Regular Meeting of April 25, 2016
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas
Board Members Not Present: Carol Tremble, George Rice
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. Martha Taylor-Varney, Administrative Assistant. Also see sign in sheet.
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm. After opening the meeting, Jonathan thanked Peter and Sandy Gregg for cleaning the flower beds in front of Town Hall and sweeping in front of the building.
Also, he announced that Assistant Town Clerk Janet Yates’s mother passed away, so she will be out of the office for a time, and that past Selectperson, Sarah Jacoby, will be going into the Vermont Respite House on Wednesday.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-Add discuss Granny’s Attic roof leak to “other business”
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of March 28, 2016 as corrected. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Ben Joseph, a former Judge from North Hero announced that he will be running as a State Representative on the Democratic ticket.
5. New Business:
A. Road Commissioner John Roy and Foreman John Beaulac were present to discuss the situation with the 10 wheel dump truck and the pickup trucks. Anne Zolotas made a motion to spend up to $232,000.00 to trade in and replace the 10 wheel dump truck and to purchase a new utility pickup truck using money from the equipment replacement fund and the surplus in the road department budget. The old pick up will be sold and the money will go back into the budget. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Also, the road crew will rent a sweeper and sweep intersections and parking lots in the near future.
B. A group of UVM engineering students have been working with the Planning Commission (PC) this semester on helping to plan the proposed Park and Ride at the “salt shed” property on Route 2. They made a summary presentation of the final plans, and will submit final written report to the Selectboard and PC in the near future.
C. Diana Cleborne, Library Trustee and liaison to the Selectboard, submitted a quarterly report. Some items discussed were:
-The library is currently operating during non-school hours.
-The library steering committee has been busy planning the next steps for a new stand alone library.
-A new South Hero Library Foundation, Inc (501-c3) has been formed to accept donations.
-The school Board is supposed to appoint a library trustee, but has not yet done so.
-The Board thanks Diana for serving as a Trustee the past number of years.
-Luke Tremble submitted a letter of interest to be appointed to the library trustees. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint Luke Tremble to the library trustees and to be the liaison between the Selectboard and library trustees. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. David Lane of Snow Farm Winery was present to discuss some items. The purpose of most of the events is to promote selling of wine. The building that was done last year increased the number of seats and a new wastewater permit is pending. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the outside consumption liquor license. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street reconstruction project from Landon to Martin Roads updates: CLD engineers has submitted the final plans to the State for approval. Note that the Storm Water permit for this project will expire in August. The State is unclear whether bids can go out before the permit is renewed. If the State acts in a timely matter, bids should be able to go out within 2 weeks.
B. The final draft of the mediation for the Dennis and Charlene Johnson tax appeal has been completed and signed by the Town. So far, the agreement has not been signed by the Johnson’s. To date, the Town has spent $16,763.00 on legal fees and the difference in the Johnson’s tax bill will decrease by about $7,000.00.
C. Camp Takumta believes that they should be real estate tax exempt . Camp Takumta has filed an appeal for a real estate tax exemption to the Superior Court. Even though the last Director said that he would not (and did not) ask for a tax exemption, apparently that will not be a factor in this case. The consensus of the Board is to allow Chairman Shaw speak to the State property valuation department directly to get clarification, rather than using the attorney.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. A written report was submitted. A hard copy with discussion points can be seen in Town Hall.
B. Sandra O’Flaherty submitted a letter to the Planning Commission (PC) that she will not be a member of the PC
when her term expires in June. An as has been in the Islander asking for candidates to the PC position.
C. There will be a PC public forum on May 18, 2016 to get input on how the Keeler Bay and South Hero Village areas could appear in the future. This input will be helpful when writing the new zoning regulations.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #16-2 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 sign the liquor license renewals for the proposed Cook Sisters Cafe and Catering (in the former “Remedies Pharmacy”). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. There is reported water and rodent damage in the ceiling of Granny’s Attic. Martha will contact Brett Corbin to ask him to look into it.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into executive session at 8:52 with members of the South Hero Land Trust to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 9:14 pm. No action was taken upon exiting session.
-Skip Brown 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