Board of Selectmen
November 28, 2011
Community Hall Annex
Present: Joseph R. Becker, Chairman, Michael S. Pantos, Vice-Chairman, Peter Letsky, Clerk, Sheila H. Dibb, Leroy C. Clark and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.
Meeting opened at 6:25 p.m.
Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury warrant #11 and payroll. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the minutes from November 15, 2011 as presented. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote 3-2 as Mr. Letsky & Ms. Dibb were absent from that meeting.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the minutes from November 22, 2011 as presented. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Tree planting complete. DCR will be doing final inspection. FEMA project specialist will be holding kick off meeting for Hurricane reimbursement ($2,500 - $2,800) coming back will let Board know the date. This Wednesday at 10 am in DPW conference room will be the pre-con meeting for Years 3, 4 & 5 on sewer rehab with Weston & Sampson. Because of cost, RFPs will be sent out on the town hall vinyl siding. Mr. Kellaher has a preliminary date of March 1st for insulation for town hall. Some discussion on the vinyl improvements; Mr. Kellaher thought vinyl was agreed upon at an earlier meeting. Mr. Clark moved the improvement with vinyl siding for the exterior of the town hall. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote 4 to 1 with Ms. Dibb as the no vote.
Car #5 will be ready by week’s end; more work was needed than originally expected. Car #3 will then go back for paint.
After posting internally and holding interviews, Chief Haapakoski recommended appointing Diane Herzig to the full-time police officer position. Mr. Pantos moved to appoint Diane Herzig per recommendation of the police chief. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Chief Ruchala received two grants: $2,500 for the Cert team to be used for jackets and $3,500 from MEMA to be used for safety equipment.
New truck will be finished in a couple of weeks. Liquor license inspections are near complete. Ms. Dibb suggested the Chief check with the schools to see if they would be interested in displaying old firefighter turnout gear.
Continuation of a Council on Aging discussion regarding winter employment for the Outreach Worker. Carol Boucher is seeking to do her outreach phone calls from Florida for three months this winter. Mr. Letsky feels it is outsourcing and isn’t in favor of it. After reading the outreach worker job description, Mr. Becker feels that her presence is needed here in town. After much discussion, Mr. Clark moved to allow the Outreach Worker up to four hours (formula grant money) to make phone calls to seniors for three months this winter from Florida. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote 3 – 2 (Mr. Becker and Ms. Dibb, opposed).
Louis J. Cornacchioli came before the Board with a list of possible sites where the communication tower could be located and wanted to know if all the sites had been looked at. He does not want to see the tower in the center of town. Some discussion. Mr. Cornacchioli will attend the Planning Board’s tower hearing continuation tomorrow night.
Email from Paul Dionne re: “Reach the Beach Relay” in May 2012. Same steps will be followed as last year. Mrs. Dibb moved to grant permission for the race to go through town contingent upon plan review of department heads and proper insurance coverage. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Letter from Dr. Pandiscio stating he will attend the Selectmen’s meeting on December 12th.
Resignation from Raquel Martinez from the Council on Aging. Ms. Dibb moved to accept the resignation of Raquel Martinez from the Council on Aging with regrets. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Dibb moved to appoint Anne Hudzikiewicz to the Council on Aging per the recommendation of the Council on Aging. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Mrs. Berndt will confirm the term expiration with the town clerk.
Ms. Dibb moved to appoint Carol Brown to the Council on Aging per the recommendation of the Council on Aging. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Mrs. Berndt will confirm the term expiration with the town clerk.
Ms. Dibb moved to appoint Mark O’Clair to the RDIC per their recommendation to fill Daniel Helle’s seat. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
MDM Contract not yet finalized for signature.
Regarding a request for the use of the Community Center by a Girl Scout group for a dance, Ms. Dibb will follow up as to why it was recommended that permission not be granted. Mrs. Croke, Rec Director, sent an email stating that the building has already been booked by another group for the same dates.
Peter Letsky recused himself from this portion of the meeting. Bear Hill sanding and snow plowing from last meeting – Clealand Blair and George Kiritsy came before the Board to pursue their request to have the Town plow and sand the Bear Hill subdivision. Mr. Blair stated that an article passed at a 1966 town meeting stated that the town will care for all private roads. Mr. Becker informed him that according to the Planning Board’s conditions for approval for Bear Hill, it reads that the roads will be cared for by the developer until they are accepted at a town meeting. Attorney Kiritsy stated that the statute rests with the Selectmen and not the Planning Board. After lengthy discussion, no action was taken.
Mr. Pantos moved to go into executive session for reason #3 - To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares; and to return to open session for adjournment. Ms. Dibb seconded. Clark aye, Pantos aye, Becker aye, Letsky aye.
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen