BOS - February 7, 2006

BOS - February 7, 2006

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:33 am

Board of Selectmen
February 7, 2006

6:30 pm
Informational Workshop

7:00 pm
1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Citizen’s Forum

7:10 pm
4. Senator L. Bertonazzi Foundation Contest – Tom Cullen & Christine Furno

7:15 pm
5. Economic Development Commission Update

7:45 pm
6. NPDES – Town Engineer

7. Town Use: Girl Scouts (2)

8. Committee for Bylaws/Charter

9. Minutes: April 26, 2005; May 5, 2005; Oct. 18, 2005; Nov. 1, 2005;
Nov. 1, 2005 Executive Session, and Jan. 10, 2006

10. Administrators Report

11. Old / New Business

12. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:
Thursday Feb. 9th: 6:30 pm - Personnel Workshop
Feb. 21st: 7:15 pm – Chief Appointment
7:20 pm – TIP & Fire Policy
TBD: Audit w/School
Douglas Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
February 7, 2006
Approved September 5, 2006

 Informational Workshop:

Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the workshop meeting to order at 6:31 pm.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette – Vice Chair, David Furno, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.

Michael Guzinski discussed the following at the workshop:
- Vacation-Consensus to appoint Chief Foley as Interim Administrator in his absence
- John Furno’s Appointment
- Petition from residents of S.E. Main Street (Handout) - Consensus of Board to send letter
- Memo (Handout )- Bylaw Committee for Item #8
- DPW Special Act Draft
- Steering Building Committee
- Personnel Bylaw Workshop -Thursday
- Mass Electric Open House – Tomorrow Night
- Capital Projects to Rep. Kujawski
Adjournment-6:59 pm

1. Call to Order: Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm at the Municipal Center.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette – Vice Chair, David Furno, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Others present: Bill Cundiff – Town Engineer, Chris Furno – Town Clerk, Tom Cullen, Mrs. Cullen, EDC: Hal Davis, Paul Peterson, Carol Gogolinski, Cliff Van Reed and Dave Branagan
Mitch Cohen, Suzanne Gagnon, Pam Mort, Carla Cataldo-Grant Writer, Roxann Richard-Certified Internet Consultant from WSI (website), Cub Scouts and other residents
T&G Reporter-Steve Foskett, Tribune Reporter-Tom Mattson

2. Chair Announcements: National Grid Hosting Project Open House – February 8, 2006 from 7-9 pm to inform Town Officials throughout the valley of their proposed Whitins Pond Sub-station Improvement Project. Important to attend.
-Central Mass Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional Transportation Plan – 2006 Update at the Sutton Town Hall, February 8th at 7 pm or at their office at 35 Harvard Street in Worcester, Thursday, February 16th at 7 pm. Regarding the roads, trails etc. in the area.
-Designation of Certified Municipal Clerk Award-Christine E.G. Furno-Shirley – read the letter of award by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

3. Citizen’s Forum: No One Came Forward

4. Senator Louis P. Bertonazzi Foundation Contest (Handout):Tom Cullen & Chris Furno- Mr. Cullen explained it’s a contest to see which Town is the best voting in the area, a challenge for every community. Chris – Very excited about this. It’s very important and she is open to suggestions on how to get people to come out and vote. Paula- It’s great to do this and hope it’s very successful. Maybe we can tie something in with Town Government Day at the High School and make sure the students as well as their parents register to vote.
Shirley – It may be April 13th. It’s great to get all the Departments and Boards their.

5. Economic Development Commission Update: Hal Davis & Committee
We want to outline what we’ve been doing to try and raise the Town’s 6% commercial tax base and create new employment opportunities: We’ve had a series of ads in the New England Real Estate Journal and in the process of doing a mail market campaign to members of the Mass Alliance for Economic Development in New England. (Copy to each of the Selectmen). The basic theme is “Douglas is in the Heart of Southern New England”-accessible to all major markets, touching Rhode Island and Connecticut, strategic position with highway access-146 and 395. On May 11, at Blissful Meadows we’ve scheduled a presentation on development opportunities; the expense is being picked up by one of our property owners.
-Carla Cataldo and Roxann Richard-demonstration and strategic marketing details of website which has 4 featured sites given. Mitch Cohen helped with the link to the website. Hal – potential to tie in with the 4Town Group. Paula – We’re in the process of working with the 4Town Group to do some out reach with the public and will be asking for your participation as we move forward probably by the summer. Hal – There’s a piece of legislation I’m heavily involved in that Sen. Moore is the sponsor of, to allow the creation of special development districts to finance infrastructure using special assessments. It provides access to a pool of about 5 billion dollars annually for roads, water and sewer.
-Guilford Industries: Hal - The Committee has been trying to contact the broker and find out what’s going on. We could have that on one of our pages spotlighting that as an opportunity. Cliff VanReed – Wayne Santos is handling their real estate out of Atlanta-putting a package together. They own 4 different parcels in Douglas which include water rights. Their supposed to be contacting the Committee and sending information within a week. Shirley – They had a meeting and are concerned with problems with the dam. Mike – spoke with the regional coordinator 2-3 weeks ago and did indicate they’d be looking to selling their property and some of the equipment in the building. Looking at not only the water and dam issues but how they’re looking to market it and what kind of businesses they’re looking for. Shirley – The community needs to be aware of what kind of businesses are coming in.
-PWED Proposal – Hal - We didn’t feel we had a good opportunity to get that and given the competitive nature we didn’t feel we would make it. Carla – Unfortunately right after the Town’s PWED was put in, the program was shut down. Paula – As far as the PWED or Commonwealth Capital as it is now, what are the sights that are more highly valued through that process of the ones we identified? Hal – They like the regional approach, so anything in the 4Town area. If we develop a potential user, we’re the last stop before Connecticut on 395, I think that’s an attribute that catches the attention of the State.

6. NPDES (No Handout-Referred to previous Memo): Bill Cundiff – Quick refresher of NPDES. The EPA, under the Clean Water Act, requires towns with a population of ten-thousand or more per square mile (Phase II communities) to adopt a Storm Water Permit they have issued. One of things Douglas has identified in their five year plan is the Storm Water Bylaw. Here tonight to see if the Selectmen want to move forward and adopt one of the three Local Storm Water Bylaws tonight (DEP, EPA and the Town of Northbridge). The goal of adopting a bylaw like this would be to preserve our public drinking water and want to solicit the direction of the Selectmen before contacting other departments. A permit from the EPA is needed for any project of an acre or more. The treatment plants have individual permits. Shirley – Attended two meetings on Better Storm Water Management. Mike – This is following what the State and Federal mandates are, the bylaw Bill’s proposing is meeting all of those. David – How much of a delay when someone builds a home will it take to get a permit from the EPA? Bill – You’ll get a permit within 3 days, but there are certain things you have to do: prepare and submit a plan. It’s pretty routine to receive the permit.
Consensus of the Board to use the Northbridge sample for Douglas. Bill will make the necessary changes and resubmit to the Board of Selectmen for approval.

7. Town Use:
- Girl Scouts at the Fire Department: Cookie Delivery-Wednesday, February 15th 8 am-5 pm
Motion- Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the use of the Fire Department on February 15th from 8-5 by the Girl Scouts of Montachusettes as presented.
Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.
- Girl Scouts at the Fire Department, Town Library, Dump (Transfer Station):
Cookie Booths-Saturdays, February 18th & 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th, 8 am-5 pm
Motion- Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the request for use of the Town Library on February 18th & 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th , maybe or maybe not on all those dates, by the Girl Scouts of Montachusettes as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.

8. Committee for Bylaws / Charter: Shirley – As you recall we held several meetings for a Charter and gathered information on the best way to go. We have not had an outcry from the community or a petition to go forward, so we can not move forward unless we have some indication from the community. A couple people recommended a Government Study Committee, so Mike was asked for his input. Mike (Handout): Committee for Bylaws/Charter. Recommendation: A committee of seven individuals to be made up of a combination of local officials and citizens at large, a target date of December 1, 2006 to submit a complete report to the Board of Selectmen. Request the Board advertise, seek those interested and fill out and submit an application. Paula – We need to look at the bylaws, how extensive that becomes based on recommendations from this committee, move forward up to and including whether it becomes a Charter situation.
Motion- Paula Brouillette made a motion to authorize Mike to go forward with advertising for the Bylaw Government Study Committee as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.

9. Minutes:
-April 26, 2005: Motion - Paula Brouillette
made a motion to approve the meeting minutes of April 26, 2005 as presented. Seconded – David Furno. All – aye.
-May 4, 2005 Joint Workshop with School and FinCom: Hold for next Meeting
-October 18, 2005: Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the meeting minutes of October 18, 2005 as presented. Seconded – David Furno. All – aye
-November 1, 2005: Hold for next Meeting
-November 1, 2005 Executive Session: Hold for next Meeting
-January 10, 2006: Motion - Paula Brouillette made a motion to approve the workshop meeting minutes of January 10, 2006 as presented.
Seconded – David Furno. All – aye.

10. Administrators Report : Mike – One item that requires all Members to be present and asked that it be put off until the next meeting. Will need to act on it at Thursday’s workshop if Selectman Preston is available at that meeting.

11. Old / New Business: (either) Shirley – attended a meeting with Mike and various members of the Municipal Boards, Police and Fire Chiefs and discussed some of the needs of the community. The Housing Authority was there and Diane St. George, the Chair, gave a Residents Resource Guide draft. It gives information for those needing help: housing, food, fuel, legal and emergency assistance. Commended Diane for putting this draft together and plans to meet again to finalize it.
-Future Agenda Items Reminder

12. Adjournment-Paula Brouillette made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 pm.
Seconded – David Furno. All – aye.

Respectfully Submitted;

Jane L. Alger
Administrative Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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