BOS - July 8, 2014

BOS - July 8, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:54 am

Board of Selectmen
Municipal Center Resource Room
July 8, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Jim Pyne Sand & Gravel –Discuss Earth Removal
Special Permit request from Planning Board

2. ConEdison & Water/Sewer Comm. – Discuss Tree Clearing License

8:00 PM
3. New Junk Dealer License Application – Simply Posh Inc.

4. Police & Fire Chief – Drug Narcan Information

5. Tower Space Use Agreement

6. Appoint EDC, Town Representatives for CMRPC and Elder Bus/WRTA
and BOS & FinCom Reps for the Strategic Budget Committee

7. Rewards Program Update

8. DPW Discussion

9. Call Special Town Meeting - ConEdison Solar Lease

10. Minutes – June 3, 2014

11. Administrator’s Report

12. Old / New Business

13. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Aug. 12th:
Release Executive Session Minutes, Sign STM Warrant; Cable – Comcast Consent Resolution

TBD: School Committee Opening – Joint Appointment; Gvmt Study
Discussion; Update Master Plan/Housing Authority;

July 8, 2014
Approved August 12, 2014

Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Keith Brown, Hal Davis, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Water/Sewer Commission: Keith Bloniasz, Colin Haire, Bob Josey, Bob Sullivan
ConEdison: Dennis Brennan (NE Site Manager), Mark Chrisos (Proj. Developer / Environmental Engineer)
Board of Health (BOH): Steve Donatelli, Kristen Harris, Justin Lapham, Dave McCallum, Joe Yacino
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Chief Patrick Foley, Chief Kent Vinson, Mark Dunleavy, Carol Gogolinski, Paul Peterson (Economic Dev. Comm.), Jim Pyne, Art Griffin, Shannon Roddy, Jason Tubo, Mary MacDonald (Telegram &Gazette)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:11)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:30)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (28:42)
No citizens came forward.

1. Jim Pyne Sand & Gravel: Discuss Earth Removal Special Permit Request from Planning Board (28:45)
In the packet is a memo from William Cundiff dated July 2, 2014.
Mr. Pyne and Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting. Mr. Cundiff explained that Pyne Sand & Stone has an Earth Removal application before the Planning Board. If the earth removal is within 100 feet of a property boundary that abuts a public way, written authorization is needed from the affected abutter, which would be the Selectmen as the Road Commissioners. The affected area is the intersection of NE Main Street and Monroe Street. The setback deficiency is along Monroe Street.
Mr. Cundiff presented the map of the area. The paved road goes onto private property. Mr. Pyne will give the Town a sliver of land so that the road lies within the right of way, in consideration of the BOS’s support of the waiver request to the Planning Board. Mr. Cundiff recommended that a guardrail or a flat area before the grade starts to drop be installed because the grading goes right up to the roadway. Mr. Cundiff does not think the request is atypical or unreasonable.
Mr. Pyne said that the material being removed will only be to the grade of Monroe Street to make a flat house lot. The process will take less than a year and approximately 40 loads will be removed a day by truck. A discussion was held.
Mr. Morse made a motion to approve the Earth Removal Special Permit request, with the Town Engineer’s recommendations as discussed. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. ConEdison & Water/Sewer Commission: Discuss Tree Clearing License (36:30)
In the packet is an Access and Tree Maintenance license.
Mr. Josey, Mr. Brennan, Mr. Chrisos, Mr. Haire, Mr. Bloniasz, and Mr. Sullivan joined the meeting. Mr. Josey opened the meeting of the Water/Sewer Commission at 7:40 PM, which will reconvene at the sewer plant.
Mr. Chrisos presented a licensing agreement, which Mr. Guzinski and Town Counsel have reviewed. The vegetation is to be left on site. The southern section is all in Zone 1. In Zone 1 they will cut only the tall pines, no hardwoods. This cutting is one time only.
On the west side, Zone 2, they will be cutting any tree greater than 10 feet. The five year license is only for the west side. The license is renewable.
Mr. Brennan stated that they will issue a Safety and Refueling Plan.
Mr. Davis made a motion to authorize the Town Administrator to execute the agreement on behalf of the Town, contingent upon the Water/Sewer Commission’s satisfaction with the exhibits as presented. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Chrisos stated that ConEdison would like to make a one-time donation, in the amount of approximately $14,000 or $15,000,for the work at the Martin Road Park entryway and Soldiers Field baseball complex. The BOS thanked them.

3. 8:08 PM New Junk Dealer License Application: Simply Posh, LLC (1:03:06)
In the packet is a new license application along with related materials.
Ms. Roddy joined the meeting. Ms. Roddy stated that she just purchased a shop on North Street and plans to open a consignment shop. Ms. Kane presented the application. She stated that the application is complete.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to issue the new Junk License application for Simply Posh, LLC as presented. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Ms. Roddy left the meeting.

4. Police and Fire Chief: Drug Narcan Information (1:05:52)
In the packet is Douglas Police Dept. Policy and Procedure No. 1.25.
Chiefs Foley and Vinson joined the meeting. Chief Vinson stated that Narcan is a drug that is carried in the ambulance and used in overdose cases. Douglas has seen an increase in overdoses. In March, 2014, Gov. Patrick declared the State’s opiate addiction a public emergency and mandated that First Responders be trained in the use of Narcan. Chief Vinson gave information on Narcan. He stated that it is a life saving drug, and the police officers and EMTs are being trained. The paramedics are already trained. All frontline cruisers will carry Narcan. Chief Foley was trained three years ago.
Chief Vinson left the meeting.

5. Tower Space Use Agreement (1:15:18)
In the packet is a letter from Mr. Dunleavy, a First Amendment to Tower-Space Use Agreement, and related materials.
Chief Foley and Mr. Dunleavy joined the meeting. Mr. Dunleavy stated that Verizon needs a signed agreement from the Town to put a VHF antenna on the cell tower in the center of Town. Chief Foley stated that there are dead spots in the Town, one of which is Wallum Lake State Park. He feels this antenna will solve this problem. Mr. Dunleavy has sent DCR officials two letters to ask for assistance to put equipment at the park to help with the radios, and he has not heard back from them.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to give authorization to the Town Administrator to execute the Tower-Space Use Agreement as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Chief Foley and Mr. Dunleavy left the meeting.

6. Appoint EDC, Town Representatives for CMRPC and Elder Bus/WRTA and BOS & Fin Com Reps for the Strategic Budget Committee (1:18:43)
In the packet is a list of appointments.
Ms. Kane presented Jason Tubo’s application for appointment to the Economic Development Committee (EDC). The EDC supports Mr. Tubo’s appointment.
Mr. Morse made a motion to appoint Jason Tubo to the Economic Development Committee for a term ending in 2015. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Ms. Kane presented the need for a BOS representative and alternate for Central Mass. Regional Planning (CMRPC). Mr. Hughes volunteered to be the BOS representative and Mr. Bonin volunteered to be the alternate.
Ms. Kane presented that Patrice Rousseau has offered to be the Council on Aging’s (COA) Representative for the Elder Bus and Christine Furno has offered to be the Alternate. For the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) Advisory Board, Christine Furno has offered to be the COA representative and Patrice Rousseau offered to be the COA alternate. For the Strategic Budget Committee, Pamela Holmes will be the Finance Committee representative, and a BOS representative is needed. Mr. Morse offered to be the BOS representative.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the appointments as presented to the board. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

7. Rewards Program Update (1:22:38)
In the packet is a copy of the MIIA status report from last year and related materials.
Ms. Kane gave an update. She stated that every year since 2002, the Town has participated in the MIIA rewards program. She read an explanation from the MIIA website. Since 2002, the Town has earned a total of $89,859 in total credits. This total does not include Loss Control Grants. Ms. Kane thanked the Police, Fire, Highway, Municipal and School Maintenance Departments and the Town Clerk for their participation. The BOS thanked Ms. Kane. Ms. Kane and Mr. Guzinski encouraged more people to be involved.

8. DPW Discussion (1:27:27)
In the packet is a memo from Kevin Morse dated June 11, 2014.
Mr. Morse spoke in favor of combining some Town departments into a DPW. He would like to work to put together a business case to bring to the Fall Town Meeting.
Mr. Guzinski stated that they have looked into doing this in the past. The Town was not ready for it at that time. He feels the Town may be operationally ready for this. He feels there are advantages to forming a DPW. He feels it would be appropriate for the BOS to look at this. He and Ms. Kane can look at all the recommendations formed by the Government Study Committee. He recommended forming a committee to look at the pros and cons of this topic. The committee should include members from affected departments. A discussion was held.
Mr. Guzinski will have the information from the Government Study for the next meeting.

