Friday, July 12, 2013

Cavendish Update 7/12/13 SB/News/Events/Classifieds

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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 7/8/13 Cavendish Update Contains the following:
1. Select Board Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Latest News from the Cavendish Historical Society
4. Cavendish Recreation Float and BBQ
5. Chris Kleeman Plays at Proctorsville Concert on the Green – Wednesday, 7/24
6. Cavendish Classifieds
7. 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:
A. Town Roads/Paving Projects/Bridges
• Recent Storm Damage: Minimal damage was sustained to Cavendish roads. The one area, Tarbell Hill, was repaired by noon the day after the heavy rain. However, the end of that road that was washed out is part of Weathersfield and is in need of major repairs

• Replacement of Whitesville Bridge on Route 131: The SB reviewed the most recent plans from VTrans. The bridge will be closed for 30 days during the construction of the new bridge. Traffic will be detoured and VTrans will provide some compensation to help with any repairs to the back roads that will see increased traffic. The replacement will not take place in the 2013 construction season.

• Chubb Hill Rd: It was agreed that it is in everyone’s interest to get the new Chubb Hill access road, which intersects with route 131, completed as soon as possible. The new road bisects Donnie Davis’s property and is currently kept closed by orange cones. The new access is thought to be much safer than the existing one. Rich Svec, town manager, thought that their may be some money in the paving budget to help finish certain aspects of the road. The SB voted to complete this project using a 60/40 split-the town paying 60% of the costs and Davis the remaining 40%.

• Paving: After considering the resurfacing bid results, at the 6/24/13 SB meeting, final plans for paving were discussed. It appears there will be sufficient funds to expand the Twenty Mile Stream paving to the north a bit further and add the Chubb Hill project to the list.

• Bridge #58 (Depot Street): Another chunk of the Depot Street Bridge has fallen off. More cones are being put up. Because of safety concerns, the SB voted to repost the road for five tons, versus the current ten. This means that school buses can no longer use this bridge.

• Bridge # 37 (Davis Road): Still in process of contracting for the work. With each passing week, the chances of it being completed this construction season lessen.

B. Single Audit for FY 13: The SB voted to have Jeff Bradley, CPA, conduct a Single Audit for FY 13. He is currently completing the Single Audit for FY 12 and is felt to be competent and easy to work with.

C. Town Tax Rate for FY 14: The tax rate-per $100 of property value- for FY 2014 is about the same or slightly less than last year. The rate was set as follows for FY 2014:
Fire District 1 (Proctorsville)
Residents: $1.863
Non Residents: $1.7826

Fire District 2 (Cavendish)
Residents $1.7895
Non Residents $1.7658

Tax bills are scheduled to be issued on or about Friday, July 12, with the first quarterly due date being August 15, 2013.

D. Deputy Fire Warden: The SB adopted the policy that the Fire Warden and Deputy Fire Warden will serve concurrent terms (5 years); the Fire Warden can select their deputy; and that both positions need to be approved by the SB. Fire Warden Roger Sheehan has selected Bob Glidden, Fire Chief of Proctorsville Fire Department, to be his deputy. His nomination was approved by the board.

E. Staley Hill Property on Mill Street: According to the bank, at the time of the fire, the property was not in foreclosure so they do not have the responsibility for clean up. The board voted to clean up the property as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The building will be torn down and debris will be buried in the basement. It will be covered with dirt and reseeded. A lean will be placed against the property for clean up costs, which are estimated to be several thousand dollars. Since the owner’s current residence is unknown, a letter will be sent to his last known residence (Cavendish) explaining the situation and a copy will be sent to the mortgage company.  

F. Sustainability
• Zero Sort Recycling: Changes are already taking place at the Cavendish Transfer Station to accommodate the zero sort compactor. Svec is looking to purchase a used one that will be compatible with the Casella system. Svec thought that the new service will be operational by the end of August. The board discussed ways to educate the community about this new service. Since they want items un bagged (with the exception of shredded paper that will go in a clear plastic bag), there was a discussion about obtaining bins that could be sold to transfer station users at cost. You can learn more about this system, and what you will be able to recycle by:
-             Downloading an educational brochure from Casella, which explains what you can and can’t recycle.
-             Watching the Zero Sort video 

• Solar Project: The Energy Committee will be meeting with Peter Thurrell of Soveren to assess various sites for the solar panel project. If there is something that needs immediate action, Svec will call a special SB meeting.

G. E911 Address Signs: In this Friday’s tax bills, a flyer will be included that offers address numbers at below retail costs with free installation by the Fire Departments. This is being done as first responders are having a difficult time locating where people live.

