Selectboard Meeting

June 2, 2008

Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson, Alex Weinhagen, Jean Isham, Richard Watts, Allison Cleary, Sylvia Geiger, Robert Millikin, Kim Hazelrigg.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Richard Watts and several residents of Leavensworth Rd were present to express their opposition to the proposal of installation of a Unicel tower.  He said Unicel informed him there are at least 3 other types of technology that can be used.  Richard referred to the Nextel proposal previously made to the Town.  They want the Board to be ready for the next proposal that may come to Town. 

Discussed was to have the Town meet with telecommunication companies to decide what sites work for both the company and the Town.  Andrea suggested the Town be pro-active and state they are allowed at the lagoon and nowhere else.

Alex said the Planning Commission needs to come up with better regulations to guide the DRB on telecommunication tower proposals.  He reminded everyone that the current Leavensworth Rd proposal has gone through conditional use review and sketch plan.

Andrea suggested an amendment to the Town Plan stating when looking at proposals by Telecommunication companies a site has been located at the lagoon for cell towers.  There could be a need to have interim means of regulating cell tower placement until the Town has a formal policy.  The Planning Commission is in the process of developing a plan to regulate cell tower placement.  The Board asked Alex to look into legal options for what can be done.  The Board discussed drafting a letter to the Telecommunication companies stating that Hinesburg is open to doing business with them and has an approved site for construction of a tower.  Jeanne will check with the Town Agent if sending such a letter is appropriate.

Work Session on Village Growth Area

Rezoning & Subdivision Regulation Change

Proposal Development Density & Maximum Build Out:

Village Growth Area Density Calculation; how do we insure green space in neighborhoods / wetlands or ag fields do not count toward open space requirements -Alex said they need to be careful on this as depending on the quality of the field an ag field might qualify / suggested was garden space, playgrounds, walking paths.

Density Bonus / Incentive Options; basement space is not counted unless it is a finished basement.

Public Benefits & Incentive Formula; item 4- public space and infrastructure – add public safety apparatus.

Hinesburg Inclusionary Zoning Provision; in regards to applicability- it is calculated with the number based on the base density.

Density Bonus & Other Development Incentives; remove item 2 – a reduction of the required off-street parking by up to 50%..............

Affordable for Sale Units: Marketing at Initial Sale; add to require the developer to meet with the affordable housing committee.

Add a seventh stipulation to address sale of unit to CHT at a fair market value.

Stream Setbacks & Buffers:

Proposed changes; for the canal increase the setback to 75’ above the Nestech property / increase all other streams in growth area from 50’ to 75’ / in the developed areas with a 25’ setback the need to address water quality to further develop less than the 25’ setback.

Stream Buffer Areas; (c) change unpaved footpaths to unimproved footpaths and (d) paved paths to improved paths / Alex will check for language to allow crossing of waterways where needed / (g) utility lines – change feasible to practical.

Village Area Design Stantards

Site-level Standards; (3) and street trees.

Northern Gateway Area Design Guidelines & Access Management:

Objectives & Guidelines – (2) development shall (change from should) be set back to allow for ……… / The idea is to create a (remove relatively narrow) green buffer (add no less than 50’) along this portion of the Route 116……….

Other Business

Approve Warrants:  Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the warrants (including payroll warrants) for bills payable as presented by the Town Treasurer. Second by Howard and approved.


Trial Balances for Water & Wastewater and General Fund Accounts for Period Ending 5/31/08:  Andrea moved that the Board vote to acknowledge receipt of the trial balances for the water & wastewater and general fund accounts for the period ending 5/31/08. Second by Howard and approved.

Minutes of May 19, 2008:  Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the minutes of May 19, 2008 as corrected, second by Ken and approved. 

Request to Serve Alcohol at Fire Station for Wedding Reception / Aube on 6/21/08:  Ken moved that the Board vote to approve a request by Steve Aube for permission to serve alcohol at the fire station for a private wedding reception on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, subject to the following conditions:

A responsible person over 21 years of age will be designated to be “in charge” of the event and to monitor alcohol use at the event to ensure that there is no underage drinking and that intoxicated persons do not drive; and A “Don’t Drink and Drive” poster shall be posted at the entrance to the event, naming the responsible person and offering the services of the responsible person to arrange safe trips home. 

Second by Andrea and approved.

Request for Waiver of Zoning Fees:  Two structures have recently been destroyed due to fire – a sawmill building at Clifford Lumber on Gardner Circle and a single family home belonging to David & Veronica Estey on Leavensworth Road.  In the case of Clifford Lumber, the owners plan to move the building further away from the property line and enlarge the structure by approximately 1,147 square feet.  They are requesting a waiver of the zoning fees associated with the square footage of the original structure.  In the Estey’s case, they are rebuilding to the same footprint.  Andrea moved that the Board vote to waive all but a $25 administrative fee for building permits associated with the rebuilding of the original square footage of the following two structures, which were destroyed through no intentional acts of the owners (fire):  Clifford Lumber saw mill building on Gardner Circle and Estey single family home on Leavensworth Road.  The fees associated with the original square footage of the structures are being waived since it has been determined that the Town has not incurred additional costs for staff time on the review, inspection or substantial consideration to rebuild. Second by Howard and approved.

The Board asked Jeanne to draft a policy based on such criteria as noted above to address future requests.

Buried Utility Permit / Stone Underground for Comcast Cable on Gilman Road:  A buried utility permit application has been received from Comcast Cable & Stone Underground to install buried cable in the Town’s right of way on Gilman Road, just south of Southwind Road.  Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the buried utility permit of Comcast Cable & Stone Underground to install buried cable in the right of way on Gilman Road as outlined in the permit dated 5/28/06, subject to the terms and conditions of the permit and any additional terms and conditions placed on the permit by the Highway Foreman.  Second by Howard and approved.

Other Board Member Items 

Howard reported the June meeting for the Ancient Roads Committee will be held at HCS so they can use the digital projector.  He invited Selectboard members to attend to see what progress they have made to date.

Howard also wanted to acknowledge the Celebration that was held for the Bissonette Project and all the hard work Andrea put into this.

Jon said the Rec Path is moving along and they are close to giving final plans to the State for approval.

Jeanne reported she was in touch with Christine Ford of the MPO asking why the Silver St Bridge project was not on the TIP.  Christine said it should be and also advised the State will be covering the full cost.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, June 16th

Continued work session on Capital Budget & Plan

Update on WWTF Upgrade / Wayne Elliot (either the 16th or the 30th)

Burnett Junk Yard Application Renewal

Monday, June 30th 

Vermont Gas Representatives / Natural Gas Service to Hinesburg

Tom Moreau of CSWD / FY 09 Budget

Meeting schedule for July is the 14th and 28th, August 11th and 25th and September 8th and 22nd.

Howard moved the Board vote to adjourn at 10:30 p.m., second by Andrea and approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Spadaccini, secretary

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