Town of Ware Massachusetts
126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
Selectmen Minutes March 11, 2008
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                                                                       Board of Selectmen                                                            Town Manager                                                                          
Nancy Talbot, Chairman                                                   Steven Boudreau
Gerald Matta, Vice Chairman                                          Phone: (413) 967-9648   
Cathy Buelow-Cascio, Clerk                                             Fax: (413) 967-9649
Richard Norton                                                        
John Desmond                                                                                           

Board of Selectmen's Meeting Minutes
Tuesday March 11, 2008
7:00 P.M. Selectmen's Meeting Room

Present: Chairman Talbot, Vice Chairman Matta, Clerk Buelow-Cascio, John Desmond, Richard Norton, Town Manager, Steven Boudreau, Karen Brearley, Administrative Assistant.

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

7:30 P.M. Jane Simonds Valley Human Services
Ms. Simonds explained the funding needs and contributions to the town that the Valley Human Services offered.
Ms. Simonds explained there had been two petitions that were being requested to be put on the warrant requesting for Town funding of $10,000. Ms. Simonds explained the need to ask for the funding.
Matta questioned if that was the amount that was funded in the past.
Ms Simonds said $4,000 to $5,000
T.M. Boudreau gave his comment he did not agree with any funding for the Valley Human Services
Talbot Felt put to town meeting and let the people decide.
Ms. Simonds commented they did get funding from Monson and Palmer
Norton felt this was not a primary funding source and should have limited funding because schools, police and fire were more important
Cascio commented she was in support of the funding for Valley Human Services

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Approval of Minutes
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to approve February 26, 2008 Regular Session Minutes with correction. Voted 5-0

Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to approve the February 26, 2008 Executive Session Minutes. Voted 4-Aye (Matta, Cascio, Norton, Desmond) 1-Abstained (Talbot)

Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to table the Executive Session Minutes of February 19, 2008 to the next meeting. Voted 5-0

Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to approve the Special Session Minutes of March 4, 2008 Voted 4-Aye (Talbot, Desmond, Cascio, Norton) 1-Nay (Matta)

Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to approve the One Day License for K of C March 12, 2008 from noon till 10:00P.M. Voted 5-0

Comments & Concerns of Citizens
Bill Jackson had questions on what was happening with the Banas and Old Pennybrook property
Talbot explained what was happening with the Banas Property and there would be a meeting with the BOH and the BOS on that
Talbot also explained why the Banas property was not on the warrant
Short discussion

Cascio questioned why the meeting on March 19, 2008 with the BOH was in the afternoon. It was commented that was what the BOH wanted.

Cascio questioned why the Town Clerk was not issuing dog licenses at the Rabies Clinic April 5, 2008 when it was done in previous years.
Talbot explained in previous years there were not as many dogs and it was difficult to transport computers there, also before the information was done on hand written cards
Talbot felt it would now be a duplication of effort to do it that way at the Town Barn.
Cascio questioned the deadline of April 1, 2008 to license dogs and felt because the Rabies Clinic was after the first it should be extended because people would be facing a fine for late fees
Talbot commented that could not be extended because it was voted on town floor, and felt people could take there animals to there vet and have them get there rabies shot before April 1, 2008

Desmond commented he had a problem with Tm Boudreau's report (Budget)
Desmond questioned the Tax Base and the new position's that the TM suggested. Desmond commented there was a lack of property in town and there was not any revenue coming in. T.M. Boudreau commented he felt Desmond had some valid concerns.
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Vets Council Memorial Day Invitation to BOS
T.M. read the invitation that was given to the BOS for the Memorial Day Parade May 26, 2008
T.M. Boudreau asked BOS who would be attending the ceremonies.
Desmond, Matta, Talbot, and Norton commented they would be attending. Cascio commented she would be out of town that weekend.

Approval of Sale of Tax Title Parcels & Appointment of Tax Title Custodian
Tm Boudreau read letter
Desmond felt information should be given to departments for there views before any parcels are sold
Norton voiced some concern that some parcels would not be good for municipal use.
T.M. Boudreau commented Auctioneer Mr. Zeko's would have all information on the property as well as the Assessors
Norton suggested posting information on the parcels in the Town Hall
Desmond commented before doing anything to seek the other boards on their opinion, such as Planning Board, Board of Health, Conservation, Open Space Committee, and Historical committee.
Norton motioned seconded by Matta to have the Town Manager notify the necessary departments as to have them send their feedback on the sale of the proposed Tax Title Parcels Voted 5-0
T.M. Budreau commented the Board needed to appoint a Custodian who shall have care, custody, and manage control of all property that is acquired by town and suggested the MFD Paul Nowicki for the position
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to appoint MFD Paul Nowicki to be the Custodian who shall have the care, custody, management and control of all property so acquired by said town, and to receive compensation by the Board at their pleasure.
Desmond questioned why someone had to be appointed for this
Talbot commented the last time one was needed by law on behalf of the Town of Ware
Matta questioned what the pay for doing this was. T.M. commented this was not a pay increase job.
Norton amended his motion to read not to receive any compensation Voted 5-0      

Acceptance of MGL Chapter 32B Section 19 (GIC Enrollment)
T.M. read and explained
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio for the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Ware to accept law as amended M.G.L. c. 32B, Section 19 (as amended) for the purpose of transferring all subscribers for whom the Town provides health insurance to the Group Insurance Commission pursuant to M.G.L. c. 32B, Section 19 (e)
And further, to authorize the town Manager to: notice forthwith the initial meeting of a Public Employee Committee for the purposes of M.G.L. c. 32B, Section 19 (e); bargain with such Public Employee Committee for the purposes of M.G.L. c. 32B, Section 19 (e);
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enter into agreement with such Public Employee Committee for the purposes of M.G.L. c. 32B, Section 19 (e) and take all such other steps as are reasonably related to the transfer of all subscribers to the Group Insurance Commission. Voted 5-0

Appointment of OSRC Candidates
Norton motioned seconded by Matta to appoint Brian Klassanos and Herb Foley to the Open Space Recreation Committee for an unexpired term. Voted 5-0

Designation of Final Option for Old Pennybrook Estates Recreational Complex Development
T.M. Boudreau commented and went through the options of the parcel that was prepared by the architect and wanted the Board to decide what option on the plans they liked
Lengthy discussion
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to table the final option of the Old Pennybrook Estates Recreational Complex till after the March 18, 19, 2008 meeting. Voted 5-0

Set Public Information Session for March 26 or 27, 2008 for Dept Exclusion Questions for April 2008 Annual Town Election
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to set an informational Session meeting on the Dept Exclusion questions for March 26, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. Voted 5-0

Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to approve the Town Warrant for the Annual Town Election April 14, 2008. Voted 5-0

Town Manager Report
T.M. went through his report with the Board and asked them to accept it
Short discussion
Norton motioned seconded by Cascio to accept the Town Managers Report of March 11, 2008 Voted 5-0

Cascio brought up the matter of the Licensing of dogs and cats and asked if the April 1, 2008 deadline could be extended because the Rabies Clinic would not be available till the weekend of April 5, 2008.
Cascio motioned seconded by Desmond to extend the deadline of April 1, 2008 for the licensing of dogs and cats. Voted 4-nay (Desmond, Norton, Talbot, Matta) 1-Aye (Cascio)
Talbot commented the Town authorized the April 1, 2008 deadline and the late fee.

T.M. brought up comment on the Step 2 Grievance, and commented there needed to be a response by 14 days.
Norton motioned seconded by Matta to appoint Desmond, Matta, and Norton to be on the hearing board. Voted 5-0

8:30 P.M. On a motion made by seconded by Cascio it was voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting. Voted 5-0  

Respectfully Submitted

Karen Brearley
Administrative Assistant