Stockbridge panel aims to chart path into town's future


STOCKBRIDGE >> A vision for the future of the town will be explored on Tuesday by a steering committee formed to identify issues that could figure in a new master plan.

The first public meeting of the newly formed Visioning Committee is at 11 a.m. in the Select Board's meeting room at the Town Offices. The group's mission includes discussions of potential shared services and personnel with the towns of Lee and Lenox, said Selectman Stephen Shatz.

"With a shrinking and aging population, the challenge to every town is to address these major issues," he said.

The 10-member steering committee includes "a very accomplished group of people who've seen the world and have strong local connections," Shatz said.

Based on reaction from the public, a request to fund a formal master plan could be presented at a town meeting. The previous plan, adopted in 1996, cost the town $125,000.

The steering committee was designed to represent residents of various ages and income groups, Shatz said. Two second-home owners are among the members, since 60 percent of the town's properties are owned by seasonal residents. Part-time residents contribute 70 percent of the town's residential property tax revenue.

Following its initial meeting on Tuesday, the committee is expected to meet five more times over the next four months. A series of public hearings is planned to get community feedback and to determine if there's widespread support for a full master plan.

"The committee could reach the conclusion that it's not necessary," Shatz said. "Its work is designed primarily to identify issues and areas of concern, not a full-blown strategic plan."

The committee will be assisted by Connie Kruger of Amherst, a town planner who chaired the Amherst Planning Board and is a current Select Board member.

Visioning Committee members, all full-time residents unless otherwise indicated, include:

• Stewart Edelstein, president of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, board member of the Stockbridge Land Trust, the Literacy Network of Southern Berkshires, and the Stockbridge Library Museum & Archives.

• Terry Flynn, active on town committees, firefighter for 37 years, a teacher of literature, philosophy and history at Monument Mountain High for 31 years.

• Jennie Jadow, theater director and choreographer, involved in Shakespeare & Company education programs since 2001, choreographer at Lavender Door Theatre at Austen Riggs Institute, former education director of Barrington Stage.

• Karen Marshall, Movement Therapy-Wellness Coaching practitioner in Stockbridge and Boston; member of Stockbridge Library Board.

• Duncan Pollock, part-time resident, marketing specialist for companies such as American Express, BMW, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, MasterCard and Unilever; owner of consulting business, former chairman of ad agency Ammirati Puris Lintas' New York office.

• J. Martin Salvadore, graduate of BCC and Bryant University, former president of Wheeler & Taylor insurance and real estate divisions, retired in 2009 after 40 years with the agency.

• Terry Shea, part-time resident since 1980, board member of Stockbridge Library Association, retired from a career in institutional equity investment.

• Christine Rasmussen, senior researcher on proposed Land Use legislation at the state House of Representatives, member of the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Metro Future Plan, former Gloucester City Council member involved in creation of the city's master plan.

• Peter Socha, buildings supervisor at Tanglewood for the Boston Symphony, assistant fire chief, 30-year Fire Department member, Stockbridge Sewer and Water commissioner since 2004, former Conservation Commission member.

• Barbara J. Zanetti, Berkshire native, Sheffield resident, executive director of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, active with the Chamber since 1992, employee since 1997. Partner in Roger Trucking Services, a waste removal and recycling company in Great Barrington.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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