Jul 192019


Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair                                                          Tessa Partlow, ATV club

Charlie McMeekin, Selectboard Member                                                 Jacob Partlow, ATV club

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                                Joan Richmond-Hall, PC chair

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                                             Rich Arms, ATV club

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                     Tim Caulfield, Emergency Management

                                                                                                                      Lou Helmith, Resident 

                                                                                                          Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

                                                                                              Jessie Brassard, Town Clerk/Treasurer

                                                                                                Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

The Board reviewed the agenda, tabling the Tannenburg Bridge Contract because Mr. Kolbey Haupt will not be able to attend the meeting.

On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of July 2, 2019.

Citizen’s comments – none.


  • The ATV ordinance was reviewed. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. McMeekin the Board unanimously approved the ordinance with no changes from last year. It is attached to these minutes [here]. It was noted that the ordinance as written, cannot take effect for 60 days. The Board looked into this and it is a requirement of statute. Last year’s ordinance expired on April 3, 2019, so no AVT ordinance will be in effect this summer. It was suggested that next year the ATV ordinance be reviewed in March to make it possible for the updated ordinance to take effect before the riding season.
  • The Tannenburg bridge contract was tabled until the next meeting.
  • Mr. Caulfield provided the Emergency Management’s semi-annual report. He explained a number of the things the committee has worked on in the last six months and indicated that the group has “reached maturity and is in the solidification and maintenance mode.”
  • Ms. Richmond-Hall provided the Planning Commission’s semi-annual report. She talked about the review of the Town Plan, and how they are doing a large update.


  • Quarterly financial reports were tabled. A few more bills have come in for last year, so there are some numbers to move around. So far the numbers look good.
  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved setting the residential tax rate at 2.5104 and the non-residential tax rate at 2.5330.
  • Fuel assistance fund- tabled.
  • The Board discussed a possible contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The amount agreed to pay the Randolph Fire Department this fiscal year is lower than what was budgeted, so there is space in the budget to cover some law enforcement services. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. McMeekin, the Board voted unanimously to call a special meeting on Aug. 6th, at 6pm to hear public comments regarding Braintree entering a contract with the Sheriff’s Department.  The Board’s normal meeting will follow the special meeting.

Highway report

  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the new Road and Bridge Standards were unanimously approved with the selection as discussed and indicated in the standards.
  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. McMeekin, the Board unanimously approved the utility road crossing permit for the Stephen’s on Brainstorm Road as requested with the stipulations that it be “buried as instruction dictates [on the permit] and they need a Braintree Highway or Selectperson on site before utility is buried”.

Old business

  • Options for selling tractor and truck-no new information.

New business

  • On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved locking into the fixed pre-buy plan that Gillespie’s is offering for propane with all three of the Town’s propane accounts with them (the office, garage, and generator at the town hall).

On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the payment orders.

On motion Mr. Bent, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Jarvis