Special Select Board Meeting minutes 8-31-2020
TOWN OF RUTLAND SELECT BOARD OPEN MEETING
AUGUST 31st, 2020
- Location: Wynnemere Development on Carmel Place
- Board members present: Mary Ashcroft, Sharon Russell, and Joe Denardo
- Also present: Town Road Commissioner Byron Hathaway, Town Administrative Assistant Bill Sweet, representing the Wynnemere Homeowners Association was John Gorman and Dave Dress
- Meeting began at 5:00 P.M.
The board is meeting to discuss a request from the Homeowners Association to take over ownership of Carmel Place.
- There are several questions about the utilities under the roadway. Who owns them now, their exact location and maintenance responsibilities, and easements that may be in effect was discussed.
- There is a storm water management area of the end of the development which the town has a grant for to redo.
- The development is 50% built out currently.
- Discussed the storm water retention pond and if it can handle all the runoff once the development is 100% built out. Mr. Hathaway said that it would be.
- This project was originally approved under Act 250 so some information may be available from this permit.
- There is nothing known in the Act 250 permit that would prohibit the town taking over the roadway.
- There is no known covenant or trigger for road ownership tied to the occupancy of the development
- The HOA will need to clarify ownership of the utilities under the road.
- It is believed Rutland City has easements for the water and sewer lines.
- The sewer discharge connects directly to the Rutland City system and is not part of the town allocation. No O&M is paid to the town.
- Clear ownership of the utility lines needs to be established and a determination needs to be made on who is responsible for the cost of repairs to the lines and roadway if the lines need to be dug up.
- Repair and drainage access easements will need to be checked in the Act 250 permit.
- Every home has a swail which brings storm water runoff to a common drainage area. All gutters from homes empty into this as well.
- Lawn masters does the fertilizing of the development and From the Ground Up does the rest of the property maintenance.
- Reviewed the stormwater pond. It is planned to be retrofitted as part of a project in the near future.
- There is a current practice to spray a general herbicide on the shoulders in the drainage area. The town would not be able to continue this practice. It would require someone with a license and a management plan to be able to spray the chemical.
- Discussed the responsibility of mowing the swails, we will need to talk to Andres Torizzo about this as well.
- The HOA is responsible for the maintenance on all of the lots except any individual gardens which are only allowed within 25’ of a foundation wall.
- The HOA would like the town to take over the road only, although the typical practice is for the town to have a 50’ right of way, 25’ to each side of the center of the right of way.
- If the town were to take it over it would be maintained as it sees fit, and not necessarily as the HOA has done in the past.
- Power lines are run adjacent to and in some cases under the existing road, there are no overhead lines.
- If the town does NOT take over the road, the HOA will need to ensure it is in compliance with the town’s private fire hydrant ordinance.
- The road would be posted at 25 MPH.
- Original plans for the development have been located but as built plans have not been found yet. These are very important to be able to determine exact placement of utilities.
- There will need to be an accurate survey of the road showing utility locations, the location of the road in relation to the right of way.
- There are several key questions which need to be addresses and answered, mainly exact utility locations and maintenance responsibilities before a commitment can be made.
- Clear easements will need to be established.
There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 6:10 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Mr. Bill Sweet
|Joshua C. Terenzini, Chairman|
|Mary Ashcroft, Clerk|
|John Paul Faignant|