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Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2006

Leicester Select Board Minutes

Unapproved Minutes: See subsequent minutes for corrections


Present: Cecile Todd, John McDonough, Bob Oliver and Diane Benware

Absent: Mark Stacey (ill)


Also Present: Bonnie Johnson, Charles Johnson, Lawrence A Felion II, Bucky Shackett, Arlan Pidgeon, Roger Scarbourgh, John Hughes and Mary Hughes


The meeting was called to order at 7pm.

Pledge was recited.

Agenda was reviewed.  Board of Health and Upper Bullock Rd were added to new business.  Honor Roll was added to old business.


Approval of September 5, 2006 minutes

Discussion:  Delete the two sentences under review and sign orders that read: He used Steve Morrison and Brian Roberts for this job.  Donna Pidgeon used a 1099 form for their pay.  Insert:   Robert Charbonneau was given a 1099 form for his pay.  Delete the three sentences under discussion on page 1 that read:  He will also work on screens.  Screens may have to be made.  The windows were donated.  On page 4, under limited public opinion the sentence following discussion should read:  Mark Stacey shared that he had clocked two drivers recently at 89 and 91 mph on Leicester/Whiting Road.

Action:  Bob Oliver made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected.  John McDonough made a second.  Motion passed.  4 ayes and 0 nays.


Approval of September 18, 2006 minutes

Discussion:  Cecile Todd asked if the minutes had been posted.  The minutes had not been posted because of the secretary’s computer problems.  However, they were faxed to the town office within regulatory time periods.

Action:  Bob Oliver made a motion to postpone approval of minutes.  Cecile Todd seconded.  Motion passed.  4 ayes and 0 nays.


Review and Sign orders for bill payments

Discussion: none

Action:  Bills were reviewed and signed.


Reports from Town Officials and Committees

Discussion:  Arlan Pidgeon that No Jake Brake Please signs with poles are approximately $50 each. It would cost about $50 for the labor to install the sign. The signs are approximately 2 ft x 18 inches wide.  It was asked if no jake brake and no thru trucks could be combined on one sign.  Arlan Pidgeon stated that if there are no thru trucks then you don’t need any jake brake sign. Brainstorming occurred as to where to place the signs. These signs are not enforceable. Residents should not be calling the sheriff’s department to report noncompliance. The signs are merely a request, not a mandated regulation. Roger Scarbourgh asked why the 25 mph sign is enforced all week, when it was really only needed on Sunday.  It was noted that you couldn’t put more than one mph on one sign.  A flashing light could be put up. This would be an expensive endeavor.  Many factors determine the 25 mph speed limit by the church.


Discussion:  Donna Pidgeon reported that the phone service for voice mail was $106/month.  Therefore, she did not order it.  She will call again at a later time.


New Business

Emergency Preparedness

Discussion: In 2005 the board adopted an edited version.  The new form listed the school and town hall as relocation sites in the event of an emergency. The form asks who would be responsible to open the buildings.  It was noted that Bob Oliver, Donna Pidgeon, Carol Eckels, Ray and Carol Leno have keys. Communication would be maintained through the town office phone and fax.  These responses must be in writing.

Action:  John McDonough made a motion to reauthorize the use of the buildings.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed. 4 ayes, 0 nays  Diane Benware will work on the form.


Discussion:  Three persons need to be listed as community members willing to step in during an emergency situation.  John Hughes and Bucky Shackett were willing to fulfill this role.  Ken Willard will be contacted.


Discussion:  Greg Moore’s name will be removed from the rapid response plan.  He does not have experience with traffic control.  The State Police Department will be utilized for this role.



Discussion:  Bill Finger, town manager of Middlebury asked for the support of the board regarding increased state funding for mosquito control.

Action:  John McDonough made a motion that the board support Bill Finger and community of Middlebury in their request for more state funding to control mosquito populations.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed. 4 ayes, 0 nays.  It was noted that towns pay a portion of mosquito control expenses.  Diane Benware will write a letter to state officials.


Insurance Renewal

Discussion:  It is time to complete the annual VLCT renewal.  Anything affecting the worker’s compensation figures needs to be reported.    The paperwork was passed to each board member.

Action:  Diane Benware will work on the paperwork and share it at the following meeting.  David Sickle will be contacted to find out how often town property is appraised.


Paving Route 53 (2 for 1 grant)

Discussion:  DNF will not do the paving until next spring because of leaves.  They will however honor the price quoted. This matter will be put on old business and looked at in the spring.  Bids will be taken.


Discussion:  The board discussed whether to spend the money they had in the budget now in order to be able to reapply for the 2 for 1 grant money next year.  John McDonough noted that many of the roads needing to be paved do not qualify under the guidelines of the 2 for 1 grant.  Dirt roads are class 3.  Some of the roads needing paving that do not qualify are:  Old School Rd., DeLoran Rd., above Bucky Shackett on Shackett Rd., beginning of Hooker Rd.  Ferson was paved (80%) with grant money.

