TOWN OF RICHFORD, VEMONT
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SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES
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SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 2, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the executive session meeting to order at 1:30 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Dorothy Preston.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss personnel.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 2:50 PM. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Lina Collins, to send a letter to Constable Garrett Chapman advising that when he is asked to attend an event, he submit a miscellaneous expense voucher to the town clerk stating who asked him to attend and how many hours he attended. He is to be paid $25.00 per hour.  The motion carried.


The meeting adjourned at 2:52 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 17, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 6:50 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve a liquor license application submitted by American Legion Post #12. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 17, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

Tim Green discussed the municipal trash service, suggesting a possible 6 month extension of the current contract.

 

Chris Martel discussed animal control, saying there is an issue with the animal control officer not returning phone calls and not attending meetings when asked to do so. Chris will follow up.

 

Alan Fletcher reported the annual audit will be conducted on May 15.

Alan reported he will be sending tax sale properties to the attorney at the end of the month.

Alan suggested the board should discuss the education portion of property taxes regarding late filing penalties for homestead properties.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed expenses incurred regarding the water main break at Main & Maple Streets. The insurance will not be sending an adjustor. Norris will challenge the bill submitted by ENPRO, and will contact the insurance company.

Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the January 20 regular meeting. The motion carried with three yes votes, and Linda and Tim abstaining.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the February 3 regular meeting. The motion carried, with three yes votes, and Chris and Tim abstaining.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the February 17 regular meeting and BOCC meeting. The motion carried with three yes votes, and Wayne and Tim abstaining.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise , to approve the minutes of the March 3 special meeting. The motion carried, with four yes votes and Tim Green abstaining.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the March 10 special meeting and BOCC meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from the Richford Firefighters Association nominating fire engineers as follows: Ken Pigeon – Chief, Paul Martin – 1st Assistant, and Dale Pigeon – 2nd Assistant. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the nominations as presented. The motion carried.

 

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Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Tim Green, to appoint Sara Davis to a 2-year position on the Richford Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The motion carried.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Tim Green, to appoint Suzanne Rhodes to a 2-year position as a Richford Community Fund Director. The motion carried.

The board discussed the need to appoint a Town Service Officer. Tim will post a notice on Front Porch Forum.

Laura reported Ken Pigeon cannot now accept the position of Emergency Management Coordinator, because that position comes under the Fire Chief. Paul Martin will be asked to accept the position.

 

Linda Collins distributed a list of town-owned properties provided by the listers in 2010 for the board’s information.

 

Linda read a letter from Joe Cahill stating the hearing regarding his motion to dismiss in the Whitfield v. Town of Richford Selectboard will be held March 28 at 9:30 AM at Superior Court in St. Albans.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported he and John Nutting meet with FEMA officials on March 14 regarding the December ice storm damages. The Town will be applying for funds as a small project. The Town will be working with Ron Pentkowski. All debris will be hauled to the stump dump. FEMA will accept the work that has been done, and will be dealing with what needs to be completed.

Wayne reported no future FEMA funding after the ice storm incident will be available until the Board completes training for disaster management.

Wayne presented the Town’s ranking for the state Class 2 Roadway Program (26th of 29) and the Highway Structures Program (16th of 29). The ranks are the result of funds received in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

Wayne reported a letter has been received from the Montgomery selectboard thanking the town for assistance during the ice storm by lending a truck.

 

Tim Green reported he will prepare a Request for Proposal for electricians for the library roof.

Tim reported he met with Kathy Benoit regarding ambulance transport fees.

 

Chris Martel reported the board needs a contact person for the Christmas lights in Memorial Park.

Chris reported he is talking with Sunray regarding upgrading the River Street cameras.

 

Norris Tillotson presented the lease agreement between the Town and L.F. Hurtubise & Sons, Inc. for haying the sewer plant land. The board agreed to allow reseeding on the property.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to execute the contract. The motion carried, with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

 

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Norris presented the VTel Wireless Prefiling Notice regarding the installation of a telecommunications facility at 81 Green Avenue.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to recommend approval of the project by the Vermont Public Service Board. The motion carried.

Norris reported he received VTel’s supplement to the 45-dDay Advance Notice: Viewshed Maps and Photographic Simulations.

Tim Green noted VTel should submit a “notification” permit application relative to the project exceeding bylaw height restrictions. No approval is necessary because the project is on town land.

Norris reviewed the cash balances for the water and sewer plants. Water meter reading will begin April 1, with the intent to distribute bills by May 1.

Norris reported he purchased a 5,000 pound pressure-washer for the water and sewer plants. He discussed buying a trailer to for its transport and carrying tools and a water tank.

Norris reported he would eventually like to purchase a 4-wheeler with tracks to be able to keep the water intake open and free of ice, and would like the trailer to be able to transport the 4-wheeler.

 

Chris Martel reported he has received calls regarding REAC’s request for an appropriation, asking whether REAC is a branch of the town. Chris explained that REAC is a private organization as explained in their annual report and in the selectboard’s newsletter.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

 

 



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 10, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 9:07 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the following license applications:

                Richford Country Club – Liquor license and outside consumption license

                Mayhew’s Corner Store – Liquor license and tobacco license

                Dollar General Store @12112 – tobacco license

The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 10, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Marianne Hall.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson to name Linda Collins as chair for the ensuing year. The motion carried.

The board appointed Laura Ovitt as their clerk.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to hold regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. The motion carried.

 

Marianne Hall, Moderator, discussed the recent town meeting. There is currently only one microphone working. Repairing the other microphone will be less expensive than purchasing a replacement.

Marianne recommended that Eugene Garron’s pay should be increased for his assistance at the meeting. The board agreed.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to change the time of the meeting from 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The motion carried.

The board approved a bill from Constable Garrett Chapman for his attendance at the meeting.

Marianne discussed the Old Home Day Parade. The route will be changed this year. The committee would like to block Main Street from School Street to Powell Street between noon and 4PM, detouring vehicles on Intervale Avenue to allow a place for the Missisquoi River Band concert after the parade. The board said that would not be possible because tractor trailers cannot make the turns. The board suggested staging the band at the Peoples Trust parking lot.

Marianne has ordered a new banner for the Hometown Follies, and asked permission for the highway crew to hang the banner. The board agreed.

Marianne left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to name Wayne Hurtubise Highway Commissioner. The motion carried.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to name Norris Tillotson as Water /Wastewater Commissioner. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to name Chris Martel as Public Safety Commissioner including Animal Control, Parks/Playground/Cemetery Commissioner, and as the town’s representative on the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to name Tim Green as Public Buildings Commissioner, Fire and Ambulance Commissioner, and as liaison with the Town Clerk. The motion carried.

 

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Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to accept the following roster of appointed positions as presented. The motion carried.

                Planning Commission – Guy Charbonneau

                Conservation Commission – Mary Robinson and Carrie Garrow

                Emergency Management Chair – Ken Pigeon

                Emergency Management Assistant – Ken Pigeon

                Northwest Regional Planning Commissioner – Rowena Brown

                E-911 Coordinator – Laura Ovitt

                Solid Waste District Representative – Mary Robinson

                Town Energy Coordinator – Daniel Parsons

                Town Tree Warden – Daniel Parsons

                Richford Revolving Loan Fund Committee (2 years) – Sara Davis

 

The board discussed their decision, made during the budget process, to reduce the amount the auditors are paid. They determined they should reconsider that decision.

 

The board determined to consider establishing a spending policy.

 

Linda Collins reported board members will be required to undergo disaster training through the fire department. Laura will distribute copies of the current rapid response plan to the board.

 

Chris Martel confirmed that he told David Steinhour that he could carry 7 hours of personal time forward from 2013 due to being called in to work during the ice storm.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from Zoning Administrator Karen Cangelosi requesting a $50.00 per month pay increase. The board determined to revisit the request in July at Karen’s anniversary date.

 

The vault project was discussed. The contractor is waiting for the electrician to complete his work before beginning construction.

 

The board discussed the school resource officer/community police officer program.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to sign and forward letters to the Sheriff and Superintendent terminating the board’s share of the program for the community police officer. The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson reviewed the water damage at the Sheltra residence. He will contact the town’s insurance carrier.

Norris reported he hired Drummac to assist with frozen sewer lines at the elementary school.

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Wayne Hurtubise reported he will attend a FEMA kick-off meeting on Friday, March 14 at 10:00 AM at the Town Hall regarding the December ice storm.

 

The proposed pick-up truck for the highway department was discussed.

Wayne reported John Nutting has applied for the state paving grant.

 

Chris Martel reported he gave Bruce Wetherby permission to tap the maple trees on the town portion of Hillside Cemetery.

 

The motion adjourned at 9:07 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 3, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 1:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Tim Green.

 

The meeting was called to review issues that might be raised at the town meeting information session this evening.

 

The board discussed the proposed pick-up truck for the highway department.

 

Norris Tillotson reported he has ordered new locks for the water and wastewater treatment plants.

 

The board will need to purchase jersey barriers to secure an impoundment area for cars towed during the winter parking ban.

 

The board determined to use the Kabota mower at the playground and memorial park.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the frack tanks needed for sludge removal at the sewer plant have decreased in price from about $23,000 to about $12,000.

 

Chris Martel distributed new phone numbers for SOS employees.

 

The board discussed an anonymous letter that has been circulated. Tim Green said he had nothing to do with the letter.

 

Harold Foote, noting this is his last meeting, complimented the board on their working relationship and Linda Collins for her performance as chair.

 

The meeting adjourned at 2:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 17, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 9:05 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the liquor license application submitted by Richford Main Street Grocery. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 17, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Joan Cheeseman, Jim McKinnon, Ronald Sheltra and Rebecca Sheltra.

 

James McKinnon discussed his efforts to maintain the end of Smith Road where he lives, which is a class 4 road not maintained by the town. He has had complaints from some of the neighbors. The board determined letters will be sent to adjacent property owners, including Mr. McKinnon, and will include class 4 road information. Mr. McKinnon left the meeting.

 

Ronald and Rebecca Sheltra discussed their property damage on Feb. 15 as a result of a water line break at the end of Maple Street. Their furnace, water heater, pool pump and sump pump were ruined. They need a place to stay while repairs are made. The board agreed the town will pay for their relocation for 4 days and their repairs. Mr. and Mrs. Sheltra left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to enter executive session at 7:45 PM to discuss real estate. The motion carried. Laura left the meeting. Joan Cheeseman later left the meeting.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:05 PM. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

No action was taken on the minutes of the February 3 regular meeting due to lack of a quorum of members present at the meeting.

 

Laura reported the town’s Rapid Response Plan will need to be updated to meet revised state standards. The town will also need to develop and adopt a Hazard Mitigation Plan. These are required at this time due to the December ice storm. Shaun Coleman at Regional Planning will assist Ken Pigeon with the plans.

Laura presented a draft lease for the haying of the sewer plant land. Norris Tillotson will work with Laura on revisions.

 

The board determined the selectboard will have a special meeting on March 10 at 7:00 PM for reorganization.

 

Harold Foote reported Larry Bessette is working with Blouins Bros. and Maurice Legault on preliminary work for the town hall vault expansion. Larry will be away until after town meeting. Norris Tillotson will oversee the project after town meeting.

Harold reported the roof drains at the post office may need attention.

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Chris reported he and Linda Collins signed an agreement on behalf of the town for law enforcement coverage for the town when school is not in session by the school resource officer, who will then serve as the community police officer. The board approved a letter to Sheriff Norris stating that the board will terminate their portion of the agreement if Article 8 - $25,000 for this service – is not approved by voters at town meeting.

Chris presented a sheriff contract for the term of 2015 – 2018. The current contract runs from 4/1/12 – 3/31/15. The board determined to deny the request for the contract renewal at this time.

 

Norris Tillotson reported on a water line leak at Roger’s Furniture, which was Roger’s expense.

Norris reported another water line problem on Intervale Avenue near Dennis Jacobs’.

Norris gave an update on work being done at the water and wastewater plants.

The board determined to consider purchasing a 4-wheeler to access the water source during winter months.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 3, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 8:18 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve an application for a liquor license for The Crossing Restaurant. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 3, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 7, 9, 22 and 23 special meetings. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 16 emergency meeting as corrected to state that Chris Martel did not attend the meeting. The motion carried.

Action on the Jan. 20 regular and BOCC meetings was deferred due to lack of a quorum of board members present at that meeting.

 

The selectboard appointed Deborah Foote as Town Coordinator for Green Up Day.

 

The selectboard approved the Lions Club request to set off fireworks at the water treatment plant on July 5, with a rain date of July 12.

 

The board deferred action on the agreement with Anita Mason, determining to make another effort to contact her.

 

Laura reported a letter was received from the Vermont Assoc. of Conservation Districts requesting an appropriation for the dry hydrant program. The letter was received too late for any action to be taken. Laura will send a letter advising of the necessary process if they wish to submit a request next year.

 

Linda Collins reported the secretary of state has issued an opinion stating that “Private organizations may not seek municipal appropriations.” No action was taken, other than the board will look into the question.

Linda presented a copy of the Fire Department General Policies and Guidelines for Selectboard approval. The board approved the policies.

Linda reported Attorney Joe Cahill has given his opinion regarding a question raised about a zoning issue.

 

Wayne Hurtubise presented the Certificate of Highway Mileage, which is the basis for state aid for highways, for approval. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the certificate. The motion carried.

Wayne reported he and highway foreman John Nutting will attend a FEMA meeting on Feb. 6 regarding the December ice storm.

Wayne reported the 2-ton truck is being repaired.

 

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Linda Collins reported for Chris Martel that the Kubota tractor is now being kept at the sewer plant, which will not work out for mowing the playground. The board determined to store the tractor at the Historical Society, therefore being accessible for the highway crew and for playground maintenance.

The security fence at the vehicle impound at the village garage was discussed. The board determined to use jersey barriers to secure the area.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported that Bruce Wetherby has asked about whether the trash service will be continued.

 

Norris Tillotson that one cell at the water plant has new sand installed.

There have been sewer issues on Highland Avenue and Intervale Avenue, which have been addressed.

The muffin Monster at the sewer plant has been removed and is being checked out. Manual maintenance is being done in the meantime.

There has been no action on the frack tank.

VTel has submitted a pole easement request for the mono-tower to be installed at the water plant. The board approved the request.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 8:02 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 8:15 PM. The motion carried.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported he will be unable to attend the Feb. 17 meeting, as he will be away. He will return before town meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:18 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 23, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 11:00 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

Chris Martel reported that the insurance company has notified him that the town has no coverage for the law suit regarding the vicious dog decision. The town’s attorney has filed a motion to dismiss.

 

The board discussed the police budget, determining to allow $5,000 for police supplies and $5,000 for contracted services.

 

The board determined to warn the following article:

“Shall the Town vote to appropriate $25,000 to pay the Town’s share of the COPS Grant, which will fund the Community Police Officer, and if so authorized to be raised on the grant list?”

 

The board determined to not warn the change to the zoning bylaws because it is mandated by the state.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the 2014 warning. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the 2014 budget. The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the first load of sand arrived at the water plant this morning and is in the cells. The sand needs to stand in water in the cells for 7 – 10 days before it can be tested and be usable.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 22, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 11;00 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

The board worked on the 2014 budget.

 

The board determined to warn articles relative to the 2013 surplus as follows:

                $20,000 for paving

                $12,000 for library roof

                $12,799.24 toward a new pick-up for the highway department.

The balance of the surplus, $54,000, will be carried forward for the vault expansion.

 

The board determined to meet at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 23 to finalize the budget and the warning.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 AM.

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 20, 2014

 

Vice Chair Wayne Hurtubise called the meeting to order at 8:00PM with members Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve a liquor license for the

Jollie Store (formerly Pinnacle Peddler).  The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10PM.

 

 

Chris Martel

Richford Select Board

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 20, 2014

 

Vice Chair Wayne Hurtubise called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Sheila Record, Alan Fletcher, Carl Wetherby and Larry

Bessette.

 

Wayne reviewed the rules of the meeting, saying those on the agenda have 10 minutes to speak, those not on the agenda have 5 minutes.

 

Carl Wetherby presented a petition regarding funding of the School Resource Officer.  The petition is for an article to be placed on the 2014 ballot to allow the voters to decide if funds should be allocated for the Town’s portion of the cost. A request to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to verify the petition’s terminology and also the legality of an agreement the town has with the coverage provided by the Sheriff’s Office will be determined.

Carl departed at 7:35PM.

 

Larry Bessette discussed pending work to be done on the vault located in the Town Hall and will follow up with member Harold Foote.

Larry departed at 7:45PM.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, at 8:00PM to enter into BOCC status. Motion carried.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, at 8:05PM to return to Select Board meeting status. Motion carried.

 A sealed rebid for the mowing of cemeteries, water/sewer plants, library and post office was submitted by Matt Irons for the upcoming mowing season.  Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the bid.  Motion passed.

 

Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record left at 8:15PM.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise to approve the minutes of the Jan. 6 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported that the Highway Dept. budget is being stretched due to costs related to the recent ice storm. Part-time help is working out satisfactorily and has benefited the department.

 

 

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Norris Tillotson reported that filters at the water plant are being cleaned and sand for the filters is being delivered on Thursday 1/23.  Blowers at the sewer plant have been corrected.

 

Chris Martel reported a security gate will be fabricated to cover the door that houses the lawn tractor and supplies at the playground.  An estimate to replace the current surveillance cameras is being obtained.

 

Act on application(s) for liquor license(s)

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

 

Chris Martel

Richford Select Board



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 16, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency executive session meeting to order at 10:00 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Mark Simon of Simon Operation Services, Inc.

 

The meeting was called to discuss personnel.

 

The outcome of the meeting was Mark Simon would handle the issue.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.

 

 

 

Linda Collins

Richford Selectboard



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 9, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

The board continued to work on the 2014 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

 

 

Linda Collins

Richford Selectboard



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 7, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 4:50 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, and Sheila Record.

 

The board worked on the 2014 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 6, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green and Karen Cangelosi.

 

Tim Green said he was representing REAC to give an update on the testing of the stock-piled soil. REAC is working with NRPC and DEC, and will provide the board with information as soon as it is available.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the Dec. 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the Dec. 17 and 27 budget meetings, and the Dec. 23 emergency meeting. The motion carried.

 

The board received sealed bids for mowing the cemeteries, water plant, sewer plant, post office and library as follows:

                Deer Run Property Maintenance              $30,500.00

                Matthew Irons                                                  $13,835.00

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Linda Collins, to award the contract to Matthew Irons for 24 mowings at $13,835.00 using his own equipment. The motion carried, with Harold Foote recusing himself.

 

The board received sealed bids for leasing the sewer plant land for haying for the period of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 as follows:

                                L.F. Hurtubise & Sons                     $1701.00

                                Pleasant Valley Farms                    $1620.00

A contract will be prepared. Proof of liability coverage will be required.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to award the contract to L.F. Hurtubise & Sons. The motion carried with Wayne Hurtubise recusing himself.

 

Laura reported the board renewed the agreement with Anita Mason for use of town-owned property on Willow Street on Nov. 5. Although two attempts to contact Ms. Mason have been made, to date she has not executed  the agreement.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, that Ms. Mason must execute the agreement and pay the recording fee by noon on January 31, 2014, or the agreement will be null and void. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported on the recent ice storm, saying Harold Foote had helped with documentation. FEMA was in town on Jan. 3. Extra help was hired to assist with the cleanup.

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Chris Martel reported he and Bruce Fuller have priced mowers for the playground. Norris Tillotson suggested using the mower owned by the water/sewer departments as those mowings will be contracted out.

 

Harold Foote reported the vault project will begin in the next couple of weeks.

Harold reviewed a letter expressing interest in purchasing the post office building. Sale of the building will require voter approval.

 

Chris Martel reported the main public safety problem has been dog issues.

Chris reported a VLCT opinion regarding paying a constable.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water department has experienced some turbidity from the source.

There are currently two cells down at the water plant.

Due to the power outage during the ice storm, some sewage was discharged into the river.

The generator at the playground pump station has been adjusted.

A new VFD has been installed at the sewer plant.

Norris has requested bids for replacing meters at Blue Seal.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from the VT Dept. of Taxes, which stated the equalized education property value effective 1/1/14 is $149,798,000. The Coefficient of Dispersion is 12.43%.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 8:12 PM to discuss finances. The motion carried. Tim Green and Karen Cangelosi left the meeting.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to leave executive session at 8:50 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to allow Harold Foote to go to the town attorney at town expense to pursue a concern regarding zoning issues. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 9, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 9:00 AM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Harold Foote joined the meeting at 9:45 AM. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 9:00 AM to discuss personnel and a vicious dog complaint. The motion carried.

 

Alan Fletcher left the meeting at 9:22 AM.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson to leave executive session at 10: 25 AM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to enact a protective order as follows:

 

Adriane Whitfield shall  be required to erect a 6’ chain link fence to enclose the existing stockade fence and to create an enclosure within 30 days of receipt of the decision/protective order.

Commercial “Beware of dog” signs shall be posted every 8’ all around the fence.

Dogs shall be muzzled and on a leash if off of the owners property.

Chou Chou and any other dogs must be vaccinated and licensed within 5 days of receipt of the decision/ protective order.

Any violation of the decision/protective order shall result in immediate impoundment.

 

The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 2, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:15 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 18 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 25 Special meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 public hearings. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Dennis Paquette has resigned from the library trustees. The trustees have asked the board to appoint Pam Hazen. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Pam Hazen as a library trustee. The motion carried.

Laura reported the town clerk has asked the board to consider advertising for bids for all the town mowing. The board will investigate the options.

Laura reported the 2014 agreement with the Humane Society has been executed.

Laura reported the finance and maintenance agreement for the 105-139 paving project has been received.

Laura reported the FCC license has been renewed through 2023.

Laura distributed the proposed ambulance budget for 2014. Kathy Benoit has asked if the board wants her to attend a budget meeting. The board agreed they do want her to attend.

Laura reported the library trustees will attend the Dec. 16 regular meeting to present their 2014 appropriation request.

Laura reported the road foreman has asked if the winter parking ban can be changed to 2 AM – 6 AM throughout the village. The change will require amending the ordinance and ordering new signs. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve amending the winter parking ordinance. The motion carried.

Laura presented an amendment received from Lamoureux & Dickinson for their contract for the bike path. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the amendment.

Laura presented a proposal for health insurance coverage for Mark Ovitt. He now pays $104.90 monthly for Medicare part B. A supplement is available for health care coverage and prescription coverage for $30 per month. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to reimburse Laura Ovitt $134.90 monthly for health insurance coverage for Mark Ovitt. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins said the constable should be paid when asked to attend meetings. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to pay Garrett Chapman $20 for mileage for each of the two meetings he was asked to attend. The motion carried.

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Linda asked Laura to find out the status of the testing on REAC’s stockpiled soil.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported Gary Royea went to the hospital on Friday with a heart problem. Jeff Royea is covering. Gary had an accident with his truck which bent the frame badly. A spare plow was purchased a couple of years ago – the men are working on the truck now.

The winter parking banner will be put up tomorrow.

Wreaths will also be put up tomorrow.

 

Chris Martel reported the tree lighting went well.

Norris Tillotson suggesting cutting some trees at the playground to improve visibility.

 

Harold Foote reported on the vault project. He expects it should cost about $28,000. He will request 3 bids.

Harold discussed the ambulance budget. The equipment fund is now $124,000. Money to be added to the fund this year is estimated at $11,500. He said the town may be looking at a new ambulance soon.

Harold reported Terry Wright contacted him regarding having a discussion about Richford and Enosburg ambulance services.

 

Laura reported the residents at 102 Main Street have asked the town to maintain their driveway this winter. Laura gave the board a copy of the easement given to the town by the residents, which states they are responsible for maintaining their driveway.

 

Chris Martel reported Attorney Cahill called him saying the board has jurisdiction in the vicious dog issue.  Laura was directed to contact the parties tomorrow to tell them that the town does have jurisdiction, and to ask them to bring anything they wish the board to consider when making a decision by noon on Dec. 6. The board will meet Monday, Dec. 9 to determine their decision. Laura was directed to find out if the remaining dog has been licensed.

Chris reported a dog issue on Green Avenue. The water plant operator has asked the owner to keep the dog hitched. Laura was directed to find out if the dog is licensed.

 

Norris Tillotson reported sand is being pumped from the cells at the water plant – there is one cell left to pump. The used sand will be used for the fire pit at the stump dump. Once the used sand has been removed, Holiston will be called for new sand.  Filter #4 had a lot of clay. The new sand should be good for 20 years.

Norris reported SOS sent extra help and billed for it. He didn’t pay. He will check the contract.

Blue Flame will install heaters at the water plant on Dec. 18, Goff Electric will then connect the generator.

 

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The board discussed water billing for Blue Seal. Norris said he met with Ti Sales – new meters will cost $17,936. The board discussed possibly setting a flat rate. Aldrich & Elliot will be contacted to ask for a copy of the layout, and to ask why it was done the way it was and what can be done.

 

The board discussed a disturbing posting last week on Front Porch Forum.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Sue Martel, John Libbey, and Tim Green.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to review proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws.

 

The board discussed proposed changes to Section 4.11 regarding fences, particularly limiting a front yard fence to four feet.

 

The board discussed the requested changes to parking ordinances. The board had determined the request came too late for these amendments because a study would be needed.

 

Harold Foote proposed waiting at this time.

Laura said the board must hold a hearing, and read the statute. The meeting could be held in conjunction with the 2nd December meeting.

 

The board discussed the proposed subdivision change

The board discussed the addition of a section for “Temporary Structures.

 

Tim Green said that 90% of the proposed changes are already in the bylaws. His comments were not noted in the planning commission minutes of their public hearing. He said he does not believe the zoning administrator does a good job.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to reject all proposed amendments except the addition of Section 5:11, “Building Energy Code”, which is a state mandate. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed a vicious dog complaint received from Adriane Whitfield regarding Jacobs’ dogs.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, that this complaint does not meet the criteria of a vicious dog. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD HEARING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the hearing to order at 6:30 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

The purpose of the hearing was to hear evidence and receive testimony on a complaint of “vicious dogs” concerning dogs owned by Adriane Whitfield presently residing at 566 Province Street in Richford, Vermont.

 

Linda read the rules of the hearing. Chris Martel explained the jurisdictional issue, stating that the Town’s animal control ordinance applies only in the special services district, and both of the subject properties are outside of that district. The town’s attorney has been contacted. This may become a civil issue between the parties. Chris explained the board will take testimony and receive evidence. Jean Jacobs may ask Adriane Whitfield’s witnesses questions, Adriane Whitfield may ask Jean Jacobs’s witnesses questions. All other parties will speak to the board.

 

Linda asked all present to introduce themselves and state their purpose for being present. Attendees were Tim Green, Nancy Campbell, C. B. Chryst, Adrianne Whitfield, Matt Derby, Tina Combs, Tracy Combs, Jean Jacobs, Amy Jacobs, Joyce Tessier, Nikki Jacobs, George Jacobs III, Tyler Jacobs, Hannah Stowe, Dan Newton, Garrett Chapman, Dorothy Preston and Sue Martel.

 

Chris explained additional information had been provided for this hearing, which the board has not yet reviewed. Another meeting may be needed pending the attorney’s decision. The attorney needs the town’s ordinance and needs to research statute. Chris explained that, while there is a timeline for holding a hearing – with which the board is in compliance, there is not a timeline for issuing a decision.

 

Linda called on Jean Jacobs and issued the oath. Jean testified that the incident occurred on November 10, 2013, between 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Mrs. Tessier was present. Jean went downstairs. She let her dogs outdoors. Within minutes she and Mrs. Tessier heard dogs barking and crying. Her dogs were being attacked by one black dog and one white dog. The white dog had Tucker, the black dog had Jaxs. The white dog left Tucker and went after Jaxs. Jean used her broom to try to break up the dogs; the white dog went after Jean. She went to the house and was just able to shut the door. Jean called 911. She went to the porch and screamed for help. Tina Combs came up the road. The dogs were till mauling Jaxs.

 

Tina Combs took the oath. She testified that at about 3:40 PM she let her dogs outside. She can see the Jacobs property from her garage. She lives three houses down (south) from Jacobs. She heard a lot of barking and howling. Between 4:00 – 4:05 PM her husband came home. She went outside to meet him. She heard “gut-wrenching” screams. She grabbed her husband’s keys and drove up the road. She saw Jean

 

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on the deck and heard screaming “they’re killing m dog. The white dog had Jaxs by the back leg, the white dog had Jaxs by the neck. She laid on the horn. She screamed and waved her arms.  The black and white dogs proceeded to drag Jaxs behind the garage. She threw rocks at the dogs, they kept going. She went to the breezeway to block the dogs off, and started kicking the dogs. The white dog left. She told Jean to open the door and Jaxs went inside. The white dog ran past her, the black dog left. Adriane pulled into the yard.

 

Linda asked what kind of dog Jaxs is. Amy Jacobs said she got the dog from Matt Derby – he is a Burmese Mountain mix. Tucker is a black lab/retriever mix.

Wayne Hurtubise asked if the dogs had been neutered. Amy said Jaxs is not, Tucker is.

 

Tracy Combs took the oath. She said she was in the driveway at her house. She ran up the road to Jacobs, and saw Jean get Jaxs in the house. She saw Jean, Mrs. Tessier and Adriane. George Jacobs arrived a few seconds later. Dan Newton took the black dog to Adriane’s house.

 

Joyce Tessier took the oath. She said she saw everything, and mostly what she saw had already been said. She said it was the first time she had seen Adriane.

 

Jean said Heidi Tessier went up the road about 4:00 PM. She did not stop but she did see the dogs on Jean’s property.

 

Chris Martel asked if, from the time Jean let her dogs outside, did they have time to go to the Whitfield property. Jean said she didn’t know – one had Tucker cornered.

 

Adriane Whitfield took the oath. She said she had been home all day, working on the computer and doing laundry with her girlfriend, Jen Combs. Dan Newton was working on the back apartment. She heard dogs barking and saw the black dogs (Jacobs’) on the hill. She told Tina to get out of her face. She said she was there only 5 – 7 minutes. There was no time to talk to anyone. She said the dogs have come onto her fence numerous times. Sometimes her dogs knocked the screws out and got out.

Adriane said she and Jen saw the provocation. They saw Jacobs’ dogs come onto her property and bark at her dogs.

 

Linda Collins took the oath, and reported the phone call she received from Dan Newton.

 

Dan Newton took the oath. He said he saw Jacobs dog come down below the tree line on Adriane’s property. Someone who owned the dog was in Jacobs’ yard. There were two dogs hooked behind Jacobs’ house.

 

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Jean Jacobs said there were three dogs at her house. One belongs to Amy, one belongs to Tyler, and one is hooked behind the house.

Dan Newton said there were two dogs tied behind the house.

 

Wayne Hurtubise asked Dan if he opened the gate. Dan said no, he went around. The dogs went through the fence.

Chris Martel asked if Dan saw the area where the dogs knocked the fence down. Dan said the dogs did not knock the fence down, they pushed it open. He said he asked Adriane what happened with the dogs.

 

Chris asked Adriane if the dogs are on a leash in the fenced area. Adriane said no. They were on a chain in front of the house before the fence went up.

 

Linda reviewed Jen Combs statement.

 

Chris said Jacobs’ dogs are on a shock collar. There is no fence. He asked Jean how far the dogs can go toward Whitfield’s.

Jean said maybe 2-3 feet past the tree line.

Chris said the tree line is on a knoll. He asked if there is a reason the dogs are allowed past there.

Jean said it is their property. She said the collars work like wifi – there is no fence.

Chris asked if the shock collar is effective.

Jean said 99.9% of the time. She said the dogs have got loose and have gone across the road when the batteries need to be replaced.

Adriane discussed her research on the collars.

Jean said her dogs are not left outside. Adriane’s dogs bark constantly.

Chris asked if this has been reported to animal control. Both parties said no.

Linda said all agree that the parties do not agree on how each other handles their dogs.

 

Harold Foote asked if there is a way to work something out. He thinks everyone is wrong – one way or another. He said no one wants to put the dogs down.

 

Adriane said she contacted the vet to inquire about how Amy’s dog was doing. She called animal control 5 times with no response. Dorothy Preston said she was told to let things cool down.

 

Jean Jacobs said she is scared to go outside. She takes Mace every time.

 

Chris Martel said if the board is given jurisdiction, there are options other than euthanasia.

 

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Chris said the vicious dog complaint hinges on the dog being off the owner’s property in the village and bites a person or animal that requires medical attention.

 

Chris addressed Adriane, saying on November 18 she was asked if her dogs were licensed and vaccinated and she said yes. She was told to bring documentation and she did not. She actually licensed one of the dogs on the 20th. He said she lied to him.

Adriane said she had tried to license the dogs but the town clerk would not accept her documents.

Chris said Amy’s dog not licensed until Nov. 12, but the vaccination was in order.

 

Norris Tillotson said the matter should be worked out between the parties involved or to civil.

 

Matt Derby said all could work a little harder to keep the dogs from seeing each other - maybe more fencing. He said the vet bills can be discussed discretely.

 

Sue Martel said good neighbors will work things out. She asked what if a child or another person were hurt.

 

Chris said if the parties come to some type of agreement, the board needs to know. It will become part of their decision. George Jacobs said he will talk with Matt.

 

Chris said the board will wait for a summary decision from the attorney.

 

The hearing adjourned at 7:55 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, and Chris Martel present. Also present were Garrett Chapman, John Nutting, Mary Robinson, John Libbey, Sue Martel, Sara Davis, Amy Jacobs, Tim Green, and Harold Pastori of VTel.

 

Mr. Pastori reported VTel is looking for a site for a monopole to improve broadband service for the area. They are currently looking at the water plant. Alternate locations were discussed. Wayne Hurtubise will follow up with Brenda Green.

 

John Libbey presented proposed changes to the zoning law. The selectboard will need to hold a public hearing. If the board makes any significant changes, the planning commission will need to hold another public hearing.

Changes to the fence bylaw were discussed. John said the language proposed is the same as what was in the old village bylaws.

Domestic farm animals were discussed. The restriction on the number of chickens a person may have has been removed.

Tim Green told the board he will submit written comments regarding the proposed changes.

 

Tim Green reported he has had flooding in his basement for about a month. He believes there is a problem with the town’s catch basin. He said trash in the drainage ditch next door has become a problem again.

John Nutting said this is a private property issue, and not a problem with the town’s catch basin.

Laura was directed to notify the health officer about the trash.

Tim was directed to contact Mark St. Pierre, and get back to the board.

 

John Nutting introduced Herbert Bartemy of TDI, who joined the meeting at 7:33. Mr. Bartemy discussed the winter parking ban. He proposed posting signs with a phone number to call and the towing costs. He suggested $85 per tow.

Mr. Bartemy said the sheriff uses only two haulers for their towing. He asked for the board’s help to get added to that rotation.

Mr. Bartemy suggested putting up a banner regarding the parking ban. He said the signs will run about $300. Mr. Bartemy left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the November 4 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 7 Board of Control Commissioners meeting. The motion carried.

 

John Nutting discussed selling winter sand. Last year he charged $20.00/yard. The board determined to leave the decision up to John.

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Wayne Hurtubise discussed hiring two part-time highway employees – Norman Snider and Jeff Royea. He said they will be paid $15/hour when driving the big trucks, and $12 when using the pick-up. John Nutting will make note on their time cards.

Wayne reported conditions at the town garage are doing well.

 

Chris Martel reported the electrical units at the Main Street Park need to be checked.

 

Harold Foote reported Larry Bessette is supposed to have a quote tomorrow for the vault expansion. Larry has suggested including humidity sensors. The board discussed obligating the money that was budgeted for the project, and agreed that needs to be done.

 

Laura was directed to make sure that the town clerk gets the meeting minutes.

 

Chris Martel reported he is waiting for bids for cameras for the playground.

 

The board discussed dog issues. The vicious dog hearing will be Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 PM. The board’s decision must be implemented. The board needs to inspect the fence at 566 Province Street.

 

Linda read requests for appropriations from GMTA - $1905, and Home Health - $4,616. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to add the appropriation requests to the 2014 town meeting warning.


The board discussed the proposed by-law amendments. They have an issue with limiting a fence at the front of a property to 4’ high. Laura will get the minutes of the planning commission hearing. The board will meet to discuss the amendments immediately following the public hearing on Nov. 25.

 

The board discussed a problem with smoke from the wood stove at 102 Main Street coming into the town hall. The zoning administrator will be contacted.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to contract with TDI for towing winter parking violators at no expense to the town other than signage, and to request that TDI be added to the sheriff’s rotation for towing other than during snow removal. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to warn a vicious dog public hearing for 6:30 PM on Monday, Nov. 25, pending the receipt of a complaint. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD PUBLIC HEARING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the public hearing to order at 6:30 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise and Chris Martel present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Sue Martel, Garrett Chapman, Adriane Whitfield, Matt Derby, Tina Combs, Tracy Combs, C.B. Chryst, Heidi Tessier, Amy Jacobs, Hannah Stowe, Tyler Jacobs, Jean Jacobs, and Nicki Jacobs.

 

Linda explained the rules of the meeting, and turned the chair over to Chris Martel.

 

Chris Martel read the warning for the hearing and introduced the board. He reviewed the reported incident, explaining  State Veterinarian Dr. Kristin Haus contacted him saying the board had to take action. Chris gave the definition of vicious dogs. He said this is a preliminary hearing because the board needs to determine (1) if the dogs were provoked, and if so, (2) what punishment is justified. If a formal hearing is warranted it will be held Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 PM at the town hall.

 

If that hearing is called, eye witnesses will be allowed to speak. The state has determined the dogs are a public safety issue. Notices of the hearing will be sent to Jean Jacobs, Amy Jacobs and Adrienne Whitfield by certified mail. Notices will be posted at the town hall, post office and bank.

 

Adriane Whitfield if she could bring witnesses who have seen the Jacobs’ dogs on her property, but who did not see the specific incidents. Chris said no.

Adriane said her dogs are licensed. Chris told her to bring evidence to the town hall because there is no record of the licenses.

Jean Jacobs said there have been 4 incidents – March 26, June, early October and Nov. 10. She said she has a remote radar and her dogs do not go on the neighbor’s property.

Harold Foote said the board needs to look at the current zoning bylaws regarding set-backs for fences.

 

Chris noted Adriane’s letter and complaint were misdated. Adriane corrected the documents and initialed the change.

 

Jean said she has no problem with Adriane but does have an issue with the dogs.

Matt Derby said they have braced Adriane’s fence so that it will not come down.

Amy Jacobs said she did not know a written complaint was needed, or she would have made the complaints.

Matt Derby said the dogs are not aggressive toward people.

 

The hearing adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 7, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the application for a 1st/2nd class liquor and tobacco license for Jolley Associates, Bruce A. Jolley. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 4, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green, Master K Sitthiprasert (Ax) and Vasinee Sitthiprasert.

 

Ax explained he and his wife are the owners of the Pick Thai restaurant, and are seeking a BYOB permit. They and the board discussed conditions to be met if such a permit is issued. Tim Green explained the DRB can make the conditions as an amendment to the use permit issued for the restaurant, and that he would carry the proposal to the DRB next week. The guests left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the October 21 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to renew the agreement with James Clawson for use of the town property at 15 Troy Street, and the agreement with Anita Mason for use of the town property at 24 Willow Street. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed the public meeting that will need to be held for proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws. Tim Green explained the planning commission needs to bring the amendments to the selectboard, and then hold another hearing. The selectboard hearing will be after the second planning commission hearing.

 

Laura presented a bill from Lamoureux & Dickinson for Doug Goulette’s attendance at the Sept. 25 special selectboard meeting, saying the town clerk had advised her that the bill was for REAC. The selectboard agreed that it is a town bill; 90% of the expense will be reimbursed from the grant.

 

Chris Martel reported he and Norris Tillotson met with Bill McGroarty, who asked for a letter from the selectboard supporting a REAC grant application to establish the Missisquoi Park and update the park plan. Tim Green reported REAC will submit an application for the 111-113 Main Street property as well. The board determined to take care of the Main Street property first, then look at the park. Linda will prepare a letter of support for the Main Street application.

 

Linda read a memo from REAC President Darlene Gregoire explaining why REAC’s stockpiled dirt has not yet been tested.

 

Linda reported the fire department needs help from the highway department to move an outdoor furnace, which the fire department will sell for scrap. Wayne Hurtubise approved the request.

 

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Linda read a DRB hearing notice for a variance for a sign at 328 South Main Street. The board received the letter because the town owns the abutting property.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the refurbished highway truck is back on the road.

 

Chris Martel reported Overhead Door is coming to give an estimate for the door at the playground.

Chris is getting estimates for surveillance cameras at the playground.

The DAR plaque in the Tory St. cemetery has been restored and sealed. It looks great and cost less than estimated.

 

Linda reported for public buildings that the firemen have removed the floor tile in the meeting room at the emergency services building and are asking what to do with the debris.

 

Chris Martel reported he met with Superintendent Jay Nichols regarding the resource officer for the schools. The school board and principal are in favor of the officer. Chris notified the sheriff.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water bills are coming in.

The water plant filter is being cleaned; Hartigan will pump out the sand.

The sludge sled will be here Wednesday; the frack tank is not here yet. There is still no definite price for the tank.

All junk sand at the water plant has been removed.

Norris reported he bought a new chop saw that is able to reach 12 – 14” pipe. The saw is available for highway department use.

Norris is talking to Vortec and ECI regarding boring under the railroad track for a waterline sleeve.

Norris will work with Laura to prepare a request for proposal for haying the sewer plant land.

 

Laura will warn the winter parking ban next week.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the sewer allocation application for a car wash. The motion carried.

 

Norris reported the water leak at the fire department is being repaired.

 

The board revisited the request for the BYOB permit for the Pick Thai restaurant. The following conditions were agreed on:

                Only wine and beer will be allowed – no spirits.

                Any open containers will be emptied and disposed of.

                Containers must be opened on the premises by the patron.

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                The conditions/policy will be posted on the door and at the tables.

                The owners are responsible that the requirements are met.

                The owners are responsible for monitoring consumption.

                The selectboard retains the right to revisit and/or revoke approval at any time.

Laura will forward the conditions to Tim Green to be presented to the DRB.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:37 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 21, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green, Susan Fletcher, Kim Collins, Eric Collins, Albert Perry, June Hoague, Charlie Hotchkin, Joe Pollender, Sheila Record, and Alan Fletcher.

 

Linda reviewed the rules of the meeting, saying those on the agenda have 10 minutes to speak, those not on the agenda have 5 minutes.

 

June Hoague asked the board for permission to take her trash from her property on Province Street to the property she owns in Berkshire, which has a dumpster. She would like to not have to pay for the municipal trash service. The board explained the budget is based on guaranteeing the trash hauler a number of properties, and they could not allow the request at this time. They will revisit the question when working on the e2014 budget.  Ms. Hoague left the meeting.

 

Lister Susan Fletcher discussed an issue regarding private property owners encroaching on town-owned land. Allowing private use makes the land taxable. She said the board should send another letter to the parties explaining they will need to pay the taxes.

Susan reported a private property owner is encroaching on town-owned land at Hillside Cemetery.

The listers would like to see a fence around the town-owned land known as the “Priest Block”.

 

Albert Perry reported on behalf of REAC and the AWA steering committee. Albert said the testing of REAC’s dirt pile will be done the week of Oct. 28, and results should be received in 2-3 weeks.

Albert asked if a selectboard member could attend the steering committee meeting on Oct. 23 as Harold Foote is out of town.

Albert said REAC is pleased that the selectboard is moving forward on the rail trail extension, and asked if the selectboard would entertain citizen input regarding a plan for the Missisquoi Park. Laura explained that, in the mid-1990’s, Canusa had a haz-mat clean-up done on the property, and the potential for contamination is slight.

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher discussed proposed water and sewer rates for 2014.The sewer rate has been reduced.

Alan reported the sewer department is buying a sludge sled and frak tank.

Alan reported he and Norris Tillotson nave been looking at sand rates.

About 20 properties will be put up for tax sale because of delinquent water/sewer bills. Overall, there is $23,300 outstanding in water/sewer bills.

Water/sewer bills will be mailed next week.

Alan reported $213,000 in delinquent taxes as of Oct. 11.

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Alan reported he has ordered trash stickers for next year.

Alan thanked Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record for her work.

Alan, Sheila, Susan, Kim and Eric left the meeting.

 

Charlie Hotchkin reported he was present to discuss the noise ordinance, saying he has serious disagreements with how ordinances are handled. He said he will present to the board at a later time.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 7 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 7 public hearing. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported an electrical issue on the new truck has been repaired.

The road crew has been working on the FEMA projects caused by Irene.

A part-time person has been identified for winter.

 

Chris Martel thanked the highway crew for their work on the Main Street Park.

The large overhead door at the playground has been damaged. Larry Patterson will give an estimate for repairs.

 

Laura reported for Harold Foote that he is checking on prices for window shades for the post office.

 

Chris Martel reported he has received an email from Sheriff Norris regarding a grant that has been awarded for the school service officer. The town share will be $18,335. Chris will continue to investigate the service officer role.

Chris reported some reimbursement may be available from recently solved issues.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the sludge sled is being built. He is working with Waste USA. It seems to be the best way to go.

Filters at the water plant are being cleaned. They need to remove 18” of sand because last year’s storms caused more turbidity.

The town will get enough sand from Holliston for two filters.  Next year he will budget for the other two filters. The sand will be good for 20 years. Norris said he has investigated all other avenues, to no avail.

 

Norris reported he, Chris Martel and John Nutting met with David Steward and Buzz Surwilo at the stump dump to discuss approval of a natural wood burn site. Excess material can be moved to the landfill. Larry Bosley will be given more instruction regarding approved materials.

 

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Linda Collins read an invitation to the Court Diversion annual reception.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 8:04 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. All guests left.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 8:14 PM. The motion carried. Laura, Tim Green, Joe Pollender and Charlie Hotchkin rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, the board approved hiring a part-time person for the highway department.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve water/sewer rates. The motion carried.

 

The board agreed to look into a fence for the “Priest Block”.

 

Charlie Hotchkin was given 15 minutes to address the board. Charlie said he believes the DRB applies the bylaws in a discriminatory manner. The board told Charlie that he needs to go to the Environmental court. If he gets no decision there he needs to appeal. Charlie was also directed to go to the planning commission for revisions to the bylaws.

Charlie said section 4.7 of the bylaws specifies a noise limit of 70 decibels at the property line, but no one measured at the property line. Tim Green clarified section 4.7, saying it applies to customary uses in an agricultural district.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to take no action on the June Hoague trash issue. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 7, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green, Albert Perry, Eric Collins, Kim Collins, Joe Pollender, Bill McGroarty, Susan Fletcher, Darlene Gregoire, Jim Fowler and Edwana Fowler present.

 

Lister Susan Fletcher present an errors and omissions correction to the lodged grand list due to state changes in current use. The three properties involved are HH0463 - $56,600; SA1763 - $124,700; and ST0938 - $8,800. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the errors and omissions correction. The motion carried with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

Susan reported a new state rule that any tax exempt properties must be given an insurance value. Any private use of municipal land must be taxed.

Susan reported the last town-wide reappraisal was done in 2006. Ideally, another reappraisal should have been done in 2012.

Susan reported she plans to step back as lister in 2015.

Susan reported the discontinued portion of Pinnacle Road will need to be taken off the highway map. The board discussed whether to add the laid-out but undeveloped village streets.

 

Kim Collins reported on the map and data base she has been creating for the Richford Center Cemetery.

Kim, Susan and Eric left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to enter executive session at 7:17 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Laura and all guests except Darlene Gregoire left the meeting.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 7:40 PM. The motion carried. Laura, Tim Green, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, Bill McGroarty, Jim Fowler and Edwana Fowler rejoined the meeting. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

Jim Fowler discussed the certified letter he received complaining about his dogs. He said he is disturbed by his neighbors’ dogs on his property causing his dogs to bark. He said the animal control officer ignores his calls. He filed a 2nd complaint with the board. Jim and Edwana Fowler left the meeting.

 

Darlene Gregoire reported on REAC’s 113 Main Street property. The building was demolished today. The next step is to fill in the foundation. REAC’s stockpiled soil needs to be tested for contamination before it can be used. Darlene presented the board with a letter stating REAC assumes responsibility and liability for the soil testing and any resulting clean-up or removal. She asked the board to sign an Agreement for Site Access, which will allow a consultant to enter town property to test REAC’s soil.

 

 

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Linda Collins sread the agreement.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to sign the agreement. The motion carried. The board requested a copy of the fully executed form.

Darlene reported she and Linda will work to delineate REAC staff duties and time, and facilities available for REAC use at the town hall. Darlene, Albert, Bill and Joe left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 24, 25, and 26 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Linda reported Sheriff Norris received a $120,000 grant for a school resource officer. She will sign the grant tomorrow. Linda said it is up to the superintendent and principal to work out the details.

 

Laura requested the board consider helping with health insurance coverage for her husband, who is ineligible for town insurance because he is on Medicare. She asked the board to wait until the next meeting when she will have more information.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway crew is back on a five-day week.

Blow & Cote have finished the bridge work on Wightman Hill.

Norris Tillotson reported a storm drain issue on Mullen Avenue has been addressed.

Laura reported a letter requesting an extension for the Better Backroads South Richford Road project has been submitted.

 

Chris Martel reported work is being done on the electrical receptacles at the Main Street park.

The board determined to send Kim Collins a note thanking her for her work on the cemetery.

Chris reported 2 or 3 bids have been requested for a chain link fence at the Richford Center Cemetery.

Chris has requested four bids for a security system at the playground.

Harold Foote reported the sheriff may have funds available to help pay for the River Street cameras.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water meters will have been read by the end of the week. There are about 20 – 25 that need to be revisited.

Norris is working on getting sand for the water plant. Holliston has quoted $31,000 for one filter and $57,750 for two filters. One filter needs to be done this year, and another next year.

Norris reported on sludge removal at the sewer plant. The sludge sled will cost $23,000, and the frack tank will cost $20,000 maximum.

There are 50 empty houses that are not paying the base water and sewer.

 

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Norris reported he and Laura are working on getting the stump dump designated as the clean-wood burn site for the town.

 

Harold Foote reported he has talked to Larry Bessette regarding the vault expansion.

Harold discussed problems with the auditorium lights.

There are problems with the auditorium microphones. The board will revisit at budget time.

 

Linda reported the owner of the Pick Thai restaurant has requested permission to allow customers to bring their own alcohol. The owner did not attend the meeting – no action was taken.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 9:10 PM to discuss finances. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 9:15 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

A letter has been received from the United Way requesting an article for an appropriation on the Town Meeting ballot.

 

The board revisited private use of municipal land.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD HEARING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 7, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the hearing to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ace Greenia, Laurie Greenia, Tim Green, Albert Perry, Eric Collins, Kin Collins, Joe Pollender, Bill McGroarty, Susan Fletcher, Jim Fowler and Edwana Fowler.

 

Linda explained the purpose of the hearing is to discontinue the northern portion of Pinnacle Road measuring 220.40 feet on the easterly side and 271.73 feet on the westerly side. The distance is shorter than the 1,100 linear feet originally warned, and measures from the fence to the Canadian border.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to discontinue the above described portion of Pinnacle Road. The motion carried.

 

The hearing adjourned at 7:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 8:10 AM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Libbey, Ande DeForge – Vtrans, and Doug Goulette – Lameroux and Dickinson.

 

The meeting was called to discuss reactivating the rail trail extension project, which has been dormant for the past 10 years.

 

Doug Goulette explained Lamoureux and Dickinson’s role in the project.

 

Ande DeForge explained what remains in the grant, and what needs to be done to be able to continue the project.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed the layout of the sewer lines in the area proposed for the extension.

 

The former railroad property, and its potential for environmental contamination, was discussed. Ande recommended bringing in fill over the alignment of the trail, and paving over the fill. The land itself would not be disturbed.

 

Doug Goulette explained the need to go backward a bit, as all permits that were previously obtained have now expired.

 

In-kind contributions from the town to help reduce the cost were discussed.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to proceed with the extension of the rail trail. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 8:10 AM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Libbey, Ande DeForge – Vtrans, and Doug Goulette – Lameroux and Dickinson.

 

The meeting was called to discuss reactivating the rail trail extension project, which has been dormant for the past 10 years.

 

Doug Goulette explained Lamoureux and Dickinson’s role in the project.

 

Ande DeForge explained what remains in the grant, and what needs to be done to be able to continue the project.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed the layout of the sewer lines in the area proposed for the extension.

 

The former railroad property, and its potential for environmental contamination, was discussed. Ande recommended bringing in fill over the alignment of the trail, and paving over the fill. The land itself would not be disturbed.

 

Doug Goulette explained the need to go backward a bit, as all permits that were previously obtained have now expired.

 

In-kind contributions from the town to help reduce the cost were discussed.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to proceed with the extension of the rail trail. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 24, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 8:30 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise and Chris Martel present. Also present were Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 8:30 AM to discuss employees. The motion carried.

 

Laura Ovitt joined the meeting at 8:50 AM.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 9:35 AM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, that the selectboard agrees to provide health insurance for full time employees and to cover 100% of the monthly premium not to exceed $582.79 for a single person; $1,165.58 for a couple; $1,124.78 for a parent and child(ren); and, $1,637.64 for a family. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, that employees who are covered by another insurance will be offered $4,000 per year paid monthly. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 16, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present.  Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sally Royea, Judith MacDonald, Terry Gibney, Sheila Record, and Michelle Longley

 

Alan reported he has received a notice from the IRS regarding the quarterly 941 report. There is a problem with the short-term disability payments because of the severe time constraint regarding when the insurance payment is received and when the town needs to submit its portion of the IRS withholding.

Alan reminded the board of the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 regarding employee health insurance, and the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26 with employees regarding health insurance.

Alan reported the DRB and PC members are now paid through payroll vs. accounts payable.

Alan reported the town needs to pay taxes collected for the school district whether the taxes have been paid to the town or not – the amount will be over $1 million.

Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Sally Royea reported that, during a recent incident at Dollar General, her son happened to go there. He got pepper-sprayed. He was taken into the store where he washed his face. He was given an affidavit and told to go home.  Chris Martel reported the sheriff said the incident is under investigation. Sally left the meeting.

 

Terry Gibney and Judy MacDonald discussed a 12 x 8 lean-to they built this summer on town-owned land. They said they didn’t know at the time that the town owned the land. The board said they would discuss this further and get back to them. Terry and Judy left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 3 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 3 public hearing. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported that Ande Deforge from Vt. Agency of Transportation is available to meet with the board regarding the extension of the rail trail on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9 AM. The board agreed to meet at that time.

Laura said funds are available to pay for the required testing of the stockpiled fill, intended to fill-in the foundation of REAC-owned 113 Main St. after the building is demolished. Because the dirt pile is on town land, the board will need to apply for the funding. The board refused to apply at this time.

 

Linda Collins reported the final order on the Mark St. Pierre appeal regarding housing on the subdivision on Dunlavey Avenue. The order bans single-wide trailers.

Linda has received a report from the housing code enforcement officer regarding 3 Hamilton Place.

Linda read a letter sent to the zoning administrator regarding 27 School Street.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the new truck is in, and the excavator has been delivered. The road crew is happy with the new equipment.

Wayne reported that road-side trimming has been finished.

The board discussed bidding out the old box that was replaced on one of the trucks.

Laura reported that Angie Tracy thanked the road crew for helping remove the air conditioners at the post office.

 

Harold Foote reported a woman fell on the front steps at the post office. The board discussed how to address the cracks that have developed on the steps, suggesting possibly using hydraulic cement.

 

Chris Martel reported Davis Park is okay. Taylor Guilmette will give an estimate for repairing the ceiling on the gazebo.

Chris reported several electrical outlets have been destroyed again at Memorial Park.

Chris reported work is being done on some of the stones at the Troy Street Cemetery.

Chris reported the flag pole has been broken at the little league field at the playground.

Chris reported he will be getting a quote for cameras at the playground from Round Hill and D&D.

Sun Ray was here today to work on the cameras for River/Main Streets.

 

Harold Foote reported replacing siding at the library is on hold for now. He is looking into replacing the furnace.

Harold is working on a quote for pouring a cement ceiling for the town hall vault expansion project.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed sludge removal at the wastewater treatment plant.

The budget meeting for the water and sewer departments will be Sept. 19.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 8:45 PM to discuss real estate. The motion carried. Michelle Longley and Laura left the meeting.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 9:04. The motion carried. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Linda Collins, to lease town-owned land that the Gibney/MacDonald lean-to sits on for $1.00 per year plus recording fees. All costs are the obligation of the leasee. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD HEARING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 3, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the hearing to order at 6:30 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ace Greenia, Lori Greenia, Albert Perry, Jacques Desautels, Karen Cangelosi and Steve Beyor.

 

Linda read the warning which stated the purpose of the hearing was “to consider discontinuance of a portion of Town Highway No. SA1, also known as Pinnacle Road. The portion of Town Highway No SA1 being considered is more completely described as the approximately 1,100 linear feet of the northern end of Pinnacle Road, from the land port of entry to the Canadian border.

 

Linda noted there was a problem with the warning in that interested parties had not been given 30 days’ notice as prescribed by State Statute. Therefore, the hearing will be rewarned for Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. Linda diagramed the section of the road to be discontinued.

 

Ace and Lori Greenia stated they had no problem with the discontinuance.

Jacques Desautels said he and his father have no problem with the discontinuance.

 

The hearing adjourned at 6:45 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

August 19, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Karen Cangelosi, and John Nutting.

 

Karen Cangelosi reported on zoning issues saying Terry Gibney has expanded a shed so the extension is on town property. She will send a letter.

Karen also reported that Rick Mason has junk on town property next to his wife’s home. She will send a letter. Karen left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the August 5 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the August 13 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reviewed the proposal received for replacing the culvert on Wightman Hill. Only one bid was received,  which was much higher than expected. John Nutting recommended rebidding the work.

John Nutting reported he is looking at a used excavator. He currently leases one in the summer for $10,000 - $15,000. There are other times such equipment would be helpful.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to authorize John to purchase an excavator for a price not to exceed $48,000 using a portion of the funds received from the reimbursement for the Pinnacle Road work.

 The motion carried. John reported he is using a crusher to make gravel for $3.50 a yard, which he would have to pay $8.75 per yard if purchased.

John reported the road-side mowing will be finished tomorrow. The men are working on putting up winter sand.

The new truck is due by the end of the month.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve a driveway permit submitted by Gilles Hardy. The motion carried.

Wayne read a letter from Brian Bonk thanking the town for the repaving on South Richford Road.

Wayne reported the payloader is paid off.

The board discussed discontinuing the top portion of the Pinnacle Road from the customs and immigration building to the Canadian border. Laura was directed to contact the Messenger to get a date when the public notice will run. The board determined to meet at the cul de sac at 6:15 on Sept. 3 to view the section of road to be discontinued, and to hold the public hearing at 6:30, followed by the delayed regular meeting at 7:00 PM.

 

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Linda Collins read an email from Chris Martel, who was unable to attend the meeting.

Parks: A bench at Davis Park needs repair or replacement – broken boards on the back like the ones

the highway crew repaired at the Main St. park.

Chris thanked the highway crew for keeping the parks nicely mowed and maintained this year.

Playground: Larry Patterson is making new hardware to secure the bathroom door. It will be like the ones he made for the equipment and kitchen doors.

Cemeteries: The plaque at the Troy St. Cemetery has been taken for cleaning (finally).

Public Safety: No significant incidents.

 

Harold Foote reported he has talked with Todd Cosgrove, Assistant State Fire Marshall, about the vault expansion project.

Laura was directed to look for the minutes from 2012 giving Kathy Benoit permission to sign the ambulance agreements with Berkshire and Montgomery.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed the change in the SOS staff.

Quaker Street water supply needs to be improved.

Hartigan is coming this month for the sewer plant sludge removal project.

 

Laura reported information was received regarding the Fowler zoning appeal.

Cathy Coulombe has the “Welcome to Richford” sign from South Main Street near Pinnacle Peddler to repaint.

Laura reported the rail trail extension project needs to be addressed. There is $132,202 left in the grant. If the project is not completed, the town will be required to repay $49,798 that has been spent. Laura suggested contacting Ande Deforge at VTrans to meet and to understand current status of the project and next steps. The board agreed to the meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



 

SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

August 13, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 8:30 AM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 8:30 AM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 9:25 AM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, the board determined to contact Attorney Joe Cahill to ask his opinion regarding the ambulance payroll policy.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to adopt the Richford Ambulance Service Operating Policies for Paid On-Call Personnel dated January 11, 2012 pending the attorney’s opinion regarding its legality. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD Meeting

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

August 5, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Annette Goyne, Gregg Campbell, Alan Fletcher and Kathy Benoit.

 

Annette Goyne and Gregg Campbell, members of the Conservation commission, gave a presentation about the Asian Longhorn Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. The commission wants to apply for a $500 grant to help prepare the town prior to an infestation by completing a tree inventory. Linda Collins suggested the commission work with the listers. Wayne Hurtubise said he will talk with the highway crew. Annette and Gregg left the meeting.

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Ambulance Manager Kathy Benoit discussed a letter received from the State Treasurer requesting an attorney’s opinion about the legality of the method of paying ambulance personnel, referring to a January 2012 policy change. Kathy reviewed the history of the change. Laura expressed concern regarding selectboard policies. Letters of response will be prepared tomorrow. Kathy left the meeting.

 

Alan discussed a recent FEMA audit. He was advised that the town is required to publish any job costing $25,000 or more. The town must request 3 bids for jobs costing $500 or more. Certificates of insurance are required from any contractor. Alan said John Nutting does a good job complying with the requirements.

Alan asked the board to establish a policy stating that when a trailer is moved out of the trailer park, Mark Lafayette will be responsible for any outstanding municipal charges before another trailer can be moved in, and that the town will not hook up a trailer until municipal charges are paid. Alan left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the July 15 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the contract with the state regarding Davis Bridge. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the culvert on Pinnacle Road is being replaced.

Scott Coons is mowing roadsides using Berkshire’s equipment.

The board discussed the exchange agreement with the Army Corps regarding Pinnacle Road. The $25,500 that was supposed to be sent on July 19 has not yet been received. The town needs to discontinue the top section of the road.

Willow Street is being tarred. Shimming is being done on South Richford Road in preparation for paving.

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Chris Martel reported the playground has again been vandalized. The windows in the summer camp trailer have been broken, and the bathroom door has been broken.

The Corliss monument has been cleaned.

Chris is trying to find funds to clean the DAR plaque at the Troy Street cemetery.

There will be less sheriff day-coverage for the next couple of weeks.

 

Norris Tillotson said arrangements are being made for sludge removal at the sewer plant.

Water shutoffs for non-payment have been started.

Mark Brouillette will no longer work in Richford after August 22.

Berkshire is having issues with their water treatment; Richford may be able to help.

Work is being done on Willow Street.

Lightning damage at the water plant is being repaired.

 

The board was advised that Susan Fletcher has been named Lister of the Year by the Vermont State Listers and Assessors Association.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, that if/when a trailer leaves the park, all municipal charges must be current prior to re-occupying the lot. The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson suggested a notice be sent to trash customers stating that, due to the number of delinquent accounts, the board is considering discontinuing the trash service.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 15, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Border Patrol Agents Sean McVey and Dan Doty.

 

Motion mate by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to enter executive session at 7:00 PM to discuss public safety. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 7:14 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

Barb Beauregard, John Libbey, Karen Cangelosi, and Michelle Longley joined the meeting.

 

Agent McVey reported they have a good working relationship with the town. When asked if the sheriff contract is worth the money, Agent McVey said the sheriff is doing a good job, and works very closely with the border patrol. The contract is money well spent. The sheriff helps the border patrol, the border patrol helps the sheriff. They work closely with DEA and ATF.

Agent Doty discussed the Explorer Program, which is starting in Richford.  The program is run through the Boy Scouts of America for young people ages 14 – 21, and provides more community outreach. An agent works at the high school. The agents left the meeting.

 

Barbara Beauregard discussed a health and safety issue at 3 Hamilton Place. There is garbage accumulating which attracts rats and raccoons. She has contacted the zoning administrator, the health officer, and the housing code enforcement officer, all of whom are investigating the issue. Children are present in the home. She does not want to see anyone lose their home, but does want the property to be cleaned up. She left pictures of the property with the board. Laura was directed to determine who owns the property, and to contact Barb tomorrow. Barb and Karen Cangelosi left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the July 1 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 7:45 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. John Libbey and Michelle Longley left the meeting.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:00 PM. The motion carried. John Libbey and Michelle Longley rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to reappoint Karen Cangelosi to a 3-year term as zoning administrator. The motion carried with Linda Collins and Chris Martel voting yes, Norris Tillotson and Harold Foote voting no, and Wayne Hurtubise voting yes via telephone.

 

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Harold Foote noted for the record that he has had an issue with the zoning administrator from day one, and not every day, but not from the past month.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve a driveway permit application submitted by Mark St. Pierre for his Hardwood Hill property. The motion carried.

 

Harold Foote reported on the vault expansion project, saying he used 24’ x 24’, estimating 4 layers of sheet rock at $1,024, and additional $764 for the ceiling. There will be additional costs for the steel supports and labor, mechanical and electrical work.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to turn back the Rural Development grant and to continue the project locally. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported a check will be issued by the federal government on July 18 to reimburse the $25,500 cost of the work the town did on Pinnacle Road in favor of the Customs Station. The money will be received next week.

 

Chris Martel reported he, Alan Fletcher and Sheila record met with the Richford Center Cemetery Association to clarify some issues. The town will now only accept money for recording fees associated with burial lot deeds, and the association will sell the lots.

Chris reported the sheriff has issued an affidavit and complaint regarding the break-in and ceiling damage at the playground. Vandalism at the playground has subsided.

Chris reported an issue has arisen with a dog in the town. Laura will locate and distribute the state statute regarding this issue.

Chris attended an Community Advisory Board meeting at the State Police barracks last week.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water/sewer departments have not progressed but have not fallen behind. Laura was directed to contact Manosh regarding replacement sand for the water plant filters. The fence at the water plant needs repair. Laura will contact Round Top Fence Co.

 

Linda Collins reported the Northwest Regional Planning Commission has approved Richford’s newly updated Town Plan.

 

Laura was directed to contact all applicants for the zoning administrator position.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:48 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 1, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Tim Green.

 

Tim Green thanked the town for dealing with the drainage issue near his property and installing a catch basin. He said the water reduced by 50% after the existing storm drain was cleaned.

Tim invited the selectboard to attend the Community Meeting for the final report on the Area Wide Assessment and Revitalization Strategy taking place July 11 at 7:00 PM in the High School cafeteria.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the June 17 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to accept the 2013 tax rates as follows:

                Municipal                                            $0.8127

                Local Agreement                              $0.0018

                Homestead Education                   $1.0462

                Non-Homestead Education         $1.3956

The motion carried.

 

The board discussed the hiring policy proposed by the town clerk. The board agreed that all persons being placed on payroll will need selectboard approval to be recorded in the minutes.

The board discussed rates paid for lawn mowing.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Brandy Sickles to fill the Library Trustee term made vacant by the resignation of Carrie Fiebka. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to enter executive session at 7:22 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Tim Green left the meeting.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive at 7:30 PM. The motion carried. Tim Green rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to appoint Joan Cheeseman, Rowena Brown, and Tim Green to 3-year terms on the Development Review Board. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining. Tim thanked the board for the appointment.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to appoint Guy Charbonneau, to a 1-year term as alternate on the Development Review Board contingent on his acceptance. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining. Laura will notify all appointees.

 

Laura was directed to send a letter to a recent job applicant.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported Gary Royea has had a mild heart attack.

Wayne said he and Norris visited Richford Wood Products – they are getting ready to start-up.

 

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The town has entered into an agreement with Berkshire for road-side mowing.

Storm drains are being cleaned.

 

Chris Martel reported one of the benches in the Main Street Park had a broken board on the back.

Four trash barrels are needed for Davis Park.

The playground is vandalized on an almost daily basis. The board discussed alternatives.

 

Harold reported he has an estimate for painting and repairing the library roof of $4,600 - $5,000, with an expectation that it will last for 10 – 15 years. He has talked to contractors for a new standing seam roof and received an estimate of $25,000 - $30,000. He will get a price on corrugated steel.

Harold reported he needs to get an estimate for the vault expansion project.

 

Chris Martel reported there is an issue with ATVs on the rail trail between Troy and Liberty Streets.

Chris reported there are dog issues at 66 Thomas Street.

Constable Garrett Chapman has a new phone number – 393-7851 – effective July 2.

 

The board discussed the trash contract. The board determined to order enough trash stickers through the end of the contract.

 

Norris reported he has received the permit for the Source Protection Plan Update for the water system which is in effect through 2016.

Norris reported the water department is working on washing sand. He needs to buy a dump cart.

The water department is working on repairs.

Water shut-offs will begin this week or next.

 

Laura reported she will need to be out of the office tomorrow afternoon.

 

Linda Collins read an invitation to the Historical Society open house being held Sunday, July 7.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 8:20 PM. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 8:35 PM. The motion carried.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 17, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Charlie Hotchkin, Francis Whitney and Jim Hill.

 

Jim Hill, Manager of Richford Wood Products, discussed the recently approved driveway permit going to the scales on the property. He said they are trying to make the property attractive to the community. A 60’ culvert is needed under the new drive to direct drainage to an existing culvert. The board approved. Mr. Hill and Francis Whitney left.

 

Charlie Hotchin told the board he attended a planning commission meeting to discuss the noise bylaw; and said they seemed to be receptive. He said other town clerks separate civil noise from industrial noise. He said the case involving Mr. Fowler and his neighbors is going to trial in September. Mr. Hotchkin asked for a resolution that would state “any civil disturbance comes under judicial enforcement (fine, waiver). Manufacturing and industrial noise associated with permitted act comes under zoning.” Laura will send Mr. Hotchkin the town noise ordinance. Mr. Hotchkin left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the June 3 regular meeting. The motion carried, with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

 

Laura advised the board that a warned public hearing regarding regional approval of the newly adopted town plan will be held Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 PM at the Workforce Investment Board Training Facility in Swanton. Laura was directed to notify the planning commission.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 8:03 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 8:50 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to post the zoning administrator position for 30 days, with applications due by July 15, as an equal employment opportunity and at the request of some residents, and to appoint Karen Cangelosi as acting zoning administrator for 60 days. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed the proposed rail trail extension. Laura will work on determining a fair dollar amount for a right-of-way across the former railroad property.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the paving estimate has been received. The bulk of the work this year will be on the South Richford Road.

Wayne reported the highway crew is working on drainage on Willow Street.

Wayne reported storm drains will be cleaned next week.

 

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Linda Collins directed Laura to contact Vernon Nelson at the Department of Health regarding the fill stockpiled for the 113 Main Street project.

The board determined they will not send employees for training for the demolition of 113 Main St.

The culvert just before Gilles Desautels on Pinnacle Road needs to be replaced. The board determined to work with the Canadian customs and to close the road for 6 hours.

 

Chris Martel reported he has filed a complaint with the sheriff regarding vandalism at the playground. Chris reported on the Richford Center Cemetery Association meeting held last week.

Chris reported the coaches have requested that the pot holes on the playground road be filled.

 

Harold Foote reported roof work is needed at the library, and that some of the clapboards need to be replaced. He will get an estimate for standing seam and for corrugated steel.

Paint has been purchased for the emergency services building meeting room.

 

Chris Martel reported he has met with Sun Ray regarding additional cameras. He said the Border Patrol headquarters is pleased with the cameras.

 

Norris Tillotson requested permission to purchase equipment costing $4,651.00 for the water plant.  The equipment will enable remote reading of the temperature and PH, rather than requiring an employee to work overtime on weekends. Norris said funds are available in the water department. The board approved the purchase.

Norris reported he has been trying to get replacement sand for the water filters. Laura will try contacting Manosh.

Norris reported that Nancy Patch visited the proposed Missisquoi Park on June 15, and made recommendations.

 

Linda Collins directed Laura to send Mark St. Pierre a letter regarding the driveway permit for the Hardwood Hill property.

Linda reported Steve Sheperd has reported leakage at 28 Province Street, which he says is a water department issue.

Linda requested help from the highway department to install a sign on the historical society building.

Linda requested help from the highway department to remove the lilacs from 113 Main Street and to replant them on the Peoples Trust land across from the Main Street grocery.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 3, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Karen Cangelosi, Eileen McGrath, John Libbey, Rowena Brown, Joan Cheeseman, Tim Green, Mark St. Pierre, Amanda St. Pierre, Mike Gervais, and Denise Smith.

 

Eileen McGrath reported there was an issue at the playground last night just before midnight. She notified the police. This morning the gate was open, the lock was cut and there was a minivan on the playground. The board thanked Ms. McGrath for keeping watch.

 

Denise Smith, Executive Director for the Friends of Lake Champlain, advised grant funds are available for stormwater mapping. Her group would like to do St. Albans Town and Richford this year. There is no cost for the study, but a letter of support from the selectboard is needed by June 13. Ms. Smith left her contact information and the Enosburg study.

 

Linda reviewed the rules of the meeting.

 

Mark St. Pierre stated he applied for a zoning permit in October and was denied, and has since appealed. Mike Gervais said the DRB wants to have another hearing because there is no road frontage. He said the road was approved by the Planning Commission in 2005. Karen Cangelosi said the right-of-way is not noted on the survey. There is no town road. Karen added, per NRPC, the recorded decision needs to state the 50’ right-of-way for all lots, and that it needs to be added to the final site plan approval. Karen will warn a hearing.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the May 20 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported the tax sale will take place July 9 at 3:00 PM.

 

 The board approved the Project Review Sign Off for the Davis Road bridge.

 

Eileen McGrath discussed the water billing for the property she manages, asking if there could be separate meters for each apartment.

 

Linda reported the elementary school principal wants students to walk to school on the last day, and has asked to have Noyes Street closed for that purpose. The board determined not to close Noyes Street, but to have the students use the path behind Chet Parson’s house.

 

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Linda reported there has been no news from EPA regarding the dirt pile at the old skating rink.

 

Chris Martel reported he has asked Maurice Legault for an estimate for the electrical work at the Main Street park.

The Richford Center Cemetery Assoc. will meet June 13. There is also a Transportation Advisory Committee meeting that evening. Chris needs someone to cover the TAC meeting for him.

 

Harold Foote reported the fire department wants to paint the meeting room before they do the flooring.

Larry Bessette has seen to the roof drains at the post office.

The library needs to have some lights adjusted.

The handicapped parking needs to be redone behind the library.

The fire marshal has given direction for have the vault expansion work done locally.

The supervisory union will remove the toilet.

 

Chris Martel reported he will be meeting with Sun Ray on Wednesday to discussed added coverage.

Norris Tillotson reported he and Chris will address the bike park.

 

Norris Tillotson reported on delinquent water/sewer bills

Norris reported the dam needs to be cleaned; Rich will contact David Record.

Water is coming into the old reservoirs on the hill.

Laura will contact Dan Peterson regarding the FEMA work from tropical storm Irene.

 

The selectboard noted Mark St. Pierre has donated 1.25 acres of land to Hillside Cemetery. Laura will send a thank you.

 

The board agreed to approve the Hardwood Hill driveway permit Mark St. Pierre applied for last year.  Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to waive the fine. The motion carried with 3 yes and Linda Collins voting no. Laura said he will need to resubmit the application.

 

The board determined not to do the stormwater study at this time.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:12 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 20, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Marianne Hall, Sue Martel, Tim Green, Sonia Holmes, Bill McGroarty, Albert Perry, Levi Fuller, Joe Pollender, Karen Cangelosi and Darlene Gregoire.

 

Linda Collins reviewed the rules of the meeting.

 

Albert Perry presented a progress report on the Brownfields project, focusing on the 111-113 Main St. property owned by REAC. The plan for 2013 is to remove hazardous material from the property and demolish the building. Albert asked the town for help with removing the building debris, possibly taking it to the stump dump.

Bill McGroarty reported that the last advisory group meeting identified priorities as 111 and 113 Main Street, the canoe access, and having volunteers clean up the town-owned land. Linda recommended working through the trail town group.

Karen Cangelosi reported REAC needs to clean up their property, and that they are currently in violation.

Norris Tillotson reported the plan does not match what was first proposed, and asked why taxpayers are footing the bill.

Bill, Albert, Joe, Karen and Darlene left the meeting.

 

Levi Fuller and Sonia Holmes proposed having a “Home Run” during the Old Home Days. The race would start and end at Davis Park. Proceeds will benefit the Cornerstone Community Center.

Linda Collins discussed some issues with the recent car wash.

The selectboard approved the “Home Run”. Levi and Sonia left the meeting.

 

Tim Green reported he met with the listers regarding 113 River St. They told him that they cannot remove the water/sewer value on the property without selectboard permission. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to drop the water/sewer assessment for 113 Main Street. The motion carried.

Tim reported that the drainage ditch behind 114 River Street is now worse than when he first reported at the May 6 meeting. The town storm drain is now clogged. Laura has talked to Mr. St. Pierre who said he would have the ditch cleaned and covered. Wayne will talk to John Nutting. Laura was directed to contact Zoning and the Health Officer.

Tim reported that ATVs and motor bikes are tearing up the park. Chris Martel will order signs.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the May 6 meeting. The motion carried.

 

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Laura requested taking vacation time on May 23 and 24. The board approved.

 

Linda Collins discussed the mediation meeting tomorrow for the Mark St. Pierre zoning appeal. Laura clarified that the restriction is not in the deed, but rather in the site plan approval. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to authorize Linda Collins and Chris Martel to represent the board at the mediation. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise presented driveway permits for Richford Wood Products, Ethan and Lisa Mercy – with conditions, and Alfred Gendron – with conditions. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the permits. The motion carried.

Wayne discussed the communication from the unemployment insurance regarding the recently dismissed employee. The board agreed they saw no reason to protest the application for unemployment.

 

Chris Martel reported he will order signage banning ATVs at Davis Park.

Chris has requested an estimate from Maurice Legault for electrical work at Memorial Park.

Chris reported the street light across from the Episcopal Church stays on. Laura will call to have it repaired.

Two new tables are being donated to Davis Park by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Tim Green will ask the Lions Club to replace two benches.

Chris reported the mower for the playground is back in the shop. Norris advised there are two back-up mowers at the town garage.

Chris read a request from the health center to use the playground from June 24 to August 3 for summer day camp. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the request. Laura will contact Kathy Benoit.

Chris reported the high school is applying for funds for a batting cage. He has told Amanda St.Pierre to contact John Nutting for assistance, and to contact Rich Mackay to re-mark the lines.

Chris reported the gate at Richford Center Cemetery was painted over the weekend. The new sign with cemetery rules has been send.

Some recent issues with the cemetery will be brought to the association meeting in June.

 

Laura reported the fire marshall will be at the town hall on June 3 at 10 AM to discuss the vault.

 

The board discussed extra sheriff patrols for the summer. VLCT has given their opinion that funds budgeted for the school service officer can be used for the extra patrols. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the contract for extra sheriff coverage. The motion carried with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

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Norris Tillotson reported the water department is getting caught up with meter repairs.

Collection of water bills is in pretty good shape. Properties with unpaid bills will be shut off in June.

Norris reported he will have Laura send an email regarding sand for the filters.

Norris reported hydrant flushing has not yet been done.

Hartigan will be here the week of June 3 to flush lines, the siphon chamber and the pump stations.

 

Linda Collins reported the Catholic Church as requested having Main Street blocked off for Corpus Christi. Wayne reported John Nutting will set up pylons to mark the area for the walk, but will not close the street.

 

Linda read a letter from a Dewey Street property owner regarding a recent sewer blockage. The letter stated that “if/when  the same issues occur in the future, the Town would agree to dig up the road to get to the root of the problem.” The property owner asks that if the problem is a town issue , the town would reimburse the $406 Drummac bill for the March 7 blockage.

The board clarified that if the problem reoccurs, the town will dig only from the right of way to the main line. The property owner would be responsible for any digging on private property. Laura will send a letter.


Chris Martel reported there is interest in purchasing the town-owned property behind 195 Troy Street.

Norris stated the property cannot be sold because the sewer line is located on this property.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 6, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Justin Dextradeur, Sue Martel, Rowena Brown, Joan Cheeseman, John Libbey, Darlene Gregoire, Albert Perry Tim Green, and Marianne Hall.

 

Linda reviewed the rules of the meeting.

 

Justin Dextradeur of the Hartman Group gave an overview of the Area Wide Brownfields project currently in progress. Two of the sites selected for redevelopment planning are 1 Main Street and 32 River Street. Parking is the key element that is missing for both sites. Peoples Trust will not sell or subdivide their lot; the St. Anne’s Church property will not allow changes to the site layout. The consultants are looking at the municipal parking adjacent to 32 River St. An out-right sale is preferred, but a long term lease will be considered.

Discussion ensued regarding the pros and cons of the proposal. Attracting a developer is critical for the project to succeed; that will require 15 – 16 rental units. The board agreed to discuss the proposal later in the meeting.

 

Tim Green discussed the rental units next to his property on River Street, saying trash has accumulated in the gully behind the units and it smells of sewage. He knows the issue was investigated. Joan Cheeseman will contact the zoning administrator and health officer. Laura will contact the owner and ask him to clean up the trash.

 

Marianne Hall reported there is a hole in the side of the emergency services building.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the April 15 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the April 16, 18 and 25 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve a driveway permit submitted by Donald Noyes. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve a driveway permit submitted by Stan Guilmette. The motion carried.

 

Laura conveyed thanks from Arthur Pond for the highway crew’s work to clean-up the winter debris at St. Anne’s church.

 

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Chris Martel reported the catch basin in Davis Park has been vandalized.

Chris has met with John Nutting and Bruce Fuller regarding the playground.

Larry Bessette will prepare an estimate for repairs at the ball field.

Two portable toilets have been set at the playground. The school and town are each paying for one. The town will remove theirs if it is knocked over.

Chris reported mowing in the cemeteries has begun.

A local resident is paying for headstone restoration and cleaning in the Troy Street cemetery.

A large stump needs to be removed from the Troy Street cemetery.

A new sign for the Richford Center Cemetery has been ordered.

 

Harold Foote reported he has hired a person to mow at the library and post office this summer.

Harold thanked the highway crew for cleaning the lawns at the library and post office.

Harold reported an issue with people dumping garbage in the metals dumpster at the town garage. The fire department needs to make arrangements to remove the garbage.

Harold will be meeting with the library trustees. Some repairs are needed.

The board discussed the vault expansion project. There is a possibility the project can be done locally without using the grant. The safe at the post office could be used for one year. Harold proposed having a meeting with himself, Norris, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record to find out what is wanted.

 

Chris Martel reported the constable has met with the man who takes his boa constrictor for walks, and has given him a copy of the ordinance that prohibits displaying such reptiles.

There have been a number of dog issues. Dogs have killed chickens at a home on South Richford Road.

The board discussed extra sheriff coverage for the summer. See the minutes of the April 15 meeting.

An issue with a Troy Street property has been assigned to the state.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water bills are being collected. There will be no more deals made.

There only 11 meters still needing repairs.

The water department will begin washing sand to reuse.

Norris has been trying to make reach a contact regarding replacing sand for the filters.

 

Linda Collins reported a complaint regarding a large pot hole on Prive Road.

Linda reported the St. Pierre mediation will be held May 25.

 

The board discussed the possibility of selling or leasing the River Street Parking lot. They felt they need more information, and probably should hold a public meeting.

 

Norris reported Walter Opuszynski, the NFCT Trail Director, will visit on May 14 at 10 AM to select the site for the canoe access at Missisquoi Park. He reported Walter wants to donate tow picnic tables for Davis Park.

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Chris Martel reported trash cans are needed for Davis Park.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order in executive session at 9:00 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Nutting and Attorney Joe Cahill.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 10:05 Am. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by  Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to terminate the employee under discussion for inability to perform job functions and repeated violations and safety issues. The motion carried unanimously.

The board determined the employee’s name will not be public record.

 

Linda read a draft letter to highway employees.

 

The motion adjourned at 10:15 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 9:15 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 9:15 AM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to leave executive session at 10:55 AM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, the board took disciplinary action against an employee.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

APRIL 16, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order in executive session at 9:00 AM to discuss personnel with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Highway employees joined the meeting in progress.

 

Motion made Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 11:20 AM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, the board agreed to investigate employee concerns and follow-up with letters to the employees as to the resolution.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.

 

 

 

Linda Collins

Chair



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 15, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Laurie London, Mark Bruins, Felix Snider, Cedric Snider, Philip Snider, Charlie Hotchkin, Mike Cunningham, Karen Cangelosi, Joe Pollender, Jim Hill and Cristian Mata.

 

Felix Snider discussed the gate on the class 4 Dunham Road, saying it is not locked. He talked to Dale Guertin in 1994. Originally talked to Mr. Thompson who said it was okay with him.

Mike Cunningham said the gate was put up after Mr. Thompson went to Connecticut. He said the gate has been locked all along and has been changed multiple times. He asked if the road could be upgraded to class 3 and if the town would then maintain it.

Cedric said Mr. Thompson had a key before the lock was broken. When the lock was replaced Mr. Thompson did not get a key.

 

Cristian Mata introduced himself as the purchaser of Maple Mountain Woodworks. He said Richford Wood Products would start operation at the top of the month. He will fund the operation for one year, and try to stabilize the business, and then maybe resell. Jim Hill was introduced as the manager.

 

Karen Cangelosi discussed the sewer line blockage at her property, and read a letter from Drummac to the board. Norris reported on his discussion with Drummac. Karen feels the town is responsible.

 

Charlie Hotchkin discussed the noise ordinance violation, and explained the history of the issue. He asked the board to consider changing the ordinance to what other towns use.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the April 1 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the April 11 emergency meeting. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the April 9 meeting on the scoping report for Bridge #6 – Davis Bridge. The board requests that the state assume responsibility for all required signage. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to agree to the closure of the bridge. The motion carried. Work will probably be done in 2016.

 

Wayne presented a driveway permit for Martin Laliberte’ at 423 Stevens Mills Slide Road.  Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the driveway permit with highway standards. The motion carried.

 

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Chris Martel discussed hauling gravel on class 3 roads.

 

Chris said work has started at the playground.

Richford Center Cemetery Association will meet April 25 at 7:00 PM at the town hall.

Chris said the mowing crew is the same; there have been no issues.

 

Harold Foote reported the old radiator in the housing office needs to be removed.

The flat roof at the post office needs to be cleaned off.

Harold discussed the fire department action.

 

Chris Martel discussed an animal issue on Troy Street. The animal control officer and sheriff will visit.

Chris suggested using the money budgeted for the resource officer for extra sheriff coverage from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Laura was directed to contact Drummac for a written statement regarding the Karen Cangelosi’s sewer line blockage.

 

The board determined to visit Dunham Road tomorrow. Laura was directed to check the minutes, and to contact Dale Guertin.

 

Norris reported the stump dump will be open on Saturdays from 9-1 beginning May 4.

 

The board discussed a letter received regarding trash collection at a Union Street property.

 

The board discussed the special meeting to be held on April 16.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 11, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 11:30 AM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and John Libbey.

 

The board discussed the DRB’s decision to deny Mark St.Pierre’s appeal of the decision of the zoning administrator.

 

The selectboard agreed that they will proceed to the next step, which will be mediation.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:00.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 1, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ken Lavalla, Hannah Hurtubise, Levi Fuller, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

The board discussed issues with burning the stump dump with Fire Warden Ken Lavalla. Ken said the state handbook does not allow him to issue a burn permit. The board would need to go through Environmental Conservation. Laura will follow up tomorrow.

 

Levi Fuller told the board she is working with a group at the community center – Girls on Track – which is part of Girls on the Run. The group recognizes achievement. Hannah Hurtubise explained some of the group’s activities. The group wants to have a car wash at the emergency services building on April 27 as part of their community service requirement. Money raised will be donated back to the community center. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the car wash. The motion carried. Levi and Hannah left the meeting.

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher discussed the vault expansion project, saying he thought the board should stop what they are doing and step back. An engineer has been hired who has not done anything, and is now saying the project could cost more than was budgeted. Alan wants to research vault companies.

Alan reported about 70 properties have been sent to the attorney for tax sale, which he hopes will be in June. Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Mike Cunningham joined the meeting at 7:20. He discussed property he currently leases on Prive Hill Road. A class 4 road is an access to the property. Two other property owners have locked gates on that road. He is concerned that, in the future, if one of his children wants to build a house on the property they would not be allowed access. Laura will send letters to the property owners with a copy of the state statute, giving them until April 15 to comply with the statute. Mr. Cunningham left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the March 18 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Annette Goyne and Debbie Foote are up for reappointment to the conservation commission. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to reappoint Annette and Debbie. The motion carried with Harold Foote abstaining.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to appoint Ken Lavalla as fire warden. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Mary Robinson has volunteered to fill the vacancy on the Northwest Solid Waste District board. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to appoint Mary to the position. The motion carried.

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Laura gave an update on the revolving loan fund.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported on the plow package for the new truck. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to accept the Viking plow package and box for the 2002 truck for $64,000. The motion carried.

Wayne reported the scoping report for Davis Bridge #6 will be Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM.

The highway crew has started grading roads.

Wayne reviewed the Main Street bridge inspection report, which indicates problems. The board approved a letter to Jim Cota, which will be sent with the report. Jim will help pursue the issue.

 

Chris Martel reported he is working with the highway department to bring sand from Coventry for the ball fields at the playground.

 

Harold Foote discussed a facebook posting put on-line by a member of the fire department.

Harold reported the fire department wants a dedicated line for a fax machine.

Harold reported Regional did not attend the recent ambulance meeting.

Harold reported the dry hydrants are not working.

 

Chris Martel reported the rabies clinic went well. Part of the dog census will be redone.

Chris reported the issue at a Troy Street has been turned over to the Department of Children and Families.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water meters are being read.

Norris reported he is looking for sand for the water plant filters.

Norris reported on a conversation with the attorney for VOSHA. A settlement was agreed on, whereby the town will pay a $1500 fine.

Norris reported the sewer blockage on Hamilton Place will require the property owner replacing the line.

 

The board approved a permit submitted by the Lions Club for fireworks on July 6.

 

The board agreed to send letters to the property owners regarding the gates on Dunham Road.

 

The board determined to send a letter to the resident who complained about trucks using jake brakes, stating that restricting using the brake is a safety issue.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 10:05 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve liquor license applications for the American Legion, Grey Gables, Main Street Grocery, Richford Country Club, The Crossing and the liquor and tobacco license applications for Pinnacle Peddler. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green, John Nutting, Steve Rappeno, and Thomas Leach.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Linda Collins as chair of the board. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to keep commissioner appointments the same as last year. The motion carried.

 

Thomas Leach discussed an issue he is having with the sewer, and asked if the problem is with the town sewer. Norris Tillotson said the town sewer is flowing well. The board has reviewed the Drummac reports. No record is kept of lateral lines. The town will dig in the spring and find out where the separation is. The town will pay if it is their problem, otherwise Mr. Leach will be required to pay. If Mr. Leach brings in the video, make arrangements to view the film Friday at 9 AM. Advise Rich Mackay of the meeting.

 

John Nutting presented proposals for the new truck as follows:

                J&B International – Western Star              $107,244      Warranty $8198    Total $115,442

                J&B International – International              $106,320.52 Warranty $8431    Total $114751.52

                Vermont Mack                                                  $115,990       Warranty $5045    Total $121,035

                Clarks International                                         $107,917       Warranty $6336    Total $114,253

                Charlebois – Freightliner                               $105,657       Warranty $9715*  Total $115,372

*84 months engine, 60 months basic service.

John and the board discussed the emissions systems.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the bid for the freightliner based on all available information. The motion carried.

John will order the plow equipment.

 

Steve Rappeno asked for a sign to block use of air/jack brakes on Province Street near the railroad tracks. Mr. Rappeno suggested a campground to promote tourism.

 

Tim Green discussed the water/sewer budgets comparing 2012 and 2013. He questioned the $84,000 surplus.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 18 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

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Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 27 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported the board will need to request regional approval of the updated Town Plan. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to request regional approval. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve one-year appointments as follows:

                E-911 Coordinator – Laura Ovitt

                Emergency Management Chair – Ken Pigeon

                Emergency Management Asst. – Andrew Pond

                Town Energy Coordinator – Daniel Parsons

                Town Service Officer – Mary Mankin

                Town Tree Warden – Daniel Parsons

The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins to approve two year appointments as follows:

                Revolving Loan Fund Committee – Rowena Brown and John Libbey

The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote to appoint Alan Fletcher to a 3 year term on the Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The motion carried.

The board determined to table appointing a Fire Warden, and to ask Ken Lavalla to attend a meeting.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from Margo Sherwood asking the board to pursue bringing natural gas to Richford. Laura was directed to contact Margo and ask her to contact the board.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported he has received an application for employment.

He has signed and submitted the last documents for the Pinnacle Road project.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to adopt the 2013 Road & Bridge Standards prepared by VTrans. The motion carried.

 

Chris Martel discussed use of money set aside in the Playground Fund.

The board determined rules and regulations need to be established for the holiday lights in Memorial Park.

 

Harold Foote discussed the vault expansion project. It was determined to put the project on hold for the time being. Laura expressed her opinion that not doing the expansion would be short-sighted. The board determined to arrange a meeting with Alan Fletcher to discuss the project Thursday or Friday.

 

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Harold presented a request from Claude Desautels to allow his tenants at 13 River Street to use the dumpster at 60 River Street, and to remove 13 Troy Street from the trash system. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the request.

 

Linda read a letter from John Reynolds responding to the board’s decision regarding his delinquent trash bill. Laura was directed to send Mr. Reynolds a letter.

 

Norris read a letter from Karen Cangelosi requesting payment of a bill from Drummac for unclogging the sewer line at her home, saying the clog was due to the town’s faulty workmanship. Ms. Cangelosi will be sent a letter.

Norris said that maybe one cell at the water plant can be cleaned tomorrow.

The State has been contacted asking them to test the existing pile of sand. Replacement of sand for all of the filters will require 184,000 yards.

All leaks are fixed at this point.

The waste treatment plant is getting good tests – no worry this winter.

 

Chris Martel reported people are asking why no meetings were held regarding the School Resource Officer.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 9:45 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 10:05 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, a meeting will be arranged next week with the highway crew.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 27, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 1:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

The board reviewed the articles to be discussed at town meeting.

 

The board discussed delinquent water and sewer bills.

 

Alan Fletcher reported work will start soon to digitize the land records and create an index. The card file index will no longer be needed when the project is finished.

 

The board determined to discuss the vault project at the March 18 meeting.

 

Alan reported he and Norris need to meet with the people who provide the software for water/sewer billing. He said the program does not work well, and needs to be improved or removed.

 

Alan reported the front window will be closed on March 5, and no payments will be accepted.

Alan left the meeting at 1:50 PM.

 

Paul Martin and Shelley Bustillos joined the meeting at 12:45 PM.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 1:55 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Ken Pigeon joined the meeting at 2:35 PM.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 2:45 PM. The motion carried.  Ms. Bustillos left the meeting.

 

Paul and Ken discussed flooring for the conference room at the emergency services building. They said they would also like to paint the room.

Paul and Ken discussed arrangements for bringing the ladder truck from Maine to Richford.

Paul and Ken left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to re-enter executive session at 3:00 PM. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 3:07 PM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to uphold the Fire Chiefs’ decision to dismiss Shelley Bustillos from the fire department based on the information presented at the hearing. The motion carried.

Laura was directed to send a letter to Ms. Bustillos advising her of the decision, and advising her to return her gear to the fire station.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 18, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Reynolds, Tim Green, Matt Irons, Shelly Bustillos and Sherry Bates. Marianne Hall joined the meeting at 7:40 PM.

 

John Reynolds discussed the delinquent trash account for his property at 4 Corliss Heights. The property is currently under a contract for deed. The bill has accumulated from previous tenants. He has set up an account at TD Bank for taxes and utilities, with the payment included with the rent. The board agreed to discuss later in the meeting and get back to him. Mr. Reynolds left at 7:12 PM.

 

Shelly Bustillos explained she has been terminated from the Fire Department because of posting on social media. She wants to be reinstated and feels she has been discriminated against. The board agreed to discuss later in the meeting and get back to her. Ms. Bustillos and Bates left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the February 4 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported a highway issue on Troy Street. Wayne Hurtubise will check it out.

Wayne reported the 2013 Road and bridge Standards have been received. These will be reviewed and discussed at a later date.

Wayne reported the water repair on Main Street will be completed when the parts are received.

Wayne reported a driveway permit application has been received from Herman Smith. The road foreman has approved the application with the condition that a 24” culvert be installed. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the application. The motion carried.

 

Chris Martel reported he met with Albert Perry, Joe Pollender and Laura regarding the Missisquoi Park and the rail trail. A plan for clean-up has been developed. REAC will apply to Regional Planning for EPA money for the clean- up. Wayne Hurtubise has agreed the highway department will be able to assist as time permits.

 

Harold Foote reported Blouins has made repairs to the boiler at the Library; the cost is $440.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the Enabling Resolution authorizing Harold Foote to sign the lease for the post office. The motion carried.

The Christmas lights in the park need to be unplugged.

Harold reported on a meeting with Pat Stephens regarding the vault expansion. The board agreed to ask for solid block vs. core block.

Harold reported Angie Tracy’s surgery is scheduled for Feb. 28. She will be out for three months.

Marianne Hall discussed storage space at the post office for parade material.

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Chris Martel reported he has asked the sheriff to issue tickets for vehicles violating the winter parking ban.

 

The board revisited Mr. Reynolds trash account. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to require payment of $450 on the delinquent bill, plus payment of the current bill to receive blue stickers.  The remainder of the delinquency will be abated. The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson reported a sewer issue at 63 Province Street. Laura was directed to contact the property owner and to contact Roto Rooter.

Norris reported a water leak on Eastern Avenue has been repaired.

Ice and leaves needed to be removed from the water intake.

The sewer plant and pump stations are working well.

Laura reported the request for time extensions for the FEMA projects for water and highway have been approved. The Change of Scope request has been signed and will be submitted.

 

Wayne reported he is waiting for a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers, which will complete the pinnacle road project.

 

The board determined to meet with the town clerk either March 1 or March 4 at 1:00 PM to discuss articles for town meeting.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 8:25 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. All visitors except Laura left.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:50 PM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, the board determined to hold a hearing at 2:00 PM on either March 1 or March 4. Laura was directed to contact the fire chief.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 4, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Tim Green.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 21 regular meeting. The motion carried.


Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 25 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 1 emergency meeting. The motion carried.

 

The maintenance contract from Milton Cat for the generators was reviewed. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the contract. The motion carried.

 

The board approved paying the library the monthly stipend approved for the 2013 budget.

 

Wayne Hurtubise presented a driveway permit submitted by Tom Cook. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the permit. The motion carried.

Wayne presented a draft general permit for new discharges of regulated stormwater runoff to all Class A and Class B waters in the state, except those waters listed as being impaired due to stormwater runoff. The notice needs to be posted until March 1, 2013.

Wayne reported the town crew is cutting brush on town roads.

A question was raised about plowing side streets. Wayne will look into the situation.

 

Harold Foote presented the lease for the post office building. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the lease. The motion carried.

Harold reported he has repaired a grout issue at the post office.

 

Chris Martel reported a parking issue on Province Street. Signs have been ordered.

Chris reported he attended a school board meeting regarding public safety.

Chris reported on an issue regarding a Troy Street property.

Chris reported the animal control officer has been very busy, receiving 15 calls on one Saturday.

 

Norris Tillotson discussed delinquent trash bills, particularly a landlord who does not pay his bill.

Norris reported a water leak on Eastern Avenue. Repair is planned for tomorrow.

 

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Norris reported a water leak on Main St. in front of Wetherby’ s. Repair is planned for tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to enter executive session at 8:05 PM to discuss personnel and finances. The motion carried. Tim Green left the meeting.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 8:37 PM. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the request of the ambulance management to add $17,500 to the 2013 budget to be used for salaries. The motion carried.


The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 1, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 11:00 AM with members Harold Foote and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

Harold Foote explained the purpose of the meeting was to reconsider Article 6 on the warning, asking voters to cap the amount of ambulance revenue after expenses to be transferred to the ambulance equipment fund at $50,000. Harold explained that he and Linda had just met with Ambulance Manager Kathy Benoit. She explained that using money paid by Medicare and Medicade for general fund purposes would create issues.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to amend the warning to eliminate Article 6 regarding the ambulance equipment fund. The motion carried.



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 25, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 9:00 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present.  Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

The board discussed articles on the warning for the 2013 town meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the warning. The motion carried.

 

The board noted that the tax rate estimated by Alan does not include the appropriations to be voted at town meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 21, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Sue Martel, Tim Green, Mary Robinson, John Libbey, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, Darlene Gregoire, Beth O’Brien and Bill O’Brien.

 

Linda reviewed the rules of the meeting.

 

John Libbey, Sue Martel, Mary Robinson and Bill O’Brien, members of the Planning Commission, were present to answer any questions the board might have regarding the proposed town plan. John noted this is only a plan. The recommendations need ordinances to become effective, and would require zoning changes. Harold Foote noted the page numbers are not consistent. The board agreed they would discuss later.

 

Darlene Gregoire, Tim Green, John Libbey, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, and Beth O’Brien were present representing REAC. Darlene explained the directors depend on and appreciate the town’s support. She said the directors are requesting a $1500 line item in the budget for economic development. Linda explained the budget has been completed, and a petition would be required to have an article requesting an appropriation.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 7 regular meeting and board of control commissioners meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan 3, 4, 10, and 15 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported the state has asked if the town would be interested in an electronics recycling program. It is free to the town and managed by the state. The board agreed.

 

Laura reported the town clerk has presented a revised budget, which adds $30,000 to the revenue page for delinquent taxes. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to change delinquent tax revenue line item from $100,000 to $130,000. The motion carried.

 

 

The board considered an article for the warning that would cap the amount of ambulance revenue to be transferred to the ambulance equipment fund at $50,000, with remaining ambulance revenue staying in the general fund. $98,000 has been transferred this year. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to cap revenues transferred to the ambulance equipment fund at $50,000 per year. The motion carried.

 

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Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway crew has been busy dealing with winter, but that things are going good.

 

Chris Martel reported all is well with parks, playground and cemeteries until spring.

 

Harold Foote reported the insurance inspection for the library boiler failed. Dan Carswell is coming this week to work on it.

Harold said a section of tile at the post office needs repair. He will talk to Larry Bessette.

 

Chris Martel reported the Sheriff is moving out of the office at the town hall. The selectboard discussed using the room as a selectboard office.

Animal control has been very busy; there is a lot of abuse. Dorothy is getting a new, local phone number.

 

Norris reported water and sewer are doing good. He said the intake needed to be opened up recently; it was clogged with ice and leaves. He said there is basically no turbidity at this time.

 

Laura reported the railroad property on Troy Street is now privately owned.

 

Linda reported on the recent Trail Town meeting, saying Pinnacle Peddler is willing to establish a shuttle. Paulette needs a canoe and a rack.

 

Sue Martel requested additional guard rails on Corliss Road.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the town plan with the exception of the page numbering. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 15, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 3:35 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Though Wayne Hurtubise was present, he recused himself from discussion and voting.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to open sealed bids for the lease of the sewer plant land for haying.

 

Three bids were received as follows:

 

                Brouillette Farms, Inc.                                                    $66,00 per acre ($924.00)

                L.F. Hurtubise & Sons, Inc.                                           $1430.00

                Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire, LLC                 $1350.00

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to accept the high bid from L.F. Hurtubise & Sons, Inc.  The motion carried.

 

The lease will run from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:45 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 10, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:30 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

Laura reminded the board there will be a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 to open bids for haying the sewer plant land.

 

Harold Foote reported that, if needed, Alan Boylan will shovel at the town hall and post office on the two days of Angie Tracy’s surgeries. Steve Tracy will take care of the shoveling during the rest of her sick leave. He said $500 has been allowed to cover the cost of shoveling.

 

Alan Fletcher reported the preliminary tax rate, based on the amounts budgeted, will be about .0367 cents higher than last year.

 

The board reviewed the photos for the town report cover.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the current expense note. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Linda Collins, to correct the Winter Parking ordinance section 1(b) to state “parking on Main Street between River Street and School Street, and on Province Street and River street shall be prohibited between the hours of 2:00 AM and 8:00 AM”.  The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to accept the 2013 budget as presented.

The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 7, 2013

 

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 8:15 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve a liquor license application for Wetherby’s Quick Stop. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 7, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ed Messier and Allen McMurphy.

 

Ed Messier spoke on behalf of the Masonic Lodge regarding the water bill at 61 Main Street, which is delinquent. He said the lodge is working with their attorney to try to resolve the issue, and asked for consideration. The board will discuss the issue later in the meeting. Mr. Messier and Mr. McMurphy left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the December 17 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins read a letter of resignation from Evelyn Fassett regarding her position on the Richford Community Fund Board. The board accepted the resignation.

 

Wayne Hurtubise presented the certificate of highway mileage from the VT Agency of Transportation. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the certificate. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins advised the next budget meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 PM.

 

Chris Martel reported the placement of the “winter parking ban” signs. It was noted the times on the signs is incorrect. The board agreed to replace the signs, and to place additional signs on River and Main Streets.

 

Harold Foote discussed moving the responsibility for shoveling to the part-time highway person.

 

Chris Martel reported a bill paid for work in the park needs to be researched.

Chris reported he has received the budget figures from the sheriff for the school resource officer.

Chris has contacted the insurance company regarding the hometown harvest incident.

 

Norris Tillotson presented a new contract for Simon Operation Services, Inc., which is due in March. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the contract. The motion carried.

 

The board revisited the water bill for the Masonic Lodge. They determined to allow the lodge some time to work things out with their attorney. Laura was directed to contact the Masons.

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Linda reported members of the fire department will be going to Maine on Friday to look at a certified ladder truck. The board agreed to allow money for their gas and meals.

 

Chris reported he will be attending the Chiefs of Police meeting; Sue Martel will be attending on behalf of the planning commission.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 3, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 4:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, and Sheila Record.

 

The board worked on the 2013 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 4, 2013

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 1:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel, Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record.

 

The board worked on the 2013 budget. Harold Foote left the meeting at 2:15 PM.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 17, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, and Tim Green.

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher presented a comparison of the balance sheet and checking balance for Dec. 2011 and Dec. 2012. Collecting delinquent taxes made the difference.

Alan said he wants to pay the DRB and Planning Commission through payroll rather than through accounts payable.

Alan reported the 2013 CLA is 103.18%.

Alan reported the tax sale in spring will include any delinquent water/sewer bills over $1000.

Alan reported he will prepare a letter regarding changes in the trash system; to be included with the January billing.

Alan reported retirement cost for the town will increase from 6.5% to 6.57% in July.

 

The board set budget meetings as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 5; 30 PM; Thursday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 PM; and Friday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 PM.

Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Tim Green discussed drainage issues at his River Street property. He presented photos taken 2 weeks ago. Wayne Hurtubise agreed to work with John Nutting and Tim. Tim was advised to notify the zoning administrator of the debris at the adjacent property.

Tim asked the board to consider incorporating money in the 2013 budget to support grant applications.

 

Librarian Susan Smolinsky and Library Trustees Annette Goyne, Patty Lambert, Debra Atherton and Patti Lariviere joined the meeting at 7:25 PM. Susan thanked the board for working on the drainage for the basement and for repairing the roof. She reviewed the 2012 library activity. Susan presented the 2013 appropriation request of $60,500. The 2012 appropriation was $53,000. Susan and the trustees left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Dec. 3 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura presented an email from Attorney Michael Gawne regarding serving as town attorney. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to appoint Mr. Gawne as town attorney. The motion carried.

 

 

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Laura reported she has been asked to serve on a committee being formed to update the Franklin County Strategic Economic Plan as a representative of the selectboard. There will be 5-6 meetings over the next few months. The board approved.

 

Laura reminded the board they had planned to accept bids for haying the sewer plant land. Norris Tillotson will work with Laura to draft a letter.

 

Linda Collins reported she attended a meeting regarding forming a regional ambulance service, and said Richford is not interested in being part of such a service.

Linda reported she and Norris appeared in small claims court regarding a suit over a plugged sewer line. The judge found in the town’s favor.

Linda reported she negotiated a contract with the supervisory union for their space in the post office building for a 3-year term with a 2-year extension.

Linda reported the town is being sued by a person claiming to have been injured due to a loose manhole cover. The attorney has advised the town to contact their insurance carrier.

Linda reported the fire department will be having a parade of lights starting at 6 PM on Dec. 24.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported he and John Nutting discussed the maintenance budget for the highway department. There is some money left in the current budget – John is working on energy efficiency. Wayne reported the highway crew installed drainage pipes at the library and in the town hall parking lot.

Wayne reported the town will be reimbursed for money spent on the Pinnacle Road project, but probably not until 2013.

 

Chris Martel reported there are no issues with the playground or cemeteries.

Chris reported the electrical receptacles at the back of the Main Street Park are not working. They will be repaired in the spring.

 

Harold Foote discussed the post office lease.

Harold reported the bars have been installed on the clerk’s offices windows.

Harold reported he has negotiated a better fuel oil price with Blouins.

The board discussed perhaps no longer having regular gas at the town garage as almost all of the vehicles and equipment are diesel.

 

Chris Martel reported a new hard drive has been installed in the DVR for the surveillance cameras.

 

Norris Tillotson reported repairs on the water meters continues.

Norris reported runoff from recent storms has caused turbidity causing the need to clean the filter.

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Norris reported the $65,000 sewer note has been repaid, and the $31,000 water note has been repaid.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 3, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Garrett Chapman, Kathy Benoit and Border Patrol Agents Sean McVey and Dan Doty.

 

Agent Sean McVey introduced Dan Doty to the board as deputy patrol agent in charge. Agent McVey explained the priority is to secure the border and make a better community by reducing crime. He said they are working under a federal grant with state and local officials to protect the border, but are also working on traditional enforcement. If complaints or problems are raised, contact Agents McVey or Doty. Agent McVey said they are open to giving tours of the new station.  Agents McVey and Doty left the meeting.

 

Kathy Benoit presented the proposed 2013 Ambulance Service budget, saying there is an increase in management cost due to increased calls and services. This is the first such increase since 2007. Kathy will review the proposed budget with the town treasurer. Kathy left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 7:20 to discuss contracts. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 8:23. The motion carried.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to increase the supervisory union rent by 3% per year for 3 years. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the post office proposal. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the Nov. 19 minutes as presented. The motion carried.

 

Laura explained that the town needs to repay $2,872.14 to the state for expenses incurred under a grant awarded for the purchase of the railroad land on Troy Street. The grant was withdrawn due to lack of activity. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to pay this invoice. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to re-appoint Terry Leonard as health officer. The motion carried.

 

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Dec. 3, 2012

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Linda Collins reported the firemen will be having a pot-luck dinner on Dec. 6. The board is invited.

The Beautification Committee holiday gathering will be held Dec. 15 at the home of John Libbey.

The fire department will be having a ‘parade of lights’ on Christmas Eve. Other town departments, farms, businesses, etc. are invited to participate.

 

The board discussed the current trash system.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway department is doing well.

 

Chris Martel reported parks, playgrounds and cemeteries are doing well. There are electrical issues at the Main Street Park.

 

The board discussed issues at the Bottoms-Up Bar.

 

Chris Martel reported the hard drive capacity for the surveillance cameras can be increased to store two or more months of activity for $525.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water/sewer departments are doing well. Meters continue to be repaired. The sewer note is paid off. The $31,000 water note may be able to be paid off this year.

Norris is checking on sand prices for the water filters.

 

The board determined the stump dump will close on Dec. 9 until notice in the spring.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETIJNG

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 19, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise and Chris Martel present.  Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Bruce Wetherby and Chuck McAllister.

 

The board discussed the trash service for the special services district with Bruce Wetherby and Chuck McAllister. Bruce and Chuck left the meeting. Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record discussed delinquent trash bills with the board. Alan and Sheila left the meeting. The board discussed the inequity of paying for trash service from the general fund because people have not paid their bills.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 5 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins discussed a response from VLCT regarding the zoning administrator filling out permits for applicants.

 

The board discussed a zoning violation on town property – progress is being made.

 

The board discussed purchasing a server for the office computer system. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to contract with Rail City Information Services to purchase and install a server for $9,779.25. The motion carried.

 

Linda reported there will be a hearing in small claims court on Dec. 12 at 1 PM regarding the James Mallett’s Drummac bill .

 

Linda reported on a meeting she attended with two REAC directors regarding Missisquoi Park.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to not renew the Director and Officer Liability Insurance for REAC on the advice of the town’s insurance agent because REAC is not a department of the town. The motion carried.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the work at the Davis Road bridge has been completed.

 

Chris Martel discussed a potential grant program for sidewalk replacement.

Chris reported the flag light at Davis Park needs to be repaired.

Chris reported the carousel at the playground has been repaired by the highway department.

 

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November 19, 2012

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Laura was directed to contact Harold Foote regarding the post office lease.

 

Laura was directed to send a letter to Tina Lamos regarding trash.

 

Applications for sewer allotments for 3 lots on Kings Court were presented with payment. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the allocations. The motion carried.

 

Linda suggested the fire department be considered for future high-rise repair jobs. Laura was directed to find out if the ladder truck is now certified.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to use $1,000 from the holiday celebration line item to purchase Christmas lights for the fire department. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 5, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Anita Mason, Rick Mason, and Charlie Hotchkin.    

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher discussed delinquent trash bills. Laura was directed to ask Bruce Wetherby to attend the next meeting.

Alan discussed what the board wanted to have in the town report.

Alan reported Attorney Don Pellman has closed his office in Enosburg. Vaughn Comeau is taking over the practice. Attorney Michael Gawne has offered to handle the tax sale.

Alan reviewed the employee health insurance, saying there will be a considerable increase in premium. Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Anita and Rick Mason discussed a zoning problem at their Willow Street property. They ;have placed a fence and shed on town property. Linda Collins reported Steve Combs had placed a shed outside of the property line when he owned the same property prior to the town owning the adjacent lot. A right-of-way had been offered, but was never executed. The listers supplied a packet describing the issue. The board will discuss later in the meeting. Anita and Rick left the meeting.

 

Charlie Hotchkin discussed his hydro project on Wightman Hill. He said it is almost all set. The board advised him to work with John Nutting. Charlie reported the culvert needs work. Charlie left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 15 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura discussed the water/sewer bill for the REAC property at 113 Main Street. She said the bill divides out to $36.09 per month, and said REAC acquired the property on June 20. The water/sewer lines were severed and capped about two weeks later. Laura suggested reducing the bill to $75.00, and abating the rest. The board agreed.

Laura reported she had been given a zoning complaint for material on Town property, and said Norris had checked. The board determined this is not a board issue.

Laura reported Rowena Brown has volunteered to represent the town on the Regional Planning Board. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to appoint Rowena to the NRPC board to replace Melissa Wells. The motion carried.

Laura discussed holiday pay for an employee who is out on sick leave. The board said they cannot pay the holidays while the employee is receiving short term disability.

 

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November 5, 2012

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Zoning Administrator Karen Cangelosi joined the meeting at 7:50. She discussed how permits are issued and discussed the Mason’s Willow Street property. Karen left the meeting.

 

Laura was directed to prepare an agreement between the board and the Masons regarding the town land. The agreement will state they may use up to 40 feet of the town property from their north property line where the fence and sheds are located. If the fence or shed(s) are removed they cannot be replaced. The agreement will not transfer if they sell the property. The agreement will be recorded at their expense.

 

Linda Collins read a letter written to the court regarding the Dewey Street sewer line blockage.

Linda reported on Liquor control violations and fines regarding Bottoms Up Bar & Grill LLC.

 

Laura was directed to prepare a note for the zoning administrator advising her not to fill in zoning applications.

 

Linda read a letter from the library trustees regarding workers compensation and liability insurance.

 

The board discussed REAC’s Director & Officer insurance. Laura is getting quotes to try to reduce the premium. The board will discuss the premium prior to budget.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the Davis Bridge needs guard rails. The town has contracted with Lafayette; the cost will be about $2400.

 

Chris Martel reported Carroll McAllister made new gates for the Richford Center Cemetery.

Chris reported the gazebo roof has been repaired. Taylor Guilmette did a good job.

The highway department is repairing the playground’s carousel.

 

Harold Foote discussed the lease for the superintendent’s office. The board determined to increase the lease to $2000 per month for 2013, with a $100 per month increase for 2014 and 2015.

Harold reported Claude Desautels will fix the flag pole this week.

 

Chris Martel reported Sheriff Norris said it was a quiet Halloween.

The board discussed the constable’s duties and discussed constable pay.

 

Norris Tillotson reported there are 30 water meters left to repair. Letters have been sent regarding gaining access to the meters.

Norris reported there are 50-60 vacant properties. The town will not receive payment for the water/sewer base until the property is sold.

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The board discussed replacement sand for the water plant.

The board discussed sludge removal at the wastewater treatment plant.

 

Laura was directed to contact Michael Gawne regarding serving as town attorney.

Laura will follow up on a bill received from environmental conservation for the water plant.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETEING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 15, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Cynthia Scott, Mary Robinson, and Annette Goyne.

 

Town Clerk Alan Fletcher reported on the water and sewer rates needed to meet the 2012-2013 budget, saying residential rates need to increase about $95.00 per year. The largest increase is in the industrial base rate. Alan discussed the delinquent water bills. He discussed the water bond refinance and the subsequent savings.

Alan discussed the new collection policy, and the sewer line policy. He discussed sand replacement at the water plant.

Alan distributed the current budget printouts. He asked the board to be thinking about priorities for the next budget.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to adopt the new water/sewer base and user rates as proposed. The motion carried. Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Mary Robinson, on behalf of the Conservation Commission,  reported for the Wild & Scenic River Study Group, saying she would like to be appointed to the group. The study committee is made up of 10 towns with two members per town. She distributed the latest newsletter.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Mary Robinson to the Wild & Scenic River Study Group. The motion carried.

 

Cynthia Scott, on behalf of the Missisquoi River Basin Association, discussed the original Wild & Scenic river study authorization. A draft management plan has been prepared for review and discussion. The board discussed improving the native fish population.

The Conservation Commission requested two articles for the town meeting ballot: 1 – are the voters willing to adopt the management plan, and 2 – will the voters support wild & scenic designation with or without the management plan.  Mary, Cynthia and Annette left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foot, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 1 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 4 special meeting and Oct. 4 Board of Control Commissioners meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported on some zoning complaints.

 

 

 

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October 15, 2012

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Laura reported members of the Brownfields group will be meeting with the zoning administrator on Thursday to discuss parking.

Wayne Hurtubise presented an application for a driveway permit for Missisquoi Property Management, LLC on South Richford Road. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the permit. The motion carried.


Wayne reported paving was started today. Wayne reported work will be done on the bridge by the Davis farm. Information will go to John Nutting tomorrow.

 

Chris Martel reported the South Richford Cemetery Association will continue to maintain the cemetery themselves for another year. Chris reported the two DAR plaques in the Troy Street Cemetery need work. Steve Plouffe will do the work.

 

Harold Foote reported the flagpole has been painted and repaired.

Harold reported the library is okay for this year.

Work will be done on the Town Hall sign next summer.

 

Chris Martel reported he has arranged for sheriff coverage for cabbage night and Halloween.

 

The board discussed reinstating the “No Parking” in front of Dorian Hall.

The board discussed adopting an ordinance for handicapped parking at the town hall.

 

Claude Desautels has requested having the tenants at 13 Troy Street use his dumpster rather than the trash stickers. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the request. The motion carried. The board determined the existing dumpster may be used provided it is large enough.

 

Norris Tillotson reported Gilles Desautels has submitted applications for sewer allocations for three lots on Kings Court. The board will not approve the applications until the fees have been paid.

Norris reported there will be one more day for reading water meters.

 

The board discussed an individual with extenuating circumstances.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:37 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 4, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present.  Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve a 2nd class liquor license for Richford Community Market. The motion carried.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 1, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Bob Irish, Jason Wetherby and Jim Mallette.

 

Bob Irish introduced himself as a candidate for the House of Representatives and presented his platform for election.  Mr. Irish left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 17 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported that Mac’s Market is leaving. Another grocer will be coming in and has submitted an application for a liquor license. The Board of Control Commissioners will meet Thurs., Oct. 4 at 8:00 AM at the town hall.

 

The board discussed handicapped parking. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to have a handicapped parking place in the town hall lot. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the warning for a special election on Nov. 6 to reduce the number of planning commission members from nine to seven. The motion carried.

 

Harold Foote reported for Wayne Hurtubise that Pike Industries will be paving as soon as Route 242 is finished.

 

Harold reported Claude Desautels has submitted a quote for $1400 +/- for sanding and painting the post office flag pole, and installing a new pulley and rope. The board concurred.

 

Linda Collins reported public safety has been quiet.

 

The board determined trash needs to be discussed during budgeting.

 

Norris Tillotson reported most of the water/sewer bills have been collected. Anyone who has not paid by next week will be shut off.

There will be a meeting Wed., Oct. 4 at 11:00 AM to set the 2013 water sewer budget. Norris explained money needs to be set aside for cleaning the lagoons. The board discussed on-going maintenance, including curb stops. The $60,000 sewer loan needs to be paid off.

 

 

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October 1, 2012

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Jim Mallette reported he is filing a claim in small claims court regarding his Drummac expense. He said he wanted to advise the board before he submitted it. The board said they will respond tomorrow. Mr. Mallette left.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 7:30 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:00 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

The board determined to stand by their original decision regarding Jim Mallette’s Drummac expense.

 

The board discussed the grant to expand the town hall vault. Laura advised that design has been started, and that construction will be done in February.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve a driveway permit for Vermont Peak Properties for their South Richford Road property. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

October 1, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Bob Irish, Jason Wetherby and Jim Mallette.

 

Bob Irish introduced himself as a candidate for the House of Representatives and presented his platform for election.  Mr. Irish left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 17 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported that Mac’s Market is leaving. Another grocer will be coming in and has submitted an application for a liquor license. The Board of Control Commissioners will meet Thurs., Oct. 4 at 8:00 AM at the town hall.

 

The board discussed handicapped parking. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to have a handicapped parking place in the town hall lot. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the warning for a special election on Nov. 6 to reduce the number of planning commission members from nine to seven. The motion carried.

 

Harold Foote reported for Wayne Hurtubise that Pike Industries will be paving as soon as Route 242 is finished.

 

Harold reported Claude Desautels has submitted a quote for $1400 +/- for sanding and painting the post office flag pole, and installing a new pulley and rope. The board concurred.

 

Linda Collins reported public safety has been quiet.

 

The board determined trash needs to be discussed during budgeting.

 

Norris Tillotson reported most of the water/sewer bills have been collected. Anyone who has not paid by next week will be shut off.

There will be a meeting Wed., Oct. 4 at 11:00 AM to set the 2013 water sewer budget. Norris explained money needs to be set aside for cleaning the lagoons. The board discussed on-going maintenance, including curb stops. The $60,000 sewer loan needs to be paid off.

 

 

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October 1, 2012

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Jim Mallette reported he is filing a claim in small claims court regarding his Drummac expense. He said he wanted to advise the board before he submitted it. The board said they will respond tomorrow. Mr. Mallette left.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 7:30 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:00 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

The board determined to stand by their original decision regarding Jim Mallette’s Drummac expense.

 

The board discussed the grant to expand the town hall vault. Laura advised that design has been started, and that construction will be done in February.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve a driveway permit for Vermont Peak Properties for their South Richford Road property. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VT  05476

 

September 17, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Jim Mallette.

 

Jim reported the sewer had backed up into the cellar at 46 Dewey Street on August 30. He called Drummac, who snaked the line and removed the blockage. He said the Town boys had told him to bring the bill to the town and they would pay. Norris Tillotson reviewed the sewer line policy and said that blockages were the responsibility of the property owner.

 

John Libbey joined the meeting to discuss the planning commission, saying there are members who never attend and they are unable to achieve a quorum to be able to transact business. After discussion, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to ask voters to reduce the number of planning commission members from nine to seven. The motion carried.

Bill O’Brien joined the meeting to be introduced to the board. John and Bill left the meeting.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to appoint Bill O’Brien to the planning commission to fill the vacancy created by Connie Burns’ resignation. The motion carried.

The board agreed to remove Melissa Wells as the Northwest Regional Planning Commission representative.

 

Linda Collins discussed REAC’s Brownfields project, and the upcoming public meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 4 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to adopt an ordinance restricting parking on both sides of Sweat Street. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported a letter has been received from an attorney regarding a Center Street property that has an ongoing zoning violation. Linda will get the complaint letter and respond to the attorney.

 

Linda reported she has been contacted by an attorney representing a person who claims to have fallen into a meter pit on Troy Street. Norris reported the meter pits for the trailer park are being discontinued

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported work in the highway department is going well. They have finished drawing winter sand.

 

Harold Foote asked if the highway department could remove debris from the post office roof. Wayne said they would.

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Norris Tillotson reported the playground is the best it has been in three years and with a reduced cost.  He reported the water has been shut off and the lines winterized.

The fountain has some rust on the bottom, and will be fixed in the spring.

 

Harold Foote discussed the drain at the library.

 

Norris reported water shut-offs are continuing.

 The board will need to put some money aside during the budget process for cleaning the lagoons. That work does not need to be done all at once.

The dam has been cleaned, and about 60 truckloads of gravel removed, which was used on the road.

 

The board discussed the proposed sewer line policy. Laura was directed to include at the beginning “If there is an issue with a sewer line, contact the town clerk.”

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to adopt the policy. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:45

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

September 4, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Henry Haggerty, Melissa Wells, Susan Stryker, Steve Sheperd and Karen Cangelosi.

 

Henry Haggerty, President of the Richford Center Cemetery Association, presented and reviewed revised association bylaws for selectboard approval.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the bylaws. The motion carried. A copy of the bylaws will be provided to everyone who purchases a lot in the cemetery.

 

Steve Sheperd advised the board that the well on his Province St. property had been filled in by the village, and now water from the well is running into the foundation of the house and causing black mold.  He said the water may also be coming from the town water line. He wants the town to fix the problem. Norris Tillotson said the well had been filled in at the owner’s request.

Steve also reported an issue with a storm drain that has settled, and now spills over onto his property.

Steve discussed changing the property from 3 apartments to a single family dwelling.

 

Melissa Wells advised that Templeton’s Restaurant has been closed since October, 2011. She wanted her water bill to be reduced to the residential for the October 2011 and May 2012 billing.

Melissa reported a piece of the old water tile is coming up through the lawn. Norris Tillotson will follow-up.

 

Karen Cangelosi discussed several zoning violations.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the August 20 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported the town clerk will be changing to “point-of-sale” for fish and wildlife licenses, meaning that all licenses will be completed electronically.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported Francis Whitney Jr. has requested an extension for his approved driveway permit until October 2013. The board approved by consensus.

Wayne presented a driveway permit application submitted by Brendon Wood. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the permit. The motion carried.

 

Chris Martel reported the bathroom at the playground has again been vandalized. Bruce Fuller has repaired the damage.

 

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Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to pay Garrett Chapman $25 per hour for security assignments as needed. The motion carried.

Chris reported Plouff Monuments is repairing and cleaning headstones at the Troy Street Cemetery.

Chris reported Sam Brakeley of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has requested permission to install an Aquatic Invasives sign at the Davis Park canoe launch. The board so approved. Laura will prepare the zoning permit.

 

Harold Foote reported he has received a complaint about young people skateboarding on the post office steps. He will follow-up.

 

Norris Tillotson presented a letter prepared by the town clerk to be included in the water/sewer billing. The letter details a new policy, which allows for a one-time 30 day extension to pay the bill.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the letter. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the policy. The motion carried.

Norris reported the water department needs to repair one hydrant and replace one hydrant.

 

The board discussed Steve Sheperd’s issues. The board determined a water test will be done to determine if there is chlorine in the water coming into the basement. The board further determined that the highway foreman will check the storm drain.

 

The board discussed Melissa Wells’ issues. The board agreed by consensus not to change the water bills. Linda and Laura will prepare a letter to Melissa tomorrow.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

August 20, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson. Also present were Chad Spooner of the VT Dept. of Health, Laura Ovitt, Sue Martel, Terry Leonard and Neil Lovelette.

 

Chad Spooner is the Emergency Preparedness Northern Regional Coordinator working out of the St. Albans office. He explained services available through the Dept. of Health, and left information for the board.

 

Neil Lovelette said there is an issue with the sidewalk on North Avenue. Water is washing under the sidewalk.

Neil said the rams heads on the fountain were cleaned with compressed air. Water may be leaking on the road side. Norris will have the water people check.

Neil inquired about the gazebo. Chris explained the ceiling and roof will be replaced within the month.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the August 6 meeting. The motion carried.

 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 due to Labor Day.

 

Linda Collins reported the fire chief has said the fire warden will not issue a burn permit for the stump dump.

She reported the fire department is billing VT Electric Cooperative for monitoring downed wire on Davis Road.

Linda reported the asbestos removal at the Quonset hut was billed to three different accounts.

As a result of the tax sale, only one property still owes 2011 taxes.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported Pike Industries will be paving in early September.

The town has rented a mower from Berkshire to clear the back roads.

A conference call was held regarding the Pinnacle Road. The Town will be reimbursed for the cul-de-sac.

 

Chris Martel discussed the dead tree in Memorial Park. He had called for estimates, and was not told the highway crew removed the tree.

He is working to resolve the issue of the injured child at the 2009 Harvest Fest.

Chris reported this is the last year Stan Guilmette will maintain the South Richford cemetery. The town will need to take over next year.

 

Harold Foote reported the library will need a new fuel tank sometime down the road.

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Harold reported the basement drain at the library needs to be connected to the storm drain at the post office.

 

Chris Martel discussed a zoning complaint regarding a car on the sidewalk.

The board discussed winter towing.

An RV parked on River Street is discharging into the street.

There have been no complaints regarding ATVs.

 

Terry Leonard reported a complaint about a loose dog.

 

Norris Tillotson reported there are delinquent water/sewer bills totaling about $60,000. Some bills were adjusted, and some people have made payments. He said the board cannot abide with the situation. Water shut-offs will begin tomorrow.

The board discussed the shut-off policy.

Fees were discussed. State statute allows increasing fees as follows:

                Collection Trips - $25.00, regardless of number

                Reconnection – Normal Hours - $25.00

                                                Overtime - $37.50

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to amend the rate schedule. The motion carried.

 

Karen Cangelosi provided an update on zoning issues.

 

The board received a notice of the VLCT Annual Meeting. This will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

August 6, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Karen Cangelosi, and Mike Wichrowski of Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

 

Mike reviewed the grant program for the canoe access. He said the award is now between Richford and St. Johnsbury. There is no deadline. A 25% match is required which can be in-kind. He recommended sending a letter to describe the project. Design, permitting and so on is covered. We will need to contact Chris Burnell and Historic Preservation.

 

Karen Cangelosi reported on the Benoit property, saying the environmental court has imposed a lien on the property. Fines may be reimposed. Laura was directed to check the status on water/sewer and taxes.

Karen reported there is an issue with the Priest Block – a trailer park resident is using the property.

Karen reported the Gendron violation has gone to environmental court. She will ask for a reply from the attorney.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the July 16 meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Gregg Campbell is a candidate for appointment to the Conservation Commission. The board so appointed.

 

Linda Collins reminded the board of the tax abatement meeting tomorrow morning.

Linda reported the owner of the Union Street property has said they will not pay the past due trash.

Linda reported the Village voters approved a user tax for trash in 1988.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported Larry Bosley will be opening the stump dump from 10-2 on Saturdays. He has a list of materials that are allowed, and will be checking residency.

Wayne reported work on the Johnson Road has been completed, and it was a job well done.

Wayne reported the cul-de-sac on Pinnacle Road is completed. There will be a conference call at 9:00 AM on Aug. 8 with the Army Corps regarding Pinnacle Road.

The highway crew is working on the roads scheduled to be paved. Paving will be done in September. Road-side mowing is continuing.

The board discussed the haying at the sewer plant. Laura was directed to send a letter to Mark St. Pierre.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson that as of 2013 the 14 +/- acres will be put up for bids for Richford property owner for the grass-land only. The motion carried.

 

Wayne reported the Quonset hut is now gone.

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Chris Martel reported he has received a bid for fencing at the Richford Center Cemetery, which will be done next year. Carroll McAllister will be making gates for the cemetery this year. The association paid $500 toward the cost of the work.

Chris reported Taylor Guilmette will be replacing the shingles on the gazebo at Davis Park.

Chris reported the playground is in good shape. Karen Cangelosi reported on summer camp.

 

Harold Foote reported the painting is finished at the town hall.

 

The board discussed the trash policy, and reviewed the 1988 village vote.

 

Chris reported public safety has been quiet. He reported the owner of the rooster has been sent a ticket by mail.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water bills must be paid by August 19 or water will be shut off. He said the ordinance needs to be changed to increase the fee to reconnect the water after it has is shut off.

Norris reported the holding tanks at the water plant are being cleaned. They should have been cleaned at 10 years.

The old reservoir is being used as a settling pond. That may not be possible in the winter.

There is normal water flow coming in. The line is opened to have an overflow to prevent stagnancy.

The water/sewer bill for the Labare property ended up being paid by the attorneys.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from VTrans, which stated the enhancement grant that had been awarded for the purchase of the Troy Street railroad property has been canceled due to inactivity. The bike and ped grant awarded for extending the rail trail through Missisquoi Park has not yet been canceled and there is an opportunity to complete the project. A plan and time-line must be submitted as soon as possible.

 

Chris Martel reported he is working on the insurance claim regarding the 2009 Hometown Harvest.


Linda reported that Marianne Hall will be chairing the parade committee.

 

The board discussed cutting trees in the Main Street park. They will request quotes.

 

The board received copies of the final audit report for their review.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 16, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Don Moody and Karen Cangelosi.

 

Don Moody discussed his neighbor’s roosters that crow all hours of the night, saying something needs to be done. Chris Martel said the constable will issue a citation tomorrow; otherwise it is a neighbor dispute and not a town issue.

 

Karen Cangelosi discussed a zoning violation on Hamilton Place. The attorney has been contacted to send a letter.

Karen discussed the property at the corner of Thomas and Center Streets. The board agreed she should send a letter stating the repairs must be made permanent by August 1 or fines will be imposed plus costs incurred.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the July 2 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the minutes of the July 12 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed the town-owned property at 15 Troy Street. Karen said she will send a letter to the new owner of 13 Troy St. stating tenants must park in designated spaces.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway department is working on supervised hours for the stump dump. This will be an agenda item for the August 6 meeting.

Wayne reported work on the Johnson Road is coming along.

Road-side trimming is in progress.

A teleconference was held regarding the Pinnacle Road – there was no news. The federal authorities are communicating with Mr. and Mrs. Greenia.

Asbestos abatement at the Quonset hut is scheduled to begin July 23. The town will retain the door. Laura was directed to contact Bruce Wetherby to have a dumpster set at the Quonset hut.

 

Chris Martel reported Tracy Hemond has returned playground keys to him. Karen Cangelosi said it is a pleasure to work with Chris and Bruce Fuller.

Chris reported work is being done on the basketball court. Sewer line markings have been painted.

Chris reported he is working with Cookie Legault on the flag lights in the parks.

Chris reported there will be a meeting of the Richford Center Cemetery Committee July 19 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall.

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Harold Foote reported work on the town hall porch will start tomorrow.

 

Chris Martel distributed a report from the animal control officer.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water at the reservoir is low and water in the brook is low.

Norris reported there is $81,000 in delinquent water and sewer bills.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 12, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 8:35 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Libbey, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record.

 

Alan Fletcher reviewed the draft audit report. He explained he needs to submit a response to the auditing firm regarding recommendations they have made. When the final report is received it will be available to the public.

 

The board discussed a delinquent trash bill for a Union Street property. Laura was directed to write a letter explaining why the bill has not been waived, and inviting the owner to attend a selectboard meeting.

 

The board discussed a Hamilton Place property. The zoning administrator, health officer, and housing code enforcement officer have all noted violations. The board agreed the three officers should prepare a joint complaint and have it served on the owner of record and the mortgage holder.

 

The board discussed the 109 Main Street property, and determined the zoning administrator needs to contact the owner.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 AM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 2, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Connie Burns, John Libbey and Jim Clawson (8:00 PM).

 

John Libbey, representing REAC, informed the board that Fish & Wildlife has a grant available in the amount of $30,000 for a canoe launch/take-out. Such a facility has been planned for the end of Willow Street. They need a letter from the selectboard requesting the grant. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Harold Foote, to apply for the grant. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported that the REAC board would like to make interest payments on their loan on a semi-annual basis. The selectboard agreed.

 

Laura reported that the water bill on the 113 Main Street property acquired by REAC incurred a late fee of $45.60 because the closing was held after the due date. REAC believes the charge should have been included in the amount due from Mr. Camisa. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to abate the late charge.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the June 18 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

A proposal for engineering services for the vault expansion has been received from Trudell Consulting Engineers in the amount of $6000. The board approved the proposal.

 

Laura presented a letter to VTrans Local Transportation Facilities requesting additional time for the grant to complete the rail trail extension project. The board approved the letter.

 

A proposal has been received from KD Associates for asbestos abatement at the Quonset hut in the amount of $7625. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the proposal. The motion carried.

 

Laura requested vacation leave for July 5 and 6. The board approved.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson to appoint Jacques Desautels and Valarie Martel to 3 year terms on the Development Review Board, and Tim Green to a 1-year term as alternate on the DRB. The motion carried.

 

 

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Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to set the 2012 tax rate as follows:

                Municipal Tax                                                    $0.7905

                Local Agreement Tax                                      $0.0015

                Homestead Education                                   $0.9884

                Non-Homestead Education                         $1.3241

Total Homestead Property Tax rate                         $1.7804

Total Non-Homestead Property Tax rate                               $2.1161

The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson reported some sludge will need to be removed from the lagoons at the sewer plant this year.

Norris reported some water bills were adjusted due to meters being repaired after a long period of not being read.

 

The board discussed the town-owned property on Troy Street.

Motion made by Harold Foot, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to revoke the April 3 agreement granting permission for Carolyn Gendron and James Clawson to use the property for parking and snow removal. The decision was made because Carolyn no longer owns the adjoining property. The motion carried. Laura was directed to send a letter to Carolyn.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter into an agreement with James Clawson allowing him to use the property for parking and snow removal. The motion carried.

 

Chris Martel reported summer camp is up and running. Tracy Hemond will be returning keys to the building at the playground.

 

Harold Foote reported work will begin on July 9th on the town hall porch.

 

Chris Martel reported the animal control officer and the constable have citations available for their use.

 

Jim Clawson joined the meeting. He was advised of the new agreement for the town-owned property, which he signed, and he was given a copy.

 

The board discussed a special meeting to review the audit. Laura will ask Alan Fletcher to choose a morning next week.

 

Norris reported a meeting was held with FEMA people, who have made recommendations for better management. Laura will send a copy to Jim Smith.

 

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Linda reported a violation of a zoning permit is now in environmental court.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 8:21 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 8:55 PM. The motion carried.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

JUNE 18, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 7:00 PM. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 7:04 PM. The motion carried.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

Carolyn Gendron, Chuck Pearce, Joan Cheeseman, Karen Cangelosi, Tom Emerson and Eve Emerson joined the meeting.

 

Eve Emerson gave a brief history of her residence at 60 Thomas Street. She said she has an issue with receiving letters from the town, and is feeling persecuted. She said everything should be caught up by September, and asked that the town back off. Eve and Tom Emerson left the meeting.

 

Karen Cangelosi and Joan Cheeseman discussed zoning violations, saying they would like to send four violations to the attorney. The issue was brought to the board in May, but the motion did not pass.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to authorize Karen to have Mike Gawne send a preliminary letter on the four violations. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Carolyn Gendron discussed her request for an easement and a driveway across town-owned property on Willow Street. Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the easement. The motion carried. Carolyn will bring in the driveway permit for signatures.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the June 4 meeting as presented. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Bruce Wetherby has requested a ten-cent per bag increase in the trash contract effective July 1. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the increase. The motion carried.

Laura reported the closing for REAC on the Camisa property at 111 and 113 Main Street is June 20 at 2:00 PM at Joe Cahill’s office in St. Albans. She was directed to ask if Alan or Sheila could attend. Laura will prepare a memorandum of agreement between REAC and the Town regarding the zoning violation on 111 Main Street. The board agreed to allow one year to cure the violation.

Laura asked permission to contact the engineer to begin work on the vault expansion. The board agreed. Laura will ask the engineer to consider a steel vault vs. a concrete vault.

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Laura asked, on behalf of the Richford Lions Club, for permission to set off fireworks at the water plant on July 7, with a rain date of July 14. The board so approved.

 

Linda Collins reported issues with the stump dump, saying the town crew had refused to allow a woman to take her yard debris. The board agreed to try to have someone at the stump dump on Saturdays. Carolyn Gendron volunteered.

Linda reported Claude is having issues with people, not his tenants,  gathering at one of his apartment buildings on River Street. She has reported this to the sheriff.

 

Wayne Hurtubise presented a driveway permit application for Jon Lautenschlagel on Stevens Mills Slide Road. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the permit. The motion carried.

Wayne reported the railroad wants the Quonset hut removed before they will cancel the lease. Laura will contact KD Associates regarding the asbestos abatement. Laura will contact Janet Garron regarding relocating the parade equipment.

Wayne reported Jim Smith is working on getting a quote for a cul-de-sac at the border station on Pinnacle Road.

Wayne reported a meeting will be held on June 20 at 1 pm with FEMA to review the damage done by Irene.

 

Linda Collins reported for Chris Martel that the cemetery association met on June 14. Henry Haggerty is now president. The association wants to increase the price of the lots from $600 to $750, which will include the corner markers. The association is working on updating their bylaws, and on getting an estimate for the fence and gate.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Harold Foote, to increase the lot price to $750, which includes four corner markers. The motion carried.

The town will pay for mowing the cemetery. Laura will check state law regarding perpetual care, and will send the statute with the minutes.

 

Harold Foote reported he has a quote from Claude Desautels for pressure washing and painting the town hall porch roof and pillars. The board agreed.

 

Laura reported she has requested an extension for the narrowband grant because some of the equipment has not been received. The grant expires June 30.

 

Norris Tillotson reported some water bills have been adjusted because repairing the meters resulted in very high readings. Everyone should be on an even start at this point.

 

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Norris reported Velco has requested approval for an upgrade of the transmission line from Highgate to Irasburg. This is essentially a formality. The board agreed.

 

Linda reported a street light not working at the corner of Main and Farrar Streets. Laura will report.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 4, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Connie Burns, Karen Cangelosi, Bill McGroarty, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, Carl Wetherby, Steven Tatro, Amy Jacobs, Carolyn Gendron, Tim Green and Jason Wetherby.

 

Carl Wetherby discussed the proposed stop sign on Eastern Avenue. He distributed state statute regarding the placement of stop signs and the engineering that must be done prior to placement. The board agreed to put the stop sign on hold until more information is gathered.

 

Linda Collins reviewed the rules of the meeting.

 

Amy Jacobs reported that her son had been assaulted by an adult. The state police were in town, but said they couldn’t do anything because the town has a contract with the sheriff. Amy followed up, and took notarized statements to the sheriff. Chris Martel will follow up.

 

Connie Burns and Karen Cangelosi discussed the zoning violation recorded against 111 Main Street. Connie said REAC is interested in purchasing the property, and asked what was needed to cure the violation. Karen said if the lender does not require a CO there is no problem. Otherwise, a timeline needs to be developed for filling in the foundation.

 

Tim Green reported on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail meeting held in Richford on June 1. He said Richford has been designated as a Trail Town, which is a great opportunity for the town. He encouraged the board to maintain communication with the NFCT board.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 7:35 PM to discuss real estate and personnel. The motion carried. Guests except for Laura, T. Green, J. Pollender, B. McGroarty, A. Perry and C. Burns left.  Later, all guests except Laura left.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 8:30 PM. The motion carried. Carolyn Gendron and Jason Wetherby joined the meeting.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve a loan from the Revolving Loan Fund to REAC for a 3 year term at 5% interest. The motion carried unanimously. Harold Foote stated his concern about repayment of the loan, and said the town does not want to own the property.

 

 

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June 4, 2012

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The board discussed the driveway permit application submitted by Carolyn Gendron for her Troy Street property. The driveway will need to cross town-owned property on Willow Street. Wayne Hurtubise told Carolyn the driveway will need to be moved to the property line so the town’s property is not divided, and she will need to have an easement prepared and recorded. Carolyn agreed, and left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the May 21 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

The board approved, and Linda signed, the consortium agreement for the Sustainable Communities Grant.

 

Linda reported for Paul Martin that 8 people have certified to operate the defibrillator. The machine needs to be updated, which the board approved.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported he participated with federal officials regarding Pinnacle Road. He related the town’s concerns and needs. An engineer will be in town later this week.

 

Chris Martel reported he has an estimate for the gazebo repairs.

The Richford Center Cemetery Association will be meeting at the town hall on June 14. Chris reported the gate needs to be replaced.

 

Harold Foote reported the work on the town hall and library roofs has been completed. He is getting a quote for pressure washing and painting the town hall porch. The quote for the security measures requested by the town clerk is between $1350 and $1500. Jason Wetherby suggested the town crew might be able to do the work for less money. Harold has contacted Mark Parent to finish work on the town hall steps. He and Jody Guilmette will be completing work at the playground this week.

 

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the security improvements at a cost not to exceed $1500. The board will try to work with the town crew. The motion carried, with one no vote.

 

Chris Martel reported he and the constable will be meeting with a deputy sheriff regarding ticketing authority.

 

Chris reported the meeting of the Green Mountain Transit Authority will be June 14 at 6:30 PM. He will be unable to attend.

 

 

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The board approved a request from NOTCH for use of the playground from June 25 through August 3, 8:30 – 1:00, for the summer day camp.

 

Norris Tillotson reported there are about 28 water meters left to be repaired. The water/sewer bills for the trailer park have been adjusted. Norris will be meeting with Mark Simon tomorrow.

 

Linda reported Berkshire has agreed to a monthly payment for ambulance service coverage.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT
May 21, 2012
Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Don Moody, Caroline Gendron, Ace Greenia, Laurie Greenia, Homer Durkee, Nan Adriance, Ted Adriance, Karen Cangelosi,  Mandy Guilmette, Amy Brewer, Dale Guertin, David Perrigo, Lisa Turpin, Emily Lagasse, and Mary Margaret Lagasse.
Linda Collins reviewed meeting rules.
Nan and Ted Adriance presented a letter requesting the speed bumps be reinstalled on Eastern Avenue, offering to purchase them and help with the installation. They said the speed bumps were effective when they were there. They felt extra attention should be given in school zones. They requested the Eastern Avenue parking lot have barriers to deter spinning out.
Don Moody stated his neighbor has 5 roosters that crow from midnight until 3 PM daily, and are on other peoples’ property. He said he is unable to sleep because of the disturbance. Chris Martel said this is a violation of the noise ordinance and the animal control ordinance, and advised Mr. Moody to contact the sheriff. He directed Mr. Moody to bring a written complaint to Laura, who will get it to Chris.
Homer Durkee presented a proposal regarding his delinquent water/sewer bill. The board agreed to discuss the proposal later in the meeting.
Ace and Laurie Greenia discussed the Pinnacle Road border crossing project. Wayne Hurtubise said the government wants to control the area, and has not held  up their agreement. They have not provided for access the Greenia’s property. Mr. Greenia said he is concerned that the government wants to control the area within 1000 feet because that would include his property.  Laura will provide a copy of the agreement for Wayne.
Karen Cangelosi discussed 4 zoning violations that have not been resolved, and asked permission to turn them over to the attorney. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to have the attorney provide letters for the 4 violations. The motion failed with 2 yes and 2 no votes.
Carolyn Gendron said she has submitted a driveway permit application for her property on Troy Street. The board has not yet received the permit from John Nutting.
David Perrigo, High School Principal, discussed the Eastern Avenue situation He said he is trying to work with residents to resolve the situation. He believes the neighbors are dealing with an unacceptable situation, and more support from law enforcement is needed. He discussed the parking area, saying if the school owned the property he could control it. Linda Collins suggested closing the lot from 7 – 9 AM. Mr. Perrigo suggested setting a stop sign at the bottom of the hill.
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Dale Guertin suggested placing boulders around the parking area to deter spin-outs. He supports setting the stop sign, and suggested asphalt speed bumps on Eastern Avenue.
Amy Brewer , Franklin-Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition, was present on behalf of the OVX students. She said she didn’t believe closing the parking would be a great solution, and thought the students would bear the brunt. Linda Collins said the board showed concern about the smoking situation long before the OVX initiative. Wayne Hurtubise said the board had restricted parking for trucks at Mayhew’s. Mr. Perrigo said he felt some of the tension was caused by the St. Albans Messenger article.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the May 7 meeting. The motion carried.
Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway crew has finished sweeping streets and is working on painting crosswalks. He discussed repairs to the 2007 truck.
Chris Martel reported the gazebo needs roof repair and some painting. He said lights in the Main Street park are not working. He was advised to contact Maurice Legault.
The Richford Center Cemetery Association will meet on June 14th at 7 PM.
The board discussed temporary signs. Laura said zoning does allow for such signs, and that people should check with Karen to be sure they are okay.
Chris reported the animal control officer has been very busy. He reported an agreement regarding pay for the officer has been executed, as recommended by the auditors.
Chris reported a deputy sheriff will meet with him and the constable regarding ticketing authority.
Laura reported work on the town hall roof is finished.
Norris Tillotson discussed Mr. Durkee’s proposal. The board agreed a letter should be sent to Mr. Durkee telling him the matter has been turned over to the attorney for tax sale and is now out of their hands.
Norris reported on 10 properties in the trailer park, saying the agreement had been to read the meters when the last one was installed, and to start billing from that point. That did not happen. Some people have paid their bills, others are contesting. Laura will get Norris copies of the bills.
The board discussed the water bill for Blue Seal, which is more for this period that is usual for the entire year because of a water leak. The board agreed by consensus to discount the billing to $30,000.
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Laura reported Vermont Rural Water is willing to work with the board to develop a policy regarding water meter issues.
The board determined to decline the Adriance’s offer to purchase new speed bumps, believing it would set an unwanted  precedent.
The board agreed to install a stop sign at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Union Street, making it a 4-way stop. Laura will prepare the ordinance.
The meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 7, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 with members Harold Foote, Chris Martel (7:27) and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Kathy Benoit, Gary Royea, Kevin Mack from the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Carolyn Smith, Carolyn Gendron, Tammy Ryea, Dorcas McAllister, Carroll McAllister, and Dorothy Preston (7:25).

Linda reviewed the rules of the meeting.

Kathy Benoit explained she met with the Berkshire selectboard last week regarding ambulance coverage. Berkshire wants to leave the agreement open for next year. She said the numbers work on paper. Kathy proposed increasing wages for the 2nd crew. There were 10 calls to Berkshire for the period of April 1 to May 6. The contract specifies Berkshire will pay $2600 by the 15th of each month until the end of the year.

Kevin Mack of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail thanked the board and the town for their work and support. The trail is now 10 years old.

Kevin said the NFCT will hold their board meeting in Richford on June 1st and 2nd, and invited any board members who would like to attend. The meeting will be on the 1st, and they will paddle on the river on the 2nd. Laura asked permission to invite REAC directors to attend; Kevin agreed.

Kevin explained the NFCT is kicking off “trail towns along the 740 mile trail. Richford will be the trail town for Vermont.

Tammy Ryea discussed Peoples Plaza, saying they are currently actively seeking other uses for the building. The child care service is struggling. They have funding only through June 30. She wanted to give the board a heads-up. She has met with Connie Burns, SBDC, the Planning Commission and others.

Carroll McAllister discussed security measures for the town clerk and assistant town clerk offices. He expects the cost will be $700 - $1000.

Dorcas McAllister and Carolyn Smith were present to discuss the Richford Center Cemetery. Chris Martel reported money for mowing is not an issue. The association owns the mower. Chris said the association should bill the town. Dorcas and Carolyn agreed policies and procedures need to be developed. Chris will attend the next association on June 14th.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 7:40 PM to discusses finances. The motion carried. All guests except Dorothy Preston left.

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Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Harold Foote, to leave executive session at 8:07 PM.  The motion carried. Carolyn Gendron and Laura rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter into a contract with the animal control officer. The motion carried.

Carolyn Gendron discussed her mother’s property on Troy Street, saying she didn’t know the duplex status had been removed. She now needs to prove to zoning that she has 2 parking places for each apartment. Norris Tillotson reminded her that she had cut the water pipe to the apartment to revert to one dwelling. The board advised Carolyn to submit a driveway permit.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the April 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the April 24 and 27 special meetings. The motion carried.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to permit Gary Royea to use the town grader to grade the yard at Kent Nutritionals (Blue Seal) on his own time. The motion carried. Blue Seal donates a lot of materials to the town.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins, to accept the Berkshire ambulance contract. The motion carried.

Laura presented the new zoning for the board’s signature. The board noted some changes they believed should be made. They will try to have the changes ready for August. The board agreed by consensus to approve the map.

Laura presented a driveway permit application for Ken Fiske. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the permit. The motion carried.

Chris Martel reported Matt Irons had removed some limbs from the trees in the Troy St. cemetery.  Chris reported the roof is finished at the playground. He needs to get a gate and a flag pole. Chris asked if the playground fund is available for such things. Laura said it is.

Harold Foote reported he is waiting for Claude Desautels to do the roof repair at the town hall and library. Claude will also remove the forms from the town hall steps. Harold has spoken to Claude about pressure washing the town hall porch.

Chris reported the cameras have been adjusted. The cameras assisted with the arrest of the person who broke the window on River Street.

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Laura reported the highway crew is picking up the green-up bags, and they are working on picking up yard debris.

Norris Tillotson reported the turbidity is clearing, but with the expected rain there may be more. The dam will need to be cleared of leaves. Flows are good. The reservoir was overfilled to flush it to prevent it from getting stagnant.

The old reservoir is not being used, but is being kept active.

Norris reported a sewer issue on Harlem Street.

Linda reported the fire department will continue picking up metal all summer. The department held a coin drop Saturday, and will be having a duck race in July. They are raising money to replace the ladder truck. Harold said he had offered a cord of wood.

Linda reported documents have been sent to the attorney for tax sale. One property has been sent to the attorney for the water/sewer bill.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 27, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 8:00 AM with members Harold Foote, Chris Martell, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Scott Coons, Kenneth Coons, Melissa Coons, and Health Officer Terry Leonard.

Linda explained the ground rules for the meeting.

Terry Leonard reported she had been contacted by the tenant at 94 Coons Road saying she had not had water for a couple of days. Terry contacted Ken and Melissa Coons, directing them to take one gallon of water per person per day to the property, and to provide a back-up source. Terry said the tenant had since relocated to a motel in St. Albans.

Melissa and Ken said the well went dry. The water they delivered was untouched. The cops notified them the tenant had no water.

Scott Coons said the pump needs to be primed and the hot water tank probably needs to be replaced.

The landlord was told by the court and the sheriff to stay away from the property.

At 8:30 the selectboard moved the meeting to Coons Road to view the property. As a result, they found the tank of water that had been delivered by the landlord, and found there was water in the well.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, that the selectboard feels the health officer’s complaint has been satisfied and there is nothing more for the selectboard to do. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 AM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 24, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 9:05 AM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martell and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Enosburg Selectboard members Craig Snow, Larry Gervais and Mike Howrigan; Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Enosburg Town Clerk Billie Jo Draper, Richford Ambulance Service Managers Kathy Benoit, Marcia Perry and Pam Parsons, and Laura Ovitt.

Craig Snow discussed the Enosburg and Richford ambulance services saying the two should work more closely together. Enosburg currently covers Enosburg Bakersfield and Franklin. Richford covers Richford, Montgomery and Berkshire.

Marcia Perry noted a mutual aid schedule is published by District 1, which is well known by the crews.

Enosburg currently has 4 full-time employees who are paid and receive benefits. They have a total of 21 crew members.

Richford and Enosburg honor each other’s subscriptions. Laura will send the Richford subscription list to Robert Gleason.

The boards discussed considering a regional concept.

Kathy Benoit, Craig Snow and Harold Foote will work with Berkshire.

The guests left at 10:30.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Linda Collins to enter executive session at 10:40 AM. The motion carried.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martell, to leave executive session at 11:00 AM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, the board will continue to look into security measures for the town hall.

The meeting adjourned at 11:05 AM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 16, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martell, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Connie Burns, Sue Martell, Charlie Hotchkin, Karen Cangelosi, Dorothy Preston, Eric Lumbra, Lori Rheume, and John Nutting (8:10).

Linda reminded all present of the rules of conduct for meetings.

Alan Fletcher discussed the use of the town hall and issuance of keys. He said he is legally responsible for the town records, a responsibility he takes very seriously. He and the board discussed possibly installing bars on the doors and windows for his and Sheila’s offices, and possibly a lock on the middle hallway door. He said maybe the chairs of the town boards should sign out a key annually.
Chris Martell questioned whether records are backed up to an off-site facility nightly. Alan said they are.
Harold Foote suggested that the board decide by the next meeting how to secure the offices. Until then, Alan will schedule use of the town hall.
Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

Dorothy Preston was present to discuss animal control. She said Amy Cochran called saying she has the catch pole and the carrier. Dorothy will pick them up.
Dorothy discussed an issue with a dog on East Richford Slide Road. Laura was directed to contact the sheriff’s dispatch and ask that the deputies on duty come to the meeting.
Deputies Mitchell, Adams and Fay joined the meeting. They will accompany Dorothy tomorrow to pick up the dog.
Linda read a written statement from Shirley Sweeney stating her side if the issue.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to approve the minutes of the April 2 meeting. The motion carried.

Connie Burns discussed the purchase and sales agreement for the Camisa property. She said some of the REAC directors wanted a written statement from the board regarding the enforcement action. Linda said that had already gone through the town’s attorney.

Charlie Hotchkin told the board that VT Electric Cooperative needs to redo the electrical entrance for his turbine. He needs a form stating the proper authorities have been contacted for permission. Charlie said he has finalized all necessary state and federal permits for his project.

Karen Cangelosi said she was present on behalf of the day camp, and asked that a sand box be provided. She asked for new rims and nets on the basketball backboards, and that the courts be painted.

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Linda Collins reported Kim Collins wants to attend a 2 day conference for housing code enforcement, and is asking the board to pay for her hotel. If she attends the conference she will get code books for free, which the town would otherwise need to buy.
Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to pay for the hotel. The motion carried.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the sweeper will arrive on May 8. The crew is currently cleaning the parks.

Linda thanked Chris and Sue Martell for painting at the playground this weekend.

Chris Martell reported there is an issue with the trees at the Troy St. Cemetery.
The Richford Center Cemetery Association will meet Wed., April 18 at the emergency services building.

Harold Foote reported he has received two quotes for repairing the town hall roof.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to accept Claude Desautels’ bid of $2892.00. The motion carried.
Harold reported that Albert Perry has asked him to be the board’s representative on the Brownfields advisory committee. The board approved.
Harold reported the cleaning upstairs at the emergency services building has been dealt with.

The board discussed the situation with keys to the town hall, and agreed by consensus that Laura will have a key to the back door.

Harold discussed drainage from Main Street undermining the sidewalk on Troy Street. John Nutting said they could build up a curb with cold patch.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to enter executive session at 8:25 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. All guests except John Nutting left the meeting.
Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to leave executive session at 9:05 PM. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to keep working on the FEMA project and the emergency grant project for Johnson Road; and, to continue to work on personnel policies. The motion carried.

John Nutting reported the basketball courts have been swept. Signs have been ordered. The trailer on Guilmette Road has been taken care of. John left the meeting at 9:20 PM.

Chris Martell discussed public safety, saying the parking area behind Mayhew’s store is private for his customers. Jim has put up signs, which were stolen.
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The selectboard discussed the dog census.

Chris Martell discussed the playground, saying the mower is a major issue.
The port-a-let is on site.
Chris said he will try to repair the score board.
Chris will talk to the Legion about getting a flag pole.

Norris Tillotson discussed the sanitary service report received from SOS.
The board discussed a back-up power supply for the water plant.

Laura reported on a meeting she and Norris had with Chuck Pearce and Norm McAllister regarding the rail trail grants. She was directed to ask the town attorney if he will review the issue under his retainer.

Norris reported meters are being repaired.

Linda reported the legislature has stated the school has jurisdiction 500 free from the property line.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 16, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martell, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Connie Burns, Sue Martell, Charlie Hotchkin, Karen Cangelosi, Dorothy Preston, Eric Lumbra, Lori Rheume, and John Nutting (8:10).

Linda reminded all present of the rules of conduct for meetings.

Alan Fletcher discussed the use of the town hall and issuance of keys. He said he is legally responsible for the town records, a responsibility he takes very seriously. He and the board discussed possibly installing bars on the doors and windows for his and Sheila’s offices, and possibly a lock on the middle hallway door. He said maybe the chairs of the town boards should sign out a key annually.
Chris Martell questioned whether records are backed up to an off-site facility nightly. Alan said they are.
Harold Foote suggested that the board decide by the next meeting how to secure the offices. Until then, Alan will schedule use of the town hall.
Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

Dorothy Preston was present to discuss animal control. She said Amy Cochran called saying she has the catch pole and the carrier. Dorothy will pick them up.
Dorothy discussed an issue with a dog on East Richford Slide Road. Laura was directed to contact the sheriff’s dispatch and ask that the deputies on duty come to the meeting.
Deputies Mitchell, Adams and Fay joined the meeting. They will accompany Dorothy tomorrow to pick up the dog.
Linda read a written statement from Shirley Sweeney stating her side if the issue.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to approve the minutes of the April 2 meeting. The motion carried.

Connie Burns discussed the purchase and sales agreement for the Camisa property. She said some of the REAC directors wanted a written statement from the board regarding the enforcement action. Linda said that had already gone through the town’s attorney.

Charlie Hotchkin told the board that VT Electric Cooperative needs to redo the electrical entrance for his turbine. He needs a form stating the proper authorities have been contacted for permission. Charlie said he has finalized all necessary state and federal permits for his project.

Karen Cangelosi said she was present on behalf of the day camp, and asked that a sand box be provided. She asked for new rims and nets on the basketball backboards, and that the courts be painted.

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Linda Collins reported Kim Collins wants to attend a 2 day conference for housing code enforcement, and is asking the board to pay for her hotel. If she attends the conference she will get code books for free, which the town would otherwise need to buy.
Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to pay for the hotel. The motion carried.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the sweeper will arrive on May 8. The crew is currently cleaning the parks.

Linda thanked Chris and Sue Martell for painting at the playground this weekend.

Chris Martell reported there is an issue with the trees at the Troy St. Cemetery.
The Richford Center Cemetery Association will meet Wed., April 18 at the emergency services building.

Harold Foote reported he has received two quotes for repairing the town hall roof.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to accept Claude Desautels’ bid of $2892.00. The motion carried.
Harold reported that Albert Perry has asked him to be the board’s representative on the Brownfields advisory committee. The board approved.
Harold reported the cleaning upstairs at the emergency services building has been dealt with.

The board discussed the situation with keys to the town hall, and agreed by consensus that Laura will have a key to the back door.

Harold discussed drainage from Main Street undermining the sidewalk on Troy Street. John Nutting said they could build up a curb with cold patch.

Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to enter executive session at 8:25 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. All guests except John Nutting left the meeting.
Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Chris Martell, to leave executive session at 9:05 PM. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to keep working on the FEMA project and the emergency grant project for Johnson Road; and, to continue to work on personnel policies. The motion carried.

John Nutting reported the basketball courts have been swept. Signs have been ordered. The trailer on Guilmette Road has been taken care of. John left the meeting at 9:20 PM.

Chris Martell discussed public safety, saying the parking area behind Mayhew’s store is private for his customers. Jim has put up signs, which were stolen.
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The selectboard discussed the dog census.

Chris Martell discussed the playground, saying the mower is a major issue.
The port-a-let is on site.
Chris said he will try to repair the score board.
Chris will talk to the Legion about getting a flag pole.

Norris Tillotson discussed the sanitary service report received from SOS.
The board discussed a back-up power supply for the water plant.

Laura reported on a meeting she and Norris had with Chuck Pearce and Norm McAllister regarding the rail trail grants. She was directed to ask the town attorney if he will review the issue under his retainer.

Norris reported meters are being repaired.

Linda reported the legislature has stated the school has jurisdiction 500 free from the property line.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 19, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order with members Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martell and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Rusty Posner, Nan Adriance, Ted Adriance, John Libbey, Garret Chapman, Albert Perry, Carolyn Gendron, Jason Wetherby, Tim Smith and Sheriff Robert Norris (7:40).

 

Alan Fletcher advised the board that the town is being fined $3,000 by VOSHA for an incident on Eastern Avenue. Alan believes Simon Operation Services should be responsible for the fine. Norris will contact SOS.

Alan asked for a sign off for the household hazardous waste collection being conducted by NW Solid Waste District. Wayne signed the document.

Alan presented a contract for street sweeping. Wayne will handle the contract.

Alan discussed the proposed personnel policies, explaining the policies puts in writing what is already being done.

Alan distributed updated budgets.

Alan reminded the board the tax sale is Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 PM. He said the town will not bid on properties that are not picked up. Alan said Mr. Pellman may not represent the town in another tax sale if properties are not picked up.

Alan and Sheila Record left the meeting.

 

Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp., was present to give his annual report. He said a major sector in Franklin County is value-added food products. A new sector is diversified agriculture. FCIDC will be participating in a career/job expo on March 29 at the Collins/Perley sports center from 12-5.Tim said he sits on the Brownfields committee, and that the area wide assessment could be substantial for Richford. Tim praised REAC for that board’s recent efforts.

 

Nan and Ted Adriance showed the board a video of traffic issues on Eastern Avenue, saying there are safety issues regarding the high school. They read letters from neighbors who also complained. They appreciate the board’s efforts but have seen no change. They again requested a stop sign at Corliss Heights/Eastern Ave., asked that speed bumps be reinstated, and discussed speed dips.

 

Rusty Posner discussed a contract with the humane society for stray animals, explaining the shelter’s services and potential cost to the town. Motion made by Chris Martell, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the contract. The motion carried.

 

Garrett Chapman advised the board of another person interested in doing animal control – Chris will get the phone number.

Garrett said he is scheduled to take the entrance exam at the police academy on April 10. He will need a letter from the selectboard.

 

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Carolyn Gendron discussed the town-owned land on Willow Street next to 13 Troy Street. She asked, if the board is not willing to sell the land, will the board allow a driveway across the land. The board said she will have their answer tomorrow.

 

John Libbey said he was present on behalf of the planning commission to give the results of the survey conducted during town meeting to assist with updating the town plan.

 

Motion made by Chris Martell, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the March 8 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to enter executive session at 8:23 to discuss a contract. The motion carried. All guests except Sheriff Norris left.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 8:40 PM. The motion carried. Sheriff Norris left; Laura, Jason Wetherby, Carolyn Gendron and Albert Perry rejoined the meeting.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Chris Martell, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter into a contract with the Franklin County Sheriff. The motion carried with 3 yes and 1 no vote.

 

The board discussed a letter from Connie Burns, advising them that the town does not have an active representative on the Transportation Advisory Committee, and needs to have a representative to the Green Mountain Transit Agency. Chris Martell agreed to be the TAC representative.

 

The board approved an amendment to the FEMA subgrant agreement, which may reduce the amount of the local share of expenses.

 

The board discussed a response from the Agency of Transportation regarding one of the rail trail grants. Laura will follow up with Chuck Pearce.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported on a meeting he and Linda had with the highway employees.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 8:56 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. All guests left the meeting.

Motion made by Chris Martell, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 9:30 PM. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

No action was taken as a result of executive session.

 

Wayne reported the sweeper is not in the budget, but feels there was enough saving during the winter to cover the cost.

Wayne reported the class 2 grant application will be submitted soon.

McAllister Road is the project for the summer.

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Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to adopt the draft personnel policies. The motion carried.

 

Laura was directed to send a letter to James Clawson advising him the town is no longer leasing the Willow Street property.

 

Chris Martell discussed animal control. Laura was directed to send a letter to Shawn Plant thanking him for his interest and advising the board will not be hiring him.

Chris discussed trash at the playground. The person mowing needs to take the trash to the dumpster.

 

Norris Tillotson will work with Laura to prepare a letter of protest to VOSHA.

Norris said the state claims the town has a high count on the lead/copper testing. There was one out of ten samples that was high.

Norris discussed the ongoing turbidity problem. He said the sand will be washed, which will help. Also, the water will run to the old reservoir prior to running to the treatment plant, which will allow contaminants to settle.

 

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

March 8, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Harold Foote, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martell and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Town Clerk Alan Fletcher.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Harold Foote, to enter executive session at 7:00 PM for the purpose of board reorganization.  The motion carried. Alan and Laura left the meeting.
Motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 7:25 PM. The motion carried. Laura, Alan, Sheila Record and Amanda St. Pierre joined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Harold Foote, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to organize the board as follows:
 Linda Collins – Chair
 Norris Tillotson – Water/sewer
 Wayne Hurtubise – Roads
 Harold Foote – Public Buildings, Ambulance Service, Fire Department
 Chris Martell – Public Safety; Parks & Cemeteries
The motion carried.

Alan Fletcher distributed the revised budget which reflected the articles voted at town meeting. The tax rate, based on the 2011 grand list, is $0.7986, which is equivalent to the 2008 tax rate.

Alan reported he is moving the checking account to the Merchants Bank due to the fees being charged by TD Bank. The Merchants will require the town to have a separate account for the special funds. They will charge no fees for 5 years, and will pay ¼% interest on the account balance.

Alan reported he will be using the records restoration fund to have more of the land records microfilmed.

The board discussed the revised personnel policies. They will act on the policies at the next meeting.

Alan discussed proposals received for the audit. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Harold Foote, to authorize Alan to proceed if he is satisfied with the proposal. The motion carried.

Alan advised the new board members that the bills and payroll are ready for approval on Wednesday afternoons, and that three signatures are required before he can release payments.


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Linda acknowledged Alan and Sheila for their assistance explaining ballot items at town meeting.

Alan advised that he will give people until April 30 to pay their 2011 property tax. After that date, the properties will be sent to the attorney for tax sale.
Alan and Sheila left the meeting at 7:52.

Amanda St. Pierre introduced herself to the board as the athletic director at the high school. She discussed the school’s plans for improvements at the recreation fields. She and the board discussed various responsibilities including who has keys and hours when the playground is open. The board asked for her assistance with keeping ATVs off the fields.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 8 special informational meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 20 regular meeting. The motion carried.

The board agreed by consensus to approve Alan Fletcher’s request to split his agreed on pay increase 50/50 with Sheila Record.

Linda reviewed the rules for selectboard meetings for the new members.

Laura presented the 2012 Milton Cat contract for generator maintenance, which is the same price as the 2011 contract. The board approved the contract.

Laura presented the 2012 Humane Society contract. The board agreed to wait until the March 19 meeting to act on the contract.

Laura requested permission to order the equipment needed to change the base radio from broadband to narrowband, saying all grant documents are in place. The board approved.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the contractor doing work at the emergency services building is away for three weeks.

Linda directed Chris Martell to talk to the sheriff about the contract with the sheriff department.

Norris Tillotson reported meter repair is progressing. There are approximately 30 left to repair. He said there is still a turbidity problem at the water plant, but it is under control.

Motion made by Chris Martell, seconded by Harold Foote, to approve the following appointed positions: (all appointments are for one year unless noted otherwise)

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 E-911 Coordinator: Laura Ovitt
 Emergency Management Chair: Ken Pigeon
 Emergency Management Assistant: Andrew Pond
 Revolving Loan Fund Committee – 3 yrs.: Jean Jacobs
 Town Energy Coordinator: Dan Parsons
 Town Tree Warden: Dan Parsons
 Housing Code Enforcement Officer – 3 yrs: Kim Collins
 Planning Commission – 1 yr: Sue Martel
 Planning Commission – 2 yr: Mary Robinson
 Planning Commission – 3 yr: Connie Burns

The meeting adjourned at 8:47 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

February 20, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Chris Martel, Harold Foote, Carolyn Gendron, Cindy Dunakin, Marcia Perry, Albert Perry, Allen McMurphy, Shawn Plant, and Kathy Benoit.

Carolyn Gendron said she is interested in purchasing the town owned land adjoining Eleanor Heald’s house. The board agreed they would discuss the offer and get back to her.

Cindy Dunakin discussed changing the name of a portion of Nickson Road. She said the change would be a hardship for the residents affected. The board agreed they would discuss the issue later.

Shawn Plant said he is interested in being Richford’s animal control officer. He has worked for Enosburg in that capacity. He boards animals, and charges per call, per mile and per animal. Laura was directed to give Shawn a copy of the ordinance. The board advised the animal control person needs to do the dog census.

Kathy Benoit reported Montgomery has approached Richford about providing ambulance coverage for them. They would like to negotiate a per run fee. Kathy said the 6 AM to 6 PM shift would be difficult. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to authorize Kathy to discuss a contract with Alan Fletcher. The motion carried.

Albert Perry reported on behalf of REAC about the Brownfields assessment. Consultants’ bids are due on Feb. 27. An award is expected by the end of March. He asked the board to appoint one member to be on the review committee. Albert reported REAC has informed Mr. Camisa that REAC cannot meet his conditions for acquiring his property at this time. He said REAC tried to secure an agreement for 101 Main St., but the owner accepted another offer. Linda thanked Albert for keeping the board informed.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 6 special meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 8 special informational meeting. The motion carried.

Laura discussed the ambulance subscription service, asking the board what constituted ‘household members’. The board determined the household members should be permanent residents, not visitors.

Laura reported the conservation commission will organize Green-up Day activities. She was directed arrange for a dumpster. Town trucks will pick up the green-up bags.

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Linda Collins read a letter from Mark St. Pierre explaining he had not applied for a driveway permit because a town officer told him no permit was needed. Laura was directed to return the unsigned permit and the check with a letter saying he was in violation of town policies and that approving the permit would condone such practices.

Linda reported there will be a tax sale on March 22 for delinquencies 2010 and earlier. There will be another tax sale for 2011 delinquencies in June or July.

Wayne Hurtubise reported work is progressing on the emergency services building. Wayne directed Laura to contact Mark Parent to tell him to remove the boards on the front steps.

Linda reported a ‘no parking’ sign at the intersection of River and Main Streets.

Norris Tillotson reported work is progressing on meter installation and repair. There is still a turbidity issue – he needs to wait for spring to address.
The cells are being kept clean.
Blue Seal dug to repair the water leak a week ago. Their next bill will need to be discussed.

Dan Newton reported the logging in the watershed has been inspected by Matt Leonard, a forester with the Dept. of Forest Parks & Recreation.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to enter executive session at 8:14 to discuss personnel and real estate transactions. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton to leave executive session at 8:39 PM.

As a result of executive session, the board determined they will look into the sale of town owned property.
Also, the board determined they will wait until the board reorganizes after town meeting to decide about an animal control officer.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 

 



SPECIAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
February 8, 2012

Moderator Marianne Hall called the public information meeting to order at 7:00 PM, opening with the pledge of allegiance. She then turned the meeting over to Town Clerk Alan Fletcher.

Fletcher explained Article 6 – asking voters to terminate the bridge fund and to move the money to the general fund, and Article 7 – asking voters to move $75,000 from the ambulance equipment fund to the bridge fund. He explained there is no missing money – everything is accounted for, but the town has been spending more than it is taking in. Approving the articles will result in about 7 cent increase in the tax rate – the level that was charged three years ago. Not approving these articles will result in a 15 cent increase in the tax rate.

There was discussion of the history of the special funds and how the deficit was discovered, and further discussion about how the deficit will be retired.

During discussion, it was noted that a page was missing from the town report, which page was provided.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

Feb. 6, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record, Harold Foote, Chris Martel, Connie Burns, Lyle Willey, Joanne Foote, Jaye Lundborg, and Roseanna Newton.

Alan Fletcher presented draft personnel policies he had prepared addressing compensation, overtime, vacation, sick days, personal days, and bereavement leave. Alan said there needs to be written policies for these conditions as well as others. Laura was directed to copy and distribute the VLCT model personnel handbook. The board will revisit at the next meeting.

Alan discussed the ambulance subscription plan, saying some subscribers are listing extended family as household members. He suggested an additional fee for such situations. The board also discussed a commercial rate for businesses. The issue will be discussed with the ambulance service and revisited at the next meeting.

Linda Collins reminded all present of the special informational meeting to be held Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 at the town hall.

Lyle Willey distributed brochures for the Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, a public non profit corporation, saying they have achieved ownership by lease of 1 Main Street with an option to purchase after one year. They will serve their first dinner next Monday (2/13) at noon. There will be a public open house on Saturday, March 3 at 1 PM.  The board commended Lyle and his group for their efforts.

Connie Burns spoke on behalf of REAC, saying Carl Bohlen from Vt. Community Development Program will be meeting with REAC on Feb. 16 at 10 AM to discuss potential funding for Main Street improvement efforts. Linda recommended including the planning commission, who are in the process of updating the town plan, and the Missisquoi River Basin Association.
Dan Newton stated for the record that he feels the zoning board put a crimp on Tim Camisa’s efforts to improve his Main Street properties. He said appealing the permit for the 113 Main St. property was an injustice.
Linda Collins said that the zoning board and the fire marshall stopped the project because work was started before the permit was issued.

Laura advised that there will be a site visit for consultants seeking the contract for the Brownfields assessment on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1 PM.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 26 special meeting. The motion carried.

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Laura advised a person has expressed interest in being animal control officer. She was directed to ask the person to attend the next meeting.

Laura presented the contract with the Humane Society. She was directed to hold the contract until March.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the Certificate of Highway Mileage with the addition of 0.3467 Class 3 miles. The motion carried.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway dept is keeping the roads sanded and is doing a great job. They are cutting brush as time allows. There is a problem with one of the trucks.

Dan Newton discussed Nickson Road, noting it goes in two directions. The fork to the left should have a different name. He suggested Queen Lil’s Lane. Other suggestions were Fleury Road and Newton Road. Laura was directed to ask the residents if they have a preference.

Robert discussed a letter for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that listed materials used for the canoe launch at Davis Park. The letter needs to state that this was a donation from the town. Motion Made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to change the letter to state the materials and time were donated by the town to the project. The motion carried.

Laura discussed a driveway permit submitted by Mark St. Pierre. She was directed to send Mr. St. Pierre a letter.

Wayne Hurtubise reported materials have been purchased to finish the project at the emergency services building.

Norris Tillotson reported there are no major problems with the water and sewer departments. Work is being done on the water meters.
EJ Prescott has charged the water dept. a restocking fee for materials returned to them. Following a meeting, they have discounted the charge $1,000 but still are charging $800. Norris said he will not authorize payment. He will work with Laura on a letter.
Norris said a pump and tank at the water plant have been replaced at a charge of about $800.
There is a leak at Blue Seal. Blue Seal needs to dig to determine where the leak is.

Linda Collins reminded the board they need to reach a decision on the number of false fire alarms at Blue Seal. Laura will check with other towns to ask if they have a policy for false alarms.

The board will discuss how to charge for ambulance lift assists.

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Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to enter executive session at 8:28 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 8:45 PM. The motion carried.
No action was taken as a result of executive session.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 26, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Present were Collins, Hurtubise, St. Pierre, Tillotson, Newton and Fletcher.

Board discussed wording of the article to close out the bridge fund of $148,316 to transfer to the general fund.
Board discussed wording of article to transfer $75,000 from the ambulance fund to the general fund.

Dan made the motion to accept the warning. Norris seconded the motion; all in favor.
The board will hold a special informational meeting on the budget on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. to discuss the warning.

Dan made a motion to renew the sewer loan and Norris seconded. All in favor.

Robert made a motion to adjourn and Wayne seconded at 7:45.

 


Linda Collin



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 16, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, John Libbey, Maurice Hall and Michael Smith.

Albert Perry gave a brief overview of the Brownfields Area Wide Assessment and Revitalization Plan, saying the project would concentrate on the village center and removing blight. The board and the community will be kept involved and informed. The goal is to make Main Street attractive and productive. Part of the plan will identify sources of funds. Linda Collins said REAC is to be commended for their efforts.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to enter executive session at 7:10 PM to discuss potential real estate transactions. The motion carried. Maurice Hall and Mike Smith left the meeting.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive at 7:30 PM. The motion carried. Albert Perry, John Libbey, and Joe Pollender left. Maurice Hall rejoined the meeting. No action was taken as a result of executive session.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton to approve the tax anticipation note for $775,000. The motion carried.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 2 regular meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 2 Board of Control Commissioners meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 9, 10, and 11 budget meetings. The motion carried.

The board agreed to warn an article for town meeting to terminate the bridge fund of $148,316.83 and to deposit the money in the general fund.

The board agreed to warn an article for town meeting to move $75,000 from the ambulance fund to the general fund.

Robert St. Pierre presented a driveway permit for O’Brien Family Richford LLC on Prive Hill Road. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the permit with conditions. The motion carried.
Laura was directed to ask Mark St. Pierre to attend the next meeting to discuss his driveway permit application.
The board discussed the Pinnacle Road project.
Robert reported one of the highway trucks is at Clark’s being repaired.
The board discussed requests for leave time. Laura will check with the labor board.
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Laura reminded the board of a meeting with FEMA tomorrow at 9:00 AM at the town hall.

Norris Tillotson reported the cells at the water plant have been cleaned. There is no turbidity now. The sand is being tested for reuse.
Laura reported the hot water at the town hall appears discolored. Norris said the problem may be only turbidity.
Norris said tests are running good. He said the state has changed some testing for lead and copper, and now 20 samples are needed.
Norris reported a principal payment for the sewer bond may need to be made.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the 2012 budget of $1,910,917.00. The motion carried.

The board agreed to meet on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 PM to sign the warning.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 9, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 4:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Laura Ovitt.  Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record joined the meeting at 5:15 PM.

 

The board and town clerk worked on the 2012 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 10, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 4:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Laura Ovitt.  Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record joined the meeting at 5:15 PM.

 

The board and town clerk worked on the 2012 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 11, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 4:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Laura Ovitt.  Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record joined the meeting at 5:15 PM.

 

The board and town clerk worked on the 2012 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 2, 2012

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve liquor license and tobacco license applications for Pinnacle Peddler, South Main Quick Stop, and Wetherby’s Quick Stop, and liquor license application for The Crossing. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to adjourn at 7:38 PM. The motion carried.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

January 2, 2012

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded  by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the December 19 regular meeting. The motion carried.

The board determined budget meetings will be held January 9, 10 and 11 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Commissioner reports are due by January 18.

Linda reported that she, Robert St. Pierre, Alan Fletcher, Pam Parsons, and Kathy Benoit met regarding the ambulance budget.

Linda said discussion about contracting for a public safety officer will be held during budget meetings.

Robert St. Pierre reported highway state aid was budgeted at $119,000. The town received $150,000.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

December 19, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Dan Newton, Wayne Hurtubise (7:45) Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Connie Burns, Loren Doe, Don Pellman, Kathy Benoit, Pam Parsons, Marcia Perry, Donna Sylva, Joe Pollender, Susan Smolinsky, Annette Goyne, Debra Atherton, Patti Lariviere, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, and John Nutting (8:10).

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 7:00 PM to discuss legal issues. The motion carried. All guests except Don Pellman left the meeting. Don Pellman later left the meeting.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to leave executive session at 7:20 PM. The motion carried. All guests except Don Pellman rejoined the meeting.
As a result of executive session, motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to authorize Don Pellman to negotiate with the federal government regarding the Pinnacle Road project. The motion carried.

Annette Goyne explained Susan and the library trustees were present to discuss the 2012 appropriation request, which includes an increase of $6,563. Susan Smolinsky reviewed current library programming. Annette explained how the requested increase would be used.  The trustees thanked the selectboard for their support for the budget, their response following the break-in, and for help when the basement flooded. Susan and the trustees left.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 7:24 PM to discuss finances. The motion carried. Laura, Connie Burns, Loren Doe, and Joe Pollender left the meeting. Ambulance management and Sheila Record later left the meeting.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to leave executive session at 8:07 PM. The motion carried. Laura, Connie Burns, Loren Doe and Joe Pollender joined the meeting. Alan Fletcher left.
As a result of executive session, the board agreed that the town clerk and ambulance management will discuss cost containment and personnel.

Loren Doe and Connie Burns explained they were present to inform the board about REAC’s rental housing committee, saying they are looking at the condition of rental properties and trying to improve over time to attract commercial. The committee is looking at current codes and ordinances, and looking at what other towns are using. The board discussed revising the committee, and said they are working on abandoned properties. The board asked that they be informed of future initiatives either by coming to a meeting or by email.
Connie explained that Regional Planning came to REAC to offer assistance with contaminated properties through their Brownfields grant program.
Connie presented the invoice for REAC’s director and officer liability insurance in the amount of $1615.13, which has been included in the town budget in past years. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the insurance premium. The motion carried.
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December 19, 2011
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Connie Burns, Loren Doe and Joe Pollender left the meeting.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 8:30 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Laura left the meeting.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to leave executive session at 8:44 PM. The motion carried.
As a result of executive session, the board voiced their support for the road crew 100% and said they are doing a great job.

John Nutting reported there is no record of the amount of gas used to mow the playground, which has been charged to the highway department. The board agreed to charge 5 gallons X 22 weeks. The person mowing will be told to track the amount of gas used in the future.
John asked that the Davis Park mowing be transferred to the highway department for budget purposes to eliminate the need to track the expense for a separate department.
John discussed work scheduled for the water/sewer department involving the highway department. He said a work form is being filled out, but is not reaching him in a timely manner. Robert St. Pierre said he should either be called or given the work form.
John said employee evaluations have been completed.
John discussed towing during the winter parking ban. The board discussed options.
John discussed issues with plowing on Pinnacle Road.
John discussed the trailer on Guilmette Road that the town acquired through tax sale, saying they are working with the utilities to be able to remove the trailer. The resident needs to be told to move buildings out of the town right-of-way.
John reported FEMA has determined the amount for highway work as a result of the flooding. He has not yet signed off. The work for the water department was settled at $40,000. He said the highway can’t do the work the state wants, and are having contractors give estimates.

Linda submitted the budget request for the sheriff contract, saying a 3-year contract would cost less per year.
Linda reported sheriff activity for November.
Linda discussed an issue brought to her by the fire chief, saying the department has responded to 15 false alarms at Blue Seal this year. The board discussed possibly initiating a cap on the number of false alarms.
Linda reported a complaint from a resident regarding the motocross track on Wightman Hill. This issue is currently being heard by environmental court.

Robert St. Pierre reported a complaint from an employee. The board determined complaints need to be written.
Robert reported Steve Patterson has been hired part-time to plow municipal driveways and the schools.

Wayne Hurtubise approved purchasing a sign warning of icy conditions on the Post Office ramp.
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December 19, 2011
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Norris Tillotson reported the water/sewer departments are getting an extra man 6 hours per week at no additional cost.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to approve the December 5 minutes with correction. The motion carried.

Laura was directed to send a letter to Nan Adriance advising the no loitering and no littering signs have been installed, and that the board decided against the stop sign. The rocks at the end of Eastern Avenue by the tracks will be placed when time allows.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 

 



SELECTBOARD PUBLIC HEARING

December 5, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the public hearing to order at 6:30 PM with members Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Joan Cheeseman and John Libbey.

 

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws.

 

The board discussed changing item 4, specifically remove 4.11 D. – Fences, deleting Rural Residential District, and 4.12 D. – Landscaping, deleting Rural Residential District.

 

The hearing adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

December 5, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Joan Cheeseman, Judy and Jerry Butler, Nan Adriance, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record, and Rowena Brown.

Jerry Butler spoke about a sewer back-up resulting in 22 inches of water in the basement. The sewer department said he needed to hire Drummac to determine where the problem was located. He had to pay $350.60 to have his furnace repaired, which he would like to have deducted from his water bill. Norris Tillotson said the sewer dept. needs to dig up the line. Once they know what the picture is, they will talk again. The board determined the Butlers should work with Norris.

Nan Adriance said help is needed for Eastern Avenue. She asked about the ‘no loitering’ sign for the parking lot – Robert St. Pierre said the sign is on order. There are issues with speeding drivers. Nan asked about the noise ordinance – Laura will email the ordinance to her. Nan requested a 4-way stop sign for the Union/Corliss Heights intersection. The board determined they will reassess the speed bumps in the spring.

Robert St. Pierre reported the Border Patrol has said the surveillance cameras are a valuable asset.

Rowena Brown thanked the highway crew for putting up the holiday wreaths in a timely manner. She reported the house tours brought more than 100 visitors. The board thanked Rowena and John Libbey for making the tours happen.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 7:20 PM to discuss budget. The motion carried.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 8:05 PM. The motion carried.
As a result of executive session, the ambulance service management will be requested to attend the next meeting.

Laura asked what should be done about animal control. She said a resident has expressed interest, but she has no phone number to contact him. The board determined to talk to Rusty Posner, and to refer people to Dan Newton until someone is in place.

Linda Collins discussed the recent mediation for a zoning violation. She said the DRB is currently waiting for the mediator’s decision.

Linda read an invitation to the Beautification Committee’s holiday gathering on December 11.

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December 5, 2011
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Robert St. Pierre reported he is talking with a person to plow the schools this winter.
Robert discussed the highway budget and expected reimbursements, saying they should end the year in good shape.
Robert said he has asked the highway foreman for updated performance reports.

Norris Tillotson reported on a VOSHA incident involving a contractor. He said the town did provide a trench box when needed.
Norris said the sewer department will do the dig on Thomas Street on Dec. 7.
Norris discussed assessing a minimum fee for water usage when the meter is not working. He said the minimum would have to apply across the board. The solution is to repair the meters.
The board discussed bidding out the haying at the sewer plant.

The board discussed the public hearing for amendments to the zoning bylaws. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to change item 4.11 - Fences, deleting D. Rural Residential District., and 4.12 – Landscaping, deleting D. Rural Residential District. The motion carried with 4 yes and Norris Tillotson abstaining.

Laura requested leave time on Dec. 15 and 16 – the board agreed.
The board asked Laura to document hours she works for REAC, and to send the REAC bylaws to the board.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 


Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

November 21, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Lyle Willey, Joanne Foote, Scott Lafontaine and Karen Cangelosi.

Lyle Willey informed the board that the Baptist Church has voted to form a public non-profit corporation to develop a community center to include adult education and senior center, a youth center, and “connections” – being advocates to connect people to what is already available.

Lyle gave the board a banner, introducing a slogan – “Richford – A Happy Place to Live, Work and Play.”
Lyle asked permission to place a 4X4 post in Memorial Park for the Dec. 4 tree lighting. The post will list the memorial names.
Lyle discussed law enforcement, suggesting the town might hire a 24 hour dispatcher to contact the appropriate agency. The board said people need to call 911, and they will make the appropriate contact.

Karen Cangelosi reported on the Benoit zoning violation, saying $2600 has been assessed in fines, plus attorney fees and extra fees. The owner has until Dec.23 to remove the porch and repair the foundation, after which the judge grants permission for the town to do the work at the owner’s expense.
Karen reported the motocross appeal has gone to environmental court. The board decided to let the court decide with no town representation.
Karen reported the Camisa mediation will be tomorrow. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Dan Newton, that Joan Cheeseman or Karen Cangelosi will represent the selectboard. The motion carried.
Linda Collins reported she received a letter from a resident commenting on Karen’s good work.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to pay Karen or Joan $12.50 per hour for the mediation. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 7 meeting. The motion carried.

Laura reported Phyliss Tiffany has represented the town on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail Council since its inception. She has asked if anyone else is interested in the position. If not, she will continue to serve.

Main Street Mill has requested a 28 month extension of the balloon payment on their loan until December 24, 2014. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the request. The motion carried.

Linda reported that NEMRC has advised that the town’s tax ID number needs to be protected.

Robert St. Pierre reported work is in progress on the Jacobs trailer.
Haggerty Road bridge has been repaired


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Truckers for Maple Mountain Woodworks have entering via Troy Street. Laura was directed to send a letter telling them to use Noyes Street.
Robert reported parking issues on Troy Street.
The town will potentially receive FEMA funds this year, with the potential for more funds next year.
Robert expects partial reimbursement for work on Johnson Road to be received this year. The balance will be received next year.
The Prive Hill drainage grant funds are expected to be received early in December.

Wayne Hurtubise reported Angie Tracy has a workman’s comp injury. The board agreed there will be no docked pay.

Norris Tillotson reported he has asked the water dept. to either repair meters or go inside to get a reading.
Norris discussed dues for the Water Environmental Federation and EPC. He will discuss further with Alan Fletcher.
Norris reported people have been cutting wood that has been pulled out of the Stanhope Brook without permission.
The board discussed amending the water ordinance to include a minimum usage charge. Laura was directed to contact VLCT to ask if this is permissible.

Robert St. Pierre directed Laura to send a letter to Mark St. Pierre asking him why he did not follow the process for putting in a driveway.

Linda reminded the board of the public hearing for the zoning bylaw amendments on Dec. 5 at 6:30 PM.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 8:40 PM to discuss an employee issue. The motion carried.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Dan Newton, to leave executive session at 8:55. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to offer James Guilmette $3,000 for not being on the town’s health insurance. James is on medicare and has a supplement. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

November 7, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Karen Cangelosi, Larry Bessette, and Michelle Bessette.

Karen Cangelosi reported on an abandoned property on Center Street, saying the property is now for sale. A hearing will be held to determine the appropriate relief.
Karen reported on the Camisa Main Street appeal. Mediation is tentatively scheduled for 11/22
Karen Reported Jim Fowler has appealed the DRB decision regarding his motocross track. Robert St. Pierre reported a resident told him the DRB and zoning administrator handled the case very professionally.

Larry and Michelle Bessette presented petitions asking to have the speed bumps on Eastern Avenue permanently removed. Robert St. Pierre reported residents near the high school are in favor of keeping them. The board determined to revisit the issue in the spring.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 17 regular meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 1 emergency meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the electrical right-of-way on Wightman Hill. The motion carried.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway department is preparing for winter.
Robert is expecting a refund for work done on the Johnson Road.
FEMA work is being done on Lucas Road, Haggerty Road, and the road to the dam.
Laura will warn the winter parking ban. The board discussed who to hire to tow violators.

Dan Newton reported the parks and playground are closed for the winter.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the wall at the emergency services building is being repaired.
The town hall steps have been repaired.

Linda Collins reported Halloween was very quiet this year.
Linda reported one of the panhandlers is gone due to police intervention.
The surveillance cameras are up and working.

Norris Tillotson discussed the proposed water and sewer rates. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to accept the rates as proposed. The motion carried.


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Linda read a letter from Radan and Alena Capek requesting relief from the penalty on their delinquent taxes. Laura was directed to send a letter denying the request.

Linda advised a public hearing is scheduled for 7:00 PM Nov. 8 for site plan review for a brewery at 32 River Street.

The board discussed animal control. Laura was directed to post notice of the vacancy, and to contact individuals who have expressed interest in the position.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



EMERGENCY SELECTBORD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

November 1, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 4:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre to enter executive session at 4:30 PM. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 5:15 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to hire NEMRC to update the town’s accounting system. The motion carried.

 


Sheila Record
Assistant Town Clerk



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

October 17, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the October 3 meeting. The motion carried.

The board approved a letter prepared for Kevin Russell asking that the two grants awarded for the extension of the rail trail be closed. The board determined the letter should be copied to the state and federal legislators with a cover letter explaining the situation.

Robert reported the highway crew has finished putting up sand for the winter.
Work on the village garage is nearly finished. Robert said it is a good job and a good crew.
Installation of the surveillance cameras was discussed. The installation will be coordinated with the electrician.

Linda advised there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 PM regarding establishing a brewery at 2 Main Street.

Linda reported for Dan Newton that the water lines at the playground will be drained.
Dan will send out invitations for bids for removal of the trees in the Troy St. cemetery.

Wayne reported work will begin soon on the emergency services building.
Mark Parent started work on the front steps today.

Linda reported public safety is working well.
The board discussed the panhandler issue. There may be more than one.

Norris reported the water department is working on meter readings. When that is finished, they will work on the 2012 budget.
Norris is working with FEMA on the storm damage at the dam. Repair work will be done in the spring.

Linda reported an issue with a charge from the animal control officer. Laura was directed to follow up.

Linda brought a concern on behalf of the town clerk regarding how one of the ambulance employees is being paid.
Linda reported for the town clerk that the employee health insurance will need to change. A special meeting will be arranged, to be held at 5:00 PM.
Linda reported the town clerk will be closing the office to the public at noon on Fridays.

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The board discussed the job description for the housing code enforcement officer.

Laura requested vacation days for Oct. 21, 24, 25, and 26. The board approved.

The board discussed disposing of a trailer obtained through tax sale.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

October 3, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Town Clerk Alan Fletcher, Joan Cheeseman, Rosanna Newton, Nan Adriance and Charlie Hotchkin.

Alan Fletcher reported a deed transferring Digger’s Lane to the town is ready. The board agreed it should be executed.
Alan discussed two properties the town has acquired through tax sales. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to send an eviction notice to the tenant. Alan was directed to have Don Pellman send the notice and to check on insurance coverage. The motion carried unanimously. Robert St. Pierre said he will see the tenant in the other trailer acquired at tax sale.
Alan discussed properties that have installed sprinkler systems. He has talked with the assistant fire marshal, who advised the water can be shut off for non-payment and who gave information regarding who needs to be notified in such event.
Alan discussed refinancing the bond for the water plant. He said the current bond incurs interest at 5%. Refinancing would reduce the rate to 3.88 %. The information came from the VT municipal bond bank.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to refinance the bond. The motion carried.
Alan reported that the municipal health insurance will be changing next year. CIGNA will no longer be covering small groups. Representatives from the VLCT Health Trust will come within the next month to explain options available.

Nan Adriance discussed the Eastern Avenue parking lot, saying people are disgusted with the conditions on the street. She had pictures of the trash that has accumulated, and brought two buckets of trash she picked up. Nan requested additional signage, specifically:
School zone – 25 MPH; Parking limit signs in the parking lot (these have been ordered); No loitering; No littering with a fine stated.

Joan Cheeseman discussed the status of the appeal filed by Tim Camisa regarding his Main Street property. Joan said she participated in a conference call recently. The judge suggested that Mr. Camisa’s attorney should have notified the interested parties. The next step is the case will go to mediation. If not settled there the case will go to environmental court. Joan said the judge recommended that the town hire an attorney.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to retain Mike Gawne. The motion carried.
Joan reported that Zoning Administrator Karen Cangelosi is doing a great job.
Joan reported the dirt bike issues with Jim Fowler and Jim Gendron are now over. Any further action is between neighbors.
Charlie Hotchkin asked Joan how the question regarding customary use was determined. Joan responded it was voted down at the meeting.


Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the minutes of the September 19 meeting. The motion carried.
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Laura presented a draft letter regarding discontinuing the grants obtained for extending the rail trail and purchasing the railroad property. She was directed to make copies for the board, who will discuss the issue at the next meeting.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew is putting up sand for winter.
Grants are in progress for repairing storm damage. John Nutting is working with FEMA and is getting estimates for bridge work.
The Prive Hill Road repair reimbursement is in progress.
Repairs are being made at the former Village garage.
Robert reported a complaint about people dumping trash in the river on River Street.

Dan Newton reported water will soon be shut off at the playground, the fountain, and the cemetery.

Wayne Hurtubise reported he will try to contact Mark Parent regarding repairing the town hall steps. : Laura was directed to call Mr. Parent.
Wayne reported Larry Bessette said he will finish repairs at the Emergency Services Building before winter.

Linda Collins reported things have been fairly quiet from a public safety point of view.
Linda reported the deposit has been made for the surveillance cameras, which should be installed soon.

Norris Tillotson reported meters have been installed in the trailers in the trailer park. He said Mr. Lafayette will pay the upcoming bill, after which the trailer owners will be billed.
Norris said Mr. Lafayette had discussed a drainage pipe issue. Norris said it is Mr. Lafayette’s liability.
Norris reported he has met with FEMA regarding damage at the dam. He has received an estimate from G.W. Tatro for $42,000. The work will probably be done in the spring.
Norris reported there will be no ice castle on Loveland Brook this year as repair has been completed. He said there was damage down-stream that has now been repaired.

Yard debris will be picked up the last week in October and first week in November.

The board agreed to double sheriff coverage for Halloween.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

September 19, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Dan Newton and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Sept. 6 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Laura reported that, although the town took over Digger’s Lane some time ago, the road was not deeded to the town. The deed is now ready to be executed.

Dan Newton reported trees need to be cut in the Troy Street Cemetery. He will work with Laura to prepare a request for estimate.
A tree on Main Street needs to be cut. Dan has a quote of $100 and has a person who needs community service hours to assist.

Linda Collins reported public safety is doing well.
The property that had pigeons shut in the attic has been cleaned up.
There is a panhandler in the village. People need to call the sheriff if they are approached.
Linda has had a complaint from a person saying the animal control officer was rude when called about a stray cat.

Norris Tillotson reported that the owner of Templeton’s has said the town cannot shut off the water for non-payment because the building has a sprinkler. He explained the town cannot shut off a designated water line. That building does not have a designated line.
Norris reported the flood damage at the dam has been partly repaired; there is more work to do. FEMA is working on it. A big excavator is needed to move boulders.
Norris is working on obtaining an emergency road to the dam.
There is a possibility of a grant to replace the dam cover.

Linda Collins reported Joan Cheesemen will represent the town in the Camisa filing.
Linda discussed zoning issues.
Linda reported on a meeting she attended with the school board and the sheriff regarding a resource officer. The cost will be $45,000 for the school board and $16,000 for the town.
Linda reported that the municipal website is now linked to the state website. The e-Vermont committee would like to see the site handicapped accessible.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Debra Atherton, and Joe Pollender.

Debra Atherton, representing the AA Brown Library Trustees, explained the board wants to have an energy audit conducted. They are requesting a loan from the town of $942.00, which would be repaid when they receive their rebate.
Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to front the money for the library energy efficiency work, to be repaid. The motion carried. Laura was directed to give Alan Fletcher the information.

Joe Pollender discussed the sheriff’s contract, questioning the hours of coverage being received. The board responded the town has 8 hours coverage per day, 7 days per week, and sometimes more. Joe questioned why more convictions are not happening. The board responded that is not a sheriff issue.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the August 15 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Laura reported quotes have been received for surveillance cameras from Sun Ray Fire and Security - $5086.80, and from Rail City Information Systems - $6035.00. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise  to accept the Sun Ray quote, pending a guarantee of no charge if the cameras do not work. The motion carried.  The board agreed by consensus to install Comcast internet at the emergency service building. Laura was directed to have Sun Ray and Comcast coordinate with Robert for installation.

Robert St.Pierre reported state funds reimbursement is pending for work on the Johnson Road.
The work on Eastern Avenue is nearly done. Robert said the crew has done a good job.
Tropical Storm Irene, Aug. 28, resulted in damage on Smith Road, East Richford Slide Road, and Lucas Road. Culverts have been replaced and repairs have been made. The brook will need to be re-stoned. The town is currently working with FEMA for financial assistance.
Robert reported he will be purchasing a digital camera and a GPS for the highway crew.
The board discussed the security system at the American Legion, and how effective it has proven to be.
Removable speed bumps and signage for Eastern Avenue have been ordered.

Signage has been ordered for the playground, stating closing hour.

Wayne Hurtubise reported Larry Bessette has one more job to complete before working on the emergency services building.

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Wayne reported bids for replacing the front steps as follows:
 Hole-In-One Concrete  $1900
 CL Concrete   $6870
 Harrison Concrete Inc. $9550
The board agreed to award the concrete to Hole-In-One Concrete, with the stipulation that the concrete test 4000 PSI and be sealed. Laura will send letters.

The highway crew needs to have the library’s barn quilt block hung before October 1.

Linda Collins reported the public safety activity reports are attached to the sheriff’s bill.
The school board has voted to meet with the sheriff to discuss hiring a resource officer.
Linda reported Bruce Wetherby will not be doing a special trash collection this year.

Norris Tillotson reported damage at the dam as a result of tropical storm Irene. Sixty tandem loads of gravel accumulated behind the dam – the gravel will be used on the road. The main water line as exposed 50 – 60 feet; that was shored-up first. Culverts have been added. FEMA will cover the major cost of the repair.
The water system is safe, with a good flow.
The board discussed an alternate route to access the dam.
Norris recommended discussing recapping the dam when working on the 2012 budget.
Water meters continue to be installed in the trailer park.
The sewer blockage on Elm Avenue has been repaired.

Linda Collins reported the school board does not want to own the Quonset hut on Troy Street.
Linda reported on the issue of the trapped pigeons on North Avenue. She has contacted the attorney involved to have the bank pay for the clean up. Laura was directed to contact the health officer to accompany the animal control officer when she does clean-up.

Linda reported the town website will be added as a link on the state website.

The board approved the updated emergency operations plan.

Linda read a thank you card from retired Town Clerk Gary Snider.

A previously approved driveway permit for Francis Whitney has expired. The board agreed to extend the permit. Laura will send a letter.

The town fair will be held on October 6. The board agreed to not send a delegate because the event is so close to tax day.

The board approved vacation leave for Laura on Sept. 12, 13, 26 and 27. Laura will be attending a workshop on Sept. 14.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to enter executive session at 8:25 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Laura and Joe Pollender left the meeting.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 8:50 PM. The motion carried. Laura rejoined the meeting.

As a result of executive session, the board determined to review job descriptions for the administrative assistant and custodian.

The meeting adjourned at 8:52 PM.

 


Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

August 15, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Joanna Cummings of the Snelling Center for Government, Joan Cheeseman, Darlene Gregoire, John Libbey, Rowena Brown, Tammy Ryea and Charlie Hotchkin.

Joanna Cummings introduced herself as the representative of the Snelling Center, which is a partner in the e-Vermont program. She discussed the municipal and REAC websites, and made suggestions for improvements. She said that now the state has no rules or standards for municipal websites, but such rules will probably come in the future. Through the e-Vermont program, $1000 is available for web development on a reimbursement basis pending approval. Laura will send Joanna contact information for Laurie Bruins, who is assisting with the site.

John Libbey reported for the beautification committee that businesses on South Main Street have requested that the Christmas wreaths be extended to the top of the hill. He was directed to contact VT Electric Cooperative for permission and cost information.
John reported some of the shingles on the gazebo need repair and part of the ceiling is loose. Norris Tillotson said only dry wall screws are needed to repair the ceiling.
John asked that the trash barrels in the Main Street park be emptied regularly.
John reported there are branches down on School Street.
John asked if the planters at the Peoples Trust property need to be removed for snow removal; he was told they do need to be removed.

Tammy Ryea requested a letter of support from the board for a grant from the Division of Child Services for Peoples Plaza child care center. She said the grant supports the cost of a 4-star level facility that supports families that otherwise could not afford the program. The board agreed by consensus to provide the letter. Tammy will meet with Laura to work on the letter.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 7:50 PM. The motion carried. All except the board and Joan Cheeseman left the meeting.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 7:55 PM. The motion carried.
As a result of executive session, Laura was directed to send a letter to Mary Robinson advising her of her appointment to the development review board as an alternate.

Charlie Hotchkin advised he was present to learn more about the town. He said he is concerned about the recent DRB hearings.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Aug. 1 regular meeting. The motion carried with Robert St. Pierre abstaining.


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Robert St. Pierre reported they are working diligently on the Eastern Avenue project. He said they discovered a spring on Corliss Heights; drainage is being considered.
The board discussed a driveway permit application submitted by Mark St. Pierre. Laura was directed to contact Chris Burnell about the culvert Mark installed. Laura was further directed to return Mark’s check and send a letter stating the board needs written confirmation from Mark that he accepts responsibility if the town road washes out.
Robert presented a letter that has been sent to the Franklin County senators and representatives thanking them for their efforts on the Route 105 repaving project.
The board discussed an email from Attorney Don Pellman regarding the Pinnacle Road
Robert discussed a concern brought to him by Joe Pollender regarding the sheriff’s contract.
The road sign on Nickson Road will be relocated.
The high school has requested a flag pole for the soccer field. The board determined perhaps one could be moved from the playground, and maybe there is one under the historical society.

The board discussed what time the playground should be closed and decided it should be sunset.

Robert said they are discussing reducing the paving to stay within the budget. The River Street paving will go as far as Mullen Avenue.

Wayne Hurtubise reported he has received two bids for the town hall steps. He is expecting a third bid.
Wayne reported Larry has not yet started work on the Emergency Services Building.

Norris Tillotson reported they are doing their best to finish work on Eastern Avenue. Risers are needed for the project; John Nutting will order them.
Norris reported the turbidity is good. There have been some problems with the alarm system, but it is being worked on.

Linda Collins asked for comments on the website presentation earlier in the meeting. Laura was directed to find the REAC minutes that included a REAC member volunteering to maintain the Richford.com website.
Linda reported the school board will discuss the Quonset hut on Monday. They may also discuss having a service officer.
The selectboard discussed price, placement and signage for the surveillance cameras.
Linda reported that residents who attended the public safety meeting were very positive and asked some good questions. The law enforcement officers present did a great job explaining what their official roles are and how much cooperation there is among the three agencies.
Linda reported the school board is placing signs in the school parking lot.
Linda reminded the board of Gary Snider’s retirement dinner Friday night.

The board discussed water shut-offs for non-payment.

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The board discussed adjusting the sheriff patrol hours when school starts.

The board discussed access and entry for the high school.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

August 1, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Amy Cochran, Lyle Willey Scott Lafontaine and Terry Leonard.

Health Officer Terry Leonard discussed a Thomas Street property that zoning had referred to the attorney and also to her. Terry felt she had no authority in this situation, and believed it should stay with zoning.

Amy Cochran discussed the dog census and the process she used to complete the project. Amy agreed there is still work to be done on the project.

Lyle Willey, Pastor of the Baptist Church, said a group has formed that would like to help improve Richford and asked where help is needed. Several suggestions were discussed. The Board suggested he attend the special public safety meeting on Aug. 9, and the REAC Directors meeting on August 11.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the July 18 regular meeting. The motion carried with Dan Newton abstaining.

Wayne Hurtubise reported he has received one bid for the town hall steps, and that he is waiting for two other bidders to submit their information.

Linda Collins reported on recent public safety activity. She reminded the board of the special public safety meeting on August 9 at 7 PM. The board discussed installing cameras; Linda reported on the information she received from Sun Ray.

Dan Newton reported Bruce Wetherby will conduct a bulky trash collection on September 10. The Solid Waste District special collection for bulky items and household hazardous wastes will be August 20 from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Norris Tillotson reported on a meeting involving the wastewater and highway workers regarding the July 20 South Main Street repair job.
Norris reported on work being done on Eastern Avenue to replace water/sewer pipes prior to repaving the road.
Norris reported on the progress being made with installing water meters in the trailer parks.
Norris discussed some issues with personnel.

Linda Collins asked that a date be arranged to clean out the basement of the historical society and the shed behind it, and to decide on the disposition of the shed.


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Linda reported Nan Adriance had called inquiring about removable speed bumps for Eastern Avenue.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

July 18, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Jack Milne of Pike Industries, Town Clerk Gary Snider, Assistant Town Clerk Sheila Record, John Nutting, Alfred Gendron, Carolyn Gendron, Tracey Hemond, Mike Hemond, Albert Perry and Joe Pollender.

Prior to calling the meeting to order, the board shared a cake in celebration of Gary Snider’s 25th anniversary as Town Clerk, and invited Gary to a celebration of his retirement on August 19 at 5:30 PM at The Crossing Restaurant.

The board reviewed paving bids as follows: Pike Industries - $103,484 and Gray’s Paving - $252,000. John Nutting asked that, if Pike was awarded the bid, there be two paving crews and that the job be finished by August 31.  Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the Pike Industries bid at a maximum $103,484. The motion carried.

Robert presented sidewalk bids as follows: Hole in One - $16,690 and Morin’s Concrete - $10,961. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the Morin bid. The motion carried.

Linda Collins welcomed the guests, advising they would have 5 minutes each to speak.
Joe Pollender said he wants to start a new business but is deterred due to lack of law enforcement. He said the selectboard needs to address the issue and that the town is not getting its money’s worth. He recommended a local police department.
Tracey Hemond said her restaurant has been broken into 4 times, and she is closing because of that.
Wayne Hurtubise suggested a police budget be prepared for the next town meeting warning, and let the voters decide.
Albert Perry said he was present for himself, Richford Renaissance, and REAC regarding the Janes Block. He said there are issues with the commercial rental units, and he is disappointed that the selectboard apparently thinks that is okay. He said the town needs to have standards for housing.
Carolyn Gendron said there were issues with the previous local police department.
John Nutting said he was previously a village trustee, and that people were not happy with the local police force. He said as much enforcement is needed in the town as in the village.
The group suggested having cameras; Linda said she has been looking into that option.
The board determined they will warn a special meeting and ask the sheriff, state police and border patrol to attend. The board determined they will continue the extra coverage through August.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the July 5 regular meeting. The motion carried.

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Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to appoint Alan Fletcher as Town Clerk/Treasurer at the close of the business day on August 26, 2011. The motion carried.

Laura reported the smoke/heat alarm needs to be inspected. She was directed to contact Maurice Legault.

The board discussed the cremation lots, section B, in the Richford Center Cemetery. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, that these lots will be sold for $600 and are for cremation only. The town can sell 4x8 lots. The motion carried.

Robert St. Pierre reported work on the Johnson Road is nearly finished.
Work on Eastern Avenue has been started.
There has been no news on the Pinnacle Road project.
The illegal access road off the Hardwood Hill Road was discussed. John Nutting has contacted the Stream Alteration specialist. Laura was directed to check with the zoning administrator.
Laura advised that Charlie Hotchkin has been issued a zoning permit for his hydro turbine/fish ladder project. The work will be done exclusively on his side of the brook and not within the town’s easement.

Linda reported there was a water issue at the playground. Norris reported the issue has been addressed.

Wayne Hurtubise reported he has contacted Harrison Concrete and Hole In One Concrete about repairing the front steps.
Laura reported she has received the punch list for the drainage project, and that all work will be completed by August 1.
Wayne reported work at the emergency services building should begin soon.

Norris Tillotson reported notices for water shut-offs have been delivered, and water will be shut off on Monday if not paid.
Meters are being installed in the trailer park. The pit meters will be left in place
A sewer line has collapsed on South Main Street; repair will be done tomorrow.

Laura was directed to contact Robert Norris, Tom Hango, Sean McVey and Marianne Hall for the special meeting regarding law enforcement for the 2nd week in August. The meeting will be from 7-9 PM.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.


Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

July 5, 2011

Chairl Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and John Wetherby.

John Wetherby addressed a sewer blockage issue on South Main Street. He had Drummac use their camera to try to locate the problem. Norris will follow up.

Linda Collins reported Nancy Adriance contacted her saying they are pleased with the paving project for Eastern Avenue. She requested a “no loitering” sign for the municipal parking lot. The board determined the parking lot is public, and should not have such a sign.

Linda reported the 4-wheeler situation is improving. A number of fines have been issued.

Laura reported for zoning that the dumpster behind the apartment building on Main Street is on town property, and the property owner has said he is not going to deal with it. Laura was directed to send a letter telling him the dumpster is okay where it is, but it needs to be emptied regularly.

Laura reported for zoning that a complaint has been received about the odor from pigs on Province Street. She was directed to refer the issue to the Health Officer.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the minutes of the June 20 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the minutes of the June 23 emergency meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to appoint John Libby to a 3-year term on the Development Review Board, and to appoint Tim Green to a 1-year term as alternate on the DRB. The motion carried with 3 yes, Dan voting no, and Norris abstaining.

Robert reported work is being done on the Johnson Road and new culverts are being installed. The state emergency fund will assist with the cost.
River gravel will be used for the base for Eastern Avenue. The sidewalk will be replaced beginning at the Province Street intersection.
An access road with a culvert was built over the weekend off Hardwood Hill Road. Robert will follow up.

Dan reported on vandalism at the playground last week. Repairs are being made.
Dan was advised that the center light at the Main Street park needs replacing.

Wayne reported the motion light on the library needs to be replaced.
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Larry Bessette will begin working on the emergency services building soon.
The board determined the metal removed from the Sweat-Comings building that is stored in the building behind the historical society needs to be sold. If the building is retained, the roof needs to be painted.
The board discussed the Quonset hut. They determined that if the school wants to use the building for the driver’s ed car, they need to pay the lease. If the school doesn’t want the building, it should be disposed of.

Loren Doe joined the meeting to discuss the tax stabilization proposal. Loren suggested sending the documents to the attorney when an applicant comes forward. Robert sated he would like to see a dollar amount for new construction. Loren and the board agreed to add a minimum $250,000 of assessed value for new construction to the application.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the proposal as modified. The motion carried with 4 yes and Norris voting no.

The board discussed repair of the town hall steps. The person who had offered a quote wants the money for the materials and ½ of the labor up front. The board said no. The board determined to get quotes from Hole in One, Harrison and the contractor who worked on the drainage project to cut out the existing steps and pour new steps. Wayne will contact the contractors.

Laura reported lift inspections will be done later this week.

Linda reported there has been extra sheriff coverage on the weekends. She and the Sheriff are looking into security measures.

Dan reported he followed up on the applicant for the ambulance service. Dan learned the applicant did not work out well when on the service previously.

Laura reported the owner of two adjacent apartment buildings on Troy Street has requested permission to have a dumpster rather than be on the trash service. The owner is behind on the trash, water and tax bills. The board determined that, when all municipal bills are current, the owner should request again.

Norris and the board discussed delinquent water bills, and plans for shut-offs.
The part needed to make a repair at the sewer plant has been received and the repair will be made.
The hydrostatic drive and the transmission are gone in the water/sewer mower. Repairs will cost $3000.
A 40’x8’ storage unit will be purchased from Stairs Unlimited for $2,300; this will be used at the water plant.
Installation of water meters in the trailer park should start by the end of the week.

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Motion made  by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the 2011 tax rate as follows:
 Municipal   $0.7236
 Local Agreement    0.0012
 Homestead Education    0.9076
 Non-Homestead Education   1.2992
Total Homestead Property  $1.6324
Total Non-Homestead Property $2.0240
The motion carried unanimously.

Linda reported Tim Camisa has appealed the DRB’s decision for 113 Main Street to the Environmental Court.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

June 23, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Eastern Avenue sidewalk and paving project.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to rescind the June 6 vote “to move the sidewalk on Eastern Avenue from the left side of the street to the right.” 
Wayne noted there needs to be no parking at the corner of Eastern Ave. during bus hours.
Robert noted the project as originally proposed is the right thing to do for the public safety of the children going to school.
The motion carried with 3 yes votes, and Robert and Wayne (who was not at the meeting) abstaining.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to establish no parking at the corner of Eastern Avenue from 7:30 – 8:30 AM and 2:30 – 3:30 PM. The motion carried unanimously.

The project now is to repave Eastern Avenue from the intersection of Corliss Heights to the railroad tracks, to install speed dips, and to replace the sidewalk.

Linda discussed expanded sheriff patrol coverage.

The meeting adjourned at 5:55 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

June 20, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Jim Backhaus, Eileen McGrath, Marianne Hall, Maurice Hall, Alan Mayhew, Jim Mayhew, Paula Mayhew, Carolyn Gendron, Albert Perry, Joe Pollender, Ave Leslie, and Sean McVey, Richard Ross and Brett Overton of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Linda Collins reviewed the selectboard meeting rules. Persons on the agenda have 10 minutes to speak; persons not on the agenda have 5 minutes. Linda asked that the board adhere to the rules as well.

Brett Overton explained the agents were present to address concerns about how things are going on the border. He invited residents to call if they notice something of concern to them, saying they only need to give their name if they want a call back. He said if a situation is not under their authority the will contact the appropriate authority. They have a good relationship with other agencies. He said the town has been supportive of the border patrol and they are happy to be here.

Jim, Paula, and Alan Mayhew were present to discuss changing the sidewalk on Eastern Avenue. Jim said moving the sidewalk would result in loss of parking spaces for his store, and he would appreciate a compromise. Jim presented a petition with almost 200 signatures from people who said loss of parking would impact whether they would do business there.

Ted and Nancy Adriance also addressed the work to be done on Eastern Avenue, saying they were pleased the street will be paved but are concerned about the traffic after the work is done. They suggested speed bumps or speed dips.

Jim Backhaus, Joe Pollender, Carolyn Gendron, Albert Perry, Ted and Nancy Adriance, and Maurice and Marianne Hall discussed vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

Eileen McGrath reported she has been opening and closing the playground. She suggested a sign advising the playground closes at 9:00 PM. She also suggested removable speed bumps for the road. She said there is a lot of frustration with the youth, but that the police are working with a broken system.

A letter was received from the attorney regarding the tax stabilization proposal. Laura was directed to distribute the letter to the committee and place the issue on the agenda for the next meeting.

Laura reported two zoning issues have been referred to the board. The board determined the zoning administrator needs to attend the next meeting to explain.

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Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the June 6 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Linda read an invitation from the Beautification Committee for a reception honoring Neal Lovelette as the recipient of the 2010 Golden Service Award. The reception will be July 9 from 2-4 PM at the Richford Country Club.

The board received a letter from Gray Snider authorizing the VLCT Health Trust to partner with Hickock & Boardman Group Benefits to provide health insurance carrier choice. Linda signed the agreement.

Linda reported on a meeting with the town attorney regarding the Pinnacle Road port of entry. She said the hearing may need to be rewarned because the mortgage holders were not notified. He will send a new letter regarding dividing the property, and he suggested maybe a temporary agreement for the town to maintain the road until the government takes possession.

Robert St. Pierre reported the Highway Dept. is preparing for the work on Eastern Avenue. Norris said the water & sewer departments are ready, with materials on hand.
Robert said the Johnson Road has completely washed out, and culverts need to be replaced.
The dam and Loveland Brook have been cleaned.
The highway dept. has been assisting with repairing water leaks.

Dan Newton reported the parks, playground and cemetery are coming along good. Norris said he has made a temporary arrangement for the gate.

Wayne Hurtubise reported he met with the Library trustees today and discussed how building maintenance will be handled.
Wayne noted quotes need to be obtained for the steps at the town hall.

Norris Tillotson reported on a water break on South Main Street. Permission is needed from District 8 Transportation to make the repair.
Water meters continue to be repaired.
Water meters for the trailer park have been ordered.
There are many delinquent water bills.
There is a leak on Eastern Avenue in the overflow pipe for the reservoir behind Mrs. Jewett. The situation will be investigated when Hartigen comes to clean the storm drains.

The board agreed the next meeting will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 PM.

Laura reported the drainage project at the town hall was ready for pavement on Friday, but suffered rain damage Saturday morning. The contractor has been notified.

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Robert reported the permit for the stump dump has been approved. There will be controlled public access. The gate needs to be locked after hours and on weekends. Robert reported what can be deposited at the site.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 8:50 PM to discuss expanded police protection.  The motion carried.
Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 9:25 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to authorize funds for expanded sheriff coverage. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

June 6, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Tim Green, Carolyn Gendron, Joe Pollender, Connie Burns, Charlie Hotchkin, Claire Fay, Karen Cangelosi, Tom Cournane, and Charlotte Rosshandler.

Linda Collins addressed the issue of the fish ladder that will be required for Charlie Hotchkin’s hydro project. Charlie said this is an opportunity for the town to improve the culvert and add the fishway for the benefit of the brook trout. The board explained they have no issue with the project, but now it is ultimately Charlotte’s decision because the fishway will have to extend onto her property. Charlotte said she has heard the generator and has heard voices. She said she is sensitive to sound, and that the project got off to a bad start and she has lost trust. Linda suggested that Charlie and Charlotte try to reach an understanding.

Tim Green reported an issue with an aggressive dog in the apartment complex. He said the dog frightens his guests. He has spoken to the animal control officer, but the issue has not been addressed. Dan Newton will speak with Amy Cochran tomorrow.

Karen Cangelosi presented a list of permits and COs that have been issued. She said the owner of the abandoned property on Center Street has ignored all of her communications. The board directed her to her to send the issue to the attorney.
Karen reported a tenant on Troy Street appears to be salvaging trash, and has ignored her letters directing him to clean it out. The board directed her to send it to the attorney.
Karen reported a property owner on Willow Street has a camper and trash in the back yard. He said the town has ruined his back yard and he is not cleaning it. The board agreed that when the excavator is leased they will clean the drainage ditch that runs across the property.

Carolyn Gendron spoke about the piles of garbage behind her mother’s house. Karen Cangelosi will check it out and follow up.
Carolyn discussed the bike park at the playground, saying the boys had raised the money to build it but that it is not being maintained. The board explained they provided the land, but the building and maintenance of the park is up to the committee with no responsibility or expense to the town. Dan will follow up.
Carolyn asked if there is a gun ordinance in the village – the board said there is not. Laura was directed to check with surrounding towns. The board will discuss at the next meeting.

Joe Pollender discussed law enforcement. He asked why the open container ordinance is not being enforced. Linda will check. Joe asked why loitering is not being addressed. Linda said the sheriff arrests people, and the court throws the case out. Laura was directed to contact Jim Hughes and ask why this is not addressed. Joe discussed the sheriff’s schedule


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Linda said the board gave permission for a law enforcement task force in 2009 and nothing came of it. Laura explained a grant application was brought in, but it was only for existing law enforcement agencies.
Linda reported that in addition to some drug busts in the area , the sheriffs have had several 4 wheelers towed and have written tickets.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the May 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Dan Newton the cemeteries are okay, and are being well kept.
He said the toilet at the playground needs to be replaced. Norris said he has addressed the issue. Norris said he will discuss playground issues with Dan.

Robert St. Pierre said he met with the town attorney regarding the right of entry for construction. Mr. Pellman wants to add a paragraph.
Robert said the Prive Hill project is nearly finished.
The work on Eastern Avenue will begin after school is out. Dan discussed Jim Mayhew’s concerns about parking for his store when the sidewalk is moved.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to move the sidewalks on Eastern Avenue from the left side of the street to the right. The motion carried unanimously.
Robert reported Scott Coons is working out well.

Norris Tillotson reported there is a possible water leak that will be addressed. Hydrants on Troy Street and Province Street need to be replaced; he will schedule with the highway department. Laura reported she has sent the estimate for the Province St. hydrant to the insurance company.
Norris said it is very soggy in the Union/Province Street area. The drainage for the storm drain will be opened.
Meters continue to be repaired.
Mr. Lafayette has offered to purchase the meters for the trailer parks and have the town install them. A deposit will be charged on the meter. If the trailer moves, it will be Mr. Lafayette’s responsibility. The board agreed by consensus to accept the agreement.

The board discussed graduation on Friday – they will make sure there is police presence.

Laura reported on the drainage project for Wayne Hurtubise.

Connie Burns addressed the tax stabilization proposal. Laura was directed to send it to the attorney, and to put it on the next agenda.

Connie Burns discussed the bike park, suggesting that someone go to both schools to recruit workers. Possibly conduct a rally to get the kids to come. Suggest the park as a way to earn community service hours.

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Linda reported the COPS grant has been extended to June 10. Laura said she and Gary Snider are working on it.

Norris Tillotson addressed issues at the playground, saying he gets called when Dan is not available. He said Dan needs to be supervising, or say he is not going to.  Dan said he has been addressing issues.

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

May 16, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Kevin Russell – Transportation Enhancements Coordinator, and Ande Deforge – Local Transportation Facilities Project Supervisor.

Mr. Russell and Mr. Deforge discussed two transportation grants awarded to the town in 199 and 2002 to extend the railtrail through Missisquoi Park and to acquire the railroad property on Troy Street. They discussed the projects history. The board had asked to terminate the grants because the railroad would not cooperate with the acquisition, and because – over the years – residents have lost interest in the project. The guests explained the options available to the town, saying the board will need to document attempting every avenue before they will be able to exit the program without the payback penalty. Laura will work closely with Mr. Russell and Mr. Deforge to complete the process. The guests left the meeting.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to enter executive session at 7:26 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Laura left the meeting.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to leave executive session at 7:40 PM. The motion carried.
Laura rejoined the meeting, as well as guests Annette Goyne, Patty Lambert, Patti Lariviere and Susan Smolinski (A.A. Brown Library), Charlie Hotchkin, Claire Fay, Tom Cournane, Charlotte Rosshandler, Jeff Goyne and Kevin Blaney.

As a result of executive session, the board accepted the resignation of Richard Burns from the town highway department.

Annette Goyne spoke on behalf of the Library Trustees, discussing the town/trustee responsibility. She said there needs to be a clear policy for who is responsible for what. The board emphasized that they need to know about major projects in advance to be able to budget for the expense. Available trustees and board members will meet at the library on June 20 at 3:00 PM to discuss a policy.

Linda invited Charlie Hotchkin and Charlotte Rosshandler to address the board for 10 minutes each regarding the state-imposed fish-way for Charlie’s Alder Brook hydro-turbine project. Tom Cournane was permitted to speak on Charlotte’s behalf. Tom explained his background and issues he foresees for the project. Charlie discussed the history of the project. He said the fish-way must be a town project, and that he is willing to build and donate it to the town. He said he will sign a memorandum of agreement accepting responsibility for maintenance, and stating the town can remove the fish-way if he does not comply. He stated the town can shut him down at any time. Jeff Goyne expressed concern about maintenance of the project when Charlie is gone,
and said the town would have to accept responsibility. Linda thanked the guests, and said the board will discuss the proposal later in the meeting.

 

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Kevin Blaney said he was representing the Richford Little League. The board said the town maintains the fields and the person mowing takes care of the trash. The board agreed to allow the little league to use part of the garage for storage.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to accept the minutes of the May 2 regular meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to accept the minutes of the May 2 public hearing. The motion carried.

Laura reported the town attorney has advised the board do nothing about the Pinnacle Road acquisition by the federal government at this time. There are issues with the deed that need to be cleared.

Laura reported there is a gate across a class-4 town road that prohibits the listers’ access to properties beyond. Laura will send a letter to the property owners stating the town needs a key to the gate.

Laura said the repairs from the December wind storm which are being reimbursed by FEMA need to be completed by June 1. Robert St. Pierre will follow-up.

Laura reported Drummac will have the port-a-let at the playground Wednesday.

Laura reminded the board of the vote on the zoning bylaw amendments on May 24, and the informational meeting on May 23 at 7:30 PM.

Linda read a request from the Health Center to extend the summer camp through August 5. The board agreed.

Linda read a letter from REAC President Darlene Gregoire supporting the tax stabilization program proposal. The proposal will be on the June 6 agenda.

Linda read a letter from a John Vincent requesting permission for a dumpster at his 3-apartment River Street building. The board agreed.

Linda read a letter that Animal Control Officer Amy Cochran sent to a Drew Road resident, saying he owed the town fines because his dogs were impounded due to running at large and not being licensed, and for removing the dogs from her property. Laura will follow up with Amy.

The board reviewed the annual bridge inspection report. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to accept the report. The motion carried.

Robert St. Pierre reported the transfer of property behind the village garage to Sheehan has been completed.
Robert discussed the project for moving the sidewalk on Eastern Avenue, saying a business will lose a parking space in the project. The board discussed possible mitigation.
Robert discussed an East Richford Slide property owner’s complaint about his culvert.
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Laura asked for assistance with preparing a letter for the railroad regarding cleaning their ditches. Robert will follow up.

Dan Newton reported the dugout at the playground is being rebuilt. He said he had received an email about an area at the playground that needs to be cleaned prior to summer camp. He will follow up.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the drainage project at the town hall has begun.

Linda Collins reported the sheriff has kept in contact with her. She discussed a grant that is available for a resource officer at the school, which person can also be available to the town when school is not in session.
Linda reported the 4-wheeler issue discussed at the previous meeting has been addressed. Laura was directed to contact the Eastern Avenue resident who complained about 4-wheelers to ask if there is any improvement since the sheriff confronted the offender.

Norris Tillotson reported water meters have been read and the bills have been sent out. The men have a list of meters needing attention that they will be working on.
The high water has caused some issues at the water plant.
The men plan to flush hydrants next week.
The dam has been cleaned out. Norris asked that Loveland Brook be cleaned when the excavator is here. Doing so will increase the flow into the Breault Hill reservoir.
The board discussed the meter issue at the Wetherby property.

The board revisited the railroad property grant discussed earlier in the meeting. Laura will check on an easement. Laura will also get information about where the lease for the Quonset hut is paid. The lease will be on the June 6 agenda.

The board revisited the hydro-turbine project. Motion made by Dan Newton to not allow the construction. The motion died for lack of a second. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to ask the town attorney about the extent of the town’s liability. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



PUBLIC HEARING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

May 2, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the public hearing to order at 630 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the discontinuance of a portion of Pinnacle Road.

Robert St. Pierre reported the town attorney, Don Pellman, has contacted him with concerns about the proposed deed. Robert will meet with Mr. Pellman.

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

May 2, 2011


Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Eileen McGrath, Charlie Hotchkin, Claire Fay, John Nutting and Mary Paddon.

Eileen McGrath offered to be responsible for opening and closing the gate at the playground. The board agreed and thanked her. Norris and Dan will replace the chain and lock, and Dan will have a few keys made. Eileen said there is no speed limit sign, and suggested a speed bump. John said that would be possible, but it would need to be removable.

Charlie Hotchkin discussed his hydro-turbine project on Alder Brook. He said the state is now requiring a fishway to protect the brook trout. Charlie reviewed the history of the project and the permits he has obtained. Because the fishway will be located within the town right-of-way this will need to be a town project, and the town will be added to the water quality and army corps of engineers permits. The board advised they will need to protect the town’s liability and to run the request by the town’s attorney. The guests discussed the history of the project. Board members will visit the site.

Mary Paddon told the board her Wightman Hill Road neighbor is building a motor-cross track near her property. She has talked to the zoning administrator. Laura will research the noise ordinance.
Mary said town trucks have been turning around in her driveway and have left a lot of ruts. She asked for some gravel to smooth the driveway. John Nutting advised she needs to clean her ditches to allow her driveway to drain.

John Nutting discussed an issue with a driveway culvert on East Richford Slide Road, and suggested possible remedies.
John said the ditches on the railroad property need to be cleaned. He will work with Laura to prepare a letter.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the April 18 regular meeting. The motion carried.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the minutes of the April 18 public hearing for zoning bylaw amendments. The motion carried.

Laura reported Mary Robinson has volunteered to serve on the conservation commission. The board agreed by consensus to appoint Mary to a 4 year term. Mary replaces Hib Doe, whose term has expired.

 

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Laura distributed a letter drafted by the animal control officer for people whose dogs have not been licenses. The board agreed the letter should include reference to state statute and state that a current rabies certificate is required.

Laura reported the new fire truck will be arriving tomorrow afternoon.

Linda read a letter from Gary Snider announcing his resignation as Town Clerk/Treasurer effective August 26, 2011. The board accepted Gary’s resignation with regret.

Linda read a letter from Gary Snider announcing his appointment of Alan Fletcher as Assistant Town Clerk/Treasurer effective July 5, 2011.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew is picking up yard debris this week and next. They will soon be cleaning storm drains and sweeping streets.
Robert presented a driveway permit application for Mike and Tracy Hemond for Digger’s Lane. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the application. The motion carried.

Linda read an e-mail from Donald and Connie Burns complimenting the highway crew for their excellent work over the winter and spring. Robert will take the email to the town garage.

Dan Newton reported water is receding at the playground. The dugout needs to be replaced. The board discussed options for carpenters.
The board discussed the charges for burial lots. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Linda Collins, to increase the price of a full lot to $600. The motion carried.
The board determined 6 burials will be allowed in a cremation lot.
Laura was directed to contact Tom Cook about the charges for use of the vault.
Dan reported Dennis Kent has been hired to mow the playground, assisted by Amanda and Hannah Wilson. Norris Tillotson stated he strongly opposes the decision.

Wayne Hurtubise reported Larry Bessette will be working on the wall at the emergency services building.
The library basement needs to be cleaned out. Wayne has spoken to Annette Goyne. Annette will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Norris Tillotson reported an issue with 4-wheelers on Green Avenue. Laura will confirm the property owner.
Laura advised she needs the sheriff report for the damaged hydrant on Province/South Streets to be able to bill the insurance.

Norris Tillotson reported the water meter readings have been finished.

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Norris reported a new house on Eastern Avenue does not have a water meter installed. Laura was directed to send a certified letter advising a meter needs to be installed within 30 days of postmark. If not, the water will be turned off.
Norris presented an application for sewer allocation for Mike and Tracy Hemond at 28 Digger’s Lane. The board approved the application.
Norris reported the dam will need to be cleaned.

Laura was directed to add Charlie Hotchkin on the May 16 agenda.

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 18, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the public hearing to order at 6:45 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Joan Cheeseman, John Libbey and Karen Cangelosi.

The purpose of the hearing was to review minor changes proposed for the zoning bylaws.

The board discussed how to handle future minor changes to the bylaws and the map. They discussed an error on the map. The board determined asking voters to have the planning commission propose changes when needed, and ask voters to allow the selectboard to make the changes without going to a vote.

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

April 18, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve warning the corrective changes to the zoning bylaws, to be voted by paper ballot in May. The motion carried.
Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to warn allowing the selectboard to make minor changes to the zoning bylaws for errors and omissions after the planning commission has recommended such changes. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the April 4 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the April 12 and 13 special meetings. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to appoint George Spears and Don Pellman as town attorneys. The motion carried.

Laura advised by VTrans regarding the 2001 and 2002 rail trail grants. Department officials would like to meet with the board to try to resolve these projects. Laura was directed to invite the officials to attend the May 16 regular meeting.

The board discussed the bids received for the town hall drainage project. Local contractors were contacted, but were not interested in bidding. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Dan Newton, to award the contract to the low bidder – Cortland Construction Corp. The motion carried.

Laura updated the board on a delinquent water account, saying a payment was made on April 8, but none has been paid since. Laura was directed to send a letter saying thank you for the payment, and advising meters are being read now and the old bill needs to be cleaned up.

Jane Lariviere has expressed interest in being appointed to the DRB. Laura was directed to contact the retiring member, asking if she wanted to stay on until July. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to appoint Jane when there is a vacancy. The motion carried.

Richford received an award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in recognition of work site wellness program. Employee participation in the program provides for a partial rebate of health insurance premiums. Richford is the only town in Franklin County to be recognized.

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The Health Center requested permission for use of the playground for the summer day camp from June 27 – July 29. The board agreed, and specified the day camp is responsible for trash removal. They need to pick up daily and put the trash in the dumpster at the post office. Laura will send a letter.

A letter was received from Joey Randall, Vice-President of the Firefighters Association, naming Paul Martin as Fire Chief, Ken Pigeon as 1st Assistant Chief, and Dale Pigeon as 2nd Assistant Chief. The board concurred.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew is busy on the back roads, and is cleaning the street as time permits.
He reported a complaint from a Wightman Hill resident about trucks turning around in the driveway. Robert said the trucks do not turn around there.
Robert reported the hedge on McAllister Road has been trimmed back and appears to be okay. Laura was directed to send a letter thanking the resident for his cooperation, and advising the town will keep options open if there are further complaints.
Robert reported the highway crew has been busy working with the water and sewer departments.
The crew is working on the grader to prepare it for painting.
Robert directed Laura to contact Richard Mattson, Army Corps of Engineers, with the name and phone number of the town attorney for the Pinnacle Road border crossing project.
Robert will follow up on the transfer of land at the village garage to the Sheehans.
Robert has spoken with the state highway engineer regarding Route 105 – no major repairs are planned until 2012/2013. There may be some shim work done this summer.

Dan Newton reported work will be done over the next month to clean-up the cemeteries.
The dugout at the playground needs to be removed. Insurance money has come in to pay for building a new one.
The board discussed selling lots in the Richford Center Cemetery. They determined if people wish to buy a half or whole lot, they will be allowed to choose the lot. If they are buying only a ¼ lot, the lot will be assigned. A full lot is $300 plus $10 for recording the deed. Laura was directed to contact Tom Cook about the number of cremations to be allowed in a lot.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the water in the library basement has gone down. There is debris in the basement that needs to be removed, and some equipment needs to be relocated.
Wayne discussed the town hall steps. Laura was directed to check with the Catholic Church to learn who repaired their steps.
Larry Bessette will be working on the emergency services building wall.

Linda Collins reported she received an update from Sheriff Norris last week.
Laura was directed to research small grants for law enforcement.

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The board discussed property at 111 Main Street, where the wall has again fallen on the sidewalk. The DRB is following up. The board discussed the plans for the property.

Norris Tillotson reported a water break at the corner of Main and Farrar Streets. Repairs will be made tomorrow.

Laura was directed to send a bill for the broken hydrant on Province Street.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

 

Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 21, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ted and Nancy Adriance, Connie Burns, Loren Doe and Marcia Perry.

 

Ted and Nancy Adriance discussed the issue of ATVs and snowmobiles on the streets, and reported discussions they have had with sheriff deputy. The board will contact Sheriff Norris.

Ted advised that the highway crew has plowed snow against his blue spruce and has broken branches.

 

Loren Doe spoke on behalf of the REAC sub-committee for the tax stabilization proposal. He distributed the draft proposal, application and agreement. Linda advised the listers recommend a 3-year maximum if 100% on new construction, or the stepped plan as proposed for property improvements. The board will review the documents and discuss at the next meeting.

 

Linda questioned why she has been hearing complaints that the selectboard does not support business. The REAC directors affirmed that they believed the selectboard has been very supportive.

 

Marcia Perry reported she has been unsuccessful marketing the 2005 ambulance. She recommended marketing the 2001 ambulance. The board directed her to find out the book value and to get the specs, and to set a baseline bid.

Marcia said she has spoken with the owner of the company that sold the new rig. It came without mud/snow tires, there was an added charge for the stair chair compartment. There should have been a $6500 rebate from Ford - $3800 was received. The $2500 discount promised was not applied. Marcia said neither Ford nor the company is returning her calls. She suggested sending a letter to the Attorney General – the board concurred.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the March 14 minutes. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported she has not warned the public hearing for zoning bylaw amendments because she was working to get language for the clause the board had wished to be added. She heard today that such a clause cannot be added. The board agreed to hold the hearing on April 18 at 6:45 PM.

 

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew has been cutting brush on the South Richford road. There are currently 2 trucks down.

Robert reported receiving a complaint about the hedge at a McAllister Road property. He will get a letter from the school bus company.

Robert discussed the public hearing for discontinuance of part of Pinnacle Road. He directed Laura to get something in writing that the Customs will maintain the road after they acquire it.

 

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He said if they provide a written agreement he will not ask that a representative attend the hearing.

 

Dan Newton advised that he will contact Bob Norris about the ATV issue.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water dept. has been working on meters, and got 10 more on line last week.

Norris said extra alum was needed at the treatment plant over the last 2 weeks.

The water dept. is working on cleaning cells at the plant.

Norris reported a discussion with Jeff ‘Porky’ Tatro regarding the letter zoning had sent. The car does not belong to Porky, and has been removed.

Norris noted the ditch that runs along Willow Street has filled in and needs to be cleaned.

 

Robert St. Pierre reported a complaint that a student had ruined two tires due to a broken water valve on Corliss Heights. He will advise the student to bring the tires to the town garage.

 

Norris reported a customer is falling behind on payments on his water bill. Laura was directed to send the customer a letter stating he needs to get payments up-to-date or the water will be turned off.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

March 14, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the rescheduled regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Andrew Pattin and Rusty Posner from the Franklin County Humane Society, and Laura Ovitt.

 

The slate for board positions following Town Meeting was presented as follows:

            Chair – Linda Collins

            Buildings – Wayne Hurtubise

            Public Safety – Dan Newton

            Trash Commissioner – Dan Newton

            Parks, Playground & Cemeteries – Dan Newton

            Roads – Robert St. Pierre

            Water/Sewer – Norris Tillotson

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the slate as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the minutes of the Feb. 21 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Letters were received from John Libbey and Tim Green expressing interest in being appointed to the Development Review Board. These positions renew in July. Laura was directed to contact Mary Robinson and Carroll McAllister asking if they will continue on the board until July.

 

Andrew Pattin and Rusty Posner addressed board concerns about the humane society. They are working with Animal Control Officer Amy Cochran. They expressed their gratitude to Blue Seal Feeds for the generous donation of food, which they are sharing with Amy. Policies for billing and holding animals were discussed, as well as the ACO practices for adopting out animals. The Catalist program was discussed, and explained this is at no cost to the town.

 

Karen Cangelosi, Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting at 7:30 PM. She gave a summary of contacts with Tim Camisa over the past months regarding his main street properties. She said he is in violation because he has not followed the timeline he established, and she will send a formal notice.

A letter was received from the attorney advising the Bowen project is being appealed to the VT Supreme Court.

Karen will contact Regional Planning about adding a clause to the bylaws that will allow the town to charge an applicant for legal fees involved in an appeal if the town prevails.

The board discussed debris deposited on town property at the end of Willow Street. Laura was directed to send a letter to Jeff “Porky” Tatro, telling him to remove the debris by June 1. If he does not, the town will remove it and retain the proceeds from the metal.

 

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Appointments for 1 year were made as follows:

            Town Tree Warden – Daniel Parsons

            Town Solid Waste Coordinator – James Tomlinson

            Town Energy Coordinator – Daniel Parsons

            Emergency Management Chair – Kenneth Pigeon

            Assistant Emergency Management – Andrew Pond

            E-911 Coordinator – Laura Ovitt

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to accept the appointments. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Linda Collins, to appoint Melissa Wells to a 2-year term on the Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The motion failed.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to appoint John Libbey, to a 2-year term on the Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The motion carried.

Laura was directed to advertise for the 3-year term on the committee.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Linda Collins, to appoint Mary Mankin as Town Service Officer for 3 years. The motion carried, with 2 members abstaining.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to appoint John Libbey to the Planning Commission for a 3-year term. The motion carried.

 

Laura brought the annual VT Community Development Association membership renewal to the board. They agreed by consensus to renew the membership for $35.

 

The board discussed the annual dog census. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to offer Amy Cochran $1,000 to conduct the census. The motion carried.

 

The board agreed to hold a public hearing on April 4 at 6:30 PM for amendments to the zoning bylaws and map. Laura was directed to get language for a clause allowing reimbursement of legal fees.

 

Robert St. Pierre advised the Army Corps of Engineers is seeking to acquire the section of Pinnacle Road starting at the entrance to the port of entry to the border. The ACE will maintain the section after acquisition. The board agreed to hold a public hearing on May 2 at 6:30 PM to discontinue the section of the road as a public town road. Laura will notify the abutting property owners.

Robert advised he is working with Lister Susan Fletcher on the ancient roads.

Robert has contacted Governor Shumlin, Senators Starr and Illuzzi, and Representatives Pearce and McAllister about the condition of Route 105. The board discussed circulating a petition for road improvements.

Robert complimented the town crew for their efforts after the recent snow storm.

 

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Robert reported the town will receive about $20,000 from FEMA for damages during the Dec. 1 wind storm.

The board discussed snow removal at the Eric Collins property on Main Street, and determined to not remove the snow because of concerns about damaging the buildings.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the parks, playgrounds and cemeteries are dormant now. He is turning these departments over to Dan Newton, saying they will work together.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the drainage project at the town hall will be let out for bids soon. The board agreed local contractors will be notified of the project.

Larry Bessette is working on the wall at the fire station.

The back door at the town hall is beginning to rust, and needs attention.

Wayne noted the front steps at the town hall need repair.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water and sewer departments are in good shape, and have been gaining all winter. The crew has a good hand on the meters; most should be repaired by the end of April.

 

The board discussed the Humane Society contract, noting there is no expense to the town unless the services are used.

 

Linda Collins advised the health officer is not responsible for cases involving landlord – tenant disputes.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:57 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING
RICHFORD, VERMONT

February 21, 2011

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider, Laura Ovitt and Marianne Hall.

Marianne Hall advised the board that the zoning bylaws need corrections. She is working with the zoning administrator to prepare the proper wording, after which the planning commission will hold a public hearing. The selectboard will also need a public hearing. A special town meeting will be warned, perhaps by mid-May.

Gary Snider presented documents for the Choice Care Card for the health reimbursement account for signatures.

Gary presented a request for support for the Tour de Kingdom. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the request. The motion carried.

Gary presented the tax anticipation note with Community National Bank. Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the note. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Feb. 7 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Laura advised the board that a person who signed out a key to the emergency services building has misplaced it. The board advised that master keys are not to be given out, and that people need to leave a $25 deposit. The permission form will be changed to include the deposit. The board advised putting the keys on a large key-fob. Laura was directed to send a letter asking that the person try to find the key, and advise if the locks need to be changed the expense will be the responsibility of the borrower.

Linda Collins reported that Neal Lovelette has suggested changing the stairs to the clock tower so the clock can be wound safely. Wayne will look at the area for the proposed staircase and get an estimate, then report back to the board.

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew is continuing with the usual winter work.
Vibrators have been installed in the back of the trucks to help move the sand to the back.
One of the trucks backed into the overhead door, which is being repaired.
Performance reviews are being done.
Robert will meet with Susan Fletcher to work on the ancient roads.

Wayne Hurtubise reported the roof at the post office was shoveled two weeks ago.
He expressed concern about kids sliding on the snowbanks in the Peoples Trust parking lot, and thanked Robert for putting up a fence.
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Norris Tillotson reported the water and sewer plants are doing quite well. Costs are being kept down, and tests continue to come back well. The plants are able to be shut down on Friday, and restarted on Monday.
The highway department has helped to clean out the fire hydrants. Hydrants are being repaired as necessary.
A meeting will be held Thursday regarding the new meter-reading gun and software.

Robert St. Pierre discussed removing snow from between the emergency services building and the house next door. He is concerned about damaging one or both buildings. He said the snow build-up is a combination of the two buildings.

Robert reported the highway crew will be attending a flagging school and will then be certified. Norris reported the water crew will also be attending.

Robert noted that Mr. Camisa has done nothing with his two Main Street properties. The zoning administrator has sent a letter.

Laura reported that Attorneys Don Pellman and George Spears are taking over Doug DeVries practice, and are willing to represent the town on the same retainer that Doug accepted.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

 


Laura Ovitt
Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

February 7, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Jason Failing, Allen Davis, Casey Paradis, Nathan Robarge, James Longe and Eric Collins.

 

Allen Davis explained his band has requested permission to have a free concert at the town hall on Saturday, Feb. 12. The board explained the rules for using the auditorium, and approved the request. The band members left the meeting.

 

Eric Collins requested the town to remove some of the snow from between his house and the emergency services building, saying the snow is blocking his vents and that he has no place to move it to. Laura was directed to contact Robert St. Pierre about the request. Eric left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 17 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 18 and 20 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the Certificate of Highway Mileage. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to renew the generator service agreement with Milton Cat. The motion carried.

 

Laura presented a town map showing were most of the ancient roads are located. The board has until July 1, 2015 to either add the roads to the highway map or discontinue them. Laura was directed to get a better map for the Feb. 21 meeting.

 

Wayne Hurtubise discussed removing snow from the post office roof. He will contact Angie Tracy to make arrangements for the work.

 

Norris Tillotson reported on a water break in the trailer park, and the repairs that were made.

Norris reported the work on meters is continuing.

Norris discussed purchasing a hand-held reader for the water meters, which will work with both touch pads and pin pads. The reader is compatible with the NEMRC software. A written guarantee has been given stating that if the town is dissatisfied for any reason, a full refund will be given. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to purchase the reader. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

Richford, Vermont

 

January 20, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider and Laura Ovitt.

 

The board reviewed the warning for town meeting.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the motion as written. The motion carried.

 

Gary Snider advised the board the loans for the ambulance and the sewer plant will be ready early next week. He needs board members to come in to sign the documents as soon as they are ready.

 

Laura reviewed a request from VT Transco, LLC for a recommendation to the Public Service Board regarding a proposed telecommunications tower to be located at the VT Electric Coop substation on Troy Street. The tower will provide emergency backup for radio transmissions for the electric company in the case of a power outage.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the recommendation. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 18, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider and Laura Ovitt.

 

The board reviewed the proposed 2011 budget.

 

The board reviewed the 2011 warning for town meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the proposed 2011 budget. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:25 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 17, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to rescind the Dec. 20, 2010 vote to propose an article to authorize the selectboard to enter into agreements for commercial/

industrial properties for up to 5 years for tax stabilization. The article is not necessary because the authority was voted in the affirmative on March 1, 1982. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 3 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Jan. 6 and Jan. 11 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported on a complaint about the animal control officer. Laura was directed to call the officer and tell her to check on the ownership of the dog about which she has had complaints.

 

The board discussed a proposal from the animal control officer to perform a dog census. This will be discussed further at the Jan. 18 budget meeting.

 

Robert St. Pierre reported the highway crew is busy with routine plowing and snow removal.

The board discussed an issue about parking on the corner of River St. and Town House Hill. Signage may be needed at the corner.

The board discussed an issue with private plowing on Willow Street. Robert will speak with the individual.

The board discussed a complaint about lack of sand on a section of Hardwood Hill Road.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water and sewer departments are gaining. He said by April 90% of the water meters should be on line.

 

The board discussed a proposal for revising zoning permit fees. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to accept the revised permit fees per the DRB request, adding that postage above the amount estimated will be additional. The motion carried.

 

Robert St. Pierre noted there have been no improvements made on the 113 Main Street property as was promised at the Dec. 6 board meeting.

 

Norris reported he and Laura are working to try to locate a cell tower at the water plant.  The major carriers will be contacted, and told the town is open to proposals and negotiation. Also, when legislature gets underway, he and Laura will look into locating a wind turbine at the water plant.

 

Linda suggested looking into getting WiFi at the town hall.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 11, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider, Laura Ovitt, Paul Martin, John Libbey, Abbie Randall and Mikeal Randall.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to enter executive session at 5:00 PM. The motion carried. All guests left the meeting.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 5:07 PM. The motion carried. The guests rejoined the meeting.

 

Mikeal Randall discussed his delinquent water bill, and proposed paying $50 on Fridays beginning Jan. 21. The board said they would discuss the issue later in the meeting, and contact him with their decision.

 

Paul Martin discussed the fire department budget. He asked that the equipment line be increased to allow purchase of reconditioned air packs and tanks. Paul thanked the highway department for their assistance repairing a truck.

 

John Libbey thanked the highway department for hanging the Christmas wreaths. He said the ceiling in the gazebo is starting to drop, and asked if it could be braced for the winter. Laura was directed to contact Larry Bessette to ask about temporary props, to ask for an estimate to replace the whole ceiling, and to check to see if roof is leaking.

 

The board continued to work on the budget.

 

The board determined they will feature new businesses on the cover of the town report, and Roger and Joyce Gagne inside.

 

The board determined to meet Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5:00 PM to finalize the budget.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to appoint Debra Atherton to fill the vacant library trustee position. The motion carried.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to pay off the $82,000 water/sewer note, and to renew a note for $65,000 for the sewer department. This action pays off the $12,000 water note, and pays down the sewer note by $5,000. The motion carried.

 

The board determined to accept the proposal offered by Mikeal Randall regarding his water bill, with the condition that water will be turned off if he misses a payment. Laura was directed to call Mr. Randall.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:48 PM.

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 6, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider, Laura Ovitt and Marcia Perry.

 

Marcia Perry presented the budget request for the ambulance service.

 

The board listened to a request about a water shutoff and tabled it until the next meeting so it could appear on the warning.

 

The board worked on the 2011 budget.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

January 3, 2011

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Karen Cangelosi and Paulette Legault (7:30).

 

Karen Cangelosi, Zoning Administrator, asked the board to consider revised permit fees for conditional use, change of use, variance, setback waiver, major subdivision, site plan review and/or zoning appeal of administrator’s decision. She said current fees do not cover the cost of acting on the permit. The board determined the request should go to the development review board, and come back at the next regular selectboard meeting.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the December 20 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported two revolving loan fund loans are currently delinquent. A letter has been sent, but there has been no response. The board directed Laura to send a stronger letter, saying legal action will be necessary if the loans are not made current.

 

The application for the stump dump permit was reviewed. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve and submit the application. The motion carried.

 

Laura suggested the board consider a policy whereby the highway department would have authority to call out the fire department during an emergency, such as the December wind storm.

 

Robert St. Pierre discussed issues with the sidewalk plow. This will be discussed further during budget meetings.

Robert reported the plow on the International has been replaced with one from Berkshire at a cost of $300.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the town hall/library parking lot is very icy and needs to be kept sanded.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the water department is working on a plan to upgrade meters.

 

Robert St. Pierre stated Joe Pollender’s Breault Hill project should use town engineers for work on municipal water lines.

 

Paulette Legault discussed Mr. Pollender’s project, questioning the impact on her pond. She asked if she will be notified before work begins. The board said, to the best of their knowledge, Mr. Pollender will need a right-of-way from Paulette to do the work as planned.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt, Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 14, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 6:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Eric Collins, Listers Kim Collins, Susan Fletcher and Allen McMurphy, and REAC committee members Connie Burns, Loren Doe, Richard Ryea and Tammy Ryea.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to review the proposed tax stabilization policy prepared by the REAC committee. Loren Doe explained that the draft is for commercial properties only.

 

Susan Fletcher cautioned properties must be appraised as of April 1 every year, and the proposal should include incomplete properties during the first year. 

Loren said the proposal takes nothing off the grand list, but might bring projects to town that would locate elsewhere otherwise. Susan said the maintenance of the program will increase the cost of running the town.


Wayne Hurtubise said the plan would need to consider capacity for water and sewer. Norris Tillotson said there is plenty of capacity for water, and the sewer plant is running about 280,000 GPD of the licensed 340,000 GPD.  He added that increasing capacity at the sewer plant would increase the cost of sludge removal. Wayne suggested maybe advertising the low municipal fees as an incentive. He suggested that the water/sewer connection fees are minimal and maybe should be increased.

 

Gary Snider was called to the meeting. He was asked if the proposal would be a ballot vote or a voice vote at town meeting. He said he wasn’t sure, and would check with the Secretary of State.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to wait until the regular meeting Monday to vote when the full board will be present. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

December 6, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider, Laura Ovitt, Karen Cangelosi, and Joe Pollender.

 

Gary Snider advised the board that the lease to Jim Clawson for the town-owned property on Willow Street needs to be renewed. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to renew the lease. The motion carried.


Gary discussed employee health insurance through the VLCT health trust and distributed information about the various plans available. He said the league has proposed that the board pay 100% of the premium, and employees pay into the HSA at 35%.They further suggest that the town pay 50% of the OAP if needed.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the Value 1500 Plan. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Gary suggested the board consider a letter of support for not reducing the hours at the Pinnacle and Glen Sutton border stations. He said many Canadians do business in Richford after 4 PM which is the proposed new closing time. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to send a letter of support. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed animal control. Larry Carr has submitted a bill for dealing with an animal. The board determined to send a letter stating the mileage charge will be paid when the town-owned equipment is returned.

 

Tim Camisa and Jacob Camisa joined the meeting. Tim said he is working on a site plan for the 111 Main Street property that will be ready in 30 days. He said work will start on the Roberts property on Monday. He will meet with Karen Cangelosi regarding zoning issues. Dan Newton thanked Tim for addressing the wind damage on Main Street so quickly. Karen Cangelosi noted an email from Attorney Gawne to Attorney Eustus essentially placing enforcement action in limbo.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to accept the letter of intent and hold legal action until the first meeting in June, and to review the issue then.\ Tim was directed to bring the site plan to Karen the 1st week in January. The motion carried. Laura will fax the letter of intent to Attorney Gawne and give a copy to Karen.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to adopt a resolution to apply for a planning grant to assist the Planning Commission in updating the Town Plan, retroactive to November 22. The motion carried.

 

 

 

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Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve an easement for VT Electric Cooperative for work in the town right-of-way on South Richford Road for a new home. The motion carried.

 

Karen Cangelosi discussed a zoning application for a new sign at the elementary school. Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to waive permit and recording fees. The motion carried.

Karen discussed the Pothier property on Troy Street, saying an enclosure has been constructed as directed, but it is 3 times larger than it should be. She will review the situation.

Karen advised the Environmental Court has found in favor of the town in the Bowen appeal. The Bowen’s have 30 days to appeal the decision.

 

Joe Pollender asked to have the municipal water line extended to his development on South Richford Road. The board will ascertain if there is capacity available for 1.5 to 2 million gallons usage. The board agreed by consensus that, if capacity is available and the engineering is approved for 9 single and 5 duplex units, the town will extend the water line at the owner’s expense and with town approval of the construction.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 15 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 22 special meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Nov. 22 Board of Control Commissioners meeting. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins read an invitation to a Christmas gathering on Dec. 11 from the Beautification Committee.

The Town of Derby has requested a letter of support to try to attract Walmart. Norris will work on a letter.

 

Robert St. Pierre reported Richard Burns is being trained for all the truck routes.

The highway department has pressure washed the emergency services building.

The highway department has been picking up debris from the wind storm.

The Town of Jay has requested that Richford plow an additional 800 feet of the West Jay Road. As there has been no increase in the reimbursement charge since 2004, the cost for plowing has been increased from $4000 to $6000 per year.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the softball dugout at the playground was destroyed by wind. He will file an insurance claim.

The person who mowed the playground will not be available this year. Norris wants one person for the playground, cemeteries and the water and sewer plants.

 

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Wayne Hurtubise reported Larry Bessette has scheduled work for the back wall at the emergency services building.

The board will review the Unifirst contract for rugs for the town buildings at the next meeting.

Wayne asked Gary to obligate the money budgeted for the town hall drainage project, as the work will not be done until spring.

 

Dan Newton reported Amy Cochran is the temporary animal control officer. Dan read a letter from Don Moody, expressing interest in being appointed animal control officer.

The board agreed the animal control ordinance needs to be amended to apply to areas outside the village.

 

Norris reported the water/sewer departments are in pretty good shape, except the dam cannot be reached due to downed trees.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:52 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



BOARD OF CONTROL COMMISSIONERS

Richford, Vermont

 

November 22, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve an application for a second class liquor license submitted by Freddy’s, LLC dba Freddy’s Pizza, Pasta and More. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:05 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

Richford, Vermont

 

 November 22, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 6:05 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider, Laura Ovitt, Terry Leonard and Jill Muhr and Ken Channing from VLCT.

 

Jill Muhr presented changes in the current employee health insurance, and options for other plans available through the VLCT Health Trust. Jill distributed material for the board to review. The deadline for the board’s decision is Dec. 1.  Jill, Ken and Gary left the meeting at 6:40 PM.

 

Attorney Joe Cahill joined the meeting.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to enter executive session with board members, attorney and health officer present at 6:40 PM to discuss a legal issue. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, to leave executive session at 6:53 PM. The motion carried.

Laura Ovitt, Christine Johnson, Jerry Holmes, Johanna Johnson-Sherrer, Reanne Singleton and Larry Carr joined the meeting.

 

Linda Collins read letters from two residents about dog-bite incidents involving Christine Johnson’s dog. Linda turned the meeting over to Dan Newton.

Christine Johnson explained she has a pet-safe system, and the dogs are on shock collars. She acknowledged she needs to use a chain, and said she has a 10’x10’ cage. She said she did not know about the bites. The health officer said she called on Nov. 13 about one of the incidents. Larry Carr did not notify Johnson.

 

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to enter executive session at 7:07 PM with the board, attorney and health officer present to discuss a legal issue. The motion carried.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 7:25 PM. The motion carried. Laura Ovitt and Larry Carr joined the meeting.

 

As a result of executive session, motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Robert St. Pierre, that pursuant to Title 20 V.S.A. 3546(c), the board concludes that the dog in question has bitten one or more people and because of that the dog is to be kept at the Humane Society until adopted, or until the Humane Society under its policies determines the dog is to be humanely put down. Any adoptee is not to return the dog to Richford and is to be advised that the dog is to be kept on a mechanical restraint. The present dog owner is responsible to pay the Humane Society for board until adoption and, if needed, having the dog put down.

Robert St. Pierre recommended adding in the letter to the current owner stating the selectboard can issue fines up to $200 per day from April 1 because the dogs were not licensed.

The motion carried with 4 yes and Dan Newton voting no.

 

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Dan was directed to contact Christine Johnson tonight; Laura was directed to send a certified letter to Ms. Johnson tomorrow.

 

Dan Newton discussed animal control, stating that Larry Carr appeared to not be performing the duties of the animal control officer and recommended Larry be dismissed from the duties of the position. Larry said Dan didn’t need to recommend his dismissal because he was saying

 “adios” and left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept Larry Carr’s resignation as animal control officer. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The board discussed municipal property and liability insurance.

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the quote offered by Hackett, Valine and MacDonald. The motion carried unanimously.  Laura was directed to contact Sally Severy tomorrow.

 

Robert St. Pierre asked Laura to contact MVP and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for employee health insurance quotes.

 

The board determined to pay Gene Garron $25 if he is needed for special events at the town hall. The fee is to be collected in advance for future uses.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 8, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 6:30 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton (7:00 PM), Robert St. Pierre, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Town Clerk Gary Snider and Laura Ovitt.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to hear proposals for the municipal insurance coverage from VLCT – PACIF (Property and Casualty Insurance Trust) and Hackett, Valine and MacDonald, Inc.

 

Jill Muhr and Cindy Bouchard presented on behalf of VLCT, giving a side-by-side comparison with the Town’s current policies.

Sally Severy presented on behalf of HVM. The board asked Sally to compare HVM’s coverage and cost to the proposal presented by VLCT.

 

The board will consider the policies at their November 15th regular meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

November 1, 2010

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Wayne Hurtubise, Dan Newton, Robert St. Pierre and Norris Tillotson present.

Also present were Laura Ovitt, Carolyn Gendron, John Libbey, Sally Royea, Mary Jane Harness, Carl Wetherby, Alyssa Wetherby, Karen Cangelosi, Darlene Gregoire and Sheriff Robert Norris.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 7:00 PM. Motion carried. All guests except Sheriff Norris left.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 7:40 PM. Motion carried.

 

Darlene Gregoire discussed the REAC website and the Town website, saying REAC was looking for cooperation and lack of duplication. The board agreed with that approach. Darlene said the website committee consists of herself, Tim Green, Kate Stockman, Tammy Ryea, Jean Snide and Susan Smolinsky.

Darlene distributed a handout sent by Connie Burns for discussion at the REAC meeting for ETV Broadband project. She said REAC was looking for a letter of support for a grant application that will be due Nov. 17. The board agreed they would discuss the proposal later.

 

Carolyn Gendron, Sally Royea and Mary Jane Harness discussed safety concerns at the high school. The board advised them to take the concerns to the school, and said they are working closely with law enforcement. The board told them to come back if they did not feel the school was addressing the situation.

 

John Libbey thanked the board for having the leaves picked up. He said the Beautification Committee had painted two coats on the rails and benches on the gazebo, but weather turned before they could paint the floor.

 

Carl Wetherby asked permission for use of the town hall for The Logger the weekend before the Hometown Follies to raise money for the sophomore class senior trip. The board agreed.

 

Karen Cangelosi reported on the Oct. 21 inspection on the ‘pig farm’. She said the inspector said the project is within the setbacks, and was okay with the building. He suggested the board consider an ordinance for urban farming.

Karen reported Tim Camisa’s partner, Mike Rooney, had asked about stopping the action filed against Main Street property. He was told the action was in environmental court, and he would need to respond to the court. Dan Newton said he saw Mr. Camisa’s project in St. Albans and was impressed. He thought Mr. Camisa has good intentions.

 

Tim Green thanked the board for the town’s assistance with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail canoe launce at Davis Park. He said the site will be a benefit to the town.

Tim mentioned the flag needs in the park needs to be replaced.

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Gary Snider joined the meeting to discuss water/sewer rates for 2011. He distributed the proposed budget, comparisons, and recommended rates.  The proposed budget does not include dredging the lagoons – that will be considered as a separate issue. Gary said a few meters may need to be purchased, but there is no need to replace all. He said options for replacing meters where needed are being considered, as well as options for meters not previously read.

The board discussed purchasing 31 meters for the trailer park. The owner has agreed to cover the cost of installation. The cost will be just over $5700.

Robert St. Pierre noted Simon Operation Services is doing a fantastic job managing the water and sewer plants.

Norris Tillotson said the company is looking after the income side of the plants, and that all town departments are now getting along and working well together.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the proposed 2011 budget. The motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Robert St. Pierre, seconded by Dan Newton, to approve the revised water/sewer rates for 2011. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion made by Dan Newton, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the October 18 regular meeting. The motion carried with one abstention.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 22 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

The board authorized Town Agent Mark Ovitt to sign the deed to transfer property on Home Street to Valerie and Colin Sheehan. The board determined Attorney Mike Gawne and Gary Snider need to review the deed before it is executed.

 

The board was reminded there will be a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 PM to discuss town insurance coverage.

 

The board will discuss appointment of a new town attorney at their Nov. 15 meeting

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Robert St. Pierre reported black-topping is complete. The project was well done, but did go over budget.

Robert reported the culvert on George Godin Road needs to be replaced. This is not a budgeted expense, but it is necessary.

The road crew is continuing to paint the town trucks.

Robert said David Marcy has been hired part-time to assist with plowing with the pick-up.

Correspondence has been received from the Army Corps advising they wish to acquire about 1000’ of Pinnacle Road. A representative will attend a later meeting.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the parks, playground and cemeteries have been winterized and are good until spring.

 

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