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2016 - Minutes of September 12 Meeting
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
September 12, 2016

6:00 PM:        Open Meeting

Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW), Chair; Earl Moffatt (EM); Peter Skorput (PS). Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA). Press present: Berkshire Eagle, Local Yokel.

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

6:30 PM:        CW opens the Public Hearing to hear and act on an application to transfer the existing
liquor license held by the Shaker Mill Tavern, 5 Albany Road to Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smokehouse, James Hallock, Manager. EM reads the public notice as it appeared in the 8-27-16 Berkshire Eagle.

CW asks those in attendance for any public comments. Hearing none, CW notes that the license in question has been in place for a number of years and that the Board has never heard nor acted on any complaints associated with the restaurant. Applicant James Hallock has no comments. EM then makes a motion to approve the license transfer as presented. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. The application is signed approved as presented and will be forwarded to the ABCC for their review and action.

7:00 PM:        CW opens a Rent Control Board (RCB) Public Hearing to hear and act on an Owner's
Petition for Tenant Evictions. CW notes that the RCB sent certified mail notices of tonight's hearing to the five tenants as provided by Mill Pond Trailer Park (Park) Liza Gennari. CW confirms that one of the five tenants had worked out an agreement with the Park's owners prior to the hearing and that the RCB would only be acting on four petitions. CW notes that the RCB do not act as arbiters or facilitators, they only act on the petitions and evidence as presented. The RCB does not get involved with collections, evictions or mediation. Approval of owner's petitions is only a procedural step to allow the owners to proceed, through the courts or otherwise, with tenant evictions. CW asks those present if there are any comments related to the petitions No comments. EM then makes a motion to approve the four petitions for eviction as presented. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

7:25 PM:        CW closes the RCB hearing.

Other Business/Action/Discussion Items:
  • Per request of the Zoning Board of Appeals, CW makes a motion to appoint Eddie Sporn to fill the vacancy on the ZBA created by the resignation of member Stephan Greene. EM seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. As an appointed position, Mr Sporn will fill out the unexpired term, which ends on June 30, 2020.
  • CW speaks about upcoming paving work on Baker Street. Reclamation and paving work will begin on September 13th and the 1st phase will take approximately 3 days to finish.
  • Resident Barry Girdler requests that No Parking signs be added and or replaced on Oak Street in the area of the Shaker Mill Tavern. Mr Girdler expresses concerns over the ability of emergency vehicles to pass along the the road if blocked by delivery trucks. Board will investigate.
  • AA updates the Board on the Chief of Police Search Committee. The Committee held its first meeting last Wednesday and will continue with 2 to 3 more meetings in the coming weeks with the goal of providing the Board with 2 to 3 finalists for their consideration.
  • Board discussed the Charter Cable TV license renewal and will hope to take action on the license at its next meeting. CW notes that there has been considerable conversation negotiations between and among the Cable TV Commission, Charter TV and Town Counsel over the past several weeks and that Town Counsel has recommended approval the the most recent draft of the 10-year license renewal.
  • Board approves a request from a resident to use the Community Room for educational activities.
  • Per request of Wired West representative Steve Sautman, Board executes a formal letter or withdrawal from Wired West. CW states that the Board and Town appreciate all the work that Steve and others put in towards reaching a broadband solution for residents. However, the Wired West option in now moot with the upgrades done and scheduled by Charter Cable, facilitated by funding provided by MBI, which will provide broadband options to each West Stockbridge resident within the next 18 months while saving the Town approximately $100,000 annually over the next 20 years on bonding costs under the Wired West option.
7:40 PM:        With no additional business to come before the Board, EM makes a motion to adjourn
the meeting. PS seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Curt Wilton, Chair                             Earl Moffatt                                     Peter Skorput

Date: __________

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