Select Board

Tuesday, June 21, 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, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Patricia Duffy, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Margie M.
  • Lisa S. for the Select Board. George Brace present for the Montague Reporter. Several residents in person and remotely were also in attendance.

See original Agenda * * * DRAFT Meeting Minutes * * *

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 8:35 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Appointments

    • 7:00: Wes Goscenski/ vehicles passing stopped school bus on Rt. 63

      General Discussion...
      Stop Arm Violations on Buses
      Audra and Wes Goscenski came in to speak to the board asking for a letter for support for pending legislation for “Stop Arm Violations” on school buses. They have a dash cam and have recorded several violations of on-coming traffic going by buses that are stopped with the stop arms out as children are crossing Rt. 63. They stated that this has been a problem the entire time they’ve had children but seems to have gotten suddenly worse. The police have been notified and have made a public presence, even stopping someone for said violation while following the bus.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To write letter of support for stop arm violations. Vote: 3-0 in favor. .

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

    • 7:30: Hannah Paessell/ appoint new Library sub.

      General Discussion...
      Hannah came in to see if the board would appoint a new library substitute at $15.45/hr

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint Sara Stroud as library substitute. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

  3. Business

    • Appoint Julie Shively to Affordable Housing Trust

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint Julie Shively to the Affordable Housing Trust. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Field Building Select Board discussion (NO public comment period)

      General Discussion...
      Eleven people offered to be on an ad-hoc committee to glean ideas for potential uses for the building. The board discussed hiring a professional mediator but decided to let the group choose a chair to lead meetings. The board would the committee to get started right away and have a report ready for the Select Board by December with monthly updates to the board. Tom will draft a charge. Lisa will email the committee the charge and get them started with a first meeting and OML and Ethics sign-offs.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint Kathy Stoddard; Van Stoddard; Rich Nathhorst; Judy Todd; Andy Vlock; Ann Ferguson; Don Robinson; Sara Robinson; Ann Schuyler; Silas Ball; Maureen Ippolito and Kari Ridge to the Field Building Ad-hoc Committee. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Juneteenth

      General Discussion...
      Margie updated the board to say that the Personnel Board adopted Juneteenth as an official paid holiday.

    • Minutes of May 24 and June 7

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To approve the minutes of May 24 and June 7. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Re-appointments

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To reappointment the individuals to their respective boards and committees, with thanks, from the list provided. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

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

    • Select Board summer meeting schedule

      General Discussion...
      There were no changes made to the Select Board schedule for the summer.

    • Sign appointment slips

      General Discussion...
      The board signed appointment slips for FY ‘23

    • Sign FRCOG Accounting Contract

      General Discussion...
      The FRCOG Accounting Contract was signed.

    • Two Mile Rd. Select Board discussion (NO public comment period)

      General Discussion...
      Margie gave an update on the process for petitioning the state for a reduced speed limit. Matt has installed a “children” and 20 MPH speed limit advisory sign. Melissa told the board that she talked to Richard Knodler, Transportation Specialist at UMASS, about the problem. He offered to take some students to the neighborhood and conduct a study of the area and offer solutions. He expects to have information to Melissa by June 30. The board will revisit the issue at the July 5 meeting.

  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.

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