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Selectboard Budget Meeting 5/7/24

Selectboard Special Budget Meeting

May 7, 2024

Draft Page 1 of 1

Present:

Selectboard: Sheila Duranleau (Chair), Josh Bell (Tree Warden), AJ Galfetti

Town officials: Peter Carbee (assistant town clerk), Lois Deberville (town clerk) Scott Blanchard (treasurer), Susan Davis (lister), Billy Donovan (lister)

Residents: Jim Donovan, Diane Donovan, Reg Poulin, Alice Poulin, Sarah Teel, Jan Spargo, Harry Roush, Cilla Leavitt, Maxine Durbrow

Zoom: Ryan Bresette, Taylor Brinkman

  1. Chair called meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.
  2. Public comments: adjustments to the agenda: Josh asked for an executive session at end of meeting.
  3. Copies of the budget and narrative were distributed. Chair explained that the budget was revised due to it being voted down at the March 5, 2024, town meeting.

The American Rescue Plan money (ARPA) is being used to make up the tax rate deficit.

The difference between Budget 1 and Budget 2 is (-) $93,930.00.

Discussion on why the delinquent tax collections were used to pay bills rather than borrowing money back in July. Consensus was not to pay interest for months when the town did not need to.

Regarding FEMA reimbursement: we don’t ask for a certain amount and expect to get it; FEMA has its own rates and adjustments. FEMA has sent the town its first payment.

Discussion on why the town can’t borrow from Vermont Bond Bank. Peter: need to have been audited for the last three years to qualify. Sheila said she trusts Scott and Chad on their financial decisions.

Discussion on the Orange County Sheriff’s contract. As our only option, OCS has been very generous.

                Regarding the other articles on the warning:

(1) expanding selectboard to 5 members.

(2)  handle public questions aka voter backed petitions, by Australian ballots.  

Sheila said expanding the selectboard to 5 members would not only spread the work, but also allow 2 members to discuss or work on ideas/projects together. Currently 2 members make a quorum and aren’t allowed to discuss or work together due to open meeting laws.

Selectboard entered into executive session at 7:19 p.m.

Selectboard exited executive session at 7:34 p.m.  

AJ made motion to authorize Josh to look into ProFleet, LLC, to see how much it would cost to run our drug testing program for the highway. 2nd by Sheila, ayes carried.

Peter has talked with the RPC (regional planning commission) about funds for the town doing its own CDL training program.

AJ made motion to adjourn at 7:37 p.m., 2nd by Josh, ayes carried.

Attest: Lois Deberville

This is a draft subject to amendments/approval at a regular selectboard meeting.