BOS - October 30, 2001

BOS - October 30, 2001

Postby Suzanne Kane » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:46 pm

Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Resource Room—Municipal Center

AGENDA

7:00 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Chairman’s Announcements
3. Minutes—September 25, 2001
October 9, 2001
4. Citizens Forum

7:15 PM

5. Public Hearing-Petition for Pole and Wire Locations No. D01-77
6. Public Hearing-Transfer of License for Storage of Flammable Materials-Family Convenience Center

7:20 PM

7. Public Hearing-Transfer of Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store (Wine and Malt Beverages only)-Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.
8. Approval of Initial Agreement—Community Development Plan
9. Appointments A. New Veterans’ Services Director
B. Library Building Committee
10. State Acquisition of a Parcel of Land in Douglas-Waiver of 120 Day Notice Period
11. Industrial Park Feasibility Study—Approval of Application for Financial Assistance to Mass Development
12. Review and Approve Warrant for November 15, 2001 Special Town Meeting
13. Executive Administrator’s Report
14. New Business
15. Executive Session—Litigation Strategy
16. Adjourn
______________________________________________________________________________
MEETING NOTES
October 30, 2001

Approval of Minutes—
September 25, 2001 Regular Meeting
September 25, 2001 Executive Session
October 9, 2001 Regular Meeting
October 9, 2001 Executive Session
These minutes have been reviewed and corrected as necessary by your Interim Executive Administrator, and are ready for Board Approval.

Public Hearing- Petition for Pole and Wire Locations No. D01-77
There is enclosed in your agenda book a request to place one telephone pole and bracing on Church Street. This pole and bracing is needed to serve the new cell tower. All pertinent Town departments were noticed, and the only comment received is that Church Street is a Scenic Road covered by the Town’s Scenic Roads Bylaw. Therefore, a separate application must be made to and hearing be held by the Planning Board concerning the proposed pole and wire locations.

If agreeable to the Board, the following motion can be acted upon: Moved to approve Mass. Electric Co.’s Petition for Pole and Wire Locations No. D01-77, subject to the applicant applying to the Planning Board under the Town’s Scenic Roads Bylaw and receiving either a determination that the proposed activities either do no require a special permit from the Planning Board, or a decision by the Planning Board, with or without conditions, approving the proposed work along a scenic road.


Public Hearing-Transfer of License for Storage of Flammable Materials-Family Convenience Center
In addition to seeking the transfer of the package store liquor license, the new operator of the Douglas Convenience Center is seeking the transfer of the license to store flammable materials (Gasoline) in the underground storage tanks. Town Counsel has ruled that this license is transferrable even though Mr. Forcier will remain the owner of the property for the time being (see letter from Attorney Richard Bowen). As you will see, the Fire Chief has put forward a number of proposed conditions to the transfer of the license. If agreeable to the Board, the following motion can be adopted: Move to approve the license for the storage of flammable materials at 63 Main Street to the Douglas Convenience Center, Inc., Ray B. Whitehead, Manager, subject to all of the conditions recommended by Fire Chief Gonynor in his memorandum dated October 24, 2001.

Public Hearing-Transfer of Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store (Wine and Malt Beverages only)-Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.
Ray B. Whitehead of Acton, MA has applied to transfer the Alcoholic Beverages License from Roland Forcier to his business, Douglas Convenience Center, Inc. Mr. Whitehead has entered into a lease agreement with Roland Forcier to operate the business currently called the Family Convenience Center. A copy of the lease agreement is in your agenda books. Part of the business is the operation of a Package Store for wine and malt beverages only, which requires the issuance of a license from the Board of Selectmen, and approval of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC).
This public hearing was advertised, as required by the statutes, and all relevant Town Departments were noticed. No negative comments or concerns have been received. Processing of this license transfer and all Alcoholic Beverages Licenses must be handled carefully to comply with all ABCC requirements. It should be noted that Mr. Whitehead was very cooperative in providing all of the required information, and everything appears to be in order.
Unless the Board has any reservations about the transfer of this license, the following motion would be in order: Move to approve the transfer of the Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store (Wine and Malt Beverages only) at 63 Main Street to Douglas Convenience Center, Inc., Ray B. Whitehead, Manager.

Update—Drainage Problem at Family Convenience Center
Town Engineer Bill Cundiff has now had the drainage pipe inspected with a TV camera and is ready to report his findings to the Board.

Approval of Initial Agreement—Community Development Plan
To follow-up on the Rural Development Council’s presentation last month, I was asked to find out what the Town has to do to obtain the $30,000 planning grant that it is entitled to receive from the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Ann Whittaker, the DHCD staffer who attended the Common Threads meeting last month, advises that the first step is for the Town to fill in, approve, and submit the Community Development Plan: Initial Agreement (in your agenda books) to the Regional Planning Commission. This will not commit the Town to using the Regional Planning Agency to do the planning studies. The Town is free to use any of the Planning Consultants on the DHCD’s approved list. However, the Regional Planning Agency is under contract with DHCD to administer the program, so all the paperwork has to go through them.
So, to start the process to receive the $30,000 in planning assistance funds, the Board should vote the following motion: Move to approve the Community Development Plan: Initial Agreement between the Town of Douglas and the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission, and to authorize the Board’s Chairman (or in his absence, another designee) to sign the Initial Agreement on behalf of the Board.

Appointments
A. Veterans Services Director

Allen Miliefsky’s last day on the job as Veterans Agent for Douglas, Uxbridge, and Northbridge was a couple of weeks ago, so the Towns are currently without a Veterans Agent. The position was advertised with the result that only four persons applied for it. One of the applicants was from Douglas, but he withdrew because the salary was too low for him. Two of the remaining applicants also withdrew. So when the Administrators of the three Towns met in Northbridge to interview the candidates, there was only one candidate remaining to interview.
Fortunately, the remaining candidate, Arnold “Arnie” Korenblum, is more than qualified for the position and is willing to accept it. In addition to his military service record, he worked for Apollo Computers and Data General for many years. As you will see, he has been active and in leadership positions in Veterans organizations. While he will have to commute to the office at Uxbridge Town Hall and learn about the 3 towns, he indicated his willingness to meet with all the veterans groups in the 3-Town district during evening hours if necessary.
Given the lack of other candidates and the need to fill the vacant position, the Administrators of the 3 towns agreed to put forward Mr. Korenblum’s appointment at their respective meetings this week. Northbridge and Uxbridge has already confirmed the appointment of Mr. Korenblum at their Selectmen’s meetings last week. To follow through on that commitment to the other two towns, I am recommending the appointment of Arnold Korenblum for the position of Director of Veterans’ Services for the Town of Douglas. It is anticipated that Arnie Korenblum will be present at your meeting to introduce himself to the Board.

B. Library Building Committee
The Board of Library Trustees is requesting that the Selectmen approve the appointment of Tim Cox to the Library Building Committee.

State Acquisition of a Parcel of Land in Douglas-Waiver of 120 Day Notice Period
The Town received note from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) that the State is proposing to acquire a property of less than ½ acre of land on Wallum Lake. While the map attached to DEM’s letter indicates just one lot—No 26—to be purchased, the Assessor says that it actually two lots—Nos. 25 and 26—that are involved in the transaction. The Assessors’ property cards for the two lots (enclosed in your agenda books) show that the same person owns the two lots and that together they total the 18,700 square feet of land to be purchased as cited in DEM’s letter. The State is asking the Town to waive the 120 day notification period required by State regulations so they can proceed with the transaction.
Unless the Board has concerns about this proposed acquisition of property by the State, the following motion is recommended: Move to waive the 120 notice period as required by Code of Massachusetts Regulations Chapter 301, Section 50.0, et seq., as to a parcel of land of approximately 18,700 square feet in the Town of Douglas, which is being considered for acquisition by the Department of Environmental Management.

Application for Financial Assistance to Mass Development—Industrial Park Feasibility Study
The deadline for the receipt of proposals in response to the Town’s Request for
Proposals (RFP) for the Industrial Park Feasibility Study was last Monday. Two proposals were received from reputable development consultants. The Economic Development Commission met last Tuesday evening to begin to review the two proposals. They have set up an interview schedule to meet with the two teams of consultants.

With that process moving forward, action must be taken to secure the additional $25,000 from Mass Development to fully fund the feasibility study. A pre-application was already submitted by the Town and approved by Mass Development, but the full application needs to be submitted. Staff of Mass Development advised that they are fully aware of the Douglas project and it should be considered to be in the “pipeline”, and the full application is somewhat of a formality. They also advise that the full application should be accompanied by a strong letter of support and commitment to the project by the governing body.

Toward that end, I have drafted a letter of support for the Board of Selectmen to approve and sign. It will accompany the full application for the $25,000 no interest loan, which I will make every effort to finalize and submit before I leave the Town. The following motion is offered: Move to approve the submittal of a full application to Mass Development for financial assistance in the amount of $25,000 to conduct an Industrial Park Feasibility Study, and to sign the cover letter for such full application indicating the Town’s strong commitment to this effort.

Request to MHD for Coordination Assistance
The School Building Committee is asking the Board of Selectmen to submit a letter to Mass Highway Department, District 3 to seek coordination assistance from the State with the Town’s projects. A copy of the proposed letter is in your agenda books.

Approval—Town Meeting Warrant for November 15, 2001 Special Town Meeting
There is enclosed in your agenda books a copy of the warrant for the Special Town Meeting on November 15th and backup materials on each of the warrant articles. You will note a few changes since your last meeting when the list of warrant articles was presented to the Board and the warrant was closed. First, the article to fund a Prior Year’s Bill has been eliminated. Due to the excellent detective work by Suzanne Kane, it has been determined that the Town actually does not owe that money to the firm in question. Secondly, the Board had asked to reserve a slot on the warrant for the Common Driveway Bylaw if it was forthcoming in time. However, I have not received the text of the Bylaw as of this writing, so it has been deleted from the warrant. Consequently, the warrant has been reduced to eight articles.


Relative to the article concerning the proposed sight distance easement at West and Grove Streets, I do not have a dollar amount to insert into the article now. However, the appraiser is working on it, and has committed to have an appraised value of the easement before the Finance Committee meeting on November 5th. Therefore, I believe that warrant article can be approved at this time with the dollar amount to be approved by the Finance Committee as to a source of funds.
It is recommended that the Board vote: “To approve and sign the warrant for the November 15, 2001 Town Meeting.

Executive Session—Renaud Case
Motion: Move to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing sstrategy with respect to litigation, and to return to Public Session only for the purpose of adjournment.
Town staff have now entered upon the Manchuag Road parcel (with the permission of the Owner) and have made a proposal for the location of a trail easement over the property, which has been rejected by the owner. Town Counsel Jeanne McKnight will be present at your meeting to see if it is possible to come to a settlement on this case.
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
October 30, 2001


1. Call to Order:

Chairman Thomas Navaroli called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. In attendance: Shirley Mosczynski, Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, and Interim Executive Administrator Tom Landry.

Citizens and Staff in attendance: Fire Chief Donald Gonynor, Roland Forcier, Alan Whitehead, Beverly Forcier, Dan DeLeo, Tom Mattson, Paula Brouillette, Douglas State Park Supervisor Bill Annece, and Suzanne Kane

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
Thomas Navaroli reminded the citizens about the Annual Douglas VFW Halloween Parade beginning at 6PM on October 31st and Trick or Treating hours are between 5 and 8PM.

3. Minutes:
• September 25 – Regular:
Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the minutes of September 25, 2001 Regular Session as amended. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All in favor.
• September 25 – Executive: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve and not release the minutes of September 25, 2001 Executive Session. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All in favor.
• October 9 – Regular: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the minutes of October 9, 2001 Regular Session as amended. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Four members – aye, Tom Navaroli abstained – he was not present at that meeting.
• October 9 – Executive Session: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve and not release the minutes of October 9, 2001 Executive Session. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Four members – aye, Tom Navaroli abstained – he was not present at that meeting.

4. Citizens Forum:
No citizens came forward for the Citizens Fourm.

5. Public Hearing – Petition for Pole and Wire Locations No. D01-77:
In the agenda packet is the Pole Petition from Mass Electric, dated October 3, 2001, Pole location map for abutters, Order for Pole and Wire Locations from Mass Electric, and Notice to Abutters, dated October 11, 2001. Mr. Landry reported that Mass Electric SR OTR Roger Martinsen had cancelled this pole petition. Public Hearing was not opened.

6. Public Hearing – Transfer of Llicense for Storage of Flammable Materials – Family Convenience Center: In the Agenda packet is an Application for License from Ray B. Whitehead for Storage of Flammable Material at Family Convenience Store, 63 Main Street, Douglas, dated October 2, 2001; Notice of Public Hearing, Board of Selectmen; letter to Mr. David Owen, from Town Counsel, dated October 19, 2001, re: Transfer of Fuel Storage Tank License; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Fire Chief Donald Gonynor, dated October 24, 2001 re: License Renewal 63 Main Street. Tom Navaroli opened the Public Hearing at 7:43 PM. Fire Chief Donald Gonynor was asked to join the meeting. Thomas Navaroli decided to discuss both License transfers at the same time. He opened the second Public Hearing at 7:45PM.

7. Public Hearing – Transfer of Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store (Wine and Malt Beverages only) – Douglas Convenience Center, Inc. : In the agenda packet is Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) Form 43, dated October 2, 2001 for Douglas Convenience Center; ABCC Form 994, dated October 2, 2001 for Douglas Convenience Center, ABCC Form 983, dated October 2, 2001 for Family Convenience Center, Inc.; ABCC Form A dated October 2, 2001, for Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.; Notice of Public Hearing, Board of Selectmen; Copy of Articles of Organization for Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.; Douglas Convenience Center, Inc. Unanimous Consent Action of Directors; Lease between Roland Forcier and Beverly Forcier and Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.; Asset Purchase Agreement; Disclosure Schedule; Massachusetts Quitclaim Deed; Promissory Note; Financial Records for Ray B. Whitehead; Memo to Attorney Richard Bowen, from David Owen, dated October 4, 2001, re: Transfer of Package Liquor Store and Underground Storage Licenses – Family Convenience Center; Memo to David Owen, from Assistant Assessor Ida Ouilette, dated October 10, 2001, re: Ownership of Family Convenience Center; copy of property record card for 63 Main Street, Douglas; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Patrick Foley, dated October 18, 2001, re: Liquor License Transfer. Past Interim Executive Administrator David Owen had asked Town Counsel for their opinion as to whether fuel storage licenses are transferable, specifically whether a new owner of gasoline station inherits the fuel storage license that was issued to the station’s predecessor in title. Town Counsel’s opinion was that since an Underground Storage Tank License is a grant that runs with the land, it is transferable. Fire Chief Gonynor reported to the Board that he felt the Underground Storage Tank License should go with the land; not person to person and it only changes if there is a change in the property. Mr. Whitehead is purchasing the business, not the property. Mr. Whitehead informed the Board that he would be responsible for the tanks and Mr. Forcier would be responsible for the wells. DEP directed Mr. Forcier to install the wells. Chief Gonynor stated that the wells are the fist step in Mr. Forcier’s DEP compliance. When asked who takes ownership of the DEP compliance, Mr. Forcier stated that he does “until the land is clean and after that Mr. Whitehead takes ownership”. Chief Gonynor recently did an inspection of the Family Convenience Facility and handed out a list of observations/violations to the Board. Chief Gonynor suggested that the violations be corrected before the Board approves the transfer of the Underground Storage Tank License. Tom Navaroli suggested that any vote wait until after discussion of the Liquor License. Mr. Whitehead stated that he plans to run a “tight ship” with zero tolerance with minors and alcohol. Concerning the Fire Chief’s inspection violations, Mr. Whitehead stated that he would take care of them right away. Tom Navaroli stated that he would not go forward because of the violations. Mr. Whitehead asked if the Board would consider the Liquor License separate from the Underground Storage Tank License, since the Liquor License must go before the State. Mr. Navaroli again stated that he would not support the License until the violations have been taken care of. Shirley Mosczynski suggested that the public hearing be continued until the next Selectmen’s meeting at 7:15. Rich Preston asked if the Board could deal with the Liquor License, he did not think that they should be tied together. Mr. Navaroli stated that he felt that by holding both licenses it would be a motivator to Mr. Forcier. Fire Chief Gonynor agreed with Mr. Preston that he did not feel the violations have any bearing on Mr. Whitehead selling alcohol. Rich Preston made a motion to close the public hearing for the Transfer of Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. Four members – aye, Tom Navaroli – nay. The motion carried, the Public Hearing for the Transfer of Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store was closed. Rich Preston made a motion accept the application as presented and to Approve the transfer of the Alcoholic Beverages License for a Package Store in the form and with the conditions requested. (Wine and Malt Beverages only) at 63 Main Street to Douglas Convenience Center, Inc., Ray B. Whitehead, Manager. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. Four members – aye, Tom Navaroli – nay. The motion carried. The Public Hearing for transfer of License for Storage of Flammable Materials – Family Convenience Center will be continued at the Selectmen’s next meeting, November 13, at 7:15 PM.

8. Update of Drainage Problem at Douglas Convenience Center, Inc.:
Taken out of order after Item 9 on the agenda because it was not time to open the Public Hearings. In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated October 22, 2001, re: Family convenience Center – TV Inspection of Pipe; attachments included map showing the Existing Drainage Situation - Family Convenience Center; Site Data for Project: Town of Douglas, Site ID 1, from Clogbusters and Site Date for Project: Town of Douglas, Site ID 2, from Clogbusters. As directed by the Board, Town Engineer Bill Cundiff arranged to have Clogbusters perform a TV inspection on October 22, 2001 at the Family Convenience Center. Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting to report that the inspection showed several changes in the pipe construction. According to Highway Superintendent Edward Therrien; the Town only installed and is responsible for the Corrugated Metal Pipe – the first 41 feet of pipe from the drainage manhole. The camera found that the pipe extending from the Concrete Junction Chamber is crushed. He stated that they originally thought that the pipe had a straight run, but found it has a bend in it. Mr. Cundiff reported that the entire site used to be wetlands and the former owner(s) filled the site to make it useable. They extended the pipeline, as needed and therefore the owner is responsible for that section of pipe. Town Counsel confirmed this. Mr. Cundiff reminded the Board that there are contaminants in the surrounding ground. He suggested that the pipe should be extended to the next manhole. He estimated the cost at around $16,134 and noted that the one problem in this is that it would run across Bob Guiou’s property and he has found no record of an easement. Mr. Cundiff does not recommend digging up the pipe. The Board wanted to know who would fund this project. Mr. Forcier was asked to join the meeting. Mr. Forcier asked to see documentation on the extension of the pipe to confirm that the Town did not do the extension. Edward Therrien explained that the land was originally used as a pasture, it was then turned into a garage and the owner (at that time) put the pipe in; he did all the improvements not the Town. Mr. Navaroli asked if Mr. Forcier wanted to “share” the cost. Mr. Forcier asked to table the matter until an accurate cost was determined. Mr. Whitehead asked if Mr. Forcier was willing to “share” the cost, and again Mr. Forcier asked what the cost is. Mr. Forcier was told that the bulk of the cost would be for the easement from the Guiou’s, and Mr. Forcier asked for more information. Tom Navaroli reminded Mr. Forcier that any flooding was now a liability to him. Shirley Mosczynski asked if Bill Cundiff could come up with the easement costs. Mr. Cundiff stated that he is not a Property Appraiser and could only make an assumption. He suggested that the Board get a verbal agreement from Mr. Forcier about sharing the cost and then he will get more numbers. Mr. Forcier agreed that he would share the cost. Bill Cundiff will have the figures for the Board for their next meeting, November 13, 2001.

9. Approval of Initial Agreement – Community Development Plan:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from David Owen, dated October 22. 2001, re: Cooperation with Industrial Park Feasibility Study; letter to the Local Chief Executive, from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (EOTC), and the Department of Economic Development (DED), subject: Notification of $30,000 worth of planning services for your Municipality; and the Community Development Plan: Initial Agreement. Mr. Owen was asked at a previous meeting by Shirley Mosczynski to find out how to obtain the $30,000 planning grant that the Town is entitled to receive from the Mass Department of Housing and Community Development. Mr. Owen spoke with Ann Whittaker, the DHCD staffer who attended Common Threads meeting last month and she advised that the first step is for the Town it fill in, approve, and submit the Community Development plan: Initial Agreement to the Regional Planning Commission. He noted in his meeting notes (in the agenda) that this will not commit the Town to using the Regional Planning Agency to do the planning studies. The Town is free to use any of the Planning Consultants on the DHCD’s approval list, however the Regional Planning Agency is under contract with DHCD to administer the program and all paperwork must go through them. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the Community Development Plan: Initial Agreement between the Town of Douglas and the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission, and to authorize the Board’s Chairman to sign the Initial Agreement on behalf of the Board. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye. Chairman Thomas Navaroli signed two copies of the agreement.

10. Appointments:
• New Veterans’ Services Director:
In the agenda packet is a memo to William F.. Williams, Town Manager, Northbridge and Robert Spain, executive Assistant, Uxbridge, from Connie Hills, Administrative Assistant, Northbridge Town Manager’s Office, dated October 12, 2001, subject: Interview Schedule – Position of Veterans’ Services Director; and letter from Arnold Korenblum listing his Qualifications for the position as Director of Veterans’ Services. The position of Director of Veterans’ Services was left vacant when Allen Miliefsky resigned. The position was advertised and four persons applied. Eventually all the applicants withdrew except Arnold Korenblum. Mr. Owen reported in his meeting notes that Mr. Korenblum is more than qualified for the position and is willing to accept it. The Administrators of the three towns agreed to put forward Mr. Korenblum’s appointment at their respective meetings this week. Northbridge and Uxbridge have already confirmed the appointment of Mr. Korenblum. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the appointment of Arnold Korenblum to the position of Veterans’ Service Director for the Town of Douglas ending June 30, 2002. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.
• Library Building Committee: In the agenda packet is a letter to David Owen, from Ellie Chesebrough, Chairman Simon Fairfield Public Library Trustees, dated October 22, 2001. The Board of Library Trustees is requesting that the Selectmen approve the appointment of Tim Cox to the Library Building Committee. Ron Forget made a motion to approved the appointment of Timothy Cox to the Library Building Committee for a term ending June 30, 2002. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

11. State Acquisition of a Parcel of land in Douglas – Waiver of 120 Day Notice Period:
In the agenda packet is a memo to Gilbers A. Bliss, Director from James J. Toffling, Regional Supervisor, dated September 12, 1980, subject: land Acquisition – Douglas; Letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), dated October 11, 2001; 120 Day Waiver Form; Cerfificate of Announcement; map of Wallum Lake Terrace area; Property Record card for .209 acres of land on Shore Rd.; and Property Record card for .22 acres of land on Shore Rd. Bill Annece, Douglas State Park Supervisor joined the meeting to report that the State is proposing to acquire lots No 25 and 26 on Wallum Lake. The State is asking the Town to waive the 120 day notification period required by State regulations so they can proceed with the transaction. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to waive the 120 day notice period as required by Code of Massachusetts Regulations Chapter 301 § 50.0, et seq., as to a parcel of land of approximately 18,700 square feet in the Town of Douglas, which is being considered for acquisition by the Department of Environmental Management. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

12. Industrial park Feasibility Study – Approval of Application for Financial Assistance to Mass Development:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Diane Sullivan, Mass Development, from the Board of Selectmen and the Economic Development Commission, dated October 23, 2001, re: Submittal of Application and Letter of Support for Predevelopment Assistance Funds. Interim Executive Administrator Tom Landry reported to the Board that the Town has received two proposals in response to the Towns request for a Proposal for the Industrial Park Feasibility Study. Mr. Landry reported that the Economic Development Commission has asked the two Consulting firms to come in for interviews; scheduled for next Monday and the Selectmen are invited. The Commission should then have recommendations by November 13th. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the submittal of a full application to Mass Development for financial assistance in the amount of $25,000 to conduct an Industrial Park Feasibility Study, and to sign the cover letter for such full application indicating the Town’s strong commitment to this effort. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Ron Forget stated that he was glad to see in Mr. Owen comments that Mass Development is fully aware of the Douglas project, but he would really like to see a letter from each Department showing their support of an Industrial Park Feasibility Study. He stated that this is the third time he has requested such a letter and would like to see his request carried out. Tom Navaroli asked Mr. Landry if he could draft a letter in a format that would require a signature from each Department. On the motion, all – aye.

13. Request to Mass Highway Dept. for Coordination Assistance:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Mr. Thomas Waruzila, District 3 Highway Director Mass. Highway Department, from the Board of Selectmen, dated October 30, 2001. The School Building Committee has asked the Board of Selectmen to submit a letter to Mass Highway Department, District 3 to seek coordination assistance from the State with the Town’s projects. Mr. Owen provided a proposed copy of the letter to the Board. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve and authorize the Board to sign the letter to Mr. Waruzila, District 3 Highway Director, Massachusetts Highway Department seeking guidance and assistance with the Town’s project. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

14. Review and Approve Warrant for November 15, 2001 Special Town Meeting:
In the agenda packet is a copy of the proposed Town Warrant for Special Town Meeting, Thursday, November 15, 2001; and backup material for each article. There was discussion on each article. Tom Landry informed the Board that the Personnel Board requested that the article for the Sick Leave Bank be changed; where it is noted “Executive Administrator” change to “Personnel Board” as it was originally worded and remove item 6 as presented. Concerning the Common Driveway Bylaw, Ron Forget asked if there would be any cost to the public. Mr. Cundiff reported that there are none. Mr. Preston reported that the Public Hearing for the Common Driveway is scheduled for November 13th. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve and sign the warrant as amended for the November 15, 2001 Town Meeting. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

15. Executive Administrator’s Report:
in the agenda packet is a problem log and memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane on the Internet Connection (T1 Line), Phone Problem Log, and a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Mass Highway, dated October 15, 2001, re: Davis Street Improvements, Douglas MA.
• Cellco: Interim Executive Administrator Tom Landry reported to the Board that the Town is in receipt of $8,300 from Cellco. According to Interim Town Account Doris Metevier, MGL C 44 § 53A, Acceptance and Expenditure of Grants or Gifts for Municipal Purposes; states the Board should establish a gift account for the funds so they can be expended. To date this has not been done and needed equipment can not be purchased. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion authorizing the Town Accountant to establish a gift account as provided in M.G.L. C 44 § 53A to receive funds from Cellco, with the intent of expending such receipts for the purchase and installation of Town equipment consistent with the purposes as defined in the Town’s Settlement Agreement with Cellco dated May 4, 2000. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.
• Upcoming Meetings: Mr. Landry reported that the Economic Development Committee and the Finance Committee would be meeting Monday night, Nov. 5th. He invited the Selectmen to come to the meetings.
• Grant possibility: Mr. Landry reported that he had meet with Diane King of the Department of Agriculture, Systems Manager of Douglas Water/Sewer Tony Gressak, Timothy Masterson, PE of Beta Group Inc., and Dennis Boucher, PE of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc. to discuss grant possibilities for Douglas. Mr. Landry explained that Douglas could receive Grants and Loans (must get both), grant being a possible 40%. They were given an application and Mr. Landry reported that he was not sure who would pay for the preliminary engineering costs, but the application can not be done with out the engineering fees. The engineers will be giving Tony Gressak an estimate of their fees.
• Executive Administrative Search Committee: Mr. Landry reported that the Executive Administrative Search Committee would be meeting Nov. 1st and Nov. 5th to interview candidates. They would have a list for the Selectmen on Nov. 6th. The Board decided to interview on Nov. 8th starting at 6:30 PM, with ½ hour intervals, and to use Nov. 13 as a backup.

16. New Business:• Shirley Mosczynski asked that the “Odds and Ends” memo left by Past Interim Executive Administrator David Owen be looked into by Town Counsel; requesting a written response. Tom Navaroli reported that it already has.
• Shirley Mosczynski commented on Octoberfest. Stating that everyone had a great time and the Octoberfest Committee should be commended on a job well done.

17. Executive Session – Litigation Strategy:
Shirley Mosczynski made a motion at 9:26 PM to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to litigation, and to return to Public Session only for the purpose of adjournment. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Shirley Mosczynski – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Tom Navaroli – aye, Ron Forget – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

18. Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion at 9:45 PM to adjourn. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully Submitted,



Suzanne Kane
Suzanne Kane
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 586
Joined: Wed May 25, 2005 2:01 pm

Return to 2001 Selectmen Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron