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Minutes - 02-21-2022

  Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 21, 2022
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Diane Benware, Brad Lawes, Ron Fiske, Tom Barker, John Rouse
Others Present:  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:  Added Letter from Jim Carroll’s office to Correspondence and Mowing Bids to Old Business.
Approval of February 7, 2022 Minutes:
Motion by Tom and second by John to approve minutes of February 7, 2022 as written. All in favor.  So, approved. 
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by Tom and second by John authorizing Julie to pay the bills.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Road Foreman:
Arlan reported that all was good.  He reported two roads where the roads were getting washed out due to ditches needing to be cleaned out.  He took care of the problem.
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie reported that today Diane signed the MRGP Annual Report.  
Julie reminded Board that the tax sale is scheduled for April 21st.
There is an Access Permit that Arlan is going to look at for Tim & Amey Ryan.
Julie asked VLCT if the town could use ARPA money toward the purchase of vehicles and town services.  The answer was “yes”.  They suggest towns don’t use any money until after March 31st.  They are not sure how all of the ARPA money is to be documented and reported.  Julie is sure there will be more direction from VLCT later on.  Julie and Diane found the web-site to not be a very easy site to maneuver.  
Julie reported to expect work to start on Old Jerusalem Road mid-May.
Julie shared with the Board about Lindsey coming aboard to help in organizing the vault.  She needs a “standing ovation” for her work.  Julie thinks she has about two more years of space now.  Julie asked if the Board had a problem with using some money in the Building Fund line to pay Lindsey.  Julie still has some money in her budget, but prefers not to use it all at the beginning of the year.
The Board is open to the idea of using some money out of the Building Fund later in the year.
Weight Permits:
Arlan signed weight permits.
  •       Letter from Jim Carroll’s office with billing rates effective April 1st.  
  •       Resources for Senior Care in Vermont
  •       Cultural Activities to the public
  •       Federal Highway Administration System:  Tribal Technical Assistance Program
  •       Federal Resources Economic Development
Motion by Tom and second by John authorizing Diane to sign the Acknowledgement of Receipt of billing rates from Jim Carroll’s office.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Mowing Bids:
Julie shared the revised contracts to the Board.
The Board was satisfied with the revised contracts.
Julie will mail copies to the current contractors and put an ad in the Addison Independent and put on Front Porch Forum and request bids to come back to the Board by March 21st.
Tom agreed to be the contact for questions.
Preparing for Town Meeting Informational Meeting:
Diane shared the comments and compliments about the Town Report.  The Oliver family was very appreciative of the dedication of the Town Report to Peg & Bob Oliver.  Other non-residents also commented on how clear and easy the Town Report was to read and appreciated the comment section.
The Board will remote meet at the Town Office February 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.  It will be like last year.  Julie recommends they come a little early to get all set up.
The Board will help Julie set up voter booths or tables for voting day, March 1, 2022 after the Informational Meeting.
Town Shed:
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to go into Executive Session at 7:08 p.m. to discuss possible legal action.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by Tom and second by John to come out of Executive Session at 7:20 p.m. with no action taken.
All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by Tom and second by John to adjourn at 7:20 p.m.
Next meeting:  Monday, March 14, 2022 
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley, Secretary