Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television. Written minutes are available at the town’s website. The following was discussed at Monday night’s meeting:
A. Approved Liquor License for Table 19: Known for its restaurant at the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield, Table 19 is changing locations to the intersection of routes 131 and 103 in the former Brew Pub. This will be a family restaurant, with planned opening mid February.
B. Telecommunications Update: The Vermont Division of Connectivity and Telecommunications is interested in Cavendish being a demonstration site for broadband expansion. Cavendish census tracts will now be included on the state’s underserved list, making it possible to receive state funds. A request for proposal will be issued in January for census tracks with unmet need, and Internet service providers can submit proposals. Cavendish is being asked to consider an approach whereby the town, state and Internet provider would each put up money to ensure maximum expansion in the shortest time possible. More information should be available, including the amount of funds the state will make available, after the first of the year.
C. Discussion of the FY 2016-2017 BudgetProcess: Town Meeting will be on March 1, 2016, which means that the Town Report has to be at the printer’s in early February in order for the report to be mailed in sufficient time for voters to review it. Voters who wish to receive their Town Report electronically and not by mail, should send an e-mail to email@example.com, with “Town Report- Electronic Version” in the subject heading. Please include your current mailing address in the body of the e-mail. The town saves money on postage and printing costs when sending the report electronically. Note that the Report will also be posted to the town’s website in PDF format.
D. External Appropriation Requests: As part of the yearly budget planning, outside organizations/agencies can apply for funds from the town. The following groups, who have been funded in the past, were present requesting level funding: Black River Good Neighbors (BRGN); LPC-TV; SEVCA; Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice; and Black River Senior Center. Not present, but also requesting level funding were American Red Cross and VT Rural Fire.
• Reading Food Shelf: New this year was a request for $500 from Reading/West Windsor Food Shelf. This group stated that they serve 13 families in Cavendish. BRGN serves a number of Cavendish families with food distribution and financial assistance (total expenditures in 2014 for town residents was close to $75,000) and is requesting $400. The Reading Food Shelf said they were unaware that BRGN is the food shelf for the town According to their website, they offer services to Reading, West Windsor or an adjacent community that does not have a food pantry.
• Food Services for Seniors: There appears to be considerable overlap in service among some of the agencies requesting funds. SEVCA and BRGN were very clear that they work together to avoid duplication of resources. Senior Solutions and the Black River Senior Center are involved in the Meals on Wheels Program. While the Senior Solutions representative said the cost of a Meals on Wheels meal was $2.50, the representative from the Black River Senior Center said that meals-be they delivered or eaten at the Senior Center- were $7 a meal. FitzVogt in Rutland, VT provides these meals. The Senior Center said they provided 3,600 meals last year to Cavendish residents, of which 830 were Meals on Wheels. Since Meals on Wheels provides meals five days a week, this would mean that the average number of meals delivered weekly in Cavendish would be approximately 16.
Select Board member Jillian Flinn, who has worked in the food industry for almost 20 years, said that was an incredibly high price per meal and requested various types of information that the Senior Center representative could not provide.
E. Transfer Station: As part of the External Appropriation Requests, the representative from SEVCA said that they are phasing out their Fiber Barns. This is the textile recycling building at the Transfer Station. Rich Svec, town manager, asked for clarification about ownership of the textile barn building. According to Mary O’Brien, of the Southern Windsor/Windham County Solid Waste Management District, the shed/barn is owned by the District. O’Brien is currently in the process of trying to secure another company or organization to recycle textiles. In the mean time, the textile barn is closed and those wishing to get rid of textiles/clothes will have to pay if deposited in the waste compactor.
F. Cemetery Regulations: The Select Board continues to review and revise the new Cavendish Cemetery Regulations.