Shelburne Selectboard looks ahead to 2020 spending items: Beaver policy, form-based zoning, sewer hook-ups discussed

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent The Shelburne Selectboard got its first look this week at the list of projects being considered for the six-year capital improvement plan for the town, which will be prioritized as the board builds the budget that voters will consider next March. At the Tuesday, Oct. 15 selectboard meeting, Finance Director Peter Frankenburg… Read More »

Town committees seek new members: Shelburne Natural Resources Committee, Planning Commission need volunteers

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Local residents, including high school students, interested in getting involved with town government have several opportunities with vacancies on the planning commission and the natural resources and conservation committee. The seven-member planning commission has two regular positions to fill as well as a non-voting spot for a student, typically a high schooler.… Read More »

Residents question sewer connection plan

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent About two dozen residents of a Spear Street neighborhood converged on the Shelburne Selectboard Tuesday evening to question imminent plans to connect a new larger development onto the town sewer system. Residents of Shelburne Heights, situated on the west side of Spear Street north of Kwiniaska Golf Club, presented town officials with… Read More »

Library bond to be lower than expected

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent The Shelburne Selectboard signed off on the final bond amount for the new Pierson Library and historic Town Hall construction project Tuesday night with the total coming in at $5.9 million. That’s $600,000 less than the $6.5 million voters approved for the project in 2017. Fundraising efforts aimed at lowering the bond… Read More »

Power in numbers: Local communities discuss conservation

MADELINE CLARK  Staff Reporter Good fences make good neighbors, the old adage says. However, in the case of six local municipalities, the very opposite may soon ring true. This winter, South Burlington officials began talking with neighboring towns about a possible multi-community conservation partnership they’re calling the Southwest Chittenden County Conservation Partnership. Tuesday night, Shelburne… Read More »

Rural landowners frustrated with new zoning regulations

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent The Shelburne Planning Commission recently heard from rural landowners frustrated with new land-use rules that they say could restrict their ability to manage, live on, and even make a living from their property. At its regular meeting last week, the commission listened to comments from Becky Castle, co-owner of Fisher Brothers Farm… Read More »

Business talk gets town’s attention

Business talk gets town’s attention

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent With a chance to brainstorm ideas and jump start business activity in Shelburne, a couple dozen people sipped wine and swapped ideas Monday night at Shelburne Vineyard. By Tuesday, their discussion had the attention of the Shelburne Selectboard. Selectboard Chair Jerry Storey and member Mary Kehoe attended the gathering at the vineyard… Read More »

Resignation letter cites ethics complaint: Member of the Development Review Board resigns, questions future of volunteerism

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Development Review Board member Jeff Hodgson has resigned from the board citing the ethics complaint lodged against his fellow board member and a “complicated in the legal sense” practice the board adopted in 2015. “Last night was really the straw that broke the camel’s back for me,” Hodgson wrote in… Read More »

Ethics Committee: Pauza did not violate ordinance

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI The Shelburne Ethics Committee reached a unanimous decision this week saying the chair of the Development Review Board had not violated the town’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest ordinance with a comment made nearly three years ago. A three-page decision dated Tuesday ruled on a complaint filed Dec. 18 by Dean Pierce… Read More »

Ethics hearing reveals conflict

By MADELINE HUGHES An ethics complaint filed against Shelburne’s Development Review Board chair brought more than a dozen people to the Shelburne Town Offices for a public hearing last week. The complaint by Dean Pierce against chair Jeff Pauza was filed in mid-December, days before a Development Review Board meeting where the board was set… Read More »