Selectboard stays on task during brief meeting

By Heather McKim

The Shelburne Selectboard heard a brief Town Manager’s report by Joe Colangelo and approved several items during a 15-minute meeting on Jan. 27. The meeting was so truncated because the main agenda item, a discussion with Representatives Joan Lenes and Kate Webb, was cancelled as Webb was unable to attend.

The discussion with Representatives Lenes and Webb will instead be held at the Selectboard’s Feb. 10 meeting; the representatives will offer a look at education funding, property taxes, and a general legislative summary.

In his report, Colangelo said that the Library Building Steering Committee met earlier in the day. It was decided that the group will present to the Trustees on Feb. 9, and to the Selectboard in March.

Colangelo also said the town website “continues to come along.” He described it as being “almost there.”

A contract has been agreed upon with Champlain Housing Trust to cover the additional burden Harbor Place has on the town’s public safety services. A check has been received for last year, which totaled over $12,000. Colangelo said that, if the current volume holds, that amount will be $15,000 this year.

Board member Al Gobeille said that he would like to have the Town Attorney review the contract to make sure it would hold up in court. “As we start this, we should know what we’re depending on,” he said, referring to the money within the framework of the town’s budget.

The recently created business map is now available for viewing. A link to it can be found on the town website. The map will continue to grow and evolve.

Members voted to approve the 2015 Highway Mileage Certificate. There were no changes from last year.

Receipt of proposed Planning Commission changes to zoning bylaws was approved. A public hearing for the changes was warned for the March 10 meeting.

The board voted to appoint Tom Koerner to the Historic Preservation and Design Review Committee. Koerner had previously served on the committee but had stepped down for a year.

A one year capital equipment note for a dump/plow highway truck was approved. The loan is for $100,000 at an interest rate of 1.2 percent.

A warning was set for Town Meeting on March 2 and 3.