Selectboard Minutes 1.8.18

JANUARY 8, 2018
Members Present: Keith Squires, Daniel Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Timothy Williams,
Reggie Jennings Jr.
Also Present: Jack McDonough-GNAT-TV

The meeting was called to order at 7:08pm by Chairman Keith Squires.

Minutes Meeting December 27, 2017: Ms. Browning made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of December 27, 2017 as presented. Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried.

Highways: Mr. Squires reported that the road crew has been dealing with storms, and slippery roads. There was an incident with one of the trucks last week – but no major damage done nor any injuries.

Water Department: Mr. Squires reported that he and Burr met with the Aldrich & Elliott engineers today to update on inventory and work on the history of the system. Water Dept. Warrants & Orders: Accounts Payable for 2017 has not yet been closed out so there are no Water Department warrant orders for tonight’s meeting. There will be a Water Commissioners meeting on Monday January 15, 2018 at 7pm.

Old Business: Camping on the Battenkill: Mr. Squires reported that the Town is still waiting for insurance certificates from Mr. Miller. Mr. Squires noted that the State has reimbursed us for payments made so far. Dog Park Fence: Mr. Squires reported that he has picked up the fencing material – he still has to get the gates. He noted that we need to do some serious fund raising at this point in time. The Dog Park committee members will be invited to come in to the next Selectboard meeting. 7A Sidewalk Project: Mr. Squires reported that BCRC has put out RFPs for construction design for the 7A- to-Rec Park sidewalk. He noted that the construction will not begin until 2019 or 2020.

New Business: Fire Department Officers: Mr. Harvey made a motion to accept the proposed 2018 Fire Department Officers as follows: Chief – Jamie Paustian, 1st Assistant Chief – Brian Hawley, 2nd Assistant Chief – Vince Thompson. Seconded by Ms. Browning. Motion carried.
Planning Commission & Zoning: Ms. Browning noted that because she is acting as Land Use Administrator – she had to step down off the Planning Commission. She noted that the Zoning is short members now as well. There was discussion on this issue. Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize Selectboard members to serve as alternates on the Planning Commission or the ZBA as needed. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.

Warrants & Orders: Payroll: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of $768.00 to Keith Squires for duties as Interim Administrator for the period of December 24, 2017 through January 6, 2018 as noted on Payroll Order # 2B dated January 8, 2018. Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried with Mr. Harvey, Mr. Williams, Mr. Jennings, and Ms. Browning voting in favor of the motion. Mr. Squires abstained from the vote. General Warrant: Accounts Payable has not yet been closed out so there is no general warrant order for tonight’s meeting.

Executive Session: Ms. Browning made a motion that premature discussion of a personnel issue would cause the municipality to suffer substantial disadvantage. Seconded by Mr. Harvey Motion carried. Mr. Harvey made a motion to enter into Executive Session for discussion of a personnel issue. Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried. The Board entered into Executive Session at7:30 pm. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:54pm. There were no motions or actions taken as a result of the Executive Session. The Board is back in open session at 7:56.

Budget 2018: Discussion on Budget 2018: Raises: Mr. Squires reviewed the figures discussed at the last meeting. He noted that those present at the last meeting were in favor of giving all – with the exception of the Highway – a 3% raise and give the Highway crew a 1% raise. Health Insurance figures were put in = Town Clerk $18,100.00; Treasurer $18,100.00; Highway $44,000.00. Administrative lines: $600.00 was put on the ‘Website’ line.

The next Budget meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday January 10, 2018. Mr. Jennings made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mr. Harvey. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary M. Henning, Recording Secretary
cc: files, Town Clerk

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