Town of Pittsford
April 27, 2005
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:30 PM. Select Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Larry Pomainville, Joe Gagnon, and David Markowski. Allen Hitchcock was absent. Also present were: Mike Balch, Helen McKinlay, Roy Newton, Tom Hooker, Charles “Butch” Shaw and Eric Gilbertson
The minutes of April 6, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved. .
The orders of April 27, 2005 were reviewed; discussed and approved
TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT
M. Balch informed the Board of a Letter of Understanding for a mutual aid agreement between the Towns of Pittsford and Brandon. The Board was in favor of the mutual aid agreement.
The tool boxes and racks have been reinstalled on the old Water Department truck. The truck was advertised in the Rutland Herald. The truck bid opening is scheduled for Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.
The Sewer Board budget status report was included with the Board packets. Contracts are over budget for the legal and engineering support required for the research on the Green Mt. Engineering matter.
Dave Parker has completed the fencing of the spring’s area as of April 21st.
A letter regarding S138 current use valuation of Water Board land in other towns was sent on April 15th. Copies were included with the Board packets.
A copy of the VLCT information regarding approval of new/modified Zoning Regulations was included with the Board packets.
There were no public comments this evening.
A letter from Julie Kelliher, Esq. regarding the Hammond Bridge was reviewed and discussed. The Quit Claim deed transfers ownership from the Town of Pittsford to the State of Vermont, Historic Preservation. The transfer will allow the Agency of Transportation to perform approximately $250,000 in repairs to Hammond Bridge this summer. Eric Gilbertson from the Agency of Transportation was present to answer any questions on the transaction. D. Markowski made a motion to sign the Hammond Bridge deed as presented. The motion was seconded by H. Pelkey. The motion passed unanimously.
Appointment of Assistant Fire Warden
Chief T. Hooker and Asst. Chief B. Shaw addressed the Select Board regarding the need to appoint an Assistant Fire Warden.
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 6:58 P.M. M. Balch, T. Hooker and B. Shaw were invited to stay. All others were excused. The Board came out of executive session at 7:11 P.M.
D. Markowski made a motion the Board appoint Bill Bowman as Interim Assistant Fire Warden. The motion was seconded by J. Gagnon. The motion passed unanimously.
The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board at
7:12 P.M. The Select Board reconvened at 7:17 P.M.
There was no old business this evening.
Front Loader Bids
Two loader bids were opened on April 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. 1) Nortrax, Inc. submitted two bids: the first was for a 2005 John Deere 544J Wheel Loader at $117,989 with a trade in allowance for the Caterpillar 930 of $18,000 for a total amount due of $99,989. The second Nortrax bid was for a 444J John Deere Wheel Loader. This loader did not meet the specifications requested by the Town. A bid was received from Wood’s CRW Corp. for a 2005 Volvo L60E Wheel Loader in the amount of $117,245. D. Markowski made a motion to accept the bid from Nortrax for the 544J Wheel Loader in the amount of $99,989 with the trade in allowance of $18,000. The option of a locking front axle differential will be included for an additional $1,250. The total amount of the bid to be awarded to Nortrax is $101,230. L. Pomainville seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Proposed Fire Hill Road Project Change Order
A letter regarding from Markowski Excavating regarding a Fire Hill Road Project change order was discussed. D. Markowski moved and L. Pomainville seconded a motion to not approve the change order for the Fire Hill Road Project. The culvert will remain the same as originally specified. The motion passed unanimously.
Appointment of Town Auditor
Two letters of interest have been received for the vacant Town Auditor position. Kathryn Brown and Linda Drummond have both expressed an interest in the opening. K. Brown and L. Drummond will be invited to meet with the Select Board at the next meeting scheduled for May 4th.
Consider Recent Interest in Water Department Building on Mechanic Street
Greg Sharrow of Mechanic Street has recently contacted the Town Office regarding interest in purchasing the Town property located on Mechanic Street. T. Hooker noted that his lease for the property allows him the first refusal option should the Town decide to sell the property. T. Hooker will produce a copy of the lease agreement. The Board will review this proposition at a later time.
Chmielewski Highway Access Permit
An access permit from Stephen Chmielewski for Fabian Excavation on Whipple Hollow Road was reviewed and discussed. S. Erickson, Highway Foreman approved the permit. D. Markowski made a motion to approve the access permit. L. Pomainville seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
James W. Wood Revocable Trust Access Permit
An access permit for James W. Wood Revocable Trust was reviewed and discussed. D. Markowski made a motion to approve the permit with the noted conditions as listed. L. Pomainville 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 7:56 P.M. M. Balch was invited to stay. All others were excused. The Board came out of executive session at 8:25 P.M. The Board took no action at this time..
With no further business, the Select Board adjourned at 8:26 P.M.
Helen McKinlay, Recording Secretary
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair
Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair - ABSENT
Dave Markowski, Selectman
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
Larry Pomainville, Selectman