Thetford Select Board Meeting
7THETFORD SELECTBOARD MEETING
April 8, 2002
PRESENT: Mary Spata, Rick Barrows, Paul Raymond, Sara Ferguson
Mark McMahon (arrived late
AGENDA: Treasure Island
Police Chief search
Meeting called to order at 6:45 PM
Treasure Island: Mary Spata reported that the Town had received a bid
from Perry's Oil regarding the cost of installing a new heating system
at the caretaker's house at TI. This would convert the current electric
heat to a gas-fired hot water boiler. Initially a single zone would be
installed at the lowest level, and additional zones could be added in
the future. The board discussed the virtues of various fuels (oil vs.
propane) and asked for additional bids to be submitted for an oil-fired
Lifeguard coverage is in place for the coming season, with several of
last year's team returning.
Scott and Ann are working on forming a Recreation Committee in town.
Police Search Committee: The group had it's first meeting last week
with Dan Grossman, Tim Moore, Jean Ulman, Mariah Capurso, and Charlie
Stephens attending. Additional members are Mike Zack, Penny Boyd,
Cathee Clement and Robert Bryant. The group reviewed our search
process, the job description, and discussed issues with State Trooper
Todd Protzman regarding the interface between local and state police
services. The group will meet weekly on Thursday nights.
Town Hall Renovations: The committee is working on hiring a
construction manager, planning for hazardous material removal (including
the underground fuel storage tank). The Board discussed possible grant
sources for long-range planning in Thetford Center.
Recycling Center: Sara Ferguson will contact the Nichols family
regarding finalizing the right of way agreement.
Mark McMahon joined the meeting.
Fire Warden Jeff Sirjane joined the meeting. Mr Sirjane had a proposed
municipal ordinance that would ban the open burning of household
garbage. The Fire Warden is concerned with our current dry conditions
that everyone in town be aware of the need for a burn permit, and that
everyone understand that open burning of garbage is not allowed. He has
proposed a town wide mailing to educate/inform the community.
Rick Barrows mentioned that the new Town Energy Committee had also
proposed a town-wide mailing. Mr. Barrows will coordinate this with Bob
Walker and Jeff Sirjan.
Signage: Mary Spata spoke with the State Highway Department regarding
signage for Thetford Academy that has been placed on the Thetford Hill
Town Clerk Roberta Howard joined the meeting. Paul Raymond moved that
the Board authorize the Town to secure a line of credit from Merchants
Bank for up to $500,000 at an interest rate of 3.5 percent for a period
of one year. Second Barrows. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Board signed liquor licenses for Baker's Store, the Village Store,
Wing's Market and Hugget's.
Several overweight permits were received. These are awaiting proof of
The Board met with the Town Clerk regarding office issues.
Mr. Barrows moved that the Town serve as the fiscal sponsor for a grant
application from the Elizabeth Mine Study Group (EMSG) to the CT River
Joint Commissions PartnershipProgram. The motion passed 4-1 with Mr.
The Board reviewed minutes of meetings on 3/25 (moved Ferguson, second
Raymond) and 4/1 (moved Raymond, second Barrows). Both motions passed
There were several dog complaints over the weekend. These were referred
to the Animal Control Officer.
Highway Department: The Board discussed the supervisory relationship
between the Board and the Highway Department. It was determined that
individual members of the Board will not contact the Highway Department
on a daily basis. The Board will ask Road Commissioner Dave LeFevre to
bring a list of weekly projects to our Monday night meeting for review.
Mr. McMahon suggested putting individual crew members in charge of their
own equipment, monitoring it's condition and the need for any repairs.
Mr. Barrows will draft a letter to the residents of Sanborn Road
regarding the removal of trees in violation of the Town's stated policy.
There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, 4/10 at 10:00 am at the
Community Center regarding the Union Village Bridge project.
Meeting adjourned at 10:35 pm.
Prepared by Rick Barrows.