Regular Meeting of January 12, 2015
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Jonathan Shaw, Chris Herrick, Carol Tremble
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. 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 December 22, 2014 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Chris Bowser, Chair of the School Board advised the Board that the walk in freezer at Folsom Educational and Community Center is in need of replacement as well as the walls that surround it due to moisture problems. The total cost will be approximately $40,000.00. Anne Zolotas made a motion to have the Town pay for half of the repair from the Town budget, due to the fact that it is used as the Community Center as well as emergency shelter and will save the residents money in the long run since the school budget portion costs more due to Act 60/68. The half cost is the most that the Town can legally contribute to the repair. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Carol Tremble made a motion to amend the purchase and sale agreement section 9(3) to extend the date for the subdivision time frame between the Town and Martin & Patricia Lavin due to the subdivision process taking longer than expected. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Carol Tremble made a motion to include the following article to be included with the Town Report and to be voted on Town Meeting Day: Will the legal voters of the Town of South Hero authorize the Selectboard to borrow an amount not to exceed $440,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing +/-75 acres of land at 275 Route 2 currently owned by Martin and Patricia Lavin. This amount will be financed over a period of 5 years. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Mike Wickenden of the Recreation Commission was present to ask the Board about a waiver/release to be used for the drivers of the children for the Town sponsored K-4 ski program. The waiver/release will be sent to the Town attorney for review.
5. New Business:
A. Kim Julow, Chief of the SHVFD and Michael Murdock, Chief of the NHVFD, were present to discuss the radios and communications used by the Grand Isle County Mutual Aid Assoc. (GICMAA). Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the GICMAA to amend the current FCC license used by the SHVFD to increase the range and wattage of said license. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South St. project updates: The condemnation hearing held on for January 8, 2015 was discussed.
B. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to hold a special Selectboard meeting at 7:00 pm on January 19, 2015 at Town Hall to finalize the budget before the due date of January 20, 2015. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. The Town budget was worked on.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report in Town Hall for discussion points not outlined in these minutes.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-14 and #15-15and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Petitions for open Selectboard seats, Town Clerk and other elected town officials will be due by January 20, 2015.
C. The Safe Routes to School plan was signed.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into executive session for personnel matters at 8:25 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The executive session was exited at 9:10 pm. No action was taken after the executive session.
-Jonathan Shaw made a motion to adjourn 9:15 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair