West Newbury Board of Selectmen

Sept. 8, 2010


Expanding the agenda for a meeting scheduled for Sept. 15. The meeting opens at 6:30 p.m. to discuss an appointment request from police Chief Lisa Holmes; a statement of interest for the state's Green Repair program; and selection of an interim representative to the Pentucket Regional School Committee. It will be followed by contract negotiations held in closed session (3-0).

Agreeing to meet five criteria within one year as part of a Green Community grant. Requirements include adopting a zoning and permitting process that fosters renewable energy projects; reducing municipal energy use by 20 percent within five years; revamping building codes to require a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency for certain new commercial and residential construction; and purchasing fuel-efficient municipal cars and trucks when available (3-0).

Allowing members of the Energy Advisory Committee to access data available through the state department of Energy Resources (3-0).

A recommended schedule for annual and special Town Meeting budget calendars for fiscal year 2012 (3-0).

Going into executive session to discuss minutes of closed-door meetings held in July and August (3-0).


Michael McCarron as town counsel, chief procurement officer, ethics liaison, sexual harassment grievance officer, Designer Selection Committee member and ex-officio to the Board of Registrars (3-0).

Stanley Kulacz as interim inspector of Gas and Plumbing until Dec. 31 or a permanent replacement can be found. Selectmen will ask the building inspector to post the opening immediately (3-0).

Terry Bashaw and Dave Hill to the Page School Working Group (3-0).

Two additional tellers for the Sept. 14 primary (3-0.


An update from architectural consultant Brad Dore on the merits of applying for funds through the state's Green Repair program. An up-to-50 percent reimbursement could be used to offset costs for boiler, roofing and window replacements at Page School. Concerns raised last week about potential impact applying for this money could have on future funding requests were resolved through discussion with Dore as well as information provided from Pentucket Superintendent Paul Livingston and a representative from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The statement, which must also be approved by the school board, is due by Sept. 22.

With Chris Reading and Chris Wile, their interest in and qualifications for filling an open seat on the Pentucket School Committee until next May. Selectmen and the remaining two members of the School Committee will make the temporary appointment next week.

An Expenditure Report for fiscal year 2010 from the finance director

A public records request from the Massachusetts Teachers Association about votes on the premium split for town and retirees for group health insurance. Selectmen will ask for more specifics about the request and are considering charging an hourly rate for the work needed to provide the information.

A request by McCarron for one additional week of paid vacation similar to what the previous town clerk/town counsel had. But selectmen disagreed, saying the contract he signed stipulated two weeks' vacation, which is in line with personnel policy. They stressed that their decision supported a consistent policy and was not personal.

Plans for the Rock's Village Bridge work, available in the Town Clerk's office.

A letter of interest from Wendy West to serve on the Historical Commission. Selectmen will keep her resume on file.

Meeting with the Housing Authority to discuss the transfer of the town apartment house at 692 Main St.


A request by Selectman Dick Cushing to hold in executive session a discussion on issues involving the finance director's performance evaluation for fiscal year 2009 as it relates to upcoming contract negotiations. Selectman Glenn Kemper said he was confused over Cushing's motion and asked him to provide it in writing so he could review it.


A proposal on Virtual Town Hall until Sept. 22 when Jim Teal of the Cable Advisory Committee is available (3-0).

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