Selectboard Meeting Minutes – February 6, 2017

TOWN OF NEWFANE

SELECTBOARD MEETING

MINUTES

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Todd Lawley

OTHERS PRESENT:   Mike Young, Gloria Cristelli, Angela Sanborn, Ken Estey, Marc Pickering

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m. by Todd Lawley, Chair.

ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s/Road Commissioner’s Report:

Todd gave an update on equipment:

  • The 2015 Ford F550 is being repaired.
  • The 2014 Mack is back in service after being damaged in one of the last storms.
  • The new Mack is up and running, has been lettered, and has the radio installed.
  • The 2013 Mack needs a new idler pulley at some point in the near future.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

River Road Bridge: Marc Pickering, VTrans District 2, was present to discuss recommendations made regarding the River Road Bridge.   He noted that the State inspects all town bridges with a span of over 20 feet, every two years, In the latest inspection, degradation of the beams on the River Road bridge were noted.  A couple of the beams had severe corrosion. A letter with recommendations follows the inspection.

Todd met with Marc and a structural engineer, along with a bridge contractor in November and discussed options.

The State is recommending one of two immediate options: reduce the load rating to 8,000 pounds, or keep the load rating at 16,000  and bring curbing in a foot on each side so the weight is at the center of the bridge. Marc noted that it’s up to the Board which option they choose.  Todd noted that he’d ordered the signs to reduce the weight limit and felt that was the best option.

Discussion ensued regarding the detour and what that means for emergency services.

The Board discussed repair options with Marc Pickering. Cost estimates for the various options are between $125,000 and $200,000. Marc explained the VTrans Structures Grant program. With the critical nature of the bridge, the town would have a good chance of a grant.

Todd, Shannon and Marc will work together on an RFP and the grant application. Shannon will speak to the bank about funding the project in anticipation of the structures grant.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

There were no Unscheduled Members of the Public.

NEW BUSINESS

Election/Training Budget: Shannon presented information regarding training, following the elections of a new Town Clerk and Treasurer.

A motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Marion Dowling to authorize up to $300.00 for the incoming Treasurer’s training and up to $800.00 for the incoming Town Clerk’s training.  The motion carried unanimously.

PAY ORDERS

The pay orders were reviewed. A motion was made by Marion Dowling and seconded by Mike Fitzpatrick to approve the pay orders. The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Marion Dowling and seconded by Mike Fitzpatrick to adjourn at 6:40 p.m.. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Shannon Meckle