Selectboard votes to send paths maps back for review

Priority paths and sidewalk maps, updates from three of the Town’s groups, a look at the initial draft of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and the Spear Street waterline were key items on the agenda for the Sept. 13 Selectboard meeting.

The Priority Paths and Sidewalk Maps have been a divisive issue in recent months. Concerns about paths crossing private property, lack of public notice, and other issues have been raised. Due to the high level of controversy, the Bike & Pedestrian Paths Committee came before the Selectboard with a request that the maps be sent back to the group for further review. The Board voted 3-2 to do so.

Three Committees, Boards and Commissions (CBCs) presented their Annual Reports. First up was the Tree Advisory Committee. Chair Gail Henderson-King reported that the group had a “great and productive year.”

King said that amongst the things the group has done during the past year was to officially kick off the Memorial Tree Program. Another accomplishment was the publication of a pamphlet that is a walking tour of the Village, which is now in the process of being distributed.

Third to present was the Veterans Monument Committee. Chair Sam Feitelberg reported that his committee has found the Shelburne Farmers Market to be an especially effective method of outreach. The venue has allowed the group to connect with both residents and tourists, hand out flags to children, and collect about $100 per week in donations that help to fund the maintenance of the monument.

A recent act of theft saw the monument briefly without a flag. The incident has been investigated, but the culprit has not been found. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office provided another flag to replace the one stolen.

The CIP initial draft was reviewed. It is a six-year plan that encompasses things that the Town might wish to do during that time period.
Finance Director Peter Frankenberg gave a brief overview of the plan, which currently rests at $27,237,384 in costs and $21.903 million in funding. Some of the major projects that are included within the plan include the Bay Road Bridge repair ($3 million), a replacement fire truck in Year 2 ($1 million), a replacement ambulance that would be fully funded by donations and billings, a new library in Year 3 (estimated at $4.1 million), and Bay Road Corridor improvements in Years 2-6 ($62,500 overall).

The Spear Street waterline has been an ongoing source of concern for the Water Commission. Board members approved warning a Special Town Meeting for November to vote on a $500,000 Water Department Capital Improvement Bond to replace/upgrade the problem waterline.
The meeting wrapped up as it began–with members entering into Executive Session for a discussion regarding which of the three applicants should be appointed to the two available Development Review Board (DRB) spots.

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