SWANTON VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SWANTON VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
120 FIRST STREET
SWANTON, VT 05488
Monday, April 10, 2017
PRESENT: Neal Speer, Village President; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau, Village Manager; Dianne Day, Village Clerk; Kathy Kneebone, Brian Barratt and Ch. 16.
Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.
1. Call to Order:
Neal Speer, Village President, welcomed all to the Regular Board of Trustees meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
2. Agenda Review:
Dianne Day, Village Clerk, informed the Board that Brian Savage came in the office today and informed her that he was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. She also informed them that MVUHS came in on Friday, April 7th and asked that MVU Football coin drop request be changed to MVUHS Substance Free Committee coin drop request.
3. Approve and Accept Minutes from Monday, March 27, 2017:
Chris Leach made the motion to approve and accept Minutes from Monday, March 27, 2017 as presented. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Discussion: Chris Leach asked if there was any further information on the sale of the Highgate Converter Station. Reg Beliveau said he had sent the Board an email with some legal issues regarding the sale. Motion carried.
4. Approve and Accept Village Warrants through Friday, April 7, 2017:
Adam Paxman made the motion to approve and accept Village Warrants through Friday, April 7, 2017. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Discussion: Eugene LaBombard stated that his packet of warrants was dated March 23rd through March 31st. Village Clerk Dianne Day explained that she listed the date of April 7th in case anymore warrants came through up to that point. Motion carried.
5. Brian Savage Representing Star Hose Co. Regarding the Possible Sale of the Pirsch Pumper Truck:
Item tabled until next meeting.
6. VT State Revolving Fund Loan Agreement for Contract #3 (Second St., Fourth St., Canada St. and Transmission main from Robin Hood Dr to the Reservoir) for $3,062,559.50 with a -3.00% Interest Rate:
Dianne Day, Village Clerk, stated that Assistant Village Manager Lynn Paradis told her now that the water line project is complete the State has finalized the loan documents and the Board just needs to sign them. All Board members signed the necessary loan documents.
7. MVUHS Substance Free Committee Requesting Coin Drop for Saturday, May 6, 2017:
MVUHS Substance Free Committee came in on Friday, April 7th and requested they be put on the Agenda for a coin drop in May instead of the Football Team. They are requesting Saturday, May 6, 2017 with a rain date of Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Chris Leach made the motion to approve MVUHS Substance Free Committee’s request to hold a coin drop on Saturday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon with a rain date of Saturday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Motion carried with two yays, one nay.
8. Any Other Necessary Business:
Chris Leach asked if the Police Department received any responses from the drug competition form they put on Facebook. Village Clerk Dianne Day stated that they received one in the mail today.
Any Other Business: Adam Paxman stated he wanted to make sure that when coin drops are held the proper signage is put in place at the corners of Pine Street and First Street and Brown Avenue and First Street.
Any Other Business: Eugene LaBombard asked if there was any action taken on changing banks. Reg Beliveau informed the Board that Lynn is having a meeting with Union Bank on Tuesday, April 11th.
Any Other Business: Eugene LaBombard asked how the sidewalk study meeting went. Chris Leach stated he felt this was a very expensive project and said a decision was made to go up Route 78 to MVUHS. He said there are issues with drainage and trees. He said they discussed running the sidewalk behind some houses and the town garage but some students said they would walk up Route 78 anyways. Chris also said they are looking at a 4’ extension on either side of the road down on South River St. He said they were told there is grant money available for sidewalks so they are hoping to get one.
9. Public Comment:
Kathy Kneebone said she was present tonight because she heard there was the possibility of the Teen Center closing because the Memorial Auditorium building might go up for sale. Reg Beliveau stated that the Trustees are considering selling the Memorial Auditorium building but they wouldn’t close the Teen Center. He said if anything happened they would relocate the Teen Center elsewhere. Chris Leach said they have no intent on closing the Teen Center. Kathy asked if there was anything they could do to help relocate the Teen Center. Chris Leach said with permitting issues this could potentially take months to sell. He said they have nothing but kudos for the Teen Center. Kathy asked if they were selling it to bring business into the Village. Brian Barratt asked if this was the reason for selling the building. He asked if this building was costing us money and said he knows renovating is very expensive. Chris Leach said they are trying to keep the nature of the building in mind because it is a “Memorial Building.” Kathy asked if the Teen Center was the only thing in that building. Chris said no that a business called BMTM is in there also and employees approximately 26 people. He said they would like to relocate them in Swanton also. He said it is their incentive to have something great downtown. Neal Speer stated regardless of what happens it will be best for the community. Reg thanked Kathy for coming in and she said she wants people to help if needed.
10. Executive Session to Discuss Real State:
Adam Paxman made the motion to enter into Executive Session to Discuss Real Estate at 7:26 p.m. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.
Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 8:35 p.m. and to re-enter Open Session. Eugene LaBombard seconded both motions. Motions carried.
ACTION TAKEN: Chris Leach made the motion to authorize Village Manager Reginald Beliveau to write a letter of intent to sell 3 Label Lane to prospective buyer Gordon Winters. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.
Eugene LaBombard made the motion to adjourn the Regular Board of the Trustees meeting at 8:37 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. There being no further business at hand, Neal Speer, Village President, adjourned the meeting at 8:37 p.m. Motion carried.
Neal Speer, Village President Date
Dianne Day, Village Clerk Date