Thetford Select Board Meeting
THETFORD SELECTBOARD MEETING
August 26, 2002
PRESENT: Mark McMahon, Mary Spata, Sara Ferguson, Rick Barrows
AGENDA: Highway Commissioner
Upper Valley Ambulance
Foliage Five Road Race
Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM.
Highway Commissioner: Frank Thurston joined the meeting. The board
discussed staffing and scheduling, emergency coverage, ongoing projects,
gravel resurfacing, and winter sand. The crew will return to a five-day
schedule after Labor Day.
There was discussion about the paving project on Tucker Hill Road, which
was arranged by the Selectboard. The board recommends that in the
future that written contracts be obtained for such projects, and that
shoulder work should be included in the bids. We also need to ensure
that driveway aprons extend a full three feet from the paved surface.
The Selectboard approved a driveway permit for Michael Shoob.
Two Rivers/Ottaquechee RPC: Chuck Wise from TRORPC joined the meeting
to discuss the transportation design workshop (charrette) planned for
Thetford Hill. The dates will be September 24 and 26 (evenings), with
outside consultants available to discuss transportation options
(vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian) and landscape options. These meetings
will be open to the public, and will guide the Selectboard in pursuing
grant funding for improvements to Thetford Hill.
Upper Valley Ambulance: Kevin Cole, John Vose and Larry Lancaster of
UVA, Inc. along with members of the Thetford FAST Squad and emergency
services (Janet Stowell, George Stowell, Spunk Kuehlwein, Bill Wallace,
Tim Ouellette, Penny Sirjane, Don Fifield, Mariah Capurso, and Wendy
Cole) joined the meeting to discuss concerns expressed about the
relationship and operating protocols of UVA and the Thetford FAST
squad. All agreed that patient service has never been compromised,
although there have been some difficulties for the two organizations
working together. It was agreed that more interaction (through
attendance at joint meetings and trainings) would help the process run
more smoothly. It was also agreed that feedback needs to be given on a
timely basis - and needs a response as well. The visitors left the
meeting at 9:20.
Foliage Five Road Race: Mr. Buttrey joined the meeting to request that
the detour route over the Union Village Dam be closed to vehicle traffic
for several hours on the morning of Sunday, 10/13 to allow for the
annual road race. He will consult the Army Corps of Engineers regarding
this issue. The Board voted (Ferguson/Spata) to authorize this request.
Mr. Buttrey, as member of the School Board, also invited the Selectboard
to the upcoming meeting at the Elementary School on Tuesday, September 3
at 7 pm to review the construction project. Mr. Buttrey left the
Executive Session: The Board went into Executive Session at 9:40 pm to
discuss personnel matters. The Board left Executive Session at 9:55 pm.
Brownfields Nominations: The Board decided to submit the current Town
Garage site as a potential recipient of a brownfields grant to assist in
remediation of old environmental issues. Funding for these projects is
Recycling: The town needs to respond to the Planning Board re: our
request for an extension of the temporary permit for the Recycling
Center located at it's current location on Route 113. Work on the new
site is continuing, and the engineer is preparing plans to be put out to
bid. We are still awaiting a legal signature on our agreement for a
right-of-way across the Nichols Trust property.
The Board discussed a transition to a new system of tickets and hauler,
to be put in place by the end of September.
Meeting adjourned at 10:25 pm.
Prepared by Rick Barrows.