The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Monday evening, February 27, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: David L. Walsh, Chairman;
Peter A. Hamilton, Clerk;
Catherine Johnson, Senior Clerk
Diane Lawless, Treasurer/Collector was present to request signatures of the Board for a WPAT Title V Bond.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the minutes of the February 22, 2006 meeting.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve to send the proposed amendment of the Zoning Bylaw submitted by Joseph E. Cook, to the Planning Board for their Public Hearing process.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the appointment of David Lewis as a constable (pays own bond) for a period of three years.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the changing of the March 6, 2006 meeting time to 7:00 p.m. from 7:30 p.m.
M/Walsh, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve to table the additional Action Item concerning a settlement with MEGA.
Ryan Pratt, Chairman of the DPW Committee and members of the Committee were present to update the Board relative to the proposed structure of the DPW.
Mr. Pratt updated the Board and explained that the Committee was working very hard towards a smooth transition to a DPW. Mr. Pratt further explained that the Commission had met, today, with the Water Commissioners and the Park Commissioners.
Mr. Pratt read the Committee’s letter to the Board of Selectmen explaining the overall process the Committee has been taking to ensure a successful transition.
Mr. Pratt explained that the Committee, as well as the Water and Park Commissioners, offer the opinion that staying in the area or within would be the best choice for that of a Director of the DPW.
Board of Selectmen -2- February 27, 2006
The DPW Committee stated that they unanimously voted to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that the Board move to retain the current Highway Surveyor/Tree Warden as the Director of the DPW for a period of not less than one year.
M/m/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve to retain the current Highway Surveyor/Tree Warden, John Haines, as the Director of the DPW for a period of not less than one year, pending successful contract negotiations and a job description.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the proclamation to George Hart.
Municipal Rate Reduction Grant – letter from Department of Environmental Protection
New England Association of Schools and Colleges will be present from March 12th – March 15th – Board will be attending a reception on Sunday, March 12, 2006.
Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical School budget meeting
Michele Fortune was present to ask the Board about the process of appointing a constable.
Mark Zewiey was present to inform the Board on a situation concerning the Forge Pond Dam and his property.
Mr. Walsh asked Fire Chief Pratt for any insight he might have on this issue. Fire Chief Pratt explained to the Board that, as a Town Official, he must advise the Board that the representation being made this evening is not consistent with the facts, and as such urged the board to end the discussion and take the matter up in Executive Session as a matter of pending litigation and have no further discussions without legal counsel present.
MariJo Martin, was present to ask the Board for clarification on the Board’s position on the house at Sachem Rock Farm.
Sadra Ockers was present, as a representative of the Sachem Rock Committee, to ask the Board to instruct John Haines to have oil delivered the next morning and to get back to her as soon as it had been done.
M/Walsh, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, to instruct John Haines to have oil delivered and check on the condition of the pipes in the house at Sachem Rock Farm.
Board of Selectmen -3- February 27, 2006
Eric Greene was present to ask the Board to consider instructing the Sewerage Study Committee to some how get the word out for the sewerage project. Mr. Greene stated that he could look into having Southeastern Regional doing up a mailing answering the basic questions the residents may have.
m/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing personnel issues and pending litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton, McNulty; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Board of Selectmen