Regular Meeting of June 10, 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 Chairman Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting on May 13, 2013 as written, seconded by Skip Brown. All so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Jocelyn Smith and Sheriff Ray Allen were present to discuss a situation that occurred in South Hero. A man kicked in the door of a residentâ€™s house at 7:15 am and the Grand Isle County Sheriff Department (GICSD) was called. Since the GICSD was off duty, the call was routed to the state police, and it took approximately 40 minutes for the state police arrive. Jocelyn questioned the response time. It was explained that the GICSD is contracted to the Town for 50 hours/week, which has increased some in the past years, and they do go off duty. Each additional contracted hour will increase the taxes to residents. In the past, there was a State police â€œoutpostâ€ in Grand Isle County, but that is no longer the case. Sheriff Allen will ask the State police to contact his office when a call such as this comes in, as he is usually able to respond to calls even when off duty.
4. New Business:
A. Chapin Spencer and Brian Costello of Local Motion were present to discuss the upcoming bike ferry season through the â€œcutâ€ from Colchester to South Hero. Please see the attached letter from Local Motion for details. Local Motion would like to install signs to route people to the ferry. Jonathan asked if the signs would only be seasonal, and this seems like a good idea to only have signs when the ferry is running. Anne Zolotas made a motion to have local motion put up bike ferry signs on existing sign posts and to contact the Road department to help install new sign posts as located on the â€œProposed Bike Ferry Signageâ€ map, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. All so voted and the motion carried.
B. The contract for the 2013/2014 Grand Isle County Sheriff Department for $94,500.00 was signed as was presented in the Town budget.
C. The warrant for delinquent taxes was signed.
D. The PILOT program, which is payment in lieu of taxes on State owned property in South Hero, was discussed. The listers will look at the valuations and see if they seem reasonable.
E. The goals for the upcoming year were discussed. They are (in no particular order):
-Re-visit the dog ordinance: Skip will review and report back to the Board
–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 (see below for resolution)
–Due to the State health insurance exchange, discuss with VLCT how this will affect the Townâ€™s health insurance
–Consider eliminating invocation before Town Meeting
–Discuss a Town noise ordinance
–Build a wall to create an office for the Zoning Administrator
–Look into obtaining land in South Hero for a future Town center
–Develop employee evaluation procedures
–Discuss parking on Town roads
–Have 2-3 joint meetings with the school board
–Explore the possibility of combining local schools or the supervisory union
–Start the budget process in September and invite anyone who requests money to come to the Board in person.
–Have the State legislators more involved and hear concerns of the Town before the legislative session starts.
F. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the propane contract with Bourne Propane for the Town and school, seconded by Jonathan Shaw. Chris Herrick abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried.
5. Old Business:
A. South Street update: Town appraiser, Ted Nelson does not feel comfortable making right of way appraisals. He will be asked how to proceed.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to make it a policy that the Town Road Department will not work on any private vehicles or equipment in the Town garage with Town employees, seconded by Jonathan Shaw. Anne Zolotas voted no, the others voted yes, and the motion carried. Note that the local towns help each other out with repairs, and municipal or state repair assistance will be allowed.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
B. Mitch will be on vacation from June 19-27, 2013.
7. Other Business:
A. The following people requested to be on the Planning Commission: Carol Tremble, Fred Reuss, Sandra Oâ€™Flaherty, Sandy Gregg and Doug Patterson.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 9:07 pm, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. All so voted and the motion carried.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to exit executive session at 9:32 pm, seconded by Skip Brown. All so voted and the motion carried.
D. Upon exiting executive session, Skip Brown made a motion to appoint Sandra Oâ€™Flaherty and Doug Patterson to the Planning Commission, seconded by Anne Zolotas. All so voted and the motion carried.
– Jonathan Shaw made a motion to adjourn at 9:40 pm, seconded by Skip Brown. All so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair