Regular Meeting of May 11, 2015
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Christopher Herrick, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Jonathan Shaw, Carol Tremble, Anne Zolotas
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 Herrick at 7:00 pm.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of April 13, 2015 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Dave Hobbs and Mike Wickenden of the Recreation Commission were present to discuss scholarships for South Hero residents. The consensus of the board is that scholarships should be used for Town programs and that the Recreation Commission should write a draft of a policy for scholarships. Also it was suggested to consider an application for scholarships. Grass seed was planted over the old road bed at White’s Beach last fall and is not coming in very well. It has been dry and the current rain may help. If it does not come in well, perhaps more work will have to be done either later this spring or in the fall after the beach season.
5. New Business:
A. Jeff Spees of West Shore Rd. was present to discuss storm runoff and drainage issues at the bend of the road near Crescent Bay B&B. Members of the State “better back roads” program will make a site visit on Tuesday May 12, 2015. There may be a grant opportunity that has to be applied for by May 15, 2015. Anne Zolotas made a motion to apply for the grant pending the inspection and site visit if a solution to the problem is identified and a grant is deemed necessary. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Mr. Spees also asked if the speed limit can be lowered in this area. There is a traffic study process that has to be followed in order to change speed limits. The sheriff will be asked for recommendations.
B. Several of the following goals for the upcoming Selectboard session were discussed. They are , to date, and in no particular order) with comments on the ones discussed:
-Road Ordinance: This issue was visited last year and will be brought up again.
-Commercial sign ordinance: This will be brought up with the Planning Commission (PC) when new regulations are written after the Town Plan is finalized.
-Hire a consultant to begin the process to rehabilitate Town Hall: The Boards and employees need to set goals and wish lists first at a future meeting.
-Park and Ride: Now that the Lavin Property is off of the table, other locations will be identified and try to get something going. Carol Tremble will talk with Ruth Wallman of LCIEDC about possible locations and Christopher Herrick will talk to Mark Naud about reviewing the area near the Fish and Wildlife access near Featherbed Lane now that there is a new legal curb cut.
C. Items learned at the Selectboard Institute were shared with the Board. More discussion will follow. Carol Tremble made a motion to have the designated posting areas for notices and warnings be at Town Hall, the Post Office and the Folsom Educational and Community Center. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street project updates: The following was presented:
Next Steps May 11, 2015
Town Clerk received authorization that unsigned easements can be recorded.
CLD right-of-way plan mylars (17”x22”) that are recordable have been received
Payment checks for compensation have been written and will be sent this week.
Condemnation/compensation order are being recorded
Necessity order is being recorded.
Record easements, both signed and unsigned.
Record right-of-way plans
Send to Town Attorney PDFs of checks, recorded condemnation order, recorded necessity order, easements and right-of-way plans, and a word document for signature of the already completed and reviewed right-of-way certification.
Send to V-Trans the signed right-of-way certification, information sent to the Town Attorney, and a cover letter requesting a right-of-way certificate.
V-Trans then can authorize the Town to proceed with the Final Design
Also related to South Street, the Road Department will begin to prepare South Street for paving from Landon Rd to Rte. 2 within approximately 2 weeks.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report in Town Hall for all discussion points.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #15-22 , 15-23 and 15-23A and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint the constable as unlicensed dog warden. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. The state of South Hero Rescue (SHR) was discussed. Ray Allen will be retiring on June 9. That will leave only 1 EMT who is able to deliver advanced care. The State District #3 Board member is taking a wait and see approach to see if SHR can keep its license.
What can be done:
-Get more certified members. The lack of new members is the largest problem, and a recruitment letter will be drafted. The possibility of working in shifts rather than being on call all of the time will also be discussed.
-Drop the certification level From Advanced to Basic. Ramifications of this change are unknown at this time.
-Dissolve SHR and join Grand Isle Rescue. Not ideal, as they are also somewhat short staffed and will have to travel a long distance to get to a South Hero call. Also, South Hero will have to pay for the service. Possibly $30,000/year.
-Hire the services and stay in Town. This seems too expensive and not practical.
D. Carol Tremble made a motion to sign the Liquor license renewal for Blue Paddle Bistro. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
E. Note that there will be Selectboard meeting on May 25, 2015 which is Memorial Day.
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 9:30 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair