BOS - September 3, 2013

BOS - September 3, 2013

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:42 pm

Board of Selectmen
September 3, 2013

7:00 PM

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

7:05 PM
1. Pole Petition Hearing – Plan # 14996690 High Street

2. Appointments – Old Grammar School Disposition Committee

3. Charter Cable License

4. School Building Update

5. Rt. 16 East – Economic Development

6. Minutes: August 13, 2013, Aug. 13, 2013 Exec. Session

7. Administrator’s Report

8. Old/New Business

9. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Sept. 17th:
One Day Liq. License – Grille on Main for Octoberfest; Appoint
Land Custodian; Final Approval of Surplus Land; American Pro

TBD: Govt. Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
September 3, 2013
Approved October 1, 2013

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 (Absent), Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
Cable Committee: Mitch Cohen (also of the School Building Committee), Tom Devlin, Bob Werme, Daniel Harlow (past Cable Coordinator)
Other Staff and Citizens: Paula Brouillette (Economic Development Committee), Jeremy Flansburg, Alan Greenblatt, Art Griffin, John Zifcak, Crystal Toganzzi (National Grid), Janet Stoica (Telegram & Gazette),

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:08)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:36)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:39)
No citizens came forward.

1. 7:01 PM Pole Petition, Plan # 14996690 High Street (00:50)
In the packet is a map and related materials.
Mr. Bonin opened the public hearing. Ms. Toganzzi joined the meeting and presented the petition. National Grid and Massachusetts Electric are asking for permission to erect and maintain three new poles on High Street. All of the facilities that are being installed are in Douglas, and all the properties being served are on the edge of Douglas and Webster.
Mr. Davis made a motion to close the public hearing at 7:10 PM. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the petition for the poles as presented to the board. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Appointments to the Old Grammar School Disposition Committee (06:35)
In the agenda are applications and related materials.
Mr. Flansburg and Mr. Zifcak joined the meeting and introduced themselves.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint the applicants to the Old Grammar School Disposition Committee. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Charter Cable License (09:09)
In the agenda is a copy of a slide presentation.
Mr. Cohen, Mr. Devlin, Mr. Harlow and Mr. Werme joined the meeting. Mr. Cohen gave a presentation on the history of the current license, the renewal timeline, the density requirement issue, public access funding and pubic access programming. Fees were discussed at length. Mr. Cohen presented his research and plans for cable in the town going forward. Mr. Harlow spoke about the Public Access Programming program in Milford.
Mr. Morse would like to put this decision before another public hearing. Mr. Cohen will invite Atty. Solomon to the hearing.
It was decided to schedule a public hearing for September 16, 2013.
Mr. Art Griffin, Jr., 11 Birch Street, asked if there was a way to contact the current subscribers and send them an email. Mr. Morse replied that Charter cannot divulge private email accounts. Mr. Griffin also asked if there was a way to know the percentage of viewers for public access shows. Charter has told Mr. Cohen that they do not collect that information. A discussion was held.
Mr. Alan Greenblatt, 7 Franklin Street, wanted to know the percentage of Douglas residents that have basic cable. Mr. Morse estimated that about a third of the residents that have cable have the basic package. Mr. Greenblatt asked how the change in fee structure would impact his bill. A discussion followed regarding services.

4. School Building Update (92:29)
Mr. Cohen stated that the elementary school is complete and would open tomorrow. They will close out the books on the elementary school in mid-November. Mr. Cohen is confident that they are well under budget. There will be a public ribbon cutting ceremony on September 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM.
The middle school will be completed next spring.

5. Rte 16 East - Economic Development (95:01)
In the agenda is a map and related materials.
Ms. Brouillette joined the meeting. She stated that there are approximately 350 acres north of Rte. 16, of which only the frontage is currently being developed. She is looking at ways to open up the properties in the back.
Mr. Bonin asked if the land that the Town of Uxbridge owned had been freed to be purchased by Douglas. Mr. Guzinski does not believe that the purchase has been approved by town meeting. He feels that Uxbridge is open to selling the land to Douglas.
She recommends using some of the monies from the sale of town properties to fund a planning exercise in this area. Some things to look at would be a subdivision road, zoning, working with land owners, etc. Zoning was discussed. She recommends doing the same review for the properties in the Carter/Burgess report.
Ms. Brouillette stated that the Economic Dev. Committee is working on a land inventory for the Blackstone Valley.

6. Minutes: August 13, 2013; August 13, 2013 Exec. Session (114:18)
August 13, 2013: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2013 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye, Mr. Morse abstained.
August 13, 2013 Executive Session: Mr. Davis made a motion to accept and retain in their entirety the August 13, 2013 Executive Session Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye.

7. Administrator’s Report (115:46)
In the agenda is a letter from William Cundiff.
Mr. Guzinski read the letter from the Town Engineer regarding the Hemlock Street Bridge project. Due to the unreasonable impact to the residents and the lateness in the construction season, they are refraining from awarding the contract this year, but will rebid over the winter and modify the bid documents to reflect a bridge closure not to exceed six weeks. A benefit of this postponement is to open up Chapter 90 funds to cold plane and resurface sections of South Street and crack sealing of several other streets.

11. Old/New Business (118:41)
Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.
New Business
There was no new business to discuss.

11. Adjournment (118:58)
Mr. Morse made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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