Board of Selectmen
July 25, 2011
Community Hall Annex
6:00 pm – Regular Session
Present: Joseph R. Becker, Chairman, Michael S. Pantos, Vice-Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Sheila H. Dibb, Peter Letsky, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, secretary.
Mr. Letsky moved to enter into executive session and to return to regular session. Mr. Pantos seconded. Clark aye, Becker aye, Pantos aye, Letsky aye.
Chairman Becker opened the regular meeting at 6:30 pm.
Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury warrant #28, Treasury warrant #2 and payroll. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from June 13, 2011 as presented. Mr. Letsky seconded. Mr. Clark yes, Mr. Letsky yes; Mr. Becker and Mr. Pantos abstained.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the meeting minutes from June 27, 2011 as presented. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Pantos moved to sign the water tank contract from Weston & Sampson as approved and signed by Town Counsel (construction and repair). Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Town Accountant must also sign.
Weston & Sampson recommended/suggested a letter be sent to residents in the area of the water tank construction.
Amended agreement for Years 3, 4 & 5 (sewer) received from Weston & Sampson. Will be sent to Town Counsel then back to Selectmen.
Mandatory water ban imposed by DEP through September 30, 2011. 5 pm – 9 am watering allowed. Mr. Pantos moved to accept the mandate from the DEP on the mandatory water ban through September 30, 2011 (watering allowed 5 pm – 9 am). Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Superintendent Kellaher stated that all handicap & regular parking spot line painting is complete in town and in school areas as well.
Chief Haapakoski submitted a copy of a grant from EOPS that he has applied for (live finger printing scanning system). Information pertaining to a Breathalyzer grant sent out, heard nothing back yet. Lengthy discussion on the need for a new cruiser very soon.
Chief Ruchala was absent.
Karen Goolsky, Rec Director and Katelyn Wojnarowicz, Safe Place Coordinator, were present: 1) to discuss the retaining wall at the town pool area and 2) to discuss the increase in hours for Katelyn Wojnarowicz. Pertaining to the retaining wall (the use of existing block or purchasing new block), Mrs. Goolsky and Evan Starbard feel the existing blocks can be used to fix the problem. Mr. Kellaher recommends using dura blocks. Mr. Becker stated that we should agree on a scope of work internally, then go out to bid. The Recreation Committee feels the use of the old blocks is the most cost effective choice. Two quotes received to rebuild with the old blocks per Mrs. Goolsky run (between $10,000 and $12,000). Dura blocks may cost approximately $23,000. Mr. Pantos offered to
inquire about using the contractor that Bay Path Vocational uses. Gary and two selectboard members will meet with the Recreation Committee to discuss further.
Safe Place Administrator, Katelyn Wojnarowicz explained that the increase in hours (from 19 to 32) is due to the state’s requirements. The town budget would not be impacted as the Revolving Fund would cover this. Some discussion with Dan Haynes, Town Accountant. Mr. Pantos moved to increase Mrs. Wojnarowicz’s hours up to on average of 32 hours per week. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
7 pm – Clark Rowell from Unibank came before the Board along with Sally Hayden, Treasurer/Collector and Dan Haynes, Town Accountant, to discuss bond interest rates / borrowing options. Reviewed handout material. Lengthy discussion. Will be added to the next Selectmen’s meeting for further discussion.
Tom Dufault re: Rutland Heights Hospital: Punch list issued July 1st will be dealt with beginning tomorrow. Roadway issues will be addressed by the end of the week. The Certificate of Compliance from Conservation on the incinerator was issued but was never recorded at the Registry. A Certificate of Compliance on roadway construction was issued by ConCom on June 22, 2011. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have it recorded. A request has been made for another one regarding the incinerator and DCAM will record it.
Norm Anderson presented an update on the solar farm that has been proposed and discussed recently; money has been received from Mass PV LLC to draft a bylaw that could be brought to the fall town meeting. Contracted Bill Scanlon concerning the bylaw drafting. The engineers have looked at the site and would like to move quickly before the frost sets in.
Peter Rock, Veterans’ Agent, came before the Board for a short discussion on regionalization of veterans’ services which doesn’t apply to Rutland right now as the current population is below 12,000.
Chris Senecal, 64 Glenwood Road, who is representing Rutland Youth Soccer came before the Board to discuss the possibility of constructing soccer fields on land at the end of Skyline Drive. A plan was handed out. Per Rutland Land Conservancy, the land was purchased through a self help grant and could only be used for passive recreation which soccer fields are not a part of. They would like to be able to contact Town Counsel for a pro bono definition of “passive recreation”. All work would be completed by volunteers. Mr. Becker questioned the possibility of soccer fields being constructed at the Rutland Heights property to which Mr. Senecal stated with approximately 500 children in the program, they can use all the fields they can get. Mr. Becker also feels residents of the
area may have issues/opinions concerning the increased traffic, noise, etc.
Letter from CMRPC: Addison Redfield is the alternate to CMRPC. Will notify CMRPC.
Letter from John Lebeaux that he recently sent to Lt. Governor Murray regarding ice storm reimbursement with suggestion that we do the same. Mr. Pantos moved to send a letter to Lt. Governor Murray. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Mr. Pantos will draft letter.
Letter from Historical Society re: motor vehicle accident at Wood House. Will check with Town’s insurance to verify all paperwork has been submitted.
New member appointment to COA: Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Louise Christie to the Council on Aging. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Will be invited to future meeting for introductions.
Update on the green repair project at Naquag Elementary. Budget shortfall of $44,367 is not as bad as originally thought. Various bid alternates discussed.
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen