REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY DECEMBER 7, 2017 AT 5;30PM

Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagian, Ernest Choquette, Scott Britch, Fred Baraw

Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM

Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 11/2 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.


Appearances by local citizens/visitors — Barry was here to discuss transparency and how Jim Condos has explained this. Barry’s gift to the town is he is to take bits of this and publish this. Barry also talked about a web site and offered his help regarding this.

Road Commissioner Report —
Fred stated that the representative from Clark’s stated he was going to send an e-mail to the town clerk, but she did not receive this. The board would like to meet with this representative. Fred will contact him and let him know. Fred stated that Dan passed his CDL with air brakes as well. Steve mentioned to Fred that the sand has some sizeable rocks in it.

Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report
Fred stated that JP Sicard has started the water project. Fred has ordered a new filter for the sewer plant as a couple were broken. The filters were washed last Friday.

Scott Britch asked who made the decision to give him a bill for the sewer repair and pumping work by his house. Steve stated that the selectboard requested that Fred do this as Scott’s residence is the only one on this pump station. A large object plugged the sewer pipe and caused damage. Scott stated that he does not feel that he should pay for this. Some discussion followed. The board tabled this until they can get further information. This will be further discussed at the next board meeting.

Unfinished/new business — The board stated that they will stay with VLCT for 2018 year for insurance as their price was down a little from 2017. Steve stated that he has been to meetings regarding the Newport Ambulance as they are projecting a large increase for our town. The board requested that Steve ask Mississquoi Ambulance service for a quote.

Selectboard signed orders, reviewed and approved journal entries and bank statement.

Voted to adjourn at 6:40PM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING —THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Steve called the meeting to order and introduced those present:
Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Chris Roy of Newport Daily, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Ernest Choquette, Jason Booth and Jeff Lewis of Aldrich and Elliott, Fred Baraw, Jacques Roberge, Sara Dansell
Steve called the meeting to order and introduced those present.

Rick made a motion to approve the minutes of 10/5 meeting, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.

Appearances by local citizens/visitors — Barry wanted to discuss the code of ethics. Link to Video and Newspaper

Water/Sewer/Solar Panel update —Jason stated that JP Sicard was the lowest bidder with a price of $331115.00. Aldrich and Elliott’s recommendation is to award this project to JP Sicard for this dollar amount. Jerry made a motion to concur with Aldrich and Elliott and award JP Sicard this project with a cost of $331115.00, seconded by Rick. Some discussion followed. This passed on a voice vote. Jerry made a motion to authorize Steve to sign the letter to award the contract to JP Sicard, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. Jerry made a motion to appoint Steve Barrup as the authorized representative for this project, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. If Steve is unable to attend any of these meetings he will let one of the other board members know and they will, if possible, attend.
Fred stated that there were problems with the sewer plant pump house by the Scott Britch residence. The board instructed Fred to discuss this with the Britch’s due to the fact that they are the only property owners on this line. Fred will put a no trespass/authorized personnel only sign on this building. Fred stated that Dari-Joi’s market had some issues do to the town fixing a water leak on Route 105. Dirt got into the line and plugged the water lines to the store and residence. The board stated, based on Fred’s recommendation, that the town is responsible for the bills related to this. Fred stated that the lead detection has been done and the only leak they found was by the post office, which the town was already aware of.

Jacques Roberge was here to discuss BCBS health insurance rates for 2018.
They are increasing their rates. Steve made a motion to change insurance for 2018 to MVP, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote. Jacques will meet with town employees prior to January, 2018.

Road Commissioner report — Sara Dansell was here to discuss the VT Better roads grant. Jerry made a motion to move forward with Category A erosion inventory grant, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

Update on repair work done on truck by Clark’s truck center was discussed. The board asked Fred to ask Clark’s to be at the December meeting to update everyone on this truck and the issues they found. The board opted to repair the town pick up and put off purchasing a new one.

Fred asked about buying a hopper sander for our 2006 truck. The board stated that this is Fred’s decision. Fred stated that the new employee needs to take a test for air brakes. The soonest that he can get in is December 7th, he can’t drive alone until he gets this.

