The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2007 at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Theresa McNulty, Chairman; David L. Walsh, Clerk; Peter A. Hamilton
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote to approve as amended with a correction that Article 11 was not voted on, the minutes of the April 24, 2007 meeting.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Marjorie Winsor of the E.B. Garden Club for use of Sachem Rock Farm on May 7, 2007 for a meeting on the grounds from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to approve the request of the VFW Tri-Town James A. Oliver Post 2125 to solicit donations for their annual “Buddy Poppy” drive on May 11th, 12th and 13th.
As a question arose regarding where the drive would take place the Board agreed to withdraw motion and to request additional information and vote at next meeting.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to close the May 14, 2007 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of John Haines, DPPW Director and remove Article 18 from the warrant.
A discussion was held regarding Article 13, submitted by the School Committee; it was noted that there was no amount. Ralph Dumas, School Business Manager, informed the Board that the amount would be $250,000.00.
Vote on motion to close warrant: Yes – McNulty, Walsh, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.
Mrs. McNulty stated that there was an additional action item. The Friends of Seniors have applied to hold a walk at the Sachem Rock Farm on June 6, 2007.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the East Bridgewater Friends of Seniors holding a fund-raiser walk at Sachem Rock Farm on June 10, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
A Public Hearing was called to order at 7:45 p.m. for the purpose of Accepting the Layout of several roadways as Town Roadways.
Steve Belcher, Chairman, Planning Board was present and informed the Board that all roads have been reviewed by their Engineering Consultant and found to be correct with as-built plans on file. Mr. Belcher explained the process used for acceptance of roadways as town roadways.
Mrs. McNulty asked for comments/questions from those in attendance. There were no comments made.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to close Public Hearing.
M/Walsh, a/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to layout Eliab Latham Waye Phase I and Phase II as a Town Way.
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M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to layout the following roadways as Town Ways:
Old Farm Waye Rock Meadow Drive
Sandy Pond Circle Sparling Drive
St. Williams Circle Stonegate Drive
Walnut Court Whitmarsh lane
Elmwood Way and Elmwood Crescent
TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
Working on budget and articles for town meeting. Will have a synopsis of town meeting
Hazardous Waste Day, May 12, 8 a.m. – noon
Hydrant Flushing Schedule
Arts Festival Application Forms available
Mrs. McNulty announced that a contract has been completed with the DPW employees union.
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve signing a contract with SEIU Local 888 – DPW Employees effective immediately.
Board signed the contract and noted that the employees will sign tomorrow in Selectmen’s Office.
Mr. Walsh requested that information be garnered regarding the Forge Pond Dam grant; what was the status and can work be done to upgrade dam. Mr. Samia will talk to John Haines regarding this. It was noted that there is some funding available for the work, which was never used.
School Supt. Margaret Strojny, School Business Manager, Ralph Dumas and School Committeewoman, Beth Hayes presented the FY08 School Budget.
Mrs. Hayes expressed the School Committee’s appreciation to George Samia, Bill Jacques, Martin Crowley and Jeff Luttazi for the assistance in putting the budget together.
Finance Committee members arrived at 8:05 p.m.
Mr. Dumas presented the budget recap and explained the various line items total costs and how amount was calculated.
Dr. Strojny presented the Mission-Critical New Initiatives funded within the budget.
A discussion was held regarding the school library positions, which will now come under the schools. Dr. Strojny stated that negotiations are ongoing with the teachers union and they are almost at an agreement.
Mr. Dumas presented School Related Revenue. Noted increases in Co-Curricular Fees, School Lunch Program and Tuition for Early Childhood program.
Mrs. Hayes presented Unfunded New Initiatives proposed in FY08 Real Needs Budget and Positions Lost/Misc. Adjustments.
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Mrs. Hayes also explained the ATM article 13, which would fund upgrades in technology, computers, etc. Stated that they would like to make a short presentation at town meeting, but intend to withdraw/pass-over the article.
A discussion was held regarding the Technology Plan.
Mr. Walsh questioned whether the Committee should go into town Meeting with intent to withdraw motion; possibly present article, get intent of voters and then decide whether to withdraw.
Discussion was also held regarding bond issuances, funding of capital projects, debt-exclusion for capital projects. It was noted that the Council on Aging has withdrawn their Articles regarding the Senior Center.
Board thanked the School personnel for their presentation.
Letter from DEP notification of Municipal Waste Reduction Grant award to town for 25 wheeled Recycling Carts valued at $1,695.00.
Mr. Hamilton discussed letter he received regarding Plymouth County Budget vote by Plymouth County Advisory Committee.
Mrs. McNulty noted that the Support Our Troops Road Race is Saturday, May 5.
Mrs. McNulty expressed the Board thanks to Dale and Carol Julius for their work on the Calvin Harlow Day at Sachem Rock Farm this past weekend.
No one was present
M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to adjourn meeting at 9:00 p.m.
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