Business Meeting or Workshop:
3. We received bids on our $5M Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs). We had three bidders ranging from 1.5% to 2.25% gross and, after application of the bond premium, 1.05% net to 1.84%. This positions us just where we wanted to be for the fall bond rating and bond offering for the school project. You will now need to take a formal vote to award the placement of the Bond to Eastern Bank. As planned, this erases the deficit in the capital accounts and fully funds the several contract amendments for Colliers and SMMA from your meeting of 05/22.
4. We have a need for two transfers. One is for $1.5k+/- to cover an unexpected expense in the group insurance for a second infusion into your high deductible insurance coverage for your 111F (Police & Fire) expenses. The second is $3.5k+/- to cover the out-of-class pay and staff shortages in a department. At this time, we are finalizing the numbers and best approach (i.e. statutory internal transfer or request for a reserve transfer). This may not be finalized until meeting time.
Administration & Finance
Town Accountant: Over the last few weeks I have been in and out of the office using up my vacation. Now that the audits have been completed, I have been focusing on the back log of FY 17 things that need to be done. Also, have been working on the prior year’s issues that needed additional work, so hopefully in the next fiscal year can be reconciled. I am working with the departments that have outstanding accounts that they were not aware of that need to be cleaned up. I will be out of the office next week on vacation.
Treasurer/Collector: The bad check policy has been approved by the Board of Selectmen and has been issued to the Departments. Real estate and personal property demands have been mailed. Jeffery and Jeffery Have been instrumental in helping collect past due personal property accounts, to date nearly $1,400 collected. Commitment 3 motor excise bills are going in the mail this week; thank you Luanne for helping stuff 700 bills! I also completed the tax taking of 21 accounts from Fiscal 2016, With all prior years up to date.
Assessor: Processed 3 Motor Vehicle Commitments for FY17 to the Collector/Treasurer, totaling $ 1,002,762.30 committed for FY17. Bills have been processed, stuffed and are now ready to be mailed with a billing date of May 25, 2017 with a due date of June 26,
2017. Attended Department Head meeting Tuesday. Continue to review building permits and line up fieldwork. Working on updating newer commercial properties in town and getting ready to go out and visit them. Continue to receive inquiries from residents about interest and demand
Town Clerk: Posted the approved by-law from the Attorney General’s Office. Still busy with Marriage Certificates and genealogy.
Highway Department: More sweeping for the week as the weather was pretty good. The highway assisted the water department with the rebuild of a catch basin. There was a meeting held with Fuss and O’Neill the engineers working on Royalston road to propose other road projects. And also a meeting held in North Hampton for review criteria for bridges. The fleet is suffering with 5 vehicles red lined with various problems that are costly and will have to wait until the New Year to be repaired.
Cemetery & Parks: The water has been turned on in the cemeteries for the watering of flowers, plants and shrubs. Prepared for one Saturday burial, planted trees and trimmed and mowed the surrounding area. Added additional trash barrels @ Gilman Waite for upcoming week end softball tournament. Prepared for a mid week funeral service @ Green Lawn cemetery. Mowed and trimmed all common areas in preparation for the Memorial Day week end. Bark mulch and mowing and trimming done @ the Baldwinville fire station.
Sewer Department: Contacted Tuthill Company executives to demand they repair blower which failed while under warranty at no cost. After receiving no satisfaction I recommend to Commission that we proceed with litigation having Town Counsel file suit and me representing the Town. Attended annual town meeting where the budget and the Pleasant Street pump station affirmation vote both passed unanimously. I notified the engineers, USDA, bond counsel and town counsel of the successful votes and scanned and forwarded the town clerks vote certification to relevant parties. I attended the selectmen’s audit management meeting. The crew rearranged the secretary’s office to improve work flow. Marked out dig safes on Route 68 from Baldwinville center to Gardner line. I learned of a grant from DEP for free GIS data development for all town sewer infrastructures. Only 15 towns were able to participate and we are one of the few! Chuck and I worked to select, organize and tabulate approximately 175 blue prints which were picked up by an engineer from Tighe and Bond Inc. This is a huge leap forward in technological capability that I have wanted to have done for over 10 years, but cost and time were prohibitive. I am elated at this opportunity. Instructed Chuck to begin gathering quotes for the installation of the Crotty Ave. pump station replacement pumps and valves. Investigating a way to possibly lower chemical costs, set up a polymer tank and lines at disc filter. Purchased a new refrigeration unit for head works composite sampler
Templeton Police Department: Nothing to report this week. Templeton Fire/EMS: Nothing to report this week. Emergency Management: Nothing to report this week.
Building Department: The Building Department issued three permits for roof replacement and Commissioner Hanks completed multiple inspections Gas/Plumbing had a total of one permit issued and the Electrical Inspector had three.
Planning Board: Received payment for the Gardner T Hangar project; preparing for the stormwater public hearing.
ZBA: Variance decision for Michael Bouthot time stamped by Town Clerk; mailed decision to petitioner with instructions on appeal; processed minutes from last ZBA meeting.
Conservation Commission: Filed “notice of intent” for Drury Lane and Cottage Lane and submitted public hearing notices to the Gardner News for both to be published; processed minutes from last ConCom Board meeting.
Board of Health: Agent witnessed percs at both Gray Road and Lord Road; scheduled percs for Laurelview and Otter River Roads next week. On Saturday, the BOH held a bulky waste event that had approximately thirty cars come through, filled two roll off dumpsters and took paint, electronics, metal and lights containing mercury. Continued work on trash issues and Abandoned Housing Initiative.
Council on Aging/Senior Center:
Library Director: We have been accepting donations of flowers in preparation for our “6-pack Saturday” on May 27. All of the flowers collected will be planted in our ‘Roz Hendrickson Memorial Garden’ by library staff and volunteers. Many thanks to all who donated and
helped! The Trustees will be meeting soon to discuss/vote on what days the additional 5 open hours will be distributed, as well as putting together a job description for the additional Library Assistant position. Planning continues on our Summer Reading Program activities. Story Hour concludes next week with a festive celebration. We continue to fulfill numerous material requests which have been placed on the CWMars network, and circulation in general is steady.
Community TV: Nothing to report this week.