Regular Meeting of April 22, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Sarah Jacoby, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Jonathan Shaw
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk and Mitchel Cypes, Administrative Assistant. Also see sign in sheet.
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by acting Chairman Sarah Jacoby at 7:00 pm.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting on April 8, 2013 as written, seconded by Jonathan Shaw. The motion carried.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the special meeting on April 15, 2013 as written, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Peter Gregg asked about considering televising Selectboard meetings on a cable public access channel. This will be considered in the future.
4. New Business:
A. Animal control officer, Everett Dubuque was present to discuss dogs of seasonal residents, the Seever family of Featherbed Lane. The dogs are registered and vaccinated in their home state of Florida. There was a bite incident in 2012 on their property. The Seeverâ€™s told Everett that they are sorry that it happened, but that the person bitten was not invited on their property when it occurred. The dogs are fenced on their property and when off the property they will keep them on leads. There is a request that if the dogs are to be housed in South Hero for more than 90 days, that they also be registered in South Hero per the Town dog ordinance.
B. Brett Corbin was present to discuss the Grannyâ€™s Attic cupola and roof. An engineer from Engineering Ventures of Burlington came and inspected the building. In his preliminary inspection, he feels that the current structure will need more support to reinstall the cupola. He gave an estimate of $7600.00 to do a full engineering study. Also, as the cupola now sits on the ground there is no way to see the internal structure. It will be examined to see how to get inside of it; whether by removing louvers on 1 side, or raising it on more cribbing. More discussion will follow to decide how to proceed and on grant opportunities. The consensus of the Board is to give Brett a key to the building so that more engineers and contractors can inspect the building.
C. The parking on South Hero town roads was discussed. It is a safety issue if cars are parked on narrow roads, sometimes blocking maintenance or safety vehicles. VLCT will be consulted and other small Townsâ€™ ordinances will be consulted to see if they are adaptable to South Hero.
D. At the last regular meeting, the Chairman asked the board members to bring goals for the upcoming Board year. These goals are listed below in no particular order:
–Speed in forming a committee and rewriting zoning bylaws
-Re-visit the dog ordinance
–Consider having a set starting time for both Town and School meetings on Town meeting day
–Have road crew work 5 days/week during the winter months to help reduce overtime during plowing season
–Develop consistent time sheets for all Town employees
–Look into the work being done in the Town Garage on non town owned vehicles or equipment
–Due to the State health insurance laws, examine how will this affect employee insurance
–Re-visit completely eliminating the invocation before Town Meeting
–Discuss a Town noise ordinance
–Build a wall to create an office for the Zoning Administrator
–Look into obtaining the Lavin property on Route 2 for a future Town center
–Develop employee evaluation procedures
These goals will be discussed and prioritized at a future Selectboard meeting.
E. A motion was made and approved to sign the liquor and tobacco license renewals
E. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to sign the liquor and tobacco license renewals for Apple Island, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
5. Old Business:
A. South Street update: Nothing new since last meeting.
B. The adopted Interim zoning was discussed and will be on the agenda for the 3 Board â€œ5th Mondayâ€ meeting on April 29, 2013.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
7. Other Business:
A. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to go into executive session at 7:55 to discuss legal matters, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to exit executive session at 8:10, seconded by Jonathan Shaw. The motion carried. After exiting executive session, the consensus of the Board is to accept the proposed timeline and have the attorney sign the timeline request for the remediation of the Richardson property.
– Jonathan Shaw made a motion to adjourn at 8:30 pm, seconded by Anne Zolotas. The motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair