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The Richmond Water Commission has voted to make a rate adjustment to the 3rd quarter billing to encourage users to run their taps at a trickle through the end of the quarter on March 31st to avoid freeze ups. The billing adjustment will cap the user cost to no more than what customers paid in the 2nd quarter – so if you use less water now than in the last quarter, you will pay that amount, but if you use more, you will pay no more than that last quarter’s amount.

Just to remind you, if the water temperature from your tap is less than 40 degrees, you may be in danger of a freeze up and you should consider running your tap at a trickle. Kendall is taking readings from across town to give everyone an idea of what areas are colder and more in danger, however, everyone’s service line can be affected differently. We expect that the coldest pipes may be in freeze danger through the end of March. That is indeed shocking, but the cold weather this month has pushed frost down that deep and will take time to recede.

If you have questions or concerns about your water or frozen pipes, call the Water Department at 434-2178. If you leave a message, it will be returned. In the event of an overnight emergency such as a broken main or service line where water is pouring out, please call the Police emergency number of 434-2153.

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March 3rd will be Town Meeting Day in Vermont, of course, including Richmond! Below you will find some useful documents to help you understand your voting choices.

Richmond Town Meeting warning 2015

 

2014 Town report

 

Richmond Warning Number 2 Utility Bond

 

Town Meeting Ballots 2015

 

Vermont Voters Rights

FY2016 Town Mtg Presentation

Rescue tax exemption presentation 2-26-2015

Tax stabilization presentation

West Main bond presentation 2015

 

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Richmond, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $12,600 to Richmond in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to develop a new Town Plan. Richmond successfully competed against 58 communities and was one of 44 funded.

“Richmond is a great small town full of people who care deeply about its future. The process of creating the new plan will heavily rely on their input to ensure Richmond will maintain its small town charm while addressing the challenges of the future,” said Clare Rock, Richmond Town Planner. Richmond will have a year and a half to complete this project.

“Jobs, businesses, and affordable places to live all depend on proactive, community-driven local plans and land use polices,” said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. “The MPG program helps communities develop the necessary planning and implementation tools that make it easier for families, communities and entire regions to thrive.”

Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives.  Since 1998, the program has provided over $10 million to 230 cities and towns across Vermont to help breathe new life into communities, plan for future growth and development and improve our quality of life.

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The following positions are up for election this year. Filing deadline is January 26th by 5:00 pm.
Selectboard: Three-year term; two-year term

Richmond Elementary School Director (terms officially end on June 30, 2015, however, the terms shown identify the distinct seat that would be filled): 3year term; 2 year term; 1year of

3 year term; 2 years of 3 year term

Union School Director: 3 year term

Library Trustee 5 year term

Cemetery Commissioner 5 year term

Constable 1 year term

Moderator 1 year term

See Linda Parent, Town Clerk, for more information or call 434-2221.

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Due to an unsafe building condition, the sidewalk will be closed in front of the former Bridge Street Cafe. The owner is aware of the condition and will be repairing the building shortly. The sidewalk closure is expected to last several weeks. Pedestrian traffic should follow Bridge Street behind the existing parking spaces. Posted 12-31-2014.

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Due to the weather, Camels Hump Middle School is closed. The Public Hearing for the Gateway Zoning Regulations will now be in the Town Center Meeting Room, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond at 7:00 PM. If you have questions, please call 434-5170.

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Richmond Rescue won the prestigious Ambulance Service of the Year award from the State of Vermont Department of Health today. They have recently improved their organizational management resulting in a major turn-around with response time over past years and their in-service days are now approaching 1,000. Volunteer numbers and participation has increased significantly since 2012 and they have been successful in getting effective and stable financial agreements with towns in their service area. They have begun a Media Outreach program to raise public awareness of the role of EMS in the community and are on the cutting edge by being first in-State with adoption and implementation of new protocols. The Richmond area offers a wide variety of response environments from mountain trails to interstate, creating an interesting, challenging and attractive climate for younger members. Please join me in congratulating the squad for their accomplishments!