REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 AT 5;30PM

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  • June 4, 2020 AT 5;30PM
    • Present: Steve Barrup, Richard Gosselin, Jerry Waterman, Denise Daigle, Mike Baraw, Ed Brochu, Bob Fitts, Dwight Brunette, Barry Sahagian, Rudy Percy, Chris Donovan, Norm Patenaude, DeAnn Meunier, Cameron Thompson, Bob Best
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:33PM
      Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 5/7 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • None

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

    • Mike stated that all has been running smoothly with water and sewer. He stated he had an issue with the water pump on the lower well which has been addressed by Mike. The sewer inspection has been done and Mike stated he has not yet seen that report.
    • Jerry made a motion to adopt the local emergency management plan with the change to Mike Baraw as road commissioner, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
      The boars signed orders, reviewed and approved the journal entries and bank statement, signed Morse and Reynolds cemetery deeds

    Road Commissioner Report

    • Road Commissioner Report — Steve made a motion to appoint Mike Baraw as road commissioner, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote. 2020 paving bids were opened as follows: Gray’s paving $62.54 per ton, Pike Industries $62.18 per ton, Hutchins $60.25 per ton. Jerry made a motion, based on Mike’s recommendation, to award the bid to Hutchins, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Mike had one price for a road side mower, the other person has not gotten to him yet. The price Mike had was $127,000.00 — this will be further discussed at the July meeting. Mike stated that a citizen presented Mike with a bill for tire repairs on her car. She stated that she hit a bump on the Cross Road that caused this. The board does not believe this is the town’s responsibility as the speed limit on that road is 35MPH and she stated that she was exceeding this speed limit. Mike stated he and Dan have been busy and things are going well. .
    • ATV issues on town roads — Steve stated that he is concerned that one town road was put on the VASA map that should not have been there. ‘Chris Donovan stated that this has been taken care of and that this road has been taken off the VASA app. listing the trails open to VASA traffic. Steve also stated that he has been made aware that the president of the club put on social media that this issue was involving one person on that road when it should be noted that this was and is a town decision and not the decision of any one person. Citizens voiced concerns with the excessive ATV travel on Poginy Hill Road. There is also some concern about AN usage at the town park on Poginy Hill. Some discussion followed. Chris Donovan stated that we all have to work together to solve these issues. He is planning on going around putting up more signage relative to these issues on the trails and roads and will document this signage.

    Unfinished/new business

    • The sheriffs contract was brought before the board. The board voted to sign this contract due to the fact that the voters approved this at town meeting.
    • The board voted to enter into executive session at 6:44PM for a personnel issue. The board voted to enter open session at 6:56PM. Rick made a motion to give Mike and Dan $1.00 per hour more per hour effective immediately, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.

Voted to adjourn at 7:00PM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:30PM

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  • Jan 2 , 2020 AT 5;30PM
    • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Bob Best, Ernest Choquette, JeffJohanson of Newport Ambulance, John Morin, Barry Sahagian, Tom Pingree, Ike Brunnette, Joseph Creaser of the Chronicle, Scott Jenness
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM
      Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 12/5 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
      Lindsey Wright was not present.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

        • Jeff Johanson was here to discuss and explain the 2020 Newport Ambulance budget. They are asking for a 3% increase this year. Newport Town’s total for 2020 is $48713.00

      Jeff Johanson Agenda Video Segment

        • Tom Pingree and John Morin were here to discuss the 2nd amendment, with regard to VT trying to ban certain firearms. Tom will attend future board meetings to keep the board updated on this.


      Tom Pingree – Agenda Item Video Segment

          • Barry was here to discuss the water committee.Tom Pingree and John Morin were here to discuss the 2nd amendment, with regard to VT trying to ban certain firearms. Tom will attend future board meetings to keep the board updated on this. He stated he will have broadcasts on the Internet on this topic.

      Barry Sahagian Agenda Video Segment

    Road Commissioner Report

      • Scott Jenness was here to ask the board for their support in opening Route 105 from the City Farm Road to the City limits, which he said is about 2/10 of a mile. He stated that this is a state highway, but the state asked him to get the town’s support regarding this matter. Steve made a motion to give the ATV club their support to open this section of Route 105, seconded by Jerry. Some discussion followed. This motion failed by a voice vote.

    Mr.Derosiers

      • Mr. Derosiers sent Denise an email asking why the board had not gotten back to him with regard to a bill he submitted to the town for road/driveway markers of his that he said were damaged by the town plows. The board reviewed his email and decided that these were in the town right of way. The board will send a letter to him to explain their position.

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

      • Jerry stated one solar panel does not seem to be working correctly. Steve has already contacted Rich Nichols with regard to this and he is looking into this. Denise updated the board with regard to the water committee meetings and the beginning of starting the process of establishing a rate structure. Water committee meetings will begin after the February billing.

    Conservation Committee

          • Regarding trapping on the town’s land. Denise has talked to Glenn Foster, chair of the committee and they are having a meeting on February 9th to discuss this and bring their recommendation to the select board. The board tabled this discussion until they hear from the committee.
          • The board signed orders and reviewed and approved the journal entries and bank statement. Jerry made a motion to close out two people’s united bank accounts for the Newport Center Cemetery Association, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

        Voted to adjourn at 7:25 PM.

SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING JANUARY 8, 2020 AT 8;00AM

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      • Present: Steve Barrup, Jerry Waterman, Richard Gosselin, Denise Daigle, Fred and Mike Baraw, Barry Sahagian
      • Steve called the meeting to order at 8:00AM
        Discussed the budget for 2020. The board voted to increase the equipment usage charge by $10.00 if the 2020 road budget passes. Barry stated he would like to see the selectboard pay increased. Next budget meeting scheduled for 8:00AM on January 15, 2020.

Unfinished/new business

      • Unfinished/new business the board signed a letter to send to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Desrosiers on the Buzzell Road that was discussed at the regular board meeting.

Voted to adjourn at 9:00AM.

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 AT 5;30PM

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  • June 4, 2020 AT 5;30PM
    • Present: Steve Barrup, Richard Gosselin, Jerry Waterman, Denise Daigle, Mike Baraw, Ed Brochu, Bob Fitts, Dwight Brunette, Barry Sahagian, Rudy Percy, Chris Donovan, Norm Patenaude, DeAnn Meunier, Cameron Thompson, Bob Best
    • Steve called the meeting to order at 5:33PM
      Jerry made a motion to approve the minutes of 5/7 meeting, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.

    Appearances by local citizens/visitors

    • None

    Water/Sewer/Solar Panel Report

    • Mike stated that all has been running smoothly with water and sewer. He stated he had an issue with the water pump on the lower well which has been addressed by Mike. The sewer inspection has been done and Mike stated he has not yet seen that report.
    • Jerry made a motion to adopt the local emergency management plan with the change to Mike Baraw as road commissioner, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
      The boars signed orders, reviewed and approved the journal entries and bank statement, signed Morse and Reynolds cemetery deeds

    Road Commissioner Report

    • Road Commissioner Report — Steve made a motion to appoint Mike Baraw as road commissioner, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote. 2020 paving bids were opened as follows: Gray’s paving $62.54 per ton, Pike Industries $62.18 per ton, Hutchins $60.25 per ton. Jerry made a motion, based on Mike’s recommendation, to award the bid to Hutchins, seconded by Rick and passed on a voice vote.
    • Mike had one price for a road side mower, the other person has not gotten to him yet. The price Mike had was $127,000.00 — this will be further discussed at the July meeting. Mike stated that a citizen presented Mike with a bill for tire repairs on her car. She stated that she hit a bump on the Cross Road that caused this. The board does not believe this is the town’s responsibility as the speed limit on that road is 35MPH and she stated that she was exceeding this speed limit. Mike stated he and Dan have been busy and things are going well. .
    • ATV issues on town roads — Steve stated that he is concerned that one town road was put on the VASA map that should not have been there. ‘Chris Donovan stated that this has been taken care of and that this road has been taken off the VASA app. listing the trails open to VASA traffic. Steve also stated that he has been made aware that the president of the club put on social media that this issue was involving one person on that road when it should be noted that this was and is a town decision and not the decision of any one person. Citizens voiced concerns with the excessive ATV travel on Poginy Hill Road. There is also some concern about AN usage at the town park on Poginy Hill. Some discussion followed. Chris Donovan stated that we all have to work together to solve these issues. He is planning on going around putting up more signage relative to these issues on the trails and roads and will document this signage.

    Unfinished/new business

    • The sheriffs contract was brought before the board. The board voted to sign this contract due to the fact that the voters approved this at town meeting.
    • The board voted to enter into executive session at 6:44PM for a personnel issue. The board voted to enter open session at 6:56PM. Rick made a motion to give Mike and Dan $1.00 per hour more per hour effective immediately, seconded by Jerry and passed on a voice vote.

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

SelectBoard Meeting August 6, 2020

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING-THURSDAY, August 6, 2020 at 5:30PM