Select Board Meeting Minutes 9.12.23



September 12, 2023

Members Present:  Dan Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Glenn Sherman,  and Jamie Paustian

Members Absent:   Todd Wilkins

Also Present:  Nick Zaiac-Town Administrator, Jim Henderson-BCRC, Bill Bullock, Doug Lyons

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM, by Mr. Harvey.

Agenda Addition: Ms. Browning made a motion to add a Liquor License permit to the agenda. Mr. Paustian seconded. Motion carried, 4-0, with Mr. Wilkins absent.

Public Comments: None

New Business: 

Liquor License:  Ms. Browning made a motion to approve the Special Events Permit for Watson Wheeler Cider LLC, for September 16, 2023, at Norman’s Attic Event. Mr. Paustian seconded. Mr. Henderson spoke on their behalf noting their use of heirloom apples to produce their product, including some from his property. Motion carried 4-0, with Mr. Wilkins absent.

Tree in River Award:   The Board, Mr. Zaiac, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Bullock and Mr. Lyons discussed the hazardous tree that has fallen in the river, and debated the best way to have the tree be safe for the river, people using the river, and the nearby road. Mr. Zaiac noted that as part of the permitting the Board must authorize the use of Emergency Protective Measures. Having Dydo & Company do the tree removal as a sole source contract due to the emergency situation was discussed. Mr. Henderson, Mr. Lyons, and Mr. Bullock expressed that the watershed user community would be best served by leaving at least some of the tree in the river, possibly swinging part of it upstream or downstream with the crane, erring on the side of leaving more of the tree than less. Mr. Sherman expressed a desire to maximize safety to first responders, erring on the side of removing more of the tree than less.

Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize the use of Emergency Protective Measures and award a sole source contract at a rate of $200 per hour, not to exceed a total of $2000 to Dydo and Company, with the scope of work limited to the minimum necessary to keep river users, town staff, and first responders safe. Seconded by Mr. Paustian. Mr. Zaiac noted that he would not have a vehicle the following day and would thus be unable to personally oversee the project. Mr. Harvey agreed to personally oversee the project on behalf of the board. Motion carried 4-0 Mr. Wilkins absent.

Mr. Paustian made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Browning seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:42PM.

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