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2008 - Minutes of April 7, 14, 24, 28 Meetings

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 7, 2008

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Curt Wilton, Chair; Tina Skorput Cooper. Michael Kirchner not present. Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

Board reviews and  approves previous meeting minutes.
Board reviews and approves weekly warrants.

6:45 PM:        Tina Bardwell, representing Parks and Recreation Committee discusses Card Pond weed removal with the Board. Board and Tina discuss the Conservation Commission’s denial of chemical weed treatment at Card Pond. Some of the options going forward to deal with the weeds are discussed including mechanical weed harvesting as in the past and filing an appeal of the ConsCom’s decision. Lycott Environmental informed the Town that such an appeal would likely be successful. Speaking for the Parks and Recreation Committee, Tina would like to file an appeal. Parks and Recreation will issue their intent to file an appeal in a letter to the Selectmen. In the meantime, Tina will investigate hiring the firm used in past years to perform mechanical weed harvesting – at least around the beach area.

Tina Bardwell also discusses Parks and Recreation’s desire to expand their offerings to the community. Yoga instruction has been suggested as a popular item. AA will investigate insurance, liability and payment issues for instructors utilizing the gymnasium or other Town facilities.

TSC suggests that some of these payment issues should be addressed to the Town’s auditor when he comes to Town next week for the annual  audit exit conference. CW agrees.

Other Items:    CW asks if  Chief Cooper sent or dropped of an April staffing schedule. AA responds that a scheduled was received from the officer in charge.  

Peter Skorput asks that a MEMO be sent to town departments requesting that office doors be closed when not in use because each room is zone controlled for heat, air conditioning and ventilation. If doors are left open, the system will not operate as efficiently as it should.

Board reviews Annual Town Meeting warrant. Warrant needs to be signed no later than April 28, 2008.

Board will be attending a joint meeting with the Richmond Board of Selectmen this Wednesday evening in Richmond to discuss issues and concerns raised about the future of Richmond West Stockbridge Community Health Association.

Sewer and Water Commissioners will be holding a meeting on 4-17 at 7:00 PM.

8:15 PM:        There being no additional business to discuss, TSC makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.


Meeting minutes approved by:



_______________________ ________________________
Curt Wilton, Chair                      Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________
                


Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 14, 2008

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting; Village School Town Offices.
Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW), Tina Skorput Cooper (TSC). Absent: Michael Kirchner (MK). Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

Board reviews and approves weekly warrants.

TSC signs Chapter 90 Highway Funds project request for repairs to High Street.

Highway Superintendent will smooth out the entrance to the Card Lake Inn parking lot. This will be done (for the last time) in appreciation for past Town use of the parking lot.

Board reviews and approves two Village School use requests.

Board reviews a letter from a homeowner requesting that the Highway Dept. repair lawn damage due to winter plowing. The Highway Supt. has already spoken with the homeowner.

There will be a Chief of Police Screening Committee meeting with the Board of Selectmen on 4-28. The Committee is expected to review their process and offer names of Chief of Police finalists to the Board for their consideration.

There will be a Sewer and Water Commission meeting on 4-17 at 7:00 PM.

There will be an executive session meeting with Town Counsel on 4-17 at 5:30 PM.

7:30 PM:        There being no further business to discuss, TSC makes a motion to adjourn. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.


Meeting minutes approved by:


_____________________   ________________________
Curt Wilton, Chair                      Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________




Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 24, 2008

5:30 PM:        Open Meeting; Village School.
Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW), Tina Skorput Cooper (TSC). Michael Kirchner (MK), unable to attend. No press present.

Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA); Zoning Board of Appeals members James Pinkston, Jack Houghton, Lori Robbins; Town Counsels Joel Bard and Jonathan Silverstein.

CW makes a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing strategy related to pending litigation and not to return to open session upon its conclusion. TSC seconds the motion. Joint roll call vote taken: CW, aye; TSC, aye, J. Pinkston, aye; L. Robbins, aye; J. Houghton, aye.

5:40 PM:        EXECUTIVE SESSION


Meeting minutes approved by:



______________________  ______________________
Curt Wilton, Chair                      Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________



Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2008

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting; Village School

Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW), Chair.; Tina Skorput Cooper (TSC), Michael Kirchner (MK). Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

Board reviews and approves weekly warrants.

Board reviews Annual Town Meeting Warrant.

Board discusses quote from Constellation Energy for fixing electric kilowatt costs for a period of from 1 to 5 years. Pending a favorable review of the contract proposal by Town Counsel, Board decides to lock in kilowatt rates for a period of 3 years. The current kilowatt price quote is approximately the same as the current National Grid price but the price would be locked for the period of the contract.

Board reviews a letter from Parks and Recreation Committee. The Committee wishes to appeal the ruling from the Conservation Commission that denied permission for aquatic weed removal from Card Pond using herbicide treatment. Board notes that the ruling can’t be appealed because the application for weed treatment was an amendment to an existing Order of Conditions. If Parks and Recreation wishes to, a new Notice of Intent could be filed with the Conservation Commission. But it would be too late this season to treat the pond even if the ConsCom approved the new NOI. Consequently, Parks and Recreation will continue with mechanical harvesting of weeds around the beach area for this year.

7:00 PM:        TSC makes a motion to go into Executive Session per MGL Ch. 39:23B, (8) for the purpose of meeting with the Chief of Police Screening Committee and not to return to open session upon conclusion of the executive session. MK seconds the motion. Joint roll call vote taken: TSC, aye; MK, aye; CW, aye; Peter Negrini, aye; Carl Bradford, aye; Mark Webber, aye.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Meeting Minutes approved by:



___________________     ______________________  _______________________
Curt Wilton, Chair              Tina Skorput Cooper             Michael Kirchner

Date: ___________




 
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