BOS - April 11, 2000

BOS - April 11, 2000

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:47 am

BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING
Resource Room
Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 7:00pm


1. Call to Order
2. Personnel Classification Study
3. Economic Development Commission Report & Presentation of TIF Agreement
4. Dog Hearing
5. Fire Station Building Committee Report
6. Use of Town Property Request – Brownie Troop #113
7. Appointment to the Cable Advisory Committee
8. Approval of Meeting Minutes - 11/30, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/15
9. Manchaug Road Land Acquisition
10. Layout Orders
• Tucker Landing: Sandra Circle, Tucker Circle, Marilyn Drive
• Kingswood Estates: Royal Crest Drive
• Mt Daniels Estates: Mt Daniels Way
• Brookside Drive
11. Executive Administrator’s Report
12. New Business
13. Adjournment
Upcoming Meetings

April 19, 2000 Special Town Meeting

April 26, 2000 Regular Meeting (Rescheduled to Wednesday)
• MMA Consulting Report
• Finance Committee Presents FY01 Recommendations
• Review of Annual Meeting Warrant

May 2, 2000 (Special Meeting to Replace May 9th Election Day Meeting)
• Close Annual Town Meeting Warrant

May 10, 2000 Reorganization Meeting
• Discuss Annual Meeting with Town Moderator
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 11, 1999


1. Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM. In attendance, Tom Navaroli, Rob Guiou, Ron Forget, Mark Bloomfield, and Norm MacNeill. Also in attendance, Karl Kildahl, Dan Deleo, Steve Pucci, Chief Foley, Chief Gonynor, members of EDC.

The Board thanked Sharon Brotherton and BettyAnn McCallum for their work on the Resource Room Renovation.

2. Personnel Classification Study

Leslie Navaroli, chair of the Personnel Board, came before the Board to discuss the proposed Personnel Classification study. It would encompass all full time employees that are not under union contract. The cost will about $325-375 per position. The outcome will be a point factor rating system for current and any newly created jobs. Leslie Navaroli sees this is a way to get a quality product, consistent with the Personnel Board’s goals. This study will compliment the MMACG management study that was completed earlier.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve funding for a personnel classification study. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to amend the general government budget to include the Personnel Classification for a total of $14,250 additional monies. Vote Unanimous.

3. Economic Development Commission Report & Presentation of TIF Agreement

Hal Davis, Carol Gogolinski, and Cliff Van Reed presented the EDC report and would like to go to the Annual Town Meeting to get a more detailed plan. They would like consensus from the Town, endorsement from the Town, and involvement from the Town.

The EDC presented the second TIF agreement that has been negotiated by the Town. The TIF is between Digital Systems Services. DSS is a computer field service company looking to relocate in Douglas. It would not have a retail location.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to accept the TIF agreement as negotiated by the Economic Development Commission. Vote Unanimous.

4. Dog Hearing

Dog hearing procedures were read to the audience and participants.

All parties were sworn in. This hearing was regarding a second incident against a dog on 82 Depot Street. Jay O’Connor stated that on or about March 25th the dog got out of its owner’s control and ran through neighboring property on her own and proceeded to attack her small cocker spaniel. The dog was injured with lacerations on its back and puncture wounds. On February 12th, there was an almost identical incident; the Galvins paid for the February incident. Jay O’Connor picked up Kenda, the Galvin’s Dalmatian, for a 10-day observation period and quarantine. The O’Connors observed and tested the dog and feel that it is aggressive towards dogs and people. However, he stated that the dog came around to the staff after the 10 days showing that there was potential for the dog to be workable. His recommendation: order a permanent restraint and a 6ft high fence to be installed to prevent escape from the house or banishment. With banishment, the dog may be difficult to place. Jay O’Connor feels that the dog is a danger to the Samarco’s and other dogs in the neighborhood and feels that the dog should be muzzled at all times when outdoors.

Ms. Samarco:
Her dog was tied to her house both times. She knows that Jay O’Connor order the dog to be restrained and muzzled in the past, but the dog has not been in the pen or muzzled. Ms. Samarco is so scared by the dog she is intending to move out of Douglas.

Carol Broder, 84 Depot Street, heard the dog that morning. She has noticed the Galvin’s dog without a muzzle when they walk the dog.

Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Elizabeth Galvin:
They stated they live in a duplex and the neighbor has 3 dogs and 5 cats. There is a cage in the backyard. They admitted that the dog is not always muzzled. Mr. Galvin feels that obeyed Jay O’Connors recommendations. Mr. Galvin also stated that the dog doesn’t exercise as much as it should, but they don’t want it to be a nuisance either. They stated they take great care not to let the dog roam. Mr. Galvin came up with a fencing plan and contacted fencing companies for prices. He suggested totally enclosing the yard with a fence. Mr. Galvin was concerned about Ms. Samarco because she was so upset after the incident; he stated his dog did run after her dog, but he followed as quickly as possible. He stated he is ready to install the fence as soon as possible.

Jay O’Connor suggested that the entire Galvin family take a dog obedience class to learn how to control the dog better. He also stated that if the dog gets out again, there will be an immediate banishment hearing.

Ms. Samarco’s daughter, Angela Howland, expressed concern about this happening. She stated the dog was vicious and wanted to know who was going to enforce the outcome of this hearing.

Brenda Haglund stated she has seen the dog many times uncontrollably running around; the Town should get the dogs out of town.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to close the hearing. Vote Unanimous.
Finding of fact:

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, Vote Unanimous.



The Galvins must put up a fence and send the dog and family to training. After the training the completed, Jay O’Connor will choose a professional to observe and test the dog. Obedience school should last at least 6 weeks. Until this is completed, the dog will be kept in a kennel out of Douglas.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, that the actions to be taken based on the finding of fact Vote Unanimous.

5. Fire Station Building Committee Report

This was just an informational item. Chief Foley and Jack Kelly gave an overview of the building project. It is expected to be complete on June 15, 2000. Right now, it is 80% complete. There are only a few pending items. Chief Gonynor feels that this project has been handled well and has saved the Town probably $100,000. The Board applauded the work thus far.

6. Use of Town Property Request – Brownie Troop #113

Brownie Troop #113 currently uses the VFW hall for meetings, but has requested to use the Senior Center. 15 people are involved on Thursday evenings. Ron Forget thought that there was no problem with the troop using the high school for meeting space. The Board decided to take no action until they receive further information.

7. Appointment to Cable Advisory Committee

Norm MacNeill has appointed Marc Serra to the Cable Advisory Committee subject to the Board’s ratification. Marc brings unique skills as his professional job is working for Shrewsbury Cable Access. He appears to be eager to join and to be a part of operational aspects and the contract negotiation.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to ratify Marc Serra’s appointment to the Cable Advisory Committee. Vote Unanimous.

8. Approval of Meeting Minutes

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to approve November 30, 1999 meeting minutes as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve February 8, 2000 minutes as amended. Vote Unanimous; Tom Navaroli abstains.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve February 15, 2000 minutes as submitted. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve February 22, 2000 minutes as submitted. Vote Unanimous; Rob Guiou abstains.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve March 15, 2000 minutes as submitted. Vote Unanimous.

9. Manchaug Road Land Acquisition

Norm MacNeill presented to the Board the Ballot questions and town meeting article.
There will be two questions: fire pumper tanker and Manchaug rood acquisition. Both have gone through the capital improvements committee. It will cost $225,000 to purchase the pumper tanker. It has been proposed not as a debt exclusion, but as a capital exclusion; no borrowing and no interest. The increase in the tax levy will be about $0.57/$1,000 for one year. The pumper is part of a 10 year plan Chief Gonynor has put together to replace old equipment that had begun to fail.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the article for the fire pumper tanker as written. Vote Unanimous.

The Manchaug Road Land Acquisition consists of purchasing +-25 acres of land that is currently 61A status (providing discount on property tax; when sold for other than forestry use the Town can purchase it at the fair and full market value). The Board has exercised its option and filed a deed with the registry. The ballot question would ask for $200,000 to purchase the land. The current owner has presented a plan to build houses on the property. By buying the land, it would prevent more houses going in.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to put the Manchaug Road Acquisition on the ballot. Vote Unanimous.

In order to purchase the property, an article would need to be placed on a May 1st STM to meet the deadline.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to place the Manchaug Road Acquisition article on the May 1st STM. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the warrant for the May 1st STM. Vote Unanimous.

10. Layout Orders

There are four layout orders before the Board: Tucker Landing – Sandra Circle, Tucker Circle, and Marilyn Drive; Kingswood Estates – Royal Crest Drive; Mt. Daniels Estates – Mt Daniels Way; Brookside Drive. The Board entering into the layout orders does not constitute approval of the roads.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to approve all four layout orders as submitted. Vote Unanimous.

11. Executive Administrator’s Report

In preparation for the April 19, 2000 STM, a voter bulletin has been printed and will be mailed to every citizen on the Thursday before the meeting. Voters will receive full text of the articles.

The Bell Atlantic cell tower will be on the ZBA’s May 4th agenda. ZBA is expected to act and grant the variance as directed by the court.

12. New Business

The Board held over three budgets from last week: Douglas schools, BV Tech, and Capital Outlay. Last night, the Board went over the budgets with the Finance Committee.

Tom Navaroli made a motion, seconded by Ron Forget, to approve the Douglas Schools budget, the BV Tech budget, and the Capital Outlay budget with recommendations. Vote Unanimous.

13. Adjournment

At 9:35 PM, Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield to adjourn,
Vote Unanimous.


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