Regular Meeting of December 8, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Jonathan Shaw, Chris Herrick, Carol Tremble
Board Members Not Present: none
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.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meetings of November 24, 2014 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Jeff Sikora was present to discuss the fact that the Lavin Property subdivision proposal is a major subdivision rather than a minor subdivision and cannot be completed before February, due to the fact that it is commercial. Since the purchase agreement stipulates that the subdivision is to be completed by January 15, 2015, Mr. Sikora will get Mr. Lavin to grant an extension.
B. Mary Wilmuth of the CHAMP organization was present to discuss the fact that she has not yet met with the listers to inquire about the possibility of a real estate tax abatement, but that she plan to complete an application and do it in the near future.
5. New Business:
A. David Hobbs, Chairman of the Recreation Commission presented the budget request. They propose level funding.
B. John Beaulac and John Roy presented the Road department budget request. Labor cost and winter road salt appear to be the largest increases in the request. Town got grant money for paving, but it was too late to use this year. South Street from Rt. 2 to Landon will take the bulk of the paving money.
C. Ray Allen, Sr. presented a request that the Town continue to pay for Workers comp and utilities for South Hero Rescue. Chris Herrick suggested that the Town should consider budgeting for 3 personal carbon monoxide detectors that can be carried on rescue calls.
D. Sheriff Ray Allen, Jr. presented the budget request for the Grand Isle Sheriff. He proposed a level hourly rate, but asks that the Town (and all Grand Isle County Towns) increases the hours so that there can be police presence 7 days a week. He also showed a drone that was purchased to use for search and rescue operations. The drone includes a real time camera as well as a heat seeking camera.
E. Carol Tremble made a motion to re-appoint Chris Herrick as Health Service Officer. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
F. Carol Tremble will review the audit done for the Town.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South St. project updates: The condemnation hearing has been scheduled for January 8, 2015 for any property owners who have not signed the right of way agreement. The meeting will be warned and letters will go to the affected landowners.
B. The landfill post closure plan was discussed. Mitch will review any steps outlined in the plan and report back to the Board.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report in Town Hall for discussion points not outlined in these minutes.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-12 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The listers requested file cabinets to replace some broken ones. Carol Tremble made a motion to spend up to $1000.00 for fireproof file cabinets. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Petitions for open Selectboard seats, Town Clerk and other elected town officials will be due by January 20, 2015.
-Jonathan Shaw made 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