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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — June 7, 2007—7:00 p.m. — Shelburne Town Hall

A duly posted meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Shelburne Town Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne.

Present: Ted Merrill, John Taylor, Lowell Laporte, Catherine Smith, Bill Sweeney

Absent: Laurie Bluver-MacLeod, Joe Palmeri,

Chairman Pro Tem Ted Merrill opened the meeting at 7:13pm.

Mail was reviewed.  Correspondence included a letter from the District Attorney outlining their findings relative to alleged Open Meeting and Minutes violations.  The letter summarized that the ZBA was found to have been in compliance with Open Meeting Law.   A request for extension was received from Michael Bolio.  Other mail were program invitations and newsletters.

The minutes of the May 15, 2007 meeting were read and accepted.

The Board met with property owner Norman Davenport relative to questions about reconstructing a dwelling at 111A Tower Road following a fire.  The dwelling will likely be demolished and rebuilt on the same lot but the lot is non-conforming.   The board referred questions to the Building Inspector if the dwelling was to be reconstructed on the same location, and suggested the owner may need to or wish to apply for a Section 6 permit from the ZBA if the location is to be changed.  

In response to the letter from Michael Bolio requesting an extension of his Special Permit and Variance granted 08/04/2005 the following action was taken:

Sweeney moved to grant the extension of the Special Permit and Variance for 1 year subject to review by Town Counsel.  Taylor seconded.  After discussion, and further review of the bylaws, and questions Sweeney moved to lay the matter on the table.   The motion to lay the question on the table was voted unanimously.  Taylor will provide the letter to the Chair and Counsel for more information.

Town Clerk Beverly Neeley met with the board to discuss questions about making minutes available.   After lengthy discussion there was mutual agreement that: 1) the ZBA will provide to the Town Clerk minutes for her to make available at Town Hall; 2) one past year of minutes will be provided and new minutes will be provided once approved; 3) the Town Clerk will be responsible for letting people review them and copy them as needed for no fee; 4) if additional information or documentation is needed the Town Clerk will ask the interested party to contact the ZBA Chair.

The Board discussed the Town Web Site and the ZBA page.  Taylor moved that the ZBA post the prior 12 months of meeting minutes on the web site, add the zoning map (such as it is), and update the submission form so that instructions are included.  Merrill seconded and it was voted unanimously.

Motion to close the meeting at 9:04pm.   So voted.

Respectfully submitted,

John Taylor