Select Board Minutes 4-10-2020

Select Board 4-10-2020

TOWN OF RUTLAND SELECT BOARD OPEN MEETING

HELD VIA PUBLICALLY ACCESSABLE CONFERENCE CALL LINE

APRIL 10th, 2020

This meeting was held via a conference call line which was made publicly available for anyone to call into.

  • Board members present: Josh Terenzini, Mary Ashcroft, Sharon Russell, Joe Denardo
  • Also present: Transfer Station Manager Larry Dellveneri, Transfer Station Attendant William Bauer, Town Road Commission Byron Hathaway, Town Rec Director Mike Rowe
  • Meeting opened at 5:00 P.M.

New Business: Board to discuss the operation of the Transfer Station

  1. Dellveneri provided an overview on the current operational process.
    1. There have been long lines and people have been leaving without dropping anything off.
    2. Residents are following social distancing guidelines.
    3. Recommended going back to the normal operation process that has always been used. Mr. Bauer agreed.
  2. Terenzini stated the changes to operations put into place were always meant to be temporary. He said he has received a significant amount of negative feedback.
  3. Russell stated she would like to follow the recommendation of Mr. Dellveneri.
  4. Ashcroft asked who put the current operation plan in place and why.
    1. This came from a Transfer Station committee meeting to control the flow of traffic.
    2. Denardo stated it was an attempt to protect the residents and employees, but the new plan has created issues with the efficiency of the system.
    3. Much of the responsibility lies with the public.
    4. If Mr. Dellveneri and Mr. Bauer are comfortable with going back to the original method, then Mr. Denardo stated he is as well.
    5. Denardo asked that everyone going to the transfer station be prepared by having recyclables sorted prior to arriving and leave as soon as everything has been discarded.
  5. Town resident Dick Bailey commented that having both lanes open would be a big help. Town resident Jim Frees commented that the attendants are both doing a good job and that going back to the way it was should be okay.
  6. Hathaway asked if facial coverings would be required. Mr. Terenzini commented that Town attorney Kevin Brown would have to be involved if we were to make it a requirement. Currently it is a recommendation from the Governor, including no more than 10 people being together in one area at the same time.
  7. Russell moved to return to the normal process of operations, with a limit of 10 people in the building at any time, including our 2 attendants. Ms. Ashcroft seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Ms. Ashcroft expressed her appreciation to the Rutland Town School for putting together a parade around various town neighborhoods.

Mr. Denardo discussed people using Northwood Park while the gates are open during the Transfer Station hours. They are remaining in the park after the transfer station is closed, despite the park being closed to the public. Mr. Terenzini suggested the RTPD doing a sweep of the park to get people to leave. Mr. Rowe stated some temporary barricades could be put up to stop traffic from going past the transfer station entrance. Mr. Terenzini suggested Mr. Hathaway and Mr. Rowe discuss offline what the best options could be.

Ms. Russell moved to adjourn. Ms. Ashcroft seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0 and the meeting adjourned at 5:24 PM.

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

 

Center Rutland, VT.