Unfinished, new business Jerry stated that there is a tree down behind his house on the ski-doo trail. The board gave the ski-doo club permission to cut this down. Wendy, the principal at the school, asked if the town would help to pay for a defibrillator that needs to be at the school. She is asking because town meeting, and possibly in the future other town meetings, are held at the school. Steve made a motion to give $500.00 for this, Jerry seconded this and this passed on a voice vote providing this is available to the town as well, if needed.
Board signed orders, reviewed and approved bank statement and journal entries, signed Peck cemetery deed.
Voted to adjourn at 7:10PM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEET1NG-THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 AT 5;30PM

The July 6th Select Board Meeting - live broadcast archived. Docs and more details forthcoming

Posted by Barry Sahagian on Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Present:
Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagian, Ernest Choquette, Tom Collins, Jim Sugden, Fred Baraw, Marc Marquis

Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM

Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 6/1 meeting, seconded by Rick and Passed on a voice vote.

Appearances by local citizens/ visitors (Time 0:27)

Barry was here to talk about transparency. He also stated he would like to form a people’s committee.

Bids for hay land on Vance Hill. (Time 25:06)

One bid was submitted by Marc Marquis for $1950.00 per year beginning with the 2018 hay season for five years. Jerry made a motion to accept Marc’s bid, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

Road Commissioner Report update on Class 4 section of Clark Mountain Road (Time 29:00)
Denise read an e-mail from Bill Davies asking how the board would like to respond to Attorney Hickey’s letter. The board stated to the body that residents on that section of road need to work together to keep this road maintained. Tom Collins and Jim Sugden expressed concerns they had with this road.

Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

Fred stated that flout repair has not yet been done. Fred stated that Mike has e-mailed Ray Ostiguy and he said he would get here as soon as he could. Fred will follow up on this to get this fixed ASAP. Fred stated that the camera work has been done. Fred will talk to DJ Glover to see if he can disconnect the gutter at the store to see if that is where the water is coming from.

Selectboard, signed contract with Luke Hardt (Time 46:10)
Upon the recommendation of the conservation committee, signed contract with Luke Hardt to manage the grant at the town forest. Steve will call Glenn Foster to see if logging is still going on up there. The board thought that Glenn stated all logging was completed and Jerry heard that there was still activity up there.

Opened bids for work to be done at the Route 100 Cemetery (Time 56:20)

One bid was received for the tree/brush removal. Kingdom Lawn Care $4950.00. Steve made a motion to accept this bid, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

Set the tax rate for 2017:(Time 25:06) (Time 1:00)
Steve made a motion to set the tax rate for 2017 as follows:
Residential $1.8902 Non-residential $1.8994, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. Selectboard reviewed and approved the bank statement and journal entries, and signed orders. Unfinished/new business none Voted to adjourn at 6:45PM

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING, THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017 AT 5;30PM

PRESENT: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Mike Morin, Randy Mathison, Albert Felker, Tom Schrock, James Donvoan, Denny Donovan Ryan and Joanne Collins, Chris Donovan, Norm Patenaude, Phil Brooks, Sheryl Brown, Mary Bekkouche, Laurie Eastman, Kathy and Greg Monty, Fred Baraw.

Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM and introduced those present.
Jerry made a motion to approve minutes of 3/9, 3/14, 3/20, 3/29, 3/30 meetings, seconded by Rick and approved by the board.

  • Sheriffs Department Phil Brooks was here to have the board sign the contract with the
    sheriff’s department for 2017. The board signed this contract.
  • Ambulance contract — the board signed the contract for the year 4/1/17 to 3/31/18 with the Newport Ambulance.
  • The ATV committee recommended to the selectboard that they adopt the ATV ordinance as written and reviewed by Bill Davies. Jerry Waterman made a motion to adopt the ATV ordinance, this was seconded by Rick. Some discussion followed. This passed on a voice vote.
  • Road Commissioner Report selectboard reviewed the 2017 paving bids. The only bid received was from Pike for a bid of $160,740.00 for paving 1.8 miles of Searles Road and patching 13 culverts on the Cross Road and Vance Hill. Jerry made a motion to accept Pike’s bid, this was seconded and passed on a voice vote. The selectboard stated to Fred that culvert repairs are to come out of the road budget and not the paving bid. Selectboard authorized Fred to sign the paving contract paper work.
    • Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Update — Fred stated that the water and sewer are running smoothly and holding their own. Steve stated that the water bond vote passed 95 yes 13 no 1 blank.

Lawn Mowing Bids: Route 100 Cemetery bids

      • Sicotte Excavating and Landscaping $7500.00 with $500.00 additional for cleanup
      • Caron’s Lawn Care $4500.00 with $700.00 additional for cleanup
      • Tom’s Lawn Care – $2,735 with $400 additional for cleanup
      • Kingdom Lawn Care – $10,890.00 with $2,550.00 additional for cleanup.

Rick made a motion, seconded by Jerry to award the 2017 Route 100 cemetery bid to Tom’s Lawn Care. Some discussion followed. This passed on a voice vote.

The town lawn bids were as follows:

    • Caron’s Lawn care $4765.50
    • Tom’s Lawn Care $1,235.00 with $185.00 for spring cleanup and $185.00 for fall clean up,

Rick made a motion, seconded by Jerry to award the 2017 town lawn bids to Tom’s Lawn Care. Some discussion followed. This passed on a voice vote.

  • Unfinished/New Business —Denise stated there is a centennial meeting on April 17th at 5:00PM at the Newport City Council Room
  • Per USDA’s request, the board discussed Barry Sahagian’s request to USDA for a number of town documents. The town had no objection to USDA providing these to Mr. Sahagian.
  • Laurie Eastman requested that since her garage on School Street no longer is used to house a business, she would like to pay only the bond portion of the water and sewer. The board approved this request with the understanding that if, in the future, this is again used for business the full amount will be billed to Laurie. Laurie also expressed concerns regarding the pipe going thru her lawn. Laurie will get in touch with Fred and discuss this further. The town discussed trying to retain a health officer for the town of Newport. Denise will place an ad in the local paper. Jerry made a motion to elect Steve Barrup as chair of the board, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
  • Mrs. Bekkouche asked the board’s opinion on what replacement furnace she should get for her home. The board stated that this was not their area of expertise.

Selectboard signed orders, reviewed bank statement, reviewed journal entries.
Voted to adjourn at 7:20PM.

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 AT 8:00AM

Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Fred and Mike Baraw

Steve called the meeting to order at 8:00AM

Discussed the budget for 2017.

Fred will look into the price of a new mower, tractor and grader.

Jerry made a motion to take the purchase of the 2016 ten wheeler out of the restricted highway fund, seconded by Steve and. Passed on a voice vote.

Discussed the selectboard salary — it was suggested by a resident of the town that the selectboard salary be considerably increased. The board voted to leave this line item the same as 2016.

Selectboard voted to increase the town clerk’s salary to $41000.00 per year effective 2017.

Voted to adjourn at 9:55AM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017 AT 5;30PM

Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Ernest Choquette, Fred Baraw
Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM.

Rick made a motion to approve the minutes of 12/8 meeting, seconded by Jerry and Passed on a voice vote.

Appearances by local citizens/visitors — Ernest stated that the zoning board will get together to try to find new members sometime this month. Barry discussed a recreation budget and would like a budget for this on the warning for 2017.

Barry would like to see some money in the budget for electronics.

Road commissioner —Selectboard approved putting a notice in the paper regarding plowing snow across the road ways.
Selectboard reviewed a letter from Richard and Denise Desrosiers and discussed this with Fred. Fred stated that Nate Alien is no longer an employee of the town as of 12/31/2016. Fred has hired Dale Hammond effective 1/1/2017 and he is on a 90 day probationary period.

Water/Sewer update Fred stated that the emergency well pipe has been freezing but he and Mike are on top of taking care of this.

Unfinished/new business Selectboard signed liquor licenses for 2017 for Lucier’s store, Hilliker’s Store, Wayne’s snack bar. Selectboard signed orders, reviewed bank statement, signed cemetery deed for Campbell. Jerry made a motion to adjourn at 6:40PM, seconded by Steve and Passed on a voice vote.