BOS - February 6, 2018

BOS - February 6, 2018

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:54 am

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
February 6, 2018
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 pm

• Call to Order
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Chairman’s Announcements
• Citizen’s Forum

1. Recognition – Public Safety Officials

2. Ratify Lieutenant Contract

7:15 pm
3. Hearing – Pole Petition # 25485404 – Vine Street

4. Approve Junk Dealer License – Tonia’s Treasures

5. Snow & Ice Deficit Spending

6. Education Reimbursement – Fire Chief

7. MA Opioid Litigation Attorneys Consortium – Possible Vote(s)

8. Minutes: January 16, 2018

9. Town Administrators Report
• NGrid Community & Customer Manager

10. Old/New Business

11. Executive Session: Contract Negotiations, Real Property, Possible
Litigation

12. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

TBD:
Old Grammar School / Police Stn, Joint meeting with Finance Director,
School, and FinCom, DPW Discussion
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February 6, 2018 - BOS Minutes.pdf
(159.27 KiB) Not downloaded yet

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
February 6, 2018
Approved February 20, 2018

Call to Order

Chairman Kevin Morse called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Kevin Morse (Chairman), Tim Bonin, David Cortese (Vice Chairman), Hal Davis (Absent), Mike Hughes, Matt Wojcik (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Other Staff and Citizens: Sen. Ryan Fattman, Rep. Joseph McKenna, Police Chief Nick Miglionico, Police Lt. David Brown, Dispatcher Alex Johnson, Sergeant Greg Gilbert, Officer Jackie Brimmer, Fire Chief Kent Vinson, Deputy Fire Chief John Furno, Paramedics John Coyne, Jack Vinson, and Nick Daly, Chris Furno (Town Clerk), Josh Sztabor (National Grid), Tonia Gosselin, Christine Gervais, Herbert Hutnak, Police & Fire staff, family and friends.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:15)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:44)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:49)
No one came forward.

1. Recognition: Public Safety Officials (00:56)
In the packet is an email from Chief Miglionico dated 1/12/18.
Chiefs Miglionico and Vinson joined the meeting, along with Ms. Gervais. Chief Miglionico reviewed the events of a 911 call received 12/18/17 from a member of Ms. Gervais’ family. Ms. Gervais was in cardiac arrest. Due to the actions of the 911 dispatcher, the Douglas Police Officers and Fire Dept., Ms. Gervais is alive today.
Mr. Hutnak joined the meeting and related the events of his emergency. Ms. Gervais and Mr. Hutnak thanked the quick response of the EMS for their survival. Chief Vinson credited the 24/7 station coverage for the rapid responses.
Sen. Fattman and Rep. McKenna joined the meeting. Letters of Commendation, Certificates and words of thanks were given to Alex Johnson, Sgt. Greg Gilbert, Officer Jackie Brimmer, Lt. John Coyne, Nick Daly, Jack Vinson and D.C. John Furno. John Fitzpatrick and Danica McCallum received Honorable Mentions for their assistance during these events.

2. Ratify Lieutenant Contract (17:59)
In the packet is a Douglas Police Dept. Lieutenant Contract.
Mr. Wojcik stated that the Town has settled a contract with the Police lieutenant. Chief Miglionico asked that Officer David Brown be promoted to lieutenant. The Chief gave Officer Brown’s background and experience.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to promote David Brown to the position of lieutenant in the Douglas Police Department. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Officer Brown was sworn in as lieutenant.
A 5-minute recess was called. The meeting reconvened at 7:27 PM.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to ratify the Police Lieutenant contract as presented. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye. (28:04)

3. 7:28 PM Hearing: Pole Petition #25485404-Vine Street (28:27)
In the packet are a pole petition and related emails, maps and materials.
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 7:28 PM to open the public hearing. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Morse read the notice. Mr. Sztabor joined the meeting. He stated that National Grid is asking to install a pole and an anchor between poles 38 and 39 to service two new homes on Catherine Way. The Tree Warden, Highway Dept. and Conservation Commission had no issues with the installation.
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 7:31 PM to close the public hearing. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve pole petition #25485404 for Vine Street as presented. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.


4. Approve Junk Dealer License-Tonia’s Treasures (31:57)
In the packet are an application, a checklist, and related materials.
Ms. Gosselin joined the meeting. Ms. Kane presented the application, which is complete and expires 5/1/18.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the Junk Dealer License for Tonia’s Treasures as presented. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Snow & Ice Deficit Spending (33:22)
In the packet are a memo from Mr. Wojcik dated 1/8/18, and a copy of Title VII, Chapter 44, Section 31D.
Mr. Wojcik stated that this account can be deficit spent. This year, the account was budgeted at $135,000. A month ago, an additional $65,000 was authorized to bring the total up to $200,000. As of this week, the Town is up to that amount. It costs $9,000/run to cover the Town for a snow/ice event.

6. Education Reimbursement-Fire Chief (35:46)
In the packet are a memo from Mr. Wojcik dated 1/24/18, a Request for Reimbursement dated 12/5/17, and related emails and materials.
Mr. Wojcik stated that under the Personnel Bylaw, all Town employees are permitted to pursue education relevant to their service to the Town. Advance notice and approval by the BOS is required for reimbursement after the employee passes the class. Chief Vinson enrolled in these classes during his contract negotiations with the Interim Town Administrator, and he did not provide notice. Chief Vinson joined the meeting. Town Counsel has stated that pre-approval can be waived.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to waive the pre-approval requirement for Fire Chief Kent Vinson and authorize payment of his educational reimbursement. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

7. MA Opioid Litigation Attorneys Consortium-Possible Vote(s) (37:28)
In the packet are an email from Peter Merrigan dated 1/30/18, a document from Sweeney/Merrigan, and an Engagement to Represent.
Mr. Wojcik requested that the BOS approve the Town’s participation in this litigation. This is not a class action; it is a series of cases that are being consolidated. Mr. Wojcik summarized the nature of the action. The Town would not have to pay expenses for representation unless the litigation is successful or there is a settlement. He stated that in the past, litigation of this nature has benefitted the Town. The documents were reviewed by Town Counsel, Atty. Rich Bowen.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to enter into the Massachusetts Opioid litigation, Massachusetts Torte effort and authorize the Town Administrator to enter into the agreement. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

8. Approve Minutes: January 16, 2018 (43:14)
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2018 regular session BOS meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Cortese. Vote: All-Aye.

9. Town Administrator’s Report
(43:46)
Mr. Wojcik stated that in the packet is correspondence from National Grid stating that Douglas has been assigned a regional contact person. Robert Moran has visited the Town, and the contents of the BOS’s letter to National Grid regarding their performance during the October 2017 snow event have been reviewed with Mr. Moran.
Mr. Wojcik is reviewing the last of the budget spreadsheets. The Health Insurance renewal was issued at a 5.9% increase (loss ratio 75%). The Property and Casualty renewal is up approximately 10.9% (loss ratio 132%). In formulating the budget, a substantial increase was anticipated. Mr. Wojcik and the Finance Director are working on an internal action plan for the Information Technology Services component.

10. Old/New Business (46:43)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.

11. Executive Session – Contract Negotiations, Real Property, Possible Litigation, and Personnel Matter - Procedure (47:02)
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 7:47 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations, real property, and possible litigation, and procedure for a personnel matter and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Mike Hughes- Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.

12. Adjournment (47:29)
Mr. Hughes made a motion at 8:33 PM to adjourn. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

Respectfully submitted,


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