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Selectboard Inspires Collaboration; Empowers Arts Community
RICHMOND: Nonprofit music office Big Heavy World and the Town of Richmond are working together to expand the resources available to the musicians of the Lake Champlain basin. In the process, artists and arts advocates of the region have come together to begin discussion and planning for even wider activation of the arts community, for the benefit of Richmond and neighboring towns.
A resolution designating Big Heavy World to be a Local Arts Agency of Richmond qualifies the music office to pursue federal funding that may be redistributed to musical artists as grants. The grant programs that are the source of re-granting funds are managed by the National Endowment for the Arts, and are competitive.
Steve May, a Richmond selectboard member, guided the proposed resolution and moderated a public discussion on Thursday, June 30. Creative transportation design and an arts center emerged as prominent topics. The conversation revealed enthusiasm for collaborative efforts to use the arts to improve the quality of life in Richmond.
“The arts, especially music, brings people together. Richmond has scenic beauty and many venues that could be the foundation of an even more vibrant cultural community. With arts enriching our lives, contributing to our economy and making us a stronger community, Richmond will have an edge as a home and a destination,” said May.
“Richmond welcomes this partnership with Big Heavy World and the enthusiasm and resources they’ll bring to engage and celebrate our local music community,” said selectboard Chair Ellen Kane.
Richmond, organized in 1794, has a population of 4,100 and is located on Interstate 89 in Chittenden County on the eastern edge of the Lake Champlain Valley. Live music has historically been hosted in its public library, a bandstand on Volunteers Green, and in the 1812 Old Round Church preserved by the Richmond Historical Society, a National Historic Landmark.
Founded in 1996, Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-staffed music office with a mission of preserving and promoting original Vermont-made music. It operates diverse programs — many that are collaborative — serving musicians of all genres inclusively across the state. For more information, visit http://www.bigheavyworld.com
Contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, (802) 865-1140, firstname.lastname@example.org, bigheavyworld.com
TOWN OF RICHMOND
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RICHMOND, VT 05477
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORD WITH 32VSA $4111 THAT THE UNDERSIGNED LISTERS WITHIN AND FOR THE TOWN OF RICHMOND HAVE THIS DAY COMPLETED THE ABSTRACT OF INDIVIDUAL LISTS (ABSTRACT) OF PROPERTY OWNERS AS OF THE FIRST DAY OF APRIL, 2016. THE LISTERS HAVE THIS SAME DAY LODGED THE ABSTRACT IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK FOR THE INSPECTION OF TAXPAYERS. ON THE 3RD DAY OF JUNE, 2016 AT 9:00AM TO 2:00PM THE ASSESSORS/LISTERS WILL MEET AT RICHMOND TOWN CENTER TO HEAR APPEALS OF TAXPAYERS AGGRIEVED BY ACTIONS OF THE ASSESSORS/LISTERS FROM WHOM TIMELY GRIEVANCES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
TO BE TIMELY, SUCH GRIEVANCE MUST BE IN WRITING AND RECEIVED (POSTMARKS NOT ACCEPTED) BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE 3RD DAY OF JUNE, 2016. AT THE CLOSE OF GRIEVANCE HEARINGS, THE LISTERS SHALL MAKE SUCH CORRECTIONS IN THE ABSTRACT AS WERE DETERMINED UPON HEARING OR OTHERWISE. UNLESS CAUSE TO THE CONTRARY IS SHOWN, THE CONTENTS OF SAID ABSTRACT WILL, FOR THE TAX YEAR 2016, BECOME THE GRAND LIST OF THE TOWN OF RICHMOND OF EACH TAXPAYER NAMED THEREIN.
SIGNED AT THE RICHMOND TOWN CENTER IN THE COUNTY OF CHITTENDEN THIS 20TH DAY OF MAY, 2016.
LISA TRUCHON, VPAIII
Thank you for voting to those who participated in Town Meeting, double thank you!
The FY2017 budget was approved, and East Main sidewalks question passed. For full results,Click Here.
The Town of Richmond is accepting bids on a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice former police cruiser. The vehicle has 97,000 miles and has had all police equipment removed except center divider and radio console. Some minor body damage to left rear quarter panel, and check engine light is on. This is a heavily used vehicle and the town makes no representations about condition, however, the vehicle does run. Interested parties may contact Geoffrey Urbanik, Town Manager, at (802) 434-5170 or email email@example.com. Bids due in the Town Managers office by 4pm Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Update 3-2-2016 Cruiser bid has been awarded.
