BOS - July 13, 2010

BOS - July 13, 2010

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:39 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
July 13, 2010

7:00 pm

• Call to Order

• Chairman’s Announcements

• Citizen’s Forum

1. Douglas Woods – Rod Jané

2. Mansion in the Woods – Waivers

3. Approve Feasibility Study Agreement with MSBA

4. Blackstone Valley Economic Development Council Update

5. Guard Rail – Northwest Main St.

6. CMRPC representative from the Board of Selectmen

7. Minutes: June 1, 2010; June 15, 2010; June 15 Exec. Session; June 21, 2010

8. Administrators Report

9. Old/New Business

10. Exec. Session – Consider Acquisition of Real Property/Collective Bargaining.

11. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items

Aug. 3rd:
Appoint Planning Brd Associate Member (joint with Planning Brd); Clean Energy Grant

TBD: Policies; Fire Study; EDC; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Auth.; Anonymous Letter Policy
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
JULY 13, 2010
Approved August 3, 2010


• Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Center Resource Room.
ATTENDENCE:
Board: Michael Hughes (Chairman), Paula Brouillette, Mitch Cohen, Jeffrey LaPorte, Tim Bonin, Michael Guzinski (Executive Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
Other Staff and Citizens: Adelle Reynolds (Building Commissioner), Rod Jané (America Pro Wind), Attorney Ed Taipale, Mr. and Mrs. Brady, Kenneth and Beatrice King, Joe Deliso (Economic Development Council), Tom Mattson (Tribune).

• Chairman’s Announcements
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum
No citizens came forward.

1. Douglas Woods – Rod Jané
In the agenda is a letter dated July 7, 2010 from Rod Jané.
Mr. Jané joined the meeting and gave an update on the wind farm project. He noted that the second meeting for the site review public hearing is being held this evening. He announced that American Pro Wind has signed a 15 year power purchase agreement contract with NSTAR for this wind farm. It is anticipated to have DPU approval of the contract by October 1. Acoustic and flicker studies have been completed and will be reviewed tonight at the Planning Board Meeting. The final engineering studies should be completed by August 1. Work progresses with National Grid for interconnection. Work progresses with regard to the variance status. A meeting will be held with the ZBA on Wednesday. Meetings have been held and scheduled with various banks regarding financing. Some discussion held regarding the property tax issue. Mr. Jané indicated that the taxes should be paid this week. He indicated that a condition of the permit could be that the taxes are paid. Ms. Brouillette inquired when ownership of the property would take place. Mr. Jané discussed the purchase and sale agreements as they relate to the permitting process and indicated it could happen as early as 2011. It would be the intent to secure site control as soon as possible. Mr. Bonin questioned the 12 month met tower study. Mr. Jané indicated that has been completed and the results came in at approximately 6.8 meters per second. The time frame for the grant was discussed. Work progresses to meet the timeline.

2. Mansion in the Woods – Waivers
In the agenda is a memo from Ms. Kane dated July 12, 2010, a list of remaining party events for 2010, Social Host Affidavit form, a memo from Ms. Kane regarding waivers dated July 8, 2010 with various attachments.
Ms. Reynolds joined the meeting. She reported that since the last meeting she and the Fire Chief did a walk of the dwelling and several meetings were held with Mr. and Mrs. Brady and Attorney Taipale. There are two separate issues: zoning and building code. There are no zoning bylaws that this falls under. She has asked for a zoning request that outlines what they do and discussed the process that would follow. A fire detail will be at the parties scheduled and no further major parties will be scheduled until this is resolved. Mr. Cohen questioned parking and access to emergency vehicles. Ms. Reynolds noted this was discussed at a meeting held with public safety and the Police Chief and Fire Chief have no issue. Ms. Kane discussed MGL Chapter 138 Section 14 and noted as it relates to the sale of alcohol. The applicant must petition the Selectmen advising that they will not be selling alcohol then it can be determined that a license is not required. Everyone involved has submitted letters indicating that they will not be selling alcohol and no tickets will be exchanged for alcohol. Each applicant could complete a host affidavit and Ms. Kane discussed what that entails. Some discussion held including the process that would take place, how this may relate to zoning, and protection for the Town. Mr. Kenneth King noted concerns that the abutters were not notified. Ms. Reynolds further discussed the process moving forward with determining a use as far as zoning. Discussion held including addressing safety concerns, notification of abutters once the use is determined, process of addressing issues, the need for owner’s being aware of courteous neighborly actions. Mr. Cohen made a motion to determine that they do not need a license for the five events that there is paperwork for through September with the knowledge that the events in October will have to be dealt with once the paperwork is received and contingent upon their completing and signing the Social Host Affidavit as presented and also with the same requirements last time which was with the condition that any restrictions and requirements placed on the building by the Building Commissioner, Fire Chief, Police Chief and Board of Health will be resolved. Ms. Brouillette seconded. Further discussion held. It was noted that the zoning issue must be determined expeditiously. Ms. Reynolds discussed the process and timeline for meetings. Some discussion held regarding whether a fee should be attached to this type of affidavit. Mr. Guzinski does not recommend a fee attached to such an affidavit, however, if it is determined that a license is required a fee would be attached to that. All – Aye.

3. Approve Feasibility Study Agreement with MSBA
In the agenda is a memo from Mr. Guzinski dated July 8, 2010, Feasibility Study Budget, Feasibility study schedule, a letter from MSBA dated July 12, 2010, MSBA Feasibility Study Agreement with attachments.
Mr. Guzinski discussed the Feasibility Study Agreement with MSBA. He noted information included in the packet. He reported on a meeting he attended along with the Superintendent of Schools at the MSBA today to discuss the School Building Project. It is his recommended to put off the execution of the Feasibility Study Agreement until the next meeting to give the consultants and Counsel time to review.

4. Blackstone Valley Economic Development Council Update
In the agenda are memos from Joe Deliso dated April 26, 2010, Articles of Organization and Bylaws.
Mr. Guzinski updated the Board on the initiative to establish the Blackstone Valley Economic Development Council. He noted information in the packet. Ms. Brouillette expanded on the effort. Some discussion held. Mr. Deliso joined the meeting. He noted Ms. Brouillette’s leadership in this initiative. He discussed Douglas and their history with membership as well as the significance of Bill 2380.

5. Guard Rail – Northwest Main St.
In the agenda is a memo from Mr. Guzinski dated July 8, 2010, a letter from Don Virostek dated January 15, 2010, quote from Bartlett Consolidated.
Mr. Guzinski discussed the request from the Whitin Reservoir Watershed District to repair the erosion on Northwest Main Street and replace the jersey barriers. The Safety Committee met to discuss this issue and recommends that the barriers be replaced by a guard rail. He noted information in the packet that relates to the cost. Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the recommendation of the Safety Committee for the Highway Department to replace the jersey barriers at that location with a guard rail. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. All – Aye.
Mr. Bonin questioned the origin of the name “Bad Luck Pond”. Mr. Cohen noted a video that was done for the Cable class that addressed this.

6. CMRPC Representative from the Board of Selectmen
Mr. Guzinski noted a vacancy on CMRPC as an alternate member representing the Town. Ms. Brouillette discussed function of CMRPC. Mr. Bonin volunteered for the position. Mr. Cohen made a motion to approve Mr. Bonin as the alternate representative for CMRPC. Ms. Brouillette seconded. All – Aye.

7. Minutes June 1, 2010; June 15, 2010, June 15 Exec. Session: June 21, 2010
June 1, 2010: Mr. LaPorte made a motion to approve the minutes of June 1, 2010. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All – Aye.
June 15, 2010: Mr. Cohen made a motion to approve the minutes of June 15, 2010. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.
June 15, Exec. Session: Mr. Cohen made a motion to approve the minutes of June 15, 2010 Executive Session releasing items C, D, and E and retaining all the rest. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.
June 21, 2010: Mr. Cohen made a motion to approve the minutes of June 21, 2010 as amended. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.

8. Administrator’s Report
In the agenda is a memo from Mr. Guzinski dated July 8, 2010, a letter from Chief Gonynor dated June 30, 2010, and a letter from Pastor Young dated July 7, 2010.
Mr. Guzinski discussed an inter-departmental transfer and the process in which MGL allows the Board to transfer from one department to another. He noted that the street lighting account has run over in the amount of approximately $2,500. In addition, he noted a change in electricity carriers which will happen this month and a significant savings is anticipated. Ms. Brouillette made a motion to approve the transfer of funds from the FY10 Town Counsel Account to the FY10 Street Lighting Account in the amount of $2,500. Mr. Cohen seconded the motion. All – Aye.
Mr. Guzinski discussed the addition of a position for FY11for the Fire Department and the search to fill that position. The position will be filled by Mr. James Huth.
Mr. Guzinski noted the request from Pastor Young from the First Congregational Church for the closing of one half of Common Street on July 17, 2010 for a fundraiser. Mr. Cohen made a motion to approve as presented. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.

9. Old/New Business
There was no old or new business.

10. Exec. Session – Consider Acquisition of Real Property/Collective Bargaining
Mr. Cohen made a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:35 pm for the purpose of considering acquisition of real property and for the purpose of collective bargaining and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Mitch Cohen – aye, Paula Brouillette – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, Tim Bonin – aye, Jeffrey LaPorte - aye.
Mr. Cohen made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:36 pm. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Mitch Cohen – aye, Paula Brouillette – aye, Michael Hughes – aye, Tim Bonin – aye, Jeffrey LaPorte - aye.

11. Adjournment
Mr. Cohen made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 pm. Ms. Brouillette seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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