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Minutes of MAIDSTONE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING March 3, 2015

posted Mar 6, 2015, 6:53 AM by Bruce Richardson   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 7:19 AM ]

MAIDSTONE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

March 3, 2015

ATTENDANCE: Judi and Shawn Conant, Guilbert and Nancy Desrochers, Charles and Mary Fitch, Bruce Hobaugh, David and Elaine Hodge, Robert Hodge, Roger and Susan Irwin, Robert Lancraft, Douglas Lord, Bonnie Lovell, David and Louise Lufkin, Kara Lufkin, Bradley and Cheryl McVetty, Kathy Noyes, Michael Otis, Mary Richardson, Linda Sanborn, Lloyd Tippet, and Franklin Whitney.  We also had 2 guests, State Representative Connie Quimby and her husband Bruce.  

Moderator Shawn Conant thanked everyone for coming and explained that Town Meeting is one of the few circumstances when people get to make a difference in how their government works.  “It is an awesome privilege” he stated.

ARTICLE 1: TO ELECT ALL TOWN OFFICERS AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

MODERATOR: Susan Irwin, Town Clerk opened the floor for nominations for Moderator.  Cheryl McVetty nominated Shawn Conant and there being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Shawn Conant was elected for a 1-year term.

TOWN TREASURER: Bruce Hobaugh nominated Linda Sanborn.  Linda declined. Mary Richardson nominated Bonnie Lovell.  Kathy Lovell seconded the motion.  There being no other nominations, Judi Conant moved to have the Clerk cast 1 ballot for Bonnie Lovell for a 3-year term.  The motion was seconded, a vote was taken and the Clerk cast one ballot as instructed, electing Bonnie Lovell as Treasurer.

SELECTMAN: Mary Richardson nominated Bradley McVetty.  Bruce Hobaugh seconded the motion.  There being no other nominations, Roger Irwin moved to have the clerk cast one ballot for Bradley Mcvetty for a 3-year term as Selectman. Judi Conant seconded the motion, the motion carried and the Clerk cast one ballot as instructed, electing Bradley McVetty as Selectman.

LISTER: David Hodge nominated Elaine Hodge.  Roger Irwin seconded the motion.  There being no other nominations, David Hodge moved to have the Clerk cast one ballot for Elaine Hodge for a 3-year term as Lister. The motion was seconded, the motion carried and the Clerk cast one ballot as instructed, electing Elaine Hodge for the position.

CONSTABLE: Guilbert nominated Raymond Lovell.  Cheryl McVetty seconded the motion. There being no additional nominations, a vote was taken and the motion carried electing Raymond Lovell for a 1-year term as Constable.

DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR: Kathy Lovell nominated Bonnie Lovell.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Bonnie Lovell was elected as Delinquent Tax Collector for a 1-year term.

TOWN GRAND JUROR: Bruce Hobaugh noted that there was an error in the Town Report as James Mazzonna was listed as Town Grand Juror and Town Agent when both positions are now held by Bruce Hobaugh. Susan Irwin nominated Bruce Hobaugh.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Bruce Hobaugh was elected for a 1-year term as Grand Juror.

TOWN AGENT: Susan Irwin nominated Bruce Hobaugh for Town Agent.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Bruce Hobaugh was elected to a 1-year term as Town Agent.

AUDITORS: The order of business was changed so the people could address  Article 8.

ARTICLE 8: SHALL THE TOWN ELIMINATE THE OFFICE OF TOWN AUDITOR AND REPLACE THEIR ROLE WITH A CONTRACTED CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM, LICENSED IN VERMONT TO PROVIDE AN ANNUAL AUDIT OF ALL FUNDS, EXCEPT THOSE AUDITED PURSUANT TO 16 V.S.A. 323 (EDUCATION FUNDS IN SUPERVISORY UNION TREASURY) AND ASSIST THE TOWN IN DEVELOPMENT AND MONITORING OF PROPER ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES AND REPORTS? THE FUNDING FOR THESE SERVICES TO COME FROM THE TOWN’S GENERAL FUND FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR IF THE 2015 PROPOSED BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES (ACCOUNTANT).

Guilbert Desrochers move to accept the article as printed.  Robert Lancraft seconded the motion and the motion carried.  Guilbert Desrochers moved to amend the article to delete the last sentence in the article.  Douglas Lord seconded the motion.  The Moderator opened the floor for discussion on the amendment.  After discussion, a vote was taken and the amendment to the article was passed. The Moderator then opened the floor to discussion on the amended Article.

Mary Richardson suggested that Article 8 is not necessary because the Selectboard has the authority of hire an accountant whether we have Auditors or not. After more discussion Bruce Hobaugh moved to end the debate.  Judi Conant seconded the motion. Explaining that the motion to end the debate requires a two-thirds majority, the moderator called for a vote, and the motion to end the debate passed.  A vote on the amended main motion was then called for, and the amended article passed. 

Article 8 passed so the election of auditors was not necessary. With no other town Officers to elect the Moderator moved the meeting to the next Article on the agenda.

ARTICLE 2: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO COLLECT ITS 2015 TAXES UP TO AND INCLUDING OCTOBER 15TH AND PAY SAME TO TREASURER?

Lloyd Tippet moved to accept Article 2 as written.  Roger Irwin seconded the motion. There being no discussion a vote was taken and Article 2 passed.

ARTICLE 3: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $5,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE EQUIPMENT FUND?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 3 as written.  Douglas Lord seconded the motion.  There was some discussion, a vote was taken and Article 3 passed.

ARTICLE 4: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $3,500 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE “REAPPRAISAL AND MAINTENANCE OF THE GRAND LIST” FUND?

Mary Richardson moved to accept Article 4 as written.  Bruce Hobaugh seconded the motion.  After discussion a vote was taken and Article 4 passed.

ARTICLE 5: SHALL THE TOWN APPROVE A $1,000 DONATION FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE MAIDSTONE LAKE ASSOCIATION TO HELP SUPORT THE “AQUATIC NUISANCE PREVENTION PROGRAM” AT MAIDSTONE LAKE?

Roger Irwin moved to accept Article 5 as written.  Lloyd Tippet seconded the motion.  There being no discussion a vote was taken and Article 5 passed.

ARTICLE 6: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $5,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND CREATE AN EARMARKED FUND FOR THE “TOWN PLAN AND ZONING BYLAW UPDATE?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 6 as written.  Robert Lancraft seconded the motion. After discussion a vote was taken and Article 6 passed.

ARTICLE 7: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $2,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE “BOOK RESTORATION” FUND?

Lloyd Tippet moved to accept Article 7 as written.  Bruce Hobaugh seconded the motion.  After discussion a vote was taken and Article 7 passed.

ARTICLE 9: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $8,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND CREATE AN EARMARKED FUND FOR “PROFESSIONAL SERVICES?”

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 9 as written.  Lloyd Tippet seconded the motion. After discussion a vote was taken and Article 9 passed.

ARTICLE 10: SHALL THE TOWN RAISE $208,867 TO PAY CURRENT EXPENSES AND APPROPRIATIONS AS REQUESTED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET?

Roger Irwin moved to accept Article 10 as read.  Bruce Hobaugh seconded the motion.  There being no discussion a vote was taken and Article 10 passed.

ARTICLE 11: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016 AT 7 0’CLOCK P.M.?

Roger moved to accept Article 11 as written.  After discussion a vote was taken and Article 11 passed.

ARTICLE 12: TO TRANSACT ANY OTHER NONBINDING BUSINESS DEEMED NECESSARY AND PROPER WHEN MET.

Act 148, the new waste removal and recycling law was discussed and it was explained that the Selectboard is considering 2 options. This law will be implemented by July 1st of this year.

ADJOURNMENT: 8:11 P.M.

Respectfully submitted by Susan L. Irwin, Town Clerk and Approved by:

 Shawn Conant, Moderator                  Bradley McVetty, Chair of the Selectboard

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