Regular Meeting of February 6, 2016
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble, George Rice (arrived at 7:10)
Board Members Not Present: none
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.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of January 25, 2016 as written. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. The lights are often on in the Town Garage at night. An automatic switch is broken and will be replaced soon.
B. Bob Buermann advised that the TDI underwater cable has cleared another approval step. George Rice has been charged with keeping up to date on the status to assure that any future taxes due are known to the company.
5. New Business:
A. The possibility of an ordinance to clean up dog waste on all Town property was discussed. While it is recommended that dog owners clean up after their dogs, it may be hard to enforce for the whole Town. It was suggested that White’s Beach should have a “clean up after a dog” rule or ordinance.
B. Carol Tremble made a motion to sign the liquor and tobacco license renewals for Jolley, Keeler’s Bay Variety and Cota stores. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Carol Tremble made a motion to appoint Rich Goggin and Bob Buermann to the NRPC Clean water quality advisory committee. 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: No new update this meeting.
B. George Rice presented a report about the county budget hearing. Currently, the total budget is approximately $448,000 that is divided up by the 5 county Towns. Approximately $328,000 is for the Grand Isle County Sheriff, whose department also gets money from the individual county towns as well as the State. Perhaps how the Sheriff department is funded in the future could be looked into.
7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. A written report was submitted. A hard copy with discussion points can be seen in Town Hall.
B. The Planning Commission will be looking into an amendment to the current zoning regulations to cover the interim zoning regulations that will expire.
C. The State did a traffic study on Route 2 in 2011. Since no major changes have happened since then, the chances of having them doing another traffic study and then changing the speed limit between the “crick” and Keeler Bay is not very likely.
D. Martha will be out March 14-17, so there will not be zoning office hours then.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the order #16-17 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The request for reimbursement from the State for the paving grant was signed.
C. Skip Brown made a motion to go into executive session with the SHVFD facilities review committee for legal matters at 8:01pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 9:00 pm. Upon exiting executive session, no action was taken. The SHVFD facilities review committee will present findings to the Town in the near future.
D. Skip Brown made a motion to go into executive session to discuss legal matters re: the Dennis and Charlene Johnson tax assessment appeal at 9:01 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 9:30. Upon exiting executive session, no action was taken pending clarification from the Town attorney.
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 9:31 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chair