Selectboard faces numerous issues at regular meeting

By Heather McKim

The Nov. 13 meeting of the Shelburne Selectboard covered several new issues as well as revisiting a couple of items of old business. Four members of the board—Paul Bohne III, Bob Roesler, Tim Pudvar, and Gary von Stange—were in attendance for the meeting.

Bohne gave the Manager’s Report. He informed those gathered that new street lights will be going in shortly. Green Mountain Power had been delayed in the task due to the devastation wrought outside of the state by Hurricane Sandy.

Charles Baker and Michele Boomhower of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission were on hand to give a presentation of the draft of ECOS Regional Plan, which consists of eight key points covering issues ranging from the economy to the environment.

Baker briefly covered highlights of the plan. He said that concerns included things such as affordable housing—an issue that was mentioned in extensive surveys conducted of area employers.

Baker said that the project is at the draft stage right now, and he described it as a “discussion draft.”

“[We are] trying to get more bang for our buck in terms of how taxpayer dollars are spent in this region,” Baker said.

People were encouraged to visit the website for the ECOS Project (www.ecosproject.com) for more information.

Town resident Jim Valley approached the Board with a request for reconstruction of a curb located near his property. He made a case before the members to have “just that one 20-foot section” reconstructed.

Board member von Stange questioned what made that particular piece of property uniquely deserving of curb reconstruction. He told Valley that he would like to look at the property, since he has not yet had the chance to do so.

Mike Wichrowski, Fish and Wildlife Administrator, was also on hand to make a presentation to the Board. He approached the members about creating an overflow parking area, replacing one of the docks and renewing the lease for the Shelburne Bay Road Fishing Access.

The issue, however, was not a decision item for the Nov. 13 meeting, so no vote on the matter was taken. It will be addressed again at a future meeting.

Peter Frankenburg, Finance Director, presented and discussed the results of the status of the first quarter of the 2012-13 General Fund Budget. He told the Board that the budget is in good shape right now, but he cautioned that it is still early and that winter—and its potential associated costs—has not yet arrived.

“Last year, we were fortunate to have a mild winter,” Frankenburg noted.

“[It’s] going to be some challenge to manage for [unbudgeted expenses],” Bohne said.

One issue facing the town is a tax appeal by Wake Robin. The town is both facing the legal costs associated with the lawsuit as well as the possibility of losing tax revenue from the facility, which is the largest taxpayer in the town.

Also before the Board was the issue of the Shelburne Parade Ground and Village Green Master Plan. The issue at hand was whether to implement the plan but, rather, whether to accept the plan.

The Selectboard voted to accept the plan.

The meeting wrapped up with Pudvar, in the spirit of Veteran’s Day, issuing thanks for the service of those in the military.

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