TOWN OF RUTLAND
MINUTES: September 27, 2011
Board members present: Stanley Rhodes III, Joe Dicton,
Joshua Terenzini, Steve Hawley and James Hall
Meeting opened at 6:50 P.M. with the pledge of allegiance.
Hawley moved to approve the 9-13-11 minutes as presented. Mr. Terenzini made a
second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Clerk & Treasurer: Ms. Marie Hyjek reported:
- Informed the Board that the State of Vermont has
extended the filing date for Homestead declarations until September 30,
- Informed the Board that the new Transfer Station
bulletin board had been delivered. Ms. Hyjek said she plans to have the
Highway department put up the bulletin board.
- Informed the Board that School Board officials
would like the Board to move its Pre-Town Meeting from the last Monday in
January 16th the third Monday in January. Ms. Hyjek recommended
the Board change their meeting date to January 23rd. Mr. Rhodes cited the fact the Board
would have less time to work on budgets should the date be moved from
January 30th. Mr. Hall made a motion to set January 23rd
as the Pre Town Meeting date for this year. Mr. Dicton made a second to
the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- Mr. Hall moved to abate the property tax bill for
$3.54 for Scientific Games
International. Mr. Terenzini made a motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Planning Commission Mr. Fred
- Reported had routine meeting last week
- Informed the Board that the Lions Club has
offered trees to the Town to give to residents. Mr. Nicholson said the
Town could also plant trees in the public right of way. The Board told Mr.
Nicholson to follow up on the matter.
Road Commissioner: Mr. Byron
- Informed the Board he had met with FEMA
officials and that he had a follow up meeting scheduled for later in the
- Mr. Hathaway explained how the Town would be
reimbursed (from different funding sources) for cleaning up costs
associated with local flooding. He said the Town would be dealing with
FEMA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). He said both the East
Pittsford Road and the Post Road are Federal Aided Highways and would
receive aid from FHA. He said all other roads in town, which received
damage, would be funded through FEMA.
Mr. Hathaway told the Board that the clean up cost for the East Pittsford
Road was less than the $5,000.00
minimum and would not qualify for FHA funds. The Board and Mr. Hathaway
filled out correspondence regarding funding assistance. Mr. Hall moved to
authorize the chairman sign the Vermont Emergency Relief and Assistance
Fund correspondence. Mr. Dicton made a second to the motion. The motion
passed unanimously. Mr. Rhodes signed correspondence.
- Mr. Hathaway told the Board planned to meet with
Mr. Les Wright, who is with the EWP Program to survey flood damage in
order to determine eligibility.
Director: Mike Rowe reported:
- There are over 100 individuals enrolled in the
- Announced the annual Halloween party will be
October 30th from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM at the Town school.
- Told the Board that a valve for the pool had not
yet been installed.
Administrator: Mr. Joseph Zingale reported:
- Informed the Board he had received the traffic
data the Board needs in order to apply for the so-called “Farrell Slip
lane” permit. Mr. Zingale will include the information in the Board’s next
- Told the Board of a request from Mr. John
Martin, for the Town to rebuild or assist in the rebuilding of a fire
pond, which was damaged by the recent flooding. Mr. Zingale told the Board
that the pond is on a school lease lot. He told the Board he is aware that
the Martins have a 999-year lease from the Town of Rutland for the land in
question. The Board discussed the matter and took no action.
- Told the Board that Vermont Roofing planned to
work on the Town Hall roof the week of October 10th.
- Informed the Board of two upcoming free
- Discussed the Aldi’s Act 250 Questionnaire with
the Board. Mr. Zingale informed the Board that the Town had received the
questionnaire to sign but had not received an application to review. The
Board took no action.
- Informed the Board that two individuals plan to
open a marijuana dispensary on US RT 4 East in the Town. Mr. Zingale said
the individuals plan to rent an existing commercial space. Mr. Zingale
said no Act 250 permit would be required since the existing parcel is less
than 1 acre in size and that the Town has no permit requirement. Mr.
Zingale said according to the individuals that plan to open the dispensary
the public will not be admitted to the store unless they have set up an
appointment to get their medical prescription filled.
- Presented a grant request from Mr. Marc Latzky,
operator of Market Fair, seeking a letter of support from the Board. The
Board discussed the request and decided to address the matter at the next
meeting. Mr. Zingale informed the Board that the Grant application
deadline was prior to the Board’s next meeting.
Terenzini congratulated all involved in getting US RT 4 East back open
following the flood.
Hall reported that he had attended a meeting at the Williams Farm regarding
flood clean up programs.
Rhodes said the Board should consider level funding budgets. Mr. Rhodes predicted
Town taxes would increase because of the State’s need for more education money
due to the fact many towns have had their grand list reduced.
Zingale told the Board that Mr. John Kalish has expressed an interest in
purchasing the southern end of Cop John Drive. The Board discussed the matter
and took no action
Planning Commission: Mr. William Matteson reported:
Police Department: Chief John Sly reported:
Chief: Joseph Denardo reported:
Terenzini moved to close the meeting at 7:53 P.M. Mr. Dicton made a second to
the motion. The motion passed unanimously.