BOS - July 28, 2015

BOS - July 28, 2015

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:18 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
July 28, 2015

7:00 PM

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

1. Economic Development Update – WBDC

2. Approve Appt. of New Officers/Dir.’s Sokol Club & Whitin Fish & Game

3. Cash Receipt Policy – 3rd Reading and Approval

4. Minutes – June 16, 2015, June 16, 205 Exec. Session, June 30, 2015
June 30, 2015 Exec. Session

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Executive Session – Litigation

8. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Aug 11th:
Discussion w/Sokol Club, ZBA Alternate Appointment, Library Renovation Project – Consider Vote, Regionalize Schools Discussion

Sept: Joint Meeting w/School Committee and FinCom

TBD: Govt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
July 28, 2015
APPROVED August 11, 2015


Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:03 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Hal Davis, David Cortese, Kevin Morse (Vice Chairman-Absent-Excused), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Lisa Drexhage (WBDC), Mitch Cohen, Paula Brouillette

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:06)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:25)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum
(00:29)
No citizens came forward.

1. Economic Development Committee (EDC): Worcester Business Development Commission (WBDC) Update (00:33)
In the packet is an email from Ms. Drexhage dated July 2, 2015
Ms. Drexhage joined the meeting. It has been six months since she has talked to the BOS about the WBDC’s efforts working with the Economic Development Committee to find ways of providing more economic development opportunities. They have also been working with Mr. Guzinski, Mr. Cundiff and Mr. Davis discussing the situation with the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the disparity with the pilot payments for the State park.
She stated that the Town is now 100% on board with the Gilboa Street site and they are focusing on a MassWorks Grant application for that area. They met with the new Assistant Secretary of Business Development in the spring and discussed what a competitive application would look like. The application needs to be “shovel ready”. She spoke about what “shovel ready” would mean.
She spoke about funding for the road. A phased road appears to be the most feasible option. They are not prepared for the August 27, 2015 deadline for MassWorks funding. The WBDC feels it is in the Town’s best interest to secure what they need to secure for a very good application in 2016.
In Worcester, they are seeing a need for very specific light manufacturing, high bay uses that the city does not have in their inventory. Douglas could market to this need.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Town is doing what it can do to keep the process moving. It will be a multi-town approach. There will be a meeting in a few weeks with property owners to try to secure easements.
A discussion was held regarding the large hill near Pyne Sand and Stone and the proposed road.
Ms. Drexhage left the meeting.

2. Approve Appointment of New Officers-Director of Sokol Club & Whitin Fish and Game (15:25)
In the packet are checklists and Form 43’s.
Ms. Kane presented the applications. The Sokol Club and Whitin Fish and Game are changing their Board of Directors and Officers. The forms are complete.
Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the applications as presented. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Cash Receipt Policy-Third Reading and Approval (16:19)
In the packet is the Cash Receipt Policy amendment.
Mr. Guzinski stated that there have been no changes since the last meeting, and he recommended approval of the change to the policy.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the change in the Cash Receipt Policy as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Approval of the Minutes (16:55)
June 16, 2015: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Cortese. All-Aye.
June 16, 2015-Executive Session: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2015 Executive Session of the Board of Selectmen meeting as presented, and release all but section 18B. Seconded by Mr. Cortese. All-Aye.
June 30 2015: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 30, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.
June 30, 2015-Executive Session: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 30, 2015 Executive Session of the Board of Selectmen meeting as presented, and release all but section 15B. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

5. Administrator’s Report (18:52)
In the packet is a Police Report Summary.
Mr. Guzinski stated that DCR did agree to institute a single closure policy for the State park as a pilot program for the rest of the summer. The Chief of Police and other officers have said that issues at the park have been reduced significantly since the policy has gone into effect. The Police Dept. will submit a weekly report to the BOS office.
They are still in ongoing discussions with DCR about the administration of the admission fees. Mr. Bonin thanked Rep. McKenna and Senator Fattman for fighting on Douglas’ behalf. Mr. Hughes thanked Mr. Bonin for his tenacity. Mr. Bonin will write a letter to Secretary Beaton to thank DCR and to state that they are still not satisfied with the fees and some operational issues at the park.

6. Old/New Business (25:56)
Old Business: Mr. Guzinski stated that he is scheduling a public safety meeting to discuss Main Street.
New Business: There was no new business.

7. Executive Session – Litigation (26:54)
Mr. Cortese made a motion at 7:30 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of litigation and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese - Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye.
The meeting reconvened at 7:35 PM in the Board of Selectmen’s office.
Mr. Cortese made a motion at 8:45 PM to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye.

8. Adjournment (27:12)
Mr. Cortese made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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