Thetford Select Board Meeting


July 11, 2005


Present: Mike Brown, Mary Spata, John Bacon, Doug Stone, Mark McMahon (7:30 PM)

Guests: Scott and Ann O'Hearn, Treasure Island Managers


Meeting called to order at 7:02 PM by Mike Brown


Treasure Island Update-

" Green-Up Day and Operation Day's Work successful clean-up days

" Story Hour in conjunction with Thetford Library

" Weekly art activities

" Sport skills groups

" Planning for Beach Party, August 12 from 12-3 PM

" Milfoil Group needs a long-term solution to storing supplies on the island

" Road crew has worked on beach to address loss of sand

" Removal of dead trees

" Employee updates

" Roof of house/garage- Scott Chapman, Builder and John Vansant, Architect are working together to address pitch problems

" O'Hearns will make inquiry with Thetford School Board about their children attending Thetford Elementary School


7:20 PM Peter Gregory, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) joined the meeting

7:25 PM Chuck Wise (TRORC) joined the meeting

7:30 PM Mark McMahon, Roberta Howard, Lori and Rick Howard, Jim Masland, Ken Gulick, and Wayne Parks joined the meeting.

Ann and Scott O'Hearn left the meeting at 7:32 PM.

Ruth Dwyer, Tom Kent, Stuart Blood, and Miranda and Andrew Martin joined the meeting at 7:40 PM.


Town Plan:

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Wise offered assistance in making changes to the plan


Mike Brown- questions if the plan has been legally managed and handled. Cited statutes that may not have been followed

He feels the plan is difficult to understand (required elements are hard to find), that the plan is 'watered-down' and needs stronger language to substantiate bylaws. Input of townspeople was not adequately solicited. He does not like the format of document- historical information was removed in new plan; population trends are not evident


Mr. Brown recommends separating planning commission and zoning board of adjustment (ZBA) and then eliminating ZBA and replace with Development and Review Board.


Spata- agrees with what has been discussed. Asked what it would take to strengthen the current plan to meet the needs of a town plan (ex: removing details that would go into zoning, while adding more information)


Bacon- does not support proposed plan, as written and finds it confusing.


Stone- uncomfortable with parts of plan. Great feedback from residents.


McMahon- he was part of planning commission during the writing of the 1999 plan. It was a long, time-consuming project. Concern that selectboard does not have time to go through this plan line-by-line and accomplish its regular duties, as well. Would like to use 1999 plan and expand on ideas from the proposed plan.


What would it take to update the 1999 plan?

Integrate updated demographics and statistics

Selectboard could provide planning commission with a draft of a new document

Request for copies of neighboring town plans


Dave Turner joined the meeting at 8:40 PM.




July 11, 2005



Public Comment and reaction was heard:

Copies of the 1999 plan will be made available to residents.

Recommend selectboard provide direction and instruction to planning commission

Recommend at least one selectboard member be part of planning commission work for new plan

Board members should be a cross section of residents; avoid conflicts of interest


Move to postpone, indefinitely, consideration of the draft town plan of 2004 (Bacon/Brown) Unanimous


Move to update the 1999 plan, with updated information from Two Rivers Ottaqueechee Regional Commission (Brown/Bacon) Unanimous


Residents and Chuck Wise and Peter Gregory left at 8:55 PM. Dave Turner and Stuart Blood remained at meeting.


Zoning Administrator will resign August 31. Planning Commission will post position in Valley News, on Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns website, on Thetford List Serve and other community sites.


Stuart Blood left the meeting at 9:05 PM.


Dave Turner- concern with condition of Colby Road. Doug Stone looked at road and recommends a culvert.


Mr. Turner left the meeting at 9:15 PM.


Motion to approve the minutes of June 27, 2005 as amended. (Spata/ Stone) 4 in-favor

Mike Brown abstained, as he was not at the meeting


Motion to approve the minutes of June 20, 2005, as amended (Spata/Bacon) Unanimous


Engineering Firm will meet with Doug Stone on July 13 to look at a bridge on Gove Hill.


Selectboard signed loan agreement for Thetford Academy.


Motion to approve Check Warrant Reports:

#13.4 Payroll for $13,331.46

#13.3 Special Funds for $753.55

#20.2 Highway $12,776.65

#23.1 General $37,029.00

#21.2 Highway $1,516.43 (Spata/Stone) Unanimous


The town garage fax machine will be given to Treasure Island


Mary Spata walked the Thetford side of West Fairlee Road and wonders about the possibility of a white line for walking.

Mr. Stone will measure the width of the road.

Robinson Hill Rd-debris on either side of road near pond

Discussed the intersection of Barker Rd and Rte 113.


Selectboard will read proposed management plan for Hughes property.


Correspondence from Lois Paige, Thetford Center Community Center, regarding flying of flags on holidays. Doug Stone will respond.


Motion to enter executive session at 10:22 PM for personnel (McMahon/Brown) Unanimous.


Marilyn Cook left the meeting at 10:22 PM.


Motion to end executive session at 10:47 PM (Stone/Brown) Unanimous.

Motion to adjourn at 10:48 PM (Spata/McMahon) Unanimous.

Last Modified 8/2005 by Bill Weyrick