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Town of Pittsford
Select Board Minutes
March 2, 2005


Michael Balch opened the meeting at 6:30 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 and Roy Newton.  Tom Carrara arrived at 6:35 p.m.



Select Board Reorganization

Appointment of Chairman

J. Gagnon nominated H. Pelkey to be the Select Board Chairman.  L. Pomainville seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 


M. Balch turned the meeting over to H. Pelkey at 6:35 p.m.


Appointment of Vice Chairman

L. Pomainville nominated A Hitchcock for Select Board Vice Chairman.  The motion was seconded by H. Pelkey.  The motion passed unanimously. 


Appointment of Recording Clerk

L. Pomainville nominated H. McKinlay for Recording Clerk.  The motion was seconded by H. Pelkey.  The motion passed unanimously. 


Appointment of Official Newspaper

L. Pomainville made a motion to appoint the Brandon Pittsford Reporter as the Official Town Newspaper.  The motion was seconded by A. Hitchcock.  The motion passed unanimously. 


Adoption of 2005/2006 Select Board Meeting Schedule

L. Pomainville made a motion to approve the Select Board schedule to meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  J. Gagnon seconded the motion.  A. Hitchcock suggested the meeting schedule be revised to meet on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month at 6:30 p.m.  A vote on the motion to hold the meetings every other Wednesday evening was defeated.  A. Hitchcock made a motion for the Select Board meeting schedule to be on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month at 6:30 p.m.  H. Pelkey seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 


Appointments of Officials and Various Boards and Commissions:

The following list of appointments was reviewed for appointments to various boards, offices and commissions.


Health & Environmental Officer Bruce Babcock
Fuel Coordinator Michael Balch
Tree Warden Shawn Erickson
Pound Keepers: Edward Fox
  Frank Bovey, Sr.
Fence Viewers: Frank Bovey, Sr.
  W. Joseph Gagnon
  John Fox
Surveyor of Wood Linwood Bovey
Fire Warden Raymond J. Parker
Assistant Fire Warden Edward Keith, Jr.
Town Service Officer Michael Balch
Rutland Regional Ambulance Representative Betsey Morgan
Animal Control Officers J. Michael Warfle
  Lema Carter
  Elmer Potter
Enhanced 9-1-1 Gordon DeLong
Emergency Management Coordinator Alan Westin
Rutland County Solid Waste Representatives:  

Don Nickless

William Taranovich

Rutland Regional Transportation Council:  

Margaret Flory

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey

Water Commissioner Christopher Hanrahan
Recreation Committee: Kathryn Shortsleeves
  Marc Winslow
  Michele Cioffredi
Zoning Board: Stanley Markowski
  James Morale
  Richard Conway
  Wade Mitchelle
Planning Commission Al Vitagliano
Town Constable J. Michael Warfle
Special Police Officers: Lema Carter III
  Francis Martin
Delinquent Tax Collector Michael Balch


A. Hitchcock made a motion to appoint the names as listed.  L. Pomainville seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 



The minutes of February 16, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved.  In the Town Manager’s Report the line referring to Current Level of Appraisal will be changed to read percentage instead of dollars.  The change was noted on the minutes and initialed by Hank Pelkey.


The Liquor Board minutes of February 16, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved.


The orders of March 2, 2005 were reviewed; discussed and approved    The Charlebois invoice is for an air impact wrench.  Salt purchases to date total $39,921 against a budget of $58,000.  Northeast Delta Dental was incorrectly identified on the order as life insurance but is actually dental insurance.



  • A letter from Atty. Jack Facey regarding the Assistant Town Clerk/Treasurer belonging to the Union has been included in the Board packets for review.  Atty. Facey states since this position is a political appointment it does not fall under the Union hiring policy.  Certification of this position seems to have been in error.  . 
  • Heating fuel quotes are in process. 
  • The State of Vermont bridge reports were mailed to the Board for review.
  • M. Balch reported he has obtained a map and a copy of the agreement filed in the land records regarding the Town right of way in front of Kamuda’s.  M. Balch to review with J. Kamuda.  M. Balch will report the findings to the Board.   
  • A carbon monoxide detector has been installed in the Sewer plant office. 
  • The new truck for the Water and Sewer Department has been ordered and delivery will be in three to four weeks.



T. Carrara requested the Town recognize our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Suggestions for ways the Town might show recognition were by a moment of silence, the Town Newsletter and at the Pittsford Day Celebration on July 3, 2005. 


T. Carrara suggested the adequacy of the springs on the Ford F550 truck be checked.  M. Balch will look into this matter and report back to the Board.


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board at 6:56  P. M.  The Select Board reconvened at 7:10 P.M.



There were no items of old business on the agenda this evening.


R. Newton departed at 6:40 pm.



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 7:15 P.M.  M.  Balch was invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 7:30 P.M.  The Board took no action at this time.

Joe Skaza – VT Roads Scholar Presentation

A letter of commendation and a plaque were presented by the Select Board to Joe Skaza of the Pittsford Highway Department for his completion of the VT Roads Scholar Program.


With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 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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