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Barrington town board 09/23/09

Meeting:  The Barrington town board met Wednesday, Sept. 23 for one hour and 30 minutes.

Attendance:  All board members were present.  There was 11 members of the public in the audience.

Action:  The Barrington Area Historical Society asked the town board if they could dig up the time capsule buried in 1998 and make a digital copy of the footage of the town hall being installed.  Supervisor Eileen Farnan suggested, and the town board agreed, to get the building committee (which includes Farnan and board member Nate Olney) from that time together to discuss what to do.

• The town board approved transferring $25,000 from the contingency fund over to the salt mixing barn fund.  Farnan explained it would be for the second salt barn.

Discussion without action:  Sue Lange, chair of the planning board, gave an update on the sub division law.  She said the planning board put in three levels of approval; administrative review, major, and minor development.  Lange said not all towns have administrative review.  She said that with this type of review a decision would be made by the planning board within 14 days so as not to stall the process.  She also said the board will continue to meet with Highway Superintendent Steve Wheeler about sections of the proposed law dealing with roads.

• Code enforcement officer Gary Boardman announced he is retiring as of Dec. 31.

• The board tabled decisions on sub division law remarks and revisions to the local wastewater treatment law.

• Boardman also announced the state has sent out a technical bulletin about the use of temporary and permanent greenhouses.  He explained plastic (temporary) greenhouses at a business cannot be used by customers.  Boardman said employees can go into the greenhouse, but cannot be open to “the general public for the sale of products.”  He explained this law has been in effect since 1984.

• The board discussed community hall usage requirements.  Farnan said the insurance agent has some concerns about liability when someone comes to open up and close the building.  Board member Freeman Freeman said if the building will not be used by the community the sign should not read “community center.”

Bids/purchases over $1,000:  The board approved Wheeler to purchase a new mower for $5,990.  Farnan said the insurance money from the previous mower covers almost $5,600 of the cost.

• Wheeler was also authorized to purchase cement blocks not to exceed $3,500.  The blocks will be used in the salt barn to separate mixing from storage.

Upcoming meeting:  The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.  


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