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April 16, 2008


The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chair.


Select board members present:  Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Joseph Gagnon, Allen Hitchcock, Thomas Hooker, and David Markowski.  Also present:  Lee Kahrs, Bruce, Anita, Katy & Anna Paynter, Barbara Pierce, Helen McKinlay, Eric Hansen, John Rogers, and Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary.



The Select Board minutes from the April 2, 2008 meeting were reviewed and accepted. The Liquor Board minutes from April 2, 2008 were reviewed and accepted. 




The orders of April 16, 2008 were reviewed and signed in the amount of $32,630.23. 




T. Pelkey read a letter of resignation from Tom Bushey, Sr. Mr. Bushey submitted his letter of resignation from the Board of Listers effective April 30, 2008.  Motion by A. Hitchcock and seconded by T. Hooker and was accepted unanimously.




Bruce Paynter spoke regarding the lawsuit that he has against the Town regarding the Town Plan. 




Kendall Hill Road Bridge:  The funding was reviewed.  K. Ramsay indicated in a note to the Select Board that there is a Structures Grant available with a maximum of $175,000; OMYA will be contributing $15,000 to the project; leaving the town's responsibility of approximately $17,320.  D. Markowski stated this same repair was done less than 10 years ago.  Motion by A. Hitchcock and seconded by T. Hooker to authorize the Town Manager (Kathleen Ramsay) to sign the grant application.


Pittsford Town Forest Sugar Hollow Block:  Eric Hansen reviewed the 10-year Forest Management Plan.  The Sugar Hollow Block area is heavily used for recreation - in the winter time by VAST and in the summer time by pedestrians.  There is a timber sale set for this summer on the adjoining Caverly property.  E. Hansen recommended that the timber sale be done at the same time as the Caverly property.  There was discussion regarding the possibility of a cemetery on the site.  Motion by A. Hitchcock and seconded by J. Gagnon to accept the 10-year management plan and request that Eric Hansen co-ordinate the timber sale with the other properties involved.  Motion passed unanimously.


There was discussion regarding the Nickwackett area.  E. Hansen stated that the marking was done and there is still a need for the temporary right of way.  E. Hansen stated that he will be in contact with K. Ramsay regarding this area.




Town's Response to Unsigned Complaints:  The past policy of the Select Board was to respond only to signed complaints.  This policy was only applicable to the Select Board and not other Town boards.  A. Hitchcock stated that some issues may be severe enough that the complainant may wish to come before the Select Board in Executive Session and state their concerns.  The discussion was tabled until a future meeting.


A motion was made by H. Pelkey to go into Executive Session for Personnel at 7:00PM. A. Hitchcock seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  H. McKinlay, B.Pierce, and J. Rogers were asked to remain.



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 enter into Executive Session for Personnel discussions at 7:00 PM.  H. McKinlay, B. Pierce, and J. Rogers were asked to remain.

The Board came out of Executive Session at 8:10 PM.

No action was taken.


Respectfully Submitted,


Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary


Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chair

Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

David Markowski, Selectman

Thomas Hooker, Selectman


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