Regular Meeting of April 14, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble (left at 8:00pm)
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 5th Monday meeting of March 31, 2014 as written.
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Town appraiser, Ted Nelson was present to explain that the listers need more time for the Town wide re-appraisal. Anne Zolotas made a motion to send at letter to the State to ask for a 45 day extension of the re-appraisal period. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. New Business:
A. The VTrans hearing regarding the intersection of Routes 2 and 314 that occurred on March 11, 2014 was discussed. VTrans was invited to the Selectboard but did not attend the meeting. They did send a letter dated April 11, 2014 with their findings from this hearing. Note that VTrans had 30 days to respond to the hearing. Copies of this letter (attached) was distributed to interested parties in attendance at this meeting. It was suggested that any concerns regarding VTrans response to the hearing be directed to Senator Richard Mazza, who represents this district and is also the Chairman of the State transportation committee. VTrans officials will again be invited to a future meeting.
5. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: A letter prepared by Evan Detrick to be sent to landowners for Right of way easements was discussed. As soon as the State signs off on the values, the letter will be sent out.
B. Several of the following goals for the upcoming Selectboard session were discussed. They are (to date and in no particular order) with comments on the ones discussed:
–Try to fast track the work on South Street: That is hard to do since State and Federal dollars are involved.
-Work on traffic calming for Route 2
-Update the dog ordinance
–Get a park and ride in South Hero: Possible sites were discussed. The old “salt shed” property north of Rte. 314 was discussed, but seems a little too far north to be a viable location. Chris will talk to Mark Naud about reviewing the area near the Fish and Wildlife access near Featherbed Lane.
–Complete the White’s Beach ordinance: The Board discussed the draft that has been drawn up by Mitch. It was edited and will be redone and discussed again at the next meeting.
–Complete the updated Road ordinance: The draft was discussed. Apparently there are now separate traffic ordinance and a separate road ordinance. More information needs to be obtained before deciding if they can be combined into one ordinance.
–Update the Town’s computers and anti-virus software: This was discussed again. As the Town computer uses Windows XP, it needs to be taken off line so it is not susceptible to a virus. Skip will touch base with Mike Wickenden to look into moving this along and also to look into a data projector.
C. The re-route at White’s Beach was discussed. Until Fairpoint moves the pole at the East end, the road will not be permanently rerouted. If the pole is not moved by Memorial weekend, the same temporary re-route configuration as in the past will be utilized.
D. The invocation before Town Meeting was discussed. Several members in attendance are in favor of it remaining as has been done in the last 2 years. The consensus of the Board is to leave it as is now before the meeting is actually called to order.
E. The Lavin Property was discussed. Money for an appraisal was not budgeted, but an appraisal will still be done before the November Town vote. In order to be done in time, the actual appraisal may have to be done as early as July.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
B. West Shore Rd. has been deemed a “high risk rural road”. Skip Brown made a motion to have Mitch prepare a grant application that may get the Town an inspection and result in more signage at no cost to the Town. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
7. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the order #14-21 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to sign the liquor license application for Blue Paddle Bistro. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into executive session to discuss legal matters at 9:00 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Anne Zolotas made a motion to exit executive session at 9:25 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Upon exiting executive session, Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the trail easement at the old rail bed at West Shore Rd. (former Rocheleau property). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 9:35 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair