BOS - October 3, 2006

BOS - October 3, 2006

Postby Suzanne Kane » Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:17 pm

Board of Selectmen
October 3, 2006

6:30 pm
Informational Workshop

7:00 pm
1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Citizen’s Forum

7:15 pm
4. Chapter 61B Hearing – Paul Boutiette

7:30 pm
5. Manchaug Pond Association – David Schmidt

7:45 pm
6. Special One Day Liquor License – Blackstone Valley Bar & Grille

8:00 pm
7. “Louie” Subdivision, off Vine Street – Restrictive Covenant

8. Gleason Court – Chief Foley

9. Appointment - COA

10. Special Town Meeting – Close Warrant

11. Minutes: March 21, 2006, March 28, 2006, and April 11, 2006

12. Administrators Report

13. Old / New Business

14. Adjournment
Future Agenda Items:
Oct. 10th:
School Audit w/School
Oct. 17th: STM w/Moderator and Town Clerk, BOH Fee Increase
Nov. 7th: Cable Advisory Committee Update, North Village – 40 B, Meal Policy, Chapter 61
TBD: Road Safety & Traffic Issues, Library 5 yr. plan, TIF’s, CERT request, Chapter 61 (Mosczynski)

Note: Times are estimates unless denoted as a Hearing
Douglas Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
October 3, 2006
Approved February 20, 2007

 Workshop:

Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the workshop to order at 6:32 pm at the Municipal Center.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, Mitch Cohen, David Furno, Mike Hughes, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane
Tribune Reporter Tom Mattson.

Informational Workshop - Mike
- National Grid – Video Interview with Shirley and Mike
- 4 Town Meeting this Thursday at 7:00 pm
- Meeting with School – Workshop Tuesday, October 10th, 6:30pm (not yet confirmed)
- November 7th Meeting Rescheduled to November 6th at 6:30pm
- Letter from Highway Superintendent (read file-permission to form a hiring committee)
-Consensus to have Mitch on the Committee
- Letter from John Furno Highway Superintendent (read file)
-ADA Public Hearing (curb cuts for six crosswalks on Main Street)
- DARP: BOH Recycling Approved
- DEP: Manchaug Pond Approval Project – sent to Rep. Kujawski
- Letter from Adelle Reynolds (ADA Rep) Ramp/Platform at Soldiers Field
- Soil Test Passed at 8 Linden Street: Laura Katragjini
- STM Article: Keyless Access Control System for Municipal Center (handout)
Workshop Adjourned: 6:52pm

1. Call to Order:
Madam Chair Shirley Mosczynski called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
In attendance: Paula Brouillette-Vice Chair, Mitch Cohen, David Furno, Mike Hughes, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Others: Police Chief Patrick Foley, Town Engineer William Cundiff
Tribune Reporter Tom Mattson
Manchaug Pond Association: David Schmidt-President, Marty Jo Henry-1st Vice President, Phyllis Charpentier-Corresponding Secretary and Atty. Walter Jabs.

2. Chair Announcements: Shirley -
- Octoberfest:
Saturday October 7th, over 50 vendors, doll carriage & bicycle parade at 1:00 pm, lots of music & entertainment. Access schedule online at
- Footsteps in History: October 7th – 9th, various areas to visit and retrace historical events.
- Plaque presented to Police Department from Government Safety Highway Bureau
- Letter to Rep. Paul Kujawski:
regarding S.319 Proposal Submittal for Manchaug Pond NPS Improvement Project. Recommended to receive funding to implement management practices at 5 watershed sites on a recent survey.

3. Citizen’s Forum: No one came forward.

4. Chapter 61 B Hearing – Paul Boutiette (Handout): Suzanne- Mr. Boutiette indicated he would not attend. Mike – gave update. Mr. Boutiette requested to reclassify 7 acres of land on Oak Street and has since withdrawn his request. Under State Law once an original request has been made the Board has the right to decide whether to act on that and take the option of purchasing the land for the Town. Both Conservation and Planning Board recommend the Board not exercise their right of first refusal on this land.
Motion – Paula Brouillette the Board not exercise right of first refusal on the land as described.
Seconded - Mitch Cohen All - aye.

