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Board of Selectmen's Minutes 10/3/05
BOARD OF SELECTMEN              MONDAY EVENING, October 3, 2005
MINUTES OF MEETING              SELECTMEN’S OFFICE 5:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 PM with the following members present: Martin W. O’Brien, Chairman; Susan J. Bolster, Selectwoman; Brian J. Perrin, Selectmen and Virginia L. Wilder Executive Secretary/CAO.


Open Session

Planning Board Vacancy

Chairman Richard Dimes as well as members of the Planning Board were present. Mr. Dimes recommended Peter Roche for appointment to the Planning Board. Chairman Dimes explained that four very qualified candidates applied for the open position and all were interviewed by the members of the Planning Board. Mr. Roche was voted unanimously as the candidate to put forth to the Board of Selectmen.

Chairman O’Brien recognized the other candidates and thanked them for their interest and participation in the interview process. He further stated his hopes that they continue to participate and be active in Town government.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to appoint the Planning Board’s recommendation Peter Roche to the open vacancy on said Board.

Cottage Park Yacht Club Parking Request

In attendance was President of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, Joe Clark; Executive Director of the Chamber, Eric Gaynor; Commodore of the Cottage Park Yacht Club (CPYC); Manager of CPYC, Donna Quattocci; area resident Russ Sanford, and CPYC members, Dave Hubbard, and Don Kearney.

Commodore Condon opened with the recommendation that the Board issue four (4) seasonal parking passes and four (4) year-round passes for non-residents to park on Town streets during those hours in which the on-street parking is restricted to Winthrop residents. He further stated that often times bartenders need to go out before 1AM and move their cars off the street to put them in the CPYC lot and that is hard to do during a function at the Club when they are supposed to be tending bar.

Virginia Wilder, Executive Secretary/CAO speaking on behalf of the Resident Parking Committee, of which she is an ex Officio member, stated that the Committee had reviewed the Club’s request and was recommending to the Board of Selectmen that the request brought forth by CPYC be denied.  She said the Committee felt that the Club having approximately thirty-eight (38) on-site spots, should be able to accommodate their employees she further stated the Committee’s concern that once an exception was granted that other businesses/Clubs may come forward to ask for the same considerations thus undermining the Parking Program in general.

Mr. Clark said he felt this Resident Parking Program was not business friendly and he felt the CPYC should be granted some exceptions.  He stated that many non-Winthrop residents are members of the Club and by coming to the Club they also patronize our local business and eating establishments and therefore should be taken into consideration. He said he thought a trial period should be approved and then amended if necessary.

Selectmen Perrin speaking as Chairman of the Residential Parking Committee said that he was the only member of the Committee to vote against the Parking Ban in the first place and he felt the CPYC should be granted the exception.

Selectwoman Bolster said she usually feels the need to uphold a recommendation of a Committee as they have put the time and effort in to review and research the issues before them.  Although in an effort to compromise, she would consider tabling the issue until she had further discussions with members of the Residential Parking Committee and possibly members of CPYC.

Chairman O’Brien agreed with Selectwoman Bolster adding he feels this topic could require further review but he does tend to agree with the recommendation of the Parking Committee as they have given it much attention and thought.

Resident Russ Sanford said that in the summer months when the Club is the busiest, many residents of the surrounding community are on vacation and therefore parking on the street shouldn’t be a problem as some resident cars are not in Town anyway but on vacation somewhere else.

Selectmen Perrin made a motion to approve three (3) year-round passes for CPYC employees only to alleviate the problem stated earlier involving employees and functions.

Selectwoman Bolster agreed and suggested tabling original motion for another meeting.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin, 2nd by Selectwoman Bolster and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve three year-round parking passes to be used by Cottage Park Yacht Club employees only.  

Chairman O’Brien stated he would have the Selectmen’s Business Office send out three (3) applications to the Club manager so that she may have the proper employees fill them out and return to Town Hall. He then thanked everyone for coming and wished them a good evening.

General Business

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the minutes of the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting held Monday, August 22, 2005.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the Town of Winthrop’s Cori Regulations as created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to close the Warrant Articles for Special Town Meeting and set the date for November 14, 2005.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to increase the Town of Winthrop’s Labor Counsel, Howard Greenspan’s fee from $125/hour to $175/hour with the condition that the Executive Secretary will require Department Heads to notify the Board before contacting Attorney Greenspan in an effort to keep costs down. Selectmen Perrin voted NO on this motion.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to accept the resignation of Mickie Taub as Staff Assistant at the Senior Center effective immediately.

Chairman O’Brien thanked her for her years of service to the Town.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the recommendation of the General Services Team to hold a Volunteer Recognition Event.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to set the date of December 8, 2005 and appropriate $400 for refreshments and supplies for the 2005 Employee Recognition Event Ceremony.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve and sign the Executive Order to Adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as requested by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the request of the Donohue Family from 116 Ocean View to adopt a portion of the public property abbuting their lot to create a “living fence” between their property and the Tennis Courts.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to declare surplus property the land parcel at 24 Temple Avenue and obtain a fair market value for the same from the Assessor’s office.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the recommendation of the Handicapped Commission and approve the following home to have Handicapped Parking Signs:
                                                14 Winthrop Street

and deny the following per the Handicap Commission’s recommendation:

81 Somerset Avenue
275 River Road
                                                
VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve resident John Merchant’s request to park his RV overnight in the Public Landing on 10/2; 10/30; 11/17; 11/20; 12/4; 12/17 and 1/1/06.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to approve the recommendation of the DPW Director to hire Jeremy Vasel of Main Street for the open Truck Driver/Laborer- WII position.

With there being no more General Business to attend to, Chairman O’Brien reminded the viewers of the WCAT Squash Raffle on November 17, 2005.

VOTED: on a Motion by Selectwoman Susan J. Bolster, 2nd by Selectmen Brian J. Perrin and made unanimous by Chairman Martin W. O'Brien to adjourn.

The Board adjourned at approximately 8:30PM for the evening.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla Vitale
Administrative Secretary



BOARD OF SELECTMEN




Martin W. O’Brien
Chairman


 
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