Regular Meeting of June 22, 2015
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Christopher Herrick, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas
Board Members Not Present: Carol Tremble
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk and Mitchel Cypes, Administrative Assistant. Also see sign in sheet.
- Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Chairman Herrick at 7:00 pm.
- Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of June 8, 2015 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
- Public input:
A. Tim Maxham requested that the Selectboard ask VTrans to ban parking on the west side of Route 2 at the curve by the “crick”. This has been requested in the past and has been rebuffed by VTrans. It was suggested that since the Board has asked, perhaps that citizens should write to VTrans on their own and that it may carry more weight with the officials.
B. Jerry Werle asked about the Cota propane business at 33 Ferry Rd. Mitchel Cypes reported that the business was planning to move out of South Hero and would close the location here by June 30.
C. Diana Cleborne of the Library Steering Committee was present to ask if she could get a list of Town owned property to share with the committee. It was suggested that the Town Clerk could supply said list and that it is public information, so the Board does not need to take action on this request.
- New Business:
A. Peter Delany of Run Vermont was present to discuss the 10K race scheduled for September 27, 2015 beginning at Snow Farm Vineyard. It was suggested that there may up to be 650 runners in the race and he submitted a traffic control plan for the running of the race. Mitch will look into the number of parking spaces allowed at Snow Farm on their permits, as the Board does not know how many cars can be accommodated there. Last year, there were 450-500 runners and Mr. Delaney said there appeared to be more parking spots available. That is how the 650 number was arrived at. It was also suggested that the coned off running lanes be smaller than last year to allow cars to use each street in both directions, and that runners be advised that they are running on public roads and cars have the right to be there. CIDER is a recipient of a donation from the race proceeds and wrote a letter of support to the Selectboard. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the race to occur with the suggestions noted. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Mr. Delaney was asked to come back to the Selectboard approximately 2 weeks after the race so that a review can be made on how it turned out.
B. David Hobbs has been in touch with NRPC and a State VTrans employee about the possibility of using grant money with a 20% town match to put a flashing pedestrian crossing beacon on Route 2 at South St. The estimated total cost is approx. $10,000.00-$12,000.00, so the Town portion would be approx. $2000.00-$2400.00, plus engineering costs estimated at $1000.00 not included with the grant. The consensus of the Board is to pursue this further.
C. The garbage laws are changing on July 1, 2015. Due to the State Law Act 148 Universal Recycling Law, there will be a price and structure change for the South Hero garbage sticker program. One garbage sticker will now cost $7.55, but there will be no charge for recycling. One change is that all recycling will only be picked up when there is a garbage sticker bag placed curbside on the same pickup day. As before, recycling will have to be in clear plastic bags or in bins. Gauthier Carting will not pick up recycling otherwise. For at least the first month, 2 of the current garbage stickers can be used for 1 bag of garbage. Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the new proposal and sign the contract with Gauthier Carting. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
- Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street project updates: Nothing new to report for the section from Landon to Martin Roads. The Town will begin to work on the area from Landon Rd. to Route 2 on its own soon.
B. A Town resident asked again about installing a 3 way stop at the intersection of South St. and Landon Rd. It was suggested that a traffic study be done there, as well as the intersections of Tracy /Station Roads and East Shore/Landon Roads to see if changes are warranted.
- Administrative Assistant Report:
- A. See the written report in Town Hall for all discussion points.
- Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-26 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Zoning Administrator Mitchel Cypes was asked to look into several possible zoning violations.
C. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to sign the Historic Preservation Grant Agreement for the slate roof repair to the Old White Meeting House (Granny’s Attic). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to enter executive session at 8:15 pm for personnel matters. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The executive session was ended at 8:45 pm. No action was taken after exiting executive session. .
-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