Natalia Solzhenitsyn Honored by Exhibit onHusband’s Life: Photos and pictures from the life of a Soviet dissident came as a pleasant surprise to his widow and family, thanks to the work of the local historical society with support of the town [Cavendish].

On Saturday, Natalia Solzhenitsyn visited the exhibit and museum honoring her late husband Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who spent almost 20 years in exile in the tiny Vermont town. Times Argus 

News fromProctorsville Fire Dept.: We would like to thank everyone that stopped at our coin drop fundraiser on Saturday. We made just over $3500. This will benefit us greatly by allowing us to purchase some new equipment. Thank You for Your Support. We attended the Reading Vol Fire Dept.’s Old Home Day Parade on Sunday July 7th with Engine 2 and Tanker 1. Tanker 1 was awarded a Trophy for "Best Appearing Apparatus". 

Rate Set for Health Insurance: For the first time, the Green Mountain Care Board has set rates for Vermont's new health care exchange.  In doing so the board stressed that the rates will remain close to current levels. The proposed rates for Blue Cross Blue Shield were reduced by just over 4 %.  The board cut the rates proposed by MVP by roughly 5 %. A benchmark single person “Silver” plan offered by Blue Cross will cost about $4700 per year, but she says federal subsides could substantially reduce the premium for individuals who make less than $45,000 a year or for couples who make less than $60,000. VPR 

What’sHappening in Community TV? News Update from LPCTV 

ConsumerAdvisory-Direct Express Card Scam: The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers not to respond to calls or texts from Direct Express about a debit card problem. The Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent telephone calls and texts indicating that the consumer’s debit card number has been compromised and that the consumer should call Express Direct at 1-646-524-1352 for assistance. Receipt of this text message, along with any other scams consumers receive, can be reported to the Consumer Assistance Program by email at, or by calling  Press Release 

The tour of the Fitton Mill/Hydro Dam has been scheduled for July 27 at 9 am. While this is a free tour, registration is required.

The Stone Church Committee has received the facilities report from Steve Melanson and are currently preparing a facilities plan. The next tour of the Church is July 27 from noon-2 pm.

The Solzhenitsyn Summer Exhibit is now open on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM and at other times by appointment. Thank you Julia Gignoux and Carolyn Solzhenitsyn for creating this exhibit.

To learn more about these and other stories go to the CHS Blog. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

On Saturday, July 13, Cavendish Recreation is sponsoring an afternoon and evening of fun activities as follows:
• 3pm - River float - East Hill bridge to Greven Field. Meet at East Hill ready to float.  BYOF(float) and transport. According to Lisa Ewald “I floated the river twice this week - the temp and river levels are perfect - very rare for July. Let's take advantage of all this rain!”
 • 5pm – BBQ Cavendish Rec Dept. will supply the grill and condiments - BYOF(food) U(utensils) B (beverage). Volleyball, wiffleball, baseball, softball, flag football, horseshoes, bike trail, nature walk, etc.....

Please do not feel like you have to float the river to join us - come at 5pm for BBQ and games. Rain date Sunday, 7/14 starting at 1pm. FMI: 484-4323.

Note: The July 17 Wednesday concert will feature Woodchucks’ Revenge, sponsored by the CCCA.

 Cavendish Community and Conservation Association is coordinating the annual Cavendish summer music series with free Wednesday evening concerts on the Proctorsville Green.  The next concert is on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:00 p.m. with the Vermont based master blues singer and legendary song stylist, Chris Kleeman.

A performer of great energy and focus, Kleeman provides a unique opportunity to see and hear the real thing; an artist of high energy and gritty musical performance, who's been matched up to perform in shows with musicians such as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, Leon Redbone, ... the list goes on and on.

Sponsoring this concert is Good Earth Landscaping of Cavendish, Tim Calabrese, Landscape Architect who offers landscape architectural and construction services with over 25 years of experience specializing in creating engaging, beautiful and timeless landscapes.

This is another in the continuing series of Wednesday evening public concerts that the town of Cavendish and the CCCA produce for all to enjoy.  Help CCCA keep the tradition alive.  Come to Proctorsville and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green.  Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music.

As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone.

Job Opportunity:  Golden Stage Inn is seeking a housekeeper for Sundays.  ($10 per hour.) Honesty, reliability and attention to details are critical.  Experience preferred.  Please contact Julie or Mike at (802) 226 7744 or

Volunteer Opportunity: Learn how to operate video equipment and help to record events in Cavendish. FMI: LPCTV

On Wednesday, July 17, the Summer Concert series on the Proctorsville Green continues at 6 pm. The rain location is the Cavendish Elementary School. This week concert is Woodchucks Revenge.

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:
-             Events listed by month 
-             Events listed by day  

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