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  1. Planning Board MeetingWed, May 24 07:00 pm

SHELBURNE BOARD OF ASSESSORS
MEETING MINUTES
—April 23, 2012

4:30 - 5:40 - Property Inspections prior to meeting

1. Called meeting to order @ 5:40 PM Joe Mattei, Marvin Peck, & Jim Richardson present

2. Reviewed mail:

  • MAAO Letters
  • City & Town
  • Building Permits - March
  • Local Aid Estimates - House Ways & Means
  • CSC Annual Meeting - May 9 in Sturbridge
  • Deeds & APR Plan for Wheeler
  • Mount Massaemet Windfarm Proposal

3. Signed Previous meeting minutes - March 26 & April 9

4. Signed (2) Motor Vehicle Excise Abatements

5:50 PM - Susan Stark - presented her arguments for a real estate abatement for 22 Severance St. house Her main points included:

  • Purchased in 2007 for $345,000 - assessed value was only $210,000 when we inspected her house. Assessors increased valuation to $327,100. Then in FY2011 revaluation firm increased valuation again to $361,100
  • Neighbor's house is valued at $295,900
  • She presented extensive comparison data analysis for all two family houses in the village neighborhood 1 and sorted analysis by Grade, Condition, Effective year built, and Year built. She stated that her analysis was limited to the data available to her from the property record cards. She was not sure of the components of grade or effective year built.
  • Her house ranks in the upper range in most categories including having one of the highest per square foot values of the 56 two family houses
  • Presented Home Value Index from Zillow for Franklin County - Shelburne is not in their index, but only Conway had an increase in valuation from 2007 to 2012
  • House has knob & tube wiring and does not have replacement windows
  • In conclusion she believes that her house is overvalued given her analysis of existing two family houses in the village. The assessors agreed to review analysis and notify her of their decision after next meeting on May 14

5. Processed & Signed (1) Abatement & abatement certificate for Allard @ 4 Warren Ave. - has no fireplace & only 1 1/2 baths per realtor - house for sale @ $185,000
o Reviewed new valuations for 100 Brook Road - agreed to sign abatements at next meeting

6. Old Business

  • Acted on Susan Stark's request to put assessors records on-line. Jim Richardson made motion to put records on the Internet, seconded by Marvin Peck and Passed unanimously
    • Signed form to officially request this service* there is no extra cost from CSC, it is included in our yearly dues
  • Approved & Signed Chapter 61A application for Charles Cohn received notification that Launie York uses his land as pasture for 7 cows
  • Reviewed Lyon property card update - changed to Poor Condition & Grade
  • Evaporator is personal property for Gould's Sugar House even though it is a Mass. corporation -- it is a restaurant not a manufacturing company per phone call with Roy Bishop - assessors are not convinced that it should not be considered farm machinery - Decision on hold until a later date - will review farm machinery requirements - assistant will check with DOR Law dept.

7. New Business

  • Review Benz lots on Map 36 - Cartographic Associates could not draw lots - conflicting deed descriptions lots 2, 5 & 5.1 - no room on map for Lot 3 - Questions as to whether lot 5 was a legal lot - assistant will try to sketch lots by estimating boundary lines - possible letter to Benz regarding plan for lot 5.
  • Canepari Landscaping is renting Anchorage Nursing Home property - need to change use code - possible letter to owner regarding current use
  • CSC Property files sent to Cartographic Associates for MassGIS- Some Parcels did not match for MassGIS data - some lots in computer but not on maps-others on maps but not on computer. Some lots are listed as combined on computer files
  • Smead Parcel 12 on map 38 - 5 acres of 6.1 acres are being sold; keeping fire pond - lien only lists 55 acres with 54 acres added in hand written note

8. Adjourned Meeting @ 6:50 PM

Joseph P. Mattei, Chairman 
James T. Richardson
Marvin C. Peck