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Selectboard minutes West Fairlee Feb. 18, 2019 (APPROVED) Present: Beverly Jo Ash, Fred Cook, Delsie Hoyt, Steve Malinoski, Al Pfeiffer; Clerk: Nina Schwartz; visitors: Nate Sicard, Ruggles Engineering The meeting was called to order by Delsie Hoyt at 6 p.m. Visitors/Hear and act on reports of Town Officer and Committees—Nate Sicard/Ruggles Engineering attended. See notes below, under ‘Public Safety/ Ordinance Enforcement’ Review Treasurer’s Financial State— ments/Journal Entries Roads/Land—Dustin Burnett (Mill Street) re: plowing ofClass 4 road: Email received through E91 1 coordinator from Dustin Burnett and was shared w/SB requesting the Town pay for snow plowing on this portion on a Class 4 Road. Delsie shared response drafted with SB, which was unanimously approved and will be sent to Burnett. Hearing of discontinuance segments of Preserve Road./Tebbitts North Road: still pending Dept. of Forest and Parks comments, Delsie to reach out to another contact MRGP annual report: Delsie re— ceived updated info from Rita Seto. To be discussed next meeting Public Safety/Ordinance Enforce- ment Local Emergency Operation Plan: meeting with VEM Feb. 26 at Bradford FD, Delsie to attend Speed enforcement collaboration with Thetford: Thetford Police Chief reviewing contract drafts shared: still pending Review Speed Limit Enforcement, Ordinance: The board voted to adopt, as noted. Delsie to notify newspaper record and post for 60-day notice. Town Parks/Property Ordinance: must collaborate with facility policy to clarify liability insurance implications/ necessary process. Public water supply/compliance pro- 'cess for Community Building: Nate Sicard from Ruggles Engineering at— tended. One bid received from Alliance Consulting & Excavating (Concord, VT); the bid was lower than the one received by Northwoods Excavating. The board voted to accept bid from Alliance Consulting. Nate to notify Alliance of award and to coordinate with Steve on arranging work commencement Old Businesszevising town website: preparations ongoing, further action deferred Community Building maintenance and upgrades: Phone upgrades in. Selectboard/lister relocation to office suite complete. Baseboard molding needed. Bean Hall: roof leak. Randall Hoyt of Tunbridge estimate pending (likely until spring) Conservation Commission reserve fund: Delsie researched practices from other towns on this topic for guidance/ best practices. ln each town reviewed, the respective CC provided invaluable guidance/input, but decision making ultimately lies with the town’s, which is how the WFSB would like to proceed. New Business—2020 Tax Map Maintenance contract w/CAl Technolo- gies: Reviewed. State to pay approxi— mately $1,000 of the $1,275 bill under current contract due to a parcel mapping initiative (increased by $75). The board voted to approve and sign. Misuse of recycling and compost containers: Quintown reported 15 bags of trash and sofa illegal dumped at transfer station. Discussion had on possible security and law enforcement options, and the implications of such illegal dumping has on taxpayers. Residents are encouraged to take note of details of such unauthorized visits and report to the SB. Excess Weight Permits: Bev pro— cessed one Other Business/Agenda ltems (to be acted on at next regular meeting). Reminder to submit annual Selectboard timesheets The board voted to sign orders. Review Correspondence Upcoming Events—Com posting Work- shop: May 16, 6-8pm (may change), Westshire Elementary or Community Building The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m. Fairlee Feb. 19, 2019 (APPROVED) Selectboard Members: Frank J. Barrett, Jr., Chair; Peter Berger, Vice Chair; Cathy McGrath. Town Administrator: Tad Nunez; BUSINESS 8: SERVICES Zoning Administrator: Chris Brimmer; Board Clerk: Joanna Bligh Frank J. Barrett Jr., chair, called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Agenda modifications—Cathy McGrath requested moving the executive session up in the agenda to after the conference call Staff and public comments—Fairlee Community Arts: Tad Nunez stated that the F CA/Catamount Arts Mardi Gras event will have signage limiting alcohol use to the main hall, and the FCA notified Jason Bachus, Chief of Police, of the date and time of the event. Central Vermont Solid Waste Man- agement District: Nunez announced that he requests reappointment by the selectboard to sit on the board of supervisors at CVSWMD. The board voted to appoint Tad Nunez as a member of the CVSWMD Board of Supervisors. The motion passed unanimously. Vermont League of C ities and Towns Events: Nunez announced two VLCT events: “Strengthening Communities for the “Future” on March 27, at Burke Mountain Resort, East Burke, and the “Spring Selectboard Institute” on March 30 at the Holiday Inn, Rutland. Town Administrator’s Report: Nunez presented the Town Administrator’s report highlighting his activities and meetings during the week beginning Feb. ll—Library Interior Painting: Nunez reported that Cyrie Lange, Library Trustee, and Lisa Hinsley, Treasurer, met to discuss the available funding for the interior painting at the Library. Lisa agreed to access the Library fund account, and the project will move forward. Tata & Howard: Nunez reported that he met with Paul Howard and B. Dexter Lefavour a new representative from Tata & Howard, and discussed the new and current Town projects, including the Structures Grant application, Municipal Highway Grant, water tank project, and the water main and filtration projects. Local Emergency Management Plan Meeting by TRORC: Nunez attended the meeting hosted by Two Rivers- Ottaquechee Regional Commission where they discussed the role of the Local Emergency Management Plan Director in communities. Nunez stated he will put together a LEMP plan. VLCT Local Government Day: Nunez attended the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Local Government Day and spoke at the Transportation Commit— tee meeting stating that the current AOT districts should not be consolidated. Planning Commission: Nunez sent a letter of appreciation to Margaret Gladstone, the Planning Commission member who recently resigned. Meeting of the VT Municipal Clerks’ and Treasurers’ Association at the Town Hall: Nunez requested that for the above meeting rental fees for the use of the Town Hall auditorium be waived. The board voted to approve that there be no rental fee for the meeting of the VT Municipal Clerks’ and Treasurers’ Association at the Town Hall auditorium. The motion passed unanimously. [End of Town Administrator’s Report] New business—Old Water Tank Mediation Conference Call with Bill Meub: The conference call began at 6:40 p.m. to discuss the mediation statement prepared by Bill Meub and to prepare for the mediation meeting on Feb. 21 at the Lake Morey Inn and Resort. The conference call ended at 7:05 p.m. Zoning Administrator’ s Report: Plan— ning Commission Meeting Feb. 7- Brimmer stated that a supplemental Planning Commission meeting will be held on Feb. 21 in which energy, infrastruc- ture, and housing revisions to the Town Plan will be addressed. Act 250, Vermont’s Land Use and Development Control Law: Brimmer stated that Act 250 is good news for F airlee, in that, the Act recommends measures to conserve forest blocks, wildlife corridors, wetlands, and working lands. [End of Zoning Administrator’s Report] Executive Session—The board voted to go into Executive Session (personnel) at 7:25 p.m. The motion passed unanimously. The selectboard came out of executive session at 8: 14 p.m. Action taken: Chris Brimmer,‘Zoning Adminis- trator, will rework goals and objectives. Old/unfinished business—M unicipal Waste Water/Septic Project Update: Nunez reported that the waste water/ septic project committee needs an additional member. Highway/Road Ordinance and Ac- cess & Right—of-Way Ordinance: Nunez reported that he began the review of these two above—mentioned ordinances and March 2 7, 2019—JOURNAL OPINIONwPage 9 requests a Selectboard member to assist. Board orders and correspondences‘ The board orders and correspondences were presented to the selectboard for signatures. The meeting was adjourned at 8:43 p.m. Thetford Feb. 25, 2019 (APPROVED) Selectboard Members present: Cathee Clement (6:42), Richard Krzal, Stuart Rogers, Li Shen, Douglas Stone; Others present: Sarah Martel (Town Moderator), Tracy Borst (Town Clerk/Treasurer), Martie Betts (Selectboard Assistant); Commu- nity Members present: Bill Huff, David Goodrich, Michael Pomeroy, Phebe McCosker, Nick Clark, Jessica Eaton, Joanne Kirsten, Sarah Sully, Alexis J etter, Linda Matteson, Skip Sturman, Stuart Blood, Mark McMahon, Bob Walker, Adelenne Shelton, Meghan Smitkin, Chad Whitcomb, Mariah Whitcomb, Robin Pettingell, Mary Dan Pomeroy, Mellissa Krzal Stuart Rogers called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. The board voted to approve the 2019 liquor license renewal for Davenport Enterprises Inc. (Wings Markets). Warrants and Correspondence—#14. 1 $20,457.58 #15.l $5,663.22 #2029 $15,759.19#5.3 $138. #4.3 $877.99 #3.3F $7,417.29 #92 $1,393.70 Review ofpayroll #5 ending 2/ 23/ 19. The board voted to accept the warrants as presented. Certification for hwy mileage ending 2019. Received and accepted by VTrans. Will go to Mary Ellen. Public Comment—Mark McMahon is requesting that the Senior Affordable Housing Committee be allowed to have a survey at Town Meeting. Mark McMahon had copies for the Selectboard to review. Sarah Martell, Town Moderator ap- proved the request. Melissa Krzal asked if the employee performance reviews have been con- ducted, and who gives the reviews. Stuart Rogers said the reviews were conducted in the previous year, and the Department Heads review the employees. The department heads are reviewed by the selectboard. Candidates Forum—Stuart Rogers opened the Candidates Forum by explaining that each candidate has a few minutes to introduce themselves, fol— lowed by time for questions. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to space constraints, this discussion has been omitted from publication. The original minutes are on file at the town offices] Pre—Town MeetingeTown Modera- tor Sarah Martel began the pre-Town Meeting by reading the warning, [EDlTOR’S NOTE: Due to space constraints, this discussion has been omitted from publication. The original minutes are on file at the town offices] Other Business—The Selectboard discussed the candidates for the Civic Pride Award. Rogers will review the budget numbers in regards to the questions that came up during the pre- Town Meeting and get back to the other selectboard members. The selectboard received an email from Chief Evans concerning road conditions. Douglas Stone will discuss with the DPW foreman. Board voted at 10:32 p.m. to adjourn. Montpelier sets firearms hearings MONTPELIER—The Vermont Gen- eral Assembly will hold a public hearing on S. 1 69, ~ > Firearms Procedures, on April 2. The hearing will be held at the State House in Montpelier from 5 to 7 p.m. in the House Chamber. 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