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April 23, 2007 BPW Minutes
April 23, 2007

Present:   Ed Melanson, Chairman; Harvey Nasuti, Vice Chairman; Ellen Friedman; Dan Winslow, Member; Vida Holmes, Member

Ed Melanson called the meeting to order at 7:05 at the Town Hall in Room 124.  

Open Public Forum:
Mr. Melanson recognized the representative from Stiles, who inquired as to the status of the Automatic Meter Reading System Bid/Contract.  The Stiles Representative was informed that Town Counsel had approved of, and the Board would be signing the contracts from Mass Installation at this night’s meeting.  The Representative noted, as a resident of the Town of Norfolk, that she disagreed with the Board’s decision; her concerns were duly noted, and the Board did again summarize the open specifications of the bid, which encompassed all types of meter reading systems, the various types of bids received (which included truck-mount), and due diligence taken with analyzing and awarding the project.  

Automatic Meter Reading System Contract:
The Board reviewed and signed the contract for Mass Installations, Inc. of Norwood, Massachusetts.

Review & Approve Previous Meeting Minutes:
The Board did express an interest in receiving minutes electronically in the future.

Mr. Winslow made a motion to approve the minutes of March 26, 2007; March 26, 2007-Executive session; March 30, 2007-Special session; and April 9, 2007, as submitted.  Mr. Nasuti seconded, and it was so voted.

Report from the DPW Director:

Goals for 2007 & 2008:  Mr. Vito noted goals for FY2007, and proposed that goals for FY2008 be established at the next meeting.  Mr. Melanson stated that reviewing the 2007 goals would be a personnel issue, and Mr. Winslow requested that Mr. Vito submit a checklist as to which of the goals he felt had been accomplished.  

Mr. Winslow inquired as to the status of the Adopt-a-Hydrant Program.  It was suggested that a table could be set up at Town Meeting, and at Community Day.

Mr. Winslow inquired as to the status of accepting additional plastics for recycling.  Mr. Vito stated that the Solid Waste Foreman is looking into that.

Consumer Confidence Report:   Mr. Vito suggested taking new pictures for the next CCR.  Ms. Friedman referred to the DEP standard that if 90% of sites register below action level (such as with Lead & Copper) then there is no violation, and suggested that there should be an explanation when there are any sites above the action level, even if there are not enough to result in a violation.  Mr. Vito will speak to our WhiteWater consultant regarding the matter.

Mr. Vito suggested that perhaps reports should go out semi-annually, with a less technical update sent out between CCRs.

Town Meeting Articles:  Mr. Vito noted that he will meet with the Advisory Board on Thursday night, and will do a presentation of a study for the business district waste water system.  Mr. Vito also noted that the Advisory Board is questioning increase in cost of Weber tank cleaning (from $350,000.00 indefinitely postponed last year to $472,000.00 this year); Mr. Vito directed the Board to previous handouts specifying the breakdown of costs, which include engineering costs for design, including recoating, which were overlooked during the previous estimate.

Discussion continued with regard to the sewer study article.  Mr. Vito stated that the Town is not reaching the density which was anticipated when the Master Plan was developed in 1992.  A sewer system infrastructure would open up opportunities for more businesses, such as restaurants and beauty salons, to reach the density planned in 1992.   Mr. Melanson noted concern with ongoing maintenance costs inherent in a treatment plant.  Mr. Winslow noted that a sewer treatment plant would be a multi-year project, and it would be best to have a study done before an emergency need arises.  It was generally agreed that support for a study would be appropriate at this time.

Discussion continued with regard to Lawrence Street/Park Street area hydraulics – Mr. Vito stated that one developer had withdrawn, leaving another developer with a water project of 1.5 million.  Mr. Vito stated that there is an elevation problem, which would necessitate a booster station.  Mr. Vito suggested the developer talk with the Town of Franklin to see if there was an option to hook up to Franklin water.  Mr. Vito told the developer he would present the matter to the Board of Public Works to see if there was interest in working with the developer to help alleviate elevation and other issues, in order not to lose water revenue from that area to Franklin.  Ms. Holmes stated concerns with helping out one builder, but not others.  Mr. Winslow noted that there are other areas in town with similar building issues, and Mr. Melanson stated his concern that helping one builder with an elevation station would set a precedent for all future developers.

Tighe & Bond Invoice:  Mr. Vito is awaiting draft copy of Tighe & Bond’s scope of work completed, and will report back to the BPW after discussion of such with the company.

Board Business:

BPW Report for Town Meeting:  Mr. Melanson will work on a committee report for Town Meeting.

Mr. Vito suggested the Board go into Executive Session to discuss the 1993 Water Agreement, with the Town of Franklin.  Mr. Winslow requested that Mr. Vito discuss the necessity of going into Executive Session for this purpose, with Town Counsel.  It was agreed to postpone this discussion until such discussion takes place.

At 8:35 p.m. being no further business Mr. Melanson made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Mr. Winslow seconded, and it was so voted.

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