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Selectmen Meeting Minutes November 30. 2010
BOARD OF SELECTMEN                              REGULAR MEETING
TIME:   7:00 P.M.                                       TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
PRESENT:                Chairman William Braman, Vice-Chair Melissa Weise, John Desmond, Nancy Talbot

ABSENT:                 Richard Norton

ALSO PRESENT:   Mary Tzambazakis (Town Manager), Paul Hills (Director Community Development)

Chairman Braman called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Consent Agenda

  • Approve Minutes of October 19 and November 4, 2010
  • Appointment of Cynthia LaBombard to Ware Historical Commission
  • Appointment of Peter V Thamel to Insurance Advisory Committee as Retiree Member
  • Upon recommendation of Paul St. Pierre, DPW Interim-Director, Award bid for Snow and Ice Control to R.J. McDonald Inc Barre MA.
Selectmen Talbot requested the removal of the appointment of Peter Thamel to the Insurance Advisory Committee as Retiree Member. Second by Vice-Chair Melissa Weise. All in Favor.

Selectmen Desmond requested future minutes contain the name of the resident who spoke to the Board. A suggestion was made that residents state their name for the record.

Upon a motion duly made by Nancy Talbot and seconded by Melissa Weise to approve the Consent Agenda with recommendations by the Board. All in favor.

Comments and Concerns of Citizens

Chairman Braman updated the audience and Board on the condition of Selectmen Norton. Prognosis was good. Richard Norton has returned home and is in the care of family and friends.

Selectmen John Desmond praised the Annual Flair. Selectmen Talbot thanked the community for coming together for a grand holiday display. Three Cheers for the Flair.

New Business
Chairman Braman announced New Business.

Approval of a One Day Liquor License for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Dec. 2, 2010

Upon a motion duly made by Nancy Talbot and seconded by Melissa Weise to approve the Consent Agenda with recommendations by the Board. All in favor.

Town Manager Report

  • Presentation conducted by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission of Rte 32 Corridor Study scheduled for December 1 at the Planning Board meeting.
  • Meet with a Representative from the DEP and Judy Metcalf, Director of Public Health, to discuss options for the Town to establish a recycling program. Discussion included tentative participation with neighboring communities for a shared recycling program.
  • Attention to issue of illegal dumping of furniture along tree belt. The Board is asked to consider drafting a policy around blight with potential of creating a bylaw. TM suggested a joint BOS meeting with Planning Board to discuss all relevant issues on this topic. In the event a bylaw is implemented, recommendation of enforcement with a punitive citation. Selectmen Talbot stated she would seek input from other Town Clerks on their current procedure.
  • A recent meeting was held concerning efforts for downtown revitalization. The TM met with James Mazik (AICP), Deputy Director for Operations/Community Development Section Manager, and Dr. Mullins from UMASS Amherst Campus. The discussion was about engaging students in the major fields of study in economics, government and urban studies to help with downtown planning. Dr.Mullin’s program includes seed money, supporting collaboration between architects and college students to deliver a Capstone Project for community renewal. The collaboration reaches out to the involvement of local banking institutions in step with The Community Reinvestment Act.
Dr. John R. Mullin is the Dean of the Graduate School, Director of the Center for
Economic Development and a Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also President of Mullin
Associates Incorporated, an active research and planning consultation practice that
focuses upon studies, plans and recommendations concerning economic revitalization and
industrial development. Dr. Mullin has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst; a Master's in City Planning from the
University of Rhode Island; a Master's of Science in Business Administration from
Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the
University of Waterloo in Canada. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified
Planners and a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Mullin has written or edited over 100 book
chapters, book reviews, technical reports, journal articles, and conference proceedings.
He also recently retired as a Brigadier General in the Massachusetts Army National
Guard. (Press Release Copyright 1999-2010 The Berkeley Electronic Press)

The Community Reinvestment Act – banking investing in community for renewal. The Community Reinvestment Act (or CRA, Pub.L. 95-128, title VIII of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977, 91 Stat. 1147, 12 U.S.C. § 2901 et seq.) is a United States federal law designed to encourage commercial banks and savings associations to meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.[1][2][3] Congress passed the Act in 1977 to reduce discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods, a practice known as redlining.[4][5]

The Act requires the appropriate federal financial supervisory agencies to encourage regulated financial institutions to meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered, consistent with safe and sound operation (Section 802.). To enforce the statute, federal regulatory agencies examine banking institutions for CRA compliance, and take this information into consideration when approving applications for new bank branches or for mergers or acquisitions (Section 804.).[6] (Wikipedia)

  • Town Planner Position. Several interviews have been conducted recently. The salary range of $50 – 58,000 is low compared to market rate. The expected salary range is $60-70,000 per year. One candidate suggested the development of Ware Redevelopment Authority. The authority would be charged with procurement of property needing demolition as well as doing the demolitions. The suggested source of funding would be a portion of tax title fee designated toward the authority.  
  • There are two scheduled interviews for the Treasurer Collector position next week.
  • Application for snow plowing/removal for the Winter Season are available in the Town Manager’s office or the Town website. Application deadline is December 7, 2010.
  • Casino Theater – Action taken to execute contract with ATC to scope out cost and manner of removal of lead and asbestos material from the building. I am currently putting together a bid specification for demolition.  We are attempting to establish the best communication link with Fred McLennan (i.e., phone or email) in order to keep all parties informed on progress towards remediation and demolition of Casino Theater.
End of TM report

Selectmen Talbot mentioned to the audience that Town of Ware website as well as TV 15, includes snow removal bylaw and winter parking ban. All tax bills going out will have contained information on this subject as well.
Motion made by Nancy Talbot for the Board to enter Executive Session MGL Chapter 30A Section 21 Qualification No 3 Collective Bargaining not to return to open session. Second by John Desmond.  

Roll Call Vote:

Chairman Braman Yes
John Desmond    Yes
Nancy Talbot    Yes
Melissa Weise   Yes
Richard Norton  Absent

Regular session adjourned at 7:16 P.M.

Respectfully submitted by,

Frances Wychorski
Executive Assistant


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