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Selectboard members Jeff Blake, Judy Cleary, Charlie Swanson, and Bill Ormerod were present at the meeting. Also present were Erin McSweeney, Don Pigeon, Randy DeVine, Al Daniels, Tim Mack and Dave Koval. 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. Al Daniels attended this evening's meeting to discuss the maintenance of the Spafford Cemetery. Al informed the board that Green Up Day for students will take place on Thursday, May 3rd, with a rain date of Friday, May 4th. Green Up Day will also be held on Saturday, May 5th.
Al asked the board about ancient roads in Town. Bill informed him that he has been researching the topic and that any road on the map from the Agency of Transportation is a recognized road.
Don Pigeon discussed the road crew's efforts to clear the roads and sidewalks in Town from last week's blizzard. Don expressed concern regarding residents snow blowing snow from their property into Town roads. Erin will call VLCT and get a copy of a sample ordinance.
Randy DeVine informed the board that VLCT would like the Town to donate $100 to help sponsor Drinking Water Week, taking place May 6th-12th. Charlie motioned to not sponsor Drinking Water Week. Judy seconded. All board members voted in favor.
Randy also informed the board that a new meter has been installed at 1054 Main Street. He also installed a new meter at one of Susan Drew's apartments.
Randy reviewed the following reports for the month of January: Phosphorus Monitoring Report, and the Permit Monitoring Report.
Randy and Maurice would like to attend 2 workshops in the coming weeks. The topic of the first workshop to be held on February 28th, is the Application and Maintenance of Progressive Cavity Pumps. The cost to attend is $32.00 a person. The topic of the second workshop, to be held on March 7th, is Safety Basics for Water Operators. The cost to attend is $40.00 a person. By consensus, the board authorized Randy and Maurice to attend both workshops.
The board reviewed a letter from Suzanne Pickett of the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the submittal of the Emergency Power Failure Plan. The status of her inspection has been upgraded to "Acceptable".
Tim Mack and Dave Koval of Clean Green attended this evening's meeting to discuss long-range planning for solid waste removal in Town. Tim distributed an agenda with the following topics for discussion:
C.P.I., Prepay pricing, Dumpsters and Private Road Issues, Education Program, Transfer Station Discussion, and DEC Solid Waste Plan. Tim and Dave discussed the Consumer Price Index. Jeff informed Tim that an increase of 1.9% had been added for this year.
Tim and Dave presented information on pre-pay pricing. Towns have the option of paying on an annual or semi-annual basis, instead of a monthly basis. Charlie asked Tim and Dave if a discount is available for paying on an annual or bi-annual basis. Tim informed the board there would be a 9% discount for an annual payment and a 4% discount for a bi-annual payment. The board will discuss these options further at next week's meeting and Erin will follow up with Tim and Dave. Tim stated he could put a dumpster on Wagner Road so that all household trash would be put in a secure place. Tim informed the board that Clean Green will be at the school on May 1st and 2nd to be followed by a direct mailing in May. The mailing will contain information for residents including trash pick-up on holidays and snow days.
With regard to long-range planning, the board discussed the feasibility of a transfer station in Town. The board would like to meet with Tim and Dave in the spring to discuss their ideas on the type of facility needed and rates.
Bill motioned to accept the minutes from last week's meeting. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor.
OTHER BUSINESS: Bill reviewed the information to be presented on Town Meeting Day. Charlie will e-mail Erin information to be included in a letter to Rep. Carolyn Branagan regarding stormwater systems. Erin will contact Patty Smith to inform her that the board has given the ladies of the United Church permission to furnish lunch at Town Meeting.
PUBLIC INPUT: There was no public input this evening.
The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 9:45PM.
____________________________________ Erin McSweeney, Selectboard Administrator