TOWN OF RUTLAND

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES

1-17-13


Meeting open at 7:00 PM


Commissioners Present:


Charles Vajda, Howard Burgess, William Matteson, Jerry Stearns, Tony Flory and Raymond Leonard


The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of the December 18, 2012. Mr. Vajda moved to approve the minutes with changes. Mr. Stearns made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


The Commissioners reviewed the public notice for the proposed Kunzler subdivision. Town Administrator, Mr. Joseph Zingale Jr. said he wanted the Commissioners to review the notice since the proposed subdivision is confusing.


The Commissioners briefly discussed the Clark Solar Center LLC 800 Kilo watt solar generation facility proposal. The solar panels would be on the Clark property (former Metro Mail) on Seward Road.


Mr. Burgess cited the fact the solar panels would block Fire Department access to the east side of the building. Mr. Zingale said he had notified Chief Joe Denardo of the proposal. Mr. Matteson said Mr. Zingale should contact the Chief and inform him of the meeting date.


Mr. Matteson read a notice for the January 15th Proctor Town Plan hearing.


Ms. Maura Campbell of Neighbor Works met with Commissioners and explained the services which Neighbor Works offers. Ms. Campbell said the Neighbor Works “Heat Squad” has a grant and a mission to weatherize 1000 homes (over three years) in Rutland County. Ms. Campbell said the squad is in the third year of completing the project.


Ms. Campbell told the Commissioners that the State Legislature has asked that 80,000 homes in Vermont be weatherized by 2020. Ms. Campbell said the goal is to weatherize 3% of the total number of homes, this year. Ms. Campbell said it is her job to spread the word about the competition.


Ms. Campbell said the fuel cost savings is generally equal to or grater than the the weatherization improvements costs. Ms. Campbell said Neighbor Works also fiance projects through low interest loans to homeowners.



Ms. Campbell said about 10 towns in Rutland County have signed up for the competition at this time. Ms. Campbell said there will be a volunteer training with a dinner on February 19th at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Ms. Campbell said should would like Rutland Town to sign up for the challenge.


Ms. Campbell said 3% of the homes in Rutland Town would be 53 homes. She said there is a $10,000.00 prize to the Town that does the most weatherizations. She said the money could be spent doing an energy efficiency project in the Town.


Ms. Campbell said individuals can also make pledges to save energy. She gave the example of an individual making a decision to turn the heat down at night.


Ms. Campbell said most home audits cost $350.00 to $500.00 to do. She said Neighbor Works will cover all but $100.00 for the audit cost. Ms. Campbell explained what is involved in conducting a home energy audit.


Mr. Matteson said he is the Chairman of the Town Energy Committee and he said he is looking for new members. Ms. Campbell said depending on the age of the home there could be a long list of things people can do to make their home more energy efficient. Ms. Campbell said the energy saving would have to be at least 10% to qualify for the program.


Ms. Campbell said under the rebate program an individual would get back a minimum of $250.00 in rebates. She said the maximum is $2,000.00. Ms. Campbell said an individual generally receives the audit information within a week.


Ms. Campbell said she is available to help the Town come up with a plan to get people involved. Ms. Campbell said typically it cost between $3,000.00 to $8,000.00 (without rebates) to implement recommended improvements.


Ms. Campbell said an Energy contractor must do the audit and that a homeowner can make the recommended improvements. She said individuals do not have to hire a professional to make the improvements in order to get rebates. She said the auditor would inspect work done by a homeowner.


Ms. Campbell and Commissioners discussed home energy efficiency improvements further and Ms. Campbell passed out information materials.


Mr. Leonard moved to close the meeting at 8:05 P.M. Mr. Burgess made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.






Approved by


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William T. Matteson



























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