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November 13, 2012
Call to Order –Chairman Cresta called the meeting to order at 7:30. Also present were Mr. Houten, Ms. Jones, Ms. Lindberg, Mr. Prentakis, Town Administrator Mr. Singer and Assistant Town Administrator Ryan Fererra. Mr. Cresta welcomed the new Assistant Town Administrator to his first non-interview Selectmen’s meeting.
Minutes – Mr. Prentakis made a motion to accept the minutes of the October 30th meeting. Ms. Jones seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Approval of Warrants –Payroll Warrant #1319 was presented totaling $379,528 which includes the School Department payroll of $268,034. Payables Warrant #1319 totals $$540,423 with $342,833 being for purchase of power.
Ms. Prentakis made a motion to approve the warrants. Mr. Houten seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Town Administrator’s Report
Veteran’s Day Services – On Friday, November 9th, Mr. Singer had the pleasure of attending a special event at the American Legion in which 20 Middleton Veterans were honored for their service to their country and their community. World War II veteran Bernard Pothier, a new Middleton resident who is 94 years old was a special guest. He survived the Bataan death march and 3 ½ years as a prisoner of war. Mr. Singer passed around a Boston Globe article about him that was written by his nephew. Mr. Singer added that the event was a unique opportunity to say thank you to those who served.
Later that afternoon, he joined the staff at the Howe-Manning School for a service paying tribute to Veterans. Students had collected gifts and useful items to be sent to servicemen through Operation Troop Support. The School teaches the students that service to one’s community starts young.
Howe-Manning teacher and Middleton Selectman Nancy Jones was honored by the American Legion with its John Jay Mulkern Educator of the Year Award. This award is presented to just one teacher in all of Massachusetts. Ms. Jones also received a Commendation from the State Senate presented by State Senator Bruce Tarr. Ms. Jones told a story of a soldier who had received letters from Howe-Manning students. He took time from his two week leave to come and meet with the students. His presence motivated the students to send even more letters to the troops.
Water Treatment Plant – The Water treatment Plant has re-opened. This should result in an improvement in the water quality. The well water supplied during the shut-down was high in iron and manganese. Though it was safe to drink, it was less palatable.
Town Common/Town Center Project – Mr. Singer and Mr. Prentakis will be appearing before the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals in the next week to present these projects. They do not expect any major issues. A temporary sign has been placed on the Library lawn to test the visibility for the permanent sign. It will be moved around to see which location works best.
Town Election – Congratulations are due to the Town Clerk, Assistant Town Clerk and the election workers for a very efficient and manageable election process. Lines were short and there were no traffic problems. Mr. Cresta added that the 83% voter turnout was the second highest in Middleton history.
Classification Hearing – The annual Classification Hearing is scheduled for the November 27th Selectmen’s Meeting. It is possible that all the necessary information may not be available which would necessitate a second vote. However the Department of Revenue encourages Towns to go ahead with the hearings now.
Hotel Tax - The Town has received a quarterly payment of $179,644.12 from the Department of Revenue for hotel tax revenue. This amount makes up for the lack of payment in the previous quarter.
Application of Sage Restaurant Manager, LLC, d/b/a Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore at 51 Village Road for Change of Manager of Liquor and Common Victualler Licenses from Matthew Doucette to Michael Harrison by Attorney Nancy A.S. McCann – Outgoing manager Mr. Doucette and prospective manager Mr. Harrison were both present. Attorney McCann introduced Mr. Harrison. He has twenty years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, eighteen years in management. He is also originally from Salem. Mr. Harrison plans to be on-site at least 40 hours a week and is TIPS certified.
Mr. Cresta noted that there has been some history with changes of managers being done without notification. He thanked Mr. Doucette for staying on until the new manager was in place and hopes that the proper procedures continue to be followed in the future.
Mr. Harrison expressed his excitement to be in this new position. He has been with Sage Management for six years. He noted that the Hotel held a great event to introduce its new look to the community. Ms. Jones asked him about the roof damage that was sustained during Hurricane Sandy. He said that no one was injured and the assets were protected. He appreciated the quick response of the Fire Chief and the Building Commissioner to the incident. The on-going renovations will not be slowed down because of the damage.
Mr. Houten made a motion to allow the application of Sage Restaurant Manager, LLC, d/b/a Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore at 51 Village Road for Change of Manager on the Liquor and Common Victualler Licenses from Matthew Doucette to Michael Harrison. Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Application of Bhavesh Patel d/b/a Middleton Subway Inc. to Transfer Common Victualler License at 235 South Main Street from Anna Avtges, Mangia Fresco LLC. – Mr. Patel introduced himself. He currently lives in Melrose and runs a convenience store there. He has two years’ experience in the food service industry including working at a deli. This will be a change in ownership but the employees will remain the same. Mr. Patel will be on-site about 40 hours a week and will not be an absentee owner.
Mr. Houten made a motion to allow the application of Bhavesh Patel d/b/a Middleton Subway Inc. to transfer the Common Victualler License at 235 South Main Street from Anna Avtges, Mangia Fresco LLC. Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Review and Endorsement of Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant (CIC) Application to Fund a One Year Project to Implement Two Regional Police Partnerships for Crime Analysis and Prevention within 20 Boston Area Communities, Police Chief James DiGianvittorio – Information about this grant is in the packet. Mr. Singer explained that the last State budget included funds for regionalizing services. This project would enable Police Departments to share data for crime prevention and Chief DiGianvittorio has asked for the Board’s endorsement.
The Chief told the Board that he had been contacted by the Lynn Police Chief. Middleton is the gateway between Lynn and Lawrence and that means Middleton’s participation is very advantageous for the project as a whole. The project will enable cross-jurisdictional data sharing. Data will be collected and then be available to be downloaded and used by all participants.
Mr. Singer noted that there is no financial commitment for the Town. Mr. Prentakis asked what would happen after the first year. The Chief said that would depend on how worthwhile the project is. It might be funded by additional grants or Middleton might be asked to pay a share of the staff person.
Mr. Cresta asked about the staff person. The Chief said that a person would be hired and his or her job would be to interact with the various departments to collect data and then to analyze it and get it back to the participants.
Ms. Jones made a motion to endorse the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Community Innovation Challenge Grant (CIC) Application to fund a one year project to implement two Regional Police Partnerships for Crime Analysis and Prevention within 20 Boston area communities. Mr. Houten seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Mr. Singer mentioned another Metropolitan Area Planning Council Competitive Grant aimed at purchasing hybrid vehicles and other energy saving measures.
Adoption of Winter Parking Ban on all Public Streets through April 1, 2013 – Mr. Cresta said that it was time once again to institute the winter parking ban on all public streets from December 1st through April 1st. Chief DiGianvittorio noted that many Towns are moving away from the blanket prohibition to instituting the ban when the situation warrants it. His officers enforce the ban whether there is snow or not and he gets many complaints when residents are cited when there is no snow. Ms. Jones added that she does know people who have a difficult time complying with the ban on a daily basis but can comply when there is snow on the ground. Mr. Singer said that the problem is the unpredictability of New England winters. Middleton does not remove snow from
the streets. It plows to the sides and needs that curb area for snow storage. Mr. Cresta felt that the Board should proceed with the traditional ban and have a discussion at a later meeting that includes the DPW Director. He asked the Chief how often cars are actually towed. The Chief said rarely, since the officers do make an effort to locate the vehicle’s owner before calling for a tow.
Mr. Houten made a motion to adopt a Winter Parking Ban on all public streets through April 1, 2013. Mr. Prentakis seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Executive Session under MGL Chapter 30A, Section 21, Subsection (3) and (6) - Mr. Cresta announced that the Board would be going into Executive Session under Section 21, Subsection (3) and (6) and that the Board would not be coming back into open session. Ms. Lindberg called the role. Mr. Houten voted yes. Mr. Prentakis voted yes. Ms. Jones voted yes. Mr. Cresta voted yes. Ms. Lindberg voted yes. The Board entered Executive Session at 8:15.
Mary Jane Morrin
Mary Jane Morrin, Recording Secretary
Christine Lindberg, Clerk