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Meeting Minutes

Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 5, 2015
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Diane Benware, Ron Fiske, Tom Barker, Ken Young, Brad Lawes
Others Present: Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Willem Jewett, Jay Michael, Chip Paison, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair.
Review of Agenda:
Under New Business: Town Report and Cemetery
Under Old Business: Update on the Mosquito District Issues
Representative Willem Jewett:
Introductions were made. Willem is trying to connect with his constituents. He talked about statewide issues such as affordability of health care and education and finance system. He stated that these are the big statewide issues.
Brad asked about the appropriations for mosquito control. Willem stated that the district needs to work with the State well. Brad is hoping for procedures down the road to smooth things out.
Other topics of concern touched on were Shoreline Protection Act, Highway Appropriation Funding, Open Meeting Law, Governor’s race, Solid Waste Act, Economic Development Statewide, challenges of rural communities, solar panels, VT Gas Pipeline, expense of living in Vermont.
LDFLA Appropriation:
Jay Michael and Chip Paison came to present the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association’s 2015 Milfoil Control Program Report. They provided a handout indicating how much milfoil has been pulled over the years and the costs and income sources. They explained their plan for 2015. Their 2015 funding request is an increase from $16,125 to $22,000. Jay will write a letter for the Town Report. There will be a symposium January 23rd with a panel experts to help explain about controlling milfoil.
There was discussion about their 5-year funding campaign.
Approval of Minutes of December 15, 2014:
Motion by Tom and second by Ron to approve minutes of December 15, 2014 as written. All in favor. So approved.
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by Tom and second by Ron to authorize Treasurer to pay the bills. All in favor. So approved.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie reported that delinquents are at $120,481. She has been working on the budget and Town Report.
Julie reported that the auditors are coming tomorrow. She is closing the year tomorrow.
The listers finished their grand list for the year.
Road Foreman:
Arlan did not have anything to report.  
Ken talked about putting reflectors by the culvert or orange signs to warn drivers.
Health Officer: None
Zoning & Planning Commission:None
Cemetery Committee:
No committee report. Tom mentioned to Julie that someone would be coming in to pay for one lot.
Town Report:
Diane prepared a draft of the Selectboard’s Report for the Town Report and a survey in regard to the VT Gas Line.
Update Mosquito District:
Brad mentioned they are still having issues with the State. They are trying to get to the bottom of it. There will probably be a major hit to the funding. They have a new contract, but it isn’t the complete contract. Their intent is to sign the contract if nothing too major is different.
Brad thinks they are making progress and they need to continue to work together with the State.
Budget Review:
Julie provided an updated preliminary draft of the budget for review. She explained the highlights.
Public Opinion: None
Executive Session:None
Next Meeting:
Motion by Tom and second by Ken to recess meeting until next Monday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. All in favor. So approved.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley
Selectboard Secretary