TOWN OF NEWFANE
FEBRUARY 16, 2012
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Dennis Wiswall, Todd Lawley, Jon Mack, Christopher Williams
OTHERS PRESENT: Fred Lawrence, Ed Druke, Barbara Reeves, Carter Reeves, Chris Druke, John Mariano, Deborah Luskin, Annie Guion, Shannon Meckle
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Dennis Wiswall, Chair.
The minutes of January 26, 2012 were tabled as there were not enough members that were present at the meeting to vote.
The minutes of February 2, 2012 were reviewed. A motion was made by Jon Mack and seconded by Todd Lawley to approve the minutes. The motion carried unanimously.
Todd Lawley gave the Road Foreman’s Report.
After discussion, a motion was made by Jon Mack to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. The motion was seconded by Christopher Williams. The motion carried unanimously.
Excess Weight Permits
Valley Crane: Discussion ensued regarding weights. A motion was made by Jon Mack to allow 99,000 pounds, with the company to present routes on any trips into Newfane with the heavier trucks. The motion was seconded by Christopher Williams. The motion carried unanimously.
Renaud Bros.: A motion was made by Todd Lawley to approve all trucks at 99,000 pounds. The motion was seconded by Jon Mack. The motion carried unanimously.
Havoc Trucking: A motion was made by Todd Lawley to approve the truck at 99,000 pounds. The motion was seconded by Jon Mack. The motion carried unanimously.
UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Town Meeting: Deborah Luskin was present to discuss Town Meeting with the board, and to make plans for setting up the Hall. Deborah will call Bob Litchfield. Shannon will call Marc Gray to discuss shoveling, if it snows. Todd will take care of the podium and the flag.
SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Annie Guion of the Windham County Humane Society was present to answer questions regarding billing, and concerns about the possibility of abuse of the system. The possibility of a flat-rate fee was discussed. Annie Guion will draw up a proposal for a flat-rate fee that will work for the town. Annie also mentioned that the Windham County Humane Society has received a grant for animal-cruelty complaints. The board thanked Annie for her time.
Jon Mack asked the board what their thoughts were on a Candidates’ Forum. The board did not feel that it would be beneficial for the board to sponsor a Candidates’ Forum. Chris Druke asked Jon what he found beneficial, as she is running for a position on the board. He noted that it was helpful to have to formulate answers, and that it gave him a sense of what people are thinking about issues.
Bandrail/Dover Police Dept.: Todd reported that he’d received a call from Dover Police Department regarding Newfane residents trucking metal guardrails. Shannon will place an article in the newspaper that speaks to there being no permission to take the material from flood-damaged areas.
Easements/Hunter Brook Road: Dennis reported that the Easement letters were sent out earlier in the week. He did receive a response from one party. Discussion ensued regarding a future meeting with the party. Shannon will speak to Maureen to schedule the meeting.
Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant: The applications are due Friday, the 17th. The applications were submitted this afternoon. The board recognized the amount of time and effort that went into these applications and thanked Shannon and Dan for their work.
Town Report: Shannon reported that the Town Report went to the printer on Monday and will be mailed Friday the 24th.
There were no updates on Unfinished Items.
A letter was received from VLCT PACIF regarding the insurance claim from the flood damage at the Town Office.
A letter and fundraising request was received for Child Abuse Prevention. The board will take time to review the material and revisit it at the next meeting.
A motion was made by Christopher Williams to approve Pay Orders as follows. The motion was seconded by Jon Mack. The motion carried unanimously.
Pay Orders: $60,099.05
Pay Roll: $3,533.16
Pay Roll: $3,550.58
A motion was made by Todd Lawley and seconded by Jon Mack to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.