Board of Selectmen
Library Meeting Room
January 11, 2005
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Ira Wood. Selectmen in attendance included Michael May, Dale Donovan and Helen Miranda Wilson. Selectman Jerry Houk was absent. Town Administrator Tim Smith also attended.
The Board discussed:
a) Town Clerk Dawn Rickman addressed the Board regarding:
· Request to change polling place to Council on Aging – Ms. Rickman requested that the polling place be changed from the Library to the Council on Aging to alleviate serious parking problems on election days when the Library is open noting that the Council on Aging has ample parking, easy access to the building, handicap access and communication facilities. On a motion by Wilson, seconded by May, to place a non-binding referendum question on this matter the Board voted 2-2, with Wood and Donovan voting against. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Wood, to schedule the next election and elections thereafter at the Senior Center and if there is a problem to
reconsider this decision, the Board voted 2-2, with Wilson and May voting against. It was suggested that this matter be readdressed when there is a full Board.
· Boston Post Cane – Ms. Rickman recommended that the Cane be presented to Helen Ronald on her birthday, January 22, 2005, when she turns 101. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously to present the Boston Post Cane to Helen Ronald of 65 Long Pond Road.
b) Request for Support: Development of Comprehensive Salt Marsh Restoration Plan for Herring River – Health/Conservation Agent Emily Beebe joined the Board to request a letter of support for the Salt Marsh Restoration Plan for the Herring River to attract funds for planning stages of the project noting that such a letter would not commit the Town to go through with the project. Donovan moved and May seconded a motion that the Board send a letter of support to the appropriate agencies agreeing in principle to the fact that restoring the Herring River salt marsh will be beneficial to the public interests and the environment and is a project worth proceeding with, with the caveat that a memorandum of understanding is signed between the National Park Service and the Town of Wellfleet and the development of a
comprehensive restoration plan and filing for permits to proceed. Seashore Acting Superintendent Mike Murray noted that he sees this project as a working together process with the Board of Selectmen having the final right of refusal. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
c) Rinzler Conservation Restriction – Acting Town Administrator Rex Peterson joined the Board indicating that the closing on the “Rinzler” property was completed a week ago and noting that the final step is to grant a conservation restriction to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust. On a motion by Wilson, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to sign the conservation restriction on the “Rinzler property”.
d) Request to Close Business: The Lighthouse Restaurant – Robert Derow joined the Board and explained his request to close the Lighthouse Restaurant for repairs and maintenance and discussed staffing difficulties. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to approve the closure of The Lighthouse Restaurant from January 18, 2005 to the first week in April.
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e) Private Use of Town Vehicles – the Town Administrator asked that this matter be postponed to the next Board meeting.
f) MOU for Mutual Aid Law Enforcement Response Services with National Seashore – on a motion by Donovan, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously to approve and sign the Reaffirmation Memorandum to reaffirm the agreement between the National Park Service and the Town of Wellfleet for the purpose of providing mutual aid law enforcement emergency response services between the two jurisdictions.
g) Requests to Use Town Property:
· Friends of the Wellfleet Libraries – on a motion by Wilson, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to approve the request of the Friends of the Wellfleet Libraries to use the driveway on the east side of Town Hall and the Town Hall lawn on Sunday, July 17, 2005, rain date of July 24, and Sunday August 7, 2005, rain date of August 15, for the annual summer book sale for the benefit of the Wellfleet Public Library.
· H. Korim – on a motion by May, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the request of H. Korim to use the Town Hall lawn, streets and fence adjacent to the former church property and/or sidewalk to the Library on January 17, 2005 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. for the third annual Martin Luther King Day walking meditation.
h) Business License Renewals – on a motion by Donovan, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the renewal of the business licenses of the Sandpiper Gallery; Vintage Auto Center and Down Under Video.
i) Pole Hearing Minutes – on a motion by Donovan, seconded by May, the Board voted unanimously to approve the petition of Commonwealth Electric Company to install a pole to provide electric service at a new home at 605 Old Kings Highway in Wellfleet.
· The Town Administrator noted receipt of the contract with Cape Cod Builders and General Contracting for roof repairs at 335 Main Street in the amount of $36,200.
· Wilson asked the status of the water meter at the Transfer Station. The Town Administrator indicated that this matter will be addressed.
Donovan presented the correspondence report:
· Letter from Kingston Board of Selectmen: request to join them in lobbying effort to amend 40B to include manufactured homes in determining low-moderate income housing percentages – consensus to forward the letter to the Housing Authority and Local Housing Partnership.
· Memo from NRAB re: need for public hearings and discussion of changes to Town Marina – noted.
· Letter from Molly Benjamin re: Annual Town Report dedication to Richard Dickey – Donovan read the letter.
· Wilson noted her memo summarizing her conversation regarding the option of using 335 Main Street as a postal facility.
· Jeff Barnes addressed the Board to request that the Board consider establishing a Bikeways Committee – this matter will be scheduled on a future agenda.
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· Wood discussed a letter from Houk regarding the assignment of Lt. Fisette to FBI training in Virginia noting differences of opinion regarding the authority of Chief Rosenthal. He noted that if the Board so chooses, it can send these issues to Town Counsel for a legal opinion. A motion by Wilson to forward this question to Town Counsel was not seconded. Donovan suggested that the Board send a letter to Lt. Fisette commending him for being accepted to such an outstanding training program. On a motion by Wood, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously that the Clerk draft such a letter.
Wilson suggested that the Board discuss the QPX issue and that consideration be given to splitting the Health/Conservation Agent position into two separate positions of Health Agent and Conservation Agent.
A motion by Wilson to approve the minutes of December 6, 2004 with one amendment was not seconded. On a motion by Donovan, seconded by May, the Board voted 3-1, with Wilson voting against, to approve the minutes of December 6, 2004 as written.
Donovan moved and May seconded a motion to approve the minutes of December 14, 2004. Wilson offered two amendments. The Board voted 3-1, with Wilson voting against, to approve the minutes of December 14, 2004 with one amendment.
The Board discussed future agenda items including scheduling an interview with an applicant for Herring Warden, appointing members to the Alternative Energy Committee, meeting with the Harbormaster and scheduling a meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners.
On a motion by Donovan, seconded by Wilson, the Board voted unanimously at 8:28 p.m. on a roll call vote (Donovan, May, Wilson, Wood – yea) to enter executive session to discuss contract negotiations with non-union personnel and not to reconvene in open session.
Ira Wood, Chair Michael May
Dale Donovan Helen Miranda Wilson