MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of December 17,
2003. Four Selectmen voted in favor with Mr. Christensen voting present. .
PERMISSION. Signage. Marshall Harris appeared to requests approval of commercial signage on Tioga Way. Motion made and seconded to approve subject to Building Commission approval and signage by-laws. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Spirit of ’76. A letter from William J. Cox was read requesting permission to use the Spirit of ’76 painting on the cover of a book. Motion made and seconded to table granting permission. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Abbot Hall and Sandwich Boards. A letter was read from Maggie Smist, President of the 2004 Festival of Arts requesting permission to use Abbot Hall for an upcoming film festival (on February 26) and a silent and live auction (on May 2). Motion made and seconded to table for one week. All in favor.
Ms. Smist’s letter also requested the placement of sandwich boards to advertise both of the events. Motion made and seconded to allow the signs to be placed as follows:
During the week of February 23 for the Film Festival and during the week of April 26 for the Auction at the following locations: Tedesco and Humphrey Streets; Atlantic and Seaview Avenues; Lafayette and Maple Streets and the Chamber of Commerce Booth. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Abbot Hall. A letter was read from Lisa Turner-Ruggiero, Leader of Girl Scout Troop 1037 requesting permission to use Abbot Hall on May 12 or May 13 for a Bridging Ceremony for girls advancing to the next level of Scouting. Motion made and seconded to grant permission. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Recreation, Parks and Forestry Department. A letter from R. Thomas Hamond, Superintendent was read requesting a continuance of Revolving Fund for this department. Motion made and seconded to approve the continuance of the Revolving Fund with a cap of $330,000 and subject to approval at Annual Town Meeting. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Snow Removal Deficit. A motion was made and seconded to approve expenditures for snow and ice removal in excess of available appropriations for snow and ice in the amount of $100,000, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 31D. All in favor.
PENSION HOLIDAY LEGISLATION. A excerpt of a letter from Michael Sacco, an attorney with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP was read concerning his opinion with respect to Section 128 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2003, the so called “Pension Holiday Legislation”. Motion made and seconded for an article to be prepared by Counsel for Town Warrant. All in favor.
FINANCE COMMITTEE. Interviews. John J. Buba, Jr. of 5 Palmer Road and Peter Franklin of 8 Bradlee Road appeared before the board to interview for the one open position on the Finance Committee. Presently five applicants (inclusive of Messrs. Buba and Franklin) for this one position exist. Two of the five applicants have already been interviewed (Richard A. Forbes of 9 Dodge Road and Harold Owen Nichols of 1 Waldron Street). One remains to be interviewed (Ken Segal of 23 Columbia Road). Mr. Segal is tentatively scheduled to be interviewed on January 14. After the interview of Mr. Segal has been completed, a vote will be taken to appoint one of the five applicants to the vacant position which term expires in 2005.
ANNOUNCEMENT. Martin Luther King Day. A mention was made as to the upcoming celebration scheduled to occur at the Unitarian Church on Forest Avenue in Swampscott on Sunday, January 11 at 7:00 P.M. Mrs. Jacobi will represent the board at this event.
CONDOLENCE. A letter was read from Police Chief Carney concerning the recent passing of Harry D. (Rick) Giles of 9 Bradlee Road. Mr. Giles was a long time member of the Marblehead Auxiliary Police, having served with the Auxiliary Force since the early 1970’s and attained the highest rank of Captain. Motion made and seconded to send a letter of condolence to the family of Mr. Giles. All in favor.
OLD AND HISTORIC DISTRICTS COMMISSION. Legislation. An announcement was made concerning the approval of an act under Chapter 162 of the Acts of 2003 made on December 31, 2003: Section 1. Section 4 of chapter 101 of the acts of 1965 is hereby amended by adding the following sentence: There shall be 2 alternate members to be appointed by the board of selectmen, who may be designated by the chairman to sit on the commission in the case of absence, inability to act or conflict of interest on the part of any member or in the event of a vacancy until the vacancy is filled in the manner provided in this act. Section 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
CABLE TV OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. The Selectmen requested that the Town Administrator invite Paul Rabin, the Chairman of this committee to come before the board in February to discuss the recent increases for service fees implemented by Comcast Cable Communications Inc. and its existence as the sole provider of cable related services for the town’s residents.
HARBOR AND WATERS BOARD. The Selectmen requested that the Town Administrator invite the members of the Harbors and Waters Board to come before the board to discuss leasing of the Harbor Master’s Office.
Motion made and seconded to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation, votes may be taken, and if they are, votes will be released at a time deemed appropriate by Counsel, not to resume in open session. On a polled vote, the Board voted as follows: Mr. Christensen in favor; Mr. Woodfin in favor; Mrs. Jacobi in favor; Mr. Purdin in favor; and Mr. Shribman, in favor.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 8:35 p.m. All in favor.
Ursula M. Kretschman