5. Manchaug Pond Association (Handout): David Schmidt, Phyllis Charpentier, Marty Jo Henry and Atty. Walter Jabs came to the table. Shirley – congratulated the Association for receiving the grant. Atty. Jabs – Here to introduce the concept of a “Watershed District” for the Manchaug Pond and to solicit the Boards assistance in getting this passed.
“Watershed District”: Creates a Municipal Sub-division-similar to a part of the Town, created by an act of the legislature, establishes a general boundary around the lake-defined in the “Act”, then further defines each and every property that either has water access or actually located on the lake as a member or part of the district.
-District Purpose, Method, Powers and Petition presented signed by approximately 75% who either have deeded lake access or actually physically located on the Lake.
-It can take the kind of environmental activities, through its taxing authority, raising funds that are not normally available to the members of the lake. Allows members to have a voice.
-Request the Boards support, involvement in both drafting the document (involved in) and participation in (at a minimum) helping get legislation passed.
-Participation: the town presides over the initial meeting limited to supplying an Assessors list, providing an official to oversee the initial part of the meeting, certify quorum is met and take a vote to create entity.
-Designate a member voting or non-voting to be involved in this entity.
-Tax assessment collection and payment process: Simple process and does not cost the Town any money. Because value of property is already assessed, the WS District sets an assessment valuation based on the Town’s valuation and is like a surcharge on a tax bill that goes out. Collected by the Town, and any time or expenses the Town has in regard to this assessment process, is billed back to the association. Allows for some reimbursement for personnel.
-Zoning and Conservation bylaws remain applicable within the jurisdiction.
Any additional participation greatly welcomed.
-Exclusions: Do not take jurisdiction as far as conservation issues.
-Any town properties, properties owned by the commonwealth, or any properties owned by a nonprofit are not part of the jurisdiction of the WS District for purposes of taxing or any of those kinds of functions.
Discussion: Money will be saved by using things in parallel with the Whitinsville Reservoir situation, even though there are different residents. Petition signed by 85% of Douglas residents contacted. Proprietor is a land owner, whether or not they’re a voter or not in the town. This allows non residents to participate.Draft-Act to Establish-Shirley. Handed out. There will be a full list pf proprietors with a list of assessed values at the meeting and will have to be certified by our Assessor at the initial meeting with ballots cast first by proprietors than by assessed value.
Opt out: If you can show that you do not have a deeded right to the lake, which can be an easement, a part interest in a community beach or community parcel, you abut the lake or you have a deeded license, something recorded with the registry of deeds, if you do not have any of those, you are by definition of the act, not part of the WS District, because the definition says to be a proprietor, and to be taxed you must have one of those rights.
-Any proprietor can petition the WS District to opt out based on bylaws set up by the district and voted on.
-Non payment of surcharge will be enforced by staying on the tax bill.
Following discussion with their Town counsel:
Boundaries will be defined, will need level of the Board’s interest/involvement, either have a voting or non-voting member. The district clerk Dick Johnson will come before the Board with information and contact names will be provided to Mike.

6. Special One Day Liquor License – Blackstone Valley Bar & Grille (Handout): Mike – They’re requesting to sell beer as part of Octoberfest in the parking lot of their building.
Motion - Paula Brouillette to approve a special one day alcohol license for the Blackstone Valley Bar & Grille with conditions provided by the Octoberfest Committee and Chief of Police.
Seconded - David Furno. All - aye.

7. “Louie” Subdivision off Vine Street – Restrictive Covenant (Handout): Bill came forward. A small two lot subdivision, to be a private road-“Catherines Way”, approved by the Planning Board in 2002. One of the conditions of the approval was that the two lots (Lot 1 is 5 acres, Lot 2 is 20 acres) be deed restricted to not permit further subdivision of those lots. The Planning Board came to an agreement with the developer on the Standard of Construction versus this Restrictive Covenant requirement. Draft reviewed, approved by Town Counsel and signed by Conservation. Looking for a motion and vote to accept the Covenant as presented and the Board to endorse it.
Motion - Mitch Cohen so moved. Seconded - David Furno. All - aye.

-Chief Foley came to the table and Shirley congratulated him and the department on the recent plaque presentation from the Government Safety Highway Bureau: Chief Foley stated a lot of the credit goes to Sgt. Nick Miglionico. He took the initiative to gather all the information, fill out and submit the grant. We did very well but will work harder next year.

-Triple A Award: Chief Foley informed that the department received a letter stating they would be receiving another award for a year of pedestrian safety-fatality free-at the end of October. He will forward information regarding the future ceremony.

