Town of Pittsford
Select Board Meeting Minutes 2/18/04
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 6:30 P.M. The Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Larry Pomainville, Allen Hitchcock and Joseph Gagnon. David Markowski was absent. Also present were Don Nickless, Helen McKinlay, Michael Balch, Tom Carrara and Paula Bizon Recording Secretary.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Select Board corrected minutes of 2/4/04 were reviewed and discussed. On the second page under Wildlife Management Area it should read A. Hitchcock, J. Facey and Fish & Wildlife worked on the document. The document had been forwarded to the ZBA prior to tonight’s meeting. The minutes will be corrected.
The orders dated 2/18/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved. A. Hitchcock requested the total amount of gasoline used by Town vehicles per year. Once that amount is furnished the Town will look at putting the fuel consumption out to bid.
No comments were made tonight.
The Board recessed as the Select Board and went into Sewer Board at 6:37 P.M. The Board reconvened as Selectboard at 6:45 P.M.
Fish and Wildlife
A. Hitchcock spoke with S. Markowski and J. Facey, the ZBA is okay with the wording in the document on the final findings. There is a dedication of the Wildlife Area scheduled in May 2004 that the Town will have to address, as this matter has not been settled. The Board now needs to look at the document and make a decision on the next course of action. A. Hitchcock stated that he supports the proposed use of the area and recommends the Board approve the document. The Board discussed the plan. The Board discussed the Town’s land in State use and the loss of tax revenue. The Town needs to periodically evaluate the tax effect of State owned Town land. A. Hitchcock moved and J. Gagnon seconded the motion to approve the Fish & Wildlife Findings of Fact, Decision, Order and Conditions in reference to the Conditional Use Permit Application, Site Plan Review Application and Application for Division of Property for Sale to State of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Unanimously approved.
Post Office Decision
H. Pelkey read a draft letter to Judge Meredith Wright, Environmental Court on the need to come to a decision on the proposed Post Office. The Board’s consensus was to approve the draft letter as read. The Board directed D. Nickless to finalize the letter and send copies to all appropriate parties.
Tax Rate Article
The Board discussed the misinformation reported by the Rutland Herald on the Town tax rates. D. Nickless stated that the reporter had contacted him and D. Nickless refused comment prior to the Pittsford residents being informed on the proposed tax rate. The reporter did receive a current budget and developed his own conclusions.
The Board discussed the request of Pittsford Commons to ANR to release a portion of their sewer allocations. Currently no fees have been received on the original allocations that are stilled owned by GJR. The Board discussed the possibility of revocation of these allocations. The Board will contact G. Kupferer to move forward on recovering the unused sewer allocations. A. Hitchcock moved and L. Pomainville seconded a motion to deny the submitted application from Pittsford Commons and return the application filing fee. Unanimously approved.
Dog License Update
D. Nicklass stated that by State statute the Town could only charge $4.00 to register a dog and a $6.00 late fee.
A. Hitchcock presented information to the Board that Wallingford has hired a firm to perform appraisals and perform the work of the Listers. The Board discussed the possibility of doing the same in Pittsford. M. Balch stated this couldn’t be done without a Town Charter.
The Town is finalizing a land swap to gain ownership of the Pittsford water source protection area. The Town will trade acre for acre of land plus a premium of $10,000, share fencing costs, each party will have a 25-foot right of way, the Town will allow tapping of sugar maples on the Town’s property outside of the State required 200 foot area of the spring. The Board discussed timing for erection of the fence to surround the source protection area. A. Hitchcock moved and L. Pomainville seconded a motion to approve the contract between the Town of Pittsford and David/ Michelle Parker with the additional requirement of restricting tree tapping within two hundred feet of the spring. The Board discussed the condition of the road leading up to the land and the maintenance of the road. The Board consensus was to have the Town maintain the road. T. Carrara questioned if there is enough land so that the wellhead is totally protected. The Board stated that the State requirements are met with the land and the Town will now be in control of the source protection area. Unanimously approved. The Board members present signed the contract.
The Board discussed the possibility of grant monies available to help offset the purchase price of the Parker land. The Board directed D. Nickless to follow up on the grant possibilities.
Proposed Revisions in Police Service Fee Schedule
The Board discussed the proposed revisions on the police service fees. H. Pelkey moved and J. Gagnon seconded to approve the fees as presented. Unanimously approved.
Gorham Bridge fees
D. Nickless stated he has contacted Proctor on the monthly rental fees for the temporary bridge. Proctor stated they are also receiving invoices for their 5% of the bridge repair expenses. Pittsford has received only the rental invoices on the bridge. The Town may receive additional bills. The fees of the repairs are within the Town’s existing budget.
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 7:49 P.M. Don Nicklass and Michael Balch were invited to stay. All others were excused. The Board came out of executive session at 9:30 P.M.
Without any further business, the Board adjourned at 9:30 P.M.
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair
Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair
Dave Markowski, Selectman - ABSENT
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
Allan Hitchcock, Selectman
Bizon, Recording Secretary