November 23, 2020 Minutes

November 26, 2020

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday November 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, and Ross Brown in person. David Carter via Zoom.
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk in person and Martha Taylor-Varney via zoom. Also see sign in sheet of zoom attendees.Attendance SB 11-23-2020

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

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-Delete 7-C

3. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of October 26, 2020. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. none

5. New Business:
A. Members of the Recreation Commission presented a preliminary written budget request and explained it via zoom. The main part of the budget is level funded, with the assumption that some of the programs, such as the swim lessons, can proceed. They were cancelled this year due to Covid-19. The unknown at this time is whether to hire someone to monitor White’s Beach parking, sticker usage and beach rules in 2021. A job description needs to be developed to fully estimate how to proceed. More information will be presented at the next meeting. See attached. Recreation Budget Notes 2021-2022 2
-Note that all budget requests will be reviewed by the Selectboard, will be included in the Town Report and will be voted on by the Town residents in March of 2021.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. There was a discussion about the name of White’s Beach. The name White’s Beach 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. But, some feel that the name should be changed. At a previous meeting, the Selectboard voted to keep the name as it is, and to add signage with an explanation for the name. The Recreation Commission does not feel that it is their place to unilaterally change the name.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve the Ordinance to License and Regulate Mobile Vendors. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Per statute, the ordinance will go into effect in 60 days should there be no appeal.
C. David Carter made a motion to approve and have the Chairman sign a letter of support for a grant opportunity titled Libraries Transforming Communities Grant that the Worthen Library is applying for. 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 21-11 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Skip Brown made a motion to appoint Thomas Chagnon for a three year term to the Recreation Commission. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

C. Everett Dubuque sent a letter that he is resigning from as Constable and tax collector effective December 31, 2020. More information will follow after a discussion with VLCT on how to proceed with a possible new person to fill the roles.
D. The general Town budget was worked on.

10. Adjournment:
-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

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard November 23, 2020

Discussion Items:
1. The 3-year terms of 3 DRB members and the 1-year terms of the 2 Alternates will expire on Dec. 31. I have placed an ad in the Islander for anyone interested in the Development Review Board. It is my intention to recommend re-appointment for all members whose terms are expiring but will wait until the 12/14 Selectboard meeting to allow for any additional interested persons.
2. I have been notified by David Dewyea that delivery of the new computer for the Zoning Office has been delayed until after the new year.
3. I am currently working from home but will be in the office, as needed, on various evenings and Fridays to take care of business that cannot be conducted from my home.

Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission is now holding meetings via Zoom.
A. The Commission has finalized a draft for an “Ordinance to License and Regulate Mobile Vendors”. I have given each SB member a copy of the Ordinance. If approved by the Board at a future meeting it will need to be posted throughout town and published in the Islander. Unless 5% of the Town’s registered voters appeal the SB’s approval within 44 days of approval, the Ordinance will become effective 60 days after the Selectboard’s approval date. If approved this evening, the Ordinance will become effective January 22, 2021.
B. In an act related to promoting affordable housing, the State’s Planning and Development Act has changed its requirements regarding accessory dwellings. These differ from the Town’s current definition – 1BR dwelling, clearly subordinate to a single household dwelling; measuring up to 50% of the total habitable floor area of the single household dwelling but may not exceed 700sf. The State’s new definition allows for additional bedrooms (as long as there is sufficient wastewater capacity) and to be as large as 900 sf or 30% of the floor area of the principal dwelling (whichever is greater). The Planning Commission is working on the new language for Sec. 701 of the Development Regulations and will be asking the Selectboard at their Dec. 14th meeting to approve the amended language in the Regulations.
C. The Planning Commission will only hold its first Tuesday of the month in Dec. The second regularly scheduled meeting will be canceled.

Development Review Board:
– The DRB has scheduled hearings currently into February 2021. All hearings are being held via Zoom.
– The DRB approved Cathedral Square’s Preliminary Site Plan for the proposed senior housing. There are still parking and traffic circulation issues to be worked out. No Final Site Plan reviewed has been scheduled yet.
– The Board will not be holding their regularly scheduled second meetings during the months of November and December due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
– 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)

November 9, 2020 Minutes

November 11, 2020

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday November 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, and Ross Brown in person. David Carter via Zoom.
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk and Martha Taylor-Varney. Also see sign in sheet.Attendance SB 11-09-2020

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

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-none

3. Minutes:
-Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve the minutes of October 26, 2020. The motion was seconded, Skip Brown abstained, the others in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. Sandy Gregg said that there is a grant opportunity for the Worthen Library. She asked that the Selectboard give a letter of support for the grant. It will be finalized at the next meeting.

