Board of Selectmen
August 9, 2010
Community Hall Annex
Present: Sheila H. Dibb - Chairman, Joseph R. Becker – Vice Chairman, Leroy C. Clark and Cherilyn A. Bulger. Michael Pantos was absent.
Treasury Warrant #3 – Mr. Becker moved to sign Treasury Warrant #3. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from March 2, 2010 as presented. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous with Ms. Bulger abstaining.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from June 4, 2010 as presented. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from June 28, 2010 as presented. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from July 8, 2010 as presented. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from July 22, 2010 as presented. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous with Ms. Bulger abstaining.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from July 26, 2010 as presented. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous with Mr. Becker abstaining.
Superintendent Kellaher and Tom Dufault attended the first site visit at Rutland Heights Hospital with DCAM, contractors and Mass Highway. At that meeting, road work was discussed; but nothing was discussed on the proposed roadway to the school.
Wastewater Management Plan and water tank presentation by Weston & Sampson that is to take place before the October special town meeting will be held for Selectmen prior to the special town meeting on September 13th at 6:30. The half hour power point presentation will be held at the community hall annex.
Cool Sandy Beach update – Gary drove through and noted some work has been done. The committee that they were supposed to form, never happened. He plans to plow every road. Mrs. Dibb suggested sending another letter to residents of Cool Sandy Beach after Labor Day with an outline of work completed and work still needed with a strong recommendation to form an association.
Mr. Kellaher had two responses to his internal posting, with one rescinding. He is recommending Scott McKay be appointed from seasonal to permanent (Grade 2, Step 2 – Heavy Equipment Operator/Laborer at $16.55). He has all required licenses and is well qualified. Mr. Clark moved to appoint Scott McKay to full-time, Grade 2, Step 2. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous. He also informed the Board that David Root is out injured on duty and is in need of another seasonal employee. Mr. Becker recommended leaving it at two seasonals and waiting on the third for now. The third seasonal will be addressed at the next BOS meeting.
Mr. Kellaher brought up the filling of private pools and he would like to add an amendment/provision in the rules and regs that anyone wishing to fill a pool seek permission and also have a temporary meter added to track the gallonage. If they do not follow the rules, they will be not be granted an abatement. Mr. Becker suggested implementing that for next season.
Town pool received a sewer charge recently which they never have had before – this was not in the budget. Mr. Becker suggested the bill be paid from the Rutland Recreation Revolving Fund. A meeting shall be set up in the fall with Recreation to discuss physical plant issues.
The superintendent has applied for a water conservation grant for $18,000.
Mr. Kellaher has received three estimates on the library roof repair (leak). The town owns the building and the trustees manage the budget, so he will forward the estimates to the library director. Mr. Redfield questioned whether or not this has been before the CIPC and previously voted on. Mr. Becker remembers $14,000 being allocated at a special town meeting for roof repair at the library. Mr. Kellaher stated that this is a different repair (the cupolas were not installed properly and the shingles were faulty from what Mr. Kellaher was told).
Mr. Kellaher has received a couple of prices on the exterior restoration of Community Hall (painting approx $32,000 and vinyl siding at approx $17,000). Some discussion.
Mr. Becker feels this should go through the CIPC process. Mr. Kellaher stated that he can wait until Spring.
Ms. Bulger questioned the Superintendent about a neighbor of hers who had removed a stone wall and some trees and whether or not there was a regulation to not remove. Dick Williams stated that it is a town “bounds” and should not be moved or removed.
Mrs. Dibb asked if any signage had been acquired for the area behind town hall to which Mr. Kellaher stated he has not purchased any signs yet.
Tree removal/trimming in town is almost done and once completed, paperwork will begin.
Mr. Becker questioned Mr. Kellaher on the SRF Application as the deadline is at the end of August re: water tank to which he replied that the process is ongoing.
Mr. Becker also questioned the Superintendent on the March flood reimbursement – Mr. Kellaher has called several times and has not heard anything.
Chief Baril stated he will be filing electronically the certification from the Department of Justice which keeps the police department eligible for funding.
