Select Board

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm
Town Hall
A meeting of the Selectboard

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Meeting of Selectboard

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Tom Hankinson, Chair, at 6:30 PM
  • Present: Patricia Duffy, at 6:30 PM
  • Present: Melissa Colbert, at 6:30 PM

Also Present:

  • Tom H.
  • Melissa C.
  • Pat D.
  • Margie M.
  • Lisa S. for the Select Board. Also present Ann F.
  • Susan M.
  • Becky T.
  • Kari R.
  • Hannah P.
  • Lisa SW.
  • Richard N.
  • Isaiah R. residents and Field Bld. Committee reps.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 6:30 PM

Meeting closed: 8:43 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Executive Session

    To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel. Selectboard will reconvene in Open Session after the close of Executive Session.

  3. Appointments

    • 7:00: Highway Dept. New Employee

      General Discussion...
      Mike Reseke interviewed with the Highway Dept. Screening Committee for a laborer position for the Highway Dept. He was recommended by the committee and came in to meet the board. He asked if his start date could be Feb. 1 so he could finish the month at his current job.

      MOTION, moved by Tom Hankinson, seconded by Melissa Colbert: Motion: To appoint Mike Reske to the Highway Dept. as a laborer at $20.50/hr. Within 6 mos. He needs to secure his Class B CDL and hoisting licenses. The town agrees to pay or this license training in exchange for successfully staying with the department. If accomplished, the CDL license will add $3/hr and the hoisting license will add $1/hr. Vote: 3-0 in favor.

      Pass: Aye: Tom Hankinson, Melissa Colbert, Patricia Duffy.

    • 7:15: Field Building Committee - Review draft of forums outline; update on relation to original charge

      General Discussion...
      Tom asked the Field Building Committee to come in for a follow-up after the last meeting. Pat asked that the meeting be no longer than 25 minutes because she felt it had been sufficiently discussed at the previous meeting; Melissa agreed. Ann Ferguson said that the committee had chosen her to be the representative to speak on behalf of the committee tonight. Also present remotely from the committee were: Kari Ridge; Rich Nathhorst; Susan Mareneck; and Don Robinson. Ann began by stating that the committee had met 7 times since their first meeting on Aug. 31.
      The committee unanimously decided that the building needs to be repaired and maintained. The are in the process of tackling the financial and legal issues surrounding the building and its location. Their next steps are to have the property surveyed and have a wetland delineation determined. This will help decide if the building can remain in its current location.
      The committee is preparing for 2 forums to update residents about what they have discovered and to seek community input. They are with-holding any suggestions about the building’s future use at this time. They would like to be able to present the facts as outlined by Ann: the site; the building’s structural integrity; legal issues regarding potential uses; environmental impacts; social uses, and financial impact to the town. They will present 4 options to the town: sell the building outright; sell to a non-profit; move the building; leave where it is. The committee will contact a wetlands specialist (Tom gave a contact for someone he’s used before) and they will wait for the surveyor.

  4. Business

    • Approve minutes of December 20 and January 3

      General Discussion...
      The minutes of Dec. 20 and January 3 were approved.

    • One Step for Growth Projects?

      General Discussion...
      One Stop for Growth Projects were discussed. Margie will submit use of vacant buildings in town for a community center; sidewalks; and bike lanes.

    • Recreation Commission: Draft future mission statement for review and discussion

      General Discussion...

    • Sign 250th earmark paperwork

      General Discussion...
      The paperwork for the earmark for the 250th was signed.

    • Sign Coop Pourer's License

      General Discussion...
      The Coop’s pourer’s license was signed. The $250 charged for the retail license included the fee for both licenses.

    • Sign Green Communities Grant Contract

      General Discussion...
      The Green Communities Grant contract for $97,000 for air exchange units for the library was signed.

  5. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by Lisa Stratford

Minutes approved on Monday, Feb 27, 2023

Posted to: Select Board on 2022-12-28 12:03:21 (updated 2023-01-12 12:45:16).