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Town of Leicester Selectboard Meeting Minutes Monday January 18, 2016 *Unapproved* ** See subsequent minutes for any changes Members Present: Diane Benware, Tom Barker, Ron Fiske, KenYoung, Brad Lawes Others Present: Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Sandra Trombley, Secretary Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair. Pledge of Allegiance: Review of Agenda: Add Mileage Certification Approval of January 4, 2016 minutes: Motion by Brad and second by Ken to approve minutes of January 4, 2016 as written. All in favor. So approved. Reports from Town Officials, Committees: Road Foreman: Arlan reported that they plowed snow today, but that was it. There is a sign down at the end of Cram Road. Town Clerk/Treasurer: Julie reported the election tomorrow. She has been working on the election and Town Report. Julie has marked up the Hazard Mitigation Plan and gave to Chair. Cemetery Committee: Tom asked about rates for cemetery plots. Plot rates were raised. Minutes need to be reviewed to make sure what the final determination was for the new rate. Cemetery Committee meets again in April. CORRESPONDENCE: None NEW BUSINESS: Certificate of Highway Mileage: The Certificate of Highway Mileage was signed by the Board. OLD BUSINESS: Driveway Access Permits: Letter from Claire McDonnell, 57 Johnson Drive, was read into the record. She requested the minutes be re-worded from, “couldn’t get in touch with applicant”. She stated she is accessible by phone, email or regular mail. She asked the Board to rescind her permit and return her check. Brad stated that he and Arlan were going to approve her permit. They didn’t see an issue with her new changes. It was much better than her first proposal. Julie will let her know that the Board is happy to send the check back, but the Road Foreman and Road Commissioner are happy with the changes made and if she is willing to proceed with the changes made, they have approved the application. The second application was for James Plouffe, on the corner of Fern Lake and Delorme Road to put a driveway off Delorme Road to a single family house. Arlan and Brad approved the access permit. 2016 Budget Work: Julie provided the Town Report for review. Discussion of adding an Article for $20,000 for future culvert/bridge requirements to be placed in a restricted fund. Board agreed to add $20,000 to the warning. Reviewed other warnings. Motion by Ron and second by Tom to approve the warning to include: General Town Expense: $272,856.15 Amount to be raised by taxes: $235,338.43 Highway Expenses: $322,335.00 Amount to be raised by taxes: $241,857.39 All in favor. So approved. Hannah Sessions stopped by after the Act 46 informational meeting. She gave an overview. She is part of the study committee. They are the first side x side merger. The board is a 13 member board. All the small towns have 1 seat, Brandon has 3, Lothrop has 2, and 4 at-large. Tomorrow, January 19th is the vote. In March there will be approval of the budget. You need 2/3 majority to close a school. If approved, there is a $150,000 grant to make the transition and get to keep the $200,000 of small schools grant. They have pursued expeditionary learning for Leicester. Motion by Tom and second by Ron to approve the bills. All in favor. So approved. BUILDING NEEDS: HIGHWAY CONCERNS/NEEDS: Town Shed: Limited Public Opinion: None Executive Session: None Motion by Tom to adjourn at 7:55 p.m. Next Meeting: February 1, 2016 Respectfully submitted, Sandra L. Trombley Selectboard Secretary