*These are unofficial Minutes subject to the approval at the next regular meeting.
August 6, 2012
Bill Brooks, Nelson Tift, Tom Phillips, Frank Bruce, and Ann Tiplady
Julie Sharon, Joyce Barbieri, Phil Baker, and Sandi Switzer
Chair B. Brooks called the
Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes. The July 23rd
meeting minutes were approved with one correction of a typographical error, on a
motion made by T. Phillips and seconded by N. Tift.
Motion carried (4-0). F.
Mac’s budget payment for fuel in the amount of
$1,749.57 was added to the pay orders. T.
Phillips made a motion to approve the pay orders totaling $8,044.60, seconded by
N. Tift. Motion carried (5-0).
FY13 Paving Projects. The
Selectboard reviewed and discussed the bids from Fuller Sand & Gravel, Pike
Industries, and Wilk Paving for paving portions of Route 140W, Creek Road,
Prospect Street, and Hartsboro Road, plus the entire length of Hull Avenue. Seventy percent of the funding for
Route 140W and Creek Road
paving will be provided by a VTrans grant up to a maximum project cost of
also submitted a quote for $24,130 to rebuild the base of Hartsboro Road
between Route 7 and the bridge. He
reported that these men also recommended that bank run gravel be used, instead
of crushed stone, plus a 6” top layer. They
felt that silt would fill in the cracks and freeze the road.
There was discussion about raising the road to its original height and
the flooding that occurs along that area.
Selectboard discussed the proposals for installing a .75” shim and 1” top
and the range in estimated tons on each proposal, i.e. Route 140W: 570 tons, 637
tons and 670 tons. F. Bruce was
concerned with the difference in the quantity; however, all three companies bid
on the same specs. N. Tift moved to
award the project to the lowest bidder, Fuller, at $72 per ton for a total cost
of $41,040 per road to pave Route 140W and Creek Road; motion seconded
by T. Phillips. Motion carried
(4-1). F. Bruce voted no.
Homer Stone Trail Repairs. As
a follow up to Frank Chapman’s request to allow repairs to the trail that was
damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, Julie contacted VLCT who advised that since
there are no maintenance obligations for trails, the Town should have in writing
that all work will be paid for by the private landowner, that the work will be
performed to the board's standards and within the right of way (a plan for the
work should be prepared and submitted to the board for approval and an
opportunity to inspect when the work is finished and the parameters of the
repair should be limited to what is reasonably necessary).
The Town should also obtain an signed indemnification agreement from the
people doing the work to protect it from liability as well as an agreement that
ongoing maintenance will be performed by the private landowners.
Phillips moved to send a letter to Mr. Chapman stating these requirements;
Tax Rate. Mary
Peterson, Commissioner of Taxes, set Wallingford's Homestead Education Tax Rate at $1.3278 (down from $1.3363) and the
Non-Residential Tax Rate at $1.2897 (down from $1.3009).
Joyce Barbieri reported a grand list of
$2,369,647,000, compared to last year of $2,355,138,000.
The town budget of $619,888 equates to a town tax rate of $.2616 per $100
of assessed value, compared to $.2376 last year.
The Fire District Tax for 1 and 3 is unknown at this time.
There was discussion on how the town tax rate is calculated each year.
B. Brooks made a motion to set the town tax rate at $.2616, which was
seconded by F. Bruce. Motion
F. Bruce questioned the activity with the Rutland City Police Department
shown on the Constable’s report. N.
Tift replied that Jerry is completing his field training with them.
Phil Baker reported that the backhoe and three trucks are out of
commission. He is planning to meet
with the road crew tomorrow to get more information.
The work near the wellhead at Stone Meadow is almost done except for some
raking that can be done once the roads are finished.
Phil and the road crew met with Don Choiniere a few weeks back to discuss
trimming the road along his property on Haven Hill Road; however, Mr. Choiniere is happy with the road’s condition as it is now.
Phil will be directing the road crew to grade Sugar Hill Road this week
as special attention is needed near the Roberts’ property.
He will also have them pull ditches while three men are working and get
the dirt roads done now, which is the most pressing issue.
A motion was made by B. Brooks to enter executive session at 7:52 p.m.
with J. Sharon, J. Barbieri, and P. Baker present, to discuss personnel matters.
F. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion
carried (5-0). The Selectboard
returned from executive session at 8:33 p.m.
The Selectboard was in receipt of the annual employee performance
evaluations for Charles M. Woods, John Squier, and Charles E. Woods.
On a motion made by B. Brooks and seconded by F. Bruce, 2% raises were
approved for the road crew retroactive to July 1, 2012.
Motion carried (3-2). N. Tift
and T. Phillips voted no. For the
record, while the Selectboard has heard good things about the road crew for
being right on top of special projects; some felt too much time was spent at the
wellhead at Stone Meadow, when the grading of dirt roads should be top priority.
B. Brooks stated that Road Commissioner
The meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.
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