Cavendish Update 12/15/17 SB Mtg/News/Events

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 12/15/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 12/11/17

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 12/11/17: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website. The following action was discussed/taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Requested town manager, Brendan McNamara, to write to TDS Telecom requesting their presence at the January SB meeting in order to explain what their plans are for Cavendish regarding upgrades to Internet service.

• Health Officer, Doris Eddy, and Brendan McNamara will site visit a home in Proctorsville that is believed to the source of rats on Main St.

• Representatives from the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission provided a report to the SB on the condition of the town’s 590 culverts and 14 bridges.

• Approved Sewer Budget. Metered rates will now be as follows:  Base rate-up to 10,000 gallons $89.16. For every 1,000 gallon over 10,000, the cost will be $1.85 per 1,000; Inactive accounts will be $116 annually; Non metered flat rate $91.66

• Approved Step 2 Engineering Services Agreement from Weston & Sampson for the Waste Water Treatment Plant’s Aeration System Improvement. Work will be begin in June.

• Accepted with regret Jillian Flinn’s resignation from the Select Board

• Approved the sand pit area as the location for the new town garage

• Heard requests from various community groups for funds as part of budget preparation

• Updated on the new E-waste building installed at the Transfer Station

For a more in-depth report go to The Dish.

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Cavendish Crime Watch: In addition to the report from the VT State Police, the incident report for Dec. 7 indicates there was a "theft of vehicle" on Main St. in Cavendish at approximately 10 am. On 12/8/17, at approximately 0400 hours, two males wearing masks followed an older female employee into the Downers Corner Store prior to opening. Upon entering the store, they pushed the employee, June French. The two males stole a variety of cigarette packs and cigars. The employee was transported to the Springfield ER for evaluation. The State Police is asking that anyone with knowledge of the incident or who may have seen any suspicious individuals or vehicles parked in the area to contact Trooper Tyler Noyes of the Westminster State Police Barracks at 802-722-4600. Several photos are included with this press release of the suspects. Go to the website for the photographs.

Sick Fox seen on Main St: A fox who is acting strangely has been seen near the Proctorsville Fire Department. It’s killing chickens and has even been found in the basement of a home. If your pets have their own door, be sure to check it. The fox appears to have mange and looks sickly. If seen, DO NOT TRY TO TRAP, TOUCH OR CAPTURE IT. Call 802-722-4600 Note that in the spring, two foxes that attacked people in Londonderry VT tested positive for rabies.

Cavendish Christmas Memories: Enjoy a 1930’s Christmas in Cavendish as related by Philip Tiemann in his Memoirs of Coming into Vermont (Cavendish) in the Depression,” which is available at the Cavendish Historical Society blog.

Cavendish Resident Dale Wade Survives the Odds: The VT Journal includes a story on the recovery of Dale Wade’s recovery from pancreatitis.

The Castle Included in the 18 Best Upscale Hideaways in the Northeast USA 2017: The Castle Hill Resort and Spa made the Huffington Posts number 3 spot on their best upscale hideaways. There are actual “angels in the architecture” at this man-cave-luxe inn several miles from the town of Ludlow and Okemo Ski Resort. Built in 1901, in the “English Cotswold Style” of rough-hewn granite, as a summer home for industrialist Allen M. Fletcher (who was elected Governor of Vermont in 1912), the 10-room Castle Hill Resort and Spa, the first home in Vermont to be wired for electricity, is on the National Historic Register and a Historic Hotel of America. Owners have lightly updated rooms and amenities for modern visitors, but Castle Hill retains its original beauty. Huffington Post

Holiday Scam Seeks Unwitting Mystery Shoppers: Kroger Mystery Shopper has been targeting Vermonters with a scam. Learn more at the WCAX report

3. EVENTS

DECEMBER 19 (TUESDAY): Board meetings for CTES and GMUSD will take place at 5:30 and 6:30 respectively in the Conference Room at CTES. For more information and agenda, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar.

For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.  

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SB Meeting 12/11/17

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Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website. The following action was discussed/taken at Monday night’s meeting:

1. Telecommunications: Residents need to be aware that the telecommunications funding received by Comcast from the state will only impact the most under served part of Cavendish-Tarbell Hill and Knapp Pond area. Comcast is willing to expand their services but it will require a “contribution” for those areas that have fewer that 13 E-911 addresses (individual structures) per mile. The fewer the E-911 addresses the higher the cost that needs to be absorbed by the consumer. The SB/Town Office has been asked whether property owners with multiple structures on their property would experience a tax increase if they were to seek additional E-911 addresses. Town manager Brenan McNamara will check with the listers and the town’s E-911 coordinator.

2. Rodent Problem: There is a problem with rats on Main Street, which are believed to be from one residence. The town’s health officer, Doris Eddy, will be site visiting the area along with Brendan McNamara. Action will be required by the SB depending on findings but it appears the town’s “junk yard ordinance” will be applicable in this situation.

3. Cavendish Road Erosion Report: Representatives from the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission provided a report to the SB on the condition of the town’s 590 culverts and 14 bridges. Five percent of the culverts were found to be in poor condition and there are sections of ditching and other erosion control measures that require replacement. This is a long term project, as there are 15-20 segments of the town that will require significant upgrades.

4. External Appropriations: Various community groups presented funding requests to the town as budget planning is underway. Those requesting funds include: Black River Good Neighbor; RSVP; Winsor County Youth Service; Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice; SEVCA; The Current; Okemo Valley TV; Council on Aging; Black River Senior Center and the Cavendish Historical Society.

5. Aeration System: The SB approved Step 2 Engineering Services Agreement from Weston & Sampson for the Waste Water Treatment Plant’s Aeration System Improvement. Work will be begin in June.

6. Sewer Budget: Approved the budget that was provided to the board at the November SB meeting. The biggest increase was for personnel. 

Also discussed was the need for an overhaul of the water meters as some aren’t working or not being used at all. The preference is to use a digital meter, which allows for meter reading outside the building. This is being tested at Mack Molding. It will take a number of years to replace all the meters, however, the town is loosing money with some of the “flat rate” customers. Plan to replace 5-7 meters year, which should pay for itself by more accurate accountability of costs being assessed for actual use. The new billing rate will be as follows:

• Base rate-up to 10,000 gallons $89.16. For every 1,000 gallon over 10,000, the cost will be $1.85 per 1,000.

• Inactive accounts will be $116 annually

• Non metered flat rate $91.66

7. SB Resignation: Jill Flinn’s resignation from the Select Board was accepted with regret. She will remain Animal Control Officer. Ashley Rose has expressed interest in also helping with animal control. Brendan McNamara will be following up with her.

8. Town Garage: The SB  approved the location to the sand pit area. Boring tests indicated that the sand pit location is ideal for constructing the new building, while the current location was found to have a problem with the right rear portion with the ground having insufficient fill. An Act 250 permit is not required. Permitting and other activities are underway so that construction can begin as soon as possible in the spring.

9. E-waste Building: The new building for E-Waste is now in place at the transfer station and will soon be ready to receive electronics, batteries and related items.

Crime Alert

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In addition to the report from the VT State Police, the incident report for Dec. 7 indicates there was a "theft of vehicle" on Main St. in Cavendish at approximately 10 am.
 

On 12/8/17, at approximately 0400 hours, two males wearing masks followed an older female employee into the Downers Corner Store prior to opening. Upon entering the store, they pushed the employee, June French. The two males stole a variety of cigarette packs and cigars. The employee was transported to the Springfield ER for evaluation. The State Police is asking that anyone with knowledge of the incident or who may have seen any suspicious individuals or vehicles parked in the area to contact Trooper Tyler Noyes of the Westminster State Police Barracks at 802-722-4600. Several photos are included with this press release of the suspects. Go to the website for the photographs. http://vtstatepolice.blogspot.com/…/re-westminster-barracks…

12/8/17: News/Events

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 12/8/17 /Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Events

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Congratulations to Amy Perry: The Fire Officers at Proctorsville Fire Dept (PFD) are pleased to announce that Firefighter Amy Perry has received a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant effective January 1, 2018. Amy has been a firefighter for almost five years, in which time she has responded to many emergency calls and attained a VT State Firefighter 1 certification, Ice Water Rescue Technician certification, Fire Apparatus Operator, and is almost finished with the State Firefighter 2 course. Immediately following the completion of the FF2 course, Amy will begin the VT State Instructor course. Amy plans to teach and expand the skills of our firefighters as well as others in VT. With this promotion Amy makes PFD, as she will be the first female to hold an officers position at PFD since it was founded in 1833. Currently there are four female firefighters and three female Jr Firefighters, one of whom is Amy’s daughter).

Ignat Solzhenitsyn Interviewed on NPR: If you didn’t hear Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s interview on NPR Thursday-he’s playing a concert to honor his piano teacher in Brattleboro- you can listen to it on-line.

1938 Hurricane in Cavendish: On Sept. 25, 1938 Philip Tieman, whose Memoirs of Coming into Vermont have been serialized at the Cavendish Historical Society blog, wrote a letter to his mother relating the damage done to their property Windy Hill (Brook Rd) . The letter appears in the VT Journal

GMUSD Minutes/Agenda Now on-line: The Dish contains the unapproved minutes from the Nov. 12 meeting of the Green Mountain Unified Supervisory District as well as the agenda for their next meeting on Dec. 12 at GMUHS, 6 pm.

System Glitch Downs VTel Internet for 90 Minutes: Computer cards that control large internet routers for Vermont Telephone Co. failed Dec. 1, Friday, shutting down internet access for customers in large portions of the company’s coverage area for up to 90 minutes. Chester Telegraph

Work Underway to Reopen BJ Bricker’s: An iconic Claremont eatery expects to reopen for business. Work is moving forward at BJ Bricker’s, the steak and seafood restaurant on Washington Street, in preparation for its anticipated reopening. Owner Sandra Holl, who will operate the business alongside her sister, Debra Holl, said that she expects doors to open sometime around the New Year. Eagle Times

Winter Bird Feeding: VT Fish & Wildlife recommends that people only feed birds during the winter months to avoid attracting bears. Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground, and bears can also be active during the daylight hours.  Bears that are lured by birdfeeders can become unafraid of people, which can result in the bear needing to be put down. While the Department suggests a general feeding window of Dec. 1-March 31, bears will continue to be present when the ground is snowless and abundant fall foods are available. Buck recommends waiting to put feeders out until 4-6 inches of snow cover occurs to be reasonably assured bears have denned for the winter.

VT Child Insurance Funds to Run Out: Vermont health officials say the state will exhaust its federal funding through the Children’s Health Insurance Program early next year. CHIP serves about 9 million children nationwide and the U.S. Congress allowed funding for the program to expire in September. The Burlington Free Press reports CHIP in Vermont is a funding source for the Dr. Dynasaur program, which provides coverage for pregnant women and children. Vermont Health Access Commissioner Cory Gustafson said no Vermont families would lose coverage from CHIP funds running out, but state legislators would have to account for a $21 million budget gap. Gustafson said he hopes the situation doesn’t become that dire, and hopes that Washington will recognize the situation soon.

Efficiency VT Rates Rise for Residents, Down for Businesses: The energy efficiency charge Vermonters pay on their electrical bills will rise 1 percent for residential customers in 2018, Efficiency Vermont announced Thursday. Meanwhile, the charge will decrease 8 percent for commercial customers and 11 percent for industrial customers. The 1 percent increase for residential customers will amount to an additional eight cents each month for the average customer, according to the organization’s calculations. The efficiency charges are the source of the group’s roughly $50 million annual budget. Efficiency Vermont is a program created by the Legislature that acts as a utility, and is regulated by the Public Utility Commission. Efficiency Vermont’s purpose is to reduce the amount of electricity that residents and businesses require. Recent studies have shown the program saves between $2 and $4 for every dollar Vermonters spend on it. The residential efficiency charge rose because Efficiency Vermont under collected in 2017, executives at the organization said. State officials estimated Vermont residences would use more electricity in 2017 than they actually did when they calculated the 2017 efficiency charge. VT Digger

VT Lowers Sales Tax Estimates for Online and Out of State Purchases: This year, the Tax Department sent letters to 20,000 people to collect lost online sales tax revenue. About 15,000 people responded and the state collected about $900,000 with the effort. One common complaint is that the Tax Department’s table significantly overestimates what is owed by a taxpayer who does not keep receipts and pay based on actual purchases. The estimate is called a “safe harbor” amount; the state agrees not to assess additional tax unless a purchase of more than $1,000 is unreported. Now the estimate is being cut in half — to 0.1 percent of adjusted gross income. The same family with $100,000 in income would be assumed to have made about $1,667 worth of untaxed purchases. The thought is that people will see that as more realistic and be more likely to pay, officials said. In addition, the safe harbor table will be capped, with a maximum payment of $500, or 0.1 percent of $500,000 in income. Vt Digger

Gov Will Sign Legislation Allowing Marijuana Possession: Gov. Phil Scott says he will stand by his commitment to support legislation that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont. However, he said that before supporting a measure to set up a regulatory and tax system for retail sales of marijuana, the issue of driver impairment would need to be addressed. VT Digger

DHMC Instituting New Opiate Guidelines: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is introducing new guidelines, based on research conducted at the hospital, in order to reduce or eliminate opiate prescriptions for patients being discharged. WCAX

2. EVENTS

DECEMBER 9-10 (SATURDAY-SUNDAY): Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale at the Proctorsville Fire Dept. Trees are VT grown and range in size from 5ft to 10ft and start at $30. Santa will be arriving on the fire engine at 10 am to see children of all ages. Free coffee and donuts that day. The Christmas Tree sale continues at the Cavendish Fire Dept. as well.

DECEMBER 11 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

DECEMBER 12 (TUESDAY): GMUSD meeting, 6 pm at GMUHS.

For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.  

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