Planning Commission takes center stage at Londonderry Select Board meeting

Planning Commission recommended appointing Mary Adams Lines for her experience with landscape design. Photo provided.

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The Londonderry Select Board met on Monday, Feb. 19 for a short 23-minute meeting that focused largely on two Planning Commission initiatives: an appointee to the Commission Board and upcoming wastewater opportunities.

After routine approvals for a liquor control application and a special event permit, Planning Commission Board Chair Sharon Crossman made a recommendation to appoint Mary “Mimi” Adams Lines to the Planning Commission, citing that her experience should be of great benefit to their current projects. After her introduction, Lines went on to detail her relevant experience as a landscape designer for over 30 years in Westchester County and for her education in both architecture and historic preservation. Lines also noted her experience with NE River Basins commission, which is federal and state partnership to study flood plain management and with an environmental organization called Bedford 20/20 which she helped launch nine years ago and continues to be actively involved with. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Lines.

Turning to standard town business, Board Member Tom Cavanaugh confirmed that the Transfer Station was running smoothly. The Board then approved three excess-weight permit requests from David Shaves Excavating, Valley Crane Services, and Renault Brothers. Interim Board Chair Jim Ameden then ran through the fuel, salt, and sand numbers for the month and noted they were down from last month and that the town overall was on par versus past year, anticipating that “budget-wise we should be fine.”

Ameden updated the board on the status of Jeff Duda, Fire Chief from S. Londonderry, who was taken to the hospital after a fire call on Feb. 18 with a heart issue. According to Ameden, having had two procedures, Duda was expected to return home within a few days.

Crossman brought up a potential feasibility study for wastewater and water supply for Londonderry, saying that Rich Earth Institute and Windham Regional Commission were planning to present to the Planning Commission on March 12 or 19. Board members George Mora and Robert Nied offered additional information that outlined that there were, in fact, two separate wastewater opportunities for the town and its villages, saying that “the state has gotten serious about finding alternatives to town water systems” for small communities where it’s not financially reasonable to put in smaller wastewater treatment systems. After some discussion, Nied confirmed that “there is a great deal of overlap” between the two opportunities. Crossman said the March meeting with Rich Earth and WRC was “step one to moving forward.”

The next meeting Select Board Meeting is scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m. Londonderry’s Town Meeting is on March 6, starting at 9:30 a.m.

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