Select Board discusses construction updates and town clock repairs

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Bellows Falls. Photo by Amanda Wedegis

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – The Select Board meeting held in the Lower Theater of the Bellows Falls Opera House on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 began with the Rockingham Board of Liquor Commissioners. Petrogas Group New England’s petitioned for a second-class liquor license. The motion was passed unanimously.

In his manager report, Municipal Manager, Shane O’Keefe reported that Oct. 17 is the date set for the sealed bidding of the property at 38 Green Street in Bellows Falls. O’Keefe said, “The house has been demolished. More information on the seal bid can be found on the website.”

The Saxtons River Designation project was successfully completed while the repairs to the sidewalk and crosswalk on Cherry Hill in Bellows Falls will be complete by the end of this week. Bartonsville Bridge will be closed on Oct. 10 for construction on the railroad. Finally, leaf pick-up will run Mondays and Fridays for the month of October.

Bob Forguites and Tom Kennedy from Solid Waste Dissolution presented the town with a fund disbursement that has accumulated over the past 11 years. All Board Members were obliged to receive and sign for the funds.

Mike Valentine was present to ask that the town make repairs to the town clock.

He mentioned there is rust on the face of the clock and direct illumination toward the south. Valentine thanked Frank Pepper Anderson for the repairs he made and reminded the Board of how important the clock is to the village. O’Keefe agreed that the history of the clock makes this project worth looking into and asked that Valentine take the initiative in applying for grants that support the restoration of historical buildings.

Barb Joy requested that the Rockingham Christmas Fund’s name be changed to the Rockingham Children’s Holiday Fund. Joy also asked that the fund include winter coats for children of all ages, infants to 18 year-olds. The motion passed.

Health Officer Chuck Wise asked that Anderson be appointed Health Deputy in order to relive him of some responsibility. He said, “There is no one more qualified to do the job. Anderson’s position is low profile and he will be active when a second person is needed.” Both Wise and Anderson are on a three-year term.

Laura Schairbaum from Greater Falls Connection introduced Mike Johnson from Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield. Johnson informed the board of his mission to provide Bellows Falls with support around drug and alcohol abuse. “Seventy percent of the prison population in Vermont is associated with drug and alcohol abuse,” he said.

Johnson will be at Parks Place on Thursdays. He can be reached at 802-885-4668.

A Notarized Affidavit Complaint is now available at the town clerk’s office for animal control complaints. Pets should be registered. If a pet gets loose, they will be brought to the Humane Society, and the owners will be charged a pick-up/service fee.

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