Is a DRB a good move for the town? The News hears from both sides
The Selectboard meeting on April 12th proceeded speedily through a daunting list of items.
Anyone who says that the Selectboard members of Charlotte don’t earn their stipends would have had another thing coming after their 5½- hour meeting on March 22. The discussions ranged from complex to simple administrative decisions.
A special Selectboard meeting on March 4 and a regularly scheduled one on March 8 got the new board off to a spring, already violating Chair Matt Krasnow’s vow that he would try to keep the meetings to two a month
Last Tuesday, The Charlotte News, along with the Grange and the Charlotte Public Library, hosted its annual Meet the Candidates night, where four Selectboard candidates answered questions posed by the community.
The Selectboard is holding a Zoom informational meeting on Monday, March 1 to discuss the items on this year’s ballot ahead of Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day vote.
There are two contested Selectboard races this year, and the candidates are coming out (metaphorically) to discuss town issues and meet the voters.
On April 16 the Planning Commission held its first meeting since early March, with all members virtually present. While planning and scheduling future meetings was the only agenda item, members also discussed logistics such as site visits and how to encourage public participation in hearings using a virtual platform.
Monday’s Selectboard meeting ushered in a new era: a virtual meeting option for those not attending in person.
The agenda for the Oct. 14 meeting of the Selectboard included discussion with Trails Committee members on the proposed construction of the State Park Road path and budget reviews of several groups. Routine procedural agenda items such as approval of repairs to the Thorpe Barn and contract with P&P Septic for maintenance of the town wastewater disposal were dealt with quickly as the night progressed.
Several items deferred to future meetings, short-term rentals discussed. Monday’s Selectboard meeting started with Vice Chair Frank Tenney at the helm and an agenda ahead of schedule. With Chair Matt Krasnow absent and the presentation on the upcoming tractor parade not quite ready, several agenda items were deferred to a future meeting, including the repurposing of the old playground equipment still at the Town Beach, discussion of the Recreation Commission mission statement and improving accessibility to Town Hall.
The West Charlotte Village Wastewater Committee presented two draft wastewater ordinances to the Selectboard and members of the public during Monday’s special meeting solely devoted to the topic. The meeting was “intended as a work session and an opportunity for public input and comments,” said Selectboard Chair Matt Krasnow.
The Monday June 3 Selectboard meeting focused around the Charlotte library addition. After a question and answer session on topics ranging from solar to various construction costs, the Selectboard voted unanimously to approve ReArch as the contractor for the project.
The Black Lives Matter flag issue and the aftermath of the controversy earlier in the year dominated the conversation at the Champlain Valley School District school board meeting on May 21. The meeting at CVU featured talks from current foreign exchange students, an update on proficiency indicators and a lengthy discussion about a comprehensive policy moving forward regarding flag raisings at district schools.
The Thursday, April 4 Planning Commission meeting focused once again on the East Charlotte Village District boundary and Charlotte land use regulations, as was proposed during the March 21 meeting. The commission’s goals were to analyze possible development maps, hear public comment, and figure out the finer points of LURs and boundary issues. Attendance was lower at this meeting, with about four members of the public in attendance, as opposed to the previous meeting which had almost 20 concerned Charlotters.
The Champlain Valley School District, which is comprised of six schools in four towns, has one big budget that covers the needs of every school in the district. This is the second year after local schools merged to form one district and the school budget went from being a town-based issue to a district-wide vote.
The Monday March 25 Selectboard Meeting featured the reappointments for town positions, contracting actions and the first public hearing…
The Thursday, March 7 Selectboard meeting was brief and administrative, welcoming new Selectboard member Louise McCarren and welcoming back Frank Tenney.
The Champlain Valley School District Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, was brief with no adjustments to the agenda and little discussion from the board prior to voting to adopt the final budget for FY20.
Charlotte Selectboard Draft Agenda Monday, December 10, 2018 At the Charlotte Town Hall 159 Ferry Road
Agenda is subject to change—check agenda posted on www.charlottevt.org on Friday prior to meeting for final agenda