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Board of Selectmen
March 23, 2009
Community Hall Annex
6:00 p.m.

Present:  Douglas C. Briggs, Sheila H. Dibb, Cherilyn A. Bulger – Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.  

Mrs. Dibb moved to sign Treasury Warrant #20.  Mr. Briggs seconded.  Vote unanimous.


Mr. Briggs moved to award the contract for removal of the three debris piles in town for $7,500 to Tim Robinson.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Mr. Briggs moved the recommendation of Mr. Kellaher to allow town residents to add to the existing debris piles at Rutland Heights Hospital or the Community Center until April 5, 2009 from 7 am to sundown (brush and stumps only).  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous. Superintendent Kellaher informed the Board that Phase 1 (FEMA’s Category B) has been signed.  Mr. Kellaher also requested permission to replace a “Yield” sign at Campbell Street and Glenwood Road with a “Stop” sign.  After some discussion, Mr. Briggs moved to replace the “Yield” sign with two “Stop” signs at the intersection.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Mr. Kellaher recommended the work for the tree and root problems at Brunelle subdivision go to the second lowest bidder as he has not been able to contact the low bidder for some time.  Mr. Briggs moved to award the job to Ajax.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Chapter 90 monies should be about the same as last year.  Mr. Briggs informed Mr. Kellaher that he was informed by a resident of a tree on town property which is about to fall.  Mr. Kellaher will look into.

Chief Baril stated that the primary cruiser has been repaired for $466.  The Police Department is sponsoring a spaghetti supper for seniors on March 28th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Community Center.  Officer Krasinskas is leaving to take a full-time position in Ayer and the Chief will try to get by with the part-timers he has in place.  Chief Baril is attending an all-paid training session on missing and exploited children in Virginia on April 19 – 20.  Chief Baril informed the Board that his purchase service account will be zeroed out in April.

Chief Ruchala informed the Board that a Dispatch account is out of money.  A Central Tree Middle School student won second place for a Fire Safety poster contest and a presentation will be held at the school on March 31st.  Lengthy conversation on the cell tower (a separate meeting will be held prior to the special town meeting for further discussion).  More discussion on the Rutland/Hubbardston dispatch.  Mr. Briggs moved to sign the agreement and addendum subject to Town Counsel’s review.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous. Chief Ruchala will contact Town Counsel tomorrow.

7:05 – Jillian Scannell is seeking guidance/permission from the Selectmen on replacing trees on the common (fundraising, etc.).  Mrs. Dibb directed her to contact the DPW Superintendent.  The Board expressed their gratitude and thanked her for her interest.

Letter from USDA re:  non-compliance.  Mrs. Dibb will present a plan at the next BOS meeting to review and send in.
BPB Town Line Variety is seeking an all alcohol package store license.  He will be placed on an existing list for consideration as population allows.
Ms. Bulger read a letter from DCR regarding PILOT ($338,588.62).  
A Budget Task Force meeting will be held March 26th – Ms. Bulger will attend.
Holden Chamber or Commerce Salute Breakfast – Chiefs Ruchala and Baril will attend.

Mr. Briggs moved to schedule a public hearing on laying out public ways for May 18th at 7 pm and to forward necessary notifications to the Department of Public Works and Planning Board for their recommendation - (Wildbrook Avenue, John Robert Drive, William Circle, Jonathan Circle, Julie Ann Circle, Nick Allen Circle, Kalloch Drive, Vanessa Circle, Mary’s Way, Olivia Lane, Carly Circle Jackson Avenue, Heritage Hill Drive.).  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.
Mr. Briggs moved to appoint DPW Superintendent Gary Kellaher as Rutland’s representative on the Upper Blackstone’s District Board of Directors.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Mr. Kellaher will be notified.
Mr. Briggs moved to add two articles to the special town meeting warrant dealing with special legislation.  Mrs. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Regarding overrides for the Annual Town Meeting, Mr. Briggs stated that numbers have to be voted on by April 6, 2009 (two motions – one for general government and one for Town Administrator).  Discussion at next meeting.
DCAM letter regarding lease space.  Mrs. Dibb will have something prepared for the next meeting.
Some discussion on the condition of the “Holbrook House” at the 4 pm site walk.

Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn.  Mrs.Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen

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