Select Board

Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 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:

  • Selectboard members: Tom H.
  • Melissa C.
  • and Pat D. Also in attendance were Margie M.
  • George Brace from the Reporter
  • Phil Carter
  • Richard Nathhorst
  • Eva Gibavic
  • Silas Ball
  • Ben Eddy
  • Matt Boucher in person. Online were Maureen Ippolito
  • Jed Proujansky and Tim Shores

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 9:23 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00 : Town Forest-- Isaiah Robison, Steve Weiss

      General Discussion...
      Isaiah Robison and Steve Weiss attended to ask the Selectboard about the questions they posed by email around the town forest idea. The Board agreed that creating a committee to look at the town forest idea before town meeting would be good. Many names were suggested. The Board agreed to advertise with a phone message before appointing the committee.
      Tom mentioned that he went to the statewide town forest conference over the weekend and that the towns with them use them for education and recreation.

    • 7:30: Newsletter distribution--Ken Kahn

      General Discussion...
      Ken attended to ask the Board about sending printed newsletters to a group of 50 to 100 residents who have trouble accessing the newsletter online. The Board shared that the COA recently asked the same thing and that the Board asked them for a list of people to get it to. They asked Margie to reach out to the COA again. Richard Nathhorst said that he will look into a cost of contracting the whole newsletter operation out.

    • 7:45: Tax Classification Hearing

      General Discussion...
      Passed over.

  3. Business

    • Approve minutes of Oct. 10

      General Discussion...
      Motion made to accept the minutes to the October 10th meeting. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

    • How to proceed with Cave Hill Rd. dogs

      General Discussion...
      Since the 60-day window on the most recent order regarding the Cave Hill Road dogs will be up soon, Tom agreed to reach out to the neighbors and Melissa agreed to reach out to the dog owners to touch base with each.

    • Millers and Bradway Road order of layout

      General Discussion...
      As the next step in the process for road layout acceptance, the Board has to vote and sign the Order of Layout for both Roads. Margie explained the process.

      MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: Motion made to approve the Order of Layout for Millers Road up to the discontinuance point. Voted 3-0 in favor.
      Motion made to approve the Order of Layout for Bradway Road up to the discontinuance point. Voted 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Putney Rd. paving invoice

      General Discussion...
      The Board discussed the invoice the town received from the Putney Road association for $1,103 to pay a portion of the repaving of Putney Road, which is a private road. The Board has not received such invoices in the past. The town owns a small undeveloped parcel at the end of the road. Many questions were raised. The Board decided to ask the Putney Road association to come talk to them about it.

    • Rattlesnake Gutter Rd. petition and up to $1000 in expenses

      General Discussion...
      Eva, Steve and Margie summarized the meeting with town counsel where the conclusion was found that if Rattlesnake Gutter Road was discontinued from the two edges of the town parcel that runs along the center of it, then the town would be left with a town owned recreation area. The Trust could pursue grants to maintain it and Highway could work on it when needed. There were many questions about this idea and Margie agreed to check with town counsel that the Highway department could still work on it of it were not a road. Some residents said they would prefer that it be brought back as a county road for vehicles if funds were going to be put into it.

    • Reappoint: Julie Lapping Rivera 06/30/2026 Susan Kassirer 06/30/2026 Susan Mulholland 6/30/2026

      MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: At the Cultural Council’s request, motion made to appoint Julie Lapping Rivera, Susan Kassirer and Susan Mulholland to the Cultural Council. Voted: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Sign STM Warrant

      General Discussion...
      Warrants for the November 14th STM were signed.

    • Wendell Police Funding

      General Discussion...
      Regarding past years of funds between the towns for the Wendell Leverett Police Agreement, Margie read the minutes of the Wendell Selectboard stating that they agree to utilize the funds left over from FY 21 to FY 23 to cover the $2,475 shortage in FY 24 funds, which is based on call volume for each town. Comments were made about calls taking little time compared to calls that take much time and that they should not be counted the same. Jed Proujansky is reaching out to Scott to talk about this.

  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 approved on Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023