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January 10th, 2022, Selectboard Budget Minutes

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/joinameeting                   Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757           Passcode: 352680

January 10th, 2022

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Angela Sanborn, Mike Fitzpatrick (phone), Ann Golob (Zoom), Katy Johnson-Aplin (Zoom), and Shelly Huber (Zoom).

OTHERS PRESENT:  

Wannetta Powling and Melissa Brown (Zoom)

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 pm by Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Angela Sanborn made a motion to add Cannabis to the agenda following the budget. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded.  Motion passed 5/0

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

Articles were reviewed; it was noted that the format is similar to last year, with separate articles for each Social Appropriation. Voters can only vote Yes or No; they cannot change the amount of money in the article.

Carol Hesselbach, Town Clerk, mentioned that absentee and early voting would be available before Town Meeting.

Deborah Luskin, Town Moderator, will be attending the meeting on January 18th for additional input and discussion.

Capital Budget – Williamsville Hall, Chair Steve Levine, asked for a Twenty Thousand dollar appropriation this year for the continued maintenance and upkeep of the Williamsville Hall. The Preservation Trust will be offering to cover $250, which is approximately half of the cost for a building assessment. This assessment determines needed repairs to the slate roof or the chimney; these were among a few mentioned items.

 Review Budget- the remaining budget items were reviewed. Edits will be made and, a final budget will be available for the Selectboard to sign at the January 18th meeting.

 Cannabis– Katy Johnson–Aplin presented additional researched information and advice provided by VLCT.

Discussion ensued.

It was agreed that further information is still needed, but it seems clear that we should not introduce an article to the votes at this Town Meeting. But it was agreed that creating a Cannabis Control Commission (C.C.C.) would probably make sense as a way to ensure that the town has input into any state licenses that may be authorized for growers or others that do not require town approval.

Ann Golob suggested that we contact West River Valley Thrives and invite them to our February 7th Selectboard meeting to participate in the discussion and provide valuable information.

NEW BUSINESS:

None

Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 6:42 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant

January 18,2022 Selectboard Agenda

The meeting starts @ 6 p.m. Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
    • January 3, 2021, Regular Meeting
    • January 10, 2022, Budget Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
    • Planning Commission update on some of the critical issues – Key Estey                             
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    • Town Meeting 2021 Format–Deborah Luskin 
  • RECESS SELECTBOARD –     
      • OPEN BOARD of CIVIL AUTHORITY
      •  
  • RECONVENE SELECTBOARD –
  •   UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS                                                               
      • Review Articles
      • Review Finale Budget Figures                                                              
  • NEW BUSINESS 
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
    1. Payroll Warrant No #11549                        Amount $    N/A
    2. Payroll Warrant No #11550                        Amount $    N/A
    3. Account Payable No # 2215                         Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN

January 10th, 2022, Selectboard Budget Agenda

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting

Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  •  CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
  1.  Articles
  2.  Review the final budget
  • NEW BUSINESS:
  • ADJOURN

This is a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

January 3, 2022, Selectboard Minutes

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  

Angela Sanborn, with Katy Johnson- Aplin and Ann Golob (via Zoom), with Mike Fitzpatrick (on the phone)

Absent: Shelly Huber

OTHERS PRESENT:  (In-person) Steve Levine, Janine Rose, Bill Morse, Jesse Holden, David Cotton, Piet van Loon, Austin Rice – B.C.T.V., and Wannetta Powling

(Zoom) Jay Wilson, Jane Douglas, Ken Estey, Cris White, Steve Neratko, and Jeryl Julian Cisse

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:   

None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • December 20, 2021, Regular Meeting.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Minutes of December 6, a regular meeting.

 Mike Fitzpatrick seconded the motion.  – Motion passed 4/0.

 

  • December 27, 2021, Budget Meeting.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the Minutes of December 27, a regular meeting.

 Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded the motion.   Motion passed 4/0.

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  • The meeting happened with the V.T.R.A.N.S. biologist, and two spots were located near the office trailer at the Arch Bridge for the bat houses. They should be installed this week.
  • The phone meeting with Bob Fisher for the Wiswall Hill beavers occurred, until it’s causing damage to the town road, we can’t do anything as the Town. Bob said the property owners who are experiencing damage can and should deal with this to stop the damage to their property.
  • The R.T. 30 radar sign has been positively affecting traffic speed. During the Christmas holiday, the traffic count was 9,251 cars going south from Thursday to Monday.
  • The bid for cleaning and greasing of the steel structure for Monroe Bridge is out and will be opened at the next Selectboard meeting on January 18.

*Ann Golob asked that we contact the neighbors on Wiswall Hill near the Beaver Pond and provide them with an update. *Covered Bridge in Williamsville seems to need additional signage, there are people not aware that the bridge is one lane. Currently, there is a stop sign at one end of the bridge, and vehicles are trying to enter the bridge at the same time.

*Jay mentioned that he would see if additional signage was available.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Ann Golob seconded.

Motion Passed 4/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I have been working with Melissa on the figures that are in the draft for your review tonight.
  • I would like to suggest to the Selectboard that we hold one more budget meeting on Monday the 10th to go over and approve the articles, review the final numbers for the budget, and vote on them.
  • The Selectboard will need to consider how best to format the Town Meeting and what the legislature will allow the Town to do; I understand that on January 4, they will be deciding this issue in Montpelier. I will be attending the V.L.C.T. webinar and will provide you with an update.

Discussion:

*Selectboard will hold one more budget meeting on Monday the 10th

*January 17th is a Martin Luther King Federal Holiday – Board agreed to meet on Tuesday, January 18th.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Ann Golob seconded. Roll called -motion passed 4/0.

 COMMITTEE REPORT:

Williamsville Hall – Steve Levine provided the Selectboard with financial information about the Williamsville Hall for this year’s appropriations. Regarding completing an assessment of the building, the Hall committee has received two estimates

  •  “The Criterion” gave an estimate of $3,000 to complete an assessment of the building.
  • The Preservation Trust will find a qualified company to do a building assessment for approximately $500.  Of that total, they will foot $250 and they will provide a grant to the town to cover the balance. This can happen within the next couple of weeks.

In order to assess the state of the slate roof, Trevor Kemp who is a Williamsville resident and a licensed drone pilot is available to work with a roofing contractor to provide aerial views of the condition of the slate in order to avoid having to construct scaffolding to inspect it. Jim Brow from Slate and Brow Roofing (@ $100 per hour) was contacted; the two men have agreed to work together and use the photographs and video information from the drone; they would be able to do an initial inspection of the slate roof. Providing that all goes well, we would set aside funds for future needs.

The outside painting of the building has been estimated to cost between $25,000 and $30,000. Other needs of concern are the repairs to the balcony above the main floor. The condition of the chimney is unknown; does it only need attention in the kitchen where the plaster is coming off? Once the assessor inspects the building, we will better understand the work needed and we can prioritize it.

 

The committee is asking for 20,000 for the Capital fund, which would go towards the painting of the building now; if it is discovered that the roof has repair needs, we would postpone the painting to do necessary repairs to the roof.

Previously the Hall received funds in the following years in these amounts:

  •  FY 2018 -2019 = $12,000
  •  FY 2019 -2020= $15,000
  •  FY 2020-2021 = $ ZERO (waiting on building assessment)
  •  FY 2022 -2023 =$20,000  currently requesting

Currently, the Hall capital fund has a balance of $ 20,060.

The Selectboard will follow up with this request at the Monday, January 10, budget meeting.

Discussion ensued if the Hall should be closed for the remainder of January, February and reopen in March. The Selectboard recommends that it would be best to keep the Hall open – it helps promote the Town’s vibrancy in the village of Williamsville. Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn suggested coming back to the January 18 meeting with further information to determine if those who are scheduled to hold activities (such as the yoga group who is interested in booking classes for ten weeks), a film festival, etc. are still open to doing so.

DRB update on key issues – David Cotton with Piet van Loon

According to the Zoning Administrator, the DRB has held five (5) hearings during 2021. The DRB hearings included an AirB&B application and a subdivision on Route 30. There was also an informational meeting to consider if it would be feasible for a potential buyer to develop 105 acres near the Ollallie Day Lily Farm into a communal living complex.

David reviewed the process that is in place — the Planning Commission writes the Bylaws, the Zoning Commissioner gives zoning approval if the application meets the requirements of the bylaw. The Design Review Board (DRB) only considers applications if there is a need for a variance or waiver for situations that are unusual and fall outside the conditions covered by the Bylaws.

Typically it is commercial applications where the DRB gets involved, such as bed and breakfast, subdivisions, or the Inns. The committee currently has five regular members and two alternates all of whom are open-minded and work well together; all have studied the Bylaws and understand the scope of their responsibilities.

Ann Golob brought up the abandonment of properties that have fallen into disrepair. Other towns have created ordinances that define exactly what is meant by “disrepair.” Most recently Wilmington enacted such an ordinance. She asked if this would start with the Planning Commission or different ways to address this. Ken Estey who is chair of the Planning Commission addressed the question, stating that it would be under the Selectboard’s jurisdiction to create such an ordinance. But that the DRB and Planning Commission could undoubtedly be part of the discussion and would be very interested in participating.

Ann agreed to collect information from other towns to see what they have in place.

Mike mentioned that the Town would consider it if there was a health issue.

Bill Morse and Jesse Holden were present and considered mentioning their current application under review. David Cotton stated that it is inappropriate to discuss the information publicly with an application currently under consideration.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

Economic Development Consultant Candidate–Steve Neratko

Ann Golob asked if she could introduce Steve and discuss his experience in greater detail with the Selectboard. She reminded the Board that we are looking for a consultant to work with the town on how to spend our ARPA funds and to think through how we might complete longer-term projects that will require additional funding beyond that which is available through ARPA. Steve described his previous work experiences and his interest in this part-time consulting position. Below is a section from his resume:

Highly motivated, innovative, and versatile planner with an extensive background in municipal governance, planning, gis, data analysis, and community and economic development. Energetic self-starter with excellent research, analytical, communication, and creative skills. Able to envision alternatives to the physical and social environments in which we live. In-depth experience working with a wide range of municipal and governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, consultants, business and industry leaders, and the public. Adept at consensus building; able to communicate effectively and work with various people.

  • Proficient at reading plans and blueprints and comprehending complex codes, laws, and policies.
  • Background in transportation and utility corridor planning, permitting, design and development.
  • Broad background in actual property acquisition, development and management, housing and land development, land surveying, engineering, land design, planning, permitting, and construction.
  • Project management expertise includes initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure.
  • In-depth experience in public engagement and relations, social media, marketing, communications, and writing.
  • Developed, managed, and administered large budgets and capital improvement programs.
  • Competent in data science, analytics, math, statistics, and related programming such as python, r, SQL, M.A.T.L.A.B.
  • Superior research skills, including paper and digital researching, note-taking, and data collection and management. Experience searching courthouse, real estate, tax records, computer, network, and online research.
  • Personable, positive, calm, caring, considerate, and easy to work with

After answering questions from Selectboard members and others, Steve offered that he would be willing to come back to the next Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, January 18, to hear from the Planning Commission on ARPA recommendations collected from the recent surveys. Chair Angela Sanborn encouraged him to do so.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

None.

OLD BUSINESS:

Cannabis Issues a discussion concerning if an article to allow the sale of Cannabis in Newfane should be considered for this year’s town meeting.

Ann Golob recommended that V.L.C.T. needed to be consulted to see if there is a draft of a similar document already available and if other towns had already established precedence. Katy Johnson-Aplin recognized the importance of moving forward with the possibilities of forming Newfane’s C.C.C.  (Cannabis Control Commission) counsel and offered to do further research on the topic including contacting VLCT.

Review Articles for Town Meeting- Tabled until January 10, 2022 @6p.m.

NEW BUSINESS: 

None

CORRESPONDENCE:  

None

PAY ORDERS:

1.       Payroll Warrant No #11547                        Amount $    7,156.21

2.       Payroll Warrant No #11548                        Amount $    5,484.09

 Due to illness, Pay Orders are to be reviewed and signed separately (Ann Golob, Mike Fitzpatrick & Katy Johnson-Aplin had withdrawn from the meeting)

ADJOURN: 

Angela Sanborn made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

January 3rd, 2022, Selectboard Agenda

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting      Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER 
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA                                                                                   
  •  APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    • December 20, 2021, Regular Meeting
    • December 27, 2021, Budget Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
    • Williamsville Hall – Steve Levine
    • DRB update on Key issues – David Cotton
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    • Economic Development Consultant-Steve Neratko
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
    • Cannabis Issues
    • Review Articles for Town Meeting
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION
    •   Securing of Real Estate options 1V.S.A  -313(a)(3)                                                                    
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •  PAY ORDERS
    1.  Payroll Warrant No #11547                        Amount $    7,156.21
    2.  Payroll Warrant No #11548                        Amount $    N/A
    3. Account Payable No # 2215                         Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN

December 27, 2021, Selectboard Budget Agenda

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting      Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION
      • Securing of Real Estate options 1V.S.A  -313(a)(3)
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
      • Mask Mandate
      • Capital Budget
      • Expenditures
      • Employee Benefits & Raises
      • Insurance
  • NEW BUSINESS:
      • Articles
        • Consider Cannabis as a Separate Article
        • Social Appropriations completed appointments review
  •  Warnings
  • ADJOURN

This is a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

December 20, 2021, Selectboard Minutes

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so; please use the Zoom Link-provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting    Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  

Angela Sanborn, Shelly Huber, and Katy Johnson- Aplin, Ann Golob (Zoom), and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone; joined during Administrative Assistant’s report).

OTHERS PRESENT:  

(In-person) Maya Richmond, Meg Gonzalez, Jacob Deutsch, George Friend, Brian Bashaw – B.C.T.V., and Wannetta Powling

(Zoom) Jay Wilson, Jane Douglas, Cina Friend, Christine Howe, Becca Schaefer, Johann Blanchard, Linda Melody, Bobbe Raqouzeos, Vickie Sterling,  Steven Ovenden, Gloria Cristelli, Steven Meyer, Amber Thibodeau, and Kayla Jager.

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:04 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:   

None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • December 6, 2021, Regular Meeting.

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Minutes of December 6, a regular meeting.

 Ann Golob seconded the motion.  – Motion passed 4/0.

  •  December 7, 2021, Special Town Meeting. (No action needed)
  • December 13, 2021, Budget Meeting.

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to approve the Minutes of December 13, a regular meeting. Shelly Huber seconded the motion.  

Motion passed 3/0. Ann Golob abstained

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. The Arch Bridge detour signs have been installed, and I have a meeting Wednesday with the V.T.R.A.N.S. biologist to find locations for bat houses near the bridge.
  2. Wannetta and I have a phone meeting with Bob Fisher tomorrow about the beaver problems on Wiswall Hill.
  3. The radar sign on R.T. 30 north of the village has been installed and is working.
  4. Do you want to put the bid out for the cleaning and greasing of Monroe Bridge? I’m afraid if we wait until spring, the contractors will all be booked for the season.

Shelly Huber made a motion to have Jay send out the bid for cleaning the bridges.  Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded.  Motion Passed 4/0

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Shelly Huber seconded.

Motion Passed 4/0

Mike Fitzpatrick joins the meeting via phone at 6:17 pm.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I want to extend our appreciation and thank Walter Hagadorn and W.W. Building supply for the donation and replacement of the picnic table here at the Town Office.
  •  The V.L.C.T. Advocacy News; has an overview of the Legislative Preview and the schedule for the new legislative session starting January 4. We will not know until early to mid-January if we can hold an in-person Town Meeting.
  • I have received the timeline for this year’s Town Report. I will be working very hard to get this first Draft to the printers on time. Would you please send your reports ASAP, but no later than January 10?
  •  With the Selectboard’s permission, I would like to use vacation days on a Thursday and Friday for the Christmas Holiday.

 Selectboard Chair requested that another reminder of the timeline to submit reports for the Town Report be sent to all Committees and Commissions.

 Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.  Roll called -motion passed 5/0.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:   

The following organizations gave an in-person (or Zoom) presentation regarding their appropriation request.  They also provided an Informational Statement as part of the 2021 Town Report.

  1. Moover –Christine Howe
  2. Windham County Humane Society –Maya Richmond
  3. Valley Cares – Johann Blanchard and Becca Schaefer
  4. Vermont Center for Independent Living – Linda Melody
  5. Moore Free Library – Bobbe Raqouzeos
  6. Women’s Freedom Center – Vickie Sterling
  7. Green Mountain RSVP – Steven Ovenden
  8. Senior Solutions – Gloria Cristelli
  9. Leland & Gray Ed. Foundation – Steven Meyer
  10. Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center -Amber Thibodeau

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

None.

OLD BUSINESS: Purchase and Sales Agreement-

Discussion ensued

Shelly Huber made a motion to send the suggested corrections to Bob Fisher and ask for a Draft of the Purchase and Sales Agreement for the Selectboard to sign at the December 27 Budget meeting.  Ann Golob seconded.  Roll called – Motion passed 5/0

NEW BUSINESS: 

Cannabis Act 164-Meg Gonzalez and Jacob Deutsch from West River Valley Thrives presented information available to date. They are an education and resources program focused on safety and support to help area towns identify public risk in the (old W.S.E.S.U.) Windham South East Supervisor Union including Jamaica, Windham, Townshend, Wardsboro, Newfane, and Brookline towns.

  1. Act 164 gives town residents the power to decide if they want their town to opt-in to retail Cannabis.
  2. Retail Licenses are scheduled to start being issued in October 2022.
  3. Towns do not have the ability to direct collect local license fees or levy separate taxes on cannabis sales.
  4. Municipalities can create a local C.C.C. (Cannabis Control Commission) before opting in to ensure local regulations and wishes are followed.
  5. Cannabis retailers must receive local approval before receiving a state license.

 

The original House version of the Cannabis bill required a town to decide whether or not their town would allow retail sales by May 2022. The final Senate version overrode that provision and now there is no deadline to decide.

Cannabis Control Board (C.C.B.) in Montpelier will still control the majority of the policy. A local C.C.C. would give the authority surrounding zoning issues, nuisance, and permitting. This would allow a town to handle essential questions such as how close to schools will a retailer be allowed?

Some recommendations for those who could serve on local C.C.C. would be a cross-section of community members including school personnel, youth substance use prevention specialists, parents, medical professionals, members of local government, and people who have been in recovery.

The legalization of Cannabis in our Communities tends to increase overall rates of cannabis use. One in six of those youths who start using marijuana in their teens will develop a substance-use disorder.  Smoking high–potency marijuana every day can increase the development disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

Discussion of proposed mask mandate to cover the town office and any town meetings that may be held during the time period that the mandate covers (45 days from the time it is authorized).

There was much discussion for and against a proposed mandate. A decision was made to hold off voting until the next meeting. In the interim, the Chair asked the Administrative Assistant to poll the town office staff about their preferences.

CORRESPONDENCE:  On file at the town office.

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant No #11545                        Amount $    6,900.39
  2.  Payroll Warrant No #11546                       Amount $    5,515.73
  3.  Account Payable No # 2212                       Amount $    49,860.64

 Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to approve pay orders. Shelly Huber seconded the motion.

Motion Passed.3/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick & Ann Golob had withdrawn from the meeting)

ADJOURN:

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

December 20th, 2021, Selectboard Agenda

Masks are required by those attending in-person / if unable to do so please use the Zoom Link-provided

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER 
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA     
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. December 6, 2021, Regular Meeting
  2. December 7, 2021, Special Town Meeting ( No Action Needed)
  3. December 13, 2021, Budget Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT               
  •  COMMITTEE REPORT
    1. DV – Fiber Jane Douglas
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  1. Moover –Christine Howe 6:23 -7:30 p.m.
  2. Windham County Humane Society –Maya Richmond
  3. Valley Cares – Becka or /Johann Blanchard
  4. Vermont Center for Independent Living – Linda Melody
  5. Moore Free Library – Bobbe Raqouzeos
  6. Women’s Freedom Center – Vickie Sterling
  7. Green Mountain RSVP – Cathy Aliberti / Steven Ovenden
  8. Senior Solutions – Gloria Cristelli
  9. Leland & Gray Ed. Foundation – Steven Meyer
  10. Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center -Amber Thibodeau
  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS 
  • NEW BUSINESS
    1. Cannabis Act 164-Meg Gonzalez
    2. Mask Mandate pursuant to state law S.1
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •   PAY ORDERS
    1. Payroll Warrant No #11545                        Amount $    N/A
    2. Payroll Warrant No #11546                        Amount $    N/A
    3. Account Payable No # 2214                         Amount $    N/A
    4. Account Payable No # 2213                         Amount $    N/A
  • ADJOURN

December 13, 2021, Newfane Selectboard Budget Agenda

COVID 19 SAFETY PROCEDURES WILL BE OBSERVED BY ALL ATTENDING IN PERSON

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1. V.S.A.  313 (a) (3) The appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
    1. Capital Budget
    2. Expenditures
  • NEW BUSINESS:
    1. Articles
    2. Warnings
    3. Social Appropriations Donations
  • ADJOURN

This is a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

December 6, 2021, Newfane Selectboard Minutes

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Shelly Huber, Katy Johnson- Aplin, and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone).

OTHERS PRESENT:  (In-person) Russell Bartell, Richard Marek, Joseph Runge, Peter – BCTV, and Wannetta Powling. (Zoom) Jay Wilson, Cina Friend, George Friend, Chris White, Timothy Taussig, Thomas Abbotts, Melissa Brown, Hilary Davis, Hal Moore, Kate Albergh, Jon Mack, and  Diana Urbaska.

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:    Shelly Huber made a motion to discuss Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting in terms of the call for masks or not as part of Old Business.  Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded. Roll called 5/0-  Motion passed.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

  • November 15, 2021, Regular Meeting.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Minutes of November 15, regular meeting.  Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded the motion.  Roll called – Motion passed 5/0.

  •  November 18, 2021, the Special Meeting.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve November 18, Special Minutes. Ann Golob seconded. Roll called-Motion passed 4/0 with 1 abstention from Katy Johnson- Aplin.

  • November 18, 2021 Board of Liquor Control.

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve November 18, Board of Liquor Control Minutes.  Ann Golob seconded. Roll called-Motion passed 4/0 with 1 abstention from Katy Johnson- Aplin.

  •  November 23, 2021, Special Meeting.

Katy Johnson- Aplin made a motion to approve November 23, Special Minutes. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded. Roll called-Motion passed 4/0 with 1 abstention from Shelly Huber.

  • November 29, 2021, Budget Meeting.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Minutes of November 29, regular meeting. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded the motion.  Roll called – Motion passed 5/0.

 ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. The Arch Bridge detour signs are being installed this week and will be covered until March when they close the road.
  2. We have been meeting weekly with the representative from FEMA to get reimbursed for the July 29, 2021 storm. On Wednesday, I will be showing him all of the roads that had damage.
  3. The 254 Depot Rd. culvert condemnation is being worked on by Michael from Fisher’s office and Matt Colburn from VTRANS. We are on hold with our portion until we get approval from them.
  4. I met today with Chad, the resident engineer on the Arch Bridge project, and John from Renaud Bros. They will leave an area next to our sandpile open for the residents of Duke Rd. to back into and turn around.
  5. Congratulations to Dave Bertram for getting his Class B CDL today.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Ann Golob seconded. Discussion ensued-

Russell Bartell, a resident of Duke Road, was present to express his concerns about the placement of the construction trailer now at the old garage.  Residents on Duke Road have used this location to turn their 20′ utility work trailers and 30′ travel trailers; around to access the main road and return to their residence.   It was mentioned that even emergency vehicles such as rescue and fire trucks could not make such a sharp turn on and off Duke Road, and they also have to use the turnaround.

Mike Fitzpatrick asked if the winter sand could be at a different location, near the trailhead parking or at the Town Garage.  Jay Wilson responded that the proposed site at the trailhead parking would be extremely muddy.  And that the site engineer felt that it would be possible to move the current winter-sand location closer to the bank and guardrail. Turning around should not be too tricky with the Arch bridge being closed to traffic.

Katy Johnson –Aplin asked how the children would get the school bus?

Jay Wilson agreed to get the additional information and share it with the Selectboard at a future meeting.  Roll called -Motion passed 5/0.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  (Amended)

  • Ten (10) appropriations are scheduled for the December 20 Selectboard meeting; this could finish up the appointments.
  • I have received a few reports and am currently organizing the pages. If you are to provide things for the Report, please get those to me ASAP. I would ask that the officer send the reports to my email by January 7.  (Selectboard, DRB, Lister’s, Zoning Administrator, Road Foreman – Road Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Conservation Commission, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Fire and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid, and DV Fiber.)
  • I have an appointment and will be out of the office on Tuesday, December 14.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.  Roll called -Motion passed 5/0.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: The following organizations gave an in-person (or Zoom) presentation regarding their appropriation request.  They also provided an Informational Statement as part of the 2021 Town Report.

  1. Windham Historical Society -Richard Marek
  2. Timson Hill Preschool- Kristina Wright
  3. Visiting Nurse & Hospice for VT & NH – Hilary Davis
  4. Vermont Adult Learning – Kimberly Sizelove – Missed the appointment
  5. HCRS – Hal Moore & Mary Morgan
  6. Green-Up for Vermont – Kate Albergh
  7. Newfane Hall /Incorporated Village of Newfane – Diana Urbaska

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting regarding mask requirement.

Discussion ensued with input from several town residents regarding their feelings about a possible mask requirement for the meeting. Information from VLCT provided the Selectboard vital guidance; we can suggest, request, etc. we can’t enforce a mask mandate at this time. Ann Golob asked VLCT whether we could vote on enacting a mask mandate per the new state law, S.1, that would be in effect for Tuesday’s meeting. We were told we could not because the discussion had not been adequately warned.

A motion was made to go forward with the meeting but do everything possible to separate the room between those who are masked and those who are not. Since it is a large room, those who are wearing masks can sit on one side and those without on the other. We will create a barrier in between using some tables. Everyone agreed that this is an imperfect compromise and that some people who would want to be there will not feel comfortable attending under these circumstances. But it was agreed that it was essential to the town’s long-term future to vote on the gravel pit proposal.

Ann Golob made a motion to set up the room into two different areas, using both doors, one for people wearing a mask and the other for unmasked.  The Selectboard would like to suggest that the public wear masks. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.  Roll called -Motion passed 5/0.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Beaver Dam Flooding Wiswall Hill Rd – Residents from Wiswall Hill Road, Xilia Faye, Ben Luce & Timothy Taussig, spoke to the Selectboard about their efforts and concerns for the potential flooding on Wiswall Hill caused by the rising level this year at the Beaver pond on the property of John & Emily Long.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to allow Wannetta to contact Attorney Bob Fisher to see if the Long’s could be held financially responsible for damages to the Town Road.  Ann Golob seconded.   Roll called- Motion passed 5/0

Economic Development Consultant –Newfane is looking for a Consultant to assist the town with developing a plan and filing paperwork for the ARPA funds. Ann Golob spoke with Steve Neratko, who submitted his resume and application for the position. Ann felt that Steve could be a perfect match for what Newfane needed.  She recommends inviting Steve to a Selectboard meeting to meet the entire Selectboard; the Administrative Assistant will make the appointment for a meeting in January 2022.

CORRESPONDENCE: None

PAY ORDERS:

  1.      Payroll Warrant No #11541                       Amount $    4,482.46
  2.     Payroll Warrant No #11542                       Amount $    4,634.87
  3.      Payroll Warrant No #11543                       Amount $    4,080.93
  4.      Account Payable No # 2211A                      Amount $    197.84
  5.      Payroll Warrant No #11544                       Amount $    4,578.04
  6.      Account Payable No # 2213                        Amount $    125,927.94

 Ann Golob made a motion to approve pay orders. Shelly Huber seconded the motion. Motion Passed.4/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick had withdrawn from the meeting) 

ADJOURN:   Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm

Respectfully Submitted, Administrative Assistant  Wannetta Powling

December 7, 2021 Newfane Special Town Meeting Minutes

Selectboard Members Present: Angela Sanborn, Katy Johnson -Aplin, Ann Golob, Shelly Huber; Absent: Michael Fitzpatrick

Moderator: Deborah Luskin

Presiding Officer: Gloria Cristelli

Moderator Deborah Luskin called the meeting to order at 6 pm

Introductions – Frederick Noyes, BCTV, Martha Werman, Brookline, and Kate Gehring, South Newfane but not a registered voter.

Headcount: Approximately 65 people were present at the meeting who are registered Newfane residents.

Housekeeping details – 2 exits available in case of emergency;  – Roberts Rules of Order will be used throughout the meeting; raise your hand to speak and wait to be called on; everyone can speak once before people speak a second time.  Moderator will ask the Selectboard or Chris Williams, Road Commissioner, and Jay Wilson, Road Foreman, for their response.

Ann Golob gave a PowerPoint presentation on the need for sand and gravel. Other towns in Vermont have purchased gravel pits; we can buy 21 acres on Radway and River roads for $450,000. Engineer’s analysis shows over 30 years’ worth of gravel and more for sand. (A copy of the presentation is available on the Town’s website.)

What does it mean to an individual homeowner if we vote to go forward with this purchase? Remember, our town budget is made up of about 200 line items. We are discussing just two line items right now – one for sand, one for gravel. Whether or not your taxes go up depends on ALL of the line items.

But just focusing on those two lines: If a home is worth $200,000, expect an increase of $60 for just these two-line items, for one year only. We are almost paying double in the first year because we have to purchase the winter sand and gravel on the market while repaying the loan and waiting for the Act 250 permitting process to complete and getting the pit up and running.

The road crew budget is one of the largest items in our budget. We are paying off two loans this year, so the overall road crew budget for these three line items (loan repayment, sand, gravel) will go down, and the impact on people’s taxes will be an increase of $20 for the first year after the purchase.

The next nine (9) years would be the same as we budget now.

If we do not go forward with the purchase and prices continue to rise, we will be at the mercy of the market price. There is also a question of whether we can even find the sand and gravel; many towns have been struggling to find what they need.

The articles were brought up on the screen for the attendees to review:

The legal voters of the Town of Newfane, Vermont, are hereby notified and warned that pursuant to Title 17 V.S.A. Section 2655, they are to meet at the NewBrook Fire Department in Newfane, Vermont, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 6:00 pm to act upon the articles below.

ARTICLE 1: Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to purchase property known as parcel #B – 116.1 located off Radway Hill Road in Newfane, Vermont 21.67 acres+/- Gravel Pit for use by the Town of Newfane?

ARTICLE 2: Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to borrow funds for these capital needs?

ARTICLE 3: To transact any other non-binding business that may legally come before the Town.

Article One: Piet Van Loon moved the motion; Jon Mack seconded it. Discussion ensued.

Shelly Huber explained that when the option to purchase the property first became known in 2019 and was brought to the Selectboard’s attention, no one knew what was about to happen with the price of sand and gravel, so the board did not act on the option.

Deb Barry—brought up concerns regarding Brookline Bridge; in all of the rains we had in July, there was a huge washout that went across River Road.  She came home from vacation and found about one to three inches of sand in the basement of her house. She wants to know what, if anything, will be done to prevent the washout; will there be anything done to control erosion? Culvert drained the swamp above; stream running down through.

Jay Wilson- The Engineer during the Act 250process will most likely recommend removing the culvert that blew apart in the July 29 storm and replacing this with a stone line ditch to allow the water stream.

Greg Record; During Act 250 is when you can make concerns known so they can be addressed.

Dennis Wiswall looked up Dummerston’s purchase and the breakdown of gravel and sands. He asked if we knew the expected breakdown for our proposed pit. He also asked whether we do this without applying for Act 250?  He concluded by complimenting the work done for the presentation.

Ann Golob responded that we cannot avoid the Act 250 process and that the breakdown of sand/gravel is in the presentation, and the page was pointed out to the audience.

Carlos Escobar asked if anyone explored whether we could recoup some of our investment by selling gravel. She also wanted to know what negotiations had taken place regarding the price.

Selectboard members explained that if we decide to sell gravel, it would complicate the Act 250 process, and at this time, the Town prefers to keep it all for our Town’s use. In terms of negotiations, the owners were not willing to negotiate – they were happy to go forward with their plan of building houses on the site. The price was offered as a “take it or leave it” option.

