Selectboard Meeting Minutes 07/27/2021

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Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Otis Town Hall

Conference Room

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 7:00 PM


This meeting will be held in person at the location provided on this notice. Members of the public are welcome to attend. A remote option is offered via zoom with the link provided below. Please note that while an option for remote participation is being provided as a courtesy, the meeting will not be suspended or terminated if technological problems interrupt the virtual broadcast, unless otherwise required by law. Anyone with interest in any specific item should plan in person attendance.

Topic: Selectboard Meeting

Time: Jul 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Attendance: In person: Larry Southard-Chair, Gary Thomas, Terry Gould and Brandi Page.

Via Zoom: Larry Gould, Sonia Morrison, Phil McGovern, dunhi and Diane Provenz.


Call to Order: 7:00 PM


Approval of Minutes: Larry made a motion to approve the minutes with the addition of the remaining attendees that had been left off. Terry seconded, motion passed.


Recreation Department Appointment: After a brief discussion and clarification that this is paid out of Rec’s budget, Terry made a motion to appoint Ron Williamson to the indefinite position of cleaning staff. Larry seconded, motion passed.


A.R.P.A. Funds: It was clarified these are the American Rescue Plan Act monies that are being distributed across the country. There is extensive guidance as to allowable expenditures in response to COVID. There was discussion about the Town using its allotment for water/sewer infrastructure which is one of the allowable categories. There was a project for a downtown municipal well that had been shelved a few years ago. It was identified to be revisited and hopefully brought to fruition. The Board discussed the hardships some downtown properties have faced with failing wells. This will remain an ongoing discussion as we identify next steps and move this project forward. Larry made a motion to explore options for the well project, Gary seconded, motion passed.


Erbe Building Update: The Erbe Building is now vacant. The Board members will each do a walk through when they have time. The Town had bought the property for $120,000 back in the 80’s. Windows had been replaced at some point but much of the building would need upgrades including heat and electric systems. Next step will be a condition assessment. Larry feels a future use will take a lot of time and thought. Diane Provenz spoke to ask if groups can tour the building and offer ideas. It was agreed that was premature.


Review & Approval of Warrants: Payroll and vendor warrants are on the table for signature.


Public Comment: Brandi wanted to thank Izaak Walton League and Jim & Cheryl McIntire for donating the needed easements for the Tannery Road Bridge project. Sonia spoke to say that OPT was awarded a grant for $98,000 for St. Paul’s from the Fitzpatrick foundation. They are excited to be moving forward.


Adjournment: 7:26 PM