Selectboard takes on wide selection of town issues at meeting

The proposed Food Truck Ordinance, an amended Peddlers Ordinance, a contract for stormwater services with South Burlington, and a presentation on a three-year Munroe Brook stormwater study were just a few of the items before the Selectboard at its May 10 meeting. Members spent more than three hours addressing a wide range of items.

Board members praised Rep. Joan Lenes, who was present at the meeting, for her longstanding legislative service to the town. After 10 years in the House, Lenes is not seeking reelection for another term.

Town Manager Joe Colangelo provided updates on several matters, including the current work on south tank. He said that work will continue seven days a week, however, the noisiest of it will not be conducted during weekends.

Colangelo expressed concern about House bill 674. It relates to the public notice of wastewater discharge. Wastewater managers would be required to report an overflow event within an hour of discovery–a requirement that Colangelo compared to requiring emergency services to file a report instead of treating an injured person.

Many incidents, Colangelo said, take place in the middle of the night, often in freezing conditions. It is against this backdrop that a wastewater manager may be working to try to figure out how to fix the problem. Colangelo does not believe that taking that time to file a report instead of repairing the problem would have any significant positive ecological impact.

The Food Truck Ordinance was approved 3-2 after an extended period of discussion. The ordinance passes in time for business owners to be able to benefit from it this summer, which is something that Kevin Clayton, owner of Village Wine and Coffee, spoke in favor of.

The amended Peddlers Ordinance and a 3-year Wastewater Allocation Ordinance both passed unanimously.

Tuesday’s meeting was time for the Planning Commission to present its annual CBC report to the board. The report is something that each of the town’s commissions, boards and committees (CBCs) presents each year.
The Planning Commission has had a busy year since its last report. One of the largest accomplishments for the group came at the Selectboard’s April 26 meeting: the passage of Form Based Code.

Another topic the group has devoted time to during the past year is a solar siting ordinance. While it had been on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, it will instead be taken up at a later date due to still needing a bit more work.

Board members approved a contract for inter-municipal stormwater management services with South Burlington. The arrangement is an award-winning one, having garnered a Stormy for the town.

Trudell Consulting Engineers presented the culmination of three years’ work. The company conducted a three-year study of the compromised Munroe Brook, examining what needs to be done in order to meet federal mandates. The estimated price tag for that work is in excess of $7 million, which would likely be spread over the next 16 years. The associated maintenance could cost around $75,000 per year.

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) budget for fiscal year 2017 was presented. Each affected municipality has the opportunity to vote on it, and Tuesday night was Shelburne’s turn. Board members unanimously approved the budget.

Chair Gary von Stange provided an update on Vermont Railways v. Town of Shelburne. Monday had marked the fourth day of the evidentiary hearing. Von Stange said that one more day, May 17, was scheduled. Additionally, Judge William K. Sessions has ordered both parties to file post-trial memorandum.

Von Stange said that it is unclear when there will be a decision. However, the judge has said that it will come quickly.
The next regular meeting of the Selectboard will be held on May 24.

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