Williamsville Hall Committee Meeting

Minutes, 2/13/24

Attendee:
Steve Levine, Jon Julian, Maggie Kemp, Dale Stevens, Eben Viens and Austin Rice
Meeting called: 7:34 pm

Steve will send Maggie the password for the nest, to have a back-up person in control of the heat.
Steve moved to approve the previous meetings minutes. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Treasurers Report:
Donation Fund balance: $2,133.31
Capitol Fund balance: $46,210.94

Cabaret Summary:
There were 90 attendees. The organizers paid Dan DeWalt $425. There was a $120 alcohol license fee. Insurance was $119.91. Piano Tuner was $150.
There was a net profit of $388.18, half of which ($194.09) went to the Hall. Additionally, the organizers donated $50, bringing the Halls profit to a total of $244.09.

Three Duos Concert also yielded $100 for the Hall.
Raven Averill submitted a bill for $1,379.79 for her painting work.
Steve will meet with Melissa Brown to discuss the recent deposits he has made to the donation fund, as he is not seeing them reflected in the town’s accounting paperwork.

Soup Sales:
Jon submitted his invoice for Soup ingredients and packaging, going back to the 10th of November.
His total expenses came to $513.99. He deducted $113.99, to bring the final bill to the hall down to $400.
Steve reported that Soup sales in November and December yielded $414.
Jon raised the idea of offering meals for pick-up on a monthly basis. It was decided to continue with just soup, before expanding.
Jon agreed to make soup to be available on 2/22 and 2/23. He welcomed prep assistance from other committee members.
It was decided to still use paper containers but to try securing the lids with rubber bands. It was also suggested that a sign be made to make it clear not to squeeze the containers.

MPLC license renewal & upcoming movie:
The fee has been raised to $800. Jon agreed to renew the license under his name again and will be reimbursed by the town.
Jon raised the idea of showing more movies and other streaming events, such as the Super Bowl. The committee was receptive to the idea, noting that in addition to Dale, Austin, and Steve have learned how to set-up the computer and projector for such events. Steve noted however, that before putting on more events, the lackluster attendance to current offerings should be addressed.

Jon also reported that community members have commented that the start times for movies has been too late, and perhaps shifting to 7 pm or earlier would yield a better turnout.

Dale asked why the dates of the February breakfast and movie were pushed back a week. Steve explained it was done to allow more time for publicity. Eben noted that the movie choice was changed as Force Majore may not appeal to as many locals.

Maggie and Jon confirmed that publicity for the upcoming Breakfast and Movie have been posted.

Dale is unavailable for the movie screening on the 23rd, so Austin will handle projectionist duties that evening.

ARPA:
Jon reminded the committee that the town of Newfane has until December 2024 to earmark the remainder of the available ARPA funds, and asked if there were any other projects which could be proposed to the Selectboard.
Steve proposed that the committee ask the Selectboard for ARPA appropriations for a stand-by propane generator for the hall. Reasons for attaining said generator included; protection against pipes freezing during a particularly cold spell, ensuring that the hall could stay open and available for events during a power outage, and having the building be available as an emergency shelter. Doug Cleveland has submitted a quote of $9,000 for the generator installation

Porch Light:
Steve reported that community members have been appreciative of the porch light being left on through the night, and motioned that a light sensor be installed, so have the light only turn on after sun down. The vote was tied at three to three, with concerns raised about the light being off-putting to neighboring home-owners. It was decided that along with the light sensor, there would be changes made to the bulb and fixture to reduce light pollution. After the changes have been made, the topic will be revisted to see if opposed committee members still have reservations.

Park Bench Competition:
Dale reported that he is participating in the Newfane park bench competition and presented his design for a bench to be placed outside the Williamsville Hall. Committee members were receptive of the idea and design.

Proposed Sign:
After a lengthy discussion about Annie Landenberger’s proposed sign, the committee voted against the idea, citing concerns about the aesthetic and effectiveness of design, as well as an opposition to having a permanent fixture. Dale suggested that instead the current sandwich board be customized to have a wooden stand, aiming to be more pleasing to the eye, while still being as legible.

Ongoing Repairs:
Steve reported that the posts in the cellar, the back stairs and the roof all still need to be worked on.
It was decided that due to mold, the carpeting on the stairs needs to be removed, and the carpeting at the bottom on the concrete slab should be removed and replaced with paint. Jon will ask Raven if she is available to take on that job.
Jon will contact Aaron Betts about installing the crown moulding.

 Photo Display:
Steve presented the idea of printing, framing and hanging historical photos of Williamsville in the hall. The committee was receptive, though concerns about the size of the photos were raised. Dale offered that he could up-res the photos before Steve prints them. Steve also suggested hanging pieces by local artists.

Open Mic Night:
Eben proposed that the committee allow Gary Keiser and Linda Sherman DeFretas to start running bi-weekly (2nd and 4th) Wednesday evening Open Mic nights in the downstairs of the hall. The organizers would not charge admission and will have a donation jar out, with proceeds going toward the hall. They will also handle their own promotion. The first event would be on 2/28. The committee unanimously approved the motion.

Facebook Page:
Austin gave an update on the Williamsville Hall Facebook page. A very basic page has been created, and any photos or information which the committee would like to be featured can be sent to Austin to be added to the page. Austin will also make Eben an administrator to help with management and curation.

Adjourned at 9 pm

Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

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  •  CALL MEETING TO ORDER                                                                                                                   
  • CONFIRM PROPERLY WARNED
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1 VSA ~313 (a) (3) Employment matter of public officer or employee                                                  
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    February 5th, 2024 Regular Minutes
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
    Emergency Watershed Protection – NRCS Agreement
  • TREASURERS REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT                                                                                         
  • COMMITTEE REPORT                                                                                                                                         Williamsville Hall – Steve Levine
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
    Deborah Luskin
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • OLD BUSINESS / FOLLOW-UP ITEMS (10 Minutes per topic) 7:15 P.M.
    1. Town Beautification (Chevalier)
    2. FEMA buyout of South Newfane General Store (Golob)
    3. ARPA Funds Updates (Golob)
      Tabled on February 5th Meeting-  Resolution for ARPA Allocation
    4. Personnel Policy changes/ recommendation (Johnson-Aplin/Chevalier)
  • CORRESPONDENCE
    Email Brookline Selectboard Chair Dot Maggio- Shared Services with Brookline.
    Email request from Laura Wallingford-Bacon regarding a large antique wagon wheel.
  • PAY ORDERS
  • ADJOURN

 

Planning Commission February 8, 2024 Minutes

TOWN OF NEWFANE PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
MINUTES of February 8, 2024

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor
OTHERS PRESENT (Newfane Town Office): Bill Morse, Jon Julian
OTHERS PRESENT (Zoom):

CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Kate to alter the agenda and start with the revolving loan fund for housing discussion.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

MINUTES
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by Nolan to approve the January 17, 2024 special meeting minutes and the January 25, 2024 regular meeting minutes as presented.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Bill Morse attended the meeting but had to leave early. He will return at a future meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing:
Jon Julian spoke about his experience owning and renovators rental properties in Williamsville. Commissioners discussed with Jon Julian how the Town could better serve renters and people developing housing. Commissioners still seeking feedback on revolving loan funds in other towns.

Development Review Board (DRB) update:
None.

Zoning Administrator position:
Kate gave a brief update on the process of selecting a new Zoning Administrator. The Commission will reach out to a possible candidate.

Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Commissioners agreed to hold a special meeting on February 16, 2024 to discuss and move forward the Windham Regional Commission’s recommended bylaw changes. Commissioners agreed to review the changes before the special meeting.

Short-term Rentals:
No update.

Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane gave update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District.

Report-back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
None.

Neighboring Town Planning Commission Collaboration:
No update.

NEW BUSINESS

Agenda setting for next meeting:

Commissioners discussed which items to include on the next meeting agenda.

Planning Commission vacancy:
Kate announced Planning Commission seat vacancy.

