BOS - March 25, 2010

BOS - March 25, 2010

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:55 pm

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 25, 2010
Approved April 6, 2010



• Call to Order:
Chairman Michael Hughes called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm in the Municipal Center Resource Room. In attendance: John Bombara, Paula Brouillette, Mitch Cohen, Scott Medeiros, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Other staff and citizens: Capital Improvement Chair Fire Chief Don Gonynor, Library Trustee’s Ellie Chesebrough and Pete Tetreault, Library Director Ann Carlsson, and Town Engineer William Cundiff.

• Debt Exclusion:
In the agenda is a draft copy of the Suggested Form of Article and Motion for the Debt Exclusion to reconstruct the Library, design work for the new Police Station, design work for a new Highway Garage, and design work for a new Sewer Extension to service the new Police Station and Highway Garage, dated March 19, 2010; the Five Year Capital Building Plan, dated March 30, 2010; information from Clark Rowell, Towns Financial Advisor from UniBank, dated March 17, 2010; Capital Request for New Police Station, from the Police Department; and Cost Estimate Revision entitled “Alterations & Additions to Simon Fairfield Public Library”, dated March 15, 2010.
Chief Don Gonynor joined the meeting as the Chair of the Capital Improvement Committee to discuss the debt exclusion. Using the Building & Facility Construction Committee’s (BFCC) study on Building and Space Needs, the Capital Committee has decided to move forward with the reconstruction of the Library, design work for a new Police Station, design work for a new Highway Garage, and design work for a new Sewer Extension to service the new Police Station and Highway Garage. He stated that over the last 5 years debt has fallen off the debt schedule so the taxpayers will not see a real impact. He is asking the board to support the article. Pete Tetreault joined the meeting as a tax payer and not as a representative of the Library Trustees. He handed out cost estimates for the library project. He stated he does not agree with bundling the library with the other projects – the library is renovating an existing building and the other projects are construction of new buildings. Under the current ADA schedule the library has two years to comply, he feels they should be separate ballot questions. Ellie Chesebrough reminded the board that the Library Trustees voted to move forward on a bundled packet. Michael Guzinski went over the impact on taxpayers which would bring an additional average cost of $55/year to the average home for the life of the bond and will start to drop off as debt exclusions drop off the debt schedule, assuming no other debt comes on. Scott Medeiros reminded the board that there is the possibility the school project will be added. Discussion concerning leaving the projects bundled verses pulling the library project out on its own; giving the taxpayers a break or letting the taxpayers decide. Consensus to let the taxpayers decide. Mitch Cohen stated he was concerned about the proposed cost of the library project in respect to it being enough to appropriately accomplish the project. Pete Tetreault informed the board that they made changes to keep the price down; their goal was to keep it under $1 million. Ellie Chesebrough informed the board they have funds from state grants that they can use and they also plan to fundraise. Further discussion ensued. William Cundiff spoke on the BFCC’s input on the project and reported they had no objections to the numbers. A suggestion was made to the library trustees to meet with the BFCC to confirm their numbers. Mitch Cohen made a motion to present to the voters at the Annual Town Election, the ballot question as presented. Paula Brouillette seconded the motion. Looking for a 2/3rd majority, the vote was unanimous with all members voting aye and no abstentions.

• Warrants:
In the agenda is a draft copy of the Warrant for Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting, Monday May 3, 2010.
Michael Guzinski went over the warrants asking William Cundiff to explain the bylaw articles.

• Petition Article – Accessory Apartment Bylaw:
Michael Guzinski reported he received a petition article this afternoon (attached). There are 45 signatures, all of which have been certified by the Town Clerk. As outlined in MGL Chapter 40 §5, the board has to forward the petition to the Planning Board within 14 days which he will do.

• Adjournment:
Scott Medeiros made a motion at 6:47 pm to adjourn. Mitch Cohen seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted,


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