Selectboard Special Minutes Monday, January 22nd, 2024

NEWFANE SELECTBOARD
Special Meeting Monday, January 22nd, 2024

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Angela Litchfield, Katy Johnson-Aplin, Mike Fitzpatrick.
Zoom: Jeffrey Chevalier and Ann Golob.

PRESENT
:
Attorney Robert Fisher, Gordon Bristol, John Walker, Michael Mayer, Merle Tessier (Zoning Administrator), and Wannetta Powling (Administrative Assistant).
Zoom:  Jay Wilson (Road Foreman).

MEETING CALL to ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m. by Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield.

CONFIRM MEETING PROPERLY WARNED:
Powling confirmed the meeting had been properly warned.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS to AGENDA:  
None

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Higher Ground Natural Burial:
Attorney Robert Fisher clarified for the Selectboard its responsibility regarding the driveway access permit that was revoked on September 18th, 2023, for violations of conditions at the Higher Ground Natural Burial on Sunset Lake Road.


Discussion ensued:
The Selectboard heard comments, clarifications, questions, and responses from Gordon Bristol, John Walker, Michael Mayer, and members of the Selectboard; it was determined that the applicant needs to request a Jurisdictional Opinion from Act 250 and there needs to be a Development Review Board hearing on the second revised plan.

This matter is still pending; the Selectboard has not re-instated the access permit. Mayer asked whether he could cut firewood from the proposed Higher Ground Natural Burial site. Fitzpatrick clarified that he should not and should reserve any cutting of firewood to other areas of his property.

The Selectboard agreed to follow the recommendations of Attorney Fisher, and this discussion closed at 6:30 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS:
Budget and Articles.
Treasure Melissa Brown provided budget figures for review for a new highway employee. ARTICLE 5 was changed to “the figure includes wages, benefits, and insurance.” The Selectboard reviewed the remaining articles.


Fitzpatrick made a motion to sign the Warning with corrections as agreed, and Johnson-Aplin seconded.
Motion passed.

  

 ADJOURN:
Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,
Wannetta Powling,
Administrative Assistant