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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, Dave Markowski, Larry Pomainville and Joseph Gagnon.  Allen Hitchcock was absent.  Also present were Michael Balch, Roy Newton, Mike Warfle, Elmer “Doc” Potter, Randy Adams and Paula Bizon Recording Secretary.



The Board minutes of 9/1/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved. 



The orders of 9/15/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved.   The Board discussed the cost of the truck repairs and maintaining repair records for future reference.  M. Balch stated that there are monthly checklists of repairs that are kept on every vehicle.  The Board noted that the new cruiser has just had new tires and an alignment.  The Board was concerned that there may be a problem with the vehicle.  M. Balch stated that there are a lot of miles put on the vehicle weekly and it is generating revenue.  The Board discussed the need to appoint one dealer as the Town’s tire dealer.  M. Balch will look into putting out a tire bid.  M. Balch discussed putting a camera in the cruiser.  He stated that the camera would keep a good officer safe and let the Town know if there is a problem with an officer.  M. Warfle stated that he has a request in for a camera and it will be put in the cruiser as soon as it is available.



  • M. Balch stated that S. Erickson and he went to a storm runoff seminar last week. 

The seminar stated what is expected from Town in regards to storm run off permitting...

  • M. Balch reported that he attended a meeting at MVRTA to explore scheduled bus

service between Brandon and Rutland.  This is the last section between Burlington and Manchester that doesn’t have a TA service.  The main objectives of the proposed service are to provide to/from work transportation, and medical appointment transportation.  It appears that the Town’s annual financial commitment would be around $4,000.   The corridor if approved could begin service as early as October 2005.

  • M. Balch informed the Board that a defibrillator is now in the cruiser.  The

officers will be trained on how to use the equipment.  The defibrillator was loaned to the Town at no expense by the Pittsford Fire Department.

  • M. Balch informed the Board that he has spoken with J. Facey who confirmed

that the Town would receive monthly billings for any services provided.

  • M. Balch informed the Board that he has researched the permit files for a problem

driveway on Sugar Hollow Road and reported that all are in place except for the driveway permit in question. 

  • M. Balch informed the Board that the Sewer and Water Boards could be

combined with some adjustments to the Sewer Ordinance.  M. Balch is still researching what language changes would need to be made.



Road Repair

The Board discussed the holes in the pavement on Elm Street, one of which is in front of Pittsford Small Engine Repair.  M. Balch will look into having the repair work done.


The Board recessed and went into Sewer Board at 6:52 P.M. and reconvened at 6:53 P.M.



Animal Control

M. Warfle and E. “Doc” Potter addressed the Board.  M. Warfle stated that Doc Potter was en route with an animal recently and had called the Humane Shelter.  The shelter was closed, 10 minutes early.  M. Warfle stated his concern about the need for a holding pen for the animals that are impounded during off hours.  The Board discussed the need to contact the Shelter personnel to see if an agreement can be reached between the Town and Shelter on housing impounded animals.  The Board was in agreement to set up a meeting between the Shelter and the Animal Control Officers.  The duties of a shelter were discussed.  It is not the responsibility of the animal shelter to take care of the Municipalities animals.  The shelter is a private entity that cares for the unwanted pets that are brought in to the shelter. M. Balch will draft guidelines on impounding procedures.  M. Balch will set up a meeting with the Shelter.  M. Warfle informed the Board that there have been issues were a resident has trapped an animal and tried to bring it to the shelter.  The shelter has then required the animal to be brought in by the Town’s Animal Control Officer.


Transfer Station

The Board discussed the problem of leaving the transfer station unlocked.  M. Warfle stated that he is aware that vendors may still be in the yard after dump hours.  He does not want to lock them in or out.  The Board discussed putting in a procedure of having the last vendor lock the gate.  M. Balch will research the problem.


Street Signs

M. Warfle informed the Board that he did receive the two street signs back that were stolen.


M. Warfle and Doc Potter departed at 7:16 P.M.



Recreation Work Plan

R. Adams addressed the Board.  He presented his final work plan document.  The Board reviewed the plan.  R. Adams stated the priorities of the Recreation Department and

proposed programs.  R. Adams presented the history on the programs and how they are doing.  R. Adams mentioned that the success of the soccer program is largely due to the help he receives from the Otter Valley Girls Varsity Soccer team.  R. Adams also mentioned that the McClure Library co-sponsors five different family events.  The response from families has been very successful.    M. Balch informed the Board that he had requested this thorough plan that R. Adams presented to the Board.  M. Balch requested the Board’s approval of the plan.  The Board commended R. Adam on the work he put into the plan and the recreation program.  H. Pelkey moved and L. Pomainville seconded a motion to accept the Recreation work plan as presented.  Unanimously approved. 


Wright Family Trust Appeal

M. Balch informed the Board that Attorney Harriman, representing the State has informed him that the Wright Family Trust appeal might set a bad precedent and has requested a Town representative to be present at the meeting on Monday Sept 20, 2004 in the Municipal Offices.  The Board was in consensus that M. Balch would represent the Town with Attorney Carroll at this meeting.


Sand Bid 2004/2005

M. Balch asked if there were three Selectmen present that are in a position to vote on the sand bids since one of the bids is from Markowski’s.  The Board tabled the discussion until the next meeting when a full Board is present.


The Board recessed and went into Liquor Control Board at 6:49 P.M. and reconvened at 6:53 P.M.



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 to discuss Personnel and contracts at 7:51 P.M.  Michael Balch and Don Nickless were invited to stay.  All others were excused.  The Board came out of executive session at 8:41 P.M. 


Without any further business, the Board adjourned at 8:45 P.M.



 Respectfully submitted:


Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair 

Dave Markowski, Selectman 

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

Allan Hitchcock, Selectman - ABSENT

Paula Bizon, Recording Secretary 



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