Selectboard Meeting

March 10, 2008


Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Randy Volk, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson, Matthew Probasco.


Jon called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board


Election of Chairperson of the Board:  Andrea nominated and moved that the Board vote to elect Jon Trefry to serve as Chair of the Selectboard for a one-year period, to the annual organizational meeting in March 2009.  Second by Howard and approved.


Appointments:  Randy moved that the Board vote to appoint the following individuals to the following positions for a one-year term:

Suzanne Kneller, Pam Durda & Susan Johnson as Fence Viewers

Norman Smith as Inspector of Lumber, Shingles and Wood

Stephen Russell as Weigher of Coal

Paul Wieczoreck as Tree Warden

Stephen Gutierrez as Constable

O’Neil’s Kennel in Shelburne as Pound Keeper

Second by Howard and approved.


Bond for Elected Officials:  Howard moved that the Board recognize the blanket bond of $500,000 per occurrence provided through the Town’s membership in the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Property and Casualty Insurance Fund as the bonding instrument for Town Officials as required under the provisions of 24 VSA § 832.  School directors and other school officials are not covered under this blanket bond, since they are covered through the school’s property and casualty insurance program.  Second by Andrea and approved.


Designation of Newspaper for Warning Town Meeting:  Pursuant to the provisions of 17 VSA § 2641(b), Andrea moved that the Board designate the Burlington Free Press and/or the Hinesburg Record and/or the Times Sentinel as the newspaper(s) in which warnings of Town Meetings shall be published, if necessary. Second by Howard and approved.


Interview for Appointment to Conservation Commission / Matthew Probasco – 

Matt has not attended prior Conservation Commission meetings but plans to attend this evenings meeting.  He is a member of Vermont Conservationists and has lived in Hinesburg since last fall.

Andrea asked how Natural Resources functions in So. Burlington in regards to the Conservation Commission.  Matt said the role is of regulatory advise to the conservation council and is now doing public outreach as well as a policy role.


Howard asked if there are particular things the Conservation Commission is doing that interests Matt.  Matt replied the natural resources survey and he feels he can bring a lot  of regulatory expertise to the commission.


Other Business


Approve Warrants:  Howard moved that the Board vote to approve the warrants (including payroll warrants) for bills payable as presented by the Town Treasurer.  Second by Randy and approved.

Howard moved the Board vote to authorize Jon Trefry and Ken Brown to sign warrants on behalf of the Selectboard, second by Andrea and approved.


Minutes of February 18, 2008:  Howard moved that the Board vote to approve the minutes of February 18, 2008 as corrected, second by Randy and approved with Ken abstaining.


Trial Balances for Water & Wastewater and General Fund Accounts for Period Ending 2/29/08:  Randy moved that the Board vote to acknowledge receipt of the trial balances for the water & wastewater and general fund accounts for the period ending 2/29/08.  Second by Howard and approved.


Appointment of Fire Chief:  Howard moved that the Board, based on the recommendation of the members of the Hinesburg Volunteer Firemen’s Association, vote to appoint Al Barber as Fire Chief for a one-year term.  Second by Ken and approved.


Appointment of Road Commissioner:  Randy moved that the Board vote to appoint Jeanne Wilson as Road Commissioner for a one-year term, second by Ken and approved.


Renewal of Liquor Licenses:

Andrea moved that the Board vote to convene as the Board of Liquor Control, second by Howard and approved.


Howard moved that the Board vote to approve the renewal applications of Jolley Associates (d/b/a Short Stop #143), Coco Mart, Inc. (d/b/a Jiffy Mart), K.B. Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a Lantman’s Best Yet Market) for second class liquor licenses with license to sell tobacco.  Second by Andrea and approved.


Howard moved that the Board vote to approve the renewal applications of Two Buffoons, Inc. (d/b/a Christo’s Good Times Café), Travia’s, Inc. (d/b/a Travia’s Restaurant), Two Z’s, Inc. (d/b/a Papa Nick’s Pizza & Restaurant), Ayer Golf, Inc. (d/b/a Cedar Knoll Country Club) for first class liquor licenses. Second by Randy and approved.


Howard moved that the Board vote to adjourn as the Board of Liquor Control, second by Randy and approved.


Request to Serve Alcohol at Fire Station for Private Party / Karen Charbonneau on March 15, 2008 for a Private Party:  Howard moved that the Board vote to approve a request by Karen Charbonneau for permission to serve alcohol at the fire station for a private party on Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm, subject to the following conditions:

A responsible person over 21 years of age will be designated to be “in charge” of the event and to monitor alcohol use at the event to ensure that there is no underage drinking and that intoxicated persons do not drive; and


A “Don’t Drink and Drive” poster shall be posted at the entrance to the event, naming the responsible person and offering the services of the responsible person to arrange safe trips home.

Second by Andrea and approved.


Discussion Regarding Saw Blade Behind Police Department:  A Hinesburg resident has asked whether he can have an old saw blade behind the police department building that was formerly used as a well cover for a shallow well.

The Board agreed the Town should maintain ownership, they also would like to investigate and find out the history behind the blade.


Appointment to Conservation Commission:  Howard moved that the Board vote to appoint Matthew Probasco to the Conservation Commission to fill a vacancy with a term that expires on September 30, 2009. Second by Randy and approved.


Review of Town Meeting Presentation – The Board discussed the presentation and agreed to send notice of appreciation for their service to the members of the Fire Department.


Other Board Member Items;

Howard suggested setting up a schedule for items the Board wants to work on this coming year.  Board members will send their list to Jeanne to compile and work on prioritizing at the next meeting.

Andrea asked about the request at Town Meeting to televise board meetings.  It was noted Marge Sharp is getting information on this.


Discussion of Highway Crew Recognition for Extra Work this Winter – Howard moved the Board authorize the Highway Forman to shut down the department with pay for a Thursday and Friday in recognition of appreciation for the hard work the crew has done to keep the roads open during the extraordinary winter conditions experienced.

Second by Ken and approved.


Andrea move the Board go into executive session with Jeanne for discussion of Union Contract Negotiation process, second by Howard and approved.

Andrea moved the Board come out of executive session, second by Howard and approved.

Randy moved the Board vote to spend up to $3,500 form the Town Agent/Legal expense line item for Attorney Scott Cameron to assist with union contract negotiations.  Second by Howard and approved.


Andrea moved the Board vote to adjourn, second by Howard and approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Valerie Spadaccini, secretary




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