Select Board/Energy Committee
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Meeting of Selectboard
- Present: Patricia Duffy, at 7:00 PM
- Present: Melissa Colbert, at 7:00 PM
- Tom H.
- Melissa C.
- Pat D.
- Margie M.
- Lisa S.
- for the Select Board. For the Energy Committee: Richard N.
- Portia W.
- George L.
- Seth H.
- and Brook and Shirley T. Also present George for the Montague Reporter
Approved Meeting Minutes
Meeting opened: 7:00 PM
Meeting closed: 8:42 PM
Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).
Minutes Approved: Tue, Aug 1 - Select Board/Finance Committee
7:00 : Newsletter distribution
The COA asked that the Newsletter be mailed to all households or to individuals they are concerned about being out of the loop due to the Newsletter being sent digitally. Lisa reviewed the reasons that it is sent this way and reminded the board that there has always been an option to have the Newsletter hand delivered, by volunteers, if needed and no one has ever asked. The board suggested that the COA come up with a list of people they think would benefit from a paper copy and get in touch with Lisa to coordinate delivery. Isaiah Robison offered to deliver Newsletters to homes.
7:10: Appoint Highway Dept. employee/appoint custodian
MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: Motion: To appoint Jake Purington to the Highway Department pending satisfactory physical, at $25/hr. for 6 months with an increase TBD after a performance review. Vote: 3-0 in favor.
Pass: Aye: Melissa Colbert, Patricia Duffy, Tom Hankinson.
7:15: Energy Committee/decarbonization
Tom gave an introduction/welcome to the Energy Committee and outlined a workshop he attended by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership on Decarbonization. He ultimately wanted to know if the Energy Committee was interested in helping the Select Board try to achieve decarbonization of the Town of Leverett by a date certain. They enthusiastically said, yes. Richard reminded everyone about the program that the Energy Committee is working on with UMASS Extension Service to get solar in Leverett. The municipal complex microgrid was discussed and used as an example of what could become the next MLP using solar cooperatives in clusters in town to provide town-wide solar. Also of particular interest is the recent announcement by Eversource that the utility has ended its membership with the American Gas Association, reportedly to focus on decarbonization. On the surface, at least, this appears to bode well for communities like Leverett who wish to participate in the global decarbonization effort.
Enthusiasm abounded questions were asked and answered and it was agreed to host a community informational event, contact legislators and an Eversource representative.
Approve minutes of August 1
The minutes of August 1, 2023 were approved.
- Next Meetings:
- Tue, Aug 29, at 6:15 PM "Select Board" -- Town Hall
- Tue, Sep 12, at 7:00 PM "Select Board" -- Town Hall
- Tue, Sep 26, at 7:00 PM "Select Board" -- Town Hall
- Tue, Oct 10, at 7:00 PM "Select Board" -- Town Hall
- Tue, Oct 24, at 7:00 PM "Select Board" -- Town Hall
- Tue, Nov 7, at 7:00 PM "Select Board/Finance Committee" -- Town Hall
- Meeting Closed at 8:42 PM.
- Next Meetings:
Minutes approved on Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023
Posted to: Select Board on 2023-07-17 11:39:00 (updated 2023-08-10 12:11:45).