BOS - September 17, 2002

BOS - September 17, 2002

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:57 pm

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Agenda
September 17, 2002


7:00 pm
1. Call to order


2. Chairman’s announcements

3. Citizens’ Forum

7:15 pm
4. Pole Petition: P02-71 (Perry Street)

5. Minutes: August 20, 2002 – Sign Workshop
August 27, 2002 – Regular Session
August 27, 2002 – Executive Session
September 3, 2002 – Regular Session

6. Renaud – Steve Zisk

7. Authority to sign for Water/Sewer

8. Award Bid for Rt. 16 Water Project

9. Award Bid for Asbestos & Hazardous Material

10. Executive Administrators Report

11. Old / New Business

12. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
September 17, 2002
Approved November 5, 2002

1. Call to order:

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

Other citizens and staff in attendance: Tracy, MacDonald Andrews and their children, 200 Wallum Lake Rd. Albert Menchin, 194 Wallum Lake Rd., Russ Gray, 206 West Street, and Roger Martinsen, Sr. OTR for Mass Electric.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
Shirley Mosczynski announced that the Octoberfest Committee is still looking for volunteers to work at the Octoberfest. Anyone interested can call Marie Martinsen. Rich Preston stated that they are short 6 or 7 workers. Shirley Mosczynski also announced the Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser for the Blackstone Valley Tech Girls Soccer on September 26, 2002 between 5 pm and 8 pm at the Blackstone Valley Tech Highschool.

3. Citizens’ Forum:
Passed out to the Selectmen earlier in the week; Letter to Albert Menchin, from Suzanne Kane, dated September 10, 2002; memo from Suzanne Kane dated September 10, 2002, entitled Dog Bite; copy of Animal Control Daily Log from July, 2002, with events pertaining to Mr. Menchin’s dog highlighted; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Jay O’Connor, dated September 17, 2002, re: dog incident; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from James Bedlion, 204 Wallum Lake Rd., dated September 15, 2002; and a Commonwealth of MA Complaint of Vicious or Barking Dog, filed by James Bedlion, dated September 14, 2002, against the dog owned by Albert Menchin and Jaye Mailhiot. Tracy Andrews came before the Board to explain the problem she is having with a dog owned by Albert Menchin who is currently living with Jaye Mailhoit at 194 Wallum Lake Rd. She has been working with Animal Control Officer Jay O’Connor and stated that he has been very helpful and concerned. She has come before the Board because she feels the dog owner has more rights then her family. She stated that she did not report either of the dog bites her daughter received, but was told she should in order to create a paper trail. She called the Dog Officer 42 days after the second bite. She stated that she does not want the dog put down, just removed. Ms Andrews recounted the events that led up to her coming to the Board. She stated that Mr. O’Connor told her that there were 5 courses of action the Board could take, two of which are permanent restraint or banishment. She does not want restraint; she wants banishment, stating she does not feel the dog should have a third chance at her daughter. She feels that Mr. Menchin views this as a “voluntary” restraint. She stated that she has tried to resolve this problem neighbor to neighbor, but is now coming to the Board of assistance. Rich Preston asked when the two bites happened. Ms Andrews’ stated the first bite occurred in March or April and the second bite occurred on May 19th. He stated that he would have liked to hear from Jay O’Connor on this matter. Albert Menchin of 194 Wallum Lake Rd, and the owner of the dog in question, also came before the Board. He stated that there were some discrepancies with Ms. Andrews stories. He said the first bite did not result in broken skin, as Mr. Andrews stated. He stated that if he had felt the dog would aggressively attack the girl, he would get rid of it. He stated that he did have someone who was going to take the dog, but it didn’t work out. He had the dog neutered, on a recommendation from Dog Officer Jay O’Connor. He was also told by Mr. O’Connor to keep the dog restrained, license the dog, and put up a kennel. All of which he did. He was then told to have the dog placed on his homeowners insurance and take it to dog obedience classes. He also stated that the dog has been in the neighborhood for three years with no prior problems. He has 4 grandchildren and his girlfriend has kids, again, no problems. Ron Forget concurred with Rich Preston’s desire to hear from Jay O’Connor. Shirley Mosczynski stated that there was a letter from Jay O’Connor in the packet. Mr. Menchin then explained that contrary to Mr. O’Connor’s suggestion that he take the dog to obedience training, he decided not to because he figured the Board would ask him to remove the dog from Town. Ken Mahony talked about the importance of Mr. Menchin’s obtaining homeowners insurance to prevent something from happening. There was an agreement between the Board, Ms Andrews, and Mr. Menchin that the dog be removed from Douglas. Ms Andrews stated she also did not want the dog coming back for visits or babysitting. All agreed. Mr. Mahony will follow up with Jay O’Connor.

7:48 pm
4. Pole Petition:

In the agenda is a letter to Town Engineer William Cundiff, from Bruce Kut, Operation Engineer for Mass Electric, dated September 13, 2002, a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated September 10, 2002, re: Pole petition – D02-71 Perry Street; Pole & Wire Locations petition form from William Cundiff, submitted August 22, 2002, for P02-71; Pole petition to the Board of Selectmen, dated August 22, 2002, from Mass Electric for P02-71; memo to Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, Police Chief Patrick Foley, Highway Superintendent Edward Therrien, and Tree Warden Leon Mosczynski, from Suzanne Kane, dated August 22, 2002, re: Pole Petition – P02-71 Perry Street; and Letters to abutters, from Suzanne Kane, dated September 5, 2002. This petition was deferred to the next scheduled Selectmen’s meeting because it is before the Conservation Commission. All abutters were notified of the change.

5. Minutes:
• August 20, 2002 – Sign Workshop:
Held over until all members from Workshop are present.
• August 27, 2002 – Regular Session: Ron Forget made a motion to approve the minutes of August 27, 2002 – Regular Session as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.
• August 27, 2002 – Executive Session: Ron Forget made a motion to approve but not release the minutes of August 27, 2002 – Executive Session as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.
• September 3, 2002 – Regular Session: Rich Preston made a motion to approve the minutes of September 3, 2002 – Regular Session as presented. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. Renaud – Steve Zisk:
In the agenda packet is a zoning map of parcel C (lot 13) and parcel A (lot 14) on Manchaug Rd. which the Town received from the Renaud settlement. Ken Mahony stated that he would speak for Planning/Conservation Agent Steve Zisk regarding the Conservations parcel. Mr. Mahony stated that the Conservation Commission was looking for approval by the Board to install a Conservation sign somewhere along the road side showing it’s Conservation land. There was a consensus of the Board to agree with the Conservations Commissions plan to place a Conservation Sign identifying their land off Manchaug Rd.

7. Authority to sign for Water/Sewer:
Ken Mahony reported that there is an application package for a grant for a Sewer Plant. Mr. Mahony found that one of the conditions was never met by the Town which was the adoption of Nation Flood Insurance. He has put it before the Planning Board again. Mr. Mahony is also requesting authority to sign the grant on behalf of the Board. Shirley Mosczynski handed Mr. Mahony a copy of Flood Plan which was adopted June 25, 1983. Ron Forget made a motion to authorize Executive Administrator Ken Mahony to sign all associated documents for the grant process for the construction of a new waste water treatment facility. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

8. Award Bid for Rt. 16 Water Project:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Kenneth Mahony, from Dennis P. Boucher, P.E. Associate of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc., dated September 9, 2002, re: Contract for Water Main Improvements and Appurtenant Work – 2002 Recommendation for award of contract, and a copy of bid results opened August 30, 2002l. Ken Mahony reported that Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc. recommended the water project contract be awarded to J. Cougler, Inc. which was the low bidder at $764,030.15. Shirley Mosczynski questioned Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc.’s inability to comment on the financial ability of J. Cougler, Inc. as noted on the second page of the recommendation. Mr. Mahony stated that J. Cougler, Inc. was given a good recommendation. He does not feel this is an unbalanced bid; J. Cougler, Inc. is the low bidder. Rich Preston asked if the Town is covered as far as extras. Mr. Mahony stated that he believes we are. He then stated that J. Cougler, Inc. references all checked out and that the bank not giving a reference is not unusual. Ron Forget made a motion to award the contract for Water Main Improvements and Appurtenant Work for 2002 to J. Cougler, Inc. for $764,030.15 as per the recommendation of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

9. Award Bid for Asbestos & Hazardous Material:
In the agenda packet is a copy of the bid results for Asbestos & Hazardous Material opened September 10, 2002. Ken Mahony announced that A Plus Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI came in as the low bidder at $64,880.00. He reported that the Town had to wait until after School started because the contractors were all busy. He also remarked that GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. presented the best specks he has ever seen. Rich Preston asked what the time table was for finishing the project. Ken Mahony stated 2 to 3 weeks. Rich Preston made a motion to award the contract for Asbestos & Hazardous Material to A Plus Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Inc. Pawtucket, RI for $64,880.00. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.

10. Executive Administrators Report:
• Construction Projects:
Ken Mahony reported that they have not finished paving the Connector Road. The State is taking all the asphalt for work on Rt. 495.
• Old Fire Station: Mr. Mahony reported that the down spouts are left.
• Library: Mr. Mahony reported that the Library roof project was caught in the rain. The roof was not covered as well as it could have. There was not a lot of damage and Facilities Maintenance Manager Rich Colonero put buckets out to catch water. Library Director Ann Carlsson reported no water damage to any books. Shirley Mosczynski asked if the contractor, Bay State Painting, had insurance and Ken Mahony stated that he had received their certificates of insurance today.
• Poles on Connector Road: Mr. Mahony reported that Verizon contractors were dealing with this.

11. Old / New Business:
• Davis Street / Rt. 16 Construction:
Rich Preston stated that the residents have concerns. He asked if there is insurance that there will be minimal inconvenience to the residents. Mr. Mahony stated that there was an information meeting with the residents a couple of weeks ago. They seemed satisfied. Police officers have been trying as best they can to keep traffic flowing. He stated that the inconvenience on the water will be less. Mr. Mahony also stated that Police Chief Foley has spoken to the patrol officers to make sure they are more user friendly. Rich Preston also reported that there are complaints that there is air in people’s water.
• Dunkin Donuts: Shirley Mosczynski asked what the status was with Ken Mahony getting in touch with Uxbridge about the traffic problem at the Dunkin Donuts. He stated that Chief Foley will be talking to the Uxbridge Chief.
• Meeting with Town Counsel: Shirley Mosczynski would like to meet with Town Counsel. She stated that she will look at past minutes to see how it’s been done in the past.
• Aquifer map: Shirley Mosczynski asked for the status of the meeting with Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, Economic Development, and the State. Ken Mahony stated that he has asked and gotten a Water Study. He has asked the State but has not gotten a response back.

12 Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion to adjourn at 8:25pm. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted,



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