BOS - January 8, 2002

BOS - January 8, 2002

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:32 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
January 8, 2002


7:00 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s announcements

3. Minutes: November 8, 2001 Executive Session
November 15, 2001 Regular Session
December 11, 2001 Regular Session

4. Citizens Forum

5. Town Accountant - Status

6. Inquiry and Complaints – Recommendations

7. First Right of Refusal on Chapter 61A Land – Susan Mosczynski

8. Discussion of December 17th Joint Meeting.

9. FY02 Tax Rate – set date for Public Hearing

10. Executive Administrators Report

11. New Business

12. Adjournment


Note: Public Hearing is scheduled for January 22, 2002 @ 7:30 PM for the purpose of placing a 4-Way Stop Sign at the intersection of West and Grove Streets. Notice has been on cable Channel 18 and was in the paper on December 21, 2001.
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
January 8, 2002
Approved February 12, 2002

1. Call to Order:

Chairman Thomas Navaroli called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM. In attendance: Shirley Mosczynski, Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, and Executive Administrator Ken Mahony.

Citizens and Staff in attendance: Paula Brouillette, Tom Mattson, Linda Dempsey, and Suzanne Kane.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
Tom Navaroli announced that the Town’s cable provider; Charter Cable is now offering Digital Cable and High Speed Internet Service. He stated that if anyone is interested they could call Charter Cable at 800-634-1008.

3. Minutes:
• November 8, 2001 Executive Session:
Ron Forget made a motion to accept the minutes of November 8, 2001 Executive Session as amended and not released. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All aye.
• November 15, 2001 Regular Session: Ron Forget made a motion to accept the minutes of November 15, 2001 Regular Session as presented. Edward Therrien seconded the motion. All aye.
• December 11, 2001 Regular Session: Ron Forget made a motion to accept the minutes of December 11, 2001 Regular Session as amended. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Shirley Mosczynski abstained, all others – aye.

4. Citizens Forum:
There were no citizens that came forward.

5. Town Accountant – Status:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Mr. Kenneth Mahony, from James Eggert of Kieliszak, Eggert & Company, Certified Public Accountants, dated December 20, 2001. Ken Mahony suggested that the Town enter into a contract with James Eggert of Kieliszak, Eggert & Company, Certified Public Accountants to assist in closing the books for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. Mr. Mahony also reported that he is currently working on getting someone on a part time basis to do the day-to-day work until April when Doris Metivier will be back. He has spoken to the President of the Town Accountant Association to see if anyone is available. The books need to be closed by May to get the Tax Bills out. Mr. Mahony stated that the Town Clerk could certify as Town Accountant. The money for Mr. Eggert will come from the Audit Account. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to authorize Executive Administrator Ken Mahony to enter into contract with James Eggert of Kieliszak, Eggert & Company to assist in closing the books for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

