Vol. II No. 14 7/15/2021
Notes from the Select Board (SB) July 8, Hybrid
- Roxanne McCaffrey, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Patrick White
Also present, Michael Canales, Kate Fletcher, Bob Jones, Clarence Fanto, Jorja Marsden, Hugh Page
- Special Permit at 74 East Main Street for a stairway to the side door. During Public Hearing, no comments from public. Permit approved unanimously.
- Cat and Dog Fountain progress report.
- The fountain removed for repair and replaced by two signs: "The Cat and Dog are currently at the vet. They will return in 2022 so the spat will continue." (The 'vet' is Jeff Gulick Restoration Contractor).
- The basin or foundation of the fountain when uncovered was crumbling bricks and must be replaced. Jones suggested Gunite, used in swimming pools, as longest lasting and most cost-effective.
- Jones also reported Stewart Lambert has been consulting gratis on fountain restoration.
- Annual Select Board appointees to committees, commissions, and boards. Here is a summary (complete list on Town website) Berkshire Regional Planning, Christine Rasmussen; Community Preservation Carole Owens and Patrick White; Animal Inspector and Control John Drake; Agricultural and Forestry Shelby Marshall, alternate; Board of Registrar, Nancy Clark; Regional Transit Authority, Jamie Minacchi; Alternate Bldg. Inspector Paul Green; Cable Advisory Ron Brouker, Michael Canales and Patrick White.
- Canales reported that it is time for contract negotiations between the 5 towns and the cable company. Therefore, it is important to have a Stockbridge representative. It may be that Brouker has a conflict, he said. Therefore, the Board appointed Canales and White. Three reps are allowed and so White suggested Brouker stay on until someone asks him if he does have a conflict. Approved unanimously.
- Continuing SB appointees: Cemetery Commission, Karen Marshal and Candace Currie; Plumbing Inspector Greg Pilling and alternate, Gennari Plumbing; Town Counsel Donna Brewer, and more.
- Hugh Page named Highway Superintendent
- Director of Council on Aging stepping down. Canales suggested they take the time to think about goals of Council and role of director before advertising for replacement.
- Teresa O'Brient asked for clarification on outdoor seating. As long as the requirement for a 36" walkway is being observed, Stockbridge is following the Commonwealth guidance and outdoor dining will continue until November 29, 2021. Cardillo suggested outdoor dining be allowed permanently.
- Second Homeowners' meeting will be 8 a.m. July 15th as part of the regular SB meeting — in person and via Zoom.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Land of Enchantment Exhibit. Photo: Patrick White