Dedham Board of Selectmen
January 11, 2018
Town Hall, O’Brien Meeting Room
26 Bryant Street, Dedham, MA 02026
Board/Committee members in attendance
Dennis Teehan, James MacDonald, Michael Butler, Dennis Guilfoyle, Brendan Keogh
Re: Churchill Place – Petition to Layout a Public Way
Re: Modernization Act – 25 MPH Speed Limit
Re: Presentation Re: Future Inflow & Infiltration Reduction
Town Manager’s Report
Action by BOS: Minutes; Acceptance of Gifts; Block Parties; Drainlayer Licenses (Fed Corp, RJV Constr, Jos. DeFilippo & Co., Earthwork, J&L Musto); One Day Liquor License (Dedham Community House, 1/6/18; Dedham Historical Society, 1/26/18);
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Collective Bargaining & Potential Litigation)
*This item is included to acknowledge that there may be matters not reasonably anticipated by the Chair that could be raised during the Public Comment period by other members of the Committee, by staff or others.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Dennis Teehan and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. A moment of silence was observed for former Fire Chief Jack Donovan
Open discussion was offered, but there was none.
Discussion & Vote w/Director of Engineering Jason Mammone
Quarry Road layout was moved to next agenda because of posting problem.
Churchill Place – Petition to Layout a Public Way: Churchill Place leads to Churchill Park. Signatures of support were gathered from 100% of abutters. If the Board of Selectmen approves, the petition is referred back to the engineering department to prepare a conceptual layout. The plan then goes back to the Board of Selectmen. They can start looking at cost now. Selectman Butler said that the town has previously paid the whole cost of conversion from private to public way, with 0% assessed to residents. Not every road would qualify, but this one would qualify for 100% payment by town.
Motion made for petition with zero assessment. Passed unanimously.
Residents from Churchill Place were invited to speak. The petitioner expressed appreciation for consideration.
Modernization Act – 25 MPH Speed Limit: The state Modernization Act allows municipalities to opt into a speed limit reduction to 25 mph. Currently, if no speed limit is posted, the speed limit is 30 mph in thickly settled areas. Town Meeting approved the Board of Selectmen to opt in. The town may go street by street or town-wide. The majority of towns have gone town-wide, which Mammone recommends for ease and less confusion. Selectman Teehan said that if a speed limit is already posted, it would stay the same. The reduction would affect all other roads. Selectman MacDonald asked Mammone to read aloud the affected streets, which he did. Selectman Keogh asked about advertising the change. Mammone said it would be put on the website and signs would be put up stating the effective date. He is thinking about April 1st, plus or minus a month. Traffic regulation changes require public notice.
Motion made to adopt the speed limit reduction town-wide. Passed unanimously.
Presentation Re: Future Inflow & Infiltration Reduction: Mammone made a slide show presentation. Inflow addresses capacity problems. Infiltration addresses ground water penetrating the system. In 2007, the town paid $4.7 million to MWRA. Dedham’s share has decreased along with daily flow. The assessment is up moderately to $5.5 million. Town has saved $9.8 million from infiltration plan. There was discussion was about an inflow reduction program for private property, including a process for mandatory inspection. Selectman Butler noted that the town has made a steady investment in infrastructure and has identified and fixed highest priority problems. The shift is from fixing leaks on public property to looking at private property. Mammone said the department has inspected 125 laterals. He estimated 5-15% of households have illegal connections. A plan for private inspection would give the town a means to enforce. The town is paying for clean water being sent to the MWRA for treatment. Selectman Butler asked about methods to stop illegal connections to the sanitary water source. Mammone said the department could inspect private property. One option is inspection at the point of sale. Access to houses is needed to check inflow. BK asked if the technology allows them to narrow down where the problem is. Mammone said they put a camera in the main line and they can see unusual flow. If they see clean water, infiltration is suspected. The camera can go up the lateral. Videotape is on trucks that the town owns. Selectman MacDonald said the town took action in 2007, and the department found innovative ways to fix leaks. The statistics show good work. There should be more analysis about going into private homes. Other communities may have programs to help businesses with infiltration. Selectman Guilfoyle expressed thanks from the citizens of Dedham. Selectman Teehan said the town can fix in steps, save money and reduce waste.
Discussion & Vote w/ Treasurer Collector Re: Interfund Advance Borrowing
Treasurer is out sick. Request for $224,674 for Gonzales Field parking. Approved unanimously.
Discussion & Vote Re: Community Compact Grant
Discuss joint economic development strategic action plan with Westwood. This would be town’s second community compact grant. The chairman has to sign off on the application. Grant asks where the state and communities can work together. Lieutenant Governor oversees the program. Vote in favor – unanimous
Discussion & Vote Re: Approval of Legislative Amendments to May 15, 2017 Articles 31 Special Legislation/Liquor License at 930 Providence Hwy) & 32 (Special Legislation/Liquor License at 77 Cedar St)
It is within the scope of the original article. Pertains to former Chilis and a full package license for 7-11. If approved by state, it comes to the Board of Selectmen for approval. Vote in favor - unanimous.
Discussion Re: Future of Current Police Station Building & Site
The current police station will be vacant in 2.5 years. Avery was declared surplus by the school committee in 2010. The Board of Selectmen formed a community committee, supported by staff, to come up with a recommendation. Selectman Butler suggested a committee be formed for the police station. They could request that the Planning Board and Dedham Square Planning Committee add this to their agenda. Selectman MacDonald said that the Avery committee was very successful. He is in favor of a community group and suggested expanding the committee to get a greater cross section of the community from Riverdale, East Dedham, the Manor, and Greenlodge. Selectman Butler said they could consider providing technical support to the committee. Members of the Dedham Square Planning Committee said consultants with expertise in design and in what drives the economics have already elevated the discussion. Selectman MacDonald asked about the process and if the town has to declare there is no municipal use for the old police station. Town Manager Kern said the town has to declare the building surplus and that it is not needed. First they need an assessment of municipal need. Every department was asked if they were interested in Avery. Selectman Teehan suggested that there is plenty of time and this should wait until they get into the new town hall. Selectman Butler said time flies and committees do not meet all year. Selectman Teehan said the whole town is invested in the property, with a tilt to the local area. Selectman MacDonald suggested that the existing committees could provide input into a reasonable amount for a consultant. The Avery committee had 11 members. Amy Haelsen thanked the Board of Selectmen for their interest and time in addressing this once in a lifetime critical location. The location used to be a memorial hall to the civil war.
Discussion & Vote Re: Appointments to Cultural Council
Up to 9 positions may be open. Motion to reappoint Tricia, Virginia, and Barbara. Motion passed unanimously. Repost 6 positions.
Discussion & Vote Re: Date to Close Warrant for 2018 Spring Annual Town Meeting
Assistant Town Manager recommends Friday, February 2nd. Approved unanimously.
Discussion/Update Re: Ames Building Project
Town Manager Kern did a walk-through. Ron provided a package showing total workers on site and categories. The principals met two weeks ago over concern about the schedule. Discussion about completing building by 2/15. The response was it would be a phased completion into March and maybe April. The schedule is important because of insurance on the building. The level of activity is better, especially on the carpentry side. They will continue to evaluate progress. The mechanicals are moving along well with a switch to permanent power planned next week. Next would be permanent heat. There is no water in the building yet. When asked about a weekend freeze, Ron said there are trip valves and that it is a well-insulated building. The Board of Selectmen will continue to watch closely for the contractor to adhere to the schedule.
Town Manager’s Report
Action by BOS: Two drainlayers were on the agenda and three more came in. Approved
Licenses (Fed Corp, RJV Constr, Jos. DeFilippo & Co., Earthwork, J&L Musto).
One Day Liquor License (Dedham Community House, 1/6/18; Dedham Historical Society, 1/26/18) approved. 11/2 and 11/20 minutes approved.
Move to executive session for collective bargaining at 7:30 p.m.. Return only to adjourn meeting.
Notes taken by Jean Zeiler
Keywords: Eagle Scout Max Malamut, ,Quarry Road, Churchill Place, Speed Limit, Inflow & Infiltration Reduction, Interfund Advance Borrowing, Community Compact Grant, Liquor License,Police Station, Cultural Council, Annual Town Meeting, Ames Building
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