The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2007 at 6:05 p.m. for the purpose of conducting interviews with applicants for vacancies on the Finance Committee. This portion of the meeting was not televised.
Present: Theresa McNulty, Chairman; David L. Walsh, Clerk; Peter A. Hamilton
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Board met with Scott Hastings at 6:05 p.m. and David Foley at 6:30 p.m.
Board members discussed with both applicants the Board’s view of the Finance Committee’s duties and what is expected of members of the committee. Explained budget process and need for communication between the Selectmen and Finance Committee. Both applicants stated that they had no problem with Finance Committee meeting schedule.
Board discussed applicants’ interviews after both applicants had left the meeting. It was noted that there are two vacancies on the Committee and that there have been no further letters of interest received. Agreed that appointments need to be made as the budget process is about to begin and a full Finance Committee is needed.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to appoint David Foley to fill the vacancy on the Finance Committee for the period of September 18, 2007 to June 30, 2010 filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Sally Feeney and to appoint Scott Hastings to fill the vacancy on the Finance Committee for the period of September 18, 2007 to June 30, 2009 filling the vacancy created by the resignation of William Dunham.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to recess Selectmen’s meeting until 7:30 p.m.
Meeting recessed at 6:50 p.m.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to reconvene Selectmen Meeting at 7:35 p.m.
Mr. Walsh read the Notice of Public Hearing as follows:
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the requirements of M.G.L. Chap. 138, a Public Hearing will be held relative to the Application for Transfer of a Package Store - All Alcoholic License, as follows:
From: Tonello Inc. dba Harmony Package Store
Tina Tonello, Manager
To: Chook Discount Liquors, LLC dba Harmony Discount Liquors
May Mi Chow, Manager
Premises: 162 North Bedford Street
Premises consists of one story cement block building, five rooms, no cellar.
A Public Hearing will be held at the Town Hall, First Floor Conference Room, 175 Central Street, East Bridgewater on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Atty. Scott Rubin, representing Chook Discount Liquors
May Mi Chow, proposed Manager
Tina Tonello, present Manager, Harmony Liquors
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Atty. Rubin explained Ms. Chow’s experience in the liquor business, the additional Package Stores in other communities that they have run or are running at this time. Noted that they are purchasing the business and the property. Noted that good record of Ms. Chow in the other towns where they have Package Stores.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the transfer of the Package Store - All Alcoholic License, From: Tonello Inc. dba Harmony Package Store, Tina Tonello, Manager
To: Chook Discount Liquors, LLC dba Harmony Discount Liquors, May Mi Chow, Manager
Premises: 162 North Bedford Street.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2007 meeting.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, McNulty; Abstain – Hamilton; a majority vote in favor.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of the town clerk to instruct the Dog Office to issue non-criminal violations to any dog owner or keeper of a dog who has not licensed their pet.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve accepting with regret the resignation of Carissa Korites as a member of the East Bridgewater Arts Council effective immediately.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton a unanimous vote, move to approve the Vehicle Lease and Vehicle Maintenance Agreements with BAT relative to the COA van.
M/Hamilton, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to create an Ad Hoc Committee to participate in the preparation and planning of the Christmas Parade for 2007; the Committee will assist the Kiwanis Club and report back to the Board of Selectmen on the possibility of the town putting on this parade; the term of office for this Ad Hoc Committee will be through December 31, 2007 with zero funding from the Town.
M/Hamilton, s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to appoint the following as members of the Ad Hoc Committee to the Christmas Parade for a term of September 18, 2007 to December 31, 2007:
Tim Fowler Robert Packer
Lisa Fowler Lynn Silva
Nancy Smith Karen Hart
Fire Chief Ryon Pratt and Fire Lt. David Repeta met with the Board for a presentation regarding the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Chief Pratt explained through a Power Point presentation the emergency plan; it was noted that a copy of the plan is available for residents. Chief Pratt also acknowledged the work of Deputy Chief, Robert Fairburn on the Plan.
Lt. Repeta presented information regarding a Community Emergency Response Team, which would be activated during any emergency within the town. It was noted that interested citizens should inform the Fire Department/Lt. Repeta of their interest in serving on this team.
Chief Pratt asked the Board to vote on the several requests for votes he had provided within his cover letter.
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M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to accept and implement the updated Comprehensive Emergency management Plan for the Town of East Bridgewater dated September 2007.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to designate the second floor main meeting room as the Emergency Operations Center as referenced in the CEMP.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to designate radio frequency 453.5375 as the Emergency Management Channel for the Town of East Bridgewater and that the frequency and its use be under the administration of the Emergency Management Director or his designee.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to authorize the Director of Emergency Management or his designee to create, implement and administer a Community Emergency Response Team program in the Town of East Bridgewater.
Chief Pratt thanked the Board for their continued support.
Mr. Walsh noted the following upcoming events within the Town:
Compass Medical Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – September 20, 2007
Skylur Spagone Walk – October 8
Fall Festival at Sachem Rock Farm – October 13
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
Working with Town Accountant and Director of Assessing on the Tax Recap
Evening Practical Arts flyer – available at Town Hall
New Recycling Information Flyer – available at Town Hall
No one was present
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations 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.
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