Town manager Mark Shea informed the selectboard that he would be appealing to FEMA for more grant money to repair a culvert on Ruba Road. The culvert was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. FEMA has given the town 90% of their estimated project cost ($32,582 out of $36,203). Shea’s goal is to secure $80,000 to repair the culvert to the standards and requirements of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, and to prevent future damage.
The selectboard also voiced their opposition to the possibility of a state tax on home heating oil. Marchegiani told the selectboard that a plan being considered by legislators to raise a tax of 11 cents per gallon on heating oil would be a detriment to residents, especially senior citizens. Selectboard member Teddy Hopkins said letters of opposition had been sent to state representatives John Moran and Richard Sears. “There are three things people should not be denied: food, medicine, and heat, and for any politician to bury their head in the sand about the effect this tax would have on hard-working people paying bills would be horrible.”
The selectboard also approved the reappointment of fire chief Adam Codogni.