James Stimpson advised that the Planning Commission feels he will be enforcing the town ordinances and policies in the future. Mr. Stimpson felt he should have a conversation with the Selectboard as to how this will happen. The Selectboard stated that our ordinances are designated as civil and certain individuals are already in place to issue tickets and appear in court if needed. The Judicial Bureau appointments will be reviewed at the next meeting.
- The weather has brought a roller coaster of conditions. The town sustained around $7,000-$8,000 in damages from Friday’s storm. There was a small washout on Mill Road. A large culvert on Lincoln Road was undermined by water and traffic was diverted through Dave Tatro’s yard while the road was being repaired. Both Sportsman Road and Sumner Road had minor shoulder damage. Dave Tatro had to call Jon Bohl and Tietgens Excavating for excavator work during the storm. There are a few more repairs to be completed and the total cost will be around $10,000. Bill Levine asked that Allison Strohl at the Bennington County Regional Commission be contacted with that estimate. If the county sustained enough damage as a whole, FEMA money may be available. Dave Tatro noted that a representative from the Agency of Natural Resources was in town on Saturday and issued a permit for the bank work needed on Mill Road.
- There is an ongoing water issue on The Lane. Dave Tatro stated that the culvert on Poplar Drive is squashed and water from the Beaupre residence is running from the ditch line into the road and freezing, making dangerous icy conditions. Dave Tatro wonders if there is a drain in the Beaupre’s basement because he recalls having this problem before and after he spoke with the former owner, the water problem ceased. Ruth West spoke about the icy conditions, problems with the snow plowing contractor, and a water pipe easement. She requested the Selectboard’s help as fence viewers concerning a water easement and ditch line. She thinks the pipe is leaking which is where the water problem is coming from. The Selectboard did not want to get involved. They felt it was a private matter and not a town issue. The Selectboard agreed to send letters to the Poplar Drive residents and Mr. and Mrs. Beaupre concerning the water running and freezing on the Lane which could cause an accident.
- It is time to replace the Ford. Dave Tatro has the specifications for two different trucks: a Freightliner for about $140,000.00 and a Dodge Ram for about $100,500. The Freightliner is a bigger, stronger truck that should last for 10 years. The Dodge is the same size as the white Ford and will last 5-7 years. It was noted that for 40% more in price, the town would get double the use from the Freightliner. Dave Tatro described the advantages and disadvantages of each. The truck could be funded by using the Equipment Replacement Fund and borrowing from the town’s Land Sales fund like the Fire Department did five years ago.