The Board of Selectmen voted to place two stop signs at the intersection of Old State Road and Swamp Road.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — For the first year the town is milling asphalt in the process of paving various town roads and parking lots.
The process is more expensive and town officials say roads will last longer and be in better condition.
But, officials say it does cause more disturbance to residents and Town Administrator Paul Sieloff has been contacted by many town residents about the projects.
Sieloff said next year the town should improve communication by sending letters out and updating the town website with the roads that are being paved and when.
Selectmen Robert Ericson added that he would like to create an email notification systen that people can sign up for to receive updates.
Sieloff said that in taking the job he prioritizes being "proactive" with infrastructure problems so he expects a lot more projects to be coming down the line, and with that a lot more affected residents.
The town is just about complete with paving all municipal parking lots, an effort the town allocated extra money to finish. The parking lot at town hall is not paved and Sieloff says the parking lot needs work on the drainage and if there is money left over, he would like new guardrails to be added.
In other business, Sieloff said he met with the energy committee and a contractor and was shown many ways the town buildings can become more energy efficient. The energy ranges from electric to oil usage to insulation and the town can benefit from rebates.
The Selectmen also met with Emergency Management Director Butch Garrity to make sure there are emergency plans prepared. Ericson said the town has "dodged a bullet" with natural disasters including Hurricane Irene and the tornado in Springfield. But, eventually the town will be hit with something and Ericson wanted to make sure the town is ready.
Garrity said the town typically uses the school for evacuations in storms but they are part of the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee with neighboring towns. In case of an emergency, the town can share resources with their neighbors.
"One of the things we did learn out of Hurricane Irene is that it is really expensive to set up a shelter on your own," Garrity said.
The town would then partner with Pittsfield and lower to costs of medical services and police protection, he said. When Irene hit in 2012, Garrity said prior to the storm he met with representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, ambulance and the senior citizens and made all of the arrangement before it came.
Garrity added that the school has charts of plans for every type of emergency and the town has a very detailed document with plans for the town.
The Selectmen also approved posting two stops signs at the intersection of Old State Road and Swamp Road. Neighboring residents approached the town with concerns about that intersection and Police and Highway officials suggested a yield sign. However, the Selectmen want more saying yield signs wouldn't work and voted to instead put stop signs.
"It's become quite a hazard," Chairman John Goerlach said.
The Selectmen also opted out of trading the Fire Department's forestry pickup truck and will instead sell it. The trade in was offered for $300 but the town thinks they can get more for it on the market. The town is buying a new vehicle about $50,000, which was allocated at town meeting.
The Selectmen also set Trick or Treat for October 31 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and they approved hiring former Selectmen William Prendergast to build a new town hall sign for $475. Prendergast also built the current town hall sign.
"I prefer to go with him because he did the original sign," Sieloff said.