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Meeting Minutes

February 19,2007

Leicester Select Board Meeting

Unapproved Minutes:  See subsequent minutes for corrections


Present: Cecile Todd, John McDonough, Mark Stacey, Bob Oliver and Diane Benware


Also Present: Donna Pidgeon, John Hughes, Mary Hughes, Bucky Shackett and Arlan Pidegeon


The meeting was called to order at 7:03pm.

Pledge was recited.

Agenda was reviewed.


Approve minutes of February 5, 2007

Discussion:  John McDonough received a copy of the ordinance written by Salisbury Select Board.

Action:  Cecile Todd made a motion to accept the minutes of February 5, 2007.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed.  5 ayes and 0 nays


Review and Sign Orders for Bill Payments

Discussion: none

Action:  Bills were reviewed and signed.


Reports from Town Officials or Committees

Discussion:  Bucky Shackett addressed the board regarding Mrs. Coons property.  He stated that a health order was ready to be served by the sheriff.  Mark Stacey advised Mr. Shackett that the garbage had been removed.  Foreclosure will be happening on the property. 

Action:  John McDonough made a motion to end action as of Feb 19, 2007.  Cecile Todd seconded. Motion passed. 5 ayes and 0 nays.  John McDonough requested that the judge be contacted regarding the status of foreclosure.


Discussion:  Mark Stacey complimented Arlan Pidgeon and his help on the great job that was done with snow removal.  Arlan Pidgeon reported that he had trouble with the loader shutting down.  He changed filters.  A hose on the town truck broke.  John McDonough advised Arlan Pidgeon to put snow in the swamp to clear out large piles of snow to improve visibility.


Discussion: Arlan Pidgeon reported that he needed to notify the state in writing about the hardship in completing the culvert on Tom Roberts’s property.  He noted that he had to dig two to three feet of mud out in order to find something solid as a base.  He was advised to contact the new person who has replaced Dave Lathrop.


Discussion:  Donna Pidgeon  reported that the State Secretary’s office suggested that those towns with 750 or more voters apply for a new voting machine.  The machine is free, but there is an annual calibration fee. The annual maintenance fee is free for the first two years. The voting machine could be used for general elections, but it is not a requirement. It is hoped that the machine would eliminate human error.  The Leicester voting record was perfect for the last election.

Action:  John McDonough made a motion to accept the machine and then ask permission at a warned meeting to use the vote-tabulating machine.  Bob Oliver seconded. Motion passed. 5 ayes and 0 nays.  Diane Benware will contact the Sec. State Office to place Leicester on the list for the next available machine. Please note that if the voters refuse to grant permission for the use of the machine, the board has not spent any funds.


Discussion:  The town report is on the town’s website.


Discussion:  Absentee ballots are available.  However ballots will not be sent without permission from the voter or the voter’s family.


New Business

Sign Liquor License for General Store

Discussion:  Renewal is for one year.

Action:  The license was approved and signed.


Sign Solid Waste Annual Report

Discussion: none

Action:  Diane Benware, chairperson, signed the document.


Animal Officer

Discussion: Brian Webb has confirmed his willingness to act as animal officer.  He needs to know his identification number in order to pick up the ticket book.

Action:  Diane Benware will contact Brian with the number.


Old Business

CD due Land Bldg. Acquistion

Discussion:  The Brandon Bank offers 4.4% for 9 months for the CD.

Action:  The board approved the renewal of the CD at the First National Bank of Brandon.


Ordinance from Salisbury Select Board

Discussion: Jack Beasley from the Salisbury Select Board has composed an ordinance dealing with the use of highways in Salisbury.  The language is broad.  Salisbury Select board has adopted the ordinance.  There is a 60-day waiting period.  Diane Benware gave a copy of the ordinance to Jim Carrol.  She had not heard back from Mr. Carrol yet.  The Salisbury Select Board has stated that they are prepared to do whatever they need to do to enforce the ordinance.  The Leicester Board is considering the same ordinance.  However, they are seeking legal counsel first.


Meeting House

Discussion:  The meeting house has been “defleaed” and aired out.  It needs to be cleaned.

Action:  The meeting house will be cleaned.


Portable Generator

Discussion:  A transfer switch, 2 female and 2 male pieces are needed.  The total price of $490 was estimated.  However, it may be a lower amount.

Action: Bob Oliver made a motion to spend up to $490 for generator materials (not labor).  Mark Stacey seconded.  Motion passed. 5 ayes and 0 nays. An electrician will need to found.


Two for One Paving

Discussion:  The board is not applying for the 2 for 1 grant this year because it still has money to use from last year’s grant.

Action: none


School Traffic Sign

Discussion:  John Hughes brought back information regarding a sign used in Texas by school officials to assist with traffic control.

Action:  The select board will notify the school of the sign.


Town Report

Discussion:  Donna Pidgeon noted that the public requested information on a line-by-line basis.  There is a town report follow up meeting on March1, at 6pm.



Discussion: none

Action: John McDonough made a motion to adjourn at 8:19pm.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed.  5 ayes and 0 nays


Respectfully Submitted,

Betty Wiedenbein



The next regular meeting will be March 12, 2007.