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Fairfax Selectboard Minutes of
Selectboard members Bob Horr,
Bill Ormerod, Charlie Swanson, and Randy Devine were present at the meeting.
Also present were Don Pigeon, Peter King, Melissa Beerworth, and Douglas Jones.
These minutes are unofficial
until approved by the Board at the next regularly scheduled Selectboard
The meeting was called to order
at 7:02PM by Vice-chairperson Bill Ormerod.
Don provided a note from his
physician authorizing his return to work on 12/30. His return has two
stipulations that are covered in the letter. He also noted that he completed
his Physical Therapy. Donna Has received and filed a copy of this notice with
the town’s insurance carrier.
Don indicated that he met with
the forester to resolve a boundary line dispute in the 100 acre woods.
Dan will be pricing new guard
rails to install in River road below the falls bridge, to present during budget
Randy indicated that he did not
have much to review with the board, as he was off last week. Randy was called
in to monitor the water system and levels of available water during the
Christmas Eve. fire at steeple Market.
Bill Superneau came to determine
if the board still had an interest in acquiring a backup water source. He has
performed some preliminary work on his own on his property across from the town
garage. The next step would be to drill a well. He will to proceed with this on
his own, and asked if the town would be interested acquiring the well as a
backup source if the gallon/minute yield was significant enough. The board did
indicate that it was still interested in acquiring a backup water source, and
would refer to a previous study completed on the proposed site, to determine
what the required minimum gallon/minute yield would be to be certified that the
State of Vermont as a backup water source. The next step will be to have Mr.
Superneau drop off drawings indicating the exact location of the proposed
backup source well. Mr. Superneau also indicated that he has another well on
property located on Rt. 104 which may be suitable for a second, isolated water
Bob motioned to accept the
minutes from the 12/15/08 meeting. Charlie seconded. 3 board members voted in
favor, and 1 abstained.
Charlie motioned to
accept the minutes from the 12/2/08 meeting. Bob seconded. 3 board members
voted in favor, and 1 abstained.
Bob made a motion to refund the
$1000 zoning permit fee, and $1447.62 Impact fee (Total $2447.62) paid by
Jaimie St. John for a home to be built at 60 LaPierre Road, revoking the
building permit issued for that site; since the applicant’s request for
refund was received within 2 months of the initial application and no site work
had been initiated. Randy seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, none
Charlie made a motion to
institute a $2.00 per hours vault access fee, prorated to the ½ hour, to
lawyers and their staff requiring access to the Fairfax Town vault. Randy
seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, none against.
The board by consensus decided
to table discussion about the proposed 2009 Fairfax Community Library Budget
until Judy’s return on 1/5/09.
Randy made a motion to have the
Fairfax Utility Department sign and join the VT WARN, statewide municipality
utility department mutual aid agreement for water and wastewater utilities.
Charlie seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, none against. The agreement
was signed and Randy will mail out.
Randy indicated that Paul did a
great job while he was out on vacation.
Bob indicated that he was
contacted by Anne Cousins from the Preservation Trust regarding Steeple Market.
The Trust, along with the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, various town
boards and other community organizations are working to determine what programs
& assistance are available to the property owner. The Preservation Trust
has recent experience in similar situations in Poultney, and Enosburg falls.
Bob is working on revising a
letter addressed to North Woods Forestry on the Selectboard’s behalf.
Charlie reviewed the prints
submitted by VTRANS for Bridge 10 on RT 104. He identified two issues that
require clarification from VTRANS. He also indicated that the Reroute, as
currently envisioned by VTRANS uses State Rt 128 to State Rt 15 to State Rt 289
to State Rt 7 to State Rt 104A back to Rt 104.
Charlie also brought to the
board’s attention that State highway aid payments from the state to all
local towns will be suspended in January. This represents a significant portion
of the town’s income used for highway maintenance, upkeep and repair.
Randy Motioned to approve the
payment plan offer dated 12/29/08, from the account holder; to bring account
BT0027-B current. Charlie seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, none
The board reviewed the
Disconnect list for delinquent water and sewer accounts. Randy will post
notices this week with a shut off date of Tuesday 1/6/09.
Randy will determine if the
invoice submitted by J&A Pump and Motor Service is a final invoice or a
partial prior to the board authorizing payment.
Douglas Jones wanted to know who
did the inspection of the addition to Steeple market. The board informed Mr.
Jones that the Town does not perform those types of inspections and referred
him to Chris Boyd with the VT state Department of Fire Safety.
Peter King asked if as the Town
Health Officer there is anything he should do or be aware of regarding the
remaining structure of Steeple Market. The board referred him to Steve Bessette
to follow up.
Charlie motioned to enter
Executive Session at 9:30PM to discuss a personnel issue. Bob seconded.
The board came out of Executive
Session at 9:42PM. The Selectboard meeting was adjourned at 9:45PM.
Bill Ormerod, Vice-Chairperson,
The above minutes are unapproved , subject to