BOS - April 6, 2004

BOS - April 6, 2004

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:31 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
April 6, 2004

7:00 pm

1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Citizen’s Forum

7:15 pm
4. Chapter 61A – Mosczynski

5. Warrant – Election

6. COLA / FY05 Budget discussion

7. Chapter 90 Project Requests

8. Minutes: December 29, 2003

9. Administrators Report

10. Old / New Business

11. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 6, 2004
Approved May 4, 2004


1. Call to Order:

Madame Chairman Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Other staff and citizens: Susan Mosczynski, Linda Dempsey, and T&G Reporter Tom Mattson.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
There were no announcements.

3. Citizen’s Forum:
No citizens came forward.

4. Chapter 61A – Mosczynski:
In the agenda is a Chapter 61A Check list for Mosczynski, Map 132, Parcel 5; a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Attorney Kevin Sullivan, received January 29, 2004, re: Notice Pursuant to G.L.C. 61A, Susan Mosczynski to Richard R. & Paula Russo; Legal description for writing deed, from Lavallee Brothers Inc., dated January 14, 2004; Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated January 2004 between Susan Mosczynski and Richard R. and Paula K. Russo; Plan of Land in Douglas, MA owned by Susan Mosczynski; Letter to Attorney Kevin Sullivan, from Suzanne Kane, dated February 3, 2004; a memo to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Open Space, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 29, 2004, re: Chapter 61A – Mosczynski (Lot 1A); a memo to the Board of Assessors, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 29, 2004, re: Chapter 61A – Mosczynski (Lot 1A); a memo to the Town Collector, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 29, 2004, re: Chapter 61A – Mosczynski (Lot 1A); an email to Suzanne Kane, from Lisa Mosczynski, dated February 2, 2004, re: S. Mosczynski Chap. 61 request; a letter to Attorney Kevin Sullivan, from Ida Ouillette, dated February 10, 2004, re: Susan Mosczynski – Roll Back Tax; a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Conservation Commission, dated February 3, 2004, re: Susan Mosczynski: Oak Street, Lot #1A; a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Planning Board, dated February 11, 2004, re: Susan Mosczynski: Oak Street, Lot #1A; and a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Open Space Committee, dated March 31, 2004, re: Chapter 61A request to remove property on Oak Street from protection by S. Mosczynski. Shirley Mosczynski recused herself giving the Chair over to Vice Chair Rich Preston then left the room. Rich Preston invited Susan Mosczynski and Linda Dempsey to the table. Rich Preston read the letter of intent received by certified mail on January 29, 2004 from Attorney Kevin W. Sullivan. He stated that all Boards/Commissions recommended the Board of Selectmen not exercise their right of first refusal. Edward Therrien made a motion that the Board of Selectmen not exercise their right of first refusal for 2 +/- acres of Chapter 61A land numbered Lot 1A Oak Street as shown on Assessors Map 132, Parcel 5. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. Ron Forget abstained, all other members – aye. Rich Preston gave the Chair back to Shirley Mosczynski.

5. Warrant – Election:
In the agenda is a copy of the Warrant for Annual Town Election, Tuesday, May 11, 2004. Taken out of order after item 3 due to time. Shirley Mosczynski read the Warrant for Annual Town Election. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the Warrant for the Annual Town Election, Tuesday, May 11, 2004 as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. COLA / FY05 Budget discussion:
Handed out prior to the meeting: Proposed Deficit Reduction with and without 3% COLA; Town of Douglas – Net School Spending FY03-FY05; and a packet from Rich Mathieu, dated April 6, 2004, re: FY05 Net School Spending Update. Michael Guzinski stated that he is recommending a 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for the Municipal employees. He stated the Police Union agreed on 3% and the School Union is still in negotiations. Rich Preston made a motion to approve a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment as recommended by Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye. Shirley Mosczynski reminded the Board that they would be meeting with the School Wednesday, April 7th, at the Intermediate School Library. The information handed out was for that meeting. Referring to the information handed out, Michael Guzinski stated it was the most updated data they have. He reminded the Board that they wanted to see cuts using Free Cash and not using Stabilization Funds.

7. Chapter 90 Project Requests:
In the agenda is the Chapter “90” Project Requests for an estimated cost of $194,773.00, dated March 30, 2004; and Resurfacing Schedule for FY04-05. Michael Guzinski stated that the Highway Department gave the Resurfacing Schedule for Chapter “90” funds. He stated there are three proposals: • 9504 feet on Northwest Main Street estimated at $121,687.20 • 3168’ on Southwest Main Street estimated at $40,562.40, and • 4752 feet on Southwest Main Street estimated at $66,674.08. Michael Guzinski stated that he rode with Highway Superintendent Edward Therrien up Northeast Main Street. He feels it does need to be resurfaced and they would like to get it done before July 1st before pricing goes up. Paula Brouillette stated she knows that Northwest Main is in bad shape and then asked what the traffic pattern is on Southwest Main Street. Edward Therrien stated there is a lot of traffic on Southwest Main Street. Shirley Mosczynski stated that the end of Southwest Main near the Thompson line was done before. Edward Therrien stated it was done with cold mix and now it will be hot topped. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the Chapter ‘90’ Project Request, dated March 30, 2004 as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Edward Therrien abstained. All other members – aye.

8. Minutes: December 29, 2003
Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the minutes of December 29, 2003 as amended. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.

9. Administrators Report:
• Mosquito Control:
Handed out at the meeting is information from CMMCP Services, last updated December 9, 2002 from www.cmmcp.org/services.htm. Concerning the mosquito control proposal that was put forward through the Board of Health, Michael Guzinski reported that CMMCP has a 4 step system to control mosquitoes at an estimated cost to Douglas of 56 to 58,000 dollars. CMMCP Service area, revised June 2003 shows the communities currently using it. No one around Douglas is except Webster. Connecticut and Rhode Island do not currently have programs. Michael Guzinski stated he is in favor of mosquito control but can not support the proposal. He suggests reviewing next year. Shirley Mosczynski stated it was an article proposed for Town Meting. Ron Forget stated he can not see approving it if the whole Stated doesn’t get involved. Edward Therrien stated Douglas is still putting pellets into the catch basins. Rich Preston asked for input from the Board of Health. Michael Guzinski stated his impression is that the Board of Health agrees with him, it’s too costly at this time. Shirley Mosczynski stated they have that information and asked if they should wait to decide on this when they go over the warrant. Rich Preston stated he doesn’t mind acting on it now. Consensus of the Board to pull the Mosquito Control Program off the Warrant.
• Underground Utilities: Michael Guzinski stated that he has been in touch with J. Cougler, Inc. about paving. We have an agreement with them and they would like to pave as soon as possible. When asked about the Grant for the Downtown Improvement, he stated he feels the grant is a couple of years away. Michael Guzinski stated that Cougler gave Douglas a quote but the price would go up after July 1st. Shirley Mosczynski asked how soon they need to know. Michael Guzinski stated they are set to do the work in April. He told the Board to keep in mind that underground utilities would be a couple of years. Ron Forget made a motion to go ahead with the paving per agreement with J. Cougler for Main Street Water Main Project. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Paula Brouillette stated she agrees they should go ahead with the paving of Main Street and stressed that it does not close the Downtown Improvement issue; there are safety issues. She stated for the short term this is the best solution; get Main Street back in order. She stated she wants to impress on the Board that planning needs to be done. Edward Therrien stated that once the road is paved the crosswalks need to be painted. Rich Preston stated he has always been concerned with Downtown safety; he would like to have a discussion with added measures to get crosswalks. Ron Forget asked to have ‘Business District’ signs put up. Suggested to have Chief Foley look into and as a follow up involve the Safety Committee. Rich Preston stated that awhile back they had a conversation with Chief Foley on dangerous intersections; they need to review that. Shirley Mosczynski stated she was told that if Chief Foley got into a class he could set the speed limits himself, and then they would not have to go through the State. Edward Therrien stated they can’t post speed limits as low as they used to. Michael Guzinski stated the State sets limits. Rich Preston recommended Michael Guzinski talk to Chief Foley to get moving on this issue. On the Vote: Edward Therrien abstained. All other members – aye.

10. Old / New Business
Old:
• Letter to Senator Moore:
Ron Forget had requested a letter be written to the State Representatives concerning the State Land at the last Selectmen’s meeting. The Board did not take action and he would like a paper trail. He stated the State owes Douglas around $129,000. Consensus of Board to write a letter to Senator Moore and Representative Kujawski concerning money owed Douglas for State land.
• Meetings: Shirley Mosczynski reported that the 4 Town Group will be meeting with State Representatives of the four communities. She stated she hopes everyone can come. Shirley Mosczynski stated there is also a meeting with STAR and on April 13th there is a Coalition Breakfast at the State House.

New:
• Economic Development – Phase II:
Paula Brouillette stated they have not had an opportunity to discuss the second phase of the Economic Development study. She recommended the Board of Selectmen sit with Economic Development to review it. Consensus of the Board to try for the next agenda to meet with Economic Development to go over the Phase II report.
• Executive Administrators Priorities: Paula Brouillette stated they should meet as a Board to go over priorities to present to Michael Guzinski for after the Budget season. Shirley Mosczynski asked to have it put on the next agenda.

11. Adjournment:
Edward Therrien made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 pm. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted;



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