The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, October 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: Theresa McNulty, Chairman; David L. Walsh, Clerk; Peter A. Hamilton
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Mrs. McNulty called for a “Moment of Silence” for East Bridgewater resident Susan Plante, who died as a result of an accident at Brockton Hospital and extended the Board’s sympathy to the Plante and Winsor Families.
Members of the Christmas Parade Ad Hoc Committee Robert Packer, Nancy Smith, Lynn Silva, Tim Fowler and Linda Fowler met with the Board to update them on the Christmas Parade plans.
Linda Fowler explained that the Committee met with Mike Chapin and Claire Yocum; noted that they have put together a comprehensive how-to book, which they gave to the Committee. Thanked Mike and Claire for their assistance and support. Have sent out invitations for participation in parade. Set-off for parade will be at Shaw’s on Laurel Street. Need any interested individuals who wish to assist to contact Bob Packer or Lynn Silva. Invite interested persons to attend next meeting on October 29.
Mr. Packer noted that several members of the Kiwanis Club have offered to assist with the parade. Asking all parade participants to not throw candy from floats or street. Also noted that floats need to be ready to be judged by 10:15 a.m.
Committee will return two weeks prior to parade date to update Board on Christmas Parade.
John Haines, Director of DPW met with the Board and explained the Water Restrictions in effect and reasons for instituting a water restriction. Noted that that Level 1 Water Restriction is in place; allows hand held outside watering between 7–9 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. Have postponed hydrant flushing.
Updated Board on main replacement. Will begin on Crescent Street on Monday; hopes to be done by end of month. East St. Filtration Plant construction to start this month; physical shell of building completed by first of year; noted that as each phase of construction is finished at East St. site, it will begin at Crescent St. site; hope to have both fully operational by 2009.
Will be putting design of Belmont St. water main replacement out to bid shortly; construction proposed to start in Spring of 2008. Elm Street sidewalk to start end of week; Belmont sidewalks on hold until main replacements finished; all Belmont Street homes will have new hook-ups.
It was noted that because of the lower water table the manganese and iron content in water is heavier, more chance of brown water and also water will have odor due to use of older water being used.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2007 meeting.
VOTE – YES – McNulty, Hamilton; ABSTAIN – Walsh
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Karen Bonia for Friends of Sachem Rock Farm for use of the Sachem Rock Farm on October 26 & 27, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for the annual Lamp Light Tour.
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M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request for a street light on Pole #37 at the intersection of Bridge Street and Birchwood Drive.
It was noted that the Police Sgt. Steve Brown checked out the area and found that the intersection met the criteria for a streetlight. Building Inspector, Robert Lundberg also agreed with assessment.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to accept, with regret, the resignation of Robert DeChristopher as a member of the Recreation Commission.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to appoint Eric Norment as a member of the Recreation Commission for the period of October 16, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the warrant article for the Special Town Meeting on November 5, 2007, pending Sewer District outline receipt by Thursday, October 18 at close of business.
Mr. Walsh announced that the next Public Forum for the Sewerage District would be held on Wednesday, October 17.
Board requested that Department/Committee Updates Schedule be sent to all departments/committees and that Treasurer/Collector be requested to include not only office update by update on tax title.
Mrs. McNulty announced that the Eastern States Steel site works is being done by a Trustee of the corporation; town is not doing work; demolition is being done due to safety concerns of the Fire Chief and Building Inspector; all refuse from the demolition will be removed from the property.
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
Started Budget Process with kick-off meeting last Thursday with Department Heads. Preparing packages as requested by the Selectmen; will have binders for Finance Committee and Board.
Homecoming Parade – Saturday, October 20
Community Health Fair and Open House – October 27, 1-4 p.m. at Southeast Medical
Halloween – October 31
SALT Breakfast, November 1, 9:30 a.m. – Commercial Club
Real Estate Taxes due, November 1
Invitation to participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade in West Bridgewater –
Mrs. McNulty will speak at ceremony.
Invitation to attend S.E. Regional Open House, Saturday, October 20
Jackie Kelly, representing the Taunton River watershed Study Committee invited the Board and members of the community to attend Interactive Public Meetings as follows:
Monday, November 5, 2-4 p.m. at BSC
Thursday, November 8, 7-9 p.m. at SE Regional
Thursday, November 13, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Bristol County. Agricultural HS
Mrs. Kelly explained reasons for these forums and urged interested residents to attend.
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M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing non-union contract negotiations and personnel issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – McNu`lty, Walsh, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.
Open Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
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