May 6, 2022 Selectboard Minutes

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Angela Sanborn, Katy Johnson- Aplin, Jeffrey Chevalier, Ann Golob (via Zoom), and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone)

OTHERS PRESENT:   Austin Rice from B.C.T.V., and Wannetta Powling, Steve Levine (via Zoom)

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:   

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

    1. May 2nd,   2022, Regular Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the May 2nd regular meeting minutes. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

    1. May 2nd, 2022, Board of Liquor Control

Jeff Chevalier made a motion to approve the May 2nd Board of Liquor Control minutes. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded. Motion passed 4/0/1. Mike Fitzpatrick abstained.

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

    1. The Arch Bridge cement footings were poured on the south end on Friday.
    2. Re: Gravel pit Act 250 application: I had the meeting with Bill Jewell and Lial Will from the State of Vermont; they are coming up with a plan to address the little seasonal stream that goes through the gravel pit. Bill is also working on the archeological part of the permit process.
    3. I have sent all the documents to the VTrans right of way person for 254 Depot Rd. Hopefully, we can get a clear R.O.W. certificate.
    4. I asked Melissa Brown to check with the town auditors about moving the money from Retreatment and Bridge Contracted Services in the current budget to the Capital Fund. The Selectboard just must vote on doing so.
    5. The State sent two people to do a hydraulic study for the culvert at the entrance to Loop Rd. on Friday, and they will have a study done in a couple of weeks.
    6. I met with the person doing the bee pollinator gardens today. He liked the two lots across from Newell’s and will be getting back to the Selectboard.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Road Forman’s Report. Ann Golob seconded.

 Discussion:

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to move the money in Retreatment and Bridge Contracted Services to the Capital Fund. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

No further discussion –

Motion on the table to accept the Road Forman’s Report, the vote was called. 

Motion passed 5/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I sent Rescue the RSVP for the meeting Thursday, May 19th @ 6:30, regarding the long-term effect of Brattleboro’s decision to drop services.
  • I completed the May 11th V.L.C.T. “Legal and Effective Meetings” training. I have made copies of the PowerPoint for your review.
  • On Tuesday, May 24th starting at 10-noon, there is the V.L.C.T. presentation on Regulating Cannabis, “What Municipal Officials need to know.” I will be out of the office – if you would like to attend – I can still register you this week.
  • Some of you will be attending the remote Economic Summit next Thursday, May 26th. You should have received an email confirmation and login information.
  • Jay may have mentioned that May 19th will end the 30-day waiting period for the Condemnation on 254 Depot Road.
  • I would like to share with you some information regarding the Town Office building.
    1. The building was painted in September 2017 – the walls inside were painted later that fall.
    2. The research shows that the floors have not been refinished since 1984.
    3. The ability to do training or hold conversations in the main room is increasingly difficult. Sometimes impossible.
    4. The building committee would like to revisit the idea of modest renovations and present them to the Selectboard on the June 20th

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.

Motion passed 5/0.

COMMITTEE REPORT:

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

OLD BUSINESS:

  1.  ARPA Funding Opportunities: A brief update was provided by Ann Golob and Angela Sanborn. They have meetings scheduled with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and are in the process of gathering material to discuss how the town could establish a business grant program.

  2. Cannabis Law: Katy Johnson- Aplin did not have any additional information and is waiting to learn more after the webinar on May 24th. Administrative Assistant – Wannetta Powling was asked to share her research on how Towns in Windham County are handling Cannabis issues. Of the 22 towns in Windham County currently, there are:
  • Eight that have approved retail Cannabis
  • One that rejected Cannabis
  • Ten have not acted
  • Three that were unavailable

Currently, only Brattleboro is benefiting from the local 1% sales tax. Dover could benefit from the tax if they were to approve retail Cannabis; as of May 16th, they were among the towns that had not acted. Eight of the ten towns that have not acted acknowledged that it has not come up on the Selectboard Agenda or discussed at Town Meeting.

  1. Williamsville Grange Upgrades

Steve Levine joined the meeting via Zoom to discuss the steps being taken by the Williamsville Hall committee to get the needed estimates for the repairs. Steve is meeting with contractor Randy Clark in the next few weeks to get an estimate on some of the repairs and the cover over the outside stairway.

Hall Committee members have family members that may be able to assist with grant research. This could help defray the cost and maximize the amount of work that can get done.

Discussion ensued regarding purchasing two air purifiers for both up in the hall and in the kitchen and dining area. Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve spending up to $1,200 from hall expenses. Jeff Chevalier seconded.  Motion passed 5/0.

Coming events will include the following: a once-a-month community breakfast starting in June, and the Rock River Players will perform several One-Act Plays.

NEW BUSINESS: 

CORRESPONDENCE:

(Attending remotely, Ann Golob and Mike Fitzpatrick withdrew and left the meeting at 6:27.)

PAY ORDERS:

    1.    Payroll Warrant No#11568                           Amount $   5,207.35
    2.    Payroll Warrant No#11569                            Amount $   4,760.24
    3.    Accounts Payable No# 22025                        Amount $   194,820.76

Jeff Chevalier made a motion to approve Pay Orders. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded                    Motion passed 3/0

ADJOURN:   Jeff Chevalier made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully Submitted, Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant

DRB May 5, 2022, Organizational Meeting Minutes

DRAFT

Present: 

David Cotton (Chair), Piet van Loon (Vice-Chair), Walt Dadik, member, Lynn Forrest, member, David Lucido, member, Erica Walch (Secretary and alternate member), Merle Tessier (Newfane Zoning Administrator), Wanette Pawling (Newfane Admin Asst to Selectboard), Melissa Brown (Newfane Treasurer)

Minutes

The Chair opened the meeting at 12:00 PM.

The board discussed some changes to the DRB application drafted by van Loon and Walch. Board asked Walch to incorporate additional changes and share them at the next meeting.

Walter Dadik shared the following from VLCT about terminology and process:

If a public hearing is going on for a while or not all interested parties have had a chance to speak or there’s a power loss or something, the DRB can move to recess. Before the recess is called, the DRB must stipulate where and when the hearing will resume. This recess resumption is part of the same hearing – in other words, the hearing is still open.

At the point in a public hearing when the DRB believes it has all the information needed to make a decision, the DRB moves to close the hearing and go into a deliberative session.

During the deliberative session, the DRB considers the testimony presented by the applicant and other interested parties and reviews the Zoning Bylaw. Deliberation may require more than one meeting of the board. When deliberations have concluded, the DRB moves to end deliberations and vote on the application.

The DRB has 45 days from the close of the hearing (not from the end of deliberations) to issue and publish its decision.

The group set Friday, May 20, 2022, at noon for the next meeting to review the DRB application revisions

Forrest made a motion to close the meeting. It was seconded by Lucido. The meeting ended at 12:30 PM.

Development Review Board special meeting at 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, May 20,

The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a special meeting at 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Newfane Town Hall 555 Vermont Roue 30 in Newfane.

 The meeting is to continue to review and make possible revisions to the form used to file an application to be heard by the DRB.

 This meeting is open to the public.

Newfane Development Review Board

Erica Walch, Secretary

May 16, 2022

 

 

May 16th Selectboard Agenda

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  •  CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA                                                                                  
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
      1. May 2nd, 2022, Regular  Meeting
      2. May 2nd, 2022, Board of Liquor Control
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC                                                  
  • OLD BUSINESS 
      1. ARPA Funding Opportunities
      2. Cannabis Law- Follow Up
      3. Williamsville Hall, Upgrades -Repairs
  •  NEW BUSINESS 
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •   PAY ORDERS
      1. Payroll Warrant No #11568                    Amount $    5,207.35
      2. Payroll Warrant No #11568                    Amount $    N/A
      3.  Account Payable No # 22025                Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN

 Monday, May 2nd, 2022, Board of Liquor Control

Zoom Meeting   https//zoom.us/join         Meeting ID:  972 2791 1757   Passcode:  352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Jeffrey Chevalier, and Katy Johnson- Aplin.  Absent: Michael Fitzpatrick

 OTHERS PRESENT:  Wannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 7:55 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES:

  1. C. Creamery LLC (Fat Crow)

Ann Golob made a motion, seconded by Jeffrey Chevalier, to approve the renewal of the Liquor Application for N.C. Creamery LLC (Fat Crow). Motion passed 4/0

ADJOURN:

Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn at 7:57 pm.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

 

 

Monday, May 2nd, 2022, Selectboard Minutes

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BOARD MEMBERS:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Jeffrey Chevalier, and Katy Johnson-Aplin

Phone @ 6:10 Mike Fitzpatrick

OTHERS PRESENT:  (In-Person) Steve Levine, Janine Rose, Norbert Benaiche, Austin Rice B.C.T.V, and Wannetta Powling (Zoom) Jay Wilson, Jane Douglas, Edward Collins, Sheriff Mark Anderson, and Sergeant Chris Norton

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

 

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:  

None

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • April 18th, 2022, Regular Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the April 18th Regular Meeting Minutes. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded the motion. Motion passed 4/0.

