BOS - May 15, 2002

BOS - May 15, 2002

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:38 pm

Board of Selectmen
Agenda
May 15, 2002



1. Call to Order

2. Reorganization

3. Stipulation of Dismissal – Douglas Board of Appeals

4. Water / Sewer Article - Discussion

5 Budget - Discussion

6 Annual Town Meeting – Assign Warrant Articles

7 Application for use of Town Property – The Villas @ Eagles View

8 Inquiry and Complaint – Request for Stop Signs

9 Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2002
Approved May 28, 2002


1. Call to Order:

Executive Administrator Kenneth Mahony called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm and asked Suzanne Kane, Administrative Assistant to call role. Shirley Mosczynski - present, Rich Preston - present, Ron Forget - present, Paula Brouillette - present, Edward Therrien – absent.

Other Citizens and staff in attendance: Tony Gressak, Water / Sewer Systems Manager, Pamela Holmes, Finance Committee Chair, Chris Furno, Town Clerk, Rick Colonero, Town Building Maintenance, Rich Mathieu, Town Accountant, Joseph Saster, Water / Sewer Commissioner, Mary Lynne Dube, Mitch Cohen, Derek Brown, Jerome Jussaume, Town Moderator, Joel Smith, Finance Committee, Shirley Cooney, and Dennis Croteau, Water / Sewer Department.

2. Reorganization:
Ken Mahony asked if there were any nominations for Chairman. Rich Preston nominated Shirley Mosczynski. Paula Brouillette seconded the nomination. Ron Forget nominated Rich Preston. There were no seconds. Vote for nomination for Shirley Mosczynski as Chairman, Shirley Mosczynski – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Ron Forget – nay, Paula Brouillette – aye. Ken Mahony then turned the meeting over to Chairman Shirley Mosczynski. Shirley Mosczynski asked for nominations for Vice Chairman. Ron Forget nominated Rich Preston. Paula Brouillette seconded the nomination. There were no other nominations. On the vote. Shirley Mosczynski – aye, Rich Preston – aye, Ron Forget – aye, and Paula Brouillette – aye.

Shirley Mosczynski’s first line of business was to welcome Paula Brouillette to the Board and to thank the citizens of Douglas who came out to vote.

Citizens Forum (not on agenda)
No citizens came forward.

3. Stipulation of Dismissal – Douglas Board of Appeals:
In the agenda packet is a copy of a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals, from Kopelman and Paige, dated May 10, 2002, re: Charles M. Flansburg v. The Town of Douglas board of Appeals, et al. Worcester Superior Court, C.A. No. 98-1555C, and a copy of a letter to Robert A. Cole, Esq., from Kopelman and Paige, dated May 10, 2002, re: Charles M. Flansburg v. The Town of Douglas Board of Appeals, et al. Worcester Superior Court, C.A. No. 98-1555-C. Mr. Mahony reported that the Zoning Board of Appeals received an offer to execute a Stipulation of Dismissal on the matter of Charles M. Flansburg v. The Town of Douglas Board of Appeals. Town Counsel needs authorization from the Board to execute the Stipulation. Ron Forget made a motion to authorize Town Counsel to execute the Stipulation of Dismissal between Charles M. Flansburg v. The Town of Douglas Board of Appeals, et al. Worcester Superior Court, C.A. No. 98-1555-C as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.

4. Water / Sewer Article – Discussion:
Rich Mathieu was asked to join the meeting. Ken Mahony explained that there were several options currently being looked at in dealing with the Waste Water Treatment Plant. One possibility was to lease the plant and have it privately run. Rich Mathieu passed out the debt schedule, titled “Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Treat” faxed 5/13/02. There was discussion about how to present this article at Town Meeting. In order to qualify for a 2% interest loan from the State, this article needs to be acted on immediately. There is also a need for a new plant. The current plant was built in 1974 and can no longer handle the capacity and no new users can be added. Tony Gressak reported that the plant can handle 181,000 gallons and yesterday they took in 240,000 gallons. Ammonia is currently not being taken out of the waste water, but they will have to start. Finance Committee Chairman Pamela Holmes asked what rate new users would be charged and was told that new users would pay new rates. Mitch Cohen suggested that the presentation not focus on why the plant is needed but why this particular plant at this amount of money. Shirley Mosczynski asked if everyone was comfortable with the information so far. Everyone was comfortable.

5. Budget – Discussion:
Rich Mathieu reported that the Insurance Bids were opened and they had come in higher than anticipated. Ken Mahony reported that he had spoken to MIIA and is trying to get the figures down. Rich Mathieu explained that it was possible to pass an “unbalanced” or “anticipated” budget. The State allows reducing funds to departments after the budget is passed if needed. Money could be released to the departments on a restricted basis and there would be no need to go back to Town Meeting. Some possible solutions would be by implementing the use of purchase orders. Rich Mathieu explained that the budget is being presented at a 10% cut in local spending. Ken Mahony explained that the School will take care of 2/3rd’s and the Town will take care of 1/3rd. Ken Mahony also reported that he is looking at increasing revenues by increasing fees and hoped to have a proposal to the Board some time in the summer. He also explained that Free Cash could be put toward the budget. Due to duel Voting Booths, there could be no cuts from the Town Clerk’s budget. Ron Forget suggested that the Board hold a workshop on the budget. The Board agreed to hold a Budget Workshop on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 6:30pm.


6. Annual Town Meeting – Assign Warrant Articles:
Taken out of order after the Water/Sewer Article. Jerome Jussame and Christine Furno joined the meeting. Mr. Jussame suggested that the Annual Town Meeting be opened and call for Article 1, make a motion to adjourn the meeting to June 24th, and then make a motion to take the Articles out of order. The Articles that would be acted on were assigned:
Article 6 – Water / Sewer Treatment Facility Improvements: Joe Saster
Article 7 – Amend Article VI – Water / Sewer Bylaw: Someone from Water / Sewer.
Article 8 – Recurring Business: Ron Forget
Article 15 – Transfer Fees for WWII Memorial: Rich Preston
Article 16 – Transfer Fees to Reserve Fund for Library Architect: Passover Shirley Mosczynski.
Article 17 – Bylaw Changes: Paula Brouillette.

7. Application for use of Town Property – The Villas @ Eagles View:
In the agenda packet is an application for use of Town property, from The Villas @ Eagles View, for June 22nd at 4 pm, in the Municipal Center Resource Room; and a copy of the Policy for use of Town Property, signed and dated April 23, 2002. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the application for Town use for the Villas @ Eagles View on June 22nd as presented. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye. Rich Preston stated that he would like to see the Town Policies “tweaked”. It was agreed that this would be dealt with later.

Finance Committee Chairman Pamela Holmes advised the Board that the Finance Committee was scheduled to go over the Budget on June 3rd, have a Public Hearing on June 5th, final discussion on June 10th, and recommendations to the Selectmen before June 24th.

8. Inquiry and Complaint – Request for Stop Signs:
In the agenda packet is a copy of an Inquiry and Complaint from Mark A. Brownell, dated April 1, 2002, re: Request for Signage and signed by 14 individuals; Inquiry and Complaint Review to various departments, from Lea Gonynor, dated April 14, 2002, re: Request for Signage at Perry/Linden/Chockalog Rd., a letter to the Board of Selectmen, from Police Chief Patrick Foley, dated May 1, 2002, re: Perry & Linden Streets; pictures of the intersection; and a memo to the Board of Selectmen, from Suzanne Kane, dated May 13, 2002, re: Inquiry and Complaint – Linden Street. Suzanne Kane reported that the Selectmen’s office received this Inquiry and Complaint and had to wait for the Police Department to conduct a traffic study. The neighbors at this intersection are concerned because, although there are already two stop signs, the right of way traffic is traveling faster than the posted speed limit. This intersection is also a bus stop which furthers their concerns. Chief Foley recommended that no Stop Signs be posted, post yellow + intersection signs on Perry Street, for both north and southbound traffic. Place yellow 30 MPH thickly settled signs on the intersection signs. Place yellow slow children signs on Linden and Perry streets. Indicate where the school bus stops. And finally, if possible clear some of the brush away from the intersection. Town Engineer Bill Cundiff told the Selectmen’s office that the intersection functions appropriately as is. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the recommendation presented by Police Chief Foley for signs on Linden Street. Shirley Mosczynski asked if any of the residents were present. Suzanne Kane stated that she had been in contact with Mr. Brownell, they knew the item was coming to the Board at this meeting but no one was here. Shirley Mosczynski asked that the residents be invited to a future meeting so the Board could discuss this issue. Suzanne Kane will set up. Ron Forget withdrew his motion.

New Business (not on the agenda)
• Blue Mass:
Rich Preston reported that he had attended the Blue Mass where Police Chief Patrick Foley was awarded the Criminal Justice Award on Sunday, May 5, 2002. Rich Preston stated that this honor was awarded to Chief Foley for his continued involvement with the children of Douglas.
• Letter from Master Plan: Ron Forget asked about a letter received in the Board of Selectmen’s office, from the Master Plan Implementation Committee, received May 7, 2002. The letter was the result of the Master Plan Implementation Committee’s investigation of Recommendation PA-17: “Create a Plan for Constructing and Maintaining Sidewalks”. He wanted to know if Master Plan was perusing the construction of sidewalks. Rich Preston (also a member on the Master Plan Committee) stated that these were recommendations forwarded to the Planning Board. He explained that the figures in the letter were examples used from other Towns.
• Selectmen’s Handbook: Shirley Mosczynski stated that all the Board members should have a copy of the Selectmen’s Handbook put out by MMA Publications. Suzanne Kane will order a handbook for Paula Brouillette and any other member who needs one.
• Letter from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM): Shirley Mosczynski asked that the Board act on a letter received by the Department of Environmental Management, dated April 17, 2002. The DEM is seeking local support for the State’s acquisition of two parcels of land owned by Dianne E. McDowell, located on Shore Road and Wallum Lake, Douglas. DEM and Mrs. McDowell have entered into a purchase and sale agreement with each other. Ron Forget made a motion to approve the exercise of the power of eminent domain by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Management, acting pursuant to and in accordance with Sections 3 and 3A of Chapter 132A of the General Laws, to acquire 18,700 square feet, more or less, located in the Town of Douglas, on land now standing in the name Dianne E. McDowell. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.


9. Adjournment:
Ron Forget made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 pm. Rich Preston seconded the motion. All – aye.


Respectfully submitted,


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