MINUTES: September 27, 2011


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


The Meeting opened at 6:50 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.


Mr. Hawley moved to approve the 9-13-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Town Clerk & Treasurer:  Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:


  1. Informed the Board that the State of Vermont has extended the filing date for Homestead declarations until September 30, 2011


  1. Informed the Board that the new Transfer Station bulletin board had been delivered. Ms. Hyjek said she plans to have the Highway department put up the bulletin board.


  1. Informed the Board that School Board officials would like the Board to move its Pre-Town Meeting from the last Monday in January 16th the third Monday in January. Ms. Hyjek recommended the Board change their meeting date to January 23rd.  Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the Board would have less time to work on budgets should the date be moved from January 30th. Mr. Hall made a motion to set January 23rd as the Pre Town Meeting date for this year. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


  1. Mr. Hall moved to abate the property tax bill for $3.54 for Scientific Games International. Mr. Terenzini made a motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:


  1. Reported had routine meeting last week


  1. Informed the Board that the Lions Club has offered trees to the Town to give to residents. Mr. Nicholson said the Town could also plant trees in the public right of way. The Board told Mr. Nicholson to follow up on the matter.




Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:


  1. Informed the Board he had met with FEMA officials and that he had a follow up meeting scheduled for later in the week.


  1. Mr. Hathaway explained how the Town would be reimbursed (from different funding sources) for cleaning up costs associated with local flooding. He said the Town would be dealing with FEMA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). He said both the East Pittsford Road and the Post Road are Federal Aided Highways and would receive aid from FHA. He said all other roads in town, which received damage, would be funded through FEMA.

    Mr. Hathaway told the Board that the clean up cost for the East Pittsford Road was less than the $5,000.00 minimum and would not qualify for FHA funds. The Board and Mr. Hathaway filled out correspondence regarding funding assistance. Mr. Hall moved to authorize the chairman sign the Vermont Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund correspondence. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Rhodes signed correspondence.


  1. Mr. Hathaway told the Board planned to meet with Mr. Les Wright, who is with the EWP Program to survey flood damage in order to determine eligibility.


Recreation Director: Mike Rowe reported:


  1. There are over 100 individuals enrolled in the soccer program


  1. Announced the annual Halloween party will be October 30th from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM at the Town school.


  1. Told the Board that a valve for the pool had not yet been installed.


Town Administrator:  Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:


  1. Informed the Board he had received the traffic data the Board needs in order to apply for the so-called “Farrell Slip lane” permit. Mr. Zingale will include the information in the Board’s next agenda packet.


  1. Told the Board of a request from Mr. John Martin, for the Town to rebuild or assist in the rebuilding of a fire pond, which was damaged by the recent flooding. Mr. Zingale told the Board that the pond is on a school lease lot. He told the Board he is aware that the Martins have a 999-year lease from the Town of Rutland for the land in question. The Board discussed the matter and took no action.


  1. Told the Board that Vermont Roofing planned to work on the Town Hall roof the week of October 10th.


  1. Informed the Board of two upcoming free stormwater seminars.


  1. Discussed the Aldi’s Act 250 Questionnaire with the Board. Mr. Zingale informed the Board that the Town had received the questionnaire to sign but had not received an application to review. The Board took no action.


  1. Informed the Board that two individuals plan to open a marijuana dispensary on US RT 4 East in the Town. Mr. Zingale said the individuals plan to rent an existing commercial space. Mr. Zingale said no Act 250 permit would be required since the existing parcel is less than 1 acre in size and that the Town has no permit requirement. Mr. Zingale said according to the individuals that plan to open the dispensary the public will not be admitted to the store unless they have set up an appointment to get their medical prescription filled.


  1. Presented a grant request from Mr. Marc Latzky, operator of Market Fair, seeking a letter of support from the Board. The Board discussed the request and decided to address the matter at the next meeting. Mr. Zingale informed the Board that the Grant application deadline was prior to the Board’s next meeting.


Mr. Terenzini congratulated all involved in getting US RT 4 East back open following the flood.


Mr. Hall reported that he had attended a meeting at the Williams Farm regarding flood clean up programs.


Mr. Rhodes said the Board should consider level funding budgets. Mr. Rhodes predicted Town taxes would increase because of the State’s need for more education money due to the fact many towns have had their grand list reduced.


Mr. Zingale told the Board that Mr. John Kalish has expressed an interest in purchasing the southern end of Cop John Drive. The Board discussed the matter and took no action


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


Not Present


Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:


Not Present


Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:


Not Present


Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:


Not Present


Mr. Terenzini moved to close the meeting at 7:53 P.M. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.