TA Blog: 2008-09-29 BOS

Below is the TA's summary of what transpired at the Board of Selectmen's meeting of September 29, 2008. Questions or comments? Contact the Town Administrator. Official meeting minutes will be posted when approved by the Board.

September 29, 2008 Board of Selectmen Meeting Summary 

1. Joint Meeting with Light and Water Board of Commissioners

 - Audit/Financial Issues - Town's Finance Department is addressing cash reconciliation issues raised by recent audits. Town Audit Advisory Committee established by the Board of Selectmen on 7/14/08 will be convening a first meeting shortly.

 - Energy - Littleton Electric Light Department indicates it is looking to increase the percent of "green" power sources in its mix from 10% currently to 13% by 2013; LELWD to undertake pilot program for solarvoltaic; LELD's residential rates are 35% to 37.5% lower than the average of private utilities in Massachusetts; the State's new Green Communities Act will be explored, considering potential costs and benefits for Littleton ratepayers.

 - Water Usage/ Sale Littleton Water Department forecasts a 20% drop in revenues as water conservation efforts and state-mandated summer water restrictions are implemented. LEWD sees out-of-town water sales as source of supplemental revenues, to avoid significant rate increases.

 - Sewer issues: (1) Septic System at 20 Foster Street - place on the Selectmen's agenda for after October Town Meeting the formation of a committee to come up with a recommendation for a septic system at 20 Foster Street, to bring a plan to the May 2009 Town Meeting (as discussed with the Board of Health on 9/23/08). (2) LHS Septic System - FAST system repaired; odor control work to be undertaken by November.

 - Using Town water in Town facilities - explore with LELWD the use of Town water in drinking water dispensers in all municipal facilities.   

2. Public Input

3. Police Station Project Update - vote to schedule a special meeting for Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 7 PM in Room 103, to make a pre-town meeting informational presentation on the new police station construction project.

4A. October 20, 2008 Special Town Meeting- Determine Order in which articles appear - vote to direct the constable to post the warrant for the October 20, 2008 Special Town Meeting, with ordering as directed by the Board of Selectmen, by placing the rezoning amendment to follow Article 3 (Police Station) and renumber the others accordingly.

4B. Refer zoning amendment to Planning Board - vote, pursuant to MGL C. 40A,§5, to refer to the Planning Board the proposed zoning amendment relative to use variances submitted by voter petition for the October 20, 2008 Special Town Meeting.

- Planning Board hearing held after November 4, 2008 would fall within six months of the May 4, 2008 Annual Town Meeting, when the article could be heard and voted upon.

5A. Highway: Plowing/Sanding Services for Private Ways - vote, pursuant to its August 28, 2000 policy on plowing/ sanding private ways to approve the list of roads as recommended by Highway Operations Manager Jim Clyde in his report dated September 17, 2008, as follows:

  • Approved without further conditions: Barr Place, Deer Run Road, Foss Place, Green Needles (Back half), Green Needles Road (Front half), Hiddenwood Path, Omega Way, and Silverbirch Lane.
  • Approved subject to conditions set forth by Highway Operations Manager: Baron Way, Countryside Road, Cricket Lane, Great Road, Oakridge Road, Robinwood Road, Rock Place, Starr Hill, Whispering Pine Drive, Whitcomb Avenue: (#139 to # 149), and Winged Cove Road.

- private roads not approved for plowing/sanding services: Oakridge Road and Pine Road.

5B. TIF Agreement – IBM - vote, pursuant to Article 5 of the November 14, 2006 Special Town Meeting, to:

(1) designate the location on Littleton Assessors Map U8, Parcel 10, as an Economic Opportunity Area known as the "550 King Street Economic Opportunity Area";

(2) adopt a Tax Increment Financing Plan designating the Economic Opportunity Area at 550 King Street as a Tax Increment Financing Zone under M.G.L. c.40, §59, and to authorize execution of a 20-year Tax Increment Financing Agreement between the Town, International Business Machines Corporation, and AG/ND King LLC, for said 550 King Street with year exemptions as follows: FY 2009, 0.25; FY 2010, 0.20; FY 2011, 0.15; FY 2012, 0.10; FY 2013 through FY 2028, 0.05, for the increased value on the property above and beyond the current base;

(3) authorize the Town Administrator to prepare and submit the TIF Agreement, an Economic Opportunity Area Application, Tax Increment Financing Plan, and Certified Project Application to the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (the "EACC") all relating to the project proposal as described in the TIF Agreement and the Certified Project Application to be located in the 550 King Street Economic Opportunity Area, and;

(4) authorize the Town Administrator to make any determinations and representations required in connection with the certification of the project and take such other actions as may be necessary to obtain approval of the TIF Agreement, Certified Project Application, the Economic Opportunity Area Application, the Tax Increment Financing Plan and to implement the TIF Agreement.

Note: the job creation chart submitted by IBM lists 2,009 jobs relocated to Littleton from elsewhere from Massachusetts; plus 42 new jobs to be added between 2009 and 2018.

[UPDATES: Selectmen amended its vote on 10/20/08; State's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved TIF agreement at its 10/29/08 meeting in Boston.]

6. Town Board Appointments - vote, pursuant to Article 14 of the May 8, 2006 Annual Town Meeting, as amended, to appoint Julianne Lucas and Richard Carter as alternate members of the Agricultural Commissionvote to appoint the following members of the Sign By-law Review Committee established by the Board’s vote of July 14, 2008: Richard Crowley as the representative of the Planning Board; Rod Stewart as the representative of the Zoning Board of Appeals: Janet Wilkinson as the representative of the Board of Selectmen; citizen members Carla Smith and Henry Christle; and business owner members Lisa Hesch and Joyce Halloran.

- have the TA draft a proposed charge for the Sign By-law Review Committee, for consideration at Selectmen's next meeting. 

7A1. One-day Beer & Wine License: Indian Hill Music – 10/15/08 - vote, pursuant to MGL C.138,§14 to issue special one-day beer and wine licenses to Indian Hill Music, 36 King Street, Littleton, for an event to be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 5 to 9 PM, with issuance subject to the applicant’s first obtaining host liquor liability insurance coverage.

7B. Minutes Approval - vote to approve the minutes of September 15, 2008.

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