Regular Meeting of September 23, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas (left for approx. 45 minutes at 7:45 for a rescue call), Sarah Jacoby (arrived at 7:10).
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 Chairman Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm.
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of September 9, 2013 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Bob Buermann of the SHIZAC group was present to discuss the community survey that is being prepared for mailing. The consensus of the Board is to send it out to South Hero residents as Postal Patron mail and to non-resident landowners as label mail. The survey will also be available online.
B. Jerry Werle was present to ask questions and discuss a few items:
-He asked if the Board contacted the State about Route 314 and if it can be widened and be made safer for cars and cyclists? Chris Herrick said that a VTrans official will be invited to a future meeting about several concerns that the Town has regarding State roads through Town.
-He would like to thank the Road crew for the work done at the intersection of West Shore Rd. and Rte. 314.
-He also questioned the decision of the Board to allow the Road crew to pave the Potvin parking lot at Folsom School and Community Center. See below for more parking lot discussions.
C. Several members of the Gardner family who live adjacent to the school have concerns about drainage from the Potvin Parking lot and think that it may be impacting their property. It was explained that the pitch of the land has not changed and that there is a drainage ditch that has grown up that may be impeding water flow. Sarah Jacoby made a motion to postpone paving until a site visit with a water engineer, some Selectboard and Road crew members and the adjacent landowners can be set up. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Sarah will try to get this site visit set up for the very near future.
D. Mike Wickenden of the Recreation Commission was present to discuss the re-route of West Shore Rd. at Whiteâ€™s Beach. He prepared a petition and currently has over 135 signatures in favor of making the re-route permanent. The Board would like some firm costs to re-route the road and move a power pole. They also suggested that after a firm cost is obtained that perhaps a petition worded as an article for Town Meeting be prepared. Chris thanked Mike for all his volunteer work in helping with the Town website and computer issues.
E. Sandy Gregg questioned the Board about the furnace in the lower level of Grannyâ€™s Attic. Even though is old, it has recently been cleaned and inspected and deemed safe.
4. New Business:
A. Ruth Wallman of the Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Isle Economic Development Co. was present to discuss a draft of economic goals and strategies for Franklin and Grand Isle counties that has been prepared. The Stateâ€™s new Health insurance exchange was also discussed. The Town will have to join the exchange and Ruth explained that Sherrie Potvin in her office is a â€œnavigatorâ€ who may be able to assist the Town in planning for the new plans.
B. The price for garbage stickers is set to rise on October 1st for the first time in 3 years. Chris Herrick asked to review the contract and also see if other carters would like to bid on doing this service. Please note that the Town offers this service as a convenience and that other methods of trash pickups are available.
C. David Hobbs, Chair of the Recreation Commission submitted a letter asking to increase the size of the hands on Recreation Commission to 7 members since enough people have applied to make up 7 members now. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to increase the size of the Recreation Commission to 7 members. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Sarah Jacoby made a motion to appoint Eoana Sturges, Nancy Franz, Karin Ames and Carol Tremble to the Recreation Commission. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the bid from Cedar Ledge Builders to build a wall to separate the entry way and make an office for the zoning administrator. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Jonathan Shaw will coordinate this.
E. Anne Zolotas, tree warden, will do an inventory of ash trees in the Town right of way. The emerald ash borer will kill ash trees if they come to this area. Apparently Grand Isle County as a high percentage of ash trees, and it will be costly to remove many dead trees. The Town may need to increase future budgets for tree removals and these funds should perhaps be put into the Highway Department budget so they are able to be rolled over for use when the need is greatest.
F. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to appoint Paula Delano and George Rice to the ZBA. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. There are now still only 6 out of 7 ZBA positions filled. Another ad will go out to request letters of intent to be on the Board. Skip mentioned that there were a few people who emailed about being on the Board, but never submitted letters of intent. He will reach out to them and see if they are interested in following through.
G. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to cancel the 5th Monday joint board meeting on September 30, 2013. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
5. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: Waivers for right of way easements were discussed. Vermont AOT has reviewed the language and has updated them.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
B. Mitchel Cypes has been working on a municipal planning grant. There is no match needed up to $8,000. The board asked that the grant application be kept under $8,000. Skip Brown will be the Town Official who will submit the grant application.
7. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the order #14-07 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
– Jonathan Shaw a motion to adjourn 9:10 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair