Thetford Select Board Meeting


June 21, 2004

**There will be no Selectboard meeting on July 5**


PRESENT: Mary Spata, Mark McMahon, Mike Brown, Paul Raymond, Marilyn Cook (clerk)

GUESTS: Jeff Taylor, Attorney; Jill Graff, Treasurer


Meeting was called to order at 6:45 pm.


Property of Rita and Roland French was transferred to the town of Thetford today, a 2.74-acre lot on Rte 113, the location of the current recycling center.


Richard Balagur property:

Discussion with Attorney Jeff Taylor regarding the property that Mr. Balagur acquired through tax sale. Mr. Balagur believes that his attorney and the town's attorney advised him not to pay the property tax until he received the deed to the property. Mr. Taylor said that Mr. Balagur received the tax sale guidelines at the time of the sale, which included information about the continued accrual of penalties. The selectboard will refer Mr. Balagur to Mr. Taylor, who stated that he was not representing the town when he spoke with Mr. Balagur.


Mr. Taylor left the meeting at 7:00 pm.

Mark McMahon left the meeting at 7:05 pm.


Alida Adams received one of two Town of Thetford scholarships. Jill Graff will confirm with Thetford Academy and mail a check to the requested college.

Ms. Graff answered some and will research other questions from the budget reports.

Ms. Graff left the meeting at 7:10 pm.


Tracy Borst, Town Clerk joined the meeting at 7:15 pm.

Peabody Library has an open house on Friday, June 25 from 5-7 pm.


Ms. Borst has received a few complaints of door-to-door vendors who do not have permits. There is a town ordinance controlling peddlers; permits are required and vendors must have a letter signed by the selectboard. Residents may ask to see the permits and report non-permitted vendors to the Thetford Police Department.


Scott O'Hearn joined the meeting at 7:35 pm.


There have been some questions about Treasure Island (T.I.) entrance passes and swimming lesson fees. Currently out-of-town residents are required to buy a season's pass in order to sign up for swimming lessons. A special exception is made for West Fairlee residents who participate in the initial swim lesson period. This is due to an anonymous donor who pays for the lifeguards. When families come to T.I. for swim lessons and stay after the lesson, it is not clear to residents that they should pay an entrance fee. Residents may buy an annual tennis pass for $50 or pay $10 for a 90-minute session. The rate has been reduced to $5 if there is a child playing. A free week of group tennis lessons begins July 19. Mr. O'Hearn and the selectboard will review entrance and swimming lesson fees in the future.


Ms. Borst left the meeting at 7:50 pm.


John Vansant, Architect, has made recommendations to repair the roof of the T.I. residence. Mr. O'Hearn will get a new bid from Scott Chapman, Builder.

The garage door (back side) needs to be replaced.


Mr. O'Hearn left the meeting at 8:15 pm.


Paul Raymond reviewed minutes of 1990's to research former discussions of 'throwing up roads'. Although the topic was an agenda item in the past, it was tabled and never addressed.



June 21, 2004


Motion to accept minutes of June 14, 2004, as amended. (Brown/Raymond) Unanimous.


Ben Bradley, Thetford's representative for the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District, joined the meeting at 8:25 pm.

The land-use permits for the Hartland Landfill have been issued. Mr. Bradley reviewed some of the conditions. The selectboard updated Mr. Bradley on Thetford's recycling.


Mr. McMahon returned to the meeting at 8:40 pm.


Mr. Bradley was invited to take part in recycling center planning. He is interested in participating in design planning.

Mr. Bradley left the meeting at 9:00 pm.


Motion to approve Check Warrant #20.3 (general) in the amount of $33,236.90, #20.2 (highway) in the amount of $4,122.54, and #20.1 (general) in the amount of $12,068.49.

(Spata/Raymond) Unanimous.


Motion to hire Doug Stone as town road foreman. (McMahon/Raymond) Unanimous.

Start date will be July 1, 2004.


Roadside mowing will begin Wednesday, June 23. The schedule will be posted at the town garage.


Pike will do paving and shoulder work this summer, including Tucker Hill Rd from 113 to Sayre Bridge, the corner of Barker Rd at Rte 113, and Robinson Hill Rd.


The conservation commission will meet on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:15 pm at the town hall. Agenda items include 104 acres in Post Mills and Hugh's estate land of 300 acres, an expected gift to the town.


Four interviews for Police Chief will take place over the next two weeks. Interviews will be recorded and a public session will take place as part of second interviews.


Plans for Sayre Bridge work should arrive in the next two weeks.


In a conversation that Mary Spata had with Marian Fifield, Ms. Fifield spoke about her interest in Thetford Center becoming a Historic District.


Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission has provided a copy of the town plan. It needs to be reviewed by selectboard members.


There are 70 residents who had a decrease in the value of their property. Mary Spata drafted a letter that will be sent to these residents.


Reviewed the status of residents who have been notified of excessive unregistered vehicles:

Chris Pero, W. Fairlee Rd., is now in compliance in accordance with Thetford Zoning #360.

Matthew Howe, Rte 113- A site visit will take place to determine compliance.

Roger Perkins, Stevens Rd.- due to continued non-compliance of Thetford Zoning regulation #360, the matter has been turned over to the town attorney.


The Trussell Rd site that has been used by the road crew to store materials has been cleaned up and will no longer be used to store materials.

Motion to adjourn at 9:40 pm. (Spata/Brown) Unanimous.

Last Modified 12/2004 by Bill Weyrick