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Selectmens Meeting Minutes - 1/19/2010
Selectmen’s Meeting
Nathan Media Center
January 19, 2010
7:30 p.m.


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

The Board approved Warrant #1029 dated January 19, 2010 in the amount of $1,233,414.  
Administrator’s Report:

  • The Regional Emergency Communication Center now has eight communities which have committed to the initial phase of the RECC with two cities voting within the next three weeks, and Ipswich Selectmen voting tonight and an additional four who will be voting on the proposal in May.
  • Mr. Singer and the Town Clerk met with the Local Director from the U.S. Census Boston Regional Census Center to assure all new Middleton neighborhoods are included in the count including group homes and condominiums.
  • Reminded the Board that the Annual Massachusetts Municipal Association Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday January 22 and 23.
  • Two candidates interested in the vacancy on the Historical Commission will be invited to the next Selectmen’s meeting to fill this important appointment.   
  • The Howe Manning School Pre-Qualification Committee met 6-7 meetings to review General Contractors and Sub-Contractors criteria for pre-qualifications. The Town received Request For Proposals from16 general contractors and over 100 sub-trade category contractors. Only general and sub-contractors prequalified will be invited to submit bids for the Howe Manning School Construction Project.
  • The five-year school bus contract was awarded to North Reading Bus Company for the low bid of $7.9 million.   
Mrs. Lindberg made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Houten to appoint Mindy Wogan and Albert Rosner as regular members of the Elementary School Building Committee. The motion carried 4-0.

Application of Mr. Rock Mastrangelo for an All Alcoholic Beverage License d/b/a Rock’s Tavern, Inc. to be located at 119 South Main Street – Attorney Jill Mann:

Attorney Mann informed the Board that Mr. Mastrangelo will not be making any changes or renovations to the existing business. The School Committee reviewed this application and found that the restaurant does not appear to be detrimental to the safe operation of the Fuller Meadow School.

Mr. Mastrangelo informed the Board that he is very involved in the community serving on town boards and
athletic activities for the children. The restaurant will be a family style restaurant serving quality
and inexpensive meals and the hours of operation will be 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to grant a Common Victualler License and
an All Alcoholic Beverage License to Rock’s Tavern located at 119 South Main Street, Mr. Rock
Mastrangelo, Manager. The motion carried 4-0.

January 19, 2010 Special Election Results:   (67%)   

Scott Brown                             2,412
Martha Coakley                  1,087
Joseph Kennedy                       23

Total Registered Voters                 3,522

Review Tri-Town Union Regional Readiness Subcommittee Recommendations:

Mr. Prentakis informed the Board that the goals of the TTU School Committee is to strengthen the existing governance structure and continue to study possibilities for additional inter-local staffing and cost sharing agreements.  The TTU Committee and individual Town School Committees work with their respective Teachers Associations to create collective bargaining agreements that are structured with a common format and sequence and language reflecting mutual interests and concerns.

The TTU Committee and individual Town School Committees seek approval to establish a fiscal agency approach to accounts payable expenses associated with the Central Office effective July 1, 2010.  Adopt a joint meeting calendar that reduces the total number of meetings.

The TTU Committee and individual Town School Committees enter into joint discussions to develop a shared vision and plan to provide for the greatest possible program and staffing alignment.

Review and Adopt Financial Management Polices and Fund Balances and Debt Management Policy:

The Board reviewed the financial principles for overall fiscal planning and management of the Town of Middleton’s resources. In addition, these principles address both current activities and long-term planning. The principles are intended to be advisory in nature and serve as a point of reference for all policy-makers, administrators and advisors. It is fully understood that Town Meeting retains the full right to appropriate funds and incur debt at levels it deems appropriate, subject of course to statutory limits such as Proposition 2 1/2. The principles outlined in this policy are designed to ensure the Town’s sound financial condition now and in the future.

 At 8:45 p.m., Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried 4-0