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Town of Sheffield
Town Meeting 2016
Millers Run School
March 1, 2016 – 9:00 AM

 

Approximately 82 legal voters assembled at the Millers Run School. Patrick Ham called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. The pledge of allegiance was rendered to the United States flag, the preamble of the 2016 warning was read with the following business being transacted:

 

Article 1. To elect a moderator for the ensuing year.

 

Bobbi Bristol nominated Patrick Ham, seconded by Bev Frost. There being no further nominations Patrick Ham was elected by voice vote.

 

Article 2. To elect other town officers necessary to fill any vacancies, including the following:

a. Selectman for a term of three (3) years

Walter Smith nominated Charles Gilman, seconded by Al Robertson.

Hearing no further nominations, Brian (Biff) Mahoney moved that nominations cease and one ballot be cast for Charles Gilman, seconded by Al Robertson, this motion passed on a voice vote.

 

b. Lister for a term of three (3) years

William St. Peter nominated Brian Mahoney, seconded by Max Aldrich.

Hearing no further nominations, Al Robertson moved that nominations cease and one ballot be cast for William St Peter, seconded by Walter Smith, this motion passed on a voice vote.

 

c. Auditor for a term of three (3) years.

Dorothy Scofield nominated David Eliassen, seconded by Maxwell Aldrich.

Hearing no further nominations, Walter Smith moved that nominations cease and one ballot be cast for Davis Eliassen, seconded by Rodney Dwyer, this motion passed on a voice vote.

 

d. Constable for the ensuing year.

Al Robertson nominated Edward Jewell, seconded by Walter Smith.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and Edward Jewell was elected.

 

e. Delinquent Tax collector for the ensuing year.

Ed Jewell nominated Cheryl Chesley, seconded by Al Robertson.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and Cheryl Chesley was elected.

 

f. Grand juror for the ensuing year.

Harold Frost nominated Harman Clark, seconded by Charlie Gilman.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and Harman Clark was elected.

 

g. Town Agent for the ensuing year.

AL Robertson nominated William St. Peter, seconded by Rodney Dwyer.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and the William St. Peter was elected.

 

h. Agent to convey real estate for the ensuing year.

Audrey Hearne nominated the Select Board, seconded by Al Robertson.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and the Select Board was elected.

 

i. Trustee of public funds for the ensuing year.

Audrey Hearne nominated the Select Board, seconded by Keith Ballek.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and the Select Board was elected.

 

j. School Director for a term of three (3) years.

Diane Nijensohn nominated Bob Blodgett, seconded by Bobbi Bristol. Brian Mahoney nominated Erika Lavallee, seconded by Rodney Dwyer.

A paper ballot vote was taken with Erika Lavallee receiving 39 votes of 59 cast. Bob Blodgett received 20 votes. Erika Lavallee was elected.

 

k. Sexton for the ensuing year.

William St Peter nominated Charles Gilman, seconded by Sally Wood-Simons.

Hearing no further nominations a voice vote was taken and Charles Gilman was elected.

 

l. Three (3) Planning Commissioners for a term of three (3) years.

Keith Ballek nominated Linda Lyman, seconded by Gretchen Fadden.

Jason Degreenia nominated Patti Degreenia, seconded by Jim Fox. A paper ballot vote was taken with Patti Degreenia receiving 37 votes of 57 cast. Linda Lyman received 20 votes. Patti Degreenia was elected.

 

Bev Frost nominated Linda Lyman, seconded by Tom Cogger. Ed Jewell was nominated, who declined the nomination. Max Aldrich nominated Al Robertson, seconded by Sally Wood-Simon. A paper ballot vote was taken with Al Robertson receiving 31 votes of 61 cast. Linda Lyman received 30 votes. Al Robertson was elected.

 

Linda Lyman was nominated by Al Robertson, seconded by Gay Ellis. Dorothy Scofield was nominated Sally Wood-Simon, seconded by Ed Jewell. Rodney Dwyer nominated Eric Lavallee, seconded by Ericka Lavallee. A paper ballot vote was taken with Linda Lyman receiving 21 votes, Dorothy Scofield receiving 15 votes and Eric Lavallee receiving 24 votes. With no nominee receiving half of the votes plus one of the 60 votes cast, a second paper ballot was taken.

 

On the second ballot, Linda Lyman received 19 votes, Dorothy Scofield received 11 votes and Eric Lavallee received 28 votes. No nominee received half of the votes plus one of the 58 votes cast. Dorothy Scofield withdrew her nomination from the third paper ballot. Linda Lyman received 21 votes and Eric Lavallee received 39 votes of the 57 ballots cast. Eric Lavallee was elected.

 

Noting the arrival of Vickie Strong and Sam Young our local representatives to the Vermont House the moderator opened the floor to them and the voters, they each spoke on various pending legislation in the committees on which they serve, answered questions from voters.

 

The meeting then moved on to

 

Article 3. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the several Town officers.

Alan Robertson made a motion to accept the reports as written, seconded by Harmon Clark.

 

Max Aldrich clarified the information about Acts 40 and Act 64, Clean Water Funds. Walter Smith spoke to the recycling efforts of the town and the money saved because of these efforts.

 

Brian Mahoney called the question on discussion, seconded by Eric Lavallee. Question called by voice vote.

 

Motion to accept the town reports as written passed by voice vote.

 

Article 4. To see if the Town will appropriate the sum of $48,911.00 to help support the following organizations:

a. American Red Cross         $250.00

b. Area Agency on Aging     $330.00

c. Caledonia Home Health Care and Hospice  $1,100.00

d. Cobleigh Public Library  $ 600.00

e. Darling Inn Senior Meal Site     $200.00

f. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium   $703.00

g. Green-Up Vermont $50.00

h. H.O.P.E.         $500.00

I. Lyndon Area Senior Action Center    $50.00

j. Lyndonville Youth Baseball/Softball $350.00

k. Northeast Kingdom Human Services $738.00

l. Northeast Kingdom Learning Services         $100.00

m. Northeast Kingdom Youth Services $300.00

n. Northeastern Vermont Development Association         $527.00

o. Rural Community Transportation      $1,000.00

p. Umbrella         $500.00

q. Vermont Center for Independent Living     $55.00

r. Village Improvement Society/Powers Park $1,000.00

 

Brian (Biff) Mahoney made a motion to approve the appropriations as written, seconded by Wendy Scofield.

 

Suzanne Bartlett made a motion to amend the appropriation for RCT to $500.00, seconded by Ed Richardson. Harmon Clark called the question, seconded by Jim Fox. The call was confirmed by a voice vote.

A voice vote was taken on the amendment with the majority voting in favor. The amendment reducing the RCT appropriation to $500.00 passed.

 

Ed Richardson made a motion to amend the appropriation for the Village Improvement Society/ Powers Park to $250.00, seconded by Al Robertson. The amendment passed on a voice vote.

 

Suzanne Bartlett made the motion to reduce the appropriation for H.O.P.E. from $500.00 to $250.00. After discussion, Suzanne Bartlett amended the amendment to reduce the appropriation to $0.00. Seconded by Rhonda Lacillade. After discussion, the question was called by Leslie Newland, seconded by Al Robertson. The call was confirmed by a voice vote. Voice vote was inconclusive. A show of voter cards resulted in 39 yes votes and 17 no votes. The amendment carried, changing the amendment to $0.00. A show of voter cards on the amended motion resulted in 33 yes votes and 18 no votes. The amendment to reduce the HOPE appropriation to $0.00 passed.

 

Harmon Clark made the motion to amend the appropriation to Green-Up Vermont to $0.00, seconded by Tom Cogger. Amendment passed by voice vote.

 

Following further discussion, the question was called by Brian Mahoney, seconded by Eric Lavallee. Call was confirmed by voice vote. Voters received clarification that the amended total appropriations to be voted on were $47,111.00. A voice vote was taken and the article passed as amended.

 

Article 5.  Shall the voters authorize the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District to appropriate and expend a budget of $732,564.00? (Australian Ballot)

Jim Fox made a motion to pass over the article, seconded by Ed Richardson. This motion passed on a voice vote.

 

Article 6.

a. Shall the Town apply a portion of the supplemental payments received in 2016 from Vermont Wind, LLC, as calculated in the Vermont Wind, LLC Supplemental Payment Information page included in this Report, to pay the Town's general and highway expenses thereby reducing the property tax rate for taxpayers of the Town?

Al Robertson made a motion to use a portion to reduce the tax rate, seconded by Ed Jewell

A voice vote was then taken on the motion and the motion passed.

 

b. If the vote on Article 6.a. is affirmative, what shall the amount of such portion be, with the remainder being deposited into the Vermont Wind, LLC Fund, which was established at the 2012 Town Meeting?

A motion was made by Alan Robertson on section b. to use 50 percent of the supplemental payments to reduce taxes, seconded by Ed Richardson.

 

Following discussion and clarifications by the Town Clerk, Ed Richardson called the question, seconded by Leslie Newland. Call was confirmed by voice vote.

 

A voice vote was then taken on the motion and the article passed.

 

Article 7. To see of the Town will establish a Highway Equipment Replacement fund using 2015 Highway surplus finds (12,500).

 

Motion was made by Ed Jewell and seconded by Al Robertson to establish the fund. After discussion, the question was called by Eric Lavallee, seconded by Brian Mahoney. The call was confirmed by voice vote. The article was defeated by voice vote.

 

Article 8. To see if the Town will authorize the select board to apply any surplus accumulated during the year 2015 in the general checking account to defray Town general expenses during 2016.

 

Motion made by William St Peter, seconded by Ed Richardson.

There being no discussion, article 8 passed as written.

 

Article 9. To see if the Town will authorize the select board to apply any surplus accumulated during the year 2015 in the highway checking account to defray Town highway expenses during 2016.

 

Motion made by Ed Richardson and seconded by Jim Fox.

There being no discussion, article 9 passed as written.

 

Article 10. To see if the Town will approve the proposed general and highway budgets for 2016 in the amount of $480,013.28 for general use and maintenance of Town Highways.

 

Motion made to approve the budget of $478,213.28 by William ST Peter. Seconded by Brian Mahoney. Motion was corrected by Max Aldrich to include the 2015 Highway budget surplus to $490,713.28. Seconded by Ed Jewell. After discussion, the question called by Leslie Newland and seconded by Al Robertson. Call was confirmed by voice vote.

 

This town budget ($490,713.28) was passed by voice vote.

 

Article 11. To see if the Town will have real and personal property taxes paid to the Treasurer and set the due date of Friday, November 4, 2015.

 

Motion made by William St. Peter, seconded by Rodney Dwyer.

Hearing no discussion, the article passed as written.

 

Article 12. To transact any other business that may properly come before this meeting.

 

Brian Mahoney extended his congratulations to Patrick Ham as the new principal of the Miller’s Run School. The town joined in the applause.

 

Jason Degreenia invited the select board to attend as the discussion will be on the purchase and installation of a generator.

 

Patrick Ham noted the town meetings listed on page 99 of the Town Report.

 

Bev Frost expressed concern about the auditing practices of the organizations that the town appropriates money to.

 

A town’s person expressed that the Town Report did not show transparency.

 

Suzanne Bartlett asked that a representative from each organization requesting money in the form of an appropriation be present at Town meeting or make arrangements with a town’s person to speak on their behalf.

 

The Senator Doyle poll is available.

 

Max Aldrich reported that Marc Brown could not be here. He is asking for people interested in volunteer fire fighting to contact him. He will do the training in house.

Bobbi Bristol said that it made sense to have a generator at the school so the building can be used as a warming shelter. A generator would keep the power on to the heating system so pipes won’t freeze. She also said that the Community Garden is in need of volunteers.

 

Patrick Ham noted that the present 7th graders spend one Tuesday in the summer working in the garden. The eighth graders are working on a grant to build a greenhouse on the school property as a lasting gift.

 

Walter Smith said that next year’s town report will include salaries and Cheryl Chesley said she will include information on the years that delinquent taxes are due.

 

The Ladies were thanked for getting lunch ready.

 

William ST Peter the look into better arrangements for the sound system.

 

Walter Smith called the question, seconded by Patrick Ham. Call confirmed by voice vote.

 

Article 13. To adjourn

Motion made by Walter Smith to adjourn the 2016 Town Meeting, Seconded by Brian Mahoney. Motion passed. Town Meeting adjourned at 12:11 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

William St. Peter
Town Clerk

   

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