Friday, March 23, 2012

Southbridge Town Council Agenda - March 26, 2012

Prop 2 ½ Override, Town Manager’s Budget Message

MARCH 26, 2012 – 7:00 PM
1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept the Council Minutes of Monday, March 12, 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
a) Presentation – FY 2013 Budget Message, Christopher Clark, Town Manager

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to ratify the new MIIA Health Insurance contract for active employees with an increase of 1.6% for HMO Plan, including revised co-pay and 8.9% increase for the PPO Plan.

10. Vote to transfer the sum of $25,000.00 from the Town Council Reserve Fund to DPW Accounts as follows:
1.499.5331 Maintenance on Trees $10,000.00
1.499.5240 Repair and Maintenance of Equipment $15,000.00

11. Vote to approve the RFP for 114 Pleasant Street and to authorize the Town Manager and Town Attorney to complete any closing documents for a proposal that meets the minimum acceptable levels of the comparative selection criteria.

12. Vote to ratify the RFP for 115 Marcy Street and to authorize the Town Manager and Town Attorney to complete closing documents for a proposal that meets the minimum acceptable levels of the comparative selection criteria.

13. Vote to ratify Changer Order #4 in the amount of $45,672 revised total as requested by Consigli Construction and recommended by Joslin Lesser & Associates for the Middle/High School Project.

14. Vote to ratify the Memorandum of Agreement between the Town of Southbridge and Tri-Valley, Inc., for the use of space in the Southbridge Community Center at $100.00 per month from March 1, 2012 thru February 28, 2013.

15. Vote that the Town hereby approves the $73,722,405 borrowing authorized by the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District (the “District), for the purpose of paying costs of designing, constructing, originally equipping and furnishing an addition to and renovation of the Bay Path Vocational Technical High School located at 57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto( the “Project”), which school facility shall have an anticipated useful life as an educational facility for the instruction of school children of at least 50 years, and for which the District may be eligible for a school construction grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended at the direction of the school Building Committee; that the Town acknowledges that the MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any Project costs the District incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the District and its member municipalities; provided further that any grant that District may receive from the MSBA for the Project shall not exceed the lesser of (1) sixty-seven and forty-one hundredths percent (67.41%) of eligible, approved project costs, a determined by the MSBA, or (2) the total maximum grant amount determined by the MSBA; provided, however, that the approval of the District’s borrowing by this vote shall be subject to and contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Town to exempt its allocable share of the amounts required for the payment of interest and principal on said borrowing from the limitations on taxes imposed by M.G.L. 59, Section21C (Proposition 2½); and that the amount of borrowing authorized by the District shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement that may be executed between the District and the MSBA.

15a) Vote that in accordance with Chapter 59, Section 21C(k) of the General Laws, the Town Council votes toseek voter approval of the following question at the Town election to be held on June 26, 2012:
Shall the Town of Southbridge be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay the Town’s allocable share of the bond issued by the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District for the purpose of paying costs of designing, constructing, originally equipping and furnishing an addition to and renovation of the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, located at 67 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?

16. Vote to ratify the Bay Path Vocational High School FY 2013 Budget

17. Councilors Forum

18. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, Town Hall.

b) Adjournment


  1. A 30 year debt exclusion vote on 3.7 million dollars on a 73 million budget for repairs and expansion.
    15 million for repairs only.

    we build 2 buildings and furnish both with new equipment throughout for 80 million
    Their project total is 73 million.

    10 towns need to approve their own debt exclusion vote or they will seek a special election to try again to get because majority vote then will rule.

    I hope it goes down in flames.
    Do the repairs and plan for the expansion some other time.

  2. The real problem is the idiotic spending that has gone on under this town council and the last two town managers as well as the interim TM.
    They have squandered every penny we have gotten from the disastrous contract with Casella, they have driven us to the point where our debt capacity is at its limit and they have given us the highest tax rate of any local town while property values and employment have crashed.
    At the same time we have a council chairwoman who has supported every town manager, even the last one who is now suing us, while telling the people that vote that if they didn’t like it they could sell their houses and move. She has called us pigs and barnyard animals and she still gets elected, along with her cronies.

    1. The council chairwoman's time will come for RE-ELECTION but first her two puppets Livingoog and Clemence will not get my vote come this June. I have already signed the new petition that has been circulating around town so that we can change our form of goverment that will lower our taxes for sure.

  3. Where is anybody who wants to defend this ?

    Is the town council so much a rubber stamp for Clark that they will vote for this without any discussion?

  4. They won’t defend it.
    Their already in the tank.
    They think that they have the town by the short hairs and they can do anything that they want.
    And you know something their right.

    1. Can anyone say Town Meeting Form of Government. I'll bet there will be a stampede to sign the now circulating petition. ;0

    2. To hell with that. Let's fire Clark and hire this guy:

    3. Yeah, an extra to or three winos might stop in to voice their opinion at that "Town Meeting" - give up your dream of yesteryear. It ain't happening.

  5. i am fighting every urge to go to this meeting and speak at citizens forum yet again and as why our tornado neighborhood is STILL being ignored. you remember, the area that kathy said back on december 19th would be "priority #1". i haven't seen a single town council member even drive through our neighborhood since, and i see the DPW trucks drive up our road every day....on their way to do other things around town. heck they spent 2 days right in front of my house digging with a jackhammer, installing some sweeeet new signs directing folks to the southbridge industrial park....there is one on each side of rt. 169 now. i guess that was much more important than working on our drainage issues, removing the piles of brush that are STILL sitting on the side of charlton street, neatly stacked like they asked us all to do months ago so it could be removed, or even helping us replant some trees along the highway...(maybe next to the nice new signs they put up). i doubt i will be at the meeting because i am sick of embarrassing myself, wasting my breath and being the only resident in the neighborhood (in our neighborhood)who actually goes and tries to accomplish something other than sitting around complaining. i'm also still anxiously awaiting the $172,000 street sweeper that they kicked in my face, to come sweep the sand and debris (like nails from construction that have caused us to replace 3 tires so far this spring) from our neighborhood. i have seen the thing all over town so i now it exists. thankyou town council for reminding me why voting is so important.....see you in June

  6. Dan, all you'll get is more lip service (elections are coming up, after all!), so don't waste your breath. They just don't care, no offense.

    I found it hilarious last night at the Trinity Catholic Academy fundraiser to see none other than Denise Clemence and Bob in tow, since they have no kids going there.

    The funniest part was watching them going around and seemingly no one paying attention to them as they feigned bidding on everything. They donated Hyde crap that I didn't' see anyone bidding on, except for maybe themselves.

    I take it back. The funniest part was that they were auctioning off a week in Prince Edward Island, Canada. My wife was sick, so I don't know if they won it, so they could write it off as a business expense when they go to visit the office in Canada.

    She has NO shame. Evil politician is all that she is, and an opportunist at that. Luckily, as she said before, she has money, friends and lawyers. All us normal people have is our self-respect and work ethic.

    And of course, no caulk removers.

  7. thanks dennis.....i agree, they don't care. i am tempted to go and just get up and say "i'm not going to stand here and waste my breath and as yall for help anymore because I would have a better chance of having Bill Mahar show up at my door and as me to borrow my bible. All I want to say is that June is coming and it will be a roller coaster of emotions for those of us in the tornado ravished neighborhood....for one it will be our 1 year anniversary since our lives were turned upside down so it will be a bit sad, but on the other hand we get to vote out some of you who haven't given one ounce of compassion to any of us that is exciting. see yall in June!!"


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