Friday, June 14, 2013

Cavendish Update 6/14/13 SB Mtg/News/Classifieds/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page. 

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

 The 6/14/13 Cavendish Update Contains the following:
1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Summer Fest 2013: Vendors Welcomed
4. Cavendish Classifieds: Includes job postings
5. Concert on the Green Summer 2013 Music Series
6. Town Wide Tag Sale
7. Free Cooking Classes in Cavendish
8. Father’s Day At Glimmerstone
9. Events

Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.

At Monday night’s SB meeting the following items were discussed:
- Zero-Sort Recycling: The Board voted to have Rich Svec, town manager,  post a bid for Zero Sort contractors as soon as possible. The Board will review bids at their meeting on June 24.

- LED Street Lighting: The Energy Committee will be evaluating how the lighting is in towns that have switched to LED lights. Currently nearly all of Cavendish’s town lighting is mercury vapor . Switching to LED will be a cost savings and reduce Cavendish’s carbon footprint.

-  Solar Array: Representatives from two companies-Soveren Solar  and Regions Solar made proposals regarding the use of approximately one acre of town land (waste water management area or by the town pump station) to build a solar array of approximately 500 solar panels. This would produce 150 kilowatts or $30,000 worth of electric credits (net metering) a year.

Both companies are responding to the opportunity offered by the Community Solar Net Metering program of Green Mountain Power. Using a third party investor, municipalities, schools etc. can install solar farms at no cost to them.  Costs are deferred down the road if the town chooses to do a “buy back.” For current market value, the town would be able to purchase the solar farm, thereby obtaining maximum cost savings from net metering. However, they would then be responsible for maintenance of the solar panels. The town receives net metering credits, which significantly reduces the cost of power, as well as reduces the town’s carbon footprint. These credits would be put toward the town’s GMP utility bill. Note that this program is only available for GMP customers. Ludlow Electric is not offering a similar program at this time.

There were a number of similarities between the companies-no upfront costs to the town and no obvious risks; provides continuing operations and maintenance; lease agreements would be 20-35 years; option to have 100% made American panels; credits available in the first year; and savings on the town’s electric bill. Where the two companies differ is in the leasing of town land. Soveren would provide $3,000 a year for leasing of the property while RegionsSolar does not offer this. Both companies provide a “buy out” opportunity, with Soveren offering it every seven years and Regions at the end of the lease agreement. While both use adjustable ground mounts (screw in or pile driven) that allows the user to move the solar panels for maximize sun exposure, Soveren makes their own in Bellows Falls.

Soveren is currently responsible for the 150K farm at the Putney Grammar School and was recently awarded the contract for a 500K farm for the Brattleboro School District.

Both companies said it would be about four months to bring the project on-line, with the bulk of that time because of permitting.

Because there is a considerable amount of information to digest, the Select Board agree to meet on June 24 with the Energy Committee to decide whether to move forward with the project.

Learn more about Vermont Net Metering. 

Summer Concert Series: The Select Board gave approval for CCCA to once again offer the summer music series on the Proctorsville Green. The first concert will be on July 3. See item 5 below for the concert line-up.

Windsor County Sheriff’s Contract: The Select Board voted to approve the Sheriff’s contract ($45 an hour for an average of 10 hours per week). The contract starts July 1 and ends on June 30, 2014.

Fire Warden/Asst Fire Warden: The current Fire Warden Roger Sheehan was approved for a five-year term (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018). There was considerable discussion to Sheehan’s letter requesting that Fire Chief (Proctorsville) Glidden be appointed Assistant Cavendish Fire Warden. Jeff Davis, Chief of Cavendish Fire Department, voiced concerns whether an assistant Fire Warden was needed as a) there are currently three “key men,” in addition to the Fire Warden, who can provide burn permits-key men include fire chiefs and Ray Fitzgibbons; and b) If an assistant is needed, the position should be properly warned so that other well qualified members of the community can apply for it. The Board voted to find out why an assistant fire warden might be needed and to address the topic at a subsequent meeting.

Staley Property on Mill Street Cavendish: The burned home on Mill Street in Cavendish has not been touched since the fire in 2012. It is viewed as dangerous, a derelict building and a health hazard, thereby covered by several of the town’s ordinances. In response to Selectmen Scott Ranney’s filing paperwork with the mortgage company responsible for the property-the home is the process of foreclosure-U.S. Best Properties has said they will do an inspection.

2013 Paving/Resurfacing Project: The Class II roads slated for repair are Twenty Mile Stream road –approximately 5,000 feet from the Dunlap house to old Spaulding Farm-and Tarbell Hill-from where work was stopped to just beyond East Rd/Greenbush. Both areas are in need of considerable work. Svec will develop the request for proposal for the Select Board to vote on at the June 24 meeting.

Guinea Hens on Center Road: The animal control officer, whose responsibility is primarily dogs and cats, will be asked to deal with a problem with Guinea hens on Center Road. The hens are a traffic problem and are creating problems for neighbors.

Town Website: Svec continues to work on the town website and welcomes help. He will be posting bid information and plans to post minutes from the Select board meetings in PDF format.

E911: In order to address the issue of lack of house numbers, refer to June 7 Cavendish Update,  and the problem this creates for first responders (fire, ambulance), the Board approved the town selling house numbers, with the fire departments installing the sign for $10-$12. This offer will go out with the property tax bills in July.

CTES School Board Meetings: Minutes from the June 4 CTES board meeting have been posted.  The next school board meeting will be June 11, 5:30 pm in the multi purpose room. The primary objective of this meeting is the Roof Project Financing.

Graduation Schedules: CTES: Graduation is Friday, June 14; 6:30 on the Proctorsville Green weather permitting. Move Up Day and the last day of school is June 17 (Monday).  GMUHS: 8th grade graduation is June 19 (Wednesday) at 5:30 pm and High school graduation is June 21 (Friday) at 7 pm

3. CAVENDISH SUMMER FEST 2013: Vendors Welcomed
Summer Fest sponsored by the Cavendish Historical Society is on Saturday, July 6. As usual there will be the decades old plant sale on the Museum ground, with new exhibits at the Museum, and vendors. There will also be tours of the Cavendish Universalist "Stone" Church, the future home of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn permanent exhibit, from 10-1. The Cavendish Fire Department will be holding their annual chicken BBQ and coin drop. If you or your organization would like booth space on the Museum grounds that day, please contact Margo Caulfield at 802-226-7807 or Space is filling up, so availability is on a first come first serve basis. 

Job Openings
• Administrative Assistant Position: CTES; Responsibilities include: Receptionist, Office Manager, Secretary and Bookkeeper. Must have excellent Communication, Secretarial and Keyboard Skills and be adept in technology. Full time during school year/part time during summer. Position starts August 2013. Interested candidates should apply at job # 336472. FMI: George O. Thompson, Principal 802-226-7758

• Housekeeper: Golden Stage Inn is seeking a housekeeper for Sundays.  Starting wage $10/hour.  Honesty, reliability and attention to details are critical.  Experience preferred.  Please contact Julie at (802) 226 7744 or

Pots Needed: If you have spare pots from your planting, drop them off at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum (by the steps) as they are needed for the annual plant sale on July 6. Thanks.

The town of Cavendish has announced that the annual summer music series on the Proctorsville Green will be held again this year on seven consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August.  The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will coordinate the series.  All concerts are free and open to the public and will start at 6:00 p.m., so grab your lawn chair, a picnic and a cold drink, and join your friends and neighbors to enjoy plenty of rollicking good music from the gazebo.

The summer concert series has a long history in Proctorsville and many area residents reserve Wednesday evenings to listen to the live music.  As always, the concerts will be held unless severe weather threatens.  In case of rain, alternative plans will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page.  If you would like to help, CCCA would like to hear from you.  Call Robin at 226-7736 to volunteer or for more information on the concerts. 

Concert line up is as follows:
July 3, 2013 – Gypsy Reel
July 10 – Voo Doo Alien Blues Band – Sponsored by Cavendish Recreation Dept.
July 17 – Woodchuck’s Revenge – Sponsored by CCCA
July 24 – Chris Kleeman – Sponsored by Tim Calabrese, Good Earth Landscaping
July 31 – Yankee Chank
August 7 – Sensible Shoes
August 14 – Rick Redington & the Luv

Sponsorships are still needed. If you are interested in helping to support the concert series, e-mail

The Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale is July 27 (Saturday). If you would like space on one of the village greens or would like your home to be on the tag sale map, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807. The online edition will appear at the Cavendish VT blog starting July 1. For residential sales, be sure to provide your street address. It’s also helpful to encourage neighbors to participate. People are more likely to drive a distance if there is more than one house sale. Be sure to include specific items that you think will be of interest to buyers.

Learn how to make easy, delicious and inexpensive homemade meals! Ingredients will include fresh, local ingredients and also canned and boxed ingredients from the grocery store. Classes begin at 5:30pm with cooking and then eating to follow! You are welcome to join all or any of the classes. Free childcare is available. The first class on June 26 will focus on stir-fries. July 31 will be hot and cold pasta dishes. August 28 will be soups. Classes are in the downstairs kitchen of the Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main Street in Cavendish, VT. For more information, call (802) 226-7131.

Celebrate Father's Day at Glimmerstone Mansion. Our extensive brunch buffet features a meat-carving station and eggs cooked to order. A mimosa, champagne, or Bloody Mary is also included. Enjoy brunch on our patio or in the dining room. Call 802-554-0045 for reservations.

Happy Father’s Day! It’s a good weekend to get out and explore Vermont. To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

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