TA Blog: 2017-08-21 BOS

Below is the TA's summary of what transpired at the Board of Selectmen's meeting of August 21, 2017.  Questions or comments? Contact the Town AdministratorOfficial meeting minutes will be posted when approved by the Board.  Read the meeting packet.


August 21, 2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Summary

1. Organization / Read Mail

- MassDEP notice delaying implementation of MS4 stormwater permit until July 1, 2018; 2003 permit remains in effect in the meantime.
- MMA fall legislative breakfast meetings scheduled - September 22, 2017 in Stow
- MassDOT Moving Together conference - September 28, 2017 in Boston - TA on panel on Complete Streets: Municipal Successes and Challenges
- PRCE overnight camping event at Fay Park

2A. Treasurer: Bond Anticipation Notes - Road Improvements - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the sale of a $1,000,000 Bond Anticipation Note of the Town for roads authorized by May 5, 2014 Special Town Meeting Article 16 and November 14, 2012 Special Town Meeting Article 6 with $500,000 issued against each vote, dated September 1, 2017 and payable August 31, 2018, to Century Bank at par and a net interest cost of 1.25%.

2B. Park & Recreation: Accept Donation - The Board of Selectmen voted, in accordance with its policy on Solicitation and Acceptance of Monetary and Non-Monetary Gifts for Public Purpose, to approve the Park and Recreation Commission’s acceptance of an anonymous donation of two television sets valued at a total of $2,000.

2C. Highway: Pavement Preservation Contract Award - The Board of Selectmen voted to award and authorize execution of a pavement preservation contract for micro-surfacing, fog sealing, and crack sealing with Sealcoating Inc. of Braintree, MA at its sole bid of $336,194.80, with execution of said contract subject to receipt of performance and payment bonds and certificates of insurance.  See list of roads for FY 2018.

2D. MassDOT Littleton Common revised restriping plans - The Board of Selectmen voted to submit to MassDOT District 3 plans prepared by Littleton’s Director of Public Works for improvements to Littleton Common, including a dedicated right turn lane on King Street at its intersection with Goldsmith/Stevens; relocation of the crosswalk opposite the Baptist Church; removal of striping at Stevens Street intersections with Goldsmith Street and Great Road; and establishment of a crosswalk on Great Road between Littleton Common and Acton Toyota; and, further, to request that MassDOT District 3 conduct a public information meeting in Littleton on such plans; and, further, to invite participation from the Town’s State legislative delegation.

3. Public Input / Members’ Updates

4. Selectmen FY 2018 Goal Updates - The Board reviewed progress on its goals for FY 2018

5. Call Special Town Meeting for Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7 PM; set date for closing of warrant; insert articles - The Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to MGL C.39,§10, to call a special town meeting for Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7 PM in the Charles Forbes Kaye Gymnasium, Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street; with the warrant therefor to open forthwith and close on Friday, September 22, 2017 at noon.
The Board of Selectmen also voted to insert the following articles onto the warrant for the October 30, 2017 Special Town Meeting, subject to approval as to form by Town Counsel. The Board will complete its insertion of articles on September 11, 2017.
- Bills of Prior Years
- FY 2018 Budget Amendments
- Use of Debt Exclusion Stabilization Fund for Middle School Debt
- Rescinding Unused Borrowing Authority
- Accept State statutes to reduce speed limits - MGL C. 90, ss. 17C and 18B
- Accept Layout of McIntosh Lane

6A. Acquire Stenstrom Parcel U39-4-14 for Mill Pond Restoration Project - The Board of Selectmen voted, pursuant to Article 20 of the May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting, relative to donated property located south of Harwood Avenue and underlying the southerly portion of a body of water known as Mill Pond and as shown on the Assessor’s Map as Parcel ID U39-4-14, as follows: to take said property by eminent domain, including for the purposes of completing the necessary restoration of Mill Pond, under the authority of MGL Chapter 79, with an accompanying award to the owner, Mary Lee Stenstrom, of $0. The accompanying Order of Taking and the Waiver of Appraisal, Damages, and Relocation Benefits as to Eminent Domain Taking will be recorded by Town Counsel, and a Notice of Taking will be delivered to the owners within thirty (30) days as required by MGL c.79,§3. Execution of said Order of Taking, the Waiver of Appraisal, Damages, and Relocation Benefits as to Eminent Domain Taking and Notice of Taking shall be subject to Town Counsel’s final review of title documents.

6B. FY 2018 Community Compact Cabinet Program - The Board of Selectmen tabled until September 25, 2017 consideration of an application for a Community Compact with the Baker/Polito Administration for two “best practices,”  - Lt. Governor Karyn Polito is again inviting cities and town to apply for a Community Compact with the Baker-Polito Administration. Those adopting compacts in FY 2016 – as Littleton did—are eligible to apply in FY 2018.

6C. MART-CrossTown Connect First Mile / Last Mile Commuter Rail Shuttle - Pilot Program - The Board of Selectmen voted to request that the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority pursue plans for a fixed route shuttle to serve the Littleton MBTA commuter rail station to operate on a pilot basis, as proposed by the CrossTown Connect Transportation Management Association

7. Minutes Approval - The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the meeting minutes of August 14, 2017