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Minutes - 05-06-2024

Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 6, 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, Lauren Tessaro, Connie Carroll, Debra Regimbald & Other, Ellie deVilliers, Sandra Trombley
Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Review of Agenda:  
Approval of April 15, 20242024  minutes:
Motion by Tom and second by Diane R. to approve minutes of April 15, 2024, as written.   So, approved. 
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by John and second by Tom, authorizing Julie to pay the bills.   So, approved.
Tobacco License:
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to approve additional annual tobacco license for Leicester General Store.  4 yes and 1 no (DR).  So, approved.
Homeward Bound Contract:
Motion by Brad and second by Diane R. to approve Option 2 for $600 with no charge for strays.  All in favor.  So, approved.  Diane signed the contract.
Access Permit:
There is an access permit for Jan & Jim Sherman on Fern Lake Road.  They met with Arlan to look at where it is going to go.  Arlan approved.
Motion by Brad and second by Tom to approve the access permit.  All in favor.  So, approved.  
Diane signed on behalf of the Selectboard.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Road Foreman:
Arlan reported that they had done some ditching on Wheeler Road, Cram RoadRoad, and Bullock Road.  They had graveled and graded on lower Bullock Road.
Arlan helped Lem with 1.16 tons of tires for Green Up.
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie reported that she got a quote for the guard rail repair, butrepair but was still waiting on the VSP report.
Julie asked the Board for clarification on the 2022 vote to not allow campaign signs; as well as,as well as political flyers planted or affixed to any town property or buildings.
Motion by Tom and second by John that the Selectboard shall not allow any political or campaign signs or flyers planted or affixed on any town property.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Julie reported the school re-vote went down 1,019 – 638.  There will be a meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.
Weight Permits:
All weight permits were reviewed by Brad & Arlan and signed.
  •       Tobacco License
  •       Renewal Energy Grant Award
Green Up:
Diane reported lots of help for Green Up this year.  Leicester had about 500 bags of trash and 1.16 tons of tires.
Maple Broadband Plans:
Ellie deVilliers gave an update on finding a hub in Leicester.  They are challenged to find a site for the hub in Leicester.  They have been building other parts of the district and mostly finished in Phase I.  ARPA money has been used and now need to use competitive grant funds.  Ellie was wondering if town would consider sharing the easement with consolidated on the green;green, since no property owners have shown an interest.  There was one interest on Gibbs property.  This wasn’t going to work.
Board is not in favor of putting anything on the town green.  Julie and Tom mentioned a piece of land just outside the entrance to the cemetery that the town owns on the Leicester/Whiting Road.
Ellie thought this would be a perfect spot.
Tom offered and is free to go out and do a site visit with a representative.  
Navigator Project Contract (MERP)
The committee was formed; Jeremy Gildrien, Diane Benware, Anne Young, AnneAlice White, Jay Michael.  This is the $4,000 Grant.  They need to determine the needs of the town and Plan 2 is Outreach Events.
Motion by John and second by Tom to sign the MERP Agreement.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Diane signed the contract on behalf of the Selectboard.
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP):
Andrew has the LHMP on the May 20th agenda.  Andrew has posted the ad.
Diane shared it is time to confirm the re-appointment of representatives for ACRP.
  •       Diane Benware, Representative for fall commission and TAC
  •       John Rouse, Representative for Regional Emergency Management Director
  •       Tom Barker, Alternate for TAC
CititzenCitizen Concern:  Solar GeoeEngineering:
Lauren Tessaro of Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester.  She came to share her concern of the activity she is seeing in the sky.  She provided displays and pictures of the clouds in the sky.  She talked about the contrails of the jets in the sky and how our weather is being manipulated by the release of harmful substances and emissions polluting the environment.
She talked about her research and explained that GeoEngineeringGeoengineering has been going on for a century.  She talked about Solar Radiation Management (SRM) and provided a flyer.  She believes the forests are sick from the chemicals.  They are blaming our whacky weather on climate change but it’sits man mademan-made.
Lauren cannot get anyone of our State Representatives or Governor to return her calls.  She feels everyone should be concerned about this activity.
Lauren would like the Selectboard to consider composing a declaration or statement stating that Leicester is against this Geoe`ngineering activityactivity, and it doesn’t represent Leicester or Vermont.
Debra Regimbald and another lady gave some of their opinions on the contrails and aluminum and radiation. They feel we are being poisoned with radiation.
Executive Session:
Motion by Tom and second by Diane R. to go into Executive Session at 8:08 p.m.  for possible legal matter.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by Tom and second by Diane to come out of Executive Session at 8:28 p.m. with no action taken.
Motion by John, second by Tom to adjourn at 8:28 p.m.
Next meeting Monday, May 20, 2024.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra Trombley