Select Board Meeting 3/14/16

Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website.  The following was discussed at Monday night’s meeting:

• Organizational Meeting: The appointed positions (e.g. animal control officers, Planning Commission etc.) are the same as 2015 (see page 9 of the Town Report) with three exceptions:

-       Lucy MacKenzie is the Animal Pound with Springfield Humane Society serving as a backup

-       The Water Commission membership requirement has been changed from a five-member board with 2 representatives from each of the villages plus the town manager to a five-member board that includes the town manager and representation of both towns.

-       Bruce McEnaney will be the Solid Waste District Representative.

• Town Wide Tag Sale: The SB gave approval for the use of the town greens for the town wide tag sale scheduled for July 30 (Saturday) from 9-2.

• Approved Mini Beez Store for a second-class liquor license.

• Ranger Solar Ludlow Project: Discussed the proposed Ranger Solar Project, which is located mainly in Ludlow. The Project will be up to a 20 MW of solar generation consisting of up to 95,000 solar photovoltaic panels installed in linear arrays on both sides of Barker Road on lands referred to as the “Barker Farm” near the intersection with Nelson Road and Quent Phelan Road. The lines needed to connect the solar project to the VELCO station cross Cavendish land, which automatically gives the town “party” status.

The Ludlow Select Board has approved this project, while Green Mountain Power does not support the plan. There is a public hearing on March 17 (Thursday), 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. A site visit will be held at 3pm the same day on Barker Rd. The public is invited to participate in both events.

 • Cavendish Telecommunications Committee Report: The handout given to the SB can be downloaded in PDF format. The reduction in cell service is due to the upgrade to 4G, which provides better service but to a reduced catchment area. Options for improving the situation are provided in the report along with current status of the state’s release of funds for undeserved Internet locations. Various census tracts in Cavendish have been designated as underserved areas.

• Cemetery Regulations: Final approval and adoption was given for the revised Cavendish Cemetery Regulations. Copies are available from the town office and will appear on the town website in PDF format.