December 30, 2003
The regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held at 7:30 P.M. in the Sharon Town Offices with Chair Norman Katz, Selectmen Walter Joe Roach and David I. Grasfield and Town Administrator Benjamin E. Puritz.
The meeting was called to order at 7:32 P.M.
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously to approve the Executive Session minutes as presented and the minutes of December 16, 2003, as corrected:
Under AvalonBay - Local Initiative Proposed Rental Housing:
Correct name of Scott Doyle to Scott Dale.
Special Town Election/Fall 2004 Town Meeting
Town Clerk Marlene Chused was present to recommend that the Selectmen call for a Special Town Election for Rattlesnake Hill on the same date as the Presidential Primary scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2004.
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously to call for a Special Town Election on March 2, 2004 (to place on the ballot the question for the acquisition of Rattlesnake Hill as voted at the December 9, 2003 Special Town Meeting).
Ms. Chused stated she would like to appear at a meeting several weeks before the Special Town Election to explain the process and procedures for this Special Town Election.
Ms. Chused reminded the Board that the date of the Fall 2004 Special Town Meeting shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen by January 15th of each year. She also recommended that the Board set the date for the Fall 2004 Special Town Meeting for Monday, October 18, 2004.
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously to set the date for the Fall 2004 Special Town Meeting for Monday, October 18, 2004.
A & T Taxi - Request for License
Annette Conrad, Office Manager, A & T Taxi of Stoughton was present to request that A & T Taxi be allowed to operate as a licensed Taxi Company in the Town of Sharon. The Board informed Ms. Conrad of the local rates as established by the Board on April 13, 2000. Ms. Conrad stated that A & T Taxi operates out of Stoughton. They have eight 2003 vehicles that will not be parked in the Town of Sharon. In answer to the question by Selectman Grasfield, Ms. Conrad stated that they are interested in participating in the “Ride Program” and providing transportation to handicapped individuals.
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously that A & T Taxi’s request to be licensed within the Town be granted.
Spelling Bee Fundraiser
This item will be rescheduled as no one appeared for the appointment.
Avalon Bay/Goodband Property
The Board reviewed a list of names of those who signed up as interested in participating in a Citizens Advisory Committee with regard to the Local Initiative Proposed Rental Housing Development. This was in follow-up to the meeting of several weeks ago with the abutters to this property on Norwood Street and Edgehill Road. The Board discussed the make-up of the Committee. Selectman Roach suggested that they recruit one more member possibly from a different area (i.e. High Plain). John Davis was present and stated that Robin Stuart of Glen Hill Road had expressed interest in serving on this committee. Selectman Roach recommended that Ms. Stuart submit a letter of interest. Mr. Davis has volunteered to be the contact person for the group. Selectman Grasfield stated that the members
of the Committee should be prepared to receive neighborhood and citizen input on this project.
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously to appoint the following to an Avalon Bay Citizens Advisory Committee: John Davis, Charles Logan, Paul Gatewood, David Lederer.
Water Meter Replacement - Contract Amendment - Weston & Sampson
The Board reviewed Memo from Eric R. Hooper, Superintendent of Public Works, dated December 22, 2003, recommending an amendment in the amount of $1,250 to cover additional costs to make an additional presentation to the Water Management Advisory Committee (WMAC) on the Water Meter Replacement Program. There are five new members on the WMAC. Selectman Grasfield raised objections to the additional money requested to make this presentation. He stated that the engineering consultants from Weston & Sampson should be prepared to make this type of presentation within the total scope of the project and that he would vote against the additional amount and hope that Weston & Sampson would relook at this.
Action on this amendment has been deferred pending further information.
Request for Banner
VOTED: (Roach/Grasfield) Voted unanimously to approve a banner for the Sharon Education Foundation for the dates March 26 - April 2, 2004.
Canoe River Aquifer Advisory Committee
The agenda and minutes from the Canoe River Aquifer Advisory Committee noted that they will be meeting in Sharon on January 8, 2004, at 1:00 p.m., Sharon Town Offices, meeting open to the public.
Ben Puritz discussed a reference to the Proposal from Call of the Wild for a Wildlife Habitat Evaluation. He stated that he recently discussed the process for this proposal with Wayne Southworth of Easton stating that he felt it should come before the communities first before going out for procurement. There are five communities that would be involved with a projected total cost of $40,000.
NepRWA Community Assessment
Reference was made to an article that appeared in the Neponset River Watershed Association newsletter and forwarded by EMail from Paul Lauenstein of the WMAC on December 19, 03, re a water conservation program. Ben Puritz announced that we will be getting our own copy of the report mentioned.
VOTED: (Grasfield/Roach) Voted unanimously to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing matters of Collective Bargaining and Legal matters and, at the conclusion thereof, to adjourn for the evening.
Roach, aye; Grasfield, aye; Katz, aye.
The Board adjourned at 8:20 P.M.