Select Board

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Town Hall
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 McGinnis
  • Administrator
  • Matt Boucher
  • Highway Supt.
  • and several people both in person and remote.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 9:14 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00: East Leverett Residents for Safer Roads

      General Discussion...
      Stuart Olson, Joan Snowdon and several more residents asked the Board to again consider the safety of the Shutesbury/Cushman Roads intersection. Stuart had a truck roll into his house last summer and cause $20,000 worth of damage. Residents repot that the traffic is heavier and going faster. Sports and motorcycle clubs like to race down the “S” turns. Speed limits drop to 25 before the intersection with 30 MPH zones prior, but they do not get followed. Vehicles stop in the driveway to the apartment building to get cell service. Stuart maintains the island. A yield sign has been taken out by an accident and not replaced. The driveways are blind. Matt suggested that the island be removed and paved over and all three roads be brought to a full “T” stop with warning signs, stop signs, “stop ahead” painted on the roads, and maybe flashing red lights. The road would have to stay wide for trucks. Rumble strips were discussed. Tom offered to meet at the site and look at where things would be.

    • 7:30: Kip Fonsh, Fair Share Amendment

      General Discussion...
      Kip Fonsh asked the Selectboard to support a resolution for a Fair Share Amendment. Julie said that such a vote should be taken by town meeting, but Kip does not have time to get signatures. The Board agreed to put the resolution on the ATM warrant.

  3. Business

    • Appoint 2 fire fighters

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to appoint Jeremy Rice and Ty Rodgers as part time firefighters at the request of the Fire Chief. Voted 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Appoint Animal Inspector

      General Discussion...
      Michael Katz was appointed as the Animal Inspector

    • Approve minutes of March 15

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to approve the minutes to March 15th meeting. Voted 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Award sale of old fire truck

      General Discussion...
      9 bids were received for the 1986 D30 old brush truck.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to sell the truck for $3,600 to Jason Herron as the highest bidder. Voted 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Contingent Award for Shutesbury Culvert

      General Discussion...
      The replacement of the Shutesbury Road Culvert has been put out to bid with 8 bids received ranging from $214,000 to over $600,000. Engineers have checked the references of the lowest bidder and recommend that we award the project to them so that the culvert can be ordered. We have secured an MVP action grant for $258,750 that can cover this cost, although the 25% match needs to be secured at town meeting.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion made to award the culvert construction project to Kenefick Corp. for the bid price of $214,000. If the ATM article for the match does not pass, then we will have to continue to ask the town for the matching funds to complete the project. Voted 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Micro-grid Project

      General Discussion...
      Richard Nathhorst met with the Board to request permission to do a One-Stop application for a municipal micro-grid. He explained that all the municipal buildings would be tied together through conduits, hopefully to photovoltaics and batteries for generation and emergency back-up. This could help offset the Library’s power use and share power between buildings to balance loads. The buildings would be combined onto a single meter. Most of the budlings currently use oil as their only heat source. Richard would like to request $30,000 to study the cost and feasibility. Selectboard agreed to support the application. Richard will reach out to Eversource to let them know the project is proceeding.

    • Miller's Road Bridge Project

      General Discussion...
      The Millers Road Bridge replacement project that is being completed by the State will need three permanent easements and one land taking, which complicates what needs to be done before town meeting. Margie asked that these articles be pushed out to fall in order for Town Counsel to complete the steps needed to draft the articles and find out if any funds will be needed. The parcels of land need to have title searches and appraisals completed. We also plan to discontinue Bradway Road at the request of the homeowner whose driveway is currently the road. The Board agreed that a fall town meeting is fine. Also for this project, the Board signed a letter stating that the bridge does not need sidewalks and bike lanes as it serves only two houses.



      The Winter Materials budget is overextended by about $4,500 and Matt is considering buying a load of salt now to stock up for next winter when he expects that it will be more expensive, adding up to $10,000 more to the deficit.

      MOTION, moved by Julie Shively, seconded by Tom Hankinson: Motion to allow the winter materials account to be overexpended by up to $15,000. Vote 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Remote meeting format update

      General Discussion...
      A zoom account has been set up for the town. Annual cost will be $300 to be paid from the Selectboard expense line.

    • Sale of Field Building on Warrant? And other non-money articles

      General Discussion...
      The Board and several residents discussed if it would put the sale of the Field Building on the ATM warrant. Julie recused herself as an officer of the Historical Society. A recent CPC application from the Historical Society was not approved because the building is owned by the town. Susan Lynton for the Historical Society said they want to combine the Field museum with the North Leverett Schoolhouse museum. The CPC has put forward an article to make a plan for the building, which Susan Mareneck, the Chair of the Historical Commission, agreed to oversee. Eva Gibavic mentioned putting a permanent preservation restriction on the building. Tom suggested not selling it for a year. It was agreed to put an article on the warrant with the understanding that it can be changed or passed over on town meeting floor.

  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 11, 2022

Posted to: Select Board