BOS - February 19, 2013

BOS - February 19, 2013

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:44 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
February 19, 2013

7:00 PM

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

1. School Committee Appointment to Fill Vacancy
– Joint with School Committee

2. Health Insurance – Deb Young, USI

3. Minutes: Jan. 8th, Jan. 22nd, Jan. 30th, 2013

4. Administrator’s Report

5. Old / New Business

6. Executive Session – Acquisition of Real Property

7. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items

TBD:
Gov’t Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing
Plan/Housing Authority
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
February 19, 2013
Approved March 5, 2013

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 (absent), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
School Committee: Nancy Lane (Superintendent), Scott Yacino (Chairman), Mike Belleville, John Snay
Strategic Budget Committee: Paula Brouillette, Pam Holmes
Other Staff and Citizens: Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director), Deb Young (USI), Atty. Rich Bowen, Shirley Mosczynski, Sonya Bouchard, Brigida Oskirko and other citizens.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:08)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:28)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:32)
No citizens came forward.

1. School Committee Appointment to fill Vacancy – Joint meeting with the School Committee (00:37)
In the packet are applications from Sonya Bouchard and Brigida Oskirko and related materials.
Scott Yacino, John Snay and Mike Belleville joined the meeting. Mr. Yacino called the School Committee Meeting to order. Sonya Bouchard and Brigida Oskirko joined the meeting as applicants for the vacant position. Ms. Bouchard and Ms. Oskirko each individually presented their backgrounds and reasons for wanting to be appointed to the School Committee. They answered questions from the Board and current School Committee members. Mr. Belleville stated that he would not be running for School Committee this spring. Atty. Bowen stated the procedure.
Roll Call Vote: Mr. Yacino – Sonya Mr. Bonin – Brigida
Mr. Belleville – Sonya Mr. Hughes – Sonya
Mr. Snay – Brigida Mr. Davis – Brigida
Mr. Brown – Sonya
The vote was: 4 – Sonya, 3 – Brigida
Ms. Bouchard was appointed to the School Committee for a term continuing until the next election.
Mr. Yacino stated that during the last Executive Session of the School Committee, the teachers decided to take a 1% cost of living raise and to delay their steps for two pay periods in order to save advance placement courses. The Teachers Union also withdrew all pending grievances relating to interpretation of contract language, saving the town litigation expenses.
Mr. Snay made a motion to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 7:25 PM. Mr. Belleville seconded the motion. All – Aye.

2. Health Insurance (27:21)
In the packet are a current plan design and an alternate plan design.
Mr. Guzinski gave a brief introduction. Deb Young from USI and Ms. Lovett joined the meeting. Ms. Young explained the process she went through to obtain quotes from and compare health insurance companies. She presented the results of the bid in a handout. She reviewed the results. The results showed that the Blue Cross plan design would show the town the most savings with equal benefits across the board. Ms. Young reviewed the changes in the new plan, including a $5 copay increase.
Ms. Lovett created a summary of the budget aspects of the plan change. Mr. Guzinski stated that during the first year of the plan changes, the employees would get up to 25% of premium savings back. The overall budget would be reduced by $230,000. He outlined the steps going forward.
Mr. Davis made a motion to authorize the Town Administrator to move forward and meet with the Insurance Advisory Committee (IAC) and the unions to work on moving ahead with these plans. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All – Aye.

3. Approval of the Minutes: January 8, January 22, & January 30, 2013 (50:28)
January 8, 2013: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye
January 22, 2013: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye
January 30, 2013: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 30, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye, Mr. Hughes-abstained.

4. Administrator’s Report (52:03)
In the packet is an informational sheet from the Strategic Budget Committee.
Mr. Guzinski presented the informational sheet for the Board’s review. The plan is to post this sheet on the town website, town cable and in several town buildings. The Board felt the sheet was factual and easy to understand. They held off on their approval until Wednesday of next week to give them time to review it.

5. Old/New Business (59:50)
Old Business: Mr. Bonin drafted a letter for the Board’s review to the state representatives and senators asking for a joint meeting with Quinsigamond Community College.
New Business: There was no new business to discuss.

6. Executive Session – Acquisition of Real Property: (61:00)
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 8:00 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of acquisition of real property and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown– Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes - Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 8:56 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes - Aye.

7. Adjournment (61:17)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 PM. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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