MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board
Monday, April 10, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:       Chairman Walker and Selectman Joe Chenevert were present.  Selectman Howland is away on vacation.  The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

GATHERING:  Richard Ayer, Les Miller, Peggy Thompson, Rob Toupin, and Dennis Letendre were present along with Katie Tyler as secretary.  Tina DeVries joined the meeting at 8 pm.

APROVAL OF MINUTES:

Joe made a motion to accept the minutes of the March 27, 2017 meeting as written; Randy seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed. 

PUBLIC FORUM:

No one was present for Public Forum.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

Finance Committee:  Les reported that that we are running in the red but nothing can be done about it presently.  Hopefully, spending from Winter Roads Account is finished, but Richard did say there are one or two salt bills left.   Les said money will be moved from other accounts but we are going to be very thin this year; the cut-back to meet the school’s assessment re-adjusted everything.

Police Reports:  Rob reported one arrest on OUI/drug charges; there have been 14 citations issued and 3 motor vehicle crashes.  He asked when it would be convenient for New Braintree to have another Police Sharing meeting and was given the dates of April 18th or 25th.    Rob also asked about budget meetings, but nothing has been set yet.  Randy asked him to hold pretty close to the budget the PD has for the rest of this year.

Fire Department:   Dennis reported one rollover and one structure fire since the last meeting.  The electrical panel has been replaced at the Fire Station.  There was an issue Sunday but John Tripp came in and checked it out.  For some reason, the 200 amp main tripped.  John is coming back Tuesday, and Dennis is going to ask him to add one more plug.

Highway:  Richard stated that his department has started sweeping, patching roads, and fixing equipment.  He mentioned to Katie that an e-mail link for Senator Gobi was forwarded to him that didn’t work, so Katie will go back to check the e-mails.  The clean-up of the cemeteries was discussed and there should be enough money, Les said, in Town Common Lands and Cemeteries, to clean up the trees and pay the Highway crew for their own labor.  Richard said they are waiting on the convenience of the tree service and hopefully the work will be done this Wednesday or shortly after.  He will begin working on Cushman Hill shortly.  Randy suggested that we talk to Eric Nelson about grant monies available for the cemeteries.

School Committee:  Peggy reported that there is not much new; there was another Task Force Meeting which was a waste of time.  Something was mentioned at it about a $100,000 Community Compact Grant but none of the Towns know about it except Hubbardston.  She is concerned about the recommendations of the Task Force and the next meeting will be on the 27th.  There was some discussion about Quabbin wanting to keep our school open but taking out all of the children; Peggy says Oakham should come here and Barre students should go to Hardwick.  However, Oakham School still has a bond on it, so that will not be closed.  Nothing has been said about the roof for the NBGS.  A recommendation for tiling the foyer rather than carpeting has been made; Joe believes that unless the expansion joint is fixed, more tiles will just continue to crack.

Veterans’ Agent:  Katie reported for Bill that he is still working with the veteran who is having trouble getting services, and he is also getting ready for putting out the flags for Memorial Day.

Town Administrator: 

Select Board:There were no Select Board reports.

NEW BUSINESS: Randy asked Dennis how much new tires for going to cost for Engine #1 and the estimate was $1,600 plus $400 to do inspections for all the fire vehicles.  If there is any money left over, he will buy new turnout gear to keep on track.  The air bottles have changed and now have a new connection that isn’t interchangeable.  In five years we will have to purchase the new bottles.

Joe made a motion to close the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting on April 24, 2017 (already posted).  Randy seconded the motion and it unanimously carried.

Katie had prepared a letter to Senator Gobi asking for her help with MassDOT to get the Hardwick/Ravine Road project moving.  The Board approved the letter and signed it.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.  Tina came in at this point and agreed that financially the Town is not looking good and she is not sure how we are going to be able to come up with the money we need.  She is also very concerned about next year.

Katie was asked to check with Jess Bennett on transportation for the two students going to Smith Agricultural School next year and to call Nexamp about the land behind the Town Barn.

CORRESPONDENCE: Correspondence was read and appropriately disseminated.

ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:05p.m.  Randy seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

Respectfully submitted,Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

 

MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board
Monday, March 13, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

GATHERING:  Cynthia Kennison, Deb Morrison, Todd Stewart, Kevin Landine, Peggy Thompson, Tina DeVries, Jeff Howland and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Dennis Letendre joined the meeting around 7:35 p.m.  Janet Pierce attended part of the meeting.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2017 meeting as read.  Bill then seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC FORUM: Deb Morrison and Cynthia Kennison were interested in what the Select Board had thought of the research.  Katie pointed out that the vote at the first Town meeting for Chapter 40, 40A and 41 had listed separate items they pertained to; whereas the vote in the second Town meeting specifically voted for three members of the Historical Commission. Therefore, she thinks it would have to go to Town floor vote to raise the number of members.  Jeff also pointed out that the Commission might want to be careful about not appointing too many members, because then the amount of quorum goes up and sometimes it becomes hard to hold a meeting (i.e., a 7-member group requires the attendance of 4, while a 5-member group requires the attendance of 3).  The Select Board also added the fact that they can appoint alternates who can participate in the meetings but cannot vote unless a voting member is absent.
The Commission is going to think about what they wish to do and then forward language to Katie for the ATM Warrant.

Todd Stewart requested the Board’s approval of this year’s Camp Putnam Road Race using small portions of public roads.  The race will run left on Worcester Road, right onto Igoe Road, right onto Moore Road and then left onto Worcester Road back to Camp Putnam.  It is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd.  A nurse and EMT will be on sight and the Camp will also want a one-day pouring license.  The racing will begin at 10:30 and at 11:00 will be the adult run.  It lasts to 12:30 p.m.  There will be a cruiser in Town and it will go back and forth between the race and the Town-wide Clean-up support, also scheduled for the 22nd.  The Select Board members approved the race, and Todd thanked them for their support.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

 Finance:   Tina indicated that the Winter Roads account, which is already overspent, will get another hit this evening and tomorrow.  Next year is going to be a very difficult budgeting year, as we will have two students with out-of-District placement to provide tuition and transportation for, the new website will be up, and Animal Control Officer Expenses will be higher. 

Police:        Kevin reported three arrests, 2 which were OUI, 73 citations and no crashes.  The records management system he has been working on for four years is finally live today.  In the coming year, the Police Department will be able to do pistol permits here in New Braintree every other Saturday.  There have been no major animal problems except the Waughs’ have a cow that gets into different fields but has never been in the road.    Kevin said the new Animal Control Officer is great.  The Police training went well this past weekend.  Both he and Dennis, he said, have no concerns right now that there is an arsonist in New Braintree.

Highway:  Richard was home getting rested for the incoming blizzard.  He plans to call the crew in about 5 a.m. tomorrow, and all the trucks are ready to go.

School Committee:  Peggy submitted a large amount of information related to the budget which is up 1.3% plus capital improvements.  Our piece of the pie has gone up.  The Task Force is still moving along.  The Select Board took exception to the 45% increase in the Superintendent’s salary as well as a 35% increase in professional development.  Peggy said the Task Force might have indicated that Quabbin is way ahead in professional development.  Kevin Landine has a hard time understanding the increases there, and the days off school that the children get, because his wife teaches and stays one hour a day later after the school day each day for professional development.  He feels the administration is top heavy; the increases in the school budget have forced cuts in the Fire and Police, as well as Highway Departments, and he cannot afford to have two patrolmen on every shift.  He has concerns about an officer or firefighter dying because there is not enough money to support the departments.

Fire Department:  Dennis reported one structure fire here, one in Hardwick and one car accident.  He has three new applicants.  One still has to take a physical.  The Board asked how many he can have on the Department and he said 30 is the limit; however, he is looking for 20.  He has plenty of suits.  Dennis asked if we can accept a physical from another Fire Department.  The Board indicated we should be able to do that if it has been within six months and the person is coming from the same field of work.  Dennis reported that we’ve been calling West Brookfield for mutual aid on the ambulance when Barre can’t take it and they have been doing a good job.  Dennis also talked to Rinehart Associates who did the plans previously for the Public Safety Complex; everything was supposedly finished off, but the person he talked to agreed to do a few calculations and send him a cost.   Jeff asked Dennis who had talked to because Rinehart is now Kayola—Dennis said that he had talked to someone at Kayola.  Dennis also told the Board that the electrical work at the Fire Barn will get done this weekend, weather permitting.

Assessors:  Joe asked Tina if Claire had talked to her about transferring money from payroll to expenses now that Jim Smith is an independent consultant.  Tina said that they had talked and she would take care of the transfer.

Town Administrator Reports:

Janet spoke to the Board for a few minutes about the septic loan that is being applied for by a resident.  It is actually a mortgage and has to have a monthly payment with 5% interest.  Katie will speak to the resident about it. 
Janet also mentioned that the brick building in the center of Town has been sold to the Waughs and the back taxes have been paid. 

Select Board Reports:  There were no Select Board reports.

NEW BUSINESS: Use of Hall Applications for a funeral reception and Town-wide Clean-up were signed.
Marty Goulet presented the Board (before the meeting) with a set of Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms.”  The Board approved the expense of re-matting and framing them with the cost to come from Town Hall Operations and Expense Account.  They will then be hung in Glidden Hall.  The Town is very grateful to Marty for the gift.

OLD BUSINESS: Katie was asked to contact Henry in Anne Gobi’s office to see how he is progressing with the preparation for language for the Sessions Law on the Town-owned land from the Police Academy.

CORRESPONDENCE: All other correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:35 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board
Monday, February 27, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

GATHERING: Renée Gregoire, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Dick Reavey, Deb Morrison, and Katie Tyler as secretary.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2017 meeting as read.  Bill then seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC FORUM: Deb Morrison brought in some research she had done concerning the original Town vote for a 3-member Historical Commission and how the membership had fluctuated over the years.  She asked the Board to take the time to review it and perhaps discuss it with Town Counsel.  The Commission will return to the Board at its next meeting on March 13th.

Katie asked Deb about the program she had heard about this coming Friday to honor Connie Small.  Deb explained that Joe Craig is doing a program on his Native American artifacts, and some members of the Historical Society, where the program is being held, had also sent up an exhibit about Connie.  People should call Deb to make reservations to hear Joe Craig as space is limited.

The Assessors had indicated they did not need to come before the Select Board.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

 Finance:     Renée reported that the Highway Account is overspent, but we all knew that would occur, especially when we had to cut it earlier this year to meet the extra funding for the District.  She then discussed the new website she wants to employ in order to meet public records expectations as of July 1, 2017.  It will cost $1,500 a year for the first three years and $750 per year thereafter.  Katie will also be able to access the program and make updates, which she is not able to do now.  The Board reviewed the budget and, with Renée, decided to take the funding from the Finance Committee Reserve Account.  Katie was asked to put a memo in all Boards, Committees, and Commissions boxes entitled “State Mandated,” asking each group to pick one person to communicate with Renée to send agendas and minutes for updating.

Fire:  Dennis reported on today’s fire which resulted in the loss of a house and burned 1.5 acres.  Crews from New Braintree, North Brookfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Hardwick, Barre, Oakham and Hubbardston, as well as Spencer all assisted.  Water was pulled from Bartels’ Pond.  Hubbardston took care of the brush fire.  There were no injuries.  Kevin Landine discovered the fire and was able to get in the front door of the house and go through to verify that no one was inside even though the building was already involved. 
Dennis mentioned that as it is brush fire season, he would like to staff the station as he has previously on weekends.  The Board agreed with that decision.
He has looked into the old feasibility study for the Public Safety Complex but it is full of so many additions for police use that he’s not sure it’s usable; however, he wondered if the person who had put it together still had some hours owed to the Town, so Dennis will call him to see if he can make any updates without charge.  Randy mentioned that if Dennis is thinking of a steel-framed building, a company might engineer it for no cost and then give us a price on it that would be good for a little while.  Dennis will look into both options.

            Janet came in briefly and was asked why it was difficult to get a Town credit card.  She said they are frowned upon because of abuse possibilities; if we want to get one, it should be in one person’s name only.  She will have CMRPC do an e-mail survey of their 40 towns to see if any other Town has a credit card and, if so, what company is used.  In the meantime, Renée has to use her own credit card to initiate the website; Katie asked Renée to forward her any receipts tomorrow or Wednesday, so she can submit them on this week’s Warrant.

            Randy asked Dick Reavey if he had a matter to discuss.  Dick came to say that the Planning Board is holding the public meeting to present the solar by-law on Monday, March 13th.  The Zoning By-Law Committee would like to request that a Special Town Meeting be held in April to present it.  Lastly, Dick said, they would like to mail out the by-law to every household for review.  The Board agreed, as Renée said the Finance Committee would be agreeable to taking the cost from the remaining balance in the Finance Reserve Account.

Town Administrator Reports:

Select Board Reports:  Randy asked Bill what we are going to do with the thirteen older tables we just replaced.  Bill said Tom Stott is going through them and we will get rid of the worse ones:  we can offer them to committees or townspeople.  When Bill gets the table trolley welded again, he will take care of that project.  The door was installed at the Town Barn a few days ago.

NEW BUSINESS:

Use of Hall Applications for the Friends of the Library and for a wedding reception were signed. 

John Tripp’s estimate to replace the electrical box at the Fire Station came in at $4,630.  The cost will come from the Garage Operation and Maintenance Account.  Katie was asked to call John and tell him to go ahead with the project.

The Town Reports were discussed.  The Board agreed that Collective Copies is the best printer to use; they also decided to dedicate this year’s report to the Fire Department.  There will be a special “In Memoriam” page for Connie Small.

Pathfinder is inviting the Board and administrators to its budget meeting on March 15th at 7:00 p.m.  Katie was asked to notify Carrie that both Renée and Bill Howland will attend. 

An e-mail invitation from Faye Zukowski, the Administrative Assistant in Barre, was read aloud.  The invitation is to a meeting on March 16 at 7 p.m. regarding unfunded student placements.  (copy attached)

OLD BUSINESS:

Katie was asked to pay the Town of Rutland for the rest of this fiscal year for dog officer services.

Janet came back in the meeting to discuss a few things. 

CORRESPONDENCE: All other correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:40 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

Respectfully submitted,                                                           
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board
Monday, February 13, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

GATHERING: Rob Toupin, Peggy Thompson, Les Miller, and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Dennis Letendre, Jr. joined the meeting around 8:10.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of both the regular meeting and the meeting with Senator Gobi on January 23, 2017; Bill questioned the mention in Senator Gobi’s minutes of both the $65,000 and $55,000, but Randy and Katie both verified that the two amounts had been both used during the meeting.  Bill then seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC FORUM: No one was present for public forum.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

Police:  Rob reported that there had been six arrests, 2 OUI, 27 Citations and 3 crashes, one of the crashes being an OUI.  The 2014 cruiser has 77,214 miles and the 2017 has 8,015.

Fire:    Randy indicated that Dennis would not be here because planes were still coming in at the airport.  He said that the Fire Department would be working with Oakham to do a Winterfest for a student with leukemia.  Dennis had also looked into prices for buildings and discovered that Spencer put up a Morton steel building with offices and stalls for $340,000.  Dennis is investigating a similar building for us.

Highway:  Richard was not present as he is catching up on sleep.

School Committee:  Peggy submitted her copy of the preliminary plan for the budget.  She mentioned that the District keeps putting an additional boiler on the capital plan for the New Braintree Grade School, but we do not have room for an additional boiler.  The Select Board would like the roof to be steel—it will be signing the papers tonight to go back to the District for the new roof.  Peggy said she thinks the most important thing on the capital plan for the grade school is the telephone and PA system.  There was some discussion about replacing the sidewalk in front of the school.  The District budget is around 1.3 million right now.

Finance:  Les reported that we are underfunded in both the Highway Labor and Winter Roads accounts, but we had expected that to happen.

Town Administrator Reports:

Select Board Reports:There were no Select Board reports.

NEW BUSINESS: Use of Hall Applications for the New Braintree Church and the Council on Aging were signed. 

Joe made a motion to sign the attached vote for the New Braintree Grade School roof to submit to the Quabbin Regional School District for further submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed. 

Joe made a motion to request inclusion in the Regional ACO IMA with Rutland, Barre and Princeton for the rest of FY17, and for consideration to continue in FY18, along with providing accrued funds for 2017.  Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.  The IMA was signed.

OLD BUSINESS: The Agricultural Commission had investigated a couple of matters for the Select Board.  One was the position of Fence Viewer and the Commission recommended that, based on its research, the Town of New Braintree drop the position.    The other recommendation related to Town Rental Farm Land and the Commission wanted the Select Board to take another year to make some decisions.  After some discussion about maintaining the land, the Board asked Katie to write up a couple of Bid Requests for the two different parcels.  The land crop parcel should include planting a cover crop at the end of the season and removing all plastic off the property.  (See attached memo from Agricultural Commission for related recommendations.)

The Board read through an e-mail from Janet Pierce forwarding research Attorney James Coppola did on a piece of land sold at auction late last year.  The Board tabled this e-mail for discussion at the next meeting. 

The Board reviewed minutes from other Boards and Commissions.

A complaint was read concerning the road condition on the morning of February 8.  That particular morning had an instant flash freeze and the Governor had asked everyone on the evening of February 7th to stay off the roads in the morning.  The road conditions were unavoidable.

A lovely thank-you note came in for the Fire Chief from a woman whose husband had suffered a stroke near the Fire/Highway Facility and had been helped out by Dennis.

Dennis had come into the meeting by this point and he further reported for the Fire Department that the event in Oakham is a sledding and ice skating night to raise money for the Collette family whose son was diagnosed with leukemia.  The Department is bringing over a fire truck to provide extra lighting and will be available during that time for any calls with a full crew.  The Department has had one call since the last meeting and it was yesterday morning at 4:00 a.m. when the sprinkler system activated at the Police Academy in Building B.

CORRESPONDENCE: All other correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:10 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board and Senator Anne Gobi
Monday, February 13, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

GATHERING:  Dick Reavey, Les Miller, Peggy Thompson, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Mary Goss, Kelly and Jeff O’Brien, Tina DeVries, Bob Legare, Brianna Skowyra, and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Janet Pierce joined the meeting for a short while during the Fire Department Report.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of January 9, 2017; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC FORUM:

Brianna Skowyra, the Building Commissioner, and Bob Legare, Building Inspector, were present to answer any questions concerning the draft contract with Barre and the payment schedules for regionalizing their services.  Randy thought the contract should be for three years rather than one, but Brianna felt one year is good for the initial contract in order to see how everything works out.  There were discussions about the split of the hours:  Hardwick has 10, Petersham has 5, New Braintree would have 2 and Barre would have 26.  All the pay would be hourly and it would be handled quarterly as we do with our police contract.  After discussion it was decided that the contract itself should get cleaned up (it had some unrelated dog officer language in it) and the numbers balanced out and then Brianna and Bob will bring it back for review.

The Board asked Mary Goss to come in again to advise her that two people have made complaints about barking and running dogs and that the Board has been told there are 8 dogs.  Mary stated she only has the four dogs and her sister, who comes there to help with the dogs and horses, has four that she brings with her and are licensed in their own town.  Mary asked for the letter from the Board clearing her of any environmental issues and expressed her displeasure at the complaints and wanted the names of the complainants.  Katie checked with Dispatch and no complaints have been made in the last two weeks; Mary can get a copy of previous complaints from Dispatch, but they might choose to redact the names.  Mary stated it was time for her to go to court and get this settled. The Board told Katie she could write the letter releasing Mary from any environmental problems.  Mary, Kelly and Jeff left the meeting.

The By-Law Committee presented the Solar By-Law to the Board with the final changes.  Joe made a motion that the Board turn the By-Law over to the Planning Board after removing the title of “Draft”; Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.  Katie was asked to make the correction to the title and e-mail it to the Planning Board members.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

Town Auditor:  Tina asked for the Board to approve overspending on Winter Roads and the letter which had been prepared was signed.

Finance:         Les added that Richard has concerns about his labor account but Finance knows he is going to run over.  It cannot be helped with the winter weather.

Police:  Kevin reported that there have been four arrests, six citations and one crash.  For 2016 call numbers, New Braintree had 2,709.  In 2015 we had 2025 and the year before that, before Hardwick arrived, we had 900.  Tom Giardano is the new full-time police officer.

Fire:    Dennis related that there had been one fire call at the fire station and they also did a fire drill for the elementary school.  He then asked for the Board’s support in requesting a number for a new building on the floor at the ATM.  Dennis believes we should ask for $3.4 million as a debt exclusion.  Janet thinks that would be about $150 extra per year on our tax bills.  Dennis said that our Representative and Senator are reluctant to search for state or federal funding because we haven’t approached our own residents about it.  The Board spent some time discussing this with Dennis and concluded that he should move ahead with it; Dennis will work with Janet on some figures and have them ready for the next meeting.

Highway:  Richard was not present as it was storming and the crew was out plowing.

School Committee:  Peggy reported that the budget process will begin with three meetings scheduled for this Thursday.  The Task Force Meeting was non-productive and a waste of time as far as both Peggy and Joe were concerned.  There was some further discussion about school budgeting and Katie was asked to send a reminder request to Dr. Marshall concerning the roof for New Braintree Grade School.

Veterans’ Agent:  Katie reported for Bill that he had been in today working with a Town veteran on obtaining copies of some paperwork.

Select Board Reports:  Bill mentioned the electric box at the Fire Station and there was a discussion on the original bill for installation.  Tina has looked back to 2009, and Katie will continue back from there.

Town Administrator Reports:

NEW BUSINESS: Use of Hall Applications for Edith Ramaska and also for CERT programs were signed.  Eric Vollheim has resigned as the Quabbin Regional Health Coalition New Braintree representative.  Katie was asked to forward his resignation letter to the Board of Health and request that they appoint another person.

OLD BUSINESS: There were permits from the Building Inspector for review.

CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:55 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

 

MINUTES OF MEETING
Select Board and Senator Anne Gobi
Monday, January 23, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531            

Senator Gobi, Randy Walker, C. William Howland, Joseph Chenevert, Les Miller and Katie Tyler were all present.  The meeting began at 6:00 p.m.

The Board had asked to meet with Anne to discuss the deed of the State Police land to the Town for the purpose of building a Public Safety Complex.  The two issues concerning the deed are:  it restricts the use of the land to ONLY a public safety complex; it was purchased with a promise of $65,000.00 coming to the Town from the Transportation Bond which was never received.

The Board explained that it is examining putting solar on this property in order to provide electricity for all Town buildings, including a new public safety complex; it is also investigating re-opening the road to provide safer access to the land. 

Anne listed five things she could do or attempt in order to aid the Town:

Further discussion took place on the condition of the land at the Academy.  Randy mentioned the Agricultural Commission meeting he attended wherein they met with a representative who is working on a project to fertilize the fields.  Some discussion also ensued about the rattlesnake issue at the Quabbin.  A committee will begin investigating that quite shortly.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

 

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 23, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531            
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING: Dick Reavey, Les Miller, Peggy Thompson, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Mary Goss, Kelly and Jeff O’Brien, Tina DeVries, Bob Legare, Brianna Skowyra, and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Janet Pierce joined the meeting for a short while during the Fire Department Report.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of January 9, 2017; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PUBLIC FORUM:
Brianna Skowyra, the Building Commissioner, and Bob Legare, Building Inspector, were present to answer any questions concerning the draft contract with Barre and the payment schedules for regionalizing their services.  Randy thought the contract should be for three years rather than one, but Brianna felt one year is good for the initial contract in order to see how everything works out.  There were discussions about the split of the hours:  Hardwick has 10, Petersham has 5, New Braintree would have 2 and Barre would have 26.  All the pay would be hourly and it would be handled quarterly as we do with our police contract.  After discussion it was decided that the contract itself should get cleaned up (it had some unrelated dog officer language in it) and the numbers balanced out and then Brianna and Bob will bring it back for review.
The Board asked Mary Goss to come in again to advise her that two people have made complaints about barking and running dogs and that the Board has been told there are 8 dogs.  Mary stated she only has the four dogs and her sister, who comes there to help with the dogs and horses, has four that she brings with her and are licensed in their own town.  Mary asked for the letter from the Board clearing her of any environmental issues and expressed her displeasure at the complaints and wanted the names of the complainants.  Katie checked with Dispatch and no complaints have been made in the last two weeks; Mary can get a copy of previous complaints from Dispatch, but they might choose to redact the names.  Mary stated it was time for her to go to court and get this settled. The Board told Katie she could write the letter releasing Mary from any environmental problems.  Mary, Kelly and Jeff left the meeting.
The By-Law Committee presented the Solar By-Law to the Board with the final changes.  Joe made a motion that the Board turn the By-Law over to the Planning Board after removing the title of “Draft”; Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.  Katie was asked to make the correction to the title and e-mail it to the Planning Board members.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Town Auditor:  Tina asked for the Board to approve overspending on Winter Roads and the letter which had been prepared was signed.
Finance: Les added that Richard has concerns about his labor account but Finance knows he is going to run over.  It cannot be helped with the winter weather.
Police:  Kevin reported that there have been four arrests, six citations and one crash.  For 2016 call numbers, New Braintree had 2,709.  In 2015 we had 2025 and the year before that, before Hardwick arrived, we had 900.  Tom Giardano is the new full-time police officer.
Fire:    Dennis related that there had been one fire call at the fire station and they also did a fire drill for the elementary school.  He then asked for the Board’s support in requesting a number for a new building on the floor at the ATM.  Dennis believes we should ask for $3.4 million as a debt exclusion.  Janet thinks that would be about $150 extra per year on our tax bills.  Dennis said that our Representative and Senator are reluctant to search for state or federal funding because we haven’t approached our own residents about it.  The Board spent some time discussing this with Dennis and concluded that he should move ahead with it; Dennis will work with Janet on some figures and have them ready for the next meeting.
Highway:  Richard was not present as it was storming and the crew was out plowing.
School Committee:  Peggy reported that the budget process will begin with three meetings scheduled for this Thursday.  The Task Force Meeting was non-productive and a waste of time as far as both Peggy and Joe were concerned.  There was some further discussions about school budgeting and Katie was asked to send a reminder request to Dr. Marshall concerning the roof for New Braintree Grade School.
Veterans’ Agent:  Katie reported for Bill that he had been in today working with a Town veteran on obtaining copies of some paperwork.
Select Board Reports:  Bill mentioned the electric box at the Fire Station and there was a discussion on the original bill for installation.  Tina has looked back to 2009, and Katie will continue back from there.
Town Administrator Reports:

NEW BUSINESS: Use of Hall Applications for Edith Ramaska and also for CERT programs were signed.  Eric Vollheim has resigned as the Quabbin Regional Health Coalition New Braintree representative.  Katie was asked to forward his resignation letter to the Board of Health and request that they appoint another person.
OLD BUSINESS: There were permits from the Building Inspector for review.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.

ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:55 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 9, 2017
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531            
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:       Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Deb Morrison, Cynthia Kennison, Richard Barrett, Kathlyn Inman, Les Miller, Richard Ayer, Rob Toupin, Tina DeVries, Dennis Letendre, Jr. and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Janet Pierce joined the meeting for a short while after reports were made.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:         
Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of December 12, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PUBLIC FORUM:
Kathlyn Inman is part of QDrug a committee formed with clergy, teachers and therapists to fight the opiod crisis.  The week of January 23rd through 27th has been designated Crisis Week.  The group works with communities to help solve the problem and Kathlyn is hoping New Braintree will be part of Project Purple.  This simply involves agreeing that this particular of January is recovery week and allowing purple ribbons to be put out around Town on posts and mailboxes for just that week.  There will also be a vigil at St. Thomas a Becket on the 21st and elementary schools will be doing a Wednesday program; Friday night will be a high school program with police from every town involved.  The Board agreed to be part of the Project and asked Katie to have the three information sheets put on our website.
The members of the Historical Commission were present to discuss the fact that they would like to have a number of interested people appointed to the Commission; however, there seems to be a conflict because our by-law book states the by-law was adopted for a three-member commission only although there have been varying numbers of members sworn in over the years.  The Board explained that we need to be more cautious now about members vs. alternates because of new state laws such as the Open Meeting Law and voting member requirements.  Deb agreed that she would check with the Town Clerk to see if any further information is available on what was adopted back in 1971 and then the Commission will return to the Select Board.  Nominations to the Commission were put on hold until that time.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Town Auditor:  Tina reported that there are one or two things to be aware of—the Highway Labor account has had to be reduced, so when it comes time for the Board to approve overspending on winter roads, it will have to approve overspending for Highway Labor as well.

Finance:         
Les added that the bill will be coming through soon for the other half payment of the new door at the Highway facility.  Katie was asked to send Doug Waugh a letter thanking him for his work.  John Tripp came up to look at the facility concerning installing a door opener and plans to do so this week.  The mian door still has to be done, and Doug has agreed to do that as well.  Richard was asked to check with John Tripp on the cost for motion light sensors.  Dennis added that he needs to replace the lock on his door and it was agreed that Richard and he would go to Lowe’s this week to replace it.
Police:  Rob reported that in the last weeks since the December 12th meeting there have been six arrests including OUI liquor and warrant arrests.  20 citations have been issued.  The crash on 67 West was an OUI; on Gilbertville Road it was animal related; another was an OUI and failure to stop at a stop sign.  The 2014 vehicle has 74,854 miles and the 2017 has 6, 697 miles.  The radar had to be replaced in the new cruiser (it had been moved from older cruisers) for $2,200.  He is working on a breaking and entering and indicated the perpetrator might be someone known to the victim.
Fire: Dennis related that there had been one carbon monoxide alarm, 2 crashes, a mutual aid call to North Brookfield for a structure fire, and one illegal burn for which he issued a citation.  Two other Towns were called in on the illegal burn as it was thought to be a house fire, and it was a snowy, icy night, so people could have been hurt.  The Department trained at Eagle Hill last week.  Currently, he is working on the EMS situation and has a luncheon scheduled next week with the Barre Chief to discuss it.  Katie reported that she had queried the Barre Town Administrator about any outstanding EMS bills and was told that so far our payment for the fiscal year is covering everything. 
Highway: Richard stated the Department has been doing a lot of night work. They have sanded 15 times and plowed snow on five occasions.  The new trucks are on-line.  They are having trouble on Utley turning around, but a resident is willing to have his gate moved back 10 feet to make that easier.  Harrington Road doesn’t allow for a turnaround, either, but that is not a problem.  The radio repairman went through all of the equipment, put in the new radio and did some antenna work.  The new hires are doing well; they are a slow and steady crew.  The 10-wheelers are saving a lot of time in sanding and Richard expects them to be a lot easier on edge work on the roads.  The next big bill will be addressing the cutting edges on the plows (approximately $2,800).
Select Board Reports:  Bill reported that COST has decided to dissolve its account and wanted to donate the money to the Town to buy tables for the main hall.  The check was made out directly to Bill as he is buying the tables for the Town at Sam’s Club, and the decision and vote were put in writing by the members of COST.  Katie was asked to send Donalyn Schofield, Deb Morrison and Sue Reed a letter of acknowledgement and thanks.
Town Administrator Reports:

Treasurer:  Janet came in at this point to request approval for internal borrowing of funds.  The MassWorks grant is not flowing smoothly and she had no idea that another truck was being ordered from Chapter 90.  Also, she was late on her last Quabbin payment and they now request being wired the money instead of being mailed a check.  Joe made a motion to borrow $75,000 from Library Funds, $85,000 out of Trust Funds and $50,000 out of Stabilization; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed. 
Additionally, the dog issue at Mary Goss’s place was discussed.  Janet advised that Mary definitely has 8 dogs; she’s seen them outside.  Mouse had been adopted but has been returned to Mary.  Jennie Hope has also made complaints.  Katie was asked to write to Mary Goss and request her to come in to another meeting.  Also, we might wish to advertise for a dog officer.  Katie was asked to call North Brookfield and Rutland first and then advertise if she gets no response.  We also got a letter from the Department of Agricultural Resources requesting that the Board appoint an Animal Control Officer by February 1st.  This person can be a police officer or constable.
NEW BUSINESS: Chapter 90 paperwork was signed along with a grant agreement for the Council on Aging.  Voting for the Historical Commission had been postponed.
OLD BUSINESS: There were minutes from other Boards for review. Monthly reports of cash and Unibank deposits were reviewed.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.

ADJOURNMENT:
  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:45 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted, 
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Monday, December 12, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531          

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Dennis Letendre, Jr., Kevin Landine, Les Miller and Katie Tyler as secretary.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of November 28, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PUBLIC FORUM:  No one was present for Public Forum; however, Katie reported on the logging situation that Jeff Duclos had come in to the office to discuss.  Jeff had complained loggers on Davis Road were damaging the road and blocking his parents’ driveway.  He had also contacted the Conservation Commission.  Katie contacted the logger, Kimball Moore, and discovered that Kimball was finishing a job he had started earlier and that Kimball had actually made contact with Mr. and Mrs. Duclos who were fine with the work.  Richard went over to investigate and said no damage was being done to the road and the entry way into the field was an old gateway and, therefore, no problem.  Kimball actually went back to Mr. and Mrs. Duclos again after Katie’s call and assured that there were no difficulties.  He did not need a permit to remove the wood as it was less than 20 board feet.
As far as the Dog Officer is concerned, she would like to be Dog Officer but without taking the class.  However, the Select Board verified that the class is required by the Commonwealth.  Katie was asked to call Holly back to see if she would, indeed, take the class and give the Town a one-year commitment to being Dog Officer.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Police:  Kevin reported two arrests, 20 citations and two crashes, one being in the parking lot after the last Board meeting and one on Mara Road this morning.  He got a notice from Military Surplus this morning that they will be coming out to inspect.  Also, it’s his understanding that President-elect Trump is reverting the program to its’ original intent and that any department will be able to use the equipment once the program is running again.  Kevin mentioned the discussion from the Sharing Subcommittee on December 5th; the Chief had proposed to use the $52,200 for reserve patrols to hire one full-time person as of February 1st.  Hardwick will cover the insurance and benefits.  After July 1st, the budget will be short $8,000 but some of that can be made up from the expense account.  The Select Board was in agreement that another full-time officer should be hired.  It makes the Towns’ liabilities less and allows for the same coverage.  Joe made a motion that the Police Department should expend funds from its budget to hire one extra full-time police officer during the current fiscal year; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously carried. 
Fire:Dennis related that he had contacted Maios’ and the cars will be removed after their tow truck is back up and running in about one week.  The Fire Department had one carbon monoxide alarm call and the car accident this morning.  The EMS call volume is high for New Braintree.  Dennis can check with the Fire Chief in Barre or Katie can check with Heather tomorrow when she has the meeting concerning regionalizing Building Inspector services. 
Highway:  Richard was out sanding.  Les said that the vehicle being traded in for the new Mack is the old white Mack.
Assessors:  Jim is working with Tina on the solar assessment as DOR wanted corrections on how it had been added to the books.  Katie said they had worked it out as our tax rate has been approved.
Select Board Reports:  Bill reported that the big refrigerator in the kitchen is no longer working and should be removed for scrap metal.  The Board agreed that the second Select Board meeting of this December will be cancelled.
Town Administrator Reports:

NEW BUSINESS:  Paperwork for Chapter 90 money for Hardwick/Ravine Road Project Design was signed.  A letter was acknowledged from the Small family thanking the Police Department for its help at the time of Connie’s passing.  The Town received a $10,000 credit from MIIA.  Katie said that the Property and Casualty Insurance is now paid for the Fiscal Year.

OLD BUSINESS: There were minutes from other Boards for review.

CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:00 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                           
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 28, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531          

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Tom Stott, Claire Reavey, Kevin Landine, Eric Dyson, Dennis & Andrea Letendre, Les Miller, Art Rossi, Corwin Castonguay, Mary Goss, Dick Reavey, and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Tina DeVries joined the meeting after 7:30 p.m.
Bill announced to the gathering that Connie Small had passed away yesterday and asked all to stand for a moment of silence in her memory and honor.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of November 14, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
LOCAL LICENSING AUTHORITY HEARING: Katie explained that the Select Board no longer had to sign the paperwork for the Reeds’ liquor license.  They do have to vote to approve it and vote to give Katie the authority to sign it on the ABCC renewal website.  Joe made a motion to accept the license for Reeds’ as all appropriate paperwork has been provided and to give Katie authority to sign on the website for the Local Licensing Authority; Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
CLASSIFICATION HEARING:  Claire spoke for the Assessors and made a recommendation for a single tax rate for the Town of New Braintree.  Bill made a motion to vote for a single tax rate for the Town; Randy seconded and it passed with two votes.  Joe Chenevert abstained.
PUBLIC FORUM:  Katie explained that Mary Goss had called her earlier today and provided the following information:  four dogs have been fostered in the Town of Leicester; one dog has been adopted in the Town of Hardwick; one dog, Mouse, has been adopted by a neighbor and licensed; Mary has licensed her four remaining dogs.  The Board of Health has visited and given her a clean bill of health and the state environmental people have done the same.  Mary would like closure.  The Board agreed that Katie will issue Mary a letter saying that the nuisance matter is closed unless other complaints come up at a future time.  Mary also mentioned at the meeting that Katie had told her the fines would be $250; Jessica had told her $150.  Katie was asked to check with Jessica as Katie had gotten the $250 figure from Jessica previously and let Mary know for sure which amount is correct.
The By-Law Review Committee presented the by-law as it stands at the moment.  The Board had a number of questions including why the size is being restricted to five acres, even on larger parcels, such as the Town’s 12.6 parcel.  Dick Reavey said they had chosen to limit the kilowatts because the information they received from the survey and from people coming to the meetings was that this Town is residential and agricultural and they do not want big commercial units here.  It was also explained that even on a large parcel, if the Town wanted to put in five complete acres of a solar array, the setbacks would take up most of the rest of the parcel.  There were some further discussions about different choices made by the Committee and questions by the Board.  The Board decided that once this version is back from its second review at the attorneys’ office, the By-Law Review Committee should bring it back to the Select Board and it is hoped that will happen for the December 12th meeting.  We will have a Town Meeting in February at the earliest.  Katie mentioned that there will be a State Attorney General’s Session on submitting By-laws next Tuesday, December 6, in Reading, MA from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m.  Dick Reavey is willing to go and the Board wanted Katie to attend as well.

REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Auditor:  Tina reported that she has no issues at this time.
Katie suggested covering the dog officer hiring so that Mary wouldn’t have to wait through the whole meeting.  Katie then explained that she had left a message with Holly about whether she wants the position and about the class but she has not heard back.  The Board asked Katie to call Holly and invite her to the next meeting on the 12th so the decision can be made.  Mary asked what is required to become a dog officer; Kevin explained the class is one night a week for six months and takes place at the Boylston Academy.  Katie will call Mary to let her know if Holly will attend on the 12th.
Finance:  Les went over the recap sheet last week with Jim.  By putting $35,000 of the $109,000 from the auction into the recap, it brings us to $373.92 over the levy limit.
Police:  Kevin reported one arrest for violating a restraining order, 22 citations and no crashes.  There was an overdose at a house.  He mentioned that every time the police do a security check on the Highway Facility they have found the new truck outside, unlocked, with the keys in it. 
Fire:       Dennis reported that someone had been driving around the facility area near the military trucks last Tuesday and then tried to drive between the sheds—it turned out that it was a medical emergency and the Fire Department was able to assist.  He will ask the Maios’ to come take the crash cars.  As for the HumVees, Kevin said absolutely everything is on hold until the new President takes office.  The police cannot even access the surplus website.  Dennis said there had been three calls since the last meeting, one being an activated fire alarm which had an excellent response with all three trucks going out fully loaded.  Almost everyone was at the last training; a lot of people are interested in joining our Fire Department at this time. 
Highway:  Katie reported for Richard that the Gilbertville posted speed signs are in and that the Department worked 4 ½ hours in the storm last week.  Kevin asked if Richard had said anything about the light at Four Corners; he had not, so Katie will check with him.
Assessors:  Claire said the Assessors should arrive at a tax rate this week.

Select Board Reports:  Bill was very pleased with how the auction went and suggested sending Janet a note.  Katie will do all the thank-yous tomorrow and get them out.
Town Administrator Reports:

Randy added at this point that the chimney on the Town Hall will need repair when we do the roof.  Also, Randy said that at the School Committee meeting Maureen referred to a 2-year process to get the roof at the New Braintree Grade School approved.
NEW BUSINESS:  The Quabbin Meeting on the 17th was briefly referred to; nothing new had come from the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:20 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                         
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 14, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531          

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Mary Jones, Deny Long, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Richard Ayer, Adam Williamson, Ben Axelman and Charles Nutter from Nexamp, and Katie Tyler as secretary.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of October 24, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Katie then explained that it would preferable to pass over the Local Licensing Authority Hearing, as the procedure for submittal to Boston has changed.  We still need some of the paperwork before proceeding.  The Hearing was postponed until November 28th.
PUBLIC FORUM: Ben came in to talk to the Board about its desire to set up a solar array behind the Town Highway Facility to provide electricity for all the Town buildings.  The Historical Society building could be looped in as well, and if we add the school, we will use more electricity.  We do not need public procurement to sign a land lease as it could probably be done under MGL C30B.  We would have to go out to bid for a solar company.  Ben explained that the current program is full.  There is an extension on it, but to meet the deadlines we would have to begin construction by January and be on-line for May; he thinks, therefore, that we would essentially be waiting on the new program as it would be the summer of 2017 before we are ready.  He submitted some consultants that could help us put together an RFP and the actual bidding document.  Randy and Bill stated that we have to do some clean-up on the property and we need to set up a meeting with Senator Anne Gobi to discuss the property deed.  There was some discussion about perhaps getting the Academy involved in purchasing power as well.
Charles was here to discuss the net metering credits available to Town residents.  It’s basically the same program we have signed up for as a Town and is easy and flexible for residents to sign up to use.  No money down is needed and no credit check is required.  A resident would submit a utility bill; Nexamp would evaluate it, and then assign the resident a share of the project.  Mark’s project and other projects, such as the one in Charlton, are ready for this.  The credit appears on the electricity bill and is automatically deducted by National Grid.  A resident can obtain a 15% credit for up to 20 years; the resident can also opt out of the program with six months’ notice or take it with him/her to a new home.
Joe asked Ben what would happen if we don’t get the solar array for the Town going by May of next year.  Ben stated that the new program will probably last a couple of years; we just don’t know yet if net metering will be allowed on the next program.  Ben asked how the solar by-law was going and the Board said it was a very confusing by-law at present; if they have any new projects, they should go through the special permit process.  Randy and Bill briefly discussed the possibility of opening the old West Brookfield Road again to give better access to that land.  Also, the school water line from the Academy is under that road so if we were able to take it back as a Town road, it would be helpful. 
The Board thanked Ben and Charles for their time and information.  Ben and Charles then left the meeting as did Mary Jones and Deny Long.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Auditor:  Les reported for Tina that she has no issues at this time and Finance had nothing to report.
Police:  Adam Williamson reported that there have been 3 arrests in New Braintree, 23 citations and 0 crashes since the last meeting.  There are 70,146 miles on the 2014 vehicle and 4,960 on the 2017 car.  Les asked if the PD had any reports on people being in Evergreen Cemetery—apparently the chain was dropped and kids were in there. A gravestone or two have been knocked over. Adam had not heard any but said he would check with the Lieutenant.  Joe mentioned that the mower might go through there and maybe he’s hitting a couple stones.  Richard said he would check on that, but Les said the mowing operator is pretty conscientious.  Adam had to leave at this point for a fire call in Hardwick.
Fire: Dennis related that there had been one fire alarm and one big brush fire in Hardwick.  He has five or six new people interested in joining the Fire Department, a couple of who were members before, and one just moved to the Town line and was a full-time firefighter in Northborough.  He has plenty of uniforms—the only additional cost will be the physicals.  He will know more after Tuesday night’s Fire Department meeting.  The Department did a simulated drill with a trapped person last Tuesday and it went well.  Randy asked him if we had gotten the compressor yet—Sterling was going to give us a nice compressor if they got a grant, but they did not get the grant so we do not have the compressor.
Highway:  Richard has wrapped up West Road gravel and did the shoulders.  Unitas Road is done.  They are working on equipment, starting on the loader tomorrow.  On Wednesday they will be on the structures on Route 67.  The Board asked about the sharing project with North Brookfield and Barre for 67:  Richard said North Brookfield is currently hiring a new superintendent and Barre wasn’t overly excited about the idea before.  Richard spoke to Doug briefly today, and as soon as Doug has finished one project on the Webb house he will jump to the Highway project.  Les said he had talked with Doug as well.
Veterans’ Agent:  Katie reported for Bill Kleinedler that his current case with a veteran is on-going.
The Assessors had no report. 
Council on Aging:  Katie mentioned that the Council on Aging would like the Board to appoint Karen Braden to the Council.  Joe made a motion to appoint Karen Braden as a Council on Aging member; Bill seconded the motion and the vote was passed unanimously.
Town Administrator Reports:


Select Board Reports: 
Bill said that the new set-up for voting was well received and asked that the Board send a note to Jessica thanking her for her efforts in this past election.  Les also reminded Katie that we need to do letters of gratitude to Pete Morrissey and Bob Glidden.

NEW BUSINESS:  The Use of Hall Application for the Christmas Fair was signed.  Also, Amie Lefrevre had asked to use the Hall for a funeral reception and the Board agreed as well as extending its condolences on the loss of her mother. 

OLD BUSINESS:  Holly Huard had asked about being reimbursed for a dog officer class; she is going to try to obtain a grant for it.  The Board asked Katie to call her to see if she has had any success with the grant application and advise her that the Town will foot the bill with her reimbursement if she receives the grant.  We would like a one-year commitment from her to serve as Dog Officer.  Bill mentioned that Janet said there had been some barking on Pierce Road again.  Joe made a motion to approve the Dog Officer General Law Statement and Regulations; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously carried.  The Board signed the document and it will be posted after we have officially hired a Dog Officer.  We also need to come to an agreement with another Town for a place to house animals.
Minutes for other Boards and Commissions were reviewed.

CORRESPONDENCE: Katie was asked to copy the marijuana by-law review and send it to the by-law review committee along with the material from the Attorney General’s Office.  Katie was also asked to copy the CMRPC traffic report for Richard and the Police Department.
All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:50 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                       
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Tuesday, October 24, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen C. William Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, Richard Ayer, Raechael and Warren Ehrlich, Claire Reavey, Peggy Thompson and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Tina DeVries joined the meeting a little later as did Kevin Nimtz.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:            
Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of October 11, 2016; Randy seconded the motion and it passed with two votes.  Bill abstained as he had been absent at that meeting.
PUBLIC FORUM:
Raechael did not really have anything to add to her letter to the Select Board which had been read by all three members.  She is in the process of putting up a three-strand fence and Warren has been leaving messages for Mary on her voice mail during that process.  Randy indicated that the Town’s only concern is the fence, and, if it is fixed, we can move on. 
Claire was present to report on the 77th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar which she and Katie had attended last Monday and Tuesday at the State House.  She said it was an excellent two-day program.  They learned a lot, including history, parliamentary procedure, how a bill is run through the Legislature, and they actually participated in a mock Senate hearing on the Family Medical Leave Act (which has already been passed through the Senate and is before the House).  It was a very interesting hearing, with four amendments proposed, and ultimately it was voted down.  Claire believes all students should take this class as it’s an excellent civics lesson and encourage the adults present to do so as well.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Police:  Kevin checked the date of December 5th for a Police Sharing Committee Meeting to be held in Hardwick; Katie will post it.  There have been zero arrests, 24 citations and one crash.  He just discussed with Richard about replacement of the light at Four Corners with a new, more efficient LED light plus one for the Ravine Road side.  The cost for each light is about $1,500 to $2,000.  He is going to investigate pricing.  Kevin added that the last five accidents have originated on the Ravine Road side. Kevin also brought up the issue of having the Police Department hold the position of Fence Viewers.  The PD feels it doesn’t work when they show up in cruisers and uniforms—it’s too intimidating.  The Chief respectfully asked if the Board could consider replacing them.  Randy has thought about making the Agricultural Commission the Fence Viewers.  Bill suggested the AgComm be invited to a Select Board meeting to discuss it.  In response to a question, Kevin said the animal call problems have been okay; there have been a couple calls but nothing out of control.  Katie might now be able to contact people who have expressed an interest.
Fire:       Dennis could not attend the meeting tonight because he had a meeting in Spencer.  He had reported to Randy that the shuttle drill in Oakham on Sunday went well and that the rescue truck will be back soon.
Highway:  Richard is trying to get all the equipment up to par and finishing up the edgework on Unitas Road.  He still has quite a bit of work to do there.  The Department is still short of help; Richard has hired one full-timer but the part-time position has not yet been filled.  Katie was asked to advertise it on the website and the sign outside.  The Board wondered whether Pete would be interested in filling in, and Richard said he would talk to him about it.  The salt roof has not been straightened out yet but Richard plans on covering it with a tarp shortly.
School Committee:  Peggy had nothing new to report except that the advertisements for the World Cafes have gone out.  Randy wanted to know if we could ask again for a breakdown of the unfunded mandates that affect Quabbin only—not the wider group of schools.  Peggy will ask about it.
Bill stated that he has talked to someone about looking at the land behind the Town Barn for solar possibilities.  He advised Tina that he will probably need costs for usage for the last few years.
Town Administrator Reports:

Select Board Reports:  Randy did contact our Assistant Building Inspector about the solar panels installed by the Stillmans and the setbacks used.  The ZBA had turned down the Stillmans’ request; the Building Inspectors approved the second plan submitted by the Stillmans; the Stillmans’ then installed the solar array based on the first plan rather than the second without notifying anyone.  Katie was asked to check with Bob on whether he has had an opportunity to investigate.

NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Nimtz was present to ask how many many hours the Town would have to invest to mandate two speed limit signs on Gilbertville Road.  He feels they would be useful.  Kevin said we could put up yellow posting signs to remind people of the 40 mph limit; a legal white sign would be more and include 20 hours of counting speeds, car types, etc.  Mr. Nimtz would be satisfied with yellow signs and thanked the Board for its time.

The Use of Hall Application for the Senior Holiday Dinner was signed.

There was some discussion about the Warrant Articles.  Article 1, concerning the transfer of money, was not necessary, Les said.  We should strike it.  Katie asked about the Assessors’ situation and Les said it was fine and that this does not affect it.  A discussion arose about the Solar By-Law.  No one was present for the Solar By-Law Committee to present the by-law; Katie explained that she had typed up the attorney changes today and that there might be one more change after Dick Reavey talks to the attorney tomorrow; that, however, should not affect the article as Katie would have time to retype the document tomorrow.  The Select Board was not comfortable with the idea of more changes being made after putting the Article on the Warrant; also, Katie had thought that the Planning Board had wanted some changes which were not incorporated.  The Board also wanted someone from the Solar By-Law Review Committee to be present.  The decision was made to table the Special Town Meeting until spring.

OLD BUSINESS:  Katie was asked to send Dr. Marshall a letter asking her to initiate the process for replacing the roof on the New Braintree Grade School.

CORRESPONDENCE:  All correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 7:55 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:   Chairman Walker and Selectman Joe Chenevert were present. Selectman Howland was away on vacation. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Richard Ayer, Bill Kleinedler, Mary Jones and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Janet Pierce and Corwin Castonguay were present for portions of the meeting as were Traci Eaves-Brearley and Tina Lindsey.
Randy made an announcement that Ricky Adams had passed away on Sunday and would be missed.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of September 26, 2016 and the minutes of the follow-up nuisance hearing on September 29, 2016; Randy seconded the motion and it passed with both votes.
PUBLIC FORUM: There was no nuisance hearing held for Mr. Daigneault as he had informed Katie by e-mail that Mr. Bray had gotten rid of the dog.  Katie stated that she had received a call from Heather Duncan and they had actually moved out of Town.
Mary Jones was present to discuss an issue with her neighbor; last week her neighbor called her to let Mary know that she was having tree work done and that Mary’s trees were affecting her power and telephone lines.  Mary discussed this with both the neighbor and with Todd from North Quabbin Tree Service, pointing out that her hemlocks did not encroach on the neighbor’s property and, as Mary owns six inches on the other side of the fence (which belongs to Mary), they do not affect the wires.  Mary agreed that her white pines might cause a problem.  All three were in agreement.  The next day while the work was being done Mary was busy haying and couldn’t be there.  When she returned, the whole line of trees along the fence had been shaved right back to the trunk, basically cut in half.    Todd said Mrs. Ehrlich had told him that she owned the fence and was upset when he found out Mary owned it.  Now Mary is going to have to sue Mrs. Ehrlich; she’s filed a police report and wanted to know if the Town can do anything to help her.  Randy stated that Mary has a trespassing issue and a complaint against property damage, plus Mrs. Ehrlich’s animals should not be on Mary’s property—they apparently use the fence and have caused damage to it.  Mrs. Ehrlich has even added her own electric wire to the top of Mary’s fence.  Mary has asked her to get the wire off and put up her own fence.  Joe asked Mary if she had given Mrs. Ehrlich permission to put up that wire, and Mary said no.  Joe indicated that’s another matter for the Court.  Kevin suggested that Mary called the Worcester Probate Family Court, Land Division and ask to speak to the Lawyer of the Day.  He can advise Mary on how to proceed. 
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Police:  There have been three arrests, two OUIs and one domestic, 18 citations and no crashes.  Randy mentioned that there have been no accidents at Four Corners lately, and Kevin indicated the police have been writing three or four tickets a week there.
Fire: Dennis said they have had no calls.  The Department has been training on rescue operations.  Tonight they are doing air bags and rescue jacks and they are going to be doing different emergency scenarios around Town.  He has done one fire drill at the school and has another one coming up soon.
Janet came in at this point and requested to be allowed to borrow $200,000 out of Stabilization to cover the road paving expenses.  We’ve run into a problem with the MassWorks Grant as three different people have been administering it so far so the money is not flowing in as it should.  The Board approved the borrowing.  The money should be able to be replaced shortly once the kinks get worked out of the grant and the real estate tax money starts flowing in.
Highway:  Richard picked up the new one-ton last week; it still has to be lettered but is in operation.  The other truck will be used for the mowing operations and it will give the Department options for intersection use at snowplowing time.  Richard said we are well under budget for the MassWorks grant and thinks we’ll have around $200,000 left; when things get straightened out with Boston we will find out if we can spend this money next year.  When he applied for the grant, fuel costs were so much higher than they are now that expenses were a great deal more.  Pete’s last day of work will be Friday and we will then be short of help again.  He is interviewing someone from Oakham tomorrow and Katie has submitted three people for CORI checks.  The big truck is still on schedule for December 1.  Randy said we need to clean the yard soon—Kevin has called three times about the Hummers, but the whole system is on hold right now.  Randy said to drag them up on the hill.  The salt shed has not been capped yet, but salt has not been ordered yet, either.
Veterans’ Agent:  Bill said he lost about 12 flags this year so he’ll put in an order to get more.  He asked if he should put out another letter to the Town asking for donations and was told that he should, and he should plan to go out with the tax bills.  It would help if he could calculate the cost of one assembly and maybe people would donate the cost of one or more.  Bill is currently involved in the same case; the Department of Veteran Services denied it and so they are working on getting more information.  This is taking so much time that he is thinking of stepping down from the position of Veterans’ Agent, although he would still volunteer to do the cemetery flags and the pole flags each year.  He said he would finish this case, so he was encouraged to be sworn in for one more year to finish this case and then take it from there.
Town Administrator Reports:

NEW BUSINESS: The only new business was other Boards’ minutes to review as well as the Library quarterly report.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
CORRESPONDENCE: Randy mentioned that our offer to buy the Alice Webb property had been denied and it is being sold to another individual.  There was also a letter from Bob Glidden declining the Police Sharing Committee appointment and any other appointments.  Kevin said he would be talking to Jim tomorrow about setting up another meeting of the Sharing Committee.  All other correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.

ADJOURNMENT:
  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:01 p.m.  Randy seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, September 26, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker, Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, June and Bob Glidden, Cynthia and Jim Owen, Tina Lindhorst, Jennie Hope, Jane Cronin, Peggy Thompson, Mary Goss, Jennifer Lane, Tom Giardano, Janet Pierce, Dennis Letendre, Jr.,  and Katie Tyler as secretary. 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Approval of minutes was postponed until later in the meeting.
KENNEL HEARING FOR MARY GOSS, 179 PIERCE ROAD:
Mary asked about what to do to get a kennel license.  The Board asked her if the manure was taken care of and she said that was a separate issue; none of the manure concerns dog manure, it’s all horse manure.  She has all the rabies certificates with her.  She puts dog manure in a container and then buries the manure later on her property.  She invited the Board to visit to view the process.  Mary wanted it pointed out that there was whispering going on behind her in the audience.  Randy asked if she had records from past years; Mary responded that she only has records with Dr. LeDoux for rabies shots and has no records for kennel licenses for three years prior to this year.  She provided the current rabies vaccinations to the Board.  She believes unless the Dog Officer was able to do her job, there was a “slight” problem.  Mary stated she has handed over rabies certificates for the kennel to the Dog Officer and gotten kennel tags from the Dog Officer.  Bill pointed out that she hasn’t paid anything for three years and asked if she receives a census which requires you to lists dogs.  Mary says she does get a census but she has been handled differently.  She would be happy to handle any arrears.  Bill repeated that the Town hasn’t received any money; Mary’s response is that the Board should decide what she needs to pay ($40 for 10 dogs or $50 for 25 dogs) and she will do so.  She reiterated that the Dog Officer would take her check or cash for a number of years and then the Officer just started leaving kennel licenses for her.
Jane Cronin requested permission to read the attached letter to the Board.  She said “We all do want to be good neighbors with Mary but dogs are the problem,” and proceeded to read the letter.   Katie asked her to provide copies of the attachments and she obtained those from June Glidden.
After Jane read the letter, Mary stated she was very confused.  She thinks the letter and the kennel are two very different issues and the Board should do as it pleases.
Jennie Hope referred back to the rabies vaccination issue and quoted from Chapter 140 of the MGL.  Jennie doesn’t believe a veterinarian would send a “blanket sheet.”  Mary had provided a one-sheet listing of the dogs plus yellow/pink copies of the individual dogs.  (There was some confusion as it turned out one yellow/pink slip for one of her dogs was missing and Mary indicated Dr. LeDoux had forgotten to give it to her, plus there was another slip for her dog’s caretaker’s personal dog included.  Our interim Dog Officer had suggested that all the dogs on the property have proof of rabies and be licensed in New  Braintree or their own towns to be fair to the neighbors—Mary’s caretaker’s dog lives in Hardwick but spends a lot of time at 179 Pierce Road.)  Two puppies belong to Mary’s sister Posie and are licensed in Sterling.  Jennifer Lane (the caretaker) said the dogs have always been vaccinated.  She has held each of them every year for their shots.   Some of the dogs have a one-year vaccination and some have a three-year vaccination.  This year they were vaccinated on 8/16/16.
Tina Lindhorst said that her son is now afraid of some of the dogs that he used to take care of—when the dogs were little they were fine but now they have become aggressive.
Cynthia Owen said that on Thursday the 22nd one dog barked from 7:30 until midnight.  Mary said none of her dogs were out on Thursday night so it must have been someone else’s dog.  Janet Pierce said she has noticed a significant difference since the nuisance hearing; there has been a little bit of barking but no extended period of times barking.  Katie asked Kevin Landine if Dispatch had received any calls since the hearing on the 15th; Kevin responded that since the 13th of the month there have been no calls.  Jennie Hope spoke up and said Kevin had told the residents they could keep their own records between the meetings.  She had two instances of barking noted but they were brief, not continuous, so it has been quieter. 
Janet Pierce wanted to go on record to say that she does not support the kennel license.  Having it quiet the past two weeks has made the neighbors miss what they used to have and she doesn’t feel comfortable that things will stay quiet if the kennel license is issued. 
Bob Glidden said that, yes, it is quieter, but at what cost to the animals?  June asked if we had a report back from the Board of Health and the Select Board said that report should be available at this Thursday’s meeting.  Jennie asked if shouldn’t the rabies certificates come directly to the Town Hall; Randy said no—they should go to Mary.  Katie indicated that some veterinarians do send rabies certificates directly to the Town Hall but others are brought in by dog owners and copied for the Town Clerk in order to obtain licenses.  Jennie also asked if the Board can determine the number of dogs Mary can have and set stipulations on a kennel and Randy said yes.
Randy asked the other members of the Board if we should table the vote for a few weeks; Joe indicated he felt they should vote on it now.  Randy asked Mary what she thinks she can actually handle.  Mary replied she can handle her ten dogs and her helpers’ three dogs and she is willing to pay the $50 fee; if it doesn’t work, we can revisit it.
June asked about the container for the manure which she said she had been hearing about for the last several meetings—has it been put in place yet?  Mary said no and she is going to go local for that service.
Janet brought up a point made in an earlier meeting about a person who took care of Mary’s dogs who Mary said was paid under the table—Mary said that particular person is gone and Jennifer is the second dog caretaker; so Janet said Jennifer’s been there and the dogs have still been barking up to now.  Mary stated she’s put everything into effect that she’s been asked to do.  Janet said—but why were they barking all that time—do you understand why the neighbors are concerned?  Mary said the barking has stopped because you can’t always depend on the people you hire.  Tina (former dog officer) had threatened to fine the person watching the dogs.  Mary said the neighbors will know the dogs will stop barking because of what the future will bring.  She also said that although the Board heard that her dogs urinated in Mike Lindhorst’s tool box, the Board never heard that she gave him a check for $200 because of it which he cashed.  She has the canceled copy.  He came to her house after that incident, banged on her door and threatened that he would bring her dogs to her in body bags.   Mary said that the Board heard something happened to the Gliddens’ cat when her dogs were loose, but the Board never heard that the cat was found locked in the Lindhorsts’ garage.  It had nothing to do with Mary’s dogs, but Mary never got an apology for that.
Bill stated at this point that it is his opinion the Board should not issue a kennel license because he does not feel Mary is capable of taking care of the dogs.  Joe stated that he cannot, in all good consciousness after listening to the neighbors’ complaints, grant a kennel license, either.  Randy would to grant a license with a time frame to work it out; he said the Board has a right to lower the number of dogs and put on a number of restrictions.  Randy said that not giving her a kennel license will give Mary no avenue but to get rid of the dogs or go to civil court.  Randy understands the issue has been going on a long time and he is not sure why it has been.  If a kennel license doesn’t work, we will end up in court anyway.
Mary stated that all the residents have never come to her en masse to complain.  She was not invited to every meeting here.  Randy explained that the first meeting where her address was mentioned was a neighbor complaining about the noise.  The second meeting was when he called the Dog Officer in to ask her to look into the situation and resolve it.  Otherwise, Mary has been at every meeting.
Tina Lindhorst stated that now that we have come to this point, what about the animals?  She is concerned about their care.  Randy said that is not part of the discussion.  The Warren Dog Officer and the MSPCA officer both said that the dogs are adequately cared for and fed.
At this point the Board took a roll call vote on whether to allow a kennel license for Mary Goss at 179 Pierce Road:  Joe Chenevert voted no; Bill Howland voted no; Randy Walker voted for a one-month license to see if how she has spent her money will work and the situation slows down.  The vote was negative by two votes to one.
Janet asked for clarification on how many dogs Mary can have since the vote was not to give a kennel license.  The Board stated she can have up to four dogs.  Janet stated that if there is retaliation against the neighborhood, the neighbors can come back to the Board again and the Board said yes.  Katie was asked to send Mary a letter stating that she is not allowed a kennel license.  Mary said she would pursue the matter in civil court as no one is taking her dogs away from her.   There was a period of personal accusations and raised voices among those present and the Board cleared the room of all except department heads.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Police:  There have been three arrests, one an OUI and the others two unlicensed operations; no crashes.  The Board asked about the animal issues on Barre Road and apparently someone is calling in about being attacked by a skunk.  Kevin also reported that the officers went to Superior Court for a felony charge on an OUI crash last year that was a fourth offense; the defendant received two years in the house of correction so that was a major success for the Police Department.  The Department was also involved in chasing David Salem’s cows when they got loose.
Fire:       Dennis moved the cars as requested but stated they had been put back by someone else.  The Fire Department has been getting calls for a smell of smoke on Ravine Road for two weeks; the first call someone thought there was a house fire, but it seems someone is burning trash down there.  They’ve searched the woods for 2 ½ hours, but the smell diminishes the further into the woods you go so Dennis thinks it’s between McEvoy Road and the field.  They even had the State Police doing an air check for hot spots in case a tree had been hit by lightening and was smoldering.  The airport was completely checked.  Dennis also reported that the rescue truck went out for service this morning.
There was a discussion about Fence Viewers.  Randy asked if the police can write a ticket.  Kevin said he has no idea—he doesn’t even know what a fence should look like.  He hasn’t familiarized himself with the by-law on fence viewing.  Kevin said that in order for the police to write a ticket our by-laws have to state the police can take action under 4198.
Highway:  Richard was not present but it was reported that the top will go on Unitas Road this week; Mara is finished and West Road is finished except for the edgework.  Katie asked the Board to open the one truck bid received.  Joe opened the bid from Beard Chevrolet for a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado with a gas engine, automatic transmission, snow plow kit, 4.10 axle ratio, 2-3 yard dump body installed for the price of $37,996 good until Friday, September 30th.  It was asked why Richard didn’t use the state contract for this so Katie will check with him.  The Board considered holding the bid, but Kevin said they should vote on it since it had been opened.  Joe made a motion to accept the bid from Beard Chevrolet for a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck with dump body for $37,996; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed. 
School Committee:  Peggy had no news.  There have been no meetings since the Special Town Meetings finished except for the Task Force.  The information meetings are tentatively set for October for students and November for adults.  Bill asked Peggy if she had a list of the people who were hired since our Special Town Meeting; she does not but she can get one.  He also wondered if the School Committee will ever discuss attendance and all the professional half days.
Town Administrator Reports:

There were no Select Board reports.  Randy asked if we should put one more bracket on the back of the Town Hall; Joe thinks that should be held off until we get a good snow storm as he has a concern that the brackets aren’t going to hold anyway.  We might need to get a different type.

NEW BUSINESS: Randy discussed the letter Katie had written to Tom Bohan about fixing his fence and he advised Kevin that the police can get Traci Brearley to write a fine for Mr. Bohan as he has done nothing to fix the fence.  Yesterday was the deadline.  Kevin asked Katie to e-mail him a copy of the letter.  Katie suggested that the Agricultural Commission develop a policy for fence construction for the Town of New Braintree.  The Board and the Fence Viewers liked the idea so she was asked to e-mail the Commission with a request to work on suggestions for enclosures for all farm animals.

Bill mentioned that there are five or six dogs on Cemetery Road; they are all fenced in and if anyone is walking by, the owner comes out to get them and brings them in the house.  They only bark when someone is walking by.

The Board announced a change in hours in the Town Hall due to budget cuts.  On snow days for the school, Katie will not be at work.  If there is a delay, she will not come in until school starts and if there is an early release, she will leave at that time.  The building will be closed on Thursdays.

Les came in at that point and said that Jim has a problem with the levy limit—we are way over it.  Les and Tina went over this evening and she and Jim will discuss in tomorrow.  The budget the Finance Committee completed last week still has an incorrect bottom line, so Les will discuss it with Renée and correct it. 

Discussion began about a Special Town Meeting.  Katie pointed out that the Green Communities application deadline has been moved forward to November 21st and we should have a meeting before then to try to pass the solar by-law and the stretch code.  She had verified that the solar by-law met the requirements for Green Communities, but Joe and Les both had concerns about that and asked her to call Kelly Brown again to confirm.  Joe made a motion to open a Warrant for a Special Town Meeting for November 14th; Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

OLD BUSINESS: Some discussion ensued about the appointment list.  Katie has still not heard back from the state Agricultural Commission about whether alternates can be appointed so she will contact them again.
The Board decided to place Sara Bjorklund on the AgComm instead of Scott Metcalf; Corwin Castonguay on the ConComm instead of Tom Bohan; and John Shinnagel was added to the Council on aging.  Joe made a motion that with these changes the attached list should all be appointed to the positions named.  Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Joe made a motion to accept the minutes from September 12, 2016 and the minutes from September 15, 2016, as written.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 9:00 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                        
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, September 12, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:              Chairman Walker, Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, June and Bob Glidden, Cynthia Owen, Michael and Tina Lindhorst, Jennie Hope, Mary Goss, Joanne Thompson, Jim Brown, Jennifer Lane, Rob Toupin, Michael Day, Posie Goss, Traci Brearley, Tina Lindsey, and Katie Tyler as secretary.  Janet Pierce and Tina DeVries, along with Dennis Letendre, Jr., joined the meeting at a later time.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 22, 2016 meeting; Bill Howland seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
PUBLIC FORUM:
Randy announced that the Animal Control Officer had quit and would not be present.  Bill began by questioning Mary Goss on what she had accomplished since the meeting she had attended.  Mary stated that Dr. LeDoux had all the rabies shots proof in his possession until she knew what type of license she needed to purchase.  Bill said there was no question she would need a kennel license for the amount of dogs she has and asked how long she had been without one.  Mary said since 2013 or 2014 or “whenever the money was stolen and someone was let go.”  Mary indicated that Tina never collected money from her but just brought her the kennel license tags.  Posie is there five days a week and she takes care of the horses.  Jennifer takes care of the dogs.  Upon questioning, Jennifer stated that she works 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every day and comes back for two hours every evening that Mary is not home.  Mary said she put her dogs out at 8:00 last night for the last time of the evening and they barked.  However, the other residents of the street stated they barked all night and Dispatch had records of calls at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30 and 4:30 a.m.  Bill asked her about the dogs that don’t belong to her and she said two belong to her sister and one to Jennifer:  two are licensed in Sterling and one will be licensed in Hardwick.  Kevin has been up there twice himself; Bud Tatro responded last night.  Jenny Hope spoke and said they had been having a problem with Dispatch not wanting to take the calls and it’s uncomfortable; she added that everyone on the street is available Wednesday night and would like a nuisance hearing.  She also stated others from Barr Road were complaining about the noise and added that if her dog license is late, she pays a late fee.  Why hasn’t Mary had fees?  Jenny wants five years’ of no dog license charges and June Glidden agreed with her.  There was further disagreement between Mary and the other residents of the road about how long the dogs were out last night and things became somewhat heated.  At this point, the Select Board declared that it would hold a nuisance hearing on this Thursday, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m.  Katie stated she would not send any written notifications as everyone involved was present.  The Board asked Jim Brown what the Conservation Commission had discovered on its site visit.  Jim said the ConComm has not been there yet; he had heard rumors of animal waste leaching into the brook and has put it on his agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting.  The Commission will then schedule a site walk within the next week to 10 days.  Mary said the manure is being taking care by a friend of Posie’s; Posie added that the person is supposed to come by the end of September.  In the meantime, the Board of Health had visited and suggested the manure be dumped onto higher ground.  Mary admitted it has been two years since the manure has been cleared.  Jenny and June want to be assured that it will be removed.  The Board indicated we need to address the dog issue first.
Mary indicated she had done everything she was supposed to but Bill disagrees because people are still complaining.  Janet said she had a video and pictures from last night of the dogs barking in the middle of the road.  They were still barking at 4:30 this morning.  Mr. Lindhorst says the dogs still urinate on his deck.  Janet said Dispatch advised them to call the Select Board; Kevin will get the past four months’ of complaints from Dispatch.  While we have no dog officer, people will have to call the Select Board’s Office.  Mary mentioned the woman from the MSPCA.  Kevin indicated her name is Christina Allenburg.  Janet also has a picture from Friday of a dog halfway down the road.  Mary says that dog is too clever and can’t be kept in a kennel.  Everyone will come Thursday at 7:00 and we will make the entire complaints official.  Bill asked Joanne to make sure Paul or someone from the Board of Health comes.  Mary invited the Select Board to come to her property to view it.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance:  Les reported that the Finance Committee is meeting tomorrow night concerning the reduced budget.  It will be provided after that meeting.
Police:  There have been two arrests, one for an unlicensed person and one a warrant for drugs/sex offender, 12 citations and 0 crashes.  Halloween has been changed to Saturday, October 29, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The department has been going non-stop between the dog complaints on Pierce and Ravine Roads.  Traci Brearley, Animal Inspector, indicated she had almost killed two cows on West Brookfield Road; she looked at the fence and it is worthless.  Traci spoke to the landowner and told her to fix it or we will call the state.  At this point it was decided to send a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Daigneault and to Mr. James Brey and his girlfriend Heather to request them to come to the next regular Select Board’s meeting.  Katie is also to send a letter to the Bohans concerning multiple complaints from the police and the animal inspector and that they must fix the fence within 10 days of the letter or fining will commence.  The cows also should not be allowed in the brook.
Fire:       Dennis said they made it through the fair.  He did a final inspection on the shooting range at the Academy.  The Academy is starting another big project with the heating system.  There have been no fire calls.  The department will be doing training every night for the next two months.
Highway:  Katie reported for Richard that he was at home dealing with an electrical outage from Sunday’s storm.  She said he plans to start reclaiming Unitas Road tomorrow.  Les added that he received quotes on the door for the salt shed, one for a sixteen-foot for $3,553 and one for an eighteen-foot for around $4,000.  The Board decided we should go with the eighteen-foot door and wait until next year to repair the front roof.  Also we should get the grader out of the yard.   Dennis said he would be working with pulling it out this week for training on the cars.  Kevin said Hardwick should be in touch about trading hours with a man and truck for catch basin cleaning.  Dennis also brought up getting Charter into Town; last year, we contacted them and were told they were busy merging and that we should try again next year so Katie was asked to try to get in touch with them again. 
Traci asked what to do about quarantining for dog bites now that we have no ACO; usually, a notice comes from the hospital so Katie will open any ACO mail.
Town Administrator Reports:

Select Board Reports:   Joe said the Task Force met with the Collins Center.  The Center will be doing World Café evenings and as many people as possible should be encouraged to come.  As soon as the dates are definite, Katie will use the Code Red to advise residents of the dates and the date and time of the federal election.
Randy met with Alice Webb’s two daughters concerning the Town acquiring the property; there are a few ideas about how it could work and how it could be financed and on what terms.  Les stopped in to the meeting to chat about that.  The Town would be interested in purchasing it at the assessed value.  They discussed the land and the house, the right of way up the road and .9 acres in the back for the turn; and even talked about moving the house if we purchased it to the south of the lot the Town owns.  However, there is a stipulation in the deed that the property can only be used for a public safety complex.  Currently, we are investigating that because the state never reimbursed us for the purchase.  Randy believes if we move the house down by the power lines, it would be a nicer setting and it would be good to have the land, so a septic wouldn’t have to be put in that has to be pumped upwards.

NEW BUSINESS: There was a report of cash for May, reports from other boards and the building inspector for review.  Also there was a note from the Agricultural Commission concerning appointments.  The Board signed Use of Hall permits for Youth Soccer and for the Friends of the Library.

OLD BUSINESS:  There was no old business.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:56 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                      
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, August 22, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker, Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, June and Bob Glidden, Janet Pierce, Cynthia and Jim Owen, Michael and Tina Lindhorst, Reghan and Jennie Hope, Mr. and Mrs. Rick LeBlanc, Peggy Thompson and Katie Tyler as secretary.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  After some confusion, as the minutes from both the meeting of August 8th and the meeting of August 15th were printed incorrectly, the minutes were reprinted.    Bill then made a motion to accept the minutes of both meetings as read with the exception of adding “Walker” to Chairman in the minutes of the August 15th meeting; Joe seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
While Katie was printing correct minutes, the Police Reports were given.  6 citations and 0 crashes; he went to the Public Records Law meeting that will be coming into effect on January 1st.  The major effect will be that anything that can be posted on-line will have to be posted on line; we have a little leeway from January 1 to July 1.  Kevin has 19 pages concerning it and will give a copy to Katie.  Katie will talk to Renee about changing our website to mytown.gov, wherein every Board and Committee can post its own meetings and minutes
PUBLIC FORUM:
Mr. LeBlanc came in to have the building permit package signed for Lot 4, West Road.  However, during examination of the package it was discovered that the Planning Board had not yet signed off.  Katie provided Mr. LeBlanc with the numbers of a number of members of the Planning Board and the Board agreed that once the Planning Board signed, Randy could sign off the package for Mr. LeBlanc as everything else was in good standing.
At this point, since Sara had not arrived, the Board asked Katie to read Sara’s report and her letter to Mary Goss to the meeting (copies attached).  Jennie Hope wanted to know why the Board is even considering letting Ms. Goss have a kennel license when she hasn’t had one for the last five years; this goes back to Tina Lindsey’s repeated malfeasance, Jennie said.  She told the residents she was collecting fines and putting tickets on Mary’s doors.  Jennie wanted to know where that money went and why the Board was even considering giving a dog license.  At the last meeting, Janet referred to the fact that Mary was told the dogs should be kept quiet.  She has a recording of the dogs barking at 3:30 in the morning.  Last night they were barking again.  June Glidden added that she has a good business that has been there for twenty years and her customers are often bothered by the dogs.  She doesn’t feel Mary deserves a license.  Cynthia Owen added that one dog follows another; yesterday she was trying to enjoy a nice Sunday and a line of them paraded by her house, one after another of them peeing on her garbage can, her flower pots and her car tires.  The Lindhorsts agreed with this also and said the dogs had been down peeing on their deck and grill again.  Janet requested a nuisance hearing.  Kevin suggested that we ask the Animal Control Officer to get the MSPCA to go with her on Friday.  Katie stated that the Board of Health is making a visitation to Mary’s on Wednesday, the 24th and that they are coming back here for an open meeting afterwards.  There are definitely concerns about the brook; Bob Glidden had a picture of it on his phone showing red ooze, and Janet had forwarded that picture to Katie at the office.  Randy thought we should ask Brianna to visit as Zoning Enforcement Officer based on the no odorous manure by-law.  June added that they had put in the artesian well a number of years ago because they were afraid of the brook, and they had just kept their mouths shut so as not to upset Mary.  Peggy Thompson mentioned she had an issue with Mary’s horses four years ago and the barn at Elm Hill had to be quarantined.  In response to some questions, Katie added that she thought Mary would be taken to Court by the Town if Sara goes up there Friday and nothing has been done—then the animals will be taken away.  Cynthia also thought it should go on record that the postman had told her the post office was actually thinking about stopping delivery to Pierce Road.  The Select Board decided to schedule another meeting for next Wednesday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m. so that the residents of Pierce Road can be brought up to date on reports from the Board of Health and the Animal Control Officer after this week’s visits. 
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Fire Reports:  Dennis said they had one call out for a fire alarm at the State Police Academy.  The rescue truck is slated to go out the first of September for air brakes.  The Department will be involved in extra training over the next few months.
Highway:  Richard indicated that reclamation work will be done on Unitas and Mara Roads during the second week of September and then West Road will be overlaid.  All the conveyor problems in the 2016 Mack have been resolved.  We have the catch basin cleaner in our possession; the title is still in North Brookfield.  There was some discussion on when Pete can get his hydraulics license; Joe will look into something he heard about whereby Pete might be able to take the test verbally and Katie will check with MIIA about tutoring.  Paperwork for our salt for the winter went in today.  A discussion about the salt shed and its roof and overhead door ensued.  Brian Pierce might be able to assist with the overhead door, and it was agreed that a big tarp could be purchased and affixed to the roof.
School Committee:  Peggy said that all that had been done since the last regular meeting was that the $118,000 from transportation was put back into the budget to lower the assessments.  It looks like approval for the budget is down to Oakham and New Braintree again.  Oakham is asking for a 2 ½ override but no one thinks it will go through.  Randy mentioned again that he doesn’t understand why we can’t get a list of unfunded mandates that just affect Quabbin and Les mentioned a website called masc.org where you can get an 8-page list.  Randy asked Peggy to question the School Committee about how it expects a Town to fund a closed school AND continue to pay larger assessments.  Peggy thinks we should move now to put a roof on our school; then it could not be closed.  The School Committee will vote tomorrow night on the most recent assessment.
Town Administrator Reports:

Select Board Reports:  Aside from the earlier discussed work on the salt shed, Bill mentioned that he spent a lot of time with Eric Nelson hoping to be able to appoint him to some committees.  However, Eric is putting his farm on the market and hopes to move to Florida.  The Board postponed appointments until the September 12th meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: The Board signed the letter to Edith Ramaska and Judith Webb as well as a Use of Hall Application for the CERT Team. 
Jim Smith submitted his resignation letter as of December 22, 2016.  He will be willing to stay on as a consultant.
OLD BUSINESS: The Board decided to charge the Town Fair Committee for the one-day pouring license.  Katie was asked to check with the other Towns to see what they are doing about their Town Meetings now that the School Committee is having a new vote tomorrow night.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 9:00 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, August 15, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:              Chairman Walker, Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:   Les Miller, Kevin Landine, Mary Goss, June and Bob Glidden, Janet and Brian Pierce, Cynthia Owen, Michael and Tina Lindhorst, Sara Prideaux, Jennie Hope, and Katie Tyler as secretary.
The first order of business at this additional Select Board meeting for the month of August was to meet the Acting Dog Officer and hear her on issues at 179 Pierce Road, Mary Goss’s home, concerning Mary’s currently unlicensed kennel and also to hear residents of the road who have complaints about nuisance barking.  Mary was initially not willing to answer questions and stated she was only present to listen.  She stated she had trouble with the former dog officer.  Sara stated she has gone down to the property but not onto the property.  The MSPCA Officer, Christina Allenberg, has visited the property and believed all the dogs outside and the horses were in good condition.  Ms. Allenberg believed there were also dogs inside the house that she was not allowed in to see.  MGL has recently changed so that all kennels must allow inspections everywhere the dogs reside, so access to the house is critical.
The Gliddens at 135 Pierce Road stated that the dogs bark at all hours of the day and night including 2 a.m. in the morning.  June provided a video with sound that she took from her own porch of the dogs barking in the middle of the night.  Mike Lindhorst of 155 Pierce Road stated that the dogs bark constantly; many of them are loose and come in his yard and he’s even had them urinating on his gas  grill.  June Glidden also has videos of the dogs in the road.  The Gliddens live 600 or 800 feet from the Goss property.  Brian Pierce stated that the dogs bark incessantly, 24/7; Cynthia Owens of 165 Pierce Road indicated that they have to keep their windows closed and put in fans.  They still are woken every night at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. or 4 p.m.  The dogs have even been under their bedroom window.  Janet Pierce and June Glidden went to visit the Owens’ and said that if the windows are open, the smell of dog manure comes in the residence.  All residents of the street indicated that the dogs are allowed to roam freely.  Jennie Hope from 150 Barr Road added that the barking is incessant.  She said Mary has a big heart and loves the animals but there are just too many of them.  The Hopes have to sleep with a fan.  Janet quoted her son Jeremy, who couldn’t be present, as saying that when he brought a roaming dog back to Mary’s house in May because it was outside the Pierces’ barking non-stop, he saw through the picture window a number of dogs in crates inside the house.  MGL requires all dogs to have rabies certificates and the neighbors are concerned that these dogs are not vaccinated.  They should be kept confined to Mary’s property.  MGL requires a leash law; New Braintree requires dogs to be on a leash or in total control with the owner present.  They cannot interfere with traffic and there have been multiple reports of Mary’s dogs attacking the tires of the mail truck and the UPS truck.  The mailman has even reported it to the postmaster.  Anyone who goes up the hill is met by a wave of dogs and it’s very intimidating.
Mary’s reason for the dogs being off her property is that she hires a dog sitter under the table for a number of hours a week and will obviously not use the sitter any longer because this person must be the one responsible for letting the dogs off the property.  Mary herself is only home two nights a week.
Sara stated that if she can visit the entire property she can take steps to 1) rectify the issue or 2) if not able to rectify then it will go to court so that a judge would order removal of said animals.  An owner can only have up to 10 dogs in a kennel in New Braintree or otherwise has to have a special hearing in front of the Select Board.  Kevin was asked for his input and he stated that he was up on Pierce Road recently for a downed tree during the day and dogs came out at him.  Adam Gillette who couldn’t attend has apparently had dogs come after his younger son and has pictures of the dogs hanging off the UPS truck.  After questions from the residents, it was stated by Sara that a kennel license can be revoked if the nuisance doesn’t stop and then it goes to court.  Apparently, this nuisance issue has been going on a number of years but the neighbors didn’t like to complain against another neighbor.  At this point, they had to come in because it’s become unbearable.  Mrs. Lindhorst stated that her main concern is the well-being of all the dogs.  One of them comes to visit the Lindhorsts regularly and recently came with a face full of porcupine quills; Mrs. Lindhorst texted Mary that day, but four days later the dog still had the quills in his face.  Mary said she wouldn’t be available until Friday for Sara to view the premises, but after a challenge from Joe she agreed to rearrange her work schedule and meet Sara at noon tomorrow to allow her to inspect for the kennel license.  She will also try to get Christina Allenberg to accompany her a second time.  The Gliddens submitted an e-mail and photo about a dead rat with a complaint about the run-off from the horse and dog manure into the stream that runs along the back of all of the residents’ property.  All of the residents are concerned about their wells.  Some discussion came up about the removal of the horse manure.  Two sections of the By-Law were printed and given to Mary which were Chapter XI, Section 1, Item B on page 22 referring to Public Nuisance and Section 2 on Page 23, Item 2 referring to odors from animal wastes, along with a copy of the e-mail and photo of the rat.   The Board of Health will be asked to investigate the rat issue and if Sara finds a mess in the house tomorrow, the Board of Health will be notified.  Mary then left the meeting.  After she left, Sara asked for an officer to accompany her because she could smell dog urine in the room and was deeply concerned about what she will find.  The residents continued to express their concerns about the care of the animals and the barking.
Joe made a motion to appoint Sara Prideaux Animal Control Officer; Bill seconded it and it was unanimously passed.
The Board then went to a discussion of appointments.  Bill and Katie are going to compose a memo to all committees to remind them that they need to rotate the chairmanship every year.  Bill is also going to have a discussion with Jim Brown about the composition of the Conservation Commission and Katie will contact Theresa Langelier and Joan Long about whether they are still interested in serving on the Cultural Council.  The Board will vote on the appointment list next Monday night and will keep everyone at one-year appointments.  Katie was asked to separate the Inspectors from the Boards and Committees.
The fees were discussed and it was agreed that the demand fee could be raised to $25.  Also, the fees for use of Town land were removed as use of Town land will be put out to a bidding process.  Bill made a motion to pass the fees with these recommended changes for FY2017; Joe seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:54 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, August 8, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:              Chairman Walker and Selectman Bill Howland were present. Selectman Joe Chenevert was on vacation.  The Chair opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:  Tina DeVries, Les Miller, Dennis Letendre, Jr., Rob Toupin, and Steve Thomas.  Dennis Letendre, Jr. came in for the last hour and Janet Pierce was present during portions of the meeting.  Katie Tyler was present as secretary.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: Bill made a motion to accept the minute of the Select Board Meeting of July 25, 2016; Randy seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
PUBLIC FORUM:
Lee Ann Brown came in for the Town Fair Committee and indicated that the West Brookfield Tavern will be running the beer tent for the Town Fair.  Since they already have a liquor license, she wondered if we could suspend ours.  Katie said that the Fair Committee probably still needs a one-day pouring license.  She told the Board it costs $35 and the Board will take it under advisement whether or not to lift the fee for the Committee.  The Fair is on the 10th of September.  The Police are aware and are all set.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance Committee:  Currently everything is running smoothly.
Police Reports:  There have been 2 arrests, 16 citations and no crashes since the last meeting.  The 2014 cruiser has 60,400 miles and there are 400 miles on the brand-new cruiser.  The two arrests were larceny on West Brookfield Road:  one perpetrator, two victims.  Rob asked if we could get 40 mph signs posted on Gilbertville Road.  Randy explained that we have been told in the past that posting is an expensive business as the state first has to come in to do a traffic count.  Rob said he understood that wasn’t necessary if we didn’t use the state signs:  if we just used the smaller signs, the Police could still write people up under the unposted 40 mph limit.  It will be discussed with Richard.  The PD has been getting a lot of calls for loose animals on West Brookfield Road and Katie was asked to contact Traci Brearley about it and ask her to pay a visit.  Rob said Dennis had also asked him to let the Board know that Dennis has responded to Ravine Road a number of times for camp fires by the neighbor; however, there are no state violations for camp fires at this time.
Highway:  As Richard was not present, Katie reported on her conversation with him concerning Mr. Thomas and Mr. Thomas’s concerns from the July 25th meeting.  Richard stated that someone had removed all the tags from the trees on Mara.  Also, Mr. Thomas showed up while the Department was working and stood in front of the tree truck to prevent it from cutting.  Richard had made arrangements to give Mr. Thomas all the wood from his mother’s land and had put it in a pile for him.  As to some of the other wood, other people had claimed it.  Apparently, Mr. Thomas argued quite a bit and stopped the work by refusing to move out of the way of the tree truck until Richard had to tell him he would call the police if Mr. Thomas didn’t leave. 
Mr. Thomas differed from this report.  He said he did not interfere with the trucks—they were on break when he arrived.  Richard yelled at him with foul language.  He just wanted to know why some of the wood was given to Mr. Comeau when Mr. Thomas had already tagged it as his own.  The Board suggested that perhaps trees should be marked with paint in the future to prevent tag removal.  Mr. Thomas thanked the Board for looking into it and asked for a copy of what Richard had written.  Katie explained that Richard had not written a report but that she had talked to him and wrote the report herself.  She will give him a copy of the minutes.
Town Administrator:

Select Board Reports:  Janet was actually here to complain about the barking dogs at Mary Goss’s.  Even her contractors are complaining about how much they bark and all the other neighbors are complaining.  The Board asked Katie to contact Sara to see if she’s been in touch with Mary Goss and then decided to set another meeting for Monday, August 15, and request that Mary, Sara, and the Barr Road neighbors be present. 
Katie was asked to write a note to the Library thanking them for putting out the Library statistics sheet.
The fact that Alice’s house is probably going on the market was brought up by Bill.  Randy thought Joe might be moving in, but Katie indicated he had said they thought were going to sell it.  Randy thinks the Town should try to acquire preferably the whole property or a portion, the portion being an acre either through outright purchase or perhaps eminent domain. Bill feels we should discuss this with Joe and Judy.  Randy asked Janet if we can use the auction money toward the purchase of the property.  Janet stated that it has to be certified first as free cash.  Her recommendation would be to take it out of stabilization at Town Meeting with the stipulation that it will be replaced once the free cash is available.  Randy is also concerned about a salt shed, although Les said it could come from Chapter 90.  Chapter 90 might be getting a little tight.  Debt exclusion was discussed but that requires a ballot vote also.  Katie was asked to write a letter for the Board’s review to Joe and Judy stating the Town is interesting in purchasing the property for the good of the Town, can we have first refusal, what will they be asking.
The Town Hall roof needs repair.  Justin Campbell is still doing work for us so he will be asked to take a look and give an estimate.
NEW BUSINESS:  Bill made a motion to open the Warrant for a Special Town Meeting for August 29th at 7:00 p.m.  Randy seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The Board reviewed the Warrant and signed it.  Bill made a motion to close the Warrant, Randy seconded it and it unanimously passed.

Randy signed the paperwork for the Town Auction to go back to CMRPC.
Mary Lefevre resigned from the Library Board of Trustees, so her position will be added to the appointment list.  The appointments and fees were tabled until the 15th.  Connie Small has resigned from the Historical Commission and the Board will appoint her as a Consultant to the Commission.
OLD BUSINESS:  Bill asked Dennis about the costs of the physical for Zach Glidden.  He needed the physical because he is going to attend the Fire Academy and it’s required.  Also, he had to go back for tests because he had pneumonia the first time he went in.  Katie was asked to mark the Fire Academy in Zach’s folder.
Katie was asked to make a Librarian file for Personnel.  The Board members felt her contract should come under the Personnel Board’s jurisdiction.
Katie mentioned that Pathfinder said we should stain the sign outside with a dark deck stain.
Bill Kleinedler came in from another meeting and advised that we have a veteran in Town who is applying for benefits.  The Town may have to pay out for this veteran if the agency approves and then the state refunds 75%.  This won’t begin for a couple of months.
CORRESPONDENCE:  Correspondence was reviewed and appropriately disseminated.
ADJOURNMENT:  Bill made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:40 p.m.  Randy seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, July 25, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:  Chief Jim Ayotte, Kevin Landine, Tina DeVries, Les Miller, Dennis Letendre, Jr. and Paul Rochette of Oakham.  Katie Tyler was present as secretary.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to accept the minute of the Select Board Meeting of July 11, 2016; Randy seconded the motion and it passed with two votes.  Bill Howland abstained as he had not been present at that meeting.
PUBLIC FORUM: Katie presented the most recent solar by-law draft from the Zoning By-Law Review Committee and stated it has already been sent to the attorney for review.  Joe made a motion to send the solar by-law draft as presented by the Zoning By-Law Review Committee to the Planning Board for review and public meeting; the motion was seconded by Bill and unanimously passed.
Stephen Thomas had questions concerning the trees on Mara Road.  He said only eight had been marked but at least 30 were cut and many of them were on the boundary of his mother’s land.  When he went the second day to claim some of the wood, Richard told him it was promised to someone else.  The Board said Richard had the authority to make trades for time with wood and that the Mara Road wood cutting had been publically heard.  Katie added that National Grid was also cutting in Town this summer and that could have contributed to the extra trees.  The Board told Mr. Thomas they would look into the matter.
Paul Rochette was present to let the Board know that the Oakham Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen are meeting tomorrow night and to inquire whether New Braintree knows yet what it feels about the new budget.  The Select Board stated that we would be holding our position.  We have no way of meeting any increase beyond the 2.5% we already voted, as we are already at our levy limit and have already asked departments to watch their spending.  Paul will let the Board know what happens at the Oakham meeting.  Randy explained that he had Katie send a request for a list of the unfunded mandates so that we have some concrete to discuss with Boston.  We have not heard back on this request.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance Committee:  It is a new year!  Les reported that they also have a copy of the letter received from the School District requesting a Special Town Meeting within 45 days of July 14.
Police Reports:  There have been 2 arrests, one an OUI liquor crash and an Assault and Battery on a police officer, as well as 2 citations and one other crash.  Both crashes took place on Gilbertville Road.  Jimmy mentioned that he is concerned about the overgrowth on Gilbertville Road and the Board said that Richard has begun street trimming.  The radar unit went out to be fixed and down the road, it will be on a “wish list” for the department to be replaced.
Fire Department:  Dennis reported that the Fire Department was involved with one of the crashes and that they had a carbon monoxide call today; they had shut the furnace down but it turned out that a tractor had been running in the basement.  In response to a question, he indicated it would cost between $800 and $1000 to totally convert the Trail Blazer into a Fire Chief vehicle.  He is running it now and is happy with it.
Select Board:  Bill reported that he talked with Tyler Wolanin about a number of matters.  Bill suggested that we have another meeting with the State Police, this one to be held here at the Town Hall.  One of Bill’s major concerns is that the State Police are not maintaining the land around the barracks and the weed growth is affecting all the farms.  Bill also talked to Tyler about the school situation, school choice, unfunded mandates and the amount of money Boylston gets for state land compared to New Braintree.  We should be getting some reports back from Tyler.  Randy reported that both pieces of land that will be put up for auction perked very well.  Joe reported that we got our hands slapped in Hubbardston because of how we posted the meeting; however, Hubbardston did agree that they think there is a need for change in administration.  Katie stated that she posted the meeting exactly as Hubbardston had asked; however, none of the other towns posted it that way.  Joe also reported that the school generator had maintenance done on it yesterday and the hole has been paved.  He mentioned that the school grounds need some patching on the school side of the gate going out onto the back road.
Katie was asked to post a Police Sharing Committee meeting for this coming Monday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m. here at the Town Hall.
Town Administrator:

NEW BUSINESS:  Joe made a motion to duly authorize the execution, delivery and performance of the NEXAMP agreement and its obligations hereunder along with the Community Shared Solar Net Metering Credit Purchase and Sales Agreements for the Library and Highway Department, and for the Town Hall; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.  Randy signed all documents on behalf of the Board.
OLD BUSINESS: Joe made a motion to appoint David Thompson to the Planning Board; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
Katie was asked to provide an appointment list and fee list for the next Select Board meeting.
CORRESPONDENCE:  Randy reviewed the letter from the School District concerning its lowered budget, requesting approximately $75,000 more than we had approved at Town Meeting.  Katie was asked to check with the Town Moderator on his availability for Special Town Meeting dates.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:06 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                           
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, July 11, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectman Joe Chenevert were present. Bill Howland was away on vacation. The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:  Kevin Landine, Tina DeVries, Les Miller.  Katie Tyler was on vacation and the minutes are based on the recording of the meeting.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to accept the minute of the Select Board Meeting of June 27, 2016; Randy seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
PUBLIC FORUM: No one was present for Public Forum.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Police Reports:  There have been 2 arrests, 11 citations and 2 crashes.  The new cruiser will be available by Monday, the 18th.  The trail blazer will be turned over to Dennis and Kevin will probably pick up the new plates for him.  The PD has to give the employees sick time so they are working that out.  Kevin has made Janet aware of it as well.
Fire Department:  Randy reported that Dennis said he might not make it to the meeting.  He had one crash.  He is over budget because of the fire hose and the batteries that he bought. 
Assessors:  Joe reported that Jim is getting ready to give his notice.  He did give his notice in Princeton but has not officially here yet.  Joe said it will cost us a lot more money because we won’t find someone who will work for that amount.
Finance Committee:  Les reported that we have received the one-twelfth letter from the state.  Randy was under the assumption that the School had to come back with another budget first, but apparently that is not the case.  The budget is not based on the FY17 proposed by the school; it is based on minimum local contribution.  If it is lower than the budget eventually passed, we will get “hit” at the end with larger payments.  $1,145,189 is the new assessment for the 1/12th budget.  We appropriated $1,133,000.
The Regional Meeting will be this coming Wednesday evening.
Town Administrator:

There were no Select Board reports. 
NEW BUSINESS:  Tina brought in the transfers to be voted upon per MGL Chapter 44, Section 33(b).    Joe made a motion to transfers money needed to balance the budget (per attached sheet) in the amount of $5,422.53 per MGL, Chapter 44, Section 33(b); Randy seconded and it was unanimously voted.  Tina also had the Warrants to pay the Town of Hardwick.
Kevin said North Brookfield Animal Officer is willing to help out occasionally but not take over the job; he recommended Rutland or West Brookfield.  Randy thinks Rutland is a long haul but West Brookfield might be possible.  By law, Kevin can’t put animals in the cruiser and the Police have no housing for them.  Randy asked Katie (by recording) to check with West Brookfield.  There was nothing in Tina Lindsey’s reports about the dog kennel issue on Pierce Road.  Joe thinks we should get the state involved.
The contract for MIIA was signed.  Randy wants Katie to check with MIIA about replacement value on vehicles for an extra $500 per year.
OLD BUSINESS: The NEXAMP agreement was passed over until we hear from Jackie Cowin.
Randy also had a question about alternates on Boards—do they have a right to vote?  They do, said Joe, if they are replacing a regular member—only if someone is absent.  Randy said the Agricultural Commission is interested in having alternates because some members have to miss during haying season, etc.  When Bill comes back, the Board will vote on it.  One person they have in mind is Ray Trum-Searah and the other is Sara Bjorklund.
CORRESPONDENCE:  Randy made note that Kopelman & Paige had changed its name to KP Law.
Other correspondence was reviewed and disseminated.  There was also a nice note from Jane Cronin praising Officer Steve Ballard.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Randy seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, June 27, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present.  The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:  Richard Ayer, Kevin Landine, Tina DeVries, Les Miller, and Katie Tyler as secretary.
Dennis Letendre, Jr. and Genevieve Stillman joined the meeting later.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe made a motion to accept the minutes of both the Select Board Meetings of June 13, 2016 and June 20, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
PUBLIC FORUM: No one was present for Public Forum.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance Committee and Auditor:  Tina reported that Finance will be ready to transfer funds per MGL Chapter 44 to cover overage balances at the Select Board meeting scheduled for July 11th.
Police Reports:  The Police Department has had no arrests, 16 citations and one crash since the last meeting.  The new cruiser has been shipped from Michigan and should be in use by the last week in July.
Highway:  Richard is just about done with the tree work on Mara Road and Unitas has one more culvert to explore.  Last week the Fire Department was able to assist them in cleaning out culverts.  Tree work is being done on West Road.  Mass. Broken Stone is meeting with the Department next week to go over the paving schedule.  The ’06 vehicle is down with a vibration damper problem; the ’03 is having the hydraulic system rebuilt and the new truck is getting hydraulic problems resolved so it is in New Hampshire with the ’03.  Richard is hoping for rain tomorrow.  He feels he is getting far behind on regular maintenance because he has been so busy on Unitas Road.  Verizon ran some underground phone line up from Gilbertville to the first house, but everybody else is on phone lines attached to the poles so that is holding up some progress.  However, on Unitas Road the structures are in place and looking pretty good.  Richard sent the crew to Utley Road where Bill is very concerned about the road caving in; it looks like the water backed up and undermined the material under the road.  Eventually some serious work will have to be done to shore up the roadway.  Bill says the whole bottom of the pipe which runs beneath the road is rusted out and asked about putting up signs to not allow heavy vehicles.  Richard said he would have to call MassDOT for the guidelines.  Richard did put in a bid for the North Brookfield truck.  In response to questions he said he plans to get Mara Road and West Road finished this fall although he may just overlay West Road rather than doing a full reclamation.
Assessors:  Joe reported that the Assessors have the evaluation books in place—four copies.  The Select Board was given one for the office.
Town Administrator: 

Katie was asked if she had heard from the Dog Officer.  She has not and was requested to ask Tina Lindsey to attend the next meeting.
NEW BUSINESS:  Katie explained that the Town Administrator from Hubbardston had called to inquire whether New Braintree’s Board would be willing to make a vote of no confidence in Dr. Marshall’s ability to produce a fair budget.   The Hubbardston Board is also meeting tonight.  Bill made a motion for no confidence in Dr. Marshall’s ability to make a fair budget; Randy seconded it and it passed with two votes.  Joe abstained.
Joe made a motion to accept the appointments for the Police Department per the attached sheets dated June 13, 2016.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
OLD BUSINESS: The Board advised Katie that the draft of the letter she prepared to send to the Howes and the Pollards was fine.
Fire Department:  Dennis reported at this time that he has had no fire calls for a month and a half.  Inspections have been quiet.   The Department did go around Town and take care of all the dry hydrants, and he helped Richard blow out culverts.

Genevieve said she had missed a couple meetings and asked the Board what reasons Dr. Marshall is giving for the large increase in the assessment.  The Board explained the special education requirements and a short discussion about the budget ensued.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:15 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                          
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, June 13, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present.  The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING:  Kevin from Palmer Paving, Peggy Thompson, Richard Ayer, Kevin Landine, Bill Kleinedler, Tina DeVries, Les Miller, and Katie Tyler as secretary.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: There were no changes to either minutes but Bill questioned when the Article had been turned in for the Warrant at the May 23rd meeting; it was confirmed that Mrs. Stillman turned it in at the end of Public Forum.  Joe then made a motion to accept the minutes of both the Select Board and Finance Committee Meeting of May 23, 2016 and the Select Board meeting of May 23, 2016; Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
PUBLIC FORUM: The Road Construction bids were opened and read aloud so that Kevin would not be held for the whole meeting.  The Board then opened and read the one Fuel bid and opened and read the insurance bids.  Katie was asked to compile a spreadsheet to compare the insurance bids.  The bid tabulations for Road Construction and for Fuel are attached.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance Committee and Auditor:  Les and Tina reported that they are working on obtaining the correct figures for Monday evening’s Special Town Meeting and are awaiting a report from the Assessors.  The Finance Committee will meet tomorrow night to finalize preparations for the meetings.  The Select Board will attend but will not be voting on any items.
Police Reports:  The Police Department has had four arrests, one an OUI, one minor in possession, a warrant and an unlicensed operation, along with 23 citations and no crashes.  Kevin stated that Hardwick is making appointments this evening and he has turned in the regular appointment list for our next meeting; however, Kevin asked if the Board would appoint one new officer this evening.  Joe made a motion to appoint Derek Desruisseaux to the Police Department; Bill seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Kevin added that the $900,000 he had asked for from Anne Gobi and Donnie Berthiaume has been removed from the Commonwealth’s budget.  He is still going to fight for the money and is taking it to the federal level.  Kevin advised the Board that if the money cannot be obtained by a grant, within two to four years, we will need to provide $40,000 for new radios.  In response to a question, he said he has heard nothing new about Pierce Road.   The dog officer has not called him to accompany her.
Fire:  Kevin reported for Dennis that there have been no fire calls.
Highway:  Richard notified the Board that the pipes on Mara Road collapsed and are full of debris.  While the Department was not going to start on Mara for two more weeks, they are now going to send the excavator there on Wednesday and the road will be closed for an hour or so.  Unitas Road has one tree left to come down, one structure left to put on the final corner, a little stone and it will be ready for reclamation.  Katie advised that she had e-mailed her Verizon contact to request that they move the telephone wires.  Richard said that North Brookfield wants $1,000 for the basin truck and asked if we should buy it now or in the next fiscal year.  Les said to buy it now.  Richard also advised that it will cost   $13,000 or $14,000 to bring the ’03 Mack and the ’06 plow frame up to par.  He added that the MIIA loss control representative was a little disturbed that there was no fire alarm in the forestry building; that building is probably going to be removed.  Richard asked to have the shrubbery in the cemeteries that needs pulling to be marked and Les said he could do that tomorrow.  Richard also asked when the Board wanted the new sign erected, and everyone said as soon as possible.
School Committee:         Peggy said she had no news as there had been no meetings since the last time.  She actually met with Trish and it’s Peggy’s understanding that the school will be left as it is—no programs will be moved.  There ensued a discussion about the Quabbin FY17 budget and the meeting that occurred last Monday with the five towns and Maureen.  Katie had gone through the line-item budget posted on the Quabbin website and had two pages of questions; Peggy asked for a copy so that she could try to get some answers. 
Veterans’ Agent:  Bill Kleinedler is working with two veterans from Town. One needs temporary funds until his employment begins in a couple weeks; Bill has been working through Boston to try to make this happen but believes that by the time any money comes through, the veteran will be employed.  The other veteran is one he’s worked with before.  She called to say she had found her other two DD214s and Bill says the national records say she only has one DD214.  He is working with her to try to figure that out.  He and John Tripp replaced the battery in the solar light at the Town Common.  He has replaced two flags on the poles and would like to get more poles so that the flags can go further down West Brookfield Road as well as be hung at major intersections.  Tina advised him that he still has funds in the Veterans’ Donation Account so he can use those to purchase additional hardware.  Bill also asked if the Board would like the large flag taken down; Bill will not be here for Fourth of July but someone else could put it back up then.  The Board did recommend taking it down and putting up the smaller flag as there is so much wind presently.
Assessors:  Joe said the Assessors are currently working with Tina and he had nothing further to report.
Town Administrator: 

NEW BUSINESS: Contracts for the Town Administrator and the Fire Chief were reviewed and signed.
There was some further Quabbin discussion.  The Board also asked Katie to forward the set of questions to other Town Administrators to see if their Boards and Finance Committees had anything to add.  We will probably wait until after all the Town Meetings to try to set up another meeting with the District.
OLD BUSINESS: The Town has acreage behind the Highway Facility but it is not clearly separated out on the maps as it includes a great deal of woods.  Randy hopes to go up and GPS the coordinates so we can figure out how many acres are actually there for planting.  The Howes use this every year.  The other parcel in use is behind the school and the Pollards hay that parcel.  Katie was asked to draft a letter to both families to advise them that next year the Town will be charging the fees that they have been publishing for two years’ so far in the Town Report. 
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 8:45 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.
Respectfully submitted,                                                           
Katie J. Tyler, Town Administrator

MINUTES OF MEETING
SELECT BOARD 
Monday, May 23, 2016
Held at the Office of the Select Board
20 Memorial Drive
New Braintree, MA  01531 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Chairman Walker and Selectmen Bill Howland and Joe Chenevert were all present.  The Chair opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
GATHERING: Kevin Landine, Les Miller, Tina Lindsay, Andrea and Dennis Letendre, Jr., and Genevieve Stillman.  Katie Tyler was away on vacation and these minutes are based on the recording of the meeting.
APROVAL OF MINUTES: Joe asked to have a line stricken from the April 25 meetings where it says “Joe mentioned that Barre said no to the budget.”  He indicated that only one person said that so it’s really hearsay.  Bill made a motion to strike the line, Randy seconded and it was unanimously passed.  Joe then made a motion to accept the minutes of the April 25, 2016 meeting; Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed. 
REORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD: Bill made a motion to leave all positions on the Board exactly as they currently are, i.e., Randy Walker, Chair, C. William Howland, Vice Chair and Joseph Chenevert, Clerk.  Joe seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
PUBLIC FORUM: Dan and Amy Mitchell presented their building package and plans for their home at 176 Bernard Whitney Road to the Board for the final signature.  They are rebuilding on the lot in the footprint of the original foundation but slightly smaller.  The Board approved the plans and signed the package.
Genevieve Stillman presented an Article for the Annual Town Meeting Warrant which had been signed by twelve residents requesting a one-year moratorium on solar and wind energy not for residential use.  It was determined a petition for an Article needs ten signatures.
Tina Lindsey said she has not heard from Mary Goss and wanted to know if she had received the registered letter.  Mary did not sign for it until May 19, so the Board feels she should have 10 days from that date rather than the May 5th date given in the letter.  Tina was waiting to hear if the Board wanted her to go ahead with citations and Randy pointed out that had already been spelled out in the letter; Tina also stated she doesn’t know how many dogs are actually there.  Kevin informed the Board that a confidential informant told the police that there are 20 dogs in the house.  Tina was encouraged to talk to the state about the situation; Randy and Joe asked for her paper trail on the problem and suggested that Tina keep trying to make contact with her and then start fining her beginning June 3rd.
Mr. David Thompson did not appear to discuss solar credits.
REPORTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Finance Committee:  Les stated that Tina would not be in this evening and that the Finance Committee would be meeting shortly to try to work out the 2017 budget as we are facing the usual difficulties with the school assessment.
Police Reports:  The Police Department has had three arrests:  one a protective custody, one an OUI liquor and one unlicensed operation.  There were 16 citations and no crashes.  Kevin provided a flyer about the Blue Mass being held at St. Aloysius on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.  The Department is attending a funeral in Charlton on Friday.  In response to a question, he said there have been no further calls from Davis Road.
Fire:  Dennis reported that the Fire Department helped Barre with a structural fire last week and had a fire call this week which turned out to be nothing.  He wants to get the repairs made on the truck and get the pump tested at the same time, but Randy asked him to wait until the beginning of the fiscal year so Dennis agreed.
Highway:  Richard said the Highway Department has fallen behind about a week and a half due to rain and a broken-down tree truck.  The excavator is coming tomorrow to begin the drainage work.   Some of the poles have been moved but there are still two to move.  Basically, they are pretty much on schedule.  Randy asked how the cemeteries are working out and Richard said he has had no complaints; they will be mowed this Thursday and Friday to get ready for Memorial Day.  Richard added that Justin had come in and repaired the cold storage frame.  There was some further discussion about the salt shed and the roller tracks for the door.
Veterans’ Agent:  Randy asked if Bill was putting up flags and Les said that Bill had already done some of them and would be doing the rest over the next couple of days.
At this point Randy asked Dennis about the ponds with stand-pipes—if they are not usable, should we take them out?  Dennis believes all of them are usable and the Department is planning to go around checking the connections.  He actually has a replacement connection on hand for the pipe in the pond at Stillmans’.
Assessors:  Joe reminded the Board that the Assessors are down one member and he made a motion that the Board appoints Andrea Letendre as an Assessor for one year with the recommendation that she not take the class until after the next election.  Bill seconded this motion and it was unanimously passed.  Andrea was asked to have Katie swear her in and Joe told her he would let her know the date of the next meeting of the Board of Assessors.
There was some discussion about the fact that the Planning Board still has one opening.  Genevieve stated that it’s a failure to elect situation so it will be another one-year appointment.  The Board needs a recommendation from the Planning Board.  Randy said that Jeff had told him the Planning Board is a strong Board and needs four members to vote.  Joe stated it was not that way when he was on the Planning Board but it might have changed.
Town Administrator: 

Select Board:
Joe mentioned the hole behind the school where we had dug to look for electrical connections during the installation of the generator.  He asked Richard to fill it in with asphalt which Richard will do; Richard will also check the gate there where it is being chewed away.
NEW BUSINESS: An item for the Use of the Hall by the Grange was signed.  Bill mentioned that the Board of Health is going to have to give out permits for the calendar year to the Grange and the Church.
 OLD BUSINESS: As far as the Nexamp contracts go, Joe reminded the Board that they cannot be signed until after the Town meeting.  The other members of the Board would like our Town Counsel to review the contract before it is signed.
The Board had some questions about how to deal with the petition and the closing of the Warrants.  Jess Bennett came in to review the petition and put in a call to Ellen Glidden.  She then came back in and informed the Board that it was fine to add the petition to the Warrants.  The Board could close the Warrants this evening and Katie will have enough time to re-type and post when she returns on Thursday.
Joe made a motion to add the petition article for a solar and wind (not for residential use) moratorium to the ATM Warrant.  Bill questioned the part of the petition wherein it states having the article reviewed by the Attorney General and wondered whether this was a legal approach.  Randy pointed out that the Board cannot refuse the petition as it is signed by twelve residents.  Bill confirmed that it would not affect the Borelli site.  It does not.  Bill then seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
Joe made a motion to close both the ATM and STM Warrants.  Bill seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.
ADJOURNMENT:  Joe made a motion to adjourn the Select Board meeting at 7:52 p.m.  Bill seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.