Special Meeting of October 2, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Sarah Jacoby
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. 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.
3. Public input:
A. Mitchel Cypes, zoning administrator told the Board that Todd Cox, chair of the Planning Commission (PC) plans to resign in early January. He will remain in the area and will be willing to consult on new zoning regulations until he moves in April. The Selectboard will need to advertise for a PC member in November.
4. New Business:
A. At the last meeting, several members of the Gardner family who live adjacent to the school expressed concerns about drainage from the Potvin Parking lot and the impact that it may be having their property. It was explained to the Gardnerâ€™s that the pitch of the land has not changed and that there is an old drainage ditch on their property that has grown up that may be impeding water flow. A motion to postpone paving until a site visit with a water engineer, some Selectboard and Road Crew members and the adjacent landowners was made. This site visit occurred on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The following people were in attendance. SB members: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown, Anne Zolotas, Sarah Jacoby. Also, John Roy, Road Commissioner, Bob Krebs, retired engineer, plus several Gardner family members including, but not limited to: John (Howard), Rachelle, Nancy and David. No decisions were made at the site visit.
Here are some take-aways from that site visit:
-The Gardner land is roughly downhill from most of the land North of Landon Road and the ridge to the east that runs the length of South Street.
-The drainage ditches that were installed many years ago all the way to Route 2, have not been maintained by the Gardner family, and probably not many of the landowners north (downhill) of the Gardenersâ€™. This will cause water to back up and settle in any non-pitched areas.
-John Roy used to farm some of this land and said it was always wet. There are designated wetlands in this area.
-Bob Krebs thinks that the parking lot is probably not causing any drainage issues due to its small size. It is currently impermeable, and he thinks that paving will actually accelerate runoff and lessen the problems with drainage as water will flow away faster.
B. At this meeting, there was much discussion regarding the findings of the site visit, including:
–John (Howard) Gardner does not agree with Bob Krebsâ€™ observations and may retain his own engineer to assess the situation. He would like to have the Town help pay to clean out his familyâ€™s ditches. He was not opposed to paving in the past, but is not in favor of it now.
– Bernadette Toth, who lives across the street, is in favor of paving.
– Tim Maxham thinks that there should be a separate article at next Town Meeting and that money allocated to paving be spent to pave other roads and not the lot.
– Mike Bishop of the School Board says that the school does not have a position regarding paving, but keep in mind that the school building is also the Community Center and that the community uses the lot at least as much as the school. Paving will make it easier to plow and maintain, and since lines could be painted on pavement, it will keep the parking more orderly and safer.
C. A motion was made and approved to not pave the lot, for now, and use the money contracted for paving to pave or surface other roads in Town at the discretion of the Road Department.
C. Sarah Jacoby made a motion to not pave the lot, for now, and use the money contracted for paving to pave or surface other roads in Town at the discretion of the Road Department. The motion was seconded, Jonathan Shaw abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried.
– Sarah Jacoby a motion to adjourn 7:45 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair