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BOS - December 11, 2001

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:49 pm
by Suzanne Kane
Board of Selectmen
Agenda
December 11, 2001


7:00 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Chairman’s announcements
3. Minutes: November 27, 2001 – Regular Session

7:15 PM
4. Pole Petition
• Vine Street – # P01-121 Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Locations covering six poles on Vine Street.
• South Street - # P01-120 Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Locations covering one pole on South Street.
7:20 PM
5. Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Blackstone Valley Corridor Planning Study.
6. Chief Foley – Fire Arms Laws and Two Part-Time Patrolmen to appoint
7. Drainage update at Family Convenience Store
8. West and Grove Street – 4 way Stop Signs
9. Appointments for Downtown Improvements Committee
10. Liquor License Renewal’s for 2002
11. Class II License Renewal’s for 2002
12. Inquiry and Complaints:
• Les Stevens – Fire Department Signal Light
• Jack Blatchford – 3 Way Stop on Pond/Spring Street
• Jeanette Thibodeau – Speed Limit & Bus Stop Signs on SW Main St.
• Stanley Mielnicki – Street Light & Speed Limit Sign on Charles St.
• John Newbury – Street Light at pole 18 on Locust St.
13. Placement of Administrative Assistant in the Board of Selectmen’s Office
14. Executive Administrator’s Report
15. New Business

16. Adjournment


Please note: The School Building Committee has scheduled a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the School Committee, Monday, December 17th at 7:30 PM in the Middle/High School Library to discuss the construction bids.
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 11, 2001


1. Call to Order:

Chairman Thomas Navaroli called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. In attendance: Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, and Executive Administrator Ken Mahony.

Other staff and citizens in attendance: Chief Patrick Foley, Mary Lynn Dube, Tom Mattson, Paula Brouillette, Derek Brown, Roger Martinsen, Chris Anderson, Mary Ellen Blunt, Suzanne Kane and other citizens.

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

3. Minutes:
• November 27, 2001- Regular Session:
Edward Therrien made a motion to accept the minutes of November 27, 2001 as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All –aye.

4. Pole Petition:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Mass Electric, dated November 21, 2001; Pole Petition P01-121; Site map with poles and abutters; Letter to Abutters, dated November 27, 2001; Pole Petition Review from Bill Cundiff, Town Engineer; Pole Petition Review from Edward Therrien, Highway Superintendent; Pole Petition Review from Police Chief Foley; Pole Petition Review from Adelle Renyolds, Building Commissioner; Pole Petition Review from Leon Mosczynski, Tree Warden; Pole Petition #P01-120; Site map with poles and abutters; Letter to Abutters, dated November 27, 2001; Pole Petition Review from Bill Cundiff, Town Engineer; Pole Petition Review from Edward Therrien, Highway Superintendent; Pole Petition Review from Police Chief Foley; Pole Petition Review from Adelle Renyolds, Building Commissioner; Pole Petition Review from Leon Mosczynski, Tree Warden.
Chairman Thomas Navaroli opened the Public Hearing at 7:15 PM.
Mass Electric SR OTR Roger Martinsen came before the board with two pole petitions. #P01-121 is a petition for joint or identical pole locations covering six poles on Vine Street and #P01-120 a petition for joint or identical pole locations covering one pole on South Street. There were no citizens present who wanted to be heard on either petition. Thomas Navaroli closed the Public Hearing at 7:16 PM. Ron Forget made a motion to approve both pole petitions, #P01-121 and pole petition #P01-120. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

5. Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Blackstone Valley Corridor Planning Study (CMRPC):
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from the CMRPC, dated November 26, 2001, re: Request for Assistance. Taken out of order before the Pole Petition Public Hearing. Mary Ellen Blunt came to the Board to ask for the Boards assistance. The CMRPC is planning to conduct a transportation feasibility study with Mass Highway. The study will be guided by a Citizens’ Advisory Committee made up of officials and interested individuals. Ms Blunt is seeking a representative from the Board, other Boards, or a citizen. She asked that they contact Phil Nyberg @ 508-756-7717. The Board will receive minutes from their meetings. They plan to have their first meeting the first week in February and will meet somewhere in the Blackstone Valley. Tom Navaroli offered the Resourse Room.

6. Chief Foley – appointment of two part-time Patrolmen:
Chief Foley handed out a letter to the Board of Selectmen, dated December 11, 2001, re: Appointments. Chief Foley came to the Board to ask that Brian G. Abbott and Raymond R. Majeau Jr. be appointed as Part-Time Patrolmen. Both are currently employed as part-time dispatchers. They have spent 6 months on the desk and have gone to Reserve Academy with 40+ hours of field training. Ron Forget made a motion to appoint Brian G. Abbott and Raymond R. Majeau Jr. to the position of Part-Time Patrol Office for the term ending June 30, 2002. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

Chief Foley stated that he had asked for time on the Boards agenda to discuss Fire Arm Laws. He had first meet with GOAL in February. Since June he and three members of GOAL have been working out the differences. GOAL member Mr. Holmes could not be at tonight’s meeting so Chief Foley asked that they reconvene for presentation at a later date in January.

7. Drainage update at Family Convenience Center:
Executive Administrator Ken Mahony reported that Ray Whitehead and Roland Forcier had come to his office earlier that day and asked to take this item off of the agenda.

8. West and Grove Street – 4 Way Stop Signs:
In the agenda packet is an Accident Report from the Douglas Police Department covering the intersections of West and All, West and Grove, and West and Riedell, for the period of 9/01/93 through 11/30/01. Mr. Mahony reported that this office has not heard back from the Attorney General yet on approval of the Town Meeting Article #8 – West and Grove Street. Mr. Mahony will call him tomorrow but suggested that the Board go ahead and set up a date for a public hearing to start the process of the Article. Rich Preston made a motion to schedule a public hearing on January 22, 2001 at 7:30 PM at the Municipal Center for the purpose of placing 4-way stop signs at the intersection of West and Grove Streets. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.

9. Appointments for Downtown Improvement Committee:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated October 29, 2001, re: John H. Chaffee, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor District (BRVNHCD) Grant for Downtown Improvements Study; and a Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated December 3, 2001, re: Downtown Improvements Committee. Town Engineer Bill Cundiff’s memo dated December 3, 2001 listing the persons who wished to be appointed to the Downtown Improvements Committee. Ron Forget stated that he was concerned about the makeup of the committee. There are no businesses in the committee and Mr. Forget feels that they are an important part. He also stated that he feels the position filled by a Selectmen should be filled by the Executive Administrator. Town Engineer Bill Cundiff was asked to join the meeting to explain the confusion between the Douglas UpTown Association and the Downtown Improvements Committee. Mr. Cundiff explained that the Douglas Uptown Association was formed to qualify the Town for a grant. It is an independent Down Town Organization which still needs to get their non-profit status. The Downtown Improvements Committee will be providing the framework for the RFP work and some of the same members are on both committees. Rich Preston made a motion to appoint Shirley Mosczynski, Mary Lynne Dube, Joel Rosenkrantz, Donna Kmetz, Christine Anderson, Dennis Rice, Angela Ernenwein, Leon Mosczynski (alternate), and Eben Chesbrough (alternate) to the Downtown Improvements Committee for a term ending June 30, 2002. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye. Ken Mahony stated that he would like to invite all Vendors/Merchants in for a meeting. He asked that a draft scope for proposal for a contractor include material from the Common Threads, have the committee review the proposals to present to the Board of Selectmen.

10. Liquor License Renewal’s for 2002:
In the agenda packet is a list of the 2002 Liquor Licenses Renewals; Letter to Suzanne Kane, from Town Collector Pamela Carter, dated December 6, 2001; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated November 30, 2001, re: Liquor License Renewal; License Renewal Application for Slovak Catholic Sokol Gymnastic Club d/b/a Sokol Club and conditions; License Renewal Application for Digger’s Liquor and conditions; License Renewal Application for Douglas Package Store, Inc. d/b/a Douglas Village Package Store and conditions; License Renewal Application for Cate’s Axe Mill Tavern Inc, d/b/a Axe Mill Tavern and conditions; License Renewal Application for Gregory P. Pantos d/b/a Gregory’s and conditions; License Renewal Application for Blackstone Valley Beagle Club, Inc and conditions; License Renewal Application for Marlene Bosma d/b/a Douglas Flea Market Place and conditions; License Renewal Application for Whitinsville Fish & Game Club, Inc. and conditions. Suzanne Kane informed the Board that the License Renewal Application for Douglas Convenience Center, Inc. d/b/a Family Convenience Center and conditions was missing from the agenda packet and that the taxes had been paid by Gregory P. Pantos.

The Board voted to approve the Liquor License Renewal’s for the year 2002 with the conditions as presented subject to all Corporations submittal of their Article of Organization papers as follows:
Sokol Club, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Rich Preston, All – aye.
Digger’s Liquor, motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Douglas Village Package Store, motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Edward Therrien, All - aye.
Cate’s Axe Mill Tavern, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Edward Therrien, All – aye.
Gregory’s, motion moved by Ron Forget, secibded by Edward Therrien, All – aye.
Blackstone Valley Beagle Club, Inc., motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Douglas Flea Market Place, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Edward Therrien, All – aye.
Whitinsville Fish & Game Club, Inc., motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Family Convenience Center, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Edward Therrien, All - aye.

11. Class II License Renewal’s for 2002:
In the agenda packet is a list of 2002 Class II License Renewal applicants; a letter to Suzanne Kane, from Town Collector Pamela Carter, dated December 3, 2001; a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated November 30, 2001, re: License Renewal, Class II; a letter to Suzanne Kane, from Board of Health Marleen Bacon, dated November 21, 2001, re: Class II Licenses Renewals; renewal application for Douglas Auto & Truck Sales, copy of 2001 License; renewal application for Cherrier Auto & Towing, Inc., copy of 2001 License; renewal application for Family convenience Center, Inc., copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for Hutnak Const. Co., Inc., copy of 2001 License, renewal application from Mark’s Auto Sales, copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for T.J. Lapan Co., copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for A1 Auto Sales and Repair, a copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for Daniel S. Shurick, a copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for Douglas Equipment Corp., a copy of 2001 License and conditions; renewal application for John Kessler Auto Sales, a copy of 2001 License and conditions. The Board voted to approve the Class II License Renewal’s for the year 2002 with the conditions as presented subject to all Corporations submittal of their Article of Organization papers as follows:
Douglas Auto & Truck Sales, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Rich Preston, All – aye.
Cherrier Auto & Towing, motion moved by Edward Therrien, seconeded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Family Convenience Center, Inc., motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Hutnack Construction Co., Inc., motion moved by Edward Therrien, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Mark’s Auto Sales, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Rich Preston, All – aye.
T.J. Lapan Co., motion moved by Edward Therrien, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
A1 Auto Sales & Repair, motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Ron Forget, All – aye.
Daniel Shurick, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Edward Therrien, All – aye.
Douglas Equipment Corp., motion moved by Rich Preston, seconded by Edward Therrien, All – aye.
John S. Kessler, motion moved by Ron Forget, seconded by Edward Therrien, All - aye.

12. Inquiry and Complaints:
In the agenda packet is 1) a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Les Stevens 294 NW Main Street, dated May 15, 2001; Memo to the Police and Fire Chiefs, from Past Interim Executive Administrator David Owen, dated May 21, 2001, re: Complaint – Signal Lights at New Fire Station; Memo to the Fire and Police Chief’s, from Suzanne Kane, dated June 27, 2001, re: Status on Complaint – Signal Lights at New Fire Station; letter to Suzanne Kane, from Edward Therrien Highway Department, dated July 2, 2001 re: Signal Lights at New Fire Station; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated July 3, 2001, re: Fire Department Signal Lights; 2) Inquiry and Complaint form from Jack Blatchford 44 Pond St., dated September 17, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to the Highway Superintendent, Police and Fire Chief, and Town Engineer, from Suzanne Kane, dated September 18, 2001, re: Three way stop at intersection of Pond St. and Spring St.; Site map of Pond and Spring Street; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated October 17, 2001, re: Springmeadow Estates / Jack Blatchford Inquiry dated 9-16-01; 3) Inquiry and Complaint from Thibodeau 366 S.W. Main St. dated August 29, 2001, Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Executive Administrator, Highway Superintendent, and the Police Chief, from Suzanne Kane, date August 30, 2001, re: Request for Speed Limit and Bus Stop Signs on S.W. Main St.; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated September 24, 2001, re: Inquiry and Complaints; 4) letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Stanley Mielnicki 12 Charles Street, dated September 5, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Highway Superintendent, Police and Fire Chief’s, and Town Engineer, dated September 11, 2001, re: Request for street light and speed signs; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Stanley Mielnicki 12 Charles Street, dated October 17, 2001; letter to the Board of Selectmen from Chief Foley, dated September 24, 2001, re: Inquiry and complaints; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated September 25, 2001, re: Charles Street Complaint relative to signage and street lights; a site map of Charles Street; copy of the Board of Selectmen’s Policy for Acceptance of Streetlight Requests Adopted December 9, 1997, copy of the Board of Selectmen Minutes from December 9, 1997 on Consideration of Policies an d Procedures; 5) Inquiry and Complaint from John Newbury 80 Locust St., dated October 21, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Highway Superintendent, Building Commissioner, Police Chief, and Town Engineer, from Suzanne Kane, dated October 23, 2001; 6) Inquiry and Complaint from Francis Grann 58 Old Farm Rd. taken by phone on November 20, 2001; Letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001, re: Complaint received about abandoned trailer at Deer Crossing Subdivision; photo’s of the abandoned trailer, copy of Zoning Board of Appeals By-Law Section VI 6.04 regarding Unregistered Motor Vehicles; Letter to Mr. Kenneth Marsters, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001; and a letter to Mrs. Frances Grann, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001. Mr. Mahony explained to the Board that a number of Inquiry and Complaints were passed from one Interim Administrator to the next. He stated that he would go over the inquiry and complaints and send a note of apology to the citizens for the slow response. Mr. Mahony stated that with the Boards approval all future Inquiry and Complaints would be handled by the Selectmen’s office. Police Chief Foley suggested that a Safety Committee be formed to handle the Inquiry and Complaints. Mr. Mahony stated that a Committee was not needed.

13. Placement of Administrative Assistant in the Board of Selectmen’s Office:
Ken Mahony suggest that Suzanne Kane be placed into the position. Ron Forget asked about making the position retroactive. Tom Navaroli stated that because this was outside the Annual Process that it should go to the Appointing Authority. It was the consensus of the Board to have Ken Mahony make the appointment. Mr. Mahony reported that the Support position in the office would remain empty in case funding was needed for the Town Accountant Office. He would look at the position again in February or March.

14. Executive Administrator’s Report:
• Surplus Vehicles:
Mr. Mahony passed out a letter to The Board of Selectmen, from Fire Chief Donald Gonynor, received December 11, 2001, re: Surplus Vehicles. Chief Gonynor put two surplus vehicles out to bid, a 1993 Ford Sedan and a 1958 Dodge Power Wagon Military truck. Both vehicles were advertised on our Cable Access channel for two weeks. Chief Gonynor received a $50.00 bid for the 1993 Ford Sedan, but no bids for the Power Wagon. Chief Gonynor was looking for approval from the Board to award the $50.00 bid on the 1993 Ford Sedan to John Furno, which was given by a consensus of the Board.
• Town Accountant: Mr. Mahony reported that he is currently working with Past Town Accountant Louise Redding and Town Auditor Tim Harrison to start a process for closing the books. Mr. Harrison is submitting a proposal and Mr. Mahony is working on getting someone into the office.

15. New Business:
CMRPC:
Rich Preston asked that the CMRPC position be place on the next agenda. The representative has to be from the Planning Board. Currently Joel Rosenkrantz is attending the meeting with Rich Preston as an alternate. It was suggested that the appointment could be done at this meeting. Rich Preston made a motion to appoint Joel Rosenkrantz to the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission and Rich Preston as an alternate for the period ending June 30, 2002. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.
• Cable: Rich Preston passed a letter to the Board which the Cable Advisory Committee will be sending out to Charter Communications Gordan Champion regarding Contract renegotiations. The Committee needs to set a date for a public hearing but Mr. Preston would like to have Town Counsel present. Once he finds out if Town Counsel can be present he will set the date.

16. Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion to adjourn at 8:25 PM. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All – aye.

Respectfully Submitted,



Suzanne Kane