Resignation from Sergeant Eric Pearson effective September 1, 2010. He will be transferring to Ayer, MA. The Chief will submit to Town Clerk tomorrow. Discussion on advertising for the open sergeant’s position internally which the chief would like to post as soon as possible. The Chief stated that he is currently down three part-time positions. After some discussion, Mr. Becker made a motion for the Board to authorize the police chief to post the sergeant’s position internally and to keep the Selectmen informed of the process being used. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Chief Baril read a letter informing the Board that he will retire effective September 11, 2010. Mr. Becker thanked the Chief for his years of service and wished him well.
Mr. Becker asked Chief Baril if he could possibly beef up patrols along the recently paved Glenwood Road as he has witnessed many speeders.
Gordon Johnson came before the Board and Chief Baril to explain that he now has the necessary paperwork that will allow him to regain his gun license. The Chief will speak to Mr. Johnson after the meeting.
Mrs. Dibb asked the Chief if there were any more bear sightings in the Bear Hill area to which the Chief replied that the den had been destroyed, so the bear may have moved on.
Chief Ruchala was hoping Tom Donaghue would be in attendance to discuss the ballot override – he was not available. Mr. Becker hopes to have a discussion to review alternatives for next May. At the next meeting, Chief Ruchala will have different options prepared for October’s Special Town Meeting.
Mr. Becker asked Chief Ruchala to look over material needed for the meeting in Barre on August 16th and to have some prep work done beforehand.
Paramedic position is posted and has been sent to area departments. The Chief stated that the schedule has been covered and is not using much overtime. This issue will be added to every meeting until position is filled.
Mr. Clark asked the Chief how the cell tower progress is coming along to which he replied that he spoke to the lawyer from Verizon and construction costs are being worked on.
Mike Sullivan from Crawford Road had a couple comments regarding the cell tower. Mr. Becker recused himself due to his employment with Verizon. The Rutland Master Plan and Wireless Communication Zoning make reference to the fact that residents would like to have the rural character of the center remain as is – the will of the townspeople is clear. Lengthy discussion. Mr. Sullivan requested that the BOS inform him/RDIC of any meeting where the Rutland Heights Hospital will be discussed or of any questions they may have.
Mr. Williams re: CMRPC meeting – would like to defer to the next meeting as Meegan DiPrete and Rich Rydant will be in attendance on August 23rd.
Letter from Worcester Regional Retirement System & PERAC – meeting in Westminster on August 26th. Mr. Becker’s opinion regarding this is that it does not apply to Rutland due to the “backfilling” issues and does not wish to pursue.
Letter from DCR regarding Forest Visioning Survey – Mrs. Dibb will look into.
Election ballot warrant – Mr. Becker moved to sign the election ballot for September 14th and proceeded to read both questions (copy attached). Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Becker moved to sign the state primary warrant. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Recycling container has been added to the pool house.
Highlands at Brunelle West road acceptance (Brunelle Drive and Marjorie Lane). Mr. Becker moved to set a public hearing for laying of the ways for Brunelle West for September 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
ABCC statute allowing for 10 am pouring on Sundays has not been accepted by the town as of yet. Mr. Becker feels it should be placed on a warrant. Mrs. Dibb would like it sent to town counsel for appropriate language to be placed on the October STM warrant.
Update on Central Tree Estates – Mrs. Dibb asked Mr. Kellaher and no concrete answers as of the earlier meeting today. Will add to next agenda.
Liaisons – Mr. Becker would like one liaison for fire and ambulance. Mr. Becker and Mr. Pantos both should have Assessors, Ms. Bulger should have Bay Path and Town Clerk, and Mr. Pantos should have the School Committee.
Goals and objectives for BOS will be added to next meeting.
Mr. Becker made a motion to move into Executive Session for Reason #3 and to return to open session for adjournment purposes. Mr. Clark seconded. Becker aye, Clark aye, Bulger aye, Dibb aye.
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Ms. Bulger seconded. Vote unanimous.
Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen