Hinesburg Selectboard continues discussion of $1,500,000 water source bond proposal

by Margery Sharp
On Monday, Oct. 20 the Hinesburg Selectboard continued the second public meeting to discuss the Nov. 4 vote which asks approval of a $1,500,000 bond to fund the addition of two water sources to the town water supply.
Joe Duncan of Aldrich + Elliot, PC, described the gallons per minute (gpm) water flow from two wells located south of Shelburne Falls Road on the Brad Wainer property. “The wells’ flow could yield as much as 240 gpm,” he said. Currently the town wells supply 120 gpm, but the user demand averages 190 gpm.
Jeff French asked the Board “How much water would a big store coming in use,” adding, “You’ve known this [problem] was coming, now it seems like a big rush all at once. Think 5, 10 years [ahead].”
Board member Andrea Morgante answered “We’ve been working to find wells way before this. We started in January 2013.”
Kate Myhre honored
Board member Mike Bissonette thanked Kate Myhre for her service as a member of the Development Review Board (DRB). She served from September 2009 to September 2014 and he presented her with a plaque commemorating her service. Bissonette is Kate’s father.
The Board voted to make state residential building energy standards the energy baseline for new residential construction. The Board had not approved in full the proposed changes to the energy zoning regulations originally submitted by the planning commission. This necessitated asking the commissioners to amend their original proposal and to warn a public hearing to introduce the amended changes. That hearing is Nov. 17 at 7pm in Town Hall.
Assessor Marie Gardner asked to hire New England Municipal Resource Center (NEMRC) to make town wide reappraisals beginning July 2015 to June 2017. Total cost is $156,000. The work includes data entry, property inspection, sales analysis, digital pictures, and grievance hearings. It was approved.
The 2013 revisions to Hinesburg’s Road and Bridge Standards was approved.
Falls Road safety
Engineers Jeremy Matosky and Abby Dery of Trudell Consulting Engineers (TCE) described their conclusions in a safety study on Shelburne Falls Road, which connects Hinesburg and Shelburne.
Their recommendations included repainting the white roadside fog lines on the Hinesburg road portion and the addition of fog lines to Shelburne’s portion.
They suggested direction signs be made more visible, that shoulders be widened, and speed limits be strictly enforced. Also, they suggested that the intersection height levels of O’Neil and Boutin Roads be made more compatible with the height of ‘Falls Road.
In other business Ray Keller, energy committee member, explained the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which offers a homeowner financing for energy investment and/or improvements.
Peter Modley was interviewed as a candidate to complete Michele Fisher’s term on the town Trails Committee which ends Jan. 1, 2015. The board will make a decision soon.
Jack St. Louis, President of the Vermont Astronomical Society (VAS), discussed the society’s need for a permanent location or building. Presently VAS meets atop Hinesburg’s former waste facility site.