Town of Johnson
Select board Meeting
Monday, September 21, 2009
Upstairs, Johnson Municipal Building
Select board Members present: Eric Osgood- chair, Rocky Hooper, Doug Molde, Margo Warden, Howard Romero.
Others present: Rosemary Audibert; Town Clerk, Jim Tomlinson Jr. from Public Access television, Jessica Flores; AR Clerk, Lois Frey, Joan St. Pierre.
Eric called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Howard moved to approve meeting minutes of August 17, 2009. Rocky seconded. All in favor. Motion approved.
Eric stated that he and Duncan had changed the agenda to make for a more efficient select board meeting every month with the inclusion of the Planning Commission report. Eric will keep everyone on track so the meeting flows.
Rosemary handed out the budget status report. We’re 2 ½ months into the fiscal year and are at 19% of expenditures. Delinquent taxes owed are $121,000. which are on par with last year. Rosemary doesn’t think the Town will have to borrow money due to delinquent taxes. After tonight’s invoices are paid out, the Town will have $145,000 cash on hand. The Secretary of State’s office approved our grant request for the new computer. It was installed last week. The Municipal Offices will be closed on October 1st because the staff is attending VLCT’s Town Fair in Barre. Rosemary received notice from Symquest that our older copier will no longer be serviced. The newer copier we have will replace the old one, and we’ll be getting a brand new one later in the year. The Town will pay half, and the Village will pay ½. Margo asked how we notify residents of the closing on the 1st. Rosemary said she puts notices on the doors, and will put notices on our Town bulletin boards as well. The Town is due to receive PILOT funds from the State in October.
There won’t be a Planning Commission report tonight.
#1. Noise waiver request for Jennifer Stearns and Thomas Atkins- they’re getting married on Saturday September 26th at the Nazarene Church and will have an outdoor reception with DJ.
Howard moved to approve the noise ordinance waiver request as is. Margo seconded. All in favor. Motion passed.
#2. Town Sewer Ordinance, Duncan sent a draft of the revised ordinance via e-mail to all Board members.
Howard moved to approve the new draft of the Town Sewer ordinance. Rocky seconded. Doug recused himself as Village attorney. All others voted in favor. Motion passed.
#5. The VSC has filed a motion to extend period of time to appeal the tax exemption decision. The Town has the right to file a motion in opposition to that extension of time.
Howard made a motion to oppose the request for extension by VSC and for the Town attorney to file a motion as such. Margo seconded. Doug recused himself as Village attorney. All others voted in favor. Motion passed.
#6. The Town has received an estimate from Carpentry Unlimited for work on the Municipal Building. The work would cost about $5800 to fix. The costs would be split 50/50 between the Town and Village.
Doug made a motion to have Carpentry Unlimited complete the work, as long as the Village concurs. Howard seconded. All in favor. Motion passed.
#7 & #8. Painting the Masonic Hall/Stabilizing the Tower which is slowly deteriorating. Eric mentioned that Duncan didn’t think it was a good idea to paint it just to reconstruct it down the road. The Board decided to defer decision and to have Lea look for grant funding for the re-stabilization.
#9. Request from Greg & Jennifer Nichols for signage on Sunset Drive. The traffic is traveling too fast in a family neighborhood. A majority of the traffic is due to people using the Field Days site. The Board discussed various signage options but it was agreed to have Duncan speak to Deanna Judkins, a representative for Field Days, so they might change the entrance/exit to the other side of Field Days.
#10. There is a county collaborative discussion on 9/30 at 6:30 at the Tegu building in Morrisville. The Board noted the time and place.
Members of the public:
Jessica Flores spoke to the Board regarding the Employee Wellness Program. VLCT, the Town & Village’s insurance agent, offers a great incentive for employees to get and stay healthy. As Wellness coordinator, Jessica is responsible for the wellness programs offered and getting employees involved in the activities. If employee participation is high, then VLCT gives the Municipality back a percentage of its annual premium. Jessica respectfully asked the Board to give that money to the employees who are eligible and participate in the programs. The approximate amount reimbursed will be $2782. that would be split between 11 employees on the health insurance, if they participate in 8 of the 11 wellness programs Jessica has planned.
Margo moved to reimburse 100% of the amount returned by VLCT to eligible employees who participate in the wellness program. Rocky seconded. All in favor. Motion approved.
David Butler arrived at 7:45pm.
Eric stated that with the issues that Morrisville has had and the Swine Flu pandemic, the need for a back up is present. Eric asked the Board to formally assign a Vice Chair and accept nominations at this time.
Margo moved to have Howard Romero be the Vice Chair of the select board. Doug seconded. All in favor. Motion approved.
Rockart Brewery is looking for a new brewery location, hopefully along Route 15. Several different possible locations were discussed. The Board agreed to meet with the Nadeaus about locations.
#3. Discontinuing TH60 in exchange for an easement from David Butler for a recreation path along the riverbank. Lea has a proposal for a grant application for the trail along David Butler’s property. David Butler stated that he wanted to point out that the easement should read that the landowner wouldn’t be responsible for construction of the recreation path. David Butler and Lea will get together regarding the easement language and specifics. Doug pointed out that the easement should clearly state that this path should not be used for unloading boats. The Board agreed in concept to discontinuing the portion of TH60 with an easement for the recreation path.
#4. Vtrans enhancement program- Lea could apply for a grant that would allow a survey of the location of the recreation path.
Rocky moved to authorize Duncan or Lea to sign the Vtrans enhancement program grant application. Margo seconded. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lois Frey stated that the Conservation Committee has been working with volunteers on the bird habitat project at the Gomo property. Eric Nuse, Alan Beard, and Teen Challenge have all been extremely helpful to them, and it’s coming along well.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Jessica D. Flores