Town of Halifax, Vermont

February 17, 2010

Call to Order 

            The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM.  Members in attendance were Chair Norman Fajans, Craig Stone, Sirean LaFlamme, Howard Alboum, Brian McNeice, and William Pusey.  Others in attendance were Patricia Farrington, Lorraine Muha, Margo Avakian, and Secretary Phyllis Evanuk. 

Approval of Minutes 

            Mr. Alboum moved to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2009 meeting as written.
            Mrs. LaFlamme seconded the motion, which carried 6-0.

 Request for approval 

            Mrs. Farrington and Mrs. Muha were in attendance to present their request for approval to allow the Honora Winery to erect tents as an option in the event of inclement weather during outside events.  They explained that two of the four weddings held last year had to be quickly moved inside due to heavy rain.  With the option of erecting tents the guests could be sheltered during inclement weather and still have an outdoor event.  They further advised that being allowed to have these tents would in no way change or impact the conditions of the conditional use permit or the Act 250 permit.

Mrs. Farrington explained that they were seeking approval from the ZBA before they proceed with a request from Act 250.  She advised that the expense of erecting the tents would be paid for by the participants, and as it is quite costly, she does not expect it to be an option very often.  A professional rental company is used and generally the tents would be erected on a Friday and removed on the following Monday.
The ZBA thanked them for the presentation and advised they would deliberate and the decision would be mailed to them.

The ZBA entered deliberative session to discuss the proposal at 7:45 PM and resumed open session at 8:05 PM.

After some discussion of the conditions for approval, Mr. Fajans called for a motion.

Mr. Pusey moved to approve the request with conditions as set forth by the Board.
            Mrs. LaFlamme seconded the motion, which carried 6-0.

(A copy of the approval letter accompanies these minutes)


The Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis H. Evanuk