PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES of SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Estey, Nolan Edgar, Lynn Forrest
OTHERS PRESENT: Jane Douglas (South Newfane resident)

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:01pm by Ken Estey

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.

MINUTES
Motion was made by Lynn to accept no minutes from February 27 meeting. Short discussion followed and Lynn withdrew the motion. Lynn agrees to do minutes of February 27 meeting and August 11 meeting. A motion was made by Nolan to accept the minutes of August 27. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Jane Douglas from South Newfane commended the Commision’s handling of the previous meeting’s zoom-bombing interruption.

OLD BUSINESS
Short-term Rentals:
Lynn presented write-up so far, Commission agrees on wording, Lynn will type up for next meeting.
Commission reviewed Dummerston zoning bylaw definitions. Lynn agrees to share relevant resources with the rest of the board. Commission agrees to finalize definition at next meeting.

Enhanced Energy Plan:

Lynn gave short update. Commission agrees to strike Enhanced Energy Plan from future agendas until further notice.
Zoning Bylaw – setback language:
Ken gave update on contact with Walt Dadik.

NEW BUSINESS
Lynn’s birthday!

CORRESPONDENCE
Bob McCandless retirement – Ken agrees to contact Bob about how he wishes to inform the Selectboard of his retirement.

ADJOURN
A motion was made by Lynn and seconded by Nolan to adjourn. The motion carried unanimously by
voice vote.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nolan Edgar

October 5th 2020 Selectboard Agenda

In Person at Town Office

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES

September 21, 2020 Regular meeting

  •  ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report

  •  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Rich Hesselein – Turning the end of Town Owned (Penner) Road into Privately Owned

Lister’s Doris Knetchtel & Frank Suponski-Follow up regarding Lister Vacancy need to hire             Data Entry Person.

  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS

Schedule Budget Season (Tabled) October 12 Holiday

         Draft Respond VT State Troopers Letter – Participation in shaping the law enforcement              changes and approach to policing in Newfane and across Vermont.

  •    NEW BUSINESS

Open Winter Sand Bids

  •  CORRESPONDENCE

Bob McCandless –Resignation

Thom Chiofalo – Rock River Preservation Outreach Coordinator

  • PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #                 Amount  $
  2. Payroll Warrant #                 Amount  $
  • ADJOURN

 

 

Selectboard Minutes Monday September 21, 2020

Unapproved Draft

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams, Angela Sanborn and Shelly Huber.

OTHERS PRESENT:  (Zoom)   Sidney, Galen Robinson, Baman Mahdavi, Mamadou Cisse, Jeryl Julian Cisse Apple Gifford, Tristam Johnson, Howard Weiss- Tisman, Dan Dewalt, Eleien  Bronstein, Fiona Creed Chealier, Joanne Norenberg, Wichie Artu, Thomas Ely,  Suzanne Paugh,  Susan Gunther Mohr, Kate Gehring, Juliett Carr,  Joann Nerenberg, David, Anngolob, Brenda Siegle,  Suzanne Paugh, Alicia Bono, Kimberly McCormick, David, Caroline Knownley, Chris White, Troy Kane, Jay Wilson, BCTV and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

None

MINUTES:

September 8, 2020 Regular meeting Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes, Ms. Huber seconded.  5/0 Motion passed.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. Daniels Construction got into poor concrete on the underside of the deck where the trough would be mounted than the state expected. I have been in touch with Marc Pickering from VTRANS and the VTRANS bridge person Sven, the recommendation from both is to do the extra work now while they are working onsite. I have attached some pictures and the estimate.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the additional expense $150,000 with the additional 6 weeks needed for the competition.  Ms. Sanborn seconded.  Motion Passed.

  1. I have the Grants-in-Aid letter of intent for you to sign. This will enable us to continue getting money for the Clean Water Act.
  2. The Depot Rd Culvert still waiting for the easements to be signed and returned.
  3. There is a Road Safety Audit being done tomorrow September 22nd at 1:00 pm. for Newfane Village which will include RT 30 and West St. We will start at the Town Office meeting outside and then walk up to the village.
  4. We need to put the Winter Sand Bid I have attached a copy of the bid.
  5. The Sand/Salt shed has nothing new to report.
  6. VTRANS is going to put out their own speed cart on RT 30 in Newfane Village. It will spend a couple weeks in Town; there is no cost to us.
  7. Are you interested in getting the trucks undercoated again this year?

Mr. Fitzpatrick agreed to have the vehicles undercoated. 5/0 Motion Passed.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Road Foreman’s report. Ms. Sanborn seconded.

5/0 Motion Passed.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to authorize the Selectboard to sign the form for Municipal Road Grants & Aid Program Mr. Williams seconded. 5/0 Motion passed.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

  • Appropriations appointments starting in mid October to meet with the Selectboard are being scheduled. Would the Board like this to be a standard consideration for anyone that request funds for appropriations present their requests in person with a description of services, and the number of residents served in Newfane & the Villages of S Newfane, Brookside & Williamsville?

Ms. Huber agreed that everyone follows a standard to qualify for funds appropriations requests. By coming into meet with the Selectboard and to include how they have served the town and villages of Newfane.  Ms. Dowling did not call for a vote.

  • Enclosed is the cost of the Large screen TV Monitor for continued Zoom meetings. This can also be used for Training’s & Webinars. 70” Samsung flat screen monitor, wall bracket and web cam $948.00.

Ms. Dowling made a motion to table until the first budget meeting to review the balance in the budget. Ms. Sanborn seconded.  Mr. Fitzpatrick would like to see this issue resolved ASAP – via Town Office Improvements.

Ms. Huber made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistants report. Ms. Sanborn seconded.

5/0 Motion Passed.

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Rock River Preservation Board –Thom Chiofalo , Troy Kane and Chris White R.R.P. board members wanted to enlighten the Newfane Selectboard   and the residents of Newfane on the progress that has occurred over the past few months. Information on wwwrockriverpreservation.org website regarding the COVID 19 restrictions, having created “River Stewards” local people that help enforce the traditional values of nature. The Board with help from volunteers have upgrading the (17) trails, including blazing a trail for the NBFD & Rescue to have emergency access to the 5th beach, they have removed logs to allow passage for emergency ATV access.   With 19 acres and 5 different swimming holes that make up Rock River Preservation.  The motto of “Carry in carry out and to leave it better than when you got here” This has helped make a significant impact on the individuals and family’s that come to enjoy the swimming area for generations.

  • Works closely with SEVWA testing the quality of water.
  • Would prefer to be an asset to Newfane
  • Shares information regarding COVID 19 and has concerns on the number of people coming to the area.
    1. 1st step was signage “Masks required” Handed out Mask to visitors.
    2. Happy to report no increase in spread of COVID/ second home owners.
  • Noted No Fires allowed
  • Decrease number of parking illegally
  • Parking solution may have made it worse, for those that go to West River, not the Rock River now have to cross Route 30.

Rock River Preservation would like to ask the Selectboard to reconsider the parking restrictions for next season.

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

None

NEW BUSINESS:

Budget Season Schedule:  Was suggested that this be tabled until the October 5th meeting.

Respond to 7.21.20 VT State Troopers Letter – participation in shaping the law enforcement changes and approach to policing in Newfane and across Vermont.  Tabled until October 5th at which time the Board will come up with a draft to send to Lt. French in responds to Lieutenant French letter of invitation to participate in shape the policing norm in Windham County and across the state.

Town of Newfane adopt a statement based on the requests of so many written letters and electronic signatures

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to have the Newfane Selectboard adopt the statement.  Ms. Dowling seconded

Luke Stafford & others crafted the brief statement proposed to the Selectboard for consideration.

The Town of Newfane condemns hate speech, prejudice, and acts intended to induce fear in any person based on their identity.  We are a community of diverse backgrounds and opinions, and we draw strength from it.  Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and feel safe in our beautiful town.

Discussion ensued. A call for the Vote was asked for by Ms. Dowling 5/0 Motion Passed.

 

Selectboard to fill vacancy of the Lister – There are no residents to date who have expressed interest.  The question proposed to the Selectboard if this position should be a hired position to fill the elected vacancy until next election?

Is this something that should be hired to fill the Vacancy until the next Election.

– Charter would need to be changed in order to hire for position.

We need to consider this right now and we may need to get this additional information from Ms. Knechtel, find out what they would be looking for from this specific position and are there going to be benefits involved. Will this be considered data entry person? The Selectboard will consider the next steps.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Luke Stafford & 240 (electronic) signatures –Requesting that the Selectboard make a statement similar to one Previously presented (on September 8th) regarding racial incidents & acts of vandalism in Newfane.

Lauri & Kevin Minor– Personal opinion of Selectboard, support for the Town to make a public statement.

Apple Gifford – Writing to express support for the new statement condemning hate speech in the Town of Newfane

Chris Webb & 4 supporters of statement – Take a vocal stand that hate is not welcome in Windham County’s County seat

Deborah Luskin- Urge the Selectboard to issue the Statement

Amy Blazej – Suggest you actively condemn the racism that has happened in Newfane

Thomas Ely -Urge you to adopt this statement

Bert Picard– Speak up and clearly condemn the racist vandalism

Samantha Kilmaurray – to confirm topic “Racist Graffiti” on the agenda

Paul Webber –hope that you can educate yourselves to catch up with the times

Robert Hamm– Should the Newfane Selectboard adopts the resolution condemning? Hope that you would

Luke Stafford –make it clear that anonymous displays of intimidation will never be okay..

State of Vermont Highway Division – Final Plans for advertise the project for construction, advertising date 11.4.20 construction in the spring of 2021

 

PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant # 11472                                                 Amount  $  4,357.38
  2. Payroll Warrant # 11473                                 Amount  $ 4,298.28
  3. Accounts Payable No. # 21006                 Amount  $  33,537.19

ADJOURN:   Motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Williams @ 8:36 pm.

Respectfully Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

September 21, 2020 Selectboard Agenda

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September 8, 2020 Regular meeting

  •  ROAD BUSINESS

Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report

  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  •  SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Rock River Preservation Board –

Thom Chiofalo (RRP board member)

Troy Kane         (RRP board member)

Chris White       (Newfane resident)

  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • OLD BUSINESS

Schedule Budget Season

Draft Respond to 7.21.20 VT State Troopers Letter – Participation in shaping the law                       enforcement changes and approach to policing in Newfane and across Vermont.

Requests for Public Statement regarding sentiments in Newfane

Lister Vacancy – Can Selectboard hire Part time to file position

  • NEW BUSINESS
  • CORRESPONDENCE.

VTrans –Structures Project Manager Carolyn Cota – completed work on the Final Plans for             (Arch Bridge) Bridge 12.  “Looking for any comments from the Town” Next phase                            Advertising project for construction, Advertising date is set for November 4, 2020

  •   PAY ORDERS
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  2. Payroll Warrant #               Amount  $

 

  • ADJOURN

 

  Board of Liquor Control Tuesday September 8, 2020

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams and Shelly Huber.

OTHERS PRESENTWannetta Powling.

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 8:37 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

 NEW BUSINESS

  • Four Columns – Renewal Application

The Board reviewed The Four Columns Liquor License renewal application

A motion to approve the renewal liquor license for The Four Columns was made by Mr. Fitzpatrick, seconded by Mr. Williams.

Motion passed

Mr. Williams made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned  8:40pm

Respectfully Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

 

Selectboard (Zoom) Minutes Tuesday September 8, 2020

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling, Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams, Angela Sanborn and Shelly Huber.

OTHERS PRESENT:  (Zoom)   Aaron Naparstek, Caroline Kronley, Pattie Johnson, Chris May, Erica Walch,  Heather Sperling, Howard Weiss- Tisman,  Jeryl Julian Cissue, Sam Kilmurray,  Scotty Tabachnick, Sidney Johnon, Wichie Artu, Rich Sanborn, Ken Estey,  Elizabeth Erickson,  Suzanne Paugh, Pastor Rob Hamm,  Lauri Miner, IDM, I Phone, Jay Wilson, Melissa Brown , BCTV and Wannetta Powling

 

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

MINUTES:

August 17, 2020 Regular meeting Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the minutes, Mr. Williams seconded.

Ms. Huber abstained.  Motion passed.

August 24, 2020 Special meeting Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the minutes, Mr. Williams seconded.

Mr. Fitzpatrick and Ms. Huber abstained. Motion passed.

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

  1. Daniels Construction got into worse concrete on the top of the second abutment at Monroe Bridge. They have the bridge jacked up and are replacing the top of the abutment with new concrete. I attached a picture.
  2. Roadside mowing is almost completed.
  3. The Depot Rd Culvert easements I don’t have any updates on. I did file the permit for the detour on RT 30 with VTRANS.
  4. There is a Road Safety Audit being done on September 22nd for Newfane Village which will include RT 30 and West St.
  5. We are continuing our grading, culvert replacements and ditching.
  6. The Sand/Salt shed is still going through review at the State level.
  7. We had VT Sewer & Drain run a camera through the 2 culverts at Timson Hill at the preschool. We found the culvert under the road is in reasonably good shape and there is a drain that has been covered for a number of years.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Road Foreman’s report. Ms. Sanborn seconded.

Motion Passed.

TREASURERS REPORT:

I have finished the audit. Everything went great.

I have been in touch with West River Modified School District in regards to the school payment due September 8, 2020; we are going to only pay $100,000.00 right now, and then we will make up the differences once the taxes come in. This saves us from having to take out a Tax Anticipation Note.

Taxes bills have been mailed and taxes are coming in already. I have received several calls in regards to taxpayers not being able to pay the first and second installment on-time due to the fact that they are so close and due to the fact that some people still have not received their homestead rebates as of yet. Would the board consider not applying the interest for the month of September, October and November? We could still apply interest to all previous years taxes but not this current year if need be. The property transfers are completed from the Town sales.

I have been working on my abatements so I’m ready for the next abatement hearing.

Discussion ensued – regarding waving the interest payments on current 2020 year, until the end of December 2020 year

Mr. Williamsville made a motion to not to apply the interest on September, October, November and December. Ms. Sanborn seconded. Motion passed.

Ms. Sanborn made a motion to accept the Treasure’s report. Mr. Williams seconded.

Motion Passed.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT:

  • The replacement computer has had some issues downloading all of the records and programs, I have no access to the scanning folder on the Canon printer (Town Clerks office) all of your information in tonight’s packets were copied and delivered by me Thursday evening. I am not yet able to email this as attachments.
  • Dan Hoviss from Dot solution will be at Town Office this week to do the computer & printer upgrades for us. Including installing the Router for our internet.
  • I started scheduling appointments in October for the social appropriations to come and meet with the Selectboard as scheduled members of the public.
  • I received confirmation for the VLCT “Municipal Budgeting” 2 day webinar. Marion, Melissa & I will be taking this training from 9-noon on September 16 &17.
  • VT Legislature Bill S.54 is the bill that creates a taxed and regulated cannabis marketplace in Vermont. I will make copies of this and place them in your mailboxes.
  • VTrans has sent an Advance Notice for the Selectboard to sign. This is a relocation notice allowing for the utilities (Green MT Power, Comcast and Consolidated Communications) to temporary relocate the aerial wiring at the intersection of Grimes Hill Road and Depot Road into the Town Highway Right of Way. Prior to the Arch Bridge construction in 2021.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistants report. Ms. Sanborn seconded. Motion Passed.

Mr. Fitzpatrick made a motion to authorize the Selectboard to sigh the form for VTrans Notice. Mr. Williams seconded. Motion passed

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Aaron Naparstek and Patricia Johnson are members of the Incorporated Village of Newfane (IVN). They presented the Selectboard with information from the recent Traffic study that was performed from 27, July thru 13th of August 2020.

The information provided the board were the number of vehicles it also included the speed of these vehicles.  The speed limits in the Village of Newfane is posted at 30 MPH village residents feel that this in unacceptable. Members of the Incorporated Village of Newfane are asking the Selectboard for suggestions to address their concerns for protecting pedestrians, cyclists and children playing along these roads.

Suggestions the members provided included

·         Cross Walks with Flashing lights & yield signs

·         Solar generated speed signs at each end of town before entering the Village

·         Additional 30 MPH sigh in the village

·         “No Passing Zone” signs

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

None

NEW BUSINESS:

Budget Season Schedule:  Was suggested that this be tabled until the September 21 meeting.

 

Respond to 7.21.20 VT State Troopers Letter – participation in shaping the law enforcement changes and approach to policing in Newfane and across Vermont.  Ms. Sanborn read the letter aloud.  The Board will be sending a letter in responds to Lieutenant French in regards letter invitation to participate.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Carol Rondeau – Email requesting “Safety Zone” to be posted at town property (Gravel Storage Area) Dover Road in South Newfane.

Toni Powling “Believes that the Selectboard would be heading down a slippery slope if you start making resolutions regarding something you cannot control and over which you have no ability to apply consequences.”

Christine White “Encouraged the Selectboard not to set a precedent by taking action by creating a resolution to hold people accountable over isolated incidents of discrimination and racism.”

Erica Walch “I urge the Selectboard not to adopt a statement that makes government responsible for addressing hurt feelings or attempt to curtail the constitutional rights of the town’s citizens.  It is not government’s job to protect citizen’s feelings, but to protect citizen’s rights to free speech. Along with other rights we have in the State and US Constitution.”

Kim Friedman “Call on the Selectboard to make a public statement condemning acts of racist violence.”

 Dan DeWalt A requests that the Selectboard make a statement condemning the racist incidents and acts of vandalism in Newfane.

Dan DeWalt, & Samantha Kilmurray Expressing personal views with an additional 100+ electronic signatures supporter, requesting the Selectboard make a statement condemning these racist incidents and acts of vandalism.

 PAY ORDERS:

  1. Payroll Warrant # 11468                                 Amount  $  4,339.95
  2. Payroll Warrant # 11470                                 Amount  $ 5,712.20
  3. Payroll Warrant # 11471                                 Amount  $ 5,184.66
  4. Accounts Payable No. # 21005                 Amount  $  199,394.61

 ADJOURN:   Motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Williams @ 8:36 pm.

Respectfully Administrative Assistant

Wannetta Powling

 

 

Development Review Board (DRB) Decision regarding appeal of Zoning Application 20 -0001

Subject:

Development Review Board (DRB) Decision regarding appeal of Zoning Application 20 -0001

Background

Application 20-0001 is for change of use at 25 Moss Hollow Road from residential to commercial in order to allow operation of a Wellness Retreat/Nature Retreat as described by the appellant, Kathy J. La Bombard in her application and at the public hearing for this appeal on July 30, 2020.

Findings

  1. The property is located in Newfane’s Rural District and is part of an established neighborhood with rural character.
  2. The appellant wishes to operate a Wellness Retreat/Nature Retreat as a conditional use utilizing the existing residential facilities at 25 Moss Hollow Road.
  3. The appellant described her proposed use as an opportunity for small groups of healthy people to spend 3 to 5 days in nature and the surrounding community while focusing on their own well-being
  4. Section 331 of the Newfane Zoning Bylaw allows limited commercial uses in the Rural District that avoid unreasonable burdens on town roads and services or other adverse impacts on the rural character of the district.
  5. Section 212 / 5 /a of the Newfane Zoning Bylaw requires review of any proposed conditional use to determine whether it adversely affects:
  •  Capacity of existing community services or facilities
  •   Character of the area as defined by the purpose of the zoning district and specifically       stated  policies and standards of the Town Plan
  •   Traffic on roads and highways in the vicinity
  •    Any bylaws and ordinances of the Town of Newfane then in effect
  •    Utilization of renewable energy sources

 Conclusions

  1. The proposed conditional use is consistent with that of a Lodge/Inn whose function is providing their guests a program of organized group activities.
  2. In order to meet criteria of Zoning Bylaw Sections 331 and 1 / 5 / a and to limit adverse impacts on the rural character of the area, it is necessary to apply conditions to the proposed commercial use that limit its size and scope while preserving the overall rural character of the neighborhood.

Decision

Effective August 27, 2020, the Newfane Development Review Board  approves, with the following conditions, the application of Kathy J. La Bombard for change of use from residential to commercial (Wellness Retreat/Nature Retreat) at 25 Moss Hollow Road (also known as Moss Hollow Lane).

This approval is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The number of Retreat Session participants including leaders shall not exceed seven (7).
  2. Use of the property for Retreat Sessions shall be limited to twelve (12) days per calendar month.
  3. When travelling to or from the property for off-site activities, participants shall car pool to the extent possible with no more than two (2) vehicles involved.
  4. Noise generated by operations shall at no time exceed seventy (70) decibels measured at the property line.
  5. On-site parking shall be limited to seven (7) vehicles.

Appeal of this Decision

In accordance with Title 24 VSA, Section 4471, an interested person who has participated in the Public Hearing of this matter may appeal this decision to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court by filing a Notice of Appeal directly to the Court within thirty (30) days of the decision.

Participation in the referenced hearing shall consist of offering oral or written testimony, evidence or a statement of concern related to the subject of the hearing.

Newfane Development Review Board

David Cotton, Chairman

 

Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020      Time:  6:00 PM      Place: Zoom Conference Call – In keeping with “revisions from Act 92 (H.681) which Governor Scott signed into law on March 30, 2020. The act sets forth new Open Meeting Law procedures in response to COVID-19 … to encourage public bodies to meet electronically while also providing the public with electronic access to meetings in lieu of a designated physical location.” Updated 5.27.20. https://www.vlct.org/municipal-assistance/municipal-topics/vermonts-open-meeting-law

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Agenda

  1. Call to order                                     6:00
  2. Introductions (Commission members, guests, and members of the public)         6:01 – 6:15
  • Additions to the Agenda 6:16 – 6:21

(“Additions” might include a suggestion for an action step with a specific timeline and a person assigned to the action step or a suggestion for a future agenda item.)

  1. Review and approve minutes from February 27, August 11, August 27             6:22 – 6:35
  2. Unscheduled members of the public 6:36 – 6:41
  3. Old Business                                     6:42 – 7:52
  4. Short-term Rentals – Collective work with Problem-Solving Document 6:42 – 7:30
  5. Enhanced Energy Plan – Lynn & contact with Windham Regional Commission        7:31 – 7:41
  6. Zoning bylaw, setback language – Ken & contact w/ Development Review Board 7:42 – 7:52

 

VII.     New Business                                                                                                             7:53 – 8:10

VIII.    Correspondence                                                                                                          8:11 – 8:15

  1. Adjournment                                                                                                            8:16

 

Note: Regular Planning Commission meetings are held at Newfane Town Office 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:00 PM.

All interested parties are most welcome to attend.

Posting locations: Newfane Town Office, WW Building Supply, Newfane Market, Williamsville Post Office

Town of Newfane web site:

http://newfanevt.com/meetings/meeting-schedules/

http://newfanevt.com/meetings/planning-commission-minutes/

Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda: 09/10/2020

September 10, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Zoom Conference Call

In keeping with “revisions from Act 92 (H.681) which Governor Scott signed into law on March 30, 2020. The act sets forth new Open Meeting Law procedures in response to COVID-19 … to encourage public bodies to meet electronically while also providing the public with electronic access to meetings in lieu of a designated physical location.” Updated 5.27.20.
https://www.vlct.org/municipal-assistance/municipal-topics/vermonts-open-meeting-law

To access Zoom-based Planning Commission meeting:
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Agenda

I. Call to order 6:00

II. Introductions (Commission members, guests, and members of the public) 6:01 – 6:15

III. Additions to the Agenda 6:16 – 6:21
(“Additions” might include a suggestion for an action step with a specific timeline and a person assigned
to the action step or a suggestion for a future agenda item.)

IV. Review and approve minutes from February 27, August 11, August 27 6:22 – 6:35

V. Unscheduled members of the public 6:36 – 6:41

VI. Old Business 6:42 – 7:52
1. Short-term Rentals – Collective work with Problem-Solving Document 6:42 – 7:30
2. Enhanced Energy Plan – Lynn & contact with Windham Regional Commission 7:31 – 7:41
3. Zoning bylaw, setback language – Ken & contact w/ Development Review Board 7:42 – 7:52

VII. New Business 7:53 – 8:10

VIII. Correspondence 8:11 – 8:15

IX. Adjournment 8:16

Note: Regular Planning Commission meetings are held at Newfane Town Office 2 nd & 4 th Thursdays at 6:00 PM.
All interested parties are most welcome to attend.

Posting locations: Newfane Town Office, WW Building Supply, Newfane Market, Williamsville Post Office
Town of Newfane web site:

Meeting Schedules

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

Approved Selectboard Agenda September 8th 2020

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·         CALL TO ORDER

  •  ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA
  •  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

August 17, 2020 Regular meeting

August 24, 2020 Special meeting

  •     ROAD BUSINESS

           Road Foreman’s & Road Commissioner’s Report

  •     TREASURER’S REPORT
  •     ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT
  •      SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Members of the Incorporated Village of Newfane – Traffic Concerns for audit

  •  UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  •  OLD BUSINESS
  • NEW BUSINESS

        Budget Season Schedule

        Respond to 7.21.20 VT State Troopers Letter – participation in shaping the law                              enforcement changes and approach to policing in Newfane and across Vermont.

  • CORRESPONDENCE

Carol Rondeau – Email requesting “Safety Zone” to be posted at town property (Gravel Storage Area) Dover Road in South Newfane

Dan DeWalt, Email – Expressing personal views and requesting the Selectboard make a statement condemning these racist incidents and acts of vandalism.  .

Dan DeWalt, & Samantha Kilmurray Letter – Expressing views and requesting the Selectboard make a statement condemning these racist incidents and acts of vandalism.

Erica Walch – Email expressing personal views, it is not government’s job to protect citizen’s feelings, but to protect citizen’s rights to free speech.

  •  PAY ORDERS
  1. Payroll Warrant #                 Amount  $
  2. Payroll Warrant #                 Amount  $
  • ADJOURN

COVID 19 SAFETY PROCEDURES WILL BE FOLLOWED

 

Following Selectboard Meeting                        Board of Liquor Control

  • Four Columns – Renewal Application

Board of Civil Authority Meeting Minutes: 08/25/2020

Present: Priscilla Cotton, Carol Hesselbach, Steve Levine, Sandra Dadik. Daniel Pellino, property owner, representing himself, and Doris Knechtel and Frank Suponski, representing the Listers. After the first hearing, Daniel Pellino left and Charles Mallory and Jessica Fogg appeared by speaker phone as representatives of the 2nd property owner.
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Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda: 8/13/2020

