Although the awarding of the construction contract for the Hale Road bridge was one of the deferred items, there is no suspense involved. The board decided previously to award the contract to Renaud Brothers and expects to make the decision official soon. But the town is still awaiting a permit from the Agency of Natural Resources. The delay is bureaucratic, not substantive.
Christina Moore, project manager for post-Irene recovery efforts, reported that the abutment on the Green River Road side of the Deer Park bridge is complete, which should ease the passage of traffic at that site. Moore also requested that the board send her copies of bid-related paperwork on the Hale Road bridge. Moore said that the resignation of Joseph Tamburrino as purchasing officer has created a gap in the paper stream.
The issue of replenishing the town’s reserve funds for such items as bridges, equipment, and gravel supplies provoked some discussion.
“When do we pay ourselves?” Edwards asked. “We’ve been paying everybody else. I want the reserve funds funded!”
This is in part a question of how to designate dollar flows in the budget so as to reflect accurately just what has been and will be done. The board expects to resolve the question at the upcoming special budget meeting on Saturday, December 8, at 9 am.
Another item for Saturday’s agenda is whether to apply for a federal hazard mitigation grant, for which Halifax is now eligible. Highway supervisor Bradley Rafus has been asked to prepare a project list, which may include suitable issues. If the town elects to apply for a mitigation grant, the deadline is February 2013.
Moore announced her resignation from her appointed position on the board of Rescue Inc. The board accepted, with thanks for Moore’s efforts. Cara Cheyette expressed interest in at least considering the volunteer post, but it remains open, and the board is open to interest from other residents.
The board also declined to vote on whether to retain the Brattleboro Reformer as one of its papers of record and postponed any discussion on moving the emergency operations center.