ZA’s Report to SB – 1/13/20

January 20, 2020

Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard                                Jan. 13, 2020

 

Discussion Items:

  1. Sherry Corbin and Bob Krebs have resigned from the Development Review Board. I am asking the Selectboard to appoint current Alternate and DRB Clerk James Brightwell to finish Sherry’s 3-year term, due to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, and to appoint Mike Welsh to a 1-year term as Alternate. In addition, I am also asking the Selectboard to appoint Sue Arguin to fill the remaining Alternate member 1-year term. This will fill all available openings on the DRB — 7 full-time and 2 Alternate members.
  2. Jim Brightwell has accepted the Selectboard’s appointment to the open position on NRPC’s Clean Water Advisory Board.
  3. Need Selectboard to sign letter to VT Community Development Program committing staff (my) time as a contribution to General Administration activities for the VCDP Planning Grant.
  4. Cathedral Square contacted me to say that one of the requirements for the Planning Grant, re: the proposed Senior Housing, is attendance at a Fair Housing Training by either myself or a member of the Selectboard. The next training will be held in Spring 2020 (date TBA). The training is generally held in Montpelier. Cathedral Square has also asked me to provide to them a copy of the Town’s insurance certificate/liability insurance and a copy of the Town’s Financial Management Policy (would that be Section 1?)
  5. Cathedral Square informed me that the proposed wastewater site for the Senior Housing has more capacity than is needed for that project and suggested the Town consider whether it may be utilized as a community wastewater system. The Agency of Natural Resources has a number of different funding opportunities for village community wastewater and is inviting interested Selectboards or Planning Commission to attend a meeting with ANR Wastewater Investment Division and USDA Rural Development on Jan 21st at 2:30 PM. Any interest?

 

-Planning Commission:

The Planning Commission will be meeting on Jan 15th to edit the Development Regulations draft in response to comments from the January 6th Selectboard public hearing. The edited document will be posted on the Town website.

 

-Development Review Board: The Board has no hearings scheduled for Jan 22nd but will have a short business meeting and hold 2 deliberatives that night from hearings on the 8th. The continuation of the RL Vallee Site Plan and Conditional Use review for a Maplefield’s behind McKee’s is still on the schedule for Feb. 26th. My understanding is that Cota’s has a buyer and the new owners will be buying their gas from Vallee. Once the sale closes, I will contact Vallee’s attorney to see if they intend to continue the conditional use and site plan review begun on August 28, 2019.

– Recent decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor Varney, ZA and Selectboard Assistant

 

January 13, 2020 SB Minutes

January 20, 2020

SELECTBOARD MINUTES

Regular Meeting of January 13, 2020

South Hero Town Hall, Monday 6:00 PM

 

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas, David Carter, Skip Brown, and Sharon Roy

Others Present: Martha Varney, Administrative Assistant, Janet Yates, Town Clerk/Treasurer, Doug Patterson, Cecile Roy, Tim Maxham, Will Moran, Sandy Gregg, Mike Wickenden, Jenny Schulz, Cody Fiala, Herman Fossi.

 

  1. Called to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Shaw at 6:00 pm

 

  1. Adjustment to Agenda:

-Add executive session at end of meeting.

 

  1. Minutes:

David Carter made a motion to accept the minutes of the special meeting of December 16, 2019 as written; second by Anne Zolotas. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Anne Zolotas made a motion to accept the minutes of the Emergency meeting of December 26, 2019 as written; second by Sharon Roy. Jonathan Shaw and David Carter were not in attendance; all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

David Carter made a motion to accept the minutes of the special meeting of January 6, 2020 (Selectboard Public Hearing) as written; second by Anne Zolotas. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

  1. Public input:

There was none.

 

  1. New Business:
  2. A. Cecile Gove presented an appeal letter to the State regarding the reappraisal. David Carter made a motion to sign the letter; second by Anne Zolotas. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
  3. B. Mike Wickenden and Herman Fossi of South Hero Rescue presented a proposed Article to hire EMT support when there is little coverage during daytime hours. An Article asking for up to $55,000 to hire EMT help will be submitted for Town meeting.
  4. C. David Carter moved to sign the Fraud Prevention Policy; second by Anne Zolotas. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
  5. D. Anne Zolotas made a motion that the proposed amended Development Regulations be an article at Town meeting [rather than being approved by the Selectboard]; seconded by Sharon Roy. Jonathan Shaw, Anne Zolotas, and Sharon Roy so voted; Skip Brown and David Carter voted nay. The Article will go to a Town vote at Town Meeting.

 

 

  1. Administrative Assistant Report:
  2. A. See the report on southherovt.org or filed with this report.
  3. B. Skip Brown moved to appoint Mike Welsh and Sue Arguin as Alternate members of the Development Review Board for 1-year terms, and to appoint current Alternate Jim Brightwell to complete the term of full-time member Sherry Corbin who resigned from the Board this month; the motion was seconded by David Carter. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

 

 

  1. 7. Old and Ongoing Business:
  2. A. The Board reviewed the final budget for the 2021 fiscal year.
  3. The Board discussed the wording for Articles that will be approved at the 1/27/20 meeting.

 

  1. Announcements and Communications:
  2. David Carter made the motion to re-appoint Erin Morse and Carol Tremble to 3-year terms on the Recreation Committee; seconded by Anne Zolotas.
  3. The town office will continue to be a FEMA emergency management center.
  4. David Carter met with the Vermont Electric Co-op arborist who explained that VEC will be clearing trees, including Ash, from within their utility rights-of-way. She recommended that the Town wait to remove any Ash trees along the roads until after they are finished since the utility may be removing them anyway. A map showing the area of Emerald Ash Borer infestation and the proposed roads and rights-of-way where VEC will be working has been posted in the Town Office boardroom.
  5. David Carter made the motion to sign the contract to continue the Town’s annual agreement with the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
  6. David Carter made the motion to sign orders number 20-13, 20-13A, and 20-14. The motion was seconded and approved.

 

  1. Adjournment:

-8:18PM: Anne Zolotas made the motion to move to executive session for personnel matters.

-8:30PM: The Board announced that David Carter will address the personnel matter. David Carter moved to adjourn; Anne Zolotas seconded. All in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,                                      Approved by,

 

_______________________________               ________________________________

Martha Taylor-Varney – Asst. to SB                  Jonathan Shaw, Chair

 

January 6, 2020 Minutes

January 8, 2020

Selectboard Minutes
Special Meeting of January 6, 2020
Worthen Library, Monday 6:00 PM

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, David Carter, Sharon Roy
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Martha Taylor Varney, ZA & SB Assistant. Also, see sign in sheet.

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

New Business:
A. Public Hearing, re: update of zoning regulations. Chairman Shaw turned the presentation over to the Planning Commission (PC) Chairman, Doug Patterson. Doug explained that the process of updating the zoning regulations began over 3 years ago and that the PC has held dozens of open meetings while the process has been ongoing. He explained that, while this is the final draft, suggestions for minor changes in wording are welcome and will be discussed at their next meeting. After the presentation, questions were taken and answered, and comments were heard. There are 2 ways of enacting the new regulations. There can be a vote by the Selectboard or there can be a vote by the whole Town. No decision of the process has been determined.

Adjournment:
-Jonathan Shaw made a motion to adjourn 7:30pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                        Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                       Jonathan Shaw, Chairman

December 26, 2019 Minutes

December 27, 2019

Selectboard Minutes
Emergency Meeting of December 26, 2019

Board Members Present:, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, Sharon Roy
Board Members Not Present: Jonathan Shaw, David Carter
Others Present: none

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Acting Chairman Zolotas at 10:05 am

New Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to sign and approve the liquor license application from Simon’s Island Beverage. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

10. Adjournment:
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to adjourn 10:10 am. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                        Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown Anne                                            Zolotas, Acting Chairman

December 16, 2019 Minutes

December 18, 2019

Selectboard Minutes
Special Meeting of December 16, 2019
South Hero Town Hall, Monday 6:00 PM

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, David Carter, Sharon Roy
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk/Treasurer and Martha Taylor Varney, ZA & SB Assistant. Also, see sign in sheet.

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 accept the minutes of December 16, 2019 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. none

5. New Business:
A. David Carter and Sandy Gregg and the Board discussed The Old White Meeting house. David and Sandy advised about setting up an article to fund money to be available for grants and the Town match, as well as money for future infrastructure needs for the building. More information will be at a future meeting when all Town articles for Town meeting are finalized.
B. The general Town articles were discussed.
C. Certain Town policies need to be updated in order to meet federal guidelines for possible future grants.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Plan policy. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the Municipal Policies and Codes. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. David Carter made a motion to approve and have the Chairman sign a letter of support for a possible Recreational Trail Program grant. 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.
B. David Carter made a motion to appoint Jim Brightwell to the NRPC Clean Water Advisory Board. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. There will be a public hearing to discuss the updated Development Regulations on January 6, 2020 at the Worthen Library community room at 6:00pm.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The 2020/2021 budget was worked on.
B. Jonathan Shaw spoke with VLCT, attorney Matthew Little and Sherriff Allen. He advised the Board on what he learned about Town’s responsibility about Dubuque Lane. As of now, no changes will be made. More info will follow at a future meeting.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. none

9. Other Business:
A. none

10. Adjournment:
-Sharon Roy made a motion to adjourn 7:17pm. 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 Dec. 16, 2019

Discussion Items:
1. One person interested in the Alternate position on the DRB attended the 12/11 meeting to get further information. He said he would notify me soon if he decided to formally apply. Jim Brightwell expressed interest in the open position on NRPC’s Clean Water Advisory Board. Amanda Holland of NRPC tells me that this committee will be reorganized in the next few months and Jim may be an asset to that process.
2. I attended the NRPC Zoning Roundtable in St. Albans on Dec 12.
3. The Town was awarded the Agency of Commerce and Community Development planning grant for $60,000 for proposed senior housing in South Hero. Cathedral Square will administer the grant and will be working on the award conditions. The Municipal Policies and Codes document and VCDP Anti-Displacement Plan are available tonight for adoption by the Selectboard. Patrick Scheld of VCDP explained that the Anti-Displacement Plan still needs to be signed even if it does not apply.
4. Sherry Corbin will be resigning from the DRB once I can find a replacement. I will place a notice under Town News in the Islander.

-Planning Commission:
Printed copies of the draft Development Regulations are being printed by Minuteman Press and will hopefully be finished on Wednesday. Once I receive them, I will contact all SB members and will make arrangements to get you each a copy. I would like the document and accompanying maps and reports to be posted on the Town website’s home page, so they are easier to find. A limited number of printed copies will be available for the public. I will be submitting an article for the Islander and information will be put on Front Porch Forum about the Regulations updates and the public hearing on Jan 6th. I’ve made up a flyer to be distributed throughout Town, beyond the usual locations for posting warnings. Doug Patterson will present the draft at the SB public hearing, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

-Development Review Board: There will be no second DRB meeting in December due to Christmas. A site plan amendment has already been scheduled for January 8th, in addition to a Final Plan review for a 3-lot subdivision. The continuation of the RL Vallee Site Plan and Conditional Use review for a Maplefield’s behind McKee’s is still on the schedule for Feb. 26th. Recent decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney
Zoning Administrator and Assistant to the Selectboard