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3/3/17 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Town Meeting
2. Cavendish Aeration System Replacement
3. Cavendish Related News
4. TDS Expanding Their Vermont Broadband
5. Lenten Program at Gethsemane and St. Mark’s Churches
1. CAVENDISH TOWN MEETING: MARCH 6 & 7: Cavendish’s Town Meeting takes place on Monday evening, March 6, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) in Proctorsville. Agenda items to be voted on include: town budget; authorization of an expenditure not to exceed $20,000 for construction of a new building at the transfer station for storage and processing of electronic and universal waste. Note that the school portion is information only. Annual Town Meeting Warning
Australian Balloting takes place on March 7 from 10-7 at CTES. The slate of elected positions to be voted on appears on the last page of the Annual Report. Other items to be voted on include school budgets and whether to purchase a bond for replacing the town’s wastewater treatment plant’s aeration system (see article 2).
The Cavendish Vermont Town and School District 2016 Annual Report is available in PDF format on-line or in print from the Town Office.
2. CAVENDISH AERATION SYSTEM REPLACEMENT: Article 2 of the Town Meeting Warning states: Shall the legal voters of the Town of Cavendish approve the issuance of a municipal bond in the amount not to exceed $790,000 for the purpose of complete replacement of the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System. This will be voted on by Australian ballot on March 7 (Tuesday) and there will be an informational meeting regarding it on Feb. 28,
The short overview is that the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s (WWTP) aeration system (how the wastewater is cleaned so it can be returned to the Black River with out contamination) needs to be overhauled. Not only is it long over due for replacement, but the state has found to be non compliant for the last 10 years. In fact, in their most recent report they asked the town for a replacement plan/schedule by Oct. 2016.
A combination of a USDA grant and a Clean Water SRF Loan could significantly lower the actual cost from the $790,000 noted in the warning.
While those on town sewer will be responsible for paying off the loan, because of town “indebtedness” of a municipal bond, a town vote is required. For those on town sewer, your bill may not see much of a change as the current bond for previous repairs to the WWTP is just about to expire. Read a more in-depth report at The Dish.
3. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Sleep Led to Crash: On Tuesday, Carol Morton, 74 of Wallingford, was driving her 2017 Subaru Forester east on 131 near Tarbell Hill, when she likely fell asleep. She went straight through a slight right hand curve, drove off the road and hit the guardrails on the north side, rebounded and hit the guard rails again before coming to a rest facing east. The Cavendish Fire Department assisted with extrication and traffic control at the scene, police said, and Ludlow Ambulance took Morton to the hospital. Rutland Herald
Cavendish Library Dinner and Quarter Auction to benefit the Library and Pollard Family: On March 24th, the Cavendish Library will be holding a spaghetti supper with a "quarter auction" in the multi purpose room of the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Adult tickets are $7:50, children $5:00 with a family cap of $20. The "quarter auction" is probably going to be new to most people. If you'd like to participate, you purchase a bidder's paddle for $5. When an item comes up that you are interested in, you put a $1 in the bowl in front of you and hold up your paddle. The "auctioneer" then draws from a bowl with all the paddle numbers included and continues until one of the numbers corresponds to a paddle being held up. Lots of wonderful prizes. Check out the LPC-TV video.
GMP Scam Alert: Green Mountain Power is warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam. In a new wave of calls, customers have been receiving calls threatening disconnection if payment is not made immediately. These calls have been targeting primarily restaurants, but other customers have received similar calls. These calls are not from Green Mountain Power, and customers should hang up if they receive a call with such demands. If customers have any questions about their account status, they should call the authorized phone number for GMP, 888.TEL.GMPC (888.835.4672). Press Release
TRSU 46 Merger Committee Approves Four Town RED Proposal: The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted Feb. 23 to approve the subcommittee report that recommends the creation of a Regional Education District (RED) from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester. If approved by the Vermont Board of Education at its March 21 meeting, the proposal would be voted on by the four towns either on May 2 or May 9. The new district would operate Cavendish Elementary, Chester-Andover Elementary and Green Mountain High School with one school board. Currently there are six elected boards that have a hand governing the education systems for the four towns. All three of the “necessary” towns – Chester, Andover and Cavendish – have to vote for in favor of the RED for the proposal to go into effect. Baltimore is “advisable,” which means that a no vote in that town will not sink the plan but a yes vote would make that town part of the RED. Chester Telegraph
New Rotary Scholarship: The Ludlow Rotary Club is pleased to announce the initial offering of a new district-wide scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 governor in 2011-2012. A “non traditional” student scholarship, will be awarded to a person who is 21 years of age or older and has completed high school or earned a G.E.D. There must be at least a three-year gap between graduating from high school and full-time college attendance or a record of part-time college attendance for three years after graduating from high school. The scholarship can be used for expenses at a four-year or two-year college, or for another type of accredited institution, such as a technical or vocational program. The first scholarship award will be for a minimum of $1,000. Applications may be obtained from David Almond at email@example.com, scholarship chair of the Ludlow Rotary Club. Completed applications need to be received no later than March 31, 2017. VT Journal
• Vendor Applications for the 2017 Ludlow Farmer’s Market: This year’s Ludlow Farmers Market will run every Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. starting May 26 through October 6 on the front lawn of the Okemo Mountain School. We welcome full season, half season, daily vendors, as well as vendors choosing to share a space. The vendor application and our market rules are available on our website. If you were a vendor last year and would like to return this season, please remember to submit an application as well. Applications are due April 1.
4. TDS: EXPANDING VERMONT BROADBAND: The VT Journal recently posted what appears to be a TDS Telecom press release, which describes how the company will be expanding broadband to more than 1,000 locations in Vermont thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). An average of $263,655 a year is allocated for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Vermont. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations.
The Cavendish Telecommunications Committee has been working with TDS since 2015 to try and improve service in Cavendish. Recently, TDS representatives stated that the company’s focus of CAF (Connect America Funds) this year will be Northfield, VT. The earliest our area will benefit will be 2018. Note that starting in the fall of 2015, TDS explained how they were installing a 10 G ring to improve services in our area. It took well over a year before improvements were seen.
You can determine if your home/property will eventually qualify for the upgrade by going to https://tdstelecom.com/networkupgrades.html
In 2016, TDS provided new service to the Tarbell Hill area and upgraded service in other parts of town, most recently being Twenty Mile Stream. Unfortunately, the expansion in this latter area has not been sufficient to meet demand and some customers have been reporting worse service since the upgrade. TDS has also recently installed high speed Internet to the condos being built on Southface at Okemo.
5. LENTEN PROGRAM AT GETHSEMANE & ST. MARKS CHURCHES: Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville and St. Mark’s Church in Springfield, are collaborating for worship, breakfast/brunch and conversation around a lesson from Isaiah 58: 5-7 for the four Sundays in March. Each week, they will look at one phrase of the words from Isaiah, with possible speakers discussing what is being done and/or planned in the region. They’ll look at a housing project in Springfield, Restorative Justice efforts, efforts to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, deal with injustice, recognizing that all of humanity is our kin.
As a special project for these four weeks, the loose offerings at our worship services will go toward the fund that is helping the Pollards, part of the Gethsemane family, who were burned out of their house recently. Designated offerings and pledges will go to their respective churches, though collected together at our joint services. For those wanting to know how to help the Pollards recover from their recent house fire, please check The Dish for regular updates.
Potluck meals will be provided by the host church for each Sunday. Services begin at 9:30 am and will be at Gethsemane on March 12 and 26 and at St. Marks March 5 and 19.
MARCH 5 (SUNDAY): CHS Annual Meeting, 3-5 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church, includes special program Cavendish Believe It or Not! Free and open to the public.
• Wanda Houston Concert at Gethsemane Church, 4 pm. Cost $10
MARCH 6 (MONDAY) :Town Meeting, 7 pm CTES multi purpose room
MARCH 7 (TUESDAY): Vote. Polls are open from 10-4 at CTES