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Stowe Selectboard Meeting

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stowe Free Library – Community Room

 

Present:      Selectboard Members:  Norm Williams, Adam Davis, Billy Adams, Neil Van Dyke; Town Manager Charles Safford; PW Director Harry Shepard; Parks & Rec Director Marge McIntosh; Planning Director Tom Jackman

 

Absent:  Larry Lackey

 

Others Present:    Charlie Grenier, Nancy Krakower, Heather Furman, Reporter Nathan Burgess, Bruce Harmon, Robert McEleney, Charlie Dooley, Chris Francis, Ed Stahl, Charlie Berry, Tim Cianciola, Mike McNulty, Chuck Baraw, Eric Zeikel, Tom Hubbs, Barbara Allaire, Nancy Stead, George Gay, Leo Clark, Don Post, Kelly Lily, Marc Segal, Cliff Johnson, Rick Sokolof

 

Call to Order

Chair Williams called the meeting to order at 5:33 pm and Selectboard Orders were signed.

 

Approve the Agenda

On a motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Adams, the Board approved the Agenda  as presented. 

 

Consent Items

 

A.  Sewer & Water Connection – 3174 Mountain Road

B.  Special Event App – Traditional Christmas in Stowe 12/2-12/11

C.  Appraisal Services – Richard Lewis

D. Minutes

On a motion by Mr. Van Dyke, seconded by Mr. Adams, the Board approved the Consent Items as presented. 

 

Liquor Consent Items

First & Second Class Restaurant License – Idlet yme LLC DBA Crop VT Bistro & Brewery - On a motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Adams, the Board approved the Liquor Consent Item as presented.  Mr. Van Dyke recused himself.

 

Cady Hill Conservation Project – SLT

Stowe Land Trust Executive Director Heather Furman summarized the following items of the Cady Hill Forest Project:  purchase & sale signed July 2011 including associated costs was $1,525,000; total acreage of 258 acres which will be donated to the Town at closing; the DRB has issued local permits which includes a 3 acre parking lot;  Act 250 permit amendment by mid November; VHCB funding has been applied for; additional funding has been requested from Open Space Institute.  A requirement of this funding is timber management; campaign for funding will be launched in February 2012; the Stowe Mountain Bike Club will maintain existing trail network for public access.   Ms. Further explained that SLT was requesting $250,000 from the Town subject to voter approval. 

 

No formal motion was required by the Board.  Staff will include SLT’s request plus additional funds for the creation of a parking lot in the proposed capital budget in the amount of $288,000.

 

Events Field

The Town contracted with Grenier Engineering, PC to develop a detailed grading plan and cost estimate (attached) for drainage improvements to the Community Events Field A and to prepare applications for an Act 250 permit amendment and a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Charlie Grenier summarized his findings and outlined his recommendations for proposed drainage improvements and site grading plan.   Funding for the project would be included in the proposed capital budget.  If the Board and voters decide to move forward with the project, staff’s recommendation, after input from various stakeholders, is to plan on doing the construction in the spring of 2012 and letting the field go unused for a full year in order to allow the grass roots to sufficiently establish themselves.

 

A couple of the Board members expressed concern over a particular area not included in the proposed improvements and Mr. Grenier said he would take another look at that area.

 

On a motion by Mr. Adams, seconded by Mr. Van Dyke, the Board authorized staff to proceed with the necessary permit applications for the Events Field drainage improvements. 

 

Rink Governance Structure Discussion

At their October 24th meeting, the Board discussed and also took public comment regarding the governing structure if a new rink is built.  Topics discussed based on information from the “Proposal for the Replacement of Jackson Arena” Committee included hiring an arena manager specifically with marketing skills; operating the rink as an enterprise fund vs as a town department and the role of advisory or friends organizations.

 

Continuing their discussion from the Oct. 24 meeting, the Board was in concensus that the proposed new rink be operated as a town department and a division of the Parks and Recreation Department.  Those in attendance questioned the possibility of the establishment of an advisory committee or the expansion of the current Rec Commission and that there were others to be considered that had value to add to the project.  It was asked if the Rec Commission was considered as the best model to act as advisory committee and should a rewrite of the bylaws be considered. 

