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Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes

Any and all corrections to the following minutes will be made at the 06/02/05 Board of Selectmen's meeting and are considered unapproved until then. Corrections will be noted in the minutes of that meeting.

MAY 23rd, 2005

Selectmen: Piet van Loon, Dan DeWalt, Patricia Halloran, and Gary Katz.
Absent: Priscilla Cotton
Also Present: David Clarkson, Ellen Darrow, Bill Schommer, Phyllis Mandell, Joe Mandell, Judy Egan (3:30 p.m.), Brian Hesselbach (4:00 p.m.), Eddie J. Benoit, Jr. (4:30 p.m.), and Roger Sparks (5:00 p.m.)

The Special Meeting was called to order by Chairman Piet van Loon at 3:30 p.m.

The Board members discussed the procedure for conducting of interviews of candidates for the open Lister position. The candidates who submitted letters of interest include Judy Egan, Brian Hesselbach, Eddie J. Benoit, Jr., and Roger Sparks.
D. Clarkson objected to the appointment of D. Knechtel as a Lister without a 10-day notice. Chairman van Loon explained that he spoke with the Secretary of State, Deb Markowitz, before the appointment was made and she explained that the 10-day notice was for the purpose of letting the public know of the vacancy in the event that they may want to petition for a Special Town Meeting for the Election of Listers to fill the appointed positions. The notice does not have to be up 10 days before the Selectboard takes action. The Selectboard=s responsibility is to Aappoint forthwith@ in the event that an elected official resigns. (24 V.S.A. ' 963)
Motion was made by G. Katz and seconded by P. Halloran to go into Executive Session at 3:40 p.m. to interview candidates for the Lister position. Discussion: Several members of the public objected to the candidates being interviewed in Executive Session. G. Katz agreed to withdraw his motion and P. Halloran agreed to withdraw her second with the understanding that there would be only one candidate in the room at a time. Motion withdrawn.
Selectboard members interviewed each of the four candidates with a list of questions that had been previously drawn up by Board members. (Times noted in the Also Present section.)
Motion was made by P. Halloran and seconded by G. Katz to enter into Executive Session at 5:10 p.m. to deliberate the discussions held during each interview. Unanimous.
Motion was made by P. Halloran and seconded by G. Katz to return to come out of Executive Session at 5:20 p.m. Unanimous.
Motion was made by G. Katz and seconded by P. Halloran that appointment Brian Hesselbach to serve the town of Newfane as a Lister until the next regular meeting on March 7th, 2006 or Special Meeting, if so petitioned. Three in favor. Motion passes. Chairman did not vote.

Motion was made by D. DeWalt and seconded by G. Katz to adjourn the special meeting at 5:27 p.m. Unanimous.

Hendrik W. van Loon, Clerk Pro Tem
Newfane Board of Selectmen

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