Selectboard tackles a full agenda

The Selectboard faced a packed agenda at the Mar. 22 meeting. Numerous ordinances were before the members, as well as a long list of appointments to commissions, boards and committees (CBCs). Several of the items facing the board were the products of years of discussion and work.

The agenda packed with ordinances was due to a backlog, Town Manager Joe Colangelo explained during a brief Manager’s Report. Going forward, members should not be faced with quite as many within one meeting.

A slate of members, including several student members, were appointed to CBCs. The Planning Commission gained its first ever student member in the form of Champlain Valley Union (CVU) freshman Peter Antinozzi.

All applicants were approved except for one. Bill Stuono’s second attempt at gaining a spot on the Planning Commission was met with a negative vote.

Members voted to approve a Class 2 paving grant application to VTRANS and one to the Better Backyard Program. They also voted to accept an $8,000 equipment grant for the police department, which required no local matching funds.

After much work, Form Based Zoning Overlay took one of the final steps forward at Tuesday’s meeting. Planning Commissioner Kate Lalley, who has been active in the creation of the ordinance, spoke about it.

Lalley said that this seeks to make sites more flexible and less car-centric. It injects “some Shelburne identity into the Route 7 corridor,” she said, and focuses on the built aspect. Since the area is a Mixed Use District, Lalley said that they are trying to make it more neighborhood-oriented.

Form Based Zoning allows the village to expand outward, Lalley said. “[It’s] going to export the wonderful planning.”

Members voted to accept proposed amendments to zoning bylaws (Form Based Zoning) and subdivision bylaws (Definitions). The public hearings were set for April 26.

Members also voted to accept a solar electric generation facility siting standards ordinance. The ordinance is about two years in the making and its intent is to strike a balance between public interest and potential impacts. A first reading will be made on April 12. A second reading is slated for April 26. The public hearing will be held May 12.

The conversation about the peddlers ordinance amendments and a proposed food truck ordinance was resumed. The first hearing for both will be April 12, the second hearing will be April 26, and the public hearing will be May 12.

Chris Robinson untangled the wastewater allocation ordinance. He presented an introduction to it, and a first reading will be made on April 12. The second reading will be April 26, and the public hearing is slated for May 12.

Members voted to approve the transfer of North Water Tank to Champlain Water District (CWD). This was the culmination of several years of work.

The board voted to ratify a maintenance contract with Utility Services Group (USG) for South Water Tank. Colangelo said that the plan is to get work started on cell antenna removal and cleaning of the tank in April.

An approval of a bond validation resolution for a $3,000,000 Sewer Capital Bond was made. It was a matter of a bit of housekeeping to address an earlier oversight.

The board also voted to approve Selectboard member designations to sign accounts payable and payroll warrant for months April 2016-March 2017. Chair Gary von Stange pointed to this as an opportunity for members to talk with Peter Frankenberg and ask questions about matters they wish to have clarified.

Members also approved ICMRA compensation participation that will allow for employees to withdraw loans without being in a position of hardship.

The meeting wrapped up with members going into Executive Session to discuss the annual evaluation of the Town Manager, litigation between the Town and Vermont Railways, Inc., and litigation between the Town and APC Property.

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