Selectmen’s Meeting September 9, 2019
Town Hall, 2nd Floor Stage Conference Area, 30 Martin Street
6:00 p.m. Public Comment.
6:04 p.m. Town Clerk to witness signature of property deed and grant contract.
6:05 p.m. Chief Francis and: a) Robert Wheway relative to Officer Wheway’s potential promotion to the position of Full-Time Patrolman (from Part-Time Patrolman); b) Michael Harrell relative to Officer Harrell’s potential promotion to the position of Part-Time Patrolman (from Special Police Officer). Chief Francis to discuss general operations questions with the Board.
7:15 p.m. Finance Committee, to discuss funding for proposed public safety facility.
Brendhan Zubricki: Presentation of his Town Administrator’s Report for the period August 24th, 2019 through September 6th, 2019, regarding the following:
• Periodic Review of Summer Camp Contract with YMCA
• Preliminary Draft of Downtown Line Striping and Wayfinding Plans
• State Funding for a Portion of Town’s Public Safety Building Costs
• Presentation and Motion for Special Town Meeting Article
• Review of Preliminary Draft of Fall Town Meeting Warrant
• Possible Acquisition of Easements Over Private Property for Marsh Ditch Work
• Green Community Grant Award
Approve the weekly warrant in the amount of $.
Approve the minutes for the Selectmen’s August 26, 2019, Open Meeting and Executive Session.
Discussion concerning automated collection of boat launching fees on weekdays for non-residents, and whether the existing fee should be changed.
Consider a request from Nichole Collens to rent Centennial Grove on Sunday, September 15, 2019, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m.
Consider the signature of a successor license from the owner of the village Restaurant to allow the public to pass over that property on foot to and from the Town’s municipal parking facility.
Consider the signature of a new license from the Town to the owner of the Village Restaurant for the use of a small portion of Town property underlying several parking spaces in the Village Restaurant parking lot.
Consider amending the Essex Shellfish Regulations by clarifying a portion of Section D-1.5 with respect to Sunday digging after prolonged closures for commercial license holders versus family license holders.
Further discussion concerning abutter’s claim that a portion of the Senior Center handicapped parking is on abutting private property.
Ratify letter signed by Selectman Phippen explaining past green crab trapping grant funding to be offered as a match to a Super Storm Sandy II grant application to be submitted by Dr. Alyssa Novak.
Consider approving a successor contract between the Town, through its Board of Assessors, and Florence P. Denhard, for continuing title research with respect to location and owner unknown tax parcels.
Review correspondence from resident relative to speed limits, crosswalks, sidewalks, lighting, and overall safety in Town, either at the present meeting or at some future meeting.
Conomo Point Matters:
• Sign release deed for the sale of Town-owned property at 0 Cogswell Road, Map 110, Lot 38, to Laura Collins, Page N. Darrow, William A. Liberti, and 98 Conomo Point LLC.
• Vote to approve the subdivision of the Town-owned property at 0 Cogswell Road, Map 110, Lot 38 by its soon-to-be owners (see names above), to occur after closing on the purchase of the property from the Town.
• Vote to approve a transfer of lease for 11 Conomo Point Lane, Map 108, Lot 25, from Stephen & Margaret Hartley to Scott E. Reed and Nancy J. Cohen.
• Status of offers to purchase the Town’s vacant lot at 0 Sumac Drive, Map 110, Lot 7.
• Vote to approve a request to sublet 130 Conomo Point Road, Map 108, Lot 65, for the month of September.
• Vote to approve a request to sublet 126 Conomo Point Road, Map 108, Lot 6, for September 5-6 and 9-13, 2019.
Items that could not be reasonably anticipated by the Open Meeting Law posting deadline.
One-Day Wine & Malt License:
• Susan Parker, Manager, for use on Saturday, September 14, 2019, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., within the confines of the barn and adjacent tent at Bothways Farm, 134 Southern Avenue.
One-Day Wine & Malt License ratification:
• Woodman’s Inc., Steve Woodman, for use on Monday, September 9, 2019, between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., within the confines of Woodman’s Grass in Front of the Essex Room at 125 Main Street.
Annual, Non-Resident Shellfish License
• Cara Bevilacqua: application for Annual, Non-Resident Recreational Shellfish License, includes a request to waive the application filing deadline.
• There will be a joint meeting of the Town Building Committee and the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in the Town Hall Auditorium, starting at 7:00 p.m.
• There will be a Public Forum concerning the proposed public safety building on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in the Town Hall Auditorium, starting at 7:00 p.m.
• There will be a Public Outreach Meeting hosted by BB Botanics, the proponent for a retail marijuana shop in Essex on Monday, September 16, 2019, in the Town Hall Auditorium, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Essex Housing Coalition meets in the second-floor conference room at 7:00 p.m. that same evening.
• There will be a Public Forum concerning the proposed public safety building on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in the Town Hall Auditorium, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Economic Development Committee meets in the second-floor conference room at 7:00 p.m. that same evening.
• The next regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting will take place on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room at the Essex Elementary School.
• There will be a Special Town Meeting held in the gymnasium at the Essex Elementary School on Story Street on Monday, September 23, 2019, starting at 7:30 p.m.
• The Fall Town Meeting will be held in the gymnasium at the Essex Elementary School on Story Street on Monday, November 18, 2019, starting at 7:30 p.m.
• Discussion of pending litigation concerning the City of Gloucester vs. the Town of Essex, Superior Court C.A. No. 17-310C.