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Selectmens Meeting Minutes 03-28-2013
Selectmen’s Meeting
Memorial Hall
First Floor Conference Room
March 28, 2013
5:30 PM

Call to Order – Chairman Cresta called the meeting to order at 5:30PM.  Also present were, Mr. Houten, Ms. Jones, Ms. Lindberg, Mr. Prentakis and Assistant Town Administrator Mr. Ferrara

Exemption Request Under MGL 268A, Section 19 – Nicholas Yebba and James Fox are requesting an exemption under Massachusetts General Law (MGL) 268A, Section 19, to participate as members of the Board of Appeals in considering the application of Kearsarge Inc, LLC for construction of a solar farm at 230 South Main Street.  Both Mr. Yebba and Mr. Fox are abutters to the site and are requesting the Board of Selectmen, serving in their role as appointing authority, determine that there is no substantial financial interest which would affect the integrity of the services provided by Mr. Yebba and Mr. Fox in their evaluation of the Kearsarge solar farm proposal.  

A motion was made by Mr. Prentakis for the Board of Selectmen to affirmatively determine that Nicholas Yebba and James Fox as members of the Board of Appeals have an insufficient financial interest in the Kearsarge Inc, LLC solar farm proposal that would otherwise affect the integrity of the services from which the Town of Middleton would expect from Mr. Yebba and Mr. Fox .

Mr. Houten asked whether he could vote in this matter since he has worked for Richardson Farms and Richardson Farms is the party leasing the property to Kearsarge Inc, LLC.  Mr. Cresta commented that since Mr. Houten would only be voting on the question of whether Mr. Yebba and Mr. Fox have a substantial financial interest in evaluating the solar farm proposal, Mr. Houten should vote on the matter.  Mr. Houten subsequently seconded the motion and all were in favor.

New Business – Mr. Ferrara reminded the Board of Selectmen about the 6:30 PM hearing scheduled for April 1, 2013 at the Flint Public Library regarding the proposed lease by the State Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) of 1.2 acres of MIT property at the Essex County House of Correction.  Both Mr. Houten and Mr. Prentakis relayed they were scheduled to be at the library for another meeting that night and would try to attend.

Mr. Ferrara also provided an update on the requests coming into the Town Administrator’s Office regarding requests for use of playing fields.  Mr. Cresta expressed that he was aware of the supplemental interest in the use of town playing fields by Masconomet Youth Football and lacrosse.  Mr. Ferrara commented that the Town Administrator’s Office is working to accommodate the new groups within the existing scheduling contraints.

Ms. Lindberg relayed that the Planning Board intends to recommend a vote of ‘No Action’ on the proposed changes to the sign bylaw.

AdjournmentMr. Cresta made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mr. Prentakis seconded the motion and all were in favor.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:22 PM.

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