Board members agreed that the drive might not be sent until the application is deemed complete. Given the difficulty of accessing the material on line and comparing it to provisions of the town plan, zoning board chair Sirean LaFlamme asked if she could have a copy of the application binder. Holtz suggested that LaFlamme borrow the town’s copy on days when the town office is closed, returning it during office hours for others to consult. LaFlamme agreed that will work.
Board member Edee Edwards said she has not yet heard from town attorney Robert Fisher, who offered to pass along some names of firms that do traffic studies. Edwards will contact Fisher and try to arrange for a study of the route the quarry expects to use as soon as possible. The board wants a clear idea of traffic volume, safety issues involved in running heavy loads down the steep, narrow, winding road, and road maintenance costs in excess of those currently required.
Representatives of Deerfield Valley Rescue, present to hand in a report on the agency’s work in Halifax over the past year, told the board that DVR wants to request party status not only to the quarry proceedings, but to all Act 250 applications for projects within the town. This is DVR’s standard procedure. The board was pleased to know DVR’s review of and input on such projects is assured. During the year, DVR answered 26 calls to Halifax and performed eleven transports. A joint training with the Halifax Emergency Medical Service is planned for the coming year.
The board has received a letter, said Holtz, complaining that “junk” is visible on some town properties. Pictures, not on display at the meeting, were included with the letter. None of the board members was much impressed with the junkiness of what was pictured, but agreed to post on the town website a description of the town’s “junk policy,” along with a notice that the town will begin efforts to enforce it.
Edwards announced that a WiFi access point will at last be installed at the town garage. The grant funding the public hot spot was received last year and is part of the Vermont Digital Economy Project. Highway supervisor Bradley Rafus and co-emergency management directors John LaFlamme and Ross Barnett expressed reservations about allowing too much public traffic near the garage; liability appeared to be the main issue. Edwards maintained that given the dearth of high speed service in much of the town, it will be better to go ahead with the installation and resolve any problems as they arise. The board voted to proceed.
In other business, the board signed a local emergency operations plan and a warrant for the animal control officer to deal with unlicensed dogs. They also voted to put out a bid request for roofing the part of the school building rented by the town. At 8:15 pm, the board voted to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.