Regular Meeting of July 13, 2015
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Christopher Herrick, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble
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 Herrick at 7:00 pm.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of June 29, 2015 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. David Hobbs was present about the grant to put a flashing pedestrian crossing beacon on Route 2 at South St. The estimated total cost is approx. $14,000.00, so the Town portion would be approx. $2800.00, plus engineering costs estimated at $500.00 not included with the grant. Carol Tremble made a motion to have a letter of support from the Selectboard written and to apply for the grant. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Jerry Werle asked about the Cota propane business at 33 Ferry Rd. Mitchel Cypes has been working with the Cotas’ and stated that they are in the process of moving. They are already past a timeline may have a violation written. The tank truck on 1 Ferry Rd. is empty and can stay there, as there appears to be no violation for parking a moveable vehicle, even if there is a business name on it.
C. The striping on Route 2 was discussed. VTrans is aware of the problem and plans to make changes, but no timeline has been presented to the Town. Chairman Herrick also noted that he asked VTrans about a crosswalk near Apple Island Resort and the possibility of banning parking on the west side of Route 2 by the “crick” curve.
D. Terry Delano, co-chair of the PC stated that there were a few suggested changes to the Town Plan at the July 1 PC hearing, and that the updated plan is on the website and is ready for the August 10, 2015 Selectboard hearing.
5. New Business:
A. Kris Bowser, chair of the School Board, was present to give a quarterly update to the Board. She advised that Act 46 may have repercussions for the school, but those actions are not known at this time. There will be some meetings over the summer and more will be know at a later date. Right now, Folsom has the lowest per-pupil spending in the County. There is a new GISU Superintendant. Discussions with the community library about security is ongoing.
B. Chairman Herrick and Bill Baron, chair of the Grand Isle Selectboard have been in touch and may research how the 2 towns can combine some services.
C. The Town Audit report was discussed. The current auditor examined the records in November, but did not present a report until June. Board member Carol Tremble is a CPA and suggested that it is good business practice to change auditors occasionally and to have them present the report directly to the Selectboard. She will get a list of other auditors and suggest language for a contract so the audit can be put out to bid.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street project updates: Nothing new to report for the section from Landon to Martin Roads.
-The Town has begun to work on South St. from Landon Rd. to Route 2. New culverts are in. The travel lanes will be repaved and the crumbling or non-existent shoulders will be improved and widened in most areas. All of the work will be done in the Town right of way.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report in Town Hall for all discussion points.
B. Mitchel Cypes will be on vacation July 20, 21, and 23, so no zoning administrator hours those days.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #16-02 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 the first executive session at 7:03 pm for legal matters. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The executive session was ended at 7:16 pm. After exiting executive session, the consensus of the Board is to get in touch with Attorney Andy MacIlwaine regarding the Johnson property assessment appeal and to contact an attorney regarding the possible tax on the TDI cable.
C. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to enter the second executive session for legal matters at 8:35 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The executive session was ended at 8:50 pm. Upon exiting executive session, the consensus of the Board is to have Chairman Herrick speak to attorney Andy MacIlwaine regarding the completion of paperwork for the Landon to Martin Rds. South St. project.
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 8:47 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Christopher Herrick, Chair