BOS - January 5, 2021

BOS - January 5, 2021

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:43 am

Board of Selectmen
Municipal Center Resource Room / Remote Meeting
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

7:00 pm

• Call to Order by Roll Call
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Chairman’s Announcements
~ Announce Officer Michael Bren’s Promotion to Sergeant
~ Announce 2020 Volunteer Milestones

1. Review & Sign HCA – Flying Goose/Dark Stream – Cultivation (Davis
Street), Manufacturing (Davis Street), and Retail (Webster Street)
Possible Vote(s)

2. Appointment – ZBA Alternate Ronald Forget to Full Member – Possible
Vote(s)

3. FY 2021 Tellstone & Son, Inc. MOA – Possible Vote(s)

4. Approve New Class II License Application for G&L, LLC – Possible Vote(s)

5. Ratify Economic Development Coordinator Job Description
– Possible Vote(s)

6. Approve Various Late 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 – Collective Bargaining/Contract Negotiations

11. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Remote Meeting Minutes
January 5, 2021
Approved January 19, 2021

• Call to Order

Chairman Kevin Morse called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Center Resource Room. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, CDC guidelines were followed, and participants were invited to join the meeting remotely. In attendance: Timothy Bonin, David Cortese, Harold Davis (remotely at 7:12 pm), Michael Hughes, and TA Matthew Wojcik.

• Chairman’s Announcements:
~ Announce Officer Michael Bren’s Promotion to Sergeant (00:37):
In the packet is a letter from Police Chief Miglionico, dated December 28, 202, re: Officer Michael Bren Promotion.
• Mr. Morse announced the promotion of Officer Bren to the position of Sergeant. He and the Board commend Sgt. Bren on his accomplishment.
~ Announce 2020 Volunteer Milestones (01:30):
In the packet is a memo from Suzanne Kane, dated December 28, 2020, re: Announce 2020 Volunteer Milestones, 2020 Volunteer Milestones, and a copy of the achievement cover letter.
• Due to COVID, the Town could not hold the annual “Potluck Dinner” to recognize volunteer’s milestone service. Mr. Morse read the list included in the packet. Mr. Morse also recognized Pamela Holmes who recently resigned from ZBA.

1. Review & Sign HCA – Flying Goose/Dark Stream – Cultivation (Davis Street), Manufacturing (Davis Street), and Retail (Webster Street (04:47) :
In the packet is a copy of the HCA between the Town of Douglas and Flying Goose LLC, and the HCA between the Town of Douglas and Dark Stream.
• This item was carried over from the December 15, 2020 meeting to allow for the boards review. Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the HCA’s as presented. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

2. Appointment – ZBA Alternate Ronald Forget to Full Member (06:25):
In the packet is an email from Dan Heney, ZBA Chair, dated December 10, 2020, subject: ZBA.
• With the resignation of Pamela Holmes, the Zoning Board of Appeals is requesting the Selectmen appoint Alternate member Ronald Forget as a Full member. Mr. Bonin made a motion to appoint Ronald Forget as a Full member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term ending June 30, 2024. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

3. FY 2021 Tellstone & Son, Inc. MOA (07:27):
In the packet is a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Douglas Public Schools and Tellstone & Son, Inc.
• At their December 15, 2020 meeting, the Board voted to send the agreement back to the School Committee to have the language altered further. TA Wojcik reported all edits suggested by the BOS have been included, and he is ok with the document. Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between the Douglas Pubic Schools and Tellstone & Son, Inc. as presented. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

4. Approve New Class II License Application for G & L, LLC (12:31):
In the packet is a memo from Suzanne Kane, dated December 31, 2020, re: Class II License – G & L, LLC, G & L, LLC’s application packet, and suggested Class II License Conditions for G & L, LLC.
• Mr. Morse reported the enclosed license application is a new wholesaler’s license. Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the license for G & L, LLC, with the conditions enclosed in the packet. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

5. Ratify Economic Development Coordinator Job Description (13:38):

In the packet is a copy of the Economic Development Coordinator’s Job Description:
• TA Wojcik reported he will be adding the word “Project” before “Coordinator” throughout the document. This position is being created by Town Meeting vote. The purpose of the Economic Development Project Coordinator is to coordinate/facilitate the “Brand” of the town in its interactions with commercial and industrial projects. The Project Coordinator will help businesses navigate through the towns processes. He stated the town has done Tech Review for a while now and this position can improve the process. Discussion ensued including the position being funded at a part-time level, subject to future change. There was concern that the education and experience requirements could be narrowing the search results. TA Wojcik feels it is important to have someone who has private sector experience who can empathize with the developers. The position will be posted for 10 days and then advertised. Mr. Bonin made a motion to ratify the job description for the Economic Development Project Coordinator. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

6. Approve Various Late License Renewals (24:46):
In the packet is a memo from Suzanne Kane, dated December 31, 2020, re: Common Vic License Renewal – Harry’s Pizza, the check list and application for Harry’s Pizza.
• Mr. Morse reported the application for Harry’s Pizza is complete except for the fire inspection report. Suzanne Kane will hold the license until it is received.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the Common Victular’s License renewal for Harry’s Pizza contingent upon receiving the Fire Inspection Report. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

7. Approve Minutes (25:55):
In the packet are the December 15, 2020 Regular Session minutes, and the December 15, 2020 Executive Session minutes.
• Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the regular session minutes of December 15, 2020 as presented. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve and retain the executive session minutes of December 15, 2020. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.


8. Administrator’s Report & COVID – 19 Update (27:05):
• TA Wojcik reported there are currently 19 active/isolation cases in town. He stated that is down from the high of 32 cases. He stated the State as a whole has a high positive rate and we will likely see significant caseloads in 2 weeks to a month. TA Wojcik reported the town has started a testing program for first responders paid by the CARES Act. Testing is done after the end of shift and will continue for 10 weeks, at which time the vaccine will hopefully be available. If not, they will continue the testing program. TA Wojcik stated the town will not follow CDC guidelines by asking first responders who are positive and asymptomatic to report to work; instead they will stay home. He stated asymptomatic individuals are responsible for 50% of the spread.
• TA Wojcik reported Flying Goose has closed on the land and their check has been turned into the Treasurer.
• Patrice Rousseau provide Holiday meals for the seniors. She polled them to see if they feel they need the Outreach Food Program again. Because we are in a different place since last spring, no one signed up, but it could change and Ms. Rousseau will be ready.
• TA Wojcik reported the budget process is on its way. He is currently working in the personnel supplement. He stated there has been a lot of public safety turnover. He stated he will discuss with the BOS and FinCom alternate ways to provide services in the Town Hall, including outsourcing. He stated he will be able to do this without affecting anyone’s employment status due to retirements.
• TA Wojcik reported expenses include added personnel. He stated that future development and the revenue they will generate justify those positions.
• TA Wojcik reported work on the Capital Plan is starting. He said a discussion is needed on the overall financial direction for the town. He stated he will be looking at a capital exclusions for the highway building (5-10 years out). He stated the town cannot budget cannabis revenue for future spending. He stated he plans to present a “robust” capital budget without borrowing.

9. Open Session for Topics Not Reasonable Anticipated 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting (38:46):
• There were no topics.

10. Executive Session – Collective Bargaining/Contract Negotiations (39:34):
• Mr. Bonin made a motion at 7:39 pm to go into Executive Session for the purpose of collective bargaining/contract negotiations, and to return to Regular Session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye. The meeting was moved to the Selectmen’s Office and reconvened at 7:49 pm.

Mr. Hughes made a motion at 8:23 pm to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

11. Adjournment (39:34):
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn at 8:23 pm. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Timothy Bonin – aye, David Cortese – aye, Harold Davis – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, and Kevin Morse – aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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