Select Board/Finance Committee

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm
Town Hall
A meeting of the Selectboard

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Meeting of Selectboard

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Tom Hankinson, Chair, at 6:30 PM
  • Present: Patricia Duffy, at 6:30 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 6:30 PM

Also Present:

  • Present: Tom H.
  • Melissa C.
  • Pat D.
  • Margie M.
  • and Lisa S.
  • for the Select Board. Also present: Carol H.
  • Macaylla S.
  • Tanya C.
  • Rich N.
  • Phil C.
  • and Jed P. George from the Montague Reporter was also present.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 6:30 PM

Meeting closed: 8:41 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. Executive Session

    To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel. Selectboard will reconvene in Open Session after the close of Executive Session.

  3. Appointments (7:00)

    • Approve minutes of April 4

    • 7:00 : Tim Shores--Comprehensive Plan Update

      General Discussion...
      Tim Shores gave an update on the progress of the comprehensive plan. He outlined the progress since fall of 2022 when they began up to the present. They are beginning to meet with a steering group and will consider additional members until May. Next will be meeting with community groups.
      The contract with the consultant for phase 2 was signed.

    • 7:30: Jo Comerford

      General Discussion...
      Jo Comerford and her Chief of Staff, Jared Freedman, met virtually for their annual spring check in. Jo addressed the list of topics sent in advance by the Select Board members including: Quabbin regional equity; and school bus safety. She also talked about her role on the Agriculture; Higher Education and Ways and Means Committees. She encouraged the board to reach out more often and cited specific bills Leverett might be interested in like the Student Opportunity bill.
      Melissa gave her an update on Leverett’s Mosquito Control Program. Richard N. also gave updates.

  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 Thursday, May 18, 2023