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Meeting Minutes

 Town of Leicester

Selectboard Meeting Minutes


Monday, January 18, 2010




** See subsequent minutes for any changes


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


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


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


Agenda Review:  Agenda reviewed.  


Review and Sign Orders for Bill Payment:


Bills making their rounds for signatures.


Minutes of January 4, 2010:


Motion by Tom to approve minutes of January 4, 2010 as written.  Second by Ron.  All in favor.  So approved.


Reports from Town Officials & Committees:


Town Clerk:


Julie doesn’t think that there are any other 2009 bills out there.  She gave the numbers to the auditors.


Julie gave the Selectboard a heads up that effective March 1, 2010 she is changing the office hours to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 – 2:00, for a couple reasons.  It is nearly impossible to get into the office when the kids are coming or going from school and people that come in for vault time, run out of time.  She thought a five hour day versus a three hour day would help them out.  She will come in by appointment on other days.  The hours will overlap some with the hours in Salisbury.  The new hours will be in the Town Report and on the web-site.


Road Forman: 


No report.






Zoning Administrator:


Bill Shouldice called Kate about a pending House Bill 323.  Kate reported about House Bill 323 which is the establishment of riparian buffers.  This House Bill was introduced last year with 100’ buffers, now it’s being re-introduced with 50’ buffers and might have a better chance of passing this time.  This Bill would give the State control over almost any development activity; that would include a dock, a deck around Fern Lake and Lake Dunmore.  Bill’s concern is that it would have a perceived impact on property values around the lake.  Even cutting down a tree or clearing would fall under this.  It would undermine local control.  He wanted to know if the Town of Leicester would like him to speak on their behalf as being opposed to it. 


Motion by Tom to authorize Kate to write a letter to our Legislators on behalf of the Town detailing the opposition to House Bill 323.  Second by Ken.  All in favor.  So approved.  Kate will also call.


New Business:           


Zoning Board/Planning Commission members.


Donna Swinington

Gerry Flint

Bethany Menkart, Alternate

Jeff McDonough

Pete Fjeld

Tim Johnson


Selectboard will attend the next ZBA meeting on January 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. to encourage consolidation, discuss representation, training and how the Board may assist them.


2010 Budget Work - Highway:



·         AOT Highway Aid        $52,400

·         FEMA                           $  6,000

·         Road Permits              $     250


·         Major/Grant Projects

Add a line for culverts                        $  5,000  Town Share

·         Equipment purchases             $     000

·         Equipment Repair                   $10,000

·         Ditching:                                  $  2,500                       $6,000 FEMA

·         Equipment Rental                   $54,000

o   FEMA                           $  6,000                       Expected FEMA


·         Salt                                          $25,000

·         Chloride                                  $  4,000

·         Winter Sand                            $13,000

·         Sand, Stone & Gravel              $10,000

Total:  $52,000


Storm Damage/FEMA Disaster:

·         Equipment Rental                   $  6,000


Hooker Road Project:                          $     000


General Highway Expenses:

·         Fuels, Oil, Antifreeze              $  3,000

·         Green Up Removal                 $     500

·         Signs                                        $     500

·         Better Backroads                    $     000

·         Bridge Drain Cleaning                        $     250

·         Misc                                        $     500

·         Culverts                                   $  3,000           $2,000 From Restricted Fund

·         Paving & Cold Patch               $  5,000

·         Resurfacing                             $40,000           (2 for 1 paving grant)(may get state aid)

·         Roadside Mowing                   $  7,200

·         Salt Shed Repair                      $     200

·         Town Shed Furnace Oil           $  3,000

·         Town Shed Repair/Electricity $  1,200

·         Town Shed Furnace Repair     $     250

Total:  64,600


Payroll:                                                $40,000


Julie will type the warning.  The auditors are looking for final numbers by the end of next week’s meeting.




Julie is still waiting on information from VLCT for insurance numbers.




Julie reported that zoning advertising and printing is around $900.  Selectboard wants tol add another line for printing and enter a number of $1,000.  Julie will change printing under office expenses to $3,000.




Diane said Richard Humiston would like to give his staff $.50 more an hour.  Julie does not believe he is aware that they already are paid 10.50 and 11.00 per hour; as Julie said his invoices come in with 10.00 and 10.50 an hour.  They did get their raise last year, as requested.  Diane will check with him.  She also will check on his trucking fee.


Ron will talk about Town Maps next meeting.


Julie asked if the Selectboard was thinking about dedicating the Town Report to Carol Morrison this year.  They thought it was a good idea. 


Motion by Bob to adjourn meeting at 8:33 p.m.  Second by Tom.  All in favor.  So approved.  Adjourned at 8:33 p.m.


Next meeting January 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.


 Respectfully submitted,



Sandra L. Trombley

Selectboard Secretary