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Zoning Board of Appeals — Meeting Minutes — June 5, 2008
Selectmen's Office

A duly posted meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Selectmen's Office, at 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne.

Present: Joseph Palmeri, Ted Merrill, John Taylor, William Sweeney, Catherine Smith, Lowell Laporte

Absent: Laurie MacLeod

Chairman Joe Palmeri opened the meeting at 7:07pm.

The board briefly discussed the status of the bylaw revisions approved at Town Meeting and when they take effect. The Town Office staff provided copies of the new bylaws to all members present.

At 7:15PM Palmeri recessed the meeting for the purpose of continuing the public hearing on the Special Permit of Jessica Murrow to operate a Bed & Breakfast (see hearing minutes). At 7:20PM Palmeri called the regular meeting back to order. The Murrow hearing was continued once again until 7:30PM on June 12, 2008.

Palmeri briefly reviewed a sample job description for a Clerk/Clerical position, which the Selectboard provided for the ZBA's review. The Selectboard included money in the FY2009 budget for two boards to hire clerical support.

At 7:30 Palmeri recessed the meeting for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on a Request for Variance submitted by Terry Kimball of Old Albany Road (see hearing minutes). At 9:30PM Palmeri called the regular meeting back to order following the close of the Kimball hearing.

The board reviewed the proper method of contacting Town Counsel: only with approval of the Chair, who must gain approval from the Selectboard. The Clerk pointed out that the Board has not been specifically criticized for prior work but as the legal budget is reportedly expended it was important to review the procedure.

The Board reviewed and voted on prior minutes:

Merrill moved and Sweeney seconded approval of the 3/12/08 Hearing minutes. So voted unanimously.

Sweeney moved and Merrill seconded approval of the 2/7/08 Meeting and Hearing minutes. So voted unanimously.

Sweeney moved and Taylor seconded approval of the 3/28/08 joint information meeting minutes. So voted unanimously.

Taylor moved and Merrill seconded approval of the 3/31/08 joint information meeting minutes. So voted unanimously.

Sweeney moved and Smith seconded approval of the 4/3/08 Meeting minutes. So voted unanimously.

Merrill moved and Smith seconded approval of the 5/8/08 Meeting and Hearing minutes. So voted unanimously.

The board received the Town's new record distribution policy from the Selectboard. The board will review and discuss further.

The Clerk reported on a record request submitted by Beth Simmonds, who requested all records of any contact between the ZBA and Town Counsel for the past year. The Chair provided appropriate information to Simmonds.

The Chair advised that he will schedule and post a meeting of the Board for 6/12/08 at 7PM at Town Hall.

Merrill moved to adjourn, seconded by Smith, and it was so voted at 10:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

John E Taylor
Clerk