TOWN OF WILLIAMSTOWN
MEMBERS: Larry Hebert – Chair, Bill Ashe – Vice Chair (absent), Rodney Graham, Francis Covey, Scott Vaillancourt
MANAGER – Jacqueline Higgins
K. LOTT – NORTHFIELD NEWS
WATER & SEWER COMMISSIONERS
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7pm by L. Hebert. F. Covey made the
motion to enter into the Board of Water & Sewer commissioners, seconded by R. Graham and so
NEW BUSINESS: #1 –Abatement request - J. & R. Quero – The Quero’s came to the
Board requesting an abatement on their water & sewer account #053/009.00 which has a current
balance of $5,091.00. In November, 2011 The Quero’s entered into a payment agreement that
stated they would pay $50 per month, with a lump sum payment with taxes, and they were trying
to refinance the house as well. They have paid their $50 payments each month equaling $500
They did not make a lump sum payment nor refinance their house, in addition to that
their December 2011, and June 2012 bills have also gone delinquent. Currently their payment
only just barely covers the interest on their account. In July 2010 they had a flood in their
basement, they thought their hot water heater blew up, however there was no spike in usage, so
there was nothing that could be abated due to that.
The Quero’s stated they are doing the best they can, but are having a hard time making ends meet.
The board feels they should up their payment to be more in-line with the collection policy, which
states delinquent accounts will be paid within 18 months and current bills paid on time. R. Graham
made the motion to deny the abatement and to make arrangements to make a payment agreement
that pays off the delinquency in 18 months, with current bills paid on time, seconded F. Covey,
and so voted.
#2 Abatement request – E. Quintin, Sr 253-161.00. The town purchased this property at tax
sale June, 2011. The Quintin’s did not redeem the property, and they did not pay the water
& sewer bills Dec. 2011, and June 2012. The Town owns this property and will be selling
it. Current amount owed is $962.46. B. Ashe made the motion to approve the abatement on
account #253/161.00 in the amount of $962.46, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted.
B. Ashe made the motion to exit Water & Sewer Commissioners and enter Selectboard meeting
at 7:34 p.m., seconded by R. Graham, and so voted.
SET THE AGENDA: F. Covey made the motion to approve the agenda with the addition of
executive session, seconded by R. Graham, and so voted.
REVIEW OF OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT: available for viewing at all meetings.
OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.
SELECTBOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.
REVIEW & APPROVAL MINUTES: B. Ashe made the motion to accept the minutes of the
August 20, 2012 meeting, with corrections, seconded by R. Graham, and so voted.
REVIEW & APPROVAL WARRANTS: R. Graham made the motion to accept the payroll
warrant 8/12-8/25/12, SB150, seconded by B. Ashe, and so voted.
TOWN MANAGER REPORT: Delinquencies update as of 9/04/12 – taxes $122905.18, water
$30,477.65, sewer $28,462.44, and so voted.
B. Ashe made the motion to approve $1,000 of Class IV funds be spent on Winchester
Hill Road, seconded by S. Vaillancourt.
B. Ashe made the motion to approve 4 loads of gravel, approx.. $300 +/- of Class IV
funds be spent on Washington Road, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted.
The Board asked J. Higgins to look into placing cement blocks on the end of Class IV
roads in the spring time.
B. Ashe made the motion to re-enter Water & Sewer Commissioners at 7:57, seconded
by R. Graham, and so voted. J. Higgins reported that the pump at the Pump & Pantry pump
station has been pulled 4 times in the last 5 months for repairs. It was installed in 1989 and
rebuilt a couple of times. It has broken down again. People are disposing of shop towels, and
feminine hygiene products and plugging the pump. J. Higgins stated that they would like to
install a new grinder pump, cost $8,000 - $10,000. R. Graham made the motion to approve
purchasing an installing a new grinder pump not to exceed $10,000, seconded by F. Covey, and
so voted. F. Covey made the motion to exit Water & Sewer Commissioners and re-enter the
Selectboard meeting at 8:58 p.m.
Stone Road will be closed from VT RTE 64 to Maloney Road from September 12 –
September 20, 2012.
J. Higgins asked people to be aware of the State Statute that requires people to be
respectful of horses on the road.
#1 – QUINTIN TRAILER BIDS – 3 Bids were received. #1 – Don Hayward $2,500, Mike
Bilodeau $3,000, Nelson Lyford $4,000. F. Covey made the motion to accept the bid from
Nelson Lyford, seconded by R. Graham and so voted. Mobile home will be moved within a
#2 – CHANGE HEALTH INSURANCE BROKERS – Our current broker is Paige & Campbell.
J. Higgins would like to switch to VLCT Health Trust. We would keep the same policy with no
changes in the coverage or cost, but the broker commission would go back into VLCT Health
trust and they in turn offer free programs for the Towns. B. Ashe made the motion to change the
broker from Paige & Campbell to VLCT Health Trust, seconded by F. Covey, and so voted.
#3 FAIRPOINT UTILITY WORK REQUEST – Fairpoint presented a petition and order for
pole & wire location for Vespar Road. B. Ashe made the motion to approve Fairpoint’s request,
seconded by R. Graham, and so voted.
#4 – LISTERS ERRORS & OMMISSIONS -
a. – Parcel ID 053/032.00 – This had been assessed as a 2 family dwelling. The
new owners removed the 2nd kitchen. The entire parcel should be assessed at the
Homestead rate. No change in assessed value.
b. Parcel ID 008/096.02 – This parcel was sold at the end of March but the property
card was not changed. The new owner is Milone Properties and should get a non-
residential tax bill. There is no change in the assessed value.
B. Ashe made a motion to accept the above changes, seconded by F. Covey, and so
#1 – Treasurer Committee - B. Ashe gave an update. The next meeting is September 10, 2012
at 6:30 at the town office. R. Graham asked if the appointed Treasurer will be the School
Treasurer, and it would be unless they decide to vote in their own. R. Graham asked if the
Treasurer would be the tax collector, and the answer is yes, unless the town votes to change that.
#2 – OLD TOWN WATER TANK – Fair market value assessment has been completed. Town
assessed value is $47,200 with no value for the building. Our CLA is .89818, which would bring
the fair market value to $52,927 and she would list the property from $40,000 - $50,000. We
need to research a small town owned parcel between the Southworth and the Graham property.
AROUND THE TABLE:
R. GRAHAM – #1 – Would like to know if we are going to be doing a parade next year,
and budgeting for it. He also asked about road maintenance schedules. J. Higgins is
working with E. Farnham and will have something to present to the Board at budget prep
#2 – R. Graham announced that he is officially a candidate for State
Representative for our district. If he wins he will not let it affect his Selectboard position.
F. COVEY – None
S. VAILLANCOURT - None
L. HEBERT - None
EXECUTIVE SESSION – B. Ashe made the motion at 8:50 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
Motion was made my B. Ashe and seconded by F. Covey to exit executive session at
9:10 p.m. No action taken.
ADJOURN - B. Ashe made motion to adjourn at 9:10 p.m., seconded by F. Covey and so voted.