• Montpelier council arranges new committees
     | April 12,2013

    MONTPELIER — The City Council empowered two new committees Wednesday night, appointing seven members each to the pedestrian and parking committees to help advise the city on travel within its limits whether on four wheels or two feet.

    The council appointed a mix of residents and others to the Parking Committee, which will look at the ongoing parking challenges in the city. The members are Michael Clasen, the state’s deputy administration secretary; Brian Cain, a business representative from Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center; Thom Wood, facilities director for the Montpelier schools; Andrew Brewer of the Montpelier Business Association; Diane Decoteau, a resident and representative for the state employees union; and residents Richard Sheir and Nolan Langweil.

    On the pedestrian side of the equation, the city will be advised by committee members Michael Philbrick of the Montpelier Police Department and residents John Snell, Anne Ferguson, James McQueston, Christian Andresen, Harris Webster and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan.

    The council also appointed Planning Commissioner John Bloch to another two-year term.

    A second reading was held of a proposed amendment to the city’s parking ordinance. It would establish a no-parking zone for 33 feet on the west side of the one-way section of Hubbard Street south of East State Street.

    The council also held a second reading of an amendment to the city’s code introducing more flexibility to the requirements for sprinkler systems in residential buildings.

    Currently additions that exceed 50 percent of the square footage of the existing building, or that are larger than 1,000 square feet, are required to have sprinklers.

    Under the new guidelines, residents planning such projects — or in neighborhoods where water is at a premium — will be able to file alternate safety plans for approval by the fire chief.

    Also, The Skinny Pancake restaurant received an “ongoing” outside consumption permit. It will allow the eatery to serve outside on the City Center landing from 8 a.m. until midnight Mondays through Thursdays and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

    gayle.hanson @timesargus.com

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