|Select Board 07/02/2012|
Weathersfield Select Board
Minutes of July 2, 2012
Board members present: Dan Boyer (Chair), Norman John Arrison, Michael Todd, Richard Clattenburg, and Dave Fuller.
Others Present: Jim Mullen (Town Manager), Edith Stillson, Wes Hazeltine, Josh Compo, Brenda Lee, John Watson, Lisa Watson, Gloria Ballantine, Bette Jo Esty, Amy Beth Main, Ron Main, Doug Candage, Cate Gendrolive, Robert Buchan, Beverly Howe, Cathy Sullivan, and Jeremy Osgood.
1. Call to Order
Mr. Boyer called the Weathersfield Select Board meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall.
2. Comments from Citizens and Select Board
Mike Todd asked that the Select Board discuss its goals. Mr. Boyer said it would be on the next agenda.
Mr. Fuller said that he wants to have a meeting regarding safety in the Fire Departments and the Police Department. He asked the Board to look at the policy and procedures of the Fire Commission. This will be on the next agenda.
Amy Beth Main said that there has been another 3 incidents over the past few days where vehicles have crashed near her house on Weathersfield Center Road. There have been 9 crashes since she moved into the house 4 years ago. This will be put on the next Select Board agenda.
3. Review Minutes from Previous Meeting
Mr. Arrison made the motion to approve the Minutes of June 18, 2012. Mr. Todd seconded the motion. Corrections were noted. Motion carried 5 – 0.
4. Progress Report: 3 Options for Reuse of Perkinsville School
Robert Buchan from BMA Architects presented his report entitled “Proposed Adaptive Re-Use of Weathersfield Elementary School, July, 2012.”
He said he toured the building in 2008 before it closed. He described three options for school reuse. The prices he provided for the three options include the cost of remediating hazardous materials.
It was suggested that a portion of the 1879 building be remodeled for a bathroom for the Hoisington Field rather than building a new bathhouse.
The cost of Option #3 may be too high to enable SD Associates to use the school.
Mr. Arrison made the motion to authorize the Town Manager to speak to SD Associates about whether they continue to be interested in leasing the school now that we know the estimated cost of rehabilitating the school for their use. Mr. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
The Perkinsville School Reuse Committee will meet before the next Select Board meeting to discuss the report.
This item will be on the next Select Board agenda.
5. Health Order: 2 Dogs owned by Douglas Candage, 343 Quarry Road
Heath Officer Jim Mullen reviewed the facts of the requested Health Order.
Animal Control Officer Cathy Sullivan said that Douglas Candage has been very cooperative.
Mr. Todd asked what would happen if one of Doug’s dogs gets away while on a leash and runs off the property and attacks another dog. Cathy Sullivan responded that she would seize the dog.
Mr. Todd requested that Springfield, Vermont be notified about this Health Order. Mr. Mullen said a copy will be sent to the Town of Springfield.
Mr. Boyer said it bothers him that the 2 dogs owned by Mr. Candage did not have their rabies shots and were not licensed.
John Watson said that the incident where his dog got attacked should not have happened.
Mr. Todd made the motion to issue the Health Order as drafted. Mr. Arrison seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Todd made the motion to send a copy of the Health Order to the Town of Springfield. Mr. Arrison seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
The Town Manager was asked to write to the state to ask them to establish a state wide registry of dogs that are “biters.”
Mr. Clattenburg said he would like the Select Board to review the Town’s Animal Control Ordinance.
6. Irene Update
Mr. Mullen reported that no additional funds have been received from VTrans since the Board’s last meeting.
Mr. Mullen said that he had met with Weathersfield Police Chief Richard Brown to get a sense of how much time the Town has to decide on policing options before Chief Brown retires. Mr. Mullen said that Chief Brown will not be making a decision of when he will be retiring for another month or two at the earliest. He will then give us a minimum of three months after the date he announces he will be retiring to hire a replacement and allow time for the new Chief and Chief Brown to overlap.
Mr. Fuller made the motion to authorize Jeff Ingalls to be the “Key Person” to Fire Warden Sonny Grover and Tom Heiser to be the “Key Person” to Deputy Fire Warden Darrin Spaulding. Mr. Clattenburg seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Only these 4 people may issue burn permits. The Town Manager will notify Hartford Dispatch of these 4 appointments.
Julia Lloyd Wright and Carol Weston (Program Manager for Efficiency Vermont, who participated by conference call) explained the PACE Program. Dave Bonta also answered questions.
It was the consensus of the Select Board to let other towns take the lead on this program over the next year. The Select Board will reconsider asking whether voters want to approve this program after the other towns have had experience with the program.
Mr. Clattenburg made the motion to set the FY2013 Solid Waste Management Fee at $35.00 parcel. Mr. Arrison seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Boyer said that after the last meeting, the Transfer Station Operator resigned. He authorized the Town Manager to immediately advertise to fill this position. The Board now needed to approve the job description and authorize the Town Manager to fill the position.
Mr. Clattenburg made the motion to approve the job description of Transfer Station Operator and authorize the Town Manager to fill vacancy in the position. Mr. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Clattenburg asked how the hourly wage for this position was set. Mr. Mullen said it was set at budget time taking into consideration what other Town employees are paid.
Brenda Richardson said she thinks that the position should be budgeted for 40 hours per week instead of 29. Mr. Boyer invited Brenda to discuss this idea at budget time in the fall.
Mr. Arrison made the motion to approve use of the Memorial Grove by Martha Patwell from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 26th. Mr. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Arrison suggested that the Select Board consider authorizing the Town Manager to approve requests to use the Memorial Grove when the number of people attending will be small.
The Board reviewed a 6/27/12 memo from the Town Manager regarding collection of delinquent taxes. As of June 6, 2012, taxes on 124 of the town’s 1,681 taxable properties were delinquent. The total amount of delinquent taxes owed is $507,716.
The Board reviewed the Police Department’s monthly reports for April and May and also reviewed year-to-date budget reports through June 27th for the General Fund, Highway Fund, and Solid Waste Fund.
Mr. Boyer thanked Neil Daniels for his more than 25 years of service to the Town as the Town’s Representative to the Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee.
Mr. Fuller made the motion to accept Mr. Daniels resignation with regret and to appoint Jeff Slade as the Town’s Representative to the Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Fuller made the motion to appoint Susan Hindinger to a four year term on the Conservation Commission. Mr. Arrison seconded the motion. Motion carried 5 – 0.
Mr. Arrison made the motion to approve the following:
General Fund Payroll $15,346.01
General Fund Operating Expense $25,770.22
Highway Fund Payroll $12,217.22
Highway Fund Operating Expense $33,995.04
Solid Waste Management Fund Payroll $ 1,249.47
Solid Waste Management Fund Operating Expense $ 4,372.48
Library $ 0
Grants $ 0
Agency Monies $ 0
Reserves $ 0
Mr. Fuller seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
17. Future Meeting Agenda Items:
A. 07/16/2012 meeting at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House:
1. Prioritize 2012 Select Board Goals (Continued from 06/04/2012)
2. Set 2012 – 2013 Property Tax Rates
3. Approve release of Request for Bids for Perkins Hill Road Dry Hydrant
4. Replacement of West Weathersfield Fire Department Forestry Truck
5. Update on proposed upgrade of Routes 5/12/131 Intersection
6. Bishop Camp Road: Authorize hearing on Request to Discontinue?
7. Perkinsville School Reuse
8. Policies and Procedures of Fire Commission
9. Weathersfield Center Road crashes
10. Irene Update
Mr. Arrison made the motion to adjourn. Mr. Clattenburg seconded the motion which passed without dissent. The Weathersfield Select Board meeting was adjourned at 9:29 p.m.
Submitted by Jim Mullen
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