BOS - June 6, 2017

BOS - June 6, 2017

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu May 25, 2017 2:20 pm

Board of Selectmen
June 6, 2017
Municipal Center Resource Room

7:00 PM

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

1. Appointments – Historical Commission – Doyon-Lavallee & Youngsma
Octoberfest – Witkus

2. Approval – Liquor License Transfer Amendment – Douglas Package

3. Old Grammar School Disposition Committee Report

4. Annual Appointments – Reappoint ending terms

5. Minutes – May 16, 2017

6. Administrator’s Report
• IT Grant through Community Compact Cabinet’s

7. Old/New Business

8. Executive Session – Potential Litigation

9. Adjournment
June 6, 2017 - BOS Minutes.pdf
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Future Agenda Items:

June 20th:
TA Screening Committee Presents Candidates for BOS’s
Consideration, Cable Committee Report & Set Fees, Award
Bid for Muni Windows

June 6, 2017
Approved June 20, 2017

Call to Order

Chairman Kevin Morse called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Resource Room of the Municipal Center.

Board: Kevin Morse (Chairman), Tim Bonin, David Cortese (Vice Chairman), Hal Davis (arrived 7:35 PM), Mike Hughes (Absent), James Purcell (Interim Town Administrator), Suzanne Kane (Administrative Assistant)
Old Grammar School Dispensation Committee (OGDC): Jeremy Flansburg, Sue Perkins, John Zifcak, Donna Hardy, Jim Ducharme, Pam Schwartz
Medicinal Alternatives: Peter DeCaro, Tim St. Germain
Other Staff and Citizens: Atty. Rich Bowen, Rebecca Doyon-Lavallee, Betsy Youngsma, Dan Flynn (Eagle Scout candidate), Norman Simmons, Chanjay Amin, Frank Niro, Scott Duncan.

• Pledge of Allegiance (00:08)

• Chairman’s Announcements (00:29)
The BOS held a moment of silence in remembrance of the young lady that lost her life in the Whitin Reservoir.
Mr. Morse commended the middle school with how well they addressed their recent situation. Protocols and procedures were followed perfectly.
Mr. Flynn joined the meeting. He is an Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 134. His Eagle project was to replace the bleachers at Soldier’s Field. The project was completed on Saturday. Next, he will go before the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America for review. The BOS thanked Mr. Flynn for his work.

• Citizen’s Forum (07:11)
Handed out is a document entitled “Abutter Concerns Regarding Proposed Medicinal Alternatives @ 120 Gilboa Street” dated 6/6/17 and photos.
Mr. Morse explained that topics brought forth in the Citizen’s Forum cannot be acted upon until they are on a BOS agenda.
Norman Simmons of 104 Gilboa Street asked if the proposal for the cultivation facility proposed at the mill was ever brought before the public for a vote and if not, why not. Mr. Cortese replied that Mr. Mike DeCaro came before the BOS in May, 2015. The BOS provided him with a Letter of Non-Opposition, which the State requires for a license for a grow operation, however it was not worded correctly and the State sent Mr. DeCaro back to the BOS. When Mr. DeCaro came back a second time, the BOS negotiated with Mr. DeCaro and constructed a Host Agreement. Mr. DeCaro and his operation have submitted an application for a license from the State to grow medicinal marijuana only.
Mr. Morse stated that due to a State mandate, the Town does not have a lot of say regarding the ability of a facility to come into the community, as long as it complies with zoning bylaws. A grow facility does not require the same regulations as a recreational facility. A discussion was held.
Mr. Simmons asked, if a request for a recreational marijuana facility comes before the BOS, to bring it to the public for a referendum vote. Mr. Morse replied that he would feel strongly about putting that before Town Meeting. Mr. Cortese replied that there is a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales in Douglas for two years.
Mr. Simmons stated that abutters are concerned about the odor from the facility. He asked what would be the abutter’s recourse if their property values dropped due to the odor. Mr. Cortese stated that the abutters could come to the BOS and the BOS would negotiate with Mr. DeCaro.
Peter DeCaro answered that they are using carbon filters for filtration. The natural air flow will push the filtered air towards Rte.146. Mr. Simmons replied that abutters in states where marijuana has been legalized consistently complain about the odor. Mr. DeCaro replied that there is no evidence that an indoor growing facility emits odor causing agents. The facilities are air tight.
Mr. Bonin suggested that Mr. Peter DeCaro meet with the abutters and show them the plans. Mr. DeCaro clarified that Gilboa Properties and Medicinal Alternatives are two different entities. A discussion was held, including security and discussions held during the Planning Board meetings. Mr. Simmons would like to be included in discussions regarding fencing.
Scott Duncan, 106-108 Gilboa Street does not want the security cameras pointed at his house. Mr. Morse feels that Mr. DeCaro would do everything reasonably possible to be sure that Mr. Duncan’s property is not in the cameras’ line of sight. Mr. Peter DeCaro stated that they have “absolutely no intention of videotaping anyone’s property.”
Mr. Duncan submitted photos of some lighting changes that have occurred. He stated that Douglas bylaws do not allow lighting to spill onto a residential abutter. More lighting is shining into his and his neighbor’s property. Mr. DeCaro stated that there has not been a single change of lighting at that building. Mr. Morse and Mr. Cortese replied that lighting issues would fall under the jurisdiction of the Planning Board. Mr. DeCaro is not opposed to changing the position of the lighting and talking with abutters.

1. Appointments: Historical Commission-Doyon-Lavallee & Youngsma,
In the packet are applications and related materials.
Ms. Kane presented the applications. The applications are complete. The Historical Commission and Octoberfest Committee support these appointments. Ms. Doyon-Lavallee and Ms. Youngsma joined the meeting and spoke about why they would like to join the Historical Commission.
Mr. Bonin made a motion to make the following appointments to the Historical Commission: Rebecca Doyon-Lavallee for a term ending June 30, 2020 and Betsy Youngsma for a term ending June 30, 2019. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. All-Aye.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to appoint Melissa Witkus to the Octoberfest Committee for a term ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Bonin seconded the motion. All-Aye.

2. Approval: Liquor License Transfer Amendment-Douglas Package (40:00)
In the packet is an application and related materials.
Ms. Kane stated that the BOS had approved an application for this applicant. The applicant also submitted an application in Northbridge. The ABCC did a No Action on the Northbridge application. Anticipating the same decision would be made to the Douglas application, the applicant submitted a new application. The only difference between the two applications is the owner.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the Liquor License Transfer Amendment for Douglas Package as submitted. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

3. Old Grammar School Disposition Committee Statement (41:55)
In the packet is a memo to the BOS dated 5/12/17, a report dated 4/27/17 and other materials.
Mr. Flansburg joined the meeting and summarized the process which the OGSDC undertook, staring in 2013. There was only one response to the first Request for Proposals (RFP), which was from a housing developer. The OGSDC did not think that housing was a proper use. No response was received to a second RFP. The Third RFP, which was less restrictive, also received only one bid, which was from the same developer as the first RFP for a 36-unit housing building with community space. It would be a $15 million project. The developer specializes in special needs housing.
Mr. Davis would like to meet with the applicant. Mr. Purcell has reviewed the proposal and he recommended that the BOS hear the proposal from the developer, Mr. Juhl.
The developer will be invited to attend the July meeting.

4. Annual Appointments: Reappoint ending terms (57:55)
In the packet is a list of annual appointments.
Ms. Kane stated that the names highlighted in green wish to be reappointed; the ones in red have either moved out of Town or do not wish to be reappointed. The BOS needs to nominate a Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission representative and an alternate. The Employee Insurance Advisory Committee needs a Retiree Representative. The State Animal Inspector has resigned. The Board of Health is advertising for that position.
Mr. Cortese made a motion to approve the Annual Appointments as presented. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

5. Approve Minutes: May 16, 2017 (1:01:30)
Mr. Bonin made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 16, 2017 BOS meeting as presented. Seconded by Mr. Cortese. All-Aye.

6. Interim Administrator’s Report (1:02:00)
Mr. Purcell stated that the gazebo painting is done and all the bills are paid.
Mr. Purcell sated that Douglas has received a State IT grant through the Community Compact Cabinet in the amount of $30,313. This money will be used to replace the category three wiring in the Municipal Center and install up to 100 category six cables.
Mr. Purcell thanked Ms. Kane for all her work on completing the annual report.

7. Old/New Business (1:07:55)
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: Mr. Cortese stated that the Town Administrator Screening Committee will present a list of names of candidates that they recommend to the BOS on June 20, 2017. The interviews began last night.

8. Executive Session – Potential Litigation (1:09:35)
Mr. Bonin made a motion at 8:15 PM to go into Executive Session for the purpose of potential litigation and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Mr. Cortese seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Tim Bonin – Aye, Dave Cortese – Aye, Hal Davis – Aye, Kevin Morse – Aye.
The BOS reconvened in the Selectmen’s Office at 8:23 PM.

9. Adjournment (1:10:07)
Mr. Bonin made a motion at 8:51 PM to adjourn. Mr. Davis seconded the motion. All-Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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