Hinesburg Selectboard approves state energy standards for zoning regulations

by Margery Sharp

After opening the regular Hinesburg Selectboard meeting Monday, Nov. 17, chair Jon Trefry asked for comments on the public meeting concerning adoption of the state standards for residential building energy standards which the board previously indicated it would support. Hearing no comments, Trefry closed the public hearing and asked for a motion to accept the proposed state standard zoning regulations. The board approved the motion.


Trails Committee

Representative Lenore Budd of the Trails Committee gave its customary annual report to the board. Among the 2014 projects was the replacement of a bridge on the Russell Trail, a story walk, more signage, and trail maps at the trails kiosk and online.

The committee also sponsored a snow shoe demonstration and celebrated National Trails Day. Peter Modley, a candidate to replace a retiring committee member, cleared the overlook on the Russell Trail before he was appointed officially to the committee.

Budd said the organization maintains 28 miles, adding future plans include replacement of a second bridge on the Russell Trail. She asked the board to allocate $1,500 to support that work. There are also plans to begin a scoping study on the land offered to the town by David Carse. The property borders the Charlotte-Hinesburg Road and will add more opportunities for use by bikers and pedestrians.

She said a local Boy Scout has asked to do a study of the trails as an Eagle Scout project next year, and finally, that volunteers always are welcome to assist the committee in working on the trails.


Water supply

Noting the passing by vote of the water supply/treatment bond last week, the board discussed next steps in the process. Two components of action would be the technical category to include completion of the engineering work and the second would be the policy application which would include, in part, public information on the treatment of the water supply and the disposition of waste water.

Selectman Phil Pouech suggested that the board send out a survey to the users of the new water supply. Trefry said that might be too soon and member Andrea Morgante cautioned that any survey sent out should be worded carefully.


Other business

The board heard the preliminary budget figures for the fire and police departments. Following a thorough review of the figures the final numbers will be in the town’s annual report and warned for vote at the annual town meeting in March.

The board voted to appoint Peter Modley to fill a vacancy on the trails committee which expires

Jan. 1, 2015. He then was appointed to serve a three-year term to expire on Jan 1, 2018.

The board accepted the proposed easement deed offered to the town by David Carse for land bordering the Charlotte-Hinesburg Road from Lagoon Road to just south of Baldwin Road.

The members also voted to use Efficiency Vermont as the town’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrator.