TOWN OF RUTLAND
Charles Vajda, Andrew McKane, William Matteson, Jerry Stearns and Raymond Leonard
The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of the July 19, 2012 meeting. Mr. Vajda moved to approve the minutes as printed. Mr. McKane made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of the August 16, 2012 meeting. Mr. Vajda moved to approve the minutes as printed. Mr. McKane made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Commissioners reviewed the Trudy Billings final two lot subdivision application. Mr. Matteson read the public hearing notice.
Ms. Billings presented a map and answered questions raised by the Commissioners. Mr. Billings said she will keep parcel “A” and plans to sell parcel “B”.
Ms. Mary Ashcroft (abutter to the subdivision) stated she is not opposing the proposed subdivision. Ms. Ashcroft said the Commission was asked to waive a couple of items that have to do with features of an abutting property owner.
Ms. Ashcroft cited the fact she has an open meadow along the southern line of the Trudy Billings property to be subdivided. Ms. Ashcroft said she is concerned that some trees on her property, which are not shown on the Trudy Billings map, might be accidentally cut in order to open the area up to gain a view. Ms. Ashcroft said there is a very beautiful view from the land being subdivided.
Ms. Ashcroft said she wanted to make it clear that she does not want any trees or brush on here land to be cut. Ms. Ashcroft cited the fact that there are no features on the map, designated to be left alone.
Ms. Ashcroft said she has some problems with a waiver approved by the Commission and that she would be OK with the waiver provided her comments regarding her trimming concerns as recorded in the meeting minutes.
Ms. Ashcroft said she is not concerned with what Ms. Billings might do. However, she said she is concerned with the person who will purchase the land. Ms. Ashcroft cited the possibility of a realtor telling a purchaser that they can cut down the trees to get a view.
Ms. Ashcroft said she wants to put everybody on notice that she does not what any cutting on her land.
Ms. Ashcroft also expressed a concern that any well on the new parcel not be located so that the well head protection area extends on to her land. Mr. Matteson said the Commission has no control over the siting of a well. Ms. Ashcroft said the Town would if it were to adopt zoning regulations. She said it would then be considered under site plan review.
Mr. Leonard moved to approve the Trudy Billings two lot subdivision, noting Ms. Mary Ashcroft's concerns. Mr. Stearns made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Matteson cited the fact the Town of Pittsford has proposed changes to their Town Plan regarding energy issues. Mr. Sterns said we should do the same thing. Mr. Stearns said the Town should be proactive and not wait.
Mr. Matteson said it takes the Select Board to change the Town Plan. Mr. Matteson said unless the Commission has some indication that the Select Board wants the Commission to do that (change the Town Plan) its been tradition not to do so.
Mr. Stearns said it should be suggested because this thing is obviously getting shoved down towns throats. He said it does not have to happen this fast. He said Vermont has the 3rd best green power portfolio in the country. He said we have very good sustainable power for the next five years.
He said he is not against renewable energy what-so-ever. He said this is getting pushed by Federal funding and that it does not need to happen this way. Mr. Stearns said there probably will not be wind energy in Rutland Town. He said if Rutland Town had these things in place we would be pro-active.
Mr. Matteson said it does not matter what happen at the Town level because the Legislature could pass laws to allow such development. Mr. Matteson said without the support and encouragement of the Select Board he does not think it will happen.
Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr., cited the fact the Commission would be working on the Town Plan renewal with in the next two years. Mr. Stearns said he is amazed that it( wind power generation) is getting shoved by Federal funding by an out-of-state company to destroy a mountain side.
Mr. Matteson said Mr. Stearns comments will be duly noted in the minutes.
Informed the Commissioners the KIA Act 250 application is available if anyone wants to review the application.
Mr. Zingale said from what he understands the proposed Zoning Regulations would have to go back to the Commission due to the substantial changes made to the regulations by the Select Board.
Mr. Stearns moved to close the meeting. Mr. McKane made a second to the
motion. The motion passed unanimously.
William Matteson, Chairman