Rec. Comm. Minutes of Special Meeting April 27, 2021

April 28, 2021

Recreation Commission Special Meeting Minutes, April 27, 20 21

Present: Chuck Hulse, Linda Burger, Phil Scott
Absent: David Hobbs, Carol Tremble

Due to technical issues on my part, a ZOOM link to the meeting for the public was not published.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM

1. Acknowledge minutes of last meeting – This was tabled to the next meeting.

2. Tom Chagnon has resigned from the Recreation Commission. The Recreation Commission thanks him for his service.

3. Public input: As noted above, the link to the meeting was not published. My apologies.

4. Beach parking attendant contract. The contract with GMCS was sent out to the members of the committee for their input. Chuck will sign the contract on behalf of the Recreation Commission and send it to GMCS. The representative from GMCS asked that a representative be available each day that the parking attending is on site to assist or answer questions. Carol had agreed to fulfill this role in the past, but it may require members of the rec commission to split up the days.

5. Activity Survey. Phil sent out a copy of the community survey to members of the committee. The survey is designed to find out what type of recreational activities the South Hero community would be interested in. The survey will be posted on FPF. Chuck will check with the Town Clerk to see if a link to the survey can be posted on the front page of the town website. Phil will check with the Islander about an article related to the survey to be placed in the South Hero section of the paper.

6. Summer activities.
Swim lessons – lessons are available in North Hero and Colchester. The recreation commission will reimburse families for the swim lessons. A link to the form to be used for reimbursement is located on the town website. Phil contacted the YMCA. They are not doing off-site swim lessons, but have a program where communities can get lessons on site.
Bike safety program – Chuck looked into the Bike Trailer though Local Motion. They rent a trailer (with bikes, helmets, etc.) to communities one week at a time. But, the community must provide a trained person to facilitate the training. Plans for a bike safety day with – bike safety training, GI Sheriff involvement, free helmets, etc. will tabled to a future meeting.
Boat safety training – Phil contacted a qualified boat safety instructor who would be willing to teach a boat safety course. Phil would provide a boat. Future plans will depend on the results from the activity survey to see if community members are interested in such an activity.
Tryathalon – discussion of plans for the Tryathalon was tabled to the next meeting. Awaiting more up to date COVID guidance as to whether the event will be possible.

7. Beach parking notification. Erin Morse, the Town Clerk, was looking for information that could be included with beach parking passes that explain the rules according to the ordinance. Chuck has sent her a document outlining the stipulations of the ordinance. Erin can modify it as she sees appropriate. Erin was also looking for the information that would be given to vehicles that in violation of the ordinance. She requested that information about parking passes be directed to the online form on the website rather than directly to the Town Clerk’s office. And, she requested that the information sheet state that the non-resident lottery is closed.

8. Recreation Commission membership / recruitment. The Recreation Committee needs new members. This issue was tabled until the next meeting. Chuck will bring Phil Scott name to the Select Board for appointment to the Recreation Commission. Chuck will contact the Town Clerk to straighten out the terms of each of the members of the Commission.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Next meeting, Thursday, May 13th at 7 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Chuck Hulse

Rec. Comm. Trails Subcommittee Minutes-April 22, 2021

April 28, 2021


South Hero Trails Committee

Meeting of April 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Via Zoom

Present: Dave Hobbs (committee chair), Susan Ryan( member of committee), Bridgett Kerr (member), Guy Maguire (South Hero Land Trust), Jack Brooks (member), Pogo Senior (resident), Chuck Hulse (member), Dave, Emily (South Hero Land Trust), Peter O’Malley (member)

Dave welcomed Pogo to the meeting as a member of the public and invited his comments on the “Knee Deep” trail, see below for details.

The group went through each of the public trails in town and discussed management needs and various members volunteered to be “Trail Stewards” for public trails. Each trail steward volunteer agreed to ascertain trail conditions on a regular basis (every 2 months or so) and report to the committee and suggest actions for each trail to address needs/concerns for access. Chuck mentioned that some members of the committee were not able to make it, so the group agreed to keep these trail steward appointments flexible until those other committee members had a chance to also pick trails. The group also agreed that there could be more than one trail steward per trail, who could work together and cover for eachother when needed.

Trails discussed were as follows:

1) Roy Marsh Trail – Chuck Hulse volunteered to steward this trail. Guy mentioned that Neal Blanchard might also like to be involved as steward on this trail. Chuck and Dave discussed various needs on the trail. Chuck has been cleaning up trash this spring along the trail.

2) Tracy Woods Trail and Landon Community Trail – Emily suggested Guy/South Hero Land Trust be the primary trail steward for Tracy Woods, Round Pond, and Landon Trail, as these are all conserved properties owned by different private landowners (and the state, in the case of Round Pond) with easements held by Vermont Land Trust, Lake Champlain Land Trust, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. SHLT has been coordinating trail work with these partners on these trails for many years and so it makes sense for them to continue to be the main point of contact. Guy also welcomed others to be co-stewards of these trails.

