Monday, June 19, 2017

June Meeting Agenda: June 21, 2017

Monthly Meeting of the Board of Supervisors:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Status of online viewing access
    2. Status of meeting-to-meeting reporting and catching up on data entry in Quicken
  4. Bills to Pay
  5. NRCS Report
  6. Program Administrator’s Report
  7. OLD BUSINESS
    1. Fall Bulb Sale Planning
    2. FY18 EOEEA Grant Letter of Inquiry Applications
    3. FY17 EOEEA Grant Contract
      1. Status of Financial Audit
      2. FY17 expenditures due June 30th for reimbursement
  8. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Review and discuss district meeting schedule (currently every 2nd Wednesday)
    2. Review and update district supervisor's contact information
    3. FY18 Budget and Work Plan
    4. Discuss WiFi options.  Should district get their own, or try to boost BCC’s ?
    5. Discuss and review office equipment and documents. Useful or Clutter?  
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Upcoming Events/Meetings:

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, July 12th at 5pm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Special Meeting: May 24, 2017 - AGENDA


Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room


AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Bills to Pay
  5. NRCS Report
  6. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Fall Bulb Sale
    2. Orientation for the new Program Administrator
    3. FY18 EOEEA Grant Letter of Inquiry
  7. OLD BUSINESS
    1. Open for discussion
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjournment

Upcoming Events/Meetings:

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 14th at 5pm

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 10, 2017 Meeting Agenda


Monthly Meeting of the Board of District Supervisors

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room


AGENDA


  1. Call to Order
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report - Online account access, edits from last month
  4. Bills to Pay
  5. NRCS Report
  6. OLD BUSINESS
    1. 2017 Spring Plant Sale update (mid-work week)
    2. NRCS agreements - review and approve
    3. Supervisor Election Paperwork Status
    4. EOEEA Grant
      1. Budget amendment
      2. Financial Audit
    5. Filling the District Administrator Position
** At this time, the meeting will enter a closed Executive Session for deliberation regarding the remaining candidates for the Program Administrator position. The meeting will re-open in public session once a vote has been taken.***
  1. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Orientation for the new Program Administrator
    2. Website maintenance - start building a short-term “to do” and/or wish list
    3. Bulb Sale
  2. Announcements
  3. Adjournment


Upcoming Events/Meetings:

Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 14th at 5pm

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Executive Session Meeting, Wednesday, April 26th

Posted APRIL 22, 2017

Berkshire Conservation District will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm at the Hinsdale Firehouse, 95 Maple Street, Hinsdale, MA, to conduct interviews for the Program Administrator Position. At present, four candidates are scheduled to be interviewed. All are Berkshire County residents. One candidate has been interviewed so far at the most recent meeting on April 12th, but that candidate has withdrawn. 

This meeting will be mostly held in closed executive session, between 6pm and 9pm.

In accordance with Open Meeting Law guidelines set forth by the Attorney General's office, the meeting will:
  • Convene in open session
  • State the reason for the executive session, stating all subjects that may be revealed without compromising the purpose for which the executive session was called.
  • State whether the public body will reconvene in open session at the end of the executive session.
  • Take a roll call vote of the body to enter executive session.

    The position description can be found here.

    Any questions should be directed to BerkshireConservationDistrict@Gmail.com

    AGENDA
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
95 Maple Street, Hinsdale, MA @6pm
  • Call to Order in open session
  • Roll call vote to enter executive session
  • Convene executive session for candidate interviews
  • Roll call vote to close executive session and reopen open session
  • Old Business - Progress on scheduling district audit
  • New Business - Vote to make an offer for the District Administrator position
  • Adjournment
  • Announcements


Friday, April 7, 2017

April Meeting Agenda


Monthly Meeting of the Board of Supervisors:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Conference Call with Thomas Anderson, Executive Secretary, State Commission, RE: EOEEA Conservation Districts grant award
  3. NRCS Report
  4. Secretary’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report - Online account access
  6. Bills to Pay
  7. OLD BUSINESS
    1. 2017 Spring Plant Sale update
    2. NRCS agreements to review
    3. Supervisor Election Paperwork
  8. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Web maintenance - start building a short-term “to do” and/or wish list
*** At 6pm, the meeting will enter a closed Executive Session for candidate interviews for the open Administrator Position. The meeting will enter re-open public session once interviews have concluded and before the meeting is adjourned***
  1. Announcements
  2. Adjournment

Upcoming Events/Meetings:
Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, May 3rd at 5pm
Plant Sale Work Week - May 8-12, 2017, details TBA

Spring Sale Day - Saturday, May 13th, 9am - 2pm, Springside Park, Pittsfield

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Plant Sale Extended and South County Pick-Up Site Added

EXTRA! EXTRA!

Sheffield Land Trust will be hosting a plant sale pick-up location for our 2017 Plant Sale!  We are also extending the ordering deadline to Friday, April 7th, both online and by mail.
 Click here to order now or visit our website, www.BerkshireConservation.org. Please indicate that you would like to pick-up your order in South County during the ordering process, or by clicking here or emailing us at BerkshireConservationDistrict@Gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already ordered and wish to change your pick-up to the South County location, please click the link above or email us.

Again, here are the pick-up details:
South County Plant Sale Pick Up Saturday, May 13th, from 9am to 2pm at
Sheffield Land Trust
96 Main Street
Sheffield, MA
**Please direct all questions to Berkshire Conservation District**

Central and North County Plant Sale Pick Up and Overstock Sale, Saturday, May 13th, from 9am to 2pm, at Springside Park, Pittsfield, MA.

If you have questions or need to reach us for any reason, please contact us at BerkshireConservationDistrict@Gmail.com. Email is the best way to reach us at this time.

Thank You,
Supervisors of Berkshire Conservation District

Bob Lear, Chairman
Bill Pike, Vice-Chair
Aimee V. Annichiarico, Secretary
Amy Burdick, Treasurer
Ned Kirchner

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Plant Sale Work Week will be held May 8th - 12th in Pittsfield. We need volunteers to help us put orders together! If you are interested, please contact us. There are some perks to the job, including free or discounted plants! BerkshireConservationDistrict@Gmail.com

There are 2 supervisor vacancies on our board. District supervisors meet monthly, should have a strong interest in environmental and agricultural conservation and education, must be a resident of Berkshire County, and be available to participate when needed in district events, outreach, and programming. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us, or attend an upcoming meeting!

Check our blog for meeting schedules and agendas. We are currently meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Conte Federal Building, 78 Center St., Suite 206 (NRCS Suite), Pittsfield, MA 01201. Meetings begin at 5pm. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monthly Meeting of the Board of Supervisors:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room


AGENDA


  1. Call to Order
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Bills to Pay
  5. NRCS Report
  6. OLD BUSINESS
    1. 2017 Spring Plant Sale update - sale in progress
      1. Permit progress
      2. Marketing campaign
    2. EOEEA Grant Contract - Finalize paperwork
    3. Financial Management
      1. Debit card and online account access
      2. Budgets
    4. Supervisor Election Paperwork
  7. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Administrator Position
    2. Ethics questions - when can a former supervisor become an employee?
  8. Announcements:
  9. Adjournment

Upcoming Events/Meetings:

Wednesday, April 12th at 5pm

**All meetings are open to the public**

Monday, February 27, 2017

Job Posting: Part-Time Program Administrator

Conservation District Seeks Grant Administrator

February 27, 2017 - Pittsfield, MA

The Berkshire Conservation District is seeking a part-time Program Administrator to administer grant funds and implement a work plan to help improve basic operations and secure long-term stability to improve its sustainability as an organization. Berkshire Conservation District is a state-mandated agency whose mission is to support local agriculture and environmental sustainability in Berkshire County through education. The goals of this position are to:
-Develop work plans, budgets, and a 5-year strategic plan
-Plan and hold 1–3 events or workshops annually
-Recruit new supervisors (board members)
-Strengthen and expand current programs

Skills and experience required for the position include an ability to work independently, to multitask and stay organized, and meet deadlines. Experience writing grants, administering grant funds, and/or work with small non-profits is preferred. Candidate should have a strong interest in environmental conservation issues. A Berkshire County resident is preferred but not required.
This position is based in Pittsfield and features a flexible schedule with some ability to work remotely. The position will remain open until filled.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to BerkshireConservationDistrict@gmail.com with the subject line “Program Administrator Position.” No walk-ins or phone calls please.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Meeting Agenda: February 8, 2017

Monthly Meeting of the Board of Supervisors:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:00pm
78 Center St., Suite 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201, Conference Room

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Bills to Pay
  5. NRCS Report
  6. OLD BUSINESS
    1. 2017 Spring Plant Sale planning update
    2. Request or office access and electronic files
    3. EOEEA Grant Contract
    4. Financial Management
      1. debit card and online account access
      2. Treasurer transition
      3. Budgets
    5. Supervisor Election Paperwork
  7. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Administrator Position
  8. Announcements:
  9. Adjournment

Upcoming Events/Meetings:

Wednesday, March 8th at 5pm