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Meeting Minutes

Town of Leicester
Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 3, 2013
** See subsequent minutes for any changes
Members Present:  Diane Benware, Tom Barker, Ron Fiske, Ken Young, Brad Lawes
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:
Approval of May 20, 2013 Minutes:
Motion by Ron and second by Tom to approve minutes of May 20, 2013 as written.  All in favor.  So approved.
Review/Authorization to pay bills:  Bills making their rounds for signatures.
Reports from Town Officials, Committees:
Town Foreman:
Arlan reported that Scott has been grading and he has been hauling gravel.  They got the bridge washed.  Arlan told them to send a bill for washing the bridge.
Arlan reported that the culvert above the town shed is not in good shape.  The price he got for a 12 gauge culvert was $5,500 and for a 10 gauge culvert was $6,500.  Arlan will figure the cost of the project with excavation, rock, gravel, asphalt.  Board agreed on using a 10 gauge culvert and asked Arlan to come back with the total overall cost of the project.
Discussion of needed signs.  They need to replace the Leicester/Brandon sign on Rt.53 by Bernie Cram’s and replace one by Malinowski’s.  Replace one at the far end of Cram Road and a Swinington Hill sign.
Lem started mowing because grass was getting pretty high.
Arlan got a load of chloride Friday.
Arlan moved a load of brush on Lower Bullock Road.
Town Clerk/Treasurer
Julie reported 261 dogs have been registered.  Paul is in school until middle of June.  Julie will give him the information.
Julie went to a seminar on the new insurance laws and how they affect the town.  Julie explained that the town is lucky because they are under 50 FTE employees and has no one that works full-time, based on federal regulations.  Full-time is 30+ hours.
Julie explained that they currently are insured with VLCT.  The town offers insurance to anyone who works 17 ½ hrs or more.  No one is currently taking this insurance because they are covered elsewhere.  There is no law that they need to offer insurance to part-time employees.  VLCT is not an approved vendor for the insurance exchange.
Julie’s recommendation based on information obtained at the seminar is that they alter their policy before the end of the year.  Julie will modify the policy and bring back to the board for review.
Julie talked about the Homestead Bill that got held up in committee.  It kept the homestead date at September 1st, but changed the tax credit date to October 15th, and not notified until November 1st.  There is a discrepancy between the tax forms and the state statute.  She had a question about delinquents.  Julie is waiting for a response from the Tax Department.
Zoning Administrator:  None
Listers:  None
Cemetery Committee:
Tom has an invoice from Don Durkee in the amount of $1,660 for cemetery work.
Motion by Ron and second by Brad to use cemetery funds to pay Don Durkee $1,660 for cleaning, repairing, and restoring stones.  All in favor.  So approved.
Weight Permit(s):  None
VT Gas Update:
Diane reported that last Tuesday five residents were at the Planning Commission Meeting asking that the Town Plan be modified to be as protective of agricultural land and protected lands as possible and to use some language from other towns, such as Cornwall, to do that. 
Motion by Tom and second by Brad to pay the bills.  All in favor.  So approved.
Motion by Tom and second by Ron to go into Executive Session at 7:20 p.m. for pending legal issue. All in favor.  So approved.
Motion by Tom and second by Ken to come out of Executive Session at 8:00 p.m.  All in favor.  So approved. No action taken.
Motion by Tom and second by Ken to adjourn at 8:00 p.m. All in favor.  So approved.
Next meeting June 17, 2013.
Respectfully submitted,
Sandra L. Trombley, Secretary