Friday, September 21, 2012

Southbridge Town Council Agenda for September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012 – 7:00 PM

1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept Town Council Meeting Minutes of Monday, September 10, 2012

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) Proclamation – 100th Anniversary, Church of St. Nicholas –by C.Nikolla to George 
      b) ASPIRA – Luz Eneida Espiro, President
      c) The Last Green Valley – Charlene Perkins Cutler, Executive Director & CEO
      d) Education / Enforcement of Trash/Recycling – Jim Morin, Director Health Department –
 Kim Grant, Recycling Coordinator – Erik Jacobson, GreenBrown Consulting, Dan             Charette, Police Chief and Municipal Hearing Officers.

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to ratify the contract with House of Destiny for FY2012 CDBG Grant funds in the amount of $50,000.00.

10. Vote to ratify the contract with Literacy Volunteers for FY2012 CDBG Grant funds in the amount of $50,000.00.

11. Vote to accept preparations for a New CDBG Application-Social Services (RFP) as written for new CDBG Application for FY 2013 funds.

12. Vote to adopt local option increase to Benefits Payable to Widows and Widowers of Disabled Public Employees under §101 (Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012).

13. Vote to ratify the acceptance of a MassDOT Grant in the amount of $6,120.00 to purchase a zeroturn radius mower for airport maintenance and to allocate $1,529.99 towards this purchase from allocated DPW funds for equipment repairs and maintenance, account # 1.499.5241.

14. Vote to ratify the contract between the Town of Southbridge and Stan Kaitbenski, Inc. for the demolition of two (2) derelict properties for a total amount of $37,535.00.

15. Vote to approve proposed amendments to By-law Chapter 6, Section 6-100 “Licenses and Licensing Regulations for the Town of Southbridge” for secondhand junk, precious metals and old metals regulations.
                                                                                                     First Reading

16. Vote to request the Office of the State Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts conduct an audit of certain activities of Southbridge Police Department for the period July 1,  2007 through June 30, 2012.

17. Councilors Forum

18. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers.

19. Vote to Enter into Executive Session according to M.G.L. 39 §23B to review Executive Session Minutes regarding collective bargaining, litigation, purchase, exchange, taking, lease or value of real property, discipline or dismissal brought against an individual, and, if matter is concluded reconvene vote to release said minutes.


  1. Why don't all you people who are so upset about Obama's "redistribution" complain about the CDBG money that used to be limited to property improvements that helped Southbridge look more attractive. Now it's going to social, ethnic, and religious groups that are going to see that their people vote for those who gave it to them.

    1. Damn right. Clark, Acly and Nikola have brought Chicago style patronage to Southbridge.
      They are giving money that should go to property to radical church groups and Puerto Ricans, who got money the last time and are coming back for more money because they couldn't make it work.If ever there was entitlement thinking this is it. And Clark, Acly and Nikola are the enablers.


    2. It’s almost funny.

      If they are going to start giving CDBG money to these kinds of groups, then maybe I should start a Southbridge Recycling Corps. Then we’d get this money. And our paid employees would cordially and in a courteous manner approach and work with those who didn’t conform to Cathy’s draconian trash regulations.

      And guess what? Then we could stop taking money from the town budget to finance these patronage trash enforcement hacks.

    3. The bigger deal is all the CDBG money they gave to Gabe Mccarthy and his wife. Almost a million bucks and they both declared bankruptcy less than a year later? Where did all that money go? Sure didn't go into the buildings like it was supposed to.

  2. All Clark really cares about is making sure that it takes 6 votes to fire him. He’ll push that charter amendment through WIT. And he’ll make sure that all these people who got the money vote for it.

  3. Go for it....CDBG's got you covered!

    This chapter describes separately each category of basic eligibility under the program, in the order of their appearance in Section 105(a) of the HCDA:


    * Economic Development Assistance to For-Profit Business - See pge 2-79.

  4. “#16. Vote to request the Office of the State Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts conduct an audit of certain activities of Southbridge Police Department for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2012.”

    Pourquoi - Misappropriations of funds?

  5. Did anyone see the story about this audit in the T&G today? It states how kathy is opposed to spending $20k on "Butch's deal".....but she and some of the others had no problem spending $120k, $124k and $168k on new toys for the DPW a few months back....hmmmm?


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