BOS - May 1, 2001

BOS - May 1, 2001

Postby Suzanne Kane » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:38 pm

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, May 1, 2001

1. Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:03PM by Vice Chairman Rich Preston. In attendance: Rich Preston, Shirley Mosczynski, and Ron Forget. Also in attendance: Norm MacNeill, Dave Owen, and Terry Feursanger.

2. Chairman’s Announcement

Terry Feursanger came before the Board to discuss the upcoming Family Fun Day at the Martin Road Recreational area. The landscaping has been finished, swings have been installed, and there will be all kinds of activities happening during the day including a ribbon cutting by Edward Therrien.

The Candidate’s debate will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 7-9PM. The Selectmen and the School Committee candidates will debate.

A retirement reception for Anne Burgess will occur on May 10, 2001 from 4-6PM.

3. FY02 Finance Committee Budget Recommendations

Norm MacNeill told the Board that FinCom met last night and there a few changes that necessitate a vote:

The Town Clerk requested an additional 800 dollars for training purposes.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to increase the Town Clerk Expense budget to $5,166. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to set the Total Town Clerk budget at $54,927. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to set the Total General Government budget at $1,005,394. Vote Unanimous.

The Board came to a consensus to suspend further discussion of this agenda item until after the Executive Session.

4. Annual Meeting Warrant Approval

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 1 Acceptance of Finance Committee Report as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Approval of Article 2 FY02 Budget was passed over until after the Executive Session at Dave Owen’s request.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 3 FY02 Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 4 FY02 Transfer Station Enterprise Fund as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 5 Separate Account Funds as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 6 Recurring Business as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 7 Amendments of Article to Change Purpose of Appropriation as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 8 Acceptance of Economic Development Report as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 9 Intermunicipal Agreements presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 10 Zoning Amendment – Landfill Siting as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about Article 11:
Finance Committee made changes to the article, which have now been incorporated, that would not allow the Board to have sole discretion to expend the funds and in order for the Board to expend funds, the request would have to go through a normal review process. Norm MacNeill explained that the article sets up a method of taking TIF money, as betterment assessments, into a separate fund instead of the General Fund. The article broadens the purposes included in the Special Act. It further allows expenditures that are currently not allowed without the Special Act. Shirley Mosczynski stated she felt it was better to have oversight, while Ron Forget stated he did not want to see things being delayed.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 11 Special Act – Economic Development Fund as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion on Article 12:
After a long discussion, the Finance Committee passed over making a recommendation on this article. Norm MacNeill met with the EDC but only presented one article. Since that meeting, Town Counsel had suggested splitting it into two articles. EDC has not reviewed the new articles.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to ask EDC to review and make recommendations on the economic development articles. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 12 Economic Development Industrial Corporation as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 13 Zoning Amendment – Route 16 – C, RC-2, and RA to Industrial as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 14 Special Act – Road and Utility Easement as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 15 General Bylaw Amendment – Technical Corrections as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 16 Zoning Bylaw Amendment – Technical Corrections as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 17 Zoning Petition – Charles Street-Industrial to Village Residential as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve Article 18Zoning Petition – Common Drives, , Article 19 Zoning Petition – Limited Density Residential Development, and Article 20 Zoning Petition – Senior Housing Developments, as presented. Vote Unanimous.

A public hearing on articles 18-20 will be held on May 9th at 6PM.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron forget, to approve Article 21 Personnel Classification and Compensation Plans as presented. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion on Article 22:
Finance Committee did not recommend this article. Town Counsel says that it finds the article to be of questionable legality; they forwarded a 1993 DOR letter to another municipality advising them that it was not legal. The Board discussed the current Medicaid practices.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve, but not recommend Article 22. Vote Unanimous.

Taken out of order after Executive Session.
Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the Police Budget at $763,191 for Personnel Expenses, $125,850 for Expenses, and $28,572 for Collective Bargaining Adjustments, for a total of $917,613. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Total Public Safety at $1,248,170. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve Article 2 FY02 Budget with the total General Fund budget at $15,120,739 as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to close the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Vote Unanimous.

5. FEMA Grant Application – Fire Rescue Truck

Chief Don Gonynor came before the Board. The Federal Government has given fire departments the opportunity to apply for grant funding. The grant is a reimbursable grant and the town would have to come up with 10% of the total cost (the vehicle is $150,000 and the Town’s share is $15,000). Discussion occurred about where that money would come from out of next year’s budget. Shirley Mosczynski suggested it be brought to the Capital Improvement Committee.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the FEMA grant application for the Fire Rescue Truck. Vote Unanimous.

6. “My Two Cents” Community Outreach Forum

Rich Preston read a memo he wrote about the Outreach Forum. He told the Board that the turnout was fair to poor, but the discussion was lively. The main theme that came out of the discussion is that the Town should be proactive on the reuse of vacated Town property. There were discussions about removal of hazardous waste material from the Old Elementary School, asbestos removal from the Old Police Station, and there was interest expressed in using buildings effectively.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to ask municipal center staff, subject to approval of the budget, to send out a RFP for roof repair and to also explore cost and potential providers of hazardous material removal. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to get prices for removal of hazardous waste and installation of electrical service at the Old Police Station. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion of the old fire station occurred. The Board discussed the maintenance and upkeep of the building with the Fire Chief and the possibility of amending the Consolidated Municipal Facilities Maintenance Budget to reflect costs to be incurred for the maintenance of the building. It was consensus of the Board to explore the costs to maintain the building for a year or so in order to look at other possibilities.

7. Executive Administrator’s Job Description

The Executive Administrator’s Job Description was not discussed at this meeting.

8. Acceptance of Minutes – 3/13 Regular, 3/20 Regular and Executive Session, 4/3 Workshop, and 4/10 Regular

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the March 13, 2001 regular session meeting minutes. Vote Shirley Mosczynski and Ron Forget aye; Rich Preston abstained.

Shirley Mosczynski suggested many changes to the March 20, 2001 minutes.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Shirley Mosczynski, to approve the March 20, 2001 regular session meeting minutes as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the April 3, 2001 regular session meeting minutes as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the April 10, 2001 regular session meeting minutes as amended. Vote Unanimous.

9. Waivers – Title Insurance

Kopelman & Paige PC have brought to the attention of the Board that there is a potential conflict of interest with the Town using Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company for title insurance because Kopelman & Paige PC is an agent of the company. However, Kopelman & Paige PC are able to issue an owner’s title insurance policy naming the Town as insured because they have offered to waive their commission fee and therefore will not profit from the insurance. Their waiving of their commission will also aid in lowering the Town’s premium as well.

It was the consensus of the Board that the interest of Kopelman & Paige PC as agent for the Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, with a waiver of agent’s premium, in the issuance of an owner’s title insurance policy naming the Town as insured with respect to the parcels to be acquired by the Town from Davis Street Realty Trust, Dorothy G. Vecchione, and Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Inc. (Tusino), is not so substantial as to be deemed likely to affect the integrity the municipality may expect of Kopelman & Paige PC as Town Counsel.

10. Grant Plan

Angela Ernenwein presented to the Board a grant plan outline. The Board discussed the different opportunities available to them and further discussed looking at pursuing the burial of the electrical wires. It was the consensus of the Board to pursue a grant from the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor for planning purposes, similar to the grant that Uxbridge and Northbridge have received.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to explore the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor grant funding to be used for planning purposes. Vote Unanimous.

The Board discussed potentially using the outcome of the BV Heritage Corridor grant as a focal point of the Block Grant application. Ron Forget expressed concern about coming up with matching grants now and in the future.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to direct the Town to go for CDBG grant funding by using whatever staff resources available and to also explore reasonable resources to outsource the writing of the CDBG grant and to use the grant to fund linkages of the River Walk project to the Downtown area. Vote Unanimous.

The Board discussed the potential of the River Walk, including bike paths and trails.

11. Executive Administrator Report

Dave Owen discussed with the Board the Chapter 90 certificate that needed signatures from the Board. The Board signed it.

Dave Owen discussed with the Board the annual appointment process. Notice will be sent out to each person with an appointment that is due to expire and cable announcements will be placed. Dave Owen further requested that if the Board knows of anyone who may want to be appointed to a committee to please let the Selectmen’s Office know.

The Selectmen received a letter from the Massachusetts Lottery Commission regarding a new owner of an establishment with a current keno license in. The Lottery Commission is giving notice to the Town, which has 21 days to respond if there are any objections.

12. New Business
Taken out of order after Grant Plan.

Rich Preston distributed a letter from Senator Moore commenting on the fact that he was not contacted by authorized representatives of the fortune 500 business. A brief discussion occurred.

Taken out of order after Executive Administrator Report.

The Board of Selectmen will have a reorganization meeting prior to the Town Meeting. The Board also needs to talk about who will speak to which motions. The Date was set for Thursday, April 10, 2001 at 7PM.

Shirley Mosczynski inquired about the status of the Firearms meeting. A memo has been requested from Chief Foley as to the status. Rich Preston sent a letter to Chief Foley and Chief Foley responded that he would be creating a committee to discuss the situation further. The Board discussed creating a temporary firearm licensing committee made up of the Chief, Lieutenant, and 3 proponents. Norm MacNeill suggested adding the word policy into the name of the committee so that the charge is clear.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to create a firearms licensing policy advisory committee. Withdrawn.

After much discussion about the committee and its potential role, the Board came to a consensus to direct the Chief of Police to meet with the proponents of the firearms discussion and then report back to the Board.

13. Executive Session
• Police Contract
This item was taken out of order after “My Two Cents” Forum.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing the police contract and to come back into regular session to complete the regular agenda items. Ron Forget aye, Rich Preston aye, Shirley Mosczynski aye.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to come out of executive session for the purpose of returning to the regular agenda items. Ron Forget aye, Rich Preston aye, Shirley Mosczynski aye.

Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the Police contract as presented. Vote Unanimous.

14. Adjournment

At 10:50PM, Shirley Mosczynski made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to adjourn. Vote Unanimous.


Respectfully submitted,



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