Monday, January 14, 2013

Southbridge Town Council Agenda - January 14, 2013




January 14, 2013 – 7:00 PM


1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept Town Council Meeting Minutes of Monday, December 17, 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) Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. – Jill Dagilis, Executive Director
     b) Economic Development Department Presentation – Cassandra Acly, Director

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to amend a line-item included in agenda item #16 of November 5, 2012 Town Council Meeting for rescinding of authorized, unissued balances:
     Amount Purpose Date of Passage
     Original vote: $155,192.80 Water Treatment Plant 06/29/2004
     As Amended: $55,192.80 Water Treatment Plant 06/29/2004
                                                                 Roll Call vote required – 2/3 vote needed

10. Vote to approve the CDBG Façade Program in support of 3 projects: (a) Signs and Awnings at 9 Central Street (Freedom Tax Service); (b) Replacement Awnings, Central Street side at 100 Central Street (Nick Sotar ); (c) Signs and Awnings, rear entrance (Foster Street side) at 100 Central Street (Southbridge Bicycle Shop).

11. Vote to authorize the Town Manager and the Town Attorney to sell the 5 properties listed in accordance with their respective RFPs and to complete any other closing documents necessary.
     - 62 Pleasant Street
     - 114 Pleasant Street
     - 80 Marcy Street
     - 115 Marcy Street
     - 70 Foster Street

12. Vote to approve the interim Recycling Plan through 6/30/12 and to seek a contract with a firm to continue data collection and expand services to include enforcement, building off the recently expired contract, in an amount not to exceed $25,000.00 and to authorize the Town Manager to enter into contract for same. The remaining $11,000.00 is to be used for education and the balance of $7,000.00 for the study of the new cart program.

13. Vote to ratify Amendment No.2 from Joslin Lesser & Associates, Inc. to revise the total fee for basic services from the current value of $1,852,350.00 to the new value of $1,483,350.00, in accordance with the 12/11/12 correspondence.

14. Vote to ratify the contract between the Town of Southbridge and JSL Asphalt, Inc. of Charlton for the hot mix asphalt road materials in an amount not to exceed $24,900.00 through June 30, 2013.

15. Vote to ratify the contract between the Town of Southbridge and Perma-Line Corporation of New England to furnish the town with signs, posts, rain gear, traffic barrels and paint in an amount not to exceed $22,000.00 through June 30, 2013.

16. Vote to ratify the contract between the Town of Southbridge and Morais Concrete Service of Springfield, MA in the amount of $350,000.00 for the reconstruction of Torrey Road; said funding from Chapter 90 funds.

17. Vote to ratify the Snow & Ice Operations Agreement between the Town of Southbridge and Mark DiTommaso, Eagle Services of Charlton for the Skid Steer Loader at the rate of $85.00 per hour.

18. Vote to ratify the Snow & Ice Operations Agreement between the Town of Southbridge and Rene Paquin of Southbridge for snow plow equipment at the rate of $73.00 per hour.

19. Councilors Forum

20. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers.

21. Adjournment


  1. Agenda Item #12: Cycling a year behind or just re-cycling?

    “Vote to approve the interim Recycling Plan through 6/30/12"

    Green Brown Consulting & Trash Patrol.

    1. "new cart program"???????? um......didn't that already get shot down?

    2. @ Anonymous January 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Yup, remember the purchase frenzy for trash containers w/tight-fitting lids & clear plastic bags.

      Why...Councilor Langevin, during an off-site TC workshop, laughed that none could be found within a (14) mile radius.

    3. Didn't they bring in the guy from Dick's hardware to promote LOCAL trash supplies ? (containers with tight fitting lids etc. )
      Wonder how the local business guy feels now that the town is going to take business away from him with a "NEW" cart program?

      Make Southbridge Home where we outsource the local business opportunities!

    4. Exactly; that’s what makes this “Beastly Business Blunder” so pathetically ludercrous!

  2. $7,000.00 for the study of the new cart program.
    HELL NO ! Haven't we been down this loosing idea before?
    The people spoke loud and clear and Clark and Morin apparently don't care.
    Charlton gets to got to our dump but we can't and now spending money on carts to limit what we can throw out.

  3. Clark said during town manager’s announcements that the water company payloader had been independently evaluated by Poirier. He said that the machine was not a danger to the operator, but that it should not be a “front line” machine.

    First we were told that we needed a new payloader because it was dangerous and had to be taken out of service. Then it was found that it was being used by the water company, but that only the front end was being used and that was okay. Now we are told that the machine can be used, it just isn’t a “front line” machine. Just how much back-pedaling on the initial reason for buying a new payloader are we supposed to swallow?

    1. Not only safe but now functional at both ends? Its only restriction: servitude as “front line” fleet leader.

      Misrepresentation of Material Facts = Fraud.

    2. what about the street sweeper that "if we own, can be used at all times of the year to keep streets clean, and also keep the dust down on commercial drive".........has anyone else seen the sweeper out and about other than the initial 2 weeks of spring sweeping when it was first purchased? i haven't? it's sitting in a barn collecting dust. why again was it a "bad idea" to continue to rent one each year?


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