*These are unofficial Minutes subject to the approval at the next regular meeting.
October 1, 2012
Bill Brooks, Nelson Tift, Frank Bruce, and Ann Tiplady
Julie Sharon, Joyce Barbieri, and Sandi Switzer
Chair B. Brooks called the
Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Minutes. N. Tift moved
to approve the minutes of September 17, 2012; F. Bruce seconded.
Motion carried (3-0).
Pay orders totaling $108,242.98 were approved, with
one addition for Mason Landscaping for $452, on a motion made by F. Bruce and
seconded by N. Tift. Motion
carried (3-0). (A. Tiplady arrived
at 6:32 p.m.)
Boundary Lines. Julie
stated that Dean Russell of Russell Graphics was agreeable to moving the
Wireless Capital Proposal. Joyce
reported on her reference checks with Wireless Capital clients.
She spoke with a RI client and the most important point of the
conversation was that we’re such a moving target and because of our cell site
location, the Town should hold off for a year before considering a cell site
lease buyout. He felt the Town
should receive at least 10x its current lease value ($178,000).
The Selectboard agreed not to make any decision on Wireless Capital’s
cell site lease buyout offer at this time. [Kim Phillips stopped in to apologize
for Tom who couldn’t be at the meeting.]
The Selectboard discussed the
copies of the weekly updates of the bridge that they receive and asked that
Julie forward them the photos that are included in the email.
A. Tiplady asked if photos of the bridge construction’s progress could
be posted to the town’s website weekly.
Other Business/Announcements. On
a motion made by B. Brooks, and seconded by F. Bruce, approval was given to
Sam’s Steakhouse for a caterer’s permit for a charity dinner for youth
soccer at the Boy’s Camp on October 13th.
Motion carried (4-0).
Last Thursday Julie was visited
by Dan Newhall and Nick Pattis of VTrans to discuss the High Risk Rural Road (HRRR)
Program. This program was
established to address safety concerns on rural roads where fatalities and
injury-related crashes are great. The
mission of the HRRR program is to carry out low-cost safety improvements
projects on rural roads with identified safety issues and to achieve a
significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injury crashes. Tinmouth
is participating in this program on Route 140W and VTrans has offered it to
The Selectboard read an email
from David Whitmore regarding the activity at Mr. Phillips’ property along
Route 140 and how he followed a Belden truck filled with gravel that left the
property and traveled to a pellet company. F.
Bruce would like to see a survey of the Phillips’ property.
It was A. Tiplady’s opinion that the Town should know the boundaries of
its property at Stone Meadow. B.
Brooks explained the parcel’s boundary lines.
B. Brooks stated that Mr. Phillips is working under the zoning permit
that he was given to make site improvements.
If gravel has to be removed from the site, then it has to be taken
somewhere. Following more
discussion, the Selectboard agreed that they should not be involved with this
complaint, and it should be referred to the Zoning Administrator to determine if
a zoning bylaw has been violated. N.
Tift made a motion to refer this to the Z.A. for action; motion seconded by A.
Tiplady. Motion carried (3-1).
B. Brooks voted no. On behalf
of Carol Macleod, Julie asked if the orange construction fence should now be
removed by Mr. Phillips. She was
instructed to pass this request along to Mr. Phillips.
Ann Tiplady gave an update on filling the Zoning Administrator vacancy. She and J. Burkett will hopefully meet with Mr. Tiffany this week.
Approval was given for A. Tiplady to attend VLCT’s workshop on “Managing the Municipal Budget and Assets Held in Trust” on October 10th at a cost of $55, on a motion made by A. Tiplady, and seconded by N. Tift. Motion carried (4-0).
The November 19th Selectboard meeting will be moved to November 26th, at Julie’s request.
The meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
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