May 15, 2018 Minutes

May 19, 2018

Selectboard Minutes
Special Meeting of May 15, 2018
South Hero Town Hall, Tuesday 6:30 PM

Board Members Present: Skip Brown (also Board Secretary), David Carter, Sharon Roy, Anne Zolotas (arrived at 6:50)
Board Members Not Present: Jonathan Shaw
Others Present: See sign in sheet.

1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called to order by Sharon Roy at 6:30 pm.

2. Adjustment to Agenda:

3. Minutes:
-David Carter made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of April 16, 2018 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. Carrie Merrihew, Ron Phelps and Terry Robinson of the South Hero Museum were present to advise the Board on recent changes. The new heat pump is installed and there is a new rear door for emergency exits. The lower level will be used for storage and possibly exhibit space. They plan to open the first week of June and are planning some kind of fundraising for the upcoming season.
B. Dave Hobbs, Chair of the Recreation Commission was present to advise the Board that there will be a “Bike for the Lake” event to raise awareness of water quality in Lake Champlain and the route will take it through South Hero. Also, the South Hero Land Trust annual meeting will be held on July 29 at the South Hero Recreation Park.

5. New Business:
A. Skip Brown made a motion to appoint Martha Taylor-Varney as the 911 coordinator. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. The State sent a letter to the Town asking to inform the landfill testing company to test for PFOA and PFOS.
C. Sullivan, Powers & Co, PC sent an engagement letter for the audit. This will be tabled until the full Board is present.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. A written report was submitted. A hard copy with discussion points can be seen in Town Hall filed with these minutes or on
B. The DRB wants to hire a recording secretary/clerk. The consensus of the Board is that Martha can advertise for the position.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The Emergency Services Building (ESB) construction is underway. The joint agreement between the Town and the SHVFD/Rescue will be discussed at the May 28 meeting.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. see other business

9. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to approve and sign Orders 18-22 and 18-23. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. Skip Brown made a motion to sign the 2018 “Dog Warrant”. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Gauthier Carting is raising the rate of the dumpster at the Town Garage by $5.00. There has not been a notice of a price change for the curbside bag rate at this time.

10. Adjournment:
-Skip Brown made a motion to adjourn 7:11 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,                                        Approved by,

_______________________________ ________________________________
Graham Brown                                                       Jonathan Shaw, Chair


Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard May 15, 2018,

Discussion Items:
1. An ad for the open position on the Town Road Crew appeared in the Islander on May 8th. Deadline for application is May 15.
2. Received a letter from the Lake Champlain Land Trust of the purchase of development rights for the 6-ac. Tracy parcel at 43 Tracy Rd. and the 39.6-acre parcel at 49 Tracy Rd. The conservation easement is in partnership with the South Hero Land Trust and will include public access, a public access trail, a parking area, and 2 trail easements. The Lake Champlain Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board will co-hold the conservation easements on the properties.
3. The Selectboard approved funds in the 2019 budget for a clerk for the DRB. I would like to advertise the position with the Selectboard’s permission.
4. Copies of the Purchasing/Expenditure Policy, approved on April 16, 2018, have been made for the Selectboard notebooks (Janet has copies).
5. Details of the results of a 2017 survey by the Vermont Dept. of Health regarding tobacco, alcohol, and non-medical marijuana policies are available. Contact the ZA for further information.
6. Vermont Electric Co-op has identified several trees in South Hero that appear to be compromised and may need to come down. Tree Warden Anne Zolotas may have additional information.
7. The VLCT Spring Planning and Zoning Forum is to be held in Rutland on May 23rd. Martha will be attending.

-Planning Commission: The Selectboard is scheduled to meet with the Planning Commission and the DRB on June 4th for discussion on several issues related to the Development Regulations updates. This will be warned as a Planning Commission Special meeting. The PC will not hold a regular meeting later that week on its regular 1st Wednesday night.

-Development Review Board: The DRB approved the Richardson Conditional Use and Site Plan application for 137 Ferry Rd., with conditions. A copy of the decision is posted on the board outside the ZA’s office. The application is still subject to Act 250 approval. There will be no meeting on May 23rd. The DRB will hold a hearing on June 13 for a revision to a conditional use approval and new site plan approval for parking for Blue Paddle Bistro.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA and Asst. to the Selectboard

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