Select Board

Tuesday, October 12, 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)

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

Also Present:

  • Tom H.
  • Melissa C.
  • Margie M.
  • Lisa S.
  • Shannon G.
  • Pat D.
  • George B. for the Montague Reporter. Present Remotely: Aaron B.
  • Megan G.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:00 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00: Megan Gallo

      General Discussion...
      Moved to next meeting.

    • 7:15: Dog hearing

      General Discussion...
      Dog Hearing (also present: Roberta Bryant, Susan Patton, Loretta Clifford, Gerry Cinquantini)
      Tom called the hearing to order at 7:15 and swore in all participants. Sue Patton was bit in the hand at Roberta’s house by Loretta Clifford’s dog. Loretta stated that she was in a wheel chair in the barn giving her horse water and the dog was tied to her chair. Sue leaned down to hand her something and the dog bit her in the hand. Sue stated that there was no infection and no nerve or muscle damage. Also stated was that the dog had had surgery that day and may have been in pain. The dog has never bit anyone before. Sue didn’t want to formally complain but Roberta (co-Animal Control Officer) knew that a report needed to filed and a hearing held. A sentence in the dog report that stated the dog had had rabies in the spring, should have said that he had his rabies shot in the spring. Tom closed the hearing and he and Melissa discussed the findings.
      They agreed that the dog is not likely to bite again. He needs to be kept leashed at all times and when he has his stitches out should be muzzled for a couple of days after. The fee was waived and the owner will be in tomorrow to license both of her dogs. The dogs must he licensed within a week.

    • 7:45: Brian Cook

      General Discussion...
      Brian wanted the board’s approval to restart the Jr. Firefighter program for 16–18-year-olds. Hopefully those who participate will stay with the department as call firefighters as they get older. Brian also wanted to increase the fees collected for inspections to be up-to-date with other towns and to be able fund inspection related software and a program that automatically updates their Code Books. Melissa asked if this issue could be revisited next year to see if the increase in fees was keeping pace with the cost of the software-related costs. The department received a grant for $2000 to purchase wildland helmets and gloves. They also applied for but were not chosen for a $38,000 FEMA grant for hose replacement. Brian heard from the Inspection Service Program that once the Teawaddle Hill project is complete and hydrants have been installed that the Town, or parts of Town, may eligible for reduced insurance rates.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion: To allow an increase in inspection fees to cover the cost of the items above and to revisit the issue in one year. Vote: 2-0 in favor. .

      Pass: Aye: Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert. Not Present: Julie Shively.

    • 8:15: Treasurer/Collector Interview

      General Discussion...
      Moved to October 15.

  3. Business

    • Appoint Emergency Management Team

      General Discussion...
      The board discussed whether the Emergency Management Team should be appointed by position or person. It was agreed that if there is only one person per position, then they should be appointed by position. It was agreed that the following representation should be adhered to: one Select Board member, one Board of Health member; the Police and Fire Chiefs; the Highway Supt.; the Facilities Manager; the Emergency Director; and the Town Administrator. Lisa will fix the website to reflect the above.

    • Approve minutes of September 28

      General Discussion...

    • COVID Issues

      General Discussion...
      Melissa reported that COVID cases are trending down.

    • Sign FCSWMD hauling contract

      General Discussion...
      The FCSWMD contract was signed.

    • Teawaddle Short-term borrowing authorization

      General Discussion...
      Paperwork for short-term borrowing for Teawaddle Hill Rd was signed.

      The board signed a change order to include paving in the Teawaddle project. Chapter 90 funds will not need to be used.

    • Wendell IT Project

      General Discussion...
      Wendell submitted an IT project grant for Wendell and the surrounding towns.

    • Wendell Police Project - Lease; Meeting follow-up/oversight committee; Station construction

  4. 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 prepared by Lisa Stratford

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021

Posted to: Select Board.