Vol. III No. 11 6/1/2022
Notes from the Select Board (SB), May 19, Hybrid Meeting
- Patrick White, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Jamie Minacci
- Michael Canales, Town Administrator
- Canales called the meeting to order as new SB must pick chair. As the custom is to rotate the chair, it was White's turn and he was elected unanimously
- Canales reported:
- Larrywaug Bridge completed
- Averic Bridge — completion by end of July/August
- Civil War Monument bids by June 1
- Roadwork per Chapter 90
- Children's Chime Tower — fall start
- With respect to work pursuant to Town Meeting vote ($4 million infrastructure Article) — both bridges complete within two years
- Canales thanked Terry Iemolini, Theresa Zanetti, Michael Blay, and Marie Ryan (Town Administrator West Stockbridge) for helping with Town Meeting and voting.
- White asked about dredging; Canales will report next meeting
- Stockbridge Police Dept. (SPD) Chief reports
- Congratulated Minacci on winning the election for SB
- Thanked SB, Finance Committee, and voters at Town Meeting for additional funds SPD needed
- Chad Heath completed Police Academy training in May, and SPD received a grant to reimburse for part of the cost
- Normal business: accidents and speeding and Special events including Memorial Day parade; Chris Greendale's luncheon for the Aston Martin Club with an impromptu parade (private event); the annual event for Huntington's Disease — walk from Alice's Restaurant (Teresa's today) to the jail (set up in front of old Town Hall for the occasion).
- "Sit down" with Tanglewood about the season and public safety — the Chair asked who handles safety on road and on property: SPD oversees, Sheriff's Department outside/roads and State police inside on grounds
- August "mini–Mercy Sunday" (approx. 5000 attendees)
- Mental Health program with Lee and Lenox in which mental health worker will accompany police on certain calls
- Michael Buffoni, Superintendent, Water Department
- Congratulated Minacci
- Thanked Canales, Hugh Page, Highway Dept, and Tony Campetti, Superintendent, Sewer for all working together so well on salt shed, Tuckerman Bridge, etc. (monthly meetings in Town Offices)
- Issue: raw water in main from reservoir to plant compromised, flow slowed. Problem found and fixed; flow returning.
- Issue: within 10 years, Page, Campetti, and Buffoni will be retiring. Commonwealth, DEP, requires a master plan and also a succession plan. Replacing superintendents with the new employees with proper training is difficult — should start hiring with that in mind within a year.
- Mass Dept of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) pays for forester who manages 370-acre watershed land (land around the reservoir). Allow lumber companies to cut. White asked why? Not for the money but for management of forest — forester marks trees to be cut and replaced with seedlings. Point to "improve habitat"
- Working on master plan required by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Town Counsel is working with Desisto School property owner on written agreement required by DEP. That is, there is an old water pumping station on Desisto property that serves the old school property and a few other houses across the street. On Desisto property, however, the Town is responsible for the free flow and the quality of the water
- Tony Campetti, Sewer Superintendent
- White asked about Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Answer: Phase 3 money approved at Town Meeting and engineering proceeding. Anticipated completion late summer
- Seven acres around treatment plant are suspect and require evaluation
- Relicensing and training completed
- On the David and Betsy McKearnan property (Larrywaug Crossroad) the septic failed and, due to wetlands, no room to dig new septic. Approved to connect to sewer system at Town Meeting
- Canales introduced new initiative whereby citizens can receive information in their email boxes instead of going to Town web page. He was working on it since February. Canales put the contract out to bid and received two responses. Civic Plus, a corporation located in Kansas, and Mungy Studio, a Stockbridge-based company, that does the Town web site.
- One-day liquor license for Chesterwood event on July 2 approved.
- White said as new Chair of SB, he would welcome suggestions for the agenda. Send to Canales or directly to him. He also asked that documents pertaining to an agenda item always be included when agenda posted so can be read before meeting. Finally, he asked that the agenda "get out early as possible".
- White also asked the SB to "think about priorities" for the coming year and hoped to set priorities for the year at next meeting
- White recommended, going forward, that whenever an applicant brings a lawyer to a meeting, the applicant should inform the board or commission in advance, so that Town Counsel can be present also. If not informed in advance, postpone meeting until Town Counsel can be present. He wanted a level playing field and pointed out Town board, committee, and commission members are volunteers, not necessarily lawyers.
- Finally White intends to alter agenda and ask for public comment first
Canales recommended Civic Plus and had representatives of Civic Plus, Ryan Anderson and Kaitlyn Berry present via Zoom. There was no one present from Mungy.
Anderson said they served 7500 communities, were a 20-year-old company, and were ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities). White asked if historic documents would be available. (No) Also asked if there would be a key word search (No). There was no vote by SB.
Photo: Lis Wheeler