BOS - June 16, 2015

BOS - June 16, 2015

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:10 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
June 16, 2015
Municipal Center Resource Room


7:00 PM

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

1. EDC New Appointment - Maltz

2. Sunday Entertainment License - Circus

3. Good Energy – Public Comment and Vote to Forward Document

4. Accept Deed of Rights in Public Way

5. EDC Discussion – Paula Brouillette

6. Murphy Trust – Gift of Land

7. NGrid Easement – Soccer Field

8. Junk Dealer License Renewals

9. Liquor License New Officer/Director – Beagle Club

10. Annual Appointments

11. DCR Letter - Discussion

12. Discuss Joint Meeting w/FinCom and School Committee

13. Regional School Discussion

14. Amend Departmental Receipts Policy – 1st Reading

15. Minutes – May 5th and May 19th

16. Administrator’s Report

17. Old/New Business

18. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining & Contract Negotiations

19. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

TBD:
Govt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority, ConEd Gift
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
June 16, 2015
APPROVED July 28, 2015

Call to Order

Chairman Michael Hughes called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:16 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Hal Davis (arrived approximately 7:29 PM), David Cortese, Kevin Morse (Vice Chairman-Absent-Excused), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Absent-Excused)
Other Staff and Citizens: Brad Maltz, Paula Brouillette, John O’Rourke (Green Energy)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:12)

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

• Citizen’s Forum (00:36)
No citizens came forward.

1. EDC New Appointment-Brad Maltz (00:41)
In the packet is an application along with related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the EDC supports Mr. Maltz’s appointment.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to appoint Brad Maltz to the Economic Development Committee for a term ending June 30, 2018. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Sunday Entertainment License-Circus (2:09)
In the packet is a Public Amusement Application, Douglas’ Traveling Zoo Conditions and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that Jim Royal from Kelly-Miller Circus informed him that they would like to hold their event in front of the Town’s transfer station on July 5, 2015. The application was received on June 10, 2015. Mr. Guzinski explained the licensing process. Mr. Guzinski has not yet received a permission letter from the owner of the property, Mr. Yousef.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the Sunday Entertainment license contingent upon the conditions from 2006 being met, a permit for the tent structures is pulled and approved, a walk-through by the Building Commissioner and Fire Inspector is completed, and the permission letter from the land owner is received. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Good Energy-Public Comment and Vote to Forward Document (05:08)
In the packet is a Professional Energy Consulting Services Agreement with Good Energy.
Mr. O’Rourke of Good Energy joined the meeting. Mr. Hughes opened the meeting to public comment. Mr. Guzinski stated that he has not received any public comments.
Mr. O’Rourke stated that their attorney, Scott Mueller, is speaking with the Deputy General Counsel of DOER and they have resolved most of the issues that came up during the phone call. They expect to get a letter from DOER regarding the change of language in the documents by the end of next week. There has been no change in the timeline.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the services agreement has been reviewed by Town Counsel. He recommended approval of the agreement.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve and sign the services agreement with Good Energy, LP. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. O’Rourke left the table.

4. Accept Deed of Rights in Public Way (08:13)
In the packet is a memo from William Cundiff dated June 2, 2015, a map, a deed and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that during a recent layout hearing for Cobblestone Lane, Olde Carriage Lane and Meetinghouse Lane, there was one property, 43 Olde Carriage Lane, whose deed did not have rights reserved in the road for the developer. The property owners, Ross and Lorraine Tubo have gifted the rights to the Town. Mr. Guzinski recommended signing the acceptance to be recorded at the Registry of Deeds.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to accept the Deed of Rights in a Public Way for 43 Olde Carriage Lane. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. EDC Discussion-Paula Brouillette (09:37)
Ms. Brouillette joined the meeting. She stated that she has been working with the east side of town and Rte. 16. She will be phasing out of that work. She extrapolated what the east side of Town looks like from a financial perspective. The property tax of the 40 acres on Monroe Street is now $3,500 and $200,000 is the valuation of that area. If it were developed, the valuation with nine commercial structures would be $3.5 million and approximately $58,000 in property taxes. For the 750 acre area between the Pyne gravel extraction and Rte. 16, the valuation would be $66 million with over $1 million in taxes generated.
In the four-town area, the EDC has worked on designing a frontage road and has laid the groundwork for finding the owners of unknown owner properties.
Ms. Brouillette recommended the Town keep driving these issues: unknown owners and infrastructure issues. She feels the Town needs a professional on a part-time basis to execute what the BOS wants to see happen. Mr. Hughes believes the only way to move this forward is to have someone dedicated to focusing on this issue. A discussion was held.

