Thetford Select Board Meeting
THETFORD SELECTBOARD MEETING
June 24, 2002
PRESENT: Mary Spata, Sara Ferguson, Paul Raymond,
Mark McMahon (arrives 7:30), Rick Barrows (arrives 6:40)
Meeting called to order at 6:30 PM. Board voted to go into Executive
Session to discuss personnel matters. Board voted out of executive
session at 6:50 pm.
Recycling: New site development will require a state permit. Existing
site needs to extend its zoning permit and lease. Surveyor Larry
Swanson will contact Engineer Robert Harrington to develop plans to put
out to bid.
The Selectboard received thanks for setting up a system for selling
trash tickets on Saturday mornings. The town is pursuing alternate
arrangements for a packer truck and solid waste hauling.
There were two complaints about the behavior of Selectboard member Paul
Raymond while acting as a representative of the town. The first
concerned interactions with the staff of the recycling center this past
Saturday. The second involved a local business where Mr. Raymond was
posting notice of the availability of trash tickets.
Other members of the board agreed that Mr. Raymond's behavior on these
occasions was inappropriate. They asked him to allow the staff to run
the operations of the recycling center and to use due courtesy when
conducting town business.
Town Clerk Roberta Howard joined the meeting. She questioned whether
the Selectboard wanted to pre-approve checks for supplies within any
department's budget. The board does not require pre-approval ordinary
and routine purchases.
A check in the amount of $24,151.28 has been received from the State for
work on the Union Village bridge. This amount will be forwarded to the
The Municipal Bond Bank has approved our bond application for the Town
Mr. McMahon joined the meeting.
The Board reviewed information regarding the ORPHA development in Post
Mills and a proposed change to the lot layout.
Dental insurance rates have increased slightly. The Board agreed to
renew dental coverage for one additional year. (Ferguson/Spata), passed
Paving -. Ellis Paige joined the meeting to discuss the Tucker Hill
Road project. The question is whether to regrind the existing surface
or merely add a top coat (at half the cost, and thus, twice the
distance). The virtues of each approach were discussed.
The Board reviewed the ditching recently done by the Town of Norwich on
Campbell Flats Road. The road is no wider, but the ditches are clean.
Our Highway Department needs to return to Picknell Road to complete the
clean-up of a washout.
Funding for municipal planning grants is available. Ms. Spata will
contact the Two Rivers/Ottaquechee RPC.
The Board was notified by a resident of Sawnee Bean that there are
Police Chief Phil Call is ready to start on July 8. Mr. Barrows will
write a letter confirming a six month probationary period and starting
salary. He will also research employment contracts with VLCT.
Warrants - The Board reviewed and approved warrants 23.1 for the Town
(amount $10,723.21) and 23.2 for the Highway (amount $7,670.08). Moved
Ferguson, second Spata, passed unanimously.
Highway Department - there is some question, apparently about personnel
records for the highway crew and amounts of accrued leave/vacation
time. The board will explore this further.
100 Acres: If the Town is at all responsible for the future of the
water supply located on the site, then we are not interested in taking
possession of the property. The board will explore other alternatives
including not taking possession of the parcel that contains the new
water supply, or reaching agreement with the new water coop to release
the Town from any liability involving preveious contamination at the
Mr. Raymond will follow up with VLCT regarding lawsuit for personal
The Board voted to go into Executive Session at 10:00 pm to discuss
personnel matters. The Board voted out of Executive Session at 10:15
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 pm.
Prepared by Rick Barrows.