 

Mr. Williams stated that all these questions would be considered  

 

 

 

 

Executive Session

A.Personnel

B.Contracts

On a motion by Mr. Adams, seconded by Mr. Davis, the Board went into executive session with the Town Manager in attendance at 6:35 pm. 

 

The Board came out of executive session at 6:45 pm.

 

On a motion by Mr. Adams, seconded by Mr. Van Dyke, the Board appointed Elizabeth Wechsler to the Library Board effective immediately. 

 

There being no further business to conduct, Mr. Williams adjourned the meeting.

 

Respectfully submitted by Susan Moeck.

 

 

Stowe Selectboard Meeting

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stowe Free Library – Community Room

 

Present:       Selectboard Members:  Norm Williams, Adam Davis, Larry Lackey, Billy Adams, Neil Van Dyke; Town Manager Charles Safford;  Parks & Rec Director Marge McIntosh

 

Others Present:     Bruce Harmon, Reporter Nathan Burgess, Barbara Allaire, Donna Adams, Lisa Hagerty, Leo Clark, Tom Hubbs, Marc Segal, David Jaqua, Ed Frey

 

Call to Order

Chair Williams called the meeting to order at 5:33 pm and Selectboard Orders were signed.

 

Approve the Agenda

On a motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Adams, the Board approved the Agenda  as presented. 

Consent Items

          A. LED Streetlights – conversion of ornamental lights to LED

          B. December Meeting Schedule – no Dec. 26th meeting

C. Minutes

 

On a motion by  Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Van Dyke, the Board approved the Consent Items as presented. 

 

Recognition of Volunteer Service – Joy Fagan

The Board took time to recognize Joy Fagan and her service to the Cemetery Commission for the past 20 years.   Donna Adams, Chair was in attendance to accept the plaque on her behalf.

 

Arena Discussion – Schedule

As part of a series in review of the proposed arena, time was set aside at this meeting to discuss the proposed rink seasonal schedule if a new rink is built.   The proposed four season schedule is winter ice; spring turf; summer ice and fall event season.   Mr. Williams pointed out that this schedule was a starting point and that further review would happen over time and changes made if necessary.  The Board also noted their appreciation to Tom Hubbs and Stowe Performing Arts in their efforts to investigate and secure an alternative rain site during their summer concert schedule.  In an email from Tom Hubbs, who is on the Board of Director’s stating, “We [SPA]agreed that Stowe High School would be a viable alternative for us in the event of rain…To put the situation in context, we realize that we’re going to need another rain site sooner or later even if Stowe’s voters do not approve building a new arena, because the Jackson Arena is failing. For example, a shower during Stowe Rotary’s Oktoberfest quickly resulted in several puddles on the floor from the leaky roof.”                                

Parks & Rec Director Marge McIntosh pointed out that the scheduling of the proposed arena provides some challenges for the Summer Rec Program but said they are up to the challenge and will work with both the new arena schedule and Stowe Elementary School to coordinate uses of these venues with the Summer Rec program.  Ms. McIntosh added, “Parks & Recreation staff has always used their creativity to develop quality programs for the community utilizing the facilities that are available.”

There was concensus of the Board that staff should use the proposed seasonal arena schedule of winter ice, spring turf, summer ice and fall events with the understanding that it may be adjusted over time based on demand and community desires.  Also, staff will plan on Stowe Performing Arts using an alternate site as back up rain location if a new arena is built. 

Executive Session

  1. Personnel
  2. Contracts

On a motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Adams, the Board went into executive session with the Town Manager in attendance at 6:15 pm. 

 

The Board came out of executive session at 6:30.  No action was taken.

 

There being no further business to conduct, Mr. Williams adjourned the meeting at 6:30 pm. 

 

Respectfully submitted by Susan Moeck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

 
















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