Regular Meeting of January 13, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Sarah Jacoby
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 December 16, 2013 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Mike Bishop, chairman of the school board was present to discuss the capital improvements that need to be done to Folsom Educational and Community Center. Drainage issues have caused problems and it needs to be addressed before further damage occurs. The exact figures are not available, but a separate bond article for improvements to the drainage and building will be put to the voters. It was suggested that the school board look into whether or not all of the funds need to be part of education expenses, as these funds cost more than dollar for dollar due to Act 68.
4. New Business:
A. State Representatives Bob Krebs and Mitzi Johnson were present to discuss items during the upcoming legislative session. Mr. Krebs advised the Board about the shoreline preservation bill that passed the house and is now being discussed by the senate. He suggested that South Hero’s shoreline zoning is not strong enough, and that perhaps if the Town passes a stronger ordinance it may supersede the possible State bill, if it is passed. Ms. Johnson discussed some of the upcoming fiscal items for this session. She explained why the Town is a “gold town” in regard to education taxes. Act 68 has caused the Town to send many millions of dollars to the State since it was adopted, while other towns have received millions of dollars. Unless there is a challenge to the State supreme court to overturn the ruling that caused this method of funding, there is no chance of a change in the near future.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to continue with rolling reappraisals with a review after 5 years. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Duffy’s Waste and Recycling, Inc (aka Duffy’s) has notified the Town of South Hero that they will stop providing sticker trash service effective February 1, 2014. The Town is contracting with Gauthier Trucking Co. Inc. (aka Gauthier’s) to continue the sticker service in the Town, but there will be some changes: The new service with Gauthier’s will be on Mondays rather than Wednesdays. The date of the 1st pick-up is February 3, 2014. For now, the new stickers will be available at Town Hall and the price per sticker will be $3.85/30 gallon bag for garbage and $1.85/30 gallon bag for recycling.
D. The Parent Child Center was going to hold a road race on June 14, 2014. Due to a conflict, the new date will be June 7, 2014. The Board does not have a problem with the date change and the previous motion will apply to the new date.
E. The Town Highway Mileage Certification was signed.
5. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: Values for rights of way were discussed. Mitch will contact Evan Detrick to get clarification on the next steps.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
7. Other Business:
A. Sarah Jacoby made a motion to sign the order #14-14 and #14-15 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. There are two Selectboard seats coming up for election in 2014. Petitions for candidates to be placed on the ballot have to picked up at Town Hall and turned in by January 27, 2014 to be considered.
C. Petitions for articles to be included in the Town report have to be submitted by January 22, 2104. The Town Meeting informational session is on March 1st, 2014.
-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