MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of January 14, 2004. -----All in favor.
LICENSING. Rio Grande Café. Mr. Gordon J. Howard, President of F & H Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Rio Grande Café, 12 School Street, appeared before the Board together with Ms. Jeannine Camarda (owner of 12 School Street) to give a status report of the business and leasing of the building, in light of the recent closure of this restaurant. Mr. Howard and Ms. Camarda were scheduled to appear before the Board on February 25 at 7:35 p.m. to update the Selectmen further.
MARBLEHEAD CULTURAL COUNCIL. A letter from Ms. Carol Twadell was read concerning her interest on serving on this council. Ms. Twadell will be invited to interview before the Board on April 14 at 7:35 p.m.
HARBORMASTER. A letter from Warner Hazell was read concerning his planned retirement from this position, to be effective February 4, 2005.
ANNOUNCEMENT. Dinner Dance. The previously announced date of February 29 for the VFW sponsored dinner dance (to honor WWI Veteran Anthony Pierro) was corrected to read February 28.
POLICE DEPARTMENT. Retirement. Chief James Carney appeared before the board to announce the retirement of Sergeant Peter Clark, to be effective February 29 and that a request will be made to the Civil Service Department for a list of individuals eligible for promotion to the position to be vacated by Mr. Clark. Chief Carney was scheduled to appear before the Board on February 4 at 7:35 p.m. to address the status of a promotion of an officer to the position of Sergeant.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. Board of Health. A letter from Wayne O. Attridge, Director was read requesting that an article be added to the 2004 Annual Town Meeting. The article would be to establish a revolving fund (with a cap of $330,000 for fiscal year 2005) dedicated to commercial waste disposal. Motion made and seconded to approve the addition of the proposed article to the 2004 Annual Town Meeting. All in favor.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. Abbot Public Library. A letter from Bonnie J. Strong, Director was read requesting that two articles (both for fiscal year 2005) be added to the 2004 Annual Town Meeting. One article would be to establish a revolving fund (with a cap of $3,000) for public printing expenses and the other article would be to establish a revolving fund (with a cap of $2,300) for lost books. Motion made and seconded to approve the addition of the proposed articles to the 2004 Annual Town Meeting. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Licensing. A letter from Jeffrey Wargo, Manager of Eastern Yacht Club was read requesting the extension of the hours that the Club may serve alcohol (pursuant to its liquor license) on the evening of the Club’s Commodore’s Ball scheduled for June 19. Motion made and seconded to approve the extension of the hours to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 20. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Road Race. A letter from Christopher M. Finn of Marblehead Cycle Inc. was read requesting permission to have an annual bicycle race in town. Motion made and seconded to grant permission for the race to be conducted on Sunday, April 4, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. on Marblehead Neck, subject to no permanent markings being placed on the streets of the town. All in favor.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. Selectmen’s Advisory Committee on Disabilities. Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, Susan Roper and Katie Farrell appeared before the Board to request that two articles be sponsored for addition to the 2004 Annual Meeting. One article would be to amend the description of the committee to a commission and the other article, contingent on the approval of the first article, would be to establish that funds received from fines for handicapped parking violations be transferred to the committee to further its development and pay its expenditures. Motion made and seconded to table the decision pending the Board’s review of materials delivered by Ms. McKinnon-Tucker. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Spirit of ’76 Painting. The recently tabled response to the request previously received from William J. Cox was brought back to the table for decision. Motion made and seconded to not permit the use of the painting on the cover of his book entitled “You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth” and concerns the current Bush administration and the War in Iraq. All in favor.
ANNOUNCEMENT. Mr. Woodfin advised that he will not be running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen this year.
Motion made and seconded to go into executive session to discuss collective bargaining and contract negotiations, votes may be taken, and if they are, votes will be released at a time deemed appropriate by Counsel, not to resume in open session. On a polled vote, the Board voted as follows: Mr. Christensen in favor; Mr. Woodfin in favor; Mrs. Jacobi in favor; and Mr. Shribman, in favor.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. All in favor.