Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:32 PM
The Meeting was called to order at 7.30 p.m.
Elizabeth Kohler, an attorney representing AT&T, answered
questions and addressed concerns regarding plans to construct and
install a new wireless communication facility off Brad Mead Drive.
The Selectboard was undecided in their recommendation and requested
Kohler return in two weeks time, to address further concerns.
Regarding an Amendment to the Zoning Bylaws, below West Hill,
Bianchi referenced the Public Hearing held a month ago, and asked
if there was anything to add from concerned citizens. Butch
Findeisen said, "This is a positive business direction for the
town, not detrimental. Prosperous businesses provide a service for
The zoning bylaws state that a restaurant is not permitted from
Anthony Way to Johnny Boys, and do not extend into any residential
zones. Patty McGrath noted that certain things have not been
considered, "The density of new businesses could necessitate
putting in sidewalks and we have to take into consideration how
this will affect the town's infrastructure."
The Selectboard unanimously passed motion to accept Expense and
Revenue Reports for October 2013. The Town Manager updated the 2014
proposal by increasing it from $685,000 to $705,000.
Golf Course is fully funding its capital plan and the Town Manager
explained the decision to commit to transferring $50,000 to a debt
plan, and make that standard operating procedure. If the Golf
Course has a profitable year then more debt will be paid off at the
disgression of the Selectboard.
The Town Manager informed Selectboard that $25,000 had been added
to the Walkway Fund to repair existing walkway, and for replacement
and repair of lights.
Killington Fire and Rescue presented their increased budget from
$125,000 to $225,000, depending upon plans for a new space for the
Fire Department. President, Steve Finer, told the Selectboard that
equipment maintenance in the past has not been realistic and that
there will be a need for replacing the 'tower' truck in 2019. The
Board suggested increasing appropriation while paying for
Police Constable Montgomery set out some of the future goals for
the Police Dept.; community outreach; connecting
with Killington Elementary School, the Rotary Club, Killington
Women's Club, the Senior's Club, putting more officers on the
road, facilities and equipment maintenance, establishing
protocol for storing drugs/weapons, finalizing
operational policies regarding vehicle pursuit, hiring
policy, unbiased policing policy and its sexual harassment
Montgomery said, "We are setting the groundwork
and foundation for a new department and it is very important
to have all these things in place."
There were a number of increases in the budget plan, based on
stated goals and strategies of a police department. A new line
item was 'office rent', to create a facility for storage of
drugs or guns, as well as creating a space for office work.
The new facility would include a 24-hour phone answering
service, offering an immediate response that residents can depend
Bernie Rome expressed concern about raising the budget. Montgomery
pointed out that he did not raise the budget for first year after
creating the police department, the costs were actually lower than
projected, and the costs the new budget proposes are
well within industry standards. The budget increase
Montgomery requested was 38 percent over last year, or
Motions passed to renew liquor licenses for First Class
Pinnacle Spa and Lounge and a new First Class Liquor License
for Back Country, previously Johnny Boys.
The Town Manager's Report included the development of a capital
plan for Route 4 Sewer, the upgrade of Alpine Drive, Killington
Road construction and the replacement of two of the largest
culverts (the project is supported by $120,000 grant received from
The next Selectboard Meeting will be held on Dec. 3.