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Monday, September 24, 2012

Trustee Meeting Minutes - September 24th, 2012


7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Ronald Kilburn, Village President; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau, Village Manager; Dianne Day, Village Clerk; and Channel 16.

Ronald Kilburn, Village President, welcomed all to the Regular Board of Trustees Meeting and called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.

1. Approve and Accept the Minutes from Monday, September 10, 2012 Meeting:

Adam Paxman made the motion to approve and accept the Minutes from Monday, September 10, 2012 as presented. Chris Leach seconded. Discussion: Chris asked if Brian Savage heard anything back from the State of Vermont regarding First Street. Reg Beliveau stated he heard back from Jim Cota regarding receiving funds to help pave First Street and it seems like funds may be forthcoming. He said he has scheduled Pike for October 15th. Motion carried.

2. Approve Village Warrants Through September 21, 2012:

Eugene LaBombard made the motion to approve and accept Village Warrants (#474-#476) through September 21, 2012 as presented. Chris Leach seconded. Discussion: Adam Paxman asked what Aexon vendor was, Reg explained that Al Mosher ordered a media converter for their Scada system. Chris Leach asked about the VLCT Liability Insurance payment. Reg explained that was an annual payment. Reg also stated that Efficiency VT gave the Village $40,000 in grant money to help with the Solar Aerators being installed at the Waste Water Plant. He said this is very helpful. Motion carried.

3. Any Other Necessary Business:

Eugene LaBombard asked if there was any damage from the storm on Saturday. Reg stated there wasn’t any damage and said they had a small power outage. Ron Kilburn stated they had a large tree come down at the Railroad Depot but it didn’t cause any damage.

Any Other Business: Chris Leach stated he wanted to congratulate Adam Paxman on the park benches and he encourages everyone to stop in the park and enjoy them. He also asked Reg if there was an update on the new Complex sign. Reg stated that was their final draft and they are working on it now. Chris also mentioned the JLB meeting for October 2nd and urged anyone with agenda items to contact them. He said he wanted to discuss First Street at the meeting. Reg stated that Dave Jescavage was very good at keeping him informed and said they have a good working relationship. He said he would like to show a slideshow at the meeting. Ron said with taxes being due it would be a good time to promote all the good that’s being accomplished and to use our website and Facebook pages to do this.

Any Other Business: Ron Kilburn stated that there will be an Octoberfest on October 7th at the Railroad Depot from 12 noon to 4 p.m. He urged everyone to stop by and check them out. He also stated that the Spaulding family is celebrating 50 Years of Service at Swanton Rexall. He said they are having an Open House on Thursday, October 4th and urged everyone to stop by and congratulate them on 50 Years of Service. He requested this information be put on the Village’s website.

Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau advised they have a Community News page on the Village’s website and said he would have Katie Judd attend one of our next meetings and said he would bring up the website to show everyone how to maneuver it.

Any Other Business: Chris Leach stated the Board just returned from a NEPPA conference and asked the board members to state what they came away from the conference with. He said he liked hearing about Natural Gas and that Nuclear power was coming back and being looked at. Adam stated it was nice to hear Hydro power making news and that he liked the “disruptive thinking” seminar. He said he is trying to “think outside the box.” Eugene stated he liked the discussion on coal and said the use of it in China and India is astronomical. He said their use far outweighs anything the U.S. does and said it should be looked at on the national level. Chris stated that he was impressed with Maine’s effort to go with wood pellets. He said that is truly renewable and said they can re-grow a forest in 10 years.

Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau wondered if the Village Auditorium was on the National Historic registry. Ron said he didn’t think so and if it was on anything it would be the State registry. Eugene stated it was built after the war in 1948 as a tribute to the local veterans. Reg stated he was working on a grant but said the building needed to be on the Historical Registry.

Any Other Business: Adam Paxman asked if the Chamber picnic tables could be brought over to the Village garage and painted over the winter months. Reg stated they had some issues with the tables being in the Park and he wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. He said they are finding garbage on the grounds near the tables and said they may just want the picnic tables in the park when they have special events. He said there needs to be some community respect. Chris said this helps draw people in the park and he likes them there but they need to make people realize that trash on the ground in unacceptable. Reg stated they are working on obtaining some new trash receptacles for the park and said they would try it again but if the trash problem doesn’t go away the picnic tables will have to be removed from the park.

Any Other Business: Ron Kilburn stated the County Courier put out a Community Guide and did a very nice job. He showed pictures of the dam in Highgate, a picture of people ice fishing in Swanton Town and a picture of the Eagle in Marble Mill Park for the Swanton Village picture.

Chris Leach stated he would need an Executive Session to discuss real estate issues.

6. Executive Session (If Needed):

Chris Leach made the motion to enter into Executive Session at 7:52 p.m. to discuss real estate matters. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.

Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Motion carried.


ADJOURN: Adam Paxman made the motion to adjourn the Regular Board of Trustees meeting at 8:40 p.m. Eugene LaBombard seconded. There being no further business at hand Ron Kilburn, Village President; adjourned the Regular Board of Trustees meeting at 8:40 p.m.

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