BOS - October 11, 2005 STM Workshop

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BOS - October 11, 2005 STM Workshop

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:30 am

Board of Selectmen
October 11, 2005
Special Town Meeting Workshop

6:30 pm
Informational Workshop

7:00 pm
1. Call to Order

2. Special Town Meeting Workshop with School Committee and Finance Committee

3. Warrant

4. Adjournment
Douglas Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
Informational and Joint Workshop with FinCom & School Committee
October 11, 2005
Approved January, 17, 2006

• Informational Workshop:

Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the workshop meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Selectmens’ Office at the Municipal Center.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, Edward A. Therrien, Richard E. Preston, David Furno, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane and Adelle Reynolds-Building Commissioner.

The following was discussed at the workshop:
~ Special Town Meeting Warrant
~ Article 11-Sign Bylaw Changes
~ Preliminary Analysis of Sources and Use of Funds
-Concensus:Support taking off Article 4 and offer $106,150.00 to the School
Informational Workshop ended at 7:10 pm

The Board of Selectmen moved into the Resource Room.
Call to Order:
Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the workshop meeting to order at 7:14 pm.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, Edward A. Therrien, Richard E. Preston, David Furno, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Others present: FinCom Members-Pamela Holmes-Chair, Jerome Kocur, Todd Bari
School Committee Members-Leslie Breault-Secretary, Shirley Downs, Tom Navaroli
Capital Improvement Committee-Mitch Cohen-Chair, Interim Superintendent-Bob Melican and
Resident-Dick Downs
Tribune reporter-Tom Mattson and T&G reporter-Steve Foskett

~Joint Workshop-Shirley welcomed, thanked and invited the following to the table to join the Board:School Committee Members, Bob Melican and FinCom Members.
Discussion:Article 3(FY06 School Operating Budget)-request for more funding-
Bob Melican relayed to the Board (after discussion with Mike and the School Committee) the need for the funding and to bring the figure down to $110,000.00 hoping the Board and FinCom will agree. This will allow the return of:one-Librarian, three-Math Positions and one-Aid to start January 2, 2006. Mike stated he thought it was a good compromise. Eligibility of benefits discussed, replacing positions and the FY07 budget. Shirley informed all of the consensus of the Board discussed earlier at the informational workshop and voting on in this open meeting-taking out Article 4-the funding would total $106,150.00. Shirley thanked all for working together without taking money out of the Stabilization Fund and to keep our good rating with bonding and getting all back on track. Rich thanked all and Mr. Melican for being “a breath of fresh air” for this school system and district and all he has accomplished in a short amount of time. Pam Holmes brought up the issue of people not understanding the financial situation of the Town with the Town being without an Accountant which put us behind accounting wise. Shirley emphasized the use of “free cash” over the years for operational purposes. Bob thanked the Board for having this discussion. Consensus of the School Committee to change the amount to $110,000.00, the Board will vote on the 18th and FinCom is voting on Articles tomorrow.

~Warrant: Mike read the following. Open to discussion/comments/questions.
Article 1-Amendment of FY06-11 Capital Improvement Plan:Needs 9/10ths vote. Discussion/comments regarding the amount of information given. Mitch will present all three parts of this article and will have a contact person for each if there are any technical questions.
Article 2-Acceptance of M.G.L. Ch.71 Section 71E:Recommendation of our Interim Town Accountant to take this vote to insure there are no problems and in compliance with State laws.
Article 3-FY06 School Operating Budget:Amount changed to $110,000.00. Funding from Surplus Account.
Article 4-Drainage Improvements:School monies would come from this article.
Motion-to remove this article from the Warrant-Dave Furno. Seconded-Rich Preston. All-aye.
Article 5-Tax Incremental Financing Plan-B&L Pools & Article 6-Tax Incremental Financing Plan-Danlyn Realty-Mike spoke to Town Counsel who recommended the three articles be condensed to these two and the Board come up with a basic agreement with the two property owners by Town meeting. A sample agreement be posted in the Town Clerk’s office.
Article 7-Community Bulletin Board-Paula asked if Valley Tech was approached-Mr. Melican volunteered to give Dr. Fitzpatrick a call. Transfer from available funds in the aerial ladder truck discussion.
Article 8-Selectmen’s Office –Wages-Over sight on the spring budget. Transfer from available funds in the aerial ladder truck.
Article 9-Unemployment Expenses-Related to the lay off of school employees-unemployment liability. Transfer from available funds in the aerial ladder truck. If not voted for it will be taken off State aid next year.
Article 10-Interim Town Accountant-Transfer of funds within the department to pay the fees FAA(Financial Advisory Associates, Inc.) for the Interim Town Accountant services.
Article 11-Sign Bylaw Changes-Hold until next Tuesday-per the Board.
Article 12-Personnel Bylaw-Recommendation of Town Council to divide bylaws and policies.

Motion-to accept Articles 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10 and12 Rich Preston. Seconded-Dave Furno.

Shirley stated more information needed on Article 11(Sign Bylaw). They will be renumbered. Next Tuesday the Board will meet with the Town Moderator. Need to know who will be presenting which Articles.

Search Committee-the Board should be receiving a letter from the Chair any day now.

Old/New Business-None
Adjournment-Edward Therrien made a motion to adjourn at 8:00 pm.
Seconded-Dave Furno. All-aye.

Respectfully submitted;

Jane L. Brule
Administrative Secretary
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