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2017 - Minutes of August 7, 21, 28 Meetings
Board of Selectmen
Meeting Minutes
August 7, 2017

6:15 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.
Board reviews and approves weekly warrants.

7:00 PM:        Following the reading of the bid opening public notice, CW motions to close further acceptance of bids for the paving and cold in place recycling of a section of Great Barrington Road. PS seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. Board opens and reads aloud the following bids:       

Item:   Bituminous Concrete Paving, Gt. Barrington Rd.
Bidder Name
Amount per ton in place
Delsignore
$69.00
Lane Construction
$65.85
Maximillian Construction
$73.65

Item:   Cold in Place Recycling, Gt. Barrington Rd.

Bidder Name
Amount
Gorman Group
$6.75/sq. yd. - $3.00/gal. for emulsion.

Other Business/Discussion/Action Items:
  • Following discussion, PS makes a motion to notify the Planning Board to hold Public Hearing(s) for the purpose of amending the Town’s zoning bylaws to add moratoriums on both medical and recreational marijuana sales per language supplied by Town Counsel. CW seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. AA will send the proposed bylaw amendments to the Planning Board and Town Clerk. Following the public hearing(s), a special town meeting will be held to seek voter approval on the moratorium bylaws.
  • Due to incomplete and difficulty in accurately interpreting water use calculations recently taken at Mill Pond Trailer Park, Board announces that the scheduled Rent Control Board hearing will be postponed until such time as accurate water use and cost figures can be obtained. Mill Pond tenant’s association spokesperson Evie Kerswell states her displeasure with the postponement.
  • CW has a follow up discussion about removing several trees at rear of the Masonic Lodge which are causing damage to the large retaining wall at the rear of the Card Lake Inn parking lot. Board grants permission to the Highway Department crew to remove and dispose of the trees.
  • Fire Chief Peter Skorput hands in his monthly Fire Department activity report (attached).
  • Board approves a one-day liquor license for an event sponsored by the Richmond/West Stockbridge Artists Guild.
  • Resident Lenny Tibbs seeks an update on the planned extension of fiber optic service to the Town’s remaining unserved 10% of residents. Mr. Tibbs lives on Samantha Lane; one of the areas on Charter/Spectrum’s service extension list. CW responds that Charter government relations chief Anna Lucey has been invited to a future meeting to discuss Charter’s work timeline for the expansion. CW notes that December 2017 was the date previously furnished by Charter as the completion date of servicing the last 10%. Cable Commission member Richard Squailia states that he has been in touch with Ms. Lucey and was told that Charter is in the process of negotiating utility pole rights with Verizon and National Grid.
  • BF informs the Board that he had a productive meeting with Bill Biggs to review the Town’s website and discussed ideas on how to improve and update the site to better serve the public.
7:30 PM:        There being no further items to come before the Board, CW 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
August 21, 2017

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

Board reviews and approves previous meeting minutes.
Board reviews and approves weekly warrants, with hold note made on COA subscription purchase.

Other Business/Discussion/Action Items:
  • CW provides a Charter/Spectrum construction update. CW notes that Spectrum construction crew met with him on August 8th and delivered construction plans and discussed high speed fiber optic installations in 4 areas of town including Samantha Lane and Baker Street.
  • AA informs the Board that Mill Pond Trailer Park manager Liza Gennari sent a note (attached) that the Park owners are withdrawing their application, without prejudice, for a rent adjustment. Owners reserve the right to submit future applications. Park resident Nancy Hale thanks the Board for all of their work during the hearing process to date and adds that the owners deserve a fair return on their investment. Park tenant’s association contact person Evie Kerswell states that the owners have been responsive to requests. Evie states that now that the owners have withdrawn their petition, she will formally withdraw the tenant’s petition for rent adjustment as well. Park resident Skip Johnson states that he is aware of a visible water leak and he has informed the Park owners.
  • CW provides the Board with an update on the recent installation and workings of 2 solar powered speed warning signs in Town. One on Lenox Rd. and the other in the traffic island just east of the center of downtown. BF asks if the signs can be calibrated; CW responds yes. BF notes that although his recent caution striping of the granite curbing at the Main/Swamp/Lenox Rd intersection seems to be helping vehicles from hitting the curb, he feels that more is needed to slow traffic coming over the Shaker Mill Bridge and notes that a stop sign might be a possibility. CW notes that traffic controls are largely regulated by State and Federal code and he will set up a meeting with MassHighway to discuss options to slow down and regulate traffic in this area. Main Street resident Lois Ferguson requests the installation of a blind drive sign near her driveway noting that it is a dangerous spot for both her and traffic entering and leaving parking spots in front of the Public Market. CW responds that there are an awful lot of signs in the area and before installing any more, he’d prefer to conduct an inventory of existing signs and roundtable with State engineers as to the placement and type of traffic warnings before making any changes. CW notes that the State will be returning shortly to install crosswalks at the intersection of Rte.’s 102 and 41 near the cannon and in the vicinity of the Village School/Town Hall.
  • PS makes a motion to award the paving project bids, as open at the August 8, 2017 meeting, to the low bidders: Lane Construction for paving ($65.80/ton, in place) and Gorman Group for cold in place recycling ($6.75/sq yd). BF seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.
  • AA informs the Board that the Town’s electrical aggregation provider – Colonial Power – has set the Town’s electric rates for the period beginning November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2020 at $0.10928/kW. All power supplied will be green sourced through regional hydroelectric producers. The same opt in/opt out rules will apply to residents throughout the 13 town Berkshire Aggregation Group. Residents may opt in or out of the Town’s aggregation plan with Colonial Power and choose another electric supplier at no penalty from Colonial Power.
  • AA notes that a contract has been executed with General Code on the Town’s bylaw codification process and work will begin shortly.
  • Board reviews and approves 2 Village School Use Requests.
  • AA informs the Board that the Planning Board has acknowledged receipt of the marijuana moratorium zoning bylaw language as drafted by Town Counsel and that the Planning Board will schedule public hearing(s) at yet to be determined dates.
  • AA informs the Board that as a result of a recent conversation, National Grid has asked if the Town is interested in purchasing approximately 1.75 acres of their land in the center of Town. The parcel currently houses the Town’s public restroom facility, public parking area and sewer treatment pumping station. National Grid notes that they historically do not sell their real estate holdings but given the circumstances of the Town’s long time use of this land, National Grid would sell the parcel for $8,000. Following a brief discussion, Board instructs AA to inform National Grid that the Town is very interested in the terms.
7:55 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board, PS 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
August 28, 2017

6:30 PM:        Open Meeting.
Quorum present: Curt Wilton (CW); Bernie Fallon (BF). Peter Skorput (PS), Chair, unable to attend. CW to act as Chair of tonight’s meeting. 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.

6:55 PM:        Anna Lucey, (AL) Government Relations representative from Charter/Spectrum addresses the Board and offers updates on Charter/Spectrum work in Town. CW thanks Ms. Lucey for attending the meeting. AL lays out the schedule to build out the remaining 10% of unserved homes in W. Stockbridge and notes that the agreement was signed with Mass Broadband Institute (MBI) one year ago, which provided reimbursement funding to offset the cost of expanding to the final 10%. The process slowed down in March because of delays in procuring pole rights from Verizon and National Grid to allow Charter/Spectrum to place equipment and fiber optic on their poles. That process continues and AL cannot offer a date when permissions will be finalized. She suggests that 3-4 months from now would be a reasonable time to complete. AL suggest pressuring local legislators to pressure the utilities to speed up the approval process. Charter/Spectrum is continuing to install underground fiber in areas where there are no utility poles but cannot make final connections to the street until approvals are in hand. Protocols for contacting and receiving progress updates from Ms Lucey are discussed and it is decided that all communications should flow between AL and the AA. AA would then distribute. AL pledges to address 2 resident concerns expressed. The first is from a resident seeking service on High Street and the same for a Lenox Rd resident. AL shares her frustration with corporate slowness in getting up to speed with the realities on the ground in W. Stockbridge, particularly inaccuracies in available service to customers wishing to connect. She will continue to pressure management to get up to speed. Board thanks AL for attending the meeting.

Other Business/Discussion/Action Items:
  • Library Trustees present the Board with a sign application to install a new sign at the newly constructed side entrance to the Library. Following a brief discussion, Board approves its installation.
  • High Street resident Chuck Lord complains about speeding cars on High Street. Board will refer the matter to the Police.
  • AA will miss the meeting of 9/11/17.
7:55 PM:        There being no additional business to come before the Board and no comments heard from Citizen Speak time, CW makes a motion to adjourn the meeting. BF seconds the motion. Vote taken, 2-0 in favor.

Meeting minutes approved by:

__________________________      _______________________
Curt Wilton, acting Chair                  Bernie Fallon

Date: __________





 
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