November 25, 2019 Minutes

November 26, 2019

Selectboard Minutes
Regular Meeting of November 25, 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 November 18, 2019 as written. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

4. Public input:
A. Sandy Gregg mentioned that the “Welcome to South Hero” is faded. She has offered to repaint it in the Town Garage if it is taken down by the Road Crew and brought in. John Beaulac said that they would take it down.

5. New Business:
A. John Roy, Road Commissioner and John Beaulac, Road Foreman presented the budget request. Repaving of some damaged and cracked roads was discussed. It was suggested that the repaving budget be increased to save some of the roads, as well as to be prepared in case the grant for Class 2 roads requiring a match from the Town is awarded to the Town this year.
B. Kim Julow and Matt Reed of South Hero Volunteer Fire Department (SHVFD) presented the budget request for the Town portion of the SHVFD operations at $96,200.00 and the Fire/Rescue building budget at $186,933.50 ($155,083.50 of which is bond payment and interest).
C. Kim Julow and Matt Reed of the SHVFD presented a proposal for a Henley Aluminum Landing Craft boat to replace the two older, leaking, boats that they now use. David Carter made a motion to authorize ordering the boat and to send a deposit of $34,139 CAD (approx $25,000.00) be drawn from the SHVFD equipment replacement fund. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
D. David Hobbs of the Recreation Commission (RC) presented the budget request. He suggested that the RC support a YOGI (youth baseball/softball) program. The proposed budget including an increase in the swim lesson program and scholarships is $18,200.00. He would also like to recognize the people who help out and are not on the RC, including the Wirsings, Butch Maxham and Jay Purvis.

6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the report on or filed with these minutes.

7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The 2020/2021 budget was worked on.

8. Announcements and Communications:
A. Green Up day will be May 2, 2020.

9. Other Business:
A. David Carter made a motion to sign orders 20-11 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.

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

Respectfully submitted,                                         Approved by,

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Graham Brown                                                        Jonathan Shaw, Chairman


Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard​​​         November 25, 2019

Discussion Items:

1. I was able to place a write-up under ‘Town News’ in the Islander for the openings on the DRB, Clean Water Advisory Board, and a South Hero rep to NRPC.  It will appear in the Nov. 26 issue.  I asked for anyone interested to send a letter of interest to the Selectboard by Dec. 9.   There is no charge to be included in this section of the paper.
2. I placed an ad for an Assistant to the ZA to appear in the November 26th Islander, also with a reply date of Dec. 9th.
3. Ordinance Enforcement Training seminar on Dec 4, 2019 in Montpelier – how to draft, adopt, and enforce ordinances.  I have too much on my plate to attend.  Is there a need for someone else to go?
4. NRPC Zoning Roundtable in St. Albans on Dec 12 from 9:30 to 3.  I will be attending.

-Planning Commission:

A. The PC has nearly completed a final draft of the proposed Development Regulations, reflecting the issues and changes resulting from of the October 2nd public meeting.  The Commission added additional language to Sec. 303 – Site Plan review — for a ‘conceptual site plan’ to be referred to as Sketch Plan review, with the intention of providing an opportunity for an applicant to have an informal meeting with the DRB to discuss the scope and scale of proposed development.  This sketch plan will be entirely optional.

B. The Commission has agreed to start meetings at 6PM rather than 7PM during the winter months and limit the meetings to 2 hours.

-Development Review Board: There will be no second DRB meeting in November due to Thanksgiving.  December 11 will have a sketch plan review for a 2-lot subdivision, a site plan amendment, and another variance request.  As with November, there will be no 2nd DRB meeting in December due to the Christmas holiday.  Another site plan amendment has already been scheduled for January 8th, in addition to a 3-lot subdivision.  Recent decisions can be found posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office.


Respectfully submitted,

Martha Taylor-Varney

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