Board of Selectmen
November 29, 2010
Community Hall Annex
Present: Sheila H. Dibb, Chairman, Joseph R. Becker, Vice-Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Michael S. Pantos, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary. Cherilyn A. Bulger was absent.
Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury Warrant #11 and payroll. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous.
Minutes: Mr. Becker moved to accept the meeting minutes from November 1, 2010 as presented. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote 3 to 1 with Mr. Pantos abstaining.
Mr. Becker moved to accept the executive session minutes from November 1, 2010 as presented. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Chief Haapakoski stated that his first week went well and he is jumping right in. Mr. Becker reminded the Chief of the winter parking ban to which the Chief stated he will send to the BOS. Regarding the sergeant’s position, he would like to fill within 30 days. Some discussion on posting and funding.
Mr. Pantos informed the Chief that if he needs any help with the Sportsman’s Club regarding qualifying of officers, he is available to help in getting the access card re-activated.
Chief Ruchala reminded all of the holiday lunch on Thursday, December 9th at the Fire Station.
Oakham Dispatch Agreement update – Chief Ruchala sat and discussed with BOS member from Oakham and will be holding a second meeting soon.
Mr. Kellaher was not present. Chairman Dibb met with Peter Brennan regarding the Green Repair Program at Naquag. She stated that they are looking for a representative from our town. Mr. Becker, along with Mr. Kellaher’s input, will serve as representatives. More discussion at next meeting with DPW Superintendent.
Tom Dufault, Chairman of the Primary Building Feasibility Committee, read aloud a summary report (attached) regarding the building. Recommended that the property be offered in an RFP and if that fails, then they recommend salvage and demolition. Lengthy discussion. Mr. Dufault will contact town counsel regarding the possible sale of the building. Mr. Becker made a motion that the Board vote to accept the Primary Building Feasibility Committee’s summary letter and further requested they pursue a cost estimate to develop an RFP for final disposition to present at the January Special Town Meeting. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous.
Tom Dufault, RDIC, updated the Board on the Rutland Heights Hospital project. Discussion on wiring permits, fees and waivers. The Board agreed not to waive the fee for electrical work.
Chairman Dibb read a complaint letter from a resident who was bitten by a dog on Sumac Circle. A hearing will be scheduled for December 13, 2010; the complainant and dog owner will be notified by certified mail and a notice to attend will be sent to the assistant animal control officer as well as the responding police officer.
Letter from Devereux regarding PILOT will be held for a future meeting.
Letter from Brad Bemis re: Firefighter negotiations. Mr. Pantos & Mr. Becker will speak to the chief after the first of the year.
Invitation to DCR meeting on Friday, December 10th – Gary to attend.
Appointments to the Cultural Council – Kathleen Carville and Jane Fitzgerald were not in attendance so these appointments will be held to the next meeting.
Building Department staffing – Some discussion on the retirement of the Building Inspector, Harry Johnson. Mr. Becker has had contact with Holden regarding the possibility of regionalization and he will again contact Holden and update the Board on December 9th. Mrs. O’Brien has been in discussion with Paxton. Some discussion on extending Mr. Johnson’s appointment which ends December 14th until we get a firm retirement date as well as posting short term.
Follow-up to October 19th meeting with Sally Hayden regarding receivables. Five action items were brought forth and one has been completed. Mrs. Dibb would like an update from Mrs. Hayden. Mr. Pantos would like to see a quarterly report. Memo will be sent to Mrs. Hayden asking for her available dates to meet with the Board.
Mr. Becker moved to enter into executive session for Reason #3 and to return to open session for adjournment purposes. Mr. Pantos seconded. Clark aye, Becker aye, Pantos aye, Dibb aye.
Mr. Pantos moved to adjourn. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen