The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, July 11, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: Peter A. Hamilton, Chairman; David L. Walsh
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Not Present: Theresa McNulty, Clerk
Mr. Hamilton announced that, as Mrs. McNulty was not present, as voted previously, Mr. Walsh would act as Clerk for the evening.
It was noted that the minutes of June 27 would be placed on the next agenda, as there was not a quorum to vote on them.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the reappointment of Ryon Pratt as Forest Warden, Right to Know Coordinator and Director of Emergency Services for the period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Olivia Johnson for use of the Town Common on July 21, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a wedding ceremony.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the reappointment of Charles Francis, Jr. to the Patriotic Activities Committee for the period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the reappointment of Donna Morris as Animal Control Officer from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Jacquelyn Kelley to the Recreation Commission for the period of June 30, 2006 to July 1, 2007.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the renewal of the School Zone/Town Light Contract with Meserve Electric Inc. for the period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.
Mr. Walsh announced the following:
Board will accept letters of interest for the two vacancies on the Finance Committee
until July 25, 2006.
New Trash/Recycling Program started last week; noted he is seeing a significant increase in the recycling being put out. Also noted that he has spoken to Mr. Haines regarding the quality of the trash bags, which are purchased under a state contract. Mr. Haines is checking into same
Civic Leadership Course – received notification that Robert Condon attended the program. Requested that office check on whether the program will be offered again this year and if being offered, look into getting more citizens into course.
Our Town Flyer – report on activities of East Bridgewater Business Assoc.; noted speakers at their monthly meetings; congratulated Diane Kennedy-Warkel on the excellent job she is doing; also noted that the Business expo will be in September.
Recreation Commission – 2 openings; interested residents should send letters of interest in to Selectmen’s Office prior to July 25.
Mr. Hamilton noted that town meeting had approved the transfer of property to habitat for Humanity contingent on a successful perk test. Has received notification that the perk test was not successful. Requested that the Town Clerk be notified.
Requested that the Sachem Rock Committee be contacted that the board needs their official plan for the property as soon as possible.
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Mr. Hamilton announced that he is working with Mr. Haines to put together all the information regarding water filtration and infrastructure in order to be ready to apply for a grant and meet the deadline.
Town Administrator Report
Working on end of year reports, closing books, etc.
Tuesday, July 18, scheduled HUB to meet with Department Heads regarding computer
concerns, needs, etc.
Bridge Street Center – open 1st and 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stickers – bulk - $5.00 furniture, etc
White goods - $15.00 refrigerators, etc – call to set up appointment
Mr. Walsh announced that the Capital Outlay Committee met this evening; working on plan for funding of infrastructure needs; hope to come before the Selectmen at the August 8 meeting with a plan to address needs.
A discussion was held regarding the outstanding capital projects and Town’s financial structure at this time; also discussed need for fiscal plan for next few years.
Mr. Hamilton requested that a Discussion Item be placed on the next agenda regarding liaisons for upcoming year.
Ralph Dahlgren, 241 Grove Street, informed the Board of a concern he has with a recent Title 5 project next door to his house. Noted that the project took 8 months to be completed. Questioned whether there was any by-law, which would require contractors to finish a project in an allotted time and give the Board of Heath Agent authority to order project to be finished.
Board stated that they would check into what other towns may have for a by-law and will discuss the best way to handle any such problems in the future with the Planning board, board of Health and the Building Inspector.
Russ Hannigan, EBCATV Director, updated the Board on the recent Alliance Media conference held in Boston. Thanked Board and residents for their cooperation and understanding during the past week of the conference. Noted that he was in Boston the whole week and informed the Board of some of the seminars and media that was presented. Noted that he was able to procure several programs from other local access studios, which will be shown by EBCATV.
Joseph Sprunk, 875 Union Street asked the Board when the Town was going to purchase signs to inform the residents of town meetings. Stated that he met with the board last year and nothing has been done.
The Board informed Mr. Sprunk, that town meeting approved an article for two signs and that the second sign is being built at this time. When finished, the sign will be placed in the center.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve adjourning the Selectmen’s meeting at 8:10 p.m.
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