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Meeting Minutes

January  23, 2006

Minutes of Special Selectboard Meeting

Unapproved

See subsequent meeting minutes for changes.

 

Present:  C. Todd, J. McDonough, M. Stacey, R. Oliver, D. Benware (recorder)

Others:  Arlan Pidgeon, Donna Pidgeon, John Hughes, Mary Hughes, Sid Glassner,

Lawrence Felion, Gerry Flint

 

Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m.  Flag salute was recited, then final figures were reviewed for the budget to be presented to the auditors.  In terms of the General Fund, the line item for computer upgrade/software was increased from $1,200 to $2,000, due to letter from Dep’t of Taxes, indicating an increased cost for software.

The line item for cleaning services was changed to add supplies.  John M. made the motion to put the cleaning position out to bid, Mark seconded that motion, which passed unanimously.  Chair was authorized to place an ad calling for “an individual, with their own cleaning equipment, to clean the Town Office on a monthly basis, and the other buildings, as needed.  For more information, contact Diane Benware, Selectboard Chair, at 247-3786.” 

 

The line item for Payroll Tax Liability was increased from $6,000 to $6,500, as the total town payroll is closer to $85,000 than the $75,000 originally estimated.  $1,000 was placed in a new line item called Community Development, which is seed money for future improvements to the Town Green.

 

Bob made the motion, second by Mark, to retain the $5,000 previously placed in the budget for on-the-job training for an assistant Clerk/Treasurer that is anticipated would run for the office when Donna tendered her resignation.  Considerable discussion followed with three aye votes (Diane, Mark, Bob) and two nay votes (John, Ceil).

Motion was approved in a 3 to 2 vote.

 

In terms of Highway Expenses, it was decided to budget $13,000 for costs associated with the Bridge #6 Agreement.  There also remains $3,341 in the Highway Fund that could be tapped to pay expenses.  Chair indicated she would contact Carolyn Carlson of VTrans to see if she can send us cost estimates for 2006 and to see if the entire $55,000

we have budgeted as “cost overrun” must be paid by 12/31/06.  Previous cost estimates were not particularly accurate and the Board is unsure as to how much to budget for the year.  Mr. Hughes reviewed the bridge contract, which is between the State and Blow and Cote.  No Leicester individual signed the contract.   It is hoped that we might negotiate a payment “over 2 years time” so as to decrease the burden for this year.  We are also hopeful that the grant that Donna and Adam Lougee worked on to submit to USRDA may yield some tax relief.  It is anticipated that we will know the status of the grant proposal by Town Meeting.  Chair is also composing a letter to our legislators seeking their assistance in negotiating a payment agreement with the state of the $55,000 unanticipated cost overrun.  The Board decided this evening to keep the entire $55,000 cost in the budget.

 

Regarding the Warning:

 

Article 3 to read:  Will the Town vote to rescind their instruction to conduct a professional audit of the Leicester Town books, every third year?  Discussion

about what to do in the event this passed.  The Selectboard could decide to have an audit conducted every five years, or such a proposal could come from a petition from the voters.  The potential cost and who might conduct such an audit was considered.

 

Decision was made to add the non-binding article to our Warning, proposed by VLCT, regarding protecting Education Property Taxes for Local School Budgets.  Donna to contact VLCT about details; we anticipate it would be added under Article 6.

 

 

The polling place was changed during the BCA meeting earlier this evening and will be at the Town Office, with the Senior Center as a gathering place for candidates and the general public.

 

Chair shared note from Ellen Kurrelmeyer of Whiting signifying their Selectboard’s willingness to work with us to write a joint letter to AOT to indicating our interest in the concept of upgrading the Leicester Whiting Road.  Chair will contact her to set up time to write this letter.

 

Motion to adjourn by Bob, second by John, made at 9:50 p.m.

 

Next meeting to sign the Warning will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006.