Selectboard Minutes – November 17, 2011
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Board Members Present: Todd Lawley, Gloria Cristelli, Jon Mack
Others Present: Gunther Garbe, Ed Druke, Mike Fitzpatrick
The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Todd Lawley, Vice-chair.
Approval of the minutes was tabled as there were not enough board members present to vote.
Road Foreman’s Report:
Todd gave the Road Foreman’s Report.
Discussion ensued regarding budgeting season.
Discussion ensued regarding culvert posts.
A motion to accept the Road Foreman’s Report was made by Jon Mack. The motion was seconded by Gloria Cristelli. The motion carried unanimously.
UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
There were no Unscheduled Members of the Public.
Town Office Improvements: Shannon updated the board on steps to enclose the cubicles in the town office. Discussion ensued. Have previously thought to enclose the offices, will go ahead and talk to David Cotton and ask him to come up with a plan for us, and as to the water in the basement, the repairs may have to come out of the same funds, unless someone in the state could help.
Jon Mack will contact Stephen Morse, and Gloria will contact the State of Vermont.
This will stay under Unfinished Business
Cell Tower Petition Update/Review Draft: Peter Novick got more information and drafted a letter for the Town for Dennis’ signature. Jon felt it was a good approach, and contacted Peter Galbraith, but hasn’t heard back yet. The board tabled review of the letter until Dennis’ return. It will be on the agenda for the next meeting.
Emergency Watershed Protection: Saturday there will be site visits with the four residents who are exigent. Gloria gave an update on the process.
A motion was made by Jon Mack to authorize Dennis to sign the EWP letter upon his return. Gloria seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Gloria updated the board on the appeals process for those who were deemed ineligible.
Hunter Brook Road Easement: Discussion ensued regarding obtaining appraisals. After discussion, the board tabled the matter until the next meeting.
Animal Control Officer: Jon read a letter from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, noting that they will not be able to perform animal control issues. Gloria updated the board that George Friend was willing to be Animal Control Officer and Constable.
A motion was made by Jon Mack to appoint George Friend as Animal Control Officer for the Town of Newfane. The motion was seconded by Gloria Cristelli. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Gloria Cristelli and seconded by Jon Mack to appoint George Friend as Constable for the Town of Newfane. The motion carried unanimously.
Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant: Shannon updated the board on the process for the application.
Todd noted that he had talked with Tom Schultz regarding some of the roads that continuously erode.
Rock River Shack: No update.
Alarm System, Town Office: Waiting for installation.
Windham Solid Waste Management Payment: There has been no response to the letter Dennis sent, refusing payment.
Winter Maintenance of Newfane Hill Road: Discussion ensued.
Letter received from Olin Stephens regarding bank erosion. The board suggested forwarding the letter to District 2, VTrans, and to responding to Olin.
Letter received from WCSD, regarding upcoming year’s contract. Discussion ensued. No action was taken.
A motion was made by Gloria Cristelli and seconded by Jon Mack to approve pay orders. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Jon Mack and seconded by Gloria Cristelli to adjourn at 8:27 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.