Regular Meeting of May 13, 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 Jonathan Shaw at 7:00 pm.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting on April 22, 2013 as written, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
–Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the 5th Monday meeting on April 29, 2013 as written, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Jessica Bolduc of the Green Mountain Athletic Assoc. was present to ask the Board to allow South Street to be closed for the Clarence Demar run. Anne Zolotas made a motion to close South Street on Saturday July 6, 2013 from 8:30-9:00 am from Folsom School to just south or Whipple Road, seconded by Sarah Jacoby. The motion carried.
B. David Hobbs, chair of the Recreation Commission was present to discuss the Town mowing a single swath around the inner and outer perimeter of the new trail at the South Hero Recreation Park. Audience member Glen Wright volunteered to mow this swath approximately 3 times/year. Thank you!
C. Representatives from Nunez Electric LLC were present to ask if the Selectboard had objections to installing solar trackers on the Shapiro property at 320 South St. The Board has no objections, so Sarah Jacoby made a motion to have Board Secretary, Skip Brown write a letter of acceptance of the project and email it to the Public Service Board, seconded by Skip Brown. The motion carried.
D. Tim Maxham wants to thank the Road crew for the ditching job on Whipple Rd. He also asked if some school volunteers will sweep sand and pull weeds from the sidewalks along Route 2, as the State doesnâ€™t appear to do this anymore.
4. New Business:
A. John Roy, Road Commissioner, and John Beaulac, Road foreman, were present to discuss some items. They are opposed to working five 8 hour days during the winter instead of four 10 hour days as they do now. Various reasons were given by the road crew and several residents in the audience. As for working on other Town residentsâ€™ vehicles and equipment, they feel that it is a community service for the people who bring things for repair. Some concerns appear to be: Perhaps a log of such repairs should be kept. Is it open to any Town resident? Also, is it a liability to the Town? These items will be discussed in the future.
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 will form a committee consisting of members from the PC, ZBA and Selectboard (SB) including himself (PC), Jonathan Shaw (PC & SB), George â€œTerryâ€ Delano (PC), Paula Delano (ZBA), Skip Brown (SB), and he would like one other member of the ZBA, to be decided soon. He would also like to see a citizenâ€™s advisory â€œsteeringâ€ committee of residents to conduct surveys and get a sense of what the residents in the Town would like to see for commercial development. 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.
5. Old Business:
A. South Street update: Nothing new since last meeting.
B. Animal Control officer Everett Dubuque was asked by the Townâ€™s attorney in the Marinelli nuisance dog appeal to give a deposition. Everett asked if the attorney could meet him in South Hero. The Board feels that perhaps this is not necessary and that perhaps a phone conference could be arranged instead. Anne will discuss this with Everett and see if it can be arranged.
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. There will not be a Selectboard meeting on the 4th Monday, May 27, 2013, which is Memorial Day.
– Sarah Jacoby made a motion to adjourn at 9:15 pm, seconded by Anne Zolotas. The motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair