TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Steve Hawley, Jim Hall, John Paul Faignant and Joe Dicton
The Meeting opened at 6:35 P.M.
All rose for The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.
Mr. Hall moved to approve the June 5, 2012 minutes with corrections. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion.
The Board took questions from the floor.
Town resident Mr. Bill Franzoni asked the Board if anything would be done regarding the incident at Northwood Park. Mr. Hawley said the Board would entertain a motion to go into executive session to discuss the matter at hand. Mr. Hawley said Mr. Ed Dumas and Mr. Franzoni should be included.
Mr. Hall made a motion to go into executive session for the reason stated by Mr. Hawley. Mr. Faignant said he does not know if a citizen complaint would qualify as an executive session. Mr. Hawley said he thought the matter would qualify since it is a civil action.
Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., cited the fact that the Town employs Mr. Franzoni as an umpire. Mr. Faignant made a second to the motion. The Board went into executive session at 6:40 P.M.
Mr. Hawley declared the Board out of executive session at 6:55 P.M. Mr. Faignant made a motion for the Board to request that a notice of trespass resulting from events that occurred at Northwood Park. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Matthew Hart, attorney for Rich Alercio, asked the Board to whom their motion applied. Mr. Faignant said the Board had received information that there were events that occurred at Northwood Park, that in the Board’s view, as occupiers of the property, are unacceptable. He said the Board has asked that Mr. Hart’s client be served a notice of trespass for the rest of this season.
Mr. Hart asked if the Board would like to hear from his client. Mr. Faignant said he can’t imagine an explanation that would justify any kind of behavior like that, in front of 10 and 11 year old kids. Mr. Faignant cited the fact people in the community are talking about the incident. Mr. Faignant said people need to feel safe at sporting events.
Mr. Heart asked if anyone had requested a statement from his client. Mr. Faignant said the Board has not made a request. Mr. Faignant said Mr.’s Heart’s client is free to speak to the Board.
Mr. Rich Alercio told the Board he accepts the Board’s decision. He said he is embarrassed by the situation. Mr. Alercio said the Board is absolutely right that there is no place for what happened. He said he does not this he was the only person there at fault in the incident. He said he would like to talk to Mr. Franzoni to see if he can rectify the matter.
Mr. Alercio assured the Board such an incident would never happen again. Mr. Faignant thanked Mr. Alercio for his comments. Mr. Alercio apologized to the Board for having to deal with the matter.
Officer Ed Dumas informed the Board that the Holiday Inn’s Liquor license request is not ready for Board approval. Mr. Dumas told the Board that the individual listed as the owner provided three different birthdays in the application.
Mr. Faignant said the application should not be approved conditionally. He said the owner needs to provide the correct information.
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
Mr. Faignant moved to reappoint Mr. Hall as the Town’s representative to the VLCT Public Safety Community. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Faignant said with the Chief’s retirement there are 24 hours available for dedication. Mr. Hawley said he would prefer to wait until there is a full Board.
The Board reviewed packet correspondence.
Mr. Zingale and the Board discussed a computer equipment pricing quote submitted my Computer EZ. Mr. Faignant expressed a concern the purchase should go through the bid policy. Mr. Zingale will advertise for equipment prices.
The Board reviewed a letter regarding the replacement of the Town “Welcome” signs. Mr. Hawley said Mr. Larry Young is working on the project. Mr. Zingale said a new un painted sign board arrived at the Town Hall two days before receiving the letter. Mr. Hawley instructed Mr. Zingale to check with Mr. Byron Hathaway regarding the replacement of the sign at the Town school.
Mr. Zingale informed the Board that it would be receiving a request from Mr. John Kalish for the Town to establish a special tax assessment district in the area of his proposed commercial development. Mr. Zingale said Mr. Kalish would attend a future meeting.
Mr. Hall moved to approve the Marble Valley Lion’s Club to set up their food concession at the Town Fireworks. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Denardo told the Board the licensing fee for the new computer program would be the same as the current program.
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Recreation Director: Mike Rowe reported:
Mr. Faignant moved to close the meeting at 8:54P.M. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.