TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Steve Hawley, Jim Hall, John Paul Faignant and Joe Dicton
The Meeting opened at 6:43 P.M.
All rose for The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.
Mr. Hawley moved to approve the April 24, 2012 minutes with corrections. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion.
Mr. Rhodes read from the minutes of April 24, 2012 regarding the action taken by the Board to hire the Sheriff’s Department for 26 hours of speed coverage per week. The Board also requested Chief John Sly to provide more daytime coverage and ticket production. His hours will be 20 hours during the day and 20 hours in the evening. Mr. Rhodes said the Board would review the matter in two months.
Mr. Rhodes said he read the minutes because he wants the people to know the Board decided not to employ another part time special police officer. Mr. Dicton cited the fact the contract with the Sheriff’s office is for six months. Mr. Rhodes called for the vote. The motion passed unanimously.
There were no questions from the floor.
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
Solid Waste Alliance Communities & Rutland Transportation Council: Mr. Shields reported:
Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Mr. Hathaway said he is concerned with possible price increases for the liquid binder, which is used to make the asphalt. He said the May price for the binder is down $10.00 from the price in April. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact that the Board took quick action in awarding the contract to Wilk Paving and does not now want to be put on the back burner because he has bigger fish to reel in.
Mr. Hall told Board members that he and Mr. Hawley (the Fire Committee) had selected Black River Design as the company to design the renovation improvements for the Center Rutland Fire Station. He said the company was selected because it submitted the most complete and easy to understand timeline of any of the bidders. Mr. Rhodes read from the Black River Design submittal. Mr. Hall also cited 15 questions, which Black River Design feels the Town needs to address. Mr. Hall said the proposal is well within the $9,000.00 budget.
Mr. Hall said the fact the information submitted by Black River Design was so easy to understand (and would be easy for taxpayers to understand) was key in the selection of Black River Design. Mr. Hall said he and Mr. Hawley had met the previous day with Chief Joe Denardo and that the Chief is good with the Black River Design selection.
Mr. Faignant moved to accept the recommendation of the committee. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Planning Commission: William Matteson:
Mr. Rhodes read a memo from a VLCT attorney, which said the voters would be voting on a Zoning Ordinance, which had been approved by the Board. Mr. Zingale told the Board that the late Mr. Mark Blucher had told the Board that it could place the Zoning Regulation on a ballot for the public to decide and did not say the Board had to approve the zoning regulations.
Matteson said he would discuss the matter with Ms. Susan Schreibman, Acting
of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Matteson said he agreed with
Mr. Zingale that Mr. Blucher did not intend for the Board to vote on whether to
approve the proposed regulations.
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
1. Informed the Board that the RRPC Executive Committee has selected a consultant to interview regarding assisting the Commission’s with the Strategic Planning Initiative.
Mr. Rhodes said Mr. Nicholson did a good job while chairman at the RRPC. Mr. Hall congratulated Mr. Nicholson for his work on the byway project. Mr. Nicholson said the signs have been designed and ordered.
Recreation Director: Mike Rowe reported:
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
The Board considered the Crowley Brothers Memorial Road Race request to use Town streets. Mr. Dicton made a motion to grant the request to use Town streets. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Board discussed the proposed RRPC local road traffic study RFP. Mr. Hathaway
said the City officials are concerned a new local road in Town could cause
traffic problems in the City. Mr. Hathaway cited a proposed connection to Park
Street as a possible long-term plan to bring traffic to Route 7.
Mr. Rhodes said the study should determine whether the road can be built before a lot of money is spent and it is later determined the road couldn’t be built. Mr. Zingale said he would keep the Board posted regarding the progress of the local road RFP.
Mr. Rhodes cited a letter from the City of Rutland Police Department claiming the Town had incorrectly received Rutland City Traffic fine revenues. Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Faignant to look into the matter. Ms. Hyjek told the Board she had prepared a check but would now hold the check. Ms. Hyjek cited the fact that Police Chief Mr. John Sly had reviewed and approved the traffic fines. Mr. Rhodes told Ms. Hyjek that Mr. Faignant would be looking at the fines in the future and he asked Ms. Hyjek to give Mr. Faignant the paperwork in the future.
Mr. Hall reported to the Board regarding the activities of the Select Board Scholarship Committee. Mr. Hall told board members that a late scholarship application was accepted due to the fact the notification sent to the students said April 30th was the deadline.
Mr. Hall said the Town received 15 scholarship applications. Mr. Hall said the committee awarded scholarships to 11 applicants. Mr. Hall passed out a list of the names of the individuals to receive scholarships. Mr. Hall said the committee was unanimous in its selections.
Mr. Hawley made a motion to accept the scholarship recommendations. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board discussed a proposed contract with the Rutland County Sheriff’s office. Mr. Faignant recommended that paragraph # 1 be changed to read “Town Officer” instead of “Town Constable”.
Mr. Hall questioned Mr. Faignant as to whether the Sheriffs would respond to calls in addition to running radar. Mr. Faignant said it would depend on the nature of the call. He said officer safety will come first and emergency response will come second.
He said they will respond to emergencies if they are in closer proximity that anyone else.
Mr. Rhodes said the Sheriff’s fee would be $35.00 per hour. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact there is three months of Constable pay that will not be used. Mr. Rhodes said the Sheriff’s would bill the Town bi-monthly. He said they would provide the Town with 26 hours coverage per week.
Mr. Dicton made a motion to accept the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office proposal for a six-month term, starting April 26 and going through October 26th. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hawley read a thank you note sent to the Board from the Tom Turner Family.
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Mr. Hawley moved to close the meeting at 8:07 P.M. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.