The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, July 22, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: David L. Walsh, Chairman; Peter A. Hamilton, Clerk; Theresa McNulty
George Samia, Town Administrator
Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant
Fire Chief, Ryon Pratt and Lt. David Repeta met with the Board regarding the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Chief Pratt and Lt. Repeta explained the training program; noted that the members took 20 hours of training; team will have occasional drills. Explained that this was the first step for new program; in future will increase members to 24. Chief Pratt explained that members were recruited through information in the newspapers, cable and Selectmen’s meetings. Noted that a grant in the amount of $3,000 was received by the Department for equipment for the team’s members.
Board members expressed their appreciation to the team members for volunteering their time and their dedication to Town.
Board members presented certificates to CERT members present along with a letter of appointment from Fire Chief Ryon Pratt and CERT Coordinator/Fire Lt. David Repeta.
Team members introduced and given certificate of appreciation were: Cathy Johnson, Joe Johnson, Dawn Flavell, Helen Kingsley, Karen Simmons, Karen Grabau, Mike Travers, Stan Usowicz, and Brian Kiely. Not present were: Christine Fabrizio and Joel Thomas.
Claire Yocum, Chair, Conservation Commission and John Delano, Engineering Consultant met with the Board regarding information the Commission received relative to the proposed Power Plant in Brockton.
A lengthy discussion was held relative to information provided to the Board including the Final Environmental Impact Report and Report from Mr. Delano on negative effects to East Bridgewater.
Mr. Delano explained various areas of town that would be impacted by emissions from plant, types of pollutants which would be released into air, pollutants released into Matfield and Salisbury Rivers, etc.
Several residents were also present and expressed their concerns regarding the plant.
Mrs. Yocum requested that the Town look at impacts and become an active partner with West Bridgewater; need to make sure that the concerns of the residents in our town are taken into consideration by state licensing agencies.
Further discussion was held regarding concerns of the Board members and residents in attendance regarding emissions, time frames for licensing, siting meetings, possible health risks from emissions, etc.
Mrs. Yocum stated that she would share the information Commission has with the Board of Health and other town departments.
Board thanked all those attending.
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Mr. Hamilton read the following Public Hearing notice:
The East Bridgewater Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 8:15 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen’s Hearing Room, East Bridgewater Town Hall, 175 Central Street, East Bridgewater MA, to act on the application of the Town of East Bridgewater/DPW, 100 Willow Avenue, East Bridgewater, MA for a new Underground Storage Tank for Liquid Propane, under MGL 148, at off Leo Way, East Bridgewater, MA. A copy of the application and plan showing the new or modified underground storage tank will be available at the Board of Selectmen’s office, Town Hall, 175 Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA.
David L. Walsh
Peter A. Hamilton
Theresa E. McNulty
Board of Selectmen
Present was John Haines, DPW Director, Thomas Reynolds, DPW Operations Manager, James Weidenfeller, abutter.
Mr. Reynolds explained the location of the three propane tanks; noted that there was no natural gas lines on Leo Way, which is the reason that the DPW has to install underground propane tanks; propane will fuel heaters and generator in water treatment plant. Also explained the various safety precautions being built into the area to protect the tanks. It was noted that the Crescent Street Treatment Plant would be power by natural gas, as there are existing lines on that street.
Public Hearing was closed.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the application by East Bridgewater DPW for Underground Storage Tanks for Liquid Propane, off Leo Way per plans submitted.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2008 meeting.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the Employment Agreement between the Town of East Bridgewater and Donna Morris, Animal Control Officer/Animal Inspector for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve signing the FY09 Addendum to the Employment Agreement between the Town of East Bridgewater and Russell A. Hannagan, Executive Director, LAD, East Bridgewater Community Television, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2009.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the reappointment of Robert DiFazio to the Council on Aging for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the reappointment of Daniel L. Ervin, Jr. to the Arts Council for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve to approve the reappointment of Jane Haines to the OCPC (AAA Delegate) for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve to approve the reappointment of Penny G. Milauskas to the Arts Council for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
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M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Linda Traconi of Ms. Bee Haven and Lorrie Parker of Mrs. Swift’s & Moore Antiques for use of the Town Hall parking lot on the weekends of September 20 & 27 and October 4, 11 & 18 for a Historic Ghost Tour.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve ratifying the actions of the Town Administrator signing the contract with SoftRight, LLC of Westwood, MA.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the Application for Use of the Town Common submitted by the Recreation Commission to hold three concerts and a movie night on August 5, 12, 14, and 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to approve placing the following question on a ballot for the November Election to be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008:
Shall the Town of East Bridgewater be allowed to assess an additional
$1,250,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose
of funding the East Bridgewater Capital Stabilization Fund for the fiscal
year beginning July first, two thousand and nine?
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton; No – McNulty; a 2/3 vote in favor.
No one was present
M/Hamilton, s/Walsh, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE – Yes – Walsh, Hamilton, McNulty; a unanimous vote in favor.
Open Session adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
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