Special Meeting of May 19, 2014 (instead of May 26)
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Chris Herrick, Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble
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.
– Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of May 12, 2014 as written.
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
4. New Business:
A. State Representative Bob Krebs and Lake Champlain Economic Development director Ruth Wallman were present to discuss the H-526 Shoreland bill, passed in the legislature (but currently not yet signed into law)
Some key issues affecting the Lake Champlain shoreland include:
-The law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2014. There is supposed to be a handbook ready before the law goes into effect.
-The law will be enforced by the Agency of Natural Resources.
-There is a 100′ setback buffer from the 95.5′ lake level, and there are rules for development extending back to a 250′ setback. Currently the Town uses 75′ as a setback.
-The Town can defer to the State statutes with State permitting and enforcement, or adopt “functionally equivalent” rules to supersede the State. The Town can also adopt the State standards, then issue permits locally rather than from the State.
-A 100 square feet area can be “developed” within the 100 setback buffer, but will have to be registered with the State with a filing fee.
-On non conforming lots, the State will allow best practices to mitigate runoff and advise on vegetation planning/trimming.
-There will be a Countywide meeting with NRPC on June 26 to help Towns with the situation and understanding the law.
B. Carol Tremble made a motion to allow the Lavin Property Working Group (LPWG) to write an RFP and to solicit commercial appraisers and for the Lavin Property with a report on progress to the Selectboard at the June 9, 2014 meeting. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. In a related matter, the consensus of the Board is to have the LPWG website go live and to link it to the Town website under “community links”.
C. Chris Herrick will ask SHVFD fire chief Kim Julow to come to next meeting to discuss the Fire Warden position.
D. Anne Zolotas will ask the Road crew to sweep sidewalks when they rent a machine to sweep intersections.
E. Carol Tremble made a motion to name a new private road in Town from an application submitted by Eloise Hedbor, Remple Road, (off of West Shore Rd). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The fire dept. and recue will be notified.
5. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: The final iteration of the rights of way letter is complete and will go out to affected landowners.
B. The White’s Beach ordinance was discussed. The final draft is complete and will be warned so it can be adopted as an ordinance.
C. The re-route at White’s Beach was discussed. Since Fairpoint will not move the pole at the East end until after Memorial weekend, the same temporary re-route configuration as in the past will be utilized.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
B. The updated 2014 Town plan is due in September
7. Other Business:
A. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to sign the order #14-24 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the closure of South Street for the July 4, 2014 parade at 11:00 am until the parade is over. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Carol Tremble made a motion to adjourn 8:50 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair