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2016 - Minutes of November 7 Meeting
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
November 7, 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.

CW opens the meeting and makes a motion to enter executive session under MGL Chapter 30a, Section 21(a) (5), to investigate charges of criminal misconduct or to consider the filing of criminal complaints and to return to open session upon completion of the executive session. CW notes that tonight's meeting agenda mistakenly stated the meeting as under Ch 30a, Section 21(a) (1) instead of the intended subsection (5). EM seconds the motion. Voice vote taken: EM, aye; PS, aye; CW, aye.


6:45 PM:        Upon the completion of the executive session, CW calls the regular meeting to order.  With regret, Board accepts a letter of resignation, effective immediately, from the Cable TV Commission with no discussion offered by Commissioners Carol Kuller. CW notes that the resignation is unfortunate and thanks the Commission, as he has in past meetings, for their efforts on behalf of the Town.

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes as presented.

Board reviews and approves warrants.

Board reviews a letter from the Town of Stockbridge Board of Selectmen requesting theWest Stockbridge Board's approval to hire W.S. Town administrator Mark Webber (MW) on a temporary and limited basis to assist Stockbridge during their upcoming budget season. MW notes that he spoke with the Ethics Commission attorney of the day and was told that there would be no conflict of interest filings required. Board agrees unanimously to approve the request.

Board declares the annual winter parking ban, to facilitate snow plowing, on all Town ways effective November 1 through April 30th from the overnight hours of 11PM to 7AM. CW requests  that the Highway Department's Winter Plowing Protocols be accepted by the Board and posted on the Town website. Board had previously reviewed the protocols and approve adoption and posting.

7:15 PM:        Board interviews Becket Police Officer Marc Portieri as the lone finalists for the advertised Chief of Police position. CW notes that the Chief of Police Search Committee did a thorough job or reviewing the 21 applicants and narrowed the field to 3 finalist recommendations. Prior to tonight's meeting, 2 of those 3 voluntarily removed their names from consideration. CW then welcomes Officer Portieri and gives him the floor.

Officer Portieri states that he has been a police officer in Becket for the past 22 years; 12 years as a full time officer. He is Massachusetts Full-time Police Academy certified and is current a Sargent on the Becket police department, for which has an additional 80 hours of Academy training. Marc lives in Becket and is married with 3 children. He currently oversees 3 full-time and 6 part-time officers. He is a certified First Responder. Marc is responsible for Departmental administrative duties including payroll, scheduling, investigations, details and other responsibilities. He will be available for calls 24 hours a day. He is used to responding to all Fire and Emergency calls. PS comments that he would like to have a Chief that is visible to the public, to make himself know to residents and merchants. Marc responds that he agrees and is currently involved in Senior and youth programs. CW likes the fact that Officer Portieri has had a 22 year commitment to one town and that he will be available around the clock. CW states that the Town is looking for and deserves the best in a Chief and that he senses that Officer Portieri has strong qualifications. Resident Paula Farrell asks Marc if he'd be available to help out on Parks and Recreation programming. Marc responds that he would. Resident Jill Pixley if the current administrative aid in the WSPD would be used going forward. CW responds that the position has been well received and that it would likely be continued. Resident Larry Tonini notes that Officer in Charge Murphy has been responsible for an increased visibility of officers and would like that to continue. Officer Murphy notes that he has heard nothing but positive comments from the area police community regarding Officer Portieri.

CW makes a motion to appoint Officer Marc Portieri as Chief of Police. PS seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. Board will schedule an executive session for November 21st for contract negotiations.

Other Other business items:
  • CW notes a letter received from resident Michael Glasser regarding his frustration over the Tree Warden not returning his calls on a tree adjacent to his property. CW will contact the Tree Warden and impress upon him that its important to call people back.
  • Resident Richard Squailia informs the Board that he is available and interested in filling a vacancy on the Cable TV Commission as he is already trained. CW notes that the resignation of the Commission members is an unfortunate event and will revisit the Commission appointments at a future meeting.
8:00 PM:        With all business finalized, 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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