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					Board of Selectmen Meeting
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Dennis Town Hall-Large Hearing Room
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Present: Selectmen Jane Otis, Heidi Schadt, Paul McCormick, Charles Crowell and
Sheryl McMahon. Also present Town Administrator, Robert Canevazzi; Assistant Town
Administrator, Sandra Fife and Recorder, Peggie Hunter.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

                                Public Information
Nancy Symington of the Dennis Memorial Library spoke about the Grand Opening of the
Library’s new Home Theater on February 9, 2007 at 1PM. The opening film will be
Phantom of the Opera. The Senior Center will be providing transportation to this event.

Phyllis Horton, Dennis Historical Society, reported on a donation the Historical Society
received of $100,000.00 to build an archive room at the Manse. The donation was made
by Harry Van Iderstine. Ms. Horton relayed the historical significance of
Mr. Van Iderstine’s donation. The archival room will be dedicated in memory of Mr.
Van Iderstine’s parents.

The Board of Selectmen will write a thank you letter to Mr. Van Iderstine.

Robert Canevazzi asked if this funding is subject to state laws. Ms. Horton said that
Historical Society Treasurer, Joan Martin, will come before the Board of Selectmen in
April, and will give a full accounting of the money at that time.

MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Paul McCormick seconded and the Board of Selectmen voted
5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to send a letter of thanks to Mr. Harry Van Iderstine
for his generous donation to the Dennis Historical Society.

Sheryl McMahon reported on the D-Y School Committee meeting that she attended. The
School Committee has not made a final motion to commit assessments of budget to the
towns. They did not make any additional cuts. The budget is still $500,888.00 in deficit
to the Town of Dennis and 1.4 million is E & D.

Yarmouth has voted to reserve space on the ballot for a school over-ride. One of the
main goals of the D-Y School Committee is to add a Dean of Students. Some of the
money is for Team Leadership building. They are relying on doing this on mandates of
the No Child Left Behind Act.

Not every school has a principal and assistant principal. They don’t all have counselors.
Some of the costs are associated with Yarmouth. Jane Otis said if they are short on
psychologists, why are they adding a Dean of Students. The term Dean of Students has a
particular connotation in this region said Sheryl McMahon.



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The Principal is spending an inordinate amount of time in the classrooms resolving
discipline issues. Financial Director Skip Finnell’s replacement will take over on May 1,
2007.

Paul McCormick reported that the Bass River Property Use Committee will meet on
Monday, February 12, 2007 at 6PM in the Town Hall Break room.

Paul McCormick also reported that there is a Wixon Student Art Show Opening taking
place this evening at 6:30PM at the Dennis Public Library.

Paul McCormick read a letter from Dennis resident, Al Fletcher, complimenting Town
Accountant Maryanne Gibbs on her professionalism.

Jane Otis reported that there will be a meeting of the Cape Cod Selectmen and
Councilors’ Association at the Lost Dog Pub on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 7:30AM.

Jane Otis said that the League of Women Voters would like to encourage people in
various towns to run for office, so they will be holding a meeting regarding the
nomination and filing process on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 7PM at the Dennis Senior
Center to assist these first time candidates.

Jane Otis reported that TD Banknorth, Bank of America and the Housing Assistance
Corporation will be hold a “Home Forever” workshop series at the Cape Cod Home
Ownership Center in Hyannis on February 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 6PM-8:30PM.

Jane Otis read a letter form the Department of Housing and Community Development
stating that the Town of Dennis is supposed to reach its 10% affordable housing level by
2012. Robert Canevazzi will look into the present amount of affordable units in Town.

Robert Canevazzi reported that there will be a state budget forum sponsored by Senator
Theresa Murray and Senator Rob O’Leary on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 11:30AM at
the Community Action Building in Hyannis. Discussion will include how these local
Senators see the state budget unfolding with the receipt of the Governor’s budget.

