MINUTES: June 21, 2011


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


The Meeting opened at 6:30 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.


Mr. Hall made a motion to go into executive session with Mr. Mike Rowe to discuss personnel issues pertaining to Northwood Park. Mr. Hawley made a second o the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Rhodes declared the executive session closed at 7:04 PM. He said no action would be taken pertaining to Mike Rowe as pool director.


Mr. Hawley made a motion to approve the minutes of 6-7-11 with corrections. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Hall moved to approve the 6-15-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 3 to 0. Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Terenzini abstained from the vote.


Town Clerk & Treasurer:  Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:


  1. The first edition of the 2011 Grand List was lodged with her office on June 14th.


  1. Grievances will be held at the Town Office on June 28th beginning at 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM.


  1. Anyone who wants to grieve their taxes must call the Lister and make an appointment.


  1. Told the Board the Grand List and the Town’s 411 must be submitted to the Director on or before August 15th.


  1. Told the Board she mailed fuel bid proposals to eight fuel oil companies. Ms. Hyjek said she would have sealed bids for the Board review at the next meeting.


  1. Requested all bills and payment request be turned before June 30th.


Mr. Rhodes cited the various improvements made at the Town pool and the amount of money that will carry over to the new fiscal year.


     7.   Told the Board that A.M. Peisch would begin their audit in August.



Town Police Chief:  John Sly Reported:


  1. Advised individuals riding in vehicles to not ride with their feet up on the dashboard or out the window. He said individuals in vehicles need to be properly seated.


  1.  Cited the fact it is now illegal in Vermont to use personal data type devices while driving. He said young drives are no loner allowed to use a cell phone. Mr. Sly advised individuals to pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot to make cell calls rather than talking while driving.


  1. Mr. Sly cited the fact motorists are not allowed to turn right on red, if the light has a red arrow.


  1. Encouraged residents to call the authorities if they seem someone in their neighborhood who does not fit.


Recreation Commission:  Mr. Tim Pockette reported:


  1. Several trees that had come down in a recent storm had been removed


  1. Informed the Board that one of the Town’s Little League / Major League won the regular season and will plan in play-offs on June 27th.


  1. Inquired if the Board had received any letters of interest to join the Recreation Commission. 


Mr. Rhodes said the pool is 99 % complete and operating. The Board discussed a $2,900.00 Pool plumbing proposal from Rousseau Plumbing. Mr. Rhodes read a letter submitted by Rousseau Plumbing.


Mr. Rhodes also informed the Board it would be an additional $2,200.00 for the pool plasterers to complete the caulking around the pool.


Mr. Rhodes told the Board an additional $6,686.07 would be required to purchase and install a new butterfly valve from Allen Pools.


Mr. Rhodes read from a list of itemized pool expenditures and said in total the Board has spent $119,000.00 of the $125,000.00 approved by the voters. Mr. Hall moved to approve $2,900.00 from Rousseau and the cocking for $2,200.00 and the Allen Engineering proposal for $6,686.07. The Board acknowledged the amount of time and effort Mr. Rhodes has put into the Northwood Pool refurbishment. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Town Fire Chief: Joe Denardo reported:


  1. Submitted the names of Town residents, Mr. David Kraus, Mr. Adam Lanfear and Mr. Daniel Powers from Rutland City. Mr. Rhodes questioned if the individuals had been checked out by town law enforcement. Mr. Denardo said Captain John Paul “JP” Faignant had checked the individuals. The Board and Mr. Denardo discussed the applicants. Mr. Terenzini made a motion to approve all three applicants to the Town Fire Department. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


  1. Mr. Rhodes read from a letter submitted by Dingee Machine regarding a bid for a new Town Fire Truck. Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Denardo discussed various issues associated with the truck purchase. Mr. Dicton asked if the painting price included the Town Logo. Chief Denardo said the logo would be separate. Mr. Denardo told the Board he is trying to get electric windows in the new truck. Mr. Dicton made a motion to accept the one bid from Dingee Machine Company for $161,048.00. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Denardo said he would advertise the old truck for sale once the new truck is in service.


  1. He said the Fire department would meet on June 29th to discuss their involvement in the Forth of July Birthday Party.


The Board discussed the proposed Driveway Installation Construction application form. Mr. Hall moved to approve the Driveway application form as presented. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Rhodes raised the issue of whether the Board should continue to charge a fee for the Peddlers permit. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact that some individual’s pay for a $100.00 permit every year while others do not apply for permits. He cited confusion among vendors when they are invited to participate in non-profit events in Town. Mr. Rhodes said he would be in favor requiring individuals to fill out the permit but not charge a fee.

Mr. Zingale told the Board a proposed Farmer’s Market outdoor Fair started at the Home Depot and the fact some of the merchants would need to get peddler permits but that others would not. 


Town Administrator:  Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:


  1. Informed the Board they need to make a decision on whether to accept the proposed access management categories for two sections of US RT 7 and Route 3. Mr. Zingale explained the similarities between the current classifications and the proposed classifications. The Board discussed the matter and decided to act at the next meeting.


  1. Told the Board that the CVPS rate Tariff for municipally owned light fixtures and bulbs had been released. Mr. Zingale said under the proposed Tariff there is absolutely no incentive for the Town to swap out all street lights for new LED lights since it would cost the Town approximately $10,000.00 more per year over the current annual charges. The Board discussed the mater and took no action.


  1. Briefed the Board regarding the latest E-Waste news pertaining to electronics collection. Mr. Zingale explained how the E-waste items would be collected and transported if the Board decides to sign on as a collection site. The Board discussed the matter and it was decided to wait to the next meeting before taking any action.


  1. The Board discussed whether to pay and additional $1,540.00 to complete the Town parcel mapping. The Board and Mr. Zingale discussed various issues regarding whether the proposed work would complete the maps. Mr. Dicton express concern the project was over budget and not to Ms. Hyjek’s satisfaction. The Board discussed the topic at length and Mr. Hall moved to approve $1,540.00 and close the loop on the project. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed 4 to 1. Mr. Dicton voted in the negative.





The Board reviewed packet correspondence from:


  1. Watershed Consulting, regarding the ongoing stormwater project
  2. Thank You from Colleen Elizabeth Shouldice for the Select Board Scholarship she received
  3. Do and Don’t regarding Town pool maintenance
  4. General Electric Tax settlement
  5. Town Softball League contract


Mr. Rhodes informed the Board that the Town hired Mr. Fred Nicholson in 2009 at  $55.00 per hour for roadside mowing. Mr. Rhodes said his pay went up to $65.00 per hour in 2010 and that he is now receiving $70.00 per hour as of tonight. Mr. Rhodes said generally the Town sets the rate at which the service will be provided and not the employee.


Mr. Hall said there should have been some discussion prior to the increase. Mr. Terenzini cited the fact other Town subcontractors may feel there is a need for their pay to be increased as well. Mr. Terenzini said the Board should discuss the matter with Mr. Nicholson in two weeks.


Mr. Dicton moved to go into executive session at 8:35 PM to discuss Recreation matters and to discuss a delinquent water fee issue with Mr. Zingale. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Rhodes declared the executive closed at 8:50 PM. Mr. Hall moved to terminate the water delinquency on July 5th. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Terenzini made a motion to dissolve the Rutland Town Recreation Committee and go with a part-time recreation director. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Hall moved to close the meeting at 8:50 PM. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.