BOS - February 29, 2000

BOS - February 29, 2000

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:59 am

Board of Selectmen Workshop
Municipal Center
Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 7:00pm


1. Call to Order

2. Land Acquisition Fund

3. Selectmen;s FY01 Budget

4. Animal Inspector Appoinrment

5. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes – February 29, 2000

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:03PM. In attendance, Ron Forget, Rob Guiou, Tom Navaroli, Mark Bloomfield, Betty Therrien, and Norm MacNeill. Also in attendance, Tom Mattson, Louise Redding, and Mitch Cohen.

2. Review of Louise Redding’s Contract

Norm MacNeill incorporated the changes suggested by Tom Navaroli at the last meeting: changing 30 days to 60 days notice, allowing for expenditure up to a certain amount for transportation and training, sick leave, and vacation. The contract is in accordance with the Personnel Bylaw. The contract will be in effect until 2002 and she will need to be re-appointment until 2003.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve a memorandum of understanding between the Town of Douglas and Louise Redding. Vote Unanimous.

3. Animal Inspector Appointment

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to appoint Dick Downs as animal inspector. Amended to include Jay O’Connor. Vote Unanimous.

4. Transfer Station Enterprise Fund

Selectmen just must receive the budget tonight. They have received a draft budget and it is recommended that they schedule this for future discussion. The Transfer Station does not have as many customers as they predicted and therefore the cost is higher and needs to be distributed. The current fee is $75 and needs to be around $102 to cover the costs. The Board also recommends shortening the period to buy stickers from 90 to 30 days. The Board also recommends the Transfer Station only accept checks at the station for stickers. The Board discussed the request for $800 to cover extra hours; they would like definition of what they will get for that money. The Board also recommends encouraging Transfer Station workers to check positive ID of residents. The Board recommends putting up a sign at the Transfer Station saying, “Current driver license or proof of residency may be requested.” The Board suggests that the Transfer Station limit daily visits unless otherwise prior arrangements have been made. The Board also wishes to inquire if the Board of Health would be interested in looking into a per bag arrangement if these measures don’t work.

5. Land Acquisition Fund

This proposed fund would create within the budget a fund for land acquisition that would consist of monies to pay for appraisals, purchase options, easements, grant matches, or to purchase small pieces of land so that the Board doesn’t need to go to Town Meeting every time. The Board agreed to including a line item of $5,000 for land acquisition in the budget.

Dyer Property update: Metacomet wants to move forward and Mr. Dyer resubmitted the notice.

6. Selectmen’s Budget

The Executive Administrator’s salary will increase 3% with a 5% potential increase. There is a proposed creation of an Assistant to the Executive Administrator position. The position has been presented to the Personnel Board and if the Board approves funding, the Personnel Board will approve it. The position is budgeted at $28,000. The intention is if this position is funded to move the current Secretary position from A9, step 3 to step 1.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to include the amount in the budget to be reviewed after receipt of MMACG report. Vote Tom Navaroli, Mark Bloomfield, Rob Guiou, Betty Therrien Aye; Ron Forget Nay.

Ron Forget requested a breakdown of Norm MacNeill’s responsibilities if this new position is created.

The Board discussed looking at exact numbers spent on engineering costs over the last few years. Rob Guiou also brought up the Senior Citizen Tax Credit program that allows seniors to work off their taxes. The program would have to be run by the Assessors.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the draft budget as presented. Vote Tom Navaroli, Mark Bloomfield, Rob Guiou, Betty Therrien Aye; Ron Forget Nay.

7. Administrator’s Review

Selectmen are to bring written reviews for Norm MacNeill to the March 7th meeting to be discussed and then compiled.

8. Executive Session – Cellco Litigation

At 8:55PM, a motion was made by Mark Bloomfield, and seconded by Rob Guiou, to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss Cellco litigation and to readjourn into regular session. Mark Bloomfield Aye, Betty Therrien Aye, Rob Guiou Aye, Ron Forget Aye, and Tom Navaroli Aye.

At 9:15PM, a motion was made by Mark Bloomfield, and seconded by Rob Guiou, to adjourn Executive Session and return to regular session. Mark Bloomfield Aye, Betty Therrien Aye, Rob Guiou Aye, Ron Forget Aye, and Tom Navaroli Aye

9. New Business

Dale Road will be added to the 3/15 agenda.

Gary Vecchione has a temporary restraining order that was taken out ex parte.

The next Board meeting is on the 15th. The election is on the 14th and depending on the Water/Sewer outcome the Board will need to schedule a special Town Meeting. Clean-up Special Town Meeting will be scheduled for April.

Bank of Boston did not have cleared title. Back taxes were cleared. Now, wants $50,000. Since Bank of Boston gave us a cleared title, the Town needs to look at Bank of Boston for fault.
Board needs to find out where the cars are from; perhaps they are stolen vehicles. Buff Therrien needs to be directed to stop using the site and clean it up. The Board directed Norm MacNeill to talk to our attorneys about exploring the clean up of the site and ownership of the cars.

Jack’s Repair Service has no Class II License. Their license was not renewed and they need to clean up their land. Tom Navaroli volunteered to talk to Kevin McDonald who deals with Class II permits in Worcester, to see how the Town can work to shut down Jack’s for non-compliance.

10. Adjournment

At 9:57PM, Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to adjourn. Vote Unanimous.

Respectfully Submitted,



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