The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, May 9, 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
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the May 2, 2006 meeting.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Louis J. Almond, Jr. Buddy Poppy Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to solicit donation for their annual “Buddy Poppy” drive from June 8 – June 10, 2006.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to approve the request of Marilyn Klim of the Assessors Office to carry over 1 week (19.0 hours) vacation from FY2006 to FY2007.
Discussed request and agreed that it should be used within first three months of new fiscal year.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, move to amend motion and include verbiage “to be taken within the first quarter of the new fiscal year.
Vote on amendment: Yes – Walsh, McNulty, Hamilton
Vote on motion as amended: Yes – Walsh, McNulty, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve the accepting the bids for paper by W.B. Mason, Inc. and for DPW Supplies and Water and Sewer Treatment chemicals through Southeastern Regional Services Group, for one year commencing July 1, 2006.
Jim Comeau, Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity, met with the Board to request permission to conduct a perk test on town owned land, Map 5, block 39 on Plymouth Street.
A discussion was held regarding the location of the land. Mr. Hamilton noted that land was taken by tax title and that Town Counsel was reviewing land title, etc. for this land.
Mr. Walsh suggested that the Selectmen prepare an article for the Annual Town Meeting to transfer the land to Habitat.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve Habitat for Humanity conducting a perk test on a parcel of town owned land, Map 5, Block 39 on Plymouth Street.
Town Administrator Report
Working on completion of budgets; preparing a synopsis of articles for STM and ATM; will have ready for the Board next Tuesday.
Board discussed with Cathy Lane, Finance Committee member, need for Board to have completed budget to Mr. Samia and the Board by next week. Mrs. Lane will pass along Board’s request to the Finance Committee at their Wednesday night meeting.
It was noted that the STM needs to be closed and approved on May 23 and the ATM warrant closed and approved on May 30. Budget needs to be prepared by May 16, at the latest.
Mrs. Grabau noted that she would need to have budget, to place in the warrant for posting as soon as possible.
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Town Clerk, Marcia Weidenfeller met with the Board to go over her department’s budget for FY07 and noted several changes she was required to make on her original budget, which the Finance Committee did not approve.
Mrs. Weidenfeller also explained the impacts on her department due to the cuts in hours and need for increases in hours for employees in order to keep up with their workload.
Cheryl Pooler, Director of Assessing met with the Board and presented the Assessor’s Department budget for FY07.A discussion was held regarding the appraisal and reappraisal process and work done by the Assessor’s Department during the year.
Mr. Samia, Town Administrator presented the Veteran’s Department budget for FY07 and noted that Mr. Spagone was unable to attend due to sickness within his family.
A discussion was held regarding the sick leave buy-back; it was noted that Mr. Spagone and Mrs. Redgate were retiring in September and that the buy-back was for unused sick days accumulated by Mrs. Redgate. It was also noted that the Board would be looking into the appointment of a full-time Veterans’ Agent.
Mark D’Angelo, Life Scout in troop 29, met with the Board to present his Eagle Scout project. Explained that he has met with Mr. Duarte, Principal of the Middle School and has approval to build 4 display cases for artwork and 2 display shelves for pottery. These will be placed on the walls near the art room. Explained the display cases design.
M/McNulty, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to approve Mark D’Angelo’s Eagle Scout project to build 4 display cases at the Middle School.
Board congratulated mark on his idea and thanked him for his service to the community.
Russ Hannigan, Local Cable Access Director informed the Board of yet another attempt to affect local programming and local studios relative to a communication received from Verizon. Noted that a coalition is being formed to fight newest form of control. Asked Board to support any coalition formed.
Board asked to be kept informed and noted that they would support any efforts regarding this new proposed change.
Open Forum Closed
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M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel issues and contract issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, McNulty, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
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