BOS - September 8, 2015

BOS - September 8, 2015

Postby Suzanne Kane » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:46 pm

Board of Selectmen
September 8, 2015
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 PM

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

7:05 PM
1. Pole Petitions, Plan # 19624758 – South Street, & Plan # 20121330 –
NW Main Street

2. Appointment – Board of Health (Brazeau)

3. Main Street Traffic Safety Update – Police Chief Foley

4. Regionalized Schools Discussion

5. Minutes – August 11, 2015

6. Administrator’s Report

7. Old/New Business

8. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Sept 22nd:
Tax Workoff Program – Proposed Change by Citizen (7:05)
Open Warrant for Fall STM

Oct: Joint Meeting w/School Committee and FinCom

TBD: Govt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
September 8, 2015
Approved September 22, 2015

Call to Order

Mr. Hughes called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:04 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

Board: Mike Hughes (Chairman), Tim Bonin, Hal Davis, David Cortese, Kevin Morse (Vice Chairman), Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Octoberfest Committee: Tony St. Pierre (Chair)
Other Staff and Citizens: Police Chief Patrick Foley, Kirsten Westbrook (Current Acting Pres. of Douglas Historical Society), Bruce Kut (National Grid), Atty. Rich Bowen and other citizens.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:12)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:33)
There were no announcements.

• Citizen’s Forum (00:35)
Mr. St. Pierre joined the meeting and stated that the Octoberfest Committee has come up with an idea to have a beer garden at this year’s Octoberfest. They were not able to get this item on tonight’s agenda, but it is on the October 22, 2015 agenda for a formal vote. Chief Foley gave his recommendations to Ms. Kane this morning. The BOS had no objections.
Ms. Westbrook joined the meeting and offered the Historical Society’s endorsements, however the Historical Society needs to be named as additional insured on the insurance policy, as well as be covered by the blanket policy for the day.

1. 7:10 PM Pole Petitions, Plan #19624758-South Street & Plan #20121330-Northwest Main Street (05:32)
In the packet are two Orders dated 2/20/13, two pole petitions, a Notice to Abutters and related maps, memos and materials.
Mr. Hughes opened the public hearing for the first pole petition. Mr. Kut stated that in order to serve the underground facilities at the new development on South Street, they need to install an intermediate pole to be used as a primary riser. There are 31 buildings in the subdivision. They call Dig Safe before excavation and will be able to avoid the drainage pipes in the area.
Tony Ferraro, 199 South Street wanted to know the location of all the poles. Mr. Kut replied that there will be only one pole going in that will be in line where the other poles currently stand.
Mr. Morse made a motion at 7:12 PM to close the public hearing, Pole Petition Plan #19624758, South Street. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve Pole Petition Plan #19624758, South Street. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

7:12 PM Mr. Hughes opened the public hearing for the second pole petition. Mr. Kut stated that the tree that an existing tree guide is attached to is rotted. National Grid would like to remove the tree and install a guide pole. He spoke with several of the abutters before the meeting, and he agreed to move the pole 10 feet south of the existing location.
Mr. Morse made a motion at 7:13 PM to close the public hearing for Pole Petition Plan #20121330, Northwest Main Street. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Morse made a motion to approve Pole Petition Plan #20121330, Northwest Main Street. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Appointment: Board of Health (10:51)
In the packet is an application and related memos.
Ms. Kane stated that Robert Brazeau was on the Board of Health (BOH) for several years prior and stepped down in 2012. The BOH supports his application.
Mr. Morse made a motion to appoint Robert Brazeau to the Board of Health for a term ending June 30, 2018. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Main Street Traffic Safety Update: Police Chief Foley (12:21)
In the packet is “State Park Related Calls for Service from 8/10/15 to 8/15/15”.
Chief Foley joined the meeting. He stated that about two or three years ago, a few residents conducted a speed study on Main Street utilizing the Police Dept. radar. They produced a document and identified several trucking companies that routinely sped on Main Street. Those companies were spoken to about the concerns of the citizens. Since then, the concern is that there is more truck traffic creating a crowded roadway.
He, Mr. Guzinski , Atty, Bowen and John Furno, Highway Superintendent, walked the area to talk about improvements. More signage was added, they repainted the fog line from Depot Street to Webster Street, and placed the speed trailer in the area.
The software for the speed monitor is outdated. Chief Foley has looked into the price of updating that software. Chief Foley is trying to get a copy of the traffic study that was done for the new development on Main Street. Traffic citations have increased over the past year. They cannot dedicate an officer to target traffic unless they have a full shift. The BOS expressed their appreciation for the Police Dept.’s efforts.
Cedar Street Bridge: Mr. Guzinski stated that the owner of the saw mill at Cedar Street & Rte. 16 filed suit against the Town claiming ownership of the portion of Cedar Street that includes the bridge. The matter went to court a year and a half ago and was decided in the Town’s favor. Unfortunately, the owner of the saw mill won an appeal which vacated the decision and remanded it back to a new trial. The Town’s insurance company will take this back to trial, and a resolution is not expected for 1 to 1.5 years. In the meantime, the Town has an injunction which prevents the plaintiff from taking any action to close the road. The abutter has put up signs on his property, which can be ignored. The Highway Dept. put up a “Road Open to Through Traffic” sign. The Town will not allow the road to be closed.
Wallum Lake Park: Chief Foley stated that the Wallum Lake Park is closed for the season. Officer McLaughlin will be doing an action plan for next year. Closing the park after it is full is working to significantly reduce incidences.
Chief Foley left the meeting.

4. Regionalized Schools Discussion (27:10)
Mr. Morse feels that the BOS can make a recommendation and give the information to the School Committee. Atty. Bowen stated that Chapter 71, sec. 14-14C sets out the process for regionalizing a school district. He outlined the steps. The first step is to get a town meeting vote to authorize the formation of a Regional School District Planning Committee.
Mr. Morse would like to have a joint meeting with the School Committee to present the information he has gathered. At the minimum, it is a 36 month process to move from a stand-alone to a regionalized school district. It is Mr. Morse’s opinion that the Town would see savings faster by creating a regionalized school district than a fixed Chapter 70 formula. He said that Webster is close to actively soliciting a town to partner with.
The BOS was in consensus to send the School Committee the information to see if they are interested in a joint meeting with the BOS and a representative from the State to discuss the process.

5. Approval of the Minutes (36:47)
August 11, 2015: Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Davis. All-Aye.

6. Administrator’s Report (37:22)
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Strategic Budget Committee has scheduled two informational presentations. One is geared for the Finance Committee and department heads and the other on September 29, 2015 will be geared for the general public and all boards and committees. The Committee hopes to receive feedback from the public.

7. Old/New Business (38:46)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.

8. Adjournment (39:07)
Mr. Morse made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 PM. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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