Town of Pittsford
Town of Pittsford Select Board Meeting
January 2, 200
Thomas "Hank" Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Select Board members present were: Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Allen Hitchcock, Joseph Gagnon, and Thomas Hooker.
David Markowski was absent. Also present were Kathleen Ramsay, Linda Drummond, Ruth Ann Hill, Joan Rost, Robin Rowe, Lee Kahrs, and Tom Carrara.
Thomas "Hank" Pelkey gave special recognition to Kathleen Ramsay for a letter received from Otter Creek Engineering, Inc. which he read: "Dear Kathleen: Congratulations on receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Vermont Town and City Management Association. This recognition is well deserved. Sincerely, Carl K. Crawford, P. E., Vice President, Otter Creek Engineering, Inc. dated 11/27/2007."
The Select Board minutes of December 5, 2007 as corrected and December 19, 2007 were approved.
The orders of January 2, 2008 were reviewed, discussed and approved in the amount of $70,351.20.
TOWN MANAGER'S REPORT
K. Ramsay reported that two copies of the Work Camp video on DVD have been received. One is available at the Municipal Office and one at the Maclure Library.
There are three candidates expressing interest on serving on the Ethics Committee. K. Ramsay will continue to advertise for volunteers for the committee with the hope that there will be a full slate by March 2008.
FY09 Budget: Review of Requests for Special Appropriations
Discussion was held in regards to requests for 7 increases of the special appropriations and one new special appropriation. The consensus of the Board was to list the requests as an article in the ATM Warning to be voted on at the Town Meeting. The list will include the current appropriation and the new request for FY09. No petitions are needed for the increases or for the Bowen-Walker Fund which is asking for $1,500 appropriation for the first time. The article will cover the increase requests and the addition to the special appropriations. The total for special appropriations FY08 was $93,534. The total proposed FY09 is $100,469 including the Bowen-Walker new request of $1,500, the increase request for the Maclure Library of $5,000, and other amounts from several organizations. The Town can vote on the whole article or amend the article.
Listers' Office Budget Requests for FY08 & FY09 - Follow-up to meeting with State Property Valuation & Review
T. H. Pelkey made a motion to table discussion regarding the Listers' office budget requests until January 16, 2008. T. Hooker seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. A. Hitchcock reported that there had been a productive meeting with the State Property Valuation & Review District Representative, Sandra Brodeur on Friday, December 28, 2007. Data gathering is underway and a full report on the meeting will be made at the Board meeting on January 16, 2008.
FY09 Budget Review - Continued
K. Ramsay reported pending the receipt of last year’s financial statements from the accountants, there will be a global overview of the FY09 budget for the next meeting. The consensus of the Board was except for the Listers' budget, the other departments' budgets are complete for FY09.
Work Camp: Correspondence to State Commissioner of Buildings & General Services regarding interest in further exploring possibility of siting a work camp in Pittsford
With the consensus of the Select Board, they signed a letter addressed to Gerry Myers, State Commissioner of Buildings & General Services regarding the Town's interest in further exploring the possibility of siting a work camp in Pittsford.
Authorize the Town Manager to sign documents conveying Lot 12E in East Pittsford Ponds to Patricia McCullough and Lot39G to David Flanders after the 30 day notice period for the conveyances expires on January 4, 2008, unless a petition objecting the proposed conveyance is received by that date, pursuant to the provisions of 24 VSA 1061.
A. Hitchcock made a motion the authorize K. Ramsay to sign documents conveying Lot 12E in East Pittsford Ponds to Patricia McCullough and Lot 39G to David Flanders after the 30 day notice period for the convenyances which expires on January 4, 2008. T. Hooker seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Review proposed landowner agreement for access to the Town Forest off Lead Mine Road in Chittenden for timber harvesting
The Board reviewed the proposed landowner agreement for access to the Town Forest off Lead Mine Road in Chittenden for timber harvesting. The consensus of the Board was for Eric Hansen, State Forester, to go ahead with the proposed landowner agreement for the Summer 2008.
Act on Recommendation to State Department of Forest, Parks, & Recreation for appointment of Deputy Fire Warden
T. Hooker made a motion to recommend to the State Department of Forest, Parks, & Recreation to appoint Dennis Duby as Deputy Fire Warden. A. Hitchcock seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. T. Hooker noted that Dennis Duby has been a great help to Fire Warden Bill Bowman as a Key Person.
T. Carrara suggested that the Board discuss with Constable Mike Warfle the impact of a work camp in Pittsford.
Thomas "Hank" Pelkey made a motion to go into Executive Session for Contracts at 6:58PM. T. Hooker seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. K. Ramsay 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 Contracts at 6:58PM. The Board came out of Executive Session at 7:07PM.
No action was taken.
Without any further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:07PM.
Linda Drummond, Recording Clerk
Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
David Markowski, Selectman - ABSENT
Thomas Hooker, Selectman