May 17, 2010
Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Randy Volk, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson, Rocky Martin, Jennifer McCuin, Frank Twarog, Tom Giroux, Mike Bissonette and Martha Keenan.
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Discussion with Recreation Commission / Purchase of Land for Recreational Fields: Recreation Commission Chair Frank Twarog advised the Board that the Commission is interested in a 25 acre parcel on the corner of Leavensworth Road and Charlotte Road, a portion of the Carse Farm, that recently came onto the market. The Commission is interested in the parcel for future recreational space. The parcel is listed at $150,000. The Commission currently has available $92,000 for recreational capital expense from a private donation and $20,697 in tax dollars reserved for recreational capital expense ($15,697 in reserve funds and $5,000 in the FY 09 – 10 budget). Frank advised that the Commission was seeking Selectboard approval to purchase an option on the parcel, which would allow time to conduct the necessary assessments (wetland delineation, review of engineering plans) in order to determine whether pursuing a purchase was in the best interest of the Town.
Jon asked whether facilities would be needed at the site, and if so what facilities. Frank noted that it was not yet clear what the best uses for the parcel might be. Rocky advised that the parcel provided a number of possibilities, including recreational field space, hiking trails, bird watching, etc.
Frank advised that the Commission had discussed the possible sale of one house site from the parcel to help fund the improvements needed to create useable recreational space.
Howard noted that the location could be considered within walking distance of the village, but that Charlotte Road was not a safe road to walk on. He felt that the parcel pushed the limit of being walkable, and it is likely that most people will drive to it.
Andrea made a motion that the Board go into executive session, along with the members of the Recreation Commission and staff in attendance, to discuss legal/contractual issues. Seconded by Howard and approved.
Howard made a motion that the Board come out of executive session. Seconded by Ken and approved.
Howard made a motion that the Board vote to authorize the Recreation Commission to negotiate an option on a parcel of land located at the corner of Leavensworth Road and Charlotte Road with either a refundable or non-refundable deposit up to the amounts discussed in executive session. Seconded by Ken and approved.
Andrea made a motion that the Board go into executive session to discuss personnel issues. Seconded by Howard and approved.
Andrea made a motion that the Board vote to come out of executive session and adjourn. Seconded by Howard and approved.
Jeanne Kundell Wilson