TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Joe Dicton, Stanley Rhodes III, Steve Hawley and James Hall
The Meeting opened at 6:45 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Questions from the floor:
Mr. Don Phillips PE, representing Aldrich & Elliott Engineering, met with the Board and explained the services, which his company can offer to the Town of Rutland. Mr. Phillips cited several Rutland County towns, which have worked with his company on a variety of engineering projects. Mr. Phillips also provided references from several of the town that have worked with his company.
Mr. Phillips said his company could provide town assistance with; water, wastewater water, storm water and setting rate structures. Mr. Phillips cited the fact his company seldom charges for advice and other information requested by clients
Mr. Phillips said his company is a Vermont firm and works only in Vermont.
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Mr. Rhodes asked Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., how the matter came to the Board’s attention. Mr. Zingale said as a result of a discussion he had with the Town Road Commissioner. Mr. Zingale said per the Town’s ordinance a private drive with three or more homes must be given a street name.
Rhodes questioned Mr. Zingale regarding when the third home was built on the
private drive off Bittersweet and questions regarding the private road off Oak
Ridge Drive. Mr. Richard Lloyd, whose driveway connects to the unnamed private
road, told the Board he has no problem receiving mail, UPS and deliveries from
Albany New York.
Mr. Zingale said one option would be to change the name of Oak Ridge Drive to Oak Ridge Place and the house numbers would stay the same or the Board could leave Oak Ridge Drive and place a name on the private road, in which case all the house numbers would change.
Mr. William Thomas, Mr. Scott Brileya and Mr. Mark Foley Jr. all addressed the Board and said they do not want to change their addresses. Mr. Thomas told the Board you can see Mr. Lloyd’s and Mr. Foley’s home as soon as you turn on to Oak Ridge Drive.
Thomas said the road name is working perfect the way it is. He said if the
Board starts screwing around with the road name it might muddy the waters
enough that there is a problem. Mr. Thomas said he has lived at his address for
21 years and that there has never been a problem.
Mr. Brileya told the Board if there is going to be a problem it would be with his home, since it is located in Pittsford. Mr. Brileya said he has never had trouble with mail, UPS or Fed X. Mr. Brileya said people find his home using GPS devices.
Mr. Sly told the Board that the E911 Board is in the process of correcting mapping inaccuracies. He said at some point when Oak Ridge Drive is corrected, GPS units would no longer show the private drive.
Mr. Hawley questioned if the Town would be in trouble when and if the 911 Board updates its information. Mr. Hawley said he is not sure doing nothing is the best way to address the matter. Mr. Hawley said if it comes to where the Town is going to be penalized then the Board would have to do something.
Mr. Hall questioned what hardship changing the road name would cause. Mr. Hall said he is not prepared to make a decision. Mr. Lloyd said he would also have to notify motor vehicles and his insurance company.
Mr. Zingale said if Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Foley were to connect their driveways to Oak Ridge Drive then the Road name could stay and there would be no need to place a name on the private drive, since there would only be two homes on the private drive.
Mr. Foley asked if the Board could call the private drive Oak Ridge Drive Extension so the residents could keep their house numbers and street name. Mr. Zingale said the ordinance does not allow streets with similar names.
Mr. Lloyd said the sheer geography of Oak Ridge makes it impossible not to find a house on the private road.
The matter was discussed further and no action was taken.
Mr. Lloyd cited the fact he had turned in the final tax collector deed for the David Sirrack property located off North Main Street in Rutland. He said the Town officially owns the property. Mr. Lloyd said he has not filed the deed for the property.
Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
Mr. Rhodes questioned Chief Denardo regarding the status of the new Town Fire Truck. Mr. Denardo said the truck is not yet at Mr. Larry Dingee’s shop in New Hampshire. Mr. Denardo suggested the check be signed so he can pick up the truck in the event it is ready before the next meeting. Mr. Rhodes said now that the Board has heard from Mr. Denardo, the Board can sign the check.
Solid Waste Alliance Communities & Rutland Transportation Council: Mr. Shields reported:
Mr. Hall said an individual has raised the issue at the Transportation Council whether Rutland Town can be forced to pay a fee to The Bus for bus service in the Town.
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Recreation Director: Mike Rowe reported:
The Board considered the 329-gallon per day Alderman KIA wastewater allocation. Mr. Hawley moved to approve a 329-gallon per day for the Alderman KIA dealership. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board decided to have Jim Earl fix the compactor box for $1,950.00 and budget $6,450.00 for a new box.
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
1. Informed the Board he is attempting to recover approximately $1000.00 from the owners of the Ponderosa Restaurant for grease discharged into the Town sewer system. Mr. Zingale told the Board that A1 Sewer & Drain Service determined the grease came from the Ponderosa Restaurant. Mr. Zingale said it is most likely the grease trap is not operating properly.
2. Informed the Board that the Town mapmaker has gone out of business. Mr. Zingale discussed the matter with the Board. Mr. Dicton asked Ms. Hyjek if she is satisfied with the maps and she said she is not satisfied. Mr. Zingale explained why the missing book and page information, which Ms. Hyjek wants in the map book, was not included.
3. Told the Board he is waiting to receive an estimated cost figure for relocating the Post Road Pump Station electrical panel from Mr. Pete Andrews, of Stantec, before he can file preliminary grant application.
4. Informed the Board that the Town has received $25, 951.00 from the Town’s insurance company for damage to two wastewater pump stations from tropical storm Irene.
5. Told the Board that Mr. Mark & Nancy Foley have filed a declaratory judgment with the court against the Town & City of Rutland for sewer over charges.
Mr. Rhodes asked Ms. Hyjek if the Town normally gives the American Red Cross a $2,000.00 annual donation. Ms. Hyjek said the American Red Cross requested the money because of tropical storm Irene. Mr. Dicton questioned whether the American Red Cross should submit a petition in order to get on the ballot. The Board directed Ms. Hyjek to inform the American Red Cross they would need to submit a petition to get on the ballot.
The Board reviewed packet correspondence.
Mr. Hawley moved to close the meeting at 8:45 PM. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.