Regular Meeting of October 13, 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: 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.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-An executive session to discuss personnel matters at the beginning of the meeting will be held.
A. Carol Tremble made a motion to enter executive session for personnel matters at 7:02. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Anne Zolotas made a motion was made to exit executive session. Upon exiting executive session, it was decided to have another deliberative executive session when the regular meeting is over.
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of September 22 and September 29, 2014 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Tim Maxham thanks the Fire Department for putting the Town’s flags at half staff due to the death of Alan Kinney. Chris Herrick asked for a moment of silence in honor of Alan Kinney.
B. Jerry Werle would like reinforcement of zoning decisions. Mitch explained that it has been discussed and several letters of violation are in the works. Mr. Werle also asked about paving and new paving for 2014. The grant money just recently came in this month and there is not enough time to prepare the roads this fall for paving, so paving will be in the spring.
5. New Business:
A. Ruth Wallman, Executive director of the Lake Champlain Island Economic Development office explained that her office administers the Islands Center for Arts and Recreation (ICAR) at Knight Point State Park. She advised that there is a large 60’x80′ tent that is available for functions for Town’s and Groups in the County and that it is underutilized.. ICAR would like a representative from South Hero on the Board of Directors. Chris Herrick said that he may be interested. Carol Tremble made a motion to donate $500.00 to ICAR for the July 4 fireworks, which are the only licensed fireworks in the Islands. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Skip Brown, Anne Zolotas, John Beaulac and John Roy had a meeting with Karen Bates of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources regarding the “better back roads” program. There is grant money available for improving storm water runoff and redoing ditching so sediment/phosphorous does not wash into the Lake. The Road crew will look for areas that may benefit from the grant.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: The necessity hearing for South St. has been warned and the hearing will be on November 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm. On a separate South St. item, a resident proposed the idea of making the intersection of South Street and Landon Rd. a 3 way stop and also installing “unsafe to pass” signs on South Street to a Selectboard member. After discussion, the Board and Road department will look into this idea and see if it a viable option for traffic calming on South Street.
B. The “Lavin Property” was discussed. Chris Herrick and Carol Tremble met with Mr. Lavin and a new proposal for the Town to purchase either 76.6 acres for $450,000. or 68.6 acres for $430,000. It was suggested that the Lavin Property Working Group (LPWG) be reformed and consider both proposals and help develop a purchase and sale agreement.
C. Elizabeth Gamache and Dave Halquist of VEC to discuss the proposed solar farm on the approx. 25 acre property that Mr. Lavin intends to keep and rent to them. They stated that it will be a “green” project that may enhance the Town’s image, and that more electric generation during the peak summer months will soon be necessary as the current wiring is getting close to capacity. If the project goes through, VEC will install infrastructure in the form of some access roadways and some underground wiring vaults that will enhance the value of the remaining Lavin Property. Anne Zolotas made a motion to support the VEC COOP Community Solar project. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Applications for two of the three members of the ZBA were received and have been appointed. No applications for the Recreation Commission have been received. For the ZBA, Tim Maxham suggested that due to the fact that is a 7 member board, and that 3 of the three year terms are up on consecutive years and then 1 term is up every three years, it is hard to get 3 residents to apply/reapply 2 years in a row. Mitch will look into the possibility of changing the bylaws so that 2 terms could be up in alternate years and 3 terms the other year.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report available in Town Hall for discussion points.
B. Mitch will look into the permits for the Cota propane service on Ferry Rd. to see if there are violations to the zoning permit.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-08 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to enter executive session for personnel matters at 8:35 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:50 pm. Upon exiting executive session, Anne Zolotas made a motion to raise the pay of the road crew to be more in line with the pay of the road crews across the County. Edward Wendel and Peter Rousseau will be raised to $18.00/hour and John Beaulac will be raised to $21.50/hour. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 8:55 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair