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January 12, 2012
Board of Selectmen
January 9, 2012
Community Hall Annex
5:30 pm

Present:  Joseph R. Becker, Chairman, Michael S. Pantos, Vice-Chairman, Sheila H. Dibb, Leroy C. Clark and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.  Peter Letsky arrived at 5:50 pm.

Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury warrant #14 and payroll.  Mr. Letsky seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Clark moved to accept the executive session minutes from December 12, 2011 as presented.  Ms. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the minutes from December 12, 2011 as presented.  Mr. Pantos seconded.  Vote 3 to 1 with Ms. Dibb abstaining.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the executive minutes from December 27, 2011 as presented.  Ms. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Superintendent Kellaher will update and revise the bid process for the wall at the town pool and town hall insulation/siding.  
Malcolm Spiker is in town to view the beaver problem areas & will submit an estimate.
Glenwood Elementary – Mr. Kellaher checked the roof problem / ice guards and figured the cost to repair would be lower than what the district figured.  He would like to be the contact person if the work goes through the DPW.  He stated that wood is showing presently and mold may become a problem so he would like to see the problem fixed as soon as possible.  The Board will share this information at a school district meeting tonight and advise.
The Primary Building RFP – Mr. Kellaher will look into getting this in the central register this week (January 30th for a walk thru and March 2nd submission date).
Mr. Kellaher, Mr. Letsky and Ms. Dibb recently attended a meeting regarding the sewer issue and they feel as though things are moving in the right direction.  Some discussion.

Camera system is up and running and working very well.  Tapes are kept forever.  Both cruisers are back and lettered.  Laura Pease, ACO, did a follow-up with Mr. Fox and his dog Shadow and a report will be forthcoming.  Regarding the regionalizing of the ACO, a meeting was held last Friday, they went over the grant and it is almost complete.  Mr. Letsky moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the regionalization documents for the ACO.  Mr. Pantos seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Paperwork is due the 17th.

Ambulance inspection last week showed no problems.  New fire truck was delivered last week & will be having equipment added next week.
Per the fire chief, they have joined the Worcester County Regional LEPC – 2 meetings per year.  ICS training is on-going mostly through computer programs, some still in the classroom.  The old fire and rescue trucks are going out to bid in a month or so.

Dick Williams would like the town to look into cleaning up Putnam Park.  Large trees have fallen and the road needs grading.  Mr. Pantos would like the DPW Superintendent to look at the work that needs to be done at Putnam Park.  Ms. Dibb will accompany Mr. Kellaher.

Memo from Sally Hayden re:  Open space at Brunelle West.  Deed has been sent to the Town – some question on this so will be forwarded to the Planning Board for clarification.
Letter from MEGA, the town’s former workers’ comp carrier, looking to assess the town three years retroactive as their reserves were severely impacted.  More info to come.
Bernice Anderson has been appointed by the Assessors to represent the Board during solar project meetings.
Assessors’ GIS meeting has been moved to January 25th at 7 pm in the Annex.

Chairman Becker would like to begin discussing the budget process.  A memo & schedule will be sent to department heads requesting a prioritized “need-based” budget by February 23rd.  Liaisons may be contacted prior to meeting with the Selectmen & Finance Committee.  Finance Committee will be invited to the next Selectmen’s meeting at 7 pm.
Mr. Pantos informed the Board that Bay Path’s budget will have a 3.6% increase this year.

Fifth Amendment for the Wachusett Maintenance Agreement was signed by all – will be sent to the district with the request to send one back to the town once it’s signed.
Meeting dates with Barre regarding Dispatch are Jan. 19th which Ms. Dibb will attend and Jan 24th which Mr. Becker will attend.

Mr. Pantos moved to enter 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 come back into open session for adjournment purposes.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Dibb aye, Clark aye, Letsky aye, Pantos aye, Becker aye.

Mr. Pantos moved to adjourn.  Ms. Dibb seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen

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