BOS - September 18, 2012

BOS - September 18, 2012

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
September 18, 2012


7:00 pm

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

7:05 pm
1. Order of Taking - Briarwood Circle

2. Interest in Old Grammar School – Jon Juhl of JNJUHL & Associates, LLC

3. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment – 3.2.2 Accessory Uses in All Districts

4. Open Warrant for November Special Town Meeting

5. Town Counsel Appointment

6. Selectmen’s Goals

7. Minutes: August 21, 2012; September 4, 2012

8. Administrator’s Report

9. Old/New Business

10. Executive Session – Litigation

11. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

October 2nd:
Town Administrator’s Goals; BOS Goals; Black Lab – License Status;
License Application – Grille on Main

Oct. 16th: 7:05 pm - Joint Appointment w/Planning Board - Appointment

TBD: Gov’t Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority;
Approve Tax Rate
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BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING MINUTES
September 18, 2012
Approved October 2, 2012

Call to Order

Mr. Bonin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE:
Board: Tim Bonin, Keith Brown, Hal Davis, Mike Hughes, Jeffrey LaPorte (absent), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant).
Other Staff and Citizens: William Cundiff (Town Engineer), Rich Bowen (Town Counsel), Jon Juhl (JNJUHL), Edward Nunes (Nunes Trabucco Architects), Keith Menard (Moderator/Oktoberfest), Tony St. Pierre (Oktoberfest), Susan Spencer (Blackstone Valley Tribune).

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:13)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:28)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:30)
No citizens came forward.

1. 7:05 PM Order of Taking-Briarwood Circle (00:42)
In the packet are a Notice of Intent dated August 15, 2012 and an Abutters List.
Mr. Bonin opened the public hearing. Bill Cundiff joined the meeting and presented the order of taking for Shady Knolls II, Briarwood Circle. This taking would allow the town to take over the road and maintain it.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to close the public hearing, Order of Taking-Briarwood Circle. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Davis made a motion to accept the Order of Taking as approved by Article 13 at the 2012 Annual Town Meeting by Eminent Domain of the land consisting of Briarwood Circle and necessary associated easements as shown on the plan entitled Shady Knolls Estates II, Briarwood Circle, Douglas, MA dated March 16, 2012 prepared by Andrews Survey and Engineering, Uxbridge, MA. The purpose of the Order of Taking is to adopt the roadway as a public way. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Davis made a motion that Briarwood Circle and associated easements should have been conveyed to the town by the developer of the subdivision, and because the conveyance did not occur, the Board has decided to award zero dollars in damages in this taking. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Interest in Old Grammar School-Jon Juhl of JNJUHL & Associates, LLC (05:47)
In the packet are a Letter of Intent from Jon Juhl dated August 13, 2012, a Request for Proposals, and related materials.
Mr. Juhl and Mr. Nunes joined the meeting to discuss their plans for the Old Grammar School. The building with an addition, would allow them to develop 24 2-bedroom units. Rents would be approximately $950-$2000/month. There may be some 1-bedroom units as well.
Mr. Nunes presented a preliminary proposal for the Old Grammar School and some of their completed projects. Mr. Juhl spoke about how his firm conducts business.
Mr. Guzinski will check to see if the town or School Dept. holds title on the building. Atty. Bowen described the process to be undertaken to sell this property.
The market for the units was discussed. All of the units would be counted towards the 10% affordable housing goal. The zoning process was discussed. Mr. Cundiff believes the developers would go through the Local Initiative Plan process. Bus parking was discussed.
It was the consensus of the Board to draft an article for the Fall Town Meeting.
There was a three-minute recess.

3. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment-3.2.2 Accessory Uses in All Districts (44:14)
In the packet is Draft #3 of the Proposed Town Meeting Article.
Mr. Cundiff joined the meeting and discussed the background of this amendment, which addresses trailers in the town. Currently, the bylaw prohibits trailers. The Planning Board drafted the proposal in the packet. The proposal allows trailers by special permit through the ZBA; no more than three in the larger zoned districts and no more than one in the smaller zoned districts. There are requirements for screening and setbacks. The Planning Board supports this proposal.
Mr. Davis made a motion to authorize the Planning Board to hold a public hearing on the Zoning Bylaw Amendment as presented to the Board of Selectmen this evening dealing with accessory uses in all districts. Mr. Hughes seconded the motion. All-Aye.

4. Open Warrant for November Special Meeting (51:09)
Mr. Guzinski has contacted the Town Moderator, Town Clerk and Town Counsel and proposed the dates of Tuesday, November 13 and Monday, November 19, 2012 for the Fall Special Town Meeting. He would need a decision by the next Board of Selectmen meeting.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to open the fall Town Meeting warrant and close the warrant by October 2, 2012. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Some members spoke in favor of holding the Fall Special Town Meeting on October 19, 2012.

5. Town Counsel Appointment (54:21)
In the packet is a letter from Lisa Mead dated September 7, 2012.
Mr. Guzinski presented a letter from Lisa Mead of Blatman, Bobrowski and Mead stating that Atty. Rich Bowen would be leaving the firm on October 23, 2012. Mr. Guzinski recommends the Board appoint Atty. Rich Bowen as Town Counsel, effective October 23, 2012 and retain Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead as Land Counsel and Special Counsel. There would be no increased cost to the town.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to appoint Atty. Richard Bowen as Town Counsel and retain Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead as Land Counsel and Special Counsel. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

6. Selectmen’s Goals (56:17)
In the packet are a list of Goals and a Draft list of Goals.
Mr. Bonin feels the Board needs another goals discussion since many of the goals previously set have been reached. Mr. Bonin asked that the goals be posted on the website. Mr. Bonin quickly reviewed the goals. It was the consensus of the Board to have another goals workshop meeting.

7. Approval of the Minutes (62:08)
August 21, 2012: Mr. Hughes made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 21, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Brown. All–Aye.
September 4, 2012: Mr. Davis made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2012 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. All–Aye.

8. Administrator’s Report (62:48)
Mr. Guzinski stated that Stephen Zisk, Conservation Agent and Planner has accepted a new position. Mr. Zisk stated that he would be willing to stay on a part-time basis. Mr. Guzinski recommended moving forward with that approach and the Board had no objections.

9. Old/New Business (66:28)
Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.
New Business: There was no new business to discuss.

10. Executive Session-Litigation (66:39)
It was the consensus of the Board to take up the litigation issue at the next meeting.

11. Adjournment (67:59)
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 PM. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright, Recording Secretary
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