March 22, 2021 Minutes

March 24, 2021

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday March 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM
At South Hero Town Hall and via Zoom

Board Members Present: David Carter/Chairman, Skip Brown/Board Secretary, Anne Zolotas, Ross Brown, Chuck Hulse
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Erin Morse/Town Clerk, Kim Julow/Town Treasurer and Martha Taylor-Varney/ZA. Also see sign in sheet of in person and Zoom attendees.

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Carter at 7:05 pm

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-none

3. Minutes:
-Ross Brown made a motion to approve the minutes of March 8, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. none

5. New Business:
A. The Town website template is on a WordPress platform, but it is not mobile phone optimized. The consensus of the Board is to have Skip speak with web developers and get an estimate to update the platform.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.
B. The Old White Meeting House (OWMH) planning grant has certain conditions and the administrator would like to see the Town’s financial policies outlined. David Carter will review the Town financial policies handbook to see if it is up to date.
C. The proposed BayView Crossing is still undergoing review:
– A municipal impact questionnaire was submitted. The Board reviewed and answered the questions. Ross Brown made a motion to approve and have the Chairman sign the Municipal Impact Questionnaire. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-A site plan of the proposed development was submitted and reviewed. There does not appear to be parking for the CIDER vans even though CIDER plans to move their office there. Should the CIDER vans need to move from the OWMH parking area as it may be updated, it will then be up to them to secure future parking. Ross Brown made a motion to approve the site plan. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The Delinquent Tax Collector position was discussed. The Town voted at Town Meeting that a Delinquent Tax Collector can be appointed by the Selectboard. The Town Treasurer, Kim Julow, will prepare necessary warrants for the Delinquent Tax Collector for overdue taxes. A Delinquent Tax Collector handbook was purchased from VLCT. There are specific guidelines per State Statute to be Delinquent Tax Collector. Chuck Hulse will prepare a summarized job description and will present it at the next meeting.
B. The Town Constable position was discussed. The Town voted at Town Meeting that the Town Constable can be appointed by the Selectboard. There are specific guidelines per State Statute and VLCT to be Town Constable. Chuck Hulse has will prepare a summarized job description and will present it at the next meeting. Note that the Town Constable may also be the Delinquent Tax Collector, but it is not required to be the same person.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. See other business

9. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-19 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Recreation Commission (RC) update: David Hobbs and Chuck Hulse gave a summary of the last RC meeting.
The minutes of that meeting can be seen on the Town website. Parking permits at the Town’s “White Beach” were discussed. Chuck Hulse made a motion to offer each South Hero Town resident up to two parking permits at $5.00 each and offer up to 40 non-resident parking permits at $45.00 each. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Road Department update: Ross Brown noted that the new floor for the Town garage will be poured this week. Not as much sand and salt was us this year, so there is still a large pile remaining. The possibility of a salt shed was discussed. A paving grant will be applied for. Ross Brown made a motion to review and sign the Certificate of Compliance for Town Road & Bridge Standards and Network Inventory form. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign the following Liquor License renewals for McKees Island Pub: 3rd Class Liquor, 1st Class beer and wine and Outside consumption; and for Chefworks/The Roving Feast: 3rd Class Liquor and 3rd Class beer and wine. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
E. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign the Mobile vendor license for The Hive Café that will be located at Allenholm Farm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
F. Ross Brown made a motion to go into executive session for personnel matters at 8:45 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 9:25 pm. Note that the Town Clerk and Town Treasurer have been hourly employees since they were voted in on Town Meeting Day. Upon exiting executive session, Skip Brown made a motion to make the Town Clerk and Town Treasurer positions salaried from the next pay period. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

10. Adjournment:
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 9:27 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                        Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                       David Carter, Chairman

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard                                               March 22, 2021

Discussion Items:

  1. Ross Brown is adding himself as the new Municipal Authorizing Official (MAO) for South Hero on the State’s GEARS system.
  2. A condition for the planning grant awarded to the Town for the Old White Meeting House includes that the Town must have adopted policies and procedures for Financial Management that have been approved by the Selectboard. NRPC sent me the list of requirements. The deadline for the information is May 1st, but NRPC would like it as soon as possible in order to move the grant forward. I will have a list of the required policies at the 3/22 SB meeting.
  3. I contacted Ian Degutis, VTrans liaison to the Vermont Traffic Committee, about the process needed to get “No Parking” signs along sections of RT 2 in both South Hero and Keeler Bay Villages. The Town must make a formal request, noting specific locations and detailed descriptions of concern.  VTrans will review the locations and make their recommendations to the Vermont Traffic Committee.  Blue Paddle by the Bay in Keeler Bay Village reopens on May 1st.  This area of RT 2 was particularly dangerous last summer, and I received numerous phone calls and emails about it.  Because it is legal to park in the breakdown lane of RT 2, I got no cooperation from the business or landowner to encourage customers to use the available parking.  I recommend the Town take this step as an attempt to make this and other areas of concern safer.
  4. I contacted Bob Buermann about getting an energy audit for the Town Office from Efficiency Vermont. Well, it turns out that there was one done in 2009.  Lighting was upgraded by DC Energy Innovations.  Recommendations from the thermal energy audit have also all been implemented.  All the audits were paid for through a regional planning energy grant.  There are records of the audit in the Town Office.  Bob said it took less than 2 years for the savings to match the Town’s out-of-pocket matching funds.
  5. Buermann Engineering has given me the site plan for the proposed Bayside Crossing senior housing at 10 Carter Lane. Jay has asked the Selectboard to review the plan and make comments to be included in the project’s Land Use Permit application.  I will have the plans in the boardroom for the 3/22 Selectboard meeting and will send digital copies to Anne.
  6. I will be attending the VCDP board meeting (virtually) as the Town representative for the Board’s discussion of the Cathedral Square application for an Implementation Grant for Bayside Crossing Senior Housing. The first application earlier in the year for this grant was not awarded.  This will be the second time the application will be presented.

Planning Commission:

The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.

The Planning Commission’s April 7 meeting will be with Greta Brunswick of NRPC. Discussion will include whether the Town will need a municipal planning grant for the 2023 Town Plan update, changes to Act 143 and 179 and if these changes contradict anything in the current Development Regulations, recommendations from the State to consider regulations for airfields and heliports, and possible opportunities through the American Recovery Act.

  1. The Planning Commission has received positive feedback about a possible Small Business Saturday to include all the Grand Isle County communities on November 20. Plans for this will continue.

Development Review Board:

I am scheduling DRB hearings into late May 2021.  All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Several of these hearings are to complete the requirements for the new mobile vendors’ license.

–  Upcoming hearings also include a combined subdivision/planned unit development review, the continuation of a CU/SP review for an accessory use, the final site plan review for Bayview Crossing (4/14), and a CU/SP review for the Zlotoff Foundation’s Car museum.  Once this review is complete, the Foundation’s current notice of violation will be cured.

–  Recent DRB hearing decisions are posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2021 Minutes

March 10, 2021

Reorganizational + Regular Selectboard Meeting
Minutes of Meeting of March 8, 2021
South Hero Town Hall and via Zoom, Monday 6:00 PM

Board Present via Zoom and in person (after swearing in): David Carter, Ross Brown, Anne Zolotas (left meeting at 7:55), Charles “Chuck” Hulse, Graham “Skip” Brown
Board Not present: none
Others Present: Erin Morse, Town Clerk, Kim Julow, Town Treasurer and Martha Taylor-Varney, Administrative Assistant. Also, see sign in sheet of in person and Zoom attendees.Attendance SB 03-08-2021

