HOLDEN BOARD OF SELECTMEN
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
6:30PM Memorial Hall
Present: Chairman David White, Kimberly Ferguson, Anthony Renzoni, Robert Lavigne
Absent: James Jumonville
Others Present: Nancy Galkowski, Town Manager
Robert Martin, Town Counsel
Elizabeth Helder, Recording Secretary
Chairman White opened the meeting at 6:30PM. The Board participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman White announced that the Selectmen had attended the Decommissioning Ceremony for the Police Station at 5PM. He also announced that Sel. Jumonville would not attend the regular Selectmen’s meeting.
Motion by Sel. Renzoni, seconded by Sel. Ferguson, it was UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO APPROVE THE REAPPOINTMENT OF NONA ANTINARELLA TO THE AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM.
Sel. Ferguson informed the Board that Ms. Antinarella was appointed to the newly formed commission one-year ago.
Proclamation for National Hospice Month
The Manager informed the Board that Affinity Hospice of Life, a hospice and palliative care company recently located its business in Holden. Hospice and palliative care professionals such as physicians, nurses and other health care professionals offer services and support to patients and families facing serious and life limiting illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Motion by Sel. Ferguson, seconded by Sel. Lavigne, it was VOTED TO PROCLAIM NOVEMBER 2010 AS NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH.
Court Magistrate Decision – Dog Complaint – Mark and Helen Cripps, Owners
The Town Manager informed the Board that the Town received notification from the Assistant Clerk Magistrate that the Selectmen’s order to euthanize the dog known as Misjif had been overturned. The Board will discuss the court decision in Executive Session after the regular meeting.
Town Manager’s Miscellaneous
The Manager informed the Board that the Town has received a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Municipal Grant from the Mass Department of Environmental Protection for $15,000. $12,500 of the grant will be used for two roll-off containers. One container will be used to recycle bulky rigid plastic items i.e. lawn furniture, swing sets, and other plastic items. This container will be located at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on General Hobbs Road in West Boylston. The second container will be located at the DPW garage and will be used for single-stream recycling for those residents who cannot participate in the Town’s recycling program. The remaining $2,500 will be allocated for educational materials to publicize the programs.
The Manager invited the Selectmen to attend the annual AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 2nd. The event honors communities throughout Massachusetts for their traffic safety education and enforcement programs, or for five or more years without a pedestrian traffic fatality. The Town of Holden has over 35 years without a pedestrian traffic fatality. Board members who are interested in attending the luncheon should contact the Town Manager’s office directly.
The Manager announced that Police Chief George Sherrill and Sergeant Timothy Sherblom along with Dr. Stefanos Kales, MD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health presented a workshop at the Annual International Association of Police Chiefs Conference in October 2010. The workshop, entitled “Developing A Wellness Program in Police Departments” highlighted the Town of Holden’s wellness program for police officers. Over 200 police professionals from around the country attend the session. The Board extended its congratulations to Chief Sherrill and Sergeant Sherblom for representing the Town.
The Board reviewed the Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending September 2010 as prepared by Lori Rose, Town Accountant.
The Manager informed the Board that on September 24, 2010, the National Park Service Department of the Interior accepted the Eagleville Historic District for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This designation will make the mill building and other buildings in the district eligible for funding.
The Manager reminded the Board that on Monday, November 8, 2010, the Town has called a Special Town Meeting to fund a Feasibility Study for the Mountview Middle School. The Town is seeking an appropriation of $625,000 to conduct a study to determine the most educationally appropriate and cost effective scheme for the school. The current facility has numerous structural and educational issues, which require the Town to prepare a feasibility study for renovation or replacement of the facility. Voters are encouraged to attend the Special Town Meeting at the Mountview School at 7PM to vote on this important matter.
Sel. Lavigne will speak to Warrant Article 2 – Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund. Sel. Renzoni will speak to Warrant Article 3 – Mountview Feasibility Study. Sel. Jumonville will speak to Warrant Article 4 - Street Acceptances.
Sel. Jumonville: Memorial Day Parade Committee: The next meeting will be November 10th.
Skate Park: Met on October 26th to review RFP’s.
Sel. Renzoni: Master Plan: Next meeting is November 9th.
Water/Sewer: Next meeting is November 16th. The Chairman requested that the Board receive an electronic copy of the CDM report when it arrives. Additionally, he requested that the Administration coordinate a joint meeting with the W/S Advisory Committee and the Board in December.
Sel. Lavigne: EDC: Met October 19th but did not obtain a quorum due to illness. A resident attending the meeting volunteered her services to help establish a dog park.
Open Space Committee: Will meet 10/19 in the Starbard Building.
Sel. Ferguson: Affordable Housing Committee: Has not met.
Electric Advisory Board: Has not met.
Sel. White: Public Safety Building Committee: Will meet 11/3 at the Project Manager’s construction office in Jefferson at 6PM. He announced the Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony would be held on 11/20. Police and Fire will give guided tours. Police and Fire Departments expect to take occupancy of the building on December 1, 2010.
Sel. Ferguson: 1. Sel. Ferguson represented the Town at the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Regional Recycling Center in West Boylston.
2. The Best of Friends Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 9AM-3:30PM at the Senior Center.
Sel. Renzoni: 1. Did not submit any Sel. Miscellaneous.
Sel. Lavigne: 1. Solid Waste Program Stickers have been distributed. Residents should apply the stickers to the top of their trash toter by November 8th. Residents who have not received a sticker should contact the Light Department. Casella drivers will be taking note of those toters without the new sticker and will stop service at those residences.
Chairman White reminded the Board that the Director of Growth Management would attend the next Board meeting to discuss the Town’s trash and recycling program. He requested that Selectmen submit trash and recycling questions to the Town Manager prior to the meeting to give the Director sufficient time to prepare.
The Manager said that she recently relocated the clerk in charge of trash and recycling to the Light Department. This move has allowed residents who pay their light/trash bills at the Light Department improved customer service.
2. The West Mountain Water Meter reimbursement is ongoing. The Manager said she requested more than one year of records from the City of Worcester in order to make a billing determination.
Chairman White requested a check of the recently replaced water meter at Mountview School to see if there have been significant usage/billing changes since the replacement.
Acceptance of Previous Minutes
Motion by Sel. Ferguson, seconded by Sel. Lavigne, it was VOTED 4-0 TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES OF OCTOBER 18, 2010.
Mr. John Melliker, Woodridge Road approached the Board to discuss the Cripps’ dog decision. Chairman White said the Board would discuss the issue in Executive Session.
Motion by Sel. Renzoni, seconded by Sel. Lavigne, it was UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO MOVE IN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AT 7PM TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL LITIGATION AND RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION FOR ADJOURNMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Roll Call: Ferguson: yes; Renzoni: yes; Lavigne: yes; White: yes.
Motion by Sel. Ferguson, seconded by Sel. Lavigne, it was UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO ADJOURN
THE NOVEMBER 1, 2010 MEETING AT 7:46PM.
APPROVED: November 15, 2010