TOWN OF NEWFANE SELECTBOARD MINUTES 11.18.19

TOWN OF NEWFANE SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

November 18, 2019

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Hendrik van Loon, Angela Sanborn, Shelly Huber, Michael Fitzpatrick, and

Christopher Williams

OTHERS PRESENT:  

Jay Wilson, Marion Dowling, Deborah Luskin, Sam Farwell, Wannetta Powling, and BCTV,

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Hendrik van Loon.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

None

Executives Session:

None

MINUTES:

A motion was made by Ms. Sanborn to accept the amended Minutes of November 4, 2019 Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded

The Motion Carried

 

ROAD BUSINESS:

Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report:

See attached report.

 Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Road Foreman Report. Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded

The Motion Carried

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

See attached report.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistant’s change of hours for winter -time (1/2 day on Wednesday  full day on Friday) Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded

The Motion Carried

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistant’s report Mr. Williams seconded

The Motion Carried

 

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Ms. Luskin and Mr. Farwell are members of the Green Mountain Conservancy (GMC), they are working with the VT Housing, Conservation Board and the VT Land Trust to conserve over a thousand acres of undeveloped woodland  property in Dummerston, Newfane & Brookline.  The preservation benefits included in the discussion were,

  • Critical wildlife corridor between the CT River and the Green MT National Forest
  • Public access for hiking & hunting
  • Non- Motorized Recreational
  • Protecting 2 ½ miles of river frontage

The Green Mountain Conservancy is asking for a letter of support from Newfane Selectboard to help with their grant process.  S. E. Watershed Alliance, Windham Regional, Newfane Conservation Commission, have already submitted letters to the G.M.C. Board.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to review the letters that have been submitted, and to draft a letter of support Mr. Fitzpatrick Second.

The Motion Carried

OLD BUSINESS:

Traffic Ordnance Policy- Review

A copy was given for board members to review before the next regular meeting to discussed recommendations.  A road map was suggested as a point of reference. The signs will be reviewed by the highway dept. for any changes needed.

NEW BUSINESS:

None

CORRESPONDENCE:

·         VT Emergency Management

·         VLCT Cannabis Resolution Relating to S.54 pending legislation (Tabled for future meeting)

PAY ORDERS:

  • Payroll Warrant 11424 in the amount of $4,235.64
  • Payroll Warrant 11425 in the amount of $4,032.05
  • Accounts Payable 20010 in the amount of $ 94,480.28

A motion was made by Mr. Fitzpatrick and seconded by Ms. Huber to approve the pay orders.

The motion carried 4-0

ADJOURN:

A motion was made by Mr. Fitzpatrick and seconded Ms. Huber to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:05 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling

 

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT

November 18, 2019

  • The state came and inspected the fuel tanks and the weekly records we keep at the town garage. He found a fitting in the fuel line that he thought we should fix, so I had Beardsley come and make the repairs. Other than that, everything looked good.
  • We got the plows and plow frames ready for winter. The winter tires are on the trucks.
  • The Town of Dummerston is in town with their tractor doing leaf blowing in the ditches.
  • We finished the grading and seeding around the Hunter Brook Bridges.
  • On Friday the 22nd Dover Rd near Merrill Mundell rd. will be down to one lane for tree removal.

Thank You,

Jay Wilson Road Foreman

Christopher Williams Road Commissioner

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT

November 18, 2019

  •  On November 15th Property manager representative for #542 VT Route 30, called in response to the Selectboard letter.
  1. They were looking to address the concerns and condition of the property. They have put up Yellow “Caution Tape” around the building, and at the entrances.
  2. They were advised that this would only be a temporary fix. That there was still concerns that with New England weather and weight of the snow it was still possible that more damage could occur.
  3. They indicated they would make a recommendation to the mortgage company to include removal of the fallen down section of the porch.
  • I have completed registration on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) they have developed a new database to go Nationwide January 6, 2020 with improvements.
  1. This will help (DER) Designated Employers Representatives meet the Federal requirements.
  2. Identify prospective CDL drivers.
  3. Tracking drug and alcohol violations
  • I attended a B.C.B.S. webinar, this information was on the changes that are taking place for 2020.
  1. I will type my notes for the next Budget meeting on Monday the 25th, so that the board will be more informed.
  • I would like permission to change my hours for winter time. I propose to work ½ day on Wednesday and full day on Friday.

Respectfully,

Wannetta Powling