TOWN OF NEWFANE
DECEMBER 5, 2016
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Gary Delius, Marion Dowling, Carol Hatcher, Mike Fitzpatrick
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Todd Lawley
OTHERS PRESENT: Kristin Mehalick, RT Brown, Alex Beck, Santina (Sunny) Leporati, Ken Estey, Ralph Meima, Doris Knechtel, Frank Suponski
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Carol Hatcher, Acting Chair.
ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.
November 21, 2016: The minutes of November 21, 2016 were reviewed. A motion was made by Marion Dowling to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Gary Delius. Discussion: Gary confirmed that he spoke to Rock River Preservation and they are aware that the portion of road discussed is in Dummerston. The motion carried unanimously.
November 28, 2016 (Budget): The minutes of November 28, 2016 were reviewed. A motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Marion Dowling. The motion carried unanimously.
Discussion of Arch Bridge Information: The Board reviewed the three stop/yield options presented by the State. Mike noted his preference for the third option, one stop sign coming from Grimes Hill Road, a yield sign coming from Williamsville, and right of way coming off the bridge. Discussion ensued. Gary Delius made a motion to table the decision until Todd Lawley can be in attendance. The motion was seconded by Marion Dowling. The motion carried unanimously. The Board asked for the plans to be put on the website.
SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
BDCC/SEVEDS: Project Manager, Kristin Mehalick gave a brief introduction of BDCC and SeVEDS, and noted they were present to provide an update on programs and to follow up on their yearly funding request.
Alex Beck gave an overview of the four programs offered: Fast Track to Success for high school students, Internship Program for college students, Southern Vermont Young Professionals, and the Southern Vermont Business Cluster Roundtable Initiative.
A question and answer period ensued.
RT Brown, Economic Development Project Manager, discussed how funding for BDCC and SeVEDs works, and an educational series that will be starting up. Discussion ensued regarding publicity for the series.
Sunny Leporati discussed her work in bringing towns and organizations together and measuring if that work is getting through to the business community and benefiting the community as a whole. There is a lot of gathering information and sharing that information. Starting in January 2017 there will be regional trainings, broken into smaller hubs.
Ken Estey noted the importance in the relationship with the Planning Commission and BDCC/SeVEDS when looking at the Town Plan.
Shannon will follow up with Kristin regarding next steps for the funding request.
UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
There were no unscheduled members of the public.
January Meeting Schedule: A motion was made by Gary Delius to table the decision until the December 12 budget meeting. The motion was seconded by Marion Dowling. The motion carried unanimously.
Town Report Bids: Shannon presented the three Town Report Bids and made a recommendation to award the bid to the middle bidder, based on work samples and past experience. Mike Fitzpatrick made motion to go with Repro of Winooski, Vermont at a cost of $2,895.00. Marion Dowling seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Town Office Building – Next Steps – Committee Direction: Doris Knechtel noted that the Committee is waiting for direction from the Selectboard. Gary referred the Committee to the broad based charge that was given on September 19. Discussion ensued regarding the best way to move forward. The Board noted they are looking to make it a better, healthier building.
Ken Estey noted that when a firm number comes through for a renovation and there has to be a bond vote, then the people of the town would be apprised of what it costs for a repair or renovation; and at that point, the townspeople would have a clearer picture of what they’re up against.
The following correspondence was received:
- Ralph Meima, Green Lantern – Draft Agreement. The Board will review and put on the next agenda.
- Windham Regional Commission –Notice of Site Plan Review regarding Newbrook Elementary solar project.
The pay orders were reviewed. A motion was made by Gary Delius and seconded by Marion Dowling to approve the pay orders as follows:
- Accounts Payable Warrant No. 17014 in the amount of $24,196.68
- Payroll Warrant No. 11/30/16 in the amount of $4,699.16
- Payroll Warrant No. 12/07/16 in the amount of $5,801.08
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Marion Dowling to adjourn at 7:37 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.