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Selectmen Meeting Minutes - 10/27/2009
Selectmen’s Meeting
Fuller Meadow School
Nathan Media Center
October 27, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Minutes

Chairman Jones called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Present: Mrs. Lindberg, Mr. Prentakis, Mr. Houten and Town Administrator.

Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Prentakis to read and initial the minutes to indicate their acceptance. The motion carried 4-0.

Mr. Prentakis made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Houten to approve Warrant #1017 dated October 27, 2009 in the amount of $954,150. The motion carried 4-0.

Chairman Jones asked for a Moment of Silence remembering the passing of Fire Chief George Nash who died last week at the age of 81 and served 47 years in the Middleton fire Department with 21 years as Chief.

Administrator’s Report:

  • A pre-construction meeting was held with the contractor who was awarded the work to build the elementary school access roadway. Since work will begin shortly within the next week or two, plans are being made to fence the area from the day to day recess and other activities of the school Argus Construction company out of Wakefield was awarded the contract in the amount of #53,000 to build the access road and install the wetland/culvert crossing.
  • Tri-Town School Union Readiness Evaluation Report received a grant to establish a joint subcommittee to investigate the future structure of the PreK-6 School Union to possibly form a full regional K-6 District and look at the options. They recommend two options for the current Tri-Town School Union to strengthen and modify the current union or formalize a full tri-town K-6 Regional District. A meeting on Thursday, October 29th at the Procter School will discuss these summary recommendations with Finance Committee, School Committee and Selectmen from the three towns.
Filming of the Movie Night and Day to take place next week on Wednesday from afternoon through the evening on Dayton and Gregory Streets where there will be a simulated computer generated airplane crash landing into a corn field just missing a tractor trailer driving through. That section of Dayton Street will be closed for the duration and affect through traffic from Middleton.
Masco Regional Committee notified the Board that it wishes to find a replacement for Diane Haas and fill the vacancy as soon as possible. Mr. Singer will meet with Superintendent Anthony Bent tomorrow and set up the appropriate schedule.
Attorney General notified the Town that it has reviewed and approved all of the amendments to the Town’s bylaws adopted in May 12, 2009 and will take effect once the posting requirement of the statute is met. Congratulations to the various boards most particularly to Lynn Murphy and members of the Bylaw Committee.  



Street Layout Public Hearing Under Chapter 82, Section 21 and 22 for Pollock Drive in Howe’s Crossing Subdivision, Shipley Court in Woodward Estates Subdivision, and Mill Street Extension in Wildwood Estates – Mr. Christopher Sparagus, Hayes Engineering:

Mr. Sparagus informed the Board that the Planning Board approved all three subdivision plans and the Definitive Plans have been filed with the Town Clerk and the DPW Superintendent.

Mrs. Lindberg made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Houten to approve and layout Shipley Court in Woodward Estates Subdivision, Middleton, MA as shown on a plan entitled “Street Acceptance Plan Shipley Court” dated October 27, 2009” as prepared by Hayes Engineering, Inc. for street acceptance for the December 1, 2009 Special Town Meeting Warrant. The motion carried 4-0.

Mrs. Lindberg made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Houten to approve and layout Pollock Drive in Howe’s Crossing Subdivision, Middleton, MA as shown on a plan entitled “Street Acceptance Plan Pollock Drive” dated September 29, 2009” as prepared by Hayes Engineering, Inc. for street acceptance for the December 1, 2009 Special Town Meeting Warrant. The motion carried 4-0.

Mrs. Lindberg made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Prentakis to approve and layout Mill Street Extension in Wildwood Estates Subdivision, Middleton, MA as shown on a plan entitled “Street Acceptance Plan Mill Street Extension” dated October 19, 2009” as prepared by S.E.C. & Associates, Inc. for street acceptance for the December 1, 2009 Special Town Meeting Warrant. The motion carried 4-0.

Danvers Water Treatment Plant Disinfection Update – Mr. David Peeling – Town of Danvers Consulting Engineer from SEA:  (see attached schedule for November 12, 2009)

Mr. Peeling explained that beginning on November 12, 2009 the Town of Danvers is changing its secondary disinfectant from free chlorine to monochloramine in the distribution system. This will better preserve the quality of water purified at the water treatment plant as it travels through to the farthest reaches of the distribution system. Monochloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. It has a number of benefits including its greater stability in the water to more effectively control disease-causing bacteria and viruses and produces lower levels of trihalomenthanes (a disinfection by-product and possible cancer-causing agent). Water with monochloramine is safe for people and animals to drink, cook with, bathe in, and for all other general uses. This is the same disinfectant used by many other cities and towns including the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) for its system.

Special categories of users will be impacted such as kidney dialysis patients, aquarium owners, businesses with live fish or lobster tanks, and other businesses and industries that use water in processes or that remove chlorine from their water prior to use.  Public notification will continue through the conversion period with public notices, mailings, direct contact with individuals and answering customers' questions.

The changes that the Town is making are one part of a multi-phase project within the water system to optimize water quality. The changes currently being implemented are associated with reducing disinfection by-products, but work remains to improve the removal of natural organic matter that occurs in our surface water supply. Upcoming projects will modify the Town’s storage tanks to minimize dead spots, implement ozone oxidation at the treatment plant, and update the existing facilities to deliver high quality water most cost-effectively.





Application for Class II Used Car Dealer’s License for 184-186 North Main Street – Mr. Michael Hancock and Mr. Kenneth Menard, Property Owner:

 Mr. Houten disclosed to the Selectmen that he knows and has dealings with Mr. Menard during the construction of the Algonquin Pipeline in Middleton.

Mr. Hancock informed the Board that he presently owns and operates Corvair Enterprises NE in Melrose where he sells, maintains and repairs vehicles. Middleton Auto Exchange is for display and sale of used vehicles only any and all repairs will be made off site at his Melrose dealership. Mr. Hancock will be hiring 2-3 salesmen and his hours of operation will be Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Mr. Hancock amended his lease to state that one building will be used as office space only and not as an office/residence as stated in the lease agreement between Kenneth Menard and himself dated September 2009 and the other building will be used as a garage for the purpose of cleaning, polishing and detailing vehicles only.

Mr. Houten read aloud the Building Commissioner’s letter dated October 27, 2009 into the record as part of the stipulation for granting the Class II License. (see attached)

Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to grant a Class II License to Middleton Auto Exchange, Mr. Michael Hancock Manager. The licensee shall strictly comply with the Class II License and all provisions of the Building Commissioner’s letter dated October 27, 2009 and Middleton Zoning Bylaw regarding the placement of any signs, banners or displays. Hours of operation shall be Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and shall be closed on Sundays. The failure to do so will be cause for revocation of this license. The motion carried 4-0.
        
Review of Draft Special Town Meeting Warrant For December 1, 2009:

The Board reviewed and approved the ten warrant articles for insertion into the December 1, 2009 Special Town Meeting Warrant. (see attached) Mr. Singer informed the Board that the Finance Committee will be meeting jointly with the Selectmen on November 10, 2009 to review and make their recommendations for the warrant.

Mr. Singer informed the Board that the Superintendent of Public Works and the Recreation Commission will submit an article to appropriate funds to enlarge and rebuild baseball fields in various locations to provide field space that will be lost during construction of the new elementary school.

Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to remove Article 2 which would amend the FY 2010 Masconomet Budget Assessment approved at the May 12, 2009 Annual Town Meeting by increasing the appropriation in the amount of $94,023 from $5,825,776 to $5,919,799, and decreasing the debt service appropriation in the amount of $14,040 from $358,049 to $344,009 from the December 1, 2009 Special Town Meeting Warrant. The motion carried 4-0.

At 9:30 p.m., Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried 4-0.


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Timothy P. Houten, Clerk
Middleton Board of Selectmen