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Selectmen's Minutes 6/5/06
The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, June 5, 2006 at 7:38 p.m.
 
Present: Peter A. Hamilton, Chairman; Theresa McNulty, Clerk; David L. Walsh
            George Samia, Town Administrator
            Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
 
Open Forum
Chief of Police, John Cowen met with the Board to report on his recent trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he attend the Military Law Enforcement Conference with Dick Swan. Explained information he gathered regarding new weapons, communications, etc. Meeting next week to look into new communication capabilities with hookup to satellite for Plymouth County. Also went over information received by himself and Chief Pratt at a seminar with National Grid regarding communication concerns for storms, i.e. hurricanes.
 
Board noted that information gathered can only be of benefit to town.
 
David Finley, 129 Willow Avenue, 26 year resident, informed the Board that he wanted to publicly thank the Fire Department and Police Department for their held during the fire at his house on Friday evening; house was over 180 years old. Noted that he could not accept the Water Department; Water Department failed himself and the town on Friday evening when the fire hydrant failed. Noted that the fire was just about out, when the hydrant failed and it took 45 minutes to hook-up to Forge Pond to put out fire. Felt that the Water Department let the Fire Department down; noted previous fire near Fire Chief’s home that was lost due to low water pressure. Noted that his insurance company is looking into the water failure; noted that insurance companies will be looking at possibly increasing premiums for homes in East Bridgewater. Warned Board that there could be repercussions. Stated that this is a wake-up call for Town.
 
Mrs. McNulty expressed the Board’s sympathy for the Finley Family’s losses.
 
Open Forum closed.
 
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the May 30, 2006 meeting.
 
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Diane Kennedy Warkel  of the E.B. Business Association for use of the Town Common on September 9, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the Annual Business Association Expo.
 
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve a One Day – Wine & Malt License for Creative Cuisine at the Ridder Country Club, 390 Oak Street, in the Function Tent for a Corporate Cook-out on June 7, 2006.
 
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the following One Day – All Alcoholic Licenses for Creative Cuisine at the Ridder Country Club, 390 Oak Street, in the Function Tent:
            Golf Tournament – June 8, 2006
            Luncheon – June 14, 2006
            Golf Tournament – June 19, 2006
            Wedding – June 24, 2006
 
Town Administrator Report
Has prepared a packet for Board members of all information for the town meetings. Packet will be distributed for weekend.
 
 
 
Board of Selectmen                                             -2-                                            June 5, 2006
 
Reminders:
            Festival of the Arts – Reception Friday, June 9; Festival, Sunday, June 11
            Bike Day, Friday, June 9 – Drive Carefully
            Town Report – in process of printing in house; will be ready for town meeting
            Trash – bulk items, one per week through June 30 without a sticker; new program
starts July 1
 
Mr. Hamilton reported that he attended the High school Graduation; ceremonies held inside due to weather. Commencement speaker, Patrick Hayes, who has just returned from Peace Corps assignment in Africa. Congratulated all the members of the Class of 2006.
 
Committee/Board vacancies  - complete list for next week.
 
Mr. Walsh noted that two members of the finance Committee would be leaving this year; Mr. Coulter and Mr. Margie. Noted Mrs. Feeney has given her reappointment letter to the Board.
 
M/Walsh, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to appoint Sally Feeney to the finance Committee for the period of July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009.
 
Mrs. McNulty noted that there were three new committees, Recreation, Open Space and Cable Advisory Committee. Noted interested residents should send letter of interest to Selectmen’s Office.
 
Pending Issues
Brownfield assessment of the Eastern State Steel area has begun
Master Plan – waiting to hear from OCPC, Jim Watson
Job Description format completed; can now begin evaluation format
Town Planner – after Annual Town Meeting look at in fall or prepare for next fiscal year
Economic Development Committee – have received confirmation from 5 of interest; looking for a nine member committee
Cable Advisory Committee – looking for volunteers
 
Appointment
Moderator Robert Looney and Town Clerk Marcia Weidenfeller met with the Board to go over the articles for the Special and Annual Town Meetings.
 
Articles with power-point presentations were noted, along with presenter of each article and whether the articles required a 2/3 or majority vote.
 
Board requested that the Middle School be contacted to see if June 13 or 14 would be available for a continuation of the Town Meeting.
 
Mr. Looney stated that he would like to close town meeting by 11 p.m. unless there were only one or two articles left.
 
Open Forum
James Hardy, a member of the Board of Directors of EB Cable TV met with the Board to clarify upcoming events. Explained that Local Access Director, Russ Hannigan was the A.V. Chairman for the upcoming Alliance for Community Media Conference, which is being held in Boston this year. Explained that in Sept. the Board of Directors approved the use of the local studio equipment at the conference.
 
 
Board of Selectmen                                             -3-                                June 5, 2006
 
Noted that the studio will be closed from June 30 to July 9 and that all studio equipment will be transported to Boston on June 30. Explained that there will not be any local equipment available until after the conference and that no equipment can be loaned out during the time of the conference. Also noted that all equipment use is on a first come-first served basis.
 
Open Forum closed.
 
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to adjourn meeting at 9:00 p.m.
 
 
____________________________Clerk
            Board of Selectmen


 
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