1. Called to Order: The meeting was called to order by Erin Morse at 6:02 PM.

2. Board Reorganization and appointments:
A. The meeting was opened by the Town Clerk, Erin Morse, for reorganization. Skip Brown and Chuck Hulse were sworn in.
B. Erin Morse asked for nominations for the Chairperson of the Selectboard. Skip Brown made a motion to nominate David Carter as Chairman of the Selectboard. Anne Zolotas made a motion to nominate Ross Brown as Chairman of the Selectboard. Ross Brown withdrew his name from consideration. The motion for David Carter as Chairman was seconded, David Carter abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried. The meeting was then turned over to David Carter.
C. Ross Brown made a motion to appoint Skip Brown as clerk to the Selectboard. The motion was seconded, Skip Brown abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried
D. Skip Brown made a motion to appoint Ross Brown as Vice Chairman to the Selectboard. The motion was seconded, Ross Brown abstained, the others so voted and the motion carried.
E. Ross Brown made a motion that the regular Selectboard meetings will be at 7:00 pm during Daylight Saving Time and 6:00 pm during Daylight Standard Time at Town Hall and via Zoom unless otherwise noted. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
F. Ross Brown made a motion that Postings of agendas and other official posting locations will be the Town Hall, the Post office, and The Worthen Library. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
G. Skip Brown made a motion that The Islander would be the paper of record for legal notices. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
H. Appointments:
-Ross Brown made a motion to re-appoint Anne Zolotas as Tree Warden. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion to re-appoint John Roy as Road Commissioner. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion that the animal control officer will remain Jim Benson. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion to re-appoint David Carter as Emergency Management Director. The motion was seconded, David abstained, the others in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to appoint Chuck Hulse Deputy Emergency Management Officer. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
I. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign the FY2021/2022 Selectboard Rules of Procedure. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.Rules of Procedure 2021

4. Adjustment to the Agenda:
-none

Minutes:
-Ross Brown a motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of February 22, 2021 as written. The motion was seconded, Chuck Hulse abstained, the others in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

5. Public input:
A. PC member Sandy Gregg stated that there will be a public EV charging station installed in South Hero. The first one will go on Community Lane and a possible second one may be installed at Town Hall. The “Better Places” grant opportunity that was applied for “pocket parks” in South Hero was not awarded during this round. If another grant opportunity presents, then the Town can apply again.

6. New Business:
A. Erin Morse gave an update as the new Town Clerk.
-Naomi King is hired as an assistant Town Clerk/Treasurer and Sam Hilliker will remain as an assistant Town Clerk/Treasurer.
-The office hours will remain the same as before for now: Monday-Wednesday 8:30-4:30 PM and from 8:30-5:00 on Thursdays.
-There are some computer and phone issues that will be looked into.
-In order to help reduce foot traffic in Town Hall, she hopes to utilize the website to have forms uploaded that a client can then print out and then ether mail or use the drop box outside of Town Hall.
B. Kim Julow gave an update as the new Town Treasurer.
-Since the role of Town Clerk and Treasurer has been a position that one person has held in the past, it will take a little time to define the separate roles of each new elected official.
-Due to input from the auditor, she will begin to set up a new “point of sale” procedure for the intake of money.
– Ross Brown made a motion to approve and sign the document that stipulates that one Selectboard member may approve and sign the orders so that payroll and bills may be paid on time. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Note that the full Board will review and sign them at the next scheduled meeting.
-Ross Brown made a motion that the Treasurer may be temporary collector of delinquent taxes and may send notices to delinquent taxpayers. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion that the Board will adopt delinquent tax procedures and will appoint a delinquent tax collector at a future meeting. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion that the bill from Candy Lab may be paid using funds from the “gifts and recognition” budget line. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the Road Commissioner and/or Road Foreman to sign road permits and postings. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Due to a conflict of interest, newly elected Constable Ross Brown resigned as Town Constable. The Board will research the role and seek a replacement to appoint to the position at a future meeting.

7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. Martha presented a written report. See the written report available in Town Hall or on the Town website for all of discussion points.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint Ross Brown as a Municipal Authorizing Official (MAO) to approve actions and financial expenditures on grants that the Town is an applicant for. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Charles Hulse made a motion to appoint Anne Zolotas as a Municipal Authorizing Official (MAO) to approve actions and financial expenditures on grants that the Town is an applicant for. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Parking in the breakdown lane in the Village districts on Route 2 is allowed. This has caused some problems with visibility sight lines in the past. Ross Brown made a motion to allow the ZA permission to reach out to VTrans to explore the possibility of no parking zones on certain sections of Route 2. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

8. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. Nothing new at this meeting.

9. Other Business:
A. Ross Brown made a motion to sign orders #21-18. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

B. Ross Brown will be a liaison between the Board and the Road Department and will make regular reports to the Board. Chuck Hulse will be a liaison between the Board and the Rec. Commission. He will make regular reports to the Board.
C. Ross Brown made a motion to approve the class 2 liquor license permit applications for: Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli, Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli outside consumption, Arbor Farm Market, LLC, and Keeler’s Bay Variety. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. Ross Brown made a motion to pause the renaming of White’s Beach to South Hero Town Beach until the Recreation Commission can hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the Board. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
E. Ross Brown made a motion to go into executive session for personnel matters at 8:15. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:35 pm. Upon exiting executive session, Ross Brown made a motion that the former Town Clerk may paid for one more pay period. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

10. Adjournment:
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn at 8:40 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                         Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                        David Carter, Chair

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard                                                          March 8, 2021

Discussion Items:

  1. A new Municipal Authorizing Official (MAO), preferably 2, needs to be appointed by the Board to authorize the SB Assistant to approve actions and financial expenditures on grants for which the Town are Applicants (currently Bayview Crossing and Old White Meeting House). It is my understanding that this official must be someone who can authorize financial expenditures.  Although I manage the grant applications, I cannot be the MAO.
  2. The application for the Implementation Grant for Bayside Crossing was re-submitted in late February. I have been asked by Cathedral Square to be available again for VCDP’s Board meeting on April 1st to present the application, along with Robin Way of CIDER and Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square, to the VCDP Board.
  3. I contacted Craig Keller at VTrans to ask if the Town had any way to prohibit parking in the breakdown lane of RT 2 in areas of South Hero and Keeler Bay villages where parked cars cause safety issues. Keller responded that the Selectboard could request, in writing, for the Vermont Traffic Committee to consider a “No Parking” zone.  If approved, it could be legally enforced legally enforced.  I am asking the Selectboard to consider this.
  4. Lauren Treftz of 384 South St. called me to ask if she could host a family get-together at White’s Beach (this is not an attempt to take sides in the current conversation) on Easter Sunday (April 4) for 2 hours, beginning at 10AM. She plans for fewer than 10 people attending.  I suspect this won’t be a popular beach day.
  5. Will the Selectboard consider allowing Efficiency Vermont to do a building assessment of the Town Office and possibly change out the light fixtures for more energy efficient ones? The florescent lights in the Zoning Office are starting to blink (again).  Very frustrating (and annoying…).  The Town Clerk concurs.
  6. The Better Places grant application, to place pocket parks at the ‘Honeymoon Cottage’ and behind the Worthen Library, was not awarded to South Hero. There were many more applications than anticipated and the State is considering another grant opportunity.
  7. There is a 5th Monday this month (March 31st). Is the Selectboard interested in meeting with the Planning Commission and Development Review Board, via Zoom?
  8. Re: The Feb 2019 Notice of Violation to the Zlotoff Foundation for use of the first floor of the barn at Apple Island Resort for use as a car museum – I have received an application for conditional use and site plan review for the museum. Once this review is held, the NOV will be considered cured.

Planning Commission:

The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.

  1. The Planning Commission is looking at its long-term schedule to update the Town Plan by August of 2023. Previously, the Plan was required to be updated every 5 years, but after the 2015 update the State requirements changed to every 8 years.  Greta Brunswick of NRPC will join the April 7 meeting to discuss this update and whether the Town should consider applying for a Municipal Planning Grant for help with this project.
  2. The Planning Commission has received positive feedback about a possible Small Business Saturday to include all the Grand Isle County communities in November. Michele Gammal will be meeting with Sherry Potvin of the Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation and Randy Smith of Buy Vermont Local in March to further discuss ideas.  The Commission agreed that the best date for this year would be the Saturday before Thanksgiving – Nov. 20th.
  3. Other topics of conversation include Acts 143 (On-Farm Accessory Businesses) and Act 179 (Accessory Dwellings). The SB agreed to an amendment of the Development Regulations in late 2020 to reflect the State’s definition of Accessory Dwellings.  Additional review requirements by the State may necessitate further amendments.  The PC will be discussing this with NRPC at the 4/7 meeting.
  4. Additional topics of discussion include whether there is a need to proactively include regulations for airfields and helipads. Vermont Transportation Board is putting together information for towns to consider when deciding whether these regulations may be necessary.

Development Review Board:

I am scheduling DRB hearings into late May 2021.  All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Several of these hearings are to complete the requirements for the new mobile vendors’ license.

–  Upcoming hearings also include a variance request, a CU/SP review for an accessory use, and subdivision.

–  Recent DRB hearing decisions are posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

 

 

 

February 22, 2021 Minutes

February 25, 2021

Selectboard Minutes
Town Meeting information + Regular Meeting of Monday February 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present in person or via Zoom: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Ross Brown, Anne Zolotas and David Carter.
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk, Erin Morse and Martha Taylor-Varney. Also see sign in sheet of in person and/or Zoom attendees who interacted during the meeting. (Per VLCT, not all who viewed the meeting need to be included) Attendance SB 02-22-2021

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 6:00 pm

2. Town Meeting Discussion of Articles:
A. Chairman Shaw advised of the rules of the meeting. He then read the articles as warned and asked for questions or comments:
-Article 1: no comment
-Article 2: no comment
-Article 3: no specific comment on the article, but Bob Buermann (citizen and Town representative to NRPC) was pleased that the road crew got grants for roadside ditching and was able to do the work in order to mitigate runoff into the Lake. He hopes that future grants will be applied for.
-Article 4: no comment
-Article 5: no comment
-Article 6: no comment
-Article 7: no comment
-Article 8: no comment
-Article 9: no comment
B. General comments made:
-David Hobbs asked that support for South Hero Rescue (SHR). He suffered a stroke and stated that the quick response time of approximately 5 minutes by SHR probably prevented a more major problem.
-Becky Kingston is new to Town and asked about seeing former budgets. Most of the recent Town Reports are online and have the information in them, or they are available to view in Town Hall.

3. Adjustment to Agenda:
-none

4. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of February 8, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

5. Public input:
A. Erin Morse presented a token gift to from the Board to retiring Town Clerk, Janet Yates and Selectboard Chairman Jonathan Shaw. Thanks for their good work for the Town!

6. New Business:
A. Mike Wickenden had resigned from the Recreation Commission (RC). The RC has a meeting in March and will make a recommendation to the Board for a replacement after their meeting.
B. David Carter made a motion to allow the newly elected Town Clerk/Treasurer to hire assistant(s) with a starting salary of $16.00/hour. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

7. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.
B. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign an access permit for sidewalk work in the State right of way for the proposed BayView Crossing senior housing project. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

8. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. none at this meeting

9. Announcements and Communications:
A. See other business

10. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-17 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into Executive session at 6:40 pm for legal matters regarding the Zlotoff lawsuit. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 6:50. Upon exiting executive Session, Ross Brown made a motion to approve the settlement agreement between the Zlotoff Foundation and the Town of South Hero as stipulated in the mediation agreement of February 22, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

11. Adjournment:
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 6:51 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                        Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown, Board Secretary                        Chairman

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard February 22, 2021

Discussion Items:
1. I was deposed on February 18 as part of the Zlotoff appeal of Zoning violations that is currently before Environmental Court.
2. The application for the Implementation Grant for Bayside Crossing was re-submitted last week. The previous application did not receive funding, but we are hopeful that this application will be approved. The VCDP Board meets at the beginning of April.
3. The Environmental Review for the Bayview Crossing project has been received by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development.
4. Cathedral Square asked that the Selectboard sign their application for an access permit for the proposed Bayview Crossing senior housing for work that will reconstruct and maintain existing sidewalk within the state highway right-of-way.
5. I will be attending a virtual ZA’s Roundtable this Thursday sponsored by NRPC. Subjects to be discussed include a presentation on Act 143 – Accessory On-Farm Businesses, and new legislation related to Accessory Dwelling Units (already covered by S. Hero).
Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.
A. The Planning Commission is looking at its long-term schedule to update the Town Plan by August of 2023. Previously, the Plan was required to be updated every 5 years, but after the 2015 update the State requirements changed to every 8 years. NRPC will join the March 22 meeting to discuss this update and whether the Town should consider applying for an MPG.for this project.
B. No word yet on the “Better Places” grant application for a pocket park at the ‘honeymoon cottage’ ad a second behind the Worthen Library. There were many applicants, and the Commission is hoping that the uniqueness of South Hero’s application will help.
C. The Planning Commission has received positive feedback about a possible Small Business Saturday to include all the Grand Isle County communities in November. Michele Gammal will be meeting with Sherry Potvin of the Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation and Randy Smith of Buy Vermont Local in March to further discuss ideas. The Commission agreed that the best date for this year would be the Saturday before Thanksgiving – Nov. 20th.
Development Review Board:
– The DRB is scheduling hearings into April 2021. All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Several of these hearings are to complete the requirements for a mobile vendors’ license.
– Upcoming hearings also include a variance request, a CU/SP review for an accessory use, and subdivision.
– Recent DRB hearing decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

February 8, 2021 Minutes

February 10, 2021

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday February 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), David Carter, Ross Brown in person and Anne Zolotas via Zoom.
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk and Martha Taylor-Varney. Also see sign in sheet of in person and Zoom attendees.Attendance SB 02-08-2021

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 6:00 pm

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-Add Executive session to the end of the meeting

3. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of January 25, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. none

5. New Business:
A. The Auditors have recommended some new and updated policies for the Town.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Trustees of Public Funds Investment Policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Credit Card Policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Capital Program and Budget Policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Debt Management Policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Investment Policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. There will be new Town/School Clerk and Town/School Treasurer after Town Meeting. Currently the position is combined and the Town/School Clerk and Town/School Treasurer is a salaried position. David Carter made a motion to pay the new Town/School Clerk and Town/School Treasurer at the rate of $28.00/hour without benefits (except to the mandatory State retirement fund). The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. When new hours are settled into, the position may once again become salaried.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.
B. Ross Brown made a motion to appoint Sherry Corbin as the 2nd alternate position to the DRB with the term ending on December 31, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Ross Brown made a motion to approve the Town of South Hero Application for Major Subdivision Final Plan Review zoning form. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Ross Brown made a motion to approve the South Hero Town Highway Permit application. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. Sidewalks in Town are in the State right of way. The State does not clear them of snow. Some options are for each business or resident to clear the sidewalk in front of their property, have the Town road crew purchase equipment to do it, or to hire some entity to do it. The sidewalks are very close to the road so that snow gets piled onto them frequently when the State plows Route 2. Janine Bellinghiri, who lives on Route 2, confirmed that the State plows frequently and she concurs that it would be impractical for the Town to do anything. Mostly, slush and sand gets pushed up, which then usually freezes.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. See other business

9. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-16 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 and sign the following liquor license renewal applications:
-Snow Farm Vineyard
-Simons Island Beverage
-#173 Jolley South Hero
-Victoria’s Café
The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Due to Covid-19, Town Meeting will be different. There will not be in in-person informational meeting and all voting will be done by Australian ballot. The voting for Town meeting will be either by absentee ballot or in person. The Town will not mail a ballot to every voter, so if a resident chooses to vote by mail, then they must request a ballot. Instructions are included with the Town Report.
-The actual Town meeting vote will be March 2, 2021. The informational Town portion will be via Zoom at a regular Selectboard meeting on February 22 at 6:00 pm and the school portion will be separate at a date and time. -The School Informational meeting will be via Google meet on Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm.
-See the Town Website www.southherovt.org Warning and Agenda link for instructions on how to join a meeting.
D. David Carter made a motion to go into Executive session at 7:00 pm for legal matters regarding the Zlotoff lawsuit. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Note that Martha is being deposed and that Jonathan will attend mediation. Executive session ended at 7:20. No action was taken after executive session.

10. Adjournment:
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 7:20 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                          Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                        Jonathan Shaw, Chairman

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard February 8, 2021

Discussion Items:
1. The DRB had a hearing on 1/13 for a proposed Arbor Farm Market change of use for the old CIDER building at 324 US RT 2. One of the curb cuts used for access to this location is on the Town’s lot for the Old White Meeting House. At the Jan 11 SB meeting, the Board agreed to allow Arbor Farm Market the use of the curb on the Town’s Old White Meeting House parcel to access their parking area. In anticipation of a DRB condition of approval, I have written a letter for the Board to approve and sign giving the Farm Market permission to use this access onto RT 2.
2. I am scheduled to be deposed on February 18 as part of the Zlotoff appeal of Zoning violations that is currently before Environmental Court.
3. The application for the Implementation Grant for Bayside Crossing will be submitted this week. The previous application did not receive funding, but we are hopeful that this application will be approved. The VCDP Board meets at the beginning of April.
4. The Environmental Review for the Bayview Crossing project has been received by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development.
5. I have two draft zoning application forms for the SB’s review and approval. The Planning Commission approved both forms at their Feb. 3 meeting. John Beaulac has approved the draft form for the Town Highway Permit.

Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.
A. The Planning Commission is looking at its long-term schedule to update the Town Plan by August of 2023. Previously, the Plan was required to be updated every 5 years, but after the 2015 update the State requirements changed to every 8 years. I have contacted NRPC to inquire whether there may be a need to apply for an MPG for this update.
B. No word yet on the “Better Places” grant application for a pocket park at the ‘honeymoon cottage’ ad a second behind the Worthen Library. There were many applicants, and the Commission is hoping that the uniqueness of South Hero’s application will help.
C. The Planning Commission has received positive feedback about a possible Small Business Saturday to include all the Grand Isle County communities in November. Michele Gammal will be meeting with Sherry Potvin of the Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation and Randy Smith of Buy Vermont Local in March to further discuss ideas.
Development Review Board:
-The DRB approved the Site Plan for Arbor Farm Market to operate in the old CIDER office structure and accepted the Town’s permission for the use of the RT 2 access partially on the Town’s property there.
-I’d like to recommend that the Selectboard appoint Sherry Corbin to a 1-year term as second Alternate on the DRB. Sherry’s background as a past ZA, in addition to long-time member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and recent full-time member of the DRB makes her very qualified.
– The DRB is scheduling hearings into March 2021. All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.
– Recent DRB hearing decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)

January 25, 2021 Minutes

January 26, 2021

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday January 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, and David Carter, Ross Brown in person.
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk and Martha Taylor-Varney. Also see sign in sheet of in person and Zoom attendees. Attendance SB 01-25-2021

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 6:00 pm

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-none

3. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of January 11, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. none

5. New Business:
A. Due to Covid-19, Town Meeting will be different. There will not be in in-person informational meeting and all voting will be done by Australian ballot. The voting for Town meeting will be either by absentee ballot or in person. The Town will not mail a ballot to every voter, so if a resident chooses to vote by mail, then they must request a ballot. Instructions will be included with the Town Report.
-The actual Town meeting vote will be March 2, 2021. The informational Town portion will be via Zoom at a regular Selectboard meeting on February 22 at 6:00 pm and the school portion will be separate at a date and time to be determined. More information will be forthcoming as the plan develops.
B. Sidewalks in Town are in the State right of way. The State does not clear them of snow. Some options are for each business or resident to clear the sidewalk in front of their property, have the Town road crew purchase equipment to do it, or to hire some entity to do it. The sidewalks are very close to the road so that snow gets piled onto them frequently when the State plows Route 2. The sidewalks are fairly narrow and they are not in great condition. A specialized sidewalk plow costs in the range of $80,000.-$100,000. Considering what to do, if anything, will be discussed at the next meeting.
C. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Certificate of Highway mileage. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.
B. There are multiple curb cuts on the north side of Route 2 in the section from Hill Rd. to Wally’s Point Rd., some of which are not a direct access to a property. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign a letter that the proposed Arbor Farm tenant can share access from the Town’s curb cut to the West of the Old White Meeting house with the former “CIDER” building, that is part of the Cedar Ledge complex at 328 Route 2. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The name “White’s Beach” of the Town owned property on West Shore Rd. has been used in South Hero for many years, due to it being adjacent to the farm of a family with the surname, White. It is not now, or has ever been, a racial designation. In any event, the name has caused agitation. Jonathan Shaw made a motion to rename the area “South Hero Town Beach”. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The understanding is that new signage and wording will need approval from the Selectboard. The current parking ordinance will need adjusting as to the new title.
B. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the “Official Warning, Annual Town Meeting of South Hero, Tuesday, March 2, 2021”. 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. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-15 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 and sign the Humane Society intake contract for dogs and cats. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. The consensus of the Board is that David Carter may speak with the Road Crew and Commissioner for Town business.
10. Adjournment:
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 7:15 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                            Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                       Jonathan Shaw, Chairman

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard January 25, 2021

Discussion Items:
1. The deadline to appeal the Mobile Vendor’s Ordinance was January 2nd. It became effective on January 22nd. I have already received inquiries for review.
2. I renewed the Town’s SAM registration (US Government’s System for Award Management) last week and received notification that the new registration is now active. This needs to be renewed annually and will be due for renewal before Jan 20, 2022
3. I will be attending a 2-part “Enabling Better Places” virtual seminar on Jan 26th. and 28th. Each session will be 1 ½ hr. This seminar aims to address housing challenges in Vermont.
4. The DRB had a hearing on 1/13 for a proposed Arbor Farm Market change of use for the old CIDER building at 324 US RT 2. One of the curb cuts used for access to this location is on the Town’s lot for the Old White Meeting House. At the Jan 11 SB meeting, the Board agreed to allow Arbor Farm Market the use of the curb on the Town’s Old White Meeting House parcel to access their parking area. In anticipation of a DRB condition of approval, I have written a letter for the Board to approve and sign giving the Farm Market permission to use this access onto RT 2.
5. I am scheduled to be deposed on February 18 as part of the Zlotoff appeal of Zoning violations that is currently before Environmental Court.
6. I received word that VHB was able to test the wells at the Dubuque Lane landfill on Dec. 2nd. The initial testing date required annually in October was not done due to insufficient groundwater after a very dry summer. The results still showed very high PFASs. Surrounding property owners were contacted last summer/fall for permission to drill test wells on their property to try to access if there was any PFAS contaminiation beyond the landfill site, but there was limited response. The State manager will try to get permission from the unresponsive landowners to allow the investigation to move forward. I have the lab results of the December tests for anyone who is interested – and can understand them.

Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.
A. The Planning Commission is looking at its long-term schedule to update the Town Plan by August of 2023. Previously, the Plan was required to be updated every 5 years, but after the 2015 update the State requirements changed to every 8 years.
B. In addition to the 2023 Town Plan, current discussions include applying for a Better Places Grant for developing pocket parks in the village – at the ‘Honeymoon Cottage’ next to the Old While Meeting House, and on the greenspace behind the Worthen Library. The grant was submitted in time to meet the Jan 22 deadline.
C. The PC’s meeting on Jan 20 was canceled. The next meeting is Feb. 3rd.

Development Review Board:
-I have advertised for a new DRB Alternate. The Alternates’ terms are for 1 year. So far, no response.
– The DRB has scheduled hearings currently through February 2021. All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.
– Recent DRB hearing decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)