Select Board news

The Select Board meets every week or two to conduct town business. Many items that are considered span multiple meetings and are discussed over time. The following updates are listed to provide residents a sense of the items with Select Board is currently dealing with. For detailed information, please refer to the town calendar for meeting agendas.

 

Preparing for 4 Town meeting
Twice a year the Select boards, Town Administrators, School committees, and Finance committees from Shutesbury, Leverett, Pelham and Amherst meet with the Amherst-Pelham Regional Superintendent and Finance Director to review events, programs, and budgets for the upcoming year. The Select board is currently coordinating with our town committees to bring issues and concerns to the 4 Town Meeting.

Town Employee Reviews
The Select board began a process to regularly meet with town department heads to ensure they are providing residents with the services residents expect. We have had meetings with our Town Administrator, Fire Chief, Police Chief, and Highway Superintendent. In the next several months we will be meeting with the Treasurer, Accountant, and Tax Collector.

Select board Policies and Procedures Manual
The Select board has spent the past year drafting a policies and procedures manual that is nearing completion. This manual will give the Select board and future boards an outline of how we conduct business for the town in an effort to streamline procedures and provide a consistent response to routine matters.

 

Select Board minutes

Select Board Minutes

 

2016

Nov.  15  29

Oct. 4    18    25

Sept. 6   13   20

August 9   23

July 5  12  26

June  14

May 4  18  24  31

April 5  12  19  21  26

March  8 15 22

February 9  23

January  5  12  21  26

2015

March  24

April  7  15  21  29

May 6  19  28

June 2   9  30

July 14   28 

August 4 18

September 15 29

October  6 13  20

November  4  10

December 1  5 15  29

2014

January 7th   14th   30th     
February  4th  11th  25th    
March  11th  25th      
April  8th  16th  22nd 29th 3PM  29th 6:30PM 7PM  
May  6th  21st  29th    
June  3rd  10th  17th  24th  
July  15th  29th      
August  5th  12th  26th    
September  10th        
October  7thA  7thB      
November          
December          

2013

January 2nd     8th     15th    29th      
February 12th 26th                  
March 12th 26th       
April 9th 19th      
May 14th  21st      
June 4th 18th  28th     
July 9th 16th  30th    
August 13th        
September    10th 24th      
October  8th 21st      
November  5th 8th 19th                                 
December 2nd 3rd 17th     

 

2012

January 3rd    18th   31st        
February  15th   28th                  
March  13th  26th  27th    
April  3rd  9th  21st  24th  
May  8th  23rd  31st    
June  6th  20th  29th    
July  3rd 11th 1  11th 2 17th  31st 
August  3rd 7th  14th  28th   
September     11th  25th      
October  2nd All Boards.  9th 23rd     
November  13th  20th                                  
December 4th 18th      

2011

January 4th 24th 25th  27   
February 8th 15th 18th    
March 1st 15th 18th 

 

 
April  12th  26th      
May  10th  24th      
June  7th  18th 21st  28th   
July  5th  13th  22nd     
August  2nd   5th   16th  30th   
September  2nd  6th   13th   27th  30th 
October  11th  24th  25th    
November  8th   14th   16th  29th  
December  6th  20th  27th    

 

2010

January 11th 12th    
February 2nd 6th 8th 16th
March 5th 11th  

 

April    12th  20th  27th
May 4th 11th    
June  8th  22nd  28th  
July    6th  13th  20th
August        
September  7th  14th  28th  
October 5th  12th  12thAM 26th
November  9th  23rd    
December  7th  21st    

2009

January 6th 13th
February 3rd 10th 17th 24th
March 3rd 6th 24th
May 12th 18th
August 18th 24th
September 8th 22nd
December 8th 16th 28th

