BOS - March 17, 2015

BOS - March 17, 2015

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:00 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
March 17, 2015
Municipal Center Resource Room


7:00 PM

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

1. Library Project – Debt Exclusion Vote

2. GoodEnergy Proposal

3. Review Draft Annual & Special Town Meeting Warrants

4. Minutes – March 3, 2015 & March 3, 2015 Exec. Session

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining Strategy, Contract Negotiation
Strategy, Consider Acquisition of Real Property

8. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

TBD:
Master Plan/Housing Authority; Solar Panels on School Bldgs – ConEdison Presentation; DCR Notice of Intent
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
March 17, 2015
Approved April 7, 2015


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

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin (Absent-Excused), Keith Brown, Hal Davis (Absent-Excused), Kevin Morse, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Joe Biagioni (Chair-Library Trustees), John O’Rourke (GoodEnergy)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:09)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:27)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:39)
No citizens came forward.

1. Library Project-Debt Exclusion Vote (48:22)
In the packet is a debt service schedule, emails to and from Charlie Van Voorhis, an updated project estimate and other related materials.
The BOS cannot take any formal action with only three members present. It was decided to place this item on the March 31, 2015 meeting agenda.
Mr. Morse discussed his concerns about the FY16 revenue estimates and the detriment to Town services. He asked the Library Trustees to be certain they want this question on the ballot with the budget so tight. Mr. Hughes asked Mr. Biagioni to revisit the project with the Library Trustees. Mr. Biagioni will strategize with Mr. Guzinski after the Trustees meeting next Tuesday.

2. GoodEnergy Proposal (01:02)
In the packet is information from GoodEnergy.
Mr. O’Rourke, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Conway, MA joined the meeting. He is also Director of Marketing for GoodEngery. He stated that GoodEnergy has 15 Massachusetts municipalities and 150,000 households committed. Nationwide, they have 150 successful aggregations and 2 million people saving $100 million over 4-5 years.
Mr. O’Rourke explained aggregation. Operationally, towns can work together and go out to bid at the same time. The vote by residents on the warrant does not commit the town to anything other than researching and developing the plan. Once the plan is approved, then the town can move forward and get a competitive bid from suppliers. The program is an opt-out program.
Only those on the basic service are contacted for this program. Individuals can opt-out at any time without penalty.
Mr. O’Rourke explained the services that GoodEngery provides.
Joe Biagioni, 5 Johnson Court, would like to know what will happen to the customers that have already locked in with another provider off the basic service. Mr. O’Rourke felt confident that GoodEnergy could beat the 11 cents/kw that Mr. Biagioni is paying.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Article 10 for Electricity Aggregation is on the draft Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Mr. O’Rourke stated that he could be present at Douglas’ Town Meeting.
Mr. Morse made a motion to authorize the Town Administrator to work with GoodEnergy on the process. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. O’Rourke left the meeting.

3. Review Draft Annual (ATM) & Special Town Meeting (STM) Warrants (26:10)
In the packet are the draft ATM and STM warrants.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the first eight articles on the ATM warrant are standard. The Capital Improvement Committee is still working on Article 8 – the Capital Improvement Plan. Article 9 is the Library Renovation/Expansion Project. The language has been approved by town counsel and bond counsel. The amount of $2.2 million may shift. Article 10 is for the electricity aggregation. Article 11 is for an easement on Northeast Main Street. Mr. Cundiff stated that the easement is for Monroe Street. He explained that the BOS had supported Jim Pyne’s, of Pyne Sand & Gravel, request to the Planning Board to reduce the setback from the property line to within 100’ of the road in consideration of granting the Town an easement for the road.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Article 12 deals with transfer of custody for the Old Grammar School to the BOS. Mr. Cundiff explained that the School Committee may hedge at supporting the article at Town Meeting due to lack of a definitive plan for the building.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Article 13 is authorization to auction 35 Kerney Road. Article 14 relates to gifting of property to the Town.
It was decided that the BOS would hold a special meeting on March 31, 2015 to approve the warrants.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Articles 15 and 16 are road acceptances. Mr. Cundiff spoke about these articles to accept Gleason Court, Cobblestone Lane and Olde Carriage Lane as public ways.
Mr. Guzinski stated that there are three articles on the STM warrant. The first are for budget transfers and amendments. They are estimating $300,000 in the negative in the Snow & Ice Account. He is hoping for some reimbursement from FEMA for the large storms. Article 2 is for a transfer of insurance money from the water leak claim to be put back into the School Building Project account. Article 3 is for prior year bills.
4. Approval of the Minutes (42:25)
March 3, 2015: Mr. Brown made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Morse. All- Aye.
March 3, Executive Session: Mr. Morse made a motion to approve and retain in their entirety the minutes of the March 3, 2015 Board of Selectmen Executive Session meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All- Aye.

5. Town Administrator’s Report (43:05)
In the packet are initial revenue estimates for FY16.
Mr. Guzinski reviewed the initial revenue estimates for FY16. The only significant increase is in New Growth and 2.5% levy capacity increase of $382,585. State Aid will only increase by $52,625 (0.52%). He and the Finance Director have already discussed what actions they can take to limit the reduction of services for next year. They have met with the School Superintendent and Business Manager. At the next meeting, he will have more information about the impacts.
He stated that the Strategic Budget Committee has started a 5-year Pro Forma plan.

6. Old/New Business (48:08)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.

7. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining Strategy, Contract Negotiation Strategy to Consider Acquisition of Real Property (51:09)
Mr. Brown made a motion at 7:52 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of collective bargaining strategy, contract negotiation strategy to consider acquisition of real property and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Keith Brown – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse - Aye. The meeting was moved to the BOS office and reconvened at 8:01 PM.
Mr. Brown made a motion at 8:33 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Keith Brown– Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse - Aye.

8. Adjournment (51:25)
Mr. Brown made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 PM. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,



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