TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN
Board of Selectmen Meeting
June 18, 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, H. DUKE, R. CLEAVES, C. PELOQUIN, M. SPRANO, J. TAYLOR, K. LOTT – NORTHFIELD NEWS

SELECTBOARD MEETING


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

SET THE AGENDA: B. Ashe made the motion to set the agenda adding new equipment
replacement schedule under new business, and conversation with Treasurer under old business,
seconded by A. Stone, and so voted. C. Peloquin added that he felt several other items should
have been on the agenda under old business, as they are not resolved.

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

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: No announcements.
#1 – H. Duke commented that the Hebert road sign is still at the end of the pavement by the
High school and not down by the intersection of Flint Rd, Brush Hill, Construction Hill. He also
asked about the annual certificate of mileage.
#2 – J. Taylor voiced displeasure with the offer from the Selectboard for the Treasurer buyout.
#3 – R. Cleaves wants to discuss water & sewer delinquencies as he thinks they are much higher
now than in the past. He also wants to discuss delinquent taxes, specifically tax sales, as he feels
that they are not being done fairly. This will be put on the next agenda

SELECTBOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: B. Ashe if he could add Treasurer committee under
old business, and it was approved by all.

REVIEW & APPROVAL MINUTES: F. Covey made the motion to accept the minutes of the
June 4, 2012 meeting, seconded by A. Stone, and so voted.

REVIEW & APPROVAL WARRANTS: B. Ashe made the motion to accept the payroll
warrant for 5/20/12 – 6/2/12, and SB 139, seconded by A. Stone, and so voted.

TOWN MANAGER REPORT: See attached sheet.
#1 – J. Higgins explained the grader loan issue. Initially the bank requested a voided blank
check for a series of 5 ACH payments to be made on 11/1 each year. R. Cleaves refused to do it,
so J. Higgins called and asked for a different way to pay. They said they would invoice 45-60
days before the payment was due. C. Peloquin asked if other funding options were looked into.
J. Higgins reported that yes she had looked at other funding options. We could not get a VT
Municipal Equipment loan because the amount was too high. C. Peloquin asked what the
interest rate was, and J. Higgins couldn’t remember if it was 3.49% or 3.94%, R. Cleaves stated
it was 2.92%. R. Cleaves said that he called Peoples Bank and they would give us a loan for an
interest rate of 2-2.5%. C. Peloquin asked if we were locked in or if we could change banks, and
yes we can change banks.

NEW BUSINESS:
#1 – EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE – L. Hebert read the new equipment
replacement schedule (attached). It was put together by E. Farnham, J. Higgins, and L. Hebert.
M. Sprano asked why truck #6 says “no replacement”, it was noted that this truck will be rotated
out. C. Peloquin asked about selling the excavator now, and the Board & Manager will look into
options. B. Ashe made the motion to accept as presented, with the addition of 8 added to truck 7,
with the understanding that it may need to be changed as needs demand, seconded by F. Covey,
and so voted.

OLD BUSINESS: (10 MIN)
#1 – TREASURER - R. Cleaves stated the he has decided to decline the Selectboard buyout
offer.
#2 – TREASURER COMMITTEE – 2 Selectboard – Francis Covey & Bill Ashe, 1 Lister –
Bill Peabody, Town Clerk – Barbara Graham, Schoolboard – Rama Schneider – 3 Community
Members (currently 5 are interested: Ivan LeBlanc, Horace Duke, Mike Sprano, Charles
Kunkle, and Art Kramer)

AROUND THE TABLE:
A. STONE – Asked about the sign in front of the Williamstown Square. J. Higgins noted that we have told the state and it is their responsibility to replace it. A. Stone also questioned all the cars parking at Rachel’s garden from the apartment across the street. We will notify them that they will be towed, and we will put up a sign that says Rachel’s Garden parking only.

B. ASHE – None

F. COVEY – None

L. HEBERT – None

ADJOURN – F. Covey made motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m. A. Stone seconded and so voted.



Respectfully submitted,

Cora Grandfield