The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chairman.
Select Board members present: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Thomas Hooker, Vice Chair, Jane Cornell, and David Trombley. ABSENT: W. Joseph Gagnon. Also present: Shawn Erickson, Rula Moradi, Mary Moradi, Brad Rousseau, Ray Forrest, Tom Browe, Bev Browe, Donna Wilson, John Haverstock and Kelly Giard – Recording Secretary.
J. Haverstock stated that the Public Hearing was posted in the newspaper, the Town website, and three places around Town; letters were sent via certified mail to the abutting neighbors and all were returned except the Hudson one. J. Haverstock stated that the Select Board performed a site visit at the intersection of Fire Hill and Old Hubbardton Roads at 3:00 PM on July 19.
Shawn Erickson stated that the road improvements were made for safety, so that emergency vehicles could access the residents easier and the Highway Department could perform winter maintenance more safely.
T. Pelkey stated that there were letters written by the Moradis and the Browes which have been distributed to members of the Select Board for review.
Ray Forrest stated that, since the road has been opened, his wife and son have nearly been hit and his wife was almost run off the road due to increased speed. Mr. Forrest feels that this project presents a safety concern since its completion. Mr. Forrest stated that he did not realize the extent of the project and feels that neither signs or patrols will help. Mr. Forrest stated that they are seeing much less foot traffic and residents are not exercising their horses along this road.
Brad Rousseau echoed Mr. Forrest’s concerns and stated that he has lived in the area for nearly 40 years with no issue. Mr. Rousseau stated that there are 15 vehicles that go by his residence in a short amount of time and he has heard complaints from delivery and garbage removal drivers.
Tom Browe stated that he purchased his property 3 years ago because he wanted to live on a dead end road, so he could enjoy the quiet and have a safe place to walk. This has all changed. Mr. Browe stated that a deer was hit so hard that it landed on his fence and caused damage; there is a truck that speeds by frequently; a purple jeep speeds by frequently; vehicles are going 40 – 45 miles per hour at his driveway from 5:00 AM – well into the night. Mr. Browe stated that he has had to install a fence and gate to protect his dogs.
The neighbors expressed that the road should be “torn up”. There were recommendations to install two fences along this road, at the beginning and at the end, with keys with the Highway Department, Fire Department and VAST groomer. The residents agreed that this would help them live the quiet life they are accustomed to in the neighborhood.
Donna Wilson inquired if there were any State or Federal funds used in this project. J. Haverstock stated that there were no outside funds used in the project.
Motion by D. Trombley and seconded by T. Hooker to direct the Highway Department to install two gates in the area of the Browe and Sumner residences and to install signs at the Fire Hill Road and Markowski Road intersection stating that the Road is Closed. Motion passed unanimously 4 – 0.
The Public Hearing adjourned at 7:26 PM.
Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chairman
Thomas Hooker, Vice Chairman
Jane Cornell, Selectman
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
David Trombley, Selectman