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2005 - Minutes of March 7, 21 Meetings

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 7, 2005

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Lawrence Tonini (LT), Elizabeth DiGrigoli (ED), Curt Wilton (CW). Also present, Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

BOS reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

BOS reviews and approves weekly warrants.

BOS reviews and approves a driveway cut permit for D. Culleton off of Maple Hill Road.

ED suggests that thank you letter be sent to KB and to Schweitzer-Mauduit for their help in securing and transporting donated office furniture.

ED suggests that something (fruit basket?) be sent to Police Officer Simonelli who broke his ankle while on duty.

BOS reviews and approves a curb cut for Dale Culleton off of Maple Hill Road.

Other Items:    The Board agrees to meet with the Gt. Barrington Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting next Tuesday (3-15) at the Gt. Barrington Town Hall beginning at 7:00 PM. to participate in a discussion on the FY 2006 school district budget. The W.S. Board thought that a joint meeting would be a good opportunity to say hello and sit in on a neighboring Town's selectmen meeting. Additionally, it would save the School Committee and District administration from another night out for meetings. District Superintendent Donna Moyer offered 2 nights that she could present the FY 2006 budget to the W.S. Selectmen - either the 15th or 16th of March. CW asks the AA to inform both the W.S. FinCom and the W.S. School Committee members.

        In light of Officer Simonelli's injury - he will be out of work for several weeks - CW asks Chief Cooper what his plans are for staffing in his absence.  Chief Cooper responds that he has received only 2 resumes and that he will set up interviews soon for hiring a full-time officer. In the meantime, he's not sure yet how he will fill the staffing gap.

Board reviews a maintenance contract from Troy belting for the Village School generator. CW suggests that the Board wait until he can speak with Troy about possibly expanding the contract to service the 2 generators at the WWTP. Perhaps Troy or the current service provider would give a better deal if either of them could service all of the Town's generators in one contract. Fire Chief Peter Skorput adds that the Fire Dept. generator needed work also and should be considered to be added to the Town's other 3 generators for a service contract.

AA to meet with surveyor Dennis Drumm tomorrow in Cheshire to review the Town owned Harvey Mt. property. AA will meet with Monahan Associates in Hudson, NY on the same subject on 3-9 at 2:00 PM.

DOR will conduct a FY 2006 budget workshop for Town officials on 3-28 at 7:00 PM. CW asks that the FinCom and Town Officers be notified and invited to attend.

Bob Powell will attend next week's Board meeting to further discuss Village School office plans.

CW announces that he would like to work on a water main leak this Wednesday that has been discovered on Swamp Road. AA to send notices to WSBS and Berkshire Eagle that water service may be temporarily disrupted that day.

LT announces that he will not be able to attend next week's meeting because he will be out of Town on business.


8:30 PM:        There being no further business to discuss, ED makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Minutes approved by:


_____________________   ______________________  ______________________
Lawrence Tonini, Chair  Elizabeth DiGrigoli             Curt Wilton

Date: ________________





Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 21, 2005

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Elizabeth DiGrigoli (ED), Curt Wilton, (CW), Lawrence Tonini (LT) not present - away on business. Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

BOS reviews and approves previous meeting minutes
BOS reviews and approves weekly warrants.
BOS approves a demolition permit for Mark Fadding.
BOS approves a foundation permit for SK Design for Lot # 8, Silver Mine Lane. SK also delivers a check for $3,350 for lot #11 per agreement with the Town.

7:00 PM:        Town Clerk Tina Cooper presents her FY '06 operating budget to the Board. CW commends Tina for submitting a comprehensive and professional looking budget including comparisons and back-up data. Following a discussion, Board approves the line items in her budget. Another conversation takes place on the Clerk's request to add free cash transfer articles in order to purchase a fireproof safe, new Clerk software and a new computer. The Board agrees to support the first 2 requests and asks Tina if she can purchase a new computer out of current year appropriations. AA will supply software that can be used to reduce the initial cost of the computer.

Board reviews a preliminary budget request from Chief of Police Cooper. The budget was presented to the AA earlier in the day. AA explains that the budget is preliminary. CW comments on the lack of back-up and comparative (year to year) data in the Chiefs submission. CW instructs the AA to meet with the Chief to help him formulate a more comprehensive budget. AA will meet with the Chief this week.

A request letter for a donation from the Town to support local school student Joshua Morse who is seeking donations to attend a young scholar's conference in Washington. Board commends Mr. Morse and pledges a donation of $100.

ED asks AA to furnish a breakdown of co-location rental payments for Charter Cable for the next meeting. AA states that he sent a letter last week to Town Counsel urging that he light a fire under Charter to get out rental and technology equipment payments.

Town Clerk provides the Board with local option legislation for their consideration at the Annual Town Meeting. Chapter 60, Section 3d allows for a $1 voluntary add to everyone's tax bill to help out the elderly in deferring some of their tax bills. Board agrees to support the law at the Annual Town Meeting.

Board agrees to change the previously discussed date for the Annual Town Meeting from 5-9-05 to 5-23-05. The Town's auditors have indicated that they may not have FY '04 audit financials completed in time for publication in the Town Report by the 5-9-05 meeting date. The Annual Election will remain the same date - 5-16-05.

AA asks the Board if they have any articles that they wish to add to the Annual Town Meeting warrant or if they have been approached by any citizens, committees or others to place any articles - spending or otherwise - on the warrant. ED and CW will contact persons involved in the Vision Committee and Town Hall Use group. Board will report back at next week's meeting.

AA informs the Board that the Friends of the Library wish to schedule a lecture event for 5-13 at 7:00PM at the Village School. The topic is the history of railroads in W. Stockbridge. Board grants permission and thanks the Friends for their efforts.

8:20 PM:        There being no further business to discuss, CW makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. ED seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.


Minutes accepted by:


_________________________       _______________________
Elizabeth DiGrigoli                     Curt Wilton

Date: _____________


 
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