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Board of Selectmen Minutes 06-26-2012
Selectmen’s Meeting
Nathan Media Center
Fuller Meadow School
June 26, 2012
7:30 PM
Call to Order –Chairman Cresta called the meeting to order at 7:35.  Present: Mr. Houten, Ms. Jones, Mr. Prentakis, and Town Administrator Mr. Singer.
Minutes - Mr. Houten made a motion to accept the minutes of the June 12, 2012 meeting.  Mr. Prentakis seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Approval of Warrants –The Board approved a Payroll Warrant in the amount of $102,322.  They also approved a Payables Warrant in the amount of $535,781 which includes a $334,046 balloon payment for teachers and the corresponding payroll deductions of $126,132.  All other payroll deductions totaled $38,229.  There was also a $200,000 bond payment.  This is the last regular warrant of the fiscal year,  
Town Administrator’s Report
        Progress is being made in drafting the lease for the Boy Scout Cabin.  It should be ready for the next Selectmen’s meeting.  This lease will enable the Boy Scouts to raise money for capital improvements.  The area around the cabin will be demarcated with landscaping.  The public will have right of passage but the building does belong to the Boy Scouts.  One of the projects in the capital plan is the replacement of the retaining wall.  They will be submitting a plan soon.
        The repaving of Wennerberg Rd. necessitated by the water line replacement, is complete.  Park St. is being done at the same time.  Central and Washington St. will be done in July.  The regular annual paving schedule is awaiting resolution of the Ch. 90 impasse in the the legislature.
        The increase in the tipping fee charged by Covanta to take the Town’s trash has come in at 1 ½%.  This is well within the budget projection.
        A water payment of $648,427 has been received from Danvers.  This is more than anticipated.  This replenishment of the Water Fund will give the Town flexibility to deal with emergencies.
        The State’s E911 Authority has informed Middleton that it is in compliance with the new Emergency Medical Dispatch requirements.
        Work has begun on the Land Grant application for 122 East St.  Candace Wheeler will meet with the Conservation Commission before the July 13th deadline.
        The Town of Danvers has purchased LeBel Grove on Rte. 114.  This property abuts the well fields shared by Danvers and Middleton as well as the Ipswich River.  The price was $1.54 million for 24 acres.
Application to Transfer Common Victualler License for Freddie’s Place Restaurant at 214A South Main Street from Ms. Gentiana Sadiku, Manager/Owner to Allushi Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a Freddy’s Place, Elona Allushi Owner/Manager – Ms. Allushi explained that her husband has nine years’ experience as a chef and has worked at the Daybreak Café in Topsfield.  The current owners are cousins of the Alushi’s.  Ms. Allushi also noted that the current menu and hours will not change.
Ms. Lindberg made a motion to transfer the Common Victualler License for Freddie’s Place from Ms. Gentiana Sadiku, Manager/Owner to Allushi Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a Freddy’s Place, Elona Allushi Owner/Manager.  Ms. Jones seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Reappointment of Boards/Committees and Town Officials for Varying Terms
The following motions were made:

Position
Individual
Term ending
Motion made by
Seconded by
Vote
Board of Registrars
James Hannon
2015
Mr. Houten
Ms. Lindberg
5-0-0
Election Warden
Ilene Twiss
2015
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Election Clerk
Eileen Bakoian
2015
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
MAPC representative
Chris Lindberg
2015
Ms. Jones
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Ind. & Comm. Design Review Committee
Paul Richardson
2015
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Cultural Council
Kathryn Whiton
2015
Ms. Jones
Ms. Lindberg
5-0-0
Laura Reardon
2015
Irene Kastrinakis
2015
Conservation Comm.
Roger Talbot
2015
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Tom Skinner
2015
Board of Appeals
Ann Tragert Cote
2017
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Board of Health
John Goodwin
2015
Ms. Jones
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Paul LeBlanc
2015
Council on Aging
Lois LeMay
2015
Mr. Houten
Ms. Lindberg
5-0-0
Kathryn Martinuk
2015
Frank Leary
2015
Council on Aging (alt)
Barbara Tilton
2013
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0
Joan Shea-Desmond
2013
Historical Commission
Lawrence Davis
2015
Mr. Houten
Ms. Jones
5-0-0
Mun. Tax Relief Comm.
Susan Gannon
2015
Mr. Houten
Ms. Jones
5-0-0
Patricia Ohlson
2015
Recreation Comm.
Steven McHugh
2015
Ms. Lindberg
Mr. Houten
5-0-0

New Appointments to Boards/Committee to Fill Vacancies
Board of Appeals, Regular Member – This appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ms. Lynn Murphy.  The only candidate is current alternate member Mr. James Fox.
Mr. Houten made a motion to appoint Mr. James Fox to the Board of Appeals until June 30, 2013.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Board of Appeals, Alternate Member- This appointment is to replace current alternate member, James Fox.  It is a one year term, as are all alternate appointments.  There are three candidates, Robert Aldenberg, Anthony Tierno, and John McAuley Jr.
Mr. Aldenberg was not present.
        Mr. McAuley introduced himself.  He has lived in Middleton his entire life.  He is a practicing attorney.  Ms. Jones asked if there would be any conflict with development being done by his family.  He replied that all permits have been obtained for this project.  Mr. Houten asked if he might have business before the Board as an attorney.  He replied that he does not proactive in Middleton.  His practice is focused on criminal law and conveyances.
        Mr. Tierno said that he had moved to Middleton recently.  He served as an alternate on the Zoning Board in Saugus.  Professionally, he works in residential and commercial financing.  He is interested in serving the community.  Ms. Lindberg asked if he would be able to do site walks.  He answered that he has done it before in Saugus and really enjoyed it.
Mr. Houten made a motion to place all three names in nomination.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Chairman Cresta asked for a vote
Mr. Prentakis voted for Mr. Aldenberg
Ms. Jones voted for Mr. Aldenberg
Ms. Lindberg voted for Mr. Aldenberg
Mr. Houten voted for Mr. McAuley.
Mr. Cresta indicated that Mr. Aldenberg was the appointee.

Recreation Commission, Alternate Member for One Year Term- There is one candidate, Mr. Andrew Zagarri.  Mr. Zagarri said that he is a recent graduate of UMass, Amherst.  He has lived in Middleton for six years and played sports at Masco.
Mr. Houten made a motion to appoint Mr. Andrew Zagarri to a one year term as an Alternate on the Recreation Commission.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Zoning Board, Alternate – Mr. Prentakis pointed out that Mr. Garber, who is the other alternate on the Board of Appeals, should be reappointed.  
Mr. Houten made a motion to appoint Mr. Jeff Garber to a one year term as an Alternate on the Board of Appeals.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor
Scholarship Committee, Member for Three Year Term – There were no candidates for the Scholarship so Mr. Cresta asked Mr. Tierno if he would be interested.  Mr. McAuley, who is already a member of the Scholarship Committee explained the responsibilities, which are to distribute available funds to eligible students.  The funds come through a check off on the property tax bill and various funds that have been left to the Town.  He said that it was quite rewarding.  Mr. Tierno agreed to serve on the Committee.
Mr. Lindberg made a motion to appoint Andrew Tierno to a three year term on the Scholarship Committee.  Mr. Houten seconded the motion and all were in favor.
8:25 Review of New Reporting Requirement for Municipal Health Care Reform 801 CMR 52.07(2) – The Town is now required to funnel information back to the State regarding how well the Municipal Health Care Reforms are working to cut costs.  Middleton made changes before the law was in effect.  The Town falls into Category 1 (used traditional bargaining in FY 2012 to reach agreement) and Category 2 (used traditional bargaining in FY 2012 but did not reach agreement).  Discussions in FY 2011 were successful with all but one Union and that Union came around in FY 2012.  Without this change the Town would have seen an 11.2% increase in  FY 2012 but instead realized a 0% increase.  The Town has complied with the new reforms and will have two years of savings.  The increase for FY 2013 would have been 8 or 9%.  The HMO Blue alternative’s increase is 2%.  The Town expects it can realize more savings going forward.  This reporting is important so the State can provide the legislature with a true picture of the effects of the reforms.  Many claims are being made which can’t be verified.
Executive Session under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, Section 21A, Subsections 2&3, (to conduct contract negotiations with non-union and union personnel) - Mr. Cresta announced that the Board would be going into Executive Session under Section 23B, Paragraph 3 (Collective Bargaining) and that the Board would be coming back into open session.  Mr. Cresta voted yes.  Mr. Houten voted yes.  Ms. Jones voted yes.  Ms. Lindberg voted yes. Mr. Prentakis voted yes.  Fire Chief Twiss was also present for the Executive Session.  The Board entered Executive Session at 8:40.
The Board re-entered Open Session at 8:50.
Town Administrator’s Contract
        Mr. Houten made a motion to approve a three year contract with Town Administrator, Ira Singer.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
        Mr. Cresta expressed his appreciation for the years Mr. Singer has given to the Town and his opinion that the Town was very lucky for Mr. Singer’s expertise.
        Ms. Lindberg made a motion to extend the Town Administrator’s appointment to 2015 (to coincide with the contract).  Mr. Houten seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Fire Chief’s contract
Mr. Houten made a motion to approve a two year contract with Fire Chief Frank Twiss.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
        Mr. Cresta expressed his opinion that the Town was very fortunate to have Chief Twiss and that he does much that people don’t know about.
Special Meeting – There will be a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Friday, June 29 at 4:00 here at Fuller Meadow School to deal with a personnel issue.
Other Business
Mr. Singer reported that the Town’s Treasurer/Tax Collector has completed his Municipal Treasurer and Municipal Tax Collector certifications.
There will be a retirement coffee for Pat Pelletier Thursday at 10:00.  Ms. Pelletier has worked  in the Tax Collector’s Office for many years.
July 7th is Chief Wills Day.
Executive Session under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, Section 21A, Subsections 2&3, (to conduct contract negotiations with non-union and union personnel) - Mr. Cresta announced that the Board would be going into Executive Session under Section 23B, Paragraph 3 (Collective Bargaining) and that the Board would not be coming back into open session.  Mr. Cresta voted yes.  Mr. Houten voted yes.  Ms. Lindberg voted yes.  Ms. Jones voted yes.  Mr. Prentakis voted yes.  The Board entered Executive Session at 9:02.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary Jane Morrin                        
Mary Jane Morrin, Recording Secretary
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Christine Lindberg, Clerk