The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, June 24, 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
Joseph Savino met with the Board regarding his property, the former Casa Loma Restaurant. Stated that he wanted to clarify that his property is available either for lease or sale for a Senior Center. Has had many phone calls from residents who were under the impression that the property was available. Noted that the property has passed Title 5.
Mr. Savino stated that he felt that the funding for the architectural for Sachem Rock Farm would possibly pay for renovations at his property for a Senior Center. Stated that he would be willing to discuss his property with anyone.
Board discussed Mr. Savino’s offer and agreed that although only town meeting can make final decision, should look at this offer and talk to Senior Center Building Committee. It was suggested that Mr. Savino talk to the Building Committee at their next meeting, as the Committee has the authority over Senior Center plans.
Board stated that they would send a letter to Committee regarding Mr. Savino meeting with them and thanked Mr. Savino for his offer.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2008 meeting.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Maria Buckley of Friends of Sachem Rock Farm for use of Sachem Rock Farm on October 18, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for their annual Fall Festival.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, for purpose of discussion, move to approve the request of Linda Traconi of Ms. Bee-Haven Country Gift Shop and Lorrie Parker of Mrs. Swift’s and Moore Antiques for use of the Town Hall parking lot on various Saturday and Sunday evenings in September for a Historical Ghost Tour.
A discussion was held regarding need for additional information as to what dates they would like to hold walks on. It was noted that there are some activities at the Common during September; need to make sure that walks wouldn’t interfere with the approved events. Board requested staff to contact applicants and get more information regarding times and dates for walk.
Mr. Hamilton withdrew his motion.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the appointment of Ryon Pratt as the Trench Safety Permitting Authority for the Town of East Bridgewater as provided in MGL Ch. 82A and CMR 14.00 and further authorize the Permitting Authority to act as needed on behalf of the Town to meet the requirements set forth in the statute.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to approve the minutes of the Executive Session held on June 13, 2008.
VOTE: Yes –Walsh, McNulty; Abstain – Hamilton; a majority vote in favor.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, for purpose of discussion, move to approve the request of Fire Chief Ryon Pratt to accept the donation of the Hovercraft and Trailer to the Fire Department from Dick and Sharon Swan.
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Chief Pratt explained the donation. Noted that it was offered several years ago but the department did not have a storage facility to house the Hovercraft and trailer. As they now have the newly erected storage building, Mr. Swan again made the offer and the department was able to accept it. Explained the benefits of the Hovercraft for the department with water and ice rescues. Noted that the department will be holding training sessions at Robins Pond this summer.
Chief Pratt extended his thanks to Dick and Sharon Swan and the Swan Family for their generous donation to the Department.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton, McNulty; a unanimous vote in favor.
Mr. Walsh extended the Board’s thanks to the Swan Family for the donation.
Request from Robert and Cheryl Maguire to place two stop signs on Northridge Drive. Send copy to John Haines for his recommendation.
Letter from School Committee inviting Mr. Walsh to their meeting on Thursday to ratify the Teachers contract.
Letter from neighbor regarding conditions at Damon property on Washington Street. Board requested that property be checked for compliance with license.
A discussion was held regarding meetings in July. Mr. Walsh noted that he would away on July 8. As the Board had agreed to discuss the Capital Stabilization Fund over-ride at their first meeting each month, it was agreed that the Board should post a meeting for July 1. It was also agreed to place committee/board appointments on agenda for July 1.
It was noted that there were questions regarding COA appointments. Board requested that Jane Haines be contacted and asked to come in to clarify her letter.
It was noted that the Sealer of Weights and Measures position will be open as of July 1 as Mr. Wolfer has notified office that he is retiring.
Mrs. McNulty reminded residents that the Crescent Street roadwork has begun and an alternate route should be taken during the day.
Dog Licenses due; information from Town Clerk’s Office
No one was present
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Personnel issues, pending litigation and contract negotiations and will not be returning to Open Session.
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