Regular Meeting of May 9, 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
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:
-Kim Julow of the SHVFD will not attend the meeting
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of April 25, 2016 as written. George Rice and Carol Tremble did not attend that meeting and abstained. The motion was seconded, the others in attendance so voted, and the motion carried. Carol Tremble made a motion to accept the meeting of May 9, 2016. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted, and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. There does not appear to be a new roof leak in Granny’s Attic. Apparently the staining is from an old leak.
B. Damien Bolduc of the GMAA was in attendance to ask about using the Folsom Parking lot and closing South Street for the Clarence Demar 5K race. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow a portion South Street to be closed between the hours of 8:30 and 9:00 on Monday, July 4, 2016 and the use of the parking lot at Folsom, with the understanding that the SHVFD access to dry hydrant be kept clear. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
5. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. A written report was submitted. A hard copy with discussion points can be seen in Town Hall.
B. 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.
6. New Business:
A. Road Commissioner John Roy and Foreman John Beaulac were present to discuss a 10 year timeline for repaving of already paved roads. That timeline will be posted in Town Hall soon. Currently there are approximately 13.5 miles of paved roads and 8.5 miles of dirt roads. Since the accepted practice is to repave a road about every 10-12 years, no dirt roads or sections of dirt roads are to be paved according to the timeline for the next 10 years. It appears that repaving already paved roads will take most of the money that has historically been budgeted for paving/repaving. Repaving currently costs about $100,000.00 per mile and new paving on dirt roads cost somewhat more than that per mile. If paving of dirt roads is warranted or wanted, more money will have to be budgeted than is currently budgeted. It was asked that if any ditching and other major work on gravel roads will be done, it should be added to the timeline. More information will be forthcoming.
B. David Lane of Snow Farm Vineyard and Don and Bernadette Pierson were in attendance to discuss a charity concert event to be held on August 13, 2016 at the vineyard. The Pierson’s son, Stefan, passed away from cancer, and they have set up a foundation, so proceeds from the event will fund the foundation. No additional permits are needed as this falls within the vineyard’s existing permits.
7. 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. It appears that CLD Engineering neglected to get a required wetland permit, so that my slow down the approval process. Martha will contact Senator Mazza to see if he can speed up the wetland permit, or this project will most likely not happen in 2016. If delayed further, the Town will be forced to patch sections of South Street. Who will pay for that patching will have to be determined.
B. The Selectboard discussed the plans of the South Hero Volunteer Fire Department (SHVFD) Building Committee for a fire station and the possibility of holding a vote in 2016 for the purpose of financing and purchasing a completed building in order to house the SHVFD and the ambulance. They hoped to have a vote in August of 2016 and break ground by 2017. After discussion and questions with members of the SHVFD Building Committee in attendance, Carol Tremble made a motion to have the Selectboard allow a vote on August 9, 2016 with the facts presented, with no petition from the SHVFD Building Committee required. The motion was seconded. Skip Brown and Carol Tremble voted yes, the others voted no, and the motion failed. Anne Zolotas made a motion to ask the SHVFD Building Committee to present a petition to the Selectboard in order to vote on August 9, 2016. The motion was seconded. Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas and George Rice voted yes, the others voted no, and the motion carried. The petition will be prepared by the Town Treasurer with assistance from the Bonding agency. Note that most members of the SHVFD were fighting a fire during the meeting and were not in attendance at this meeting.
C. 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.
8. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into executive session at 8:25 to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:45 pm. Upon exiting executive session, George Rice made a motion to direct the Zoning Administrator to set up a training session by Northwest Regional Planning with members of the ZBA and PC. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Skip Brown made a motion to modify the permit fees for Camp Takumta for requested changes to the site plan. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. The Town audit has still not been finalized. Per the RFP, it was to have been done by Town Meeting Day. The Town Clerk is instructed to contact the audit company, Angolano & Co., and have the audit here by the next meeting, or a good explanation of where it is.
-Carol Tremble made a motion to adjourn 8:55 pm. The motion was seconded all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chair