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December 7, 2021 - Council Meeting

Updated: May 3

Council Meeting

December 7, 2021

6:00 p.m

Town Hall

101 W North Street


Present: Council Vice President: Cameron Emond Other:

Council Member: Jerry Lietz Sandy Miller

Council Member: Rex Pearson Robert Bellucci

Council Member: Darwin Miller Edwin Buswell

Utility Clerk: Breanna Wood Jared Baer

Clerk Treasurer: Pamela Bennett

Town Attorney Jacob Ahler

Wastewater Superintendent: John Emond

Council Vice President Cameron Emond opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge to the flag.


Wastewater Superintendent John Emond stated that he has been printing off maps of the town to show what is going on under the town. John then presented his MRO report. John stated to the Council that Pamela Bennett had some concern over John spending his own money on projects for the town. Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett responded by saying that what John said was not true. She followed her statement by telling the Council, and John, that all she asked for was for John to bring the project that he had been working on to the meeting. After some disagreement, John presented the Council with a bill for the supplies that he used for the project. John then continued to explain that the leaf and stick issue in Wolcott is a “constant problem.” John explained that he has been working hard at the Wastewater Plant and that he has never refused to work with the Street Superintendent, to pick up the leaves and sticks. John called on Vice President Cameron Emond and asked if Cameron had received a text from him concerning the fact that the Street Superintendent refused to work with him on sticks and leaves. Vice President Cameron Emond responded by saying that he does not remember receiving the text. John then asked if the Council President or Vice President had forwarded the text to any of the other Council Members, to which Cameron Emond responded “no.” John expressed his concern over the Street Superintendent operating the leaf vac and wood chipper on his own. John concluded by stating that he resigns his position, but that he is willing to work through the following day to help with labs. Council Vice President Cameron Emond told John that he would appreciate if he would work the following day. Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett then asked John to put his resignation in writing. John then exited the meeting.


Jared Baer reported that Wayne will be graduating from the academy and will be back to work on Monday December 13th.


Sandy Miller announced that the Wolcott Clinic will be receiving a new backup generator. Sandy also stated that there will be 100 boxes for the food pantry this month. The food pantry will be on Wednesday, December 15th.


Town Attorney Jacob Ahler presented an ARPA ordinance that will give ARPA money to the ambulance department. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a motion to approve the Ordinance. Council Member Rex Pearson second. Motion carried 3-0.


An agreement to rehire Jacob Ahler as the town attorney was presented to the Council. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a motion to approve the agreement. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett told the Council that the printer in her office is not working well and needs to be replaced. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to allow Pamela to spend up to $500 on a new printer. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Council Vice President Cameron Emond presented the November 2021 minutes for approval. Council Member Rex Pearson made a motion to approve the November 2021 minutes. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Council Vice President Cameron Emond presented the November financials for approval. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to approve the financials. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Robert Bellucci announced that there will be a construction meeting on the following day, Wednesday December 8th. Immediately after the meeting, he will be at the construction site to find out why there has been delays. Rob said that he will also obtain commitment for completion of the remaining work to be done.


The Council then discussed how to move forward, now that John Emond had resigned. Due to the Water Superintendent Robert Thomas using his vacation days, John was the only one working that week. The Council decided to ask Robert Thomas to return to work. The Council, in return, decided to pay out Robert for his remaining vacation days. Council Member Daarwin Miller made a motion to pay Robert out for his vacation days. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Town Attorney Jacob Ahler pulled searches for the easement issue between the Anker’s field and the construction site. Jacob stated that the Town owns the easement.


The Council was presented an invoice by Common Wealth. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a motion to pay the invoice. Council Member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Council Member proposed that the Council should hire a part time employee to work on mainly streets. After much discussion, the Council decided to table the issue until they come up with details such as wages, a job description, and hours. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to table the part time employee discussion. Council Member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


The Council discussed giving a donation to the local sorority, Psi Iota Gamma Upsilon. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to donate $500 to the sorority. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Clerk Treasurer Pamela Bennett read aloud a resolution to adopt Robert’s Rules in the Council meeting. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to adopt Robert’s Rules. Council member Jerry Lietz second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


The first reading of the salary ordinance for 2022 was presented. Council Member Jerry Lietz made a motion to approve the Salary Ordinance for 2022. Council member Darwin Miller second the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The 2022 salary ordinance for elected officials. Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to approve the salary ordinance for elected officials. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


A comprehensive development plan from KIRPC was presented to the Council.


The Board of Zoning Appeals discussed jurisdiction over zoning.


Council Member Darwin Miller made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Council Member Rex Pearson second the motion. Motion carried 3-0.





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