March 2, 2021
Present: Fred Woodhouse, Diane Callahan, Gary Backstrom
Call to order by Fred Woodhouse at 5:32 pm.
Motion to approve the minutes for 2/16/2021 (Woodhouse/Backstrom). All in favor, motion carried.
Discussion about the presentation of the warrant articles at the 2021 Town Meeting. The Moderator usually reads the warrant articles, Mr. Woodhouse will move the warrant articles and Mr. Backstrom will second the warrant articles.
Discussion about who will speak to the warrant articles: Article #1 – The Moderator reads the results of the election.
Article #2 – 2021 compensation schedule – Mr. Backstrom will speak to this article.
Article #3 -2021 Budget – Ms. Callahan will speak to this article.
Article #4 – Website – Ms. Harling will speak to this article.
Article #5 – Appropriation to Legal Expense Capital Reserve Fund – Mr. Woodhouse will speak to this article.
Article #6 – Appropriation to Town Bridge Capital Reserve Fund – Ms. Callahan will speak to this article.
Article #7 – Appropriation to Assessing Reserve Capital Reserve Fund – Ms. Harling will speak to this article.
Article #8 – Appropriation to Welfare Services Non-capital Reserve Fund – Mr. Backstrom will speak to this article.
Article #9 – Appropriation to Town Highway Capital Reserve Fund – Mr. Newton will speak to this article for the Road Agent.
Review of a letter received from Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) about the need to update the Emergency Operations Plan. Mr. Woodhouse will look into this.
Ms. Callahan asked the Chairman if it would be possible to work on a better system to recognize people who wish to speak at meetings. People are trying to “talk over each other” and it can get confusing trying to determine who is speaking.
Mr. Backstrom informed the Board that the Planning Board has found out there can be an alternative Ex-Officio Select Board member to the Planning Board. Ms. Callahan will be the alternative Ex-Officio member.
Discussion about the proper lighting of the flag when flown at night. The Town Administrator will contact electricians and try to get at least two estimates.
Discussion about a Deputy Emergency Management Director, motion to appoint Gary Backstrom as the Deputy Emergency Management Director (Woodhouse/Callahan). All in favor, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 6:58 PM.
Minutes taken by Debra Harling. Approved on 03/16/2021.