The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, September 22, 2003 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: James M. Hardy, Chairman; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Interim Executive Secretary
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
John Stuebing, Town Counsel
Not Present: Eric W. Greene, Clerk
Mr. Hardy noted that Mr. Greene would not be present this evening.
M/Hardy, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to appoint David Walsh, Clerk pro-tem for the evening.
The Board met with members of the Finance Committee and Department/Committee representatives to go over the various articles submitted to the Board for inclusion in the Special Town Meeting Warrant.
The following persons were present:
Finance Committee: Peter Hamilton, John Margie, Albert Mondeau, Robert Coulter, Greg
Bourget, Sally Feeney, Lynn Lundberg
School: Supt. Dr. Margaret Strojny, Ralph Dumas,
School Committee: Scott Hastings, Lisa Forbes
Water: Commissioners, David Coots, Robert Reardon, Howard Wilbur
Supt. Scott McCann
Fire Chief Ryon Pratt
Treasurer/Collector, Frank Savino
Park Commissioner, Robert DeChristopher
Board of Health, John Keefe
Council on Aging, Joseph Miksch, Linda Libby
Adm. Assessor, Cheryl Pooler
Library Director, Jane Finley
Board went over each article and the department representative gave explanations of the article and background data.
It was noted that the Street Acceptance article would be passed over as the Planning Board is still working on several streets and does not have all the material ready. Mr. Hardy noted that this article would be removed from the warrant.
John Keefe, Board of Health member met with the Board and updated them on his department. Explained that the Board of Health now has a full time Health Agent and this past year began to look at various businesses relative to Title 5 inspections. Asked all establishments that hold food service permits to have their septic systems checked. Noted that most were 15-20 years old. Noted that ten restaurants failed and that all have responded with their action plans. Noted that many of the restaurants systems were 15-20 years old. Will look at other businesses over next year.
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Mr. Walsh requested that the Board of Health use a public forum such as the Selectmen's meeting to inform residents of what is taking place. Felt that this would eliminate many of the questions and rumors that have surrounded recent events.
No one was present
M/Walsh, s/Hardy, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2003 meeting.
M/Walsh, s/Hardy, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Todd Engstrom, 148 Central Street as a Constable (Pays Own Bond) for the period of September 22, 2003 to June 30, 2006.
Board discussed letter from Richard Boyle, Cumberland Farms, relative to extension of hours for the store's Common Victualer License from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight.
It was noted that the store also has a Package Store - Wine and Malt and the Board members expressed concerns with how the liquor would be secured during the hours that liquor cannot be sold. It was decided that the action be tabled and Mr. Boyle be contacted to set up an agreeable date for an appointment with the Board to discuss this request.
M/Walsh, s/Hardy, a unanimous vote, move to approve the following appointments of the 2004 Fiscal Year:
Crossing Guards - Traffic Duty only
Location: St. John's Church and Middle School
Thomas Kerrigan 45 Deer Run, East Bridgewater
Francis Angelo 68 Summer Street, East Bridgewater
It was announced that Town Reports are printed and available at Town Hall.
1. Town Administrator position - Job Description was distributed at recent Department Head meeting. Mr. Hardy has discussed job description with MMA; they would be willing to send out an individual from MMMA to explain positions and options Board has.
2. MMA Meeting - Mr. Hardy attended recently in Amherst. Cong. Barney Frank was guest speaker.
3. MMA Annual Meeting - application is on MMA Website. Felt it would be beneficial to attend. Agreed to distribute information to departments.
Mr. Hardy and Mr. Walsh discussed the proposed meeting with opponents of FI Kart Raceway. It was noted that there is a hearing with the Planning Board on the 29th, which may conflict with the public meeting at 8:00 p.m. It was agreed that it would be better to postpone the meeting to October 14. Agreed to have office contact Mr. Emery. Mr. Hardy noted that he would like to see the sound test, which was canceled this past weekend, done, as this is a major component of the issue.
M/Walsh, s/ Hardy, a unanimous vote, move to close Open Session at 10:00 p.m.
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