TOWN OF RUTLAND
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Joe Dicton, Joshua Terenzini, Steve Hawley and James Hall
The Meeting opened at 6:45 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Hall moved to approve the 8-9-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 4 to 0. Mr. Terenzini abstained from the vote.
Mr. Hall moved to approve the 8-30-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Terenzini made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Town Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron Hathaway reported:
Addressed the Board on behalf of a number of town residents who all sustained property damage due to flooding from East Creek. Mr. Hathaway told the Board all the individuals would like to have work done to East Creek.
Mr. Hathaway said some of the landowners would qualify for Farm Services assistance while others would not. Mr. Hathaway said farm Service would only assist with repairing fences and pastures and some minor stream work.
Mr. Hathaway said there is the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, which is funded through a State program. He said the program provides 75% cost sharing for an approved project. He said the individual(s) would be required to pay the remaining 25%.
Mr. Hathaway said in order to participate in the Program the individuals would need the Town as a sponsor. Mr. Hathaway said the individuals would like the Town to be their sponsor. Mr. Hathaway told the Board that he had sent in a request for Public Assistance, which is the first step in the process of receiving assistance.
Mr. Hathaway said the sponsor would be responsible for; carrying out the project, project administration and payment for project work. Mr. Hathaway said the Town would be required to pay a landowners share of the project, should the landowner fail to do so. He said the Town would need to have a process in place to recover the Town’s cost, such as a tax levy. Mr. Hathaway said there is only $400,000.00 available statewide.
Board members discussed the matter with Mr. Hathaway. Mr. Hathaway said he would set up a meeting with the individual who would determine if the stream work is fundable.
Mr. Hathaway told the Board he worked two days with a rented excavator putting the river back to its original “happy place” it was prior to the storm. Mr. Fred Nicholson told the Board that the Town would not have to repay any money a homeowner failed to pay.
Mr. Nicholson said landowners with a lot of wood in the river adjacent to their property would qualify for a NRCS snagging service, to remove the wood debris.
Mr. Hall moved to sign on as a sponsor provided the Town does not assume any financial liability. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. Mr. Rick Mckirryher asked Mr. Nicholson if he would be better off going for the stream permit as an individual verses applying through the Town. Mr. Nicholson said it really doesn’t matter since the conditions would be the same.
The motion passed unanimously.
Town Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
The Board considered the Basic Emergency Operation Plan for adoption. Mr. Hall moved to adopt the Basic Emergency Operation Plan. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Regional Planning Commission Mr. Fred Nicholson reported:
Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the Rutland Regional Planning Commission has not yet issue a letter stating the Flory’s can take the buildings down on their Center Rutland property. Mr. Rhodes said he was told by RRPC Planner Mr. Ed Bove that the building could be taken down. Mr. Rhodes asked Mr. Matteson to look into the matter.
Recreation Director: Mike Rowe:
Mr. Dicton asked if the tennis screen would be taken down. Mr. Rowe said he planned to take the screens down on Saturday.
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Town Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
Fire Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Mr. Rhodes told the Board that Town businesses saved a total of $53,000.00 over the past six months as a result of the Board not collecting Operation & Maintenance fees from the businesses. The Board was in agreement to continue not to collect the O&M charges.
The Board will revisit the matter on April 1, 2012.
The Board discussed the Topic of Zoning adoption. Mr. Hall made a motion to instruct the Planning Commission to proceed with the grant and hold public meetings and draft a zoning document and presented the document to the Select Board before the voters decide. Mr. Hawley made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Dicton inquired as to whether Vermont Roofing had repaired the Town Hall roof. Mr. Zingale said the company still had not done the work the Town requested in the spring.
Chief Sly briefed the Board regarding the changes made to the Grover Drive Bus Stop. Mr. Sly said the Bus would now travel in the opposite direction on Grover Drive, when dropping off students in the afternoon. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact that the road often freezes in the winter and that the bus will have difficulty getting up the hill on Grover Dr.
Mr. Dicton moved to go into executive session to review sensitive information Chief Sly will present. Mr. Hall made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.