BOS - April 23, 2013

BOS - April 23, 2013

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed May 01, 2013 12:16 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
April 23, 2013

7:00 PM

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

1. Approve Junk Dealer License – Beaupre Scrap LLC

7:15 PM
2. Layout Hearing – Old Farm Road

7:20 PM
3. Layout Hearing – Conservation Road

4. Town Meeting Overview – Town Moderator & Town Clerk

5. Review & Appoint – Old Grammar School Disposition Committee

6. Discuss & Consider Approval of Cable Television License Renewal

7. Approve Easement to Verizon for Elementary School

8. Sign Annual Town Election Warrant

9. Assign Motions for Town Meeting

10. Approve Health Insurance Optional Waiver Program

11. Town Administrator’s Review

12. Minutes; March 19, 2013; April 2, 2013; April 2, 2013 Exec. Session

13. Administrator’s Report

14. Old/New Business

15. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items
TBD
Government Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing
Plan/Housing Authority
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
April 23, 2013
APPROVED May 21, 2013

Call to Order

Mr. Bonin called the meeting to order at 7:02 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)
Other Staff and Citizens: Keith Menard (Moderator), Chris Furno (Town Clerk), Adelle Reynolds (Building Commissioner), William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Craig Blais (Worcester Business Development Commission), Paula Brouillette (School Building Committee, Strategic Budget Committee), Mitch Cohen (Cable Advisory Committee), Sue Perkins, Roy Swenson, Fran Beaupre, Jayme Frazier, Lisa Mosczynski, Tim Nealon, John Nealon, Scott Moriarty, Daniel Podolsky, Shawna Blomberg, Lynn Wrzosek.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:09)

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

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:37)
Mr. Davis introduced Mr. Blais, President of the Worcester Business Development Commission (WBDC). Mr. Blais gave a brief history of the WBDC and what the Commission has to offer. He presented the idea of an inter-municipal agreement between Douglas and Sutton to put in a road from the Sutton Industrial Park into Douglas to connect Whitins Road with Lackey Dam Road. The WBDC would look into the issues of road design, permitting and land assembly. He feels this area is prime for industrial development. He also presented several similar projects that the WBDC had been involved in, such as Centech Park in Grafton.
Mr. Blais spoke about the steps involved in getting started with a plan. Mr. Davis invited Mr. Blais to create a proposal to present to the BOS.

1. Approve Junk Dealer License-Beaupre Scrap, LLC (26:45)
In the packet is an application for a Junk Dealer License and related materials.
Ms. Kane presented the application. Mr. Beaupre joined the meeting and spoke about his plans for a metal recycling facility. He will be taking automobiles for scrap purposes only. Ms. Kane had checked with town counsel who stated that Mr. Beaupre’s license falls under the junk dealer’s license. Ms. Reynolds stated that junkyards are not allowed in the Town of Douglas. The difference between a junk dealer and a junkyard was discussed. Ms. Reynolds stated that the Planning Board did approve the name change. Ms. Reynolds asked Ms. Kane to be sure the license referenced MGL, Chapter 140, section 54.
Mr. Podolsky of 46 Conservation Drive was concerned about the disposal of car batteries from hybrid cars. Mr. Beaupre said hazardous wastes would be disposed of as they are supposed to be disposed of. Ms. Reynolds explained the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations Mr. Beaupre has to follow.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the Junk Dealer License for Beaupre Scrap, LLC. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. 7:39 PM Layout Hearing – Old Farm Road (37:29)
In the packet is a Layout of Public Ways for Old Farm Road along with related documents.
Mr. Bonin opened the public hearing. Ms. Kane added that all the abutters were notified, and the hearing was advertised. Mr. Tim Nealon, Mr. John Nealon and Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting and presented the history of the Deer Crossing subdivision. Mr. Cundiff stated that the Planning Board supports having Old Farm Road laid out and accepted as a public way.
Mr. Moriarty, 12 Woodland Drive, wondered when Woodland Drive would be named a public road and what benefits would those residents receive. Mr. Cundiff explained that the goal is to have Woodland Drive accepted as a public way and those residents would have access to what the town has to offer, such as street sweeping and maintenance.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to close the public hearing at 7:43 PM, Old Farm Road, acceptance as a public way. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to accept the layout of Old Farm Road as set out in the layout plan entitled, “Old Farm Road Acceptance Plan” dated November 19, 2012. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.


3. 7:48 PM Layout Hearing – Conservation Drive (46:08)
In the packet is a Layout of Public Ways for Conservation Drive along with related documents.
Mr. Bonin opened the public hearing. Ms. Kane added that all the abutters were notified, and the hearing was advertised. Mr. Cundiff presented the history of Conservation Drive. The developer is no longer in existence. Mr. Cundiff explained the legal issues relating to this plan. The Planning Board did access the surety associated with the project. Mr. Cundiff stated that the Planning Board supports having Conservation Drive laid out and accepted as a public way. They are expecting to pave Phase 2 with the bond money.
Ms. Lynn Wrzosek, 50 Conservation Drive, Mr. Sam Podolsky and Mr. Daniel Podolsky, 46 Conservation Drive, thanked the Planning Board and Mr. Cundiff and spoke in favor of accepting the road as a public way.
Mr. Davis made a motion to close the public hearing at 7:59 PM, Conservation Drive, acceptance as a public way. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to accept the layout of Conservation Drive as set out in the layout plan entitled, “Conservation Drive Street Acceptance Plan” dated April 9, 2013. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye
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4. Town Meeting Overview-Town Moderator and Town Clerk (60:46)
In the packet are the Voter Information Bulletin and Town Warrants for the upcoming Annual and Special Town meetings.
Mr. Menard and Ms. Furno joined the meeting. Mr. Menard encouraged people to arrive at Town Meeting early so that it can start on time. He is trying to make arrangements for an overflow room, should it be needed.
Mr. Menard reviewed the articles and received clarifications for any questions he had. He reviewed the motions and how the articles would be presented.
Article 3 will get its own motion. He stated that Article 3 is not authorizing the Proposition 2.5 override. It is saying what will be done with the money if the override passes. If Article 3 passes and the override fails, they will default back to Articles 1, 2 and 4 as to how the town’s money will be spent. If Article 3 fails and the override passes, Mr. Guzinski explained that the property tax cap would permanently change, however taxes would not change unless there were a subsequent town meeting to appropriate those funds. A discussion was held.
The remaining articles were discussed and reviewed. Mr. Menard asked that slides for presentations be given to him by April 29, 2013. All amendments need to be in writing. He reminded the public that they are welcome to ask questions. He is looking for volunteers to help run the meeting.
Ms. Furno reminded the public that tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote for the Annual Town Election. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8:00 PM.

5. Review and Appoint-Old Grammar School Disposition Committee (88:47)
In the packet are applications for the above committee applicants and related materials.
The candidates for the above committee are as follows: James Ducharme, Cynthia Blondin, Molly Hollibaugh, Nick Hollibaugh, David Kmetz, Sue Perkins, Lisa Mosczynski, Roy Swenson and Pamela Schwartz. Mr. Brown explained that the purpose of the committee will be to brainstorm ideas as to what to do with the Old Grammar School. A member of the State Art Counsel agreed to come and help brainstorm ways to get state funding, once the committee is established.
Ms. Schwartz asked if Article 18 would have any impact on what the committee could accomplish. Mr. Bonin explained that they will probably pull that article from Town Meeting.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to appoint Keith Brown and all nine applicants as presented to the Old Grammar School Disposition Committee for a term continuing to the end of the project. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

6. Discuss and Consider Approval of Cable Television License Renewal (94:14)
In the packet are a memo from Mitch Cohen dated April 18, 2013 and a copy of the renewal Cable Television License for Charter Communications.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Cable Advisory Committee asked that this item be passed over. Mr. Cohen joined the meeting and stated that last week the Cable Advisory Committee reached agreement on all substantive issues regarding the renewal license with Charter Communications. Later, he received a phone call from their liaison, Mr. Thomas Cohan, saying that he had changed his mind on an issue they had agreed to last week.
Mr. Davis feels that the waiver provision should come before the BOS. Mr. Cohen stated that it might not be an option any longer. A discussion was held.

7. Approve Easement to Verizon for Elementary School (98:41)
In the packet is an easement to Verizon.
Mr. Guzinski stated that this easement is needed as part of the School Building Project. They need an easement to run a line into the elementary school building.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the easement to Verizon. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

8. Sign Annual Town Election Warrant (99:26)
In the packet is the Warrant for the Annual Town Election.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve and sign the Annual Town Election Warrant. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

9. Assign Motions for Annual and Special Town Meetings (99:55)
In the packet are the motions for the Annual and Special Town Meetings.
The below listed selectmen will present the motions for the below listed articles:

Annual Town Meeting Special Town Meeting
7. Mr. Brown 1. Mr. Davis
8. Mr. Hughes 2. Mr. Davis
13. Mr. Bonin 3. Mr. Davis
Mr. Hughes made a motion to pass over Article 18 relating to the Old Grammar School. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
The Board held a brief recess at 8:46 PM.

10. Approve Health Insurance Optional Waiver Program (105:26)
In the packet is the proposed voluntary Health Insurance Waiver Incentive Program.
Mr. Guzinski presented the above program, which has been used by a number of towns in the Commonwealth. The program provides incentives to town employees to obtain insurance coverage through other means, i.e. a spouse. It would be a one-year commitment. Mr. Guzinski strongly recommends the approval of the program. A discussion was held.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the Health Insurance Waiver Incentive Program as presented to the board. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All – Aye.

11. Town Administrator’s Review (109:35)
Mr. Bonin reported that Mr. Guzinski scored an average of 86.75 out of 100 on 20 questions. Mr. Bonin reviewed the questions and scores and read the general comments, which were favorable. Mr. Guzinski thanked the board, all the department heads and Ms. Kane.

12. Approval of the Minutes (115:40)
March 19, 2013: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All–Aye
April 2, 2013: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. All–Aye
April 2, 2013, Executive Session: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve and release the minutes of the April 2, 2013 Executive Session Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye

13. Administrator’s Report (116:40)
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Highway Superintendent is working with Mr. PeterTetreault to install the library sign, which Mr. Tetreault made and donated.

14. Old/New Business (117:18)
Old Business: There was no new business to discuss.
New Business: There was no new business to discuss.

15. Adjournment (117:31)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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