CORRESPONDENCE
Email received from the Vermont Community Leadership Network about upcoming workshops. Email received from a school that wants to do a project involving the Planning Commission.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by James and seconded by Nolan to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 pm. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar

Planning Commission Special Agenda February 16, 2024

Town of Newfane, Vermont Planning Commission
Special Meeting Agenda February 16, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Zoom

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AGENDA

 

  1. Call To Order
  2. Additions to the Agenda
  3. Review and Approve Minutes
  4.  Public Comment
  5. Old Business
    • Bylaw Modernization Grant – Review and approve Bylaw change recommendations.
    • Zoning Administrator position – update
    • Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing – update
  6. Correspondence
  7. Adjournment

 

Selectboard Regular Meeting Monday, February 5th, 2024

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Angela Litchfield, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Ann Golob (Zoom).
Absent: Jeffrey Chevalier and Katy Johnson-Aplin.

PRESENT:  Marion Dowling, Cris White, Austin Rice (BCTV), and Wannetta Powling (Administrative Assistant).
Zoom:  Jay Wilson (Road Foreman). Phone: Melissa Brown (Treasurer),

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. by Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield.

CONFIRM PROPERLY WARNED:  Powling confirmed the meeting had been properly warned.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:  
Golob requested an update on the status agreement between the Town of Newfane and property owners Ross and Triebert. To follow the Road Foreman’s Report.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
(taken out of order)

  1. January 16th, 2024, Special Minutes
    Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the January 16, 2024, special minutes, and Golob seconded.
    Motion passed.
  2. January 22nd, 2024, Regular Minutes
    Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the January 22nd, 2024, regular minutes, and Golob seconded.
    Motion passed.

    ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  1.  I have not heard anything additional from the trucking companies’ insurance.
  2.  The town attorney is preparing the easement for the Loop Road box culvert.
  3.  We have a proposal from MSK Engineering for the gravel pit work.
  4.  We have been putting out cold patches as we get nice days to patch some holes in the pavement.
  5.  We have submitted the ‘Stream Alteration Permit’ to ANR for the Loop Rd. Culvert.

Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept Road Forman’s Report, and Golob seconded.

Discussion:
3.)  Ron Bell sent an email that he would work on the projects for Newfane this week.
Golob made a motion to approve the contract for MSK Engineering and hold it in case it is needed next week. Fitzpatrick seconded.
Motion passed.

Vote was called
Motion passed

NRCS contract- Litchfield will contact Attorney Fisher to follow up on the agreement between the Town of Newfane and property owners for the shared cost of the work and maintenance of the Rock River repairs.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT: 

  1. The Town Report is at the printers. I will review the proof on Friday, the 9th; the reports are expected to be delivered by Tuesday, February 20th.
  2. I attended the VLCT Legislative update last Monday; the current H-629 Delinquent Tax Bill is a concern we should follow closely. Attached is the Bill for your review.
  3. Carol’s memo regarding the renewal of the Liquor License for the Green Mountain Wine Shop.
  4. I have a memo for you to authorize the Treasurer to make this change, which was approved at the January 11th Budget meeting.
    Administrative Assistant: It was confirmed that Powling would be given an additional one dollar per hour and include back pay to be added to the current .45 cents raise to meet the 2024 Cost-of-living increase.

Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Administrative Assistant Report, and Golob seconded.

      1.) Litchfield will also review the proof of the Town Report as a second pair of eyes.
3.) Litchfield read the Memo from Town Clerk Carol Hesselbach.
4.) Memo regarding back pay

From Town Clerk:
January 24, 2024
I received an application from the Green Mountain Wine Shop for the renewal of a second-class liquor license. In accordance with your decision last May, I requested that the shop pay the town fee of $70, and I will approve the application when it is received.

 COMMITTEE REPORT:
Williamsville Hall – Steve Levine
Rescheduled

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
None

UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Marion Dowling came to the meeting to discuss her concerns regarding the addition of the citizen-backed article added to the Newfane warning regarding Gaza. Dowling quoted her research from the Vermont Secretary of State. “Not every petition or article must be included in the warning – the topic for discussion must be an issue that the voters have the power to decide.” The January 23, 2024, edition of the Brattleboro Reformer had an article about the addition of this article to be discussed at the town meeting. Dowling was concerned that a small group of residents that show up for floor votes on Articles will end up speaking for the entire Town of 1,700 residents and that the purpose of the Town meeting is to discuss civic Issues and local problems that concern residents, such as Roads, Budgets, and Schools.

Golob stated that the understanding of the Selectboard was that if the petition submitted had the correct number of signatures, it would need to be included in the Warning as an Article. She thanked Dowling for the information and will contact VLCT for more information.

NEW BUSINESS
None

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Town Beautification (Chevalier)
    None
  2. FEMA buyout of South Newfane General Store (Golob)
    None
  3. ARPA Funds Updates (Golob)
    Resolution for ARPA Allocation

Golob shared information from her meeting with Katy Buckley (VLCT) and Melissa Brown (Treasurer) with recommendations for a resolution for the obligation of the remaining ARPA funds. (Brown was contacted on the phone.)

Discussion ensued:

Golob had a prepared resolution for Selectboard signature to allow the funds to be moved into a different account. Tabled: Until the full Selectboard was in attendance.

  1. Personnel Policy changes/ recommendation (Johnson-Aplin/Chevalier)
    None

CORRESPONDENCE:

  1. DRB Membership Appointment Request David Brown
    Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve David Brown’s appointment to the Development Review Board. Golob seconded the motion.
    Motion passed. Powling will send a letter of appointment to Mr. Brown.
  2. The Newfane Inn and Wellness Center- Lori Damato – Formal request for ARPA funds.
    Golob noted that anyone can apply for the ARPA funds and that Damato was misinformed when she was told that was not the case. To date, the Selectboard has not made grants to businesses and has used the ARPA funds only for non-profit and town needs (such as emergency generators).
    The Selectboard agreed that the work to restore the Newfane Inn has made a meaningful impact on Newfane.
    Tabled: Until the full Selectboard was in attendance to vote.
  3. Bill Morse follows up on the previous letter submitted.
    Morse requested answers on why a specific DRB variance had been granted several years ago. He feels that not every resident application is given the same equal treatment.

Fitzpatrick made a motion for two present Selectboard members to approve Pay Orders. Golob seconded the motion.
Motion Passed
Golob, who was attending the meeting remotely, left at 7:25 p.m.

PAY ORDERS

    1. Payroll # 11663               $ 7,028.01
    2. Payroll # 11664               $ 6,279.31
    3. Payroll # 11665               $ 6,588.47
    4. AP # 24017                      $ 990,014.87

ADJOURN:

Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,
Wannetta Powling,
Administrative Assistant
AG/AL

 

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2024, Planning Commission Agenda

Town of Newfane, Vermont Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm Location: Newfane Town Office & Zoom
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AGENDA

  1. Call To Order
  2. Additions to the Agenda
  3. Review and Approve Minutes
  4. Public Comment
  5. Old Business
  • Development Review Board (DRB) update
  • Zoning Administrator position – update
  • Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing – update & discussion
  • Bylaw Modernization Grant – Review and approve Bylaw change recommendations.
  • Short-term Rentals – update and discussion
  • Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communication District
  • Report back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings
  • Neighboring Town Planning Commission Collaboration – update
  1. New Business
  • Agenda setting for next meeting.
  • Planning Commission vacancies (1 vacant seat)
  1. Correspondence
  2. Adjournment

 

Town of Newfane Board of Civil Authority Agenda: February 7, 2024

Newfane Town Office and on Zoom

6:00 CALL TO ORDER

6:05 Changes or additions to the agenda.

6:10 Review new voter registration list.

6:15 Approve assistant election officials.

6:20 Determine pairs of BCA members to deliver ballots to homebound voters.

6:25 Discuss town meeting election and when BCA members can serve.

6:30 Discuss early processing of absentee ballots and determine if/when that will take place and who will process them.

6:40 Any other legal business

Adjourn meeting.

Newfane Selectboard Meeting Agenda

Monday, February 5th, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

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  • CALL MEETING TO ORDER 
  • CONFIRM PROPERLY WARNED
  • ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    January 16 2024 Special Minutes
    January 22, 2024 Special Minutes
  • ROAD FOREMAN’S & ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT’S REPORT                                                                                              Memo from Town Clerk
  • COMMITTEE REPORT                                                                                                                                Williamsville Hall  – Steve Levine
  • SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • UNSCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
  • NEW BUSINESS
  • OLD BUSINESS / FOLLOW-UP ITEMS (10 Minutes per topic).
    1. Town Beautification (Chevalier)
    2. FEMA buyout of South Newfane General Store (Golob)
    3. ARPA Funds Updates (Golob)
      Resolution for ARPA Allocation
    4. Personnel Policy changes/ recommendation (Johnson-Aplin/Chevalier)
  • CORRESPONDENCE  
    1. DRB Membership Appointment Request David Brown
    2. The Newfane Inn and Wellness Center- Lori Damato – Formal request for ARPA funds.
  • PAY ORDERS
  • ADJOURN

