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Tuesday February 16th, 2021 Selectboard Agenda

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  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    1. February 8, 2021 Regular Meeting
  • Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report
    1. Hazard Mitigations Service Bids
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
    1. Windham Regional Commissioner’s Report – Shelly Huber, Commissioner
    2. VT State regulations on the development of applications for private helipads & airfields
    3. Nation Trust Community Investment Tax Credits – see below in email                                              Revitalization Financing Webinar When: February 24, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Where: On Zoom.
    4. Community Development 
    5.  Economic Development – Town of Newfane Committee Formation
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS
    1.  Informational Meeting Update
    2. Prepared responds and assignment of Articles
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
    1. Payroll Warrant #11150       Amount $
    2. Payroll Warrant #11151       Amount $
    3. Account Payable # 21015 Amount
  • ADJOURN
  • BOARD OF LIQUOR CONTROL 
    1. Dutton Berry Farm – Renewal of Application of License

 

Selectboard Agenda February 8th, 2021

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  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. March 18, 2021 Regular Meeting
  •  Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report
  1. Hazard Mitigations Service Bids
  •   ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  •   COMMITTEE REPORT
    1. Zoning Administrator
    2. March 9th, 2020 Public Hearing
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS
    1.  Status of Animal Control Complaint – Mr. Fitzpatrick Reporting
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #11496     Amount $ 4,789.89
  2. Payroll Warrant #11498     Amount $  5,005.45
  3. Account Payable # 21013 Amount $ N/A
  • EXCUTIVE SESSION
  1. Title I – V.S.A 313 (a) (2) The Securing of Real Estate Options.
  • ADJOURN

Selectboard Meeting Agenda February 1st, 2021

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  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. March 18, 2021 Regular Meeting
  •  Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report
  1. Hazard Mitigations Service Bids
  •   ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  •   COMMITTEE REPORT
    1. Zoning Administrator
    2. March 9th, 2020 Public Hearing
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS
    1.  Status of Animal Control Complaint – Mr. Fitzpatrick Reporting
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #11496     Amount $ 4,789.89
  2. Payroll Warrant #11498     Amount $  5,005.45
  3. Account Payable # 21013 Amount $ N/A
  • EXCUTIVE SESSION
  1. Title I – V.S.A 313 (a) (2) The Securing of Real Estate Options.
  • ADJOURN

Monday January 18th, 2020 Selectboard Minutes

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Shelly Huber, Christopher Williams and Angela Sanborn

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jay Wilson, Ken Estey, Dan Dewalt, Deborah Luskin, Jane Douglas, Lynn Forrest, Carol Hesselbach, Priscilla Cotton, Sandra Dadik, Brenda Siegel, Gloria Cristelli, Jerly Julian-Cisse  Margaret Wimberger, Thomas Ely, Galen -BCTV and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Investment Property- Ms. Huber updating

Motion was made to table until a future meeting.

MINUTES:

  • January 4th, 2021 Regular Meeting
  • Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes. Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.
  • Motion passed.
  • January 11th, 2021 Budget meeting
  • Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Huber seconded.
  • Motion passed. 4/1 Mr. Williams abstained.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT

  1. The letter that the Selectboard signed asking for VTRANS assistance with the damage from the Christmas day storm has been submitted. We have completed as much of the emergency repairs, that we can do until warm weather returns.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert update: The foreclosure auction for 254 Depot Road is scheduled for tomorrow and I will plan on attending to make contact with the new buyers about the easement that is still needed.
  3. The Newfane village speed committee had a zoom meeting to discuss the Road Safety Audit. The recommendations they wanted to follow up on are VTRANS painting dynamic striping at the village entrances, new signage at the entrance to the village, radar feedback signs and applying for a Pedestrian Scoping Study grant to look at potential crosswalk locations and sidewalk work.
  4. The Sand/Salt shed update: Bell Engineering is now working on the next phase of the plans and he has staked out the building. We had a zoom meeting to get updates last week. We may have to postpone the work for a year as it seems that costs are up significantly           and our VTRANS municipal project manager felt we may get better pricing bid mid-winter next year.
  5. The storm this past Saturday knocked down many trees and power lines. The last of the roads to get reopened were last night with Stratton Hill Rd. and River Rd.
  6. I have attached the RFP for the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Proposal. We need to have this in place to apply for future FEMA grants. This plan takes approximately a year to complete. The grant we have is for $10,000 with a 25% town match so we would need to come up with our share of $2,500 it can be a combination of money and in-kind labor.

Ms. Huber made a motion to move ahead with the Grant process.  Ms. Sanborn seconded. Motion passed. 5/0

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to approve the Road Foreman’s Report.  Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded. Motion passed. 5/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

  1. There will only be one Informational Meeting, Monday March 1st. This will allow enough time for the Town Reports to be mailed & received.
  2. The team has been working with Cor & Austin at BCTV to work on the extra details needed to provide for the informational meeting.
  3. I am working very hard to finishing up the Town Report; it will go to the printers the end of the week.
  4. Now that the Commons newspaper box has been moved, Mark Gray is aware of attention needed for the steps at Williamsville Hall.
  5. It is my recommendation with the amount of correspondence the Selectboard has received since the budget meeting of January 11th. That the Selectboard approve the 19th Article as written and let the voters decide the appropriations for Restorative Community Justice of S. V.T.
  6. Articles 6 &7 have the correct dollar amount, Article #5 figures in the General fund I expect to have tomorrow.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistance Report.  Mr. Williams seconded. Motion passed 5/0.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • The Selectboard received letters regarding the proposed Article #19: Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT (RCJ).
  • Members of the Selectboard began by reading letters of support from Margaret Wimberger and Thomas Ely. Additional letters from Ann Golob, Apple Gifford and Ken Estey were heard.
  • Discussion ensued.
  • Selectboard Chair called on many individuals that wanted to express comments, as well as provide additional information.
  • Ms. Sanborn made a motion to place Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT appropriation request on the ballot. Ms. Dowling seconded. Motion passed: 4/1 Ms. Huber opposed.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Deborah Luskin provided insight for the “Zoom Procedures” to be used for the informational meeting, prior to this year’s Australian vote / Town Meeting.   BCTV, Newfane staff and volunteers will be working on the extra details needed for the informational meeting, which will be held on March 1st.

Recommendations were made to have notice of “Zoom Procedures” (for the Informational Meeting) posted at all the regular sites, as well as front page forum and the Town website.

The Selectboard extended its gratitude to Ms. Luskin for her efforts of support and assistance.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Planning Commission Chair Ken Estey mentioned that the commission is working on Economic Development. Jane Douglas gave Broadband report since joining the Deerfield Valley Communication Union District (DVCUD) Ms. Forrest asked for comments and questions regarding Short Term Rental to be sent for the commission to review.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None.

OLD BUSINESS:   

Mr. Fitzpatrick reported that he had spoken with the dog owner in S. Newfane, to follow up on what measures they were using to control the three dogs running at large thru the yards of their neighbors. They have been tying the dogs out one at a time, they provide long walks for the dogs while on leash. Mr. Fitzpatrick will provide photographic proof of compliance “Sometime next week” for the Board.

Ms. Sanborn read an email from the director at the Windham County Human Society, stating their observations, of dog behavior following a recent visit the owners made for their dogs.

NEW BUSINESS:

None.

CORRESPONDENCE:   (Filed in folder)

  1.  Barry Aleshnick –Expressed his appreciation for allowing the Commons Newspaper box to relocate to the Williamsville Hall.
  2. Ann Golob –Letter was read supporting Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT.
  3. Eileen Fahey- supporting Restorative Community Justice of Southern.
  4. Margaret Wimberger- Letter was read supporting Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT.
  5. Thomas C. Ely- Letter was read supporting Restorative Community Justice of Southern VT

Ms. Huber made a motion to suspend the Regular Selectboard meeting.

Ms. Sanborn seconded. Motion passed 5/0 Meeting suspended@7:51pm

Ms. Dowling resumed Regular Selectboard Meeting @ 7:56

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant #11494        Amount $ 4,829.92
  2. Account Payable # 21014 Amount $ 42,491.29

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve pay orders.  Mr. Williams seconded.

Motion passed.

ADJOURN: 

Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:04pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Newfane Development Review Board Decision January 16, 2021

Town of Newfane Development Review Board

P.O. Box 36 Newfane, VT 05345

(802) 365 7772 / Fax (802) 365 7692

January 16, 2021

 Subject:

Decision of the Development Review Board (DRB) regarding appeal of Zoning Application 20-0043

Background

Zoning Application 20-0043 is for a food takeout shed operated as a home business on a non-conforming lot at 492 Vermont Route 30 in the rural district.  The zoning administrator denied the application on November 17, 2020 and applicant appealed the decision to the Development Review Board (DRB).   The appeal was heard at a public hearing convened on December 17, 2020 and continued to January 14, 2021.   On January 14, DRB voted to allow issuance of a zoning permit for this project.

 Development Review Board Decision

Effective January 14, 2021:

Zoning permit #20-0043 is approved with the following conditions:

  1. That the food shed be situated as close as possible to the location shown on the Google map submitted in connection with this application.
  2. That the zoning administrator be notified prior to any proposed relocation of the shed.

Further, the Board specifically notes that approval of this permit constitutes granting a variance from the Newfane zoning bylaw in that the subject lot does not meet current acreage and/or setback requirements.

Findings of Law

  1. Proposed location of the shed does not comply with the Newfane Zoning Bylaw with respect to setback (35 feet proposed vs 65 feet per the bylaw) and lot area (less than 1-acre actual vs 2 acres per the bylaw).
  2. Newfane Zoning Bylaw allows home businesses and food service establishments as conditional uses in this district.

Findings of Fact

  1. The proposed location is on a main highway with some existing commercial development
  2. The applicant has developed a workable parking and traffic management plan that can be accommodated by the limited space available.
  3. The proposed use is consistent with the essential character of the neighborhood.
  4. The proposed site plan represents the least deviation from the zoning bylaw that will accommodate this project
  5. Unnecessary hardship has not been created by the applicant

 Appeal of this Decision

In accordance with Title 24 VSA, Section 4471, an interested person who has participated in the Public Hearing of this matter may appeal this decision to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court by filing a Notice of Appeal directly to the Court within thirty (30) days of the decision.

Participation in the referenced hearing shall consist of offering oral or written testimony, evidence or a statement of concern related to the subject of the hearing.

Newfane Development Review Board

David Cotton, Chairman

Selectboard Agenda January 18th, 2021

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  •  CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. January 4th, 2021 Regular Meeting
  2. January 11th, 2021 Budget meeting
  • ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report

  •  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT

Planning Commission Economic Development: 3 Parts

  1. Economic Development, Ken Estey & Newfane Town Plan
  2. Broadband, Jane Douglass & the DVCUD
  3. Short-term Rentals, Lynn Forrest & draft zoning bylaw revision
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Deborah Luskin – BCTV & Advance Planning for Town Meeting

  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS
  1. Status of Animal Control Complaint – Mr. Fitzpatrick Reporting
  2. Investment Property- Ms. Huber updating
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  1. Barry Aleshnick
  2. Ann Golob
  3. Eileen Fahey
  4. Margaret Wimberger
  5. Thomas C. Ely
  •  PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #11490    Amount $ N/A
  2. Payroll Warrant #11491    Amount $  N/A
  3. Account Payable # 21013 Amount $ N/A
  • ADJOURN

BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY WILL BE MEETING (Justice of the Peace and Selectboard Members)

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Monday January 11, 2021 @ 6:00 PM Budget Meeting Agenda

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    1. Expenditures
    2. Social Appropriations Donations
    3. Articles
    4. Warnings

The 6th in a series of meetings to consider the budget for

The upcoming 2022 fiscal year

COVID 19 Procedures will be Followed

Monday January 4th, 2020 Selectboard Minutes

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Shelly Huber, Christopher Williams and Angela Sanborn

OTHERS PRESENT:  

Jay Wilson, Melissa Brown, Ken Estey, Dan Dewalt, Kate Gering, Margaret Sterns, Deborah Luskin, Jane Douglas, Galen -BCTV and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA: None.

MINUTES: December 21st, 2020 Regular meeting, Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Huber seconded. Motion passed. 4/1 Mr. Williams abstained.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT

  1. The town experienced huge amounts of rain and melting snow in the Christmas Day storm and we had damage on many roads. We reviewed the damage with VTRANS and have qualified for an emergency grant; they will cover 90% of the repairs. We are doing as many of the emergency repairs as we can now and the rest will be fixed in the spring.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert update: We are still waiting on the foreclosure sale to happen on the 19th of January
  3. The Newfane village speed committee had to reschedule the Zoom meeting for the Traffic Safety Audit that has been completed for Newfane Village. The garage had no internet that day.
  4. The Sand/Salt shed update: Bell Engineering is now working on the next phase of the plans and he has staked out the building.
  5. The Arch Bridge did not go out to bid as planned and has been delayed until June ’21 to be put out to bid with work happening summer of 2022.

Mr. Williams wanted the Board to be aware that he had given Mr. Wilson permission to take time off, after being informed that Jay’s mother had passed.  On behalf of the entire Selectboard, the chair extends sincere condolences for the Wilson Family for their loss. Other members also express their sympathy.

The Selectboard acknowledges him for his dedication while enduring person tragedy.

Mr. Fitzpatrick Recused himself from the following order of business

  1. Sealed Bids for Adams Hill Repair – 2 Bids were received and opened by the chair.
    1.   A. S. Clark & Sons submitted a bid of $16,980.00 with proof of Insurance.
    2.   Fitzpatrick Excavating submitted a bid of $10,500.00 (insurance of file.)

Further clarification was provided by Mr. Wilson that all the work needing to be completed by Friday January 8th, 2021.  This would allow access for fuel trucks and emergency equipment.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to award the bid to A. S. Clark & Son.

(There was no Second)  Motion Failed.

Ms. Huber made a motion to award the bid to Fitzpatrick Excavating for the being the lowest bidder.  Ms. Dowling Second.

There was further discussion regarding the incomplete work on the Dover Rd.  Mr. Fitzpatrick confirmed that there were still guardrails that needed to be reinstalled along a small section of the road.

Vote was called for 4/1 (Mr. Fitzpatrick Recused himself.)

Motion Passed.

ADMINISTRATIVE AS SISTANT’S REPORT:

  1. A reminder for those committee members’ that have not sent me your reports, please do so ASAP.
  2. Scheduled from tonight thru September the login for Selectboard meetings will be the same. This is found at the top of each agenda that is / will be posted.
  3. I should receive the 2021 Diesel Tax Exempt from State of VT / VTrans. They are creating a different approach for municipalities to login for these certifications renewals.
  4. I ‘am using word to create a ballot for voting on the Articles for Town Meeting. You have a DRAFT as to what they could look like.  Carol has informed me that she will be using the tabulator for the elections of officers.
  5. I would like to select the dates for our Informational Meeting. This will allow me to coordinate with Cor at BCTV for any extra preparation needed. Is there anyone else that would like to be part of a team to work on the details for Town Meeting?
  • Monday February 15th (President’s Day)
  • Tuesday February 16th  
  • Monday February 22nd 
  • Monday March 1st  

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to approve the Administrative Assistance Report.  Mr. Williams seconded.

Motion passed 5/0.

TREASURERS REPORT

  1. W-2 & 1099’S – I have been working on getting all my information needed for my W-2’s and 1099’s so I can mail them out to all the employees and contractors by the end of the week. I will then send copies to the appropriate parties at the State of Vermont and the IRS.
  2. Monthly & Quarterly Reports – I have finished my monthly report to the State of Vermont for taxes and to Vermont Municipal Employee Retirement System (VMER’s); I can now finish my quarterly reports for the State of Vermont, VMER’s, Dept. of Labor and the IRS. These will be completed by tomorrow.
  3. Minimum Wage and Mileage – Effective January 1, 2021 the new minimum wage is $11.75/hr. We do have one person who is making minimum wage that this will affect. I have adjusted their minimum wage from the 2020 rate of $10.96/hr. to $11.75/hr. The new mileage rate is now $0.56/mile, down from $0.575. This also went into effect on January 1, 2021.
  4. Budget – I have entered all the information that I currently have into NEMRC for next year’s budget. I have done the same for all the revenue, expense and capital reports. Once we finish the budget I can complete all of these.
  5. Miscellaneous – Everything else is going as scheduled with accounts payable, payroll and collecting taxes daily. Taxes are already coming in for the January 15th

Sierra Pratt is doing a great job with the reconciliations and they are getting done on-time          monthly.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Deborah Luskin provided insight to the approaching town meeting.  With the challenging times surrounding COVID 19, a reluctant decision was made by the Selectboard to hold 2021 Town meeting by Australian ballot.  But still affording the voting towns people the right to make crucial discussions, which would normally take place in a debate at the meeting.   BCTV, Newfane staff and volunteers will be working on the extra details needed for the informational meeting, which will be held prior to March 2nd.

Ms. Luskin asked if the Common’s newspaper box currently located at the “Eatery” could be relocated to the porch of the Williamsville Hall.

Discussion ensued.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Mr. Estey requested that the Selectboard consider the nomination of Luke Stafford as an Alternate Representative to the Planning Commission.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to Appoint Luke Stafford as an Alternate to the Planning Commission.  Mr. Williams seconded.

Motion passed 5/0

Planning Commission Chair Ken Estey mentioned that the commission is working on short term rental report; Ms. Forrest will be sending the finale report to the Board for review.   There are revision issues of the Town Plan that will be taken up at the future commission meetings.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None.

OLD BUSINESS:

Animal Control continues to be an issue that the Selectboard has been dealing with.  Mr. Fitzpatrick offered to contact a dog owner in S. Newfane regarding Animal Control Ordnance.  Mr. Fitzpatrick will make an appointment to visit the owners to discuss and document the efforts and proof of compliance.

Mr. Fitzpatrick will report back to the Selectboard at the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

None.

CORRESPONDENCE:

None.

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant #11490        Amount $ 6,721.20
  2. Payroll Warrant #11492        Amount $  7,801.45
  3. Account Payable # 21013 Amount $ 14,208.50

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve pay orders.  Mr. Williams seconded.

Motion passed.

ADJOURN:

Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:39pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Development Review Board Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Town of Newfane, Vermont Development Review Board

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, the Newfane Development Review Board will hold a Zoom-based continuation of the December 17 public hearing of the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Appellant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

DRB hearing of this appeal was begun on December 17, 2020; it was continued to January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoon in order to allow additional evidence to be gathered.

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January 4, 2021 Selectboard Agenda

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  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    1. December 21, 2020 Budget meeting
  •  ROAD BUSINESS 
    1. Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report
    2. Open Sealed Bids
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
  1.          Planning Commission
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

1.       Deborah Luskin – Town Meeting Warning / The Commons Box

  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS
  1. Town Meeting March 2nd 2021 – Australian ballot
  2. Animal Control
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #11490     Amount $ N/A
  2. Payroll Warrant #11491     Amount $  N/A
  3. Account Payable # 21013 Amount $ N/A
  • ADJOURN

December 21st, 2020 Selectboard Minutes

Virtual Monday December 21st, 2020

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Shelly Huber and Angela Sanborn.  Absent: Christopher Williams.

OTHERS PRESENT: Galen -BCTV, Jay Wilson and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

None

MINUTES:

  1. December 7th,, 2020 Regular meeting, Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Huber seconded. Motion passed. 3/1 Mr. Fitzpatrick abstained.
  2. December 14th, 2020 Budget meeting, Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Huber seconded.

Motion passed. 3/1 Ms. Sanborn abstained.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. The storm on Thursday was substantial with very little visibility. It went well, but was just a lot of snow at one time. We need to send letters to a resident on Back St. with a new wooden fence in the town right of way explaining that the snow off the plow will most likely damage his fence and that the town is not responsible. The other is a resident on Toby Hill Rd. has been putting a large pile of snow in the road from his driveway. I want to remind people that they cannot plow or snow blow snow into the town road.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert update: The bank has filed a foreclosure on the Fickett property further delaying our box culvert. We now would need to wait for the sale to happen on Jan. 19th before we can work on getting the easement from the new owners.
  3. The Newfane village speed committee will be having a Zoom meeting Thursday to go over the Traffic Safety Audit that has been completed for Newfane Village.
  4. The Sand/Salt shed update: Bell Engineering is now working on the next phase of the plans.
  5. The Arch Bridge should be going out to bid a week from this Wednesday

Ms. Huber made a motion to accept the Road Foreman’s report, Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

  1. Tonight marks the deadline for our Social Services Appropriations appointments. 34 letters were sent out to those that had previously received Town appropriations / I have not heard from 4
  2. Tuesday morning I have a scheduled meeting with Sheriff Anderson and representatives from Putney, Dummerston and Westminster. This is a follow up to our informational meeting on 12/2nd regarding W.C.S.D. implementing a Regional Animal Control officer to service these towns currently without an Animal Control officer.
  3. I will then be taking Wednesday the 23rd & Thursday the 24th off as vacation days.
  4. A reminder for those committee members’ that have not sent me your reports, please do so ASAP.

