CREDIT CARD COMPANY BREACH
The town office accepts credit card payments through the Satellite.Biz Company. When the account was created no password was needed. Their business was hacked in March. Because the town’s accounts were not password protected, our accounts were affected. The Satellite.Biz Company reversed many of the transactions, but a property owner’s payment was also reversed in error. The treasurer has been working with the credit card company to resolve this matter, but after several weeks there are still problems. The Selectboard encouraged the treasurer to aggressively seek a resolution with the company and gave permission to find another credit card company for the town if needed.
LISTER CLERK POSITION – JOB DESCRITPION
1. Nancy Bushika spoke with five other towns and the current and former town listers about the position. She provided a draft help wanted ad and proposed job description which the Selectboard approved. The job will be posted at the town office, Bilmont’s Store, the library, the recycling center, on CJ Vadnais’ website and will be sent by email to everyone on the Selectboard’s email list. Anyone interested should apply at the town office by noon on April 18, 2018.
2. Helen Fields suggested the town implement background checks for our own safety as well as the school children. She said the Seed Savers Group who use the school grounds for their gardens will follow whatever requirements are put in place. The board agreed to look into it.
GAZEBO IN FRONT OF SCHOOL
Dan Potvin is part of the community group who would like to build a community gathering area. A gazebo in the front of the school will give the town a central focus and a place for people to meet. The group is exploring grants for funding and is hoping the building permit and zoning board permit fees can be waived. Micah Hayre, the school principal, is supportive and said kids are looking forward to having a place to visit with their friends. The size has not been determined and the Heather Torres memorial tree may have to be relocated. The structure can be added to the town’s insurance since it is on town property. Nancy Bushika asked who would maintain the building in the future.
APPROVAL OF FENCING AROUND SCHOOL YARD
Micah Hayre submitted a hand drawn proposal for the Selectboard’s review. He would like a chain link fence where the current orange fence is near the slide and Leo Ethier memorial garden with a 10’ wide gate. He would like a fence on the south corner of the building near the middle school section with a 3’ wide gate. He would also like a fence from the corner of the library running north behind the dumpsters with a 10’ wide gate. The gates will not be locked but will provide a visual barrier for the safety of the children. There will be signs on each gate requiring all guests to sign in at the main office. The gates will allow mowing machines and vehicles access to the building. Bill Levine felt the 3’ gate would not allow a fire truck access in the event of an emergency and offered to pay for the difference between a 3’ gate and a 10’ gate with his emergency management funds. Dave Tatro initially suggested a jog in the fence behind the dumpsters, but then felt if the dumpsters were gone, there would be more room and the parking lot could be plowed easier. Helen Fields wanted to ensure that the Seed Savers would still have vehicular access to the tennis courts. Richard Cristofolini, the school custodian, was summoned to the meeting to participate in the discussion. Both the trash and recyclable dumpsters are filled every two weeks. The Selectboard felt if the custodian could bring the trash up to the recycling center, the two dumpsters would not be needed and could be removed. The Selectboard felt the money they saved by removing the dumpsters could be used to pay the custodian for this additional work. The Selectboard approved the fences as long as all the concerns voiced at the meeting were addressed.
As always the full minutes, as well as minutes from past Selectboard meetings can be found here.