Regular Meeting of October 22, 2018
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas, Sharon Roy
Board Members Not Present: Skip Brown, David Carter
Others Present: Janet Yates, 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:
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of October 8, 2018 as corrected. (Correction to the date that Jim Benson would return with a proposition to the Animal Control Position from November to October.
4. Public Input: Jeffrey Parizo and Steven Robinson from the Masonic Temple were present to discuss the Christmas Parade. Last year they donated $1500.00 to the Children’s Hospital and this year the parade will be held Saturday December 1st at 5:00 pm. The route has changed since the Emergency Building is on Route 2. They will stage using the road around Wally;s and leave the main entrance to the Emergency Building lane open, They asked for a letter of support from the Town to give to VTRANS.so they may close Route 2. The Sheriff’s Department is on board with them. They will travel down Route 2 to South Street and end up at the School. Anne Zolotas made a motion to send a letter of support for the parade to use Route 2. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion was carried. Jeffrey and Steven will return in January to report on the success of the parade.
5. New Business:
A. Discussion on what the Town should do about trash pick-up. Will we terminate curbside pick-up and go to individual bins and the public may call when the bins are full, the public may still bring trash to Grand Isle, North Hero, or they can contract with other haulers. How to notify the summer residence? Janet will contact Gauthier’s to see when things change. Discussion will continue.
B. Nate Hayward is looking into adding reflectors at the new emergency building and Martha has contacted VEC about a light to illuminate the entrance off Route 2for the Emergency Services Building.
C. Town Clerk, Janet Yates handed out information about Health Insurance plans for the employees. The HRA plan did not work out the Town would like to go back to the Platinum Plan. There will be more discussion with the full board. We have until December 15 to make up our minds.
D. Residents from Shadowland were present to ask about junk on a property and were informed that the State law has been enforced and that there may be up to Three (3) unregistered cars on the property.
E. Anne Zolotas made a motion to contribute $100.00 to Front Porch Forum. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion was 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.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. Jim Benson, applicate for the Animal Control Officer was present to present his proposal Anne Zolotas made a motion to engage Jim Benson immediately as Animal Control Officer. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion was carried. Jim did inform the Board that he will be unavailable in May for 5 weeks and Grand Ile Animal Control Officer, Todd Boutin will cover for him.
8. Announcements and Communications:
A. see other business
9. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign orders19-08 and pay the bills associated with these orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
10. Executive Session:
Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into Executive Session on a legal matter at 7:59 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Anne Zolotas made a motion to come out of executive session at 8:10
Pm. The Board by consensus is going with Charlie Merriman’s recommendation.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 8:10 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Sharon Roy Jonathan Shaw, Chair