JUNE 19, 2017
Members Present: Keith Squires, Daniel Harvey, Reggie Jennings, Jr., Timothy Williams,
Members Absent: Cynthia Browning
Also Present: Jack McDonough-GNAT-TV
The meeting was called to order at 7:04pm by Chairman Keith Squires.
Minutes Meeting June 5, 2017: Mr. Williams made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of June 5, 2017 as presented. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
Highway Report: Mr. Squires reported that the road crew has been grading, mowing and trimming. The road crew did the clean-up of the two trees taken down on Crow Hill Road, as well as the tree at the Rec Park by the pond. Mr. Squires reported that Gary Weller had a fender bender with the Town truck. The incident was reported to the State Police who gave ‘warnings’ only to both drivers involved. Mr. Squires stated that the Town truck had some paint scraped and very minor damage. A ‘Notice Only’ claim for the Town truck has been filed with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
7A Sidewalk: Mr. Squires reported that he and Tim Williams met with Alan Tschorn regarding the proposed sidewalk that will go in front of the Chem Clean station. Mr. Squires noted that he and Mark Andres will meet there next week to put something on the ground so that all involved parties can see what the sidewalk will look like as it crosses the Chem Clean property.
Water Department: Chittenden Drive Work: Mr. Squires reported that we are still hearing from contractors regarding the proposed water Department work on Chittenden Drive.
Warrants: Bond Bank Account: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of $8560.02 from the Water Department Bond Bank Account for Order #B-19 dated June 19, 2017- with $8,384.01 to Aldrich & Elliott for invoice # 77018 for engineering services for the period of April 30, 2017 to May 27, 2017 and $176.01 to Bank of Bennington for interest payment. Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried. Operating Account: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of $3605.00 from the Water Department Operating Account for Warrant # WD Warrant #12 dated June 19, 2017.
Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried.
Water Department Inventory: Mr. Squires reported that Water Supervisor Burr Snow attended a seminar and found that the Department’s ”old inventory” can no longer be used. This relates to inventory with lead components. Burr will start replacing some of the older inventory.
Old Business: Dog Park: Mr. Harvey reported that the fencing has been installed at the dog park area in the Rec Park. Mary noted with thanks that Dan and Maureen Harvey and Reggie and Susie Jennings had worked very hard to get the fencing up this past Saturday morning. The Board was in favor of checking to see how much money is in the ‘account’ for the Dog Park as gates need to be purchased and installed.
Yellow Barn: Mary reported that Cynthia Browning sent an email stating that Jennifer Garrett of Vermont Land Trust had been down for an ‘annual stewardship meeting’ and was satisfied with the removal of the dirt pile and the wood chip pile at the Yellow Barn area.
Town Hall Painting: Mr. Jennings reported that Mike Carpenter will pick up his ‘up front’ payment tomorrow and then will be ready to start on the painting of Town Hall.
Mowing: Mr. Williams made a motion to have the highway crew mow the paddock area by the Yellow Barn. Seconded by Mr. Harvey. Motion carried.
Dog Issue Pleasant Street: Mr. Squires reported that Animal Control Officer Traci Mulligan contacted him – noting that there are different dogs now located once again at the Pleasant Street residence where there was an issue before. Traci and Board members will keep an eye on this situation to be sure it does not worsen.
Marble Sidewalk in Front of Town Hall: Mr. Williams stated that he would like to see the Board follow through on the proposed work on the marble sidewalk in front of Town Hall. Mr. Squires stated that he has not had a lot of response to his inquiries on this issue. He stated that he will try to get a ballpark figure to do this work.
New Business: Thank-yous: Mary reported that she had written thank-yous to Sylvia Jolivette for her generous donation for golf course maintenance, and to Bill Bryan for picking up a new Flag – at the Bennington Flag Day ceremony at the Elks – for the Town Hall flag pole.
Warrants & Orders: General Warrant: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of Warrant Order # 13 for the amount of $26,275.76. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. In discussion, noted that one-half of the County taxes are included in this warrant, as well as the VLCT dues. Motion carried.
Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.
Mary M. Henning, Recording Secretary
meeting video taped
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