NEWFANE SELECTBOARD MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING: August 29, 2022

Newfane Town Office

The meeting was called to order at 3:07 PM by Chair Angela Sanborn
Members Present: In Person: Angela Sanborn, Katy Johnson-Aplin,
By Phone: Michael Fitzpatrick
On Zoom: Ann Golob
Others Present: In Person: Cristine White, Carol Hesselbach, Deb Luskin, Melissa Brown
On Zoom: Edward Collins

Angela asked if there were any additions or changes to the Agenda. Ann Golob said that she would like to add discussion of Nancy Rysz and the issues with her property. Angela said that would be addressed under other business.

Angela asked for a motion regarding the Special Town Meeting scheduled for September 20. Katy Johnson-Aplin moved to reschedule the whole meeting because the Town needs to do the money articles from the floor and use Australian Ballot for the cannabis articles. Seconded by Ann Golob. Discussion by Michael Fitzpatrick, Katy, Carol Hesselbach, Ann, Angela, Christine White. Discussion included issues with having Special Town Meeting and Australian Ballot on separate days or having them the same day.

Angela said they were ready to vote on the motion. 2 Aye, 2 Nay. Tie vote so motion fails. Rediscussed by Michael and Carol. Ann asked to change her vote. Discussion by Deb regarding the possibility of that and she consulted Robert’s Rules. Ann could request to change her vote and it must be unanimously approved by others. Ann asked, vote to approve was 2-1 so Ann could not change her vote.

Discussion by everyone for next steps. Angela will work with Deb to determine what actions a Selectboard should take when there is a tie vote. Next steps regarding special Town meeting will be discussed at the Selectboard meeting on September 6.

Other Business: Ann explained that Nancy Rysz came to her and showed her the paperwork from the State regarding the remediation work that needs to be done to her property. The State requires a letter from the Town that the Town will sponsor this work and be responsible to pay a portion. Angela and others thought the letter was previously signed. Research to be done on past Selectboard actions and expected cost of action planned by the State. Angela will speak with Wannetta Powling, Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard, and with Jay Wilson, Road Foreman.

Ann made a motion to adjourn. Katy seconded it.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:20 PM.

Submitted by Carol Hesselbach, Town Clerk.