The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, December 5, 2006 at 7:47 p.m.
Present: Peter A. Hamilton, Chairman; Theresa McNulty, Clerk; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
It was noted that this evenings meeting would not be live telecast as there was technical problems at the studio.
Steve Belcher, Planning Board Chairman, met with the Board to discuss issues regarding outstanding sub-division issues.
Mr. Belcher explained process set by Town Counsel for allocation of sub-division bonds for unfinished work, as required under MGL C44,S53. Noted that 1st step was notification to developer, which has been done. 2nd step is to notify the Board of Selectmen, which is the purpose of tonight’s meeting. Explained various issues with two sub-divisions; doesn’t expect any challenge to seizing bonds; has been notified by developers that they do not intend to complete work.
A discussion was held regarding Planning Board’s stance on non-performance issues with developers.
Board met with Alan McCarthy, newly elected State Representative for Plymouth 7th District. Representative-elect McCarthy introduced himself and explained that he plans to work closely with the towns in his district and to open lines of communication.
Mr. Hamilton extended congratulations to Mr. McCarthy and noted that the Town has a comfort level with Mrs. Teahen working with Mr. McCarthy for transition and Mike Powers remaining as Legislative Aide.
Mrs. McNulty added her congratulations and noted that Mike Powers has been very helpful to the Board and the Town and noted how pleased she was that he would continue his role for Mr. McCarthy.
Mr. Walsh also congratulated Mr. McCarthy and noted his concerns with fiscal stability from State, need for assistance with economic development, health insurance, grants, etc.
A discussion was held regarding Town’s need for a Town Planner, types of grants needed by Town, State aid, long-range planning by town, need to upgrade Town’s infrastructure, Chapter 70 funding and 40B reform.
Board expressed that they looked forward to working with Mr. McCarthy as he begins his work as the new State Representative.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2006 meeting.
M/McNulty, s/Hamilton, move to approve the minutes of the November 21, 2006 meeting.
VOTE: Yes – Hamilton, McNulty; Abstain – Walsh; a majority vote in favor.
Board of Selectmen -2- December 5, 2006
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
Discussed with Board request from Kimberly King of Halifax for support to continue
aerial spraying to reduce EEE in Plymouth County. Noted that Mrs. King lost a child to
EEE last year; is organizing a campaign for continued spraying and better communication to the public.
Discussed draft letter of support with Board.
Affordable Housing/40B lottery – Wayside Farm. 951 North Bedford Street informational meeting Thursday, December 7 at Town Hall
Special Town Meeting – December 18 – meet with Town Clerk, Town Moderator, Finance Committee to go over warrant next week.
Mr. Walsh requested copies of electric bills for last few months; is looking at energy contract, questions whether we are receiving lowest rate.
Mr. Hamilton informed Board members that the Plymouth County Selectmen’s Meeting for December 19 has been canceled.
Board discussed upcoming meeting schedule for December. It was noted that STM was December 18, schedule has Dec. 19 meeting; December 12, license renewals will be voted and Board will meet with Town Clerk, Moderator and Finance Committee.
M/Hamilton, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to reschedule December 19 meeting to December 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Middle School and to change meeting time on December 12 to 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. McNulty congratulated the East Bridgewater Kiwanis on the outstanding success of this year’s Christmas on the Common.
Mrs. McNulty reminded everyone of the Coins for the Community drive.
Mr. Hamilton informed Board of his attendance at recent local meeting with Governor-elect Patrick and issues discussed.
No one was present
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to adjourn Open Meeting at 8:45 p.m.
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