Board of Selectmen
February 6, 2012
Community Hall Annex
Present: Joseph R. Becker, Chairman, Sheila H. Dibb, Leroy C. Clark, Peter Letsky, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary. Michael Pantos was absent.
Mr. Clark moved to sign Treasury warrant #16 and payroll. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark moved to accept the minutes from January 23, 2012 as presented. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote 3 – 1 with Mr. Letsky abstaining.
Certification of wages for two permanent employees who started prior to contract settlement. Superintendent Kellaher stated that both began as seasonal employees and would like them brought to Step 1 ($18.46). After some discussion, Ms. Dibb moved to approve the certification of wages at Step 1 ($18.46) for Equipment Operator / Laborer / Sewer effective immediately for Peter DeFlorio and Scott McKay. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Becker, Mr. Letsky and Mr. Kellaher met at Naquag last week for a pre-con meeting on the green repair project. The trailer is in location and dispatch/police have been notified of the tractor trailer trucks that may be coming into town. Equipment will start moving in on the 8th.
Mr. Kellaher and Mr. Clark waited at the primary school for walk thrus; no one showed. People can now call to set up appointments. Bid opening is February 23rd at 2 pm at DPW.
Lead paint tests were done four times on the outside of Community Hall; all were positive. Mr. Kellaher will inform the bidders on the insulation project of the results.
Regarding the wall repair work at the town pool, all bids were rejected publicly and will have to go out to bid again. Mr. Becker wants to know how to finally resolve this issue as it has been going on for far too long. Ms. Dibb isn’t comfortable with anyone but Gary overseeing the project. Discussion. The Board is at the point either the DPW does the bid work and overseeing or the pool doesn’t open this year. Ms. Dibb moved to authorize the DPW Superintendent to take control of the wall repair project and to send Recreation a memo advising of same. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. A memo will be sent to Recreation explaining that the DPW is taking control of the project and if there is a dispute, the Board will not authorize the pool to open.
Thirty applications have come in for the part-time vacancies. Will be narrowed down to 14 interviews this week, narrowed again to 4 for second interviews and finally down to 2. Thank you card turned in from a resident for the professionalism shown by Dispatcher Moriarty and Officer Herzig during a recent incident.
A check has been received from the state and split 50/50 with the district attorney’s office regarding forfeiture cases.
Goals and objectives have been turned in. Our parking tickets were incorrectly printed to have payment sent to Plymouth; error has been corrected.
New fire truck is in service. Two old fire trucks are being readied for sale. Chief’s goals and objectives turned in to Board for meeting next week. Tower has begun to be erected. Mr. Letsky moved to sign Collective Bargaining Integrated Agreement Local 4457A from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous. Two copies were signed and given to the Fire Chief for the needed signature by union with one copy returned to the office. Electronic version also given to chief.
Letter from WRSDC on the forming of a task force to explore the revenue sharing proposal introduced by the Superintendent. Mr. Becker has received phone calls from three other towns regarding this with all agreeing that conversation needs to be had between all before deciding on whether to participate. The feeling is to band together and not split the decision on participating. A response and the appointment of an individual will be held off at this point until a possible regional meeting can be held. Mr. Becker is questioning what revenues are being looked at by the WRSDC.
The Board wishes Bernice Anderson (Assessor) and Clealand Blair, Sr. (Finance Committee) speedy recoveries. Mrs. Anderson was part of the solar group and the Assessors will have to decide who will take her place.
Town Accountant – Former firm was liquidated and became a partner in a new firm, Scanlon & Associates. Ms. Dibb moved to change the appointment of the town accountant from Hirbour & Haynes, P.C. to Scanlon & Associates, LLC. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Fox / Shadow follow-up: Laura Pease, ACO, went to Petco to inquire on the training “Shadow” has been receiving. She was told it was a play group, not a formal training group. They offer more formalized training, but Mr. Fox has not signed up for any of those. They do not offer problem dog training. The trainers have seen no aggression from Shadow, but stated that Shadow does not get actively involved in the group. A letter will be hand delivered by the police department to Mr. Fox requesting that he attend an upcoming BOS for further clarification.
Update on Naquag Renovation Project – Mobilization starting on the 8th, work to start on the 16th, and boiler work to start the 17th. Pre-construction meeting with the owner’s project manager, the architect, Naquag principal, the district rep., the contractor, Gary Kellaher, Pete Letsky and Joe Becker was held last week. Discussion on the problems at the Paxton School’s renovation project and the need to mitigate those from happening in Rutland. Paperwork is needed for windows – work to start in April. Reimbursement has been revised to original level.
Department Head review process scheduled for Monday, February 13th.
Ms. Dibb moved to enter into Executive Session for Reason #2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel; 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 and to return to open session for adjournment purposes only. Mr. Letsky seconded. Clark aye, Dibb aye, Letsky aye, Becker aye.
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen