Select Board

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
9 Montague Rd.
A meeting of the Selectboard

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Meeting of Selectboard

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Tom Hankinson, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Julie Shively, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Margie M.
  • Lisa S.
  • Mike V. (tech support)
  • Steve N.
  • Matt B. (Highway Supt.)
  • George B. for the Montague Reporter
  • several residents remotely

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:37 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00: 250th Committee

      General Discussion...
      (also present: Maureen Ippolito, Silas Ball, and Jim Allen, and Fern, remotely)
      The 250th Anniversary group came in to request to be made an official town committee so they can begin fundraising for the anniversary. They either needed to become an official board or apply for status as a non-profit. The board agreed to the request. Maureen will get Lisa a list of members and Lisa will make sure they complete the ethics and open meeting law tests.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion: To create a new town committee, the Leverett 250th Anniversary Committee. Vote: 3-0 in favor. They also wanted to know if the Town would be providing money or services for the events related. Julie advised a Town Meeting vote.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

    • 7:30: Pole Hearing for Richardson Rd.

      General Discussion...
      No abutters attended the pole hearing. Kirk Richardson, from Eversource explained that a new pole for a new house on Richardson Rd. needs to be placed. It will be in line with the existing poles.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion: To allow said pole to be placed. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

    • 7:45: Renaming Transfer Station, Barbara Tiner et al

      General Discussion...
      Barbara Tiner and Brooke Thomas attended the meeting to suggest that the driveway to the Transfer Station be named Drury Lane after the late and missing, Richard Drury. Also, that the Transfer Station be renamed the Drury/Field Transfer Station after Dave Field and Richard Drury, both of whom were instrumental in the re-creation of the former “dump.” The board recommended a town meeting warrant article.

  3. Business

    • Approve minutes of Sept. 14 and Ex. Session Minutes of Sept. 14

      General Discussion...
      The minutes of September 14 and the Executive Session minutes of the same date were approved.

    • Appt. Facilities and Grounds Mgr.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion: To appoint Will Stratford as Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Manager at the current salary. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

    • Appt. New Transfer Station Employee

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion: To appoint Iris Evevill as Transfer Station Attendant at $15.86/hour. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

    • CARES Funding Issue

      General Discussion...
      Margie reported that the repeater purchased for police and fire with CARES funds was rejected as an eligible expense. It will be returned and has not been hooked up yet.

    • Conservation Com. Agent Update

      General Discussion...
      The Conservation Commission interviewed 2 applicants for Conservations Commission Agent last night.

    • COVID Issues

      General Discussion...
      Melissa gave a COVID update. Franklin County is in the high rate of transmission category.

    • MVP project for culvert update

      General Discussion...
      Matt B. and Margie reported that the MVP-funded culvert replacement will have to wait until next year.

    • Post Office Wi-fi-- allow box for booster on outside of Town Hall?

      General Discussion...
      The Post Office would like to have a wifi booster put on the outside of Town Hall. Julie is in favor of providing them with wifi. Mike Visnewski will experiment with the booster to see where it can get a signal and be as unobtrusive to the historical building’s façade as possible

    • Revisit Newsletter

      General Discussion...
      As follow-up on the Newsletter distribution, Lisa suggested that people can sign up to get an emailed Newsletter through CODE RED. Additionally paper copies can be picked up at the Town Hall or Library and it will be posted on the front page of the website. Maureen suggested that elders without access to the website could sign up for home delivery and she would volunteer. The COA could also help.

    • Sign contract for Collins Center under 2nd grant for Shared Police Services Consultant

      General Discussion...
      The second Collins Center grant for Shared Police Services was signed.

    • Teawaddle Project Update

      General Discussion...
      Margie reported that the Teawaddle Hill Rd project was going well (ha, ha) and that they expect to have the houses connected within a month. Jason has been working on temporary funding and short-term borrowing. Steve Nagy gave the board copies of a letter of complaint he wrote.

    • Treasurer/Collector Update

      General Discussion...
      The Treasurer/Collector advertisement has been in the newspaper. We are awaiting applications which are due by October 7. Jason’s last day is October 21. If no suitable applications are received a temp agency could be used. Sue Nagy agreed to input payroll for the interim.

    • Use of Town Hall upstairs for Contra Dance

      General Discussion...
      The board does not recommend use of the Town Hall by a contra dance group, unmasked at this time.

    • Wendell Police Station Issues

      General Discussion...
      The Wendell Police Station bids came in with 4 of the 5 components being within budget. The carpentry piece is being disassembled to see if the cost can be lowered. The town does not have a lease for the building which must be in place before construction begins so Margie will send letters to bidders letting them know there may be a wait time. Shannon asked what upgrades were being completed. Julie said, bringing the building up to code: ADA compliance, plumbing, creating an office.

  4. Mail

    • Two Mile Safety Issues Letter

      General Discussion...
      Matt B. will look into the cost of speed bumps for Two Mile Road.

  5. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021

Posted to: Select Board.