Selectboard meeting, November 21, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the November 21, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

Call to Order
00:25 – Additions to Agenda
01:25 – Chair’s Remarks
01:43 – Open Public Comments
01:50 – Department Reports
01:52 – Approval of Minutes
02:23 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
03:07 – New Business: Black Gum Swamp Class 1 Designation request
05:06 – New Business: Town Credit Card for Town Administrator
05:35 – New Business: Town Office Selling VAST registration and Snowmobile Club memberships
06:14 – New Business: American Flags on Vernon Roads
06:46 – New Business: Elderly Assistance Requet
09:28 – Old Business: Property Tax Adjustment Late Filing Penalty Waiver Request
10:07 – Public Participation
10:22 – Correspondence
10:28 – Town Administrator’s Report
10:33 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Town receives grant for Village Center development planning

The Town of Vernon has been selected to receive a 2018 Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, it was announced yesterday by Katie Buckley, Commissioner of the department.

The purpose of the grant is to support the process of developing the area designated by the state as a Vermont Village Center earlier this year. The designated area includes the Town Office building, the elementary school, the Governor Hunt House, a number of residential properties and some undeveloped land.

In congratulating the town for receiving the grant, Buckley (who lives in Guilford) said: “Vernon is undergoing a transformation unlike any other Vermont town. From my perch as neighbor and state official, it is so exciting to watch your local leadership and broader community embrace change with a clear vision and positive approach.”

The town, in partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of Vernon Center, will use the grant to prepare a conceptual master plan, including a detailed action plan to bring new businesses, homes and vitality to the village.

The state’s grant is for $20,000, which will be matched with $4,000 from the Friends of Vernon Center, and $2,000 from the budget of the town’s Planning and Economic Development Commission, for a total project cost of $26,000.

According to Buckley, this planning round was competitive, with 50 proposals requesting over $600,000 from towns and cities across the state for funding to improve their communities. Grants totaling $464,920 were awarded to 37 projects.  (Click here for additional details on all of the funded projects.)

After grant paperwork is completed in December, the Town and the Friends will  begin finding and engaging planning consultants. As part of the process, there will be community meetings for residents to provide input on the types of development to be pursued in and near the Village Center area.

Selectboard meeting, November 7, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the November 7, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order / Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance
00:25. – Additions to Agenda
01:30. – Chair’s Remarks
02:02. – Guests
02:04. – Open Public Comments
02:10. – Department Reports
02:12. – Approval of Minutes
04:07. – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
05:16. – New Business: Town Acceptance of Hemlock Road and Aspen Lane
09:25. – New Business:Library and Lobby Keys for Volunteers
10:40. – New Business: Elevator Inspection Contract
12:10. – New Business: Jean Carr Development Rights
16:49. – New Business:Press Kit
22:10. – New Business: Town Plan Updates
24:35. – New Business: Homestead Exemption
27:14. – Old Business
27:15. – Public Participation
27:18. – Correspondence
28:24. – Town Administrator’s Report
32:05. – Power Outage Discussion
35:24. – Upcoming Meetings

Book signing by Rebecca Hammond Yager

Author Rebecca Hammond Yager will be in Vernon on Saturday, November 18, for a book signing in the lobby of the Town Office & Library, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She’s bringing a tableful of scrumptious baked delights, coffee, cider and hot chocolate, along with signed copies of her books Winds Cove, Beauty and The Beast, and her new Christmas novella A Midsummer Night’s Snow. The books are available for purchase, but the food and coffee are free!

Possible armed standoff in Vernon ends up as apparent false alarm

Traffic was restricted last night and this morning in the Vernon Estates area of Pond Road, and residents of the Vernon Estates neighborhood were evacuated, based on fears of an armed intruder in one of the homes there. But the situation ended up peacefully mid-morning when the house was searched and no one was found inside.

Here are the two successive bulletins issued by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department:

6:30 a.m.:

Incident: Report of man with rifle entering residence in Vernon VT
Date: Nov 05, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm.
Location: Vernon Estates Drive, Vernon

Description: On November 05, 2017 The Windham County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a Vernon residence stating that a man with a rifle had entered a residence on Vernon Estates Drive.

Responding deputies spoke with the complainant who advised he had arrived at the home he shares with his elderly father. According to the complaintant, when he entered the home his father motioned for him to stay out because there was a man with the gun in the house. (more…)