HOLDEN BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MARCH 1, 2010
6:30PM Memorial Hall
Present: Chairman Kimberly Ferguson, James Jumonville, Anthony Renzoni
Absent: David White, Kenneth O’Brien
Others Present: Nancy Galkowski, Town Manager, Elizabeth Helder, Recording Secretary
Chairman Ferguson opened the meeting at 6:30PM. The Board participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion by Sel. Jumonville, seconded by Sel. Renzoni, it was VOTED 3-0 TO APPROVE A COMMON VICTUALER LICENSE TO ROBERT OELFKE ON BEHALF OF OELFKE, INC. d/b/a PIZZA 17, SUNDAY TO SATURDAY, 10AM TO 11PM TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2010 PENDING FINAL APPROVAL OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Interim Borrowing - MWPAT
Town Treasurer/Collector Jean Berg explained the Interim Loan Note borrowing of $2,410,300 for the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust. The loan will be permanently financed before the end of calendar 2010 as part of the Trust’s annual loan pool. This is the 11th time that the Town of Holden has borrowed from the MWPAT since 1999, and those funds have been used to finance Clean Water and Drinking Water projects, including the Town’s major sewer construction project. In the early days of the Trust, loans had a zero interest rate. Currently, the Trust is charging 2%. However, this particular loan qualified for stimulus funds under the American Resource and Recovery Act. It is currently estimated that the ARRA funds will underwrite $486,474 of the principal of the loan, leaving only
$1,923,826 of the principal to be repaid. This particular debt was authorized at the March 31, 2009 special town meeting. The proceeds will be used to fund a variety of water service improvements projects, including construction and engineering services for: painting and rehabilitating the Highland and Chapin water tanks, water main replacement at Mayflower Circle, Mason Road corrosion facility, Morgan Circle pump station, Chapin PRV, and a generator for Brattle Street.
Motion by Sel. Renzoni, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 3-0 TO TAKE ACTION REGARDING THE SALE OF A $2,410,300 INTERIM LOAN NOTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CERTAIN WATER SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, TO THE MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT TRUST, BY ADOPTING IN ITS ENTIRETY THE VOTE DESCRIBED IN THE DOCUMENT DATED MARCH 1, 2010 AS PRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.
The Board signed the loan documents.
Sel. Renzoni: Master Plan/Implementation: Met on February 25th. The Town Manager attended the meeting. The Committee requested that the Manager create Capital Planning and Open Space Committees to allow the Master Plan Committee to proceed. Chairman Ferguson said that the Town of West Boylston would attend the Regional Selectmen’s Meeting on March 11 at 7PM in Holden.
Sel. Jumonville: Memorial Day Parade: Met February 23rd at 7PM in the Starbard Building.
Next meeting March 25th at 7PM in the Selectmen’s Room. Looking for parade volunteers to help during the parade. Spirit of America band will attend.
Civil Service: Will present to the Board in late March/early April.
Town Manager’s Miscellaneous
a. Town Manager Galkowski encouraged residents to subscribe to notices on the town web site by clicking on “Subscribe to Notices” at www.townofholden.net. She suggested to Sel. Jumonville that this notice system would be a good way to solicit volunteers for the Memorial Day Parade.
b. Town Manager Galkowski reported that the Town has received judgement on a Land Court foreclosure on Map 24, Parcel 2, which is 53 acres of back land on the Paxton line formerly owned by Kerri A. Sandberg. The current assessed value on the parcel is $140,200. The parcel went into tax title for unpaid 2001 fiscal year taxes and each year thereafter the taxes remained unpaid and were added to the tax title account. The total due to the Town through 2009 was $14,002.59, not including interest, charges and legal fees. Ms. Galkowski also added that the Town is waiting a judgement on an adjacent parcel, 57 acres, Map 201, Parcel 1, also owned by Kerri A. Sandberg, on which the Town has also sought foreclosure. The judgement for this parcel is forthcoming. Town Manager Galkowski suggested that the Board
wait until the town receives judgement on the second parcel prior to determining what course of action to take on the parcels. The Town may retain the land as open space or it may choose to sell the property at auction.
c. Town Manager Galkowski informed the Board of a conversation she had with Ms. Jennifer Miller of the Attorney General’s office regarding regional training on the Open Meeting Law. Ms. Miller indicated that the AG’s office would have authority over compliance with the Open Meeting Law on July 1, 2010. The office is in the process of hiring a director and establishing educational training on their website. It is their intention to hold regional training sessions in May or June. Chairman Ferguson asked that the Town Manager place this item on the Regional Selectmen’s meeting agenda for discussion.
d. The Board reviewed year to date revenue and expenditure reports for the period ending January 2010.
Sel. Ferguson: 1. Regional Selectmen’s Meeting will be held March 11 at 7PM.
2. Asked that all Selectmen complete the Online Ethics Training Course before April 1, 2010. Please print out the certificate of completion and submit it to the Town Manager’s office. All Town Boards and elected officials must complete this training. The Manager’s office will communicate the urgency to all Board Chairmen. A reminder will also be posted on the town’s web site.
3. Passed along a recreation brochure from the Town of Shrewsbury. The Town Manager will forward it to the Recreation Director.
No one came forward to address the Board.
Motion by Sel. Renzoni, seconded by Sel. Renzoni, it was VOTED 3-0 TO ADJOURN THE MARCH 1, 2010 MEETING AT 7:01PM.
APPROVED: April 5, 2010