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Minutes - 01-02-2024

  Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Diane Benware, Diane Randall, Brad Lawes, Tom Barker, John Rouse
Others Present: Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Rob Devoid, Sandra Trombley
Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Review of Agenda:  
Approval of December 18, 2023, minutes:
Motion by Tom and second by Diane R. to approve minutes of December 18, 2023, as written.   So, approved.
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by Diane R. and second by Tom authorizing Julie to pay the bills.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Road Foreman:
Arlan stated there was nothing he had to report.  
Animal Control Officer:
Rob stated that it has been quiet; with nothing to report.
Diane asked Rob for his report for the Town Report.
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie explained the bills.
Julie reported she has been working on the budget.
Julie provided the Board with a very preliminary 2024 budget for their review.
Sheriff’s Contract Discussion:
Tom shared his concerns with having a contract with the Sheriff’s Department.  They are having little success with the junk ordinance.
Brad stated there had been a lot of stops but very few tickets.
Diane R. shared that she is thankful and appreciates having the Sheriff’s visibility at the school.  They have showed up for several calls at the school: plus patrolling out back after hours.  Diane stated they are thinking about putting in a chain or gate to block it off the ability to go out back of the school.
There was discussion about the greater need for their service in the summer versus the winter.
Julie shared that fine revenues are delayed.
Julie has a complaint from a resident on Maple Run Road about excessive speeding.  They would like Sheriff to sit in a driveway and catch speeders coming off Route 7 at high speeds.
The Board discussed whether they should cut back on the contractual hours.
Diane thought cutting back the hours in winter but still having their presence in town would be good.
Motion by Diane R. and second by Brad to cut back the contract hours to ten hours per month through April and concentrate their hours on the school, center of Town and any other needs that we are made aware of.  4 yes and 1 no (Tom). So, approved.
Julie has concerns about the Sheriff’s giving up on the junk ordinance complaints.  She will tell them to spend the minimum amount of time possible for issuing tickets for the junk ordinance violations.
Preliminary 2024 Budget Thoughts:
Board reviewed some of the preliminary budget and will continue to review and be ready for the January 15th meeting for final approval.
Julie feels the zoning fees need to be looked at for 2024 but doesn’t affect the budget.
Julie stated the auditors are coming in next Thursday.
Diane mentioned that the Executive Director of Maple Broadband has requested to come on January 15th at 6:45 p.m.  She may be asking for representatives.
Selectboard Report for Town Report:
Diane provided a preliminary draft for the 2023 Selectboard Report for review.
Julie stated that she needs to get the Town Report to the printer by the last week of this month.
Motion by John and second by Tom to go into Executive Session to discuss health concerns at 7:48 p.m.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by John and second by Tom to come out of Executive Session at 8:06 with no action taken.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by John and second by Tom to adjourn at 8:06 p.m.
Next meeting Monday, January 15, 2024.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra Trombley