Selectboard Meeting Minutes 01/10/2023

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Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Otis Town Hall

Conference Room

Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 6:30 PM



This meeting will be held in person at the location provided on this notice. Members of the public are welcome to attend. A remote option is offered via zoom with the link provided below.

Please note that while an option for remote participation is being provided as a courtesy, the meeting will not be suspended or terminated if technological problems interrupt the virtual broadcast, unless otherwise required by law. Anyone with interest in any specific item should plan in person attendance.


Topic: Selectboard

Time: Jan 10, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Attendance: Larry Southard-Chair, Terry Gould, Brandi Page, Phil MaGovern, Tammy Weidhaas, Diane Provenz, Diane Dyer & Sue Brofman. On Zoom- Gary Thomas & Mary Kay Pinkham.


Call to Order: 6:30 PM


Approval of Minutes: Minutes from 12/13 were approved as written.


Appointment to the Historic Commission: Larry made a motion to table this until the next meeting. The Board has set a precedent by making the appointment at the following meeting to allow time for any additional interested parties to apply. Terry seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Town Report Cover: Gary was joining on zoom and hadn’t had a chance to see the artwork yet. This will be continued until our next meeting.


FRRSD Regional Agreement: Sandisfield had chosen a representative from their Selectboard. They had invited the Board to all meet and come up with a plan for updating the agreement. Terry outlined the process for amending the regional agreement as outlined by the MARS representative at the recent School Committee meeting. The Board agreed they would want to follow the appropriate process. After the amendment process, both counsels would review the draft before it becomes final. The original agreement took 3-5 years to complete. Terry made a motion to politely decline Sandisfield’s invitation and to let the School Committee convene the regional Agreement Amendment Committee as outlined. Larry seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Review & Approval of Warrants: Payroll and vendor warrants are on the table for signature.


Not Anticipated: Diane Provenz asked to communicate with Jeremia in regard to the land gift at St. Paul’s. Brandi was instructed to send the info and Diane’s contact info to Jeremia. Sue Brofman updated the Board that the Library Trustees are interested in applying for the next MBLC library construction grant. They will let us know when the information sessions are scheduled. Diane Dyer asked if she was to gain the required signatures if the Town would entertain taking the Town green back by eminent domain. The Board replied that would be something that needed further discussion and they would have to think about it. Diane Provenz spoke again to recommend we hire a professional to look at the highest and best use of our town buildings. The Board all felt this was something we had addressed on our own previously but thanked Diane for the suggestion.


Adjournment: 7:09 PM.