The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, September 5, 2006 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Peter A. Hamilton, Chairman; Theresa McNulty, Clerk; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Diane Kennedy-Warkel and John Cullinan, E.B. Business Assoc., met with the Board regarding the upcoming Business Expo on September 9.Explained the various activities planned for children; invited the Selectmen to take part in the dunk tank; noted that the tent is full and several businesses will be outside the tent.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to approve the minutes of the August 22, 2006 meeting
VOTE: Yes – Hamilton, McNulty; Abstain – Walsh; a majority vote in favor.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote in favor, move to approve the request of Support Our Troops Group for permission to use the Town Hall parking lot and yard for a Yard Sale on Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of the Kiwanis Club for use of the Town Hall and Town Common on Saturday, December 2, with a rain date of Saturday, December 9, for the annual Christmas on the Common.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of David Floeck as an Alternate Member to the Recreation Commission effective immediately through June 30, 2007.
Chief of Police John Cowan introduced newly appointed Police Officers, Dennis Andre and Mark Harvey. Each Officer explained his background and involvement in town activities and youth sports.
Chief Cowan explained that both Officers have shown their commitment by coming in to learn computers and procedures in the department on their own time. Noted that Officer Andre has completed Police Academy and Officer Harvey will begin Police Academy this month.
Chief Cowan also explained the procedure used in the hiring process and Civil Service procedure.
Board members welcomed the Officers.
Resignation of Scott Hastings from School Committee.
Board members expressed their regrets; noted Mr. Hastings involvement with the community, his work on the budget, his willingness to make hard decisions and his dedication to the School Committee.
It was noted that there would need to be a joint meeting with the School Committee to make a joint appointment to fill the vacancy. Appointment would be to the next town election in April, 2007.
Plymouth County Selectmen’s Association – next meeting September 22. Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Walsh stated they would attend. Mrs. McNulty will check her schedule.
ICS – 100 Training – next step in Emergency training for town employees/first responders, etc.
Self-Help Legislative Breakfast – October 13 - Mrs. McNulty will attend
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Reminder received from Rep. Teahen re: Prescription Advantage – Open Enrollment Sept. 15 – Nov. 15
Notification received from Fire Chief of appointment of Derek Avery as a full time member of the Fire Department.
Schedule of monthly meeting with HUB re: computer system for town departments.
Mrs. McNulty reminded residents that Wednesday, Sept. 6 was first day of school. Also, extended Board’s best wishes to Dr. Margaret Strojny for a quick recovery from a recent auto accident.
Mr. Hamilton noted that Board had attended Open House for new modular classrooms at the Central School; noted that they are a stunning transformation; also new driveway completed buses will now enter from Bedford Street and parents will be able to enter from Central Street to drop off children at door.
Recycling Center at Bridge Street open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
Conservation Commission Office new office hours schedule
Business Expo and Soccer Opening day – Saturday, Sept. 9
Board of Health recommending continued precautions for early evening activities.
State Primary – Sept. 19 – last day for absentee ballot, Sept. 18 at noon
Sachem Rock Festival – October 15
Deadline for submission of MCC grant applications to Arts Council is October 16.
No one was present.
Mr. Hamilton explained the reasons for Open Forum and what were criteria for coming before Board in Open Forum.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiation discussions and collective bargaining issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Hamilton, McNulty, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Open Session adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
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