Selectboard Minutes 2017-6-12

Town Of Fairlee Selectboard Meeting Minutes
Town Of Fairlee Town Hall
75 Town Common Road
Fairlee, Vermont 05045

Monday June 12, 2017

6:00 p.m.  CALL TO ORDER


  • Selectboard Members: Cathy McGrath (Chair); Frank J. Barrett, Jr.
  • Town Administrator: Brian Hanson
  • Visitors: Don Weaver
  • Minutes Clerk: Stephanie A. Taylor


MOTION: Frank J. Barrett, Jr./Cathy McGrath (moved and seconded) made a motion to accept agenda with modifications. The vote passed unanimously.


Don Weaver of the Lake Morey Commission informed the Selectboard members that several individuals need to make purchases of supplies/gasoline for the milfoil control and lake monitoring activities.

MOTION: Frank J. Barrett, Jr. and Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) that Don Weaver and Greg Allen can use the town account to purchase supplies and are also authorized to purchase gasoline for milfoil monitoring.

Brian Hanson distributed the highway paving schedule. He is seeking a contractor to mow along the roadsides. He hopes to have the arrangements made by mid-July.  The road agent has begun ditching. Brian Hanson will get a schedule for the ditching.

Brian Hanson has given the Water Advisory Committee the materials they have requested.

Mark Bishop, Chair of the Planning Commission, and Walt Gladstone of Newmont Farm arrived at 6:20pm.

Walt Gladstone updated the Selectboard members about his solar array project. He has been working closely with Catamount Solar and the project is moving forward. The proposed start date for the project is September 2017.

Mr. Gladstone will need to obtain a right-of-way on Dump Road in order to access part of the project site. Frank J. Barrett, Jr. noted that there is a good boundary survey of the transfer station property on Dump Road. This will be sent to Mr. Gladstone.

Mr. Gladstone asked the Selectboard about the Town of Fairlee’s interest in the possibility of bringing electricity to the public works garage and the transfer station as part of the solar array project.

Frank J. Barrett, Jr. suggested that the Town of Fairlee prepare a proposed budget for the installation of electricity to the site. This would include the cost of a land surveyor; an attorney for property issues and the construction cost of bringing in the electricity. Negotiations with the railroad company for access under the railroad tracks would also be necessary.

At 7:03pm Walt Gladstone departed.

Mark Bishop, chair of the Planning Commission, spoke to the Selectboard members about the recent Planning Commission meeting. There was support among the commission members for a wide variety of economic development activities including beautification, sidewalks, crosswalks and tree planting in downtown Fairlee. He referenced past studies of the downtown which have many useful recommendations as well as the build-out study.

Mr. Bishop has been in contact with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission and would like to schedule a joint meeting with their representative and the Selectboard. The focus will be planning for economic development.

The Selectboard members discussed the next steps for the Town of Fairlee depending on the water bond vote. The Water Advisory Committee will help advise the Selectboard on possible water line replacement and future investments in improving the water system.  There will be more information available about the results of the water tank litigation later in the year.


Liz Wilson arrived at 7:10pm. She updated the Selectboard members on the preparations for the Fairlee Music Festival. There are electrical upgrades necessary to the gazebo to support the amplification equipment. A weather-secure box could be installed. Brian Hanson will speak with two electricians and obtain cost estimates.

Brian Hanson gave the Selectboard members a cost estimate for hauling food scraps from Bob Sandberg. Cathleen Gent will be at the next Selectboard meeting to discuss state food waste recycling regulations.

The Park and Ride lot is scheduled for paving. This could be done by the Black Top company. Brian is obtaining cost estimates from several firms. Time-appropriate lighting will need to be installed. The project is scheduled for completion by September. The flea market will not be affected. The next phase might include a bus shelter.

The new contracts for Tata & Howard were given a preliminary review. Further review will be done after the water bond vote on Wednesday June 14.

A map of the town common was distributed. The fence on the north end could be completed. The cost would be approximately $1000 for two wooden rails. Brian Hanson will find the survey pins and mark the area for possible fencing.

A first draft of the June newsletter was distributed.


The board orders were presented for signature.


  • Final Newsletter Draft
  • Water Bond Vote Result
  • Cathleen Gent


MOTION: Frank J. Barrett, Jr./Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) to approve the minutes of May 24 and June 5 with corrections.

MOTION: Frank J. Barrett, Jr./Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) to adjourn the meeting.

ADJOURN: – Time 8:25p.m

Attest: Stephanie A. Taylor
Minutes Clerk


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