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5/18/18 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 5/14/18
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Proctorsville Green Beautification: Volunteers Needed
1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 5/14/18: 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 was discussed/action taken at Monday night’s meeting:
• Update on telecommunications
• Discussed the derelict building at 53 Depot Street and agreed that town manager Brendan McNamara will contact the homeowner regarding plans for the building.
• Approved the following:
- A promissory note with Mascoma Bank in the amount of $400,000 to fund the Town Highway Garage Project.
- Acting in capacity as Board of Sewer Commissioners, approved inactive status for wastewater for two properties on municipal water.
- The reissuing of a property tax refund check to Elizabeth Treitter for $356.43, which was originally dated 2/28/13. Treitter had misplaced the check and just recently found it.
- Begin a search for a used town utility truck replacement as the current one will most likely not pass inspection.
- Use of the Proctorsville Green for the Summer Wednesday Night Concert Series (begins July 11); CTES graduation (June 19); and the retirement party for George Thomson (June 22)
- A permit to Singleton’s Store to serve beer at a private pizza party, which will be held next to the store in Proctorsville on June 2 from 5-8 pm. This is a catered private party.
For a more in-depth report go to The Dish.
2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Transfer Station Hours Extended: The Cavendish Transfer Station is now open from 10-5 on Sundays.
Author Russian Exile Vermonter: The Life and Writing of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: On Monday, Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society was interviewed on Solzhenitsyn’s life in Cavendish as part of a Vermont Edition Program. The broadcast is available on-line at the VT Edition website.
Carlock New Asst Principal in Springfield: After being offered an interim principal position in Cavendish and then declining, Madeline Carlock has settled with the Springfield School District. Carlock, who is currently an instructional coach for elementary children in the Hartford School District, will be a part-time assistant at Elm Hill and Union Street schools next year. Eagle Times
Holy Name of Mary Plant and Bake Sale: The Holy Name of Mary Altar Society is having a Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 26th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Church Hall and yard, 803 Main Street, Proctorsville, VT. There will be indoor, outdoor, vegetable, and herb plants, as well as pies, cakes, breads, cookies, jams, and other goodies.
VT General Assembly: With the closing of the Vermont General Assembly on Saturday, May 12, various bills have been signed, while many more have passed both house and senate but are awaiting the Governor’s signature. What’s been signed so far
• Effective July, public buildings and venues must identify gender free restrooms
• Salary history questions are now prohibited
• Effective July 1, VT becomes the 9th state to legalize marijuana
• Gun Laws-raises the age to by a gun to 21, requires background checks on private gun sales, bans on bum stocks and high capacity magazines, removal of firearms from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault and established extreme risk protection orders
• Agency of Human Services to design a prescription-drug importation program linking Vermont with Canada in order to create “significant” cost savings for consumers.
Passed by the legislature but expected to be vetoed by the Governor include: Minimum Wage; Paid Family Leave ; a 2.5 cent hike in residential property tax rates and a 5 cent hike in non residential rates to meet educational deficit; Requires polluters to pay for medical monitoring; calls for urgent action on lakes “in crisis,” requires companies that contract with the government to follow net neutrality standards; new standards in energy planning; and regulates companies that trade in user data.
Health Insurers Request Rate Hikes Next Year: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Insurance are both asking regulators to approve rate increases for plans offered next on the state’s health care exchange. BC/BS want an average of 5.3% hike for plans offered to individuals, families and small businesses while MCP is asking for an average 6.4% increases for those same types of plans. VT Digger
3. PROCTORSVILLE GREEN BEAUTIFICATION: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: In preparation for the Proctorsville Green Dedication, and Rich Svec’s Celebration of Life (June 16), on June 2 (Saturday) there will be a park beautification day. Thanks to a grant from the Cavendish Community Fund, the Ludlow Garden Club is painting the gazebo, while landscape architect Tim Calabrese and Doris Eddy are planning for new gardens. If you like to garden, bring a shovel and be at the Proctorsville green at 10:30 am on June 2. They are in need of hosta plants only. Please contact Doris Eddy at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in helping or providing hostas.
MAY 18-20 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Annual Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms off Route 103.
MAY 19 (SATURDAY): Opening of the Solzhenitsyn in Vermont exhibit at the Vermont Historical Society Museum in Montpelier, 1 pm.
• Hazardous Waste Collection