Selectmens Meeting Minutes - 5/17/11
Selectmen’s Meeting
Nathan Media Center
Fuller Meadow School
May 17th, 2011
7:30 PM
Call to Order – Acting Chairperson Cresta called the meeting to order at 7:40.  Present Mr. Cresta, Ms. Jones, Mr. Prentakis and Town Administrator Mr. Singer.  Mr. Cresta said that in view of the two unexpected absences, he would suggest postponing the Board reorganization.
Approval of Minutes - Mr. Prentakis made a motion and was seconded by Ms. Jones to read and initial the minutes to indicate their acceptance. The motion carried 4-0-0.
Approval of Warrants - The Board approved a Payables Warrant in the amount of $514,281which includes about $300,000 for purchase of power as well as Special Education expenses, Chief Wills Day, street sweeping and payroll deductions.  The Payroll Warrant totaled $ 95,383.  The third warrant is the next to final warrant for the stair replacement for the Flint Library.  It was for $19,100.
Town Administrator’s Report
Library –Mr. Singer reported that he has awarded a small contract for acoustical tiles in the children’s room.  This should alleviate the problem with echoing.  It should take about six weeks for the job to be completed.
Recreation Commission - The outgoing chair of the recreation Committee has provided the Board with the names of the qualified applicants for jobs with the Summer Recreation Program.  Six counselors and two alternates are needed.  The Selectmen traditionally draw the names.  The following names were drawn:
Female - Taylor Evans, Taylor Parente, Carlene Santosuosso, alternate - Lauren Pazdziorny.
Male - Dominick Buonopane, Carl Leone, Christopher Lawrence, alternate- Oliver Siman.
Appointees - Mr. Singer indicated that the Selectmen’s packets includes a list of appointees including both town employees and appointees to Boards.  Individuals whose terms are expiring are highlighted.  The next step will be sending out letters asking if individuals wish to be reappointed.  At the end of June the Board can make its decisions about reappointments.  There are some long term vacancies and also a list of individuals who have indicated a willingness to serve the Town in some capacity.
Inspections - Tomorrow, the Town will hold the first coffee with the Building Commissioner.  The purpose is to open dialogue between the Inspections Department and the business community; contractors and residents.  Obtaining building permits, licensing procedures and regulatory issues will be discussed.  The coffee will be at 10:00 AM at the Library and should run an hour to an hour and a half.  The Inspections Department hopes to bring back the seminars for residents that were popular a few years back.
Application for License to Serve Alcohol at 216-220 South Main Street - Dr. Wayne E. Pasanen, Owner and Manager of OptiGolf New England LLC by Attorney Jill Mann
        Attorney Jill Mann appeared along with Dr. Wayne E. Pasanen who will be the manager and Chief Operating Officer of OptiGolf.  Also present was Paul O’Neil who owns the building where OptiGolf will be located.  This will be primarily a recreational facility featuring simulated golf and having an associated accessory use serving of food and beverage.  Ms. Mann showed the Selectmen pictures of what the facility will look like and took them on a simulated tour.  OptiGolf will occupy 7125 sq. ft. of the building.  Dr. Pasanen described the technology behind the facility.  He hopes to partner with local restaurants to cater events.  There will be no food preparation on site.  It is not a restaurant but will serve snacks and beverages.  He said he chose the location because of the amount of golf activity along Route 114.
        The hours of operation will probably be from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM with the bar open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.  Dr. Pasanen has taken TIPS training and Ms. Mann presented the proper certification.  He expects to be a hands-on manager until the facility is well established.  Like many health clubs he expects that children under 16 will only be admitted with a parent.  Dr. Pasanen also described the safety features that would prevent anyone from being hit by a golf ball or loose club.
        The Selectmen all expressed their appreciation that Dr. Pasanen would be locating this business in Middleton.
Mr. Prentakis made a motion to grant a liquor license to OptiGolf New England LLC located at 216-220 South Main Street, Dr. Wayne E. Pasanen, Owner and Manager.  Ms. Jones seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Request by the Middleton Soccer Association to put up temporary signs on town property as allowed under the Middleton Zoning Regulations governing temporary signsMr. Scott Down represented the Soccer Association.  They have purchased A-frame signs which they would like to use to advertise their sign ups.  Mr. Downs described the program for the Selectmen.  Mr. Singer explained that the by-law allows off premise signs to be left in place for no more than eight days unless they are taken in every night.  Mr. Downs hopes that having these signs in place will raise awareness of their programs
Ms. Jones made a motion to allow the placement of temporary signs at Memorial Hall, the Transfer Station and the East St. fields for eight day periods in early April, late May, early September and late October until June 30th 2012.  Mr. Prentakis seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Request by Veteran Services Officer Ted Butler to dedicate 15,000 square feet of land at Oakdale Cemetery for use as an extension of the existing Veterans plot - Information including pictures is included in the packet.  The DPW Supervisor, Mr. LaBossiere has no objection but felt it was up to the Selectmen as Cemetery Commissioners to grant the request.  Mr. Butler would like to have the permission before the Memorial Day Service.
Mr. Prentakis made a motion to dedicate 15,000 square feet of land at Oakdale Cemetery for use as an extension of the existing Veterans plot.  Ms. Jones seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Other Business – Mr. Cresta thanked the voters for re-electing him to a three year term and congratulated Mr. Prentakis and Ms. Lindberg on their reelection to the Board of Assessors and the Planning Board.
Executive Session - Acting Chair Cresta announced that the Board would be going into Executive Session pursuant to MGL Chapter 39, Section 23B, Paragraph 3 and would not be returning to open session.  Mr. Prentakis voted yes.    Ms. Jones voted yes.  Mr. Cresta voted yes.
        The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.
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Brian Cresta, Clerk