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Meeting Minutes

Town of Leicester

Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Monday-March 17, 2008



**see subsequent minutes for any changes


Members Present: D. Benware, T. Barker, R. Fiske, B. Oliver, K. Young

Others Present: Kylee Rochon, Bucky Shackett, Scott Pidgeon (briefly)

                         Donna Pidgeon, Arlan Pidgeon, Jeff Laberge (20 min).


Call to Order: The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and agenda review.


New Business: Jeff Laberge/truck traffic

The Chair suspended the order of business in order to hear Jeff Laberge, representing Salisbury Selectboard to speak about Route 53 repairs

and their desire to curb truck traffic.  He asked the Board how they felt about

posting an advisory sign in Leicester that Route 53 was closed to truck traffic

in Salisbury.  The Board told Mr. Laberge that they were agreeable and would

await more information from Salisbury (via Tom) about the wording and who

would bear the cost of the sign.  Mr. Laberge left at 6:50 pm.


Approve Minutes:  Motion Tom/Bob second: to approve the minutes of

02/19/08 as written—3 ayes (Diane, Bob, Tom).

Motion Tom/Bob second: to approve the minutes of 02/28/08 as written—

3 ayes (Diane, Bob, Tom).

Motion Ken/Bob second: to approve the minutes of 03/05/08 as written—

Unanimous (5 ayes).


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


Reports from Town Officials/Committees:   Tom brought up the ordinance

          signed last October directing loaded trucks hauling gravel from the Brandon pit to use Delorm Road to Shackett Four Corners from March 15th to May 1st.

He noted that they all go past his house on Ferson Road.  Ken Young also

questioned the route.  Donna stated that AOT advised to get the trucks to Route 7 as soon as possible and recommended using Ferson Road.

Action:  Motion by Bob/Ron second: to adopt to retain the plan for the trucks to use Delorm Road to Shackett Four Corners.  3 ayes (Ron, Diane and Bob);

2 nays (Tom and Ken)


Weight Permits:  Bob will sign on behalf of the Board pending Arlan looking them over.


Town Government Appointments:  Diane reviewed the list of appointments to be made and some individuals who had agreed to serve.

Town Service Officer & Deputy Health Officer: Sandy Eastwood

Cemetery Sexton: John Quelch

Fence Viewers: Michael Shackett (ask), Austin Johnson (ask), Selectboard

Inspector of Lumber: Dave Todd (ask)

Tree Warden: This position is of great concern to the Board and generated

much discussion.  The Board hopes to avoid any potential conflicts with

residents who wish to cut trees that are within the town’s right-of-way.

Action: Motion by Tom/Ken second: to nominate Austin Johnson as tree warden, with the understanding that major decisions come before the Selectboard; unanimous.

Energy Coordinator: Motion by Bob/Ken second: to nominate John Quelch to the position; unanimous.

Solid Waste Representative has no term limit.  Diane will contact Richard Reed to see if he will continue to serve.

Forest Fire Warden:  Richard Nicklaw is in place until 2011.

Health Officer:  Diane will check with Mr. Shackett about this position.

Emergency Management Coordinator comes up in May.


Letters of Interest for Vacancies:  Clerk/Treasurer positions: Kylee Rochon sent a letter to express interest in both.  Will conduct an interview shortly.

First Constable: Heidi Schuerger sent a letter expressing an interest. Action:

Motion by Ron/Ken second: to authorize the Chair to contact Heidi to encourage her to decline the position of Second Constable and then she will be offered the First Constable position.  She can then come to the office to be sworn in.  4 ayes; 1 nay (Tom).


Meeting with ZA/ZBA information:    The ZBA is meeting tomorrow night at 6 PM to interview Jenna Trudeau who has expressed interest in the secretary position for the ZBA.  The Selectboard will meet with the ZBA at 6:30 PM to discuss several issues including the ZBA and/or ZA and what responsibilities belong to each.  The minutes of the meetings since last August need to be transcribed and the files maintained in good order.


Old Business:   The ceiling at the meeting house has been repaired.  Paul Francoeur has submitted an estimate of $650. to replace the side door with a new fiberglass door and repair trim if needed.  Action: Motion by Tom/Bob second: to accept the estimate of $650.  Unanimous.


Update on paving grant:  Tom Roberts of AOT reported that Leicester has a good chance of getting the $175,000 grant (less 20% match) plus we already have $60,000 appropriated for paving.  The grant will be submitted with anticipation of paving 2 miles of road = 3000 tons @ $70/ton.


Structures grant:  Roberts stated the structures grant cannot be used for Hooker Rd as that is a class 3 road.  Diane is continuing to work on the Storm Water Mitigation Grant for that road.  She needs more information about the size pipe required and number of catch basins to determine the price of the project.  There also may be complications dealing with property owners as the town needs an easement to do work beyond the right-of-way.


Alden House:  Copies of feasibility study given to new members.


Water situation at office:  Ground water is running over the septic tank.  Action:  Motion by Ron/Ken second: to wait a little bit, then Arlan can install some pipes to divert the water into the drain;  Unanimous.


Public Comment:  Donna reported there is a burned fishing shanty at the Fern Lake fishing access.  Arlan will do something with the debris.


Executive Session:  Motion Ron/Bob second: to go into executive session at 8:45 PM for the purpose of personnel discussion; unanimous. (recorder left).

(results of executive session to be supplied by Diane Benware see below **)


Next Meeting:  April 7, 2008 @ 6:30 pm  (Regular meeting)

                        March 18, 2008 @ 6:30 pm (Selectboard & Zoning Board)



Respectfully submitted,

Julie Dawson, Recording Secretary



**Motion at 8:50 p.m. by Tom to go into Executive Session for the purpose of interviewing Kylee Rochon for the position of Town Clerk/treasurer.  Motion seconded by Ron, passed unanimously.

Motion at 9:05 p.m. to come out of Executive Session made by Tom, seconded by Ron, passed unanimously.

Motion by Tom, second by Bob, to hire Kylee Rochon as Town Clerk/Treasurer, upon her confirmation by the Addison County Clerk.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion at 9:12 p.m. by Tom to go into Executive Session , second by Ken, for the purpose of discussing salary with Scott Pidgeon.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion at 9:22 p.m. by Ken, to come out of Executive Session, second by Ron, passed unanimously.

Motion by Ken, second by Bob, to approve Scott's request for an additional $2.00 per hour to$17.00 per hour, noting this is an on-call 24/7 position.  Motion passed unanimously.  Scott is also willing to be trained to operate the grader.  It is hoped that with Tom, Scott, Mike Denis and Kevin Clark that the dirt roads will be able to be maintained in better fashion.

Motion at 9:25 p.m. by Tom, second by Ken, to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.