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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

June 1, 2020

SWANTON VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SWANTON VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX

120 FIRST STREET

SWANTON, VT 05488

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Monday, June 1, 2020

5:30 PM

 

 

 

 

PRESENT: Neal Speer, Village President; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau Jr., Village Manager; Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager; Dianne Day, Village Clerk; Chief of Police Leonard “Joey” Stell; Elisabeth Nance, Economic Development Coordinator; Tim Smith, FCIDC and Channel 16.

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.

 

 

  1. Call to Order:

 

Neal Speer, Village President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Agenda Review:

 

Eugene LaBombard stated he would like to discuss personnel under Executive Session.

 

  1. Public Comment:

 

Joe Wolske was present on behalf of the Swanton Arts Council. He said it has come to their attention that there is some controversy and complaints over the current image on the Art Wall located on the Municipal Building’s front lawn. Someone painted a black fist on the wall. Joe said fellow Arts Council member Darci Benoit works for a law firm in Burlington and she asked an attorney for his opinion on whether or not the image should be removed or not. The attorney suggested the image be left there for now because they don’t want to open a can of worms. He said reset the art wall in a reasonable amount of time. Reg Beliveau stated he also contacted the Village’s attorney at VT League of Cities and Towns (VLCT). He said he believes the image stands for “solidarity” and the Village’s attorney recommended the same as the other attorney. Reg said the Village and the Arts Council need clearer guidelines and rules regarding the art walls. Adam Paxman stated he looked at the rules regarding painting on the art walls and said it states that if something is offensive it should be removed. He asked why the image was painted on this board and none of the others. Chief of Police Leonard “Joey” Stell commented that there are two representations of this art. He said it represents the Black Panthers group that was formed in the 1960’s. He said they originally started as a solidarity group that turned violent. He said the other meaning of the image is “solidarity.” He said viewers can interpret it either way. He also said because of the location of this board it’s a representation of this municipal building and that they accept and believe all art on that board. He said if the board stays in this location there needs to be strong guidelines and artwork would need to be approved first. Elisabeth Nance, Economic Development Coordinator, said she doesn’t have a problem with the image but suggested the board be moved. Neal Speer, Village President, said art boards should not “make a statement” and feels they should negotiate another agreement with the Arts Council. He said they will leave the artwork for now and take their attorney’s advice. Chris Leach stated he appreciates the art boards and enjoys seeing all the different artwork. Eugene LaBombard also agreed that the Village negotiate an agreement with the Arts Council. Adam Paxman suggested the board be reset within 10 days.

 

  1. Approve and Accept Minutes from Monday, April 6, 2020:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to approve and accept the Minutes from Monday, April 6, 2020 as presented. Adam Paxman seconded. Discussion: None. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approve and Accept Village Warrants through Friday, May 29, 2020:

 

Chris Leach made the motion to approve Village Warrants through Friday, May 29, 2020. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Discussion: Adam Paxman asked about Warrant #44 and the payment made to VEPPI in the amount of $15,268.30. Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager, stated they now pay VEPPI for purchase power directly through the Village’s bank and so a separate warrant is printed for them. Eugene LaBombard just wanted to mention that on Warrant #41 the total for 29 invoices paid is $90,355.70 and the invoice to Efficiency VT is close to 50% of that amount, which is $48,199.36. He said this money is paid to the State of Vermont monthly and utilities had no say in this. He just wanted ratepayers to be aware of this. Motion carried.

 

  1. Executive Session Real Estate – Tim Smith, FCIDC:

 

Tim Smith, FCIDC, said he’s making his rounds to all the local boards and giving an update on what FCIDC has been up to. He said COVID-19 has brought a lot of issues for local businesses and Elisabeth Nance as well as Connie Burns, have been very supportive in doing some outreach efforts for these businesses. He said they have been dispensing information as best as they could but said it was constantly changing. He said during this pandemic Perigo has hired 40 individuals and Ben & Jerry’s is hiring as well. He said he thinks people have decided to change their skill sets and move into manufacturing. He said retail and service businesses have been hit hard as well as the dairy farmers. He said they are hoping local businesses come out of this better off like they did after the 2008 recession. Tim also said they received a grant that will enable them to have Elisabeth Nance work an additional 4 hours per week and said she is a great asset to him as well as Connie Burns.

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to enter Executive Session to discuss real estate at 6:00 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to exit Executive Session at 6:36 and to re-enter Open Session. Adam Paxman seconded.

 

ACTION TAKEN: None.       

 

  1. Economic Development Coordinator Update on Downtown Scoping Study:

 

Elisabeth Nance, Economic Development Coordinator, informed the Board that last year the Village of Swanton was awarded $34,000 to do a Scoping Study on the Downtown area. She said Request for Proposals (RFP) went out and the grant has been awarded to VHB to do the work. She said there is a steering committee that is comprised of herself, Neal Speer, Reg Beliveau and Gordon Winters. She would like to thank them for all their hard work. She said there will be a kick-off meeting and there is discussion on how they will conduct this public meeting. She said they will work out the details and the project will be moving forward. She said she has a copy of the study that was done in 2001 and will bring that to the meeting for discussion. Reg Beliveau mentioned that work will begin on the new sidewalks in the near future. Neal Speer stated ACE Hardware is open and Bees on Broadway will be moving into 5 Canada Street very soon. He said it is looking good there. Chris Leach stated he would like to see a restaurant go in there as well.  He also stated he is hoping when they do the traffic study that they address the issue of the truck traffic on Route 78. He said if they looked at an aerial view of Interstate 89 and Route 78 there is a very clear route the trucks can take. He said he would like to see them detoured. Elisabeth stated when you detour trucks you detour cars but agreed the truck traffic is an issue.

 

  1. COVID-19 Update Pertaining to the Village of Swanton:

 

Chief Stell said the Governor is opening things up a bit more. He said the numbers for the State are optimistic and there are eight more positive cases but no new cases in Franklin County for a while. He said everyone should remain diligent to keep the spread of the virus down. He said keep washing your hands, wear masks and use hand sanitizer. He said it does appear that it is difficult to catch the virus from surfaces. He said the virus is not going away anytime soon and feels that this fall during flu season things could get worse. He said opening schools looks very difficult. Reg Beliveau stated that the Village is doing continuity of operations and will address things in the Fall as they arise. He said he is very pleased with how the department heads have handled everything with no loss of services. Lynn Paradis said there possibly could be another outbreak this fall so she is having Marc looking into setting up some home offices so that those who need to can work from home if need be. Reg said he would like to get the Board members tablets so that meeting agendas and all paperwork could be emailed to them and they could keep operations happening.  Eugene LaBombard asked if any employees had any issues they couldn’t resolve. Reg said no the process is working well. Lynn informed the Board that plexiglass was installed in the front office. Chief Stell also said more businesses are no longer accepting cash.

 

 

 

  1. Swanton Village Police Department Update:

 

Chief Stell informed the Board that during the month of May the Village Police Department responded to 164 calls for service. He said people were getting cabin fever and there were more domestic violence and landlord/tenant issues during the month. He said better weather also brings more traffic offenses and the Village issued 14 warnings and 6 tickets totaling $942. He said they saw a decrease in the volume of traffic because people were staying home but saw an increase in speeding on First Street, Grand Avenue, Canada Street and Spring Street.

 

  1. Discussion on Electric, Water & Sewer A/R Aging Report:

 

Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager, informed the Board that she has been tracking electric, water and sewer aging reports daily since the end of February. She said there is an increase of almost $88,000 of unpaid electric bills. Lynn said the State of Vermont has put a hold on disconnects and as of now the Village cannot disconnect electric, water or sewer service through the end of July. She said the State may extend that date further. Lynn said Katie Domina, customer service rep, has been calling customers and trying to get them on a repayment plan. Because of COVID-19 the Village will extend their agreement policy and help customers get caught up on their delinquent bill. Lynn said the Village hasn’t been charging any interest on overdue bills since the end of March and said she would like to continue that until this is over with. Lynn informed the Board that delinquent taxes are $36,413 at this time and that is about $5000 higher than last year at this time.

