Town of Halifax, Vermont


May 13, 2009

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.  Members in attendance were Chair Frank Maltese, Christina Moore, Norman Fajans, Craig Stone, Sirean LaFlamme, Paul Placentino, Brian McNeice, and William Pusey.  Board member Howard Alboum was absent.  Others in attendance were Margo Avakian, Tom Gentile, Thea Elijah, Tristan Roberts, William Oglesby, and Secretary Phyllis Evanuk.


The floor was opened for nominations for ZBA Chair.  With no one other than the current Chair willing to accept the nomination, Mrs. Moore moved to nominate Frank Maltese.  Mr. Fajans seconded the nomination which carried 8-0.

Mrs. Moore nominated Norman Fajans as Vice-Chair.  Mr. Maltese seconded the motion which carried 8-0.

Public Hearing

Mr. Maltese advised that normally the Board would schedule a site visit and then schedule the public hearing, however as the hearing had been warned and owners and abutters had been notified, they would proceed with the public hearing and gather information from the owners prior to the site visit.  He noted that usually he ended up having to call the owners to ask questions about the project, but this should eliminate the need for that as they were in attendance.

The Board reviewed the Variance request and asked questions regarding the project.  Mr. Altes advised that as an abutter he had no concerns with the project.

Mr. Maltese advised Mr. Gentile that the Board would expect to see some indication of the proposed placement of the structure.  He suggested stakes or other clear markings so that the Board can determine the extent of the encroachment requested.

The Board scheduled a site visit for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, and the public hearing was recessed to that date and time.  Immediately following the site visit the Board will resume deliberations on the project at the Town Office.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted, 

Phyllis H. Evanuk