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Selectboard members Jeff Blake, Judy Cleary, Bill Ormerod, Charlie Swanson and Doug Webb were present at the meeting. Also present were Erin McSweeney, Randy DeVine, Don Pigeon, Dale Bellows, Rick Burnham, Sean Brock, Kelly Kindistin, Joe Farnham and Colleen Steen. 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. Don reviewed the progress of the River Road project. He informed the board that DJ will be in charge of the road crew while Don is on vacation the week of October 9th. He also informed the board that he is continuing to work on the paperwork for the surface grants.
Dale Bellows attended the meeting to discuss the length of Hunt Street. According to the map of Fairfax, Hunt Street is 1.1 miles from Marvin's Gardens. According to Dale's calculations, Hunt Street only runs 9/10 of a mile, and should be extended to 1.1 miles as reflected on the map. Jeff informed Dale that the board would research this and respond to his request.
Randy informed the board that the leak on Buck Hollow Road was repaired on Tuesday. He spent last Thursday with Dubois & King Engineers; after the kick-off meeting at the Town Office, he gave the engineers a tour of the WWTF. He informed the board that Dubois & King would like to do pressure tests on some manholes. Randy will assist them with that. Randy informed the board that he has given Mildred her list for meter readings and that he needs additional help if he is going to complete the readings by October 18th. Judy stated that she would assist Randy and Mildred with the meter readings. She will meet with Randy at 8:00AM on Wednesday.
Bill motioned to accept the minutes as written. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor of accepting the minutes as written.
Sean Brock, a resident of Lawton Road, attended tonight's meeting to discuss the process for Lawton Road becoming a town road. Shawn stated that there is an association in place and he has reviewed the Road and Bridge Standards for the Town. Jeff informed Sean that in order for the Town to consider taking over the Road, the association should write up a proposal including what the road length is, and core samples from an on-site engineer will need to be submitted for approval. Also, the proposal should include how the association intends to prove that Lawton Road is built to A76 Road Standards. If the Town is considering taking over a road, the Town will maintain it for one winter. The Town will then decide if it will take the road over permanently.
Bill motioned to enter Executive Session to discuss a legal issue. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor. The board entered Executive Session at 7:48PM. The board came out of Executive Session at 8:04PM.
Bill motioned to allow the law firm of McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan and VLCT & PACIF to settle the Schwartz matter not to exceed the counter offer. Charlie seconded. All board members voted in favor.
Clean Green submitted a price of $500.00 for Household Hazardous Waste Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2006 from 8:00AM until noon.
Clean Green's contract is due to expire on January 28, 2007. Doug motioned to extend Clean Green's contract for 2 years. Judy seconded. All board members voted in favor.
Bill motioned to pay Judy the rate of $14.78 / hour to assist Randy in reading meters. Charlie seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, and 1 abstained.
OTHER BUSINESS: The board reviewed the letter from VT Land Trust request to preserve Jason Boissoneault's land. The board discussed the letter from Peg Stewart in response to the board's letter requesting an extension of the current lease to March 30, 2009. Jeff will provide Peg with some documentation regarding the lease. Bill attended a Community Advisory Board meeting. The State Police are looking for creative ways to get the public involved. Also, in light of the shootings at Essex Elementary School, the State Police are requesting a master key and a copy of the master plan from every school in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties to be used in the event of an emergency.
Charlie thanked Colleen Steen for her help with the Bicycle Safety Fair which took place on September 30th, after the dedication of the new recreation path. Charlie also thanked the school and recreation department.
The board discussed sending Erin and Judy to a Municipal Budgeting & Finance workshop on November 2nd; the last day to register for it is October 27th. The board also discussed Paul Bean's potential water source. Paul will submit a written proposal to the board.
PUBLIC INPUT: Colleen Steen discussed the Bicycle Safety Fair and distributed an e-mail which she sent to Henry Raymond for posting on his website. She also informed the board that Northwest Regional Planning has money for research of ancient roads. The application for the funds is due on November 10th.
The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 9:17PM.
____________________________________ Erin McSweeney, Selectboard Administrator