June 3, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 7:01 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion,
Brooks Sturtevant, Yvon Dandurand, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk, Andy Godin (joined
at 7:43 pm)
Guests: Jeremy Barnum; Kevin & Darla
amendments: Add to Old
Business-Aeration system update; Highway Dept-paving update; Town Clerk
concern-VLCT Covid Resolution. All
members approve of amendments.
comment period: Brooks got a call
from residents of Pigeon Hill Rd last week about the very dusty conditions and
inquiring about chloride application.
The highway crew responded the next day, thank you to Jeremy for their
Approval of minutes: May 20th,
regular meeting; Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes as
written. Pete asked to add for
clarification on line 44 to Dave Webb.
All members voted in favor; motion passed 4-0, Andy not present.
Yield sign Richard Rd/Gallup Rd: discussed the request of a Richard Rd resident to have a yield sign
installed at this intersection as people travel around the corner from Gallup
Rd onto Richard Rd fast and do not use caution.
Yvon and Pete will take a look at the area and discuss further at the
next meeting. Jeremy also questioned
changing the stop sign at Hanna Rd/Browns Corner Rd intersection to a yield off
of Hanna Rd.
Chloride-Hammond Shore Rd: request from Polly Gadbois to pay for town truck to spread chloride on
Dewing/Hammond Shore Rd. Discussed the
cost of the truck at $75/hr, plus crew time and chloride applied to be
billed. Board agreed with this request. Look to update road policy for such requests.
Paving update: Jeremy advised Hanna Rd and Stanley Rd have been completed and EJ
Hutchins did a very good job and did all we wanted to have done. Total bill was
$329,933; Hanna Rd $158,360; and Stanley Rd $171,573 with grant funds to be
reimbursed at 80% from State. Part to be
paid now and balance with FY21 budget in July.
Green up tires: Jeremy picked up the tires
the Forsyth’s collected from the road side.
The crew had also picked up some recently and took approximately 50
tires to NWSWD for free.
and approve bills: board members reviewed the warrants;
Discussed paying Plouff’s Monuments $200 for their prompt service to clean the
memorial park stones on short notice as a sign of appreciation. All members agreed with that payment. Three members will be in to sign off on the
bills-Pete, Dave and Brooks.
Rte 236 project-planning loan: Lisa has been working on and has
a virtual meeting on Friday with Oliver and Celia to complete the application
for the planning loan. Brooks S/Dave B
made a motion authorizing Pete M to sign the loan application for the Rte 236
planning loan. All members voted in
favor; motion passed 4-0.
Little league update: Bridgett anticipates to play the season in
July and August if able. NWLL is working
on a plan and final decision to follow ACCD guidelines and safety of
players. The board is fine with, if can
be done safely.
Aeration system update: Pete has spoken with John Tucci; the State
has given the ok to turn on the aeration systems. The State Park system was turned on today,
6/3. The Patton Shore system is
anticipated to be turned on by Friday, 6/5 as they are finalizing some wiring
changes. In the next few weeks their
team will be here to clean all the diffusers and train the highway crew on the
system later this summer.
policy- The board reviewed the draft policy as written. Added to Snow removal section-plowing will be
at the discretion of the town based on the sidewalk infrastructure condition.
trustees resignation and reappointment- Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
accept the resignation of Pam Deuso from the board and appoint Loryn Kempton to
the board of trustees. All members voted in favor; motion passed 5-0.
Day/Tire disposal- there was little participation this year with collection
and under 50 tires collected by road crew.
for future meetings- Pete advised he is looking for board input on
options. The town hall space is large
and could spread out but may make hearing difficult; still would need to make
Zoom available for public/guests to call in.
Would like to do July 15th meeting outside at town hall
gazebo or church lot.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Town welcome sign- Yvon updated
on the clerk sign/notice board, it is in process and being painted. The “welcome” sign as you enter town at the
Ploof’s is in need to replacement.
Jeremy would also like to have a “Highway Department” sign on their
building. Pete would like to get the
Rec Dept involved to take on the project with local town talent.
Maple tree planting- Green up VT is celebrating 50 years and has sent towns a goodie bag
including a red maple tree sapling and marker stone to commemorate. Discussed where to plant; Dave and Brooks
will plant in Memorial Park by the parsonage.
VLCT Resolution- a
resolution has been written of Vermont local officials support of fair and
direct federal emergency aid to reopen and rebuild local American
economies. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion
to accept and sign the resolution for VT Municipal Covid support. All members voted in favor; motion passed
5-0. Board members will be in to sign.
Dick Wright property: Welcomed Kevin and Darla Lothian to the meeting. Pete thanked them for allowing Dave to enter
the building and review the features and layout. The board wants to move forward with review
of options for this building to relocate the town offices. Dave asked Kevin about the septic system and
the underground fuel tanks. Kevin does
not have much info about the septic system; the fuel tanks were removed years
ago and the State took liability and have a superfund of money for the
project. Tests pits were installed on
the property, next to General Store and Glidden property and by Benjamin garage
to monitor the soils and seepage. The
test pits are coming out this year because the State tests have deemed them as
Pete suggests going into Executive Session to discuss the price to
purchase the building and ROW to town land to protect the town and owners at
this time. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion
to enter Executive Session at 8:29 pm and invite Kevin and Darla Lotion and
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk to participate.
All members voted in favor; motion passed 5-0.
Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to exit Executive Session at 9:03 pm. All members voted in favor; motion passed
5-0. No action was taken during
Member Concerns: Brooks-thank you to
highway crew for the chloride application to dusty roads.
Andy- discussed the
yield sign request on Gallup/Richard Rd.
Gallup is the thru road. Spoke with Kyle Lothian from Highgate regarding
farm traffic on dirt roads and the dust that is created and beating up of the
roads; not sure what can be done but frustrating.
Lisa-discussed the elections for Aug and Nov and the plan of the SOS for
mailings and procedures.
Yvon- dog complaint of Middle Rd, has there been contact? Mr. Willey has contacted the town about what
is needed to register his dogs. No comment
made on the barking complaints.
Harvester trailer needs to be looked at to replace and prices to do
so. Dehumidifier for highway will be
discussed at the June 17th meeting.
Thank you to Dave for freezer removal and disposal.
Pete-the metal dumpster can be removed now.
June 17th is next meeting via Zoom.
Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Next meeting will be June 17th at
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.
minutes were approved at the June 17, 2020 Selectboard meeting.