Board of Selectmen
Library Meeting Room
October 28, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 6:58 p.m. by Chairman Roger L. Putnam, Jr. Selectmen present included Michael May, Dale Donovan, Michael Parlante and Jerry Houk. Assistant Town Administrator Rex Peterson also attended.
County Commissioner Lance Lambros presented the round IV County surplus fund check to the Board in the amount of $6,793.48. It was noted that these funds will be used to help finance the Harbor Management Plan and initially be part of a cooperative project with Eastham and Truro to do a series of coastal photographs to provide a baseline for the measurement of the impact of shoreline erosion and sand migration. Mr. Lambros thanked Chairman Putnam for his work at the County level and offered his assistance to the Town.
- Chairman Putnam announced that the Town of Wellfleet and the Wellfleet Housing Authority were presented with a plaque at the Lower Cape Cod Community Development Corporation's October 24th annual meeting for their contribution and support in the development of the "Wellfleet Apartments", twelve new rental housing units.
- Selectman Houk noted that the W.H.A.T. has scheduled a play through November 9th and thanked the DPW Director for making the effort to keep water supplied to the W.H.A.T. building through that date. It was noted that the DPW Director will separate out the W.H.A.T. water line from the rest of the system.
- Margo KochRuthe addressed the Board regarding a "junk yard" on her neighbor's property and requested a written statement from the Board including a date when the Town will address the situation. The Acting Town Administrator was asked to look into this matter and to get back to Ms. KochRuthe.
- Brewster Fox addressed the Board regarding the same "junk yard" and submitted information relative to this issue to the Assistant Town Administrator.
- Drew Brown addressed the Board regarding the proposed regional solid waste disposal facility. Discussion included the role of the County, (it was noted that jurisdiction over solid waste is in the hands of the towns), establishment of a Regional Refuse Planning Committee and the need for town meeting approvals.
On a motion by Houk, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of October 21, 2002 as submitted.
On a motion by Parlante, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to release the executive session minutes dated 1/2/96, 1/16/96, 1/22/96, 2/20/96, 3/4/96, 3/11/96, 4/8/96, 4/22/96, 4/29/96, 5/6/96, 5/13/96.
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- Selectman Donovan commented on a "credibility problem" for the Board noting that Board matters should move forward only by vote of the Board.
Selectman Donovan presented his correspondence report and read the draft response to the letter submitted by John Wallace regarding the proposed regional waste disposal facility. Mr. Wallace requested that the letter be signed by Town Counsel; after further discussion it was agreed that the letter of response, as drafted, was "official" enough. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Parlante, the Board voted unanimously to send the letter.
Tom Bernardo, Speaker of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, met with the Board with an update on the uses of County surplus funds including wastewater management and affordable housing and the status of the new regional government.
The Board held a public hearing on the application of Wellfleet Wine Cellar & Spirits for extension of its seasonal all alcohol, package store license from November 30, 2002 to December 31, 2002. Selectman Donovan read the public notice. Selectman Parlante disclosed that he is part of a corporation which holds a liquor license. Eric MacLeod and Robert Collum, Manager, were in attendance. On a motion by Houk, seconded by May, the Board voted 4-1, with Donovan voting against, to approve this request through December 31, 2002.
The Board held Shellfish Department public hearings. Selectman Donovan read the public notice. Selectman Parlante recused himself and left the table. Chairman Putnam indicated that the application from Brent Valli for renewal of shellfish grant licenses #781A and #781C located at Egg Island and consisting of 5.5 acres and to transfer shellfish grant licenses #781A and #781C from Brent Valli to Brent Valli and Sandra Mitchell and the application from Sandra Mitchell for renewal of shellfish grant licenses #95-21 and #95-22 located at Egg Island and consisting of 1.8 acres and to transfer shellfish grant licenses #95-21 and #95-22 from Sandra Mitchell to Sandra Mitchell and Brent Valli had been withdrawn at this time. Selectman May disclosed that he holds a commercial shellfish permit. Chairman
Putnam disclosed that he holds a senior commercial shellfish permit. The Board considered the application of Brent Valli to transfer shellfish grant license #89-4 located at Blackfish Creek and consisting of one acre from Brent Valli to Russell Junkins. Shellfish Constable, Bill Walton, recommended approval of this application. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously 4-0 to approve this application. Selectman Parlante rejoined the Board.
The Board discussed:
a) Police Department - Review Issues:
- Memo from Police Chief Rosenthal re: Questions Received from Public Safety Review Committee - on a motion by Donovan, seconded by Parlante, the Board voted 4-1, with Houk voting against, to suggest to the Police Chief that he ignore the letter from the Public Safety Review Committee. Committee Chair Matthew Frazier noted that the questions to the Chief were asked relative to the personnel structure of the Department. Discussion included the charge to the Committee.
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- Draft Survey - on a motion by Parlante, seconded by Houk, the Board voted 3-2, with Putnam and Donovan voting against, that the Public Safety Review Committee be asked to send their survey to the specialist at Barnstable County who deals with surveys.
b) Request for Appointment of Special Police Officer - on a motion by Parlante, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Truro Officer Meredith R. Allen as a Wellfleet Special Police Officer through June 30, 2003.
c) Business Licenses - Selectman Parlante disclosed that he is part of a corporation which holds a business license. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Parlante, the Board voted unanimously to approve the business licenses as printed on the agenda (The Box Lunch, Inc.; Captain Higgins Seafood Restaurant, Inc.; Christine's Oasis; Even'Tide Motel & Cottages, Inc.; Farrell's Market; Moby Dick's; On the Creek Café; PJ's Family Restaurant, Inc.; Rookie's Family Restaurant; Bob's Sub & Cone; Wellfleet Beachcomber; Van Rensselaer's; Wellfleet Cinemas; Wellfleet Dairy Bar & Grill; Wellfleet Drive-In & Flea Market; Wellfleet Village Mobil; Wellfleet Motel & Lodge, Inc.; Naviator).
d) Appointment of Assistant Health/Conservation Agent - on a motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Erik Mitchell as Assistant Health/Conservation Agent.
Selectman Donovan suggested that the Board meet with Susan Williams and COA Director Jacqui Wildes regarding Outer Cape Health's needs and how the Town might partner with them.
Matthew Frazier addressed the Board to note that the parameters of the charge to the Public Safety Review Committee as listed on the Committee's survey were as listed in a memo to the Committee from the Town Administrator.
On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Parlante, the Board voted unanimously in favor of a temporary extension of the permission granted to the W.H.A.T. to use Town property at 335 Main Street until November 15, 2002.
Selectman Donovan thanked Arlene Kirsch for her suggestion to contact the USDA regarding grants for a Community Center.
On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Parlante, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:29 p.m.
Roger L. Putnam, Jr., Chair Michael May Dale Donovan
Michael Parlante Jerry Houk