TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Steven Hawley, James Hall, Stanley Rhodes III, James Callahan and Joshua Terenzini.
The Meeting opened at 7:00 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Hall made a motion to accept the minutes of 1-4-11 with changes. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Solid Waste Alliance Communities: Mr. Shields reported:
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Town Clerk & Treasurer Marie Hyjek inquired as to how Mr. Hathaway and Mr. Tripp would be getting around without the town truck. Mr. Hathaway said he would use his truck as needed.
Mr. Hall questioned Mr. Hathaway as to how he accounts for town road salt that is in a contractor’s trucks after a snowstorm. He also asked if Mr. Hathaway gives the drivers a credit for the salt not used. Mr. Hathaway said it (the salt) just continues on the truck. He said the only way to account for the unused salt would be for the drivers to return all unused salt to the Town when they finish their routes. The Board and Mr. Hathaway discussed the matter further and took no action.
Mr. Hall informed those in attendance that he had spoken with the Town’s subcontractors (snowplow drivers) regarding hourly rate adjustment. Mr. Hall said the subcontractors had not had a rate increase for three years. Mr. Hall moved to adjust the hourly rate by $3.00 per hour. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion.
Mr. Hathaway said the rate increase would amount to a $5,400.00 increase to his budget. Mr. Rhodes said the increase is only for six wheel trucks and not pick-up trucks. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Rhodes said the new rate would start on February 1st.
Mr. Rhodes read a letter of resignation from the Planning Commission from Mr. Tom Turner. Mr. Terenzini moved to accept Mr. Turner’s resignation from the Planning Commission. Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hathaway and the Board discussed Mr. Hathaway eliminating the wood waste at the Transfer Station. Mr. Hathaway said that over the course of the next year he would run the wood through a tub grinder and then mix the material with sand and compost to make topsoil.
Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Recreation Commission: Mr. Jode Hall reported:
Mr. Terenzini questioned Mr. Hall regarding the hours of operation for the skating at Del Bianco Park. Mr. Hall said he does not view the rink as a Town Recreation project. Mr. Rhodes said in the future the Recreation Commission would run the skating rink. The Board and the Fire Chief discussed the matter further and took no action. The Board discussed operating a municipal rink at Northwood Park in the future.
Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Chief Joe Denardo- 3 years
Assistant Chief Mike Barron- 1 year
Assistant Chief Nick Denardo-1 year
Captain Mike Carlson- 1 year
Captain Chris Clark- 1 Year
Lieutenant Ben Hogan- 1 year
Lieutenant B.J. Hathaway- 1 year
Treasurer- Paul Williams
Training Officer- Steve Pulling
Safety Officer- Ray McCarthy
Safety Officer- Mike Gould
Mr. Hawley moved to approve the list of officers as presented by Chief Denardo. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Chief Denardo thanked former Assistant Chief Bruce Egan for his time with the department as well as Mr. Ed Clough for his past service as an officer.
Chief Denardo informed the Board that the cost for Comcast Television at the Town’s two fire station is set to increase. He told the Board he had not budgeted for a price increase. The Board discussed the matter and Mr. Rhodes said the Board would increase cable services in the Fire Budget by $600.00.
Mr. Rhodes questioned Mr. Denardo regarding the recent purchase of new tires for a town Fire truck from a Middlebury vendor. Mr. Rhodes encouraged Chief Denardo to make such purchases locally in the future. Chief Denardo said the Middlebury business used to be in Town and has moved.
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
Mr. Hall suggested that Mr. McKirryher add Amanda Drive to his route rather than having the Town Truck plow the street. Mr. Hathaway said he assigned the route to the Town Truck because Mr. McKirryher has one of the longest routes. Mr. Hathaway said Mr. McKirryher would begin to plow the road starting the following day.
Vermont Association for the blind and visually impaired has request $750.00
Rutland County Women’s Network has requested $500.00
Vermont Center for Independent Living $535.00
Association for Retarded Citizens $800.00
BROC, Community Action and Southwester Vermont and Bennington and Rutland Counties $ 975.00
Southwest Council on Aging $1,500.00
Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Rutland $1,500.00
Rutland Mental Health $4,502.00
Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice $6,500.00
Rutland Town Scholarship Program $10,000.00
Rutland Regional Ambulance Service $16,152.00
Rutland Free Library $77,391.00
Housing Trust of Rutland County $300.00
Mr. Hall moved to place the funding request on the ballot as printed. Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rhodes changed the amount requested in the proposed Fire Budget by $600.00 for cable services. Mr. Rhodes said the total Fire Budget is $158,080.00.
The Board reviewed the $1,006,438.00 proposed General Budget. Mr. Rhodes said the budget would be met with $145,000.00 in anticipated income and $429,000.00 in cash-on-hand (from the 1% revenues) and an anticipated $400,000.00 in (1% revenues). Mr. Rhodes said $32,438.00 would be raised through taxes.
Mr. Rhodes said the proposed Highway Budget is $916,430.00. He said there is $100,000.00 in anticipated revenues. Mr. Rhodes said the Highway Budget would be $816,430.00.
Mr. Rhodes said the proposed Fire Budget is $158,080.00 with no anticipated income.
Mr. Rhodes said the proposed Recreation Budget is $136,000.00 He said the budget is down $915.00 from last year. Mr. Rhodes said $32,000.00 is expected in income. He said $104,000.00 would have to be raised through taxes.
Mr. Rhodes informed Board members that the Vermont Country Store has donated $250.00 each to the Town Fire Department and Town Recreation.
Mr. Hawley moved to accept the budgets as presented. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The Board signed the March 2011 Town Meeting Warning and the Appropriation request list.
Mr. Hall informed Board members that he had recently attended a State Police Community Advisory Board meeting.
Mr. Callahan made a motion at 8:35 P.M. to go into executive session with Chief John Sly to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rhodes declared the executive session closed at 9:25 P.M.
Mr. Hawley made a motion to adjourn at 9:26 P.M. Mr. Terenzini made a
second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
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