Vol. II No. 11 6/1/2021
Notes from the Select Board Meeting May 20 via Zoom
- Roxanne McCaffrey, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Patrick White
- Michael Canales, Administrator
- Meeting called to order by out-going Chair Chuck Cardillo. Cardillo thanked Stockbridge for their votes, and then nominated McCaffrey as new Chair. Unanimous vote to approve McCaffrey.
- Canales reported:
- Work on Larrywaug Bridge would begin immediately, end date October 31, 2021.
- MVP (Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness) work concluding. The summary of the MVP consultant will be posted on Town Web Site. One outreach during project was the housing survey. White suggested SB add it to agenda for public input and discussion.
- Work at Curtisville Bridge complete.
- Government orders lifting Covid restrictions 5/29; resuming normal operations at Town Offices June 1.
- Hugh Page, Highway Foreman, offered highway updates. Highway garage finished next week. The Town, including cemetery, is in shape for Memorial Day. However, there is damage to the curb on Elm Street near post office and Elm Street Market. Investigation should be done to determine cause and make a plan to repair. Mike Buffoni, Water Superintendent, Tony Campetti, Sewer Superintendent, and Page agreed at that location there are sewer lines, electric lines, and various pipes. The three suggested both American Underground and Dig Safe be called in.
- According to Buffoni, while Curtisville Bridge work completed, the chain-link fence and cement block must remain to dissuade all traffic (including walkers) from crossing. Further, Buffoni reported next week would be the "Code Red" to announce a water system flushing.
- White reported the harvesting of weeds approved; will proceed on schedule.
- Kate Birdsall, Berkshire Regional School District (BRSD), was present to discuss renting two office spaces. Birdsall said the spaces will be used for 5-10 students with disabilities and is especially well located for the purpose. Approved for rental: the larger office space (900+ sq. ft.). Approval of smaller rental space: delayed until Chris Marsden and Scott Muir can find alternate storage space.
- Justin Carafortes was present from Handcrafted Caterers to discuss entertainment license for 2 Depot Street. He said they moved to the area last October. They did not anticipate many events this year as advertising for event space just launching now. Carafortes anticipates 30 events per year. White questioned who should apply for license, the leaser or owner (Berkshire Scenic Railway). Anticipated 50 — 125 per event, hours 4 — 11 pm with indoor space and tents. Cardillo asked, if tents in front it would use parking lot, then where do attendees park? Carafortes anticipated being bused to event. It was an open question why they would have an Entertainment license rather than applying per event as other venues do. Carafortes anticipates a July event to acquaint Stockbridge with the plans. White wants Jim Shantz (a former renter) brought into discussion as well as Laurel Hill which owns contiguous land. Continued until May 27.
- White shared with the SB that the Agricultural and Forestry Commission requested the amount on the Warrant for treatment of Hemlocks in Ice Glen be increased from $30,000 to $70,000. Federal money may be available for future treatments. but this money is needed now. Cardillo moved to increase Item 27 of the Warrant to $70,000. Approved.
Editor's question: when Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick used space for events, wasn't there a limit of 75 people? If so, when/why did that change?
Photo: Patrick White