Select Board

Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
9 Montague Rd.
A meeting of the Select Board

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Meeting of Select Board

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Tom Hankinson, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Julie Shively, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Margie M. and George from the Montague Reporter in person and several others by video and/or phone.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:25 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00: Library Director

      General Discussion...
      Chris Condit, Joan Godsey, and Library Director Candidate Hannah Paessel attended the meeting. Hannah was the Screening Committee’s recommended candidate for the vacant Library Director position. The Board reviewed her resume and asked about her work in Hatfield. She also lives in town so it is hoped that she will stay longer than recent hires.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to appoint Hannah Paessel as Library Director at the advertised pay scale for 25 hours a week contingent on successful CORI and physical. Voted: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

  3. Business

    • Award gas bid

      General Discussion...
      Matt Boucher was present to recommend that the gas bid for FY 22 be awarded to O’Connell Oil. We only received two bids and both are a fixed mark-up, not a fixed price, but O’Connell is lower that the other one received.

      Other Highway business: Matt is working alone this week, the Teawaddle project is progressing quickly with trench being dug and pipe laid already halfway to Teawaddle Hill road. Also discussed was a problem with loose, decaying deck boards on the Millers Road Bridge over Roaring Brook. Matt intends to repair the deck boards as soon as he is back to at least partial staff.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to award the gas bid to O’Connell Oil as the lowest bid received. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Julie Shively, Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert.

    • COVID Issues

      General Discussion...
      With the positive COVID rates going up again, the Selectboard agreed to have everyone masked at their meetings. They will also reach out to the Board of Health about doing a blanket policy for all in person meetings.

    • Hybrid meeting tech update

      General Discussion...
      Melissa has been working on this and had an overview (attached) of the needs, the benefits and the options. She has gotten three different solutions ranging from $2,100 to over $10,000. She recommended going with the Calm Computing approach as they are familiar with the building and our needs and is the least expensive. Board agreed and Calm Computing will be asked to complete the set up.

    • Mosquito spraying issue

      General Discussion...
      Julie drafted a letter regarding Leverett’s denial for Opting -Out. Margie will print, stamp and send copies to the DOER, Natalie Blais, Jo Comerford and Governor Baker.

    • New round of Community Compact Grants

      General Discussion...
      The Community Compact program is open again and Margie asked the board to narrow their projects down to two. Agreed on the long-range financial planning and the aging needs study. Margie will reach out to the COA to make sure they support the idea. And then get the applications in. Support from appropriate town committees [e.g., Council on Aging, Sustainable Economy Committee] will be requested.

    • Town Hall open to hold painting class? Fee $25?

      General Discussion...
      Request for town hall use for a painting class by Nancy Emond was discussed. Board requested more information, such as what has been done in the past, if the Board of Health will have COVID restrictions, and if the use is town sponsored or for profit. Tom will ask the cultural Council if they sponsored it.

  4. Sign

    • Assessor's Contract Amendment

      General Discussion...
      Assessors contract amendment was not signed because we do not have the Assessors’ recommendation on it.

    • Electric vehicle charger host agreement

      General Discussion...
      Electric vehicle charger host agreement was not signed as many people in the meeting did not think a charging station would get used. The discussion went into some detail concerning slow charging versus fast charging, and the electrical service required depending on the type of charger. It was reasoned that people who purchase electric cars will most likely install their own charging stations at their homes and will not be inclined to use charging stations en route.

    • Green Communities Grant Extension

      General Discussion...
      Green Communities grant extension request was signed.

  5. Mail

    • Letter from Mary Ryan

      General Discussion...
      The Board decided not to respond further to Mary Ryan’s letter about the Conservation Commission because they felt that they do not have jurisdiction over the Conservation Commission.

  6. 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 Monday, Sep 20, 2021

Posted to: Select Board