 

  1. Any Other Necessary Business:

 

Reg Beliveau informed the Board that the Village was asked to participate in the Restart Vermont Grant and Loan Program for small businesses in the area looking for assistance. He said this involves the Village’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and the Village can choose how much of those funds they would use for this program. Lynn informed the Board that the loan application process is quite lengthy and will be overseen by the Regional Development Corporation or a designated lending agency. If approved by them they would then go before the Village Trustees for approval. She said they could also choose to lend funds to a small business that is in the Village’s territory so a business in Highgate or Swanton Town could apply as well. Adam Paxman made the motion to authorize Village Manager Reginald Beliveau to sign the Memorandum of Intent to participate in the Restart Vermont Grant and Loan Program. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.

 

  1. Executive Session to Discuss Personnel:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel at 7:36 p.m. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.

 

Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

ACTION TAKEN: None.

 

  1. Adjournment:

 

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to adjourn the Special Board of the Trustees meeting at 8:00 p.m.  Chris Leach seconded. There being no further business at hand, Neal Speer, Village President, adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________             _______________________________________

Neal Speer, Village President                            Date

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________    ___________________________________

Dianne Day, Village Clerk                                Date

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

April 6, 2020

SWANTON VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SWANTON VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX

120 FIRST STREET

SWANTON, VT 05488

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Monday, April 6, 2020

5:30 PM

 

 

 

 

PRESENT: Neal Speer, Village President; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau Jr., Village Manager; Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager; and Chief of Police Leonard “Joey” Stell.

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.

 

 

  1. Call to Order:

 

Neal Speer, Village President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance:

 

Everyone present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Agenda Review:

 

Reg Beliveau stated he would like to discuss personnel under Executive Session.

 

  1. Public Comment:

 

None.

 

  1. Approve and Accept Minutes from Monday, March 9, 2020:

 

Chris Leach made the motion to approve and accept the Minutes from Monday, March 9, 2020 as presented. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approve and Accept Village Warrants through Friday, April 3, 2020:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to approve Village Warrants through Friday, April 3, 2020. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

  1. COVID-19 Update Pertaining to the Village of Swanton:

 

Chief Stell stated that as of 1 p.m. today there are 543 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Vermont. He said the state is only testing certain individuals and at this time there are 29 cases in Franklin County but those numbers are at the low end of the spectrum. The only people being tested were people in the hospital, health care workers or very sick people. If you had mild symptoms you were not getting tested. He said the numbers are rapidly going up. Chris Leach asked how many patients were in Northwestern Medical Center. He said he believed their PICU unit was full and they are setting up 50 beds at Collins Perley Complex. He said these beds would be used for patients that need a bit more help than they could get at home, such as fluids and oxygen. He talked about the shortage of respiratory medicines as well. He said the CDC is recommending people wear a face covering while out in public. He said there are young adults in the 20 to 25-year age range that are testing positive for COVID-19 and are showing no symptoms. He said they are not recommending people wear gloves. He said the police department is seeing a reduction in criminal activity around the Village. He said they have had a few complaints about people gathering but it ended up being just a family going for a walk. He said that is encouraged activity for a family to do. He said his officers have masks they can wear if doing a traffic stop. He wants citizens to be aware of the potential scams out there now that the stimulus checks have been sent out. He said the IRS or Federal Government would never call and ask for any personal information. Chief Stell said the mortality rate from COVID-19 is very low and the majority of people with it are weathering this very well at home with mild to moderate symptoms.  He said it lasts anywhere from 7 to 20 days depending on the severity of it. He said unfortunately the elderly are going to be the ones who have a hard time recovering from this as well as chronic smokers and people with underlying health issues or lung injuries. Chief Stell said he modified their schedule so that two officers are working at all times but, are able to be socially distancing as well.

 

Lynn Paradis stated her brother is in the service and is trying to get medical equipment and supplies as well as medications in from other countries. She said this is a 7-day a week job for him and he stresses to her how serious this virus is.

