Selectboard Meeting Minutes 05/04/2021

Printer friendly

Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Otis Town Hall

Conference Room

Tuesday, May 04, 2021, at 6:00 PM


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.


Topic: Cell Tower Informational Meeting

Time: May 4, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting





Attendance: William Hiller (Chair), Gary Thomas, Larry Southard, 12032321303, 12039037591, Aaron Sturges, Alanna Magovern Regester (Nicholas Regester), ann odonnell, Anne Marie Wagner, Annette’s ipad pro, Bea Pace, Benjamin Fligelman, Betsy Gallup, Bill Sturges, bob & dona, Bob Mitchell, Bonnie Peel, Brandi Page (Town of Otis), Brian O’Donnell, Bryan, Bud’s iPhone, Cathy Cormier-Cleaveland, Cbruttomesso, Christine Lawlor, Christophe, Cindy, Cody Gallup, Daniel Wollman, Daniella S. (daniellasimone), Dava Judge, Dave Cleaveland, David Vogel, Dawn Eagles, Deb Case (iPhone), Debra Ann Pollack# MD, Derek Poirier, Diane Provenz, Don Goss, Donna Gaylord, Donna Salwocki (Donna S), Donna Thomas, Doreen Hoddinott, Edward Herbst, Elaine Downing Hunter (Elaine & Dan Hunter), Elizabeth N, Emily (Emily Rider), Emily R, Erika’s iPhone, Flo Magovern, Frank Tolopko (Otis Observer), Frankrizzo, Fred Ryon, Geoffrey Geane, Glenn Greenough, Gordon Middleton, Hal Kobrin, Haylie J, Haylie Jacques, Heidi Johnstone, iPad, iPad (2), iPadDavid Guarco, iPhone, iPhone Larry, iPhonewhitaker, James R. Adams, Jamesshirley, Janice, Janice Gallup Hills (Janice), Janna Deveny (iPad), Jarrod Orszulak, Jeff Fligelman, Jeff Mitchell, Jeff Tacke, Jeffrey Dressler, Jeffrey Harrison, Jeffrey Lamanna, Jill Sweeney, Jim Crandall, Joanne Russell, Jocelyn Jacques, John Cox, John Cuzzone (John’s iPhone), John Weldon, John’s iPhone, Kait Gallup, Karen Robb, katherine wippert, Kathleen Duffy, Kathryn, Kelly Taylor, Kenneth E Taylor, Kimberly Pace, Kristen L. Curtin (Kristen L. Curtin-BCRHA), Larry Pace, Larry Southard, Larrykgould, Lauren Cushing, Lauren Harrison, Lawrence Parnass, Lisa Smith, Lynn Huber, Lynn Vedovato, Mark Lamanna, Marshall cox, Marshall cuz, Mary Ann Buchanan# Ed.D., Matt Lussier, MG, Michael Failla, Michael Ian, michelle and jim rider, Mike Sturges, Mikec, Nancy Cornell, Nancy Minikes (, Nicholas Regester, Otis Observer, Otis Preservation Trust, Paige, Pam Henry, Pampace, Patricia Rizzo, Pattie Hallberg, Phil Magovern, R Bliven, Ralph Huber, Rick Lawlor, Robert Fischer, Robin Peterson, Ronald Wasdo, Ryan KC, Sam Rider, Shari Lamanna, Sharon Baird’s iPhone, Stone, Susan Bissell, Susan Failla, Susan Forgasch, Suzanne Bauer, Suzanne Smiley, Terry Smith, The Thomas’s, Therese’s iPad,Tim,Town of Otis, and Will Salwocki.


Call to Order:

6:00 PM


The purpose of tonight’s meeting was to discuss the proposed cell tower location and proposal by Verizon. Bill stated he had read everything that had been sent in to date and opened it up to comments from the attendees.


Discussion and concerns included what other sites had been explored, possible fire risk and access, safety, the location, the height, the view from all possible locations, the equipment to be placed on the tower, being exempt from the bylaw, the language of the bylaw exemption, the gaps in emergency radio coverage, not having enough time to speak, lack of planning by the town, why Town Counsel was not in attendance, property values, access to the cell tower and setbacks.


Bill stated throughout the discussion that the Board has heard all of these concerns and again is weighing all the information. Larry spoke to say he did not agree with any comments that members of the Board had done anything behind the scenes. He also had weighed out everything and was ready to make an informed decision. Gary was concerned it was informational only and not appropriate to vote. Brandi confirmed it was posted as a Select Board meeting and there was nothing preventing a vote.


Larry made a motion that we do note move forward with this location. Bill made a motion to not accept the proposal, motion seconded and passed.



7:53 PM