SELECT BOARD - Agendas & Minutes

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / October 20, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 12:30pm on 10/18/2021

 

PUBLIC HEARING

In accordance with G.L. c.40, s56, the Select Board will conduct a public hearing on the question of adoption of percentages of the total tax levy to be borne by each class or real property (residential, open space, commercial, industrial, and personal property) for fiscal year 2022

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00PM in the Hinsdale Town Hall located at 39 South Street, Hinsdale, Massachusetts. All interested parties are invited to attend and will be heard. The public may attend meeting in person or by phone. To attend via zoom use:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85834401176?pwd=ektqT1lNTU9yMnc3VnF0OHYyQ2g1dz09

Meeting ID: 858 3440 1176

Passcode: tvMk6L

 

Agenda

7:00 pm, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones

  • Hear from Board of Assessors, Regional Resource Group to review material

  • Vote on Tax Classification Rate for Fiscal Year 2022

Meeting Adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / October 13, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1pm on 10/07/2021

The public may attend meeting in person or by zoom:

Zoom Meeting

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes –September 22, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Appoint Caleb Mitchell on Conservation Committee to be able to vote for a quorum. Rick Koch is resigning before November meeting.

Jim Manning wants to ask for more funds for the Library budget. Finance needs to make a recommendation to approve this request before the Select Board can vote to increase the salary by $2,100. Tom Butler has agreed to stay on to train the new Library Director.

Jim Manning, as the Board of Library Trustees would like to add Caitlyn Kline, 425 Peru Road to be on the Board of Trustees

Trick or Trunk – details, contacting school, Lion’s Club, Library, Ozzie’s, Hinsdale Dayz, other volunteers as needed October 30 Saturday or October 31 Sunday ?

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Meeting adjournment

 

TOWN OF HINSDALE

SELECT BOARD

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

 

The Hinsdale Select Board will conduct a public hearing pursuant to MGL Chapter 148, Section 13, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Meeting will be held at Town Hall in the 1st Floor Community Conference Room.

Purpose of the hearing is to consider/approve a request by FFDMA Enterprises, Inc. for a license to store LP Gas at 120 Bullards Crossing Road. 

The license application can be viewed by clicking here​ or is available at the office of the Administrative Assistant at Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale, MA during regular business hours Monday through Thursday (8am to 4pm).

Persons wishing to be heard should appear at the time and place designated. Written comments may be addressed to the Hinsdale Select Board, 39 South St., Hinsdale, MA 01235.

Requests for information or comments can be directed to Select.Board@hinsdalema.gov.                posted at 2:10pm on 9/23/2021

(9/28/2021, 10/5/2021)

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 22, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 5:30pm on 9/20/2021

The public may attend meeting in person or by zoom:

Zoom Meeting

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from September 8, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Brendon Tomasi – new business license

Board of Assessors reorganization – Vivian Mason was elected Chair

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 22, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4:30pm on 10/14/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom

 

Attendees:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Jim Sullivan, Robert Graves; Lynne Baumgartner

7:00 PM, Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone else was recording this meeting and asked if everyone could silence their phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to accept the meeting minutes as presented from September 8, 2021. Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
School Committee representative – Dave Stuart stated that the new Wahconah High School is on track to open on Tuesday, October 12. He toured the school which has been well designed, with a well-thought-out plan, with collaborative learning spaces. The school committee will meet on the first Thursday in October to set the agenda for the larger ad hoc group which includes two members from each town. Their purpose is to collaboratively rewrite the original charter of the regional agreement.

Bonnie Conner is already a member of this 7-Town Advisory committee. Viv was on this committee a couple of years ago, as the Select Board Chair. Vivian received an email saying there will be an ad hoc meeting on the 14th of October.

Jim made a motion to re-appoint Vivian Mason as the town’s representative to the sub-committee for the school board to rewrite the regional agreement. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Town Administrator notes– Rick Koch has resigned from the Conservation Committee. Bob stated we as a Town, have the right to appoint Caleb Mitchell, agent as a member of the Conservation Committee to be able to vote so there is a quorum. Thi;s item will be placed on next Select Board agenda, October 13. In the meantime, Bob has typed up a Thank You letter to Rick for his long-dedicated service to the town. Dick read the letter out loud. Jim made a motion to approve and sign the letter. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Jim Manning has put in a request to raise the Salary budgeted for the library. Tom Butler has retired, but agreed to stay on as Assistant Director to train Jennifer Cummings. Jim feels paying Tom minimum wage would be offending him after his tenure as Director. This item will be placed on next Finance Committee agenda on October 7; Select Board agenda, October 13 for approval.

New Business

Brendon Tomasi would like a business certificate - Long Arc Business Solutions at 1124 East Washington Road, his home address. He is offering small businesses’ advice using lean Six Sigma techniques. He will be helping small businesses improve their efficiency and effectiveness in order to grow the business. The other side would be carpentry, as an independent contractor. Ray made a motion to award Brendon Tomasi a new business certificate. Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Town Clerk asked about Trick or Treat. Carole Forward wants to know if the Board of Health has heard if door-to-door trick or treating is allowed because of COVID. Dick feels it would be better to have the Trick or Trunk ceremony. It seems much safer and the kids seems to have a good time last year. It was in the school parking lot, and volunteers set up sites and passed out treats. Ozzie’s donated along with the library, Hinsdale Dayz committee gave a treat at Old Town Hall. Lions Club may have donated as well.

Jim made a motion to approve the same co-venture between Lions Club/Hinsdale Dayz as last year, pending Board of Health’s approval. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Dick stated that we have a request for a large storage tank facility from Fine Fettle on 120 Bullards Crossing. Dick will post the hearing for 6:30 p.m. before the next Select Board meeting on October 13, 2021. A request for over 2,000 gallon storage, the Select Board, as Special Permitting Authority, has to consider the situation, have a hearing, and hear the abutters’ concerns, before approval. The Fire Chief is not allowed to approve the license. The Fire Marshall does not get involved. The back of the license will state all the compliance measures that would invalidate it if they don’t comply. This has to be approved by the plumbing inspector as well meeting Massachusetts Fire Codes.

Jim made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 8, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10:15 am on 9/3/2021

The public may attend meeting in person or by zoom:

 

Zoom Meeting

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

  • Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from August 25, 2021 and September 1, 2021

  • Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board, and Chairs

    • Town Administrator – updates

  • New Business

    • Appoint new Library Director – Jennifer Cummings

    • Appoint new Water & Sewer Clerk, DPW administrative clerk – Tom Spiro

    • Discuss and vote on One Precinct

  • Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

  • Round table discussion

  • Public comments

  • Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 8, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 9:30am on 9/23/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom

Attendees:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Jim Sullivan, Robert Graves; Lynne Baumgartner

7:00 PM, Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone else was recording this meeting and asked if everyone could silence their phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to accept the meeting minutes from August 25 and September 1, 2021. Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Town Administrator – He has been working on several public records requests from Northgate Resorts researching information on the Tinney property (Fernwood Campground). Northgate would like to know who approved what and when. We are working on Water & Sewer background that the committee has asked for. Obtaining rosters of who has access to what. Boris has been documenting anomalies for the past year and half and once they are compiled, this information, it will be posted online. Viv, Lynne and I met online today with our new Website Developer, CivicPlus on developing a more user-friendly website. Hoping to get this project completed by Thanksgiving. No applicants still to fill the Treasurer’s position. Hoping to post Jim Fox’s position once John Murray takes office. Bob will be out on vacation next week.

New Business

Jim Manning introduced Jennifer Cummings, stated a little bit of her background. He stated that the Library Board of Directors had applications from nine applicants, narrowed it down to two. They voted unanimously to hire Jennifer as the new Library Director. The Select Board had a chance to attend the interviews and review the last two candidates’ resumes. Jim made a motion to appoint Jennifer Cummings as the new library director. Ray seconded, all said Aye. 

Bob introduced Tom Spiro. Tom spoke about his past municipal experience and how he is looking forward to working in Hinsdale part-time. Ray made a motion to appoint Tom as administrative assistant for DPW and W&S; Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Bob said starting in 2001, after every census the state of Massachusetts requires each district to vote on the number of precincts Part I, Title VIII, Chapter 54, Section 6. Since the population has not changed significantly, Hinsdale should remain as one precinct. Jim made a motion to accept the boundaries as defined in the Patridgefield Book and votes for Hinsdale to remain as one precinct. Ray seconded the vote, all said Aye.

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Jim made a motion to approve One-Day Alcohol Permit for Hinsdale Vol. Firemen’s Association on September 12, 2021. Ray & Dick are part of the Association, but as of a process of necessity have to vote, allowing full disclosure. Ray seconded the motion, all said Aye.

Round Table – Jim mentioned at the BRTA committee meeting, we need to pick a place for electric car charging stations since grant money is available. Once the technology changes over time, we should move forward.

Jim made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 1, 2021, at 11am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4:15pm on 8/26/2021

Public may attend meeting in person

 

11:00 Open Meeting

Appoint Martin Mayberry as part-time Police Officer

Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 1, 2021, at 11am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:40am on 9/09/2021

 

Attendees: Dick Scialabba, Jim Sullivan, Bob Graves, Lynne Baumgartner

By Phone: Ray Bolduc

11:00 a.m., Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone was recording the meeting. He asked if everyone could turn off their cell phones. Dick stated the purpose of this meeting was to appoint Martin Mayberry as a part-time officer for the Town of Hinsdale.

Chief Rathbun introduced Martin Mayberry as someone she had worked with in the past. He attended the police academy. He has worked in small towns and likes the idea of being out there in the community to actually meet and talk to the residents. He helped hand out meals at the Lions Club. He has walked around Ozzie’s and talked with people at the recent car show.

Jim made a motion to appoint Martin Mayberry as a part-time officer, Ray seconded. Roll Call Vote: Jim Yes, Ray Yes, Dick Yes. They congratulated him.

Jim made a motion to set a new protocol when appointing future part-time police officers to have a performance sheet, credentials and a picture so they can appoint officers without being present at the Select Board meetings. Roll Call Vote: Jim Yes, Ray Yes, Dick Yes.

Jim made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 11:15 a.m., Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / August 25, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 12:40 pm on 8/23/2021

Public may attend meeting in person and by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83200551326  Phone one-tap US: +1312 626 6799, 83200551326#

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from August 2 & August 11, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Appoint new DPW Superintendent

Appoint Martin Mayberry as part-time Police Officer

Appoint Lynne Baumgartner to assist as temporary Treasurer until position is filled

Discuss and vote to give Mary Stucklen a business certificate

Designate Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) alternate representative to fill vacant seat, must be a SB member.

Vote to hold a Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. to approve Marijuana Bylaw-15

Discuss new crosswalk markings from Post Office to Ozzie’s Restaurant and what is required by law

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / August 25, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:40am on 9/09/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom

Attendees:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Jim Sullivan, Robert Graves; Lynne Baumgartner

7:00 PM, Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone else was recording this meeting and asked if everyone could silence their phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to accept the meeting minutes from August 2 & August 11, 2021. Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Town Administrator – Bob stated a candidate was chosen and accepted the position of DPW Superintendent. We have advertised everywhere for the Treasurer’s position and have received no applicants so far. We also are meeting with our first candidate Friday for the Water & Sewer clerk and 10-hour DPW office support. Bob and Select Board members have been working with the attorneys to grant Northgate an extension agreement. Northgate will need to reapply and be more specific from what they are trying to do and what they need from the Town. Their application will go to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Once ZBA approves, it will go back to the Select Board to grant final license. Through the town website, all community messages will be shared. If Northgate files this extension, it will restart the clock and give the town more time for a decision.

Rich Peters stated that the new Wahconah High School has a delayed opening date of October 12. There were issues getting products needed to finish construction. Select Board was invited to tour this Saturday, August 28 at 8 a.m. There will 505 students which will make it crowded since it is built for 460 students.

Shaun Galliher stated that Free Cash has been certified by the State. Kudos to Charlie, Diane and their supporters.

New Business

Dick Eastland spoke for the hiring committee. They were appointed to review and interview the applicants for the DPW Superintendent position, left vacant by Bud Hall. He said it was unanimous among the group to hire John Murray, Sr. Jim made a motion to appoint John Murray as DPW Superintendent, Ray seconded, all said Aye. His start date will be September 13, 2021. Congratulations and a Thank you to the hiring committee and to John for his acceptance of the position.

The appointment of Martin Mayberry as part-time Police Officer was postponed until the Select Board members could meet him and ask some questions in person.

Ray made a motion to appoint Lynne Baumgartner as temporary Treasurer until position is filled; Jim seconded, all said Aye. Jim thanked Lynne to accept the additional responsibilities on top of the Select Board, and Town Administrator administrative support. Charlie is helping, and Boris is also stepping up to plate to keep this work up to date.

Mary Stucklen appeared before the Select Board asking for a business certificate for Thomas Compost Service. She presented her business plan as picking up food scraps to be composted from homes, and bringing it to a farm in Dalton. She supplies containers, and stores the buckets in a shed on her property temporarily. Ray made a motion to award Mary a business certificate, Jim seconded, all said Aye. They wished her Good Luck.

Jim made a motion to elect Ray Bolduc to represent Hinsdale as a possible alternate representative to Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to fill vacant seat, Dick seconded. This Select Board Member should attend with seven other neighboring towns to meet on September 20, in Dalton Town Hall.

Jim made a motion to accept the Marijuana Bylaw-15; Ray seconded, all said Aye. Jim made a motion to set the Special Town Meeting date on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. to approve Marijuana Bylaw-15; Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Discussion took place about getting the existing crosswalk repainted on Maple Street, John Murray will look into this in September.

Public comments

Duane Bruce asked why the Northgate proposal wasn’t presented to the ZBA in the first place. The Town never had an application like this before, past precedents said all applications go to Planning Board before ZBA. The protocol has been corrected with the help of legal counsel.

Ray made a motion to adjourn meeting at 7:45 p.m. Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / August 11, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 2:30 pm on 8/9/2021

Public may attend meeting in person and by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83200551326  Phone one-tap US: +1312 626 6799, 83200551326#

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from July 14 & July 26, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Colleen Passetto would like a business certificate to sell crafts online

Appoint Monica Montferret to Water & Sewer Committee

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / August 11, 2021, at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Posted at 4:35pm on 8/26/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom: 

 

Attendees:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Jim Sullivan, Robert Graves (Lynne Baumgartner by Zoom)

7:00 PM, Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone was recording the meeting. Bob said Zoom records the meeting. Dick asked if everyone could silence their cell phones. All stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ray made a motion to approve July 14 & July 26, 2021, minutes as presented, Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Town Administrator updates – Bob said the school committee representatives could not make meeting tonight but wanted to let everyone know that the school building project is still on track. Boris is stepping down from the “Temporary” Water & Sewer clerk position that he has been performing since December 2019. We need to find someone who can be a Public Works administrative clerk by responding to issues, answering questions and billing invoices. The DPW superintendent search is underway. It has been more challenging to fill the Treasurer/Collector position. It seems to be systemic across the state. It will be posted in more places to find the right candidate.  Bob has been responding to emails and concerns regarding the Northgate proposal. Green Patriot owner Jodie McCarthy would like a Host Community Agreement signed this week by Select Board. He wants to start a non-profit marijuana indoor grow facility at 110 Bullards Crossing. It would be listed as a 501 Veterans Pilot program. The next step is approval by the Cannabis Commission, then a public hearing process before Select Board’s final approval.

Ray made a motion to go forward and sign the Green Patriot Host Community Agreement, Jim seconded, all said Aye.

New Business

Colleen Passetto appeared before the Board and asked for a business certificate to sell crafts at fairs and online. No additional traffic at her home, she ships product through the postal service. Jim made a motion to approve business certificate, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Jim made a motion to appoint Monica Montferret to Water & Sewer Committee; Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Jim made a motion to adjourn at 7:22 p.m. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / August 2, 2021, at 9:15 am   

Conference Room, Upstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:35 pm on 7/28/2021

9:15 am. Call Meeting to Order

Appoint Search Committee for DPW Superintendent: Susan Rathbun, Jim Fox, Ray Huntoon, Dave Stuart and Dick Eastland

Adjourn meeting

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / August 2, 2021, at 9:15 am   

Conference Room, Upstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4:35pm on 8/26/2021

Public could attend meeting in person

 

9:18am. Dick called meeting to order.

Ray made a motion to appoint Susan Rathbun, Jim Fox, Ray Huntoon, Dave Stuart and Dick Eastland to DPW Superintendent Search Committee. Dick seconded. Jim Sullivan was not in attendance.

Ray made a motion to adjourn meeting at 9:20am. Dick seconded. Both said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / July 26, 2021, at 5 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 5:00 pm on 7/22/2021

This meeting will be held both in-person and with a remote participation option in accordance with Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021. For those wishing to participate in person, the meeting will be held in the Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA 01235. For those wishing to participate remotely: Join by Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83200551326 or phone 1-312-626-6799, 83200551326#

 

Agenda

  1. Call to order

  2. Address the Recording Notice;

  3. Ask all to silence their Phones and electronics;

  4. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance

  5. Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – 7/14/2021

  6. New Business​

    • Cultural Council Appointments

    • Part-time Police Officer Appointments(s)

  7. New Business​

  8. Adjourn

Please Note: Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can access the proceedings remotely via internet or telephone/conference call, the Town shall not postpone or delay discussion or action on any issue or matter before any Town Board or Committee due to telecommunication difficulties or service interruption(s).  We will, however, post on the town’s website an audio recording or a pre-approved set of meeting minutes via the Town’s website once the chair of the specific board or committee reports hearing of a concern.  Thank you.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / July 26, 2021, at 5 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 9am on 8/18/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and Zoom

 

Present:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Jim Sullivan, Marylou Galliher, Lynne Baumgartner

5pm, Dick called meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to accept the July 14, 2021 meeting minutes as presented. Dick seconded, both said Aye. Jim arrived at 5:03 p.m.

Jim made a motion to accept John Hagan, Joe Horton and Caitlyn Kline appointment to the Hinsdale/Peru Cultural Council, Ray seconded. All said Aye.

Jim made a motion to re-appoint Bill Logue to the Lake Management Committee, Ray seconded. All said Aye.

Ray made a motion to appoint Ian Curtiss as a new part-time Police Officer. Jim seconded. All said Aye.

Jim made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:10 p.m. Ray seconded. All said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / July 14, 2021, at 7 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 5:00 pm on 7/12/2021

This meeting will be held both in-person and with a remote participation option in accordance with Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021. For those wishing to participate in person, the meeting will be held in the Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA 01235. For those wishing to participate remotely: Join by Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83200551326 or phone 1-312-626-6799, 83200551326#

 

Agenda

  1. Call to order

  2. Address the Recording Notice;

  3. Ask all to silence their Phones and electronics;

  4. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance

  5. Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – 05/26/2021; 06/01/2021; 06/23/2021

  6. Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board, and Chair

    1. Town Administrator – update

    2. Other –?

  7. New Business

    • Reorganization of the Select Board

    • Reappoint Personnel Policy Committee – Shaun Galliher and Bill Pike

    • Zoning Board of Appeals would like a price increase for filing an application fee since the Berkshire Eagle raised their fees to post public notices

    • For future consideration: Some Towns can charge up to 6% room tax. State Law requires that 35% of monies collected go to Infrastructure. The Town shall be looking into this option.

    • Highway Department

      • Accept the Superintendent Resignation

      • Prepare to Search for his Replacement

  8. Adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session, under Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

  • ​Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

  • Roll call vote: Required

Please Note: Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can access the proceedings remotely via internet or telephone/conference call, the Town shall not postpone or delay discussion or action on any issue or matter before any Town Board or Committee due to telecommunication difficulties or service interruption(s).  We will, however, post on the town’s website an audio recording or a pre-approved set of meeting minutes via the Town’s website once the chair of the specific board or committee reports hearing of a concern.  Thank you.

 

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / July 14, 2021, at 7 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:45pm on 7/28/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and Zoom was unavailable.

7:03 PM, Dick called meeting to order, asked if anyone else was recording this meeting and asked if everyone could silence their phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to accept the May 26 and June 1, 2021 meeting minutes as presented. Jim abstained since he was not a Select Board member until June 12. Dick seconded, both said Aye.  Ray made a motion to approve June 23 meeting minutes, Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Town Administrator updates–Bob said we have been working on year end, closing Fiscal Year 2021. Northgate Resort information is on the website under Select Board tab. Documents will be public for transparency. Every email, letter, or concern will be shared on the website periodically. Bob has responded to each one of these inquiries. The Planning Board needs to make a recommendation. They are not required by State Law to have a public hearing. They are required to have Opening Meetings. The Select Board will have an open public hearing, which needs to be posted twice within a two-week period in the newspaper, which is open for public comments. It is still in the planning stage.

Finance Chair said there are two openings in the Finance committee that needs to be posted.

Dave Stuart, who was not present, said there is a handrail at the school that is being taken care of. No other School News…

New Business

Ray nominated Dick Scialabba as Select Board Chair, Jim seconded. All in favor said Aye. Jim nominated Ray Bolduc as Vice Chair, Dick seconded. All said Aye.

Ray made a motion to reappoint Shaun Galliher and Bill Pike to the Personnel Policy Committee. Jim seconded. All said Aye.

Zoning Board of Appeals, Terri Douglas would like to increase their application fee. She proposed raising the fee because the Berkshire Eagle costs went from $234 to $267 to post public notices in the past year. Dick reminded her of a revolving account that has funds. So at this time, the fees will not be raised.

Towns can charge up to 6% room tax. State Law requires that 35% of monies collected goes to Infrastructure. The Town shall be looking into this option, especially if the Camp Emerson project goes through. It is free money for the Town. Lenox makes out good by charging this tax. Chapter 14, Section 6 would explain further. It will take a Special Town Meeting or Annual Town Meeting to approve.

With regrets, Dick accepts Bud Hall’s resignation, Ray and Jim said Aye. Bob is working on updating the job description to include Water & Sewer responsibilities. Salary range will be discussed later in Executive Session.

Ray made a motion to transfer interdepartmental funds of $2,010.42 to Transfer Station general expense account. Jim seconded, all in favor said Aye.

Round table discussion – construction on East Washington Road. Residents misunderstood that State funds were set aside seven years ago to blacktop this road. Unfortunately, this was a rumor. These concerned citizens were referring to Finance Committee minutes June 3, 2021posted on website:

  • Bob Graves reported that the East Washington culvert replacement is not going forward due to residents complaining about the work and not wanting it done. A group had attended the last Select Board meeting expressing their concerns. The plan was to replace as many culverts as possible with work to be done with our Highway crew under Ch. 90. We already have most of the culverts. This would involve grinding the areas where culverts are installed and using that material to form a good base coat for future work. The plan was to return the road to dirt with a good solid base as recommended by engineers and the company that just re-surfaced Old Dalton Road. This work would put us in a better position to apply for any future grants. The Select Board felt they could not move forward with that much opposition.

The residents who live on East Washington Road have to get together to figure out what the solution should be. It seems no one wants it to return to a gravel road. There is not $3 million in the town’s budget for blacktopping this road.

7:45 p.m. Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Jim seconded. Roll call vote: Jim said Aye, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING AGENDA / July 7, 2021, at 6:30 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4 pm on 7/02/2021 

1. Open Meeting

2. Adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session for:

Exemption 2:    To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion:              Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion

                 personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote:     Required

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / June 23, 2021, at 7 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1pm on 6/21/2021

Public may attend meeting in person and by zoom: 

 

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83200551326  Phone one-tap US: +131262266799, 83200551326#

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from May 26 and June 1, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Welcome new Select Board member – Jim Sullivan

Announce the Governor’s COVID-19 State of Emergency ended on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Review and approve Host Community Agreement – Sunlight Farms

Approve Interdepartmental and Reserve Transfers for FY21 Accounts from Finance Committee

Accept June 19th as Emancipation Day observed Town Holiday

Reappoint Town employees

Announce anyone appointed needs to be sworn in again; Ethics Certification (every 2 years) to be filed with the Town Clerk

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Adjourn

 

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / June 23, 2021, at 7 pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1pm on 7/18/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom.

7:00 PM, Dick opened meeting, asked if anyone else was recording this meeting and asked if everyone could silence their phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Dick welcomed Jim Sullivan as the new Select Board member. We look forward to working together to see what can be accomplished.

The Select Board has received a resignation from Diane Sturtevant, Treasurer/Collector, effective August 27, 2021. So we will be looking for a replacement in the not so distant future.

Governor’s Covid State of Emergency ended on June 13, 2021.

 

Dick read the names aloud for the list of Appointed Positions as follows:

ACCOUNTANT - Charles Browne

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT - Lynne Baumgartner

ADA COORDINATOR & BUILDING INSPECTOR - Paul Greene

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER - Elizabeth Zipp

ASSESSOR – Richard B. Scialabba, temporary

BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE - Kelly Baldasero, Theresa Becker and Linda Yarmey

BERKSHIRE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION – Richard Scialabba

BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION Alternate - James Sullivan

BERKSHIRE REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE – Open

BERKSHIRE REGIONAL TRANPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIPS) - James Sullivan

BOARD OF HEALTH - Fred Sears - Health Agent, Ken Boudreau

EARTH REMOVAL INSPECTOR - Ken Boudreau

BOARD OF REGISTRARS- Dawn Frissell, Erin Frissell-Filiault, Asst. Registrar, Michael Galliher, Asst. Registrar, Holly Adams and Mary Lou Galliher

CEMETERY COMMITTEE – Daniel Kaufman

COMMUNITY CENTER COMMITTEE – Judy Casey, Richard Eastland, Carole Forward, Kathy Fuller, Laura Galliher, Bruce McCauley, Tim Quinn, Mary Rice and Marion Tinney

CONSERVATION COMMISSION - Rick Koch, Ray Huntoon, Rich Litchfield, Caleb Mitchell, Agent

COUNCIL ON AGING – Judy Casey, Jill Cole, Alice Gmyrek, Elva Hughes, Barbara Lufkin, Carol Pullo, Sheryl Robins, Cathy Spinney, Janet Verge, Marion Tinney

CROSSING GUARD - Carole Forward

DALTON COMMUNICATIONS LIAISON - Richard Scialabba

HINSDALE/PERU CULTURAL COUNCIL - Diane Eulain, Chair; Kathy Borden, Tom Butler, Kristen Parker, and Rima Sala

TOWN COUNSEL - KP Law; Mead, Talerman & Costa, Special Counsel

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY – Susan Rathbun, Director; Raymond Bolduc, Assistant Director; Shaun Galliher, Public Affairs Officer; Richard Scialabba and Dave Foley

ELECTION WORKERS - Holly Adams, Bruce Alexander, Michael Ciaburri, Cynthia DiPierro, Dion Douglas, Terry Douglas, Erin Frissell-Filiault, Kathleen Fuller, Candace Galeucia, Mary Lou Galliher, Michael Galliher, Stephen Lanphear, Barbara Lufkin, Lois Murray, Russell Parks, Christine Pike, Judith Quail, Paula Rhorer, Richard Scialabba, Linda Smith, Lorinda Smith, Cathy Spinney and Daniel Thornton  (sworn in as needed by Town Clerk)

FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF & FOREST WARDEN - Ralph Cormier

HISTORICAL COMMISSION - Mary Rice, Chair; Judy Casey, Phil Collins, Dick Eastland and Carole Forward       

LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Andy Hagadorn, Chair; Duane Bruce, Cynthia Grippaldi, Paul McMahon, Rick Koch, Monica Montferret, Secretary

Massachusetts Emergency Response Commission – Raymond Bolduc

MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANT – Richard Eastland and Russ Parks

POLICE DEPARTMENT – Full-time: Elizabeth Zipp; Full-time Provisional: Kenneth Pettibone, Dominic Crupi; Part-time: Jedadiah Henry, Daniel Slater, Miguel Santana

PLUNKETT LAKE BEACH COMMITTEE - Dave Stuart, Marlene DeAngelus, Joseph Horton, Jim Ouimette, Paula Walczyk

GAS & PLUMBING INSPECTOR – William Zeitler

NORTHERN BERKSHIRE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE; TRANSFER STATION ATTENDANT - Barry O’Keefe

TOWN COLLECTOR & TREASURER - Diane Sturtevant, Boris Basora, Assistant

HIGHWAY & WATER/SEWER SUPERINTENDENT; PLUNKETT LAKE GATEKEEPER – Bud Hall

HIGHWAY CREW - Scott Forgey, Jim Fox, Bart Wappes, Michael Knappe

VETERANS AGENT – John Herrera

WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE – Bill Basilere, Ken Kirchner, Tom Butler, Wayne Walton, Richard Eastland, Curator

WATER & SEWER COMMITTEE – Laura Galliher, Mary Rice, Russ Parks, Dick Eastland

WATER TREATMENT FACILITY - Bernie St. Martin, Primary Operator; Nate Murphy, Secondary Operator; Scott Forgey, Maintenance

WIRING INSPECTOR & ELECTRICAL - Dana Spring

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS - Bruce Alexander, Jeffrey Viner, Daniel Thornton and Terry Douglas, Secretary; Dion Douglas, Alternate

 

Marylou asked to remove Kathleen Fuller as an Election worker since she moved out of Hinsdale. Ray made a motion to reappoint the entire list with the correction to remove Kathy Fuller, Jim seconded the motion, all voted Aye.

Sunlight Farms, located at 172 Peru Road submitted an application to the Town for a Host Community Agreement. Massachusetts Cannabis Commission requires this agreement with the Town before an application can be submitted. This agreement contains 17-pages of legal language that specifies the responsibilities of the developer and the Town. If approved by Cannabis Commission, the Planning Board will host a public hearing. After that, the application returns to the Select Board with final approval. Sunlight Farms is planned as an indoor marijuana grow facility, with odor control plans. Jim made a motion that we move forward with the Host Community agreement, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

At the end of year, the town can move unspent money from one account to cover unexpected shortages of funds in another department. The Finance committee reviewed and approved fund transfers from the insurance account to the Transfer Station general expense account and to the Police Salaries account. Ray made a motion to approve, Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Congress voted to make June 19th Emancipation Day a State and Federal Holiday. If it is a state holiday, the Town Hall has to be closed. Jim made a motion to accept Emancipation Day as a Town Holiday, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

We received a package of information from Northlake Resorts about plans for purchasing Camp Emerson and turning it into a family campground arrangement. It is an extensive change. The Select Board plans to turn this over to the Planning Board/Building Inspector/Conservation/Board of Health/Police and Fire departments for their consideration and recommendations. Ray made a motion to move this initial application forward to the Planning Board, Jim seconded, all said Aye.

