Vol. III No. 15 8/1/2022
Notes from the Select Board, July 14, Hybrid Meeting
- Patrick White, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Jamie Minacci
- Public Hearing: Special Permit for 3 Ice Glen to have four 1000-gallon propane tanks
- Two are installed
- All will be underground
- One of remaining two are for future use if there is future building
- David Adler, an abutter, pointed out that the map shows location of three or four and wanted to know — where will fourth go? Apparently, no one knew
- Apparently, they passed the permit for four 1000-gallon tanks and asked a rep to inform SB of the location when they have positioned the 4th.
- White announced SBA Boat Parade scheduled for 10am – 1 pm Saturday July 16
- White shared that he has spoken to residents of White Pines and Mahkeenac, and Lake Drive Association — approximately 250 people — answering questions and hearing concerns
- White shared letter from resident of Mahkeenac Heights expressing pleasure about the restoration of Town Beach and Town Beach parking. White called on Hugh Page, thanking him for the work. Page said they are not done yet — that was only Phase One and there would be more improvements.
- The Town received $16,000 from Austen Riggs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes — PILOT)
- At the July 28th SB meeting, Jorja Marsden will report on Town scholarships and the Stockbridge cane (See the Story of the Stockbridge Cane in SU, Vol. II No. 15 8/1/2021)
- The Affordable Housing Trust will have a seven-member board and be independent of any other Town Board — the Town Treasurer will oversee. Anyone interested in serving should let Select Board know.
- Anita Schwerner was appointed representative to the Cable Advisory Board which negotiates the contract with cable (Spectrum) including the budget for Community Television South County (CTSB).
- White said there had been complaints about tall grass in cemetery and called on Karen Marshal. Chair, Cemetery Commission, to report on current work.
- Over the years, mowing and weed whacking harmed gravestone in old section. The Cemetery Commission determined to stop cutting the grass in that area
- They propose to repair stones at a cost of $300,000
- They will then plant a ground cover that will not require mowing
- Marshall wanted all to understand the long grass is not a sign of neglect
- Minacci was concerned that there are no signs or no visible signs on Elm Street and Sergeant Street. Joey Nejaimes said a sign would be helpful to his business
- Cardillo, SB rep to SBA, reported on meeting with SBA, He said he was very pleased with cooperative working relationship between Town and SBA
- Minacci was concerned that everyone launch boats from boat launch with Zebra Mussel station where the bottom of boats are washed before put into lake. Perhaps add a washing station near kayak and canoe racks?
- One day liquor licenses for Berkshire Theater Festival and Chesterwood approved; also a one day entertainment license for BTF
Editor's note: CTSB serves the 5 towns of Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and Sheffield. FCC requires local cable company — Charter Spectrum — to pay CTSB a fee to assure continued free public, educational, and government channels.
Highway Superintendent Hugh Page with one of the Town's new trucks. Photo: Patrick White