June 14, 2018

A meeting of the Board of Selectmen took place on June 14, 2018.  Present were:  Russell L. Sears, III, William F. Adams, Monica Vandoloski, Alan Taylor (Highway Superintendent), Dr. Andrew Linkenhoker(Superintendent/Smith Voke), Michael Cahillane (Trustee Chairman, Smith Voke),Roger Gunn, Mark Demaranville(Librarian), Sharon Strong (Vocational School Committee), Elizabeth Braccia (Town Accountant) and Angelica Desroches.

Meeting called to order at 7:01 p.m.

Minutes of May 31, 2018 meeting accepted as printed by unanimous vote.

Elizabeth introduced Angelica Desroches of Greenfield who is very interested in being Assistant Town Accountant for the Town of Cummington.  Mr. Sears interviewed Angelica prior to our meeting and made the recommendation to the Board.  She is an assistant town accountant in Greenfield since 2017 and will be receiving her Masters of Science in Accounting in July.  A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to hire Angelica pending approval of budget request at the Special Town Meeting for funds.  Angelica would be working with Elizabeth closing our  books, reports etc.  It is Elizabeth’s intention to bid us farewell at some point in the fall.

Elizabeth and Mark spoke about the amount of monies in the State Library Grant account.  Mark’s intention is to use this money for the replacement of the furnace.

Dr. Andrew Linkenhoker and Michael Cahillane came before the Board with a presentation regarding programs at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.  We have an anticipated enrollment for school year 2018-2019 of seven at this time.  Michael explained the makeup of the Board of Trustees of which 3 are elected and 2 ex-officio with monthly meetings.  At present there are 500 students within 15 vocational programs.  New this past year was the criminal justice program and they were proud to say that a student from that program placed high in the SKILLS USA competition in Massachusetts this past Spring.  Our Cummington students have all done well in their trades, some having gone into military, advanced training, college or straight into the workforce.  We did ask if they made a presentation at CBRSD at the Middle School to inform students of what is available at Smith—somewhat.  Mike Perkins asked what our Police Department can do for Smith and Mike will be in contact with the School.  The question was asked about the students doing work like cleaning brush or plantings etc.  We will contact the school in the Fall.

Mike discussed in more detail the access system for the Community House.  We should make a decision at the next Board meeting.

Roger Gunn requested appearance before the Selectboard to discuss a school bus transportation issue involving the Towns of Savoy and Windsor.  Sharon Cunningham, Vocational School Committee member also jointed the meeting.  It was our understanding that a student from each of the Towns was riding on the contracted Cummington  bus to Smith Voke in which case  we sent the Towns an invoice for payment as has been done in the past.  Their reply told us  that they were paying Roger directly as he was picking up the students in Windsor & Savoy.  We tried to reiterate the procedure as historically been practiced that the students could ride the bus if picked up at a Cummington location (the towns are responsible for getting them to that location) with the Towns being billed for the service to Northampton.  It was finally agreed that this would be discussed at a future date with full Vocational School Committee and Selectboard present.

Alan apologized for the dusty situation in the sweeping process but it was unavoidable.  The Chapter 90 requests for the projects anticipated will be submitted next week to our District#1 office—Plainfield Road, Fairgrounds Road.

Eric Smith has volunteered to be on the Zoning Board of Appeals so that when appointments are made at the next meeting Eric will be approved.

Bill gave a report of the Sierra Club meeting he attended with Senator Hinds in Pittsfield.  It was a great meeting and lots of sharing of information.

Discussion regarding changing the fire medical expense benefit coverage on the insurance policy for our local volunteer Fire Department members from $25,000 to $100,000 as recommended by our Insurance carrier  VFIS through Deep Associates of  North Adams.  Motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to change the benefit and review again next year.

Next meeting is June 28, 2018.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Monica Vandoloski, Clerk

Cc: various boards