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February 13, 2012
Board of Selectmen
February 13, 2012
Community Hall Annex
5:30 pm

Present:  Joseph R. Becker, Chairman, Sheila H. Dibb, Leroy C. Clark, Peter Letsky, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.  Michael Pantos was absent.

Ms. Dibb moved to enter into executive sessions for Reason #1:  To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual and
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.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Pantos aye, Letsky aye, Clark aye, Dibb aye, Becker aye.

The Board came out of executive session at 6:50 to discuss goals and objectives with Police Chief Donald Haapakoski.  The Chief added one additional grant to his report bringing the total to 13.  Mr. Clark stated that the Chief has done an exceptional job thus far.  Mr. Letsky noted a marked increase in professionalism.  Mr. Pantos agreed with both and stated that he has been receiving positive feedback from citizens because of his visibility and thanked the chief.  Mr. Becker handed the chief a packet which he quickly reviewed and marked/rated the items listed.  There were none listed as “improvement needed” – all were either “met and/or exceeded expectations”.  He congratulated the chief on a job well done.  The Chief turned in his accomplishments for the past year.  Some discussion.  The Chief would like to do more with the schools as staffing allows.  Mr. Letsky stated that he doesn’t want to see the efforts and goals “plateau” and would like them to continue to improve to which the chief agreed.  Chief Haapakoski stated that the Board has been clear on expectations and the liaison meeting once a week has been helpful.  

7:05 – Six-month goals and objectives review with DPW Superintendent Gary Kellaher – Mr. Kellaher stated he tried to follow the Selectmen’s plan and that the staff in the DPW strives to do the best they can and continue to go above & beyond to serve the people and the town.  Mr. Clark expressed that most people do not know or understand all Mr. Kellaher does for the town.  Mr. Pantos agreed with Mr. Clark and thanked the superintendent for all his accomplishments (school repairs, pool wall reconstruction, town hall refurbishment, etc.) which are all beyond the day to day operations of the DPW.  Mr. Letsky detailed the many “hats” he wears and thanked him for his efforts (Rail Trail project, Maple Avenue repaving, October snowstorm, cruiser maintenance, etc).  Mr. Becker read his report noting all objectives are on target or completed. The superintendent thanked the Board for all of its support in the DPW.  Mr. Kellaher stated that the torn flags have been replaced with flags made of better quality material.  The DPW Superintendent informed that he is trying to get data acquisition in place for our pump stations to make sure our numbers meet other agencies. The connecting road between the Heights and the school will be forthcoming – base and fill from other projects have been saved that can be put toward this road.  The transfer of the Rutland Heights property is progressing nicely.

Chairman Becker announced that the Fire Chief’s six-month review will not be taking place this evening has the Chief has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation.

Mr. Pantos would like to invite the school committee to sit in on the budget talks with departments to enlighten them on how difficult a process it is.  An email with the schedule will be sent and Mr. Pantos will call them directly.

Alyce Johns, Administrative Assessor, would like to change her budget meeting time from March 12th to March 8th at 7:30.  An email will be sent granting the time change.

Some discussion on the participation in the task force for the WRSDC.
Mr. Pantos moved to adjourn.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.  Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen

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