BOS - August 10, 2020 - Joint with FinCom - REVISED

BOS - August 10, 2020 - Joint with FinCom - REVISED

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:44 pm

Board of Selectmen
Remote Meeting
August 10, 2020
REVISED

7:00 pm

• Call to Order by Roll Call
• Chairman’s Announcements

1. Joint Budget Discussion with the Finance Committee – Possible Vote(s)
• Town Administrator’s Summary Presentation of Revised FY 2021 Budget
• Chief Vinson Presentation Regarding Fire & Ambulance Dpt. Reorganization
• Town Administrator Regarding Legal Counsel Opinion on Appointment of Non-Union
Management Positions in Public Safety Departments

2. Approve Amended RFP for Webster Street Lots – Possible Vote(s)

3. Declare 17.7 Acres of Land In Between Northeast Main and Land on Gilboa Streets Available
for Disposition – Possible Vote(s)

4. Open Warrant for September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting – Possible Vote(s)
• Set a Rain Date of Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM – Possible Vote(s)
• Insert “Sell Real Property” Article – Possible Vote(s)
• Close, and Sign Warrant – Possible Vote(s)

5. Approve Junk Dealer License – Beaupre Scrap LLC – Possible Vote(s)

6. Annual Appointments Up For Renewal – Possible Vote(s)
• Approve Cultural Council Appointment – Paul Beckwith – Possible Vote(s)
• Approve Capital Improvement Appointment – Benjamin Tusino – Possible Vote(s)

7. Sign September 1st State Primary Warrant – Possible Vote(s)

8. Update & Discussion - Food Service Program Investigation - Possible Vote(s)

9. Approve Minutes – Possible Vote(s)

10. Administrators Report & COVID – 19 Update

11. Open Session for Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated 48 Hours in Advance of
the Meeting

12. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Item:
August 18th: Special One Day Liq. License
Aug. 25th: Woodland Rd Layout Hearing at 7:00 pm.
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Town Meeting Timeline

August 11th: Finance Committee Public Hearing

August 18th: Deadline to get the flyer to FinCom so they can vote on recommendations, insert recommendations and commentary into the flyer.

August 20th: Return Flyer to Suzanne to format.

August 25th: Deadline to get Flyer to the printer.

September 3rd: Printer to deliver flyer to town.

September 5th: Deadline to send ATM warrant to Town Clerk

September 8th: Deliver flyer to the Post Office.
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
August 10, 2020
Approved August 18, 2020


Call to Order

Chair Kevin Morse called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order 7:02 PM in the Resource Room at the Municipal Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants were invited to join the meeting by video conference.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Kevin Morse (Chair), Tim Bonin (arrived 7:34 PM), David Cortese, Hal Davis (joined remotely at 7:35 PM), Mike Hughes (Remote), Matt Wojcik (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant-Absent)
Finance Committee: Howard D’Amico (Chair), Carol Gogolinski, Sandy Kuipers, Phil Landry, Heather Morin (remote), Lynne Mussulli (remote), Dick Vanden Berg
School Committee (all remote): Lisa Brown (Chair), Kelli Grady, Heather Morin, Becky Charniak, Paul Vieira (Superintendent)
Other Staff and Citizens: Fire Chief Kent Vinson, Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director-remote), Pam Holmes (ZBA), and others.

• BOS Call to Order by Roll Call (00:10)
• FinCom Call to Order by Roll Call (04:51)
• School Committee Call to Order by Roll Call (7:08 PM)(05:34)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:37)

Mr. Morse addressed social media and email concerns regarding the situation at Breezy Acres. The Commonwealth has classified Breezy Acres as a water park, not a picnic ground. Water parks are a phase 4 business. Mr. Morse’s opinion is that individuals have a right to choose whether or not to wear a mask, and businesses have a right to serve or not serve the public according to their mask policy. However, a business serving the community must follow public safety rules and guidelines. It is Mr. Morse’s opinion that Breezy Acres is doing a disservice to themselves, the Town, and their patrons. The BOS has an obligation to follow through with what the Commonwealth has asked them to do. The BOS does not have any actual power to close Breezy Acres, as it pertains to the Governor’s order, however they can close the road before and after Breezy Acres if the Board of Health does not come up with a resolution.

1. Joint Budget Discussion with the Finance Committee (FinCom)-Possible Vote(s) (00:33:42)

In the packet is the Town Administrator’s Recommended Budget, a 5-Year Budget, a memo from Mr. Wojcik to the BOS and FinCom dated 8/4/20, emails and other related materials.
Mr. Wojcik stated that the State has passed a budget that is valid only through October, 2020 and has opened a lending facility. The ongoing discussion of Revenue shortfall is very concerning. In the last quarter, the State’s economy shrank by 44%, the country’s economy shrank by 25%. Last weekend, the legislature and executive had agreed in principle that they would not reduce Chapter 70 or UGGA.
The Town’s budget was based on a forecast of 50% cuts to UGGA and 4% cuts to Chapter 70. With the new information, the question arises as to whether or not the budget should stay in this condition or should restorations be made. Mr. Wojcik recommended to increase the school FY21 appropriation to 1.5% over FY20’s appropriation. He also recommended restoring COLA for union and non-union employees for Fire and Police as negotiated in their contracts for FY21 (1.75%).
Mr. Wojcik recommended keeping the police lieutenant position vacant for 6 months and keeping the reorganization in the Community Development Department. It will not be necessary to use $400,000 in Free Cash for the Operating Budget. No adjustments were made to Local Receipts. All in, the budget is in the black. The Town will not be asked for capital until at least November, 2020. The bottom line surplus is $70,000.
Discussions were held, including the School Inventory Management Audit and establishing an inventory system.
-Chief Vinson’s Presentation regarding Fire & Ambulance Dept. Reorganization (45:12)
There are a good number of vacancies in the Fire Dept. Chief Vinson joined the meeting and described the staffing difficulties in his department. He would like to hire an Assistant Chief ($90,000 salary split 50/50 between Fire Dept. and Ambulance). He described the responsibilities of the position.
Chief Vinson distributed the Ambulance Rates. He estimated that $155,000 is left “on the table” due to lack of staffing for mutual aid. Mr. D’Amico asked to know how many mutual calls were missed due to not having an ambulance available vs. not having staff available. Chief Vinson will get that information.
Mr. Bonin suggested incentivizing the call firefighters. Chief Vinson explained that very few call firefighters are paramedics. Call firefighters also usually have full-time jobs as well.
Mr. Wojcik explained that an additional $20,000 would be taken from the Ambulance Receipts to help pay for the Assistant Chief position. Discussions were held, including the Strong Chief Statues.
Ms. Kuipers made a motion at 8:55 PM to adjourn the Finance Committee meeting. Mr. Landry seconded the motion. Vote: Aye-7.
Ms. Brown made a motion at 9:01 PM to adjourn the School Committee meeting. Ms. Grady seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Kelli Grady-Aye, Becky Charniak-Aye, Lisa Brown-Aye, Heather Morin-Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the FY2021 budget as recommended by the Town Administrator. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin - Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye
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2. Approve Amended RFP for Webster Street Lots-Possible Vote(s) (06:15)

In the packet is Appendix A: Scoring Criteria, an RFP, an appraisal, and other related emails and materials.
Mr. Wojcik stated that the BOS has approved the approach and verbage for the RFP. Atty. Rich Bowen has requested that the scoring mechanism be added to the bid package. Mr. Wojcik hopes to arrive at the sale process by September, 2020. Atty. Bowen has reviewed and approved the RFP.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the RFP for Webster Street Lots as revised. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Dave Cortese – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

3. Declare 17.7 Acres of Land in between Northeast Main and Land on Gilboa Streets Available for Disposition-Possible Vote(s) (11:38)
Mr. Wojcik stated that this article is one of several emerging from a presentation that will be made on 8/18/20. Next to McIntyre Loam is a plot of landlocked and unused Town land that was taken in exchange for tax settlement many years ago. The Town also owns the entire shoreline around the pond, including the dam and some open space on the northeast side. The project proponent needs to unify these three holdings. Following Ch 30B sec 16, the BOS must declare the land available for disposition, and at the same time, vote if they are going to restrict the terms of the sale. The entire package would then to go Town Meeting. Mr. Morse read the article.
Ms. Holmes asked to know what the economic development project is. Mr. Wojcik reiterated that a presentation will be made on 8/18/20. Ms. Holmes suggested that a press notice be sent to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the Blackstone Valley Tribune advertising the public meeting. She feels the townspeople do not have enough time to get behind the project. Mr. Wojcik has asked the proponent to do the presentation on the Town’s cable channel as well. A discussion was held.
Mr. Cortese made a motion that the Board of Selectmen declare the above described property real property available for disposition, and that the Board request authorization from Town Meeting to sell the property in accordance with the procedure for the disposition of interest in real property found at MGL Ch 30B sec 16, and that the Board shall restrict any sale of the described real estate to a bidder or bidders with an intent to develop them for economic development purposes within two years of signing a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the Board. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin-Abstained, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis-Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

4. Open Warrant for September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting (ATM)-Possible Vote(s) (1:59:34)
In packet is the ATM Warrant, Town Meeting Timeline, and other related emails and materials.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to open the warrant for the September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to set a rain date for the Annual Town Meeting of Sunday September 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to insert the “Sell Real Property” article into the warrant for the September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to close and sign the warrant for the September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.


5. Approve Junk Dealer License for Beaupre Scrap, LLC-Possible Vote(s) (2:02:10)
In the packet is a license and other related emails and materials.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the Junk Dealer Renewal Application for Beaupre Scrap, LLC for a term ending May 1, 2021. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

6. Annual Appointments Up for Renewal-Possible Vote(s) (2:03:43)
In the packet is a list of BOS Re-Appointments for FY2021, applications, and related emails and materials.
Approval of the Annual Appointments was deferred to the next meeting.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to appoint Paul Beckwith to the Cultural Council for a term ending June 30, 2023 and to appoint Benjamin Tusino to the Capital Improvement Committee for a term ending June 30, 2023. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

7. Sign September 1, 2020 State Primary Warrant-Possible Vote(s) (2:05:03)
In the packet is the State Primary Warrant and other related materials.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to sign the September 1, 2020 State Primary Warrant as presented. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

8. Update & Discussion-Food Service Program Investigation-Possible Vote(s) (2:06:04)
There was no further discussion other than what was discussed under agenda item 1.

9. Approve Minutes: July 28, 2020 Regular Session-Possible Vote(s) (2:06:11)
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the July 28, 2020 minutes of the Board of Selectmen regular session meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Cortese. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis - Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

10. Administrator’s Report and COVID-19 Update (2:06:52)
Mr. Wojcik spoke about economic development and encouraged the public to attend the 8/18/20 meeting.
Mr. Wojcik commemorated Albert Brien, who recently passed unexpectedly.
Mr. Wojcik stated that there is currently one active COVID-19 case in Town, for a total of 49 since the pandemic began. Signs will be erected encouraging residents of Rhode Island who travel go Douglas to respect the travel order.

11. Open Session for Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated 48 Hours in Advance of Meeting (2:13:26)
Mr. Bonin researched qualified immunity. He would like the BOS to weigh in to the Mass. Municipal Association (MMA). Mr. Cortese said that the MMA “took it upon themselves” to write a letter to the legislature in support of the Police Reform Bill, one version of which removes qualified immunity for all town employees. If that passes, it will be a financial burden for all towns in Massachusetts. It was decided to place this item on next week’s agenda.
Mr. Morse has heard that there is an anonymous donor willing to put thin blue line flags “out there”. Mr. Morse asked Chief Vinson to fly “thin blue line” flags on the back of fire apparatus to show support.

12. Adjournment (2:22:03)
Mr. Cortese made a motion at 9:26 PM to adjourn. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Mike Hughes – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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