TOWN OF RUTLAND
February 17, 2009
Board members present: Steven Hawley, James Hall, Stanley Rhodes III, Richard Del Bianco and Joshua Terenzini.
The Meeting opened at 6:30 P.M. The Board signed orders for thirty minutes.
The Board and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
The Board reviewed the February 3, 2009 minutes. Mr. Del Bianco moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Town Delinquent Tax Collector Mr. Richard “Dick “ Lloyd gave the Board a status report regarding Town delinquent taxes. Mr. Lloyd told the Board that the Town Report reflects almost $13,000.00 in outstanding delinquent taxes.
Mr. Lloyd said presently the amount of outstanding taxes is $7,981.77. Mr. Lloyd said there are eight delinquent accounts in the Town. He said one of the properties would be put up for a tax sale. He said the seven other owners are making partial payments.
Mr. Rhodes said the reason the delinquent tax amount is so low in the Town is because Mr. Lloyd is on the ball and does a good job. Mr. Terenzini said it is good sign it is only a few thousand dollars delinquent. He said the amount is much higher in other communities that are in awful shape.
Mr. Lloyd said over the past 30 plus years he has developed a policy of treating everyone the same. Mr. Del Bianco told Mr. Lloyd to keep up the good work.
Town Recreation Commission Chairman, Mr. Rick Del Bianco reported:
1) Told the Board the basketball program will end shortly after a few more games and a tournament. Mr. Del Bianco said the program is running well thanks to Mr. Mike Rowe.
2) Requested permission to place an ad in the paper advertising for a summer maintenance person. The Board discussed the matter with Mr. Del Bianco and instructed Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., to place an ad in the paper.
3) Mr. Del Bianco requested permission for a Rutland City Men’s Softball League to play its games at the softball field at Northwood Park for a fee of $3,000.00. The Board discussed the matter with Mr. Del Bianco and approved the league’s use of the field for $3,000.00. Mr. Rhodes requested a copy of the contract the league had with the City of Rutland. Mr. Del Bianco said he would get a copy for the Board.
4) Mr. Rhodes suggested the Board might want to advertise the Pool Director’s summer job position to see who might be available. Mr. Rhodes said individuals might be looking for work. Mr. Rick Del Bianco said Mr. Rowe has done a good job and the Board should not advertise for the position. Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Del Bianco discussed how many hours Mr. Rowe works in the course of a week. The Board took no action.
Town Representative to the Rutland County Transportation Council, Mr. Charley Shields reported:
1) No meeting no report.
Town Representative to SWAC, Mr. Charley Shields reported:
1) Town Representative James McNeil and another State Representative have proposed a bill to require manufactures of florescent bulbs be required to set up a recycling program to take the burden of Vermont facilities.
Town Representative to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
1) He had given Mr. Zingale the RRPC’s new web address and a web address for the RRPC new Energy Committee.
Mr. Zingale reported on the recent US Route 7 Corridor Study meeting. Mr. Zingale said he felt the meeting was productive and said the process is moving forward. Mr. Zingale said the meeting considered future land uses in the study area.
Mr. Zingale told the Board he was told by the Rutland Redevelopment Authority that the Rutland Railyard relocation EIS has not been released. He said he also learned that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) had been changed to an Environmental Assessment.
Mr. Zingale said that according to the Federal Government’s Web site an EA is done after an EIS has determined one is needed. Mr. Zingale said 10 years has been spent in Rutland preparing an EIS.
Town Planning Commission Chairman, Mr. William Matteson, Mr. Zingale and Mr. Rhodes discussed the matter and Mr. Zingale was instructed to schedule Mr. Rob Ide to meet with the Planning Commission regarding the status of the Railyard.
Town Road Commissioner, Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
1) He had submitted the annual Highway mileage certificate for the Board’s signature. Mr. Hathaway cited the fact he added 800 feet in length (on the Quarterline Rd.) to the amount of Town class 3 roads. Mr. Rhodes said the total amount of road mileage has increased from 57.104 miles to 57.26 miles. Mr. Rhodes said there are; 15.05 miles of class 2 roads, 31.64 miles of class 3 roads, 10.574 miles of State roads, 1.42 miles of class 4 roads and .19 miles of legal trail. Mr. Hall moved to approve the highway mileage certificate. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board signed the $5,500.00 fire works contract. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the Board had previously approved the contract.
Mr. Hathaway told the Board that the salt shed is about 25% full.
Mr. Terenzini asked Mr. Hathaway to explain what happened with the Town frontend loader at the intersection of Gleason Road and Townline Road. Mr. Hathaway said the Town loader got stuck in an old dry well when it was removing snow.
Mr. Hathaway said due to the way a homeowner has their snow plowed he has to use the loader to create visibility on the corner. He said the loader got stuck in a dry well while moving along the edge of the individual’s lawn. Mr. Hathaway said the dry well is abandoned. Mr. Hathaway said the only damage is the hole in the lawn, which will be repaired in the spring.
Mr. Del Bianco questioned Mr. Hathaway regarding his activities list. Mr. Hathaway said he applied sand to dirt roads in Center Rutland.
Mr. Matteson reported:
1) The Commission continues to work updating the Town Plan
2) There will be a subdivision hearing on Thursday night
Town Clerk and Treasurer, Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
1) February 25th is the last day to register to vote
2) Told the Board they have a liquor and tobacco license request from Mac’s and the Short Stop
3) Said the Town Report will be mailed on Thursday
4) Said the next Board meeting will be on March 2nd because March 3rd is Election Day. Ms. Hyjek asked the Board what time they want to hold the meeting. Mr. Terenzini suggested the Board meet on Wednesday March 4th. Mr. Hall moved to hold the meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday March 2nd. Mr. Del Bianco made a second to the motion. Mr. Hall revised his motion to “6:00”. Mr. Del Bianco revised his second to the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 4 to 1. Mr. Terenzini voted in the negative.
Mr. Hawley moved to approve the Liquor and tobacco licenses for Mac’s and Short Stop. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. Mr. Rhodes said there are no Liquor or tobacco related violations for either business. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Matteson reported to the Board regarding the recent US 7 Corridor study meeting. Mr. Matteson said about 30 individuals attended the meeting. Mr. Matteson said some of those in attendance were Stakeholders, RRPC officials, Rutland Town and Clarendon representatives and VTrans officials. Mr. Matteson said a lot of good idea came out of the meeting.
Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Matteson if the study is moving in the direction we assumed it would. Mr. Matteson said it’s hard to tell at this stage in the process. Mr. Matteson said for the most part the study is headed in a positive direction.
Mr. Matteson said the Study is considering future commercial development in both Rutland Town and Clarendon. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact there is more land in Clarendon than Rutland Town available for development.
Mr. Matteson said the people from Clarendon seem to want to concentrate their commercial development around the US 7 / 103 intersection. Mr. Matteson discussed the matter further with the Board.
Mr. Hall moved to reappoint Mr. John Sly as the Town Service Officer. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Zingale presented a request from the State Geologist Office seeking $6,000.00 from the Town in seed money, which the Town had previously committed to pay. The funds would be used to help cover the cost of aquifer mapping in the town.
Mr. Zingale said the Town Planning Commission in 2005 applied for participation in the mapping project. Mr. Zingale said he prepared and presented the Town project, which was one of several to be selected for participation in the mapping project.
Mr. Zingale said State Geologist have been doing mapping work in the Town for the past year and have now requested the Town make a partial payment to the project. The Board discussed the matter and Mr. Hawley moved to pay $4,500 out of the water & sewer account for the geology mapping work and for Mr. Rhodes to sign the document for the Board. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Zingale reported:
1) Presented the form for the appointment of the SWAC Representative and Alternative Representative. Mr. Terenzini moved to reappoint Mr. Charlie Shields as the SWAC representative and Mr. Fred Nicholson as the alternate. Mr. Del Bianco made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rhodes called the Zoning Regulation Public Hearing to order at 8:00PM.
The following items were discussed at the Public Hearing:
The Board reviewed packet correspondence.
Mr. Rhodes questioned Mr. Hathaway regarding a list of streets to be paved, which Mr. Hathaway had submitted to the RRPC.
Mr. Hawley moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.