Action:  The road foreman and road commissioners will make a list and a plan of how to take care of high maintenance areas.


TAC Grant

Discussion:  The board was granted $14000 in non-matching funds to hire consultants for assessment of future needs and relocation of the town and salt shed. This grant is connected to storm water litigation funds that total 2 million dollars.  The town could receive as much as $150000 to purchase land and construct a building.  The town would incur 20% of the cost.  Advisement on whether to pursue was asked.  There are markers.  Engineering bids would be taken.

Action: none


Board of Health

Discussion:  Bucky Shackett, health officer, had been in contact with Mrs. Coons regarding the trash on her property. Mrs., Coons stated she would not have any money until October 1 to address the issue. Nothing had changed on the Ferson Road property.

Action: Bucky Shackett will revisit the property owners one more time. The board will need to sign paperwork when it is completed.  Mr. Shackett was given permission to contact the town attorney.


Upper Bullock Road

Discussion:  Beavers have made dams that affect the roads and culverts. It was asked who owned this property.  Would fish and wildlife game warden need to be contacted.  What are the state regulations.

Action:  John McDonough made a motion to authorize Arlan Pidgeon to have Tom Baird dynamite the area after all permits are in place and it is found out that this is an approved procedure by state and local officials. Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed. 4 ayes, o  nays  Diane Benware restated her concern to have property owners notified.


Zoning issues

Discussion:  Diane Benware began to read the letter sent to Ron Fiske from legal counsel.  The letter included answers, but did not list the specific question asked.  She was asked to stop reading the letter. 

Action:  Bob Oliver made a motion that Ron Fiske come in person or give the board written questions asked. The motion died for lack of a second.  Cecile Todd made a motion to have Jim Carroll give the board the question asked in writing as was originally proposed.  John McDonough seconded.  Motion passed. 4 ayes and  0 nays


Mowing Bids

Discussion: Cecile Todd suggested not to have spring and fall together on the bid sheet.  Rather she suggested having an amount for each mowing.  Diane Benware suggested having mowing separate from clean up.  One price for two-year proposal was also suggested. Intersections would be done based on road foreman and road commissioner assessment.  This would be done prior to (date) and prior to (date).  Cecile Todd expressed the opinion that the early spring mowing was a waste of money.

Action:  John McDonough made a motion to do just the mowing bid at a warned meeting..  Cecile Todd seconded.  Motion passed.  4 ayes and 0 nays.  Monday., October 9,2006 at 7pm will be a warned meeting to discuss mowing bids. Limited public opinion will follow.


Honor Roll Sign


-  Winning Image quoted a price of $927.00.  This would be a 4x6 or 4x8 sign.  It is a one side only sign.  It would cost $200 to install.  Materials were not listed.  It was not noted whether the background would be black or bronze colored.  Adding names was not seen as an issue to the sign designers.  There is a sign in Brandon at the Congregational Church that would give someone an idea of what the sign would look like.

-  Mountain Signs quoted a price of $1100-$1300 for the sign and $250-$400 for the post.  The quote did not include delivery or installation. They noted it was better to start with new materials rather than trying to restore the old sign.  The sign would hold 100 names.  The names would be painted on the sign.  They would ¾ inch high.

-  Mitchell was not asked for a price, but could be.


Cecile Todd suggested making the sign look like the original.

Several community members expressed a desire to include all Leicester veterans on the sign. Bonnie Johnson suggested a sign big enough to leave enough extra room for the future veterans from Leicester.  She noted that there would not be a large number.

Diane Benware reminded everyone that the sign was not budgeted for in the current budget.  It would need to be budgeted next year.  Donna Pidgeon noted that $1000 was set aside for town improvement as suggested by Sid Glassner.  Diane Benware felt Sid Glassner should be contacted to see if this is what he had in mind when the money was set aside.

John McDonough noted that the original idea was to replace or restore the current sign, which only lists WWII veterans.  If another sign for other wars was wanted, he felt it was a different project.

Action: John McDonough made a motion to duplicate the WWII sign.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion passed. 4 ayes and 0 nays  After considerable amount of discussion continued regarding having the sign replace the original or made to include all Leicester veterans, John McDonough rescinded his original motion.  Bob Oliver seconded.  Motion to rescind passed. 3 ayes and 1 nay (Diane Benware).  Cecile Todd made a motion to forget restoring or even doing a sign.  John McDonough seconded.  Motion passed. 3 ayes 1 nay (Diane Benware).

Limited Opinion

Discussion:  Charles Johnson asked about outdoor burning regulations.  Outdoor burning is against the law without the proper permits.  He asked about the sign his family had donated.  The board stated it was taken down because of wording and the size of the sign.



Discussion: none

Action:  Bob Oliver made a motion to adjourn.  John McDonough seconded.  Motion passed.  4 ayes, 0 nays  The meeting adjourned at 9:58pm


Respectfully Submitted,

Betty Wiedenbein


Please note the change of day!

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm.