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Selectmen Meeting Minutes — February 18, 2010—7:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall.

Call to order: John Payne called the meeting to order. Other members present: Robert Manners. Joe Judd was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

Media Present: Cameron Graves, Shelburne Falls Independent and Diane Broncaccio, The Recorder

Acceptance of February 9, 2010 Minutes: no vote taken.

7:00 p.m. Jamie Godfrey RE: Presentation of a Long Range Strategic Plan -- (In attendance were: Shelburne Finance Committee Members Charlie Cohn, John Wheeler and Lynn Benander; Buckland Selectmen Stefan Racz and Kevin Fox; Buckland Finance Committee Members: Dena Wilmore, Mike Turley, Paula Consolo, and Cheryl Dukes; Senior Center Representatives included Jamie Godfrey and Jackie Stanford).

Senior Center Director, Jamie Godfrey presented a five-year long range plan that represents the collective insight of over one hundred individuals from eight towns regarding the future of elder care in West County. Theresa Kane of the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development facilitated the process. The four-phase strategic plan includes community input, the creation of a mission statement, setting goals and objectives, and action planning. The Plan highlights six major areas of focus:

Develop local and regional strategies to meet the needs of three distinct contingency groups (active healthy people over 60; frail elders; and the next generation).

Establish a Regional resource Center as a visible and trusted resource for basic needs in the Consortium communities;

Revitalize and develop the consortium through board development, diversified funding plans, and a transition plan for the new Regional Resource Center;

Build strong, active local Councils on Aging and support networks within each town;

Expand local and regional educational opportunities and discussion forums relating to aging;

Develop local and regional community-based, intergenerational programs.

Participants from the audience asked questions relative to staffing, recruitment of volunteers, whether this plan is a priority for our communities, and what the financial impact might be. Given time constraints of the evening, Jamie urged participants to review the plan in detail and forward any comments, questions and feedback to him.

7:50 p.m. Finance Committee RE: Review of Special Town Meeting Warrant (Those present for the discussion included: Moderator, James Stacy; Finance Committee members Lynn Benander, John Wheeler and Charlie Cohn). -- The March 15th special town meeting warrant has seven articles; five of which have financial implications. Members of the Finance Committee approved the first five articles relating to financial matters of the town. The remaining two articles relate to alternative technologies and the delivery of high-speed communication services to all residents, businesses, and institutions in the town. Cable Advisory Board members Mike Duffy and Larry Flaccus discussed the importance of each article. Hearing no objections from members of the Selectboard, Finance Committee, Town Moderator, or the public, Bob presented a motion to approve the special town meeting warrant as presented. John seconded the motion. Motion passed.

8:00 p.m. Liquor License Hearing RE: Hager's Farm Market, LLC -- Applicants Kim Stevens, Sherry Hager, and Albert Hager, Jr. were present for the hearing. The farm market is seeking a Retail Package Goods Store License for the sale of Wine and Malt beverages at 1232 Mohawk Trail. Kim Stevens explained that her store intends to offer the sale of local beer, cider, and wine on a small-scale basis; so to compliment current offerings and accentuate gift baskets. During the public comment period, Shelburne residents Mike Duffy and Dan Lieberman spoke in support of the application. Before voting on the application, John emphasized the importance of educating staff of liquor license laws; particularly those relating to the sale of alcohol to minors. After hearing no further comments, Bob made a motion to approve the liquor license application. John seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Appointment of Dan Lieberman to Cable Advisory Board -- Advisory Board Chairman, Mike Duffy reported that his Board voted unanimously to recommend the appointment of Dan Lieberman to the Cable Advisory Board. Bob Manners thanked Dan for his willingness to serve and presented a motion to appoint him to the Cable Advisory Board. John seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Award -- Members of the Selectboard are pleased that Shelburne is the recipient of an Energy Efficiency and Block Grant in the amount of $150,000 for Performance Contract and Thermal Efficiency. Funds for this award were made available by the American Recovery and reinvestment Act of 2009 through the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant program. Thermal Measures will focus on Building Envelope Improvements for Memorial Hall and the Cowell Gymnasium to include air sealing, building interior insulated walls, replacing/covering windows, weather stripping doors, and installing heat recovery ventilation systems. The Board will await contract documents and begin planning how to proceed.


ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Mosher
Executive Secretary