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Town of Pittsford
Select Board Minutes
February 16, 2005


Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.  Select Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Larry Pomainville, Joe Gagnon, David Markowski and Allen Hitchcock.  Also present were:  Mike Balch, Helen McKinlay, Roy Newton, Tom Carrara, and Dan Pinkowski. Gary Fern arrived at 7:48 P.M...  David Cleary arrived at 7:58 P.M.



The corrected minutes of January 19, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved.

The minutes of February 2, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved. 



The orders of February 16, 2005 were reviewed; discussed and approved    The invoice from the Sheriff’s Department is for one month.  The Sheriff’s Department has provided M. Balch with a report of traffic violations. 



  • The corrected figures have been received from the State of Vermont Property Valuation Department.  The Common Level of Appraisal has been changed from 84.28% to 85.66%.  This improved number gives the Town a savings of approximately $7,000 by lowering the amount needed to be raised for the school.  The Town had petitioned the State to correct the amount based on discrepancies found on properties.  The State has provided a document to be approved by the Select Board.  The Select Board authorized H. Pelkey to sign for approval of the corrected Common Level of Appraisal.
  • The State of VT has provided bridge reports to be signed by the Select Board.  Copies of the reports and the cover letter will be mailed to the Select Board.  The State has supplied a list of the codes used in writing the reports.  The Town has sent in the grant for painting of the Furnace Road bridge.  The Town is currently in the process of filing a new Class 2 road grant.   
  • The Town Meeting presentation was discussed.  A handout with estimated tax information will be prepared.   
  • A quote for replacement of the Water Superintendent’s truck was distributed for review and discussion.  A. Hitchcock made a motion seconded by L. Pomainville to accept and order the truck per the G. Stone Motors quote package as presented in the amount of $39,210.   The motion passed unanimously. 
  • A letter has been sent to Simons Operations regarding the use of the Town computer.  A copy of the letter is in the Select Board reading file. 
  • M. Balch has researched the statutory and charter provisions impacting members of the proposed Rutland County Recreation District.  A report has been distributed to the Select Board.     
  • David Cleary and Gary Fern will be present this evening to report on the investigation into sewer plant issues. 
  • M. Balch has negotiated a contract with Rutland County Sheriff’s Department on an indefinite but temporary basis.  M. Balch met with the Sheriff and he reduced the hourly rate to $33 an hour including cruiser.  The contract was reviewed and discussed.  D. Markowski made a motion to accept the proposal from the Sheriff’s Department on a temporary basis.  The motion was seconded by H. Pelkey.  The motion passed unanimously.   
  • VT Local Roads has sent the Town a plaque for Joe Skaza’s completion of courses. 



     T. Carrara asked questions regarding highway truck maintenance and road maintenance projects.  M. Balch stated proposed road projects are scheduled with work projects when writing department work plans in late fall.  Suggestions for future projects should be submitted at that time. 


    The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board at 7:45  P.M.  The Select Board reconvened at 7:48 P.M.



    Marty Pinkowski and Dan Pinkowski Access Permit

    An Access Permit was submitted by Marty and Dan Pinkowsk regarding property located on Corn Hill Road.  Originally the application was tabled needing more information as a single driveway for a residence.  D. Pinkowski gave a general overview of the proposed development they have planned.  A maximum of 7 lots will be included in the development.  Shawn Erickson has approved the Access Permit as Highway Foreman.   D. Markowski made a motion to accept the Access Permit application.  A. Hitchcock seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 



    In accordance with 1VSA 312(b) where premature general public knowledge would clearly place the Municipality or person involved at a substantial disadvantage, the Board unanimously agreed to go into executive session for Contracts at 8:06 P.M.  M.  Balch, D. Cleary and G. Fern were invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 9:24 P.M.  The Board took no action at this time.


    The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Liquor Board at 9:25 P.M.  The Select Board reconvened at 9:27 P.M.


    With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:29 P.M.


    Respectfully submitted:

    Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

    Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair  

    Dave Markowski, Selectman 

     W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman 

      Allen Hitchcock, Selectman

    Helen McKinlay, Recording Secretary          




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