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

Motion passed 4/0.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

  • Social Services funds request qualifications for town appropriation considerations.
  1.  Becka Shaffer – Valley Cares
  2. Hillary Farquhar – Brattleboro Hospice
  3. Steven Meyer – LG Foundation
  4. Lyndia – VT Independent Living (Did Not Appear)
  5. Maggie Lewis- The gathering Place
  6.  Anne Gouin – Windham County Human Society
  •  Gloria Cristelli – Newfane Neighbors

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

Town Meeting March 2nd 2021 Australian ballot.  Members of the Newfane Selectboard attended a municipal training on Thursday December 17th, presenter Will Senning from the VT Secretary of State provided an overview of legal requirements and the process of the Australian ballot system.   Board members considered the resident’s average age that have attended past Town meeting’s, the number of absentee ballots received from the presidential election in November. Upon careful evaluation of the information available, the unprecedented circumstances, recommendations from health officers and state officials, a motion was made by Ms. Huber to move all of 2020 Town Meeting business to Australian Ballots. Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

Animal Control continues to be an issue that the Selectboard has been dealing with.  There have been serious complaints received.  A notice of service was sent to dog owners in S. Newfane.  It has been an ongoing issue between neighbors, but with the continued harassing and aggressive behavior it became apartment that official intervention was necessary to protect all the residents of Newfane, S. Newfane, Williamsville and Brookside.

It is the responsibility of the dog owners to maintain control of their animals. Owners are responsible for the behavior and actions of their animals, and to follow town policy and ordinances.

NEW BUSINESS:

None

CORRESPONDENCE:

Gloria Cristelli – Fostering Dogs – The email to the Selectboard chair was read by Ms. Dowling.  Ms. Cristelli was contacted thru Newfane Neighbors a group of volunteers that was established to provide those in need with a helping hand.  The elderly gentleman was admitted to the hospital and has 4 small dogs that need to be cared for. Ms. Cristelli was aware that Newfane ACO had resigned. So she assumed the responsibility of finding a solution for these pets.

Newfane is grateful to the generous and kind hearts of residents that are willing to step forward when there is a call for help.

Thank you one and all for your service.

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant #11488     Amount $ 4,573.74
  2. Payroll Warrant #11489     Amount $  5,745.92
  3. Account Payable # 21012 Amount $ 29,905.45

Ms. Huber made a motion to approve pay orders.  Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed.

ADJOURN:   Motion to adjourn was made by Ms. Huber @ 8:49pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

December 21st, 2020 Selectboard Agenda

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  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
    1. December 7th, 2020 Regular meeting
    2. December 14th, 2020 Budget meeting     
  • ROAD BUSINESS
    1. Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s
    2. Report Newfane Village Traffic Study
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT
    • Planning Commission
      1. Short term Rental / Air BNB
      2.  Broadband
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    • Appropriation Requests
      1.  Becka Shaffer – Valley Cares
      2. Hillary Farquhar – Brattleboro Hospice
      3. Steven Meyer – LG Foundation
      4. Lyndia – VT Independent Living
      5. Maggie Lewis- The gathering Place
    • Gloria Cristelli – Newfane Neighbors
  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS
    1. Town Meeting March 2nd 2021 – Australian ballot
    2. Animal Control
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE
    1. Gloria Cristelli – Fostering Dogs
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION
    • Title I – V.S.A 313 (a) (2)The Securing of Real Estate Options
  • PAY ORDERS
    1. Payroll Warrant #11488     Amount $ 4,573.74
    2. Payroll Warrant #11489     Amount $  N/A
    3. Account Payable # 21012 Amount $ N/A
  •  ADJOURN

December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a public hearing as a Zoom electronic meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm to consider appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Applicant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

The hearing will be preceded by a site visit a 3:00 pm   Facemasks must be worn and social distancing is required.  Alternately, individuals may make site visits on their own prior to the meeting.

use link below to join the hearing at 6:30 December 17th.

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The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane town office.   Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Newfane Administrative Assistant at:  tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802 365 7772 extension 4 during business hours Monday thru Thursday. Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

Persons wishing to appear and be heard at the Zoom Public Hearing may do so in person, by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

 

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 23, 2020

 

Selectboard December 7th, 2020 Minutes

Virtual Monday December 7th, 2020

Draft

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Christopher Williams, (Zoom) Shelly Huber and Angela Sanborn.

OTHERS PRESENT:  BCTV, Wannetta Powling (Zoom) Jay Wilson, Jane Douglas and Deb Luskin.

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

None

MINUTES: 

  • November 16, 2020 Regular meeting, Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes. Mr. Williams seconded.  4/0 Motion passed.
  • November 23rd, 2020 Budget meeting, Mr. Williams made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Sanborn seconded.

3/1 Motion passed with Ms. Sanborn abstaining.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. Sawmill Road entrance has been paved and side dressed.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert update: We have a new contact for the easement on the Fickett property, Bob Fisher is working on this with the new attorneys for the bank that owns it.
  3. The Traffic Safety Audit has been completed for Newfane Village. We should put that on the agenda for the next meeting to discuss the next steps to take.
  4. The Sand/Salt shed update: The ROW certificate has been completed by Bob Fisher and VTRANS has accepted and approved it.
  5. The Arch Bridge was not put out to bid in November as scheduled, it was put on hold but last week they were finally given the go ahead to advertise it at the end of December.
  6. We are having Daniels Construction delay the work on Monroe Bridge until spring. They would have had the bridge down to one lane for 4-6 weeks and that would have been difficult for plowing and a hazard when slippery.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Road Foreman’s report, Ms. Huber seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

  • There is progress with the Social Appropriations appointments. In an effort I have made additional attempts to contact the 5 remaining groups that have failed to make contact. We have extended the deadline to December 21st to allow for these few organizations to make their appointments.  (My efforts have included the initial letter with the applications, email reminders and no less than 3 phone calls have been made.)
  • On Wednesday morning I met via Zoom with Sheriff Anderson, other representatives from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, Putney, Dummerston and Westminster. It was an informational meeting concerning the need for animal control officer, with the WCSD devising a Regional Animal Control officer to service the towns. One of the models that were discussed would be of interest for Newfane. If the four towns start the model program there is hope that other towns will see this service being beneficial and agree to join. This would lower the cost shared by all or allow for increased coverage.
  • Johnson Control completed our annual Fire Extensor inspections at Town Office, Garage and Williamsville Hall.
  • I would like to take December 23 and 24 of December off as vacation days. When I come back to work on 28th I will be getting the Town Report in order to go to the printers by the end of January.  My intentions are to have the reports back from the printers, to be mailed no later than February 11th    I would ask that all information and reports for the Town Report be sent to me no later than December 28th.

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

Motion passed 4/0.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Social Services funds request qualifications for town appropriation considerations.

  1. Karen Peterson – Aids Project
  2. Richard Marek- Historical Society
  3. David Parker- Moore Free Library
  4. Ann Goulp – South Newfane Community Association
  5. Rebecca McCuller – Timson Hill Preschool
  6. Rachel Zellem – American Red Cross
  7. Libby Bennett – Groundwork
  8.  Russell Bradbury-Carlin – Youth Services
  9. Sandy Stark – Early Education Services

 UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:   

#4 Court Street –90 Day Respond to Offer

Motion to Table until December 14th Budget meeting was made by Ms. Dowling and seconded by Ms. Sanborn.  Motion passed 4 /0

NEW BUSINESS:

Australian ballot for Town Meeting (due to COVID 19)

Discussion ensued with input from Deborah Luskin.  A motion was made to table the discussion until December 21, 2020 Selectboard meeting.

Motion passed 4/0

CORRESPONDENCE:

Kate Gehring’s email to the Selectboard was read into the minutes, requesting that the Selectboard consider adding future postings of the agenda for Selectboard meetings to the Front Porch Forum.

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant #11484     Amount $ 4,418.72
  2. Payroll Warrant #11485     Amount $ 5,403.96
  3. Payroll Warrant #11486     Amount $  4,936.72
  4. Account Payable # 21011 Amount $ 46,801.62

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to approve pay orders December 8, 2020.  Ms. Huber seconded.

Motion passed.

ADJOURN:   Motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Williams @ 8:29 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

Monday December 14th, 2020 Selectboard Budget Agenda

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  • CALL TO ORDER
  • EXECUTIVE SESSION
    • Title I – V.S.A 313 (a) (2) The Securing of Real Estate Options
  •  ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • OLD BUSINESS:
    • Expenditures
    • Social Appropriations Donations
  • NEW BUSINESS:
    •   Articles
    • Warnings

The 5th in a series of meetings to consider the budget for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year

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December 7th Selectboard Agenda

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  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES

November 16, 2020 Regular meeting

November 23, 2020 Budget meeting

  • ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report

  • TREASURERS REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • COMMITTEE REPORT

Planning Commission

  •    SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Appropriation Requests

1.       Karen Peterson – Aids Project

2.       Richard Marek- Historical Society

3.       David Parker- Moore Free Library

4.       Ann Goulp – South Newfane Community Association

5.       Rebecca McCuller – Timson Hill Preschool

6.       Rachel Zellem – American Red Cross

7.       Libby Bennett – Groundwork

8.       Russell Bradbury-Carlin – Youth Services

9.          Sandy Stark – Early Education Services

  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS

#4 Court Street –90 Day Respond to Offer

  •  NEW BUSINESS

Australian ballot for Town Meeting (due to COVID 19)

  • CORRESPONDENCE

Kate Gehring Email –

  • PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #11484     Amount $ 4,418.72
  2. Payroll Warrant #11485     Amount $ 5,403.96
  3. Payroll Warrant #11486     Amount $  N/A
  4. Account Payable # 21011 Amount $ N/A
  • ADJOURN

December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a public hearing as a Zoom electronic meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm to consider appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Applicant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

The hearing will be preceded by a site visit a 3:00 pm   Facemasks must be worn and social distancing is required.  Alternately, individuals may make site visits on their own prior to the meeting.

use link below to join the hearing at 6:30 December 17th.

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The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane town office.   Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Newfane Administrative Assistant at:  tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802 365 7772 extension 4 during business hours Monday thru Thursday. Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

Persons wishing to appear and be heard at the Zoom Public Hearing may do so in person, by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

 

 

 

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 23, 2020

November 16, 2020 Selectboard Minutes

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Shelly Huber, Angela Sanborn and Michael Fitzpatrick Christopher Williams.

OTHERS PRESENT:  Christine Howe, Kate Albergh, Joan Weir, Hal Moore, Gloria Cristelli, Joanne Enhouse, Steven Geller, Shari, BCTV, Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Mr. Williams made a request to add Obstruction of Town Right of Way in the Road Foreman’s Report Ms. Sanborn, seconded.  Motion passed.

MINUTES:

November 2nd, 2020 Regular meeting, Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Huber seconded. 5/0 Motion passed.

November 9th, 2020 Budget meeting, Mr. Williams made a motion to accept the minutes. Ms. Sanborn seconded.

4/1 Motion passed with Mr. Fitzpatrick abstaining.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. Sawmill Road is ready at the entrance. We are awaiting DMI to come and pave.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert update: We have one easement still waiting on the bank and court for the other side of the road.
  3. Windham Regional put out the speed counters last week for the Highway Safety Audit for Newfane Village. Once they send the data it will be forwarded to the Audit people to include in the report.
  4. The Sand/Salt shed update: No updates.
  5. We have now graveled Adams Hill, Toby Hill and Upper New Rd

Mr. Williams would like the Board to be aware that the Town Right of Way on the end of Hobby Hill Road and Silver Mine Trail has a cable placed across the road.

Discussion ensued.  The Board asked the Administrative Assistant to send a letter to the owners requesting that they remove the cable by December 1st, 2020.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Road Foreman’s report, Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

None

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Social Services funds request qualifications for town appropriation considerations.

  1. Christine Howe – The MOOver (formally The Current)
  2. Kate Albergh –Green Up Vermont
  3. Joan Weir – Williamsville School Preservation
  4. Kelly Brown / Hal Moore – Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern VT (HCRS)
  5. Joanne Enhouse – Senior Solutions
  6. Linda Brooks / Steven Geller – Southeastern Vermont Community Action
  7. Vickie Sterling /Shari – Women’s Freedom Center

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

Penner Road – Tabled until December 7th.  Road Foreman Jay Wilson was not able to attend tonight’s meeting; He was to provide valuable input and video of location.

NEW BUSINESS:

Katharine Bristol of Townshend was selected by the Selectboard to fill the Part time Data Entry position.  They interviewed three applicants and were impressed with each of them.

With COVID 19 cases on the rebound it has the Selectboard pondering what will Town Meeting be like this March?  Other towns are considering the Australian ballot, to avoid the gathering for Town Meeting.   Newfane Board members will discuss this again at a future meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE:

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Accounts Payable No. # 21010                         Amount  $  238,931.85
  2. Payroll Warrant # 11481                                Amount  $ 6,436.76
  3. Payroll Warrant # 11482                                Amount  $ 4,118.53
  4. Payroll Warrant # 11483                                Amount  $ 4,610.83

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to approve pay orders. Mr. Fitzpatrick seconded.

Motion passed 5/1

ADJOURN:   Motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Fitzpatrick @ 7:34 pm.

 

Respectfully Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling