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Minutes of reconvened Select Board Meeting 1-22-15

posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:41 AM by Bruce Richardson


January 5, 2014

CTO: 7:00 P.M.

ATTENDANCE: Bradley McVetty, Shawn Conant, Douglas Lord, Linda Sanborn, Nancy Desrochers, Carroll (Sam) Gorham, guest Selectman from Brunswick and VLCT Board member Brendan Whittaker and Susan L. Irwin.

APPROVE MINUTES: Shawn moved to accept the minutes.  Douglas seconded the motion and the motion carried.

BRENDAN WHITTAKER: Mr. Whittaker addressed 3 concerns that our two towns share.  The first is the responsibility and right of the Town Fire Warden to fight fires on State Land within the town. The State says no but the description of the Fire Warden’s responsibilities says “all fires within the Town’s boundaries.” The second concern deals with the new recycling and waste disposal laws. He encouraged the Board Members to attend the upcoming meeting, and is hoping to propose changes to the present law. Thirdly, he expressed concern about how hard his town and our town are going to be affected by the proposed cut in State Land Payments made to the towns. He will be attending a meeting to express the unfairness of this action.  Vermont is a “Dillon Rule State,” which essentially means “Town’s have no power except what the State gives them.”


BUDGET AND WARNING: The budget was worked on and two new warnings were added. “Shall the Town vote to take $5,000 from the General Fund and create an earmarked Fund for the Town Plan and Zoning By-law update?” And secondly “Shall the Town vote to take $2,000 from the General Fund and put it in the Book Restoration Fund?”

PROPERTY VALUATION & REVIEW CERTIFIED EQUALIZED EDUCATION PROPERTY VALUE:  Our Coefficient of Dispersion is 18.34% and our Common Level of Appraisal is 106.07%, both of which are in an acceptable range.

COURTESY WARNING FOR DOG OWNERS: No action was taken to adopt an ordinance.

CAI GRANT: No new information.

TOWN PLAN/ZONING BYLAW: The Public Hearing will be warned for March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. for the Town Plan and 6:45 p.m. for the Zoning Bylaw updates.

SELECTMEN’S WARRANTS: These were reviewed and signed.

OTHER BUSINESS: 1.The Town Meeting Tune-Up Workshop was announced. 2. Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation is doing a redesign of Maidstone State Park.  They are having a Public Informational Meeting and the Maidstone Selectboard is allowing Susan Bulmer, New England Parks Regional Manager to use our Town Hall on February 2nd at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to present the plans and allow time for questions.  

RECESSED UNTIL January 20TH AT 7:00 P.M. No one showed up except Bradley McVetty so the meeting was rescheduled until January 22 at 7:00 p.m.

CTO 7:00 P.M. ON January 22, 2015

ATTENDANCE: Bradley McVetty, Shawn Conant and Susan Irwin.

BUDGET AND WARNING: Shawn moved to not include Nancy’s recollection of the minutes in regards to Article 7 of the Warning of the March 4, 2014 Annual Town Meeting.  Bradley seconded the motion and the motion carried.

The Board members asked the Secretary to call the VLCT Assistance Center to ask them: 1. If we have just elected 3 Auditors, what are the ramifications in regards to Article #8 if it passes?      2. Should they have included a figure in their Article?  

They finalized the Budget and the Warning.


Minutes taken by Susan L. Irwin