Select Board Vacancy

The Select Board voted to fill the vacancy on the Select Board at the Annual Town Meeting and Elections on Saturday, May 5.  That means there will be two seats for Select Board listed on the ballot.  One seat for two years to finish out the vacated term, and one seat for a three year term.

More information on this spring's elections will be coming after the new year. 

Selectman Resignation

The Select Board regrets to announce that they accepted the resignation of Selectman Timothy Logan at their meeting, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Mr. Logan is resigning for health reasons. He has been a valued member of the Board and will be sincerely missed. 

The Selectboard will discuss how to address this issue at their December 19 Select Board meeting. 

Select Board



Single email point of contact:

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.


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

For further information contact Rebecca Torres at 259-1214 or townadmin (a)
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



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.



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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



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