Board of Selectmen
December 1, 2008
Community Hall Annex
Present: Joseph R. Becker – Chairman, Leroy C. Clark - Vice Chairman, Douglas C. Briggs, Cherilyn A. Bulger, Sheila Dibb and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.
Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury Warrant #12. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Minutes: Mr. Briggs moved to accept the minutes of November 12, 2008. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote was four ayes with Mrs. Dibb abstaining.
Mr. Briggs moved to accept the minutes of November 17, 2008 with one amendment: Under Old Business to remove the last sentence stating that Mr. Becker will follow up with the Building Department. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Briggs moved to accept the minutes from Executive Session on November 17, 2008 as presented. Mrs. Dibb seconded for discussion (with one amendment). On the third line, Mr. Clark moved for the Board to make an initial offer to Mr. Kellaher, not Mrs. Dibb. Vote unanimous.
REPORT OF TOWN DEPARTMENTS:
Mr. MacCallum respectfully recommended Erik Helle be upgraded from DPW 2, Step 4 to DPW 3, Step 2 ($18.09 to $18.54). Mr. MacCallum explained that Mr. Helle had been overlooked in the past and would like to bring him up to where he should be since he does possess all required licenses. Mr. Briggs moved the recommendation. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. MacCallum respectfully recommended Robert Salvadore be upgraded from DPW 3, Step 2 to DPW 4, Step 3 ($18.54 to $21.70) which was promised when he was hired once he obtained the necessary licensing. Mr. Briggs moved the recommendation. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous. Mr. MacCallum will bring Mr. Savadore in to meet the Board.
Mr. MacCallum respectfully recommended the Water Standby rate be upgraded from the flat rate of $50 per day to two (2) overtime hours per day. Mr. Briggs moved the recommendation for discussion. Mr. Clark seconded. Mr. MacCallum explained that the DPW assigns it this way and would like to keep it consistent. Mr. Briggs would like to wait until the salary classification and the possibility of union negotiations at DPW are complete. Unanimously opposed.
Regarding the tree removal at Brunelle West, Mr. MacCallum has been in contact with the developer (Len Gengel) who said he would help by removing the smaller trees next spring. Mr. MacCallum has gotten a quote from a tree company and a chipper rental company and will get further quotes. Sidewalks and lawns, etc. would need to be repaired. A public hearing is needed. Mrs. Dibb would like a letter sent to the affected residents explaining the process.
Winter Operations Plan: Mr. Briggs moved to sign the Winter Operations Plan. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Letter concerning the Water Management Act from DEP – Mr. MacCallum said it is done very year and Steve Cannell will have it done on time.
Senior luncheon sponsored by the Police Department has been rescheduled to
December 11th. The Rutland Police is participating in the Jimmy Fund Canister Drive. Budget preparations have begun and the Chief is hoping to turn it in at the next meeting. Ms. Bulger questioned the Chief regarding auto sales at a business located at a Four Corners business. The Chief was unaware and will look into it.
Chief Ruchala informed the Board of an upcoming MORE meeting. Some discussion on the RFP for the cell tower. The Chief will move ahead with the posting and the ad will be charged to the Board of Selectmen’s Purchase Service account (approximately $100).
The following sales books were examined, all paperwork submitted and fees ($100 checks) were collected by the Board of Selectmen for 2009 licenses and all were found to be in compliance:
6:00 – David Szczurko, Kustom Fabrication (Class III). License will be forwarded.
Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
6:10 – William Sbrogna, Sbrogna’s Wholesale Outlet Motors (Class II). Bond showing effective dates needed before issuing license. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
6:20 – Robert Guillotte, Center Auto Body (Class II). License issued. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
6:30 – Kenneth Grenier, Genesis Automotive (Class II). License issued. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
6:40 – Kevin Lazaros, Modern Classic (Class II). Bond showing effective dates needed before issuing license. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
6:50 – Richard Novak, Rutland Auto Sales (Class II). Bond showing effective dates needed before issuing license. Mr. Briggs moved to sign the license. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Fred Wozniak, Mann’s (Class I) failed to show. Will schedule him for the next Selectmen’s meeting.
USDA letter regarding transition plan. Mrs. Dibb has been in touch with them and assured them that they will have the finished update by year’s end.
The following Common Victualler licenses were moved to be signed by Mr. Briggs, seconded by Mrs. Dibb and unanimously approved by the Board:
Yang’s Kitchen Toula’s
Still Four Corners Rutland Pizza
Ladd’s, Inc. KBH Townline Variety
Honey Farms Heavy Evie’s
Grand Slam Café General Rufus Putnam House
Florabunda Fat Boy Hot Dogs
Dunkin Donuts (Main St.) Dunkin Donuts (Route 122)
Bushnell Farms, Inc. Bedrock Golf Club
Tavern on the Common, Inc.
Mr. Briggs moved to sign the Innholder’s license for the General Rufus Putnam House. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
The following liquor licenses were moved to be signed by Mr. Briggs, seconded by Mrs. Dibb and unanimously approved:
Still Four Corners Main Street Discount Liquors
General Rufus Putnam House Colonial Package Store
Bedrock Golf Club KBH Townline Variety
Tavern on the Common, Inc. Grand Slam Café
Sportsman’s Club Ladd’s, Inc.
Bushnell Farms, Inc.
Mr. Briggs moved signing the Renewal Certification form for the ABCC. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Briggs moved to sign the Livery License for B&M Concrete. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Briggs moved to sign the pool table license, video arcade license and jukebox license for Rutland Sportsman’s Club. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Lester Grace, Electrical Inspector, asked the Board if his request for an additional alternate was posted to which the Board replied that it was.
Discussion on the salary study requirements and whether or not to include the elected positions. Mrs. Dibb moved to remove elected boards and instead insert in the Scope of Services the following: Town Clerk, Treasurer/Collector, and Administrative Assessor. Ms. Bulger seconded. Mr. Briggs and Mr. Clark nay – Mrs. Dibb, Ms. Bulger, Mr. Becker aye. Motion passed.
Discussion on the inclusion of Town Administrator and Assistant Town Administrator. The police officers will be dropped from the study because of the union. The Board will ask for the study to be done two ways regarding DPW, Water & Sewer – one including them and one without due to the possibility of a union coming in. DPW Superintendent will be included along with the secretarial personnel. The Police Chief and secretarial will be included. Paramedics will be added. Recreation will include a Director, Safe Place Administrator and all Safe Place employees (five titles). Also to be included: Finance Committee secretary, Conservation Commission secretary, Board of Appeals secretary, Council on Aging Outreach Worker; Building, Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Department
Liaison to Cable Advisory Committee – Mr. Briggs expressed an interest, but decided he cannot attend the regular Wednesday meetings. Mr. Clark volunteered to be the liaison to the Cable Advisory Committee – next meeting is Wednesday, December 3rd at the Wood Studio at 7 pm. Discussion on the appointment of Paul Cousineau to the Cable Advisory Committee. He was invited to the last couple of BOS meetings and did not attend or call. Mrs. Anderson is Mr. Cousineau’s mother-in-law and explained that he works for UPS and this is his busy season. Mr. Briggs, Mr. Becker and Mr. Clark would rather not see relatives on the same Board. A letter will be sent to Mr. Cousineau thanking him for his interest.
Mr. Becker drafted some guidelines/criteria regarding the dedication of town roads which Lou Cornacchioli requested earlier in the year. Discussion. Mr. Briggs moved the following: (5 or more written requests from residents with detailed justifications and town meeting approval - limited to non-dedicated highways) with requestors responsible for any cost. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Briggs moved to go into Executive Session for Reason #3 and to return to regular session for adjournment purposes. Mrs. Clark seconded. Briggs aye, Dibb aye, Bulger aye, Clark aye, Becker aye.
Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. The meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen