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May 19, 2008
Board of Selectmen
May 19, 2008
Community Hall Annex
6:00 p.m.

Present:  Joseph R. Becker – Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Douglas C. Briggs,
Cherilyn A. Bulger.  Sheila Dibb absent.  

Treasury Warrant #24, Police, Fire, DPW payrolls were signed.

Minutes:  Mr. Becker asked for a motion to accept the minutes of May 5, 2008.  Mr. Briggs suggested holding until Ms. Dibb returns from vacation.

Sally Hayden, Town Clerk asked the Board to sign the papers pertaining to the Johnson property (APR) and the co-holders’ agreement.  Some discussion.  Mr. Briggs moved to sign the Johnson papers contingent upon Town Counsel review.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Mr. Briggs moved to sign the co-holders’ agreement contingent upon Town Counsel review.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mrs. Hayden stated that the debt exclusion vote for Rutland Heights Hospital had to be done by September 15, 2008 and that the final numbers are needed from the inspector general.  Mr. Briggs asked Sally Hayden for her preference to which she replied she has no money in the budget for this year, so August would be better.  Mr. Clark moved to hold the special election August 25, 2008.  Mr. Briggs seconded.  Vote unanimous.

REPORT OF TOWN DEPARTMENTS:
DPW:
Mr. Christianson was absent.  The Board had a lengthy discussion on the RFP for the primary building.

Mr. Briggs moved to sign the interdepartmental transfers of $5,000 from the Heat Account to the Water Wage Overtime Account and $2,500 from the Computer Account to the Ad Account.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Briggs moved to support the Water Operator/Working Foreman Search Committee’s recommendation to hire Steven D. Cannell for the position of Water Operator/Working Foreman’s effective May 19, 2008.  Pay scale Grade 10, Step 4.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

POLICE:
Chief Baril informed the Board of the success of the Citizen Police Academy.

FIRE:
Chief Ruchala informed the Board of a Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting on May 28, 2008 at 10 am in Rutland.  Mr. Clark will represent.

Mr. Clark questioned the Chief on the tower to which he responded it is being worked on.
OPEN SESSION:
Addison Redfield had questions about water and sewer charges.  Mr. Becker stated that indirect charges are incurred.  Some discussion on charges for equipment rental and space rental.  Mr. Becker again stated that the indirect charges are appropriate.  Mr. Redfield feels the rate payers need to be aware of the breakdown of equipment rental charges.  Mr. Becker explained that the people had the opportunity to see it at town meeting.  Lengthy discussion.  Mr. Becker will speak with Mr. Christianson upon his return from vacation.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Mr. Clark informed the Board that Richard Clark, Animal Inspector, was not able to continue the portion of the job in keeping the “Barn Book”.  Mr. Briggs moved to appoint Leroy Clark as assistant animal inspector.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:
Discussion on the Local Initiative Program Agreement “LIP” for Campbell Hill Estates.  Mr. Becker informed that Town Counsel recommends this and agrees that the Board should sign.  Mr. Briggs thought it was signed some time ago.  Mr. Briggs moved to sign the “LIP”.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Briggs moved to sign the interdepartmental transfer of funds for the Assessor’s office $1851.31 from Account 5130 to Account 5200.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Briggs moved to accept the resignation of Joan Mahoney from the Recreation Committee.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Mr. Becker informed the Board of two vacant seats on the Recreation Committee.

Mr. Becker scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm to discuss goals and objectives for fiscal year 2009.  Department liaisons will be discussed then as well.

Mr. Becker stated that he heard several townspeople at the recent town meeting looking to fill the Town Administrator’s position and would like to look at ways of funding the position with recurring revenue.

OLD BUSINESS:
Some discussion on the water tank projects - will discuss at a later date.

Meeting at DCR on May 30th at 9 am – board member to let the office know who will attend.  Discussion.

Mr. Briggs moved to appoint Donald D’Auteuil as the town’s representative to Wachusett Earthday.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Chief Ruchala informed the Board of a Highway District 3 meeting on May 29th  on Belmont Street re:  Route 68.

Mr. Becker – Newly formed Capital Improvement Committee needs five residents at large.  Announced to send letters of interest to the Selectmen’s office.

Mrs. Hayden needs a copy of the vote making the Finance Committee special municipal employees.

ADJOURN:
Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.  

Respectfully submitted,


Cherilyn A. Bulger, Clerk
Board of Selectmen



 
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