Friday, March 21, 2014

Southbridge Town Council Meeting Agenda - March 24, 2014




March 24, 2014 –7:00 PM



1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Roll Call

3. Consider and accept Town Council Meeting Minutes of Monday, March 10, 2014. 

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
            (f) Town Manager Search Committee

5. Chairman’s Announcements
            a) Moment of Silence

6. Town Manager’s Announcements
            -FY2015 Budget Message Presentation

7. Swearing In / Presentation
            Everbridge Emergency Notification System– by Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo and
                        Deputy Emergency Management Director, Roland laRochelle

8. Citizens Forum

9. Vote to approve the employment of Esteban Carrasco, Jr. as Coach for the Southbridge Public             System spring 2014 season under MGL, c268A §20(b)

10. Vote to approve the MIIA Health Benefits Trust proposal for Health Insurance at a rate          increase of 7.8% and Dental Insurance at a rate of 1.6% for the period of 5/1/14-4/30/15.

11. Vote to transfer $10,000.00 from Town Council Reserve Account #1.132.5781 to Veterans    Benefits Account #1.945.5771.0.596 to pay benefits for the month of April.

12. Vote to transfer $33,096.42 from FY2013 Repair Costs for lightning damage   #600.440.5830.0.13585 to Sewer Maintenance Operating Budget #600.440.5201.0.0571l.       (The repairs from the lightning damage are complete and the money is needed in the maintenance line item to cover FY2014 expenses.)

13. Vote to approve the contract between the Town of Southbridge and Fall River Electrical for   the total amount of $136,720.00 plus $5,000.00 contingency for the Wastewater Treatment Plan Electrical Upgrades to be paid out of Capital Treatment plant account 600.5830.14582.

14. Vote to approve the purchase of a 2014 Ford Escape SE AWD for $26,670.00 to replace Water Department vehicle #862003, Ford Ranger to be paid with insurance funds of    $2,054.74 and the remaining from Capital Reserve Account #9125.

15. Vote to approve the proposed Graffiti By-law as prepared by the General Government            Subcommittee on March 3, 2014.
                                     Second Reading

16. Vote to approve the proposed Sign By-law changes as prepared by the General Government   Subcommittee Meeting on January 16, 2014
                                     Third & Final Reading

17. Councilors Forum

18. Discussion of next meeting date – Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers  

19. Vote to enter into Executive Session according to MGL, Chapter 39, Section 23B to discuss collective bargaining or litigation and to consider the purchase, exchange, taking a lease or value of  real property and to adjourn.

20. Adjournment


  1. Budget proposals are to WAY TOO HIGH - Kudos to Councilor Vandal for being the ONLY one to say so!
    4.52% increase in real estate taxes
    3% in Water
    15% in sewer
    There is No more room in my budget for yet another increase what about yours?

  2. I’m striking groceries from my budget; no problem here.


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