November 19, 2003
The Board met in Regular Session at 7:30 p.m. in its meeting room at
Present (constituting a quorum):
Jeffrey N. Shribman, Chairman
William M. Purdin Judith R. Jacobi
Harry C. Christensen
Anthony M. Sasso, Town Administrator
Mrs. Jacobi started as Chair until Mr.
Shribman arrived at approximately 7:50
MINUTES. Motion made and seconded to approve the minutes of November 12, 2003.
All in favor.
TAXATION AID COMMITTEE. Tax Relief Fund. The following committee members appeared
for purposes of reporting to the Community the Town’s progress in connection
with the taxation relief for the elderly and disabled donation fund that was
approved at Town Meeting to assist low income elderly and disabled persons in
meeting their property tax obligations: Richard O. Riess, Chairman of the Board
of Assessors; Patricia Kelly Murray, Town Treasurer; and three appointed residents
Patricia Roberts, Pamela Foye and Clark Willmott. Ms. Murray advised that applications
for aid to the elderly and disabled will be available on November 20 at the Treasurer’s
Office located in the Mary Alley Building, Widger Road and at the Council on
Aging located at 10 Humphrey Street. Completed applications (together with proof
of age, disability (if applicable), residency, income and tax liability) must
be returned by January 1, 2004 to either the Treasurer or the Council on Aging,
10 Humphrey Street. Assistance with the completion of the application may be
obtained from the Council on Aging. Mr. Willmott advised that donations to the
Tax Relief Fund for the Elderly and Disabled may be sent to the Town of Marblehead,
c/o Council on Aging at any time.
BOARD OF ASSESSORS. Classification Tax Allocation Fiscal Year 2004.
Richard O. Riess, Chairman of the Board of Assessors appeared with John Kelly,
Secretary, Ann Nancy McCarthy and Michael Johnson, Assistant Tax Assessor to
provide a report on information necessary for votes to be taken on an amendment
to tax classification that would shift local taxes from the residential class
to the commercial, industrial and personal property classes. The four categories
of classification to be voted on are as follows: Residential Factor, Open Space,
Residential Exemption and Commercial Exemption. After discussion, motion made
and seconded to keep the residential factor at 100%. All in favor. Motion made
and seconded to not allow a maximum exemption of 25% for all property classified
as Open Space. All in favor. Motion made and seconded to not allow a maximum
exemption of 20% of the average assessed value of residential property. All
in favor. Motion made and seconded to not allow a maximum exemption of 10%
value of commercial property. All in favor.
FIREWORKS COMMITTEE. Independence Day 2004. The following committee members
appeared to present the proposed location of the barge and tentative plans
for next year’s
fireworks display: Jon Wales, Warner Hazel, Michael Mentuck, Lt. Dave Millett
and Chief Jim Carney. After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to have
the fireworks display shot from a barge to be placed in the mouth of Marblehead
Harbor, in the vicinity of Gerry Island and Gordon Rock. All in favor.
YMCA. New Site. Paul Gorman, Executive Director and Steven R. Wood, Project
Consultant appeared to express their excitement and discuss tentative plans
to build a new
YMCA on the recently purchased land between Loring Avenue, Salem and Legg’s
Hill Road, Marblehead. The new location, to be developed within the boundaries
of the lands of the City of Salem, will be subject to the permitting regulations
of that jurisdiction. The officials of the YMCA will keep the Selectmen’s
Office posted as the project progresses.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. Appointment. Letter from Dr. Steven Kurzrok,
Chairman recommending the appointment of Marblehead High School student Jacob
Bevilacqua as Student Representative of the EMS Committee. Motion made and
seconded for Mr. Bevilacqua to be appointed to this position. All in favor.
SHELLFISH CONSTABLE. Appointment. Letter from Doug Aikman, 4 Cherry Street,
requesting consideration as a shellfish constable. Motion made and seconded
to invite Doug
Aikman to meet the Board of Selectmen at a subsequent date for purposes of
discussing potential appointment to this position.
SHELLFISH CLAMBEDS. Mr. Christensen presented a Memorandum of Understanding
that sets up guidelines on the opening, monitoring, closing and reopening of
beds. Motion made and seconded for the Chairman to sign the Memorandum of Understanding
on behalf of the Board. All in favor.
LICENSING. Entertainment. Letter from Gordon J. Howard of Rio Grande Café,
12 School Street, requesting modification of his establishment’s current
entertainment license. Motion made and seconded to approve the request for live
entertainment to be permitted from the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the
night before Thanksgiving. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Banners. Letter from Leslie Gould, Executive Director of the Marblehead
Chamber of Commerce requesting permission to hang a “Shop, Dine & Stay
Marblehead” banner in December. Motion made and seconded to permit the
banner to be hung from Monday, December 15 to Monday, December 22, subject to
Light Department approval and insurance requirements being met. All in favor.
PERMISSION. Use of Abbot Hall. Request from the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor
to use Abbot Hall in connection with the Holiday Pops Concert on December 13.
Motion made and granted to allow the use of Abbot Hall on the following dates
i) Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
ii) Friday, December 12, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
iii) Saturday, December 13, 4:30 to 11:00 p.m.
iv) Monday, December 15, 9:00 a.m.
LICENSES. Package Stores. Motion made and seconded to allow package stores
in the Town to be opened on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and each Sunday
until New Year’s Day, subject to the following conditions:
1. Stores may not open before noon;
2. Employees must be paid at a rate not less than one and one-half times the
employee’s regular rate; and
3. No employee shall be required to work, and refusal to work on a Sunday shall
not be grounds for discrimination, dismissal, deduction of hours or any other
All in favor.
TOWN MEETING. Motion made and seconded that the Annual Town Meeting be held
on Monday, May 3, 2004, at 7:45 p.m. at Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey
All in favor.
Motion made and seconded to open the Warrant for the May 3, 2004 Annual Town
Meeting. All in favor.
Motion made and seconded to close the Warrant for Town Government Boards and
Commissions on Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 5:00 p.m. All in favor.
Motion made and seconded to close the Warrant for the General Public on Wednesday,
January 28, 2004, at 5:00 p.m. All in favor.
FINANCE COMMITTEE. Applicants. Motion made and seconded to set January 7th
as a deadline for applications and for interviews to be scheduled for January
All in favor.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/ REMINDERS. The Board of Selectmen will not be meeting on the
evening of Wednesday, November 26. Abbot Hall and the Mary A. Alley Building
close on Wednesday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. and to reopen for business at
8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn at 9:16 p.m. All in favor.
Ursula M. Kretschman