BOS - October 7, 2014

BOS - October 7, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:11 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
Municipal Center Resource Room
October 7, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Appointment – Board of Registrars, Council on Aging, and BOS Member to
DPW Study Committee

7:05 PM
2. Pole Petition – Plan # 17573398 South Street

7:15 PM
3. Consider Pool Table Application – Slovak Catholic Sokol Club

7:20 PM
4. Consider Noise Complaints from Sokol Club Entertainment

5. Discuss Charter Cable Changes

6. Proposal – 9/11 Memorial

7. Strong Fire Chief – Chief Vinson

8. STM Articles

9. Accept Gift from ConEdison

10. Minutes – September 23, 2014, September 23, 2014 Exec. Session

11. Administrator’s Report

12. OId/New Business

13. Executive Session - Acquisition of Real Property, Collective Bargaining
Strategy, and Litigation

14. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

b]October 21st:[/b] 7:05 PM – Solar Panel Presentation, Sign Warrant

TBD: Municipal Improvements Projects Design Selection RFQ Update;
Master Plan/Housing Authority; Govt. Study Discussion; Meeting with
DCR Commissioner, Senator Moore, & Rep. Fattman WBDC Update.
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
October 7, 2014
Approved October 28, 2014

Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Keith Brown, Hal Davis, Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Cable Commission: Mitch Cohen (Chair), Tom Devlin, Tom Cohan (Charter Communications-Dir. of Government Relations)
Other Staff and Citizens: Police Chief Patrick Foley, Fire Chief Kent Vinson, Bill Cundiff (Town Engineer), Janet Brule, Ernie Marks, Randy Manyak, Roger Manyak, Mike Fitzpatrick, Bruce Kut (National Grid), Brian Fish, Lt. Pauline Labrecque, Jim Kaufman, and David Cortese.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:14)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:30)
Mr. Hughes recognized the Douglas Senior Center. They received The Alternatives Community Bridging Award in recognition of their outreach work.

• Citizen’s Forum (01:02)
No citizens came forward.

1. Appointments-Board of Registrars, Council on Aging (COA) and BOS member to DPW Study Committee (01:09)
In the packet are applications along with related materials.
Ms. Kane presented the application for the Board of Registrars. Jen Bloniasz does meet the criteria. She has been a registered Republican for at least two years.
Mr. Morse made a motion to appoint Jennifer Bloniasz to the Board of Registrars for a term ending June 30, 2016. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Ms. Kane presented Ms. Brule’s application for appointment to the COA.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint Janet Brule to the Council on
Aging for a term ending June 30, 2015. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Davis made a motion to appoint Kevin Morse as the BOS representative to the DPW Study Committee. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.

Ms. Kane stated that the deadline has passed for applications for the Strategic Budget Committee, Citizen at Large. There have been no applications. The opening is still posted. The first meeting will be set up after the School Committee appoints their member at their meeting tomorrow.

2. 7:05 PM Pole Petition-Plan #17573398 South Street (04:47)
In the packet is a pole petition, along with related materials.
Mr. Hughes opened the public hearing. Ms. Kane stated that the Conservation Commission has no issues with the petition. Mr. Kut joined the meeting. He stated that National Grid would like to relocate two poles to accommodate the rebuilding of a culvert on South Street.
Mr. Davis made a motion to close the public hearing, Pole Petition Plan #17573398, South Street at 7:07 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Morse made a motion to approve the Pole Petition Plan #17573398, South Street as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.


3. Consider Pool Table Application (14:57)
In the packet is an application from the Sokol Club, along with related materials.
Ms. Kane presented the application. The Sokol Club has had a pool table for a while. This application will bring them into compliance with Mass. State Law. Mr. Randy Manyak joined the meeting.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the Pool Table Application for the Sokol Club. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Consider Noise Complaints from Sokol Club Entertainment (19:05)
In the packet is a memo from Ms. Kane dated October 1, 2014, emails from Brian Fish dated March 13, 2013 and September 23, 2014, and related materials.
Mr. Randy Manyak remained at the table. Ms. Kane read from her memo, which summarizes the entertainment license, the complaint from Mr. Brian Fish, and synopses from Douglas Police. The Sokol Club has only had two events since the approval of the license in 2013.
Chief Foley joined the meeting. He stated that two complaints were called in for the September 20, 2014 event. The officer did ask that the music be turned down. Mr. Manyak asked the band to lower the volume and stop playing at 10:50 PM. However, the complaint seemed to be regarding the volume of the bass.
Mr. Fish, 4 White Avenue, stated that the second complaint was called in by his neighbor. He and his family’s quality of life suffers on Saturday nights when the club has a band or loud music.
Roger Manyak disagreed with Mr. Fish’s statement that there is no insulation in the building.
The BOS stated that the Sokol Club is operating within the parameters of their license. The license allows only six events per year. They asked the Sokol Club to be good neighbors and mitigate the noise from their club.
Mr. Randy Manyak stated that he would ask that any band keep the bass to a minimum. Ms. Kane stated that the license only covers non-private events. Chief Foley suggested that Mr. Manyak be in a home of a complainant while the loud music is present. Mr. Fish stated he would allow Mr. Manyak in his home for that purpose.

5. Discuss Charter Cable Changes (32:21)
In the packet is a letter from Mr. Guzinski dated September 30, 2014, along with related materials.
Mr. Morse recused himself and left the room at 7:35 PM, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Devlin and Mr. Cohan joined the meeting. Mr. Cohen summarized Charter’s discontinuing of all non-digital broadcast services. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Hughes have received many phone calls regarding this issue.
Mr. Cohan stated that Charter began going all digital two years ago. Charter provided the required 30-day advance notice. They are adding 80 new HD channels, adding more In Demand options and increasing the speed of their internet. He stated that each customer received a customized letter, depending on the level of service they have.
The Cable Committee does not have a problem with the improvements, they have an issue with the encryption. Mr. Cohen did some research and stated that most of the state is digital, but not encrypted.
Mr. Hughes stated that he is a digital customer. He feels digital customers are being penalized by getting less. Mr. Cohan disagreed. A discussion was held.
Mr. Hughes asked why not everyone was offered two free cable boxes for two years. Mr. Cohan explained the marketing decision.
Mr. Cohen feels it would be worth the time, with Cable Counsel’s help, to determine if this encryption is appropriate. The BOS could hold a hearing under the cable license to have a more formal discussion.
Mr. Cohen, Mr. Devlin and Mr. Cohan left the meeting.
A recess was called at 8:05 PM.

6. Proposal-9/11 Memorial (07:20)
Mr. Marks joined the meeting to represent the Douglas Firefighters’ Association and the 9/11 Memorial Committee. He stated that a couple years ago the committee successfully applied for a steel girder from the Twin Towers. It is on display at the Fire Station. The committee would like to erect a memorial outside of the station. Taxpayer money would not be involved. They will be selling bricks and soliciting donations.
Mr. Guzinski recommended that this be sent to the Monuments and Memorials Committee for review and recommendation to the BOS. It was the consensus of the Board of Selectmen to move forward.

7. 8:12 PM Strong Fire Chief-Chief Vinson (1:04:06)
In the packet is a copy of M.G.L. Ch 48, Sec 42-44.
Mr. Morse rejoined the meeting after the recess. Chief Vinson and Chief Foley joined the meeting. Chief Vinson presented his proposal asking that the Strong Chief Law be placed on the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. The differences between a strong chief and a weak chief were discussed. A strong chief has the ability to set rules, regulations and policies within his department. The Police Chief has been a Strong Chief since 1995.
It was the consensus of the Board of Selectmen to support the Strong Fire Chief Law.
Chief Vinson and Chief Foley left the meeting.

8. STM Articles (1:15:25)
In the packet is a draft Special Town Meeting Warrant and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski presented the draft warrant with 12 articles on it. He briefly went through each article. For Article 1, he explained the increases in IT, Treasurer/Collector, School Dept., Municipal Building expenses (to be ADA compliant), and Highway expenses. He continued briefly explaining each article.
Article 10: The BOS would like to meet with the Worcester Business Development Committee at the next meeting.
Mr. Guzinski read Article 12, as it was not in the packet. It is an article of petition seeking to have certain language to create a bylaw to limit children’s organized activities on Sundays.

9. Accept Gift from Con Edison (12:30)
In the packet is a letter from Mark Chrisos dated September 17, 2014.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Mark Chrisos of ConEdison sent the Town a letter granting the Town a donation in the amount of $12,000 to pave the entrance to Martin Road Park. He thanked ConEdison for the gift.
Mr. Morse made a motion to accept the gift from ConEdison and to authorize the Highway Superintendent to proceed with the work. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to authorize the Highway Superintendent to expend the above funds. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.


10. Approval of the Minutes (1:37:32)
September 23, 2014: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Bonin. All-Aye.
September 23, 2014, Executive Session: Mr. Morse made a motion to retain in their entirety the minutes of the September 23, 2014 Board of Selectmen Executive Session meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

11. Town Administrator’s Report (1:36:17)
Mr. Guzinski presented the Free Cash Approval Notification. The General Fund contains $844,722, the Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund contains $511,152, and the Transfer Station Enterprise Fund contains $279,866. The net number is closer to $600,000 because there are funds to be transferred out.
Mr. Guzinski stated that tomorrow’s DCR meeting will be rescheduled. DCR was informed that Douglas has formed a subcommittee in lieu of a full public meeting.

12. Old/New Business (1:41:24)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: There was no new business to discuss.

13. Executive Session – Acquisition of Real Property, Collective Bargaining Strategy and Litigation (1:41:32)
Mr. Morse made a motion at 8:50 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of acquisition of real property, collective bargaining strategy and litigation and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye. The meeting was moved to the Board of Selectman’s office and reconvened at 9:04 PM.
Mr. Davis made a motion at 9:41 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Keith Brown – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

14. Adjournment (1:41:59)
Mr. Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:41 PM. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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