Board of Selectmen
June 25, 2012
Community Hall Annex
Present: Leroy C. Clark, Chairman; Peter Letsky, Vice Chairman; Michael Pantos, Clerk; Joseph R. Becker; Sheila H. Dibb and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary.
Mr. Pantos moved to sign Treasury warrant #26 and payroll. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Letsky moved to accept the minutes from June 11, 2012 as presented. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Letsky moved to accept the executive session minutes from May 5, 2012 as presented. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
The Superintendent informed the Board of a recent construction meeting at Naquag that he and Mr. Letsky attended. Discussion on the replacement of wiring harness / fans. The windows will be delivered on or about July 9th; five days to prep and install. Mr. Becker stated that all invoicing on the project is up to date.
Above-ground storage tank discussion on pricing, new vs. used and the warranties, etc. Court - DCR mediation is scheduled for Monday (with Ms. Dibb).
Bid award for #2 fuel oil. Peterson is the lowest for oil and McDonald for service and Mr. Kellaher is recommending same. Mr. Letsky moved to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as presented (attached). Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Clark informed the Board that the Town has recently acquired a piece of property / condo at 176 Maple Avenue (Building #4; Unit #25). Bank foreclosure. We may be liable for condo fees. Mr. Kellaher inspected it today and recommends emptying the contents and changing the locks. Mr. Pantos recommends forwarding to Attorney Cranston to which Mr. Becker agreed to get a clear title.
Putnam Park – Ms. Dibb and Gary Kellaher are meeting with representatives from Devereux at Putnam Park tomorrow to discuss a clean up project. Ms. Dibb will question them regarding liability issues.
The Board expressed its gratitude to Mr. Kellaher on the great job with the parking area at Marsh Field as well as the driveway / road at RHH / CTMS. More discussion needs to take place between the fire chief, police chief and DPW Superintendent regarding the flow of traffic on the new road.
Goals & objectives moved to next meeting.
Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Michael Tarckini as a part-time police officer with the requirements of one-year probation, medical exam, PAT and field training, to replace Robert Lemire per the Chief’s recommendation. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous.
Phyllis Chartier was inadvertently left off the appointment list from the last meeting as Dispatcher / Lock Up Personnel. Ms. Dibb moved to appoint Phyllis Charter as Dispatcher / Lock Up Personnel. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Tyler Russell and James Gagne as full-time dispatchers (off the 911 grant) per the Chief’s recommendation. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous. Rate discussion added to next agenda. Chief Haapakoski informed the Board that the town is now EMD certified. He further indicated to the Board the licensure needed for ice cream vendors which he will forward to the Board of Health.
Town pool personnel will pick up a radio at Dispatch and sign it out prior to every shift.
Special Police appointments from surrounding towns (attached). Mr. Letsky moved to appoint the attached list of special police officers per the Chief’s recommendation. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous. Chief Haapakoski informed that by appointing them, they have limited power in town with lock up facility, etc.
Goals & objectives moved to next meeting.
Full-time Firefighter/Paramedic position had 14 applicants which have been narrowed to 4. Selection committee will do final interviews and the Chief should have a name by next meeting. Acting Chief Knipe stated that his department is prepared for the July 4th festivities in town.
Elliot Nadeau came before the Board with members of the Board of Health for appointment to fill the open seat for the remainder of the term on the Board of Health (1 year). Ms. Dibb moved to appoint as per the recommendation of the Board of Health. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote unanimous. The Board of Health will vote it at their meeting. Short discussion on licensing of ice cream trucks / vendors.
6:30 Craig Brazell of Constellation Energy came before the Board to discuss prices on power needs for the town. Lengthy discussion. Mr. Becker moved to have Mr. Kellaher get the proposed 12, 24 & 36 month rates from Constellation & Hampshire for the July 9th meeting. However, if the rates fall below .0639 between now & then, that the Board authorize Mr. Kellaher to lock in. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
7 pm – dog hearing postponed to next meeting July 9, 2012.
Mark Ferguson, Holden Selectman, came before the Board as a private citizen to speak about the high fees he feels Worcester is charging Holden & Rutland for sewer transportation. Mr. Becker would like to confer with other towns and approach the Worcester representatives as a unified group.
Mr. Moisio, Maple Avenue, came before the Board to discuss non-working street lights and the need to have the police department report them, traffic lights needed in certain areas and the flow of traffic on the new road at RHH to CTMS.
Norm Anderson, Planning Board Chairman, has completed the revisions on the Animal Control By-law and has forwarded it to Town Counsel. He further stated that now work can begin on the Non-Criminal Disposition By-law process.
Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Michael Pantos to WRTA. Mr. Becker seconded. Vote 4 to 1 with Mr. Pantos abstaining.
Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Carol Boucher to Elder Services. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Letsky moved to appoint Patrick Fallon to Recreation. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Becker moved to accept the payroll certification (attached) as presented with amendments/corrections noted in the margin. Ms. Dibb seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Letsky stated that as the liaison, he has a communication problem with the town’s representatives to the Wachusett School Committee. He will draft a letter to the town’s representatives.
Mr. Letsky gave a brief update on the solar committee’s work to date. Norm Anderson is now a consultant to the committee.
Finance Committee is meeting Thursday, June 28th. Will post a Selectmen’s meeting for same time to discuss/plan the FY 2013 budget (depending on how the Paxton vote goes).
Mr. Letsky moved to hold six-month review (goals & objectives) with department heads as set forward in our annual reviews. Vote 3 – 2; Mr. Becker seconded. Ms. Dibb & Mr. Clark no, Mr. Becker, Mr. Letsky & Mr. Pantos yes.
Letter from the Lottery Commission regarding KENO being put in at Vasucon, Inc. The Board has no objections.
Memo from Recreation Committee stating that Gary Ward will remain as the Interim Recreation Director through June 30, 2012.
Letter from Jeff Hotchkiss regarding the study that was done by Weston & Sampson identifying a possible sewer treatment facility location at Treasure Valley.
Ms. Dibb moved to enter into executive session for Reasons #2 and #3 only to return for adjournment purposes. Mr. Becker second. Pantos aye, Letsky aye, Dibb aye, Becker, aye, Clark aye.
Mr. Becker moved to adjourn. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen