BOS - February 8, 2000

BOS - February 8, 2000

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:57 am

Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 8, 2000


1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:08PM. In attendance, Betty Therrien, Ron Forget, Rob Guiou, Mark Bloomfield, and Norm MacNeill. Also in attendance, Marylynne Dube, Edward “Buff” Therrien, Derek Brown, Larry Jeznach, Atty. Robert Delle, Christopher Podles, Shirley Mosczynski, Tom Mattson, and Leslie Bereault.

2. Approval of Minutes: 12/21, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/2

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget to approve minutes from 12/21/99. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve minutes from 1/18/00. Vote Rob Guiou, Mark Bloomfield, Betty Therrien Aye; Ron Forget abstains.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Betty Therrien, to approve minutes from 1/25/00. Vote Mark Bloomfield, Betty Therrien, Ron Forget Aye; Rob Guiou abstains

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Betty Therrien to approve minutes from 2/1/00. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve minutes from 2/2/00. Vote Rob Guiou, Mark Bloomfield, Betty Therrien Aye; Ron Forget abstains.

3. Offer of Services to Minimize Delays in Solving the School Space Issue

Derek Brown worked for many years to develop a way to look at projects to see if they would pass or fail and did that professionally for some time. He would like to offer to those involved in preparing the next school proposal a workshop on how to go about evaluating the chance of success of the next proposal. The workshop would last about 2-3 hours. His theory has to do with management, motivation, and methodology. Mr. Brown said he will focus on the project, not the history. The Board accepted Mr. Brown’s offer. The workshop is tentatively set for March 9th.

4. Portable Classrooms

Norm MacNeill put together a list of questions for the School Committee resulting from last week’s meeting. The questions were around the absence of documentation, procedural issues, and net school spending. He put these questions into a letter for the Board to approve before it is sent to the School Committee.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to send the letter as written. Vote Unanimous.

5. March 14th Ballot Questions

Question 1 and 2 were approved as written. The Board decided it needs to get information out to the voters because the advisory questions are looked at no differently than the ballot. Concern was expressed as whether or not this would curtail the school efforts at this point.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to strike the advisory questions. Vote Unanimous.

Mitch Cohen, School Committee member, discussed that the average voter sees Question 1 as a school building and there is concern about voter misconception. He said that presenting this as a school project is illegal because it has not gone through the school process (approval by school committee) and he believes that the voter will think this will solve the school space problem. He suggested the Board rephrase the question to say temporary school space, but then it will be office space. He said the Board should make it clear to the voters the intention of the Board. Lynlee Fertal also agreed that the ballot needs to be clear in stating that it is temporary classroom space.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to add the word “temporary” after the word “eight” so it reads “Eight Temporary Classrooms”. Vote Unanimous.

There was further discussion around the ballot, how it would effect the workshop with Mr. Brown that was just set up, and the Board’s desire to know what people support. It was then suggested having the education issues put before a town meeting so that the voters could be educated. It was discussed that possibly if resolution doesn’t come out of Mr. Brown’s workshop, then have a non-binding ballot.

6. 61A First Refusal Option – Estate of Rita Mosczynski Property

The purpose of taking the property out of 61A status is to build a house. However, there is a question of proper notice. The Board of Selectmen was notified, but the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Board of Assessors did not receive proper notice.

At this time there is no recommendation from the Board. Conservation meets on March 6th and should be discussing the matter then.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, that even though there was a defect in the process, the Board of Selectmen will decide about their right of refusal when they receive a recommendation from Conservation Commission and Planning Board. Vote Unanimous.

7. Linden Street Request – Robert Delle

The property in question is owned by Althea Greene. Attorney Delle owns property across the street from it. Greene’s land is a former junkyard and is thought to have possible health hazards. Attorney Delle came to the Board to find out what can be done because Greene’s property also effects the value of his property. He asked the Board if the Town could grant title of the property to him and he would pay for the cost of clean-up (Around $25,000) in return. Atty. Delle believes that there are several tires that need to be removed and it needs a 21E evaluation. Atty. Delle also believes that the fair market value of the land if it were in pristine condition is about $50,000. The land is currently in tax title and the Treasurer is reluctant to proceed because of any potential issues. The Board needs to look into the process and what is legal and where the liability is. The Board directed Atty. Delle to prepare a proposal and to communicate, together with Norm MacNeill, with Town Counsel. Further discussion is necessary once that is done.

8. Northwest Main Street Request – Christopher Podles

Mr. Podles came before the Board to complain about Town approved work that has caused water to be discharged on to his property. He says the Town has not done anything towards getting an easement. He wanted the Board to know he is opposed to any further work and would like the Highway Department to remove the pipes and drain the water into the brook. He stated he will seek legal counsel if there is no resolution.

Billy Taylor, from CME, described there being two issues. First, work done recently consisted of a ditch on the westerly side of the road which caught a lot of water. There was high ground water and the Town put in a catch basin. There was an increase in discharge because of the work and the idea of the pipe was to reclaim the road. There would be a significant cost to running a pipe to the brook. The Second issue is that Smith Hill Estates slopes towards NW Main Street which involves more drainage.

Mr. Podles believes there is more run-off now than if there were no pipe. And stated it is illegal to discharge water on his property. The Board decided to table this issue for further discussion until after the Board can seek advice and after they find out where the Town stands legally. The Board will look at options for drainage and get back to Mr. Podles.

9. Board of Health Proposal for a Bulky Item Fee

The Board of Health currently charges $20 for each bulky item and $10 for white goods. The motivation is to discourage some users of the Transfer Station bringing large quantity of items.

The Board agreed to a $20 fee for larger items (at the Transfer Stations’ discretion) and to let the Transfer Station come up with the verbiage about the size.

10. FY01 Budget

Norm MacNeill described the budget process and discussed the dates. Finance Committee will start the process on February 14th. The Board approved the proposed budget timeline as presented.

11. New Business

Class II License for Douglas Auto & Truck Sales. Conservation Commission has signed off on the issues they had with the license.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Class II License for Douglas Auto and Truck Sales on 169 Davis Street Route 16. Vote Unanimous.

Pauline Gavlak brought up a previous promise from the Board to put a buffer at the end of the parking lot to filter out some of the noise from the basketball court. The Board decided to look to Tree Warden Leon Mosczynski for suggestions on a buffer for the Gavlak property.

Rob Guiou revisited the Podles issue and felt that there was no need to go to the Engineer to find out if there is an easement. However, he agreed there was a need to find out the legal end of this issue. The Board could ask Buff Therrien to cut the pipe back from the wall. The Board agrees to direct Norm not to talk to CME at this time to find a solution.

12. Adjournment

At 9:14PM, Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to adjourn. Vote Unanimous.

Respectfully Submitted,

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