Selectboard Minutes 2017-07-17

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

Monday July 17, 2017

6:00 p.m.  CALL TO ORDER


  • Selectboard Members: Cathy McGrath (Chair); Peter Berger (Vice-Chair)
  • Town Administrator: Brian Hanson
  • Visitors:  Don Weaver, Georgette Wolf-Ludwig
  • Minutes Clerk: Stephanie A. Taylor (by transcription)


MOTION: Peter Berger/Cathy McGrath (moved and seconded) made a motion to accept the agenda. The vote passed unanimously.


Don Weaver of the Lake Morey Commission spoke to the Selectboard members about the aquatic weed harvester (Kubota diesel), which is thirty-three years old. It will need to be replaced. The potential resale value will be investigated by Brian Hanson.

Mr. Weaver mentioned the need to consider training a new person to take over his responsibilities in the next year.

Georgette Wolf-Ludwig has received calls about the Town Administrator position. The position is being advertised in several Vermont newspapers and has been posted on the Vermont League of Cities and Towns website.


Peter Berger distributed sample information from other Vermont towns regarding finance/capital asset management committees that perform long term capital planning. The Selectboard members will speak with the budget committee members and discuss how to proceed.

The Selectboard members reviewed a draft conflict of interest policy for Selectboard members, town employees, contractors and committee members.

Cathy McGrath suggested the possibility of forming a search committee to evaluate candidates for the Town Administrator position. The Selectboard members are prioritizing the requirements listed in the job description.


Brian Hanson received several contractor estimates and has been working with the railroad company on the extension of electricity to the transfer station (under the railroad tracks.) The cost would be about $25,000.

Cathy McGrath mentioned that she heard at a recent LMPA meeting that there is a logger interested in the purchase of the Putnam property. Town zoning ordinances and the clean water requirements would need to be met by logging operators.


The board orders and correspondence were presented for signature.



Peter Berger/Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) to accept the minutes of July 10 with corrections.



MOTION: Peter Berger/Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) to go into Executive Session at 7:45pm.

The Selectboard came out of Executive Session at 8:00pm.

ADJOURN: -Time 8:00p.m.

MOTION: Peter Berger/Cathy McGrath made a motion (moved and seconded) to adjourn the meeting.

Attest: Stephanie A. Taylor
Minutes Clerk

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