7:00 P.M. Memorial Hall
1196 Main Street
Members Present: Celeste Duffy, Kim Ferguson, Joe Giotta, Barbara Kohlstrom, David Lindberg, CherylAnn Owoc, Michael Wronski, Scott Carlson, Judith Haran, Rosemary Scully-Johnson, Paul McManus Steve Mentzer, Wendy OLeary, Richard Sheils, Jr. Esq., Ed Starkus.
Staff: Brian J. Bullock, Town Manger; Pamela Harding, Town Planner
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Town Manager Brian J. Bullock, thanked members for attending the meeting and reviewed the history associated with the development of the RFP and the interviewing process that followed.
In May, 2005 an RFP was issued and six responses were received. An interviewing Committee was established consisting of the Town Planner, Director of Growth Management, Assistant Town Manager, DPW Director and the Chief Community Planner from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission.. The RFPs were individually ranked and the top four responses were granted interviews, the top two from the interviewing process were referred to the Master Plan Steering Committee.
Everyone expressed interest in the Princeton Master Plan process stating that they had an impressive website Judith Barrett is the consultant in Princeton and is a subcontractor on the Larry Koff Associates RFP received for Holden.
The Commission had numerous questions regarding their specific roles, how the meetings would proceed and people would interact. P. Harding stated that it would depend on the consultant that is hired, each RFP had a different process. All of the consultants had master planning experience in other communities and could offer advice as to what is effective and what is not. Each members specific project areas may change, and they will most likely work with existing subcommittees to obtain information and advice on relevant subject topics.
The Committee unanimously voted to elect Michael Wronski and Barbara Kohlstrom as co-chairs.
The Committee agreed to schedule a meeting on March 21, 2006 to discuss how to conduct interviews. An interview was scheduled for March 23, 2006 at 5:30p.m.. The Committee requested that both interviews be scheduled in the same evening.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.