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Town of Pittsford
Select Board Minutes
June 15, 2005

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.  Select Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Joe Gagnon, Larry Pomainville and Dave Markowski.  Allen Hitchcock was absent.  Also present were Mike Balch, Helen McKinlay and Jeremy Waite.  Tom Hooker arrived at 6:36.



Jeremy Waite Vermont Local Roads Equipment Scholar Certificate

H. Pelkey presented J. Waite with a VT Roads Equipment Scholar Certificate and a plaque with a letter of commendation from the Select Board for his achievement.  Jeremy departed at 6:33.



The corrected minutes of May 18, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved.  The minutes of June 1, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved. 



The orders of June 15, 2005 were reviewed, discussed and approved. 



M. Balch requested the Select Board enter in an Executive Session later in the evening to discuss personnel and pending litigation.

A new gas meter has been purchased for the Water and Sewer Departments.  A training class was held on June 9th.  The Fire Dept. has also ordered the same gas meter fitted with computer data storage capabilities.

M. Balch stated he is preparing performance reviews for year end.  Development plans will be set up for H. McKinlay, R. Adams, S. Erickson and B. Babcock to outline the steps necessary to go to the next level.

As of June 14th Town Office is on DSL.  The dial up system was costing roughly $215 a month.  The new DSL line will cost $40 a month.  . 

Prior to a letter being written and sent to the VT Land Trust regarding the Kingsley property the Select Board minutes were requested and sent to the VT Land Trust for review at their meeting.

The VT Police Academy has not paid the $12,500 to date for FY 04/05.  An invoice has been forwarded to the State for payment.  This revenue should allow the Sewer Department operations to complete the year in the black. 

No work to date on salt review for past year.

The road and culvert work has been completed for the grant reimbursement.

D. Markowski asked if their were any further special project avenues to be researched for possible grant money since the West Creek Road grant was once again denied by AOT this year.  M. Balch stated he plans to sit down and discuss the West Creek situation with Dave Lathrop.  Concerns for routing traffic over this road during the Route 7 upgrade were discussed.  Grinding and gravel work done this year to improve West Creek Road will not be allowed for reimbursement if a grant is received next year.  M. Balch will follow up with Dave Lathrop on this matter. 

Peg Flory will be invited to attend the next meeting to deal with outstanding issues regarding the Route 7 upgrade.  The West Creek Road use during the upgrade needs to be addressed as well as the costs associated with the replacement of the water and sewer lines.  Bob Wood introduced a bill that allows Brandon to pay only 5% of the total cost of replacing the Water and Sewer lines at the time of the Route 7 upgrade.  Pittsford must pay 100% of the estimated $2,000,000.00. 


Greg Sharrow arrived at 6:38.



There were no public comments this evening.



Consider sale of property at Mechanic Street

The Town Listers assessed the Mechanic Street property at $22,000.  The independent appraisal was $26,000.  T. Hooker explained he’d been unable to attend the last meeting but was prepared to make an offer on the property tonight if appropriate in the amount of $26,000.  T. Hooker described the lot as having no back yard behind the mobile home.  T. Hooker and G. Sharrow have plans to work out a deal between them and subdivide the lot.  The mobile home is currently on a complying lot.  The Sharrow’s property is currently a non-conforming lot.  The Aqueduct building portion of the lot added to the Sharrow’s existing property would then become a conforming lot.  The garage at that time would be located too close to the new property line and require a Zoning Variance.  A survey of the property has been scheduled.  G. Sharrow stated he would like to stabilize the building to be used as an art studio.  The buildings were built during the 1830’s through the 1890’s.  The old forge is still in the building and wallpaper in the upstairs is from the 1918 era.  G. Sharrow assured the Board his plans will insure the building receives respectful treatment for historic purposes.  Bruce Babcock will be asked to remove valuable items and leave the rest.  B. Babcock and G. Sharrow will do a walk through to decide on what items will be left in the building.  G. Sharrow hopes to host a future Pittsford Historical Society meeting at this location.  D. Markowski made a motion to accept the offer from T. Hooker on the Mechanic Street property known as the Aqueduct Building in the amount of $26,000 with a condition of maintaining the historical integrity of the present building.  The property will be sold “as is”.  M. Balch stated the sale must be advertised and will not be final for at least 30 days due to the required process of posting the sale for 30 days.   H. Pelkey seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.   


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board at      

7: 15 P.M.  The Select Board reconvened at 7:16 P.M.



Consider extension of Sheriff’s Contract

M. Balch asked a contract extension to continue the Sheriff’s Contract be considered by the Board.  This is expected to be the last 3 months the Sheriff’s Department will be needed for Town coverage.  Scott Rideout will be have completed training and be on board by September.  Police Department revenues are available to support the expense and not over extend the budget.  The Sheriff’s Department has done a reasonable job in writing citations.  The Contract can be cancelled with 30 days written notice.  D. Markowski made a motion to extend the Sheriff Department contract for the 3 month period.  L. Pomainville seconded the motion.  The motion passed with 3 votes in favor.  J. Gagnon abstained from voting. 


Consider FY2006 Capital Budget

M. Balch presented a draft FY 2006 Capital Budget for the Board to review proposed capital purchases.  Items for consider include a 7 ton truck for the Highway Department and a generator for the Water and Sewer Departments.  The radar request will be moved out for possible purchase in FY 2007.  The copier will be put on hold as replacement is not needed at this time.  The Town Office roof will not be done this year but scheduled within the next 3 years.  All items over $5,000 require Board approval at the time of purchasing.    



RNESU School Tax Increase of $4,584.00

M. Balch reviewed a bill sent by RNESU for an additional $4,584 for changes after tax bills.  M. Balch will submit bill and set the next tax rate based on amounts to include this bill. 


Consider Cortello Drive as road name

A road name request for Cortello Drive was reviewed and discussed.  L. Pomainville made a motion to accept the request as received.  D. Markowski seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 


Consider road name

A road name request for Cedar Lane was reviewed and discussed.  J. Gagnon made a motion to accept the request as received.  L. Pomainville seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Liquor Board at      

 7:36 P.M.  The Select Board reconvened at 7:39 P.M.



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 and Pending Litigation at 7:40 P.M.   M.  Balch was invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 9:20 P.M. 


The Board requested M. Balch invite David Cleary and Gary Fern to attend the July 6, 2005 meeting.


With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:25 P.M.


Respectfully submitted:                                

Helen McKinlay, Recording Secretary      


Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair  - ABSENT

Dave Markowski, Selectman 

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman 

Larry Pomainville, Selectman





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