Saturday, July 23, 2016

Minutes: 2015



60th Appletree Point Association Meeting
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
June 27, 2015

In attendance: 
Jeff Haig, President: Christine Campbell, Treasurer : Doug Campbell, Board Member : Rich Kenney, Board Member: Shanta Eastman, Board Member: Kit Ardell,  Amanda Reid, Brooke Gillman, Ian Bleakney, Ned and Jackie MacCartey, Penelope Coe, Paul Ardell, Lars Larson, Rolly Delfausse

Secretary’s Report:  Accepted (Doug Campbell so moved, and Ned MacCartey seconded:  approved by voice vote)

Treasurer’s Report:  Presented by Christine Campbell, Treasurer of the Appletree Point Association
There is $13112.23 in the APA checking account.  Treasurer’s report was approved by voice vote.

Road report:  Presented by Christine Campbell.  The “Point” property owners paid for road repairs of $1250.00 of which they assessed the “point” road property owners for payment of the repairs.  Christine explained the costs of the repairs – regarding speed dips, safety of 10 children on the road, and storm and ditch run off.  The treasurer’s report was approved by voice vote. 

Beach Committee:  Rich Kenney – no report required

Dues:  Recommended that we do not assess dues for 2015-2016  (Motion to approve:  Rich Kenney, seconded by Doug Campbell and Ned MacCartey:  approved by voice vote)

Elections: 
               Jeff Haig, President
               Chris Campbell, Treasurer
Andrea Kenney, Secretary
Members of the board:  Doug Campbell, Kit Ardell, Rich Kenney, Shanta Eastman, Rich Kenney

There is an opening on the board due to the passing of Rolfe Eastman.  Amanda Reid was  nominated.  (So moved by Christine Campbell and seconded by Ian Bleakney:  approved by voice vote.)

Other Business:
               The development of 451-465 Appletree Point Road was discussed.   Lars Larson brought the attendees of the meeting up to date with the history and development of the property.  Ian presented a rendering of the size of the proposed “duplex” buildings in scale with the other homes on the point.   It was pointed out the developer did get zoning variance from the Conservation Board, and the Burlington Design Review Board.  

Three issues remain in contention:

1)       The strange numbers used regarding the lot, buildings etc in comparison to the other point property owners.   The scope and scale to what is currently on the point is disturbing.
2)      The allowance of the variances
3)      The closeness to the water and the space of the land

There is a hearing on July 7th at 5:00 p.m.  However, no public comment will be allowed at this meeting.

It was also mentioned that to the best of everyone’s knowledge, no one from the BDRB had viewed the property prior to allowing the variance.  It was stated that one of the members of the BDRB had been out on her bike and looked at the property recently.

After much discussion about the development, it was decided that we would ask Jamie Coffrin to draft a letter on behalf of the APA regarding our concerns about the three issues that remain contentious.   Lars Larson will approach Jamie Coffrin to draft the letter.  (Motion to approve:  Doug Campbell, Seconded by Ian Bleakney.

Also discussed as the next approach for the APA would be to go through the Act 250 State Environmental Board through legal channels to oppose the current proposed building.  

The board can call a special meeting of the Appletree Point Association if needed to further investigate the possibility of re-defining the land use proposal at 451-465 Appletree Point Road.

Ned MacCartey brought to the attention of the meeting attendees the lack of attendance by members of the Appletree Point Association.  This is a concern and the board will work to get more of the members engaged to participate in the meetings.

Jeff honored Rolfe Eastman and his dedication and stewardship of Appletree Point.  He was a very much valued member of our community and will be missed by everyone.  There was a discussion that the Appletree Point Association would like to give a donation to his charity of choice: “Puppets In Education”.  Lars Larsen requested that a $500.00 donation would be the appropriate amount to donate.  This was seconded by Doug Campbell, and Seconded by Ned MacCartey and approved by voice vote.  Christine will write a check and send it to the charity.

Meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Submitted by
Kit Ardell,  Acting Secretary.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Scale of Proposed Duplexes

Here are the images Morgan Sparks put together to show the scale of the proposed buildings:



Friday, June 12, 2015

Notice of 2015 Meeting



APPLETREE POINT SHOREOWNER ASSOCIATION
Notice of 2015 Annual Meeting

The Association will hold its 60th Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. kindly hosted by Kit Ardell at 195 Appletree Point Rd.

TIME: Come at 9:30 AM to meet neighbors and have some brunch. The business meeting will start promptly at 10:00.

AGENDA:
1. Secretary’s report 
2. Treasurer’s report
3. Road report
4. Beach committee report
5. Dues Recommendations
6. Elections
              
Current Board:
Jeff Haig: President
Christine Campbell: Treasurer
Andy Kenney: Secretary
Rich Kenney: Board
Kit Ardell: Board
Shanta Eastman: Board
Doug Campbell: Board

7. Other business
               a. Proposed development along Point.
               b. Any other business


PLEASE COME!

Jeff Haig
President

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Association Meeting 2014


The Association held its 59th Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m. at Rich and Andy Kenney’s house at 175 Appletree Point Rd.
In attendance: Jeff Haig, Rich and Andy Kenney, Doug and Christine Campbell, Jamie and Jill Coffrin, Anne Conlin, Rolfe and Viraj Eastman, Brianne Eastman, Shanta Eastman, Helene Langevin and Ty Danco, and Kit Ardell.

We started gathering at 8:45 AM to meet neighbors and socialize. The business meeting started at 9:04.
It was suggested that neighbors bring something breakfast-y to share for the potluck to follow the meeting. (We met a little earlier this year than usual in order to provide people with some extra time on their Saturday.) 

AGENDA:
1.   Secretary’s report- Jamie Coffrin moved to accept the minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting and Doug Campbell seconded the motion. It was noted that Rolff Eastman’s name had been inadvertently left off the list of Board Members. The minutes were approved as corrected.
2.   Treasurer’s report
     Chris Campbell stated that our present balance is $11,844. The road section repairs
     cost $1,249.88 which will be paid by the home owners on the private road. When that amount is collected, the balance will be $13, 092.76.
  3.Road report-
Chris Campbell stated that Chris Reed arranged for the road repairs and bought the materials. Several members tried to help with the repairs but the job became overwhelming and a local contractor was hired to complete the job.
There was discussion on whether to authorize the Treasurer to spend needed money on road repairs if needed before the next general meeting. To collect the money spent on the road repairs, Doug Campbell moved that an additional reminder should be sent to anyone who has not paid their portion. Jamie Coffrin seconded the motion and the motion was passed.
Chris Campbell will speak to the Burlington road crew currently repaving Appletree Point Road about using their materials on the private road section.
4. Beach committee report-none
5.  Dues Recommendations-Ty Danco made a motion not to collect dues this year.
    Jamie Coffrin seconded and the motion was passed.
6.  Elections
    A motion was made by Briana Chase to add Shanta Eastman to the Board. Doug  Campbell seconded the motion. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Rolf Eastman and Chris Campbell seconded it to keep the current board with theaddition of Shanta Eastman. It was approved.
              
Current Board:
Jeff Haig: President
Christine Campbell: Treasurer
Andy Kenney: Secretary
Rich Kenney: Board
Rolfe Eastman: Board
Doug Campbell: Board
Shanta Eastman-Board

7.  Other business
    Rich Kenney will email Chapin Spenser (Director for Public Works) addressing the issue of the speed bumps on Appletree Point Road coming from the west before the bike path.
    Discussion followed concerning the ramifications of lakefront property changes. Permits are required for changes within 250 feet of the lake, (within 50 feet no changes may be made).
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50.

Respectfully submitted,
Andy Kenney-Secretary

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Shoreline Laws

At the annual meeting yesterday several people expressed concern about the new shoreline laws. Here is the article from today's Free Press on the law:

Shoreland Protection Law

As of July 1, Vermont has a new law regulating activities in the area from the waterline to a distance of 250 feet on lakes and ponds larger than 10 acres. The law allows "reasonable development" while protecting aquatic habitat and water quality and promoting the use of natural vegetation to stabilize shorelines.

Here is an overview of how the new law impacts owners of lakeside property.

Exempted activities 
Property owners will be able to undertake a host of routine repair and reconstruction activities without securing one of the new permits or going through the new registration process. Exempted activities in the shoreland protection area — which is within 250 feet of the water line — are those that maintain the existing footprint of existing development. The exemptions include:

  • Maintaining without expanding the buildings, driveways, gardens and lawns that existed as of July 1, 2014. 
  • Reconstructing a home, deck or driveway in the exact same footprint. Vertical expansion would be allowed as would construction of a room where a deck existed. 
  • Thinning vegetation less than three feet in height as long as vegetation standards are met, the duff layer is left intact and the thinning is at least 25 feet back from the water line. 
  •  Pruning of limbs on lower third of trees and tree removal would be allowed as long as the remaining number of trees and saplings met the standards. 
  • Creating a path up to six-feet wide to water's edge. 
  • Repairing or replacing septic and water systems. 


  • Registration 
    Property owners need to submit a registration form and $100 fee for small projects, such as creation of a 100-square-foot cleared area or construction of a shed, gazebo or similarly small impervious surface located in the lakefront zone but back at least 25-feet from the waterline. Registration is also required for slightly larger projects — up to 500-square feet of new cleared area or impervious surface — located in the upland zone which is 100 feet or more from the waterline. State officials have 15 days to review registration applications. Landowners may proceed with the work if they have heard nothing from the state at the end of the 15-day review period.


    Permit 
    Property owners must get permits for redevelopment that expands a building or driveway, adds accessory structures larger than qualify for registration, clears significant vegetation for lawn or gardens, tears down a building and rebuilds on a different footprint. Permits also are required for projects on any undeveloped lakeshore land — which will be required to meet the standards. The fee is $125 plus 50 cents for every square foot of impervious surface.


    More information:

    Contact the Vermont Shoreland Permit Program at 802-490-6196 or www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lakes.htm

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Meeting Notice 2014



    The Association will hold its 59th Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m., kindly hosted by Rich and Andy Kenney at 175 Appletree Point Rd.

    TIME: Come at 8:45 AM to meet neighbors and socialize. The business meeting will start promptly at 9:00.
    10:00 Pot luck – bring something breakfast-y to share with your neighbors. Note that we are meeting a little earlier this year than usual in order to provide people with some extra time on their weekend. 

    AGENDA:
    1. Secretary’s report (attached, and also at the website: (http://appletreepoint.blogspot.com/))
    2. Treasurer’s report
    3. Road report
    4. Beach committee report
    5. Dues Recommendations
    6. Elections
                   Current Board:
    Jeff Haig: President
    Christine Campbell: Treasurer
    Andy Kenney: Secretary
    Rich Kenney: Board
    Rolfe Eastman: Board
    Doug Campbell: Board

    7. Other business


    PLEASE COME!

    Jeff Haig