Vol. II No. 19 10/1/2021
Notes from the Select Board (SB), September 16, Hybrid Meeting
- Roxanne McCaffrey, Chair
- Patrick White
- Chuck Cardillo
Also present: Michael Canales, Town Administrator; Fire Chief Vincent Garofoli, Police Chief Darrell Fennelly; Hugh Page, Highway Superintendent
- Fire Department update.
- Uptick in calls as a function of increased population — more population here more months of the year.
- Water-related incidents, e.g. the harvester overturning and other "vehicle extractions from the water".
- Calls related to "over-odorization" of gas/Berkshire Gas Company.
- Reminder: as season changes, remember to clean chimneys, check furnace filters and batteries in smoke detectors.
- Police Department update.
- RAD classes for women will be in the Town Offices gym (no date given..
- Harvest Festival and Coaching Weekend cancelled.
- A full-time position is open and there are three candidates.
- Displeasure in changes and requirements for Reserve Officers — Chief thinks it will kill the Reserve Officer Program.
- Participated in Representative Smitty Pignatelli's 911 Tribute (a parade).
- Laura Dubester, Chair, Green Committee update.
- Stockbridge is positioned to save 13% on energy bills due to Committee's efforts.
- Committee raised $225,000 in grants.
- Proposed changes to streetlights may save Town as much as $40,000/annually.
- Thanked Green Committee members: Chief Fennelly, Pat Flinn, Mike Canales, Buck Smith, Miles Moffett and Mike Buffoni.
- Hugh Page, Highway Superintendent, update.
- Road paving will commence — 9 roads identified for paving this spring to which Page added Lower Church Street, Larrywaug Crossroad, and Shamrock Street. Total 12.
- Larrywaug Bridge to open in November 2021.
- Hoping to do Town beach parking lot this fall (after leaf drop).
- Harvester (known as Green Monster) in water and operational.
- Michael Canales mentioned a Smithsonian Museum grant for which "Stockbridge is ideal". He will apply. If grant money is awarded, it will produce programing and an exhibition called "The Main Street Museum". White replied that Smithsonian Magazine is writing a feature piece on old growth forests that will prominently feature Ice Glen.
Editor's Note: Special thank you to the Stockbridge Select Board. It was a pleasant surprise to see the SB Chair institute "updates" as part of the SB meeting. This echoing of our local, very local, newspaper is flattering but more than that it helps all residents identify where to find the news of Stockbridge. Thanks for the plug. 2. RAD stands for Rape Aggression Defense. White suggested to Stockbridge Police that this program be reinstituted—last conducted in 2014.
Camp amphitheatre, day after Josh. Photo: Patrick White.
Leaves fall. Photo: Jay Rhind.