BOS - August 19, 2003

BOS - August 19, 2003

Postby Suzanne Kane » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:01 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
August 19, 2003


7:00 pm

1. Call to Order

2. Chairman Announcements

3. Citizens Forum

7:15 pm
4. Intersection of Yew and Perry Street – Merritt Tetreault

7:45 pm
5. Committee Appointment – Capital Planning Committee

6. Town Use – Villas at Eagles View

7. Contract Negotiation Committee for Police

8. Manchaug Street – Corrective Acceptance of Deed

9. Safety Committee – School Road Plan

10. Minutes – July 22, 2003

11. Administrators Report

12. Old / New Business

13. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:
Sept. 2nd: Dog Hearing
Oct. 7th: Dog Hearing
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
August 19, 2003
Approved October 21, 2003


1. Call to Order:

Madame Chairman Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. In attendance: Paula Brouillette, Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, Town Accountant Rich Mathieu for Executive Administrator Ken Mahony and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Other staff and citizens: Highway Clerk Bettyann McCallum, Highway employee John Furno, Fire Department EMT Lt. Kent Vinson, and Tribune Reporter Tom Mattson.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
No announcements.

3. Citizens Forum:
No citizens came forward.

4. Intersection of Yew and Perry Street – Merritt Tetreault:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Merritt Tetreault, dated August 4, 2003, re: Intersection of Yew; and Perry Street; pictures; a letter from the Douglas Highway Department in response to Mr. Tetreault’s letter. Pete Tetreault came before the Board. He stated that on September 4, 2002 he started asking for something to be done at the intersection. He did not agree with how the road was pitched, however it was out of his control, it is up to the Highway Department. Mr. Tetreault also stated that he read the letter from the Highway Department and he does not agree with it. He stated that Ken Mahony told him the road work was done to get rid of the puddles, now the puddles are in front of his house; he would like to know what action will be taken to take care of the water. Mr. Tetreault reported that he will be putting a fence up to separate his property from Town property; he is not worried if the snow plows hit his fence. He feels the fence will divert water to the pipe. Edward Therrien stated that water used to come down Perry Street and flush into the raven. The Town replaced the pipe and the road was widened to accommodate school busses. He stated the water problem was there before he was on the Highway Department. Rich Preston asked if the puddles were new. Pete Tetreault answered, “Yes”. Mr. Tetreault is asking for “consideration” and would like a storm drain where there isn’t one. He feels that by law, there should be consideration to drainage when a road is put in and he feels this did not happen. Rich Preston asked what work the Highway Department has been out to do. Pete Tetreault stated that they put in the island. Rich Preston asked Edward Therrien if there was any reasonable way to deal with the runoff. Edward Therrien stated they could put a catch basin in where the pipe is to handle the water that is going to come down the road. Highway employee John Furno stated that he feels a catch basin in is not going to solve the problem; he feels there will be the same amount of water. Shirley Mosczynski asked if the area builds up with ice during the winter. Edward Therrien stated that it hasn’t. Pete Tetreault stated a catch basin is designed to catch sand, without it the water will build up and end up in his barn. Edward Therrien suggested putting in a catch basin to see if that will solve the problem and then go from there. Pete Tetreault concurred that he would like to see a catch basin put in. He stated that he would also like to work with the Highway Department while he puts his fence up.

5. Committee Appointment – Capital Planning Committee:
In the agenda packet is an email to Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane, from Capital Improvement Chair Mitch Cohen, dated August 1, 2003, re: CIC membership updates; and an application for Boards and Commissions, from Kent Vinson, dated July 1, 2003, for Capital Planning Committee. Suzanne Kane stated that Fire Chief Donald Gonynor gave his verbal recommendation to have Kent Vinson on the Capital Improvement Committee representing the Fire Department. Kent Vinson came before the Board. He stated he is looking forward to helping the Town in any way he can. Edward Therrien made a motion to appoint Kent Vinson to the Capital Improvement Committee, as a Department representative, for a term ending June 30, 2004. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. Town Use – Villas at Eagles View:
In the agenda packet is an Application for use of Town property, for Villas at Eagles View, for their Annual Meeting, on July 25, 2003 in the Resource Room. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Application for Use of Town Property as presented. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. All – aye.

7. Contract Negotiation Committee for Police:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane, dated July 24, 2003, re: Chief Foley on Negotiation Committee; and a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Brett Fulone, President M.C.O.P. Local 150, dated July 24, 2003, re: Contract Negotiations. Rich Preston and Paula Brouillette both volunteered to be on the Committee. Consensus of the Board that the Committee members would be Rich Preston, Paula Brouillette, Ken Mahony, and Police Chief Foley. Shirley Mosczynski asked that a letter go out to the Douglas Officers Association.

8. Manchaug Street – Corrective Acceptance of Deed:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane, dated August 15, 2003, re: Item 8; a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Assistant Assessor Ida Ouillette, dated July 28, 2003, re: Manchaug Street – Corrective Acceptance of Deed; Exhibit A of the corrective and Confirmatory Acceptance of Deed; Exhibit B of the corrective and Confirmatory Acceptance of Deed; and Plan of Property owned by Edward K. Renaud, Jr. Rich Mathieu explained that this item is on the agenda because there was a discrepancy in how it was recorded. Shirley Mosczynski stated that she believes the Conservation Commission signed it on Monday night. She stated that she has already talked to Ken Mahony and that any expenses should not come out of the Towns pocket. Rich Preston stated he is interested in Town Counsels opinion prior to the Board signing. Paula Brouillette agrees; when it’s a legal issue, they should be precise. Suzanne Kane stated that Ken Mahony did have this issue faxed to Kopelman and Paige, but no word back yet. Shirley Mosczynski stated she will discuss with Ken Mahony. Consensus of the Board to hold this item until their next meeting.

9. Safety Committee – School Road Plan:
In the agenda packet are the minutes for the Douglas Safety Committee, Monday, August 4, 2003. Concerning the School Road Plan, Edward Therrien reported that he was waiting for School Superintendent Connie Verge to come back. He stated that High School Principal Mary Stone was at the last meeting. Consensus of the Board to hold this item until their next meeting.

10. Minutes – July 22, 2003:
Edward Therrien made a motion to approve the Minutes of July 22, 2003 as presented. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.

11. Administrators Report:
• Water / Sewer:
Rich Mathieu, reported that the bid openings for the Treatment plant are tomorrow at 2:00 pm. He stated that Ken Mahony met with Water / Sewer for resolution of the Rt. 16 Water Project. Shirley Mosczynski stated Ken Mahony had told her it was at the request of the Water / Sewer Commission. Rich Mathieu concurred.
• Capital Project: When asked about Capital Projects, Rich Mathieu reported that Ken Mahony had not given him anything on this item; he knows work is being done at the Post Office.
• Ken Mahony’s Resignation Letter: Shirley Mosczynski read a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Ken Mahony, dated August 11, 2003 which expressed his decision to take part in the Early Retirement Program passed by the State. Shirley Mosczynski stated the Board would have to wait until October 1st, but no later then November 1st to vote on this. She suggested scheduling a workshop meeting to decide what to do with respect to advertising, etc. Consensus of the Board to hold a Workshop on September 2nd, after their regular meeting.

12. Old / New Business:
• Old:
• Cable:
Rich Preston read a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Counsel, dated August 19, 2003, re: Douglas Cable Television License Renewal Negotiations, in which Town Counsel reviewed a ‘Short Term License’ provided by Charter Communications, at the request of the Cable Advisory Committee to extend the terms and conditions of the current license for an additional three months. Paula Brouillette pointed out that the letter was marked; “Confidential” and Rich Preston assured her that it was not an Executive Session item. The negotiations thus far have all been open to the public. Ron Forget made a motion to approve signing the Short Term License as written. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Edward Therrien abstained. All other members –aye. License was signed, Suzanne Kane will mail out. Rich Preston stated the meeting with Charter Communications was very informative, they need to let the consumers know that there are other products available, for example: ‘mini basic’.
• Letter to School Committee: Rich Preston read the letter he composed to the School Committee inviting them to a Municipal Office Space Study / Meeting. Consensus of the Board to send the letter out.
• Chapter 90: Edward Therrien asked for signatures for Chapter 90 monies.

• New
• Carla Cataldo:
Shirley Mosczynski asked to find out when Grant Writer Carla Cataldo will be meeting with the Board.
• Executive Session Minutes: Shirley Mosczynski stated that Ken Mahony sent them final comments on an Executive Session matter, she asked that the minutes be placed on the next agenda to be released.

13. Adjournment:
Edward Therrien made a motion to adjourn at 8:03 pm. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted;


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