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The Champlain Valley School District walked back plans to spend nearly $200,000 to relocate its central administrative offices, saying the district was unsure of the appropriateness or timeliness of the proposal. Superintendent Rene Sanchez unveiled the plan to relocate the district’s central offices to a new location on Hurricane Lane in Williston at the school board meeting on Oct. 18. The proposal would have increased office space from the “current cramped 7,889 square feet to 17,500 square feet, allowing us to bring all staff into the office and have much needed meeting space,” Sanchez said. The need for increased office space “was identified as far back as 2006,” reads the presentation, which can be found at bit.ly/3EN2so6.
Currently, the district uses space in the Shelburne Town Offices in the village, said Bonnie Birdsall, the district’s director of communication. But the space is “too small for us to carry out work efficiently,” Sanchez said at the October meeting. “There is no space to fit all of our current staff, much less any new staff,” Sanchez said. “We currently have to share these restricted working spaces, compete for meeting rooms and if we want to host a meeting, we have to hope that there’s space on certain campuses because not all campuses have space for us to hold a meeting and, frequently, we’re unable to have meetings during the day because the spaces are being used by classrooms and by teachers and students.” The relocation would have allowed the district to “improve operations — the goal, of course, See OFFICES on page 12
Staffing changes afoot within Shelburne’s planning, zoning office LIBERTY DARR STAFF WRITER
Staffing changes remain at the forefront in Shelburne, especially in the town’ planning and zoning office following the resignation of Adele Gravitz as planning director. Although the reason for Gravitz resignation remains unclear, the town will continue to pay her
through December. A letter to Gravitz from Shelburne town manager Lee Krohn said that the, “town will continue to compensate you as an employee and provide benefits through your Dec. 31, 2022 resignation date. That said, effective upon close of business on Friday, October 28, 2022, the town will no longer require your services.”
Following her verbal resignation on Oct. 21, the town hired two full-time employees and one interim employee to assist in the planning and zoning office. The new interim position is now held by Ken Belliveau who has more than 30 years of planning experience and had previously been the town of Williston’s planning director before his retirement
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leaving in June 2022. A month ago, Krohn rehired Belliveau for the current interim position. “What’s different is that this time my role is focused on training and helping the new hires get settled in,” Belliveau explained. His new responsibilities include training and overseeing the two See AUDIT on page 12
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News from Pierson Library Kanopy The Pierson Library now offers a media program called Kanopy, which is free to library card holders. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries and content for children and young adults. Kanopy offers content not typically found on mainstream streaming services such as British movies and shows, Great Courses, foreign films and classic older movies. For kids it has a great selection of animated audio books. Adult usage is limited to four TV shows or movies and one Great Course per month. Kids TV
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Shelburne Selectboard votes to kill unpopular overlay zoning district Residents will press for further zoning reform LIBERTY DARR STAFF WRITER
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On Tuesday, Shelburne’s selectboard decided to eliminate a zoning problem that has plagued the town for over a year. At the Nov. 15 selectboard meeting, selectboard members unanimously moved to nix the mixed residential character district in its entirety from the town’s form-based overlay district — reverting the area back to conventional zoning bylaws. Shelburne residents first raised concern over the town’s zoning over 15 months ago when a development plan was proposed to build 10, three-story multi-family apartment buildings with 110 units on a residential lot surrounded by existing single-family homes. The development proposal was a zoning designation surrounding the land on the western side of Route 7, north of Bay Road known as the mixed residential character district — one of seven districts in the town’s form-based overlay district. This optional set
of zoning standards, instituted in 2016, applies specific agreed-upon building standards for development. Many questioned whether the type of development proposed was what was intended when form-based code was established. “We are gratified that the selectboard voted unanimously to approve the form-based code amendment returning the mixed residential character district to the jurisdiction of Shelburne’s zoning bylaws,” said Robilee Smith, a member of the community group Shelburne Neighbors United for Responsible Growth, in response to the hearing. “We want to thank everyone who helped to rescue this district from the Shelburne Road form-based code’s exposures.” After residents raised concerns, the selectboard tasked the planning commission with addressing the mixed residential character district in its entirety. The town in turn hired the See ZONING on page 6