4) Round Pond Trail: VT State Parks (the owners of the parcel) have not been able to consistently keep the public trails mowed in the last three years, SHLT has been in communication with Parks and they have tentatively agreed to let SHLT coordinate a volunteer to mow the trails. Emily invited volunteers to help with that. Dave and Jack both expressed their interest, and also mentioned that Bob Chutter may be interested as well.

5) Landon- Round Pond Connector Trail: Dave and Bob Chutter already mow this trail, and Dave offered to be the steward of this trail as well. While also on the Round Pond property, SHLT already has permission to mow this trail from a separate agreement with State Parks.

6) Bike Ferry Trail. The committee discussed the fact that this trail is owned by VT State F&W and co-managed by Local Motion, so it is not our responsibility per se, but that a volunteer could still go out and assess trail needs and do minor maintenance like clearing sticks and trash from the trail. Local Motion has also been engaging with SHLT, the Selectboard, and the Rec Commission to plan how to address safety concerns at the intersection of the Allen point access road and Martin Rd, and there will be new signs going up and potentially more as well. The group also discussed looking at how other towns have dealt with cyclist/resident interactions. One possibility is to apply for a VOREC grant from the state to come up with a recreation/economic impact plan for the town. Chuck said the Rec. Commission will follow up with SHLT and Local Motion. Jack offered to talk to his contacts at the Kingdom Trails Association and how they have handled recreation access and safety as the area has grown in popularity with mountain bikers.

The committee then discussed 4 potential public access trails that are not currently open but could be some day:

1) Keeler Bark Park Trail – Guy reported that Brock Freyer, our district wetlands ecologist, and he walked the property earlier that day. Brock approved of the trail and commended the builders on their use of puncheon style boardwalks so as to negate any impediments to waterflow where the trail crosses the wetland. He will send a follow up email to Guy reiterating his support and his affirmation that no wetlands permits are needed for the trail as presently planned. Guy is now following up with the permitting specialists for Shorelines, Transportation, and Act 250 to determine what permits, if any, we will need. Preliminary discussions suggest we will not need any permits, but we are awaiting final confirmation on that, at which point we will send that to the selectboard as requested and presumably more forward with the trail, hoping to open this summer.

2) Knee Deep Bay Trail – Pogo shared that he is the new owner of the property where this trail is located. Since there is no parking and the area is a quiet neighborhood, he felt more comfortable with it being for neighbors only, and not to be a high-use trail. Dave said that there was a settlement document that outlines future use that came about from a lawsuit between the former owner and the town, that he would like to go over with Pogo. Dave and Pogo agreed to find a time to go walk the trail. Pogo also said the trail is very hard to traverse with many down trees and difficult terrain. Nancy Patch, the county forester, has assessed the trees on the property and determined they needed to stay because of shoreline regulations, but Pogo was able to go in and clear some branches to make the trail more accessible.

3) “Lavin Property” Trail (tentative, not actual) – No changes on the status of this trail. Bridgett agreed to be the steward of this trail if and when we are able to make it a public access site, and will help keep the project moving forward in the meantime.

4) Robinson Farm Trail (tentative, not actual) – The committee has been talking with Steve Robinson and other neighboring landowners about a potential trail to connect the Roy Marsh to South Street. Emily, Steve and Guy are doing some research into the survey maps for the property that we need before moving forward or contacting/following up with other landowners.

5) Recreation Park/Water Wigglers Trail – Bridgett offered to steward this trail. SHLT turned in the application for the storywalk project grant and is waiting to hear back.

The committee also discussed creating an information pamphlet based off the trails case statement which can be used for outreach purposes. Guy will send the draft that Bridgett and him worked on.

Rec. Comm. Special Meeting Agenda, April 27, 2021

April 26, 2021

Agenda, 7PM , April 27
*I will try to find some of the items listed below and send out tonight*
Invitation Code:
l) Review of last meeting minutes
II) Tom is leaving the Commission… Thanks Tom for your work
llI) Public Input
iv)Review of the Beach Attendant contract
to be included here below
v) Review the activity survey Phil created
to be included here below
vi) Follow up on the status of summer activities
vIi) Review “notice to beach parking offenders”
to be included here below
viii) Other business

Rec. Comm. Trails Subcommittee April 22, 2021 Agenda

April 20, 2021

Topic: South Hero Trails Committee Meeting Agenda 4/22/21
Time: Apr 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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i)Review Previous Minutes
ii) Public Input
iii) selection of “Trail Captain” for each trail
A) Duties of each “Captain”
1) Ascertain and report trail condition every 1-2 months
a) Suggest any actions concerning “your trail” to committee
2) South Hero Trails
1) Keeler Bark Park Trail
2) Knee Deep Bay Trail
3) Roy Marsh Trail
4) Tracy Woods Trail
5) Landon Farm Trail
6) Round Pond Trail
7) Landon- Round Pond Connector Trail
8) Bike Ferry Trail
9) “Lavin Property” Trail
10) Robinson Farm Trail

April 13, 2021 Rec. Comm. Special Meeting Agenda

April 11, 2021

Town Of South Hero
Recreation Commission Agenda
Special Zoom Meeting Tuesday April 13, 2021

1. Call to order

2. Public input

3. New Business
a. Discuss Summer Programs

4. Adjournment

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