â€œ5th Mondayâ€ Joint Meeting of April 29, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Sarah Jacoby, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas
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 Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm.
2. Public input:
A. Kim Julow from the SHVFD was present to discuss some fire station issues:
-There is a need to update some wiring in the fire station, and she had and estimate from DC Energy solutions to do the job. After review of the estimate and some discussion, Anne Zolotas made a motion to spend up to $4238.00 to do the necessary work, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
-Kim asked about the status of the overhead door that was approved in the past. It is understood that a man door option in the door is not feasible. Jonathan Shaw was working on that and will be asked for a status update when he returns.
-Kim asked if the parking lot can be swept. Anne Zolotas will ask the road department about doing this.
-There is a problem with parking in front of the fire station when the Blue Paddle Bistro is operating. Kim inquired about painting yellow diagonal lines in the parking lot to delineate no parking areas. She will lay out the area to mark off, and it will be looked into further
4. New Business:
A. Bob Buermann and Mike Guernsey of NRPC were present to discuss the legislative bill #H526 Shoreline Zoning bill that has passed the State House and is now in the Senate. Bob and Mike suggested that NRPC could help work on some language for all of Grand Isle and Franklin Counties to consider when drafting South Hero zoning language. State House representative Bob Krebs also added some insight to the discussion. If passed as now written, local laws have to be in place by 2015, or State rules will apply. It is his understanding that the bill will be delayed in the Senate and there will be up to 5 public hearings around the State during this summer. The Board feels that some assistance from NRPC would be helpful.
B. The interim zoning and how to move forward with updating the Zoning Bylaws was discussed. Todd Cox, Chair of the Planning Commission (PC) was present to discuss how the PC Board is charged with updating the Zoning Bylaws. He would like to see a committee of approximately 6 people in total, with approximately 2 members each from the Selectboard, PC and ZBA. The final number in the committee will depend on how many people will volunteer for the extra work. The question was asked if non board members should also be on the committee. The answer is that a committee of more than 6 can get unwieldy and that the meetings will be open to the public, and that public input will be appreciated. Todd will check to see how to warn such committee meetings. The current method for approving any changes in the Zoning Bylaws are as follows: A committee will make recommendations, and then the PC will write the new wording, with help from NRPC and VLCT as necessary. They will then hold a warned public hearing. Once approved at the PC level, the Selectboard will hold a warned public hearing. If agreed upon, the Selectboard may vote to adopt the new regulations.
C. The various Board appointment policies were discussed. When PC, ZBA and Recreation board vacancies will become open, an ad will be posted in the Islander, on the web site and other online sources, and posted in various spots in Town approximately 60 days before the vacancy. Any citizen and incumbent Board members can apply for the vacancy and applications will be reviewed. New Board members will be appointed by the Selectboard.
5. Old Business:
A. Anne gave an update on the Grannyâ€™s Attic cupola project. Brett Corbin has had another company look into the matter with favorable news. He will be applying for a grant to help with funding.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
B. Mitch would like to update the wording on the zoning permit applications. The Board feels that he should discuss any wording updates with the ZBA, PC, Listers and Town Clerk.
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn at 8:35 pm, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair