Regular Meeting of September 22, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Chris Herrick, Carol Tremble, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas
Board Members Not Present: Jonathan Shaw
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:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of September 9, 2014 as written.
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
A. Evan Detrick, the Town’s consulting engineer from DuBois and King was present to discuss the next steps with the South Street Right of Way (ROW) process. The Selectboard will hold a Necessity hearing, and assuming that the Selectboard issues an order to proceed, the project can go on without further delays. If any landowner has not completed their ROW agreements, then it will be necessary to hold a Condemnation Hearing to fix compensation to the affected property owners. A full briefing on this process is available in Town Hall. The consensus of the Board is to hold the Necessity Hearing on November 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Evan Detrick will be present and Mitch will contact the retained Town attorney from Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew to also attend.
B. Chris Cole and Bruce Nyquist from VTrans were present to discuss the repaint on Route 2 at Peter’s Hill.
They acknowledge that the current pattern is not ideal and have proposed a new pattern, a copy of which is available in Town Hall. If the repaint is not approved soon, it will not happen until the Spring of 2015 as the painting season is coming to a close. Carol Tremble made a motion to approve the new design so the repaint can happen as soon as possible. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. David Hobbs, Chair of the Recreation Commission (RC) was present to discuss having the RC support a ski lesson program for the 1st-4th grade classes at Folsom School as it cannot be a school program. Carol Tremble made a motion to allow the RC to support a ski program under the auspices of the Town for up to 4 afternoons during the school year for the 1st-4th graders at Folsom. Any financial support will come from the RC budget. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: see above
B. The “Lavin Property” and the latest proposal for the Town to buy 30 of the 100 acres was discussed. Mr. Lavin was present and advised the Town that the wetlands study will be completed by next week and that the acreage for the Town to purchase may be negotiable. Mr. Lavin apparently invited Elizabeth Gamache and Dave Halquist of VEC to discuss the proposed solar farm on the property that Mr. Lavin intends to keep. They advised the Selectboard that other properties are being considered and that they hope it can happen in South Hero. 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 Town opposes it, it may not happen in South Hero. Chris Herrick and Carol Tremble will plan to meet with Mr. Lavin soon and will try to report back to the Selectboard by the October 13, 2014 meeting.
C. The Old White Meeting House (Grannies Attic) was inspected by Scott Newman of 106 Associates, Burlington, VT. Mr. Newman specializes in historic preservation. Recommendations were made for its preservation in a Conditions Assessment report. This report was funded by a matching grant from Preservation Trust of Vermont. It appears that further grant money may be available to help with repairs. Anne Zolotas made a motion to apply for $10,000. of 50% matching grant money to be used for roof and foundation repairs. The motion was seconded, Carol Tremble voted no, the others in attendance voted yes, and the motion carried.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report available in Town Hall for discussion points.
B. Ads for the opening in the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and Recreation Commission (RC) were placed in the Islander. So far, there are applications for some of the ZBA positions and none for RC.
C. The “5th Monday” Selectboard agenda on September 29 will be suggested by the Planning Commission and ZBA. Permit fees and forms will be one item discussed.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-07 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the Errors and Omissions on the grand list. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Chris Herrick signed the High Risk Rural Road assessment to allow VTrans to increase signage for West Shore Rd.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to enter executive session at 9:35 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 9:40 pm. Upon exiting executive session Anne Zolotas made a motion to consider the applications received so far for the ZBA. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Carol Tremble made a motion to adjourn 9:45 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair