Board of Selectmen Minutes 04/26/2016

Town of Otis
Select Board Meeting Minutes
April 26, 2016

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall conference room.

Present: Select Board Chair Roberta Sarnacki, Selectman Don Hawley, Selectman Bill Hiller, Chris Morris, Terry Gould, Larry Gould, Michael Ernst, Peter Kolodziej, Ronald “Joe” Dupuis, Chris Tryon, Mary Adams, Frank Tolopko, Sandy Pinkham, Dave Conklin, Kathleen Conklin, Walter Engels

The meeting was called to order by Roberta Sarnacki who announced the meeting was being recorded.

Approval of Minutes: The April 12, 2016 Select Board meeting minutes were unanimously approved as written.

Board of Health: 58 South Lake Avenue: This is a failed Title 5, and the new well is installed 71 feet from the field and pre-treat system. Peter believes this meets maximum feasible compliance for the lot. Abutters have been notified and one neighbor’s well is more than 60 feet and another is within 70 feet. Wells will need to be tested before and for two years after, a signed maintenance contract will be required, and the deed needs to be restricted to two bedrooms maximum. A bottomless sand filter can only be designed for an existing flow and cannot be designed for an increased flow. The Select Board approved the design with the recommended restrictions.
18 Elm Lane: This is a small lot on the Reservoir and has an existing shallow well that will be decommissioned. They are proposing a drilled deep artesian well and a jet bat pretreatment system. The drilled well will be two feet from the state property line and DCR is okay with that. Abutters have been notified and they have gone before Conservation. The abutters wells are 83.78 feet and 62.3 feet from the proposed system. Owner’s well is 47.5 feet from the jet bat system. Board of Health feels this is the best fit for this small lot and recommends well testing before installation, and for two years after, and a maintenance contract will be required. The Select Board unanimously approved the design with the recommendations.

Technology Appointments: Technology recommended both applicants be approved for appointment and the Select Board unanimously agreed.

Vote to Approve the Annual Town Warrant: Chris let the Select Board know that if all money appropriations are approved, this would leave about $417,000 in Free Cash. After discussion, the Board unanimously voted not to move any money from Free Cash to Stabilization. The two petitioned articles had enough verified signatures to go on the warrant. Don Hawley and Bill Hiller voted to accept the warrant with Roberta abstaining due to the petition warrant articles. Roberta also abstained from signing the warrant for the same reason.

Knox Trail Inn Entertainment License: Entertainment occurred at the Knox without getting an entertainment license. This is a first offense so they are subject to a $100 fine in addition to purchasing their license. Chris was asked to draft a letter stating such and also ask who in their establishment holds the crowd control certification. The Select Board unanimously approved this motion.

Maintenance Contract for Fratelli’s: Fratelli’s has been asked to set up a maintenance contract for cleaning their grease traps on a regular basis and a resident wanted to know where this request was at this point in time. Chris stated the Board of Health delivered the written request and the restaurant is currently vetting contractors for regular maintenance.

Safety Complex: Monday of this week, Jim Crandall, Larry Gould, Bill Hiller, Don Hawley, Michael Ernst, and Derek Poirier looked at various town sites for locating a safety complex. The same group also checked the turbine site, the East Otis meeting house, the Main Fire House, the Recreation Center, and the Highway Garage to discuss alternate uses for these buildings once the Safety Complex has been established. This was done as an impromptu meeting of the Energy Committee and Michael read the minutes of this meeting at tonight’s Select Board meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lisa D’Orazio
Selectmen’s Secretary
Town of Otis

List of Documents

The two applications for appointment to Technology will be filed with these meeting minutes.
A copy of the minutes written up for the April 18 Energy meeting site visits will be filed with these meeting minutes.