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Selectmen's Minutes 1/17/06
The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2006 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: David L. Walsh, Chairman; Peter A. Hamilton, Clerk; Theresa McNulty
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2006 meeting.
Mr. Hamilton questioned whether a letter had been sent to John Haines regarding the 106/18 intersection. It was noted that the arrows for lane turns have been painted on the pavement.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to approve the award to W.B. Mason, the Office supply contract through Southeastern Regional Services Group for the period of January 21, 2006 to June 30, 2007.
Mr. Samia explained that the original bid was awarded to New England Office Supplies; recently they informed Southeastern Regional Services Group that they wished to withdraw from the contract. W.B. Mason was the second bidder and has been awarded the contract. It was noted that all town departments were included in the bid RFP. Board agreed that Mr. Samia could sign the contract.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Hamilton, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Town Administrator Report
Budgets – should have all draft budgets in office by end of this week; will move ahead with budget process at that time; looks as if this should be a stable year.
1. Recycling/Trash week – pick-up delayed one day due to Holiday
2. Bridge Street Center open Saturday, January 21
3. Public Information Meeting – Wastewater – Wednesday, January 18, 7 p.m. Middle School
4. Sen. Brian Joyce’s Office Hours at Town Hall, Tuesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. in Main Conference Room
5. Third Tax Bill payments due February 1
Mrs. McNulty reported that a hearing will be held on Wednesday regarding the legislation filed to name the bridge in Elmwood for Cpl. Gordon Craig, Medal of Honor winner. Noted that Mr. Samia, chief Cowan and Mr. Spagone will be attending and speaking in favor.
Mr. Hamilton reported on his attendance at the MMA Annual conference and the several seminars he attended. Noted he attend economic seminars and need to work on economic target areas, need to pursue joining Brockton for Economic Target Areas.
Mr. Walsh noted that the Board is sending a letter to our legislatures requesting their presence at a February meeting for a budget update.
Mr. Walsh stated that the Board has been trying to hold a joint meeting with the Housing Authority and has not been able to schedule a mutually agreeable time with the Housing Authority. Suggested that the Board hold a roll call vote to appoint John Gilbride and submit a letter to Housing Authority noting roll call vote, so that the Housing Authority may also hold a roll call vote.
Board of Selectmen -2- January 18, 2006
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to appoint John Gilbride to the East Bridgewater Housing Authority to fill a vacancy.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Hamilton, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Board discussed a letter, sent to the Sachem Rock Committee, and copied to the Board, from Robert Heavey regarding change of usage for the Carver Cotton Gin Mill and presenting a request to allow him to put a leaching field on the Sachem Rock Farm property for his property at the Carver Cotton building.
Mr. Walsh stated that he didn’t feel that the town should open any town owned property for leaching fields, development, etc. Felt that the Board should not support this concept and recommended that a letter from sent to Mr. Heavey that the Board of Selectmen had to intention of supporting his proposal.
M/Walsh, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to send a letter to Robert Heavey stating that the Board of Selectmen reject his offer as they do not intend to use town property in this manner.
Board requested that a copy of this letter be sent to the Sachem Rock Committee.
Mr. Walsh stated that the Wastewater Committee’s Public Information Meeting will be held Wednesday evening. Noted that they have answers to questions and concerns brought to them at the last meeting. EBCATV will broadcast the meeting. Also noted that the Special Town Meeting on wastewater will be on March 6. Congratulated the Committee on the work they have accomplished in getting answers to citizens concerns.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing ongoing litigation and contract negotiations and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Hamilton, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Board of Selectmen

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