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MINUTES OF THE NEWFANE SELECTBOARD
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 20, 2007
TOWN OFFICES
NEWFANE, VERMONT

PRESENT

Selectboard members: Dan Dewalt, Joe Mandell, Peter Rysz, Guy Wachtel

Also Present: Shannon Meckle, Administrative Assistant; Patrick Crowley, Brattleboro Reformer; Spencer Crispe; Gunther Garbe, Planning Commission; Ed Druke; David Dunn, Rescue, Inc.; Robert Holden, Newfane Representative to Rescue, Inc.; Archie Clark, Rescue, Inc. Board; Patty Amirault, New Brook Fire & Rescue; David Berrie; Frank Suponski; Marc Pickering; Piet van Loon

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

MINUTES

The minutes of August 30, 2007 were reviewed. Dan Dewalt made a motion to approve the minutes of August 30, 2007 as written. Peter Rysz seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously.

The minutes of September 6, 2007 were reviewed. Dan Dewalt made a motion to approve the minutes of September 6, 2007 as written. Guy Wachtel seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously.


ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s Report: Please see attached report.

Regarding Stratton Hill Road repairs, Todd recommended a “box-culvert” be installed to protect the Road. The Board was in agreement. Todd will speak to VTrans about having this installed.

Covered Bridge Discussion: Todd reported that Michael Renaud of Renaud Brothers would like to speak with the Selectboard regarding options for the Covered Bridge. The Selectboard was interested in having this meeting very soon. Other people present for this meeting would be John Alexander from VTrans, Christopher Williams as Road Commissioner, and Todd Lawley as Road Foreman. Shannon will invite the abutting land owners to attend this site visit as well. Discussion ensued regarding the detour route and the bridge on that route, which is also in need of repair.

If the Covered Bridge is removed and placed elsewhere to be repaired, the temporary bridge can be placed on the same foundation and will remain in the town right-of-way and not interfere with abutting land owners’ property. Also, there will be no need for traffic lights, as it will be just a one lane bridge there as it is now.

Joe Mandell will write a letter to the Secretary of Transportation, Neale Lunderville and let him know the town’s predicament.

Todd mentioned that he spoke to VTrans about the possibility of the rubber mats to protect the deck of the covered bridge, but the concern was that the mats hold the moisture against the deck of the bridge and would promote even more rot. The state recommends the original plan of aluminum diamond plate, which is lighter and textured for better traction.

In the Road Foreman’s report, Todd mentioned that the logging access on Bud Bergmann’s property, off of Dover Road is causing water runoff problems. Shannon will draft a letter for the board to discuss this issue, as well as a reminder regarding overloaded trucks driving across the green bridge in South Newfane. Guy Wachtel made a motion to authorize Shannon to write a letter regarding this issue. Peter Rysz seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Discussion ensued regarding enforcement of trucks violating weight restrictions on the green bridge. The current weight limit is 60,000 pounds. Shannon will look up current permits to find out what the general weight of these trucks is listed at. Guy Wachtel made a motion to authorize Joe Mandell to write a letter to the Sheriff’s Department regarding the Selectboard’s

PAY WARRANTS:

Guy Wachtel made a motion to adjourn at 10:05 p.m. Peter Rysz seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Shannon Meckle
Administrative Assistant

Posted At: Town Clerk's Office, Newfane Store, Williamsville/South Newfane Post Office, and South Newfane General Store & Deli.

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