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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.

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Many of you are wondering about how the finished, completed water storage tank on Jericho Road will look. The tank will be mostly buried, and the above-ground portion will be colored brown. This concept drawing will help you visualize what the site will look like once finished and landscaped. If you have any questions on this, you may contact the Town Manager at 434-5170.

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The East Main Bond Vote passed with 210 votes in favor and 43 votes opposed.  The Richmond Water Commission and Water Resources Department thank you for your support for this important project.  Details on why we needed this vote can be found here.

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The Richmond Selectboard will hold a special informational session on July 7, 2015, to discuss an Australian Ballot article and at 7:00 PM at the Richmond Town Center. The overflow location will be the Richmond Free Library if attendance is greater than 50 people. The scheduled election day (voting day) is July 14, 2015.

Shall general obligation bonds of the Town of Richmond in an amount not to exceed One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000), subject to
reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid; be issued for the purpose of financing the cost of replacing water lines and mains on East Main Street, the aggregate estimated cost of all such improvements being One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000).

This question would authorize bonding (indebtedness) for the replacement of water lines on East Main Street in the village of Richmond.
If you have questions regarding these meetings or the subjects that will be discussed please call the Town Manager at 434-5170.

More information on this bond vote may be found here:  http://www.richmondvt.gov/documents/water-commission-reports/

 

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Richmond: Our Town, Our Future is a community planning process designed to help people who live, work and play in Richmond choose the future they want for the community. In 2015 and 2016, Richmond’s Town Plan Committee and Planning Commission will host a series of activities and events designed to:

  • Gather broad public input about Richmond
  • Build a vision for our future, looking 20 years ahead
  • Make choices and define strategies for Richmond’s land use, economic development, environment and community
  • Lead to a new community-supported Town Plan
  • Build community and momentum for taking action

For more information about the project visit: http://richmondvtfuture.weebly.com/

 

 

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Our Highway Department continues to work overtime to repair our roads. Our heavily damaged roads are passable with few tricky areas  There remains quite a bit of work to do to restore the roads to their previous condition – there are many slope failures and culverts that will take time and money to repair.  Some of these are very, very, difficult to work on. Our initial damage estimates have ballooned to over $200,000 to fully restore all the roadways, culverts and for repair by others of infrastructure. This was quite a large hit, in line with what happened two years ago with flash flooding. Not to mention private damages. At this time, it is not likely that our damages will be subsidized by federal or state funding. I expect a discussion by the Selectboard on Monday regarding this issue.

Richmond Highway has been hard at work identifying and repairing flood-damaged areas.  When driving through these areas, proceed with caution.