BOS - February 12, 2002

BOS - February 12, 2002

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:33 pm

Board of Selectmen
February 12, 2002
Agenda


7:00 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Public Hearing – Continuation for Classification of Tax Rate

4. Citizens Forum

5. Minutes: • January 8, 2002 Regular Session
• January 8, 2002 Executive Session
• January 22, 2002 Regular Session

6. Appointment of Town Accountant

7. Appointment for Police Department – Chief Foley

8. Police Department Update – Chief Foley

9. Contract - Lieutenant Gilbert

10. Approve Electronic Voting System

11. Change of Conditions for Class II License

12. Cable Advisory Update – Rich Preston

13. 4 Way Stop Signs – West and Grove Street

14. State Ethics Seminar has been scheduled

15. Liquor License – Increase Fee’s discussion

16. Uxbridge 275th Anniversary – discussion

17. Warrant – School Committee

18. Executive Administrators Report

19. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2002
Approved February 26, 2002


1. Call to Order:

Chairman Thomas Navaroli called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM. In attendance: Shirley Mosczynski, Rich Preston, Ron Forget, Edward Therrien, and Executive Administrator Ken Mahony.

Other Citizens and Staff in attendance: Ida Ouillette, Beth Mackay, Kevin Doyle, Paula Brouillette, Police Chief Foley, Merritt “Pete” Tetreault, Harold Gjeltema, Dave Colton, Paul Breau, Susan Shelton Biagioni, Steven Mitsin, Steven Raymond, Peter Coppola, Mike Yacino, Paul Crandall, Marylynn Dube, Dan DeLeo, Tom Mattson, Gary Russell, Bob Holmes, George Griffin, Suzanne Kane and other citizens.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:
There were no announcements.

3. Public Hearing – Continuation for Classification of Tax Rate:
In the agenda packet is a memo to Ida Ouillette Assessor, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 8, 2002, re: Public Hearing – Tax Classification; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 8, 2002, re: Agenda Item 2; Memo to the Board of Selectmen, from the Board of Assessor’s, dated January 22, 2002, re: FY02 Classification Hearing; Memo to Ken Mahony, from Ida Ouillette, Assistant Assessor, dated January 8, 2002, re: FY02 Actual Tax Bills; Copy of the Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes of November 28, 2000, Item 3. Tax Classification Public Hearing; copy of the Notice of Public Hearing for the Classification of Tax Rates for Fiscal Year ’02 published in the paper.
At the January 22nd Meeting Ron Forget opened the Public Hearing at 7:01 PM. The Assessors Department had not been notified of the Hearing in time to prepare for that meeting. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to leave the Hearing for Tax Classification open and to continue the hearing at their next meeting, February 12, 2002 at 7:00 PM. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye. At the February 12, 2002 meeting, Tom Navaroli asked the Assessor’s to come before the Board to continue the Public hearing from January 22nd. Board of Assessor’s Kevin Doyle, Assistant Assessor Ida Ouillette, and Assessor Beth Mackay joined the meeting and passed out a copy of the Department of Revenue Bureau of Accounts Classification Tax Allocation form. Mr. Doyle explained that the Assessor’s Office was recommending a Single Tax Rate of $14.54 per thousand and that there is an excess levy capacity of $1,673.00. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the recommendation from the Board of Assessors to use a Single Tax Rate of $14.54 per thousand for the Fiscal Year 2002. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Tom Navaroli asked if there were any questions or comments from any citizens. There were none so he closed the Public Hearing at 7:17 PM. On the Vote – all aye. Motion passed. The Board of Selectmen signed a copy of the Department of Revenue Bureau of Accounts Classification Tax Allocation form and returned it to the Board of Assessors.

4. Citizens Forum:
• Harold Gjeltema came before the Board to ask the Selectmen and anyone speaking to the selectmen to please speak loudly and to the audience. The people in the audience can not always hear what is being said.
• Merritt “Pete” Tetreault came before the Board to ask that speakers be placed in the Recourse Room so that the audience can hear better.

5. Minutes:
• January 8, 2002 Regular Session:
Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the minutes of January 8, 2002 Regular Session as amended. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.
• January 8, 2002 Executive Session: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve and not release the minutes of January 8, 2002 Executive Session as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.
• January 22, 2002 Regular Session: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the minutes of January 22, 2002 Regular Session as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Tom Navaroli abstained (he did not attend that meeting), all other members – aye.

6. Appointment of Town Accountant:
In the agenda packet is a copy of Richard Mathieu’s resume. Mr. Mahony nominated Richard Mathieu for the position of Town Accountant. Mr. Mahony recommended that Mr. Mathieu be instated as a Town Employee rather than coming in under a contract. Mr. Mahony recommended that Mr. Mathieu come in under Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan for Management Compensation Plan Grade 4, Step 9 - $60,813. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the placement of Richard Mathieu to the position of Town Accountant under Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan for Management Compensation Plan Grade 4, Step 9 for $60,813. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. All – aye. Mr. Mathieu reported that he would start work the second Monday in March.

7. Appointment for Police Department – Chief Foley:
Police Chief Foley passed out a Memo to the Board of Selectmen, dated February 12, 2002 re: Full Time Dispatcher. Police Chief Foley introduced Steven L. Raymond from Webster to the Board of Selectmen. He was hired as a full time dispatcher. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the hiring of Steven L. Raymond as a Full Time Dispatcher. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. All – aye.


8. Police Department Update – Chief Foley:
In the agenda packet is the Packet to Firearms License Applicants which includes, A Brief Overview of Massachusetts Licensing; Writing Letters to your Police Chief; Reference Chart: New Massachusetts Requirements; Clarification of Reasons for Denial of a License to Carry Firearms or Firearms Identification Card; and Regulations on Ammunition and Powder Storage. Police Chief Foley and Gun Owner Action League (GOAL) member Bob Holmes came to the Board to give an update of the Firearms License Application process. Chief Foley and the members of GOAL have been working on Forearms Licensing procedures. They have been in negotiations over the State requirement for proficiency testing. All parties concerned have agreed that the proficiency test will only be given to new issues. He explained that by State Law new license holders are required to take a NRA course. Chief Foley also explained that this is not a policy but part of the process. Chief Foley thanked all members of GOAL for their work during this negation process. Ron Forget thanked the members of GOAL and Chief Foley for their part in this process. Rich Preston thanked the members of GOAL and Chief Foley for being receptive and open minded during the process. Shirley Mosczynski commented that the process showed “Great Citizen Involvement”. There was still some confusion with some of the members from GOAL about the word “proficiency”. George Griffin explained that the requirement for the proficiency test has been eliminated from the renewal process but not for first time license holders. Tom Navaroli asked for consensus from Chief Foley and the GOAL members on the step taken for the renewal process. Both parties agreed.

9. Contract – Lieutenant Gilbert:
In the agenda packet it a copy of the Employment contract, Lt. Glenn O. Gilbert, addendum 2003, 2004, 2005. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to approve the contract for Lt. Glenn O. Gilbert addendum 2003, 2004, 2005, dated January 25, 2002. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye. The selectmen signed the contract.

10. Approve Electronic Voting System:
In the agenda packet is a copy of General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 54 § 34, Elections, Use of voting machines by cities and town. Town Clerk Christine Furno brought this item to the Selectmen. In order for the Town to use the new Electronic Voting Machines at our next election, there must be a majority vote by the Board of Selectmen. Rich Preston made a motion that Electronic Voting Systems shall be used in the Town of Douglas polling places. Shirley Mosczynski seconded the motion. All – aye. Motion passed.

11. Change of conditions for Class II License:
In the agenda packet is a Memo to the Building Department, the Fire Chief, and the Police Chief, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 8, 2002, re: Change on Conditions for Class II License; copy of 1998 Class II License Conditions for Michael G. Stanick and Paul Roberts d/b/a S & R Repair Services; a copy of 2000 Class II License for Michael G. Stanick and Paul Roberts d/b/a S & R Repair Services; copy of 2001 Class II License Conditions for Douglas Equipment Corporation; and a copy of 2002 Class II License and Conditions for Douglas Equipment Corp. Suzanne Kane reported that Mr. Stanick had come to the Selectmen’s Office to ask to have his Class II License Conditions changed. His 2000 License was for 20 vehicles and 6 tractor-trailers. His 2001 License was for 10 vehicles and 4 tractor-trailers. He would like his conditions changed back to allow 20 vehicles and 6 tractor-trailer trucks. Suzanne Kane reported that she had checked the minutes and files and could not find any documentation on the changes. She also reported that the Departments contacted for comment had no comments on the matter. Rich Preston asked what the zoning is for this property but this information was not available at this time. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the 2002 Class II License Conditions change for Douglas Equipment Corp., 127 Main Street, Douglas, MA 01516, from a limit of ten (10) vehicles to twenty (20) vehicles, and from four (4) tractor-trailer trucks to six (6) tractor-trailer trucks. Edward Therrien seconded the motions. Rich Preston abstained, all other members – aye. Motion passed.

12. Cable Advisory Update – Rich Preston:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Charter Communications, dated January 28, 2002, copies of Form 500 Complaint Data for the Town of Douglas, copy of the Notice of Public Hearing for the Formal Cable Television Franchise Renewal Proceedings posted in the paper, a letter to the Town of Douglas, from Charter Communications, dated January 28, 2002, and a copy of a check for $1,108.50 to the Town of Douglas from Charter Communications. Cable Advisory Committee Chairman Rich Preston reported that the Committee now has 9 members; other than the members from the Board of Selectmen, Paul Crandall, David Branagan, Marc Serra, and Joe Vecchione are now on the Committee. Mr. Preston stated that the Selectmen have filled in on the Cable Advisory Committee until other members could be found. With the addition of new Committee members, Mr. Preston had stated that the Selectmen could start resigning from the Committee as more members come on. Mr. Preston also announced that the Cable Advisory Committee acting by and through the Board of Selectmen would be holding a Public Hearing on February 19, 2002 at 7:00 PM in the recourse room to start the Formal Renewal Process. The Contract with Charter Communications expires in 2003. Rich Preston also announced that the Cable Advisory Committee would be starting an Education Program for citizens who are interested in Cable TV Production starting in March. Mr. Preston also reported that the Town received a franchise fee payment of $1,108.50 for the year ending December 31, 2001. The fee was calculated using a rate of $0.50 multiplied by 2,217 year-end subscribers.

13. Four Way Stop Signs – West and Grove Street:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Mr. Alexander Rodriques, III, Assistant Clerk, Worcester Superior Court, cc: the Board of Selectmen, from Kopelman and Paige, dated January 29, 2002, re: Town of Douglas v. Nedroscik Worcester Superior Court C.A. No. 01-01522. Mr. Mahony reported to the Board that the trial date that was set for February 12, 2002 was postponed and assigned a space on the trial list. Shirley Mosczynski stated that she has a copy of the States Traffic Study and feels that it is vague. She asked what signs were currently near the intersection. She was informed that currently there are two stop signs on Grove and Riedell Road at the West Street intersection. There is also yellow “T” signs and 25 MPH Speed signs on West Street. Police Chief Foley reported that the police department has done 5 tests for speed on West Street, most everyone was doing the speed limit, however there were a couple of speeding citations issued. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to install 2 Dangerous Intersection signs on West Street. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Ken Mahony stated that he felt this would protect the Town and Chief Foley suggested that if the signs were going to be put up; 4 signs should be put up. Shirley Mosczynski amended her motion to install 4 Dangerous Intersection signs at the intersection of West and Grove Streets. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Ken Mahony reported that he asked the School to have the School Bus Drivers stop in the middle of the intersection when loading or unloading the bus. There was further discussion about putting 4 Way Stop signs up. Rich Preston asked Ken Mahony to insist that Town Counsel move forward on this matter. Ken Mahony also stated that he would start the process for “Quick Take”. When questioned why the process was not running parallel with the Court Action, Mr. Mahony stated that it was but had come to a stop. On the motion, Edward Therrien abstained, All other members –aye. The motion passed.

14. State Ethics:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Town of Douglas, from Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, dated January 10, 2002; letter to Suzanne Kane, Administrative Assistant, from Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, dated January 25, 2002; Biography on Maxene Armour Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission; letter to Boards and Committees, from Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, dated January 28, 2002; Conflict of Interest Law Seminar Posters. Suzanne Kane presented this item as an informational item. She set up the seminar with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Ethics Commission for April 3, 2002 at 2 and 7 PM in the Recourse Center. Shirley Mosczynski stated that she would like to see all Boards and Committees take advantage of this seminar.

15. Liquor License – Increase Fee’s discussion:
In the agenda packet is a copy of a Memo to The Board of Selectmen, from Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane, dated December 28, 2001, re: Increase License Fees; and a listing of License Fee’s from various surrounding Towns compared to Douglas. Rich Preston had asked that this item be included in the agenda. The Selectmen discussed the Fee’s and said that they would consider increasing the fee’s slowly. No action was taken at this time.

16. Uxbridge 275th Anniversary – discussion:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Uxbridge 275th Committee Chairman Harry Romasco, dated December 7, 2001. Shirley Mosczynski asked that this item be put on the agenda. Uxbridge will be celebrating their 275th Anniversary from June 27th to July 6th and inquired if the Douglas Selectmen would be interested in participating. Rich Preston and Shirley Mosczynski stated that they would be interested in participating. Shirley Mosczynski asked that a letter be sent to Mr. Romasco thanking him for the invitations and advising him of their interest in participating.

17. Warrant – School:
In the agenda packet is a letter to the School Building Committee and School Committee, from School Superintendent Connie Verge, dated January 10, 2002; and a letter to Executive Administrator Ken Mahony, from School Superintendent Connie Verge, dated January 14, 2002. The School Committee wanted the Selectmen to schedule a Special Town Meeting for the purpose of addressing the possibility of utilizing School Building Assistance reimbursement funds for the building project. At this time, Mr. Mahony reported that the article being proposed by the School Committee is not ready. He will bring it forward once it is ready.

18. Executive Administrators Report:
• Appointment to Personnel Board:
Mr. Mahony asked the Board to approve the appointment of Leslie Navaroli to the Personnel Board. The Finance Committee voted at their January 7th meeting to appoint Leslie Navaroli to the Personnel Board for a term ending June 30, 2004. Edward Therrien made a motion to approve the Finance Committee’s appointment of Leslie Navaroli to the Personnel Board for the term ending June 30, 2004. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.
• Bowen Court: Mr. Mahony stated that he is concerned about children and traffic flow on Bowen Court and some of the other small streets off Main Street in the center of Town. He will ask for input and a possible solution, possibly from Town Engineer Bill Cundiff.
• Housing Authority: Mr. Mahony reported that Housing Authority Committee member Edward Martinsen came into the office. All of the Housing Authority mail was given to Mr. Martinsen.

New Business:
Not on the agenda, Tom Navaroli asked if there was any New Business.
• Open Space: Shirley Mosczynski provided a pamphlet on “Open Space Helps Balance Municipal Budgets”. It offered a copy of a “Cost of Community Services For Southern New England” study for $16.00. She suggested that a copy be purchased for the Selectmen. Suzanne Kane will order.
• Crosswalk Signs: Rich Preston passed out a copy of a Memo to Police Chief Foley, from Rich Preston, dated February 11, 2002, re: Crosswalk Signs / Firearms License Status. Rich Preston stated that he had asked for Crosswalk Signs over a year ago. He asked Edward Therrien what needed to be done to get the narrow Crosswalk signs. Mr. Therrien stated that he would have to order paint to paint the cross walk and Chief Foley would have to order the signs.

19. Adjournment:
Edward Therrien made a motion to adjourn at 9:00 PM. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully Submitted,


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