By Gayle Hanson
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 other stakeholders to the parking committee, which will look at the ongoing parking challenges in the city. They include: Michael Clasen, from the state Agency of Administration; Brian Cain, a business representative from the Capitol Plaza; Thom Wood, facilities director for the Montpelier Schools; Andrew Brewer of the Montpelier Business Association; Diane Decoteau, resident and a rep for the state employees’ union; and residents Richard Sheir and Nolan Langweil.
On the two-legged side of the equation residents John Snell, Michael Philbrick, Anne Ferguson, James McQueston, Christian Andresen, Harris Webster and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan were all appointed to help the city from a pedestrian point of view.
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. This will establish a “No Parking” zone for 33 feet on the westerly one-way section of Hubbard Street.
The council held a second reading of an amendment to the city’s code designed to make it easier for residents to install sprinkler systems.
Under the new guidelines, residents will be able to file alternate safety plans for approval with the Fire Chief should an addition exceed 50 percent or 1,000 square feet, or be in neighborhoods where water is at a premium.
An “ongoing” outside consumption permit to The Skinny Pancake restaurant was granted. This will allow it to serve outside on the City Center landing from 8 a.m. until midnight from Monday to Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.