BOARD OF SELECTMEN REGULAR MEETING
TIME: 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 10, 2012
PLACE: BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING ROOM
PRESENT: Nancy Talbot, William Braman, Richard Norton, John Desmond, John Carroll
ALSO PRESENT: Tracy Meehan (Acting Town Manager), David Kopacz (Conservation Commission)
Call to order at 7 p.m.
Announcements – FEMA has declared the western part of Massachusetts and Hampshire County a disaster as a result of the snow storm of October 29, 2011 making it eligible to receive federal funds up to 75% of cost in support of clean-up efforts. The cost for clean-up in the Town of Ware is in excess of $800,000. There is a meeting with representatives of FEMA for area municipalities in Amherst on January 20, 2012 to explain how funds can be applied for and received, Tracy Meehan and Gary Hoskin (Emergency Management Director) plan to attend the briefing.
Town elections will be held on Monday, April 9th.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen approve the regular BOS minutes of December 20, 2011 and the Executive Session minutes dated September 30, October 5, 6, and 11, 2011. 2nd by William Braman. All in favor.
Selectmen Carroll commented on a box containing a Boston Post Road Plaque.
Upon a motion duly made by John Carroll, the Ware Board of Selectmen request the Boston Post Road Plaque be moved to the Senior Center. 2nd by William Braman. All in Favor.
After a brief discussion on the merits of a weekly versus an every other week meeting schedule, the Ware Board voted on the 2012 meeting calendar.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen approves the regular session meeting as well as the Water & Sewer and Police Commissioner meetings for Calendar Year 2012. 2nd by John Desmond. Talbot, Desmond, Braman, Norton – Approve, Carroll – Oppose
7:10 p.m. Scheduled event – Public Hearing for an Alcohol License ~ Mexicali Grill 148 West Street
Attorney Felici and proprietor Dolores Nunez addressed the Board on the plans to open a new restaurant in Ware at the Big Y shopping plaza. The retail space adjacent to Dave’s Soda and Pet City will be the location. Architectural plans were displayed showing the audience seating capacity and a lay out of the dining area within the establishment. Abutters were invited to attend the hearing. The restaurant will operate seven (7) days a week with lunch and dinner hours posted upon opening.
A motion was made by Richard Norton, to close the Public Hearing at 7:22 p.m. 2nd by William Braman. All in Favor.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen approve the Liquor License for Garlic Inc. d.b.a. as Mexicali Grill located at 148 West Street Ware MA. 2nd by William Braman. All in Favor.
OLD BUSINESS – Disbursement of Wood ~ Hardwick/Ware Covered Bridge
David Kopacz sent a memo to the Board with a recommendation on this topic.
January 9, 2012
Dear Ware Board of Selectman,
I am writing to you today regarding the final disposition of the Old Covered Bridge wood. After lengthy debate and a series of site visits, we have come to a conclusion that we feel will be palatable to all associated parties.
Although the wood from the Old Covered Bridge would significantly advance our goal to bring the first section of the Rail Trail on line quickly, The Open Space & Recreation Committee would like to see the Old Meeting House receive the vast majority of the wood for needed repairs. To that end, we are offering the following proposal for your consideration.
• The Wood – The OSRC is interested in retaining only enough timber to construct two signs to be used to eventually welcome visitors to the Old Pennybrook site and one of the Rail Trail sites. We ask that the remaining wood go towards repairs to the Ware Meeting House.
• Property Transaction – Because the Historical Society is a private non-profit organization with no formal connection to the municipality, we do not feel that it is proper or appropriate for the Town of Ware to “give” taxpayer funded property to private groups. Therefore we feel that it is essential to transfer the assets to the Ware Historical Commission, conditioned to meet the above stated goals.
Although we’re confident the above proposal will be viewed favorably by Meetinghouse advocates, if for some reason it is rejected, some OSRC members have expressed interest in pursuing equal distribution of the available wood and the distribution options will have to be revisited.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of this important matter.
OSRC (Open Space and Recreation Committee) Chair
The Board discussed the issue with representatives of the Historical Commission in the audience.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen approve the transfer from Town assets to Ware Historical Commission wood previously recovered from the Covered Bridge to be used on the grounds of the Meeting House excluding a portion of wood for signage to the Open Space and Recreation Committee. 2nd by John Carroll. All in Favor.
- Town of Erving Board of Selectmen House Bill No. 00200 By Mr. Robert M. Koczera of New Bedford, petition relative to further regulating the appointment of Presidential electors. Joint Committee on Election Laws.
After a brief discussion on this topic, the Ware Board of Selectmen opted not to take action.
- Resignations Council on Aging Member William Kirkham
The Town Clerk received notice from the Council on Aging Chair that William Kirkham has resigned as a member. The position will be advertised with a term to expire in June 2013.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen accepts the resignation of William Kirkham from Council on Aging effective immediately. 2nd by William Braman. All in favor.
Letters of intent are to be sent to the Selectmen’s Office in the Town Hall. The Board will have further discussion on this topic on February 7, 2012.
The Town Clerk received a resignation notice from the Cemetery Commission member Antonio Lipari due to activation of military service. The person chosen to serve will only do so until the Annual Town Election in April 2012.
Upon a motion duly made by Richard Norton, the Ware Board of Selectmen thanks Antonio Lipari for his service to the Town of Ware and accepts with regret his resignation from the Cemetery Commission. The position will be filled at a joint session with the Cemetery Commission on February 7, 2012. 2nd by William Braman. All in Favor.
Budget development for the Town of Ware is underway. The Town Accountant and Nancy Talbot discussed technical aspects of writing a budget for the Board of Selectmen FY 13. The budget includes salaries for Board members as well as the Department Operating Expenses.
A motion was made by John Desmond to adjourn the meeting at 7:47 p.m. 2nd by Richard Norton. All in Favor.
Respectfully submitted by,