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2007 - Minutes of March 5, 12, 19, 26 Meetings

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2007



6:30 PM:          Open Meeting; St. Patrick’s Parish Center.
Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW), Tina Skorput Cooper (TSC). Michael Kirchner (MK) unable to attend. Also present: Administrative Assistant (AA). No press present.

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

Other Items:    TSC and CW discuss whether the Town has an old by-lay regulating snow removal on Town sidewalks. It is noted that the majority of merchants do a great job of keeping their storefront sidewalks clear. But a few don’t make much of an effort and wait for the Highway Dept. to take care of shoveling. Because making the roads safe is the Department’s priority, sidewalks sometime have to wait a few days before being cleaned after a storm. CW thought that there might be a by-law, like other towns, that requires sidewalks to be cleaned by the abutters. TSC will research.

Board reviews suggested dates for a joint meeting as submitted by the FinCom. Board tentatively sets Friday, 3-16 at 4:30.

ConsCom has scheduled a hearing continuation on 3-15-07 at 7:00 PM for aquatic weed removal at Mill Pond.

Board reviews a request for an appropriation of $2,500 from Berkshire South Community Center. Board denies the request. Towns are not allowed to appropriate public funds to non-government organizations.


7:10 PM           There being no additional business to discuss, CW makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. TSC seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:



_____________________________  ___________________________
Curt Wilton                                          Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________


Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2007

Open Meeting

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

BOS reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

BOS reviews and signs weekly warrants.

Resident Josh Morse makes a presentation to the Board for an Eagle Scout
project. Josh recites a very detailed proposal to beautify and improve three
areas with plantings: the War Memorial at Village School; the cannon at
the intersection of Albany and State Line Rd and; a new area around the
sign at the Village School. The Board commends Josh for his professional
report and looks forward to supporting and assisting him in his project.

Bob Powell, Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, addresses the Board
regarding the Committee's capital plans and their FY '08 budget request.
The operating budget will remain the same and he wishes to add an
additional $5,000 towards capital projects planned at the Village School
including: resurfacing the tennis courts, re-construction of the little league
diamond and a walking path:around the Village School grounds. The
Board agrees to sponsor the $5,000 capital improvement appropriation at
Town Meeting.
Bob inquires whether the existing playground equipment would be
eliminated if the Senior Center project receives funding and goes forward.
The Board answers that, yes, it would have to be removed.
Bob offers a list of five new members that he would like the Board to
appoint to the Parks and Recreation Committee: Tina Bardwell; Michaela
Thierling, Curtis Thierling: Michael Brex and Ed Robbins. Board agrees
and appoints the new members who are instructed to visit the Town Clerk
to be sworn in.

Other Items: The Board reviews a letter from Town Treasurer Karen Williams asking to
appoint Bruce Turner as Assistant Town Treasurer. Bruce would be asked
to fill in if Karen wasn't available. TSC makes a motion to approve the
request. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.

Board reviews and approves two engineering services proposals for
additional services at the Village School: furniture and fixtures design and
specifications and design and solicitation of bids for additional work to be
done in the gymnasium and additional site work. Board approves both
proposals.

Board will attend a FinCom joint meeting this Friday at 4:30 PM.

Board wiIl attend a ConsCom hearing this Thursday at 7:00 PM. The
hearing is a continuation of a Public Hearing opened approximately two
years ago to seek ConsCom approval for aquatic weed removal at Mill
Pond. The delay was caused by the DEP Natural Heritage Endangered
Species office that ordered the Town to hire a botanist to conduct a survey
to find two endangered weeds thought to exist around the Mill Pond. The
study was done last summer. A letter just came from DEP confirming that
the endangered weeds don't exist so don't need to be protected. Now the
project can go forward.

Board reviews a letter sent to resident Wayne Cooper by the Board of
Health instructing him to cease using a coal-heating furnace that has been
causing noxious odors in the neighborhood. Several residents have voiced
complaints.

Board announces a payment to the Town of $2,831 from the MERF for
recyclables sent to the State authorized recycling facility in Springfield.
When added to a previous payment, the Town has received approximately
$6,000 this year from its recyclables.

8:00 PM: There being no additional business to discuss, CW makes.a motion to
adjourn the meeting. TSC seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:


_____________________________  ___________________________
Curt Wilton                                          Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________


Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2006

Open Meeting; St. Patrick's Parish Center

Quorum present: Curt Wiltoh (CW), Tina Skorput Cooper (TSC). Michael
Kirchner (MK), unable to attend. Also present: Administrative Assistant
(AA). No press present.

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

Board reviews and signs weekly warrants.

Resident Tyler Summers is present to observe the Selectmen's meeting as
a requisite to a Boy Scout project. Tyler is welcomed by the Board and is
issued a meeting agenda. Tyler is attentive and follows the proceedings
closely and asks several questions.

Board discusses the Hill House, State Line Road and the next steps to be
taken now that the Town has fmally received notice from the Land Court
that the Town now owns the property free and clear to any and all
encumbrances. AA informs the Board that 3 quotes have been solicited for
the removal of the property and an article to appropriate funds for its
removal could be considered at the Annual Town Meeting.

The Board agrees to set a date for a joint meeting with the Finance
Committee to review the FY 2008 budget for Friday 3/30/07 at 7:00 PM.

EDM will host a meeting at the Village School on Friday 3-23 at 8:00AM
to review progress plans for the gymnasium, kitchen, and site work and
any other items outside of the original scope of contracted work.

Marge Powell has inquired whether the Shaker Mill Bridge construction
will.be problematic during the upcoming Zucchini Festival. TSC and CW
note that the project has gone smoothly to date with few traffic concerns.

Board notes that the next County Selectmen's dinner/meeting will be held
on 4-19-07. CW notes that he will be out of Town on that date.

7:20 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                                          Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________


Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
March 26, 2006


Open Meeting, Library

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

BOS reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.

BOS reviews and signs weekly warrants.

Board discusses a letter received from Chief of Police Cooper re: his
suggestion on staffing to replace the hours lost when Officer Messina
attends the full time training academy. CW is opposed to placing part-time
Officer R. Perrin to temporary full-time status. CW states that the Town is
open to problems if a non full-time academy trained officer is working full
time. Also, Officer Perrin would have to be offered health insurance for the
period he was working full time. CW states that the Chief has had plenty
of time to figure out the staffing gap. CW would prefer that the Chief use
part-time officers to fill the gap as was proposed by the Chief last July.
Board agrees to postpone decision on this matter until next week.

Board discusses placing an article on the ATM warrant that would allow a
Town Board member to miss one session of a Public Hearing and still be
able to sit in on any ruling, if that person was able to get up to speed on
the session he or she missed out on.

Board has a general discussion about the eventual disposition of the old
Town Hall. It is suggested that the Board ask Old Town Hall Committee
Chair Joel Hotchkiss in to a future meeting to discuss the situation.

TSC announces that the official Town website will go live this week. Tina
is thanked for all her work in getting the website up and operating.

State Building Inspector Gordon Bailey will accompany Building
Inspector Jim Vosburgh on a Village School inspection this Wednesday
afternoon. Much of the rough plumbing and electrical work is ready to be .
covered up and the contractor has requested a formal inspection before
doing so.

Board will hold a joint meeting with the FinCom this Friday at 7:00 PM to
review the FY '08 budget.

Board has a general discussion about altering the rear Village School
entrance (as originally planned) in anticipation of the Senior Center
project being approved. A new covered entrance would conflict with the
Senior Center design. Board agrees that the Village School should receive
a temporary treatment at this exit until the status of the Senior Center
project is known.

Board has general discussion about re-scheduling an informational
meeting with Chief Cooper. Today's scheduled meeting was postponed at
the request of the Chief and due to scheduling conflict on the part of our Town Council.. No date was set.

Board reviews a draft FY '08 Annual Town Meeting warrant.

5:45PM: There being no additional business to come before the Board, CW makes a
motion to adjourn. TSC seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.



Meeting minutes approved by:


_____________________________  ___________________________
Curt Wilton                                          Tina Skorput Cooper

Date: ___________


 
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