JAY – The Selectboard readdressed two warrant articles from last week’s budget meeting.
The town’s administrative ordinance states that the board must act with a quorum of three members. The board must act by majority vote and if only three members are present at a meeting then they must vote unanimously.
At the Feb. 2 budget meeting a board member was absent, meaning all decisions had to be made unanimously for action to be taken. Two warrant articles, Paving Capital Reserve and Curbside Collection, passed 2 – 1, but are technically invalid because the vote was not unanimous.
The board voted again Monday evening with all four members present, passing both articles 3 – 1.
The Selectboard unanimously approved Jay resident Stacy Greenleaf’s sewer abatement of $314.16. Because her winter quarter reading was more than 20 percent higher than the average of the past three quarters she was able to request a modified billing format to determine her sewer fee.
There are three properties that are in danger of being foreclosed because of unpaid taxes or sewer. Town manager, Shiloh LaFreniere believes that two of the properties will be able to pay in full by the March 3 deadline, but thinks an apartment building who she’s had no luck contacting will be foreclosed.
If there are any foreclosed properties the board will discuss possible actions to take on their March 8 meeting.
The town is currently taking bids for replacing the town office generator. So far they have received two bids, and may have a third tomorrow. The bids are due by Feb. 17.
Board member Gary McGrane suggested the town look into getting a solar powered battery for the office. McGrane cited the 26 percent federal tax rebate as a strong incentive for looking into going green.
The town office is getting an energy audit that will specify how much energy they are using which will help them make a decision on what path to take regarding their back up energy.
Unfortunately, because of limited time in the classroom the RSU 73 art contest didn’t work out this year. This left the town report cover blank.
Lisa Bryant, the town Finance Director designed a few logos for the board to choose from.
For the back cover the board decided to go with #AndroStrong logo that was designed by K&J Couture Designs after the Verso mill explosion last year.
The inside cover will feature the recipients of the Spirit of America award.