TA Blog: 2017-02-27 BOS

Below is the TA's summary of what transpired at the Board of Selectmen's meeting of February 27, 2017. Questions or comments? Contact the Town AdministratorOfficial meeting minutes will be posted when approved by the Board. Read the meeting packet.  

February 27, 2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Summary

1. Organization / Read Mail

- MAPC - First Mile / Last Mile forum w/Secretary Stephanie Pollack on Thu 3/23/17
- Community Preservation Committee - suggested open space acquisition priorities
- Police Chief: commendation; accreditation; sergeant promotion process

2. Police Appointments - Patrol Officer, Communications Officer.
- The Board of Selectmen voted to promote Reserve Police Officer Bryan Kiley of Waltham, MA to the position of Patrol Officer with the Littleton Police Department, subject to successful completion of medical testing and of the full-time Massachusetts Police Academy curriculum.
- The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint Kyla Mahoney of Pepperell, MA to the position of police dispatch / communications officer, subject to successful completion of medical testing and background check.

3. Public Input / Members’ Updates / Selectmen Goal Updates
- Littleton Common Sewer RFP responses due Fri 3/10/17 - Sewer team to review proposals at 5:30 PM on Mon 3/13/17

4A. FY 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets w/ Finance Committee, School Committee  - AAFB Bonnie Holston has prepared a revised budget update, which is in balance, meets level staffing/services levels, and addresses further budget priorities. See operating budget memo, revised summary.  See capital budget memo, revised CIP summary.  Continue discussion on fields maintenance by early April. 

4B. Blended Community Preservation Act Funds w/ Community Preservation Committee, Finance Committee - The Board of Selectmen, Community Preservation Committee, and Finance Committee voted to recommend that May 1, 2017 Special Town Meeting Article 3 transfer to the Community Preservation Fund additional municipal revenues totaling $527,998:
(1) $290,399 (55%) to the CPA Open Space Reserve for conservation and passive recreation purposes, of which $42,000 is from the Conservation Land Acquisition Funds established by Article 1 of the June 15, 2000 Special Town Meeting for cell tower leases at Newtown Hill and $248,399 is from the 15 Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation;
(2) $105,600 (20%) to the CPA Community Housing Reserve from the 15 Great Road Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation;
(3) $79,200 (15%) to the CPA Recreation Reserve from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation; and
(4) $52,800 (10%) to the CPA Historic Resources Reserve from The Potpourri Group Mitigation Reserve for Appropriation.

4C. Library Building Project article for May 2017 Town Meeting w/Library Trustees - The Board of Selectmen voted to insert onto the warrant of the May 1, 2017 Special Town Meeting an article relative to the grant application submitted by the Library Trustees for construction of a new library on the so-called “Slope Site” behind the Littleton Town Offices Building, to obtain approvals required by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners by no later than June 17, 2017 as follows: (a) of the schematic design of said new library, (b) to apply for, accept and expend grant funds therefor, and (c) to transfer the Slope Site to another municipal board for library purposes; with said vote to be conditioned upon award of a grant by MBLC and a further vote of town meeting to appropriate local funds for the new library; with the form of said article subject to approval by Town Counsel.

5. Report from Town Moderator, Town Clerk, Town Counsel - Improving Town Meeting: Bylaw Amendments, Procedures, etc. - The Board of Selectmen voted to insert an article onto the warrant for the May 1, 2017 Annual  Town Meeting, to amend Town Code §18-6, Manner of Authorizing Indebtedness, and to add §41-1 Town Meeting Procedure.

6. May 1, 2017 Annual & Special Town Meetings – Insert Articles - The Board of Selectmen voted to insert the following articles onto the warrant for the May 1, 2017 [Annual/Special] Town Meeting, subject to approval as to form by Town Counsel:
4. Library Building Project - conditional approvals of (a) schematic design, (b) apply for, accept, expend grant; (c) transfer of Slope site
5. FY 2017 Capital Plan Amendments: Littleton Common Sewer Supplemental Funding ($20,000); Elder/Human Services van – local match ($11,640)
7. FY 2018 Capital Items from Available Funds
14. Senior Citizens [$80,000] and Veterans [$7,000] Tax Work-off Abatement Programs

7A. Green Communities Competitive Grant Application (Year 2) - The Board of Selectmen voted to authorize submission to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) of the Town of Littleton’s Green Communities Year Two grant application for energy reduction projects totaling $250,000; including $60,000 for Town LED streetlights, $129,000 for LWD Spectacle Pond Treatment Plant upgrades, and $61,000 for School LED lighting projects.

7B. Bond Anticipation Notes - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the sale of an $870,000 Bond Anticipation Note of the Town for water mains authorized by May 5, 2014 Special Town Meeting Article 4, dated March 2, 2017 and payable March 2, 2018, to UniBank for Savings at par with a net interest cost of 1.25%.

7C. Assistant Town Administrator Appointment / Update - At a special meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted, pursuant to Town Code Chapter 3, Section 3, to approve the appointment by the Town Administrator of Anthony M. Ansaldi, Jr. to the full-time Grade 13 salaried position of Assistant Town Administrator. His start date will be Monday, March 27, 2017.

8. Minutes Approval - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the meeting minutes of February 7 and February 13, 2017

9. Executive Session: Collective Bargaining strategy – Town Union Contracts - The Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to MGL C.30A,§21(a), clause (3), to go into executive session to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the Town’s unions, since an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the Board; and not to convene in open session thereafter [Roll call vote: 5-0].