Michael Granger asked if we have the right of first refusal.

Selectboard members explained that the owner is waiting for the outcome of our vote tonight. A signed letter of intent promises a closing within 120 days of tonight’s vote.

Joe Wright. Did the board look into buying the land the school bought?

Jay Wilson That land was conveyed to the Unified School District. No, there is no way to get it back.

Dennis Salzbrunn—Radway Hill Road. What will be the crushing decibel levels, compensating people if level above the limit; is this part of the budget?

Ann Golob and Jay Wilson responded that Testing will be with Act 250; crushing not expected to be more than week once a year; loader not likely to be heard outside of the property; Blueberry Circle won’t hear it; some rocks have louder decibels; It was asked whether water will be used to crush the rocks; the answer was no.

Walter Hagedom Suggested one way to pay for some of the property would be to ask the seller to pay the first year’s Act 250 costs.

The Selectboard responded that the owner would not accept that option, and it would open us up to further negotiation and the possibility of another party or another town moving in to purchase it.

Dan DeWalt moved to amend the motion by adding “sole” before use to ensure that the pit would ONLY be used for the Town’s use. Chris Hadden seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken and defeated.

Henriette Mantel asked how the Town found the pit.

Shelly Huber Michael Fitzpatrick brought it to the Selectboard’s attention in 2019, but at that time, the Selectboard did not foresee the sharp increase in prices or the lack of available gravel to purchase and did not pursue buying the property at $100,000.

Katy Johnson- Aplin- gave a geological overview of how sand and cobbles made the gravel come into being in the West River Valley.  The site in Newfane is one of very few that are left.

Chris Williams explained that no other possible pits are available.

Chris Williams moved to do a paper ballot, not seconded.

Karen Astley, Town Manager of Putney, explained how the property’s assessed value does not reflect the monetary value of what can be done once the parcel is developed. She also said that we could not compare one pit to another because, for example, the Putney/Dummerston pit cost $2 million, but it will last for generations. Ours will last for about three (3) decades as assessed now.

Karen asked for a friendly amendment to Article One. Add the words “not to exceed” ($450, 000) Four Hundred Fifty Thousand dollars for the land. Tristan Johnson seconded the motion.

Motion passed by voice vote.

Chris Hadden, Blueberry Circle, again asked about decibel levels.

It was explained that the times of the year and length of time for the operation would be part of the Act 250 process, and it is an ideal time for residents to express their concerns.

Tom Ely commended Ann Golob on the presentation and pointed out that the land that has been assessed is closer to River Road and Radway Hill Roads than to Blueberry Circle.

Tristan Johnson asked what the final disposition for the property would look like after the gravel pit was exhausted.

Shelly Huber explained that the Town would need to look into this during the Act 250 process; it is required to have this in place.

Jeryl Julian Cisse, Could the Act 250 permit be rejected?

 Ann Golob explained that there are no guarantees, but from the experts we have spoken to, and it is doubtful that it will be rejected; if there are problems, these will need to be resolved.

Jon Mack called the questions. Greg Record seconded. A voice vote was taken, and the motion to accept Article 1 (with the amended wording adding the purchase price) passed unanimously.

Piet van Loon moved Article Two, and Maia Segura seconded the motion.

Karen Astley asked for a friendly amendment to put in the wording “not to exceed $600,000.” Gloria Cristelli seconded the motion.

The amendment passed by voice vote.

Article Two, as amended, passed unanimously.

Article Three: any other business . . .

Greg Record stated that a “person of authority” told people that masks were required as part of NewBrook Fire Department’s policy. He noted that this is not true and put a stain on NBFD.

Piet van Loon moved to adjourn. Lauri Miner seconded the motion.

Passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Gloria Cristelli

Wannetta Powling

 

December 6th, 2021, Selectboard Agenda

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  •  CALL TO ORDER 
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  •  APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. November 15, 2021, Regular Meeting 6:01 p.m.
  2. November 18, 2021, Special Meeting
  3. November 18, 2021 Board of Liquor Control
  4. November 23, 2021, Special Meeting
  5. November 29, 2021, Budget Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  •  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT 
  • COMMITTEE REPORT     
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC 
    1. Windham Historical Society -Richard Marek
    2. Williamsville Hall- Steve Levine
    3. Visiting Nurse & Hospice for VT & NH – Allyson Erickson
    4. Vermont Adult Learning – Kimberly Sizelove
    5. HCRS – Hal Moore & Mary Morgan
    6. Green-Up for Vermont – Kate Albergh
    7. Newfane Hall /Newfane A New – Diana Urbas
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC 
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS
    1. Beaver Dam Flooding Wiswall Hill Rd -Xilia Faye, Tim & Teddy
    2. Economic Development Consultant – Ann Golob 7:30 p.m
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  •   PAY ORDERS
    1.  Payroll Warrant No #11541                        Amount $    4,482.46
    2.  Payroll Warrant No #11542                        Amount $    4,634.87
    3.  Payroll Warrant No #11543                        Amount $    4,080.93
    4.  Account Payable No # 2211A                      Amount $    197.84
    5.  Payroll Warrant No #11544                        Amount $    N/A
    6. Account Payable No # 2213                         Amount $    N/A
  •  ADJOURN

November 29th, 2021 Selectboard Budget Minutes

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Angela Sanborn,  Ann Golob, and Shelly Huber.

Mike Fitzpatrick, and Katy Johnson-Aplin (phone conference.)

OTHERS PRESENT:  

Jay Wilson, Melissa Brown, and Wannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Shelly Huber made a motion to add Special Town Meeting “Press Release” to the meeting’s agenda: 

Angela Sanborn seconded. Roll called – Motion passed 5/0  

 Angela Sanborn made a motion to add “Box Culvert” discussion to New Business, Ann Golob seconded. Roll called – Motion passed 5/0  

 

Angela Sanborn made a motion to move “Executive Session” to the end of the meeting,  Shelly Huber seconded. Roll called – Motion passed 5/0  

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 

None

 

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Capital Budget: Progress was completed.
  • Expenditures: Progress on these items were discussed;
  1. Blue Cross & Blue Shield rates are going to be significantly lower than last year.
  2. Additional information needed for employee salaries, adding another member to the road crew was mentioned by Mike Fitzpatrick. This would allow Jay to search for additional grants, also to follow the large projects.  Discussion ensued.  Mike to work with Jay to come up with a proposal for the December 13th

NEW BUSINESS:

Box Culvert- Proposed notice of condemnation hearing for the property at 254 Depot Road from Michael McGillion (Fisher & Fisher Law Firm was received via email on November 29th, 2021) and was read. To the Board.

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to sign the Notice of Hearing to Replace Culvert and to Condemn the Property at 254 Depot Road for this purpose. Shelly Huber seconded.   

Roll called – Motion passed 5/0  

 

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion for 3 p.m on January 7th, 2022 as the site visit at 254 Depot Road, and the hearing at the Town Office for  6 p.m Monday, January 10th, 2022. Ann Golob seconded.

Roll called – Motion passed 5/0  

 

  • Articles for Town Meeting – Shelly Huber made a motion to list each Social Appropriations request as a separate article. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded.  Discussion ensued.

Roll called – Motion passed 5/0

  • Warnings – Tabled
  • Social Appropriations Donations –Tabled

 

  • Executive Session was not needed for the Employee Evaluations.

Discussion ensued.  Will continue evaluations at the next budget meeting.

Katy Johnson-Aplin made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling

Administrative Assistant

Press Release for Special Meeting December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Town of Newfane Special Meeting to be held December 7th at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House

Vote on Town Purchase of Gravel Pit at Radway Hill Road and River Road

November 30, 2021

The Town of Newfane will be holding a special town meeting on December 7th to discuss the proposed purchase of a gravel pit located at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road in Newfane. The meeting will be held at the NewBrook Fire House located at 698 VT-30, Newfane at 6:00 pm. An informational meeting was presented on November 15 as part of the regular Newfane Selectboard meeting and will be represented at the December meeting. The presentation is available on the town’s website.

The proposal is to purchase a 21-acre site for $450,000. Based on a report by Savoy Engineering that analyzed the composition of the gravel and sand on two-thirds of the site, there is sufficient material to meet the town’s gravel needs for at least 30 years. The available sand at the site would last even longer. The analysis was done on only 13 of the 21 acres and based on visual examination, the additional 8 acres have a similar composition. Therefore, the town can anticipate using the pit for several decades.

The cost of gravel and sand have risen 54% in the last year and the town’s budget for these two items has had to rise from $145,000 annually to $223,000. This is an issue being experienced by scores of Vermont communities as well as across the globe as sand has become a scarcer resource. A financial projection estimates the savings to Newfane of $2.1 million over 10 years.

Town residents will be asked to vote on two articles which will allow the Selectboard to both purchases the site and borrow the necessary funds to cover the purchase price and other associated costs, particularly the cost of completing the required Act 250 permit. There will be a floor vote; one must be registered to vote in the Town of Newfane and present at the meeting in order to vote. There will not be a paper ballot unless requested at the meeting by at least seven residents; the meeting will not be on Zoom.

Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, noted, “It is becoming more and more difficult to find contractors that have sand and gravel to sell – at any price. We use about 12,000 cubic yards of gravel and sand every year. With over 800,000 cubic yards available on just 13 of the 21 acres, this will be a boom for the town for years to come.” Mike Fitzpatrick, a Newfane Selectboard member, agreed and added, “Purchasing the property now will ensure that we have the materials we need and at a price that is not continually increasing.”

At the Selectboard meeting, more details were given about the Act 250 permitting process that the town is required to complete before opening the gravel pit for town operation. Most importantly to surrounding neighbors, given the composition of the material, there is no need for blasting of rock. The town will screen sand and crush gravel on an annual basis and truck it to the town garage for storage. There will not be a constant stream of trucks or activity at the site.

Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield-Sanborn noted, “At the December 7th meeting we will answer any questions from town residents and we have several photos available to show what the site looks like today. We hope residents will come out to learn more about the proposal and cast their vote.”

For more information, please contact Newfane Town Administrative Assistant, Wannetta Powling at
tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802-365-7772 Ext. 4.

 

 

 

 

 

November 29, 2021 Selectboard Budget Agenda

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION 

V.S.A.  313 (a) (3) The appointment or employment or evaluation of an employee.

  •  ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS:
  1. Capital Budget
  2. Expenditures
  • NEW BUSINESS:
  1. Articles
  2. Warnings
  3. Social Appropriations Donations
  • ADJOURN

This is a series of meetings to consider the 2023 fiscal budget

 

Special Selectboard Meeting November 18, 2021

 Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2642477645?pwd=MTVUZGRMSFJ4MXpMcFhNN0JBNk0yZz09

Meeting ID: 264 247 7645              Passcode: n6AnMG

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, and Shelly Huber (Zoom) and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone)

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Katy Johnson-Aplin

OTHERS PRESENT:   Jay Wilson and Wannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 5:01 p.m. by Chair Angela Sanborn.

MINUTES:   The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposal from Vice President Kevin Ford at Lafayette Highway Specialties for the detour signs needed for the Arch Bridge construction.  Jay Wilson made a request of the Selectboard to consider this proposal to allow for the installation of the signs before the ground freezes.  Construction is expected to begin in March 2022.  This will be considered a part of the $175,000 or 5% match the Town is responsible for.                                    

Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to go with the Lafayette Highway Specialties proposal for $ 12,375. Ann Golob seconded the motion.

Motion passed.  4/0

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

ADJOURN:   Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully,

Wannetta Powling

 

NEWFANE BOARD OF LIQUOR CONTROL MINUTES   November 18, 2021

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, and Shelly Huber (by Zoom) Mike Fitzpatrick (phone)

OTHERS PRESENT: Wannetta Powling and Jay Wilson

CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Angela Sanborn, Chair.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES

After review, a motion was made by Mike Fitzpatrick and seconded by Ann Golob to approve the Renewal Application for  N.C. Creamery, LLC   DBA   “Fat Crow”

The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN:  Mike Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn at 5:08 p.m.

The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant Wannetta Powling

 

Selectboard Minutes November 15, 2021

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Angela Sanborn, Ann Golob, Shelly Huber, Katy Johnson- Aplin, and Mike Fitzpatrick (phone.)

OTHERS PRESENT:   Deborah Luskin, Chris Triebert,  Maia Segura, Dan Dewalt, Jay Wilson, Wannetta Powling & Austin Rice from BCTV.   (Zoom) Kate Gehring, Carol Hesselbach, Melissa Brown, Daniel Yates, Thomas Ely,  Jon Mack, Karen Astley, Jane Douglas, Sarah Taylor, Karen Peterson, Libby Bennett, Joanne Bourbeau, and Steven Geller.

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Selectboard Chair Angela Sanborn.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:    None

INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER 7th SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

Proposal to Purchase a Gravel Pit for the Town of Newfane (PowerPoint) Presentation – Ann Golob

The information presented gave the residents of Newfane an understanding of how prices for sand and gravel have jumped over 50% within the last year as well as how difficult it has become to find the materials. A proposal is being made to the residents of Newfane to purchase a lot at the juncture of Radway Hill Road and River Road and use the site to provide our sand and gravel needs. Based on an engineering report completed for the site, the investment would provide these materials for the Town for the next 20 -30+ years.

The cost of the lot is $450,000; additionally, there are expenses to prepare the site and to apply for an Act 250 permit. There was a comparison with neighboring towns that have purchased their gravel pit, and Newfane comes in below the costs being incurred by other localities. Over a ten-year period, the Town can anticipate saving $2.1 million by having our own pit rather than purchasing materials from other suppliers.

The Act 250 process will take up to a year after the purchase is completed, and the cost may run up to $100,000 to comply with all the necessary analyses.

A special town meeting will be held on December 7 at 6:00 pm at the NewBrook Fire House located on Route 30. Newfane residents will be asked to vote on two questions: authorizing the Selectboard to purchase the property and authorizing the Selectboard to procure a loan to cover the associated costs of the purchase and other related expenses.

At the end of the presentation, there was a brief Question and Answer period.

Daniel Yates –Will this mean that you will purchase the material for this winter while waiting for the Act 250 permit process?  Jay Wilson That is what we will do for this coming 2022-2023 budget.

 Thomas Ely

  1. What is the noise factor during the crushing? Jay Wilson, Newfane Road Foreman, responded that this will be some noise; it would be a concern for those within 500′ of the machine in the pit. The plan is to do crushing for a short time once a year.
  2. Was this property the only option? Jay Wilson- we had not been concerned with the material until just recently.  Currently, this is the best option we have available.
  3. How will you stop trespassing on the property and people using it as a “shooting range” and for dumping garbage? Jay Wilson responded that a gate is the best option, similar to the one at the garage.
  4. Would the Town consider the option of using some of the material from the gravel pit to benefit the Blueberry Circle neighbors even though this is not a Town maintained road? Jay Wilson -responded that this would be a Selectboard decision.

Those who could not join the meeting on 11/15/2021 can go to our website at newfanevt.com to see the PowerPoint presentation.

http://newfanevt.com/pdf/Gravel-Pit-Purchase-Background.pdf

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

November 1, 2021, Regular Meeting

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Corrected Minutes of November 1, the Regular meeting.

 Ann Golob seconded the motion.  Motion passed 5/0.

 November 8, 2021, the Budget Meeting

Ann Golob made a motion to approve November 8, Budget Minutes. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded.

Motion passed 5/0

ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  • I checked with the company that sold us our first radar feedback sign, and they would offer us a $200 trade-in on the unit we returned for repair. The cost to ship the rest of the sign back makes this not worthwhile.

Shelly Huber made a motion not to trade in the radar sign due to the expense of shipping. Ann Golob seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

  • I received the Arch Bridge detour plan for signage. It calls for 26 signs to be installed and the rental of 4 changeable signboards.
  • The Sand/salt shed will be going out to bid in January.
  • The Depot Rd. box culvert: I spoke with Bob Fisher and asked him to contact the VTrans Right Of Way person to try and move this forward.

Shelly Huber made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report. Mike Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 5/0.

 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  • I will be out of the office on Friday, Nov.19th, and will return to work on Friday, November 26, to prepare for Monday, November 29, Budget meeting; while I’m out of the office, I will have remote access to my computer and will check my email daily.
  • It may be necessary to expand the appropriations appointments an extra week If we get additional calls (January 3.)
  • I would ask that the officer reports for the 2021 Town Report sent to my email by January 7. (Selectboard, DRB, Lister’s, Zoning Administrator, Road Foreman – Road Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Conservation Commission, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Town Clerk, West River Volunteer Mutual Aid and DV Fiber.)
  • I sent a Thank You card to Walter Hagedorn on behalf of the Selectboard for his volunteer work on the flower gardens at the Town Office.

Ann Golob made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistant’s Report. Katy Johnson- Aplin seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

 SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:   

The following organizations gave an in-person (or Zoom) presentation regarding their appropriation request.  They also included an Informational Statement, which will be part of the 2021 Town Report.

  • Aids Project of Southern Vermont- Karen Peterson
  • Restorative Community Justice – Dan Dewalt
  • Groundworks- Libby Bennett
  • WinDart- Joanne Bourbeau
  • Women’s Freedom Center- Vickie Sterling (Rescheduled for December 20)
  • South Newfane Schoolhouse Community Association- Maia Segura
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) – Steven Geller

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

OLD BUSINESS: None

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: None

NEW BUSINESS: None

CORRESPONDENCE: None

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant No #11540                 Amount $    4,144.66
  2.  Account Payable No # 2210                   Amount $    83,735.92

Ann Golob made a motion to approve pay orders. Katy Johnson-Aplin seconded the motion.

Motion Passed.4/0 (Mike Fitzpatrick had withdrawn from the meeting)

ADJOURN: 

Ann Golob made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:31 pm

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Development Review Board Hearing Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm.

The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm.

The hearing is to consider the application of E.W. (“Bill”) Morse, Jr. and Jesse Holden for site plan review and conditional use approval for a ”Tiny  Home Village” on The Original Newfane Flea Market property at 788 Vermont Route 30.

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town Office Monday thru Thursday.

Participation in the hearing may be in person or via Zoom.  The in-person hearing will be held at Newfane Town  Office 555 VT RT 30.

Zoom-based participation in the hearing may be accessed at:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84926125675?pwd=SVN1QlErZXgvQmV6T1pOdUpnRlROUT09

  •  Meeting ID 849 2612 5675
  • Passcode 893163

A site visit at 3:00 pm will precede the hearing.

Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

COVID -19 Saftey Procedures will be followed

Persons wishing to appear at the public hearing may do so in person or via Zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through a written comment.

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 15, 2021

Selectboard Agenda November 15, 2021

Zoom Meeting   https://zoom.us/joinameeting     Meeting ID: 972 2791 1757   Passcode: 352680

  •  CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER 7th SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
    • Gravel Bank Presentation – Ann Golob
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    • November 1st, 2021 Regular  Meeting
    •  November 8th, 2021 Budget  Meeting
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    • Aids Project of Southern Vermont- Karen Peterson
    • Restorative Community Justice – Dan Dewalt
    • Groundworks- Libby Bennett
    • WinDart- Joanne Bourbeau
    • Women’s Freedom Center- Vickie Sterling
    • South Newfane Schoolhouse Community Association- Maia Segura
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
    • 1.       Payroll Warrant No #11540                  Amount $    4,144.66
    • 2.       Payroll Warrant No #11541                  Amount $    N/A
    • 3.       Account Payable No # 2208                    Amount $    N/A
  • ADJOURN