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Selectboard Special Meeting

Selectboard Special Meeting

January 2, 2024

6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall

DRAFT, one page

Present:

Selectboard members:  Sheila Duranleau (Chair), Fred Blanchard, AJ Galfetti

Town officials: Josh Bell (tree warden), Peter Carbee (planning) via Zoom, Lois Deberville (town clerk)

Zoom: Nick Bresette, Ryan Bresette

Visitor: Chad Hewitt (Sullivan Powers & Co.)

  1. Meeting called to order at 6:33 p.m. by Chair
  2. Adjustments to agenda: minutes of December 19, 2023 meeting, letter from Washington Electric.
    1. AJ asked to strike incorrect sentence from the 12/19/23 minutes that reads: ‘We are almost $57,000 budget over on vehicle expenses.’  Fred noticed a correction needed on ‘Gravel=$51,000’. (was missing one zero)

AJ made motion to accept the minutes with the above revisions, 2nd by Fred, ayes carried.

  • A letter was received from Washington Electric asking to extend power line on Turnpike Road. Motion made by Fred to accept the request, 2nd by AJ, ayes carried.
  • Public Comment: Peter commented on vehicle maintenance for FY24.

FY25 budget review:

  • Chad discussed the new childcare tax implemented by Vermont. He increased the payroll tax numbers slightly to reflect.
  • Chad discussed the new way he heard that the state is sending revenue due the town.
  • Discussion on health insurance budget for the highway crew.
  • Discussion on vehicle repairs and maintenance, sand and gravel budgets.
  • Discussion on how to make up the deficit due to the last two tax rates. Chad will write a narrative on what the board agreed upon so it can be presented to the voters at Town Meeting, and will be discussed at public meetings prior to Town Meeting Day.
  • Discussion on perhaps changing the property tax due dates.
  • Discussion on how some town articles can be warned and voted upon. Sheila will check with the Vermont League of Cities & Towns.
  • FY24 Budget:  current cash flow
    • Chad had some comments/questions on the current budget, discussed with the board to get clarification.
  • Next meeting: January 9, 2024, 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.

AJ made motion to adjourn, 2nd by Fred, ayes carried, adjourned 8:15 p.m.

These minutes are a draft, subject to amendment/approval at the next selectboard meeting.                                                                     Submitted: Lois Deberville, town clerk

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