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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, Don Pigeon, Randy DeVine, Skip Taylor, Betty Poulin, Ronald Morin 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 informed the board that the Town Garage was broken into Halloween night. Power tools and a gas can were taken. Don estimates that the cost of the items taken is between $700-$800. Don has filed a report with the State Police.
Don also informed the board that he is continuing to work on the River Road project; he anticipates that the guardrails will be completed this fall. Pike Industries informed him that the paving can take place up until December 1st.
Bill informed Don that a resident of Meade Hill was pleased that Don took care of a load of garbage that someone dumped on her property.
Randy informed the board that the water in one of Susan Drew's apartments was shut off on Thursday, as payment for the outstanding balance was not received on time. Payment was eventually received, but the amount paid did not include the disconnection and reconnection fees; these fees will be added on to the next bill.
Randy also informed the board that he was notified today that the state will be conducting an inspection of the WWTF on Tuesday. Randy also distributed some follow-up information regarding water usage at 1054 Main Street.
Skip Taylor distributed the Zoning Administrator's Activity Report for October 17th-November 6th. Skip noted that the Fairfax Green Senior Housing units are advertising November occupancy. The water has not been turned on, therefore Certificates of Occupancy have not been issued.
Judy motioned to accept the minutes of October 30th as written. Doug seconded. All board members voted in favor.
The board reviewed the contract from AM Peisch, the accounting firm chosen by the board to audit the Town's accounts for 2006. The fee for services is $13,500. Doug motioned to approve the contract. Judy seconded. All board members voted in favor. Jeff signed the contract on behalf of the Selectboard.
By consensus at last week's meeting the board appointed Clarice Streets to the DRB as an alternate for a 2-year term to begin on October 30, 2006. To further clarify this, Doug motioned to appoint Clarice Streets to the DRB as an alternate with a 2-year term beginning on October 30, 2006. Judy seconded. All board members voted in favor.
Judy presented a road application from Fred Murray to the board. Judy motioned to name the new road Fred's Road. Doug seconded. 2 board members voted in favor, 3 board members voted against. The application will be sent back to Fred for other road name suggestions. Paul Bean's road name application will be sent back to him as well.
Betty Poulin attended tonight's meeting to discuss her water bill; the usage recorded for the last bill is very much above normal. She asked the board to average her usage for the year. Charlie motioned to average Betty's bill over the year. Bill seconded. All members voted in favor. An average for the year will be taken and a revised bill will be issued.
OTHER BUSINESS: The board discussed the concerns of residents of Lawton Road regarding trash not being picked up; animals are getting into it and scattering it all over the road. Jeff will follow up with Clean Green. The board also discussed the proposal from Paul and Natalie Bean allowing the Town to explore a potential water source located on their property. As written, the proposal is not something the Town can consider at this time. Jeff will follow up with Paul and Natalie. Judy and Erin will attend the annual VLCT Health Trust meeting on Friday, November 17th. The proposed contract from Clean Green will be amended and sent back to them for review. Bill informed the board that the Sheriff will be in town all day tomorrow and will be around the school between 7:30-8:30 and 2:30-3:30 to assist with Election Day traffic.
PUBLIC INPUT: Ronald Morin attended tonight's meeting to discuss 4-wheelers who have been continually going on to his private property. Jeff informed him that the board is well aware of the problem. Bill suggested Ronald call the Sheriff every time he sees one on his property; the sheer volume of calls should indicate to the Sheriff's Department that this is a pressing issue in Town.
Erin distributed a memo from Colleen Steen at the beginning of tonight's meeting. The memo will be discussed at next week's meeting as board members have not had time to review it.
Bill motioned to enter Executive Session to discuss a pending legal matter at 8:52PM. Charlie seconded.
The board came out of Executive Session at 9:03PM.
The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 9:03PM.
____________________________________ Erin McSweeney, Selectboard Administrator