NEW SALEM SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

Monday, June 24, 2013 Selectboard Office, Stowell Building, New Salem, MA 01355

Convened: 7:00 P.M.

Present: Selectboard: Randy Gordon (Chair), Wayne Hachey & Cathy Jones Town Co-Ordinator: Nancy Aldrich Selectboard Clerk: Sharon Field Resident(s): Ken Bright, Rick Oliver & Melissa Burke Athol Daily News Reporter: Jared Robinson The Selectboard Reviewed and Signed the Following:  Vendor & Payroll Warrants  Appointment Slips for 2013 — 2014  Letter to Orange Selectboard regarding Ambulance Service

Discussion Items:

 Request for One Day Liquor License – Rick Oliver, owner of the New Salem General Store, has requested a one day liquor License for September 7, 2013 in order to hold the annual Brewfest. It will be held at 839 Daniel Shays Hwy from noon until 5:00 PM. Mr. Oliver has already contacted the Board of Health and the Police Department to make arrangement with them once the Selectboard has approved his request. The Selectboard approved and signed the one day Liquor License for September 7, 2013.

 Volunteer for ZBA – Amy Fagin has volunteered to fill the vacant position on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Selectboard signed an appointment slip to that purpose.

 Request for Highway Department Assistance in Moving Items from Town Hall Stage – Jean Derderian from the Historical Commission has sent an e-mail to the Selectboard asking if the Highway Department could help them move some of the bulkier items off the Town Hall stage to the OAB on an upcoming Saturday. The Selectboard said that the Highway Department would be paid time and a half for working on a Saturday, and the Selectboard would rather find an alternative solution. Randy and Cathy have both volunteered to help with the move. Nancy will contact Jean and inform her of the decision.  Review and Sign Appointment Slips for 2013 – 2014 – The Selectboard reviewed the appointment slips and discussed the re-appointment of the Gas Inspector. They will hold off signing that appointment slip for now; all other appointment and re-appointment slips were signed.

 School Committee Appointment – Mike Yohan of the School Committee has informed the Selectboard that the School Committee has voted in favor of recommending Melissa Burke to them to be appointed to the School Committee. She is attending the Selectboard meeting in order that they may meet and talk with her. The Selectboard asked her why she was interested in being on the school committee, if she was available to attend the meetings, and if she would be available for sub-committees, among other questions. Wayne Hachey made a motion to appoint Melissa Burke to the School Committee for one year. Cathy Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Selectboard signed an appointment slip for Melissa Burke to the School Committee for one year. Nancy will

inform Mike Yohan of the appointment.

 Update on Animal Control Officer Meeting – Nancy Aldrich and Cathy Jones attended a recent meeting on the new Animal Control Officer position. A representative from the Sheriffs Office was at the meeting, who said that they would help where they could with training, and they are pursuing several alternative avenues of operation. Cathy said that at this time, because of the cost of a full time Officer, vehicles, and other personnel, it doesn’t seem like a shared ACO is likely. Another meeting will be held in a few months.

 New Tables for Town Hall – The Selectboard has approved the purchase of three new white resin tables to replace the old broken wooden tables in the Town Hall. They will be paid for from the Selectboard expense account. The tables are $119.99 each and of utility standard. Nancy will place the order.

 New / Old Business –  Broadband – Cathy Jones told the Selectboard that at a recent meeting she attended of the FRCOG IT Committee, Linda Dunlavy advised that all Selectboards and Fin Coms set aside funds in future budgets for IT infrastructure. Wayne suggested we use revenues from Seaboard Solar Contract to fund expansion of high speed internet. The Selectboard discussed the possibility of hooking up one building for broadband, with the Town putting in its own system and stringing fiber out from the one central building, as opposed to hardwiring multiple buildings. Cathy also said that the FRCOG used advisors regarding Broadband installation; we can request assistance from these advisors at no cost to the Town. Nancy will ask the Wired West reps to attend the next Selectboard meeting. Meeting Adjournment: Wayne Hachey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Cathy Jones seconded the motion. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Other Documents Used: E-mail to Selectboard from Jean Derderian regarding moving items on Town Hall stage.

Next Meeting Date: July 8, 2013

Respectfully Submitted, Selectboard Clerk, Sharon Field