Mr. Canevazzi reminded the Board that they voted that he be the Town of Dennis
representative for the D-Y Regional School District Collective Bargaining. Mr.
Canevazzi said that he won’t be able to do this, as this group holds their meeting on
Tuesdays from 5:30PM-7:30PM.

Mr. Canevazzi reported that he was adding an agenda item to tonight’s meeting for a
request to use Carleton Hall.




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Mr. Canevazzi reported that on Friday, February 16, 2007, staff from Congressman
Delahunt’s office will be in the Town Hall Small Conference Room from 10AM-11AM
for anyone with any questions or issues.

Mr. Canevazzi also reported that MIS Director, Steve Buss, will be updating the website
to make it more interactive and user friendly.

Mr. Canevazzi reminded the Board that the Bass River Park Property Use Committee,
along with the architect, will be on the Tuesday, February 13, 2007 agenda to discuss
their recommendation for a final design concept proposal.

The Finance Committee starts their budget review on Thursday, February 8, 2007. They
will be meeting throughout February and March.

Mr. Canevazzi reminded the public that February 27, 2007 is the due date for articles for
the Town Warrant.

                              Administrative Matters
Reorganize Board of Selectmen
MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Charles Crowell seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to keep the organization the same.

Heidi Schadt asked about remaining on the Capital Outlay Committee until
March 31, 2007, as several of the Committee’s members are away.

Sheryl McMahon is a liaison to that Committee and expressed concern that once you are
elected it is difficult to be a part of the Committee. Ms. Schadt said she would be doing it
for quorum purposes.

Ms. McMahon said that a quorum is made up of the number of people appointed and
serving.

MOTION:
Sheryl McMahon moved and Paul McCormick seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to amend the charge of the Capital Outlay
Committee just until March 31, 2007 so that Heidi Schadt could remain a
Committee member.

Sheryl McMahon said that as of March 31, 2007, Ms. Schadt could take over as the
Capital Outlay Committee’s liaison.




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Charles Crowell agreed to give up being liaison for the Waterways Commission. Ms.
Schadt will take over as liaison for this Commission.

Heidi Schadt said that the Bays Legal Fund is no longer active.

Heidi Schadt agreed to be liaison for the Recreation Commission and for the Board of
Health.

Heidi Schadt will also be liaison for the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District
Commission.

Sheryl McMahon will be the liaison for the Board of Assessors.

Paul McCormick will be liaison for the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Task
Force.

Cape Cod Commission to Discuss Joint Negotiation of SEMASS Waste Disposal
Greg Smith from the Cape Cod Commission came before the Board to discuss two issues:
how the Town of Dennis handles the current waste disposal and the Town’s contract with
SEAMASS.

Mr. Smith said that the SEAMASS waste disposal contracts are due to expire for all Cape
towns in 2015. The realty is that disposal fees will be higher when this contract expires
in 2015. Mr. Smith has been speaking with the Cape town’s Boards about the idea of
putting together a regional group of interested selectmen/town managers. This group
would meet in the spring of 2007 with the managers of SEAMASSS in Rochester, MA to
consider the possible benefits of a new long-term contract being implemented prior to the
existing contract’s 2015 deadline.

Cape towns are generating more waste and with less disposal locations, costs are
increasing.

There are 13 Cape towns whose contract with SEAMASS expires in 2015; Wellfleet’s
contract expires in 2016. Future tip fees will be significantly higher.

Mr. Smith detailed five options:
   1. Towns can continue to do nothing.
   2. Towns can begin to evaluate options of this contract.
   3. Towns can continue using SEAMASS and the Rochester facility.
   4. Towns can send waste out of state via rail.
   5. There are alternative technologies and some are very expensive.

Mr. Smith pointed out that this is a terrific chance for regional planning.




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Mr. Smith recommended that the Board appoint a delegate to the established Contract
Committee. The Contract Committee may find that it makes sense to break the present
SEAMASS contract and re-negotiate in the hopes that in the future there may be some
doable alternative. The Town is looking at $50.00-$60.00 per ton if the contract with
SEAMASS is re-negotiated.

The Trash Train from Yarmouth goes to SEAMASS and this contract has been given to
Bay Colony Rail. SEAMASS is presently soliciting new bids for rail operators. It is
more expensive to ship trash by rail than it is to drive it.

Sheryl McMahon asked why is it more expensive to ship trash by rail and why does
Yarmouth do it now. Mr. Smith said they get a host community benefit.

Mr. Smith reported that other towns have expressed interest in having either a Board
member or the Town Manager on this Contract Committee. The work will begin in the
spring and go for about a year

Heidi Schadt said that it is important to get on board with this now. Robert Canevazzi
agreed.

Jane Otis asked about the plant on Nantucket for compost recycling. Barnstable County
did hire a consultant to look at the viability of compost recycling. The process is
extremely costly.

MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Sheryl McMahon seconded and the Board of Selectmen voted
5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint Town Administrator, Robert Canevazzi,
and DPW Director, David Johansen, as the Town of Dennis representatives to the
SEAMASS Contract Committee.

Robert Canevazzi said that the Town needs to look at how it collects recyclables.
Commercial haulers are not required to haul at the same levels as residential haulers.

Interviews & Appointments
Jane Otis handed over the gavel to Sheryl McMahon.

Dennis Conservation Commission Interviews and Appointments
Laurie Crosbie, David Dumas and Frank Verny were in attendance for interviews.

Laurie Crosbie is a computer programmer.

David Dumas is a civil engineer as well as a water/wastewater engineer.



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Frank Verny has over 30 years of experience in a variety of
purchasing/materials/manufacturing assignments.

Charles Crowell asked David Dumas if there would be any conflict of interest if he joined
this Commission.

MOTION:
Charles Crowell moved and Jane Otis seconded and the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint David Dumas to the Dennis Conservation
Commission for a term to expire March 31, 2007.

MOTION:
Paul McCormick moved and Heidi Schadt seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint Frank Verny to the Dennis Conservation
Commission for a term to expire March 31, 2008.

Comprehensive Wastewater Management Task Force Interviews and Appointments
Sheryl McMahon recused herself and Paul McCormick conducted the interview.

Richard O’Hearn was the only applicant. Mr. O’Hearn has served on the Planning Board
and the Water Quality Advisory Committee.

MOTION:
Charles Crowell moved and Jane Otis seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 4-0-1: (Sheryl McMahon)
The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint Richard O’Hearn for the vacancy of
Sanitarian on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Task Force for a term
to expire March 31, 2007.

Paul McCormick handed over the gavel back to Jane.

Dennis Conservation Trust Request to Waive Fee
Paul McCormick stepped down.

Beverly LeBlanc came before the board to request a waiver of Town fees for signs the
Dennis Conservation Trust would like to put up to identify some of its properties. The
Trust would like to put up 21 signs which would add up to $760.00. The Trust requested
the Board waive these fees based on the fact that the organization is a non-profit. The
signage would help to identify the Dennis Conservation Trust properties. Ms. Leblanc
said that most of the money donated by the Trust is for the purchase of these land
acquisitions.




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Heidi Schadt said that she has no problem with waiving fees, as this organization does so
much for the Town.



Sheryl McMahon said that she also has no problem with waiving fees and said the Trust
has been good partners with Cape Pathways.

The signs would go on properties exclusively owned by the Dennis Conservation Trust.

MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Sheryl McMahon seconded and the Board voted 4-0-1: (Paul
McCormick)
The Board of Selectmen voted to waive the fees for the Dennis Conservation Trust
as outlined.

Paul McCormick returned to the Board.

Golf Advisory Committee Fee Recommendations
Jim Horvath, Golf Advisory Chair, spoke about the fees.

Mr. Horvath spoke about the Golf Membership Refund Policy. This full membership
refund request will be considered up to June 30, only with a documented medical reason
and the recipient must not have played more than three times. Mr. Horvath said the
Department usually receives 2-3 requests per year. Steve Whitcomb, a member of the
Golf Advisory Committee said that this Refund Policy is in place for compassionate
reasons.

MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Paul McCormick seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the Golf Membership Refund Policy as
written.

Mr. Horvath then detailed the minimum restaurant and pro shop fee proposal which
would involve a $5.00 per player minimum charge, for both the pro shops and
restaurants, for an outside group of 60 or more players.

Heidi Schadt asked if this was done at other courses and Mr. Horvath said “yes.”

Sheryl McMahon asked is this was a new fee. Jane Otis said that it was passed once
before and was then retracted. This fee will have to be approved at the May Town
Meeting.

MOTION:


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Sheryl McMahon moved and Charles Crowell seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the golf fee as detailed.


Mr. Horvath then spoke about the Golf Advisory Committee’s decision to have the Town
of Dennis adopt a Non-Resident Membership category that offers 50 people the
enjoyment of playing the Dennis courses at $2500.00 for annual membership status. In
addition, the vote included that the current grandfathered non-resident memberships be
frozen at the current number and when people do not renew, this grandfather status will
decrease by attrition. Those grandfathered currently pay $756.00.

Sheryl McMahon said that this new fee will have to be approved at Town Meeting.

Wayne Bergeron, a Dennis resident said that lowering fees, rather than raising fees,
usually doesn’t happen. Mr. Bergeron said that he keeps hearing that Cape Cod is
becoming unattractive because of the cost to do business here.

Steve Whitcomb said that we have high quality courses to market.

MOTION:
Sheryl McMahon moved and Heidi Schadt seconded and the Board of Selectmen voted
5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to place an article on the Town Meeting Warrant for
the Non-Resident Membership category.

MOTION:
Sheryl McMahon moved and Paul McCormick seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to support the addition of a Non-Resident
Membership category.

Review Waterways Fees
Jonathan Smith, Chair of the Waterways Commission, addressed the Board. Mr. Smith
said that on December 13, 2006, the Waterways Commission revisited the Sesuit parking
fees and the transient daily dockage fee per the Board’s request. The Commission stands
by its earlier recommendation of no increase in the daily Sesuit parking fees. The
Commission also did further research on the daily transient fee and feels that any increase
will result in less overall revenue which is hardly the desired result in a fee increase.

Mr. Smith then spoke about the Dredging Fund. Mr. Smith said the purpose of this fund
is to save money for dredging and dredging related expenses. It has become necessary
for the Town to be in a position of having money on hand to take care of all the dredging
requirements of the Town’s waterways. The structure of the Waterways Commission’s
proposal uses the Beach Improvement fund as a template. Funding, theoretically, would


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be applied to municipal slip holders, boats on moorings, boats on private docks, rack
boats, and trailer parking.



Mr. Smith explained that dredging waterways is the nuts and bolts of being a coastal
town. It’s expensive, not particularly compelling and needs to be done repeatedly. This
proposed fund would be an essential tool for getting the job done in the future. A fee of
$2.00 per foot would be charged. Mr. Smith then explained the linear feet concept which
was detailed in a handout he gave to the Board. There could be a possible income of
$65,000.00 if this proposal is approved. If the fee per foot was reduced to $1.50, the
income realized would still be in the mid-40’s.

Heidi Schadt said that dredging is included in the long range five year plan for each year.
The racks are on private property and they pay boat excise tax to the Town. Sheryl
McMahon asked how they would be assessed. Mr. Smith explained that there is currently
a $2.00 per foot private dock fee for boats that are in the water. Rack boats currently do
not pay anything. Sheryl McMahon expressed the fact that she has issues with this from
a legal aspect.

Charles Crowell said he has a problem with the government dredging out the channel.

Robert Canevazzi said that it is funded through county surplus.

Wayne Bergeron said he certainly would have no problem paying the fee as it’s his
advantage for getting in and out of the harbor.

Acting Harbormaster Terry Clen, expanded on the private rack boats.

Heidi Schadt said that it is a fee to provide a service. Robert Canevazzi said that the key
component of the fee is that there is an alternative concept vs. a mandatory tax.

