Cavendish Update 3/15/19: SB Mtg/News/Events



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3/15/19 Cavendish Update

1. Town Meeting Correction

2. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 3/11/19

3. Cavendish Related News

4. Events


1. TOWN MEETING CORRECTION: In last week’s Update, it stated that All articles passed at the Cavendish Town Meeting. It should be noted that Article 2, adoption of the Town Plan as modified and approved by the Cavendish Select Board, (Page 8 of the Town Report) was postponed and will be voted on at a subsequent meeting.


2. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 3/11/19 : 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.  Both the Vermont Journal and the Chester Telegraph contain write ups of this week’s meeting.

The following was discussed/action taken at Monday night’s meeting:

Annual SB members organizational meeting: Due to changes in board members, as well as the elimination of the Asst. Town Manager position, the following changes were adopted: Chair Robert Glidden, Vice Chair Mike Ripley, Clerk of SB Sandra Russo; SB representative to the Planning Commission Stuart Lindberg; 3 year terms to Planning Commission; Wendy Regier, John Saydek and Mark Huntley; Town Manager Brendan McNamara for 5 year term; Changed name of Emergency Management Coordinator to Emergency Management Director and appointed Bobby Glidden for a one year term. Objections have been raised and recommendations made that a person not affiliated with either fire department be appointed to the position of Emergency Management Director. Other positions remain as they appear on Page 7 of the Cavendish Annual Report.


Approved: Use of the town greens for the ninth annual Town Wide Tag Sale on Saturday, July 27 from 9-2

• To apply for a Vermont Roadside Historic Marker to recognize Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, anti Soviet Nobel Laureate and author of The Gulag Archipelago,who resided in Cavendish 18 of the 20 years he was in exile.

• Applications for liquor licenses to Brook Farm Vineyards, Oleo Corporation (Castle Hill); and Murdocks on the Green

• Purchase a new 20 ton equipment trailer to replace current trailer that is no longer operational and too expensive to repair

ª Stuart Lindberg’s resignation as Town Agent-according to VT law, it’s a conflict to be a selectmen and Town Agent

Other: Draft Municipal Wastewater Ordinance distributed. This will be discussed at subsequent meetings with the goal of approval by summer.

• Town Garage open house March 30 (Saturday) 11-1. All are invited.

• Work on Depot Street Bridge removal begins March 18 

• Auction of Horahan property at 723 Main St on March 27 (see Events section for more information)



Burglary Grand Larceny: On 03/09/2019 at approximately 4:25 hours, Vermont State Police arrested John J. Fernandes on the charges of burglary and grand larceny. The charges were the result of an investigation of a residential burglary in Cavendish in November of 2018. Fernandes will answer to the charge in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division on 03/11/2019. VT State Police

VTrans Public Information Meeting with Pike Industries: On April 1 (Monday), from 6-8 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St., there will be a Public Information Meeting. Representatives from VTrans and Pike Industries would like to explain what happened with the Route 103 project this past summer/fall with some time to answer public questions as well.

First Ladies of Cavendish: The Cavendish Historical Society continues their series on Cavendish Women You Should Know with the first women in Cavendish who held political and other jobs in town.

Springfield Considers Closing Birthing Center: Springfield Hospital needs to trim about $6.5 million from the current year budget, and the administration announced recently that the childbirth center may be closed to save money. VPR




MARCH 24 (SUNDAY): Dinner & a Movie (A Star is Born) at the Cavendish Community Library, 1 pm, in Proctorsville. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciate to help defray costs. FMI: 226-7503

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY): Public Notice of Sale, Town of Cavendish. The property to be sold is 723 Main Street, Cavendish Vermont, formally owned by Melisa K. Rhoda, Trustee of the Nancy K. Horahan Revocable Trust. This will be sold at public auction on March 27, at 1:00 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Minimum reserve price is $45,000.

MARCH 30 (SATURDAY): Town Garage Open House, 11-1. All invited.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

MAY 14 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, 6-8 pm at the Cavendish Town Library in Proctorsville. Bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

APRIL 1 (MONDAY): VTrans Public Information Meeting with Pike Industries. Representatives for VTrans and Pike Industries would like to explain what happened with the Route 103 project this past summer/fall with some time to answer public questions as well. The information meeting will be held from 6-8 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St.

SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAY): VT Golden Honey Festival. 10-4 Part craft fair, part food festival, the VT Golden Honey Festival is a community favorite. Located on the lawn of the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. Proceeds of this event will benefit VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth (Ludlow and Proctorsville. For vendor and other information: or 802-226-7744 (Julie).

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