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2016 - Minutes of December 5, 19 Meetings
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 5, 2016

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

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

7:00 PM:        Sharon Harrison, Berkshire Hills Regional School District (BHRSD)  Manager, addresses the Board regarding the Regional Agreement Review Committee’s finalized recommendations for amendments to the BHRSD regional agreement. The BHRSD School Committee has voted to accept the committee recommended amendments. She explains that the major change is the use of a new methodology for assessing member towns for future District debt. Debt already in place will be treated as in the past. New debt will be assessed based on assessed values of the 3 towns rather than the student headcount of the member towns. Based on current conditions, this change will have minimal impact on West Stockbridge but will result in a significant burden shift from Great Barrington to Stockbridge. Sharon states that a special town meeting vote is required to accept the recommended amendments and that the acceptance must be unanimous among the 3 town, otherwise, no changes to the Agreement will take place. Resident and review committee member Alan Thiel recommends that West Stockbridge schedule their town meeting for a date after that of Stockbridge’s as a courtesy to Stockbridge. He’d rather have Stockbridge residents approve an increase to their taxes before we vote to increase their taxes. Board agrees and will set the meeting date for some time in February, after the other 2 towns vote. Board thanks Sharon for attending and explaining the Agreement changes.

Other Business/Action/Discussion Items:
  • PS asks what the Board should be doing about the Cable TV Commission. EM suggests that research be done to understand the Committee’s charge; perhaps found in a previous Town Meeting authorization vote. CW notes that the Selectmen are the acting Cable Commission for the time being but that the Board will eventually take some action.
  • CW, in his capacity as Highway Superintendent, reviews a Chapter 90 reimbursement request for work on Baker St. Board executes the documents.
  • CW, in his capacity as Highway Superintendent, presents 2 driveway permit applications. Seeing that both are in order, Board approves the applications.
  • AA informs the Board that the Town’s annual tax rate was approved by the Department of Revenue on November 28th. The new tax rate is $12.48 per thousand of valuation; reflects a $.15 per thousand increase over the current tax rate ($12.33).
  • Board is invited to Berkshire County Education Task Force presentation on 12/5/16 at the Stockbridge Town Hall.
  • Board announces the hiring of Marc Portieri as Chief of Police following executive session contract negotiations held on November 21, 2016
8:05 PM:        There being 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: __________

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
December 19, 2016

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

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes as presented.
Board reviews and approves warrants.

CW states that he is uncomfortable signing off on stipend payment to PS as Fire Chief since he has not yet submitted Ethics Commission financial disclosure forms as stated by Town Counsel at a meeting several months ago. PS responds that he will get the forms filled out and submitted for signature by the next meeting.
Other Business/Action/Discussion Items:
  • Board sets a tentative date of February 13, 2017 for a Special Town Meeting. The key article is to consider the Berkshire Hills Regional School District agreement amendments as adopted by the BHRSD School Committee.
  • Board sets a tentative date of January 23, 2017 for a Rent Control Board public hearing 225980continuation.
  • Board discusses a call received from the Bridging the Opportunity Gap program where a local teen would be temporarily employed by the Town in a capacity to be determined and would be paid through the program. Board is open to the thought but would like to know more about the candidate in order to see if there was a fit for him or her. AA will follow up.
  • Board executes final documentation for USDA/Rural Development sewer project grant/loan. Town will now move to permanent financing of the project as follows:
Item
Amount
USDA/RD loan; term of 38 years; 1.875 interest rate
$841,000
USDA/RD grant; no repayment required
$225,980
        
7:40 PM:        There being no further 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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