Dick announced anyone appointed tonight needs to be sworn in again by the Town Clerk; and Ethics Certification needs to be completed every 2 years; printed and filed with the Town Clerk.

Jim made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 pm; Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / June 1, 2021 at 9am   

Select Board Meeting Room, Upstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:45pm on 5/26/2021

Public may attend meeting in person

Approve Annual Town Warrant

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / May 26, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1:15pm on 5/24/2021

Public may attend meeting in person and by zoom: 

 

Zoom Meeting : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84930460709

Meeting ID: 849 3046 0709

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from April 28, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Approve annual Gravel Permits: 

  1. Windsor Land Clearing

  2. Berkshire Concrete

  3. DR Billings

  4. Duquette Excavation

  5. Nichols Sand & Gravel

  6. William E. Tatro

  7. Noco Enterprises

Appoint and welcome Daniel Kaufman to the Cemetery Committee

Approve Annual Town Warrant

Vote to raise the Revolving Account Limit of the Wiring Inspector from $3,000 to 6,000

Approve Memo of Understanding with Hinsdale Public Library

Announce Senior Tax Work-Off Program for FY2022 

Reminder: Annual Town Meeting is June 9 at 7 p.m. and Election is June 12

Finalize Memorial Day plans

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / May 26, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1:15pm on 7/18/2021

Public could attend meeting in person and by zoom.

7:00 PM, Dick opened meeting and asked if anyone was recording the meeting. He also asked if everyone could silence their phones. All stood and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Rich Peters, CBRSD chair said the new Wahconah High School will open on schedule in September. The auditorium and the gym will be delayed until the third week in September. They received a golden review on their annual audit. They are in great financial shape. Vivian said the Town received a vocational student request at the last minute after the budget was processed. The parent and the vocational school signed the application before the deadline, but CBRSD didn’t get it to Hinsdale Select Board/Administrator on time. Shaun said the Town should not have to pay out an extra $20K to provide for another student after the deadline. After May 1, the school should have said it was too late to submit the application. CBRSD gives the Town the burden of saying NO. Dick said if the ATM was held in May, the Annual Town Warrant would have already been out and it would have been more problematic.

 

Ray made a motion to accept April 28, 2021 Meeting Minutes as presented, Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Marylou asked if there was going to be any type of Memorial Day celebration. Tom Butler couldn’t find anyone to play Taps for the ceremony, so nothing is planned. Marylou wanted to recognize Viv for her service, saying this was her last Select Board meeting, and she would be sorely missed.

New Business

Viv made a motion to approve annual Gravel Permits for Allen Bird, Windsor Land Clearing, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Viv made a motion to approve annual Gravel Permits for Berkshire Concrete, Ray seconded all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to approve annual Gravel Permits for D.R. Billings, Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to approve Nichols Sand & Gravel for a permit, Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to approve William E. Tatro for a gravel permit, Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Viv made a motion to approve annual Gravel Permits for Noco Enterprises, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

 

Dick said the Select Board received a well-written letter from Daniel Kaufman asking to be appointed to the Cemetery Committee. We welcome him to this position since no one is currently on this committee. Viv made a motion to appoint Dan to the Cemetery Committee, Ray seconded, all said Aye. He was thanked for volunteering. Marylou swore him in via zoom.

 

Approve Annual Town Warrant – this agenda item was postponed until June 1.

 

Vote to raise the Revolving Account Limit of the Wiring Inspector from $3,000 to 6,000, next step is for the Finance Committee to also approve to raise these resolving funds for Electrical & Gas/Plumbing Inspector. Viv made a motion to raise the revolving account of the wiring inspector from $3,000 to $6,000, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Viv has been working with the library trustees to come up with a Memo of Understanding with Hinsdale Public Library. The Select Board chair needs to read and approve. It sets parameters on how things operate, what things the Town is responsible for paying for; and what the library pays for. Library has updated their by-laws. Library has to vote to accept this document, Ray made a motion to approve, Viv seconded, all said Aye. Viv will take the memo to the next library meeting.

Announce Senior Tax Work-Off Program for FY2022 where people can work to take money off their property taxes. This has not been setup with the Assessors’ office so this was tabled as well.

 

Dick announced the Annual Town Meeting is June 9 at 7 p.m. at Kittredge School and Election is June 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Town Hall. June 7 at the Fire Station there will be a vaccine clinic for a walk-in clinic, for 18 years old and up. Coffee with a Cop is this Friday from 9-12 at the Pavilion.

 

Nelson Belot - I live at 750 Old Dalton Road. Since the Town repaved the road last year, I have a swamp on my property. The culvert under the road is blocked backing up the water flow. Bob explained that the culverts were not reengineered, nothing was changed. The beavers dam up the water flow, which is a DEP issue. Nelson’s attorney told him, his attorney called another engineering firm. There is no easement to allow water to be dumped on his property. The issue is with CSX, under Route 8 from the railroad tracks. Nelson is asking the town for advice on how to fix his problem. The Town advised him to contact the state legislators to correct his land flooding.

 

Patsy Harris, Alan Delphia, Rima Sala, Phil Daigneault, Christina Filkins and others came to discuss East Washington Road. They are adamant about not having their road turned back to gravel. They are asking the Town to stop the plan to grind up the asphalt. Another meeting was requested so that 44 houses can be involved in the discussion before any work is performed. The cost to blacktop would be over a $1,000,000 a mile. The Town gets $160,000 a year from Chapter 90 funds. The roads that connect from one town to another can possibly be grant-funded. No residential streets will ever be funded by a state grant. 

Viv made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m., Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING / May 12, 2021 cancelled; next meeting May 26 at 7pm 

SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / May 6, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:30pm on 5/3/2021

 

Call to Order

  • Review minutes from previous meeting

  • Review Accountants Report

  • Town Administrator Comments/Status – Mr. Graves

  • Status of school building project – Mr. Chivers

  • 7 Town Advisory Updates – Ms. Conner

  • Sewer & Water Accounts Status – Ms. Rice

  • FY21 Finance Communications to Boards & Committees

  • FY22 Budget Review

  • Any other business not reasonably anticipated

 Public Comment

 Adjourn

SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING MINUTES / May 6, 2021 at 6:30pm   

To read the minutes of this meeting, go to Finance Committee May 6 Minutes

SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / April 29, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 1:10pm on 4/27/2021  

Public may attend meeting by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

Call to Order

•Review minutes from previous meeting

•Review & Discuss FY22 Budget Inputs

Any other business not reasonably anticipated

Public Comment

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD AGENDA / April 28, 2021 at 7pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/26/2021 at 2pm

Public may attend meeting in person or by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting 

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Meeting ID: 831 2339 8327

Phone for dial-in: 646 876 9923

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from April 14, 2021

Executive Session Minutes from March 19, 24 and April 12

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Cam Brown would like to apply for a business license to work out of his home as CSB Architecture & Design, LLC

Vote to put a question on the election ballot regarding Community Center

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MINUTES / April 28, 2021 at 7pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6/5/2021 at 4:22pm

Public could attend meeting in person or by zoom: 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant

7:00 PM, Dick opened meeting and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve Select Board Meeting Minutes from April 14, 2021 and Executive Session Minutes regarding Police Department negotiations from March 19; Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to approve Executive Session Minutes regarding Police Department negotiations from March 24 and April 12; Dick seconded, Viv abstained. Dick and Ray said Aye.  

Town Administrator – the batter boards have been repaired. Due to the weather, the lake has been filled. The DPW continues to monitor the lake level based on Dam Safety guidelines. Bob, Ray and Lynne attended MEMA meeting to see if Hinsdale’s dam would meet their guidelines. Unfortunately in order to qualify for funds, we would have to prove more viable danger to many more people if the dam failed.

Bob did receive a rough estimate of $710,000 for repair/replace the Plunkett Lake Dam. Just the engineering costs would be $100,000-$120,000. We are pursuing a different plan. We will put this on capital improvement plan for the Town. There is also a Mass State Dam Safety Grant through DEP, which we can apply for next February. The Dam Safety engineer provided an estimate in a quick turnaround time. We would have to cover up to $120,000. If it were a MEMA grant typically it is a 75%/25% split with the town The good thing in our favor is that federal government is putting more money into infrastructure. The railroad tracks area hazard potential if flooded. Increase in population, how many points you hit, determines if we get grant funding.

 

Schnopp’s Road traffic study is underway. The tubes are laid down to count how many cars travel over that road. Cameras have been set up take high resolution photos in detail. Monday, the arborist was here to inspect tree work throughout the town. A lot of trees are dying. The quote just for the cemetery is $23,500 which is a big issue with old trees coming down.

Shaun and Bob met to finish up the budget which is now 95% complete.

New Business

Cam Brown would like to apply for a business license to work out of his home as CSB Architecture & Design, LLC. He formed his own company last fall, and wants to open bank account, and he needs business license as documentation. He goes to clients’ homes to review drawings. Viv made a motion to permit CSB Architecture & Design as a business, Ray seconded, all in favor.

Vote to put a non-binding referendum question on June 12th election ballot regarding the future of the Community Center. The vote would help determine support for either maintaining the building or for looking for other proposals. Bob, Finance Committee and Select Board will come up with the correct wording for the question. Ray made a motion to tentatively develop a ballot question for a non-binding referendum for a definitive motion for both Yes or No support. Viv second, all said Aye.

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda – Ray said Ashmere Lake dry hydrant has raised its head again. Fire Department has looked to get this serviced to get this operational. Ashmere Lake is silted in and hydrant is not working. Ashmere is a state-owned lake. This is a town hydrant. Bob would like it fixed once, where it screens out the silt. Possible solutions were discussed for a variety of issues, a budget figure is needed.

Cindy Conry has resigned from the Cemetery Commission. We should send her a thank you for her service.

Tom Butler is suggesting a small, solemn, respectful gathering for Memorial Day, no parade. Lions Club will put the flags at the cemetery.

Ray made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30p.m., Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC DISCUSSION NOTICE / April 21, 2021 at 6:30pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/7/2021 at 8:30am

DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER

The Town of Hinsdale’s Select Board hosts a public forum on April 21, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the future of the Community Center/Old Town Hall. Limited in-person attendance is based on current Covid-19 restrictions. Public access to this hearing is provided via Zoom link as well.

Here is the Zoom Meeting info for the Community Center Discussion on April 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm

 town.administrator@hinsdalema.gov is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Community Center Discussion

Time: April 21, 2021, 06:30 pm Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

 

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SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / April 15, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 6:30pm on 4/12/2021   

Public may attend meeting by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

Call to Order 

  • Review minutes from previous meeting

  • Police Budget Review

  • Review & Discuss FY22 Budget Inputs

  • Any other business not reasonably anticipated

Public Comment

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD AGENDA / April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/11/2021 at 2pm

Public may attend meeting in person or by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84904945583

 

Meeting ID: 849 0494 5583

Phone for dial-in: 646 876 9923

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Note time change below

6:30 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

 

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from March 24, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Jordan’s Hobby Mart wants to apply for a Business License; sells clothes for adults and children

 

Memorial Day parade plans

 

Tyler Miller left the Hinsdale Police force – we want to thank him for his service

Discuss and vote to remain one precinct for elections

Vote to accept Police Officers contract

Announce the April 21 Community Center open forum

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MINUTES / April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/29/2021 at 6pm

Public could attend meeting by zoom: 

 

7:00 PM, Dick opened meeting. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Ray made a motion to approve the March 24, 2021 minutes as presented, Viv seconded, all said Aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Town Administrator – sent out a newsletter yesterday. DPW fixed the batter boards at Plunkett Lake. Asked for people not to be walking on the dam, insurance reasons, No Trespassing! Bud has been in contact with Tom Jenkins, Dam Safety Engineer. He has given Bud the instructions, the information he needed after reviewing the plans, as did his counterpart. Lynne and I are meeting with MEMA for preliminary information on obtaining grant funds ($250,000) – technical qualifications.

Tomorrow night is the Finance meeting to finalize FY22 budget.

New Business

Memorial Day parade plans – Tom wants to know if Town would allow a parade or any type of celebration. Ralph suggests what we usually have, and ask residents to wear masks and socially distance.

Tyler Miller left the Hinsdale Police force after ten years. Select Board sent him a letter thanking him for his service.

Ray made a motion to accept the Police Officers Contract. Viv abstained. Dick voted to accept. Next step would be to have the policer officers sign it.

Dick announced a forum next week to discuss the future of the Community Center. We would like everyone to weigh in at 6:30 p.m. April 21. Katie Klein, KP Law, stated we could have a Request for Proposals (RFP) to preserve the frontage of this building (drawing up plans) but sell to the highest bidder. Town sets the criteria, in the legal documents to the seller. Also the nursing home is for sale as well. The Select Board will decide what to put on the Annual Town Warrant.

Jordan’s Hobby Mart wants to apply for a Business License sews clothes for adults & children. She started making masks, scrub caps at home. She started Etsy business, online and distributes through the mail. She wants to expand to the Farmer’s Markets. Ray made a motion to accept Jordan’s Hobby Mart for a business license, Viv seconds, all said Aye.

Old Mill Trail committee needs to go to the Conservation Commission to expand their parking lot, beyond 7 cars. There is a wetland issue, and would have to hire an engineer. The permitting would be through Department of Environmental Protection. Vivian made a motion to revise the Old Mill Trail parking plan pending permitting approval, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 6:54 p.m., Vivian seconded, all said aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE / April 14, 2021 at 7pm continued from April 7

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/11/2021 at 12:30pm  Public may join meeting in person or by zoom meeting.

 

Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84904945583

 

Meeting ID: 849 0494 5583

Phone for dial-in: 646 876 9923

One tap mobile:  +16468769923, 83541527424 # US (New York)

The Town of Hinsdale’s Select Board, in accordance with MGL Ch. 148, Section 13, hereby give notice that a public hearing will be held on April 14 at 7pm, (continued from April 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.) on the D.R. Billings, Inc., application for a license to store inflammable materials at their gravel yard located on Bullard’s Crossing, Hinsdale, MA 01235. The Hinsdale Select Board acts as the Town’s Special Permit Authority and will do so regarding this matter. Public access to this hearing shall be provided via Zoom link. 

The Abutter’s Notification: O:\My Documents\Administration\Special Permit Policies and Requests\DR Billings - Saunders Blasting - Dynamite License application\Billings.BullardsCrossingRoad.InflammableMaterials.License.Hearing.Abutters – 1.docx

To read the record of the Public Hearing, click here.

SELECT BOARD AGENDA / April 12, 2021 at 1:30pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/7/2021 at 4:35pm

Open Meeting

Adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed.

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / April 12, 2021 at 1:30pm

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 4/29/2021 at 6pm

Present: Select Board members:  Vivian Mason, Ray Bolduc and Dick Scialabba

The open meeting was called to order at 1:30 pm

A motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Scialabba) to adjourn the Open Meeting and to go into executive session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.

 Motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Scialabba) to go into executive session to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel and to not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote:  Bolduc - yes. Scialabba – yes. Mason recused herself and left the meeting.

Present representing HPD was negotiator, Officer Elizabeth Zipp.

A review of contract language changes required by the proposed agreement in principle was conducted. All were in agreement with the final language.

Motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Scialabba) to accept the wording as final. Roll call vote: Bolduc – yes. Scialabba – yes.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Richard B. Scialabba, Select Board Chair

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE / April 7, 2021 at 6:30pm

posted 3/22/2021 at 8:30am

  

The Town of Hinsdale’s Select Board, in accordance with MGL Ch. 148, Section 13, hereby give notice that a public hearing will be held on April 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. on the D.R. Billings, Inc., application for a license to store inflammable materials at their gravel yard located on Bullard’s Crossing, Hinsdale, MA 01235. The Hinsdale Select Board acts as the Town’s Special Permit Authority and will do so regarding this matter. Public access to this hearing shall be provided via Zoom link. Please register to attend this meeting at at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qd--rpj4jGdbTS_QLP0PTRbh5YtBsRfqc. Once registered, you will receive a link that will allow you to access the hearing.

The Abutter’s Notification: O:\My Documents\Administration\Special Permit Policies and Requests\DR Billings - Saunders Blasting - Dynamite License application\Billings.BullardsCrossingRoad.InflammableMaterials.License.Hearing.Abutters – 1.docx

SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / March 25, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4pm on 3/21/2021   updated on March 23 at 8:30am

Public may attend meeting by zoom. Register in advance for this meeting:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdeuvqz8sE9XGQvYxr_oM9WuTD_N5Ngsr

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 Select Board and Finance Committee continue FY22 Budget Discussions

  • Review minutes from previous meeting

  • Any other business not reasonably anticipated 

  • Public Comment

  •  Adjourn 

  • Public may attend meeting by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

This is a business meeting. The public may listen at will and speak with the permission of the chair.

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / March 24, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4pm on 3/21/2021 

Public may attend meeting by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89648974533

 

Meeting ID: 896 4897 4533

Phone for dial-in: 646 876 9923

One tap mobile:  +16468769923,,83541527424 # US (New York)

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Select Board Meeting Minutes from March 10, 2021 and Joint Meeting Minutes between Select Board & Finance Committee on March 13, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

CBRSD – Leslie Blake-Davis and Greg Boino joining meeting to discuss FY2022 school budget

Discussion on adopting State Election Laws Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021

Approve overspending the Snow & Ice budget

Vote to accept Town Mowing bid

Vote to accept Vocational Transportation bid

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

 

Adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / March 24, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 6pm on 4/29/2021   Public could attend meeting by zoom

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, CBRSD School Committee Co-Chair Rich Peters, CBRSD School Committee Hinsdale Rep. and Plunkett Beach Committee Chair Dave Stuart, Greg Boino CBRSD Director of Finance and Operations, Finance Chair Shaun Gallliher

7:00 PM, Dick opened meeting, informed everyone that the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve the Select Board meeting minutes from March 10, 2021 as presented, Vivian seconded, all said aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Town Administrator updates: working on budgets for FY22; have secured traffic studies for Schnopp Road project and Route 143. Have submitted specs and are awaiting quotes. Bud and Bob are working on a proposal for East Washington Road, anticipating that if it goes before Town meeting, and we could fix that road this summer and early fall. Marijuana Community Host Agreements: FFD Enterprises agreement has been filed with the Cannabis Commission. Others on Bullard’s Crossing are Tetra Hydra, and Green Patriot. Still working on HCA for Sunlight Farms, which would be located at 246 Peru Road, and is more contentious.

Dave Stuart from Plunkett Beach Committee: Cam Brown submitted proposed design work on pavilion. Jack Sobon would design roof work.

Rich Peters, CBRSD school committee: CBRSD going back to full in-school sessions starting April 5, K-12 as of Governor’s directive. There is funding for asymptomatic testing. School building project is right on schedule, on budget, haven’t had to touch the contingency funds. School tours are available upon request.

Shaun Galliher, Finance committee:  Biggest concern is a capital request for Water & Sewer. There is no surplus to fund them. There needs to be a rate adjustment as Sewer 3 is in the red.

New Business

Greg Boino joined meeting to discuss FY2022 school budget. He passed out handouts on Assessment and Revenue projections for the upcoming year. These have changed since final budget was approved two weeks ago. ESSER II funds in question at the State Level. We can offset the assessments and recalculate if it does get approved. There is currently a variance of $66,728. Hinsdale’s portion is $35,000 or 1.44% increase.

Ray made a motion to adopt State Election Laws Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021 to allow early voting, Viv seconded, all said aye.

Ray made a motion to overspend the Snow and Ice winter budget, Viv seconded, all said aye. Shaun made a comment that it is an historic low amount spent, praising Bud for his efforts. Dave said gravel roads have been in better repair than he has seen at this time of the year.

Ray made a motion to accept Gary Daniel’s Town Mowing bid of $21,030 which was not increased from previous year, Viv seconded, all said aye. This was the only bid submitted. Gary does a terrific job!

Ray made a motion to accept the one Vocational Transportation bid from Dufour at $204.80 per day for McCann; and $218.50 per day for Smith Vocational, Viv seconded, all said aye.

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda: Viv spoke of opening up Town Hall and the Community Center again. New state guideline allow up to 100 people inside building as of March 22, 2021. Viv made a motion to go ahead with opening Town Hall and Community Center (pending repairs) starting tomorrow, March 25; Ray seconded, all said aye.

Franklin County is requesting a meeting regarding Police Reform Bill. Viv wants to attend a meeting via Zoom if possible.

EXECUTIVE MEETING 

Ray made a motion to adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote: Ray said Yes, Vivian said Yes, Dick said Yes. Public left the meeting.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / March 24, 2021

Community Meeting Room, Downstairs - Hinsdale Town Hall

​Posted at 6pm on 4/29/2021 

 

Present: Select Board members Mason, Bolduc and Scialabba

The executive session was entered into at 7:45 pm with the following motion made in the Select Board meeting:

A motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Mason) to adjourn the Open Meeting and to go into executive session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.

Motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Mason) to go into executive session to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel and to not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote: Bolduc - yes. Mason - yes. Scialabba - yes.

Prior to any action being initiated and after a brief discussion Select Board member, Viv Mason, excused herself from the executive session.

Hinsdale Police Officers representatives were then invited into the meeting and Board members Bolduc and Scialabba continued with the meeting.

Contract specifics contained in a one year offer by the Town including raises for both Full-Time and Part-Time Officers, detail rates, and changes to restructure the education benefit feature were discussed and agreed to by HPD representatives pending final legal language review. Motion made (Bolduc) and seconded (Scialabba) to make the offer official. Roll Call vote: Bolduc-yes, Scialabba-yes.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Richard B. Scialabba

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING AGENDA / March 19, 2021 at 10am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8pm on 3/16/2021 

Open Meeting

Adjourn Open Meeting to go into Executive Session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed.

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / March 19, 2021 at 10am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 6pm on 4/29/2021 

 

Present: Select Board members Mason, Bolduc and Scialabba

The open meeting was called to order at 10 am

A motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Mason) to adjourn the Open Meeting and to go into executive session for:

Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.

Motion was made (Bolduc) and seconded (Mason) to go into executive session to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel and to not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote: Bolduc - yes. Mason - yes. Scialabba - yes.

Discussion was held on how to schedule, conduct and determine upcoming contract negotiations with non-union Hinsdale Police personnel.

Several options were considered and explored resulting in the following motion.

Motion was made (Mason) and seconded(Bolduc) to hold an executive session following the March 24, 2021 Select Board meeting with Police negotiators and the Select Board to explore a 1-year contract for compensation adjustments. Intent is to use this one year contract to allow for future meetings to more thoroughly review provisions in the entire contract. Roll call vote: Mason – yes. Bolduc – yes. Scialabba – yes.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:55 am.

Respectfully submitted, Richard B. Scialabba, Select Board Chair

 

SELECT BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / March 13, 2021 at 8:30am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10am on 3/8/2021 

Public may attend meeting by zoom: 

                                              FY22 Budget Meeting with Select Board and Finance Committee

                                                              08:30 AM - 02:30 PM (we may end early)

                                                         To see the schedule for the meeting, click here.

 

This is a business meeting. The public may listen at will and speak with the permission of the chair.

To attend via Zoom:     You will need to register to get the direct link to the meeting – so that we have a good registration list.

The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkduyqrzIsH92sqoc7RI-D9grilzt_Mpwj

The Meeting ID is: 869 1521 9659

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Via Conference call:       The number is 413-449-5095; code 706954#

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / March 10, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 9am on 3/8/2021 

Public may attend meeting by zoom: 

 

Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83541527424         

 

Meeting ID: 835 4152 7424

Phone for dial-in: 646 876 9923

One tap mobile: +16468769923,,83541527424 # US (New York)

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – Special Permit Hearing Minutes from February 18, Select Board Meeting Minutes from
     February 24, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Letter to representatives, senators, etc. concerning police reform

Open Mowing bids

Open Transportation bids

Vote on ESSER II funds to offset Required Local Contribution (RLC) to school budget

Reorganize Select Board

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Meeting Adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / March 10, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10:30am on 3/28/2021 

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator and Administrative Assistant 

Zoom: Keith Harrison and Chief Susan Rathbun

 

7:00 PM Vivian opened the meeting, noted the meeting was being recorded on Zoom, asked everyone to turn off their phones, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve meeting minutes from the February 18 Special Permit Hearing, Dick seconded. Vivian abstained. Both Dick and Ray said aye. Ray made a motion to approve the Select Board meeting minutes from February 24, 2021; Dick seconded, all said aye.

Town Administrator updates: Bob was asked to share the budget information to a town resident, and asked the board’s permission as long as it was marked as “draft.” This resident also wants to be part of the Finance/Select Board meeting on Saturday as well. The board had no objection. Bob is working on Water & Sewer plans to appropriate funds for next year’s project on the Annual Town Meeting warrant. He has been working on the marijuana farms. FFD is all set with their special permit. We have been working on TetraHydra Agtek and Green Patriot host community agreements. Ray and Bob still meeting with police officers on their contract.

Skyline Trail/Middlefield Road construction is potentially going to be delayed due to DOT 2 issues with guardrails over the box culverts and environmental concerns about a bird that nests from June 1 to the end of August. This may cause a major time delay. This is not a town project; it’s a state project.

Bud and Bob are working to develop an East Washington Road plan. Once we have a tentative plan, we will invite the residents on a Zoom call to explain the details.

New Business

Chief Rathbun sent a letter that Becket Select Board had written; suggested we write a similar letter to multiple representatives, senators, etc. concerning police reform. Vivian read the proposed letter; to read, click here. Ray made a motion to accept the letter as presented for signatures, Dick seconded, all said aye.

Vivian opened the one town mowing bid that was received. The bid was from Gary G. Daniels Lawn Care, amount was $21,030.00

Vivian opened the one vocational transportation bid that was received from Dufour. The bid was for $204.80 per day Hinsdale to McCann, $218.50 per day Hinsdale to Smith Vocational.

We need to vote on ESSER II funds to offset Required Local Contribution (RLC) to school budget. We have the option of using $49,820 to offset the required local contribution increase for transportation increase. We can vote to accept this and our assessment will decrease from $2,466,554 to $2,416,734. This is a one-time reduction; we need to vote to accept. Ray made a motion to accept, Dick seconded, all said aye.

We also saw in the Berkshire Eagle this week Hinsdale will receive $188,000 which be put into the general fund.

Vivian made a motion to nominate Dick Scialabba as Select Board Chair, Ray seconded, Dick abstained. Viv felt this change should happen now so she can still be around to help until her term is up in June.

Ray made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 p.m.; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / February 24, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 11:30am on 2/21/2021 

Public may attend meeting by zoom: 

Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85634405303?pwd=NUg2SEFpc3h1dUQ1SWxwZTB6RDZVUT09

 

Meeting ID: 856 3440 5303

Passcode: 5501235

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – January 27, 2021

 

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

 

New Business

Berkshire Range Graphics – Harley Traverse new business certificate request

 

Discuss and decide on dates for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

Meeting Adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / February 24, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:30am on 3/12/2021 

Public could attend meeting by zoom

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Dave Stuart- CBRSD, Admin. Assistant  Zoom: Shaun Galliher, Harley Traverse, Keith Harrison, Chief Susan Rathbun

 

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, noted the meeting was being recorded on Zoom, asked everyone to turn off their phones, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve January 27, 2021 LMC/SB meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all in favor. Ray made a motion to approve January 27, 2021 SB meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all in favor. Ray made a motion to approve January 27, 2021 Executive Session meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all in favor.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
Dave Stuart said working on budget. Leslie Blake-Davis and Greg Boino offered to come to a SB meeting to discuss budget but haven’t received Town’s response yet. Governor Baker would like students K-2 back in school four days a week starting in April. Electric Car Charging Station questions: Sounds like CRBSD doesn’t want cars entering during school hours and driving into the parking lot. Bob and Ray explained how there will be signs and it will be located so that hookups could be available from both sides. Short-term or long-term charging available if this takes off. All up in the air, depending if we get the grant money. We are just in exploration stage. The application is due by March 13.

Town Administrator said we are working on budgets. Department requests were due February 23. We are looking into receiving transportation and mowing bids to be accepted at next SB meeting, March 10. MIIA’s quote is going up 4.6% which is expected. Bob is working on the Lake Management Plunkett Lake Operations Manual. He is working on finishing up the FFD Host Community Agreement. He is working on Green Patriots HCA. Silver Therapeutics is still an open question. At their request we posted FFD Outreach Meeting on March 3, at 6 p.m. at their site. This meeting is a requirement of Cannabis Control Commission; town not involved. Working with Bud for another MassWorks Grant, now due June instead of August. He is looking to see if Route 143 is accepted by the TIPS program if it is federally funded. The problem is the possible federal requirement of bike lanes and sidewalks the entire length of the road which would cost the town too much extra money. The Governor is announcing soon a new state route funding source for rural communities for this purpose, so we haven’t seen the rules on that yet, but we are trying to be first in line to apply, once they set policies in motion.

New Business

Harley Traverse would like a new e-commerce business certificate request. The business name will be “Gralok” operating at 120 Commonwealth Avenue, which is a strictly online business. Ray made a motion to grant a business certificate, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Because of Covid restrictions, it was discussed that the Annual Town Meeting and Election should be moved to June instead of May. Ray made a motion to hold the Annual Town Meeting on June 9 and the Election on June 12 pending approval from the State on room limitations, and availability at Kittredge School. Dick seconded, and all said Aye.

Ray was contacted by FEMA to have complimentary PPE delivered to Ambulance, Police, Fire and Highway Departments. He was also approached by a citizen to advertise the disassembled Quonset Hut located at the Water Shed (if it is salvageable) on Municibid. Or it could be scrap metal; either way it could be out of our storage area.

Mary Rice, Bud Hall, Shaun Galliher, Bob and Viv talked about Water & Sewer’s budget and a direction for the department. Boris was hired as temporary clerk. Dave Prickett is going to be at the next Zoom Meeting on Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. to discuss proposals and we have several abatements to discuss. It will be posted as a Water & Sewer Commissioners Meeting and therefore will be an open meeting for anyone wanting to attend.

Police Chief sent out an email link about Police Reform bill and its impact on small towns like ours. It may mean staggering amounts of money for police departments as part-time police will be phased out and need extensive further training.

Ray made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 p.m.; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA / February 18, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8am on 2/2/2021 

Purpose of the hearing is to review/consider a special permit application from FFD Enterprises, Inc. (f/k/a Ipswich Pharmaceuticals, Assoc.) of Hartford, CT to develop an outdoor marijuana cultivation/processing/production facility at 120 Bullards Crossing Rd.

In order to comply with Governor Baker’s emergency order related to COVID-19 procedures/restrictions, only Board members and FFD presenters will be allowed into the meeting room.

 

Persons wishing to access this public hearing via ZOOM may do so using the information below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85634405303?pwd=NUg2SEFpc3h1dUQ1SWxwZTB6RDZVUT09

 

Meeting ID: 856 3440 5303

Passcode: 5501235

 

Requests for information, plan copies or comments can be directed to select.board@hinsdalema.gov or through USPS mail to: Hinsdale Select Board, 39 South St., Hinsdale, MA 01235.

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES / February 18, 2021 at 6:30pm   

FFD Enterprises Special Permit

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:15am on 3/12/2021 

 

Present at Town Hall:  Dick Scialabba, Ray Bolduc, Robert Graves, and Lynne Baumgartner

Attendance by Zoom:  Ben Zachs, Chris Chamberland, Ellen Freyman, Will Kacheris, Morgan Davis, Terri Davis, Robert Johnson, Scott Rodman, Vivian Mason, Dick Eastland, Larry Parnass, Christina Filkins, Ray Gochey, Dave Duquette, Patricia Harris, Alan Delphia and John ?

 

6:30 PM, Dick Scialabba opened hearing, explaining that the FFD Enterprise representatives would speak first, then it would be open for Public Comments and questions.

After much discussion, Ray made a motion to grant FFD Enterprises a Special Permit to have an outdoor and indoor grow facility on Bullard’s Crossing Road. Dick seconded the motion. Both said Aye. Vivian abstained from the vote. 

 

To read the entire discussion see attached or on website, click here.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE / February 18, 2021 at 6:30pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 4pm on 1/31/2021  

              

The Hinsdale Select Board will conduct a virtual public hearing pursuant to its Special Permit Authority responsibility (Hinsdale Zoning Bylaws, Section 6-E) Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm.  Purpose of the hearing is to review/consider a special permit application from FFD Enterprises MA, Inc. (f/k/a Ipswich Pharmaceuticals, Assoc.) of Hartford, CT to develop an outdoor marijuana cultivation/processing facility at 120 Bullards Crossing Rd.

Persons wishing to access this public meeting via ZOOM or conference call should consult the posted agenda on the town website at www.hinsdalemass.com , or on the board outside the first level entrance to town hall (39 South St.) for instructions.

Requests for information, plan copies or comments can be directed to Select.Board@hinsdalema.gov.

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / January 27, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:55am on 1/25/2021  

Public may attend meeting by zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85634405303?pwd=NUg2SEFpc3h1dUQ1SWxwZTB6RDZVUT09

 

Meeting ID: 856 3440 5303

Passcode: 5501235

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2021

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

Acknowledgement of Telecommunications Donation

Discuss FFD Special Permit Hearing schedule/process

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

 

Meeting Adjournment to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / January 27, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10:15am on 2/26/2021  Public could attend meeting by zoom

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Dave Stuart- CBRSD, Administrative Assistant

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, noted the meeting was being recorded on Zoom, asked everyone to turn off their microphones, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve January 13, 2021 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs, Town Administrator – updates

Dave Stewart, School Committee Representative, spoke about CBRSD planning to go back to hybrid school attendance.

 

Letter from several Ashmere Lake groups read that thanked the town for its efforts toward making remote meetings accessible. The Board also thanked these folks for their generous donation for telecommunication materials and hardware.

Announced that the marijuana cultivation project proposed by FFD will receive a Special Permit Public Hearing February 18 at 6:30 and will be accessible by zoom. The Select Board is the Special Permit Authority.

 

At 7:20 p.m. Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Dick seconded, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye, Viv said Aye.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / January 27, 2021 at 7:20pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10:15am on 2/26/2021

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator

 

At 7:20 p.m. Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Dick seconded, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye, Viv said Aye.

 

Select Board discussed negotiating and bargaining options with the Town Administrator who is representing the Select Board (along with member Bolduc) at bargaining sessions. Discussed pros and cons of educational stipend as a stand-alone vs. part-of-salary option. Talked about some of the proposals on the police officers’ list. Discussed involving Finance Committee in questions of available monies for raises, stipends, etc.

Motion to adjourn at 8:40pm made by Bolduc, seconded by Scialabba. Roll call vote to adjourn: Bolduc, aye; Scialabba, aye; Mason, aye.

SELECT BOARD & LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / January 27, 2021 at 6pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:45am on 1/25/2021  

 

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Discuss Committee Mission Statement; items of interest

Discuss the Select Board’s expectations for the Lake Management Committee; Committee parameters

Discuss Communications

Discuss Lake Management Budget / ATM / Contract Responsibilities

Discuss Solitude Contract Enforcement / 2021 Changes to Contract

Public Comments

Adjournment to regularly scheduled Select Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

SELECT BOARD & LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING MINUTES / January 27, 2021 at 6pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10:15am on 2/26/2021  Public could attend meeting by zoom

 

6:00 Vivian opened meeting promptly with Andy Hagadorn, Chair of Lake Management Committee (LMC) referring to the end of the year Town Report. He had questions on how to write the report since no one did last year. Question was asked what the Select Board’s expectations were from the LMC. Vivian explained it is an advisory committee. It is not like the Conservation Commission which tells you what you need to do based on State Environmental Laws. LMC will provide suggestions and inform the Town Hall personnel what is happening at the lakes. Monica and LMC collectively will draw up a budget to be presented to the Select Board and Finance Committee in March. The Select Board is responsible for finalizing the budget on the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting.

 

LMC should be considering these questions: how and when should the lakes be treated for herbicide or phragmites; how to educate people on how to take care of the lake while environmentally maintaining the ecosystem; when to bring in outside speakers to meetings. LMC can confer with Solitude, obtain quotes and dates – but communicate with other town departments such as Board of Health, Conservation, DPW, Select Board, and Town Administrator. LMC will share information with Town Personnel before final decisions or commitments are made. LMC cannot spend town funds without approval.

 

Andy was speaking about the issues with the lake drawdown and the spillway. The Plunkett gate valve was vandalized; getting it repaired was costly and time-consuming. Bill Logue noted the lake was still six inches above where it is supposed to be. But with snow/rain in the past week, it seems it would be above the preferred level. Foresight engineer trained Bud Hall. There is a log book with the lake levels data entered daily (but not shared constantly with LMC or town residents that don’t need to know daily) just when the lake is being drawn down in the fall or during spring thaw. Management is trying to figure out the best way to keep it, whether it be written in a notebook or on a calendar initializing who took the measurements. Maintaining the lake level is not an exact science. Eventually much of the data can be posted on the website.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. to go into the regularly-scheduled Select Board meeting.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / January 13, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 9:45pm on 1/8/2021  

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – December 21, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Sign Town Administrator Employment Contract

Vote to approve and release Executive Meeting minutes – November 4 and 8; December 21, 2020

Richardson/DCR letter – Chapter 61/61S Sale; Discuss and vote on right of first refusal

Discuss and possible vote to appoint of Bill Logue to Lake Management Committee

Announce Planning Board Public Hearing on January 14.

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

 

Meeting Adjournment to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed to discuss Police Chief Susan Rathbun’s concerns.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / January 13, 2021 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 9:45am on 1/28/2021  

Public encouraged to attend meeting by Zoom conferencing

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Ray made a motion to approve the previous meeting minutes from December 21, 2020; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Rich Peters, Vice-Chair of CBRSD’s school committee, said Wahconah High School building is still on target. The school’s finance committee started the initial budget process. Leslie Blake-Davis and Greg Boino would like to share information with the towns and present a tentative budget to the Select Board and/or Finance Committee. School is tentatively opening back up on January 19, unless there is community spread which prevents it. CBRSD is not tied by the teachers’ union to close the schools. Safety & Wellness committee meeting again this week to review the most current data from the Board of Health. Vivian spoke with Barbara Craft-Reiss about rewriting the regional agreement and asked if the 7-Town Advisory Committee could be a conceptual part. Bonnie DiTimasso is working on beginning the collaboration.

Flyer outlining details of the food truck going to Dalton CRA every third Wednesday has been sent to website for posting. Recipients’ participation is declining.

Bob’s updates: 1) Gate valve training is taking place this week. Lake Management Committee is anxious to get procedures and published data on water levels. Bob will get a month of data and operational information before releasing it, and it will be published on the website as well. 2) FY2022 budget plans are underway. We are planning on having joint meeting between Finance Committee and Select Board on Saturday, March 12. Final budgets from department heads are due in late February. 3) We are working on the Police Officers Contract, which expires June 30. It should be completed after the budgets are finalized. 4) Bud Hall found a 2014 Engineering study on Route 143, Peru Road. Bob is working on getting this project on a Transportation Improvement Program TIPS list. 5) We are working on several marijuana host community agreements. Planning Board meeting Thursday, January 14 to discuss FFD’s plan for a grow on Bullards Crossing (FFD purchased IPA).

Dick made a motion to accept Robert Graves’ employment contract, dated January 13, 2021 after meeting several times in Executive Session; salary requirements are contingent on approval at the Annual Town Meeting, Ray seconded the motion, all said Aye.

 

Dick made a motion to accept and release Executive Meeting minutes of November 18, December 2 and 21, 2020; Ray seconded the motion, all in favor.

 

Mark Siegars, Esquire, sent the Select Board a letter asking if the town wanted to exercise its right of first refusal to purchase property at 450 Michaels Road. The price of the acreage is $700K. Judith and Gordon Richardson are selling the property, of which 38 acres are designated as Chapter 61 Forest Lands. Ray made a motion to turn down the right of first refusal on the property, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Scheduled Executive Session was not needed.

Ray made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / December 16, 2020 at 7pm
postponed due to storm until Monday, December 21  at 9:30 am 

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10am on 11/29/2020  postponed at 1pm on 12/16/2020

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Executive & Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes – December 2, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

New Business

Auto Class II & III – Renewals

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

 

Round Table Discussion

 

Public Comments

 

Meeting Adjournment to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session.

Roll call vote needed to discuss Town Administrator’s contract continuation from December 2, 2020.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / December 21, 2020 at 9:30am

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 3pm on 1/14/2021  

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant

9:30 AM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve the previous meeting minutes from December 2, 2020, both regular meeting and executive session, Dick seconded, all in favor.

 

Town Administrator updates – the Plunkett Gate valve is being repaired as we speak. Police Contract negotiations are in the works, next meeting in January.

 

The Select Board voted to approve the following Class II and Class III License Renewals:

 •Avid Auto – Warren J. Wetherell  – Class II & III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Berkshire Truck & Auto Sales – David Duquette – Class II; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Century Finance – Warren H. Wetherell  – Class II & III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Dufour Escorted Tours – William Dufour – Class II; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Gunter’s Foreign Auto Service – Gunter Breitmaier – Class II & III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye..

•Hinsdale Service Center – William Denault – Class II; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•LaRochelle Auto Sales – Paul LaRochelle – Class II & III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Dennis Petell – Class III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Wetherell’s Hinsdale Garage – Warren H. & Kim Wetherell – Class II & III; Ray made a motion to approve, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

New Business 

Vivian emailed Dave Prickett’s proposal to the Finance Committee chair and asked for it to be an agenda item at their next meeting. Discussion needs to happen on who is responsible for paying for the maintenance on the Water & Sewer System.

Letter from Lake Management Committee was drafted to send to the camps regarding Solitude’s herbicide treatments, etc. representing the Town. Further discussion is needed before they send out correspondence. We need a meeting between the committee and Select Board to frame parameters for LMC duties. The Select Board is the governing authority in all town matters.

 

At 9:50 a.m. Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Dick seconded, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye, Viv said Aye.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / December 21, 2020 at 9:45am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 3pm on 1/14/2021 released 1/13/2021

Present: Select Board members Mason, Bolduc and Scialabba, Town Administrator Bob Graves

The Executive Session opened at 9:45am.

Meeting continued Bob Graves’ contract discussion. The Select Board discussed the revised contract Bob submitted after further thought. Several changes and adjustments were negotiated and agreed to by both the Select Board and the Town Administrator. Motion was made by Bolduc, seconded by Scialabba to accept the contract as negotiated at today’s meeting. Ray voted Aye, Dick voted Aye, Vivian voted Aye.

Motion to adjourn by Ray, seconded by Dick. Roll call vote: Ray, yes; Dick, yes; Viv yes. Adjourned at 10:230am.

Respectfully submitted, Vivian Mason

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / December 2, 2020 at 7pm      

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 10am on 11/29/2020  

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – November 18, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
  Town Administrator – updates

 

New Business

Josh Silver – Sunlight Farms seeking approval to develop a marijuana cultivation facility at 172 Peru Road

 

Alcohol Renewals: Phat Al’s (Ozzie’s); BasRidge Country Club, South Street Wine & Liquor, and Hinsdale Trading Company

 

Appoint Jediadah Henry as full-time Police Officer

 

Read Letter from Pamela Tatge of Jacob’s Pillow

 

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

 

Open Meeting Adjournment to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote needed to discuss Town Administrator’s contract continuation from November 18, 2020.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / December 2, 2020 at 7pm      

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:30pm on 12/27/2020  

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Dave Stuart, Elizabeth Zipp and Jedadiah Henry

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Ray made a motion to approve the previous meeting minutes from November 18, 2020, both regular meeting and executive session, Dick seconded, all in favor said Aye.

Dave Stuart was present from the CRBSD. He said since the Covid level of neighboring town of Pittsfield is “Yellow” – all learning must be remote until further notice.

 

Ray made a motion to appoint Jedadiah Henry as full-time Police Officer, Dick seconded, all in favor. Viv welcomed him to the department, apologizing for not being able to give congratulatory handshakes.

 

Town Administrator updates: After summer drought, we received some large rainfall refilling Plunkett Lake. TA received a lot of calls from concerned residents. So Town decided to rent an industrial-size pump to drawdown the lake. The costs for one week was approximately $5,000 with fuel and overtime. The parts to repair the vandalized gate valve should be in sometime next week after a lengthy delay. Caleb, our conservation agent, is willing to work to extend our Order of Conditions to satisfy MASS DEP requirements.

 

Linda Cernik, Northern Berk. Solid Waste District rep, performed an annual inspection to our Transfer Station. Barry passed with flying colors for the second year in a row.

 

The Treasurer/Collector has been working with UNI-PAY to collect transfer permits, bag tags, dog licenses and other nominal fees online. This should be available the beginning of February 2021.

 

Lynne and Bob are working with Canon to work out the kinks in our scanning software. Cathy Turner has been helping scan documents for weeks. She has been a great help. Next step is to relabel them in order to sort them in the software.

 

New Business

Josh Silver spoke representing Sunlight Farms. He co-owns Silver Therapeutics in Orange and Williamstown, MA. His partnership is seeking approval to develop a marijuana cultivation facility at 172 Peru Road. At the site there is an enclosed warehouse with a transparent roof. There is also a solar facility on the premises. He expects to use the latest technology for odor mitigation. He wants to make it non-impactful to surrounding residents. On November 11, he requested a zoning determination from the Town’s Code Enforcement Officer. The next step is for the Town Administrator, and Select Board to work with our legal department to develop a Host Community Agreement to benefit both parties’ best interest. When a complete application is submitted, it will be referred to the Planning Board.

 

Dick made a motion to approve alcohol license renewal for BasRidge Country Club; Ray seconded, all in favor. Dick made a motion to approve alcohol license renewal for Phat Al’s (Ozzie’s); Ray seconded, all in favor. Dick made a motion to approve alcohol license renewal for Hinsdale Trading Company; Ray seconded, all in favor. Dick made a motion to approve alcohol license renewal for South Street Wine & Liquor; Ray seconded, all said Aye.

 

Viv read thank-you letter to Ralph Cormier and Hinsdale’s Fire Department from Pamela Tatge of Jacob’s Pillow. She thanked them for their help in saving other structures by their quick response time.

 

Public Comments – Scott Rodman said he and others are very pleased to attend the meeting through Zoom (during Covid). He is happy the town purchased the Zoom license and OWL so others could see and hear what was happening remotely. Ashmere Landing, Ashmere Heights, Allegrone, Keith Harrison and others took up a collection for $1,000 to donate to the Town to help defray the costs of the equipment. Viv thanked them profusely.

 

Next meeting, Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

 

At 7:40 p.m. Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Dick seconded, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye, Viv said Aye.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / December 2, 2020 at 7:40pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 3pm on 1/14/2021 released 1/13/2021

Present: Select Board

 

The Executive Session opened at 7:40pm.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Bob Graves’ contract. The Select Board discussed the recommendations made by legal counsel concerning the proposed contract. Several changes and adjustments were discussed. Viv will incorporate both SB and legal changes to existing proposal and will send to both Dick and Ray to be sure all changes are made. Then contract will be sent to Bob and another negotiation meeting will be held after Select Board meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Motion to adjourn by Ray, seconded by Dick. Roll call vote: Ray, yes; Dick, yes; Viv yes. Adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted, Vivian Mason

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / November 18, 2020 at 7pm   amended 11/16    

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 8:35am on 11/14/2020  amended at 4:10pm on 11/16/2020

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – November 4, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates

 

New Business

Discussion and vote on adding full-time police officer

 

Discussion and vote on waiving alcohol license fees for 2021 with a provision to revisit the matter in July 2021 and possibly reinstate fees on pro-rated basis. Licenses would still need to be renewed, per state regulation.

 

Discussion and vote on business certificate for Warren Dews

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

 

Meeting Adjournment to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel.

 

Motion: Move to go into executive session to conduct a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel and to not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote needed.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / November 18, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 1:20pm on 12/3/2020

Public could attend meeting in person, by teleconferencing or by Zoom conferencing

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant

On Call/Zoom:  Chief Rathbun, Shaun Galliher, Warren Dews, and Keith Harrison

 

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Warren Dews asked for a business certificate. A Hinsdale resident, he wants to sell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and churches. His supplies are stored at his house, but there would be no customer traffic at his home. Ray made a motion to grant a business license, Dick seconded, all said Aye. Bob noted that he will have to come in to appear in person before the Town Clerk to sign the business certificate.

Ray made a motion to approve November 4 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Town Administrator updates: Treasurer/Collector stated that the Real Estate payments were 91.7% collected; and the Property Tax payments were 86% collected. The delinquent payers will be notified of their obligation.

•Plunkett Lake drawdown has begun with Plan 3, renting of a diesel pump. The siphon Plan 2 stopped because both ends of the hose had to be submerged in water. Plan 1 will be back on track once the parts arrive to repair the vandalized gate valve, around the end of the month. •Board of Health confirmed the algae bloom has been tested in two locations at Plunkett Lake, and is now well under control.

•The Town Hall has been closed to the public, starting this past Monday, November 16, due to recent rise in COVID cases around Berkshire County. The need for Transfer Station bag tags has been lifted until we can add the UNIBANK purchase option to pay for them online.

•DPW removed the American Flags and have stored them for the winter months.

•Old Dalton Road is having street signs reinstalled this week and remaining problems resolved.

 

Discussion about adding a full-time officer to police force. Finance Committee reviewed and endorsed Chief Rathbun’s request for an additional full-time academy-trained officer. Ray made a motion to post a full-time police officer position that would begin December 1. Dick seconded the motion, all said Aye.

 

Ray made a motion for a one-time COVID-related, waiver of fees for alcohol licenses. This will be revisited in July to see if prorated payments should be applied for the remainder of 2020. Dick seconded, all said Aye. Licenses will still need to be renewed at the next Select Board meeting, per state regulation.

 

Paige Torrey asked if she could answer letters to Santa Claus from the children. A drop box will be setup by the bookstand for the letters, so hopefully residents will take advantage of books being offered. Ray made a motion to allow Santa letters to be dropped off at Town Hall, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Ray made a motion to go into Executive Session for Exemption 2: To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel and not reconvene into regular session. Dick seconded, Ray said Aye, Dick said Aye, Viv said Aye.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD EXECUTIVE MEETING MINUTES / November 18, 2020 at 7:40pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 3pm on 1/14/2021 released 1/13/2021

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant

The Executive Session opened at 7:40pm. The meeting was being recorded by Select Board; no one else was recording.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Bob Graves’ performance review and next contract.

Dick read his comments and recommendations, Ray read his comments, and Vivian read her comments about past performance. The contract was discussed and decision was made to have it reviewed by legal counsel.

No votes were taken, and further discussion was postponed until next Executive Session meeting, after Select Board meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / November 4, 2020 at 7pm     

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Posted at 1:35pm on 10/31/2020

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7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – September 17 and October 14, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates                 

 

New Business

Doug Leab’s property signing

 

Discussion on Lake Management Committee motion to hire a dam engineer

LMC is requesting the Select Board consider hiring an independent engineer to determine the actual amount of water being discharged from the toe drains at Plunkett Reservoir dam.

 

Brian Vincent –proposed marijuana cultivation at Bullards Crossing Road

 

Correct Cemetery foundation price to $450

 

Announce Winter Parking Rules now in effect

Announce amended Select Board meeting dates through the end of the year (November 18, December 2, December 16

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round Table Discussion

Public Comments

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SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / November 4, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 2pm on 11/19/2020

Public could attend meeting in person, by teleconferencing or by Zoom conferencing

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Doug Leab, Rich Peters, Brian Vincent, Michael Goodenough, and Andrew Wilkinson

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve September 17 and October 14 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Rich Peters said CBRSD is currently operating in Hybrid model. Safety & Wellness Committee trying to work on getting kids back in school full time. Right now there is not enough room in the high school currently to keep the students six feet apart. Dave Stuart has been appointed to the school committee. Alternating schedule as needed, one of them plans to attend our Select Board meetings. New school building is moving along, working on the interior now.

Town Administrator – Plunkett Lake drawdown has been delayed because the parts are not available to ship. Lake is now completely full after the drought this year. We received the insurance check to cover the damage to the gate house. Extra town funds will improve the glides. Old Dalton Road– blacktopping will be completed this week. The lines can be painted next week. Funding from the state has come through to pay the invoice due to the contractor. Governor Baker’s new guidelines, which begin Friday at 10 p.m., no one should be out from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Only essential business is recommended. Limit of ten people will be allowed in gather for future meetings. Bob submitted Green Communities grant data and it was accepted. 

New Business

Vivian, Dick and Doug Leab signed documents from our legal team to accept the donation of approximately 1.4 acres of land adjacent to the Transfer Station. Doug Leab’s gift to the Town has involved surveying the site, straightening, and demarking boundary lines that had been hand-drawn on old property maps. Ray Bolduc abstained so he could witness and notarized the documents. Bob will forward originals to lawyers.

 

Lake Management Committee (LMC) is requesting funds to hire an independent engineer to determine the actual amount of water being discharged from the toe drains at Plunkett Reservoir dam. The Select Board voted to table this discussion until the spring when budgets are determined. The additional funds would have to be approved at Annual Town meeting. At this time, the Select Board is aware that the dam was inspected by two engineers this year: Massachusetts Dam Safety inspector, Morris Root and Foresight Engineers. LMC is also seeking approval to start a Town Newsletter. There was no objections from the board, but since the LMC is an agency of the Town, they must adhere to all state laws regarding publications.

 

Brian Vincent spoke to the Board about applying to the State for Tier 11 proposed marijuana cultivation at Bullards Crossing Road, at David Duquette property. His next plan would be to seek legal advice and obtain a host agreement with the Town of Hinsdale.

 

Ray made a motion to correct Cemetery foundation price to $450; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Winter Parking Rules now in effect, and Mailbox replacement policies posted again on website. Delivery of sand to the elderly will resume if they call and request it.

Vivian wanted to have noted that the next Select Board meetings will be November 18 and December 2 and 16.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 8:20 pm; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

 

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

NO SELECT BOARD MEETING / October 28  Next Meeting: November 4 at 7pm

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / October 14, 2020 at 7pm   amended  

Community Meeting Room - Hinsdale Town Hall

39 South St, Hinsdale MA

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Meeting ID: 867 3611 5902; Passcode: 5501235

​​posted at 12:20pm on 10/8/2020   amended 3:15pm on 10/13/2020

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – September 23, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates                  

New Business

Town Clerk has asked to appoint Casey Moore, Stephen Lanphear, Candance Galeucia, Bruce Alexander, and Samantha Zeitler as Election workers

Full-time Police officer discussion

Sarah Stroud - online photography business certificate

Charity Stroud – online piano lessons business certificate 

Halloween festivities

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / October 14, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 9:05am on 11/05/2020

Public could attend meeting in person or by Zoom conferencing

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, announced the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve September 23 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Rich Peters texted Vivian regarding the CBRSD. He was unavailable to attend tonight’s meeting. Christine Galeucia resigned from school committee. Dave Stuart applied. The first two weeks of school with hybrid model has had no health/welfare issues so far.

Police Chief wanted to be on record, stating with the current political unrest, she would like more collaboration between the departments at Town Hall, specifically the Town Clerk. She feels the Town Election, November 3, should be held at the Fire Station which provides more room for COVID social distancing, parking, and safety of the residents.

Shaun Galliher stated the Governor released State Budget, adjusted the Cherry Sheet so that Hinsdale receives $3,000 less, but the school budget increased.

Town Administrator updates 1) Dams were inspected Tuesday, October 13; noting there needs to be improvement around the spillways including lip replacement to avoid leakage. Town is hoping to secure grant to pay some of the anticipated cost to fix. 2) Insurance claim has been approved to cover the cost of the mechanism to repair vandalized Plunkett Lake gate valve, less the deductible and shipping costs. 3) Working on a Covid budget for the remainder of this year. 4) Old Dalton Road should be completed next week, weather permitting 5) Encouraging Early Voting to avoid crowds on Election Day, November 3 (dates & times posted on town website).

New Business

Ray made a motion to appoint Casey Moore, Stephen Lanphear, Candance Galeucia, Bruce Alexander, and Samantha Zeitler as election workers; Dick seconded, all said Aye. No one was present to be sworn in with Town Clerk.

Sarah Stroud applied for a business certificate, wants to sell nature prints online. Ray made a motion to approve online photography business certificate, Dick seconded, all said Aye. Charity Stroud applied for a business certificate, wants to teach piano lessons online (with a video call). Ray made a motion to approve business certificate, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Chief Rathbun asked the Select Board and Finance to consider making a part-time officer into a full-time Police officer as of December 1; costing the town an extra $3,000-$5,000 per FY2021. This move would offer more stability for the department, more recognition of full-time officers within the community; more time for training. The person being considered has been trained at the academy, and is also an EMT.

Halloween festivities will be on Saturday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. as Trick or Trunk Festivities with activities featured around the town. Children with adults will go to Kittredge School parking lot, Pavilion, Fire Department, First Congregational Church, Kiddie Park, Library, and back around to Town Hall parking lot. Ray made a motion to approve this function, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Vivian wanted to note that the Select Board meetings in November and December will be the first and third Wednesdays of the month, instead of second and fourth due to upcoming holidays. Early voting on October 28 may cancel or reschedule the next meeting.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 7:25 pm; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 23, 2020 at 7pm     

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  Teleconference: 413-449-5095; code 706954 

or by Zoom meeting. Register in advance for this meeting:

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posted at 1:40pm on 9/18 /2020  Zoom info posted at 2:09pm on 9/22/2020

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – September 9, 2020; Dangerous Dog Hearing on September 9, 2020; and Tax Class Hearing – September 17, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates                  

New Business

Continue Tax Classification Hearing from September 17 – vote on Tax Rate for FY2021

Appoint new library Board of Trustees: Christine Basiliere, Robert Sauve, and Pastor Jennifer Kimball

Appoint Michael Knappe as new full-time Highway Department Laborer

Eversource Pole petition 6B920955rev New Windsor Road was reviewed at September 9 meeting, pending notifications of what trees need to be cut while adding these two additional poles no action was taken

Eversource Pole modified petition 6B920492STATE (previously dated 6/06/19 and approved by Select Board on 8/14/19) on Middlefield Road.

Discuss and vote on an increase in price to install a foundation in the Maple Street cemetery

Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Round table discussion

Public comments

Meeting adjournment

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 23, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 10/15/2020 at 9:55am   

Public attended meeting in person or by phone

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant. Regional Resource Group: Harald Scheid, Michael Thiemann; Eversource: Anthony Gentile & Nicholas Langone attended meeting by Zoom.

 

7:00 PM, Vivian opened the meeting, asked if everyone could turn off their phones, noted that the meeting was being recorded, all stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ray made a motion to approve September 9 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye. Ray made a motion to approve the Dangerous Dog Hearing minutes on September 9, 2020; Dick seconded, all said Aye. Ray made a motion to approve September 17, 2020 Tax Class Hearing minutes; Dick seconded, all said Aye. 

Town Administrator updates: a) Property Tax bills will go out on October 13, will be due in November. b) Governor Baker released a new Workplace Safety Standards for indoor and outdoor events to address COVID-19. This standard remains the same as previously issued on August 11, 2020; the number of individuals that can attend events has not increased. For example, this room can have 18 people, which is 25% capacity. Any new Covid-19 related news is posted on the Mass.gov/COVID website. c) Plunkett Lake gate valve mechanism repair estimated cost is $13K with the cost of labor included. We are looking into filing an insurance claim. d) State Dam Inspector Morris Root, along with Bud and Ray, will start the dam inspections on October 13. e) Old Dalton Road was paved with first coat. The telephone pole installation is the hold up. Warner Brothers will be back after October 1 to complete the project by Columbus Day.

In continuing the Tax Classification hearing, Vivian asked for a motion for each of the following: Ray made a motion for No Small Commercial Exemption, Dick seconded the motion, all said Aye. Ray made a motion for No Open Space Discount, Dick seconded the motion, all said Aye. Ray made a motion for No Residential Exemption, Dick seconded the motion, all said Aye. Ray made a motion for a Single Tax Rate for all classes of property, Dick seconded the motion, all said Aye.

Harald Scheid of Regional Resource Group prepared the LA5 form for the Select Board members to sign off, and it will be attached to electronic form and sent into Dept. of Revenue (DOR) for review & acceptance. Assessor Chair Neil Barrocas asked if we could now publish the new tax rate. Harald suggested not until it is finalized by DOR. Ray made a motion to approve the LA5, tax rate submitted on the form, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Ray made a motion to appoint new library Board of Trustees: Christine Basiliere, Bob Sauve, and Jennifer Kimball; Dick seconded, all said Aye. Christine and Bob were present to be sworn in by the Town Clerk.

Ray made a motion to appoint Michael Knappe as full-time Highway Department Laborer, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Eversource Pole petition 6B920955rev New Windsor Road was reviewed at September 9 meeting, pending notifications of what trees need to be cut while adding these two additional poles, no action was taken. Mary Rice is the property owner. Wagner Tech. planned on installing this substation between two poles within 100 feet. Mary has withdrawn her consent to put it anywhere on her property, maintaining that it is dangerous, containing high voltage. The Eversouce arborist understood Mary’s concern. She was upset that they cut down 19 trees on her property without her permission. Wagner Tech. is considering other options and will come up with a new plan for the next board meeting. Dick made a motion to continue the hearing until the next meeting on October 14, Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Eversource Pole modified petition 6B920492STATE (previously dated 6/06/19 and approved by Select Board on 8/14/19) on Middlefield Road. Nicholas Langone, field engineer spoke about this project and the need to straighten out the bend towards Smith Road. The petition entails moving four poles, which remain well off the road, some move 10’–60’ to the new location. Two abutters were present and reviewed the pictures of the poles, and which ones will be moved and by how many feet; there were no objections. Ray made a motion to approve the modified petition 6B920492STATE, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

A request was made to finish the pole relocations on Old Dalton Road in order to complete our paving job. Old Dalton Road, Hinsdale: 1) Install one new jointly owned pole (P#47/39) to be located approximately sixty feet northwest of existing jointly owned pole (P#42/32) and on

Maple Street, Hinsdale: 1) Relocate one existing jointly-owned pole (P#42/31) to be located approximately forty-seven feet east of the existing pole (P#42/31).

2) Relocate one existing jointly-owned pole (P#42/B30) to be located approximately twenty-five feet east of the existing pole (P#42/B30). Reason for relocation is for people to have visibility at that intersection at the completion of the Old Dalton Road construction. Nicholas was going to follow-up with Esther Balardini when this project will be completed.

We made inquiries on how much labor, time and materials go into building a cement foundation to hold up a headstone three feet long and one foot wide. Ray made a motion to increase the cost by $150, from $225 to $375 in the Maple Street Cemetery. Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Ray wanted to acknowledge Officer Tyler Miller, who is well-known by all the students and faculty at Kittredge School. He does Community Policing really well. Officer Miller acts very humble while being thanked by the Select Board and the Town, saying he is just doing his job.

Viv reminded everyone about the Flu Clinic, 9 am to noon at the Fire Station on Monday, October 5.

There have been ongoing talks and meetings, with the First Congregational Church for Halloween to dispense goodies to the kids. There certainly won’t be a normal trick or treat this year.

People have been asking about dilapidated properties and how to deal with the eye-sore. We are at an impasse. There is no grant money to tear down old houses, sheds, trailers, or any type of building. People have dilapidated properties to begin with because they have no money to fix them up. If we added a lien on the property taxes, we could obtain the money back when the property is sold. No decision was made.

Ray then motioned we adjourn the meeting at 7:45 pm, Dick seconded, all said, Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 17, 2020 at 10am     

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA posted at 9:15am on 9/11 /2020

 

Town of Hinsdale

Tax Classification Hearing

In accordance with G.L. c.40, s56, the Select Board will conduct a public hearing on the question of adoption of percentages of the total tax levy to be borne by each class or real property (residential, open space, commercial, industrial, and personal property) for fiscal year 2021.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 10:00am at the Hinsdale Town Hall located at 39 South Street, Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  All interested parties are invited to attend and will be heard.  The Public may attend meeting in person or by phone.  To attend via zoom or telephone, click here.

 

Agenda

Open Meeting

  • Hear from Board of Assessors, Regional Resource Group to review material

  • Vote on Tax Classification Rate for Fiscal Year 2021

Meeting Adjournment

SELECT BOARD TAX CLASSIFICATION MEETING MINUTES / September 17, 2020 at 10am   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 9/24/2020 at 9:15am     

 

Public could attend meeting in person or by phone 413-499-5095; code 706954

 

Present: Select Board, Bob Graves, Boris Basora, Lynne Baumgartner

Via Zoom: Diane Sturtevant; Regional Resource Group: Harald Scheid, Michael Thiemann Absent: Neil Barrocas

 

Harald thanked the Board of Assessors (Neil Barrocas and Dick Scialabba) for their efforts to sign the Department of Revenue (DOR) documents on the State’s Gateway. He then said he learned this morning that DOR had sent Hinsdale’s Assessors an email last March, indicating 55 to 60 errors were found in the town’s evaluation data that needed to be researched and corrected. The matter has yet to be rectified. This means that we cannot approve a tax rate until this issue is addressed to DOR’s satisfaction.

Harald now has a copy of the email and spreadsheet with the errors and said that RRG’s Michael (Thiemann) and Jeff (Reynolds) would work to resolve the errors, then Harald will again seek DOR’s approval. Harald anticipates that the Board can set the tax rate next Wednesday (September 23, 7:00 pm) at the regularly scheduled Select Board Meeting. Today, we will open the meeting, discuss the handout, and then postpone the meeting until Wednesday night. Everyone understood.

Select Board Chair Vivian Mason officially opened the meeting (10:23 am), and turned things over to Harald, who walked us through his handout (attached). Harald explained Michael and his colleagues’ efforts, who have worked tirelessly to get Hinsdale to this point in such a short period. Next, he said that RRG has more work to do throughout the year, specifically updating the town’s database. This will involve verifying and updating data, addressing inconsistencies, and continually honing the data until they are confident the database accurately reflects the situation on the ground. 

Harald then walked us through the tax-rate options, including a single or dual tax rate and a few other possibilities that are no realistic for Hinsdale. He stated that RRG recommends a single tax rate for the town and that we need to be sure we raise enough money to cover the budget set in June. The document indicates this year’s tax levy to be 10.6% over last year’s, resulting in an estimated average increase of 9.1%, or $14.33 per thousand in FY21 versus $13.21 in FY20.  This is an increase of $1.12 per thousand of valuation. (The new Wahconah building accounts for $1.00 of this increase.)

Again, Harald stated that no vote could be made until the Department of Revenue’s approval of the L4. Given there were no other questions, Ray motioned that we continue this tax classification hearing on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 7 pm SB meeting, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Ray then motioned we adjourn the meeting at 10:50 am, Dick seconded, all said, Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 9, 2020 at 7:45pm     

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  Teleconference: 413-449-5095; code 706954 

posted at 5:40pm on 9/03 /2020

 

Open Meeting

Dangerous Dog Hearing

Adjourn Meeting

 

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 9, 2020 at 7:45pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 9/24/2020 at 9:15am   

Public attended meeting in person or by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Officer Miller, Officer/ACO Zipp, BOH Officer Fred Sears, Kayla Morey, Sarah Squires

7:45 PM, Vivian opened meeting. She swore in Sarah Squires, the dog owner; Kayla Morey, the victim whom the dog bit; Officer Tyler Miller, and Animal Control Officer Elizabeth Zipp.

Animal Control Officer Elizabeth Zipp stated the situation: in an initial incident, the dog “Gunner” was unrestrained and bit a female who was walking by with a male friend on May 25, 2020. He bit the female in the backside and the dog was put in a ten-day quarantine. Pictures were provided of this attack. The dog owner provided proof of rabies vaccination but was unregistered at Town Hall. The owner then licensed the dog on May 31. The second incident occurred on August 30, 2020. The dog, while on a cable restraint tied to a tree, lunged at a tenant on property, and bit Kayla Morey on the backside. While pushing the dog away, he bit her left ring finger, causing severe injury and she had to go to the Emergency Room. Her 9-year old son was with her, and was traumatized by the attack.

ACO Zipp contacted the Washington and Dalton animal control officers for their advice, along with the town veterinarian. ACO Zipp is requesting that the dog Gunner who resides at 645 Washington Road and is owned by Sarah Squires be held to the following terms, according Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140, Section 157:

  1. The dog be humanely restrained, provided, however, that no order shall provide that a dog deemed dangerous be chained, tethered or otherwise tied to an inanimate object including, but not limited to, a tree, post or building.

  2. The dog be confined to the premises of the keeper of the dog, provided, however, that the confined shall mean securely confined indoors or confined outdoors in a securely enclosed and locked pen or dog run area upon the premises of the owner or keeper, provided further, that such pen or dog run shall have secure roof and, if such enclosure has no floor secured to the sides thereof, the sides shall be embedded into the ground for not less than 2 feet and provided further, that within the confined of such pen or dog run, a house or proper shelter from the elements shall be provided to protect the dog.

  3. That when removed from the premises of the owner or the premises of the person keeping the dog, the dog shall be securely and humanely muzzled and restrained with a chain or other tethering device having a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds and not exceeding 3 feet in length.

   v. That the owner or keeper of the dog provide to the licensing authority or animal control officer information by which the dog may be                identified, throughout its lifetime including, but not limited to, photographs, videos, veterinary examination, tattooing or microchip                    implantations or a combination of any such methods of identification.

Ray made a motion to have the dog owner abide by all the above-mentioned stipulations recommended by the Animal Control Officer. Dick seconded, all in favor, Aye. Officer Zipp mentioned if these guidelines aren’t enforced, serious criminal charges would be pursued and monetary penalties would be applied for violating these laws. If the police get another call saying the dog is tied to a tree or unrestained, the owner would not be following the stipulations. There cannot be a dangerous dog left in the community for another unprovoked attack; euthanasia would be the only solution.

Dick made a motion to adjourn this meeting at 8:20 p.m. Ray seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / September 9, 2020 at 7pm     

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  Teleconference: 413-449-5095; code 706954 

posted at 5:40pm on 9/03 /2020     

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates                  

New Business

Dorothy DiMouro would like to appear before SB asking for a business license. She is interested in opening a furniture shop at the former Glenn’s

Eversource Pole petition 6B920955rev New Windsor Road presented by Esther Baldarini

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / September 9, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 9/24/2020 at 9:15am   

Public attended meeting in person or by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

 

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, CBRSD Representative Rich Peters

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, asked if everyone could turn off their phones; the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve August 12, 2020, meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all those in favor said Aye.

Rich Peters spoke regarding the Fall School year. A vote was made to start the first two weeks of the school year as remote; it was reported in the newspaper incorrectly. There will be a hybrid opening on October 5, the Wellness Committee will re-evaluate every two weeks as to fully in-school or fully remote learning. CBRSD administrators did get a Memo of Understanding approval from the union.

Town Administrator updates 1) A base coat on Old Dalton Road was completed today. Warner Brothers will be offsite until after Columbus Day due to the intersection delays. They expect three more days of work for project to be complete. 2) Engineers performed an evaluation on Plunkett Lake’s gate valve. The parts were ordered to repair the turning mechanism, but the gate valve itself is fine. The toe drains exist in the dam and have existed for years. The Lake Management Committee would like to measure the flow of water based on the diameter of the pipe, pounds of pressure will tell you the gallons per minute. Foresight Engineering offered to train any volunteers in the Lake Management Committee how to monitor the lake level on a daily basis. 3) Today there was another interesting meeting with Canon regarding the scanning software; it may be ready to start in November. 4) The Assessors and Select Board will be voting on the tax classification rate for 2021on September 17 at ten o’clock.

New Business

Dorothy DiMouro asked the Select Board for a business license at 90 Main Road. She is interested in opening a furniture shop at the former Glenn’s, hoping to eventually sell prepared baked goods, flower arrangements, cut trees, specialty wines and beers. Ray made a motion to grant a business license, Dick seconded, all in favor said Aye.

Eversource Pole petition 6B920955rev New Windsor Road presented by Michael Goetchius and Karl Petchauer, from Wagner Technical Services, representing Eversource Energy were on the phone. The request was to install two new poles along with replacing two exiting pole on New Windsor Road. The purpose is to support a voltage regulator platform that is needed for a solar site in Peru. Mary Rice, a property owner, asked for more information about which trees would need to be cut for this installation. Ray made the motion to table this action until the September 23rd meeting. Dick seconded, all voted Aye.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 7:25pm; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

NO SELECT BOARD MEETING August 26

Meeting is canceled since the Community Room is set up for state primary voting. Next scheduled meeting: September 9 

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / August 12, 2020 at 7pm     amended

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  Teleconference: 413-449-5095; code 706954 

posted 8/10 at 11:18am     amended 8/10 at 12:20pm

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – July 22, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates                  

   Sidewalk Committee - updates

New Business

Vote to accept $600 check from Tracey and Al Lussier to pay the increase in tax for the CSX property for FY21 and FY22

Appoint part-time Police Officers: Claude Jean Calixte and Jedadiah Henry

Appoint Dion Douglas as Alternate to the Zoning Board

Appoint Dick Scialabba as temporary assessor

Discuss and possible vote on vocational education student tuition

Round Table Discussion

Adjourn

 

Note that there cannot be a Select Board meeting downstairs on Wednesday, August 26, because of state-mandated primary voting to be held in the Community Meeting Room. The Select Board will meet upstairs or cancel the meeting, depending on agenda items to be addressed. Please check the website for information closer to August 26.

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / August 12, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

posted 9/06/2020 at 9:15am     

Public attended meeting in person & by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

Present: Select Board, Town Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Sidewalk Committee Chairperson, CBRSD Representative, Finance Committee Chairman

 

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, noted that the meeting was being recorded, asked everyone to turn off their phones, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

•Police Chief introduced two new part-time Police Officer candidates: Claude Jean Calixte and Jedadiah Henry. Ray made a motion to appoint Jedadiah Henry from Worthington. Dick seconded, all said Aye. Dick made a motion to appoint Claude Jean Calixte from Blandford as part-time police officer, Ray seconded, all said Aye. They were immediately sworn in.

Ray made a motion to approve July 22, 2020 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

•Town Administrator Bob Graves gave updates – he has been working with Lake Management Committee as they have been reorganizing. Their focus right now is on the health of Plunkett Lake. We have had a drought for the past nine weeks, resulting in low water levels. Monica Montferret has been looking for grants, or they will have to submit a larger budget request next year so that more testing can be done. Ipswich Pharmaceuticals has had its name changed and approved by the Cannabis Commission; it is now IPA. We did not hear back from their attorney as to how the specifics should read in the host agreement. Green Patriot is now its own entity, and need its host agreement revised. Schnopp Road Project contract has been signed. Surveying and engineering should start in September. DPW has a full-time opening which has been posted twice. We have not been successful in recruiting anyone. We will post again next week. 

Sidewalk Committee updates: Angela Stetson said her team created a map updating all town sidewalks. They looked at all proposed plans for sidewalk clearing: purchase $64K machine or purchase a new snow blower at $10K to have DPW run, or hire private contractor, or have individual homeowners responsible for clearing walk in front of their homes. Two options if the homeowner didn’t comply, a penalty would have to be enforced somehow or not. Decision was made to keep the sidewalk committee in place until the next articles are prepared for the Annual Town Meeting warrant in the spring to let the town residents decide how to move forward.

•Rich Peters said school opening plans need to be submitted to the state. It is a controversial subject whether to have in-person classes or remote. In either case, teachers will need to go to school. State came out with the COVID metrics. If your region is below the metrics, you need to open schools. If you don’t open, you have to have a good reason why. Hybrid option – you don’t have to send your child if you have a compromised person at home. There will have to be a commitment to use bus transportation, half the school goes one day, the other half goes the next. Buses will have social distancing set up as well as inside the school. Challenge for the parents is finding daycare for when the kids are home half the time.  Whatever plan you start with, they have to be prepared to change when necessary to shift the plan.

•Ray made a motion to accept $600 check from Tracey and Al Lussier to pay the increase in rent for the CSX property for FY21 and FY22; which has increased $300 per year. Dick seconded, all in favor said Aye.

•At the Conservation meeting, Tuesday, August 11, two members resigned. Last month, the Conservation Commission interviewed Ray Huntoon. Because of the two resignations, Caleb asked if Select Board could appoint Ray in this emergency situation to have a forum. Ray B. made a motion to appoint Ray H., Rich seconded, all said Aye. Board thanked Ray H. for volunteering and stepping up. He was immediately sworn in.

•Ray made a motion to appoint Dion Douglas as Alternate to the Zoning Board as requested by email, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Regional Resource Group, our new assessing service, said we needed to appoint another assessor to sign the tax commitments. Dick Scialabba has offered to serve as temporary assessor. Ray made a motion to appoint Dick, Vivian seconded, both said Aye. Dick abstained from the vote.

•We received a letter from Jim Manning, representing the Library Board of Trustees asking to appoint Michael Galliher as library assistant. Ray made a motion to appoint Michael, Dick second, all said Aye.

•The governor has sent Hinsdale Select Board a warrant to sign for the primary election on September 1. The Town Clerk has to post in three public places, and two copies to be posted at Town Hall. The Select Board signed the five copies and gave them to the Asst. Town Clerk for posting.

•We received an email last week asking Hinsdale Select Board approval for a 9th grade student to go to Smith Vocational to study plumbing. The policy says the application must be submitted by March 15 and approved by the district by April 1. Viv talked to CBRSD’s Michelle White and Greg Boino and discussed when the student came to Nessacus (February; school closed on March 13). She hates to penalize the child, since there are mitigating circumstances. Finance Committee said no because the cost of tuition has not been budgeted. Ray made a motion to deny, Dick seconded. Dick amended the motion to have a letter sent to CBRSD explaining that should there be an opening in vocational education, that this applicant would get the opportunity then. Ray seconded the amendment, all said Aye. More discussion: CBRSD needed to adhere to the set deadline instead of sending it out to the town or even sending the application to Smith for approval. Hinsdale never should have been put in this position to contemplate this decision at this late date in the year. Budget has already been set in May. Rich Peters stated the CBRSD administration has their hands full dealing with the COVID problem of how to teach during a pandemic. Vote on the motion: All said Aye, reluctantly.

•Cindy Grippaldi has received a $1,500 pollinator grant to plant flowers at the library. She is looking for other places in town to plant gardens to attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

•MacKenzie Greer from Berkshire Natural Resources has receive a grant to improve the Old Mill Trail. She requested support from the Select Board and was awarded the grant.

•Viv explained since there will be primary voting on Wednesday, August 26, there will not be a Select Board meeting here in the downstairs Community Room of Town Hall. So either it will be scheduled the day before or after, or not at all depending on the agenda items to be discussed.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 7:58pm; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / July 22, 2020 at 7pm

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St, Hinsdale MA

Public may attend meeting in person or by phone:  Teleconference: 413-449-5095; code 706954 

posted 7/20 at 10:15am 

 

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – July 8, 2020

Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates

New Business –

Home Club – Anna Miller would like to turn in her ALL ALCOHOL License, Vote to accept this surrender

The Boards of Ashmere Heights Association; Ashmere Heights Offshore Trust, Ashmere Landings and Skyview Grove Association are presenting a request for a moratorium on the acceptance of applications or negotiations of any new Host Agreement.

Appointments

ACCOUNTANT - Charles Browne

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT - Lynne Baumgartner

ADA COORDINATOR & BUILDING INSPECTOR - Paul Greene

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER - Elizabeth Zipp

BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE - Kelly Baldasero, Theresa Becker & Linda Yarmey

BERKSHIRE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION - Vivian Mason

BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION DELEGATE - Alternate James Sullivan

BERKSHIRE REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE (TIPS) - James Sullivan

BOARD OF HEALTH - Fred Sears - Health Agent, Ken Boudreau

EARTH REMOVAL INSPECTOR - Ken Boudreau

BOARD OF REGISTRARS- Dawn Frissell, Erin Frissell-Filiault, Asst. Registrar, Michael Galliher, Asst. Registrar, Holly Adams & Mary Lou Galliher

CEMETERY COMMITTEE - Cindy Conry

CONSERVATION COMMISSION  - Albert (Rick) Koch, Duane Bruce, Joseph Horton, Kristy Cederholm, Cindy Conry, Rich Litchfield, Caleb Mitchell, Agent

COUNCIL ON AGING – Judy Casey, Jill Cole, Alice Gmyrek, Elva Hughes, Barbara Lufkin, Carol Pullo, Sheryl Robins, Cathy Spinney, Janet Verge, Marion & Ward Tinney

CROSSING GUARD - Carole Forward

DALTON COMMUNICATIONS LIAISON - Richard Scialabba

HINSDALE/PERU CULTURAL COUNCIL - Diane Eulain, Chair; Kathy Borden, Tom Butler, Kristen Parker, & Rima Sala

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY - Raymond Bolduc, Shaun Galliher, Public Affairs Officer; Judy Miner, Richard Scialabba & Dave Foley, Races

ELECTION WORKERS - Holly Adams, Diane Ciaburri, Michael Ciaburri, Cynthia DiPierro, Dion Douglas, Terry Douglas, Erin Frissell-Filiault, Barbara Lufkin, Mary Lou Galliher, Michael Galliher, Lois Murray, Russell Parks, Christine Pike, Judith Quail, Paula Rhorer, Christine Richards, Sheryl Robins, Richard Scialabba, Linda Smith, Lorinda Smith, Cathy Spinney & Daniel Thornton     (sworn in as needed by Town Clerk)

FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF & FOREST WARDEN - Ralph Cormier

HISTORICAL COMMISSION - Mary Rice, Chair; Judy Casey, Phil Collins, Dick Eastland & Carole Forward          

LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Andy Hagadorn, Chair; Duane Bruce, Cynthia Grippaldi, Paul McMahon, Rick Koch & Greg Tremblay                   

LIBRARIAN - Thomas Butler

LIBRARY ASSISTANTS - Christine Doble, Terry Douglas, Michael Galliher, Susan Shelsey & Hailey Smith

Massachusetts Emergency Response Commission - Chief Susan Rathbun

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE - Shaun Galliher, Bill Pike, Jim Manning & Dick Scialabba

PLUNKETT LAKE BEACH COMMITTEE - Dave Stuart, Chair; Marlene DeAngelus, Joseph Horton, Jim Ouimette, Paula Walczyk & Linda Yarmey

GAS & PLUMBING INSPECTOR – William Zeitler

NORTHERN BERKSHIRE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE; PLUNKETT LAKE GATEKEEPER & TRANSFER STATION ATTENDANT - Barry O’Keefe

TOWN COLLECTOR & TREASURER - Diane Sturtevant

ASSISTANT TREASURER & ASSISTANT TOWN COLLECTOR - Boris Basora

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT & WATER/SEWER SUPERINTENDENT – Bud Hall

HIGHWAY CREW - Scott Forgey, Jim Fox & Bart Wappes

WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE – Scott Forgey

WATER TREATMENT FACILITY  - Bernie St. Martin, Primary Operator; Nate Murphy, Secondary Operator; Scott Forgey; Peter Sullivan

ELECTRICAL & WIRING INSPECTOR - Dana Spring

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS - Bruce Alexander, Jeffrey Viner and Terry Douglas, Secretary; Alternate Daniel Thornton

 

Remind everyone who was appointed needs to be sworn in again and have their Ethics Certification on file (completed every two years) in the Town Clerk’s office.

Adjourn

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / July 22, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St,  Hinsdale MA

posted at 9:30am on 9/06/2020

Public called into the meeting by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

7:00 PM, Vivian opened meeting, asked if everyone could turn off their Phones, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ray made a motion to approve July 8, 2020 meeting minutes as presented, Dick seconded, all said Aye.

School Committee Representative Rich Peters spoke regarding the fall school year. A decision has not been made to have a full opening, a partial hybrid opening or for all classes to be held virtually. The new school building is vertical and can be seen from the road. There will be a “Topping-out” ceremony held on August 6 at 11 am – limited invitations will go out due to COVID restrictions.

Bob Graves, TA, said he is working with the new Assessors group, RRG. We have given them remote access. Monday we will have the virtual contact up and running. We have signed engineering agreements for the Schnopp Road project; funding has been approved to start at the end of August. Dam Safety meeting was last Thursday; batter board system is fine and operating with a membrane, and we will modify it so it is door by door, and the swing doors will function as they are designed to mitigate the downstream flow to avoid a flood if there was ever a need to do so. The accountant closed the FY20 books. Old Dalton Road work is progressing, but has been delayed by utility work. Old Dalton Road is closed for three weeks, but residents have access from one end or the other.

New Business

Home Club – Anna Miller would like to turn in her ALL ALCOHOL License. Ray made a motion to accept the alcohol license, Dick seconded, all said Aye. All Massachusetts bars have been closed since March from COVID restrictions.

Scott Rodman presented a request for a moratorium on the acceptance of applications or negotiations of any new Host Agreement on behalf of the boards of Ashmere Heights Association, Ashmere Heights Offshore Trust, Ashmere Landings and Skyview Grove Association. Viv noted that we only received word from our legal counsel at 6:30 p.m. and there has not been time to review the opinions. The Attorney General would have to approve any moratorium. However the Select Board could recommend working with the Planning Board and Zoning Board to modify a bylaw first. This bylaw modification would have to be voted on by the town at a town meeting. This modification to Hinsdale’s town bylaw wouldn’t cause a delay to anyone new applying for a Host Agreement, which is a separate process. The Special Permit process has been delayed indefinitely from COVID restrictions. The town has 45 days to process all the information from when the State of Emergency is lifted. We have to ask the attorneys’ advice regarding the bylaw review/revision process. The marijuana growth site at 246 Peru Road is on hold.

Vivian read the names aloud for the list of Appointed Positions as follows: Ray made a motion to reappoint, Dick seconded the entire category, all voted Aye. The only exception was in the Conservation Committee listing: the motion made by Ray omitted Cindy Conry. It was seconded by Dick, Ray and Dick voted aye, Viv abstained from the vote.

(To read the list of appointees, click here.)

Dick made a motion to amend the Appointment List to include the Regional Resource Group, to add Harold Scheid, Jeff Reynolds and Michael Thiemann. They need to be appointed so that Dawn could add them to the Gateway’s Local Officials Directory, regulated by the State of Massachusetts.

Viv reminded everyone who was appointed needs to be sworn in again and have their Ethics Certification on file (completed every two years) in the Town Clerk’s office.

Ray made a motion to adjourn at 7:55pm; Dick seconded, all said Aye.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Baumgartner

SELECT BOARD MEETING AGENDA / July 8, 2020 at 7pm

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St, Hinsdale MA

Teleconference

posted 7/6 at 11:50am 

Public may attend meeting in person by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

7:00 PM, Open Meeting, Recording Notice, Turn off Phones, Recite Pledge of Allegiance
Review/Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – June 10, 12 and 16, 2020
Communications and Reports from Department Heads, Board and Chairs
   Town Administrator – updates
New Business
Welcome Dick Scialabba to Select Board and reorganization of Board
Announce resignations from assessors. Discuss Thursday July 2 meeting with Harald Scheid of RRG, the recently-hired assessing firm.
Vote on assistant assessor severance pay acted on by Finance Committee
One opening in the Finance Committee; one opening on the Planning Board
Appoint Monica Montferret as a new member on the Lake Management Committee
Plunkett Lake Dam bad news – water level is low; good news – test results clear, lake is open
Announce anyone appointed needs to be sworn in again; Ethics Certification (every 2 years) to be filed with the Town Clerk
Reappoint Police officers
IPA –Note the Planning Board will begin meeting about Special Permit for IPAs 246 Peru Rd proposal once the Mass State of Emergency is lifted. They have rightfully delayed meeting on this expecting lots of interest, so did not want to begin until people can gather, see, hear, and when allowed, weigh in.
Suggest meeting between town officials concerning mechanics of November election.
Any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda
Round table discussion 
Public comments
Meeting adjournment
 

SELECT BOARD MEETING MINUTES / July 8, 2020 at 7pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St,  Hinsdale MA

posted 8am 7/24/2020

Public called into the meeting by phone:  413-449-5095; code 706954

 

7:00 pm, Vivian opened the meeting, asked everyone to turn off their phones, asked if anyone was recording. All stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ray made a motion to accept the June 10, 12 and 16, 2020 minutes as presented, Dick abstained, all said Aye.

TA Bob Graves said we are closing up FY2020 and getting things started with the Regional Resource Group (new assessor service).

Dick Scialabba was welcomed to Select Board! Ray made a motion to nominate Dick as Select Board Vice-Chair, Viv seconded. All voted aye. Ray made a motion to elect Vivian as Chair, Dick seconded. All voted aye. Dick then recommended Ray as Secretary, Vivian seconded. All voted aye.

Viv announced resignations from Dick Roussin and Peter Persoff as assessors. Neil Barrocas who remains, was recently sworn in after being reelected. Bob, Vivian, Treasurer/Collector Diane Sturtevant and assistant T/C Boris Basora met Thursday, July 2, with Harald Scheid of RRG, the recently-hired assessing firm. We think it is going to be a good transition, moving forward for the town.

Ray made a motion to accept the Finance Committee’s recommendation to pay the Assistant Assessor severance. Dick seconded, all voted in favor Aye. Viv explained this was because of the short notice given to him based on the Annual Town Meeting being pushed out because of COVID restrictions.

Viv announced there is one opening on the Finance Committee; and one opening on the Planning Board and invited anyone interested in either position to please send a letter of interest to the Select Board.

Ray made a motion to appoint Monica Montferret to the Lake Management Committee. Dick seconded, all voted in favor Aye. Viv welcomed her back to the role.

Viv announced that anyone appointed needs to be sworn in again; Ethics Certification (every two years) will be filed with the Town Clerk

Plunkett Lake’s water level is low but the good news is the test results indicate the lake is safe again and activities have resumed. Residents are concerned that people are not observing social distancing guidelines at the public beach. If social distancing guidelines are not met, the town will have to close the beach. We certainly do not want to have to do this.

Ray made a motion to accept the police officers as presented: full time: Tyler Miller and Elizabeth Zipp; part-time: Dominic Crupi, Steven Parkington, Kenneth Pettibone, Daniel Slater. Officer Elizabeth Zipp is graduating from Police Academy on July 10. Dick seconded, all voted in favor, Aye.

Viv read aloud that IPA’s notification to the Planning Board will begin meeting about Special Permit for IPA’s 246 Peru Rd proposal once the Mass State of Emergency is lifted. Dick said the Planning Board expects lots of interest in this, so does not want to begin until people can gather, see, hear, and when allowed, weigh in.

We need to talk about plans for the November election with the Town Clerk. Having just three voting booths made June’s town election go slowly. Viv discussed this briefly with the Town Clerk in Dalton, who said they would be using Code Red calls and encouraging the residents to vote by mail ahead of the election.

Creamery Road resident Keith Harrison read a letter regarding his property and his concerns for IPA’s 246 Peru Rd proposal and asked that it be part of public record. (Letter to be attached to approved minutes and linked to the minutes posted on the website.)*Click here to read.

Ray made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:26 pm Dick seconded, all voted in favor Aye.

Respectfully submitted, Lynne Baumgartner