APRIL 9, 2018
Members Present: Keith Squires, Daniel Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Reggie Jennings, Jr.
Members Absent: Timothy Williams
Also Present: Jack McDonough-GNAT-TV, Jamie Paustian, Vince Thompson,
& Brian J. Hawley –Fire Dept., Chris Thwaits of Bulldog Fire Apparatus
The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Chairman Keith Squires.
Minutes Meeting of March 26, 2018: Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of March 26, 2018 as presented. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
Highways: Mr. Squires reported that the new crew member has started on the Highway crew. The road crew has been working at removing the trimmed limbs on the trees along the drive into the Park with Ed Pike doing the trimming. TA-60 & Road & Bridges Standards & Highway Inventory. Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize signature of the Annual Financial plan (TA-60), and the Certification of Compliance for Road & Bridge Standards. Seconded by Mr. Harvey. Motion carried. Mr. Squires reported that as far as the highway grants – the Ball Mountain Road culvert has been approved – he is waiting for more quotes on this project. Bridge 25 was approved and that will be painted this year. He noted that the ‘proposed’ grants being applied for are: Bridge #13, Tory Lane North, Bridge #17, and paving on Sandgate Road, and Warm Brook Road.
Road Erosion Inventory: Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize Mr. Squires to sign the agreement for services between the Town of Arlington and BCRC regarding the Road Erosion Inventory. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried. Mr. Squires noted that BCRC will pay the engineers and we will reimburse BCRC. We have an $8000.00 grant for this. The Total project cost is $9600.00 – The Town will be responsible for $1600.00. This money will come out of the “rebuilding” line.
New Business: At this point in the meeting – Mr. Squires moved ahead to accommodate the Fire Department and Chris Thwaits – a representative of Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus (formerly KME). Chief Jamie Paustian stated that the Fire Department was looking to replace Truck 75. Chris Twaits discussed the payment options as presented on copies of ‘Community Leasing’ paperwork that the Board reviewed. Board members asked that Bulldog present more options for ‘comparison’ as well as the specs worked out by Bulldog. Jamie reported that the Fire Department is looking at several companies that provide turn out gear – for comparison prices. Jamie also reported that they are looking to find a place where they can get an account to get non-ethanol fuel. Jamie noted that his Fire Warden Appointment is up this year. This is a five (5) year term and the paperwork will be coming into the office later this year.
Water Department: Mr. Squires reported that work started on the Chittenden Drive Project today. Warrants & Orders: Operating Account: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize a payment of Water Department Order # WD Warrant #7 dated April 9, 2018 for the amount of $1,945.07. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
Old Business: Camping on the Battenkill: Mr. Squires reported that with the larger invoices that have come in – there is not enough money in the account right now to pay the entire amount. There is currently $12,000.00 in the account. Mr. Squires suggested the Town pay this out of the FEMA account and then reimburse that account when the monies come in to the Town. There was discussion on this issue. Mr. Jennings stated that he was not in favor of paying these invoices from the FEMA fund. Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize a total payment of $38,488.36 – as funding becomes available with $3,400.00 to Neil Krawczyk for removal of trees, etc at Camping on the Battenkill and $88.36 to New England Newspapers for notice of Act 250 published in the newspaper and $20,000.00 to Keith E. Miller for working on the water supply at Camping on the Battenkill, and $15,000.00 to Cutler Electric LLC for work done at Camping on the Battenkill with payment to come from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation special account. Seconded by Mr. Harvey. Motion carried.
Mediation & Enforcement of Ordinances: Ms. Browning stated that she felt there might be a possible role for mediation in the future – regarding Town ordinances enforcement. This was in reference to an email on this issue from Ms. Holy Bakke.
New Business: Liquor Licenses: Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve the renewal of a first class liquor license for Chauncey’s Family dining. Seconded by Ms.Browning. Motion carried.
Tax Sale: Board members reviewed copies of the properties that will be coming up for Tax Sale on April 20th. It was noted that two of the properties have already been redeemed. The Board was in favor of not bidding on any properties. Mr. Squires stated that he would be present at the sale.
LEOP: Ms. Browning made a motion to re-adopt Arlington’s Local Emergency Operation Plan (LEOP) dated 04/09/2018. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
Warrants & Orders: Payroll: Mr. Harvey made a motion to authorize payment of Payroll # 15B for $528.00 to Keith Squires for duties as Interim Administrator for the period of March 25, 2018 through April 7, 2018. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried with Mr. Harvey, 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 # 7 dated April 10, 2018 for the amount of $32,720.49 Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried.
All Other Business: Events: Mary reported that there will be a Municipal Road General Permit meeting for Road foremen tomorrow here in Town Hall at 10am.
Mr. Harvey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mr. Jennings. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
Mary M. Henning, Recording Secretary
& Janet Barry, Administrative Assistant
meeting video taped,
cc: files, Town Clerk