Reorganizational Selectboard Meeting
Minutes of Meeting of March 14, 2016
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present (after swearing in): Jonathan Shaw, Graham “Skip” Brown (also Board secretary), Anne Zolotas, Carol Tremble, George Rice
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. Also, see sign in sheet.
1. Called to Order: The meeting was called to order by Sharon Roy at 7:00 PM.
2. Board Reorganization and appointments:
A. The meeting was opened by Sharon Roy for reorganization. Skip Brown and George Rice were sworn in as Selectboard members by Town Clerk, Sharon Roy.
B. Sharon Roy asked for nominations for the Chairperson of the Selectboard. Skip Brown made a motion to appoint Jonathan Shaw as Chairman of the Selectboard. The motion was seconded, Jonathan Shaw abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried. Then the meeting was turned over to Jonathan Shaw by Sharon Roy.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint Graham “Skip” Brown as clerk to the Selectboard. The motion was seconded, Skip Brown abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint the following people to the following positions:
-Bob Buermann, Barbara Brown and Roland Tremble as fence viewers.
-Everett Dubuque as animal control officer.
-James Robinson as inspector of lumber, shingles and wood.
-Anne Zolotas as tree warden.
-Mary Fitzgerald as weigher of coal.
-John Roy as Road Commissioner.
-Jonathan Shaw as Emergency Management Director and to make Kevin Winch the deputy.
-Town Service Officer. This position was not filled, for now.
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
– Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of February 22, 2016 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Jennifer Lestage of the Parent Child Center (PCC) was present to discuss a 5K fundraiser. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the Parent Child Center to hold a 5K race on June 11, 2016 at 9:00 am and to close South Street from the PCC to West Shore Rd. at the start of the race for approximately 15 minutes. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The PCC will also manage the traffic control, parking lot, and dispose of trash.
4. New Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to allow the Road Commissioner to sign road permits. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The Grand Isle Selectboard invited members of the South Hero Selectboard to their meeting on March 21. George Rice and possibly Carol Tremble will try to attend.
C. Carol Tremble made a motion to name Kinney Lane and Rooks Lane for the new development off of East Shore Rd. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. South Hero Rescue is looking into all aspects of billing for service with the intent of instituting this practice in the future.
E. Diana Cleborne is stepping down as the appointed liaison from the Selectboard to the Library Trustees in April. An ad will go out asking for applicants for the position.
F. Goals for the upcoming term are stated as follows by the following people in no particular order:
-George Rice: Long range plans for road work should be made more available. Note-John Roy and John Beaulac will be asked to prepare a possible schedule and will be asked to come to a future meeting with said schedule.
-Carol Tremble: Consolidate more work between South Hero and Grand Isle. Finish South Street. Get a park and ride closer to the causeway. Have sidewalks and bike lanes wherever possible. Consider not allowing discounts on early paying of real estate taxes.
-Skip Brown: Review and update the dog ordinance.
-Tim Maxham: Since the State does a poor job of roadside mowing on Route 2 and 314, consider having the Town mow those areas at least once a year. Note-The Town will talk to the State to see if they can do a better job. Also, is the Town allowed to do this if the State won’t do it?
-David Hobbs: Advance non-motorized vehicle access and areas. (i.e. trails).
5. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. Martha was not at the meeting. See the written report available in Town Hall for all of discussion points.
6. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street reconstruction project from Landon to Martin Roads: Evan Detrick advised that there may not be enough funding to do the project as imagined due to the delays and legal bills incurred. The project cannot just be shortened, so two scenarios are possible. One is to ask VTrans for more money to cover the new estimate. Senator Dick Mazza has been asked to help with this. If no new funds are available, then the other scenario is to scale down the scope and depth of the reconstruction. Stay tuned for more updates.
B. More information is needed to clarify the Town Audit.
C. Carol Tremble made a motion to have Sharon accept the estimate and go ahead with the work for the transparent windbreak on the West side of the entrance of Town Hall. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
7. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign orders #16-19. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve three liquor and tobacco license renewals for Apple Island (Beer and Wine in the store, Tobacco in the store and Beer and Wine at the golf course). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Camp Takumta has sued South Hero for past real estate taxes paid even though they are not considered real estate tax exempt. The State has told Town representatives, that in their opinion, this lawsuit is baseless and they are trying to intimidate the Town. Just because an organization is a 501-3C charity, it does not automatically get a real estate tax exemption. Based on the State criteria needed to be real estate tax exempt, Camp Takumta do not seem to qualify. If the Town granted them an exemption, then every taxpayer would have to pay more to cover their portion of the grand list taxes due. Anecdotally, the last Director said that he would not (and did not) ask for a tax exemption.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chair