Regular Meeting of September 14, 2015
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. Also see sign in sheet.
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meetings of August 24 and 31, 2015 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
A. Members of the Grand Isle Selectboard were present to discuss the possibility of researching shared services between the 2 towns. There is precedent within the state as some other towns have done this. Bill Baron presented a power point presentation to highlight some possible reasons for this. Some of the possible ways that we may overlap is: purchasing, facilities, programs such as recreation, personnel and administration. Both towns have aging facilities and/or equipment and appear to have a limited pool from which to attract volunteers. Citizen expectations seem to be changing.
There is a municipal planning grant that is available and needs to be applied for by September 30, 2015. It was decided to put together a small working group to study the possibility of applying for the grant. If a grant is received, a private consulting firm who specializes in this kind of project will be explored and possibly hired.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street Landon to Martin Rd. project updates: Nothing new to report.
South Street from Route 2 to Landon Rd. is prepped and is waiting for the paving contractor. It should be done during the last week of September providing Pike Industries sticks to their schedule.
B. Carol Tremble spoke with Mark Naud about the possibility of putting a park and ride on the property he owns on the North side of the new fishing access driveway. More information will be available at the Sept. 28 Selectboard meeting.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. None this week.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #16-06 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Mitchel Cypes, Zoning Administrator and assistant to Selectboard sent in a letter of resignation today. His letter stated that his last day of work will be September 25. The Board will accept this resignation and will begin a search with the Planning Commission for another person to fill the position.
C. Skip Brown made a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 8:10 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:52 pm. After executive session, Skip Brown made a motion to appoint George Rice to finish the Selectboard term vacated by Christopher Herrick. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. He will be sworn in at the September 28 meeting.
D. There was a discussion about the authority of South Hero to tax an underwater power line that may be run down the length of Lake Champlain on the Vermont Side. More information will be necessary to see how to proceed.
-Carol Tremble made a motion to adjourn 9:25 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chair