December 2, 2014
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Robert made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Everything is running.
- Chipper out for repairs; should be back this week.
- Salt coming in.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Will be attending an informational session at the Southampton Town Hall on Monday, December 8, 2014 to hear a presentation by the Assistant Attorney General on “Receivership.” A Receivership ship program is where the State finds a receiver who cleans up, repairs or demolishes a property at their expense. The receiver then petitions the court to sell the property. The receiver collects the money that he’s spent and the Town collects any outstanding liens with no cost to the Town.
- Emails sent to Tom Matuszko of BRPC and Kevin Whaler, ROA chief at MASS DOT re: curb cut for Dollar General as the possibility of the BOS requesting a peer review of the recent traffic study.
- Went to BRTA garage in Pittsfield to get paperwork to get the new COA van registered. Sent in paper work to MIIA who will complete the task. The COA van should be available for pick up next week. Lettering has been completed.
- Working on liability coverage for the Kittay property.
- Acutity Technologies, a BRPC funded IT vendor, took inventory of all computers and equipment. They will issue a report and recommendations for computer and IT needs. There is no cost or obligation to act on their report.
- Contacted Town’ financial advisor to extend the current short term borrowing for the USDA water meter grant/loan project. The current borrowing matures in 2 weeks and although the project is complete, the final loan closeout paperwork with USDA has not been completed.
- Completed the amendment paperwork for the AFG grant for the Fire Department cascade system.
- Completed DLTA #1 technical assistance request to update the Town’s zoning bylaws. Carol needs to sign and Carole H. will mail to BRPC.
- Did not understand why all Town Departments had not submitted reports for the Annual Report.
Carol: Will review the situation at the end of the month.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
Christine continued the conversation regarding department reports noting that most departments are part timers.
Chief Garner: Weekly Report submitted.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner Senior discount letter. A senior must meet the income eligibility requirements to receive the discount.
- Showcase to Success at McCann Vocational Technical High School on December 9, 2014.
- COA Report
- Reported to the BOS that she read the traffic impact study performed by Ron Muller & Associates of Hopkinton, MA 01748 for the General Dollar store site and clearly understood the outcomes. She noted that the TMCs were performed during the weekday PM peak period (4:00 to 6:00PM) and the Saturday midday peak period (11:00am to 2:00pm) to collect peak hour date during times when both the adjacent street volumes are highest and the development generates the greatest volume of traffic.
Reviewed the study and driveway width noting left turns will be difficult.
Reviewed the study and noted no mention of the proximity to the Town Fire House. He questioned how objective the company could be since they were hired by Dollar General and how balanced the report was.
Robert motioned to approve the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to do a peer review of the report; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. It was noted that there will be no cost to the Town.
- Thanked the BOS for moving forward with a peer review of the traffic study on Route 8.
- Regarding water fowl. In communication with Andrew Madden, Department of Water, Game, and Fisheries, there has to be a Town By Law to stop feeding water fowl.
- Requested Mark to follow up with letters to Attorney St. John regarding Ordinance vs. Bylaw for fowl and Noise By laws. She request Attorney St. John be invited to attend next week’s BOS meeting.
- Inquired if it would be a good idea to put the traffic study on the Town’s website.
Carol: “Not at this time.”
Meeting: All Departments Annual Meeting, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7pm. Town Hall.
With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds