TOWN OF RUTLAND
MINUTES: February 28, 2012
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Steve Hawley,
Jim Hall, Joshua Terenzini and Joe Dicton
Meeting opened at 6:32 P.M.
rose for The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.
Lynette Gallipo, Town School Board Chairperson and School Board member Mr. Jim
Levins, met with the Board and discussed two School Board Bond requests for
converting the second floor of the Town Elementary School into office space and
installing solar panels on the Town School roof.
Levins cited the following regarding the bond request to place solar panels on
the Town School Roof:
The School has had an
Energy Committee for the past three years.
The Energy Committee
meets once a month and their meetings are open to the public
Had an energy audit
performed on the School to determine how to save energy
from Efficiency Vermont for energy efficient LED lighting and
Said did a lot of
research regarding the installation of solar panels
The School Board is
proposing a 60 kilo Watt system which would produce about 20% of the School’s
annual electric usage
The School’s annual electric bill is about $50,000.00
Would save $10,000.00 a year based on current rates.
The School Board has
been consulting with Same Sun Solar regarding the project and will put the
project out to bid.
The Town School roof is
perfectly designed for solar panels
The project cost is
estimated at about $215,000.00
There is the potential
to received $97,500.00 through a state
CVPS will donate $15,000.00 to the project.
The warning request s
permission to bond up to $130,000.00
The solar panels have a
30 year life
The panels are 83%
efficient for 25 years
Would save $300,000.00 over 30 years if electric cost stay at
the current level.
There would be an
annual bond payment of about $10,000.00
In the first year the
School would save more in electrical cost than the $10,000.00
bond payment it will have to make.
After 10 years the
electricity would be free
The construction will
take place in the summer
The panels will pay for
themselves in 8 to 9 years
Levins said there is also an educational component to putting solar panels on
the school roof. He said it would be a good thing for students to see energy
savings in their own building.
Levins said the same project would have cost nearly $400,000.00
last year. Mr. Levins said there is technology to attach the panels to the roof
without causing leakage. Mr. Levins said the 50 year shingles on the roof might
now last longer because of the panels to be put on the roof. Mr. Levins said
there is a letter from a structural engineer stating the roof is strong enough
for the panels.
Gallipo addressed the conversion of the second floor of the school into office
- The School Board spoke with the Commissioner of
Education and the Governor a year to a year and a half ago regarding
consolidation of School Districts. Ms. Gallipo said all three towns in the
Rutland Central Supervisory Union (RCSU) are a lot less concerned
regarding consolidation as a result of those discussions
- The total student enrollment is about 1,100 in
- Said all three towns want to stay together
- Said have been working with the other two town
regarding purchasing, developing policies and contract negotiations
- The RCSU budget is split into thirds
- The RCSU now pays $50,000.00
in rental fees
- The current RCSU facility is not structurally
- The current RCSU facility is not safe for the
- Have been searching for a location for over 2
- There is no building suitable to move into in
any of the three towns
- The only property that is available at a cost of
$75,000.00 would require renovation
work and is 4,500 sq. ft.
- There is over 8,000 sq. ft. of space on the
second floor of the school
- Teacher training could be done in a planned
large conference room, currently rent space to hold the training
- $600,000.00 will renovate the entire 2nd floor
of the building, construct two new entrances, installation of an elevator
and restructuring of the parking lot
- Architect John Berry Hill came up with the $600,000.00 estimate
- A 20 year bond would cost a little lass than $50,000.00 for the first payment
- The RCSU rental charge for the 2nd
floor of the Town school would never go up and would decrease each year
- All Towns would realize a decrease in their RCSU
- All rental checks would be applied to the Bond
- The RCSU cannot sign a lease greater than five
years in length.
- The RCSU
will agree to a five year lease
- Rutland Town would not bear any expenses for the
RSU operating on the 2nd floor
- The chances are very slim the RCSU will be
consolidated with another Supervisory Union
- The RCSU would sign the contract stating each
town is responsible for 1/3 of the principal and interest for each year of
- Each school would sign an agreement stating they
would not pull out of the RCSU
- There is really no cost saving in consolidating
Representative Mr. James McNeil told the Board that because of Act 153 more
schools with in supervisory districts and some town not in supervisory
districts are working more cooperatively than five years ago.
McNeil said if a small town merges it’s school with a supervisor union, then
the town will get a certain percentage taken off their taxes as an incentive to
do so. Mr. McNeil said there are those that would like to combine supervisor
districts per county and there are some that say it is not possible right now.
- Rutland Town would have to pay the interest
payment on the Bond the first year and the regular payments there after
- The town would never be solely responsible for
anything to do with the bond
- The Town pays 1/3 of the RCSU budget now and
will do so if the RSU moves to the 2nd floor of the Town school
- The first shared payment will be about $49,000.00
- The Town would not pay a penny more for the Bond
than it does now for annual payments to the RCSU
- Presently the Town is paying $17,000.00 a year to the RCSU for its rental.
Another location could cost the Town $20,000.00
to $25,000.00 per year
- The new facility will not cost the taxpayers any
money and the rental fee will keep coming down each year
- The other two towns are very supportive of the
- There is no space in either of the other two
towns to which the RCSU could move into
- The addition of the RCSU to the Town school will
enhance the building by creating space the school could also use
- There should be no cost to the Town taxpayer
- The Bond interest rate is lock-in for the life
of the Bond
Terenzini thanked Ms. Gallipo and Mr. Levins for presenting their information.
He said questions were answered. He said it appears the costs will be minimal
to the taxpayer. He cited the fact the Town is investing in property owned by
Gallipo said both projects are a great benefit and are money savers.
Gallipo said when the electric rates go up the Town would benefit more on its
pay back. Mr. Dicton asked if the system is expandable. Mr. Levins said the system is expandable.
Mr. Levins said the School will be paid six cents more than it cost CV to
purchase their power. He said the School would be able to sell power back to CV
during the summer months.
Dicton asked if there would be space on the second floor if other towns decided
to join RCSU. Ms. Gallipo said the RCSU would double their space by going to
the second floor of the school.
Gallipo suggested the Town School Board and the Select Board meet and talk in
Board reviewed the February 14, 2012 minutes. Mr. Terenzini moved to approve
the minutes as corrected. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion
were no questions from the floor.
McNeil told the Board that there are a lot of schools considering biomass and
solar projects. Mr. McNeil said there might be some private foundation grants
available to the school for the solar project. Mr. McNeil said concerning the
proposed renovation of the 2nd floor of the school that it is always
better to own than to rent.
McNeil said he was also present for Mr. Terenzini last meeting on the Board.
Mr. McNeil thanked Mr. Terenzini for taking his seat on the Board. Mr. McNeil
encouraged everyone to consider running for a public office at any level.
Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
- The Town report has been mailed and met the 10
- Tomorrow is the final date to register to vote
- People are still requesting absentee ballots
- Anticipated revenues are down
- There are three Liquor & Tobacco licenses to
Waste Alliance Communities & Rutland Transportation Council: Mr. Shields
- The next household hazardous waste collection
day will be in April
- He had made a presentation at the Transportation
Board meeting regarding the Town’s proposed service road. He said the
Slip-Lane has been added as the 10th project and the proposed
Service Road is the 11th project on the list. Mr. Shields said
he expressed the desire to move the projects up the list and that that it
appears they will not be reconsidered until 2014
Planning Commission Mr. Fred
meeting no report
Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron
- Requested the Board consider signing the “sign
maintenance policy”, which he has prepared. Mr. Hathaway told the Board
that the Select Board would need to adopt the policy at some point in
time. He told the Board he will attend a sign workshop on March 14 and
will report back to the Board following the meeting.
- Told the Board that one of his larger project
planned for the summer is to replace the culvert at the Prospect Hill /
East Pittsford Road intersection. He said the work would be done in
conjunction with the paving of the road.
He told the Board he is currently considering installing either an aluminum
box culvert, a concrete box culvert or small bridge due to the fact the
stream has fish and must have an open bottom for passage. Mr. Hathaway
cited the expected life expectancy for both the Aluminum and concrete
Mr. Hathaway said he has checked and it appears small poured in place
concrete bridges are quite cost effective. Mr. Rhodes inquired if the work
will be put out to bid.
Mr. Hathaway said the structure would be put out to bid and that the rest
of the work could be done in-house. He said he could do the preparations
for the footings. Mr. Hathaway said there would not be a lot of digging
involved in the project. Mr. Hathaway cited two local contractors with
much experience with poured in place structures.
He said he would report back to the Board when he receives estimates and
has more information. Mr. Hathaway said there is a good chance the Town
could receive a State Structures grant, which would pay for 80% of the
- Told the Board the chipper the Town owns with
the Town of Mendon is having issues. Mr. Hathaway said the he has had to
replace six sets of knives in the chipper since the machine has started
having problems. He said the blades break and are then thrown from the
He said the last set of knives seem to be holding up better than the
previous knives. Mr. Hathaway said the chipper’s flywheel is also quite
worn. Mr. Hathaway told the Board he also repaired a leak in the fuel
tank. Mr. Hathaway said the chipper is a 1985 model. He told the Board
that the Mendon Select Board decided it is time to look for something
Mr. Rhodes said given the amount of work the Town does with the chipper it
may be time to purchase our own chipper. Mr. Hathaway said joint ownership
with Mendon has been advantageous for the Town of Rutland. Mr. Hathaway
said a joint purchase would reduce the Town cost by half and Mr. Terenzini
said all maintenance cost would also be half as much. Mr. Rhodes cited the
fact the Town owns its own Fire Trucks.
Mr. Hathaway said the chipper was purchased as used equipment at a state
auction. Mr. Dicton inquired if the Mendon Select Board wants to purchase
new or used equipment. Mr. Hathaway said they didn’t seem to have a
Mr. Dicton asked how Mr. Hathaway planned to pay for the purchase. Mr.
Hathaway said there is about $130,000.00
in depreciation budget. Mr. Hathaway said a good used chipper could cost
between $5,000.00 to $10,000.00. He
said a new chipper would cost between $25,000.00
Mr. Hathaway told Mr. Rhodes that both Mendon and Rutland Town store the
chipper outdoors. Mr. Hathaway said the spout is covered to prevent water
from going down the spout. Mr. Hall asked Mr. Hathaway get some prices and
report back to the Board. Mr. Terenzini cited a safety concern with
continuing to operate the current chipper. Mr. Hathaway said the Town paid
$2,400.00 for the Chipper and has
gotten 10 years service. He said it would cost $2,400.000
to rent a chipper for one month.
Hall asked Mr. Hathaway to check with the State of Vermont regarding when the
Cold River Road rail crossing will be fixed and repaved.
Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
The Fire Department did
a mailing to every house in Town to try to clear up some of the misinformation
regarding the project in Center Rutland.
Is very disappointed
with the letter to the Editor in the Saturday paper because the estimated cost
of the building has gone from a half a million dollars to one million dollars.
The figures being
thrown around are in error
Is annoyed that false
information is being given out
Told the Board he is
personally offended by the Saturday Letter to the Editor
He said he and
department members are accused of attending a Christmas party which never
He said the party was
supposedly hosted by Mr. John Paul Faignant
He said he is offended
by the suggestion that Mr. Faignant is trying to buy votes by holding a party
for the Fire Department. He said Mr. Faignant does not stoop to that kind of
Said misinformation and
character abuse should not be tolerated in our town
Told the Board he is
seriously offended by the remarks and misinformation being presented in the
Told the Board he hopes
the voters are listening to the Fire Department. He said the Department has
never led the people astray or lied to them
Rhodes said the Chief should not have to defend the Fire Department because of
a letter to the editor in the Rutland Herald. Mr. Rhodes said the Town Fire
Department leads the way regarding new technology and training. Mr. Rhodes told
the Chief not to take the comments personally.
Denardo said he gets upset when people question the Department’s character. He
said Town’s Fire Department members put their lives on the line for the town.
He told the Board that the men paid for the town mailing and no tax money was
Rhodes said during his 22 years in the Town Fire Department no taxpayer dollars
were spent for Christmas Parties and no one every gave the Department a
Denardo said when something is printed in the paper that is not factual and
that it can be proved it is a fabricated story, it calls into question the
character of the person making the statements. Mr. Denardo encouraged people to
get out and vote on Tuesday and would appreciate support for the Department’s
Denardo thanked Mr. Terenzini for his four years on the Select Board and his
support for the Fire Department.
Denardo told the Board the cab and chassis for the new fire truck is at Dingee
Machines in New Hampshire. Mr. Denardo said the body has been ordered and is
expected in June. Mr. Denardo said the truck body would be made of
Department: Chief John Sly reported:
- Thanked Mr. Terenzini for his service on the
- Told the Board he is disturbed with a candidate
running for Mr. Terenzini’s seat.
- Mr. Sly said the individual is throwing out
un-validated data, erroneous information and is criticizing the police
department and the honorable Select Board
- Chief Sly cited written statements made by the
candidate which claim the Town Police Budget has grown to $188,000.00
- Mr. Sly said the Police Department budget has
actually decreased over the last several years
- Chief Sly cited the fact that as a new
Department there were many items that had to be purchased to get the
- Mr. Sly said the reduction in the budget down to
$188,000.00 shows he and his
officers dedication to the Town Police Department
- Chief Sly said the statement that the Town pays
the 1st &2nd Constables $47,000.00 each per year is inaccurate.
- Mr. Sly said that as the Town Police Chief he
receives $47,000.00 per year, as did
Captain Faignant up until his recent retirement.
- Chief Sly said “ so what” to the statement that
he and another Town Police officer are both full time members of the City
- Mr. Sly said he is not the only person in Town
with more than one job
- He said his work is not a job but rather a
passion. He said there is a big difference between just having a job and
having a career
- Mr. Sly said he has a career with over 35 years
- Mr. Sly cited his profession training and level
of experience and said his salary is more than reasonable
- Told the Board that his 12 hour City Schedule
gives him three days off per week and four days off on the following week
- Mr. Sly cited the fact that he and Mr. Dumas do
not receive health insurance through the Town but rather from the City of
Rutland. Mr. Sly said this is a an $18,000.00
saving to the Town each year
- Chief Sly cited the fact he has worked for the
Town for over seven years and that he has never take a sick day and has
not used all of the vacation days he has earned and has never taken
- Mr. Sly said the equipment, uniform and
communication allowance money does not go into the police officers pocket.
He said the money is used to purchase the equipment the officers need to
do their jobs efficiently.
- Mr. Sly said regarding the claim that the $17,000.00 he receives for vehicle
maintenance should be added to his salary he said there is a cost to
operating a police vehicle. He cited fuel, tires, breaks, transmission
service, front-end alignment and minor service as to how the $17,000.00 is spent. He said the vehicle
reimbursement pays for operating expenses.
- He said
at the current vehicle reimbursement rate it would take 5 ½ years to pay
off the 2007 Dodge Charger he purchased in 2007. He said the vehicle was
not purchased two times over.
- Mr. Sly said he does not know what Mr. Chioffi
means when he claims the department has personal high-end vehicles. Mr.
Sly said his dodge challenger costs less than a full size pick up truck.
He said he chose the Dodge Charger because it is a safe vehicle.
- Regarding the claim that the Sheriff’s
Department did a better job collecting speeding ticket revenue than the
Town police force. Mr. Sly cited the fact that the Sheriffs were employed
to only run radar for up to 28 hours per week. He said unlike the Town
Police Force that also does patrols and responds to complaints.
Rhodes cited the fact that much of the revenue the Town received from the
Sheriff’s Department was misallocated City ticket revenues, which the State
mistakenly gave to the Town. Mr. Rhodes said the Town is still paying back the
money it received in error. Mr. Sly
cited the fact the State of Vermont now takes a greater share of the ticket
revenue than it did when the Sherriff’s department was working for the town.
- Mr. Sly said he does not know how Mr. Chioffi
determined the Town has fulltime highway coverage and nighttime patrol. Mr.
Sly said the Town did not have nighttime patrol in 2004 and 2005. He said
the Town employed him in 2004 and 2005 and he knows what he and the late
Mr. John Flory did. Mr. Sly said the Town had limited coverage for the
amount of money the Town was spending in 2004 and 2005.
- Mr. Sly said he first began the practice of
submitting patrol logs to the Town regarding police department activity.
He said at some point in time the late Mr. Richard Del Bianco said the
information no longer needed to be submitted to the Board. Mr. Sly said he
resumed submitting the logs when requested by the Board
- Mr. Sly said current police logs are in the
Department’s computer and in the State database. Mr. Sly said giving the
Board patrol logs on a daily bases is a bad idea. He said someone could
request the logs and then learn a great deal about the department’s
activities. He said this would place individuals at risk
- He said the claim there are no patrol logs is an
out and out miss-statement
- Mr. Sly
said the Board has never lost control of the Police Department as claimed
by Mr. Chioffi
- Mr. Sly said it is personally insulting for Mr.
Chioffi to claim the Board has lost control of the Police Department
- Regarding Mr. Chioffi’s claim that the Police
Department is seeking grant money for a new police headquarters. Mr. Sly
said the letter of inquiry was to explore if there was any money for a
public safety complex. Mr. Sly said the Board was briefed as to what the
department was looking into
- Regarding the recent events at the Holiday Inn.
Mr. Sly said the operation was carried out by the State police and that he
was present and was kept informed but did not play a big role
- Mr. Sly said he is appalled that a candidate for
political office would issue so much miss-information and miss lead the
voters so dramatically for the sake of seeking a vote. Shame on him.
- Mr. Sly said he has nothing to hide and
individuals should ask him if they have any questions regarding the Police
- Mr. Sly explained how he would run a positive
campaign for the seat on the Select Board verses the method being used by
Rhodes cited the fact that the revenue from the 1% local option tax will erase
the need to raise money for the General Budget but will not cover the entire
Municipal Budget as has been claimed.
Director: Mike Rowe reported:
- Thanked Mr. Terenzini for his service on the
Board and on the Town recreation Commission
- Told the Board that Baseball registration is
- Winter sports are over
- Will try to have the pool open for memorial Day
Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
- Informed the Board that Ms. Mary Keirstead would
like to be reappointed to the Regional Ambulance Service. Mr. Hawley moved
to reappoint Ms. Keirstead. Mr. hall made a second to the motion. The
motion passed unanimously.
- Mr. Hall moved to reappoint Mr. John Sly as the
Town Service Officer. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion
- Informed the Board that the Planning Commission
will be holding a Zoning Informational hearing on March 15, 2012 at 7:00
- Reported to the Board regarding a letter
submitted by Mr. Blair Enman on behalf of the Ponderosa Restaurant
pertaining to his investigation into the Restaurant’s grease problem. Mr.
Zingale said he could not consider the results in the letter to be valid
since a “grab” sample was taken and not the required “24-hour composite”
sample required under the ordinance.
Mr. Zingale discussed the matter further with the Board and said he
would continue to monitor the Restaurant and may do a 24 hour composite
test in the future.
Hawley moved to approve Liquor & Tobacco Licenses for Green Mountain Boys
and Sherman V Allen’s Mac’s Store and a Liquor License for the 99 Restaurant.
Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Rhodes questioned Mr. Zingale regarding a proposed landfill-monitoring contract
with Stantec. Mr. Zingale said the proposed charges are the same as last year.
Mr. Hall moved to sign the agreement. Mr. Hawley made a second to the
motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Commission: William Matteson