Rockingham Select Board in support of American flags display in downtown

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – The Rockingham Select Board meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 in the Lower Theater of the Bellows Falls Opera House. Six businesses were approved by the Rockingham Board of Liquor Commissioners to carry liquor licenses: the American Legion Post 37, 1st class; Bellows Falls Country Club, 1st class and outside consumption; James Petro, LLC, 2nd class; J.W. Sandri, Inc. 2nd class; and Vermont Country Store, Inc. 2nd class.

The select board meeting opened with public comments of items not on the agenda. Deborah Wright asked if the fire retardant curtains for the theater had been purchased. Ann DiBernardo replied that an estimated $1,300 was needed for the curtains and the theater could not be rented until the curtains are purchased.

Linda Perham and Bill Stevens, from the American Legion Post 37, requested that the board allow the American Legion to raise funds to display the American Flag on light poles throughout Bellows Falls in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, which will take place April 2019. The flags would honor veterans.

Perham reported that the cost would be $53 for each flag, which would include the flag, pole, and mounting hardware. When Susan Hammond asked how many did they anticipate purchasing, Perham replied that it would be approximately 25 flags through downtown and along Westminster and Rockingham streets but more could be purchased.

Bill Stevens would take the lead in the fundraising efforts and wants to include other organizations in the effort. Cass Wright suggested that businesses could sponsor a flag and offered his company, Green Mountain Traffic Control, as a sponsor. Several other board members also commented that they would be interested in sponsoring a flag.

According to Stevens, the flags would ideally be displayed prior to Memorial Day and stay up through Veterans’ Day, weather permitting. The select board requested that they be kept informed of the American Legion anniversary plans.

On Jan. 16, 2018, a vote was taken to authorize the select board chair to negotiate and execute an agreement with Great River Hydro, LLC. The motion to ratify the vote was moved.

Cass Wright reported that new weight limit signs and no through traffic signs have been ordered and will be in place by the end of the month in the appropriate locations downtown. The public will need to be made aware of the changes.

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