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Selectmen Meeting Minutes — February 1, 2010—7:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall.

Call to order: Joe Judd called the meeting to order. Other members present: Robert Manners. John Payne is away on vacation.

Media Present: Diane Broncaccio, the Recorder

Acceptance of Minutes: Bob made a motion to accept the minutes of January 20, 2010 as presented. Joe seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Noteworthy News:
State Representative, Denis Guyer announced that he will not be seeking re-election when his term expires in January.

Bob Manners announced that he will be seeking re-election in June for a third term as a member of the Board of Selectmen and that he is exploring the idea of running for the Denis Guyer's seat.

There will be a Grand Opening Celebration of the Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 33 Bridge Street, in Shelburne on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Department Liaison Reports:
Highway -- the backhoe is undergoing repair. The Highway Superintendent is hopeful that work will be complete by early next week. Zerah Fiske Road improvements are underway. The County accepted Constance Clark's gift of land; tree removal and excavation work have begun. Bridge Street line painting will commence in the spring.

Police -- Joe and the Chief are preparing for the town forum. Joe will be attending a meeting with Buckland and Franklin Regional Council of Governments representatives on February 4th to continue discussion relative to regionalization.

Matt Marchese, Planning Board RE: Appointment of Doug Finn
-- at the request of the Board, Terry Mosher researched past protocol for appointing individuals to an elected position. Terry reported that on three separate occasions (2002; 2004; and 2007); the Board invited both the Chairman of the Planning Board as well as the candidate in to a meeting so to make a joint appointment. Providing the date is convenient for both the Planning Board Chairman and the candidate, the Board will invite them to attend an afternoon meeting on February 9th.

Arms Library Roof -- Douglas J. Wooliver & Sons, Inc. of Lanesborough, MA has agreed to evaluate the Arms Library roof; providing the town with an estimate for its replacement and/or repair at no cost. The on-site evaluation will take 1-2 days to complete. Joe is hopeful to have the information in hand before the March town forum.

Historic District Signs -- members of the Historic Commission (working with Joe); have selected a design for Shelburne's Historic District signs. Before ordering the signs however, Joe will seek final approval from John.

New England Fire & Security, Inc. RE: Fire Alarm Testing & Inspection at Memorial Hall -- the Board reviewed a proposal submitted New England Fire & Security, Inc. of West Springfield, MA for an annual fire alarm test and inspection at Memorial Hall. Proposed cost of said services is $380.00 annually. Before acting on the proposal, Bob recommended that Terry contact the company to inquire about a service contract. Decision tabled until their next meeting.

Cowell Gymnasium Donations from Senior Walking Group - A group of senior residents from neighboring towns who utilize the gymnasium for walking gave a total of $132 to help offset operating costs. Joe read the list of donators and publically thanked them for their thoughtful gesture.

Franklin Regional Retirement System RE: Cost of Living Increases for Retirees -- the Retirement Board will hold a special meeting on February 23, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. at 278 Main Street, Greenfield so to vote a 3% cost of living allowance to eligible retirees of the system. The letter indicates that in the past, the board has voted the 3% on the first $12,000 of each retiree's pension (maximum of $360) but in the past, the board has not been limited in voting the 3%. This year however, because of the limits set by law, the board can still vote the 3%, but must do so at a public meeting called specifically for this purpose, and must notify towns 30 days in advance of the meeting. No action was necessary.

Adjournment: Bob presented a motion to adjourn at 7:27 p.m. Joe seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Mosher
Executive Secretary