TOWN OF RUTLAND
MINUTES: October 11, 2011
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Joe Dicton,
Steve Hawley and James Hall
Meeting opened at 6:50 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Hawley moved to approve the 9 -27-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Dicton made a
second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Questions from the Floor
Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
the Board that the tax appeals for the 2009 Grand List have been settled.
She said the tax appeals are still pending for 2010.
- Informed the Board the Town audit is not yet
complete and is being delayed due to the tax appeals.
Hall moved to sign the 2009 Grand List per the statement read by the Chairman.
Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- Cited a letter in the Board’s packet from Ms.
Kimberly Gardner requesting she be allowed to dispose of her garbage and
flood debris at the transfer station at no charge. Ms. Hyjek said she told
Ms. Gardner to check with FEMA because the Town does not take hazardous
material. The Board took no action.
- Told the Board she informed the Rutland County
Battered Woman’s Network it would need to get a petition with 5% of the
voters to get on the Town ballot.
- Reminded the Board there will be tax appeals on
Tuesday the eighteenth.
- Told the Board there could be a Board of
Abatement hearing in the future.
Waste Alliance Communities & Rutland Transportation Council: Mr. Shields
- Announced the next Household Hazardous Waste
Collection will be on the weekend at the Town Transfer Station.
- Told the Board the Town of Mendon made a
presentation regarding how they responded to tropical storm Irene
- Inquired as to the status of the Grove Street
Bridge. Mr. Rhodes said the City is waiting for a State inspector to check
the bridge. Mr. Rhodes said the bridge was a low priority.
Planning Commission Mr. Fred
- Business as usual.
Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron
- Requested the Board sign off regarding an Agency
of Transportation form pertaining to whether the condition of the Cold
River Road is acceptable to the Town, as a result of the detoured traffic
caused by Irene. Mr. Hathaway said he is not aware of any damage to the
road. Mr. Dicton moved for the Chairman to sign the Agency of Transportation
form. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- He is prepared to send out his letter regarding
the fence in the Hitzel Terrace Road right of way stating the Town will
not be responsible for damage to the fence. Mr. Zingale suggested the Town
send the individuals a letter stating the fence is a violation of a Town
ordinance and needs to be removed.
- Reported he had located the septic tank at the
Town pool. He informed the Board the septic tank does not have any baffles
and consequently the sludge in the tank is draining. The Board discussed
the matter and instructed Mr. Hathaway to make swing ties and to install
the baffle and riser in the spring. Mr. Hathaway will get the tank pumped
out. Mr. Rowe will put up signs instructing individuals not to flush
certain items down the toilets.
- Informed the Board the Town had received signs
indicating east Creek is part of the Otter Creek water shed. Mr. Hathaway
will place the signs near Town bridges over East Creek. Mr. Hathaway said
the post, the sign were free and that the Town would be reimbursed for
labor to install the signs.
Hall asked Mr. Hathaway to explain why he was working around Hendee’s garage
following the flooding. Mr. Hathaway said he had to address the town catch basin
near the corner of the Hendee building. Mr. Hathaway said the ditch the catch
basin discharges was full and had to be cleaned.
Rhodes questioned if the Town has authority to maintain the ditch in the
future. Mr. Hathaway said he had to clean the ditch from East Creek back to the
two culverts. The Board discussed the matter further and took no action.
Dicton said Mr. Hathaway should get insurance certificates and CDL cards from
all of the snowplow drivers. Mr. Hathaway said he would do so.
Department: Captain John Paul
Director: Mike Rowe reported:
- Questioned the Board regarding a sewer problem
at Dewey Field. Mr. Dicton said there is a problem with the line from the
women’s restroom. Mr. Rowe will check with maintenance person Mr. Bill
- Questioned the Board regarding the removal of
the metal playground toy at Dewey Field. Mr. Zingale will contact Mr. Jim
Earl regarding the removal.
- Informed the Board the Halloween Party is
scheduled for Sunday October 30th at the Town School Gym from
5:00 PM to 7:00PM.
- Told the Board the Recreation Department plans
to continue the practice of having pizza parties for the various soccer
age groups. The Board had no problem with the request provided the event
is covered in the budget.
- Reported winter basketball registration will be
November 1st and 2nd at the Town School Gym lobby
from 5:00 PM to 6:00PM
Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
- Requested permission from the Board to hire an
engineer to assist with completing a Hazard Mitigation Grant to either
elevate the Post Road pump station or relocate the electrical panel to
higher ground. The Board discussed the matter and told Mr. Zingale to
- Cited the $25,346.00
in recovery expenses for getting the Post Road and State Place pump
stations back on-line after Irene. Mr. Zingale told the Board he had
submitted the information to the Town’s insurance adjustor and will keep
the Board informed.
- Informed the Board that CVPS has issued it
street light tariff and that the Town would save about $2,000.00 a year after converting all Town
street lights to the new LED type. Mr. Zingale told the Board that
Efficiency Vermont would cover the Town’s conversion expenses. Mr. Zingale
said he needs to get from CVPS the depreciated value, CVPS would expect
the Town to pay. Mr. Zingale will report back to the Board when he has
- Requested a brief executive session to discuss a
water user bill.
Board considered the so-called Farrell Road Slip Lane application to VTrans.
Mr. Hall moved for the Chairman to sign the Farrell slip lane application. Mr.
Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Board reviewed packet correspondence.
Hall moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the release form with Mr. Brunell
terminating the timber harvest. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The
motion passed unanimously.
Rhodes cited a letter from Mr. Bob Burt to CVPS, informing CVPS that they had
trespassed onto Town land and had destroyed 200 to 300 feet along the property
line. Mr. Zingale said he thinks Mr. Burt may be incorrect as to the location
of the Town land. Mr. Zingale told the Board he had sent Mr. Burt an e-mail
regarding the location of Town land.
Rhodes raised questions regarding the clean up of the Flory Plaza. Mr.
Nicholson said the Flory’s could tear down the building anytime they want to do
so. Mr. Rhodes said the Board needs to discuss the matter again with the Town
Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Dicton moved to go into executive session to discuss the Flory Heights
water/sewer concerns. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed
Rhodes declared the executive session closed at 8:05 PM. Mr. Hall moved to
close the meeting. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed