Regular Meeting of September 9, 2013
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas
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 August 26, 2013 as written. The motion was seconded, all so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Elizabeth Button of Route 2 was present to express her concerns about the centerline rumble strips that VTrans plans to install on some sections of Route 2 after paving it next year. She asked if it can be an agenda item at a future Selectboard meeting. Chris Herrick will see if it will be possible to have a VTrans official come to a meeting and explain the plan. In the meantime, it was suggested that she write to our representatives with the concerns she has.
4. New Business:
A. Jonathan Shaw will be project manager to install a wall in town hall to create an office for the Zoning Administrator. It was suggested that we get 3 estimates from local contractors/carpenters.
B. The highway department has received estimates for paving. Anne Zolotas made a motion to have the highway department pave West Shore Rd. from Lakeview Rd. westerly to the paved section at Branchâ€™s hill and to pave the Potvin Parking lot next to the Folsom Educational and Community Center, with the funds coming from the paving article and the Highway paving budget. The motion was seconded, all in so voted and the motion carried. The Highway department will work around the school schedule for the paving of the parking lot. Lines will have to be painted and it will be coordinated with the fire department and the school. Perhaps the money for lines can come from the school budget or a community service project.
C. Chris read letters for applicants to the Recreation Commission and ZBA. There have only been 2 applicants to the ZBAâ€™s 3 open positions. It has been questioned if the ZBA needs 7 members as it is hard to fill the positions. The Board will ask Tim Maxham, the ZBA Chairman, to advise if he feels that the size of the ZBA should be reduced. The decisions will be made at the next Selectboard meeting on September 23.
D. Chris read letters from 2 residents who are in favor in paving of the dirt roads in town. The last time it there was an informational vote, the percentage was approximately 45% in favor of paving and 55% not in favor of paving. Perhaps there should there be another informational vote at Town meeting.
E. Grannyâ€™s Attic has several shelves of old legal and Vermont statute books that they are unsure of what to do with. There are titles dating back to the early 1900â€™s. The Town does not need these books. It will be up to Grannyâ€™s Attic to donate them to the local museum and/or historical society or to sell them to the public.
F. Anne Zolotas, tree warden, would like to do an inventory of dead trees in the Town right of way. The Town may need to increase the next budget for tree removals.
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. Mitch will be in touch with Evan Detrick to get clarification on what the next steps are.
B. Mitch presented a draft of a new Road ordinance and a draft of Whiteâ€™s Beach Curfew ordinance. It will be reviewed and discussed in the future. Mitch will also check with Northwest Regional Planning to get their input on these drafts.
C. Todd Cox, co-chair of the planning commission was present to discuss the questionnaire the SHIZAC (South Hero Interim Zoning Action Committee) had prepared regarding commercial development in Town. The 6 board member Interim Zoning Committee will review it and get it in its final iteration before mailing. Hopefully it will be ready to send out by the end of this month.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
7. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the order #14-06 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all so voted and the motion carried.
– Jonathan Shaw a motion to adjourn 8:25 pm. The motion was seconded, all so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair