BOS - November 3, 2015

BOS - November 3, 2015

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:32 am

Board of Selectmen
November 3, 2015
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 PM

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

1. Tax Classification Hearing

7:05 PM
2. Pole Petition # 20502598 – Pine Street

7:10 PM
3. STM – Meeting with Moderator and Town Clerk

7:30 PM
4. CMRPC – Janet Pierce, Executive Director

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:

Nov 17th:
Pole Petition – Wallis Street

Dec.: License Renewals, Appointment for Library Trustees, Auditor – Exit Conference

TBD: Govt Study Discussion; Update Master Plan; Housing Plan/Housing Authority
November 3, 2015
Approved - December 1, 2015

Call to Order
Mr. Hughes called the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting to order at 7:02 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-Absent)
Board of Assessors: Jack Blatchford, Art Griffin, Carol Field
Other Staff and Citizens: Bruce Kut (National Grid), Keith Menard (Town Moderator), Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director), Janet Pierce (CMRPC)

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:10)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:26)
Mr. Hughes congratulated the Police Department for receiving a AAA Gold Award for outstanding achievements in traffic safety. Officer Michael Bren was honored as the Traffic Safety Hero of the Year.

• Citizen’s Forum (01:04)
No citizens came forward.

1. Tax Classification Hearing (01:12)
In the packet is the FY16 Tax Classification and related materials.
Mr. Blatchford, Mr. Griffin and Ms. Field joined the meeting. Mr. Blatchford stated that there is a small 0.84% increase in total assessed value of the Town. The anticipated FY tax rate is $16.82/$1000, which is an increase of $0.36. The average single family home is assessed at $265,600, which will see a tax increase of approximately $108.80. The median home value is $253,200. There are 40 single-family homes in Town assessed greater than $500,000. The Board of Assessors recommends a single tax rate for all classes of property.
Mr. Davis made a motion to adopt a single tax rate of $16.82/$1000 for residential, commercial and business. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.
The Board of Assessors left the meeting.

2. Pole Petition #20502598-Pine Street (05:31)
In the packet is a Pole Petition and related materials.
Mr. Hughes opened the public hearing. Bruce Kut joined the meeting. He stated that National Grid would like to install a guide pole across the street from Pole 9 to support the existing pole on Pine Street that is leaning towards the trees.
Mr. Morse made a motion to close the public hearing, Pole Petition #20502598. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Morse made a motion to approve Pole Petition #20502598 as presented. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

Mr. Kut left the meeting.

3. Special Town Meeting (STM)-Meeting with Moderator and Town Clerk (07:58)
In the packet is the Special Town Meeting Warrant.
Mr. Menard joined the meeting. Chris Furno, Town Clerk was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. Mr. Menard asked how to phrase the message of the budget shortfall to the public. The public usually hears a “doom and gloom” message and then discussion stops. Mr. Guzinski explained that the approximately $500,000 in spending proposed at the upcoming STM is mostly a function of the Free Cash numbers and is related to unexpected costs for the school and the municipal project. A discussion was held regarding the community’s perception and situational involvement. Mr. Menard suggested going back deeper into the history of the budgets when explaining the articles. He will grant leeway at the STM for in-depth explanations. Ms. Lovett gave an explanation of the story behind the Free Cash numbers and explained that she tries to strike a balance between what is enough information and what is too much.
Regarding Article 4, Mr. Guzinski replied to Mr. Menard that the settlement with Travelers Insurance was fair.
Mr. Guzinski spoke about the gift of 5.49 acres that abuts the school property.
Regarding seating arrangements for the STM, Mr. Guzinski recommended that the BOS sit in the first row of the auditorium so that he can more easily address them. Mr. Davis suggested being on the floor of auditorium facing the audience. Mr. Menard agreed to try that arrangement. Ms. Lovett and Mr. Guzinski reminded Mr. Menard that the BOS and Finance Committee will be meeting before the STM in a nearby classroom to hold brief meetings.
Mr. Menard asked the public to submit their questions early so that the answers can be researched and accurate. He encouraged the public to attend the STM. Mr. Menard left the meeting.
Ms. Lovett stated that the FEMA money has not been received yet.
Mr. Guzinski received an email from the Mass. Office of Tourism this afternoon. He has a call in to the individual who sent him the mail to get more specifics regarding the expenditure of those funds.

4. Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)-Janet Pierce, Executive Director (30:30)
In the packet is a CMRPC Services Guide, surveys, and additional materials.
Ms. Pierce joined the meeting. As of August 1, 2015, she is the new Executive Director for CMRPC. She spoke about her background and experience. She spoke about what CMRPC has to offer, including studies on regionalization and de-regionalization of school districts, developing a disaster mitigation plan for Douglas, district local technical assistance funding for 2016, a Planning Board assistance program, the Central Mass. Data common website, and a Buy Local for all of Central Mass. The new directory will be coming out in late March, 2016. They have launched a Facebook page and Twitter account.
Their next quarterly meeting is Thursday, November 12, 2015. December 4, 2015 is the fall legislative breakfast. The Community Compact Statewide Conference is Thursday, November 12, 2015. There will be telecasts. Mr. Guzinski is on the waiting list to attend that meeting. He stated that he is working on the applications for several Community Compact grants.
A discussion was held regarding mapping. Ms. Pierce reminded the BOS that Douglas has a minimum of 12 hours/year available for free local technical assistance. For every official that attends a CMRPC meeting, the Town can earn an additional hour of free assistance, up to 24 hours.
Ms. Pierce left the meeting.

5. Administrator’s Report (46:53)
In the packet is a list of assignees for STM motions.
Mr. Guzinski stated that on November 10, 2015 he and Mr. Cortese will be going to the bid opening for the energy aggregation for Good Energy. Everything seems to be going well and he expects a good electricity rate for the Town.
Assigning of Motions for the STM articles:
Article 3 - Mr. Morse Article 9 – Mr. Bonin
Article 5 - Mr. Hughes Article 11 – Mr. Morse
Article 6 - Mr. Hughes Article 12 – Mr. Davis
Article 8 - Mr. Bonin Article 13 – Mr. Cortese

Mr. Guzinski stated that last night the Finance Committee voted to recommend all the articles on the warrant, with the exception of Article 12. The Committee was split regarding hiring a part-time employee vs. a consulting firm for economic development, and they decided to defer their recommendation until the night of the STM. Mr. Hughes feels strongly that they not change the motion. A discussion was held. The BOS was in agreement that the language of the motion should remain as is.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the BOS has a meeting scheduled for 6:30 PM the night of Town Meeting to take care of last minute business.

6. Old/New Business (58:24)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.

7. Adjournment (58:41)
Mr. Bonin made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 PM. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All – Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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