Regular “5th Monday” Meeting of June 30, 2014
Folsom Educational and Community Center, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Chairman Chris Herrick at 7:00 pm.
2. First order of Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the orders #14-26B and 15-01 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The meeting was then handed over to Sandy Gregg of the Lavin Property Working Group (LPWG) for the public forum presentation and discussion.
3. Public Forum:
A. Sandy Gregg of the LPWG introduced several Vermont Electric Coop (VEC) officials.
The possible VEC community solar project at the Lavin Property was discussed with a power point presentation. A printout of the presentation is attached to these minutes.
Some facts presented are as follows:
-It was explained that it will be a proposed utility scaled project of approximately 2 Megawatts over a 25 acre parcel.
-VEC plans to sign an assignable lease with the current landowner. No lease payments were disclosed and the lease revenue will go to whoever owns the property.
-This project may go through whether the Town buys the property or not, pending approvals. This property is not the only one in the Islands being considered.
-Solar makes sense in the Islands since the peak demand is in the summer when the solar output is the highest.
-Solar in the Islands will defer future upgrades to transmission lines to the Islands.
-The solar array panels will be approximately 16′ high and the utility plans to screen them as best as possible.
-Some panels will be available for community net metering and some panels will stay with the utility portfolio.
-An environmental assessment of the property is not yet complete.
B. Some residents along South Street received a letter regarding mound systems on the Lavin Property. It was explained that a non-binding scenario is presented to the State to obtain approvals for septic capacity. Once the capacity is known, the parcel can be built up to that capacity.
C. The LPWG is going to give an update to the Selectboard at the July 14, 2014 meeting.
-Jonathan Shaw 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