BOS - February 26, 2002

BOS - February 26, 2002

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

Board of Selectmen
February 26, 2002
Agenda


7:00 PM

1. Call to Order

2. Chairman’s Announcements

3. Minutes: November 8, 2001 - Regular Session
February 12, 2002 – Regular Session

4. Citizens Forum

5. Drainage Problem on Rt. 16 – Roland Forcier

6. Cable – Update

7. Phone System – Update

8. Uxbridge 275th Anniversary

9. School Committee

10. Administrator’s Report

11. New Business

12. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Notes
February 26, 2002

Item 5:
Roland Forcier asked to be on your agenda to discuss the drainage problem in front of the Family Convenience. There is a possibility that Mr. Forcier may not be able to attend this meeting due to illness. He has a very bad cold and may not be able to speak. If he can not make the meeting he asks that this item be held over to the following meeting.

Item 6: This item is for your information only. I have included the minutes from the Hearing. I have also included a copy of the Franchise Payment the Town received for the year ending December 2000 which I was finally able to locate.

Item 7: This item is for your information only and is self-explanatory.

Item 8: This item is for your information only, my memo will explain.

Item 9: Ken should have an article from the School Committee by Monday. If not the Board will not have to make a decision about scheduling a Special Town Meeting for March 14.


Suzanne Kane
Administrative Assistant
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2002
Approved April 9, 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, and Executive Administrator Kenneth Mahony.

Citizens and Staff in Attendance: Paula Brouillette, Dan DeLeo, Brian Poudier, William Pybas, and Suzanne Kane.

2. Chairman’s Announcements:

There were no announcements.

3. Minutes:
• November 8, 2001 – Regular Session:
Ron Forget made a motion to accept the minutes of November 8, 2001 – Regular Session as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. Thomas Navaroli abstained (he was absent from that meeting), all other members – aye.
• February 12, 2002 – Regular Session: Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to accept the minutes of February 12, 2002 as presented. Ron Forget seconded the motion. All – aye.

4. Citizens Forum:
• Brian Poudier came to the Board commenting on information given at the last Selectmen’s meeting that two citations were given for speeding on West Street. He noted that several people were stopped and questioned why more citations were not handed out. He also stated that the traffic on West Street goes up 75% during the summer months and he would like to see Stop Signs at the intersection of West and Grove Street. Mr. Poudier also stated that having the School Busses stop in the middle of the intersection is dangerous. Ron Forget stated that he feels the trees are the problem. Thomas Navaroli asked what the outstanding items were on this issue. Mr. Mahony stated that it would be mid-Summer before a new court date would be scheduled, he had Town Counsel file for an accelerated hearing but was told that it may not happen. He noted that we have papers for Quick Taking and it is instantaneous. Edward Therrien was out sick so the status of the Dangerous Intersection Signs was not known.

5. Drainage Problem on Rt. 16 – Roland Forcier:
Mr. Forcier had requested time on the Board of Selectmen’s agenda to discuss the drainage problem in front of the Douglas Convenience Center. Mr. Forcier had called the Selectmen’s Office earlier in the day to say he would not be able to attend due to illness, but asked to have this item held over until the next Selectmen’s meeting.

6. Cable – Update:
In the agenda packet is a copy of the Cable Franchise fee payment for the year ending December 31, 2000 and a copy of the check for $1,131.50; and a copy of the Public Hearing, Formal Cable Television Franchise Renewal Proceedings with the Board of Selectmen and Cable Advisory, February 19, 2002 Minutes. Shirley Mosczynski reported that there were not many Committee members or citizens at the Public Hearing. The Hearing was held open to allow for more citizen comments. Shirley Mosczynski stated that a date for closing the Hearing has not been set at this time. Rich Preston stated that he would like to bring Edward S. Goldstein, Regional Director of Government Relations Northeast Region Charter Communications back for another Public Hearing. Thomas Navaroli mentioned that he saw in the paper where Worcester cited Charter for lack of Customer Service. Rich Preston will call and get possible dates for the next Public Hearing.

7. Phone System – Update:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 8, 2002, re: Phone System – Update; a copy of the old Sample Greeting for the Auto Attendant; a copy of the proposed Auto Attendant Script; and a copy of the Quote from Shared Technologies Fairchild, dated December 26, 2001, for Replacing the Dmarc Feed. Suzanne Kane presented this item as information to the Board of Selectmen concerning the two outstanding phone issues; Auto Attendant and the relocation of the Verizon Dmarc. Concerning the Auto Attendant, Suzanne Kane informed the Selectmen that she was having the Auto Attendant re-programmed and recording a new message to make navigation through the Auto Attendant easier for the public. The current set up has resulted in numerous complaints. The second item concerns the replacement of the Verizon Dmarc. Verizon notified the Selectmen’s office that they would cover the cost of the project, which was estimated at around $12,995. Suzanne Kane is working with Verizon and Shared Technologies to meet with Rich Colonero for a walkthrough prior to the start of the project slated for Mid-April.

8. Uxbridge 275th Anniversary:
In the agenda packet is a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated January 8, 2002, re: Uxbridge 275th Anniversary; a copy of the Douglas High School Band Spring Schedule; and a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Harry Romasco, Chairman Uxbridge 275th Committee, dated December 7, 2001; and a letter to Mr. Harry Romasco, from the Board of Selectmen, dated February 13, 2002. Suzanne Kane explained that Mr. Romasco called and asked if the Selectmen could bring the Douglas High School Marching Band to the Uxbridge 275th parade. Middle High School Principal Mary Stone informed Suzanne Kane that the Band would not be able to participate in the parade because the parade is taking place after School is out. The uniforms are turned in and a lot of the students go off on vacation.

9. School Committee:
In the agenda packet is a letter to Ken Mahony from Concetta Verge, Superintendent of Schools, dated February 25, 2002. Ken Mahony reported that the School Committee still has not presented an article for a STM Warrant. He explained that this article will require a referendum. Mr. Mahony called Bond Counsel Ropes and Gray to work with the School and they should have an article in a couple of days. There was discussion about if the Ballot Question should be voted at another Special Town Meeting or tie it into the Annual Town Meeting. It was suggested that Town Moderator be informed of possible dates.

10. Administrator’s Report:
• Weston & Sampson:
Ken Mahony presented the Weston & Sampson proposal from the Down Town Improvement Grant to the Board. Mr. Mahony reported that he felt it was a very good proposal and recommended it to the Board. Vote to be taken at the next scheduled Selectmen’s meeting.
• West and Grove Street: Shirley Mosczynski stated that the Town voted to do a Sight Line Easement and she is hearing that even with the trees down there is concern that West and Grove Street will still be a dangerous intersection and there for she felt that there should still be a 4 way stop. Rich Preston stated that a new court date could take 6 months and that still does not give a dollar amount. Bill Pybas suggested that a stop sign be placed on the medium strip so that it would be visible. Mr. Mahony mentioned a design change along with cutting the trees down should make the intersection safe. He mentioned that Edward Therrien had felt that the design change would take too much work involving drainage and other issues. Bill Pybas felt that once the trees are down visibility would still be limited by the stone wall. Thomas Navaroli stated that the Board has an opportunity tonight to take the trees down, referring to a Quick Take of the Sight Line Easement. Rich Preston made a motion to approve the Board signing the Order of Taking for the Sight Line Easement across land of Ronald A. Nedroscik and Carol A. Nedroscik and to authorize Town Counsel to record the Order of Taking with the Registry of Deeds. Ron Forget seconded the motion. Shirley Mosczynski made a motion to amend the motion by adding stop signs. Rich Preston seconded the amended motion. Ron Forget stated that the “Experts” say not to put stop signs up and the Town should not second guess the experts. There is a fear that with the amount of traffic, there will be more accidents with stop signs. Shirley Mosczynski stated that she did not feel that the traffic study was a good one and that even the Police Chief had agreed with that at a previous meeting. On the vote: Shirley Mosczynski – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Ron Forget – nay, Tom Navaroli – nay. The vote was defeated. Shirley Mosczynski stated that on the original motion she was concerned that the Board was exposing the Town as far as the cost goes. They voted a certain amount based on the assessment, but could not be sure what the amount would ultimately be. Ron Forget stated that the original request from the citizens was to remove the trees and suggested that the Board go forward with that original request. Rich Preston stated that he understands Shirley Mosczynski’s concerns about the cost but feels the Board should move forward. On the original motion Rich Preston made to approve the Board signing the Order of Taking for the Sight Line Easement across land of Ronald A. Nedroscik and Carol A. Nedroscik and to authorize Town Counsel to record the Order of Taking with the Registry of Deeds. And that Ron Forget seconded. All – aye. The Selectmen signed the Order of Taking.
• Budget: Ken Mahony reported to the Board that his plan for the Budget was to present to the Selectmen a consolidated expenditure and then give it to the Finance Committee for their review. He stated that he does not want the departments to go before the Finance Committee until after the Board of Selectmen have seen the Budget. Mr. Mahony suggested that the Board schedule a meeting for Wednesday of next week to go over the Budget, the meeting will be scheduled for March 6th at 6 PM. He stated that the recap was approved yesterday and the Schedule A would be going out soon, his hope was to have free cash certified by the second week in March.

11. Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion at 8:17 PM to adjourn. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully Submitted,



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