The town’s e-Vermont initiative has been funded by a grant and Black says the town has spent a total of only $380 on the project. Black also said he would use the grant money to buy a new Meracki repeater so he could get used to its operation, and replace the other three at a later time. “Keep in mind there was already an approval for $14,000 for this project and we haven’t really spent any of it, so this could fit right in. I still think we would come in under budget,” said Black. Repeaters cost $1,200 to replace.
Selectboard member Randall Terk asked Black if the current Wi-Fi spots reached the Valley Trail so those using it could, for example, look up a place to eat. Black said the network did cover the trail but in the coming months should focus on reaching all of Route 100. “It’s really going to be a function of placement,” said Black. “The Valley Trail is going to begin bending in behind the buildings so I think with the acquisition of the park by 7-Eleven we could probably throw in a Nexus spot near there to cover the entire trail. We want to cover Route 100 too because from a winter point of view, most people who are using it then will be going up and down 100 instead of the trail.”
Nicholas Wallaert, chairman of the planning commission, suggested that the selectboard vote to approve corrections made to the zoning bylaw, and propose the amendment for a final vote at Town Meeting without a hearing.
“If we held another public hearing on the topic, it would be a non-interest for the public,” said Wallaert. “We could open another can of worms, where not everyone is focusing on the changes made, and if it changes again it would have to go back to the planning commission for a public hearing, and then to the selectboard for a public hearing. I think at this time it’s a non-issue.”
Selectboard member William “Buzzy” Buswell asked whether the board should consider the need to re-analyze and make suggestions for correction, to which Terk said another meeting on the issue was not needed because Wallaert had not changed the document’s language.
Terk moved to have the board accept the changes to the plan, and include an article to vote on the amended zoning bylaw at Town Meeting in March 2013. The motion was seconded by Buswell.
The town also approved the designation of 36 roads as snowmobile accessible for the purpose of connecting trails. Police chief Bob Edwards said the purpose of allowing snowmobiles on public roads was to allow them to cross roads that split trails. Edwards also said the snowmobile club has done a good job of creating subtle trail entrances on public roads in the past, as well as maintaining them.
The selectboard approved the appointment of two new police officers: full-time officer David Hammack, and part-time officer Jason Thomas.