Selectmens Meeting Minutes - 2/2/2010
Selectmen’s Meeting
Nathan Media Center
February 2, 2010
7:30 p.m.


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

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

The Board approved Warrant #1031 dated February 2, 2010 in the amount of $514,440.

Administrator’s Report:

  • Total snow accumulation to date is 41” through January 26th and has spent $17,000 to date.
  • Next week the Board will sign a Conservation Constriction for Cedarwoods Estates for the 42-unit condominium development.
Appointment to fill the Vacancy on the Historical Commission - Applicants Ms. Machelle Hubley and Mr. John O’Connor:

The applicants were not available for interviews and therefore the Board agreed postponement the interviews to February 16, 2010 meeting.  

Recommendation To Appoint Local Building Inspector – Building Commissioner Richard Bienvenue:

Mr. Bienvenue informed the Board that 52 applications were received through the beginning of January after print and internet ads for the vacant Local Inspector’s position were placed in the Massachusetts Municipal Beacon, Massachusetts Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association Publication, Salem News, and Lawrence Eagle Tribune.

Mr. Singer stated that candidate was screened for municipal work experience, education, and construction and zoning knowledge. Ten candidates were chosen for initial interviews. From those ten candidates, two were chosen for a second interview with the Town Administrator and Building Commissioner. Mr. Wetmore was chosen because of his experience with school construction could offer practical knowledge during the construction of the Howe Manning School.

Mr. Wetmore informed the Board that he was most recently the Local Inspector in the Town of North Andover since 1999. Due to budget cuts, the position was eliminated in the spring of 2009. Mr. Wetmore is a certified ICC Building Inspector, holds a Mass. Construction Supervisor’s License with working knowledge of the Mass. State Building Code. Mr. Wetmore has ten years experience as a local building inspector and 30 years experience in carpentry, general contracting and construction.

On the recommendation of Mr. Singer and Mr. Bienvenue, Mr. Houten made a motion and was seconded by Mrs. Lindberg to appoint Mr. Roland Wetmore to the position of Local Inspector, subject to the successful negotiation of an employment contract, and passing of a physical exam and CORI check. The motion carried 4-0.

Accept A Donation Gift (for Council on Aging Services) – MGL Chapter 44, Section 53A:

Mr. Prentakis made a motion and was seconded by Mr. Houten to accept the donation gift of $1,000 from
Family Medical Associates. The donation to be used for Council on Aging Outreach Services and Health
Programs. The motion carried 4-0.

Review of Governor Patrick’s House 2 Budget For FY 2011 And Pension Reform Proposal:

The Governor is funding $4.048 billion for Chapter 70. This represents a 2.5% or $99 million increase over the FY 2010 total of $3.949 billion. Keep in mind, however, $79 million in federal stimulus money was used to fund Chapter 70 in FY 10. This funding is not available for FY 11. Therefore, the Governor’s not only had to come up with $79 Million but also another $99 million for the 2.5% growth. That represents a total of $178 million. While the Governor claimed local aid was level funded, two accounts were actually decreased and they were Regional Public Libraries and the Quinn Bill.

Governor Patrick’s Phase ii for Pension Reform proposes to change the system to make it more fair and equitable for taxpayers and all state workers, while also making the system fiscally sustainable.

Mr. Singer informed the Board that the Salem Evening News has filed a complaint with the District Attorney’s Office against Essex Regional Retirement Board for violating the Open Meeting Law. The Board failed to post meetings, met behind closed doors, refused to allow meeting to be recorded, held at least one meeting without a quorum and improperly handled an executive session.  

Mr. Singer informed the Board that the Public Employee Retirement Advisory Commission has completed their audit and should become public within the next couple of weeks.

At 8:45 p.m., Mr. Houten  made a motion to enter into executive session under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 39, Section 23B (6) to consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property and (9) to confer with a mediator with respect to any litigation The regular meeting will not resume into open session.
The Clerk of the Board called the roll call vote: Mr. Prentakis, Aye, Mrs. Lindberg, Aye, Chairman Jones, Aye and Mr. Houten, Aye,  

Timothy P. Houten, Clerk
Middleton Board of Selectmen