TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN
Board of Selectmen Meeting
Board of Water/Sewer Commissioners
May 21, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Williamstown Middle/High School

MEMBERS: Larry Hebert – Chair, Bill Ashe – Vice Chair, Rodney Graham, Art Stone, Francis Covey

TOWN MANAGER – Jacqueline Higgins  
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – Cora Grandfield

Visitors – A. KRAMER, P. WINTERS, B. WATSON, K. LOTT – NORTHFIELD NEWS

SELECTBOARD MEETING


CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by L. Hebert

SET THE AGENDA:
R. Graham made the motion to set the agenda adding executive session
for personnel/employee contract discussions, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted
.

REVIEW OF OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT:
available for viewing at all meetings.

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
P. Winters came to the meeting to discuss the proposed Veterans Memorial. If the memorial will be placed on Town owned  land then the Board needs to be involved every step of the way. P. Winters also presented the Board with proposed artwork for the center of the memorial. A. Kramer noted that people are
saying the Town voted to make the Ford property a Memorial Park, but in truth the Town voted the Selectboard to enter into negotiations to acquire the Ford property, and one of the restrictions from the State is that it had to be used as public land. F. Covey made a motion to approve the Veterans Memorial committee to go ahead with formulating a plan to put the Memorial at the
Ford Property, seconded by A. Stone, and so voted. The committee needs to verify Right of way issues.


SELECTBOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: None

REVIEW & APPROVAL MINUTES:
B. Ashe made the motion to accept the minutes of the
May 76, 2012 meeting, seconded by R. Graham, with one change – should be Williamstown
Solar Project, not fund, and so voted with F. Covey abstaining as he was not at meeting.


REVIEW & APPROVAL WARRANTS:
R. Graham made the motion to accept the payroll
warrant for 4/22/12-5/5/12, and SB 137, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted. Questions were
asked about the bill for Clark’s trucking.


TOWN MANAGER REPORT:
See attached sheet.
The Board asked about the vandalism at the Town Garage. 1700 gallons of chloride was dumped. The tank was locked, but it was removed somehow. The individuals will be cited to court later this week by Orange County Sheriff Department. B. Ashe if we were liable if individuals were hurt while at the town garage, even if they were in there unauthorized. J. Higgins reported that if we didn’t have proper signage up we would be liable, but we do have the proper signage.


NEW BUSINESS:
1. Public Hearing – Falls Bridge Road.
4 Selectboard members and town manager
met at Falls Bridge Road at 6pm tonight. R. Graham made the motion to accept the
change to Falls Bridge Road, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted, with B. Ashe
abstaining.

2. Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD) Contract –
R. Graham made the motion
to accept the two contracts from OCSD, 1 for $50,000 and 1 for $20,000, for the
fiscal year 7/1/12 – 6/30/13, seconded by F. Covey.

3. Beautification Committee –
B. Ashe made the motion, seconded by R. Graham for
the Beautification Committee to explore the options for putting baskets of flowers on
the street lights, and for putting flower boxes on the walking bridges, and so voted.


OLD BUSINESS: (10 MIN) None

AROUND THE TABLE:
R. GRAHAM – C
helsea Road guardrails between Barney’s & Carminati’s. J. Higgins
reported that she has spoken to the Highway department about them already.

A. STONE –
Asked again about the cross walk sign in front of the Williamstown Square.
J. Higgins has notified the State.

B. ASHE –
None
F. COVEY –
Asked about missing road signs. J. Higgins reported that several have been
ordered.

L. HEBERT –
Cars are parking at Rachel’s Garden overnight. J. Higgins will look into it.

A. Kramer reported as health officer, that he is working with the Hebert Road property
owners about health issues, and they are taking care of it. Also working with a property
owners on Steller Road. He also noted that while many people do not keep their property
in the same order as someone else, it doesn’t mean they are doing anything wrong or that
there are any health issues.


EXECUTIVE SESSION IF NEEDED – 1 V.S.A. 313 –
R. Graham made the motion to
enter executive session at 7:55 pm for personnel/employee contract discussions, seconded by F.
Covey, and so voted.

Francis Covey made motion to exit executive session 8:46 p.m. Seconded by Bill Ashe, and so
voted.


Francis Covey made motion to authorize NEMRC to revise password accessibility to computer
software. From this day forward supervisory password maintenance authority to be held by
NEMRC only per the authority of the Williamstown Selectboard. Rodney Graham seconded. All
in favor and so voted.

Francis Covey made motion to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. Bill Ashe seconded. So voted.



Respectfully submitted,

Cora Grandfield