TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present:
Steven Hawley, James Hall, Stanley Rhodes III, James Callahan and Joshua
Meeting opened at 6:00 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Hall made a motion to accept the minutes of1-18-11 with changes. Mr. Terenzini
made a second to the motion. The motion
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
- She has mailed out ballots to the printer and
that the Town Report was ready to go to the printer the following day and
that she will now be required to use sacks instead of boxes to mail the
- Told the Board she will post the warrings the
following day. Ms. Hyjek said the school warning was not signed rather the
name was typed on the warning notice. Ms. Hyjek told the Board that the
School Board had decided not to sign the warning even though she gave
assurance she could change the warning and the School Board could resign
- Informed the Board they have liquor and tobacco
licenses to sign.
Mr. Rhodes said the Board has liquor and tobacco
license requests from; Hannaford’s Short Stop, Green Mountain Boys and the
Holiday Inn Liquor license only. Mr. Rhodes said Chief John Sly had checked all
of the applications. Mr. Hawley moved to sign the liquor and tobacco licenses
as reviewed by Chief Sly. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion
Solid Waste Alliance Communities: Mr. Shields reported:
Transportation Council: Mr. Shields reported:
Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson
- The recent TAC Meeting discussed how towns
address highway access management and how we should reclassify our
region’s roads. Mr. Nicholson said three road segments in the Town, two
along US 7 South and North and Route 3 are under consideration for a
change in category. Mr. Nicholson said Category 3 is probably the most
strict with category 6 being a close second. He said Category 4 is the
easiest category and is the least restrictive. Mr. Nicholson said US 7
South from the Holiday Inn driveway to the Clarendon line is presently a
category 3 and is under consideration to go to category 6. Mr. Nicholson
said there is not much difference in the level of regulation between the two
He expressed a concern for a change in US RT 7 south citing Mr. John
Kalish’s proposed right hand turn off US 7. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the
Kalish access has been approved. Mr. Nicholson said the Fed’s must still
make a decision on the proposed right turn off US 7.
Mr. Nicholson said US 7 North is proposed to go from a category 6 to
category 3. Town Administrator Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr. Question Mr.
Nicholson as to the Category of the RT 7 North. Mr. Zingale said he had
recently reviewed the matter with staff at the Rutland Regional Planning
Commission and that he has a map showing the section in question as
category 3. Mr. Zingale suggested the Board seek the least restrictive
category as possible. Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Zingale and the Board
discussed the matter further and the Board took no action.
- Mr. Nicholson said the Town Planning Commission
should consider airport zoning. He cited the fact the State Representative
from Clarendon has introduced a bill to the Legislature, which would
require the Secretary of Transportation to determine, either before during
or after the fact if a building is too tall rather than deal with the
matter locally through zoning. The Board and Mr. Nicholson discussed the
mater further and took no action.
- Informed the Board that the Committee reviewing
the region’s Byway Designation proposal was very impressed with the
group’s presentation. He said the plan received a unanimous affirmative
decision. He said a hearing is set with VTrans for February 10th
at the Killington Town Office. Mr. Nicholson said he would attend the
Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron
- He had received the new Town Truck and used the
truck over the weekend. He informed the Board the new owners picked up the
old truck also on Friday.
- Told that Board that to date he has used
approximately half of the winter budget.
- Informed the Board that Mrs. Mary Gill had
submitted a $25.00 bill for the cost
of replacing her newspaper box, which a town snowplow knocked over. Mr. Hathaway
said the Town would have attempted to repair the mailbox had Mrs. Gill
requested to do so. Mr. Hathaway said his policy is to not reimburse
individuals when they make their own repairs and bill the Town. The Board
discussed the matter and took no action.
Rhodes cited the fact it is illegal to plow snow across town roads. He said
snow pushed in the road r-o-w makes it hard to keep the snow banks back off the
Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Planning Commission: Mr. William
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
- Cited recent break-ins to commercial and
residential properties in the City of Rutland. He cautioned individuals
not to enter a building or home if there are signs of a break-in. He said
individuals should call the police and let the police enter the building
- Mr. Sly cited the fact that snowplow drivers can
be held legally responsible if their depositing of snow or ice causes
injury to another individual.
Recreation Commission: Mr. Jode
- Informed the Board he had received a call from
Mr. Bill Bauer, who is interested in the Recreation maintenance position.
Mr. Hall told the Board he would give them a copy of Mr. Bauer’s resume
next week. Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Hathaway to ask Mr. Tom Gallipo if he
would be interested in doing the mowing with the Town’s equipment. Mr.
Rhodes said Mr. Hall should advertise the position for applicants. Mr. Jim
Hall said the notice should list all the duties to be performed.
- Informed the Board he had spoken with Mr. Scott
Stevens regarding the summer mowing. Mr. Rhodes said the Board is
definitely not going to hire corrections this year.
- Cited the high electric bill the Town received
for the lights used for the skating rink at Del Bianco Park. Mr. Hall told
the Board he would investigate the bill to make sure it is correct. Mr.
Hall told the Board that he had spoken with the Mc Mahon’s and that they
reported that they did not turn any light on until at 6:00 P.M., when the
rate is much cheaper. He said, according to the McMahon’s they only used
one of the four light poles and that the light never came on prior to 6:00
P.M. Mr. Hall said the lights were used on January 12th, 15th,
16th and the 22nd.
Mr. Rhodes said he had spoken with a CVPS person and that he was informed
the first 5 kilowatts hours are free and that the Town consumption are way
up. Mr. Rhodes said a total of 30.5 kilowatts were used. He said at $13.12 the Town bill is $417.89. Mr. Rhodes said he does think the use
of lights at the rink is sustainable. Mr. Hall said the lights were not
used from December 15th to January 12th. The Board and Mr. Hall
discussed the matter further and Mr. Hall said he would report back to the
Board when he has more information.
Mr. Rhodes informed Board
members that he received several phone calls from Center Rutland residents
opposed to the Board plan to turn off some Town street lights. Mr. Rhodes said
the Town should move forward with plans to replace all the streetlights in Town
with LED lights. Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Zingale to get a price for the new LED
lights. Mr. Sly inquired if residents who have streetlights could form a fire
district and be responsible to pay for the lights. Mr. Callahan said he would
still prefer to turn off the designated lights.
The Board discussed a
request from the City of Rutland to place fill in the area know as the”
valve-box graveyard”. The Board instructed Mr. Zingale tell Mr. Mike Garafano
they have permission to place the fill on town land.
Mr. Rhodes questioned Mr.
Hathaway regarding a maintenance issue involving the salt spreader on one of
the contracted trucks working for the Town. Mr. Hathaway said the individual’s
amount of salt application should be reduced because the spreader speed has been
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph
- Asked if any Board members would like to form a
zoning sub-committee and jointly review the proposed zoning with several
Planning Commissioners. The Board discussed the matter and took no action.
- Informed the Board he recently attended a US RT
7 South Corridor Management meeting. He told the Board that he and Mr.
George Ambrose (Clarendon Representative on the joint committee) decided
to pursue getting the Seward Road / US 7 S intersection flared on the
north side, which would allow for the signal timing to be lengthen for
vehicles exiting the Green Mountain Shopping Plaza.
- Informed the Board he had mailed in the LED
Spot-light grant application.
- Asked if any Board member was interested in attending
Local Government Day in the Legislature. Mr. Hall and Mr. Rhodes said they
had both register to attend.
- Asked the Board if he could take on the task of
replacing the “Welcome to the Town of Rutland “ signs placed around town.
He said several signs are in poor condition and need to be repaired or
replaced. The Board discussed the mater and Mr. Rhodes suggested Mr.
Zingale contact Mr. Larry Young to get a possible cost for doing the work.
- Informed the Board they had received a letter
from another Center Rutland resident opposed to turning off any
- Requested the Board sign the Thank You letter to
The Vermont Country Store.
- Informed the Board that “The Rutland Commons” ,
the John Kalish project had received approval for a break in the limited
access highway to allow for a right hand in turn off US RT 7 S.
- Told the Board the Town has received the new
- Asked if anyone knew if the two new 40-yard
containers had been delivered to the Transfer Station. Mr. Hawley said he
said the new containers at the Transfer Station.
- Requested a brief executive session to discuss a
pending tax settlement.
Mr. Rhodes gave the Board a
brief report regarding the clean-up status of the Flory Plaza. The Board
instructed Mr. Zingale to send Mr. Tony Flory a copy of Mr. Ed Bove’s letter
regarding building removal.
The Board discussed whether
Mr. Zingale should takeover typing the Planning Commission minutes. The Board
instructed Mr. Zingale to begin taking and typing the Planning Commission minutes.
Mr. Rhodes reviewed various
items contained in the Board’s meeting packet.
Mr. Hawley moved to donate $75.00 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Hall
made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hall made a motion to go
into executive session with Mr. Zingale to discuss a pending tax settlement.
Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rhodes declared the
executive session closed at 8:21 P.M.
Mr. Hall moved to follow
attorney Ren Barlow’s suggested settlement for $190,000.00.
Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hawley suggested the
Highway Committee meet with Mr. Hathaway and ask him to come up with a plan to
deal with overtime.
Mr. Terenzini moved to close
the meeting. Mr. Callahan made a second to the motion. The motion passed