BOS - September 16, 2013

BOS - September 16, 2013

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:50 pm

Board of Selectmen
Monday, September 16, 2013

7:00 PM

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

1. Cable License Informal Public Hearing

2. Appointment – Conservation Commission

3. Appoint Land Custodian per MGL c60 §77B

4. Final Approval of Surplus Land to be Auctioned

5. Chapter 61 Lussier Land – 1st Right of Refusal

6. Open Special Town Meeting Warrant

7. Administrator’s Report

8. Old/New Business

9. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Tax Classification; Government Study Discussion; Update Master
Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
September 16, 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, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Absent).
Cable Committee: Mitch Cohen (Chairman), Pat Aldrich (Cable Coordinator), Tom Devlin, Daniel Harlow (past Cable Coordinator)
Other Staff and Citizens: Atty. William H. Solomon, Atty. Rich Bowen, Keith Bloniasz, Scott Medeiros, Shirley Mosczynski, Ellie Chesebrough, Eben Chesebrough, Sue Perkins (Open Space), Cliff Van Reed, Jeremy Manning, Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director), Cheryl Vaidya (Treasurer/Collector), and other citizens.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:08)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:27)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:30)
Mr. Cohen joined the meeting to remind the board and the public of the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new elementary school Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

1. 7:01 PM Informal Public Hearing: Cable License (01:00)
In the packet are the Renewal Cable Television License, notices of the Informal Public Hearing, a copy of Mr. Cohen's slide presentation and related materials.
Mr. Cohen remained at the table and reviewed questions that were raised at the last presentation. He reviewed the initial license impact. In 2002, there were no complaints when the PEG increased from 0-2.6%.
He spoke about the Community Programming Incentive, Capital Planning, including Studio Build-out and Online Video. Amy Brough-Palmerino Executive Director of Stoneham Community Access, joined the meeting, gave her history and presented her experience in Public Access Programming.
Atty. Bill Solomon joined the meeting and spoke about how Public Programming can grow the local economy and community learning for a very small investment.
A video from Wareham Public TV was shown. A discussion was held regarding checks and balances. Budgets were discussed.
Mr. Eben Chesebrough, 17 Church Street, spoke against the proposed fee increase. He recommended agreeing to a 5-year contract with an escape clause, keeping local access fees the same or lower, and rejecting a tiered approach.
Mr. Ron Forget, 538 NW Main Street, does not feel that a new studio is necessary or affordable at this time.
Mr. Fred Fontaine, 25 Charles Street, feels that the cable agreement is a very good deal: a lot of value for very little dollars.
Mr. John Bombara, 288 NW Main Street, disagrees with the public hearing. He feels that the money currently held by the Cable Committee could be better used elsewhere in the town, and the voters should decide the issue, not the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Bob Josey, 41 Depot Street, feels Douglas is being wrongly compared to much bigger towns.
Mr. Rich Preston, 165 Main Street, feels the town gets terrific value for the money. He asked the board to let the Cable Committee move forward with a studio.
Mr. Josey feels that the Cable Committee does not have to answer to anyone on how they spend money. Mr. Cohen replied that every dollar they spend has to go through the same approval process of every other town department.
Mr. Cohen continued answering questions and spoke about the programming they cannot do now and the programs they could do better with more funding. He spoke about the Cable Committee's budget planning.
Mr. Forget spoke about his frustrations with Cable programming. A discussion was held.
Atty. Solomon stated that this area of Massachusetts lags behind the rest of the Commonwealth in access television. He stated that cable license matters cannot be put on the ballot. He suggested the board decide to set the fees at a fixed dollar amount and state in the cable license that the percentage for the fees could go up or down with a vote of the Selectmen. No dollars would be expended unless the board approved the plan. Mr. Cohen presented the board with a copy of the Cable Committee's review of what they have done over the past several years and what they are planning to do going forward.
Mr. Colin Haire, 8 North Woods Drive, stated that he does not feel it is prudent to approve a studio when the town does not even have an 24-hour ambulance.
A discussion was held: flat fee vs. percentage-based fee.
Mr. Davis made a motion to have a provision in the license for a fixed revenue figure of $47,037.01 for year one of the license. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. Aye-3, No-2: Mr. Brown and Mr. Hughes opposed.
A discussion was held regarding a set dollar amount vs. percentage.
Mr. Davis made a motion to renegotiate a fixed annual operating dollar amount based on the year one amount of $47,073.01, allowing the Selectmen to go lower than that amount if they so choose. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Appointment: Conservation Commission (160:32)
In the agenda are an application from Jeremy Manning and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski presented the application. Mr. Manning joined the meeting and presented his background and interest in the commission.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to appoint Jeremy Manning to the Conservation Commission for a term ending in 2016. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Appoint Land Custodian per MGL c60 section 77B (164:12)
In the agenda are a memo from Michael Guzinski dated September 12, 2013 and related materials.
Ms. Lovett and Ms. Vaidya joined the meeting. Mr. Guzinski presented the application.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to appoint Cheryl Vaidya as Land Custodian per MGL c60 section 77B. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Final Approval of Surplus Land to be Auctioned (165:37)
In the agenda are a Final List of Auction Properties and related materials.
Ms. Vaidya presented the lists in the packet. One is a list of properties that will be on the auction. On the second list are the properties that will be held for next year or the year after. Mr. Guzinski stated that they are all set with the contract language with the auctioneer. The auction will be held during the last week of October, 2013. The properties listed in green will be subjected a perc test. A discussion was held.
Mr. Hughes made a motion that the parcels in the packet be declared Surplus and authorized to be auctioned. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Chapter 61-Lussier Lane – First Right of Refusal (170:17)
In the agenda are a Notice of Intent to Remove Land from Chapter 61A and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski presented the background. A notice was sent to all of the committees. The Open Space Committee did express interest in the land, however there was no dollar amount attached to the sale.
Atty. Bowen spoke about the process. He feels this it is up to the town to come up with an appraisal and value if they want to exercise an option.
Ms. Perkins joined the meeting and inquired into a discrepancy in the size of the lot. A discussion was held. Ms. Suzanne Lussier, 293 Yew Street, joined the meeting to try to clarify the discrepancy.
Mr. Davis made a motion to waive the town's Right of First Refusal for this property. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

8. Open Special Town Meeting Warrant (186:59)
In the agenda is a memo from Michael Guzinski dated September 12, 2013.
Mr. Guzinski requested the board vote to call a Special Town Meeting for November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to open the warrant for the Special Town Meeting and close the warrant on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

7. Administrator’s Report (188:13)
Mr. Guzinski had nothing to report.

8. Old/New Business (188:25)
Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.
New Business
There was no new business to discuss.

9. Adjournment (188:39)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:08 PM. Mr. Davis All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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