The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, November 1, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: Eric W. Greene, Chairman
David L. Walsh, Clerk
George Samia, Town Administrator
Catherine Johnson, Senior Clerk
John Stuebing, Town Counsel
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, approve the minutes of the October 25, 2004 meeting.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, set the polling hours for the December 7, 2004 special election to 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Beverly Fanning of the Senior Center Building Committee was present to update the Board on the Senior Center. Ms. Fanning stated that $11,000 was raised through donations, and Mr. Gene Ortenzi matched $10,000 of it.
Roy Gardner, Chairman of the Planning Board was present to discuss the joint appointment of William Nolan with the Board. Mr. Gardner discussed a letter from Attorney Ingber, Counsel for New England Kart Raceway, Inc., Grand Prix Realty Trust, suggesting that the a conflict with his land owners and Mr. Nolan, a resident of Captains Way. Mr. Gardner expressed his preference for a 7 member Board and further expressed that he did not have a problem with appointing Mr. Nolan.
M/Gardner, s/Willard, along with the Board of Selectmen, appoint William Nolan to the Planning Board to fill a vacancy until the next election.
Charles Muise of the East Bridgewater Kiwanis was present to request permission from the Board for use of the Town Hall lobby on December 4, 2002, for visits with Santa, with a rain date of December 11, 2004.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, approve the request of Charles Muise, of the E. B. Kiwanis, for use of the Town Hall lobby on December 4, 2004 for visits with Santa, with a rain date of December 11, 2004.
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Alex Chodor was present to ask for the Board’s permission to erect two picnic tables at Sachem Rock Farm for his Eagle Scout project.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, permit Alex Chodor to move forward with is Eagle Scout project.
Philip Zentz, spokesman for SAFE was present to express his concerns with regards to the opening of the BFI Landfill on Thatcher Street.
Recycling Collection Week
November 8 - November 13 (Holiday Nov. 11 – Thursday & Friday
pick-ups 1 day later)
November 22 – November 27(Holiday Nov. 25 – Thursday & Friday
pick-ups 1 day later)
Special Town Meeting – Monday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
East Bridgewater High School Auditorium and Gym reserved
Holiday - Veterans’ Day – Thursday, November 11 (Town Hall closed)
Tri-Town Parade – West Bridgewater
One member of the Board will be invited to speak at ceremonies.
Holiday – Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 - Thanksgiving
Town Hall will close at noon on Wednesday, November 24
Special Town Election – Tuesday, December 7
Setting up a meeting with the financial team and Finance Committee the first week in December to go over the budget process.
Setting up a meeting with the Planning Board regarding 40B at end of November or early December.
George Samia, Town Administrator explained the Police Chief hiring process and submitted his recommendation to the Board.
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Police Chief hiring process – the Board decided to wait for a 3 member Board before hiring the new Police Chief.
Mr. Walsh announced that John Haines, Highway Surveyor, has achieved the rank of Road Scholar. Mr. Walsh congratulated Mr. Haines and thanked him for going above and beyond the duties of Highway Surveyor.
Mr. Walsh gave an update on the Sewerage Feasibility Study and explained that they would be doing further testing for clean discharge in front of the Town Hall.
Mr. Walsh explained that he, along with the Feasibility Study Committee, Representative Kathleen Teahen, Congressman Lynch, Senator Creedon were present at a meeting about a year ago with DEP in Lakeville, MA and was told Brockton was taken off the Board, that we could not tap into Brockton, that Brockton is and has been off the table with DEP.
Mr. Walsh explained that the truck route with regards to the BFI agreement was lifted from the 1987 agreement and that after studies take place, the routes would be put into place at that time. John Stuebing, Town Counsel explained that that it’s a unilateral decision of the Board of Selectmen to enforce issues and further explained that he did not anticipate any problems with BFI regarding the truck routes.
m/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing pending litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Greene; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.