September 23, 2002
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Attending the meeting: Lynn Gardner, Andrea Morgante,Jon Trefry, Randy Volk, John Guttler, Jeanne Wilson, Rocky Martin, Jean Isham, Mike, Janet, Benjamin, and Cameron Burnor, Marlene and Christina Hart, Shannon Bell, Jennifer Morrison, Sandy O’Sullivan, Bob Simpson, Stewart Pierson,
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Lynn opened the public hearing to receive public comment on the revised Town Plan, pursuant to Title 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117.
Jean Isham representing the Planning Commission stated she and John Mace attended the review of Hinesburg’s plan at the Regional Planning Comm meeting and they moved to accept the revisions.
Randy moved the Selectboard vote to close the public hearing, second by Andrea and approved.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to adopt the revised Town Plan, as presented by the Planning Commission on August 15, 2002. Second by Randy and approved.
Lynn opened the Public Hearing on Vicious Dog “Max” Owned by Terry & Marlene Hart: Lynn to called the public hearing on vicious dog “Max”, owned by Terry and Marlene Hart , to order – pursuant to Article 7, Section 2 of the Town of Hinesburg Ordinance for the Care & Control of Dogs.
Marlene apologized for the incident and stated she does not feel Max is vicious with people or intended to hurt anyone. She would like to be able to keep the dog and will put a fence if necessary.
The Selectboard noted the dog has attacked the Hinesburg police dog and the Burnors dog prior to this incident.
Mrs. Burnor stated after the incident involving their dog she believed the dog would be controlled with a leash and not allowed to run free. They also want to be able to work this out but need to feel safe.
John moved the Board vote to close the public hearing, second by Randy and approved.
Lynn moved that the Selectboard has determined that the dog, Max, is determined to be vicious under the conditions of the Town of Hinesburg Ordinance for Care and Control of Dogs and Rabies Suspected Domestic Animals. He further moved to place the following conditions on Max. The dog is to be physically confined on the Hart property at all times through use of a secure kennel, on a leash with a responsible person or hooked to a tie out. If the dog is picked up for being loose again the Selectboard will make a decision on disposition of the dog at that time. Second by Randy and approved.
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Jennifer Morrison, Sandy o”Sullivan and Bob Simpson from Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations / Request for Funding.
Jennifer spoke of the mission of CUSI and the need for contributions from towns to their budget. They conduct training for police; work with schools and families in the community and have done so for the past 10 years.
The Board questioned the request being based on a case basis Vs population basis and why are towns with police depts the only ones requested to contribute to the budget.
Mr. Simpson stated that by cases being handled by CUSI it relieves the local police from the time spent to process the case.
Silver Street Bridge Alternatives Presentation The meeting was moved to the Main Hall for the presentation. Jeffrey Tucker and Brian Austin presented the two options for bridge replacement discussed with the Board at the last meeting.
School representatives were concerned with impact on the parking lot. Mr. Tucker stated this would be minimal and it was also noted off site parking may need to be arranged.
The question of the type of sidewalk was discussed, when this final decision is made the plans will be completed and presented to the State.
Approve Warrants: Randy moved that the Board vote to approve the warrants for bills payable as presented by the Town Treasurer. Second by Andrea and approved.
Approve Minutes of September 9, 2002 Meeting: Randy moved that the Board vote to approve the minutes of September 9, 2002. Second by Jon and approved.
Approve Minutes of September 18, 2002 Meeting: Randy moved that the Board vote to approve the minutes of September 18, 2002. Second by John and approved with Andrea abstaining.
Vermont Municipal Planning Grant Resolution: This resolution is to apply for the FY 2003 DHCA Vermont Municipal Planning Grant. Jon moved that the Board vote to adopt the Vermont Municipal Planning Grant Resolution dated September 23, 2002, for FY 2003 planning funds.
Second by Andrea and approved.
Application for Coin Drop / St. Michael’s Fire & Rescue: Jon moved that the Board vote to approve the request from Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue to hold a coin drop on Saturday, October 19, 2002 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This approval is granted with the following conditions:
1) Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue must obtain approval from VTrans for the coin drop.
2) Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue must follow VTrans safety precautions for coin drops.
3) Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue must provide the Town with a Certificate of Insurance for this event.
Second by Randy and approved.
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Reserve Funds From FY 01 – 02: Please see attached list of reserves. List “A” is with the Police Technology Upgrade funds reserved. In List “B” they have been removed. Jon moved that the Board vote to approve the list of reserves, as outlined on the FY 01-02 Reserves, List “ _A__” dated 9/16/02. Second by John and approved.
CCMPO Technical Assistance Project / Mechanicsville & Richmond Road Intersection: The final report has been received from Lamoureux & Dickenson for this project, and forwarded to Board members.
After reviewing the report the Board members felt installation of signs and reduced speed limit was what they wish to do.
Update on West Side Road Feasibility Study: Committee has met with David Robert of the CCMPO. Dufresne Henry has been selected as the firm to complete the work. Chris Pecor of Dufresne Henry met with 3 of the committee members to complete a site visit of the area.
Randy reported on the meeting he attended and the three discussed routes for the road. It would cross Rt 116 from Commerce St and then go through the cheese factory lot or further into the field.
First the question of where development is to be targeted needs to be addressed.
Wastewater Allocation / Nick & Voula Zontanos: On November 19, 2001 the Board approved a one-year conditional wastewater allocation of 1,920 gpd to Nicholas & Voula Zontanos for eight 2-bedroom apartments on their property on Route 116. This approval was conditional upon the permitting process being underway. The permitting process has not begun, due to the need for considerable financing and construction evaluation, however they plan to have a design for the DRB in the near future. Randy moved that the Board vote to approve a wastewater capacity allocation of 1,920 gpd to Nicholas & Voula Zontanos for eight 2-bedroom apartments on their property (Grand List Lot # 9-1-55 & 9-1-56), subject to all the terms and conditions outlined in the Hinesburg Wastewater Allocation. This approval supersedes the approval of 11/19/01. Second by Jon and approved.
Capital Equipment Refunding Note: This note, in the amount of $51,550, is for the re-financing of the 2002 Highway dump truck, at an interest rate of 2.5%. Randy moved that the Board vote to sign the Capital Equipment Refunding Note and Resolution, in the amount of $51,550 at an interest rate of 2.5%, for the 2002 Highway dump truck. Second by Andrea and approved.
Additions to the Agenda
Flushing Hydrant on Mechanicsville Road: Rocky has proposed the installation of a flushing hydrant on Mechanicsville Road adjacent to the Barone Subdivision. The work involved will be within the 20’ sidewalk easement, which Russ Barone is granting to the Town. Russ would like an acknowledgment from the Selectboard that the Board approves of the hydrant location within the 20’ easement.
The Board agreed an easement is not necessary as there is not reason to sign off to the property owner, and to have Rocky install the hydrant as proposed.
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Appointments to Conservation Commission: The terms of three commission members expire as of September 30, 2002. All three members, Ted White, David Hirth and Nancy Plunkett, have expressed an interest in a re-appointment to the Conservation Commission. No other letters of interest have been received. A notice of the expiring terms has been published and posted. Andrea moved that the Board vote to re-appoint Ted White, David Hirth and Nancy Plunkett to the Conservation Commission for four-year terms, which will expire on September 30, 2006.
Secondby John and approved.
Resignation from the Recreation Commission: Andrea moved that the Board accept the resignation of Penelope Reed from the Recreation Commission. Second by John and approved.
Upper Buck Hill Road West / Evanson Request – As part of the DRB process a meeting will be held to discuss improvements to the road and it was requested a member of the Selectboard attend. The Board agrees there is no need for a Selectboard member to be at that meeting and as the process continues if appropriate a member will attend other meetings at a later date.
Letter to Gregory Leroy regarding DRB meeting notification process.
Next Meeting October 7
Public Hearing on Zoning Bylaw Changes
Bradley Wainer / Village Green Monument Fund Raising
Andrea moved the Board vote to adjourn at 10:15 p.m., second by Jon and approved.
Valerie Spadaccini, secretary