Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

September 10, 2018

 

Members present: Tom Hurcomb, Hilary Solomon and John Arsenault.

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of June 4, 2018:

Motion to approve as presented was made and seconded and passed unanimously.

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of an order issued June 8, 2018 by the Vermont Public Utility Commission granting a site visit and scheduling oral argument with respect to the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC.  No action is necessary at this time.

b.         A copy of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on June 20, 2018 to Steven and Debra Bartlett for land on Orchard Road. No action is necessary.

c.          A copy of a Notice of Commission Questions During Oral Argument issued June 29, 2018 by the Vermont Public Utility Commission requesting that the parties be prepared to address certain issues during the oral argument scheduled with respect to the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC.  No action is necessary at this time.

d.         A copy of an Order Reopening the Evidentiary Record issued July 20, 2018 by the Vermont Public Utility Commission with respect to the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC.  No action is necessary at this time.

e.          A copy of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on July 24, 2018 to Vannilu Harrison and Sharen Underwood for land on North Street. No action is necessary.

f.          A copy of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on August 9, 2018 to Kara L. Gilmour for land on South Street. No action is necessary.

g.         A copy of a letter dated August 9, 2018 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) and containing their “Stipulated Motion to Stay Proceedings”. No action is necessary.

h.         A copy of an Order Staying the Proceedings issued August 14, 2018 by the Vermont Public Utility Commission with respect to the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC.  No action is necessary at this time.

i.           A notice from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns regarding the Fall Planning and Zoning Forum to be held in Fairlee, Vermont on October 17, 2018.

j.           A notice from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns regarding “Town Fair 2018” to be held October 3rd & 4th in South Burlington, Vermont.

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: There have been two public hearings on the Regional Energy Plan. It may have final approval within a week. There was discussion of the future of the Town Energy Plan.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: Tom reported that the Creative Economy Group has nominated three families un town to take part in the Regional Marketing effort.

 

4)         RRPC: There were no meetings of the full Commission during the summer months, however, the Executive Committee and the Energy Committee met in August.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The Committee met last week with Christine Graham, a fundraising consultant. A proposal for a bond issue has been forwarded to the Selectboard to raise funds to cover the cost of having her do a study of available funding options for a new town office building.

 

6)         New Business: None

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 4:55 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

June 4, 2018

 

Members present: Tom Hurcomb and John Arsenault.

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of May 7, 2018:

Motion to approve as presented was made and seconded and passed unanimously.

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A Notice from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the issuance of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit for land on Fitzgerald Road owned by the Carr family.  No action is necessary.

b.         Copy of a letter dated May 11, 2018 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC and containing a request for a status update.  No action is necessary at this time.

c.          A copy of a Proposal for Decision issued May 17, 2018 by Michael E. Tousley, Hearing Officer for the Vermont Public Utility Commission with respect to the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC.  The Planning Commission has no comments.

d.         Copy of a letter dated June 1, 2018 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) and stating that ORS is “in full support of the issuance of a final order and CPG in this matter consistent with the Proposal.”

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: There was discussion of the possible negative effect of net metered solar projects on electricity rates throughout the state.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: Comments on the proposed Regional Energy Plan have come back from the VT Dept. of Public Service.  The Energy Committee of the Regional Planning Commission is working on responses.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: Tom reported that the Town Memorial Day parade was successfully posted on the Regional Marketing and the Regional Economic Development Commission Facebook pages.

 

4)         RRPC: At the May meeting, seven different solar projects came before the Regional Issues Committee.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The pace is picking up on fund raising, marketing and construction review.  Herb Childress has offered to write grant proposals.

 

6)         New Business: None

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, September 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 4:35 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

John E. Arsenault, Secretary