Minutes of the Selectboard Meeting of Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Members present: Christopher Ashley, Chair; Ed Childs; Linda Cook; Steve Flanders; Keith
Moran; Neil Fulton, Town Manager; Nancy Kramer, Assistant to the Town Manager.
There were about 12 people in the audience.
Also participating: Alan Berolzheimer, Corlan Johnson, Bonnie Munday, Sharon Racusin.
Ashley opened the meeting at 6:30 pm.
1. Approval of Agenda (Action Item). By consensus, the Selectboard approved the Agenda.
2. Public Comments. Ashley reviewed the rules and said 3 minutes per person would be allowed.
Nobody else spoke during public comments.
3. Town Manager’s Report (Discussion). Fulton has received notification that one of the new
police cruisers will be arriving Monday, February 4th. There was a $5,000 addition error in the
FY14 budget that has been corrected.
4. Finance – Board to Sign Accounts Payable/Warrants (Action Item). Childs moved (2nd Moran)
to approve Check Warrant Report #13-23 for General Fund in the amount of $92,985.30, for Town
Reappraisal Fund in the amount of $5,380.20 and for Citizen Assistance Fund in the amount of
$107.34 for the period from 1/10/13 to 1/23/13. Motion passed.
5. Approve Town Portion of 2013 Town Meeting Warning (Discussion/Action Item). Ashley said
the Selectboard has a draft warning in front of them for discussion. Fulton briefly discussed the
protocol reminding Board members that the number in Article 11 needed to be amended to
$4,001,463 due to the addition error. Flanders suggested having a separate article to designate
funds for the purpose of digitization of historic land records. After discussion, the Selectboard left
the articles as is.
Flanders moved (2nd Childs) to approve the 2013 Town Meeting Warning, as amended, except for
Articles 33 and 35 and excluding the school articles. Motion passed.
Flanders moved to divide the question and vote on Articles 11, 12, 13, 24, 26 and 36 as separate
Flanders moved (2nd Moran) to remove Article 24 from the Town Meeting Warning. Motion failed
1 to 4 (yes – Flanders; no – Ashley, Childs, Cook and Moran). Flanders does not believe SERG
presented justification that is supported by State Statutes. Berolzheimer and Racusin both spoke in
favor of SERG and leaving the article on the Warning.
Flanders moved (2nd Childs) to approve Article 26. Motion passed. Ashley abstained from voting.
Berolzheimer spoke in favor of Article 36 stating that the State is lagging behind their State-wide goal
of 25% energy savings in 80,000 homes by the year 2020. The Norwich Energy Committee will help
get the word out for a big Town-wide effort.
After the final vote was passed, it was discussed that a special meeting would be needed on
Friday to approve any articles that come in Thursday.
6. Correspondence (Please go to www.norwich.vt.us, click on Town Offices bullet in left panel,
scroll down to Norwich Selectboard section and click on Recent Selectboard Correspondence to
view resident correspondence):
a) Resident –
1) #6 a) and b). Email from Alice Lacey Re: Communications Tower and Email from Peter
White Re: Miscellaneous Town Issues. Childs moved (2nd Flanders) to receive emails
from Alice Lacey re: communications tower and Peter White re: miscellaneous Town
issues. Motion passed.
a) Review of Next Agenda (Discussion/Possible Action Item). The Windsor County side
judges, meetings with the Norwich Historic Preservation Commission and Capital Facilities
Committee and Town Meeting presentation strategy will be items on the agenda for
February 13th. There will also be an Executive Session at the end of the meeting to
discuss the labor relations agreement.
Cook moved (2nd Moran) to adjourn. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:12 pm.
Approved by the Selectboard on February 27, 2013.
By Nancy Kramer
Assistant to the Town Manager
Next Regular Meeting – February 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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