Braintree Selectboard Meeting
November 7, 2017
Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident
Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Bob Moyer, PC & DRB Chair
Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Jessie Brassard, Treasurer
Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant
Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of Oct. 3, 2017.
On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of Oct. 17, 2017.
There were no citizen’s comments.
Mr. Moyer reported that the Planning Commission has held their hearing for the Town Plan revision. It was noted that the Selectboard hearing will be Dec. 5th at the beginning of the normal Selectboard Meeting. This revision of the Town Plan has two new sections; the new flood resiliency standards, and the updated State energy program. They did not have time to do both an in-depth look at the current language and add the two new sections, as the Plan has expired. The Town has applied for another Planning Grant to do an in-depth look at the plan this coming year.
Mr. Bowen read the highway report. The Thayer Brook Road grant and the Bent Hill Road grant are done. The Class 2 Road Grant project is done for the season. There will be more work to do on Braintree Hill Road next year. The new loader has had some issues. Those were discussed some by the Board. In the report, Mr. Masterson asked the Board about applying for two Better Road Grants for Bowen Hill Road. One is for $60,000 to upgrade a 4’ culvert, and the other is $20,000 for stone lined ditches. Both sections have been highlighted in the Act 64 road inventory. The Board agreed that these grants should be applied for. Mr. Bent had some questions/comments about the recent road projects. He will talk with Mr. Masterson about them.
The Board briefly talked about the vacancy on the Highway Department. There are currently six applications.
The Board talked about the town office projects. The heating project is partly done.
Mr. Haupt has asked three contractors for quotes to install the conduit in the attic at the office. Two contractors have declined. Harmony Electric provided a quote. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously accepted the Harmony Electric quote to install the conduit in the attic of the town office.
Ms. Brassard asked about the doors at the office. The front door has quite a lot of air space at the top, and problems with the locks, and the side door has problems with its threshold, locks, and rust. Both have been getting quite a lot worse. There is money in the budget to replace them. The heating system had taken priority, but the Board agreed that the doors really should be replaced soon. Mr. Haupt will call a number of contractors and try to get the doors replaced soon.
Ms. Brassard reported that she and Mr. Cooch spoke about the Conservation Commission’s tools. He has brought them home for now, and they will talk about the tools again in the spring.
There are some old culverts that the Town will not be able to reuse. A resident would like to use some in a woods road. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously agreed that if the Town cannot reuse culverts that the Highway Foreman can give them away to residents who can reuse them.
On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved the payment orders.
On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board voted unanimously to go into executive session for personnel issues.
At 7:34 pm the Board come out of executive session. No decisions were made.
On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 pm.