 

Notice of Board of Civil Authority Meeting: 7 February 2024

Pursuant to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. Section 1535(a), notice is hereby given that the Board of Civil Authority within and for the Town of Newfane will on the

7th day of February 2024, at 6:00 o’clock in the p.m.

meet at the Newfane Town Office Selectboard Meeting Room in said Town and on Zoom to conduct the following business: discuss the election to be held on Town Meeting Day, March 5, create 2 person teams to deliver ballots to homebound voters if requested, determine if we will allow using any registered Newfane voter to serve as an assistant election official for the year, review the list of voters added to the checklist from August 1, 2023 thru January 31, 2024, determine if absentee ballots will be processed into the tabulator before election day, and determine the date and participants of the testing of the tabulator.

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Board of Civil Authority Clerk
February 1, 2024

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PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES of January 17, 2024

NEWFANE PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES of January 17, 2024

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor

OTHERS PRESENT: Ann Golob (Newfane Selectboard)

CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM.

NEW BUSINESS
Conversation with Ann Golob about potential revolving loan fund for housing, use of town ARPA funds:
Ann Golob joined the Commission for a conversation about creating a potential revolving loan fund for housing, using town ARPA funds. Commissioners will research revolving loan funds in other towns and continue the discussion.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by James and seconded by Jane to adjourn the meeting at 6:34 pm.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar

Planning Commission Regular Minutes of January 25, 2024

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES of January 25, 2024

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Jane Douglas, James Bressor

OTHERS PRESENT (Newfane Town Office): None

OTHERS PRESENT (Zoom): Gary Fox, Ann Golob

 CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting at 6:09 pm.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
Kate moved to adjust the agenda, to begin with a discussion of possibly using ARPA funds to establish a revolving loan fund and the conversation with Gary Fox, development director for the town of Rockingham. James seconded. Passed unanimously.

Gary provided an overview of Rockingham’s revolving loan fund (RLF), noting that the town loans funds to both businesses and individual property owners. A five-member RLF committee, which meets three or four times annually, evaluates loan applications and recommends whether to support the request or not; the selectboard makes the final decision. The interest rate is kept close to prime.

Rockingham’s RLF policy gives a preference to owner-occupied multi-unit housing. Funds are often used for upgrades and safety improvements; they can also be used to convert properties to create an additional unit. Loans are generally no more than $20,000. The town has approved five to six housing loans over the past two years. Repayment has been good.

MINUTES
A motion was made by James and seconded by Jane to approve the January 11, 2024, minutes. Unanimously approved.

 OLD BUSINESS
Development Review Board update: No DRB member is present.

Zoning administrator:
Kate reported that the planning commission will likely meet with a candidate soon.

Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing—update & discussion:
See above.

Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Kate said she would share a recent correspondence from the Windham Regional Commission, and she asked all planning commission members to review the WRC’s recommended bylaw changes before the February 8 meeting.

Short-term rentals:
No update.

Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane said some members of the communications district staff and board would soon meet with legislators in Montpelier.

Report-back from town meetings and/or selectboard meetings:
No update.

Newfane/Townshend/Brookline Joint Planning Commission Brainstorm—update:
No update.

NEW BUSINESS
Agenda setting for next meeting: Commission members agreed that the WRC’s Bylaw Modernization proposals will be on the agenda for the next meeting. Kate said the commission will invite a representative of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust to a future meeting.

Planning Commission vacancies (1 vacant seat): Kate reported that two individuals continue to express an interest in serving.

CORRESPONDENCE
None.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by James and seconded by Jane to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 pm. The motion carried unanimously.

 Respectfully submitted,
James Bressor

DRB PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Town of Newfane Vermont Development Review Board

The Newfane Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing at Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 PM at Newfane Town Hall 555 Vermont Route 30 in Newfane and via Zoom. The hearing is to consider application #24-002 by David Belt for a variance to the zoning by-law to allow for the construction of a 50-foot-tall lookout tower at 21 West Street (Tax Lot #00B-043).

Per Section 310, Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the Newfane Zoning By-Laws, there is a height restriction of 35 feet for new construction in the village district. The conditions for the granting of a variance are found in Section 212.4 of the Newfane Zoning By-Laws.

 A site visit at 5:00 PM will precede the hearing.

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane Town office, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Persons wishing to appear at the public hearing may do so in person or via Zoom as well as by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

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January 22, 2024

Selectboard Special Minutes Monday, January 22nd, 2024

NEWFANE SELECTBOARD
Special Meeting Monday, January 22nd, 2024

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Angela Litchfield, Katy Johnson-Aplin, Mike Fitzpatrick.
Zoom: Jeffrey Chevalier and Ann Golob.

PRESENT
:
Attorney Robert Fisher, Gordon Bristol, John Walker, Michael Mayer, Merle Tessier (Zoning Administrator), and Wannetta Powling (Administrative Assistant).
Zoom:  Jay Wilson (Road Foreman).

MEETING CALL to ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m. by Selectboard Chair Angela Litchfield.

CONFIRM MEETING PROPERLY WARNED:
Powling confirmed the meeting had been properly warned.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS to AGENDA:  
None

SCHEDULED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Higher Ground Natural Burial:
Attorney Robert Fisher clarified for the Selectboard its responsibility regarding the driveway access permit that was revoked on September 18th, 2023, for violations of conditions at the Higher Ground Natural Burial on Sunset Lake Road.


Discussion ensued:
The Selectboard heard comments, clarifications, questions, and responses from Gordon Bristol, John Walker, Michael Mayer, and members of the Selectboard; it was determined that the applicant needs to request a Jurisdictional Opinion from Act 250 and there needs to be a Development Review Board hearing on the second revised plan.

This matter is still pending; the Selectboard has not re-instated the access permit. Mayer asked whether he could cut firewood from the proposed Higher Ground Natural Burial site. Fitzpatrick clarified that he should not and should reserve any cutting of firewood to other areas of his property.

The Selectboard agreed to follow the recommendations of Attorney Fisher, and this discussion closed at 6:30 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS:
Budget and Articles.
Treasure Melissa Brown provided budget figures for review for a new highway employee. ARTICLE 5 was changed to “the figure includes wages, benefits, and insurance.” The Selectboard reviewed the remaining articles.


Fitzpatrick made a motion to sign the Warning with corrections as agreed, and Johnson-Aplin seconded.
Motion passed.

  

 ADJOURN:
Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,
Wannetta Powling,
Administrative Assistant

Williamsville Hall Meeting Minutes, 1/8/24

Williamsville Hall Meeting Minutes, 1/8/24
Attendees: Steve Levine, Maggie Kemp, Eben Viens, and Kate Conway
Meeting called: 7:39 pm

Treasure’s report:
  Donation Fund:   $1,654.07
Capital Fund     $47,590.73

Hall details:
   We now have a lockbox, thanks to Steve. It’s just above the Commons yellow box on the porch.
Katie of the Newfane Selectboard asked if we could leave the outside Hall light on at night. The thought is that it gives Main Street some life, as opposed to driving through a dark town. The switch will be left in the “on” position.

On-going:
 We’re still needing someone to work on the roof, as well as the pillars in the cellar.
At some point, the rug covering the stairway in the back stairwell leading to the basement will need to be removed. The area is damp, and the rug may hold mildew. A dehumidifier could help remedy some of the moisture in that area.

Raven has mitigated the mold on the kitchen ceiling and the stairway leading downstairs using KILZ, followed by painting. She also painted the main entryway.

Steve is going to look into clarifying the use of alcohol in the Hall. The question comes when it’s not being served but people bringing in their own.

Breakfast and movie schedule:

  b’fast /Thur.                                       movie/Fri

*1/18/24                                              1/19/24 ..
Maggie: pancakes                              Shawshank Redemption
Eben: coffee
Kate: blueberries, juice, milk, fruit salad                                      

*2/15/24                                              2/16/2
*To Be or Not To Be

 *3/15/24                                           3/16/24
                                                          Force Majeure

*4/18/24                                          4/19/24
To Be or Not  To Be
                                                          *Shop Around the Corner, taken out

Monies earned for December 2023 b’fast & movie: $83.00.
The meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm.

