November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 6:06 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion, Andy
Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, Yvon Dandurand, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: John Tucci, EverBlue Lakes; Mark
Mitchell, Oliver Pierson, Angela Shambaugh, Karen Bates, VT DEC; Pamela Fecteau
& Vicky Abare, VLCT; Judith McLaughlin & Robert Cormier, FWC; Les &
Nancy Johnson, Dwight & Paulette Tatro, Peter Kittell, Pam Greene,
comment period: None
John Tucci-EverBlue Lakes: Pete
introduced John and welcomed him to the meeting. John was here to give an overview of the
aeration project and the results of the summer operations. The system puts oxygen into the bottom of the
lake and mixes the water temperature to give less rise to the phosphorus
released. With the start of the system
at the end of June, the water had started to stratify, so it took time to get
the oxygen and temp mixed. There were
some issues at startup of the system with overheating at the State Park unit. The exhaust system will be replaced in the
spring before startup. There was oil
loss of the pumps and this issue was acknowledged by the manufacturer and will
be repaired. Yvon is concerned with the
compressors and pushing air rather than as a vacuum and how hot they get. John advised they will be inspected for
damage due to overheating and they will be replaced by him if necessary. He is also requesting extended warranties
from the manufacturer. The diffusers
will be cleaned annually and checked for damaged and replaced if needed before
startup. EverBlue is responsible for the
first two years (2019 & 20) of maintenance.
They will train town local people moving forward or can be contracted to
continue the work. Discussed the power
usage and possible savings; Town will reach out to Efficiency VT for
options. The utility bills for this
summer were approx. $17,000. Judith
McLaughlin with the Watershed Committee advised they have a meeting next week
and will discuss helping the town with the power costs. Mark Mitchell from VT DEC explained the
testing reports they have been doing on the effects of the phosphorus. Other VT DEC members spoke of the extreme
cyanobacteria blooms at other lakes this summer; Lake Carmi maintained a much
lower level of blooms with the system in operation. The UVM study has been shared with VT DEC and
will be used to monitor the lake as well.
There is a need to continue to reduce the external loading of the lake
as well as control of the internal phosphorus loading. Paulette Tatro asked about the green particles
that float in the water-what is it? John
advised it is most likely the water with aeration fitting off an algae bloom
and breaking it up before it becomes a slick on top of the water.
VLCT Insurance: Pam Fecteau
and Vicky Abare were welcomed to the meeting to review and discuss the renewal
of the town insurance policy. Rates are
down with a restructure of the process of pricing and the contribution
credit. Discussed the CDL/drug testing
requirements for 2020; advised to speak with Jim Curran about. Pam reviewed our stewardship report and our
policy use this year. Brooks asked about
the Recreation Dept and the volunteers regarding coverage for sexual
molestation. Pam advised there is
coverage under the town liability. They
should also have a best practice policy and do background checks on everyone
that volunteers. Speak with Jill Muhr
about guidelines for fingerprints.
Approval of minutes: October 16,
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting as
written. All members voted in favor;
motion passed. October 26, Zoning group
meeting, Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting as
written. Pete abstained, all other members
voted in favor, motion passed.
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Paving bids-bid received from Brenton with Pike Paving
for Hanna Rd, Gallup Rd, and Stanley Rd.
Bids to be finalized and awarded at December 4 meeting.
Truck tank sprayer for liquid chloride is set up and
ready to go.
Carmi fireworks: reviewed the letter to close Rte 120 at the North end of
the lake on July 3rd for the celebrations. Brooks S/Yvon D made a
motion to approve the letter, and Pete to sign. All members voted in favor; motion
gutters: the town hall gutters need to be cleaned on the north upper side;
Brooks will speak with Curtis about doing the task and to bill us.
Library janitor: discussed the one application received from Valerie Clark. She is also
the assistant librarian. Discussed the
rate of pay, to match the current other cleaning position of $12.60. Dave B/Brooks S made a motion to hire Valerie
Clark at $12.60 per hour for approx. 1.5 hrs/week.
Town hall use policy: updated
the use capacity for events. Discussed
the price for large functions; up to 25 people the fee is $50 and over 25
people the fee is $100. Give a copy of
the policy to the Rec Dept to give to all participants for all events
they hold to follow the policy.
Dog complaint: We have received a second
written complaint regarding the dogs at the Jason Vaillancourt residence. They are causing a nuisance and being
aggressive as potentially vicious at the neighboring daycare facility. Board will do a second letter and a $100 judicial
court ticket per the updated ordinance.
Dennis will hand delivery in the evening; owner is also responsible for
legal fees as necessary.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Letter of ZA resignation: Robert Irish has submitted a letter of resignation
as Zoning Administrator and requested to be a member to fill vacant positions
on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment. All members approved. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to appoint Mr.
Irish to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment. All members voted in favor; motion
passed. Town Clerk will do a thank you
letter to Mr. Irish.
Appoint new Zoning Administrator:
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to appoint Wendy Sargeant as the new
Zoning Administrator. All members voted
in favor; motion passed.
VT Electric-Lake utilities: discussed during the aeration system review.
Health Insurance review: discussed the new rates with MVP for 2020. We are currently in a Reflective Silver 3
plan; rates have increased about 9%.
Reviewed the rates to move to a Reflective Silver 1 plan. Rates are a bit cheaper, as well as lower
deductible and would save about 9% from the current plan to change to the new
level. The board agreed with the change
to the Silver 1 plan and will continue with the 50% of HRA contribution.
Cemetery mowing bids RFP: reviewed the
request for bid for the Village Center/Catholic cemetery. Bid for the entire, but share the cost. Will need to review bids with the Catholic
Church board. Add need to have proof of
insurance. Post in the St. Albans
Messenger for January meeting.
Zoning Discussion-Lake properties: discussed
the zoning letters done by Wendy, ZA, regarding the Hill Rd
violations. The board is not in favor of
sending the letters yet; feel the lease owner needs to uphold the stipulations
of their leases. Would like Wendy to
contact the State to advise of possible septic violations for year-round living. Discussed the extra hours worked by the ZA
for these issues; pay at minimum wages.
Dog Ordinance: Fees reviewed; first offense is a
warning; 2nd offense will be a $100 fine plus impoundment and legal
costs with $75 waiver; 3rd offense will be a $500 fine plus
impoundment and legal costs with a $400 waiver. Made some minor wording amendments to
determining sequence of offenses. Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to adopt the revised dog ordinance as discussed and
written. All members voted in favor;
Selectboard Folder: none
Yvon has concerns of the longevity of the compressors
after the first summer with the overheating.
Questioned the highway budget to date with overtime. Lisa advised fine to date, but we just
Pete asked about extra plow drivers-Howard Vanselette
and Eric Dandurand. December 4th
meeting will do highway evaluations and discuss budgets. FY21 budget needs-plow truck, town hall roof,
lake utility, Pidgeon Hill culvert.
December 18th meeting will be at 6:00 at the FELCO Rm with
pizza for town boards and meeting at 6:30 to review
budgets. January 8th will be
the next board meeting due to the holiday; January 23rd will be the
public budget meeting.
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned
at 9:25 p.m.
Next meeting will be December 4th
at 7:00 at the Town Clerks office.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.