BOS - October 28, 2014

BOS - October 28, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:28 am

Board of Selectmen
October 28, 2014
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 PM

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

1. STM Overview with Town Moderator and Town Clerk

2. WBDC Update

3. Municipal Improvements Project Design Selection RFQ Update

4. Formal Vote to Approve Purchase Price of 19 Main Street

5. Assign Motions for STM

6. Minutes: October 7, 2014, October 7, 2014 Exec. Session

7. Administrator’s Report

8. Old/New Business

9. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Nov. 18th: Tax Classification Hearing (7:05 PM), Solar Panels on School Buildings,
Appointment – BOH,

Dec. 2nd: Liquor License Renewals

Dec. 16th: All other License Renewals, New Pool Table – Whitinsville Fish & Game

TBD: Master Plan/Housing Authority; Meeting with DCR Commissioner/Senator Moore/ & Rep. Fattman.
October 28, 2014
Approved November 18, 2014

Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:00 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)
Other Staff and Citizens: Lisa Drexhage (WBDC Project Manager), Roberta Brien (WBDC Vice President), Paula Brouillette (Economic Development), Keith Menard (Moderator), Chris Furno (Town Clerk), Bill Cundiff (Town Engineer)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:12)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:31)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:33)
No citizens came forward.

1. STM Overview with Town Moderator and Town Clerk (03:39)
In the packet is the STM warrant.
Mr. Menard and Ms. Furno joined the meeting. Mr. Menard stated that his cousin owns the property which is the topic of Article 10. He has no financial stake in the property. He offered to step aside from that article. He will have an alternative plan in place in case there is an objection to his presiding over the article at Town Meeting.
Mr. Menard is available to help people draft motions. He stated that petitioners cannot direct another body to do something, they can only advise. A discussion was held regarding petitioners’ articles and procedure at Town Meeting. Mr. Menard needs to decide if this warrant (Article 11) is sufficient warning for an actual binding article to come before Town Meeting.
Mr. Menard and Ms. Furno left the meeting.

2. WBDC Update (15:48)
In the packet is a WBDC update summary, a WBDC Consulting Agreement, and related materials.
Ms. Brien, Ms. Drexhage and Ms. Brouillette joined the meeting. Ms. Drexhage stated that at this time, the Gilboa Street site appears to be the most attractive for a developer. The WBDC has been approached by a developer looking for a southern Worcester County site. They seemed interested in the Gilboa Street area, however, they are looking for sites that are more pad ready. WBDC has engaged a marketing class at Nichols College to do a marketing study. The study will be done by early December. After that work is done, the WBDC will engage the Central Mass. Regional Planning Council (CMRPC), which is agreeable to work on a project to identify new parcels at the Gilboa Street site. With that information, the WBDC could choose the correct model of development and work on a financial strategy.
The last step would be to work on MOU’s to formalize the work ahead. The other two sites need more research.
Through their research, the WBDC found a potential sale of property in Douglas Woods to DCR. Ms. Drexhage, John Weaver and Mr. Guzinski met with DCR in Boston to discuss their concerns. There was an understanding that WBDC would reach out to DCR again. As of this date, Ms. Drexhage does not believe that a transaction is imminent.
WBDC has been talking with a solar installation company that is interested in expanding in Central Mass. They are looking for ground land lease or rooftop lease options. Mr. Bonin suggested that the top portion of Martin Road Park might be good for this use. Mr. Guzinski stated that there are several sites in Town that could work.
WBDC will look at the newly acquired town-owned parcels.
Upgraded water regulations are hindrances to development. Ms. Brien stated that WBDC will start to put together a report for the legislators that represent Douglas stating their concerns that a developer may not be able to develop here because of the regulations. Alternative types of industrial uses were discussed.
The Town’s current contract with WBDC expires at the end of next month. There is an article on the STM for another ten months.
Mr. Davis suggesting having another developer’s tour in the spring. Ms. Brien will put that together. Mr. Morse wondered if it would be possible to turn Douglas around. Ms. Brien feels niche development would be helpful for Douglas.
Ms. Brouillette feels they should look at Douglas’ commercial properties to be sure they are being used to their best advantage. Rte. 146 is their most important infrastructure.
Ms. Brien, Ms. Drexhage and Ms. Brouillette left the meeting.

3. Municipal Improvements Project Design Selection RFQ Update (49:17)
In the packet is an RFQ dated October 23, 2014, along with related materials.
Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting. He stated that the total budgeted for HVAC, windows and a gym roof for the Municipal building is $580,000. They are now planning to group that work with the primary school roof project, which was approved several years ago for $150,000. The BFCC is seeking proposals from designers. An architect needs to be hired to design the documents to go out to bid. The BFCC is looking to advertise by November 12, 2014, with submittals due by December 12, 2014. Interviews will be conducted on January 7, 2015. The BOS will review the BFCC’s recommendation on January 13, 2015.
Mr. Morse made a motion to adopt the Project Design Selection RFQ as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Formal Vote to Approve Purchase Price of 19 Main Street (53:35)
In the packet is a Contract to Purchase Real Estate and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that this parcel is located near the old VFW building. The home on the parcel is in serious disrepair, but the property is valuable. After negotiations with the owner, the board settled on a purchase price of $70,000. The parcel was appraised at approximately $85,000. This item is Article 10 on the STM warrant.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the contract and purchase price for the property located at 19 Main Street, Douglas for the amount of $70,000. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Assign Motions for STM (00:48)
In the packet is STM Motions and Presenters.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Article 1 is a Finance Committee article. The Finance Committee met last night and recommended all the articles, with no action taken on Articles 9 and 11. The articles were assigned as follows:
Article 2 – Tim Bonin Article 8 – Hal Davis
Article 3 – Mike Hughes Article 9 – Kevin Morse
Article 4 – Mike Hughes Article 10 – Keith Brown
Article 5 – Mike Hughes

6. Approval of the Minutes (55:37)
October 7, 2014: Mr. Morse made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 7, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.
October 7, 2014, Executive Session: Mr. Morse made a motion to approve and retain in their entirety the minutes of the October 7, 2014 Board of Selectmen Executive Session meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

7. Town Administrator’s Report (56:20)
Mr. Guzinski stated that the DCR Commissioner cannot meet with the BOS until the week of November 17, 2014 or the week of December 8, 2014. The Commissioner requested that the meeting be held in Boston. Mr. Guzinski told Sen. Moore’s office that it was the desire of the BOS to hold the meeting in Douglas so that the public could watch and/or participate. The Senator is still pressing the Commissioner.
Mr. Morse suggested that, after the election, the BOS draft another letter to the Commissioner requesting his presence at a meeting in Douglas, and state that if the Commissioner chooses not to come to Douglas, the Town will handle the situation on their own. It was the consensus of the BOS to do so in January after the new administration is in office. Mr. Bonin suggested contacting the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard Sullivan, Jr.
Mr. Bonin wants the fee to be raised for out-of-state visitors and, for the entire season, close the park after it is full and do not reopen it. A discussion was held.
Mr. Guzinski stated that he has spoken with the Veteran’s Agent, Ron Tetreault. The concrete platforms and granite cradles have been made for the Civil War cannons. On Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM there will be a ceremony on the Town Common to rededicate the cannons.

8. Old/New Business (71:14)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: Mr. Bonin stated the cupola and weather vane at the Fire Dept. could use some freshening up. Mr. Guzinski stated that Chief Vinson is looking into that.

9. Adjournment (72:13)
Mr. Morse made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 PM. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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