Thu, Jul 21, 2011 11:43 AM
At the June 27 meeting of the Town of Mendon Selectboard the
2010-2011 year end surplus was discussed. There is an anticipated
year end surplus of approximately $140,000 in large part due to the
collections of prior year's delinquent taxes. The Selectboard will
request monthly financials and quarterly reports from the
Under Public Comment, T. Pratt attended the Selectboard meeting to
express a few of his views. First, he cautioned the Selectboard
about how they handle sex offenders locating to Mendon stating that
they have more rights than law abiding citizens. Mr. Pratt
expressed that he disagreed with the Selectbaord analysis of
replacing the plow truck and supported an eight year replacement
schedule. Mr. Pratt also expressed that we shouldn't pay for the
Rutland City Fire Department when they respond to power lines down.
T. Pratt supports our local Constable versus contracting with the
Rutland County Sheriff's Department.
Under Old Business, high risk Sex Offenders were discussed. The
Selectboard finalized and signed a letter to Governor Peter
Shumlin, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders,
Representative Peter Welch, Secretary Doug Racine, Vermont Agency
of Human Services, Commissioner Andrew Pallito, Vermont Department
of Corrections, Senator William Carris, Senator Margaret Flory,
Senator Kevin Mullin, Representative Jim Eckhardt, The House
Committee of Corrections and Institutions, the Senate Committee on
Institutions and the Joint Corrections Oversight Committee
regarding locating a High Risk Sex Offender in Mendon.
Regarding Helvi Hill Road and Sherwood Drive, Bill Ellis presented
4 locations on Sherwood Drive that could be used for water exiting
the roadway. The problem of water runoff and sediment from Helvi
Hill Road, a private road, was discussed. The Weitzenkorn property
is located at the corner of Helvi Hill Road and Sherwood Drive.
Greg Smith and Larry Courcelle will meet with Weitzenkorn to
discuss potential solutions. A hydraulic engineer will be
used to determine the best solution to handle the water.
Regarding Woodward Road signage, some of the residents of Woodward
Road have requested no additional posts be installed to hold signs.
Bill Ellis believes that he can properly sign Woodward Road in
accordance with the 2009 MUTCD without installing additional
Regarding the Town Shop, The Selectboard reviewed the historic
evaluation of the Town Shop submitted to them by the State of
Vermont Historic Preservation. The report outlined immediate
repairs to stop the deterioration of the historic building. The
Selectboard also discussed the general maintenance of the building
that will require re-grading the back portion of the building to
get water away from the foundation. T. Adams noted the sills are
rotten under the building. The Selectboard will work with the
Mendon Historical Society to see if there are grant funding
Regarding the Town Office, the Selectboard discussed painting the
trim of the Town Office and that fully painting the Town Office can
wait a year or two.
The Salt Shed was next on the agenda. The requests for proposals
have been sent for the repairs to the Salt Shed foundation. The
proposals will be discussed at the next Selectman's meeting.
Under New Business, the Town Shop lease was discussed. G. Smith met
with Adi Staudinger to discuss the rental lease for the Town Shop.
Mr. Staudinger requested similar terms, a two year lease and adding
his daughter's name on the lease. S. Tully will prepare a new lease
for the Selectboard to review.
The Management Academy Individual Development Plan was discussed
next. S. Tully is currently attending the Vermont Local Roads
Management Academy. As part of her individual development plan she
has identified the retention of Selectboard documents as a project.
S. Tully will be developing a procedure for the retention of
Next, the bulk purchase of street signs was discussed. In
accordance with the 2009 MUTCD, street name signs on roads 35 mph
and less need to be replaced by January 2012. A large number of
street signs were replaced with the 911 town-wide re-numbering
project. Regulatory signs, i.e. stop, yield, weight posting signs
need to be replaced by December 2013. The Rutland Regional Planning
Commission is coordinating a bulk purchase of regulatory signs. The
2011-2012 budget allocated $3,000 for signs. B. Ellis will
determine the remaining street signs to be replaced to determine
what regulatory signs will be replaced with the 2011-2012