The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on June 30, 2003.
Present: James M. Hardy, Chairman
Eric W. Greene, Clerk
David L. Walsh
Michael J. Botelho, Executive Secretary
Catherine Johnson, Senior Clerk
Department Head Update
Cheryl Pooler, Assistant Assessor, was present to give a Department Head update.
Cheryl gave a brief explanation of the Fiscal Y04 revaluation.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the June 32, 2003 meeting.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Edith W. Imlach as a member of the Old Colony Elderly Services as an Alternate for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Carol R. Dixon as a member of the Historical Commission for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Stephen Damon as a member of the Conservation Commission for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of the following as members of the Group Insurance Advisory Committee for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004:
Sherrie L. Bates (Rep. NAGE-Clerical)
Jeanne L. Bennett (Rep. Non-Union Employees)
Steven Brown (Rep. Police)
Margaret O. Alexander (Rep. Retirees)
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Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical School budget assessment.
A lengthy discussion was held. Mr. Greene stated that he intends to ask the District Committee and the Superintendent to reconsider the 45 - day timetable. Mr. Hardy asked Mr. Greene to formally request the District Committee to reassess the budget assessments.
Edith Imlach, C.O.A. member, was present to introduce her ideas of building a Senior Center on the Leland Farm land to the Board. Ms. Imlach stated that she has investigated a $600,000 grant and needs, in writing, a binding commitment from the Board, in order to go any further with the grant.
A lengthy discussion was held regarding future plans for the Senior Center. Ms. Imlach stated that she would write up an Article for the Fall Town Meeting to appointment a Senior Center Committee.
The Board applauded Ms. Imlach's efforts for bringing her ideas forward.
m/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to allocate five acres of Leland Farm property, situated on North Central Street, approximately 188 foot frontage, to the Council on Aging for the purpose of building a Senior Center.
Mr. Kenneth Marston and Mrs. Kristen Marston were present to discuss an issue they have with the School Committee. Mr. Botelho explained to the Board that Mr. Stuebing, who was unable to attend the meeting due to car trouble, advised the Board against discussing this issue with the Marstons at this time, due to the case currently being in litigation.
Executive Secretary Report
DPW contracts will not be pending. They've been signed, notarized and sent out to the vendors.
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Staples contract transition will be in effect 7/1/03.
Mr. Botelho stated that he was truly thankful for his time here and wished everyone well.
Mr. Hardy thanked Mr. Botelho for his time of service.
Mr. Green thanked Mr. Botelho for his four years of very dedicated work, stated that Mr. Botelho was the best at what he did and wished him the best in his future endeavors.
Mr. Walsh stated his thanks and appreciation to Mr. Botelho for the effort he put into the Financial team.
Proposed Timetable for the Development of the Town Administrator's Position.
A general discussion was held regarding the development of the job description/bylaw/legislation process.
Mr. Walsh stated that he was in favor of a job description and by-law change, was not in favor of Special Legislation.
Mr. Greene stated that he was in favor of a job description and Special Legislation.
Mr. Hardy stated that he was in favor of a job description and special legislation for specific duties of the Town Administrator as given by the Board of Selectmen.
The Board agreed to begin with a job description and to adopt change in title, then look towards Special Legislation.
The Board again thanked Mr. Botelho for his service and wished the residents a happy 4th of July.
m/Green, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing non-union collective bargaining and litigation issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes - Greene, Hardy, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
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