Berkshire Conservation District Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Public Library & Berkshire Athenaeum
1. Call to Order- Mary Stucklen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:32pm
Attendants: Ned Kirchner, Mary Stucklen, Holly Aragi (call-in)
Not in Attendance: Bob Lear
2. No-Till Grant Updates:
The quotes for the No-Till seeder were not available at the meeting so the discussion about purchasing a no-till machine was tabled until the next meeting. Various insurance policies were discussed, including policies from Liberty Mutual and Russel & Bond. The cost for these policies was perceived by Holly and Ned to be lower numbers than expected, and there were questions about if the policy would cover the machine if it were to be ‘totaled’. There was further discussion about making sure a policy would include a full-value replacement for the machine, and possibly discounts on wrapping the district’s liability insurance with the no-till insurance. Ned and Holly shared their experiences with Farm Friendly insurance, which is an agriculturally friendly insurance company. Mary will contact other representatives to find a policy that would better suit the district.
3. Other new business – There were none.
4. Announcements – There were none.
Executive Session: Ned made the motion to move into executive session, seconded by Holly. All were in favor.
5. Administrative Assistant Position Interviews
The district had scheduled three candidates for interviews for the Administrative Assistant position. The first candidate did not appear for his interview. The second and third candidate was interviewed on-time and by the District. A discussion occurred after the interviews, discussing the financial abilities of the District and the potential candidates. Upon discussing the candidates interviewed and their professional background, experiences, and availability, the board made a decision to hire one of the candidates. Ned made a motion to all Mary to offer the position to their chosen candidate, as well as to negotiate the compensation for the candidate, with Holly seconding the motion. All were in favor.
Holly made a motion to reenter into open session, with Ned second. All were in favor.
6. Adjournment: Holly made a motion to adjourn, with Ned second. All were in favor.