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Town of Pittsford
Select Board Minutes

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 Roy Newton and Helen McKinlay.



The Board minutes from 6/9//04 were reviewed and discussed and approved.   



The orders of  6/23/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved.  L. Pomainville informed the Board Keiths’s Fuels had recently been sold.  The status of our account with Keith’s Fuels will be researched. 



  • The Lister’s have reported the Grand List is up by 2.2% a gain of $5 million.  Grievance hearings were conducted this week at the Town Office.  Most of the grievances pertained to questions related to the changes in homestead and commercial assessments.  Residents were required to file homestead information by April 15, 2004.
  • A bid will not be prepared for Town vehicle gasoline.  Fleet cards available to the Town offer discounts from market price and allow tracking for budget purposes.
  • CVPS has been contacted and it is not possible to combine our billing accounts at different locations.
  • Dominic Cloud, VLCT is researching options associated with the Lister’s hours.
  • Sludge disposal expenditures year to date are just under $9,000 against a budget of $12,000. 
  • Atty. Facey has been contacted regarding the Fish & Wildlife permit.
  • Rutland Vermont State Police have been contacted regarding patrolling of Route 7.
  • Otter Creek Engineering has provided an inventory of blueprints.  A copy of the listing is in the Select Board reading file for review. 
  • M. Balch attended the May Water Board meeting.  A joint work plan for B. Babcock to cover both Water and Sewer requirements was discussed.  A draft plan will be submitted to both boards for review. 
  • The Water Board has raised the issue of possibly hiring a Town engineer to do all of the Town’s engineering.  M. Balch provided copies of a RFP to provide ideas of what an RFP might look like for town wide engineering services.
  • H. McKinlay is working with Naomi Hatch, USDA to finalize documentation and payments related to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • The Sewer Plant evaluation being conducted by Otter Creek Engineering was discussed.  A report with findings is due to the Town on June 30th.
  • A filing cabinet for Select Board documentation has been purchased and is located in the Conference Room.


There was no public comment this evening.


The Board recessed from the Select Board and went into Sewer Board at 6:50 P.M. and reconvened at 6:63 P.M.


The Select Board asked for a status report on the Bowman property.  M. Balch will have one of the police officers check and report back at the next meeting.



Verizon Right of Way

A right of way request has been received from Verizon to install a pole at the intersection of VT Route 3 and Corn Hill Road.  The map is unclear.  M. Balch to research and request further information with clearer details.  The matter will be tabled until Karen Farnum provides detailed documentation.


CVPS Right of Way

CVPS has requested a right of way to allow a new pole be set 4 feet into the Town right of way and well out of the way of any problems.  A. Hitchcock made a motion the Board accept the application for extension of the line.  J. Gagnon seconded the motion.  Unanimously passed.


Keith’s Salvage/ R. Brown & Sons Junkyard Permit

A permit application for a junkyard permit for R. Brown & Sons was discussed.  The permit fee for a Junkyard Permit is $25.00.  H. Pelkey moved to accept the permit application with condition the crusher engine has an exhaust system installed to allow quieter operation.  A. Hitchcock seconded the motion.  Unanimously passed.   


Consider Year End Encumbrance of Highway Funds for Plains Road Project

M. Balch provided the Board with a report detailing Highway Fund projects.  The FY Highway budget was $911,738.  The total year to date expenditures as of June 21, 2004 is $664,140.  Based on the significant under expenditure of the current budget and the ambitious work plan for FY 2005 M. Balch recommended the Board encumber $30,000 of the unused FY 2004 Highway Class 2 paving funds for the shim and overlay of Plains Road.  A. Hitchcock made a motion to encumber $30,000 of the Class 2 paving money to be used on the Plains Road shim and overlay.  H. Pelkey seconded the motion.  Unanimously passed.   



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/Contract issues at 7:16 P.M.  Michael Balch and Helen McKinlay were invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 7:30 P.M.  No action was taken at this time.


Without any further business, the Board adjourned at 7:32 P.M.


Respectfully submitted:


Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair

Dave Markowski, Selectman ABSENT

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

Allan Hitchcock, Selectman

Paula Bizon, Recording Secretary 



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