Board of Selectmen
July 17, 2007
Community Hall Annex
Present: Donald R. D’Auteuil, Douglas C. Briggs, Leroy Clark, Joseph Becker, Sheila Dibb and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.
Treasury Warrant #28 and #2, Police, Fire, DPW payrolls were signed.
REPORT OF TOWN DEPARTMENTS:
DPW: (see attached agenda)
The DPW Superintendent was not in attendance but his agenda did state the Filter #1 at the Water Treatment Plant was put back in service on Thursday, July 12, 2007 and is working flawlessly. He also informed the Board that the paving of Muschopauge Road has been completed and the clean up work should be completed this week.
Chief Baril informed the Board that Officer Krasinskas has resigned for personal reasons but will still remain on the force until mid-August. He is in the process of advertising. Mr. Briggs moved the resignation of Richard Krasinskas with regrets. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous.
1. Chairman D’Auteuil read a letter from DEP regarding a fine to Fontaine (the contractor) concerning the wetlands at Glenwood Elementary School and the meeting taking place July 18, 2007 at 1:30 pm which Mr. Cornacchioli and Mr. D’Auteuil will attend.
2. Chairman D’Auteuil read a letter from the Department of Agricultural Resources about the possible purchase of land on Pleasantdale Road for inclusion in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program as an Agricultural Preservation Restriction. Mr. D’Auteuil also read a recommendation from Town Counsel on proper procedure. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the document on the recommendation of Town Counsel. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
3. A letter was read about removing land from Chapter 61A (268 Pleasantdale Road). The information was incomplete so a letter will be sent back to the owner requesting further clarification.
4. A memo from the Treasurer/Collector was read informing the Board that the Town received its share of the annual distribution from the Wachusett Area Emergency Service Fund ($21,906.00).
5. A memo from the Board of Assessors was read stating new growth figures for FY 2008 are: Real Estate Value $22,658,000 and Personal Property Value $716,000.
Mr. Becker stated that at the last meeting Carl Christianson wanted the Board of Selectmen to sign sewer connection applications/permits at regular meetings. The Board will speak to Carl at the next meeting and if the Superintendent would like to discuss an application before signing, it will be done at a meeting.
Chairman D’Auteuil read a letter from the Division of Standards regarding Edward Seidler who was recently appointed as Sealer of Weights and Measures and their recommendation to request a monthly accounting of work completed by him to ensure that the work for which he is being paid is actually being done. Mr. Becker and Ms. Dibb agreed with the recommendation. Mr. Carroll at the Division of Standards will be contacted to obtain a list of places in Rutland that are visited by the sealer.
An email from Brian Bullock was read concerning a meeting between Holden & Rutland on the trunk sewer line without involving MWRA or DCR. Mr. Bullock will be contacted with a suggestion date of August 6th.
A letter was read announcing results of the non-binding question on four of the five town’s annual town election ballots concerning the downsizing of the Wachusett Regional School Committee.
Non-agenda item: The Chairman announced the recommendation by Town Counsel that Ms. O’Brien become a notary public in order to expedite Selectmen’s correspondence when necessary. Mr. Briggs moved to approve Town Counsel’s recommendation on Ms. O’Brien becoming a notary public. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Department liaisons: Each member of the Selectboard chose a number of departments to be liaison to (see attached list).
Mr. Becker wanted to discuss the tour of the primary building which took place Friday, July 13, 2007. Lengthy discussion took place. The Board would like a memo sent to the Assessor, Town Clerk, Treasurer/Collector & Recreation Director asking their input on whether they were interested in moving and if so, what their space needs/desires were. Further discussion will take place at the next Selectmen’s meeting on July 30th. Mr. Clark expressed his negativity on the move of Town Departments to the Primary Building. Mr. Briggs moved the restoration of the top floor from the stairway in the center to the right side of the building. (see attached). Mr. Briggs seconded. The vote was 4 to 1 with Mr. D’Auteuil in the minority.
Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen
Mr. Becker: Health Insurance Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Council on Aging, Historical Commission, Recreation Department and RDIC
Ms. Dibb: Police Department, Fire Department, Dispatch, Civil Defense, Animal Control Officer
Mr. Briggs: Finance Committee, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and July 4th Committee
Mr. Clark: Agricultural Commission, Cultural Commission, Department of Public Works, Veterans
Mr. D’Auteuil: Building Department & Inspectors, Memorial Day Committee, RDIC