REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING, THURSDAY, Dec 6, 2018

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Present:

    • : Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagain, Bob Best, Ernest Choqette, Mike Baraw

    Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM

    Jerry made a motion to approve minutes of 11/1 meeting, seconded by Steve and passed on a voice vote.

    Road Commissioner Report – Mike stated that they have had a few issues with the trucks, but overall all is going good.

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Update —With regard to the transducers at the new wells, Mike stated he is being told this was a lightning strike. Steve will call Jason at Aldrich and Elliott with a few issues to discuss relative to this.

    Regarding insurance for 2019 –Jerry made a motion to stay with VLCT as their premium was in line with last year’s, seconded by Steve and passed on a voice vote.

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

    Unfinished/new business — Bob Best said his street sign (Sunrise Drive) is still missing. Mike will let Fred know about this.
    Voted to adjourn at 6:20PM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING, THURSDAY, November 1, 2018

Present:

    • Steve Barrup, Richard Gosselin, Jerry Waterman, Denise Daigle, Bob Best, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Charlie Pronto, JeffJohanson, Fred Baraw, Jacques Roberge

Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • Barry talked about the Newport Ambulance and transparency.
    • Barry asked about the water meters and when the billing will start using meters. Steve explained the process for this.
    • Barry stated that his web site will have the video and the agenda on it.

Road Commissioner report

    • Fred and Mike are still working on the radar sign purchase. This is tabled until 2019 when more money can be allocated for this. Fred gave an update on the equipment repairs. Paving for 2018 has been done. Rick stated that some speed limit signs are missing. He mentioned Cross Road and Vance Hill.

Newport Ambulance Service

    • Newport Ambulance Service – Charlie and Jeff were here to present the Newport Ambulance budget to the board. Let the minutes reflect that Barry is interrupting these gentlemen and the board during this presentation. Some discussion followed. The Newport Ambulance would like to request $47294.00 be placed on the town meeting warning for 2019.
      Water/Sewer/Solar Panel report — none to report.

Listers

    • Sheila Murphy sent a letter to the listers within the appropriate time to grieve her property. The listers never acted on her request, due to an over sight on their part. They are asking the selectboard to approve their request to change her appraisal from $268,000.00 to $246200.00. The selectboard approved their request. Brian Hardy also was entitled to veteran’s exemption; the VA sent his paper work to the city of Newport in error. The town received an e mail from the VA with this information. The board approved this with the understanding that the listers’ approve this as well.
    • The board signed orders, reviewed and approved the journal entries and the bank statement.

Unfinished/new business

Voted to adjourn at 6:40PM

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018

Present:

    • Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagian, Jayne Sahagian Jerry called the meeting to order at 5:30PM

Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • Barry talked about the Newport Ambulance and stated he put together a business plan for the ambulance, if the town had their own standalone service. He also stated that there was someone in town that might be interested in starting an ambulance service for the town of Newport. The board encouraged this person to bring forth a proposal.

Road Commissioner report
none to report. The selectboard would like to have a deadline for paving going forward.
Water/Sewer/Solar Panel report — none to report.
Listers errors and omissions

    • Sheila Murphy sent a letter to the listers within the appropriate time to grieve her property. The listers never acted on her request, due to an over sight on their part. They are asking the selectboard to approve their request to change her appraisal from $268,000.00 to $246200.00. The selectboard approved their request. Brian Hardy also was entitled to veteran’s exemption; the VA sent his paper work to the city of Newport in error. The town received an e mail from the VA with this information. The board approved this with the understanding that the listers’ approve this as well.

Board Actions

    • The board signed orders, reviewed and approved the journal entries and the bank statement.

Unfinished/new business

    • The board was wondering about the speed signs Fred and Mike are looking into purchasing. This will be further discussed at the next meeting.

Voted to adjourn at 6:40PM

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 AT 5:30PM

Present:

    • : Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Bob Best, Mike Baraw, Fred Baraw, Ernest Choquette,
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM
      Jerry made a motion to approve minutes of 8/2 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Local Residents and Visitors: Barry Sahagian
    • Barry stated that his web site has gotten some town emails.

  • Barry also stated that his facts are always correct.

    • He has been doing some research relative to the Newport Ambulance.

    • He talked about his opinion on water rates in the future.

    • Road Commissioner report
    • Mike stated they have put up about 6000 yards of gravel so far. Radar signs were discussed. Jerry made a motion to empower Fred and Mike to purchase these, seconded by Rick, some discussion followed and passed on a voice vote. A door on the salt shed was discussed. This will be put into the 2019 budget. Fred stated that he did enlarge the Buzzell Road turn around.

Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Update

  • Regarding the sewer repair work, Fred has contacted New England Water Systems and they will be here soon to take care of these issues. Mike and Fred discussed with the board a few issues with regard to the water meters. The board agreed with Fred and Mike that the 2 inch line going into the fire station needs to be metered. Bob Lemay was not present.

Unfinished Business

  • Jerry made a motion to adopt the LEOP plan, seconded by Steve and passed on a voice vote. Jerry asked if any member of the board had given permission for someone to build a bridge on the town land on Vance Hill. No one had. Ernest stated the snowmobile club had done this. The board stated before anyone does this going forward, permission must be given by the selectboard.

TownNewport VT Select Board Meeting AUGUST 2, 2018 5:30PM

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  • Present:

  • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Sue Roberge, Woodman Page, Ann Page, Chris Hammond, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Bob Best, Mike Baraw, Fred Baraw, Sara Dansell, Di Glover, Milan Raymond, Lauren Dillon, Wendy Wood.
  • Steve called the meeting to orderr and introduced those present.
    Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 7/5 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
  • Barry mentioned the conflict of interest and what he thought this law was about.……. More Info and Video/
  • Woody Page wanted to introduce himself; he is running for VT State House.
  • School BoardThe school board and principal were here to see what can be done, if anything, regarding the turnaround at the end of Buzzell Road. The school has a new bus that is larger and cannot turn around with the present turn around area. Fred will go down and talk to the land owner to see what can be done. Jerry volunteered to go with Fred if needed.
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    Road Commissioner Report

      Sara wanted to follow up to see if we would like help to finish up the road inventory now that we have received the grant. Jerry made a motion to authorize Fred to sign the agreement with the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District and Sara, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. The board reviewed the radar speed signs quote from work safe. The board tabled this until the September meeting where we can get more prices.

  • Water/Sewer/Solar panel update —Mike stated we had lightning strike something on our new wells, he thinks it is the transducer. He is taking care of getting this repaired. Steve will contact A & E regarding a change order to install one meter pit in the school. The board asked Fred and Mike to get the recommendations from the sewer inspection taken care of.
    • Steve made a motion to set the tax rate for 2018 as follows: Residential – $1.9138 and Non-residential – $1.9523, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote. Jerry made a motion to accept the late filer penalty for 2018 at the maximum the state will allow, which is 8%, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Selectboard signed orders, reviewed and approved journal entries and bank statement.
    • Unfinished/new business Rick stated that he contacted the sheriff’s department and they were going to contact the owner of the vehicle that is parked at the intersection of Vance Hill and Route 105 at creative minds building. They are going to inform the owner of the vehicle that where they are parking is a hazard to visibility of people stopping at the bottom of Vance Hill. Rick will double check with the sheriff about this.
    • Voted to adjourn at 6:50PM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018 AT 5:30PM

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  • July 5, 2018 AT 5;30PM
    • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Oscar Roberts, Jason Booth, Ernest Choquette, Bob Best, Mike Baraw, Glenn Foster, Denise Daigle
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM
      Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 6/7 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • visitors Barry stated that he is still not happy with accountability in the town and stated he will be requesting many documents.
    • . Oscar asked why manure is being spread by our new wells. He stated that he feels that this should no longer happen. Jerry made a motion that no more manure be spread on the town owned land on Vance Hill, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. The board asked Denise to send a letter to Marc Marquis notifying him of this.
    • Ernest suggested that we get the water users together and explain what has been done regarding the new wells. The board stated that they have discussed this at prior meetings and when the project is complete their plan is to hold an open house so that anyone interested can attend.

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

    • Jason Booth stated that JP Sicard is finished with the project and we are waiting on the water sample tests to come back before we can begin to use the wells. He also stated that if the town feels the need to use these wells prior to this, we can contact the state as our arsenic plant has been tested and is working properly. Jerry made a motion to give Mike authorization to talk to the state about turning our new wells on, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote. Jason also stated that one bid was received for the installation of water meters. New England Back Flow was the only bidder for a cost of $158550.00. Aldrich and Elliott suggestion to the town is that we do away with the meter pits. USDA and the contractor are both on board with this suggestion and the new price would be $119550.00. Rick made a motion to award the bid for installation of water meters to New England Back Flow with the contract amended by change order to remove the meter pits which would decrease the base project cost to $119550.00, seconded by Jerry. Some discussion followed. This motion passed on a voice vote.
    • The fire department was not present. The board signed the renewal paper work with Community National Bank for the water loan. Mike stated he received a quote from Lafayette for a fence around the reservoir, which was a recommendation from the water board. The board tabled this until we see where we stand financially after the water meter installation.

    Road Commissioner Report

    • Mill Sara Dansell was not present. Deb Brewer was not present, but Fred has been in contact with her with regard to the run off onto her land from the Mead Property.
    • Bob Best stated he has concerns with gas cans by the property owned by Jody Marquis on route 105. There is also a car parked at the intersection of Vance Hill and Route 105 on the Marquis property that is blocking clear view coming off Vance Hill Road. The board will send a letter to Jody Marquis stating that this car needs to be moved right away.

    Conservation Committee Report

    • Glenn gave the board an update on the multi purpose trail. Glenn stated that the committee is extremely happy with the way this trail is coming together. The board has no problem, based on the committee’s recommendation, that Bruce Sargent
      clean up some brush and small trees by the parking lot and Logan Road. If the committee has some suggestions on the use of some of the money from logging they should bring these recommendations before the selectboard.
      The board signed orders, reviewed and approved the bank statement and journal entries.

    Unfinished/new business

    • Denise stated that the float that the town put in the centennial parade was a huge success and the town received many compliments on it.

Voted to adjourn at 7:00PM.

More Minutes posted “by the people”

  • Two items noteworthy that were not included on the minutes provided by the town…. early in the meeting, Robert Best Jr (Morningside Drive Newport Center) shouted at me (Barry Sahagian) While I was video taping the meeting, he said “if you point that video at me I will knock it out your hand” I responded. “It is my constitutional right to record at meetings” and “are you threatening me?” He responded ” you better watch out”. Up to this point Steve Barrup, (Selectboard Chair) made no attempt to bring the meeting to order. Instead Steve Barrup told me I was out of order.
  • Ernest voiced his dissatisfaction with the water committee and criticized Steve Barrup who is on the committee who never shows up as well as other committee members. Further more Ernest said he never wants to talk about the water committee again. He is finished

TownNewport VT Select Board Meeting June 7, 2018 AT 5:30PM

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  • June 7, 2018 AT 5;30PM
    • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Ernest Choquette, Barry and Jayne Sahagian, Norm Patenaude, Fred Baraw
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM
      Rick made a motion to accept the minutes of 5/3 meeting, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • no one had anything to discuss.

    Road Commissioner Report

    • The board asked Fred to contact Clark’s regarding the towing bill on Fred’s truck. The board thought this entire cost should be covered under the warranty. The board opened bids for paving for 2018, which included Lawson Road and Sunrise Drive. Bids submitted were as follows: Hutchins – $24780.00 Gray’s Paving- $20075.00 Pike Industries “a $20440.00. Jerry made a motion to award the project to Pike Industries, seconded by Steve. Some discussion followed. This motion passed on a voice vote. Fred stated that Leo Letourneau stopped by his house and was complaining about Tom Collins running his bull dozer down Clark Mountain Road. Fred went up and took a look. Fred measured the distance and it was .2 miles. Fred’s opinion was that there was no problem and no damage done. Leo did tell Fred that the town would be hearing from his attorney.

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

    • Fred stated the shingles on the building by Charlie Buck’s are in need of repair as well as the building at the bottom of Vance Hill. The board asked Fred to get these taken care of as soon as possible. Steve stated that the new arsenic plant is ready to go. We are waiting on water samples to come back before these can be used. Mike is still waiting on additional quotes for the fence at the reservoir.
      The board signed orders, reviewed and approved the journal entries and bank statement, signed Leithead cemetery deed.