The new water storage tank being constructed on Jericho Road is almost ready to connect to the system. It has been filled, chlorinated, and tested and we expect the final switch to bring it onto the system will happen on Monday, February 8th. Due to the chlorination used to make sure the tank is disinfected, our customers may notice an increase in chlorine odor for a period of time afterward. The water will continue to be safe to drink and will be otherwise as ordinary as you are used to. As we’ve mentioned before, pressures across the system will rise 15-20 psi once the new tank is connected to the system. We are looking forward to a seamless transition next week, but if you have any questions, you can call the Water Resources Department at 434-2178.
This year, Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1st at Camels Hump Middle School starting at 9:00 AM. Voting will be from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, also at Camels Hump Middle School. The pre-Town Meeting information session will be held on Monday, February 29th at 6:00 pm in Camels Hump Middle School. Stay tuned here for a link to our annual report and presentation items. If you have any questions on voting or ballots, please contact Linda Parent, the Town Clerk, at 434-2221. If you have questions on the proposed FY2017 Town Budget or the East Main Street streetscape article, please contact Geoffrey Urbanik, the Town Manager, at 434-5170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast paced conversations to identify strategies and prioritize action on all 11 components of our vision.
For All Meetings:
5:30 pm: Come for Refreshments & Socializing
6:00 pm: Start of Working Sessions
Location: Town Center
Mark your calendars for the following dates, times, and topics (if you are unable to come, please submit comments by email or give us a call, contact info below)
Jan 6 2016, 6-9pm
Topics: Affordability and Cost of Living; Community for All Ages; Social and Recreational Offerings
Jan 20 2016, 6-8pm
Topics: Natural and Working Lands; History and Traditions
Feb 3 2016, 6-9pm
Topics: Economic Opportunity; Vibrant and Appealing Downtown; Small Town Character;
Feb 17, 6-8pm
Topics: Transportation and Mobility; Safe and Resilient Community
March 2 2016, 6 – 8pm
Topic: Transparent and Inclusive Decision-Making
Our Town, Our Future is a community planning process designed to help Richmond, Vermont’s residents and stakeholders choose the future they want for the community. Led by the Town Plan Steering Committee and Planning Commission, the process will allow us to create a community vision for the future and a plan for making it happen. Visit us at http://richmondvtfuture.weebly.com/
Contact: Clare Rock, Town Planner at 434-2430 or at email@example.com
Save the Date! Are you ready for the next storm or disaster? Is Richmond? Come to the Richmond Resiliency fair on Saturday, October 24. Join us for a chili & pie cook-off at 12 PM at VYCC’s Monitor Barn, and participate in the resilience fair with resources and activities for families, neighborhoods and businesses from 11-1, and a resilience presentation and planning workshop from 1-3:30. Come learn more about Richmond’s hazards, ways to keep your property & family safe, and share your thoughts on how to make our whole community ready & resilient.
This event is part of Richmond’s Our Town, Our Future planning process, and will inform our hazard mitigation plan and the flood resilience chapter of our new town plan. We especially need workshop participants with knowledge of Richmond’s emergency services, economy and local businesses, environment and natural resources, community and social services, and government and neighborhoods.
More info: richmondvtfuture.weebly.com, or contact Geoff Urbanik, Town Manager, at 434-5170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Early this morning, October 13th, Fire Chief Tom Levesque passed away after a brief hospital stay. It is with a heavy heart that I provide this announcement, since Chief Tom gave more of his life to the Richmond Fire Department, schools, and community than anyone could ever ask. The Richmond community is saddened by this loss, but his memory will bring great joy to all who knew him. The visiting hours will be at Gifford’s from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, October 16th.
On Saturday the 17th the family, friends and residents of Richmond VT will bid farewell to Chief Tom Levesque who passed away unexpectedly this week.
A Fireman’s procession will be held on Saturday at 10am leaving the Richmond Village for a final loop through the town Chief Lévesque spent 48 years as a Firefighter (18 as Chief) serving the Town of Richmond.
It will consist of Fire/Rescue/Police vehicles from multiple agency’s leaving from Bridge Street in Richmond through Jonesville back to The Richmond Fire Station for a final passing in review. It will then proceed to The Holy Rosary Church on Main Street in Richmond for funeral services at 11am.