5. New Business:
A. Ken Kowalowitz of the Worthen Library presented a budget request, level funded from last year at a total of $135,600.00. The library foundation will fund $40,000.00 of the total bringing the Town portion request to $95,600.00. Ross Brown made a motion that an article will be written for Town Meeting asking the Town for $95,600.00 for the Worthen Library for FY 2021-2022. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Patrick Robinson and Rich Goggin of the SHVFD were present to discuss the equipment replacement fund. For the last several years the amount put aside has been $35,000.00. This amount does not seem sufficient to meet future needs. It is suggested that $60,000.00 be budgeted for the next budget, with $5,000.00 increases in subsequent years until the yearly amount reaches $75,000.00.
C. Terry Robinson and Ron Phelps presented a level funded budget in the amount of $6200.00 for the South Hero Bicentennial Museum.
D. Neil Hazen and Sam Robinson were present to present the budget for the South Hero Cemetery. The annual maintenance is level funded at $5000.00, but there is need for $3500.00 to cover surveying fees in order to introduce approximately 260 new plots. Anne Zolotas made a motion to include an article for the South Hero Cemetery in the amount of $8500.00. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
-Note that all budget requests will be reviewed by the Selectboard, will be included in the Town Report and will be voted on by the Town residents in March of 2021.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. There was a discussion of the draft of an Ordinance to License and Regulate Mobile Vendors. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve the draft, but after further discussion, she withdrew the motion in order for some suggested changes be reviewed by the Planning Commission. More information will be at the next Selectboard Meeting.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. See other business

9. Other Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-10 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

B. The general Town budget was worked on.

10. Adjournment:
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 8:31 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 November 9, 2020

Discussion Items:
1. On Thursday, Nov. 5th, I represented the Town in a virtual meeting of the Vermont Community Development Board as part of the Town’s application for an Implementation Grant application for the proposed Bayview Crossing Senior Housing Development. Others joining me were Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square and Robin Way of CIDER. The VCDP Board is considering grant applications from numerous applicants in Vermont and, due to a limit in funds for this cycle, South Hero’s grant application is being considered for April. The feedback from the Board was positive and Cathedral Square is optimistic that the Town’s application will be approved at that time.
2. VHB has sent an invoice for the period ending Oct 31. Joel Behrsing added a note that the expenses include time and expense associated with attempting to sample the landfill monitoring wells, which are required by the end of October each year. However, the groundwater levels are too low to allow for a sample collection. The State has been notified, and the sampling will be rescheduled to a future date once the water levels improve.
3. Per the Board’s discussion and approval for a new computer for the Zoning Office, I have been notified by David Dewyea that the replacement laptop will be shipping at the end of December.

Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission is meeting at the Town Office with proper social distancing and mask protocols.
A. The Commission has finalized a draft for an “Ordinance to License and Regulate Mobile Vendors”. I have given each SB member a copy of the Ordinance. If approved by the Board at a future meeting it will need to be posted throughout town and published in the Islander. Unless 5% of the Town’s registered voters appeal the SB’s approval within 44 days of approval, the Ordinance will become effective 60 days after the Selectboard’s approval date.
B. In an act related to promoting affordable housing, the State’s Planning and Development Act has changed its requirements regarding accessory dwellings. These differ from the Town’s current definition – 1BR dwelling, clearly subordinate to a single household dwelling; measuring up to 50% of the total habitable floor area of the single household dwelling but may not exceed 700sf. The State’s new definition allows for additional bedrooms (as long as there is sufficient wastewater capacity) and to be as large as 900 sf or 30% of the floor area of the principal dwelling (whichever is greater). The Planning Commission is working on the new language for Sec. 701 of the Development Regulations and will be asking the Selectboard at a future meeting to approve the amended language in the Regulations.

