Royalton Selectboard Votes To Pay Off FEMA Debt

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Communities / Sep. 7, 2017 9:05am EDT

By Jo Levasseur

At the Royalton Selectboard’s August 22 meeting, Town Clerk Karmen Bascom spoke about two systems for the online data base of land records.

The two services, Cott Systems and Kofile Technologies, are similarly priced. She will research whether there is a difference in ease of use, or if the system could be changed if it proves unsatisfactory.

She would need extra funding for the clerk’s office to complete the recordings, over a period of several years, and offset by the fees paid to use the on-line system. All new land record filings would be added into the data base when filed.

Bascom explained that the Board of Civil Authority vote of August 7 was to designate the town offices as a polling place for historically low voter turnout elections, such as the August primary, or a single-vote issue. Board member Dreisbach suggested the matter be tabled until next year.

Three VLS students approached the board concerning potential community projects for the VLS Black Students Association and other groups, with the suggestion to paint the underpass on Safford Street, the third time students have proposed that project. The underpass is owned by the railroad, which would need to give permission.

The board suggested they contact the railroad, and if given the go ahead, Ainsworth suggested they might involve the high school art students. Dreisbach recommended writing a letter to the railroad, which the selectboard could endorse.

RPD Report

Royalton PD Officer John Breault presented an administrative assistant job description for filling the vacant position. He reported that the police department has been very busy in the past month, what with the fatal crash, burglaries, and vehicle break-ins at river access spots.

Road Foreman Roger McCrillis discussed a request to cut brush along Lyon’s Road, which, he said is the responsibility of the railroad, not the town. McCrillis will meet with contractors for bids on the tree removal on Gage Road, and consult with contractors on prices for guardrail work needed about town. He reported that the town didn’t meet the threshold for FEMA reimbursement for the July 1 storm.

The Lake Sunapee Bank FEMA line of credit remaining from Tropical Storm Irene is at $213,000. A motion carried to pay off the debt with $173,000 in capital improvement funds from the highway department and $40,000 already budgeted in the general fund.

The board discussed a Waste Water Project Change Order request for manhole covers made with composite materials, rather than cast iron. They questioned the durability of the material, along with the effect on the surrounding pavement, asking for more information.

The board tabled a wastewater hook-up application for a new apartment building proposed for behind the Health Center.

A request for a new computer in the treasurer’s office was approved, as was a driveway access permit, with conditions, for English Road.

Approval also was given for VLS to use the green on October 14 for ceremonies for the installation of the new dean, Thomas McHenry.

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