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2017 - Minutes of June 5, 14, 26 Meetings
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2017

6:00 PM:        Open Meeting.
Board conducts interview with the 3 finalists for open Highway Department position. The 3 candidates interviewed are: Thomas Dean; Zachary Levesque and; Jesse Twing. Board spends approximately 15 minutes with each and asks a series of questions regarding interest and qualifications. Board will discuss their preference for who they’d like to hire and take a vote at their next meeting.

7:00 PM:        PS opens a Pole Hearing to hear and act on a petition from National Grid to install 3 utility poles on Carlotto Road to serve a house. Following a description of the work to be performed by National Grid agent, PS notes that abutters had been notified of the hearing by direct mail and asks those in attendance if there are any comments. Hearing none, PS makes a motion to approve the petition. CW seconds the motion. Application approved as presented, 3-0 in favor.

Other Business/Discussion/Action Items:
  • Board sets upcoming meeting schedule as follows: next Board meeting on June 14th at 6:30; Special Town Meeting on June 26th at 7:00 PM and; Rent Control Board hearing continuation tentatively on July 17th at 7:00 PM.
  • AA notes that aquatic weed treatments took place at Mill Pond and Card Pond on May 30th. There may be follow up treatments required at either or both later in the summer depending on initial treatment efficacy.
  • Representatives from Ipswich Pharmaceutical address the Board on their interest in establishing a joint medical and recreational marijuana dispensary in West Stockbridge. Attending for Ipswich Pharmaceutical (IP) are principal Joseph McCarthy and Attorney Phil Silverman. Representatives present an overview of their company and mission statement. They note that they are in the process of obtaining a cultivation operation in Hinsdale, MA which would furnish supply to multiple, as yet unnamed dispensary sites. They claim a dispensary in W.S. would create 8-10 full time jobs and those could be excluded to Town residents only. They would be looking for an 800 – 1,000 square foot structure to be located in a commercial zone and compliant with all State regulations regarding location and impact. They mentioned commercially zoned areas of State Line Road and Baker Street. Typical community host agreements are structured to supply the host community with 2.5% of net profits on an annual basis. Facilities have high security and all activities would be closely coordinated with local police. They note that a medical only dispensary is not economically viable and they’d ask for approval for both medical and recreational sales. They note that the State has yet to flesh out the recreational sale regulations. At some point, if the Town was willing to approve a facility, a letter of ‘non-opposition’ would be required from the Board of Selectmen to be forwarded to State regulators. Board members and several audience members ask a series of questions including: impact on community and safety; impact to and from neighboring New York State; any commitment prior to State establishing recreational sale regulations; facility make up and security; potential cultivation facility; need for various Town Board and Department review and approvals, including Planning Board, Board of Health and Building Inspector; advertising and promotion and next steps. Next steps would be for the applicants to come back to the Board after identifying one or more potential dispensary sites, then further discussions and questions and answers and public process can be scheduled. Board that representatives for attending.
9:00 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board, CW makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. BF seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Curt Wilton                                       Bernie Fallon

Date: __________

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2017

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chair; Curt Wilton (CW); Bernie Fallon (BF). Also present: AdminAsst Mark Webber (AA). Press present: Local Yokel.

Board approves previous meeting minutes
Board approves weekly warrants.

7:00 PM:        PS opens the regular portion of the meeting.

Action/Discussion Items:
  • Board reviews upcoming 6-26-17 Special Town meeting warrant. Warrant was posted on Monday, June 12 at 2:00 PM and signed by a quorum of the Board.
  • Board notes that the continuation of a previous Rent Control Board hearing has been scheduled for July 17 at 7:00 PM.
  • Following a discussion by the Board on the three finalists interviewed for the open Highway Department position, CW makes a motion to hire Zachary Levesque. BF seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. CW notes that all three finalists were impressive but Mr. Levesque stood out because of he holds the required licenses while the other do not. BF also was impressed with Zachary, who was his first choice and also noted that the Board was lucky to have a tough choice. PS made the choice unanimous as he also ranked Zachary as the best candidate. AA will put an employment package together and meet with Zachary shortly.
  • Following a review, Board approves and signs a Chapter 90 road funds request to continue the paving project on Rte. 41. CW notes that the job will start near the intersection of Cobb Road and continue 1.2 miles to the north. The project estimate is $240,000 which will be reimbursed by the Commonwealth from the Town’s $300,000 current balance in Chapter 90 funds. The project will be done in the ‘cold in place’ method.
  • Board approves temporary signage as in past years for artists events.
  • Board approves Rotary Club request to use town roads for a bike and fly fund raising event on August 19th.
  • BF states that he spoke with the Town’s liability insurance carrier and was informed that the town has full coverage for any injury occurring on the public restroom property as it is considered a town owned property and is no different than any other.
  • Board discussed hiring an employee to clean the public bathrooms on weekends; Saturday from opening at 8:00AM to Sunday evening at 10:00 PM. A job description will be written. Board discussed it as a very part-time position; approximately 1.5 hours each weekend day. Employee would be treated as a 1099 employee.
7:30 PM:        With no additional business to come before the Board, PS makes a motion to adjourn. BF seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Curt Wilton                                       Bernie Fallon

Date: __________

Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
June 26, 2017

6:00 PM:        Open Meeting.
Quorum present: Peter Skorput (PS), Chair; Curt Wilton (CW); Bernie Fallon (BF). Also present: Admin Asst Mark Webber (AA). Press present: Local Yokel.

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes, with corrections.
Board reviews and approves weekly warrants.

Other Business/Discussion/Action Items:
  • Fire Chief Peter Skorput distributes his Department's monthly report. Chief briefly describes recent activities.
  • Board conducts a final review of Annual Officer Appointments. Each member hands in their choices, which will be added up and presented as the final list at the next Board meeting.
  • Parks and Recreation Committee member Paula Farrell presents the Committee's intention of hiring a lifeguard for the Card Pond summer season. Paula is told the hiring procedures.
  • Resident Bob Tiebow asks who updates the Town's website, particularly the various Board and Committee members. AA responds that Bill Biggs will gladly make any changes that are given to him. It is recommended that each Board and Committee furnish Bill with a member's list annually.
  • Resident Richard Squailia asks whether there's an update on hiring a weekend public bathroom cleaner. PS responds that he will develop a job description and that someone will be hired shortly.
  • Board will meet next on June 3rd.
  • PS asks if there is any additional public comment or questions. There are none.
7:00 PM:        With all business finalized, CW makes a motion to adjourn the regular Board
meeting and to open the schedule Special Town Meeting. PS seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING


Meeting minutes approved by:

__________________________      __________________________      ________________________
Peter Skorput, Chair                          Curt Wilton                                       Bernie Fallon

Date: __________



 
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