Thetford Select Board Meeting


September 26, 2005



Present: Mary Spata, Doug Stone, Mike Brown, Mark McMahon (7:18 PM), John Bacon (8:03 PM), Marilyn Cook (clerk)


Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM by Mary Spata.


Jeff Sirjane and Mariah Capurso joined the meeting at 7:03 PM for Fire Department updates.

" The Fire Department's coin drop will take place on October 8, 2005.

" The new tanker for the Thetford Hill station will be delivered in the next two weeks. The tanker on Thetford Hill will go to the Post Mills station and that tanker will be sold.

" Thetford has been chosen by the State to host an Open House on Rural Fire Protection Day. It will take place on October 15 at the Thetford Elementary School from 10AM to 2PM.

" Mark McMahon will e-mail an electronic copy of the current Emergency Management Plan to Ms. Capurso.

" The Fall Foliage Run will take place on October 9 at the Union Village Dam area.

" Selectboard asked the Railroad to contact the Thetford Fire Department to address safety concerns with the school bus turnaround, located near the Railroad Salt Shed in Ely.


Tim Ouellette joined the meeting at 7:15 PM. Mark McMahon joined the meeting at 7:18 PM.


Ms. Capurso, Mr. Ouellette and Mr. Sirjane left at 7:25 PM.


Mediation between the Lichvar's and Chapman's will take place on September 28 to address recurring concerns about the Chapman's dog on Robinson Hill Road.


Yellow flashing school lights on Thetford Hill are working.


Motion to enter Executive Session at 7:28 PM to discuss personnel (Spata/Brown) Unanimous


Marilyn Cook left the meeting at 7:28 PM.


Executive Session ended at 7:55 PM.

No Action taken.


Ms. Cook returned and Wayne Parks joined the meeting at 7:55 PM.


Railroad agreed to put up a screen of trees between the proposed salt shed in Ely and a neighboring resident's property. The berm will be one foot high. The shed's height will be 35 feet. There are still some unresolved issues with the Railroad.


Tracy Borst, Town Clerk, joined the meeting at 8:00 PM.


E-911 Coordinator questions should be referred to Sue Ricker in the Lister's office. Doug Stone is also a resource until a new Zoning Administrator is hired.


John Bacon joined the meeting at 8:03 PM.


Ms. Borst advertised for a 10-hour per week position in the Town Clerk's office.


Selectboard expressed interest in the Town Clerk's office being open on an occasional Saturday morning.


Ms. Borst asked the Selectboard to begin thinking about the graphics for the Town Report.


Motion to enter Executive Session at 8:18 PM to discuss personnel. (Spata/Brown) Unanimous.


Ms. Cook and Mr. Parks left the meeting at 8:18 PM.


Executive Session ended at 8:40 PM.

Selectboard authorized the Town Clerk to offer a 10-hour assistant to the Town Clerk position.


Ms. Borst left the meeting. Dave Dempsey, Jane Melahn, Roberta Howard, Rick and Lori Howard, Mr. Parks and Ms. Cook joined meeting at 8:40 PM.


Mr. Dempsey requests the selectboard become involved in his interest in accessing his land-locked piece of land for the purpose of logging. The owner of an ideal access point has refused continued access, because Mr. Dempsey used a skidder when he agreed to use a bulldozer. Mark McMahon will meet with the property owner to try to negotiate an agreement and contact Mr. Dempsey.


September 26, 2005



Mr. Dempsey and Ms. Melahn left at 9:00 PM.


Town Plan-

Two Rivers Ottauquechee Planning Commission updated Chapter 10 of the 1999 Town Plan with the 2000 census statistics.

An updated draft of Chapter 2-Land Use will be reviewed next week.


Roberta Howard, Rick and Lori Howard, and Mr. Parks left at 9:15 PM.


Motion to sign the resolution to designate a nonprofit community development organization, Community Capital of Vermont, Inc. to carry out community development activities on behalf of the Town of Thetford residents (Brown/Bacon) Unanimous.


Motion to approve the minutes of September 19, 2005 as amended (Brown/Stone) Unanimous.


Selectboard reviewed a draft letter from Town Clerk to residents regarding the merging of multiple lots into one.


Selectboard reviewed proposal from Scott Chapman for roofing over the garage and foyer at the Treasure Island property. Other proposals will be solicited.


Selectboard noted that in preparing for the change in recycling at the Recycling Center, the bins were taken away a week early. Selectboard appreciates Frank Bonnett's flexibility and good humor in dealing with this unexpected situation.


Mike Brown will attend the Planning Commission meeting on September 27 to record minutes.


Ms. Spata and Mr. Stone met and made a plan to shape the land and move signs in the triangular area at the intersection of Barker Rd. and Rte 113.


Motion to approve Check Warrant Reports:

#29.2 (highway) $3,731.63

#34.1 (general) $22,663.11

#19.3 (Special Funds) $1,208.40 (Spata/Stone) Unanimous

Selectboard reviewed payroll.


Motion to adjourn at 9:50 PM (Stone/Brown) Unanimous

Last Modified 11/2005 by Bill Weyrick