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February 14, 2008


Planning Commission Members Present: Kathryn Brown, Don Nickless, and Thor Konwin.  Others Present: Amy Loomis, Randy Adams, Dan Adams, and Kelly Giard,  Recording Secretary.


D. Nickless, Chair, called meeting to order at 7:00 PM


Subdivision Hearing


Dan Adams presented the Planning Commission with an application for subdivision at property on Furnace Road formerly owned by Miss Bump.  Currently, there are no plans for building on "Lot #2."  The size of "Lot #1"  is 1.07 acre and "Lot #2" is 15 acres.  There is a contract to sell, renovate and occupy the existing house, which is located on "Lot #1."


D. Nickless inquired the actual design and condition of the current septic system located on the property for sale and if there would be any issues for the new owner.  D. Adams explained the system and stated that the State of Vermont does not require any testing, unless the current system was to fail. 


Access to the property was explained to be via an easement to the property.  A. Loomis stated that the 50' wide easement was allowed.  The access to this property will be from Furnace Road and not Plains Road.  R. Adams explained that the access is better from Furnace Road since the utility poles do not follow Plains Road to the property and the access is safer from the Furnace Road side.


D. Nickless inquired if the barn would be demolished for the "Lot #2" easement.  Both Mr. Adams" agreed that this barn would be demolished.


Motion by T. Konwin and seconded by D. Nickless to approve the Subdivision request.  Passed unanimously.


Old Business


Discussion regarding topics of A. Loomis' report from the 1/24 meeting were clarified.  There were concerns of unregistered vehicles, illegal dumping of garbage, and construction without a permit.  A. Loomis clarified the concerns of these reports.  A. Loomis stated that some towns charge double fees if construction starts before there are permits in place. 


K. Ramsay received 3 junk vehicle violation reports and forwarded these to A. Loomis for review.

Town Plan


A meeting has been scheduled with the Selectboard for February 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM to discuss the Town Plan.  Members would like to see the following topics discussed:


  • Route 7 - disruption of business in town during the construction process
  • Likes/dislikes of the town
  • Long range issues/disruptions
  • Parking issues within the town
  • Roads and maintenance schedule
  • Village Center development (e.g. Forrest Property)
  • Status of Work Camp
  • Why businesses have failed.  Role of Town Administration
  • Proposals to invigorate the Village Center
  • Flooded properties (e.g. Route 7 South)


A meeting has been scheduled with the Town Manager, Kathleen Ramsay, for February 15, 2008 at 2:30 PM to discuss the Town Plan.  Members would like to see the following topics discussed:


  • Water and Sewer
  • Roads and maintenance schedule
  • Town Office
  • Public Transportation


D. Nickless reported that he is waiting for a proposal from Mark Blucher for assistance from the Rutland Region Planning Commission on the Town Plan. 


T. Konwin stated that he has received the Transportation piece from the RRPC.


K. Brown stated that Bonnie Stewart submitted a section from the Library for the Town Plan. 


D. Nickless stated that he has reviewed the section that Peg Armitage submitted on the Town history and has researched historical background as to the naming of Pittsford.  This section will be reviewed and more information included prior to submission.


Village Designation


There was discussion concerning the next steps as to informing Village businesses of this declaration.  T. Konwin suggested a press release that summarizes the benefits to the area newspapers (e.g. Rutland Herald, The Reporter, as well as the Town website).  D. Nickless stated that he would forward the maps to be included at the back of the Village Designation and have packets available from A. Loomis. 


Other Business


The next meeting will be held on February 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM.


Meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM



Respectfully Submitted



Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary

Don Nickless, Chair

 Thor Konwin, Vice Chair

Kathryn Brown                                                                       

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