Special Meeting of December 18, 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
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. 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:
-David Carter made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of December 11, 2017 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
-None this meeting
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. Anne Zolotas made a motion to re-appoint Jim Brightwell and Robert Krebs for a 1 year term as alternates to the DRB beginning January 1, 2018. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. A special BCA meeting was held on December 6, 2017. Listers, Cecile Gove and Ted Nelson were in attendance to discuss the issue with the Community Health Center real estate tax determination that apparently was not appealed in a timely manner. The State has just recently issued a decision that they should be tax exempt. David Carter made a motion to accept the errors and omissions as presented by the Listers, noting that the Community Health center will be removed from the grand list, not simply a tax abatement, so that there will be no tax implication to the Town for taxes due. The motion was seconded, George Rice voted no, the others in attendance voted yes and the motion carried.
B. The Road budget was discussed including the possible health care benefits for the road crew. After discussion, David Carter made a motion to approve the Road budget in the amount of $499,603.00 for FY 2018/2019. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. The disposition of the current fire and rescue buildings was discussed, as they will be turned over to the Town when the new Emergency Services Building is complete. A committee of Town people was formed and recommendations were made as to their disposition and maintenance. After discussion, it was decided to write an article for the demolition of the white SHVFD “training” building (not Granny’s Attic) as it has structural problems and its useful life is determined to be over. David Carter made a motion that the Selectboard would support an article for the demolition of the white “training” building with an amount not to exceed $10,000.00. The motion was seconded, George Rice voted no, the others in attendance voted yes and the motion carried. Note that the figures for maintenance of the other buildings will be in the general Town budget.
D. The general Town budget was worked on. Several figures are still necessary to complete it, such as the amount for the County budget and updated figures for hardware/software upgrades in the Town office. Skip Brown and George Rice will most likely miss the January 8, 2018 meeting, so Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the budget as completed so far, with the understanding that more figures will be forthcoming to complete it and that it may be approved in their absence. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 8:35 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 December 11, 2017
1. Received letters of interest from Bob Krebs and Jim Brightwell asking to be re-appointed to another 1-year term as Alternate on the Development Review Board. I recommend the SB agree to re-appoint both as Alternates, rather than to advertise for others who may be interested. Both Bob and Jim have been active and effective in several hearings this year while filling in for regular members who were unable to attend scheduled hearings.
2. The ZA will be attending the FEMA 4-day NFIP class in Essex Junction from January 8-11, 2018.
-Planning Commission: Continued discussion with the SB and DRB re the draft updates to the Development Regulations. Next meetings will be Dec. 20th. Again, the Commission also feels it is important to meet with the Selectboard after the current review is completed, and SB budget discussions are finished, to discuss whether to keep driveway standards and fire department access approvals in the document.
-Development Review Board: No meetings or hearings scheduled until January 10, 2018.