Vol. II No. 18 9/15/2021
Notes from the Select Board September 2, Hybrid Meeting
- Roxanne McCaffrey, Chair
- Chuck Cardillo
- Patrick White
Also present: Michael Canales, Lori Robbins, Bill Loutrel, Anita Schwerner
- Continuation of Special Permit Hearing to consider the application of Lori A. Robbins (Trustee of the Emerald Lake Nominee Trust) for property located at 20 Mahkeenac Shores Road
- White suggested that the intent of the bylaw was to restrict density around the lake and to prevent small houses being replaced with much bigger houses. If the bylaw is not clearly written, SB has the right and responsibility to qualify the bylaw by writing regulations.
- McCaffrey disagreed "We are not here to consider the bylaw but to approve or disapprove the special permit." However, she did recommend placing a condition on the Special Permit. The condition, in line with the wording of the application, would limit the basement to storage space and not living space.
- Abutter Bill Loutrel said the basement has sliding glass doors and opens onto a patio and "cannot imagine that is for storage only."
- Robbins disagreed with McCaffrey's suggested condition and said according to Mass General Law the SB "cannot regulate the interior". Robbins suggested a different condition: limiting exterior cubic measurement to no more than previous dwelling, and the interior habitable space not to exceed 2130 sq.ft.
- Again, White attempted to suggest the SB "clarify through regulation" a part of the bylaw that is (and has been) unclear.
- Again, McCaffrey said it was a topic for another meeting.
- Additional question about building height: the Building Inspector would not approve plans if the height were greater than the 35 ft allowed in Stockbridge.
- Robbins read the order of compliance i.e., same footprint, remains still single family dwelling, no increase in traffic, and no increased pressure on utilities.
- Robbin's suggested condition was adopted.
- SB reviewed and voted to remain a Single Precinct (A municipality may be divided for policing or sometimes voting purposes — Stockbridge is undivided.).
- The employee evaluation process and schedule: Canales will evaluate Town employees over the winter; Canales is evaluated by SB.
- Weed Harvesting:
- Perhaps the second (backup) harvester can get in the water before Josh Billings Run Aground scheduled for September 19.
- Cardillo said "only if GPS is working"
- Loutrel requested harvesting continue and be done as often as possible as weeds are very heavy this year
- White said harvesting should start immediately; buy a new GPS if the other one is damaged. White also recommended that harvesting continue into October, and that there be a final harvesting to eliminate weeds just before winter
- Schwerner asked if anyone knew why harvester capsized. McCaffery said it was being investigated.
Anpther scull (Josh Billings is this Saturday!). Photo: Jay Rhind