August 13, 2020
Time: 6:15 PM
Place: Zoom Conference Call

In keeping with “revisions from Act 92 (H.681) which Governor Scott signed into law on March 30, 2020. The act sets forth new Open Meeting Law procedures in response to COVID-19 … to encourage public bodies to meet electronically while also providing the public with electronic access to meetings in lieu of a designated physical location.” Updated 5.27.20. https://www.vlct.org/municipal- assistance/municipal-topics/vermonts-open-meeting-law

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Agenda

I. Call to order 6:15
II. Introductions (Commission members, guests, and members of the public) 6:16 – 6:21
III. Additions to the Agenda 6:22 – 6:31
      (“Additions” might include a suggestion for an action step with a specific timeline and a person assigned to the action step or a suggestion for a future agenda item.)
IV. Review and approve minutes from February 27, 2020 6:32 – 6:37
V. Unscheduled members of the public 6:38 – 6:45
VI. Old Business (prioritization of tasks based on COVID-19) 6:46 – 7:35
VII. New Business 7:36 – 7:55
VIII. Correspondence 7:56 – 7:59
IX. Adjournment 8:00

Note: Regular Planning Commission meetings are held at Newfane Town Office 2 nd & 4 th Thursdays at 6:00 PM.
All interested parties are most welcome to attend.

Posting locations: Newfane Town Office, WW Building Supply, Newfane Market, Williamsville Post Office
Town of Newfane web site:
http://newfanevt.com/meetings/meeting-schedules/
http://newfanevt.com/meetings/planning-commission-minutes/

Planning Commission Organizational Meeting Agenda: 8/13/2020

August 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Zoom Conference Call

In keeping with “revisions from Act 92 (H.681) which Governor Scott signed into law on March 30, 2020. The act sets forth new Open Meeting Law procedures in response to COVID-19 … to encourage public bodies to meet electronically while also providing the public with electronic access to meetings in lieu of a designated physical location.” Updated 5.27.20. https://www.vlct.org/municipal- assistance/municipal-topics/vermonts-open-meeting-law

To access the meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/92082368227?pwd=OVpiR0hnRDhlV2JyRjRJRHd1MGl6QT09
Meeting ID: 920 8236 8227 Password: 439171

Or Dial by your location:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 920 8236 8227 Password: 439171
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Agenda

1. Call to order
2. Review of Planning Commission membership and Commissioner Terms
3. Election of Chairperson and Secretary
4. Planning Commission Meetings Date, Location and Times of Meetings
5. Adjournment

Selectboard Minutes August 3, 2020

Unapproved

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Marion Dowling and Angela Sanborn.

Absent: Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams and Shelly Huber.

OTHERS PRESENT:  Jay Wilson, Doris Knechtel, Frank Suponski, BCTV and Wannetta Powling

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Marion Dowling.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

The Selectboard members present did not have a quorum of three out of five board members, it was agreed to wait until 6:10 pm for the additional Board member to arrive, and if this did not happen tonight’s meeting would not be able to proceed.While the group waited, the Chair Marion Dowling invited for anyone to share comments or any news

Mr. Suponski had a beautiful oil painting that had been donated to the Town by Ted Schreyer’s Wife and the family.  Mr. Schreyer passed away on July 5th following a period of declining health. Ms. Dowling read Mr. Schreyer’s obituary that was in the Brattleboro Reformer.

Mr. Suponski and Ms. Knechtel spoke about Mr. Schreyer’s service to Newfane, the committees and appointments that were held by Mr. Schreyer over the fifty years that he served the Newfane community.

MINUTES:

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

Doris Knechtel andFrank Suponski,

ROAD FOREMAN’S AND ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT:

ADMINISTRATIVE AS SISTANT’S REPORT:

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:

OLD BUSINESS:

EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS:

Road Foreman and Administrative Assistant’s Annual Reviews

NEW BUSINESS:

CORRESPONDENCE:

PAY ORDERS:

ADJOURN:

@ 6:11 pm the meeting was closed due to lack of Selectboard quorum.

Respectfully Administrative Assistant,

Wannetta Powling