Select Board

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
A meeting of the Selectboard

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Meeting Agenda:

Protocols for Public Address to the Board: During meetings, the Selectboard will attempt to find a balance between hearing from members of the community and conducting required business.

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The Selectboard will generally listen to comments rather than respond immediately. If a topic comes up that is not on the agenda yet further action is required by the Board, the Chair will add the matter, as appropriate, to a forthcoming agenda. Depending on the comment, the Board may, if they are able within the confines of the Open Meeting Law, respond with information as opposed to needing to deliberate on the matter.

Appointments (appointments open to public comment after initial conversation):

Business (Business is intended for Selectboard member deliberation only):

Mail (mail is not read or discussed during meetings. Copies are available by request to the Selectboard office):

Adjourn

The Board reserves the right to consider items on the agenda out of order and to not address listed agenda items. Votes may be taken on any or all agenda items.

Next meetings:

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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.
  • Melissa C.
  • Pat D.
  • Margie M. and Lisa S. for the Select Board. Also present: Rich N.
  • Tim S.
  • Carol H.
  • Phil C.
  • Silas B.
  • Ben E.
  • Bethany S.
  • Maureen I.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:35 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Business

    • Approve minutes of March 26

      General Discussion...
      The minutes of March 26 were approved.

    • Digital divide plan

      General Discussion...
      The Digital Divide project will research gaps in technology end-user experience. Margie suggested that the board think of stakeholders to participate in the subcommittee and said a draft survey will be ready next week. Council on Aging was suggested as a possible participant.

    • Meeting protocols

      General Discussion...
      Meeting protocols were reviewed (see this meeting’s agenda). Several members of the public had concerns that the new protocols would limit public engagement in a negative way. Pat and Carol both spoke favorably about the fact that Leverett has always had very flexible/public friendly dialogue. Carol suggested some edits to the protocols that all were in favor of. They will be on the next meeting agenda. Melissa reiterated that the protocols were put in place for clarity not be restrictive.

    • Millers Road documents

      MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: Motion: To approve the Notices of Taking of all parcels for the Millers Road Bridge project. Vote: 3-0 in favor. .

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

    • Mosquito Control Program

      General Discussion...
      The board discussed whether to continue the mosquito control program implemented last year. Melissa gave an in-depth review of the program and its results. Six high-risk areas were surveilled by @ 15 volunteers and collections delivered to MedZu. No infected samples were found. The state has been silent on the use of aerial spraying but being ready with information about the local mosquito population would help defend against it if it came to that.

      MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: Motion: To continue the mosquito control program for another year and put it and funding for $11,000 on the ATM warrant. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Other changes to draft warrant

      General Discussion...
      The board reviewed the draft warrant for ATM. The Historical Commission will be asked for specific properties for their warrant article the non-criminal disposition article will be removed and pursued for next year and wording about the regional school budget base not increasing will be reworded.

    • Surplus property

      General Discussion...
      The surplus property list was distributed. Margie said that the library was taking the 2 hoses and that Brian Cook said that the wheels, tires, and trailers could be sold on Munibid and the radios could be sold on eBay.

      MOTION, moved by Melissa Colbert, seconded by Patricia Duffy: . Motion: to declare the surplus list surplus and sell the wheels, tires, and trailers on Munibid and the radios on eBay. The rest will be taken to the Transfer Station. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

  3. Mail

    • - FRCOG Annual Report; Eversource: vegetation management; Age-friendly Franklin County

  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, May 22, 2024