unofficial Minutes subject to the approval at the next regular meeting.
Bill Brooks, Nelson Tift, Tom Phillips, and Ann Tiplady
Julie Sharon, Joyce Barbieri, Michael Frye, Catherine Marr,
, Ron and Kelly Shaw, Charles Gottlieb, Jill Burkett, Debbie Scranton, Carol
Macleod, Chris and Carol Garrow, and
Chair B. Brooks called the
Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes. The July 3rd
meeting minutes were approved on a motion made by T. Phillips and seconded by N.
Tift. Motion carried (4-0).
There were a few questions about some of the bills.
N. Tift made a motion to approve the pay orders totaling $16, 726.25,
which was seconded by T. Phillips. Motion
Frye Dog Hearing.
Chip Gottlieb reported that on July 10th as he was walking
his dog along
Haven Hill Road
, he was bit in the leg by Mr. Frye’s dog.
All parties involved received a copy of the Animal Bite Report prepared
by Health Officer Trisha Nash. Mr.
Gottlieb had not received an apology but received one from Mr. Frye, who stated
that he would keep his dog inside or leashed when outside.
Shaw Dog Hearing.
Mr. Gottlieb reported that on July 15th when he was jogging
with his daughter along
North End Drive
that he was knocked down and bit in the buttocks by Mr. Shaw’s dog.
All parties involved received a copy of the Animal Bite Report prepared
by Health Officer Trisha Nash. Mrs.
Shaw, who witnessed the attack, offered Mr. Gottlieb a ride home and to pay for
any medical expenses. Mr. Gottlieb
did not wish harm to either of these dogs, but would like them to be leashed
Mr. Gottlieb also requested that the “leash” law be published in the
town newsletter to remind dog owners of this ordinance as he’s encountered
many unleashed dogs throughout the town. There
was a discussion about using dog repellent.
Both matters were considered resolved by the Selectboard, Mr. Gottlieb
and the dog owners.
Road Commissioner’s Report.
Prospect Street resident Chris Garrow discussed his culvert project and
asked if the Town was going to pave Prospect Street
this year as he would like to repave his driveway.
If Prospect Street
is not being paved, he asked to have the street shimmed for a length of
approximately 200’ in front of his property so that the rain will shed easily
off both sides as his driveway is the lowest point on the street.
After further discussion regarding this year’s paving budget and a list
of potential candidates, it was agreed to seek quotes for portions of Prospect Street,
Hartsboro Road, Creek Roads and Route 140W. Phil
offered to meet with the bidders next week.
discussed the culvert along the Auer property further north on Prospect Street
that has risen which has caused the water to run beneath it.
The road crew will need to bury this deeper so that the frost can’t
lift it. Julie was asked to check
with the Fire District to see if they plan to dig up any water lines along
Phil stated that next year’s gravel budget needs to be significantly
increased next year as the roads are bare. T. Phillips again asked that the road
crew fix the ditch near Mr. Choiniere’s property on Haven Hill Road. Phil agreed to meet with T.
Phillips and Mr. Choiniere this week to view the road.
The Selectboard reviewed bids from the only two bidders -Mac’s and
Patten Oil. On a motion by B. Brooks and seconded by N. Tift, the Board awarded
the #2 heating oil contract to Mac’s for a fixed price of $3.255 per gallon
(monthly budget plan). Motion
True Temper Request.
The Selectboard reviewed a letter from Donald Woods, P.E. asking if a
town permit is required to perform some investigatory work inside the
underground canal/raceway system at Ames True Temper.
Julie had given this letter to the Zoning Administrator for his opinion
as well. The Selectboard concurred
with the Zoning Administrator that no town permit is needed at this time.
On a motion made by B. Brooks and seconded by T. Phillips, Joyce Barbieri
was authorized to sign the commitment letter to borrow $100,000 through the
Vermont State Infrastructure Bank, at a 1% fixed rate for a 10-year term.
There is a 2% commitment fee due at closing.
Motion carried (4-0). A.
Tiplady questioned the 10 vs. 30 year repayment period.
Cellular Lease Buyout Proposal.
The Selectboard reviewed a proposal from Wireless Capital who is
initially offering cash in the range of $172,000 to $195,000 dependent upon the
term sold (30-99 years). They would
not receive any compensation for any future rents.
The Selectboard expressed more interest in this proposal and at Joyce’s
suggestion, Wireless Capital will be asked to provide the names of 10 of their
clients closest to the east coast so that we can speak with some of them.
’s request, a motion was made by B. Brooks to enter executive session at 7:30
p.m. with J. Sharon, J. Barbieri, and P. Baker present, to discuss personnel
matters. N. Tift seconded the
motion. Motion carried (4-0).
The Selectboard returned from executive session at 7:42 p.m. with no
Construction Inspection Quotes.
Proposals and quotes for construction inspection of the Route
repairs were received from Dufresne Group, John Turner Consulting, Inc., and
Staff Sterling Management, LLC. These
proposals must be ranked by Julie and two Selectboard members, and N. Tift and
B. Brooks offered to read the inspection firm proposals and complete the
ranking. The firm with the strongest
technical skill and other qualifications must be selected.
One firm has to be chosen before Friday’s pre-construction meeting.
Therefore, a motion was made by T. Phillips and seconded by A. Tiplady to
authorize B. Brooks and N. Tift to choose the firm.
Motion carried (4-0).
Homer Stone Trail.
Frank Chapman has requested written permission from the Selectboard to
allow him to repair the trail that was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, at no
expense to the Town. B. Brooks visited Mr. Chapman’s property last Friday as
part of a grievance hearing and described the impassable road.
A. Tiplady spoke to ANR specialist Jaron Borg about making repairs near
the river. Following further
discussion, A. Tiplady made a motion to write a letter that the Selectboard has
no objection to the Chapman’s repairing the road subject to all other agencies
granting approval as well. The road
will be repaired by them at their own risk, and the Town will not be liable.
This letter will not be sent until this is reviewed with the town’s
insurer, VLCT. Motion seconded by B.
Brooks. Motion carried (4-0).
At the last meeting, the Zoning Administrator was terminated in an effort
to consolidate those duties with the staff that is performing lister duties in
order to save on salary expense and be able to offer zoning assistance during
town hall hours. However, B. Brooks
reported that it has come to the attention of the Selectboard that the Zoning
Administrator can not be removed from office without cause pursuant to
statute. Therefore, the termination
letter issued to the Zoning Administration has been rescinded.
N. Tift asked if the Zoning Administrator could resume working his
original hours – two days per week. A. Tiplady
pointed out that the Selectboard has approved his change in hours last fall.
T. Phillips felt that it was difficult to reach him at times, especially
if he didn’t adhere to the posted hours. He
needs to be here during his posted office hours.
J. Barbieri pointed out that the town was not saving money by terminating
the Zoning Administrator, but rather those funds were earmarked to pay the
lister salary. B.
Brooks reported that Mr. Hathaway has offered to take a pay cut of $1,000
J. Barbieri requested a weekly timesheet from him along with a monthly
activity report for the Selectboard and Planning Commission.
B. Brooks will speak with him about this.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.