Starksboro appoints residents to town offices

STARKSBORO — The Starksboro selectboard at its March 11 meeting reorganized its board and appointed residents to several town positions.
The selectboard nominated and approved Susan Jeffries to be the body’s chair. Selectboard members also approved the following appointments: Wayne Marcelle, poundkeeper; Tom Estey, tree warden; Susan Reit, representative to the Addison County Solid Waste Management District; and Michael Gray, town service officer.
The selectboard appointed itself to the roles of fence viewers; inspectors of lumber, shingles and wood; and weighers of coal.
At that meeting, the selectboard listened to testimony from members of Friends of the Jerusalem Schoolhouse about possible future projects to improve the building. These ideas include building a wheelchair ramp, upgrading electrical wiring and installing a firewall between the schoolhouse and fire truck storage area.
The selectboard agreed that the ramp and electrical upgrades were worth pursuing.
At the March 11 meeting, the selectboard said the town is looking into available grants for stormwater infrastructure, to alleviate drainage problems on town property.
At the April 11 meeting, the selectboard discussed where to site a new town garage. A possible site is the gravel pit area that is no longer being mined for gravel.
The board also reviewed what properties still had delinquent taxes, and discovered that many of the properties more than one year delinquent were mobile homes. The board noted that the current town policy is to exclude mobile homes from tax sales, which does not give owners incentive to pay their taxes.
Selectman Matthew Norris said the town should make a deal with a local scrap metal dealer to remove mobile homes purchased at a tax sale as soon as the redemption period expires.
At that meeting, resident Kerry Kurt also asked the selectboard to permit her to graze her cattle on the site of the gravel pit. Kurt said she could not afford to pay grazing fees, but her cattle would help reclaim the land. Selectman Peter Marsh said the board is amenable to the idea, but it depends where the town decides to site the new garage. The board did not take any action on Kurt’s request at that time.
The following are the real estate transfers recorded at the town office in the last nine months of 2013 in which money changed hands:
•  April 1, 2013, Addison County Community Trust to Vickie Celia, a Commodore 1988 mobile home at 55 Dove Lane for $2,000.
•  April 15, 2013: Patrick and Audee Hendee to Stanley Jennings, a home at 233 States Prison Extension for $63,690.
•  April 17, 2013: Alan and Nancy Norris to Kelly and Kathleen Norris, 228.6 acres off Route 17 for $309,941.
•  May 15, 2013: William Mitchell to Thomas Acquaviva, 17.3 acres and home at 157 Tyler Bridge Road for $385,000.
•  May 31, 2013: Gregory Ranallo to Ian Graham, a home on 8.5 acres at 721 Ireland Road for $182,500.
•  June 3, 2013: Jason and Sarah Hill to Barry and Amy Murphy, a home at 220 Varney Hill Road for $257,000.
•  June 18, 2013: Samuel Blagden to The Aldo Group, unspecified open land at 4839 Route 17 for $200,000.
•  June 18, 2013: Craig and Sarah Tresser to Jesse and Sarah Haven, a home on 3 acres at 1819 Big Hollow Road for $232,474.
•  July 1, 2013: Vermont Housing Finance Agency to Helen Rounds, a mobile home at 84 Elm Lane for $28,500.
•  July 15, 2013: Lexa Merrill to Mary Landon, a home on half an acre at 247 States Prison Hollow Road for $118,000.
•  Aug. 2, 2013: Richard and Rachel Goodro to Petrus and Andra Lemnah Kydd, a mobile home on 3.83 acres at 2167 Route 17 for $118,000.
•  Aug. 7, 2013: Donald Dolliver to Trixie James and Christian Zeno, a sugar house on 115 acres at 1080 Browns Hill Road for $450,000.
•  Sept. 11, 2013: Fecteau Homes to Leatrice Saunders, a mobile home at 105 Hidden Acres for $42,750.
•  Sept. 30, 2013: Ryan and Regina Crowley to Richard Desmarais, a home on 16.6 acres at 52 Route 116 for $210,000.
•  Oct. 30, 2013: Spencer Crispe to Nobel Tree Farm, a 4-acre camp on Brown Hill Road for $17,000.
•  Nov. 5, 2013: National Bank of Middlebury to David Rockwood III, a home on 8.6 acres at 122 Fat Mountain Drive for $125,000.
•  Nov. 8, 2013: Lee Strobridge to Erik Vose, a home on 5.98 acres at 134 Mason Hill Road for $195,000.
•  Nov. 25, 2013: Rebecca Brown and Marni Williams to Joyce Dicianna, a home on 10.37 acres at 1401 Route 17 for $240,000.
•  Nov. 25, 2013: Vermont Housing Finance Agency to Delton Whitaker and Cynthia Martell, a mobile home at 38 Dogwood Lane for $28,000.
•  Dec. 16, 2013: Vermont High Performance Manufacturing to Dawn Moultroup, a modular home at 5084 Big Hollow Road for $78,262.
•  Dec. 23, 2013: Yankee Forest LLC to Maple Timber LLC, 96 acres near Brown Hill Road for $174,000.
•  Dec. 30, 2013: Christian and Trixie Zeno to Corey Shepard and Logann A. Roberge, a home on 3.05 acres at 357 Big Hollow Road for $75,000.
•  Dec. 31, 2013: Irwin Krakoff and Rosemary Mackey to Harry and Julie Sopher, a home on 75 acres at 276 Jim Dwire Road for $555,000.

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