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Minutes - 03-15-2021

  Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 15, 2021
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Diane Benware, Brad Lawes, Tom Barker, Ron Fiske, John Rouse
Others Present:  Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Town Clerk/Treasurer.  
Pledge of Allegiance:
Review of Agenda:  Added Executive Session: Confidential CDL Records exempt per 1 V.S.A. § 313 (a)(6).
Board Reorganization & Appointments:
Julie swore in Tom Barker and Brad Lawes, re-elected to Selectboard.
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to nominate Diane Benware as Chair of the Board.  4 yes and 1 abstention by Diane.  So, approved.
Julie turned meeting over to Chair.
Motion by Ron and second by Brad to nominate Tom Barker as Co-Chair of the Board.  4 yes and 1 abstention by Tom.  So, approved.
Motion by John and second by Tom to nominate Brad Lawes as Road Commissioner.  4 yes and 1 abstention by Brad.  So, approved.
Motion by Brad and second by John to nominate Ron Fiske as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. 4 yes and 1 abstention by Ron.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms Sandra Trombley as Clerk.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms the Addison Independent as media of record.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms that the Chair may place ads on behalf of Selectboard.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms that the Chair may second a motion.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms that the Board will follow the Civil Rules of Conduct and follow the Robert’s Rules of Order for small boards.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms that any one of the Selectboard can sign on behalf of the Board for orders that need attention prior to a meeting.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board reaffirms that regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Board Re-appointments:
  •       Donna Pidgeon as Cemetery Sexton.   All in favor.  So, approve. 
  •       John Rouse as Emergency Management Coordinator.  All in favor.  So, approved.
  •       Jeremy Gildrien as Energy Coordinator.  All in favor.  So, approved.
  •       Richard Reed as Representative to Addison County Solid Waste District.  All in favor.  So, approved.
  •       Arlan Pidgeon as Tree Warden.  All in favor.  So, approved.
  •       Motion by Tom and second by Brad to re-appoint Jeff McDonough as First Constable.  All in favor.  So, approved.
  •       Mike Rakowitz as Second Constable.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Julie mentioned they are looking for one auditor.
Approval of March 1, 2021 minutes:
Motion by Brad and second by John to approve minutes of March 1, 2021 as written.  All in favor.   So, approved.
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by Tom and second by Ron authorizing Julie to pay the bills.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Road Foreman:
Arlan did not have anything to report; other than they graded roads and salt and sand supply are good.
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie reported that Maple Broadband would like to come to the April 19th meeting to give the Board an update.  Julie reported that if only one person comes; they can come in person.  More than one person; update would need to be by Zoom.  
Board approved and Julie will take it up with them.
Julie reported that the following contracts and documents require Board signatures.
Liquor License:
Board approved and signed the liquor license for Champlain Beverage.
Three Contracts for Independent Contractors:
  •       Calvin Loven – Lawn clean up & mowing spring & fall Town Green & Triangles
  •       Gus Letourneau – Spring & fall cleanup & mowing cemetery
  •       Lem Palmer – Roadside mowing
LDFLA Milfoil Contract:
New grant is now called a Stewardship.  They strongly recommend the Town have a contract in place with LDFLA.
Board signed the contract.
ACSWD Appointment:
Chair signed contract for appointment of Richard Reed.
Highway Annual Plan & Certification of Road & Bridge Standards:
Grant request is due April 15th.  
Certification and Annual Financial Plan was signed by the Board.
Animal Holding Contract:
Selected Option 2 for $600 and was signed by Chair.
Annual letter from Suki Fredericks:
Suki’s annual letter requesting notification ahead of time before spraying herbicides at the cemetery due to the farm’s certification.
As last year, the Town is not committing to not spraying, but would commit to telling her if the Town was intending to spray.
Motion by John and second by Brad to adopt the Leicester Emergency Management Plan (LEMP).  All in favor.  So, approved.
Chair signed, but all Board reviewed.
Chair will follow up with Andrew about a modified training at a Selectboard meeting.
Cemetery Committee:
Tom indicated the Cemetery Committee will be meeting in April or May.
Weight Permits:
Weight permits were signed.
Chair went over the correspondence:
  •       Notice from GMP
  •       Labor Board Relations Opinions
  •       Green Up Day
  •       Open Meeting Law Virtual Meeting
  •       Federal Grants Compliance
  •       Pipeline Safety
  •       AOT wants input on the airport system
  •       Letter from Sheriff Newton; he is removing the 5% clause from all contracts
Town Shed:
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to go into Executive Session at 7:06 p.m. for Confidential CDL Records Exempt per 1 V.S.A. § 313 (a)(6).
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to come out of Executive Session with no action taken at 7:12 p.m.
Next meeting:  April 5, 2021 
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley
Selectboard Secretary