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Development Review Board Minutes 1-21-2019

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 21, 2019

Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Tim Cook, Steve Rapoport, Teresa Hyndman, Jason Farrell, (Don Peabody by phone).

Members Absent: Jason Mullin

Guests: Heidi Mahoney

Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon

Chair Brent Rakowski called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.

  1. Item #2 of the agenda was changed to read Site Plan Review instead of Conditional Use Review.
  2. Heidi Mahoney presented plans for a change of use and exterior modifications to 186 Main Street. She explained that Citizens Bank had vacated the premises and they wanted to change the use from Bank to Office. She noted that this would involve moving a window to cover the space where the bank night deposit box was located, and add a door where the current window is. The Board noted that the Zoning Administrator could approve the change of use as an office is a permitted use in this district. [See minutes of DRB meeting of February 18, 2019 for further discussion and modification of this issue.] The Board discussed parking issues. The Board also asked for cut sheets for any lighting being added.

Jason Farrell made the motion to move the request to public hearing on February 18, 2019. Seconded by Tim Cook and approved unanimously.

  1. Municipal Plan Input – The Board focus was more on regulation changes than specifically on the Municipal Development Plan. This will come later in the process of review. DRB members with thoughts on the MDP were urged to contact the planning Commission directly. Don Peabody expressed an interest in viewscape issues and indicated that he would contact Planning Commission Chair Shannon Hagget directly.

Jason Farrell brought up questions related to a discussion he had with a Planning Commission member about 61 Main Street. The owners had approached Zoning Administrator Garon about allowed uses for the structure. It appeared that the questions would involve a change of zoning for the property, so the owners were referred to the Planning Commission.

  1. Review and accept the minutes of the October 15, 2018 meeting. Tim Cook moved to accept the minutes with changes noted. Seconded by Teresa Hyndman and approved unanimously.
  2. Organizational Meeting – Upon motion by Steve Rapoport, seconded by Tim Cook and approved unanimously, Brent Rakowski was elected Chair, Don Peabody to Vice- Chair, and Jason Farrell to Secretary.
  3. Report of the Zoning Administrator. Zoning Administrator Garon updated the Board on plans for 64 Main Street which has been approved as a 2- family residence. He also noted that there had been preliminary discussions about constructing new units at Country Commons. The issue of unregistered cars has arisen and Zoning Administrator Garon has taken preliminary steps to address the issue with no response to date. Subsequent steps will be taken as necessary.
  4. The Board discussed the City Council comments about the withdrawal of the Mahaiwe appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court.
  5. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter Garon, Recording Secretary

 

Warning for Annual City Meeting, March 4 2019

WARNING
ANNUAL CITY MEETING
MARCH 4, 2018

The qualified voters of the City of Vergennes are hereby warned and notified that the Annual City Meeting will be held at the Vergennes Opera House in City Hall on Monday, March 4, 2019, commencing at 7:30 p.m. for the following:

Article I: To elect by Australian ballot one Mayor for a two-year term; three Aldermen for respective two-year terms; two Aldermen for respective one-year terms; one Lister for a three-year term; one Lister for a one-year term; one Auditor for a three-year term; one Grand Juror for a one-year term; one Commissioner to the Vergennes-Panton Water District Board of Water Commissioners for a three-year term; and two Directors to the Addison Northwest School District Board of Directors for respective three-year terms.

Article II: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $3,290 to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article III: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,000 to the Addison County Humane Society, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article IV To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $3,074 to Addison County Parent/Child Center, said sum to come from City funds?

Article V: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $600 to Addison County Readers, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article VI: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $850 to Addison County Restorative Justice Services, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article VII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,500 to Age Well, formerly known as CVAA, said sum to come from City funds?

Article VIII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, said sum to come from City funds?

Article IX: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,500 to Counseling Service of Addison County, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article X: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,000 to Elderly Services, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article XI: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,000 to HOPE, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $2,000 to Hospice Volunteer Services, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XIII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $1,725 to John W. Graham Emergency Shelter, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article XIV: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $1,000 to Open Door Clinic, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XV: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $1,000 to Otter Creek Child Center, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article XVI: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $950 to support RSVP of Addison County, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XVII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $1,500 to Turning Point Center of Addison County, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XVIII: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $1,500 to Vergennes Area Seniors Association, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article XIX: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $890 to Vermont Adult Learning, said sum to come from City funds?

Article XX: To vote by Australian ballot on the following: Shall the City appropriate $4,000 to WomenSafe, Inc., said sum to come from City funds?

Article XXI: To transact any other non-binding business that may come before the meeting.

Ballot boxes will remain open from nine o’clock in the forenoon until seven o’clock in the afternoon on
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Vergennes Fire Station on Green Street for voting by Australian ballot on Articles I through XX. The legal voters of the City of Vergennes are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting shall be as provided in Chapters 43 and 51 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated.

Dated at Vergennes, Vermont this 22th day of January 2019.

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Mayor Renny Perry

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Deputy Mayor Jeff Fritz Alderman David Austin

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Alderman Lowell Bertrand Alderman Lynn Donnelly
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Alderman Mark Koenig Alderman David Small

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