HOLDEN BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MARCH 15, 2010
6:30PM Memorial Hall
Present: Chairman Kimberly Ferguson, James Jumonville, Anthony Renzoni, 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.
The Chairman explained that Sel. Renzoni needed to leave the meeting early in order to attend District School Committee meeting on behalf of the Selectmen. As the Board of Selectmen have a potential litigation to discuss in Executive Session, the Board agreed to move into Executive Session at the beginning of the meeting to allow Sel. Renzoni to participate in the discussion.
1. Executive Session
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Renzoni, it was UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 6:30 PM TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL LITIGATION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION TO CONTINUE WITH THE REGULAR MEETING. ROLL CALL: WHITE: YES: O’BRIEN: YES; JUMONVILLE: YES: RENZONI: YES; FERGUSON: YES.
The Board returned to regular session at 7:12PM.
2. Citizens’ Address
No one came forward to address the Board.
Sel. Renzoni left the meeting at 7:13 to attend the School Committee Meeting.
3. Selectmen Appointments and Licenses
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPOINT BONNIE PRESCOTT AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF REGISTRARS OF VOTERS TO A THREE YEAR TERM EXPIRING ON MARCH 31, 2013.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPROVE AN ANNUAL COMMON VICTUALER LICENSE TO AMICI CAFÉ d/b/a HOLDEN SPA MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 5:30AM – 3PM, FRIDAY, 5:30AM – 11PM, AND SATURDAY & SUNDAY 6AM – 3PM TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2010.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPROVE AN ANNUAL COMMON VICTUALER LICENSE TO RITUL GUPTA d/b/a QUICK MART (Formerly Jefferson Convenience Store), SUNDAY – SATURDAY 6AM – 9:30PM PENDING FINAL APPROVAL FROM VARIOUS TOWN DEPARTMENTS.
4. Selectmen Subcommittees
Sel. Jumonville: Memorial Day Parade: Next meeting March 25th at 7PM in the Selectmen’s Room. Looking for parade volunteers to help during the parade.
Civil Service: Will present to the Board later in the meeting.
Sel. O’Brien: EDC: has not met.
Water/Sewer: Waiting to schedule a joint meeting with the Selectmen. Committee wanted to wait until the rate study results are available. The Manager said that she would like to set up a joint meeting to review water/sewer policies before the rate study is undertaken. She said that she would schedule the meeting for a Monday that the Board does not have a regular meeting scheduled.
Sel. White: PSBC: Will meet 3/17 at 6PM at the Light Department. Project is anticipated to finish 2M below budget in October 2010.
5. Town Manager’s Miscellaneous
a. Town Manager Galkowski announced the appointment of Mrs. Cheryl Jenkins to the position of Town Clerk effective April 1, 2010. Mrs. Jenkins currently serves as Assistant Town Clerk. A retirement party will be held for retiring Town Clerk Kathy Peterson on March 30th at 3PM. Chairman Ferguson asked Ms. Galkowski invite Mrs. Jenkins to the first Board meeting in April.
b. Town Manager Galkowski reported that the contracts for the roofing and painting of the Hendrick’s House have been awarded to the lowest bidder. The estimated cost for the repairs is $33,550.
c. The Board reviewed a memo regarding the fire hydrant painting/color-coding program. The program will begin in the spring. More information is available at www.townofholden.net.
d. The Town Manager reported that the Town is investigating a request from a homeowner on Fisher Road regarding the ownership of the road.
e. Ms. Galkowski commented that DPW personnel are making efforts in combating flooding in town being caused by the tremendous amount of rainfall from the weekends’ Nor’Easter.
6. Liquor License Transfer of Ownership and Manager d/b/a La Bussola Restaurant
The Chairman read the notice of Public Hearing into record at 7:30PM.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. O’Brien, it was VOTED 4-0 TO OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AT 7:31PM.
Town Manager Galkowski said that the Police Chief had approved the application.
Richard Buckett, Owner, addressed the Board. He said the menu at the new restaurant would stay the same. The restaurant may open for breakfast on the weekends in the future.
Sel. Jumonville encouraged the new owner’s to stay current on TIPS training.
Sel. O’Brien announced he would attend a political event at LaBussola at the end of March and thanked the new owners for opening their business for this function. Sel. White commented that Board meetings should not be used to announce political messages.
No one came forward from the public to address the Board.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. O’Brien, it was VOTED 4-0 TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AT 7:36PM.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. O’Brien, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPROVE THE TRANSFER OF LIQUOR LICENSE TO THE APPLICANT AS PRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.
7. FY 2011 Resource Profile
The Town Manager presented an overview of the FY 2011 Resource Profile. The Governor has level funded State aid for 2011. The entire presentation may be found at www.townofholden.net.
8. Civil Service Study Committee
Sel. Jumonville, Selectboard representative to the Civil Service Study Committee, presented the results of the fact-finding study on whether to remove the position of Police Chief from civil service. The Committee determined that it is not in the best interest of the Town to remove this position from civil service. The Committee met and deliberated over an eight-month period to reach its decision.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. O’Brien, it was VOTED 4-0 TO ACCEPT THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEES RECOMMENDATION TO LEAVE THE POSITION OF POLICE CHIEF IN CIVIL SERVICE.
A letter of thanks from the Board will be sent to committee members to acknowledge their time and effort in completing the study process.
Sel. White commented that the ultimate authority rests with the Town Manager whether to open the civil service process to other civil service employees in the State of Massachusetts.
9. Selectmen Miscellaneous
Sel. Ferguson: 1. Communication between the Selectmen and the Town Manager’s office – does the current system work? Ms. Galkowski said that she would like to think about several ways that communication with her office can improve. Chairman Ferguson said that the Board appreciated being updated on day to day activities. Chairman Ferguson said that the creation of an ongoing “Open Items” list would be helpful to keep everyone up to date regarding on-going items.
Chairman Ferguson said that Sel. Renzoni had submitted one question to the Town Manager’s office.
Sel. Renzoni: 1. When will the Board receive the most recent Water/Sewer monthly report?
Sel. O’Brien: 1. Good Neighbor Award will be held on March 18th at 7PM at the Senior Center.
2. Attended the ALB Worcester Tree Initiative Meeting on March 1, 2010.
10. Approval of Minutes
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 22, 2010.
Motion by Sel. White, seconded by Sel. Jumonville, it was VOTED 4-0 TO ADJOURN THE MARCH 15, 2010 MEETING AT 8:23PM.
APPROVED: April 5, 2010