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Selectmens Meeting Minutes 12-04-2012
Selectmen’s Meeting
Memorial Hall
Conference Room 1st Floor
December 4, 2012
5:00 PM

Call to Order –Chairman Cresta called the meeting to order at 5:07 PM.  Also present were, Ms. Jones, Ms. Lindberg, Mr. Prentakis, Town Administrator Mr. Singer, Assistant Town Administrator Mr. Ferrara, Building Inspector Richard Bienvenue, Assistant Assessor Bradford Swanson, Administrative Assessor Michelle Branciforte, Chairman of the Board of Assessors Deborah Carbone and Arthur Carakatsane Middleton Board of Trade

Approval of Warrants –Warrant #1322: Payroll Warrant total $123,967; Payables Warrant total $280,810 were made available for the Board to sign.

Town Administrator’s Report – Mr. Singer informed the Board of Selectmen (BOS) that this should be a brief meeting intended primarily to execute a final vote on the FY13 tax classification.  The next scheduled meeting of the BOS is December 11, 2012.  

The Governor has announced 9C reductions of 1% to local aid.  Mr. Singer indicated that he is incorporating these adjustments in developing the FY14 budget.

Building Commissioner’s Report on the State of Compliance for Businesses with Illegal Signs - Mr. Bienvenue provided an update to the Board regarding the current status of compliance with the sign ordinance.  The Building Commissioner estimates that he had and his staff have worked 35 hours on enforcing the sign ordinance.  18 A-frame signs have been permitted while 17 A-frame signs have been removed by the property/business owners and will require permitting to be displayed.  Three banner signs have been permitted and five banner signs have been removed by the property/business owners.  Based upon the demand for signage, Mr. Bienvenue commented that the Town may want to evaluate extending the permitted periods for signs.  

Mr. Singer emphasized that any changes to the current ordinance should be developed to be voted on at the May Town Meeting.  

Mr. Carakatsane, representing the Middleton Board of Trade, stated that he would seek to reconvene the sign subcommittee to determine if any changes are necessary.

Mr. Houten joined the meeting at 5:18PM.

Mr. Cresta stated that Route 114 looks better than it has in the past, but enforcement of the sign ordinance requires continual vigilance.  Mr. Bienvenue replied that he likes to meet personally with the businesses in town to ensure the rules for compliance are clear.  The Assistant Building Inspector will be sent out later in the week at night to remove all non-compliant signs.  Mr. Cresta encouraged the town to consider having all renewals happen at the same time.  The objective would be to make the process easier for both enforcement and the sign holder.  Mr. Bienvenue was encouraged to track how the amount of time it takes to enforce the sign ordinance.

Final Vote for the FY13 Tax Classification –
Mr. Swanson provided a general overview of what the BOS was asked to vote on.

  • Mr. Prentakis made a motion to set the Open Space Discount at zero.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
  • Mr. Prentakis made a motion to set the Residential Exemption at zero.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
  • Mr. Prentakis made a motion to set the Small Commercial Exemption at zero.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
  • Mr. Prentakis made a motion to establish one unified tax rate for the town.  Ms. Lindberg seconded the motion and all were in favor.
Mr. Swanson thanked the Board and requested that each Board member proceed to his office to provide an electronic signature to sign off on the FY13 tax rate for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

AdjournmentMr. Houten made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mr. Cresta seconded the motion and all were in favor.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:51PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ryan Ferrara                    
Ryan Ferrara, Assistant Town Administrator
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Christine Lindberg, Clerk