Chichester Board of Selectmen
Minutes of Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Members Present: Michael Paveglio, Jeff Jordan, Town Administrator Jodi Pinard
Others Present: Alan Quimby, Kris Cole, Ed Millette Jim Plunkett, Lucille Noel, Ann Davis, and other members of the public.
Call to Order: Mr. Paveglio called the meeting to order at 6:30pm
Fire Department – Ambulance Billing
Kris Cole stated that I have brought you a proposed contract for the ambulance billing. We met with four companies with the compact and came up with a plan on the compact level. Comstar comes in at 5% of total billing. This is the first choice. They have an online portal that we can look at and they can also provide separate billing for the towns.
Mr. Paveglio asked if Comstar has a very aggressive collections policy.
Mrs. Cole stated that they will follow the same process that we have now. We will still be using Grey Gillis as our collection agency. Comstar is out of Rowley, Massachusetts. This is a three year contract and as long as we give a sixty day notice we will be able to terminate the contract if we chose before the expiration date.
Matt Cole stated that we have three live in students this semester and introduced Zach to the Board.
Alan Quimby stated that he would like to preserve the driveway at the Fire Station and one way to that is cracking sealing. He spoke with Jim and got a price of $1,700.
A motion was made by Mr. Paveglio and seconded by Mr. Jordan to crack seal the Fire Station driveway in the amount of $1700 to be paid out of the Facilities Capital Reserve Fund. Motion Passes.
Jim Plunkett stated that the RAC voted last night on the road projects for next year. Bear Hill to Ferrin Road and complete Horse Corner Road.
General Business/Board Discussion:
Addressing Public Concerns regarding Map 3 Lot 68B
Mr. Paveglio stated that we went into non-public session last week because Mr. Austin did not want to share his finances with the public and it is his right. I am fine with that. What I am not comfortable with was staying in non-public for the settlement talks and a potential agreement that may have been reached. I do not think that we had the right to keep that all non-public.
Mrs. Pinard has left a message with the Town Attorney to advise us on whether or not any of that can become public.
Mr. Paveglio stated the second part of concerns that have been voiced are that two weeks ago Friday the perception is that Mr. Jordan showed up with Mr. Austin. We had our Town Attorney representing us and he was representing us alone.
Mr. Jordan stated that I went to see what was going on. I was not there with Mr. Austin.
Craig McIntosh stated that I have a few questions? Why has the Town gone this long without taking the property, why did the Board wait so long? Six months ago you agreed to an extension and stated you would take the property. But you still haven’t.
Mr. McIntosh also stated that he has heard that Mr. Austin is at Mr. Jordan’s house and Mr. DeBold’s house regularly and that is concerning to him.
Mr. Jordan stated that I have at least three people come to my house to talk about town business a day.
Mr. Paveglio stated that I still think we should take the property. I have said that from the beginning and all the way to the end.
Mr. McIntosh stated that maybe we need new selectmen and maybe some should resign.
Mr. Jordan stated that I was not there for Joe I was there because I believed a selectman should have been there.
Mr. McIntosh stated that I believe he has not paid his taxes and the Town should have taken that property. He has broken every promise to the town. We also have a Town employee who is very scared and something should have been done prior to the last week’s meeting. I don’t understand why if it would have only cost $100 to return the property to the owner if the court rules against that Town why you wouldn’t just take it.
Mr. Paveglio stated that the issue with the employee has been addressed.
Mr. Mayville stated that I would hope that when we get an opinion from the attorney that we get an explanation from the two selectmen who have been voting against taking the property.
Mr. Houle stated that I will wait to see what the attorney says. I was here six months ago when everyone was ready to take the property then something changes. The fact that it may have cost the Town a $100 to return the property if it had been taken and then the town was ruled against. For the Town to use that as a reason not to take does not seem like a very good reason.
Mr. Paveglio stated that the agreement has to be signed and that will be public.
Mr. McIntosh stated that he felt the wrong message was being sent out. The message seems to be that no one has to pay their taxes.
No Thru Trucking
Signs are up
Being no further discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Jordan and seconded by Mr. Paveglio to adjourn the meeting at 6:58pm. Motion passes.
Not approved until signed
Jodi Pinard, Town Administrator
Mr. Richard DeBold D. Michael Paveglio Jeffrey Jordan