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SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 21, 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, Kim Collins, Eric Collins, Joe Pollender and John Nutting.

 

Kim Collins, Housing Code Enforcement Officer, reported she visited 45 Intervale Ave. on June 12 and noted three violations. There was no over- occupancy at that time. All three apartments are restricted to 4 persons each.

Kim inspected the 119 – 135 Man Street building in March. The fire marshal talked with the owner and he revisited in June. There were minor violations. The property needs to be reinspected prior to re-rental. She will follow up.

Apparently the sewer leakage has been repaired. The State will follow-up.

Kim would like to see all properties numbering consistent with 911.

Kim suggested an ordinance that would restrict rental units with more than two persons from keeping pets.

Kim recommended the town should work through their attorney regarding 3 Hamilton Place. A letter will be sent to the property owner.

Kim and Eric left at 7:10 PM.

 

John Nutting presented paving bids as follows:

                Grey’s Paving in Coventry – did not bid.

                Pike Industries - $83.12 per ton for 1602 tons

                ECI - $85.00 per ton for 1602 tons

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the Pike Industries bid, with work to be finished on or before August 31. The motion carried.

John reported replacing the drainage grate in the town hall driveway will be done in-house.

John asked permission to stockpile grindings from the Rt. 139 paving project at the Eastern Ave. parking lot and at the gravel pit. The board so approved.

John said the State has filed complaints regarding the rust on the Main Street bridge. When ECI grinds on the bridge the town and state will observe.

John reported there has been no news regarding the skidder damage on South Richford Road. He is going for the physical damage done to town roads.

The repair for damage on Rt. 1015 was paid by the town.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway crew is hauling gravel to be crushed here.

Gary Royea is back at work; a doctor’s letter is on file.

ECI is currently working on Rt. 139. They may be moving out tomorrow.

John Nutting left at 7:25.

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

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the July 17 special meeting. The motion carried, with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

 

Laura discussed the proposed website upgrade. Tim Green pointed out that the upgrade may not be necessary. The board agreed to put the site back on-line.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the $500 software upgrade following another conversation with Keith Darby to verify necessity. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported she has talked with Greg Lamoureux regarding placing an article in the Courier about the efforts being made to quiet some of the evening downtown activity.

Linda advised the Exotic Animal ordinance needs to be updated per advice from the sheriff. The sheriff has been making visits to people keeping snakes.

Norris Tillotson reported the sheriff picked up a car on Province St. He said the sheriff missed the action, which takes place between 9 – 10 PM.

 

Linda reported the Zoning Administrator has requested a pay increase of $50 per month. Tim Green said he felt there should be a more timely response to complaints.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to increase the zoning administrator’s pay by $50 per month. The motion carried with Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Linda Collins voting yes, and Tim Green and Norris Tillotson abstaining. The board determined to dispense with the friendly letter.

The board determined to look into the statute regarding zoning fines and, if necessary, update the bylaws.

 

Linda reported the selectboard is being cited by the zoning administrator for junk on parcel TR0113X. The board determined to respond to the ZA on July 22 regarding the agreement violation. The adjacent property owner will be contacted and told to remove the junk.  If the junk is not removed by July 28, the town will remove it and the board’s agreement for the use of town land will be revoked.

 

Chris Martel reported a complaint has been received regarding a dog kept at 444 East Richford Slide Road. Laura was directed to send the complaint to Wendy Boyce at the State’s Attorney’s office and to Attorney Mike Gawne.

 

Linda reported on property sold at tax sale that were not redeemed.

 

 

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Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise , seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the Better Backroads grant application for preparation of a capital budget for the highway department. The motion carried. Wayne was authorized by the board to sign the application on their behalf.

 

Laura reported that recording fees have been received for the driveway permit approved at the last meeting.

 

Chris Martel reported the fencing projects at the Troy Street and Richford Center Cemeteries have been completed.

Summer camp is going well. The fire department will be asked to hose down the road at the playground.

There is an issue with dog feces in the Main Street Park.

 

Tim Green reported the water fountain at the playground is leaking. The board determined to contact a handyman to make repairs and to bill NOTCH.

Tim reported the vault project needs a state permit because it will be a fire-proof room. Wayne Hurtubise stated specs are needed for the project.

 

Chris Martel a complaint has been received that dogs attacked the neighboring property owner. Laura was directed to send the statement to Attorney Joe Cahill.

 

The board discussed the exotic animal ordinance. The state restricts the keeping of poisonous snakes.

 

Tim Green reported he will be attending a meeting in Enosburg regarding a proposal for a regional ambulance service.

 

Tim Green reported he has met with Bruce Wetherby regarding the new law about trash collection. He said Bruce believes his contract is automatically renewed by the board.

 

Norris Tillotson reported Dirt Tech mobilized today for the repairs at the water intake. The board reviewed the diagram for the needed repairs.

Meter repair work is getting caught up.

Norris reported he, Alan Fletcher and Laura met at the trailer park with Mark Lafayette on July 18 to inspect disconnected water lines on four lots. Norris and Mark agreed to install locks on the curb stops. Per ordinance, the sewer line needs to be cut and cemented to abandon a water service. A letter will be sent to Mark.

 

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The board discussed existing water/sewer bills for the four lots. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to waive the existing bills for TR0234-I and TR0234-O. The motion carried.

 

Norris reported sludge removal is continuing. One load has been transported, and another is nearly ready. The sled is working well, but more solids need to be removed. He will meet with Drummac.

The aeration system is now working well.

 

Tim Green reported SOS had been asked to produce a document regarding the metering at Blue Seal. The document has not been received.

 

Linda Collins reported the Fire Department’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated this summer. The board set aside $400 for the event during budget preparation.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 21, 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, Kim Collins, Eric Collins, Joe Pollender and John Nutting.

 

Kim Collins, Housing Code Enforcement Officer, reported she visited 45 Intervale Ave. on June 12 and noted three violations. There was no over- occupancy at that time. All three apartments are restricted to 4 persons each.

Kim inspected the 119 – 135 Man Street building in March. The fire marshal talked with the owner and he revisited in June. There were minor violations. The property needs to be reinspected prior to re-rental. She will follow up.

Apparently the sewer leakage has been repaired. The State will follow-up.

Kim would like to see all properties numbering consistent with 911.

Kim suggested an ordinance that would restrict rental units with more than two persons from keeping pets.

Kim recommended the town should work through their attorney regarding 3 Hamilton Place. A letter will be sent to the property owner.

Kim and Eric left at 7:10 PM.

 

John Nutting presented paving bids as follows:

                Grey’s Paving in Coventry – did not bid.

                Pike Industries - $83.12 per ton for 1602 tons

                ECI - $85.00 per ton for 1602 tons

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to accept the Pike Industries bid, with work to be finished on or before August 31. The motion carried.

John reported replacing the drainage grate in the town hall driveway will be done in-house.

John asked permission to stockpile grindings from the Rt. 139 paving project at the Eastern Ave. parking lot and at the gravel pit. The board so approved.

John said the State has filed complaints regarding the rust on the Main Street bridge. When ECI grinds on the bridge the town and state will observe.

John reported there has been no news regarding the skidder damage on South Richford Road. He is going for the physical damage done to town roads.

The repair for damage on Rt. 1015 was paid by the town.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway crew is hauling gravel to be crushed here.

Gary Royea is back at work; a doctor’s letter is on file.

ECI is currently working on Rt. 139. They may be moving out tomorrow.

John Nutting left at 7:25.

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July 21, 2014

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

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the July 17 special meeting. The motion carried, with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

 

Laura discussed the proposed website upgrade. Tim Green pointed out that the upgrade may not be necessary. The board agreed to put the site back on-line.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the $500 software upgrade following another conversation with Keith Darby to verify necessity. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins reported she has talked with Greg Lamoureux regarding placing an article in the Courier about the efforts being made to quiet some of the evening downtown activity.

Linda advised the Exotic Animal ordinance needs to be updated per advice from the sheriff. The sheriff has been making visits to people keeping snakes.

Norris Tillotson reported the sheriff picked up a car on Province St. He said the sheriff missed the action, which takes place between 9 – 10 PM.

 

Linda reported the Zoning Administrator has requested a pay increase of $50 per month. Tim Green said he felt there should be a more timely response to complaints.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to increase the zoning administrator’s pay by $50 per month. The motion carried with Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Linda Collins voting yes, and Tim Green and Norris Tillotson abstaining. The board determined to dispense with the friendly letter.

The board determined to look into the statute regarding zoning fines and, if necessary, update the bylaws.

 

Linda reported the selectboard is being cited by the zoning administrator for junk on parcel TR0113X. The board determined to respond to the ZA on July 22 regarding the agreement violation. The adjacent property owner will be contacted and told to remove the junk.  If the junk is not removed by July 28, the town will remove it and the board’s agreement for the use of town land will be revoked.

 

Chris Martel reported a complaint has been received regarding a dog kept at 444 East Richford Slide Road. Laura was directed to send the complaint to Wendy Boyce at the State’s Attorney’s office and to Attorney Mike Gawne.

 

Linda reported on property sold at tax sale that were not redeemed.

 

 

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Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise , seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the Better Backroads grant application for preparation of a capital budget for the highway department. The motion carried. Wayne was authorized by the board to sign the application on their behalf.

 

Laura reported that recording fees have been received for the driveway permit approved at the last meeting.

 

Chris Martel reported the fencing projects at the Troy Street and Richford Center Cemeteries have been completed.

Summer camp is going well. The fire department will be asked to hose down the road at the playground.

There is an issue with dog feces in the Main Street Park.

 

Tim Green reported the water fountain at the playground is leaking. The board determined to contact a handyman to make repairs and to bill NOTCH.

Tim reported the vault project needs a state permit because it will be a fire-proof room. Wayne Hurtubise stated specs are needed for the project.

 

Chris Martel a complaint has been received that dogs attacked the neighboring property owner. Laura was directed to send the statement to Attorney Joe Cahill.

 

The board discussed the exotic animal ordinance. The state restricts the keeping of poisonous snakes.

 

Tim Green reported he will be attending a meeting in Enosburg regarding a proposal for a regional ambulance service.

 

Tim Green reported he has met with Bruce Wetherby regarding the new law about trash collection. He said Bruce believes his contract is automatically renewed by the board.

 

Norris Tillotson reported Dirt Tech mobilized today for the repairs at the water intake. The board reviewed the diagram for the needed repairs.

Meter repair work is getting caught up.

Norris reported he, Alan Fletcher and Laura met at the trailer park with Mark Lafayette on July 18 to inspect disconnected water lines on four lots. Norris and Mark agreed to install locks on the curb stops. Per ordinance, the sewer line needs to be cut and cemented to abandon a water service. A letter will be sent to Mark.

 

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The board discussed existing water/sewer bills for the four lots. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to waive the existing bills for TR0234-I and TR0234-O. The motion carried.

 

Norris reported sludge removal is continuing. One load has been transported, and another is nearly ready. The sled is working well, but more solids need to be removed. He will meet with Drummac.

The aeration system is now working well.

 

Tim Green reported SOS had been asked to produce a document regarding the metering at Blue Seal. The document has not been received.

 

Linda Collins reported the Fire Department’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated this summer. The board set aside $400 for the event during budget preparation.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 17, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 1:00 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Connie Burns, Karen Cangelosi, Alan Fletcher, Deb Hebert, Terry Leonard, John Libbey, Sue Martel, Ginger Morse, Jay Nichols, Beth O’Brien, and Chuck Pearce.

 

Linda stated the meeting was called in response to complaints regarding recent activities on Main Street. Linda reported he has contacted the State’s Attorney’s office, and Probation and Parole. Contrary to popular belief, parolees are not being “sent to Richford”, but are coming because the rent is cheap and women are welcoming the men into their homes. There are currently 15 registered sex offenders living in the village; only six of those can be told where to live.

 

The group discussed issues that have arisen at the 119 Main Street apartment building.

 

Linda advised the group to call the sheriff and/or the border patrol when they see illegal activity. Note date, time, location, any descriptive information.  The group determined to look into strengthening the municipal housing code.

 

The group agreed on the following actions as a result of the meeting:

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 7, 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, Angie Tracy, Beth O’Brien, Ginger Morse and Garrett Chapman (7:27).

 

Angie Tracy stated her husband, Steve, will be eligible for Medicare in August. She asked the board to reimburse her for the cost of his Part B Medicare and his supplement - $104.90 and $107.06 per month respectively. Laura Ovitt stated Mr. Tracy will remain on Angie’s insurance until January 1, when he will no longer be eligible for that coverage. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to reimburse Angie $211.96 per month effective January, 2015. The motion carried.

 

Beth O’Brien and Ginger Morse discussed issues with tenants at 115 and 119 Main Street. Linda Collins reported on a recent meeting with Sheriff Norris regarding such issues, and said three arrests were made last week. Extra sheriff patrols have been added to deal with the increase in incidents. Laura was directed to contact the Jericho town clerk to ask about their ordinance regarding negligent landlords. The board determined to review ordinances and statute regarding tenants. The board determined to hold a special meeting to include the housing officer, zoning administrator, health officer, planning commission, interested citizens and Rep. Chuck Pearce on Thursday, July 17 at 1:00 PM to further discuss this issue.

 

Laura was directed to contact the attorney regarding the rights of the town and selectboard regarding notifying residents when sex offenders locate in town. Chris Martel reported 2 additional sex offenders have taken residence in the village, bringing the total to 14. Names of these individuals are available on the Vermont Sex Offender Registery.The board determined to get town ordinances together and then to meet with Joe Cahill.

 

Garrett Chapman reported the tenant on River Street who has a large snake was again taking the snake outside in public though he has repeatedly been told doing so is in violation of the town ordinance. Garrett reported the man has an ankle bracelet and should not be able to leave his residence. Garrett will check with FSU.

 

Angie Tracy left the meeting at 7:45 PM. Beth O’Brien and Ginger Morse left the meeting at 7:52 PM.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the June 16 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the June 24 and July 1 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

 

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Laura discussed the website, and asked the board to approve updating the software and put the site back on line. She said she could post the agendas and minutes for the DRB and Planning Commission.

The board determined Laura should not be required to make postings for other boards, and directed her to contact the secretary of each boards regarding making such postings.

 

Laura reported Paul Martin was approached about being appointed emergency management coordinator. He declined. Laura reported Dale Pigeon is willing to accept appointment to that position.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Dale Pigeon as emergency management coordinator. The motion carried.

 

Linda Collins read a letter of resignation from the DRB submitted by Tim Green. Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to accept the resignation. The motion carried, with Tim Green abstaining.

Linda reported the DRB appointments for John Libbey and Jane Lariviere expire this month. Harold Foote has agreed to fill out the term left vacant by Tim Green.  Guy Charbonneau’s appointment as alternate also expires this month.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to make DRB appointments as follows -  John Libbey and Jane Lariviere for 3 years, Harold Foote for 2 years, and Guy Charbonneau as alternate for 1 year. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

Linda read a letter of resignation from the Planning Commission submitted by Joan Cheeseman. Linda reported Sherry Paquette is willing to accept appointment to that board. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to accept Joan’s resignation, and to appoint Sherry Paquette to the planning commission until March 2015 at which time she will need to run for election. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

Linda reported the lease agreement for the pickup has been signed and the first payment has been made.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the Lions Club has asked permission to store their storage trailer either at the village garage or the town garage. Tim Green reported the Lions will provide proof of insurance. Wayne said he will check with John Nutting.

Wayne reported Gary Royea will be out of work for a while due to a medical condition.

Wayne reported on the July 1 meeting regarding the designation of South Richford Road as a High Risk Rural Road. This is a federal program administered by VTrans, which makes the road eligible for updated signage and striping. VTrans picks up the expense and hires a contractor to do the work. VTrans has advised the town to remove all “Children at Play” signs.

 

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Wayne reported a driveway permit has been submitted by Daniel Seeley and Adele Wolfson for the property at 510 Stevens Mills Slide Road. Road Foreman John Nutting has approved the permit with the conditions that the driveway must follow the standards and slope away from the road.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the permit pending payment of recording fees. The motion carried.

 

Norris Tillotson reported he received a complaint regarding a plugged ditch on Nickson Road. He said the ditch does need to be cleaned.

 

Chris Martel reported the fencing at the Richford Center Cemetery is completed and the fencing at the Troy Street Cemetery is in progress.

Chris reported vandals broke into the summer camp trailer. An eye witness has identified the people responsible.

 

Chris reported Tim Green will meet with Sun Ray on Thursday regarding the surveillance cameras. There is currently no access to the images. There may be a problem with the battery backup.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to adopt a Municipal Resolution for Designation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the basis for all incident management. The motion carried.

 

Chris distributed the draft update of the local emergency operation plan for the board to review.

 

Tim Green discussed the Universal Recycling Law, which took effect on July 1. The law states that municipalities must implement the law. The board reviewed the requirements of the law.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the contract for the repairs at the water intake will be signed tomorrow. He has advised SOS to be at the intake when the contractor is doing the work.

All four filters at the water plant are working and the reservoir is full.

Work on water meter repairs is progressing.

The meter project at Blue Seal is being reviewed to determine what is actually needed.

Norris advised the board that in the future, the only engineers he will accept regarding the water and sewer systems is Aldrich and Elliott.

 

Laura advised the board that an election training will be held in Newport on Wed., August 6 from 6 – 8 PM. Anyone interested in attending needs to notify the Town Clerk by Wed., July 16.

 

Laura reported the planning commission is working on amendments to the zoning bylaws and may ask for a special vote to be held in conjunction with the November election.

 

Garrett Chapman questioned the water bill he received for his property at 71 Green Avenue. He said he has a spring and is not connected to the water system. Norris will research the question with the town clerk.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



MEETING NOTES

July 1, 2014

 

RE: High Risk Rural Roads

 

Present: Dan Newhall, Kevin Keen – Vtrans

                  Bethany Remers

                  Wayne Hurtubise, John Nutting, Laura Ovitt

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

July 1, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt and Alan Fletcher.

 

Alan Fletcher presented the 2014 tax rates as follows:

                Municipal                                            0.7329

                Local Agreement                              0.0019

                Homestead Education                   1.0663

                Non-homestead Education         1.4143

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to set the 2014 Homestead tax rate at $1.8011, and the Non-Homestead Tax Rate at 2.1491. The motion carried.

Alan Fletcher left the meeting.

 

The board discussed changes to the open meeting law. The board discussed the town website. The law now requires posting agendas and minutes of all municipal boards on the website. The site is not now set up to easily accommodate the postings. The site can be upgraded at a cost of $500. The board determined to table the topic until the regular meeting on Monday, July 7. Laura was directed to contact Keith Darby and ask him to put the site “under construction” for the time being. Laura was further directed to contact the other boards to determine if there is a person on each board who will be responsible for the postings.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to post selectboard agendas at TD Bank, the Post Office, and the Town Hall. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:25 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

               



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 24, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 1;00 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel, and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, and Mark Simon and Mark Brouillette of Simon Operation Services.

 

Mark Simon reported that the Troy/Jay Wastewater Treatment Facility has received approval to receive sludge from the Richford Wastewater Treatment Facility. The town will be billed by Troy/Jay and by Drummac.

Mark reported there is another small leak in the sewer plant roof. Dave West will check it tomorrow.

 

Mike McDougal has determined that the large meters at Blue Seal are only for fire protection. The four small meters need to be repaired.

 

Hydrant flushing has been delayed due to the sludge removal project, but will be done this week.

 

Mark Brouillette reported he has received 14 responses to letters regarding meter repairs.

 

Three main line valves were repaired last week. The valve at Powell Street will be replaced on July 1.

 

Hartigan was in town yesterday – they cleaned lines at Highland Avenue and the syphon chamber. The invert at the elementary school will be repaired. Norris Tillotson reported there is a possible sag in the sewer line at the elementary school. Plans are being made to repair the sag.

 

Linda Collins and Mark Brouillette will meet with the elementary school principal regarding recycling milk and compost.

 

Tom Lawyer of ECI will be boring under the railroad track at Quaker Street to allow for replacing the water line. The three valves will be replaced and a flushing hydrant will be installed.

 

Mark Simon reported he has interviewed for part-time, temporary summer help. The person will work with a certified operator on jobs requiring two people. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to authorize up to $3000 for extra labor for the summer. If more is needed, the board will revisit the question. The motion carried.

 

Mark Brouillette requested an advance list of potential water shut-offs for non-payment.

 

The board reviewed the Grand Isle water ordinance. Richford’s ordinance will be reviewed for possible changes.

 

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June 24, 2014

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Linda Collins reported she was called by the insurance adjustor regarding the water main break at 302 South Main Street. The adjustor believes the hole in the cellar happened at the time of the first break. The insurance will offer the home-owner a settlement for the damage to the cellar wall.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to send Enpro $10,000 based on the original estimated agreement. The motion carried. Laura will prepare a letter.

 

Linda reported the temporary injunction against Steven Jacobs Sr. has been changed to Jacobs Logging, LLC.

 

Alan Fletcher reported the board needs to contact Attorney Mike Gawne regarding the truck lease. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Linda Collins, to affirm that Wayne Hurtubise, Road Commissioner, was authorized by the board to sign the lease agreement. The motion carried.

 

The next monthly meeting with SOS will be Tuesday, July 29 at 1:00 PM.

 

Linda reported she and Chris Martel spent 3 ½ hours at court on Friday regarding the vicious dog case. Nothing was accomplished – they will need to go to court again in July.

Linda reported she and Chris met yesterday with Sheriff Bob Norris regarding summer coverage.

 

The board approved the extended maintenance agreement with Ti Sales for the handheld meter reader and the computer software.

 

The meeting adjourned at 2:35 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 16, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise (8:07) and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Nutting and Listers Kim Collins, Eric Collins and Susan Fletcher.

 

Susan Fletcher reported there are 10 current use properties pending. One property, BG0010, has been fixed resulting in a $2500 reduction to the grand list. Susan asked the board to approve the change. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to accept the Errors and Omissions as presented. The motion carried.

 

Kim Collins reported on her work mapping the Richford Center Cemetery. She noted the bylaws should be recorded.

Kim, Eric and Susan left the meeting at 7:08 PM.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the June 2 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the June 5 and June 9 special meetings. The motion carried.

 

Road Foreman John Nutting discussed proposed paving projects and prioritized the work as follows:

                Lucas Road – must do – FEMA project due to Tropical Storm Irene

                Stevens Mills Slide – must do – FEMA project; do at the same time as Lucas Road.

                Home Street, Church Street, Elm Avenue from the intersection to North Avenue,

                Noyes Street from Dollar General to Village Garage.

More paving will be done if money allows. The board agreed on the priorities by consensus .

 

Attorney Mike Gawne has filed a temporary restraining order against Steve Jacobs because he drove his skidders on the South Richford Road. John reported Jim Cota has estimated the needed repairs at $30,000 - $35,000. The final cost will depend on mobilization costs. Tim Green will ask the town clerk about insurance coverage.

John recommended the board consider revisiting the bridge fund.

There will be an Applicant Briefing for damages incurred during the April flooding on June 18 at Johnson State College.

John reported the town is not in compliance with the required bridge and culvert inventory. He has applied for a grant to prepare the inventory.

John discussed the recently adopted ordinance for two handicapped parking places for the American Legion. John wants the Legion to install the signs on the building.

The designation of South Richford Road as a high risk highway is under review.

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June 16, 2014

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John recommended that a letter be sent to John Wetherby regarding the South Main Street car wash stating the street must be restored to its original condition. Laura will contact the zoning administrator.

John reported the highway department will be digging on June 19 to repair water shut-offs.

John reported the new pickup has been received.

John left the meeting at 7:45 PM.

 

The board agreed to hold a special meeting on July 1 at 5:00 PM to set the 2014 tax rates.

 

Tim Green reported on amendments to the open meeting law.

 

Linda Collins read a letter from Mark Lafayette regarding water lines in the trailer park that have been disconnected and capped.

The board determined a letter needs to be sent to Mark Lafayette telling him to return the wrench for water shut-offs to the water department.

 

Appointments to the development review board will be made at the next regular meeting. Laura will ask current members if they wish to be reappointed. There will be one vacancy; Laura was directed to advertise for letters of interest.

 

Tim Green reported there are no trash cans at Davis Park. Laura will contact Chris Martel.

The new gate has been installed at the playground. The lock was not included.

The constable needs a key to the town padlocks. Laura will contact the constable to tell him to see Norris Tillotson.

 

Linda Collins reported on the Richford Center Cemetery Association meeting. Changes were made to the slate of officers. The bylaws need to be updated – the ban on plastic flowers was revoked. The bylaws need to be recorded.

 

Linda and Tim reported on a meeting they attended with Energtek – a company that will deliver   compressed natural gas. They were given a questionnaire that needs to be completed and returned.

Tim reported on a minor incident at the post office – a repair person damaged the air conditioner. The unit has been repaired and is working.

Tim will ask for bids for concrete repairs at the post office and for the lower steps at the town hall.

Tim said he needs to meet with the bidder regarding the vault project. He may contact another contractor. He plans to complete the project in the next couple of weeks.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the gate and fence at the water plant has been repaired.

The reservoir has been drained and about 4 inches of sand removed from the bottom. The department

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now brings water into the reservoir and then to the treatment plant.

Hartigen is in town doing required maintenance.

The sludge sled and frack tank are in place at the sewer treatment plant. Drummac will take the sludge to Troy. There is no final cost figure yet.

The men are working on repairing valves.

Preparations are being made to bore under the railroad tracks at Quaker Street to replace the ½ inch water line with a 2 inch line. They will also replace 3 shutoffs.

Parts for the Blue Seal meters have been ordered.

Hydrants will be flushed during the week of June 23.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 9, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 5:00 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

The board reviewed bids for the repairs at the water intake needed as a result of Tropical Storm Irene as follows:

 

                Dirt Tech              $  78,650               Start Date 7/21/14           15 – 20 days

                G.W. Tatro          $110,778              Start Date 6/9/14             15 days

                DCS, Inc.              $112,000              Start Date 9/1/14             15 days

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to award the contract to Dirt Tech. The motion carried.

 

The board reviewed the proposed amendments for the Lamoureux & Dickinson contract and the VTrans grant for the rail trail extension. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the amendments. The motion carried, with Norris Tillotson abstaining.

 

Chris Martel reported he cannot attend the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee meeting on June 12 at 6:30 PM due to the Richford Center Cemetery Association meeting being held on the same date at the same time. The board determined to ask Road Foreman John Nutting to attend. Laura was directed to contact John.

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:25 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 5, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 6:30 PM at 302 South Main Street with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Ronnie Sheltra and Becky Sheltra.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to view damage at the property that occurred due to a water main break.

 

Board members toured the property with the Sheltras.  As a result, the board determined they need to work with the insurance company. The insurance agent will contact Town Clerk Alan Fletcher and Chair Linda Collins. Becky Sheltra will send photos she took to Laura. The board determined they want to review the questionnaires sent to Norris Tillotson by the insurance company.

 

The Sheltras thanked the board for meeting with them.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

June 2, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Mark Lafayette, Angie Dael, Ronnie Sheltra, Becky Sheltra, Matt Irons (7:35) and Garrett Chapman (7:53).

 

Mark Lafayette was present to discuss issues that have arisen with the trailer parks. Alan Fletcher said paperwork is not being submitted to the town clerk when trailers are sold, so the town does not know who owns the properties. Mr. Lafayette will provide copies of the Vermont Property Transfer Tax returns. He will tell potential buyers to contact the town to learn if there are delinquent bills. Water/sewer delinquencies were discussed. Mr. Lafayette and Ms. Dael left the meeting at 7:33 PM.

 

Matt Irons reported he is being approached by the former caretaker of the Richford Center Cemetery. Chris Martel asked Matt to attend the annual cemetery association meeting being held Thurs., June 12. Mr. Irons left the meeting.

 

Ronnie Sheltra said he received a letter from the town saying the town is not responsible for paying for the pool pump and the removal of the fuel tank that had water damage due to a water line break. Norris Tillotson said the board feels they are not responsible for all bills. Alan Fletcher reported the town’s insurance denied the claim that was submitted because they found the town was not negligent. Becky Sheltra said she contacted the town’s insurance saying she feels the town was negligent. She said the insurance sent an adjuster 2-3 weeks ago. Linda Collins said the town has not heard from the insurance adjustor and asked for the contact information that Becky has. Ronnie Sheltra said he wants no responsibility for the drainage ditch on his property. The board determined they will conduct a site visit at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 5. No bills will be paid until the board contacts the insurance. The Sheltras left the meeting at 8:03 PM.

 

Constable Garrett Chapman reported an issue at the water plant because the workers are not closing the gate. He has chased kids off the property three times in the past ten days. The board agreed that the gate will be locked, and that Garrett will be given a key. Mr. Chapman left the meeting.

 

Linda Collins signed the letter of agreement for the CAMA cost tables services that the listers use. The fee for the license is $238.81 for the year.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the May 19 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the May 29 special meeting. The motion carried.


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Alan Fletcher stated he is angry that the insurance contacted Sheltra’s but did not contact the town. Linda will call the insurance tomorrow.

 

Alan discussed an option he has received from VLCT for short-term disability that has better benefits for the employees. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Tim Green, to change the short-term disability coverage to that offered through VLCT> The motion carried.

Alan reported a VLCT representative will review the town’s current insurance coverage on June 25 at 10:00 AM.

Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record left the meeting at 8:17.

 

Laura reported All Saints Catholic Church has requested permission for the Corpus Christi Procession on June 25. The procession will start at 12:30 and last about one hour. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to give permission for the procession. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported Lamoureux & Dickinson will need to amend their contract with the town for extending the rail trail. The amendment will require more money. Ande Deforge has said the grant will also be amended to cover the additional cost. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to request the amendments. The board agreed to vote later.

 

Linda Collins reported she has received notice that a homeless person has been living in a camper on Troy Street.

 

Laura reported notice has been received that the town has until 2015 to add any ancient roads to the highway map. Laura will get more information for the next meeting.

 

The board discussed the damage on South Richford Road caused by Steve Jacobs driving his skidder on the pavement. The board reviewed the email received from Attorney Mike Gawne. Laura will notify Mr. Gawne to proceed with the temporary restraining order. Chris Martel will contact the state police.

 

The board determined to prioritize the streets for paving at the next meeting. John Nutting will be asked to attend.

 

Chris Martel reported he has had Jay Stryker doing community service hours cleaning the parks. Jay will be sent a thank-you.

Chris reported on the quote received from Round Hill Fence Co. for a replacement gate at the playground. The board agreed to proceed with the gates for the playground and water plant.

 

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Chris reported the annual Richford Center Cemetery Association will be held Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 PM at the town hall.

 

Tim Green reported on some issues he has learned of at the fire station that were not included in the budget. Tim will arrange for an air conditioner for the fire office.

Norris Tillotson discussed using ceramic brick vs. concrete block for the vault expansion.

 

Chris Martel reported the animal control officer has submitted an activity report for May.

 

Tim Green reported that, as of July 1, 2015, the town will be responsible for establishing a variable rate collection for trash for the entire town. Details can be found at 24 VSA 2202a.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the letter notifying residents that the water department needs access to their property to make repairs.

Two of the filters at the water plant now have new sand. The other two filters should be good for two more years.

David Record cleaned the dam today and worked on the road. He opened the by-pass and closed the by-pass when he finished. There is now good, clean water coming into the plant.

The board reviewed the three bids for the work at the dam to repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Sludge removal at the sewer plant is set up to begin next week.

The board discussed the meeting with SOS.

The board reviewed the Grand Isle water ordinance.

 

Laura was directed to warn a special meeting on June 5 at 6:30 PM at the Sheltra residence.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 29, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special meeting to order at 3:15 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise (3:22), Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, and Mark Simon of Simon Operation Services.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the operation of the water and sewer departments.

 

Alan Fletcher stated the Town has 550 water meters, 104 of which had no usage reading for the past six months. There are 40 – 45 vacant properties. There is about $60,000 outstanding in delinquent water bills. In some cases, shutting off the water is not an option because the shut-offs either do not work or cannot be located.

 

Laura reported she has drawings of the where water shut offs are located that were done in the 1950’s and identifies properties by the owner at that time. She will arrange to meet with someone who can tell her the location of the properties.

 

Mark Simon suggested, in cases of meters not reading usage, billing on the basis of historic usage. The ordinance can be amended to allow such billing. Alan Fletcher stated if the amendment is made, it should only be a stop-gap measure because the meters need to be readable. Mark further suggested monthly meetings to prioritize needs. The board agreed the meeting should be held during the last week of each month.

 

Mark Simon listed upcoming projects as follows:

                Cleaning at the intake to reduce turbidity

                Last load of sand for filter #3 due tomorrow. The filter will be operational in 3-4 weeks.

                Sludge removal at the sewer plant – will require about 4 hours every other day for 1-2 months.                                                 Drummac will draw the sludge, and the Troy-Jay board has approved receiving the                                          sludge.

                The condition of the valves and manholes will be checked prior to the 105 paving; repairs will be                               made as necessary.

 

Alan Fletcher will rework the letter that is sent to property owners when meter repair is needed.

 

Mark Simon said the recently purchased pressure washer is not needed. It is too big. He suggested trying other methods.

 

 

 

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The board discussed an invoice from SOS from Nov. 2013 in the amount of $3450. The board agreed to pay the bill. Mark Simon will provide a ‘no-charge’ invoice for extra work for the past two weeks for the sand replacement.

 

Mark Simon left the meeting at 4:37 PM.

 

The selectboard reviewed a list of paving projects that John Nutting has asked to have prioritized. The board will review the list again at their next regular meeting.

 

The board discussed damage done to the South Richford Road by a logger driving his skidder on the pavement. Laura was directed to contact the town’s attorney. Laura was also directed to contact Jim Cota to request an independent appraisal of the damage.

 

The meeting adjourned at 5:05 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 19, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record and Darlene Gregoire (7:30).

 

Alan Fletcher reported the annual CPA audit went well.

Alan reported there is currently $50,000 in outstanding trash bills. He would like to see a policy established for people who are seriously delinquent. The board determined to research the legality of such a policy.

Alan discussed a number of issues regarding the trailer parks. The board determined to send a letter to Mark Lafayette asking him to attend the next meeting.

Alan discussed water meter readings and meters that do not get read. The board determined to ask Mark Simon to attend a meeting.

Alan and Sheila left the meeting.

 

Darlene Gregoire gave an update on the REAC Main Street properties. She asked if the board would be able to assist with the redevelopment of the two parcels by selling REAC fill from the gravel pit and with transporting the fill. The board agreed to consider the request. Darlene left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the May 5 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the May 5 special meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura requested assistance with preparing a letter regarding bills stemming from the South Main Street water break last December.

 

Linda Collins reported on a discussion that occurred last week regarding the purchase of the ATV for the water department.

 

Chris Martel reported a contractor has been chosen by VTrans for the repaving of Routes 105 and 139. The project appears to be on schedule.

Chris asked Laura to contact Bethany Remmers to ask who hired the contractor to repair the Main St. bridge.

Chris reported Bruce Fuller is doing an amazing job maintaining the playground.

The little league field is being improved.

 

 

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Tim Green reported the vault project will begin soon. Linda Collins will contact Dean Howarth regarding archive materials.

 

Chris Martel reported the Sheperd dog case is now closed.

Chris reported on a dog incident on Thomas Street.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the waterline at the playground has been replaced. The work has been charged to the water department.

Drummac will furnish the frack tank for sludge removal at the sewer plant.

The water plant filter #3 will be ready for sand in June.

 

Tim Green thanked Norris and the water department for repairing the sink hole at Main Street Mill.

 

Norris Tillotson reported the highway department needs to supply trucks for cleaning the water intake.

 

There is a site visit at the intake for prospective bidders tomorrow at 9 AM.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:07 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 5, 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 was Laura Ovitt.

 

Lt. John Flanagan, Commander of Vermont State Police, joined the meeting. Lt. Flanagan gave an update on VSP activities and discussed the challenges the department faces covering the large geographic area. Lt. Flanagan provided posters with information regarding common materials used to manufacture methamphetamine for distribution to local businesses that may carry the materials. Lt. Flanagan left the meeting at 7:15 PM.

 

Sue Hartman, Jeri Barkley, Doni Longley, Doug Kussius, Zachary Longley, Alison Barkley, Elizabeth Snider and Nicole Cunningham of Richford Elementary School; Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, John Nutting, and Mike Randall joined the meeting.

 

The elementary students gave an impressive presentation regarding their school’s participation in the National Bike Riding Challenge Day on Friday, May 23. The students will bike from Davis Park to the Troy Street entrance to the Rail Trail beginning at 7:50 AM until approximately 8:10 AM. They asked that the right lane of the streets involved be closed for the period of the ride. Adult volunteers will be on hand.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Tim Green, to close the right-hand lane from Davis Park to the Rail Trail on May 23 from 7:30 – 8:10 AM for the elementary school bike ride. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Kussius, Ms. Hartman, Ms. Barkley, Ms. Longley and the students left the meeting.

 

Alan Fletcher addressed the board regarding the town’s property and liability insurance coverage, requesting hiring a knowledgeable person to review the town’s current coverage to determine if the town’s needs are being met. The board so approved.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to enter executive session at 7:31 PM to discusses finances. The motion carried. John Nutting and Mike Randall left the meeting.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to leave executive session at 7:43 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session. John Nutting and Mike Randall rejoined the meeting.

 

Mike Randall discussed this delinquent trash bill, referring to the letter he received from the board stating the bill is his responsibility. He asked that the delinquent amount be waived and that he be allowed to participate in the system starting now. The board agreed to discuss the request later in the meeting. Mr. Randall left the meeting.

 

Road Foreman John Nutting said he was present for bid openings for the sale of the 1998 Mack truck and the 2002 Tenco side dump truck body with sander spinner. Road Commissioner Wayne Hurtubise read the bids as follows:

 

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1998 Mack Truck               Jason Wetherby - $2020

                                                Norman Thompson - $2005

                                                Art Bosquet - $4160

2002 Tenco dump body                

                                                Norman Thompson - $505

                                                Jason Wetherby - $420

                                                Russell Marcy - $201

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to accept bids from Art Bosquet for the truck and from Norman Thompson for the dump body. The motion carried.

 

John Nutting presented a lease-purchase proposal from Champlain Chevrolet for a 2014 Silverado 3500 with a Fisher plow system and Tarco material spreader.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the 3-year lease-purchase proposal at $17,109.55 per year. Wayne Hurtubise will sign a commitment letter in the morning. The motion carried.

 

John discussed the 2013 Better Backroads grant for erosion mitigation on the South Richford Road. The town has received a 2014 Better Backroads grant for preparing a road inventory and capital budget plan.

John reported the clean-up of debris from the December ice storm is going well. FEMA is providing $67,000 reimbursement as a small project.

John reported Green-up Day was very successful and well organized. He recognized the efforts of Richford’s Boy Scouts.

John will arrange for signage and road markings for the recently approved two handicapped parking spaces in front of the American Legion. John requested the signs be placed on the building.

John left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the April 21 regular meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to approve the minutes of the April 23 emergency meeting. The motion carried, with Chris Martel abstaining.

 

Laura reported the girls’ softball team has asked permission to hold a car wash at the fire station on Saturday, May 10. The board so approved.

 

Chris Martel reported he has a high school student raking Memorial Park as part of the student’s community service hours.

Chris reported the person who has volunteered to open and close the playground has resigned.

 

Tim Green discussed hiring for ‘handyman’ projects at the town’s buildings.

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Tim reported the water heater at the town hall has been replaced.

 

Chris Martel reported a technician from Sun Ray will be here Friday, May 9 to meet with Chris and Border Patrol agents for training in use of the town’s surveillance cameras.

Chris reported two Province Street residents have spoken with him regarding parking issues and drainage problems.

 

Linda Collins reported she and Chris Martell attending a meeting with a committee working to find space available for activities formerly held at the community center. Linda asked permission for the reparative board to meet at the town hall. Tim Green said he will find space for the board.

 

The board discussed the trash bill for Mike Randall. The board agreed to charge Mr. Randall $130.00 to pay for the stickers he originally received and for the current quarter. The board stipulated this is a one-time offer.

 

Linda Collins reported she has received an amended complaint, together with copies of the Town’s answer and certificate of service, for the vicious dog complaint of Whitfield v. Town of Richford. Laura reported the residence of the dogs is currently in question. Chris Martel will have the animal control officer investigate.

 

Chris Martel reported the final pay for the previous animal control is being held pending return of town-owned materials and equipment.

 

Norris Tillotson reported water meter readings is currently incomplete.

David Record has removed debris at the water intake.

The flow-meter at the water plant has not been working properly. DC Energy is working on the problem.

Norris presented a quote from Goff Electric for maintenance of the town’s generators.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to discontinue the generator maintenance contract with Milton Cat and to contract with Goff Electric. The motion carried.

Norris reported he is meeting with Drummac tomorrow regarding sludge removal at the sewer plant.

 

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to appoint Eric Collins to the vacant lister position for the remainder of the year. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:12 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

May 5, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the special executive session meeting to order at 6:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise (6:12), Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present was Laura Ovitt.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to interview candidates for the vacant lister position.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to leave executive session at 6:55 PM. The motion carried. As a result of executive session, the board determined they would make a decision during their regular meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant

 



EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 23, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the emergency meeting to order at 10:00 AM with members Tim Green (10:10), Wayne Hurtubise and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, John Nutting, Jim Cota of District 8 Transportation and Ron Pentkowski of VEM/HSU.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the work needed at the water intake due to damages during Tropical Storm Irene. The Town has already received $43,000 from FEMA for this work.

 

Jim Cota and Ron Pentkowski  gave guidance for rebidding the project  and conducting the work and the deadline for completing the project.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:15.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 21, 2014

 

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

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Tim Green, to enter executive session at 6:50 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 7:05 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to schedule interviews for the lister position on May 5 for 15 minutes each beginning at 6:00 PM. The motion carried.

 

Darlene Gregoire and Karen Cangelosi joined the meeting.

 

Karen Cangelosi, Zoning Administrator, discussed a complaint regarding trash at 444 East Richford Slide Road. The board determined to wait until July to act on the complaint.

Karen reported the constable has visited 3 Hamilton place regarding illegal parking. Karen was advised to contact the sheriff.

The canoe access/riverbank stabilization at 200 Willow Street was discussed. The board determined Norris Tillotson will meet with Noah Pollack.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to waive the zoning permit fee for the canoe access. The motion carried.

The rustic campground at the playground was discussed. The board determined no permit is needed.

The board discussed illegal dumping at 406 East Richford Slide Road. Karen was directed to send another letter regarding the debris.

 

Darlene Gregoire, REAC President, reported on the stockpiled soil at 139 Main Street, saying the soil has been determined to be contaminated and will need to be removed. REAC is continuing to work on the 111-113 Main Street Project. REAC is considering alternatives regarding the soil pile.

Karen Cangelosi stated a permit may be needed for work at 111 Main Street if the property is not returned to grade. Ms. Gregoire left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to approve the minutes of the April 7 regular meeting. The motion carried.

 

Laura reported the quote for the generator maintenance contract for $3501.00 has been received from Milton Cat. The quote is $182.00 more than last year.

 

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Norris Tillotson reported Goff Electric has given a quote of $1200.00. The board agreed by consensus to accept the Goff Electric quote.

 

The board discussed the taxes for 161 and 165 Province Street. The board determined to discuss the topic further at a later time.

The board discussed taxes for 60 Noyes Street.

 

Wayne Hurtubise reported the highway department is working on clean-up from the December ice storm. FEMA will not allow hiring individuals to help with the clean-up unless the town requests bids based on yardage.

The proposed pickup truck for the highway department was discussed. Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Tim Green, to buy the pickup. The motion carried.

Chris Martel reported the regional transportation advisory committee met last week. The Route 105 and Route 139 paving is on schedule for or about June 23.

VTrans is starting to accept bids for bridge #6. Work is scheduled for 2015.

VTrans will investigate the condition of the Main Street bridge.

 

Chris Martel reported the Christmas lights have been removed from Memorial Park. The small trees need to be removed.

The playground is ready to use. Larry Patterson is working on securing the building.

Liamme Tremblay will be directing summer camp this year.

The Richford Center Cemetery Association is discussing fencing. They will discuss further at the annual meeting scheduled for June 12 at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall.

Matthew Irons is working on Hillside Cemetery. Some of the graves have settled and may need more topsoil.

 

Tim Green reported he has met with the Library Trustees to discuss repairs. Their lift was recently repaired.

Tim reported the vault expansion project is progressing.

 

Chris Martel will check on what signage is needed at 53 Main Street to give the sheriff authority to move loiterers along.

New cameras have been installed on River Street and are working fine. A training for Border Patrol has been scheduled.

 

Laura reported Green-Up bags are available and dumpsters have been ordered.

 

 

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Norris Tillotson reported on the water break at 302 Main Street. Trident Insurance has sent a letter stating the town has no liability for damages to the property. The board discussed bills that have been

paid and bills that are being contested. ENPRO suggested the Petroleum Clean-up Fund might be able to help.

The 4-wheeler for the water department will be delivered on April 24.

The flow meter in #4 cell at the water plant has not been working. The issue is being addressed.

Simon Operation Services will meet with Norris on April 23 regarding the frack tank.

FEMA will meet with Norris on April 23 regarding the repairs at the water intake due to tropical storm Irene.

Two digs are being scheduled at 93 Main Street and 302 South Main Street.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

 

 

 


Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



SELECTBOARD MEETING

RICHFORD, VERMONT

 

April 7, 2014

 

Chair Linda Collins called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Tim Green, Wayne Hurtubise (7:15), Chris Martel and Norris Tillotson present. Also present were Laura Ovitt, Sue Martel, Susan Fletcher, Kim Collins, Alan Fletcher, Sheila Record, Joanne Foote, Levi Fuller, Sonia Holmes, Ashley Piatt, Mary Mankin, Andrew Richards, Mike Randall, Lyle Willey, Tracy Ovitt, Albert Perry and Joe Pollender.

 

Alan Fletcher discussed the penalty imposed for late filing of homestead declarations. He said the selectboard has the authority to waive the penalty, and urged the board not to do so.

 

Susan Fletcher informed the board that training is available for the board of civil authority.

She asked that a town-wide reappraisal be included on the 2015 town meeting warning.

Susan suggested selling some town-owned properties that will no longer qualify as tax-exempt.

Susan recommended having the town hall, library and post office properties surveyed.

Susan discussed the resignation of Allen McMurphy, and recommended that the board consider appointing Eric Collins to the vacant position.

Susan, Kim Collins, Alan Fletcher and Sheila Record left the meeting.

 

Linda reminded the guests of the rules of the meeting.

 

Joe Pollender stated he believes the town is going backward rather than forward.

 

Mike Randall discussed the town trash service, saying he is self-employed and disposes of the household trash himself. He is disputing the trash bill. The board agreed they will discuss the matter later in the meeting.

 

Linda Collins addressed the community center representatives, saying one person would be allowed 10 minutes to speak, and could choose one more person to speak for 5 minutes. She advised that, per the town’s attorney, the selectboard does not have the authority to overturn the opinion of the development review board. She said that, when the DRB was formed, they chose not to develop rules of procedure but to revert to state statute.

 

Lyle Willey said the community center has given up and will not pursue relocating to 140 Main Street. He said they are looking for selectboard input and to, perhaps, become a community center without walls.

Linda suggested forming a committee to include the selectboard. Linda Volunteered to be on the committee. Mike Randall volunteered to assist with renovations and/or repairs if needed.

 

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Andrew Richards asked if the selectboard could appeal a DRB decision. Linda said if they disagreed with the decision, it would have to go to Environmental Court.

Andrew discussed marketing vacant properties, and suggested ‘vision marketing’.

Andrew discussed the DRB vote on 140 Main Street. Linda explained the DRB vote was ultimately ruled to be legal.

Andrew suggested the selectboard visit with the DRB regarding policies of procedure and conflict of interest.

 

Mary Mankin questioned the timing for the selectboard to appeal the DRB decision, saying May 15 may be the deadline.

Mike Randall, Lyle Willey, Joanne Foote, Levi Fuller, Sonia Holmes, Ashley Piatt, Mary Mankin and Andrew Richards left the meeting.

 

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Chris Martel, to enter executive session at 7:51 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried. Joe Pollender, Albert Perry and Sue Martel left the meeting.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to leave executive session at 7:56 PM. The motion carried. No action was taken as a result of executive session. Tracy Ovitt left the meeting.

Joe Pollender and Albert Perry joined the meeting.

 

Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the minutes of the March 17 regular meeting and board of control commissioners meeting. The motion carried.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the minutes of the April 2 special meeting. The motion carried, with Wayne Hurtubise abstaining.

 

Linda Collins reported that she and Chris Martel have completed the ICS-100 training. Norris Tillotson and Laura Ovitt will take the training on April 10. Laura will arrange an appointment for Tim Green and Wayne Hurtubise on April 17.

 

Linda reported on the court hearing regarding the vicious dog complaint. The plaintiff was ordered to amend the complaint to remove the selectboard.

 

A Notice of Vacancy for the lister position was reviewed. The board determined to add ‘part-time, paid’ to the notice.

 

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Chris Martell, to appoint Deborah Green as Town Service Officer. The motion carried, with Tim Green abstaining.

 

 

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Wayne Hurtubise read a notice regarding clean-up from the ice storm. The notice gives property owners until May 1 to collect down and/or damaged trees from the town right-of-way.

Wayne reported the paving of routes 105 and 139 is going out for bids, with work to begin June 23. He said the highway crew will not have time to complete town road work prior to the paving beginning.

Wayne reported the 1998 Mack truck and the 2002 dump body are being put up for bids. Bids are due May 5.

Wayne reported John Nutting has allowed use of his own trailer to move the town’s excavator. Wayne recommended that John be compensated for use of the trailer.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to approve the Annual Highway Financial Plan and Certification of Road and Bridge Standards. The motion carried.

The American Legion has requested two handicapped parking spaces in front of the Legion hall. Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Chris Martel, to approve the request.

Motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve amending the ordinance regarding restricted parking to include the two spaces in front of the Legion. The motion carried.

 

Chris Martel reported the regional transportation committee has included the South Richford Road in the 2014 High Risk Rural Roads Program. The designation makes the road eligible for new signage.

Chris reported the Christmas lights have been taken down at Memorial Park.

Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Linda Collins, to approve the health center’s request for use of the playground from June 30 through August 8 for summer day camp. The motion carried.

 

Tim Green reported he will be issuing a RFP for the replacement of the library roof. Laura suggested contacting Steve Pitkin to obtain a template.

Tim reported he has a proposal from Larry Bessette for the proposed vault expansion. There are no drawings in place. He has contacted the fire marshal. He said the project may be able to begin by the end of the month.

 

The board discussed potentially available space for community center/public events.

 

Chris Martel reported the planned replacement of the camera on River Street will be done Wednesday rather than today.

 

Tim Green reported he has met with Bruce Wetherby regarding the town’s trash service. The town clerk has said the service is currently self-sustaining. He suggested possible changes to the service.

 

Albert Perry left at 8:55.

 

The board approved the special collection for household hazardous waste on June 21.

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April 7, 2014

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Linda reported an issue with a person sleeping at the fire station.

 

Norris Tillotson reported a problem with turbidity at the water plant. He is currently feeding from the reserve reservoir, and turbidity has decreased from .19 to .08.

The men need to go to the intake almost weekly. Norris reported on his and Chris Martel’s research regarding purchasing a 4-wheeler.

Motion made by Norris Tillotson, seconded by Linda Collins, that Norris meet with Alan Fletcher and send a purchase order to Northeast Farm Sales and Service for a 4-wheeler. The motion carried.

 

The board discussed the homestead late-filing penalty. Motion made by Chris Martel, seconded by Linda Collins, that the selectboard will not waive the late filing penalty. The motion carried.

 

The board determined to discuss selling town-owned property at later time.

 

The board determined to discuss the B&D property at the next meeting.

 

Laura will research whether there is a sewer line easement on the ‘Priest Block’.

 

The board revisited Mike Randall’s trash bill. Motion made by Tim Green, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to not approve him hauling his own trash. The motion carried.

 

Tim Green said he will develop a policy of procedure and conflict of interest policy for the development review board.

 

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to enter executive session at 9:31 PM to discuss personnel. The motion carried.

Motion made by Linda Collins, seconded by Wayne Hurtubise, to leave executive session at 9:40 PM. The motion carried.

As a result of executive session, motion made by Wayne Hurtubise, seconded by Norris Tillotson, to notify the animal control officer that, as of April 30, 2014, her services will not be needed. The motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

 

 

 

Laura Ovitt

Administrative Assistant



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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March 17, 2014

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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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March 17, 2014

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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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March 10, 2014

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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 – Andy Pond

                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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March 10, 2014

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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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February 17, 2014

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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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February 3, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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July 2, 2012

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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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June 18, 2012

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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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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 Deve