MINUTES:  January 4, 2011


Board members present: Steven Hawley, James Hall, Stanley Rhodes III, James Callahan and Joshua Terenzini.


The Meeting opened at 6:40 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.


Mr. Hall made a motion to accept the minutes of December 21, 2010 with changes.  Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Regarding the review of the minutes of December 29, 2010, Mr. Rhodes said hearing no corrections all those in favor say I. All present said I, the motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Hawley moved to approve the December 28, 2010 minutes. Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. Mr. Hall and Mr. Terenzini did not vote.


Mr. Hall asked Town Administrator Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., if he has the time to begin typing the Board’s minutes. Mr. Zingale and Mr. Hall discussed the matter. Mr. Rhodes said he would like to begin receiving a copy of the Planning Commission minutes.


Attorney John Liccardi met with the Board regarding the Board’s acceptance of Amanda Place as a Town road. Mr. Rhodes questioned Mr. Hathaway regarding a minor road repair, which Mr. Hathaway will repair and bill the residents fro the work. Mr. Hathaway estimates the repair will cost a couple of hundred dollars.


Mr. Rhodes informed Mr. Liccardi that the Board would vote tonight to accept the road and would also place the Road acceptance on the next agenda, for record tracking purposes, according to Mr. Rhodes. Town Road Commissioner Mr. Byron Hathaway questioned the Board as to whether the road would be a class 3 or class 4 road. Mr. Hathaway said the town would receive state assistance if the road is a class 3 road.


Mr. Hall made a motion to take over Amanda Place and to change the name to Amanda Drive, as a class 3 road. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Town Clerk & Treasurer:  Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:



Solid Waste Alliance Communities:  Mr. Shields reported:



Rutland Regional Transportation Council:  Mr. Shields reported:



Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:



Road Commissioner:  Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:



Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:



Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:



Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:


Mr. Rhodes instructed Mr. Zingale to notify school officials of the Board action to accept Amanda Drive as a Town road.


Mr. Nicholson informed the Board that the Del Bianco Park lighting charges are substantially higher if the lights are turned on before 6:00 P.M. Mr. Nicholson said the Town received a bill for $300.00 for one soccer game when the lights were turned on a couple of minutes prior to 6:00 P.M. He said the rate is $32.00 a kilowatt-hour and that the rate does not revert to the lower rate after 6:00 PM, if the lights came on prior to 6:00 PM.


Recreation Commission:  Mr. Jode Hall reported:



Town Administrator:  Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:



Mr. Rhodes told the Board he had received a phone call from Ms. Louise Flory requesting the street light near her home not be shutoff as planned. Town resident Mr. Charles Shields requested the Board consider installing a streetlight at the Post Road / Post Road Extension. The Board expressed no desire to install a streetlight at the requested location.


Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Hathaway and Mr. Nicholson to view a tree near the southern entrance to the Countryside Estates subdivision to determine if the tree should be removed.



Mr. Rhodes said the Board would hold off on considering local tax stabilization until after the town gets together with GE regarding business personal property.




1)                 Information from VELCO regarding the addition of a new cable within their existing power line easement.

2)                 Letter from Energy Consultant Cathy Reynolds offering her assistance to the Town regarding Energy Committee activities.

3)                 A financial contribution from the Hampton Inn toward the Farrell Road right turn access from US RT 7 study.

4)                 An invitation from the Merchants Bank to attend a breakfast at the Rutland Country Club on January 11, 2011 at 8:00 A.M.

5)                 The REDC and Rutland Chamber of Commerce annual Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for January 10, 2011 at 7:30 A.M. at South Station.


Mr. Rhodes informed the Board he would be meeting with REDC Executive Director, Mr. Jamie Stewart the following day. Mr. Rhodes said he would be receiving a briefing as to REDC recent activities.


6)                 Board received the semi-annual landfill groundwater monitoring report.


Mr. Hall suggested and the Board agreed to publish a notice regarding insulating the Town Hall. Mr. Rhodes will meet with Mr. Zingale and prepare the notice. They will also prepare a notice for seeking contractors to repair the Town pool.


The Board discussed the Town Hall furnace repair.


Mr. Hall made a motion to go into executive session to discuss the fireworks contract. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Rhodes declared the executive closed at 7:58 P.M. Mr. Rhodes said the Board would accept the fireworks contract with Northstar with changes. Mr. Rhodes said the Board did not agree to renew the 2012 contract.




Mr. Callahan made a motion to adjourn at 8:02 P.M.  Mr. Hall made a second to the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.