BoS - May 21, 2019

BoS - May 21, 2019

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu May 16, 2019 7:34 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
May 21, 2019
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 PM

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

1. Hearing - Pole Petition # 28072120 – Cedar Street P0-50

2. ConCom Appointments – Montminy

3. Douglas Axmen Soccer - Request for Sign at VFW Property

4. Downtown Solar Powered Cross Walk Sign Locations Update

5. Ambulance Receipts Policy – 1st Reading

6. Sign P.I.L.O.T.’s approved at Town Meeting
• Douglas Renewables, LLC
• ASD Wallum MA Solar LLC

7. First Look at Annual Appointments

8. Approve Minutes

9. Administrator’s Report

10. Old / New Business

11. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items

June 4th:
Annual Appointments
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May 21, 2019 - BoS Minutes.pdf
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
May 21, 2019
Approved June 4, 2019

Call to Order

Town Administrator Matt Wojcik called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:03 PM in the Resource Room at the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Kevin Morse, Tim Bonin, David Cortese, Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Matt Wojcik (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Absent)
Other Staff and Citizens: Chief Nick Miglionico (Police), Mike Parent (National Grid), Arthur Montminy, Dave Vassar (Treasurer-Axmen Soccer), some members of Douglas Axmen Soccer, and other citizens and staff.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:16)

1. Reorganization (00:38)
Mr. Cortese nominated Kevin Morse to continue as Chair of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Davis seconded the nomination. Vote: All-Aye.
Mr. Morse took over as Chair.
Mr. Hughes nominated David Cortese as Vice Chair of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Davis seconded the nomination. Vote: All-Aye.

• Chairman’s Announcements (01:56)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (01:58)
No one came forward.

2. 7:05 PM Hearing-Pole Petition #28072120-Cedar Street P0-50 (02:05)
In the packet is a pole petition, maps, an abutters list and other related emails and materials.
Mr. Morse opened the public hearing. Mr. Parent joined the meeting. He stated that National Grid is asking to install a new pole with a push brace and pole guide to replace a tree guide. The abutters from 65 Wallis Street were in the audience. They had no objection.
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 7:09 PM to close the public hearing. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve pole petition #28072120, Cedar Street P0-50. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

3. ConCom Appointment-Montminy
(06:43)
In the packet is an application and related materials.
Mr. Montminy joined the meeting to express his interest in joining the Conservation Commission. He stated that he has sat in on a ConCom meeting, and has spoken with the Conservation Agent.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to appoint Arthur Montminy as a full member of the Conservation Commission for a term ending June 30, 2022. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

4. Douglas Axmen Soccer-Request for Sign at VFW Property (10:16)
In the packet is an email from David Sherman dated 4/24/19 and related emails and materials.
Mr. Vassar joined the meeting and asked for permission to erect a double-sided sign, no larger than 3’ x 5’, at the VFW property. Currently, they use a banner that needs to be installed weekly.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the sign at the VFW property for Douglas Axmen Soccer as presented, waiving the $10 sign permit fee. Mr. seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

5. Downtown Solar Powered Crosswalk Sign Locations-Update (14:13)
In the packet are sample signs and other related emails and materials.
Chief Miglionico joined the meeting and presented options for the sign. Costs range from $1,800 – $4,000. Chief Miglionico suggested one of the portable signs. A discussion was held. The BOS agreed with Chief Miglionico’s suggestion. He will look at his accounts to see if there is money for crosswalk signs and report back to the BOS.
Police patrols have been increased downtown to try to slow traffic.

6. Ambulance Receipts Policy-First Reading (22:59)
In the packet is “Town of Douglas Fire/EMS Department Ambulance Write-Off Policy” and materials.
Mr. Morse asked if this policy was posted on the website. He and Mr. Wojcik stated that if it is not currently posted, it will be posted for review. Mr. Wojcik stated that Douglas does not currently have a write-off policy and carries a large sum year-to-year for uncollected receivables for ambulance services.

7. Sign P.I.L.O.T.s approved at Town Meeting: Douglas Renewables, LLC and ASD Wallum MA Solar, LLC (25:20)
In the packet are two “Payment in Lieu of Personal Property Taxes” and related materials.
The P.I.L.O.Ts were signed.

8. First Look at Annual Appointments (26:25)
In the packet is “2019 Annual Appointments” and related materials.
The BOS reviewed the list. A discussion was held regarding whether or not Mr. Wojcik can be Douglas’ Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) representative. Mr. Wojcik feels the representative needs to be an elected official.

9. Minutes: March 26, April 16, & May 6, 2019 (30:05)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the March 26, 2019 regular session meeting minutes of the Board of Selectmen as presented. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the April 16, 2019 regular session meeting minutes of the Board of Selectmen as presented. Mr. Morse seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-4, Mr. Cortese abstained.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the May 6, 2019 regular session meeting minutes of the Board of Selectmen as presented. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

10. Town Administrator’s Report (33:34)
Mr. Wojcik stated that he has spoken with the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and they are making progress on the various items discussed at the 5/14/19 meeting, including locating radio equipment at the bottom of the hill.
Mr. Bonin recently heard from Sen. Fattman that Douglas will see an increase of $2/out-of-state admission to the State parks. There has been no progress yet on the ridge trail.
Mr. Wojcik stated that John Furno was named Girls Softball Coach of the Year.
Mr. Wojcik invited the public to attend the Memorial Day parade.
Mr. Wojcik has assembled a team to procure the public safety radio system that was approved at Town Meeting. He described some of the difficulties involved in the process. A discussion was held.
The federal government is trying to find documentation that Douglas is a town. Confusion exists because there is a post office and census tract for East Douglas. Mr. Wojcik is looking for historical records with clear reference to the entire township.

11. Old/New Business (46:07)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.

12. Adjournment (46:23)
Mr. Cortese made a motion at 7:49 PM to adjourn. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Vote: All-Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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