6. Inquiry and Complaints – Recommendations:
In the agenda packet is 1) a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Les Stevens 294 NW Main Street, dated May 15, 2001; Memo to the Police and Fire Chiefs, from Past Interim Executive Administrator David Owen, dated May 21, 2001, re: Complaint – Signal Lights at New Fire Station; Memo to the Fire and Police Chief’s, from Suzanne Kane, dated June 27, 2001, re: Status on Complaint – Signal Lights at New Fire Station; letter to Suzanne Kane, from Edward Therrien Highway Department, dated July 2, 2001 re: Signal Lights at New Fire Station; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated July 3, 2001, re: Fire Department Signal Lights; 2) Inquiry and Complaint form from Jack Blatchford 44 Pond St., dated September 17, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to the Highway Superintendent, Police and Fire Chief, and Town Engineer, from Suzanne Kane, dated September 18, 2001, re: Three way stop at intersection of Pond St. and Spring St.; Site map of Pond and Spring Street; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated October 17, 2001, re: Springmeadow Estates / Jack Blatchford Inquiry dated 9-16-01; 3) Inquiry and Complaint from Thibodeau 366 S.W. Main St. dated August 29, 2001, Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Executive Administrator, Highway Superintendent, and the Police Chief, from Suzanne Kane, date August 30, 2001, re: Request for Speed Limit and Bus Stop Signs on S.W. Main St.; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Foley, dated September 24, 2001, re: Inquiry and Complaints; 4) letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Stanley Mielnicki 12 Charles Street, dated September 5, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Highway Superintendent, Police and Fire Chief’s, and Town Engineer, dated September 11, 2001, re: Request for street light and speed signs; letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Stanley Mielnicki 12 Charles Street, dated October 17, 2001; letter to the Board of Selectmen from Chief Foley, dated September 24, 2001, re: Inquiry and complaints; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff, dated September 25, 2001, re: Charles Street Complaint relative to signage and street lights; a site map of Charles Street; copy of the Board of Selectmen’s Policy for Acceptance of Streetlight Requests Adopted December 9, 1997, copy of the Board of Selectmen Minutes from December 9, 1997 on Consideration of Policies an d Procedures; 5) Inquiry and Complaint from John Newbury 80 Locust St., dated October 21, 2001; Inquiry and Complaint Review Memo to Highway Superintendent, Building Commissioner, Police Chief, and Town Engineer, from Suzanne Kane, dated October 23, 2001; 6) Inquiry and Complaint from Francis Grann 58 Old Farm Rd. taken by phone on November 20, 2001; Letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001, re: Complaint received about abandoned trailer at Deer Crossing Subdivision; photo’s of the abandoned trailer, copy of Zoning Board of Appeals By-Law Section VI 6.04 regarding Unregistered Motor Vehicles; Letter to Mr. Kenneth Marsters, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001; and a letter to Mrs. Frances Grann, from Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds, dated December 4, 2001. Ken Mahony reviewed the Inquiry and Complaints with respective departments and made recommendations to the Board. By consensus the Board agreed with Mr. Mahony’s recommendations as follows:
1) Signal Lights at New Fire Station from Les Stevens: Mr. Mahony recommended that a simpler solution be reviewed for this area. Edward Therrien suggested that a blinking light be installed similar to the lights at the High School entrance. Consensus of the Board agreed to the blinking light.
2.) Speed Sign and Bus Stop sign from Jeanette Thibodeau: Mr. Mahony agreed with Chief Foley’s recommendation to place a 30 MPH sign proceeding east on SW Main and two School Bus Stop signs near 366 Southwest Main Street. He does not recommend a street light but requests the support of the Police Department in patrolling the area.
3.) Streetlight installed on Charles Street from Stanley Mielnicki: Mr. Mahony concurred with Chief Foley’s suggestion to place four 25 MPH signs on Charles Street. The Police department will increase their presence in the area for radar enforcement.
4.) Three Way Stop Sign on Pond and Spring Street from Jack Blatchford: Mr. Mahony stated that he does not see any way that this request could be justified. Placing Stop Signs in this low traffic area could cause accidents. He stated that the planning department must address the “Private Way” issue.
5.) Street Light on Locust Street from John Newbury: Mr. Mahony suggested that a street light be place at the intersection of Locust and Southeast Main Street due to the new construction and increased traffic on those streets.
6.) Removal of abandoned trailer from Francis Grann: Town Building Commissioner Adelle Reynolds is handling this matter. Resolution appears if a requested letter can be obtained. Mr. Mahoney will keep the Board posted.

7. First Right of Refusal on Chapter 61A Land – Susan Mosczynski:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Kevin W. Sullivan Attorney at Law, dated December 26, 2001, re: Notice Pursuant of G.L.C. 61A, Susan Mosczynski to Kenneth & Kathleen Barsano. Site map dated May 23, 2001, and a draft letter to Kevin W. Sullivan, from the Board of Selectmen, dated January 8, 2002, re: Notice of Town’s decision not to exercise it’s option under MGL Chapter 61A. Tom Navaroli reported that he was informed during the meeting that the Conservation Commission and Planning Board voted not to accept this parcel of land. Shirley Mosczynski recused herself from this issue because it involves a relative. She reported to the Board that she had informed the Open Space Committee because they had been left out of the process, but they were not meeting anytime soon. Suzanne Kane passed out a letter to Attorney Kevin W. Sullivan, from Assistant Assessor Ida Ouillette, dated January 8, 2002, re: Susan Mosczynski Chapter 61A Roll Back Tax. Ron Forget made a motion not to exercise the Town’s option under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 61A to a right of first refusal to acquire 3.0872 acre parcel on North West Main Street owned by Rita T. Mosczynski. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Rich Preston – aye, Tom Navaroli – aye, Ron Forget – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

8. Discussion of December 17th Joint Meeting:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Ken Mahony, from School Superintendent Concetta Verge, dated December 21, 2001. Mr. Mahony reported that the School Committee voted at their December 19, 2001 meeting to “upfront” revolving account funds for the purpose of paying for the road design work through Highway & Traffic Signal Design, Inc. (HTSD) to qualify for the $800,000 in Federal Funds for road construction.

9. FY02 Tax Rate – set date for Public Hearing:
In the agenda packet is a Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from the Board of Assessors, dated December 26, 2001, re: FY02 Tax Rate; Letter to the Douglas Board of Assessors, from Massachusetts Department of Revenue, dated December 18, 2001, re: Notification of Certification; and a Bulletin to Assessors and Collectors, from Joseph J. Chessey Massachusetts Department of Revenue, dated December 2001, re: FY 2002 Quarterly Tax Mailing Extension. Mr. Mahony reported that the Board of Selectmen must hold a public hearing for the purpose of classifying the Tax Rates for Fiscal Year ’02. The Board decided to hold the public hearing on January 22, 2002 at 7:00 PM at their next regular meeting.

10. Executive Administrators Report:
• Half day before Christmas:
Mr. Mahony reported that the Personnel Board had voted at their January 22, 2001 meeting to pay the Town Employees for half a day on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Mr. Mahony proposed that the employees who worked or took personnel time to be reimbursed. The Board agreed.
• Request for Special Acts: Mr. Mahony reported that at the Town’s Annual Town Meeting the Town had voted to request two Special Acts of the General Court, both related to the Town’s economic development efforts. State Representative Paul Kujawski and State Representative Richard Moore had been notified for assistance. Mr. Kujawski’s office called Mr. Mahony stating that Mr. Moore had asked about the Town’s request and that their office had not received anything. The Selectmen’s office resubmitted the request to Mr. Kujawski’s office.
• West/Grove Street: Mr. Mahony stated that he would start looking into haveing the trees at the intersection of West and Grove Street cut down.

11. New Business:
• Cable License Re-negotiations:
Rich Preston stated that the Cable Advisory Committee would be scheduling a Public Hearing on February 19, 2002 at 7:00 PM. The Public Hearing will be published in the paper and on Cable Access Channel 18.
• Cable Access Classes: Rich Preston stated that the Cable Advisory Committee is working on organizing classes for those who are interested. The classes will be set up at the Municipal Center with equipment from the studio. After the classes the equipment can be accessed from the Uxbridge studio.
• 2002 Turnpike Tourism Grant: Rich Preston referred to a letter received by the Board of Selectmen, from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, dated January 2, 2002, concerning Tourism Grant Program Proposal. Rich Preston asked that the Board explore the grant.
• Uxbridge 275th Anniversary Celebration Committee: Shirley Mosczynski referred to a letter received by the Board of Selectmen, from Harry Romasco, Chairman Uxbridge 275th Committee, dated December 7, 2001 inviting the Selectmen to participate in their 275th Anniversary Celebration parade and the week long celebration. Shirley Mosczynski asked that the Board discuss this at the next meeting.

12. Executive Session:
Rich Preston made a motion at 7:50 PM to enter into executive session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation and to return to regular session for the purpose of adjournment. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. Shirley Mosczynski – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Tom Navaroli – aye, Ron Forget – aye, and Edward Therrien – aye.

13. Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion at 8:06 PM to adjourn. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully Submitted,



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