Board of Selectmen
August 22, 2011
Community Hall Annex
Present: Michael S. Pantos, Vice-Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Sheila H. Dibb, Peter Letsky, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, secretary. Joseph R Becker, Chairman arrived at 7:10 pm.
Vice-Chairman Pantos opened the regular meeting at 6:02 pm.
Mrs. Dibb moved to sign Treasury warrant #4 and payroll. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Acceptance of meeting minutes will be added to next meeting agenda as there was insufficient time to review.
Superintendent Kellaher was absent. Will add goals and objectives to September 6th agenda.
Chief Haapakoski submitted a letter from a resident commending Detective Chauvin on a job well done in recovering his grandson’s stolen bicycle. Radar assignments are being addressed monthly on each shift. “Drink, Drive & Lose Program” is on going. The Chief stated that his department is ready for the opening of school.
Oakham Dispatch contract submitted for signature. Mrs. Dibb moved to have the Board review and sign the contract this week and return to Chief Ruchala. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Eileen McCarthy, Fire Secretary, will be leaving mid October and the Chief will post the position very soon and hopes to fill position as soon as possible. Position is 24 hours. Some discussion on having the new secretary come in while Eileen is still here for training purposes. Justin Bassett has returned from his week’s volunteer work with the “BeLikeBrit” foundation in Haiti. Paramedic hiring is moving along; decision will be forthcoming in 2-3 weeks. Mrs. Dibb moved to sign the fire chief’s goals and objectives. Mr. Clark seconded for discussion. Mr.
Clark would like to see the Vice-Chair “only” sign on behalf of the Board. Mr. Clark moved to amend the first motion to have the Vice-Chair “only” sign. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote 3 to 1 with Mrs. Dibb as the nay vote.
Michael Sullivan of Crawford Road came before the Board regarding the town erecting permanent structures on town-owned property without first going through the approval process. Mr. Pantos stated that the Board has been informed verbally from town counsel that the town is not exempt regarding town-owned property so a “stop work order” has been issued by the building inspector for the communication tower behind the fire station until a ZBA hearing is held on September 7, 2011. He stated the Board acted on incorrect information. Further discussion on the need for it in the center vs. the existing one on Campbell Street. Lengthy discussion between Mr. Sullivan, Capone Communications, the Board and the Fire Chief. Mr. Sullivan stated that he has a petition in hand with approximately 270
signatures. Chief Ruchala informed the Board that he has gotten a verbal extension on the grant for the tower, but has not received anything in writing as of this date.
Mr. Pantos read a letter from the Planning Board regarding the sign by law and the solar by law and the need for a request from the Selectmen to hold a public hearing for both. Mr. Letsky moved to request a public hearing be held on both the sign bylaw and the solar bylaw. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous. A memo will be sent requesting same.
Letter from Mrs. Clark regarding the Greenhouse Project at Naquag Elementary and the need for additional funds. Mrs. Dibb moved to authorize the release of up to $15,000 from Charles Monroe Fund. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous with Mr. Clark abstaining.
Letter from Mr. Fox to Laura Pease, ACO stating his dog has completed his obedience sessions with three receipts attached. Mr. Becker stated that a report from the trainer was to be submitted which was not – letter will be sent to Mr. Fox requesting same.
Common Victualler’s License for Heavy Evie’s on Maple Avenue. Mr. Pantos asked for a contingency to sign subject to approval of all occupancy permits being issued prior to Common Vic being issued. Mrs. Dibb moved to sign subject to approval of occupancy permit being issued from the Building Inspector. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mrs. Dibb moved to schedule the Fall Special Town Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Glenwood Elementary at 6 pm; articles open effective immediately and close on September 6, 2011. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Mrs. Dibb moved to amend time of STM to 7 pm. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Pantos is to invite the school committee to the September 19, 2011 BOS meeting at 7 p.m.
Reserve Fund Transfer for copy machine in the Annex. Mr. Letsky moved to authorize up to $600 to be sent to Finance Committee. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Pantos announced the non-criminal disposition feedback from departments has been received. Mr. Becker will work on getting all the information organized into a single document.
Naquag Green Repair Update – Mr. Pantos announced that the work should be completed with approved funds. September 14, 2011 bidders visit site and review work; bids due September 22, 2011. Mr. Letsky will attend the 14th and the bid opening.
Bond borrowing update – Proposal #4 was agreed to and Mr. Pantos reiterated the vote of last Thursday.
FSA spending – need to schedule meeting; will contact Sally Hayden.
Mr. Clark informed the members that the Board of Health is taking under advisement the mosquito control that a resident brought forth at a previous meeting and they will report back to the Selectmen.
Mr. Clark stated that he is concerned with non-town agencies being a part of the town website, specifically with the request for donations through our website and the cost associated with it. Some discussion. Mrs. Dibb questioned whether our website should include links to local non-profits. Structure of other town websites will be looked into.
Next Monday an executive session is scheduled for Reason #1 and #3. Will try to schedule Sally Hayden for the same night.
Mrs. Dibb asked about the discussion on soccer fields in town that was discussed at a previous meeting and Mr. Letsky stated that he has a blueprint of some land behind community center. She would like to add this to next agenda as she is expecting some paperwork from Conservation Commission. Will be added to next agenda if correspondence from ConCom is received in this office.
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Mrs. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen