Residents continue to voice concerns about quarry
by Margo Avakian
Jun 23, 2014 | 2511 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- Thirty residents attended Tuesday’s meeting to urge the selectboard to request that the first session of Act 250 proceedings on the proposed schist quarry be held in the evening or on a Saturday.

The same request was presented to the planning commission last week. This time the presentation was made by Patrick Gregory, who emphasized that “strong and sustained pressure on the (district environmental) commission” is needed. At the request of board member Earl Holtz, the residents all signed the copy submitted for the records.

Maggie Bartenhagen told the board that she has spoken to Rep. Ann Manwaring, who will inquire into what accommodation the district environmental commission might be willing to make. Board chair Lewis Sumner told the assembled residents that their request will be discussed at a meeting already scheduled for June 23 at 8 am. John Bennett, of the Windham Regional Commission, plans to attend that meeting at 9 am. Some residents objected to the workday morning schedule, but Holtz explained that the timing is necessary to accommodate Bennett’s schedule. As usual, minutes of the meeting will be posted on the town’s website.

In regard to another matter that has excited much local interest, Holtz reported that the site for VTel’s proposed monopole in Halifax Center, intended to bring wireless broadband to residents, will be shifted slightly. “They found a few (pieces of) bricks” at the site, presumably portions of the piers on which an old school house, later used for highway department storage, rested. The change will delay VTel’s application to the Public Service Board, now expected to be submitted by July 31. The selectboard is not aware of any plans to do anything with the “historic” bricks or the old site itself.

The board, with member Edee Edwards participating by phone, signed the revised personnel policy, the state police contract, and the Windham County Humane Society contract. Board members agreed to accept and pay the invoice submitted by co-emergency management director John LaFlamme, currently serving alone. LaFlamme’s invoice specified no pay for mileage or for use of the second pager, but otherwise showed “normal compensation for June.” Holtz said. The second EMD position will be posted on the town website and at the usual three physical posting locations.

Work on the Old County Road North Bridge has begun, reported Holtz. The schedule for closing the road to vehicular traffic will be posted in The Deerfield Valley News and the Brattleboro Reformer.

Constable Leonard Derby told the board he attended a seminar on animal control issues in Montpelier, where he learned of “different avenues we could use for collecting fees for unlicensed dogs.” Derby will be personally delivering notices to all owners of unlicensed animals.

Sumner reported that Susan Kelley has been reappointed as the town’s health officer for a three-year term.

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