Sunday, January 28, 2018

Class 11 - used car dealers license and Class 111 - motor vehicle junk license granted to
 Franklin Park Enterprises, LLC  at 411 Baldwinville Road,
 both licenses scheduled to expire December 31, 2017. Nice to see our board of selectmen on the ball and ensuring there are no funny things involved. I wonder if Master Fortes asked about citizenship papers being in order? Seems like Templeton board of selectmen bordering on corruption within Town government. (in my opinion anyways) There seems to be a pattern of planning board and selectmen in collusion on where tax dollars go. (that is my opinion) Too bad there is no independent selectmen on the board, as in no go along to get along.

from the general Town by-laws - page 20 on Town web site.

Article XXX – Class III Licenses

The Selectmen are hereby authorized to limit the number of Class III Licenses in effect in the Town at any one time; said number not to exceed 4.
Passed 5-11-85

The one transfer request I recall went before the board of selectmen, it was Paul Cosentino senior putting it in his son's name. That was a few years ago.
GASB 43 and 45 require government employers to recognize benefits during an employee’s period of employment. The difference between the accrual cost of the retiree benefits within the given year and amount paid out during the year (in the form of benefit payments, insurance premiums, or payments to a trust) is known as the net OPEB obligation, or balance sheet liability.

• Reaction of credit-rating agencies
• Credit-rating agencies are most concerned with an employer’s ability to manage OPEB costs and liabilities. On the one hand, the creation of an OPEB trust could be a positive sign to the rating agencies that you are actively seeking ways to manage costs associated with your OPEB obligation. On the other hand, an unfunded trust might signal to the rating agency an inability to follow through on funding and do little to demonstrate effective cost-management of retiree benefits.
TO: Board of Selectmen
FROM: Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
RE: Administrator’s Weekly Report
DATE: January 25, 2018
CC: All Departments

Public Works Highway Department:

The director attended the Templeton Center Elementary school meeting on Tuesday Evening and the Scout Hall meeting on Thursday. A crew was dispatched to Cottage Lane to fill a location where a resident had cut into the road. Flowing water was undermining the road surface there. The trackless snowplow was out clearing sidewalks after the last snow storm. Cold patching of potholes was done on Barre Rd. Henshaw and Stonebridge, as well as Central and Bridge Streets. Two stop signs were replaced. Due to the pounding rain and freezing temperatures sand and salting was a constant battle to keep the roads safe. A process change was made to the way that Barre and Dudley Roads are sanded. We now are sanding the lanes, not in the center of the road as was done in the past. Repairs to sanders and plows were maintained and cleaned.

Perhaps all roads should be sanded in lanes rather than down the middle?

On the addendum to this report:

MMMA association meeting: Item of note is challenge of board of selectmen doing evaluations now that it has been determined the individual input sheets - if used at a public meeting - are a public record and not part of a personnel file.

from the current Massachusetts Open Meeting Law:

The ten purposes for which a public body may vote to hold an executive session are:
1. To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual. The individual to be discussed in such executive session shall be notified in writing by the public body at least 48 hours prior to the proposed executive session; provided, however, that notification may be waived upon written agreement of the parties.

another item from the addendum report;

Taming the OPEB (other post employment benefits) beast:
     Prime point was to establish a funding approach, no matter how small and to stick to it annually, looking for long term solutions to this long term problem. In conversation afterward, presenter thought our approach of a modest free cash contribution annually and pushing enterprise funds to get fully funded at a faster pace was reasonable for now.

My problem with this approach is the same for the stabilization funds, without a budget line item, there is no consistency with the amount, it is only a percentage of any free cash. Why not budget a dollar figure each year as a part of operating costs to put money aside for these items? 
Of course, putting down a hard dollar figure item with in a budget is problematic with prop 2 1/2 limitations and the ever expanding government approach, as in the now started full time fire department, which adds more costs to OPEB. Perhaps it is time to outsource things that can be done in that way and cut the number of town employees, as it is not the taxpayers responsibility to provide jobs for people just so they can have one. These are serious problems and require hard decisions. My opinion is that anyone who is running for elective office and posts a sign saying "save dispatch" is just looking for votes and not really thinking of the bigger picture nor the stability of the Town.

Remember that last year, there were education costs of

Narragansett Regional school district of $6,006,424.00

Monty Tech -                                            $   638,131.00

Debt for High school                                 $  436,384.00

Total Town budget presented to Town Meeting by the selectmen was approximately 15.5 million dollars.

Templeton Town financial policy voted on by the selectmen states one time funds will not be used to fund the operating budget, but here we have a statement by the Town Administrator on how free cash or one time funds will be used to cover yearly costs to fund OPEB. Either we have a policy with no real plan or we do not collect enough in taxes to cover all of the planned expenses. With the push for new taxes - meals tax, me thinks it is the latter. I also do not think this problem is going to be solved or dealt with by way of an absent board of selectmen. Show or go!

from the May 13, 2008 annual Town Meeting:

Article 36. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase the Templewood Golf Course, together with all buildings, fixtures and other improvements appurtenant thereto, which is comprised of five (5) parcels of land that are located on Brooks Road, Templeton, shown on Assessors’ Map 5-08 as Parcel 11, on Map 5-08 as Parcel 6, on Map 5-06 as Parcel 74, on Map 5-06 as parcel 74.3, and on Map 5-06 as Parcel 74.6, and contain a total of 128.16 acres, more or less, for recreational purposes, said land to be conveyed to the Town pursuant to G.L. c. 40, § 14, as the same may hereafter be amended, to be managed and controlled by a committee formed in accordance with G.L. c. 40, § 14; and as funding therefor to borrow a sum of money for such purposes ; to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen is authorized to borrow said amount pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(3) of the General Laws, or any other enabling authority and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore; further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for any loans or grants, including an Urban Self Help Grant, as the Board deems appropriate to assist in said purchase; provided, however, that no funds shall be borrowed or expended hereunder unless and until the Town shall have voted to exclude the amounts required to repay any borrowing pursuant to this vote from the limitations of Chapter 59, Section 21C of the General Laws (Proposition 2 ½), or to take any other action relative thereto.
 Submitted by the Board of Selectmen 
 No Motion was made

Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum of money for the purpose of obtaining for two (2) full appraisals of the Templewood Golf Course property located on Brooks Road, Templeton, as shown on Assessors’ Map 5-08 as Parcel 11, on Map 5-08 as Parcel 6, on Map 5-06 as Parcel 74, on Map 5-06 as parcel 74.3, and on Map 5-06 as Parcel 74.6 containing a total of 128.16 acres, more or less, to meet the requirements of Urban Self Help Grant funding, or to take any other action relative thereto. Submitted by the Board of Selectmen
 No Motion was made.