TOWN OF NEWFANE

SELECTBOARD MEETING

MINUTES

MARCH 6, 2017

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Todd Lawley, Gary Delius, Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Carol Hatcher

OTHERS PRESENT:    Shannon Meckle, Ken Estey

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Todd Lawley, Chair.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA

NewBrook Fire Department using the Town Garage was added to New Business.

MINUTES

February 20, 2017:  The minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Marion Dowling and seconded by Gary Delius to approve the minutes. The motion carried with four in favor and Carol Hatcher abstaining.

ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s/Road Commissioner’s Report: See attached report.

A motion was made by Gary Delius and seconded by Mike Fitzpatrick to accept the report. The motion carried with four in favor and Todd Lawley abstaining.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

There were no Unscheduled Members of the Public.

NEW BUSINESS

Town Meeting Plan & Presentations:    Johanna reviewed her Town Meeting presentation with the Board. A discussion period ensued.  Gary mentioned a letter that was received earlier in the day from the Town of Whitingham.  Marion read the letter out loud.

NewBrook Fire Department Use of Town Garage: Todd Lawley asked permission for the Fire Department to use the Town Garage to paint a donated fire truck. A motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Gary Delius to approve the request.   The motion carried with four in favor and Todd Lawley abstaining.

OLD BUSINESS

WSWMD Solar Net Metering Program: The Board reviewed the revised contract and addendum as presented. A motion was made by Gary Delius and seconded by Marion Dowling to approve the amended contract and addendum based on Attorney Carroll’s recommendation. The motion carried unanimously.   A motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Gary Delius to authorize Shannon to sign the contract and addendum.  The motion carried unanimously.

Green Lantern Solar Contract: Shannon presented the Notice of Proposed Lease which was posted in four public locations and was scheduled to be advertised in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 8, 2017. A motion was made by Gary Delius and seconded by Marion Dowling to table the item until the required waiting period is over.  The motion carried unanimously.

PAY ORDERS

A motion was made by Gary Delius and seconded by Mike Fitzpatrick to approve the pay orders as follows:

  • Accounts Payable Order No. 17021 in the amount of $52,255.39
  • Accounts Payable Order No. MAN01 the amount of $660.80
  • Payroll Warrant No. 03/01/17 in the amount of $5,225.68
  • Payroll Warrant No. 02/23/17 in the amount of $250.16
  • Payroll Warrant No. 02/22/17 in the amount of $6,470.55

The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Marion Dowling and seconded by Mike Fitzpatrick to adjourn at 7:05 p.m.. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Shannon Meckle

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT

MARCH 6, 2017

  1. Roads: The roads are in good shape now. We did have minor washing of some of the roads during the last heavy rain but we have been out with the backhoe and the grader shaping them back up. Just before the storm, we had been out with the grader and pushed back all the snow banks and that helped a lot. We will start grading some of the roads when it warms up enough. Some of the roads have pretty good pot holes in them. Most of the dirt roads are now posted for mud season. I have told some of the loggers as long as it is below 20 degrees that they can get their logs out.
  1. Equipment: The crew has been servicing the trucks, doing oil changes and greasing. That way they will be all set for the summer. The 2013 Mack has been to Coleman’s Repair for a hydraulic seal leaking on the PTO pump and a bad U-joint on the PTO shaft. Otherwise, the equipment is running okay.
  1. River Road Bridge: The legal load limit signs are posted at the bridge. I will get a hold of Marc Pickering so Shannon and I can work with him drawing up a bid proposal for that bridge.

4 Arch Bridge: Shannon sent a letter to all the state reps and senators letting them know that the town is not happy about a two year delay in funding for that bridge.

  1. Williamsville Hall: The hall is opened up and we have set it up for town meeting. Jeff Russ came and got it running again. The furnace is on and running. We have it set for 65 degrees. No guarantee that it will warm up that much but it is set for that. I think the town needs to get someone to inspect that building as a lot of the doors won’t close now. It looks like it is settling for some reason. I think we should find out for sure if it is. If it is, then what is the reason for it and how many people would be safe to be in the building at one time? It was very noticeable when we went to open it up.

Thank you,

Todd Lawley. Road Foreman

Christopher Williams, Road Commissioner