Board of Selectmen
June 15, 2009
Community Hall Annex
Present: Leroy C. Clark – Chairman, Cherilyn A. Bulger – Vice Chairman, Sheila H. Dibb, Joseph R. Becker – Clerk. Douglas C. Briggs was absent.
Mrs. Dibb moved to sign Warrant # 26 Police, Fire, DPW payrolls, etc. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
REPORT OF TOWN DEPARTMENTS
Water and sewer rates deferred to a later date. Edited water use regulations handed in to Selectmen.
Landfill monitoring – some work needs to be done. The superintendent stated that it does have to be monitored as far as the stormwater regulations go. One quote was received from Mark Popham which has been signed by the Board of Health. Mr. Kellaher will contact Karin Leonard tomorrow.
CMMPO TIP meeting – Gary Kellaher will attend.
Brush removal is going very well. He will do his best to get to state roads and private roads if time permits in order to be prepared for the July 4th festivities. Mr. Becker passed on his and other residents’ compliments on the fine job they are doing.
He has filed for extension on FEMA reimbursement to October 31, 2009.
Mrs. Dibb asked about the islands on Route 68 to which the superintendent responded that he has been taking care of weeds. More will be done at sign off.
July 4th preparation is complete. There are currently three vacant part-time positions.
A commendation was sent to Chief Baril from the Ayer Chief of Police regarding an accident scene in his town that Sgt. Pearson came upon and rendered assistance. Due to his retirement, Reverend Pryce will not be reappointed as police chaplain, Father Kerrigan will serve in that capacity.
Mrs. Dibb moved to accept Officer Shaw’s resignation. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
A letter from Devereux School was read asking the Selectmen to consider not reducing the police force.
Mr. Becker questioned the Chief on the status gaining of a full-time officer through the stimulus grant to which the Chief responded that it may not happen until sometime in September.
Discussion on compensation to Police, Fire, DPW, etc. during July 4th festivities. Mrs. Dibb moved to request monetary help from the July 4th Committee for police details, etc. Mr. Becker seconded. All aye, Mr. Clark opposed. The Chairman asked the police chief, fire chief and DPW Superintendent to do an itemized list of their respective department’s costs regarding this year’s July 4th festivities and present it to the Board.
Chairman Clark asked the Fire Chief for an update on the cell tower. He informed the Board that Mr. Tivnan will not move forward until there is a lease agreement in place. The packet is with Town Counsel presently.
Letter from Mass Development re: Jordan Farm. Will forward to the Planning Board.
Letters from Dick Williams, Wetlands Specialist, and Stephanie King, Conservation Chairman, regarding the Consent Order at Glenwood Elementary School informing that work is complete. Mr. Becker moved to forward paperwork to Town Counsel in order to draft a letter in response to DEP. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Letter from Charter Communications regarding their restructuring. Will forward to Cable Advisory Committee for comment.
Invitation to the Board of Health meeting on June 29, 2009 at 7 pm regarding the outdoor wood boilers.
Invitation to Devereux community breakfast – Mrs. Dibb and Ms. Bulger will attend.
Reappointments will be held until the June 29, 2009 meeting in order to verify with all individuals as to their acceptance.
BOS liaisons – The Board reassigned the departments that Mr. Briggs represented. Chairman Clark would like the Finance Committee, Ms. Bulger will take the Planning Board, Mrs. Dibb would like the July 4th Committee, Mr. Clark and Ms. Bulger would both like the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Mrs. Dibb will share the RDIC with Ms. Bulger.
Discussion on the open seat on the Selectboard once Mr. Briggs resigns. It was decided to leave the Board at four until the next election.
Regarding the Agreements on the Conservation Restriction, Mr. Becker would like Norman Anderson to explain the details of all three projects prior to signing (Moose Crossing, Fieldstone Estates and Hillcrest Estates.) Will send notice to Mr. Anderson to attend the next Selectboard meeting on June 29, 2009.
Invitation to march in July 4th parade – all will participate.
Invitation to Council on Aging breakfast on July 4th. Mrs. Dibb and Mr. Becker will attend.
Lengthy discussion on vendor permits for July 4th festivities.
Invitation from Recreation to judge the bike and doll carriage parade. Mr. & Mrs. Clark will judge, the rest of the Board will let Recreation know.
Mrs. Dibb will try to get to the WRSD Budget sub-committee meeting tomorrow.
Article review for Monday’s reconvened annual town meeting. Some discussion on the savings that could be seen from turning off some or all street lights. Mr. Becker moved to take no action on the articles requesting additional pay for the police chief and fire chief for their work during the ice storm to avoid awkward/negative debate on the town meeting floor and to bring them up again at the special town meeting in the fall. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Joyce McGuinness, Administrative Assessor, informed the Board that she would be retiring effective June 30, 2009. She received a call explaining a reform in the state pension system and that a bill would be signed very soon which would effect her total years of service, but that she was interested in being reappointed to serve out her term. Mr. Becker would like to postpone action until the June 29, 2009 meeting.
Mrs. Dibb moved to adjourn. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen