• Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

  • Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

  • Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

  • Town of Weathersfield, Vermont

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Select Board
Martin Memorial Hall
5259 Route 5 Ascutney VT
Thursday March 9th, 2017
7:00 PM
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

MINUTES

Select Board Members Present: Daniel Boyer
C. Peter Cole
Lynn Esty
Amy Beth Main
Kelly Murphy

Select Board Members Absent:

Ed Morris, Town Manager

Others Present:
Edith Stillson Westley Hazeltine

1. Call to Order
Mr. Morris called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

2. Election of Chairperson
Mr. Boyer nominated Ms. Murphy to be chairperson. There were no other nominations. Ms. Murphy is the chairperson.

3. Election of Vice-Chairperson
Mr. Cole nominated Mrs. Esty to be Vice-Chairperson. There were no other nominations. Mrs. Esty is the Vice-Chairperson.

4. Election of Board Clerk
Mr. Cole nominated Ms. Main to be Board Clerk. There were no other nominations. Ms. Main is the Board Clerk.

5. Appointment of Recording Secretary
Motion: To appoint deForest Bearse as Recording Secretary.
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

6. Designate regular meeting dates, times, and location
Motion: To meet on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at Martin Memorial Hall, except during designated months when the Board meets at various locations throughout the Town.
Made by: Mr. Boyer Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

7. Designate newspaper of record for Town
Motion: To continue using the Valley News as the newspaper of record for the Town.
Made by: Mr. Boyer Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

8. Appoint Select Board Representative to Fire Commission
Motion: To appoint Mr. Boyer as the Select Board's representative to the Fire Commission.
Made by: Mr. Cole
Mr. Boyer declined.
Motion: To appoint Mrs. Esty as the Select Board's representative to the Fire Commission.
Made by: Ms. Main Second: Ms. Murphy
Vote: Unanimous in favor

9. Appoint Select Board Representative to Highway Committee
Motion: To appoint Mr. Boyer as the Select Board's representative to the Highway Committee.
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

10. Adopt Policy of Conduct of Meetings and Hearings
Motion: To adopt the Policy of Conduct of Meetings and Hearings dated March 9, 2017.
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mrs. Esty
Discussion: Ms. Murphy asked that Section 1(B) be amended to add language that would clarify confusion around votes made with less than the full board present. She suggested language from the VLCT Select Board Handbook:
In order for the Board to take a binding vote or action, there must be a concurrence of a majority of the total number of Board members. For example, if four members of the five-member Board are present, the vote must be 3-1 to be binding. If three members are present, the vote must be unanimous.
Motion Withdrawn: Mr. Cole and Mrs. Esty withdrew their motion and second.
Motion: To adopt the Policy of Conduct of Meetings and Hearings with Section 1(B) amended as discussed.
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mrs. Esty
Vote: Unanimous in favor

11. Review Ethics Policy
Motion: To affirm the Ethics Policy as revised August 15, 2016.
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

12. Review Conflict of Interest Policy
Motion: To affirm the Conflict of Interest Policy dated 9/6/2016
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mrs. Esty
Vote: Unanimous in favor

13. Comments from Select Board and Citizens on topics not on agenda
Mr. Morris announced that the police truck had sold at auction for $9625 (minus the $75 fee). He said Gateway is happy to auction for the Town any vehicles we may have purchased from them in a similar manner. All agreed that this was a successful method of disposing of unwanted police vehicles. It was also agreed to explore other similar types of auctions for disposing of other Town vehicles when they need to be sold.

Mr. Morris said there is a frost heave under the new pavement on Amsden School Road. Mr. Hazeltine said the pavement has not yet cracked and feels confident it will subside without damage.

14. Review minutes from previous meeting
There were no minutes to review.

15. Resignation from Fire Commission
Bruce Van Houten submitted a letter of resignation from the Fire Commission.
Motion: To accept Mr. Van Houten's resignation.
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Ms. Main
Vote: Unanimous in favor

16. Appointments
Motion: To appoint Westley Hazeltine as Acting Town Manager
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Cathy Sullivan as Animal Control Officer.
Made by: Mr. Boyer Second: Mrs. Esty
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint William Daniels as Constable
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Dave Fuller as Emergency Management Coordinator
Made by: Mr. Cole Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Mr. Cole and Mr. Boyer voted in favor; Ms. Murphy, Mrs. Esty and Ms. Main were opposed. Motion failed.

Motion: To appoint Michael Lewallen as Emergency Management Coordinator
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Ms. Main
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Julia Lloyd Wright as Energy Coordinator
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Marilyn Houghton, Janet Bristol, and Edith Stillson as Martin Memorial Hall Trustees
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Julia Lloyd Wright to the Parks and Recreation Commission
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Michael Todd, Julia Schmitz and Nancy Heatley to the Planning Commission
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Ed Morris to the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District
Made by: Mr. Boyer Second: Mrs. Esty
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To designate the home of Cathy Sullivan at 21 Hartford Street, Claremont, NH as the Town Pound
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion:To appoint Westley Hazeltine as Tree Warden
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Cole
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Chip Cobb to the Veterans Memorial Committee
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Mr. Boyer
Vote: Unanimous in favor

Motion: To appoint Betty Brooks, Ethan McNaughton and Willis Wood to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
Made by: Mrs. Esty Second: Ms. Main
Vote: Unanimous in favor

17. Future Meeting Agenda Items
      A.   March 20th, 2017 (Ms. Murphy will not be present at this meeting)
                 Town Plan
                 Award Funds from Transfer Station Bottle/Can Redemption Program
                 Green Mountain Power Presentation
                 Town Challenge
      B.  April 3rd, 2017

                Act 148 Universal Recycling – Mary O'Brien and Ham Gillett
                Transfer Station – Single-Sort RFP and Decision
                Swap Shop
                Conflict of Interest Discussion

18. Adjourn
      Motion: To adjourn the meeting
      Made by: Mr. Boyer Second: Ms. Main
      Vote: Unanimous in favor

The meeting adjourned at 7:38 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
deForest Bearse