BOS - September 15, 2020 - REVISED

BOS - September 15, 2020 - REVISED

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:46 pm

Board of Selectmen
Remote Meeting
September 15, 2020

7:00 pm

• Call to Order by Roll Call
• Chairman’s Announcements
• Recognition: Wayne Hickey, Alternate Electrical Inspector

1. Hearing: New Liquor License Application – EZ Mart – Possible Vote(s)

7:15 pm
2. Hearing: New Flammable Storage Land Use – Lake Manchaug Campground
– Possible Vote(s)

3. 2020 Pavement Management Study – Possible Vote(s)

4. Flying Goose Host Community Agreement Request - Possible Vote(s)

5. BOS Designation to EDC Project – Possible Vote(s)

6. Sign Grant of Easement for West Street Approved at Sept. 12th ATM - Possible Vote(s)

7. Approve Minutes – Possible Vote(s)

8. Administrators Report & COVID – 19 Update

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

10. Executive Session - Litigation

11. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Dec.:
All License Renewals

TBD: Tax Classification Hearing



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Board of Selectmen
Remote Meeting
September 15, 2020
Approved October 6, 2020


Call to order was by Chair Kevin Morse at 7:00pm in the Resource Room at the Municipal Center. Due to the COVID – 19 Pandemic, participants were invited to attend the meeting remotely by video conference.
Present: Kevin Morse (Chair), Timothy Bonin, Michael Hughes, David Cortese, Hal Davis (remotely)
Non-Voting: Matthew Wojcik (Town Administrator), William Cundiff (Town Engineer, remotely), Bob Minarik (EDC)
Others Present: Bill Scarpati (Stantec), Fire Chief Kent Vinson, Tonia Gosselin (EZ Mart), John Furno (Highway Dept), Adam Furno (Highway Dept), Peter Kasabian (Flying Goose), Teresa Mattson (z&t, remote), Police Chief Miglianico (remote), Rich Rainone & Chris Vianello (Flying Goose, remote)
Chairman’s Announcements – Wayne Hickey, Alternate Electrical Inspector-
(00:10) In recognition of Wayne Hickey, Certificate of Appreciation for 7 years as the Douglas Electrical Inspector and 30 years as the Alternate Electrical Inspector for the Douglas Building Department.

1. Hearing: New Liquor License Application – EZ Mart – Possible Vote(s) – In the packet is the Beer and Wine – Off Premises application from EZ Mart and other materials related to the application - (00:47) Tonia Gosselin from the EZ Mart is present. She states when Diggers moved out, they found out there is a beer and wine license and they would love to apply for it. Suzanne was a wonderful help with the application. Board has a discussion; they believe the reason they turned them down before was because of the close proximity to Digger’s Liquors. (04:39) Motion made by Mr. Hughes, and seconded by Mr. Bonin to close the public hearing. No further discussion. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin –Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
(05:03) Motion made by Mr. Hughes, and seconded by Mr. Bonin to approve the Liquor License Application as presented. No further discussion. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

2. 2020 Pavement Management Study – Possible Vote(s) – In the packet is the Pavement Management Study from Stantec - (05:50) Bill Scarpati of Stantec brought some hard copy reports. He shares a Power Point Presentation with the Board. He concludes Average Pavement Condition in the Town of Douglas is a 54 and he gives recommendations for the repairs. There is a discussion about when to fix the roads and how to obtain the money for it. Not only will there need to be money to fix the roads but also a highway barn would be needed to keep the equipment. No decision is needed tonight for Stantec, Mr. Scarpati asks the Board to look over the documents and think about it and if they have any questions to let him know. Mr. Furno handed out a chart of “Chapter 90 funds for Bridge Repairs” (added to the minutes).
3. Hearing: New Flammable Storage Land Use – Lake Manchaug Campground – Possible Vote(s) – In the packet is an application from Lake Manchaug Campground for a license to store flammables, combustibles or explosives on land in Douglas. Also included is related documents including MGL and a copy of the information on the website. (44:38) Mr. Morse opens the public hearing. Bill (owner of Lake Manchaug Campground) was remotely present to answer any questions. Per the Fire Chief Vinson, they have already had storage tanks on the site but they were under 2000 gallons so they did not need a license, they will now need a license if they want to increase the amount they have and they will also have to have a storage permit from the fire department. (49:44) A motion made by Mr. Bonin, seconded by Mr. Hughes, to close the public hearing. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye. (49:57) A motion made by Mr. Hughes seconded by Mr. Cortese, to approve the Flammable Storage Land Use license as presented for Lake Manchaug Campground. There is no further discussion. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
4. Flying Goose Host Community Agreement Request – Possible Vote(s) – In the packet is the written request to be on the Board of Selectman Agenda by Rich Rainone of Flying Goose - (50:27) Peter Kasabian with Flying Goose is present at the meeting and Rich Rainone and Chris Vianello are present remotely. Rich says there was information out there that they had a project going in Holyoke that they weren’t going to follow through with and also that they only wanted to get their license in Douglas to sell it and he says that can’t be further from the truth. They did get a Host Community Agreement in Uxbridge that they sold but that wasn’t the intention of that location. They had 3 licenses that was spread over 2 buildings with rent that was considerable at the time. They were approached by someone who wanted to buy those licenses from them, and one of their landlords at the time mentioned he had a property on Davis St in Douglas and told them if they sell their licenses in Uxbridge they can come to Douglas. He says it made sense because the sale of those licenses allowed them to raise money for the cultivation facility as well as self-fund themselves for the Davis St business. He says for the Holyoke business it was delayed due to COVID, but they have since started construction on that location. Mr. Morse responds that he appreciates them clarifying some of that for them. They are looking for people who are going to be long term partners of the Town of Douglas, if they do agree to do an HCA with them, they would probably put language in that states this is not to be sold or transferred and if you sold your business then that new owner would be required to come in and renegotiate an HCA with the Town of Douglas. He asks if they would just be starting a cultivation facility at the Davis St. location. Mr. Rainone answers it would be cultivation and manufacturing. Mr. Wojcik and the Board have a discussion about the amount of HCA’s given out for retail versus cultivation or manufacturing. The Flying Goose owners ask, if they are given an HCA for cultivation and manufacturing for this Davis St. site, when and what would be needed for them to obtain an HCA for retail at another location? There is another discussion. Mr. Morse asks if there is anyone else present that would like to speak on this? Teresa Mattson speaks up remotely, she states an HCA is a promise to a license, Mr. Morse responds no it is not. She also says they passed over the article adding additional licenses at the Town Meeting on Saturday. Mr. Morse responds they did that at the request of the police chief since they do not have any licenses issued yet in the Town of Douglas, he wants them to wait and see how the first couple go before issuing additional ones. Mr. Morse and Mr. Wojcik say the land is a competitive bid process with a score system, there is no promise to anyone in a competitive bid process. A discussion continues between the Board, Mr. Wojcik, The Flying Goose and Ms. Matteson. (01:29:00) A motion by Mr. Hughes, seconded by Mr. Bonin, to move forward in negotiating the HCA for cultivating and manufacturing. There is no further discussion from the Board. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
5. BOS Designation to EDC Project – Possible Vote(s) – (01:31:16) Bob Minarik of the EDC is present at the meeting. Mr. Wojcik says from time to time the Board is busy with specific projects or proposals and they need a member of the board that is well apprised of what is going on. All Board members agree that they trust Hal Davis to be the expert go to. (01:36:57) Motion made by Mr. Cortese, seconded by Mr. Hughes, to elect Mr. Hal Davis to be the Resident Expert for the Board. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes- Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
6. Sign Grant of Easement for West Street Approved at Sept. 12th Annual Town Meeting – Possible Vote – In the packet is the Grant of Easement for West Street - (01:38:29) A motion made by Mr. Cortese, seconded by Mr. Bonin, to sign the easement. All in favor.
7. Approve Minutes – Possible Vote(s) – In the packet is a copy of the meeting minutes from August 25th, 2020 and September 1st, 2020 - (01:39:07) A motion made by Mr. Hughes to approve the August 25th, 2020 regular meeting minutes as well as September 1st regular meeting minutes, seconded by Mr. Cortese. All in favor, no one abstained.
(01:40:05) A motion made by Mr. Hughes, seconded by Mr. Bonin, to approve and retain the executive session minutes from September 1, 2020. No further discussion, all in favor.
8. Administrators Report & COVID – 19 Update – (01:41:21) Mr. Wojcik thanks everyone who worked to get the Town Meeting off without a hitch. Cedar St. Bridge warrant article was passed over, a bid package has been put together and the timing on it is very important. This fall the major roadway and bridge construction firms are saying things are very slow so if this can go to November special Town Meeting and get approved the bid package can go out for late November, early December and get a really great price. Also compliments to everyone who stepped up during this COVID time, especially the full time Fire Department for their service during the pandemic, they were working one day on, one day off and they did a really great job. Mr. Wojcik speaks of the difference between Deputy Fire Chief and the Assistant Fire Chief as it was asked during the Town Meeting. The Assistant Chief position was approved during the Town Meeting and it is a non-union position that is not eligible for overtime. In regard to the schools reopening, if they do stay open all year, the purchase of PPE will be the largest supply contract in the town. Bids on Webster St close next week.
9. Open Session for Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated 48 hours in advance of the Meeting – (01:55:51) None
10. Executive Session – Litigation – (01:56:23) Motion made by Mr. Bonin, seconded by Mr. Hughes, to move into executive session for the purpose of litigation and then to leave that executive session for the purpose of adjournment. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, David Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye. The meeting was moved to the Selectman’s office and reconvened at 9:11pm. Motion made by Mr. Hughes at 9:22pm, seconded by Mr. Bonin, to return to regular session. Roll call vote – All Aye
11. Adjournment – Mr. Hughes made a motion, seconded by Mr. Cortese, to adjourn the meeting at 9:22pm. Roll call vote – All Aye



Respectfully Submitted,



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