TOWN OF CORINTH VERMONT
SELECTBOARD MINUTES
 



Town of Corinth    minutes in PDF
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
September 8, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner;
Chris Preston; Edward Childs; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. using the gavel that was recently donated by Lora
Nielsen.

Approval of Minutes
Pazdro moved to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2014 Regular Selectboard Meeting and
the September 2, 2014 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns
Chris Preston presented information regarding a road (known locally as the Spur Road) that
crosses his property. Liability concerns prompted Preston to inquire about the status of this
road. The Road Commissioner stated that by use and dedication it qualifies as a town road.
Pazdro moved that the Board officially acknowledge that the western spur of Limlaw Road
(intersecting with Route 25) is a town right-of-way and historically always has been. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed. The town has no plans for making any changes to the road at this
time.
Edward Childs expressed concern about the poor quality of service and speed of the internet
provided by Topsham Telephone. The Board responded that other residents have similar
concerns, but there is little the town can do. The Board suggested that he contact Vermont
Telecommunications Authority or Holly Groschner for more information. Childs may look into
collecting signatures on a petition so that the topic can be addressed at Town Meeting.

Listers - Reappraisal Contract
Pazdro moved to assign the contract for town reappraisal to Vermont Appraisal Company.
Locke seconded. Motion passed. The Board signed the contract. The Listers will sign the
contract and mail it to Vermont Appraisal Company.

Treasurer's Report
Fortunati stated that there were errors on the most recent warrant and submitted a revised
warrant to the Board. The Board granted permission for Fortunati to contact the town attorney
for help in preparing for a tax sale in 2015.

Highway Department
Roderick reported that the two paving projects (Brook Road and Cookeville Road) have been
completed. The Highway Department is preparing a second treatment on the invasive Japanese
Knotweed in a couple spots along the road. A settlement with FEMA was reached recently for
spring storm damage. The National Guard will begin weekend work on Claflin Road soon. Most
of the work on the Park & Ride should be completed by the end of the month. Projected date of
completion is November. Roderick reported a 25% increase in the price of road salt this year.
The winter sand will be put up next week. Discussion followed regarding ATVs and the need for
signs to inform the public of the town ordinance which prohibits ATVs on all town highways and
trails. Roderick will look into posting the signs.

Building Maintenance
Groschner passed out copies of a list of Town Hall maintenance projects and asked the Board
to prioritize the projects in order for discussion at the next meeting. He had recently received an
estimate for power washing three sides of the building. The Town Hall parking lot project was
discussed and will be addressed at the budget meetings in November. No decisions were made
on either project.

Other Business
Groschner relayed that the Planning Commission would like the Selectboard to authorize the
use of one of the desks in the Town Office area for Planning Commission business. The Board
agreed to postpone making a decision on this while they check their inventory of office furniture
and contact Joe Blodgett, who recently put a bid in for office furniture and/or filing cabinets.

Correspondence
The Board received a letter from Pamela Doyle resigning her position as a school board
director. The Board accepted the resignation, with regret, and discussed the need to appoint a
replacement for Doyle. Ken Schaffer was suggested as a possible candidate. Locke will contact
Schaffer to see if he is interested. Other names may be submitted at the next Selectboard
meeting.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth        Minutes in PDF
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
September 2, 2014

Attending: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Karen Galayda, Lister; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:22 p.m.

Groschner moved to amend the order of the agenda, moving "Other Business" from #4 to #2.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Other Business
Galayda presented information regarding a course called "Residential Appraiser Site Valuation
and Cost Approach" that one of the Town Listers is taking. Locke moved to approve payment for
the cost of the course but not for the hours spent on the coursework. Pazdro seconded. Motion
passed. Melisa Mahony will be notified.
Galayda next presented an Errors & Omissions report regarding Parcel #113-01032, property of
Jeffrey Willard. Groschner moved to approve the Veterans Exemption for Jeffrey Willard. Pazdro
seconded. Motion passed.
The Selectboard discussed next year's budget. Fortunati presented a notice with dates for the
Budget Committee to meet. The following dates were reviewed and approved: November 11,
18, 25, December 9, 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Committee members will be mailed notice
of these dates. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Board reviewed a letter from Sullivan, Powers & Co., following a recent audit, stating that
"no deficiencies' were found.
The Treasurer reported at the August 11, 2014 meeting that the finances were out of balance by
$468 due to a deposit not reaching the bank. That deposit has since been located.
The Board discussed the agenda for the September 8, 2014 meeting.

Orders for Payment
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment. It was agreed to pay
Brown's Flooring an additional cost of $100 for touch-up work on the wood floors and to submit
payment for the entire project when completed. Groschner will notify Brown's Flooring.

Journal Entries
The Board reviewed and approved Journal Entries from August, 2014.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.



Town of Corinth        minutes in PDF
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
August 11, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Karen
Galayda, Lister; Amy Peberdy; Susanne Smith; Scott Elledge; Jonathan Strong; Raymond
Moulton; Jonathan Durham; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.

Approval of Minutes
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2014 Regular Selectboard Meeting.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the August 5, 2014 Financial Meeting with the
following clarification to the Other Business, Susan Fortunati, Corinth Treasurer paragraph:
The third sentence was replaced with "The following specific line item budget amounts
would be zeroed out and reclassified to the respective line items in the new Technology and
Communication category." Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns
A number of residents expressed frustration regarding speeding trucks, excessive noise and
littering late at night in the West Corinth area this summer. There are concerns for personal
safety as well as the safety of animals near the road. Locke will contact Joe Hill, Corinth
Constable, to discuss the matter.
Amy Peberdy thanked Chris Groschner for the drapery rods for the Town Hall. The new drapes
will be hung as soon as the floor refinishing project is complete.

Open Meeting Law Posting Procedures
In order to comply with Vermont's new Open Meeting Law, Amy Peberdy has volunteered to be
the point person to collect the agendas and minutes of all town committees and commissions
and post the agendas in the designated places. Agendas and minutes will be posted on the
Town website as well. In addition she will create a binder of agendas and minutes to be housed
in the town office. She has agreed to these responsibilities beginning August 12 until the end of
September, presenting a time study to the Board on September 8, 2014. The Board is looking
to see if having one person responsible for these duties will minimize the burden on committees
and be less confusing for the town webmaster. Peberdy stated that she will notify the town
committees and commissions of the change in procedure. Susanne Smith presented Peberdy
with keys to the Town Bulletin Boards. Locke stated that he will contact Rik Sheridan to put the
town website back up. Groschner moved to designate the Bulletin Board at the Transfer Station
as one of the three official designated posting places replacing the bulletin board inside the
Town Hall. The other two remain the same - on the Town Hall porch and at the East Corinth
General Store. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Reports
Treasurer - Fortunati reported that finances were out of balance by $468 due to a deposit not
reaching the bank. Twelve checks had been mailed yet there was no record of deposit. The
people involved will be contacted and asked to send a new check. The Board asked Fortunati
for an update on the new computers and she reported that all the prep work has been done and
the computers should be installed shortly.

Listers - Galayda notified the Board that the Listers will hold an Organizational Meeting on
September 2, 2014 to discuss: (1)Responsibilities, (2) Approach to the Grand List, (3) Duties,
Responsibilities and How to Use Time, and (4) Educational Opportunities and Educational
Budget. Galayda also noted that a "Listers' Log" would be set up and maintained. Discussion
took place regarding the appraisal firm to be hired for Corinth's reappraisal process. Locke
moved the Town hire Vermont Appraisal Company to conduct the next town reappraisal
beginning in 2015. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. The Board suggested that the Listers
call VAC to put together a contract.

Highway Department - Roderick reported that the paving on Brook Road is done and
Cookeville Road paving will begin soon. The Park & Ride project is on schedule. The Board
asked Roderick to look into putting the Corinth 250 logos on the town trucks. The Board next
discussed the resurfacing of the Town Hall parking lot, an estimate submitted by Bill Ricker
and funds to pay for the work. The Board would like to have the work done this year if there
is available funding. No decisions were made. Responding to questions regarding the Radio
Repeater Project, Roderick stated that he will contact Richard Wyatt, a resident on Ridge Road,
and continue conversations about the tower location.

Building Maintenance - Groschner reported that the Town Hall floor refinishing project has been
completed. The Board is now looking for someone to repair the rain gutters on one side of the
Town Hall. Groschner will contact Chester Clark of Clark's Painting and Small Jobs to see if he
is interested.

Other Business
Dog Officer, Census, Licensing - The Board received notice of Justin Pickel's resignation and
stated that although Corinth Constable Chris Diaz is interested in filling the position, he will not
transport animals in his personal vehicle. Discussion followed. The Board will ask Joe Blodgett
to look into the cost of a used vehicle for the town from surplus supplies.

Review Correspondence
The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, VT 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
August 5, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Karen Galayda; Raymond Moulton; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:06 p.m.

Orders for Payment
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

Journal Entries
The Board reviewed and approved Journal Entries from June and July.

Property Tax Rates
Locke moved to set the Corinth Tax Rates for fiscal year 2015 to wit:
Residential: 1.9570 dollars per hundred of property value
Non-Residential: 1.9926 dollars per hundred of property value
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Other Business
Raymond Moulton, a member of the Cemetery Commission, informed the Board of a lack of
funds in the Cemetery Commission's account. He asked if money from the General Fund could
be transferred until funds are withdrawn from the Cemetery Commission's Puritan Fund and
deposited into their account. Groschner moved to fund the Cemetery Commission an amount of
$5,000 to be repaid when Puritan Funds are available. Locke seconded. Motion passed. The
Board asked Moulton to call an emergency meeting of the Cemetery Commission in order to
make arrangements.

Karen Galayda, Corinth Lister, presented an Errors & Omissions report to correct a CAMA
synchronization error re: Parcel #036-00119 and an error re: Parcel #111-00619. There were no
changes in the Grand List Total Value. Locke moved to approve the listers' submission of Errors
& Omissions. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Discussion followed concerning the Listers'
budget and use of funds. Also discussed were the town's reappraisal plans, which will begin in
2015 and be completed in 2017. Galayda submitted names of four appraisers to be considered.
The Board will review their credentials before making any decisions. It was agreed to add this to
the agenda for August 11.

Susan Fortunati, Corinth Treasurer, presented a proposal for creating new categories in the
Town Budget, effective July 1, 2014. A new "Technology and Communication" section was
suggested. Certain line items would first have to be zeroed out in order to put those funds into
the new category.
Postage: Listers $200, Office $3,000
Telephone: Listers $1,300, Office $2,400
Technology Dues and Support: Listers $1,000, Office $1,000
Contract Maintenance - Equipment: Office $3,000
Furniture & Equipment: Office $20,000
Groschner made the motion to move the above specific line items and amounts from the listers
budget and town office budget into a new category called "Technology and Communication" to
the new respective line items they belong to. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
New "Payroll" categories were proposed in the Town Office section. Town Clerk $26,000 and
Assistant $3,000 be combined and renamed "Payroll Town Clerk's Office." Town Treasurer
$27,040 and Assistant $2,100 be combined and renamed "Payroll Town Treasurer's Office."
Pazdro moved to accept these changes. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Fortunati also proposed changes to the Highway Department's Repairs and Maintenance
section. Groschner made the motion to move the $37,500 budgeted for Equipment Maintenance
to a new line item entitled "Maintenance & Repairs Vehicles (General)." Locke seconded.
Motion passed.

Correspondence
The Board received an estimate from Bill Ricker for resurfacing the parking area at the Town
Hall. The Board will address this at the August 11 meeting with the Road Commissioner in
attendance. A tonnage report was received from Casella Waste. It was noted that as of
October 1, NEKWMD will take over the collection of electronics at the Transfer Station.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
July 14, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Karen
Galayda, Lister; Holly Groschner; Amy Peberdy; Jonathan Durham; Jennifer Spanier; Lora
Nielsen; Virginia Barlow; Rik Sheridan; Patty Duffy, Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of Minutes
Locke moved to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2014 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Pazdro
seconded. Motion passed.
Locke moved to approve the minutes of the July 1, 2014 Financial Meeting with the following
amendment: Adding to Other Business, "The Board signed the Lathem annual support
agreement which covers the time clock." Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Reports
Treasurer - Fortunati stated that the new chart of accounts is in full effect.

Listers - The Board and Galayda discussed reappraisal proposals. The Board asked for a
printout and discussion will continue at the next Financial Meeting. The Board asked Galayda to
contact a VT Dept. of Taxes Property Valuation and Review lawyer for their official view of the
impact of the new Open Meeting Law on the work of the Listers' office.

Highway Department - The Board received a pole extension request from Washington Electric
for Turkey Hill Road. Roderick supported the request. Pazdro moved to sign the permit with
WEC for work on Turkey Hill Road effective July 11, 2014 to July 11, 2015. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed. Discussion took place regarding liability issues with the Fire
Department's help in clearing roads after major storms. Roderick reported that the Fire
Department does not work under the direction of the Highway Department. Fortunati will check
with VLCT to clarify the liability coverage questions. Roderick also reported that the Box Shop
Bridge project has been completed, paving on Brook Road and Cookeville Road will begin soon
and preparations are in place for the Corinth Park & Ride.

Building Maintenance - Groschner reported that the wood floors in the Town Hall (hallway and
main room) will be refinished from August 4 through August 11. Arrangements will be made for a
porta-potty. Groschner also reported that the exterior painting will be completed by the end of
the week.

Other Business
Town Website - A number of residents expressed concern that the town website is temporarily
down due to new requirements from the state of VT regarding changes to the Open Meeting
Law. The Board responded that this was done at the suggestion of VLCT since there was a
question of not being able to comply with the new laws. The Board stated that this is only a
temporary measure and that they are looking at several options regarding the town website.
They have received two proposals for redesigning/hosting/managing a new website, however
no money was budgeted for FY 2015 for this unforeseen expense. Patty Duffy asked to go on
record that she objected that the bid process was not put out. Residents asked if the old
website could be put back up while the Board considers proposals for a new one. The Board
responded that they have to be certain that they are in compliance with the new laws. They will
review the matter and make a decision at their next meeting.
Open Meeting Law - Recent changes to the law that went into effect July 1, 2014 were
discussed. Locke moved that the official designated posting locations be the interior hallway at
the Town Hall, the locked board on the porch at the Town Hall and the locked board on the
southwest side of the East Corinth General Store. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. All town
committees and commissions will use these three locations for posting agendas and minutes.
Amy Peberdy agreed to be the interim point person responsible for the postings and will work on
a proposal for that process. The Board will compile a list of all the committees and chairpersons
and invite them to a meeting to develop a process for complying with the new law.
Dog Licensing - The Board reviewed a list of unlicensed dogs. A letter will be sent to all
delinquent dog owners. Pazdro moved to draft a letter of response to the owners of unlicensed
dogs (as of July 14). Locke seconded. Motion passed. Locke agreed to draft the letter.
Constable Diaz has agreed to follow up with the owners if necessary. The Board will also send a
letter to a resident regarding a dog bite which occurred in May.
Town Office Personnel Compensation - Locke moved to go into executive session at 9:36 p.m.
to review a legal matter. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. The meeting reconvened at
9:50 p.m. The Selectboard stated that there will be a change to the Town Clerk's method of
compensation from wage to salary, retroactive to July 1, 2014, postponing a shift from salary to
wage until fiscal year 2016.
Locke moved to adopt changes to the town office payroll procedures, retroactive to July 1, 2014,
to the effect that all elected and appointed staff of the Town Offices who are paid on an hourly
basis will record their working hours on the time clock.
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence
The Board discussed a National Guard road rebuilding project in town. They will be working
under the direction of the Highway Department. Pazdro moved to invite the National Guard to
conduct a road project on Claflin Road as a training exercise. Groschner seconded. Motion
passed. A letter will be sent to the National Guard informing them of the decision.
The Board received an annual maintenance agreement form for the generator at Waits River
Valley School. Fortunati will inform them that WRVS is responsible for the maintenance and
future correspondence should be directed to them.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
July 1, 2014

 

Attending: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Jon Spanier; Anne McKinsey; Rik Sheridan.
The meeting was called to order at 5:13 p.m.
Orders for Payment
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
Journal Entries
The Board reviewed and approved the June Journal Entries.
Other Business
The Board reviewed the updated Emergency Operations Plan. Locke moved to adopt the
revised plan. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. Groschner will forward the plan to Two Rivers.
The Board signed an agreement with Sullivan and Powers for auditing services for the 2014
fiscal year.
Anne McKinsey presented a proposal for the redesign and hosting of the town website.
Discussion followed. No decisions were made.
The Board discussed new provisions of the open meeting law. All subdivisions of town
government, including commissions and committees, are required to post agendas and meeting
minutes. Pazdro moved to take down the town website as recommended by VLCT until we are
sure we can comply with the new law. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
At 7:10 p.m. Groschner moved that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel
matter. Fortunati was asked to participate. Locke seconded. Motion passed. The Board
reconvened at 7:35 p.m. No decisions were made.
The Board discussed the computer bids that were available. All bids are expected by the next
Selectboard meeting on July 14.
Locke moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
June 9, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Russ Pazdro; Chris Groschner.
Others Attending: Carole Freeman; Geoffrey Hoots; Mary Dallett; Fritz Gross; Patty Duffy;
Dina Dubois; Dan Wing; Karen Galayda, Lister; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick,
Road Commissioner; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes
Pazdro moved to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2014 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Locke
seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2014 Financial Meeting with the
following addition to Other Business: "The Board agreed to the purchase and installation of a
time clock for the Town Office Staff." Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns
Carole Freeman asked for an update on the former general store building in East Corinth, which
is presently under construction.The Board reported that debris had been moved from in front of
the building, traffic cones have been set up and sections backfilled. Freeman and other
residents are investigating organizations such as VT Community Land Trust and Preservation
Trust of VT for support. They hope to have a section of East Corinth designated as a "village
center" which might make it eligible for development and improvement funds. The Board
supported their efforts and Roderick suggested that Two Rivers may be helpful in guiding them
through the process. Groschner will check with the Planning Commission for input.
A group of residents attended the meeting to ask questions and provide suggestions to the
Board regarding improvements to the Town Hall parking lot. The Board is still waiting for bids to
come in for this work. No decisions have been made. Different materials were discussed as well
as specific areas of the lot. The Board asked the Road Commissioner to obtain an estimate
from Bill Ricker.

New Business - Future of Fire Station Project
The Board discussed possible next steps regarding the building of a new fire station. Several
suggestions were heard. It was agreed that input from the Fire Department is important as new
plans develop. A new committee may form to explore the different options. Details will be
discussed at the July Selectboard meeting.

Reports
Treasurer - Fortunati presented a Fraud Prevention Policy. Groschner moved to sign the Fraud
Prevention Policy as presented by the Treasurer. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. Discussion
followed regarding a proposed Investment Policy. It was agreed to review and modify the policy
before adopting.
Listers - Pazdro moved to approve the rate of pay for the Listers for the 2015 fiscal year as
follows: Karen Galayda, Chairman, $16.00/hour; Jen Brooks-Wooding, $14.00/hour;
Melisa Mahony, $13.00/hour. An additional driving premium of $12.00/day will be paid to the
driver when on road inspections. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Forms for payroll were
signed with the new pay rates for the Listers.

Highway Department - Roderick presented the permit forms from Washington Electric Co. for
the proposed line relocation on Cookeville Road. The Board signed the forms. Roderick updated
the Board on other highway projects: Beaver Lodge Road, Box Shop Bridge, Park & Ride and
calcium chloride treatment.
Building Maintenance - It was reported that the outside lights are not working. Gutter work
needs to be done. The Board discussed scheduling the floor refinishing. Bids for the exterior
painting of one side of the Town Hall are still being collected. Discussion followed on the hiring
of a Building Manager. Earl Adams was suggested. The Board will invite him to the next meeting
to see if he is interested.

Other Business
Groschner reported that he had completed the NIMS questionnaire and would mail it to
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
June 3, 2014

Attending: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Joe Hill, First Constable; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

Orders for Payment
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

Journal Entries
The Board reviewed and approved the May Journal Entries.

Other Business
The Board reviewed steps the owners of the old East Corinth store have taken at the request of
the Board: construction debris has been moved out of the town right-of-way, an open trench
next to the front foundation has been partially back-filled, and orange warning cones placed next
to the remaining portion of the open trench.
It was reported that Melinda Palmer will be doing the mowing at the Town Hall this summer.
NIMS (National Incident Management System) questionnaire was reviewed by the Board. Parts
had been completed by Joe Truss, Emergency Management Coordinator and Nancy Ertle, Town
Clerk. Pazdro moved to have Groschner complete the questionnaire. Locke seconded. Motion
passed. The completed form will be reviewed again at the June 9, 2014 meeting and sent to
Two Rivers.
Green Up - Bills for the trash and tires ($241 total) will be paid from Conservation Commission
funds.
Joe Hill discussed ATV complaints and recent break-ins. Residents need to report suspicious
behavior, lock their doors and consider installing a video surveillance system.
The Board discussed Town Meeting 2014 Article 11 (To see if the voters will vote a sum not to
exceed $5,000 to establish an Emergency Management Operations Center.) as this article was
deferred to the Selectmen for further review. No decisions were made.
The Board discussed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the Town Hall office space.

Correspondence
The Board received a letter from Northeast Slopes thanking the Highway Department for
plowing the parking lot. The Board agreed to plow the parking lot next year. The Road
Commissioner and Highway Crew will be notified.
The Board agreed to renew the license for the listers to use the Marshall and Swift cost tables
for property assessments.
The Board received a letter from Washington Electric regarding the relocation of lines on
Cookeville Road. They referred the matter to the Road Commissioner for input and will address
it at the June 9 meeting.
Calcium Chloride - Groschner moved to sign the contract with Gorman Group for calcium
chloride for controlling dust. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
The Board received notice of a VLCT sponsored symposium on Governmental Accounting and
Auditing to be held June 19, 2014. Fortunati and Locke may attend.
The Board received a draft letter from Sullivan, Powers & Co. outlining opportunities to
strengthen internal financial controls. The Board will consider for future adoption drafts of an
investment policy and a fraud prevention policy, both based on VLCT suggested language.

Building Maintenance
Groschner reported receiving three bids to refinish the wood floors in the Town Hall. Discussion
followed. Groschner will gather more information for the Board and a decision will be made at
the June 9th meeting. Groschner is still collecting bids for the painting project at the Town Hall.

Executive Session
Groschner moved to go into executive session at 7:22 p.m. to discuss personnel. The Treasurer
and Clerk were asked to attend. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
The meeting resumed at 8:35 p.m. with the following decisions in pay rates and salaries for
Town Employees for the 2015 fiscal year.

Personnel Pay and Policies
Locke moved to approve following rate of pay for the Town Clerk for hours worked during the
2015 fiscal year. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Nancy Ertle, Town Clerk $20.83/hour worked with a maximum expenditure of $26,000/year
Locke moved to approve the following salary for the Town Treasurer for the 2015 fiscal year.
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer $27,040/year
Locke moved to approve the following salaries and rate of pay for the Highway Department for
the 2015 fiscal year. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner $2,400/year
Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman $19.80/hour
Bryan Hart $17.90/hour
Nelson LaFrancis $18.53/hour
William Eastman $15.00/hour
Frank Roderick $15.00/hour
Locke moved to approve the rate of pay for the following Appointed Town Officers for the 2015
fiscal year. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Karen Galayda, Administrative Officer $12.00/hour
Marin Haney, Assistant Town Clerk $12.00/hour
Brenda Carter, Assistant Town Treasurer $12.00/hour
Karen Galayda, Assistant Town Treasurer $12.00/hour
Suzanne Hansen, Financial Asst. to the Board $12.00/hour
Lynn Sciortino, Slelectboard Clerk $12.00/hour
Locke moved to approve the following rate of pay for the Transfer Station Attendants for the
2015 fiscal year. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Joan Hayward $12.00/hour
William Farr $12.00/hour
Locke moved to approve the following rate of pay for the Town Constables for the 2015 fiscal
year. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Joe Hill, First Constable $12.00/hour
Chris Diaz, Second Constable $12.00/hour
Groschner moved to table the rate of pay for the Listers' Department until the June 9, 2014
meeting of the Selectboard. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
May 12, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Karen Galayda, Administrative Officer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner;
Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman; Carole Freeman; Richard Hutchins; Bill Parmenter; Sue
Parmenter; Sheila Herman; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Pazdro moved to approve the minutes of the April 14, 2014 Regular
Selectboard Meeting and the minutes of the May 6, 2014 Financial Meeting with one correction
to the Financial minutes. In the Treasurer's Report, third line, replace "Workers' Comp." with
"insurance." Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns A group of local residents voiced concerns about the condition of the former
general store in East Corinth Village. The building has been under construction for
approximately eight years and people feel there are potential safety issues at hand. Pictures of
the building were presented. Discussion followed regarding the structural soundness of the
building, septic conditions and proximity to the river.The Selectboard asked the residents to
continue dialogue with the owner about the concerns. Residents felt there needs to be a
process for investigating possible public hazards. The Board will look into further action and
bring it up at the June meeting. Roderick agreed to determine whether debris has overflowed
into the town right-of-way.

Highway Department The Board began reviewing estimates for paving the Town Hall parking lot.
They asked Blodgett to obtain an estimate from Bill Ricker for upgrading the gravel parking lot.
Blodgett reminded the Board that the Page Hill Bridge will be under construction this week.
Traffic will be down to one lane for a couple weeks. He went on to describe the paving project
and installation of new culverts on Brook Road.
On May 13, the initial meeting on the Park & Ride will take place. The Road Crew will be
attending the Town Field Day in Barre on May 14. Roderick presented the Bridge Inspection
Summary Report. Pazdro moved to sign the 2013 Bridge Inspection Summary Report at the
recommendation of the Road Commissioner. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Building Maintenance It was reported that the Town Hall's four exterior lights are out.

New Business Roderick, a member of the Board of Adjustment and Galayda, Administrative
Officer, requested funding to attend a VLCT sponsored workshop on Planning and Zoning on
June 4, 2014. Locke moved to approve sending Roderick and Galayda to the workshop at a
cost of $60 a piece plus mileage with funds from the Selectmen's Meeting Fund. Pazdro
seconded. Motion passed. Sciortino presented copies of the appointment letters and contract for
the Animal Control Officer for the Board to sign. Locke moved to offer a one year contract to
Justin Pickel as the Animal Control Officer for Corinth from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence The Board received a new contract with Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Pazdro moved to sign the contract with Orange County Sheriff's Department for the upcoming
fiscal year, at a rate of $42/hour. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
The Board received and signed the National Incident Management System form.
The Board received a copy of an email sent to the Town Treasurer from VLCT regarding towns
sharing materials, equipment and services. The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Pazdro moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461 Corinth, VT 05039
Approved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
May 6, 2014

 


Attending: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Patty Duffy; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m.

Orders for Payment
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

Journal Entries
The Board reviewed and approved the March and April Journal Entries.

Treasurer Report
Fortunati presented the following three documents for signature: a Paving Project Grant in the
amount of $157,920; the Annual Highway Financial Plan; the Maintenance Agreement Renewal
Form for the generator at the Town Hall in the amount of $550. She also presented a report from
VLCT on insurance claims. Fortunati next presented an estimate for the paving of the
Town Hall parking lot, which was reviewed and discussed at length. No decisions were made. It
was agreed to get input from the Road Commissioner and Road Foreman.
Fortunati reminded the Board that the contract with Justin Pickel, Animal Control Officer, expires
on June 30, 2014. The Board agreed to offer Pickel a contract for another year. Sciortino agreed
to rewrite the contract and letter of inquiry and bring it to the next meeting for signatures. The
Board discussed the bond application being filled out by Fortunati. Groschner moved to
authorize the Board Chairman to sign the bond application when completed. Pazdro seconded.
Motion passed.

Procedure for Expending School Funds
School officials from Waits River Valley School have requested a written agreement between
the towns of Corinth and Topsham and the school outlining expenditure of school funds.
Fortunati stated that the town's present system for payment is in compliance. She will contact
Jonathan Rutstein, school treasurer. The Selectboard will wait to hear from the WRVS Board.

Other Business
*The Board discussed keys to the Town Hall. It was agreed that Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk, be
given a set of keys.
*Petitions, containing 170 names, calling for a revote on whether to authorize issuance of bonds
was received by the Board. Patty Duffy requested information on construction costs. The Board
referred Duffy to Ryan Dodge, Chairman of the Fire Station Committee, for a breakdown of
costs and urged anyone with questions/concerns to attend the Informational Meeting on May
13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Voting will take place on May 20, 2014.
*The Board raised questions about an Assistant Fire Warden.
*The Board discussed recent Facebook postings and comments.
*Discussion took place on the Animal Control Officer's response to two incidents.
*Discussion took place on changing the length of term from one year to three years for Corinth's
Constables. No decisions were made.
*Groschner notified the Board that he is not able to attend the May 12, 2014 Selectboard
Meeting.
*Groschner moved to appoint Dan Carter to the Planning Commission to complete Russ
Pazdro's term which ends in 2016. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
*Groschner moved to accept the resolution of the Planning Commission stating the date, time
and place of their meetings. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence
The Board received notice from Maxine Slack withdrawing her request that the town take over
the maintenance of the Meadow Meeting House Cemetery.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
April 14, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Karen Galayda, Lister;
Holly Groschner, Planning Commission Chair; John Haney; Ryan Dodge; Susanne Smith;
Rick Cawley; Patty Duffy; Ed Pospisil, Michael Danforth, Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2014 Regular Selectboard Meeting,
the April 1, 2014 Financial Meeting and the April 4, 2014 Special Meeting.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns Patty Duffy informed the Board that payment she had left in the Town Hall drop box for dog
licenses had not been received by the Town Clerk. Groschner moved to waive the $4 late fee and ask the Clerk to
issue the licenses. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
Duffy wrote out a new check for the cost of the licenses and gave it to the Board.

The Selectboard discussed the March 31, 2014 Bond Vote for construction of a new fire station, which passed by
two votes. Rick Cawley, Town Counsel, advised the Board to begin the procedure for the bond. An application has
to be submitted to the Bond Bank before May 15. Pazdro moved to begin proceedings for the bond application for
construction of a new fire station. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Ed Pospisil wanted it known that negative
comments found on Facebook regarding the bond vote are not those of Fire Department members. Pospisil also
wanted to thank John and Marin Haney for donating a building on White Road to the Fire Department for training.

Appointments Holly Groschner presented the Planning Commission's nominations for Board of Adjustment
members: Frank Roderick (reappointment), Maxine Slack, Kevin Eaton and Peter Allen, alternate, to a term of one
year. She also presented the following nominations for Planning Commission members: Linda Buonanduci (term
ending 2017), Dick Kelley (term ending 2017), and Holly Groschner (term ending 2016). Also presented was the
nomination for Administrative Officer: Karen Galayda to a term of three years. Groschner wanted to thank Karen
Galayda, Administrative Officer, as well as the following people, for their dedication and service to the Planning
Commission: Russ Pazdro, Linda Buonanduci, Susanne Smith, Bill Tobin, Steve Long, Dick Kelley, Lynn Sciortino,
and special thanks to Nancy Ertle and Susan Fortunati for their time and assistance.
Pazdro moved to accept the Planning Commission's nominations of Frank Roderick, Maxine Slack, Kevin Eaton and
Peter Allen, alternate, for BOA and the reappointments of Linda Buonanduci, Dick Kelley and Holly Groschner to
the Planning Commission and Karen Galayda for Administrative Officer, 3 year term. Groschner seconded. Motion
passed.
Holly Groschner described the work of the Planning Commission and upcoming projects
(updating flood plain and subdivision by-laws, researching derelict buildings ordinances, looking into grants for
community waste water projects and establishing space for storing a computer and printer in the Town Office).
Discussion followed regarding the availability of Planning Commission funds for computer equipment. The
Planning Commission requested a key to the main office, space in the office for equipment and permission to use the
copy machine. The Selectboard supported the request. Pazdro moved that the Planning Commission Chairman be
issued a key and allowed access to the office. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Formation of a Social Services Committee The following people have expressed an interest in serving on this
committee: John Gundy, Gary Apfel, Susan Russell, Tony Mason, Lora Nielsen and Susan Fortunati. Pazdro agreed
to contact them and set up a meeting.
Pazdro moved to create a Social Services Committee, whose main reason for establishment is to advise the Budget
Committee on appropriations. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

New Business
The Board noted, with regret, the resignation of Anne McKinsey from the Conservation Commission.
Locke moved to appoint Bessie Sandberg as Alternate Supervisor on the NEKWMD board.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. Past Alternate Supervisor, Susanne Smith, suggested that
the Board authorize Peter Keene, Supervisor from Topsham, to represent Corinth at meetings if the Corinth
representatives are unable to attend. Locke moved to authorize the Topsham Supervisor to represent Corinth at NEK
meetings, contingent upon Topsham's agreement to allow Corinth Supervisors to represent Topsham in similar
circumstances. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to sign the Liquor & Tobacco License renewal form for the East Corinth Store.
Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Reports
Listers: Groschner moved that the Board sign the Certificates of No Appeals or Suits Pending for the following
years: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Highway Department: Roderick reported that the highway access permit for the proposed Park & Ride has been
approved and he has received a letter confirming increased funding for the project. The Board and Roderick
reviewed a map of the site for the Park & Ride. Roderick also stated that he will be applying for a Paving Grant for
paving sections of Brook Road and Cookeville Road. The Board asked Roderick to get an estimate on the cost of
paving the Town Hall parking lot. Pazdro moved to apply for a Town Highway Grant for class 2 paving projects for
fiscal year 2014/2015. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Locke moved to sign a Certificate of Compliance of the Town Road and Bridge Standards.
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Pazdro moved to sign the application for registration on a flatbed trailer for the Highway Department. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed.
Building Maintenance: Groschner reported that he had reviewed the 2013 list of maintenance projects. Two projects
took priority and will be addressed.
The floor in the hallway and main room of the Town Hall need to be refinished and the east side of the building and
steps need to be painted. The Selectboard agreed and Groschner will pursue obtaining estimates for these projects.
Work on the roof/gutters was also discussed.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.




Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of a Special Meeting
April 4, 2014


7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall
Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.

Locke moved to sign the required appointment agreement and release of liability form for a
basic training course with Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council for part-time Second
Constable Christopher Diaz. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

The Board discussed the construction plans for a municipal fire station and the results of the
March 31, 2014 vote.

Groschner moved to create a Town Communications Study Committee, ad hoc, consisting of
Amy Peberdy, Emily Rowe, Anne McKinsey and Jen Spanier. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
The committee's first meeting will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Blake Memorial
Library.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, VT 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
April 1, 2014


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Nancy Ertle, Town Clerk; Christopher Diaz,
Second Constable; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

Adoption of a Resolution Regarding the March 31 Bond Vote
Corinth Selectboard Resolution
The Board notes that the qualified voters of the Town of
Corinth voted on March 31, 2014, to authorize issuance of
bonds to pay for a municipal fire station. The Board hereby
resolves that any defect in that proceeding because of
failure to comply with statutory requirements was the result
of oversight, inadvertence, or mistake of law or fact, and
that the action of the voters referred to is as valid as if the
statutory requirement had been complied with.
Groschner moved to adopt the resolution as presented. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.

Review Bills/Sign Orders
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

Other Business
Christopher Diaz, recently elected as Second Constable, outlined the equipment and training
required for the position. Diaz has purchased some equipment on his own but requested money
for a bulletproof vest. The Board agreed to this and asked the treasurer to reimburse Diaz when
the paperwork is submitted. Diaz will be attending the basic training course prescribed by the
VT Criminal Justice Training Council under 20 V.S.A. 2358

The Board discussed recent road postings that set vehicle weight limits on certain roads. Locke
will check with the Road Commissioner as to what vehicles, if any, are exempt from this
.
The Board discussed legal procedures for counting votes and agreed to follow up with
discussion at the next meeting of the Board of Civil Authority.

The Board discussed the posting of legal notices on designated bulletin boards in town.

The Board discussed building maintenance and filling the position of Facilities Manager.
Groschner will present a list of projects at the next meeting.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
March 10, 2014


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer;
Brenda Carter, Asst. Treasurer; Michael Pittman; Ed Pospisil; Jim Ainsworth, Jon
Spanier, Michael Danforth, Virginia Barlow; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m.
Approval of Minutes Locke moved to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2014
Regular Selectboard Meeting, the February 25, 2014 Special Selectboard Meeting and
the March 3, 2014 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Election of a Chairman Groschner moved to nominate Allen Locke as Chairman of the
Corinth Selectboard for the upcoming year. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed. Locke
accepted the nomination.

Adoption of a Resolution Establishing the Date, Time and Place of Regular Meetings
Corinth Selectboard Resolution
The Corinth Selectboard, on March 10, 2014, established
the date, time and place of its regular meetings.
Financial meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of
every month, 5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall and
Regular meetings will be held on the second Monday of
every month, 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Locke moved to accept the resolution establishing the date, time and place of regular
Selectboard meetings. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Appointments of Municipal Officers The Board presented a slate of appointments for
consideration:
Conservation Commission The Board acknowledged that the appointment of a
Conservation Commission member is for a four-year term and adjusted accordingly.
Earl Adams 2015
Frank Roderick 2016
Gabe Zoerheide 2016
Anne McKinsey 2017
Marian Cawley 2017 (New Appointment)
Linda Tobin 2018 (Reappointment)
Glynn Pellagrino 2018 (Reappointment)

E-911 Coordinator 1 Year
Frank Roderick 2015 (New Appointment)

Emergency MGT Coordinator 1 Year
Joe Truss 2015 (Reappointment)

Energy Coordinator 1 Year
Dan Wing 2015 (Reappointment)

Fence Viewers 1 Year
Gary Bicknell 2015 (Reappointment)
Robert Fortunati 2015 (Reappointment)
Mike Danforth 2015 (Reappointment)

NEKWMD Board 1 Year
Bob Sandberg 2015 (Reappointment)
Alt. - Open Seat

Planning Commission
Deferred pending input from the Planning Commission

Revolving Loan Fund 3 Year
Brenda Carter 2017 (Reappointment)
Virginia Barlow 2015 (New Appointment)
Linda Weiss 2016
Nancy Ertle
Susan Fortunati
Chris Groschner

*Groschner moved to change the number of years in the Road Commissioner's term
from one to three. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Road Commissioner 3 Year
Frank Roderick 2017 (Reappointment)

Service Officer 1 Year
Jen Brooks-Wooding 2015 (Reappointment)

Tree Warden & Wood Surveyor 1 Year
Virginia Barlow 2015 (Reappointment)

UV Ambulance Service Rep. 1 Year
Joe Truss 2015 (Reappointment)

Zoning Administrator
Deferred pending input from the Planning Commission

Zoning Board of Adjustment
Deferred pending input from the Planning Commission

Budget Committee (At Large) 1 Year
Linda Weiss 2015 (Reappointment)
Irene Mann 2015 (Reappointment)
Lee Porter 2015 (Reappointment)
Hal Drury 2015 (New Appointment)
Amy Peberdy 2015 (New Appointment)
Michael Pittman 2015 (New Appointment)

*Locke moved to accept the slate of appointments. Groschner seconded. Motion
passed.

Public Concerns Tree Warden & Wood Surveyor, Virginia Barlow, presented a project
proposal on behalf of the Conservation Commission for the planting of fruit trees on a
two acre parcel next to the Town Hall. The Conservation Commission would like to
purchase and plant the trees this year. Grant money would likely cover fencing and
mowing expenses. The Selectboard supported the project. Locke moved a resolution:
Be it resolved by the Selectboard of Corinth, Vermont that the Conservation
Commission has the full support of the Board to establish a small orchard for all to
enjoy. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report Fortunati notified the Board that property, sold at tax sale, had been
redeemed. The Board authorized payment for reimbursement for property sale
redemption in the amount of $7,840 to Richard Balagur.

Highway Department Roderick asked to develop a plan in the event that Casella is not
at the Transfer Station on time to open Saturday mornings. Pazdro agreed to discuss
the matter with the Transfer Station attendants. Muddy conditions at the Transfer Station
were also addressed. Remedies were proposed. Roderick agreed to relay concerns/
possible solutions to the Road Foreman. The Road Commissioner asked that the Board
authorize the posting of roads for mud season. Pazdro moved to act on the Road
Commissioner's recommendation that the roads be posted from March 11, 2014 until
May 15, 2014 or until the Road Foreman states that roads are passable. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed.

Building Maintenance The Board agreed to begin scheduling Town Hall maintenance
projects. Fortunati will update the Board on monies available. Pospisil asked if
volunteers could be solicited to help with certain projects.

New Business Discussion took place concerning the formation of a Social Services
Committee to advise the Budget Committee. The Board agreed to contact interested
people and will officially organize the committee at the next Selectboard meeting. A
group of Topsham Telephone internet users expressed concern at Town Meeting about
their internet service and requested that the Board address these concerns. The Board
agreed to do so at a future Selectboard meeting. Locke will contact a representative
from Topsham Telephone to attend the meeting and set the date.

Correspondence The Board received a letter of resignation from Anne Margolis of the
Conservation Commission. The Board regretfully accepted the resignation.

Other Business Ed Pospisil agreed to look into a source of office furniture for the Town
Hall.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
March 3, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved February Journal Entries.
The Board reviewed correspondence.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 6:00.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of a Special Meeting
February 25, 2014

7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall
Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner, Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Rick Cawley, Town Attorney;
Ryan Dodge, Chairman of the Fire Hall Study Committee.
The meeting was called to order at 6:48 p.m.
*The Board discussed a resolution to be put before the voters for a municipal bond to finance
the construction of a municipal fire hall to be built on donated land off Fairground Road. Cawley
presented a draft resolution for the Board to consider. Locke moved to adopt the resolution with
modifications. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
RESOLUTION
The Board resolved that the public interest or necessity demands construction of a municipal
fire station; that the cost of same, estimated to be $1,162,969, will be too great to be paid out of
the ordinary annual income and revenue of the Town; and that the proposition of incurring a
bonded debt in this amount be submitted to the qualified voters of the Town.
*The Board discussed the wording of a warning for a special town meeting, to be held
March 31, 2014, for the purpose of voting on a bond to pay for construction of the proposed fire
hall and the wording of a notice for a public information meeting on March 21, 2014, to provide
the public with salient details regarding the project. Groschner moved to approve the two
warnings. Locke seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
February 10, 2014


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Lois Jackson; Skyla Kroll;
Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.
Approval of Minutes Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2014 Regular
Selectboard Meeting, the January 16, 2014 Emergency Meeting and the February 4, 2014
Financial Meeting. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Public Concerns Lois Jackson asked the Board to consider waiving the Town Hall Use Fee for
the 2014 Open Studio Tour (VT North by Hand) being held in October. Groschner moved to
grant VT North by Hand a one-time waiver for this year only. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Listers Locke moved that the Board sign a Certificate of No Appeals or Suits Pending Against
the 2013 Grand List document. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
Highway Department Roderick reported on some of the projects for 2014. The survey of the
proposed site for the Corinth Park & Ride has been completed and the town has received
permission to move ahead with the plan. Construction is due to begin in the spring or summer.
Page's Box Shop Bridge will be receiving deck work during the summer. The Chicken Farm
Bridge project is also on the schedule to begin in the fall.
Conservation Commission Roderick informed the Board of impending changes in the
membership of the Commission. Discussion followed regarding restructuring the term from
three years to four years.
The Board reviewed correspondence.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Pazdro seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:13 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
February 4, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Russ Pazdro.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
Other Business
*Pazdro moved that the Board sign the Solid Waste Transfer Station Report for 2013.
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
*Pazdro moved that the Board sign the Insignificant Waste Management Approval
Application Form. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
*Pazdro moved that the Board sign the 2014 Certificate of Highway Milage Form.
Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
*Groschner moved that the date of the March Financial Selectboard Meeting be changed
to March 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Pazdro seconded. Motion passed.
*Groschner reported receiving an animal concern call from a resident. Discussion followed.
It was agreed to check with VLCT regarding current law.
The Board reviewed and approved January Journal Entries.
The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. Meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Emergency Meeting
January 16, 2014


4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall
Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Burt Cooper, Town Moderator.
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.
The Board discussed the final draft of the Town Meeting Warning with the treasurer and
moderator. Locke noted that the town attorney has reviewed and approved the draft. No further
changes were suggested and the Board signed the document as presented.
Locke moved to accept, with regret, the resignation of Ryan Dodge from the Selectboard
effective January 22, 2014. Groschner seconded and the motion carried.
Groschner moved to appoint Russ Pazdro to Dodge's seat on the Board effective January 23,
2014 and ending March 4, 2014. Locke seconded and the motion carried.
Dodge moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded. The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
January 13, 2014

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer;Teddy Mason-Sherwood; Tony Mason-Sherwood; Dave Richard; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Dodge moved to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting
 and the January 7, 2014 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns Dave Richard, Tony Mason-Sherwood and Teddy Mason-Sherwood,
representing Corinth Arts and Recreation, asked for an update on the Town Hall Use Policy and
Rental Agreement. The Board responded that the documents were near completion. Minor
changes were made to the Town Hall Use Policy and then signed by the Board. Groschner
moved to change the Rental Agreement to add a closing time, 12:00 midnight, of the Town Hall.
Dodge seconded. Motion passed. The Town Hall Rental Fee Schedule was presented: $10/
hour, $40/half day, $50/full day. An additional $25 will be charged if renting the kitchen and an
additional $25 if serving alcohol. A security deposit of $50 ($75 if serving alcohol) is required for
private events. The Board will send copies of the three documents to the Town Clerk, Nancy
Ertle, contact person for renting the Town Hall. Locke will send the Town Hall Policy, Rental
Agreement and Rental Fees Schedule to Rik Sheridan for inclusion on the town website.
Tony Mason-Sherwood explained that he had donated PA equipment to the town to be available
for access by members of the community (under the direction of the Selectboard) for meetings,
presentations and musical events. The equipment will be stored at the Town Hall. A list of items
was given to the Board. The Selectboard expressed their appreciation for the donation and
thanked Mason-Sherwood for clarification of the intention of the donation.
Treasurer's Report Fortunati presented the new five-year contract with UniFirst and asked for
the Board's signature in one more section, thus completing the contract.
Highway Department Roderick explained that as of January 1, 2014, VLCT changed the drug
testing procedures for drivers with a CDL license. Roderick also informed the Board that the
survey of the proposed Park & Ride site has been completed and the Highway Department,
engineer and surveyor will meet with Sacha Pealer soon to see if the plan for the Park & Ride is
approved.

Conservation Commission Roderick notified the Board that Kerry DeWolfe has resigned from
the Commission and recommended Glynn Pellagrino be appointed. Locke moved to appoint
Glynn Pellagrino to replace Kerry DeWolfe, filling out her term which ends in 2014. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed.

Review Town Meeting Warning The Board agreed that no changes were needed in Articles 1
through 7. The Board changed the wording of Article 8 and will send it to Rick Cawley, Town
Attorney, for review.

Other Business Dodge reported that the newly hired Dog Officer, Justin Pickel, had not received
the amended contract the Board had written. Groschner will check into this matter.
Dodge read his letter of resignation to the Board explaining that he felt he is no longer able to
fulfill his duties as Selectman since becoming a father of twin girls in November. The
Selectboard accepted his resignation with deep regret and expressed its highest appreciation
for Dodge's service to the town as a member of the Selectboard. The town will need to elect a
replacement for Dodge whose term expires in 2016,
Dodge will be attending the Fire Station Meeting on January 21, 2014 at the Town Hall as the
representative from the Board and the Chairman of the Committee. The Board discussed lease,
insurance and maintenance issues pertinent to the new fire station.

The Board reviewed correspondence.
Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
January 7, 2014


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the
Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.
The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved December, 2013 Journal Entries.

Other Business
*Groschner moved to raise the price of the Corinth History Books from $15 to $25. Dodge
seconded. Motion passed.

*Groschner moved to accept a new, five-year contract with UniFirst for uniforms for the Town
Crew and supplies for the Town Garage and Town Hall. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

*The Board discussed the Cemetery Fund and auditing expenses.

*Dodge reported receiving a complaint of a barking dog on Pike Hill Road. He will follow up with
the person making the complaint.

* Dodge moved to adopt the Corinth Facility Rental Agreement for Private Events. Groschner
seconded. Motion passed.

*The Board ratified previous action and approved the adoption of the Corinth Town Hall Use
Policy.

*Dodge will contact Rik Sheridan and see that the above documents are added to the Corinth
Website.

*The Board discussed the rental fee schedule for town-sponsored activities and private events
at the Town Hall. It was decided to set the fee at $10/hour or $40/half day or $50/day with an
additional $25 fee per event for kitchen usage. Locke agreed to type up this document and pass
it on to Rik Sheridan and the Town Clerk.

*The Board discussed parking issues at the Town Hall.

*The Board discussed responsibilities of the Zoning Administrator and the Zoning Board of
Adjustment, as well as a suggestion from the Planning Commission to combine the Zoning
Board of Adjustment and the Planning Commission. No decisions were made.

*The Board reviewed the first draft of the Warning For Town Meeting 2014. It will be forwarded
to the Town Attorney for review.

*Tuesday, January 14, 2014 was suggested as a tentative date to meet with Burton Cooper,
Moderator, to review the Warning For Town Meeting.

*The Board discussed procedural points in the case of a Selectman's resignation and
appointment of a replacement to serve until the next Town Meeting. Petitions to be on the ballot
for the March Town Meeting are due before January 27, 2014.

*The Board discussed the proposed Corinth Fire Station. An informational meeting of the
feasibility study will be held on January 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
December 9, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: David Danforth, Deputy Fire Chief; Ed Pospisil, Fire Chief; Joe Truss, Emergency Management Coordinator; Dan Wing, Energy Coordinator; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Rick Cawley, Town Attorney; Teddy Mason-Sherwood; Tony Mason-Sherwood; Dave Richard; Steve Long; Dina Dubois; Edward Sayers; Anne Margolis; Glynn Pellagrino; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Dodge corrected the 11-11-13 minutes, Public Concerns, third bullet, to read "Dodge stated that he had received complaints concerning a dog on Pike Hill Road." He then moved to approve the amended minutes of the November 11, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting and the December 3, 2013 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

PACE In response to questions raised at a previous meeting regarding administration of the program, a video conference with a PACE representative had been prearranged. The representative explained that they are willing to make adjustments to the agreement and towns can make minor changes with the approval of Efficiency Vermont.
Follow up actions: PACE will clarify that the financing institution will use their own process to satisfy their title requirements and Cawley will create language that specifies that Corinth will use the usual collection process and schedule for PACE payment failures and will send that language to PACE for review.

Town Hall Rental Matters The Board listened to concerns and answered questions about the Town Hall Rental Policy. Rental fees and liability insurance coverage were the main topics discussed. The Board explained that the current policy is still in effect and can be accessed on the town website. The Board stated it is their intent to keep the Town Hall affordable and open to public and private events. They will continue to work on revising the policy and appreciated input from the residents attending the meeting. Dan Wing hoped that the new policy would be finished and discussed at Town Meeting in March.

Perdue Place Ed Sayers, speaking on behalf of Second Growth, informed the Board of a potential buyer for a property on Perdue Place. The buyer would like the town to agree to discontinue approximately .5 miles of the road for privacy before the purchase.
The Board outlined the statutory process and timeline for this request. They directed Mr. Sayers to VT Statute Title 19, sections 701-776. Mr. Sayers will bring this information back to the potential buyer.



Highway Department Roderick updated the Board on the current status of the proposed Corinth Park & Ride. An amendment to the grant has been filed. A survey of the site is being conducted. Construction of the Park & Ride is contingent upon the information in the survey.

Treasurer's Report Fortunati asked the Board to enter executive session for personnel matters. Groschner moved to go into executive session at 9:15 p.m. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. The Board reconvened at 9:40 p.m. with no decisions being made.

Other Business Groschner passed out copies of the contract and pay schedule for the recently hired Corinth Animal Control Officer. Locke moved to approve the language of the Animal Control Officer's contract asking for the signature of Justin Pickel. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to approve the language of the Town of Corinth Cleaning Contract with Karen Erickson. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence The Board received a Petition to Relocate from Green Mountain Power Company, involving a pole and wires within the right-of-way on Chicken Farm Road in preparation for bridge construction. Groschner moved that the Board act favorably upon the petition and sign a memorandum to Green Mountain Power to that effect. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Dodge moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
December 3, 2013

5 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

The Board reviewed and approved Journal Entries for November.

Other Business
*The Board discussed the changes to employees health insurance coverage. Fortunati   will call VLCT to get information on employees cafeteria plan for benefits.
*Groschner will contact Justin Pickel, Animal Control Officer, about setting up a billing schedule.
*The Board discussed town policies/ordinances and how people can access that information.
*The Board discussed pay for BCA Members.
*The Board discussed raising the price of the Corinth History Book and using monies from this fund to support activities being planned for Corinth's 250th
Celebration.
*The Board discussed items to be included on the warning for Town Meeting.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. Meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.



Town of Corinth

Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting

November 11, 2013

 

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.

Others attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Dan Wing, Energy Coordinator; Susanne Smith; Michael Wark; Justin Pickel; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Approval of Minutes Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting, the October 15, 2013 Emergency Selectboard Meeting and the November 5, 2013 Financial Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

 

Public Concerns

*Dan Wing inquired about the revisions to the Town Hall Usage Policy. He urged the Board to maintain reasonable costs to renters and felt that people should have an opportunity for input on the new policy. The board responded that a special Selectboard meeting, with an insurance agent attending, could be scheduled.

*Frank Roderick reported that the base light under the flagpole is out and the Board may want to consider an LED spotlight as a replacement.

*Dodge stated that he had received complaints concerning a dog on Rollie Day Road.

He will follow up with the person making the complaints.

 

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Mike Wark attended to see if there were any concerns regarding the Transfer Station. He heard suggestions (repair lids, rotate workers, name tags) and answered questions. He presented Susanne Smith the figures she needed for the annual report on the Transfer Station.

 

Animal Control Officer Justin Pickel submitted his application for Corinth Animal Control Officer. He presented his qualifications, looked over relevant town ordinances and answered questions. Dodge moved to hire Justin Pickel from November 11, 2013 to June 30, 2014 for the position of Corinth Animal Control Officer at an hourly rate of $14.00 plus a mileage reimbursement of 56.5 cents per mile. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Pickel will draw up a contract and contact the Town Treasurer for required paperwork. He will also obtain a list of Corinth's licensed dogs. The Board asked Pickel to send them animal ordinances from other towns as well as information on the licensed boarding facility he recommended.

 

Highway Department Roderick reported that the town of Topsham is no longer interested in purchasing the 2010 F550 truck. Roderick also reported on the progress of the Corinth Park & Ride. He will contact Byron Kidder to inquire about the cost of a survey to help determine level of flooding, as requested by the VT Agency of Natural Resources. The Board asked about the feasibility of paving the Town Hall parking lot. Roderick stated that a coat of ground asphalt would be a better option this late in the season. He will contact the Road Foreman for input on this project.

 

Other Business

*PACE Dan Wing addressed issues that had been raised by the Selectboard at a previous meeting. He presented information from Efficiency Vermont. The Board felt the program was worth pursuing and would like to invite Rick Cawley and Susan Fortunati to attend a future meeting to work on details.

*Roderick proposed moving the bulletin board at Crossroad's Store to the Transfer Station. He has received permission from the storeowner to remove the board. The Selectboard agreed with the plan.

*Roderick submitted a copy of the Town Forest Committee's budget requests.

*Groschner presented information on G & K Services, a uniform supply company. He has asked them to contact Joe Blodgett with an estimate.

*The Board discussed the possibility of installing a radio tower and licensing issues.

*The Planning Commission requested the Board consider the nomination of Steve Long. Groschner moved the appointment of Steve Long to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission to expire in 2015. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

*The contract for the Town Hall cleaning service was emailed to Karen Erikson. It will be corrected so that it is in effect until June 30, 2014.

*The board received notice that there might be a donation of fireproof curtains for the Town Hall next year.

 

Correspondence

*The Board received information concerning Green Up Day and passed it on to Roderick, a member of the Conservation Commission.

*The Board received a letter from Sacha Pealer, VT DEC, after her review of the Corinth Floodplain Management Regulations. She found the regulations outdated and noncompliant. The Planning Commission will be submitting a revised draft for the Board to review.

 

Dodge moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
November 5, 2013

5 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

The Board reviewed and approved Journal Entries for October.

Employee Health Insurance
Groschner moved to select BC/BS as the town's health insurance carrier and to cover the health insurance premium for three highway employees, the Town Clerk and the Town Treasurer up to the cost of the BC/BS platinum plan. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. A representative from VLCT led an informational meeting November 5, 2013 to explain the new policy options to the eligible employees.

Other Business
The Board announced that a representative from Casella Waste Systems, Inc. will attend the November 11, 2013 Selectboard meeting.

The Board acknowledged that the Fire Station Feasibility Study is drawing to a close.
Next steps include scheduling a public meeting. EHDanson Associates will make a presentation at that meeting.

The Board reviewed bids for the cleaning of the Town Hall. Groschner moved to accept
Karen Erikson's bid for the cleaning of the Town Hall. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
The Board will draw up a contract to present to Erikson.

Dodge moved to sign the Stray Animal Holding Agreement with Central Vermont Humane Society effective 10/18/13 through 12/31/13. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Next steps include the hiring of a Dog Officer.

Fortunati notified the Board that Washington Electric Co.-Op. had sent a letter outlining billing options. The Board agreed it would be more cost effective to change to regular monthly billing. Fortunati will respond to WEC.

The Board discussed the contract with UniFirst, a uniform supply company providing uniforms for the Town Crew. The Board will decide whether to continue with UniFirst. Other options were presented. No decisions were made.

Systems Plus, a company that sells computers and service, would like to schedule a time to review computer needs at the Town Hall. Fortunati will respond to Systems Plus.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Emergency Meeting
October 15, 2013


6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Ed Pospisil, Fire Chief.

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m.

Locke moved that the Board go into executive session with Pospisil to discuss personnel matters. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. Executive session ended
at 6:35 p.m. No decisions were made.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
October 14, 2013


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman;
Lee Porter; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Dodge moved to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting, the September 16, 2013 Emergency Meeting and the October 1, 2013 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report The Board received two invoices from the treasurer for approval to pay. One was for the refund of tax over-payments, plus interest, to a property owner as decided by the Board of Abatement. The other was to reimburse the buyer at tax sale of a property that since has been redeemed. Locke moved that the Board approve both invoices for payment. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Highway Department Blodgett reported that the Town of Topsham has expressed interest in buying a 2010 F550 truck with sander and plow from the Town of Corinth. The Board asked Blodgett to contact Topsham to see if they are prepared to make an offer, then to check with the Corinth treasurer on the current budget numbers in the equipment fund, and price out a replacement truck.

Roderick proposed an upcoming project on Center Road, across from the Post Office and the Groschner home. This is a busy, narrow section of the road.The road crew became concerned after a stone wall was built along the Groschner property. The plan would be to widen the road by three feet, create a ditch and regrade the land on the Academy Building side of the road. The Highway Dept. would then regrade the road to drain on that side. Dodge moved to widen the road at this location on Center Road in order to improve traffic conditions. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Roderick updated the Board on the progress of the Corinth Park & Ride. The project is taking longer than expected due to the site being in a flood plain. Roderick will be contacting a hydraulic engineer (referred by Two Rivers) to tour the site and look over the maps/plans. An amendment to the grant has been submitted. A 2014 completion date is likely.

Town Hall Policy  Groschner reported that the Board is close to completing the updated Town Hall rental policy. A separate meeting will be scheduled for that purpose. The Board will invite a local insurance agent for input on the few remaining questions.


Building Maintenance  Groschner also reported that a job description for the Town Hall cleaning has been posted at the Town Hall and on the LRN. The Town Hall will be open on Wednesday, October 16 (2 p.m. - 3 p.m.) for viewing the hall. The Board will be accepting bids for this position and hopes to make a decision on November 5, 2013.

The Board began discussions on the hiring of a new Facilities Manager.

Other Business Groschner reported that he had been in touch with Central Vermont Humane Society and that they would be willing to kennel stray dogs and cats from Corinth on a fee basis. He presented ways a contract could be set up with them. He has also contacted a Barre constable, who would be willing to replace Diana Perry as the Animal Control Officer. Discussion followed. Concerns were costs and response time. It was suggested that Groschner invite the candidate to a future meeting.

The Board noted that the topic of vacant and distressed buildings is still an
issue that needs to be addressed.

The Selectboard reviewed VLCT's recommendation for a health insurance carrier to offer coverage to town employees. Out of nineteen choices of coverage options, one was comparable in cost and coverage to the present policy. The representative from VLCT will return to lead an informational meeting to explain the new policy options to eligible employees. The employees will use this information to make decisions regarding their individual policies, which they must do no later than November 30, 2013. No date has been set for the informational meeting.

Correspondence The Board received an email from Dan Wing asking if the Highway Department could take a look at a culvert that drains onto his property from a neighboring field creating an erosion problem.

Executive Session At 8:25 p.m. Groschner moved that the Board go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
The Board reconvened at 9:00 p.m. No decisions were made.

Dodge moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
October 1, 2013

 

5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

 Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

The Board reviewed and approved September Journal Entries.

Other Business

The Board heard an update on services provided by Unifirst and discussed the terms of their contract. No decisions were made but it was agreed to get input from the Road Foreman and to seek proposals from other suppliers.

The Board received a property insurance renewal form. Questions arose regarding the Academy Building. Fortunati will contact the Historical Society to obtain insurance information. It was agreed to adjust the value of the contents of the Town Hall to $75,000 and the value of the contents of the Town Garage to $100,000. Fortunati will look into this change.

The Board discussed the Meadow Cemetery, across from the Meadow Meetinghouse, and after consulting Vermont Statutes (18 VSA 5439), the Board agreed to inform the Cemetery Commissioners of the town's responsibility to take over the cemetery.

The Board continued work on the Town Hall Rental Policy. They hope to complete the document at the next Board meeting. Please contact the Town Clerk if interested in renting the hall for an event.

The Board will be soliciting bids for the regular cleaning of the Town Hall. Groschner agreed to write a job description and present it at the October 14th meeting.

 

Correspondence The Board received a letter from Rick Cawley, Town Attorney, in response to questions about the PACE program. Discussion followed.

