Special Meeting of April 16, 2018
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), David Carter, Sharon Roy, Anne Zolotas
Board Members Not Present:
Others Present: 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.
-The meeting was recessed at 7:00 pm to have a site visit to Granny’s Attic, the SHVFD and the Blue Paddle.
-The meeting was re-opened at 7:28 pm.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-David Carter made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of April 9, 2018 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
– see “New Business” A. below, as it pertains to the site visit.
5. New Business:
A. Janine Bellinghiri questioned why the Town would allow customers of private businesses park on Town property. Granny’s Attic has asked to use the Red Fire Station and Blue Paddle has asked to use a portion of the paved area when the SHVFD moves out to the new building. A sketch was done by Champlain Valley Linestriping and this will add about 19 spaces to the overall parking in the area. The Blue Paddle would pay for the striping and maintenance, but will not be the exclusive user of the parking. Granny’s Attic also uses the parking area as well as anyone who will choose to park there. As it is now, per the current zoning laws, Blue Paddle has enough parking spaces for the number of seats in the restaurant. There are 16 spaces for 60 seats, but in reality seldom do 4 people arrive in each car, so overflow parking sometimes ends up on Route 2, which is also legal. Adding parking will seem to have a positive effect for the Town and may prevent some cars from parking on Route 2. The parking will be subject to DRB approvals for the ultimate layout and usage in the areas around the (soon to be) old fire stations.
B. Everett Dubuque was present to discuss the Animal Control Officer position. He does not have a deputy and feels that one is not necessary. He has a reciprocal agreement with Todd Boutin, the Grand Isle Animal Control Officer, who fills in when Everett is away and vice versa. Everett will make sure that the Town Clerks of each town are updated with contact info.
C. Kim Julow and Chris Major were present to discuss the purchase of new truck for the SHVFD. The current 2004 Ford F350 utility truck was obsolete and storage in it was limited, so it is being traded in for a Ram 3500 crew cab truck that will better suit the needs of the department. It is currently being outfitted and should be ready within the month. The net cost after trade-in is about $21,500.00 and the funds are being used from the SHVFD Equipment Replacement Fund.
D. David Carter made a motion to approve a coin drop by the VFW on Route 2 in front of Malcolm Allen’s house for May 26, 2018 and October 6, 2018. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
E. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign and approve the Local Emergency Operations Plan once some missing contact phone numbers are corrected. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
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. There will be a special Planning Commission meeting on June 4 for all PC, DRB, and Selectboard members to discuss a draft of the new zoning regulations that are being finalized now.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The Emergency Services Building (ESB) construction is underway. The joint agreement between the Town and the SHVFD/Rescue will be discussed at the May 28 meeting.
B. David Carter made a motion to sign and approve the Purchasing and Expenditures policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
8. Announcements and Communications:
A. see other business
9. Other Business:
A. Martha composed and sent a letter to Wrenegade Sports about an event at Snow Farm Vineyard on July 22, 2018.
B. Note: There will NOT be a regular meeting on April 23, 2018 or a 5th Monday meeting on April 30, 2018.
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 8:29 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 16, 2018,
- The DRB and Planning Commission have included a meeting with the Selectboard on their schedule for June 4 (Monday evening). This will be warned as a Planning Commission Special Meeting rather than a Selectboard Special Meeting.
- The Northwest Vermont Regional Energy Forum will be held this Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 to 8PM in St. Albans. For further information and contact info to attend, contact Martha.
–Planning Commission: Final review of the draft Regulations continues, including the boundaries of the 2 proposed Village Districts. In addition, the Commission is reviewing draft language for a sign ordinance – sign regulations will be removed from the Development Regulations and replaced by a sign ordinance. Next meeting is this Wednesday (4/18) at 7PM.
-Development Review Board: The 4/25 meeting will continue (and possibly conclude) the Richardson CU/SP review to build a car repair facility on Ferry Rd. No hearings are yet scheduled for May 9. There will be no hearings on May 24th. Recent decisions are posted on the Board outside the Zoning Office.
Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA and Asst. to the Selectboard