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Town of Pittsford Select Board Meeting

 March 7, 2007              


Michael Balch opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.  Select Board members present were:  Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Joe Gagnon, Thomas Hooker, Allen Hitchcock, and David Markowski.  Also present were: M. Balch, Linda Drummond, Christopher Hanrahan, Carolyn Hanrahan, Robert Sird, and Tom Carrara.


Appointment of Chairman

M. Balch entertained a motion for appointment of Chairman.  D. Markowski nominated Thomas "Hank" Pelkey to be the Select Board Chairman.  T. Hooker seconded the motion.  No other nominations for the Chair.  The motion passed unanimously.  M. Balch turned the meeting over to H. Pelkey at 6:33 PM.

Appointment of Vice Chairman

D. Markowski nominated A. Hitchcock for Select Board Vice Chairman.  The motion was seconded by T. Hooker.  The motion passed unanimously.

Appointment of Recording Clerk

D. Markowski nominated L. Drummond for Recording Clerk.  The motion was seconded by A. Hitchcock.  The motion passed unanimously.

Appointment of Official Newspaper

T. Hooker made a motion to appoint The Reporter as the Official Town Newspaper.  The motion was seconded by D. Markowski.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Adoption of 2007/2008 Select Board Meeting Schedule

A. Hitchcock made a motion to approve the Select Board meeting schedule to be on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month at 6:30 PM with the exception of Tuesdays July 3 and November 20, 2007.  T. Hooker seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


2007/ 2008


6:30 p.m. at Pittsford Municipal Building

426 Plains Road

The Select Board meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month:


March 7, 2007
  21, 2007
April   4,      2007
  18,      2007
May 2, 2007
  16, 2007
June 6, 2007
  20, 2007
July **3, 2007
  18, 2007
August 1, 2007
  15, 2007
September 5, 2007
  19, 2007
October 3, 2007
  17, 2007
November 7, 2007
  **20, 2007
December 5, 2007
  19, 2007
January 2, 2008
  16, 2008
February 6, 2008
  20, 2008
March 5, 2008
  19, 2008


Please note:  ** Dates are on Tuesday instead of Wednesday due to holidays.

This schedule does not include any special meetings that may need to occur during the year.


Appointments of Officials and Various Boards and Commissions:


H. Pelkey noted that Scott Rideout was added as an Animal Control Officer.  A. Hitchcock made a motion to accept the slate as presented. D. Markowski seconded the motion.  H. Pelkey stated that a letter on behalf of Raymond "Bud" Parker was received stating he can no longer continue as Fire Warden.  A. Hitchcock amended his motion to eliminate B. Parker as Fire Warden.  D. Markowski seconded the amendment.  The motion was passed unanimously.


Animal Control Officers      J. Michael Warfle

                                                   Lema Carter

                                                   Elmer "Doc" Potter

                                                   Scott Rideout

Assistant Fire Warden

William Bowman

Delinquent Tax  Collector

Michael Balch

Emergency Management Coordinator  

Odell A. D. Johnston, Sr.

Enhanced 9-1-1                   Gordon Delong
Fence Viewers(3)                 Frank Bovey, Sr.

                                                 W. Joseph Gagnon

                                                 John C. Fox

Fire Warden


Fuel Coordinator                Michael Balch
Health & Environmental Officer

Bruce Babcock

Planning Commission

Thor Konwin

Pound Keepers (2)                Edward Fox

                                                   Frank Bovey, Sr.

Recreation Committee         Scott Eugair

                                                         Mark Poljacik

                                                         Mark Winslow

Rutland County Solid Waste Representatives (2)


Vacancy - Alternate Position

Rutland Regional Planning Commission

Sally Eugair

Rutland Regional Transportation Council

Margaret "Peg" Flory


Special Police Officers

Lema Carter

Scott Rideout

Christopher Boucher

Surveyor of Wood

Linwood Bovey

Town Constable

J. Michael Warfle

Town Service Officer

Michael Balch

Tree Warden

Shawn Erickson

Zoning Board


Recognition Awards


H. Pelkey spoke on behalf of the Select Board and the all of the citizens of Pittsford thanking Robert Sird and Christopher Hanrahan for their many years of service on the Water Board.  H. Pelkey presented R. Sird and C. Hanrahan with Vermont Marble clocks engraved with their names and "In commeration of your years of service to the people of Pittsford."  Lawrence Pomainville Jr. was also invited but he was unable to attend.  



The Select Board minutes of February 21, 2007 were reviewed and approved.



The orders of March 7, 2007 were reviewed, discussed and approved in the amount of $73,753.66.

M. Balch noted that the health insurance amount was for three months.



Mike Balch reported on the following:


The Town received a letter from the Brandon Girl Scouts requesting to collect from the Pittsford Transfer Station pressed box area the cereal box tops for a project they are working on.  The Board's consensus was that the Brandon Girl Scouts could collect the cereal box tops from the Pittsford Transfer Station.


The prospective special police officer discussed at the previous meeting will be unable to work for the Town.


M. Balch received the Nickwackett forest management plan from Eric Hansen and a copy is included in this week's Board packets for review.  E. Hansen will be attending the March 21, 2007 Board meeting.


Hitchcock reported that there has been no response on the potential sale of the sludge bagging system.


The Randall Park drainage issue has not been addressed yet because of the weather.  Tom Bushey met with M. Balch and discussed the drainage issue further.  The Town has not changed the catchment area and the Town has a prescriptive right for drainage.


M. Balch spoke with Tom Nesbitt from Stantec and asked him to adjust the Pittsford Water financial Plan timeline to leave 90 days between Bond Vote Phase I and Initiate Design.  T. Nesbitt will submit the final Financial Plan to Tim Raymond.  T. Nesbitt offered to talk to the voters when it goes for a bond vote.  Further decision was held about the timeline and the Water Supply Division timeline.  The bid will be done after the bond vote.  M. Balch stated that Sections 3 & 5 of the Route 7 project will be done in the next 3 years.  The Section 1 right of way issues have gone back to the Legislature for clarification between ANR and AOT for issues on sedimentation.


The Board was given a draft of a Town of Pittsford Conflict of Interest Ordinance for consideration at the March 21, 2007 Board meeting.


Fred Duplessis, the Town CPA from Sullivan, Powers & Co., will attend the Board meeting on April 4, 2007 to review the Town audit.


M. Balch completed the final report/disposition for Buros’ Dog Hearing.  A letter and the report were sent to Mr. & Mrs. Buro and Mr. & Mrs. Grant on February 23, 2007.  M. Balch also sent the Grants a copy of the Dog Procedures indicating the barking dog protocol (regular business hours only).



T. Carrara asked if there is a noise ordinance which addresses time of day that dogs can bark.

M. Balch responded that the dog ordinance addresses dog barking that  is on going and that is a nuisance regardless of the time of day.


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Water Board at 6:50PM.

The Select Board reconvened 7:05PM.


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Sewer Board 7:05PM.

The Select Board reconvened at 7:07PM


Reconsideration of Forrest resolution from meeting on January 24, 2007

Allen Hitchcock expressed that he had reconsidered the change he wanted to make to the Forrest resolution.  After the tabling of a resolution presented at the Town Meeting in regards to the Forrest property, he feels more information needs to be brought before the Board and the Townspeople.  There needs to be a common understanding in regards to the Wetlands Agency proposal on purchasing the Forrest property and the responsibilities and restrictions that came with the sale.

The Forrest resolution will not be changed at this meeting.  By consensus of the Board, M. Balch was instructed to set up a meeting with the Wetlands Agency, the Board, and interested townspeople. 


Allen Hitchcock reported that Senate Bill 42 allows towns to enroll watersheds in current use and the Board should write a letter supporting it.

There is a bill in the House which allows civil enforcement of zoning violations whether or not they have been enacted as ordinances or not.  A. Hitchcock made a motion to instruct M. Balch to send letters to the Legislative bodies supporting both the watershed enrollment in current use and the civil enforcement of zoning violations.  T. Hooker seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously carried.



H. Pelkey read a letter dated March 7, 2007 addressed to the Honorable Board of Selectmen from Gordon Delong.  G. Delong wrote to the Board to accept his resignation after serving the Town of Pittsford for 43 years since January 1964 as Town Clerk and School District Clerk and Treasurer.  His resignation and retirement would be in effect April 7, 2007.  He stated what a great honor and privilege it has been to have served the great Town of Pittsford.   T. Hooker made a motion to accept Gordon Delong's resignation with regret, thanks, and appreciation.  A. Hitchcock seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.


A. Hitchcock made a motion to write a letter in support of changing the name of the Pittsford National Fish Hatchery to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery.  J. Gagnon seconded the motion.  The motion was carried.


The Select Board recessed as the Select Board and convened as the Liquor Board at 7:22PM.

The Select Board reconvened at 7:25PM.


T. Hooker made a motion to go into Executive Session for Personnel at 7:25 PM.  

H. Pelkey seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  M. Balch was asked to stay.



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 7:25PM. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:50PM.

No action taken.


Without any further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50PM.



Respectfully submitted:                      

Linda Drummond, Recording Clerk

Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chair

Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

David Markowski, Selectman

Thomas Hooker, Selectman


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