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OPINION ‘It’s hard to stay in Vermont, so I left’ Guest Perspective Keith LaFountaine Years ago, I found a YouTube video where Stephen King espoused 10 pieces of advice to the University of Maine’s graduating class of 2005. The closing piece of this advice was simple: stay in Maine. I admire this fervent defense of one’s homeland. As a kid, my eyes were always set elsewhere, over these Green Mountains. Maybe I’d visit Los Angeles and bask in the warmth and the city’s hubbub. Maybe I’d live in another country. “The Truman Show” convinced me Fiji was worth the 20-hour flight. Around the time I graduated college, I had to admit something to myself. I love this little state. I have for a long time. When I was a kid, I would pop into the Borders in downtown Burlington, where CVS now stands and I’d sit in a big, comfortable chair and read whatever book I had on my person while smelling roasted coffee beans from the café inside. I’d do that while waiting for the CCTA bus that would take me from Cherry Street to the South End, where I’d pass all assortments of sculptures and street art — particularly if Art Hop was approaching. When I grew up and took that winding road down Politics Ave, I found myself appreciating Vermont’s confident progressivism and its tendency to split tickets. My dad loved Jim Douglas and I have more than an inkling that he’s fond of Phil Scott, even while he helps send Bernie to the Senate. About a year ago, I stared a harsh truth in the face: it is not easy to stay in Vermont. The state has bled young people for as long as I can remember. That’s nothing new, but I didn’t fully appreciate the gravity of that migration until I myself was on the move. Skyrocketing rent, stagnant wages, few long-term career opportunities, landlords’ ironclad grip on the renting market, housing prices that cost about two livers and half a kidney to afford (and that’s just the down payment) and a big old pit sitting in the center of the city, like a pimple that was dug out of a pockmarked face with a rusty tack. And let’s not forget a state college system that is chronically underfunded and underappreciated, or how Burlington’s mayor loves to tout his Habitat for Humanity
credentials while pursuing plans to add yet another luxury hotel to the map instead of affordable housing. These are not new observations, nor are they are not unique ones. These are issues that have dogged our small state for decades. They are issues I’ve heard grumbled about at the dinner table. They’re issues I’ve groused about with friends. They almost feel like a rite of passage to becoming a Vermonter — to complain about taxes, or to complain about this landlord or that piece of news. It’s a noxious brew — one I drank greedily, particularly as my rent rose and my paycheck stagnated. Before moving, we considered buying a house — hence how I came to my astute kidney and liver equation. Yet, even as I got a new job with a beefier salary, I realized our housing costs, coupled with other cost-of-living expenses, made it so that we would always be just above water but never ascendent enough to plan our wedding, or to afford a house, or to grow a family. We started to look elsewhere and, last week, we made a trek across the country to a new city. That move was painful for me. My horror-writer mind conjured an image, the morning we left, of me crawling up those Green Mountains, burying a knife in my chest, pulling my steaming heart free and burying it up there, in the dirt, in the trees. I can see the dark
blood and the wet soil under my fingernails. I feel the emptiness in my chest. All I ever wanted to do was stay in Vermont. Even now, I write stories about our state. The Northeast Kingdom makes frequent appearances, my personal Castle Rock, where ragged strangers come to town, hiding their brimstone odors with headache-inducing aftershave or perfume; where crimson-eyed bears linger outside ramshackle diners; where winter threatens to blacken appendages; where monstrous spiders wait, mandibles dripping, legs writhing. It is not easy to stay in Vermont. As we moved out of our apartment, I learned that my landlords bumped the price of our old apartment up another $100. Then, they sold it seemingly without issue. Because in Vermont, when an apartment goes on the market, you have about 24 hours to get an application in before it’s going, going, gone. I don’t know whether we will stay in this new city, or if we will travel around. Remote work has changed the landscape in that regard. I desperately want Vermont to address these gangrenous issues because deep down, I want to be able to feasibly give the following advice. To myself and to others: stay in Vermont. Keith LaFountaine, a horror writer, grew up in Burlington.
Letters to the Editor Prop 5 enshrines culture of death To the Editor: There is no greater personal evil than deliberately taking the life of an innocent, defenseless human being, and there is no greater tribute to selfishness than elective abortion. With the passage of Proposal 5, Vermont has enshrined both evil and selfishness in its Constitution, which now asserts, in effect, that a woman’s right to electively have her unborn offspring killed, for any reason and without infringement, is “central to the liberty and dignity to determine (her) own life course.” In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson spoke of the unalienable right to life. For the most innocent, defenseless human beings — the unborn
— that right no longer exists in Vermont, which has institutionalized a culture of death rather than a celebration of life. While Vermonters who voted for Proposal 5 evidently see that as a good thing, as a former Shelburne resident I see it as a great and shameful tragedy. Jim Goff Columbia, Mo.
Vermont makes historical milestones To the Editor: Congratulations to Sen. Becca Balint and attorney general Charity Clark. The League of Women Voters of Vermont applauds you as ground-breaking women. See LETTERS on page 6
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Shelburne Police seek help to locate two missing teens The Shelburne Police Department is asking the public for its help in locating Tayla and Shayla Smith, 16-year-old twin sisters. The two teens left their foster home in Shelburne late on Nov. 18 or the next day. They are described as between 5-feet and 5
½-feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes. One of the girls has a dyed red streak in her hair while the other has an orange or yellow streak. Both were described as having nose piercings. Reach the department at 802-985-8051.
continued from page 5 The league congratulates Balint for her unprecedented victory as the first woman elected to represent the residents of Vermont in the U.S. Congress. This is a historic moment for Vermonters as the Green Mountain State was the only state to have never sent a woman representative to Washington. Thank you for working hard to gain the confidence of Vermonters. We know you will be a dynamic member of Vermont’s congressional team. The league also offers congratulations to Clark, who is the first woman elected to Vermont’s highest law enforcement
office. Clark formerly worked as assistant attorney general and chief of staff in the attorney general’s office. We look forward to seeing her serve as the state’s chief legal officer. The League of Women Voters, since 1920, has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believe people should play a critical role in democracy. It does not endorse candidates for election. Sue Racanelli President League of Women Voters of Vermont
continued from page 4 consulting firm Blue Zones to look into In the wake of what has been one of the the mixed residential character district and town’s most contentious zoning issues, the provide clear information to the planning final hearing was relatively mild. commission. Selectboard chair Mike Ashooh said, “I Blue Zones called the district “overly was pretty happy to see a lot of people in complex for such a small region,” and wrote the meeting and was happy the conversation that the rules offered “unclear, vague, or was civil.” contradictory language” that left the town Following the hearing, residents were open to a wide range of development options thankful the selectboard removed the mixed that may not align with the town plan. residential character district but said it’s “The standards are only the beginning to so broad that you could overall zoning reform “If they go through produce such a range within the town. means the neighbors “That hearing was with this application, can’t predict what’s going good, but the bottom line to happen and the staff we will file an appeal is it took us 15 months and doesn’t know what’s going numerous meetings to get to happen because this code here. In the end it was just to block (Brandon allows for a wide range of so much public pressure, development,” said Mary and it was very obvious and Crombach Madden, one of the project the town wanted this to be development) team members with Blue done, but it’s unfortunate Zones. now for our neighborhood permits. We won’t let it’s too late,” said resident In addition, the town does not have a clear Pete Serisky. this go down without process to evaluate and The development enforce compliance within proposed by Stephen a fight.” the code, making it easy for Brandon and Shelley development applications Crombach that sparked to obtain approval with — Pete Serisky this year-long saga has limited review by the plansince been revised, reducning commission and the developmental ing the number of residential units from review board, according to the report. 110 to 78. This new proposed development For residents like Smith, these problems is being reviewed under the existing formhave much less to do with “NIMBYism,” based code, regardless of the Nov. 15 hearand much more to do with aligning with the ing. town’s plan and character. The development review board has 45 Smith and those within the group agree days to decide about the current proposal that the form-based code fails to focus on and Serisky shares that this might only be the scale and intensity of development. the beginning of a new battle for zoning Although residents would also like to help reform within the town. Shelburne provide more housing options, it “If they go through with this application, must be at a reasonable human scale within we will file an appeal to block (Brandon and the town plan’s policies, the group main- Crombach development) permits,” he said. tains. “We won’t let this go down without a fight.”
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Obituary H. Allan Marlow H. Allan Marlow, 93, of Shelburne, died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at University of Vermont Medical Center. Al was born on Feb. 28, 1929, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., the son of George and Beatrice Marlow. Al leaves behind his wife, Jackie, of 69 years; beloved daughter, Michele and her husband, James O’Brien MD of Williamsburg, Va.; his cherished grandchildren, Jason O’Brien of Boston, Tess O’Brien of Waterbury and Jackie O’Brien of San Diego, Calif. He is also survived by H. Allan Marlow three sisters, Anna Jean MacDougall, Eleanor Stevenson and Mary Rose McCaffrey and husband, Tom, all of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Joan Macura of Granville, N.Y.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Throughout Al’s life he touched and inspired the lives of many. Al began his naval career at the age of 17 serving on the USS Dayton. Following his service years, he earned degrees from Albany Business School and Russell Sage College. Al was a proud employee of Mobil Oil
company for over 40 years. Always lending a helping hand volunteering where needed, many will remember him as an usher at St. Catherine of Siena Church and greeting visitors at The Residence at Shelburne Bay. Those who knew him will remember his warm smile, and his energetic and optimistic demeanor. An athlete and sports fan all his life, he enjoyed attending UVM hockey games, golfing, skiing and playing tennis. In his later years he became the biggest supporter of all his grandchildren’s various endeavors. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne Vermont at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Al will be laid to rest immediately following in The Shelburne Village Cemetery. Please join his family in the parish hall where memories and expressions of sympathy will be shared with family and friends. Donations in Al’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Sons Cremation Services.
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COMMUNITY Community Notes Shelburne Farmers Market holds holiday market Shelburne Farmers Market is hosting the first of two holiday markets Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. “Extending the season for our popular market is a result of enthusiastic support from the vendors who have had an excellent summer season in 2022 and are ready to tackle a different schedule for the cold weather months,” said Rosalyn Graham, who runs the Shelburne Business and Professional Association. “We have had many eager applications from the farmers, crafters and cooks who have earned such loyal followings at Shelburne Farmers Market in the summer.” The second holiday market will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, and twice-monthly winter markets will continue in the same location through March. Due to space limitations, each market will feature 16 vendors. Vendors on Nov. 26 will be Sobremesa, Swaying Daisies Honey, Shakey Ground Farm, Lalumiere Farms, Wild Hart Distillery, Crazy Cotton Candy Lady, Snipe Ireland Soaps, Mt. Philo Woodworks, Full Circle Woodworking, Bear Moon Botanica, Twisted Halo Donuts, Loon Designs, Just Art (Lis Gerber), Laurel Waters, Hayden Handcraft and The Flakey Crust.
The Hildegard String Quartet will offer music for the first market, followed by the Avery Cooper Duo in December. More at shelburnebpavt.org.
Age Well, church offer grab and go Christmas meal Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish in Shelburne will provide a meal to go for anyone age 60 and older on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The meal will be available for pick up in the parking lot at 72 Church St. from 11 a.m. until noon. The menu is stuffed chicken breast with apple and cranberry stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sliced carrots, cranberry sauce, wheat dinner roll with butter, pumpkin cake and milk. To order a meal, contact Sheryl Oberding at email@example.com or 802-825-8546 Deadline to order is Wednesday, Dec. 7. You must have a congregate meal registration on file. Forms are available at pickup or download one bit.ly/3URc4U3. More information agewellvt.org.
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Sing We Now Noel, a celebration of Christmas carols and seasonal songs, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in Saint Michael’s College Chapel. William Tortolano, emeritus professor and college organist, will present the 62nd holiday concert with the classic two-manual, 14-stop Casavant pipe organ in the chapel. The program will cover a variety of musical compositions to encourage the audience to participate. Among the compositions are carols from Austria, England, France, Portugal and American traditions, including “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Vermont’s Carol” and “We Three Kings.” Jerry Proulx, a St. Michael’s graduate, will sing the famous Italian carol “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle.”
