The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, July 25, 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
Fire Chief, Ryon Pratt met with the Board to explain his request to abate ambulance fees not collected for FY2003.
Mr. Hamilton expressed the Selectmen’s appreciation to the Chief and all the Fire Department employees for their work during the recent emergency at the Sachem Rock Nursing home. Also, thanked John Haines and the members of his department and Chief Cowan and the Police Department for their assistance.
Chief Pratt stated that all the town departments and personnel worked well together, as well as the personnel and departments from area towns, private ambulance services and others. Noted that there were lethal amounts of carbon monoxide in the nursing home and that the quick and orderly evacuation of the patients assured that no one was harmed. Also thanked St. John’s Church for use of their facility for evacuation of the patients. Noted that the Plymouth County Mutual Aid and the Strike Force Ambulance program worked well.
Chief Pratt explained that they have pursued all means of collection and that they try to abate after three years of collection action. Noted that the FY03 totals uncollected was 8.6% of the total billed. Noted that the total billed was $518,601.00 and the amount that he was requesting to be abated was $44,653.93.
Mr. Samia noted that various uses that the town has been able to utilize the Ambulance Reimbursement Account for including the payments on the fire apparatus purchased 10 years ago, purchase of safety equipment and salaries. Chief Pratt noted that in the last 10 years over 3 million has been collected.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the abatement of the FY2003 ambulance balance of $44,653.93.
Chief Pratt informed the Board that Medicare instituted a new method of reimbursement in 2002 from a reasonable charge method to a fee schedule method. Noted that a new fee schedule has been set as of July 1, 2006 and requested that the Board approve the new rates structure, as printed on the Fee schedule to be effective August 1, 2006.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the 2006 Ambulance Fee Schedule, as printed, effective August 1, 2006.
Farzad Abdu met with the Board relative to his request for transfer of the Class II – Used Car Dealers License at 558 West Street.
Mrs. Grabau informed the Board that a new license was issued to Robert Goulart earlier this year. Mr. Goulart has moved to Martha’s Vineyard and is transferring the license to Mr. Abdu. Noted that Mr. Abdu has agreed to all the restrictions on Mr. Goulart’s license.
Mr. Hamilton noted that Det. Grillo has performed a check on Mr. Abdu and met with him prior to this evening and has found no problems with the transfer.
Board had no questions for Mr. Abdu.
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M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the transfer of the Class II – Used Car Dealers License to Farzad Abdu dba Asian Motors, 558 West Street, with the following restrictions:
Only 10 unregistered vehicles on property at any given time.
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday closed
All display of vehicles to be back 10 –15 feet from edge of road
No repairs to be done on property
No m/v parts of any kind to be displayed on or in building
No sales of auto parts to take place on property; No dismantling of vehicles on property
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2006 meeting.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, McNulty; Abstain – Hamilton; a majority vote in favor.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2006 meeting.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton; Abstain – McNulty; a majority vote in favor.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Jennifer Repeta as a member of the Recreation Commission effective immediately through June 30, 2007.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Wendy L. Smith as a member of the Patriotic Activities Committee effective immediately through June 20, 2007.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Jen Turner as a member of the Historical Commission effective immediately through June 30, 2007.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Susan Kaszanek to the Recreation Commission effective immediately through June 30, 2007.
Mr. Hamilton noted that the Board has received three letters of interest for the two vacancies on the Finance Committee. Bill Jacques, a member of the Finance Committee was present and stated that the Committee would interview the applicants.
Mr. Walsh requested Mr. Jacques to notify the office of the date of the interviews so that Selectmen can attend for the interviews. Copies of the letters of interest will be given to Mr. Jacques.
Town Administrator Report
Finalizing the closing of the books for FY06
Meeting of Plymouth County Selectmen’s Assn. – Board members to let office know tomorrow who will attend.
Recycling Center on Bridge Street open 1st and 3rd Saturday – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Information regarding Redflex traffic systems – Board interested in attending
informational meeting; will inform Chief Cowan of their interest.
Old Colony Elderly Services – Family Caregivers Support Program – seminars available
Will refer to COA Director, Jane Haines
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A discussion was held concerning Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Hamilton noted that the parcel of land, which was to be donated by the Town, did not perk. Will continue to look at other town owned land.
Mrs. McNulty informed the Board that she will be attending the VETO Seminar on August 10 in Marshfield; noted that this is in regards to domestic violence
Board discussed Perambulation of Town boundaries; Mr. Samia will discuss with Bob Lundberg and coordinate schedule.
No one was present.
Mr. Hamilton requested that a letter be sent to the Sachem Rock Committee requesting their recommendations and plan for the Sachem Rock Farm. Noted that they need to have plan in place before the National Historic Register nomination is completed. Also, request information relative to limitations, which may affect the uses of the property when designation as National Historic site is approved. Also, plan will assist Town in applying for any funding.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing ongoing litigation and contractual issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, McNulty, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
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