The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, January 12, 2004 at 7:40 p.m.
Present: Eric W. Greene, Clerk ; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Interim Executive Secretary
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
John Stuebing, Town Counsel
Not Present: James M. Hardy, Chairman
Mr. Greene extended the Board’s condolences to the family of Frank Johnson, who was an active member of the Conservation Commission for over 20 years, a member of the Solid Waste Disposal Committee and the Taunton River Watershed Committee.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to appoint Eric W. Greene, Chairman pro-tem for the evening.
M/Greene, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to appoint David L. Walsh, Clerk pro-tem for the evening.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2004 meeting.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to not exercise the Town’s option to purchase 61A land located at 351 Belmont Street.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of William P. Smith for use of the Town Common on June 13, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a Flag Day Road Race.
Mr. Greene requested that the Arts Council be contacted to confirm that they have no problem with the road race on the same day as the Arts Festival.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to approve two zoning by-law articles submitted by Michael E. Perrault, P.E. relative to land on North Bedford Street and refer them to the Planning board for a Public Hearing.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of the Council on Aging to adopt a change of hours similar to the Town Hall’s.
It was noted that the new hours would be 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., open on Monday evenings until 7:30 p.m. and closed on Friday afternoon.
No one was present.
Notification from the Conservation Commission of the appointment of the Open Space Plan Committee as follows:
Donald Nelson William Andrews Deidre Annd
Korin Zigler Jim Coyne Scott Demolles
Roy Gardner John Cullinan
Notification from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department of a new software package call the Communicator; rapid response notification system for emergencies.
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Mr. Greene requested Mr. Samia to check with the Assessors’ Office and the Police Department to see if their GIS systems are “shape files” and can be shared with the Sheriff’s Department.
Notification of a Hearing with the ABCC relative to Carmen’s Restaurant. Mr. Greene stated that he would be interested in attending and supporting Carmen’s; noted that he felt it was unfair to burden a business with the former owners problems.
Executive Secretary Report
1. Franklin Street Road Project – held meeting with Mass Highway, John Haines, Hanson representative; productive meeting; project should continue
2. 18/106 Elmwood intersection – John Haines has been in contact with Mass Highway representative; need to send packet of information relative to intersection; Don Murphy has put together a packet of information, which can be added to the OCPC report; looks good for combining intersection with work at Joppa Grille intersection.
1. COA – 3 vacancies
2. Licenses – two licensees have gone out of business –
a. Town & Country Liquors
b. Gallery Tea House
Town Counsel, John Stuebing informed the Board that he there was a pending litigation matter to be discussed in Executive Session.
M/Walsh, s/Greene, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of pending litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Greene, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
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