Regular Meeting of August 25, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble
Board Members Not Present: Chris Herrick
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.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of August 11, 2014 as written.
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Sean Fallon of VELCO was present to advise the Town that there will be line and pole work done west of South St. during the winter of 2014-2015. He asked if the Roy Marsh Trail could be used for access for some of the work. Since the State Fish and Wildlife department actually own the trail, and the Town is just a leaseholder, it was suggested that he contact the State for permission. He will also speak to the Road Commissioner and Road foreman to get more information about access.
B. Rick Bellows of John Stark Rd. was present to discuss the fact that he feels that the revised painting on Route 2 is making it unsafe to turn onto and off of the road. Chairman Chris Herrick wrote a letter to Senator Mazza to ask him to get involved with VTrans to review the revised painting. Should any changes be made, VTrans will be asked to hold a public hearing on the matter.
C. Sandy Gregg said that the “STOP” sign at Kibbe Farm Rd. onto Kibbe Point Rd. is faded and illegible. Anne Zolotas will ask the road dept. to change it. Also, there is a matching grant available from the Historic Preservation that may help pay for some work on the Old White Meeting House. Possible funding will be discussed at a future meeting.
D. Martin Lavin was present to advise the Town that he is cancelling the offer to sell the 100 acre property to the Town. He will instead offer to sell the Town 30 acres with 4000 gallons of septic capacity. He intends to keep 70 acres. This matter will be discussed at the next meeting and how to proceed will have to be decided.
E. James Montani was present to discuss the 2013 planning and zoning decisions that state that the owners of Keeler Bay Campground and Marina put up a fence or shrub barrier to screen noise and sight. There is a dispute where this barrier should be located. It is not really a Selectboard matter and he should try to resolve the issue.
5. New Business:
A. Carol Tremble made a motion to set the tax rates as follows: $0.2784 municipal, $1.3753 Homestead and $1.478 Non-residential. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: Evan Detrick has begun meeting with some residents. It is hoped that a Board member can be present for the meetings.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report available in Town Hall for discussion points.
B. The “Welcome to South Hero” sign will have to be moved off the Fish and Wildlife property should a decision to re-route Featherbed Lane occur. Since the sign was put up by the defunct local Rotary Club, the ownership of the sign needs to be determined before any decision of where to put it happens.
- Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-05 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. There will be positions open for the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Recreation Commission. Mitch will write ads and submit them to the Islander.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 8:30 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair