Selectboard tackles issues at regular meeting

By Heather McKim
The July 22 meeting of the Shelburne Selectboard saw the return of a familiar face to the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission (HPDRC), a meeting with the Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee, and a look at the town’s trees.
David Webster, who had previously served on the HPDRC for a few years early in the group’s existence, was reappointed to the commission. His term will expire March 2017.
During the Manager’s Report, Joe Colangelo reported that residents can now use the area 100 feet north of the boat launch at the town beach for swimming and recreation. The area is “swim at your own risk” and not patrolled by lifeguards.
CGI Communications shot a town video earlier in the month. Colangelo said that video would be available online around Labor Day.
The Board voted to receive the Planning Commission’s proposed amendments to Shelburne’s Comprehensive Plan. The amendments essentially say that the town “wants a seat at the table” when it comes to issues of telecommunications towers, Chair Gary von Stange said. Public hearings on the amendments will be held in September.
Members of the Planning Commission were present to discuss the group’s progress on the Form Based Code draft. While Chair Kate Lalley said there have been a number of delays in the process, Town Planner Dean Pierce said he hopes everything will be on track for a special Tuesday meeting of the Planning Commission to discuss the draft on Aug. 5.  A second meeting will take place on Sept. 17.
Lalley noted that the consultants “were taking their time and doing a good job.” She added that the reaction amongst the Planning Commission has been generally positive, a sentiment echoed by other commissioners present.
The Board discussed a possible Sewer Service Area study. Public comments will be taken by Colangelo until Aug. 19, and he will draft a request for bids (RFB) that will be presented at the Selectboard meeting on Aug. 26.
The Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee was present to dialog with the Board. The group has been focused on greater connectivity within the town for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The UVM students who partnered with the Shelburne’s Tree Advisory Committee in a tree inventory project were on hand to present their findings.
There are 722 trees in the public-right-of-way.
The trees are located along 25 streets, represent 49 different species, and are in good health. They also noted, rather impressively, that no Emerald Ash Bores had been found.
The trees yield approximately $43,000 in benefits, in the form of storm water control and energy conservation, per year.
Sixty five potential planting locations were identified.
Tree Warden Paul Bohne said that the town just received a grant that will provide for the planting of 10 more trees.
Colleen Parker was appointed as the Selectboard representative to the Library Building Steering Committee. This group is beginning with various representatives from the town, and will expand shortly to include residents.
Board members also approved errors and omissions and increased the value of a 92.6 acre parcel from $500,000 to $555,800.
The final decision of the evening was to approve a wastewater allocation for 210 gallons per day for a new residence that will be built at 240 Webster Road.