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.) 

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.

    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

    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. 

    1. Secretary’s report (attached, and also at the website: (
    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


    Jeff Haig

    Appletree Point Asociation Meeting: June 22nd 2013

    Held at the home of Andy and Rich Kenney- 175 Appletree Point Road

    In attendance: Andy and Rich Kenney, Ty Danco and Helene Langevin, Jeff Haig, Brianne Chase, Rolfe Eastman, Chris and Doug Campbell, Rolly Delfaussse and Anne Conlin

    Treasurer’s Report- 10 paid out of 34 total households last year.
    Current Balance:  $13,059.39
    Separately for road repair: Lacking one payment of $134.  Road will be patched and current “road     substance” will be put on
    Recommendation for dues- Chris Campbell made a motion to accept the Board’s recommendation to pass on dues for this year. Seconded by Rolff Eastman and passed.
    Discussion followed and ideas presented: Dismiss the dues, though, there are 24 members who did not pay last year. What to do? Go after the scofflaws, forgive, or refund those who paid or future credit. Rolly Delfausse made the motion that those who paid last year will be credited in future assessment of taxes and Doug Campbell seconded. The motion passed.

    Rich Kenney made the motion to accept the current slate of officers. Chris Campbell seconded and it was approved. President- Jeff Haig, Secretary- Andy Kenney, Treasurer- Chris Campbell, Board Members- Rich Kenney, Doug Campbell, Jeff Haig, Chris Campbell and Andy Kenney.

    Other Business:
    Von Turkivitch property on Sunset Cliff Road- 24 acres of solar panels are proposed.  Wondering if it is considered commercial? Is the land on a 99 year lease to the Flynn estate?

    Appletree Lane-Different versions of future development

    Taxation-Individuals can appeal after the new tax assessment (if it is a change). We may consider going to the tax board as a group if conditions warrant it. If people ARE concerned about their taxes, call Jeff Haig about a group action, There is speculation that the taxes may be lowered!

    The members authorized Rich Kenney to make a request again to remove the second speed bump after the bike path on the west side.

    Ice Cream Truck was parked for two hours in one place with the music on! Individuals may request them to turn if off or move around.

    Stop Sign Someone can call the President of Strathmore about the absurdity of the three way Stop signs!

    Next Appletree Point Association Gathering- Who would like to host?

    Upcoming Breakfast on the Beach hosted by the Delfausse/Ardells on the morning of July 4th (cancelled if rain). All Appletree Point Association members are invited from 9:00-11:00 am.

    Meeting adjourned at 11:05.

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    Proposed Development for "Staniford Farms"


    You can find the details of the new proposed development on Appletree Point Lane here. (pdf)

    2012 Meeting Minutes

    Appletree Point Association Meeting    
    Saturday, July 23, 2012 

    Held at the home of Ty and Helene Danco.

    In attendance:  Andy & Rich Kenney, Rolly Delfausse, Rolfe &Viraj Eastman, Brooke Gillman, Ian Bleakney & Shanta Eastman, Jeff Haig, Eric Miller, Ned & Jackie MacCarty, Anne Conlin, Helene & Ty Danco, and Christine Campbell.
    Meeting called to order at 10:15 am. Ty Danco moved to accept the minutes of the 2011 Annual Meeting. Seconded by Eric Miller. Minutes were approved.

    Treasurer’s report: Christine Campbell announced we have $12,932.58 in our account. Dues collected for 2011 were $375. 

    Road report: Every year money for the road work is collected by those concerned, put into our account, then paid out to the contractor. The “road people” are currently waiting for estimates on gravel and will then proceed with the repairs. Christine asked if anyone knows of other surfacing agents that would work better than the limestone mix they have been using.

    Beach committee: There are large pieces of debris on the beaches on the west side of the bay. Last year a 15 yard dumpster cost $200. for one week and included the two adjacent weekends. Money from the beach fund (from the sale of the tractor and roto-tiller) will pay for a dumpster this summer. Eric Miller and Rich Kenney will let members know when and where it will be located,(perhaps Eric’s driveway). Anyone living on the beach can take their beach debris to the dumpster.
    If necessary, after the large debris is removed, we can contact Parks & Recreation to rake the beach to remove the little plants and trees taking root.

