Selectboard Meeting Minutes 12/14/2021

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Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Otis Town Hall

Conference Room

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 6:30 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.



Town of Otis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Selectboard

Time: Dec 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Attendance: Chair Larry Southard, Gary Thomas, Terry Gould, & Brandi Page. Via Zoom: Shaw Israel Izikson


Call to Order:

6:30 PM


Approval of Minutes: The minutes from Nov 30th and Dec 7th were approved as written.


Annual Liquor Licenses: The Board approved and signed the annual liquor licenses up for renewal.


Highway Compensation: Larry stated this is a follow up discussion. In light of commercial driver’s licenses and hoisting required for the Highway personnel should we consider additional compensation? One employee who has been with us and has these licenses in relation to hiring an additional employee at the same hourly rate who is in the process of acquiring the hoisting. Terry voiced hesitation at making an adjustment mid-year. Perhaps we should wait and build it into next year’s budget. Larry feels there is value to employees having these licenses and the market is very competitive right now. Gary agreed it’s concerning trying to keep good help. Larry made a motion to give a onetime bonus of $1,500 to our senior laborer/equipment operator based on continually having both licenses and to revisit possible differential/longevity during budget season. Motion was seconded and unanimously approved.


Police: Larry made a motion to appoint Dan as temporary acting Police Chief while we continue our search. Motion seconded and unanimously approved.


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


Not Anticipated: Brandi asked is we wanted to meet on Dec 28th. It was decided we would determine cancelling the meeting if there were no pressing agenda items.


Adjournment: 6:53 PM