BOS - December 16, 2014

BOS - December 16, 2014

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:38 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
Municipal Center Resource Room
December 16, 2014

7:00 PM

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

1. Tax Classification – Reaffirm Vote

2. Introduction – Dr. Miller

3. Monuments & Memorials Committee – Merritt Tetreault

4. License Renewals: Class II

5. License Renewals: Common Victuallers

6. License Renewals: Entertainment, Auto Amusement, & Pool Table

7. Discuss DCR Interest in Purchasing Land

8. Discuss COA Director Position

9. Minutes: December 2, 2014

10. Administrator’s Report

11. Old/New Business

12. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Jan. 6th: Lib. Trustees – Handicapped Accessibility Discussion;
DCR – Wallum Lake Discussion

Jan 20th: Picket Fence – License Status Discussion

TBD: Master Plan/Housing Authority; Meeting with DCR Commissioner/Senator Fattman/Rep. McKenna; Solar Panels on School Bldgs – ConEdison Presentation
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
December 16, 2014
Approved January 6, 2015

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 (Excused Absence), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Excused Absence)
Board of Assessors: Arthur Griffin & Carol Field
Other Staff and Citizens: Atty. Rich Bowen, Dr. Andy Miller, Dr. John Lawrence, Keith Ross (LandVest)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:11)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:30)
Mr. Hughes congratulated the Police Dept. for receiving several AAA Awards this afternoon. They received the Gold Award, which is the highest award that can be received for outstanding achievement in traffic safety and education. They received a Pedestrian Safety Accommodation for 17 years with no pedestrian fatalities. The Traffic Safety Hero of the Year Award was given to Patrolman Jacob Schultzberg.
At a previous ceremony, Police Chief Patrick Foley received the Hector J. Pelletier Award for outstanding service to the Jimmy Fund.

• Citizen’s Forum (02:25)
No citizens came forward.

1. Tax Classification-Reaffirm Vote (02:30)
In the packet is the FY15 Classification Hearing.
Members of the Board of Assessors joined the meeting to reaffirm the previous vote from November 18, 2014 to have a single tax rate.
Mr. Davis made a motion to reaffirm the previous vote from November 18, 2014 to have a single tax rate. Motion was seconded by Mr. Bonin. All-Aye.

2. Introduction-Dr. Miller (03:50)
Dr. Miller joined the meeting. He is located at 15 West Street in the Brookside Professional Building. He introduced Dr. John Lawrence, who will be joining his practice as a family practitioner for general internal medicine. They are affiliated with UMass Memorial and Milford/Whitinsville Regional hospitals. Dr. Lawrence presented his background. He and his family will be moving to Douglas. The BOS welcomed Dr. Lawrence.

3. Monuments & Memorials Committee-MerrillTetreault (08:04)
Mr. Tetreault was not present. This item will be moved to the next agenda.

4. License Renewals: Class II (08:28)
In the packet is a list of all Class II license holders.
Mr. Guzinski stated that they have only failed to receive a renewal application from T.J. Lapan Co. He recommended that the Board approve all the renewal applications in the packet, with the exception of T.J. Lapan Co.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the list of Class II license renewals as presented, with the exception of T.J. Lapan Co. Motion was seconded by Mr. Brown. All-Aye.

5. License Renewals: Common Victuallers (09:32)
In the packet is a list of Common Vic license holders.
Mr. Guzinski stated that he has not received renewal applications from the Douglas House of Pizza and Dunkin Donuts. He recommended the approval of all Common Vic renewals with those two exceptions.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the list of Common Victuallers license renewals as presented, with the exception of Douglas House of Pizza and Dunkin Donuts. Motion was seconded by Mr. Brown. All-Aye.

6. License Renewals: Entertainment, Auto Amusement, & Pool Table. (11:11)
In the packet is a list of Entertainment, Auto Amusement & Pool Table license holders.
Mr. Guzinski stated that all the renewals have been submitted. He recommended approval of all the renewals on the list.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the Entertainment, Auto Amusement, & Pool Table license renewals as presented. Motion was seconded by Mr. Bonin. All-Aye.

7. Discuss DCR Interest in Purchasing Land (12:09)
In the packet is a letter from DCR dated December 3, 2014 along with related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that DCR is interested in purchasing 375 acres of land on the western side of Douglas. That location is one of the primary economic development sites. Mr. Guzinski suggested reaching out to DCR to have a dialog with them. Mr. Hughes stated that they have been trying to have a meeting with DCR for several months regarding Wallum Lake State Park and have been unsuccessful.
Mr. Guzinski stated that he went into Boston several months ago with consultants from WBDC to talk about economic development issues and this land’s value as economic development land. DCR informed him that they would get back to him before taking any action, however he never received anything from them. DCR has initiated a purchase process. There are processes that the State is required to go through. Mr. Guzinski has spoken to Atty. Bowen and Joe Zorello from Ryan Fattman’s office who stated that DCR has to wait 120 days after they hold a public hearing in order to purchase the property. Douglas has not been informed of a date for the public hearing. Mr. Guzinski will contact DCR to see if a date has been scheduled.
Keith Ross from LandVest representing the landowner stated that there is no agreement to sell the property or a Purchase and Sale. The landowner has been trying to sell the land for several years. The landowner is hopeful that the BOS will sign off on the notice so the sale can move forward. A discussion was held.
Mr. Guzinski informed Mr. Ross that the Town has not had an opportunity to discuss the specifics of this purchase, and the BOS is considering holding off on signing the notice in order to have this discussion with DCR. Mr. Ross will contact the DCR to encourage them to meet with the BOS after the holidays.
It was the consensus of the BOS to hold off on signing the notice, to make every effort to meet with DCR in January, 2015 and to request information from DCR as to when they intend to hold a public hearing.

8. Discuss COA Director Position (24:26)
In the packet are related job descriptions, along with related materials.
Mr. Guzinski explained that Patrice Rousseau has been the acting Senior Director since the summer of 2013 in conjunction with her duties as Outreach Director for the Town. Mr. Guzinski recommended establishing a full-time permanent solution to those positions. He recommended combining the positions to one 40 hour/week position, which would result in a net savings to the Town. He requested that the new position be classified as an M2. If approved by the BOS, he will advertise the position internally.
Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the combining of the Senior Director position and Outreach Coordinator position to one full-time, 40 hour/week M2 position effective February 1, 2015. Motion was seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

9. Approval of the Minutes (29:40)
December 2, 2014: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2014 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Bonin. All-Aye.

10. Town Administrator’s Report (30:05)
In the packet is an RFP for 11 Gleason Court.
Mr. Guzinski has been working with Town Counsel on the Purchase and Sale Agreement for 19 Main Street. Town Meeting approved $70,000 for the purchase of that property. It has been properly advertised in the Central Register. They can take action to close any time after January 5, 2015. They have a closing date of January 7, 2015. He will be asking for the BOS’s final authorization for closing on January 6, 2015.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to authorize Mr. Guzinski to sign the Purchase and Sale. Motion was seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.
On behalf of the Old Grammar School Committee, he is requesting the BOS’s authorization to move forward with the RFP process.
Mr. Davis suggested that the ad be placed in the Bankers and Tradesmen and The New England Real Estate Journal in addition to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the Central Register.
It was the consensus of the BOS to move forward with the RFP process.

11. Old/New Business (37:52)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: There was no new business to discuss.

12. Adjournment (38:09)
Mr. Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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