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2015 - Minutes of March 9, 23 Meetings
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 9, 2015

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chair; Earl Moffatt (EM); Karen Zick (KZ).
Press present: Local Yokel. Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA).

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

7:00 PM:        Highway Superintendent Curt Wilton addresses the Board. Curt informs the Board that
John Lyford and Jamie Boyer, Highway Dept crew, will be on WSBS radio the morning of 3/10, to be interviewed on their successful experience in the state and national snowplow competitions.

Curt informs the Board that he met with the Finance Committee on 3/6/15 to review the Highway Dept FY 2016 budget. The FinCom looked favorably on his budget recommendations including a proposal to either add a line item associated with “employee benefits” or roll an associated amount for same into the Highway Salaries line items. Curt notes that the recent employment agreement signed with a full time police officer contained items that are not in the Highway Dept employee agreements or the Town's other full time employees. Curt feels that employee benefits should be uniform for all full time Town employees. The items that differ include: 10 sick days whereas Highway employees currently receive 5; 10 personal days whereas Highway employees receive none; longevity pay schedule whereas Highway employees receive none.

KZ agrees that since there are no unions representing full time Town employees that would negotiate agreements then all full time employees should be treated the same in terms of benefit packages. KZ suggests that the Board establish uniform benefit packages for all full time employees coupled with annual performance reviews. Board agrees and will address the topic at an upcoming meeting.


Other Business/Action Items:

  • KZ asks that the the window that's been broken for a long time be replaced.
  • Board approves several Village School Use requests but stipulates that the Berkshire Youth Soccer teams not use the fields until they are safely dried out.
  • Board reviews the final disposition of the Baldassare property on Lenox Rd that was taken by the Town for unpaid taxes. Board suggests that it be advertised and disposed of through the MGL 30B process.
  • Board approves the renewal of its annual participation in the Household Hazardous Waste consortium. PS asks to look into a more affordable option to dispose of monitors and televisions at the collection events.
  • Board does a review of the FY 2016 Town budget and will continue reviewing for the next few meetings.
8:15 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board, EM makes a motion to
adjourn. KZ seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes accepted by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Earl Moffatt                                       Karen Zick

Date: ___________


Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 23, 2015

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting.
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chair; Earl Moffatt (EM); Karen Zick (KZ)
Press present: Local Yokel. Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA).

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

7:00 PM:        Regular meeting suspended in order to hold the Annual Caucus and will return to open
session upon its conclusion.

7:05 PM:        Moderator Gene Dellea opens the Annual Caucus (see below).

7:30 PM:        PS reconvenes the regular Board meeting.

Other business/discussion/action items:

  • Board is advised that there is an executed purchase and sale agreement between the Mill Pond Trailer Park owner and the Mill Pond Tenants Association. Accordingly, and per advise of Town Counsel, the scheduled Superior Court appeal of the Rent Control Board's 11-3-14 decision, will be continued until the outcome of the potential sale of the Park to the tenants is concluded.
  • Board is advised that a quorum of the Finance Committee met again on March 20, 2015 and conducted their final review of the FY 2016 budget and town meeting articles and approved all items included in the draft dated 3-20-15.
  • Board is advised that the BHRSD school committee met on March 19, 2015 and one of the items being considered was an amendment to the Regional Agreement as proposed by a Great Barrington resident. Town was not informed if and what action was taken on the proposal which would have made a wholesale change to the operating cost assessment to the 3 member towns.
  • Board is advised that a new draft Cable TV contract was received from Town Counsel but that the Cable TV Commission has not yet met to discuss and give their recommendation to the Board. Accordingly, the Board will wait until it hears from the Cable TV Commissioners.
  • Board approves a Village School Use application for a Farmer's Market event.
  • Board is advised that the Highway Supt is working on a cost estimate to connect the Highway Department/Fire Station building to the Town sewer. An engineering plan for the connection is in place.
  • Per discussion at a previous meeting, Board receives a draft full time employee policy which seeks to make employee benefits uniform across Town departments. Board will review and discuss at a future meeting.
  • Board receives an update draft of the FY 2016 budget and warrant as reviewed and approved by the Finance Committee. Board will hold a meeting next Monday for budget and warrant review.
  • Steve Sautman, the Town's Wired West representative, provides the Board with an update of activities including the sign up rate, request to put up information signs, and the possibility of scheduling an informational meeting prior to the Annual Town Meeting. Board asks Steve to come back with exact locations of temporary informational signs for their review prior to approval.
  • Parks and Recreation gives the Board an update on activities including: plans for the purchase of new playground equipment for Village School; weed treatment at Card Pond and; adding changing tables at the public restrooms. PS asks that the old sandbox and perhaps some of the other aging playground equipment be removed for safety reasons since they are falling apart.
  • Marge Powell of the Cultural Council informs the Board that the Council is thinking about scheduling a Town community picnic sometime this summer.
8:00 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board, PS makes a motion to
adjourn the meeting. EM seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes accepted by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Earl Moffatt                                       Karen Zick

Date: ___________




COMMONEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
TOWN OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE
ANNUAL TOWN CAUCUS
MARCH 23, 2015, 7:00 PM, Village School Town Offices, 21 State Line Rd.
Elected Office
Term Length
Incumbent
Moderator
1-year
Eugene Dellea
Board of Selectmen
3-years
Karen Zick
Board of Assessors
3-years
Susan Negrini
Finance Committee
3-years
Gary Schieneman
Finance Committee
3-years
William Kie
Planning Board
5-years
Dana Bixby
Planning Board
4 years of 5 year remaining term
Vacant
Board of Health
3-years
Lucy Leonard
Library Trustees
3-years
Catherine Nihart
Cemetery Commission
3-years
Earl Moffatt



 
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