DECEMBER 4, 2017
Members Present: Keith Squires, Daniel Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Reggie Jennings Jr.,
Also Present: Jack McDonough-GNAT-TV, Darrin Jennings-Governance Committee
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm by Chairman Keith Squires.
Minutes Meeting of November 20, 2017: Mr. Jennings made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2017 as presented. Seconded by Mr. Williams. Motion carried.
Highways: Mr. Squires reported that the road crew has been cleaning ditches, spot grading on gravel roads, and doing routine maintenance. They have also been doing some projects with the Water Department. Mr. Harvey noted that there has been discussion around Town about roadside dumping. Mr. Squires stated that he would try to put something together on this issue for discussion at the next Board meeting.
Water Department: Warrants & Orders: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of Water Department Order # WD Warrant #24 dated December 4, 2017 for the total amount of $27,427.01 from the Water Department Operating Account. Seconded by Ms. Browning. In discussion, Mr. Squires reviewed that the large sum to Bank of Bennington was to cover interest on the Bond. There was discussion on this issue – with Board members trying to clarify the whole ‘interest payment ‘ process. Motion carried. Bond Bank Account: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of Bond Bank Account Order # B25 dated December 4, 2017 for the total amount of $30,000.00 to Bank of Bennington for principal on the Bond. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. In discussion, Mr. Squires stated that the Town did receive $46,000.00 two weeks ago. He noted that this process has been slow as there have been changes in personnel, etc. Motion carried.
Old Business: Camping on the Battenkill-Update: HMGP Payment: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of $7,702.00 to Mance Engineering Partners, P.C. for Project 17-005VT Camping on the Battenkill, FEMA Grant Work billing cycle 17-005-2 to be paid from Bank of Bennington special account #6006036906. Seconded by Ms. Browning. Motion carried. Mr. Squires reported that we have gone out to bid for the electrical work and water lines for Camping on the Battenkill.
New Business: 2018 Meetings Schedule: Board members reviewed the proposed ‘regular’ Selectboard meetings schedule for 2018 as well as the proposed Water Commissioners’ meetings schedule. Board members were in favor of keeping the scheduled meetings as proposed.
Assistant Delinquent Tax Collector: Mr. Squires stated that he felt that the Board should appoint someone as Assistant Delinquent Tax Collector. Ms. Browning made a motion to appoint Robin Wilcox as Assistant Delinquent Tax Collector. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
Agendas: Mr. Williams suggested that we should add a ‘Public Comments’ section to the Agendas for each meeting as it might encourage more public input and attendance.
Warrants & Orders: Payroll: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of $528.00 to Keith Squires for duties as Interim Administrator for the period of November 19, 201 through December 2, 2017 as noted on Payroll Order #49B dated December 4, 2017. 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: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of Warrant Order #25 dated December 5, 2017 for the total amount of $20,539.36. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
All Other Business: Donated ‘Village’: Mr. Jennings reported that the Lawrence Molloy family has donated a pottery village to the Town. The Board was in favor of putting the village up on a shelf downstairs in Town Hall. The village has replicas of the buildings that have been in Arlington for many years. A thank you will go out to the Molloys.
Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn the meetings. Seconded by Mr. Harvey. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at7:45pm.
Mary M. Henning, Recording Secretary
meeting video taped
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