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Shelburne Notebook

Shelburne board member appointed

SHELBURNE — Shelly Roberts of Zerah Fiske Road was recently appointed to serve on the town’s Long-Range Planning Committee, which reviews the condition of town-owned property and makes recommendations for capital spending. Because Roberts works Monday nights, selectmen have asked committee Chairman Leo Ojala to request that Roberts come to a future board meeting, as it’s generally their policy to meet with committee candidates, as a board before making appointments.

Benefit fee-waiver questioned

SHELBURNE — In early November, selectmen approved an Arms Library fundraiser in February that will feature master documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. However, their approval was contingent upon the Memorial Hall Association’s waiving any rental fees for use of the upstairs theater, since the purpose of the event is to raise money to restore town-owned property.

On Nov. 18, Memorial Hall Association president Richard Warner asked selectmen to reconsider that condition, since an evening event in February will cost the Memorial Hall Association money for heat and utilities, and for maintenance. Memorial Hall Association leases the upstairs theater from the town. Warner said the association has to make enough money to break even, and gets requests each month to waive fees for non-profit events.

Selectmen agreed to reopen discussion of this issue at their Dec. 2 meeting.

Phone notice for winter parking ban

SHELBURNE — The town’s winter parking ban begins Dec. 1, but vehicles parked on streets and in town parking lots whenever there is no snow predicted will not be ticketed. Selectmen had hoped to establish a new system in Shelburne Falls, in which blue lights would be turned on in prominent intersections whenever the overnight parking ban was in effect — as is done in Florence. However, the lights haven’t arrived, and selectmen decided to implement that new system next winter, when all the details, including electricity costs, have been worked out.

Meanwhile, the town will use its “Blackboard Connect” automated voice mail system to notify residents whenever the parking ban is in effect. Selectmen said those who don’t want the telephone notification can opt out; however, those residents will be responsible for paying any parking tickets they get during parking-ban snowstorms.

Shelburne used to ban all overnight parking on streets and town lots from December through March. The board is trying to modify that policy to accommodate on-street parking when there is no snow.

Memorial Hall roof needs work

SHELBURNE — The leaking Memorial Hall roof has been patched for this winter, but the roofing company that fixed it says the town should consider a more extensive repair — or replacing the roof altogether.

D.J. Wooliver & Sons Roofing of Lanesborough repaired the section where the roof was leaking, fixed membrane punctures near the access hatch and secured loose flashing near the roof hatch, at a cost of $677.

“$600 fixed the immediate problem,” said Selectman Robert Manners. “A $6,000 to $10,000 effort will get us through several years. But their recommendation is a new roof.”

Selectmen estimate that a new roof would cost between $60,000 and $70,000. “This will be part of our budget talk,” said Manners.

Memorial Hall is Shelburne’s Town Hall, and its upstairs auditorium is a well-used venue for movies, concerts, high-definition telecasts of the New York Metropolitan Opera, town meetings and other special events.

The town has just recently replaced the Cowell Gymnasium roof, and the community is in the process of raising money for the Arms Library/Pratt Memorial Library Building roof.

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