The establishment of this fund will need to go before Town Meeting.

MOTION:
Heidi Schadt moved and Paul McCormick seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to place an article on the Town Meeting Warrant to
establish a Dredge Fund.

Wayne Bergeron said the Town will need to get money from somewhere else if we fall
short on the establishment of the Dredge Fund.

Accept Resignation from Road Safety Task Force



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A letter was read by Robert Canevazzi from Robert Littlefield asking the Board to accept
his resignation from the Road Safety Task Force.

Dennis resident Jack Kearny spoke about the lack of quorum this Task Force has been
experiencing and said that the Board needs to take a look at the number of members on

the Task Force. Sheryl McMahon said that the Board has modified the charge to five
people.

MOTION:
Paul McCormick moved and Sheryl McMahon seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to accept the resignation of Robert Littlefield from
the Road Safety Task Force.

Request to Use Carleton Hall by D-Y Lacrosse Boosters
Deborah Ream, on behalf of the D-Y Lacrosse Club, asked the Board for permission to
use Carleton Hall for a band concert/dance fundraiser. The D-Y Lacrosse Club doesn’t
receive any funding from the school and as a result, they need to fundraise. The Club is
looking at using the facility on Saturday, February 10, 2007 until 10PM. Ms. Ream
assured that Board that there would be plenty of chaperones. While the band is playing,
the windows will be shut. There will be no re-admittance for anyone who leaves the
event.

Sheryl McMahon liked the fact that the event goes only to 10PM.

MOTION:
Paul McCormick moved and Heidi Schadt seconded and the Board voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to grant permission to the D-Y Lacrosse Club to use
Carleton Hall on Saturday, February 10, 2007 and to waive the non-profit rental
fee.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can send it to the D-Y Booster Fund, c/o of Deborah
Ream, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth.

                                 Selectmen’s Discussion
Paul McCormick asked the Board to consider nominating the same Town of Dennis staff
person as last year for the “Unsung Heroin” award sponsored by the Commission on
Status of Woman. Robert Canevazzi will contact the appropriate Department Head
regarding this nomination.

Paul McCormick went to the Dennis Pines to look at the restaurant equipment. Mr.
McCormick reported that the floor is in bad shape. The Board of Health has been over
trying to get the dishwasher working, and it looks like a new dishwasher is needed. This



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was discussed at depth. The Board expressed concern about not setting up lessees for
failure at both courses.

Sheryl McMahon said the Board needs to look at the broad goals for the Town, as they
relate to municipal finance. Ms. McMahon suggested that the Board consider a Blue


Ribbon Commission for financial matters as there is the need to maintain the quality of
life in Dennis.

It was agreed by the Board that something more than a fiscal policy is needed and that
revenue forecasting should take place.

Robert Canevazzi doesn’t think that having a Blue Ribbon Commission is a good idea
and that an independent consultant may be needed to sell an over-ride program.

Robert Canevazzi passed out an update on Town projects that including the Sea View
property and Bass River Park.

Paul McCormick said that the Board learned a lot about each Department’s needs during
their presentation on February 1, 2007.

A permanent over-ride with Capital was then discussed. Jane Otis asked about the
possibility of getting together with the Chairman of the Finance Committee and
Chairman of the Capital Outlay to see where the Town stands financially and what can be
cut.

Heidi Schadt said that she’d like a prioritized list of what should remain in the budget for
a 2 ½ over-ride. Mr. Canevazzi said that he will get the Board a prioritized list

                                         Minutes

December 14, 2006
MOTION:
Sheryl McMahon moved and Charles Crowell seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the minutes of December 14, 2006 as
corrected.

December 28, 2006
MOTION:
Sheryl McMahon moved and Charles Crowell seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to approve the minutes of December 28, 2007 as
corrected.


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MOTION:
Paul McCormick moved and Charles Crowell seconded and the Board of Selectmen
voted 5-0-0:
The Board of Selectmen voted to adjourn at 10:15PM.




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