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Selectmen's Minutes 01/08/08
The weekly meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Tuesday evening, January 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Theresa McNulty, Chairman; David L. Walsh, Clerk; Peter A. Hamilton
        Karen Grabau, Adm. Assistant

Not Present: George Samia, Town Administrator

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to Open Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Walsh, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to go into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations with John Stanbrook, Town Accountant and will be returning to Open Session at 7:30 p.m.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Walsh, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.

Meeting reconvened in Open Session at 7:35 p.m.

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the minutes of the January 2, 2008 meeting.

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the renewal of the following Class II – Used Car Dealers License:

LICENSE #10                     
Paul Wolfe Motor Sales                  349 No. Bedford Street          
        Restrictions: 1. 20 cars along front of property and additional 31 cars all on Lot #3; on
                                 display for sale
                                  50 cars on Lot #3 for repair
                                  85 cars in back yard/Lot #2/Vehicle Storage Yard
                                  No cars to be parked on Lot 1 area at any time
                                  All  as shown on plot plan submitted 12/5/94  
                             2. Cars to be located 16" back from curbing        
                                 3. No more than 2 cars on display on grass area; this does not to include
                                 automobiles for leasing.       
               Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to dissolve the East Bridgewater Sewerage Study Committee as voted by the Committee at their December 6, 2007 meeting.

Mr. Walsh read the following letter:

December 31, 2007

East Bridgewater Board of Selectmen
175 Central Street
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Dear Members of the Board:

This letter is to inform the Board that at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting held on December 6, 2007, the East Bridgewater Sewer Study Committee voted to dissolve the Committee. This vote comes after 12 years of hard work by the Committee to evaluate the feasibility of providing the Town of East Bridgewater with a public sewer system. This was the Task given to the Committee during the 1995 Annual Town Meeting.

Board of Selectmen      -2-                       January 8, 2008

Based on the negative vote of the Special Town Meeting on November 5, 2007, to establish a Sewer District, the Committee believes it has fulfilled its charge by the 1995 ATM. Over the past 12 years we developed the most feasible plan for providing the Town with a public sewer system. Without the Sewer District this Plan cannot be implemented.

I would like to thanks the present members of the committee for all their hard work and volunteered time that was expended in the development of the final plan presented to the Town. In addition to these members I would also like to thank the following people who also served on the Committee over the past 12 years: Irena Swartz, Mary Goulart, Tony Costello, Sylvia Shaw, Richard O’Flaherty, James Morey, Peter Hamilton, Robert Coulter, Jane Haines and Beth Hayes. In addition to these volunteers, I would like to extend our appreciation to our Consulting Fire of Weston & Sampson for all their hours of hard work and their support throughout the Project especially the extra hours of time that were donated by Vonnie Reis and Fran Yanuskiewicz.

Wayne C. Perry

Mr. Hamilton extend the Board thanks to Committee members, Wayne C. Perry, Frank Ray, Robert Condon, Sidney Beeman, David Walsh, William Maloney and Jeff Lutazzi.

Mr. Walsh stated that this brings to an end approximately 15 years of work by the Committee; noted lack of interest, poor attendance of residents at the Committee’s meetings; expressed deep regret that there was no support of article at Town Meeting. Reminded residents that at our Annual Town Meeting there will be an article to fund a municipal septic/sewer system as the permit expires on June 30, 2008.

Mr. Hamilton and Mrs. McNulty expressed their thanks to the Committee members.

Donald Almedia met with the Board regarding his request of changes in the Restrictions for his Class II Used Car License.

Board went over changes requested for License. It was noted that the Methodist Church, the property owner, has sent a letter agreeing to the changes.

Mr. Walsh went over the two changes to Restrictions:
Change to #3. will now read:
“Vehicles for sale to be placed on grass area as shown on plan on file.”
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.;
        No Sunday operation

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve renewing the following Class II Used Car License with restriction changes:

Almedia Enterprises             rear 42 No. Central Street              
Restrictions: 1. Hours; Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;
                                           No Sunday operation.
                2. No vehicles within 10 feet of the building
                3. Vehicles for sale to be placed on grass area as shown on plan on file
                4. 10 car maximum

Board of Selectmen      -3-                      January 8, 2008

m/Walsh, s/Hamilton, a unanimous vote, move to approve the request of Amy Leonard for Girl Scout Brownie Troop 626 for use of the town Hall Parking lot for Girl Scout Cookie Sales on the following Sunday mornings between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.:
        January 20      February 10              March 9
        January 27      February 24              March 16

        January 16 – last date to register Primary or change party
                             Town Clerk’s Office open from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
        Census forms due
        Precinct 4 location change – Middle School Library
        Special Town Meeting – February 25
        Nomination Papers available at Town Clerk’s Office
        Coins for the Community – through January 31

Mrs. McNulty extended the Board’s sympathy to the family of former Water Department Administrative Assistant, Lucille Smith, who passed away this morning.

Mr. Walsh announced that Massasoit College was holding a Municipal Training Series on March 27, April 3, April 24 and May 1; topics are Basics for all Municipal Positions, Municipal Budgets 101, Municipal Leadership and How to Plan and Carry Out a Successful Prop. 2 ½ Override.  Cost is $47.00 per person, per course. Interested persons can contact Selectmen’s Office for information. Stated that he was interested in attending all of the courses.

A discussion was held regarding use of town hall facilities.

Mrs. McNulty stated that the Board should either have a custodian on site during usage or limit use of building

Mr. Walsh requested that the Board get a copy of the school’s policy for building usage and fee schedule. Felt that a fee schedule with appropriate uses of building needs to be adopted by the Board.

Mr. Hamilton noted problems in the past with groups using the building; building should be open for the use of the public, but need policy, etc.

Board agreed to discuss further once they have reviewed schools policy and fee schedule.

M/Walsh, s/Hamilton, move to close Open Meeting and go back into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations and pending litigation and will not be returning to Open Session.
VOTE: Yes – McNulty, Walsh, Hamilton; a unanimous vote in favor.

Open Session adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

        Board of Selectmen

Town of East Bridgewater, 175 Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA 02333-0386
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