Selectboard member Carrie Spear is gearing up for her second term serving the Town of Charlotte. Born in Duchess County, New York, she moved to Charlotte 25 years ago. She has worked in retail, or what she calls “people service,” for most of her life. With her husband, Carrie purchased Spear’s Corner Store in East Charlotte in 2001.
With all five Selectboard members back, the March 26 Town Hall meeting was a productive one. No adjustments were made to the evening’s agenda, and Selectboard member Fritz Tegatz began by giving updates on the status of the wastewater ordinance draft as well as the production status of a new fire engine for the Charlotte Fire Department. The new engine is expected to arrive in Charlotte within the next two to three months, and the wastewater draft should be completed by June.
Only Selectboard members Lane Morrison, Fritz Tegatz and Frank Tenney, along with Town Administrator Dean Bloch, were in attendance at the March 12 Selectboard meeting at Charlotte Town Hall, which dealt with a variety of mostly minor matters
The March 6 Town Meeting at Charlotte Central School was a realtively peaceful gathering this year, with residents fillin the school’s Multi-Purpose Room prepared to discuss the town’s annual report for the upcoming fiscal year. Moderator Charles Russell opened the meeting shortly after nine in the morning, and over the course of several hours town residents proposed and voted on several amendments to the articles which will go to Charlotte voters by way of Australian ballot on April 3.
The Charlotte Selectboard, after a lengthy discussion of replacement options for the Town Hall’s aging computer server—including the costs and risks associated with using an on-premise computer server or a cloud-based server—approved a proposal for a new on-premise server, partnering with SymQuest for fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Section 4385, the Charlotte Selectboard will hold its second public hearing to receive public comments on a proposed amended Charlotte Town Plan on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Town Hall, 159 Ferry Road. Public comments may also be submitted in writing in advance of the public hearing.
he Jan. 8 Selectboard meeting saw an array of issues discussed, including the next step in jumpstarting the search for a new Zoning Administrator. Board members reviewed a job description contained in their packets, which was written after receiving input from a Planning Commissioner and a representative from the Zoning Board. Following a review by the board, a new employment description was refined.
As is typical when the Selectboard entertains budgets requests from town commissions and departments, the meeting on December 18, 2017, was chock full of agenda items. It began at 6 p.m. with an informational meeting with the Charlotte Library expansion committee on a proposed library expansion. A feasibility study will be undertaken in January to assess community support of the project and whether funding can be raised privately or if a bond is needed. If the response is positive, expansion plans will go forward with a goal of building in the spring of 2019.
In a harmonious and productive first public meeting on the Town Plan on Monday, December 11, the Charlotte Selectboard and the town’s assembled citizens reached consensus that the plan would be voted on at Town Meeting, 2018.
The Selectboard meeting of November 27 was one in which financial items dominated the agenda. Of major significance was a report by the town’s independent auditor, Rick Brigham of Sullivan, Powers & Co. The review of the town’s FY17 financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis was approved.
The Selectboard is looking for interested citizens to fill the following vacancies:
The New England Clean Power Link is a 1,000-megawatt electric transmission line slated to carry electricity produced from hydroelectric dams in Canada and wind turbines in New York to southern New England utilities via Lake Champlain, passing by Charlotte’s shores on the way. This project is backed by Gov. Phil Scott. It’s been reported that it could bring the state about $7.5 million annually for the next 40 years, partly through new jobs and tax revenue. The 154-mile underwater and underground transmission line is a $1.2 billion project.
With Activities Director Mary Recchia leaving her post at the Senior Center, the Selectboard approved a new position of Senior Center Director, with a somewhat changed job description, as well as an increase in hours worked to 30 to 35 from the current 28 to 30 and the addition of health benefits, both of which will affect next year’s Senior Center budget. The new position will be scored via the Palmer & Associates Job Evaluation Manual for purposes of determining the new director’s salary.
At its Oct. 9 meeting, the Selectboard heard budget proposals for the next fiscal year from five town agencies. The Listers Office proposed a budget of $61,720, down $6,327 from this year, largely because of reductions in the cost of paying for appraisals next year. Planning and Zoning projected a drop in anticipated revenue from $53,000 this year to $48,000 next year primarily because of reduction in permit application fees; it also anticipates a reduction in expenses of about $10,500 because of reductions in computer-related expenses and in the cost of reviewing applications for waste water permits.
Three budget presentations for fiscal year 2019 were made at the Sept. 25 Charlotte Selectboard meeting. The Recreation Capital Reserve Fund, Tree Warden and Lewis Creek Association were the subjects of those presentations.
Charlotte’s wastewater pump station at the Town Green is getting some work in the form of valve and check-valve…
The ditch on Lewis Creek Road will be getting rock-lined thanks to a $9,700 Municipal Roads Grant-in-Aid pilot project. The grant was accepted at the Charlotte Selectboard’s Sept. 11 meeting.
A crowd of prospective farmers, concerned neighbors and town officials gathered at Mt. Philo Hops on East Thompson’s Point Road to try to resolve fermenting tensions over their farming operations on Aug. 28. Though they have yet to put a single hop plant in the ground, just the prospect of things to come has been enough to put a bitter taste in neighbors’ mouths.
Three proposals were submitted for the contract: Williston-based Coastal Building Maintenance (CBM VT), Danaher Custom Services Inc. of South Burlington, and Bobbi Jo Welch of B’s Perfection Cleaning Services.
Appointments have been made over the course of two Selectboard meetings in Charlotte. Marty Illick, James Donovan and Dean Bloch all took positions that serve the town in various ways.