TOWN OF RUTLAND
SELECT BOARD MEETING
March 1, 2010
The meeting opened at 6:00 P.M. at Town School with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Board members present: Joe Dicton, James Hall, Stanley Rhodes III and Josh Terenzini.
The Board reviewed the 2-16-10 minutes. Mr. Hall moved to approve the 2-16-10 minutes as printed. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
There were no questions from the floor.
Town Fire Chief Joe Denardo reported the Fire department had recently responded to a house full of smoke caused by melting plastic. He told the Board the department just had their first grass fire of 2010.
Mr. Denardo also discussed various other fire department related matters with the Board. No action(s) was taken.
Mr. Charles Shields, Town Representative on the Rutland Regional Transportation Council, reported the Rutland Town / Clarendon US 7 Corridor Plan had been discussed at their recent meeting. Mr. Shields told the Board that Rutland City officials expressed their displeasure for not having been involved in the study.
Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., told the Board that the City officials could have participated at any of the meetings but simply did not. Mr. Zingale cited the fact that officials from the towns of Benson and West Rutland had representation at the meetings.
The Board and Mr. Shields discussed other transportation matters. No action(s) were taken.
Town Police Chief, Mr. John Sly, reported there had been a number of nighttime burglaries in the south end of town. Mr. Sly said a business on Seward Road had been broken into several times. Mr. Sly told the Board that there had also been break-ins on Randbury Road in town.
Mr. Sly told the Board that there have been numerous retail theft complaints from business at the Diamond Run Mall. Mr. Sly said it appears many of the individuals committing the thefts ride public transportation to get to the mall.
Mr. Terenzini questioned Mr. Sly regarding the pedestrian fatality, which occurred at the Green Mountain Shopping Plaza recently. Mr. Sly said the individual died from the force of hitting her head on the pavement after being struck by a vehicle backing up.
Mr. Sly informed the Board that his office is aware of a 14 year old juvenile that has been seen driving the family vehicle up and down the street where the juvenile lives. Mr. Sly said unfortunately the juvenile’s parents have not been of much assistance in the matter.
Mr. Sly informed the Board that he regularly patrols the McKinley Ave. cul-de-sac. He said he makes the visits before and after midnight. Mr. Sly said he often parks his vehicle and sits there for a period of time before moving on.
Mr. Sly informed the Board that he had received a complaint from Mr. Don Chioffi regarding an event that happened between 3:00AM and 4:00AM. Mr. Terenzini, Mr. Hall and Mr. Dicton indicated they had all received a phone call from Mr. Chioffi regarding law enforcement matters.
Mr. Sly told the Board he does not think the type motion camera Mr. Chioffi has requested be purchased would be affective.
Mr. Dicton questioned Mr. Sly regarding the planned concert at the Spartan Arena. The Board and Mr. Sly discussed the proposed concert event and the sale of alcohol at the event.
Town Road Commissioner, Mr. Byron Hathaway told the Board that the Town dodged a bullet with the last snowstorm. Mr. Hathaway informed the Board he plans to attend the scheduled March 15 MS4 (stormwater) meeting at City Hall.
Mr. Hathaway and the Board discussed his practice of only cutting fallen trees that are within the Town highway right-of-way. The Board was in agreement with the practice.
Mr. Hall questioned Mr. Hathaway as to why Mr. Tom Gallipo did not receive more hours for snow plowing. Mr. Hall cited the high amount of time Mr. Hathaway and Mr. Walt Tripp put in during recent storms.
Mr. Hathaway said because Mr. Gallipo does not like to plow and because he is busy with home improvement work, he and Mr. Tripp had more hours.
Town Clerk & Treasurer, Ms. Marie Hyjek informed the Board that the State had mistakenly sent the Town an $11,000.00 Recreation Grant, which should have gone to the City of Rutland and not the Town of Rutland. Ms. Hyjek said she would send the check to the City of Rutland.
Ms. Hyjek informed the Board that an individual with Johnson Energy, who inspected the Town Furnace, said one of the two boilers is not working. Ms. Hyjek said a warning light has been installed on the first floor of the Town Hall and she asked the Town Constables to check on the light from time to time.
Ms. Hyjek informed the Board that a claim has been filed with VLCT regarding the recent storm damage to the Town Hall roof.
Town Recreation Commission Chairman Jode Hall reported the commission would soon hold the annual basketball banquet. He also told the Board that a new grill is needed for “Del Bianco Park” at Dewey Field. He said the commission planned to purchase a anew grill at home Depot for approximately $200.00
Town Administrator Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., reported to the Board on several matters and no actions were taken.
Mr. Terenzini moved to reappoint Mr. John Sly as the Town Service Officer. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board reviewed a liquor and tobacco license applications for Mac’s Store and a liquor license application from the Holiday Inn. Mr. Dicton moved to approve the license applications. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the State of Vermont had once again mistakenly sent $74.00 in traffic ticket revenue to the Town when it should have gone to the City of Rutland.
Mr. Hall passed information regarding the Vermont Revenue and budget picture. He said the Vermont legislative Joint Fiscal Office produced the information.
Mr. Terenzini moved to close the meeting at 7:45 PM. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.