Regular Meeting of April 8, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, 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 Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting on March 25, 2013 as written, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the special meeting on March 25, 2013 as written, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
3. Public input:
4. New Business:
A. Minner Hobbs of the South Hero Land Trust (SHLT) was present to discuss the Conservation easement of Sawyer Bay Farm in cooperation with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT). The farm consists of 183 acres. The SHLT has found farmers who plan to rent the land this growing season, and hopefully own the land by the end of the year. The SHLT supplied a handout to explain the easement, which is attached. Anne Zolotas made a motion to have the Chairman sign a letter of support for the project, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
B. Jocelyn Smith of the newly formed citizen group Smart Growth South Hero (SGSH) was present to discuss the fact that, in their opinion, the Townâ€™s zoning regulations do not appear to meet the goals of the Town Plan adopted in 2009. See the attached written report for discussion points. She asks the board to consider adopting interim zoning to give the Townâ€™s planning and Zoning boardsâ€™ time to review this. Catherine Dimitruk of the NRPC was present to discuss how this is handled. After discussion, Jonathan Shaw made a motion to have a special Selectboard meeting to discuss interim zoning on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00pm, with the location to be decided, seconded by Anne Zolotas. The motion carried. After the Selectboard meeting, it was determined that the special meeting will be in the Folsom School and Community Center gym.
C. There was a discussion of how appointed Board vacancies are handled. In the future, upcoming Board vacancies will be posted approximately 2 months before the vacancy occurs. The Selectboard will interview and appoint Board member applicants, including incumbent board members should they choose to apply for the Board position again. In the event of an immediate vacancy, the Selectboard may appoint a person to fill the vacancy as soon as possible without any posting necessary.
D. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to extend the Dubois and King consulting contract for South Street, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
E. Sarah Jacoby made a motion to sign the liquor license renewal for Blue Paddle Bistro and the liquor and tobacco license renewals for Islands Beverage and Redemption, seconded by Anne Zolotas. The motion carried.
5. Old Business:
A. South Street update: A sample â€œWarranty Deed of Easementâ€ was produced and discussed. The State is looking into the verbiage, and hopefully they will be sent out in the near future.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
7. Other Business:
– Jonathan Shaw made a motion to adjourn at 9:20 pm, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair