Regular Meeting of Monday September 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall
Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Ross Brown, Anne Zolotas, David Carter
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk, Also Tim Maxham and Erin Morse
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of September 14, 2020. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
A. Erin Morse from the Recreation Commission was present to discuss White’s Beach regarding the name and the current ordinance. Erin read a statement from a resident that was published on FPF regarding the name. When budgeting for FY 2021/2022 occurs, there will be a discussion about White’s Beach since money is allocated for the area. There may be an article so the whole Town can vote on what will occur regarding the name, the need to replace all of the signs if the name changes and the need for possible paid enforcement. More info will follow.
5. New Business:
A. Ross Brown made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the South Hero Bicentennial Museum Committee and the Town regarding the “Tourist Honeymoon” cabin and it’s placement to the west side of the Old White Meeting House. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. David Carter made a motion to accept the proposal from DJ’s Tree Service to remove all of the ash trees in the ROW on West Shore Rd. from South St to the meadows for $7500.00. Work will commence in early November. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The Road crew will get an estimate to remove 3 large poplars in the ROW on Hill Rd. and East Shore Rd.
C. David Carter made a motion to accept the Errors and Omissions from the Listers for land listed as lot RT512 valued at $43,500.00 that was sold by LCT to the State of Vermont. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the report on www.southherovt.org or filed with these minutes.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
8. Announcements and Communications:
A. See other business
9. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-07 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. David Carter made a motion to approve the formation of a special fund to hold money for Recording Book Preservation fees. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve Letter of Intent to Participate in the Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid Program document. This will be for a $6300.00 grant for ditching work where the Town’s share will be 20% match. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into Executive session to discuss legal matters regarding the Zlotoff museum at 7:30 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 7:44. No action was taken after executive session and the attorneys will continue with the case, as is.
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 7:45 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Jonathan Shaw, Chairman
Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard September 28, 2020
1. The application for the Cathedral Square Implementation Grant for proposed Senior Housing has been submitted to Vermont Community Development. Cathedral Square will present the project to the VCDP Board on November 5th. If accepted, the grant will be awarded 2 weeks later.
2. The final progress report for the VCDP Senior Housing Planning Grant (PR-2018-2-South Hero-00076) was submitted today (9-28-20) and I received notification that it has been received by the VT Dept. of Housing and Community Development. Once this is reviewed and accepted the planning grant will be closed and the Implementation Grant application can be considered.
The Planning Commission is meeting at the Town Office with proper social distancing and mask protocols. The Commission continues to finalize a draft ordinance for regulating mobile vendors (including food trucks). Topics of discussion also include sidewalk repair and maintenance and new sidewalks. The Commission would like to consider a future grant application for sidewalks in the villages but agreed to wait until next year before applying.
Development Review Board:
– The DRB has scheduled hearings currently through the end of October. All hearings are being held via Zoom.
– Recent DRB decisions have included conditional use approval and preliminary site plan approval for development of Lot #4 in the Lavin subdivision at 275 US RT 2. The Applicant is still required to apply for final site plan approval for the proposed project. Other DRB approvals include conditional use and site plan approval for a nano-brewery at the location of the former bagel/deli shop next to Simon’s at 1 Ferry Rd. (previously Island Beverage). Hearings on September 23rd were for upgrades to the Allen Point access from Martin Rd. to the Colchester causeway and expanded parking for the fishing/boat access on RT 2 in Keeler Bay Village. The Applicant for both hearings is Vermont Fish and Wildlife. The DRB will render decisions for both reviews at their October 14, 2020 meeting.
– A preliminary site plan review for the proposed senior housing is scheduled for Octoer 28th.
– Recent DRB hearing decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office.
Martha Taylor Varney, ZA and Selectboard Assistant