Arlington board approves property sale

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ARLINGTON — An Arlington resident got a pretty good deal on a parcel of land and the town unloaded 4.5 acres and put it back on the tax rolls at its meeting Monday, June 29.

The land at 0 Hawley Mountain Rd. is on the map as 5.6 acres according to a graphical information system measurements but on the town grand list as 4.53 acres.

Town Administrator Nick Zaiac told the board an unsolicited offer for the property came in from Kyle Crofut about two weeks ago.

Zaiac said his research showed the land to have fallen into the town's hands as the result of unpaid taxes.

Zaiac said the amount of taxes owed is $2,029.77 and the town cannot sell it for more than or less than that amount. The town is able to recoup costs and charge a fee, which was determined to be $200 for a total price of $2,229.77.

"We can only sell it for what we have into it," Zaiac said.

The board was eager to divest itself of the forested remote property.

"I'm totally in favor of this," said Board member Cynthia Browning, just before making a motion to accept the offer from Crofut.

"That covers everything we have in it and only what we have in it," said board chair Dan Harvey.

Recreation

The Select Board chose a vendor to buy netting from for the softball field.

As interest has grown in using the fields at the recreation park, the board has put a priority on replacing the netting along the outfield fence along Route 7A in town to prevent balls from flying into traffic.

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Harvey pointed out there have already been two cars hit in just the first weeks of play at the softball field.

The board heard three bids for the netting for $2,109.19, $2,533.60 and $3,880.00.

The middle bid of $2,533.60 from Custom Netting out of Georgia is a better size for the town's needs, which could result in an easier installation and neater appearance, prompting the board to choose it.

When asked, Zaiac said he had a better opinion of the Georgia company's professionalism when dealing with them and they had promised a fast turnaround, helping the board to make up its mind.

The board's motion to purchase the netting included buying the attachments.

The discussion also included the fact that several groups had used the park for games without providing a certificate of liability or paying a small user fee the board has requested.

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"We requested a certificate of liability from day one and they have not provided it," said board member Tim Williams. "I suggest we contact them and if they don't provide it, no softball."

"I know they have it," Harvey said.

The board agreed it needed to be made a priority to have the paperwork in hand before the games could continue.

"We need to make it clear that it has to be channeled through the Select Board office and through Nick," said board member Matthew Bykowski.

Browning agreed.

"Everything goes through Nick," Browning said. "If people don't get their paperwork in, they don't use it."

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Loan approved

The board approved borrowing $125,000 from the town fire truck account in order to meet its obligations in anticipation of tax revenues.

Zaiac said the money, which will be borrowed from the fire truck account in the capital reserve fund, will be paid back with interest.

The fire truck fund was chosen because it had a balance in it sufficient for town needs and there are no plans to spend it this year.

Other

In other business, the board followed up on an earlier discussion about dangerous trees and voted to remove several that were determined to be dangerous and in the right of way.

The board approved awarding a $2,300 bid to Supreme Tree Service of Bennington to take immediate action to take down the trees before they come down in a storm.

The trees are on Warm Brook Road and Red Mountain Road.

The board also approved minor changes to the town plan that were identified as changes to the energy portion of the plan and other housekeeping updates.

The board opened a public hearing but nobody spoke and the board approved the changes unanimously.

The board also voted to accept the resignation of Susan Jennings from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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