BOS - May 20, 2014

BOS - May 20, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu May 22, 2014 9:40 am

Board of Selectmen
May 20, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Reorganization

7:05 PM
2. Approve – New Class II License – K2 Automotive

3. Cable PEG Access Fees Discussion

4. Old Grammar School Disposition Committee Request

5. Reconvene Strategic Budget Committee

6. Town Administrator’s Review

7. Minutes: May 5, 2014 – Prior to Town Meeting; May 6, 2014

8 Annual Appointments - Review

9. Administrator’s Report

10. Old/New Business

11. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

June 3rd:
Sr. Moore (7:00); Annual Appointments; Pole Petition; WBDC Update; Paving Martin Road Park Entrance

TBD: Gvmt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan/Housing Authority;
May 20, 2014
Approved June 3, 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, Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Con Edison: Dennis Brennan (New England Site Manager), Mark Chrisos (Project Developer/Environmental Manager)
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Atty. Rich Bowen, Dale and Donna Morgan, Mitch Cohen (Cable Committee), Keith Bloniasz (Water/Sewer), Janet Stoica (Telegram & Gazette)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:08)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:26)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:30)
No citizens came forward.

1. Reorganization (00:35)
Mr. Guzinski accepted nominations for Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Davis nominated Tim Bonin for Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Brown nominated Mike Hughes for Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Guzinski closed the nominations. A discussion was held.
Mr. Davis withdrew his nomination of Tim Bonin.
The vote for Mr. Hughes as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen was All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes resumed the meeting as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Hughes accepted nominations for Vice Chairman.
Mr. Brown nominated Kevin Morse as Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Hughes closed the nominations.
The vote for Mr. Morse as Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen was All-Aye.

2. Approve-New Class II License-K-2 Automotive (04:55)
In the packet is a new Class II application.
Ms. Kane presented the application. The business was sold and purchased by the Morgans. Ms. Kane received comments from all the other committees. They will retain the conditions of the last license, which include a six vehicle limit, standard required Fire Code Compliance policy, $25,000 bond, etc. Mr. & Mrs. Morgan joined the meeting. The Morgans do not have any plans to expand past six vehicles.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the Class II License for K-2 Automotive as presented. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Cable PEG Access Fees Discussion (24:14)
In the packet is a memo from Mitch Cohen dated May 14, 2014.
Mr. Cohen joined the meeting to speak about the FY16 Cable budget. They are requesting $48,448, which is a 3% increase over the FY15 revenue to cover COLA and steps. Mr. Cohen explained the background behind the request and the Cable license requirements. A discussion was held, including the revolving fund, Capital plans, 501c(3) programming, wages and fees.
Mr. Cohen announced events that are planned and the availability of free classes in television production for Town residents. Audio quality for the School Committee meetings and in the Resource Room was discussed.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the Cable Commission’s request as presented. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4, No-1.

4. Old Grammar School Disposition Committee (OGSDC) Request (50:39)
In the packet are a memo from Mr. Cundiff dated May 14, 2014, a memo from Jay Talerman dated March 19, 2014, and a sketch of a concept plan.
Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting and presented that the Town voted at the last annual Town Meeting to change the zoning in the area of the Old Grammar School at Gleason Court. The OGSDC recommends proceeding with laying out Gleason Court as a public way. The School Committee would rather have a pubic way as opposed to reserving an easement. There would be no change in the Town’s responsibility for the road. There will be a cost associated with this. The next Annual Town meeting is the soonest that this could be laid out. A discussion was held. The BOS was supportive, contingent upon the cost. Mr. Cundiff will reach out to the property owner, gather responses and come back to the BOS with cost estimates.

5. Reconvene Strategic Budget Committee (58:50)
Mr. Guzinski summarized the events discussed at the last meeting. Mr. Guzinski will draw up a draft for a five-member board to financially plan out the next five years for the Town, including a set of goals. The BOS was supportive of reconvening the Strategic Budget Committee to look at how to proceed within the cap.
Mr. Guzinski will prepare a draft of the scope and goals of the Strategic Budget Committee for the next meeting.

6. Town Administrator’s Review (1:02:23)
Mr. Bonin presented the review. He presented that Mr. Guzinski received an 88.9 on a scale of 1-100. He scored well on flexibility, advising capabilities, and sound fiscal management. He received a lower score on handling conflict and initiating cooperation between Town employees and committees. Comments stated that Mr. Guzinski demonstrates good follow through, leadership and accessibility. Mr. Guzinski thanked the BOS, all the department heads and staff, Town Counsel and Ms. Kane.

7. Approval of the Minutes (1:08:12)
May 5, 2014: Mr. Morse made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. Vote: Aye-4, Mr. Bonin abstained.
May 6, 2014: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 6, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Bonin. Vote: Aye-3, Mr. Brown and Mr. Morse abstained.

8: Annual Appointments-Review (1:09:48)
In the packet is a list of Annual Appointments.
Ms. Kane presented the list. Available positions on boards have been posted. The BOS needs to decide by their June meeting who their delegate and alternate delegate to the CMRPC (Central Mass Regional Planning Commission) will be. Ms. Kane is waiting to hear from a couple people as to the status of their re-appointments.
Appointments will be made at the June 3, 2014 meeting.

9. Administrator’s Report (1:12:42)
There was nothing to report.

10. Old/New Business (1:12:50)
Old Business
There was no old business to discuss.
New Business
Con Edison-Tree Trimming
Mr. Brown asked Mr. Brennan and Mr. Chrisos of Con Edison to join the meeting. Mr. Bloniasz joined the meeting.
Mr. Chrisos asked permission to cut some trees at the south and west side of their solar farm to reduce shading during certain times of the year. Mr. Brennan announced that they would like to clear cut on the west side. The trees are at the top of the hill and are on Town property.
Mr. Brennan announced that the production of the solar farm met expectations for the first year. However, the production numbers are way behind so far for the start of this year. They looked at ways to optimize the sites and reducing shade is one of the solutions. The trees are near one of the Town’s wells.
Mr. Bloniasz presented a letter from Robert Sullivan dated May 19, 2014, which summarizes what was discussed at the May 6, 2014 meeting between the Water/Sewer Commission and Con Edison. The Commission would prefer to not have trees cut in the Zone 1 area. Mr. Guzinski concurred and recommended that the Board consider the area outside of Zone 1 per the letter from the Water/Sewer Commission, which recommended selective cutting of evergreens within that zone.
The Board was concerned with repercussions of clear cutting. Mr. Brennan described their method of clear cutting, which would keep the stumps intact to retain ground stability. The trees would be cut by chainsaws, not heavy equipment. A discussion was held.
It was decided to have a joint meeting with Con Edison and the Water/Sewer Commission at the next meeting.
Mr. Cundiff asked Mr. Brennan and Mr. Chrisos to stake out the area that they are considering cutting prior to the next meeting. Mr. Cundiff would encourage someone to reach out to the Dept. of Environmental Protection. Mr. Brennan stated that they have built a solar farm in a Zone 1 in Groveland, MA.
There was no other new business to discuss (1:13:13).

11. Adjournment (1:13:46)
Mr. Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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