The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, February 21, 2006 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: David L. Walsh, Chairman; Peter A. Hamilton, Clerk; Theresa McNulty
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Not Present: George Samia, Town Administrator
Wayne Perry, Chairman of Wastewater Study Committee and Vonnie Reis, Engineer from Weston & Sampson met with the Board.
Mr. Perry noted that they had met with the Board last Thursday and it was decided to not hold the proposed Special Town Meeting on March 6. Noted that he has had a number of phone calls from voters with questions regarding the proposed wastewater system. Noted that rather then waste time with Special Town Meeting now, should hold off on town meeting and place an article until the Annual Town Meeting. Attended the Business Association Executive Board’s meeting, where there were several concerns and questions brought up. Felt that there was a need to get more information out to the community before going to a town meeting.
Mr. Walsh noted that he had received a letter from the Board of Health expressing their need for information and recommending that more information be made available to the voters.
Mr. Perry stated that the next meeting of the Wastewater Study Committee would be this Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. Invited any interested resident to attend and to bring their concerns or questions to the Committee.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2006 meeting.
Board noted that they would pass over action on placement of question on Town Election ballot.
1. Trash pick-up – one day later due to holiday
2. Mass. Office for Victim Assistance – SE Mass Legislator’s Breakfast – March 3, 9-11 a.m. Board members to let office know if they will attend
3. National Grid storm/emergency informational meeting, March 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.; Board requested information be sent to Fire, Police, etc.; Board members to let office know if they will attend.
Mr. Walsh noted that a request had been received from George McCabe requesting that he be designated as a Special Municipal Employee as he is running for School Committee and is a coach for the High School. Explained that per Town Counsel the Board can designate a committee or board not a person.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to designate the East Bridgewater School Committee as Special Municipal Employees provided that at the April Town Election, George McCabe is elected to a position on the committee.
It was noted that Mr. McCabe should be aware that he would not be able to sit in on contract negotiations nor vote on any contractual issues, etc. Board requested that a letter be sent to Mr. McCabe with information from Town Counsel’s letter and that Town Counsel be requested to contact Mr. McCabe discuss these issues.
Mr. Walsh noted that the Board has been informed that the Town has received a Brownfield Grant; thanked Mrs. McNulty for her work on the grant.
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Mrs. McNulty explained that the Brownfield Grant was an OEA grant in the amount of $70,000 and will be used for an assessment of the Eastern States Steel and Precise Engineering sites relative to toxics, etc. Noted that Sen. Joyce confirmed the grant; need to begin assessment as soon as possible; noted that the town will be responsible for $23,000 for a total cost for the assessment of $93,000.
Mr. Walsh noted that clean up of these properties would help with possible improvements to area.
Mrs. McNulty noted that the DPW Committee has begun their meetings; will be meeting with the Water Commissioners, Park Commissioners, Highway, etc. to get a full scope of work of each department.
Board requested that copies of Department Head contracts, which are up for renewal be put together in a packet for the Board.
No one was present for Open Forum.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of hear two Step 2 Grievances and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton, McNulty; a unanimous vote in favor.
Open Session adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
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