change. He has been advised by Town Counsel to make the appointments as soon as possible once all the approvals have come through. He would like to determine from the Board of Selectmen if it is their intent to elevate the current alternates to the full-time ZBA positions or if they would want to advertise those positions. A discussion was held.
It was the consensus of the board to hold off on making this decision until the next meeting.

2. Discuss Formation of a Re-Use & Development Committee (06:24)
In the packet is a letter from Mr. Scott Yacino dated November 20, 2012.
Mr. Guzinski stated that at the Special Town Meeting, the board spoke about creating a committee to plan out the future use of the Old Grammar School. It is Mr. Davis’ recommendation to discuss the school issues with the School Committee and have them come up with a viable plan to bring to Town Meeting, if they so choose.
Mr. Davis made a motion for the Board of Selectmen to send a letter to the School Committee. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Brown had some comments regarding the content of the letter.
Mr. LaPorte had concerns regarding forming an additional committee for this matter. A discussion was held.

3. Discuss the Implementation of Changes in Health Insurance Benefits Under M.G.L. c 32B, Sections 21 through 23 (13:40)
In the packet is a list of the regulations and documentation related to the above (801 CMR) and related documents.
Mr. Guzinski spoke about the process to make changes in health insurance benefits to help ease the town’s difficult financial situation looming for FY14. Mr. Guzinski gave some background information on the law. The first step in the process would be for Mr. Guzinski to send notices out to the unions and the Retiree Association to give them notice of this impending vote.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to authorize Mr. Guzinski to send out notices to the unions and the Retiree Association regarding the intent to vote pursuant to M.G.L. c32B, Sections 21 through 23. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. CORI Policy Amendment – First Reading (17:09)
In the packet is a copy of the Town of Douglas CORI Policy with edits, a document entitled “Implementing CORI Reform” and related documents.
Ms. Kane gave the background regarding the current CORI policy and the extensive reform. Ms. Kane rewrote the CORI policy to reflect the changes. The Board will have to decide how often to CORI employees.

5. Approval of the Minutes (21:38)
October 16, 2012: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 16, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting, as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All–Aye
October 30, 2012: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 30, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting, as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All–Aye
November 13, 2012: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting, as amended. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All–Aye

6. Administrator’s Report (24:08)
Mr. Guzinski gave an update on the progress of the Strategic Budget Committee. Their work is moving forward. They are looking at the ramifications of the FY14 budget. There is a significant financial shortfall. Mr. Guzinski wants to speak to the Board about where cuts may come from. He asked that time to discuss this in more detail be placed on the agenda for the December 4, 2012 meeting.

7. Old/New Business
(30:36)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: Mr. Bonin suggesting giving the non-public safety personnel a personal day for the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to offer an additional paid day off to the non-union, non-public safety town employees on Friday, November 23, 2012. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All-Aye.

8. Executive Session – Transfer of Real Property (37:06)
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 7:40 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of Transfer of Real Property and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Jeffrey LaPorte – Aye, Mike Hughes - Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 8:38 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Jeffrey LaPorte – Aye, Mike Hughes - Aye.

9. Adjournment (37:27)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 PM. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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