Regular Meeting of January 27, 2014
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 7:00 PM
Board Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Sarah Jacoby
Others Present: Sharon Roy, Town Clerk. Mitchel Cypes, Administrative Assistant. Also see sign in sheet.
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Acting Chairman Jonathan Shaw at 7:00 pm.
– Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of January 13, 2014 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
3. Public input:
A. Mike Bishop, chairman of the school board was present to discuss the capital improvements that need to be done to Folsom Educational and Community Center. Drainage issues have caused problems and it needs to be addressed before further damage occurs. The exact figures are not available, but a separate bond article for improvements to the drainage and building will be put to the voters. Several alternatives to try to reduce costs were considered, such as using the Town road department to excavate, diverting drainage via culverts and rights of way, selling the school grounds to the Town so it would be a Town expense rather than a school expense, etc. None of these scenarios are allowed due to bid requirements, State law, or would result in a cost savings. Since the school building is also used a Community center, it was suggested that the Town increase the dollar amount in the Town budget to the same percentage of the latest expenses as was done when Act 60 came into being 14 years ago to help decrease the school budget, as these Town funds have not kept up. The figure of approximately $30,000.00 more was suggested. This will help offset some of the Act 60/68 costs that this Town faces. The Board will consider this when finalizing the budget.
4. New Business:
A. Brian Costello of Local Motion was present to discuss the fact that Mark and Bonnie Rocheleau, who owns a portion of the old rail bed South of West Shore Rd., is selling his property and is willing to offer the Town an easement over this property. The terms of the easement were discussed and questions will be asked to clarify some of the terms submitted before a final document is presented and signing off on this.
B. Jeff Sikora of Apple Island Real Estate was present to discuss helping an informal group in Town prepare a visual presentation to be shown at Town Meeting regarding the Lavin property.
C. The Board worked on writing articles for Town Meeting.
5. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. South Street update: Values for rights of way were discussed. Mitch has contacted Evan Detrick and got clarification on the next steps. He will speak with the Town listers to see if they can be of assistance in order to proceed.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report submitted for discussion points.
7. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to sign the order #14-15 and #14-16 and pay the bills associated with said order. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The Town budget was worked on.
C. There will be a special Selectboard meeting on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Town Hall. The budget and articles will be finalized during this meeting.
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 9:00 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown Chris Herrick, Chair