Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

August 7, 2017

 

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

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:10 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of July 10, 2017:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a letter dated August 2, 2017 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 its Surreply to the Neighbors’ Opposition to Motion to Strike Portions of Neighbors’ Prefiled Testimony.  No action is necessary at this time.

b.         A flier from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns regarding the “Town Fair – 2017” to be held on October 4 & 5, 2017 at the Killington Resort.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No additional matters were discussed.

 

4)         RRPC:

a.          Hilary reported on a meeting she attended at RRPC regarding the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link and their future.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The Committee has formulated a response to recent comments on Front Page Forum concerning the process that has been used by the Committee.  The response will be posted shortly.

 

 

6)         New Business:

a.          Draft Energy Plan: Tom recommended that we take no further steps to develop the Town’s energy plan at this time since the Rutland Regional Plan has yet to be approved by the State and no other town plans have been approved.  We should also wait to see how the Orchard Road project turns out.

Tom moved that we table action on the Town energy plan until the regional plan is approved and we can determine the progress made by other towns.  Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

b.         Regional Marketing Initiative:  Tom reported that the advertising agency has started making some videos of Middletown Springs that may be used in the marketing program.

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 5:10 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

July 10, 2017

 

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

Public present: Kathy Letendre, Melissa Chesnut-Tangermann, and Linda Peavy of the Creative Economy Group.

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:15 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of June 5, 2017:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a letter dated June 7, 2017 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the attorney for the abutting neighbors regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC and containing its First Round of Discovery Requests.  No action is necessary at this time.

b.         A copy of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply permit issued by the Agency of Natural Resources on June 14, 2017 to Anne Hicks regarding property at 6 West Street.    No action is necessary at this time.

c.          A copy of a letter dated June 28, 2017 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the Vermont Public Service Board regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC and containing its Prefiled Rebuttal Testimony and Exhibits of Rod Viens and Mark Kane.  No action is necessary at this time.

d.         A copy of a letter dated June 30, 2017 from Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel & Hand to the Vermont Public Service Board regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC and containing its Motion to Strike Portions of Neighbors Prefiled Testimony.  No action is necessary at this time.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No additional matters were discussed.

b.         Town Energy Committee: No further action at this time.

c.          Renewable Energy in the Regional Plan: The regional energy plan has been completed and sent to the State.  RRPC has agreed to attend a meeting in Middletown to present the regional plan and how it affects us.

 

4)         RRPC:

a.          At their June 20 meeting the Commissioners approved the draft Regional Energy Plan, the Wells Town Plan, by-law and policy updates, a new employee handbook, the FY18 work plan and FY18 officers.

 

5)         Building Committee:  Members of the Committee will be meeting with representatives of Green Mountain Power regarding energy efficiency and how GMP programs could be helpful.

 

6)         Creative Economy Group: The meeting was turned over to Kathy Letendre who updated the group on progress made since the last meeting on the Group’s various initiatives including the Regional Marketing Initiative.

 

7)         New Business: None.

 

8)         Next meeting date: Monday, August 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 

9)         Adjournment: 6:10 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

June 5, 2017

 

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

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of May 8, 2017:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a letter dated May 8, 2017 from Attorney Geoffrey H. Hand to the Vermont Public Service Department regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC and containing Applicants discovery responses and other documents. No action is necessary at this time.

b.         A copy of a letter dated May 26, 2017 from the Vermont Department of Public Service in the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC containing the testimony of Jeremy Owens as to the aesthetic impact of the project. No action is necessary at this time.

c.          A copy of an order issued May 31, 2017 by the Vermont Public Service Board in the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC granting an amendment of the schedule for the investigation of significant issues. No action is necessary at this time.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Town Energy Committee: Items b. and c. were discussed in tandem.  Tom reported that the RRPC has pushed back the deadline for completion of the energy section of the Regional Plan. It was proposed that we invite staff from the RRPC to attend a public meeting in Middletown Springs to present the Regional Energy Plan after its approval and to discuss how it impacts MTS.  We would also seek input from town residents and encourage their participation in the process of developing the town’s energy plan

c.          Renewable energy siting maps:  See b. above.

 

4)         RRPC: The Commission is working on the 2018 fiscal year budget, 2018 Plan of Work, updated RRPC by-laws and employment policies.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The Building Committee recently held an energy modeling meeting sponsored by Efficiency Vermont which was attended by the various engineering firms retained by the Town.

 

6)         New Business: The Commission discussed the possibility of a general town officer’s meeting at which town departments could present what they are working on this year and seek input from other town officers, departments and boards.  A motion was made and seconded that the Planning Commission would support such an event.

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, July 10, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 4:40 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary