The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on August 18, 2003.
Present: James M. Hardy, Chairman
Eric W. Greene, Clerk
David L. Walsh
George Samia, Interim Executive Secretary
Catherine Johnson, Senior Clerk
Adam David Finlay of Boy Scout Troop 29 was present to ask the Board for approval on his Eagle Scout project.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, approve the request of Adam David Finlay to go ahead with his Eagle Scout project .
Boy Scout Troop 29 was present in order to meet the requirement of their citizenship merit badge. Frank Ray presented a certificate of appreciation to the Board for all their support in the past.
Tim Haron and Rob Keefe of the EBPFFA were present to ask the Board for approval for their request to hold a Fill-the-Boot for MDA, in the Center of Town on August 23, 2003 and August 24, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of the EBPFFA for approval to hold a Fill-the-Boot for MDA, on August 23, 2003 and August 24, 2003 in the Center of Town from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Marijo Martin and Maria Buckley of the Friends of Sachem Rock Farm were present to give the Board an explanation on the Fall Festival, to be held on October 18, 2003.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to authorize the Friends of Sachem Rock Farm, working with the Historical Commission, the use of Sachem Rock Farm for a Fall Festival on October 18, 2003, with a rain date of October 19, 2003.
Boy Scout Troop 29 was present with questions for the Board on various Town issues and plans.
Mr. Jeff Lutazzi was present to state his concerns with the Sewerage Study.
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m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the July 18, 2003 meeting.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Jennifer L. Pierson for use of the Town Common for a Wedding on 9/6/03 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Chief John Silva to appoint the following for the 2003 - 2004 school year:
School Crossing Guards:
Evelyn Griggs Rte. 18 traffic light
Cynthia Hamilton Central School/Middle School
Lois A. Downing
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Frank M. Savino as Treasurer/Collector for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Elaine Sands, as Assistant Town Treasurer for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Rhondalee Larson, as Assistant Collector for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the bid submitted by Meserve Electric Inc., for the maintenance of the school zone lights, in the amount of $695.00, for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.
m/Green, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Boy Scout Troop 29 for use of the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday, September 6, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a Bottle & Can Drive.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to set a date for a Liquor License violation hearing on September 2, 2003 @ 7:45 p.m.
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Planning Board Alternate - 1 vacancy
Joint Meeting with the School Committee - August 28, 2003 @ 7:30 p.m. at the High School, to fill a vacancy.
Youth Soccer Opening Day Parade and Ceremony - Saturday, September 6th @ 9:00 a.m.
Interim Executive Secretary Report
Route 106 and Route 18 intersection, spoke with Pat Chimerella at OCPC.
Received a complaint regarding the Selectmen's office not being open during the lunch hour. In the future, George will take the phone when the office is vacant and a sign will be placed informing visitors to go to the Accountant's office.
Public Service Announcement - potholes should be reported to the Highway Department.
Telephone call regarding transition of Town Administrator - setting up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org and a file for suggestions.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the Special Town Meeting Schedule and establish October 20, 2003 as the date of the Special Town Meeting.
Mr. Green asked Mr. Samia to get the rundown from the Treasurer for Southeast Regional School tab, as well as send a letter to Superintendent Hager indicating the date of the Special Town Meeting.
Open Space Plan correspondence from the Conservation Commission - send correspondence back to Conservation Commission with the go ahead with the appointment of that committee. Mr. Greene stated he would like to suggest to the Commission the idea of contacting the past members of the Open Space Committee
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A letter from Mark Zewiey reiterating his request, formally, in writing for a handicap parking space to be placed in front of his residence. Upon the request of the Board, Town Counsel researched the issue. Received a letter from Town Counsel stating that there is no requirement to designate a handicap parking space in front of 41 Oregon Street.
Board requested a letter be sent to notify Mr. Zewiey of the Board's conclusion.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to deny the request of Mr. Zewiey to place a handicap space in front of 41 Oregon Street.
A letter from Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions congratulating John DeLano for successfully completing the MACC's Advanced Certificate training program.
East Bridgewater Business Association Family Fun Day, September 6, 2003, bring cans and bottles for the Scouts.
Mr. Walsh would like to invite the Board of Health, in the near future, to discuss the Title V situation in Town, the low interest loan program, etc. Board decided to invite the Board of Health in on the 8th or the 15th of September.
Mr. Hardy stated his appreciation for the Scouts attendance and attentiveness.
Board agreed to have Mr. Walsh submit his version of the Town Administrator job description to the Board before Friday, August 22, 2003, in order to place the draft on the September 2, 2003 Agenda for approval.
Mr. Walsh expressed to the Board his wish to place something on the Special Town Meeting warrant with regards to a Town Planner. Mr. Hardy and Mr. Greene stated their wish for the Town Administrator to be in position for this process.
m/Green, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing litigation issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes - Greene, Hardy, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
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