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Selectboard members Jeff Blake, Judy Cleary, Doug Webb, Bill Ormerod and Charlie Swanson were present at the meeting. Also present were Erin McSweeney, Randy DeVine, and Don Pigeon. These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board at the next regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM. Don and Jeff met with Mike Cain, who has concerns about drainage on his property in North Fairfax as a result of a new road and a house being constructed nearby. Mike Cain's property is adjacent to Town land; Don will clean out a section of one ditch to improve drainage.
Randy informed the board he is working on his monthly reports. Wayne Graham of the VT Rural Water Association will assisting Randy with the Emergency Power Failure Plan; Randy was asked to update the current plan and submit it to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Bill would like Randy to contact Wayne and set up a meeting so the plan can be submitted to the state by January 31st as requested by Suzanne Pickett.
Judy motioned to accept the minutes from last week's meeting. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor.
OTHER BUSINESS: The board reviewed the Routes 104 & 128 Intersection Study from the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. The Selectboard will be budgeting next Wednesday, January 10th. All budget requests from Town Departments should be submitted by Friday, January 5th. Information to be included in the Town Report should be submitted by January 19th. The board discussed the cost of the Sheriff's contract versus the cost of a contract for the same coverage with the State Police. The Sheriff's Department has proposed a fee of $77,000 for the year while the State Police have proposed a fee of $99,000. By consensus, the board decided to stay with the Sheriff's Department for one more year. The board received copies of the updated Rapid Response Plan from Steve Bessette; Bill informed the board that the Plan was implemented on December 23rd after a report of a suspicious package was received. The package was actually a grain pipe that had come off a truck. The board reviewed a memo from the Listers regarding the availability of the Grand List. Erin will follow up with Ultra-Mar regarding a bill Amy received for a Service Contract.
PUBLIC INPUT: There was no public input this evening.
Judy motioned to enter Executive Session at 8:25 to discuss a pending legal issue and a personnel issue. The board came out of Executive Session at 9:48PM.
The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 9:48PM.
____________________________________ Erin McSweeney, Selectboard Administrator