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, subject to corrections and/or additions at the next
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Selectboard members Jeff Blake, Charlie Swanson, Judy Cleary, Bill Ormerod, and Doug Webb were present at the meeting. Also present were Donna Meunier, Erin McSweeney, Don Pigeon, Randy DeVine, Colleen Steen, and Bob McGregor. These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board at the next regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Donna Meunier attended the meeting so the board could set the municipal tax rate. She distributed information on how the rate is calculated to the board members. Donna informed the board that the tax rate will be .343.
Doug Webb motioned to accept the municipal tax rate of .343. Judy seconded. All board members voted in favor. Jeff signed off on this.
Don discussed a letter Jeff received from Cynthia Pease in response to a letter sent to her by the board about her property damage from recent heavy rains. Don will make a site visit to her home and he will report back to the board on July 31st.
Randy DeVine went over the Permit Monitoring information and Operations Report for the aerated lagoon. He also discussed the Sewer Discharge Comparison for the month of June. Randy informed the board that the Consumer Confidence Report will be distributed to residents by the end of the week. He also reported that he would be flushing the water system during the last week of July.
Randy and Judy Cleary discussed the fire hydrants in town. Judy will follow up with Chief Potter regarding greasing of all hydrants; Randy and the Fire Department did that last year. Jeff reiterated that the Fire Department had agreed to do all maintenance on the hydrants.
Don informed the board that the school would like to dig across Hunt Street to install a power line. Jeff informed Don that there is a form that needs to be filled out in order to do this.
Bob McGregor addressed the board regarding the Sports Barn, which he is considering buying. If he did buy it, he would use it initially for storage, and then after a while, he would like to change the use to residential. He wanted to know what the timeline is for the expansion of the Town's Wastewater Treatment Facility. The board informed Bob that there is no set timeline for the expansion to take place, and therefore it is not known when allocations for sewer and water will be available.
Judy motioned to accept the minutes of July 10th as stated. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor of accepting the minutes as stated.
Doug reviewed purchase orders. There is one purchase order from the Fire Department that the board will follow up on.
The board discussed whether the Town will pursue the application for the Downtown Program, which Colleen Steen informed them about last week. 3 board members voted in favor of pursuing the application, and one voted against it.
OTHER BUSINESS: The board went over the current projects in progress list and gave updates on some projects. Bill discussed the Town Fair Awards, and the recommendation given by Carol Lizotte to nominate Myles Cahoon for the Town Citizenship Award. Erin will e-mail Carol to find out more information, and and send the nomination form to Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Erin will send out reminders to people with sewer allocations that are due to expire. Also, Erin will do some research on Ancient Roads, as suggested by Charlie. The board will discuss this at a future Selectboard meeting. Charlie will follow up with Cliff at Ruggiano Engineering to find out who has picked up plans for the River Road project. Once the bids are opened on July 21st, Ruggiano will review them and send a letter of recommendation to us.
PUBLIC INPUT: Colleen Steen asked Erin to include in the minutes the website where information can be found regarding the Downtown Program. The website for the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs is: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/. Click on the link for the Downtown Program, which is at the top of the page to the far right.
Colleen also asked about the board's findings regarding Skip Taylor and the questions raised about a boundary adjustment and a subdivision. Bill informed her that Skip's actions were not in violation of the by-laws. Jeff informed her that the board is satisfied with the information Skip has provided to them.
Doug made the motion to adjourn. Judy seconded. The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.
____________________________________ Erin McSweeney, Selectboard Administrator