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Town of Pittsford
Special Select Board Minutes
March 16, 2005



Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:32 PM.  Select Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Larry Pomainville, Joe Gagnon, and Allen Hitchcock.  David Markowski was absent.  Also present were:  Mike Balch, Helen McKinlay, Shawn Erickson and Roy Newton.  Michael Leehy arrived at 6:35 P.M.  Mike Gecha arrived at 6:37 P.M.



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



The orders of March 16, 2005 were reviewed; discussed and approved    The Psychological report on the orders was for the hiring of a Special Police Officer.  The invoice for Symquest in the amount of $635.47 has been deleted from the order as it is an over charge.  Kamuda’s was incorrectly listed on the draft order instead of Kam’s for towing of the plow truck.  Salt purchases to date are over budget by $5,153.00.  Two more deliveries have been received from Cargill this past week.  A. Hitchcock requested the dates at the top of the orders be adjusted to show from the date of the last order to the date the order is signed.  M. Balch will research if the program will allow this change to be made to the report.



  • Salt purchases to date have exceeded the budgeted amount of our purchase order.  The Highway budget will be adjusted in other areas so as not to exceed the total budget.
  • T. Carrara had asked at the last meeting if the Ford 550 springs were adequate for the work it was being used for.  The springs were checked and found not to be adequate.  Currently all of the springs on this truck are being upgraded.
  • Michael Leehy of Furnace Road was in the office today to discuss an issue with snowmobiles going through his dooryard at inappropriate hours.  A letter written by M. Leehy was distributed to the Select Board for review.
  • Loader specifications have been completed and are ready to go.  The specifications are based on State specifications.  A copy of the loader request for bids including the specifications was distributed to the Board for review.  We plan to issue the bid on March 21, 2005.
  • The supplier awarded the loader bid will be asked to give a quote on the old loader.  Local interest has been received on the old loader and public bids will be considered. 



Michael Leehy addressed the Select Board regarding issues with snowmobiles traveling through his property at late night hours.  H. Pelkey apologized for not getting back to him on this issue as he’d been wrongly informed the issue had been taken care of by the Snomads.  M. Leehy stated he had talked with an officer of the Snomad club.  M. Leehy addressed inappropriate hours of travel on the VAST trail that crosses his property.  This trail is a corridor trail sanctioned by VAST.  Though this is not a constant problem there have been at least 10 occasions this winter with snowmobiles traveling through his property after 10:00 p.m.  In order to exit the Recreation Area the snowmobiles have to drive around the gate onto the Leehy property.  The gate across the road to the Recreation Area states no trespassing from 9:00 P.M. until 10:00 A.M.  It is believed a prior Board set the no trespass hours.  M. Leehy requested the Select Board find a way to police snowmobiles in that area.  M. Leehy stated he is more than willing to work with the Select Board to find a solution to this annoying situation.    H. Pelkey and D. Markowski will discuss the issue with Gary Stanley, President of the Snomads to see if they can work out a solution amicable for both sides.  In the interim M. Leehey asked the Select Board to have the Town Police and the State Police patrol the area at times between 10 P.M. and 1:00 A.M. while patrols are on regular duty in the area.  M. Balch will follow up on this issue.   


R. Newton asked if the Town had been following a dog issue in Rutland City regarding dog problem where a Rutland police officer was bitten and the dog was moved to Middlebury.  R. Newton previously thought enough information was available in the State Statutes to take care of animals that may be a problem to society.  R. Newton urged the Town Manager and Select Board to study this case and take a stand and make Representative Peg Flory aware of Town concerns regarding this issue.  M. Balch noted that if a person takes dog out of Town before the Board order is enforced the Town no longer has any legal jurisdiction.  The Town is only able to act while the animal remains in Town.  Once an animal is removed from Town the police cannot enforce an order from this Board.  M. Balch will follow up on this issue.

 The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board at 6: 57 P. M.  The Select Board reconvened at 7:12 P.M.



There was no old business discussed this evening.



Posting of Town Highways

A letter from VTrans regarding posting of roads in compliance with Title 19, VSA § 1109 through 1110 was included in the Select Board packets.  S. Erickson reviewed the attached listing identifying the Town Roads requiring posting.  The roads listed are normally posted at this time each year.  A. Hitchcock made a motion to post the highways as listed on the chart we just discussed.  L. Pomainville seconded the motion.  Posting per the Vtrans letter is through mud season from February 17th to May 15th.  The Town can pull down the posters at any point when they feel the roads have dried out adequately.  M. Gecha asked if someone lives on one of these posted roads and their vehicle is empty  if it would be legal to go to and from home to work over the posted road.  Traveling on the posted road after work is the problem.  D. Markowski stated that in the past they have called S. Erickson who has worked with us to give us a time frame and approved days and hours the roads may be traveled using good discretion so the roads won’t be torn up and ruined.  M. Gecha has a dump truck that weighs 28,000 pounds not loaded.  M. Gecha noted Route 7 to OMYA is legal to travel because it is not posted.  From OMYA on to Whipple Hollow Road where he lives is posted.  The Board agreed to grant leeway to residents living on posted roads to allow them to run an empty vehicle over the posted weight of the road within reason.  Cases will be reviewed in advance of traveling on the road and considered on an individual basis by contacting S. Erickson or M. Balch.  The decisions must be consistent for all residents living on posted roads and will require looking at the vehicle in question and the road conditions.  This is not a blanket approval and does not allow non-residents to travel the posted roads.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Rutland County Solid Waste District

A. Hitchcock recommended the Town have a representative present at the RCSWD meeting scheduled for March 31st at 7:00 P.M.  The meeting will discuss the possibility of a new contract.  D. Nickless is our representative and B. Taranovich is the Alternate.  M. Balch will attend the meeting if either of our representatives is unable to attend.


Old Highways

A. Hitchcock requested over the next year the Town look at ancient highways and problems other towns are having.  A survey of where we stand on this issue is needed prior to an incident where property is unable to get a mortgage or other problems arise.   


Town Forest Land

The Town own approximately 200 plus acres of mostly wooded land on Nickwackett.    A. Hitchcock recommended Nate Fyfe ,County Forester, take a look at this land.  This property is a Town resource.  The State provides this service but may not be available to look at the property in a reasonable time frame.  L. Pomainville noted the Town has not had this work done since 1959.  M. Balch will pull bid specifications written for Brandon which required forest land to be surveyed and included a basic forestry plan and marking requirements.  The State Forester is scheduled to look at the schools wooded property.     


Rutland Regional Planning Commission

The Board discussed the vacancy of a Town representative to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.  The Board will continue to search for someone interested in representing the Town in this capacity. 



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 Personnel at 7:35 P.M.  M.  Balch was invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 8:42 P.M.  The Board took no action at this time.


With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:44 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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