9. Call Special Town Meeting: ConEdison Solar Lease (1:35:57)
In the packet is a sample lease agreement.
Mr. Guzinski stated that ConEdison is still interested in moving forward with leasing space on the school roofs for the purpose of erecting solar panels. They would like to move forward as early as this fall. It would take a Town Meeting to approve a lease. The BOS could cancel the Town Meeting in early August if it does not look like this project will move forward. A discussion was held.
Mr. Morse made a motion to open the warrant for a Special Town Meeting. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

10. Approval of the Minutes (1:40:24)
June 3, 2014: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. Vote: Aye-4, Mr. Morse abstained.

11. Administrator’s Report (47:25)
In the packet is a letter from Justin Lapham dated July 1, 2014.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the BOH was requesting that the hours for the Administrative Supervisor be restored to 30 hours/week. Those hours had been reduced 13 months ago to 19 hours/week. The public has not been able to get permits in a timely or convenient fashion. Mr. Guzinski recommended that the funds set aside for the 15 hour/week part-time person be used for this purpose. No adjustments would need to be made to the budget. A third of the cost for this position would be funded by Transfer Station fees. Mr. Guzinski praised Ms. Harris for the work she has been doing. A discussion was held.
Mr. Brown would like to withhold a vote until the public has a chance to provide feedback. He asked if some of Ms. Harris’ responsibilities had been taken off her plate. Mr. Lapham stated that they need to know which way to move forward. He compared the hours that Ms. Harris currently works with the hours worked by similar positions in other towns. A discussion was held.
Mr. Davis made a motion to authorize the increase of hours of the Board of Health Administrative Supervisor position to 30 hours/week using the funds from the Transfer Station 15 hour/week part-time position. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Members of the BOH Left the meeting.

12. Old/New Business
Old Business

(00:34) Chief Patrick Foley joined the meeting and gave an update on Wallum Lake Park. It is the Chief’s opinion that reopening the park at 4:00 PM does not work. His agency is stretched thin in that area while the rest of the community goes unprotected. Neighborhood driveways are being blocked. He requested that the State senator and representative be requested to inform the DCR Commissioner that the 4:00 PM reopening of the park does not work. Once the park reaches capacity, the park should remain closed.
Linda Millette, 2 Wallum Lake Road stated that she lives near the entrance to the park. Over the weekend, the traffic was horrendous. She could not come up Wallum Lake Road; she could not get into her driveway. Cars were parked on both sides of the road. Litter is everywhere. Music starts blasting at 7:00 AM. She has had to barricade her driveway.
Mr. Bonin stated that the problem that was identified three years ago still exists today. He would like to be more aggressive with the State. He believes it is only a matter of time before a major incident occurs. He suggested thinking long and hard about their next steps and be unanimous in their voice. A singular closing of the park will not be enough. Mr. Morse suggested doubling the fee for out of state visitors.
Mr. Hughes feels that not reopening the park may solve some of the issues. Increasing the fee cannot be done at this time.
Chief Foley described the disturbance that occurred last week resulting in 17 law enforcement officers coming into Town and Lt. Labrecque being knocked to the ground.
Mr. Bonin feels it is time to call a Town Meeting and have DCR attend. Mr. Davis feels the issue should get to the press. Chief Foley feels the first step should be a phone call and/or letter to the State senator and representatives.
In the past, the DCR Commissioner has been reluctant to come to a BOS meeting, however there is now a new commissioner. Mr. Guzinski will contact him and strongly request his presence at the next BOS meeting.
Mr. Bonin reported that two residents did a month-long traffic report on Main Street. Chief Foley thought the report was well done. The Chief trained two citizens on the radar gun. It was found that speeds were high, and there were six truck companies that were habitually speeding. The chief contacted the companies and gave them the copies of the report. The Chief has started an enforcement objective on Main Street and a Community Impact Unit. Signage will be added. The Chief thanked the citizens who did the report.
(1:41:24) Mr. Bonin asked for everyone’s feedback on the Worcester Business Development Commission’s (WBDC) presentation at the last meeting. A discussion was held. Mr. Guzinski is encouraged by the working meetings he has had with the WBDC. It was decided to revisit the issue in September.
Mr. Guzinski did not have any updates regarding the hiring of a new school superintendent. Also, they are still waiting to confirm a new School Committee member.
New Business
Mr. Bonin invited everyone to attend the Cal Ripken, 9 yr. old, District 4 All- Star Tournament this Wednesday at Soldiers Field.

13. Adjournment (1:47:08)
Mr. Morse made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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