    Dues: Jackie MacCarty moved to continue collecting $25 for dues this year. Anne Conlin seconded the motion. Discussion followed on the pros and cons. Brooke Gillman suggested we collect them this year but in future years when we don’t have any know expenses, we might consider skipping a year. A vote was taken and passed. We will collect dues this year. Please mail your $25 check to the Appletree Point Association, care of Christine Campbell at 406 Appletree Point Road, as soon as possible.

    Election: Kit Ardell is resigning as Association secretary. Andy Kenney offered to take her place. A motion was made by Eric Miller to approve the slate and Ned MacCarty seconded it.
    2012 Officers and Board Members are:  Jeff Haig, President,  Andy Kenney, Secretary,  Chris Campbell, Treasurer, and Board members, Rich Kenney, Doug Campbell, Jeff Haig, Chris Campbell, and Andy Kenney.

    1.  Members would like information on the new development off of Appletree Point Road by the bike path. Jeff Haig will send us the information on the Association’s website-                                    
    2.  Rolly Delfauuse passed out information on his family’s annual “Breakfast on the Beach” for the morning of Wednesday, July 4th from 8:30-11:00.  All Appletree Point Association members are invited to attend!

    Meeting adjourned at 10:56 am

    Possible upcoming events: Moonlight kayak and an “end of summer” social

    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    Minutes of 2011 Meeting

     Saturday, July 9, 2011
    10:00 a.m.

    In attendance:
    Haig, Jeff:  President
    Kenney, Rich:  Vice President
    Ardell, Kit:  Secretary
    Campbell, Christine:  Treasurer

    Gregory Poulos, Ty and Helen Langevin, Mark Plante, Rolfe Eastman, Ann Conlin, Jackie and Ned McCarty, Mrs. Leopold, Nancy Furlong, Eric and Liz Miller, Chris and Brook Gilman, Doug Campbell, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Chase, Monica Lyman

    Welcome by Jeff Haig, President of the Appletree Point Association
    Introductions of meeting attendees

    1:  Secretary Report from 2011
     Jackie McCarty motioned to approve the minutes, seconded by Doug Campbell.  Motion passed unanimously

    2.  Treasurer’s Report:
                $12, 532.32 in the account earning about $1.50 in monthly interest.
    Part of the $12,000.00 is $4000.00 from the sale of the tractor
    Rich Kenney motioned to approve the Treasurer’s report and Nancy Furlong seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously

    3.  Road Report: Repair of the Road was done for $624.50.  Christine Campbell will bill everyone on the road portion that was repaired $50.00.

    4.      Flood Damage, and Beach Committee report  from the Beach Committee (Rich Kenney, Eric Miller, and Brad Rubman)
    The city provided free dumpsters for driftwood.  All other debris from the lake needs to be expensed to individual homeowners who should be responsible for getting rid of their own debris.
    Considerable discussion regarding stewardship of the lake and raking debris back into the lake from lawns.  Beach owners had considerable damage from the high water to their walls and breakfronts.  The erosion was significant and their will be considerable expense to repairing the damage caused by the flood.
    It was agreed to empower the beach committee to use the beach portion of the treasury to consider paying for the dumpsters that are not free, but will be used to clean up debris that the city will not take.  Appropriate costs for the dumpster would be considered.
    Eric Mill made a motion:  Beach committee is empowered to organize and pay for the removal of lake debris should it be necessary by utilizing beach funds from the treasury.

    Seconded by Ty Danco.
    Motion passed unanimously. 

    Rule of reason should prevail.
    Rich will find out information on Curbside removal.

    5.      Ned McCarty suggested that we should be in habit of having dues on a regular basis as it helps to develop a sense of community.  Considerable discussion followed.  The by-laws say that we will vote on dues every year and what the amount should be.  The discussion was tabled due to concerns that became evident on possible future expenses.

    6.      Rolfe Eastman outlined for the attendees possible challenges we may have regarding expenses to the Association.
    a.       Keeping on track of the impact of the development of the Wick Property and the run off from that area.
    b.      The Neighborhood planning  assembly (NPA) for Ward 4 + 7 is aware of the issues and this is a good way for ATPA to keep on top of the issues regarding this development.
    c.       Finance Burlington Telecom deficit – how will that impact tax payers in the ATPA.   Will there be an increase of already high base taxes that we pay.

    We may have legal battles for various situations.

                The Wick property will go through the Development Review Board.  We need a more organized approach to paying attention to the impact to the ATPA 
    Previously we have worked with Sunset Cliff and paid into a fund to prevent unsatisfactory impacts to the APTA
    Jeff suggested that we all subscribe to the Front Porch Forum to let people know what is going on.
    We need to try and track the impact and when and how we should know to respond.  Some of this has significant technical sophistication. Steve Poulos, Gregory’s father is a Geo Hydrologist
     He will be happy to look at the plans for the wick development and review the effectiveness of the plan. 

    To do list:
    Eric Miller will get the Storm Water Plan
    Liz Miller will talk to JJ and Renee regarding the impact to Appletree Point Lane
    Mark Plante with get information from the Strathmore organization.

    All information to go to Jeff when obtained for him to let us all know what their efforts are.

    Back to Dues:  Ned McCarty made a motion that dues for this year be $25.00 per owner.  Eric Miller Seconded.  All in favor – unanimously.  Dues should be made out as follows:

    Appletree Point Association  c/o Christine Campbell
    406 Appletree Point Road
    Burlington, VT  05405 

    Non-agenda items:
    Further discussions about the following: 
    Doug Campbell:  Invite our local legislators and tax folks to one of our meetings for a forum.
    Open house:  Chris and Brooke’s Sunday August 21, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Reimburse for the annual gathering
    Seconded Nancy Furlong.

    Mark Plante:  Neighbors across the street, concerned about the speed on the road, and beach fires in a south wind.  Public works says no open fires.  Mindful of when we light a fire.

    Ty Danco – thank you for the boating on the lake and cutting motors for safety to swimmers.

    Greg Poulos:  Moorings that stick up in the lake and do not have buoys.  They are Hazeletts – need orange balls .  Jeff may be a boat for the mooring.

    Agreed on fees - $25.00

    Adjourned 11:27 a.m. for snacks.

    Respectfully submitted by,

    Kit Ardell

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    2010 Minutes

    Appletree Point Association Meeting
    Saturday, June 10, 2010
    10:00 a.m. at 195 Appletree Point Road

    Meeting called to order by Jeff Haig, Appletree Point Association President
    Meeting minutes from 2009 received a motion to be approved, seconded, and approved by voice vote.

    Treasurer’s report:   $12,865.75  (tractor  was sold for $3650.00)
    Road owners:  Collected $1439.00
                    Expenditures:  $909.00
                    Remaining $ 126.00
                    Discussions and suggestions followed regarding the money in the Appletree Point Association treasury.  There was discussion regarding paying back the people in a proration amount for money from the sale of the tractor.  It was decided to not to proceed with that idea and keep the money in the treasury, but noted as separate revenue.  The tractor money will be used for the future benefit of the Appletree Point beach owners.

    The following determinations were approved via a motion and seconded, and a voice vote.

    $300.00 will be collected for next year’s patching ($25.00 x 12 owners)
                    The treasurer will keep track of the road dollars separately from the amount in the beach fund.
                    We will maintain a clear and separate pool of the money from the sale of the tractor. 
                    $9000.00 will be maintained in the general fund for future needs.
                    There will be no dues this year for the beach people.

    Anne Conlin has requested pictures and information to keep a recorded history of Appletree Point.

    Concern was expressed by Andrea Kenney regarding the Strathmore, and Sunset Cliff development.  Discussion followed.  There is also concern about the development of the Wick property.

    There was a motion to allow the executive Committee to reimburse the host/ hostesses of the annual meeting, or other association gatherings for beverages and expenses.  Seconded and approved.

    Meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

    Executive board met following the meeting.  This included Jeff Haig, Rolfe Eastman, Doug and Christine Campbell, Richard Kenney, and Kit Ardell.  We “elected” Richard Kenney as Vice President of the Appletree Point Association as we realized we did not have a VP.