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Selectboard Members present: Bill Ormerod, Judy Cleary, Jeff Blake, Charlie Swanson and Randy DeVine. Staff Members present: Erin McSweeney, Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard. Public Present: Peter King, Sam Hudson, Pat Hudson, Colleen Steen, Betty Poulin and Mike O'Day.
1.Call to Order
Bill Ormerod, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 7:02PM.
Judy motioned to approve the minutes from the meeting on November 19, 2007, as written. Randy seconded. 4 board members voted in favor, and one abstained.
3. Items on the Agenda
A. Randy DeVine - Reviewed the following reports for October 2007: Permit Monitoring Information, VT Wastewater Permit Program Operations Report for Aerated Lagoons, Sewer Discharge Report, and the Phosphorus Monitoring Report.
B. The board reviewed the presentation for the Community Forum taking place on Saturday, December 1st, beginning at 1:30PM in the Elementary School gym. The topics of discussion will be: the results of the Feasibility Study of the expansion of the existing wastewater treatment facility; and obtaining a back-up water source.
4. Public Input
Colleen Steen and Sam and Pat Hudson attended tonight's meeting to discuss the upcoming Act 250 hearing for Larry and Barbara Young's proposed subdivision. When Colleen asked the board how it intends to participate in the hearing, Bill replied that he has not confirmed with the board what topics it would like addressed. However, he anticipates discussion pertaining to the following: access on to Goodall Street, placement of the sewer system and the necessary easements, and the construction of Goodall Street to Town Road Standards.
Sam Hudson expressed concern about Goodall Street; he has been told that there is a potential for 100 cars going in and out of that road if the subdivision is approved. Sam is concerned that this will be a hazard when fire and rescue vehicles need to use the road. Based on the information Colleen has compiled, she offered that Goodall Street is not in compliance with the zoning by-laws that were in effect when the project was reviewed, and is also not in compliance with the current zoning by-laws. Sam informed the board that he is going to measure the distance from his house to the traveled portion of Goodall Street and from his house to the McDonalds' property line.
Colleen informed the board that the project does not have final approval, only contingent approval. At the time the project was reviewed, the by-laws required a final hearing if any changes were made to the plat. She also informed the board that the mylar that has been submitted to the Town is different than what has been submitted to the Act 250 board. Bill informed Colleen that there is a DRB hearing scheduled for Dec. 19th to move the project from contingent to final approval. Colleen expressed concern that petroleum products have been dumped into the ground; and silica dust has been released into the air because of the screening operation that was used for excavation. Colleen also informed the board that there is funding available for assistance in cleaning up these hazards through the Brownfields program. The landowner would have to apply for these funds. The board has not been given a set of construction blueprints to review for the wastewater system for the project.
Betty Poulin expressed concern about the potential hazard of more traffic using Goodall Street. Betty also expressed concern about the Fairfax Utility Department; she believes the department could be run more efficiently.
5. Other Business
A. The board will table a request from Larry and Barbara Young regarding a utility account until the board can obtain an accurate account balance from the Utility Department.
B. The board discussed a case that is pending in small claims court.
Judy motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:00PM. Randy seconded. All board members voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00PM.
Erin McSweeney, Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard