Regular Meeting of November 27, 2017
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, George Rice, David Carter (was on the phone)
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk and Martha Taylor-Varney, Admin. 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:
-Add review liquor license application to New Business
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of November 13, 2017 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
A. Carol Tremble, board member of LCIEDC was present and submitted a letter requesting $1500.00 be considered in the budget.
B. John Beaulac, Road Foreman agreed that the Town would plow the main driveway and parking area of the new emergency services building when it is completed.
C. Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli submitted an application for a liquor license. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve and sign the Class 1 liquor license application. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Derek Obrey, a representative of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, phoned in to review the current health insurance policy and explain other options and price levels. He also explained how a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) could be structured.
E. Kim Julow, Chief of the SHVFD, submitted a budget request of $86,500.00. This amount also includes $25,000.00 for the equipment replacement fund.
F. A representative of SHR submitted a preliminary budget request of $47,972., but that figure does not include any figures for equipment and liability insurance. Also, the communications amount as presented may not be necessary.
G. Budget amounts for the new Emergency Services Building (ESB) are still being compiled and the Memorandum of Understanding between the SHVFD/SHR and the Town is almost complete.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. A written report was submitted. A hard copy with discussion points can be seen in Town Hall filed with these minutes or on www.southherovt.org.
B. The employee review template as submitted at the last meeting seems acceptable. Jonathan will review Martha.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The emergency services building construction is underway.
B. H-42 bill as passed last State Legislative session allows Towns to vote in order to approve the Selectboard to appoint a Town Clerk and/or Town Treasurer, rather than being elected positions. Anne Zolotas made a motion asking whether South Hero should vote to allow the Selectboard to appoint a Town Treasurer, rather than it being an elected position. The motion was seconded, George Rice and David Carter voted yes, the others in attendance voted no, so the motion did not carry.
8. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign orders 18-11 and pay the bills associated with these orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve and sign the intake form for dogs and cats as submitted by the Humane Society. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
9. Announcements and Communications:
A. The South Hero Historical society submitted a letter requesting the use of “Granny’s Attic” for storage.
B. Efficiency Vermont sent information regarding grant opportunities for energy savings. The Town Hall and Town Garage has received such grants in the past. Jonathan will see if applying for a grant for the new ESB will be a possibility.
C. Island Arts submitted a budget request of $1950.00.
D. Vermont Rural Protection Task Force submitted a budget request of $100.00.
E. There will be a special Selectboard meeting on December 18, 2017. There will not be a Selectboard meeting on December 25, 2017.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 9:20 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chair