February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 6:07 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion,
Brooks Sturtevant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Linda Blasch, NRPC; Tim Magnant
amendments: remove from highway
dept-road and bridge standards until later date; add to old business-generator
at school discussion.
comment period: none
Linda Blasch-NRPC: Linda was welcomed to the meeting; here to review the contract for the
Municipal Project Manager (MPM) of the Pidgeon Hill culvert project and the
process of federal funded grants as well as the flow chart of work. Linda advised the NRPC will bill for work as
completed by the MPM up to the agreed amount of $16,000. Discussed the need to appoint a committee of
key people as contacts for Linda and for day time meetings as needed. All invoices will be paid by the town and
submitted to Linda for approval; then submitted to VTrans for
reimbursement. Reviewed the Design
Consultant process and the options for choosing an engineer or firm. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to join into a contract
with NRPC for the work of MPM with the town in the amount of $16,000 for the
Pidgeon Hill project. All members voted
in favor; motion passed and Peter signed the contract. Linda will take the contract to the office
for complete execution and signature of the NRPC Executive director and will
forward a copy to Town Clerk. Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to nominate Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Jeremy Barnum and
Lisa Larivee to be the committee for the project. All members voted in favor;
motion passed. Discussed the engineer
project RFP process and using an At-The-Ready design firm. Linda will proceed to the next step of the
At-The-Ready design process and coordinate a project kick-off meeting. Linda was thanked and exited the meeting.
Approval of minutes: January 23rd,
public budget meeting and January 28th, Rte 236 informational
meeting with State. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the
meetings as written. All members voted
in favor; Andy abstained; motion passed.
Review and sign bills: done by board members.
Highway Dept: Mailbox
complaint from T. McFadden about snow plow damaging their mailbox; Jake stopped
and offered to help repair at the time.
Town Clerk will confirm with Jake if it was hit or just from the snow. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to reimburse
McFadden’s up to $50 to replace the mailbox per the policy. All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Liquor Control Board: Brooks S/Dave
B made a motion to enter into Liquor Control Board meeting. All members voted in favor; motion
Due North Vineyard-Outside
consumption permit. Brooks S/Yvon D made
a motion to approve the permit. All
members voted in favor; motion passed
Store-Second Class liquor license.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the permit. All members voted in favor; motion
Andy G/Dave B made a motion to exit the Liquor Control Board
meeting. All members voted in favor;
Town Clerk Concerns:
Town hall phone: discussed the request to have a
phone line at the town hall for outgoing calls.
Cost would be approx. $360 year for local calls only. Suggest updating the use form to include a
fee if the phone is wanted. Town Clerk
will speak with Franklin Telephone Co further.
Aeration System Grant: The State has given a two-year grant to the
town of $21,000 over the two years to fund 50% of the utility/maintenance
costs. Bills will be submitted on a
monthly basis to be reimbursed at 50%.
The Town Clerk is working with Efficiency VT on options to reduce the
town’s cost of the electrical consumption.
Boundary validation of the town lines needs to be certified by the board
chair. Reviewed by the board and Peter
2019 Grand List:
Need to certify the final 2019 grand list; reviewed that there are not
suits pending against the town and listers.
Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to approve the 2019 grand list and sign to
certify. All members voted in favor;
Town meeting schedule review: Tim Magnant was present; Peter reviewed the
warning and discussed the articles and details of each. Discussed start time. Informational meeting Monday, March 2nd at 7
pm in the school library regarding the State Rte 236 culvert work and loan on
Australian ballot. Oliver Pierson and
Jim Cota will be here from the state with information.
St. Albans Central Dispatch contract: Mike Lawyer, Fire Dept Chief, suggested we
sign the contract. There are really no
other options for emergency 911 dispatching at this time. There is ongoing discussion of the county for
changes. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion
to approve and sign the contract with St. Albans Central Dispatch for $17,004
for FY21. All members voted in favor;
School Generator: Yvon looked at the generator to check for
anti-freeze leaks as had been advised.
The oil is good and clean and has no anti-freeze in it; water pump looks
good; for a 2001 engine it is very good and clean with low hours; exhaust is
clean. Sees no evidence of any external
leak, not sure where it is going, but the engine is an easy rebuild if needs to
be done. Look for grants for funding of
a future replacement as necessary.
Brown’s Corner Rd stop sign: An area resident has concerns with the excess
speed and folks not stopping at the intersection of Brown’s Corner and
Barnum/Durkee Rds in the morning hours between 5:30 and 7. He has seen many near accidents and wants to
have something done before an accident does happens. Yvon will speak with the Franklin County
Sheriff regarding patrol a few days a week in this area to stop the bad
project bid and funding: Discussed
the project and bids that were received; Water board and John Kiernan recommend
Desroches Construction Services at $155,360.
Project is expected to begin late spring before the summer dry
season. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
approve the contract for Desroches Construction Services in the amount of
$155,360 to do the water system project.
All members voted in favor; motion passed. The next water board meeting on March 11th
will be with the Selectboard to approve the loan funding.
Summary of permits for February by Zoning
VT State Police letter regarding town county meetings
to discuss issues of concern in the area.
First Net newsletter regarding cell towers.
Dave brought up concerns of the
Planning Commission with folks in the village, on Main St, living in a camper
and waste water discharge. Dave will
speak with the Zoning Administrator and Health officer about a visit and report
back to the boards.
Peter asked about the notice of the
informational meeting on the Rte 236 project.
Send to email list, posted on facebook, school newsletter, FTC
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members in favor;
motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.
Next meeting will be March 18th at
6:00 pm at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.
minutes were approved at the regular Selectboard meeting on March 18, 2020.