TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Stanley F. Rhodes III, Don Chioffi, Steve Hawley and John Paul Faignant
The Meeting opened at 6:29 P.M.
All rose for the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.
Mr. Rhodes said the Board would dispense with the minutes and will go directly to New Business. Mr. Rhodes said the Board would meet with Mr. Steve Reman regarding the groSolar's proposed annual payment to the Town in lieu of taxes and structuring a contract with groSolar.
Mr. Chioffi made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of negotiating a contract and discussions with groSolar. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board came out of executive at 7:28 P.M.
Mr. Rhodes asked if there were any questions from the floor. He said Mr. Zingale was the only person on the agenda.
The Board reviewed the minutes of December 17, 2013. Mr. Chioffi cited corrections on page 2, page 3 and page 7. Mr. Hawley cited corrections on 2. Mr. Hawley moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Mr. Chioffi made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board considered Fire Department Bylaw amendments. Mr. Hawley said the section in the Bylaw regulation on 1.1 paragraph A, section 3 has been eliminated. He said and person no longer needs a letter from the Chief of their previous fire department. He said also eliminated in section 2, is the required that a person have previous firefighting experience. Mr. Rhodes read the section which has been eliminated.
Mr. Chioffi made a motion to accept the bylaw amendment. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the amendment would also establish a cadet program. Mr. Hawley said the definition for a “junior fireman” has also been changed. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board discussed the whether to amend the Dog Ordinance to allow any law enforcement officers certified by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council to issue a notice under the ordinance.
Mr. Rhodes cited the fact that he and Mr. Chioffi and Mr. Hawley had approved the budgets.
Board received the Solar Facility Siting Standards (SFSS) amendment
to the Town Plan from the Planning Commission. Mr. Rhodes cited the
fact that the Board had received received two copies in their packet.
He said item #1 is the new document and
item # 2 is the old document.
Mr. Rhodes asked what the timetable is for the Board's public hearing. Mr. Zingale said it is either 15 or 30 days and that he would check. Mr. Zingale said the Board has to hold two public hearings and that it might send the document back to the Planning Commission if substantial changes are made.
Mr. Rhodes said he thinks the Board would like to meet to review the document and see if any changes are necessary. Mr. Rhodes said if Board members are prepared they could make changes now. Mr. Chioffi said he would like an executive session to discuss the document.
Mr. Rhodes said he wants to make sure that everyone is notified as to when the Board will review the SFSS. Mr. Rhodes said he wants it put on an agenda and does not what to have to come up with a meeting date, tonight. Board members discussed possible meeting dates.
Mr. Chioffi made a motion to go into executive session on a personnel matter that he feels is very important to the Town. Mr. Chioffi withdrew his motion.
Mr. Rhodes read the amendment language to be added to the Dog ordinance. He said the “any law enforcement officer certified by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council” would have the authority to issue a notice. Mr. Hawley made a motion to approve the language as read by Mr. Rhodes. Mr. Chioffi made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Chioffi made a motion at 7:46 P.M. to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Rhodes said the Board was out of executive session at 8:31 P.M. Mr. Zingale will correct Mr. Chioffi's motion to read to discuss a personnel matter regarding Mr. Zingale.
The Board reviewed packet correspondence.
Mr. Rhodes cited the filing by Rutland Renewable Energy to the Public Service Board for a solar farm on the Cold River Road. He also cited the submital of over 400 signatures from “Vermonters for Responsible Solar”, which were collected by Mr. David Fucci. The signatures are from individuals in Rutland Town and Rutland County.
The Building Committee will review the VLCT Hazard Identification Survey for the Town Municipal Building. Mr. Faignant said he would contact Mr. Jerry Stearns and get the electrical items done.
Mr. Rhodes read a letter of thanks sent to the Board and the Town Road Commissioner from Ms. Sandra Switzer on Blue Ridge Drive regarding a job well done sanding her road.
Mr. Rhodes said according to correspondence from the State of Vermont the Town's common level of appraisal is 101.02 %.
Mr. Zingale will make the Town Municipal Building's Wi-Fi password available to Select Board members.
The Board discussed upgrading the Town's web site to allow individuals to make payments and purchase licenses online without having to come into the Town Office. Mr. Hawley made a motion to get the web site set up so payments for all aspects of taxes, fees or licenses can be made on the web site. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Faignant moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 P.M. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
Mr. Faignant moved to close the meeting at 8:45 P.M. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Rhodes wished everyone a Merry Christmas.