Selectboard Meeting

March 24, 2008


Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Randy Volk, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson, Rob Bast, Doug Olufsen, Mike Anthony, Fred Silber, Tom Boivin, Al Barber, Chris Morrell, Steve Cote, Chris Bataille

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Howard moved the Board go into Executive Session with Robert Bast for the purpose of discussing personnel issues, second by Randy and approved.

Randy moved the Board come out of executive session, second by Ken and approved.

Public Comment Period 

Steve Cote has questions regarding the wind turbine at Geprag’s Park.  He said he has been denied access to the contract between the Town and Earth Turbines and would like to see a copy.

He wanted to know who authorized the change from 10 to 2.4 kilowatts which is a lower rate than supports the needs of the library.

What is the completion date?

What is the cost for the associated education program – there do not seem to be funds set aside for this which would nullify the grant.

The Board did not have specific answers to Steve’s questions and will get in touch with Rocky for information.

Members of Highway Department / Recognition of Extra Effort During Difficult Winter of 07 – 08: Jon thanked members of the Highway Dept.  Certificates were presented to Michael Anthony and Tom Boivin.  Absent members Steve Miller and Ben Osicky will be presented their certificates by Jeanne tomorrow and she will get the crew together for a picture.

Douglas Olufsen and Members of Hinesburg Community Police / Update Report on Activity Sheet & Data Generation Project

The Board reviewed daily data gathered for a one month period from Deputy Chief Silber and Officer Frank Koss.  

Doug explained the activity code list and sub categories.  Discussed was value of information to the Board and the Police Department.

Chris stated he feels time is better spent policing then record keeping.

Doug said they can record data that is effective to summarize and do not need to be so specific to make the time keeping cumbersome.  He also noted collection of data will show trends.

Fred said he has been using the tracking system for a month and does not see it as time intensive and believes it will help in answering questions on how time is spent.

The Board appreciates the data and would like to continue with and expand the program.

Howard said he feels the information is very helpful to him as a Selectboard member to do his job well.

Chris said when questions come to the Board by citizens on the work being done by the Department they can be directed to him for answers.  Chris said he can provide rough estimates on activities and time.

It was agreed that the Police Department will work with this data logging program on a 6 month trial including all department members.  The Selectboard would like to review the data periodically during the 6 month period.

Discussion of Police Grant / Mobile Data Terminals – If the grant is awarded the Town will have to agree to spend up to $1,000 per unit for maintenance for a three year period.  There was discussion of possible costs associated with the units as well as the benefits to the department to have them.

Howard moved the Board vote to support submission of the Grant Application for 4 mobile data terminals, second by Ken and approved.

Andrea Morgante / Board Update on Emergency Preparedness Meeting – Andrea attended a previous exercise based on a scenario of accidents at Saputo. She felt it brought to light some important missing pieces of emergency preparedness.

Al advised there will be another exercise this Thursday evening at the Community School and invited Board members to take part.

Strategic Planning Session for Upcoming Projects - reviewed and discussed timeline of items.

Other Business

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

Minutes of March 10, 2008:  Randy moved that the Board vote to approve the minutes of March 10, 2008, second by Howard 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.

Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the renewal applications of R&A Frost, Inc. (d/b/a Hinesburg General Store) for a second class liquor licenses with license to sell tobacco. Second by Ken and approved.

Andrea moved that the Board vote to adjourn as the Board of Liquor Control. Second by Howard and approved.

Request for Easement / Green Mountain Power on Route 116:  Green Mountain Power will be relocating power poles on the west side of Route 116, north of the Shelburne Falls Road intersection.  The poles are being moved into the State right-of-way, however Green Mountain Power does need an easement from the Town to locate guys and anchors for two poles, as well as for cutting and trimming on the Town owned Geprag’s Park property.  Howard moved that the Board vote to approve a request by Green Mount Power Corporation to locate guys and anchors on Town property as shown in Plan Number 115942 and dated 2/11/08, and further to designate the Chair to sign the easement agreement dated 3/24/08 as the duly authorized agent for the Town.  Second by Randy and approved.

VTrans 2007 Bridge Inspection Reports:  Andrea moved that the Board vote to acknowledge the receipt and review of the 2007 VTrans Annual Bridge Inspection Reports. Second by Randy and approved.

April Board Meeting Schedule – April 7th and 14th.

Other Board Member Items – The Board asked Jeanne to have the Town Agent send a letter to Brett Grabowksi to notify he is in violation of agreement with the Town regarding Creekside Development.

Andrea moved the Board go into executive session for discussion of legal and personnel items, second by Howard and approved.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Spadaccini, secretary

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