Friday, February 24, 2012

Southbridge Town Council Agenda For February 27


 TOWN OF SOUTHBRIDGE
SOUTHBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 01550-2638
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
MACKINNON COUNCIL CHAMBERS
FEBRUARY 27, 2012 – 7:00 PM
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1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept the Council Minutes of Monday, February 6, 2012 Meeting

4. Subcommittee Reports:

(a) General Government
(b) D.P.W.
(c) Education and Human Services
(d) Planning and Development
(e) Protection of Persons and Property
5. Chairwoman’s Announcements

6. Town Manager’s Announcements

7. Swearing In / Presentation

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to confirm the appointment of Max Gullekson to the Cable Advisory Committee for a 3-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

10. Vote to confirm the appointment of Linda Jowett to the Historical Commission for a 3-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

11. Vote to confirm the appointment of Cheryl Misiaszek to the Planning Board for a 3-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

12. Vote to confirm the appointment of Tracy Benoit to the Commission on Disabilities for a 3-year term to expire June 30, 2015.

13. Vote to approve expenditure of up to an additional $50,000 for snow and ice removal in excess of available appropriations pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 31D

14. Vote to ratify the audit engagement letter of 2012-2014 with Rosselli, Clark & Associates.

15. Vote to ratify the renewal of the License agreement between the Town of Southbridge and Jeffrey M. Tasse, Trustee of Alcoma Realty Trust for ten (10) parking spaces under the deck of the Elm Street parking lot at $300 per month effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

16. Vote to ratify the bid proposal of Vision Government Solutions to perform the FY2013 recertification at a cost of $79,600 and provide interim year service for FY2014 and 2015.

17. Vote to ratify the bid proposal of Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc. for revaluation of its personal property in the amount of $23,500 and provide interim year service for FY 2014 and 2015.

18. Vote to enter into contract with Aalanco Service Corporation for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Boiler conversion in the amount of $37,000 to be funded out of FY2012 Capital Budget.

19. Vote to enter into contract with MHQ to purchase a F350 dump truck with small stainless steel sander body under the Plymouth County Commissioners Cooperative Procurement Contract in the amount of $43,500.

20. Vote to approve the process to begin the sale of A.N.R.(Approval Not Required) Lots directly along Commercial Drive, including preparation of appraisals. [Hyperlink added]

21. Vote to accept the bid submitted by The Ockers Company in response to Bid#2012-02, Classroom Projection Technology for the new Middle/High School not to exceed $123,075.25, which is the low bid meeting all specifications and requirements.

22. Vote to accept the bid submitted by Hub Technical Services, LLC in response to Bid#2012-03, Interactive Classroom Technology for the new Middle/High School not to exceed $84,349, which is the low bid for specified products and services and recommend that the Town accept Integrated Classroom Technology, Inc. as the subcontractor for installation and training for the products associated with this bid.

23. Vote to accept the alternate bid submitted by The Ockers Company in response to Bid#0214-04, Audio Enhancement Technology for the new Middle/High School not to exceed $79,686, which is the low bid meeting all specifications and requirements.

24. Councilors Forum

25. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, Town Hall.

26. Adjournment

13 comments:

  1. As regards item 20, “Vote to approve the process to begin the sale of A.N.R.(Approval Not Required) Lots directly along Commercial Drive, including preparation of appraisals.”, is there a purchaser for these lots waiting in the wings? If so whom?

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  2. ...an extra $50k for snow and ice removal? Huh?

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  3. Amelia:
    I was just joking to Dennis this morning when I saw the light snow falling that Clark was going to tell us that his snow budget was blown by this.
    I guess it wasn't such a joke after all.

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    1. The October, 2011 snow storm is most likely the reason for the extra 50K. Many trees and branches had to be removed prior to National Grid restoring power as well as the plowing and removal of quite a bit of snow.

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    2. I'd be interested in knowing what the initial budget for snow & ice removal was. Yes, the October storm was bad, but an entire season's budget plus $50k? Wow.

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    3. Sorry Mary Ellen, that is wrong. Clark announced at the Dec. TC meeting that we were way in the black due to one of the mildest winter's on record.

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  4. Did you know that according to current Open Meeting Law the materials provided to the council in their informational packets are supposed to be posted with the minutes when they are approved? Doesn't help with knowing what's happening before the meeting, but gives you more information about what's going on.

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  5. More waste water upgrades? A new dump truck? More money to deal with the harsh winter we've had for snow and ice removal? Quite a system Chris Clark and Denise Clemence have going here. We used to hear about tax & spend liberals... these guys are all spend & tax! Spend all our money at the beginning of the year then parade Mr. Cournoyer out at the end to explain the need for an increase based on what the council voted for earlier. Then you get Cathy Nikolla up there saying the only way to run government is if taxes go up every single year. WTF?

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  6. Mary Ellen, stop making excuses. Like the DPW, Mother Nature hasn't asked the Council for anything in years. So we decided to honor her request, after deciding her request for five dollars was out of line. $50,000 seems more appropriate for someone that only wants five bucks. That's how I got my salary, and your new street sweeper. I don't live in Southbridge, and my kids are home schooled, so I'm not paying for it--the idiots and pigs of Southbridge are. This job rocks!!!!!

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  7. So i wasted my time pleading with them to spend the street sweeper money on drainage, tree removal, building permit reimbursments etc.for tornado victims but was denied......still haven't seen a finger lifted in our area after cathy promised that our area would be "priority #1" (back in december)....and now they want to buy a dump truck??? what a kick in the balls!

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    1. Don't worry, Dan. Fräulein Nikkola with feign caring again if you go up to the podium and plead your case. If they can just make you believe that they care until after the June elections, and all three are re-elected, then they can offically screw you over come July 1. No hidden agenda's then. That's why you can't thank them for doing nothing. In hindsight, Nikkola's "caring" was quite the show, wasn't it?

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  8. That's a dump truck with a stainless steel sander body. Now that they have a new street sweeper they have to justify the need for it. What better way than being able to spread more sand?

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  9. yup......$50,000 worth of more sand i guess. i am just blown away at the blatant waste of money. how can they possibly justify asking for $50k more for the snow removal budget when we are currently on pace for a record winter as far as snow amount???? it's beyond laughable....almost criminal

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