BOS - December 3, 2020

BOS - December 3, 2020

Postby Suzanne Kane » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:54 pm

Board of Selectmen
Municipal Center Resource Room / Remote Meeting
December 3, 2020

7:00 pm

• Call to Order by Roll Call
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Chairman’s Announcements
~ Retirement – Maria Lajoie

1. Introduction and Swearing In of Police Lieutenant, and Assistant Fire Chief

2. Sign Woodland Road / Street Acceptance Quitclaim Deed – Possible Vote(s)

3. Sign Purchase & Sales Agreement w/Flying Goose for 286 & 0 Webster Street
Possible Vote(s)

4. Z&T Submission for HCA Change of Address - Possible Vote(s)

5. Discussion – Marijuana Businesses in Douglas – Possible Vote(s)

6. Liquor License Renewals – 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 – Discussion of Ongoing Investigation of DPS Lunch
Program

11. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Dec. 15th :
All Other License Renewals
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Board of Selectmen
December 3, 2020
Approved December 15, 2020


The 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 join the meeting remotely.
Present: Kevin Morse (Chair), Tim Bonin, Mike Hughes, David Cortese, Hal Davis (remote), Matt Wojcik (Town Administrator), Chief Miglionico, Lieutenant Travis Gould, Mrs. Gould and Kids, Chief Vinson, Assistant Chief Kelly Manning, Patrick Manning
Other Staff and Citizens: Teresa Matteson and Steve Toufanian (Z&T), Jason Delamater (Z&T Consultant)

Chairman’s announcements – According to EOHHS as of 5:00pm Douglas has rolled back to Phase 3 Step 1 due to an elevated level of Covid cases for a 3 week period. More information is available on Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid webpage.
Maria Lajoie has gone into retirement on 10/7/2020, she is working part time now. A certification of appreciation is located in the packet.

1. (02:14) Introduction and Swearing In of Police Lieutenant and Assistant Fire Chief – (03:10) Police Chief Nick Miglionico is present with Travis Gould. He says Lieutenant Gould has been with the department for 16 years, over that time he has displayed a work ethic second to none, he is an exceptional leader and he’s going to do a great job in this position. Travis Gould is sworn in by Chairman Kevin Morse.
(06:10) Fire Chief Kent Vinson is present with Kelly Manning who will be appointed as Assistant Chief of the Fire Department. He says he first met her as an instructor at the fire academy which she went into at 18 years old, she is trained in multiple disciplines of technical rescue, she’s a certified diver and hazmat technician, also a trained paramedic who has worked with two very busy services. He is very grateful; the community is going to be well suited and reap the benefits of Kelly’s hard training and he is thankful for the ability to be there and see her move forward. Kelly Manning is sworn in by Chairman Kevin Morse.

(09:07) Mr. Morse would like to take item 10 out of order and move it to the second position in the agenda. So moved by Mr. Cortes, seconded by Mr. Bonin. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye.
(09:24) A motion made by Mr. Bonin, to move into executive session for the purpose of discussing an ongoing investigation of the DPS Lunch Program and then to leave that executive session for the sole purpose of taking up the remaining items on the agenda, seconded by Mr. Hughes. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

2. (10:12) Sign Woodland Road / Street Acceptance Quitclaim Deed – Possible Votes – In the packet is the original quitclaim deed and the original partial release of mortgage – (10:58) A motion made by Mr. Hughes to accept the Woodland Road Acceptance Quit Claim Deed, seconded by Mr. Cortese. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye. The Board signs the Deed.
3. (11:38) Sign Purchase and Sales Agreement with Flying Goose for 286 and 0 Webster Street – Possible Votes – In the packet is the purchase and sales agreement – (12:25) A motion made by Mr. Bonin to instruct Chairman Morse to sign the Purchase and Sales Agreement with Flying Goose, for 286 and 0 Webster Street, seconded by Mr. Hughes. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
4. (13:11) Z&T Submission for HCA Change of Address – Possible Votes – In the packet is email correspondence requesting this address change – (13:50) A motion made by Mr. Cortese, seconded by Mr. Hughes, to change the request and have it reflected in the Host Community Agreement that they currently have to 10 Riddell Road. Mr. Bonin says he is not a fan of the location. There is a brief discussion between the Board and Mr. Wojcik and Ms. Matteson about the location and requirements of a traffic study. He says it is the Planning Board’s decision on this location, this is just for the HCA to have an address listed on it instead of TBD. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
5. (19:35) Discussion – Marijuana Businesses in Douglas – Possible Votes – Mr. Bonin says maybe this was a discussion that should have been had earlier on, the ball is already rolling now, and it appears the Town is fast tracked to have its three licenses and he is fine with accepting the Towns decision. Mr. Morse says an HCA is not a guarantee of a license so there is still the opportunity to change opinions on this. Mr. Cortese says he agrees with Mr. Bonin, he originally felt it was a good path to go down for the Town because of the potential revenue but he does not feel now that they have the ability to earn the amount of money for the Town that they would have. Mr. Morse says they will get a better idea of whether this will help the Town or not once one of these businesses actually gets open.
6. (26:16) Liquor License Renewals – Possible Votes – In the packet is a listing of all liquor licenses up for renewal, the renewal forms and the checklist for each licensee and also all of the fire inspection reports – The Board discusses that the EZ Mart just obtained their license only a few months ago, they have to renew already and would they be comfortable waiving the $800 renewal fee. (27:36) A motion by Mr. Hughes to approve all liquor license renewals on the 2021 liquor license renewal list contingent upon the licensees making available all required documentation listed on the checklist and by addressing all violations and recommendations by the building inspector and fire chief during their inspections, licenses will be held until the licensee is in full compliance, seconded by Mr. Bonin. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye. (28:38) A motion is made by Mr. Cortese that the Board vote to waive the $800 renewal fee for the EZ Mart, seconded by Mr. Bonin. Roll call vote – Mike Huges – Aye, Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
7. (29:05) Approve Minutes – Possible Votes – In the packet is a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting (29:08) A motion by Mr. Hughes, to approve the minutes of Tuesday November 17th 2020, seconded by Mr. Cortese. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Tim Bonin – Abstain, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
8. (29:50) Administrators Report and COVID – 19 Update – Mr. Wojcik reads his report. He says they just received their nightly report from the Town Nurse, they are up 6 cases today, but people come off quarantine almost as fast as they go on, looks like there are 19 people confirmed. Coming to the end of legal authority to spend Cares Act Funds for now, the authorization ends December 31st, all goods must be received, or services rendered by that date. Most of remaining inventory is about $18,000 worth of various types of masks that will be used. Matter has come up within 48 hours of posting, Deputy Commissioner of DLA, Mr. Cronin, has determined on a conference call with all of the Town Managers and Town Administrators and Lieutenant Governor Polito, that it is his view that if they enter into a contract for periodic testing for frontline employees that even if all of those tests are not administered by December 31st that the contract is entered into before that date that it would be Cares Act reimbursable, he would recommend that they go ahead and have a testing program. Use statewide contract with a testing agency, self-administered at home by the employee and drop it off at a UPS drop point within 12 hours of taking the sample and they will have a PCR result within 24-48 hours. If finding people need an instant test, there is a facility that Fire/Police can direct an employee to go for that test.
Notice that the Town has been awarded a grant for $24,405 to fully replicate the system in the cloud and have double redundancy. The change that has occurred to the network over the past few years is remarkable.
During tax recap discussion, DLS was not comfortable with the Town projecting canabis revenues even though those revenues are supposed to come from impact fees and it doesn’t matter if they sell the volume they are supposed to sell. Bottom line revenue forecast going into next funding season has not changed, probably take in more revenue then budgeted.
Lastly Mrs. Holmes resigned from the Zoning Board because she has moved out of town and on fairly short notice. Pam was a very valuable volunteer member of various boards, her opinions often brought out conversations of where the Town would be headed. She put in close to 3 decades of service to the Town and wish her and her husband well as they move on.
9. (41:57) Open Session for Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting – There is discussion about how many Covid tests $50,000 would get. There should be a line item on the budget in the event that this does not get covered by the Cares Act so that there is funding available to cover the tests. (Tim Bonin leaves the meeting at 7:44pm) $50,000-100,000 will cover it, the Board decides they would rather be on the side of caution and go with the higher figure. (46:54) A motion to authorize Town Administrator to enter into an agreement for testing and earmark not to exceed $100,000 so moved by Mr. Cortese, seconded by Mr. Hughes. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
10. (09:07) Executive Session – Discussion of Ongoing Investigation of DPS Lunch Program – This item is taken out of order.
11. (48:22) Adjournment – A motion to adjourn made by Mr. Hughes, seconded by Mr. Cortese. Roll call vote – Mike Hughes – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

Respectfully Submitted,



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