Thetford Select Board Meeting


July 26, 2004


Present: Mary Spata, Paul Raymond, Marilyn Cook (clerk)


Guests: Penny Sirjane and Mariah Capurso, members of Thetford Police Search Committee; Doug Stone, Road Foreman; Allison Rogers, Reporter for Connecticut Valley Spectator


Informal discussion was held from 6:30-6:40 pm.


Road Foreman discussed current work and projects of the road crew, including ditching and grading of roads and repairs from recent washouts. The road crew will complete clean up of area around town garage.


Doug Piper arrived at 6:35 pm with concerns about the Rte. 113 end of Barker Rd and trespassing/safety concerns at Malmquist Mills. The road concern will be addressed at the end of August when the paved section will be repaved. Since Malmquist Mills is a private property, the town has limited ability to address Mr. Piper's concerns. Mr. Piper left the meeting at 6:45 pm.


Mark McMahon arrived and the meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm.


Police Search Committee update:

Three interviews have been completed and the committee recommends two candidates for further interviews with the selectboard and community. They plan to have the candidates available for interviews at the August 9, 2004 selectboard meeting. Ms. Sirjane and Ms. Capurso left the meeting at 6:55 pm.


The road crew will move a stop sign and repair knee braces at the Union Village Bridge.


Jill Graff, Treasurer, joined the meeting at 7:05 pm.


Doug Stone thanked Mark and Donna McMahon for the t-shirts they provided to the road crew.

Mr. Stone will be away at flagger school on July 29-30.

He reviewed equipment not being used by the road crew and provided an estimate for replacement of truck #2's body. He reported that maintenance logs are current and complete.


Ms. Graff provided the year-to-date budget report for the highway department. Mr. Stone and Mark McMahon will review.


Mr. Stone and the selectboard discussed additional compensation for a road crew employee during the absence of a road foreman.


Mark McMahon commended Mr. Stone for his efforts and attention to organization in his new position as road foreman.

Mr. McMahon wants the road crew to be reminded to secure items in the cabs of trucks and to post-trip vehicles.


A complaint about parking and noise from gunfire at the Fish and Game Club was made. The selectboard discussed the use of the club by members and local and state police. They will request that, prior to use of particular firearms by police departments, they provide notification to neighboring residents.


Mr. Stone left the meeting at 7:35 pm.


The selectboard signed authorizations for Thetford Academy loan of $600,000.


The treasurer is expecting final information needed to set the tax rate from the listers on August 17. The August 23 agenda will include setting the tax rate.



July 26, 2004


Mary Spata researched the re-opening of the grand list and found that it cannot be re-opened. The board of abatement may grant abatements without the grand list being open. This discussion is tabled until the full board can discuss further.


Ted Pogacar joined the meeting at 7:45 pm to report on the ad-hoc recreation committee. The committee recommends an advisory committee with representation from Treasure Island, Thetford Youth Sports and citizens from various Thetford villages. They recommend a trial period with a half-time recreation director. The selectboard will review the recommendations. Mr. Pogacar left the meeting at 8:00 pm.


Tracy Borst, Town Clerk, joined the meeting at 8:05 pm and left at 8:10 pm.


Motion to proceed with VT AOT Enhancement Grant for design aspects only of Thetford Hill Common pedestrian walkways. (Spata/McMahon) Unanimous.

Ms. Spata will contact Chuck Wise.


Selectboard Chair, Mark McMahon, signed an excess weight permit for Sterling Carley.


The selectboard reviewed a list of non-renewed dog licenses, provided by the town clerk. Letters have been sent to the owners and the selectboard will turn over to the animal control officer to contact owners.


A complaint was made about large amounts of manure being left on Ely Rd. Thetford's Police Officer spoke with the responsible individual who will address the problem.


Allison Rogers left the meeting at 8:20 pm.


Selectboard reviewed the town newsletter.

Motion to approve Check Warrant #23.4 (payroll) in the amount of $9,214.18, #25.1 (general) in the amount of $17,901.04, #25.2 (general) in the amount of $1,235.23 and #25.3 (general) in the amount of $2,892.00. (Spata/Raymond) Unanimous.


The town received correspondence from the State of Vermont regarding land use permits for Thetford Academy.


Ongoing ordinance issues were reviewed:

" Excessive unregistered vehicles on properties- Matthew and Kim Howe (Rte 113 property) may be in violation again. Mr. McMahon will visit the Howes and re-address.

Roger Perkins (Stevens Rd property). Mr. McMahon will contact town attorney to proceed with legal action to address continued violation.

" Lighted signs- Ms. Spata will contact property owners to check in.


Ms. Spata will arrange a trial period of removal of one telephone line at the town hall.


Ms. Spata met with the architect and contractor to address three items that need to be complete for finalization of the town hall construction project.


Motion to adjourn at 8:55 pm. (Spata/McMahon) Unanimous.

Last Modified 12/2004 by Bill Weyrick