Town of Newfane Special Meeting: December 7th, 2021

Town of Newfane Special Meeting to be held Tuesday, December 7 th at 6:00pm at the NewBrook Fire House
Vote on Town Purchase of Gravel Pit at Radway Hill Road and River Road

November 30, 2021

The Town of Newfane will be holding a special town meeting on Tuesday, December 7 th to discuss the proposed purchase of a gravel pit located at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road in Newfane. The meeting will be held at the NewBrook Fire House located at 698 VT-30, Newfane at 6:00pm. An informational meeting was presented on November 15 as part of the regular Newfane Selectboard meeting and will be re-presented at the December meeting. The presentation is available on the town’s website.

The proposal is to purchase a 21-acre site for $450,000. Based on a report by Savoy Engineering that analyzed the composition of the gravel and sand on two-thirds of the site, there is sufficient material to meet the town’s gravel needs for at least 30 years. The available sand at the site would last even longer. The analysis was done on only 13 of the 21 acres and based on visual examination, the additional 8 acres have a similar composition. Therefore, the town can anticipate using the pit for several decades.

The cost of gravel and sand have risen 54% in the last year and the town’s budget for these two items has had to rise from $145,000 annually to $223,000. This is an issue being experienced by scores of Vermont communities as well as across the globe as sand has become a scarcer resource. A financial projection estimates the savings to Newfane of $2.1 million over 10 years.

Town residents will be asked to vote on two articles which will allow the Selectboard to both purchase the site and borrow the necessary funds to cover the purchase price and other associated costs, particularly the cost of completing the required Act 250 permit. There will be a floor vote; one must be registered to vote in the Town of Newfane and present at the meeting in order to vote. There will not be a paper ballot unless requested at the meeting by at least seven residents; the meeting will not be on Zoom.

Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, noted, “It is becoming more and more difficult to find contractors that have sand and gravel to sell – at any price. We use about 12,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand every year. With over 800,000 cubic yards available on just 13 of the 21 acres, this will be a boom for the town for years to come.” Mike Fitzpatrick, Newfane Selectboard member, agreed and added, “Purchasing the property now will ensure that we have the materials we need and at a price that is not continually increasing.”

At the Selectboard meeting more details were given about the Act 250 permitting process that the town is required to complete before opening the gravel pit for town operation. Most importantly to surrounding neighbors, given the composition of the material, there is no need for blasting of rock. The town will screen sand and crush gravel on an annual basis and truck it to the town garage for storage. There will not be a constant stream of trucks or activity at the site.

Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield-Sanborn noted, “At the December 7 th meeting we will answer any questions from town residents and we have several photos available to show what the site looks like today. We hope residents will come out to learn more about the proposal and cast their vote.”

Press Release for Special Meeting December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Town of Newfane Special Meeting to be held December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Vote on Town Purchase of Gravel Pit at Radway Hill Road and River Road

November 30, 2021

The Town of Newfane will be holding a special town meeting on December 7th to discuss the proposed purchase of a gravel pit located at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road in Newfane. The meeting will be held at the NewBrook Fire House located at 698 VT-30, Newfane at 6:00 pm. An informational meeting was presented on November 15 as part of the regular Newfane Selectboard meeting and will be represented at the December meeting. The presentation is available on the town’s website.

The proposal is to purchase a 21-acre site for $450,000. Based on a report by Savoy Engineering that analyzed the composition of the gravel and sand on two-thirds of the site, there is sufficient material to meet the town’s gravel needs for at least 30 years. The available sand at the site would last even longer. The analysis was done on only 13 of the 21 acres and based on visual examination, the additional 8 acres have a similar composition. Therefore, the town can anticipate using the pit for several decades.

The cost of gravel and sand have risen 54% in the last year and the town’s budget for these two items has had to rise from $145,000 annually to $223,000. This is an issue being experienced by scores of Vermont communities as well as across the globe as sand has become a scarcer resource. A financial projection estimates the savings to Newfane of $2.1 million over 10 years.

Town residents will be asked to vote on two articles which will allow the Selectboard to both purchases the site and borrow the necessary funds to cover the purchase price and other associated costs, particularly the cost of completing the required Act 250 permit. There will be a floor vote; one must be registered to vote in the Town of Newfane and present at the meeting in order to vote. There will not be a paper ballot unless requested at the meeting by at least seven residents; the meeting will not be on Zoom.

Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, noted, “It is becoming more and more difficult to find contractors that have sand and gravel to sell – at any price. We use about 12,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand every year. With over 800,000 cubic yards available on just 13 of the 21 acres, this will be a boom for the town for years to come.” Mike Fitzpatrick, a Newfane Selectboard member, agreed and added, “Purchasing the property now will ensure that we have the materials we need and at a price that is not continually increasing.”

At the Selectboard meeting, more details were given about the Act 250 permitting process that the town is required to complete before opening the gravel pit for town operation. Most importantly to surrounding neighbors, given the composition of the material, there is no need for blasting of rock. The town will screen sand and crush gravel on an annual basis and truck it to the town garage for storage. There will not be a constant stream of trucks or activity at the site.

Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield-Sanborn noted, “At the December 7th meeting we will answer any questions from town residents and we have several photos available to show what the site looks like today. We hope residents will come out to learn more about the proposal and cast their vote.”

For more information, please contact Newfane Town Administrative Assistant, Wannetta Powling at
tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802-365-7772 Ext. 4.

 

 

 

 

 

November 29, 2021 Selectboard Budget Agenda

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

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION 

V.S.A.  313 (a) (3) The appointment or employment or evaluation of an employee.

  •  ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
  1. Capital Budget
  2. Expenditures
  • NEW BUSINESS:
  1. Articles
  2. Warnings
  3. Social Appropriations Donations
  • ADJOURN

This is a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

Special Selectboard Meeting November 18, 2021

 Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2642477645?pwd=MTVUZGRMSFJ4MXpMcFhNN0JBNk0yZz09

Meeting ID: 264 247 7645              Passcode: n6AnMG

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, and Shelly Huber (Zoom) and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone)

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Katy Johnson-Aplin

OTHERS PRESENT:   Jay Wilson and Wannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 5:01 p.m. by Chair Angela Sanborn.

MINUTES:   The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposal from Vice President Kevin Ford at Lafayette Highway Specialties for the detour signs needed for the Arch Bridge construction.  Jay Wilson made a request of the Selectboard to consider this proposal to allow for the installation of the signs before the ground freezes.  Construction is expected to begin in March 2022.  This will be considered a part of the $175,000 or 5% match the Town is responsible for.                                    

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to go with the Lafayette Highway Specialties proposal for $ 12,375. Ann Golob seconded the motion.

Motion passed.  4/0

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

ADJOURN:   Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully,

Wannetta Powling

 

NEWFANE BOARD OF LIQUOR CONTROL MINUTES   November 18, 2021

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, and Shelly Huber (by Zoom) Mike Fitzpatrick (phone)

OTHERS PRESENT: Wannetta Powling and Jay Wilson

CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Angela Sanborn, Chair.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES

After review, a motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Ann Golob to approve the Renewal Application for  N.C. Creamery, LLC   DBA   “Fat Crow”

The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN:  Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn at 5:08 p.m.

The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant Wannetta Powling

 

Selectboard Minutes November 15, 2021

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

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Shelly Huber, Katy Johnson- Aplin, and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone.)

OTHERS PRESENT:   Deborah Luskin, Chris Triebert,  Maia Segura, Dan Dewalt, Jay Wilson, Wannetta Powling & Austin Rice from BCTV.   (Zoom) Kate Gehring, Carol Hesselbach, Melissa Brown, Daniel Yates, Thomas Ely,  Jon Mack, Karen Astley, Jane Douglas, Sarah Taylor, Karen Peterson, Libby Bennett, Joanne Bourbeau, and Steven Geller.

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

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:    None

INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER 7th SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

Proposal to Purchase a Gravel Pit for the Town of Newfane (PowerPoint) Presentation – Ann Golob

The information presented gave the residents of Newfane an understanding of how prices for sand and gravel have jumped over 50% within the last year as well as how difficult it has become to find the materials. A proposal is being made to the residents of Newfane to purchase a lot at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road and use the site to provide our sand and gravel needs. Based on an engineering report completed for the site, the investment would provide these materials for the Town for the next 20 -30+ years.

The cost of the lot is $450,000; additionally, there are expenses to prepare the site and to apply for an Act 250 permit. There was a comparison with neighboring towns that have purchased their gravel pit, and Newfane comes in below the costs being incurred by other localities. Over a ten-year period, the Town can anticipate saving $2.1 million by having our own pit rather than purchasing materials from other suppliers.

The Act 250 process will take up to a year after the purchase is completed, and the cost may run up to $100,000 to comply with all the necessary analyses.

A special town meeting will be held on December 7 at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House located on Route 30. Newfane residents will be asked to vote on two questions: authorizing the Selectboard to purchase the property and authorizing the Selectboard to procure a loan to cover the associated costs of the purchase and other related expenses.

At the end of the presentation, there was a brief Question and Answer period.

Daniel Yates –Will this mean that you will purchase the material for this winter while waiting for the Act 250 permit process?  Jay Wilson That is what we will do for this coming 2022-2023 budget.

 Thomas Ely

  1. What is the noise factor during the crushing? Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, responded that this will be some noise; it would be a concern for those within 500′ of the machine in the pit. The plan is to do crushing for a short time once a year.
  2. Was this property the only option? Jay Wilson- we had not been concerned with the material until just recently.  Currently, this is the best option we have available.
  3. How will you stop trespassing on the property and people using it as a “shooting range” and for dumping garbage? Jay Wilson responded that a gate is the best option, similar to the one at the garage.
  4. Would the Town consider the option of using some of the material from the gravel pit to benefit the Blueberry Circle neighbors even though this is not a Town maintained road? Jay Wilson -responded that this would be a Selectboard decision.

Those who could not join the meeting on 11/15/2021 can go to our website at newfanevt.com to see the PowerPoint presentation.

http://newfanevt.com/pdf/Gravel-Pit-Purchase-Background.pdf

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

November 1, 2021, Regular Meeting

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Corrected Minutes of November 1, the Regular meeting.

 Ann Golob seconded the motion.  Motion passed 5/0.

 November 8, 2021, the Budget Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve November 8, Budget Minutes. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.

Motion passed 5/0

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  • I checked with the company that sold us our first radar feedback sign, and they would offer us a $200 trade-in on the unit we returned for repair. The cost to ship the rest of the sign back makes this not worthwhile.

Shelly Huber made a motion not to trade in the radar sign due to the expense of shipping. Ann Golob seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

  • I received the Arch Bridge detour plan for signage. It calls for 26 signs to be installed and the rental of 4 changeable signboards.
  • The Sand/salt shed will be going out to bid in January.
  • The Depot Rd. box culvert: I spoke with Bob Fisher and asked him to contact the VTrans Right Of Way person to try and move this forward.

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 5/0.

 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I will be out of the office on Friday, Nov.19th, and will return to work on Friday, November 26, to prepare for Monday, November 29, Budget meeting; while I’m out of the office, I will have remote access to my computer and will check my email daily.
  • It may be necessary to expand the appropriations appointments an extra week If we get additional calls (January 3.)
  • I would ask that the officer reports for the 2021 Town Report sent to my email by January 7. (Selectboard, DRB, Lister’s, Zoning Administrator, Road Foreman – Road Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Conservation Commission, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Town Clerk, West River Volunteer Mutual Aid and DV Fiber.)
  • I sent a Thank You card to Walter Hagedorn on behalf of the Selectboard for his volunteer work on the flower gardens at the Town Office.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

 SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:   

The following organizations gave an in-person (or Zoom) presentation regarding their appropriation request.  They also included an Informational Statement, which will be part of the 2021 Town Report.

  • Aids Project of Southern Vermont- Karen Peterson
  • Restorative Community Justice – Dan Dewalt
  • Groundworks- Libby Bennett
  • WinDart- Joanne Bourbeau
  • Women’s Freedom Center- Vickie Sterling (Rescheduled for December 20)
  • South Newfane Schoolhouse Community Association- Maia Segura
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) – Steven Geller

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

OLD BUSINESS: None

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

NEW BUSINESS: None

CORRESPONDENCE: None

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant No #11540                 Amount $    4,144.66
  2.  Account Payable No # 2210                   Amount $    83,735.92

Ann Golob made a motion to approve pay orders. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded the motion.

Motion Passed.4/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick had withdrawn from the meeting)

ADJOURN: 

Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:31 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Development Review Board Hearing Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm.

The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm.

The hearing is to consider the application of E.W. (“Bill”) Morse, Jr. and Jesse Holden for site plan review and conditional use approval for a ”Tiny  Home Village” on The Original Newfane Flea Market property at 788 Vermont Route 30.

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town Office Monday thru Thursday.

Participation in the hearing may be in person or via Zoom.  The in-person hearing will be held at Newfane Town  Office 555 VT RT 30.

Zoom-based participation in the hearing may be accessed at:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84926125675?pwd=SVN1QlErZXgvQmV6T1pOdUpnRlROUT09

  •  Meeting ID 849 2612 5675
  • Passcode 893163

A site visit at 3:00 pm will precede the hearing.

Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

COVID -19 Saftey Procedures will be followed

Persons wishing to appear at the public hearing may do so in person or via Zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through a written comment.

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 15, 2021

Selectboard Agenda November 15, 2021

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

  •  CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER 7th SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
    • Gravel Bank Presentation – Ann Golob
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    • November 1st, 2021 Regular  Meeting
    •  November 8th, 2021 Budget  Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    • Aids Project of Southern Vermont- Karen Peterson
    • Restorative Community Justice – Dan Dewalt
    • Groundworks- Libby Bennett
    • WinDart- Joanne Bourbeau
    • Women’s Freedom Center- Vickie Sterling
    • South Newfane Schoolhouse Community Association- Maia Segura
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
    • 1.       Payroll Warrant No #11540                  Amount $    4,144.66
    • 2.       Payroll Warrant No #11541                  Amount $    N/A
    • 3.       Account Payable No # 2208                    Amount $    N/A
  • ADJOURN

D. R. B. Public Hearing November 30 at 6:00 pm

The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 pm to consider the application of Chad A. Tinti and Ross M. Little for conditional use approval to establish a Bed and Breakfast/Inn at # 5 Wiliam Mundell Road.

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town Office.

Participation in the hearing may be in person or via Zoom.  The in-person hearing will be held at Newfane Town  Hall.

Zoom-based coverage of the hearing may be accessed at

zoom.us/j/89571185600?pwd=WHdTZ0lieHdaM0FkNlF6L3V4bTdKUT0
Meeting ID 895 7118 5600
Passcode 585806

A site visit at 3:30 pm will precede the hearing.

Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

COVID -19 Saftey Procedures will be followed

Persons wishing to appear at the public hearing may do so in person or via Zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through a written comment.

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 9, 2021

Monday, November 1, 2021 Selectboard Minutes

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting      Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 52680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Shelly Huber, Katy Johnson- Aplin, and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone.)

OTHERS PRESENT:  Ken Estey, Jane Douglas, Doris Knechtel, Joan Weir, Wannetta Powling & Austin Rice from BCTV.   (Zoom) Jay Wilson, Kate Gehring, Jeryl Julian –Cisse, Lynn Forrest, Maggie Lewis, Sheriff Mark Anderson, Jen Stomsten, – Russell Bradbury-Carlin, and Andrea Seaton.

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

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:   

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to move the Old Business Real Estate Options to follow the Road Foreman’s Report. Shelly Huber seconded. Motion passed 5/0

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • October 18, 2021, Regular Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Minutes of October 18, the Regular meeting.  Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded the motion.  Motion passed 5/0.

  • October 25, 2021, the Budget Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve October 25 Budget Minutes. Shelly Huber seconded. Motion passed 5/0

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  • The first radar sign that we purchased has been located on Dover Road near Adams Hill Road. It developed a problem a few weeks ago, and we sent it back for repair; the company offers a flat rate repair of $1,800 to refurbish the sign. The batteries are not new in that sign, and they would be $850 to replace when needed; a new sign would be $3,400. What would you like to do?

Mike Fitzpatrick asked if there would be a credit for the old radar sign to purchase a new one.  Jay will look into it.

Shelly Huber made a recommendation to revisit this item at the next Selectboard meeting. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded. Motion passed 5/0

  •  The Arch Bridge preconstruction meeting was last week.
  • The sand/salt shed is still awaiting additional grant money.
  • The Depot Rd. box culvert is awaiting Bob Fisher and the VTRANS Right of Way person to agree on moving forward with condemnation.
  • I spoke with Ron Bell about designing the culvert on Eddy Road if grant money becomes available.
  • There is an access permit for Charles Bergman at #379 Dover Road in South Newfane, and this needs Selectboard approval. The permit is good, and no additional recommendations are needed.

Shelly Huber made a recommendation to approve the access permit. Ann Golob seconded. Motion passed 5/0

 Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Shelly Huber seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:

I would ask the Selectboard to approve Todd Lawley and myself (Jay Wilson) as the two (2) contact representatives for Newfane on the Emergency Management.

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the recommendation for Emergency Management. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded. Motion passed 5/0

OLD BUSINESS: 

 Real Estate -Mike Fitzpatrick:

Shelly Huber informed the Selectboard that any property of ten + (10+) acres would need to follow the Act 250 permit process, even if it’s a municipality.   Area photos of the Radway Hill property were shared with those present.

The recommendation was to gather information on the cost & the permit process to give at the informational meeting.  The Town is not able to start the permitting process until it owns the property.

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to have Ann Golob gather information, requirements, and recommendations for the informational meeting. Ann Golob seconded. Motion passed 5/0

 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I have provided the draft for the “Special Town Meeting” for your review. It is necessary to post the warning no less than 30 days before the meeting.  Any changes need to be completed & voted upon before the end of tonight’s meeting- and then signed by the Board to stay on schedule.

 Draft:          

 WARNING FOR THE 2021 SPECIAL NEWFANE TOWN MEETING

NEWBROOK FIRE DEPARTMENT 

DECEMBER 7, 2021

The legal voters of the Town of Newfane, Ve1mont, are hereby notified and warned that pursuant to Title 17 V.S.A. Section 2655, they are to meet at the NewBrook Fire Department in Newfane, Vermont, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 6:00 pm to act upon the articles below.

ARTICLE 1: Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to purchase property known as parcel #B – 116.1 located off Radway Hill Road in Newfane, Vermont 21.67 acres+/- Gravel Pit for use by the Town of Newfane?

ARTICLE 2: Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to borrow funds for this capital needs?

ARTICLE 3: To transact any other non-binding business that may legally come before the Town.

  •  Appointments to meet with the Selectboard and discuss financial support are filling up. The last two available dates are December 6 and 20th. It would be best if you got in touch with me ASAP, or you could miss the deadline.
  • Thursday, November 4, between 7:30–10:30 am, there will be a Community Breakfast – at the Williamsville Hall– you are encouraged to stop by for Coffee & Muffins. If you bring in your travel cup, you can “Get One to Go! “
  • Last week I was among 20 others that attended the Arch Bridge preconstruction meeting. It seems to be a lot of information and details to go thru before they arrive to start the site work.  The stagings will need to be in place before winter weather.  (See attached minutes)

Ann Golob made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistant report. Shelly Huber seconded.  Motion passed 5/0.

COMMITTEE REPORT:

  •  Lister Doris Knechtel Errors & Omissions- Doris Knechtel submitted to the Selectboard a correction for the 2021 Grand List for properties owned by Wayne Waters ID # B 233.4 and Wayne & Lynn Waters ID #B 233.3.  The two properties cannot be combined if not owned by the same individuals. An error was brought to the listers’ attention when the owners conducted a title search in preparation for selling one property.

Shelly Huber made a motion to accept the corrections for the Grand List. Ann Golob seconded. Motion passed 5/0

Planning Commission- Ken Estey –Lynn Forrest

The Planning commission provided a visual presentation including graphs with the results of the survey information to the Selectboard.  The Planning commission will make itself available to assist in any way necessary.

The Selectboard will review the information provided and ask to continue further decisions about the results after Budget Season.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: The following organizations gave an in-person (or Zoom) presentation regarding their appropriation request.  They also included an Informational Statement, which will be part of the 2021 Town Report.

  1. Windham County Sheriff Department – Mark Anderson
  2. Gathering Place – Maggie Lewis
  3. Youth Services- Russell Bradbury-Carlin
  4. Grace Cottage Family Health- Andrea Seaton
  5. Williamsville School Preservation Society- Joan Weir

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) Jen Stomsten provided the Selectboard with additional information from their earlier appropriation request. Population number 1,723 had come from the 2010 census for Newfane.  Using the 2020 census number of 1,552, the Newfane population was lower. This clarifying information decreases the appropriation request of $3 per person or a total of $243.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Real Estate -Mike Fitzpatrick:  This information update followed the Road Foreman’s Report.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Project Management Support through the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) – Ann Golob presented an email from Chris Campany, Executive Director at WRC, asking for town input on WRC hiring a project manager to assist towns managing their grant-funded projects.  Newfane Selectboard was able to reply that they would be in support of this option and would look forward to this additional service.

CORRESPONDENCE: None

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant No #11536             Amount $    4,330.52
  2. Payroll Warrant No #11537             Amount $    4,714.94
  3. Account Payable No # 22008             Amount $ 118,331.01

Ann Golob made a motion to approve pay orders. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded the motion.

Motion Passed.4/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick had withdrawn from the meeting)

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Selectboard Budget Agenda-Monday, November 8, 2021

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

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION 
    •    V.S.A.  313 (a) (3) The appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
    • Capital Budget
    • Expenditures
  • NEW BUSINESS:
    • Articles
    • Warnings
    • Social Appropriations Donations
  • ADJOURN

The Third in a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Development Review Board Public Hearing Notice

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 23 at 6:00 pm to consider an appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 21-034.  Applicant Daryl Johns is proposing a three-lot subdivision of parcel B124 at 524 Vermont Route 30.

The application to be considered at this hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town Office. Participation in the hearing may be in person or via Zoom. The in-person hearing will be held at Newfane Town Hall.

The Zoom-based version of the hearing may be accessed as  Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86297928362?pwd=NkNMUU5oWUJoT2VCWlJkY0duemZZZz09

Meeting ID 862 9792 8362

Passcode 514760

A site visit at 3:30 pm will precede the hearing.  Social distancing and wearing of facemasks are to be observed at the town hall and the site visit. Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

Persons wishing to appear at this public hearing may do so in person or via Zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through a written comment.

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 2, 2021

Development Review Board special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021,

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a special meeting Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm at the Newfane Town Hall.   The meeting may also be joined via Zoom as follows:

Access the website Zoom.com: Click “join a meeting” – upper right of the screen Enter meeting i.d. 831 5277 5039 – no spaces needed Click ”join” Enter passcode 148143 Click “join meeting”       The purpose of the meeting is to determine appropriate follow-up regarding an application for the development of the property at 788 Vermont Route 30; tax parcel B111 forwarded to the Board by the Newfane Zoning Administrator.  This is not a hearing to approve or deny the application.

October 30, 2021

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

The Leland and Gray Players Present MAMMA MIA! November 11-13

TOWNSHEND, Vt. –  “HERE WE GO AGAIN!” exudes Leland and Gray Players’ Director Sam Chapin. “Live music and theater return to Leland and Gray in the form of MAMMA MIA!  Featuring the upbeat and ever-danceable music of ABBA, the musical centers around a young woman and her quest to determine the identity of her birth father, while at the same time trying to marry her fiance and keep her mother as far out of the loop as possible. The score is fun and familiar with songs like, “Dancing Queen,”  “Take A Chance On Me,”  “The Winner Takes It All,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia”.”

The Company features actors Gianna Birri, Isabella Bowen, Lily Bowen, Peter Broussard, Spencer Butynski, Marley Felker, Ruby Hallenbeck, Dylan Hazelton, Mackson Hiner, Anselm Marrow, Mary McDonald, Kianelise Pena, Lucca Pozzi, Raena Sanderson, Catherine Shine, Stephen Shine, Andrew Tolbert, and Callie Wicker; student tech: Oliver Andersen, Olivia Bell, Jules Bowden, Conner Dunham, Dakota Dunham, Alexander Sicko, Davin Visconti. In the pit, student Abe Newton is on guitar joined by Rene Bernard on drums, Mike Kelly on keyboard, Mike McKinney on guitar, Matt Martyn on electric bass. Directed by Sam Chapin, vocal and music direction by Elyse Wadsworth, choreography by Sarah Grasso, assistant directed by Alexa Litchfield.

Adhering to Covid guidance, the cast will be masked at all times, as will the audience, and appropriate distancing will be maintained. Performances will be in L&G’s Dutton Gymnasium, Rte. 30, Townshend, on November 11 and 12 at 7 pm and November 13 at 4 pm. Admission: $10 dollars for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve in advance write schapin@windhamcentral.org.

Chapin echoes ABBA: “So come join us–you can dance, jive, AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!”

November 1st, 2021 Selectboard Agenda

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

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    1. October 18th, 2021 Regular Meeting
    2. October 25th, 2021 Budget Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
    1.  Lister Doris Knechtel – Errors & Omissions
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    1. Windham County Sheriff Department – Mark Anderson & Ashley Pinger
    2. Gathering Place – Maggie Lewis
    3. Youth Services- Russell Bradbury-Carlin
    4. Grace Cottage Family Health- Andrea Seaton
    5. Williamsville School Preservation Society- Joan Weir
    6. Green-Up for Vermont – Kate Albergh
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
    1. Real Estate Option
  • NEW BUSINESS
    1. Continuing Education –Katy Johnson-Aplin
    2. Project Management Support through the Windham Regional Commission – Ann Golob
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •  PAY ORDERS
    1.  Payroll Warrant No #11538                         Amount $    5,078.66
    2. Payroll Warrant No #11539                         Amount $    N/A
    3. Account Payable No # 2208                           Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN

October 25, 2021 SELECTBOARD BUDGET MINUTES

Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/joinameeting

Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757  Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Angela Sanborn, Shelly Huber, and Katy Johnson-Aplin, Ann Golob, and Mike Fitzpatrick

OTHERS PRESENT: Deborah Luskin, Bill Gunther (via zoom,) Jay Wilson, Melissa Brown, and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Melissa Brown provided the board information regarding the Planning Commission expenses related to the ARPA survey sent to residents.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

Deborah Luskin, Newfane Moderator, discussed setting the time and date for a Special Town Meeting. This is for the proposed purchase of buying a Gravel Bank to operate solely for town use. The Selectboard felt there was the need for some urgency to hold this special informational and Town meeting before the regular Town meeting.

Additional information on the articles and permitting process will be researched and provided of the progress and plans at the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Capital Budget:  Progress
  • Expenditures:  Progress

Jay Wilson was able to provide the figures for sections that were incomplete at the last meeting.

  • Articles: Tabled for future budget meetings
  • Warnings: Tabled for future budget meetings
  • Social Appropriations Donations: Tabled for future budget meetings

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting Adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling

Administrative Assistant