Bulk of short meeting goes to dog talk
by Margo Avakian
Jun 06, 2013 | 2958 views | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- Selectmen Lewis Sumner and Earl Holtz worked their way through a relatively brief agenda on Tuesday night; job commitments prevented board chair Edee Edwards from attending.

Holtz reported that Mark Gunkel has formally resigned from his post as tree warden and from the planning commission. Holtz, who was tree warden before his election to the board, will serve as interim warden until next March. Any resident with an interest in serving on the planning commission is urged to contact the selectboard.

Work on the Hale Road bridge, the last of the major Irene-related rebuilding projects, is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 10. The road will be closed for about 45 days. All work on the Deer Park Road bridge, including resetting of the guardrails, is complete.

The energy audit of the town garage revealed a problem with carbon dioxide build up. The suggested solution is a cold air duct leading into the furnace room. Also, a roofing contractor will be engaged to provide an evaluation of how best to repair the leaking roof – again. The roof has been a problem since the garage’s construction.

Holtz announced that the Vermont Telecommunications Authority has received a long hoped-for federal grant to improve cell phone service, the “cellular reliability in natural disaster” grant. “Whitingham and Halifax are ‘involved,’” Holtz said. Holtz will attend a VTA board of directors meeting on Friday in hopes of discovering what exactly “involved” will mean. Earlier discussions of the grant indicated that the plan is to create a cell phone corridor along Route 112.

The bulk of the short meeting was given over to a discussion of a dog complaint submitted by Katherine Bak, although Bak had already withdrawn her request for action. Emily Poulin, owner of the dog in question, refuted a number of points in Bak’s letter to the selectboard and outlined the measures she has agreed to in order to prevent any further incidents. Poulin’s account was confirmed by Dawn Roske and by constable Leonard Derby. Veterinarian Sue Kelly, who serves as the town’s health officer, gave her opinion that the dog, Loki, “is innocent,” as the bite, his first such incident, was “provoked.” Poulin had Loki on a secure line on her property and was not, Kelly said, responsible for the incident.

Although Bak’s withdrawal of her complaint made it a nonissue, the subject touched a chord, inspiring a series of shaggy dog tales and a lively discussion of methods for controlling pets. “We’re just the government,” quipped Holtz. “We’re here to help.”

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