READSBORO- The selectboard discussed the request for proposal for lead paint and asbestos inspection and removal from houses on School Street set for demolition after Tropical Storm Irene left them uninhabitable, and a buyout came through from FEMA. Mary LeMaire, owner of one of the three properties on School Street, said that based on estimated costs she had researched the cost per house for the project is between $350-$500. Selectboard chair Teddy Hopkins moved to approve the proposed survey and removal.
The Readsboro Selectboard approved the Fourth of July committee’s request for the use of the town bandstand and Main Street from 10 to 11:30 am on June 29, to hold the annual Fourth of July parade. The board also gave their approval for events in the evening, but requested a copy of the celebration weekend’s itinerary, so the selectboard would be kept in the loop. The committee also brought required liability forms for the selectboard. Hopkins also moved to appoint Charlotte Clark as chairperson of the Fourth of July committee.
Selectboard member David Marchegiani reported that he was still working on finding a place to locate a dry hydrant on North Hill. After installing three new hydrants last year using Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force grants, the town has until June 30 to find a location on North Hill before the grant expires. The town is still looking at multiple spots, but the town must gain approval from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, as well as the RFP, before installation.
Marchegiani said the town is also applying for a $2,500 grant to install another hydrant on South Hill near either Goldmine Road, or Shippee Road. Marchegiani said the grant would only require a 20% match ($833), which could be covered by the town or in labor from the fire department installing the hydrant.