    Unfinished/new business

    • Denise updated the board on the float for the centennial parade in the City of Newport on June 30, 2018.

Voted to adjourn at 6:20PM

TownNewport VT Select Board Meeting APRIL 5, 2018 AT 5;30PM

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  • APRIL 5, 2018 AT 5;30PM
      • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Tom Schrock, Ernest Choquette, Chris Donovan, Scott Jenness, Luke and Tina Brasseur, Mary Joe Jenness, Mike Baraw, Fred Baraw, Brandon Phillips, Dwight Brunnette, Jennifer Harlow, David Jacobs
      • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM and introduced those present.
        Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 3/8 regular selectboad meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

      • Ernest asked if the culvert on the snowmobile trail on town land where the water project is being worked on could stay there. The board stated that this culvert, based on Fred’s recommendation, is too small. This culvert belongs to the contractor doing the water project and will be taken out when the project is completed.

    Road Commissioner report

      • The board signed the highway grant paperwork. Fred stated we received the insurance check for the truck damages on truck #1. After some discussion the board told Fred to get this truck fixed. Steve stated he received a few complaints with regard to the grader tearing up a few lawns with the grader blade.

    AN club yearly meeting

      • Chris Jenness stated the trails are scheduled to be open on May 12, 2018, weather permitting. The club is requesting the opening of the same roads to the club as last year. The club would like the upper portion of Poginy Hill Road to be added to this list. Some discussion followed. The board stated to the club that their position on this has not changed. If the club presented the board with signatures from 100% of citizens on Poginy Hill Road supporting this, the board would consider it. The board approved opening the same roads as last year to the club for the 2018 season.

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel update

      • Mike stated the sewer is working well. Regarding the water, the vessel that needs to be replaced in arsenic plant was discussed. The board agreed with Mike to use the old media in replacing the vessel. The board instructed Mike to get this lined up to be done at the same time that the new arsenic plant is scheduled to be installed.
      • Appeal from Barry of a public records denial by town clerk –Steve made a motion to concur with the town clerk that these records are not subject to disclosure, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.
      • Jennifer Harlow was here to introduce herself and announce that she is running for Orleans County Sheriff this year. She gave a brief history of her qualifications.
        Adoption of zoning by laws which were received from the planning commission —Steve stated that NVDA had a couple of recommendations regarding these by-laws. The board came to the decision that these changes were substantial changes to the by-laws and should be considered and reviewed by the planning commission. The board asked Denise to get in touch with the chair of the planning board to schedule a meeting for them to review this again.
      • Steve made a motion, based on a letter from Roger Turgeon, to appoint him to the planning board, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.

    Lawn Mowing Bids for 2018 were opened:

      • James Castrogiovanni – $5600.00 for all town lawns, Tom’s Lawn Care $2690.00 for all town lawns, Rick made a motion to accept Tom’s Lawn Care for all town lawns providing he gets to the town his insurance paper work, seconded by Steve and passed on a voice vote.

    Route 100 cemetery bids were opened:

      • James Castrogiovanni -$3050.00, Kingdom Lawn care – $10800.00, if 2 year contract is signed $10260.00, if 3 year contract is signed $9720.00, Tom’s Lawn Care $3785.00. Rick made a motion to accept the Bid from Tom’s lawn care providing he gets to the town his insurance paper work, seconded Steve and passed on a voice vote.
        The board signed orders, reviewed and approved bank statement and journal entries.

    Voted to adjourn at 7:00PM.

TownNewport VT Select Board Meeting March 8th 5:30PM

Present:

    • Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Jason Booth, Barry Sahagian, Fred Baraw
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM and introduced those present.
    • Re-organize the board Jerry nominated Steve as chair of the board, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 2/8, 2/15/ 3/8 meeting at 8:00AM, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Appearances by local citizens/visitors Barry stated that he believes that there is an unresolved complaint. Barry also stated that he has sent files and talked to the state auditor and the attorney general’s office. He also stated that there is an open issue between him and a town official on file at the state police department.
    • Road Commissioner report regarding the letter from the principal on the plowing of sidewalks on Route 105, the board will work with the principal and put together specs. For the plowing of these and put an ad in the paper over the summer for this position. The board reviewed the letter from Mr. Desrosiers and discussed this with Fred. The board asked Fred to inspect the property when the snow is gone to be sure that wires are not going to be damaged by the town plowing or ditching.
      Water/Sewer/Solar Panel report—the board signed the loan documents for the water loan. Jason stated that they are in the process of putting the paperwork together for the meters, which is the next phase of the water project. The board approved Steve signing the paperwork for this next phase of the water project.
    • Adopt zoning by-laws Steve made a motion to adopt the zoning by laws with insignificant changes along with ordinance regulating outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Steve made a motion to approve the appointments for 2018, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote. The board signed orders, reviewed and approved bank statement and journal entries.
    • Denise asked if the board would be interested in having Russell Graphics scan the sunieys, The cost for this is $700.00. The board stated that not this year as there is no money set aside in the budget for this and the surveys are stored in the vault at all times.
    • Voted to adjourn at 6:30PM.

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD Meeting March-8-8AM

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 AT 8:00AM

Present:

    • Eric Pope, Shane Morin, Denise Daigle, Rick Gosselin, Fred Baraw, Barry Sahagian, Steve Barrup

Steve called the meeting to order at 8:15AM

  • Shane and Eric of the District 9 state highway garage were here for their annual meeting with the town. The town, Eric, and Shane filled out the paper work relative to our highways and the budget that was passed at town meeting. The town informed them that we did receive a better roads grant and that Sara that works with USDA will get together with Fred to see what projects he would like to do this year.
  • Voted to adjourn at 8:40AM

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 AT 10;30AM

      • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagian
        Steve called the meeting to order at 10:30AM and introduced those present.
      • Appearances by local citizens/visitors none
      • Alleged violation of open meeting law by Barry — Steve stated this meeting was called to address
        a complaint of the open meeting law by Barry. Steve stated his opinion of the open meeting law
        and whether he feels that there was a violation. Steve made a motion that a vote of yes by the
        board means a violation occurred and a no vote means no violation occurred, this was seconded
        by Rick. Some discussion on the motion occurred. Barry stated he will file in superior court.
        The board all voted no stating a violation did not occur.
        Discuss the cure brought forth by Barry Selectboard was willing to discuss and address the
        cure and wanted to answer the cure that Barry brought forth, but Barry did not want to discuss
        the cure. Barry stated that he did offer a cure. The selectboard did review the items relative to
        Barry’s cure on his complaint and cure-alleged open meeting law violation. Some discussion
        followed.
        Unfinished/new business none
        Voted to adjourn at 11:05AM.

Comment to above minutes

    • “Barry did not want to discuss the cure” This is the select boards claim that is in opposition to the law, there own twist. By law there are two choices the selectboard has to address a complaint
      1.) claim they inadvertently did not comply with the law. They would have to provide provisions to make sure this does not happen again. This is the laws way of giving them a break on the first offense
      2.) Claim there was no wrong doing by the select board (this was what they did in their response). In this case no cure is possible. The only step that can be taken is court action in which a judge would determine if their was any wrong doing. What they were doing is denying the non compliance and then wanted to be forgiven so they would not have to go to court. Nice try. The case remains open for a period of one year at which any time a superior court action against them can be taken. BS

Open Meeting Law – Complaint Filed (Non Compliance)

At the The February 8, 2018 Town Newport, VT Regular Select Board Meeting, a complaint was filed by the “Peoples Committee of Newport Center” against the Select Board for non compliance when a meeting was adjourned when sensitive questions were asked about a pending Ambulance Service contract with Newport Ambulance Service.

Below is the complaint and a video with Peoples Committee Representative, Barry Sahagian explaining some of the details.

Statement and Cure Alleged Open Meeting Law
Feb 8, 2018
For the past 2 years years ( January 2016 – present), I Barry Sahagian have been struggling with the Select Board and Town Clerk on compliance of numerous alleged non compliance instances of Open Meeting Laws, Public Record Act and most recently the newly legislated Code of Conduct/Conflict interest laws recently legislated on June of 2017 by Secretary of State, James Condos.
Two complaints were filed against the Select in 2016 for not allowing myself other residents to speak at open meetings. After the compliants were filed, although the cures were never satisfied, things improved for a while.
Just recently (Jan 4th and 11th, 2018), there were two meetings discussing a 46,000 service contract with Newport Ambulance Service in which we we will vote at the upcoming 2018 Town Meeting. On Jan 4th, Ernset Choquette and I were asking questions about the contract. Our questions were not answered. Instead there was motion made by Gerry Waterman to adjourn the meeting because “it was out of control”.
I believe it was not out of control and that they simply did not want to provide accountability.
The select chair, Steve Barrup, made no effort to bring the meeting to order which he always does when a meeting is. Steve Barrup and Rick Gosselin seconded the motion to adjourn.
Despite the meeting being adjourned, all three of the selectboard members continued to discuss the ambulance contract. …. This constitutes an Illegal Meeting
1 VSA 312 (c) (4) Any adjourned meeting shall be considered a new meeting, unless the time and place for the adjourned meeting is announced before the meeting adjourns.
Because the meeting was non compliant it initiated several other non compliance item such as it was not noticed 1 V.S.A. 312 (c)(2) , there were no minutes taken
There were several more non compliance instances of OML at this meeting as well.
1 V.S.A. 311. (a) Declaration of public policy
…public commissions, boards and councils and other public agencies in this state exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and are accountable to them …
Vermont Constitution – Chapter 1, Article 6.
That all power being originally inherent in and consequently derived from the people,therefore, all officers of government, whether legislative or executive, are their trustees and servants; and at all times, in a legal way, accountable to them.
The Cure:
Schedule a special meeting where all questions from the people of Town Newport be answered about the ambulance contract details to their satisfaction no matter how long this takes. This would also include revisiting some of the previous questions from Jan 4th and 11th that were answered by the selectboard members with confusing, contradicting and evasive answers. Provide all the existing documents in the towns possesion from 2017 and 2018 concerning the NAS ambulance deal which would include all written correspondense and any other realted documents. Provide the information requested by Ernest Choquette – the addresses and times of all the service calls in Newport Center as well as the nature of the call emergency or regular transport by NAS. A discussion of the related conflict of interest definition which was also cut short and left unaccounted by the board.
Barry Sahagian

Regular SELECT BOARD MEETING — February, 8th, 2018 AT 5:30 PM

Denise discusses responding to Complaint that was presented to the select board by Barry Sahagian at this meeting that has to be responded to within ten days to schedule a special select board meeting to see whether the select board will cure or deny any wrong doing.

Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Barry Sahagian, Scott Britch, Mike Baraw, Fred Baraw
Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM.

  • Jerry made a motion to accept the minutes of 1/4 , 1/11, 1/29 meetings, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
  • Appearances by local citizens/ visitors — Barry filed a complaint and cure-alleged open meeting law violation against the selectboard. The selectboard asked Denise to send this to the attorney. A meeting will be scheduled within the time frarne allowed with regard to this.
  • Road Commissioner report —Dan Green has been here for 90 days. The board supported Fred’s recommendation to offer him benefits along with a .50 cent peir hour wage increase retroactive to 1/19/18. Fred stated the pickup needed a little work. Fred stated the culvert by Marc Haselton’s sprung a leak. The board would like to speak to theiandowners about this in the spring. Jerry stated, and the board agreed, that this is on private property outside of the town’s right of way.
  • Water/Sewer/Solar Panel report Scott Britch was here to discuss the ongoing sewer problems. Scott stated that his attorney told him that if the board wants to pursue this they need to send Scott a certified letter and he would take it from there. The board stated that they do not want to fight with Scott, they just would like a resolution to this issue. Scott agreed to pay $150.00 toward this. He stated that he would pay that to the town within the next week or so.
    The board was in agreement with this. Denise will contact the water board to put in their next newsletter that no one is allowed to open man holes. Mike and Fred stated that one vessel in the arsenic plant has sprung a leak. Mike will get in touch with AdEdge to see if they have any suggestions on how to repair this. Mike and Fred will also check with Nadeau’s Plumbing and Heating.
  • Unfinished/New Business —the board reviewed a letter by the principal, Wendy Wood, asking if the town would be willing to split the cost of someone to run a snow blower to snow blow the side walk on Route 105. The school has acquired through a grant a snow blower and they are requesting that the town pay this employee and the school will reimburse the town for their half of this cost. The board and road crew are going to think about this and further discuss at the next regular selectboard meeting. The board will meet with the state for their annual road meeting on March 8th at 8:00AM at town clerk’s office.
  • The board signed orders, reviewed and approved the bank statement and journal entries, signed liquor licenses for Dari-Jors, Hillikers, and Wayne’s.
  • Voted to adjourn at 6:35PM.

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING — JANUARY 29, 2018 AT 5:30 PM

Text Minutes forthcoming …..

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING-MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 AT 5;30PM

  • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Steve Roberts, Barry Sahagian, Jason Willis, Larry Percy.
  • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM

  • Steve stated there was a correction to the agenda for tonight’s meeting to add appearances by local citizens/visitors —Barry had a suggestion that he heard from the city council in Newport that the board add a comment section after each agenda item.
  • The board finalized the 2018 budget after some discussion.
  • The board reviewed the warning for the 2018 town meeting. Members of the fire department were here to explain to the board why the department feels they need this new tanker. Steve explained to the board the conversation he had with the Mississquoi Valley Ambulance service. The warning was finalized and signed.
  • Voted to adjourn at 6:40PM.
  • SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING — THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018 AT 8:00AM

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

    Steve called the meeting to order at 8:00AM

    The budget for 2018 was discussed. Jerry made a motion to increase salaries for all full time employees, providing the budget passes at town meeting, 2%, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.


    Special meeting was scheduled to finalize budget and sign warning for 2018 town meeting on January 29, 2018 at 5:30PM.

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    Barry stated that the with regard to the Newport Ambulance service his opinion is that there is a conflict of interest.

    He also discussed concerns he has with the ambulance charges. Barry also mentioned projects he would like to see the ambulance do for the town in appreciation for the town helping to support the ambulance.
    Voted to adjourn at 9:40AM

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    REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 AT 5:30PM

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  • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Glen Brown, Oscar Roberts, Barry Sahagian, Charlie Pronto, Mike Paradis, Ernest Choquette, Fred Baraw, Mike Baraw

    Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30PM and introduced those present.

    Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 12/7 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

      • Appearances by local citizens/ visitors –
      • Charlie and Mike here to discuss the towns contract with Newport Ambulance Service.


    The amount the ambulance is requesting from the town in 2018 is $45,922.00.

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    Barry expressed his opinion

      with regard to the ambulance service.

    Barry also talked about the conflict of interest policy and how it relates to the NAS contract. He also stated that his web site has new information with regard to this on it.

    Discussion on the Ambulance Contract continues later in the meeting.

    • The meeting was adjourned by Gerry Waterman which continued with all on this discussion. This meeting that continued was illegal because it was adjourned. When a meeting is adjourned and continues it is a new meeting which would have to be noticed and minutes be taken.

    • Road Commissioner report – Oscar was here to discuss issues he has with the plowing up of his lawn by the town and Mike Baraw’s response to him when he talked to the road crew about this. Some discussion followed. Steve stated that this will be evaluated and addressed in the spring of 2018 when the snow is gone.
    • Glen Brown was here to discuss his lawn getting torn up by the town plows. Some discussion followed. Steve stated that this will be evaluated and addressed in the spring of 2018 when the snow is gone.
    • Fred stated that the principal asked him about plowing the side walk on Route 105. Fred stated that she would like the town to pay one half and the school pay the other half of this. The board, at this point, does not have an answer to this. They stated that the town does not have the equipment to do this and this money was not put into the budget.
    • The issue with the truck has been fixed. Our road crew fixed a loose wire that appeared to be the problem. Jerry made a motion to take 50% of the grader purchase out of the equipment fund and 50% out of the reserved highway fund balance, this was seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Fred will contact Shane Morin at the state garage to see about doing a traffic study on Route 105 in the center of town to see if they could pay for flashing signs stating speed of traffic.
    • Water/Sewer/Solar panel update – Fred brought in the mop head that was found at the sewer pump station that the Britch residence is hooked up to. The board asked that Scott Britch be contacted to attend the February meeting. The town clerk will send him a letter to inform him that the board would like him to attend.
    • The board reminded Fred that a no trespass sign needs to be put up at the pump station as soon as possible. Steve stated that the new water project is coming along well, they are a bit behind schedule due to the very cold weather.
    • Unfinished/new business – none

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

    Voted to adjourn at 6:45PM.