Regular Meeting of Monday May 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM
At South Hero Town Hall and via Zoom
Board Members Present: David Carter/Chairman, Skip Brown/Board Secretary, Ross Brown/Vice Chairman,
Anne Zolotas, Chuck Hulse
Board Members Not Present: none
Others Present: Erin Morse/Town Clerk, and Martha Taylor-Varney/ZA. Also see sign in sheet of in person and Zoom attendees who actively participated. Attendance SB 05-10-2021
1. Called to Order:
-The meeting was called by Chairman Carter at 7:00 pm
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
-Chuck Hulse made a motion to acknowledge the minutes of April 26, 2021. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
4. Public input:
5. New Business:
A. Members of the Granny’s Attic organization were present to update the Board on plans for 2021. The charitable organization does plan to open later in May for 2021. They have excess inventory due to being closed for most of 2020, and have asked to use a bay of the Old White Meeting House (OWMH) for storage. Anne Zolotas made a motion to allow the Granny’s Attic organization to use a bay of the OWMH for storage from May-October. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
6. Administrative Assistant Report:
A. See the written report filed with these minutes in Town Hall or www.southherovt.org.
B. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve and have the Chairman sign the mobile vendor license for the Sausage Shack that will be at Snow Farm Vineyard. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
7. Old and Ongoing Business:
A. The position of Delinquent Tax Collector was advertised. Anne Zolotas made a motion to appoint George Rice as Delinquent Tax Collector. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. The position of Town Constable has not yet been filled. It is mainly a position with little duties since the South Hero constable will not be involved with law enforcement. David Carter will reach out to George Rice and inquire if he will also fill the position of Constable.
B. Town Hall building updates: The old furnace room will be converted into an office. The Road Crew will remove the furnace and ducting in the room. Ross Brown has lined up an electrician and sheet rock taper to work on the space, and a new heat pump head will be estimated. New flooring is proposed for the front entry to replace the damaged tiles and it will then run into the new space.
C. Closed landfill updates: Anne Zolotas has reached out to the 3 abutting landowners who did not respond to permission for test wells. All 3 have signed off on having test wells drilled. Work will commence when the consulting engineers, VHB, schedules the project.
8. Announcements and Communications:
A. The Fish and Wildlife access at Allen Point is getting rutted and potholed. Mike Wirchowski of F&W stated that he will have it graded and some new stone put in some spots needing it. Hopefully it will be done by Memorial Weekend.
9. Other Business:
A. Anne Zolotas made a motion to approve and sign orders 21-23 and to pay the bills associated with the orders. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
B. A monthly income and expense report was submitted by the Treasurer, Kim Julow. The Treasurer will look into borrowing in anticipation of tax income, should the need arise. The OWMH committee will be looking for donations in anticipation of the renovation of the building. Ross Brown made a motion that the OWMH Committee may set up a checking account at Community Bank to receive donations for the OWMH renovation. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
C. Recreation Commission (RC) update: Chuck Hulse made a motion to appoint Phil Scott (not the governor) to the Recreation Commission to complete a term from a member. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried. Note that the Term will end in November of 2023
D. Road Department update: The 2009 International truck is having electrical/wiring harness issues. It will be taken in for repair, but a new truck will also be looked into as it appears to be known problem for this model. An area for a salt shed is being looked into.
E. Tree Warden, Anne Zolotas stated that an ash tree is on East Shore Rd. is ½ on the Town ROW and ½ on the landowners’ side. The landowner has agreed to split the cost of removal and to set up the removal, so the Town share is $400.00.
F. The Town Clerk has received 94 requests for out of town beach parking passes. A lottery has been set up to sell the 40 passes and “winners” have been notified.
-Ross Brown made a motion to adjourn 8:00 pm. The motion was seconded, all in attendance so voted and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, Approved by,
Graham Brown David Carter, Chairman
Administrative Officer’s Report to Selectboard April 12, 2021
1. The Town’s request to VTrans to consider adding “No Parking” signs on portions of RT 2 in South Hero Village and Keeler Bay Village is back on my agenda. I need to determine the exact locations for the no parking zones and will prepare a letter for the SB to review. Terry Robinson and Ron Phelps have requested parking space be reserved on RT 2 for the Museum. With businesses in both the villages ramping up for the summer season.
2. The Old White Meeting House committee has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for architectural and environmental services. This Friday (5/14) interested architects will be able to visit the site. Deadline for proposals is May 27. Is there a SB member who will be acting as MAO for this project?
3. Anne Zolotas was able to secure permission from the 3 remaining landowners for test wells to continue trying to determine the extent, if any, of the PFAS contamination beyond the Town’s capped landfill on Dubuque Lane. Schedules are not yet finalized for the test wells to be drilled.
The Planning Commission continues to hold meetings via Zoom.
A. The Planning Commission has changed the date for its public hearing for amendments to the Development Regulations from June 3 to June 17 to give the ZA time to prepare the warning and have it to the Islander the May 20 issue. The amendments are changes to Table 2.1, regulations regarding Accessory Dwellings, industry in the Village Zoning Districts, and Accessory commercial uses in all districts.
Development Review Board:
– I am scheduling DRB hearings into early June 2021. All hearings are being held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.
– There were 3 scheduled hearings on April 28th to complete the requirements for new mobile vendors’ license. I anticipate having mobile vendor licenses for the SB to sign at their next meeting.
– The DRB approved the Bayview Crossing Final Site Plan Review on April 28.
– A CU/SP review for the Zlotoff Foundation’s Car museum is scheduled for May 12. Once this review is complete, the Foundation’s current notice of violation will be resolved.
– Recent DRB hearing decisions are posted on the Board outside the ZA’s office or can be emailed upon request.
Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA)