Regular Meeting of November 10, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Chris Herrick, Carol Tremble, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Jonathan Shaw
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Assistant 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.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meetings of October 27, 2014 and November 5, 2014 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
A. Carol Tremble suggested that perhaps the Town should offer a 403-B voluntary retirement plan to the Town employees. She will ask a plan administrator to a future meeting to explain the process.
B. The budget process for 2015/2016 was begun.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South St. project update:The necessity hearing about South Street was discussed. It is hoped that the property owners who have not completed the right of way application will do so in the near future. A condemnation hearing has been scheduled for January 8, 2015 for any property owners who have not signed the agreement.
B. Members of the Board of directors of the CHAMP riding program were present to clarify the request for a real estate tax abatement. They originally stated that since they are an educational program, the State would reimburse the Town for any lost tax revenue. Mitch spoke to VLCT and they do not know about any such program. It was explained that perhaps only the school part of the real estate tax would be abated by the State. The Board requested that the CHAMP organization speak with the listers and also need to identify the process.
c. The “Lavin Property” was discussed. The Lavin Property Working Group (LPWG) has met with the Lavin’s and worked out an agreement for 75 acres of property. A purchase and sale agreement was drawn up. Carol Tremble made a motion that the purchase and sale agreement be amended as discussed, that a deposit of $1000.00 be attached and that the revised agreement be presented to the Lavin’s for signatures. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to appoint Stefan Bumbeck and Thomas Chagnon to the Recreation Commission for a term of 3 years. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
E. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to hire attorneys Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew, PC, at up to $380.00/hour, to defend the tax appeal against the Town in Superior Court brought by Dennis and Charlene Johnson of 479 West Shore Rd., South Hero.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report available in Town Hall for all of the discussion points.
B. Mitch did find they bylaws for the ZBA.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-10 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
1. Anne Zolotas made a motion to enter executive session for legal matters at 8:20 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:45 pm. No action was taken after the executive session
-Anne Zolotas 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