The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, April 15, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Present: Theresa McNulty, Chairman; David L. Walsh, Clerk; Peter Hamilton
George Samia, Town Administrator;
Catherine Johnson, Senior Clerk
Ms. McNulty was congratulated on her reelection to the Board of Selectmen.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to appoint David L. Walsh, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the ensuing year.
M/Walsh, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, move to appoint Peter Hamilton, Clerk of the board of Selectmen for the ensuing year.
Susan Malloy, Joy Lovell and Sue Gillpatrick of SEIU Local 888 were present to sign a three year contract.
Mr. Walsh asked Mr. Samia for an explanation regarding the $174,000 Middle School addition reimbursement to the town. Mr. Samia explained the town received 70% earlier on and was now receiving the additional 10%.
Beth Hayes, Robert Condon and Nancy Smith, members of the School Committee Budget Sub-Committee were present to read a statement to the Board regarding the history of public schools in the country.
Dr. Strojny, Superintendent and Ralph Dumas, School Business Administrator, were present to go over the logistics of the School budget, explaining the major pieces of the budgets, which include salary accounts, collective bargaining increases, Special Education increases, etc.
Mr. Walsh explained that he and the Town Administrator had forecasted the growth for the Town and both came up with a 4% increase. Mr. Walsh explained that the Town has to live within the 3% directive, in order for the town to stay on track.
Mr. Hamilton stated concerns with the formula used to compare unlike communities in the per pupil expenditure report.
Mr. Walsh made a request that the School Committee consider directing Mr. Dumas to put out a bid for 14 busses, with the town to take over the funding.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the minutes of the April 8, 2008 meeting.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the request of Christina Cunningham for use of Sachem Rock Farm on August 22, 2008, for a wedding ceremony.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the renewal of the License to Sell Second Hand Articles to Lorraine Parker of Mrs. Swifts & Moore Antiques, 12 West Union Street for the period of May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2009.
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M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the renewal of the License to Sell Second Hand Articles to Susan M. Hartman of Hartman House Antiques, 334 Bedford Street, for the period of May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, with discussion, approve the appointment of Kathleen Whittemore as an alternate to the Recreation Commission effective immediately through June 30. 2011.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, with discussion, approve the appointment of Robert E. Curtin to the Recreation Commission to fill a vacancy, effective immediately through June 30. 2011.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, a unanimous vote, approve the renewal of the Common Victualer License for James L. Rosenberg of XtraCheese dba Dominos Pizza, 225 Bedford Street effective immediately through December 31, 2008.
Curbside Yard Waste Pickup – April 19th and May 17th.
Hazardous Waste Day – May 3rd at the Thatcher Street site.
Southeastern Regional School Committee member vacancy
Vacancy on the Office of Clerk of Courts, citizens can petition to be put on the ballot
Ms. Paula Lewis was present to announce a Partner in Education yard sale coming up in the near future.
M/Hamilton, s/McNulty, move to close Open Session and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations and litigation issues and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – Walsh, Hamilton, McNulty; a unanimous vote in favor.
Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
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