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School will host a Friday adult shopping experience on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be an outdoor festival with lots of activities for children and a family fair and market. Visit shorturl.at/dyLM9 for further information.
Champlain Valley Union hosts handcrafters’ fair The Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg will host its handcrafters fair on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 369 CVU Road in Hinesburg. The fair features 150 vendors with something special for everyone on your shopping list.
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Police Department and the Shelburne Community School. The committee learned at the meeting that finding safe and affordable housing is the greatest need for families. Some students at the Shelburne Community School are grappling with homelessness, food insecurity and mental health issues. Rising costs continue to bring more shoppers to the food shelf — averaging about 90 families each month — and access to quick cash for emergency needs is an occasional challenge. Shelburne police reported that the outreach services program is very successful from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but said overnight services
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new full-time employees, Kit Luster — who was hired as the role of development review board coordinator — and Aaron DeNamur, who is taking on the role as planning coordinator. DeNamur was previously employed by Shelburne last spring, before resigning just months into his role to take a position in Norwich. According to Belliveau, he graduated a few years ago and is currently working on his master’s degree in public administration. Luster comes to the role as development review board coordinator as a 2022 University of Vermont graduate with a degree in community and international development. This is her first professional job in planning. In the absence of a planning director, the planning and zoning office can expect to run a bit differently with the two new hires reporting directly to Krohn. “Whenever we have a transition, we use it as an opportunity to reevaluate the structure of a department,” Krohn shared.
“There is a pervasive labor shortage in almost every line of work everywhere and it’s especially so in the planning world — there is a shortage of people who are experienced, which is part of the backdrop for why the two new people are junior staff,” shared Belliveau.
Staffing audit In response to the town’s pattern of staffing shortages, the selectboard motioned for a system-wide staffing analysis in August in order to gather a high-level overview of how the town has approached staffing in the past and gather recommendations for moving forward. “As the budget season is unfolding, I think the entire board is thinking about our staffing needs. Every department has asked for additional help,” said Shelburne Selectboard chair Mike Ashooh. “The staffing report confirmed what a lot of us suspected.” The town hired Hickok and Boardman HR Intelligence of Shelburne to conduct a study that would lay a framework for future staffing
development. Based on the report, regardless of Shelburne’s significant growth in population in recent years, the current staffing levels have remained constant over those years. This results in “each department working long hours, including overtime in some departments,” making many departments “unable to complete certain projects or be proactive at times,” according to the report. Among other recommendations, one of the major recommendations was the exploration of hiring a human resources professional to manage hiring, onboarding, performance evaluation and employee retention. According to Ashooh, the town is currently looking into a human resources professional on board. “One of the other issues is how we can streamline current processes to create and hire in different ways,” Ashooh said. “Can we redefine some roles, consolidate some roles and see what that opens up for the priorities?”
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be suspending the plan after “approaching a better view of what our budget for next year will look like.” “Since, at this time we cannot completely project the final budget numbers, we are unsure as to the appropriateness of the time to change locations,” he said.
Sanchez did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarity on the district’s budget projections for the following school year. The site at Hurricane Lane would have cost the district $187,416 more to lease annually. It is unclear how much the district pays currently for its lease — an email seeking details was not returned by press deadline. Meanwhile, according to the October presentation, the district would have had to spend an additional $100,000 to refurbish the building to make it more suitable. School board members during the October meeting sounded uneasy about the prospect of moving offices. Keith Roberts, the school board member from Hinesburg, commented that “in light of the growth of remote work, not to put too fine a point on it, but do we really need this much space?” School board member Erin Brady of Williston said she worried about public perception. “If we haven’t addressed classroom space at (Allen Brook Elementary School), but we’re able to double administrative space two minutes away, that feels like a hard thing to justify,” Brady said. “Needing more space for the safety of workers in Covid — we’re a school district, teachers are packed in with kids and kids are packed in with each other all day. I think that’s a challenging thing to be talking about publicly.”
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