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Minutes -12-16-19

Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, December 16, 2019
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present: Diane Benware, John Rouse, Brad Lawes, Tom Barker, Ron Fiske
Others Present:  Julie Delphia, Arlan Pidgeon, Sandra Trombley, Secretary
Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair.  
Pledge of Allegiance:
Review of Agenda:  
Approval of December 2, 2019 minutes:
Motion by Tom, second by Ron, to approve minutes of December 2, 2019 as written. 2 Abstentions (Brad & John) and 3 yes.  So, approved.
Review/Authorization to Pay Bills:
Motion by Tom, second by Brad, authorizing Julie to pay the remaining 2019 bills and transfer money as needed. All in favor.  So, approved.
Motion by John and second by Ron to approve the bills.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Road Foreman:
Arlan brought Brad and John up-to-date about the Doosan loader.  The salesman told them they would have a loader to try in two weeks and after talking with him, they won’t have one until the end of January.  He had a price of $130,000 with a $5,000 trade in; with 12 months/1500 hours contract.  The John Deere price was $137,250 with a $10,000 trade in; with 5 years/2500 hours and extended warranty contract.
Arlan stated they were currently using the old loader.
Tom stated he wants to be make sure they have an extended warranty on which ever piece of equipment they decide to purchase.
There was further discussion about the pros and cons of various loaders.
Board decided to invite Tim Pudvar of Nortraks to the next meeting for further clarifications on a contract.  Arlan will call him.
Arlan discussed someone using Leicester’s salt and sand to use in another town.  The salt and sand is for Leicester residents only.
Julie will compose a letter to send about using the salt and sand.
Town Clerk/Treasurer:
Julie asked if there was any interest in the Aflac insurance.  There was no current interest.  Board will revisit it in the summer.
Julie asked about the old desk that seems to be a catch-all for things.  No one uses it.
Board approved Julie giving the desk away.
Julie mentioned there were a bunch of petitions that need signatures.  Ron and John are coming up and if they would like to run, they need to sign the back of the petitions; as well.
Health Officer:
Animal Control Officer:
Cemetery Committee:
Weight Permits None
2020 Budget Preliminary Review:
Julie provided a very preliminary budget as a first draft for review tonight and went through each page with the Board.
Board agreed to move $9,500 that was not spent for building repairs last year to the Building Fund for next year.
Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association budget went up from $19,000 to $25,000.  Julie read their letter of explanation.
Brad noticed that the fuel expense for the shed has gone down.
Julie will provide another draft of the budget for the January 6, 2020 meeting.
Julie would like to speak with the principal at the school about school event parking in the town office spaces.
Now that there are three schools, there is not enough parking and the parking is crazy.  Board agreed it would be ok to talk with the school about the parking.  They are parking in town office parking spaces only.  Lawyers and others trying to do town business have no place to park.  After hours is fine, but not during work days/hours.  They take up all the Park & Ride spaces; as well.
Board wants to continue the policy of no one going upstairs in the brick building during public/school events due to safety concerns.
Senior Center Needs:
Ron reported that he took care of the sump pump at the senior center.
Julie talked with David Crane and he said he would come and look at the vent.
Motion by Tom and second by Ron to accept Marcel Brunet’s estimate of $27,584 for work on the siding and windows of the senior center.  All in favor.  So, approved.
Tom will contact Mr. Brunet to get on his list.
Town Shed:
Motion by John to adjourn at 7:50 p.m.
Next meeting:  Monday, January 6, 2020 
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley
Selectboard Secretary