BOS - August 12, 2014

BOS - August 12, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:35 pm

Board of Selectmen
Municipal Center Resource Room
August 12, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Appointments – Cultural Council

2. Harrington Hospital Opportunities – Les Stevens

3. Wallum Lake State Park Discussion

4. Approve South Street Bridge Contract

5. Cable - Comcast Consent Resolution

6. DPW Discussion

7. Release Executive Session Minutes

8. Sign State Primary Election Warrant

9. Minutes: July 8, 2014

10. Administrator’s Report

11. Old/New Business

12. Executive Session – Acquisition of Real Property, Litigation, and Collective
Bargaining Strategy

13. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Worcester Business Development Corp Update, Joint Appointment –
School Committee Opening,

Oct.: Appointment – Board of Registrars

TBD: Update Master Plan/Housing Authority;
August 12, 2014
Approved September 9, 2014

Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Keith Brown (Absent), Hal Davis, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Cable Committee: Mitch Cohen (Chairman), Tom Devlin (Vice Chairman)
Other Staff and Citizens: Adelle Reynolds (Building Commissioner), William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Atty., Rich Bowen, Representative Fattman, Mrs. Fattman, Stephanie (Candidate for Representative), Katherine Anderson, Alysa Cohen, Les Stevens, Patricia Kelleher, Ed Moore (Pres. & CEO of Harrington Hospital)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:16)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:32)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:38)
No citizens came forward.

1. Appointments –Cultural Council (00:42)
In the packet are applications for two candidates.
Ms. Kane presented the applications and explained the requirements to serve on the Cultural Council. The Cultural Council supports the appointment of both candidates.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint Alysa Cohen and Katherine Anderson to the Cultural Council for terms ending June 30, 2017. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Harrington Hospital Opportunities (02:26)
In the packet is information relating to the Emergency Room (ER) expansion.
Mr. Stevens and Mr. Moore joined the meeting to provide an update on the ER expansion. Mr. Moore brought the BOS up to date. Fundraising efforts were very successful. Ground was broken in October, 2013 and the ribbon cutting will be October, 2014. The new ER is 13,500 sq feet. Mr. Moore presented the improvements. The construction cost of $8.2 million was raised through fundraising and State money. Mr. Moore spoke about the array of services Harrington Hospital offers throughout the State.
Mr. Moore feels there are some service gaps in Douglas. Harrington is a health care system focused on providing the right access at the right cost and managing the care properly. It is a non-profit community hospital. They employ over 1200 people.
Mr. Moore and Mr. Stevens left the meeting.

3. Wallum Lake State Park Discussion (19:34)
In the packet are letters from Ms. Kelleher dated July 8, 2014 and August 11, 2014 and related news articles,
Rep. Fattman joined the meeting. The DCR Commissioner could not attend this meeting, but is willing to meet in the fall. The Board will extend invitations to the next two meetings. Mr. Bonin recounted the meeting held in Boston with DCR, Rep. Fattman and others. At that meeting, it was agreed that if the current system did not work, the issued would be revisited. Mr. Bonin was struck by the tone of the letter from the current Commissioner, which is in contrast to the agreement to work together.
Rep. Fattman agrees with Mr. Bonin’s sentiments. His largest concern was the tone of the letter and the change in the Commissioner’s position. Rep. Fattman believes the fee should be over $20 for out-of-state visitors, and he has expressed his opinion to those in charge of that decision.
Access to the park is a key point for the State, but Rep. Fattman stressed safety. He and the Board feel that DCR’s biggest failure is the lack of cooperation closing the park once it is full. Regarding access, 80% of the visitors on July 4, 2014 were from Rhode Island. Another meeting with DCR is needed, perhaps in January, 2015.
Mr. Morse feels disrespected by DCR. Safety issues and the public’s disregard of rules were discussed. Rep. Fattman has asked Republican Gubernatorial Candidate, Charlie Baker to take a tour of Wallum Lake this Saturday to see what he would do if he were to become governor. Mr. Hughes asked Rep. Fattman for help getting the current DCR Commissioner to attend a meeting. He will also ask Sec Sullivan, Sec. of Environmental & Energy, to attend a meeting as well.
Rep. Fattman spoke with members of the House after a meeting at Wallum Lake to ask them what issues they face throughout the State regarding visitors from bordering areas. Forty-one members from the House signed a letter encouraging Commissioner Lambert to increase the fees and re-evaluate the access problems the State is facing. The Board thanked Rep. Fattman for his support.
Patty Kelleher, 128 Wallum Lake Road, joined the meeting and made suggestions to quell the problems. In her letters, she listed 25 years of serious crimes that have happened in her neighborhood. She has articles and pictures to support her letter. She has considered leaving Douglas because of the issues she has experienced. DCR has never responded to any letters she has sent to them. She is worried that a police officer or EMT will be hurt. She has been harassed living in her own home and yard. She explained how narrow the road is and how the road becomes passable in only one direction at a time when cars line up on the sides of the road. She is not able to get in her own driveway.
Ms. Kelleher and Rep. Fattman left the meeting.

4. Approve South Street Bridge Contract (1:02:59)
In the packet is a memo from Mr. Cundiff dated August 12, 2014, a Bridge Inspection Report and related bid documents.
Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting. He stated that they recently went out to bid for repairs to the bridge. The engineer’s estimate came in at $328,000. The low bid from Kenefick Corp. of Quincy came in at $372,000. There are not enough Chapter 90 funds for approximately $38,000 in contingency funds. Mr. Cundiff laid out three options, two of which would put the project off for a year, which risks closure of the bridge by MassDOT. Mr. Guzinski recommended using Highway Dept. expense funds and seeking additional funds to transfer into that account at the Fall Town Meeting.
Mr. Morse made a motion to grant the South Street Bridge contract to Kenefick Corp. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Cundiff stated that the Hemlock Street Bridge project is almost half done. It is on track to be closed for only six weeks.
Mr. Cundiff left the meeting.

5. Cable – Comcast Consent Resolution (51:22)
In the packet is a letter from Mr. Cohen.
Mr. Morse recused himself and left the room. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Devlin joined the meeting and gave background on how Comcast has worked out a deal with Charter to trade certain areas, which include central Massachusetts. The license, as it is, will remain in effect. If the Town believes that Comcast cannot uphold the terms of the license, the Town has the right to object. The Cable Committee and Atty. Bill Solomon recommended taking no action. Mr. Guzinski supports this recommendation. The board was in agreement to take no action.
The Town has a 120 day window to hold a public hearing.
The question was raised if email addresses would have to change. Mr. Cohen stated that that issue is outside the boundaries of the Cable Committee.
Mr. Cohen gave a brief update on the School Building Project. They are operating under a temporary Certificate of Occupancy at the middle school. All furniture has been installed. The first day of classes is September 3, 2014. A public tour will be scheduled in the near future. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Devlin left the meeting.
Mr. Morse rejoined the meeting.

6. DPW Discussion (1:11:01)
This discussion was deferred to the next meeting.

7. Release Executive Session minutes (1:11:40)
This item was deferred to the next meeting.

8. Sign State Primary Election Warrant (1:11:58)
In the packet is the State Primary Election Warrant.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7 AM – 8 PM.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the State Primary Election Warrant as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

9. Approval of the Minutes (1:13:25)
July 8, 2014: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Bonin. All-Aye.

10. Administrator’s Report (1:14:00)
Mr. Guzinski stated that the project for placing the cannons at the Civil War monument is moving forward. He has spoken to the Veterans’ Agent, who has asked the Board to establish a Monuments and Memorials Committee, to include the Veterans’ Agent, the Pres. of the local VFW, Mr. Guzinski and a member of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Davis suggested changing the name of the Common Committee to include the monuments. Ms. Kane stated that the Common Committee is not a Town committee. Mr. Morse volunteered to serve on the committee. Mr. Guzinski suggested adding this item to the next agenda.
Regarding the initiative to install solar panels on the roofs of Town buildings, it is Atty. Bowen’s opinion that a loop hole exists in the laws which allows the Selectmen, with concurrence of the School Committee and the Commissioner of Education, to lease unused school property for up to twenty-five years, therefore a Town Meeting is not required.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Town has received a $170,000 grant for air packs for the Fire Dept. Mr. Guzinski congratulated Chief Vinson.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Adam Furno has asked for authorization to remove two diseased hemlock trees, and several other small trees, in front of the Post Office.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the new Fire Chief’s vehicle has arrived and is being utilized. The older vehicle will be used by the Community Development Office. Reimbursement for mileage from that office will no longer be needed; this does not include the Building Inspector. Mr. Guzinski will ask the finance Director to take a look at the history of these costs.
Mr. Guzinski stated that there was a movie, called Sea of Trees, being filmed in Douglas over the weekend. There were no issues.

11. Old/New Business (1:24:17)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: (1:02:13) Mr. Bonin congratulated the Under 9 All-Stars. They won the District 4 Championship and went into the State Tournament undefeated. There was no new business to discuss.

12. Executive Session – Acquisition of Real Property, Litigation & Collective Bargaining Strategy (1:24:17)
Mr. Morse made a motion at 8:25 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of acquisition of real property, litigation, and collective bargaining strategy and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye,
Mr. Morse made a motion at 9:20 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

13. Adjournment (1:24:49)
Mr. Bonin made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 PM. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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