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Selectmen's Minutes

June 4, 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
LICENSE. Common Victualler. Body & Soul/Shelly's Place. A public hearing was held on the application of Nancy E. Easterbrooks of Body & Soul/Shelly's Place at 13R Bessom Street, Village Plaza III to have a Common Victualler License to operate a cafe serving healthy vegetarian foods - seating for 10. Hours of operation will be 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Saturday and 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Motion made and seconded to approve this application subject to Ms. Easterbrooks filing with the Selectmen's Office the sign-offsheet from the various inspectors. On a polled vote, the Board voted as follows: Mr. Cutting, in favor; Mr. Purdin, in favor, Mrs. St. Laurent, in favor; Mr. Conly, in favor; and Mr. McNulty, in favor.

FlREWORKS. James Hourihan, Chairman of the Fireworks Committee, appeared before the Board with an update on his fundraising for the July 4th Fireworks. Fireworks for the USS Constitution event on July 20th were also discussed. Contributions should be sent to Marblehead Fireworks, in care ofthe Selectmen's Office, Abbot Hall, Marblehead, MA 01945.

HARBORS & WATERS BOARD. The Board interviewed the following citizens for the alternate position available on the Harbors and Waters Board: John Doub, Gary Gregory and Bert Williams.

MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of May 28, 1997. All in favor.

GIFTS. The Board acknowledged the gift to the Town by Justin Dennis of Six Crowninshield Road of a model of the Town House. Motion made and seconded to accept with pleasure this gift. All in favor.

TRAFFIC & SAFETY. A letter was read from the Chamber of Commerce requesting reserved parking for two busses in front of Abbot Hall from July through October. Judy Anderson spoke on behalf of the Chamber and the Marblehead Historical Society. This request is made in order to encourage tourists to spend more time in Marblehead shopping and having lunch. Motion made by Mr. Conly to think about this for a while. Mr. Cutting seconded. Discussion was held releasing property for this purpose. Mr. Conly moved to table. No second. Motion made and seconded to appoint a Committee of Two - Mr. Purdin and Mrs. St. Laurent to investigate further. All in favor.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Chairman McNulty made note of the passing of Arthur I. Strang, a former member of the Finance Committee and a former member of the Light Commission. He was remembered for his congeniality and intellect. Sympathy is extended to his family.

POLICE DEPARTMENT. Letter read from Police Chief Palmer requesting the appointment of Lt. James Carney to the position of Captain in the Police Department. The letter stated Mr. Carney was a great addition to the Town from a management point of view Motion made and seconded to appoint James Carney Captain of the Marblehead Police Department effective July 1, 1997. All in favor.

USS CONSTITUTION. Motion made and seconded to accept the offer of David Stern to volunteer pro-bono for handling of all legal matters on behalf of the Town of Marblehead pertaining to the visit ofthe USS Constitution subject to Mr. Sasso's review. All in favor. Motion made and seconded to appoint David Stern Special Assistant Town Counsel for an indeterminate period. All in favor.

Letter read from Kostas Travayiakis, Manager of Mino's Roast Beef of Marblehead, in which he indicated he will offer to all sailors from the USS Constitution a complimentary "lunch or dinner" of their choice from their menu selection.

Letter read from Roger Tremblay, Cub Master of Pack 76 in which he asked the Board to consider including the Marblehead All Scout Marching Band in any of the festivities to welcome the USS Constitution in July. Letter was referred to Selectman St. Laurent.

SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. A group of students from the High School lead by David Jackman and Colin Abacrombie appeared before the Board seeking information on the former railroad depots that were in Marblehead. They wish to place a commemorative plaque at the National Grand Bank, the former location of the Marblehead Train Station. It was suggested the students seek further information in the Marblehead Room at Abbot Public Library.

USS CONSTITUTION. Joan Thayer, Chairman of Marblehead Race Week. appeared before the Board to voice her concern over the fact that Junior Race Week had to be canceled this year because of the arrival of the USS Constitution. The Board indicated this decision was made on a different level.

PERMISSION. Letter read from Holly Hannaway, Hollyhocks Coastal Walks Coordinator, informing the Board she will be offering natural and cultural history tours in the downtown area during June, July and August from State Street Landing. No permission was required.

MEDIA ONE (formerly Continental Cablevision). Continental Cablevision of Massachusetts, Inc. is changing its name to MediaOne of Massachusetts, Inc. In conjunction with this name change, a replacement of the Franchise Bond was filed with the Board. Therefore, motion was made and seconded to authorize the Chairman to sign the copy of the Cancellation Notice for a bond issued by Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company on behalf of Continental Cablevision of Massachusetts with a new bond in place. All in favor.

LICENSE. One-day Wine and Malt. Motion made and seconded to approve the request of Timothy R. Davis, Vice Chairman of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School Board of Trustees for a one-day wine and malt license to be used between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 1997, subject to the usual $15.00 fee. Four Selectmen voted in favor, with Mr. Conly opposed.

APPOINTMENTS. Motion made and seconded to reappoint the following members of the Harbors and Waters Board with a term to expire in May 1998:

Paul N. Williams

William G. Pattison

John Payne

David Roper

Steve Tompkins


Sarra Newhall

Russell Goldsmith

All in favor.

Motion made and seconded to reappoint Nancy Orne Director of the Council on Aging for term to expire in May 1998. All in favor.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Motion made and seconded to accept the following classification:

Classification of employees' positions, committees, boards, and commissions under the provisions of MGL Chapter 268A:

Advisory Committee on Disabilities--Special

All in favor.

BELLS. Motion made and seconded to request that the church bells throughout Town as well as those in Abbot Hall ring on Independence Day, July 4, 1997 at the usual holiday hours -- from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.; 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.; and from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All in favor.

BOARD OF HEALTH. The Board set a date of June 11, 1997, at 8:15 p.m. for a joint meeting with the Board of Health to interview candidates for the vacant position on the Board of Health.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE. The Board set a date of June 25, 1997 at 7:45 p.m. for a joint meeting with the School Committee to interview candidates for the vacant position on the School Committee.

CEMETERY DEPARTMENT. The Board acknowledged receipt of a letter from Benjamin Woodfin, Superintendent of Cemetery Department, in which he announced his retirement effective July 10, 1998. The Selectmen commented on what a wonderful, kind person Mr. Woodfin is as well as his high work ethic.

USS CONSTITUTION. Mrs. St. Laurent announced that Esther Carruth will be the coordinator for all lodging of the crew for the USS Constitution. More rooms are needed for the crew on the 2Oth of July. Anyone wishing to volunteer accomodations should call Mrs. Carruth at 631-2530.

Mrs. St. Laurent also said that a chart has been provided to the lobstermen so that they will be able to take care of their gear during the Constitution's visit.

Discussion was held as it pertains to Smith, Barney's offer of corporate sponsorship ofthe fireworks display during the Constitution's visit. There are conditions attached to the very generous offer. Mr. McNulty hoped the Board will accept the offer unconditionally. Motion made and seconded to accept this as an unconditional offer. All in favor. Will work with David Stern on this.

ELECTIONS. Chairman McNulty reminded the citizens that Monday, June 9, l997, is election day for four override questions. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TOWN SEAL. Motion made and seconded to grant permission for Rose McCarthy to use four more copies of the Town Seal in quilts to be made for charitable purposes. All in favor.

USS CONSTITUTION. Discussion was held as it relates to the possibility of closing the Town during the visit of the USS Constitution. Town Counsel has not rendered an official position. Thinks the votes will have to be rendered individually for sections of Town rather than a blanket declaration of emergency. Will have to follow definitive opinion from Town Counsel, who will get back to Town Administrator Sasso next week.

Motion made and seconded to adjourn. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Patricia D. Charbonnier
Administrative Aide

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