January 11, 2018

A meeting of the Board of Selectmen took place on January 11, 2018.  Present were:  Russell L. Sears, III,

William F. Adams, Monica Vandoloski, Alan Taylor (Highway Superintendent), Kathy Harrison (Planning Board) and Dave Christopolis (Executive Director CDC)

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m.

Signing bills and warrants

Minutes of December 28, 2017 meeting accepted  as printed by unanimous vote.

Kathy Harrison of the Planning Board stopped to have Chairman Russell Sears sign a DLTA grant application for the Planning Board.

Dave Christopolis, Executive Director of Hilltown Community Development Corp was here for the hearing on the FY18 Community Development Strategy.  The goals will shape the town’s future community development efforts.  The results are  a combination of small paid staff and a large number of volunteers who serve as elected officials and appointed town board members.  We discussed our goals in land use and growth management, affordable housing, economic development, natural resources, open space and recreation, and our community facilities that included  senior needs, town vehicles,  health & human services, and transportation.  We need to promote the Senior Van for seniors and residents with disabilities.  We discussed our priority list and ways to address them.

Alan Taylor spoke about the Highway Department.  They have been busy working on culvert cleaning before the predicted heavy  rain storm.    He thinks the diesel delivery situation has been rectified.  He also discussed briefly some capital expenditures that would be a tremendous asset to the department.

We told him the crew has been doing a great job with the weather we have had to contend with.

Bill discussed the Green Communities program and the MLP progress.  We received notification Cummington a Green Community designation.  With this designation comes a grant of $127,245.  The work now begins.

Bill attended a meeting regarding FY 2019 Highland Ambulance projected budget and  assessments.  Our assessment will be $43,161.83 for this service and a tremendous service it is.

A request from Anne Parsons (COA Director) inquiring about using  the basement in the old section of the Community House (once our dining room) for storage of wheelchairs,walkers etc.  We will talk more with Anne regarding this proposal.  We really see no problem.

Next meeting is January 25, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Monica Vandoloski,Clerk

Cc: various boards