Regular Meeting of April 24, 2017
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, George Rice
Board Members Not Present: David Carter (on phone for about 15 minutes until the connection was lost)
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. Board introduced itself to the camera.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of April 10, 2017 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Jessica Bolduc of Green Mountain Athletic Assoc. (GMAA) was present to discuss the annual Clarence Demar 5K race on July 4. The GMAA has run this race for several years. They will hire the Grand Isle Sheriff for traffic control and will supply porta-potties at the Folsom parking lot. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow South Street to be closed at 8:30 am for the start of the race on July 4. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Jessica McAllister was present to question the last sentence of the “notes” as posted on Front Porch Forum: Note: The local paper is not always objective. You can read the full minutes on www.southherovt.org or watch the meeting on www.lcatv.org. This sentence is not part of the minutes, only a notation on FPF. As expressed in previous minutes, the local paper does not choose to print what is sent to them, but to rely on a reporter to interpret the meeting.
5. New Business:
A. Emily Alger of South Hero Land Trust (SHLT) was present to discuss the coordination of “Green Up Day” on May 6. The Town has budgeted for and will supply a dumpster. Please see the SHLT web site to sign up.
B. A proposed street light was proposed at the last meeting as follows: “David Hobbs researched putting a light near the entrance to the library, as the hours are now in the late afternoon into the evening. VEC will install a light at no charge, and will bill the Town approximately $31.00/month. There is a question if it can be on a timer so that it will not be on all night. More information to follow at the next meeting.” At this meeting, it was learned that the issue was brought up at a school board meeting, not at the request of the library. Depending on the light installed, the cost can be between $12.88 or $31.00/month. A question whether this is a school board or Selectboard issue was raised. It will be discussed at the next meeting for clarification.
C. Fire Chief Kim Julow was present to discuss a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the SHVFD and SHR for the proposed emergency services building. No representative of SHR was present. It appears to be a document between the two squads using the building. A hard copy of the MOU can be seen in Town Hall filed with these minutes, or on www.southherovt.org. Mr. Rice anticipates that an agreement between the squads using the building and the Town should be discussed. That will be on the agenda for the next meeting.
D. Kim Julow is currently fire warden. Her appointment is up in June, and she does not wish to continue. She will recommend a member of the SHVFD to take over the position.
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.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street reconstruction project from Landon to Martin Roads updates: nothing new to report. Work is scheduled to begin on April 25 at the Martin Rd. end.
B. The Fire and Rescue emergency services building was discussed:
– The bond application needs to be submitted in May. Skip Brown made a motion to allow the Chairman to sign the bond application for the emergency services building. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-State permits and a contract for the building are still pending.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the Road Department move the stop sign from the eastbound Station Rd. location to the south-eastbound Tracy Rd. location. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. This will make the more travelled Station Rd. the through road and Tracy Rd. the feeder road.
8. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign orders 17-22 and pay the bills associated with this order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The Vergennes Union High School is planning a walk-a- thon across the “bike ferry” causeway to Camp Takumta. The original route was from the “bike ferry” fishing access, west on Martin Rd. to Sunset Beach Rd., then to Hall Rd. to West Shore Rd. They were notified that Sunset Beach and Hall Roads are private roads and do not meet, so that they will need to alter their route.
C. The “Model Public Records Inspection, Copying and Transmission Policy” template and the South Hero Personnel Policy and Rules were discussed. Some adjustments were discussed and a draft copy with the changes will be reviewed and possibly adopted at the next meeting.
-Anne Zolotas 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
Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard April 24, 2017
1. Ad for Planning Commission member(s) to be publishes in 4/25/17 issue of the Islander. Deadline for Letter of Interest June 19, 2017.
2. Need Selectboard to fill out the Municipal Impact Questionnaire for AIR Development (Apple Island Resort) for ACT 250 amendment related to the installation of additional previously-approved sites at the campground.
Planning Commission: Continuing to meet with NRPC for Development Regulations updates. Will meet next on May 17 with draft of Articles 1 through 4.
Development Review Board: 2 deliberatives scheduled for this Wednesday. No other hearings scheduled at this time.