Board of Selectmen
April 15, 2009
Members present: William Cavanaugh, Doug Walter, John Murray
Others Present: Richard Furlong, Colleen O’Connor, Beth Van Ness, David Bonney, Alice Briggs, Kristen and Mark Sottile, Michael Falk, Bruce Garlow, Geri Walter, Madeleine Swindlehurst, Mark White, Donna and Sean Mulholland, Robert Gorden, Barbara Roberts, Estella Conner, Tony Blair, Michael Parisi, Kathy and Skip Saville, Ann Spadafora, Donald and Charlene Murray, George Fuller, Al Lussier, Steve and Geri Galliher, Ken Ferris, Matthew Napier, Charles Francis, John and Shirley Vachula, Luke Bates and others
7:00 PM Meeting opened. Reviewed minutes. Doug motioned to accept the minutes of April 1, 2009, John seconded. All in favor.
Public Input: None.
John motioned to appoint Bruce Garlow as Moderator term to expire May 16, 2009, Doug seconded. All in favor.
The Selectmen reviewed the information regarding the two acre parcel to be removed from Chapter 61A located on Quarry Road. Richard advised that the current owners own quite a bit more land than the two acres and would like to remove the two acres where there is a cabin. Sue Donnelly advised that the two acres were never included in Chapter 61A but because there was an issue with the lot lines, Richard suggested that it would be good to just waive the right of first refusal. Doug motioned to waive the first right of refusal for the property located on Quarry Road, John seconded. All in favor.
The Selectmen reviewed the warrants for the Special and Annual Town Meetings. Mike Falk spoke about article 4 on the STM warrant. He explained that the town will have to come up with 25% of the cost of the ice storm cleanup and this would come out of the Stabilization Account. Doug motioned to approve all five articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant, John seconded. All in favor. The Selectmen reviewed the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Doug motioned to approve articles 1 through 6, John seconded. All in favor. Doug motioned to recommend the finance committee’s recommendation for article 7, John seconded. All in favor. Doug motioned to recommend articles 8 and 9, John seconded. All in favor. John motioned to recommend article 10, Bill
seconded. Doug was opposed to this article. It will be noted on the warrant that two selectmen voted to recommend and one voted not to recommend it. The motion passed. Doug motioned to recommend articles 11 and 12, John seconded. All in favor.
7:30 PM Doug motioned to adjourn the Selectmen’s meeting, John seconded. The Selectmen will now act as the Local Licensing Authority. The meeting will reopen after the public hearings. All in favor.
8:20 PM The Selectmen’s meeting reconvened.
John motioned to take a five minute recess, Bill seconded. All in favor.
8:26 PM Meeting reconvened.
Board of Selectmen
April 15, 2009
The Selectmen were asked by KMS, Inc. to schedule a public hearing for the transfer of the current annual wine and malt and seasonal all alcoholic package store licenses from Kelmont Holdings d/b/a Becket Country Store and Café. Doug motioned to hold a public hearing on May 6, 2009 at 7:15 PM for the transfer of a seasonal all alcoholic and an annual wine and malt package store license from Kelmont Holdings d/b/a Becket Country Store and Café to KMS, Inc. d/b/a Becket Country Store, John seconded. All in favor.
The Selectmen continued to review the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Doug motioned not to recommend article 13, John seconded. All in favor. Doug motioned to recommend articles 14 through 18, John seconded. All in favor.
Doug motioned to sign the warrant for the Special Town Meeting and the Annual Town Meeting to be held at the Becket Town Hall on May 9, 2009 starting at 7:00 PM, John seconded. All in favor.
Doug motioned to initial the Becket Ambulance Department Cumulative Request for Write-Off Report, John seconded. All in favor.
The Selectmen reviewed the monthly report of the Board of Assessors.
Any other business: Richard advised that the highway department turned over the earth for the community garden next to the Town Hall. Alice Briggs is going to ask the Becket Chimney Corners Camp to rototill the garden as a donation.
Richard reminded the Selectmen that they have a meeting next week to conduct interviews for the Town Administrator position. He advised that this is a public meeting. Bruce Garlow asked the Board if they wished to utilize the Town Administrator Search Committee at the interviews. Bill did not want to make it mandatory; he thought that anyone from the committee could come if they wanted to.
Reviewed correspondence. Mike thought that Leon Glazerman might be interested in item number 6 on the correspondence list. Nina will mail him a copy.
9:05 PM Doug motioned to adjourn, John seconded. All in favor.
There were no payroll/expense warrants this week.
Respectfully submitted, _______________________________
Nina Weiler, Secretary William F. Cavanaugh, Chairman