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Selectmen's Meeting Minutes 5/9/05
BOARD OF SELECTMEN                      MONDAY EVENING, May 9, 2005
MINUTES OF MEETING                      SELECTMEN’S OFFICE 6:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:00 PM with the following members present: Martin O’ Brien, Chairman; Susan J. Bolster, Selectwoman; Brian J. Perrin, Selectmen and Virginia L. Wilder Executive Secretary/CAO.


MAPC Consultant
Steve McGoldrick of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council came before the Board to share his insight relative to other municipalities that have recently gone through a similar government transformation as was voted in the May Election in Winthrop.  Mr. McGoldrick stated that this process can be complex and the Board of Selectmen would be wise to start to work on the transition from Town Meeting to Town Council form of Government immediately.  

Chairman O’Brien thanked Mr. McGoldrick for his time and thoughts on this matter. The Chairman further stated that if the Board decided to hire a consultant to assist the Town during preparations for the transition, then our office would be in touch with the MAPC.

Police Swearing In Ceremony
The Board then went to the Police Station to attend a swearing in ceremony for the following four patrolmen hired in October of 2004.  The Police Patrolmen were Sean Delehanty, Jeff Fidler, Shawn McCarthy and Sean Perrin.

Recognition of Government Service
The following citizens were awarded citations for their commitment to government service: Frank Deloia, Jerry Ogus, Nancy Williams, Aldo Amatucci and Darrin Baird. Also recognized was Richard DiMento who could not be present. It was a brief but enjoyable presentation with many family and friends in attendance.

Charter Commission
Several of the Charter Commissioners were present to discuss issues relative to the new Charter form of government to take office in January 2006.  There was a discussion about the formation of the Town Manager Search Committee as well as the formation of a By-Law Committee.  The Commission stated that $15,000 had been allocated for the Town Manager Search Committee to use for a consultant and/or advertising.

Chairman O’Brien asked viewers to contact the Selectmen’s office as soon as possible if they had a desire to serve on either committee due to the fact that the Charter states the two committees need to be formed and the Town Manager Committee must have their first meeting within twenty-one (21) days of the Charter passing.    Chairmen O’Brien stated that the Board of Selectmen will make their designation to the Committees at a meeting to be held on May 16, 2005. In closing he said the Board of Selectmen looks forward to a smooth transition into the new Council form of government to begin in January 2006.

Health Insurance Change
The town Accountant was present to brief the Board on the proposed change in insurance carrier for town employees from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Harvard Pilgrim Health.  This change would save the town $300,000.  A copy of the new Benefits Notice is attached to these minutes.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, and seconded by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the Health Insurance carrier change as requested by Town Accountant, Mike Bertino.

Please Note: Selectmen Perrin voted No on the above vote.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to forward the whole budget package as submitted by Town Accountant, Mike Bertino to the Advisory Board.

General Business

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to amend the recently approved entertainment license for Gary’s Crystal Cove to run concurrent with the hours of the liquor license, daily from 11am to 11pm.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the request of Recreation Director Sean Driscoll to repair the poles at the Ingleside Park Tennis Courts. The amount approved was $3,990 and will be funded through Ingleside grant funds.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve a budget transfer request from the DPW to replenish Highway, Water & Sewer budgets resulting from unplanned
Expenses associated with emergency conditions.  Please see attached request worksheet attached to these minutes for details as provided by DPW Director Dave Hickey. In summary, the Highway Department is requesting $3, 363; the Water Department is requesting $18, 257; and the Sewer Department is requesting $5,806.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve a Transient Vendor Permit to Mohammed W. Elesseily- Dream Ice Cream for an ice cream truck to operate between 11am and 9pm daily with the condition that there will be no audio sound from the truck after 8pm.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the Sandwich Board permit for the Playmakers to advertise for A Chorus Line on May 13 and May 20.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the application and appointment of Sara Wessinger to Winthrop’s Cultural Council.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the request to allow for Margaret McLaughlin to run buses for her wedding reception on July 9 during the hours of 6pm to 7pm and then again every half hour from 9pm to midnight from the Saint John’s Church Parking Lot to the Cottage Park Yacht Club to alleviate parking concerns around the CPYC.

VOTED:   on a motion by Selectwoman Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to adjourn at approximately 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla Vitale
Administrative Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN



Martin W. O’Brien
Chairman

 
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