Town of Halifax, Vermont

March 10, 2010

Call to Order 

            The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM.  Members in attendance were Acting Chair Howard Alboum, Norman Fajans, Craig Stone, and Brian McNeice. Sirean LaFlamme and William Pusey were absent.  Others in attendance were Margo Avakian, Edee Edwards, and Secretary Phyllis Evanuk. 

Approval of Minutes 

            Mr. Fajans moved to approve the minutes of the February 17, 2010 meeting as written.

            Mr. Stone seconded the motion, which carried 4-0.

            Mr. Alboum advised that the 2004 Town Plan had been readopted at Town Meeting (181 yes; 31 no) for another five years.  The next step is to decide how they want to go forward.  He asked when the Commissioners want to tally the survey results regarding the development of a commercial zoning district.

            It was decided that in addition to reorganizing the commission, survey results will be tallied at the April meeting and the results will be posted and the actual surveys will be kept on file and available for review.

            This will probably take up a good portion of the meeting, as they are hopeful that there will be a large number of surveys returned, and that there will be comments included as well as the yes/no answers.            

            Mr. Alboum advised that as they are missing two members and the vacancy has not been filled, they should probably wait until after reorganization at the next meeting before making decisions on the work schedule for the year. 

            Mr. McNeice advised that regarding the Town Plan there are areas that can be addressed without assistance from WRC.  If there is grant money available and they are fortunate enough to receive a grant, then those areas where WRC’s expertise is needed can be put off until that time.

            The Commissioners discussed what things they need to address in addition to the Town Plan.  It was agreed that under zoning they needed to consider developing regulations, or at least a checklist of procedures for subdivisions.  A short discussion of the requirements followed.

            Mr. Fajans suggested that one of their projects might be to go through the zoning regulations and see if there are other areas that should be revisited.  He further suggested that when they are reviewing the zoning regulations they should ask the Zoning Administrator to come to the meetings.  As he is the one who works under these regulations on a regular basis, he could advise them if there are areas that need to be addressed.

            General discussion of the projects to be considered this year followed.

            Mr. McNeice suggested that as they discuss and make changes to the Town Plan it would be good if those changes could be inserted in that portion of the Town Plan and distributed for the members to review before each meeting. 

            Ms. Evanuk advised she could do that and send it to the members with the draft minutes and memo for the next meeting.


            The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted, 

Phyllis H. Evanuk