SWANTON VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SWANTON VILLAGE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
120 FIRST STREET
SWANTON, VT 05488
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Monday, January 28, 2019
MINUTES NOT YET APPROVED BY
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PRESENT: Neal Speer, Village President; Chris Leach, Trustee; Adam Paxman, Trustee; Eugene LaBombard, Trustee; Reginald Beliveau, Village Manager; Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager; Dianne Day, Village Clerk; Leonard Stell, Chief of Police and Ch. 16.
Unless otherwise noted, all motions carried unanimously.
1. Call to Order:
Neal Speer, Village President, welcomed all to the Regular Board of Trustees meeting and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
2. Agenda Review:
Adam Paxman stated he would like to add two topics to the agenda, one being a new parking design at Merchants Row and the other one being a coin drop update for 2020.
3. Public Comment:
4. Approve and Accept Minutes from the Monday, January 14, 2019 Regular Meeting:
Chris Leach made the motion to approve and accept the Minutes from Monday, January 14, 2019 as presented. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Discussion: Eugene LaBombard stated that in Item #10 regarding coin drops, he made the motion to approve but didn’t second the motion as typed. Chris Leach seconded that motion. Motion carried with correction.
5. Approve and Accept Village Warrants through Friday, January 25, 2019:
Adam Paxman made the motion to approve and accept Village Warrants through Friday, January 25, 2019 as presented. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Discussion: None. Motion carried.
6. Adopt 2019 Budget as presented:
Eugene LaBombard made the motion to approve and adopt the 2019 Budget as presented. Chris Leach seconded. Discussion: Eugene stated that the Board has reviewed the budget 4 or 5 times and are very pleased with a 2.04% increase. Motion carried.
7. Adopt and Sign the 2019 Annual Warning:
Neal Speer, Village President, read the 2019 Annual Warning aloud. Adam Paxman made the motion to adopt and sign the 2019 Annual Warning as presented. Eugene LaBombard seconded. Motion carried.
8. Review 2018 4th Quarter SQRP Report:
Chris Leach made the motion to acknowledge the Board has reviewed and approved the 2018 4th quarter SQRP report as presented and are satisfied with the results. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried
9. Parking Design at Merchants Row:
Adam Paxman presented his idea on parking in front of Merchants Row to the Board. Chris Leach stated this should be laid out to scale and said he’s not sure there’s an issue there. He said he knows they need access to the businesses and this should be studied and worked on. Neal Speer stated they should ask the Regional Planning office for help with this and then hold a Public Hearing so the public can weigh in on this. Adam Paxman stated he would work on this some more and come back to the Board with it.
10. Coin Drop Update:
Adam Paxman stated he received an email from the Agency on Transportation stating coin drops cannot be held on a State Highway. He said they also are requesting organizations use their form requesting a coin drop instead of the Village’s. He said holding a coin drop within 750’ from a traffic light would be a violation. He said the Village shouldn’t be approving any coin drops and they need to move the location of them down by the old Kittell building on First Street. He said he would like to see these things implemented in 2020.
11. Any Other Business:
Eugene LaBombard asked how the Village audit went. Lynn Paradis stated it went good and she will let the Board know when the report is complete.
Any Other Business: Adam Paxman stated he received a phone call from someone on Merchants Row stating they need salt and sand there. The Board commented that the drug store end of Merchants Row was cleared and the other end was very treacherous. Discussion on ownership of the sidewalk took place. Adam Paxman also asked the Board on behalf of the Car Show committee they would like permission to hold a burn out this year. Eugene LaBombard said he would be against that idea. Chris Leach said he likes burn outs but not in the Village. He said he didn’t think it was a good idea but said he would entertain another location.
Any Other Business: Eugene LaBombard stated that after the recent snowstorm he too noticed that the hairdresser/drug store end of Merchants Row was cleaned but the other end was terrible.
Any Other Business: Reg Beliveau stated that this year the Village will join the Town and hold their informational meeting on the same evening which will be Monday, February 25th at 7 p.m. He said they are hoping to get more participation and are also having a chili cook off this year at 5:30 p.m.
12. Executive Session to Discuss Customer Account:
Adam Paxman made the motion to enter into Executive Session at 7:39 p.m. to discuss Customer Account. Chris Leach seconded. Motion carried.
Chris Leach made the motion to exit Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. and re-enter Open Session. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried.
ACTION TAKEN: Chris Leach made the motion that the customer account has been reviewed and is to be paid in full. Adam Paxman seconded. Motion carried
Chris Leach made the motion to adjourn the Regular Board of Trustees meeting at 8:41 p.m. Eugene LaBombard seconded. There being no further business at hand, Neal Speer, Village President, adjourned the meeting at 8:41 p.m. Motion carried.
Neal Speer, Village President Date
Dianne Day, Village Clerk Date