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Meeting Minutes

Town of Leicester

Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Tuesday-February 19, 2008



**see subsequent minutes for any changes


Members Present: D. Benware (Chair) T. Barker, J. McDonough, B. Oliver

Members Absent:  M. Stacey

Others Present: John & Mary Hughes; Donna & Arlan Pidgeon (arrived 7:15 pm)


Call to Order: The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and agenda review.


Approve Minutes:  Motion to approve the minutes of Feb.4, 2008 by Tom, second by Bob—with one correction: (under new business, survey) …that it should be handled by the ZBA and Road Commissioners; John and Bob. Unanimous.


Review/Sign Orders:  The Board reviewed and signed the orders.


Reports from Town Officials/Committees:  Bob reported that he had spoken to

New England Woodcraft about truck drivers using Route 53—it was suggested that they install a sign saying, “TO ROUTE 7” on Route 53 by Dorey Lane to direct traffic onto Fern Lake Road.  He advised the truck permits are for using Fern Lake Road out to Route 7 and that is what the truck drivers are taking unless they are new or lost.

--John reported that he had also spoken to Jim Sater who reported the same.

--Diane reported that there will be a public meeting to discuss any changes to and re-adoption of the Town Plan.  This will occur on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm.


New Business:   Sand Pile: There was a lot discussion about the dwindling town sand pile and how to keep people from taking so much for personal use.

Arlan: suggests stickers on cars to identify Leicester residents.  He added that he does not mind a resident taking a bucketful, but people should not be filling up pick-up loads.  It is difficult to monitor the pile and some is being taken during the night.  He estimates that there are only 15-20 loads left for this season.

John:  Suggests that the sheriff dept. patrol the pile

--Diane: To be consistent is important; we can let people know they can take from the junk pile.


Old Business:  Tom initiated discussion of finding out more information regarding the Alden House for sale next to the town shed.  He thinks the town should try to get a first right-of–refusal.  He also thought that the Board should look into putting some money into the idea—use up grant money.  You have a well and a working sewer system.

--Bob:  They probably want in the neighborhood of $300,000 for it.

--Donna:  There may be people who would resist tearing it down because of its historical value.

Action:   Motion by Tom, second by Bob; To seek further information on the property as to what we can and can’t do from the Realtor. Unanimous. 

Tom was designated to call the realtor and report back to the Board.


--Diane reported she received a packet from AOT regarding Class 2 highways and structures.  This concerns applying for paving money.  She has spoken to Tom Roberts who reports the town is in good shape for receiving money.                 

The highway structures generally covers replacing culverts and bridges; however, Roberts indicated it could probably be used for an engineering study.  She has started inquiries for a study of Hooker Road to be able to apply for a Stormwater Mitigation Grant.


--Diane suggested that the Board reserve time at the March 17th meeting to make appointments for vacant positions in town.

--The Town Report should be received in tomorrow’s mail—Feb.20.

--The Board agreed to meet on Thursday, February 28th for the purpose of reviewing articles and the town report in anticipation of Town Meeting.


Next Regular Meeting:  Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm.  This is the organizational meeting and regular business.

Special Meeting:  Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm. Discussion/re-adoption of Town Plan.

Special Meeting: Thursday, February 28, 2008 to prepare for Town Meeting with BCA Meeting starting at 7:00 PM; Selectboard meeting to follow.


Adjournment:  Motion by John, second by Bob: To adjourn at 8:12 pm; unanimous.


Respectfully submitted,


Julie Dawson, Recording Secretary