TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN
Board of Selectmen Meeting
August 20, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Williamstown Middle/High School

MEMBERS: Larry Hebert – Chair, Bill Ashe – Vice Chair (absent), Rodney Graham, Francis Covey, Scott Vaillancourt

TOWN MANAGER – Jacqueline Higgins  
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – Cora Grandfield

VISITORS – H. DUKE, C. PELOQUIN, M. SPRANO, E. EVERHEART, R. SCHNEIDER, D. COOPER, C. AHLERS, C. BROWN, R. NADEAU, M. & L. BERNIER, J. HINCKLEY, A. KRAMER, B. WATSON, B. MARTIN, M. PERKINS, E. MORTON,D. DELCORE – TIMES ARGUS, K. LOTT – NORTHFIELD NEWS

SELECTBOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by L. Hebert. L. Hebert
introduced new board member Scott Vaillancourt and thanked the others that had applied for the
position.

SET THE AGENDA: R. Graham made the motion to approve the agenda as presented,
seconded by F. Covey, and so voted.

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

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
#1 – C. Peloquin asked about upgrading culverts due to the new policy. The Board will have the
Road Foreman look at existing culverts.
#2 – C. Peloquin asked if the road side mowing would be done before school started next week.
We currently have the road side mower and plans for this time have the work being completed
during the next 2 weeks. Not all roads will be done before school starts.
#3 – C. Peloquin asked if the work on Mountain View Drive was done for this year. This will be
talked about under Managers report.
#4 – B. Watson asked about Winchester Hill Road. She noted that the road has deteriorated,
and the water bars need work. J. Higgins reported that $2,000 of the Class IV road funds has
already been allocated. R. Graham noted that part of the problem is that when the State put in
their culvert it directs water down the Town road. R. Graham also suggested that maybe the road
be thrown up, and B. Watson agreed. C. Peloquin asked how the Class IV funds were allocated,
and it is on a first come, first served basis.

#5 – R. Schneider commented on the fact that the downtown area looks very nice, with flowers,
and people keeping it clean. He wanted to thank those that have put work into the effort.

SELECTBOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: F. Covey wanted to make note that he has known
S. Vaillancourt for many years as an employer and as a friend, and believes he will be a positive
asset to the Board. L. Hebert noted that he has known S. Vaillancourt since he was little and
believes he will be a good addition to the Board. He is young, and willing to help out.

REVIEW & APPROVAL MINUTES: R. Graham made the motion to accept the minutes of
the August 6, 2012 meeting, as presented, seconded by B. Ashe, and so voted.

REVIEW & APPROVAL WARRANTS: R. Graham made the motion to accept the payroll
warrant 7/16 – 7/29 and 7/29 – 8/11, SB149, seconded by B. Ashe, and so voted.

TOWN MANAGER REPORT: Delinquencies update as of 8/20/12 – taxes $123,811.66, water
$44,595.76, sewer $39,664.99. Water and sewer are up from the last report due to the Quintin-
Gray parcel being added back in due to a court case.
HIGHWAY – Mountain View – We still have some ditching and manhole covers to do.
There will be grading and chloriding done as well. Additional material may also be added.
They will be looking at the sub-base especially in sections where the road heaves.
J. Higgins asked C. Peloquin when he was going to bush hog the old landfill and fix the
vent pipe. He noted that he has already bush hogged the field but could not locate the vent pipe.
J. Higgins believed he hasn’t mowed the upper section where the vent pipes are located. She
will go and find the pipe for him.
R. Cleaves asked about the road erosion on Graniteville Road especially by Larry Dunn’s
property. He also noted that the aprons needed to be swept.
M. Sprano asked if all the “bad” spots during mud season have been fixed this summer,
and it was noted that they are still working on that.
NEW BUSINESS:
#1 – TAX RATE – R. Cleaves presented the following figures to the Board for the tax rate -
Municipal - $0.5245 Residential education - $1.4431 Non-residential education - $1.5474, totals
= Residential $1.9676, Non-residential $2.0719. B. Ashe made a motion to approve the rates as
presented, seconded by F. Covey and so voted.

#2 – EXCAVATOR BIDS – 2 bids were received, John Jozwiak for $10,750, and Aqeel Akram
for $16,000. B. Ashe made the motion to accept the bid from Aqeel Akram, with the proceeds
going to the highway equipment reserve fund, seconded by F. Covey and so voted.

#3 – SMALL CLAIMS CASE – R. CLEAVES VS. TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN – R.
Cleaves is suing the Town for what he feels is back paid owed to him. R. Graham made the
motion to dispute the claim for reasons already stated to R. Cleaves when they denied his
original claim, seconded by F. covey and so voted. C. Peloquin asked why this wasn’t discussed
in executive session, and if the town would hire a lawyer. He wondered if they cost of the
lawyer would be higher than just paying the claim.

#4 – CHANGE DATE OF NEXT SELECTBOARD MEETING - R. Graham made the motion
to change the date of the next meeting from Monday, September 3rd, to Tuesday, September 4th,
2012, 7pm at the Williamstown Middle High School, seconded by S. Vaillancourt, and so voted.

#5 – LIQUOR LICENSE - R. Graham made the motion to approve the 1st class liquor license
for Behind the Scenes Café, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted.

OLD BUSINESS:
#1 – North East Materials - After much discussion L. Hebert made the motion to draft a letter to
the ACT 250 board asking that if North East Materials should be granted a permit, they would
need to upgrade the access onto Pirie Road (improving site vision, clearing brush, etc), supply
the materials to shim & overlay 1730’ of Pirie Road (Pirie Rd to Graniteville Rd), as they had
offered to do, and to restrict use of Cogswell Street directing any trucks that would be coming
Williamstown way to use the Pirie Road access, seconded by F. Covey, R. Graham amended
the motion to ask the ACT 250 Board to also take into consideration the issues presented by the
Williamstown Planning Commission, seconded by F. Covey. Vote then passed with R. Graham
voting no.

#2 – SOLID WASTE ORDINANCE UPDATE – Still working on.

#3 – TREASURER COMMITTEE – R. Graham made the motion to appoint Charles Kunkle,
Yvan LeBlanc, and Horace Duke to the Treasurer committee, seconded by F. Covey. Thank you
to Art Kramer and Mike Sprano who also offered to be on the committee. The first meeting will
be Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

AROUND THE TABLE:
R. GRAHAM – None

B. ASHE – Welcome to S. Vaillancourt. Thanked the public for their interest in the
meetings lately and liked to see them at the meetings.

F. COVEY – None

S. VAILLANCOURT - None

L. HEBERT - None

EXECUTIVE SESSION – R. Graham made the motion at 8:37 pm to have a brief recess and
then to enter into executive session in accordance with 1 VSA § 313, seconded by F. Covey, and
so voted.
Motion was made my B. Ashe and seconded by F. Covey to exit executive session at
9:07 p.m. No action taken.

ADJOURN - B. Ashe made motion to adjourn at 9:08 p.m., seconded by F. Covey and so voted.



Respectfully submitted,

Cora Grandfield