January 25, 2024 Planning Commission Regular Agenda

Town of Newfane, Vermont Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda
January 25, 2024 Time: 6:00 pm Location: Newfane Town Office & Zoom 

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AGENDA

  1. Call To Order
  2. Additions to the Agenda
  3. Review and Approve Minutes
  4. Public Comment
  5. Old Business
    • Development Review Board (DRB) update
    • Zoning Administrator position – update
    • Use of ARPA funds as a revolving loan fund for housing – update & discussion
    • Bylaw Modernization Grant – Review and approve Bylaw change recommendations
    • Short-term Rentals – update and discussion
    • Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communication District
    • Report-back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings
    • Neighboring Town Planning Commission Collaboration – update
  6. New Business
    Agenda setting for next meeting

    • Planning Commission vacancies (1 vacant seat)
  7. Correspondence
  8. Adjournment

 

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MINUTES of January 11, 2024

TOWN OF NEWFANE PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
MINUTES of January 11, 2024

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor

OTHERS PRESENT (Newfane Town Office): Mike McConnell (Windham Regional Commission)

OTHERS PRESENT (Zoom): Sue Westa (Windham Regional Commission), Angela Sanborn (Newfane Selectboard), Ann Golob (Newfane Selectboard), David Cotton (Newfane Development Review Board), Walt Dadik (Newfane Development Review Board), David Brown, Patty Johnson, Stanley Noga Jr

CALL TO ORDER

Kate called the meeting to order at 6:37 pm.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA

A motion was made by Kate and seconded by Nolan to move Old Business item A. to the top of the agenda. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Nolan and seconded by James to approve the 12/14/23 regular meeting minutes as presented. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

OLD BUSINESS

Bylaw Modernization Grant – Windham Regional Commission Presentation of                                       Recommendations for Housing Access:

Sue Westa (Windham Regional Commission) gave a presentation of the Windham Regional Commission’s recommendations for updating Newfane’s zoning bylaws to make it easier to build housing. Throughout the presentation Sue took questions from the Commission, other town officials and members of the public. Commissioners will review the recommendations at their next meeting. The Commission will meet with Windham Regional Commission again on February 22, 2024.

Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:

Jane gave update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District.

Development Review Board (DRB) update:

David Cotton and Walt Dadik reported on recent and upcoming Development Review Board business. David spoke of the need to update the Town bylaws to include short-term rentals. David expressed interest in Development Review Board involvement with the hiring of the new Town Zoning Administrator.

Report-back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:

None.

Newfane/Townshend/Brookline Joint Planning Commission Brainstorm – update:

No update.

Short-term Rentals:

Jane gave an update on her short-term rental ordinance work and research. The Legislature is still working on the issue. Jane noted that many towns have dropped their ordinances due to lack of enforcement capabilities. Jane suggests waiting to see what the State of Vermont does regarding short-term rentals. The Commission will continue researching this topic and keep the conversation going. Commissioners will consider adding short-term rentals to the Zoning Bylaw as part of the possible bylaw changes presented earlier in the meeting by the Windham Regional Commission.

NEW BUSINESS

Zoning Administrator position:

Kate announced that Merle Tessier will be stepping down as Newfane Zoning Administrator. The Planning Commission is responsible for recommending the next Zoning Administrator candidate to the Newfane Selectboard. Commissioners will work with Merle to find possible candidates for the position. Commissioners agree to keep the Development Review Board looped into the process.

Agenda setting for next meeting:

Commissioners discussed items to be put on the January 25, 2024, Planning Commission meeting agenda. Kate will inquire with Wannetta Powling about the Town website calendar and correct the Planning Commissions meeting information on the Town website.

Planning Commission vacancy:

Kate announced a Planning Commission seat vacancy. Kate will reach out to a couple possible candidates. Eben Viens has expressed interest in joining the Commission. Nolan will invite Eben to the January 25, 2024, regular Planning Commission meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE

None.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Jane and seconded by James to adjourn the meeting at 8:20pm.
The motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Nolan Edgar

Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda January 22, 2024 @ 5 pm

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  1. Natural Burial Ground
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