June 4, 2018
Members Present: Keith Squires, Daniel Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Tim Williams, Reggie Jennings, Jr
Also Present: Jack McDonough-GNAT-T
The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Keith Squires.
Public Comments: There were no public comments.
Minutes of Meeting of May 21, 2018: Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 21, 2018 as presented. Seconded by Ms. Browning. Motion carried.
Old Business: Mr. Squires said the concession stand will be available on June 24, 2018, at the Music Festival, from 4-8pm, to benefit the Dog Park fundraising efforts.
Camping on the Battenkill: Mr. Squires informed the Board that since the last meeting, he had been in touch with Keith Miller concerning the additional $2950 that was on the previous invoice. At the last meeting it had been decided to not pay the additional money, but after to talking to Mr. Miller and the land’s owner, Neil Krawczyk, he found out that there was additional work that needed to be done, and the owner had approved it without notifying the Town. Mr. Squires stated that Mr. Krawczyk will pay the additional $2950 to Mr. Miller, and we will not ask the State for reimbursement. Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve the payment of $2950 from the HMGP, (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) to Keith Miller. Ms. Browning seconded the motion. Motion passed.
7A Sidewalk Invoice: Mr. Squires stated the Town had received the first invoice for the Arlington Rec Park Path Project, invoice #1, for $1056.00 from BCRC. Of that amount, $844.82 will come from State funds, and the remaining $211.20 will be the Town’s portion. Mr. Squires signed the invoice and returned it to BCRC who will then present it to the State, who will then pay the Town the $844.82. Mr. Squires suggested the Town pay for it’s portion out of the “rebuilding line” and the Board agreed. He also reminded the Board that the project is expected to take four years to complete.
Highways: Mr. Squires stated the crew has been working on spring grading. There have been some homeowner complaints of gravel on lawns or damaged mailboxes, but not as many as other years. Some complaints will be addressed, others will not. Workplace Policies: All three of the highway crew completed a mine safety seminar in May. Mr. Harvey suggested that the Town keep a copy of certificates issued by Chaves Excavating to each of the crew members upon completion of the training in their employment files. Mr. Squires suggested to the Board that the Town adopt the requirements outlined in the 2018 MSHA guidebook as policy going forward. Ms. Browning made a motion for the adoption of requirements outlined in the 2018 Mine Safety and Health Administration guidebook, updated, January, 2018, to include:
1. Mine Operations
2. Hazard Recognition
3. Health Aspects of the job
Mr. Williams seconded. The motion passed.
Mr. Squires asked the Board if they would be in favor of him getting proposals to purchase a small excavator, with trailer and to share the purchase costs between the Highway and Water Departments. The Board agreed to pursue obtaining proposals.
Mr. Williams stated that Kyle Legacy’s sixty day probation period ends on June 5, 2018, and he was approached by Gary Weller about a pay raise for Mr. Legacy.
Mr. Harvey made a motion to give a pay raise of $1.00 per hour to Kyle Legacy, to make his hourly wage $22.00 per hour. Ms. Browning seconded. The motion passed.
Water Department: Warrants & Orders: Bond Bank and Operating Account: Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve WD Bond Account, Order # B33, dated June 5, 2018, in the amounts of a $435.00 payment to Aldrich and Elliot, and a payment to Herrmann Construction of $44,010.00, for a total of $44,445.00. Ms. Browning seconded. The motion passed. Mr. Harvey moved to approve Warrant Order WD Warrant #11, dated June 4,2018, for $1008.39, from the Water Department Operating account. Seconded by Mr.Jennings. Motion passed.
Mr. Squires informed the Board that the Town Treasurer, Linda Crosby, has requested the Town borrow $100,000 from the Grader Fund to cover immediate needs for operating costs.
Mr. Harvey made a motion to borrow the needed $100,000 from the Grader Fund. Ms. Browning seconded. Motion passed.
Mr. Squires presented an email sent to him from Hooper Pickering, concerning the Arlington Renewal Project. In the email he asked that the Selectboard write a letter of support for the Renewal Project to the National Park Service in hopes that the Project could receive a grant from the Park Service to provide expertise regarding the acquisition of timber properties. Ms. Browning made a motion to authorize Mr. Squires to write a letter of support for the Arlington Renewal Project to obtain a grant from the National Park Service that would provide expertise regarding the acquisition of timber properties for recreational use. Mr. Jennings seconded. Motion passed.
Mr. Squires stated that he offered Administrative Assistant, Janet Barry, the option of being included in the municipal retirement fund. Mr. Harvey made a motion to allow Janet Barry to be included in the municipal retirement fund. Ms. Browning seconded. Motion passed.
There was general discussion about the Dietrich property, in which it was noted that it needs to be mowed, and many possible uses for the property in the future were discussed.
Warrants and Orders: Mr. Harvey made a motion to approve General Warrant #12, for $15046.57. Ms. Browning seconded. Motion passed.
Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Jennings seconded. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
Janet Barry, Recording Secretary
Meeting video taped
Cc: files, Town Clerk