January 23, 2024 Special Selectboard Meeting (draft)
Present: Kevin Marshia, Kelly Lyford, Leyna Hoyt, William Lyon, Jesse Kay
Others present: Frank Keene,Emily Newman, Gregg Herrin, Theresa Bonaser, Sheriff George Contois, Rosemary Noel
Kevin called the meeting to order at 6:30
No conflicts of interest
Public Comments – In response to a previous question from the board regarding projects and possible grants, Frank Keene Cemetery Commissioner priced out the cost of materials and labor to cut overgrown brush that is encroaching into the Highland Cemetery and to remove an old fence and have a new one installed. The estimate is $15,000 for materials and $10,000 for labor.
Law Enforcement –
Orange County Sheriff George Contois felt a contract for only four hours, which is what Chelsea wanted was a set up for failure for the office. It was asked if there was room for negotiations. Board reported no new information from Orange County as of the current meeting.
Jesse asked the community in attendance for input. Bill expressed that he didn’t want to take away from Orange County Sheriff’s Office but that we needed to go a different route.
Kevin explained that the Windsor County Sheriff’s office will start their patrols and billing hours when they are in the town of Chelsea, and that the length of the contract for Windsor County Sheriff’s Office is for one year from the date of signing. The rate is $65.00 per hour for weekly patrolling that includes 4 hours of daytime and 10 hours of nighttime patrolling.
Leyna moved to approve the contract with Orange County Sheriff’s Office not to exceed $47,320. Jesse seconded. All approved, motion passed.
Budget Amendment – Kevin explained the changes to the budget from the previous meeting. Jesse moved to approve the budget of $1,662.234 with $1,057,760 to be raised by taxes. Leyna seconded. All approved, motion passed.
Kevin read the warning in its entirety. Jessie moved to approve the warning as read by Kevin. Leyna seconded the motion. All approved, motion passed.
Lena moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:12 pm. Bill seconded the motion. All approved, motion passed.