Meeting Minutes : Town Annual Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF PITTSFORD ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES

March 1, 2010 – Lothrop School Gymnasium

Select Board Members Present:                      Also Present:

Thomas (Hank) Pelkey, Chairman                  Matthew Harvey, Moderator

Allen Hitchcock, Vice Chairman                      John Haverstock, Town Manager

W. Joseph Gagnon                                                 Helen McKinlay, Town Clerk

Margaret “Peg” Flory                                            Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

Thomas Hooker                                                   Approximately 200 guests

Moderator Matthew Harvey called the meeting to order at 8:20 PM and read the following warning:

The legal voters of the Town of Pittsford are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Lothrop School Gymnasium on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to transact the following business not involving voting by Australian ballot.  Denise Mahoney moved to waive the remaining portion of the warning.  Seconded by Jim Rademacher.  Passed unanimously.

Article 1:  Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To hear the reports of the Town Officers and take appropriate action thereon.”

Motion by Mr. Rowe and seconded by Mr. Brod.

Representative Charles “Butch” Shaw was present and discussed the proceedings that are occurring at Montpelier.  Rep. Shaw discussed the Vermont Yankee situation, the budget (which is showing a significant deficit), and other various bills that are being acted upon in this session.  Rep. Shaw encouraged residents to contact him, preferably via e-mail, however, phone messages are acceptable, but it takes longer for a response as he is in Montpelier for a long period of time during the week.  Rep. Shaw explained various items that were included in the hand-out that was distributed prior to the meeting.

Moderator Harvey asked if there was someone in the audience that would assist by running the microphone.  Doug Stewart volunteered.

Moderator Harvey did a quick review of the report and invited general questions of the material.  Mr. Harvey advised that these discussions would not include any budget reports until the members of the Select Board members had made their presentations.

Presentations:

Chairman Pelkey introduced the members of the Select Board.  Chairman Pelkey explained that he would be conducting the overview of the General Fund; Allen Hitchcock would be presenting the Water & Sewer Commission information; W. Joseph Gagnon would be presenting the Highway Department information.

Mr. Pelkey wished to thank Town Manager John Haverstock, Assistant to the Town Manager Linda Drummond, Helen McKinlay, Town Clerk and her staff, the Department Heads Shawn Erickson and Jack Rogers for their help on the budget.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that the Select Board was faced with delivering the same quality services expected by the town’s residents, and this year was challenging with the global recession on everyone’s minds during the budget process.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that this year was not a year to increase taxes or cut services since the demand for Town services has not decreased, but may increase during the tough economic times.  The infrastructure still needs to be maintained.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that there is no guarantee from Montpelier with regard to State Aid being received at the same rate as in the past.  Mr. Pelkey explained that during budget time, the Select Board charged the Town Manager with the task of maintaining a level funded budget.  The Select Board removed the special appropriations from the General Fund Budget and these will be voted on separately.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that there was only a 7.5% increase in health insurance, and not the double digit increase as experienced in the past.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that the legal fees have increased dramatically and there is a project proposed at the baseball field.  Mr. Pelkey explained that there was $150,000 applied to reduce the tax rate, and a possibility of $353,550 to be applied this year to reduce the upcoming tax rate.  Mr. Pelkey explained that the Union Contract expires at the end of this current fiscal year and negotiations have begun.

Allen Hitchcock presented the Water & Sewer Commission workings of the past year.  Mr. Hitchcock explained the current water system upgrade.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that the project has completed the connection between Pittsford and Florence, that the connection below Otter Creek was difficult, however was completed prior to the end of the construction season.  The work on Route 7 South to Rowe’s Apartments will begin early in the spring.  Then the work on Mechanic Street occurs there is a possibility of replacing the sewer line at the same time as the street will already be under construction.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that there is a grant in place for 45% of the construction and there is a low cost loan from Rural Development.  The Rural Development loan required an increase in the rates to $400 per year, per user.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that there are new meters being installed at connection and it is a remotely read meter.  The new meters are read in gallons while the previous meters were in cubic foot.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that the next water billing cycle will be based on the last bill, with an additional $42 toward the bond vote.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that there have been complaints that there is a decrease in water pressure with the installation of the new meters.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that the new meters have a limit of 80 psi and there were some residents that were experiencing well over 100 psi.  The metering company is setting the meters at 72 psi; however, if the resident is experiencing pressure issues, they should contact the metering company for a reassessment.  Mr. Hitchcock stated that there have been requests for new customers to join the system during the construction period.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that the Water & Sewer Commission has decided to waive the $300 application fee for new customers; however, the $500 installation fee would be required.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that over 60% of the water that exits the reservoir is not being accounted for, which could be caused from usage of the flat rate customers.

Mr. Hitchcock explained that there are some issues at the Wastewater Treatment Facility that need to be repaired at the request of the State of Vermont.  There is an issue with the design of the facility; infiltration into the system is an issue.  The issues to be addressed per the State are the chlorination and sludge handling problems.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that there is a bagging system, which is not useful.  There is an issue of sludge handling where a portable pump is being used to remove the sludge solids from the storage tanks, thus causing spillage.  The Water & Sewer Commission has prioritized the infiltration be addressed first, followed by the chlorine contact chamber, the sludge handling, the replacement of the Elm Street pump station, and repairs at the Depot Hill pump station.  The engineers are estimating that this project will cost roughly $1.3 million.  This project will require a bond vote and will increase the user fees from $600 per year to roughly $790.  Mr. Hitchcock explained that the sewer budget has been running at a deficit for a number of years.

Mr. Hitchcock explained that there are roughly 70 Pittsford residents that will be affected by Proctor’s decision to abandon their water source in Chittenden.  The Pittsford Water & Sewer Commission is working with the Proctor Water & Select Boards on this, and the abandonment is anticipated to occur in the next year or year and a half.  Currently, there are 6 customers that could be connected to the Pittsford system, but to service the remaining customers a booster pump station would need to be installed due to the elevation.  Rep. Shaw will be conducting a meeting with affected residents on March 15, 2010 at 6:30.  A letter will be sent to these residents to notify them of this meeting and inviting them for their input.

Joe Gagnon reported on the Highway Department activities for the past year.  Mr. Gagnon indicated that there has not been much road salt used, until recently, due to the mild winter.  Mr. Gagnon indicated that the Hitchcock road was resurfaced, as well as the West Creek Road; the Bridle Trail has had some ditching and culvert work completed; the dirt from Bridle Trail was used on the Sangamon Road to assist in the widening of the shoulders; there was some brush cut on the Plains Road at the intersection of Sugar Hollow Road to improve visibility.  There were various culverts replaced, brush was cut in various locations.  Mr. Gagnon indicated that the proposed projects for this construction season include grinding and resurfacing the Furnace Road to the Furnace bridge; from the bridge to the Town Line it is hoped to cut the shoulder back, replace a culvert, and any minor repairs that may be needed.  Mr. Gagnon explained that there is a bid currently in the works to purchase a tandem dump truck to increase efficiency, extend life of the vehicle, and increase the resale value of the vehicle.

Discussions:

Moderator Harvey asked for any questions with regard to the presentations by the Select Board members.

Bob Harnish inquired about the history of the lawsuits.  Mr. Harnish asked the amount that was paid in the past, what are the current legal expense, and the outcome of any cases.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that there was roughly $10,000 budgeted in the past for legal fees; the amount budgeted for the past year was $15,000 for legal fees, and the current budget to cover legal fees is $30,000.  Mr. Pelkey explained that over the last 2  years, the Paynters’ have filed 6 lawsuits with some of these actions being amended several times; in one case, the Paynters’ amended their original complaint 4 times, presenting an elusive target for the attorneys representing the town, adding time and costs.  When the courts have not ruled in their favor, they have appealed.   Mr. Pelkey explained that he would like to note that, to date, the Plaintiffs have not prevailed in any of their original actions or subsequent appeals, in fact, in a recent decision by the VT Supreme Court, on one appeal, the Court went out of its way to grant summary judgment to the Town, based on the merits of the case.  This is remarkable because the lower Court’s merely ruled that the Paynter’s had not filed a timely lawsuit.  Mr. Pelkey explained that because Mr. Paynter is a Pro Se Litigant, meaning that he represents himself without an attorney, the Paynter’s incur little cost to them, but, have cost the Town approximately $80,000.  Mr. Pelkey explained that Mr. Paynter has stated that he is studying to become a lawyer and it appears to the Board that he is manipulating the legal system to get legal training at the expense of the Taxpayers of Pittsford, and unfortunately, the Courts, so far are letting him get away with it.  Mr. Pelkey explained that the Paynter’s know that our insurance carrier will only defend the Town against lawsuits that carry a demand for monetary compensations.  Consequently, the Paynter’s limit their legal actions to try to overturn decisions of various Town boards or to invalidate Town ordinances and Town Plans.  In this way, they can maximize the cost to the Taxpayers.  Mr. Pelkey stated that in fact, at the November 18, 2009 Select Board meeting, Mr. Paynter threatened to double the Town’s legal costs if the Supreme Court did not rule in his favor.  At this meeting, Mr. Paynter stated that he would take the case through the entire process again.  Also at this same meeting, Mr. Paynter stated that another one of his lawsuits had the potential to substantially raise the cost of future legal fees to the Town.  Mr. Pelkey stated that it seems that the Town and the Select Board are being held hostage by the Paynters and if they are not given in to so they can get their own way, they will continue to cost the Town more money through their legal actions.  Mr. Pelkey stated that based on these threats and past experience, the Select Board has no choice but to budget more legal fees noting that the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Mr. Pelkey gave an update on the legal actions.  Presently, there are 2 cases pending final legal disposition.  One case that is awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on the Paynter appeal regarding the validity of the 2005 Zoning Regulations.  A similar case in the Superior Court has been withdrawn by the Plaintiffs.  There were 2 cases that were consolidated and are on appeal to the Environmental Court – these cases are based on Zoning Board decisions.  One case has been dismissed.  This case was the video taping suit against the Zoning Board and the Town.  One appeal, as previously stated was ruled in the Town’s favor by the Supreme Court.  This was the case regarding alleged improprieties with the adoption of the prior Town Plan.  Mr. Pelkey stated that Mr. Paynter will no doubt continue to argue that the Select Board does not have to defend against these lawsuits and that it is the Select Board who is responsible for the amount of money being spent.

Mr. Pelkey stated that the Select Board feels strongly about the need to protect the Town’s rights and interests.  Otherwise, the Select Board may just as well let every body do as they please with no regard to the rules or the laws that all must abide by.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that in the Board’s opinion, Bruce Paynter is a very intelligent person with diverse skills and talents.  The Select Board is very disappointed that Mr. Paynter has chosen the path of expensive and time consuming litigation.  Mr. Pelkey questioned how much better it would be if Bruce used his skills and talents to pursue more productive avenues such as joining Town Boards or Commissions, standing for election to public office, or to properly petition Town Government.

Moderator Harvey asked that any comments be civil, cordial and intelligent and that the Moderator’s rules would be followed.

Bruce Paynter indicated that some of the information that Mr. Pelkey stated was true and some was not true.  Mr. Paynter indicated that he had issues with the Zoning Board and that the Zoning Board had the police present and threatened to have him and his wife arrested for video taping.  Mr. Paynter indicated that there is a case at the Supreme Court.  Mr. Paynter indicated that the legal issues began with lot frontage vs. street frontage and that there are issues with the ordinances as written.

Peg Armitage asked if it would be possible to check with the Nature Conservancy before cutting any bankings.  There was an incident on the Furnace Brook Road and there were some ferns that are protected and should be moved properly.

Cathy Rider inquired about the criteria or process that was followed with regard to Kendall Hill Road and how the priority was decided with regard to the water project.  Also, Ms. Rider asked if all residents would be charged for the increase in fees due water upgrade.  J. Haverstock explained that the engineers at Otter Creek Engineering said that the priority is determined by the contractors and if the Town were to determine this, the cost of the project may increase.  Moderator Harvey explained that the rate increase was based on historical rates being below state averages.

Mr. Poor asked about the purchase of the new truck for the garage and if there would be an effect on the use of the current garage.  J. Gagnon indicated that there is no plan to replace the current garage and the vehicle placement was discussed with Highway Foreman, Shawn Erickson.  Mr. Gagnon indicated that there is no place to expand the garage or build another.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that there may be another door installed between the 2 overhead doors that are currently in place.

Anita Paynter responded to Mr. Pelkey’s statements with regard to Bruce Paynter.  Ms. Paynter indicated that the Select Board misrepresented Mr. Paynter and indicated that they have been to the town for permits on several occasions and been denied every time.  Ms. Paynter indicated that all requirements were met prior to applying for the permits.

Bob Webster asked about a recent meeting with the wind tower developers and if there would be a public meeting and the possibility of allowing a public vote.  Mr. Pelkey indicated that the initial meeting was to introduce the company to the Select Board and the company (Reunion Power) has guaranteed that the public would be invited to a public meeting and that the public would be informed.  This is the same commitment that was received by the former developers.  Emerson Frost inquired if this was the same company that is involved in Poultney.  J. Haverstock indicated that this is a separate company.

Motion by Denise Mahoney and seconded by Clarence Greeno to accept the report.  Motion passed unanimously.

Article 2.  Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the Town of Pittsford will appropriate the sum of $1,117,024.00 (One Million, One Hundred Seventeen Thousand, Twenty-Four and no/100ths Dollars) to defray the General Expenses of the Town for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, of which the sum of $948,613.00 (Nine Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand, Six Hundred Thirteen and no/100ths Dollars is to be raised by property taxes?”

Motion to accept by Bob Harnish and seconded by Ernie Brod.

Mr. Rademacher inquired about the carry over of budget dollars and explained historical practices, from the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Mr. Rademacher indicated that there was always a number carried over of budget dollars.  Mr. Rademacher indicated that this number is currently stated in the Treasurer’s Report, however, not included in the budget summary.  Mr. Pelkey explained that 15% of the budget is allowed to be carried over from the past budget year to the current budget year.  Mr. Pelkey explained that $150,000 was returned to the taxpayers in the current tax billing cycle.  Mr. Pelkey explained that there is also $353,550 to be returned to taxpayers due to an error that will be discussed in Article 8.

Moderator read the article for the required second time.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 3. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will appropriate the sum of $932,921.00 (Nine Hundred Thirty-Two Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-One and no/100ths Dollars) to defray the Highway Expenses of the Town for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, of which the sum of $822,171.00 (Eight Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand, One Hundred Seventy-One no/100ths Dollars) is to be raised by property taxes?”

Motion to accept by Jamie Stewart and seconded by Dan Shea.

No further discussion.

Motion by Denise Mahoney and seconded by Clarence Greeno to avoid reading the article a second time.  Motion passed unanimously.

Article 3 passed unanimously.

Article 4. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will appropriate the sum of $19,000 (Nineteen Thousand and no/100ths Dollars) to defray the Village District’s Expenses for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, of which the sum of $19,000 (Nineteen Thousand and no/100ths) is to be raised by property taxes?”

Motion to accept by Jamie Stewart and seconded by Ms. Poor.

Article 4 passed unanimously.

Article 5. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the Town will authorize collection of taxes on real and personal property by its Treasurer in three equal installments, due on or before August 10, September 10, and November 10, 2010?”

Motion to accept by Mr. Poor and seconded by Mr. Rowe.

Article 5 passed unanimously.

Article 6. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will vote to exempt the building and properties belonging to the Pittsford Historical Society located at 3399 US Route 7 (Parcel #1713), from municipal property taxes for a period of five (5) years in accordance with the exemption clause for charitable organizations set forth in 32 VSA 3840.”

Motion to accept by Jack Rogers and seconded by Jim Rademacher.

Nancy Gaudreau inquired if this includes the Ice Caves property.  Denise Mahoney stated that this property is not up for renewal.

Article 6 passed unanimously.

Article 7. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will vote to exempt the building and properties belonging to the Pittsford First Response located at 256 Arch Street (Parcel #1715), from municipal property taxes for a period of five (5) years in accordance with the exemption clause for charitable organizations set forth in 32 VSA 3840.”

Motion to accept by Clarence Greeno and seconded by Ms. Poro.

Jamie Stewart inquired if this involved just the municipal tax.  Denise Mahoney indicated that the First Response is not exempt from the State Education Tax.

Article 7 passed unanimously.

Article 8. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize the return of $353,550 (Three Hundred Fifty-Three Thousand, Five Hundred Fifty and 00/100ths Dollars) of excess tax receipts from FY 2008-2009 to Pittsford property tax payers in the form of reduced tax rates to be set in July, 2010.

Motion by Mr. Rowe and seconded by Ms. Rowe.

Mark Winslow inquired why the tax rate is being lowered instead of just returning the overpayments.  J. Haverstock explained that the lowering of the rate is easier to administer, less labor intensive, and the return of the funds may be taxable at the State and Federal levels.

Cathy Rider inquired why this item was not brought to the town as a whole so the voters could vote on this on the ballots, as she felt that this was an important item.  Moderator Harvey explained that any monetary issues are handled at the open town meeting.  Mrs. Rider inquired if there was a way for the whole town to have a say in this.  Ms. Flory explained that it was voted a number of years ago to vote on budget issues and public questions at Town Meeting.  Ms. Flory stated that the issue was in the newsletter and the Town Report and that the Select Board made this information public just 2 weeks following the Select Board being aware of the issue.

Sara Gallipo inquired what would happen if this article is voted down.  Moderator Harvey explained that the money could not be returned in a binding manner without being a warned item.  Ms. Flory indicated that this could be a balance forward for next year, in the event of voting down and that this could be income sensitive and taxes could be assessed at the State and Federal level.  Ms. Flory indicated that the Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) was consulted and it was determined that a reduction in the tax base was the best way to go.  Mark Winslow inquired if there was another way to do this as there were 140 changes in the Grand List last year.  J. Haverstock indicated that the VLCT indicated that the tax money can only go to current taxpayers of the town and not former taxpayers.  Clarence Greeno inquired if the dollars could be used to defer the water project.  Ms. Flory stated that the water users are paying for the water improvements and that this overpayment is for all taxpayers in the town, therefore, not possible.  Ms. Gallipo inquired if there was a way to calculate so the amount could be deducted from the current tax bill.  J. Haverstock indicated an example of an owner of a $200,000 property would pay roughly $200 less next year.

Moderator Harvey re-read the article prior to the vote.

Article 8 passed with 1 nay vote.

Robin Rowe spoke on behalf of the Pittsford Food Shelf.  Ms. Rowe thanked everyone for their help to the Food Shelf and explained the Feinstein Food Challenge.  Currently, there is a challenge between Pittsford and Proctor to build their food shelves and be part of the Feinstein Challenge.

Moderator Harvey explained that Articles 9 – 32 were special appropriations in the town and the county.

Peter Cady made a motion to suspend the rules that each article have discussion limited to 5 minutes.  Cathy Rider seconded the motion.  Mr. Cady amended the motion to be 3 minutes and Ms. Rider seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

Article 9. Moderator Harvey read the following article:  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Three Thousand, Twenty and no/100ths Dollars ($3,020.00) to be used by the Rutland Community Care Network.”

Motion by Jamie Stewart and seconded by Mr. Poor to accept.

The representative from this organization spoke and indicated that there was no increase in the request and the Rutland Community Care Network is appreciative of the support shown by Pittsford residents.

