On the afternoon of March 9, a public hearing referencing a proposed rezoning of the property at 712 Bryant Street was convened prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Montpelier Village Council.
The lone attendee of the meeting was Ms. Sarah DeWitt. She, along with her husband, have been in the process of purchasing the property. The meeting was called to allow for public input into the matter to change the property from R-2 Residential, to M-2 General Industrial status. Ms. DeWitt said, “When we bought the property, we thought that it was already commercial property. Then we found out that it is residential, which blew our idea for the property of making it a garage and a low-price car lot. Now we just want to get it back to commercial, so we can actually do something with the building. We can’t put a business in with it being zoned residential.”
Council advised that with the parties involved being taken somewhat by surprise, Ms. DeWitt would need to go through Village Zoning Inspector, Mark Smith, to begin the process of changing the coding to commercial.
Moving directly into regular session, Council addressed the zoning issue, titled Ordinance 2182. Listed on the agenda as a measure to be passed immediately under suspended rules of reading, Council agreed to shift gears on the proposed legislation. Noting the fact that Ms. DeWitt would need time in order to discuss the matter with Mr. Smith, Councilor Dan Clum moved that the originally scheduled suspend-and-pass suggestion be changed to a first reading status. The motion was seconded, and agreed to without dissent.
Council suspended the rules of reading and adopted Resolution 1109, authorizing the advertising of bids for the 2015 asphalt program. According to Mr. Kurt Roan, the Supervisor of Administrative Services, the 2015 program will include the paving of Fairview Street from Main Street to Court Street, Bryant Street from Lawrence Street to Court Street, and a portion of Carnation Lane.
Prior to adjournment, Council agreed to Airport Substation Expansion Project Change Order #4 in the amount of $2,721.08 for FET Construction Services. This change order allows for the installation of an extra gate to be located on the south side of the substation fencing. The gate will allow for greater ease of access for lift trucks, and a much greater safety factor. Council approved the measure without dissent.
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