Hilltown Youth Performing Arts: Directors Jonathan Diamond, Laura Iverson, Zach Arfa, Larry Sampson discussed new requests to be included in the 2023 lease which were approved.
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Grant: This is a joint grant that was applied for by the towns of Heath and Rowe in the amount of $40,000. Funds will be used to engage services of FRCOG staff for the purpose of designing a through hiking trail and completing the legal agreements of private landowners for trail construction on private property. Grant approved on the condition that the Rowe Select Board also accept the grant and that no Town Coordinator hours be used for administration of the grant.
FY24 Budget Planning Process: Budget hearings for several departments to be scheduled by Hilma. The Board would like a FinComm member to attend with Hilma. Hilma will research Covid-19 funds that are held by the Town or that could be applied for.
If there is need for a Special Town Meeting, it will include an article to transfer money for legal fees and to fund the feasibility study for a new salt shed. The need has not yet been determined.
Appointment with Sheila Litchfield: Sheila read a letter she had written and addressed to the Board. She expressed dismay over the divide in town and her hopes that something can be done to bring the town back together. The Board also voiced concern that, perhaps, not everyone will accept their own responsibility for mending the division between some residents. Sheila responded that she thought the Select Board were responsible to facilitate communication. It was noted by the Board that a public comment time was held during almost every Select Board meeting.
Renaming of the Former Elementary School: The Board explained that the name chosen several weeks prior was selected from a list of suggestions. They picked a name that seemed the most suitable based on the usage of the building. There was never an intention to hurt, belittle or offend anyone in the name that was chosen. Nor was there a desire to chose a name that was pretentious. “Community Center” would be ideal except for the similarity to the Community Hall.
Letter to Residents: The Board Approved the idea of sending out a letter to town residents informing everyone of work and changes that had happened during the previous year. Areas such as status of the town buildings and facilities, the AT&T lawsuit, upcoming goals, and another invitation to offer suggestions for renaming the former elementary school building will be described in the letter. If the letter is prepared be mid-January, it can be mailed with the Town Clerk’s street census forms to save postage.
Rescission of Name: The Board voted to retract the renaming the former school due to concerns expressed by residents.
Salt Shed: A proposal for a feasibility study will be sent to the Highway Superintendent to get his thoughts on the possible use Ch. 90 funds. Hilma will check into the possibility of whether ARPA funds would cover such an expense.
CDBG Grant: The Board requested that Hilma reach out to Brian McHugh to ask about the possibility of applying for a grant to pay for a study of Sawyer Hall.
Town Coordinator’s Report:
Acronyms & References
STM 2023 Truck Handout
ADA Accessibility of Sawyer Hall
SB Public Statement on AT&T Tower