TOWN OF STETSON
Date: FEBRUARY 10, 2021
There will be an Executive Session of the Board from 5 to 6 P.M. per 4056(A)(1)
Regular Meeting to start at 6:00 p.m.
I. OPEN MEETING
Leslie Merrill opened the meeting at 5:00 p.m. by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Leslie Merrill, Brenda Clark, Tammy Buswell, and Danielle were present. Millard Butler out of State.
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Tammy Buswell, it was unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session At 5:05 p.m. per 405(6)(A)(1).
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to come out of Executive Session.
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to allow 14 more days for informational purposes.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve January 27, 2021 Meeting Minutes
Upon motion by Danielle Withee, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve the January 27, 2021 Meeting Minutes.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant # 15
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Tammy Buswell, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #15.
2. Expenditures # 18
Upon motion by Tammy Buswell, seconded by Danielle Withee, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #18.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
II. OLD BUSINESS
1 Playground Lighting Update. Corey Leighton reported nothing at this time.
3. Potential Zoom Meeting Update. Diane reported the computer is in and has been tested for Zoom.
4. We will now need exterior speakers, will need to do a trial run and the advertise we are doing so.
3. Fire Proof Safe Mr. Brown fixed the present one at no charge to the Town. The Board thanked him.
Diane requested that the Board still keep an open mind on updating as the present one is running out of room.
III. NEW BUSINESS
1. Budget Process Meeting Dates the first Budget workshop will be at 5:00 p.m. before the selectmen’s meeting.
2. Street Lights ----Still no update on lumination.
Danielle Withee questioned if there was any Town owned access to the Lake for Derby’s as the access at the Dam is not safe. T
here is none that anyone is aware of.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Committee is questioning ordinances or policies.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Nothing.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Nothing.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Corey Leighton was present and reported that the Basketball program is up and running and quite the success with 20-25 kids in the program.
Pastor Ray is allowing the use of the facilities for $200 per month.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Nothing.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Not Present.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Corey Leighton addressed the Board with the question of “Conflict of Interest”. Corey stated if a Board Member is working (or collecting a paycheck) from a Contractor,
should that Board Member vote either on awarding the contract or the payment of the work?
Brenda Clark noted that it was always an issue of Concern when she, Charles Leighton, and Danny Withee were on the Board as they all were in
some way part of Leighton’s Machine Shop or Buss service.
Tammy Buswell requesting clarification asked Corey if it was his opinion that those Board Members should abstain from those votes such as Bids, Warrants, or both
Corey stated that is what he is questioning but also made it very clear, that he is very satisfied with the great job being done keeping the town roads safe.
Leslie Merrill stated that when he is in the truck plowing the Town of Stetson’s Roads, he is not getting paid and does it as a service to his town.
Danielle Withee stated that she collects approximately 1 to 2 hours per storm witch is certainly not near the 15% mark.
Corey Leighton accepting those comments and figures, stated he still believes that when it comes to contracts, Board Members should abstain,
just as his grandfather did with the last Municipal Mowing Contract, and Brenda Clark stating that she abstained with the work on the meeting house roof.
Steven Ingalls stated there should be no financial gain for a voting member.
V. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
Leslie Merrill, requested that we put on the Town’s Web-site that plowing snow in the roads is completely illegal and dangerous.
It also cost the town more money to have to go back out and clean up again when it is done. Diane will see that it is put on the web-site immediately.
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION Noted above
When needed per statue
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:50p.m.
__________________________________Millard Butler (NOT PRESENT)
Minutes are recorded by;