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Board of Selectmen Minutes 4/11/05
BOARD OF SELECTMEN                      MONDAY EVENING, April 11, 2005
MINUTES OF MEETING                      SELECTMEN’S OFFICE 5:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM with the following members present: Richard Di Mento, Chairman; Martin O’ Brien, Selectman; Susan J. Bolster, Selectwoman and Virginia L. Wilder Executive Secretary/CAO.


Budget Working Session

Town Accountant Mike Bertino was present to review a working Budget plan with the Board of Selectmen.  

Selectmen Marty O’Brien asked Mr. Bertino to furnish the Board with the following documents for their review.

1.      A personnel wishlist worksheet – to get an overview of what Department Heads would like to see in terms of      personnel and staffing over the next year.

2.      Equipment wish list – outlining what equipment Department Heads would like to acquire over the next year.

3.      Actual Local Receipts worksheet from April to July 1 of last year.

There was then some discussion regarding Bonding for Capital Improvement projects and how that can be a useful tool to the Town of Winthrop.

The meeting ended at approximately 6:30 PM with Mr. Bertino stating he would be providing the requested documents in the following week.

At 6:30 PM with members of the School Committee and Superintendent Jenkins present there was a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss upcoming contract negotiations.

Executive Session

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing issues relative to collective bargaining with the Winthrop Teachers Association.

ROLL CALL:      Chairman Di Mento -     Yes
                        Selectman O’Brien -     Yes
                        Selectwoman Bolster-    Yes


The Executive Session adjourned approximately at 7:15 PM.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to go into Open Session.

ROLL CALL:      Chairman Di Mento -     Yes
                        Selectman O’Brien -     Yes
                        Selectwoman Bolster-    Yes

Harbor Assessment

A consultant representing The Cecil Group as well as Barbara McNeil from Grants/Procurement Office came before the Board to present the final Harbor Plan and Assessment for the Town of Winthrop. This project was primarily funded through grant monies provided by the Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council.  This was a significant study outlining many goals and a vision for Winthrop’s waters. Please see the attached copy of the actual plan.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Winthrop Harbor Plan and Assessment as prepared by The Cecil Group with FXM Associates and Vine Associates.

Keyspan Representatives

Several Keyspan representatives were present to discuss with the Board ongoing issues with the Town of Winthrop.

Chairman Di Mento asked if Keyspan had a “master plan” for improvements within the Town of Winthrop? A representative from Keyspan said that there is currently master plan for improvements to Winthrop that the process goes as follows.  Each year cities and towns in the commonwealth are asked to submit to Keyspan a calendar schedule containing the street renovations and paving schedule to Keyspan. Then Keyspan prioritizes based on that information which streets in which communities they will work on.  

Selectmen O’Brien asked how many leaks were currently in Winthrop at this time? A Keyspan representative stated that there are currently three Grade 2 leaks in Winthrop and that the specific homeowners that are affected have been notified and those leaks are all expected to be fixed by months end. The representative went on to explain Keyspan’s Grading System as set forth by DOT standards:

Grade 1– most severe- needs to be fixed asap
Grade 2- needs to be fixed within 12-15 months
Grade 3-does not need immediate attention but will be monitored every three months to make sure Grade Level has not changed

Finally the Keyspan representative stated that federal DOT guidelines require Keyspan to report yearly the number and grade of leaks for every community.  He further stated that Keyspan is committed to working closely with the Town of Winthrop to ensure the safety of our residents.

General Business

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve ACO Officer Mark Van Buskirk as a member of the Storage Container Committee.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the request of DPW Director to promote Mike West to a craftsman designation moving him from a W-3 to a W-4.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the proposed DPW Permit Fees. A copy is attached to these minutes.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Kasbah Restaurant to have outside seating for two tables with four chairs daily between 5pm and 8pm, with no liquor to be served at said tables.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the transfer request for the Utility Budget of the Council on Aging in the amount of $2,000.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Police Department’s Mutual Aid Agreements between the Town of Winthrop and the cities of Revere and Everett as submitted by Chief Goldstein.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the request of DPW Director Dave Hickey to offer employment to Aaron Armistead and David Capo of Winthrop.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Common Victualler application as submitted by Laura Lopez for her restaurant Gary’s Crystal Cove Seafood and Grille.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve Winthrop Art Association’s request to have sandwhich board signs on April 30th and May 1st at different locations around town to advertise their Art Festival.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the annual renewal of their “License to Operate a Coin Operated Laundry”.  The following businesses were approved:

        Showcase at 63 Main Street
        Suds & Surf at 319A Shirley Street
        Center Laundromat at 58 Woodside Avenue
        Tony’s at 130 Shirley Street
        Silver Clean at 41 Crest Avenue

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the following Taxi Licenses

        Steven Ferraro of Cutler Street
        Melissa Miller of Pearl Avenue
        Kevin Overlan of North Reading

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Winthrop Cultural Council’s request for a Special One Day Liquor License for their fundraiser on Friday, May 6th at the Playmakers.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve the Recreation Director’s request for $3,999 to repair the tennis court at Ingleside Park.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to approve Council On Aging Director’s request to allow for a performance raise for employee Marge Beaudry.

VOTED:  on a Motion by Selectman O’Brien, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Di Mento to accept the Winthrop Liquor Regulations Policy with agreed upon revisions as created by the Board of Selectmen.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla Vitale
Administrative Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN


Richard F. Di Mento
Chairman


 
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