  • April 18th, 2022, Board of Liquor Control

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the April 18thBoard of Liquor Control Minutes. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded the motion.  – Motion passed 4/0

ROAD FOREMAN’S REPORT:

  1. The Arch Bridge cement footings are complete on the Williamsville end, and they hope to be forming up the south end by the end of the week.
  2. I have a meeting next week with Bill Jewell and Lial Will from the State of Vermont to address the little seasonal stream that goes through the gravel pit. Bill is also working on the archeological part of the permit process.
  3. The 30-day waiting period is almost up for the 254 Depot Rd. condemnation process.
  4. The new small truck that we started the replacement process 13 months ago is now complete, and we should be seeing it very soon.
  5. We need to secure our supplier of winter sand quickly. I had two towns contact me last week about who we have used. Derring out of Putney, VT is our current supplier. There will be an increase of $1 per yard for fuel expenses.

Motion made by Ann Golob and seconded by Jeffrey Chevalier to approve going with Derring out of Putney as the supplier of sand for the 2022-2023 winter.  Motion passed 4/0

  1. We have a contract from Dubois & King for The Newfane Village Scoping Study for you to approve. ” ’It’s almost $3000 over what we have budgeted, and I have sent a request to the village trustees to see if they will cover it. The village will be meeting on June 1st.

Motion made by Ann Golob and seconded by Katy Johnson–Aplin to approve contract from Dubois & King,     Motion passed 4/0

  1. We had a sinkhole open up yesterday afternoon around the culvert as you enter Loop Rd. from Route 30. We had Marc Pickering there this morning and have done a temporary repair; Marc is having the hydraulic study done, which will take several months to complete. We will then have to develop a replacement plan for that culvert.

 I would like to publicly thank the Town of Dover for using their Pavement Cutter and Ed Druke at W.W. Building Supply for bringing a brand new battery-operated Jack Hammer out for us to use.

8. I just wanted to let you know that fuel will be over budget with the considerable increase in cost.

Discussion: 

Angela Sanborn asked about plans to clean the ditches and culverts to avoid any future flooding that might happen due to blocked debris.

Jay Wilson responded that the road crew will start in the next couple of weeks, first on Parish Hill from the Green iron Bridge to the top of the hill by the farm.

Ann Golob asked how the residents on Duke Rd were managing to turn around now that the construction at the Arch Bridge is in full swing.

Jay Wilson responded that he arranged with the landowner at the bottom of Sunset Lake Rd to use some of their property during the construction.

 Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to accept the Road ’Forman’s Report. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded.

Motion passed 4/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I have attached the agreement for services for Rescue for the next three years. The current contract will expire on June 30th.

An invitation invited members to discuss with the Board of Trustees at the Brattleboro Station on May 19th @ 6:30 and the long-term effect of Brattleboro’s decision to drop services. If someone wants to attend, I will need to send an RSVP.

Ann Golob, Angela Sanborn, Katy Johnson-Aplin, and Jeffrey Chevalier would like to attend and asked if Wannetta would RSVP and confirm if four members could attend.

  • On May 11th, from 9-12, I will be taking the final VLCT training for Selectboard members, “Legal and Effective Meetings;” if anyone would like to sign up for this, you can let me know after the meeting.
  • The Zoning Administrator will be returning tomorrow with limited restrictions, following his procedure last week. We have had only a few people that have needed assistance – and have just one application waiting for review.
  • Regarding our Aflac employee benefits, I have been attempting to register Newfane for online billing statements (their system was not available to me today.) They will no longer send invoices thru the mail. If we do not register, we will forfeit our coverage.

I will continue to register for the online billing and update the Chair if there are any issues.

  • I have started scheduling Committee Members & Chairs to discuss their plans, news, questions, or concerns with the Selectboard. This will help to keep you informed as a Board and will better serve the residents of Newfane, South Newfane, Williamsville, and Brookside.

Conservation Commission, Development Review, Emergency Management, Health Officer, Listers -Assessor, Moderator, Planning Commission, Town Clerk, Treasurer – Delinquent Tax Collector, Tree Warden, Williamsville Hall, Zoning -911 Coordinator,

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

COMMITTEE REPORT:

None

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Angela Sanborn thanked Sheriff Anderson and Sargent Norton from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department for attending the meeting. Katy Johnson-Aplin and Jeffrey Chevalier were asked to review billing statements and ticket stops reports and compile our questions and concerns.

Questions included: Is there a way for the “Star” reports to have more clarity and detail? It is helpful to know where stops are being made in Newfane.   The Board had expected to see more patrols on back roads and through all of the villages, not just Newfane Village. Sheriff Anderson reassured the members that, logically, you would see more violations and stops on Route 30 due to the amount of traffic. They could focus more patrols on the dirt roads and make an effort to review other areas of concern for Newfane.

Janine Rose – stated that speeding in Williamsville is very bad and getting worse; if something doesn’t change, she fears that someone will likely get hurt.

Steve Levine asked if a machine could be used to issue tickets by taking a photo of the license plate.

Sheriff Anderson responded it is currently not legal in Vermont to use this type of operation and that the cost of the set-up is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. From your comments and questions, it is apparent that Newfane believes that more enforcement efforts in areas around the bus stop in the early morning commute need to be addressed.

Ann Golob asked about the staffing level at the WCSD.

Sheriff Anderson responded that they are fully staffed, but not all are fully qualified; this will take at least six months. He added that he was confident that we at WCSD will be able to take care of Newfane’s safety needs.

Sargent Norton shared more information on the Speed Analysis report that he provided. With this Speed survey report, it can target a particular area of road, and will track the speed, number of cars, and the percent of enforceable violations.

Michael Fitzpatrick asked if this kind of information isn’t already something that we can get from the radar signs we have?

Jay Wilson replied that we can get the information only going in one direction. When the Sheriff’s Department is out doing patrols to catch speeding, the town can turn off our radar signs. Jay also suggested that the Sheriff could put their Speed Analysis right after the town’s radar sign on Dover Road in Williamsville to see if people are picking up speed right after passing the radar sign.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:   

None

OLD BUSINESS:

Williamsville Hall – Steve Levine discussed a letter from Health Officer Dr. Tim Schafer regarding his recent inspection of the Williamsville Hall for suspected mold. His letter addresses no apparent signs of mold. He concludes that the building is in good shape; there was one concern about possible mold, but Schafer believes it was probably coming from some old props and costumes that may have been stored in a damp or musty basement or barn. Steve Levine will send a copy of this report for the files.

Steve Levine provided the Preservation Trust written assessment of Williamsville Hall. In the report, there were six points to be addressed.

  1. Chimney Base: Clean out the chimney. Cap or screen the top. Do brick re-pointing at the top and, if necessary, at the kitchen bottom once you can see the condition of the bricks. Check the roof flashing. Estimated cost: $4,000 – $5,000                     
  2. Basement Posts: Jack the first interior carrying beam wall from the dirt one level below the main floor. If possible, bring this wall and the gallery up to or near level. Add taller interior column bases and reset the columns, removing any rot at the bottoms. Estimated cost: $14,000 – $16,000
  3. Hole in northwest cornice: Open the cornice at the northwest corner and clean out the bird and animal activity. Close it over with correct fascia and molding. Estimated cost: $1,000
  4. Lower Exterior Stair Cover: Build a cover over the lower stairs and landing. Its roof will need to be flashed into the sidewall clapboard. Repair any damaged clapboard and trim at the same time, here and elsewhere, low and damp on the building. Estimated cost: $9,000 – $11,000
  5. Porch Roofing: Install new roofing, metal, or membrane on the 10 x 15 ft. porch. Flash it under the woodwork at the main building. Repair any damaged structure on the roof. Estimated cost: $3,000 – $4,000
  6. Slate Roof: Get a slate worker to look at your roof and give you an estimate of miscellaneous site replacements. Estimated cost: Several thousand dollars every few years.

The Williamsville Hall committee will review these recommendations and compile a list of potential contractors to receive RFPs. The committee will come back to the Selectboard with their proposed plan of action.

 

Towns Obligations Cannabis Follow Up – Katy Johnson-Aplin

In a brief report, Katy Johnson-Aplin stated that the State of Vermont has not made significant progress on the municipalities’ regulations or guidance. Towns can establish their own Cannabis Control Board (CCB); the role of the Board includes implementing the laws governing the adult-use cannabis program, compliance, and enforcement of the rules regarding the licensing and oversight of cannabis businesses program.

The six different types of license are,

  1. Cultivator- may grow cannabis plants in or outdoors.
  2. Manufacturer-can produce cannabis products including edibles and oils.
  3. Wholesaler-can purchase products from other licensees and sell them to licensees.
  4. Testing laboratory-may test cannabis and products obtained from a licensed cannabis establishment, dispensary, or a member of the public.
  5. Retailer-may sell cannabis and cannabis products to the general public.
  6. Integrated may engage in the activities of all the licenses listed but are only available to some that hold a dispensary registration.

 

More updates come as they become available from the State. It was agreed that the Administrative Assistant will compile information on the progress other towns in Windham County are making in deciding on whether or not to allow retail cannabis.

 Next steps for researching ARPA funding options – Ann Golob

What are the next steps that would be helpful in following up on the information presented by JB Hinds from Birchline Planning, Chris Campany from Windham Regional Commission, and Maxwell Vandervliet from Main Street Planning as we continue our discussions about how to spend our ARPA funds?

It was agreed that Ann Golob would draft some ideas for RFP’s that the Selectboard can review on the next steps in moving forward:

  • Addressing sewers systems
  • Housing study
  • River Engineer to study potential remediation at different points in the river management
  • If we want to apply for a municipal grant, what would we want it to focus on?

Katy Johnson-Aplin brought up making improvements to some of the old county trails for emergency use. Following a natural disaster when roads are cut off due to flooding as an alternative route, Newfane has more bridges than most other towns.

NEW BUSINESS

None

CORRESPONDENCE:  

None

 PAY ORDERS:

  1.  Payroll Warrant No #11566                          Amount $    4,944.22
  2.  Payroll Warrant No #11568                          Amount $    6,620.05
  3.  Account Payable No # 22023A                    Amount $    975.00
  4.  Account Payable No # 22023                       Amount $    930,703.70

 

Ann Golob made a motion to approve Pay Orders. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded.  

Motion passed 4/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick had left the meeting at this point.)

ADJOURN:

   Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant

 

May 2nd 2022, Selectboard Agenda

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The meeting starts at 6 pm

CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                                  ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA                                                                                          APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

    1. April 18th, 2022, Regular  Meeting
    2. April 18th, 2022, Board of Liquor Control

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT                                                                                                  COMMITTEE REPORT

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

  1. Sheriff Mark Anderson / Chris Norton- Patrol Supervisor/Public Information Deputy/Windham County Highway Safety Coordinator

 UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC 

OLD BUSINESS 

    1. Williamsville Hall Steve Levine- Preservation Trust Assessment
    2. Towns Obligations Cannabis Follow Up – Katy Johnson-Aplin
    3. Next steps for researching ARPA funding options – Ann Golob

NEW BUSINESS 

CORRESPONDENCE

PAY ORDERS

  1.  Payroll Warrant No #11566                        Amount $    4,944.22
  2. Payroll Warrant No #11568                        Amount $    N/A
  3. Account Payable No # 22023A                    Amount $    975.00

 ADJOURN

The Board of Liquor Control Will Follow at the close of the Selectboard Meeting

 

 Monday, April 18th, 2022, Board of Liquor Control

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Jeffrey Chevalier, and Katy Johnson- Aplin. Absent: Michael Fitzpatrick

OTHERS PRESENT:  Wannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 7:26 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES:

  1. Dutton Berry Farm

Ann Golob made a motion, seconded by Katy Johnson- Aplin, to approve the renewal of the Liquor Application for Dutton Berry Farm. Motion passed 4/0

2.  Green Mt Wine Shop

Ann Golob made a motion, seconded by Katy Johnson- Aplin, to approve the renewal of the Liquor Application for Green Mt Wine Shop. Motion passed 4/0

  1. Ricks Tavern

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion, seconded by Angela Sanborn, to approve the renewal of Liquor Applications for Ricks Tavern. Motion passed 4/0

  1. C. Creamery LLC (Fat Crow)

Ann Golob made a motion, seconded by Jeffrey Chevalier, to approve the renewal of the Liquor Application for N.C. Creamery LLC (Fat Crow). Motion passed 4/0

  1. Newfane Market

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion, seconded by Jeffrey Chevalier, to approve the renewal of the Liquor Application for Newfane Market. Motion passed 4/0

ADJOURN:

Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 pm.

The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

 

 

Monday, April 18, 2022, Selectboard Minutes

Meeting   https//www.zoom.us/join         Meeting ID:  972 2791 1757   Passcode:  352680

BOARD MEMBERS:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Jeffrey Chevalier, and Katy Johnson-Aplin

Absent: Mike Fitzpatrick

OTHERS PRESENT:  (In-Person) Jane Douglas, Ken Estey, Julia Tadlock, Peter Kelleher B.C.T.V, and Wannetta Powling

(Zoom) Jay Wilson, Steven John, Edward Collins, Michael Mayer, Katy Gehring, and Nolan Edgar

CALL TO ORDER:   The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:    Angela Sanborn turned the first part over to Ann Golob to make an introduction for tonight’s guest speakers.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (Guest Speaker) Jane Douglas – Newfane’s Representative to the DV Fiber

(These notes were provided by Jane Douglas.)

Thanks for appointing me as D.V. Fiber representative for another year.  I appreciate your faith in me, the under-qualified.  Fortunately, there are many on the board much more qualified to make an Internet provider municipality successful.

Ed Collins would like to be appointed as an alternate.

IN 1994, Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium, and gave away, with no patent, and no royalties, the Internet to the world.  For Free!  What an incredible act of generosity, to give away billions of dollars of software.

Because of that generosity, the Internet is a necessity for today’s world, along with electricity, for business, and for school.

COVID showed how important it was to have fast, reliable internet connections to every house.  It made it possible to remote school and work from home.

My job worked from home, a good job, a good career, and a good salary.  For Vermont to be thriving in the future, we all need internet access.

The cooperative spirit of CUDs is alive in CUDs Vermont’s grand experiment.  Just because you build it, doesn’t mean they will come!

We need to ensure that Vermont will be a good place for our children to live and our senior citizens to get to Facebook each other.

 

Steven John provided information on the efforts of the DV FIBER (CUD) & partners in Biddeford, ME.  They are required by the State to reach more of the remote locations and underserved areas in 24 Towns. Although Newfane residents have limited service we are currently not as bad off as the areas in Marlboro or Halifax with more than 90%+ without any service.

Underserved areas will be the focus when 900 miles of fiber cable will get hung on the poles Green Mountain Power (GMP) is setting. The standard connection will allow 450’ from the poles; an underground conduit will be required for mobile homes to access this Broadband service.

 

There is currently 10.7 Million dollar construction grant for the installation of service. This may not cover all of the expenses and we could conceivably set up donation fund accounts with the CUD to defray the cost of those not able to pay for installation.  ARPA funds could be perfect places where the Selectboard may consider setting a percentage of funds aside to help cover the residents in Newfane with installation expenses as a one-time investment. The average cost to connect is expected to be $1,500.

(Brief Q & A followed.)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • April 4th, 2022, Regular Meeting

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to approve the April 4th, regular meeting minutes. Ann Golob seconded the motion.  – Motion passed 4/0.

  • April 13th, 2022 Special Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the April 13thSpecial Meeting. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded the motion.  – Motion passed 3/0/1. Katy Johnson- Aplin abstained.

  •  April 15th, 2022, Condemnation Hearing.

  Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to approve the April 15th Condemnation Hearing. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded. Motion passed 3/0/1. Ann Golob abstained.

 ROAD FOREMAN’S REPORT:

  1. The Arch Bridge work is going well, and they have started to pour the cement for the footings.
  2. I had a meeting with Bill Jewell for the gravel pit and he is starting the process of gathering all the information needed for the Act 250 permit. He anticipates it to take 10-12 months to complete.
  3. I had a meeting today for the Newfane village sidewalk/crosswalk scoping study. We expect to have a contract for you to approve at the next meeting.
  4. The condemnation hearing went well, and I hope we can get that filed this week. We can then get the Box Culvert project moving forward again.
  5. We have money enough in traffic safety to order radar sign if you want to. If so, do you want it in South Newfane near Adams Hill (where the one failed last year) or at the south end of Newfane Village?

Motion made by Ann Golob and seconded by Katy Johnson-Aplin to approve replacing a radar sign in South Newfane Motion passed 4/0

 Ann Golob made a motion to accept the Road Forman’s Report. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded. Motion passed 4/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • Ken Estey and Ed Druke would like permission if it is required to place a granite bench in honor of his son (Joshua Druke) in the Newfane Cemetery (the 2nd one, next to his house). And to get permission to do some other clean-up tasks they wish to do around the stone wall near the road.

Ann Golob made a motion seconded by Katy Johnson-Aplin, to approve the placement of a memorial bench and do clean up at the cemetery on Newfane Hill. Motion passed 4/0

  • Greg Record asks the Selectboard to consider their nomination to appoint Martha Stitelman to the Conservation Committee. (Current members are Greg Record-Chairman., Michelle Mortimer-V.C., Carol Hesselbach-Sec., and Jeff Mortimer-Treasure)

Motion made by Katy Johnson- Aplin, was seconded by Jeffrey Chevalier to appoint Martha Stitelman as a commissioner to the Conservation Committee. Motion passed 4/0

  • Thursday, May 12th, will be the 5th annual Southern Vermont Economy Summ It is an all-day learning and networking event for community and business leaders to cultivate change in our community. Is this something that you would like me to register for you?

Selectboard members will review the information and check back with the Administrative Assistant

  • I would like to submit vacation time for May 23rd – 31

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

COMMITTEE REPORT: Ken Estey. Planning Commission Chair gave an update on the energy audit. This will be useful information for when the Planning Commission updates the Town Plan. All Planning Commission members are attending the Southern Vermont Economy Summit in May.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:   None

OLD BUSINESS:

Be the Change Pollinator Project – Patrick Kitchens joined the meeting to help clarify the Selectboard’s concerns before granting approval to allow pollinator habitat along the Dover Road, in the areas that were affected by Hurricane Irene. The Town owned properties were part of the buyout after the flood and can never be developed with any type of permanent structures.

It has been suggested that this type of project could in enhance the beauty in the area, as well as provide an important Eco-investment to the natural pollinators in order to reproduce. These are insects like bees, butterflies, beetles, and flies as well as some hummingbirds.  A fear as global agriculture needs more pollinators every day to supply food: crops that depend on these animals are currently yielding 300% more than five decades ago. The extinction of pollinators could put our health at risk, as we lose the ability to grow vegetables, fruit, and seeds- food necessary for a healthy diet, it would also harm the development of medication material, biofuels, and fibers such as cotton and construction like wood.

The Selectboard wanted to clarify that there were residents that had expressed concerns that we could put people’s health at risk with those known to have allergies to bees who would bicycle and walk in these areas.

Patrick would like to have the opportunity to review the locations of these properties to make a determination.  Newfane would not incur any expense for the seeding or maintenance of the habitat.

Future meeting agenda

 

Julia Tadlock – Newfane Mkt.

Julia was present at the meeting to follow up with the Selectboard on her request for A.R.P.A funding to re-establish the (New) Newfane Flea Market.

Newfane Selectboard was not able to provide support to this request at this time.

The Selectboard would first need to develop a procedure and protocols for how to disperse funds.

NEW BUSINESS:  

Jeffrey Chevalier made a suggestion that the rebar taken from the Arch Bridge could be repurposed into art/benches/flower boxes, etc. by local artists. Anyone who is interested can get in touch with Jeffrey. Ann and Jeffrey would work together on a press release.

CORRESPONDENCE:   

None

 PAY ORDERS:

  1.     Payroll Warrant No #11563                          Amount $     4,556.79
  2.     Payroll Warrant No #11565                          Amount $    4,502.32
  3.     Account Payable No # 22022                       Amount $    54,804.44

 Ann Golob made a motion to approve Pay Orders. Jeffrey Chevalier seconded.   

Motion passed 4/0

 

ADJOURN:       Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant

April 18th 2022, Selectboard Agenda

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting            ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

Meetings Starts @ 6 p.m.

  • CALL TO ORDER     
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA                                                                           
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC 
      1.   Steven John & Jane Douglas – DVFiber Broadband Rollout and Recommendation        
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
      1. April 4th, 2022, Regular  Meeting
      2. April 13th, 2022, Special
      3. April 15th, 2022 Condemnation Hearing
  •  ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’SREPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  •    OLD BUSINESS                                                               
      1.        Pollinator Project, Bee the Change
      2.        Julia Tadlock – Newfane Flea Mkt
  • NEW BUSINESS 
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •  PAY ORDERS
    1. Payroll Warrant No #11563                        Amount $    4,556.79
    2.  Payroll Warrant No #11564                        Amount $    N/A
    3.   Account Payable No # 2219                         Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN
  •  BOARD OF LIQUOR CONTROL To follow the close of Selectboard