Meeting Minutes of the Select Board

 Location:  Town offices Date:  January 21, 2021
 Opened:    7:00 pm Adjourned: 9:40 pm

Select Board Members:  Jay Jacobs, Kathy Scott, Andrea Hodson ______

Attendees: Cathy Lovas, Bryan Kingsbury, Ranae O’Neil, Pam Thayer, Jeff Cady, Pamela Worden, Charles Faucher

150th/ Sesquicentennial– The 150thCommittee recommends postponing until July 22-24 of 2022, as there are still too many unknowns with the pandemic and the execution involves too many details to reschedule last minute. The Select Board agreed. Separately, the Beach Committee will look at the proposed budget and inform the board of any suggested changes.

Moderator / Town Meeting – The Moderator and SB continued discussion of the timing of the deliberative session, agreeing to stick with the decision to postpone it to a Saturday in the spring. Elections will still be held on Tuesday, March 9. While several possible locations were mentioned, the Moderator recommends using the school for the deliberative session. A tentative date is Saturday, May 22, with the second choice of Saturday, June 5.

Building and EMD update– Jeff Cady updated board on building maintenance projects. Flooring work in the Town Clerk’s office is scheduled for the week of March 17. The board confirmed that $5,000 is included in the proposed 2021 budget for contingency expenses related to Covid-19. The SB and Mr. Cady reviewed other budget lines under maintenance; the SB will reconcile these with General Government lines pertaining to maintenance. Mr. Cady will secure estimates for window replacement at the Fire Department and electrical hookup for a generator at the Highway barn.

Separately, Mr. Cady reviewed the vaccination process for “1b” group, registration for which begins Friday, January 22, at 8:00 am.

Warrant Article on Skatutakee Road Right-of-Way– The Board proposed to Pamela Worden and Charles Faucher that they bring a petitioned article to Town Meeting, as was done by a property owner in 2007, rather than have the SB present an article. Though Ms. Worden and Mr. Faucher had understood the board previously voted to bring the article forward, they acknowledged the board’s position and request. They shared concerns, particularly about challenges given the February 2 deadline for petitioned warrant articles. Following review of the 1978 and 2007 warrant articles presented to the town, they informed the SB they would consult with their attorney on the matter and get back to the SB. [See SB Minutes of January 28 for a correction to this section.]

Warrant Articles continued– Warrant articles for road projects, Capital Reserve funding, and remaining items will be drafted and finalized prior to next week’s Budget Hearing.

SB Meeting Schedule-The board will meet Tuesday, January 26, at 8 am for a budget workshop, Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 for the Budget Hearing, and Friday, January 29, at 9:00 amfor an administrative session. In the event a second budget hearing is required, the Board is reserving Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 pm.

Police Department– The SB is beginning the candidate interview process.

Finance / Document review– The SB signed the pay warrant in the amount of $126,363.00.