WEATHERSFIELD CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Weathersfield Proctor Library, Ascutney, 7:00 pm
Next Meeting: February 28, 2019, Location TBD, 7:00 pm
Martin Memorial Hall
5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030
Monday, January 21th, 2019
- Ordinance Review
TOWN OF WEATHERSFIELD, VERMONT
MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Monday, 14 January, 2019
Introductions: Howard Beach, Sven Fedorow (Land Use Administrator), Nancy Heatley, Paul Tillman, Michael Todd, Julia Lloyd Wright (Energy Coordinator, ex-officio)
Visitor: Ed Morris, Town Manager
III. Approval of Meeting Minutes - 10 December, 2018
A motion was made by Michael Todd to accept Minutes of 10 December, 2018 with corrections, seconded by Howard Beach. Voted: Unanimously.
Ed Morris asked the Planning Commission for their approval to sign off on the application grant for municipal planning on the east side of town. The $60,000 grant will focus on economic development for the village of Ascutney. It will also include transportation and look at benefits that exist such as the Town Forest. Ed Morris said with airport planning being discussed, committee members could consider a connection for the town. The SWCRPC (Southern Windsor County Regional Commission) have agreed to help with the process and a report which will go to the Selectboard.
A motion was made by Michael Todd to endorse the application to authorize the Chair of the Planning Commission to sign the recommendation for the Better Connections Grant for the Town of Weathersfield and Village of Ascutney, seconded by Howard Beach. Voted: Unanimously
(a) Solar screening bylaw
An ordinance prepared for the Town of Bennington for ground mounted solar electric generation facilities in excess of 15kW(AC) was reviewed with the goal of preserving scenic quality set forth in the Town Plan. The Ordinance further stipulated that all solar facilities be screened as set forth in the Ordinance.
The Commission discussed screening for Weathersfield’s rural, village, commercial, industrial and individual sites. Provision is already in the Town Plan to protect named areas of scenic significance. An interim bylaw for the Town of Cornwall was also discussed.
It was agreed by the commission that wording regarding decommissioning of solar arrays be written into the bylaws. Sven Fedorow will check on standard recommendation for performance bonds and write up a draft bylaw for the next meeting.
(b) Airport Uses
A Town of Springfield, VT Airport Approach Overlay District Map showing various Cone Zones was reviewed,. Sven Fedorow will contact Jason Rasmussen (SWCRPC) to request an extended copy of the map to include the Town of Weathersfield’s areas abutting the airport. There was discussion of possible industrial/commercial activities that could be encouraged to take advantage of the airport facility.
(c) Proposed final Conservation (C-10) district bylaw
A final copy of the 2.5.6 Conservation (C-10) bylaw was reviewed. Sven Fedorow will contact Jason Rasmussen (SWCRPC) to request that existing parcel boundaries be included on the map. There was discussion on how a parcel split in the village with a C-10 property could be handled. The Commission agreed to let the proposed bylaw go forward.
A motion was made by Michael Todd to accept the 2.5.6 bylaw changes, seconded by Howard Beach. Voted: Unanimously
(e) Updated bylaw status spreadsheet
Work continues on updating the current bylaws. After reviewing the list the Planning Commission agreed to move forward with the following reviews/revisions: 2.4 Expansion of Minimum Lot Size; 2.5 Table of Districts and Uses, all; 3.2 Conservation of Natural Resources, all: 3.4 Nonconformities, all.
Regarding “definitions” Nancy Heatley said there may be issues or maybe non- issues but we need to check for need and print the definitions.
(d) “De minimis” bylaw for setbacks, height
Sven Fedorow raised the question of how the Zoning Board might handle an honest mistake if a calculation is flawed and is less than 10 percent. This item will be continued at the next meeting.
VII. Proposals for next meeting agenda on Monday, 28 January, 2019
Bylaw discussion: 2.4, 2.5
Draft of airport map for discussion
A motion to adjourn at 9:04pm was made by Howard Beach, seconded by Michael Todd. Voted: Unanimously.
Regular Meeting of the Prudential Committee
ASCUTNEY Fire District #2
6:00 PM, Monday, January 14, 2019
MARTIN MEMORIAL HALL, ASCUTNEY VERMONT
Members in attendance:
Prudential Committee – Everett Bingham, Paul Tillman, and William Southard
Manager – Ed Morris
Motion was made by Paul Tillman and William Southard seconded by to approve the minutes from November 12, 2018.
Motion passed 3-0 abstained.
Operations = $2,646.65
Project = $0
Total = $2,646.65
seconded by Paul Tillman, Motion Passed 2-0
______________________ _____________________ ______________________
Everett Bingham (Chair) Bill Southard (Vice Chair) Paul Tillman
Selectboard Minutes for 1-10–2019
Martin Memorial Hall
5259 Route 5, Ascutney VT
Monday, November 19, 2018
Select Board Members Present: Daniel Boyer, Peter Cole, Tom Leach,and Kelly Murphy
Select Board Member Absent: N. John Arrison
Ed Morris, Town Manager
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Vermont Standard
Darrin Spaulding, Chief, Ascutney Vol. Fire Assn.
Colby Hodgdon, Chuck Vivian, Ernie Shand, Sean Brown,
Josh Dauphin Chief, West Weathersfield Vol. Fire Department
Josh Compo, Mychael Spaulding, Tracy Dauphin, Travis Compo,
Tim Austin, Levi Parker, Ben Waters, Jordan Bagalio
Julia Lloyd Wright, Recording Secretary
Ms. Murphy called the meeting to order at 6:08pm
A draft copy of the “Fire Chief Hiring Procedure” requirements compiled by Ed Morris was handed out for review. Hiring decisions for the new staff position, Town of Weathersfield Fire Chief, will be made by the Town Manager.
Ms. Murphy said that no decisions have been made and the selectboard are seeking thoughts on the proposed procedure from the fire departments.
Mr. Josh Dauphin said that WWFD had made a decision, as a whole (department), to move forward. We are in agreement and we want to make sure the town knows WWFD are putting any past differences aside and to make it better for the town we are willing to do this. It’s time to change and we are willing to step up and make the commitment for it to happen.
Ms. Murphy said that the process is going to continue past Town Meeting and we need to correct any hearsay for WWFD and Ascutney. We need to think about the future with a Fire Chief coming in, a time in which to envision going forward and we want input to help.
Mr. Morris said they should start with the thought process and read through Items 1 through 9 on the Procedure sheet
(Mychael Spaulding suggested that the the chiefs from the two departments and not three members from each department.)
(Darrin Spaulding, citing past experience, suggested a final list with at least two candidates in case the top selection decided not to take the position.
There was a general discussion on how to hire a new manager and have three to four pages of tasks from the fire chiefs and firefighters. Mr. Tom Leach said it would be great to get
more people involved.
Mr. Morris said they are looking for leadership qualities. Mr. Tim Austin suggested a list of criteria to check off and to bring to the committee. Discussions will continue after Town Meeting.
Ms. Nancy Nutile-McMenemy asked if the Fire Commission will be dissolved, Mr. Morris said that had not been determined)
Mr. Morris said the focus is on one department and will get away from ‘this side of town and that side.’
The proposed new officer structure sheet reads as follows:
Citizens of Weathersfield
Deputy Chief Deputy Chief
of Operations of Policy and Safety
2 Lieutenants 2 Lieutenants
It was suggested that the Lieutenants should both be senior officers
There was a discussion on the number of officers on both sides of the town to staff the proposed new structure and how they should cover both stations. Mr. Morris said they will need a time frame and stability on people with authority to make decisions and need an ebb and flow in managing. Also the structure depends on how fire departments are set up with volunteers. Ms. Murphy said the new fire chief will need a structure (in place) as a first step as they walk into positions. Mr. Josh Compo suggested that the new fire chief should appoint his own deputy chiefs. Staffing of various positions (such as drivers) can be strained during the days when volunteers who are working are unable to get to the station(s). Ms.Murphy said the Selectboard should not be involved with the department. Ms. Nutile-McMenemy said the Fire Commission was set up to work with the departments but Ms. Murphy said the Fire Commission needs an overhaul and it will have to be addressed as we move forward.
Mr. Josh Dauphin asked about maintenance of the department and will a person be paid to set up the training, and who is in town to cover this and should it be shifted on the fire chief? Other suggestions were: Getting a resume of every volunteer, asking individuals of the departments what they are interested in vis-a-vis training and compiling a list of every member with skills, experience and strong points for the new chief.
Ms. Murphy commented that excitement is growing tonight, change is never easy doing fire service for the Town of Weathersfield.
The meeting ended at 7:40pm
The next meeting will be the first Selectboard Monday (of the month), the 4th of February, 2019
After a short break the Budget Review convened from 8 to 9pm.
Budget sheets for the FY2020 Estimated Municipal Tax Rate Computation were reviewed. The General Fund taxes are estimated at $1,253,560 with approximately $30,000 needed to level fund at last year’s rate. Mr. Morris is currently working on funding the $30,000 to close the gap. The amount to be raised by property taxes will be $1,125,428
The final and fully-funded budget will be available for Selectboard approval at the next meeting then ready for the printer.
The Warning for the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2019 to be held at the Weathersfield School at 12:30pm was also reviewed. Articles One through Four will be voted from the floor. Monetary Articles Five through Twelve will be voted by Australian ballot at Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 10am to 7 pm.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Peter Cole, seconded by Dan Boyer. Voted: Unanimously in favor.
The Meeting adjourned at 8:24pm
Daniel E. Boyer, Selector
Tom Leach, Clerk
Kelly Murphy, Chairperson