MINUTES: June 5, 2012


Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Steve Hawley, Jim Hall, John Paul Faignant and Joe Dicton

The Meeting opened at 6:45 P.M.

All rose for The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

Mr. Hawley moved to approve the May 22, 2012 minutes with corrections. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion.


There were no questions from the floor.



Town Clerk & Treasurer:  Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:


  1. Informed the Board that six Land Record Books would be out of the Office for microfilming beginning on June 11, 2012.


The Board reviewed a letter from ARC regarding ballot wording.


Solid Waste Alliance Communities & Rutland Transportation Council:  Mr. Shields reported:



Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:


1.      Reported half of the summer paving is complete. Mr. Hathaway said the paving work should be complete in July.


  1. Informed the Board that he would be taking Mondays and Fridays off until July 1st to use up his remaining vacation days. Mr. Hathaway said while he is off Mr. Tripp would not be doing any chain saw work. Mr. Hathaway said there are always two men present when the chain saw is used.


Mr. Faignant questioned Mr. Hathaway regarding the structural inspection of the East Creek Bridge. Mr. Hathaway said he is waiting to hear back from a State official as to why there is a deficiency. Mr. Hathaway will report to the Board when he receives a reply. Mr. Hall made a motion to sign off on the Bridge Inspection report as requested by the state. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Recreation Director: Mike Rowe reported:


  1. Informed the Board that pool registration is on going.


  1. He said baseball is going well and the Junior Babe Ruth league will start next week.


  1. Told the Board the Parks look great. Mr. Rowe said Bill Bauer and Chuck Hall are doing a good job.


  1.  Informed the Board that the waste containers and the doggie bags have been set up at Northwood Park. He said individuals are using the bags.


  1. He told the Board that the Town Pool will be open on June 9 & June 10 and will open for the season on June 15.


  1. Mr. Rowe told the Board that a handicapped lift must be installed at the pool in order to be in compliance with an Americans with Disabilities Administration (ADA) requirement. Mr. Rowe said the Town must be in compliance by January 2013. Mr. Rowe discussed the lift matter with the Board. Mr. Rowe said the lift would cost $5,000.00 and that it would cost $1,500.00 to install the lift. Mr. Rowe said the lifts are on back order. He said the installation would take place in the fall. Mr. Rhodes instructed Mr. Rowe to move forward with complying with the regulation.


  1. Mr. Rowe and the Board discuss recreation summer staff pay increases. Mr. Rowe said some individuals have not had a raise in 2 or 3 years. He told the Board the rate he feels they deserve. Mr. Rowe cited the fact that the State minimum wage is $8.46 per hour. Mr. Rhodes said the Board should look at the proposed rate increases before approving the request.

    Mr. Dicton said the Board should approve the request submitted by Mr. Rowe. Mr. Dicton cited the fact four individuals would be earning $8.75 per hour and that new employees would start at  $8.00. Mr. Dicton said he does not have a problem with the submittal.

    Mr. Dicton moved to accept Mr. Rowe’s recommendation for the Northwood Pool staff summer 2012. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Town Administrator:  Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:


  1. Informed the Board that the American Cancer Society (ACS) had requested a family or individual pool pass for the season as a donation to raise money for the ACS. Mr. Faignant moved to authorize one family pass as a donation. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


  1. Presented the proposed Center Station contract with Black River Design Architects for signature. Mr. Zingale told the Board that Town Attorney Kevin Brown had reviewed the contract and said the chair could sign. Mr. Hawley moved to sign the standard form of agreement between the Town and Black River Design Architects as reviewed by Kevin Brown. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. Mr. Faignant questioned if a provision had been added. Mr. Zingale said he had not attached any new information. Mr. Faignant said the item he wanted included was included. The motion passed unanimously.


  1.  Presented a CVPS Corp. application to the Public Service Board seeking permission to replace and add new poles to the power line running through Town to the Board. Mr. Zingale told the Board that the new poles and replacements would be along the power line in the Hitzel Terrace / West Ridge Terrace area of town. Mr. Zingale said the work would not affect the Town of Rutland since it is on private property.


  1.  Informed the Board that a Virginia Company is considering whether to propose a contract to the Town to lease the capped landfill in order to construct a solar farm. Mr. Zingale said the same company is negotiating to place solar panels on property owned by a business on Seward.  Mr. Zingale said he also suggested the Town’s Park Street property but that the Virginia is not interested because the land is in the flood plane.

    Mr. Dicton asked if Mr. Zingale suggested the new parcel of land the Town recently took possession. Mr. Zingale said the land has flood plane and wetland issues and is inaccessible.  Mr. Dicton said he believes Mr. Richard Lloyd researched the matter and determined there is legal access to the property.


  1.  Informed the Board he had performed a sewer manhole inspection the previous week and that he found grease in certain manholes. Mr. Zingale said the Town cleaned the manholes with grease last fall. Mr. Zingale told the Board he could show pictures of his inspection at the next meeting.


  1. Mr. Zingale cited a report he prepared regarding the proposed sewer and water line feasibility study for the Business Route 4 corridor. Mr. Zingale said the name of parcel owners as well as the parcel size and the amount of taxes the parcels pay is listed on the report. He said the report also indicates the current use of the properties.


Mr. Hawley read the public hearing notice for the sewer and water line feasibility study for the Business Route 4 corridor.  Mr. Zingale told the Board that Mr. Jamie Stewart, the Executive Director of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation, is heading up the proposed study. Mr. Faignant cited the fact the properties along the corridor would have redevelopment potential with water & sewer service.


Mr. Stewart presented a map depicting existing water and sewer service in the Center Rutland Area. Mr. Stewart said part of the scope of the study would be to determine:


A)    Is it feasible

B)    At what cost

C)   What is the potential build-out


Mr. Stewart referred to the map and showed the areas where services are currently available. Mr. Stewart said the study would not only look at development and redevelopment along the road but also land behind the road frontage. Mr. Stewart said the businesses along the road now have limited development due to the fact there is no municipal water and sewer service.


Mr. Stewart told the Board that the CVPS, General Electric and the Rutland Hospital never drive guest through Center Rutland because of the negative image the area creates. He said all three companies will take their guest via the bypass in order to avoid going through the Center Rutland corridor.


Mr. Stewart said Wilk Paving would like to expand at their current site but can not due to the lack of sewer and water service. Mr. Stewart passed out copies of the proposed work plan. Mr. Stewart said the CDBG program requires a study for the potential for low and moderate housing. Mr. Stewart cited the fact there is ledge along the corridor.


Mr. Zingale told the Board that Town Fire District #1 operates water and sewer lines in Center Rutland and that the City of Rutland is already connected into the Fire District’s water system for emergency needs. Mr. Zingale explained that all of the wastewater from Fire District #1 is pumped into the City of Rutland for treatment.


Mr. Stewart told the Board that both Rutland City and West Rutland would like to provide services to the Center Rutland corridor.



Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:


1.      Mr. Denardo informed the Board he had sent out 7 RFP requests (for the new engine #4) to truck manufacturers. He said six companies attended a pre bid meeting. Mr. Denardo said bids are due on June 19th and would be opened at the Select Board meeting.


2.      Mr. Denardo said the truck under construction should be ready by the end of the month or early July. He said truck 31 is officially out of service.


3.      The Board and Mr. Denardo discussed insurance coverage for firefighters Mr. Faignant moved to have Kevin Brown do a coverage analysis of the Fire Department Insurance and get back to the Board. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


4.      Mr. Denardo asked if the Board could try to get permission from OMYA to allow the Town to build over their old rail line R-O-W behind the Fire Station. Mr. Zingale will contact OMYA.


Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:


Not present.


Planning Commission: William Matteson:


Not present.


Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:


Not present.


The Board came out of executive session after discussing Police Department matters. Mr. Hall moved to allocate 14 more hours to the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. It was stated that the same conditions stipulated in the contract would apply. The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Hall moved to close the meeting at 9:01 P.M. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.