Members voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Shelburne and the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) representatives of the town’s police and dispatch employees. The agreement is the result of several months of negotiations between the two sides. With it, employees will be seeing a 4% salary increase during the next two years and a switch to Vermont Health Connect.
As required under the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Ordinance regarding the APC Property Appeal, von Stange made a statement. The owners of the business had demanded his recusal from the environmental court due to his friendship with Ann and Bill Hogan, neighbors of the APC Property. The demand for recusal had been temporarily withdrawn, but APC Property intends to bring it again.
“Pursuant to the town’s ordinance, the standard for recusal in a non-quasi-judicial proceeding is whether the person for whom recusal has been demanded believes he or she can act fairly, objectively and in the best interests of the town. It is not a vote of the other members of the board,” von Stange said, adding that he does not personally have a horse in this race.
He stressed that he is not a member of the environmental court and does not have an inappropriate interest in it, was not part of the Development Review Board (DRB) decision, and he acts only in his role as a member of the Selectboard.
New members Josh Dein and Jerry Storey have joined seasoned members John Kerr, Colleen Parker and von Stange. The board also reappointed the slate of commissions, boards, and committees (CBCs) members wishing to continue their posts.
The board also appointed the first ever poet laureate for the town, Rick Bessette. Von Stange described the post as a wonderful way to increase community involvement in the arts.
An application to the State Revolving Loan Fund for $37,800 was approved. The loan would be used for engineering services related to the $3 million Sewer Capital Improvement bond, which won a majority vote in last November’s special election. The work would be a preliminary step in the process.
The board also approved the adoption of a wastewater policy for high strength waste. While the policy addresses breweries and wineries in particular, there are also concerns about other businesses within the town producing such waste.
The board will hold its annual retreat from 4pm to 7pm on Apr. 16. The location for the meeting is to be determined. During the gathering, members will discuss objectives for the coming year.