5:00 pm in the Town Office building.
DATE: 2 March, 2020
PRESENT: Charles Piso, Matt Corron, Ann Keundig, Marylou Scofield, Sarah Gallagher
PUBLIC PRESENT: Joyce Stevens, Herb Keundig
AGENDA MODIFICATIONS: Correspondence 5, Sue Wuerthele resignation; 6, Colton Act 250 Permit Amendment; 7, FEMA-USGS Risk mapping; 8, VLCT News; Old Business 4, OT pay for Town Clerk/Treasurer for FEMA work; New Business 2, chimney at 234 Lower Michigan; 3, Audit following possible change of personnel
MINUTES APPROVAL: February 18, 2020
- Exchange Student Program International Fellowship Group
- Kiosk acknowledgement
- Tax Warrant Rutland County
- Resignation – Amanda Barrett, Auditor
- Resignation – Sue Wuerthele, Auditor
- Colton Act 250 Permit Amendment
- FEMA-USGS Risk Mapping
- VLCT News
- Church Prep Town Meeting
- Update: 234 Lower Michigan Rd
- Recommendations for closing out of complaints:
Herbert Keundig, Lister, Town of Pittsfield
4. Overtime pay Town Clerk/Treasurer
- 2020 Liquor License Renewals, Clear River Tavern
- 234 Lower Michigan Road chimney
Charles called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. Agenda modifications were reviewed and approved by all. Motion to approve the February 18, 2020, Minutes was passed (Charles/Matt).
1 – Exchange Student Program information to Town Clerk for posting. 2 – Acknowledgement of Kiosk information for the Tweed River Open Space. 3 – Tax Warrant from Rutland County of $7972.68 to be paid in two installments. 4 – Amanda Barrett resigned as auditor. Her term expires in 2021 and this vacancy will be addressed at Town Meeting 2020. 5 – Sue Wuerthele resigned as auditor. Her term expires in 2022 and this vacancy will be addressed at Town Meeting 2020. Sue has offered to help train a new person. 6 – Colton Act 250 Permit Amendment issued. 7 – Due to April flooding causing large FEMA payouts, USGS will conduct risk mapping along portions of the Tweed River. There is an informational meeting in Bethel on March 31. 8 – Latest issue of VLCT News available for review.
1 - Church preparation for Town Meeting. This was accomplished on Friday by Charles with the help of Trish and Matt. Ann will check the oil gauge prior to and after the meeting.
2 – 234 Lower Michigan Road. Charles met with Kevin Geiger at TRORC to review bid documents. This will all need a quick turn around as demolition should be accomplished by April 1. If the entire demolition cannot be done by that time, at least the chimney must come down due to bat migration. Asbestos assessment must be done by March 23 if keeping with the 17-day bid time. Kevin provided names of firms that do assessment, saying it should cost around $1000 and will be reimbursed by TRORC. Ann will follow up. There is a GMP pole and transformer on the property which will need to be removed. There are no keys to the property; access to be gained by a back door. 3 – Recommendations for closing of complaints: Ann Keundig, Herb Keundig. Charles suggested that in light of possible personnel changes as a result of Town Meeting elections, it would be in everyone’s interest to close these complaints so that a new board does not need to take them on. He asked what board members would recommend, stating again that it is not fair to an incoming board to leave this unfinished. While Trish readily agreed to participate in the restorative justice offered by Dana Decker, there were no other responses. Charles viewed the lack of response as a willful stalling of the process until after Town Meeting, when personnel changes may occur and the whole issue would be ignored Matt responded that he takes the complaints very seriously and since he is not up for re-election he will be sure they will be addressed. Town Counsel Marylou Scofield stated that not acknowledging the behavior is a problem will lead to continued issues going forward. Trish has not attended recent Select Board meetings and Marylou noted the problem behavior continues without Trish present. Charles motioned that the board recommend to the incoming board investigate the censure of Ann Keundig and Herb Keundig. There was no second. 4 – Overtime pay for Clerk/Treasurer. The policy for OT pay during emergencies is that employees are paid time and a half and Trish was paid only her regular rate, resulting in a shortage of $196.19. Charles motioned to approve payment of this amount, seconded by Matt. Matt and Charles voted in favor, Ann voted note to approve.
1 – 2020 Liquor license renewals, Clear River Tavern. Motion to approve by Charles, second by Matt, all in favor. The board signed the renewals. 2 – Chimney removal at 234 Lower Michigan. Ann wlll contact contractors to get quotes for chimney removal. 3 – Audit. Charles reminded the board that if a new treasurer is elected an audit should be done, and all agreed.
Adjournment. Motion to adjourn passed at 6:02 p.m. (Matt/Charles)
Secretary pro tem
Charles Piso, chair