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June 11, 1997

Board met in Regular Session 6.30 p.m. in their Meeting Room in Abbot Hall

Present (constituting a quorum):

Thomas A. McNulty, Chairman
Diane E. St. Laurent
William E. Conly
William M. Purdin
F. Reed Cutting, Jr.

Anthony M. Sasso, Town Administrator

Motion made and seconded to appoint Diane E. St. Laurent Chairman Pro Tem. All in favor.

Phyllis Smith's second and third grade class serenaded the Selectmen with their version of a song dedicated to the USS Constitution done to the tune of It's a Grand Old Flag. The Selectmen and all those in attendance were pleased by the performance. Mr. Conly suggested this could be the official kick off of the visit of the USS Constitution.

TOWN TREASURER. Town Treasurer, Naomi MacIver, appeared before the Board seeking approval of the terms of the sale of $2,530,000 Municipal Purpose Loan of 1997 Bonds of the Town. Motion made and seconded that the sale of $2,530,000 Municipal Purpose Loan of 1997 Bonds ofthe Town dated June 1, 1997, to Paine Webber Incorporated at 100.0001 and accrued interest is hereby confirmed. The bonds shall be payable on June 1 of the years and in the principal amounts and bear interest at the respective rates, as follows:

Principal Interest Principal Interest

Year Amount Rate Year Amount Rate

1998 270,000 6.00% 2003 270,000 4.50%

1999 270,000 5 2004 270,000 4.55

2000 270,000 4.15 2005 270,000 5.6

2001 270,000 4.3 2006 270,000 4.65

2002 270,000 4.4 2007 100,000 4.7

All in favor. Mrs. MacIver pointed out that Marblehead's current rating from Standard & Poor is AA.

BOARD OF ASSESSORS. Motion made and seconded to request the Board of Assessors determine the amount of overlay which can be transferred to the reserve account, or, that amount which was raised by taxation for abatements, which has been determined by the Assessors to be "no longer needed." All in favor.

LEGION BUILDING. Chief Procurement Officer, Rebecca Curran, appeared before the Board with an update on the progress of the disposition of the Legion Building. She is in the process of putting together a Request For Proposal to dispose of the building as previously voted by the Board. Motion made and second to authorize Ms. Curran to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals to seek a special permit from the ZBA for a converted dwelling. All in favor. Mr. Conly stressed the importance of the Academy sign staying as it is.

MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of June 3, 1997 and June 4, 1997. All in favor.

HARBORS & WATERS BOARD. Letter read from David Roper resigning from the Harbors and Waters Board effective immediately. Motion made and seconded to accept with regret the resignation of Mr. Roper. All in favor. The Board thanked him for the fine work he had done on this Board.

Last week, the Board interviewed three candidates for the Harbors and Waters Board. With Mr. Roper's resignation, there are now two openings on this Board. Motion made and seconded to put the following names in nomination: John C. Doub, P. Gary Gregory, and Bert Williams. All in favor. On a polled vote, the Board voted as follows: Mr. Cutting, John Doub and Gary Gregory; Mr. Purdin, John Doub and Gary Gregory; Mr. Conly, John Doub and Gary Gregory; and Mrs. St. Laurent, John Doub and Gary Gregory. Mr. Doub and Mr. Gregory were appointed to the Harbors and Waters Board as Alternates for a term of one year.

INSURANCE. Peter Noyes, President of West Shore Marine, Inc.. appeared before the Board seeking permisslon to keep his liability insurance at $1,000,000/$1,000,000. A discussion followed. MIIA has recommended we seek liability limits of at least

$1,000,000 per occurrence, $3,000,000 aggregate. Motion made and seconded to require West Shore Marine, Inc. to provide the Town with a Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$2,000,000 naming the Town of Marblehead as an additional insured. Three Selectmen voted in favor, Mr. Conly voted present. Mr. Conly asked Mr. Sasso to clear with Town Counsel permission for him to meet with MIIA to investigate this further. The Selectmen indicated they will review liability coverage on a case by case basis.

LITTLE HARBOR WAY. John Upham of Massachusetts Electric and Rick Standish of Haley and Aldrich appeared before the Board with an update on the progress of the investigation of the residual problem on Little Harbor Way as discussed at the Selectmen's Meeting of April 23, 1997. Field work is currently ongoing, with borings being taken at Gas House Beach. Borings have been taken on Lots 18, 23 and 26. They are seeking permission to take borings on land owned by Ted Moore adjacent to Gas House Beach. They anticipate being done with this phase by the middle of next week. Contamination exists 6 to 8 feet down. Judy Anderson of 32 Orne Street queried Mr. Upham and Mr. Standish about Tier 1 C permits. Joan Hathaway of One Little Harbor Way asked how much longer for Phase 2. The response was they anticipate being done with that phase by the middle of next week, and a report should be out in August or September. The Board requested Mr. Upham and Mr. Standish return on July 16, 1997 with another update on this project. In response to a comment to invite someone from the DEP, Wayne Attridge of the Board of Health said the Board needs to get in touch with our State Representative.

BOARD OF HEALTH. At this time, Dr. David Belf-Becker and Atty. Carl Goodman of the Board of Health joined the Board for a joint meeting to interview candidates for the Board of Health. Kathleen Brock of 8 Franklin Street, Helaine Hazlett of 12 Clifton Avenue and Francis Hannaway, DMD, 3 Indianhead Circle were interviewed for one slot on the Board of Health. Motion made and seconded to place all three names in nomination. All in favor. On a polled vote, the Boards voted as follows: Dr. Belf-Becker, Mrs. Hazlett; Mr. Goodman, Mrs. Hazlett; Mr. Cutting, Mrs. Hazlett; Mr. Purdin, Mrs. Hazlett; Mr. Conly, Mrs. Hazlett; and Mrs. St. Laurent, Mrs. Hazlett. Mrs. Hazlett was appointed to the Board of Health to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Joseph Parisi.

PERMISSION. Motion made and seconded to approve the request of Jeannie F. Rombach to close Heritage Way on the Fourth of July for a block party subject to Police Department approval. All in favor.

Motion made and seconded to approve the request of Margaret Hufnagel Slattery to close Taft Street on July 4, 1997 from 2 p.m. through 8 p.m. for a neighborhood cookout. All in favor.

USS CONSTITUTION/PERMISSION. Motion made and seconded to grant permission to all the Yacht Clubs on Marblehead Harbor to fire their signal cannons at 0800 hours and at sunset during the visit ofthe USS Constitution. All in favor.

PERMISSION. Motion made and seconded to table the request of Salem Pedicab Tours, Inc. of Salem, MA seeking permission to operate in the Town of Marblehead to see if there is any licensing or permission required. All in favor.

GIFT. Motion made and seconded to accept the gift of an American Flag from Lois Haley of Sagamore Road. The flag was given to her at the funeral of her husband, Jack, by the U. S. Coast Guard. The flag will be flown at Abbot Hall. All in favor.

USS CONSTITUTION. The Board gave an update on the planning of the visit of the USS Constitution. Mr. Conly who chairs Public Safety Committee reported that. The Town is prepared to handle any event from a public safety standpoint between 8 a.m. July 19 to 8 p.m. July 21 st. Mr. Cutting reported the MBTA will increase service on their 441 and 442 busses to Marblehead. Mr. Purdin reported on Police Lt. David Millett's traffic plan. Mr. Sasso reported he had been in touch with Admiral Langston and everything was still a go. He stated that the itinerary given to us on June 9 by the Navy is still status quo. Mr. Sasso and the affected Departments Heads involved in planning this event met with David Balfour, Commissioner of the MDC, who is also an an events coordinator assigned to us by the Governor Weld's office. In addition to David Balfour, Governor Weld's Office also gave the green light for the Secretary of Public Safety, Kathy O'Toole, to supply us with any ofthe needs required from a public safety point of view. The Fire Chief is seeking some free reciprocity from surrounding communities.

Senator Kerry's Office is attempting to make contact with FEMA to address the issue of portable bathrooms. We have also had contact with Senator Kennedy's Office and Congressman Tierney's Office. Doug Petersen has worked closely with this office and has made several calls to State officials to assist us. Also he is working with Senator Clancy to shore up any additional State resources we may need.

Linda Hodgkinson of the Chamber of Commerce (631-2868) will take over handling the sponsors. A team has been put together that has experience in getting sponsors. Mrs. St. Laurent indicated former Congressman Peter Torkildsen has said he has some contacts with corporations that he would be happy to contact to come up with some of the bigger corporate sponsors. Ms. Hodgkinson reported on her plans to contact corporate sponsors. Within a week she will have a good idea what sponsors we will get.

Virginia Gamage reported on the creation of the Constitution Volunteer Corps. OMIA will pay for their badges and coordinate this program. These citizens will be in the downtown area to answer any questions people may have. She is doing this along with Judy Jacoby (631-0446).

Mr. Conly pointed out that Dr. Ray Cole's Marine Room will be open during the USS Constitution visit.

There has been a fund set up for contributions to the USS Constitution visit. Checks should be made out to the Town of Marblehead, and on the memo line of your check, put "USS Constitution". Checks should be mailed to the Selectmen's Office, Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.

Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 9:55 p.m. All in favor.

Patricia D. Charbonnier
Administrative Aide

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