- Ratification of
the minutes of the July 12, 2004 Meeting
Copies of the minutes
of the July 12, 2004 meeting were distributed. A motion was made by Trustee
Sherin and seconded by Trustee Chan to accept the minutes with addition of
the following: The meeting notice was posted at City Hall in accordance with
provision of the Commonwealths Open Meeting Law.
VOTED: To accept
the minutes of the July 12, 2004, 2004 trustees meeting, as amended.
Trustee Mitchell noted
that, since all Board Meetings are noticed in conformance with open meeting
guidelines, as previously agreed by the Board, this should be so indicated
at the beginning of all Board Meeting minutes.
- Finance Report
Trustee Sherin reviewed
the Trusts current bank balance of $749,446.21. He also reviewed ongoing
operational expenses, and well monitoring expenses.
Trustee Sherin noted that
the BGwT has yet to receive any portion of the promised $125,000 in annual
funds from the city of Boston, for operating expenses. Antonia Pollak noted
the BGwT will receive a lump sum of $100,000 within 2-3 weeks from the city
of Boston. The additional $25,000 will be allocated at a later date. According
to Ms. Pollak, the reason for the delay was due to the fact that the acting
official who processes the payments was on vacation.
- Technical Coordinators
Christian Simonelli noted that the most recent set of readings were taken
from July 15-28, 2004. Of the 383 wells in the network: 137 were between 5-7,
157 below 5, 51 above 7, and 38 were not read due to inaccessibility.
The latest readings, locations and revised well location map have been uploaded
and posted on the website.
Well Installation Update:
Christian Simonelli noted that 56 wells have been installed in this current
contract of 60. Also that 5 out of the 9 wells that were plugged have been
flushed. The remaining 4 wells to be installed and 4 wells to be flushed would
be completed this week.
- Website Update
Trustee Gilbert reported
that he is close to posting movies of sewers that show the inside of a sewer
that leaks and needs repair and a sewer that does not leak and does not need
to be repaired. Trustee Gilbert reported that John Sullivan of the BWSC is
comfortable with letting the BGwT post these movies on their website.
Trustee Gilbert also reported
that the latest set of readings are now posted and the individual well graphs
will be posted in a few days. Also that a new e-mail domain will be acquired
and by next meeting all board members will have their own BGwT e-mail address.
Will meet with Elliot Laffer and Geoff Pahl to ultimately turn over the website
responsibilities to Mr. Laffer.
Review Engagement Letter
Trustee Saunders indicated
that a letter was received from Rayfield & Rayfield stating that a review
of financial statements for the fiscal 2004 funds would cost the BGwT $3,500
to retain Rayfield & Rayfield. A brief discussion followed about preparing
the necessary paperwork to retain Rayfield & Rayfield for the review.
Trustee Saunders suggested
that the BGwT retain Rayfield & Rayfield to perform the review of financial
statements for the fiscal 2004 funds. A motion was made by Trustee Saunders
and seconded by Trustee Chan to accept the suggestion.
VOTED: To accept
the suggestion proposed by Trustee Saunders.
- Project Reviews
Trustee Mitchell provided
updates on yooD4 condominium development, Northeastern University Cabral Center,
and the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Copley station light rail accessibility
- Executive Directors
BGwT Executive Director
Elliott Laffer discussed his attendance at the 501 Boylston Street meeting.
Mr. Laffer stated that the development has agreed to provide the BGwT the
funding to install 2 new observation wells per the BGwT request.
Mr. Laffer also spoke
about setting up an office, a payroll, e-mail accounts, phone number, and
business cards. Mr. Laffer also discussed about putting together a press release
indicating the office composition and the hiring of a new executive director
for the BGwT.
Trustee Saunders suggested
that Mr. Laffer prepare and distribute a list of things to do so that the
board may review it. Mr. Laffer made note of that and agreed to create and
distribute the list to the board members.
- Deposition Update
NOTE: Trustee Stetson
recused himself and left the room.
Trustee Gilbert discussed
the preparation and his attendance at the deposition. The City of Boston Law
Department represented the Trust at the deposition. Trustee Gilbert informed
the board that he has a copy of the deposition and offered it any of the board
members who wanted one.
- Executive Session