Select Board

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Town Hall
A meeting of the Selectboard

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Meeting of Selectboard

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Tom Hankinson, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Patricia Duffy, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Present: Tom H.
  • Pat D.
  • Lisa S.(physically) Melissa C. and Marge M. remotely. Also present Matt B.
  • Silas B.
  • Ben E.
  • Rich N.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:47 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Business

    • 7:00: Planning Bd, update Master Plan

      General Discussion...
      Tim Shores, Planning Board member, gave an update of Phase 1 of the Comprehensive Plan. He intends to give such report every 3 months. Lisa gave copies of the 174-page document to each board member. Tim pointed out that the 15-page summary was where the “meat” of the report was and encouraged everyone to read it all. He asked that the goal of the Select Board be to see if they could get as many people to read it and be involved as possible. Lisa will post a copy to the “News” column on the website for easy reference.
      Tim also reported that he and Margie had completed the One Stop for Growth application for $75,000. They expect to hear if the grant was awarded in October.

    • 7:15: Emergency Manager Interview

      General Discussion...
      Sean Connor came in for an interview for the Emergency Management Director (EMD) position. He is currently the EMD for Brimfield. He is on the Brimfield Fire Department and worked for the Police Department in Pelham. He is retired from the military and has many certifications that make him well-qualified for the position. Melissa asked how he would handle an emergency in Brimfield and Leverett at the same time. He said he had spoken with the MEMA coordinators for both areas and he’ll be able to coordinate services through MEMA efficiently. He also mentioned that having a deputy or assistant EMD would be a good idea. Cooperation within the Emergency Management Team in Leverett is also expected. He stated that good communications is the ingredient to success in an emergency and he is happy to help out in that way too. Margie reminded the board that we have been discussing the increased fire hazard presented by the ongoing drought, and the board asked if he had done anything in Brimfield to either reduce risk or educate the community. He said he had not and agreed the drought has significantly increased the risk of wildfire.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint Sean Connor as Emergency Management Director. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert, Patricia Duffy.

    • 7:30: Request to use Town Zoom Account

  3. Business

    • Approve minutes of July 19

      General Discussion...
      The minutes of July 19 were approved as amended.

    • Council on Aging appointments

      General Discussion...
      Dave Evans and Judy Hobart have resigned from the Council on Aging. Fay Zipkowitz asked to have John Szczseny and Gene Stamell appointed.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint John Szczesny and Gene Stamell to the Council on Aging. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert, Patricia Duffy.

    • CPC idea for exterior work at Town Hall

      General Discussion...
      Margie would like to apply for CPC money to fix up the walkways, gardens, and plantings around Town Hall ahead of the 250th Anniversary for the town. She estimated $17,000. There was support for using native pollinator plants around Town Hall to replace some of the dying trees/plants. The board encouraged the application.

    • Mill Yard Road Bridge

      General Discussion...
      Pat asked to have the Mill Yard Road Bridge addressed at the meeting. She felt that the survey indicated considerable favor for having it opened for vehicle traffic. Silas and Ben, who live in the area, and Matt were all in favor of having it opened for vehicular traffic.

      Silas also asked the board to look at the Richard Dudley Road Bridge as it is the last timber bridge in town and is in need of repair.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To repair the Mill Yard Road Bridge to allow for vehicular traffic and apply for grants to do so, or take any other action thereto. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert, Patricia Duffy.

    • Mosquito Control Update

      General Discussion...
      Melissa gave a mosquito control update. MedZu has agreed to do a 10-week, 5 household mini-surveillance project for $5,000. Melissa and Richard N. will send a notice to leverettconnects to get 5 households to collect. The data collected will help if more funding is necessary from Town Meeting in the spring for an expanded collection which puts the town in a better position for dealing with the state.

    • Sign Election Warrant

      General Discussion...
      The Election Warrant was signed.

    • Speed zone Town Meeting vote follow-up

      General Discussion...
      Margie sent the idea of speed zone enforceability to Town Counsel but has not heard back yet. When she does the board will discuss whether to bring the idea to Town Meeting.

  4. Mail

    • Federal Regulatory Commission Memo

  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 prepared by Lisa Stratford

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022