Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved Minutes

February 4, 2019

 

Members present: Hilary Solomon and John Arsenault.

Public present: Sara Young

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:35 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of January 7, 2019:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a letter dated January 22, 2019 from Attorney Cindy Ellen Hill to the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) and containing Russell Lattuca’s Supplemental Comments and Response to Comments of ORS, DPS and Neighbors dated January 22, 2019. No action is necessary.

b.         A copy of a Denial of Motion to Migrate Case to ePUC dated January 25, 2019 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”). No action is necessary.

c.          A copy of a procedural order dated January 30, 2019 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) addressing the deadline for comments in response to Mr. Lattuca’s comments. No action is necessary.

d.         A copy of an Order Granting Lattuca Intervention dated January 30, 2019 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”). No action is necessary.

e.          A copy of a Notice of Public Hearing to be held on February 20, 2019 received on February 4, 2019 from the Town of Poultney. The hearing is a continuation of a public hearing held by the Poultney Planning Commission on October 23, 2018 in conjunction with two petitions submitted to the Planning Commission requesting revision, amendments and/or repeals to the Poultney Unified Bylaws. No action is necessary.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Regional Marketing Initiative: No further discussion.

 

4)         RRPC: Hilary reported that at the last meeting Ed Bove gave a presentation on Act 250.

 

5)         Building Committee:  No report.

 

6)         New Business:

a.          Commission members discussed with Sara Young her interest in serving on the commission. She discussed her past experience and expressed a willingness to run for the two-year term. She will talk to Laura Castle to see if it is too late to get on the ballot. If so, she will run a write-in campaign.

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, March 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 5:27 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

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Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved Minutes

January 7, 2019

 

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

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:35 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of December 3, 2018:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a letter dated November 6, 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 a Response to Comments Received re: Amended Application dated December 18, 2018. No action is necessary.

b.         A copy of a procedural order dated December 6, 2018 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) addressing responses to comments on proposed amendments. No action is necessary.

c.          A copy of a procedural order dated December 21, 2018 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) addressing an extension of the period for comments on proposed amendments. No action is necessary.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: No discussion. Since the regional energy plan has been approved, it was decided to remove this item from the agenda.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: Tom presented proposed language for a ballot item for Town Meeting requesting funding for the next fiscal year. Upon motion duly made and seconded the item was approved unanimously.

 

4)         RRPC: No report

 

5)         Building Committee:  Tom presented the current status of a proposed bond issue to be presented at a Special Town Meeting later in 2019.

 

6)         New Business:

a.          Terms of Commissioners: Hilary has agreed to run for a three-year term. Tom’s term will expire in March of 2020. John’s term is up after our March meeting and he will not accept another term.

b.         The Planning Commission report for the Annual Town Report is being worked on by John and will be circulated by email for review by all Commissioners.

c.          Hilary discussed the Slate Valley Trails being developed in Poultney on the Middletown Springs town line and how that may be of benefit to the area.

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 5:25 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

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Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

December 3, 2018

 

Members present: Hilary Solomon and John Arsenault.

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:20 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of November 5, 2018:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of an order dated October 13, 2018 issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) consisting of a procedural order addressing comments on proposed amendments. No action is necessary.

b.         A copy of a letter dated November 6, 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 supplemental materials supporting relocation of the project to alternate site No. 2. No action is necessary.

c.          A copy of a letter dated November 30, 2018 from the Vermont Department of Public Service to the Vermont Public Utility Commission regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”) and containing the Department’s comments on the Petitioner’s request to amend its application. No action is necessary.

d.         A copy of a letter dated November 30, 2018 from Attorney Cindy Ellen Hill, representing Russell Lattuca to the Vermont Public Utility Commission and containing various filings on behalf of Mr. Lattuca regarding the matter of the application of Orchard Road Solar I, LLC (“ORS”). No action is necessary.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: No discussion.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: No discussion

 

4)         RRPC: No report

 

5)         Building Committee:  No report

 

6)         New Business: None

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

 

         8)         Adjournment: 4:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

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Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

November 5, 2018

 

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

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of October 1, 2018:

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

 

2)         Correspondence: None

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No discussion.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: No discussion.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: Tom reported that the message of the Regional Marketing Initiative is being re-vamped to be more people-centric and less geographic focused.

 

4)         RRPC: Tom reported on discussions at the last Executive Committee meeting and the full Commission meeting regarding solar projects in Brandon. RRPC has been asked to intervene on behalf of the Town of Brandon in opposition to one of those projects and the Commission has voted to do so.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The Committee has discussed the work being done by their consultant as well as the process for inclusion in the bond issue being sought by the Town.

 

6)         New Business: None

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, December 3, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 4:55 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

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Middletown Springs Planning Commission

Approved minutes

October 1, 2018

 

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

Public present: None

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:07 PM by Chairman J. Arsenault.

 

Agenda Approval: Approved as presented.

 

1)         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of September 10, 2018:

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

 

2)         Correspondence:

a.          A copy of a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on September 21, 2018 to John & Gail Franz for land on Fitzgerald Road. No action is necessary.

b.         A copy of a letter dated September 21, 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 a status update addressing potential alternate sites. No action is necessary.

 

3)         Old Business:

a.          Orchard Road Solar: No further discussion.

b.         Draft Energy Plan: The Regional Energy Plan has been approved by the State.  RRPC is now in a position to approve town energy plans.  There was discussion about when and how we should undertake updating our town energy plan.  Tom reported his findings on how M.S. compares with other towns in the number of ground and roof mounted home solar installations. We are at least in the top 20% in the state. We will explore ways to use this info in a new energy plan.

c.          Regional Marketing Initiative: No report. We will meet with the Creative Economy Group in November.

 

4)         RRPC: Hilary attended the September meeting at which there was a presentation by VELCO on transmission lines and whether they will have to be updated. At this time it doesn’t appear that updating will be necessary.

 

5)         Building Committee:  The Committee, with Selectboard approval, has hired Christine Graham as a fundraising consultant.

 

6)         New Business: None

 

7)         Next meeting date: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

 

8)         Adjournment: 4:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

John E. Arsenault, Secretary

___________________________________________________________________________________

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