TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Joe Dicton, Joshua Terenzini and James Hall
The Meeting opened at 6:55 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Rhodes requested a moment of silence for the Garafano Family. Mr. Rhodes said Mr. Garafano was a public servant and that he passed away serving the public.
Mr. Rhodes extended condolences from the Board to the Garafano Family.
Mr. Hawley moved to approve the 8-16-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Town resident Ms. Lisa Sweat met with the Board and inquired as the Board’s position regarding relocating the river. Mr. Rhodes discussed the matter with Mr. Hathaway. Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Hathaway to make re-routing the river back into the channel a priority.
Mr. Dicton asked Mr. Hathaway to also look at Mr. Dan Turgeon’s problem associated with the river.
Mr. Rhodes thanked Mr. Hathaway and Town Fire Chief Joe Denardo for their work and efforts during the recent flooding.
Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Mr. Rhodes acknowledged the fact that several individuals have said Mr. Hathaway does a good job for the Town of Rutland.
Mr. Hall cited the fact a lot of traffic is on the Cold River Road due to the closure of US RT 7
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
Recreation Director: Mike Rowe:
Mr. Hawley moved to purchase the valve and automatic pool cleaner from the remaining $125,000.00 refurbishing money and any addition money for the depreciation fund. Mr. Rhodes said $400.00 would come from the depreciation fund. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Terenzini said Mr. Rhodes did a good job coordinating the Northwood Park Pool repairs.
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
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Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
Mr. Hall read a letter regarding the postponement of the mandated replacement of various motor vehicle roadside signs.
Mr. Rhodes reviewed packet correspondence.
The Board reviewed the Hubbard Brothers and Earl Truck Repair proposals for repair of the town’s 40-yard compactor box. The Hubbard’s submitted a bid of $1,703.00 and Earl’s submitted a bid of $2,200.00.
Mr. Hall moved to proceed with the proposal from Earl’s Truck Repair. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. Mr. Rhodes said the money would come from the Transfer Station maintenance account. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board will have Mr. Fred Nicholson be the Town’s voting delegate at the VLCT Annual Meeting.
Mr. Rhodes read scholarship thank you letters from; Emily Gunn, Alex Cohen, Kala Kenney and? ?
Mr. Hawley read the notice for a Vermont Emergency Management course to be held at the Rutland Hospital. Mr. Denardo encouraged Town employees to take the course.
Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Mr. Hall read a letter sent by Town Police Captain John Paul Faignant to Town School Principal Patty Stannard regarding a school bus stop safety matter. Mr. Dicton said he would like a direct response from Ms. Stannard and the Town School Board as to why Mr. Faignant’s concerns are not valid.
Mr. Rhodes read a prepared statement regarding the status of Zoning Regulations. Mr. Rhodes said the people should have the right to vote on whether there are zoning regulations and the matter should not be decided by three of five Board members.
Mr. Rhodes said the Town would lose the $7,800.00 grant if the Planning Commission does not continue with zoning work. Mr. Dicton said he is not prepared to vote on whether the Planning Commission should continue with zoning adoption.
Mr. Hall said he would support putting the item before the voters however he questioned what the Board would do if it does not like the zoning document from the Planning Commission. Mr. Rhodes said the Board should not get hung up on whether there will be a Development Review Board or a Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Mr. Nicholson said zoning regulations would free up developers from having to go to Act 250 if there parcel is over an acre and less than 10 acres. Mr. Hawley said he favors minimal zoning.
Mr. Terenzini said although he does not support zoning he thinks the residents should have the right to vote on whether there are zoning regulations.
Mr. Terenzini moved to close the meeting. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.