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Meeting Minutes

Town of Leicester

Selectboard Meeting Minutes


Monday, December 20, 2010




** See subsequent minutes for any changes


Members Present:  Diane Benware, Ron Fiske, Tom Barker, Ken Young, Bob Oliver


Others Present:   Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Sandra Trombley, Secretary


Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Review of Agenda:  Agenda reviewed. 


Approval of Minutes of December 6, 2010:


Motion by Bob to approve minutes of December 6, 2010 as written.  Second by Tom.  All in favor.  So approved.


Review/Authorize Payment of Bills:  Bills making their rounds for signatures. 


Reports from Town Officials, Committees:


Town Clerk/Treasurer:


Julie reported that delinquent taxes were at $103,000.  $120,000 with interest and penalties.


Julie printed out preliminary budget to review.


Road Foreman:


Giddings has 4’ x 50’ culvert for Old Jerusalem Road which needs to be paid.  Arlan will get invoice.


Motion by Tom to approve payment for culvert for Old Jerusalem Road Grant Project out of the regular highway budget.  Second by Bob.  All in favor.  So approved.


Arlan wanted to talk about the price of diesel fuel.  He would like $3 hour more +/- for the increase in price.


Motion by Ron to increase Arlan’s rate of compensation by $3 hour for rental of trucks due to the current rise in price of diesel fuel.  If price goes down, so does the rate of compensation.  Second by Ken.  All in favor.  So approved.


Grader Update:  No update on grader. 


Someone ran into the back of the loader on Rte. 53.  No damage.  Scott wants a yellow flashing light for loader.  Directional lights need to be fixed.


Tom thanked Arlan for changing the damaged sign on Rte.53.


Zoning Administrator:  None


Lister Report:  None


Cemetery Committee:    None


Animal Control:   Tom reported that Kim wanted Board to know the animal situation was under control.




Preliminary End-of-Year Budget Review:


Julie reviewed 2010 profit and loss budget vs. actual.  Auditors will be here next Thursday.


Motion by Tom to authorize Treasurer to pay first quarterly insurance payment to VLCT for insurance.  Pay remaining 2010 bills.  Transfer to and from restricted funds as necessary.  Second by Ken.  All in favor.  So approved.


Motion by Tom to authorize Treasurer to put the amount of the 2nd State payment for the 2010-2011 education tax and put in escrow account for that purpose.  Second by Bob.  All in favor.  So approved.


Audit, reappraisal and sheriff’s fund to be moved.


Diane sent letters to eight or nine different firms requesting a bid from them to do the audit of the Town books.  She got one response from Tom Telling in Middlebury.  Julie gave Diane the name of Sullivan & Powers in Montpelier.  This firm was recommended by the town of Pittsford.


Julie attended a training session in December about governmental accounting. 


Working on the 2011 budget timeline:


Board will meet every Monday in January 2011 to prepare budget.  Sandy will attend all meetings to record minutes.






Diane will contact Mark about Traffic Study to see about changing speed limits.


Discussion about possible property for Town Shed. 


Bob will talk to property owner for potential property for future site.


250th Anniversary for 2011:


Historical Society met about a month ago.  Some ideas that came up were:

·         Town-wide Barbecue

o   Harvest Program would donate two pigs for a barbecue.

·         Community Involvement

·         Food

·         Donations

·         Summer Time – end of July

Julie explained that you need lots of volunteers to pull something like this off.  It’s good if you can get donations, but you need people who can donate the time to do this. 




Julie discussed the Common Level of Appraisal numbers.


Limited Public Opinion:  None


Motion by Tom to adjourn at 7:50 p.m.  Second by Bob.  All in favor.  So approved.


Next meeting, Monday, January 3, 2011.



 Respectfully submitted,



Sandra L. Trombley

Selectboard Secretary