BOS - November 18, 2008

BOS - November 18, 2008

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:25 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
November 18, 2008


7:00 pm

• Call to order

• Chairman’s Announcements

• Citizen’s Forum

7:05 pm
1. Tax Classification Hearing

7:15 pm
2. Sign Waiver

3. Chapter 43D Grant Program Discussion

4. Minutes: March 5, 2008; Oct. 21, 2008; Oct. 21, 2008 Exec. Session

5. Administrator’s Report

6. Old/New Business

7. Adjournment
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Future Agenda Items:

Dec. 2nd:
Other License Renewals

Dec. 16th: Liquor License Renewals

TBD: Policies; Anonymous Letters; EDC; School Bldg Committee Application
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Douglas Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2008
Approved December 16, 2008

Call to Order:
Chair Mike Hughes called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm in the Resource Room at the Municipal Center.
In attendance: Vice Chair John Bombara, Paula Brouillette, Mitch Cohen, Scott Medeiros, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Other Staff/Citizens: Assessor Chair John (Jack) Blatchford, Member James Sughrue & Assistant Assessor Ida Ouillette, Suzanne Gagnon resident from 2 “C” Street, T&G Reporter Ruth Vecchione

Chair Announcements: None
Citizens Forum: No one came forward

1. Tax Classification Hearing (Handout): Jack Blatchford, James Sughrue and Ida Ouilette joined the meeting . Jack Blatchford Assessors recommend a single tax rate for all classes of property, anticipate $10.82 per $1,000, an increase of $.71 from last year.
Motion- Mitch Cohen Close the hearing. Seconded- Scott Medeiros. All - aye.
Motion- Mitch Cohen Accept the single rate. Seconded- Scott Medeiros. All - aye.
Mitch Cohen reviewed the FY09 Interim Year Adjustment for the Classification Hearing.


2. Sign Waiver (Handout): Suzanne Gagnon joined the meeting. Requesting a waiver for a sign to be put in her yard displaying and advertising she does art work. Bylaw states six square feet, but needs to be bigger to make the sign proportionate to look like a piece of canvas.
Motion- Mitch Cohen Move to grant a waiver for the sign that’s proposed for the maximum of 20 sq ft. Seconded- Paula Brouillette. All - aye.

3. Chapter 43D Grant Program Discussion (Handout): Mike Guzinski Pursuant to the Boards’ approval, went to Boston today to request from and was approved by the Interagency Permitting Board: Transfer for $5,000 originally to fund an RFP for software to purchase JAS software and joint application with Planners from Sutton and Northbridge for a definitive road plan on the west side of Rt 146, includes our PDF sites. Permitting Board very happy with the application, exactly the type of regional project they’re looking for and have their support moving forward. As part of this project they granted Sutton and Northbridge an additional $40,000 each. West side road plan is approximately $70,000, $7,000 for the east side. Working meeting will be set up within the next few weeks with Sutton and Northbridge officials to discuss the next steps. The state is very supportive, will keep this Board informed as developments progress, hopefully have very positive effects for the community. We were very fortunate Hal Davis got us in the door in the early stages with the first select group of about a dozen communities that got $150,000, they’ve since been lowering the amounts steadily. Rep. Callahan was also present and that assisted. Paula Brouillette This is really part of the 4 Town effort of planning for this area, the whole development and hopefully just the beginnings because we need to maximize the use of the property on both sides of Rt 146, we have regional applications to attract some infra structure money to that area and put in appropriate infra structure. Thanks to Mike, Northbridge and Sutton for moving this forward, the state is happy with the 43D process. Alot of effort on a local level to make this happen.

4. Minutes:
-March 5, 2008:
Motion- Scott Medeiros Approve the minutes of March 5, 2008 with amendment of a spelling error. Seconded- John Bombara. All - aye.
-October 21, 2008: Motion- Mitch Cohen We approve the October 21, 2008 minutes Regular Session as presented. Seconded- John Bombara. All - aye.
-October 21, 2008 Executive Session: Motion- Mitch Cohen We approve and retain the October 21, 2008 Executive Session minutes. Seconded- Paula Brouillette. All - aye.

5. Administrator’s Report: Special Town Meeting- Mike Guzinski Thanked all residents, the public and officials to make it a successful and brief meeting. Heartening to also see new residents.

6. Old / New Business:
Old
Paula Brouillette – Eleven Town Board of Selectmen held October 29th, eight of the eleven towns represented. Thanked Mitch for making it available on the website. Major topic was review of infra structure mapping project that CMRPC had done for the 11 towns for economic development priority sites and infra structure opportunities that might exist to make those areas as viable as can be. The committee, through Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, will move forward requesting funding from the towns (expected at our annual town meeting in May) and other funding pieces hopefully matches from businesses in the valley and some state funding. Senator Moore, Reps George Peterson and John Fernandez attended, very supportive, gave some avenues for solidifying funding from the state perspective and work on funding from state level. Benefit in acting regionally and getting attention for some infrastructure dollars for the valley in total. Tentatively meeting in the spring. Mitch Cohen Excellent meeting, received and added electronic copies of some maps presented at the meeting on the website. Funding mechanism, pros and cons for this future agency balanced out of needs for economic development and current economic situation also discussed.
New Paula Brouillette - Sewer Extension Plan & EDC: If you’re serious about having development you have to have infra structure in place or a plan to have it in place. Scott Medeiros Would be nice to say we have something tangible in progress. Water/Sewer has monies allocated from their fees and Enterprise Fund, some earmarked to be utilized to expand the system, but haven’t deemed a next step is necessary. Without sewer available, parcels of land that might be developed, whether 43 D or otherwise are limited in terms of what they can do. We know there’s capacity. Mike Hughes Have met, had meaningful discussions, but nothing specific or concrete has come from them. Need to come to an agreement at defining the next step, the product we’re looking to produce and what it’s going to take to get there. Mike Guzinski Will set up a meeting as recommended how to work more closely together, understand their process, needs and funding mechanisms, get some concise outline of goals and steps identified for the next meeting and leave the room with, when conversation is done. Expect them to be completed already or any time now.
-Site of Public Safety Complex & Water/Sewer Connection: Mike Guzinski Need further information on this proposal for Building and Facility Construction Committee to continue discussion.
Scott Medeiros – Economic Impact on School Building Program. Mike Guzinski No notification received, formal or informal, from the state to indicate any change in SBA program. Spoke to the Business Manger, our draft RFP was submitted to the state for a project supervisor and has to be approved. When the Governors first numbers come out in January, we’ll get an indication if there’s going to be any change in that program.

7. Adjournment:
Motion- Scott Medeiros Adjourn at 7:47 pm. Seconded- John Bombara. All - aye.


Respectfully submitted,


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