2008

January 8th 22nd 29th
February 19th 26th
March 3rd 4th 15th 18th 31st
April 1st 9th 10th 12th 15th 29th
May 5th 13th 19th 22nd 27th
June 10th 17th 24th 28th
July 8th 14th 15th 22nd
August 5th 19th 14th
September 2nd 9th 11th 16th 25th 30th
October 6th 14th 21st 24th 28th
November 11th 15th 25th
December 6th 9th 16th 23rd

2007

January 8 9 23
February 6 17 20 27
March 13 24
April 17
May 1 5 15 29
June 12
July 10 18 24
August 7 21
September 4 11 18 25 27
October 9 16 20 22 30
November 17 20 27
December 11 17 19 (1) 19 (2)

2006

March 21 24
November 28
December 05 12 16 19

27

2005

November 22 29
December 13

Select Board

Members

Contact

Single email point of contact:
selectboard@shutesbury.org

The above email address will automatically forward to the individual members of the Select Board and Town Administrator, who supports the work of the Select Board.  

Please note: All email communication to Select Board members are considered by law to be public documents.

Meetings

Select Board meets biweekly at 6:30 PM at Town Hall

For further information contact Rebecca Torres at 259-1214 or townadmin (a) shutesbury.org
Please attend fragrance free.

Select Board Responsibilities

The board of selectmen’s formal, legal responsibilities are scattered throughout hundreds of statutes and in a town’s bylaws, home rule charter, and in the special laws (special acts) enacted by the Legislature for a particular town. Boards of selectmen have general supervision over all matters that are not specifically delegated by law, or by vote of the town, to another office of board.

While the specific role of the selectman is broad, it varies from town to town. Generally, boards of selectmen have at least several important responsibilities under state law: the power to prepare the town meeting warrant; the power to make appointments to town boards and offices; the power to employ professional administrative staff and town counsel; the power to sign warrants for the payment of all town bills; and the authority to grant licenses and permits.


Select Board Priorities 2016-2017 (FY17)

Communication, Accessibility and Transparency
Select Board will…
• Facilitate review of town communications to improve information flow to and from residents and committees including:
o Committee policies and procedures regarding posting of minutes and agendas
o Town-wide policies and procedures regarding sharing of materials and documents of interest with residents
o Ways of “listening” – getting info from residents
• Review how committees get/provide updates to other committees
• Review how it gets updates from department heads
• Proactively engage with other committees in issue discussions 
• Review its own and committee email communications

Accountability and Operational Oversight
Regarding Town employees, Select Board will …
• Continue to clarify oversight role of Select Board for departments heads
• Continue to work in conjunction with Personnel Committee to improve/establish system for annual reviews of town department heads

Regarding town committees, Select Board will…
• Continue to work to improve inter-committee communication and committee coordination
• Continue to work to establish expectations regarding public access/engagement and availability of information (public comment; posting of agendas/minutes; availability of materials)

Community Engagement
Select Board will: 
• Conduct a multi-format survey (on and offline) of residents and explore ways to establish regular systems for gathering information about issues and processes in town (possibly coordinate with visioning survey to gather this data)
• Process and report out findings via Our Town and town website

Select Board Operations
Select Board will: 
• Finalize Select Board Policy Manual to codify board operations and policy/procedures. 
• Incorporate semi-regular policy discussions in SB meetings (to keep policy manual current and address emerging or newly identified policy needs.
• Facilitate posting of town and SB polices to town website

 

Select Board members

Mike Vinskey - Chair

Michael DeChiara - Vice Chair

Melissa Makepeace O'Neil

 

Meetings

Select Board meets biweekly at 6:30 PM at Town Hall, usually on Tuesdays. Most meetings begin with an Open Comment period in which members of the public are encouraged to share information or thoughts with the Select Board. All meetings can be found on the Town Calendar.

Minutes 

2017

Jan 5   Jan 10   Jan 24   Feb 7  Feb 21  Mar 7  Mar 21  Mar 21   Mar 27   Mar 28  April 4   April 4  April 11  April 18   April 18   April 21   April 24  May 3   May 16   May 16
(below, if available)

2016 and earlier