The Board received a note from Bill Farr, Transfer Station Attendant, concerning tires being left at the Transfer Station after hours. Discussion followed.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

 

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Emergency Meeting
September 16, 2013

6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

Locke distributed a draft of the revised Town of Corinth Town Hall Rental Use Policy. The draft was based on documents presented by VLCT at the September 9, 2013
Selectboard meeting. Discussion on the document and on the one-time-use and recurring-use forms followed. It was agreed to make minor changes and present the draft for adoption at the next regular meeting (October 14, 2013). The Board also discussed the town's liability coverage for volunteers and rental fees. It was agreed that fees would be determined at a later date based on more specific information on overhead costs.

Dodge moved to go into executive session at 7:28 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter. Locke seconded. Motion passed. The Board reconvened at 8:10 p.m. No decisions were made.

Dodge moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
September 9, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman; Norm Collette, Facilities Manager; Connie Longo; Holly Groschner; Maxine Slack; Pamela Fecteau, Senior Underwriter for VLCT; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the September 3, 2013 Financial Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Town Hall Rental Policy Pamela Fecteau, from VLCT, made a presentation to the Selectboard outlining insurance liability issues. She assured the Board that the town has adequate coverage when the Town Hall is being used for town business. She recommended requiring outside groups to provide a certificate of insurance when using the building for special events. Often the renter's home owners or business policy will cover liability for their event. Another option for renters to consider is a single use Tenant User Liability Insurance Protection (TULIP). Fecteau passed out sample facilities use agreements for the Board to look over. The Board discussed the present Town Hall rental policy and possible changes to the policy. It was agreed to schedule another meeting to consider revisions.

Meadow Meeting House and Cemetery Maxine Slack, representing the Meadow Meeting House Association, asked if the Selectboard would take over maintenance of the Meadow Meeting House Cemetery. The Board agreed since it is the responsibility of towns to take over family cemeteries when they can no  longer be maintained by the family. Slack is planning to arrange for the end of the year mowing and repair work on  the broken headstones. Norm Collette and Connie Longo, members of the Corinth Historical Society, stated they have begun to research the history of the Meadow Meeting House and are interested in helping to preserve the building. They have contacted Preservation Trust of Vermont and have agreed to assist Slack in this project.

Highway Department Roderick reported that they have hired Redstart Forestry to treat three patches of Japanese Knotweed this week. The treatment being used is EPA approved. Nearby landowners have been notified. Blodgett made a proposal to the Board for the purchase of a new bale mulcher for approximately $4,500. At the present time, the town rents one. The Board agreed to approve the purchase. Sand for winter road maintenance will be going up next week. After a short discussion about paving the Town Hall parking lot, Blodgett said he would get back to the Selectboard with a plan. The Highway Department will look into posting a sign on Bear Notch Road to inform travelers that it is a dead end road. Present and future projects include grading, ditching and paving.

Treasurer - Invoices The Board approved five invoices that had been submitted:
*$970,925.00 to Waits River Valley School (1st installment for education)
*         $78.00 to US Postal Service for annual box rental
*     $2,039.70 to EHDanson Associates for fire station feasibility study
*     $1,500.00 to MCNE Masons, LLC for concrete slab for generator
*     $3,000.00 to Byron Kidder for survey of site for proposed fire station

Executive Session The Board voted to go into executive session at 9:22 p.m. to discuss a contract issue. Frank Roderick and Holly Groschner were invited. The meeting resumed at 10:03 p.m. No decisions were made.

Correspondence The Board reviewed correspondence.

Dodge moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:16 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
September 3, 2013

5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Dan Wing, Energy Coordinator; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m.

Dan Wing presented Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) documents for the Board to review. It was agreed to send the paperwork to Rick Cawley to look over before signing. Wing will contact Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) to get more information regarding the contract.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.

Susan Fortunati presented a schedule for the upcoming budget meetings. The following five Tuesdays were proposed: Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m.
The Board agreed on these dates.

The Board discussed possible changes to the town employees' health insurance coverage. Groschner agreed to contact VLCT and ask a representative to attend a future meeting in order to explain the benefits of Vermont Health Connect and the process of switching over if the decision is made to do so.

Groschner updated the Board on the Corinth 250th Committee's events planned for 2014. He reported that a calendar will be published and events will take place throughout the year.

The Board reviewed and approved the July and August Journal Entries.

The Board discussed items to be put on the agenda for the September 9, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.




Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
August 12, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Karen Galayda, Lister; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Robert Fortunati; James Fontaine; Ruth Fontaine; Jaika Fontaine; Earl Adams; Donna Meyer;
Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of Minutes The July 8, 2013 Regular Selectboard minutes were amended to report that it was the rim on Robert Fortunati's vehicle that was damaged, not the rim and tire. For clarification, it was noted that the Highway Department used fill from the banks of the road to build up the base last fall on Claflin Road. Groschner moved to approve the amended minutes. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2013 Emergency Meeting and the August 6, 2013 Financial Meeting (with one correction - "the Board reviewed and approved the June Journal Entries"). Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns Fortunati asked about the progress being made on Claflin Road. Roderick responded that the road is presently closed to traffic. The plan is to work on the drainage problem then install culverts and add stone and gravel. The road should reopen this year. Fortunati also had concerns about his property. Two years ago the Highway Department put in a large ditch. The depth of the ditch is such that it affects access to his property. Roderick suggested a culvert might be the solution and asked Fortunati to flag the area. He said he would take a look at it and assess the situation.

Listers' Report Galayda submitted an Errors & Omissions Report.
*Parcel #113-01032 Owner had not filed the HS 122 by the time tax bills were printed.
*Parcels #019-00601, #019-00778, #034-00301, #077-10397 had contract amounts that  needed to be raised to current assessment.
*Parcels #029-00473, #097-01800, #018-00429, #068-01116 have current use values  that are still pending but expected to be resolved soon. The Board noted that they had been informed of the information in Bullet 1, approved the changes in Bullet 2 and directed the listers to enter the pending figures in Bullet 3.

Highway Department Report Roderick reported that he, Joe Blodget and Karen Galayda met with Sacha Pealer, flood plain coordinator from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at the site of the new Park & Ride. They were informed that the site is in the Primary Flood Plain of the Waits River and would need a permit from the Zoning Officer before proceeding with the work. Roderick stated that in order to meet the requirements, the Park & Ride parking lot would have to be built at the same level or slightly lower than the existing land. Roderick next addressed the Board's questions about repairs made on the waste oil furnace at the Town Garage. He will check to see if there is a warranty on the work.

Vacant or Distressed Buildings The board discussed an August 10 barn fire on Dwight Burroughs' property. Ruth Fontaine, a neighbor, had used the barn years ago but there were no animals in the barn at the time of the fire. The Board had received a petition recently voicing concerns over another building on the Burroughs' property, a garage built about fifteen years ago. The petition asks that the garage be taken down or made safe. Fontaine stated that she has an agreement with the owner to use the garage and is in the process of cleaning it out and making repairs. Earl Adams explained that the garage needed supports under the ceiling joists and other general repairs. Fontaine reported some recent vandalism and the VT State Police advised her to secure the building and put up "No Trespassing" signs. The Board agreed and directed Fontaine to close up the building and attach signs. They also asked Fontaine to contact the owner and make sure he is aware of the situation. Fontaine responded that plywood would be put up within the next couple days and that she would be in touch with Burroughs. The Selectboard encouraged communication between Fontaine and her neighbors and will continue to monitor the work on the building to ensure public safety.
The Board previously discussed the problem of vacant or distressed buildings and the possibility of passing a town ordinance. Tonight Groschner handed out copies of the Vermont Statutes on Adoption and Enforcement of Ordinances and Rules and a sample Vacant Building Ordinance. The members will review the information and continue discussion next month.

Illegal Burning of Trash Two incidents of burning trash have been reported. The Selectboard referred to the Solid Waste Ordinance (adopted in1994, updated in 2001) and read aloud "Article XII Open Burning" and "Article XIV Penalties and Enforcements". The Board discussed revising the penalty fees.

Dog Warden/Animal Control Officer Diana Perry resigned June 30, 2013 but no suitable replacement has yet been identified. It was suggested that a dog warden in a neighboring town might be interested in sharing the position. Groschner agreed to make some phone calls and also to look into a contract with Central Vermont Humane Society about housing stray dogs.

Basic Emergency Operations Plan The Board reviewed the plan. Groschner moved that the Board authorize the chairman to sign the BEOP as presented. Dodge seconded. Motion passed and Locke signed the plan.

Historical Society Music Events The Selectboard received a letter from Lois Jackson,  Vice President of the Corinth Historical Society, in response to last month's published Selectboard minutes. The CHS reported that they have suspended the Music and Talent Committee while reevaluating their fund raising, but contrary to a statement made by a member of the committee at the July 8 meeting, they have not ended their connection to the musical events. The Historical Society fully intends to continue the Cookeville Cafe Music and Talent Series.

Executive Session Groschner moved that the Board invite Frank Roderick and go into executive session to consider legal and real estate matters. Dodge seconded. Motion passed and the Board entered executive session at 9:08 p.m.
The meeting resumed at 9:45 p.m. No decisions were made.

Correspondence The Board reviewed correspondence.

Dodge moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:53 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting
August 6, 2013


5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved July Journal Entries.

The Board noted topics to be included on the agenda for the Regular Selectboard Meeting being held August 12, 2013.

The Board reviewed correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Emergency Selectboard Meeting
July 11, 2013

Attending: Allen Locke, Selectboard Chair, Chris Groschner , Ryan Dodge

Meeting called to order at 5:06 p.m.

1. Groschner moved to go into executive session to discuss personnel and compensation. Board reconvened at 5:50 p.m. No actions were taken.

2. Discussion of town policy for the rental and use of the town hall. Question were raised concerning a renter's need to provide liability insurance and other requirements of the current rental agreement. The board will wait to see the town hall manager's draft of a revised agreement before making a decision in this matter.

3. Discussion of the need to appoint a dog officer to replace Diana Perry who has resigned. Selectmen reviewed the ordinance for a job description. Joe Hill will be called until a replacement can be appointed.

4. Locke presented a draft of an agreement between Topsham, Corinth and the Waits River Valley School Board concerning the stand-by generator grant. After discussion,  Locke agreed to finalize the document and send it to all parties for review and signature.

Locke moved to adjourn, seconded by Dodge. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
July 8, 2013

 

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Tony Mason-Sherwood; Teddy Mason-Sherwood; Dave Richard;
Mark Luce; Robert Fortunati; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Locke moved to approve the corrected minutes of the June 10, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. Dodge moved to approve the minutes of the July 2, 2013 Financial Meeting. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns Robert Fortunati reported that the tire and rim of his vehicle were damaged due to conditions on Claflin Road. He stated that the road is barely passable and is in desperate need of attention. Roderick responded that the Highway Department had built up the base and graded Claflin Road last fall but that weather conditions this spring and summer have taken its toll. The Board directed Roderick to assess the situation and come up with a plan for Claflin Road.
Dave Richard, a member of the Corinth Cafe Music Committee, reported that the Corinth Historical Society recently voted to suspend their committee, thus ending the society's connection to the October through May monthly musical events. He stated that the group would like to continue the events with donations being disbursed to local organizations. The Board supported the continuation of the Corinth Music Cafe's use of the Town Hall. Discussion followed. Richard agreed to contact the Town Treasurer for clarification regarding insurance.
The Board was contacted over concerns that the size/sharpness of the stones the Highway Department uses in maintaining town roads has been causing flat tires. Roderick agreed to look into the concern.

Highway Department Roderick reported that the new loader arrived two weeks ago. The road crew has been grading roads and mowing the sides as equipment and weather permit. The Board questioned Roderick about the Chicken Farm Bridge project. He responded that the work would probably begin after the new year and finish next summer.

Other Business The Board discussed progress on the plans for the new fire station. The engineers have been working on the design and layout of the new five-bay building. It was the Board's hope that abutting landowners of the proposed site had been contacted and informed of the plans. Dodge agreed to look into the matter. The fire station committee will meet again at the end of July.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting July 2, 2013

5:00 p.m. at the Town Hal
Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
Absent: Chris Groschner

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved June Journal Entries.

Dodge moved to sign the contract with People's United Bank to finance the new front-end loader. Locke seconded. Motion passed. The Board then signed the loan documents with People's United Bank for $137,000 to purchase the 2013 Caterpillar 930K Front-End Loader.

Locke moved to engage Sullivan, Powers & Co. to conduct an audit on financial statements for the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 at a cost of $9,600. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Dodge moved to approve the grant agreement with Vermont Recreation Trails Program for $456 for the Town Forest kiosk. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Locke moved to sign an agreement with Orange County Sheriff's Department to provide law enforcement to the town of Corinth for fiscal year 2014 at a cost not to exceed $8,000. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Dodge moved to approve the Corinth Tax Rates for fiscal year 2014 to wit:
Residential: 1.8701
Non-Residential: 1.9930
Locke seconded. Motion passed.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

The meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
June 10, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Dodge moved to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2013 Emergency Meeting, May 13, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting and June 4, 2013 Financial Meeting. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns Luise Graf contacted the Selectboard to ask when the grading of Bear Notch Road would take place. Roderick responded that the grader needed repairs but the road is scheduled to be graded as soon as repairs are completed. Groschner will contact Graf and explain the situation.

Highway Department Two sites were discussed as a possible location for a communications tower. One owner is open to the idea and willing to discuss the details if and when the time comes. The other owner has not yet been contacted. The Board asked Roderick to pursue locations as well as information on obtaining a license for radio communications.

The Highway Department received a letter from People's United Bank with information on financing the Caterpillar Loader. Follow-up paperwork will be sent for the Board to complete and sign at the July 2, 2013 Financial Meeting.

The Board received a Right-Of-Way Agreement from the Vermont Agency of Transportation for the Chicken Farm Bridge Project to be signed, dated, notarized and returned. The Board will fax the agreement to Rick Cawley to look over before taking any action. Locke moved to authorize two Board members to sign the Right-Of-Way Agreement with AOT for the Chicken Farm Bridge Project pending Cawley's approval.
Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Roderick informed the Board that Joe Holland has authorized Byron Kidder, land surveyor, to work with the state on determining boundary lines regarding the site for the new Park & Ride.

Building Maintenance The Board, in conjunction with the Facilities Manager, is in the process of developing a list of future projects. Groschner agreed to contact Norm Collette for his input.

Reading of Bids for Work on Bridge No. 8 The Board opened and read aloud the two bids for work on Box Shop Bridge. Locke moved to decline all bids received and defer the project to a later date. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Other Business Information on the Basic Emergency Operations Plan has been updated and will be mailed to Kevin Geiger at Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission. They will send the revised BEOP back to the Board to be reviewed for final approval.

Correspondence The Board received a letter of resignation from Diana Perry, Animal Control Officer and Pound Keeper, effective June 30, 2013. The Board expressed appreciation for her years of service to the Town and accepted her resignation with regret.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Approved Minutes of the Financial Meeting June 4, 2013
5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of May.

A discussion took place concerning a reported dog bite. The Board will follow up by contacting Joe Hill, Town Constable, asking that he investigate to be sure the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

The Board began updating the Basic Emergency Operations Plan for Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission. The BEOP contains contact information for first responders, locations of emergency shelters and vulnerable populations.

The Board signed an AIA contract for EHDanson, the architectural firm hired to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a new fire station.

Groschner reported that Planning Commission meetings are being changed to the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. On June 5, 2013 Lynn Sciortino will begin duties as an administrative assistant for the Commission. Susanne Smith attended the spring VLCT Planning Forum on May 23, 2013.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
May 13, 2013

 

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Ryan Dodge; Chris Groschner-Absent.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman; Karen Galayda, Lister; Earl Adams, Conservation Commission; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Dodge moved to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting, April 15, 2013 Special Selectboard Meeting, April 16, 2013 Special Selectboard Meeting and the May 7, 2013 Financial Meeting. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report Fortunati reported the details of a Delta Dental policy for Town Employees. It was agreed to forego action since funds were not budgeted. Fortunati also reported that VLCT made an annual inspection of the Town Hall and the Town Garage for insurance purposes. She summarized the report and stated that she and the Facilities Manager have already been addressing the concerns. Blodgett stated that he is aware of VLCT's report and is taking care of things at the Town Garage.

Highway Department Roderick and Blodgett presented information on several different loaders the Highway Department has been considering. Dodge moved to accept the bid for $137,000 (including the warranty) for a Caterpillar 930G front end loader. Locke seconded. Motion passed. Locke moved to apply for a grant from the state to provide approximately 90% funding for deck rehabilitation on the Page Hill Bridge (#8). Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Listers' Report Locke moved that the Board go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Dodge seconded. Motion passed and the Board, with Karen Galayda, adjourned into executive session at 8:10 p.m. The meeting resumed at 8:40 p.m. The Board reported that they discussed Town Office operations and no decisions were required.

Fire Station Feasibility Study Dodge reported he had contacted the committee members with an update on the work thus far. Dodge moved to hire EHDanson architectural firm to perform the feasibility study for the new fire station. Locke seconded. Motion passed.

Correspondence The Board received a memo from Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission listing available trainings. It was agreed to forward the memo to the Planning Commission, Conservation Commission and the Listers. The Board also received from Two Rivers a request for an Update of Emergency Operations Plan for Corinth. Locke will consult with Joe Truss, Emergency Management Coordinator, and send the updated plan to Two Rivers.
Dodge moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.
 



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting May 7, 2013
5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of April.

Locke moved that the Board sign the Town Highway Plan for 2013-2014 certifying that funds raised by municipal taxes are equivalent to or greater than a sum of at least $300 per mile for each mile of Class 1, 2, and 3 Town Highway in the municipality. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Plans for the new generator, to be installed at Waits River Valley School, have been approved. Perry Schwarz, Facilities Manager at WRVS and Joe Truss, Emergency Management Coordinator, are moving forward with the plans. A written agreement between Corinth, Topsham and WRVS will be forthcoming. The project deadline is September 30, 2013.

Green-Up Day expenses will be deducted from Solid Waste Miscellaneous funds.

Locke moved to renew the contract with Controlled Power Systems to continue maintenance service on the Town Hall generator from June, 2013 until May, 2014 at a cost of $550. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

The Board agreed to forward information on East Central Vermont Sustainability Consortium to the Planning Commission. A representative is needed to attend meetings.

Fortunati informed the Board that the open enrollment period for Dental Benefits closes on June 5, 2013.It was agreed to address this at the May 13th meeting.

A discussion was held concerning the Fire Station Feasibility Study. The Board has studied proposals from two architectural firms and on April 15th, appointed a committee to manage the process. The discussion was then tabled to be resumed at the May 13th meeting.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.
The meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.





Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Emergency Selectboard Meeting
April 23, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

May 4th-Green Up Day  The Board discussed arrangements for the May 4 Green Up Day since Casella Waste Management will no longer accept trash for free. Blodgett outlined the preparations at the transfer station for accepting green bags and how tires would be handled. Roderick agreed to query the members of the Conservation Commission about paying for disposal from their budget. Blodgett will contact Casella Waste to see if any deals could be arranged for Green Up Day material.

Highway Department Communications  The Board discussed the road crew's inter truck communications.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Special Selectboard Meeting
April 16, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk; Ed Pospisil, Fire Chief;
Adam Florentine, Jim Ainsworth, Hal Drury, Jim Wasser, John Flanagan and
Doug Sonsalla.

The meeting was called to order at 4:58 p.m.

Feasibility Study
Corinth will soon begin the feasibility study approved at Town Meeting. The Town will be hiring an architectural firm as they begin looking into the construction of a town-owned fire station. Today the Board heard a presentation by Jim Wasser, John Flanagan and Doug Sonsalla from Studio Nexus, Architects and Planners, LLC in White River Junction, Vermont. The Board asked Studio Nexus to write up a proposal for their consideration.

Other Business
The Selectboard set April 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for a meeting on Highway Department radios.

The meeting adjourned at 6:16 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Special Selectboard Meeting
April 15, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Ed Pospisil, Fire Chief; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk;
Roy Ward, Mark Wheeler, Adam Florentine, Joe Truss and Hal Drury.

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

Feasibility Study
Corinth will soon begin the feasibility study approved at Town Meeting. The Board met with representatives of EHDanson, an architectural firm from St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Roy Ward and Mark Wheeler made an informative presentation which included their company history and past municipal projects. The Town will be hiring a firm as they begin looking into building a town-owned fire station. The Board asked EHDanson to put together a proposal of costs for the town.

Municipal Fire Station Committee
Groschner moved that the Selectboard appoint the following people to the Municipal Fire Station Committee: Rick Cawley, Ryan Dodge (Chairman), Hal Drury, Mark Nielsen,
Ed Pospisil (Fire Chief) and Dan Wing. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Generator at WRVS
The Board signed a standard sub grant agreement for funding an emergency generator to be installed at Waits River Valley School.

Other Business
The Selectboard tentatively set April 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for a meeting on Highway Department radios.

The meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
April 8, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk; Mark Nielsen, Joe Truss, Larry Kupferman, Susanne Smith, Norm Collette, Connie Longo, Ed Pospisil, David Danforth and Jim Hinsworth.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner moved to approve the amended minutes of the April 2, 2013 Financial Meeting. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Designation of Town Hall as an Emergency Shelter Larry Kupferman, Red Cross Shelter Initiative Coordinator, presented information on designating buildings as Red Cross emergency shelters. He has completed a review of the Town Hall and discussed his findings with the Board. He answered questions and outlined the next steps. An agreement, drafted by the Red Cross, was left with the Board. The decision was made to send the agreement to Rick Cawley, Town Attorney, to look over before taking any action.

Town Hall Capital Needs Assessment Mark Nielsen, architect and Corinth resident, was asked by the Board to speak on this issue. Nielsen explained that a capital needs assessment is a budgeting tool used to address known and predictable elements of a building; a spreadsheet containing all components of a building to help plan for the future and smooth out funding over time. Susan Fortunati stated that the Town has data on file that could be used in putting together such an assessment. Norm Collette, Facilities Manager, said he has drafted plans for future Town Hall projects that would also be useful to include. The Board felt that Fortunati and Collette should work together using a spreadsheet template from Nielsen to get started on this project.

Treasurer's Report Fortunati provided a payment authorization form for signature authorizing a $6,666 reimbursement to Richard Balagur for a property bought at tax sale. The property was redeemed by the owner last week. The Board signed.
The Treasurer reviewed VLCT requirement for Workers' Compensation documentation from suppliers of services to the town.

Highway Department Roderick reported that the roads are in good shape coming out of mud season and that the expenses have been less this year compared to last year.

Green Up Day--May 4, 2013 Roderick spoke for the Conservation Commission who sponsors Green Up Day. He reported that Becky Buchanan is the 2013 coordinator of the event. The Conservation Commission was recently informed that Casella Waste Management will not take Green Up trash for free this year. Discussion followed. Roderick will collect more information and report to the Selectboard.

Appointments Locke moved to reappoint Bob Sandberg (member) and Susanne Smith (alternate) to the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District Board of Supervisors for a one year term. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Locke moved to appoint Linda Buonaduci to the Planning Commission for one year to fill out a term that expires in 2014. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
According to Title 24 VSA 4502, appointments to the Conservation Commission are for a four year term. Roderick will bring this information back to the Commission.

Fire Station Feasibility Study Discussion included appointing a committee and hiring an architectural firm. Suggestions were made for committee members. 
Groschner moved the Selectboard to solicit proposals from two architectural firms with experience in municipal building planning. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Groschner will contact E.H. Danson and Studio Nexus.
Locke moved that the Selectboard appoint a Municipal Fire Hall Feasibility Study Committee to manage the process and interface between the firm hired to create the study and the Selectboard, to be staffed as members are identified. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. The Selectboard will be making appointments of committee members at a future meeting.
 
Locke moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
 Corinth, Vermont 05039

Approved Minutes of the Financial Meeting April 2, 2013
5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of March.

The Board discussed a resolution presented on May 9, 2011 regarding the position of administrative assistant to the Planning Commission. At that meeting, a motion was passed to create the position effective July 1, 2011. Duties, responsibilities and funding for this position were also discussed. The Planning Commission may be looking to fill the position.

The Board received a letter from the Caledonia County State's Attorneys Offices  notifying them that two stolen Corinth roadsigns had been recovered. The Board recommended that the Road Foreman calculate the cost of replacing the signs and submit the Restitution Claim.

A brief discussion on conducting a Capital Needs Assessment for the Town Hall was held. The Board will look into contacting Mark Nielsen for input and will address this again at a future meeting.

The Board received a letter, dated March 15, 2013, from the Secretary of State in which he stated "...we think it makes the most sense for an appointed BCA member to serve until a new slate of JPs are elected in 2014..."  Accordingly, Locke moved that the appointment of Susan Fortunati, made on February 11, 2013, remain in effect until February 1, 2015. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

It was noted that Byron Kidder recently completed a survey of the proposed site for a new fire station. The Board will look into obtaining a copy of that survey before their April 8 meeting.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

The meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
March 11, 2013


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Ryan Dodge.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner;
Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

Election of a Chairman Groschner moved to elect Allen Locke as Chairman of the Selectboard for one year. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Adoption of a Resolution The Board passed a resolution establishing the date, time and place of regular meetings. The meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Town Hall and on the second Monday of each month at
7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. In the event the date falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the following business day.

Approval of Minutes Locke moved to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2013 Regular Selectboard Meeting and the March 4, 2013 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Public Concerns At the February 11, 2013 Selectboard Meeting, Susan Fortunati was appointed to the Board of Civil Authority as a Republican for election purposes until such time that the BCA achieves three Republican members by election. A question has since been raised as to whether the duration of that appointment is consistent with the law. The Board asked that the Town Clerk obtain a written determination from the Vermont Secretary of State as to whether the limitation on duration imposed in the Board's appointment should stand, in which case the appointment has expired, or whether the law requires that the appointment remain in effect until new Justices of the Peace, elected in the general election of 2014, take office in February 2015. Groschner moved that Susan Fortunati continue the position until such time as the Secretary of State clarifies her term of appointment. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Appointments of Municipal Officers
Budget Committee  Groschner moved to reappoint Lora Nielsen, Lee Porter, Linda Weiss, Irene Mann and Russ Pazdro for one year terms and to appoint Joe Loschiavo for a one year term on the Budget Committee. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Conservation Commission Locke moved the reappointment of Anne Margolis and Anne McKinsey to three year terms on the Conservation Commission. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Animal Control Officer Locke moved to reappoint Diana Perry to a one year term as Animal Control Officer. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
E-911 Coordinator Groschner moved to reappoint Jack Learmonth to a one year term as E-911 Coordinator. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Emergency Management Coordinator Locke moved to reappoint Joe Truss to a one year term as Emergency Management Coordinator. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Energy Committee Locke moved to disestablish the Energy Committee. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Fence Viewers Locke moved to reappoint Gary Bicknell, Robert Fortunati and Mike Danforth to one year terms as Fence Viewers. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Planning Commission Groschner moved to appoint Bill Tobin and Russ Pazdro to three year terms, Susanne Smith to an unexpired term for two years and Dick Kelley to an unexpired term for one year on the Planning Commission. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Revolving Fund Committee Dodge moved to appoint Chris Groschner as the Selectboard Representative on the Revolving Fund Committee. Locke seconded. Motion passed. Locke moved to appoint Linda Weiss to a three year term (replacing John Farrow) on the Revolving Fund Committee. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Road Commissioner Groschner moved to reappoint Frank Roderick to a one year term as Road Commissioner. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Service Officer Groschner moved to reappoint Jen Brooks-Wooding to a one year term as Service Officer. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Surveyor of Wood & Timber Locke moved to reappoint Virginia Barlow to a one year term as the Surveyor of Wood & Timber. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Tree Warden Locke moved to reappoint Virginia Barlow to a one year term as Tree Warden. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Town Forest Committee Locke moved to reappoint Dina Dubois, Kevin Eaton, Frank Roderick, Penny Andrew and Courtney Haynes to one year terms on the Town Forest Committee. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
Upper Valley Ambulance Service Representative Locke moved to reappoint Joe Truss to a one year term as the Upper Valley Ambulance Representative. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Zoning Administrator Locke moved to reappoint Karen Galayda to a one year term as Zoning Administrator. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.
Zoning Board of Adjustment Locke moved to reappoint Forbes Morrell, Louise Sandberg and Frank Roderick to one year terms on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Groschner seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report After reviewing paperwork on Pikcomm, Fortunati questioned its corporation status. The Board determined that according to the records of the Secretary of State's office, Pikcomm is currently registered as a corporation in the state of Vermont. Accordingly, it is exempt from VLCT's requirement that suppliers of services to the town carry workmen's liability insurance. Fortunati then noted that the Federal W-9 form Pikcomm has on file with the Town was filled out incorrectly. Locke agreed to contact Joe Truss to ensure the proper forms are accurately completed. Fortunati also reported that, at this time, there are eleven parcels on the list for the tax sale taking place March 12, 2013. There may be fewer than eleven on the day of the sale. Allen Locke is the authorized bidder representing the town at the tax sale.

Town Forest Committee's Report Frank Roderick submitted a contract extension for Val Stori, Town Forest Coordinator, for the Board's signature. Groschner moved to sign the contract as presented by the Town Forest Committee for Val Stori from
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.

Highway Department Roderick reported that the mud season signs have been posted. The road crew has been busy winging back snowbanks.

New Business Groschner asked about forming a committee to work with the architect and members of the fire department on the plans for a new fire station. The Board will put this on the agenda for next month's meeting.
The Board discussed the pros and cons of combining the Town Forest Committee and the Conservation Commission.

Correspondence The Board received notice from VLCT of a Selectboard Institute to be held in Rutland on April 13, 2013. Groschner and Dodge agreed to attend.
The Board received liquor and tobacco license applications from the East Corinth General Store. Groschner moved to approve and sign the 2013 liquor and tobacco license renewals for the East Corinth General Store. Dodge seconded. Motion passed.
The Board also received correspondence from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Groschner moved to sign the grant agreement between the town of Corinth and the Vermont Agency of Transportation to fund the construction of a Park & Ride on
Route 25. Dodge seconded. Motion passed. The Board reviewed and signed remaining correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Dodge seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.




Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
 Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting March 4, 2013
4 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk; Ryan Dodge, Guest.

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of February.

The Treasurer reviewed the draft report on the recent town financial audit, indicating that it contains a number of apparent inaccuracies and other issues that she is raising with the auditors.

Discussion took place concerning appointments and reappointments for town officers and committees. The appointments will be made at a meeting following Town Meeting.

The Board and Treasurer discussed plans for the upcoming tax sale, to be held on
March 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence.

The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Regular Meeting February 11, 2013
7 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Susanne Smith.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Ryan Dodge, resident; and Holly Groschner for Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

1.Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

2.Approval of minutes of previous meeting:  The Select Board reviewed and approved the February 5, 2013 minutes (financial meeting), January 14, 2013 (regular meeting), and January 24, 2013 (special meeting). Moved to approve: Susanne Smith, seconded Chris Groschner. Unanimous.

3.Public concerns:  Susan Fortunati presented a letter regarding the under-representation of the Republic Party on the Board of Civil Authority signed by Robert Fortunati, Brenda Carter, Earl Adams and Kim Remillard, members of the Republican Party,  and requesting the addition of Susan Fortunati, a member of the Republican Party, for participation in elections. Review of 17 VSA 2143(a).  Susanne Smith moved to appoint Susan Fortunati to the Board of Civil Authority as a Republican for election purposes until such time that the BCA achieves three Republican members by election.  Chris Groschner seconded.  Unanimous.

4.Reports
•    Clerk:  No report.
•    Treasurer: Fortunati explained issues regarding fixed asset and useful life designations, and discussions with the auditor.  Fortunati is establishing uniform standards for useful life of town equipment and fixed assets.  Groschner asked to discuss the Board’s response to the County tax bill, which is approximately $3,000 over the budgeted amount.  Discussion regarding available funds in the remaining surplus concluded in agreement to cover the overage without raising the budget to cover the County tax bill.  Frank Roderick discussed the extension of a grant of the Open Space Institute to the Town of Corinth for development of the FX Shea Town Forest to June 30, 2013. Fortunati reported that V. Stori has not submitted invoices since June 2012.  Susanne Smith moved to accept the extension of the Open Space Institute grant period to June 30, 2013, seconded by Groschner. Unanimous. The Board authorized continued administration of the OSI grant by the Town Forest Committee and requested that V. Stori submit a contract extension coterminous with the grant for consideration of the Board, with a letter of support by the Town Forest Committee.
•    Listers: No report.
•    Highway Department: Certificate of highway mileage presented for signature.  No changes were reported.  Board approval of the Highway Mileage Certification for the year ended February 10, 2013, moved by Chris Groschner, seconded by Susanne Smith. Unanimous.  Town road and bridge standards update, including changes to erosion control, ditch construction and maintenance, side slope treatments, removing flood levels for culverts, and requirements for state and federal permits. Groschner noted the ability of the Select Board to modify the standards.  Roderick agreed to check whether adoption of the updated road and bridge standards makes the Town eligible for greater  State or FEMA funding. Motion to approve the 2013 Road and Bridge Standards by the Town commencing February 11, 2013 by Susanne Smith, seconded by Chris Groschner.  Unanimous.  Roderick requested the Board to authorize posting of  the roads for mud season from March 1, 2013 through May 15, 2013.  The weight limit during this period is 2 axle 15,000 pounds, 3 axle 18000 pounds, and four thru six axle 20,000 pounds.  Groschner moved to adopt the mud season restrictions as proposed, Smith seconded.  Unanimous.
•    Building Maintenance:  No report.

5. Other business:   Groschner reported that the former Health Officer has offered to deliver a final report to the Select Board.  The Board requested a report on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Groschner reported that the Red Cross representative has offered another training program regarding emergency shelters.  The Board proposed that the representative come to the Town Hall to make a presentation and to discuss a contract, and requested that the Hall facility manager be present, at the April 8, 2013 meeting.  Groschner reported a discussion with David Danforth of the Fire Department regarding the development of a facility on donated land.  Smith reported that she would like to continue as second alternate to the Northeast Solid Waste District, and recommended that the Board of Selectmen have a representative.  Ryan Dodge presented the Planning Commission’s proposal for the establishment of a Facebook page for the Town of Corinth.  The Board supports the initiative to establish a Facebook page, as an unofficial source of town information, and welcomes the Planning Commission’s effort to bring it to Town Meeting for discussion and to seek volunteers to administer the page.

6.Review correspondence:  No comment. 

The Chair noted that tonight is Susanne Smith’s last regular meeting on the Board of Selectmen.

7.  Adjourn:  Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting February 5, 2013
4 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 4:12 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for payment.
The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of January.

The Board raised concerns about the cost of propane and diesel and asked the Treasurer to check if it would be more cost efficient to purchase from a different company.

The Board would like to thank Amy Peberdy for the donation of a manual projection screen. It will be mounted on the wall in the meeting room of the Town Hall.

Fortunati reported that the date of March 12, 2013 has been set for the tax sale. This will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall.

Locke agreed to contact Joe Holland to ask for a letter of intent regarding his interest in donating land to the town for the purpose of building a new fire station.

The Board reviewed remaining correspondence. It was agreed that the March Financial meeting would be on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Beginning in April, the Financial meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes for a Special Meeting
January 24, 2013

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Susanne Smith.
Others Attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Burton Cooper, Moderator;
Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m.

The Board, with the Town Moderator, reviewed, modified and signed the warning for Town Meeting 2013.

Locke moved to sign the refinancing documents with People's United Bank for the 2013 International Dump Truck. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Smith moved to adjourn. Locke seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
January 14, 2013


Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Ed Pospisil, Fire Department Chief; David Danforth, Fire Department Deputy Chief; Mike Pittman, Fire Department Captain; Kodie Pittman, Junior Firefighter; Ryan Dodge, Guest;
Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.
Locke called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Groschner moved the approve the minutes of the January 3, 2013 Financial Meeting.
Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Board discussed plans for a Public Informational Hearing to be held February 25, 2013 on the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District's annual budget. The hearing will be held at the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Treasurer's Report: Fortunati reported errors in the Orange County Sheriff's bill. The town has received an adjusted bill.

Highway Department: Roderick notified the Board of an Informational Hearing to be held  January 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Corinth Congregational Church to present the plans for the new bridge on Chicken Farm Road.

Collector of Delinquent Taxes Report: Fortunati reported that a tax sale will be conducted sometime after February 20, 2013. The Board appointed Allen Locke as the authorized bidder representing the Town at the upcoming Tax Sale.

Fire Department: David Danforth reported Joe Holland's interest in donating land to the town for the purpose of building a new fire station. The fire department began the preliminary planning for a 6,500 square foot building. They approached the Selectboard for thoughts on how to best finance the project. Discussion took place concerning permits, building codes, construction costs and financing. The Board acknowledged the dedication and fine work of the Corinth Fire Department and suggested putting an article on the warning for town meeting this March to see if the voters would support $15,000 to determine the feasibility of the town building and leasing a fire hall to the Corinth volunteer fire department. They also felt it necessary that Mr. Holland write a letter of intent to the Board regarding the land donation. Groschner agreed to develop the wording for the warning and to ask Mark Nielsen if he would like to be involved in the project.

Academy Building: The Selectboard discussed three bids they had received for painting the Academy Building. Smith moved to accept the bid from Keating Painting for $14,260 to scrape and paint the Academy Building. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously. It was agreed that the sash work would be done separately. Two bids have already been received for this work. It was suggested that Earl Adams be contacted to see if he might be interested as well.

Other Business: The Board agreed to meet on January 24, 2013 to set the warning for Town Meeting. Glynn Pellagrino is interested in renting the Town Hall on Wednesday evenings for Tai Chi classes.  Hale Mattoon contacted the town about quoting passages from the Corinth history book in a book that he is writing. Groschner moved to approve the request from Hale Mattoon to quote two short passages from History of Corinth Vermont. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Correspondence: The Board received a letter from Glynn Pellagrino outlining details of recents cases he had been working on when he resigned as Town Health Officer. As chairman of the Selectboard, Allen Locke has been appointed by the state as Corinth's Health Officer until another is appointed. Other correspondence was reviewed and discussed.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded. The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting January 3, 2013

3 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner; Susanne Smith.

Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

 

The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m.

 

The Selectboard reviewed the 2013 Town Meeting Warning and agreed on clarification changes. Three additional articles were added to the warning.

 

The Board received a letter of resignation from Glynn Pellagrino as the Town Health Officer stating he will submit the records from his cases upon request.

 

A bill for $500 was received from Tracy Durkee for writing a Vermont Emergency Management Grant. The Board approved payment contingent upon receipt of her W-9 form, with monies to come from the Emergency Management Coordinator Fund.

 

A bill from Upper Valley Ambulance Service was received reflecting the January 1, 2013 rate increase.

 A bill from Irving Oil Company prompted discussion concerning service and costs. The Board suggested a comparison with local companies.

 Fortunati explained two computer updates that could be purchased at a reasonable cost for the town office computers. The Board supported the updates.

 In April, 2012 Fortunati reported that the town planned to conduct a tax sale in 2013.

Groschner moved to amend the April 3, 2012 minutes with the following addition:

 "The Board authorizes the Collector of Delinquent Taxes to conduct a tax sale in early 2013  and to begin preparations forthwith, to include using the services of town attorney Rick Cawley." Smith seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

The Board reviewed and signed the paperwork from Vermont Municipal Loan Fund.

Groschner moved to borrow $110,000 from Vermont Municipal Equipment Loan Fund for the purpose of paying down People's United Bank for the purchase of a 2013 International dump truck. Locke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

The Board reviewed remaining bills and signed orders for payment. Cleared checks and Journal Entries for October, November and December were reviewed and approved.

 Smith moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
December 10, 2012

 

Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner, Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Lister: Jen Brooks-Wooding, Town Treasurer: Susan Fortunati, Constable: Joe Hill, Orange County Sheriff: Bill Bohnyak,
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

After deleting the words "in accordance with Vermont law" in the Transfer Station paragraph, Smith moved to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting as amended. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2012 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Orange County Sheriff's Department: Bill Bohnyak, County Sheriff, presented statistics on reported incidents and traffic citations in Corinth for the year. He explained the upgrades and growth within the department. He also outlined how the town, county and state departments work together. The Board questioned whether the contracted time of five to six hours per week with OCSD was sufficient as there have been recent concerns about speeding and theft. Bohnyak said speed carts could be set up in certain areas where speeding had been reported. Corinth may want to consider increasing the number of patrol hours in the future. He urged residents to lock their doors, not leave valuables in their cars, pay attention to their surroundings and call right away if they have an incident to report or notice anything suspicious. For the Orange County Sheriff's Department, call (802) 685-4875. In an emergency, call 911.
To report anonymously, go to  http://orangecountysheriff.com.

Listers' Report: Jen Brooks-Wooding reported two constructed dwellings on Lost Meadow Road appear to have septic systems in place yet no permits on file.
The Board recommended the listers check the state electronic permit files to see if they are recorded there.

Treasurer's Report: Susan Fortunati presented the town employees health insurance renewal forms for signatures. Locke moved to change the town employees Blue Care CDHP (HMO) health insurance deductible from the $2,000-$4,000 level to the $2,500-$5,000 level effective January 1, 2013. Groschner seconded the motion, it passed unanimously and the forms were signed.

Highway Department: Frank Roderick submitted a letter that had been circulated urging that the Highway Department not alter the intersection of Coppermine Road and Center Road. This is a triangular intersection that the department has talked about changing for maintenance and safety reasons. Jen Brooks-Wooding recalls only one accident in the many years she has lived near the intersection. Dina Dubois and Dan Wing wrote to support leaving the intersection as it is. Dubois suggested posting two stop signs at the intersection. Another solution discussed was trimming back some of the trees. Roderick acknowledged the concerns and suggestions. He stated the department will be exploring alternatives. Roderick also reported that the application for the Corinth Park & Ride has been approved and that the application for the driveway permit has been submitted.

Building Maintenance: A question was raised concerning the painting of the Academy Building. The Board was asked if the painting needed to be done by June 30, 2013 since that is the end of the fiscal year. After checking the VLCT Treasurers' Handbook, it was determined that since $15,000 in the Town Hall Maintenance Fund has already been assigned for the painting, it can be carried over into the next fiscal year.

Signage for Transfer Station: Two signs are needed at the Transfer Station for the expanded recycling program. Smith agreed to be the contact person and look into ordering the new signs.

Other Business: A sound system with cordless microphones, transmitters and receivers was recently donated to the town. The Selectboard agreed to setting it up to see if it would be helpful to use during public meetings.

Correspondence: The Board received notification from VLCT of a dues increase. The preliminary 2013-2014 Orange County budget indicated there may be an increase in the county tax. Other correspondence was reviewed.

Smith moved to adjourn. Locke seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting December 4, 2012
4 p.m. at the Town Hall

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner.
Not present: Susanne Smith.
Others attending: Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Karen Galayda, Lister; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m.

Galayda presented an Errors & Omissions Report from the Listers. Groschner moved to accept the report outlining a change in the value of Parcel #028-00691 from $162,300 to $148,200 resulting in a decrease of $14,100 on the 2012 Grand List. Locke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The Board will ask Glynn Pellagrino, former Corinth Health Officer, to present an update on the cases he was working on when his term expired. Groschner agreed to contact Pellagrino.

The Board reviewed bills presented by the Financial Assistant and signed orders for payment. The Board agreed to review and approve this month's Journal Entries and cleared checks at next month's meeting.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Locke seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
November 12, 2012

Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner,
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the November 5, 2012 Financial Meeting.
Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Smith moved to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting with the following changes: Replacing the last two sentences in the Treasurer's Report, under Town Forest business, "an expense sheet outlining Val Stori's services and materials from March to June, 2012, was approved by the Board. Discussion followed concerning a contract revision drafted by Stori. Questions arose and the Board felt they needed more information before signing" and in the Energy Committee's
report, the website for information about PACE was changed to
 http://pacevermont.wikispaces.com/. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Highway Department: Roderick reported that the culvert for Blue Wind Lane has been installed, a swale established and the road reshaped for better drainage. Other projects this month included grading many of the town's roads. In anticipation of the winter season, five thousand cubic yards of sand have been delivered.

Building Maintenance: Norm Collette has advertised for proposals for painting the Corinth Academy Building. Proposals need to be in by the end of November.

Transfer Station: The Selectboard reiterated its policy that items placed in the scrap metal bin become town property, the sale of which, by the town, helps to defray the expense of maintaining the Transfer Station. Removal of items from the scrap metal bin for personal use is permitted but "picking for profit" is not. A sign will be posted near the scrap metal bin informing people of this policy. A cautionary sign, in accordance with Vermont law pertaining to the recycling of refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, will also be posted. Smith agreed to order the signs. Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will start receiving data sheets from the Transfer Station with the amount of oil, oil filters, batteries, florescent bulbs that are being recycled each week.

Town Hall: Groschner told the Board that someone has offered to donate a new six-foot movie screen that mounts on the wall. The decision was made to accept the offer. Groschner also asked about the policy on renting the Town Hall. Norm Collette has been working on revisions to this policy and will be asked for an update.


Other Business: Groschner reported that he had received the petitions from the Energy Committee supporting Corinth becoming a Property-Assessed Clean Energy District and adding an article to the warning to be voted on at the Town Meeting March 5, 2013. The Board will turn the petitions over to the Town Clerk for verification.

Roderick informed the Board that the administrator of the Park & Ride Program came to look over the proposed site for the new Park & Ride. He made suggestions to the plan, which included adding four solar lights, and the grant application was submitted.

Larry Kupferman, shelter initiative coordinator for the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross, sent the town a shelter agreement form. Locke felt that Rick Cawley, Town Attorney, should look over the form before the town signs the agreement with the Red Cross. Groschner suggested inviting Kupferman to the next Selectboard meeting to discuss the agreement and tour the facility. Groschner will attend an informational seminar in Newbury on November 15.

Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District requires an Australian ballet vote on their budget at the Town Meeting. A public informational hearing will take place prior to this vote.

After collecting information from various ambulance services, Smith recommended the town renew their contract with Upper Valley Ambulance Service. The Board agreed.

Correspondence: The Board received a wetlands permit application from Washington Electric Co.-Op. informing the town of work to be done along Brook Road.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting, November 5, 2012
4 p.m., at the Town Hall


Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others attending: Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board;
Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.

The Board reviewed bills presented by the Financial Assistant and signed orders for payment. The Board agreed to review and approve this month's Journal Entries and  cleared checks at next month's meeting.

The Board completed the state appointment form approving David Danforth as Town Fire Warden for a five year term ending June 30, 2017. The new Fire Warden can be reached at 439-3980 or 461-5461.

After receiving a matching grant for a generator, the Board agreed to look into sharing the cost with Topsham. If Topsham is interested, both towns could include an article in their respective Town Meeting warnings for residents to vote on in March. If Topsham is not interested or if the money is not voted in at Town Meeting, the Board will ask the School Board if they have an interest in matching the grant.

Smith reported that the grant application for a Corinth Park & Ride was updated to include four solar lights and submitted.

Groschner agreed to write the Selectmen's report for the July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Annual Report.

The Board received a request from Green Up Vermont for a Green Up Day Coordinator for May 4, 2013. The decision was made to pass it on to the Conservation Commission for action.

The Board reviewed correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
October 8, 2012


Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner,
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Treasurer: Susan Fortunati, Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino,
Energy Committee Members: Dan Wing, Tim O'Dell, Anne Margolis

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2012 Financial Meeting, the
September 10, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting and the October 2, 2012 Financial Meeting.
Groschner seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report: Fortunati suggested to the Board that the town apply for a loan from Vermont Municipal Equipment Loan Fund to pay off part of an existing loan on the 2011 John Deere excavator at a lower interest rate. The application is due October 15, 2012. Locke moved to submit a request to Vermont Municipal Loan Fund for a loan of $70,000 to be applied to the recent purchase of the town's excavator. Groschner seconded. Motion passed. Discussion followed concerning the Highway Capital Reserve Fund. The Board signed paperwork from Sullivan, Powers & Co. outlining their scope of services and responsibilities. The auditors were working at the Town Hall on October 3rd and 4th. Fortunati next presented the Town Forest Consultant Contract with Open Space Conservancy. Questions arose concerning the grant and the Board felt they needed more information before signing.

Road Commissioner's Report: Roderick reported the receipt and delivery of a new truck on
October 6. The road crew has been putting up winter sand. They have been trying out new loaders anticipating a possible purchase next year. The guardrail work scheduled on Backway Road will take place within the next week. Joanne Hayward began working at the Transfer Station on October 6 in the expanded recycling storage unit. She and Bill Farr will be working on alternate Saturdays. Joe Blodgett is in the process of finding a shipping container for tires.

Energy Committee: The Energy Committee went over the data gathered from a recent energy survey then made a presentation on the feasibility of Corinth becoming a Property-Assessed Clean Energy District (PACE). This is a program which would allow residents to finance home energy improvements through repayments on their property tax bills. The committee wanted the Selectboard's initial reaction to the concept and to discuss next steps. The Selectboard suggested planning a public awareness meeting and circulating a petition to see if 5% of the voters would support adding it to the warning as an article to be voted on at Town Meeting. More information can be found at their website pacenow.org.

Ambulance Service Fees: Upper Valley Ambulance Service announced a cost increase. Discussion followed regarding other services, rates and contracts. Smith agreed to investigate the matter and report back to the Board at a later date.

Conservation Commission Appointment: Groschner moved to appoint Anne McKinsey to the Conservation Committee to fill out Emily Rowe's unexpired term. Rowe's term expires in 2013. Smith seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Other Business: Groschner reported he had contacted the Red Cross to obtain more information about Town Designated Emergency Shelters. In order for the Red Cross to recognize  a designated space and provide a shelter kit, towns need to fill out the necessary paperwork, appoint a shelter manager and have a place to store the kit. A regional sheltering representative is available to come to a Selectboard meeting if interested. Corinth has already designated the Town Hall and the Town Garage as emergency shelters. The school was proposed as a possible site in order to split the cost of a generator with the town of Topsham. Locke suggested looking into further development of the Town Hall as one of Corinth's official emergency shelters. Groschner will  pursue acquiring a shelter kit from the Red Cross.


Correspondence: The Board reviewed and discussed correspondence.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded and the motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 9:37 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting, October 2, 2012

4 p.m., at the Town Hall

 

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.

Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.

 

Groschner updated the Board on the Corinth 250 Committee meetings.  Questions arose around officially designating this group as a town committee and the financing of events. The Board will ask the Budget Committee for input. Discussion was tabled in order to collect more information.

 

The Board reviewed outstanding bills presented by the Treasurer and signed orders for payment.

 

Fortunati presented a bill for the restoration of records. Groschner moved to approve the expenditure of $2,200 from 2012 office expenses surplus to pay for the restoration of records. Smith seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Fortunati reported that the Orange County Sheriff's bills for July and August were incorrect. She  has contacted them and received a revised bill. The Sheriff's office also informed the treasurer that they had not received payment for the month of April. The records indicate that the April bill had been paid. A decision was made to reissue the check. There also was discussion of a charge to the town for operating a radar surveillance on State Rt. 25. Locke expressed interest in inviting the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Vermont State Police to make presentations to the Board outlining their services to the town.

 

Fortunati presented the completed application paperwork to apply for funding for the purchase of the 2013 International Truck from the Vermont Equipment Loan Fund as requested by the Board. Smith moved that the Town apply for a loan of $110,000 from Vermont Municipal Equipment Loan Fund in order to pay a portion of the currently outstanding loan issued by People's United Bank for the purchase of the 2013 International Truck. Groschner seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Fortunati presented a renewal form for property insurance. The policy covers the Town Hall and Town Garage (plus contents) and the Academy Building. The Board asked the treasurer to call VLTC to obtain more precise figures before renewing the policy.

 

The Selectboard will investigate the procedure for setting up a town emergency shelter. A grant has already been awarded providing half of the funds for a generator.

 

Problems at the Transfer Station were reported. Tires have been dropped off after hours. Very muddy conditions were reported after steady rain. Discussion was tabled until Frank Roderick and Joe Blodgett could be present.

 

An Aflac representative would like to schedule time to make a presentation to the town employees.

 

The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of September.

 

The decision was made to change the date of the next Financial Meeting from Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day) to Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting, October 2, 2012

4 p.m., at the Town Hall

 

Attending for the Board: Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.

Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Lynn Sciortino, Board Clerk.

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.

 

Groschner updated the Board on the Corinth 250 Committee meetings.  Questions arose around officially designating this group as a town committee and the financing of events. The Board will ask the Budget Committee for input. Discussion was tabled in order to collect more information.

 

The Board reviewed outstanding bills presented by the Treasurer and signed orders for payment.

 

Fortunati presented a bill for the restoration of records. Groschner moved to approve the expenditure of $2,200 from 2012 office expenses surplus to pay for the restoration of records. Smith seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Fortunati reported that the Orange County Sheriff's bills for July and August were incorrect. She  has contacted them and received a revised bill. The Sheriff's office also informed the treasurer that they had not received payment for the month of April. The records indicate that the April bill had been paid. A decision was made to reissue the check. There also was discussion of a charge to the town for operating a radar surveillance on State Rt. 25. Locke expressed interest in inviting the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Vermont State Police to make presentations to the Board outlining their services to the town.

 

Fortunati presented the completed application paperwork to apply for funding for the purchase of the 2013 International Truck from the Vermont Equipment Loan Fund as requested by the Board. Smith moved that the Town apply for a loan of $110,000 from Vermont Municipal Equipment Loan Fund in order to pay a portion of the currently outstanding loan issued by People's United Bank for the purchase of the 2013 International Truck. Groschner seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Fortunati presented a renewal form for property insurance. The policy covers the Town Hall and Town Garage (plus contents) and the Academy Building. The Board asked the treasurer to call VLTC to obtain more precise figures before renewing the policy.

 

The Selectboard will investigate the procedure for setting up a town emergency shelter. A grant has already been awarded providing half of the funds for a generator.

 

Problems at the Transfer Station were reported. Tires have been dropped off after hours. Very muddy conditions were reported after steady rain. Discussion was tabled until Frank Roderick and Joe Blodgett could be present.

 

An Aflac representative would like to schedule time to make a presentation to the town employees.

 

The Board reviewed and approved the Journal Entries for the month of September.

 The decision was made to change the date of the next Financial Meeting from Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day) to Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

 



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
September 10, 2012

Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner,
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino,
Guests: Pamela Doyle, Kenneth Schaffer, John Osowski

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2012 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. Passed unanimously.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

Public Concerns: John Osowski attended to discuss the roadwork on Blue Wind Lane. He stated that the work had not yet been completed to satisfaction. Roderick responded that the work had been held up due to an issue concerning water lines, but that it should resume in a week or two.

Lister Appointment: Locke moved that the Board recommend the appointment of Melissa Mahony for the position of lister to fill out an unexpired term until March, 2013. Smith seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Highway Department: Roderick reported that the mowing equipment has been repaired and roadside mowing is in progress. Bill Eastman was hired to mow the field behind the Town Hall. The new box culvert in West Corinth has been installed and guardrails will be attached. Roderick also informed the Board that all forms and applications for the new Park & Ride were filed. Completion of the Park & Ride will likely be next summer. Sand for the upcoming winter will be purchased from Salomaa's sandpit.

School Board Appointment:  At 7:28 p.m. Locke moved that the Board go into executive session for the purpose of meeting with Pamela Doyle, a candidate for the school board. Smith seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
At 7:53 p.m. the Board excused Ms. Doyle and invited Ken Schaffer into executive session for an interview for the school board position. The Board met with Mr. Schaffer until 8:25 p.m. The Board remained in executive session.

The meeting resumed at 9:07 p.m. Smith moved to appoint Pamela Doyle to serve the remainder of Dick Kelley's term on the school board which expires in March, 2013. Groschner seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Fire Warden Appointment: Locke moved to recommend to the state the appointment of David Danforth to the position of Town Fire Warden for a term of five years. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Health Officer Appointment: The Board is considering possible candidates for Town Health Officer. Locke will assume the position until an appointment is made replacing Glynn Pellagrino.

Correspondence: The Board received notice of the upcoming Annual VLCT Business Meeting. Locke moved to appoint Chris Groschner as the town's voting delegate to the October 4, 2012 Annual VLCT Business Meeting in Essex Junction. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
On September 27, 2012 there will be an Emergency Management Incident Command System Meeting in Montpelier. All three Board members plan to attend.
Other correspondence was reviewed and discussed.

Other Business: Smith reported that expanded recycling started September 8. Both attendants have been trained in waste oil collection. A sign will be posted to notify people of the additional services. Groschner reported that a group of Corinth residents have met to begin planning the town's 250th celebration. Other meetings will be scheduled. The Town Report Committee will meet in September. Date and time to be announced. The Selectboard asked the Board Clerk to take minutes at the monthly Financial Meetings beginning October 2, 2012. Sciortino agreed.

Smith moved to adjourn. Groschner seconded.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:09 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
August 13, 2012


Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner,
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Lister: Karen Galayda,
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino, Guest: Pamela Doyle

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the July 18, 2012 Special Selectboard Meeting. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the July 31, 2012 Special Selectboard Meeting. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

Public Concerns: A request had been made for mowing on Chelsea Road. Roderick reported that the mowing equipment is undergoing repairs at this time. Mowing will continue when equipment is in working order. Following up John Osowski's concern in March, Groschner asked about a project on Blue Wind Lane. Roderick said he had received the necessary permissions, a pathway for water had been agreed upon and the culvert and swale will be in place before winter.

Listers' Report: The Selectboard accepted an Errors & Omissions Report submitted by Galayda outlining a correction in the acreage of Parcel #077-09314 reducing the value of this parcel by $5,100.  Smith moved to approve the listers' proposal to correct parcel #077-09314. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Highway Report: Roderick described the recently begun project of installing a new box culvert at the intersection of Backway Road and Cookeville Road in West Corinth. Paving of Goose Green Road from Bear Notch Road to Young Road is in progress. Roderick also noted that the proposal plans for the new Park & Ride will be finished and submitted by next week. For public safety, the Board will investigate lighting the Park & Ride area.

At 7:40 p.m. Locke moved that the Board go into executive session for the purpose of conducting an interview with Pamela Doyle. Ms. Doyle had expressed interest in filling a vacant seat on the school board. Smith seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. The meeting resumed at 8:21 p.m. No decisions were made.

Fire Warden Appointment: Wade Pierson notified the Board of his plan to resign as Corinth Fire Warden. Although a state appointed position, the Selectboard can make  recommendations for his replacement. There was a lengthy discussion concerning the responsibilities of the Fire Warden. Many questions were raised and Locke suggested tabling the issue in order to gather more information. Groschner agreed to look into this. The Board will address the appointment at their next meeting.

Transfer Station Attendants: Smith moved to hire JoAnn Hayward and Bill Farr as alternating transfer station attendants for the NEK District expanded recycling/waste oil collection program to commence on September 8, 2012. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Training will be provided for the new attendants. Smith will see that signs are posted to inform the public of the new services.

Town Forest Committee: Groschner moved to appoint Kevin Eaton and Greg Manning to the Town Forest Committee. Smith seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Correspondence: The Selectboard received notice that the Town Health Officer's 3-year term expires August 31, 2012. Groschner will contact Glynn Pellagrino to see if he is interested in another term. Groschner stated that there was interest in planning activities for Corinth's 250th celebration. He will update the Board of plans and meeting dates when known. The Selectboard received and signed the Hazardous Waste Site Info Verification Report.

Smith moved to adjourn. Groshner seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:18 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
August 7, 2012

Minutes of the Financial Meeting, August 7, 2012
4 p.m., at the Town Hall


Attending for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board.
Guests:  Michael Casella and others representing Casella Waste Management.


The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m.

The Board and the Casella representatives reviewed and signed the contract for Casella’s management of the Corinth transfer station for the period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.    The Board also reviewed with Casella the separate arrangements the town is making for collecting additional recyclable materials, to be disposed of by the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills presented by the Treasurer and signed orders for payment.

The Board reviewed and approved the Journal entries for the month of July.

Following the conclusion of regular business, the Board reviewed a number of outstanding matters with a view to placing them on the agenda for the August 12 regular Selectmen’s meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039

Minutes of the Special Meeting of the
Board of Selectmen, July 31, 2012


Attending for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Karen Galayda, Chairman of the Board of Listers.


The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

The Listers proposed two changes to the 2012 Grand List, under the “errors and omissions” rubric:  an increase in the value of Parcel 073-03102 to $138,000 from $126,600; and deactivation of Parcel 078-03500, resulting in a reduction of value from $39,600 to zero.  The Board unanimously approved these changes, resulting in a net decrease in value of the 2012 Grand List of $28,200.

The Board reviewed the sums of money required in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 to meet municipal obligations approved at Town Meeting 2012.  These sums require a tax rate of $0.1533 for the General Fund, $0.4028 for the Highway Fund, and $0.0051 to fund local agreements not to impose taxes on certain properties.  These rates were added to the State-imposed education tax rates of $1.3099 for homestead properties and $1.3446 for non-residential properties.

The sums of these rates yielded overall tax rates for 2012-2013, which the Board unanimously approved, as follows:

        Residential Tax Rate:  $1.8711 per $100 of valuation;
        Non-residential Tax Rate:  $1.9058 per $100 of valuation.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039


Unapproved Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen,
July 18, 2012,
at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall


Attending for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner


The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m.

The Board reviewed the status of negotiations with Casella Waste Management.  The most recent exchanges between the Town and Casella have concerned: (a) the formula for calculating changes in bag fees in the period following the first two years of the contract; and (b) the length of the contract--whether it should run for two years with consideration given to a subsequent three years, or whether it should run for five years.

Casella has accepted the Town’s proposal for a bag fee formula, but prefers that the contract run for five years.

The Board discussed the pros and cons of entering into a five-year contract, and agreed that the Town’s interests would not be adversely affected by meeting Casella’s request.  It was noted that the contract contains a termination clause that permits the parties to withdraw from the contract upon 90-days’ notice by either party.

The Board then formulated a communication to Casella to reflect the decision to accept a five-year term, to confirm the Town’s understanding that the effective start date of the contract will be July 1, 2012, and to seek additional clarification as to what kinds of plastics are included in the single-stream recycling program that Casella will operate at the transfer station.

The Board anticipates that the contract will be signed by the parties in the near future, pending a response from Casella.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
July 9, 2012


Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting and the minutes of the July 3, 2012 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Highway Department: Smith moved to renew participation in the Federal Surplus Property Program. Groschner seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. Smith then moved to authorize the chairman to sign the renewal document when submitted. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Roderick reported that the Highway Dept. has received both sets of radios that were purchased with monies from the Homeland Security Grant. This grant requires attendance at Incident Command Systems Training. Roderick advised that at least one board member attend the upcoming training being held in Barre. Joe Blodgett will forward the details of this training to the Board. Roderick also reported that two bids have been received for a paving project on Goose Green Road (from Bear Notch Road to Young Road). Locke moved to accept the recommendation of the Road Commissioner and accept the bid from Pike Industries for $134,972.45. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Building Maintenance: Norm Collette stated in a letter to the board that he was concerned the back field had not yet been mowed. Roderick said the Highway Dept. would be doing the mowing soon. Collette suggested that in the future it be mowed twice during the season.

Other Business: An attendant is needed at the Transfer Station on Saturday mornings to accommodate the expansion of the recycling program. Duties include collecting fees for tires and seeing that materials are sorted and disposed of properly. The Board will see if anyone from the Highway Department, Energy Committee or Conservation Commission is interested. Casella is raising the "cost per bag" fee beginning July 14. Ginny Barlow has informed the Selectboard that she is resigning from the Conservation Commission. Anne McKinsey will replace her. Emily Rowe will become the new chairman.

At 7:50 p.m. Smith moved that the Board, Sciortino and Roderick go into executive session to discuss the vacant seat on the school board. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting resumed at 8:00 p.m. The Board reported that they had received a letter from Pamela Doyle expressing interest in the position of school director. The Selectboard will take Ms. Doyle's letter into consideration.

Other Business: The Board received word from Fire Chief Ed Pospisil that Bank of America is planning to tear down the Eastman house which was destroyed in a recent fire and has solicited an estimate from Bill Ricker for the work. Locke will update Rick Cawley of the current plan. Discussion ensued concerning abandoned properties. The Board agreed to investigate the feasibility of a town ordinance that addresses this. Groschner will contact VLCT for advice.
Roderick spoke about plans for the new Park & Ride on Route 25 in Corinth. He presented the state specifications and informed the Board that the deadline for filing the application is August 31. There was a short discussion about property lines.

Correspondence: Avada Hearing Clinic has notified the Board that they can provide a free hearing screening in Corinth. Questions were raised and Smith stated that she would get more information about the screening. Other correspondence was reviewed.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Unapproved Minutes of the Financial Meeting, July 3, 2012
4 p.m., at the Town Hall


Attending for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Chris Groschner.  Not present: Susanne Smith.
Others attending: Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board


The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m.

The Board reviewed financing for the purchase of a 2013 International dump truck.  The price of the truck, body, ancillary equipment, and painting is $186,792.  A down payment of $18,100 will be made with the proceeds from the recent sale of the town’s 2002 International dump truck, leaving the sum of $168, 692 to be financed.  Groschner moved and Locke seconded that the Board execute a capital equipment note with People’s United Bank of Bridgeport, CT, to borrow $168,692, payable over a five-year period with the first payment due in November 2013.  The motion carried.

The note permits prepayment without penalty.  The Board approved the Treasurer’s intention to prepay $35,000 from FY2013 funds appropriated at Town Meeting for this purchase, and to seek lower-interest financing from a State-sponsored fund for capital equipment purchases.

The Board also approved an adjustment to the FY2013 town highway budget by reclassifying capital equipment appropriations and expenditures from the highway general fund to the highway capital equipment fund.

The Board reviewed bills due for payment in the month of July and signed orders for payment.

The Board reviewed and approved the Treasurer’s Journal entries for the month of June.

The Board reviewed with the Treasurer recent progress in completing an inventory of the town’s physical assets.  Completion of this project will be a major step toward bringing the town into compliance with the standards of the General Accounting Standards Board and thus satisfying a long-standing recommendation of the town’s auditors.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
June 11, 2012

Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner, Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Road Foreman: Joe Blodgett, Planning Commission Members: Robyn Brill and Ryan Dodge, Health Officer: Glynn Pellagrino, Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino, Guest: Barry Stryker

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting with one correction. The town's Komatsu PC-240-LC is a 1999, not a 1998. Groschner seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.
Minutes from the June 5, 2012 Financial Meeting were approved on June 12, 2012.

Public Concerns: Chris Groschner asked the Selectboard if he could temporarily store some stones from a construction project behind the Corinth Academy. The request was approved.

Highway Department: Groschner moved to accept a bid from Global Truck Traders, Inc. for $18,100 to purchase the 2002 Mack RD690P dump truck with wing and all-way plow. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Blodgett will notify Global Truck Traders that their bid was accepted. Referring to a discussion on speed limits held last month, Blodgett reported that a speed calculating machine is available for the town to use. The Board asked Blodgett to obtain the machine and conduct a traffic speed survey on Village Road. Brill said that the Planning Commission had been discussing speed limits and signage as well. They will get back to the Selectboard with their ideas and recommendations. Roderick stated that he is currently rewriting Corinth's Traffic Ordinance.

Maintenance Contract: Smith moved that the town renew the Town Hall generator maintenance contract with Control Power Systems for $550. This is a one year contract in effect from June 2012 to May 2013. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Smith moved that the Treasurer disburse $550 for the contract renewal with Control Power Systems. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointment of School Director: The Board acknowledged the resignation of School Board Member, Dick Kelley. The Selectboard will be appointing a replacement for Kelley. A notice seeking candidates was posted but there has been no response.

Planning Commission: Brill reported that the Planning Commission is looking into setting up a Facebook page for the town as a way to build stronger social connections and increase citizen involvement. Brill noted that they are in the preliminary planning stages but wanted feedback from the Selectboard. Smith moved that the Board direct the Planning Commission to continue investigating Facebook and report back in September. Locke seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Health Officer Matters: Options for the burned out Eastman property were presented. Liability issues and possible health/safety concerns were discussed. Pellagrino felt that the health concerns were minimal. Pursuant to advice from VLCT and the expressed disposition of the Board, Locke will follow up by contacting Town Attorney, Rick Cawley, to determine what actions, if any, need to be taken.

Other Business:
Websterville Baptist School Trustee, Barry Stryker, spoke on the benefits of sending Corinth students to his school for grades 9-12. The payment of tuition at religious schools by town school boards is not authorized at this time and might be challenged in the courts. Stryker presented the school's plan to address the legal issues. He was seeking an initial response from the Selectboard as to whether the Town would support the school's legal effort and, later, perhaps some financial help for mounting a court challenge. Groschner felt the Board needed more time to study the information.

At 9:04 p.m. Smith moved that the Board and Health Officer, Glynn Pellagrino, go into executive session to discuss issues pertaining to health and welfare. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting resumed at 9:50 p.m. No action was taken. There will be further discussion on the topic.

Correspondence was reviewed.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Smith seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
P.O. Box 461
Corinth, Vermont 05039
Minutes of the Financial Meeting, June 5, 2012

 

4 p.m., at the Town Hall
Present for the Board:  Allen Locke, chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner.
Others present: Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer

   
The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m.

The Board reviewed bills and signed orders for payment

The Board reviewed and approved Journal Entries for the month of May.

Upon the departure of Hansen and Fortunati, the Board discussed aspects of the draft solid waste contract to be concluded with Casella Waste Management Systems.  Additional guidance was developed on the matter of future bag fees, but no decisions were taken.

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
May 14, 2012


Attending: Selectboard Members: Allen Locke - Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner,
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Road Foreman: Joe Blodgett, Town Treasurer: Susan Fortunati, Lister: Karen Galayda, Planning Commission Member: William Devins,
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino, Guests: Elisabeth, Dennis, Elsa and Adylyne Kulakowski

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Smith moved to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting.
Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Groschner moved to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2012 Financial Meeting. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. 
Locke called a recess at 7:10 in order to convene the Public Hearing on the 2012 Corinth Town Plan. There were no comments, questions or concerns. The Selectboard Meeting resumed.

Public Concerns: The Board received a letter dated May 4, 2012 from Joan and Rich Moore requesting to make improvements and perform maintenance on Hazlett Road (class IV). Dennis Kulakowski, another owner of property abutting the road, expressed concerns and presented his plans for improving the road. Blodgett said he would take a look at the project and advise the landowners. The Board suggested that the two parties meet and discuss the proposed work so the plan is clear and all are in agreement.

Corinth Town Plan: Groschner moved to adopt the Town of Corinth Town Plan 2012 as submitted by the Planning Commission. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.  Devins stated that the Planning Commission wants to do a comprehensive rewrite of the plan over the next five years. Locke stated he would like the Board and the Planning Commission to begin addressing the recommendations in the Town Plan.

Treasurer's Report: Bills and warrants were submitted to the Board. A credit application was presented for signatures in order to finance a new excavator. Discussion followed concerning financing. Blodgett will set up a meeting between the Town and Nortrax Northeast to clarify the application process. Smith moved that the Selectboard approve the purchase of a 2011 John Deere excavator ZX120-3 from Nortrax Northeast for $115,050 less the $45,500 trade-in on the town's 1998 Komatsu PC-240-LC. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Highway Department: Blodgett reported that the Roods requested permission to take down a tree near their garage. The Highway Dept. will contact TR Jackson, the property owner, to discuss this project. As planned at the February Selectboard meeting, pedestrian signs were posted in East Corinth Village. A discussion followed concerning speed limits and signage.

Old Business: Groschner reported that he has checked in with the Health Officer concerning a property with a possible septic issue. The Health Officer will be sending a certified letter to the landowner.

Correspondence: Materials on the development of a regional sustainability plan was received. Locke proposed that Smith and Groschner review the paperwork. A new contract from the Orange County Sheriff's Office was received. Discussion followed on the cost and amount budgeted for this service. Locke moved that the Board approve the renewal of the law enforcement contract with Orange County Sheriff's Office for one year effective July 1, 2012. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Financial Meeting, May 8, 2012


Present for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith; Chris Groschner
Others present:  Suzanne Hansen, Financial Assistant to the Board; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Joe Truss, proprietor of PikComm, guest.



The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m.

The Board reviewed outstanding bills and signed orders for their payment.  Discussion followed concerning procedures for the Board’s approval of bills for payment, with a view to identifying ways to improve the timeliness of payments.  One measure considered was changing the date of the financial meeting from the Tuesday before the second Monday of the month to the first Tuesday of the month; in certain months, this would permit payment of bills one week earlier.  There will be follow-up at a later meeting of the Board.

The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Journal Entries for the month of April.

The Board reviewed bids received from three public accounting firms and voted to offer a contract to Sullivan & Powers for the next year, based on price and past performance.

The meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
April 9, 2012

 

Attending:
Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino
Guests: Connie Longo, Norm Collette, Robyn Brill, Joe Blodgett
Locke called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Smith moved to approve the minutes of the March 12, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting, the March 13, 2012 Financial Meeting and the April 3, 2012 Financial Meeting. Groschner seconded. The motion was passed unanimously after the correction of a spelling error.
Locke moved to appoint Gabe Zoerheide to a 3-year term on the Conservation Commission. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to appoint Jane Conner to a 3-year term beginning April 17, 2012 as Town Representative on the Library Board of Trustees. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
2012 Town Plan
Robyn Brill stated that the Planning Commission would like to readopt the present town plan (adopted in 2007). Smith moved that the Selectboard hold a public meeting on May 14, 2012 for the purpose of establishing the 2012 Town Plan. Locke seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The Selectboard will review the plan prior to the hearing. The public can access the town plan at www.corinthvt.org.
Highway Department
Two grants (signs/radios) were presented and signed. Joe Blodgett and Frank Roderick explained the Public Works Emergency/Non Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement which is renewed every three years. Locke moved to approve the renewal of the Mutual Aid Agreement. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Building Maintenance
Norm Collette reported that the piano in the Town Hall has been repaired and there is no need to look for a replacement. Three bids for a new Town Hall furnace were presented and discussed. Groschner moved to accept Dan's Plumbing and Heating's bid for $12,400. Locke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Locke signed the estimate from Dan's Plumbing and Heating. Collette will contact Dan and begin plans for the conversion.
Town Hall Use Policy
Collette is in the process of revising the Town Hall Use Policy. The Board had input and offered suggestions on several policy revisions.
Old Business
Groschner reported back to the Board that he had contacted the health officer concerning a property with a possible septic issue. He and health officer, Glynn Pellagrino, will make recommendations to remedy the situation.



New Business
The contract between Casella and the town is being reviewed. Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District and the town attorney are reviewing the document.

Correspondence
Correspondence was reviewed and discussed. Locke moved to approve a request from Washington Electric Co-Op to relocate a distribution line on Pike Hill Road. Groschner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Groschner moved to adjourn. Locke seconded. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth

Board of Selectmen

P.O. Box 461

Corinth, Vermont 05039

 

 

Approved Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Board

March 28, 2012

1:30 p.m., at the Town Hall

 

Attending for the Board:  Allen Locke, Chairman; Susanne Smith

Guest:  Paul Tomasi, Executive Director, NEK Waste Management District

 

The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Board agreed to go into executive session, with the participation of Mr. Tomasi, to review a proposed contract between the Town of Corinth and Casella Waste Management, Inc.

 

The Board concluded its executive session at 3:25 p.m.; no decisions were taken as a result of the proceedings.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.



Town of Corinth Board of Selectmen       
Financial Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2012


Attending: Board of Selectmen, Allen Locke, Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner
           Treasurer, Susan Fortunati
           Financial Assistant to the Board, Suzanne Hansen

Locke called meeting to order at 4:20 pm.  Bills were reviewed and warrants signed.

Treasurer brought up concerns re vendor payment paperwork requirements.

The Board established a policy that all vendors providing a product must provide a W-9 form and all vendors providing a service must provide a W-9 and an insurance certificate
with worker’s comp. coverage or a non-employee work agreement.

Treasurer has asked for or provided these forms and in some cases they have not been returned/filled out. Henceforth, failure to provide the above-mentioned paperwork will result in delayed payment for services rendered or product provided.

VLCT Pacif and Worker’s Comp. Insurance was discussed.  The Board reviewed changes
included in the policy which was renewed as of January.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:20pm.

Susanne Smith
Selectman



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
March 12, 2012


Attending:
Selectboard Members: Allen Locke-Chair, Susanne Smith, Chris Groschner
Town Treasurer: Susan Fortunati
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Lister: Karen Galayda
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino
Guest: John Osowski

Locke called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Smith moved to nominate Allen Locke for Selectboard Chairman. Groschner seconded. The motion passed with 2 in favor, 1 abstention.

Smith moved to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting and the February 29, 2012 Public Informational Meeting. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointment of Municipal Officers:
Locke moved to appoint Linda Weiss, Russ Pazdro, Lee Porter, Irene Mann and Lora Nielsen to 1-year terms on the Budget Committee. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Frank Roderick and Earl Adams to 3-year terms on the Conservation Commission. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Diana Perry to a 1-year term as Animal Control Officer. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Smith moved to reappoint Jack Learmonth to a 1-year term as the E-911 Coordinator. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Joe Truss for 1-year terms as the Emergency Management Coordinator and the Upper Valley Ambulance Service Rep. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Smith moved to appoint Holly Groschner, Anne Margolis, Tim O'Dell, Dan Wing and Gabe Zoerheide to the Energy Committee for one year. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Bob Fortunati and to appoint Mike Danforth and Gary Bicknell for 1-year terms as Fence Viewers. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to appoint Joshua Gaetz to a 3-year term, Ryan Dodge to a 3-year term and Holly Groschner to a 2-year term (to complete Peter Keene's term) on the Planning Commission. Kevin Kinerson will remain as an alternate until his term expires in 2014. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to appoint Russ Pazdro to a 3-year term as a public member of the Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Smith was designated as the Selectboard representative to this committee.
Groschner moved to reappoint Frank Roderick to a 1-year term as Road Commissioner. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Jen Brooks-Wooding to a 1-year term as Service Officer. Smith seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Virginia Barlow to 1-year terms as Tree Warden and Surveyor of Wood and Timber. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Smith moved to appoint Luise Graf, Lois Jackson, Joyce McKeeman, Forbes Morrell, Bob Sandberg and Greg Thurston to 1-year terms on the Waste Management Committee. Groschner seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Chris Groschner agreed to be the Selectboard representative on this committee.
Locke moved to reappoint Karen Galayda to a 1-year term as Zoning Administrator. Groschner seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Locke moved to reappoint Louise Sandberg and Forbes Morrell and appoint Frank Roderick to 1-year terms on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Groschner seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Public Concerns:
John Osowski described the damages to his property due to drainage runoff. The problem has been ongoing over several years. He and the road commissioner have recently walked the property and discussed possible solutions. Roderick suggested putting in a culvert on Blue Wind Lane at the corner of the cemetery. The Selectboard agreed and the work will be done when the road conditions allow.

Treasurer's Concerns:
Bills and Warrants were submitted to the Selectboard and signed. Smith moved to sign the renewal for a tobacco/liquor license for the East Corinth General Store. Locke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The Board received notification from Washington Electric Company regarding a 200 foot line planned for a section on Brook Road. Locke moved to grant permission for WEC to perform the work on Brook Road (Project 303-39). Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Listers' Concerns:
Galayda reported concerns regarding a property in town. One of the concerns is the possibility of an inadequate septic system. Groschner stated that he would look into the matter.

Facilities/Town Hall Issues:
The estimate for a new furnace for the Town Hall will be completed soon. The Town Hall Use Policy will be presented at the April meeting. Corinth Historical Society made a donation for the use of the Town Hall March 10, 2012.

Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:
Roderick reported that the Highway Department is investigating the possibility of selling, purchasing, and/or trading various equipment.

Correspondence:
The auditors' report was received from Sullivan & Powers.
Smith moved to sign a letter of agreement between the Town of Corinth and Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District pursuant to the Australian ballot vote on March 6, 2012. Groschner seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.

Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Groschner seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Emergency Selectboard Meeting
February 29, 2012

Attending:
Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Substitute Board Clerk:  Kelly McFarline

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.
Road Commissioner's Concerns:
Pazdro moved to permit the Road Commissioner to post roads all over town in accordance with state statutory weight limits. Specifically, maximum weight limit for single axle trucks is 15,000 pounds; maximum weight limit for 2-axle trucks is 18,000 pounds; and for trucks with 3 or more axles, the maximum weight limit is 20,000 pounds. The statutory weight limit will be effective March 1, 2012 and end May 15, 2012 or sooner should conditions allow. According to V.S.A. § 1110 of Title 19, the selectmen shall post signs in at least two public places in town and the signs must "be conspicuously placed at each end of the highway or portion of the highway" where the weight restrictions exist.  Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Pazdro moved to adjourn.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Emergency Selectboard Meeting
Unapproved  Minutes
Feb.23, 2012
        
                      

Attending:   Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke
Mike Casella, Casella Waste Management Systems

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 6:30p.m.
Pazdro moved to go into executive session for the purpose of negotiating a contract. Smith seconded, motion passed . Board came out of executive session at 7:15 , No decision was made.
           
Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
February 13, 2012

Attending:
Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Town Treasurer: Susan Fortunati
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino
Guests: Norm Collette, Connie Longo

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.

Approval of January 3, 2012 Selectboard Finance Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to amend the minutes to include "Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard Financial Assistant, would be reviewing the journal entries." Smith seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously. The minutes were approved with the above change.

Pazdro moved to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2012 Regular Selectboard Meeting, the January 30, 2012 Special Selectboard Meeting, the January 12, 2012 Emergency Meeting, the January 19, 2012 Emergency Meeting and the January 18, 2012 Public Informational Meeting. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Concerns:
A call from a Corinth resident prompted a discussion about 911 calls for ambulance service and the option to choose the service that is closest. If a person requires an ambulance, they may call any service directly or call 911 and get Upper Valley Ambulance Service. The town is presently under contract with Upper Valley Ambulance Service. The Board will be reviewing the language in the contract.

Treasurer's Concerns:
A memorandum from VLCT, containing recommendations for improvements and a municipal internal controls' checklist, was read and discussed. The Board and the Treasurer rated each item on the list. This completed checklist provides a concise record of strengths and weaknesses rating the town's operations. The information will help pinpoint specific areas that need addressing. A letter of response will be written to VLCT with the results.
Fortunati has looked into direct payroll deposit for town employees that are interested. There is no cost for the service at this time.
A letter from Assistant Judges, Joyce McKeeman and Victoria Weiss, informed the treasurer that Corinth's share of Orange County taxes for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $28,624.97. $30,000 had been budgeted for this. It will be paid in July.
Fortunati also reported that work on Fraud Risk Management is scheduled for this year.

Facilities/Town Hall Issues:
Norm Collette reported that the electrical and plumbing work will be completed soon. There are new lights and outlets in the Town Hall and a water softener will be installed to help prevent future plumbing problems. Next month Collette will bring three itemized bids for a new heating system. He also noted that the piano is in need of extensive repairs and it might be best to look for a replacement. The Board agreed and asked Collette to see if anyone has a piano they would like to donate to the town.
Concerns were raised in regard to the Town Hall Usage Policy. The policy was last updated in 2005 and is in need of changes. Collette will research the issue and bring a draft of the changes to the Selectboard.

Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:
Roderick presented a claim for partial state payment for a box culvert. The figures on the claim needed to be adjusted and resubmitted. Roderick next presented the Annual Certificate of Highway Miles. Pazdro moved that the Board sign the Certificate and send it to the Agency of Transportation. Locke seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Waste Management Concerns:
After a lengthy discussion addressing the selection of a waste hauler to service Corinth's transfer station, the Board came to a decision. Locke moved that the chair contact Casella Waste Management and commence negotiations to create a contract in order to continue with their services. Pazdro seconded the motion. The motion passed by a vote of 2 to 1.

Committees:
Fortunati stated that she had not received the second half payment for taxes on the land donated by Susan Shea. It was marked paid and expensed off to the Town Forest Committee.

Correspondence:
The Selectboard received a letter with a request to look into a neglected property. The town has no authority to control access or intervene however, since this is a private property. The Board also received a letter from Sugar Maple Preschool asking that signs be put up near the school to warn motorists to slow down for children. The road commissioner said that the ground is frozen now but signs can be put up in the spring. He felt that arranging orange cones near the school would help in the interim and agreed to see that the cones were delivered.

Locke moved to adjourn the meeting and Pazdro seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 p.m.



Corinth Selectboard Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
Feb.7, 2012

Attending: Selectboard members; Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke, Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard assistant, Susan Fortunati Treasurer

Pazdro Called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.
Bills were reviewed and the warrants were signed
       
Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.



TOWN OF CORINTH
SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING
Jan.30, 2012


Attending: Selectboard -  Russ Pazdo, Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
               
The Meeting was called  to order at 10am After discussion Pazdro made a motion to accept and sign the warning for the annual town meeting, to be held on March 6, as presented. Locke seconded . The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 am.



TOWN OF CORINTH
EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING
Jan.19, 2012

Attending: Selectboard -  Russ Pazdo, Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
                  Joyce Mckeeman, chair. Waste Management Comm.
                   Mike Casella , Mike Wark Casella Waste Management


Meeting came to order at 4:10 pm and chairman immediately called for executive session to begin contract deliberations.

No decisions were reached.

Executive session ended at 5:15 pm and meeting was adjourned.



Town of Corinth
Public Information Meeting
January 18, 2012

 

Attending:
Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
Waste Management Committee Members: Joyce McKeeman-Chair, Lois Jackson, Luise Graf
Executive Director of Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District: Paul Tomasi
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino
Sixteen Residents of Corinth

Meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Mckeeman made introductions and outlined the duties and responsibilities of the Corinth Waste Management Committee.

Smith provided information on waste management in Corinth and explained the benefits of joining a solid waste district. Compliance with new state regulations pertaining to  HHW collections was the primary reason for the investigation of solid waste districts. The Board and the Waste Management Committee believe it is in the town's best interest to join the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District.

Tomasi presented a history and overview of Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District. He outlined the many services the Waste District provides including HHW collection, educational workshops and assuming responsibility for state and federal mandates, facility certifications and permit requirements. One of the goals of the NEKWMD is to "relieve the financial and administrative burden on rural Vermont towns".

There were many questions from Corinth residents concerning costs, recycling, public education, equipment, hazardous waste and the obligations/responsibilities as a member town.

A formal hearing will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
at 7 p.m.
Residents will vote on NEKWMD membership on Town Meeting Day--March 6, 2012.

Meeting ended at 8:00 p.m.



TOWN OF CORINTH
EMERGENCY SELECTBOARD MEETING
Jan.12, 2012


Attending: Selectboard -  Russ Pazdo, Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
                  Joyce Mckeeman, chair. Waste Management Comm.
                   Mike Casella , Mike Wark Casella Waste Management


Meeting came to order at 4:00 pm and chairman immediately called for executive session to begin contract deliberations.

No decisions were reached.

Executive session ended at 5:15 pm and meeting was adjourned.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Regular Selectboard Minutes
Jan.9, 2012

 

Attending:Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro, Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith

Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick

Fire Department: Thomas King, Assistant Chief
                             David Danforth, Deputy Chief

Chris Groschner


Pazdro called meeting to order at 7pm.

Regular minutes for Dec.6 and Dec. 12 were approved.
Minutes for special meetings of Dec. 8 and Dec. 14 were approved.

Several bills were reviewed and warrants were signed.

Fire Department concerns were brought up and several options for future financing were discussed. The matter was tabled pending further investigation by both the Selectboard and Fire Dept.


Re Facilities and Town hall issues it was agreed that the usual fee would be charged for hall use for yoga classes, since there are heating costs, etc.

Additionally, Selectboard agreed that Norm Collette and Connie Longo would be paid as per usual for the town meeting hall set-up.

Waste Management Concerns:   Notification letters re Jan. 18 and Feb. 29 public information meetings to discuss town vote on joining Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will be sent out Tuesday, Jan. 10.  Meeting notice is already posted in town and advertisement has been sent to Journal Opinion.


Meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Selectboard Minutes
Jan. 3, 2012

 

Attending:  Russ Pazdro, Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
Susan Fortunati, Treasurer, Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard Assistant
Karen Galayda

Pazdro called meeting to order at 4pm. Bills were reviewed and warrants were signed.

Selectboard agreed that Fortunati should adjust per capita  payment to Upper Valley Services to reflect population of 1367 from 2010 census.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30.



Town of Corinth
Special Selectboard Meeting
Dec.14, 2011



Attending: Selectboard -  Russ Pazdo, Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
                   Joyce Mckeeman, Waste management committee chair.
                   Don Hubert, Marshall Laundry  Earth Waste Systems


Meeting came to order at 7pm and chairman immediately called for executive session to begin contract deliberations.

No decisions were reached.

Executive session ended at 8:30 pm and meeting was adjourned.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
December 12, 2011


Attending:
Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

Approval of November 14, 2011 Regular Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
There was one addition to the Nov. 14, 2011 minutes. "The town will pay the full premium for each covered employee. In addition, for..." was added as the second sentence of the Town Employee Health Insurance section. Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as amended. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of December 6, 2011 Selectboard Finance Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of December 8, 2011 Special Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Smith moved to accept the minutes as presented. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Concerns:
Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.

Facilities/Town Hall Issues:
The work on clarifying the Town Hall boundaries has been completed.
Two Rivers has obtained access through a grant to energy-saving lightbulbs and other appliances and is offering them to towns at no cost for use in municipal buildings.

Waste Management Concerns:
A meeting is scheduled for December 14, 2011 with Earth Waste.
SWIP grant application will be completed and submitted by December 31, 2011.


Road Commissioner/Highway Concerns:
Frank Roderick reported that work has been done on Bear Notch Road and Richardson Road.
Locke made the motion to amend the Highway Department Personnel Policy, adopted on
August 8, 2011, as follows: "In section 15, delete the first sentence of the third paragraph."
Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


Committees:
Preparations for the 2012 Town Report were discussed. A special meeting to prepare and sign the warning for Town Meeting was tentatively set for January 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Correspondence:
Correspondence was reviewed and discussed. A survey from Vermont Lottery regarding signs and regulations was filled out. A Boundary and Annexation Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau was also completed.

Other Business:
There was discussion about the exact location of town lines on the road leading to East Orange Village. Locke suggested using state highway maps and tax maps to help ascertain this information.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting. Locke seconded.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Special Selectboard Meeting
Dec.8, 2011

 

Attending: Selectboard -  Russ Pazdo, Chair, Susanne Smith, Allen Locke
                   Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner
                   Mike Casella , Casella Waste Management


Meeting came to order at 7pm and chairman immediately called for executive session to begin contract deliberations.

No decisions were reached.

Executive session ended at 7:50pm and meeting was adjourned.



Corinth Selectboard Special Meeting
Dec.6, 2011
Unapproved Minute



Attending:   Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke
Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard assistant, Susan Fortunati, Treasurer


Pazdro Called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
Bills were reviewed and the warrants were signed

  Fortunati inquired about the status of one of the hwy. Dept. Employees in regard to whether they are part time or full time. This needs to be determined because of possible needed contributions to the state retirement fund. The board decided to investigate the problem.
           
Meeting was adjourned at 5:10 pm.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
November 14, 2011

Attending:
Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro - Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
Lister: Karen Galayda
Fire Chief: Ed Pospisil
Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Approval of October 10, 2011 Regular Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of November 1, 2011 Selectboard Finance Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Concerns:
Joe Truss submitted a request for four narrowband radios (two VHF and two UHF) for town use. After some discussion, it was decided that the details would be turned over to the Budget Committee. Ed Pospisil reported that the fire department has applied for a grant for radios, gear and other essentials.

Listers' Concerns:
Karen Galayda submitted an Errors and Omissions report. Locke  moved to accept the recommendation of Galayda to correct the 2011 Grand List in the following manner: a name change on parcels #073-03162 and #073-03182, a combination of parcels #082-03880 and #056-00400 and a corrected listing on parcel #097-03538. Pazdro seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Concerns:
Invoices were reviewed and discussed.

Town Employee Health Insurance:
Following discussion, Pazdro moved that the town will provide a new health insurance plan to town employees, an  HSA Blue Care  2000/4000 BC/BS policy, noting that it will provide the town with significant cost savings over the current plan. For the first year, beginning January 1, 2012, the town will fully fund the deductible, which is $2000 for one-person coverage, and $4000 for the family plan.  This funding will be in the form of a deposit into a Health Savings Account for each covered employee, half of which will be paid at the beginning of the calendar year and the other half at mid-year.  For subsequent years, the town’s contributions to the HSAs will depend on overall town budget priorities and can be expected to be lower. Locke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Next steps include changing the town employee policy to reflect the new health coverage and instructing the town treasurer to write letters to the employees informing them of the changes.

Facilities Report/Town Hall Issues:
The board discussed work needing to be done, including repairs or replacement of the hot water heater.

Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:
Frank Roderick reported that the road crew has completed most of the tropical storm damage repairs. Other work includes grading and widening roads. There were some traffic incidents  during a recent snowfall which prompted Ed Pospisil to explain the division of responsibilities and coordination of services during emergencies.

Waste Management Concerns:
The Selectboard announced that a public informational meeting will take place January 18, 2012.  Representatives from the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will present information about the benefits of joining a waste management district. A hearing is being planned for February 29, 2012 and a vote will be taken at the March town meeting.

Committees:
The Town Report Committee has made a request that Local Art be the theme for the Annual Report this year. The board agreed.

Correspondence:
Correspondence was reviewed and discussed.

Other Business:
Ed Pospisil presented a map of the town highlighting all the active and future hydrants.
When completed, the map will be hung in the Town Hall.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting. Smith seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
October 10, 2011

Attending: Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
                  Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick
                  Board Clerk: Lynn Sciortino

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Approval of September 12, 2011 Regular Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of October 4, 2011 Selectboard Finance Meeting Minutes:
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Concerns: None

Listers' Concerns: None

Treasurer's Concerns: None

Facilities Report/Town Hall Issues:
Pazdro will contact Rick Cawley for an update on the Town Hall boundaries issue.
It was reported that two lights are out at the Town Hall - one at the flagpole and one over the door.

Waste Management Concerns:
Smith reported that there will be two transfer station site visits this month. The next meeting of the Waste Management Committee has been moved to October 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The committee is waiting to hear from Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District regarding the letter of intent they had written. Smith spoke at the last Planning Commission meeting to provide a brief overview of recent waste management issues.

Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:
Roderick presented a claim form for a paving grant to be signed in order to file for payment. Pazdro moved to sign
the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation Town Highway Program Class II Roadway Grant Claim in the amount of
$163,735.93. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Roderick also reported that negotiations with a dealer are
underway to trade the Komatsu Excavator for a newer, smaller machine. The winter's supply of sand is in and the road crew has been checking the plows. On October 19, 2011 Frank Roderick and Joe Blodgett will attend a Vermont League of Cities and Towns' conference on flood mitigation.

Committees:
Pazdro moved to accept the resignation of Penny Andrew and Steve Long from the Conservation Commission and appoint
Kerry DeWolfe and Emily Rowe to fill out the remainder of their terms. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Pazdro moved to appoint Penny Andrew to the Town Forest Committee. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Correspondence:
Correspondence was reviewed and discussed.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.



Town of Corinth Select Board Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
Oct.4, 2011

Attending:  Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer, Suzanne Hansen, selectboard assistant
Pazdro called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

Under other business, Paula Shea asked the Selectboard to authorize that her tax rebate be given directly to her, because of problems with an escrow account, with her mortgage provider. The  Selectboard recommended that she contact the State Attorney General for help.
The Selectboard approved a loan, which was approved by the revolving loan committee at their meeting of Sept.27,2011, for an amount of $5,000.00.
The Selectboard received a communication from the George D. Aiken Resource Conservation & development Council suggesting that funds not be sent to them. In light of this request the Board decided not to send funds that were appropriate at the last Town Meeting.

Bills were reviewed and warrants were signed.

Pazdro moved to adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m. Locke seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.



Town of Corinth Selectboard Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
September 12, 2011

Attending: Selectboard Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith, Frank Roderick: Road Commissioner, Lynn Sciortino: Board Clerk, Karen Galayda, Lois Jackson

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Approval of August 8, 2011 Regular Selectboard Meeting Minutes  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of September 6, 2011 Special Meeting Minutes Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Concerns: Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.
Town Attorney, Rick Cawley, has nearly completed the work on the Town Hall boundaries. Pazdro moved that the Selectboard will schedule a second monthly meeting at the Town Hall on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to attend to financial matters. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Listers' Concerns: Galayda requested clarification regarding the responsibilities of the Listers' Chairman pertaining to budget preparations. The Selectboard stated that Galayda, as chairman, is authorized to set hours and sign off on the number of hours submitted to the Treasurer's Office.

Zoning Administrator's Concerns: The board discussed flood zone ordinances, permits, town and landowners' responsibilities. There were questions/concerns about a property in town. Karen Galayda will contact Town Attorney, Rick Cawley, regarding this matter.

Facilities Manager Report/Town Hall Issues: Warrants and bills were discussed and signed. Galayda reported that the amount of tax money collected so far was sufficient to avoid any cash-flow problems. Lois Jackson reported that Norm Collette will need more time to gather information regarding the possible grant funding for acoustic improvements and a sound system for the Town Hall. He will present to the board at a later date.

Waste Management Concerns: A committee, chaired by Joyce McKeeman, has been established. Smith moved that the Selectboard sign a letter of intent to join Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District. The letter binds neither party. The decision to join would require a town vote. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously. It should be noted that the potential vote on joining a district was the result of CVSWMD notification that, after this year, they would no longer handle hazardous waste for the town unless we joined their district. Investigation into several waste management options is ongoing and there will be public hearings before any town vote.

Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns: Roderick reported delivery of a new ten wheel dump truck International. A military surplus storage trailer will be set up at the Transfer Station to replace an older one. Hurricane Irene was the cause of a serious washout on Richardson Road. Five other roads were badly flooded. All damage has been repaired and roads are open. Corinth has filed an initial request with FEMA for flood assistance. The Community Relations Arm of FEMA has funds available for individuals with severe damage due to the hurricane. Roderick anticipates that FEMA and NVDA will put together a flood assistance plan by October 1. (75% of the damage will be funded by FEMA, 25% split between state and town, with the possibility of the state picking up an additional two and a half percent) The town would like to acknowledge the dedication of the road crew and the fire department and thank them for the many extra hours they put in during and after Hurricane Irene.

Committees: The Selectboard received word that Dave Wieland-Alter will be resigning from the Budget Committee. The board will begin a search for his replacement.

Correspondence: Correspondence was read and discussed. Pazdro moved to designate Susanne Smith as the voting delegate from Corinth at the VLCT Annual Business Meeting on October 6. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Pazdro seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.



Corinth Selectboard Special Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
Sept 6, 2011

Attending:   Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke
Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard assistant, Susan Fortunati

Pazdro Called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.
Bills were reviewed and the warrants were signed

The board was informed that Upper Valley Services did not want the monies appropriated them at this years town meeting.
The board agreed not to send those funds.
   
Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.



Town of Corinth Selectboard Meeting
Unapproved Minutes
August 8, 2011

 

Attending: Select Board Members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith
                  Road Commissioner: Frank Roderick, Board Clerk: Olesia Pazdro
                  Ed Pospisil, Lynn Sciortino, Joe Blodgett, Josiah Sewall, Karen Galayda, John
                  Dionne
        
             
Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.

Approval of the minutes of the July 11, 2011 regular meeting: Pazdro moved that the board accept the minutes as written. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

Approval of the minutes of the July 26, 2011 emergency meeting: Pazdro moved that the board accept the minutes as written. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

Approval of the minutes of the August 2, 2011 special meeting: Pazdro moved that the board accept the minutes as written. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

Public Concerns
John Dionne described his plans for a new garage on Young Road and questioned whether the location would be within the town's right of way. Joe Blodgett stated that he would visit the site on August 9 and make a recommendation.

Fire Department
Ed Pospisil reported on recent activities of the fire department. He asked if the town would cover the enrollment cost of the firefighters in the National Volunteer Firefighters Association ($306) so that they would be eligible for benefits. Discussion took place. The money may be included in next year's budget. The Select Board was invited to attend the next live burn on August 21, 2011.

Waste Management
There was discussion about the benefits of joining a  waste management district. A letter of intent would need to go out in October. A town vote is required when joining such a district. The letter of intent would bind neither party. There are currently 5 members on the Waste Management Committee.

Listers' Concerns
Karen Galayda stated there had been three concerns on recent property assessments.
Locke made a motion to approve the listers' recommendation to remove the value of $321,800 from parcel 074-00033 and add $390,600 to parcel 074-00189 to correct a computer software error.  Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Locke made a motion to approve the listers' recommendation to reduce the value of parcel 060-00343  from $417,000 to $281,600 to correct a listing error. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion followed concerning taxes on the property S. Shea recently donated to the town. The Selectboard will contact Rick Cawley re this matter.

VLTC Health Insurance
After some discussion about the town’s health insurance options, Pazdro moved that the Selectboard sign the letter of  Broker of Record from the VLTC Health Trust.
Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.




Highway Department
Discussion occurred concerning holiday pay and compensatory time.
Pazdro made the motion to sign and approve the new personnel policy for the Highway Department adopted August 8, 2011 and going into effect August 15, 2011. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Locke stated for the record that the Selectboard is open to returning to the system of banking comp time if a practical way to do so can be found.

Road Commissioner's Report
Frank Roderick reported that the department completed three miles of paving this year, two miles on Brook Road, paid for by grant monies, and a mile on Cookeville Road. They are presently working on roadside mowing. Frank also stated they are ready to order a new culvert. This is for a grant funded project with 90% being paid by a State Structure Grant. A 50% deposit is due with the order.
A motion was made by Pazdro to approve the purchase of a box culvert from Calco, Inc. for $43,930.
Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Correspondence
The correspondence was presented and discussed.
Pazdro moved to sign the contract with Sullivan, Powers & Co. for auditing services at the cost of $11,600.  Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Other Business
Locke moved that the Selectboard approve a contract between Valerie Stori and the Town Forest Committee for consulting services. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 pm. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.



Corinth Selectboard Special Meeting
Minutes
August 2, 2011

 

Attending:   Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke
Suzanne Hansen, Selectboard assistant


Pazdro Called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
Bills were reviewed and the warrants were signed
Meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.



Corinth Selectboard Emergency Meeting
Minutes
July 26, 2011         
                           

Atttending:   Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith and Allen Locke
Susan Fortunati, Treasurer


Pazdro moved to set residential tax rate at $1.7499 and non-residential  tax rate at $1.9350 per one hundred dollars of valuation.


Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Meeting was adjourned at 6pm.



Town of Corinth Select Board Meeting
Approved Minutes
July 11, 2011

 

Attending: Select board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati; Town Treasurer and Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

Approval of minutes of June 13,2011 regular meeting:
There was one correction/clarification: 1) Under Facilities Manager Report: The facilities manager submitted a written communication to the board. It stated that CHS thanked the town for one load topsoil for their project in East Corinth. Pazdro moved that the minutes be accepted as corrected. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of minutes of the Special meeting of June 23,2011: Pazdro moved to accept the minutes of the June 23rd meeting. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Highway personnel policy:
Locke stated that there have been discussions on the newly rewritten policy; more will be presented once the highway personnel have the chance to review the policy.

 Solid waste issues:
The Select Board has been informed by Casella Waste Management that they will be accepting at the Corinth transfer station free of charge, TVs, computers, computer monitors, CRTs, printers, and computer peripherals. All other electronic waste will be accepted for a fee. There are limitations to the free disposal.

Basic Emergency Operation Plan:
Pazdro moved that the Select Board approve the basic emergency operation plan as edited. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. concerns:
Culvert work is beginning, particularly on Cookeville Road, near Abe Jacobs Road, and Chelsea Road. There was discussion of box culvert on West Corinth Rd. near Back way road. The road crew is also getting ready to do roadside mowing.
 
Facilities manager report/ Town hall usage:
The Select Board received a written report from the facilities manager stating that repairs and the painting of the academy bell tower have been completed. He would also like to thank all for the support and contributions brought in from various events and memorial funds making it possible to complete this project.

Correspondence:
Pazdro moved to sign the agreement with the VT department of taxes for a sum of $231.85 to license the town of Corinth for the Marshall and Swift cost tables until June 30, 2012. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Warrants and Bills & Treasurer’s Concerns
Pazdro moved that the Select Board sign the contract for Controlled Power Systems for the preventive maintenance agreement for the back up generator for the town hall for the amount of 550 dollars. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Locke moved that the board approve the purchase of a new Kyocera black and white printer/copier for the town office at approximately 2400 dollars. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Financial Report and Sign Warrants
The financial report, warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:01. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.




Town of Corinth Selectboard Meeting
Unapproved minutes
June 13, 2011

Attending: Selectboard members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer, Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Joe Blodgett, Peter Keene, Lister and Planning Commission, Vickie Weiss and Joyce McKeeman, Assistant Judges of Orange County

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of minutes of May 9, 2011 regular meeting
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as printed. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public concerns
Peter stated that the Listers had just mailed the change of appraisal notices. He also stated that the Planning commission will be having someone attending select board meetings. The committee is also working on rewriting the town plan. They intend to get information from many individuals involved in the town including emergency personnel and the Road Commissioner.

Orange County Assistant Judges address Selectboard
Weiss and McKeeman stated that on Sept. 15 in Fairlee there will be a budget meeting. They answered questions and discussed effects of recent court administrative changes.

Waste management
Smith reported that they are still in the information gathering process, talking to different district trying to find the best solution for lowest cost.

Town employees retirement program
Currently Corinth’s Vermont municipal retirement system defined benefit program offers only Group A, the minimum. There was discussion on offering the next level to employees. Locke moved that the board vote to expand the town employee retirement opportunities from Group A to Group B for the defined benefits program. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Financing of 2012 International truck, cab and chassis
There was discussion of exploring more options regarding which bank could offer the best loan package for the truck purchase. There will be a special meeting to decide once more information is gathered.

Discussion of financial assistant to the Selectboard
There was discussion of the possibility of Suzanne Hansen coming in next meeting, to meet and talk with the Selectboard.

Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. Concerns
Roderick reported on the revised estimate on paving roads this year. Roads to be paved this year will be; W. Corinth Road from the Whites to the end of the pavement and the Brook Rd. from Devin’s to Richardson Road. Crews have been working on grading the roads and new signs have been put up. Roderick also discussed selling or auctioning off a mower that was bought a couple of years ago and hasn’t been used.  Locke stated that the Highway personnel policy book is being revised. It will be in compliance with state law and should simplify bookkeeping. There was also discussion of speeding traffic through East Corinth village and various solutions.
 
Facilities manager report/ Town hall usage
Collette wished to thank the town for one load sifted topsoil for East Corinth.

Correspondence
Bridge inspection report was signed after being reviewed. Pazdro moved that the board sign the report. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Pazdro made a motion that the board fill out and sign the Orange County Sheriff’s department law enforcement services contract for the coming year for a total of $8,000. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Financial Report and Sign Warrants
The financial report, warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:32. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.



Town of Corinth Select board Meeting
Unapproved minutes
May 9, 2011

Attending: Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer, Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Sally Gundy and Karen Galayda

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of minutes of April 11,2011 regular meeting,
Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as amended, there were a few editing errors. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
 
Corinth Historical Society concerns
Pazdro moved that the board approve the landscape improvements in East Corinth at the Corliss Prescott site. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to approve that Green Mountain Power install an inline-stabilizing pole at no cost to the town or the CHS in or near the town right of way at the Corliss Prescott site. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Planning Commission concerns
Karen Galayda presented a resolution from the Planning Commission. The resolution states that an administrative assistant shall be appointed by the Planning Commission in accordance with VSA Chapter 117 Sec. 4325, which allows retention of staff. The Administrative Assistant shall be responsible to the Chairman and shall assist in carrying out the duties of the Planning Commission. The duties shall be, but not limited to:
To process and file permits and associated notifications.
To disperse meeting notes and other notifications to members.
To serve as a liaison to the Town Office for Planning Commission issues.

Locke moved that the board create the position as an administration assistant to the Planning Commission to be effective as of July 1, 2011. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Locke moved that the board, on the recommendation of the Planning Commission, appoint Karen Galayda to fill the position and to serve at the pleasure of the chairman of the Planning Commission. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Locke moved to reprogram thirteen hundred dollars from monies appropriated for the fiscal year of 2012 for the zoning administrator to fund the position of administrative assistant to the Planning Commission. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Solid waste issues
Smith stated that Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District will be holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday May 21st at the Barre Town Garage from 9am to 1pm.

Town hall property boundary
There was discussion about the possibility of a boundary agreement between the town hall property and the Wing/DuBois property. 

Parking Area East Corinth
There will be a public information meeting Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 at the East Corinth Congregational Church.

Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. Concerns
Things are going well; the town is still dealing with the remnants of mud season. The Select board approved an invoice for $1430.00 for clearing trees in areas of Brook Rd. not cut for Washington Electric’s project to improve the line of sight around a curve.

Committees energy /solid waste / town report
Smith stated that the town report committee is planning a Historical Corinth buildings theme. Pazdro moved to approve this theme for the next town report. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Smith also said that the town forest will have a site visit June 4th. The Town Forest Committee will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 12th from noon to 2pm.

Correspondence
The correspondence was presented and discussed

Financial Report and Sign Warrants
The financial report, warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed. Fortunati stated that in light of information presented at a recent conference, it is suggested that warrants should no longer be done by the treasurer.  There was discussion of possible options to resolve this situation.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30. Locke seconded. The motion passed.

 



Town of Corinth Select Board Meeting
Approved minutes
April 11, 2011

Attending: Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer, Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Virginia Barlow, Judy Drury, Lois Jackson, Luis Graf, and Joe Blodgett
Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of minutes of March 14,2011 regular meeting,
There were a few changes to the minutes. 1) Under appointments Pazdro moved to appoint Diana Perry as the Animal control officer for a one-year term. 2) Under Listers concerns Peter Keene reported that Karen Galayda was chosen as the chairman of the Board of Listers and that the work is going as planned. Smith moved to adopt minutes as amended. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of special meeting of March 24, 2011 Smith moved to accept the minutes as written. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointments
Locke moved that the board appoint Forbes Morrell and Louise Sandberg for the zoning board of adjustment for a one-year term. Pazdro seconded. Passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Frank Roderick for the transportation advisor representative for the Two Rivers Ottaquechee Commission. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Solid waste issues
Smith reported that currently the board is in the process of getting  information. After this year Corinth will no longer be allowed to participate in the hazardous waste collections through the Central Vermont Solid Waste District unless we join the district. The board is exploring our options.

Town forest concerns
Pazdro moved to authorize Rick Cawley to proceed with acceptance of the town forest which is being generously donated by Susan Shea. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
                                                            
Parking facility in East Corinth
Frank Roderick presented information concerning a possible parking area in the village of E. Corinth across from church. Full funding may be available from the Park & Ride program. There will be an informational meeting for the public on May 18th at the East Corinth Congregational church basement at 7:00p.m. The historical society presented a letter asking that the project be done in a way that fits the historic feel of the village.
 
Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. concerns
Smith moved that the select board sign the revised road and bridge standards for 2011 as presented by Frank Roderick. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved that the board sign the request by the Washington Electric Coop for work on Goose Green Road. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Facilities manager report/ Town hall usage
Collette discussed the possibility of scraping the sand from the Town Hall driveway and replace with stone. Collette will be taking a lead paint course in Colchester April 10th for certification. Plans to work on the gutter are in the process. Fortunati discussed signage for falling snow and ice on the Academy building.
                                        
Committees  energy /solid waste / town report
Smith reported that ideas for next year’s town report are already being discussed through email.

Correspondence
Correspondences were presented and discussed.

Treasurer’s Concerns
Fortunati reported that VLTC had settled a damage claim. Fortunati also reported that the loan for the 2000 dump truck just got paid off. The board signed the registration form for the 2006 Mack truck.

Financial Report and Sign Warrants
The financial report, warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed. The board signed a receipt for Olesia Pazdro for reimbursement for mailing cost.

Pazdro moved to adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Locke seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.



Town of Corinth Special Select Board Meeting
March 24, 2011

Attending: Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer
Pazdro Meeting called to order at 10:30 a.m.

Solid Waste Concerns:

Pazdro made a motion and Locke seconded to sign and return the contract for the solid waste implementation plan implementation grant for $2,000 with Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointments

Smith motioned and Locke seconded the appointment of Linda Weiss to the board of Stagecoach transportation as Corinths’ representative

Other business

Pazdro motioned and Locke seconded to sign a compliance certification form and return to the Central Surplus property agency, regarding the 1999 Komatsu excavator. The motioned passed

The board approved payment for election workers for work performed

The board approved payment for $6,060.00 for tax sale redemption to Paul Thomas

Pazdro motioned to adjourn the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously



Town of Corinth Select Board Meeting
Approved Minutes March 14, 2011

Attending: Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Allen Locke, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Nancy Ertle, Town Clerk: Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Virginia Barlow; Peter Keene, Jack Learmonth, Teddy Mason Sherwood, Tony Mason- Sherwood, Kevin Kinerson and Brenda Carter
Pazdro, called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of February 14, 2011 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes: Smith moved to accept the minutes as written. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of Special Select Board Meeting of March 3, 2011:  Smith motioned to accept the minutes as amended. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public concerns
Were presented and discussed. Pazdro motioned that the select board authorize the allocation of funds for “Upper Valley Services” as authorized during the town meeting. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. There was also discussion about redistricting in Vermont. Norm Collette commented that those interested could contact Tom Little who is the chair of the Vermont Reapportionment Board.

Appointments
Pazdro moved to appoint Diana Perry as the Animal control officer for a one-year term. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint on the conservation committee for a term of three years Shari Tkac, Steve Long, and Linda Tobin. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Jack Learmonth for the one-year position as the 911 coordinator. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Joe Truss for the one-year position as emergency management coordinator. Smith seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Virginia Barlow, Tim O’Dell, Dan Wing, Laurie Sheridan, Anne Margolis, and Russ Pazdro for the energy committee for a term of one year. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Dan Wing for the one-year position of energy coordinator. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint for the one-year position of fence viewers Robert Fortunati, Peter Keene, and Steve Long. Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Peter Keene (2014), Linda Weiss (2012), Robin Brill (2013), Sally Gundy (2014), Bill Devins (2014), and Kevin Kinnerson (alternate) for Planning Commission. Smith seconded. The motioned passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Brenda Carter for the three-year term as member of the revolving loan committee.  Locke seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Frank Roderick as road commissioner. Locke seconded, Smith abstained the vote passed. Pazdro moved to appoint Jen Brooks-Wooding for the one-year position of service officer. Locke seconded. The motioned passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Virginia Barlow for the one-year positions of surveyor of wood and timber and tree warden. Locke seconded. The motioned passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Joe Truss for the one-year term of Upper Valley Ambulance Service representative. Smith seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint Glynn Pellagrino for the three-year position of health officer.  Smith seconded. The motioned passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to nominate Karen Galayda as the zoning administrator. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pazdro moved to appoint to the budget committee Linda Weiss, Lee Porter, David Danforth, Karen Galayda, Irene Mann and Lora Nielsen. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Solid waste issues
Following discussion. Pazdro moved to sign the contract with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District to participate in their hazardous waste and electronic waste collections for 2011. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Residents will be asked to provide proof of residency.

Review town employee policy  
Will be reviewed at a later date

Town forest concerns
Locke motioned to sign to the grant agreement with the Open Space Conservancy with regard to the Town Forest fund support grant. Smith seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Pazdro moved to employ Valerie Stori to fill the position of Town forest coordinator for a period of 2 years and not to exceed 312 hours of work; subject to a written performance review at 6 months and at a year: upon receipt of grant moneys; and at an hourly rate of 27 dollars an hour. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Corinth Historical Society / Academy bell tower repair
Pazdro moved to authorize the treasure to write a check to the Corinth Historical Society for the amount of 6,500 dollars to be used on the repairs of the academy bell tower.  Locke seconded. The motioned passed unanimously. 

Listers concerns
Peter Keene reported that Karen Galayda was chosen as the chairman of the board of listers and that the work is going as planned.

Town Clerk’s Concerns
Pazdro moved to approve and sign the liquor and tobacco licenses for the East Corinth General Store and the Cross Roads Trading Post. Locke seconded. Passed unanimously. The documents were signed.

Pazdro moved to sign the finance and maintenance agreement between the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Town of the Corinth regarding the Chicken Farm bridge identified as Corinth BRO-1447 (29) EA 14472209 with contract number FM0041 (Chicken Farm Bridge).

Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. Concerns
Upon recommendation of the road commissioner, Smith moved that roads be posted all over town for the state statutory weight limit.  Specifically maximum weight limit; for 2-axle trucks is 15,000 pounds. The maximum weight limit of a 3-axle truck is 18,000 pounds and for 4 axle or more trucks the limit is 20,000 pounds. The statutory weight limit will be effective March 15, 2011 and end May 15, 2011 or sooner should conditions allow. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Locke moved that the select board reiterate its support for the enforcement of the highway weight limits in the Town of Corinth and for the levy of the statutory fines where appropriate. Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Facilities manager report/ Town hall usage
Collette reported that a study on the town hall boiler is being continued and that fire extinguishers are being added to the offices.

Committees energy /solid waste / town report
The energy committee reported that the final plan report for the state agency is completed and will be submitted.

Correspondence
Correspondences was presented and discussed.

Warrants and Bills & Treasurer’s Concerns
Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.
Financial Report
The Financial report was presented, discussed and signed. 
Other business
The select board extends its thanks to the energy committee and others who assisted the town garage energy conservation project

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:02 p.m. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
February 14, 2011

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Mia Roethlein and Leesa Stewart, Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District; Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Jim Toher, Casella; Virginia Barlow; Robert Sandberg


Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
      Approval of January 10, 2011 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes: Sheridan moved to accept the minutes as written. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of Special Select Board Meeting of January 20, 2011:  Smith moved to accept the minutes are written. Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of Emergency Select Board Meeting of January 26, 2011: Smith moved to accept the minutes are written. Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Public concerns
 No concerns.


 Solid waste issues 
Central Vermont solid waste management district representatives Mia Roethlein and Leesa Stewart presented information to the select board about the programs offered if the town joined the district. Discussion followed.  There was also a representative from Casella Waste; Jim Toher, who answered questions and contributed to discussion. The select board will use this newly acquired information to help them make decisions about the town’s hazardous waste.


Review town employee policy 
There was discussion on formally defining the employee policy at next month’s meeting. Please note that the employee policy has not been changed at this present time.

   Town hall bdry. Concerns
 
The Select Board had a completed survey on the boundary for the Town Hall and Pine Tree Farm by Tom Otterman. It when be filed when all parties involved have a chance to review the survey.

 Town forest concerns
Pazdro made a motion to appoint Wendy Wieland-Alter, Laura Watermen, Dina DuBois, Jerry Andrew, Riki Sheridan, Virginia Barlow for the town forest committee. Sheridan second. Passed unanimously.

 Corinth Historical Society / Academy bell tower repair
There was discussion on the Bell tower’s repair; currently a contract is being drawn up with a contractor.

 Appointments
Pazdro presented a list of people he had contacted about appointment. Appointments will be made at Marches regular Selectboard meeting.

 Conservation comm. concerns
There was discussion on conservation committee budget for the up coming year.
It was agreed that there is indeed no funding approved for the current fiscal year.

Road Commissioners Report / Hwy. Concerns
 There will be an open house Saturday, Feb 26th, 2011 10-12 a.m. at the town garage. The public is welcome to come and see the energy upgrades including insulation, new waste oil boiler. There will be cookies and cider and the ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11am.

 Facilities manager report/ Town hall usage
There was discussion on the possibility of getting cordless microphones for the town hall. It was decided that microphones would not be bought for this year’s town meeting but the select board would evaluate if microphones would be beneficial for the future. The chimney liner in the town hall was successfully installed. There was discussion concerning the buildings hot water heater.

Correspondence
Correspondences were presented and discussed. Pazdro made a motion to sign the certificate of the highway mileage for the year and send it back to the state. Sheridan seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.

Warrants and Bills & Treasurer’s Concerns
Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.
Fortunati stated that the delinquent tax sales would be held Tuesday, March 8th at 9:30 a.m. in the town hall. Sheridan moved that Pazdro be the town representative at the tax sale. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
  
Financial Report
The Financial report was presented, discussed and signed. 

 Other business
Sheridan was thanked for her many years of work with the select board and received a round of applause.
Sheridan motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 p.m. Smith seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.



Town of Corinth

Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting

January 10, 2011

 

Attending:                  Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan,

Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Frank Roderick,

Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Kevin Kinerson, Planning Commission Chair; Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Jack Learmorth,

 

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 

 

1.             Approval of December 13, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There was one correction/clarification:  4) Under Discussion of Town Hall Property Boundary Concerns: The defined boundary is between the Town Hall and the Pine View Properties.  Sheridan moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Pazdro seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of Special Select Board Meeting of January 6, 2011:  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes noting the date be 2011, rather than 2010. Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

 

2              Public concerns

No concerns.

 

3              911 coordinator concerns

Jack Learmonth led discussion on the possibility of renaming a section of the Bear Notch Rd. that is untraveled and is inaccessible from the Corinth side to the Beaver Meadow Extension. The matter will be looked into more with 911 and Vershire.

 

 

4              Review town employee policy

There was a discussion on the policy for highway employees pertaining to holidays. The main concern was policy in regard to holidays falling on weekends. The board agreed that if a holiday fell on a Sat. then the preceding  Fri. would be designated the holiday, and if it fell on a Sun. than the following Mon. would be the holiday. It was decided that the dates for holidays should be posted at the beginning of the new year. The board plans to revisit this issue next month.

 

 

5              Town hall boundary. Concerns

Pazdro talked with town attorney Rick Cawley who recommended that the town have Tom Otterman survey the boundary. Pazdro motion to contact Tom Otterman to do the boundary survey between town hall and Pine View Farm Properties. Sheridan second. Passed unanimously.

 

 

6              Prepare warning for annual town meeting, set date to sign warning

 

There was discussion on the various articles that would be included on the warning. The Select board has been presented a petition to require an Australian ballot regarding the Unified Bylaws signed by over 5% of the registered voters. Pazdro moved to set the date of Thursday the 20th of January for a special Select board meeting at 7:00 p.m. to sign the warning. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

 

7              Listers concerns

No concerns were presented.

 

8              Town clerk’s concerns

No concerns were presented.

 

9              Road Commissioners Report/Hwy.concerns

Nothing to report

 

10            Facilities manager report/Town Hall usage

The Plumbing project discussed at December’s regular meeting was completed Valves have been installed to regulate water temperature. After an evaluation it has been decided that the chimney can fit a 9-inch pipe instead of the 8-inch pipe this should solve the problems with chimney.

Pazdro motion to sign this agreement of services with FMA masonry. Smith seconded. Passed unanimously.

 

 

11                 Committees

 

                Energy-Sheridan motioned that the Select Board approve payment to Potvin Heating and Air Conditioning in the amount of $13,070 and to Twin State Plumbing $8,700 pending a copy of their business licenses. Pazdro seconded. Passed unanimously. Solid waste- There was some discussion of the new E-Waste law effective Jan 1, 2011.  A list of electronic devices banned from VT landfills will be posted at the transfer station.  As of July 1, 2011, you will be able to dispose of computers, TVs and crts for free at collections sites around the State. There was also discussion on what the town will do with its household hazardous waste this coming year; there will be more discussion at next month’s meeting. Town report once Warning is signed, it should be sent to the printer.

 

 

12            Correspondence

The correspondences were presented and discussed. Pazdro motioned to sign for the Select Board the communication from the State of Vermont in regard to the Bear Notch Bridge. Sheridan seconded. Passed unanimously.

 

 

13            Warrants and Bills and Treasure’s Concerns

Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.

 

14            Financial Report

The Financial report was presented, discussed and signed. 

 

15            Other Business

There was no other business.

 

Sheridan motioned to adjourned the meeting at 9:20 p.m. Smith seconded.  Passed unanimously.

 

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Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
December 13, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan,
Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Frank Roderick,
Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Nancy Ertle, Town Clerk; Kevin Kinerson, Planning Commission Chair;  Olesia Pazdro, Board Clerk; Loraine Houle, Bill Houle, Bob Vondle, Christin Hale, Richard Devins, Connie Devins, Dean Gregoropoulos, Jason Aoriak, David Danforth

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

1.  Approval of November 8, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There were two corrections/clarifications:  1) Under Discussion of Proposed Unified Bylaw: Fortunati went on record to disagree with the notion that the Select Board accept the bylaw instead of voters voting on it by Australian ballot. 2) Under Facilities:  Collette reported they continue to work on repairing the falling insulation from the floor of the Lister’s office. Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Approval of Emergency Select Board Meeting of November 13, 2010:  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as printed.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

2. Appointment of Select board clerk: Smith made a motion to nominate Olesia Pazdro to position as select board clerk. Sheridan seconded. Motion passed, Russ Pazdro recused himself from vote.

3. Public Concerns:  Robert Vondle requested to the board that animal control officer be easier to contact. It was also requested that a record of the animals being trapped be accessible to the public. Pazdro stated the matter would be looked into.

4.  Town Hall Property Boundary Concerns:  The Select Board held a Special Select Board Meeting with Tom Loftus and Norm Collette on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. to define the boundary.  Pins were placed. Pazdro motioned to accept the description of boundaries and to inquire about a survey of the boundary in the future. Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

5. Traffic Ordinance:  Pazdro discussed the idea that the town set up a traffic ordinance for traffic signs that will supercede the old ones. An examination of other towns will be conducted to set up an ordinance best for the town.

6. Listers' Concerns:   No concerns.

7. Town Clerk's Concerns:  No concerns.

8. Discussion of Proposed Unified Bylaw: At last months meeting Roderick suggested the Select Board accept the bylaw; then petition to hold the public vote, to confirm or overturn it, on Town Meeting Day.  Pazdro has contacted the town attorney and VLTC to ascertain if this is possible. 
There was discussion on which process the Select Board would take in order to allow voters to vote on the bylaws by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day. The Select board could accept the bylaw; then a petition would be prepared forcing a public vote, to confirm or overturn it, on Town Meeting Day. Pazdro said this would enable a better representation of voters due to the likelihood of more voters attending, and to save the town the expense of another election. Pazdro reassured that the petition would be made and ready for signatures the night of January 6, 2011 at 7:00pm when the Select Board would accept the bylaws. The petition would render the action inactive the board would then place the article on the town warning and enable the vote by Australian ballot. There was also much discussion on whether this action is permitted, Pazdro explained that several legal advisors including Town Attorney Rick Cawley, had looked at the proposed plan and agreed it to be legal. Allen Locke suggested that Cawley reexamine the process and write a statement describing it .So it could be accessed by the public. Smith also stated that the sole purpose of the Selectboard voting for the bylaws was to force by petition a public vote at Town Meeting. The Selectboard will present the petition right after the vote, thus buying enough time to hold an Australian ballot vote on Town Meeting Day. Pazdro moved to set the date of January 6th at 7:00 pm. for a special Select Board meeting to vote on the proposed unified bylaw. Smith seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.

9. Town Garage Renovations:  Roderick reported that currently a waste oil boiler is being installed along with a distribution system that will be installed this week. 

10. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Roderick reported that everything is operational and they are ready for the weather. Currently they are finishing an upgrade on a fire proof room around the boiler.

11. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette reported that 3 rugs were purchased. The well in the basement has been insulated. He presented major projects he wanted to work on for the town hall including some plumbing, electricical, and the lining of the chimney. Each project was discussed and prioritized. Pazdro moved to authorize projects of the chimney liner and plumbing as presented. Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Sheridan moved to buy shades and parts for 4 windows and parts for 2 not to exceed the amount of $165. Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Collette also presented the town hall rental and usage policies should be modified as many other towns are doing. This will be discussed next meeting.

12. Town report:  Sheridan reported that everything is almost all put together and will be ready in January. Solid Waste Committee:  Sheridan overviewed the new Solid Waste Implementation Grant Application for the coming year.  Pazdro moved to authorize Sheridan to complete and sign the Casella Solid Waste Implementation Grant. Smith seconded. The motion was passed.

13. Correspondence:  Correspondence was presented and discussed.  Casella Waste sent a notification that their waste transfer station will be closed on December 25th and January 1st; however they will be open on the 24th and 31st.

14.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed. 

Russ motioned to adjourned the meeting at 10:45 p.m. Sheridan seconded. 
 



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
November 8, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan,
Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Frank Roderick,
Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Virginia Barlow-Chair, Conservation Commission; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk; Olesia Pazdro;
Chris Preston, School Board; Melinda Palmer; Dina DuBois; Daniel Wing

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

1.  Approval of October 11, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There were four corrections/clarifications:  1)  Under Zoning Board of Adjustment Concerns:  Karen Galayda was a person present at the ZBA meeting.  She is not a member.  She reported to the landowners that their Occupancy Permit was not recorded and that they did not have a permit for their well. It was suggested that the town (not Galayda) eventually needs to bring it to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  2)  Under Highway Concerns:  Locke pointed out that currently properties on Class IV roads receive a 10% discount on the assessed value of the land and a 5% discount on the value of the dwelling.   3)  Under Correspondence:  Pazdro presented the new Vermont General Highway Map (not a new town map).  4)  Under Facilities:  one Lister's rug has been purchased; two more will be purchased.  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.  Approval of Emergency Select Board Meeting of October 25, 2010:  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as printed.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Barlow asked the Board to appoint Martha Rosten as a Conservation Commissioner following the resignation of Randy McFarline.  Pazdro moved that the Select Board appoint Martha Rosten to fill the vacancy on the Conservation Commission.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

3. Waits River Valley School – School Board Member Address:  Preston reported the School Board will be holding three informational meetings at the Waits River Valley School regarding the upcoming bond vote:  1)  Wednesday, 11/17/2010, at 7:00 p.m.; 2) Tuesday, 11/30/2010, at 7:00 p.m.; and 3) Wednesday, 12/01/2010, at 7:00 p.m.  The bond vote, by Australian ballot, will take place on 12/04/2010.

4.  Town Hall Property Boundary Concerns:  The Select Board will hold a Special Select Board Meeting with Tom Loftus and Norm Collette on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. to define the boundary.  Pins will be placed.


5. Town Hall Lighting:  Wing and DuBois requested a letter of acknowledgment for their gift of the exterior lighting on the Town Hall.  Wing submitted copies of three invoices substantiating the value of the lighting gift to Treasurer Fortunati.  Wing and DuBois reported they had hoped their gift of town hall lighting would be provide enough light to replace the street light (which shines directly into their home).  After discussion, some suggestions were made:  a different style of street light lamp, fixture, or bulb, or moving the light pole to a different location.  Sheridan and DuBois will contact Washington Electric to find out what options are available to lessen the "light pollution" and to change the street light to one more in keeping with a rural area.

6. Proposed Town Forest:  Pazdro moved to accept the donation of land offered by Susan Gussenhoven Shea of her 93.59 acre parcel of property at the end of Wilson Road for use by the Town of Corinth as a Town Forest contingent on the following:  1)  the Town can acquire this land without the expenditure of town funds in excess of $1,000;
2) the Town attorney provides assurance that the title to the land is marketable; and 3) it is understood that the Town Forest will be named "F.X. Shea Forest" in honor of Susan's late husband.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously. 

7. Listers' Concerns:   No concerns.

8. Town Clerk's Concerns:  No concerns.

9. Discussion of Proposed Unified Bylaw:  Roderick suggested the Select Board accept the bylaw; then petition to hold the public vote, to confirm or overturn it, on Town Meeting Day.  Pazdro has contacted the VLTC lawyer to ascertain if this is possible.  If not, the vote shall be scheduled as a separate election in January 2011. Fortunati went on record to disagree with the notion that the Select Board accept the bylaw instead of voters voting on it by Australian ballot.

10. Town Garage Renovations:  Pazdro moved to authorize Sheridan to instruct Treasurer Fortunati to make the final payment to Montpelier Construction once the inspections have been completed satisfactorily and all reporting requirements are met.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

11. Energy Committee:  Wing reported a waste oil boiler is required.  Energy Committee will meet to make a selection from the two Energy Star-rated boilers under consideration.

12. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Roderick reported the Road Foreman has experienced an on-the-job injury.  He is recovering and will return to work on 11/23/2010.  Backup coverage is available in case of foul weather in the next few weeks.  Since last meeting, a portion of Cookeville Road has a base coat pavement. Through a grant from Better Back Roads, erosion control is just about completed in West Corinth.  Roderick reported they need to put up more winter sand.  Fortunati reported the Road Foreman, Joe Blodgett, has successfully completed a Reasonable Suspicion Training class.

13. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette reported they continue to work on repairing the falling insulation from the floor of the Lister’s office; sealing, foaming and cementing the sills; completed laying plastic in the crawl space under the Treasurer's office; bermed up dirt along the foundation.  Purchased one rug for Listers' chairs, two more to be purchased. 
Some re-wiring needs to be done.  Collette will present this at the budget meeting.  Collette would also like to replace the 8-ft. long tables with lighter weight 6-ft. long tables which would be easier to pick up and move about without dragging across and scratching the floors.  Pazdro inquired about the status of the academy renovations.  Collette responded he will be sending out "Requests for Proposals" for these renovations with the hope that work will be done by June 30, 2011.  

14. Solid Waste Committee:  Sheridan presented the new Solid Waste Implementation Grant Application for the coming year.  The application is due 12/31/2010.  Smith offered to work with Sheridan on this matter.  Town Report Committee:  Sheridan reported town reports were due 11/01/2010.  Once collected and organized, along with wildlife pictures, she will get them to the printer before the holidays.

15. Correspondence:  Correspondence was presented and discussed. 

16.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed. 

17: Other Business:  Pazdro moved to thank Kelly for her service with us.  Smith seconded.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Emergency lights were tested; fire extinguishers checked.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
October 11, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan,
Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Frank Roderick,
Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Kevin Kinerson-Chair,
Planning Commission; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Karen Galayda, Zoning Administrator Officer;
Virginia Barlow-Chair, Conservation Commission; Tim O'Dell,
Energy Committee; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1.  Approval of September 13, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There were no corrections to the September 13, 2010 minutes.  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously. 

2. Public Concerns:  None.

3.   Listers' Concerns:  Locke reported there is one change:  Parcels 117-00195 and 117-00395 were combined together and homestead tax rate was applied to the entire property.  Net effect on the 2010 Grand List:  No change.  Net effect on property tax billed:  $16.  Pazdro moved to combine Parcels 117-00195 and 117-00395 into one parcel. Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

4. Zoning Board of Adjustment Concerns:  Galayda reported she had warned a board meeting to meet with the landowners with the flood plain concerns.  At the meeting, Galayda (the only person present at the ZBA meeting) reported to the landowners that their Occupancy Permit was not recorded and that they did not have a permit for their well.  Pazdro suggested that the town eventually would need to bring it to the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  Pazdro will have the Select Board draft a letter to the Zoning Board members addressing meeting attendance and the need to have the board work as a whole to enforce flood plain regulations for the town.

5. Town Clerk's Concerns:  None.

6. Discussion of a Proposed Gift of a Woodland for a Town Forest:  Barlow reported Susan Shea wants to donate a parcel of land (93.59 acres) to the town as a "Town Forest" in honor of her late husband, Frank.  Shea also wants to strengthen the conservation easement to eliminate the house lot.  Barlow reported she applied for a grant to help offset the costs involved in changing the conservation easement, legal fees, insurance, etc.  Pazdro will have the Select Board contact the Town Attorney, Rick Cawley, and Barlow will contact the Upper Valley Land Trust for estimates of costs involved.  Barlow explained that although the town would lose a small amount of property tax revenue, the woodland would provide an income stream to the town as an offset of the lost tax revenue.  Barlow will supply Fortunati with a copy of the grant

application she filed.  A public tour of the land was suggested.  Barlow will have the Conservation Commission prepare an announcement for the Town's next newsletter.

7. Town Garage Status Report:  Roderick reported most of the work is done but has not yet inspected by the State inspector.  After reviewing the construction contract's scope of work that the contractor was operating under, some spec variances were found and some electric work has not been completed.  O'Dell will draft a letter for the Select Board to review and send to the contractor about these variances.  The Select Board authorized Sheridan to sign the letter.  The Select Board will not authorize any further payments to the contractor until these issues are settled.

8. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Eagle Hollow Road:  paving is complete.  Chelsea Road:  paved portion where the road had subsided.  West Corinth:  currently working on erosion control (two culverts replaced, enlarged and stone-lined ditches).  Cookeville:  base coat paving will be completed before winter sets in.  Ford Truck Loan/Lease:  it has been a year since the lease was taken out on the truck.  We can now change the loan to a lower rate loan (from 7.5% interest rate through Ford to a 2.35% interest rate through People's Bank).  Pazdro suggested the Select Board call a special meeting to vote on this issue once Fortunati has had a chance to gather up the paperwork.  Richardson and Claflin Roads Emergency Access:  Roderick reported work required to bring Claflin Road up to a passable condition for emergency access would be substantial and not feasible in the short term.  Claflin Road can, as a long-term project, be improved over time.  Richardson Road can be maintained, in the short term (between now and next summer), as emergency access to the area.  Locke gave Roderick permission to do whatever needs to be done on Claflin Road that borders his (Locke's) stretch of land.  Locke pointed out that currently properties on Class IV roads receive a 10% discount on the assessed value of the land and a 5% discount on the value of the dwelling.  As such, any properties along roads that are upgraded from Class IV to Class III would lose this discount.  Road Grader:  Roderick reports the computer in the road grader died and is in for repairs. 

9. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette reported they are cleaning up, leveling and laying plastic in the crawl space in the basement.  Insulated, sealed and caulked sill along the foundation which will result in a substantial heat savings.  Purchased two rugs for Listers' chairs.  Door handles have been adjusted to work property.  Working on the replacing blinds or repairing springs, if feasible.  Locke reported Listers need shades on their windows and for Fortunati's office as well.

 
10. Planning Commission – Proposed Unified Development Bylaw Discussion:  The public hearing will be on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the overview, revisions and complete document will be on hand for the public's reference.  Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission will attend the hearing as a supplemental reference source. 

11.   Committees: Solid Waste:  No report. Town Report:  Fortunati reported she sent out forms to organizations who desire appropriation funding.  These forms, as well as the agency/organization reports, are due November 1, 2010 in order to be included in upcoming budget committee meetings in preparation for Town Meeting.  Laurie has sent reminders to all who contribute reports.

12. Correspondence:  Correspondence was presented and discussed.  Pazdro presented the new Vermont General Highway map which will be available to the public through the Town Clerk at a cost of $1.00 each.  Pazdro presented the Select Board with a contract received from the Town's auditors describing their scope of services for the annual audit.  Pazdro moved to sign the contract with Sullivan & Powell, CPAs for the audit of fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Pazdro reported the auditors have suggested a "separation of powers" in the town office by having someone come in to reconcile the monthly bank statements and review monthly journal entries.  Pazdro reported he will call a local bookkeeper to see if she would be interested in this work.  Suggested a start date of January 2011. 

13.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.  Vision Insurance:  Fortunati reported she learned of an alternative vision plan while attending the recent Town Fair that offers lower premiums compared to the town's current plan.  As with the current plan, employee participation is completely voluntary and premiums are 100% employee-paid.   She will review the plan with the participants and if the benefits prove out to be comparable at a substantial cost savings, can implement the change at the first of the new year.

14: Other Business:  Emergency lights were tested; fire extinguishers checked.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 p.m. 



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
September 13, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town
Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Kevin Kinerson-Chair, Planning
Commission; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Karen Galayda, Zoning Administrator Officer; Laura Brill; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1.  Approval of August 9, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There were two corrections to the August 9, 2010 minutes.  Section 2-Public Concerns:  change "Fire Marshall" to "Fire Warden."  Section 3-Listers' Concerns:  change "published" to "lodged."  Sheridan moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.  Approval of September 3, 2010 Emergency Select Board Meeting Minutes:  Sheridan moved to accept the September 3, 2010 minutes, Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Yoga Class Schedule:  Laura Brill reported her yoga classes run about 1.5 hours long and has planned for two classes on Mondays:  one from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m.  Longo gave Brill the forms to fill out in order to rent Town Hall space.  The Town will charge Brill $20 per day for use of its space.

3.   Listers' Concerns:  Locke reported he has no concerns to raise at this time.

4. Zoning Board of Adjustment Concerns:  Galayda reported the Zoning Board will be meeting soon to discuss the property with the flood plain question.  Galayda will check with FEMA and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for flood plain requirements.

5. Town Clerk's Concerns:  No concerns at this time.

6. Discussion of a Proposed Land Donation to Town of Corinth:  The Select Board received a letter of intent from Susan Shea proposing the donation of a parcel of land (93.59 acres) to the town as a "Town Forest" in honor of her late husband, Frank. 
Sheridan reported the Corinth Conservation Commission is responsible for helping the Select Board with such matters and that it would be subject to a public vote at Town Meeting.
 
7. Planning Commission – Proposed Unified Development Bylaw Discussion:  A public hearing on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. has been noticed.  Kinerson provided Pazdro with a list of changes to discuss at the hearing.  It was suggested Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission stand by at the hearing as a supplemental reference source.  The responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and Planning Commission were discussed.  Kinerson suggested streamlining the ZBA into a Development Review Board as a single entity for public hearings regarding development, zoning and subdivisions.  The Planning Commission would then act as an appeals board and free it up to concentrate on Town planning. Pazdro asked Kinerson to research the requirements of such a restructure.

8.   Town Garage Status Report:  Roderick reported the project started on 09/08/2010 and is about 25% complete.  Roderick suggested a progress payment of 25% be made now ($30,516 x 25% = $7,629 less 10% $762.90 = $6,866.10) to Montpelier Construction.  Select Board members approved and signed off on this amount ($6,866.10) as a warrant for Fortunati to pay this week.  Roderick is looking for a volunteer work crew to work the weekend of 09/25/2010 on the garage as part of the "in kind" portion of the project.

9. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Eagle Hollow and Chelsea Roads:  Roderick reported paving to be completed soon.  Upcoming projects: 1) widen ditches, replace one culvert and improve three to four driveways in Cookeville area and, if there are enough funds, preparation for a base coat to seal road before winter; 2) well line across road near post office;  and 3) re-landscape/rearrange the town green to make it more uniform.

10. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette reported on the Town Hall's door latches and repairs to the warped door on the East Corinth General Store bulletin board.  Need to purchase three new chair mats/rugs for Listers' office.  Mowed the bank at the Town Hall.

11.   Committees: Solid Waste:  Sheridan reported Casella accepts refrigerators and air conditioners at the Corinth Town Transfer Station at a charge of $15 each to town residents.  This cost covers Casella's expense of Freon removal.  The town then recycles the metal from these appliances.  Town Report:  Sheridan reported she needs to start collecting reports and photos for the town report.

12. Correspondence:  Correspondence was presented and discussed.  Pazdro moved to pay the State of Vermont Department of Taxes $231.85 for the annual letter of agreement for license of [Listers'] computer appraisal services.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.
13.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.  Fortunati reported she is readying for the upcoming Tax Sale in January or February 2011.  Pazdro moved to allow Fortunati to have attorney Rick Cawley handle the Tax Sale.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at
9:59 p.m. 

 



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
August 9, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town
Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Kevin Kinerson-Chair, Planning
Commission; Norm Collette and Connie Longo, Facility Managers; Joe Hill, First Constable; Forbes S.
Morrell, Zoning Board of Adjustment; William G. Farr, Annie Dolan, Dick Dolan; Kelly McFarline,
Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

1.  Approval of July 12, 2010 Regular Select Board Meeting Minutes:  There was one correction to the July 12, 2010 minutes to Section 7-Facility Managers' Report:  Rick Cawley will be contacting Tom Otterman, not Tom Loftus, regarding the Loftus Farm and Town Hall boundary line.  Sheridan moved to accept the minutes as amended, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.  Approval of July 22, 2010 Emergency Select Board Meeting Minutes:  Sheridan moved to accept the July 22, 2010 minutes, Pazdro seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Claflin Road:  Annie Dolan reported on the condition of Claflin Road and presented a petition requesting grading and maintenance to bring it back to a Class IV road, not only for the local residents, but also for access of emergency 911 vehicles. Pazdro said for the record, the Select Board is in favor of pursuing a plan to continue Claflin Road as a Class IV road, and to improve it as soon as possible.  Pazdro requested Roderick meet with the landowners regarding the improvements. Fast Squad:  Annie Dolan reported their budget is in arrears.  Pazdro moved to advance the Fast Squad their remaining fiscal year appropriation of $4,500 to keep them going.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.
Vacant House.  The Selectmen have received some complaints about open burning at a vacant house on Cookeville Road.  There is particular concern about fire danger (unattended fire) and the possible burning of hazardous materials.  The Constable and the Fire Warden will monitor the situation.  Richardson Road:  William Farr requested widening and improving a steep stretch (3,100 feet) of this Class IV road.  Pazdro suggested more research on which road should be upgraded, Claflin or Richardson, and asked Roderick to obtain and compare road improvement estimates to determine which of the two roads should be improved to allow quicker 911 emergency access to the area.

3.   Listers' Concerns:  Locke reported he has one change to the 2010 Grand List.  Since the list has already been lodged, this change must be authorized by the Select Board.  Pazdro moved to authorize the Listers to correct the 2010 Grand List listing of Parcel 061-00577 and Parcel 061-00617.  Sheridan seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

4. Planning Commission:  Kinerson requested a date for the public hearing on the Unified Development Bylaws.  Pazdro moved to schedule a public hearing on the Unified Development Bylaws on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Kinerson will prepare a summary of changes for the hearing and will e-mail the notice (warning) requirements to Pazdro.

5. Town Clerk's Concerns:  no report.  

6. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Town Garage:  Roderick reported the addition on the Town Garage is now closed in.  Pazdro moved to allow Sheridan to sign the final contract with Montpelier Construction for the Town Garage Energy Project.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Speeding in East Corinth Village:  Pazdro reported an inquiry by the Rev. Michael Caldwell of the East Corinth Congregational Church about speeding in the village.  Pazdro and Roderick are looking into putting a radar cart and traffic counter strips (speed strips) to monitor speeders and running patrols to discourage speeding.  Center Road:  warning signs have been ordered.  Cookeville Road:  ground up about 1/2 mile of the road, need to improve ditches and replace a couple of culverts.  Eagle Hollow Road:  will be paved by the end of this month. Chelsea Road, near Tullar Road:  later on this week will work on the spot in the road where it sank down several feet.  Will not be changing the "Y" as the telephone company has main fiber optic cable going through there, but will put in two to three culverts as well as ditch improvements. The paved portion of the road is scheduled to be re-paved by the end of this month (at the same time as Eagle Hollow Road).

7. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette reported they are working on the door latches; replaced well water filter; will be working on roof gutters, sealing the roof and window shade maintenance.  Pazdro gave Collette and Longo a communication he received from the State of Vermont Dept. of Buildings and General Services regarding a facilities grant program.   The Facilities Managers are responsible for the Town Calendar.  It's imperative that events be scheduled through Collette and Longo to avoid conflicts and to allow time for cleaning between calendared events.  As a reminder:  town business takes precedent over non-governmental activities. 

 

8.   Committees:  Energy Committee:  As noted above, the Select Board voted to allow Sheridan to sign the final contract with Montpelier Construction.  As part of its in-kind contribution required by the grant, we need volunteers from the Town of Corinth to remove old insulation from the Town Garage.  The town will provide face masks.  Proposed dates for this volunteer project are August 21 and August 28.  Solid Waste:  Sheridan reported the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Bradford Town Garage.  A question came up about disposing appliances with Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) at the Town Transfer Station.  Sheridan will contact Casella to find out who takes these items.
9. Correspondence:  Flood Plain Zoning:  Pazdro reported our Zoning Administrator, Karen Galayda, sent a letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (with a copy to him) regarding the set up of a residence trailer at the corner of Abe Jacobs and Chelsea Road which may be in conflict with flood plain zoning ordinances.  He will request the Zoning Board of Adjustment to make a determination.  FEMA requires towns to enforce these ordinances; otherwise, FEMA can cancel Corinth's flood insurance which would prevent the town from qualifying for loans, etc. Washington Electric New Power Line on Brook Road: Pazdro moved to have the Select Board sign the right-of-way easement for the WEC power line across the Town of Corinth's property on Brook Road.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Vermont League of Towns and Cities:  Pazdro moved to designate Smith as the Town's voting delegate at the VLTC Annual Business Meeting on October 7, 2010.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Budget Committee Meetings:  Pazdro moved to set dates for the budget planning meetings as November 16, November 30, December 7, December 14 and December 28, 2010.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.
10.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.  Fortunati presented a letter from Green Mountain Power requesting authorization to direct deposit their property tax payments (electronically through ACH) into the Town's bank account.  The form requires two authorized signatures.  Pazdro and Fortunati signed the form.

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at
10:07 p.m. 



Emergency Selectboard  Meeting
Approved Minutes
Corinth, Vermont   July 22, 2010
Present:  Selectboard:  Russ Pazdro, Chair, Susanne Smith, Laurie Sheridan; Susan Fortunati, Town Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner

Meeting called to order at 7 pm 
1. Susan reviewed figures used to determine tax rate, going over prepared spreadsheet explaining how it was done.  Laurie moved to set the 2010-2011 FY tax rate as recommended by the Treasurer at 1.9094 Residential Rate and 1.9566 Non-Residential Rate.  Susanne seconded, passed unanimously.

2. Russ went over a letter from the State Agency of Transportation informing Corinth of the selection of Corinth TH 16, bridge #36 (Chicken Farm Bridge) as a development and evaluation project within VTrans’ state fiscal year 2011 Town Highway Bridge Program and asking the Town to confirm its interest in the project by signing the attached form. The form cites agreement to participate in the project, commit to a 10% share of the cost, and enter into a Finance and Maintenance Agreement with the State.  Russ moved to sign the form, Susanne seconded, passed unanimously.  Frank will talk with State engineer Warren Tripp about mention in the letter of accomplishing work that has already been done.  The form was signed.  Susan will mail it to the State.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Select Board Meeting
July 12, 2010

Attending:   Select Board members: Russ Pazdro-Chair, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati, Town
Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Joe Blodgett, Road Foreman;
Kevin Kinerson-Chair, Planning Commission; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

1.  Approval of Minutes of June 14, 2010:  There were no corrections to the June 14, 2010 minutes.  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as presented, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Planning Commission:  Kinerson presented the Select Board with a draft of the proposed Unified Development Bylaws (post public hearing) for their review and approval process.  Town residents can read the draft of the proposed Unified Development Bylaws on the Town website.  Pazdro reported the Select Board received a letter from Kinerson announcing that he plans to resign his position on the Corinth Planning Commission effective Town Meeting Day 2011.  Pazdro also stated that we are looking for new members for the Planning Commission and hope that Corinth residents will step forward and volunteer for appointment to the commission.

3.   Listers' Concerns:  Locke will be turning over the final version of the Grand List to the Town Clerk and Treasurer by the end of this week.  He will be posting the Grand List on the town's website as well as Tax Maps.  The new computers and server have been installed.  Fortunati will report more on the computers under her report.

4. Street Light Status:  This is the street light across from the Town Hall.  Pazdro received an e-mail from Melinda Palmer supporting retaining the street light for security purposes and a public comment from Tom Loftus supporting same.  Pazdro asked, through these minutes, if anyone has any other points of view to please contact the Select Board.  No action was taken.

5. Town Clerk's Concerns:  no report.  Sheridan reported the deadline for announcements in the upcoming Town newsletter is July 26.  Pazdro asked that the newsletter include a note that the Select Board has received the Planning Commission's draft proposed Unified Development Bylaws and will be planning public hearings.

6. Road Commissioner's Report and Highway Concerns:  Roderick reported they have started construction on the addition at the Town Garage (foundation and two walls).  Blodgett reported work on Chelsea Road is in process. The State wants the intersection at Tullar Road changed from a "Y" to a "T" intersection to be funded by the State's emergency fund; work to start next month.  Week of July 19 will replace culvert on Maplewood in East Orange.  Blodgett reported there's a surplus in the Highway fund, a portion of which he would like to use for 1) a new roof on the Town Garage, 2) a new toilet and sink for the Town Garage bathroom, and 3) a new (used) tractor for mowing as the current one is over 40 years old and in costly disrepair.  Blodgett reported he found a used 2000 New Holland 4WD boom mower tractor for $20,000.  Sheridan moved to authorize up to $13,000 of the highway fund surplus be used for a new roof on the Town Garage. Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Sheridan moved to authorize Blodgett to purchase the 2000 New Holland 4WD tractor if, after testing it, he feels it is a good investment. Pazdro seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Sheridan moved to authorize Fortunati to write a check for no more than $20,000 for the purchase of the tractor.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Blodgett reported a Better Back Roads Grant of $10,000 was received which will be used for road work and replacement of a culvert beyond Johnson Road where it washed out.

7. Facilities Managers' Report:  Collette and Longo sent an e-mail report as they could not attend tonight's meeting.  Vacuum Cleaner:  Pazdro reported on the Facilities Managers' vacuum cleaner preference and suggested Fortunati discuss this with Collette and Longo to develop a recommendation for a final decision at the next Select Board meeting. Sticking Doors: Collette is working on the door sticking problem which recently cropped up due to the moist weather.  Town Hall Boundary:  Collette reports Rick Cawley will be contacting Tom Otterman regarding the Loftus Farm and Town Hall boundary line.  Town History and Genealogy Books:  Collette reports there are many inaccuracies that need to be worked out before any additional publishing projects are pursued.

8.   Committees:  Energy Committee:  Pazdro reported the Energy Committee has received the hard copy of the official approved and executed $50,000 grant for the Town Garage Energy Project.  Roderick reported now that we have the executed grant, he can prepare a formal contract with Montpelier Construction.  Fortunati will set up a separate fund account on the Town's books to keep track of the grant fund.  Solid Waste:  A question came up about recycling electronics in Corinth.  Sheridan and Roderick reported the Corinth Transfer Station does have an electronics recycle bin provided by Casella which accepts materials at a fee per pound.


9. Correspondence:  Pazdro reported the Town has received the Education Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2011 from the State of Vermont.  Anyone with questions about the tax rate should call the Town's Treasurer, Susan Fortunati, at (802) 439-5850.  Fortunati reported as soon as the Grand List is filed with the Town Clerk by the Listers, she will ask the Select Board to schedule a special meeting to set the tax rate.

10.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.  Fortunati reported Systems Plus has just completed installation of the new computers and server.  Fortunati reported there is a $139,557 surplus in the General Fund and $139,429 surplus in the Highway Fund.  As noted above, a portion of the Highway Fund surplus will be used for a new roof on the Town Garage and a mowing tractor.  A portion (to be determined) of these surpluses will also be returned to the taxpayers as an offset to property taxes.

Sheridan moved to adjourn the meeting.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at
9:22 p.m. 



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
June 14, 2010

Attending:   Selectboard members: Russ Pazdro, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Karen Galayda, Assistant Town
Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette and Connie Longo,
Facilities Managers; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk; Jack Gundy

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1.  Approval of Minutes of May 10, 2010:  There was one correction to Section 8: Facilities Manager's Report: Touch up painting in the "hall way" is done (not the "hall"). Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Sheridan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Academy Bell Tower:  Collette reported he will put out for bids for the Academy Bell Tower work soon.  He hopes to get bids back in time for the July 2010 Select Board meeting.  Center Road:  Jack Gundy reported he is concerned about the number of speeding vehicles on the road, especially with pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and horseback riders sharing the road with vehicles and there is little visibility.  Gundy asked what the speed limit is on Center Road.  Pazdro and Sheridan reported the State speed limit on unposted town roads is 50 mph as safety permits.  Pazdro moved to authorize Roderick to investigate and install appropriate signage as necessary in the Corinth Center area.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

3.   Listers' Concerns:  Locke reported 156 Change of Appraisal Notices were sent out on June 4, 2010.  Hearings regarding adjustments will be held on June 18, 2010 or any other date as necessary.

4. Orange County Sheriff Contract:  Pazdro moved to sign the Orange County Sheriff's Department One-Year Contract effective July 1, 2010.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Pazdro read a letter from the Orange County Sheriff regarding ATV use on town roads.  The Sheriff's Department is looking to purchase a Polaris Ranger 4WD ATV that will be based at Sgt. Joe Hill's home and will be ready for use by July 1, 2010 to monitor ATV use on town roads.

5. Discussion Cemetery Audit:  Pazdro suggested that the Cemetery Commission wait until Susan Fortunati returns on June 21, 2010 and pay the audit expense within the fiscal year.

6. Town Clerk's Concerns:  no report.

7. Basic Emergency Operations Plan:  Sheridan presented the Basic Emergency Operations Plan and updated it with current contact numbers and eliminated duplications.  Pazdro moved to approve the Basic Emergency Operations Plan as updated.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Sheridan suggested a copy be made for the Town Office before it is sent off.

8. Town Hall Property Boundary Concerns:  Pazdro reported Tom Otterman and Rick Cawley will do some research and once they have their findings, will have further discussions regarding the Loftus Farm and Town Hall boundary line.
 
9. Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:  Roderick reported plan was to pave Eagle Hollow Road this summer.  Requested bids from both Pike Industries and Blaktop.  Blaktop came in as the low bidder.  He also suggested we accept Blaktop's bids for paving a piece of Chelsea Road below Jewel Hill where the road sank a couple of years ago and also to grind up a portion of Cookeville Road.  Pazdro moved that we accept Blaktop's bids for paving work on Eagle Hollow, Chelsea and Cookeville Roads.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.   Roderick also reported mowing along the roadsides has started.  Pazdro reported Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) will be installing new power lines and poles up along Brook Road to make it easier to repair and maintain their lines in the area.  Pazdro moved to sign the permit requested by WEC to perform work along Brook Road as described.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously. 

10.    Facilities Managers' Report:  Exterior Lights:  Collette reported the new energy-efficient exterior lights are all up and running around the Town Hall.  Brian Kilpatrick offered to buy the old lights for $70 each (new lights cost $162 each). The Select Board gave Collette permission to sell the old lights to Kilpatrick for $70 each. Vacuum Cleaner:  Longo reported she researched a new backpack vacuum cleaner normally $529 on sale for $475 until July 31, 2010.  Pazdro suggested we wait until the next Select Board Meeting in the new fiscal year to approve this expenditure.  That will still give Collette and Longo sufficient time to order the vacuum cleaner at the sale price.  Town Calendar:  Collette reported the Town Calendar is now being maintained by Longo and it is working out really well.  Acoustic Testing:  was done on June 12, 2010.  Collette and Longo are studying ways to control echo problems in the Hall and are researching grants for future funds to obtain curtains, acoustic tiles, etc. to reduce these echo problems.

11. Committees:  Town Garage Energy Project:  Sheridan reported the town garage grant letter should be received by the end of June.  Roderick reported a test was done of the exterior paint of the town garage and no lead was found.  The road crew will start working on the foundation for the addition next week. 

12.   Correspondence:  was presented and discussed.  Division of Planning Outreach Community Affairs Mapping Unit:  Pazdro reported they acknowledged our 2010 Certificate of Highway Mileage and is awaiting the actual map which should be received by late summer.  He reported that after discussion with a concerned property owner, the road to the Camp Munn Cemetery will remain a 4th Class road.  Once we get the map in late summer, Pazdro suggested the Town write a letter confirming that the road is the only right-of-way that the Town recognizes to the cemetery and that the Town would not change it to a 3rd Class road without permission of the property owners.

13.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed. 

14.   Other Business:  Town Generator:  Pazdro moved to approve and sign the Preventative Maintenance Agreement for the Town Hall's generator with Control Power Systems at a cost of $550.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Pazdro moved to adjourn the meeting.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:13 p.m.  The Select Board and Facilities Managers then went outside to check out the new exterior lights.



Town of Corinth
Approved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
May 10, 2010

Attending:   Selectboard members: Russ Pazdro, Susanne Smith, Laurie Sheridan; Susan Fortunati,
  Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette and Connie Longo
  Facilities Managers; Kelly McFarline, Board Clerk

Pazdro called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.

1.  Approval of Minutes of April 12, 2010:  There were two corrections to Section 8: Facilities Manager's Report: 1)  the old window that was made into a bulletin board is in the meeting Hall, not the Listers' office;  2)  put a period after "thus far at a little over $4,000" and omit the remainder of the sentence.  Pazdro moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

2. Public Concerns:  Pazdro asked Smith to report on what she learned about Selectboard appointment conflicts.  Smith went to the VLCT, Secretary of State's office and Vermont Statutes On-Line and all confirm no conflicts of spouses of Selectboard Members being appointed as commissioners.

3.   Energy Grant for Town Garage:  A formal bidding procedure was followed.  The project was put out to bid on January 26, 2010.  Pazdro moved that the Town of Corinth select Montpelier Construction as the contractor for the EECBG energy retrofit project at the town garage providing that we can come up with an acceptable contract with them.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously. 

4. Orange County Sheriff:  Pazdro drafted a letter to Sheriff Bohnyak regarding monitoring illegal ATV use in Corinth. Pazdro asked McFarline to put the letter in final form and mail to Sheriff Bohnyak.  The letter recommended that the Sheriff’s Dept. purchase an ATV to be stationed in Corinth for use in the surrounding area.

5. Listers' Concerns:  Locke reported on or before June 4, 2010, Listers will send out letters of "changes in appraisal notices" to those with changes in values.

6. Town Clerk's Concerns:  no report.

7. Road Commissioner's Report/Highway Concerns:  Camp Munn Road:  Roderick reported ditching and replacement of culverts.  Eagle Hollow Road:  replaced three culverts, ditching on uphill side of road, did stretch of stabilization where road had settled along the brook, will continue to grade and maintain until July when he can get a paving contractor in there.  Will have guard rail people reset some guardrails that have either settled or, in the process of grading over the years, have become covered with gravel.  Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) asked the Selectboard to approve a permit to install an underground electric supply on Hayward Road.  Pazdro asked Roderick to review the paperwork.  Roderick found no issues.  Pazdro moved to approve the WEC permit for underground electric supply work on Hayward Road near the residence of Mark Sutton.  Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

8.    Facilities Manager’s Report:  Collette reported touchup painting in the hallway is done.  Floor grates are being repaired.  Painted light fixture bases so that they all match.  Started covering basement dirt floor with plastic.  Also reported they will need to eventually purchase a new vacuum cleaner (they have been using his and Longo's personal vacuum cleaner) as well as a burnisher to maintain the waxed floors. Chair mats are needed for the Listers' chairs to protect wax floors from scratches made from chair wheels.  They'd like to replace the large trash cans upstairs with smaller cans to eliminate wasteful under-use of large trash bags.

9. Committees – Solid Waste:  Pazdro reported Todd Deuso from Casella would like to keep the same service arrangement we had in the past year for the new fiscal year.  We have no formal contract with them.  No change in service.  Sheridan asked Smith about the Solid Waste Committee.  Smith reported she called Bob Sandberg and Joyce McKeeman (who was the former chair) to look at getting this committee up and going again.

Committees – Town Report:  Sheridan reported they are looking for photos, sketches, paintings, etc. of local wildlife for next year's town report.  Smith investigated the VLCT statutes that stipulate what must be included in town reports.  According to the VLCT, we could simply mail out a "Notice of Availability" at a lower postage cost than mailing out full reports to all residents. Theoretically we would not have to print out as many full reports. Pazdro suggested this be presented to the voters at Town Meeting.  In the meantime, we will get some figures comparing the cost of the two methods of distribution.

 

10.   Correspondence:  was presented and discussed.  Pazdro moved to have the Selectboard sign for receipt of the State of Vermont's 2009 Bridge Assessment Inspection Report and pass the information onto the Road Commissioner. Smith seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Pazdro handed it over to Roderick for his review.

11.   Warrants and Bills and Treasurer's Concerns:  Warrants and bills were presented, discussed and signed.  Fortunati reported Chittenden Bank requires a list of authorized personnel to do e-banking (E-Treasury Trust). Fortunati will list herself as the primary administrator with Karen as a backup.    Fortunati received a VLCT notice that effective April 1, 2010, the amount of coverage provided for expediting expense, hazardous substance coverage, perishable goods, water damage coverage, mold and data or media has been increased from $100,000 any one occurrence to $500,000 any one occurrence.  This increase in coverage is provided to VLCT PACIF member municipalities at no additional cost.  Pazdro moved to accept the Network Proposal from Systems Plus for the new computer system for the Town Hall.  Sheridan seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  Fortunati reported she will not be at the June 2010 Selectboard meeting.  She will ask either Nancy or Karen to take her place.  She will have all warrants and bills ready for the board.

12.   Other Business:  Collette reported he and Longo attended a workshop regarding 911 mapping of town cemeteries.  Last Wednesday all nine Corinth cemeteries were mapped and GPS coordinated.

Sheridan moved the meeting be adjourned.  Smith seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
April 12, 2010

Attending:   Selectboard members: Russ Pazdro, Susanne Smith; Susan Fortunati,
  Treasurer; Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister;
  Norm Collette, Facilities Manager; Connie Longo; Kelly McFarline,
  Board Clerk; Ashley Chaffee, Patty Duffy, Jeff Harris, Jodi Meyette,
  Katie O’Donnell, Peggy Pierson, Lee Porter, Andrew Smith

Russ called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1.  Approval of Minutes of March 8, 2010

There were a few typos to correct:  Hal Drury’s and Todd Deuso’s names were misspelled. 
Russ moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Susanne seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of the March 12, 2010 Special Selectboard Meeting Minutes.  Russ moved to accept the minutes as presented; Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously. 

2. Public Concerns

 Green Up Day:  Jodi Meyette of the Orange County Cruisers (ATV Club) reported they would like to help out on Green Up Day, May 1, 2010.  She said participating ATVers would meet on April 25, 2010 to register their ATVs through VASA.

She reported last year the group worked really hard and went deep into the woods along Brook Road.  They received a lot of good feedback for their efforts.  Russ reported their efforts were much appreciated.

Russ moved that the Town of Corinth allow the Orange County Cruisers access to the Town highways, specifically along Brook Road, on Green Up Day to help in the clean up. 

Additional comments:  Susan Fortunati reported that Casella will be on site until 3:00 p.m. on Green Up Day and there will be no charge to dispose of the green Green Up bags.

Russ called for the original motion.  Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Campground proposed on Topsham side of Corinth:  Peggy Pierson reported 85 sites are proposed and currently going through Act 250 review.  She is concerned about access to the site through East Corinth.  Susanne reported she and Laurie Sheridan went with the Agency of Natural Resources to a site visit and hearing that followed and confirmed there are 85 sites proposed:  20 seasonal, 50 short-term RV areas and tenting areas on the 15-acre site.  Susanne reported these areas of concern at the hearing:  1) the bridge, 2) Village Road access, 3) Thompson Road access and 4) lines of sight.  As it stands now, the hearing is in recess pending about five different things:  1) a revised landscaping plan, 2) wastewater disposal, 3) well drilling, 4) sight distance at the access roads and 5) access road permits. Therefore, the Agency of Natural Resources has much to consider before any decisions are made regarding this proposed project.

Russ asked for any other comments.

Peggy reported that there has been a traffic counter at the log cabin near the East Corinth General Store which shows 1,800 cars going through there in only one day.  She also reported that the cost of one mile of pavement is $175,000.  Peggy suggested perhaps Corinth and Topsham could do some sort of reciprocal service, but Frank Roderick reported that although the town roads crews share equipment, none of that would have any relation to this proposed campground. 

Lee Porter suggested since it would create high traffic and unusual use of the road, the possibility of an impact fee might be imposed.

Frank’s main concern is that the narrowness and curviness of the bridge would cause problems when two large vehicles (such as a large truck meeting up with a large RV).  Norm Collette agreed.  Frank also mentioned dragging of long vehicles on tar roads in steep areas would cause damage.

Peggy reported it is assumed if the proposed project goes through, it may bring in $10,000 a year in property taxes compared to $400 now.

Russ proposed we wait and see what the Act 250 reports.

 Junk Yard Ordinance:  Patty Duffy asked if the Town of Corinth has a junk yard ordinance or zoning.  Russ reported the town does not, but the State has a regulation about unregistered vehicles being seen from the road.   Russ suggested Patty contact the State.

 Selectboard Relatives:  Patty Duffy asked Susanne Smith if she’s related to anyone on the highway department.  Susanne responded that her husband, Frank Roderick, is the Road Commissioner and further stated that, of course, she would recuse herself in any matters concerning personnel, salary, etc.  Patty asked if Susanne would recuse herself if “any highway business” was discussed.  Russ reported it is allowable to have relatives serve at the same time in town positions.  Patty would like to see the Selectboard develop a policy to avoid a conflict of interest.  Susanne said she would call the Secretary of State and the Vermont League of Towns & Cities to find out if there are any precedents or statutes regarding relatives.

3.   Casella Representative

Russ reported the Casella representative, Todd Deuso, could not make it to today‘s meeting.  Will attend at another meeting.

Susan Fortunati said Todd thought the Transfer Station’s service agreement looks good and wanted to know if the town has any concerns with their service. 

Russ asked if there were any issues at the transfer station.

Frank Roderick reported the metal bin is back.  All Metals will pay the town for the scrap metal collected there.

4. Green Up Day

Green Up Day is May 1, 2010.  As noted above, the Orange County Cruisers will help out again this year.  The green bags are ready to go.

5. Listers Concerns

Allen Locke reported two things: 

 Tax Maps:  Coinciding the tax maps with the Grand List should be done this summer on the web site. 

 Networking All Town Office Computers:  Allen reported we have a $10,000 budget to network the Treasurer’s and Town Clerk’s offices with the Listers.  He has a proposal from Systems Plus Computers in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Allen asked Susan Fortunati to give details of the Systems Plus proposal.  (She had contacted a firm up in Burlington, but they were too expensive.)  Susan said they are considering the purchase of a used server (for $750 -- a $600 savings) with a one-year warranty and a 4-hour response time together with six new computers all configured with same operating systems, software, etc., and a new backup system.  The computers would all come with XP Pro operating systems with licenses to upgrade to Windows 7 so as to be compatible with all new software.

Susan suggested the purchase of two new monitors, 3 UPS backup systems and the firewall with this year’s funds leaving just the six new computers and server to buy in next year’s budget.

Lastly, Susan reported three different service systems are offered.  The “Gold Plan” seems to be the best:  $199 per month ($2,400 per year) for Systems Plus to continuously monitor the server plus the monitoring of five additional elements (e.g. workstations, firewall, network switch, etc.)  plus $85 per hour (in 4-hour increments) to cover standard networking issues.

Allen said we would have to include $2,400 in the budget every year because the town would need a technical service relationship to keep the network up and running.  Susan reported there is a $10,000 budget between the Lister’s office and the Town Clerk/Treasurer’s office to deal with the server, hardware, software, etc. but if part can be paid out this year, and part next year, the service portion could be covered.  The new computers would each come with a 3-year warranty.  The System Plus proposal is $9,202.50.  Russ asked how long the proposal is good for.  Susan reported they need an acceptance signature to lock in the amount within 30 days.  Russ suggested having Laurie Sheridan review the proposal before signing, even if a special Selectboard meeting needs to be called to do so.

Norm Collette asked what would happen if the “used“ $750 server with a one-year warranty breaks down, how much it would cost to replace it.  Susan reported it would cost about $1,500 to replace.

6. Town Clerk’s Concerns

Susan Fortunati, on behalf of Nancy Ertle, reported no concerns.

7. Road Commissioner’s Report/Highway Concerns

 Mud Season:  Frank Roderick reported that mud season was going pretty good until last week when a Class 2 gravel road in West Corinth turned into a swamp all the way over to Washington.  A few isolated spots also have been bad. 

Russ asked what Frank is doing to fix the problem areas.  Frank reported hauling in gravel and lightly grading, but mostly letting nature take its course.

 Mapping the Road for Mileage for the State:  Russ asked Frank to finalize the trails mileage with Jonathan Croft.  Frank will call Jonathan and get it done.

Russ reported he received a letter from the Commission of Forests, Parks and Recreation regarding Ancient Roads.  We should have contacted them before we reclassified discontinuance of highways.  In the future we will have to notify them before reclassifying roads.
 
 New Ford 550:  Frank reported the new Ford 550 is performing very well.

 Annual Financial Plan:  Frank gave Russ the Annual Financial Plan for Town Highways to sign which is basically the State asking the Selectboard to certify that the funds raised by the Municipal taxes are equivalent or greater than the sum of at least $300 per mile for each mile of Class 1, 2 or 3 town highway.  Russ moved to sign the Annual Financial Plan for Town Highways.  Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Uniforms for Road Crew:  Frank asked Russ to sign the contract for uniforms for the road crew.  Russ moved to sign the contract for the uniforms; Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 District 7 - Agency of Transportation:  Frank reported on the agency’s request that we agree to certain town road and bridge standards.  Basically any new road that is Federally- or State-funded, if a gravel road, should have at least 15 inches of gravel, the top 3 inches of which will be crushed stone, graded to drain water; any ditches up to 2.5% slope will be seeded and mulched; between 2.5% and 5% will have a biodegradable mat and be seeded; ditches with grades steeper than 5% will lined with material (same as our current highway policy).  For culverts and bridges, all new driveway culverts will be a minimum diameter of 15 inches (which is in our current policy); all new roadway culverts will be a minimum of 18 inches (which is same as in our current policy); any culvert greater than or equal to 36 inches will be designed according to the latest AOT hydraulics manual.  That’s new because it used to be if the culvert was over 4 feet, we would have to consult the AOT hydraulics manual.  Bridges standing greater than 6 feet, abutment to abutment, will have water way openings according to the AOT hydraulics manual.  When a new road or culvert construction is more than one foot of drop for every 3 feet of run, guardrails will be installed according to the roadside design guide.

Russ moved to sign the Town Road and Bridge Standards and the Codes and Standards Certification of Compliance for Town Road and Bridge Standards.  Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Stop Signs at intersections of Center Road/Brook Road and Taplin Hill Road/Brook Road:  Russ reported Jack Learmonth suggested stop signs be placed at these two places.  Frank Roderick said he would find out what would be required to get this done.  Lee Porter said most people do stop at these points; but even so, Russ would like Frank to find out what the procedure is for future reference.

 Bear Notch Road Area:  Patty Duffy reported the bridge is working very well.  However, the lower end of Class 4 Bear Notch Road is not draining well where the culvert is.  It needs to be dug out.  Frank said this is on the list and will be taken care of.

8.    Facilities Manager’s Report:

Norm Collette reported on the work to date.  The main room is just about done.  It took 10-1/2 gallons of paint to seal the ceiling tiles with two coats plus three cases of caulk.  Turned an old window into a bulletin board in the Lister’s office.  Walls and ceilings are done.  Sash, floors and windows still need to be completed.

Voting shelves were taken out of the voting booths, will be painted and stored upstairs.  Removed pencils to avoid graffiti.  Will reinstall pencils on voting days only.

Just about ready to cover the basement dirt floor with plastic.

Wiring will happen soon.  BK Electric to give us four lights in the attic at an estimate of $1,250.
Lights in cellar are broken.  Would like to install three new security-type lights in the cellar.

Susan asked Norm to get an estimate for the lights, wiring and outlets, in writing, and e-mail to Russ for review prior to the next Selectboard meeting.  Susan said she added up the expenses thus far at a little over $4,000 out of our budget of $13,000.  Norm said the expenses thus far are a combination of janitorial and maintenance.  So next month, he will keep the expenses separate as they are budgeted separately.

Would like to put foam against the foundation.

The cellar has a water problem.  The sump pump has a problem with the tree roots.  Norm said a gravity-feed drainage system never got done.  Russ asked how much it would cost to retrofit the gravity-feed drainage to eliminate the sump pump.  Norm offered to get an estimate.

Norm asked Russ to give him guidance in the form of a schedule of how many hours he wants per week for janitorial work and how many hours per week he wants scheduled for maintenance work.

Connie Longo reported that in the process of cleaning around the office chairs, she noticed Jen could use a new chair.  Allen will check with Jen.  Russ gave Connie permission to purchase a new wastebasket for the Lister’s office.

Connie also reported she is using “green” cleaners.  Norm reported they are using their personal hepa vacuum cleaner with micron filters to help keep the environment and air clean.

9.   Committees

 Energy Committee:  Russ reported the Town of Corinth was awarded the $50,000 grant for the Town Garage energy project.

 Solid Waste:  Russ reported we got the $2,000 grant, but we need to sign the agreement.  Russ moved and Susanne seconded to sign the Standard Grant Agreement from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for the award of a hazardous waste grant of $2,000.  The motion passed unanimously. 

 Contract for Participation in the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Events for 2010:  Russ reported two dates:  May 22, 2010 at the Barre Town Garage on Websterville Road; September 11, 2010 at the Bradford Town Garage on Fairground Road.  Russ moved to sign the contract at the “full share option” where zero dollars are paid per CEG and each attendee pays the cost of their waste plus a $40 fee.  Susanne second.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Russ suggested Corinth residents use either drivers’ licenses or tax bills to prove residency. 
 
10.   Correspondence: was presented and discussed. 

 Two Rivers Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Representative:  Russ reported VTRANS and federal requirements on local consultation and that Frank Roderick is our current representative.  Two Rivers (RPC) wants to know who will be our town’s appointment for the coming year.  Russ suggested he could make a motion to appoint Frank to be our representative again but Susanne said she would have to recuse herself.  Since Russ is the only Selectboard member eligible to vote tonight, he said they will appoint Frank at the next Selectboard meeting. 

 Chris Jauhola - Planning Commissioner:  Chris sent a note stating she is declining her new three-year term.  She will stay on for another month or so until someone can be appointed to take her place.

 Brad Caswell:  sent a letter saying that he no longer wants to be on the Energy Committee.

11.   Warrants and Bills:  were presented, reviewed and signed.

 Joyce McKeeman’s invoice for March 2010:  Russ moved and Susanne seconded to authorize payment to Joyce.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Radio Rebate:  Susan reported that the town received the $45 rebate from a hand-held radio purchase made by Joe Blodgett.

 School Bond Vote (non-employee) Workers Pay:  School Board gave the town a check to pay these workers through Accounts Payable and they are in included in the warrants tonight.

12.   Other Business:

 Selectboard Clerk:  Russ moved to appoint Kelly McFarline as Selectboard Clerk.  Susanne seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Orange County Sheriff Surveillance of ATVs:  Lee Porter asked Russ to have the Orange County Sheriff start surveillance of ATVs (since we now have a budget for it) to keep ATVs off the traveled roads (with the exception of Green Up Day). 

 Susan reported the Sheriff’s budget was increased $2,000 (from $6,000 to $8,000) commencing July 1, 2010 to cover this work.

 Lee requested Russ write a formal letter to Bill Bohnyak that effective July 1, 2010, we now have a budget to commence ATV surveillance.  Russ will compose the letter and present it at the next meeting for review.

 Susan said we should be getting a new contract the first of June, 2010 and that would be a good time to incorporate this new responsibility.

 New Excavator with Ditching Bucket:  Frank reported the new bucket is working well.
 
 Church Bake Sale at Transfer Station on Green Up Day:  Russ reported a member of his church asked if she could have a church-sponsored bake sale on Green Up Day.  As there were no objections, Russ will give the OK.

Russ moved to adjourn, Susanne seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

 



Town of Corinth
Unapproved Minutes of Regular Selectboard Meeting
March 8, 2010

Attending:  Selectboard members Russ Pazdro, Laurie Sheridan, Susanne Smith; Joyce McKeeman, Board clerk; Susan Fortunati, Treasurer; Nancy Ertle, Town Clerk;  Frank Roderick, Road Commissioner; Allen Locke, Lister; Norm Collette, Facitilities Manager;  Connie Longo; Kevin Kinerson, Planning Commission; Riki Sheridan, Karen Galayda, Kelly McFarline
Russ called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Laurie nominated Russ as Board chair, Susanne seconded, motion passed unanimously.

1. Approval of minutes of Feb 8, 2010
There were a few typos to correct and Ben Eilertsen was added to those attending the meeting.  Russ moved to accept the minutes as corrected, Laurie seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of emergency minutes for Feb 22.  Russ moved to accept the minutes as presented; Susanne seconded; the motion passed unanimously. 

2.  No Public Concerns

3.Appointments
The Board went through the appointed positions and made the following nominations:
Budget Committee:  there were recommendations from Town Meeting of Hall Drury, Irene Mann, Frank Roderick, David Weiland-Alter for the committee.
Russ moved to appoint those named person for the budget committee. Laurie seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

Animal Control Officer:  Russ nominated Diane Perry, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Conservation Commission:.  Russ moved to appoint Penny Andrew, Ginny Barlow and Anne Margolis for 3 year terms ending 2013 and Linda Tobin to fill the last year of Elaine White’s term ending 2011. Laurie seconded. accepted unanimously.


911-Coordinator:  Russ nominated Jack Learmonth, Susanne Seconded accepted unanimously.


Emergency Management Coordinator:  Laurie nominated Joe LoSchiavo, Russ second, accepted unanimously.


Energy committee:  Russ nominated Ginny Barlow, Brad Caswell, Peter Keene, Tim O’Dell, Dan Wing, Russ Pazdro, and Laurie Sheridan for one-year terms, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.


Energy Coordinator:  Russ nominated Anne Margolis for one-year term.  Susanne second, accepted unanimously.


Fence Viewer: Russ nominated Robert Fortunati, Peter Keene, and Steve Long; Susanne seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

Planning Commission:  Russ nominated Kevin Kinnerson and Chris Jahoula for three-terms ending 2013 and Karen Galayda for a two-year term ending 2012.  Susanne seconded, accepted unanimously.

Revolving Loan Committee:  Russ moved to reappoint John Farrow, Laurie second, accepted unanimously.

Road Commissioner: Russ nominated Frank Roderick, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Service Officer:  Russ nominated Jen Brooks-Wooding for 1-year term, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Surveyor of Wood and Timber: Russ nominated Virgina Barlow, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Tree warden: Russ nominated Virginia Barlow, Laurie seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

Upper Valley Ambulance Representative:  Russ nominated Joe Truss, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Zoning Administrator:  Russ nominated Karen Galayda, Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.

Zoning Board of Adjustment:  Russ nominated Forbes Morrell, Carroll Porter, and Louise Sandberg.  Laurie seconded, accepted unanimously.


Russ moved to signed the letter of appointment of Jen Brooks-Wooding as Service Officer; Susanne second.  Motion passed unanimously.

3.  Selectboard clerk position
Joyce McKeeman is resigning as clerk and the Board has been talking with a possible candidate about the position.  There was discussion of clerk responsibilities.

4.  The Listers are almost at the end of the assessment year and are finishing up paperwork, but had nothing else to report.

5.  The Town Clerk had no concerns

6.  Road Commissioner Report
Frank asked the Board to agree to post the roads for mud season weight limits.  He asked that they post highway classes 2, 3 and 4 as follows: 2-axle trucks 15,000 lbs, 3 axle trucks 18,000, tractor trailers, 20,000 pounds effective from March 9 to  May 15th.  Russ moved to post weight limits as outlined by Frank and according to state statute, Laurie seconded, motion passed unanimously. 
Susan presented a municipal finance application from Ford Credit for the 2010 Ford F550 dump truck with snowplow and sander equipment.  Russ moved to sign the form for the town.  Laurie seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.
There was some discussion about the lease-purchase agreement and whether once this is finalized the town can re-finance through Chittenden Bank at a better interest rate.  The Board asked Susan to hold the contract until the Board can check to make sure that there is no penalty for pre-payment of the loan with Ford.
When Susan notified VLCT to put the excavator in the Town’s insurance, she was informed that effective this year the insurance is charging for additional exposure of property and therefore the premium is going up. 
Laurie spoke with a woman from Smitty’s Scrap Metal and she is talking about opening a redemption center and that might involve increased heavy truck traffic on Eagle Hollow Rd.  There was some discussion about what kind of permitting such a use might trigger.  Any further discussion is tabled until the persons actually appear before the board

7.  Facilities Mgr Report
Norm reported on the work to date:  work on windows in the big hall continues, the trim was repainted.  The ceilings in the smaller rooms are being worked on primarily sealing stains, etc. He wants to do the work on the ceiling in the big hall that will be a lot of work.  He’s matched all the paint colors so that small touch-ups can be done.  He is nearly done getting the hall looking good for the first time in years.  After this the plastic will go down in the basement.  He’s inspected the roof and sees some problem with the flashing around the chimney.  Once the Board and Norm have looked at how much money remains to be spent for his work he needs to seal the windows and finish a few more jobs and prioritize any other work.    There was discussion of the cost of Norm and Connie’s labor plus materials and the fund balances for the town hall maintenance funds.  The Board agrees that Norm should finish the interior painting that he’s begun.

Russ moved to go into executive session to discuss personnel issue at 8:15, Laurie seconded. Motion passed unanimously. The Board returned from executive session at 8:40.  The Board decided to set up a meeting with the facilities manager and the custodian to discuss his job performance.  The date for the meeting was set for March 12th at 7:00 p.m.  The only agenda item is an executive session to discuss this matter.

8.  Committees:  Solid Waste Russ reported that he invited to the next month’s meeting, Tadd Deuso from Casella Waste Management to discuss the town contract.  Russ and Laurie both had a letter from the Moretown Landfill (the receiving landfill for Corinth’s waste) asking for certification that the town waste does not contain hazardous waste. CVSW district offered an agreement to accept Corinth’s household hazardous waste for 2010.  Russ moved to authorize Laurie to sign the certification of solid waste management practices to Harry J. Shepard and Assoc, Consulting Engineers.  Susanne seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.  Susan will pass the letter to Nancy to file a copy. 
Susanne was strongly urged by both Russ and Laurie to get involved in the town report committee.  There was some discussion of whether Corinth wants to move toward an abbrieviated report with only mandated information.

10.  Correspondence was presented and discussed.

11.  Other Business
 There was a question about the line item budget for the Conservation Commission.  The commission is funded by the tax levy and therefore needs to be budgeted and voted every year.  Mistakenly, there was not a warned article for the Town Meeting for these funds.  Laurie was trying to find a way to find some funds that the commission could use if they needed funds during the year.  The Selectboard has a miscellaneous and a discretionary fund so if needed the Board can access $400 for that purpose.  The Board now knows that this needs to be put on the town meeting warning every year. 

12.  Warrants and Bills were presented, reviewed and signed.

13.  The Financial Report was presented, reviewed and signed.

Adjourned at 9:35



 



 


 

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