Board of Selectmen
January 22, 2007
Community Hall Annex
Present: Donald R. D’Auteuil – Chairman, Douglas C. Briggs, Leroy C. Clark,
Joseph R. Becker, Sheila H. Dibb and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Representatives from the Town of Barre (John Dipilato & Paul Donahue) were present to offer information regarding their Wastewater Treatment Facility. They informed the Board that the many failed septic systems led them to build their own facility. Barre’s facility services 840 homes which is approximately half the town. Constant upgrades are needed to keep regulations up to date. The plant runs 24/7 and three people presently operate it - EPA requires that two people are on site at all times. Operators are there eight hours a day and on call for emergencies. Discussion on licensing and regulations took place. They advised the Board to contact an environmental engineering company to do a feasibility study as a starting point. That company would look at the proposed area,
consult and deal with the DEP and design the plant. They also explained “privatization” which is an outside company being hired to survey the intended land, oversee construction, run the plant, guarantee compliance and do the management and maintenance. They will email Mr. Christianson some information on RFPs. They highly recommended contacting a consulting firm as a first step and also offered their help with any questions/concerns we may have in the future. The Board thanked them for their input.
Mr. Christianson submitted a letter for Board approval which he would like sent out to homeowners who have been identified as having inflow issues. Mr. Christianson will make some minor changes and bring it before the Board at the Monday, January 28, 2008 meeting for final approval. Mr. D’Auteuil stated that Town Counsel feels this should be part of the sewer regulations. Mr. D’Auteuil stated that this letter should be an addendum to the existing rules and regulations and a public hearing should be set before the letter is sent out. Mr. Becker moved a $75 inflow charge per quarter. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Christianson requested the Board sign agreements from Weston & Sampson to begin Phase 3 of the I & I study. Mr. Briggs moved the Superintendent’s request. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Some discussion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Christianson submitted final drafts of the State Revolving Fund Loan Program for Clean Water Projects and Drinking Water Projects which have been approved by the State.
The DPW Superintendent presented a pin map which identifies suspected sources of inflow - sump pumps, dehumidifiers and downspouts that go into the ground.
Carl Christianson presented a proposed floor plan for the Primary Building and would like the Board’s permission to continue on with the next phase of work to be done. Mr. Clark suggested holding off until information is gathered to find out if there’s interest in renting the building. Mrs. Dibb agreed with Mr. Clark. Some discussion. Mr. Briggs moved to approve the floor plan and grant permission to move on to the next phase. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote was 4 – 1 with Mr. Clark abstaining.
Mr. Briggs moved to sign the posting of the presidential primary on February 5, 2008. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. D’Auteuil read the two debt exclusion questions (attached) for the March 10, 2008 special election. Mr. Briggs moved to place the two debt exclusion questions on the special election ballot. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mrs. Dibb stated that she watched a short video prepared by the MMA on the financial distress most Towns are experiencing. She further stated that she would like to edit it using prepared statements from town department heads by having them enlighten people as to how the proposed budget cuts will affect their departments and then air it on the cable access channel. She will begin working on it immediately.
Mrs. Dibb stated that on Monday, January 28th a public hearing is being held at the school committee meeting regarding sending pupils (K-8) to under-enrolled schools in other towns. Some discussion. Mr. D’Auteuil asked each member to think it over and it will be added to the next Selectmen’s agenda for further discussion.
Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen