Regular Meeting of July 9, 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: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk & Martha Taylor-Varney Admin. Assistant/ZA
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-Add: Executive session to discuss legal matter at end
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of June 25, 2018 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Sandy Gregg announced that a contract for the new library has been signed and that there will be ground breaking tentatively scheduled for July 21. More information will follow.
5. New Business:
A. Peter Delaney of Run Vermont was present to advise the Board that there will be a 10K Island Vines race on Sept. 23, 2018. Mr. Delaney was advised that only washable coatings may be used on the roads to mark the route. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign a letter of support from the Selectboard so that Run Vermont can apply for permits. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
David Carter made a motion to approve the race for Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at 10:00 am. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The Town received a grant of up to $8000.00 to inventory all of the town roads and culverts for the State’s Better Back Roads Program. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Municipal Roads consultant agreement with David Antone in the amount of $7320.00. 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. Regan Henry has resigned from the Planning Commission and an ad for a replacement member to complete her term has been posted. To date, no letters of interest have been received. Any interested person does not have to be South Hero resident and may submit a letter of interest to Martha.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Hazard Mitigation Plan as prepared by NRPC to submit to FEMA. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
8. Announcements and Communications:
A. The State has submitted the figures for the school tax portion amount that that will be due. It is $1.5850 for the homestead rate and $1.5682 for the non-residential rate. The full Town tax rate will be set at the next meeting.
9. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to sign orders 19-01 and pay the bills associated with this order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. As mentioned last meeting regarding the 2018 health insurance, the Town had agreed to sign up for the Gold CDHP plan on BC/BS with an HRA account for each employee to cover the deductibles. That was not done and the company that administers the plan will not change it until the 2019 sign up window. The Town will pay the deductibles until then.
C. Skip Brown made a motion to go into executive session to discuss the Evslin tax appeal at 7:29 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 7:34 pm. The consensus of the Board is to not settle at this time and to have the attorney continue as previously instructed.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 7:50 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 June 25, 2018
1. I have received a draft of the Town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan which has been approved by FEMA. I forwarded copies of the 50-page document to SB members for their review and have a copy of the document available for SB signatures at this meeting. Once the document is signed I will forward it to Taylor Newton of Northwest Regional Planning who will then forward it to FEMA, who will then formally approve the plan. Once this is completed, South Hero will be eligible to apply for Mitigation grants administered by FEMA.
2. Advertised for a new member for the Planning Commission. Regan Henry has resigned. As of this afternoon there have been no applicants. A reminder that members of the PC not be a resident of the town but must have a significant and related interest (for example, a business owner, etc.).
3. Jim Brightwell, DRB Alternate, has been appointed the clerk for the DRB. He will officially begin at the July 11 DRB meeting.
4. I would like the SB to consider purchasing an air conditioner for the Listers office and be aware that the one in the Zoning Office makes a lot of noise – may be an indication of its impending death.
5. Martha will be out of the office from July 11 through the 18th. I will miss one DRB meeting (the 11th) and one Planning Commission meeting (the 18th).
-Planning Commission: The Planning Commission continues its review of the proposed updates to the development regulations. I anticipate public hearings will be scheduled sometime this fall.
-Development Review Board: 2 hearings are scheduled for July 11. There are no hearings scheduled for July 25, but the Board will probably meet on their regular night for a short business meeting followed by deliberatives. The next scheduled hearing after this week will be Granny’s Attic conditional use and site plan review for the red fire station building on August 22.and 1 scheduled for July 25 (so far). No other hearings have been scheduled but several applications are expected.
Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA and Asst. to the Selectboard