Select Board Minutes 6/11/2018

Select Board Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
Date: Monday June 14 11th, 2018 7:00pm

Attendance:

  • SB- Steve Quenneville, Tara Trudo and Bob Wood
  • Town Clerk- Gale Quenneville
  • Road Commissioner-
  • Visitors-Marilyn Chicoine did not attend, called to ask that the gravel be cleaned up on the north end of her road as its on the lawn, noted there are ruts on her hay land from the Town Truck and requested chloride be put on the road a few days before haying begins to keep the dust down.
  • Stacey Freeguard and Elizabeth Curran

Any additions or deletions from agenda:

Public Comment/Unscheduled Appearances (limited to 15 minutes TOTAL)

Minutes Approved:

  • The May 14th Minutes were approved as written. Gale did note one subject that did not make the minutes and will be added to this meeting’s minutes.

Old Business:

  • Bertrand Tax Appeal Hearing Update (2 min): June 4th we received a copy of a letter sent to Michael Bertrand saying he was still on the appeal list but had not yet been scheduled a hearing.
  • Knappmiller Update (2 min): no word yet.
  • Lister Update (5 min): The Town of Whiting received notices of changes of appraisals on several town buildings based on the insurance valuations.
  • Zoning Admin Update (2min): ZA Kate Briggs asked that Gale Quenneville be made Assistant ZA so that she can sign permits (after being reviewed and approved by the ZA) The select board agreed.
  • Bond Vote Update (5 min): Gale let the board know Tony and Carol Quenneville would be interested in selling the property next to the Town Shed if additional land was needed. Gale had also calculated the approximate increase of taxes per $100,000 of value on a 20 year amortization schedule using 2% and 4% interest. It appears (based on last year’s budget and last year’s grand list) the increase of taxes would calculate to $70-$75 per $100,000. We will try to have more accurate numbers for the information meeting.

New Business:

  • Town Office trim to be painted(2 min): The trim on the Town Office and the trim on the Town Hall windows needed to be repainted. The Select board asked Gale to contact two painters in town (Jeff Hornbeck and Jason Many) for an estimate on painting.
  • ACPRC Amendment to and Re-Adoption of Addison Cty Regional Plan (5 min): Tara reviewed the update and found nothing objectionable.
  • VTRANS request for list of roads to be repainted (5 min): Paul said this year’s paving would be Leicester Whiting Road from the four corners .7 mile east. Gale will let the State know.
  • Municipal Roads Grants-in-aid Program letter of Intent to Participate (5 min): Paul approved this and the Chairman Bob Wood signed the Notice of Intent to be sent to ACRPC.
  • VT Dept of Liquor request to be approved (2 min): Chairman Bob Wood signed this and Gale will sent it to VTDEC.
  • Welcome to Whiting Letter from the Town Office (3 min): Gale created a letter to be sent to newcomers in Town. In addition to the great Welcome to Whiting brochure, a letter will be mailed addressing building permits, dog registrations etc.
  • Adjusting Select Board Meetings for July (5 min): July Select Board Meetings will be Held on the 9th and on the 30th. (No meeting on the 23rd)
  • Discussion from May 14th Select Board Meeting (not written in original May 14 SB Meeting Minutes): Paul Quesnel reported that Eli Eliason wants to bring his power in from across the road going under the road. Paul approved it being 4 feet deep and sleeved in well casing. After some discussion on whether or not to begin issuing overweight permits the board voted (3-0) to continue NOT to issue permits, but rather to allow businesses doing business in our town to use our roads. Trucks may not use our town roads to simply pass through (from Shoreham to Leicester or Orwell to Brandon etc.)

Executive Session: None required

Review of mail/email received:

  • Sam’s Service Center and U-Sale Fuels letter – Gale will contact them for a quote.
  • Vermont Dept of Environmental Conservation Stormwater Management Program requested Notice of Intent (NOI) be signed and a check for $240 be sent by July 31, 2018.

Orders Approved:

  • The orders were approved as presented.

Next 2 scheduled meetings:

  • Info Meeting for Bond Vote-June 25
  • Select Board Meeting July 9 and July 30

BCA Meeting Warning June 11th 6:45pm

BCA Meeting Warning
 
Town of Whiting
29 South Main Street
Whiting VT 05778
802-623-7813
townofwhiting@shoreham.net
 
BCA (Select Board, JPs and me) Meeting, Monday June 11, 2018 6:45-7:00pm (right before the Select Board Meeting)
 
To review the checklist and schedule JPs for possible Grievance Meetings (must be held by July 13th) and to schedule JPs and Ballot Clerks for June 26th Vote.
 

Grievance Hearings June 14th and 15th

TOWN OF WHITING
2018 GRIEVANCE HEARINGS

Thursday June 14th 8AM – 8PM
Friday June 15th 8AM – 8PM

Appeals MUST be in writing and MUST be received by June 13th.

Appeals may be filed by:

1. Hand delivering to the Town Clerk’s Office, 29 S. Main St, Whiting VT 05778.
2. Mailing to: Whiting Listers, 29 S. Main St, Whiting, VT 05778
3. Submitting online: at whitingvt.com/request-grievance-hearing

Printable grievance forms are available in the office and here.

*If you would like to discuss your property with the listers instead of or before scheduling a grievance hearing please call 623-7813 or email: WhitingListersVT@gmail.com and we will set up a time to sit down and discuss your property. Please schedule this appointment before June 13th, so you will have time to file for grievance if you choose to. *

Informational Meeting on Fire Department and Town Garage Repairs June 25th at 7pm

Informational Meeting on Fire Department and Town Garage Repairs Vote on June 25th 7pm

“The legal voters of the Town of Whiting are further notified that an informational meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Town Hall in the Town of Whiting at seven o’clock (7:00) in the evening, for the purpose of explaining the proposed improvements and the financing thereof.”

WARNING Special Vote on Fire Department and Town Garage Repairs

WARNING Special Vote on Fire Department and Town Garage Repairs

WARNING
The legal voters of the Town of Whiting, Vermont, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Town Hall, 27 South Main Street,  in the Town of Whiting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, between the hours of seven o’clock (7:00) in the forenoon (a.m.), at which time the polls will open, and seven o’clock (7:00) in the afternoon (p.m.), at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian ballot upon the following Articles of business:

ARTICLE I
Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Whiting in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($195,000), subject to reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid, be issued for the purpose of repairing and reconstructing the Fire Department building, at an estimated cost of One Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($195,000)?

ARTICLE II
Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Whiting in an amount no to exceed One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000), subject to reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid, be issued for the purpose of repairing and reconstructing the Public Works garage, at an estimated cost of One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($190,000)?

The legal voters of the Town of Whiting are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said special meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated.

The legal voters of the Town of Whiting are further notified that an informational meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Town Hall in the Town of Whiting at seven o’clock (7:00) in the evening, for the purpose of explaining the proposed improvements and the financing thereof.

Adopted and approved at a meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Whiting duly called, noticed and held on May 21, 2018.  Received for record and recorded in the records of the Town of Whiting on May 22, 2018.

TOWN OF WHITING SELECTBOARD

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Special Select Board Meeting 5/21 7PM

Warning
And Preliminary Agenda
Date: Monday May 21, 2018 7:00PM
Attendance:
SB-
Town Clerk-
Road Commissioner-
Visitors-
The Selectboard will meet for the purpose of signing the warning for the Special Town Meeting to be held June 26, 2018 with an Australian ballot to be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The informational meeting will be held on June 25th.

Terry Norris is Running for Representative Again in November

I will be running for Representative in November, thanks, Terry Norris

Legislative Report: Rep Terry Norris

At the close of the 2018 Legislative session on May 12th, we basically agreed to disagree. A special session will be forth coming to try to reach a compromise on the major money bills that have to pass. Governor Scott will not pass anything with a new tax or fee and has ideas for one time money from a tobacco settlement that isn’t shared by the majority party.

The Agriculture and Forestry Committee which I am a member, had a very productive session, with several bills that we have worked on see passage. I am proud of what we have accomplished this session and how it may help the rural economy. I will give you a brief outline of these bills.

S101: Vermont Right To Conduct Forestry Operations, our committee believes the logging and forestry industry is an invaluable and vital part of Vermont’s economy and values. With current use programs requiring the harvest and management of forests, the logging industry and loggers need some protection from nuisance lawsuit and harassment when they are conducting their operations using “best management practices”, while doing their jobs.

S276: a Rural Economic Development Initiative bill which contains many diverse parts which tries to ease some of the issues our rural towns face and to stimulate rural economy.

H780: is a bill requiring Fairs and Field Days to have a protocol for amusement ride inspection.

H663: an Accessory On-Farm Business bill that defines and sets forth requirements for what constitutes an on-farm business. The purpose of this bill is to help the farm and rural industry to add side businesses to increase income from their farming operations. An on-farm business means activity that is an accessory to a farm and comprises one or both of the following. Storage, preparation, processing and sale of qualifying products, provided that more than 50 percent of the total annual sales are from qualifying products produced on the farm. Educational, recreational or social events as well as farm stays, tastings, classes and meals. The purpose again is to stimulate the rural economy. This bill also has a part on promoting and regulating hemp farming in Vermont.

Two more bills we worked on but could not come to agreement with the Senate on were a regenerative farming bill that established the Vermont  Environmental Stewardship Program that recognizes farms that go beyond the RAP’s to improve water quality. The Protection of Pollinators bill, which we took lots of testimony on, fell apart in an impasse with the Senate. We may work on these issues again next session because of their importance to agriculture.

If you would like to know more about these or any other bill, you can find more information on the state website, www.vermont.gov as well as my voting record on select bills.

You will find me on the ballot in November and I would appreciate your support. I feel we need someone in the House that understands what our rural towns and Vermont agriculture faces in the future. Thank you very much, Rep Terry Norris