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    Selectmen Meeting Minutes — March 9, 2010—3:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall.

    Call to order: John called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Other members present: Joe Judd and Robert Manners.

    Acceptance of Minutes: Bob made a motion to accept the minutes of March 1st as presented. Joe seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

    Order of Business:
    Special Town Meeting RE: Assignment of Articles -- Voters will decide upon seven articles at the March 15th special town meeting; five of which have financial impact. In preparation for the special town meeting, John reviewed and assigned specific warrant articles to individual board members for purpose of presentation.

    Public Forum Format -- The Board discussed the format of the March 15th public forum. The outline of the meeting will be as follows:

    Introduction & Opening Remarks (John)
    Bill Sweeney will be preside
    Bill will present an overview of the meeting
    Presentations:
    Financial Overview of the Town (John)
    Vehicle & Building Needs (Bob)
    Police Department -- Long Range Planning & Goals (Joe)
    Question & Answer Period

    Review of FY'2011 Budget & Town Meeting Warrant -- The Board began their preliminary review of the fiscal year 2011 budget and associated warrant articles. The budget in its' present state is within $4,000 of the town's maximum levy limit. John will present an overview of the town's financials at the public forum. The Board will continue their review of the budget on Wednesday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m.

    Blackboard Connect, Inc. -- The Board reviewed a three-year service agreement presented by Blackboard Connect, Inc; provider of the town-wide telephone notification system. Following negotiations the annual cost is $2,462.50. Bob made a motion to authorize the Chairman to execute the three-year agreement with Blackboard Connect, Inc. Joe seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

    Stained Glass Window Gift for Memorial Hall -- Nancy Katz and Mark Liebowitz of "A Colorful Affair" approached the Board last year about donating a stain glass window for installation above the front entrance of Memorial Hall. The Board reviewed the preliminary design suggested by the two this week. Members agreed that they would prefer a landscape design that was more in keeping with the character of the town. Once a final design is selected, the Board will seek approval from the Mass Historic Commission before proceeding.

    Other Business:
    Highway Truck Purchase -- although funding sources have yet to be determined, Bob is hoping that the Board will consider replacing the Highway Department's 1997 Mack Truck with a "new" used vehicle. Bob explained that the Highway Department has spent approximately $20,000 in the last two years maintaining the problematic vehicle. He would like to either sell or trade the Mack truck while it is still of value. Bob will work with the Highway Superintendent to develop a funding strategy.

    Salary Increases -- If the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is successful in refinancing their capital debt; thus further reducing member town assessments, Bob would like the Board to reconsider salary increases for full-time employees. Bob is confident that member towns will be receiving news of reduced capital assessments with the week. Bob is proposing increasing salaries from 1% to 2.5%. John and Joe agreed that the Board should maintain a conservative stance concerning salary increases this year. If the town's financial status has stabilized in the next fiscal year, Joe would like to offer larger salary increases to employees at that time.

    Adjournment: Joe presented a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:22 p.m. Bob seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Terry Mosher
    Executive Secretary

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    March 15, 2010 -- Meeting Warrant Articles

    Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $12,175 from available funds; said sum
    to be placed in the Veterans Benefits account # 001 543 5400 to supplement FY'10
    operating budget, or take any other vote or votes relative thereto.

    Article 2. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $2,000 from available funds; said sum
    to be placed in the Election's Expense Account # 001 162 5400 to cover expenses related to
    the unanticipated Senate election, or take any other vote or votes relative thereto.

    Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $3,600 from available funds; said sum
    to be placed in the Buildings & Grounds Account # 001 422 5410 to reimburse said account
    for a portion of the expenditures related to the purchase and installation of a new furnace
    at the Village Information Center, or take any other vote or votes relative thereto.

    Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to transfer $32,552 from free cash to the Stabilization
    Account # 01-5-950-000, or take any other vote or vote relative thereto.

    Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,000 from the Sewer
    Enterprise Fund # 610-001-3550; said sum will be placed in the Sewer Pump Maintenance
    Account # 610-440-5800 to pay for the Sewer District's share of Engineering & Design fees
    for the proposed reconstruction of Hope Street and a portion of Mechanic Street, or take
    any other vote or votes relative thereto.

    Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to approve the following resolution:
    Whereas the technology and systems which deliver communication services to homes
    and businesses have increased dramatically in capacity and transmission speed,
    and the current communication infrastructure serving the Town does not reach all areas of the Town with high-speed communication services, the residents, businesses and institutions of the Town of Shelburne are at a competitive disadvantage to other areas of the region, Commonwealth and nation, with the lack of services hampering the development of business, education and industry, depressing real estate values, and reducing development potential;
    It is hereby resolved that the Town authorize the Shelburne Cable Advisory Board to
    research and investigate alternative technologies and systems for the delivery of high-
    speed communication services to all the residents, businesses and institutions in the Town
    of Shelburne, and to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding the
    potential structuring, acquisition, contractual agreements, implementation and financing
    of such technologies, systems and services. Or take any other action thereon.

    Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into an Interlocal Contract with other municipalities, under Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws Section 4a, for the purpose of establishing a universal, open-access, financially self-
    sustaining broadband communications system to provide communications services,
    including high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television, to the residents, businesses
    and institutions of the Town of Shelburne, or take any other action thereon.