Select Board Minutes 2-19-19

Select Board 2-19-19

TOWN OF RUTLAND SELECT BOARD OPEN MEETING

RUTLAND TOWN MUNICIPAL BUILDING

181 US BUSINESS ROUTE 4, CENTER RUTLAND, VT  05736

FEBRUARY 19th, 2019

  • Board members present: Mary Ashcroft, Sharon Russell, Joe Denardo
  • 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 2/5/19 & 2/12/19

  • Minutes for February 5th cannot be approved due to a majority of board members present for that meeting are not in attendance.
  • Russell moved to approve the minutes for 2/12/19, Mr. Denardo seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.

New Business: Board to meet with Don Folsom, new occupant of the Flory Plaza Building;

  • Folsom discussed with the board his plans for the remaining plaza building.
    • They are currently cleaning up and cleaning out the interior. The roof should be finished soon and get power restored to the building.
    • He discussed their plans for the various types of entertainment they will provide.
    • Informed the board they are planning on bringing in a food vendor to meet the needs of the planned future business.
    • Plans to look to rebuild some of the buildings to use for other uses and have them look like the original buildings.

New Business: Board to meet with Philip Allen from Same Sun Solar;

  • Allen is proposing a solar project to be installed at the site of the capped land fill at Northwood Park.
  • According to Mr. Allen, the project would need to be awarded its Certificate of Public Good by July 1st, 2019 and be constructed by the end of 2019.
  • Discussed the size of the array needed to offset town power costs
  • Discussed potential cost benefit to the town
  • Allen requested copies of the bills from GMP for the town to be able to write a proposal.
  • There would be no money to be spent by the town. The town would need to allow the array to be installed on town owned land.
  • The term would be a 25 year lease with Mr. Allen selling the array to the town at the end for $1.
  • The responsibility for decommissioning the array would fall to the town.
  • Russell asked for a full board to be present to make any decisions. The topic will be added to the agenda in 4 weeks.
  • Allen will be given access to the power bills.
  • Discussed feasibility of a battery storage system

New Business: Board to discuss maintenance at Town Hall;

  • Joe will contact Bernie Valente to schedule a tie for him to come to Town Hall and review the projects as soon as possible

Bill Sweet Administrative Assistant to the Select Board:

  • Presented correspondence from a local law office and the State of Vermont in regards to a proposed agricultural project on Route 7 North.
  • Presented an application for a sewer connection from Charles Whitehead.
    • The exact amount of the towns portion of the sewer allocation remaining with the city is not known.
    • This topic will be added to the next agenda to discuss. An attempt to determine our remaining allocation will be made in the meantime.
  • Provided a reply from the 99 Restaurant in regards to displaying buildings from Rutland Town. They have plans to add new pictures
  • Provided a form from SWAC for 2019 appointments. The appointments have been made, this is a formality of providing the information. William Bauer and Lawrence Dellveneri are the representatives.
  • The next board meeting will be held just prior to the Town Meeting, starting at 530 PM.
  • The Girl Scouts have requested to setup a table at the Transfer Station on March 2nd from 9AM to 12PM. Ms. Russell moved to approve. Mr. Denardo seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
  • From Barbara Noyes-Pulling, the Planning Commission is on track to hold public hearings on the Energy portion of the Town plan in early March.
  • From Marty Wasserman, the state can come down and give the Board information on how to open and staff an Emergency Operations Center. The full board will discuss on March 4th.

Kirsten Hathaway Rutland Town Clerk/Treasurer:

  • Hathaway presented a liquor license request from Sherman V. Allen DBA Macs Convenience Store. Ms. Russell moved to approve. Mr. Denardo seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
  • Presented the board with income from the 1% local tax option.
  • Provided the board with the breakdown of the funds from the timber sale, totaling $49152.27. $3133.36 has been paid to the forester Fred Nicholson, $22089.08 is the towns portion and $23929.83 is the schools portion.   Russell moved to approve having the Town Treasurer write a check to the school for their portion. Mr. Denardo seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
  • Ballots are available for absentee or early voters.

Mike Rowe Rutland Town Recreation Director:

  • No meetings, nothing to report

Byron Hathaway Rutland Town Road Commissioner:

  • Reported to the board, letters to land owners regarding road reclassification of Dyer Road and a section of Sugarwood Hill Road have been sent out. The public hearing is scheduled for April 2nd.
  • Work is continuing on paperwork to reclassify our portion of Stratton Road.
  • Salt and equipment budgets may go over due to the amount of storms.
  • Reported on a minor accident with a parked vehicle due to plowing.

Frank Cioffi Rutland Town Fire Chief:

  • All the generators have been serviced as of today and are all operating properly.
    • The generator at the Center Rutland Fire Station needs to be raised; snow has been getting into the unit.
  • The new door locks have been installed and operating.
  • Reminded residents to check batteries in smoke and CO detectors.

Ed Dumas Rutland Town Police Chief:

  • Recent calls for service were provided.

Ms. Russell moved to adjourn. Mr. Denardo seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0. The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Mr. Bill Sweet

 

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

 

Center Rutland, VT.