Select Board Minutes 10-15-19

Select Board Minutes 10-15-19




OCTOBER 15th, 2019


  • Board members present: Josh Terenzini, Mary Ashcroft, Sharon Russell and John Paul Faignant
  • Meeting opened at 6:00 P.M. with the Pledge of Allegiance


Approval of Orders

The Board approved the orders

Approval of Select Board Minutes for October 1st:

  • Russell moved to approve the minutes, Mr. Faignant seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Approval of Select Board Minutes for Special Meeting of October 10th:

  • Russell moved to approve the minutes. Ms. Ashcroft seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0 with Mr. Faignant abstaining.

New Business; Board to discuss storm water runoff on Columbus Drive:

  • Robert Bernritter of Columbus Drive provided the board with some pictures of the areas he has identified as problems around his property relating to storm water runoff.
  • Mr. Bernritter described the issues he is experiencing to the board.
  • Mr. Bernritter stated he is concerned about being able to meet the requirements of the new storm water ordinance.
  • Hathaway discussed what mitigation actions could be taken, recommending the best course would be to wait until spring.
  • Hathaway will put together some suggestions for mitigation including scope and cost for a future board meeting.

Bill Sweet Administrative Assistant to the Select Board:

  1. Reviewed items in the packet.
  2. Passed along an update from Transfer Station Bill Bauer regarding the recent household hazardous waste disposal day and the planned upcoming changes to the schedule next year, reducing the number of events from 4 to 2.

Barbara Noyes-Pulling Rutland Town Planning Commission Chair:

  1. Reminded the board about the upcoming public meeting on the new storm water ordinance taking place on October 24th at 630 PM. The meeting will be in the board room unless it cannot hold the number of people attending in which case if will be moved downstairs.

New Business; Board to discuss the energy plan portion of the town plan:

Mr. Faignant reviewed some items in the draft energy plan which needed to be changed.

  1. On page 48 item #7 should have the developer responsible for notifying abutting property owners, not the town. This will be changed.
  2. On the top of page 40, recommended removing the paragraph at the top of the page.
  3. Noyes-Pulling identified some minor formatting changes which will be made.
  4. Ashcroft moved to adopt the municipal plan with the changes discussed, finding they are non-substantive. Mr. Faignant seconded the motion. After some discussion, motion passed 4-0.
  5. Noyes-Pulling extended an invitation to the Select Board to attend the public hearing on the Storm Water ordinance.

Kirsten Hathaway Rutland Town Clerk/Treasurer:

  1. Ms. Hathaway had nothing to report.

Mike Rowe Rutland Town Recreation Director:

  1. The Halloween party at the town school is on for November 1st.
  2. The Rutland High School football team has asked to use Northwood Park for their annual bon fire. The fire department will be on site. It is planned for Thursday evening rain or shine. It should be over by 830PM.
    1. Discussed implication of the park being open past dusk.
  3. Rowe asked for a meeting to be scheduled to review the draft of the budget. It will be planned for October 29th at 430PM.
  4. Ashcroft suggested the rec committee review the act 250 permit for Northwood Park and discuss sending a letter to the Act 250 commission requesting an amendment.

Byron Hathaway Rutland Town Road Commissioner:

  1. The manhole on Windcrest Road has been repaired and brought to grade to allow maintenance access.
  2. Several small projects are left to be completed.
  3. Provided a draft budget to the highway committee, waiting to schedule a committee meeting.
  4. Discussed the former Miglorie property at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Route 7 North. There is a streetlight on the property which they are paying for and wish to stop. They asked if they town would like to take it over and have it turned to illuminate the intersection.
    1. If it is taken out and replaced in the future it would be a different style which would not illuminate as well.
    2. Faignant asked how much the cost was. Mr. Hathaway did not know.
    3. Hathaway contacted VTrans and so far they felt the intersection warranted illumination but could not give approval for them to take it over at this time.
    4. Hathaway will look into the cost and report back to the board.

Chris Clark Rutland Town Fire Chief:

  1. The new utility truck is in, most of the equipment is installed and the lettering is done. The warning lights are scheduled to be done next week.
  2. Presented an application for anew member to Mr. Faignant to do the background check.
  3. A crew will be at Northwood Park for 6PM on Thursday the 17th for the bon fire.
  4. The members passed along a thank you to Mr. Faignant for the support given after the incident at the Holiday Inn.

Ed Dumas Rutland Town Police Chief:

  1. Recent calls for service were provided.
  2. Dumas asked for an executive session for a personnel matter.

Mr. Terenzini thanked Mr. Faignant for his help with the Holiday Inn in his role as Town Health Officer.

Discussed moving the Select Board meeting scheduled for December 24th to December 20th. Ms. Russell moved to approve the change. Ms. Ashcroft seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Mr. Terenzini reviewed a recent meeting he had with Town Emergency Management Director Marty Wasserman and the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Chittenden, Jan Sotirakis. The came to discuss the evacuation plan in the event of a catastrophic failure of Chittenden Dam and discuss developing an evacuation plan for the Town of Rutland.  Mr. Wasserman told Mr. Terenzini there is some help from the state to create a plan at no charge to us. It would involve participation from the board to help create it. Ms. Ashcroft moved to approve Rich Cogliana assist in the creation of the emergency evacuation plan. Ms. Russell seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.


Ms. Russell moved to enter executive session for a personnel matter with Police Chief Mr. Ed Dumas attending. Ms. Ashcroft seconded motion. The motion passed unanimously. The board entered executive session at 6:47 PM.


Upon leaving executive session at 7:08 PM Mr. Faignant moved to approve the realignment of personnel at the transfer station with corresponding wage adjustments. Ms. Russell seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Ms. Ashcroft moved to adjourn. Ms. Russell seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0 and the meeting adjourned at 7:09 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Mr. Bill Sweet


Joshua C. Terenzini, Chairman
Mary Ashcroft, Clerk
John Paul Faignant
Joseph Denardo
Sharon Russell


Center Rutland, VT.