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March 17, 2008
Board of Selectmen
March 17, 2008
Community Hall Annex
6:30 p.m.

Present:  Donald R. D’Auteuil – Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Sheila H. Dibb, Carl Christianson, DPW Superintendent and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Mr. Briggs and Mr. Becker arrived at 8:30 p.m.

6:45 pm - Representatives from EarthTech, Mark Phillips and Paul Donahue, gave a presentation on their company and how they could assist Rutland in establishing a Water Treatment Facility.  They would work as a partnership for Rutland in meeting all standards and compliance, etc.  Much discussion on types of contracts, managed vs. full-service, etc.  They explained that the average life of a contract is typically five years.  Mrs. Dibb requested 3-5 sample/generic RFP options from them to look over.  She would also like to set up a meeting with a consultant regarding a feasibility study.

7:45 pm – Representatives from Woodard & Curran, Helen Gordon and Kenneth Carlson, gave a power point presentation on their company.  Company background was shared with the Board.  Pros and cons of contract operations as well as financing options were discussed.

Mr. Briggs and Mr. Becker joined the meeting after attending a meeting in Paxton regarding the WRSD budget.  They informed the rest of the Board on the action taken.  Mr. Briggs moved to send a letter to Wachusett from the Selectmen in conjunction with the Finance Committee supporting an operations assessment (RASA) of $1,139,814.  Mr. Becker seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Christianson stated that three interviews were completed for the water operator position and he is bringing one candidate back for a second interview with the hope of having a recommendation for the Selectmen at the next meeting.  He will contact Mr. Clark when the date and time of the second interview has been set.  Discussion on starting salary.  Mr. Clark moved to start him at a Grade 10, Step 2 and after six months (if performance is up to standards), advance to a Step 3 and then follow town procedure of moving to Step 4 the following July 1, 2009.  Mr. Becker seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Christianson submitted a letter to the Board from Weston & Sampson stating that they do not believe procurement of a Contract Operations firm will be financially beneficial to Rutland (attached).

Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn.  Mr. Becker seconded.  Vote unanimous.  The meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen

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