8. Gleason Court (Handout): Chief Foley- stated through his observation the plan is going well on Main Street. Not having major back ups to Franklin Street. Still some congestion when buses coming through. Here tonight to discuss the congestion that has transferred up to the Elementary School. The Public Safety Committee met with school officials and it was requested Gleason Ct. be re-opened to two way traffic in the afternoon and leave it one way in the morning due to changes in parent pickup, drop off and bus delays. Trial period will be for two months. Mike H – commented he noticed getting onto Main Street from West Street has improved. Chief Foley – we don’t have the luxury of a third travel lane, which would help relieve congestion and some plans are money issues-future Capital project. Major issue is parent pick up-60 to 80 cars estimated in the afternoon. Consider putting a stop sign at the bottom of the hill before the post office, keeping the speed bumps permanently. Shirley – Number one issue: safety and the safest way to do this without confusion. Mike – After meeting with the school and discussion with Chief Foley, willing to recommend a two month trial period. Highway Superintendent will order the signs and have them installed by October 30th. Paula – Have Capital Committee look at an over all traffic plan for the Middle School campus. Chief Foley – During the two months trial, if an issue arises, it will be brought before the Safety Committee and the Board to convene and will go back to the original way. This will be conveyed to the school.
Motion - Mitch Cohen to endorse the recommendation of the Police Chief for a two month trial period, starting October 30th of Gleason Court being two-way after 2:30 pm.
Seconded – Mike Hughes. All - aye.

9. Appointment – COA (Handout): Mike – Due to illness Marie Ryder is no longer able to fulfill her duties being an alternate member.
Motion – Mike Hughes to appoint Martha Adams to the Council on Aging for a term to June 30, 2007. Seconded - David Furno. All - aye.
Motion - Mitch Cohen transfer Marie Ryder’s membership on the Council on Aging from full to alternate. Seconded - David Furno. All - aye.

10. Special Town Meeting – Close Warrant (Handout):Mike – Scheduled November 14 at 7:00pm at the New High School Auditorium. The Board set today to vote and close the warrant. Shirley – The warrant is closed, so no further articles will be accepted and put on this warrant, the Board will decide which articles will remain. Scheduled to sign two weeks from tonight.
Motion - Mitch Cohen to close the Warrant for the November 14 STM.
Seconded – Mike Hughes. All - aye.

11. Minutes:
March 21, 2006: Motion- Paula Brouillette
move to approve the meeting minutes of March 21, 2006 as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All - aye.

March 28, 2006: Motion- Paula Brouillette move to approve the workshop minutes of March 28, 2006 as presented. Seconded – David Furno. All - aye.

April 11, 2006: Motion– Paula Brouillette move to approve the workshop minutes of April 11, 2006 as presented. Seconded - David Furno. All – aye.

12. Administrator’s Report: Mike-
- Letter from John Furno, Highway Superintendent (Handout):
In response to the public hearing on the ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan and lack of proper handicap access to the cross walks from the sidewalks. This has been reviewed and a plan established to install curb cuts on the cross walks over a three year period. This is one of the first steps working with the ADA.

- Letter DARP (Handout-Mike read): Congratulations on the DEP Douglas recycling program. The community’s DARP status will be in effect from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008.
Congratulations to the Board of Health for achieving this status for the community.

- Letter from Adelle Reynolds Building Commissioner- Platform/Ramp at Soldier’s Field (Handout-Mike read):
Shirley – Thanks for their help and donating time to complete this project: Scott Vecchione, Stephen “Cuppy” Dix, Kevin Kibbe and Rick Colonero. Lumber and material donations: Dirk Koopman and Tony Brookhouse of Koopman Lumber and John Taylor.
Adelle commended for recognizing the situation and stepping forward.

13. Old Business
- Paula: Permanent Building Committee status?: Mike -
There are four members, will arrange the first meeting in a few weeks and hopes to get the three remaining members needed for the committee. Shirley – thanks to everyone who has volunteered. An architect and financial person still needed. Paula – start working on the money allocated for the building review.

New Business
- Paula: 4 Town Meeting:
This Thursday, October 6th in the Resource Room to review recommendations from Daylor Consulting contracted to make some initial proposals about land use in the 4 Town area.
- 4 Town Board of Selectmen Meeting: Quarterly meeting of the Boards of Selectmen of the 4 Towns to be held in Uxbridge, Thursday, October 19th. Discussion to include what the next steps are for the 4 Town area as well as commuter rail service.
- Library 5 Year Plan: Scheduled with Selectmen and Board of Trustees October 17th.
- Mike: Library and ADA- Main focus. Building Commissioner (Adelle-ADA Coordinator) is working with Atty. Moreno. Expect reports in the winter time and the Board to review in January. Paula – Having a building inaccessible to all is unacceptable.
- Mike: Facilities Maintenance Manager Request of the Library Board of Trustees he be granted space at the library for use as an office and would like the Boards support. There are areas not being used, specifically the Wallis Room.
Consensus of the Board to send a letter to the Trustees in support of the move.

14. Adjournment- David Furno motion to adjourn at 8:30 pm.
Seconded – Mitch Cohen. All - aye.

Respectfully Submitted;

Jane L. Alger
Administrative Secretary
Suzanne Kane
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