Selectboard Regular Meeting
February 6, 2024
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Selectboard: Sheila Duranleau (Chair), Fred Blanchard, AJ Galfetti
Town Officials: Lois Deberville (Town Clerk), Josh Bell (Tree Warden), Peter Carbee (Planning), Ben Tiefenthaler (FEMA), Danielle Bresette via Zoom (Rec Dept)
Visitors: Gayle Callahan, Joe Callahan, Billy Donovan, Karen Johnson, Bob Capobianco
Zoom: Cheri Galfetti, Sarah Teel, Rachel Onuf, Ryan Bresette
- Chair called meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.
- Approval of minutes from January 9, 2024, meeting, motion by Fred, 2nd by AJ, ayes carried.
- Adjustments to agenda: Sheila added law enforcement liaison as 7.7, and scholarship as 7.8.
- Public comment: none
5.1 Danielle Bresette representing the recreation department: during a recent review of the rec department’s finances that have occurred over past years, there were two discrepancies: one in a transfer of money on June 5, 2019, from a memorial fund belonging to the rec department, to the town’s general fund, in the amount of $11,404.00. Also, the $4000.00 appropriation for FY23 was not paid. AJ made a motion for the selectboard to make a plan on how to pay back the fund money, 2nd by Fred, ayes carried.
6.1, 6.2, 6.3 no reports from delinquent tax collector, treasurer, road commissioner
6.4 Town Clerk: the security system was started today. The annual mileage certificate was given to the board to be signed; this determines our state highway fund revenue.
A town resident had asked to put a petition at the town hall. Lois checked with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and the attorney said it’s a selectboard decision. Discussion on if the town hall should be a neutral place. Fred made motion to not allow petitions in the town hall, 2nd by AJ, Billy asked for more discussion. He feels the town hall is a public place and as such a good place for a petition to be left for signatures. Josh asked about ballot petitions. Conversation by Cheri and Peter that those who want a petition should have the responsibility to gather the signatures. The motion was passed by ayes that no petitions including ballot ones would be allowed at the town hall.
Hands Mill Dam fee is due, we have to pay it despite the planning to have it removed. The reply from the state was to pay it, and then when we show proof that it’s removed, we would be reimbursed.
Regarding Zoom of the upcoming town meeting, consensus that it’d be impossible to set this up due to the noise of the meeting. Peter said there’s a proposed legislative bill that would make all public meetings available on a video of each town’s choosing which would also provide funds to towns to do so. It was decided that this year we won’t be able to Zoom the meeting.
Town reports were sent to the printer today, worked on by Sheila and Lois. Diane Donovan helped Lois put together an updated mailing list and she printed address labels.
6.5 FEMA administrator: Ben said first submission is done, everything cleared, he has a massive document to review and sign. Town will receive its first check in the near future for $5208.69. $314.39 unbudgeted funds will also be reimbursed.
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The town be reimbursed for budgeted money, and it will be pretty significant as we move out of contract work into town road crew work. He is part way through the submissions for about $40,000, and one for about $20,000.
Sheila mentioned a comprehensive report that Ben wrote for the town report, and that will be our town’s historical record of the flood.
7.1 AJ made motion to accept the resignation of Harry Roush as lister, 2nd by Fred, ayes carried.
7.2 Fred made motion to accept the resignation of Harry Roush as town moderator, 2nd by AJ, ayes carried.
The selectboard on behalf of the town acknowledges and appreciates all that Harry has done in those two roles.
Sheila explained how the moderator for this year’s town meeting will be elected from the floor at town meeting.
Billy asked how many listers and auditors are on the ballots, there are none. Sheila said the town will have to reach out to VLCT to learn how to move forward.
7.3 Previously discussed.
7.4 Meet the candidate forum will be held at the town hall, Lois will reach out to the candidates to arrange a date.
7.5 The informational budget meeting will be February 22, 2024, at the town hall, 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
7.6 Supplemental ATV policy: Sheila had received feedback from Karen on language in the latest ATV ordinance. After discussion among those in attendance, the ordinance stands as presented.
7.7 The Orange County side judges has given a one-year reprieve to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department regarding its normal budget. Fred made a motion to appoint AJ as Washington’s liaison to the Orange County law enforcement committee, 2nd by Sheila, ayes carried.
The committee is made up of Orange County towns to come up with a cost to run the department shared by all the towns, in hopes of keeping the sheriff’s department operational.
7.8 The Debra Sue Blanchard Community Service Scholarship was awarded to Christie Galfetti by Sheila who made the motion and Fred who 2nd it, ayes carried. There were no applicants for the Katie Beede/Chris Chaloux Memorial Award.
Fred made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by AJ, ayes carried, meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.
- Next scheduled meeting is March 12, 2024.
Respectfully submitted, Lois Deberville, Town Clerk
This is a draft subjected to approval/amendments by the selectboard at a future meeting.