DATE: 25 January, 2018, 8:00 a.m. at the Town Office
PRESENT: Peter Borden, Matt Corron, Charles Piso, Patty Haskins
Agenda Modifications: Old Business 3. Town Meeting Tune-Up, approval of January 22, 2018, Minutes
Minutes Approval: Approval of January 22, 2018, Meeting Minutes
- 2018 Town Meeting/Budget Preparations
- Job Transition Planning
- Town Meeting Tune-up
Next Meeting Date: February 6, 2018, 6 p.m.
Call to order: Charlie called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.
Minutes Approval: Peter moved approval of the January 22, 2018, meeting minutes. Seconded by Charlie, the motion carried.
1. 2018 Town Meeting/Budget Preparations. The Homestead and Non-Resident school tax rates have gone up and are currently estimated by the State to be 1.3141 and 1.4465 respectively. Town Meeting Warning was reviewed, approved and signed by the Board. The Board suggested adding wording to the end of the first paragraph of their report advising voters to give serious consideration to the warned items as they will have a significant impact on the Town property tax rate. The revised Select Board Report and Budget Narrative was reviewed and approved.
2. Job Transition Planning. The Board reviewed the details of the proposed hiring process and decided to add $6000 to the budget for transition costs, $1000 for advertising and $5000 for salary during the transition/training period. They will prepare an ad for posting in the area, on the Town website, the Pittsfield News FaceBook page, Front Porch Forum, and area newspapers. The Town website will have all information pertinent to the application process, including job description, ad copy, application, consent to background check, links to the Town Clerk and Treasurer manuals published by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and a dedicated email address for application submissions. First ad should run by February 26 with an application deadline of March 6, and the first round of interviews on March 13. Projected start date of the transition period will be between May 1 and June 1.
3. Town Meeting. All Board members, George Deblon, Patty Haskins, and Sarah Gallagher will attend the Town Meeting Tune-up on February 7.
Next Meeting Date: February 6, 2018, 6 p.m. (Regular meeting)
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn at 9:42 a.m. by Peter, seconded by Matt, and carried.
Approved: 6 February, 2018 Recorded by: Sarah Gallagher
Charles Piso, chair