Selectmen Decide Against Multiple Polling Locations
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10:12 p.m. The board has moved to executive session and not to reconvene in open session to discuss a personnel insurance settlement, the fire department ULP, a memorandum of Agreement Call Fire Fighters, and the approval of minutes from the Sept. 28 executive session.
10:07 p.m. Voted to revisit and correct the minutes from the June 8 regular session meetings as part of selectman Rice's desire to clarify the role of the subcommittee formed to work with the state on road projects.
9:58 p.m. Voted to require the use of a form when selectmen pull bills.
9:43 p.m. Voted to bypass the discussion on Town Hall Holiday hours.
9:40 p.m. Voted to forward to the capital improvements committe the request that $100,000 be used for the repair and renovations of the animal shelter as part of the Town Hall Meeting Warrants.
Patricia Cloutier, the president of Save-A-Pet and the head of the animal shelter building committee, said they are looking to build an addition as well as renovate the current space.
Cavaco said the current state of the building is "deplorable" and repairs are badly needed.
9 p.m. Voted against a three-month extension of the Administrative Consent Order Amendment #1, ACO-SE-10-3P-012, which is a report to the Department of Enviromental Protection. Selectmen McClintock and Cavaco voted against the motion, while Parker and Rice voted for it.
8:45 p.m. Voted to support Article 8 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:43 p.m. Voted to support Article 7 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:38 p.m. Voted to support Article 6 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:37 p.m. Voted to support Article 5 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles, subject to the capital improvement committees support.
8:28 p.m. Voted to support Article 4 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:24 p.m. Voted to support Article 3 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:15 p.m. Voted to support Article 2 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:10 p.m. Voted to support Article 1 of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant Articles.
8:08 p.m. The selectmen spoke with representitives from Columbia Gas Company regarding the road repairs that needed to be done, particularly on County Street, and the company said they are aware of the issues and will look into it.
Additionally, the selectmen discussed changing a by-law that would make the contracter who worked on a road responsible for repairs for five years rather than two years.
7:47 p.m. Gary Sagar is requesting that the board vote to create multiple polling locations. Sagar presented the selectmen with the number of polling locations for the other cities and towns in Bristol County. As of now, Seekonk, Mansfield, Easton and Berkley are the only ones with a single location.
Bob McClintock said he feels that one polling place, Seekonk High School, is sufficient.
Dave Parker agreed and said that in the three years of a single polling location there have been only a handful of complaints. However, Sagar said he hasd heard many complaints.
The selectman voted unanimously to make no changes.
7:30 p.m. The board is considering developing an administrative policy that would require Serve Safe Alcohol or TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certification as part of 2013 liquor licenses. There currently is no state law requiring this training, however Parker said he spoke to local establishment managers and owners and they said their insurance companies require it and an additional mandate is not needed.
Parker also would like to representives from the local business community come before the board and give them an oppurtunity to speak.
"We need to get more information on this before we make this move," said Parker.
7:15 p.m. The board voted to approve the minutes from the Sept. 28 and Oct. 12 regular meetings.
7:12 p.m. The board voted not to elect a new clerk for the board to replace John Whelan in that capicity as he has missed 15 meetings, including tonight's meeting, this calender year due to health and personal issues. Selectman Bill Rice said he was not in favor of changing the clerk at this time. He and chairman Dave Parker voted against the motion. Francis Cavaco and Bob McLintock voted in favor of it.
7:00 p.m. Meeting begins.