December 6, 2010
Attending the meeting: Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Rocky Martin, Bud Allen, Mike Anthony, Brett Grabowski, Brian and Kathy Busier, Maggie Gordon, George Dameron, Jane Starkweather, Dona Walker, Rolf Kielman, Aaron Kimball, Michael Buscher, John Rose, Alex Weinhagen, Jill Muhr
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.
John Rose was present to comment on the proposal to build a Hannaford Grocery Store as he feels this is an important issue. He feels it is important that the landowner get an appropriate amount of money for sale of their property, and also that this is an important piece of land for the Town. Being zoned for community function, he feels it should be used in that way.
Jon pointed out that the Selectboard piece of the proposal is in regards to the Official Town Map.
Andrea noted the Selectboard will be looking for feedback from the Planning Commisssion on this. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting when they discuss the proposal.
Rolf said the Village Steering Committee wanted to announce informally that they have been looking at lot 15 for some time for possible public use.
- Parking and sidewalk maintenance agreement – Town Agent, Bud Allen, reviewed with Brett areas of the agreement in question. Brett agreed to the changes noted by the Town Agent.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the Route 116 parking and sidewalk maintenance agreement pertaining to the Kinney-Lyman-Milot project and authorize the Chair to sign after final copy is reviewed and approved by the Town Agent. Second by Ken and approved.
- Escrow agreement – in question was the storm water pond. Brett explained it will be on private property so very unlikely the Town would ever take it over. According to State permits the pond needs to be inspected twice a year to maintain the permit. The Board was in agreement the storm water pond does not need to be a part of the escrow agreement. Other areas of the agreement were corrected and a final dollar amount is needed as the amount in the draft is incorrect.
Ken moved that the Board vote to approve the escrow agreement pertaining to the Kinney-Lyman-Milot project and authorize the Chair to sign after final copy is reviewed and approved as discussed by the Town Agent. Second by Andrea and approved.
Health Insurance Options for Town Employees:
Jill Muhr, from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, was present to go over options available with Board members.
If a change in type of policy is made, the decision needs to be made by Jan 1st.
Andrea asked if some employees switch and others do not want to what is the outcome.
Jill said the Town can offer two plans.
Jon said he does not believe a decision can be made by the deadline. Jill said if the Town wants to pursue she will work with us to help facilitate the change in time.
Review of Town Plan Revisions:
Andrea corrected the amount of acreage conserved in the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest on Gilman Road from 687 to 600. / Goal 3 objectives 3.4 – make greenways a separate objective as it is not necessarily tied to transportation.
Also changes suggested to; page 5 Monkton – in referring to base density add the word “currently”. / pages 8 and 9 change over 55 to age 55 – 75 and add category for over age 75 / page 11- Housing, change term “Great Recession” to recessionary period of …. / also on 11 reference what study is referred to regarding types of housing units / page 12 – remove the addition regarding 2000 Census numbers as the information is noted in table 1 / page 14 – first paragraph include information about affordable housing in Hinesburg / page 15 – 2.2.1 b) remove wording outside of the village growth…….. to where suitable / also on 15 delete 2.2.2 b / page 17 – second paragraph identify the north and south boundaries with road names / page 18 – second paragraph, the village area has consistently …………. Move sentence to another area / 3rd paragraph change wording for “the shift” and in sentence Prior to 2002 include vehicle accessibility / page 19 in overview make note to only refer to growth center designation / page 20 second paragraph …. residential types and business add “and schools” in the Village / page 21 third paragraph change the phrase livable wage jobs to significant number of jobs / page 23 in list of studies and reports include the storm water assessment of the LaPlatte, the geomorphic assessment of the LaPlatte, and 2008 wetland delineation.
Advertising Position of Town Manager / Town Administrator:
The Board reviewed the proposed advertisement and made some minor changes to the qualifications as listed.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to advertise the Town Manager / Town Administrator position as soon as possible on the following no-cost outlets: Craigslist, VLCT classifieds, VT Law School, Maine Municipal Association, NH League of Municipalities, UVM MPA program, Maxwell School of Public Administration website, and Rockefeller College – SUNY, with the deadline for submittal of applications on 4p.m., January 21, 2011. Second by Ken and approved.
Ken moved that the Board vote to advertise the Town Manger / Town Administrator position one time as soon as possible on the ICMA’s national newsletter for a cost not exceed $400.00. Second by Andrea and approved.
The Board reviewed the time line for preparation and distribution of the Town Report
Andrea moved that the Board vote to appoint Brent Francis as an alternate member to the Town Forest Committee with a term ending December 1, 2010, second by Ken and approved.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to appoint Peter Van Vranken to the Town Trails Committee with a term ending February 1, 2013, second by Ken and approved.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to appoint Jennifer McGowan to the Conservation Commission with a term ending September 30, 2014, second by Ken and approved.
Andrea moved the Board vote to approve the minutes of Nov 8, 2010 as amended, second by Jon and approved.
Andrea moved the Board vote to approve the minutes of Nov 15, 2010 as amended, second by Ken and approved.
Warrants – Andrea moved the Board vote to approve the warrants (including payroll warrants) for bills payable as presented by the Town Treasurer. Second by Jon and approved.
Trial Balance – Ken moved the Board vote to acknowledge receipt of the trial balances for water & wastewater and general fund accounts for the current budget year. Second by Andrea and approved.
Buried Utility Permit – Andrea moved that the Board vote to approve the Buried Utility Permit for Comcast to bury utility cable to serve parcel #316 on Hayden Hill Rd East. Second by Ken and approved.
Other Board Business –
Andrea said she signed the resolution setting up an account in which to deposit impact fees of the Police and Fire Departments.
Ken asked about the width of Silver St in regards to the bridge project. Rocky said the State did the striping on the realignment of the intersection at 11’ on Silver St – it will also be 11’ on the bridge portion and then narrow down.
The Selectboard signed a notice authorizing the Town Treasurer to collect delinquent taxes.
Ken moved the Board vote to go into executive session including Rocky Martin for discussion regarding the dispute of the wastewater treatment facility contract with Kingsbury. Second by Andrea and approved.
Ken moved the Board vote to come out of executive session and adjourn. Second by Andrea and approved.
Valerie Spadaccini, secretary