Vol. III No. 2 1/15/2022
Notes from the Tri-Town Board of Health, January 6, Hybrid meeting
- Charles Kenny, Chair
- Jim Wilusz, Executive Director
Members of the Boards of Health of Lee, Lenox, and Hank Schwerner and Rae Williams from Stockbridge
- Minutes approved as written
- Chair announced a complaint was filed claiming the Tri-Town Board of Health violated an Open Meeting Law (OML).
- Chair took the complaint to Town Counsel (TC) who said OML was not violated
- At issue was whether the Chair had invited/allowed public comment at last meeting
- TC said Chair was not required to invite public comment
- However, Wilusz and Kenny agreed they would prefer to have public comment and would include time for it at upcoming meetings
- Chair asked that public comments be relevant to items on the agenda
- In addition, the Chair explained the reason he did not invite public comment at the last meeting was that they were addressing the scheduling of a Public Hearin not the issue itself — mandating proof of vaccine to enter a restaurant.
- Tri-Town Board members, Dianne Romeo, Noel Flagg, Joanne Sullivan also spoke to the issue.
- A Board member asked if owners and representatives of restaurants could send in written comments if unable to the public hearing? Wilusz said yes – send to his office.
- A member of the public, Jim Castagnaro from Lee spoke and was not pleased to have public comment limited to agenda items – he wanted to discuss whatever subject concerned him — for example the PCB Dump proposed for Lee.
- Chair said he hoped to guide discussions to "stay on track".
- Wilusz will schedule and advertise public hearing on vaccine mandate
Photo: Joan Gallos