BOS - May 6, 2014

BOS - May 6, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu May 15, 2014 12:30 pm

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Agenda
May 6, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Appointment – Economic Development Committee

2. Solar Panel PPA – Joint meeting with School Committee

3. Approve Hemlock Bridge Contract

4. Cable PEG Access Fees

5. Approval - Disclosure Forms

6. Minutes – April 1, 2014, April 14, 2014

7. Administrator’s Report

8. Old/New Business

9. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

May 20th:
7:05 – Class II License; WBDC Update; Town Administrator Review

June 3rd: Senator Moore; Annual Appointments

TBD: Gvmt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan/Housing Authority;
May 6, 2014
Approved May 20, 2014

Call to Order

Mr. Bonin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

Mr. Yacino called the School Committee meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Board: Tim Bonin, Keith Brown (Absent), Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Kevin Morse (Absent), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
School Committee: Scott Yacino (Chairman), Nancy Lane (Superintendent) Cortney Keegan (Business Manager), Gina Muscatell, John Snay, Sonya Bouchard, Melissa Morrison
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Paula Brouillette (Strategic Budget Committee), Paul Peterson (Chair-Economic Development Committee) Daniel Pomfret, Les Stevens, Janet Stoica (Telegram & Gazette)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:17)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:38)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (01:29)
Ms. Brouillette joined the meeting. She stated her opinion that the Strategic Budget Committee should be reconvened to look at multi-year budgeting and to be a support to the BOS. The Strategic Budget Committee would also look at how the costs for certain capital projects should be split between the Town and their related Enterprise Funds and Operating Budgets. She gave examples of the water booster station replacement, School Dept. projects, and new growth.
The BOS was supportive. The decision to reconvene the Strategic Budget Committee will be placed on a future agenda.
Mr. Guzinski suggested a five-member committee that meets with staff and other resources to do research and report back to the BOS.
Ms. Brouillette suggested that they would come back to the BOS with recommendations by September or October. Ms. Brouillette left the meeting.

1. Appointment - Economic Development Committee (10:48)
In the packet is an application and related materials.
Mr. Pomfret joined the meeting to explain why he would like to join the committee. Mr. Peterson spoke in favor of Mr. Pomfret’s appointment.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint Daniel Pomfret to the Economic Development Committee for the term that is open. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Pomfret and Mr. Peterson left the meeting.

2. Solar Panel PPA – Joint Meeting with School Committee (00:40)
Mr. Bonin announced that the BOS called a joint meeting with the School Committee to discuss the potential of solar panels on the roofs of school buildings. There was no discussion. The School Committee left to conduct their meeting in the Board of Selectmen’s office.

3. Approve Hemlock Street Bridge Contract (12:58)
In the packet is a contract from Tully Construction along with related materials.
Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting to update the Board on the status of the Hemlock Street Bridge project. It is a highway project that is being funded by Chapter 90 Funds. The low bid from Tully Construction Corp. of Southbridge, MA was $346,836 with a bridge closure of no more than six weeks. The three required easements were gifted to the Town. Mr. Cundiff thanked the Deery’s, Hutnak’s and the Petry’s. He announced that the construction will begin in June and be completed before the end of November. He will have an informational meeting for the affected residents.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to authorize the Town Administrator and the Highway Superintendent to award the contract for the Hemlock Street Bridge to Tully Construction Corp. of Southbridge, MA. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
A discussion was held regarding Chapter 90 funds.
Mr. Bonin had asked Mr. Guzinski what it would cost to pave 500’ at the beginning of the driveway at Martin Road Park. Mr. Guzinski stated that it would cost approximately $11,000-$12,000. Chapter 90 funds could not be used for that project because it is not a town road. Mr. Bonin and Mr. Cundiff support paving that 500’. Mr. Cundiff stated that drainage and sight distance would need to be improved. Mr. Guzinski will write up a proposal for a future agenda.
Mr. Cundiff stated that he is still working on the design for the South Street Bridge. He will report back to the BOS when that design is finalized.

4. Cable PEG Access Fees (21:13)
This discussion was postponed until the May 20, 2014 meeting.

5. Approval-Disclosure Forms (21:25)
In the packet are disclosure forms and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that under MGL chapter 268(A), section 20(F) it is necessary for the BOS to approve an exemption allowing full-time Town employees to also work as Town firefighters. There are currently four Town employees who serve as on-call firefighters. The Fire Chief and Mr. Guzinski support the approval of this exemption.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the disclosure forms and to authorize the Chairman of the Board to sign the Approval of Exemption. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

6. Approval of the Minutes (24:38)
April 1, 2014: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 1, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. Vote: Aye-2, Mr. Hughes abstained.
April 14, 2014: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 14, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. All-Aye.

7. Administrator’s Report (25:40)
Mr. Guzinski thanked all the department heads, Town employees and boards and committee that took part in preparation for yesterday’s Town Meeting. He thanked all the citizens who came to the meeting.
Mr. Bonin acknowledged and thanked the Town Moderator and Atty. Rich Bowen.

8. Old/New Business (26:35)
Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.
New Business
There was no new business to discuss.

7. Adjournment (26:47)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 PM. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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