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Minutes - 02-07-2022

  Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 7, 2022
*Unapproved*
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
 
Members Present: Diane Benware, Brad Lawes, Tom Barker, John Rouse
 
Members Absent:  Ron Fiske
 
Others Present:  Arlan Pidgeon, Doug Perkins, Jeff Schumann, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
 
Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair.  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:
 
Review of Agenda:  Added Request for ARPA Funds, Redistricting
 
Approval of January 17, 2022 Minutes:
 
Motion by Brad and second by John to approve minutes of January 17, 2022 as written. All in favor.  So, approved. 
 
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
 
Motion by John and second by Tom authorizing Julie to pay the bills.  All in favor.  So, approved.
 
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
 
Road Foreman:
 
Arlan reported that the snow storm was not fun.  It was a very difficult snow storm.
 
Diane complimented Arlan on the condition of the roads.
 
Diane asked about the sanders.  
 
Arlan talked about ordering the Stainless-Steel Tailgate Sander for $6,395 and the Box Spreader for $17,066.25.
 
There was discussion about equipment they currently have and ordering the new equipment and how long they would need to wait to get the new equipment.  It was felt by all that they wouldn’t get anything in this snow season.
 
Motion by Brad and second by John to table this decision for a couple months to get clarification on ARPA Funds and what these funds can be used for before ordering new equipment.  All in favor.  So, approved.
 
 
 
 
Town Clerk/Treasurer’s Written Report:
 
Diane shared Julie’s report.
 
Diane reported that Julie got a phone call from a property owner who is interested in discussing the possibility of the sale of their property.
 
John has been authorized to contact the property owner.
 
Jim Carroll provided a timeline of the tax sale for 27 properties occurring on April 21, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Office.
  •       Deadline for noticing the Addison Independent is 2/25/22, 3/3/22, 3/10/22 & 3/17/22
  •       Deadline for registered letters mailed to residents, non-resident taxpayers & lienholders is 3/4/22
 
Julie emailed Katie Buckley about ARPA funds for town equipment.  She has not heard back yet.  They are still recommending waiting on further guidance.
 
Julie provided a “shout out” to Lindsey D’Avignon in appreciation for her organizational skills in cataloging, organizing, consolidating and purging things that can be purged in 200 years of information.  She is well on her way of creating about two more years in the vault.  Two years of space is huge.  The vault was becoming a safety hazard and now Julie has a space to walk.  
 
Julie would like to Board to consider taking Lindsey’s pay out of the building budget instead of the clerk’s budget.  Julie would like to keep her on through February if she’s still available.
 
Julie would like to install some shelves above the mail boxes to house books they need to keep but not necessarily in the vault.
 
Diane stated they will bring this up at the next meeting.
 
Weight Permits:
 
Arlan signed weight permits for St. Pierre Transport, LLC, Mineville, N.Y. and D&F Excavating & Paving Inc., Middlebury, VT.
 
CORRESPONDENCE:
 
  •       Road Surface Grant in the first quarter 2022
  •       Building Resilient Infrastructure Grant opening September 30th
  •       Flood Mitigation Grant opening September 30th
  •       Town Highway Grant due April 15th
  •       Local Emergency Plan needs to be updated & approved after reorganization
  •       Redistricting Letter
  •       Thank you from Addison County Home Health & Elderly Services for donation in memory of Robert Oliver
  •       Vermont Emergency Management Conference May 26th
  •       Vermont Department of Public Safety/Homeland Security Grant Funding Program
  •       Financial Training Series February 8
  •       Human Rabies Vaccine in Montpelier March 5, 12 & 26
                                             
OLD BUSINESS:
 
NEW BUSINESS:
 
Otter Creek Watershed Insect Control Reps:
 
Doug Perkins complimented Arlan on the great job with the roads during the snow storm.  
 
Doug, Chair of the Mosquito District, shared that they are going around to all the Selectboards, leading up to their first regular meeting, to say hi to folks and let folks see their faces and let folks know who they are.  
 
Doug introduced Jeff Schumann who is the newly elected Vice Chair of the Mosquito District; who happens to be the President of the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.  He also represents Salisbury on the Mosquito District Board. 
 
Doug further explained that Brad is Treasurer and Steve Belcher from Pittsford is Secretary.
 
Jeff explained his family history.  His primary reason for coming was to see if anyone had any concerns or issues that they need to pay attention to, looking forward.
 
Brad explained that they had an hour and a half Team Meeting with the State on Friday.  Brad felt there were some good takeaways.   There may be a possibility of looking at new, less expensive, alternate products. It may give them a little more flexibility down the road and save some money. 
 
Doug stated more research needed to be done and whether alternate products would be available.
 
Doug stated that the State made some suggestions and were listening to their concerns.  One concern brought up was the difference between equal division of the grant and equitable division of grant.
 
Diane asked how they handle people who do not want to be sprayed.   Their expectation is that Salisbury is going to remain a part of the District. 
 
Doug mentioned that this spray/no spray topic will be on the agenda for next week and the procedure will be put in writing.  Doug stated they need to be sure the newspaper ads and public announcements represent the actual procedure.
 
Jeff reported that Salisbury paid for services received last year. 
 
Doug mentioned that they need a Leicester Representative for the OCWIC Board.  
 
Diane reported that at the moment they don’t have someone.  Diane reported that it was put in the Town Report for this open position.  They will continue to think about and pursue a representative.
 
Request for ARPA Funds:
 
Diane reported that Julie received a request from Jennifer Mayhew for $14,287 of ARPA town funds for Turning Point Center of Addison County.  Diane read the letter of request.
 
Motion by John and second by Tom to table the request from Turning Point Center of Addison County pending guidance on further clarification on ARPA funds.  All in favor.  So, approved.
 
Redistricting:
 
Diane checked the maps out.  In terms of the House redistricting, it doesn’t really affect Leicester.  Hancock would no longer be in the district Leicester is currently in.  The Senate redistricting divides Addison County into two parts, a northern part and a southern part.  The Senate Majority adds Charlotte to Addison County.  The Minority includes Hancock and Rochester in Addison County.  It doesn’t affect Leicester in any way.
 
Other:
 
BUILDING NEEDS:
 
Town Shed:
 
HIGHWAY CONCERNS/NEEDS:
 
LIMITED PUBLIC OPINION:  
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION:
 
Motion by Tom and second by John to adjourn at 7:45 p.m.
 
Next meeting:  Monday, February 21, 2022 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
Sandra L. Trombley, Secretary