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Selectboard Meeting Minutes – June 4, 2024

Selectboard Meeting Agenda
4 June 2024
6:30 PM
Chelsea Town Hall

  1. Call meeting to order-Kelly Lyford called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

Kevin Marshia (Absent)
Kelly Lyford (Present)
Gregg Herrin (Present)
Leyna Hoyt (Absent)
Jesse Kay (Present)

Town Employees
Tierney Farago (Town Administrator)
Karen Lathrop (Town Clerk)
Gayle Durkee (Town Treasurer)
Rick Ackerman (Highway Supervisor)

  1. Additions to the Agenda
    A highway access permit is required for Johnathan Maier. The Selectboard has agreed to put it on the June 18th Selectboard Meeting agenda.
  2. Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    No conflicts of interest.
  3. Public Comments
    Damian Hook had public comments regarding his experience with the Developmental Review Board and Zoning Administrator. Gregg Herrin will discuss his concerns further and communicate with the DRB.
  4. Approve Minutes 7 May 2024
    Jesse Kay made a motion to approve the minutes and Gregg Herrin seconded the motion. Motion passed with three votes in favor.
  5. Introduction of Tierney Farago – New Town Administrator

Tierney Farago was introduced as the new Town Administrator. The town website will be
updated with the following contact information:

Tierney Farago (Town Administrator)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am -5pm (12pm-1pm lunch hour)
Address: 301 Vt Route 110, Chelsea, VT 05038
PO Box 266
Phone: 802-625-2023

  1. Treasurer
    a. Budget Update: Discussion regarding the Town budget; this included concern on the high usage of the gravel budget. The Selectboard wanted to know if there was room for movement with other budget line items to compensate for this usage. They would also like to be aware of any possible areas in the budget that might become tight over the summer.
    b. Joel Carminati Contract: Discussion was tabled until the next Selectboard meeting.
    c. Water Sewer: Town Treasurer advised that notices were sent to residents that have not paid their water and/or sewer bills yet (due June 7th). The Selectboard requested the Treasurer and Town Administrator post notices to the resident’s door, giving them three-day notice prior to discontinuance of water service if non-payment continues.
  2. Health Center Update
    The Selectboard briefly discussed the viability of the Health Center for use of the Town employees or the Library. The Board plans to look into overall space needs for town offices and infrastructure requirements for the Library prior to moving forward with any decisions.
  3. Forest and Parks Commission
    Tabled for June 18th meeting.
  4. Appoint 911 Coordinator
    Jesse Kay made a motion to nominate Tierney Farago to be the Town’s 911 Coordinator; Gregg Herrin seconded the motion. Motion passed with three votes in favor.
  5. FEMA – Mold Mediation
    Kelly Lyford updated the public on her interaction with FEMA regarding funded for mold issues caused by the flood. FEMA has communicated that the Town should withdraw their application as they may not be approved for the grant and suggested other avenues of obtaining funding. The board agreed to withdraw the FEMA project for mold mitigation.
  6. Approve Orders
    Jesse Kay made a motion to approve orders; Gregg Herrin seconded the motion. Motion passed with three votes in favor.
  7. Executive Session if Necessary
    Executive session to discuss personnel matter. Jesse Kay made a motion to move to executive session; Gregg Herrin seconded the motion. Selectboard went to executive session at 7:56 pm. They exited executive session at 8:35 pm. No action was taken.
  8. Adjourn
    Jesse made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Gregg Herrin seconded the motion. Motion passed with 3 votes in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 8:36 pm

February 6, 2024 Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Chelsea Selectboard Meeting Minutes (draft)

February 6, 2024

Present: Kelly Lyford, Leyna Hoyt, William Lyon and Jesse Kay

Others Present: Gregg Herrin, Karen Lathrop

  1.  Kelly called the meeting to order 6:30 PM
  2. Additions to Agenda -None
  3. Conflict of Interest Disclosure -None
  4. Public Comment – None
  • Listers Appeal of Sales and Equalization Study 2023- Phyllis recommended appealing 3 properties in the Sales and Equalization Study the State sends to the Listers. Kelly noted the appeal was as to how the properties were sold and she read the appeal letter.

Jesse moved to approve the letter of appeal for the Sales Equalization study from Phyllis as read. William seconded the motion. All were in favor, the motion passed. 

  • VLCT PACIF- Insurance Claim for Town Hall- Kelly went over the three claims that came in from VLCT and noted Kasey would need authorization to sign electronically. Replacement cost of Pellet Furnace room was $4,500. Services from Lyme Green Heat and Irving Oil were $3,392.23 and Pellets and bag were $$4,680.  She explained their was a deductible of a $1,000.00 probably covered all three.

Leya moved to give the interim administrative assistance the authority to sign electronically for the VLCT  Proof of Loss for the Town Hall in the amount of $4,500 for furnace room, $3,392.23 for service and replacement cost value of $4,680.  Jesse seconded the motion. All were in favor, motion passed.

There was some discussion on the membrane. Leyna noted they could not find documentation on the waterproof membrane in the Town Hall Cellar. Leyna noted they needed to  have someone come in get an estimate.

  • Health Center Building – William does not have any information yet. Next step was to meet with the Health Center Board. Kelly noted they were going to have their own meeting. William to reach out and tabled any further discussion.
  • Log Storage at Heath Field- Leyna felt there should be a process for these requests. Karen gave some info from VLCT on insurance requirements for short term situations which would include a certificate of insurance with the Town listed as the Primary.  she noted VLCT suggested an agreement between the Town and Company for long term commitments and also noted the Town has Flood Bylaws to abide by. . Leyna to reach out to Mary Ellen Parkman, Zoning Administrator and Board discussed when to bring it back to the agenda, which sparked a conversation about when to have their organizational meeting as Town Meeting falls on their regular Tuesday. Board decided to have their organizational meeting on March 6, 2024.
  • Use of the Village Green – Arts Festival – The Chelsea Arts Collective requested the use of the village green for August 31, 2024 for their annual Craft Festival.

 Leyna moved to approve the request for use of the Green for the Arts Festival on August 31, 2024.  Jesse seconded the motion.  Jesse noted that the food trucks should not be on the green and it should be relayed to the Arts Collective.

All were in favor and the motion passed.

  1. Approval of Minutes 30 January, 2024 – Jesse moved to approve the January 30, 2024 minutes. Leyna seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
  1. Approve Orders – Jesse moved to approve the orders.  Leyna seconded the motion. All were in favor and the  motion passed.
  1. Executive session for Personnel – Jesse moved to enter executive session for Personnel inviting Karen at 6:57 PM.  Bill seconded the motion. All were in favor, motion passed.

Leyna moved to exit executive session at 7:33 PM. Jesse seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.

No formal action taken – Bill and Jesse to follow up with personnel.

  1. Adjourn- Leyna moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 PM.  Jesse seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.