 

Reg Beliveau explained to the Board how each department is working through this pandemic and Eugene LaBombard stated the Village should continue to do this schedule for as long as it takes. Chris Leach just wanted to make sure nothing was getting pushed aside. Reg said everything was going fine considering. He’s said he’s been on edge wondering if he should keep this up. Lynn explained the office work schedule to the Board. She said herself and Al Mosher are working on the AMI proposal at home as well. Reg said he has been urging the employees to listen to the Governor regarding information on the virus. He said education is key during this pandemic. Lynn said they will never know if they are doing too much but will know if they haven’t done enough. Lynn said for the most part the customers have been understanding on how they are able to make payments now. She said she has been keeping up with her reports on the aged accounts receivable and the numbers are up a little right now. She explained how the Village isn’t able to do disconnects during this pandemic. Chris asked if the Village was still contacting past due customers. She explained how the Village is sending reminder notices but not disconnect notices. She said the Village hasn’t charged overdue interest yet and asked the Board what they thought about this. Reg also informed the Board that the State has put a lot of grant projects on hold during this as well. The Board advised Lynn to go ahead and pay the water bond payments as usual even though the State is allowing municipalities to put their payments on hold. The Board suggested Reg use his judgment and continue to operate as he’s been doing and if they run into an issue, they will address it. Adam Paxman suggested they continue this schedule and listen to the CDC and W.H.O. for pertinent information.                                                

 

  1. Any Other Necessary Business:

 

None.

 

  1. Executive Session to Discuss Personnel:

 

Adam Paxman made the motion to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel at 6:36 p.m. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.

 

Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 6:57 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

ACTION TAKEN: None.

 

  1. Adjournment:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to adjourn the Regular Board of the Trustees meeting at 6:58 p.m.  Adam Paxman seconded. There being no further business at hand, Neal Speer, Village President, adjourned the meeting at 6:58 p.m. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________             _______________________________________

Neal Speer, Village President                            Date

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________    ___________________________________

Dianne Day, Village Clerk                                Date

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

March 9, 2020

SWANTON VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SWANTON VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX

120 FIRST STREET

SWANTON, VT 05488

 

 

 

 

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, March 9, 2020

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

PRESENT: Neal Speer, Village President; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau Jr., Village Manager; Dianne Day, Village Clerk; and Ch. 16.

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.

 

 

  1. Call to Order:

 

Neal Speer, Village President, called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Agenda Review:

 

Adam Paxman stated he needs to add “Personnel” to Executive Session. Reg Beliveau stated he would like to discuss their upcoming purchases in each department. He said these were all approved in the budget but wanted to keep the Board advised. He said this could be done in Any Other Business.

 

  1. Swear in elected officials for 2020: Neal Speer, Village President (one year term); Adam Paxman, Village Trustee (three year term); Dianne Day, Village Clerk (one year term) and Betty Cheney, Delinquent Tax Collector (one year term) were sworn in on March 4, 2020 to perform duties:

 

Neal Speer read aloud is Oath of Office for Village President for a One Year Term; Adam Paxman read aloud is Oath of Office for Village Trustee for a Three Year Term. Dianne Day, Village Clerk and Betty Cheney, Delinquent Tax Collector, were sworn in on March 4, 2020 so they could conduct Village business.

 

  1. Appoint a Treasurer for the Village of Swanton for 2020 and swear in:

 

Chris Leach made the motion to appoint Dianne Day as Village Treasurer for a One Year Term. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Dianne Day read aloud her Oath of Office for Village Treasurer. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion that the Swanton Village Board of Trustees Adopt VLCT Model Rules of Procedures for the rules of procedure for Village Trustees for the upcoming year through March 2021:

 

Chris Leach made the motion to adopt VLCT Model Rules of Procedure for Municipal Boards, Committees and Commissions. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

  1. 2020 Official Voting Results:

 

Neal Speer, Village President, read aloud the Official Voting Results for Officers and Budgets. They are as follows:

 

 

Official Return of Voting Results

OFFICIAL RETURN OF VOTES

ANNUAL SWANTON VILLAGE MEETING ELECTION OF VILLAGE OFFICERS

MARCH 3, 2020

BALLOT ACCOUNTABILITY

 

 

Number of Voters on Checklist                                                                        1439                                                      

Number of Ballots Counted (including absentees)                                       492                                                        

Number of Absentee Ballots Counted                                                            46                                          

 

I, Dianne Day, Swanton Village Clerk, hereby certify that the results of the ELECTION OF OFFICERS by AUSTRALIAN BALLOT at the ANNUAL SWANTON VILLAGE MEETING held in the Swanton Village Complex in the County of Franklin and State of Vermont on the 3rd day of March A.D. 2020 were as follows:

 

VILLAGE PRESIDENT, for one-year NEAL SPEER                                                 450                                        

Write Ins                                                                                                                               8                                                             

Undervote                                                                                                                             34

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED                                                                                       492

 

VILLAGE CLERK, for one-year DIANNE DAY                                                         457

Write Ins                                                                                                                               1

Undervote                                                                                                                             34

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED                                                                                       492

 

COLLECTOR OF DELINQUENT TAXES, for one-year BETTY CHENEY        465

Write Ins                                                                                                                               3

Undervote                                                                                                                             24

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED                                                                                       492

 

VILLAGE TRUSTEE, for three years ADAM PAXMAN                                          438

Write Ins                                                                                                                               4

Undervote                                                                                                                             50

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED                                                                                       492

 

Attest: _________________________ Dianne Day

Swanton Village Clerk

 

Official Return of Voting Results

OFFICIAL RETURN OF VOTES

ANNUAL SWANTON VILLAGE MEETING BUDGET VOTE

MARCH 3, 2020

BALLOT ACCOUNTABILITY

 

Number of Voters on Checklist                                                                                        1439

Number of Ballots Counted (including absentees)                                                       492                                        

Number of Absentee Ballots Counted                                                                            46                                                          

 

I, Dianne Day, Swanton Village Clerk, hereby certify that the results of the BUDGET VOTE by AUSTRALIAN BALLOT at the ANNUAL SWANTON VILLAGE MEETING held in the Swanton Village Complex in the County of Franklin and State of Vermont on the 3rd day of March A.D. 2020 were as follows:

 

ARTICLE II, General Fund, $131,726                                                                          

Yes Votes                                              405                                                                                                        

No Votes                                               77                                                                                                          

Undervote                                             10                                                                          

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                               

ARTICLE III, Highway Fund, $517,597                                                                      

Yes Votes                                              430                                                                                                                        

No Votes                                               54                                                                          

Undervote                                             8                                                                             

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                               

ARTICLE IV, Fire Department, $80,833                                                                      

Yes Votes                                              434                                                                                                        

No Votes                                               52                                                                                          

Undervote                                             6                                                             

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                               

ARTICLE V, Police Department, $686,886                                                 

Yes Votes                                              350                                                                                        

No Votes                                               134                                                                        

Undervote                                             8                                                                             

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                               

ARTICLE VI, Surplus Hwy Funds, $30,615

Yes Votes                                              416                                                                                        

No Votes                                               70                                                          

Spoiled/Overvote                 0                                                             

Undervote                                             6                                                                             

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

 

                                                                               

ARTICLE VII, Surplus Gen Funds, $20,600

Yes Votes                                              356                                                        

No Votes                                               126                                                        

Undervote                                             10                                                                          

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                               

ARTICLE VIII, Surplus Fire Funds $18,400

Yes Votes                                              395                                                                        

No Votes                                               91                                                                          

Undervote                                             6

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX, CDBG Funds $25,000

Yes Votes                                              420                                                                                                        

No Votes                                               65                                                                          

Undervote                                             7                                             

TOTAL BALLOTS COUNTED       492

                                                                                                                               

 

Attest: _________________________ Dianne Day

Swanton Village Clerk

 

  1. Approve and accept Minutes from Monday, February 10, 2020 and Minutes from the Informational Meeting Monday, February 24, 2020:

 

Chris Leach made the motion to approve and accept Minutes from Monday, February 10, 2020 and Minutes from the Informational Meeting Monday, February 24, 2020 as presented. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approve and accept Village Warrants through Friday, March 6, 2020:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to approve and accept Village Warrants through Friday, March 6, 2020 as presented. Adam Paxman seconded. Discussion: Chris Leach asked about the payment made to Kittell, Branagan & Sargent for $22,570 and one for $1930. He wanted to know why there were two invoices. Dianne Day, Village Clerk, said someone from their office comes and does an inventory audit a few weeks before they audit the financial documents. Motion carried.

 

  1. Public Comment – Tom Benton will introduce BENT Media:

 

Reg Beliveau advised that Tom couldn’t make tonight’s meeting because of sickness. The Board suggested this item be tabled to a further date.

 

  1. Sign Loan Agreement – Vermont State Revolving Fund for Wastewater Treatment Plant Planning Loan:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion for the Board of Trustees to sign the loan agreement for the Vermont State Revolving Fund for $62,900 for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Planning Loan. Adam Paxman seconded. Discussion: Eugene LaBombard stated this has already been discussed and approved at previous meetings. Motion carried.

 

11. Any Other Necessary Business:

 

Reg Beliveau informed the Board that VT Transco is offering equity units and the Village of Swanton’s share would cost $2370. He said because this is a lower amount than usual, he would like the Village to purchase these units on their own. Chris Leach made the motion to authorize Village Manager Reg Beliveau to sign and purchase Class A and Class B Units and Class A and Class B Equity for a total of $2370. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Motion carried.

 

Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau presented the Board with a list of items scheduled to be purchased in each department. He said these were in the budget and were approved. Some of the items to be bought include a truck in the electric department and he also mentioned the FERC relicensing that cost $215,000. He said they also plan on purchasing a skid steer that will be split in the sewer, water and highway department. He also mentioned that if something isn’t purchased for some reason or another these funds are put back into that department the following year if the voters approve of it.

 

Any Other Business: Chris Leach stated he wanted to acknowledge that the Board of Trustees are aware of what’s going on with the Corona virus. Reg Beliveau said the Chief of Police has attended a conference regarding this and they are working on putting procedures in place.

 

 

 

Any Other Business: Adam Paxman stated he received information on the latest Legislative Update from February 28th and he read an article on dam safety. He read the paragraph and said this sounds like they could be talking about the Swanton Lower Dam. He also mentioned a report from the finance committee referring to raising electric rates by as much as 10% each year to fund alternative power source projects. The Board discussed this as well as the Act 250 proposed changes.

 

Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau informed the Board that he would like to offer the residents who live along the new water line by Missisquoi Valley School District the opportunity to connect to that water line free of charge. He said the residents would have one year to do this if they wanted to. Adam Paxman made the motion to enter a Water Commissioner’s meeting at 7:52 p.m. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Motion carried. Eugene LaBombard made the motion to authorize the Village of Swanton to allow the residents who live along the new MVU water line the ability to connect to the Village water system free of charge for up to one year. He further moved the residents would need to pay for any excavation that took place on their own property and would have to purchase a water meter package from the Village. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried. Eugene LaBombard made the motion to exit Water Commissioner’s meeting and re-enter Open Session at 7:53 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau stated he along with the Board of Trustees attended the Highgate Selectboard meeting last week regarding the Highgate Airport Water Line Project. Eugene LaBombard stated that Wayne Elliott gave a very good presentation on how to get the Village’s water line up to the airport. He said the cost for this project would be incurred by the Town of Highgate and said it wouldn’t cost the Village anything. They talked about how viable this project is and very good economically for the community. Chris Leach stated it would bring more industry to the Town of Highgate. Reg said Tim Smith from FCIDC told him if there were enough buildings up there, they could be filled with businesses already. He also said Joe Flynn from the Agency of Transportation supports this project. The Board agreed and hoped the State of Vermont would get behind this project and help support it. Eugene said this would help the entire county and keep current citizens in Franklin County working instead of traveling to Chittenden County. Reg said that this would benefit Swanton Village as well by being the water contributor and said the timeline for this project is in the next year or so. Eugene said it was a very informative meeting and the Board definitely supports this project.

 

Any Other Business: Neal Speer said he would like to thank Chris Leach for taking his place at the Town and Village Informational Meeting. Reg also said he would like to thank the voters for their support again this year.

 

  1. Executive Session if Necessary:

 

Adam Paxman made the motion to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel at 8:07 p.m. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.

 

Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 8:15 p.m. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

 

ACTION TAKEN: None.

 

  1. Adjournment:

 

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to adjourn the Regular Board of the Trustees meeting at 8:15 p.m.  Chris Leach seconded. There being no further business at hand, Neal Speer, Village President, adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________             _______________________________________

Neal Speer, Village President                            Date

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________    ___________________________________

Dianne Day, Village Clerk                                Date