June 29, 2017

A meeting of the Board of Selectmen took place on June 29, 2017.  Present were:  Russell L. Sears III, William F. Adams, Monica M. Vandoloski, Alan Taylor (Highway Superintendent), Roger Gunn(BTES Bldg).Alex Jelleberg (Event At Project Art), Susan Warner (PreK teacher) and Michael Perkins(Police Chief).

Meeting called to order at 7:10 p.m.

Minutes of June 15, 2017 meeting accepted as printed by unanimous vote.

Mike Perkins stated how he called MIIA on another matter and found that there was an invoice for $245 sitting in their office  that belonged to the Highway Department for the repair to the system at the Highway Department.  The next round for Loss control grants is in July.  Mike has been very instrumental in applying and receiving grants for the various municipal areas.  Thank you Mike-job well done.  There is additional work that could be done at Pettingill Field area but an additional $2965 needs to be allocated  to finish that application.

Mike talked about Broadband: We received the letter from Locke Lord regarding approval to issue the following bonds $1,400,00 telecommunications Systems Bonds, payable within 20 years from their dates under G.L.c44s 8(8).  Mike also spoke about a proposed meeting with Unibank.

Mike gave us a copy of the intergovernmental agreement Fiber Network Design and Construction between City of Westfield Gas & Electric Light Department and Cummington Municipal Light Plant Department.  A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to have the Chairman Russell L. Sears, III sign this Agreement.  We are making great  progress on bringing fiber to the Town of Cummington.

Mike spoke about two bridge programs on Route 9 both in West Cummington.  Mike also brought up outside detail rate of pay.  We do need to look at other communities surrounding us for comparison to pay rates and will discuss at a future meeting.

Susan Warner came to discuss the PreK requirements for licensing—building certificate-when wing where PreK is located was built (lead paint proof)water supply etc.  We are all working together on securing the necessary information for Susan.

Roger came to give a roof progress report- Building Inspector was at the weekly meeting- discussion regarding planking on roof  2” hemlock – stamp of approval on hemlock and the need for gutter replacement.  Will be working on flat section shortly-  Reminded Roger that pictures  should be taken during this process to see what is underneath.

Alex Jelleberg representing Leslie Ferrin regarding 54 Main  Street and the Event Project Art fund raiser on Friday July 28, 2017.  They will be having food tasting with folks like Tesoro Sauce, Grace Farm Cheese etc.  A motion made, seconded and voted unanimously to allow a one day beer/wine permit for the event and a Victuallers permit.  They have been in contact with Chief Perkins regarding parking and were also told to please contact the Board of Health Chairman Judith Bogart regarding food requirements.

Alan Taylor came to bring us up to date on highway issues.  They have been grading roads, working one side of town and then will head to another section.  Come fall they would like to put down gravel, do runoffs, ditches etc   He noticed quite a few trouble spots that need the department’s attention.  We are scheduling interviews for the fourth man on Thursday July 6th starting at 7:00 p.m.

We received three equipment bids for the following equipment with or without operator: large excavator 9-12 ton, 10 wheel or tri-axle dump truck, bulldozer, backhoes, bucket loader, rubber tired excavator, chippers, rake and broom tractor, seeding machine and bucket truck.  Bids were received from Peter Marcoux, Cummington Fire Association and Howes Tree and Landscaping.  A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to accept all three bids.

A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to have Chairman Sears sign the Lien Discharges regarding the Community Development Block Grant Program for property in Plainfield and property in Worthington.

Next meeting is July 6, 2017 for Highway Department employee interviews only.

Next fully scheduled meeting is July 13, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 9:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Monica M. Vandoloski, Clerk

Cc: various boards