Planning Board Meeting Minutes 11/13/2017

Town of Otis

Planning Board Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2017

Town Hall Inspectors’ Office




Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm in the Otis Town Hall Inspectors’ Room.  The meeting is recorded and a quorum is present.


Present:           Michael Ernst, Rona Knight, Terry Cook, Jen Daily, Hal Kobrin, Al Koivisto



Approval of Minutes:  The October 16, 2017 Planning Board meeting minutes were unanimously approved as written.  Rona made the motion to accept and Terry seconded.


Zoning Sign Bylaw Changes:  Michael read Dave Donahue’s email regarding his signs.  He had questions regarding existing signs on his property.  Michael wants to check with Larry.  Hal stated any signs currently in use should be grandfathered in.  Should they decide to change their signs, then they need to abide by the bylaws.  A pronoun was requested to be changed to a more inclusive version and Rona moved to accept the bylaw as changed, Jen seconded and the bylaw was unanimously accepted with the change.  Michael will formally present it and request a town vote on this at tomorrow’s Select Board meeting.


Discuss upcoming meeting dates:  Everyone agreed to keep the dates as they are listed.  Michael will not be here for the January meeting.



BRPC Annual Dinner:  Michael attended and he presented the report.  Jen took a look at the report.


Building Use Subcommittee:  Jen saw the museum upstairs in the Library and she would encourage making the museum more visible to the public as it is a great resource.


Broadband:  Inquiries were made as to where we are with this project.  Everyone was encouraged to sign up with  Everyone heard about the 10 phases of construction and determined where they lived and which phase they were in.  They were reminded that there were Informational meetings an hour before the Select Board meetings each month and they should attend if they had any questions.



Michael moved the meeting be adjourned, Rona seconded, and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 7:22 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,

Lisa D’Orazio

Planning Board Clerk

Town of Otis


List of Documents


  1. A copy of the Notice of Public Hearing with the Zoning Sign Bylaw change handwritten in will be filed with these meeting minutes.


  1. A copy of the BRPC Annual Report that Michael received at the dinner will be filed with these meeting minutes.