6. Murphy Trust-Gift of Land (26:38)
In the packet is an assessor’s map, a deed and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that John Murphy, the representative of the Murphy Realty Trust, is interested in gifting the Town 5.49 acres that abut the Douglas High School property. None of the abutters have shown in interest in purchasing the property. Mr. Guzinski recommended pursuing the gift.
It was the consensus of the BOS to move forward with pursuing the gift and placing an article on the draft warrant for the fall Special Town Meeting.

7. National Grid Easement-Soccer Field (29:17)
In the packet is a First Amendment to Easement deed and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that National Grid has agreed to do the work at the soccer field at no cost to the Town. Mr. Guzinski recommended approval of the grant of easement.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the town engineer is looking at ways to provide enough water for the fields.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve granting the easement to National Grid as presented to extend the electrical service in the area of Main Street at the old VFW building. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

8. Junk Dealer License Renewals (32:48)
In the packet are two Junk Dealer license renewals, Douglas’ general bylaw and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski presented the renewals for Beaupre Scrap, LLC and Simply Posh, Inc.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the license renewals as presented for Beaupre Scrap, LLC and Simply Posh, Inc. for terms ending May 1, 2016. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

9. Liquor License New Officer/Director-Beagle Club (34:02)
In the packet is an application and related materials.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the application will update the Beagle Club’s license to reflect the change in officers and directors.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve Form 43 for the Beagle Club and send it to ABCC. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

10. Annual Appointments (35:17)
In the packet is a list of BOS FY16 Annual Appointments.
Mr. Guzinski presented the list. Mr. Cortese has agreed to be the BOS delegate to the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), Mr. Davis will be the alternate. All openings have been posted on the Douglas website, cable channel and in the Municipal Center. Recently, one application has been received for an alternate for the ZBA, and they are waiting for a recommendation from the ZBA.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the list of FY16 Annual Appointments as presented, including Mr. Cortese as the delegate to the CMRPC and Mr. Davis as the alternate. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

11. DCR Letter-Discussion (38:56)
In the packet is a letter from former DCR Commissioner John Murray dated April 9, 2015 and a letter from Michael Hughes to Commissioner Murray dated May 19, 2015.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the DCR has requested the BOS review their letter and consider sending a letter regarding the nine acres stating that they will keep development of those acres compatible with the state forest. DCR also asked if the BOS is interested in attending a ceremony celebrating adding the recently purchased Douglas land to the state forest. The BOS is not interested in sending a letter. Mr. Guzinski will notify the DCR that they are not interested in sending a letter at this time, they will keep the usage of the nine acres compatible with the State forest as previously discussed, and they would be interested in being a part of the ceremony after they meet with DCR to discuss the issues with Wallum Lake.

12. Discuss Joint Meeting with Finance Committee and School Committee (44:27)
It was decided to defer this discussion to the next meeting.

13. Regional School Discussion (44:27)
It was decided to defer this discussion to the next meeting.

14. Amend Departmental Receipts Policy-First Reading (45:00)
In the packet is an amendment for the Departmental Receipts Policy.
Mr. Guzinski stated that after an internal audit, it was recommended to make an amendment to the Departmental Receipts policy to allow a cash withdrawal for the Fire Dept. in the amount of $100 and the Library in the amount of $30 to allow them to make change for the residents as needed. Mr. Guzinski recommends the change.

15. Approval of the Minutes (46:37)
May 5, 2015: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Bonin. Aye-3, Mr. Cortese abstained.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the BOS will no longer meet on the floor prior to Town Meeting. They will meet in a nearby classroom in order to facilitate a more organized meeting.
May 19, 2015: Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

16. Town Administrator’s Report (48:17)
Mr. Guzinski had nothing to report.

17. Old/New Business (48:24)
Old Business: Mr. Bonin stated that the drive up for Martin Road Park was paved today. No taxpayer monies were used in the paving of this driveway. Con Edison paid for the paving.
New Business: There was no new business.

18. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining and Contract Negotiations (49:20)
Mr. Davis made a motion at 8:10 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of collective bargaining and contract negotiations and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese - Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye. The meeting was moved to the Selectmen’s Office and reconvened at 8:15 pm.

Mr. Davis made a motion at 8:43 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye.

19. Adjournment (49:40)
Mr. Cortese made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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