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2014 - Minutes of June 2, 16 Meetings
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 2, 2014

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chair; Earl Moffatt (EM); Karen Zick (KZ). Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA). No press present.

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

Other Business/Action/Discussion Items:

  • Board reviews and approves a request to travel on Town roads for a fund raising event called the Berkshire Cycling Classic to held on June 14th.
  • Board sets a tentative date of July 14 for the final review of the Downtown Enhancement project. Once confirmed, notices will be sent to interested parties as was done for the previous informational meeting.
  • Rent Control Board meeting previously scheduled has been re-scheduled for June 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
  • The new fire engine pumper is expected to arrive in the next few days. The Treasurer has informed the Board that the $390,000 bond is in place and the money is in the bank.
  • AA provides the Board with an update on the sewer expansion project. The project is on schedule. Final paving is scheduled to begin the week of 6-16. Laterals have been completed. The sewer mains have been completed.
  • Board appoints resident Steve Sautman as the Town's Wired West representative to replace Jackie DelRossi and Pat Soldati who are stepping down. The Board thanks both Pat and Jackie for their dedicated and tireless volunteer efforts on behalf of the Town for the past years' service.
8:00 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board, KZ makes a motion to
adjourn the meeting. EM seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.


Meeting minutes approved by:


__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Earl Moffatt                                       Karen Zick


Date: _____________



Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 16, 2014

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chairman; Earl Moffatt (EM); Karen Zick (KZ). Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA). No press present.

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

Other Business/Action/Discussion Items:

  • Board issues a reminder to work with Bill Biggs to coordinate town website updates.
  • There will be a Special Town Meeting held on June 23rd to act on end-of-year housekeeping items.
  • Board considers and agrees to postpone the Rent Control Board hearing to act on a petition from the Tenants Association from the originally posted date of June 23, 2014 to August 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The request was issued by the park owner's attorney because of scheduling conflicts. AA informs the Board that Town Counsel will be available on 8/18 as well. Meeting will be opened as posted on 6/23/14 and continued to 8/18/14.
  • Town will host the “Chair of Honor” tour for 1 week, beginning June 23rd. Representative Smitty Pignatelli is sponsoring a viewing of the chair in his District towns to recognize all unaccounted Veterans since World War I.
  • Board discusses the use of Chapter 30B, the State's Procurement Laws, as an alternative to holding a second land auction to dispose of an abandoned structure on Cross Road that the Town took through tax title. No one attended the initial auction, which is an expensive undertaking. The Chapter 30B process can be done in house and should save some time and money. Board instructs AA to proceed.
  • AA provides the Board with an update of the sewer expansion project. The work is still on schedule to finish up by the end of June. Additional paving, loaming and seeding, driveway entrances and miscellaneous items are remaining. AA notes that there have been very few complaints received during the project which is a reflection on the contractor, J.H. Maximillian of Pittsfield.
7:00 PM:        BHRSD Superintendent Peter Dillon addresses the Board and is seeking Board approval
to petition Sen. Downing and Rep. Smitty Pignatelli to sponsor a Home Rule Petition to  allow for a one-time Act to extend polling hours on November 4, 2014. The District shall hold a 2nd vote on the MMRHS renovation/expansion project on November 4th, which coincides with the statewide elections. The polls are open for thirteen hours for Statewide elections. An anomaly in the State statutes only allows school project votes to be held over a 7 hour period.  This Home Rule Petition, if approved, will remedy the confusion of two ballots for two different polling hour blocks on the same day. Mr. Dillon points out that both Stockbridge and Gt. Barrington Boards have approved the District's request. Following a brief discussion, the Board agrees to write a letter to the legislature in support of the Home Rule Petition. Supt. Dillon thanks the Board and would like to attend future Board meetings to further explain the building project over the coming months leading up to the vote. PS notes that it will be important to hold some informational meetings because there seemed to be some confusion among voters over the original vote. Supt. Dillon agreed that the explanations needed to be simplified.

7:30 PM:        EM makes a motion to enter executive session, per MGL Chapter 39:28B(6), to discuss
the purchase, lease or value or real estate and to conclude tonight's open meeting upon the close of the executive session meeting. KZ seconds the motion. Roll call vote taken: PS, aye; EM, aye; KZ, aye.


EXECUTIVE SESSION


Meeting minutes approved by:



__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Earl Moffatt                                       Karen Zick


Date: ______________




 
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