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Selectboard Members Present: Bill Ormerod, Randy DeVine and John Mitchell.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Bill Ormerod, Vice-Chair at 7:00 PM.

Agenda Items:

7:03 PM – DRB Job Interview

Bill made the motion to enter into executive session

John seconded the motion. Discussion: None

Motion passed. Vote 3-0

Randy made a motion to exit executive session at 7:10 PM

John seconded the motion. Discussion: None

Motion passed. Vote 3-0.

Randy made a motion to accept Mary Casey to the vacant DRB position.

John seconded the motion. Discussion: None.

Motion passed. Vote 3-0

Purchase Orders: Reviewed and approved.

Minutes 1/17/11:

John made the motion to approve the minutes as amended (warn rescue’s request for a budget of 28,717.00).

Randy seconded the motion. Discussion: None.

Motion passed. Vote 3-0

Other Business:

1. Lister’s letter, dated 1/7/11, regarding wages and benefits.

The Board discussed the concerns stated in the letter. The Board authorized Bill to send a response to the listers, based on the facts discussed with the Selectboard members present.

2. Town Warning –

John made the motion to approve the signing of the warning.

Randy seconded the motion. Discussion: None.

Motion passed. Vote 3-0

(The absent board members will be reminded to sign the warning.)

3. Citizen’s for Fairfax Community: Resolution for Vermont Community Development Program Grant Application Authority.

John made a motion to accept the resolution grant application authority, as presented.

Randy seconded. Discussion: None.

Motion passed. Vote 3-0.

4. The Board received a letter from Casella (Bob Perry), dated 1/11/11, regarding environmental services budget projection through June 30, 2013. The contents of the letter were discussed among the Board members. Bill wants to make sure that a dumpster for the school and town garage are included in the estimate. Randy stated he would like clarification that there is a “no charge” clause for the roll-offs as wells as disposal of tires included in this budget.

We will contact Casella regarding this matter. The Board will review the number of garbage stops in town.

5. Unemployment: The Board has received a request for unemployment benefits from a former employee. The Board discussed a course of action. We will notify the Unemployment Office.

6. Internet access problem. The antenna for the internet service is located in the attic. The Board may have to find an alternative site for the antenna to improve reception.

7. Water Ordinance review – Tabled.

8. A letter from Jan Lewandoski, dated 12/3/10 regarding the covered bridge discussed. The latest estimate for repair is $27,700.00.

9. The current balance in the sidewalk fund discussed. We will file a letter of intent for the “design” phase of the sidewalk project.

10. Town Meeting presentation concerning the “White House” discussed.

11. A meeting for bylaw revisions is scheduled for 1/31/11 at BFA.


John made a motion to adjourn at 7:55 PM.

Randy seconded the motion.

Motion passed. Vote 3-0

Respectfully, submitted by Stacy Wells, Adm. Asst.


William Ormerod, Vice-Chair


January 26, 2011

Meeting with FEMA

Re: December 2010 - Wind Storm

Present: Greg Paul, FEMA Project Specialist; Dan Hale, State of Vermont Agency of Transportation; Don Pigeon, Road Foreman and Stacy Wells SB Adm. Asst.

A meeting was held regarding the wind damage done during the windstorm on 12/1/10 through 12/5/10. Greg Paul, Project Specialist for FEMA, explained the difference between small and large projects (small projects are anything under $63,900 in damages and large projects are anything over that amount). He talked about the % of payment of the estimate and what the state and applicant are responsible for. He talked about EARF, Emergency Action Relief Fund, which we have applied for. The payment is due in sixty days from the date of our meeting. He told about the different categories e.g. category A – debris; category B - emergency protection services. Don, Road Foreman stated that the Fire Department was also involved in helping the town. Greg stated that they (FEMA) will reimburse the Fire Department too. I will contact Dean Potter and inform him of this information and ask for the required information for reimbursement. Greg talked about a 404 Program – Hazard Mitigation Program (State of Vermont Amy Raste). 15% of the total amount goes to the state. He also explained about the 406 Program.

FEMA requires that we keep records for three years.

Respectfully Submitted,


Stacy M. Wells, SB Adm. Asst.

The minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Selectboard meeting.

The above minutes are unapproved , subject to amendment.

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