Development Review Board:
– The DRB has scheduled hearings currently through December 9. All hearings are being held via Zoom.
– A preliminary site plan review for the proposed senior housing was held October 28th. The decision is due within 45 days of the hearing. I anticipate the decision will be reached and posted before then.
– The Board will not be holding their regularly scheduled second meetings during the months of November and December due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
– 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)

October 26, 2020 Selectboard Minutes

October 28, 2020

Selectboard Minutes

Regular Meeting of Monday October 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM

South Hero Town Hall

 

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw (Chair), Ross Brown, Anne Zolotas, David Carter

Board Member Not Present: Skip Brown

Others Present:    Janet Yates, Town Clerk; Kim Julow, Asst. Town Clerk; Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA; Tim Maxham; Erin Morse; Brigitte Barrett; Randy DeLong; representing South Hero FD — Patrick Robinson, Rich Goggin, Leo Wermer, Wayne Tyrell, Al Getler; representing South Hero Rescue – Mike Wickenden, Nancy Franz; and Sheriff Ray Allen;

 

  1. Called to Order:

-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm

 

  1. Adjustment to Agenda:

-The Chair removed 5D (Asst. Town Clerk Kim Julow to discuss Town finances), and 9D (repeat of 9A).

 

  1. Minutes:

David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of October 12, 2020.  The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

  1. Public input:
  2. A. Brigitte Barrett and Randy DeLong were present to discuss signage and enforcement issues related to the Allen Point Fishing Access. The Board suggested waiting until the discussion could be warned in a future meeting agenda, after the budget is completed, and to invite representatives from VT Fish and Wildlife and Local Motion for a discussion on who has jurisdiction over matters on the causeway, the access road, and Martin Rd. Barrett left the Selectboard a list of suggestions to consider before that meeting.

 

  1. New Business:
  2. A. Sheriff Ray Allen met with the Board to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2022 Sheriff’s Department budget. The Department is requesting $148,720.00 based on 52 hours per week for law enforcement services. The proposal reflects a $1.75 per hour increase, from the current $53.25 to $55.00 per hour.  Sheriff Allen explained that the increase is due mostly to increases in insurances.  Jonathan Shaw asked if the Board would consider increasing the current 52 hrs/wk to 54.  The Board will continue that discussion at a future meeting.  Sheriff Allen told the Board that current issues in the county include complaints of political signs being stolen, mostly occurring at night.  He recommended that people put their names and addresses on signs so they can be returned if recovered or to simply take the signs inside at night.  There has been no major increase in break-ins, but mental health calls have increased as the pandemic continues.  The Department will continue to answer calls related to White’s Beach.  David Carter suggested that the Sheriff meet with the Recreation Committee to establish rules for policing the Beach and their limitations for ticketing, signage, etc.  Sheriff Allen agreed.  Sheriff Department training includes race relations and training for mental health and dementia related issues.  Changes in traffic since the border closure includes a steep increase in out-of-state cars on the Islands. It has been 2 years since a traffic fatality in the County.  Some Federal grants have not been fully utilized because of Covid restrictions but there have not been any budget shortfalls.  Sheriff Allen told the Board that the new radio tower at the Department offices in Grand Isle will generate $2200 per month, with revenue going toward maintenance expenses.
  3. B. Patrick Robinson, representing the South Hero Fire Department, presented a proposed fiscal year 2022 budget with no increase over the 2021 budget. The budget request is for $96,100.00. There is currently $181,000 in the replacement equipment fund.  Patrick explained that the Department will need to replace Engine 2 next, but there is no timeline for that at this time.  A new engine will cost approx. $550,000.  Fire Department recruitment continues to be a challenge and the department is discussing recruitment ideas.
  4. C. Mike Wickenden and Nancy Franz, representing South Hero Rescue, requested a Town contribution of $83,175 for fiscal year 2022, a reduction of $5720 from the current year budget. South Hero Rescue projects to be able to cover workman’s comp, supplies, equipment insurance, and ambulance maintenance from their own funds.  There is currently $128,000 in the equipment replacement fund, which will eventually go toward a new ambulance.  The proposed 2022 budget for the building increase from $184,134 to $185,634, reflecting small increases in electricity and telephone/internet expenses.  Tim Maxham complimented the work of both Rescue and first responders, particularly Patrick Robinson who answers all rescue and fire department calls. Anne Zolotas commented that South Hero Rescue appreciated the cooperation between the Fire Department and Rescue and felt is has been a great success.
  5. D. David Hobbs (via Zoom) and Carol Tremble discussed the Recreation Committee’s current plans developing a walking trail on Town-owned property on RT 2 between South Hero and Keeler Bay villages, and the need for site plan review by the DRB and State review related to wetlands, Shoreland Protection, and VTrans. The Rec Committee has already cleared trails and built boardwalks through wetland areas with the help of community volunteers. Zoning Administrator Martha Taylor-Varney explained that the Town must have the same State and local reviews and approvals as any other development proposal and offered to assist in those applications.  Parking issues in that area on RT 2 are of considerable concern.  David Carter moved that the Select Board approve that the project can move forward subject to their obtaining permits from DRB, Wetlands, Shoreline and VTrans. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

  1. Administrative Assistant Report:
  2. A. See the report on www.southherovt.org or filed with these minutes.
  3. B. David Carter moved to approve draft zoning applications for Conditional Use and/or Final Site Plan Review, Preliminary Site Plan Review, and Major Subdivision Sketch Plan Review. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
  4. C. David Carter moved at authorize up to $3000 [from the current budget not yet spent for a Zoning Assistant] for a new computer and related equipment for the Zoning Office. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
  5. D. The Board requested that discussion on the proposed “Ordinance to License and Regulate Mobile Vendors” be put on the agenda for the Nov. 9, 2020 agenda.

 

  1. Old and Ongoing Business:
  2. A. Work on the general Town budget line items will continue at the next Selectboard meeting.

 

  1. Announcements and Communications:
  2. David Carter will be away and will call in to the next meeting.
  3. Jonathan Shaw read a letter from Northwest Unit Special Investigations – Child Advocate Center requesting $1500 from the Town in their FY2022 budget. The Board tabled the discussion until a future meeting.

 

  1. Other Business:
  2. A. David Carter made a motion to authorize Robert Fireovid to reach out to interested persons for the formation of a Conservation Committee. There was no second and no action was taken.
  3. B. The Board signed payroll orders #21-08 and 21-09, and expenses order #21-09.
  4. C. The Board confirmed that the start time for Selectboard meetings be moved to 6PM from 7PM, starting with the Nov.9, 2020 meeting, and remain until after the March Town Meeting.
  5. Adjournment:

-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 8:52 pm.  The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,                                      Approved by,

 

_______________________________                ________________________________

Martha Taylor-Varney                                       Jonathan Shaw, Chairman

 

 

October 12, 2020 Minutes

October 13, 2020

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of Monday October 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM
South Hero Town Hall

Board Members Present: Jonathan Shaw, Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), Anne Zolotas, David Carter, Ross Brown (arrived at 7:04)
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Janet Yates, Town Clerk. Also John Roy, John Beaulac, Janine Bellinghiri, Bob Fireovid, Tim Maxham and Erin Morse

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Shaw at 7:00 pm

2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-none

3. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to approve the minutes of September 28, 2020. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. Bob Fireovid was present to ask if the Town has considered a Conservation Commission. Such a commission would be advisory and could make suggestions to as described in Title 24 s.s. 4505. Some of the items that a commission could suggest are already in place with the Recreation Commission, the Planning Commission and South Hero Land Trust. More info will follow.

5. New Business:
A. Janine Bellinghiri was present to discuss a modified drive through “Trunk or Treat” with a pumpkin display at the Folsom Educational and Community Center parking lot. Ross Brown made a motion to allow the use of the parking lot and for the drive through Halloween program to run from 6:00-7:00 pm on October 31. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Road Commissioner John Roy and Road Foreman John Beaulac were present to discuss the FY 21/22 draft road budget. The draft budget currently has a line item of $150,000.00 for new paving. Should it pass, then the intention is to rebuild and pave Martin Rd. Note that all budget requests will be reviewed by the Selectboard, included in the Town Report and will be voted on by the Town in March of 2021.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. None presented this week.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign the proposal from VHB Company for the annual test well monitoring at the old landfill in the amount of $1750.00. 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 21-08 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Vermont Family Network sent a letter asking for a donation.
C. Anne Zolotas made a motion to go into Executive session to discuss legal matters regarding the Zlotoff museum at 8:07 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Executive session ended at 8:20. No action was taken after executive session.

10. Adjournment:
-David Carter made a motion to adjourn 8:21 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                         Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                       Jonathan Shaw, Chairman

September 28, 2020 Minutes

October 1, 2020

Selectboard Minutes
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:
-none

3. Minutes:
-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:
A. none

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.

10. Adjournment:
-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

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Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard September 28, 2020

Discussion Items:
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.

Planning Commission:
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.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Taylor Varney, ZA and Selectboard Assistant