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Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes

Any and all corrections to the following minutes will be made at the 04/07/05 Board of Selectmen's Meeting and are considered unapproved until then. Corrections will be noted in the minutes of that meeting.

MINUTES - SPECIAL MEETING OF THE NEWFANE SELECTBOARD
MARCH 21st, 2005
NEWFANE TOWN OFFICE

PRESENT:
Selectmen: Piet van Loon, Gary Katz and Dan DeWalt.
Absent: Priscilla Cotton and Patricia Halloran.
Also Present: Floyd Roberts, District #2 Administrator, Paul Gould, District #2 Technician, John Alexander, District #2 Technician #4, Kurt Bostrom, Road Foreman and Doris Knechtel, Administrative Assistant.

1. CALL TO ORDER
The Special Meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Piet van Loon.

2. ANNUAL MEETING WITH FLOYD ROBERTS - DISTRICT #2 ADMINISTRATOR
A. TOWN HIGHWAY PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006
Floyd Roberts, VTrans District #2 Administrator, was present to review and discuss the preliminary figures for the Annual Highway Financial Plan for Newfane Fiscal Year 2006 as prepared by D. Knechtel according to 19 VSA ' 306(e). The figures were compiled from the highway budget passed at the recent Town Meeting and the Capital Budget and plan. The information is used to determine funds to be allocated for the various highway programs.
The amount to be received from the state for the Newfane Class 2 and Class 3 roads is expected to be $137,474.99, more than what was originally anticipated. The amount to be raised in taxes for the town highways is $350,925.01, plus $73,500 from the Capital budget for a total amount of highways expenditures for Fiscal Year 2006 of $488,400, plus the capital amount of $73,500. Motion was made by D. DeWalt and seconded by G. Katz to approve and sign the Annual Town Financial Plan for Town Highways as presented. Unanimous.

2. B. HIGHWAY PROJECTS
(1) Floyd Roberts explained the Town Highway Grants program. The Town Highway Class 2 Roadway programs provides grants for resurfacing or reconstruction of Class II highways. The split is 70/30 or 80/20 if the town has adopted Town Highway codes and standards and has conducted a highway infrastructure study. The grant amount is limited to $150,000 for any one project. F. Roberts had a spread sheet showing the amount of funds available to the District along with the amount that towns have received in recent years in each program. Chances are good that Newfane could receive a grant this year for the Class II program. Culverts less than 36" are considered part of the drainage work in this program and may be replaced if considered an essential part of the roadway project along with guardrail work. The town needs to submit an application soon by the end of the month. K. Bostrom was given copies of the grant applications. The Town Highway Structures program is for town culverts of 3' in diameter or greater, bridges of 6' span or greater or retaining walls. The split is 80/20 or 90/10 if the town has adopted Town Highway codes and standards and has conducted a highway infrastructure study. The state grant amounts are limited to $150,000 for any one project. Even though the town may not be eligible for this round, it was recommended that an application be submitted.
(2) The Culhane Corner project was discussed. F. Roberts suggested that the town may want to submit another amendment request for this project. The town is having the final engineering plans prepared by Stevens & Associates after which time the project will go out for bid. The project is proposed to be completed by May 31, 2006.

2. C. BRIDGE PROJECTS
The plans on doing some work on Baker Brook Bridge (BR#38), Hunter Brook Bridge (BR#45) and Stratton Hill Bridge (BR#42) during this next FY 2006. Bridge #14 by the South Newfane Store and the Covered Bridge (CB#17) are on the state bridge program. BR#14 is scheduled to be replaced with a new span which will cost the town approximately $144,000 in FY 2007 or FY 2008. The Covered bridge (CB#17) is also scheduled to be rehabilitated at the same time as BR #14. The cost for the CB#17 rehabilitation is to be the responsibility of the state as it is on the historic bridge program.

2. D. OTHER ROAD ISSUES
(1) There was some discussion about looking into a mitigation grant for improvements to Loop Road (TH#) either through the USDA program or FEMA.
(2) K. Bostrom has been in contact with Bob Niles about assisting with the RSMS program to put in the information for the town's culvert inventory. Once this has been completed, the town's share for the highway grant programs will be reduced by 10%.
District #2 representatives, Floyd Roberts, Paul Gould and John Alexander, were thanked for their attendance and participation in the meeting.

3. ADJOURNMENT
Motion was made by G. Katz and seconded by D. DeWalt to adjourn the Special Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Unanimous.

Doris A.. Knechtel, Administrative Assistant
Newfane Board of Selectmen

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