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Don Nickless to consolidate all articles of $1,000 or less and showed no increase in allocation from last year in a single vote.  Motion seconded by Mrs. Wheeler.  Moderator Harvey indicated that the effected articles are: 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23,25,26,30 and 32.

Mrs. Frost explained that Article 18 (The Pittsford Cemetery request) is for maintenance of the old cemeteries.

Ken Gagnon explained that Article 12 (Rutland Natural Resources Conservations District) for water quality work.

Mark McDonald was present to explain that the money received for Vermont Center for Independent Living assists him directly.

Motion passed unanimously.

(NOTE:

Article 11. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($100.00) to be used by George D. Aiken Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Article 12. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Two Hundred Fifty and no/100ths Dollars ($250.00) to be used by Rutland Natural Resources Conservations District.

Article 14. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Thousand and no/100ths Dollars ($1,000.00) to be used by Rutland County Humane Society.

Article 15. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Two Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($200.00) to be used by Vermont Green Up Day.

Article 16. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Nine Hundred Twenty-Five and no/100ths Dollars ($925.00) to be used by Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council.

Article 17. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Nine Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($900.00) to be used by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont.

Article 18. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Nine Hundred and no/100ths ($900.00) to be used by Pittsford Cemetery Association.

Article 21. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Four Thousand Twenty-Seven and no/100ths Dollars ($427.00) to be used by Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Article 23. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Three Hundred Fourteen and no/100ths Dollars ($314.00) to be used by Vermont Center for Independent Living.

Article 25. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Four Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($400.00) to be used by Association for Retarded Citizens-Rutland Area.

Article 26. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Two Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($200.00) to be used by Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter.

Article 30. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Thousand and no/100ths Dollars ($1,000.00) to be sued by Pittsford Food Shelf.

Article 32. To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Four Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($400.00) to be used by Rutland County Parent Child Center. )

Article 10. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Ten Thousand, Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100ths Dollars ($10,750.00) to be used by Pittsford First Response Squad.”

Motion by Jamie Stewart and seconded by Mrs. Poor to accept the article.

Marie Fitzgerald explained that there is no charge for the services of the First Response and they try to maintain coverage 24 hours a day/7 days a week, however, they are a small volunteer squad and it is not always possible to provide this coverage.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 13. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Four Thousand, Nine Hundred Thirty-One and no/100ths Dollars ($4,931.00) to be used by Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Assoc. & Hospice.”

Motion by Mr. Cady and seconded by Mr. Poor to accept.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 19. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Thousand, One Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($1,100.00) to be used by Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging.”

Motion by Mr. Cady to accept and seconded by Mr. Poor.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 20. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Four Thousand, Fifty-Tow and no/100ths Dollars ($4,052.00) to be used by Pittsford Historical Society.”

Motion by Mr. Dwyer and seconded by Ms. Freson to accept.

Peg Armitage indicated that it would be nice to see another generation becomes involved in the Historical Society.  Ms. Armitage indicated that Mrs. Clerihew has started a Historical Club at the elementary school level and it would be nice to have these students involved.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 22. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Sixty and no/100ths Dollars ($12,560.00) to be used by Regional Ambulance Service, Inc.”

Motion by Hope Rantanen and seconded by Mr. Rowe to approve.

Sara Gallipo inquired what the previous amount was.  The members of the Select Board indicated that there is no increase.  Betsey Morgan, the representative from Pittsford to the Regional Ambulance indicated that there was actually a decrease in their request.  Ms. Morgan gave the statistics in the various calls for help and the services that are provided to the member towns.  Ms. Morgan indicated that in the past there was a $4.25 per capita request and this year the request is $4.00 per capita.  Emerson Frost indicated that he is grateful for their services.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 24. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Thousand, Three Hundred Five and no/100ths Dollars ($1,305.00) to be used by Vermont Adult Learning.”

Motion by Dan Shea and seconded by Mr. Brod to accept.

John Campbell was present as the representative and explained the services of this organization.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 27. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Fifty Thousand, and no/100ths Dollars ($50,000.00) to be used by Maclure Library.”

Motion by Jack Rogers and seconded by Ms. Scarcello to accept.

Bonnie Stewart spoke on behalf of the library.  Mr. Cady inquired why there were 2 separate requests for funding.  Ms. Stewart explained that there is traditionally $50,000 requested, however, there is an increase in the services provided by the Library, thus, increasing the costs.  Mr. Pelkey explained the policy of the Select Board to place any increase in allocation or new allocation before the voters.  Jack Rogers explained that there are more requests for increases and this is due to the hard economic times and the endowment has suffered.  Betsey Morgan inquired if all non-profits were asked to level fund and inquired why the library is requesting an increase.  Moderator Harvey explained that this article is for the original $50,000 request and no increase is included in this article.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 28. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Ten Thousand, and no/100ths Dollars ($10,000) to be used by Maclure Library.

Motion by Shirlee Nickless and seconded by Pat Drown to accept.

Mr. Dwyer spoke in favor of this article by stating that he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Library and indicated that there is an increase in services.

Peg Armitage indicated that there are probably more children in the library and that this additional allocation will benefit the children.

Nancy Gaudreau indicated that there are computers and internet that are available for use at the library and these services help those who can not afford the services within their homes.

Motion passed with 1 nay vote.

Article 29. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation Three Thousand, Six Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($3,600.00) to be used by Rutland Court Diversion/Restorative Justice, Inc.”

Motion by Bob Harnish and seconded by Dan Shea to accept.

Peter Cady spoke in favor of this program as it is cheaper to the taxpayer than having the individual in jail.  Rep. Shaw explained that it costs in excess of $50,000 per year to have someone in the jail system.  Pat Drown said that there are a lot of teenagers involved in this program and this program helps them.  Rick Bjorn was present to present the programs available within the Court Diversion program.  Robin Rowe spoke in favor of this group and that some of the individuals involved assist at the Pittsford Food Shelf.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 31. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To see if the voters of the Town of Pittsford will authorize to be raised by taxation One Thousand, Five Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($1,500.00) to be used by Bowen-Walker Fund.”

Motion by Mr. Poor and seconded by Ms. Poor to accept.

Barb Pierce was present as the representative.

Motion passed unanimously.

Article 33. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To transact any other non-binding business as legally may come before said meeting at this time.”

Mrs. Frost wanted to commend the dedication of the Town Report to Bonnie Stewart and Phyllis Barnard.

Peg Flory stated that anyone was welcome to discuss the happenings of the State Senate with her.

Bob Harnish stated that he has some handouts regarding the Village Center Project and the Pittsford Community Corporation and will distribute them as residents leave to save time.

Mrs. Frost wished to commend the microphone runner.

Gordon DeLong inquired if it would be possible to return the appropriations to the manner as used in the past.  Mr. Pelkey explained that this will be returned next year and this occurred this year due to the economic times and allowed the voters to review these individually.

Clarence Greeno indicated that he would like to see some form of recognition to Mary Beriau in the next town report.

Article 34. Moderator Harvey read the following article.  “To elect the following officers of the Town:

a.             A Town and School District Moderator for a term of one (1) year

b.             A Selectman for a term of three (3) years

c.             A Selectman for a term of two (2) years

d.             A Lister for a term of one (1) year

e.             A Lister for a term of two (2) years

f.              A Grand Juror for a term of one (1) year

g.             A Town Agent for a term of one (1) year

h.             A Trustee of Public Funds for a term of three (3) years

i.              A Maclure Library Trustee for a term of one (1) year

j.              A Pittsford School District Director for a term of two (2) years

k.             A Pittsford School District Director for a term of three (3) years

l.              An Otter Valley Union School District Director for a term of three (3) years.

The candidates were allowed to speak briefly to the voters present.

Motion to adjourn at 10:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted:                                                      Attest:

S/s Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary                                              S/s Helen E. McKinlay, Town Clerk

S/s Matthew Harvey, Moderator