Thetford Select Board Meeting


October 17, 2005


PRESENT: Doug Stone, John Bacon, Mike Brown, Mary Spata, Mark McMahon (7:20 PM), Marilyn Cook (clerk)


Agenda: Lt. Terry Lewis, VT State Police; Ted Peters, State Police Community Representative; Fuel Assistance; Energy Committee- Streetlights; Town Plan- Chapter 3 & 4; Unfinished Business; Minutes Review

GUESTS: Deecie Denison


Mike Brown called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.


Deecie Denison requests confirmation of a right-of-way at the end of Bragg Rd. Ms. Denison will return next Monday at 7:30 PM.


Lt. Terry Lewis, VT State Police, joined the meeting at 7:10 PM. Ms. Denison left the meeting at 7:15 PM.


Police Chief Joseph Anthony has resigned his position effective October 31. Selectboard and Lt. Lewis discussed contracting police services from VT State Police for up to 20 hours per week.


Mark McMahon arrived at 7:20 PM.


Charlie Buttrey, Roberta Howard, Brad Vietje, and Sean Mullen joined the meeting at 7:30 PM. Lt. Lewis left the meeting at 7:35 PM.

Fuel Assistance in Thetford- A group of residents has initiated a Town Assistance Program for fuel and weatherization assistance for residents in need, which will be published in the town newsletter and on the Internet list serve.


Jim Masland joined the meeting at 7:40 PM. Ms. Howard and Mr. Masland left at 7:55 PM


The Verizon hearing is being continued next Tuesday. There are questions about a subdivision of the Silva's property in which the zoning board requests legal opinion from the town attorney. Mr. McMahon will contact Attorney Jack Candon.


Bob Walker and Jessica Londa joined the meeting at 8:00 PM.

Sean Mullen left at 8:10 PM.


Energy Committee- Streetlighting

Bob Walker updated the Selectboard on the Energy Committee's challenge of CVPS, through Public Service Board, for town ownership of streetlights.

Mr. Walker is considering a proposal to CVPS to conduct a pilot project in town for timers and induction lighting options. Selectboard gave Mr. Walker approval to continue his research and work.


Ms. Londa left at 8:30 PM.


Mr. Walker and Mr. Vietje left the meeting at 8:40 PM, and Roberta Howard returned to the meeting.


Selectboard updated Chapters 3 & 4 of the Current Town Plan. Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be reviewed next week at 8:00 PM.


Roberta Howard left at 9:15 PM.


Selectboard reviewed map of properties surrounding Dave Dempsey's land-locked parcel that he would like to access for the purpose of logging. Mr. McMahon will ask Mr. Dempsey for a plan of action.



Letter of appreciation from a resident for assistance the Town Clerk provided.

Camp Billings has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Letter of resignation from Police Chief.


Mary Spata met with Gary Ulman at Recycling Center. He will submit an estimate.


Move to appoint Wayne Parks to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. (Brown/Stone) Unanimous


Motion to approve the minutes of October 3, 2005 as amended (Spata/Stone) Unanimous


October 17, 2005


Motion to approve Check Warrant Reports:

38.1 $7,751.68

37.1 $1,204,214.08

32.2 $407.62

20.3 $257,689.00

20.4 Payroll $8,536.49 (Spata/Bacon) Unanimous


Motion to sign the 2005 Listers' Errors and Omission statement (Stone/McMahon)

4 in-favor. Mary Spata abstained. Motion passed.


Motion to enter Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter at 9:55 PM (Spata/Stone) Unanimous.


Marilyn Cook left at 9:55 PM.


Executive Session ended at 10:20 PM.


Motion to accept the resignation of the Police Chief (Bacon/Brown) Unanimous.


Meeting adjourned at 10:31 PM.

Last Modified 11/2005 by Bill Weyrick