BOS - April 15, 2014

BOS - April 15, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu May 01, 2014 9:53 am

Board of Selectmen
April 15, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Meet with Town Moderator & Town Clerk – ATM/STM Preparation

2. Approve & Sign Annual Town Election Warrant

3. Discuss Capital Plan

4. Approve Compost Facility Agreement with the Town of Uxbridge

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Gvmt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan/Housing Authority;
April 15, 2014
Approved May 5, 2014

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 (Absent), Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Absent)
Other Staff and Citizens: Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director), Kent Vinson (Chair-Capital Committee), Paula Brouillette (Capital Committee), John Furno (Highway Dept. Supervisor/ Capital Committee)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:09)

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

• Citizen’s Forum (00:29)
No citizens came forward.

1. Meet with Town Moderator & Town Clerk – ATM/STM Preparation (00:37)
In the packet are the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) and Special Town Meeting (STM) Motions and Presenters.
Keith Menard, Town Moderator and Christine Furno, Town Clerk, were unable to be at the meeting. Mr. Guzinski stated that he had an extensive conversation with Mr. Menard today. Mr. Menard had no critical concerns and he is all set for the meeting. He had a few questions which Mr. Guzinski can resolve.
Assigning of motions:
Article 1, STM – Mr. Davis
Article 7, ATM – Mr. Hughes
Article 10, ATM – Mr. Morse

2. Approve & Sign the Annual Town Meeting Election Warrant (03:09)
In the packet is the Annual Town Election warrant.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the warrant is a standard election warrant.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve and sign the Annual Town Meeting Election Warrant. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Discuss Capital Plan (03:58)
In the packet is the Finance Committee’s list of Capital Projects.
Ms. Lovett joined the meeting. Regarding Article 8, Mr. Guzinski answered the question of leasing municipal vehicles as opposed to bonding for the Highway Dept. backhoe and dump truck. Ms. Lovett looked at lease options and found that the two leasing options would exceed the $56,000 that is available in this year’s budget. She recommends looking at the debt that is falling off and maximizing the amount of capital items they can place in that, leaving that level. Mr. Guzinski suggested to perhaps bond those vehicles for 10 years instead of 18 years. A discussion was held regarding bonding for the school building project.
Mr. Davis asked if it were possible to find used, low-mileage vehicles, still under warranty. Mr. Morse stated that is difficult to do with heavy use vehicles. He suggested looking at auction. Mr. Guzinski stated that the way the article is written, it may preclude them from doing that. Mr. Guzinski added that even though the authorization is there, they do not have to borrow the full amount.
Mr. Hughes is in favor of Article 8.
Mr. Davis made a motion to endorse the Capital Plan as presented to the Board. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Guzinski thanked Chief Vinson and the Fire Dept. on behalf of Selectman Brown for rapidly extinguishing a brush fire on his property.

4. Approve Compost Facility Agreement with the Town of Uxbridge (13:54)
In the packet is the Use of Uxbridge Compost Facility Agreement.
Mr. Guzinski gave the history behind the agreement. The agreement is open ended and allows residents of Douglas access to Uxbridge’s compost facility at the same rate as an Uxbridge resident, which is $20. Mr. Guzinski is asking for authorization to execute the agreement.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to authorize Mr. Guzinski to execute the inter-municipal agreement with the Town of Uxbridge for use of their compost facility. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Administrator’s Report (16:18)
In the packet is a draft Power Purchasing Agreement.
Mr. Guzinski presented a sample agreement from ConEdison, who approached the Town over a year ago about placing solar panels on the roofs of town buildings. They are interested in the school buildings. In exchange, they will offer a reduced electric rate for the Town and they will maintain the roofs of the buildings for as long as their panels are on the roofs. Town Counsel has approved the agreement, as to form. ConEdison would like to meet with the Board as early as May 6, 2014 and perhaps have a joint meeting with the School Committee. The Board was in agreement to move forward with a joint meeting May 6, 2014.
Mr. Guzinski stated that at the Finance Committee meeting last night, they made their recommendations on all the articles and the budget for FY15. They recommended three of the four articles on the STM and held the last in order to gather additional information. They recommended all the articles on the ATM with the exception of Article 9, which is the Blackstone Valley Regional School District (BVT) request for a $2.9 million expansion. For the general budget, they recommended a reduction of $11,227 for the BVT budget.
Mr. Morse made a motion to support the Finance Committee’s recommendation for the FY15 budget. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Guzinski shared that Blue Cross/Blue Shield has awarded the Town a Municipal Blue Innovation and will be granting the Town a $5,000 wellness grant, which is to be used for wellness programs for employees. They are coming to present the award April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Mr. Bonin congratulated Ms. Lovett and Mr. Guzinski.
Mr. Guzinski forwarded a request from the Town Moderator to announce that the Open MIC Night Coffeehouse will be held at the EN Jenckes Store, 283 Main Street, on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 7 – 10 PM. Proceeds go to benefit the Douglas Farmer’s Market and Historical Society. Thanks to a grant from the Douglas Cultural Council, music will be provided by Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards. All slots have been reserved and a wait list has been started.

6. Old/New Business (30:28)
Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.
New Business
There was no new business to discuss.

7. Adjournment (30:34)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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