The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, June 3, 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
Mr. Walsh stated that the Board had agreed that at the first meeting of each month they would discuss the over-ride for funding of the Capital Stabilization Fund.
Explanation of how the plan would work; would be able to reduce amount on water bills by cost associated with water plant construction. It was noted that there had been a perception that the projects which were mentioned originally when the override was first presented, would automatically go forward and be funded. Annual Town Meeting article which funded certain small projects has given residents a chance to see how funding would be approved. Also noted that there was need to create a plan for repairs and maintenance of town buildings; need for a facility assessment of all town buildings including schools. Board agreed that a committee could be formed to look at energy plan for town and assessment of all buildings.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2008 meeting.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Tracey C. Ward of support Our Troops Group for permission for use of the town Hall parking lot and rest rooms, to hold a yard dale on Saturday, August 16, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon, with a rain date of Sunday, August 17, 2008.
M/McNulty, m s/Walsh, a unanimous vote, move to reappoint Peter Hamilton to the Plymouth County Advisory Board effective immediately through April, 2010.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve Financial Advisory Associates to provide accounting and software applications implementation services for the Town in an amount not to exceed $4,999.00.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the application for an Amusement License from Fiesta Shows, John A. Flynn, V.P. to hold a 5 day event at the High School Fields sponsored by the Recreation Commission contingent upon receipt of letters of approval from the Fire Chief, Police Chief and DPW Director.
Mrs. McNulty noted that the Recreation Commission had met with Fiesta Shows representative and the Fire Chief, Police Chief and DPW Director previous to contracting for the carnival.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request by Troop 496 for placement of signs at the Common and Sachem Rock Farm advertising their Trolley Tour from Wednesday – Sunday.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to present a Proclamation and Citation to the East Bridgewater Lions’ Club in honor of their 40th Anniversary. (Copies are on file in office.)
Mr. Hamilton read the Proclamation and Citation and Mr. Walsh noted that he would be attending the celebration and would present them.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to approve the transfer of funds from Debt Service to Accounts as listed in the amount of $59,322.79 and from Police Department Computers to Additional Comp. In the amount of $5,000.00 for a total transfer of $64,322.79.
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Mr. Samia explained that the transfers are allowed under MGL Ch 44, S33B; allows towns to transfer without a STM amounts not to exceed 3% of appropriation. Noted that the Finance Committee also will be approving this at their meeting on Wednesday evening.
Letter from Town Clerk informing Board that Francis A. Obert Jr. has resigned as a member of the Board of Health. It was noted that as this is an elected position a joint meeting with the remaining members of the Board of Health would be held once any interested resident applies for the position. Informed residents that letters of interest should be sent to the Board of Selectmen.
A discussion was held regarding Appointments to Boards and Committees. Mr. Walsh noted that there are several discrepancies, as some of those listed are no longer members of the committee. Also noted the following vacancies, Council on Aging – 2, Open Space Committee – 4, Personnel Board – 1 and Recreation Commission, alternate – 1. Board agreed to discuss further at next week’s meeting.
June 12 meeting of the Plymouth County Advisory Committee – Mr. Hamilton will attend.
Discussed E-mail from MMA regarding county pensions. Mr. Samia explained the reasons from changes and how it would be funded. Board agreed it would be a large burden on communities. Board requested Mr. Samia to draft a letter to Town’s representatives with Board’s concerns. Mr. Hamilton was asked to bring this up at the Advisory Board’s meeting next week.
Paula Lewis asked the Board for an opinion on the bussing fees, which the school committee will be discussing at their Thursday night meeting. Mr. Walsh stated that the Board should not try to influence the vote of another elected board, but stated that he planned to be at the meeting. Suggested that all interested residents attend the meeting to voice their concerns.
Mrs. Lewis also gave the board an update on the Family Festival sponsored by PIE on June 7. Noted the various items that have been donated for the Silent Auction. Yard Sale items can be dropped off on Friday evening. Noted various entertainments that will be available during the day. Mrs. Lewis also explained that all the funds raised by this event would be directed back into the schools as financial support to keep additional aides and/or teachers.
A discussion was held regarding the Selectmen’s meeting on June 17, as this is the night of the Dale and the Duds Concert sponsored by the Drug Council. It was agreed that if there was no need of a meeting it would be canceled or if something comes up, meeting be changed to Monday, June 16.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to change date of Selectmen’s meeting from June 17 to June 16, if needed.
Recycling Center, Bridge Street open Saturday 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Town Reports available at Town Hall
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M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations and pending litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Hamilton, Walsh; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
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