Planning Board Meeting Minutes 01/11/2021

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Town of Otis

Planning Board Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Online using the Zoom link provided below.


*This meeting is being conducted remotely through Zoom. You must check back within 24 hours of the start time for a link to join.

Pursuant to the Governor’s March 12, 2020 order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, Sec 18, this meeting is being held via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Every effort is being made to ensure that any member of the public may access the meeting in real time, via technological means. Agendas will be amended to show the link and participation code to access the meeting no sooner than 48 hours before. Recordings and/or draft proceedings of the meeting will be available on our website as soon as possible.


  1.  Roll Call: Meeting called to order at 7:01 pm
    1. Hal Kobrin, Chair
    2. Rona Knight, Member
    3. Jim Kauffman, Member
    4. Jen Daily, Member
    5. Barbara Gallagher, Member
    6. Stacey Schultze, Clerk



  1. Approval of Minutes.  Approval of December 14, 2020 Planning Board meeting minutes.
    1. Corrections made
    2. Jen motions to accept
    3. Jim seconds
    4. All in favor


  1. HMP & MVP update/ survey discussion
    1. Jen notes that the HMP & MVP focus is finding where the environment is interrupting the infrastructure or potentially interrupting infrastructure.
    2. Hal indicated that the survey as is should be expanded to include context and more detailed questions.
    3. Rona suggests reaching out directly to boards and committees such as ConCom.  She also noted that the map should be more legible.
    4. Jen agrees that the map should be ADA compliant
    5. Jen will reach out directly to chair of ConCom and Jim will reach out to Jeffrey Laramy for input.
    6. Hal suggests sharing one of the documents from BRPC that has a list and ranking system for hazards for these boards/ dept/ committees to complete.
    7. Jim inquired about the timing, Hal indicated that Justin from BRPC is leading the timeline and will provide a sharable link.
    8. It was suggested collectively that the survey be shared on the town website, social media pages, local news, and through a robo call and town email alert system.
    9. The addition of a water supply for Main St was discussed as a hazard and vulnerability.


  1. Solar Bylaw review
    1. Updates to verbiage and spelling were made collectively by the board
    2. Hal calls for a vote on presenting the bylaw to the Select Board for review and consideration to be added to a Town Meeting
  1. Rona seconds
  2. All in (Jen was not present for the vote)
  • Stacey to send copy to Rona


  1. Budget
    1. Discussion of line items including clerk salary were discussed
    2. The proposed FY21 budget is approved as submitted
    3. Rona will discuss increase to Clerk hourly rate which will not exceed Planning Board budget with Select Board


  1. Any Other Business, Old or New.
    1. Complete Streets survey questions were presented and amended
    2. Failing wells and preservation of Main street in relation to Complete Streets
    3. Designation of state highways as town main streets discussed


  1. Meeting Adjourned at 8:45pm
    1. Jim motioned
    2. Rona seconds
    3. All in Favor (except Jen who was not present)


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Topic: Planning Board Meeting January 11, 2021

Time: Jan 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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